and how much they have changed

Yo, I’m back from posting hiatus! 

I’m curious: do I have many Asian American followers? And/or Asian American artist/illustrators? 

I am completely loud and obnoxious about Asian American issues on my personal FB page, but haven’t really treated my tumblr the same. I want to change that!

Some starter questions: 

- Are you the first artist in your family? First art school student? What does your family think?

- Have you ever received backlash for having Asian aesthetics influence your work? (”Looks too much like X or Y Asian artist”, “Looks too much like manga”, “Why do all of your figures have Asian features? etc.”)

- On the flip side, do you consciously (or maybe unconsciously) ignore including anything “Asian” in your work? (Only drawing white characters, etc.)

- How important are identity politics to your work? Are you very active in racial politics? Or do you want your work to “just be about the work”?


Send me some stuff, let’s talk about it!

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Dress Destruction Disaster

I think the scene in which Drizella and Anastasia tear up Cinderella’s dress is one of the most, if not the most, dramatic, and even one of the most psychologically frightening, scenes in the entire film. I can understand so much of what is going on, far more than just what is seen and heard on the screen, that it provides a lot for me to interpret and describe. This even includes the moments that happen before and after the dress is destroyed.

For starters, just before the Tremaines leave, Cinderella runs downstairs in her mother’s dress, which was altered for her by the birds and mice. Having initially believed they have succeeded in making sure Cinderella won’t go to the ball, all of the Tremaines are completely stunned and shocked at this sudden change of events. This proves how much the three, particularly Lady Tremaine, hate it when they are defeated by Cinderella. But just why are they so upset about Cinderella now having a chance to attend the ball? Well, for starters, the Tremaines don’t see her as a member of the upper class anymore. They see Cinderella as nothing more than a mere servant girl who shouldn’t be allowed to go to balls or have a good time at any kind of social event. But the real reason is because Drizella and Anastasia, who are ugly and very unladylike, are already jealous of Cinderella’s beauty and kindness. They want, while their mother wants to use them, to snag the prince (one between the two of them) for his hand in marriage, which is the only reason they are going in the first place. But if Cinderella is there, they wouldn’t stand a chance since she has just what they do not. The girls already feel that Cinderella is a threat to them, so they do not want her at the ball because her presence could ruin their chances of wooing the prince.

So then after their initial shock wears off, Drizella and Anastasia begin to loudly whine and complain to their mother that she shouldn’t let Cinderella go with them. Anastasia even grabs her mother’s dress and flaps it (and her body) up and down, like a misbehaving child having a tantrum, which shows just how childish and spoiled she is and is acting. The girls complaining tells me that, even if they or their mother make a bargain with someone, they don’t believe in them keeping their side of it; in other words, they don’t want to be fair to the other person. The only persons’ happiness and fairness they consider is their own; the Tremaines do not want to be fair unless it benefits themselves only. And when it comes to Cinderella, they certainly don’t want to be fair with her at all. What this also proves is that, despite Cinderella defeating them for now, Anastasia and Drizella can’t stand seeing Cinderella happy because that only makes them unhappy. Like their mother, they get the most delight when Cinderella is unhappy. And since Cinderella’s dress further adds to her outward beauty, it increases her stepsisters’ fear that that they won’t have a chance in winning the heart of the prince if Cinderella is also there.

Like her daughters, Lady Tremaine is also shocked that Cinderella managed to get a dress. This, along with the fact that she has taken everything away from Cinderella, indicates that she gravely underestimates her stepdaughter’s ability to remain resourceful and happy, despite years of abuse. Unlike her daughters, Lady Tremaine remains cool and calm, then reminds the girls that she made a bargain with Cinderella, so she has to keep her side of it. But then when she says, “And I never go back on my word,” Lady Tremaine’s facial expression, along with her voice tone, subtly shows that she is getting a very clever, but also sinister, idea. Not to mention that, when she says this line, she also approaches Cinderella in a very menacing manner. And look at Cinderella’s face as this happens: she moves her head back and her eyes widen, which clearly shows that she is afraid. This is an excellent moment of displaying how Cinderella is in no way naive or stupid. Even though she is kind to Lady Tremaine, she is also very aware of just how cruel and sinister her stepmother really is. While she bravely attempts to stand up for herself now and then, Cinderella still has moments of being scared of her stepmother. So when Lady Tremaine walks towards her, Cinderella is afraid because she develops a gut feeling that the reason her stepmother is approaching her isn’t a good one. Maybe she thinks that Lady Tremaine is finally going to hit her, since she never has before.

