Just things I find fascinating. What did you expect?
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In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being human: aging, decay, darkness and so forth. And I believe that monsters originally, when we were cavemen and you know, sitting around a fire, we needed to explain the birth of the sun and the death of the moon and the phases of the moon and rain and thunder. And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside. The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing: cannibalism, murder, these things needed an explanation. The sex drive, the need to hunt, the need to kill, these things then became personified in monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable. By Guillermo Del Toro (via questionable-body-horror)

This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have. By

In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.

She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”

American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.

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benedictatorship:

“Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap. 1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills. 2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich. 3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills. 4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt. 5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive. 6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable. 7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is. 8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault. 9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.”

The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior (via brutereason)

solarbird added: see also the intrinsic fraud of the prestigious internship. (via solarbird)

this comes from the top rope.

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This problem is a plague for all of us.

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I have honestly considered falsifying my resume because of this sort of bullshit.

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dustinmartian:

fuck. RIP H.R Giger.  When I was 16, nothing shocked or exhilarated me more than discovering your artwork in a time where the internet and LSD ruled my life. For a while I had a hard time looking at it and to this day it still informs my dreams. In the past few years as high definition images became an everyday blip, your detailed biomechanical hyper sexual artwork seemed to be more and more relevant and is easily hundreds of years ahead of it’s time. You left a beautiful burn across the earth, cheers.

dustinmartian:

fuck. RIP H.R Giger.
When I was 16, nothing shocked or exhilarated me more than discovering your artwork in a time where the internet and LSD ruled my life. For a while I had a hard time looking at it and to this day it still informs my dreams. In the past few years as high definition images became an everyday blip, your detailed biomechanical hyper sexual artwork seemed to be more and more relevant and is easily hundreds of years ahead of it’s time. You left a beautiful burn across the earth, cheers.