thalassarche:Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera) – photo by…

Friday, September 29th, 2017

thalassarche:

Cinnamon Teal

(Spatula cyanoptera) – photo by Matthew Studebaker

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“6) Tolkien’s hero was average, and needed help, and failed. This is the place where most fantasy…”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

6) Tolkien’s hero was average, and needed help, and failed.

This is the place where most fantasy authors, who love to simultaneously call themselves Tolkien’s heirs and blame him for a lot of what’s wrong with modern fantasy, err the worst. It’s hard to look at Frodo and see him as someone extra-special. The hints in the books that a higher power did choose him are so quiet as to be unnoticeable. And he wouldn’t have made it as far as he did without his companions. And he doesn’t keep from falling into temptation.

A lot of modern fantasy heroes are completely opposite from this. They start out extraordinary, and they stay that way. Other characters are there to train them, or be shallow antagonists and love interests and worshippers, not actually help them. And they don’t fail. (Damn it, I want to see more corrupted fantasy heroes.) It’s not fair to blame Tolkien for the disease that fantasy writers have inflicted on themselves. […]

Fantasy could use more ordinary people who are afraid and don’t know what the hell they’re doing, but volunteer for the Quest anyway.

It’s misinterpretation of Tolkien that’s the problem, not Tolkien himself.

“Tolkien Cliches,” Limyaael

(via mithtransdir)

The whole point of The Lord Of The Rings… like, the WHOLE POINT… is that it is ultimately the hobbits who save the world. The small, vulnerable, ordinary people who aren’t great warriors or heroes.

Specifically, Sam. Sam saves the world. All of it. The ultimate success of the great quest is 100% due to a fat little gardener who likes to cook and never wanted to go on an adventure but who did it because he wasn’t going to let his beloved Frodo go off alone. Frodo is the only one truly able to handle the ring long enough to get it into Mordor – and it nearly kills him and permanently emotionally damages him – but Sam is the one who takes care of Frodo that whole time. Who makes him eat. Who finds him water. Who watches over him while he sleeps.

Sam is the one who fights off Shelob.

Sam is the one who takes the Ring when he thinks Frodo is dead.

Sam is the one who strolls into Orc Central and saves Frodo by sheer determination and killing any orc who crosses him. (SAM THE GARDENER GOES AND KILLS AN ACTUAL ORC TO GET FRODO SOME CLOTHES LET’S JUST THINK ABOUT THAT). And then Sam just takes off the Ring and gives it back which is supposed to be freaking impossible and he barely even hesitates.

Sam literally carries Frodo on the last leg of the journey. On his back. He’s half-starved, dying slowly of dehydration, but he carries Frodo up the goddamn mountain and Gollum may get credit for accidentally destroying the ring but Sam was the one who got them all there.

Sam saved the world.

And let’s not forget Pippin and Merry, who get damselled out of the story (the orcs have carried them off! We must make a Heroic Run To Save Them!) and then rescue themselves, recruit the Terrifying Ancient Powers through being genuinely nice and sincere, and overthrow Saruman before the ‘real’ heroes even get there.

Let’s not forget Pippin single-handedly saving what’s left of Gondor – and Faramir – by understanding that there is a time for obeying orders and a time for realizing that the boss is bugfuck nuts and we need to get help right now.

Let’s not forget Merry sticking his sword into the terrifying, profoundly evil horror that has chased him all over his world because his friend is fighting it and he’s gonna help, dammit and that’s how the most powerful Ringwraith goes down to a suicidally depressed woman and a scared little hobbit.

Everything the others do, the kings and princes and great heroes and all? They buy time.  They distract the bad guys. They keep the armies occupied. That is what kings and great leaders are for – they do the big picture stuff.

But it is ultimately the hobbits who bring down every villain. Every one. And I believe that that is 100% on purpose. Tolkien was a soldier in WWI. His son fought in WWII. (And a lot of The Lord Of The Rings was written in letters to him while he did it.)

And hey, look, The Lord Of The Rings is about ordinary people – farmers, scholars, and so on – who get pulled into a war not of their making but who have to fight not only because their own home is in danger but so is everyone’s. And they’re small and scared but they do the best they can for as long as they can and that is what actually saves the world. Not great heroes and pre-destined kings. Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things because they want the world to be safe for ordinary people, the ones they know and the ones they don’t.

Ordinary people matter. They can save the world without being great heroes or kings or whatever. And that is really important and I get so upset when people miss that because Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli and Gandalf and all the others are great characters and all but they are ultimately a hobbit delivery system.

