thinksquad:

“Is now the time to buy water?” enquired the email that showed up in my inbox earlier this week.

Its authors weren’t worrying about my dehydration levels. Rather, they were urging me to think of water in quite a new way: as a commodity to invest in. 

Making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next? 

After spending nearly 30 years of my life writing about business and finance, including several years dedicated to the commodities market, the idea of treating water as a pure commodity – something to bought and sold on the open market by those in quest of a profit rather than trying to deliver it to their fellow citizens as a public service – made me pause. 

Sure, I’ve grown up surrounded by bottled mineral water – Evian, Volvic, Perrier, Pellegrino and even more chi-chi brands – but that has always existed alongside a robust municipal water system that delivers clean water to whatever home I’m occupying. All it takes is turning a tap. The cost of that water is fractions of a penny compared to designer bottled water.

This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/27/water-nestle-drink-charge-privatize-companies-stocks

Step one: Piss. Step two: ??????. Step three: Profit.

thinksquad:

“Is now the time to buy water?” enquired the email that showed up in my inbox earlier this week.

Its authors weren’t worrying about my dehydration levels. Rather, they were urging me to think of water in quite a new way: as a commodity to invest in.

Making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next?

After spending nearly 30 years of my life writing about business and finance, including several years dedicated to the commodities market, the idea of treating water as a pure commodity – something to bought and sold on the open market by those in quest of a profit rather than trying to deliver it to their fellow citizens as a public service – made me pause.

Sure, I’ve grown up surrounded by bottled mineral water – Evian, Volvic, Perrier, Pellegrino and even more chi-chi brands – but that has always existed alongside a robust municipal water system that delivers clean water to whatever home I’m occupying. All it takes is turning a tap. The cost of that water is fractions of a penny compared to designer bottled water.

This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/27/water-nestle-drink-charge-privatize-companies-stocks

Step one: Piss.
Step two: ??????.
Step three: Profit.

clarabows:

Happy 109th birthday Clara Bow! 29th July 1905.

I loved her. She was so generous, no snootiness or anything. She was wonderful to me.”
- Jean Arthur

"I felt Clara was just marvelous, and I loved her. I feel very sorry for her, terribly sorry for her personally. She had such a sad life."
- Colleen Moore

"I was introduced to Clara Bow. I think we just said ‘hello.’ She was a bit nervous and was seemingly in haste. She was there to act and perform and she wanted to get started. I remember she was very nice and not an ‘It’ Girl at all. She was very quiet and not talkative. She wore a pleated skirt with a big belt around her waist and was very graceful. I could tell how talented she was because she could use her face so well. Whenever she spoke, her eyebrows would go up. She was very small with lovely hair over her forehead and great big eyes. She seemed insecure about the talkies and found the whole thing overwhelming. I remember hearing her say, ‘It’s all so new to me.’ She was all alone there. She’d go into make-up alone and do it herself and she’d come on the set alone. She didn’t depend on anybody. I didn’t think the studio was supporting her. She was such a big star and I think she could have had a longer career if they had been more helpful. I was impressed with what a nice girl she really was."
- Marian Marsh

"On Screen she was bigger than anybody. But off the screen she disappeared like an over-exposed negative."
- Louise Brooks

“Clara Bow is the quintessence of what the term ‘flapper’ signifies as a definite description: pretty, impudent, superbly assured, as worldly-wise, briefly-clad and ‘hard-berled’ as possible. There were hundreds of them, her prototypes. Now, completing the circle, there are thousands more, patterning themselves after her. It is rather futile to analyse flappers. They are just girls, all sorts of girls, their one common trait being that they are young things with a splendid talent for living.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"When she is on the screen nothing else matters. When she is off, the same is true".
- Photoplay

"Then we were doing the death scene—Josef von Sternberg was directing that. She was dying, and I was kneeling beside her, weeping. She was chewing gum. She had this great wad of gum in her face when they said, ‘All right, Clara, get the gum out. We’re going to shoot the scene.’ She took the gum out, put it back of her ear, and died. Well, that struck me as so funny, I howled, and they had to wait for me to stop laughing before I could cry again."
- Esther Ralston

