ofsparrows:

My hand was demonically possessed whilst I wasn’t paying attention and this just fell out.

"I think I might be guilty of boasting if I were to call myself a feminist."
Alexander Siddig, Star Trek: Las Vegas 2013, explaining he agrees with what feminists say but doesn’t feel he has the political understanding or experience to fully claim the term for himself.

thesassylund:

nudiemuse:

bella-vix:

Anne Rice WTF?

She’s currently on facebook defending Paula Deen’s use of the “n” word. 

She likened the media and public reaction to lynching which is just clearly a bad choice of words. And even after people pointed out how horribly inappropriate it is and how offensive and hurtful they find it she refused to stop using it.

Apparently Deen’s firing is the cause of “smug, superior hypocrites”, not people being justifiably disgusted by her blatant racism. But according to Anne being racist is OK as long as you keep it private and Lisa Jackson is a terrible fellow white for telling on her. 

She also went to on to tell people who have actually been victims of racism what “real racism” is!

Poor Paula Deen. The rich, privileged, white woman is the real victim here right?

Seriously, Anne?? 

Fuck Anne Rice Too.

WOW

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“Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright.” What this means is that when you publish a story on Kindle Worlds, you’re giving Amazon the right to do whatever they want with your story, forever. They can sell it electronically, digitally, carve it into a rock, or give it away. It’s up to them, and you have no say. Ever.

“You will own the copyright to the original, copyrightable elements (such as characters, scenes, and events) that you create and include in your work, and the World Licensor will retain the copyright to all the original elements of the World.” Awesome! Exactly the kind of license I would want. Except …

“When you submit your story in a World, you are granting Amazon Publishing an exclusive license to the story and all the original elements you include in that story.” Want to publish your fan fiction on FanFiction.net? Tough. Amazon is the only entity legally allowed to publish your material. And if they decide that they want to stop publishing your material? Sucks for you. You have no other outlet.

“This means that your story and all the new elements must stay within the applicable World.” This is a huge, flashing warning sign, a big neon Danger, Will Robinson! When you submit a story to Kindle Worlds, you give Amazon all of the rights to your new ideas, even ideas that came solely from your head. Come up with a concept for an awesome new character who just happens to interact with a Salvatore Brother? You can never use that character anywhere except within a Kindle Worlds story.

“We will allow Kindle Worlds authors to build on each other’s ideas and elements.” This means that people get to write fan fiction about your fan fiction. Kindle Worlds is essentially a viral license. I don’t exactly have a problem with that. It would be cool if there was a way to be compensated when another author uses some or your original ideas, but I honestly don’t know how that would even be possible.

“We will also give the World Licensor a license to use your new elements and incorporate them into other works without further compensation to you.” One of the big issues authors have traditionally had with fan fiction is the possibility that a fan fiction writer would claim the original author stole the fan’s ideas and incorporated them into their work. This is why even authors who explicitly allow fan fiction almost never read fan fiction. This sentence does away with that fear entirely. If you submit a story to Kindle Worlds, the original creators can use it however they want. Just think! The next season of Vampire Diaries could be based on your story! Except you won’t be paid for it.

The exception is the license to new concepts developed within a Kindle Worlds story. That is uniquely the author’s own, and submitting to Kindle Worlds locks it up forever. Stories are an author’s lifeblood, and you should never give that kind of control over your ideas to someone else. Fifty Shades of Gray would have never happened under Kindle Worlds, because Amazon would own all of the rights to that story, not EL James. She wouldn’t have been allowed to change the character names, flush out the story, and publish on her own. Amazon would have owned that work, not her.

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Pretty sure all the awesome fandom folks I know are smart enough to have realized what a steaming turd the new Amazon thing really is, but just in case you have to get into an argument over it with someone (yes, these are things I legitimately prep for) here are some clear talking points.

Also, no porn, graphic violence, crossovers or’excessive’ use of curse words. So, like, all the fun stuff about fanfic.

(via bewaretheides315)

Kindle Worlds: legitimately one of the worst ideas I’ve ever seen.

