Jeez. Ants. I always thought they were creepy and crawly. I didn't know the half of how freaky they are. Learn 50 new facts about ants in 7 minutes right here, including "using you sister as a door" and why The Human Centipede should have been called A Day in the Life of an Ant.
A collective of filmmakers have remadeRobocop scene-for-scene. This is what the Internet was created for. Instead of whining on about how remakes "suck", some folks got off their asses and did something about it, and I whole-heartedly congratualte them for doing so. Having seen Fatal Farm's outrageous rendition of the 'more hair...down there' sequence, I'm looking forward to seeing the complete remake venture. I'm sure the official remake won't have anywhere near as much gore.
One of my recent posts was entitled "Porn Parodies - Nothing is Exempt...?". In that post I referred to the proposed Downton Abbey porn parody. Well, I take it all back after hearing that 12 Years a Slave is being treated to a porn makeover. Apparently 12 Inches a Slave is "a heartwarming story about five white women who have become slaves to huge black cock". Even by porn's standards, this is what is known as "lowering the tone".
I am not interested in seeing the film, but I am intrigued what anti-porn feminists might make of this movie. Given the prominent argument that the term "pornography" derives from the Greek 'porne' meaning "sexual slave" (see Andrea Dworkin, "Against the Male Flood", 1991 and Catharine MacKinnon, "Pornography: Not a Moral Issue", 2001), is 12 Inches a Slave a case of:
a) pornographers finally "fessing up" to its enslavement of porn performers?
b) pornographers mocking the notion that it enslaves performers? or
c) pornographers flaunting that pornography enslaves performers; that enslavement can be included as a theme in the texts themselves because anti-porn protesting has failed to stop porn production?
From the makers of Farming Simulator (which definitely is a real game) comes this beauty: Goat Simulator. Check out the "Alpha Gameplay" footage above. Although I suspect that this is a joke, I hope this game really is in development.
How do you win? You get to be a goat - WINNER.
PS: for those GTA fans who do not think Farming Simulator sounds fun:
What's more, one developmental view of inner speech sees it as emerging from social interactions that are mediated by
spoken language. What's the story, then, for someone who doesn't use spoken
language? Is there a kind of 'inner sign' that does all the things that spoken
inner speech seems to do?
A number of the Deaf respondents to the Quora question suggest that this
is indeed the case. One participant states, 'I have a "voice" in my
head, but it is not sound-based. I am a visual being, so in my head, I either
see ASL [American Sign Language]
signs, or pictures, or sometimes printed words.' For this respondent, sound is
not a feature of the experience. Another respondent experiences a mix of
modalities: '[M]y inner voice is figuratively speaking to me and I hear it as
well as lipread it.' In this case, the experience has both auditory and visual
The age at which hearing loss happens is likely to be important in
determining the modality of inner speech/sign. One participant who lost his
hearing at age 2 says he thinks in words, but words without sound, while
another individual with early hearing loss describes 'hearing' a voice in dreams in the absence of signs
or lip movements.
What does it mean to hear a 'voice' when the experience doesn't seem to
have any sound attending it? One way of thinking about this question is to ask
about the properties of inner speech reported by hearing people. According to
Vygotsky's theory, the process of internalization of linguistic exchanges
results in many of the acoustic properties of language being stripped away,
resulting in what I have termed 'condensed inner speech'. Arguably, condensed inner speech
sounds like a voice, but a voice with nothing very 'speechy' about it.
Several studies have shed light on how individuals with hearing loss use
inner sign. There is evidence that inner sign mediates short-term memory in signing
individuals, just as inner speech mediates short-term remembering in hearing
people. In a neuroimaging study, areas of the brain associated with inner
speech were activated when signers thought to themselves in sign, suggesting a
common neural pathway to thinking in language that is independent of the
modality of that language.
Private and inner signing seem to be of potential benefit to hearing
people as well. One (hearing) researcher on the Quora forum reports that
private signing helps her sometimes to find English words, and that inner sign
can even enter her dreams after she has been interacting with other