i scrolled past this an hour ago and thats when the winston/hanzo drama started happening so im obligated to reblog this to dispense with the bad energy. sorry
Need my job thanks
Prom is this weekend so no thanks
i’m really sorry but I can’t not reblog this
The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel whose content consists of conversations between the Disciple Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ. (It is believed to have been written by Gnostic followers of Jesus, rather than by Judas himself, and probably dates from no earlier than the 2nd century.)
In contrast to the canonical gospels which paint Judas as a betrayer of Christ who delivered him up to the authorities for crucifixion, the Gospel of Judas portrays Judas’s actions as done in obedience to instructions given by Christ. The document also suggests that Christ planned the course of events which led to his death. The Gospel of Judas does not claim that the other disciples knew about Jesus’s true teachings. On the contrary, it asserts that they had not learned the true Gospel, which Jesus taught only to Judas Iscariot, the sole follower belonging to the “holy generation” among the disciples.
I consciously refer to both in my head as “the only competent people Jesus could find and trust with the metaphoric keys to the kingdom who sadly lost out to that asshole Peter who spent the greater portion of the New Testament running the fuck away like Victor Frankenstein.”
Even the bastardized and villainous versions of Mary and Judas that’re canonical to the sanitized gospels are better human beings and better disciples than the ship of fools that somehow inherited the more ~righteous~ legacy.
Even as a kid I told my grandma that I didn’t believe Judas would have gone to hell because if he hadn’t betrayed Jesus, he wouldn’t have been crucified and died for the sins of humanity and no one would be saved. So why would Judas be punished for doing the true work of heaven?
EXACTLY what I’ve always thought. You basically can’t have the whole Christian religion Jesus-as-salvation thing without Judas so how come he has to be chowed down in the mouth of Satan when he should clearly be a saint? It should be Jesus up there, chilling with Judas and Mary on either side of him.
Always, always, always Judas Iscariot. Who sacrificed his own honour, his own salvation on the altar of love. Who loved Jesus to the point of treason and willing damnation.
Here’s a cheat sheet!
The Zodiac Signs: These key phrases express what the basic nature of each of the signs at their core. Sometimes it’s what most important to them, usually it’s what’s second nature for them to focus on.
- Aries: I am
- Taurus: I possess
- Gemini: I think
- Cancer: I feel
- Leo: I will
- Virgo: I analyze
- Libra: I balance
- Scorpio: I desire
- Sagittarius: I see
- Capricorn: I use
- Aquarius: I theorize
- Pisces: I believe
The Planets: These key phrases express what the basic sphere of personality each planet is designated to.
- Sun: As a whole, I am- | I behave-
- Moon: I deal with emotions by- | In order to be happy, I need-
- Mercury: I communicate through- | I learn by-
- Venus: I value- | In romance, I-
- Mars: I am passionate about- | I deal with anger by-
- Jupiter: I am luckiest when- | I expand through-
- Saturn: I view my limitations as- | I feel responsible about-
- Uranus: I rebel- | I progress towards-
- Neptune: I feel enlightened when- | I lose touch with reality-
- Pluto: I transform- | I seek power by-
The Houses: These key phrases express the fields of our lives the houses govern.
- 1st House: Self
- 2nd House: Possessions
- 3rd House: Communication
- 4th House: Home
- 5th House: Pleasure
- 6th House: Health
- 7th House: Partnership
- 8th House: Sex
- 9th House: Philosophy
- 10th House: Social Status
- 11th House: Friendships
- 12th House: Subconscious
So, as promised, here’s my list of lesbian movies for all of our lovely followers and the people you want to share it with. I hope I haven’t forgotten any good ones, but if you feel like that is the case, feel free to add movies to the list!
This is my gift for all of you, I hope you’ll like it ♥
/ Mod W
Tipping the Velvet
- based on the book by sarah waters (she has written many lesbian books!)
- it’s a bbc adapatation
- technically a mini series but i like to see it as three hours of lesbian content heaven
- it’s about this girl who falls in love with an actress and she goes to see her at the theatre five billion times until the actress notices her (that’s just the first part, other things happen to the main so watch the rest for more lesbian content~)
- the main character (nan astley/king) is like… my fave. i love her.
- the book is very good too!!!
- honestly i have so much love for this movie/book i get all giddy just thinking of it
- lesbian gangster/mob movie do i need to say more???
- the main actresses are cute af (one of them is a butch lesbian!)
- it’s awesome and very cool
- (gonna trigger warn for use of lesbophobic slurs used by some characters/some lesbophobic violence)
Below Her Mouth
- meh plot with amazing sex scenes basically?
- a lot of sex scenes
- i mean it like half the movie is graphic sex so if ur uncomfortable with that you probably shouldn’t watch it lol
- all female cast
- willa from wynonna earp!
- also based on a book by sarah waters (called Fingersmith, there’s a bbc adaptation of it too which you should totally check out as well)
- good quality movie right there
- (putting a trigger warning here for sexual and psychological abuse and abuse in general)
- one of few good swedish movies
- basically about two step-sisters who fall in love (they’re not actually related i promise)
But I’m a Cheerleader
- baby natasha lyonne is in this one! also i have a crush on clea duvall in this movie lol
- a very cute love story tbh
- good aesthetic
- you’ve probably heard of it before but idc cause it’s great
- (it’s like a satire of conversion therapy so if that’s something you can’t watch i don’t recommend this movie for you in particular)
If These Walls Could Talk 2
- a bunch of famous actresses (like chloë sevigny, michelle williams, natasha lyonne, ellen degeneres, etc. etc.)
- divided in three segments from three different periods in time
- one segment is set during the feminist movement in the 70s and features chloë sevigny as a butch lesbian with a motorcycle do i even need to say more??
Anatomy of a Love Seen
- this is about two actresses who were a couple when they shot a movie together and now they have to go back and re-shoot some love scenes but they’re not a couple anymore and it’s sad af
- i have basically never seen this movie in any rec lists but it’s actually one of my faves and i cry so much to this movie tbh
- this is a good one
- also pretty funny tbh!
- it’s about a doctor who falls in love with a dancer and the doctor’s relationship with her conservative mom
- it’s kind of rom-comish
Lost and Delirious
- warning: very sad like super sad?
- it’s about a girl who goes to a boarding school and so happens to become roommates with a lesbian couple
- teen angst squared and multiplied with gay panic
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love
- you may have heard of this one but if you haven’t it’s time you watch it
- that woman who plays tina on the l word is a butch-ish girl in this one
- VERY CUTE and chill
- every time i watch this it feels like this movie is the director’s BABY like it seems like she cares about this story so much and it makes the movie feel so genuine and lovely
- i want every baby lesbian to watch this, please, it’s my gift to you.
- you may have heard of this one too but if you haven’t seen it yet it’s definitely worth a watch!
- lesbian spies!
- the heroine falls in love with the villain (that enemies to lovers trope tho!!)
- old but good!
- i feel like this movie is on most of these long rec lists but people probably don’t watch it cause it’s old but it is actually pretty good!
- your classic “oops i thought i was straight but that woman is hot” story
Margarita With a Straw
- indian girl figures out she’s bi when she goes to uni in new york and meets a lesbian girl
- cute, funny, sad, it has everything tbh
- The Hours (actually one of my all-time favorite movies/books!)
- The Intervention
- The Kids Are All Right
- The Children’s Hour
- Elena Undone
- Fucking Åmål
As an aroace metalhead it’s really wild seeing all these ace or aro positivity blogs posting lists of all the songs they know that aren’t about sex and/or romance and there’s like… sixteen songs, TOPS.
Guys. Metal. You want some really good music that isn’t about sex or “love”? Here are my recommendations.
