Gluing them together:
First coat of stain (too orange...)
Another coat of darker stain, and the first coat of polyurethane:
Final coat of polyurethane:
RAZ: So as you were writing this stuff and you were watching the responses, what were you hoping to learn?
WILSON: I was trying to see if there was a true academic basis for what they were saying. I wanted to give it a for-real college try, man. Is there something behind all of this that I'm not seeing? Is the way that I'm perceiving the world off? What are the data points that I'm losing here?
[...] And I'm going to tell you what else led to the momentum of the alt-right - the left wing's wholesale demonization of everything white and male.
One thing kept screaming at me through the subtext of those arguments, and that was, why should I be hated for who I cannot help but be? Now, was a black man in America, that resonated with me. I've spent so much time defending myself against attempts to demonize me and make me apologize for who I am, trying to portray me as something that I'm not, some kind of thug or gangster or menace to society. Unexpected compassion - wow.
I thought instead of doing one each day, I'd take my seven photos and share them as a single blog post. (Any tags I add will be done through Fb as well.)"I thought this could be interesting :) Seven days and seven black and white pictures of my life. No people no explanations. Each day tag someone else to participate."
WHAT HAVE I DONE OH DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN WHAT HAVE I DONE???The scope and the pervasiveness of this culture of abuse and our roles in perpetuating it—and not “our” as in men collectively but ourselves specifically—has resulted recently in a reflexive and unwieldy and messy and self-conscious excavation of memories, relationships and interactions: a digging that has intersecting intents. It’s reconciling with what you might have done—and might currently be doing—to prevent yourself from doing it in the future. And, well, it’s asking yourself, “How fucked up am I?” Which, expressed another way, is “Wait ... should I be worried about this avalanche, too?”
The answer, of course, is hell fucking yes. We are all complicit. We are all agents of patriarchy, and we’ve all benefited from it. We are all active contributors to rape culture. All of us. No one is exempt. We all have investments in and take deposits out of the same bank. And we all need to accept and reconcile ourselves with the fact that, generally speaking, we are trash.
It's funny that he brings up racism, because I frequently bring it up as well. More to the point, I frequently bring up the fact that a headline like "How, if You're [Black/Muslim], to Deal With the Fact that You're Probably Trash" would sound exactly like the kind of goddamned garbage you'd hear on a white supremacist website.If it helps, think about everything we know about racism. And how the less visible forms of bias combine with both overt acts of hate and the structural racism embedded in our nation’s core on every level to maintain white supremacy. Think about all of the acts of abuse and hate and violence committed against black Americans (and other nonwhite people) and how the well of white supremacy is so deep that we don’t even know where it ends (or if it ends at all).
Now try to apply those same thoughts—particularly the vastness of its impact—to patriarchy. And sexism. And gender and/or sex-based abuse and violence.
Uh huh.It’s realizing that it’s going to be hard as fuck. It’s being unconcerned with lauds and pats on the back and any other signs that women have recognized that you managed to clear a shin-level bar. They will be—shit, they are—furious and fed up. At us. At you. At me. At the culture that allowed this to happen. At the country that allowed this culture to breathe and breed. At the fact that it’s taking such an onslaught of terrible news for so many of us to begin to realize that the world treats them terribly. That we treat them terribly.
Published by The Hollywood Reporter, Brunton’s account states that he originally met Takei at a bar, with the two exchanging phone numbers. He and Takei eventually went out to dinner, where Takei lent him a consoling ear about a recent break-up. Then they went back to the actor’s condo for a drink:Takei responded to the allegation on Twitter and Facebook:
We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.
The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear. I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.
Would Takei's fans on the left be so quick to defend him if the accusations were made by a woman, rather than a man?On Saturday, an audio clip surfaced from Takei's appearance last month on Howard Stern's radio show. The interview was recorded less than two weeks after sexual assault accusations against fallen film mogul Harvey Weinstein were made public. Stern and Takei were discussing the "irony" of the Weinstein case and the audiotape of President Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women's genitals years ago when Stern asked Takei whether he had ever grabbed a man's genitals against his will.
Takei, a staunch opponent of the Republican president, initially was silent, then said "uh oh" and laughed. Stern asked again and Takei said, "Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you're trying to persuade."
Everything, from the sentiment to the amazing '80s pop power anthem style, hints at a less enlightened version of feminism that was embraced by pop culture during the era of big hair and shoulder pads. Feminism has evolved quite a bit since then [...]