And It’s Not Even The Dog Days Yet

Been busy. Some fragments – – It’s been over 100 degrees here for most people, but I identify as being in a 73 degree environment.. But people refuse to acknowledge my temperature identity, and oppress me by making me feel too hot.

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History” … is a phrase I’ve seen entirely too much. Ill-behaved women (or men, or people of difference) are just annoying. But considering history is largely a chronicle of Things Gone Bad, is making history really something to aspire to?

– A typical meeting with Night Sky Radio’s station manager… GOOD DAYH/T to Vox

Happy 4th Of July

Superman July 4

Hope you all enjoy the holiday.

The Drain Circles Itself

The site Everyday Feminism has published a helpful “guide to triggering” for those not quite up to speed on such things.

Above the article is a content warning –

Content Warning: This article discusses triggering in detail and mentions common topics of triggering (sexual assault, anxiety, health anxiety, depression, death, non-specific fears and phobias).

A trigger warning about an article about triggering.

But the Mobius Wormhole goes deeper. Above the content warning (which is a trigger warning about trigger warnings) is an editor’s note –

Editors Note: Like this phenomenal article, Everyday Feminism definitely believes in giving people a heads up about material that might provoke our reader’s trauma. However, we use the phrase “content warning” instead of “trigger warning,” as the word “trigger” relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery. This could be re-traumatizing for folks who have suffered military, police, and other forms of violence. So, while warnings are so necessary and the points in this article are right on, we strongly encourage the term “content warning” instead of “trigger warning.”

Trigger warnings about trigger warnings are triggering. The culture has become an M.C. Escher drawing sucked into itself and spat out as an anti-mirror of reality.

H/T James Taranto (via Ed Driscoll).

Bonus Points: Quote from the article –

As far as I’ve seen, many preventable instances of triggering happen when somebody is exposed to media like books or movies.

And water is wet.

Bonus Bonus Points: As I write this, my wife and I just finished watching Batman Begins, One of the central themes is fear (both on the parts of Batman, the League of Shadows, and Scarecrow). Right this second, she’s watching the special feature on creating the Batman costume, which is deliberately designed to instill fear.

Wonder how long til it’s on the Badthink Movies list?

Pointless Yet Ironic Accidentalism: “…material that might provoke our reader’s trauma.”[emphasis mine] Advertising revenues don’t seem hopeful here.

Comic Strip Safe Space

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis discovers his erroneous ways have injured diversified personages…

Pearls Before Unclean Animals - non offensive comic strip

… wait, we can’t say “strip” because that could be interpreted as a reference to stripping personal unclothing enterprises.

The Dead Milkmen Window

…the pop cultural version of the Overton Window.

I used to think the Dead Milkmen were incredibly funny, if rather darkly so. Essentially, they were internet trolls before there was an internet. 4chan 20 years before there was a 4chan.

Nowadays, the best that can be said about them is that they were merely ahead of the curve. Anyone discovering this song today would think “Oh, just another noncissexual minority transidextrous person who wears lifts in their (hopefully fabulous) shoes.”

Random Static – Where’s Your Identity?

Been a busy few days, but here’s some randominomity of late –

Ain’t no analogy for individuality

Free Norther brings the strange


I won’t be surprised if CisBlack Privilege is a thing soon.

Don’t give me chase

If I ever win the lottery I’m gonna tell the IRS I can’t pay any taxes because I identify as a bankrupt homeless alcoholic.

Tell me my sanity

Parents in Minneapolis are angry that Starri Hedges, director of the private Gaia Democratic School, took students on a field trip to a sex shop. Some of the kids were as young as 11, because it’s never too soon to start warping developing one’s sexual identity.

The “beautiful” trip may have been in violation of city codes. Hedges regrets that there probably won’t be another such trip, “because the kids had so much fun.” What kid doesn’t love purchasing their first condom?

The article has a video of Starri discussing the school with Bill Weir…

I had to quit watching after about 6 minutes. The video rolls like a retarded-yet-serious version of Sheldon and Amy’s “Fun With Flags,” including this rapier-like failure at humor –

Starri: “…Bill is our newest member at Gaia Democratic School. He is a rainbow member.”