Amon Amarth: A melodic death metal band revolving around Vikings and Norse mythology. Recommended songs: Deciever of the Gods, Twilight of the Thunder God, The Way of Vikings, Guardians of Asgard
Judas Priest: They have like three love songs I know of. And one is mostly about being goth, so… yeah. They’re Judas fucking Priest, dude. Recommended songs: Ram It Down, The Sentinel, the ENTIRETY of the album Painkiller.
Candlemass: Do you like spooky things? Are you a goth? THEN CANDLEMASS IS A BAND FOR YOU. This is Black Sabbath with the goth factor cranked up to eleven. Recommended songs: The Bleeding Baroness, Solitude, Witches, Assassin of Light, Mourner’s Lament, Bewitched
Metallica: The archetypal thrash metal band. Their first four albums are amazing, the fifth started to slip. Don’t listen to Load or anything beyond. I… don’t think they have a single love song on any of these albums. Recommended songs: Master of Puppets, Of Wolf and Man, Ride the Lightning, Trapped Under Ice
Blind Guardian: Do you like fantasy? Listen to Blind Guardian. Seriously. Recommended songs: Mirror Mirror, Lionheart, A Voice In the Dark
Alestorm: Ahoy! Are ye the type to chase a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT kind o BOOTY? Then get ye some Alestorm, matey! They sing about PIRATES! Recommended songs: Fucked With an Anchor (it’s about a guy who is cursed with swearing in nonsensical ways. Catchy and HILARIOUS.), You Are a Pirate (Yes, a metal cover of THAT You Are a Pirate. Absolutely glorious.)
Metal, guys. Metal.
METAL IS NOW AROACE CULTURE I DON’T MAKE THE RULES.
i know this isn’t part
A sudden, terrifying thought
When you see an animal with its eyes set to the front, like wolves, or humans, that’s usually a predator animal.
If you see an animal with its eyes set farther back, though—to the side—that animal is prey.
Now look at this dragon.
See those eyes?
They’re to the SIDE.
This raises an interesting—and terrifying—question.
What in the name of Lovecraft led evolution to consider DRAGONS…
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The eyes-in-the-front thing (usually) only applies to mammals. Crocodiles, arguably the inspiration for dragons, have eyes that look to the sides despite being a predator.
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This isn’t a mammalian thing. When people talk about ‘eyes on the front’ or ‘eyes on the side,’ they’re really talking about binocular vision vs monocular vision. Binocular vision is more advantageous for predators because it’s what gives you depth perception; i.e, the distance you need to leap, lunge, or swipe to take out the fast-moving thing in front of you. Any animal that can position its eyes in a way that it has overlapping fields of vision has binocular vision. That includes a lot of predatory reptiles, including komodo dragons, monitor lizards, and chameleons.
(The eyes-in-front = predator / eyes-on-sides = prey thing holds true far more regularly for birds than it does for mammals. Consider owls, hawks, and falcons vs parrots, sparrows, and doves.)
But it’s not like binocular vision is inherently “better” than monocular vision. It’s a trade-off: you get better at leap-strike-kill, but your field of vision is commensurately restricted, meaning you see less stuff. Sometimes, the evolutionary benefit of binocular vision just doesn’t outweigh the benefit of seeing the other guy coming. Very few forms of aquatic life have binocular vision unless they have eye stalks, predator or not, because if you live underwater, the threat could be coming from literally any direction, so you want as wide a field of view as you can get. If you see a predator working monocular vision, it’s a pretty safe assumption that there is something else out there dangerous enough that their survival is aided more by knowing where it is than reliably getting food inside their mouths.
For example, if you are a crocodile, there is a decent chance that a hippo will cruise up your shit and bite you in half. I’d say that makes monocular vision worthwhile.
Which brings us back to OP’s point. Why would dragon evolution favor field of view over depth perception?
A lot of the stories I’ve read painted the biggest threats to dragons (until knights with little shiny sticks came along) as other dragons. Dragons fight each other, dragons have wars. And like fish, a dragon would need to worry about another dragon coming in from any angle. That’s a major point in favor of monocular vision. Moreover, you don’t need depth perception in order to hunt if you can breathe fucking fire. A flamethrower is not a precision weapon. If you can torch everything in front of you, who cares if your prey is 5 feet away or 20? Burn it all and sift among the rubble for meat once everything stops moving.
Really, why would dragons have eyes on the front of their heads? Seems like they’ve got the right idea to me.
this is some good dragon discourse right here, 10/10, and i dont mean to derail the whole thing away from the eyes, but i feel obligated to mention that in many stories and accurate to some reptiles, dragons have an extremely acute sense of smell/taste which would definitely help narrow down the depth perception issue. things smell stronger the closer they are. and i feel like i read somewhere that a blind snake can flick the air with its tongue and track its target mouse with no trouble at all. gotta imagine the “great serpents of the sky” had some pretty advanced biology. enough to make field of view win out against depth perception.
anywho. cool stuff. fear the dragons even if they are the prey cause they still beat us on the food chain.
“A flamethrower is not a precision weapon. If you can torch everything in front of you, who cares if your prey is 5 feet away or 20? Burn it all and sift among the rubble for meat once everything stops moving.”
when i watch old movies i’m constantly surprised by how much acting has improved. not that the acting in the classics is bad, it’s just often kind of artificial? it’s acting-y. it’s like stage acting.
it took some decades for the arts of acting and filmmaking to catch up to the potential that was in movies all along; stuff like microexpressions and silences and eyes, oh man people are SO much better at acting with their eyes than they were in the 40′s, or even the 70′s.
the performances we take for granted in adventure movies and comedies now would’ve blown the critics’ socks off in the days of ‘casablanca’.
there’s a weird period in film where you can see the transition happening. right around the fifties, I think. the example my prof used when i learned about it was marlon brando in “a streetcar named desire” - he was using stanislavski acting methods and this new hyper-realistic style and most or all of his costars were still using the old, highly-stylized way of acting. it makes it way more obvious how false it is.
i even noticed it in ‘the sting’, which was 1973. i actually think they used it on purpose to get the viewer fished in by the second layer of the con; the grifters at the bookie’s were acting like they were acting, and the grifters playing the feds were acting for reals. if you’re used to setting your suspension of disbelief at the first set’s level, then the second set are gonna blow right past you.
or possibly the guys playing the grifters playing the feds just happened to be using the realistic style for their own reason, and it coincidentally made the plot twist work better. but i like to think it was deliberate.
i was thinking about this again, and when you know what to look for, it’s really obvious: old movies are stage acting, not movie acting. it just didn’t really occur to anyone to make the camera bend to the actors, rather than the other way around. just image search old movie screenshots and clips and gifs, you’ll see it. the way people march up to their mark and stand there, the way they deliver their lines rather than inhabiting the character. the way they’re framed in an unmoving center-stage.
this is a charming little tableau, quirky and unexpected, but it’s a tableau. it lives in a box.
now, i usually watch action movies, and i didn’t think it was fair to compare an action movie with what appears to be an indoor sort of story, but i do watch some comedy tv. so i looked for a brooklyn 99 gif with a similar framing, intending to point out that the camera moves, and the characters aren’t stuck inside the box. but i couldn’t even find the framing. they literally never have all the characters in the same plane, facing the camera, interacting only within the staging area. even when they’re not traveling, they’re moving around, and they treat things outside the ‘stage’ as real and interact with them, even if it’s only to stare in delighted horror.
as for action, it took a while for the movies to figure out what, exactly they wanted to show us, and how to act it. here’s a comedy punch:
here, also, is a comedy punch:
the first one looks like a stage direction written on a script. the second one looks like your friends horsing around and being jerks to each other. the first one is just not believable. the physics doesn’t work. the reaction is fakey. everyone’s stiff. even the movement of the camera is kind of wooden. the second one looks real right down to the cringe of his shoulder, and the camera feels startled too.
i’m not saying this to dis old movies, i’m just fascinated and impressed by how much the art has advanced!