It is ordinary people doing their best who really change the world, and continue doing so after the war is over because they have to go home and rebuild and they do.

If nothing else, I have to reblog this for the phrase “hobbit delivery system.” So accurate it hurts.

(via elenilote)

What I love too is how even the foretold king and the assorted great heroes themselves all come to recognize that their main (and by the end, only) role is to distract Sauron. To the point that by the end they’re all gathered up before the black gates of Mordor in order to keep his attention focused on them, with only the hope – not the certainty – that they can buy Frodo whatever remaining time he needs, if he’s even still alive.

One thing the movies left out but has always been such a key part of the books for me was how when the hobbits returned home, they found that home had been changed too.

The war touched everywhere. Even with all they did in far-off lands to protect the Shire, the Shire had still been damaged, both property and lives destroyed, and it wasn’t an easy or simplistically happy homecoming. They had to fight yet another battle (granted a much smaller one) to save their neighbours, and then spent years in rebuilding.

(via garrusscars)

In many ways, the entire POINT is that homecoming.

A quest, an adventure, is defined by the return home, and the realization that not only have YOU changed, so has your home.

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mazhira: fatmdaily: Florence Welch singing “Part Of Your World”…

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

mazhira:

fatmdaily:

Florence Welch singing “Part Of Your World” from (The Little Mermaid)

I am cured, my acne is gone and I don’t feel depressed.

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auliicravalhogifs: auliicravalhogifs: Auli’i Cravalho …

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

auliicravalhogifs:

auliicravalhogifs:

Auli’i Cravalho

corrected their [paparazzi] pronunciation of her name on the Oscars Red Carpet 2017.

Shoutout to @masha-russia for explaining to me what they actually said! *starts singing nobody’s perfect*

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gehayi: booksandcatslover: iceageiscoming: spaam: micdotcom: …

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

gehayi:

booksandcatslover:

iceageiscoming:

spaam:

micdotcom:

Kellyanne Conway invents fake terrorist attack “Bowling Green Massacre”

  • In a Thursday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s travel ban with what she would call “alternative facts” — the rest of us would call them lies.
  • Trump’s top adviser spoke of the “Bowling Green Massacre,” which she said was carried out by two Iraqi refugees.
  • She slammed the press for not covering the tragedy, which is why, Conway maintained, most people don’t know about it.
  • However, as the Washington Post notes, such a terrorist attack never occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Conway seemed to be referring to the 2011 arrest of two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green who were charged with attempting to send money and weapons to al-Qaida. Read more

Quando s’invocava la fantasia al potere m’immaginavo altro.

E invece…

staminkia

Oh, this is priceless. There’s a page: http://ift.tt/2k3u9NG

If you go to the donation area, it redirects you here:

http://ift.tt/2eR5IiZ

Trolling level: 111,000. I love it.

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How To Fight Fascism

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

How To Fight Fascism

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URGENT: Prevent Foreign Hacking: encourage a recount in MN, PA, WI

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

the-anxious-activist:

The situation:  

Top computer
security experts believe that voting machines are highly susceptible to
hacking. These experts are encouraging candidates to ask for a recount to make
sure that the machines weren’t hacked to meddle with the results.  This is especially important since Russian
hacking has already meddled in our election process!

Why it’s urgent:  

There’s a
statute of limitations for a recount: “The
deadlines for filing recount petitions are soon — for example, this Friday in
Wisconsin (margin 0.7%),
Monday in Pennsylvania (margin 1.2%), and the following
Wednesday in Michigan (margin 0.3%).”  

This isn’t just an attempt to clutch at
straws and try to get Hillary into the White House. Doing the audit would also help
discourage possible future attempts at hacking. This is an important safeguard
against external interference in our elections more broadly. It should be a
bipartisan issue!

 Action You Can Take:

1. Call the
Department of Justice
(202) 514-2000

2. There will
be a menu of options.  Press #4 to
leave a message.

3. Listen to
a brief recording re: DOJ.

4. When
prompted, leave your message.  You can
use the script below:

“Hello.
My name is NAME and I am calling to support an audit of the election
results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Computer security experts
believe that the machines may have been hacked and I am very disturbed by the
idea a foreign state like Russia may be interfering in our elections. Please order
an audit to check the paper ballots and verify the integrity of our elections. Thank you.”

(If you live in MN, PA, or WI, you might want to add that
to your message to give it extra weight.)

Also, please sign this petition.

UPDATE: Help Jill Stein File for a Recount!

Jill Stein is going to call for a recount in MN, PA, and WI, almost certainly for Clinton’s benefit and not her own, since there’s no way she won any of those states. But candidates have to pay for recounts, so she’s raising money on her website. Please donate if you can!

