I AM TERRIBLY SORRY TO ANYONE WHO HAS TRIED TO INTERACT WITH ME ON TUMBLR LATELY, I HAVE BEEN INSANELY STRESSED AND BUSY BUT I PROMISE I WILL GET BACK TO YOU AT SOME POINT

OH GOD I HEAR THEM COMING *flees snarls of pursuing syntax homework*

Bring consent out of the bedroom. I think part of the reason we have trouble drawing the line “it’s not okay to force someone into sexual activity” is that in many ways, forcing people to do things is part of our culture in general. Cut that shit out of your life. If someone doesn’t want to go to a party, try a new food, get up and dance, make small talk at the lunchtable—that’s their right. Stop the “aww c’mon” and “just this once” and the games where you playfully force someone to play along. Accept that no means no—all the time.

The Pervocracy: Consent culture. (via notemily)

it’s especially important to practice this with KIDS. Kids need to know it’s ok to say no to giving auntie a hug and kiss. it’s ok to say no to getting up on stage at a children’s show or activity. it’s ok to say no. please teach your children this!

(via huggablekaiju)

In today’s issue of “dear God our culture is fucked up”

(Reblogged from kittensandscience)

Worldbuilding questions, now with IT support

velartrill:

There was a great article I read a very long time ago from the SFWA entitled Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia C. Wrede (I am incredibly proud of myself that I was able to remember who wrote it, middle initial included, five years later, and I was a little shocked to see that my guess was right.) It has a series of in-depth questions designed to ferret out major and minor details of the setting, and is basically required reading for anyone who wants to write speculative fiction.

I have some additions I would like to offer for sci-fi in my (secondary) realm of expertise, presented below somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

(Below the fold because it’s long and because Tumblr mangles the HTML.)

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bringing this back because I’m too swamped with work right now to do any writing (and also I have a bigger audience now)

(Reblogged from velartrill)

codethulhu asked: Can you write up the list of everything wrong with Eragon? It's amuse me greatly to hear you tear it down sometime :P

no, because there is only a finite amount of energy in the universe and one day it will reach maximum entropy

this person does a good job though, probably better than I could

sikkeskall:

lavandulum:

i’ve stopped trash talking comic sans after learning the font is actually one of the only dyslexia-friendly fonts that come standard with most computers and i advocate for others doing the same

It most certainly isn’t “one of the only dyslexia-friendly fonts” that are readily available with most computers.

To designate a font as dyslexia friendly it must meet several criteria that comic sans does indeed fit, such as Arial, Calibri, Geneva, Trebuchet MS. 

Sans Serif, good spacing, non mirroring b,q, and p,d are some requirements. While certainly there are some people who are dyslexic that prefer comic sans, there are many that don’t. 

In experimental trials, such as this one 

http://www.luzrello.com/Publications_files/assets2013.pdf

it was found that Verdana and Helvetica were most readable as compared to Opendyslexic, the font specifically designed to impact readability for dyslexic people

sooooooooo there are plenty of other fonts that offer readability besides comic sans 

This is really interesting.

I have very minor reading difficulties (not dyslexia, though) and I basically *need* text to be in a serif typeface or I can’t read for very long, so I’d never though of sans-serif fonts as being *more* readable.

(Reblogged from kittensandscience)