April 6, 2014

(Source: 1ibertine, via novuhcane)

April 5, 2014

jasoncripps asked: Hey Derek, I read before that you use Epson scanners. I have an Epson v550 and when I scan my 35mm film I get at least two strange, purple or green lines on several of the frames. They are perfectly straight lines. I don't know if it's the camera scratching the film, or if it's the scanner. I'm using a Lomo lca+ and a Holga 135. Have you ever had that? Thanks for any help you can give.


Well its likely the scanner, however the want to find out is to move the negative around and scan again. If its in the exact same spot, then its the scanner. When I say move it, you will need to move it significantly. ie. Flip it, or put it in backwards. If you see the line in the same spot on the image its the negative. 

If its your scanner, Id sometimes get yellow lines down my images, Id simply move the negative slightly in the scanner. I think its something to do with the placement of the negative holder and the scanner. 

Let me know if that help. 


Clean this area .. its a sampling area when the light starts to scan.. If there is any dust in that place, either on the glass below or above, there will be a constant line in the entire roll after that. You will see that small rectangle of space on all holders. This is so in my V600, and I am expecting to be on your 550 too. Even if it is not exactly so, there could be a sampling area somewhere. Good luck scanning. 

March 21, 2014

To all those who don’t think the rape joke was a problem, or rape jokes are a problem.

I get it, you’re a decent guy. I can even believe it. You’ve never raped anybody. You would NEVER rape anybody. You’re upset that all these feminists are trying to accuse you of doing something or connect you to doing something that, as far as you’re concerned, you’ve never done and would never condone.

And they’ve told you about triggers, and PTSD, and how one in six women is a survivor, and you get it. You do. But you can’t let every time someone gets all upset get in the way of you having a good time, right?

So fine. If all those arguments aren’t going anything for you, let me tell you this. And I tell you this because I genuinely believe you mean it when you say you don’t want to hurt anybody, and you don’t see the harm, and that it’s important to you to do your best to be a decent and good person. And I genuinely believe you when you say you would never associate with a rapist and you think rape really is a very bad thing.

Because this is why I refuse to take rape jokes sitting down-

6% of college age men, slightly over 1 in 20, will admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act.

6% of Penny Arcade’s target demographic will admit to actually being rapists when asked.

A lot of people accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That’s not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists?

Rapists do.

They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes out again and again.

Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.

If one in twenty guys is a real and true rapist, and you have any amount of social activity with other guys like yourself, really cool guy, then it is almost a statistical certainty that one time hanging out with friends and their friends, playing Halo with a bunch of guys online, in a WoW guild, or elsewhere, you were talking to a rapist. Not your fault. You can’t tell a rapist apart any better than anyone else can. It’s not like they announce themselves.

But, here’s the thing. It’s very likely that in some of these interactions with these guys, at some point or another someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that they didn’t mean it, and it was just a joke. And so you laughed.

And, decent guy who would never condone rape, who would step in and stop rape if he saw it, who understands that rape is awful and wrong and bad, when you laughed?

That rapist who was in the group with you, that rapist thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. And he felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades.

You. The rapist’s comrade.

And if that doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, if that doesn’t make you want to throw up, if that doesn’t disturb you or bother you or make you feel like maybe you should at least consider not participating in that kind of humor anymore…

Well, maybe you aren’t as opposed to rapists as you claim.


Time-Machine (via a comment at shakesville.com)

Single greatest argument about this I have ever heard. 

(via justintheallan)

WOW. WHAT. I’ve never heard this angle of the argument, and when I read that second-to-last paragraph, my stomach dropped.

(via alayshalifts)

(via darliniknow)

March 1, 2014

(via novuhcane)

February 16, 2014
"To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it."

— Ernest Hemingway  ?

(Source: elliptical, via lafilleennoir7)

November 12, 2013

kaitodarkmousy asked: I was reading "Fortunately, the Milk"to my 2nd graders today and they had a question. I promised I would contact the author and see what he said, so here it goes. In the story, you have a pink pony with a blue star, even though blue stars are last season. Why, then, is the pony wearing a blue star? They asked and were very curious. I hope you can spare a moment for an answer and thank you very much for your time and for writing this wonderful book that is getting the best reactions from a class.


It was a very poor pink pony, who had saved up all its ponymoney the previous year and got the finest blue glittery star it could. It had reveled in how fashionable it was, and been overjoyed when all the other ponies gave it envious looks and sidelong glances.

But fashion moved on inexorably in pony world and after a year the blue star it was so proud of went out of fashion. All the hip cool ponies were wearing silver stars. Our pony had spent all its ponymoney on a blue star, and was going to have to start saving up for a silver star, but it did not yet have enough.

And somewhere the fashion-star-designing ponies were laughing, because they knew that by the time the pony could afford a silver star, they would already have moved on to mauve.

Liked posts on Tumblr: More liked posts »