Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

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musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)

I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 

Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?

Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 

Shame, shame. 

Jul 28
musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)
I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 
Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?
Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 
Shame, shame. 

simplytonka:

lyshaeskro:

womaninthewoods:

creativeconvergency:

Midwest pride ya’ll

Home. This is home.

Midbest always.

Holla

Jul 28
simplytonka:

lyshaeskro:

womaninthewoods:

creativeconvergency:

Midwest pride ya’ll

Home. This is home.

Midbest always.

Holla

sharkchunks:

tranxio:

"average person hath borne me on his back 3 times" factoid actualy just statistical error. average person hath borne me on his back 0 times. Alas, poor Yorick, who hath borne me on his back a thousand times, was an outlier adn should not have been counted

This is the most brilliant one of these things I’ve ever seen.

Jul 28
Jul 28

Haunted (Poe album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

important aspect of this book that is largely ignored by grognards

(via 3liza)

FACT: I had and loved this album for years, then moved on (not bc the album was juvenile, just bc I wore it out for the for the time being), then years later heard about House of Leaves, then years later learned the two were connected.

What I’m saying is, regardless of whether you’ve read the book, the record is worth your time. It’s legitimately great and not beholden to the book at all, even though I can see how they’d go together.

Jul 28
The album also featured samples of audio recordings made by Poe’s father, film director Tad Danielewski. The cassettes were found by Poe and Mark after their father had died and were literally audio-letters to the two of them that spanned back as far as their birth. Thus, the album is usually interpreted as a real woman (Poe) singing tributes to her deceased father (who sings back) even while telling the story of a group of fictional characters (from House of Leaves).

waxjism:

"I spent like 10 years of my life pretending to fly around on a broomstick and you’re asking me if preparing for a love scene was ‘tricky’ because the other person also had a penis?"

DanRad is approaching press junkets like Scarlett Johansson. It is interesting when people that young are powerful enough and secure enough to not have to abide by the usual rules with the press. How they handle that freedom.

He’s on point.

Jul 28

leupagus:

JUNE WEDDING GUYS

like sure fine bucky/steve is great I guess? even though the trope is literally unbelievable to me but sam/steve will be my warcry until the day I die these two fucking goobers captain america motherfuckers ( leupagus ) MY FEELINGS PRE-FUCKING-CISELY
Jul 27

leupagus:

shakespeareismyjam:

Othello Samira Wiley

DesdemonaSophie Turner

There are captions too, in case you wanted lines. Ugh, I love both of these ladies so much.

And bonus Iago:

Iago

I’D BE COOL WITH IT

Jul 27

amoebagrrrl:

scottpatrick:

(via Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | theguardian.com)
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble
Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art

The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”

Jul 27
amoebagrrrl:

scottpatrick:

(via Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | theguardian.com) Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art

“The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat””

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday July 28th 2014 at 07:13pm. Its tags are listed below.

musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)
I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 
Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?
Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 
Shame, shame. 
musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)
I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 
Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?
Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 
Shame, shame. 

musaafer:

Israeli Ambassador at the White House Iftar, y’all. Why he’s even there in the first place is beyond me. (Would they invite a representative of the Palestinian people to a White House Shabbat and then have Obama tell people that Palestinians have a very clear right to defend themselves?)

I wonder what all those people opposed to a boycott of this Iftar did. They finally got their “chance,” their “seat at the table,” their “opportunity to “speak to policy makers and influence policy,” their “foot in the door,” their “engagement with the government,” their “chance to speak truth.” 

Did they? Did they speak truth to power, did they call out Obama, did they call out this dude who literally thinks Islam is inherently violent? Did they stand up for what was right or quietly sip their water as genocide continues? Did they talk “about these issues on behalf of our community” “precisely because the people adversely affected by these policies cannot be present,” as Keith Ellison boasted? Was this enough to get up and walk out? Or was a seat at the table more important than values?

Oh wait, I forget - MPAC endorses the two-state solution and rejects BDS, so it was the perfect crowd (albeit not all MPAC folks) to preach this kind of stuff to. 

Shame, shame. 