But even with the amount of physical proximity between them, Lady Tremaine never literally nor physically lays a hand on Cinderella. Instead, she cunningly notices Drizella’s discarded beads around Cinderella’s neck, then touches them, and this is the closest she ever gets to actually touching Cinderella’s body. At the same time, Lady Tremaine compliments the beads, saying, “They give it just the right touch,” then she asks Drizella if she thinks so. When she asks her daughter, what follows afterwards is exactly what she wants to happen: Drizella begins to answer no, then realizes that Cinderella is wearing the very same beads that she discarded. She accuses Cinderella of stealing said beads and rips them off from around her neck. After that, Anastasia notices that Cinderella is also wearing her discarded sash, and like her sister, she tears it off of Cinderella’s dress. Out of jealousy and spite for their stepsister, and having already started to ruin it, like a chain reaction, the girls continue to tear up Cinderella’s dress. In their blind rage of performing this horrible act, Drizella and Anastasia note what other items are theirs, and they verbally abuse Cinderella with words like “thief” and “kitchen wench.” Cinderella becomes afraid when they start and grows more terrified as they continue. In her fright, she protests and tells her stepsisters to stop, but her cries are completely ignored.

Now you may wonder, if Drizella and Anastasia don’t want these items anymore, why are they so furious that Cinderella is wearing them and then they take them back? Because it still ties in with the fact that Drizella and Anastasia are already extremely jealous and feel threatened that Cinderella outshines them with her natural beauty. They don’t want Cinderella to have material possessions, especially more or nicer things than what they have, or be better at them at anything. The girls are already annoyed that Cinderella managed to produce a dress after all, and since these items help enhance Cinderella’s beauty, including within the dress, well, they just can’t stand it if something, especially something they owned, helps Cinderella look more beautiful. They already face this beauty competition with their stepsister everyday, and so they won’t allow it to happen in this way. But Drizella and Anastasia don’t take the beads and sash back because they truly want them back; they just don’t want Cinderella to have them, period. They would rather throw them in the trash than give them to someone else who could use them, especially Cinderella. Like I said earlier, their actions are very petty and done purely out of spite and the burning envy they have for their stepsister. With that in mind, one could even say that tearing the dress, something beautiful owned by Cinderella and not them, apart was a cruel act Anastasia and Drizella have wanted to do to her for a long time.

And while the girls are tearing Cinderella’s dress apart, what is their mother doing? Nothing! Lady Tremaine just merely watches, with delight, no doubt, as Anastasia and Drizella tear the dress to shreds. This is exactly what she wanted to happen because she wants to still appear fair from her side of the deal, but also to keep Cinderella from attending the ball all together. Lady Tremaine acts as a hypocrite in this moment because earlier, when the girls fight during their music lesson, she tells them to maintain self-control. But now, while she restrains and doesn’t lay a hand or finger on her stepdaughter, she is her daughters them savagely attack Cinderella and tear up her dress. Heck, during this entire moment, Lady Tremaine indirectly sics them on Cinderella like vicious attack dogs! When she finally tells them to stop, she says, “I won’t have you upsetting yourselves.” This seems to be ironic and make little to no sense because Anastasia and Drizella were attacking Cinderella in a jealous rage, but I guess Lady Tremaine wanted to sound ironic and hypocritical in front of Cinderella. It could also mean that she wants the girls to calm down so they will have self-control when they meet the prince. Not to mention, since they have succeeded in making sure Cinderella does not go to the ball, they can calm down now.

