May. 2nd, 2017

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EDWARD GOREY’S DRACULA, A TOY THEATRE.

LINK.

@thosequieteyes I feel like u need this.
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Night Fury doodles
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Le Dragon Noir by YoukaiYume

I WOULD HANG THIS ON MY WALL
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Rat Queens Issues 1 & 2 - Highlights

Art by John “Roc” Upchurch

Written by Kurtis J Wiebe

Purchase Rat Queens on Comixology

I was kind of just wondering why Tumblr isn’t talking about this fabulously crude comic about awesome ladies.

I love this comic!!!
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toddler shoes Knitting Humor Bag Funnytoddler # #
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~I love Lena Headey. I’m going to try and marry her, anyway.~ 

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And now a book list in response to hella-stabtacular looking for titles that are in some way about feminism, feminist history, or feature feminist leads.

First off, everyone should know about the Amelia Bloomer Project, a group that is part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.  They produce yearly lists, and they are all worth looking at for more titles to read on this theme.

But here are my personal recommendations, with a mix of history and female characters I think fit the bill.  As always, click on the title to request it.

The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson

This recent title popped to mind as it is a thoughtful and intricate look at how a young woman navigates her own power in complicated circumstances.  Laila has been sent to the US after her father, a dictator in an unnamed country, is assassinated.  She’s well aware that neither she nor her little brother (the heir) are necessarily here to stay. Her new situation is freeing, but her old life keeps getting its hooks back in. Her family’s political clout keep her of interest to the CIA and factions back home.  Laila is a fascinating, clever character who faces many hard decisions about herself, her background, her new social circle, and her potential as a power player.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

This series is, on one hand, a delightfully witty romp set in an alternate universe Victorian England where vampires and werewolves are important parts of society and when proper society girls go to finishing school to learn manners and spycraft.  On the other hand, lead Sophronia and her peers are all excellent examples of “strong female characters” who survive through their smarts as much as their awareness of the latest fashion. Solid proof that being girly doesn’t mean you aren’t also smart, strong, and a force to be reckoned with.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk is one of my favorite heroines out there starring in her own Indiana Jones-esque adventure stories.  Tony Cliff has dreamt up a lead who’s many things at once: world-traveler, thrill-seeker, thief, and expert swordswoman.  This is just the first installment of her adventures with her companion, the weary but loyal Selim, but more is on the way, and it’s gorgeously drawn and full of wit.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

There are a number of titles on this look that evoke different eras of women’s history, and in this case Cushman takes a look at post-WWII US and in particular the rise of the anti-Communist red scare and the evolution of the Black List.  I admire titles that find a way in to larger issues like this one without getting too preachy.

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

With the full acknowledgement that I am a fan of all of A. S. King’s books, this one stands out for this list because of the way the main character, Astrid, refuses to let anyone define her.  This is her story of becoming certain enough of her own mind to to allow some labels to be applied but not all and not without her permission.  I appreciate the message that figuring out who you are is an always challenging, never certain mission in life.  We surprise ourselves, and Astrid’s ability to stand up to people who keep insisting on putting her in their safely defined boxes is refreshing and messy.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

I particularly love this title because it’s following a character, Frankie, who has never really given much thought to gender imbalances and expectations as she discovers just how much those imbalances impact her life.  I love how much this book is an awakening of sorts, and that once you see the issues surrounding gender expectations and limits, it’s impossible to unsee them.  It’s also full of awesome pranks.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a master of writing damaged but resilient characters, and my first introduction to her brand of fiery, stubborn, and fierce leading ladies was Taylor in Jellicoe Road.  This is a beautifully written book dealing with a number of tough topics — addiction, broken families, death, long-kept secrets — and Taylor’s voice and attitude make it all the more vibrant and true.  Also, if you like audiobooks, or might like to try one, this is a great one to hear (the Australian accent and slang especially.)

Bread and Roses Too by Katherine Paterson

Many women, especially immigrant and lower class women, found their voices through the labor strikes of the late 19th and early 20th century.  Katherine Paterson has become a go-to author for looking at life and struggles at the mills of Lowell and further afield, and in particular looking at the roles of women in these fights.  Bread and Roses Too is a more recent addition to her look at these women, but both it and Lyddie are well worth a read.

