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salemexplainsitall:

It was 30 years ago today that the Breakfast Club met for detention 

Inconceivable.

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Stephen Fry: Now, how did the Church of England originally react to Darwin’s theory of evolution?

Alan Davies: Well they weren’t happy about it. 

Stephen Fry: (laughs) They weren’t happy about it.

(Dara rings his buzzer)

Dara O Briain: They didn’t get it, I don’t think. Nobody really got it for a while. He delivered it to a meeting of the Royal Society, I think it was, and people just kind of went, “Oh, OK.”

Stephen Fry: That’s true of his original paper, but when he published on The Origin Of Species, it was a massive bestseller.It fact it sold out even before it was printed. And he was a gigantic figure of his time - he was one of only five people not royal to be given a burial at Westminster Abbey. They absolutely understood his greatness. And the surprising thing is the Church were not that worried at all. I specifically say Church of England. But for many years most churchmen had encouraged people to believe that a lot of the Bible was metaphorical, and it’s not literally true. But if there’s anything shocking about it to them, it was that it shows nature doesn’t care.

Dara O Briain: Yeah.

Stephen Fry: The idea of a linear evolution they thought was fine, that might have been part of God’s plan, but the true understanding of evolution also shows that nature is completely horrific.

Dara O Briain: That was the major part of why the Victorians hated because they loved their countryside and birdsong.

Stephen Fry: This is Alexander’s All Things Bright And Beautiful.

Dara O Briain: And instead they’re locked in a vicious struggle for survival where all…. 

Stephen Fry: All animals are hungry and afraid and they die before they get old and it’s a miserable, hard life. 

- QI Series G/7 Episode 6


I think this conversation also illuminates the recent insistence on “Intelligent Design” in some parts of the US. It’s hard for some people to handle the reality, that nature doesn’t give a shit about them - that they are just one of many species on this planet, who might well be wiped off it at some point, if their usefulness in this ecosystem ends, or they make the planet uninhabitable for us. Much better to believe there is some kind of intelligent being, who created all of this, and cares about protecting and cultivating humanity, sometimes at the expense of other species. 






“Frankly put. I am a FAKE GEEK GUY. I admit it. I like geek stuff, but I don’t love geek stuff. Not the way most geeks do. I’m an interloper on the geek scene. I’ve seen the movies, but I don’t know the canon. I am not a true fan.

All those things about not really loving the source material and “just watching the movies” or only reading the one book that everyone has read. That—all of that—applies to me.

But here are some things that have never happened to me. I have never been quizzed about who Data’s evil brother is to prove I like Star Trek. I have never had to justify my place in a midnight line to see Spider-man II by knowing who took up the mantle of Spider-man after Peter Parker’s death. (Peter Parker dies? Really? That’s so sad!) I have never had to explain who Nightwing is in order to participate in a conversation about Batman. (Nightwing is like….Robin on steroids, right?) I have never been asked how battle meditation works in order to voice my opinion that Enterprise shields would probably make a fight with Star Wars technology one sided. (Battle meditation is something that was in that Jedi role playing game, wasn’t it?) I have never had to beat everybody in the room (twice) at Mario Kart to prove I liked video games. I have never had my gender “honorarily” changed by having enough geek interests to be accepted (“you’re one of the guys now”). No one has ever insisted I tell them the difference between a tank and DPS in an MMORPG before allowing me to discuss raiding Molten Core. I have never been dismissed as a faker at a prequel screening because I didn’t know which admiral came out of light speed too close to the planet’s surface in The Empire Strikes Back. I have never been quizzed about Armor Class in order to get past someone who was blocking my path to the back of a game store where my friends were waiting at the tables. I have never been told I’m not a real fan. I have never been shamed for coming to a convention despite my lack of esoteric knowledge. And I have never, ever, EVER been invited to leave a fandom because I didn’t like [whatever it was] enough.

Every one of the things I have listed, I have personally witnessed happen. To women.

That’s not elitism. That’s sexism.”

The “Fake Geek” is Not The Problem When It Comes to “Fake Geek Girls” (via brutereason)

I just heard from Ace of Geeks, where this was originally published. Looks like it’s getting reblogged all over the place, but the person who originally wrote it, and the site that originally published it, aren’t getting any credit.