(via hungrylikethewolfie)

accountant-in-a-can:

athickgirlscloset:

boomboomdeaux:

wellmuddasick:

muchadoaboutmusicals:

The Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s The Lion King


Mufasa :: Sarabi :: Young Nala and Simba :: Simba :: Nala:: Rafiki :: Pumba and Timon :: Zazu :: Scar :: The Hyenas (Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai)

Probably the best costume designs for a musical I have ever seen. The combination of the puppetry along with their facial makeup and outfits is stunning.

MY FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOW! I cried real tears it was so beautiful.

a random reblog for one of the best shows ever on Broadway!

Shit it’s been more than a decade since I saw it at the Pantages at LA? It’s probably the only reason I ended up getting mixed up in the fandom, I got to see it on a SCHOOL TRIP of all things and just ahhhh

If Shadowland or Endless Night don’t move you in the tiniest bit, I worry about you. 

Also: That Zazu puppet is so fucking boss I swear to god a Lillian puppet that worked on the same general idea (LOL imagine her sitting on my head) would be the best ever

tweed-eyes:

1300-1400 clothing of Lower Empire

tumblebuggie:

thepeoplesrecord:

Tar Sands Blockade published new videos today (4/7) showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media & public view.
April 7, 2013

While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally moved into the wetland, the company says it is cleaning pavement with power washing devices, which could cause some of the oil to be pushed off neighborhood streets and into other areas.

Activists also interviewed a local resident who claimed the oil has continued “flowing” into Lake Conway since the spill happened.

“I don’t have allergies,” the man said. “But now my sinuses are bothering me. My throat’s bothering me. My eyes water constantly. But Exxon acts like nothing’s wrong. They don’t have to live here, we do. And we’re not moving just because of them.”

The activists noted that they were turned away from the area several times before by police and Exxon spill cleanup workers, but they returned on Saturday just before sundown and managed to sneak in to capture footage of the oiled wetlands. In two separate videos, nearby residents say they’ve been made sick by the spill, which has tremendously affected their air quality.

This footage has largely remained out of the media due to the lockdown that’s descended upon Mayflower nearly a week since the spill. Reporters touring the damage with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel were allegedly turned away by Exxon workers. One journalist, Inside Climate News’s Susan White, was even threatened with arrest when she asked a question of Exxon’s “public affairs” desk inside the spill cleanup command center. The company has also secured a no-fly zone over the spill area.

Video of Lake Conway’s wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called “absorbent pads” — which appear to be nothing more than paper towels — littering the blackened landscape as thick, soupy crude bubbles across the water’s surface. The company insists that air quality in the affected region is being measured by the Environmental Protection Agency, and that tests show “levels that are either non-detect or that are below any necessary action levels.” Exxon also says that the area’s drinking water remains unaffected.

A phone number given by Exxon to reach the company’s “downstream media relations” team did not appear to be correct, and a spokesperson was not available for comment.

Don’t let Exxon sweep this thing under the rug! Share this now, far & wide, with everybody you know! We cannot allow these corporate-committed environmental tragedies to continue to claim people, land & our future as victims in the wealth-owning, corporate elite’s illogical profit-making endeavors.

Source

Tar Sands is bad news all around, bad for Canada (i’m canadian), bad for our First Nation folk, bad for people who live/work around the pipes, bad for people who have to clean this sht up when it spills, hell, it’s bad for the US tax payers since they’re payin’ for all this damage one way or another. 

adriofthedead:

diarrheaworldstarhiphop:

New Zealand rescue dogs trained to operate vehicles, pass drivers test on closed circuit race track
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Two mutts made history yesterday by driving a car down a racetrack. Ten-month-old beardie cross Porter put his paws to the pedals first, steering the Mini down the straight and then turning a corner.He was followed by Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer cross, who completed the same feat.As the Mail reported last week, the pair – along with one-year-old beardie whippet cross Ginny – had been taking driving lessons, which began with them learning to steer a wooden cart pulled along on a string by their trainers.In just eight weeks, they progressed to driving a real car – a modified Mini in which they sat on their haunches in the driver’s seat.Their front paws were on the steering wheel, while their back paws were on levers attached to the accelerator and the brake.The dogs were all rescued by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Auckland, New Zealand. The charity came up with the idea to train them to drive to prove how intelligent they were.


omfg

adriofthedead:

diarrheaworldstarhiphop:

New Zealand rescue dogs trained to operate vehicles, pass drivers test on closed circuit race track

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Two mutts made history yesterday by driving a car down a racetrack. Ten-month-old beardie cross Porter put his paws to the pedals first, steering the Mini down the straight and then turning a corner.

