"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 28, 2011

Ethan's excellent discussion regarding coding got me a'thinking.

So I googled a single word: actress.


Then: American actress.


And finally: Black actress.


Fascinating. I have to assume the high percentage of Bollywood performers, in the first search, has to do with the weight of numbers, coming from India, and the universality of English as an official language in that country.

Hence the refinement of the search to "American actress" and "Black actress."

Which led me to observe a commonality across the initial and severe coding barriers ("American actress" was almost exclusively white, for starters) which only really came into focus when I searched for...

..."heavy actress" and "overweight actress."

First result.

Second result.

Because successful branding has made sure that...

..."Fat actress" is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirstie Alley.