EXO’s 2-Day EXO’rDIUM DOT Concerts at the Seoul Olympic Stadium Officially SOLD OUT.

EXO’s 2-Day EXO’rDIUM Dot concert tickets for their encore shows at the Seoul Olympic Stadium have officially been SOLD OUT. Both concert days were declared sold-out after 30 minutes of being on-sale. Concerts held at the Seoul Olympic Stadium can hold over 70,000 attendees per concert.

Congratulations EXO!

So it’s Yom HaShoah today (that’s Holocaust Remembrance Day for the goy in the room) and I’ve been trying to think of something meaningful or insightful to say for most of yesterday. I’m sure most of the people who follow me aren’t Jewish and that’s fine, but because you’re not you will never understand the mental space the Holocaust takes up for us. I think about it all the time, it’s place in a wider Jewish story. In 2015 the world Jewish population finally reached the same level as it was in 1939. Think about that for a moment, it took us over 70 years to recover. When my Grandfather the son of European immigrants was born in 1924 there were about 9,500,000 Jews living in Europe, today 93 years later there are 1.4 million, in the countries of Eastern Europe there were 4.7 million Jews before the war, 867,000 in 1945 and only 70,000 today. Poland was 10% Jewish over 3 million Jews, speaking their own language, Yiddish. 90% of Polands Jews died, today only about 80,000 Jews live in Poland after 800 years as the beating heart of European Jewry. Yiddish went from 10 million native speakers to an all but dead language. The world of my great-grandparents is gone, I can never go back to where they came from because it’s gone, in the blink of an eye. However in some ways their world is alive and well, tonight, the night of Yom HaShoah over 7 million French people voted for a party founded by an anti-semitic fascist Holocaust denier. His Daughter that party’s candidate for President, the person over 7 million French voters wanted as their President, just this week denied any French responsibility for the deportation of France’s Jews to death camps. She gets to be in the run off election in two weeks and polls say 40% of French people will vote for her, she wants to BAN the wearing of Yarmulkes in public. And today of all days France choose not to reject her but move her forward. Never Again means Never Forget. 

anonymous asked:

Hi, probably a silly question, but if someone sends in a quote, what is the approximate wait time before you post that submission/what is the size of your current queue? Asking because another other cool DnD quotes blog has a queue of 70 000 posts, so seeing your submission posted within your life span isn't even entirely certain there so sometimes it doesn't even feel worth to bother trying to submit stuff... :') Thanks for your time, this is an awesome blog!

Not a silly question! People ask all the time. :) 

Our queue is currently between two and three weeks long. I think it’s on the lower end of that right now, but it goes up and down depending on the number of quotes we get each week. We do try to keep it from getting much longer than that when possible - we don’t want you guys to have to wait a million years to see your submissions!

Originally posted by satansexandsadness

by Henryk Ross

Police in the Lodz Ghetto, run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, escort residents for deportation during World War II.

Officially, former Polish press photojournalist Henryk Ross was forced to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s statistics department. He took photographs for Jewish identification cards, as well as images used as propaganda for the Lodz Ghetto. Ross, a Jew, was one of at least 160,000 people held in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, second only to the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Europe.

Unofficially, at great personal danger, Ross documented the cruel truth of life under Nazi rule. In the four-year existence of the Lodz Ghetto, a quarter of its prisoners died of starvation. In 1942, nearly 20,000 were deported to the death camp of Chelmno; in 1944, 70,000 were sent to Auschwitz.

Ross buried his negatives in 1944 in attempt to preserve the historical record of what had happened in Lodz. As one of the mere 877 recorded survivors of the ghetto, Ross returned for the negatives after Lodz’s liberation, discovering that more than half of the original 6,000 remained intact. [x]


What a difference 58 years makes Alternating pics of Morris Mini-Minor, 1959 and David Brown Automotive Mini Remastered, 2017. 621 AOK is acknowledged to be the first production Mini to roll of the Cowley production line on May 8, 1959 (it is pictured with Sir Alec Issigonis who designed it). In 1959 a Mini cost £537. David Brown Automotive (who produce Jaguar-based Aston Martin DB5 replicas) have announced their second model range will use band new classic Mini bodyshells de-seemed and fitted with reconditioned 78hp, 1275cc Mini engines. Production will be limited to 50-100 cars per year which will cost in the region of £70,000 depending on personal specification. So that is 130 X the cost of the original Mini. Taking inflation into account £537 in 1959 is worth £4,486 in 2017