I’m going to bed, but I also want to say that I think, without actually bothering to explore it and make sure, that there’s been a similar shift in comics, probably related to the shift in acting/camera work. And I think you still see remnants of old “stage acting” comics in the three-panel style set ups (you might still see it in long form comics, but you’d probably call it bad composition)
Now can someone explain why people in old films talked Like That
Y’all, THAT’S HOW PEOPLE TALKED.
Seriously, I used to work in a sound studio, and one series of projects required us to listen to LOTS of old audio recordings. Not of anything special - just people talking.
AND THEY TALKED LIKE THAT.
It was so fucking wild to hear just a couple of people being like,
“WELL HI THERE JEANINE, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?”
“OH, NOT TOO BAD, JOE, THOUGH MY HUSBAND’S BEEN AWAY ON BUSINESS FOR A FEW WEEKS AND I MISS HIM SOMETHING TERRIBLE.”
“WELL IT’S A HARD THING, JEANINE, BUT YOU’LL GET THROUGH IT.”
“WELL I SUPPOSE I’VE GOT TO, HAVEN’T I JOE?”
All in that piercing, strident, rapid-fire style we associate with the films of the era. If you’ve watched lots of old movies you can imagine the above in that speech pattern.
I don’t know if people talked like that because it was in movies but I suspect it’s the other way around.
Same goes for the UK - When they made the TV series The Hour, set in the 1950s, they had to tell the very well spoken, privately educated Dominic West to tone down his imitation of a 1950s newsreader because being accurate would have sounded to a 2011 TV audience as if he was doing a parody. When you watch Brief Encounter they’re not speaking like that because they can’t act, they’re speaking like that because it was the norm on screen. It now sounds unnatural because it’s not the norm any more.
Obviously there were people with regional accents and who didn’t speak in a heightened manner, but they didn’t get to be on TV or in movies unless they were villains. (And usually the villains were putting it on, like Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock. Sure, he was Richard Attenborough, but he was brought up in the Midlands, and by the on-screen standards of the time, that was common.)
Even the Queen’s very posh accent has changed over the last 50 years and become “more common" - check out newsreel footage etc for proof - and recordings of her father are almost like someone from a foreign country (well, it is the past).
There is, for many film historians/critics, an actual turning point from mannered, theatrical, or “overplayed” acting on screen to naturalistic/American Method realism on screen. It happens in the 1954 movie On the Waterfront, during a traveling shot in which Marlon Brando’s character and Eva Marie Saint’s character are walking together. Eva Marie Saint accidentally drops her glove in the middle of the scene. Marlon Brando instinctively picks it up as his character, and continues the dialog, all the while playing with the glove–turning it about, trying it on, etc. Eva Marie Saint stuck with him, never broke, and the director didn’t call “cut.”
Before that scene in that movie, if an actor dropped a prop by accident, they would have re-shot the scene–because Brando mostly disappeared out of frame as he bent down to pick up the glove, and (as is explained above) movies were framed to keep the people in the scene in the frame. I
t’s a pretty famous scene in movies because Brando’s character doesn’t give the glove back, but instead uses it to amplify what the two characters are experiencing, naturally and without artifice. It is, for all intents and purposes, the exact moment that screen acting changed.
Okay, but here’s the thing about television specifically: given the size of TV screens when they first came out? Stage acting was the only thing that could be READ. Watch Star Trek: TOS on a modern screen and it looks absurdly overacted. Film of the same era is not, and yet the TV is.
And that’s not a fault of the actors; they were all very capable of naturalistic film acting (yes, even Shatner) – as the later movies would bear out. It’s because they were acting for the small screen, not the big one.
Stage acting and stage makeup is what it is because people are far enough away from the stage that you have to cake on the makeup garishly and exaggerate the hell out of your for it to be VISIBLE. And in early television? Yeah, those constraints actually very much applied. You could move the camera, sure, but the quantity of visual information you could send was just damned limited.
Here’s another example of that.
Watch some Classic Dr Who. You may or may not notice it without watching for it, but every shot of the TARDIS is taken from the same angle.
The TARDIS was, at that time, a stage set. The camera was behind the fourth (Sixth?) wall. It was fixed. And most TV sets were built like this. They had a specific fourth wall and everything was filmed from that angle.
Fast forward to the new series, and you’ll see that the TARDIS is being filmed from different angles all the time, including following the actor around.
Three things have changed:
1. Cameras have become much smaller.
2. Set building for TV has developed as an art. Those early sets were built by people who were trained to build stage sets.
3. Overall technological improvement resulting in things being cheaper.
The TARDIS set that was just retired? Each of its walls was designed to slide out. So you could put the camera anywhere you wanted. Presumably this is the case with the new one too. They couldn’t imagine doing that back in the day. Nor could they afford the complexities of a set like that.
It’s actually my opinion that TV has very much matured as an art form…this century. This decade. We are doing and seeing things that couldn’t be done ten years ago, twenty. Heck, even five.
Going back to speech patterns for a moment – I was a young child in the 80s, so my memories of the norms of the time period are limited (especially because I was incredibly sheltered), but the books I read at the time and the popular movies of the time all have this kind of – whimsical, sardonic speech pattern going on. Think John Waters dialogue.
I always thought it was kind of stylized. But then I ended up in a weird part of YouTube one night and found someone’s home video of just walking aroud a 7-11 convenience store at midnight talking to people in Orlando, Florida. Just trying out their new camcorder for shits and giggles, talking to other customers, talking to the cashier, etc. And you know what? They all talked like a goddamn John Waters movie. It was the weirdest thing, like I was watching outtakes from The Breakfast Club or Say Anything. I expected one of the Cusacks to walk into frame any second.
Anyway, so I think it’s super cool how human speech and interaction shifts over time, and if you’re living through the shift, you don’t really notice it as it happens.
You can’t just tell people to ‘get a VPN (Virtual Private Network)’. Buying a VPN is like buying a house. It’s very very important. Having no VPN or having a ‘wrong’ one can seriously damage your life. Especially for Americans because their privacy laws are garbage. I am going to try explain why you should get a VPN but bare with me, I am from Germany and my English is far from perfect.
Let’s start with a simple test.
Click this link here: https://whatismyipaddress.com/
It will tell your IP adres, your ISP (internet service provider), and your location. The location might not be very accurate, but then again, it’s just a simple website. Imagine what the government can do!
So basically, everyone can find out where you live. But there is more danger. Your ISP. Your ISP logs your every move online and they are required to keep it in case the government wants access to it (or if a 3rd party wants to buy your data (yikes). They have everything. What websites you visit. How long you stay on a website. What you download. Your search terms. European laws are more subtle on this but if you are from the US you are #@*#&, especially because Trump doesn’t support the open internet. It’s scary but maybe in the future you can’t get a job because the recruiter knows your searched on ‘how to deal with depression’ or anythings else that’s supposed to be private because it’s your f*cking right. Or you get a $100k fine because you pirated a movie 15 years ago. You need a VPN. You’re dumb for not using one. but what does a VPN do?
A VPN encrypts all your data so if it were be intercepted no one can ‘crack the code’ and damage your privacy.
Usually being online goes like this (simplified): Your computer —-> ISP (—–> keeps data —–> sells it)
But with a VPN it goes like: Your computer —–> VPN (encrypts data)—–> ISP (ISP can’t see shit)
Furthermore, a VPN hides your IP address and location by giving you another IP address located in Spain for example (you can often choose from a list and change as many times as you want).
Now that you know why you should get a VPN and what is does it is important to educate yourself because people often choose the wrong VPN. VPN providers are also businesses and have to obey the law. If you choose a VPN provider located in the US then you are throwing your money away because the laws in the US shits on your privacy. If the US gov wants the provider to give all their logs they have to obey. The ISP still can’t see what you are doing online and sell your data but the US gov can interfere with your VPN provider so NEVER CHOOSE A PROVIDER LOCATED IN THE US.
I just wanted to make that very clear so my followers don’t buy false security.
