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This is some dank ass shit
This is some dank ass shit

Get your mind off the news. Post brain bleach and happy thoughts in this open thread. No MRAs, etc. allowed.

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katz
katz
5 years ago

Oh thank God. I cannot deal with the news 🙁

MissyL
MissyL
5 years ago

Was perusing some old stuff today and came across this beautiful No On Prop 8 ad from back in 2008.

I cried every time I saw it then, and I still cry now.

MissyL
MissyL
5 years ago

Also, I’m sitting in a big easy chair with my laptop, kind of leaned back, and the smallest cat is INSISTENT upon sitting on my boobs like they are a kitty shelf. I keep trying to explain to her that this is unacceptable because it partially blocks my vision, and she keeps doing it, anyway. I’ve given up and as a result am presently buried under tortoiseshell cat, craning my neck to see over her to my screen.

sn0rkmaiden
5 years ago

Those animals look so stoned.

Judas Peckerwood
Judas Peckerwood
5 years ago

I’ll have some of whatever Rover and Fluffy are having.

autosoma
5 years ago

There’s some stuff going round at the moment about Google’s happiness algorithm in three steps.

Be mindful and mediate,
Log moments of joy
Wish other people happiness.

I’m gonna try and put into practice as the last two months have been a lot less than pleasant and the future looks a little break tough.

Worse things happen at sea though so its always good to be chipper.

Anyone who’s having tough times I wish them well and that you’ll get through it.

spacelawn
5 years ago

Alright, so there’s something i’ve noticed and maybe something YOU have noticed to, specifically on youtube, but also on other sites.

You see on youtube, you can have a video that’s about pretty much any controversial topic, and the ration of likes/dislikes and asshole/nice comments usually stays more on the positive end. However, when feminism is brought up in any way, shape or form, and you’re not against it, then the asshats really start pouring in, then the death threats start flying back and forth.

It’s interesting to note really that feminism is such “dangerous” topic to bring up (and be positive about) if you want to retain your sanity.

I “talked” yesterday with some gentlemen about it and how Totalbiscuit is maybe not very enlightened when it comes to the topic, now, i knew i was treading on a minefield when i brought that up and indeed, once i’ve said it, this guy started going on about the “professional victim” that is Anita Sar…. (can’t spell it :/) and then some guy joined in and started being an ass.

Has any one else done this observation?

Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago
katz
katz
5 years ago

Oh my goodness, I will now always be sad when a rose doesn’t contain an anole.

Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

It’s valerian – common natural sedative. I have never used it but apparently it is bitter. This concoction seems to have made it palatable enough though!

Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

spacelawn – that is absolutely what happens. You can make the most rational and sensible observation ever, but use the f word and at best peeps will call you stupid. It happens to me all the time.

Viscaria
Viscaria
5 years ago

I couldn’t deal with the news either. Thanks for the thread.

I have an orange tabby Calminator 3000 ™ purring away in my lap. I wish I could duplicate him and send copies around to you all.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

I’ve never tried animal medicine (well, unless you count ketamine) but there is one particular brand of doggie chocolates I love.

I spoke to the woman who sells it and she reckoned about a quarter of her customers were just buying it for themselves.

Oh, and the funny thing about animal medicine is that the stuff for cows still has the “Don’t operate heavy machinery or drive ” warning on it!

kupo
kupo
5 years ago

Here’s hoping I didn’t overlook any html-breaking autocorrects. 🙂

kupo
kupo
5 years ago
Ellesar
Ellesar
5 years ago

Have some lovely calming music:

Monzach
Monzach
5 years ago

After so many horrifying posts on WHTH it’s just really life-affirming to see a picture of a dog and a cat so very clearly stoned out of their tiny skulls. ^_^

It has been a pretty bad few days over here in the frozen north of Europe as well. It’s pretty rare that Finland makes international news these days but I wouldn’t have wanted it to happen in this way… 🙁

In happier news, I’m getting a bit of extra cash this coming week! Hopefully this will mean a trip to my friendly local comic book store, or to my nearest gaming store. I just need to escape into a happier world and the best way to do that is through comics and roleplaying games.

History Nerd
5 years ago

Speaking of dankness.

