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Tennis, baseball, hockey, genre fiction: a few of my favorite things.

Aug 20

On second thought, fuck you Puck Podcast, for minimizing misogyny and sexism as trivial problems that obviously only a “not attractive” female would waste time on in a world filled with bigger problems.


chicago-bluebonnet:

asimplecord:

Reposting, because I couldn’t embed from my phone this morning, and I can’t figure out how to embed audio in a reblog. The relevant portion of the podcast is maybe 40-45 minutes in. Maybe I’m late to the party, but yeah. Puck Podcast mentioned the #banthestripper campaign in the news section of this week’s episode (posted August 18th at www.puckpodcast.com). And by “mentioned” I mean were pretty dismissive and offensive about it. They’ve said things that were borderline offensive and sexist in the past, but I gave them a pass. I’m pretty much done. My feedback for them:
Dear Doug and Eddie,

I have listened to the Puck Podcast for years, but this week’s show brings that to an end. Your (Doug’s in particular) dismissive comments about the female Chicago fan’s desire for a less sexist environment at hockey games was absolutely offensive. You completely missed the point of her (and many other Blackhawks fans) request re: The Stripper and the formulaic selection of only very attractive, very well-made-up, tight-jeans-and-high-heel-wearing young ladies for Shoot The Puck, in addition to dressing the ice girls less provocatively. It’s about representation, and about feeling welcome as a fan. These displays reinforce gender stereotypes and feed the male gaze. Telling women and girls that the only way they can participate in hockey is by being sexy is wrong, and if you think that that sort of attitude only exists in sports, you are sadly ignorant about the misogyny and harassment women face on a daily basis. The Blackhawks front office is making a small change, but a positive one, one requested by fans who pay for the product they are marketing. But you felt that it was a subject for derision and chose to make jokes about her having too much time on her hands, and picking out equally sexist songs for Shoot The Puck. It’s your podcast, you can say what you want. I don’t pay for it as a product, so I have no say in the content. But I do have the power to stop listening, and that’s what I’m going to do.

AMPLIFY, PLS, IF YOU LISTEN TO THAT PODCAST. ETA: And let them know how you feel about it by emailing them at feedback at puckpodcast dot com


this is disgusting and sick and i hope everyone reads this

I’m a relatively new hockey fan. I’m a fan with disposable income that I’m willing to spend on tickets and merchandise…but I’m not willing to put it in the pockets of owners/management who treat me as being less than because I’m not a “traditional fan” (meaning I don’t have a penis).  Which is what Puck Podcast seems to be encouraging.

I’m not a Blackhawks fan and I’ve never been to one of their games, so I was never made *personally* uncomfortable by The Stripper during Shoot the Puck. But the idea of it — pick a pretty woman to play a “game” and then play suggestive burlesque music to highlight her attempt while not doing so for the other (male) participants — is disconcerting and reveals a dated, sexist attitude that tells women that they don’t belong on the ice except as jokes or sex objects. (Forget Title IX and the CWHL and the amazing women’s hockey played in the Olympics, all flukes!)  That’s not funny or charming or cute; it’s condescending and patronizing and objectifying.  

Female fans don’t come to games to be patronized and objectified; we come for the hockey.  If we wanted to be patronized and objectified, we could get that for free elsewhere (we do get that everywhere else in our daily lives), forget the outrageous NHL ticket prices.

Presumably Eddie and Doug don’t understand how it feels to patronized and objectified; they are the ones doing the patronizing and objectifying, and apparently are uncomfortable when they and others are called on it, based on their podcast response.

(Also, I’m not a Puck Podcast listener; I listened after seeing this post.  JFC, are they trying to be offensive or are they just that obliviously privileged?)


turnoverhockey:

An astoundingly competent vandal spray-painted a hockey rink on a high school parking lot in Texas. [x]


Mostly I’m entertained by the caption: hockey lines are a “mystery mural”? Well, maybe to some…

turnoverhockey:

An astoundingly competent vandal spray-painted a hockey rink on a high school parking lot in Texas. [x]

Mostly I’m entertained by the caption: hockey lines are a “mystery mural”? Well, maybe to some…

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woman-of-winterfell:

one of these people is going to get off the island

Heather, one of your favorites wins!