There is still more danger!
Who says your VPN provider isn’t selling your data? You need to check their logging policy. Do they keep logs? If yes, what for? For how long do they keep them? Tip: Choose a provider who doesn’t keep logs
More about law
The US is part of the Five Eyes program (the worst):
The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence (source)
There is also a Nine Eyes (bit better) and Fourteen Eyes Program (better).
You don’t want a VPN provider who is located in one the Five Eyes countries.
If you had to choose go for a provider located in a country that’s part of the Fourteen Eyes Program or even better, go for a country that isn’t part of any program!
I know this is a shitty explanation and please pardon my english but now it’s time to do your own research. Take your privacy seriously. Maybe WWIII breaks out and you get killed for liking the ‘wrong’ FB-page.
Go to this website: https://thatoneprivacysite.net/simple-vpn-comparison-chart/
Make sure that your future VPN provider both has green boxes for Privacy Jurisdiction and Privacy Logging.
I recommend ovpn.se and trust.zone. ovpn is located in Sweden so they are part of the 14 Eyes Program and they keep minimal logs. Their business ethics, however, are alright.
Trustzone is located in the Seychelles. No country can interfere and their privacy jurisdiction is the best you can get. The US want your data but needs to get it from Trustzone? The Seychelles will simply give them the finger and wave them goodbye. However, this makes this provider very appealing for people who torrent and criminals because they keep no logs (and that is how it shoud be) Also, there are almost no marketing efforts so this provider is one the cheapest)
Also, often providers such as ExpressVPN are being called ‘The Best’ on websites about VPNs but know that this is just marketing which also makes those provider more expensive (and they too shit on your privacy)
This must be the worst article you have ever read but please, please take your privacy very seriously.
EDIT: I got many people asking me which provider I use. For those who want to know, I use Trust Zone. They offer a free 3-day trial with no strings attached. But still do your own research!
I am also with Trustzone but I think you forgot to explain one of it’s most important features. It protects you when you are using someone else’s Wi-Fi.
If you are at Starbucks and you use their Wi-Fi your privacy is at risk. Anyone with ill intentions could steal your information. Especially if you are using an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot. With a VPN your data gets encrypted so no one can steal it.
Wait, what’s going, on? Did trump destroy internet privacy with a bill or something? Where’s the news? Oh wait, why am I getting visions of Alex Jones and selling water purifiers?
He hasn’t yet but he says he wants to. And if he is serious about it it would be really easy to do. Since all our data is already recorded, as the person above explained.
Trump wants more surveillance of Muslim Americans. This in a country where internet privacy is already close to non-existent.
btw this post only has 11k notes? That’s quite disappointing for something this important.
Don’t reblog this post to save a life.
Reblog this to protect an entire family!
If you use public Wi-Fi, then yes. Which VPN you use is up to you, amigo. Take @earth-ruins advice. Do your own research first.
@elvesfromthedeep just brought the current situation in the US to my attention (March 30, 2017).
- Anger as US internet privacy law scrapped
- Congress just voted to let internet providers sell your browsing history
To all my friends in the US, please read this entire post. Making everyone aware of VPNs is going to be my mission. Your privacy matters. Please reblog this post.
Don’t tell me you just wanted to scroll past this. Stop looking at pictures of cats for a moment, okay? Don’t you realize how important this is? This is dangerous! ‘America, the best FREE country in the world’ my ass.
With this new law your ISP can sell your Internet history which could include passwords, usernames, religion, credit card numbers, race and much more to the highest bidder. So here is what I want you to do.
You are going to read the whole thing and before you think ’this is so important. Let me reblog this real quick and go back to admiring cats again-’ NO! Don’t reblog this. Take action first. Then reblog. Sign up for a free trial! Trust.Zone offers one (here). Yes. It might be difficult to set up a VPN for some people. But is that going to stop you from protecting yourself and your family? 30 minutes. 30 minutes is all that it takes. 5 if you know how to install software. The problem with some of you is that you see ‘difficult’ as something negative. I want you to see difficult differently. I need you to push through this stuff. You are going to protect yourself. There is nothing negative about that.
VPNs are fun and costsaving too! A VPN bypasses geographical restrictions so you can access websites you normally can’t or you could start Netflix’s one month free trial over and over again- forever. And it’s legal! (
unless you use it to buy weapons etc.,)
Don’t tell yourself that you are too tired and that you will do this tomorrow. Because that isn’t going to happen and you know it. You have to do this right now. You only have to click on it. Don’t let this/shit/life just happen to you. Take yourself seriously. Get a VPN.
Privacy is not a privilege, it’s a fundamental human right
Ok sorry that it’s so freaking long and also sorry for the language, but this is extremely important. Please reblog!
Reblogging again bc this is important
im very grateful for the lessons in photography i was taught in stop motion class because just now they made it possible to photograph the stars with my phone in spite of the camera usually not detecting the light of stars because theyre so dim,,,, enjoy these shiny motherfuckers
ok so if everythings normal, your phone camera should have a manual mode (sometimes called pro mode). in it, change the settings of the shutter lag to 20 seconds, then put the phone down on some stable, plane surface and press the photo button (usually when using your camera, the volume buttons can be used as photo button) and let the phone still for the whole 20 seconds.
(basically the problem with most cameras is that they dont have a very good light sensitivity in the dark, however that doesnt mean they cant detect it at all. the longer the shutter is open, the more light your camera takes in and the more burnt/light your pic will be, so in (literally) dark situations, make the shutter lag longer to get all that light you need! also i said 20 seconds but really you can make it shorter or longer depending on what kinda stuff you want for your stars)
Additionally, adjust your ISO to the highest number (mimics the film used for very low light and low speed images)
And set your shutter speed to the longest time possible (on my phone it’s 10 seconds).
Leave your focus settings on Auto, and if your phone camera has a timer option, turn that on (five seconds is generally enough).
Plan your shot first, then find a place to set your phone down so you can get the image you want. The less light pollution, the better; you’ll pick up FAR more stars in your picture.
Once you know what you want to shoot, tap your screen to “focus” it, then hit the button to take the picture, set your phone down, and back away from the “tripod”. Don’t touch your phone for a good 15 seconds, just to be sure.
You will not be disappointed in the results, let me assure you.
Not even a little bit.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE EVER LEARNED
Works best in an area with low light pollution (city lights) of course !
The spread of the black death.
Poland, tell us your secret.
Poland is the
If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there.
Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.
Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it.
I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.
Damn Italy, you scary.
Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”
Milan: “Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”
Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.
Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world.
WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL
When Tumblr teaches you more about the plague than 12 years of school ever did.
Just to throw a nod in, as a medieval historian, this is all credible, and is the leading theory as to the plagues effectiveness at this point. So. Enjoy your new knowledge!
Wow. This is cool knowledge!
Anyone know what was going on north of Barcelona?
