1. 21:32 17th Apr 2014

    Notes: 247545

    Reblogged from jumpingjacktrash

    jumpingjacktrash:

thischick25:

cherrymilkshake:

jumpingjacktrash:

building-an-unstoppable-fist:

poopsandpeeps:

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

Reblogging for the last comment.

second to last comment was dope, and very true.
but for real, is the reason behind skin color really not common knowledge? I mean….

there seems to be some assumption going on that darker skin is the adaptation.
in fact, darker skin is the ‘original flavor’. but evolution likes to get rid of traits that aren’t needed, especially if they cost energy, and maintaining a melanin shield is expensive. we also need sunlight to synthesize vitamin D, and melanin blocks that. so in latitudes that get less sunlight, folks evolved to produce less melanin.
vitamin D deficiency is actually a problem for dark-skinned people living in areas with long, dark winters, btw. take your vitamins!
light-colored eyes are also an adaptation to less sunlight. if real life was like science fiction, blue-eyed people could see in the dark. but reality’s not that cool.

I have trouble seeing in bright light. Idk if that’s because of the blue eyes or because I prefer being inside because I’m super pale and burning sucks.
Brown-eyed followers, do your eyes adjust to bright sunlight, or are you always squinting?

Pretty well, I’d have to say, unless I’m coming out of a relatively dim area (like an office/warehouse) to like, a clear bright sky. Even if I have to squint, I only have to do it enough so I can see through my eyelashes and the adjustment is fairly quick.

i have green/gray eyes and i have a real problem with bright light, especially glare off water/snow. this is all anecdotal, but it occurs to me that if pigmented eyes are a good defense against snow glare, that might explain why, when you reach the snowline, the population’s eye color darkens again.

It sounds plausible! Dark irises would make bright light easier kind of in the same way as those lines that football players draw on the cheeks—the pigment absorbs radiation and reduces the amount of glare going to the retina. In low-light environments, the adaptation is no longer necessary and even detrimental so it starts to get bred out over generations.
And yeah, it can take a few minutes but I have no problem with bright sunlight, and my irises are so dark that when I was in 4th grade a white girl asked me if Asians had no irises at all lmao
(if you really want to see in the dark, the thing you want to change is what’s directly behind the photoreceptors, where some species have what’s called a tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back forwards to the retina again to make the most of what light there is in very low light conditions. It’s what makes cats and dogs have eye lasers in flash photos! It’d be pretty nifty if humans could do that too. Cool quirk of eye anatomy though—if you want to see quickly in the dark, attend to your peripheral vision: there’s a higher concentration of rods, which are better at low-light conditions than the mostly-cones in the center of your vision.)

    jumpingjacktrash:

    thischick25:

    cherrymilkshake:

    jumpingjacktrash:

    building-an-unstoppable-fist:

    poopsandpeeps:

    thelonelyscarecrow:

    castiels-time-traveler:

    nintendocanada:

    mapsontheweb:

    Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

    i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

    actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

    THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

    Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

    Reblogging for the last comment.

    second to last comment was dope, and very true.

    but for real, is the reason behind skin color really not common knowledge? I mean….

    there seems to be some assumption going on that darker skin is the adaptation.

    in fact, darker skin is the ‘original flavor’. but evolution likes to get rid of traits that aren’t needed, especially if they cost energy, and maintaining a melanin shield is expensive. we also need sunlight to synthesize vitamin D, and melanin blocks that. so in latitudes that get less sunlight, folks evolved to produce less melanin.

    vitamin D deficiency is actually a problem for dark-skinned people living in areas with long, dark winters, btw. take your vitamins!

    light-colored eyes are also an adaptation to less sunlight. if real life was like science fiction, blue-eyed people could see in the dark. but reality’s not that cool.

    I have trouble seeing in bright light. Idk if that’s because of the blue eyes or because I prefer being inside because I’m super pale and burning sucks.

    Brown-eyed followers, do your eyes adjust to bright sunlight, or are you always squinting?

    Pretty well, I’d have to say, unless I’m coming out of a relatively dim area (like an office/warehouse) to like, a clear bright sky. Even if I have to squint, I only have to do it enough so I can see through my eyelashes and the adjustment is fairly quick.

    i have green/gray eyes and i have a real problem with bright light, especially glare off water/snow. this is all anecdotal, but it occurs to me that if pigmented eyes are a good defense against snow glare, that might explain why, when you reach the snowline, the population’s eye color darkens again.

