My favorite team this time around is approaching Fastnet Rock in…

Monday, August 7th, 2017

My favorite team this time around is approaching Fastnet Rock in the lead (of the Volvo 65 race-within-a-race). Go Dongfeng! Woo!

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Card-carrying

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Card-carrying

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giving serious thought to declaring for mystic.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

giving serious thought to declaring for mystic.

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dame-nature: Emperor Moth – Saturnia pavonia Bill…

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

dame-nature:

Emperor Moth – Saturnia pavonia

Bill Higham

¤

Petit paon de nuit

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debunkshy: Northern Waterthrush Salmo Pond, WI

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

debunkshy:

Northern Waterthrush

Salmo Pond, WI

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“Trump is ranting about Curiel’s bias not because doing so is part of any kind of rational…”

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Trump is ranting about Curiel’s bias not because doing so is part of any kind of rational political strategy, but because he is going to lose the case. And if he loses, it must be somebody else’s fault. He’s not just talking about himself instead of something that actually matters to voters. He’s talking to himself, telling himself a story of how big a winner he is, no matter how often he loses. And he’s doing it in front of the entire country.

In a very basic sense, this is the emotional connection that Trump forged from the beginning of his campaign. Trump sees himself as a winner whose occasional setbacks are the result of other people’s unfairness or incompetence. He has connected with a slice of the voting public that sees America’s problems in similar terms: the fault of corrupt, incompetent, and disloyal elites. But successful political leaders — whether they operate within established norms or, like Trump, gleefully flout them — use that emotional connection for something larger. It’s the ground on which they build loyalty to a political program and organization.

Trump isn’t building anything. Indeed, he hasn’t built anything in a good long time; for decades, he’s been a marketer whose only product is his own mystique. And so it is with his political campaign. The purpose of the emotional connection he has forged is entirely personal: to reaffirm his own greatness, his own winningness. “I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is,” he told supporters on the Monday conference call. The conversation keeps coming back to him because that’s where he wants it to go. Because that’s all his campaign has ever been about.

Noah Millman, Why Donald Trump won’t stop talking about Judge Curiel

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support: Your replies are on the way, Tumblr Just wanted to let…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

support:

Your replies are on the way, Tumblr

Just wanted to let you know that we’re putting the finishing touches on replies, and making sure they play nicely with everything else on this platform.

“Why did they go away? Why, staff, whyyyy?” Fair question. We had a gaggle of overlapping message-like systems—namely, asks, fan mail, reblogging with commentary, question posts (rare!), and, yes, replies. When we finally introduced actual instant messaging a couple months ago, we had a lot of untangling to do.

In order to make all these systems work together, we had to do some back-end retooling, which meant taking down replies for a bit. For longer than we expected. Sorry about that.

And we get it—replies fill a very particular need (and you were very clear about expressing that need). They’re a kind of super like. A way to fully express your feelings about a thing without expecting anything in response. A gift.

When they come back, they’ll be even better. People will be able to reply to your posts multiple times, and you’ll even be able to reply to your own posts. Simple changes, yes, but ones that open up lots of possibilities.

Best of all, we’ve laid the down the engineering and design groundwork for even more substantial improvements down the road. Replies will be able to develop side-by-side with messaging.

More to come, soon enough. We know you all miss replies. We hope you enjoy their imminent return.

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sineadpersaud: shipwreckedcomedy: “All things truly wicked…

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

sineadpersaud:

shipwreckedcomedy:

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.” -Ernest Hemingway

We are BEYOND excited to announce that Joey Richter will be playing Ernest Hemingway in Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party. 

You may know Joey from his work in StarKid, I Ship It, Muzzled the Musical and the upcoming Spies Are Forever

Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party NOW ON KICKSTARTER!

Guys…Hemingway.

Q: In a drinking contest between Hemingway and Lenore, who wins?

A: All of us.

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seanpersaud: Lenore is so over photo booths anyway. #poeparty

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

seanpersaud:

Lenore is so over photo booths anyway. #poeparty

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Photo

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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coelasquid: uglyfun: HOW TO FACT-CHECK ON TUMBLR A few…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

coelasquid:

uglyfun:

HOW TO FACT-CHECK ON TUMBLR

A few notes:

  • Do this for every informative/news-related post you want to reblog. The fewer reblogs a false report gets, the less it spreads.
  • The best thing you can do for a false report is not reblog it at all, OR start your own post to debunk it, with a link to the original. If you reblog to debunk it, your reply will get lost in the huge amount of notes, and you will just end up spreading the misinformation further.
  • Sometimes a totally unlikely story turns out to be true! It’s even more fun to reblog it when you’ve confirmed that it’s real.

We all slip up sometimes but hey do what you can folks. Only you can prevent Tumblr fires.

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mostlythemarsh: Conform #obeyHeh.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

mostlythemarsh:

Conform

#obey

Heh.

