Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Peak Gen X...it's me this time!

This is an incredibly romantic moment, and you're ruining it for me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Facebook? That was never a secret.



He is such an ape

Here's what landed in my email nine minutes ago (5:30pm EST). Yes I'm on the devil's email list, and I also tune in to the Hairdo McTrumpbutt shows on Fox sometimes, because never turn your back on these people. Think he's havin' a bad day? #MAGAMOTHERFUCKERS

with apologies to apes, who are actually thoughtful, intelligent creatures.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Whatever it was probably involved chocolate.

thought I made it clear about the cake balls.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Necco or Necc-no?

Being a New England girl at heart, these damn things are the most divisive thing, by and large, in my local network. Everybody either loves them or hates them with the heat of a dying sun, and everybody is sure the other guys are frikkin' nuts. So, so divided a group of people. Second only to that part of Connecticut that's like half Yankee / half Red Sox fans. (Note: I am pro-Yankee, anti-Necco wafers, so I'm on your team if that's you too.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

"...eff it after all."

     “Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. 
Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself,
 and see if we may not eff it after all.”
- Douglas Adams

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

You Don't Know Rosie

Rosie the Riveter, and the perpetuated myth about who she was and what she stands for, is another example of "collective misconception," the phenomena known as the Mandela Effect. One group of  people repeat a thing enough times, and then enough large groups simply accept it as true and keep repeating it, that it then "becomes true." It is kind of amazing, and also terrifying.

First of All, It's Not Her

In 2015 when Naomi Parker Fraley's daughter-in-law saw a picture of Ms. Fraley from when she was a factory worker, she says that saw a resemblance to the woman in that iconic "We Can Do It!" poster.

By that logic, my grandma was also Rosie. So was yours if she worked in a factory during WW2. Condolences about Naomi Parker Fraley passing today at the grand age of 96. I am sure she was a fine lady but, and with no disrespect meant, it's not her.

It's a puzzler, that 2015 claim by the daughter-in-law that Fraley was the model for Rosie the Riveter. We already know who Rosie was, as the books already confirm that the model for the real Rosie was a young lady named Mary Doyle Keefe. Well-known to have sat for the famous Rosie painting, Mary Doyle Keefe was a nice lady who passed, coincidentally in 2015, at the age of 92.

...aaaaand It's Not HER, Either

 Yes, today every news organization carrying the story about the passing of Ms. Fraley is showing the iconic image and saying it is "Rosie", but no, that "We Can Do It!" image does not depict Rosie the Riveter.

So it's a double-Mandela mega-dose of wrongness. Not only was Fraley not the model for Rosie, but the woman everyone thinks is Rosie is not Rosie.

"We Can Do It" was a poster that Westinghouse used in 1943 at the factory, internally, in an effort to cut down on absenteeism. There was a lot of that kind of thing in the forties. Ask your grandma. "We Can Do It" was never intended to be about empowering women, and it sure as heck ain't our Rosie.

An artist named Howard Miller drew the "We Can Do It!" poster. Miller's factory lady doesn't have a name, nor red hair. Westinghouse doesn't even use rivets.

Another Howard Miller poster.
From the Smithsonian: 
"Artist J. Howard Miller produced this work-incentive poster for the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Though displayed only briefly in Westinghouse factories, the poster in later year [sic] has become one of the most famous icons of World War II. 
As women were encouraged to take wartime jobs in defense industries, they became a celebrated symbol of female patriotism. But when the war ended, many industries forced women to relinquish their skilled jobs to returning veterans." 
Researcher Kelly Shanahan adds:
"This poster was commissioned by the Westinghouse electric and manufacturing company as a part of the United States effort to increase production and dedication within the warehouses. This poster was actually only posted for two weeks in February in 1943 and was never titled as Rosie the Riveter that she has become known as today. The poster was rediscovered in the 80's [sicand misinterpreted as a symbol for the feminist movement and involvement in WW2. Miller never intended for "Rosie " to last longer than her two week poster debut, however she has somehow become ingratiated into society as a symbol for those women working in WW2."

Norman Rockwell painted the real Rosie the Riveter.  

She was one of the great iconic Rockwell covers for Saturday Evening Post. He even put her name on her lunchbox, gave her greasy overalls far too big (the rolled up cuffs just kill me), and he boldly painted a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf under her foot. Rockwell gave his Rosie cheeks pinked from hard work, red hair, well-muscled forearms and a big ol' rivet gun. It's kind of a big deal.

Whole Lotta Rosie

So well received was Rockwell's May 1943 cover that he painted more "rosies" for more covers, and that is how "Rosie to the Rescue" became a hopeful and patriotic carillon call to women everywhere, and remains an iconic inspiring figure to this day – if you know where to find her. The real Rosie will always be seated smartly upon her post, on her Post, covered in grease, goggles pushed up so she can eat her lunch before going back to work. You go, real Rosie. We see you, girl. ∎
Rosie the Riveter
Norman Rockwell, 1943

Model: Mary Doyle Keefe

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