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Ross Putman’s @Femscriptintros is Great, But Let’s Talk About the Women Who Came Before Him - Women talk about feminism = white noise. Men talk about feminism = INTERNATIONAL NEWS!

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Chances are, if you travel in feminist film-loving circles, you’ve probably heard about producer Ross Putman’s awesome Twitter feed @femscriptintros, where he posts the introductions to female characters in the scripts he receives. It’s simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking to see that these are the kinds of female roles that are being written by screenwriters and actually being submit to producers. Putman has been written up everywhere from The Guardian, Time, and NPR to The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Huffington Post. And yes, even here!

What’s interesting is that he’s getting all this attention for doing something that’s been done before – by women. There have been several women in the entertainment industry who’ve spearheaded efforts like this in order to highlight these kinds of goings-on, but sadly it isn’t until a man decides to speak up about feminism that people decide to listen. *sigh*

Actress Miss L. (@ProResting on Twitter) has been keeping a Tumblr called Casting Call Woe since 2013, anonymously posting the descriptions of female characters in casting notices. This one in particular from 2014 is kind of amazing in its cluelessness: “She doesn’t like being objectified & is very pretty.

And then there are these:

cleavage

middle age

 

not thin

 

too many books

Miss L. currently has 12.1K followers on Twitter after having been doing this since 2013. Putman is up to 51.1K in the past few days alone. *sigh* Women talk about feminism = white noise. Men talk about feminism = INTERNATIONAL NEWS!

Meanwhile, an anonymous woman in Los Angeles has a Tumblr called Terrible Casting, which does the same thing as Casting Call Woe, but with an additional focus on race and LGBTQ+ women. Here are some of those gems:

lakeisha

 

lesbian experiment

 

real murder

It’s interesting that there seems to be a correlation between sexism/racism/homophobia and an inability to use grammar or spell things properly. Now, obviously “correlation does not equal causation.” But if you told me tomorrow that someone did a study and discovered that there was a connection between “unintelligent people” and “racist patriarchal asshats,” I wouldn’t be surprised.

Lastly, there’s an awesome New York-based female trio that has a show on YouTube called Lady Parts, about the bullshit actresses go through on the regular. Check out this really poignant episode, entitled “You’re Never Fully Dressed”:

They’ve been around for nine months. Have you ever heard of them?

What’s sad, and totally messed up, is that this is the first time I’m hearing about these women, and I work at a site that is actively looking for cool women to write about! But we’re only one site. If people don’t reach out to us specifically, or certain news items aren’t being talked about elsewhere – we’re going to miss things. And it’s a shame. Which is why I’m posting this on the heels of our article on Putman yesterday.

Now, I want to be clear – this is in no way to put Putman’s efforts down. On the contrary, I think it’s so important for more men to become involved in feminist discussion, because the fight for equality is one that will benefit them, too! This is simply to point out the sexist bias in the way things like this are covered, discussed, or simply acknowledged (or not).

When women speak, it’s not considered enough. Society is still designed to value what a man says over what a woman says, even about things that concern women. That’s what Patriarchy looks like, folks.

(via email tipster whom I thank very much for sending these in our direction!)

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Worldbuilders 2015: The Wrap Up

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As some of you can guess by the fact that I’m posting blogs again, I’m mostly recovered from our big end-of-year fundraiser, followed by the holidays. What’s more, the Worldbuilders team has recently finished shipping out the last of this year’s prizes.

One of the things we do when we’re wrapping up the yearly fundraiser, is look back over the previous year. We look at our numbers, sift through data, we assess our current projects and think about where we’re going to focus our attentions in the future. (More about this later.)

This is oddly dangerous ground for me. Because, the truth is, every year before we launch our big End of Year fundraiser, I worry about Worldbuilders.

You see, I always want Worldbuilders to be better than the year before. I want us to be bigger, raising more money, working with more people, doing new and exciting things. I want us to continue growing and being a force for good in the world.

But on the other hand, I know the key to happiness is reasonable expectations. 2014 was our first million-dollar year. It’ a level of success that would’ve seemed unattainable to me a couple years ago. So for me to demand we do even *better* than that… it seems somehow arrogant, if not just downright silly.

The problem is my brain. For me, it’s a short step from this:

Two Million Dollars sketch1

To this:

Two Million Dollars sketch2

This is a constant dance I do mentally, I want the charity to be awesome, but I also want to be emotionally healthy. What’s more, I want to be a good boss, and reasonable expectations are a huge part of that. How awful would it be if we ran a fundraiser, made a million dollars, and felt like we’d failed?

The truth is, Worldbuilders raised a million dollars in 2014. And if we never, ever got bigger than that, we would still be an awesome charity.

That said, in 2015 we *did* raise more than two million dollars.

worldbuilder(1)(Which is kinda awesome.)

This is counting the our mid-season Geeks Doing Good campaign on Indiegogo. And our completely-impromptu fundraiser for the Syrian Refugees. We had a huge outpouring of support from the community that caused both of those to be delightful successes.

So, let’s look at some graphs. Because as much as I love the words, sometimes it’s easier to grok this stuff graphically.

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That’s almost a mind-numbing amount of money. Because of it, villages will get clean and reliable water for the first time. There will be a ton of fruit trees planted, to increase air quality and provide healthy food. Parents will be able to feed their kids milk and eggs. Families will be able to generate income that will give them control over their own lives, letting them have better homes, education for their children, and a brighter future.

This also shows very visibly that y’all are willing to come along with us to support other worthwhile causes like helping with the Syrian refugees.

But that’s not the only cool thing going on. Check this out.

PieChart_DonorPercentage

This is a really cool piece of data for me. It means people who donated $60 or less made up 22% of our total for our big End of Year fundraiser.

