One of my favorite parts of True Detective.
I suspect this week, I’ll be listening to spirituals nonstop on my headphones during work.
5:22 am • 3 March 2014 • 1 note
sad pictures for children
#pictures for sad children
I’m through “making fun of” consumerism and other profoundly negative aspects of modern living while participating in and supporting those aspects of living. I’m not on the Daily Show making half-hearted jokes about corporate politics and media between commercials for Burger King while paying rent in Manhattan. I’m some other kind of thing that’s just starting.
I read Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” several dozen times in high school, please blame Herman Melville.
8:33 pm • 2 March 2014 • 1 note
“That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice. So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc. But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X. So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis. So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah. Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win. This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent.”
- Arthur Chu to Ken Jennings (via pushinghoopswithsticks)
Science, Mr. White
I’m a HUGE Jeopardy fan (shut up) and I’ve loved watching Arthur Chu kick the game’s ass. He’s absolutely on the mark about all this stuff.
omg his responses to the tweets about him though
12:54 am • 2 March 2014 • 6,101 notes
Stacked up all the books that were lying around the apartment, not on the bookshelves (i.e., windowsills).
I used it as a tripod to film myself talking about why I want to get a Master’s degree from NYU. Not sure why they asked for this in the application.
Can you guess what I want to study in grad school? I wouldn’t be able to.
#get good at one thing you asshole
#plus i have hundreds of ebooks
12:24 am • 2 March 2014 • 1 note
"What’s your greatest fear?"
I started a blog called Humans of Los Angeles dedicated to street photography of the amazing and inspiring people of this great city.
11:48 pm • 28 February 2014 • 49 notes
ah shit, thats a fuckin quarter i see on the ground! this life rules.
BABIE! Silly babie. Fired for being a silly babie.
9:26 pm • 27 February 2014 • 2,047 notes
“When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired. Talking to people makes me feel like sleeping. Only my ghostly and imaginary friends, only the conversations I have in my dreams, are genuinely real and substantial.”
— Fernando Pessoa (via afternoon—-tea)
(Source: whitedem0n, via notational)
7:05 pm • 27 February 2014 • 712 notes
#i have no words
When someone granted SQL Server maximum 100 Mb of memory because database will not grow larger than 100 Mb.
I discovered an active SQL fandom on tumblr and I couldn’t keep it to myself. Never stop dreaming.
2:20 pm • 27 February 2014 • 9 notes