1. 05:11 20th Apr 2014

    Notes: 132122

    Reblogged from mamaleh6994

    Tags: I WANT TO READ THISBOOKS

    sherokutakari:

curiousercreature:

letsallnukethewhales:

madlori:

nevver:

The alphabet fades away

Would you like to read a book in which this happens?
It’s one of my all-time favorite books.  It’s called Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.  He describes it as an “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.”
It is written in the form of letters between the citizens of the fictional island of Nollop, an independent nation off the coast of South Carolina and home of Nevin Nollop, who invented the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”  That phrase is written in tiles over a statue of Nollop in their town square, and when one night a storm causes one of the tiles to fall, the council decides that it’s a sign from Nollop that they are no longer allowed to use that letter, in speech or writing, on pain of progressive punishments including public beating and up to banishment.
Then another tile falls.  Then another.
The citizens, who are all very attached to their words and writing, mount a campaign to come up with a phrase that uses all 26 letters but is shorter than Nollop’s, thus proving that he was not divine and negating all the edicts.
Because the novel is told in the form of letters the citizens write, and this is the genius part…the author must also stop using the letters as they fall.  So the book gradually stops using letters until at one point I think they’re down to just five.
The resolution literally made me get up and dance around the room.
It’s clever, creative, and a not-really-veiled-at-all parable about monotheistic oligarchy.  It’s not a long book, you can read it in an afternoon.
GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

WOW I want to read that book

Very rarely is there a book that I must read at any costThis is now one of them

I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK THE OTHER DAY AND COULDN’T REMEMBER FOR THE LIFE OF ME WHAT IT WAS CALLEDTHANK YOU TUMBLR USER MADLORI

    sherokutakari:

    curiousercreature:

    letsallnukethewhales:

    madlori:

    nevver:

    The alphabet fades away

    Would you like to read a book in which this happens?

    It’s one of my all-time favorite books.  It’s called Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.  He describes it as an “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.”

    It is written in the form of letters between the citizens of the fictional island of Nollop, an independent nation off the coast of South Carolina and home of Nevin Nollop, who invented the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”  That phrase is written in tiles over a statue of Nollop in their town square, and when one night a storm causes one of the tiles to fall, the council decides that it’s a sign from Nollop that they are no longer allowed to use that letter, in speech or writing, on pain of progressive punishments including public beating and up to banishment.

    Then another tile falls.  Then another.

    The citizens, who are all very attached to their words and writing, mount a campaign to come up with a phrase that uses all 26 letters but is shorter than Nollop’s, thus proving that he was not divine and negating all the edicts.

    Because the novel is told in the form of letters the citizens write, and this is the genius part…the author must also stop using the letters as they fall.  So the book gradually stops using letters until at one point I think they’re down to just five.

    The resolution literally made me get up and dance around the room.

    It’s clever, creative, and a not-really-veiled-at-all parable about monotheistic oligarchy.  It’s not a long book, you can read it in an afternoon.

    GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

    WOW I want to read that book

    Very rarely is there a book that I must read at any cost
    This is now one of them

    I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK THE OTHER DAY AND COULDN’T REMEMBER FOR THE LIFE OF ME WHAT IT WAS CALLED

    THANK YOU TUMBLR USER MADLORI

     
  2. 04:33

    Notes: 134390

    Reblogged from radagasp

    theskieswillfall:

aegisaglow:

sik3rning:

Feeling down? here have some bouncy goats

kids these days

you did not

    theskieswillfall:

    aegisaglow:

    sik3rning:

    Feeling down? here have some bouncy goats

    kids these days

    you did not

     
  3. 03:54

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    Reblogged from radagasp

    Tags: mental illnessreminder

    Anxiety is not rude. Depression is not selfish. Schizophrenia is not wrong. Eating disorders are not a choice. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is not crazy. Mental illness isn’t self-centred, anymore than cancer is self-centred. It’s a medical illness.
     
  4. 03:15

    Notes: 188091

    Reblogged from itsnotliketherearehillshere

    Tags: yes

    (Source: bettenshmetten)

     
  5. 02:36

    Notes: 355

    Reblogged from inkingideas

    Tags: family photos are so hard for us

    With a white body as a light meter, all other skin tones become deviations from the norm. It turns out, film stock’s failures to capture dark skin aren’t a technical issue, they’re a choice. Lorna Roth, a scholar in media and communication studies, wrote that film emulsions — the coating on the film base that reacts with chemicals and light to produce an image — “could have been designed initially with more sensitivity to the continuum of yellow, brown and reddish skin tones but the design process would have to be motivated by a recognition of the need for extended range.” Back then there was little motivation to acknowledge, let alone cater to a market beyond white consumers.

    Kodak did finally modify its film emulsion stocks in the 1970s and ’80s — but only after complaints from companies trying to advertise chocolate and wood furniture.