Every year I hear people say, “I was only able to give $20….” as if they felt guilty about it. As if they weren’t *really* helping.

So check out that graph. That proves what I say every year. There really aren’t any small donations. And it’s by working together that we are mighty. If you’re one of the folks who helped out with 20 or 30 bucks, I want you to know that together with your brethren and sistren, it added up to a huge piece of money.

Individual-Donors_Final

There were 3,824 new donors this year who have never participated in Worldbuilders before. Considering we had 7100 unique donors, that’s a RIDICULOUS number of new donors. More than half of you stepped up and participated even though you’d never done so before.

Unique Donors_Final

Across all fundraisers, we had almost 14,000 unique donors. We are growing every year thanks to you guys. This was the first year we shipped prizes in January. We also finished shipping prizes last week, which is by far the fastest we’ve gotten prizes out.

It’s almost like we’re getting better at this stuff.

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On that note, we’re already looking toward the future. We’re constantly trying to improve the fundraiser, deciding where to devote our energies.

To do a good job at that, we need as much data as we can get. We’d like to know what you like about the fundraiser, how you’ve participated, and what you think about some ideas we have for the future.

If you’re willing to help us out, the survey is right here. It won’t take too long, and it’ll do a lot of good in terms of helping us make good plans so we can keep growing in the right direction.

Thanks everyone. You warm my bitter old heart.

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Royals sign Mike Moustakas to two-year contract

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The All-Star third baseman will get $14.3 million over two years, avoiding arbitration

The Royals avoided arbitration with Mike Moustakas late Thursday evening, signing him to atwo-year contract worth $14.3 million, according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. Moustakas was Kansas City's last remaining unsettled arbitration case. He had been seeking $7 million with the Royals countering with a $4.2 million offer. With hearings taking place this month, Dayton Moore was in danger of having his first ever arbitration hearing as Royals General Manager.

Moustakas will earn $5.6 million in 2016 and $8.7 million in 2017. The 27-year old received $2.75 million last year. Moustakas enjoyed a career year last year, hitting .284/.348/.470 with 22 HR 82 RBI, earning his first All-Star appearance. He had struggled mightily in the two years prior to that however, and was demoted to the minor leagues in May of 2014.

The deal helps the Royals avoid arbitration with Moustakas over the next two seasons, but does not buy out any years of free agency. The Royals face free agency with a large number of players after the 2017 season, including Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Danny Duffy, Wade Davis, and Jarrod Dyson.

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Google Killing Off Picasa to Focus on Google Photos

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Google has been making big moves into the world of digital photos recently through its Google Photos product, which offers free and unlimited storage and sharing. As the popularity of the service grows — over 100 million people use it now — the relevance of another fades: Google announced today that it’s shutting down Picasa to focus solely on Google Photos.

“After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos,” the company writes. “We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.”

Picasa was acquired by Google from a company called Lifescape back in 2004. Google then took the image organizing and editing software and offered it for free to its users over the past decade. Before Google Photos officially launched last year, prior rumors suggested that Google would simply rebrand Picasa as Google Photos.

But Google Photos launched as its own entity, meaning Google then had two different photo services on its hands. It’s now killing off the less popular one in order to simplify its offerings and focus its resources.

A screenshot of Picasa 3.9. Image by Codename Lisa.

A screenshot of Picasa 3.9. Image by Codename Lisa.

Picasa Web Album content is already available inside Google Photos. For those who wish to continue viewing things like tags, captions, and comments from their Web Albums, Google will be creating a special place for users to access that data. You’ll be able to view, download, and delete Picasa Web Albums, but you won’t be able to create, organize, or edit them. The changes will start appearing on May 1st, 2016.

The Picasa desktop app will also be discontinued starting March 15th, 2016. The application will still work on your computer, but Google will not be supporting it and there will be no future updates to improve it.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible,” Google says. “Google Photos is a new and smarter product, that offers a better platform for us to build amazing experiences and features for you in the future.”

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wreichard
16 hours ago
The face recognition in Picasa desktop is astonishingly useful. Another Google goodie I'll miss.
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Statistics Professor Asks Students Hilarious Extra Credit Questions (6 Pics)

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Sometimes you just need those few extra points to make it in an exam, and this professor does it the funniest (legal) way possible. The pictures of these exams were first posted to Imgur by user SharkyTheSharkDog, and they show the apparent statistics professor awarding points for trivia or clever answers.

Do you know who this man is? Post in the comments section below, so that we can give him the Teacher Of The Year Award!

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

Extra Credit Questions

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SoundCloud has been hemorrhaging money, future may be in doubt

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The streaming music market grew more competitive last year following the exits of both Grooveshark and Rdio, which filed for bankruptcy and was promptly acquired by Pandora. That trend looks to be spilling over into 2016, and SoundCloud may be the first platform up on the chopping block.

According to newly revealed financial records, SoundCloud has lost more than $70 million over the last two years. Though the Berlin-based company claims to have nearly 200 million users worldwide, it’s failed to turn this huge user base into a profitable operation. Even the introduction of ads doesn’t seem to have helped.

As Billboard notes (via Ars Technica), most users don’t pay to listen to music on the platform (the available paid memberships are mainly geared toward DJs/producers who upload their own material). The average revenue per user is said to be 11.2 cents, a measly statistic when compared to SoundCloud’s fellow “freemium” competitors Pandora and Spotify, who pull in about $11 and $27, respectively, per user.

The bleak numbers unsurprisingly have the company’s board of directors concerned. In a statement, they wrote that there “material uncertainties facing the business.”

Late last year, it was rumored that SoundCloud would soon be launching a proper paid subscription service. However, considering nearly half of Americans think streaming services are too expensive, going that route might not be in the company’s best interest.

 


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wreichard
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SoundCloud has long been too good to be true.
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