This seems to be the common refrain. Judging by the abysmally skewed sample set of “people who appear on my dash and are doing this ask” I have come to the conclusion that Phil is responsible for approximately 90% of all instances in which one Tumblr user follows another.
Theodore Beale says that his commenters “tend to skew much more intelligent and broadly educated than you’re probably accustomed to encountering.”
Here’s some highlights from his post on me.
- Tragic waste of a human life.
- Oh look the ikkle wabbit found the reason why its shitty little life is…
This is so depressing.
A new update to my actual, like, writing of stuff blog, Philip Sandifer: Writer
Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were old friends, working as lawyers a few doors down from each other and sometimes serving as co-council on legal cases.
After Hamilton architected the Constitution and became the Secretary of the Treasury under Washington, Aaron Burr changed the Tammany social club into the Tammany Hall political machine that would dominate New York politics for over 100 years. This made him the most powerful man in New York politics, a title he took away from Alexander Hamilton.
Aaron Burr tried to trick Jefferson out of the presidency. He told Jefferson that they’d go in together with him as president and Burr and Vice President, but secretly worked behind the scenes to try and make himself president instead (at the time the person with the second most votes for president became Vice President). However his plan backfired, Jefferson and Burr were tied in the electoral college, the vote went to congress and after 35 ties the 36th went to Jefferson AFTER Hamilton (Jefferson’s sworn nemesis) comes out in the press in favor of Jefferson, influencing his friends in congress. Says Hamilton, seeing through Burr’s naked ambition, “At least Jefferson stands for something.”
Burr, now Vice President of the United States is so pissed at Hamilton for costing him the presidency, slagging him off in the press and behind his back, that he challenges Hamilton to a duel. They meet at Wehawken, New Jersey, and the sitting Vice President shoots dead the former Secretary of the Treasury. This is very close, and with the same pistols, to where Hamilton’s son Philip was also shot dead in a duel (defending his father’s honor, no less).
For most people, this is where they’re knowledge of the story ends. But it gets much, much more insane. Burr, after hiding from the law in Pennsylvania, has all charges against him dropped. His political career is finished though, he’s forever known as the man who killed Hamilton.
Burr still wants to lead a country, however. He goes south, and leases 40,000 acres of land from Spain in what’s then Florida and is now Louisiana. He fills this land with armed farmers who can form a militia. He meets with British agents and Mexican revolutionaries and forms a plan: raise an army, help revolutionaries overthrow Spanish rule in Mexico and either take over part of the southwest as his own country or install himself as king of all Mexico (since, as a racist, he believes the Mexicans are not suited to rule themselves).
News of this plan gets back to Jefferson, along with rumors that Burr also wants to overthrow the Jefferson administration and rule America too. Jefferson puts out a warrant for Burr’s arrest as a traitor to his nation. Burr flees. Again.
Burr runs away to England. There he once again tries to raise an money and a military to invade Mexico. He fails. He goes to France, wanting to convince Napoleon to help him invade Mexico. Napoleon refuses to see him.
Finally, Burr returns to New York and reopens his law practice (at first under an assumed name to avoid creditors). He has a stroke and dies, but not before trying to scam a wealthy widow out of her money through marriage.
And that’s the story of Aaron Burr.
(Got interested in this story after seeing the Hamilton musical at the Public Theater, which is super dope– really, really good. Now I want to read the novel Gore Vidal wrote about this guy, it’s probably amazing.)
“For art to be ‘un-political’ means only to ally itself with the ruling group.”
- Bertolt Brecht - A Short Organum for the Theatre (via bustakay)
I’d like to propose that in the world of movie tropes, there is such a thing as the Magical White Guy. He’s like a cross between the magical negro and the manic pixie dream girl, and he’s there to help all the non-white guys out there true their course and find their purpose. Mostly women, though.
– from my new thing about movies where straight male sexual predation is neither bad, nor simply normal, but actually a display of compassionate magic in which your dick can show women how everything bad that happens to them is their own fault.
after the jump: pictures of dick bones!
Remember this: To win the Republican nomination, it will be necessary to pledge to repeal Obamacare, along with ALL of President Obama’s executive orders. If the Republican nominee wins the election, almost all of the important progress that has been made on trans rights at the federal level over the last 6 years will be swept away, along with the health insurance of millions of people. Whomever this Republican President nominates to the Federal judiciary will continue the efforts of the far right to curtail the rights of vulnerable populations and enrich the top 1% at the expense of everyone else.
This election will literally be life and death for a lot of people… For a lot of trans folks, too. You might not like the Democratic Party. You might not like Hillary Clinton… But you still have a moral obligation to vote democratic if you care about what happens to women, racial minorities, the LGBT population, and the middle class/working class/poor folks of this country.
We can’t afford anyone sitting this one out because they smugly assume there is no difference between the two major American parties. Register, and vote.
Or, you know, vote for another party. That’s an option, too.
which is effectively a vote for the republicans, as well you know.
“Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.” Nikki Giovanni (via word-spinning) if I wrote only from experience everything would be about being stuck at bus stations in Eastern European countries and yelling at teenagers to be quiet. (via elizabethminkel) You don’t need to write what you know; you need to make an effort at knowing what you write. (via karenhealey)
Nikki Giovanni (via word-spinning)
if I wrote only from experience everything would be about being stuck at bus stations in Eastern European countries and yelling at teenagers to be quiet.
You don’t need to write what you know; you need to make an effort at knowing what you write.
They probably twigged on that when people tell me to do things like write about Sucker Punch I’m fucking awful about finishing.
Hunkered over, Lisa rooted around the cleft in the glintstone with her pocket tongs. She glimpsed chitin now and then, pincers, legs, stinger. Radio static flared up every few moments as it moved. Little bastard taunting her. She used her free hand to knuckle-rub the small of her back, sore from crouching and slick with sweat even under her porous desert cloak. Why’d it have to be the damn scorpions that became radio receivers?
She stood up for a long stretch. Pulled a handkerchief from her back pocket, wiped the dust off her polarized goggles. Doffed her hat to fan herself, Dora the Explorer smiling back from the floppy canvas. Just a little break.
“The [geeks] get psychologically stuck in middle school. … It’s one of the most pernicious myths in our culture is that of the oppressed geek. Yes, in Middle School, sure, but most geeks and nerds are incredibly privileged people. And it’s one of the things about privilege is that you can fantasize that you’re oppressed. It’s the kind of thing you see all the time from right wingers, they constantly fantasize that they’re being done down or persecuted or silenced. It’s part of the nerd mentality, the geek mentality is to have that privilege and to stay psychologically at that point when you were a bullied twelve-year-old or whatever. That’s a form of self-flattery and it gives you all sorts of excuses.”
ShabCast 3 is here btw: http://pexlives.libsyn.com/shabcast-3
Courtesy of philsandifer, on the #hugoawards, “This forwards this lie that there’s such a thing as apolitical fiction. There is no such thing, and the only people who claim their are are right-wing shitheads. Ostensibly apolitical fiction only serves to reinforce the status quo.”
Shabcast is here: http://pexlives.libsyn.com/shabcast-3
Read my story “The Spine of Worlds” in the latest issue of Kaleidotrope!
Midnight, 42nd street Manhattan
- "The Spine of Worlds" (Kaleidotrope)
- "Judges' Cave" (Lakeside Circus)
- "Trials of the Dead King" (LORE)
- "Logos Ex Machina" (365 Tomorrows)
- Loghorrhea Edited by John Klima (New Haven Review)
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Literary Kicks)
- Why Robin Sloan is the Future of Publishing (and Science Fiction) (io9)
- Weird Comics (comiXology Blog)