Up: 90% SFW, fandom, politics, art, lots of crying.
ETA: Two jobs and class is kicking my ass so temporary hiatus, but I'll pop in for seconds at a time.
these fucking things
Fun fact there things were recalled for causing “eye injuries, including scratched corneas and incidents of temporary blindness, broken teeth, a mild concussion, a broken rib, and facial lacerations that required stitches.”
these things were the fucking best
HOW THE SHIT DID SOMEONE BREAK THEIR FUCKING RIB
you people don’t understand how fucking powerful these things were, you were supposed to pull gently and it’d fly just fine but if you pull it like a chainsaw or a lawnmower they will behave as such. t h e y a r e d e a d l y.
That booty alchemist picture I posted is getting notes like mad. But guys like, does no one know how awesome Hiromu Arakawa is? I mean-
SHE BARELY EVEN HAD A MATERNITY LEAVE WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH HER SON. SHE KEPT ON DRAWING CHAPTERS FOR FMA PRETTY DEEP INTO HER PREGNANCY.
SHE REDUCES ME TO TEARS YOU GUYS.
IF YOU DON’T READ THE EXTRAS IN FMA I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH YOUR LIFE, OKAY? HIROMU ARAKAWA IS LIVING THE DREAM.
inFORM: An Interactive Dynamic Shape Display that Physically Renders 3D Content
Five engineers from the tangible media group at MIT’s media lab have developed ‘inFORM’, a dynamic shape display that has the capability to render three-dimensional content physically, so users can interact with tangible digital information.
The Google car has now driven more than half a million miles without causing an accident—about twice as far as the average American driver goes before crashing. Of course, the computer has always had a human driver to take over in tight spots. Left to its own devices, Thrun says, it could go only about fifty thousand miles on freeways without a major mistake. Google calls this the dog-food stage: not quite fit for human consumption. “The risk is too high,” Thrun says. “You would never accept it.” The car has trouble in the rain, for instance, when its lasers bounce off shiny surfaces. (The first drops call forth a small icon of a cloud onscreen and a voice warning that auto-drive will soon disengage.) It can’t tell wet concrete from dry or fresh asphalt from firm. It can’t hear a traffic cop’s whistle or follow hand signals.
And yet, for each of its failings, the car has a corresponding strength. It never gets drowsy or distracted, never wonders who has the right-of-way. It knows every turn, tree, and streetlight ahead in precise, three-dimensional detail. Dolgov was riding through a wooded area one night when the car suddenly slowed to a crawl. “I was thinking, What the hell? It must be a bug,” he told me. “Then we noticed the deer walking along the shoulder.” The car, unlike its riders, could see in the dark. Within a year, Thrun added, it should be safe for a hundred thousand miles.
I’ll repeat: “The car, unlike its rider, could see in the dark.”
What I’m looking forward to, in a city that forgets how to drive in the winter.
November is American Indian Heritage month. Did you know that there are at least 562 federally recognized tribal nations in the U.S.?
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every one. Wilbur, of the Swinomish and Tulalip in Washington State, sold everything she owns to travel the nation taking portraits of her people. She calls the series Project 562 and aims to debunk myths about American Indian culture. “I’m not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes.”
"We are still here," she says. "We remain."
African American flappers and Jazz Age women
HOLY SHIT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BLACK FLAPPERS BEFORE!
There were many fabulous African American flappers. No wonder - it was African American musicians who put the Jazz in “The Jazz Age”! The Charleston dance iteself, which so epitomizes the era, made its debut in the all-Black musical “Runnin’ Wild”, and no one danced that flapper number better than Josephine Baker…save possibly for fellow Black artist Florence Mills, who claimed credit for inventing it (she said she debuted it in her “Plantation Revue” in the early 20s, developing it from a dance popular among slaves). The Charleston song was written by Black composer James P Johnson. Without women and girls like those above, the 1920s would never have roared.
without black women there’d be no flappers, no jazz babies, no liberated (white) women.
Reblogging for flappers and a piece of history that never makes it to movies.
Finally, a list that 5% of Tumblr are satisfied with.
I understand that most of the online DW community
Tumblr believe Moffat is the embodiment of all misogynistic evil. He certainly writes in questionable moments.
Elizabeth I’s statement of her body as that of a “weak and feeble woman” is undoubtedly alluding to her pep talk to the troops at Tilbury prior to the battle with (and defeat of) the Spanish Armada. While the veracity of this speech is debated among a select few historians, most believe these words to have been Elizabeth’s own.
This is a famous speech, guys.
(…made in 1588, 26 years after the events of Day of the Doctor. Curious to why Moffat choose 1562, the year Elizabeth nearly died of smallpox.)
TL;DR: nitpicking is only useful when it’s legitimate criticism.
Guess who went to the late night screening? I have to say, it was more enjoyable than I anticipated. Although…
Considering that I’m not a Whovian, I saw this episode as a self-contained storyline that may or may not be a part of canon given what I know of the end of series 7. Despite the clean (and thereby satisfying) wraparound, unchecked threads dropped into plot-holes (the Black Archive, for instance) and more questions arose than are answered.
Was this entertaining? Exceptionally. Was this well-written? That’s hard to say without turning to the DW community.
Nevertheless, a whole episode of Chinney, Sand Shoes, and Grand Dad sassing at one another? I’d pay to see that, again.