i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense
pluto is smaller than russia. why did we ever even consider it a planet?
BECAUSE IT’S A PART OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
OHANA MEANS FAMILY
FAMILY MEANS NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND
We didn’t banish Pluto from the solar system; we acknowledged that Pluto didn’t fit the identity we forced upon it. Now that we’re not insisting Pluto be a planet, we can see it for what it is - a small body, with a history more like the other small kuiper bodies. Instead of saying “oh its got such an unusual orbit for a planet, it’s so different and weird” we go “Hey it’s got a lot in common with Makemake and Haumea and Eris,” who are also totally part of the solar family! Look em up!
Just like people, labels and classifications say something about where we come from — not our worth.
here, have some quality “pluto isn’t a planet and that is good” stuff ^^^
shoutout to my main man st. thomas on easter, you slept late, missed jesus and were like “resurrected my aunt fanny, holes or it didn’t happen” and then jesus totally called you out
i hope you learned your lesson
theres a giant burning orb in the sky and it can burn your flesh, it can give you diseases, it can kill you, looking directly at it causes physical pain, and we all think this is okay. we like this orb. we like to go outside and lie around on our backs when this orb is in the sky. children draw cute pictures of this levitating death orb with a smiley face on it. what is wrong with us
everything i have ever known and everything i have ever loved is only possible because 1,989,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg ball of hydrogen refuses to stop exploding, i think about this a lot and it never gets any less amazing
i am obsessed with the production in this song and her voice is amazing
english needs a word for “the feeling you get when you find out grimes likes something you like”
My essay, “Floor Plans,” is in Illuminati Girl Gang Vol. 4 now available for preorder.
I was going to pre-order this because it is named “Illuminati Girl Gang” & because I have been enjoying Inventory but it also includes work by Elizabeth Ellen, whose powers long time listeners will know has been discussed before, so I am excited to spend some time eyeing my mailbox with both anticipation and slight fear
Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008. It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there. It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them. A larger work gets talked about from time to time. It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories. Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
I love Kate Beaton’s work on "Hark! A Vagrant" because it’s hilarious. I love Kate Beaton’s work on this because it’s not, and I’m having a hard time shaking it.
I liked this quite a bit and it reminded me of Alice Munro’s story “The Turkey Season,” which is also about a young Canadian woman working a job with a bunch of men, and it as good a description of a hard to shake feeling as I have ever found:
"There was the Turkey Barn, on the edge of a white field, with a row of big pine trees behind it, and always, no matter how cold and still it was, these trees were lifting their branches and sighing and straining. It seems unlikely that on my way to the Turkey Barn, for an hour of gutting turkeys, I should have experienced such a sense of promise and at the same time of perfect, impenetrable mystery in the universe, but I did. Herb had something to do with that, and so did the cold snap – the series of hard, clear mornings. The truth is, such feelings weren’t hard to come by then. I would get them but not know how they were to be connected with anything in real life."
Some numbers on the audience for music
The NCAA basketball finals, held last night, were watched by over 18 million people at their peak. That’s 6% of the U.S. population. In contrast, Pharrell’s “Happy,” currently the #1 single in the country, has sold about 3 million copies, or 1% of the U.S. population. (If single sales seem like a poor metric of listenership, the official video has 168 million views.) That’s months after its release, and a clear outlier. The #10 song on the chart this week, “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon (which has been on the chart longer than “Happy”) has sold a million copies (0.33% of the U.S. population), while the #10 movie at the box office, Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop,” has been seen by 10 and a half million people, or 3.5% of the population.
More broadly, two-thirds of the adults in the U.S. and Canada go to the movies at least once per year. Only half buy music in any form. When people do buy music, one-half to two-thirds of their purchases are catalog (old) music. Taken together, it seems fair to say that the audience for new music in America is somewhere between 16 and 25 percent of the population, versus 67% for new movies and around 95% for TV.
sometimes I think about how I & most of the people I know are outliers, if not in the technical sense than at least in the spiritual one, and how that can be as unsettling as it can be comforting, but some days it is neither, it just is.
putting this here so I can link to it from the podcast extended show notes, but this is an ethnic map of connecticut. the green dots represent white people, the blue ones black people and the yellow ones hispanic people. as you can see, connecitcut is hell of white. I grew up just where those blue dots in the center start to fan out, in one of the very few parts of connecticut that’s actually fairly diverse.