having ocs is so fun tho. It’s like playing with barbie dolls except we’re hallucinating it all vividly in our heads and everybody is emotionally scarred
after carefully reading the notes I can safely say that most of us are just continuing the childhood tradition of treating our dolls in ways that could easily be considered violations of the Geneva Conventions
Good news: if you’re currently laying around and not producing anything, you are a credit to your species.
I’m an ant biologist and I’d like to point out that ants also spend a significant percentage of the time doing nothing.
Turns out sometimes the most evolutionary useful thing you can do is chill and not wear yourself to shreds, whether mammal or insect. It helps you deal with emergencies and adapt to change. Plus, you can act as living food storage!
That last part is probably more an ant thing than a human thing, but hey, live your dreams.
it’s also a bear thing, which absolutely explains me
Doing absolutely fuck-all is how antarctic sea sponges live to be over 10,000 years old, so live your best, longest, laziest life.
Remember lions? Fellow apex predators?
Yeah, they spend 16-20 hours of the day laying around, socializing, raising Cubs and napping.
The last 4-8 hours are spent hunting.
Wait wait, they’re not a primate so they don’t count.
How about Orangutans?
Well, they spend 90% of their time awake just hanging out in food-rich areas, eating fruit and leaves, socializing, raising children, and chilling.
Well, they’re not people so it doesn’t-
How about Stone Age people in Europe?
They probably worked 3-5 hours per day, every day. (Though seasonal changes in food scarcity could change that)
Laborers in ancient Egypt worked 8 hours, with an hour break at lunch. They did this for 8 days, then rested 2 days. That sounds familiar. Except… they also had regular time off for festivals and holidays, and only worked for about 18 out of every 50 days.
Artisans in imperial Rome generally worked from 6am to Noon, and then had the rest of the day off… and only worked for half the year, due to all the holidays and festivals they got off.
But that’s too easy, what about a Peasant in medieval England?
6-8 hours per day, with Sundays off, Farm workers put in longer hours at harvest time but worked shorter days in winter when there are fewer hours of daylight. Economist Juliet Schor estimates that in the period following the Plague they worked no more than 150 days a year, due to the long holidays and many festivals.
Ugh, let’s go poorer. 17th century France. Starvation was afoot for the working poor!
During the reign of King Louis XIV, the workers of France had it tough, and hunger for the poorest was a fact of life. The typical working day was as much as 12 hours long, but two hours were set aside midday for lunch and perhaps an afternoon nap. Nevertheless, the Ancient Régime is said to have also guaranteed peasants, labourers and other workers a total of 52 Sundays, 90 rest days and 38 religious holidays off per year, meaning they worked just 185 out of 365 days.
So what changed?
The industrial revolution, baybe~~
New factory owners could work their employees to the bone due to a lack of regulation and abundance of cheap labour.
The typical factory worker in mid 19th-century England toiled away for a soul-destroying 16 hours a day, six days a week, 311 days per year!
THAT nightmare became the standard by which western society began to judge “work-life balance” and anything gentler than the industrial factory’s unfettered brutality is considered “softness”
(So many people died being mangled in those machines. Hair handkerchiefs went into style during American industrialization because working women would otherwise get their hair caught in the machines, and be either scalped or be bodily pulled inside to die…. But that’s a horror for another time)
Americans in 2020 worked an average of 8.5 hours per day on weekdays, plus another 5 hours on weekends.
Taking out federal holidays and weekends, we work 262 days per year. Most of us get 5-9 sick days to take per year. (Yes, a fixed number, no matter how sick you really are), and usually either no paid vacation, or 7-15 days paid vacation, depending on seniority and the company. Unpaid vacation doesn’t have a max, but taking it often risks you getting fired.
Even comparing against the poorest laborers in ancient history the current working structure for humans is, frankly, inhumane.
We are mammals. Let us rest. Let us celebrate holidays and attend festivals. Let us attend to our homes and families.
