Tagged by: provenance

Middle Name: Lora

Browser: Chrome

High school graduation year: 1992, yes that’s right bitches, I graduated before civilians had email and before the X-files existed.

Color of your bedroom walls: Pukey green that came with the apartment

Favourite snack: tortilla chips and guacamole and ice cream (not all at the same time obviously)

Dream vacation: A honeymoon anywhere? Just kidding. I would like to spend a summer in a villa in Tuscany—with bohemian artists a plus (see also Stealing Beauty) or on Lake Cuomo—with George Clooney a giant plus.

Most read book: The Outsiders by SE Hinton (yes the one who writes Supernatural Fan Fic). This is not saying much since I only read it twice. Not a re-reader.

Song from your childhood: I don’t understand this question? Just one song? My favorite? Emblematic if my entire childhood? What are you asking? Be more specific!

Five the top of my head—

Kids in America—Kim Wilde
Bad Girls—Donna Summer
Wishing on a Star—Rose Royce
Candy Girl—New Edition
All Cried Out—Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam

Disney movie: Golden Age:—Sleeping Beauty (that reminds me I still need to see Maleficent); Silver age: The Little Mermaid; Current: duh Frozen. I’m not a monster.

Favorite blog: Remember when Huffpo was a blog? I guess NPR Monkey See?

Desired URL: At one time my friend and I co-owned notyourmamas.com. I guess I should spring for letterfromnowhere.

Theme style: no clue what it’s called, but I edited it.

Worst nightmare: altzheimer’s or breast cancer. It’s like Russian Roulette in my family. In either case dying alone. (🔊insert Debbie Downer sound effect🔊)

Best friend: I have to pick one?

Not tagging anyone because provenance is my only friend on Tumblr. (🔊more Debbie Downer🔊) and because I am to old for this shit.

The Commission believes there is a grave danger that some communities may resort to the indiscriminate and excessive use of force. The harmful effects of overreaction are incalcul­able. The Commission condemns moves to equip police depart­ments with mass destruction weapons, such as automatic rifles, machine guns and tanks. Weapons which are designed to de­stroy, not to control, have no place in densely populated urban communities.

National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Report), 1967. Read more here.

We learn nothing from history.



So photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to remove a monkey selfie that was taken with his camera. As you can see from this screen shot, Wikipedia says no: the monkey pressed the shutter so it owns the copyright.

We got NPR’s in-house legal counsel, Ashley Messenger, to weigh in. She said:

Traditional interpretation of copyright law is that the person who captured the image owns the copyright. That would be the monkey. The photographer’s best argument is that the monkey took the photo at his direction and therefore it’s work for hire. But that’s not a great argument because it’s not clear the monkey had the intent to work at the direction of the photographer nor is it clear there was “consideration” (value) exchanged for the work. So… It’s definitely an interesting question! Or the photographer could argue that leaving the camera to see what would happen is his work an therefore the monkey’s capture of the image was really the photographer’s art, but that would be a novel approach, to my knowledge.

The copyright question is interested, but really I’m reblogging this, because this monkey is the shit. This is clearly the best selfie ever taken.



In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:

  • Public speaking
  • Not being afraid of teenagers
  • Calling the doctor yourself
  • Taxes
  • Arguing without crying
  • Having a normal sleep pattern
  • Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with…

Dammit that fear of teenagers is a hard one to beat. Even more terrifying, though—middle-schoolers.