When Cinderella is shown again, after her stepsisters walk out of the house, her dress is in tatters, with all of the major layers having been completely stripped off. One of her shoulders is totally bare, and I’m willing to bet that if Drizella and Anastasia tore off anymore of the dress, Cinderella would be almost completely unclothed. In fact, that is probably the only reason why Lady Tremaine told them to stop. They had torn off more than they needed to ensure that Cinderella couldn’t go, but their mother probably did not want them to see Cinderella unclothed. Cinderella does not say anything, likely because she is so in shock and upset over what happened that she doesn’t know what to say. She wears a look that clearly shows shock along with distress, and all she does is stand there and look at a torn part of the dress. But Cinderella is not only upset that her dream and chance at going to the ball has been brutally ruined; another factor that ties into this is that the dress she was wearing once belonged to her mother, who is deceased, along with her (Cinderella’s) father.

The beginning of the film reveals that her mother is dead, since her father is said to be a “widowed gentleman.” Once her mother passed, Cinderella’s only family left was her father. After he died, the Tremaines revealed their true colors and took nearly all of Cinderella’s material possessions away from her. All she has left of her parents are memories, but the dress was probably one of the few, if only, keepsakes of one of them that was still in her possession. Not only does it remind Cinderella of how happy her life once was, it symbolizes a fresh start and a chance at a better life for her. So when Anastasia and Drizella, two of the three people who hate her the most, insult her and tear the dress apart, Cinderella literally has her memories of her late mother, one of only two people who ever truly loved her, as well as her dreams of a better future, savagely destroyed and torn to shreds. When the girls and Lady Tremaine took things away from Cinderella, I bet they also discarded everything that belonged to both of Cinderella’s parents. So back to when after her dress is destroyed, Cinderella’s look clearly says that she is finally giving up. For someone who said earlier that her stepfamily couldn’t take her dreams away, what just happened makes Cinderella realize that they just did; therefore, she feels can no longer rely on her faith and dreams.

The final part of this scene that is worth analyzing is right before Lady Tremaine leaves. When Cinderella looks at the torn remains of her dress, in her distressed state, she looks back in Lady Tremaine’s direction. Right before she closes the door, Lady Tremaine merely looks back at Cinderella and says, “Good night.” Being who she is, she does not truly mean what she says. She has an arrogant, self-satisfied smile on her face, which clearly shows how cold, cruel, uncaring, and insincere she is feeling about what just happened. Her tone of voice when she speaks these words also reflects Lady Tremaine’s insincerity. Given what she says, along with seeing Cinderella’s distressed state before she leaves, I think she realized that Cinderella had finally come to her breaking point (towards which she was attempting to push Cinderella for a long time). But because she and her daughters had to leave, I can bet that Lady Tremaine was only sorry that they couldn’t stick around to see Cinderella cry. Perhaps she was just more relieved that Cinderella was now out of her and her daughters’ way. Maybe she is even thinking about later, because she and her daughters can brag and tease Cinderella about missing the good time they had (or so they think they will have) at the ball. If they rub this in her face, maybe the Tremaines can make Cinderella cry again, and in front of them this time.