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
5 years ago

*coughcough*self promotinggarbage*coughcough* *slinks away*

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
5 years ago

…Of course there are warning labels on cow pharmeceuticals! I bet you’ve never experienced the tragic scene that is the aftermath of cows gone wild driving those tractors around outside the pasture fence! Steaks everywhere, beef just ground up and encased in sanitary plastic covering, it’s a bbq just right there!

Drooling Fan Girl
Drooling Fan Girl
5 years ago

Check out the badass of the week!
http://badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=87594721905
This prison guard took down a prisoner that was bigger than her and had a gun to her head!

RosaDeLava
RosaDeLava
5 years ago

@Nequam
It looks like it had some of that all natural product 😀
Those are really cute pictures.

chaltab
chaltab
5 years ago

I need to get my cats some of that for when they get all high strung. You’d think cats would be more chill.

CCD
CCD
5 years ago

KITTENS! ADORABLE, TINY KITTENS AHEAD!!!

Go watch a 12 week old (but smaller than usual, as his growth was stunted by malnutrition. He’s about 2/3rds the size of his brother, who is the same age) tuxedo kitten named Cassidy, who survived 8-9 weeks dragging around his amputated back legs (his mother likely accidentally chewed his paws off while trying to untangle him from his umbilical cord/placenta), on his road to recovery. He has gone viral everywhere, in the past few days (Regional news, Buzzfeed, ABC, GMA, HuffPo, some Dutch news site, The Dodo, Discovery’s blog, numerous others), after his video taking his first steps in his tiny, custom wheelchair hit YouTube, and because his survival has just been so unlikely (emaciated, e coli infection in stumps, so near death that his body couldn’t even produce a fever to fight the infection). He is so adorable, has a big personality, and his scurry-wobbling around like a little seal, playing and being a goof and getting affection from his foster mama who he is clearly quite bonded to, it will melt your heart. His larger, longhaired brother Topper, who helped him survive in the forest feral colony, also sometimes makes an appearance on camera (although Topper is ready to be adopted, and will go to his permanent home, soon. Cassidy requires many months of recovery).

Tinykittens official website. Started by Shelly Roche, she and volunteers do TNR and other care for the feral colony from whence Cassidy and Topper came: http://www.tinykittens.com. Go to http://www.tinykittens.com/cats to see some beautiful photos of the colony cats, many with gorgeous, unique colouring, and typically uncommon copper eyes.

Here is Cassidy’s Livestream. If not much is happening presently, you can rewind anywhere on the DVR since the last reset: http://www.tinykittens.com/feralcam

Watch this video of Cassidy, early in his rescue, utterly dependant on Shelly, showing how huge of an appetite such a tiny kitten hopped up on pain meds and antibiotics can still have. It’s adorable AND hilarious. The channel that hosts this also has numerous other clips, recorded from the livestream (lower quality than the best you can get on the livestream, though): https://youtu.be/uB6MICJaJlM?list=PLMTJS8fXWvxFk7CrJCKF70cDIr0oLaJph

Here’s Cassidy, 2.5 weeks ago, still quite sick, but starting to be playful and groom himself a bit. Shelly is holding Topper over him, so that Cassidy can play with his tail. It was considered justifiable revenge for all of the times Topper kept trying to pounce on his sick little brother and wrestle (that have to be monitored together, and separated, because the roughhousing could reinjure Cassidy’s stumps): https://www.facebook.com/tinykittens/videos/vb.462536430487893/923996254341906/?type=2&theater

Tinykittens Facebook page. Shelly is also a very talented photographer, so she gets some beautiful, high-quality photos: https://www.facebook.com/tinykittens?fref=ts