Bill: “Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?”

Starri: “That’s right, and the pot of gold is free thinking.”

H/T to Captain Capitalism.

There’s no reset for this game!

The season finale of Flash was pretty trippy. Not sure about some of their time-travel logic, but it seems they may have structured it that way specifically as a plot point to revisit in the, uh, future. Some interesting questions of the Thawne’s identity there, both throughout the season and especially the way the finale ended. Not to mention all of Barry’s secret identity problems (for one of which he apparently borrowed Hillary’s “Reset” button, and it worked just about as well this time).

The show must get credit for one thing, though… there’s often been jokes of people doing this, but Flash is the first time I’ve ever seen it demonstrated literally

Barry ran back to the friendzone

Biologically let your system know what’s up

Respect My Identity



The Flash

[ Stop reading here if you have not seen the show but plan to. ]

I had seen a few episodes of Arrow and thought it was decent enough. Just the fact that the show made me like Oliver was a feat in itself, considering how shrill and annoying he was in the comics (in recent years, DC Comics has gone not just from having him be an alternative viewpoint to other heroes, but now proudly boasts of him as the “left-wing crusader”).

So when I heard a spinoff was coming out starring the Flash, I had to check it out. The promotional shots of the costume looked awful. The first couple episodes were very shaky. But around the third episode it started to, uh, find its footing. It’s fun, inventive, and only mildly bogged down by CW Network teenage soap opera nonsense. They’ve even taken some near-execrable plot points from the comics and made them work.

And true to the comics, the show has a firm moral center. It’s a little wobbly in places, but even then not overly so, and Barry Allen is clearly a good guy who wants to do right.

A central point of the story arc is time travel. Unlike most stories based on such, Flash seems to be starting from a point where history has already been changed. Perhaps more than once. It’s a credit to the creative team that the plot is complex, yet still accessible to a mainstream audience.

But you wanna know “Does it look Awesome?” Let’s look.

An episode of the one-season 1990 Flash series went to town and had a sort of reversed clone of Flash with all his powers, and got the two into a high speed fight –

… yeah. Although the bullet-catching bit was nice. The series did manage to pull off some good super-speed scenes now and again, but by and large, they just didn’t have the means to portray someone like Flash on screen too well.

Compare and contrast. High-speed combat –

Not quite FX on the level of Man Of Steel or Avengers, but they don’t have a movie-level budget, and they make the most of what they’ve got.

And I don’t hate the costume anymore. Not super fond of it, but I don’t hate it.

I am very much looking forward to the season finale tomorrow night, and hope the showrunners can pull it off.

Fun bonus!

She’s Got Her Number

….and yours too.

My wife just now got her Vile Faceless Minion badge and number as part of the Evil Legion Of Evil, as seen over at Vox Popoli –

Vile Faceless Minion 0001

Having joined the ranks of the anonymous illustrious, she was assigned Badge No. 0187. When I informed her what “187” means, she burst out laughing so hard she literally bounced up from her chair.

Lessening Resistance

Lessening Resistance

ADDENDUM: Speaking of no easy path, it appears WordPress has screwed around with the POST settings again.

Racisying To The Bottom

John Hawkins of Right Wing News presents some of his uncensored hate mail. It’s all from self-styled “liberals” and is all a variation on one theme – “Fuck off and die!”

Honestly, I’m disappointed with the selection Hawkins shows… I was hoping for some actual flair or creativity among the h8fest, since it’s from people who fancy themselves pillars of intellect and wit. Some insults involving lighter fluid, a pack of condoms, and a goat, at the very least. No dice. But I did discover what is probably a typo and has now become my new favorite word –


Racisy! That is going to be my answer to everything. Vague enough to throw at anything and harder to deflect than a concrete charge like “racist.” Girl won’t call you back? She’s racisy! Didn’t get the promotion? Boss is racisy! That is my default response from now on.


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