tattooing “STILL GOTH” on my back to celebrate the death of the signifier/signified relationship
Hyperbole and a Half posted again, and everyone needs to read it because:
- If you are depressed, it will resonate with you like whoa.
- If you are not depressed, it will clarify some stereotypes about depression that need to be said. An explanation like this has been needed for a LONG time.
- If you know someone who is depressed, you’ll be better at interacting with them after reading this.
Allie Brosh is a genius.
Allie Brosh is my fucking hero. Shriveled piece of corn is pure Zen.
It’s making the rounds, but I wanted to chime in and say; this is one of the most accurate renditions of depression I have ever seen. I really do hope “Shriveled piece of corn” makes its way into the vocabulary of the way we discuss this.
“Some people manage to live many lives in their one existence, and Lee Miller with her journey from Poughkeepsie to the Surrealist scene of Paris to the front lines of World War II was definitely a woman whose life could not be singularly defined. However, despite being photographed as a model for Man Ray and creating her own intriguing Surrealist photography, as well as documenting the Liberation of Paris and the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps, her profile remains subdued.”
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Still, the best response to Schumpeter and Ferguson may be to rethink—and re-argue—the link between sex and economics. We can reject the homophobia but take up the question they raise: What is the connection between Keynes the great lover and Keynes the great economist? To answer it, we have to acknowledge that economics is not a morally neutral science but rather is intimately connected with questions about what we want from life , including the type of sex we want to have.
From a fascinating article on the relationship between Keynesian economics, his sexuality, and the more general case thereof. via Mr. Stephen Fry.
ALL of this. Encourage people to try new words, to mess them up, to experiment with vocabulary, to learn complicated adjectives and verbs and nouns, because words are fun.
Also, don’t be a jerk.
AMEN SISTAH. PREACh
As someone who still occasionally says “dee-TRY-dus”, I endorse this message.
In a potentially seismic move, the National Institute of Mental Health - the world’s biggest mental health research funder, has announced only two weeks before the launch of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual that it will be “re-orienting its research away from DSM categories”. In the announcement, NIMH Director Thomas Insel says the DSM lacks validity and that “patients with mental disorders deserve better”.
My take: I think this is potentially awesome, but also potentially disastrous. The DSM paradigm is clearly broken, and moving away from it has the potential to take us into either more useful holistic understandings of cognition or down a rabbithole of redefinition that will leave us squabbling over terminology at the expense of people who are actually affected.
So, uh, science, please try not to fuck this one up, ok?
PBS: The action film.
Yes it is cheesy and very funnyordie, but the concept actually makes me want to go out and kick some ass.