(Edit: Looks like only one response.  Anyway, this was kicked off by a series of tweets by Kate Beaton.  It eventually spawned this comic response.)

I’m interested in what people think about the following.  Please answer in the comments?

Scenario: An artist receives a comment along the lines of “marry me,” “let’s go out,” “let’s do the horizontal tango.”

  1. If you were the artist, what portion of the comment do you attribute to the art and what portion to being the right gender for the commentator’s sexual orientation?
  2. Does it matter what the gender of the artist or commentator is?
  3. Have you ever experienced a creative work so impressive that you thought such a comment?
  4. Would you make such a comment jokingly or seriously?  In person or online?
  5. Would your answer to 2 or 3 change if the artist was someone not of your sexual orientation?
  6. Are you male or female?

Most likely, the majority of people reading this are ballroom folks, and there might be a slight bias since Latin especially tries to be sexy for the audience.  I’m more asking about art the artist isn’t physically part of.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Back when I was in elementary school, today was called Columbus Day, and we celebrated it as a historic event rather than for the introduction of diseases whose lethality made the Black Death look tame and the eventual displacement of a continents’ or two’s inhabitants.

In 5th grade, we roped off an area about the size of the Santa Maria, Columbus’ largest ship.  It was quite small.  To put it in perspective, an Olympic long jumper would almost run out of deck doing their run up.  And the crew was only slightly larger than my class but were stuck on the boat for 2 months.  And Columbus decided to sail 3 of these into unknown territory.

Okay, so he underestimated the circumference of the Earth by about a factor of 2.  And he was probably motivated by wealth and glory.  Still, that took balls.

Of course, if the goal was to simply make longitudinal progress, why wouldn’t you sail closer to the poles?  Okay, the trade winds wouldn’t be in your favor, but sailing along 60 degrees north latitude is twice as effective as sailing along the equator.