    It sounds plausible! Dark irises would make bright light easier kind of in the same way as those lines that football players draw on the cheeks—the pigment absorbs radiation and reduces the amount of glare going to the retina. In low-light environments, the adaptation is no longer necessary and even detrimental so it starts to get bred out over generations.

    And yeah, it can take a few minutes but I have no problem with bright sunlight, and my irises are so dark that when I was in 4th grade a white girl asked me if Asians had no irises at all lmao

    (if you really want to see in the dark, the thing you want to change is what’s directly behind the photoreceptors, where some species have what’s called a tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back forwards to the retina again to make the most of what light there is in very low light conditions. It’s what makes cats and dogs have eye lasers in flash photos! It’d be pretty nifty if humans could do that too. Cool quirk of eye anatomy though—if you want to see quickly in the dark, attend to your peripheral vision: there’s a higher concentration of rods, which are better at low-light conditions than the mostly-cones in the center of your vision.)

     
  2. man that last thing I reblogged got me thinking

    you hardly ever see the term “identity politics” being used in tumblr social justice, even though that’s the one issue that social justice is all about on tumblr.

    I wonder why?

     
  3. 05:23

    Notes: 101

    Reblogged from roachpatrol

    Tags: identity politics

    Anonymous asked: hi, roach! just wondering, can you clarify the difference between tokenism and... uh, the other kind of including diversity that isn't loaded with unfortunate implications? or if there is a difference? i'm just sort of hazy on this. thanks!

    roachpatrol:

    tokenism is when you have just like one member of a group to be like HA, LOOK, REPRESENTATION, but then that one member of the group has to stand for the whole group. like just one woman, who is then all women, right! and everything she does or says is like, hey, women! women do these things! women are these things! because women! but really there’s just the one woman. you get this a lot with black people too, you have just the one black guy and he’s like a gangster with a heart of gold or he’s the minstrel side kick and everyone else is white and he’s just like the only member of his race, representing them, and it’s super gross and kind of sad. or the one gay character, who’s so swishy and charming and cultured and hypersexual, because that’s just how gays are but aren’t you soooo progressive for writing them (him) into your show?

    to actually have a diverse cast you need to acknowledge that your characters are members of a group. they’re people in a world, they have friends and specific quirks, they interact with other members of their group. they’re not alternates to the straight white man default—everyone of every race and gender and orientation is just one more person in a very rich and complicated world. diversity is trying to portray the world like it actually is, with seven billion different and valid ways of being a person, rather than going down a list and going ‘five white men, a black dude, and a chick. that’s good enough.’ 

    (tolkenism is when short people keep stealing your jewelry)

    People are defined by identity categories in the same way that a lake is defined by its shores, or a country by its borders—we tend to adapt to the space available to us, sure, but that isn’t all we are. I think a lot of people first getting into this diversity stuff are intimidated, because they don’t want to be offensive, they don’t want to get it wrong, they feel they have to make their first queer character or POC character or so on perfect.

    But that’s a really unfortunate way of going about it! Trying to make any single individual—whether fictional or not—“represent” an entire demographic is bound to invite more extrapolations from case to category than strictly correct: “she did that because she’s a woman,” “he says this because he’s black.” Real people have both identity and idiosyncrasies. Tokenism only lets a character have the former and not the latter, whatever the intent may be. The only way to defeat it, really, is to have enough data points that someone can’t just draw a straight line through all them and go, “there! that’s what there is to say about x identity.”

     
  4. 20:31 31st Mar 2014

    Notes: 3

    Reblogged from princeloptr

    hoarous asked: re atheism: yeah new atheism is a movement originating in abrahamic culture; atheism just describes lack of belief in gods. Buddhism is technically an atheist faith, and there are genuinely nonreligious forms of atheism that aren't anything like NA, so conflating all atheism with NA is definitely ethnocentric. but it's so prevalent that I don't feel comfortable self-IDing as an atheist anymore, because people think that's what I mean even though I'm not from an abrahamic background.

    princeloptr:

    and you cant even go into the religion tags on this site without running into these militant white atheists ranting about their, as you said, very ethnocentric views on religion and tagging it with the name of every organized religion they can think of, INCLUDING buddhism and its?? completely nonsensical and i wanted to go into a rant yesterday about how western christian-centric it is as a way of thinking but i didnt really know how to say it (there are obviously people who understand it far better than i do)

    but yeah no i didnt mean to phrase it like i think new atheists make up the sum of atheism in general, especially globally… these are the people that i deal with locally and here on the web where its, as you know, pretty american-centric and shifting my views and my language to reflect a global reality is a struggle but it is something im working on, thank you

    #religion #new atheism

    Not just globally but locally as well; I’m American myself. American atheists are actually a pretty diverse bunch; it’s just angry militant ex-Christian new atheists are the loudest and most deliberately visible around here (they’re not always white either, although, yes, the most annoying ones tend to be the white cismale fedorabros who want to feel like they’re part of a righteous minority just because they aren’t christian). It’s like the atheist equivalent of the fundamentalist bible-thumping Christians, hahaha. I think a lot of Americans who are atheist but not politically so don’t even tend to disclose that they’re atheist to casual acquaintances because it’s a good way to get a lot of unwanted scrutiny, depending on context. I’ve had people try to befriend me just to convert me to their faith in the past, it’s always awkward and unpleasant.