"If ever a star was made by public demand, it was Clara Bow."
- Adela Rogers St. Johns

"When Bow was at her height in pictures we could make a story with her in it and gross a million and a half, where another actress would gross half a million in the same picture and with the same cast."
- David Selznick

"This girl was the real thing, someone to stir every pulse in the nation."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"There was no rivalry whatever between us. She had her part and I had mine. But I feel very sorry because one night, I think it was the night we finished the picture, I was giving a big party at my house and I had to rush home. Her dressing room was right next door to mine, and she must have known that I was giving a big party. All the Hollywood people, directors and everybody, were coming. She was standing in her doorway, and she said, ‘You’re having a party, aren’t you, Esther?’ I said, ‘Yes. Oh, would you like to come, Clara?’ ‘No, no’ she said, ‘I know you don’t want me.’ I’ve never forgotten that."
- Esther Ralston

"… Clara Bow lingers in the eye, long after the picture has gone."
Variety, 1924

junkpuyo:

 
maghrabiyya:

thebigblackwolfe:

note-a-bear:

swampmermaids:

softboycollective:

parteira:

fuckyouwhiteboy:

majiinboo:

This is who they have playing as Wonder Woman 😒

WTF

the only wonder woman i recognize is gina torres and/or laverne cox.
and lucy lawless.

the tags literally say “weareright” and “loveidf” fascism is so creepy

YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN

…..I didn’t like her before and now I’m fucking LIVID

Fuck her and this trash ass movie.

laverne cox is the only wonder woman


Well, what do you expect? She’s literally an Israeli. She was Miss Israel 2004. This is as surprising a facet of her personal life as water being wet.Also of note: Gina Torres was Wonder Woman in “DC Universe Online”, Lucy Lawless was Wonder Woman in “Justice League: The New Frontier”, and Laverne Cox has never shown interest in performing as Wonder Woman.

maghrabiyya:

thebigblackwolfe:

note-a-bear:

swampmermaids:

softboycollective:

parteira:

fuckyouwhiteboy:

majiinboo:

This is who they have playing as Wonder Woman 😒

WTF

the only wonder woman i recognize is gina torres and/or laverne cox.

and lucy lawless.

the tags literally say “weareright” and “loveidf” fascism is so creepy

YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN

…..
I didn’t like her before and now I’m fucking LIVID

Fuck her and this trash ass movie.

laverne cox is the only wonder woman

Well, what do you expect? She’s literally an Israeli. She was Miss Israel 2004. This is as surprising a facet of her personal life as water being wet.

Also of note: Gina Torres was Wonder Woman in “DC Universe Online”, Lucy Lawless was Wonder Woman in “Justice League: The New Frontier”, and Laverne Cox has never shown interest in performing as Wonder Woman.

filmsfoodandfandom:

famouslastdraws:

The Crystal Gems -original design

UUGGggghhhh…these designs are SO GOOD.

Why do they always have to change the designs from the pilot episodes?

Look what they did to Bee and PuppyCat!

(The guy on the right in the second image ISN’T the cat from the first one.)

The newer designs are probably easier to animate from a production standpoint. With designs as complex as the original Gem designs, animating one of them would have likely taken either more time to produce, resulting in fewer episodes during a period of time, or more animators to ensure a speedier schedule, resulting in a higher budget. When you’re working on a pilot, you usually won’t have to worry about a budget. I think. I dunno. But I think that’s about the answer.

chinad011:

loliswitch:

Finished it cuz why not, Happy birthday!
[X]

i haven’t even drawn her using the bat really but omg this is rad holy shit thank u switch

chinad011:

loliswitch:

Finished it cuz why not, Happy birthday!