Also check out the other mother cat and kittens Shelly is fostering in another room: http://www.tinykittens.com/live. The kittens are 8 weeks old, now, almost ready for adoption. Tip and her litter of five are sponsored by the people at Dreamworks, who are huge fans, and her brood is named after Dreamworks characters: Puss in Boots (Bootsie, for short), Tigress, Skipper, Hiccup, and Eep. Tip also nursed a few at a time, on rotation, from a litter of 7 born to a feral from the colony, named Sisko. When they were old enough to start weaning, at about 3.5-4 weeks, Sisko was spayed and returned to her colony, and her 7 kittens were also placed with Tip and her litter, and Tip has been nursing them all in combination with the addition of solid food… because Tip is an awesome mom. Because they went in with a friendly stray mom who accepts people without hostility, they have been able to get regular human socialization when it was necessary (best to start, by 4 weeks of age), to make them successful as house pets. The litter of 7 has a Bambi theme: Thumper, Flower, Owl, Bambi, Walt, Bluebelle, and Daisy. They had a little brother who was the 8th in the litter, but he passed after just a couple of days due to likely congenital defect. Prior to that, he was taken and placed with Tip, because she was nursing steadily and producing tons of milk, while Sisko was reluctant to feed her kits often enough, and wasn’t producing enough for 8. So the little guy, a black kitten, was posthumously named “Toothless” (after the black dragon in How To Train Your Dragon). He’s how the idea to have Tip foster additional kittens came to be, because it normally wasn’t in keeping procedure, but it was necessary. It was discovered that Tip readily accepted and nurtured the little guy, and then after that, that she would accept and love any kitten you handed to her. When she heard Sisko’s kittens crying for food in the other room, she was frantically trying to get to them.

Kitten cams are addictive. I get a little enthusiastic, can’t you tell?

childrenofthebroccoli
childrenofthebroccoli
5 years ago

I’m building a super awesome castle in Minecraft. The castle was originally designed for my Pathfinder game as a base of operations for the party, but the party kept getting sidetracked before we could start construction, and now the game is on hiatus for a few months while the DM moves. I put so much effort into designing it, and I had so many cool ideas for secret passages, and areas designed to suit the party member’s individual needs- a ballroom for the bard, a rooftop garden for the druid, a laboratory for the arcane trickster- I just couldn’t bear for such a kickass fortress to only exist on paper. So I borrowed my sister’s minecraft account and started stacking blocks. I have about half of the walls and floors finished, but only a couple of rooms are decorated. I still need to have my sister show me how to do secret doors and torch levers so I can hide the secret escape tunnel. It’s just a hole in the wall right now.

RosaDeLava
RosaDeLava
5 years ago

@Pandapool
You’ve got me thinking about vampires, nooooooooooooooooooooo~
I’m going to leave my comments about the story in your inbox; I’m not sure if you want everbody to read it?

tcwill00
tcwill00
5 years ago

What’s happening with the Mammoth Minecraft server? No go?

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
5 years ago

@RosaDeLava

You can do it either way. uWu

Felix Ray
5 years ago

THE AMAZING ATHEIST IS RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING!!!

https://youtu.be/IGloHwQCoj8

katz
katz
5 years ago

Man, those possums are well synced.

kupo
kupo
5 years ago

@childrenofthebroccoli
Very cool! I’m trying to decide what kind of house I want to build right now. I found a neat area nestled in some extreme hills that called to me. I’ve flattened it out and made a neat pond, now to add a building. 🙂

tcwill00
tcwill00
5 years ago

@Felix Ray: Well, as the man said, a stopped clock is right once a day.

@kupo: I forgot for a second and thought you were talking about actual real estate.

brian
5 years ago

I wouldn’t call this “calming” but about a year ago I was watching this music video from my favorite j-idol group like twice a day. never fails to cheer me up.
https://youtu.be/EGy39OMyHzw

Felix Ray
5 years ago

My favorite youtuber… I <3 U, Catie!

https://youtu.be/8xBnxR2YXRA

Biot (on a different browser this time)
Biot (on a different browser this time)
5 years ago

To build on Ellesar’s video, here’s the Cocteau Twins (as part of the supergroup This Mortal Coil) and their rendition of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren.” It’s many things: quiet, calm, Gothic, and it’s so, so, fragile.