Even the ultra wealthy folks who got their heads chopped off gave us more time off than this!!!
Someone in the comments said something like “humans are instinctively industrious and productive, as social creatures!”
Buddy, that’s a lie fed to you by capitalism.
In our default state, we attend to our families yes, but we also party like hell, lounge around, and make fantastic works of art just to be proud of ourselves. We made beautiful things for the joy of creating them.
Stone Age humans may have spent a couple hours hunting and gathering, but DEFINITELY spent loads of time painting every available surface. Time and weather washed most of it away, but some places like Arizona and Colorado still preserve a few of the endless murals made by ancient hands.
Evidence shows that the ancient world was COVERED in paintings and etchings - just saturated with images of birds and beasts and humans, sunsets and cool weather. We invented mythologies and painted about them. We did something impressive, and painted about it. We taught our children how to paint and lifted them into our shoulders so they could mark the ceiling.
In our most base state, humans will work enough to survive, but our instincts demand we use all other time to create art. We want to communicate. To make connections.
“Working” or “being productive” is not on that list.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
All the freaking eras to be born in and I got Capitalist Hell
queer is literally a slur. like you’ve never been called that in a derogatory context like most lgbt people? you think your experiences escaping homophobia make it okay to justify the use of a homophobic slur?
queer is an identity.
it has also been used as a slur. there is no denying that. but using a word as a slur does not make it a slur. because before queer is a slur it is an identity. before it is derogatory it is a label. the use of queer as an identity is infinitely more important than the use of queer as a slur because the people who identify as queer are infinitely more important than the people who use queer as a slur.
say a lot of people decided they hated me. despised me. were disgusted by me to the point where my own name became a slur. would you tell me not to say it? would you tell me i could no longer be helena, and instead must come up with a euphemism for the name that belonged to me decades before it belonged in the mouths of bigots?
because that would make you an enabler.
you would tell me i can’t say my name anymore because some lowlife decided he could use it to insult me?
you would tell a gay man that he can’t be gay anymore because some teens in the early 2000’s started calling everything they didn’t like “gay”, and now he has to say “same sex oriented male identifying individual”?
does that enrage you? because it should. that’s exactly how you sound.
you are telling me i cannot use my label. you are telling me that when my great-uncle shouted until his face was red and he spat tobacco and the word queer at my feet, he was right. he was right to insult me, and i was wrong to say my name.
you are shitting on every single one of our predecessors. you are slandering every person who fought for their rights to exist and and be tolerated and be celebrated in their countries, every person who was lost to the aids epidemic, every person whose country criminalizes love and gender expression, every child whose parents abandoned them for straying from the norm, every person who was born and will die in the closet longing to be themselves. the queer umbrella is a safety net, a security blanket, the comfort of being known without being pressured to tell. it is near and dear and important as fuck to every member of the lgbt+ community and you are a blight upon the earth you walk.
how dare you speak upon my experiences with homophobia. how dare you disguise your own homophobia as activism. and how fucking dare you have the audacity to come to my blog and hide behind an anonymous ask and preach to me about how i’m oppressing myself. go look at the fucking wikipedia page for queer and read about how 1980s lgbt+ activists, especially lgbt+ people of color, fought to call themselves queer in a world that still hates peculiar things. and here you are forty years later spitting queer back at their feet.
i don’t give a fuck if people start using my name as a slur. my name is still helena. i will not change it. i chose it, i like it, and it belongs to me. it does not belong to bigots no matter how badly they want it. your discomfort with my identity is not my fucking problem.
i am helena. i am queer. die mad & go fuck yourself
Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.
I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogguing (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list.
Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, ect), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.
OP, Thank you so much for putting this reference together. I’ve been working on an original novel that involves dragons from all over the world, and I’ve been having a hell of a time finding good information on non-European dragons.