That’s not cool, so: http://aceofgeeks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-fake-geek-is-not-problem-when-it.html

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emilyvgordon:

I wrote this for Hello Giggles! Thanks to everyone who asked kids questions on my behalf! 

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This is taken from the comments, on a recent article about Jennifer Saunders attending hypnotherapy to get herself to finish writing the script for the new AbFab film. One of the FUNNIEST exchanges I’ve seen in a comment thread, in ages. This is just brilliant. And I agree with the others - it’s just him. I am very excited about seeing Patsy and Eddie again. 

This is taken from the comments, on a recent article about Jennifer Saunders attending hypnotherapy to get herself to finish writing the script for the new AbFab film. 

One of the FUNNIEST exchanges I’ve seen in a comment thread, in ages. This is just brilliant. 

And I agree with the others - it’s just him. I am very excited about seeing Patsy and Eddie again. 




When I die, I want this played at my memorial… preferably with my own personalized lyrics added. :)




“How to love your depressed lover.
Last night I thought I kissed the loneliness from out your belly button. I thought I did, but later you sat up, all bones and restless hands, and told me there is a knot in your body that I cannot undo. I never know what to say to these things. “It’s okay.” “Come back to bed.” “Please don’t go away again.” Sometimes you are gone for days at a time and it is all I can do not to call the police, file a missing person’s report, even though you are right there, still sleeping next to me in bed. But your eyes are like an empty house in winter: lights left on to scare away intruders. Except in this case I am the intruder and you are already locked up so tight that no one could possibly jimmy their way in. Last night I thought I gave you a reason not to be so sad when I held your body like a high note and we both trembled from the effort.
Some people, though, are sad against all reason, all sensibility, all love. I know better now. I know what to say to the things you admit to me in the dark, all bones and restless hands. “It’s okay.” “You can stay in bed.” “Please come back to me again.”

(via thecaffeinatedmind)

Mental illness is such an utter pain in the ass. Because the part the author isn’t writing about, may not even be aware of, is how it agonizes their love, to know the pain their depression causes others. It’s enough to make one feel they should pull away from everyone they care about, or push them away when they won’t allow themselves to be left behind, to avoid visiting the pain of your sadness upon their lives. 

After all, why should you want to cause any pain or sorrow, to someone who wasn’t built to endure sorrow, as you were. 

Clearly you were the one born with the brain, that has a hard time feeling good, even when good things are happening. You’re the damaged person - why should anyone else have to endure the frustrations of your fucked-up neurology? 

Which is why they disappear, only to come back, when they are forced to admit that they’re causing more pain being away, than they cause being present. 

One of the bravest things you can do, in this world, is to truly love someone who has a hard time loving life. 

(Source: five--a--day, via bowties-and-thugglife)



wilwheaton:

There was a time when flipping the channel to A&E was like the television version of visiting a museum. Now, sadly, it’s a lot more like visiting Walmart. Here are five reasons why …


"A&E’s Evening at the Improv," that’s the era I miss. In the day, A&E was a premiere place to check out quality stand-up. 

In fact, when NBC made the gut-wrenching mistake of cancelling “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” I remember thinking pre-2000’s A&E would’ve been a brilliant spot for the show - talk about one of the best shows about MAKING Art and Entertainment. If only A&E still cared about such things. 


svvisher:

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS

A: One of my favorite QI experiments. You just spray some colored sand with Scotchgard repellant. It will not absorb the water, it stays entirely dry, so you get this affect. It’s very cool. My absolute favorite was when he put cornflour and some water, into a speaker, and pulsed sound through. It looked like tiny people writhing, and trying to escape some kind of hell dimension - or one hell of an orgy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=579hNOgHUs8

svvisher:

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS

A: One of my favorite QI experiments.

You just spray some colored sand with Scotchgard repellant. It will not absorb the water, it stays entirely dry, so you get this affect. It’s very cool. 

My absolute favorite was when he put cornflour and some water, into a speaker, and pulsed sound through. It looked like tiny people writhing, and trying to escape some kind of hell dimension - or one hell of an orgy. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=579hNOgHUs8

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