    — Teaching The Camera To See My Skin by Syreeta McFadden (via hermionejg)
     
  6. 01:57

    Notes: 14156

    Reblogged from lokislytherinson

    Tags: hmmmakeup

    Without makeup, my face is just a random pile of tissue, protein, skin cells, and cartilage. The random arrangement of that tissue, protein, and cartilage tells you nothing about my personality because I was simply born with it. Conversely, my makeup is not random at all. *I* chose it. ME. Not nature. Not my gene pool. Not strands of DNA over which I exercise NO CONTROL. Me and my personality chose this routine. And for that reason, makeup is the absolute closest I will get to self-expression on my face without prosthetic body parts. When a guy tells you he prefers you without makeup, he’s sort of telling you that he prefers it when you don’t make choices to advance your identity. He’s telling you that he prefers your body to your brain. Your brain is the reason why you applied that black eyeshadow. Your actual face and body are idle vessels through which you operate, but actually have absolutely NOTHING to do with who you are. So every time you make a decision to clothe your body or put makeup on your face, you’re making the decision to reflect your thoughts through the canvas that is your physical being.
    — 

    (via methadrine)

    🙌

    (via babyyyyfat)

    (Source: milksorbet)

     
  7. 01:18

    Notes: 14452

    Reblogged from julietthehuman

    Don’t mock people for the things that make them happy.
    — (via totergensonderweg)

    (Source: birdasaurus)

     
  8. 00:39

    Notes: 884

    Reblogged from radagasp

    Tags: i approve of this albummusic

    Plays: 13,996

    sayittothecrowd:

    Christina Perri | Be My Forever (feat. Ed Sheeran)

     
  9. rachelkiley:

    kiricallaghan:

    wilwheaton:

    bill:

    javeliner:

    hang on, wait a second

    laughing hyterically as my stupid body is flung into the sun

    I … um …

    OH MY GOD THIS IS REAL, I THOUGHT IT WAS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE: http://thoughtcatalog.com/mark-saunders/2014/04/18-things-females-seem-to-not-understand-because-female-privilege/

    How. How is this. Like. I know people are idiots. But seriously. What?

    Okay. This is beyond absurd and I shouldn’t even respond, but I’m going to. So. Shall we?

    1. Female privilege is being able to walk down the street at night without people crossing the street because they’re automatically afraid of you.

    Being afraid of people is a privilege. We are privileged to have to feel afraid of getting attacked. Got it. Right. Thank you.

    2. Female privilege is being able to approach someone and ask them out without being labeled “creepy.”

    Have you met the person you’re approaching? If not, it’s creepy. Regardless of gender. Sometimes creepiness is rated based on perceived attractiveness/unattractiveness. Again, regardless of gender.

    3. Female privilege is being able to get drunk and have sex without being considered a rapist. Female privilege is being able to engage in the same action as another person but be considered the innocent party by default.

    I know this is crazy, but if you don’t rape people, or don’t have sex with people who are unable to consent due to being drunk or asleep or whatever else, then you won’t be considered a rapist. Ta-da! Simple! Meanwhile, if you’re a girl and you get drunk and someone decides it’s cool to have sex with you, if you claim rape, you can be sure the blame is going to be thrown back at you for not controlling your drinking or being a slut or trying to ruin someone’s life. Do I even need to cite examples? Throw a rock, you’ll hit one.

    4. Female privilege is being able to turn on the TV and see yourself represented in a positive way. Female privilege is shows like King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond where women are portrayed as attractive, competent people while men are shown as ugly, lazy slobs.

    Uh. Male privilege is turning on the TV and being shown show after show and movie after movie of average-looking lazy slobs getting whatever woman they want just because they’re a man and they deserve woman as prize. Meanwhile, try finding female characters that fit any description other than “pretty.” Oh, they’re there. Likely in the background, as some sort of caricature, the butt of a joke, probably a shitty underdeveloped personality, definitely not dating some super attractive successful guy (which is probably being pointed out as proof of their failure at life). 

    Oh, and Debra on Everybody Loves Raymond is actually portrayed as a nagging shrew of a wife who makes Ray’s life miserable half the time, even though she does everything for him and raises their kids and puts up with his shitty family but boohoo he just wants to watch sports.

    5. Female privilege is the idea that women and children should be the first rescued from any sort of emergency situation. Female privilege is saving yourself before you save others and not being viewed as a monster.

    Children should be rescued first. That has nothing to do with females. If you think that’s bad, you’re a dick. I don’t even like kids and I think you’re a dick. The rest is antiquated ideology. 

    6. Female privilege is being able to decide not to have a child.

    I’M SORRY. WE GET TO DECIDE TO NOT HAVE TO CARRY A HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF US FOR NINE MONTHS? THE SAME WAY MEN DON’T HAVE TO. YEAH. I THINK THAT’S FAIR.

    Yet there are plenty of lawmakers pushing for abortion to be banned and states requiring women to jump through a million hoops, often expensive, painful, and emotional, to have this “privilege.” Shut the fuck up.

    7. Female privilege is not having to support a child financially for 18 years when you didn’t want to have it in the first place.

    Yo, if you make the adult choice to have sex with someone, and fail to use protection or ensure your partner is on birth control or whatever, and a child comes out of that, you are BOTH stuck with that. Except if you bounce and just have to pay child support, you are BY FAR getting the easy path. You get to go work your job, hang out with your friends, date whoever you want, go wherever you want. If the female ends up with the kid, first of all, you can bet she’s spending more money on it than you. And she also has to find some way to work a job while raising a kid, and probably put her whole life on hold. 

