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the british have something that’s just called “brown sauce”??
brown?? sauce/? brown is the only descriptor? i hate posts like these but i’m floored 

It’s sauce, and it’s brown. What more do you need to know?

Is that the same as we call brown sauce, or “brunsaus” in Norwegian? Because then it’s just flour and butter burnt in a frying pan with some water. And it’s surprisingly good. But for all I know, British brown sauce could be something else.

The ingredients include a varying combination of tomatoesmolassesdatestamarind, spices, vinegar, and sometimes raisins or anchovies. “- According to Wikipedia.

I thought brown sauce was like our Worcestershire sauce or A1 sauce?

Brown sauce is different to worcestershire sauce. It’s sweet and kind of tangy and absolutely delicious on a bacon butty. *drools*

When I lived in Edinburgh I was SO CONFUSED the first time I was offered brown sauce.

Me: What sauce?

Chippy dude: Brown sauce.

Me: But what kind of brown sauce?

Chippy dude: Just brown sauce.

Me: What’s in it?

Chippy dude: I dunno, brown stuff.

Me What does it taste like?

Chippy dude: Brown sauce.



Welcome to the unscrupulous, conspiracy-filled Wild West of Ebola self-publishing, where an epidemic is less a grave social problem — and more an opportunity to cash in on people’s fears.

Tumblarians, be very wary of these titles, and warn your patrons too.




Hey tumblarians, a question for you! The other day I ran into someone who claimed that illegally downloading books hurt libraries. I’d never encountered that idea before and I instinctively wanted to refute it (it just doesn’t seem plausible to me) but the idea has been niggling at me ever since….

Well, let’s look at it from a copyright POV for a second. This is only one aspect of the question, but an important one, I think.

So I imagine that the argument could be made in favor of this statement if one considers the entire basis of copyright— the concept of allowing an artist or creator a specific amount of time to charge for content, which, in theory, will expire in a reasonable amount of time, thus incentivising both sides of the creative coin (makers-become-innovators-become-makers-become-innovators-etc.). Of course, this system is horribly broken (see: the DMCA), but the basic concept holds.

So. Libraries make content available to patrons for “free,” but only after paying for that content within the confines of the agreed upon period of time which, in theory, both incentivises the copyright holder to create more content (by supporting them economically) but also connects patrons with content that might spur the innovation that keeps the whole system spinning. I am vehemently opposed to characterizing any and all alternative access methods as “piracy,” but I also freely admit that simply making unlimited copies of something does, in fact, hurt creators by cheapening the value of their labor and reducing the quantity of quality work. 

So libraries walk this careful line, a line of facilitating the democratic system by connecting citizens with knowledge (be it through art or non-fiction or technology) while also figuring out how to operate in a way that ensures a continuous stream of quality content. So, at least in that way, downloading books (and movies and music) “illegally” (we can talk about that particular concept another day, too) could be reasonably said to hurt libraries.

I hadn’t thought of the copyright side of things! Another aspect would be the ridiculous DRM restrictions publishers put on library eBooks to prevent further sharing. While it is getting better, patron feedback was that the reason they didn’t use library eBooks was the difficulty in accessing them. So publisher fear of illegal downloading held libraries back from a new market.

My brain went straight to advocacy. Often when politicians look at library funding, they go for the numbers. If that illegal download is taking the place of library material circulation/visits (“I could go get this at the library/borrow the eBook, but instead I’ll find a torrent.”) then that can affect the case for library funding. I’m just not sure the difference is that great: how many people would have gone to the library instead?

The story of Cassandra, the woman who told the truth but was not believed, is not nearly as embedded in our culture as that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf—that is, the boy who was believed the first few times he told the same lie. Perhaps it should be.
In her cover essay on silencing women in the October 2014 issue of Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit once again proves that she is one of our era’s greatest essayist – further evidence here and here. (via explore-blog)

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no i dont want to be a billionaire to live a lavish lifestyle i want to be a billionaire to be financially secure and have enough money to give people things and support charities and fund kickstarters and leave hundred dollar tips

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This about sums it up.


This about sums it up.

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Library as a Safe Place


Today I had a young boy come up to me at the reference desk asking for guides on getting into college. He seemed too young for that kind of thing, maybe 12 years old at most.

I said something that got him talking. The boy said family members went to a certain Midwestern college and they always watched that same college’s football games, etc. The boy clearly hates that college, as he said his goal was to get into an Ivy League school, all while he was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the logo of the college he was so over.

