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This is rather an interesting little photo essay: "I am a reformed theif, and one of the ways I supplement my income, is use my old skills to help people. I found this safe on Craigslist, it was left in a house where the tenant had been arrested, so the landlord was left with all the shit in the house to get rid of. he had the safe listed for $100, or I could crack it on the spot and we would split the profits 50/50. I was feeling lucky, so I gave him $100 for it, hoping there was more money inside of it." - so, how easy or difficult is it to get inside one of those little home safes? Take a look. ^_^

The partially furry post-apocalyptic Wastelander Panda now has its first episodes up on YouTube.

Apparently, Warner Brothers have a CG/live action Looney Tunes feature in the works, written by former SNL writer/performer Jenny Slate. Fascinatingly, I also see a French studio is producing an animated version of Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, with the voice casting including Jeff Bridges, and directed by Mark Osborne, late of Kung Fu Panda. One of his earlier projects, made in his garage, was the six-minute stop-motion short from 1998, "More".

It may, given it's an academic journal, be insanely priced - but, it's notable that it's even coming into existence: Porn Studies, "the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts. Porn Studies will publish innovative work examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts. Porn Studies is an interdisciplinary journal informed by critical sexuality studies and work exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability. It focuses on developing knowledge of pornographies past and present, in all their variations and around the world. Because pornography studies are still in their infancy we are also interested in discussions that focus on theoretical approaches, methodology and research ethics. Alongside articles, the journal includes a forum devoted to shorter observations, developments, debates or issues in porn studies, designed to encourage exchange and debate."

I'd be interested to see how that develops, in perticular with regard to insight into fetishes - how they arise in people, in particular. From what I can tell, they seem quite deeply ingrained, much as furriness is - would I be wrong in assuming you can identify such traits in yourself from quite early on?

Want to experience zero-g for yourself? In a curious tie-in with After Earth, ESA's running a little competition to win a trip to Bordeaux, for a parabolic flight on an A300. =:D The rules note you'll have to pass a medical exam, reasonably enough. It's open to residents of ESA member states, closing on July 21 2013. In something of a novelty, contest entry does actually require brain usage, with six multiple choice questions to answer. (One question relates to the Rosetta probe; in 2014, its lander will, we hope, land on the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet, performing a range of experiments) And yes, if you really want, you can book a flight yourself - for a mere 5,980€. ^_^; Still, it's well worth checking out the video on that page.. as you might expect, the rate of climb is.. quite substantial, not to mention descent. =:D

Today (ie June 26 2013) will almost certainly see the SCOTUS rule on Prop.8. AFER have a chart up, showing the possible outcomes; my expectation is they'll punt, and rule for "no standing", which would limit the immediate effect to just California, which would restore marriage equality to California. ^_^ The best place to check is SCOTUSblog, who run a live-update widget when decisions are announced - this goes live around 9.30am Eastern (2.30pm UK), with decisions commencing at 10am Eastern. Given the level of interest lately, they're likely to temporarily replace the site with that coverage, to contain the server load, so you should be able to just visit the front page and find the coverage immediately.

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is rather an interesting little photo essay: "I am a reformed theif, and one of the ways I supplement my income, is use my old skills to help people. I found this safe on Craigslist, it was left in a house where the tenant had been arrested, so the landlord was left with all the shit in the house to get rid of. he had the safe listed for $100, or I could crack it on the spot and we would split the profits 50/50. I was feeling lucky, so I gave him $100 for it, hoping there was more money inside of it." - so, how easy or difficult is it to get inside one of those little home safes? Take a look. ^_^

Interesting... and a rather messed-up end to the whole story. (A warning would've been nice there.)

My first thought when I got to the grenade was "who the heck keeps a grenade in a safe?", but now I can see why. Perhaps it was actually supposed to ensure that the contents would be destroyed if someone attempted to open the safe through brute force.

these sentry safes are good at keeping out fire, not thieves

I think for quite a few people, that's what a safe is intended for, anyway. Documents that are valuable to you but worthless in terms of money don't need to be protected from thieves, but protecting them from fire can be worthwhile.

It may, given it's an academic journal, be insanely priced - but, it's notable that it's even coming into existence: Porn Studies

About time, I'd say.

Today (ie June 26 2013) will almost certainly see the SCOTUS rule on Prop.8. AFER have a chart up, showing the possible outcomes; my expectation is they'll punt, and rule for "no standing", which would limit the immediate effect to just California, which would restore marriage equality to California.

Neat graphic, that's really informative.

And yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see them punt, either; they seem to try to avoid deciding issues if there's a way for them to wiggle their way out of it. (Which isn't, in an on itself, a bad thing; a supreme court that tries to stay out of the political process except for when it's actually necessary has its upsides, too.)

Of course I hope they'll do the right thing and declare the whole thing unconstitutional, though. To me, it's fairly ridiculous that there's even disagreement on that — nobody in their right mind would argue that bans on "interracial" marriages are in any way justified, justifiable or cosntitutional, either. And the language of the 14th amendmend is crystal clear.

Well, we'll see.
my expectation is they'll punt, and rule for "no standing"

Heh. You totally called it.

Interesting that the 5-4 decision does appear to have been along strict ideological lines, either. I'm surprised Scalia in particular actually joined the majority here, but maybe this was a pawn sacrifice: maybe he realized that the law couldn't possibly have been upheld under the US constitution, and that this way, the ruling's effect would at least be limited to California and not immediately affect other states.

That said, it'll be interesting to read the actual opinions, not to mention the legal analyses that will surely follow.
Let's hope for Unconstitutional. I REALLY don't want to think about moving to Illinois.

Blech!
DOMA is dead, that is all :)
While certainly good news and a step in the right direction, as of right now marriage laws still vary at the state level. Any state that bans gay marriage in their constitution is still entitled to do so. Missouri is one of those states.
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The Illinois thing was kinda sorta a joke. We live across the Mississippi river from it and the entire state is pretty much awful.

The Chicago Machine, of which Barack Obama is a part of, sucks every bit of tax revenue into Chicago, never to be seen again by the rest of the state, and not doing a bit of good for the city either because it's wasted on pork, graft, and liberal feelgood boondoggles. (Crimes against punctuation I know, but sod it I just woke up and I haven't had my coffee yet.)

Also I believe the City Of East St. Louis still has the highest crime rate in the nation. (That's right. Worse than Detroit.)

Edited at 2013-06-26 07:03 pm (UTC)
Heh, I have been feeling 'furry' ever since I can recall, and not once or twice have I wondered what has conditioned me to develop this kind of fancy for anthros. It's a fascinating field to investigate, I hope for some interesting findings ^^
Another cornucopia of goodies!! (and wow.. spectacularly pro-sounding narration in that panda one!)
...thanks for the warner bros link too!