So there you have it with all of my analytical thoughts and interpretations about every major and minor thing that takes place in this entire scene. Out of everything I have discussed, the moment that I think best shows Lady Tremaine’s villainy is her lines when she walks towards Cinderella, and how they lead to the entire moment of the girls tearing the dress apart. Think about it: Lady Tremaine is being literal when she says, “And I never go back on my word.” But while she says, what she DOESN’T literally say is anything along the lines of keeping her promise. See, she agreed that Cinderella could go to the ball, as long as she finished her work, and “if she found something suitable to wear.” Her stepmother is not happy that Cinderella manages to produce a dress at the last minute because she never actually wanted to her go in the first place. But when she sees the dress, Lady Tremaine comes up with another idea to keep her scheme intact. When she notices that Cinderella is wearing Drizella’s beads, she mentions them because she knew Drizella would get angry and steal them back, and then Anastasia would do the same with the sash. In their resulted anger, the girls destroy the dress, not only because they had started to do so, but because they are indirectly manipulated to do it by their mother, who still wants to remain the authority figure and appear fair (when she clearly wouldn’t be) from her side of the bargain with Cinderella. So then ultimately Cinderella’s dress is destroyed and in tatters, and Lady Tremaine thinks she has won this round because Cinderella literally no longer has something “suitable” to wear in order to go. To describe it in another way, because of her state, she literally cannot go to the ball now, although not in the way that would truly be fair. Lady Tremaine just used her manipulative ways to make sure she would still be keeping her end of the bargain and not going back on her word (because she literally, directly, and physically did not do anything to make it look like she wasn’t being fair), but especially to make sure that her goal of keeping Cinderella from going to the ball entirely was fulfilled. This, along with when she locks Cinderella in her room and trips the herald to break the slipper, are what I consider to be Lady Tremaine’s most evil moments.

gifs were made by my friend disneynumber1fan

Hey, Europe! Don’t worry about russian people not being ‘free’, because of all the laws.

We can find our way around them ;) I, personaly, don’t feel ‘trapped’ at all.

Life is pretty good! I just feel, like you guys need to know. 

Don’t compare Russia to your country. We are just different. Our minds work differently.

Yes, I have to admit, that most of older generation cringe when they hear the ‘g’ word. But you need to realize that they grew up in USSR! Do you have any idea what it means for how their mind sets turned out to be? No, cause you never lived here! You can’t change the way you think in a ‘click’!

Younger people are so much more tolerant! I swear! Russia can get there, but it won’t happen in a second. It won’t happen just cause someone tells us it has to. No, no, no. It’s not how it works. This proсess needs time.

ATTENTION TO ALL MY FELLOW LGBT+ FRIENDS!

IF YOU ARE CHRISTIAN OR HAVE LEFT THE FAITH BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CHURCH HAS MADE YOU FEEL THEN YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE HOPE REMAINS ASAP!!!!

ON THE WEBSITE THEY ADDRESS READINGS FROM THE BIBLE THAT HOMOPHOBIC CHRISTIANS OFTEN USE TO ATTACK THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY AND DEBUNK THEM! 

THIS WAS SO HELPFUL TO ME AND I HOPE IT HELPS OUT SOME OF YOU SO THAT YOU CAN REALIZE HOW MUCH GOD TRULY LOVES YOU.

(And to all the homophobic Christians out there, hopefully this website will change your mind.) 

TODAY I SAW DARREN AT TODAYS MATINEE AND IT WAS SPECTACULAR!

Him and Rebecca are fabulous together…..his singing is so perfect and has improved SO much since opening night….he definitely understands the character and his emotional impacts as well as the funny impact is spot on! His Tommy! HOLY SHIT! Everyone is right! His Tommy is perfection!!! He sings Wicked Little Town Reprise with such emotion and how he changes with a snap from Hedwig to Tommy and back is truly amazing to see. But honestly, the raw emotion that he portrays in the emotional scenes such as the monologue about Tommy before Long Grift is just truly….I have no words because it’s that wonderful!

He carwashed someone like literally in the back, kissed an older woman in the aisle seat in row A and then kissed an gentleman in AA 108! I got to touch his hand at the end of the curtain call too! And OMG (spoilers) when Hedwig is talking about Tommy in the tub and how she tells him about her show, that whole 10 seconds where Hedwig tells Tommy to come see her show…HE WAS FUCKING LOOKING STRAIGHT AT ME! It was magical! He looked at me a lot as well as my parents! His eyes are so gorgeous and show so much emotion! I can’t with his spot on acting bc it was perfect!

He was just…breathtaking and I’m so thankful I had this opportunity to see him!

AND REBECCA! Omg! I saw John and Lena, and I loved Lena but there’s something about Rebecca’s Yitzhak that’s better. Rebecca really shows her appreciation to sing at points and her emotional deliveries are so spot on! Her chemistry with Darren is also so amazing and DAMN THEY MAKE OUT A LOT!