We found the guides on getting into college, I wished him luck, asked him to get me if he needed any more help, and went on to the next patron up. No one judged him or forced anything on him. The library was his safe place to be himself.

Later he came up to me and said the library was his “favorite place.”

A lot of people are surprised to learn that back in 1800, 90 percent of American teachers were actually male. Today we know that actually 76 percent of [them are] female, so how did this huge flip happen?

The answer is that as school reformers began to realize in the 1820s that schooling should be compulsory — that parents should be forced to send their kids to school, and public education should be universal — they had to come up with a way to do this basically in an affordable manner, because raising taxes was just about as unpopular back then as it is now. So what we see is this alliance between politicians and education reformers in the early 19th century to redefine teaching as a female profession.

They do this in a couple ways: First, they argue that women are more moral in a Christian sense than men. They depict men as alcoholic, intemperate, lash-wielding, horrible teachers who are abusive to children. They make this argument that women can do a better job because they’re more naturally suited to spend time with kids, on a biological level. Then they are also quite explicit about the fact that [they] can pay women about 50 percent as much — and this is going to be a great thing for the taxpayer.



Unnecessary love triangles


did you mean the entire teen fiction section














Stop hating on and generalizing teen fiction. They are great sources of reading material if you just take your time and choose wisely.

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Your anaconda’s desire for wheat byproducts has been brought to the attention of the Council and a detachment of the Sheriff’s Secret Police has been sent to your house

Advise your anaconda to come quietly, as resistance is futile and may warrant the use of lethal force

Meanwhile, a separate detachment has been assigned to search for the ancient Mongolian warriors who are allegedly in possession and actively supplying these wheat-related products

The Huns’ buns will soon be confiscated and your anacondas will have none


And before I get the typical blast of posts asking stupid gotcha questions about cultural appropriation, basically:

  1. Is the thing sacred within a culture, and if so, is that thing being used or done without the guidance of someone from that culture and/or just for fun and/or completely incorrectly?
  2. Is the thing something that has been historically used and/or is being currently used to dehumanize or mock the culture it’s from but will be treated as cool or fashionable when you use/do the thing because you’re not from that culture?
  3. Is the thing something that is considered unprofessional when someone from the original culture does/uses/wears it but is considered perfectly acceptable or even avant garde when you do it?
  4. Are you decontextualizing the thing, which may not be sacred within its original culture but has some importance or significance or necessary context, for your own convenience in spite of the feelings of the people whose culture the thing comes from?

If any of the answers is yes, it’s cultural appropriation. It’s not eating another culture’s food or wearing their casual clothes (as long as it doesn’t turn into costume or mockery or include something that would be mocked or considered unprofessional on someone of that original culture). Listening to hip-hop is not cultural appropriation. White people wearing durags in public as a fashion statement is. It can also change based on time and context, because my mom’s white friend she gave cornrows in the ’90s did so in a much different context and was regarded much differently than a white woman with cornrows in SoHo today.

It’s a pretty simple thing, I think. There are things people of different cultures want to share and things they don’t, and it’s important to listen to what things those are.

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For the first time, and to the astonishment of many of their colleagues, researchers created what they call Alzheimer’s in a Dish — a petri dish with human brain cells that develop the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease. In doing so, they resolved a longstanding problem of how to study Alzheimer’s and search for drugs to treat it; the best they had until now were mice that developed an imperfect form of the disease.

So Here’s Everything That Went Down in the MCU Fandom In the Last 12 Hours


  • Variety reported that Robert Downy Junior would appear in Captain America 3 as Iron Man, and that he had been scheduled for a small part but them bumped up his on screen time and would be receiving 40 million dollars for the part. 
  • They then went on to say that this would be the kick off for Civil War.
  • Newsarama and Comic Book Resources then reported that the official title of Cap 3 would be “Captain America 3: Civil War.”
  • The entire internet then freaked the fudge out.
  • This continued for about eight hours.
  • Someone finally calmed down enough to look over the articles and realized “Wait a minute… they didn’t quote a single source about this story, and even if they did, they never once said Cap 3 would be Civil War, they said it set up Civil War, as in it’s possible that this could be what happens, never once saying it’s actually happening.”
  • Then people went further back and found a month ago the Russo’s, the directors of Cap 2 and Cap 3, had come out and said, “Yeah there is no way Civil War is going to happen, it wouldn’t work.”
  • Now we’re here in the present, taking a big sigh of relief, realizing we all freaked out over nothing, grabbing a cold pint, and waiting for all this to blow over.


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The only proper reaction to anything Civil War.

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