North of Barcelona are big-ass mountains, so maybe a lot of intermarriage and a prevalence of O type also, along with the fact that it wasn’t densely populated at all
- Almond Lace Cookies
- Anise Cookies
- Buckeye Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Biscotti
- Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies
- Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- Classic No Bake Cookies
- Classic Thumbprint Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
- Cranberry-White Chocolate Almond Biscotti
- Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies
- Empire Cookies
- Filled Raisin Cookies
- Gingerbread Men Cookies
- Grandma’s Biscotti
- Homemade Cannoli
- Italian Sesame Seed Cookies (Giuggiulena)
- Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Mini Cheesecake Cookies
- Nut Crescents
- Nutter Butter Snowmen
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- Pecan Sandies
- Pecan Tassies
- Peppermint Whoopie Pies
- Salted Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
- Snickerdoodle Biscotti
- Snowball Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
- Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- Ultimate Ginger Cookies
- Chocolate Bourbon Balls
- Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- Crock Pot Peanut Clusters
- Date, Coconut & Walnut Balls
- Eggnog Fudge
- Homemade Marshmallows
- Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
- Homemade Torrone
- Nutella-Pretzel Truffles
- Oreo Balls
- Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Peppermint Bark
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Peanut Brittle
- Pistachio & Cranberry White Chocolate Bark
- Reindeer Chow
- Saltine Toffee
- Snickerdoodle Fudge
EASY BAR DESSERTS
- Avalanche Bark
- Decker Cake
- Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
- Oatmeal Carmelita Bars
- Peanut Butter Cup Bars
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Seven Layer Bars
- Snickerdoodle Blondies
- Zia Lena’s Date Bar Cookies
- Buche de Noel with Espresso Mascarpone Filling
- Classic Gingerbread
- Cranberry-Eggnog Cheesecake
- Eggnog Bundt Cake with Rum Icing
- Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
- Gingerbread Pound Cake
- Homemade Rum Cake
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Chocolate Babka Wreath
- Christopsomos (Greek Christmas Bread)
- Date Nut Spice Bread
- Nut Roll
- Panettone (Italian Christmas Bread)
OKAY so I saw this a few days ago and was like “whatever” but then I smashed my phone in a car door, had to clean up some dead baby bunnies in my yard, and have just generally NOT had a good week. I’m fucking spooked and I’m reblogging this twice to get the universe to stop.
I ignored this too and then i got kicked out of my house. Also reblogging twice.
my week is already shitty so this can’t hurt
Pasta is great. It’s like hey, let me take delicious things like butter,or meat, or tomatoes or basil and then let me just fuckin mix whatever the fuck i want in and combine it with some random ass noodles.
That’s basically pasta.
BUT, there’s a big difference between “basically pasta” and “holy shit food of the gods” pasta, and that is that the latter has some rules that must be followed.
10 PASTA COMMANDMENTS COMIN UP:
- Always boil pasta in boiling SALTED water. Ever had a dish where you forgot to salt it before cooking it, and no matter how much seasoning you did post saute/sear, it still sort of tasted bland on the inside? Same goes for pasta. Your sauce could be fuckin on point, but if you don’t salt dat pasta water, ya fugged, bruh.
- Always have your sauce ready BEFORE the pasta. Pestos, emulsified butter sauces, bolognese sauces, they should be in their respective sauce pans, heated and ready to go (unless we’re takin pesto or carbonarashit, as those go bad with heat). The worst thing you could do is fuck up and overcook your delicious pasta bc you were too busy making or finishing up your sauce.
- Always TASTE your pasta. I don’t care if the package says it’s ready in 1 minute or an hour, taste your pasta from the boiling water at least 2 minutes in, and every 2 minutes after that. Al dente’s usually the way to go, but you’ll never know when to take it out if you’re not constantly tasting.
- DO NOT strain your pasta, wasting your pasta water and allowing your pasta to cool. Use tongs to take pasta straight up form the boiling water (don’t dry it, nerds) and throw it in your sauce. A little pasta water gets in? no probs, and I’ll tell you why.
- If your sauce is reducing too much, or it’s too tight, add pasta water. It’s salted and hot and ready to go, it won’t dilute the flavor at all, you’re golden duude. golden.
- Finish your pasta in the sauce, allow it to become homogenous, let the sauce stick to the pasta, BECOME ONE WITH THE PASTA BRUH.
- Add cheese last, because cheese get’s weird and fucked up in hot pans, so it’s best to throw that on right before you’re ready to eat that shit up.
- 4 oz is a normal serving size for pasta. If you don’t have a scale, that’s basically like the first pic above. If you hold the pasta like such, and the width of the bunch is a little smaller than an american quarter, then ur good 2 go bruh.
- Dry pastas are not better/worse than fresh pasta. They’re legit just made with different flours using different procedures. One isn’t ‘fancier’ than the other u pretentious buttrockets.
- PASTA IS NOT SCARY, IT’S DELICIOUS. These rules look tough, but honestly it’s not that bad bruh. I believe in u.
and now, onto the recipe I used for my pasta. It’s a restaurant favorite, we always make it on the line because it’s simple, delicious and super filling.
serves: 1 (lol like id share this with ppl lolol)
- salt water for boiling (just salt some water, don’t fuckin travel to the beach in hopes of created the most bomb pasta ever)
- 1 bunch of pasta
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig thyme
- cold butter (approximately 2/3 cups cut into small pads
- parmesan cheese to taste
- a shit ton of black pepper to taste
- Throw some pasta into some boiling water and do that thing where you constantly taste test the pasta to see if it’s ready. In the meantime, make ur sauce u lazy bumbum.
- Add a little boiling pasta water to a saute pan over low heat, and whisk/mix in the butter quickly till it’s creamy and emulsified. If it’s too thick, just whisk in a teeny bit of pasta water. Add 2 bay leaves and a sprig of thyme for aroma, remove when pasta’s ready.
- Once the pasta’s ready to rock and roll, use tongs to scoop it up and place it in the sauce. Flip and mix using tongs. Add cheese and crack a lot of pepper. Add salt if it needs seasoning, add more pasta water if the sauce tightens.
- and bam, ya ready to roll.
I promise u if you use these pasta techniques, people will think ur literally a GOD. ur welcs.
Pasta done properly is great, and the difference between great and not is right here.
Especially that tasting / testing. If pasta is too hard it can cook a bit more, but pappy overdone pasta can’t be uncooked.
A simple dish like this has no elaborate sauce or fussy presentation to conceal mistakes - but also nothing to distract from how well it works when it’s just right.
Pasta cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and pepper) at its most basic doesn’t even use herbs or butter - *freshly grated cheese is either whisked into a little of the cooking water or just piled on top of the peppered hot pasta - so you can play with different cheeses like Parmesan, Gran Padano or Pecorino and actually taste their differences.
Adding butter just makes it easier and doesn’t spoil anything.
*Using pre-grated “Parmesan” from a jar might. Those sarcastic quotation marks are deliberate - here’s why.
Try dry-roasting the peppercorns before grinding them.
Simple herbs like the bayleaf and thyme in this recipe won’t argue either, but try a little tarragon. I’ve recently become very fond of tarragon.
Or saffron. Just a pinch of one or the other. Next time, try a pinch of both.
And whatever recipe you use, make enough for two.
Even if you’re alone… :->
Addendum to the pasta water part: you know how it gets kinda milky and opaque? That’s starch that’s come off the pasta, and it can be really useful in bringing your sauce together and helping it stick to the pasta. I always add at least a cup of pasta water to my spaghetti sauce (skimmed off right before I drain it), and it’s just the right finishing touch.
And while I’m talking about it - I always deglaze my spaghetti sauce with a hefty dose of red wine, because it cuts through the richness of the meat and tomatoes. You should also know that the quality of your canned tomatoes matters a lot in your red sauce. I exclusively use Cento products, because they come from Italy and have the texture of red velvet, yet even the 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes are only around $3. (San Marzano tomatoes are supposed to be the best in the world, so those cans cost more like $6, but imo the regular Cento is just as good.)
It’s much better to use quality unseasoned tomato sauce than a jarred sauce with lots of herbs but shitty tomatoes. I cook it with chopped onion, lots of chopped garlic, and a palmful of oregano in addition to salt,pepper, and chili flakes.
@the-vil asked for femslash recs, so I made a list! Please add to it if you know more, I need more wlw action in my life
Five songs Millie and Padma danced to at Harry and Draco’s house warming.
This fic is the best femslash you can get. Sweet, kind, awkward, realistic and great music with a bonus Drarry pairing on the side. Seriously, read it
Slytherin Altruism (4.3k)
“I’m sure he’ll be here soon,” the waitress said.
Suddenly someone slid into the booth across from her. “She,” the woman corrected, setting down her purse and smoothing her skirt. “Sorry I’m late, babe. You know how it is down at the Prophet.”