You can read more
about the situation behind the cut:

Keep reading

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bunchofbloom: x

Monday, November 7th, 2016

bunchofbloom:

x

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clavisa: I have done the research!  How (I imagine) Hillary…

Friday, October 7th, 2016

clavisa:

I have done the research! 

How (I imagine) Hillary Clinton became a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

May 2012 

Hillary Rodham Clinton knew that she was sometimes compared to fictional female nerds. Hermione Granger (the books were a bit too young for Chelsea, but she’d read them anyway), Leslie Knope (her staffers had shown her a few episodes of that show), Tracy Flick (she’d met Reese Witherspoon shortly after it came out). 

In fact, she was rather tickled by it.

But the young woman in the animated gif that her intern (Laura, 23, liked Jane Austen novels) had attached to the email wasn’t Emma Watson or Amy Poehler. In fact, she looked far more ordinary – a redhead sitting in a bedroom, looking into the camera, waving a stack of papers and apparently saying “I have done the research”. 

Hillary chuckled appreciatively, “If there’s one thing you can say about me, I have indeed done the research.” But perhaps this was a real person, and maybe her research should be turned into policy. 

She angled her screen towards her chief assistant (Melanie, 36, grew up in Kansas, just had a baby). “Do you know who’s in this picture?“ 

Melanie wasn’t sure. 

“Make a note to find out what her research is about.” 

“Yep,” Melanie scribbled on a notepad, like she’d done 19 times already that day. 

Hillary returned to her inbox, and that was that. For now.

Keep reading

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madamextravels: Madame discovers that JSS is painting another…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

madamextravels:

Madame discovers that JSS is painting another portrait of an LBD-clad lady.

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personalspaceshow: It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! Live…

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

personalspaceshow:

It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! Live long and prosper.

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bries-larson: There’s so much of “place” in the world….

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

bries-larson:

There’s so much of “place” in the world. There’s less time because the time has to be spread extra thin over all the places, like butter. so all the persons say “Hurry up! Let’s get going! Pick up the pace! Finish up now!”. Ma was in a hurry to go “boing” up to Heaven, but she forgot me. Dumbo Ma! So the aliens threw her back down. CRASH! And broke her.

Room (2015)

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yachtmasters: Salt Water 😆 J CLASS LIONHEART 📷Rick Tomlinson…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

yachtmasters:

Salt Water 😆
J CLASS LIONHEART
📷Rick Tomlinson by straorza

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lazyjacks: Wendur, 1886-07-09Historic New England, Nathaniel L….

Friday, April 15th, 2016

lazyjacks:

Wendur, 1886-07-09
Historic New England, Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection
GUSN 276943

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“This was the era in which Mora-Blanco began her career at YouTube. Trying to bring order to a…”

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

This was the era in which Mora-Blanco began her career at YouTube. Trying to bring order to a digital Wild West one video at a time was grueling. To safeguard other employees from seeing the disturbing images in the reported content they were charged with reviewing, her team was sequestered in corner offices; their rooms were kept dark and their computers were equipped with the largest screen protectors on the market.

Members of the team quickly showed signs of stress — anxiety, drinking, trouble sleeping — and eventually managers brought in a therapist. As moderators described the images they saw each day, the therapist fell silent. The therapist, Mora-Blanco says, was “quite literally scared.”

from The Secret Rules of the Internet, a detailed and fascinating new story on The Verge about the history of online moderation from the earliest days of sites like YouTube to the present. (via femfreq)

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So there’s only one channel in this motel,

Monday, April 4th, 2016

handaxe:

This morning while I was getting ready I was watching Sesame Street.

They were doing this bit where some clown was trying to wash his hands but kept washing his feet or his elbows and Elmo would go, “no mister noodle, your HANDS!” and all the tv kids would laugh.

Around the fourth or fifth time he couldn’t find his hands, I heard a grown man yell from somewhere else in the motel, “GODDAMMIT, MR. NOODLE.”

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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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starwarsvillains: Gwendoline Christie in Giles Deacon’s Captain…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

starwarsvillains:

Gwendoline Christie in Giles Deacon’s Captain Phasma inspired gown

“Many people remarked on social media about how refreshing they found it that the chest piece of the armour wasn’t moulded like breasts, and that it was a functional piece of armour.”

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deadhpool: I admit it’s fatally dangerous. But consider this:…

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

deadhpool:

I admit it’s fatally dangerous. But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man. Iron Man, Commander. Iron Man.

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Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

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