1. Hi, Tumblr. I missed your simple angstiness.

  2. Professionalism is a funny term, because it masquerades as neutral despite being loaded with immense oppression. As a concept, professionalism is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, imperialist and so much more — and yet people act like professionalism is non-political. Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either.
  3. Within a few decades, contemporary literature departments (e.g., English) will be largely extinct—they’ll be as large and vibrant as Classics departments are today, which is to say, not very active at all. Only wealthy institutions will be able to afford the luxury of faculty devoted to studying written and printed text. Communications, rhetoric/composition, and media studies will take English’s place. The change isn’t necessarily an evil to be decried but simply reflects how most people now generate and read narratives and text—they do it on digitally based multimedia platforms.

    Advent of Digital Humanities Will Make English Departments Pointless | New Republic (via infoneer-pulse)

    Wait….what? No. Yet another person gets DH wrong. And English for that matter. The study of English isn’t just the study of printed texts—I’m not even sure I’m going to make the effort to read the rest of this silliness.

    (via infoneer-pulse)

  4. I’m home from work because I couldn’t sleep last night, the night before, or the night before that. Do I drink more coffee, go for a run, or go for a bike ride? Napping is not an option because I tried that. Also, there are jobs I could be applying for, but that’s not happening right now. Also, there’s no place to bike to except the library and the supermarket. Also, your mom is home from work.

  5. urhajos:

Ghost In The Shell


    Ghost In The Shell

    (via thedailyvictorian)

  6. We don’t know if Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. We don’t know if he was a “madman.” We do know that he was desperately lonely and unhappy, and that the Men’s Rights Movement convinced him that his loneliness and unhappiness was intentionally caused by women.
    Because this is what the Men’s Rights Movement does: it spreads misogyny, it spreads violence, and most of all it spreads a sense of entitlement towards women’s bodies.
    Pretending that this is the a rare act perpetrated by a “crazy” person is disingenuous and also does nothing to address the threat of violence that women face every day. We can’t just write this one off – we need to talk about all of the fucked up parts of our culture, especially the movements that teach men that they have the right to dominate and intimidate and violate women, that lead to this, and we need to change things. Because if we don’t, I guarantee that this will happen again. And again. And again.
  7. My fiance is at a gala tonight where he is “networking,” and I am thankfully not with him. So instead I bought supermarket dipping chocolate, the kind you use to make chocolate-covered strawberries. It was getting pushed as a mothers-day-appropriate thing, otherwise I wouldn’t have even looked at it. I think it was sitting on the shelf too long at the store, though, because I microwaved it the way you’re supposed to and it never became a smooth liquid, just a gritty mush. It never became dippable. It was like chocolate pop rocks. Maybe I did it wrong.

    Nothing much is new, except I think we know where we’re getting married, at least, and approx. when. My job is still crud, but applying to other places is a lot of work that I’m often too tired for. I think one of my co-workers wants me to get a job elsewhere so he can be next in line for promotion. He’s told me that I don’t want to deal with planning a wedding while I’m job-hunting, I need to follow my passions, etc., though I never told him I have any particular passion for librarianship or archiving or metadata or pointing people to the bathroom. Ha.

  8. heidi8:



    Protip: This is a really bad question to ask when visiting the National Mall. We have 8 buildings surrounding the Mall, and a total of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. A S.H.I.E.L.D agent should know better! 

    (We think she means the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in this case.)  

    I love that this is on the Smithsonian’s tumblr

    Whoever does social media for the Smithsonian is awesome. 

    (Source: runakvaed, via sunkenlibrary)

  9. Punching myself in the head today.