Hermione’s mouth fell open as she stared dumbly at one Pansy Parkinson. Pansy sent her a look that said, “just go with it” and took Gryffindor’s hand in her own. Hermione shut her mouth.
I love this ficlet, and though some might say it has ‘Ron bashing’ in it, I don’t think it does. People sometimes just drift apart, that’s life. So, if you can look past a detail like that, or aren’t bothered by it, this is a great realistic pansmione wlw fic for you!
Wild and Free (7k)
Ginny’s eyes widened. “Parkinson’s gay?”
Willingly attending therapy is the last thing Pansy Parkinson expected to find herself doing–especially when Loony Lovegood is the therapist. But being deep in the closet and editor of the Daily Prophet takes a lot out of a person, and sometimes even coffee and designer heels aren’t enough to keep a witch sane.
This is an amazing fic about Pansy learning how to accept her sexuality, about Luna and Ginny being cute, and Draco being a great friend. It’s totally adorable and real and hits very close to home for most wlw folks I think, because who hasn’t denied their own sexuality at some point in their lives?
Cool Walls, Warm Thighs (11k)
Hermione isn’t pleased to learn that Harry and Draco have a new house guest. There is just something about Pansy Parkinson that drives Hermione crazy.
This fic guys. It shows such a great natural way for how pansmione could grow. And Hermione and Pansy’s characterisations are so on point, it’s almost scary. Plus, you get some delicious Drarry Drama as bonus, so really, why aren’t you reading this yet?
Exhibition Game (3.7k)
On the Quidditch Pitch or off it, Katie always loved to play. It’s been a while since their last game, so she wants to be sure of attracting Angelina and Alicia’s attention.
This is basically just porn between 3 amazing women. But there’s not nearly enough femslash smut out there, so why the hell not? It’s bloody hot btw…
Because The Night (10k)
Front-woman of the band Orca Patrol, Tonks, has a very special kink she’s afraid to share with anyone. Along comes a stunningly gorgeous admirer and new biggest fan, Fleur Delacour, to help her fully explore her kink.
As the description says, this is kinky. But it also explores demi-sexuality and polyamory in a good and healthy way, so it’s not just porn! It is a muggle AU, but even if you’re not into that kind of thing I’d still click the link. It belongs to a lot of collections full of femslash, so you can search those for more wlw content!
Pansy has always loved getting attention; tonight, Luna makes sure she gets it.
Kinky again, and really bloody nice.
Ginny and Millicent are late to the party. They may be late going home too.
Okay I know this is short, but it’s also really good and hot so I don’t care. Just take 3 minutes and read this gem.
Midsummer Night’s Magic (3.7k)
An ancient midsummer night’s rite doesn’t work, or maybe it does. Obliviousness, magic, summer and wine, and post-war vibes. (Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil)
There is something about this fic that makes you feel like you’re relaxing in a sunny garden with your spouse while sipping a glass of wine. And I don’t even drink wine, so it has to be good. Very chill.
Catching The Snitch (5.5k)
In which a Ministry dinner, a sibling rivalry, and a Quidditch tournament changed the course of Padma Patil’s life in a way she never expected. (Padma/Ginny)
THIS FIC. GUYS THIS FIC. OH MY GOD it has everything. Pining, fake-dating, relatable lesbians, friends to lovers, quidditch, anxiety…. Seriously why aren’t you reading it yet? You should. Read it. Now.
The bird three words: I love you. (Pansy/Ginny)
An adorable yet very in-character insecure Pansy struggles telling Ginny the truth, and it’s amazing. Very sweet and domestic
To Fall In Love (0.6k)
Ginny remembers falling in love with Pansy.
This is so domestic and fluffy with a dash of hurt/comfort. I know it’s short but it is so, so sweet!
I’ll get a part 2 up tomorrow, but I think this is enough material for one day… And don’t forget to leave kudos and comments of these fics! Writing femslash is often quite ungrateful, and leaving comments might inspire writers to write more femslash!
I wish that ao3 had an option to filter warnings (and tbh certain authors) out like I will never ever want to read it and just seeing it puts me off so much that often I end up closing my browser because that content upsets me so much lmao
There is a way to do this but I can’t recall how to do it. it’s something you type into the box for “other filters” or something, I don’t remember. who knows??
It’s not a great option, and I don’t know if you can sort out authors that way, but it’s better than nothing if someone can reblog this with how to do it!
Alrighty friends! It takes some specificity, but you can do this. Let me show you how!
So I started with going to the Sherlock (TV) section of Ao3. On the right we find this lovely section! ((I know I’m going over things you already probably know, but I figure this post may go to new Ao3 users, so bear with me.))
Underneath this, I chose sort by Kudos, because that’s a quick way to find most popular fics, for the sake of this demonstration.
With those filters on, we end up with this being our first two results:
As you can see, we have Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68, and The Internet Is Not Just For Porn by cyerus. So what if I am utterly sick of seeing earlgreytea68 on my list? Let’s pretend I’ve read all their fics, or that I just don’t like her, or whatever. I want this author out. I go to this section on the right:
In “Search within results” I type earlgreytea68 into the bar, with a minus sign in front. This gives me the following page, upon hitting the sort and filter button:
There goes earlgreytea68! But now I’ve decided that Crack is just not my thing, I’m sick of that, too, for heaven’s sake, I want something reasonable in my gay slash fanfiction about detectives that solve crimes about glowing dogs and irish megalomaniacs. Heaven forbid this get ridiculous.
Well, then I add this to my search:
Which gets rid of everything with that tag. My results are now:
Performance in a Leading Role is now my first result!
You can do this as many times as you want; the biggest problem I have is trying to filter out multi-worded tags. For example, “Secret Relationship” is hard to filter. Better to go with authors you dislike or with words like “DubCon”.
I hope this helps! Also remember that googling site:archiveofourown.org and then adding search terms will mean google searches Ao3 for you, and sometimes that works far better.
An excellent in-depth guide! Thank you!!
omg changed my whole ao3 rarepair game
An excellent guide to filtering on AO3!
You can filter out phrases by enclosing them in quotes. For example, if ABO and Hydra Trash Party are not your things, try:
-“alpha/beta/omega dynamics” -”hydra trash party”
I have more advice!
Say, you’re in your random fandom- I went with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since I’ve been reading Iron Man stuff recently. Tony Stark is awesome.
But anyway, you’re on the page, and you see that there are 174,774 works! That is way too many for a casual afternoon’s browsing.
And you see that the first one is Peter Parker/Tony Stark and that is not your jam. It doesn’t work for you, or it squicks you, whatever. Wouldn’t life be easier if you could browse without seeing that pairing (or whatever pairing you don’t like)? You can!
First, click on that pairing tag(You may want to open this in another tab, actually.):
and it’ll take you to the page for that pairing tag. Click this button:
and then look at the address bar! The actual page is unimportant. Copy the numbers located here:
and go back to the original search page! Down on the side, in the same place you can get rid of other tags, type -relationship_ids:”the number you just copied”
Then hit ‘sort and filter’ annnd… magic!
The fics with that pairing are gone! You can also do multiple pairings, get rid of any tags you don’t like, and sort it by date or length or kudos, or whatever.
I’d just like to add that these sorts of search modifiers ALSO WORK IN GOOGLE AND MOST RESEARCH DATABASES.
The more you know.
me realizing my experiences with sewing have been a lie this whole goddamn time:
My granny taught me these. We called them.blind stitches.
Wow I didn’t kno
I have to try these
I remember learning these in middle school.
I HAVE BEEN DOING IT WRONG FOR THE PAST TEN THOusAND YeARS
I actually didnt know that
The answer is apparently “because we’re actually able to eat it”
Fun fact: white people (specifically Northern European white people) have a genetic mutation that allows them to digest lactose even after weaning, which is abnormal for all mammals and also most humans. It’s theorized that because Northern Europe doesn’t get a lot of sun, an alternative source of vitamin D (like milk) would be a useful trait. It’s a very recent mutation that would only have happened after humans started domesticating animals like cows and goats.
oh no, my bizarre moment has come, cause lactose tolerance is actually A Thing I Know About because it’s played a fascinating role in human evolution for thousands of years. This chart displays some of the broad trends, but it’s giving near continental averages, which doesn’t showcase how this kind of thing really breaks down and some of the surprising exceptions.
