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      I’m really enjoying how all these butthurt meninist commenters are arguing “but she was rude!” and saying nothing of the fact that the guy thereafter called her a bitch. Is that really an acceptable response for someone’s overconfidence? Here are the options and possible consequences available for women who are approached online by someone they’re not interested in:
      Ignore - get an angry diatribe about what a bitch/whore/insert any derogatory term for a woman you are
      Respond with a polite thank you - instant dick pic
      The next option is the above, but that clearly doesn’t work. Tell me dear meninists, what the hell do we do?

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      I once had a dream where I walked into this huge festival where EVERYTHING was chickens. Paper mache chickens, giant giant balloons, chicken-shaped fireworks… And all of the attendees were little, fat Santa Claus helper-like elves. And Enrique Iglesias song was playing on repeat, very loudly and I asked one of the elves why. He looked at me like I’d murdered his mother and shouted “BECAUSE ENRIQUE IGLESIAS IS THE CHICKEN GOD!!” I had this dream more than 15 years ago, still remember it clearly, and still cannot listen to Enrique Iglesias without giggling.

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      Haaaaaaaa. I wish I could wear ear plugs or sleeping masks! I can’t sleep with anything in my ears or on my face. :P Seconding on the difference between being a light sleeper and insomnia, though. If all the conditions are perfect (not too hot, not too cold, no noises, no light, nothing bothering me, comfortable and in a safe place) I fall asleep just fine. But then get woken up multiple times throughout the night. :P Last night I couldn’t sleep because the noise of a moth flying around the room was bothering me!

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      All the items in the boxes are raw, so I can see how they only take 15 minutes. Actual Japanese bento boxes are insane though. They often have several different cooked items, and even without looking cute they take for EVER to make. Some of my friends often complain about their kids’ kindergartens having “cute bento day” at school once a week/month, so they have to get up an hour earlier in the mornings to make something themed or adorable, that later gets displayed before all the kids eat them. Insane, I tell you!

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      While I agree with many of the points brought up in this article, I do feel like there are some things worth debating.  1. This quote: “if you exposed film for a white kid, the black kid sitting next to him would be rendered invisible except for the whites of his eyes and teeth.”
      This would work exactly the same way the opposite way round - if you exposed for the black kid, the white kid would be blown out and you’d see nothing but their pupils and lips. This does not work specifically against black people. Unfortunately, especially with film photography, the technology is not quite there to fit in both ends of the light spectrum. You cannot photograph anything with both black and white and not have one of them come out either under- or overexposed (as you can see in this article’s first image - in the top middle example the white gloves are blown out and the middle of the black dress is under-exposed, leaving you with nothing but middling greys). The bias then is down to the photographer, not the film, as they are the ones who should choose what is important. 2. Listen to the names of the products - Fuji, Kodak, Nikon - all Japanese names. Film was developed to be most suitable for Japanese skin tones. It just happens that Asian skin tones are more similar to white than black. And while modern digital product development is more geared towards including different skin tones, most product development still happens in (racially homogeneous) Japan (my father-in-law works for Canon product development in Tokyo.)
      I definitely agree that instant film processing (as evidenced by the American Shirley cards example) is biased towards white people. Hence why most professional photographers process their own films. That, though, is the fault of the individuals programming those machines, not of the technology. Whenever I have to take either my film or my digital pictures to a lab to print, I ask them to switch off the auto-correct on the machines. A decent lab with trained technicians rather than a part-time button-jockey should be able to do that for you. The progression towards the end of this article of how the writer began teaching the camera to see dark skin was not the miraculous changing of technology - it was the writer becoming a better photographer. The comments on this article describing problems with auto-colour, auto-focus, etc really bother me. A decent photographer NEVER uses auto-anything because it removes all contrast and dumbs everything down to a middling grey. Try taking everything off auto, actually learn how to use your camera and see how much better you manage to capture EVERYTHING.  It would also be good to see either some explanation of the pictures in this article (why they were chosen and what they’re trying to portray), or the pictures spoken about in the article. It’s difficult to form an opinion when the pictures chosen are blurry/cross-processed/filtered/blown-out like crazy. Having said all that (if anyone’s read this far), I would like to again stress that there are many points in this article that I do agree with, and it is very well-written and thought-provoking. As such, there are just a few points that are worth debating and thinking about more deeply.

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      Ugh. Valentines Day in Japan is maybe only delightful the first time round. After that when you have to buy chocolate for every single man you come into contact with (and some you have to go out of the way for) it gets pretty annoying. Honmei-choco is for people you have feelings for.
      Giri-choco is for your colleagues (it means “duty” chocolate).
      Tomo-choco is for your friends (and girls will buy for other girls because of this as well.) I’m sure there are more but I forget now. Honmei-choco is usually homemade, whereas giri and tomo are storebought little boxes. Until White Day which is AWESOME for ladies and totally sucks for dudes because of something called “sanbai-gaeshi”, which means “three-times return”. Yup - dudes are supposed to give back three times what they got on V Day (though, to be honest, most don’t bother with anything). BUT only for giri-choco and tomo-choco. If they don’t like the lass who gave them honmei-choco they don’t return anything. Ouch. TOO MUCH COMPLICATED.

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      Negative pen is probably what happened to me yesterday when I really needed a pen: (1) lead pencil with broken lead, (1) pen that had come apart and the ink part was nowhere to be found, (1) clutch pencil sans lead, (1) dry pen with no ink. I think the worst thing(s) in my bag is(are) the three tins of breath mints I keep in there. The tins don’t like staying closed, so every couple of weeks I have to dive into the bottom and clear out all the half-melted mints that are stuck to the fabric/lint/bits of tissue and hair. And how are 60,000 bobby pins not on everyones’ lists?

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