100 reasons NOT to kill yourself

1. we would miss you.
2. it’s not worth the regret. either by yourself if you failed or just simply left scars, or the regret everyone else feels by not doing enough to help you.
3. it does get better. believe it or not it will eventually get better. sometimes you have to go through the storm to get to the rainbow.
4. there’s so much you would miss out on doing.
5. there is always a reason to live. it might not be clear right now, but it is always there.
6. so many people care, and it would hurt them if you hurt yourself.
7. you ARE worth it. don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you otherwise.
8. you are amazing.
9. a time will come, once you’ve battled the toughest times of your life and are in ease once again, where you will be so glad that you decided to keep on living. you will emerge stronger from this all, and won’t regret your choice to carry on with life. because things always get better.
10. what about all the things you’ve always wanted to do? what about the things you’ve planned, but never got around to doing? you can’t do them when you’re dead.
11. i love you. even if only one person loves you, that’s still a reason to stay alive.
12. you won’t be able to listen to music if you die.
13. killing yourself is never worth it. you’ll hurt both yourself and all the people you care about.
14. there are so many people that would miss you, including me.
15. you’re preventing a future generation, YOUR KIDS, from even being born.
16. how do you think your family would feel? would it improve their lives if you died?
17. you’re gorgeous, amazing, and to someone you are perfect.
18. think about your favourite music artist, you’ll never hear their voice again.
19. you’ll never have the feeling of walking into a warm building on a cold day
20. listening to incredibly loud music.
21. being alive is just really good.
22. not being alive is really bad.
23. finding your soulmate.
24. red pandas
25. going to diners at three in the morning.
26. really soft pillows.
27. eating pizza in neww york city.
28. proving people wrong with your success.
29. watching the jerks that doubted you fail at life.
30. seeing someone trip over a garbage can.
31. being able to help other people.
32. bonfires.
33. sitting on rooftops.
34. sweing every single country in the world.
35. going on roadtrips.
36. you might win the lottery someday.
37. listening to music on a record player.
38. going to the top of the eiffel tower.
39. taking really cool pictures.
40. literally meeting thousands of new people.
41. hearing crazy stories.
42. telling crazy stories.
43. eating ice cream on a hot day.
44. more harry potter books could come out, you never know.
45. travelling to another planet someday.
46. having an underwater house.
47. randomly running into your hero on the street.
48. having your own room at a fancy hotel.
49. trampolines.
50. think about your favourite movie, you’ll never watch it again.
51. think about the feeling of laughing out loud in a public place because your best friend has just sent you an inside joke.
52. tour survival will make the world better, even if it’s for just one person or 20 or 100 or more.
53. people do care.
54. treehouses.
55. hanging out with your soul mate in a treehouse.
55. snorting when you laugh and not caring who sees.
56. i don’t even know you and i love you.
57. i don’t even know you and i care about you.
58. because nobody is going to be like you ever, so embrace your uniqueness!
59. you won’t be here to experience the first cat world emperor.
61. starbucks.
62. hugs.
63. stargazing.
64. you have a purpose, and it’s up to you to find out what it is.
65. you’ve changed somebody’s life.
66. now you could change the world.
67. you will meet the person that’s perfect for you.
68. no matter how much or how little, you have your life ahead of you.
69. you have the chance to save somebody’s life.
70. if you end your life, you’re stopping yourself from achieving great things.
71. making snow angels.
72. making snowmen.
73. snowball fights.
74. life is what you make of it.
75. everybody has a talent.
76. laughing until you cry.
77. having the ability to be sad means you have the ability to be happy.
78. the world would not be the same if you didn’t exist.
79.its possible to turn frowns, upside down
80. be yourself, don’t take anyone’s sh*t, and never let them take you alive.
81. heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. be your own hero.
82. heing happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
83. one day your smile will be real.
84. having a really hot, relaxing bath after a stressful day.
85. lying on grass and laughing at the clouds.
86. getting completely smashed with your best friends.
87. eating crazy food.
88. staying up all night watching your favourite films with a loved one.
89. sleeping in all day.
90. creating something you’re proud of.
91. you can look back on yourself 70 years later and being proud you didn’t commit.
92. being able to meet your internet friends!
93. tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
94. team starkid.
95. cuddling under the stars.
96. being stupid in public because you just can.
97. if you are reading this then you are alive! is there any more reason to smile?
98. being able to hug that one person you havent seen in years.
99. people care enough about you and your future to come up with 100 reasons for you not to do this.
100. but, the final and most important one is, just, being able to experience life. because even if your life doesn’t seem so great right now, literally anything could happen!