All the other information is sure to be helpful for the future, as well, I am sure!
fun alternative: cruise ships. cruise ships exploit workers and can pollute as much as a million cars on a daily basis while dumping endless shit into the ocean and endangering all passengers on board because the on board air quality rivals some of the most polluted cities in the world while being a breeding ground for disease. cruise ships deserve to have negativity associated with them
also all crimes commited aboard a cruise ship is under the juristiction of whichever country they’re registered to once they’re a certain distance away from land so you have the added bonus of the crimes being very unlikely to be properly investigated (due to usually being physically so very far from the actual police whose juristiction they’re under)
On top of THAT cruise ships tend to have their own morgue, as people tend to die on ships all the time. Good for those spooky scenes.
plus u can just like…leave a hospital. good luck escaping a killer or a monster or a curse or w/e in the middle of the fucking ocean
Fun things to consider about cruise ships:
THEATERS. Usually a minimum of three, all of varying levels of #fancy
Grand staircases. PLURAL. Most ships have at least two massive grand halls with massive staircases and plants and indoor creeks n shit.
Nightclubs. Actual nightclubs. Usually segregated by age brackets. They also have attached age-segregated hangout places. Older ships (pre-2009) are all stuck in hilariously 90s era stylings.
Casinos. Either two of them separated by machines/tables, or one entire floor.
Library/board game room. Think a big old fashioned men’s smoking room. Like fat leather chairs and floor to ceiling shelves.
Restaurants of various levels of fancy and quality. Pick each tier of passenger (usually 3-5 tiers, but it depends) and give them each about ¾ options.
So. Many. Fucking. Elevators. And not all of them go to an equal number of floors.
Not to mention….STAIRS. ALL STAIRS ALL TIME.
Endless, ENDLESS identical hallways of doors to rooms. ENDLESS. These will usually span the ENTIRE length of the ship, with the middle class rooms breaking into the main staircase areas. The lower decks are monotonous in the extreme.
Shopping mall. Smaller than the word typically implies, but segregated by need and price. So from everyday basic necessities to extremely fancy jewelry stores. These can be entire floors.
Movie theaters, usually for kids. A lot of weird 90s theming.
Random TVs that sporadically pick up the signals from whatever island or land mass you’re nearest to. Some weird shit every once in a while.
The top-most deck often has a minigolf course and a running track. Usually looks like a little garden.
Spas. These places have full on spas.
The penthouse rooms. Legit some of these will be like…straight off the titanic level grandeur. Talk about some irony poisoning.
Surprisingly placed lifeboats to remind you of your mortality. First thing after you get a room is an evacuation plan and it takes FOR EV ER if people aren’t cooperating.
Legit actual doctors office. Some Big Fancy Boys have minor surgeries.
The rooms often also have multipurpose and hiding furniture. That room for ants actually comfortably sleeps 6 adults.
The cleaning crew is also Very Sneaky.
They will often leave little towel animals or some other cute themed gift. This is very exploitable for horror.
The purely utilitarian design of the non-customer sections are brutal in their simplicity. And monotonous.
Most of these ships, away from the money makers, are monotonous.
One of the BIGGEST unintentionally creepy factors is the hollow illusion of wealth these ships try to sell you.
Like…they have all the splendor and grandeur of a McMansion. The gold paint is faded, the jewels are plastic, the wood is worn. The lights are yellowed and dusty, but all around you the ship screams luxury. But it’s not. It’s something you notice after being on one more than a few times. You can feel the cheapness and emptiness of it all.
Even the highest priced areas have a sense of wear to them. Like, unless you’re the first bitch on the maiden voyage, even the biggest and most expensive penthouses have a cheap, used feel to them. It’s eerie once you notice it.
And lastly. Bigly. Most importantly.
Okay so like obviously waves on the ocean. And you expect to feel the swaying of the ship, but most people expect that these bad boys are too large to really get spicy.
Nah. I’ve been on MASSIVE ships where the waves are so large that the deck would literally be at a 45 degree angle.
