A virtual hoard of the shiny things I find on the internet.

 

All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.

Joss Whedon

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DC: Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-

Marvel: YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS

DC: We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.

Marvel: HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE

DC: The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.

Marvel: DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER

DC: After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.

Marvel: PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW

DC: We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...

Marvel: NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.

DC: We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.

Marvel: NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS AWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM

DC: We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.

Marvel: FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO

DC: Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-

Marvel: NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK

DC: Wait-

Marvel: NEW FEMALE THOR

DC: I didn't-

Marvel: NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA

Marvel: TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE

Marvel: PEACE

period correctness

Me: But wait. His rocking pirate ship says "S.S. Rockabye" on it. But it's a pirate ship. It wouldn't be called the S.S. anything.

Tom: Huh. Good point. Well, they're pirates, maybe they stole it.

Me: That's probably it.

Me: I'm really concerned about the historical accuracy of the plush rocking pirate ship. Sailed by plush pirate puppies.

The more informed you are, the more likely you are to choose store brands. Pharmacists, for example, are especially likely to buy store brands of headache medicines. Chefs are far less inclined to select national brands of salt and sugar than are nonchefs who are otherwise demographically identical. In other words, national brands are succeeding largely because of consumer ignorance.

That’s an interesting premise. It might not be a consumer’s ignorance that drives national brand success, as much as a doctor’s or chef’s familiarity with generics due to their business’s profit motive.

To create a hypothetical example: A doctor’s charging a fixed price for aspirin dispensed through his office or hospital pharmacy, and the bean counters have dictated there’s a 600% profit on generic aspirin vs a 300% profit on Bayer. Success rates are similar, so the doctor gets positive experiential knowledge based on his forced use of the generic product, while a consumer has only a perceived brand quality based on marketing on which to base their decision. So a doctor or chef having their hands tied gets them accustomed to “this is good enough” in the quality department.

Chefs, especially, are accustomed to “this is good enough” quality, via having most of their staples delivered by Sysco.

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Part of the being informed, though, is also understanding what the differences actually are- Frequently, store brand products are made by the same manufacturers with the same ingredient suppliers as national brands. For example, Costco’s Kirkland brand bourbon is made by Buffalo Trace

And in the case of medicines, you know the generic has to meet the same regulatory standards, and that there can’t be differences in concentration of active ingredient or efficacy because they are legally required to be “therapeutically equivalent.” The difference between brand and generic prescription medicines is usually in whatever the inactive ingredients (“excipients”) are, the stuff that makes it possible to form it into a pill or capsule or the liquid the medicine is suspended in, so once in a while a particular patient needs a particular brand over the generic because of an allergy or something.

Count to ten when a plane goes down...

johncbeck:

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Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the…

This is a great story.

lesbianvenom:

i hate when people complain about how technology is “ruining everything.” i have over 200 pictures of my dog on my phone and i can send them to my friends when they are sad. how is that ruining anything. why do you hate happiness

tbridge:

Well. Shit. Who wants to help me build shelves?

Shortly after this, I took him upstairs to bed, saying, “I hope tonight isn’t the night he pulls up in the crib.
10 minutes later, he had pulled to standing in the crib.
15 minutes later, Tom was in Charlie’s room with a screwdriver and a hex key, taking apart the crib to lower the mattress.
And now I can’t reach the bottom of the crib.

tbridge:

Well. Shit. Who wants to help me build shelves?

Shortly after this, I took him upstairs to bed, saying, “I hope tonight isn’t the night he pulls up in the crib.

10 minutes later, he had pulled to standing in the crib.

15 minutes later, Tom was in Charlie’s room with a screwdriver and a hex key, taking apart the crib to lower the mattress.

And now I can’t reach the bottom of the crib.

Baby’s First DeLuca’s, plus great-grandparents playtime!

Charlie’s Big Day: Baby’s First Fire Hall Wedding.

He loved the rigatoni. And all the attention from his grandparents and great-grandparents.