Lactose tolerance is the majority trait for only a very few population groups: North Europeans (and therefore populations that draw heavily from that stock, such as America,) nomadic central Eurasians, and sub-Saharan pastoralist Africans, but that latter group is often overlooked. The vast majority of Africans cannot process lactose, but certain people groups whose lifestyles have revolved around cattle for thousands of years will have 80% and even approaching 100% lactose tolerance rates. They’d be spots of dark green amidst a sea of orange and burgundy on the above chart.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were almost entirely lactose intolerant, that is definitely the biological norm (and people groups who maintained that lifestyle, such as Native Americans, remained as such – along with groups who transitioned to sedentary agricultural lifestyles, but I’ll get into that). As such, lactose tolerance is an adaptive trait that only became prevalent in environments that exerted strong selective pressure for it. So, cows were domesticated some 10,000 odd years ago in the Middle East (and some have contended for an independent domestication event in Africa as well). In either case, cattle quickly spread across the continent and we know there was milking and cheese production at least 6,000 years ago in both the Nile and Mesopotamia. While cow meat would have been enjoyed by all, in agricultural societies milk and cheese would have been options, but hardly staples as there were plenty of other things to eat as well, and therefore there would have been no selective pressure for processing lactose. Also, sedentary societies had ways of processing milk and cheese that allowed lactose intolerant people to drink/eat dairy products. Fermenting milk or aging cheese breaks down lactose, making it a non issue once ingested. This is why fermented milk may seem utterly foul to many Westerners, but is extremely common in other parts of the world. But, fermentation and aging requires time, and the ability to store things in a single location for weeks or even months. Sedentary societies adapted the milk to fit their biology, but nomadic societies did the reverse.
There are still mobile pastoralist societies in Africa today, and there have been for thousands and thousands of years. For many of them, cows are not one of many dietary options, they are the single dietary staple around which their lifestyle revolves. Biologically, this means you gotta get with the program if you wanna survive. For most mobile tribes, fermentation and aging weren’t options, so there would have been strong selective pressure favoring those who could drink milk straight outta the cow, as they would have had an additional, highly nutritious food source available to them. Milk also allowed for a marked shortening of the weaning process, transitioning children from breastmilk to cow’s milk, which would again be advantageous for groups where both the men and women work and are always on the move. Over generations these populations specialized into essentially cow-based lifestyles, creating a survival niche highly advantageous to them, and fast forward thousands of years and there are groups in Africa with near ubiquitous lactose tolerance, while the rest of the continent (and the world really) is nearly entirely intolerant.
Many of these same factors would have influenced the central Eurasian populations, which is why Mongolians and other descendants of nomadic steppe peoples are largely lactose tolerant, as mare’s milk would have been a dietary staple (though they also developed efficient ways to ferment it).
North Europeans developed lactose tolerance in response to deficiencies in certain nutrients. The northern climate limited Vitamin D production, and the agricultural products available to them were often low on calcium and protein, and so dairy farming developed alongside agriculture to create a more rounded diet (and this was limited to Northern Europeans, as Mediterranean peoples such as the Romans wrote about their great confusion at the northern barbarians’ ability to drink fresh milk)
And I promise all of this is fascinating because the ability to process lactose evolved independently in several different population groups and in response to different factors: lifestyles revolving around cows, lifestyles revolving around horses, deficiencies in climate and agriculture. Besides providing insight into human history and biology, lactose tolerance is also a great example of convergent evolution, where different genetic populations in different environments produce similar results.
And uh, that’s my rant about the role of milk and lactose tolerance in human evolution.
Beautifully written, very concise and informative. Good stuff. Interesting stuff. Thanks for your input.
Also a tolerance for lactose can only be formed when a person is really young, I can’t remember the exact age, but it needs to be in the diet early.
Title: First, and Forever
Pairing: Kandreil context, Kandrew focus
Warnings: Canon-typical allusions to past abuse
Notes: I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the extra content and about how Andrew eventually learns to trust Neil with all of him, how he eventually reaches a point where he wants Neil to top, how he takes back ownership of his body and his experiences to be able to engage with someone he loves in the way that he wants.
Given that my preferences run to Kandreil, you can imagine where that train of thought terminated for me: Andrew and Kevin’s first time.
It’s time to bring an end to the Rape Anthem Masquerading As Christmas Carol
Hi there! Former English nerd/teacher here. Also a big fan of jazz of the 30s and 40s.
So. Here’s the thing. Given a cursory glance and applying today’s worldview to the song, yes, you’re right, it absolutely *sounds* like a rape anthem.
BUT! Let’s look closer!
“Hey what’s in this drink” was a stock joke at the time, and the punchline was invariably that there’s actually pretty much nothing in the drink, not even a significant amount of alcohol.
See, this woman is staying late, unchaperoned, at a dude’s house. In the 1940’s, that’s the kind of thing Good Girls aren’t supposed to do — and she wants people to think she’s a good girl. The woman in the song says outright, multiple times, that what other people will think of her staying is what she’s really concerned about: “the neighbors might think,” “my maiden aunt’s mind is vicious,” “there’s bound to be talk tomorrow.” But she’s having a really good time, and she wants to stay, and so she is excusing her uncharacteristically bold behavior (either to the guy or to herself) by blaming it on the drink — unaware that the drink is actually really weak, maybe not even alcoholic at all. That’s the joke. That is the standard joke that’s going on when a woman in media from the early-to-mid 20th century says “hey, what’s in this drink?” It is not a joke about how she’s drunk and about to be raped. It’s a joke about how she’s perfectly sober and about to have awesome consensual sex and use the drink for plausible deniability because she’s living in a society where women aren’t supposed to have sexual agency.
Basically, the song only makes sense in the context of a society in which women are expected to reject men’s advances whether they actually want to or not, and therefore it’s normal and expected for a lady’s gentleman companion to pressure her despite her protests, because he knows she would have to say that whether or not she meant it, and if she really wants to stay she won’t be able to justify doing so unless he offers her an excuse other than “I’m staying because I want to.” (That’s the main theme of the man’s lines in the song, suggesting excuses she can use when people ask later why she spent the night at his house: it was so cold out, there were no cabs available, he simply insisted because he was concerned about my safety in such awful weather, it was perfectly innocent and definitely not about sex at all!) In this particular case, he’s pretty clearly right, because the woman has a voice, and she’s using it to give all the culturally-understood signals that she actually does want to stay but can’t say so. She states explicitly that she’s resisting because she’s supposed to, not because she wants to: “I ought to say no no no…” She states explicitly that she’s just putting up a token resistance so she’ll be able to claim later that she did what’s expected of a decent woman in this situation: “at least I’m gonna say that I tried.” And at the end of the song they’re singing together, in harmony, because they’re both on the same page and they have been all along.
So it’s not actually a song about rape - in fact it’s a song about a woman finding a way to exercise sexual agency in a patriarchal society designed to stop her from doing so. But it’s also, at the same time, one of the best illustrations of rape culture that pop culture has ever produced. It’s a song about a society where women aren’t allowed to say yes…which happens to mean it’s also a society where women don’t have a clear and unambiguous way to say no.
Okay, so he’s got a girly face, and he wears tights and some high boots. Sure.
But check out that noble steed. That’s one ready-to-kick-ass-and-take-names steed.
While other princesses just run away and leave nothing, Philip gets AN INVITE TO HER HOUSE. He gets a song, a dance, and a first date.
He comes home, just to tell his dad he’s not going to marry the princess because he’s in love.