THIS is why you see railings everywhere. You’ll be moseying along and then suddenly you’ll be walking with one foot on the wall, dizzyingly swaying back and forth and desperately clinging to the wall as your legs threaten to come out from under you when the ship leans away. I’ve even seen the crew members get sick.
On the lower decks and rooms, you’ll have the joy of seeing your fucking window GO UNDERWATER. I’m not kidding. Upper balcony rooms can appear to sway hideously close to the water. It’s TERRIFYING.
AnyWAY the end point of this is that I AGREE. CRUISE SHIPS ARE SO FUCKIN RIPE FOR HORROR.
Yeah, I AM non-binary, so what? you gotta scream into the void to reawaken the olden gods that created me, for them to smite me?
Oh Darling~, you’re a lot dummer than you look.
#Plot twist you cant #because I am already waiting for you at your destination #ready to pierce you with my trusty sword #and dance on your dead body for the amusement of the gods you wanted to complain about #So yeah I am non-binary #and there's nothing you can do about it
The way you cool your tea off faster is you pour it into a room temperature mug when it’s done steeping and then pour it back into the other mug and then pour it into the colder mug and drink it out of that. The more distance between the mugs the better but don’t go long pour right away because that’s how you pour hot tea on your shirt.
In this house, we burn our tongues like FOOLS!
And you have a right to do that but the pour trick is there if you so desire to claim it. For me it brings it right to drinkable level.
The only prob for me is when its drinkable temp at first, I end up having cold tea when I come back from getting distracted
You can probably microwave it or simmer it in a small pot
Wait you guys use mugs??!? That’s what the small plates are for!!
dude seeing these Mega high quality images of the surface of mars that we now have has me fucked up. Like. Mars is a place. mars is a real actual place where one could hypothetically stand. It is a physical place in the universe. ITS JUST OUT THERE LOOKING LIKE UH IDK A REGULAR OLD DESERT WITH LOTS OF ROCKS BUT ITS A WHOLE OTHER PLANET?
LIKE THIS JUST LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE A PERSON’S BACKYARD. LIKE YEA A LITTLE DUSTY MAYBE THERE WAS A SANDSTORM BUT THAT’S COOL I’M JUST GONNA WALK DOWN TO THE STORE P S Y C H YOU’RE ON MARS BICH!
i hate to be rude and intrude on this post but we have decent pictures of the surface Venus too!
So it’s not quite snowing on Churyumov–Gerasimenko, unfortunately; the white specks are artifacts of cosmic rays impinging on the CCDs in the camera, as well as a rotating starfield in the background (since the comet is spinning). A few specks could be dust. But, holy shit, that’s the surface of a comet. That’s a spot you could in theory cling to for dear life sit down on. The Cliffs of Comet 76pare a place.
If that isn’t the neatest shit I don’t know what is.
as an autistic person, can i just say that Charles Babbage aka “father of the computer” was totally one of us and also his vendetta against street music & organ grinders was VALID
ey yo gaud what do u have against street music
i have to wear earplugs and/or prescription sedatives to go outside
Tags (bc I don’t actually have anything against street music as long as it’s not like, unreasonably intrusive):
#the bigger issue though is overhead music in commercial buildings. restaurants, shops, grocery stores, etc I can’t go to any of those places without earplug and also sometimes gunshot protection earmuffs. it’s an issue #restaurants will usually turn the music down some if i ask politely, which helps but only to a degree. but yeah, it’s not street music so much as the growing presence of overhead speaker music & background noise in public life. it really shuts out people with sensory issues. makes it difficult for us to socialize and in general just to function in public spaces
You know designing /redisigning clothes is like the coolest thing for me but don’t let me get started on that.
But you know there is this frustrating little thing, when you design sth just for one, and I repeat only ONE fucking painting but then the designs are so good and interesting for you, that you start to imagine their backstories and relationships and then you can’t stop yourself from forming an ENTIRE FUCKING MIND-UNIVERSE just because my brain was like “ uuuuh this shit looks hot af, let me just do sth real quick ill be back in a minute” and that minute turns out to actually be 2 constant days of my imagination just inhaling the forbidden fairy stuff and then going basunca.