& if that isn’t enough:

-depression hotline: 1-630-482-9696
-suicide hotline: 1-800-784-8433
-lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
-trevor project: 1-866-488-7386
-sexuality support: 1-800-246-7743
-eating disorders hotline: 1-847-831-3438
-rape and sexual assault: 1-800-656-4673
-grief support: 1-650-321-5272
-runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
-exhale: ater abortion hotline/pro-voice: 1-866-4394253
-child abuse: 1-800-422-4453

-samaritans (for any problem): 08457909090
e-mail jo@samaritans.org
-childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111
-mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393
e-mail: info@mind.org.uk
-mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice): 0300 466 6463
-b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open mon-fri 10.30am-8.30pm and saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
e-mail: help@b-eat.co.uk
-b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open mon-fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, saturday 1pm-7pm)
-cruse bereavement care: 08444779400
e-mail: helpline@cruse.org.uk
-frank (information and advice on drugs): 0800776600
-drinkline: 0800 9178282
-rape crisis england & wales: 0808 802 9999 1(open 2 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm)
e-mail info@rapecrisis.org.uk
-rape crisis scotland: 08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight
-india self harm hotline: 00 08001006614
-india suicide helpline: 022-27546669
-kids help phone (canada): 1-800-668-6868, free and available 24/7

-argentina: 54-0223-493-0430
-australia: 13-11-14
-austria: 01-713-3374
-barbados: 429-9999
-belgium: 106
-botswana: 391-1270
-brazil: 21-233-9191
-china: 852-2382-0000
(hong kong: 2389-2222)
-costa Rica: 606-253-5439
-croatia: 01-4833-888
-cyprus: 357-77-77-72-67
-czech republic: 222-580-697, 476-701-908
-denmark: 70-201-201
-egypt: 762-1602
-estonia: 6-558-088
-finland: 040-5032199
-france: 01-45-39-4000
-germany: 0800-181-0721
-greece: 1018
-guatemala: 502-234-1239
-holland: 0900-0767
-honduras: 504-237-3623
-hungary: 06-80-820-111
-iceland: 44-0-8457-90-90-90
-israel: 09-8892333
-italy: 06-705-4444
-japan: 3-5286-9090
-latvia: 6722-2922, 2772-2292
-malaysia: 03-756-8144
(singapore: 1-800-221-4444)
-mexico: 525-510-2550
-netherlands: 0900-0767
-new zealand: 4-473-9739
-new guinea: 675-326-0011
-nicaragua: 505-268-6171
-norway: 47-815-33-300
-philippines: 02-896-9191
-poland: 52-70-000
-portugal: 239-72-10-10
-russia: 8-20-222-82-10
-spain: 91-459-00-50
-south africa: 0861-322-322
-south korea: 2-715-8600
-sweden: 031-711-2400
-switzerland: 143
-taiwan: 0800-788-995
-thailand: 02-249-9977
-trinidad and tobago: 868-645-2800
-ukraine: 0487-327715

just in case you’re having a hard time.

stay strong.

BBC Sherlock Novel-Length Fanfiction Recommendation Summary Post

This post lists all the BBC Sherlock fanfictions longer than 70.000 words that I’ve deemed noteworthy. Since I quit the fandom in 2016, this post will not be continued.

I am very much open to pairings of all kinds and other protagonists. To me, plot and writing style count more than personal squicks. In general, I do not comment on whether the stories contain explicit content, be it violence or of sexual nature.

The list is about quality, not themes or quantity. Since Sherlock had been my favourite character, he features quite heavily. The stories are sorted based on their relation to the canonical timeline.

Unplaced / Starting Pre-Series:

  1. Breakable by MissDavis (Johnlock, Hurt & Comfort)
  2. Dark Ripples Series by Nagaem_C (Lestrade, Sherlock, parental Lestrade, drama)
  3. Mise en Place by azriona (Johnlock, Moriarty, romance/drama, foodlock, AU)
  4. Performance In a Leading Role by Mad_Lori (Johnlock, romance/drama, AU)
  5. Tennis Series by Jupiter_Ash (Johnlock, romance, AU)
  6. The Cold Song Series by Eldritchhorrors (Johnlock, BDSM, case fic)
  7. The Illusion of Free Will by leopardwrites (Johnlock, romance, crossover)
  8. The Prize by Trillsabells (Johnlock, Mycroft, post-apocalyptic, AU)
  9. Two Two One Bravo Baker by abundantlyqueer (Johnlock, action case fic, AU)

First Season:

  1. A Story in Lullabies by shooting-stetsons (Johnlock, femlock, baby fic, s1)
  2. Colors by Quesarasara (Johnlock, romance, AU, s1)
  3. A Waste of Breath by Chryse (Johnlock, Moran, drama, post s1)
  4. The Green Blade by verityburns (Sherlock, John, friendship, case fic, post s1)
  5. We are all each other’s consequences by NyxUnderwood (Johnlock, romance/ptsd, post s1)

