Books, Beers and Ballpoints

Wonderful things by a terrible person

We have been called “a lost generation…[not] giving birth to anything new” and “too quiet, too online.” In fact the opposite is true. There is a deafening roar in cyberspace. If a presidential election can be won through the support of an online movement, if articles and ideas can reach tens of millions of people overnight, and create a four-thousand person discussion, if YouTube can receive 200,000 new videos a day, then being “too quiet” and “too online” is the opinion of someone who doesn’t understand what it means to be online. Not creating anything new and not being loud enough are not our problems. So why the disrespect from the famous 60s generation? Because we aren’t doing what they want us to do.

Most of us were born after the end of the Cold War or were too young to remember it. The political climate we grew up in was one of supreme hypocrisy. One President nearly got impeached for a superficial sex scandal and then another later broke international laws to preemptively start a war without UN support and was re-elected to serve 2 full terms without so much as a breath of legal retribution.

The problem my generation faces is inheriting a world that baffles us: a world of hypocrisy and crisis; a world on the brink of collapse yet at the height of human civilization.

Imagine for a moment being one of us. Taught in school that all people are created equal, that all countries are sovereign, that freedom, democracy, and capitalism are embraced by all people and nations because they are ultimate ideals that allow us to prosper and live as we choose in the pursuit of happiness. Old enough to read the New York Times online and blog on Huffington Post, we see a very different world. Equality? Not for the poor, not for LGBT. Capitalism? It appears to have been a house of cards recklessly constructed by greed for the benefit of a few. Sovereignty? Not for resource-poor or oil-rich countries. Ideals? Not for the media or our political and business leaders.

Now we must navigate a world where a concentration of power, wealth, and media often conflicts with every ideal the Western world is supposed to stand for. If you think we are too quiet and too online you should consider that we have two choices. One, to accept the values we were taught to believe in and totally redefine and reconstruct the way our government/economy/society works so that these ideals match reality. Or two, to accept the world we live in and think up a new set of values to justify our lives.

I am one commission away from having enough to pay my rent and that is awesome, you guys are the best, also I’ve gotten the first commission done today AND a comic inspired by the awesome Ohnoproblems which I will hopefully be able to scan tomorrow.

One punch man was doing so well and was really enjoyable until they introduced Pri-Pri-Prisoner and now I’m kinda bummed.

booksandbeers:

Hey guys! So my boss just cancelled my one shift a week at my job, which means I’m extra fucked financially this month than I already was! So I’m doing an emergency commission drive.

CUSTOM COMICS: $20/page B&W, 25 Colour. That’s right, cool-ass custom comics from me, the guy what did birthday skeleton.

B&W ILLUSTRATIONS: $20. Drawings of whatever you want! Your OC’S, pictures of your friends, A lovingly shaded hyper-realistic dick, whatevs!

COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS: $30. Same deal but now your hyper-realistic dick is painted in the finest watercolours on heavy grade paper!

If you don’t have the money, please reblog, I really need some financial help because my bike has a flat, my only jeans are both ripped to hell, my laptop is dying and I don’t even have the money to make my rent. Contact me here or at thomas.b.oshea@gmail.com

Hey guys I’ve already gotten 2 commissions and a jillion new followers thanks to you being awesome, if 4 more people commission me by the end of the month I can pay my rent and get a pair of cheap black trousers so I look vaguely professional at this job interview I have this week and if a fifth person commissions me I can get my bike fixed and that would make me super happy as it’s my main form of transport.

Hey guys! So my boss just cancelled my one shift a week at my job, which means I’m extra fucked financially this month than I already was! So I’m doing an emergency commission drive.

CUSTOM COMICS: $20/page B&W, 25 Colour. That’s right, cool-ass custom comics from me, the guy what did birthday skeleton.

B&W ILLUSTRATIONS: $20. Drawings of whatever you want! Your OC’S, pictures of your friends, A lovingly shaded hyper-realistic dick, whatevs!

COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS: $30. Same deal but now your hyper-realistic dick is painted in the finest watercolours on heavy grade paper!

If you don’t have the money, please reblog, I really need some financial help because my bike has a flat, my only jeans are both ripped to hell, my laptop is dying and I don’t even have the money to make my rent. Contact me here or at thomas.b.oshea@gmail.com

Can we talk about Sweden for a minute?

allpowerviolencetothesoviets:

trustmeimitalian:

-Sweden has no homeless people, because the state provides for the less fortunate so they can live in facilities and work for a living.

-Education is virtually free in Sweden. That’s right, Swedish students don’t have thousands of…

Sweden has an estimated 17,800 homeless people according to the swedish home office, is ranked 12th, not first in the world, having fallen from 11th since 2013, is definitely capitalist and has made massive cuts to the welfare state and the healthcare system in the last 10 years. The only part of that post that is actually true is that education is free, if you’re a citizen of an EU/EEA member state anyway.

Also the far-right has made huge gains in swedish politics in recent years and their immigration policies are abominable.

Resources for litterial #arttips + #protips !

ofishel:

If anyone who follows me on twitter knows, I kind of hate #arttips and #protips. I hate them so much, I’ve pretty much ran wild on twitter being satirical about it. (ex1, ex2, ex3.) I feel that whenever someone throws out this hash tag, it is meant to be meaningful and helpful while it…

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(Source: o-fishel.com)

are2dtoo asked: the marijuana in his system could have affected his reaction time, meaning that if the officer told him to turn around & he took too long to do so, the cop could have gotten impatient & shot him

bureaucraticcollectivist:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

I want you to think about what you just said.

"i’m prepared to believe anything except that the police are racist murderers"

Ah yes, impatience, a perfectly justifiable motive for murdering a human being.

I just wanna say thank you to the cool follower who threw me 20 bucks when I was complaining about being poor you are super nice.

malformalady:

An item on display in a Japanese antique shop

This item is 100% definitely cursed, I have never seen a more obviously cursed thing.

malformalady:

An item on display in a Japanese antique shop

This item is 100% definitely cursed, I have never seen a more obviously cursed thing.

(via snooopbloggyblog)

coffeeandcockatiels:

masterofbirds:

in3ffable-lib3rty:

IMPORTANT FERGUSON UPDATE - WATCH THIS VIDEO BEFORE YOUTUBE TAKES IT DOWN

CNN REPORTER Fredricka Whitfield interviews the Store Owner’s Lawyer (from the store that was “”“”“”“robbed”“”“”“”“”“”” by “”“”“”“”“”mike brown”“”“”“”“”“)

As the lawyer begins to explain what really happened, cnn “”“”“loses the feed”“”“”“

WOW

…The fuck? Is this real life? Is this really happening? Is this really REALLY something that ACTUALLY HAPPENED?!

CNN?! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

That cut?! That “lost the interview”? That looked so fake! That looked planned! It looked like a cover up from a bad dystopia flick!

Almost the exact same thing happened when msnbc interviewed Johnson’s lawyer. So it’s extra creepy.

(via lanawhatever)

This is still one of my favourite bits on the Simpsons along with the “sorry it’s not in packets” bit from you only move twice.

(Source: fyspringfield.com, via thegestianpoet)