So basically here’s my designs for The Click and One Topic, where they are in a fantasy world and Click is a “villain” and One Topic is an traveling “hero” figure.
(tbh I couldn’t decide what “ hoodie ” colour to use so I went with the pink one cause fuck you
AND YES The Click is much bigger than One Topic)
Fucking neuter my mind.
#one topic at a time #the click#scetch #Fuck my Imagination #I told it to not ingest the forbidden fairy shit #It is forbidden for a fucking reason #Fantasy I quess
True. Sad but truth. Indian democracy right now is going through its lowest level
There is no democracy left in India!
For those who don’t know,
Farmers have been protesting in Delhi for the last 67 days, the new farmer bill released by the government will destroy their livelihood, farmers already struggle to put 2 meals a day in their plate, with the new bill they will not even be able to afford a meal a day! Farmer suicides are already extremely high in this country, families struggle with hunger on a daily basis!
These Farmers were protesting peacefully, and Yet on REPUBLIC DAY itself the government ordered Delhi police to charge lathis and tear gas them! They have beaten up these people without mercy.
Right now in the country any one who stands with the farmers is a “deshdrohi” (anti-national) , this is the statement released in public! In addition to that 2 days of Network Ban has been implicated , so now people who are there protesting CAN’T even communicate for help from outside!
Media is corrupt and is spreading false propaganda against the farmers , they’re trying to make it a religious issue , because ofcourse !!
This is not the first time it is happening
• All activists are being sent to jail, so that there is no one left to speak against the government!
• Migrant Labourers had to pay for their own transport in a lockdown after losing their jobs, and since they could, they had to walk miles! From one state to another to go back home!
• Students were lathi charged and beaten up in Delhi ,JNU! And in that protests since an Eminent Actress, who herself runs the biggest NGO fighting for mental health in India (which is a big big taboo till date) stood by the side of the student, she was unnecessarily dragged into a drug probe, just to tarnish her reputation, and destroy her career!
• Doctors in government hospitals (who are understaffed,underpaid, overburdened ) who worked through the entire of the pandemic, have not been paid salaries for more than 4 months! And when they spoke about it on social media, all of them were fired, without even being paid.
• Medical students are being used as a guinea pig for the vaccine that has been implemented, take note that this particular vaccine (not Moderna or Pfizer) has not yet released the results of it’s 3rd trial !
• Hathras in UP had the most gut wretching rape case where a 19year old Dalit, Farmer , girl was not only raped but also her spine was broken and her tongue was cut off! ( Because in India, they don’t just rape people , they kill you after that instantly!) And despite all the things the first statement that the govt released was it was not a rape! And the very day she died in the hospital, the UP police, locked the family in their house and cremated the girl’s body without letting any investigation proceed!
• Forcefully established Ram Mandir after breaking Babri Masjid, and then that’s not it, now they Want a Krishna temple right on that spot where there’s already a mosque, and they filed a case and the court accepted it!!! Because even the Court is freaking INSANE!!!
• A muslim comedian has been sent to jail for making a Joke on Amit Shah! A Comedian! Freedom of speech be damned! And the court has rejected his bail!
• 2020s biggest Super Cyclone left West Bengal destroyed! Along with Orissa! The PM did not even bother to tweet a single letter in condolences, the centre promise a sum of money to the state government and till date has not sanctioned it! Leave Amphan WB has not even got the last check of Cyclone relief funds from Cyclone Ayla! Why? Because the state is run by opposition party!
• Army is dying in borders because of sneak attacks in borders from neighbouring countries and yet we’re not despatching supplies like food, water, bullet proof jackets or backup regiments!
• 10000+ teachers have been fired in Tripura and were peacefully protesting with their families, they were lathi charged in the morning and then at 10pm at night they were attacked with water jets! In this Winter season! 6 of them are in Critical Care in my hospital!