If you are feeling ehhh about seeing Darren for any reason, I definitely say go see them because it will change your mind! I’m so thankful to my parents for getting me tickets! It meant so much to see my idol in person in a musical that I love so much :)

I’ll upload my pictures later bc I’m on a plane home right now, though I’m sure some of them are on DCN now bc I posted some to Twitter!

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in the last year i have unofficially changed my name, failed at getting important grades, gone through the darkest times i’ve ever faced, have had to decide whether to go hard or go home at college, said goodbye to someone that once meant so much to me, made new friendships that are so so incredible and here i am now. to sum it up, all that shit was ultra fucking terrifying at the time, and even in retrospect, i am still confused how the fuck i got through it but i got through it. i mean the last year has been a mix of scary, sad, determination, happiness, amazing, incredible, impressive and just overall not what i expected at all. but here i am, still strolling through the woods and slowly making it outta here with the help of some fantastic people and professionals.

i guess what i’m trying to say is that in the past year, i’ve gotten to a place i didn’t ever think i’d reach, not ever. i’ve found friends i wouldn’t have ever thought i’d be lucky enough to talk to, let alone talk to daily and see. i’ve been accepted in ways i thought only existed in the ‘it gets better’ section of the world. it’s been an terrifyingly incredible stroll, and who knows how it’ll continue, but here i am now, being someone i didn’t ever think i’d be able to be. i am noah sydney cato carter, and i am becoming the person i could only ever dream of being.

anonymous asked:

I understand you and Sara Ferro have been in each other's lives for a year now. Do you have 2 pictures where you can see a transformation of you guys from the beginning of the year to recently?

honestly pictures don’t even do it justice, if you saw us then and now youd be like what haha  we were such babies when we first met, i was only 17 and now I’m turning 19 in just a couple months, sar’s going to college its so crazy how much this year has changed us 

Can we just take a minute to appreciate how good of a friend Ross was to everyone! Yeah he was annoying at times but that doesn’t change the fact that he was an amazing friend. Ross was the one who gave his dad crap when Monica’s boxes got ruined. He was the one who got Phoebe her first bike. He was the one who kissed Joey when he had that audition. He and Chandler have always been good friends.

But the main one would be how even though he and Rachel were broken up Ross never tried to ruin any of Rachel’s future relationships the way she did his. No matter how much he loved her and no matter how bad it hurt him to see that he let her move on because he wasn’t just her ex he was also her friend. He put their friendship first. He would rather have Rachel as a friend than not have her at all. He also chose Rachel’s friendship over Emily which was amazing.

Over all I mean Ross was an amazing friend. I don’t see why so many people hate Ross just because of his flaws when the whole cast was severely flawed. I personally liked Ross👏😌

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The Shankars and the Harrisons (images found online, sources unspecified except image 4: Carol-Anne Lennie)

The following is Anoushka Shankar’s dedication, typed up from her wonderful book Bapi - Love Of My Life (found, to my delight, in New Delhi):

“People might be confused to find that Uncle George is still referred to in the present tense throughout the book. I actually finished writing it a couple of months before he passed away, and after much thought I decided that the book should stay as it was, because changing all those references to the past tense would change the entire feel of the book. I couldn’t have just changed the tense without adding more about him, about his death, the sense of pain and loss we all feel and the set memories we have. But the truth is I just don’t know how to write about all that. Losing him was a devastating blow to me, to my mother, and of course, to my father. And for one of the few times in my life, I don’t know how to express that in words. When I think of him I feel at a loss, and it surprises me that he’s not just somewhere, in England or in Hawaii or in the garden. I’ve spent my whole life seeing Bapi’s family and close friends pass away. Somehow because of the age difference between Bapi and me, from childhood, a part of me has always steeled itself subconsciously agains that fact that he, and the people in his life, are mortal, that death is a possibility, and indeed, an imminent certainty. But death wasn’t supposed to happen to Uncle George. Not yet. He was younger than my father, like a son to him. And when he died, I realized that he was like a father to me. I realized… how do I put it? I realized that somewhere in me, with the part of me that was always scared that my father would leave me too soon, I had always felt Uncle George would be there through that. I think a small part of me was reassured by the fact that at least I would have him, if in some horrible event I lost my father. The two of them were so close that I felt Bapi would be there with me, through Uncle George. I now that doesn’t make any sense, and how morbid it sounds, but that’s how Uncle George was to me, almost like an extension of my own father. I can’t even imagine what his own son Dhani has been going through and my heart aches for him. I’ve only seen Olivia once since her husband passed away but through all the pain I saw a strength a d a courage which was inspirational. They, and all of us who knew him, are surrounded by the immense love, wisdom and laughter he left us; from that we draw strength and for that I am eternally grateful.” - Anoushka Shankar, Bapi - Love Of My Life

