Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wilder Web

A fascinating article on trigger warnings for university texts.

The tragedy at Isla Vista was awful. So, so awful that I have been trying to avoid reading about it lest I sink into a deep depression. Avoiding it altogether has proved difficult though. Which is a good thing, because along with all the awfulness, some really smart, sensible things are being said. Dude, It's You is one of those good things. 
"If you just want to get laid and you don’t care how, the problem is you."

The return of Laura Vincent's Crush Cakes, this time on The Toast, is making me very happy. Here's her offering to Beyonce.

"I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously, and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. I’m not fooling around. I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own."

Just put this on repeat and the rest of your day will be so full of joy ~

Sword fights! Boobies! The Game of Thrones theme, Modern Maori Quartet styles ~

(via Eb)

Gendered Marketing. Shop smart, people! ~ 

(via Naiomi)

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Seven Days of Koko

Little drummer girl.

Cricket. Or, as Kowhai says, "Pippit!"
Who needs a high chair when you can just sit on the kitchen floor and have Mama feed you dinner there.
Posing with her portrait.

Chill out time.

Pretty much the sweetest girl in town.
Seriously though, how does this even happen without her waking up?

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Wilder Web

More Jem Yoshioka goodness ~ A story of Representation in two acts.

Pretty much my favourite link of recent times ~ The Definitive Ranking Of All 131 Baby-Sitter's Club Cover Outfits. (Also via Morgue) "It’s almost like Kristy ordered everyone to wear clothes three sizes too big (totally something Kristy would do, to be honest) for the entirety of their stints with the club."

Junot Diaz is a writer that has been recommended to me a lot recently. Reading through MFA vs. POC I can see why. "Simply put: I was a person of color in a workshop whose theory of reality did not include my most fundamental experiences as a person of color—that did not in other words include me."

Sick of having Let It Go stuck in your head? How about changing it up a little ~

How Wolves Change Rivers. Ah, nature ~

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A List...

...about what my life looks like right now.

Making: More plans than I can keep.
Cooking: Vegetables. I've been getting run down lately, so trying to make an effort to be healthier.
Drinking: People's Coffee Cold Flat White. Good lord, this drink is divine. 
Reading: I've just embarked on Witi Ihimaera's The Parihaka Woman. It's been sitting in my To Read pile for a while now. 
Wanting: Contact lenses, or, more accurately, enough money to justify refilling my prescription.

Looking: At my living room from a new angle. We have just removed our tv and the cabinet it sat on, & replaced it with two armchairs.  
Playing: Building tower out of blocks with Koko. 
Wishing: For a week off. 
Enjoying: Being busy. 
Liking: Having Apa building at my bro's while I'm there with the kids. It's nice to have him around.

Wondering: How people can possibly justify voting for National. 
Loving: Reading & watching things that educate me, and make my mind really work. 
Hoping: To win Lotto.

Marveling: At people who are seemingly tireless in their advocacy.
Needing: A new lung, and/or a fortnight at a health spa. 
Smelling: Pretty bad, actually. I've been doing a lot of sweat inducing dancing. 
Wearing: Lycra, in anticipation of performing with the Real Hot Bitches again.
Following: Enlightening, educational, inspiring, and occasionally infuriating twitter conversations and debates.
Noticing: How good Koko can be at concentrating on tasks like building towers out of blocks.
Knowing: When I'm overdoing it and need to slow down and have an early night.
Thinking: About enrolling in some creative writing courses. 
Feeling: Tired, sick, contented.
Bookmarking: David Bowie documentaries.
Giggling: At Parks and Recreation.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Wilder Web

Teaching A Better Way to Say Sorry. (via Nic)

Love him or hate him, you gotta admit Richard Linklater isn't afraid to try new things when it comes to film making. Check out his latest project, Boyhood.

Warning: You could lose A LOT of time reading through The Guardian's What I'm Really Thinking columns. Fascinating stuff. (via Sarah Wilson)

This is quite possibly the most glorious iPhone case that will ever exist. (via Youthful Spirit)

Disappointed about the lack of women characters joining the cast of Star Wars (& the Muppets)? Here's a project that is trying to make something constructive from the bullshit lack of female representation. (via Morgue)

You know where women are severely over-represented in the arts? As muses. Jem Yoshioka discusses this problem in On Privilege, Mysogyny Behemoths and Real Life.

With a Mum and two sisters who are nurses I relate to this pretty strongly ~ 13 Things That Happen When You Grow Up With A Mom Who's A Nurse

"When a person is trying to quit smoking, their goal is simply not to smoke a cigarette. When a person is trying to make more thoughtful choices about the foods they eat for the purposes of weight loss, they cannot simply stop eating. I mean, they CAN, but that comes with its own problems."
So 'debonair' George has been 'tamed', while 'tragic' Jen was 'saved'. THIS IS WHY I DO NOT READ GOSSIP MAGS!!! All of the rage! (via Ace Lady Network)

How Frozen Should Have Ended made me giggle ~