ARTIST: The Conet Project
TRACK: The Swedish Rhapsody
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"Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of numbers stations has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the numbers stations, and why are the Eastern European stations still on the air? Why does the Czech Republic operate a numbers station 24 hours a day? How is it that numbers stations are allowed to interfere with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping without having to answer to anybody? Why does the Swedish Rhapsody numbers station use a small girl’s voice?

These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.”

(The Conet Project collects 150 recordings. Trust me, you don’t want to listen to them alone in a dark room.)

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requested by Leo
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I wanted to see if this was an actual real thing that had happened, because, you know, we’ve had all-glass skyscrapers for ages, and I’ve never heard of this happening before.

It is. Of course the problem isn’t the building’s glass exterior. It’s that it’s curved:

Which is incredible because anyone with a rudimentary grasp of physics could have told them that this would happen:

So in addition to being heavy-handed satire about first world excess, it’s also a pretty on-point reminder of another way we’re going wrong: resurgent anti-intellectualism means that fewer and fewer people are consulting with or listening to scientists.

Anyway, back to your joke.

Man, there was some architect who did this in the Sunbelt in the US, and before they built it, everyone was like “No, bro.  You can’t do this.  There’s gonna come a time of day when the focus is going to be enough for shit in the Cone of Death to literally spontaneously combust.”

So long story short, the compromise was the Architect McDude compromised his artist vision just enough so that the Cone of Death became the Cone of Great Discomfort, and the patch of sidewalk and street affected by it shoots from like 90 to 130 for something like fifteen, twenty feet at the wrong time of day.

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So I'm kind of getting back into comics since I don't ever have to worry about reading any new ones bc of the 52 and I was wondering what you thought about Stephanie Brown and her potential as Robin? Like idk I don't mean her actual stint as Robin I mean with how similar her character is to Dick's and Jason's and how Tim really is the most solemn and emotionally constipated Robin as compared to the girl who is so much like Dick that Bruce inexplicably hates.


hm, okay. 

well, first of all, word to the wise — i haven’t actually read 90% of tim’s run as robin. so my information might not be up to snuff. but what i have read of him places him pretty squarely in the nerdy chatterdork category up until bruce dies and damian becomes robin and fabnic starts writing a really unpleasant tim. 

frankly, i think steph’s potential to succeed as robin is. almost completely beyond her control, because bruce is a fundamentally sexist asshole who doesn’t get that other people’s traumas are valid and exist and might still affect them. and in that respect, i think she’s a lot more like jason than dick.

because — let’s face it, dick was the golden boy, the perfect robin, this impossible standard that all others had to measure up to. this is not dick’s fault! it’s bruce’s fault, because bruce, somewhere in the dark recesses of his withered soul, thought that all orphaned children — and then all children with damaged parental relationships — would adapt to violent vigilantism the same way. 

and, bruce, burdened with the privilege of being an incredibly wealthy cishet white man, has prejudices — if only unconscious ones — towards people who are a) not cishet white men and b) not wealthy. he uses racial slurs against dick. he is unsurprised — hurt! grieving! but unsurprised — by jason’s ~delinquency~ and tendencies towards ~badness~. he has zero patience and only minimal support for babs, who just wants to help, and steph, who lacks both the advantage of connection and a stable home life, and — i’d argue that he doesn’t really have much interest in cass beyond the ways in which she allows him to more effectively wage war. let’s never fucking forget, that it was babs who taught cass how to speak, the basic components of written language; bruce never lifted a fucking finger to help her develop a life that extended beyond the cowl, and he actively sought to separate her from those who did. 

getting back to your question, i think that steph could’ve made a really fucking great robin, if she’d been given even an inch to breathe in the role, if bruce were a slightly kinder person, and a much less sexist one. ultimately, i think she failed because bruce set her up to fail, because he wanted her to fail, because she was a blonde working class girl who he couldn’t completely control and could not superimpose himself upon, instead of a black-haired, blue-eyed orphan boy who —

huh. wow. it’s almost like bruce wayne is trying to relive his adolescence through robin, instead of trying to actually help the kids he throws in the path of gotham’s worst nightmares. huh.

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what a gem what a pearl beyond rubies is laura jane grace


what a gem what a pearl beyond rubies is laura jane grace

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a bunch of the plein air sketches I was working on during my Utah trip! A week drawing rocks, getting mistaken for a ranger twice- pretty ideal.

Wow my favorite artist likes rocks too - I just cannot handle

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