The Distillery

I’m not afraid of underdogs.

Underdogs, make no mistake, can be vicious and cruel and evil, all the more so because they have a grievance to justify their viciousness. But to be an underdog is to lack power. It means, by definition, that you’re weak, where the overdog is strong.

And to be an overdog who thinks he’s an underdog is, therefore, worst of all.

So no, I’m not afraid of the bogeyman they try to sell me, of the angry black criminal or the angry brown religious zealot or the angry radical queer activist, using violence to take what they don’t have. I’m afraid of the angry privileged white man protecting what he does have.






Guh, flawless. Non-Westernised interpretations of the steampunk genre FTW. 


I’ve been REALLY wanting to see an Indian take on Steampunk so I am so pleased you have no idea






Guh, flawless. Non-Westernised interpretations of the steampunk genre FTW. 


I’ve been REALLY wanting to see an Indian take on Steampunk so I am so pleased you have no idea

In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.We don’t assume ‘I am a clean person therefore I don’t need to brush my teeth.’ When someone suggests to us that we have something stuck in our teeth we don’t say to them ‘What do you mean I have something stuck in my teeth—but I’m a clean person?!’

Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)

Jay Smooth almost always a reblog

(via unrational)

Dude nailed it. We all need to work at being good. Even if we think we are.

(via jasmined)


Bringing these back because it’s that time of year again. 

Sources: S*T*A*R*S and golden-zephyr

Ride through a pneumatic tube system. Watch out for the routing.

Dan Tobin Smith's sweeping colour gradient installation in his London studio is a sight behold 

The Physics of Space Battles

Reblog if you would read a post-apocalyptic comic about disabled people





Seriously. Because I have an idea for one, and I want to see whether I can make it work. I don’t know if I can find an artist who’d be interested in collaborating on it, but if I can, I have some ideas on how to fund it. I just want to see enough people would be interested in it.

Surely I can’t be the only one who’s tired of the idea that the apocalypse would wipe out all disabled people because we couldn’t possibly survive. 

let me put it straight. disabled people are way way way way WAY less likely to survive in the unlikely event of an apocalypse.
it’s already extremely unlikely for ANYONE to survive to begin with. and then someone who already faces difficulties in our modern world with all its accomodations? hard to imagine.

so i hope for you that your story is so damn good and clever that it could work. otherwise it’S just garbage that lives on the suspension of disbelief the reader brings with him. and that is no basis for any good story.

Do you even have the first clue what a disability is? I’m asking, because you seem to be a very ignorant sort of person. Allow me to educate you a little.

"…our modern world with all its accomodations[sic]…" Bwahahaha! You silly, silly able-bodied person, you. What accommodations? You think the occasional wheelchair ramp and some IEPs count as accommodations? You have no idea. The modern world is already hugely inaccessible to disabled people. We’re used to it.

I bet you think “survival of the fittest” means survival of the strongest, the fastest, all of that, don’t you? But it doesn’t. It means survival of the most adaptable. You think you’re automatically more capable of surviving than people who have to adapt every single day of their lives to an inaccessible world? Do you even biology, bro?

Life has survived apocalypses on this planet before. The Permian-Triassic extinction event killed 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates and 96% of all marine life. Yet here we stand, because life did survive. And it isn’t the big, strong gorgonopsids that we descend from. They didn’t make it. Nope, it was the tiny diictodon. Diictodon, a creature little bigger than a chihuahua, that could burrow to survive the elements. In fact, it’s possible that diictodon, like modern lagomorphs, could sever tree roots as a source of water. They survived because they could adapt to the harsh changes in their environment. Not because they were the strongest or the fastest. 

The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction (otherwise known as that thing that killed the non-avian dinosaurs) took out three-quarters of all plant and animal life on earth. And yet again, here we stand. And the reason for that is because there was life that could adapt, and once again, it wasn’t the biggest or the strongest. Why do you think avian dinosaurs (more commonly known as birds) are the only ones who survived? Because yeah, birds have some traits that make them very suited to survival, but odds are all dinosaurs had these traits. Yet all of the non-avian ones are gone. 

A combination of factors played into this. Many non-avian dinosaurs were far too large and specialized. Their strength and speed were no longer advantages after Chicxulub laid waste and the world began to deteriorate. And yeah, the birds had the advantage of flying, but that wasn’t the only thing. Birds were small, and they’d taken over a very important niche. As pterosaurs evolved, they grew from small flying insectivores to large, ground-stalking carnivores. They overspecialized into that niche, while birds started sitting pretty in the niche the pterosaurs left behind: Small, flying insectivores. Notably, it wasn’t just birds that survived, but most of what did survive was small, and thus in need of less energy than those big strong creatures that are gone now.

And why do you think it’s Homo sapiens that stands as the dominant hominid today? By all accounts, Neanderthals were actually stronger, faster, and smarter than us. Yet here we stand. Of course, modern science shows that to some degree, at least, Neanderthals were bred into Homo sapiens. But we still had an advantage over them. Being smaller, we needed less food for energy. A few bad years food-wise would knock down the Neanderthal population far more than it would the Homo sapiens one. For all we were not as big or as strong or as fast, we had an advantage in hard times.

Now tell me, taking all of that, why able-bodied and neurotypical people, who spend their lives sitting comfortably in their overspecialized niches, should be so very much better suited to survival to those of us who spend each and every day adapting?

Maybe it’s because you think we’re all bed-ridden and helpless? Newsflash: Disabilities come in many, many types. Maybe you think none of us can survive without modern medicine? Newsflash: Not only do many of us already survive without access to care that would make our lives easier, but the standards of modern medicine also illegalize substances like marijuana, which has been shown to be effective on disabilities ranging from glaucoma and fibromyalgia to ADHD and bipolar disorder. Legal narcotics aren’t the only effective ones, they’re just the only legal ones. Maybe you think none of us have any sort of useful skills? Or that we aren’t strong enough to protect ourselves? You go ahead and fuck with this guy after the apocalypse, see how far that gets you. 

Yeah, a lot of people wouldn’t survive an apocalypse. That’s part of the point of post-apocalyptic fiction, dude. But we make up one seventh of this world’s population and yet you think all one billion of us would go down simply because of your ignorant preconceptions?

Pfft. Please. We’ve survived you assholes for millennia. We have the same chances of survival as you do and we’re more used to adapting. 

I’m highly amused when abled folks think that they’re automatically the ones who would survive the apocalypse.  Aka, “The fittest” in “the survival of the fittest”.  

Fantastic response to such ignorance, seriously. 

Frankly, it ain’t gonna be people like me that survive the apocalypse. It’ll be people who already have to deal with and overcome the barriers society erects for them.






#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

"I have all your movies" Oh my GOD. *dead *