The Ineffable Lightness of Granola

Hi, I'm Granola. I'm a Sydney-based sleep enthusiast. I'm also an impassioned advocate/purveyor of home-made cereal. Display art by Lea Woodpecker.

penthea:

pterawaters:

I had a thought about fic yesterday. Like, what if triads were normal, and everyone considered couples “incomplete”? What would a romance story in that world look like? What would society look like? Would single people be extra looked-down-upon, or highly coveted by couples wanting to complete their triad?

Would homophobia exist? I can’t imagine bisexual erasure would ever be a thing, but might there be something similar for monosexual people? “Oh, you just haven’t found the right man/woman/etc. yet!” Would non-gendernormative people have more acceptance? Would man/woman/third be the ultimate triad? Would people be encouraged away from their male/female gender identity in order to “make a better match”?

Would people feel sorry for couples? “How do you decide on anything without a tie-breaking vote?” “Don’t you feel sad, never getting to sleep in the middle?” “How do you get anything done around the house with only two pairs of hands?” “Aren’t your children at a disadvantage without three parents at home?” “How can you possibly have enough income on only two paychecks? I mean, I remember when my first wife and I had to live in my mom and dad and pop’s basement before we met our second wife. She’s the real breadwinner.”

Interesting things to think about. And write about maybe. Teen Wolf really has a lot of potential as a triad society. I mean, Scott and Stiles could be so close because they’re half-brothers (only they’d just say brothers) and grew up in the same house.

This is such an awesome idea, and yet my bitter feminist brain just comes up with all the new ways patriarchy would find to suck in this world.

I think for it to be really fun, you’d have to make most people bisexual and remove some of the stigma about that. If you keep people more or less where they are along the gender and attraction axes (though I think there’s a social component to how people identify, and more people will probably call themselves bi who might have said gay or straight in our world)…

- Bisexual women are suddenly very popular. The privileged relationship structure is one man, two bi women.

- Bisexual men in MMF triads are still taking lots of shit from all directions.

- Especially from straight men in MFM “triads” that are really more vee’s. (They may not be alpha males but at least they’re not fucking fags.) (The bi guys respond that at least they’re in a real triad.)

- The women in those relationships are greedy sluts.

- Which makes it okay for two buddies to get together and share a slut. But it’s just for fun, man. We want to find two girls each and settle down.

- Feminists are getting kind of tired of arguing about whether women in one man - two straight women relationships are happiest that way or just conditioned to think they should be.

- Gay triads carry on pretty much as they have.

- Gay couples, though, especially women, have a very hard time being out, considering the number of guys who want to “complete them”. With their dicks. Gay men experience some of the same thing, but with fewer rape threats. (Can you say fangirl? Fag hag? How about misogyny?)

- There are plenty of couples out there looking for their third. Mostly these are MF and looking for a bi girl. Lots of the time straight guys don’t want a male third, but may settle for it because they’re afraid of their girlfriend leaving them for a couple.

- Single people face the choice of looking for a couple or another single person. The other single people want couples, though, so it’s kind of hard to get into a couple in the first place. Some people will try to solve this by starting triads from scratch with group dates. (Or maybe coupling up at all is considered a bad idea, because people think it will make it harder to make a real triad later?)

So many ideas, this might end up being a story =)

generic-art:

5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces 

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”

(via pilotjbug)

Today’s my first time being in a supervisory role. My goal today is to foster an environment that inspires those around me to work well together and have fun doing so. Wish me luck!

fer1972:

Sculptures by Wang Ruilin 

archiemcphee:

St. James, Minnesota resident Greg Krueger love his four cats so much that he’s spent the last 20 years and $10,000 transforming his home into a phenomenal feline fun house - and he’s still working on it.

“I just love trails and paths, and cats, of course,” said 50-year-old Krueger. “And so I’ve just linked those passions together.”

It all began when Krueger noticed how much his cats enjoyed being up high. First he created a place for them to sit atop a china cabinet. Then came a staircase to help the cats get up on the cabinet more easily. Today Krueger’s house features elaborate tunnels, staircases, platforms, 38 hand-carved cat-sized opening in his walls, 100 yards of overhead catwalks and bridges, and numerous comfy cat-sized hidey-holes. The catwalks all feature ornate railings to prevent accidental falls. If they don’t want to, Krueger’s kitties never have to walk on the floor. There’s also an enclosed outdoor kennel if the cats ever feel like getting some fresh air.

Krueger was recently diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which has helped him understand his extraordinary dedication to his feline family.

“Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn’t have Asperger’s,” he said. “If it takes a long time, I don’t care because if I like what I’m doing, I almost don’t want to finish what I’m doing.”

Visit Greg Krueger’s Flickr page for many additional photos.

Click here for an interview with Kreuger and here for a video tour of his awesome home.

[via Oddity Central and Catsparella]

afro-dominicano:

dynastylnoire:

I heard his story on NPR. His mom raised him to “not see color” etc. And the cops beat  the hell out of him when they pulled him over. It took seeing him in jail beaten half to death for her to see that race matters every day.

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn’t matter. I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

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narcolepticnarcissus:

For anyone who doesn’t know who Michael Brown is or what’s been going on in Ferguson

If there’s anything I missed or anything that is incorrect please let me know and I’ll change it or add it

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fer1972:

Paintings by Michael Kerbow