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My work ritual:

  1. Kick off dark grey shoes
  2. Kick them into the darkest corner under my desk
  3. Oops I need to leave my desk!
  4. Feel around for shoes with feet
  5. Look under desk for shoes — they’re not there
  6. Feel around with foot some more — found one!
  7. Shove foot into it — it’s the wrong foot
  8. Put other foot into it and feel around for the other one with my other foot
  9. Fail to find it
  10. Look again — it’s clearly not there, wtf
  11. Crawl under desk and locate shoe
  12. Leave desk
  13. Return
  14. Kick off dark grey shoes


Lola is a food equalist.

Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should totally go there, like right now.

Another one of my cats is an anti-feminist. Maybe I should rethink my life choices?

Nah, I’ll just give her more wet food.



  1. Obtain a significant other from a country that doesn’t sell Toaster Strudel
  2. Marry them and start a family
  3. Offer to make your fam breakfast every morning
  4. Make them strudel with no icing
  5. They’ll have no idea Toaster Strudel even come with icing
  6. Take all six packets for yourself
  7. Avoid making eye contact with your reflection in the mirror for the rest of your life because you are a monster


[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:




And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:


Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.


And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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Of course :D several of them!


(I live my hair dreams vicariously through like-a-pig-in-a-war)



Overweight Americans have the lowest risk of premature death.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are “normal weight” if your ratio is between 18.5-24.9.  Everything over that is “overweight” or “obese” and everything under is “underweight.”

This study was a meta-analysis, which is an analysis of a collection of existing studies that systematically measures the sum of our knowledge.  In this case, the authors analyzed 97 studies that included a combined 2.88 million individuals and over 270,000 deaths.  They found that overweight individuals had a lower risk of premature death than so-called normal weight individuals and there was no relationship between being somewhat obese and the rate of early death. Only among people in the high range of obesity was there a correlation between their weight and a higher risk of premature death.

Here’s what it looked like.

Above is two columns of studies plotted according to the hazard ratio they reported for people.  This comparison is between people who are “overweight” (BMI = 25-29.9) and people who are “normal weight” (BMI = 18.5-24.9).  Studies that fall below the line marked 1.0 found a lower rate of premature death and studies above the line found a higher rate.

Just by eyeballing it, you can confirm that there is not a strong correlation between weight and premature death, at least in this population. When the scientists ran statistical analyses, the math showed that there is a statistically significant relationship between being “overweight” and a lower risk of death.

Here’s the same data, but comparing the risk of premature death among people who are “normal weight” (BMI = 18.5-24.9) and people who are somewhat “obese” (BMI = 30-34.9).  Again, eyeballing the results suggest that there’s not much correlation and, in fact, statistical analysis found none.


Finally, here are the results comparing “normal weight” (BMI = 18.5-24.9) and people who are quite “obese” (BMI = 35 or higher). In this case, we do see a relationship between risk of premature death in body weight.


It’s almost funny that the National Institutes of Health use the word normal when talking about BMI. It’s certainly not the norm – the average BMI in the U.S. falls slightly into the “overweight” category (26.6 for adult men and 25.5 for adult women) — and it’s not related to health. It’s clearly simply normative. It’s related to a socially constructed physical ideal that has little relationship to what physicians and public health advocates are supposed to be concerned with.  Normal is judgmental, but if they changed the word to healthy, they have to entirely rejigger their prescriptions.

So, do we even have an obesity epidemic? Perhaps not if we use health as a marker instead of some arbitrary decision to hate fat.  Paul Campos, covering this story for the New York Times, points out:

If the government were to redefine normal weight as one that doesn’t increase the risk of death, then about 130 million of the 165 million American adults currently categorized as overweight and obese would be re-categorized as normal weight instead.

That’s 79%.

It’s worth saying again: if we are measuring by the risk of premature death, then 79% of the people we currently shame for being overweight or obese would be recategorized as perfectly fine. Ideal, even. Pleased to be plump, let’s say, knowing that a body that is a happy balance of soft and strong is the kind of body that will carry them through a lifetime.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

But they ain’t trying to hear you tho. Better to hate on fat people. You’ll get more money for weight loss surgery that way








Court presentation ensemble
1834. British (probably). Wool, silk, leather & metal. | THE MET

Wish outfits like this were still in style.

Anything is still in style if you wear it with enough panache! :D

Wearing a dueling sword, no matter how much panache one has, is illegal in New York City unless you’re going to a parade or Ren Fair in which you will be a participant.

Are there seriously parade and Renfair exceptions? How do I apply for them?! Tell me!!!!!

Yes, seriously.  It’s not something you apply for, it’s written into the NY Administrative Code, section 10-133, subsection 6:

(6) any person displaying or in possession of a knife otherwise in violation of this section when such knife (a) is being used for or transported immediately to or from a place where it is used for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking or any employment, trade or occupation customarily requiring the use of such knife; or (b) is displayed or carried by a member of a theatrical group, drill team, military or para-military unit or veterans organization, to, from, or during a meeting, parade or other performance or practice for such event, which customarily requires the carrying of such knife; or (c) is being transported directly to or from a place of purchase, sharpening or repair, packaged in such a manner as not to allow easy access to such knife while it is transported; or (d) is displayed or carried by a duly enrolled member of the Boy or Girl Scouts of America or a similar organization or society and such display or possession is necessary to participate in the activities of such organization or society.

Ren Fair counts as a theatrical group.

This section is about knives, but I’ve heard that similar laws have the same exceptions for other bladed weapons.  Understandably, projectile weapons do not have the same exceptions.

Interestingly, I’m pretty sure that in the state of Maryland it IS still legal to openly carry bladed weapons (you just can’t carry them concealed)

This has lead to at least two incidents in Baltimore that I know of where people have defended themselves from robbery with swords

In one case, the guy was a professional stage combat guy and SCA participant. Some dude tried to mug him at gunpoint right after he got out of teaching a broadsword class. The mugger didn’t even get a shot off before he lost the hand carrying the gun.

During the trial, the prosecution (representing the mugger!) tried to claim that the defense had been carrying a concealed weapon. The defense lawyer just took out the broadsword, put it on the bench, and said “Where, exactly, would the defendant have concealed this?” 

Note: please do not go around carrying live steel around openly in MD, especially not in Baltimore. While it may be legal it’s still probably not a good idea. 

But please feel free to carry guns around. Thanks, courts.

I mean shit, if we’re allowed to carry guns around, we should be allowed to carry swords. They’re “arms” that we have the right to bear, right??

Top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies from virus 

Oh, no. He was such a brave man. I was really hoping he would make it. :( :( :(


Cecil the kitten is not interested in your misandering.

Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked.

EEeeee! My kitten is an anti-feminist using my tumblr account to further his agenda of biting! CECIL :(

Anonymous said: I don't mean to be rude but why take out the "racists one" of the ten rules? I feel like it's important to reflect on the mindset of the time period and it's perspective of people, it's seems counterintuitive to writing to part take in the censorship


Because this is a writing tips blog and not a “history of detective fiction” blog. The purpose is to teach people how to write better, not to teach people what the mindset of the time period was. If it were a “history of detective fiction” blog, I would have left it in.

Lol, censorship. 

Yes, if you are a “writer” you are bound by duty and honor to faithfully reproduce every fucked up thing every racist asshole who called himself a writer ever said.

That is what writers do.

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