10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 30 May – 5 June 2015

I love the powerful images of girls in "Got #Gameface?" at Wildfang. They're not trying to stuff femininity into a male box. They're simply being kick ass and confident about a game they love.


Joshua Tyree's "On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor" at McSweeney's Internet Tendency:

I maintain that the trash compactor onboard the Death Star in Star Wars is implausible, unworkable, and moreover, inefficient.

by Marcelo Noah (Flickr: More Solomon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Marcelo Noah (Flickr: More Solomon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

"William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36", an interview by Conrad Knickerbocker at Paris Review:

I started to write in about 1950; I was thirty-five at the time; there didn't seem to be any strong motivation. I simply was endeavoring to put down in a more or less straightforward journalistic style something about my experiences with addiction and addicts.  

Christopher Long's "Inhabiting a Liminal Space" at Medium's The Synapse:

Chief among these capacities is ethical imagination. Rooted in empathy, the capacity to identify with the feelings and situation of another, ethical imagination asks yet more of us; it requires us to cultivate habits of thinking and living that enable us to envision new possibilities for more meaningful and fulfilling relationships with one another, and it enjoins us to find ways to put such possibilities into practice.

I can't get enough of this guy and goats. His joy in them and the goats' exuberance are contagious:


Choire Sicha's "Farewell, My Lovely Cigarettes" at The New York Times:

Quitting smoking was simple. The secret, you see, is hidden in the phrase itself. You stop putting cigarettes in your mouth.
It’s like KonMari, except easy, because the only things you throw out are your cigarettes and your entire sense of self.

Quinn Norton's "The Hypocrisy of the Internet Journalist" at Medium's The Message:

Your internet experience isn’t the main result of algorithms built on surveillance data; you are. Humans are beautifully plastic, endlessly adaptable, and over time advertisers can use that fact to make you into whatever they were hired to make you be.


Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. It's an important and enlightening document. Canada has an ugly history and present to contend with, and it is on all Canadians to face the reality and legacy of the residential schools and what our roles are in perpetuating the injustice.


Amanda Palmer's "Amanda Palmer: Playing the Hitler Card" at New Statesman:

Empathy is not sympathy and compassion is not condonation. Stage blood is exactly that. We spill it, on the stage and on the page, precisely because we can do it without harm.