thealterblog
5 years ago

I might have tagged you on Twitter for this, but here anyway is a replug of a recently launched web series by a major production house in Bollywood. I must disclose that my cousin has composed the music for the show, however that is not the reason I’m plugging it here.
It is a hilarious and totally uncensored take on whiny entitled men who feel the women have it easy and wish to be in their position. So this one dude gets his wish and what happens next is the rest of the show.
The show is significant for a number of reasons.
In India, television content is heavily scrutinized and censured to ensure only UA content is broadcast. Which IMO is not a totally bad thing as the TV set here belongs to the entire family and parental control is not really a thing. YouTube so far is beyond the purview of such state censorship for now, so for the time it is a place where we can really get some edgy commentary on an issue as contemporary as growing MRA whining.
Also, mainstream TV entertainment is suffering a terrible spell of mediocrity, and one major reason is that most of the shows are daily, so they’re produced in such a rush that they all end up looking equally tacky and they go on forever.
This will be a limited series, so it is a leap forward in production values.
The backing of a big production house helps with the last one.

Sorry for geeking out. Being an aspiring screenwriter, I can go on and on about this stuff.

Here it is:
https://youtu.be/8NgvxN9RJSg

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
5 years ago

That was some serious sexual violation on a stair banister railing. My own stairs are experiencing sympathy-trauma, I don’t know if I’m going to be safe using them and my only bathroom is upstairs! Guess the dog and I will *both* need that extra walk in a bit. I bet my neighbors will be totally thrilled, I hope there aren’t any spiders lurking in the bushes (which there ALWAYS are, spiders are a plague upon the land until November in these parts, and they’re HUGE – I could never live in Australia or Florida.)….I know, first world problems.

Who decided to bring in the cantina band!?

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

Classic brain bleach
https://youtu.be/J11uu8L8FTY

RosaDeLava
RosaDeLava
5 years ago

Is this an appropriate place to post a picture of my cat? I’ll do it anyway.
http://i790.photobucket.com/albums/yy190/MetalAmaya_photo/WP_20150810_12_19_59_Pro.jpg

P.S. Oddly, she doesn’t like boxes all that much.

Orion
5 years ago

I got to music at times like this. Music I wouldn’t necessarily call calming, but comforting. Today I’m starting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-nwmrKi_a4

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
5 years ago

Here are some of the sites I like to window shop at. (I guess these would be “Halloween themed” for some people.)

Looking at junk I’ll never afford but looks super neat calms me down. Maybe it’ll calm you.

http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/tumblr_lo9et1q9711qzbyhpo1_500.gif

Maybe.

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Our older son has a friend (since middle school) who is going through a rough patch. Son has been dedicated to helping his friend through, despite his own issues (schizophrenia, etc.), to the extent of leaving the house on his own. It’s been wonderful to see his dedication to being That Good Friend who is there for you when you need one.

Younger son is adjusting to life at an urban high school. His teacher obliquely referred to an incident in which another student tried to bully him on the way back from lunch. He didn’t do anything that would have gotten him suspended, but she felt sure that the other kid wouldn’t try it again. He may not grow up to be a world-beater, but the world is not going to beat him.

So much of my life is built around my husband and kids. It’s like I’ve grown up to be my dad.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

thealterblog,
That was great! I watched both episodes. I’ve always wanted to see a feminist version if Freaky Friday. Do you know when the third one will be available?

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

RosaDaLava,
It’s always appropriate to post kitties here! She’s a cutie.

Some sort of username
Some sort of username
5 years ago

@Pandapool

Great, now I’M window shopping on those sites at the cool attire I can’t afford. I hope you’re happy.

Orion
5 years ago

More dark but hopeful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46pKSylbdSc (The Killers, This Is Your Life)

Couldn’t decide on one Amanda Palmer. Lost (more topical) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra4zy-IZQHQ or Leeds United (more invigorating) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i62UF7uROGU

Last one, Keane, Perfect Symmetry. Great meditation on loss, though pretty harshly anti-religious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRLv6zvyE48

Mels
Mels
5 years ago

I posted a bit in one of the recent news threads but this is probably a better place to introduce myself. Hi! Longtime lurker here. The utter sensibility of the commentariat here (due in no small part to hard moderation work, I’m sure), always feels like a bit of a sanctuary to me, even when the topic is triggery.

Also, what’s this I hear about about Mammoth Minecraft?? /Minecraft junkie

becomingandi
5 years ago

Thanks for this. I am way too caught up in this story and way too caught up in what the manosphere would make of a “man” like me.

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
5 years ago
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