Second Season:

  1. The Untranslatables Series by tunteeton (Johnlock, Mycroft, romance, AU, s2)
  2. If You Can’t Move Heaven, Raise Hell by splix (John/Sherlock, Ian Adler/Sherlock, Moriarty, action, case fic, s2)
  3. 4.916 by nmqttps (John & Sherlock friendship, action, post s2)
  4. A Case of Identity by jkay1980 (Johnlock, romance, case fic, post s2)
  5. Be Here Now Universe by Todesfuge (Johnlock, Irene, Moriarty, Mycroft, drama, injury/illness/amnesia, return, post s2)
  6. Crazy For Love by prettyvk (Johnlock, OC, drama, child fic, post s2)
  7. Given in Evidence by verityburns (Johnlock, romance/case fic, return, post s2)
  8. Lucid by dr_girlfriend (Johnlock, Moran, Mycroft, return, angst, post s2)
  9. Making It Better by sideris (Johnlock, Moran, drama, return, post s2)
  10. Memory by ImpishTubist (Viclock, OC, drama/mystery, case fic, illness fic, post s2)
  11. Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68 (Johnlock, OC, romance, child fic, post s2)
  12. Safe Distance by merripestin (Johnlock, romance/case fic, post s2)
  13. Seven Devils by GirlsinGlassCages (Johnlock, Irene, Moriarty, action/drama, post s2)
  14. The Bare Edge by saizine (Johnlock, return, injury fic, case fic, romance/drama, post s2)
  15. The Fall of Gods by ImpishTubist (Viclock, drama, illness/injury, character death, post s2)
  16. The Good Morrow Series by greywash (Johnlock, Mycroft, Moran, drama, return, post s2)
  17. To Where You Are by Witch_Nova221 (Johnlock, Mummy Holmes, OC, romance, journey fic, post s2)
  18. Whatever Remains by boomsherlocka (Johnlock, Sherlock/OC, drama, crossover, post s2)

Season Three:

  1. Love Ballads for the Nonbelievers by siennna (Johnlock, return, s3)
  2. The Adventure of the Silver Scars by tangledblue (Johnlock, Moran, case fic, drama, post s3)
  3. The Edinburgh Problem by snorklepie (Johnlock, case fic, post s3)

On the 22nd of April 2016 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched their Heads Together Campaign, bringing all kinds of mental health charities together. Today, almost exactly a year later, on the 23rd of April 2017, their work saw its culmination at the 2017 London Marathon. More than 700 runners ran for the Heads Together Campaign and over 70,000 Heads Together Headbands were distributed. 

The Duke & Duchess and Prince Harry gave the starting signal, chatted to runners, cheered along the route, handed out water and gave out medallions. 

Fun Facts about Technical Production


  • Total amount of cable: 180 kilometers
  • 220 people required to run the live broadcast


  • 1816 fixtures
  • Consumes 854 000 watt
  • 67 000 control channels
  • 61 km of cable just for lighting
  • Takes 5 main and 5 back up lighting desks to run the show
  • 16 followspot operators
  • 40 people involved to run lighting during broadcast


  • 1000 sqm of LED Screen
  • 71 000 002 pixels resolution
  • 12 media servers to handle all video content
  • 10 people required to create all content.
  • 56 High Output Projectors
  • 4 High End MMS systems


  • 258 speakers
  • 825 600 watt output
  • 212 microphones
  • 18 IEM systems (In ear monitor)
  • 152 IEM reciever (In ear monitor)
  • 13 sound desks
  • 34 people involved to run sound during broadcast


  • 48 x flame units
  • 50 x firing positions
  • 6 x Heavy Fog Outlets


  • 212 ton of rigged gear in the roof
  • 112 cyberhoist
  • 735 rigging points
  • 3262 meters of truss
  • 42 riggers to get everything up


  • 7 Megawatts at full capacity
  • 18 Generators
  • 20 000 Liter of fuel used every day
  • 38,5 km of high voltage cable


  • Stage weights 30 tons
  • 350 sqm Performance area
  • Height 14 meters
  • Width 70 meters
  • Depth 28 meters
  • 8 000 work hours in pre production
  • 40 stage techs to handle change overs during broadcast


  • 30 cameras in total- 19 for Show broadcast
  • 50 people involved to handle broadcast
  • 2 directors
  • We are using cuepilot
  • 1 x 2d camera and 1 x 1d camera, 3 x Cranes, 2 x dolly tracks


  • 230 trucks of gear
  • 100 stage hands for load in, 150 for load out


  • 22 000 pcs of scaff
  • It weights 450 tons
  • 50 wheelchair seats

Perttu Kivilaakso / Apocalyptica @ 70 000 Tons of Metal 2015 / Liberty of the Seas

Pool deck show

so on the subject of abandoned fics

a lot of people (both readers and writers) are saying the solution is to wait until you write the whole thing before posting. And that might be the solution for some people, but it’s not the solution for me. 

