JusReign – Cheetah and Turban / Pagh

April 14, 2011

My friends made this funny video:

It stars JusReign, a Canadian YouTube comic who does funny things on the interweb, like this charming tutorial on how to tie a turban. Now I know.

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My 5-year old son is gay

November 3, 2010

…and he dressed in drag for his Christian preschool’s Hallowe’en party, and his awesome Mom stuck up for him in real life and online. Win, win, WIN.
Thanks to Virtue for Facebooking this.


Holi

March 4, 2010

If you’re one of those people who says things like “I don’t care about skin colour! I don’t care if you’re black, yellow, green, blue, or purple!” …then you are an idiot and you should stop saying that, since I doubt you actually intend to sound condescending and dismissive, or to compare people’s real experiences of racism to the imaginary experiences of imaginary people in weird imaginary skin colours. As of tomorrow you have to stop saying it. But for the rest of today you can still say it, I guess, because today many people in India and the diaspora actually are green, blue, or purple.

It’s Holi, the Hindu festival of colour, and man is it ever beautiful.

Clicking the pics will take you to enlarged versions.
Full photoset of 20 gorgeous shots is here.
Thanks to Reub for the tip.


OKCupid blog on which religions are best-liked (!)

September 29, 2009

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OKCupid is an online dating site where users answer a ton of (like 200-ish) questions about their attitudes. For each question, they also indicate how their ideal mate would answer the same question, and rate the question in terms of importance to them. The result is that the site’s algorithms calculate which users each person will find “most compatible” based on that person’s customized definition of compatibility.

Recently OKCupid started a blog where they reveal and analyze insights gleaned from their number-crunching. The language they use to analyze their findings is very casual, which makes for an easy read including some surprisingly blunt declarations.

This week’s entry deals with which religions are “best liked” and which are “compatible” with each other according to the preferences and numbers generated by OKC’s own user base. Some choice tidbits (reading this stuff makes me feel kind of dirty, but remember, cavalier and loaded as some of the language may be, their numbers don’t represent value judgements- they’re just publishing numbers generated by the users’ own self-defined preferences):

Jewish men, in particular, have an above average match percentage with every religious group. They even match Muslim women better than Muslim men do.

Hindu men… match worst with Hindu women.

Catholics are more universally liked than Protestants. While neither Christian group has many extremes of like/dislike, Protestant Christians only truly match well with other Christians.

The less serious you are about religious beliefs, the more well-liked you are, even by religious people… and please note that when [we] say “religious beliefs,” [we’re] talking about the full spectrum of beliefs, from Atheism to Orthodoxy, so don’t take this as anti-god.

Pretty interesting stuff: give it a read here. And next week they’re looking at race and how it affects matchiness: I’m RSSing this one for further study, fer sure.

Thanks to Reuben for the tip.