Back in high school, I was looking up Victorian etiquette for a project, and I stumbled upon this game on a Canadian museum website. You pick a gender and then go through little scenarios where you’re quizzed on the proper Victorian way to act.
It is the greatest thing.
And usually it’s more fun to pick the incorrect answer, because sometimes NINJAS AND ALIENS pop up. I’m not even kidding.
YOU DIDN’T MENTION THE VOICES, OH LORD. IT’S LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN MONTY PYTHON ANIMATION AND WONDERMARK, COMPLETELY ON
CRACKOPIUM WHILE STILL UNFAILINGLY COURTEOUS.
I KEEP LAUGHING UPROARIOUSLY AT MY SCREEN. THIS IS A RIDICULOUS DELIGHT.
This is amazing, oh my god.
I know some people who need to see this.
I will absolutely be playing this.
It lets you keep guessing until you chose the right answer, so there’s a change you’ll see a pair of dogs flying a pegasus!
Now I have something else to consider for my baby cousin: either this or a subscription to Lady Bug Magazine…
The Capitol are the enemy: its citizens are vapid, selfish, exploitative, narcissistic and worst of all apathetic; they don’t care about where their new dress comes from or who is making their dinner or how many children died making their new emerald necklace; they live in such excess that they purge between meals at parties while the people who sourced that food are starving in the fields; they literally place bets on the deaths of children! We really feel like we can’t drive that one home enough. Like, they just make kids kill each other on live TV and then the kids who survive grow up to be sold into sex slavery or to abuse alcohol as a coping mechanism or to be so PTSD-stricken that they can’t even talk anymore. We know what you’re thinking right now: “damn, that sounds sweet, I want to be just like the people in the Captiol.” Right? No? Yeah, us either. But that’s what CoverGirl and Lionsgate seem to think.
At its core, The Hunger Games is a book about the trauma of hyper-consumption–but when it comes to traumatizer vs. traumatized, CoverGirl’s Capitol Collection falls squarely on the side of “traumatizer.” The makeup line comes with a lookbook that will help you “get the looks of the Districts” and is so unaware and self-absorbed that it kind of feels like it has to be a joke. The only time anyone from the Districts looks anything like something in that lookbook is when children are brought to the Capitol and dolled up to be paraded around on live TV as though they were props instead of humans (because of course, to the Capitol, they are props). Then two days later they take the makeup off and kill each other and probably die themselves while their families look on, horrified and defeated. FASHION!!!
But of course, the reason that this line even exists is because we, as a culture, are actually pretty close (metaphorically anyway) to the Capitol. Consumption at any expense is pretty par for the course here, and the people who grow our food and make our clothes aren’t really in much better shape than the people of the Districts. Our culture really, really values outward appearance and it insists that girls about Katniss’s age should be less into leading a revolution and more into getting the right look. The Capitol Collection encourages girls to identify not with rebellion and justice, but with superficiality and self-interest. We think that is not only ridiculous, but scary and super dangerous.
our new project, Capitol Cuties, is a response to CoverGirl’s Capitol Collection line and we are really, really excited about it.
Seconded. Of the many whackadoo merchandising tie-ins associated with Catching Fire (Subway comes to mind), the CoverGirl campaign may be the worst. There were plenty of ways to create cosmetic tie-ins that didn’t fetishize poverty or so thoroughly embrace and sanitize the barbarity of the Capitol.
Yep, here’s the meta part of the Hunger Games Trilogy that surprisingly goes over so many heads (including this reactive tumblr). There’s this insight in the above article that is tremendously articulate, but still a expectation for marketing without “fetishizing” or “sanitizing”. The larger marketing campaign has either total lack of self-awareness or complete immersion into the narrative and it’s larger implications. In the same vein, a person reading about Capitol Couture and the other marketing efforts either buys into the initial premise, or is now made to feel like part of the problem. The problematic parts are inherent. These movies are not so much about showing Katniss’s struggle, but about selling the spectacle to the us as an audience.
Arg, I love/hate these books/movies.
My parents would frisk me before family events. Before weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, and what have you. Because if they didn’t, then the book would be hidden inside some pocket or other and as soon as whatever it was got under way I’d be found in a corner. That was who I was…that was what I did. I was the kid with the book.
Neil Gaiman (via papertownbooks)
This is the brilliance of smart phones. I don’t have to consider whether a bag will hold a book, and whether or not I can hold onto that bag the whole time, but simply stick my phone in my pocket. A physical book is a nice accessory instead of necessary tactical gear.
Communicating (or not) on OKC. Rinse, repeat.
I logged back on a few days ago to revise my profile and clear my inbox. Surprise, more than thirty messages and the realization that my low expectations were not yet low enough.
Yet among the asinine verbiage there was this short, but well written greeting that suggests compatibility without being vulgar. From June. Eh… well, maybe he’d reply anyway. It’d be worth a shot.
While writing a reply I received another message from him. It’s the same message, but with a tense change regarding the weekend. Suddenly I’m back at work at this nice little message is reading like standard phrases used for medical documentation.
"Interpersonal communication initiated through the occupational relationship approach utilizing verbs, adverbs, nouns, and adjectives. Subject requires minimal to moderate textual cues for positive reinforcement, and responds well to subject matter regarding current activities and lifestyle. Continue with current plan of care.”
But still a cut above the rest. Let’s see if he has a more personalized reply.
Been watching “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares”
If I were to walk into a tattoo shop today, I would get a maritime scene with a compass rose (steampunk-ish) as a 1/2 sleeve on my right arm, and a space scene with a galaxy rising as a 1/2 sleeve on my left arm.
I will save this post because this is what I think is cool today. There’s a good chance I will again be grateful I haven’t gotten a tattoo when I re-read this a year or so from now.
Things I previously thought were cool and am eternally grateful I never got inked on myself:
- barcode on the back of the neck (a la Dark Angel)
- short quotes, regardless of source
- all ankle and foot tattoos, mostly of flowers
- Japanese/chinese characters
- Things I now realize are culturally appropriative.
- All fandom-based concepts, expecially from fandoms I no longer follow (ex: Clover, Harry Potter, FullMetal Alchemist, and Halo)
Things I would actually get done in henna:
- The Finder tattoo, right around at least one of my hands.
- Some kind of black-work around my right arm
One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.
when everyone forgot how to play hockey at the same time
I don’t even like hockey but this made me laugh so hard I think I ruptured something
OH MY FUCKING GOD I CAN’T BREATHE
I’ve got these same skills. Killin’ it on the ice. Heads up.