Part of the reason I write fanfic is so that I get immediate feedback. As in, I post, I take a five-minute break, and then I come back to see if there are any comments yet. That immediate. 

If I’m going to spend weeks (possibly months) plodding away alone on 60K word story, actually plotting and adding in story arcs and all of that actual work stuff, then sorry guys, but it’s not going to be fanfiction. It’s going to be an original novel and I’m going to need to get paid for it. Because to me, that’s work. 

Fanfiction is the writing I do to take a break from the work-writing. It’s where I throw the planning and the groundwork out the window, and just see whenever the hell the characters take me. Do I know what’s going to happen next? Hell, no! Better bring in Kate Argent to fuck things up! (This, of course, is a modified version of Raymond Chandlers’s advice: When in doubt have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.) 

When I post a story, you’re reading literally everything that I’ve written of it, and I then give myself 24 hours to get the next chapter up. It’s crazy, but it works for me because it forces me to write without the luxury of too much time to worry about whether or not it’s total shit. And the fact that I’ve already got people waiting to read the next chapter? That forces me not to quit. 

The last long fanfic I wrote was The Rule of Three. 70 000 words in 20 days. Meanwhile, this original novel I’ve been working on since November? I still haven’t cracked 20 000 words. So, believe me, waiting until the whole thing is done to post it does not mean it will get completed. At all. Okay, so this novel will be completed eventually (since I’ve signed a contract on it) but you don’t even want to see all the half-started and abandoned original stories I’ve got saved on my computer. Sometimes I look at them and wish I had a bunch of comments after every chapter wondering aloud what’s going to happen next, and what direction I’m going in, and keeping my motivation up. 

For the record, the reason I don’t abandon fanfics is because I’m a reader first, and I know how frustrating it is. But I also totally understand how fics can be abandoned. People have lives outside of writing fics. They have families, and jobs, and studies, or sometimes they just lose all their motivation. See above; my original fics. 

Different strategies work for different writers. Maybe waiting until they’ve finished the whole story will work for plenty of people, but I promise you right now that it would never work for me. To me, the readers are an integral part of writing fanfiction. Without the comments providing motivation, encouragement, and a wonderful mixbag of ideas on where to drive this crazy train next, I’d never finish a fic. 

I’d either be distracted by a new, shiny idea, or, worse yet, I’d listen to that little voice in the back of my head that just occasionally whispers to me, “Hey, shouldn’t you be working?” I hate that voice. It’s a killjoy. 

Originally posted by giantmonster

The poor get poorer and the rich won’t admit it | David Mitchell
Labour’s John McDonnell has put a £70,000 price tag on wealth. So why are we all so desperate to be included in the ‘squeezed middle’?
By David Mitchell

“What I actually mean is that people don’t want to be called rich. They still want the trappings of wealth, I imagine. Big houses, big baths, big dinners, leg-room, gold, a willingness to use the sort of cash machine that charges you £1.50. Everyone wants all that. They just don’t want it to be known that they’re getting any of it, if indeed they are – or for the amount of it they’re getting to qualify them for that unfortunate section of society, the fortunate.

This notion that there’s something unlucky about being called lucky occurred to me last week in the wake of John McDonnell’s controversial definition of the richas those earning “above £70,000 to £80,000 a year”. A lot of people objected to that, and even more objected to those objections. The first group pointed out that £70k a year is far from unimaginable wealth, PIYLIL (particularly if you live in London). So, if your image of a rich person is someone in a gold hat lighting a cigar with a £50 note, then the adjective is unfairly applied to a demographic of dutiful mortgage-paying graduates who occasionally go to Carluccio’s.

These complainants’ detractors, pausing only to mime playing the world’s smallest violin, countered with the undeniable statistical fact that earning £70k puts you in the richest 6% of the British workforce, and the richest 0.09% of the global population. In this row, comparatives and superlatives are oddly less controversial than the terms from which they’re derived. Richest doesn’t necessarily mean rich any more than poorest means poor. Tony Blair must have been the poorest man at many plutocratic dinners he’s attended around the world, but that doesn’t mean he needs to argue over who ordered extra chips.”