In the last 15 years, I have only had one person insult me by calling me fat to my face. I can assume some people have done it behind my back, but as I’ve said, I’ve only dealt with face to face once since I was a kid.
I was telling an obnoxious pair of customers that if they continued their behavior, they would be asked to leave. This guy’s response was “yeah, well you’re 300 pounds”. It may seem like a terrible comeback, like he couldn’t think of anything else. But the way he said it, the dismissive tone in his voice….. The implication was that because I was fat, he didn’t have to acknowledge or listen to me.
I have some dis-likable qualities. I’m loud. I’m overly aggressive when I know (or think) I’m right. I cut people off in conversation so I can make my point. Sometimes my eyes linger just a little too long. I’m pretty self aware when it comes to my downsides. But until that moment, it had been a long time since I considered my weight dis-likable, mock-able.
Only one time in 15 years. I take comfort in the fact that I surround myself with good people. My weight has never been a joke to them. No one pokes my belly or calls me “Big Guy”. When I started to lose weight, people apologized for even bringing it up, but they wanted to offer encouragement. If I gained it all back, though, I know they wouldn’t insult me.
Last night on twitter, people made jokes about a man who clearly hates teachers and unions (and teacher’s unions), who veto a bill to make same sex legal in his state. This man barely talked about his party’s nomination for president. Instead he talked about himself. A lot. He spewed alot of nonsense. The man got his DA job from Karl Rove because he was a great fund raiser for Bush in 2000.
Fuck Chris Christie, but FUCK FAT JOKES MORE.
This is also YM’s official position: fuck fat jokes.
Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy
HAHA NO MONAY!!!!!
Maybe our generation aren’t buying houses and cars because EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKED
You want us to actually talk to bank people and get home loans and auto loans? They are still fucking us! Any time I go into a bank, I feel disgusted. You want me to do MORE business with the who want to charge me 5 dollars for every single swipe of my debit card? Get fucked!
You think I’m gonna buy a car? A car? Where am I gonna get the money for a car and the insurance and the insurance against the insurance company if God forbid they decide to do the same things they did to the poor Fisher family and countless others? And fucking GAS? Are you crazy? The planet is dying, and you want me to buy gas at $FUCK.YOU/gallon?
In the past 5 years since the economy fell apart, we’ve been adapting. We’ve been listening to countless horror stories of those who made the risk. Those who saved and did it right, and still ended up with an inferior product with inferior service that RUINS YOUR LIFE. It’s not like ordering a pizza, and instead of sausage, you get cheese. It’s like ordering a pizza and then your credit is ruined and you are flat broke. The pains of acquisition aren’t worth it if it can all be taken away like a bureaucratic fart in the bathtub. It would be smarter to save our money for tickets to god-damn Mars than to invest in these hideous, broken systems.
We aren’t cheap. We fucking hate doing business with you people.
All these pieces on Millennials are so mired in confusion since we don’t even trust journalists any more. The news, our entire lives, has been scary. Think about being 8 and processing the deaths of abortion doctors or homegrown terrorism. Now try to process the news when every asshole on camera just lies. The news hasn’t had an ounce of truth in it for 10 years. Can you not understand how much we don’t trust anyone who is older than us? How can you trust anybody when the president and vice-president of the United States lied to the Secretary of State so they could START THE WRONG WAR!
Also, that graphic? Is that what you think we all look like? Are you fucking kidding me, Atlantic?
I hope they never find out how to market to us. I hope we splinter so much that companies like Ford will have to make a decent product instead of asking the Vomit Spouts that created Jersey Shore how to create MORE fantasies about how great THINGS will make your life. We don’t attach to things because things break. We saw everything break.
In a joke-filled speech delivered at the 92nd Street Y in 1992, Ms. Diller said she had been interested in death since was a child. Because her parents had her when they were relatively old (her father was 55; her mother 38), she attended many funerals at a young age. She transformed this gloomy reality into something lighter, saying that she didn’t need to believe in heaven or hell, because life is wonderful enough.
“I will regret my death; I know that,” she said in the speech, letting loose a quick honking laugh before nailing the landing. “I know I’m going to miss me.”
This is STILL full of inaccuracies and misrepresentations.
1. NF: “The total number of private-sector jobs is still 4.3 million below the January 2008 peak”
MO’B: The private sector has actually added jobs since Obama was sworn in.
Both these statements are true. I picked the high point of January 2008 because it seems to me reasonable to ask how much of the ground lost in the crisis have we actually made up under Obama. The answer is not much.
I know Newsweek doesn’t fact-check but could you AT LEAST tell your British friend that Obama took office in January 2009? And in the referenced chart, the jobs number is now currently ABOVE the January 2009 mark.
This is far less horrifying than your Niall Ferguson cover story this week.
annnnd…Rob Delaney once again gets to the heart of things. Love that dude.
Reeeeeally?! A coat hanger, signifying one of the most desperate and terrifying abortion methods that women have had to resort to over the years, is more horrifying than a known conservative’s case for firing the President?! There’s political discourse—and then there’s this. We’re biased, obvs, but gonna have to disagree with you on that.
Yes, it is less horrifying to evoke a terrible and disturbing period in history if half of the country’s political spectrum wants to return to it and that is one of the things at stake in the electionthan it is to use your cover not even to discuss but to become a part of the bullshit horse race theatrics of a presidential election.
