…yeah, I have no life.
In the last few days I seem to have become totally addicted to the My Little Pony iOS game. So much so that I’ve actually spent a fair amount of time browsing Brony boards and /r/MLPIOS for hacks and spreadsheets of all the stores and ponies. SPREADSHEETS, people. I am using spreadsheets on a game designed for six year olds. I’m pretty sure there’s no cure for what’s wrong with me.
FML. At this rate I might as well move to a rock farm.
1. The Chunnel does not actually look like the Deeprun Tram.
Alas, dear traveller, no. It is something more like twenty minutes of darkness, and then you’re in France. Which I suppose is something like a metaphor, though for what I’m not entirely sure.
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and of fiction unsolved.” ~The Gentleman Scholar
The culturally shaped analytic/individualistic mind-sets may partly explain why Western researchers have so dramatically failed to take into account the interplay between culture and cognition. In the end, the goal of boiling down human psychology to hardwiring is not surprising given the type of mind that has been designing the studies. Taking an object (in this case the human mind) out of its context is, after all, what distinguishes the analytic reasoning style prevalent in the West. Similarly, we may have underestimated the impact of culture because the very ideas of being subject to the will of larger historical currents and of unconsciously mimicking the cognition of those around us challenges our Western conception of the self as independent and self-determined. (More here…)
“We have no language for democracy. We have no language for compassion. Neoliberalism collapses public issues into private troubles and in doing so not only destroys democratic values and forms of solidarity, but also extends a continuity of cruelty, misery, and exploitation into every sphere of everyday life–from schools and the work place to the workings of a state that now thrives on punishing rather than nourishing the welfare state. We view any form of dependency, any form of regard for the other as humiliating and worthy of scorn.” From a TruthOut interview with Henry A Giroux