More cats! I might have posted some of the older ones, but I don’t remember. None of these guys are here anymore except Bella, the gray cat in the third photo. I love her so much! She needs a good home.
I keep forgetting to post photos of cat volunteering. I have so many photos on my phone of all the cats that I’ll probably never get around to posting them all, but here are some! A few of them have already been adopted, including the cat with one eye - he actually went really quickly, but he was super nice and sweet. I probably would have ended up taking him if no one else did.
If anyone out there is in the St. Charles/St. Louis area and needs a cat, which is all of you because everybody needs cats, you should come get a cat or two. Or five. Or however many cats you’re allowed to have.
A preview of things to come, I guess, whenever I get time to edit all these photos and put them on Etsy. There are soooooo maaannnyyyy but I had a little too much fun posing Sailor Moon so, you know, it was bound to happen. I used a shoebox as the backdrop because it’s the pinkest thing I have, but now I have to Photoshop the Xhilaration logo out of every single picture >:| at least it’s on a solid color.
One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.
I know this is late but I was in the hospital and dealing with my own suicidality when Robin Williams died. One of the hardest things for me to deal with about my chronic mental health issues (besides my symptoms) is that if I finally die because of them, almost nobody will remember me for my fight. No one will remember me for somehow managing to live past 16; 20; 22; 25. Instead I’ll be remembered for failing to live longer than I did. I can’t think of any other chronic high-fatality illness in which people memorialize your death as a failure instead of a life-long struggle.
The first time I saw Ghost in the Shell, I was definitely too young to really get it because I watched it again last night (one of the local theaters was doing a midnight showing), and I swear it was like watching a totally different movie. I love and hate when that happens because even though now I can actually appreciate it for what it is, I wish I could have had the ability to understand it more when I saw it the first time. I think it’s also one of the few movies I’ve seen where I can’t really find anything to be critical about. All of the subtext and themes seem to come across perfectly in the plot and character dialogue. And it’s just a really great-looking movie, on top of that.
I also love movies where the future is basically just current (well, current relative to the movie) technology that’s gotten weirder and grungier instead of being sleek and clean like it is in movies now. The sleeker stuff just looks really ugly and unnatural to me, but random wires sticking out of everything in dark rooms full of old towers and terminal displays? I am all over that shit. We’re past the point of that being a viable vision for a “good” future since real life technology has moved so far beyond it already, for the most part, but I still like the aesthetic.
The music and animation in this movie definitely stuck with me, though. At least I didn’t forget that much.
I think I broke my hamster. She finally found the treats I hid in there, and now she won’t stop trying to destroy that thing so she can get them all.
I got this awesome fox art from these guys at an art fair today (Brandan Styles did this one, and his site is here - I very strongly recommend taking a look)! Everyone who enters will be greeted with his silent judgment. And a floor full of cat toys. The remaining empty space on the walls will hopefully be filled with antique map prints I got as a gift, whenever I get them framed.
I wanted to do a panorama to show the fox with all of the other random animal art I’ve collected over the years, but I guess I screwed up the photos of my living room since it didn’t come out, so I just took a regular photo instead. The ones of my office came out fine, though! And yeah, it does look like random crap explosion in there 24/7, I guess.
When we live in a world where you can access free content of naked consenting women in less than 5 seconds, why are people still invading the privacy of non-consenting women for nudes?
Hint: It has something to do with people feeling entitled to making any woman their personal porn, even if it violates or humiliates her in the process.
I also feel like it has something to do with the fact that they’re celebrities…
Of course the fact they are celebrities is part of the motivation behind the hackings, but the hacker did this in the first place because he/she knew that there would be a HUGE demand (and $$$) for non-consensual nudes of celebrities. The hacker knew that large amounts of people would be desperate to masturbate to these pictures (and therefore websites like TMZ desperate to cash in) even though their release must be very traumatic for the celeb women. My question is WHY are people able to get off on images of women which have been released in a humiliating and violating way? The answer is obvious and it’s disturbing.
If you think this post is just about celebrities either then you are wrong. Plenty of normal every day people are hacked or have nude photos/videos released without permission by an ex partner. People have even blackmailed minors into getting naked online, which results in this. The thing in common is that all these people, including celebs, have been exploited for nudes in some way when a large percentage of the internet is free porn, when there are willing naked people out there. People have shown time and time again, humiliation and violation are not boner killers when they should be.
If anything, the fact they are celebrities means that they will most likely get justice for what has been done to them, unlike the vast majority of victims who are told to suck it up. This is a really interesting article about "revenge porn" - pictures shared without the consent of the women often deliberately to harm their lives. You will see how difficult it is for regular women to seek any kind of help from the law when this happens to them, unlike celebrities.
All of this in combination with people saying she should have “known better” or that it’s her fault for ever ~daring~ to send nudes to anyone in private (nope, sorry, she’s still a victim of a crime and did nothing wrong) or even saying it’s good because now she’ll get more money and attention like she obviously wants has made me countless kinds of angry today.