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I use tumblr as a link archive. @otatma for social, for my own writing (and links before I found tumblr).

Walking on eggshells because tumblr is subtle and quick to anger.
Ask me anything.

there’s a place or two where I use ‘kodama’ as my handle.

(Source: baiobaio)





there are way too many social justice warriors. we need a social justice scout and a social justice healer and a social justice black mage. seriously this videogame has like 10 different classes you can play and everyone goes for the one that just uses generic melee weapons?

Social justice bard.

social justice rogue, also known as Robin Hood

social justice ranger

::summons social justice bear::

hey this came back around, so…  


If you are a monster, stand up.
If you are a monster, a trickster, a fiend,
If you’ve built a steam-powered wishing machine
If you have a secret, a dark past, a scheme,
If you kidnap maidens or dabble in dreams
Come stand by me.

If you have been broken, stand up.
If you have been broken, abandoned, alone
If you have been starving, a creature of bone
If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne
If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known,
Come stand by me.

If you are a savage, stand up.
If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight,
If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite,
If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright,
If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight,
Come stand by me.

If you are a devil, stand up.
If you are a villain, a madman, a beast,
If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest,
If you are a dragon come sit at our feast,
For we all have stripes, and we all have horns,
We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns
And here in the dark is where new worlds are born.
Come stand by me.

A Monstrous Manifesto, by Catherynne M. Valente (via justaguywitharrows)

…this speaks to me for reasons.

(via rubyredro5e)

She wouldn’t, though.  Such an obvious trap.

(Source: missivesfromghosts)



Being good to each other is so important, guys.

That took such a sharp left turn three musclecars spontaneously flipped over!

(Source: katara)



technomancers who turn themselves into wi-fi hotspots

technomancers who set up the train ticket dispensers to silently fake the credit card charges (attracting no attention!) instead of actually extracting cash from the people who can’t afford an automobile or just can’t be arsed

technomancers who make sure the security cameras are always pointed at the muggers and the asshole cops at just the right time..  who make sure the video stream hits youtube the minute it happens

technomancers who spend a few nights a week systematically reversing as many overdraft fees as they can

let’s just say that the day I really get to interface my brain to a machine directly, some shit is gonna change.



A Dutch designer is working with scientists to create glow-in-the-dark trees, hoping to one day use them in place of street lights. Source

Mix this with solarpunk!

Those and these: 

(read about them here so cool)


Their faces, I just can’t


I don’t actually know if I know anyone with their student loans paid off

What is it that makes Christians so viscerally afraid of atheism? Why are they so quick to cry that atheism must inherently lead to savagery?

Because, Christians do not believe in morality at all. To Christians, the only reason not to run amok raping and pillaging is because the King says you can’t, and he will punish you severely for it after you die. No King = no constraints on brutality. For Christians then, there is no morality, only legality. They hold this theory consistently, as is apparent whenever anyone questions the morality of God.

"God is not limited to human moral understanding."
"God is our Creator. He is entitled to kill humans. It is his sovereign right as our Creator."
"Who are you, O man, to answer back to God?"

Whenever atheists bring up any of the moral atrocities in the Bible, Christians routinely exempt God from any moral standard whatsoever. This is only a natural consequence of their concept of “morality.” God has no “higher power” to tell him what to do. No one will punish him, and no one can, because he has all the power. Relative to God, atheism is true. For him, there is no God. Having no law he is subject to, God is free to commit any atrocity whatsoever, or command his servants to do it in his name. God can do no wrong because for him, there is no morality. As long as its him doing it, any act is “holy” or “righteous.”

Think about it.

What do we mean when we use the phrase “playing God?”

If a medical researcher discovers a cure for some horrific illness, we do not say she is “playing God.”

If an aid worker lives in primitive conditions and works tirelessly to help poor people in developing countries, we do not say he is “playing God.”

If a soldier throws himself on a hand grenade to save his buddies, we do not say he is “playing God.”

No, we reserve that phrase only for frightening or evil acts done by a person who feels entitled to lord over other people’s lives or over nature in some malevolent way, with no moral or legal accountability. When Dr. Mengele stood at the gates of Auschwitz arbitrarily deciding who would die, and who would be subjected to his inhuman experiments, that is what we mean by “playing God.”

Why is this so? Because the Bible clearly portrays God acting in exactly that manner. See the ninth chapter of Romans. It’s spelled out quite clearly. Why are Christians so afraid of atheism?

Because they’re afraid we will act like God.

I can’t remember where I got this originally, but it wasn’t me.  Found it digging through my old livejournal backup from a few years back.  

And reading it now, all I could think of was another quote from Anton LaVey: "Each verse is an inferno. Each word is a tongue of fire. The flames of Hell burn fierce… and purify!"

…What do you think?

Transphobic U.S. Congressman edits Wikipedia to include hate speech for Laverne Cox    





Someone with an IP address sourcing to the House of Representatives just edited the Orange Is the New Black Wikipedia page with the telling summary of “not a woman.”

That’s right, this Congressman edited out a sentence hailing the show for including “the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman.”  What did he replace it with?  Hate speech.

The Congressman called Cox a “man pretending to be a woman,” and linked to an offensive article by National Review Online aptly titled “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.”

The change has since been reversed and the IP address has been banned from editing Wikipedia for a month, but you can see the original edit he made in the link above.

The change was spotted by a Twitter bot which tweets out links any time a Congressional IP address edits Wikipedia.

Spread this like wildfire.

(articles on The A.V. Club, Yahoo, and NY Daily News)

Oh my god

i don’t know if everyone else knows about this or not, but i just went onto the twitterbot’s page and this is not just about laverne cox, someone from congress has been editing multiple articles concerning transgender people (mostly women) and laverne was probably the first trans celebrity they could think of, other edits have been made including:




this is not just about laverne cox, do not just make it about laverne cox, this is not one person being transphobic towards a celebrity we like, there is someone in congress with an agenda of misinformation actively trying to slander the trans community through wikipedia.


I can’t even.  Your tax dollars hard at work, everyone!

Republican FCC commish defends states' rights to ban municipal ISPs 

I think this deserves some serious rioting.


Me, with basically anyone ever. Sorry.

(Source: pleasestopbeingsad)

Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via kushandwizdom)

this is profoundly important.

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