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If anything, this article understates the magnitude of the problem.
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This pleases me.
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Agreed! Basing your self worth off arbitrary cultural standards of physical beauty is ridiculous.
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I really liked the comments from today's Leftover Soup. Also, if you haven't read Leftover Soup, you should! It's an excellent, hilarious, and very insightful webcomic, one of five that I deem worthy of following (the others being xkcd, OOTS, Nimona, and Oglaf).


"I like utopian science fiction. I think it's an important, underused genre.
Utopias tell you what their author thinks is good, what that author hopes the future will resemble. One of the most significant utopias of the past century is the Star Trek universe, and early Star Trek is a very good indicator of what Gene Roddenberry thought the world should be like - racially harmonious, culturally tolerant, post-capitalist, with a giant hierarchical military force that does more exploration and science than actual defense.

Most popular sci-fi these days is actually quite dystopian. Think of Hunger Games, Divergent... heck, the latest Superman movies have him in a darker-coloured costume and killing people because he thinks it's required for the greater good, and that's usually a sign that you're in an evil parallel universe. Grit, darkness, and oppression are the norm in today's speculative fiction, even the freewheeling fantasy stuff where it really shouldn't be necessary.

Utopian fiction is rare, and most people think that it's because it's hard to shoehorn drama into a perfect world. (It's not that hard, you basically have four options for plots: threat from without, threat from within, characters separated from civilization, new discovery that must be integrated.) I'd argue that dystopias are more common these days because of a general pessimism, because it's easier to use metaphor to criticize the world than to inspire it to become something better.
I'd like to see a college course on Utopias, in which utopian fiction of the past century is analyzed and compared. I'd like all the students to then have to write up their own Utopias - taking into account projected trends and technological developments - and subsequently criticize each other's work, pointing out unintended flaws and unanticipated consequences of their worldbuilding decisions.

Dystopias are important and have artistic merit. District 9 is a great metaphor for institutionalized racism. Hunger Games has a lot to say about classism. But I think it's equally important to be positive and optimistic, to write an equal number of fictional worlds in which problems are solved or solvable, in which goodness and kindness are common and rewarded, a world we'd like to see our grandchildren inhabit."
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I feel like I've encountered a lot of this lately.
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This, a thousand times, this.

And in a larger context, I see so many people just labelling someone, and not even trying to reach out and enlighten them. It's easy to point fingers at someone and say "this person is horrible, let us gaze upon him and scowl!", but we are all capable of changing, growing, and improving, even those who do things we find offensive. It's easy to become part of a self-reinforcing circle of intolerance, be it a bigoted one, or the opposite extreme: well-meaning people who can't relate to anyone who doesn't believe exactly as they do, but if you're actually serious about making a difference, if you actually want to help people change and become the people you wish they were, you have to reach out. You have to be sincere. You have to show people love. Even to those you don't feel deserve it. Especially to those you don't feel deserve it.

I grew up in an extremely homophobic, somewhat sexist and racist environment. So it should come as no surprise that I grew up to be a homophobic, somewhat sexist and racist person. But I changed. I learned. I grew as a person. I met great people who reached out to me and, with love, showed me how I could be better. There's a lot fewer people who are beyond help than you might think. We are products of our environment- so let's improve our environment.
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More reasons to avoid sugar
 
How much candy is your child drinking?  Created by +Ryoko Iwata  http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/120
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Dang.
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She's totally right. It's ridiculous and absurd that there's no problem with a man exposing his chest, but when a woman does the exact same thing it's somehow scandalous and pornographic. There's nothing scary or socially destructive about the shape of the human body.
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Thank you. It's good to see that some people are thinking about why things are the way that they are, rather than accepting them blindly :)
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Why am I staring at imgur instead of getting stuff done?
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Because internet, obviously.
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This place is always a zoo, even in off hours. Way too many people and no coherent flow of traffic around the store make the shopping experience super stressful, because no matter where you stop, you're in someone's way. They're often out of basic items here, and the pricing, while cheaper than outrageous places like Whole Foods, is still high compared to local markets. I love Trader Joe's in more suburban areas, but in the city, it's just a nightmare.
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This is one of, if not the single best Thai restaurant in SF. Their food is delicious, exotic, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend trying the curry peppercorn duck. Seriously, this place is a gem.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Super reasonable prices and friendly staff. By far the best market in the area.
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This place is fantastic- their hoagies are all delicious and they don't skimp on the ingredients. Top notch artisan meats. The employees are super friendly, they accept credit cards, and I haven't had anything on the menu that wasn't amazing yet. They are a little pricier than a typical sandwich shop, but it's totally 100% worth it. A 10 inch here is as filling as a 15 inch sub at one of the chains, and way, way better. My only complaint is the very limited hours they have. They're pretty much open for lunch only- definitely make sure they're open before you head over.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 11 months ago
Very quick, professional, and inexpensive! The location information was incorrect, and it took me a while to track it down. Hopefully Google will have this corrected soon, but NHY is located at 760 Market, which is between 3rd and 4th on Market. Enter the building, go up to the 8th floor, and it's a tiny shop in Suite 811. I came here because an emerald fell out of my wife's engagement ring, and the owner was extremely quick and efficient at fixing it. It's an unusual ring design, and he reset the gem in under 10 minutes while I waited. He charged me $15, which, in my opinion, was more than reasonable. The Yelp reviews have people getting other pieces of jewelry repaired for under $10. Highly recommended!
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Good food, but the service is some of the worst I've ever seen. They are sooooo slow. The menu has an enormous selection, far too much choice if you ask me. They have several TVs playing some very bizarre stuff- it was some old movie about Moses this time around that was kinda creeping me out. Music is bizarre and not terribly theme appropriate.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Poor to fair
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