Oh, that is just painfully cute.
It’s been a while! I’m at my parents’, and when I’m there, I always do a lot less cooking—we go out to eat dinner a lot more, my dad does a lot of the cooking when we eat at home, etc. But while my parents are visiting my aunt and grandfather, I thought I might try making something I’d have a hard time convincing them to try at home. This is Tofu Kimchi Bibimbap on a Hot Stone Plate from Discovering Korean Cuisine: Recipes from the Best Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles, ed. Allisa Park. Although it’s not actually on a hot stone plate (it’s in a pasta bowl!), I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, both visual-wise (I put a lot more effort into the presentation here than I usually do, which isn’t hard, since I don’t tend to put much effort at all into presentation) and taste-wise. I do think I’d make some changes if I made it again. I’d start by doing something a little more interesting with the tofu—it was fried in some plain vegetable oil, and I think next time I’d use sesame oil and maybe a bit of soy sauce. I might replace the lettuce with spinach. I went out of my way to buy shredded lettuce for this, but as a general rule, I’m more likely to have spinach sitting around than lettuce, which I don’t eat much when I’m on my own. I’d also not completely space out and make WAY, WAY too much rice, which then has to sit around in my fridge. Stir-fry for lunch tomorrow!
Big Cats like boxes too! - [VIDEO]
Aww. Adorable big kitties. It’s really amusing to me how similar the mannerisms between big cats and domesticated cats are, and it makes me wonder why people try to keep big cats as pets—you can get all the adorableness with small cats without the risk of getting killed. I do like watching big cats enjoying themselves, though.
What do I do when I’m sick? I google “cat beards” on google images and here were some of the best.
Aww. I’ve been feeling sick for a few days, and this certainly made me feel better.
If Earth Had Rings
First off, they would be really pretty to look at. They would also dominate the sky in both night and day at exactly the same place as they would never rise nor set. And at night you would see the Earth’s shadow swing across the rings, like in the 4th photo here.
However, life would be very different on Earth if this were the case. Nocturnal animals would have a hard time being nocturnal, as the light reflecting from the rings would illuminate the night.
Because we are closer to the Sun than Saturn is, the rings would be more rocky than ice, making them less bright but still pretty bright. In fact, you would see far less stars at night (living anywhere other than the equator or the arctic circle) because of the light pollution and not to mention ruin most meteor showers because of that.
During the day the rings would block sunlight in certain regions of the planet creating wild weather cycles and effecting plant life as well. So basically, they would be definitely pretty to look at but they would also make a whole lot of things screwy.
Illustrations by Ron Miller // io9
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Wow. This is really cool.
I found this on my HD . I’m almost proud of it.
Come to our club and discuss cleaning your bathroom tile!
The premise of the film project is simple: a woman is asked to read an excerpt from a personally elected body of literature. (x)
It’s called “Hysterical Literature,” and I have never seen a better example of questioning why it is that educated women (whether self or otherwise) always seem to be showcased as having no interest in sex. They all choose interesting books, and they all get off, and it’s fabulous.
It’s also brought forth a lot of comments (on youtube and otherwise) and WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THIS. IT’S SO DIRTY, and I feel that’s part of the point: Why is this considered so scandalous? It’s just sex. In fact, we don’t even SEE the sex, so the only thing that could be making people uncomfortable while watching it seems to be watching a woman enjoying getting sexual pleasure.
And maybe some of those people just aren’t into voyeurism and that’s cool. But I’m betting a lot of them just don’t like to consider that maybe they think women having sexual pleasure is weird and that they think that you can’t have sexual pleasure as a woman and also have other facets and appreciation for “finer things.”
What I’m saying is, this whole series gives me a lot of thoughts.
Always reblog because Hysterical Literature is the sexiest thing I’ve seen in a long while.
Pretty sure I’ll wanna watch this later soooo
I think some reasons for why the people who probably do watch porn are made so uncomfortable by Hysterical Literature are a little more involved, since there’s definitely a decent market for porn in which women masturbate solo. It’s not JUST that each woman is experiencing sexual pleasure, it’s the combination of a bunch of aspects that are specific to this series:
- each woman is without a partner, so she’s not servicing anyone;
- she’s without a partner, so her attention is focused inward — this is completely about her enjoyment only;
- she’s without a partner, but she does have a vibrator and her own body, so she isn’t dependent on any other human for her orgasm;
- she’s reading a selection of her own aloud with some serious dedication, demonstrating that there are things she finds just as interesting as sex;
- we don’t get any of the visuals or the melodrama or the POV that are usually considered to be the point of porn, so we can’t be titillated by her body (or her partner’s body/actions, or her reactions to her partner’s body/actions) — we don’t get to see what’s causing her pleasure, we only see how it makes her feel.
The whole production is actually super-dismissive of mainstream (straight) porn and its primary audience (dudes), in that it’s not particularly staged for the viewer’s pleasure (there’s no pretense that there isn’t a viewer — it’s just not about them) unless the viewer happens to be a person who gets off on the idea of women having some fantastic selfish orgasms, even when the viewer is in no way invited to imagine themselves participating. :D
I love this simply because I sorta just love seeing people feeling this good. Specially the fourth one, I just stare at her beaming and thinking “hey, it looks like this is awesome, so happy for you!”
I’ve only seen a bit of these videos (the fourth gif is Stoya, a porn star, who reads the most beautiful excerpt about love) but I’ll add that what I also think makes critics so uncomfortable with this project is that for the first minute or so you are just listening to the woman read while showing no arousal. It is forcing the viewer into a (slight but still) personal connection before any sex comes into play. You are hearing a woman speak the words she wants and you the viewer are not receiving any reward for this, even if you do enjoy voyeurism.
I really love this idea of empowerment. The idea that, “I am going to say something, and I am going to feel something, and you might enjoy both—but I am doing this for myself and my own enjoyment.”
Reblogging for the commentary and so I have the link to this video series in case I have a bad day.
Jon Huertas, you are a treasure.
Aww. This is more or less how Frosty adopted my family.
WHAT? no really WHAT???
Holy guacamole! My mind is blown. I’m going to have to practice this one.
Whitby Abbey, England.
This isn’t her abbey, which was destroyed by the Danes in the ninth century, but Hild of Whitby (d. 680) was a damn awesome woman. She was related to the royal family of Northumbria (and to the Anglians through marriage) and lived with the family of King Edwin of Northumbria at the time of Edwin’s conversion to Christianity. She lived in or led numerous monasteries in her career, both in England and on the Continent, but she was most famous for her time as the abbess of Whitby Abbey, a dual community of men and women. (Many English Benedictine communities were made up of both sexes, fyi, but then the Benedictines got awful in the tenth century and started to suppress dual-sex institutions.) She was renowned for her wisdom and for her encouragement of the intellectual and spiritual life that made Northumbria famous for the quality of its scholarship, poetry, and literature. The first great figure in vernacular English poetry, Caedmon, is associated with Whitby and Hild’s patronage. Kings sought her for advice both spiritual and political, and the abbey had influence enough to become the site of the synod that would determine, among other things, English monastic practice and the calculation of the date of Easter. (Although a lot of people ignored that last.)
So basically Hild was awesome and I felt you all should know that.
Ooh. This is relevant to my interests.