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Oct 1
MARINA SIRTIS: Well, you have to remember that we were shooting a show about the 24th century in the 20th century, so you have to bear that in mind. My thing was because to be honest, I don’t know about Gates’ experience with the producers, but I never got an acting note—ever. I would get a call from the producer, “Did you change your lipstick? Did you do something different with your hair?” For “The Boys” in the office it was all about how I look, I knew that from the get-go. So being that as I am very “woman’s libby” as we used to call it in my day, I wanted to portray that you could be an attractive woman and still be a strong person. So for me it was really important that there was someone in the position of power and authority and obviously respect who also cared about her appearance. Because that is me—that’s me, I care about my appearance, but I also care more about society, politics and the world, so I don’t think the two are exclusive, and that’s what I wanted to show.
GATES McFADDEN: Um, I just basically wanted to look good… Actually, as most of you probably know I got let go because I was a feminist. So, second season I wasn’t there because I disagreed with the writer, I felt he was writing the character of Crusher—I had said to him, “I raised this kid on my own; he might be obnoxious about it, but he has saved the ship about 6 times. And there has to be some of those genes that are Beverly Crushers, so why is it every time anything with any wisdom is said it’s a male character who talks to him.” And it’s only me that is only about the mother, which believe me mothering is like that’s number one, just love him—no problem with that. Because I thought that had not been really portrayed on a TV show. I have a son and we have whole other disconnect sometimes where it’s just talking about things, and it’s not to do with, “oh you’re a mom, and you’re my son.” Basically we disagreed, I was asked to you know, go, I certainly did it, and I wasn’t trying to be strident. I was used to working in theatre departments where everybody respected everybody and you basically did talk about things. You can talk about script things that didn’t mean you were going to get your way. It’s like what happens right now in rehearsals, I could be directing something and I can have four actors saying completely different things, and really arguing about it. I don’t take it personally, it’s like they’re arguing for their character—that makes sense to me. Anyway, I did just really want to look good but it didn’t work out.
Marina Sirtis & Gates McFadden, on doing a 24th Century show in the 20th Century, and the reason Gates was fired in the second season. (Spoiler Alert: the producer was then fired and Gates was asked to come back (fan letters et al.) [watch here]

(Source: beifongdynasty)

Oct 1

solarpunks:

txwatson:

I keep seeing people asking ‘is solarpunk really punk?’ because it’s too happy and optimistic and stuff

and I’m picturing a perfect moment in a solarpunk community — the neighborhood mayor standing with a shit-eating grin on her face when the cops come and cut them off from city power, and nothing turns off

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Oct 1
montereybayaquarium:

It’s National Seafood Month! Join Seafood Watch and chefs nationwide to kickoff the celebration with National #Taco Day this Saturday, October 4. Partners across the country have created special tacos featuring seafood selected with our guides to #makeitsustainable!Find your local participating restaurants

montereybayaquarium:

It’s National Seafood Month! Join Seafood Watch and chefs nationwide to kickoff the celebration with National #Taco Day this Saturday, October 4. Partners across the country have created special tacos featuring seafood selected with our guides to #makeitsustainable!

Find your local participating restaurants

Oct 1
alliebirdseed:

Inktober day 1 - A spooky birb! I named him Lenore. 

alliebirdseed:

Inktober day 1 - A spooky birb! I named him Lenore. 

Oct 1

drunktuesdaze:

jellysoap:

Anyone still looking for an Ello invite? ello-invite.com has tons!

I don’t fully understand what Ello is, but I luv following the kids around so I used this and am now drunktuesdaze over there.

Oct 1
kellysue:

demons:

WACs at Camp Shanks, New York in Feb 1945 shortly before being shipped out to Europe. They would be the first all-black WAC unit to go overseas to aid in the war effort. 
From left to right are, kneeling: Pvt. Rose Stone; Pvt. Virginia Blake; and Pfc. Marie B. Gillisspie. Second row: Pvt. Genevieve Marshall; T/5 Fanny L. Talbert; and Cpl. Callie K. Smith. Third row: Pvt. Gladys Schuster Carter; T/4 Evelyn C. Martin; and Pfc. Theodora Palmer.

kellysue:

demons:

WACs at Camp Shanks, New York in Feb 1945 shortly before being shipped out to Europe. They would be the first all-black WAC unit to go overseas to aid in the war effort.


From left to right are, kneeling: Pvt. Rose Stone; Pvt. Virginia Blake; and Pfc. Marie B. Gillisspie. Second row: Pvt. Genevieve Marshall; T/5 Fanny L. Talbert; and Cpl. Callie K. Smith. Third row: Pvt. Gladys Schuster Carter; T/4 Evelyn C. Martin; and Pfc. Theodora Palmer.

