I discovered you through your valentine illustrations. I didn't think I'd laugh so hard about drugs. Well done, sir, well done. I may just have a bit of a crush on you. Just a bit. :x Question! What's the last book you really liked? I may read it.
Why Thinspo (on Facebook / Tumblr / Pinterest) Isn't A First Amendment Right
Although it should be obvious.
Unquestionably the most contentious of the constitutional amendments is the very first. This amendment guarantees, among other things, our right to free speech. In some sort of cruel joke on future generations of citizens and lawmakers, our founding fathers decided to leave that phrase up to interpretation, which was about as smart as putting the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, which, obviously, also happened.
Unlike the latter decision, the First Amendment to the US Constitution hasn’t caused any holy wars (yet). It has, however, sparked up endless debates as to what exactly constitutes “free speech” and what restrictions, if any, should be applied to its protection.
Enter “thinspiration” or “thinspo,” a title given to content that encourages weight loss by means varying from exercise to bulimia nervosa.
I just wanted to let you know that I think you have a wonderfully creative and fascinating mind. I've been reading some of your writing, and listening to some of your music, and I don't know what to say. I'm in awe. I don't know if you've ever come across the feeling of just being complete or whole after you read something, but it's what I felt after I read some of your writing.
Well then, how did you get started doing what you do?
Depends which thing you mean, I suppose! I got into animation because I always wanted to make short films but I was limited by my dinky little camera and actors that were also thirteen years old like me. I figured with animation, the only limitation (as far as getting a professional looking final product) is your skill at drawing. I’m not a naturally good artist, so I just doodle a lot. Which got me into illustration.
If you’re talking about writing—if you’re passionately interested enough in something besides yourself, and you think about it enough, you can churn out some things that people will find interesting, I think.
My interests in gender and mimesis color every movie and commercial I see, every article and facebook status I read, and every interaction I have, so there’s no shortage of things to blab about.
If you’re into something, read about it a lot and think about other things through that lens.
And if you’re talking about blogging—I started animating for an online entertainment site when I was 15 and I had a website up because I really liked web design and couldn’t get a company to let me build their site, so I made my own. A handful of people saw that stuff and stuck around to see if there’d be any more. I’ve not had time to animate as much since high school, but I can’t seem to help writing and making stupid little things here and there, so I put them up here and hopefully people don’t hate them too much.
If you’re talking about making jokes, that comes from being a very unhappy child and then developing a relentless obsession with my own mortality and inadequacies.
So I've spent the majority of this week reading over the past 73 pages of your blog, and I think it's about time that I tell you thanks for being a brilliant human. You've been the perfect distraction from all education-related activities. Plus you introduced me to masculism, which I sincerely appreciate. If I were to have a penis, I would want to put it inside your words. After a nice home-cooked dinner, a lovely concert or something, and their genuine consent. Keep being wonderful.
I don’t even know what to SAY. This is very flattering. I’m almost entirely flat after reading it. They should use your sweet words instead of steamrollers. I’ve been steamrolled with kindness. I’m very tired and now I’m going to have nice dreams about your imaginary penis courting my words.
KONY 2012 and Generation Y: Rebels Without A Pause
This Is Your Brain On Melodrama
In the mid 1940’s, Walt Disney produced a number of cartoons, at the request of the United States government. These shorts, given titles like “Der Fuehrer’s Face” and “Commando Duck,” portrayed Germans and Japanese as amoral, corrupt, and uncivilized caricatures. Copies of these propaganda films can be found floating around the internet, but due to their reductive and simplistic portrayal of nuanced and now-familiar subjects, they don’t read the way they used to. It’s a combination of cynicism, embarrassment, and an assumed superiority that leads us to laugh at these images of the three industrious pigs taking on a Nazi wolf—superiority to the dopey inhabitants of America 1945 who swallowed that ridiculously two-dimensional waffle without thinking twice; who blindly supported the endeavors of their government based on a few minutes of carefully scripted media. We snort, we close the tab, we open Facebook, and we all but declare war on a man whose name we just learned in a country we couldn’t point to on a map.
Joseph Kony and Uganda, respectively, in case you’ve been internetting under a rock.
On the continuum between our primate ancestors, from Dryopithecus up to the modern Homo Sapiens, there are fewer steps between us and the sentimental Cleavers of WWII America than we’d like to think. Although plenty of red flags have been raised in the wake of Invisible Children Inc.’s viral KONY 2012 campaign regarding the organization’s motivations, legitimacy, use of funds, etc., this isn’t my concern. One thing of which I’m certain is that they are not “bad guys,”
I'm afraid that I don't have anything intelligent to say, but I just wanted to let you know that you're wonderful :) Someone posted your valentines on facebook a few weeks ago (around Valentine's Day, believe it or not) and I thought they were (and still are) brilliant, and since then I've been avidly perusing/stalking your blog and I just thought I'd tell you that I find your words/music/pictures to be quite wonderful. Yeah. That's about it. Bye. :)
Not as of now. I’m trying to decide which site would be best for printing cards and selling them, because a lot of people are interested in having them on nice cardstock. (And without my name, I assume.)
If you stick around I’ll definitely post about it if/when I make prints available of them and other things. It’s really awesome that you’re interested <3