1)You made me sympathize with HuffPo, and I’ll never forgive you for that. 2) You wrote “more horrifying” when you meant “less horrifying.”
My mom almost died from a back alley abortion in the ’60s and the coat hanger is an important and serious symbol to her (and many) as a reminder that we will NEVER GO BACK.
“Tumblr became the de-facto landing pad for my class. Since I was in a smart classroom, it was easy for me to pull up announcements, tips, reminders or examples that I’d posted since the previous class—I usually opened class with the Tumblr. As opposed to Blackboard, Tumblr was a clean and publically accessibly interface. When updating my lectures, I often found it easier to put images and clips up on Tumblr than to hassle with powerpoint, and I could throw up last minute examples as they came to mind late at night or during class break. I can’t speak to how this compares with something like WordPress (haven’t tried it), but I like the simplicity of Tumblr’s post-types, the ease of pulling content from the Tumblr community, and the fact that students would have to engage a bit with the online community of Tumblr. Our class Tumblr was like a little hub in a much larger hive.”
That article’s a dud, man. I can’t even begin to find anything worthwhile to extract out of it, unless I copied it word for word. (I’d be a terrible HuffPo blogger.)
And it’s totally along the lines of, “nothing even happened”. Gizmodo went apeshit on some dude who runs scam companies, the guy sued Gawker Media for defamation, and the judge immediately tossed out the lawsuit because that’s not how defamation laws work. (As a matter of fact, the courts have precedents for summary dismissals of bad defamation lawsuits.)
So far, that is all that happened. Otherwise there is this wonky guy - the one hosting the site - who wants the opinion legally “published” so that it can be cited in future cases, as the judge’s opinion mentioned “links” to supporting content specifically. But this is very basic stuff about how interactive publishing works, and how citations can be handled differently than print, and I suppose the only advantage that a published opinion would have for bloggers is that even your most brain dead advocate would be able to cite this case without making much of an argument, and even your most brain dead justice would accept the citation as a strong argument in favor of a defendant. It would purge shitty lawsuits through the system faster.
But all of this is really on the extreme side of “white people problems”. I think if you’re blogging about people who can sue you for defamation, you should consider having a pitbull attorney on staff. Gawker Media has very competent attorneys tending to their business. That said, they’re also massively overcapitalized through their owner. Most of our schemes and projects have shoestring funding, if any at all, and we should probably attempt less risky and expensive professions and hobbies than the ones that clearly risk us getting dragged into court by litigious douchebags.
BTW, what a dreadfully dull and tired topic. “Tech Conferences Are Full Of Hacks And Scammers.” OH REALLY, DO TELL! It’s like reading another Mark Bittman column about tomatoes.
Great @SFWeekly article on the future of legendary Berkeley punk venue 924 Gilman. The short story of it is that old-guard 924ers and DIY purists are upset that Gilman now lets major label bands play, no longer screens bands for sexist/homophobic/racist content, charges higher door prices, and no longer gives headlining bands the same cut of the door $$ as opening acts.
I grew up in the hardcore/punk scene and was at 924’s NYC counterpart, ABC No Rio, nearly every weekend when I was a teenager. I was a teenager, well…. a while ago. This article raised a lot of questions for me, not just for music venues, but for institutions. Do institutions have to retain the value system on which they were funded, even when it means going out of business? And what happens if they decide to abandon those values, even if it’s out of pragmatism?
I’m traveling through Mongolia and currently staying in a yurt. This was not by choice; I’m with persuasive friends. If it were up to me I’d never leave my apartment and, more specifically, the bedroom area. But my comforts have given me a nagging sense of discomfort. I think traveling and seeing how other people live, even if I’m not totally immersing myself, assuages some of my unease because it re-sensitizes me to the difficulties and existential inconveniences that most other people face. In this way, I think Barack Obama is a good leader for our diverse country because he’s seen how the world lives.
This particular job was waiting tables at a chicken wing place that was kind of like a Hooters-lite. There wasn’t anyone slinging Coors Lite in short shorts or anything, but the bathroom of every location had the foldout poster of the naked girl bicycle race from Queen’s Jazz LP above the urinal.
Yeah man, that Pioneer Chicken Stand on Temple and Alvarado is now an El Pollo Loco.
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that independent film “Ping Pong Summer” will begin six weeks of filming in Ocean City in September. The coming-of-age comedy, which is written and will be directed by Maryland native Michael Tully, is set in Ocean City during the 1980’s and is based on Tully’s annual vacations to the beach.
The film’s cast includes Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Bull Durham”); Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”, “The Good Wife”); and John Hannah (“The Mummy”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”). The Maryland Film Office estimates that this production could result in the hiring 90 local crew, actors and extras, and the purchase or renting goods and services from over 140 Maryland businesses. The direct, indirect and induced economic impact for the State of Maryland will be approximately $2 million.
“We look forward to welcoming Marylander Michael Tully and the ‘Ping Pong Summer’ production team,” said Governor O’Malley. “Working together with our partners from Worcester County and Ocean City, we were able to secure this film that will strengthen our State’s economy, create jobs and highlight one of Maryland’s most family-friendly vacation destinations.”