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Video

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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dendroica: New Image of Pluto: ‘Houston, We Have Geology’It…

Friday, July 10th, 2015

dendroica:

New Image of Pluto: ‘Houston, We Have Geology’

It began as a point of light. Then, it evolved into a fuzzy orb. Now – in its latest portrait from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft – Pluto is being revealed as an intriguing new world with distinct surface features, including an immense dark band known as the “whale.”

As the newest black and white image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) appeared on the morning of July 10, members of the science team reacted with joy and delight, seeing Pluto as never before. There will no doubt be many similar moments to come. New images and data are being gathered each day as New Horizons speeds closer to a July 14 flyby of Pluto, following a journey of three billion miles.

“We’re close enough now that we’re just starting to see Pluto’s geology,” said New Horizons program scientist Curt Niebur, NASA Headquarters in Washington, who’s keenly interested in the gray area just above the whale’s “tail” feature. “It’s a unique transition region with a lot of dynamic processes interacting, which makes it of particular scientific interest.”

New Horizons’ latest image of Pluto was taken on July 9, 2015 from 3.3 million miles (5.4 million kilometers) away, with a resolution of 17 miles (27 kilometers) per pixel. At this range, Pluto is beginning to reveal the first signs of discrete geologic features. This image views the side of Pluto that always faces its largest moon, Charon, and includes the so-called “tail” of the dark whale-shaped feature along its equator. (The immense, bright feature shaped like a heart had rotated from view when this image was captured.)

“Among the structures tentatively identified in this new image are what appear to be polygonal features; a complex band of terrain stretching east-northeast across the planet, approximately 1,000 miles long; and a complex region where bright terrains meet the dark terrains of the whale,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern. “After nine and a half years in flight, Pluto is well worth the wait.”

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schwarmerei1: Petition to smash the patriarchy if Theron…

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

schwarmerei1:

Petition to smash the patriarchy if Theron doesn’t get nominated.

Really curious, actually, what they do with it. A Best Picture nomination seems unlikely, even given the 10 slots, just because Ozploitation genre and industry fuckwittery. But Best Actress is the one I think could happen, and should happen if there’s any justice. As well as director and a bunch of technical awards. But who knows?

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pizoxuat: And the really weird thing about all the rape and abuse scenes in Furiosa #1 is that the…

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

pizoxuat:

And the really weird thing about all the rape and abuse scenes in Furiosa #1 is that the narrative wrapper of the book is that this is a story told to children from the next generation after Furiosa and the wives liberated the citadel.  Like “HEY KIDS THERE’S A SANDSTORM OUTSIDE, COME GATHER ROUND AND HEAR ABOUT HOW RICTUS JACKED OFF IN FRONT OF IMMORTAN JOE’S WIVES AND IT TOTALLY INTERFERED WITH JOE’S RAPEY MOJO.”

What

What

Srsly.

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Male Gaze, composition choices, and Mad Max’s ‘locker room’ eye

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

bonehandledknife:

So there was this one reblog on that post where I discussed Center framing, Composition, and Male Gaze with this comment:

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The comment continues in typical mansplaining manner but I want to address this first bit specifically. Because the assumption that the women are framed that way because it’s an action shot is wrong from a technical standpoint.

There is a difference between Wanda gesturing with her hands almost having no space for her head in a composition that highlighted her breasts …

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…and the way Tony is given ‘headroom’ while gesturing with his hands (see: any Iron Man Trailer). He still has his face prominent at the sweet spot of the Golden Ratio (for more discussion on what/where this is scroll down to the diagrams), his hands are on the other sweet spot, and it’s a very dynamic pose with great use of diagonals both foreground and background.

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There is also a difference between Natasha almost having to bend her head so that her face stays on the screen while her chest and hips land in the sweet spots…

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And the headspace that is given Thor. Thor’s face lands on upper Third (Rule of Thirds). They are both holding/threatening with weapons. 

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But wait! you say, what if we want to emphasize the weapons?

Yeah there’s a way to do that too, without sexualizing your character and smashing their head almost off the frame…

Keep reading

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The Doof Warrior

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The Doof Warrior

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jaybushman:kenyatta: s-assypants:fiedbach:snowyanna:215-to-fit:r…

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

jaybushman:

kenyatta:

s-assypants:

fiedbach:

snowyanna:

215-to-fit:

rustboro-city:

svviggle:

kastortheunlockable:

stunningpicture:

My 7 year old son was shot down by his 1st grade teacher

The american public education system in a nutshell tho

My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home

My first grade teacher said that it was problematic that I was reading ahead of the rest of the kids in my grade and asked my parents to stop letting me read Harry Potter.

My fourth grade teacher thought it was wrong for my dad to be teaching me complex math because it fascinated me.