No. Other. Reason. He rides in and is just like, “I met the girl I’m going to marry. Now I’ve got a birthday party to be at. Bye Dad.”
Now how much do you think his dad weighs? That short fat little man? Probably pretty heavy.Not a problem for Prince Philip.
And then he gets jumped by goblins, both hands tied behind his back
But that’s not enough to stop Prince Philip.Oh no.
He breaks his hands free and starts chucking goblins.
Look at that face. That face. The “BITCH JUST YOU WAIT” face. He may be tied down by a dozen goblins but he’s not gonna take no shit from this witch.
In fact, he’s so strong, she ends up keeping him chained to the wall, but he still fights back.
Now when he finally does get free–
He’s ready to go into battle UNARMED. He don’t need no shield or sword, he’s going to go punch Maleficent’s face in with his fist. If Flora didn’t stop him, he probably would have, too.
Backed up against a cliff edge, nowhere to go. Fighting off goblins. But there’s so many and just one Philip.
NBD I’LL JUST JUMP AND SLIDE DOWN THE ROCK PILE IN MY SKIN-TIGHT TIGHTS.
who gives a fuck? certainly not prince philip.
Lighting hitting rocks around me?
Giant forest of thorns?
Bitch, get out of my way. I’ve got a princess to save.
Giant dragon of hell?
CHARGE HEAD ON.
Fire? Dragon? Burning dry twigs? No. Fucking. Problem.
Just smack that bitch on the nose.
Sheer cliff face? Fire burning behind me? Back to a wall?
Calm down guys, I got this.
I’LL JUST FUCKING SCALE IT ONE-HANDED.
And fight the bloody beast from 500 feet high, with literally nothing to save me if I fall.
Lose the shield off the cliff?
JUST STAND THERE AND SMILE ‘CAUSE I’VE GOT A FUCKING MAGIC SWORD THAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR HEART BITCH.
Just chuck it. Straight through.
Then jump out of the way…
And survive. That’s what happens to bitches who mess with the woman I love.
Get the horse.
Get the girl.
that’s how he EARNED his happily ever after.
Srsly. The most bad. ass. prince. disney ever wrote.
I 1,000% never thought of it from this point of view before and am now screaming Too Hot, Hot Damn, Made that dragon wanna retire man.
IVE ALWAYS LOVED HIM AND THIS IS WHY
the flat headed cat
the pampas cat
the andean mountain cat
I’m just going to add the Margay here:
“But Tumblr user severalowls, that’s just an Ocelot!”
No, you fool! You Buffoon! The Margay has mastered something generations of cats have only dreamed of! Getting down out of trees:
The Margay has reversible ankles, and uses them to do some pretty sweet tricks (And also hunt down monkeys, birds and other tree-dwelling critters in their otherwise safe treetop homes.)
Pictured: Margay who is not stuck.
Romeo + Juliet (1996) truly has everything…heavy religious imagery…young leo…90s fashion…a brief drag scene….neon lights…those iconic angel wings
guns labeled “sword”
being better than anything shakespeare ever produced
i dislike the implication that shakespeare wouldn’t have done the exact same thing if he were alive in the 90′s
Fun fact, the guns being labelled “sword” is not just them being Extra™.
Most of the guns being used by the main characters are modified Taurus PT99 pistols, the different types of which are often named after specific types of knives and swords, thus enabling them to not have to change the Shakespearean dialogue, but to also manage that specific visual pun.
So Shakespeare would have absolutely been 100% all over that shit.
For example, Tybalt’s gun is a modified 9mm “Rapier” (from the Taurus PT99 Series ‘R’) and is actually one of my favorite visual aesthetics of quite probably any weapon in movie history to date.
While everyone else seems to be using a much more heavier and “powerful” version of pistol, his is sleek and light in frame, making it much easier for him to fight the way that he does. Which is undoubtedly Extra™ in comparison to everyone else, but also intended to mimic the dueling stance of actual rapier swordsmen of the time who relied on speed rather than brute force. They were Gentlemen after all. If you were going to cut someone down you ought to do it with some finesse.
If you look closely at his hand you’ll notice that with the exception of his middle finger on the trigger, he’s actually holding it the way one would a sword hilt. He’s also got the poise of a honed duelist.
This is someone who has been brought up with a very strong sense of Family Honor, and is expected to fight to defend it, but not as a common foot soldier (who carry “longswords” which are modified shotguns in the film), but as a Gentleman.
A gentleman who suddenly finds himself having to fight in the streets with people carrying “daggers”.
Like Mercutio’s modified pistol, which while beautiful and (importantly thematic) transparent in its function, is also heavy and cumbersome in comparison to Tybalt’s rapier, which also has a much further range, something he also makes better use of with the addition of a quick release mount for a c-scope, which allows him to either be slow and accurate, or to forgo accuracy for speed during say, a one on one duel vs a street brawl.
Which means even if he can’t make as many quickfire short range movements as Mercutio can, he’s still going to fucking obliterate him with the practiced ease of someone who has been training for duels their entire life.
Not to mention just how fucking ornate this thing is. Look at it. What an extra little sob, I love it. I love the whole movie. It’s an excellent adaptation and I’ll bite my thumb at anyone who says otherwise.
When we left the theater after seeing it, my partner asked me that same question about what Shakespeare would think. Then, as now, I think he would have loved it. Elizabethan theater was a popular art form and at it’s best, Shakespeare is deliberately playing to everyone from the drunks standing up front to the toffs in the boxes. he’s competing with vendors and orange girls who weren’t just selling oranges. He’s competing with conversations and possible fist fights or worse. There were none of the modern cues we use to get audiences to shut up, like dimming lights, curtain opening, etc. as they were performing on an open air stage.
Most of his plays are designed specifically to do something attention grabbing in the first scene to get the audience to SHUT UP and Watch. This production does that with noise and action and glorious visuals. It grabbed everyone in the theater, and the production did what the original was meant to do: bring in all walks of life. The showing we went to had as many teens as adults and they were all really enjoying it. As we were leaving, the gaggle of teens in front of us were planning to come back and see it again.
Which was kind of the point. These plays survived because they drew in audiences over and over. They could remount Romeo and Juliet next year and people would want to see it again. Before we labelled them high art and dissected them, they were crowd pleasures full of slang and dirty jokes and swordfights as well as the poetry and characters and themes that gave them staying power. They work best when all those things are still in there and accessible so people can experience all of those things.
This version captures that better than any other Romeo & Juliet I’ve seen. Romeo + Juliet is alive and brash and still grabs me every fucking time. This version is the closest I’m likely to get to what it felt like to watch it the first time, even if the outfits are different and as the poster points out Luhrmann has carefully translated the swords and fighting styles into modern weaponry. I know next to nothing about firearms, but I could see that Tybalt moved right, like a swordsman. I could read the body language in the fights just as clearly.
I still think I’m unlikely to see a version I’ll like better.
for real though, internet english is STAGGERINGLY multi-modal. the problem with communicating via writing is that you lose certain dimensions of spoken conversation, like intonation, facial expression, body language, pauses and fillers etc, but there’s been so many linguistic innovations to maintain richness in communication, like
- use of capslock and purposefully creating/not fixing typos to convey excitement, or likewise not capitalizing anything
- use of punctuation (or lack thereof) to indicate /emphasis/ or ~irony~ or apathy
- reaction images and memes
- use of familiar songs in tumblr text posts or vines etc
- variational spellings like you/u or true/tru
- bolding, italics, strikethrough, font size, line breaks, etc
- (using parentheses to whisper)
- tags as commentary, also the body of commonly used/commonly mocked hashtags
like i could go ON and ON about the things that internet language users have created to get around the difficulties of non-verbal communication, like ??? what other dialects can do all that and change that much in 30 years????
but whats interesting is the differences between what they use in different languages/countries and even more interesting… SIMILARITIES