Flygirl by Sherri Smith

I include this excellent historical title for a number of reasons: Ida Mae is a rock solid lead, and her desire to fly both before and during World War II is infectious.  The fact that she is light skinned and can pass for white gives her access to her dream of joining the war effort as one of the Women Air Service Pilots, but it is also an ongoing and increasingly difficult choice.  This is a part of history not many folks know, and in particular it highlights how race and gender issues combine to complicate women’s lives.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Most students of feminism at least know the stories behind early suffrage, and the eloquence and friendship of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but I fear a lot of folks skim over the later years in the US that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  This book centers on the fight for suffrage in England, a few years earlier around 1910, and introduces readers to the struggles that later directly influenced tactics used in the US. 
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Absolutely!   Here’s a short list of some of our favs:

Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis - bisexual sci-fi/fantasyProxy by Alex London - gay sci-fi dystopian Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - bisexual sci-fi/horrorThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson - bisexual sci-fi/dystopianAdaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo - bisexual sci-fiPantomime and Shadowplay by Laura Lam - trans/intersex steampunk fantasyThe Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj - all kinda queer sci-fiSaga by Brian K. Vaughan - all kinda queer sci-fi graphic novel seriesLove In The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block - all kinda queer sci-fi mythology retellingBeyond the Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction edited by Brit Mandelo - won last year’s Bisexual Book Award in speculative fiction. 
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Lena Headey & Pedro Pascal
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Wouldn’t they be adorable together.
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HEY TUMBLR, LET’S PLAY A GAME

To play this game, go to MapCrunch, select “hide location”, make sure you have all countries unselected, and click go. What this will do is drop you in a random part of the world. It’s as if you woke up on the side of a road in an unfamiliar country. The goal of the game is to find your way to an airport so you can return home. 

Bonus Hard Mode: No using outside sources, and that includes using google maps to figure out your location from signs or landmarks

…I had plans today but now.

THE AIRPORT GAME IS BACK.

FUCK THIS GAME

LAST TIME I PLAYED IT DUMPED ME IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORWAY

I PLAYED FOR LIKE 8 HOURS BEFORE BREAKING DOWN CRYING

OMG NO STOP THIS GAME IS MY LIFE!!!

IT’S BACK

WHY IS THIS BACK

WHYYYYY

oh shit

I HAVEN’T USED THIS GIF SINCE FEBRUARY

Always reblog Mapcrunch when someone tries to bring it back

it dropped me in a fucking room full of pandas

Ohmygod

It once dropped my in my home town a few km’s from the airport XD

i think this is gonna be a problem

I got dropped in the mountains above Chelopek, Bulgaria. From there I just need to get to Sofia to get a flight home….
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I will never forgive them for cutting out this scene.

Tumblr app doesn’t show this gif set but I already know what it is. No need to hesitate to reblog.

And he did this just before a road trip, stuck in the car with his parents asking what he was thinking.

The look of utter defiance Dudley gives Vernon as he steps over the fence though 

And how he does it really slowly as well as if to say “What you gonna do about it huh?”

The phone rings. It was an absurd wedding gift from his father in-law, and one which much to Harry’s surprise, had actually worked when he’d plugged it into the landline. Arthur had taken to phoning him on it, just for the pure novelty of the thing—though how they’d managed to get a BT engineer out to the Burrow without causing an incident, Harry doesn’t know. He’s not sure he wants to.

“Hello?”

“Uhm,, is this…is this the Potter residence?”

There’s a beat of silence as Harry adjusts the receiver against his ear, not quite sure he’s heard who he thinks he has. “…Dudley?”

“Yea…uhm, Harry?”

“Dudley.” Harry repeats numbly, turning to look at Ginny who is looking at him expectantly, eyebrows raised. “Uh…Christ, Dudley, hi how did…how did you find this number?”

There’s another beat of silence and the crackle of static that might have been a sigh or simply just the line breaking up. “Hi, sorry I know you probably…sorry this was stupid. I uh, I put your name in the computer and this was the only thing that came up.”

“Oh.” Harry breathes, still trying to recover his equilibrium. Ten minutes ago he’d been using his wand to clear away dinner, he’d been getting ready to sit down and read through some reports before putting the kids to bed, and now somehow, he’s talking to his muggle cousin who he hasn’t seen since… “How, how are you?”

“Good, yea” Dudley replies, seeming to rally, “You?”

“Yea, uh, doing well…”

The conversation lasts maybe a half hour, faltering and awkward. But they’re going for a coffee at the end of the week and Harry supposes…that’s…that’s a thing that is happening.

*

“Harry…”

Harry turns and looks up, and looks up some more at the looming figure blocking out the light. 

“Dudley,” he says, standing up and hoping the pang of something awful doesn’t show on his face. For a moment he thought he’d been looking at Vernon. “It’s good to see you.”

Dudley gives him a look that says he clearly knows Harry is lying, but is thankful for being humored. “You too, you’re looking good…”

They pass the  first few minutes with awkward pleasantries and even more awkward silences. But it’s…nice would be too strong a word, but it’s not bad either. He even manages to get a smile out of him when he calls him Big D, the other man shaking his head with a self depreciating eye roll.

“Dad died,” Dudley says after a while, and Harry feels an icy hot flash go down his spine, curdling in his gut.

“Oh,” he says, not quite sure how he’s supposed to feel about that, “I’m sorry to hear that.”