    8. Female privilege is never being told to “take it like a man” or “man up.”

    Dude, everyone hears that at some point, regardless of gender. 

    9. Female privilege is knowing that people would take it as a gravely serious issue if someone raped you. Female privilege is being able to laugh at a “prison rape” joke.

    Who? Who takes it as a gravely serious issue? Because last I checked, hackers exposing rapists were getting more jail time than actual rapists. Last I checked, unless you have fucking video evidence and physical injuries, you often don’t have a case. And regardless of any of that, the majority of society still victim blames the shit out of anyone who comes forward and accuses a dude of rape. 

    And why the fuck would anyone laugh at a prison rape joke. The only people I have ever heard laugh at those jokes are guys. Because a lot of them don’t grasp that rape is a thing that happens instead of some bizarre concept from a fantasy novel, whereas girls do.

    10. Female privilege is being able to divorce your spouse when your marriage is no longer working because you know you will most likely be granted custody of your children.

    And then having to raise them on your own? Everyone gets screwed in divorce.

    11. Female privilege is being able to call the police in a domestic dispute knowing they will take your side. Female privilege is not having your gender work against where police are involved.

    I’ll give you this. Being a white female, I can look or act way sketchy around cops and generally not worry. 

    But at the same time, if you’re calling the cops in a domestic dispute, um, it’s most likely because somebody is assaulting you. Dumbass.

    12. Female privilege is being able to be caring or empathetic without people being surprised.

    What.

    Okay. Male privilege is being able to be good at things and successful in a career and physically strong without people being surprised.

    13. Female privilege is not having to take your career seriously because you can depend on marrying someone who makes more money than you do. Female privilege is being able to be a “stay at home mom” and not seem like a loser.

    What the actual fuck shut the fuck up.

    Male privilege is being allowed to devote your life to your career and not have to worry about getting fucked over if your spouse divorces you because you have a source of income and years of experience behind it. Male privilege is being able to work when you have kids and not being deemed a bad parent because you want to actually have a life instead of being stuck at home taking care of kids non-stop.

    14. Female privilege is being able to cry your way out of a speeding ticket.

    Again, what the fuck. 

    15. Female privilege is being favored by teachers in elementary, middle and high school. Female privilege is graduating high school more often, being accepted to more colleges, and generally being encouraged and supported along the way.

    Graduating high school is not a gender privilege, dumbass. It’s if you do your work and make passing grades. The parties that are not privileged in this scenario are families who are poor and their kids have to work to provide another income, leaving less time to do school work and sleep. 

    And I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about with favoritism. If anything, it’s the opposite. And guys get away with way more shit like goofing off in class because it’s chalked up to “boys will be boys,” whereas girls are expected to just sit and be quiet. 

    16. Female privilege being able to have an opinion without someone tell you you’re just “a butthurt fedora-wearing neckbeard who can’t get any.”

    Take one step into any community on the internet pretending to be a girl, I fucking dare you. Especially video games or comics or any other nerd thing. Male privilege is thinking being called “a butthurt fedora-wearing neckbeard who can’t get any” is even remotely comparable to the slew of shit guys say to girls who dare have opinions on a daily basis.

    17. Female privilege is being able to talk about sexism without appearing self-serving.

    Hey, everyone can talk about sexism without appearing self-serving! It’s only self-serving when you’re talking about it from the wrong side. Sexism largely benefits men and largely fucks over women. If you’re crying about sexism against men, then yes, you’re self-serving. You’re saying you like your privilege the way it is and, actually, you want more! Shut up.

    18. Female privilege is arrogantly believing that sexism only applies to women. 

    Can people be biased against men? Yes. Absolutely. It just doesn’t fucking matter. You aren’t the oppressed gender. You are the gender in power. You being butthurt about women you don’t know thinking you’re creepy because you ask them out on the subway is irrelevant in the face of, gosh, everything else. If a “nice” Nazi guard at a concentration camp got upset at a Jewish prisoner for not smiling at him as he walked by, would we start writing articles about how Nazis get treated unfairly too? (Apologies to general readers for the extreme comparison.) Of course not.

    And besides, you know what the best way to “correct” all those “sexist” issues listed are? FEMINISM. SUPPORTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS. For example, if rape actually starts to get taken seriously by the government and by society at large, rather than just being considered women crying out for attention or revenge, more women will report rapes. Men will become less confident in deciding to rape because they’re less likely to get away with it. Other people may become more likely to step in and stop something that’s happening. There will be less rape. Women will be less afraid of rape. And maybe they’ll stop crossing the fucking street when a guy is walking past them in the middle of the night. Cause. Effect. Go figure, right?

     
  10. justplainsomething:

makkiee:

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Posted by pandorasfall

best owl i have seen

"hello friend! it is the morning!"

    justplainsomething:

    makkiee:

    imgfave:

    Posted by pandorasfall

    best owl i have seen

    "hello friend! it is the morning!"