Oct 1
ghostbees:

Promotional illustration I did for this spooky Holmes event!

ghostbees:

Promotional illustration I did for this spooky Holmes event!

Oct 1

Formal Complaint To The BBC About Doctor Who

daughterofscotland:

hellotailor:

theoncominghope:

Yesterday, me and a number of friends were left disgusted by the racial stereotyping and casual misogyny running rife through the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Caretaker”. 

This morning, hellotailor made a comment on twitter that, in order to make any kind of meaningful difference, fans need to do more than tweet / tumblr their dissatisfaction, and lodge formal complaints to the BBC. Here’s the link for the complaints site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/.

Here’s what I submitted. Please feel free to use this as a model for your complaints, though I believe individual responses will be more effective.

I am deeply offended by “The Caretaker”, which contains numerous insults against people of color and women.

For years, I have given Steven Moffat the benefit of the doubt, despite a number of questionable remarks made by The Doctor and other characters during his tenure. This episode crossed the line, for many reasons.

Let’s start with race:

  1. The Doctor has ZERO PROBLEMS with Clara dating a white character, despite the fact that he had never met him. As soon as he meets Danny, however, he makes a number of racially coded jokes about how a man like Danny could not be a maths teacher, but must be a PE teacher. This perpetuates negative stereotypes about black men only being suitable for physical pursuits, not cerebral.
  2. He insults Danny’s intelligence over and again, with no cause and great venom. The Doctor is allowed to insult people, and be protective of Clara, but if this is his “personality,” why no insults or wariness for the white bow-tied teacher?
  3. All three delinquent children are black: first the two truant boys, then Courtney. Again, this perpetuates terrible stereotypes.

Moffat’s treatment of gender is equally problematic:

  • Throughout the season, Capaldi’s Doctor makes a number of comments about Clara’s height, weight, makeup and desire to have a personal life. He goes on and on about her body, when such comments are neither necessary nor amusing.
  • This episode, he actively dismisses her work and her intelligence.
  • The plot of The Caretaker revolves around Clara seeking approval from first her “space-dad” and then her boyfriend. God forbid a woman make her own decisions and enjoy her life without male approval.

It is not acceptable for a “hero” to engage in such pernicious and dated stereotypes, the likes of which we have not seen in 50 years of Doctor Who. It’s disrespectful, and disgraceful coming from the BBC.

If you send a complaint to the BBC’s official complaints page, then they have to pay attention to it — or publicly acknowledge it, if complaints arrive in bulk.

I sent in my complaint two days ago and got this back:

Dear Ms Maedler

Reference CAS-2944193-99FFFV

Thanks for contacting us regarding the BBC One programme ‘Doctor Who’.

We understand you are unhappy with the new series as you feel it contains sexist and misogynistic content.

Thanks for letting us know you had concerns with the new series of Doctor Who. We would like as many people as possible to love what we do, but that’s not always possible and we accept that. Doctor Who has a very loyal fan base, and while we always try to listen to viewers thoughts on the show - your feedback is important to us - it’s not always possible for us to make the kind of changes you would like. We just hope you bear with us and give the show a chance.

We would never promote sexist behaviour on our programmes and all writers and directors for our programmes are extensively briefed on our editorial guidelines when producing programmes for the BBC:

www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines

Thank you again for contacting us, we value your feedback about ‘Doctor Who’. All complaints are sent to senior management and programme makers and BBC Departments every morning and I included your points in this overnight report. These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC and ensures that your complaint has been seen by the right people quickly. This helps inform their decisions about current and future programmes.

Kind Regards

John Murray

BBC Complaints”

Oct 1
burdge:


MIKORIN, this is why we can’t take you anywhere!

it’s worth bringing up that this friendship is high on the list of amazing things in gsnk

burdge:

MIKORIN, this is why we can’t take you anywhere!

it’s worth bringing up that this friendship is high on the list of amazing things in gsnk

Oct 1

The book describes the training of laboratory rats to trade in foreign exchange and commodity futures markets. Marcovici says the rats “outperformed some of the world’s leading human fund managers.” The rats were trained to press a red or green button to give buy or sell signals, after listening to ticker tape movements represented as sounds. If they called the market right they were fed, if they called it wrong they got a small electric shock. Male and female rats performed equally well. The second generation of rattraders, cross-bred from the best performers in the first generation, appeared to have even better performance, although this is a preliminary result, according to the text. Marcovici’s plan, he writes, is to breed enough of them to set up a hedge fund.

- "Investment rats" - THE ENLIGHTENED ECONOMIST (X)