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terribleminds:

laughterkey:

artisansoulleader:

howtobeterrell:

lickystickypickyshe:

Avocados are toxic to almost all animals (including cats and dogs). Humans are a rare exception. It is the only fruit to contain persin, a fatty acid, which, when eaten by animals causes vomiting, diarrhea, and other nasty symptoms. Consumption of large quantities can cause death within twelve hours.
Avocados are berries (fleshy fruits coming from a single ovary). Interestingly, this broad definition of a berry means that bananas, pumpkin, tomatoes, watermelon, and coffee are also berries (you can tell that to the next person who tries to argue that tomatoes are vegetables). Curiously this also excludes strawberries as berries.
Eighty percent of modern avocados originate from one “mother” tree which was patented by mailman Rudolph Hass from California in 1935. The tree survived until 2002 when it died of root rot. Unfortunately Hass only made $5,000 in his lifetime from his patent on the tree because his partner sold cultivars to anyone who wanted to buy them. Subsequently Hass spent the remainder of his life working for the California Mail Service.
Avocado also has an interesting characteristic: it is the only berry with no living animal large enough to spread it through consumption and release as dung. This has led scientists to believe that it co-evolved with prehistoric megafauna that were large enough to eat the fruit whole. The megafauna went extinct but the avocado remained as an unusual monument to an unknown dinosaur.

A

Mind=Blown

DINOSAUR BERRIES.

My next book will be called MONUMENT TO AN UNKNOWN DINOSAUR.






Breakfast menu: dinosaur berries on toast.

Sounds much more exotic than avo on toast.

terribleminds:

laughterkey:

artisansoulleader:

howtobeterrell:

lickystickypickyshe:

Avocados are toxic to almost all animals (including cats and dogs). Humans are a rare exception. It is the only fruit to contain persin, a fatty acid, which, when eaten by animals causes vomiting, diarrhea, and other nasty symptoms. Consumption of large quantities can cause death within twelve hours.

Avocados are berries (fleshy fruits coming from a single ovary). Interestingly, this broad definition of a berry means that bananas, pumpkin, tomatoes, watermelon, and coffee are also berries (you can tell that to the next person who tries to argue that tomatoes are vegetables). Curiously this also excludes strawberries as berries.

Eighty percent of modern avocados originate from one “mother” tree which was patented by mailman Rudolph Hass from California in 1935. The tree survived until 2002 when it died of root rot. Unfortunately Hass only made $5,000 in his lifetime from his patent on the tree because his partner sold cultivars to anyone who wanted to buy them. Subsequently Hass spent the remainder of his life working for the California Mail Service.

Avocado also has an interesting characteristic: it is the only berry with no living animal large enough to spread it through consumption and release as dung. This has led scientists to believe that it co-evolved with prehistoric megafauna that were large enough to eat the fruit whole. The megafauna went extinct but the avocado remained as an unusual monument to an unknown dinosaur.

A

Mind=Blown

DINOSAUR BERRIES.

My next book will be called MONUMENT TO AN UNKNOWN DINOSAUR.

Breakfast menu: dinosaur berries on toast. Sounds much more exotic than avo on toast.

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(Game day, 12/20/10.)

"While Crosby was his usual self, a mixture of easily overlooked subtleties and sudden, thunderous strikes from a clear-blue sky — Malkin was the opportunistic stalker. And the two consistently found each other with telepathic passes." — John Jeansonne, 5/7/14.

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Aug 18
sidmalkin:

take the quiz.

The results of this quiz confuse me. But they also please me (Penguins! Then Habs.)

sidmalkin:

take the quiz.

The results of this quiz confuse me. But they also please me (Penguins! Then Habs.)


“As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London.”

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

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I feel like Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series is doing exactly that - taking advantage of the pre - existing weird of London. Plus magic.

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