My elementary school music teacher hated the way my piano teacher taught me, and how I was more advanced than many of her students, and so told me, in front of my peers and my mother, that I was not good enough to participate in the state solo festival. She would not give me the form. We had to procure it from the district instead. She also hated how I excelled at reading and playing music for the recorder, and so she refused to give me my “belts” (colored beads to signify our level) and humiliated me in front of the class repeatedly.

My eighth grade algebra teacher used to fail me on take home tests because I didn’t solve problems exactly the way she showed us in class; I used methods that we had learned for other types of problems that also applied to these. She took points off my tests because I didn’t bring a calculator even though I got 100% without it, because I was able to do it by hand. I had to call my father, who is an engineer, down to the school to shout her down and give me back my A in the class.

My 10th grade Spanish teacher yelled at me in front of the class numerous times because she didn’t like the way I took notes; she thought that since I didn’t write every word off the slide, I wasn’t getting it all down. I had to explain to her that people who have taken advanced courses, like AP or IB classes, know that in a fast-paced learning environment you need to take quick shorthand notes that contain the necessary information rather than wasting time writing every word. She almost gave me detention.

My 11th grade English teacher gave me a poor mark on my first short essay because she believed that I was looking up unnecessarily complex words in a thesaurus to try and get better marks. The phrases in question: “laced with expletives” and “bombarded”. She wouldn’t hear any defense from me.

My 11th grade history teacher failed me on an essay about the 1950s because I misread the prompt. Except the prompt wasn’t words; it was a political cartoon. One of the figures was clearly president Eisenhower, but the other I couldn’t place. My teacher would not tell us who it was. I labelled him as the governor of Little Rock Arkansas during the integration period, and wrote an essay about that subject. My teacher said that no, it was Joseph McCarthy, and that there was a small picture of the man in our textbook and therefore I should have recognized him instantly. Half the class, apparently, did not.

The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.

“The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.” 

Fun story time. I loved to read. So much so, I was reading chapter books in kindergarden. I broke the record for reading points in elementary school. They actually had to start making up prizes for me. No one in the history of the school had ever read so many books in a year. Basically, my class liked me because I won those suckers pizza parties in my spare time.

In second grade, I had a teacher named Ms. Mobley who believed all children should be average. She flat out told my father that all children should make C’s, and should never strive for more than that.

Not only was she insane, she also would routinely spell things wrong for us to copy for our spelling tests. Later, when we spelled those words wrong on the test, she would mark us off. Yes, our own teacher was sabotaging us.

I should have been tested for gifted classes, but I was not. Why? Ms. Mobley didn’t believe in “gifted” children.

This teacher had tenure and could not be fired.

Never forget.

“The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.” 

George Orwell couldn’t invent this shit

it’s twisted stuff

this is important.

I want to preface this by saying that the majority of educators that I know or have met or have guided me have been good people and that some of them have even been amazing, talented, and invaluable. But like all institutions, mediocrity has a way of taking refuge and do a lot of damage in the process.

My preschool teacher made me sit in the corner whenever I corrected her spelling.

In first grade I was put in special ed and told that I had a “learning disability”. I was there for several weeks before my parents found out, stormed the school, and realized that it wasn’t that I couldn’t learn but that I was finishing an hour’s worth of schoolwork in 5 minutes and the teacher just couldn’t or didn’t want to deal with me.

Somehow I failed nearly every test I took in 9th grade algebra, no matter how hard I tried. When I asked my teacher for help, she told me that I should give up, there was nothing I could do, and I was “never going to get it.” Undeterred, I enrolled in a community college algebra course over the summer and aced it. Years later, I ran into my former English teacher who told me that my 9th grade algebra teacher had been “quietly forced into retirement” because she was misgrading the tests of students of color and purposefully failing them. Turns out she was a complete racist.

Reblogging for reasons.

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dduane: I happened to notice last week that the…

Monday, February 16th, 2015

dduane:

I happened to notice last week that the follower-counter had run up into the 9900s. Which made me shake my head a little while thinking things like Seriously? Who are all these people? Do they really find what’s going on here interesting? And if they do, who am I to judge? 

And then it got funny when I noticed the counter had hit 9990. This is when — if you have nothing better to do — you find yourself going, Come on, just do it, go over the top! And it gets worse, in a silly way, the closer you get to the magic number. 9998! 9999! And there it sits for hours and hours. And then suddenly 9998! again. And 9997!  And you start getting antsy. What did I post that made them unfollow me? Was it the thing about the Hunterbatch anniversary? Was it the wedding pictures? (If it was, then they can eff straight off; if they can’t stand looking at my husband then I don’t care if they follow me anyway.) Was it the pancakes??!!

(snicker) “Tumblr angst.” Something I probably didn’t need a referent for. 

In any case… I greet the ten thousand of you affectionately. I promise to try not to bore you. Here you will find random writing musings, sudden outbursts of opinion, recipes, fangirling, Young Wizards stuff, and the effusions of someone whose favorite phrase is probably “Oh look at that!!” 

Thanks for hanging over my shoulder. You’re very welcome.  :)

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