[X]

i haven’t even drawn her using the bat really but omg this is rad holy shit thank u switch

ilexforest:

why does kotaku let people who don’t play games write articles about playing games

"Why I, Tim Rogers, Agree That The Apple Trackpad Might Be The Best Video Game Controller Ever Made - An Article by Tim Rogers.", written by Tim Rogers, filed under Tim Rogers.

ilexforest:

why does kotaku let people who don’t play games write articles about playing games

"Why I, Tim Rogers, Agree That The Apple Trackpad Might Be The Best Video Game Controller Ever Made - An Article by Tim Rogers.", written by Tim Rogers, filed under Tim Rogers.

radicalapollo:

1980sspaceman:

maqdaddio:

dviddy:

maqdaddio:

I’m sick of Bumblebee bring back Hotshot.

Bring back Cheetor

Bring back Ironhide.

No not that one. Not him either. No, you’re thinking of IronSIDES. 

Goddamnit never mind.

bring back optimus primal

bring back waspinator.

Bring back Rattrap. “Beast Wars” era Rattrap, not “Beast Machines”.

sandralvv:

When I was a teenager, there was a cartoon that I loved and marked me forever. When I first saw two women together, I was surprised. It was something I had never seen… and I wanted it to be real. And it was.

   Haruka and Michiru were the first lesbian couple I saw in my life (or the first I can remember). And since then, more than 15 years ago, they became my absolute favourite pairing of all times.

   Now, when I see Korra and Asami on screen, I can’t help but to feel nostalgic. I can’t help but to pray that these two end up together. Why? Because I long for young girls, confused and isolated, to understand that it’s okay to feel those kind of feelings for other girls, for them to know they are not the only ones craving for the world to accept them, and to know that you’ll find that special person you’ll be willing to fight for… no matter what anyone else says.

Well, with the series going digital, and with it a complete freedom from the shackles of television censorship, there’s always a chance for a last minute revelation that Korra and Asami were banging the whole time.

Hooray!

slow-riot:

Look at this image. This image was sent to me via text message by my friend Connor earlier today. The caption was “I cannot even HANDLE this” and I was very confused. You can’t read the text in the photo, so what on earth is this? I looked at the squares of color for a moment, completely mystified about what on earth they were supposed to be, maybe the text was supposed to give context to the squares and Connor had simply made an error. And then it hit me.

The squares of color are the classic Constanza.jpg meme broken down into it’s most basic of details. Based on nothing more than the colors, I was able to recognize his skin, shirt, the blue of fence behind him and conjure an image in my mind of the intended source material.Pointillism is an art movement that was born out of impressionism. It is characterized by dots of color applied in very specific patterns to display the suggestion of the subject material. 

The above image is from Seurat’s classic Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte. There is very little precise detail in the image. Instead, Seurat applies small groupings of colored dots to show the viewer a man’s mustache or the the brim of a hat.By applying this knowledge to Costanza.jpg, we can conclude that the image the Connor sent to me earlier could possibly be classified as a pointillist meme. 
Ladies and Gentlemen, if All Your Base and the Dancing Baby were the birth of the meme, and things like Advice Dog and Rickroll were the Renaissance, then we have finally reached impressionist memes and I for one cannot wait for the abstract.


I’d say this is over-analysis, but you can also see this in the micro variations of “Loss” where simple lines can convey an entire concept and comic strip.

slow-riot:

Look at this image. This image was sent to me via text message by my friend Connor earlier today. The caption was “I cannot even HANDLE this” and I was very confused. You can’t read the text in the photo, so what on earth is this? I looked at the squares of color for a moment, completely mystified about what on earth they were supposed to be, maybe the text was supposed to give context to the squares and Connor had simply made an error. And then it hit me.

The squares of color are the classic Constanza.jpg meme broken down into it’s most basic of details. Based on nothing more than the colors, I was able to recognize his skin, shirt, the blue of fence behind him and conjure an image in my mind of the intended source material.

Pointillism is an art movement that was born out of impressionism. It is characterized by dots of color applied in very specific patterns to display the suggestion of the subject material. 