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday July 28th 2014 at 06:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

http://stuckinabucket.tumblr.com/post/91905131343/the-last-holiday-i-spent-with-my-family-we-wound

stuckinabucket:

The last holiday I spent with my family, we wound up talking about reality tv. (Reality-tv reality tv. Not mini-docs like “How It’s Made.”) I usually don’t like it. They have their favorites. Mostly we were talking about how obviously staged or manipulated it is, and how the watchability suffers…

simplytonka:

lyshaeskro:

womaninthewoods:

creativeconvergency:

Midwest pride ya’ll

Home. This is home.

Midbest always.

Holla
simplytonka:

lyshaeskro:

womaninthewoods:

creativeconvergency:

Midwest pride ya’ll

Home. This is home.

Midbest always.

Holla

simplytonka:

lyshaeskro:

womaninthewoods:

creativeconvergency:

Midwest pride ya’ll

Home. This is home.

Midbest always.

Holla

Posted on Monday July 28th 2014 at 05:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

sharkchunks:

tranxio:

"average person hath borne me on his back 3 times" factoid actualy just statistical error. average person hath borne me on his back 0 times. Alas, poor Yorick, who hath borne me on his back a thousand times, was an outlier adn should not have been counted

This is the most brilliant one of these things I’ve ever seen.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday July 28th 2014 at 05:02pm. Its tags are listed below.

The album also featured samples of audio recordings made by Poe’s father, film director Tad Danielewski. The cassettes were found by Poe and Mark after their father had died and were literally audio-letters to the two of them that spanned back as far as their birth. Thus, the album is usually interpreted as a real woman (Poe) singing tributes to her deceased father (who sings back) even while telling the story of a group of fictional characters (from House of Leaves).

Haunted (Poe album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

important aspect of this book that is largely ignored by grognards

(via 3liza)

FACT: I had and loved this album for years, then moved on (not bc the album was juvenile, just bc I wore it out for the for the time being), then years later heard about House of Leaves, then years later learned the two were connected.

What I’m saying is, regardless of whether you’ve read the book, the record is worth your time. It’s legitimately great and not beholden to the book at all, even though I can see how they’d go together.

waxjism:

"I spent like 10 years of my life pretending to fly around on a broomstick and you’re asking me if preparing for a love scene was ‘tricky’ because the other person also had a penis?"

DanRad is approaching press junkets like Scarlett Johansson. It is interesting when people that young are powerful enough and secure enough to not have to abide by the usual rules with the press. How they handle that freedom.

He’s on point.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Sunday July 27th 2014 at 08:13pm. Its tags are listed below.

[…] If Snowpiercer had merely told the tale of an oppressed working class rising up to seize power from an evil overlord, it would already have been an improvement over most of the political messages in mainstream cinema. There are all sorts of nice touches in its portrayal of a declining capitalism that can maintain its ideological legitimacy even when it literally has no more bullets in its guns.

But the story Bong tells goes beyond that. It’s about the limitations of a revolution which merely takes over the existing social machinery rather than attempting to transcend it. And it’s all the more effective because the heart of that critique comes as a late surprise, from a character we might not expect.

[…] All too often, explicitly political art fails as both art and politics. Socialists shouldn’t put up with half-assed imitations of popular genres, nor with political messages denuded of anything but the lowest common denominator.

What makes Snowpiercer satisfying is that it commits neither error. It’s an engrossing and stylish movie, and its underlying themes go beyond merely pointing out class exploitation to challenge the logic of capital. It’s a movie that should be seen as widely as possible, if only so that Bong Joon-ho gets more chances to make movies for English-speaking audiences that badly need them.

leupagus:

JUNE WEDDING GUYS

like sure fine bucky/steve is great I guess? even though the trope is literally unbelievable to me but sam/steve will be my warcry until the day I die these two fucking goobers captain america motherfuckers ( leupagus ) MY FEELINGS PRE-FUCKING-CISELY

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Sunday July 27th 2014 at 06:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

leupagus:

shakespeareismyjam:

Othello Samira Wiley

DesdemonaSophie Turner

There are captions too, in case you wanted lines. Ugh, I love both of these ladies so much.

And bonus Iago:

Iago

I’D BE COOL WITH IT

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Sunday July 27th 2014 at 05:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

amoebagrrrl:

scottpatrick:

(via Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | theguardian.com) Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art

“The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat””

amoebagrrrl:

scottpatrick:

(via Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | theguardian.com)
Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble
Megumi Igarashi, aka Rokudenashiko, arrested for emailing digital template of her genitalia to supporters of her art

The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”