Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art.
An estimated 63 percent of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are imprisoned for homicide have killed their mothers’ batterers.
— Kimberle Crenshaw, in her article Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence Against Women of Color [PDF] (via flannel)
(I am in the hospital at the moment due to viral meningitis but feeling better each day, so much so that I can now look at tumblr on my phone without searing head pain.)
I can’t tell you how much all these kind messages/get well soons/stuff on heads posts have cheered me up.
Aww, I’m so glad you appreciate it, John! Elephants, you’re doing good, keep at it!
How did Nerdfighteria accidentally develop a menagerie where every animal is small
Is the Giant Squid of Anger actually just a regular-sized squid
The regular sized squid who lived in a tiny world that thought him a giant.
Thumbnails are HUGELY IMPORTANT to the success of a video. YouTube’s algorithm considers how many people click on a video when it shows up as a related video or on the “What to Watch” page, and then how many people go on to watch the full video that is connected to it. A good thumbnail that conveys what your video is about and inspires a click is with every moment of design you can put into it.
Last year we released a detailed and complicated thumbnail design guide for YouTubers. Since then, A LOT HAS CHANGED, and it’s mostly for the better.
The best news is that YouTube has standardized all (we think) thumbnail displays (including mobile and post-video) to 16:9. So, hooray, now you only have to design your thumbnails in one aspect ratio! Some applications on Facebook still use 4:3, but it looks fine whether you optimize for that or not.
The biggest issue I have is with the time stamps not being standardized between desktop and mobile…they take up a ton of space and I find it annoying to design around. It’s nice that they’re there for users wanting to know what they’re getting into…I just wish it the desktop and mobile thumbnails displayed the same way.
The title overlay is a little annoying to design around (it only shows up in embeds, as far as I can tell (like here on Tumblr)) but it’s also very nice to have for users who want to know what the video is called and see more information without playing the video.
So I hope this guide is helpful and I just want to say thanks to YouTube for standardizing to 16:9…it’s gonna save SO MUCH HASSLE!
For all my thumbnail designing friends.
Today America is coming to help.
— Sylvia Plath
so here’s a fun story about this movie. guess who loves this movie? me! i do! i love this movie. i love this movie so much that when i was in the 7th grade and i saw “first wives club 2” on pay per view i was like: HELL YEAH!! FIRST WIVES CLUB TWO!! NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS A SEQUEL!!!
here’s the synopsis for first wives club 2:
disgruntled first wives take their ex-husbands’ new lovers under their wing.
sounds great, right? awesome viewing material for a precocious 11-year-old.
so i buy this movie, and like, three minutes into it i’m starting to feel suspicious?? like it’s really low quality and my girls are nowhere in sight?? how come none of the first wives are the same?? how come they’re alone in a bedroom with mood lighting?? why is she taking off her shirt?? why are they both taking off their shirts?? WHY ARE THEY—
here’s what i did not know about first wives club 2:
- it is a lesbian porno of no relation to the beloved 1996 classic.
so of course i, horrified that i’ve accidentally bought porn on my family’s account (and in that state of panic that kids work themselves into whenever anything regarding sex is mentioned), quickly shut off the TV and go upstairs and watch an episode of veggie tales to like, cleanse my soul and apologize to jesus, and that’s that.
EXCEPT, OF COURSE:
- you have to pay for pay per view.
so the end of the month comes and i have completely put this incident out of my mind, haha, i accidentally bought porn, how funny, TELL NO ONE. right? and i’m sitting at a nice dinner with my mother, my stepfather, and my very religious aunt deb, and we’re just talking about farm things, whatever, when suddenly my mother puts her fork down and says, “okay, there’s something we need to discuss. as a family.”
- AS A FAMILY.
and i’m like, running through a list of people i know who could conceivably be dead, and fantasizing about my mother announcing that she’s going to buy me My Own Computer Just Because U Earned It Kiddo, and she pulls out a piece of paper that says DIRECTV across the top. and i’m like: OH NO.
"i received the tv bill today," my mother said, and i was like, shoveling potatoes into my mouth as fast as i could because i knew that when i went to PORN PRISON they weren’t going to feed me this kind of quality starch. "does anybody want to tell me who purchased the pornography?"
as a reminder, a quick table survey:
- my mother, surprised and disappointed by the porn bill (innocent)
- my stepfather, a grumbly old cowboy who just wants to sing along to kenny chesney and watch the hunt for red october (innocent)
- my aunt deb, a super religious catholic whose best friend is a nun named Sister Placid (innocent)
- me, the 11-year-old with a mouthful of potatoes who definitely purchased the lesbian pornography
my mother said, “i’m not going to ask again.”
my aunt looked at my stepdad. my stepdad looked at my aunt. NOBODY LOOKED AT ME, THE 11-YEAR-OLD WITH A MOUTHFUL OF POTATOES WHO DEFINITELY PURCHASED THE LESBIAN PORNOGRAPHY.
my mother shook her head and put the bill down. “this was incredibly inappropriate,” she said. “skip, deb, whoever. buy that shit on your own time. i’m not paying for it. what if molly had seen it?”
- WHAT IF MOLLY HAD SEEN IT?
"don’t expose my kid to that crap."
- MY KID
- TO THAT CRAP
"if you want to watch porn, fine, but do it in private and don’t expect me to pay for it. i can’t believe one of you did that in the living room."
- I CAN’T BELIEVE ONE OF YOU DID THAT
- IN THE LIVING ROOM
but molly, why didn’t you own up to it and explain that it was an accident?
- are you fucking kidding
- i did not want to go to porn prison
the fun conclusion to this story is that i never owned up to it, which means that there are 3 people in the world who have not solved the mystery of the lesbian porn. a quick survey:
- my mother, who lives every day wondering whose porn she paid for
- my stepfather, who probably wishes he knew less about his wife’s sister’s porn preferences
- my aunt, who probably wishes she knew less about her sister’s husband’s porn preferences
but molly, why don’t you own up to it now, with the safety of time and distance and the knowledge that porn prison isn’t real?
- are you fucking kidding
- this is the best thing i’ve ever done
what an amazing story
There’s something inherently youthful about play, of course, but it’s not just kid stuff. Play has a vital role in adult life as well.
But in our all-too-purposeful adult world, it’s easy to skip your playtime. That’s where we come in. Take this short quiz and it will tell you what play vitamins are most missing in your life. Then we’ll give you a couple of prescriptions for how to add the fun back in.
Photo Credit: missmareck/Flickr
Applebee’s followed me on Twitter. Cue that Best Day of My Life song.