The above image is from Seurat’s classic Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte. There is very little precise detail in the image. Instead, Seurat applies small groupings of colored dots to show the viewer a man’s mustache or the the brim of a hat.

By applying this knowledge to Costanza.jpg, we can conclude that the image the Connor sent to me earlier could possibly be classified as a pointillist meme. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, if All Your Base and the Dancing Baby were the birth of the meme, and things like Advice Dog and Rickroll were the Renaissance, then we have finally reached impressionist memes and I for one cannot wait for the abstract.

I’d say this is over-analysis, but you can also see this in the micro variations of “Loss” where simple lines can convey an entire concept and comic strip.

joethepeacock:

A helpful flow chart for anyone who gets paid for what they do

joethepeacock:

A helpful flow chart for anyone who gets paid for what they do

loltaku:

Almost no outlets covered the obvious scam that was Areal beyond the initial “Look at this Stalker-like game”.
They did not cover the studio’s insane response to questions.
They did not cover the studio claiming Erik Kain’s articles about them were a plot by the chinese to destroy their project.
They did not cover comments on the kickstarter going up by 3000% overnight despite the backers not increasing in any significant amount.
They did not cover the fact that in last few days, when it became obvious the project would not be funded, that several very generous individuals suddenly backed in amounts from 5-10 thousand dollars.
Now that Kickstarter has deemed the project suspicious enough to suspend, they are covering it, and would like you to kindly forget all those other things they didn’t think were important enough to talk about, instead deciding to post about.. I don’t know, memes, or articles intended to make them feel morally superior to their own audience.
Polygon, Kotaku, were not interested in these, even with the very real possibility some of their audience could be backing this scam and unaware of these things.
Polygon and Kotaku aren’t actually interested in journalism.

loltaku:

Almost no outlets covered the obvious scam that was Areal beyond the initial “Look at this Stalker-like game”.

They did not cover the studio’s insane response to questions.

They did not cover the studio claiming Erik Kain’s articles about them were a plot by the chinese to destroy their project.

They did not cover comments on the kickstarter going up by 3000% overnight despite the backers not increasing in any significant amount.

They did not cover the fact that in last few days, when it became obvious the project would not be funded, that several very generous individuals suddenly backed in amounts from 5-10 thousand dollars.

Now that Kickstarter has deemed the project suspicious enough to suspend, they are covering it, and would like you to kindly forget all those other things they didn’t think were important enough to talk about, instead deciding to post about.. I don’t know, memes, or articles intended to make them feel morally superior to their own audience.

Polygon, Kotaku, were not interested in these, even with the very real possibility some of their audience could be backing this scam and unaware of these things.

Polygon and Kotaku aren’t actually interested in journalism.

casualcissexism:

phantomthelabrat:

princestyle
:

They’re selling homestuck shirts at hot topic, brace yourselves a storm is coming kiddos.

image

There’s your proof, that was on my IG dash.

Actually, this is official! This was the shirt that Hot Topic picked to put in their stores after the WeLoveFine contest! No need to be mad!

image

…Except they fucking whitewashed the artists work and you should be even more mad…

LMAO NICE PARTNERSHIP IDEA WHATPUMPKIN, WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE YOUR WHITE KIDS!!!!!!

#man I’d need to see the shirt in person because photos aren’t always an accurate representation of color but hmmm…

That’s definitely the case here. Note how all of the darker colors, like Dave and John’s pants and Equius’ skin, appear lighter than in the original picture. Plus, there’s a filter on the IG picture, which will always futz with the actual color.

moosefeels:

believersneverdie5:

FUCK YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

fuck oH MY GOD INHUMANS MOVIE OH MY GOD OH MY GOD YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YAS YEA SYASYEAY EYA YES

This image, or at least everything after “Ant-Man”, is pure speculation. No official announcements have been made for Cap 3 and Thor 3’s final titles or for the inevitable Dr. Strange film, nor have any announcements been made regarding a GOTG sequel, a Black Panther movie, Avengers 3, Hulk 2, or Inhumans 1.