Doctor... one day

moffatsstrongwomen:

forcederasure:

holdinghope:

sixftbeneaththemoon:

twogreatships:

David Cameron posing with morris dancers in blackface. Appealing to the Ukip voters, there

No way man
Knew he was scum but didn’t know he was THAT scummy

Asshat

are you fucking kidding me. this is the PM of Britain what

It’s like he’s not even trying any more. It’s like the people ruling have just given up pretending to be in keeping with the modern world, like they’ve said “fuck it, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the seventies but everything is faster and we’ve got more money”. They’re not even pretending to care anymore.

Obviously this is offensive and he’s a total idiot for posing for this photo, and I would not dance in blackface at all, because it is offensive. But it isn’t as simple as saying it is or isn’t racist.
For those that are interested in the actual complicated history of why some morris sides dance in black face paint, well, no one actually knows (it is generally said to have originally been a disguise), but this is a good discussion of what we do know. It’s long but interesting, but for those who don’t want to read the whole thing, he basically says ‘it may not have been racist to begin with but given that now it can certainly appear racist, we should stop doing it and paint our faces blue or whatever other colour we like’. In other words, it isn’t important that you don’t intend it to be racist and that it’s a tradition; what matters is whether the relevant people think it’s racist. 
Cameron is a dick though.  View Larger

moffatsstrongwomen:

forcederasure:

holdinghope:

sixftbeneaththemoon:

twogreatships:

David Cameron posing with morris dancers in blackface. Appealing to the Ukip voters, there

No way man

Knew he was scum but didn’t know he was THAT scummy

Asshat

are you fucking kidding me. this is the PM of Britain what

It’s like he’s not even trying any more. It’s like the people ruling have just given up pretending to be in keeping with the modern world, like they’ve said “fuck it, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the seventies but everything is faster and we’ve got more money”. They’re not even pretending to care anymore.

Obviously this is offensive and he’s a total idiot for posing for this photo, and I would not dance in blackface at all, because it is offensive. But it isn’t as simple as saying it is or isn’t racist.

For those that are interested in the actual complicated history of why some morris sides dance in black face paint, well, no one actually knows (it is generally said to have originally been a disguise), but this is a good discussion of what we do know. It’s long but interesting, but for those who don’t want to read the whole thing, he basically says ‘it may not have been racist to begin with but given that now it can certainly appear racist, we should stop doing it and paint our faces blue or whatever other colour we like’. In other words, it isn’t important that you don’t intend it to be racist and that it’s a tradition; what matters is whether the relevant people think it’s racist. 

Cameron is a dick though. 


On being impolite to our smartphones

I’m behaving like an old person and getting disgruntled at new developments in technology. Google and Apple both have a voice-controlled thing in their various devices which allows you to speak your search query. You can activate this with a button, but now there’s a way to make it notice that you want it by saying a specific thing. In the case of Google you have to say ‘OK Google’ and in the case of Apple you have to say ‘Hey Siri’ (Siri is the name of the pretend person in your iphone).

Both of these are very rude, ‘Hey Siri’ perhaps less so, but still rude nevertheless. I think it’s just about OK to say ‘hey’ to a real person if, say, you were just talking to them and you’re walking away and then you remember something and you want to signal to them that you want their attention again. Or you can say ‘hey’ instead of ‘hi’, if you know the person quite well. So perhaps you can say ‘Hey Siri’ as if you’re saying ‘hi’ to it, but I haven’t tested it to find out. From the inflection in the advert, it’s much more like you’re summoning a minion (which you are, but if they’re going to make it sound like a real person, then you ought to treat it like a real person).

'OK Google', on the other hand, is just downright rude. It sounds to me as if Google is consistently messing up and you're resigned to that but giving it yet another chance to get it right. Poor Google. Or perhaps you're challenging it, like 'OK Google, you think you're so clever, try this'.


jibblyuniverse:

derpfire:

jibblyuniverse:

frenums:

things that will always sound sarcastic

  • good for you
  • thanks a lot
  • yeah right
  • nice to know
  • wow
  • way to go
  • totally
  • ok buddy

Not if you say ‘man’ at the end

ok buddy man

I might not have thought that last one through


http://rosietherivethead.tumblr.com/post/93884344778/can-someone-please-help-me-understand-the-concept →

rosietherivethead:

can someone please help me understand the concept of the grammatical case, in general, not in any specific language. i partially understand it but it isn’t clicking in my head and i’m going to be learning german this fall and i’ve been having a hard time wrapping me head around it. i understand…

From what you’ve said, you already know enough for learning German. That really is literally all it is - the different roles nouns have in a sentence have different cases. So German does with case what English might do with a preposition or with word order (I don’t speak German so can’t give an example but imagine a language where instead of saying ‘I stroked him with a feather’ you say ‘I stroked him a feather-INSTRUMENT' or even 'I stroked him a feather-with’. Just extra info, or the same info, but as a suffix instead of some other way of doing it. 

There is more to it, if you want to get into the linguistics of how it all works. For instance, not all languages that have case have the same cases - some have lots and lots, and there’s a split between what are called nominative-accusative (like German) and ergative-absolutive languages, which use case for the same sort of thing but in a slightly different way. But all of this is not needed to speak the language :) 

Sorry - I feel like I haven’t added anything much to this discussion. But rest assured you will know more than most people trying to learn a language with case. 


rhecession:

deerdem:

selkiesounds:

bogmoth:

I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”

holy shit

This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day

My boss always says some shit about “not a problem” and it’s like…its meant as a reassurance that they aren’t being an inconvenience even though they most likely are because…retail


Ugh. It’s one thing being pedantic, but it’s quite another to make someone else feel like crap for something that’s personal preference anyway. PLUS there are at least four mistakes in the text. View Larger

rhecession:

deerdem:

selkiesounds:

bogmoth:

I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”

holy shit

This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day

My boss always says some shit about “not a problem” and it’s like…its meant as a reassurance that they aren’t being an inconvenience even though they most likely are because…retail

Ugh. It’s one thing being pedantic, but it’s quite another to make someone else feel like crap for something that’s personal preference anyway.

PLUS there are at least four mistakes in the text.