• UP police is beating up anyone who is supporting the Farmer movement!
WE are a FUCKED country!
Farmers are anti-national!
Students are anti-national!
Muslims are anti-national!
Sikhs are anti-national!
Hindus who support any of the above/below are liberals and thus anti-national!
Women are anti-national!
Comedians are anti-national
Migrant labours are anti-national!
Doctors/Nurses/Healthcare staff are anti-national!
Teachers are anti-national!
The poor are anti-national!
ANYONE who possesses a 🧠 in this Country is anti-national!
And there are people who have the audacity to say
“you shouldn’t speak like that About the country , it gives us a bad international reputation”
And to you guys who don’t live in India and see our culture in only media, Don’t be fooled , we ain’t any awesome epitome of culture, The only culture 90% of India has is"Rape Culture"
I’m so fucking done with this , a fucking asteroid can hit us and we can all die, thank you!
I know it’s visible on the screen but if you cannot see her name that is Adanna Madueke. She’s a natural hair influencer.
Even if you don’t have curly, coily, or kinky hair I highly recommend watching these influencers. Not only are a lot of them innovative, like this woman, but you will learn a lot more about how Black hair works. There is not nearly enough education about how our hair works, and most people without this kind of hair are clueless.
I suggest adanna, Naptural85, Kimberly Cherell , NaturalReign , StarPuppy, Chev B, MsNaturallyMary, Loveth Speaks , EvaniwithaV ,Eugenia Kelcy, TheChicNatural, WillonaWhim , GreenBeauty, Curly Chemistry, VivHairTherapy and Bianca Renee Today. These are people of different genders, hair types, and methods. Protective styles or wash and go people. People doing g it cor fun and actual chemists. Because there is no one size fits all. There are also thousands more, but these were the first people I thought of. Take this as your chance to learn something new
OK the history geek in me just broke down my door and threw an octopus in my face that I now call Rosemary and is now a proud member of my household.
But holy Shit, this woman is not only using a very, and I mean very old technique of braiding and styling your hair, but she is also very skilled in it!! And it looks like she either researched it or came to the conclusion itself, and that’s impressive.
The technique was used around the globe and is what the Greeks used to make their hairstyles work at the time, you know those swirly thingies that hairstylist couldn’t figure out for a long time how they did it, that thingy. Yeah it is impressive.
But it wasn’t only used to make intricate hairstyles that human fingers just couldn’t do it, but also was used to sew in jewelry, flowers, bones and other things not only for fashion but also for rituals and other ceremonies!
And the best part is, you could do it with every hair texture!!
I’m just really exited to see those old techniques being used in the modern Era in a modern way by an hairstyle influencer.
schools reopened in greece today and among other incidents a mother yanked the mask off her son’s face and told him to never wear a mask, a father head-banged a teacher for saying that his kids will have to wear masks at school, sending the teacher to the hospital, someone tried to sue a school for not letting their kids enter without a mask, parents are protesting in the streets against the use of masks at schools and i heard a woman say that masks are suffocating the children and that they’re bad for their development. not to be radical but since covid refusers want to die so bad just go ahead…
Indonesia gets it
America should do this absolutely. People are so fucking selfish.
[Headline of article from Gizmodo: Anti-maskers forced to dig graves for covid-19 victims in Indonesia.]
A direct action with positive outcome! Indonesia is truly ahead of our time.
being gay is like…. we’re friends…. but are we flirting?…. now we’re fake flirting…. or is this serious flirting?…. we’re really good friends….. you tell me I’m pretty and I call you attractive…. but we’re just being nice, right?…. and I’m down to kiss…. if you want….
I flirt with my friends bc they deserve it…… but then they’re flirting back…… and OK fine let’s competitively flirt with one another…… we are still good friends….. but then you ask if you can kiss me….. we kiss….. we are still friends…. but I’m confused and don’t want to make our friendship awkward….. I don’t ask….. we are still good friends…. Yeah everything is fine…