Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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Hi there!  I’ve started a micropatronage campaign for Dinosaur Comics which allows you to become a patron of the rad arts for as little as $1 a month, while getting all sorts of rad perks like:

  1. secrets!
  2. reading tomorrow’s Dinosaur Comic today :o
  3. patrons-only hangouts
  4. free stuff!

As an example of free stuff, if we hit $500/month, every current backer will get a copy of Poor Yorick, my prequel to To Be or Not To Be.  This book was Kickstarter-exclusive till now, so this is a) awesome and b) the only way to get this book if you don’t have a time machine!  And you don’t need a time machine anymore since you can read tomorrow’s Dinosaur Comic today now ANYWAY.

I just launched this Patreon this morning and we’re already at $200/month (thank you thank you THANK YOU), so if you want to get Poor Yorick for just $1 and a whole bunch of other great stuff, now is the time to act!

If this sounds interesting, check it out at!  Thank you all for your support, thank you for making Dinosaur Comics possible, and thank you for letting me have the best job in the whole friggin world!!

We just passed $500 and I just sent out a bunch of Poor Yoricks!  The next milestone is at $1000 and is DINOSAUR COMICS EBOOKS :0

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Kazuyoshi Nomachi

1- Nuba, Sudan

2- Atbara, Sudan

3- Dallol, Ethiopia

4- Ruwenzori, Uganda

5- Lake Abbe, Djibouti

6- Lake Natron, Tanzania

7- Amhara, Ethiopia

8- Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

9- Dallol, Ethiopia

10- Ruwenzori, Uganda

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Ok, lets break this down nice and simple.

Formaldehyde is from the purification of the vaccine. 99.9% of which is removed. The reason it doesn’t give a dosage is the ammount is so minuscule that it can’t be measured without going into picograms. That’s one trillionth of a gram. You breathe in more formaldehyde by driving down a busy road than in a vaccine.

Thimerosal is NOT elemental mercury, It is a molecular compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, mercury, sodium, oxygen, and sulfur. This is used as a preservative for the vaccine. Thimerosal is used in a variety of other things, like tattoo ink, facial creams, nasal sprays. It’s toxic to humans only in fairly large quantities but highly toxic to aquatic born organisms like infectious bacteria. In short, it makes sure you don’t get salmonella from a stray bacteria from the chicken embryos.

As for the dosage of the Thimerosal. That is the most laughable point in this post. It says 25 mcg, that’s micrograms, or one millionth of a gram. To put this in perspective, a dollar bill weighs roughly 1 gram, the average human eyelash is around 80-90 micrograms. The box also says that it contains a 5ml (milliliter/cc) vial which leads me to my next point.

A little simple math and we find out that 25 mcg = 0.00003 ml and a little more math we find that 0.00003 ml is 0.00006% of 5 ml. Let me put this another way. By the age of 5, an American child weighs about 50-55lbs and their body contains 55 mcg of Uranium. I don’t see any kids running around with radiation sickness, so I think they’re safe with a preservative in them.

TL;DR: This is like saying you don’t want your child eating their baked birthday cake because raw eggs were used to make it and you don’t want your child getting salmonella from it.

Excellent commentary. *claps*

Anything is poisonous if we try hard enough. Water, which gives us life, can also kill us in the right amount. That doesn’t mean we should keep our kids from drinking water. Quantity is an important factor and people need to realize that these microscopic amounts cannot possibly cause us harm. 

The other day a large bug flew into my mouth. It hit me right in the hangy ball thing and I instinctively swallowed. My first thought was, “Eww, that bug was probably full of bug poop. I just ate a bug’s worth of poop.”

If I had my choice, I would happily trade eating a bug’s worth of poop for 0.00003 ml of Thimerosal.

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Anna Armona

Watercolor, A4

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