    But yeah I have one of those rants too, militant atheists that assume I’m naturally One Of Them just because I’m not religious under the abrahamic prototype of religion are just as frustrating as stalwart Christians who make the exact same assumption and try to argue over my head at something that isn’t what I personally believe. Ethnocentrism! It is a problem, yes. Nowadays I mostly say that I’m areligious, because it will confuse them long enough that I can slip under their guard and alleviate that part a little haha.

     
  5. 22:15 16th Mar 2014

    Notes: 166

    Reblogged from upholdingthelol

    rickonstark:

    FUN FACT: did you know that there is only one form of third person pronouns in spoken Chinese, and it’s pronounced “tā”

    The gendered distinction between written pronouns (他/她) only arose in the 20th century under Western influence, so yeah, you could say that white people ruin literally everything.

    further fun fact: 他, both now and before, is used exclusively for people. There’s a different one for objects, and another for animals, and yet another for deities (this last introduced, if I recall correctly, by Christian missionaries who were distressed that there wasn’t an existing way to capitalize God’s pronouns when they were translating the bible). This is because the semantic radical, that T-looking bit on the left side of the character, is the one that means “person”. In 她, the radical means “woman”. So this creates a distinction in the language between a normal person, who is implicitly male, and women, who are specifically female. There’s been a specifically-male pronoun proposed with the man/male radical, but fucking no one actually uses it.

    (Source: graylees)

     
  6. 19:33

    Notes: 34972

    Reblogged from princeloptr

    Tags: this image is so poetic

    image: Download

    (Source: detrea)

     
  7. 00:29 12th Mar 2014

    Notes: 104

    Reblogged from cyphercat

    Anonymous asked: Kurloz & Cronus, mind control/Cronus fucked up somehow? Or Rose & Eridan are bad at doing s&m safely when it comes to blackrom?

    cyphercat:

    belatedly I realize i’m not sure if you mean “Cronus made an error” or “Cronus in an altered state,” but honestly both apply here. (also I ran over 500 words by several sentences, but I don’t care.)

    This is not a friendly encounter! This is two creeps being creepy at each other. Fair warning.

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    jsklfjd CRONUS oh my god

    best reaction to being brainjacked

     
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    givemeinternet:

And this is why the Microsoft Excel logo starts with an X

    givemeinternet:

    And this is why the Microsoft Excel logo starts with an X

     
  9. 23:21 17th Feb 2014

    Notes: 9

    Reblogged from princeloptr

    princekipling:

    herestoyoumsholly:

    princekipling:

    herestoyoumsholly:

    Okay now I’m confused, I’ve seen both ‘weeaboo’ and ‘otaku’ used affectionately but then I see ‘OMG NO THOSE ARE BOTH TERMS USED TO LABEL OFFENSIVE PEOPLE’ so now I’m confused.

    otaku, as it is used in japan, refers to the sort of people that populate brony forums a.k.a gross social rejects

    idk about weeaboo though. i understand it as a derogative term for anime fans

    I’ve always understood ‘weeaboo’ to mean it’s a derogatory term for foreigners who think that Japan is a magical country full of anime/manga tropes and stereotypes, much like ‘anglophiles’ do towards the UK.

    I’ve almost always seen it as something to avoid, much like ‘otaku’, ‘anglophiles’, and whatever the American and Canadian equivalents are. 

    thats true. a word also used for that is “japanophile” but it doesnt roll off the tongue like weeb does

    ive seen it used in other contexts, but generally speaking one wouldnt be “proud” to be a weeaboo

    Weeaboo usually refers to someone who’s white but wants to be/thinks they are Japanese, it’s from a word filter on 4chan that replaced “wapanese” with it.

     
  10. 19:49 14th Feb 2014

    Notes: 118892

    Reblogged from princeloptr

    Tags: foodquietly screaming

    thegaynerdblog:

    Here’s the recipe since motherfuckers can’t source their shit.

    (Source: wamwanfood)