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How to talk about Occupy Wall St

This is probably the best examination of the protests that has yet been written. A short excerpt from the whole thing:

If Occupy Wall Street is to be permitted any meaning at all, it is as deixis. Deixis takes place when a rhetorician points to something (figuratively or actually) without giving it a name (“here” and “that one there” are deictic terms). A deictic gesture changes the direction of attention, so that what it points away from is as significant as what it points toward. Occupy Wall Street, in other words, is not occupying anything. It is pointing toward and pointing away. It is pointing toward corporate power, through corporate power’s most transparent metonym, the short seven blocks north of Exchange Place that connect Broadway and the East River. And Occupy Wall Street is pointing away from Washington D.C., from the Senate, from the House of Representatives, from Barack Obama, from Rick Perry and Chris Christie, from filibusters, from debt ceilings, from “supercongresses,” from election polls, from Americans for Prosperity, from Karl Rove, from George Soros, from campaign ads, from everything that “the media”—particularly the socially engaged media like CNN, Fox, and MSNBC—understands to be “politics.” Occupy Wall Street turns away from these items and says: That is sideshow.

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I miss Arrested Development. So I did a big roundup. Enjoy

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Dear Puffin,

The Arrested Development movie has been in the works for ages and ages (and ages), and much like Dance of Dragons, I won’t really believe it’s happening until I’m actually sitting in a movie theater watching the credits roll. But there have been some interesting rumors flying around, like ScreenRant’s highly dubious scoop from an unnamed source who claims to have talked to an unnamed person involved in the movie in an unknown capacity. This person suggests that the plot may run thusly:

Ron Howard is making a movie about the Bluths using an A-List cast. But Dr. Tobias plays himself because nobody wants to play him in the movie. The Bluths decide to make their own movie in contention with Ron Howard’s.

Am I skeptical about the source? Yes. Do I think this would be a great great storyline? HELLS YES! It has a delightfully Tristam Shandy-esque intricacy of plot and the opportunity for more cameos than It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, which I believe holds the record for most cameos ever. So in honor of this probably bogus development, I’ve put together a roundup of cool Arrested Development stuff. And I shall lead off with something I’ve shown you before Puffin, the Arrested Development version of Clue! Go over to Pleated Jeans to see the game board, the suspects…. Read the rest here

New blog post: Giant Doctor Who roundup to distract me from Hurripocalypse

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Dear Puffin,

To celebrate this weekend’s return of Doctor Who, I have put together another great big Doctor Who roundup. Some people may remember the last one. It was…. pleasing to me. Last time I did a roundup because I could’t watch the episode due to a bad case of Overdue Essay. This time I suspect I won’t be able to watch it due to Hurricane Irene, which is making a concerted effort to nail both my house and my parent’s house, even though they’re about 500 miles away from each other. I spent a large chunk of yesterday dithering over which house to worry about more. But at this stage we’ve done as much as we can, and all we have left to do is wait. And thus was born the giant Doctor Who roundup.

I’m going to lead off with the best thing ever: the Tardis sneaking into travel posters by Andrew Le. These totally qualify as Doctor Who travel posters, something I’ve been wishing for for a long time. It’s silly that people haven’t madeSteve Thomas style travel posters for all the wonderful worlds the Doctor visits. Also, with the personality they’ve given the Tardis in the new series this is exactly the kind of thing I can see her sneaking off to do. All those times that the Doctor and Amy are running around some imploding space station and we don’t see the Tardis for three quarters of an hour? You just know she’s gone off and snuck into some family’s holiday snaps.

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It’s a new yoga position- upward tilting codpiece. Like downward facing dog, but MORE AWKWARD

It’s a new yoga position- upward tilting codpiece. Like downward facing dog, but MORE AWKWARD

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Hurricane

Guys, the hurricane is heading right for my house. I mean seriously RIGHT FOR MY HOUSE. Everyone send up a little prayer if you can spare one, and pray that my childhood home isn’t under water at this point next week. 

ornamentedbeing:

Just random because it’s BEAUTIFUL. It’s so full of life and movement.
Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancerGreek, Hellenistic: 3rd–2nd century B.C.
The Met says: The complex motion of this dancer is conveyed exclusively through the interaction of the body with several layers of dress. Over an undergarment that falls in deep folds and trails heavily, the figure wears a lightweight mantle, drawn tautly over her head and body by the pressure applied to it by her right arm, left hand, and right leg. Its substance is conveyed by the alternation of the tubular folds pushing through from below and the freely curling softness of the fringe. The woman’s face is covered by the sheerest of veils, discernible at its edge below her hairline and at the cutouts for the eyes. Her extended right foot shows a laced slipper. This dancer has been convincingly identified as one of the professional entertainers, a combination of mime and dancer, for which the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria was famous in antiquity.

Sooooo beautiful 

ornamentedbeing:

Just random because it’s BEAUTIFUL. It’s so full of life and movement.

Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer
Greek, Hellenistic: 3rd–2nd century B.C.

The Met says: The complex motion of this dancer is conveyed exclusively through the interaction of the body with several layers of dress. Over an undergarment that falls in deep folds and trails heavily, the figure wears a lightweight mantle, drawn tautly over her head and body by the pressure applied to it by her right arm, left hand, and right leg. Its substance is conveyed by the alternation of the tubular folds pushing through from below and the freely curling softness of the fringe. The woman’s face is covered by the sheerest of veils, discernible at its edge below her hairline and at the cutouts for the eyes. Her extended right foot shows a laced slipper. This dancer has been convincingly identified as one of the professional entertainers, a combination of mime and dancer, for which the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria was famous in antiquity.

Sooooo beautiful