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I think the picture of me on street view might be my new favourite picture of myself

They blur faces intentionally because there’s no way they’d be able to get everyone who shows up to sign a release form. That’s also why Colonel Sanders’s face is blurred out on every Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was a real person.

So why don’t they blur out Wendy’s face? Is she too cartoony?

Also, congrats on being caught! :D




If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? 

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:  



I’m sure you’ve all seen what’s up with Tumblr, but this is REALLY serious, guys.

Remember dial-up? Wanna go back to that? How many of the sites that you use would work at those speeds? YouTube’s out, that’s for sure. How about games? Would ANY of them be worth the loading, the lagging, the time-outs, and the frustration?

Net Neutrality is about so much more than just some sites getting faster. It’s about every other site getting slower, and the little guys who can’t afford a contract with ISPs getting basically no traffic. Entrepreneurs have it hard enough without slapping yet another barrier in the way that can only be taken down by money.

How much business is done online? Even without online shopping, what about communicating with customers? What about advertising, or employee email, or customer support? I’m willing to bet that someone you know depends on the Internet for their livelihood.

The FCC will be handing down their final decision on whether or not ISPs can throttle the connections of sites that don’t pay extra. They’re still taking public comment for a few more days, so let them know what you think.

Please don’t let Team Cable turn the Internet into just another branch of mainstream media.

I think one thing you can do to help your friends who are depressed is to reach out to them not in the spirit of helping, but in the spirit of liking them and wanting their company. “I’m here to help if you ever need me” is good to know, but hard to act on, especially when you’re in a dark place. Specific, ongoing, pleasure-based invitations are much easier to absorb. “I’m here. Let’s go to the movies. Or stay in and order takeout and watch some dumb TV.” “I’m having a party, it would be really great if you could come for a little while.” Ask them for help with things you know they are good at and like doing, so there is reciprocity and a way for them to contribute. “Will you come over Sunday and help me clear my closet of unfashionable and unflattering items? I trust your eye.” “Will you read this story I wrote and help me fix the dialogue?” “Want to make dinner together? You chop, I’ll assemble.” “I am going glasses shopping and I need another set of eyes.” Remind yourself why you like this person, and in the process, remind them that they are likable and worth your time and interest.

Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”

#613: How do I reach out to my friends who have depression? | Captain Awkward

P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”

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So incredibly important!

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How to reach out to a depressed friend.

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Convincing girls that it’s okay to chase their passion is hard enough without them getting cheapened and dismissed at every turn once they get there. How many discoveries attributed to men were actually made by their wives, but women couldn’t publish?

My husband and I like to go to events together. It’s frustrating and defeating when I ask the researcher/presenter a question, and he very clearly gives the answer to Phil. Once I was even then told that there were display tanks over there if I wanted to look at cool stuff.

I’ve logged over 300 volunteer hours at the world’s largest indoor aquarium, pal. If I were only interested in looking at “cool stuff,” your 10-gallon of mysis shrimp wouldn’t even be on the list.

Poem and video by Emily Graslie, host of The Brain Scoop.

Every now and then, the realization that my dreams have been put on indefinite hold in the name of stability crashes into me like storm surge against a failing sea wall. While I’m certainly not unhappy with my life per se, I want so much more, and I just can’t see a way to make that happen and still keep a roof over our heads.

Sometimes I wish that I were more irresponsible. Let someone else worry about the crushing student debt. Let someone else juggle the bills. Let someone else keep track of the appointments. Let someone else gather all of the necessary papers to prove that yes, we are still poor enough to need this or that assistance, and then let someone else pretend not to notice the silent judgement from those who don’t need.

Just let me go play with fish.

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