Dudley snorts into his coffee. “Somehow I doubt it.” and it’s not accusing, but Harry still can’t help but feel like he should defend himself. The words they locked me in a cupboard are on the cusp of his tongue but Dudley gets there before him. “There’s a lot of things…looking back…lot of things…” and it’s not an apology, not really. “Took me a long time to realize certain things weren’t right…too long.” 

Harry nods at that, because yes, it had also taken him a long time too to understand the full of extent of what had gone on in 4 Privet Drive. He still doesn’t like tight spaces.

“You realize things though, when you have kids,” Dudley carries on, shaking his head, “Like they’re just kids, how can you do that to a kid? They need you for everything.”

And Harry can relate to that too. Lily is three and Ginny is pregnant again and James already has an alarming alacrity for finding trouble and with or without magic Harry doesn’t have enough hands to deal with it all. But he loves it, and he loves them, and the thought of anyone ever treating his children the way he remembers his first eleven years of life is enough to make the electric lights over their head flicker. 

“You’ve got kids?”

“Two,” Harry says, “third one on the way. You?”

“Nice. Just the one, so far.” He hands over his phone, the image of a bright young girl with dark skin and tight ringlet curls staring back at him from the grasp of Dudley’s arms. “Effie.” He smiles ruefully at Harry’s obvious surprise. “Dad wasn’t too happy about that either.”

“She’s gorgeous.” Harry says, handing the phone back and pulling out his own wallet to reveal the moving pictures inside. 

Dudley flinches a bit at that, but he guffaws broadly when he spies James. “Cor, he don’t half look like you. No glasses though.”

“No,” Harry says, pushing his own glasses back up his nose. “He’s got his mother’s eyes, thankfully.”

“Actually, Harry, there was something I was hoping we could…talk about.”

And ah, there it is. “What about?”

“It’s…it’s about Effie…”

And when he’s done talking Harry just wants to lean back and laugh and laugh and laugh, because of course Vernon Dursley’s granddaughter is a witch, of course she is. But he doesn’t, because Dudley is doing the one thing he can think of to try and help his child, and Harry can’t fault him for that.

*

They keep in touch after that. Christmas cards, postcards—gifts for the kids on birthdays. The year Effie turns eleven—the same as James—Harry drops a casually long thought out text into the familial void.

“Diagon A this weekend, if you’re up for it?”

The text comes back quickly, a little too quickly for the way Dudders pecks at his phone whenever Harry has seen him typing. “Snds gd, 1st pint on u ;-) - Big D 🍺🍺🍺👌👍”

It’ll be painfully awkward, it always is. But it’s something.
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We finally figured out what makes Kristen Stewart smile: hot wings! The “Twilight” star posed for this amazing photo after dining at a Hooters restaurant in Texas recently. Get the details at Wonderwall.com.

yeah, hot wings, sure

wlw stands for Women Loving hot Wings

Me when I see hot wings

Just gals loving hot wings

*snort*
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Today we learned that cats can be mesmerized by optical illusions just like humans.

Ryan Kotzin printed out the rotating snakes illusion and placed it in front of his cat Peter to see what would happen. In this video you’ll see that Peter doesn’t just think he sees the paper snakes moving, he tries to pounce on and eat them as well:

[via Geekologie and Neatorama]
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spicer said this shit during passover. like don’t believe for a second he made an innocent mistake, that he wasn’t aware of what he was saying.

like this is explicitly antisemitic and he clearly doesn’t understand why

he straight up doesn’t believe that German Jews were people

“he never used them on fellow Germans” the implication that german jewish ppl were somehow “not truly german” was quite literally at the core of nazi ideology, this is so incredibly mind-numbingly transparent.

By saying that he never used chemical weapons on “fellow Germans” (sean spicer’s words, not mine) he is basically saying that Jews/Romanis/gays/every other group targeted in the Holocaust weren’t German. Which is what Hitler was literally saying. He was saying that those people (even if they were German and their families had lived in Germany since…ever) weren’t German. And Sean Spicer is repeating that hateful ideology. That’s what was most offensive to me about this entire chemical weapons/Hitler saga. Not that he got the facts wrong about Nazi use of chemical weapons. That he validated and repeated Nazi ideology. Fuck this guy and this entire anti-Semitic administration.

Non-Jews please reblog, we need your support 
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Today I learned that cuttlefish experience REM sleep, and that it makes their skin flash random colors. This is the cutest thing ever.

The electric eel at my aquarium has a voltmeter attached to his tank, and whenever he pumps out a burst of electricity–either when he’s navigating his tank or getting fed–the meter lights up and makes noise. Sometimes, I’ll walk past him when he’s snuggled up and totally motionless on his log, and see the voltmeter going crazy.

I am left to assume that he is dreaming, and is sleep-zapping at the things in his dreams.

I am absolutely delighted to learn that electric eels dream of kicking ass.
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