He was followed by Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer cross, who completed the same feat.

As the Mail reported last week, the pair – along with one-year-old beardie whippet cross Ginny – had been taking driving lessons, which began with them learning to steer a wooden cart pulled along on a string by their trainers.

In just eight weeks, they progressed to driving a real car – a modified Mini in which they sat on their haunches in the driver’s seat.

Their front paws were on the steering wheel, while their back paws were on levers attached to the accelerator and the brake.

The dogs were all rescued by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Auckland, New Zealand. The charity came up with the idea to train them to drive to prove how intelligent they were.

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omfg

this is an AT&T advertising campaign that was designed by Jose Estrada, a Mexican, who won a million dollars in an open competition organized by AT&T just using painted hands and a mobile phone. Quite amazing!!! Enjoy it!

therothwoman:

bloodywhip:

deepercreeper:

quikfx:

teeheehaha-ara:

senoritabadass:

AUSTRALIA

BAHAMAS

BRAZIL 

CANADA

CHINA (#1)

CHINA (#2)

COSTA RICA

EGYPT  

ENGLAND

FRANCE           

INDIA   

ITALY   

JAPAN (#1)

JAPAN (#2)

MEXICO (#1)

MEXICO (#2)

MOROCCO

NETHERLANDS

NORWAY

PARAGUAY 

RUSSIA

SOUTH AFRICA

UNITED KINGDOM

KJFKSDJFSAF AMAZING!

THIS DUDE IS A GENIUS!!!

MEXICANS FTW

this is talent

ayearofhibernation:


skandolous:
Ink Calendar designed by Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

literally the coolest fucking thing i’ve ever seen.
EVER.

ayearofhibernation:

skandolous:

Ink Calendar designed by Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

literally the coolest fucking thing i’ve ever seen.

EVER.

devidsketchbook:

THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI

Artist Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings.

more: wikipedia beksinski facebook

the-mad-curator:

A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …

The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.

The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.

There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.

With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.

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When ego is siphoned off creativity, when creativity becomes one more thing we do, like the laundry, then it takes far less time to do it. Much of our desire for creative time has to do with our trying to coax ourselves into being in the right mood to create. We want to “feel like it,” and when we don’t, or don’t quickly, we think the solution is more time. Actually, the solution is less attention to the vagaries of mood. In short, creativity needs to become something daily, doable, and nonnegotiable, something as quotidian as breathing.

When we make a special occasion out of our art, we rob ourselves of the time we actually have. When we make a ceremony out of the right paper, the right noise level, the right pen and precise circumstance, we are actually creating many false conditions that make our art not more possible but more impossible. “I can’t think when it’s noisy” or “when the kids are home” or “when the phone’s going off.” We may not like thinking under those conditions, but we can think under them and we owe it to ourselves to learn that we can. By making our creativity nonnegotiable, we do it a little every day no matter what our mood and no matter what our judgement of our work. What we are after is the gut-level knowledge that our creativity is both doable and portable.

… The less precious we are about how and when we do our work, the more precious it can be to us. We are like parents who take their infant everywhere. The child learns to thrive in many environments, and so, too, can our brainchild, art.

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- Julia Cameron, The Sound of Paper

Mostly transcribing this as a reminder to myself. Because it holds true for me, which is something I forget from time to time.

(via minorearth)

This is pretty much how all the art I like comes about.
Often during school lectures
a lot of times on my notes

Set aside time? Ffffffffft, HOW DO I DRAW THINGS?! 

(via creepypasta-toast)
cybermat-herder:

ka-star:

missexlibris:

The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus), one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful mollusks.

Holy crap, this is real?!


HOW DOES SOMETHING THAT CUTE AND ADORABLE EVEN EXIST?!

cybermat-herder:

ka-star:

missexlibris:

The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus), one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful mollusks.

Holy crap, this is real?!

HOW DOES SOMETHING THAT CUTE AND ADORABLE EVEN EXIST?!