I take it back… THIS is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever drawn. I’m also ridiculously proud of it. Huhuhuuu~

This represents where I am after eight months of digital art practice. I’ve gotten to the point where I can draw 100% on the computer. It still feels a tiny bit blasphemous, but it’s incredibly freeing and relaxing to be able to move around from sketching to inking to coloring without having to change materials or worry about running out of pencil leads or dried up pens or crinkled paper from erasing.

I love drawing again. I draw almost everyday now. I can see how much I’ve improved in such a short time which encourages me to draw more. Drawing has always been my first love, but it got put aside for my other crafts. I had a hard time picking it up again and I struggled a lot any time that I tried. I would go months without drawing anything at all.

I used to blame the fact that I couldn’t find a sketchbook that suited me after the company that makes my favorite one stopped producing them. It felt kind of like a lame excuse, but now I think it was true. I have so many sketchbooks that only have drawings on a few pages before I decided it was too bulky, or the paper was too rough, or my markers bled too badly, and a number of other complaints. My computer is my new sketchbook and it hasn’t failed me. There are over 1,000 files in the folder I save most of my drawings to. ONE THOUSAND IN EIGHT MONTHS.

I’m going to keep at it. I’m going to keep drawing wacky things that make my heart sing. I’m going to keep practicing and improving until I can draw full blown illustrations and comics on the computer. I’m going to try to save my money and buy a Cintiq. I think it’s clear it would be a sound investment.

(Minkin are a closed species. Centaur versions imagined by me!)

there’s a difference between Calling someone out on problematic things, and downright bullying them. Posting selfies of the person who’s been problematic and then insulting them is bullying. You can call someone out (and not always publicly! Wow! Who’d have thought!?) and not bully them. And also, digging up past things someone has said is also bullying because people’s views change like how much of a spiteful piece of shit do you have to be to do that grow up

anonymous asked:

Hey do you ever get really lonely in the sense that you feel like no one is really there when and how you want them to be. Maybe I'm immature and selfish but I get upset because I'd willingly put myself out there for someone yet it's hardly reciprocated. I've expected "too much" and I've always tried changing that yet at the same time I think I should expect something from people who are in my life yet that's lead to basically barely anyone to really be with. Maybe I just need sleep.

normally people tend to expect something from people around them
if im being nice to you, i expect you to treat me the same way
but thats not always the right way
you do something because you want to and not because you want others to copy what you did
i know it hurts when you did everything for a friend or someone else and if you really need them they all find something that is more important than listening to you and being there for you
but then again, how many times have you really told your friend what you think and how you feel?
have you ever told them that you are feeling lonely, that you cry at night all alone and need someone to hold you?
as you said it is selfish, but thats okay. we are all selfish creatures
nel once wrote me a really long letter when i was having a hard time but there is one part that i want you to read:
“i used to think that most people are good to spent time with but not to be trusted. i didnt trust anyone and didnt expect anything. it took me so many years but i reached that point. nobody could hurt me anymore. i was standing up there, all alone. i tried so hard for years only to be alone, sad isnt it. most people think feeling lonely is worse than being alone but thats wrong. if you are alone and have no one around loneliness will follow and there is only darkness beside you that leads you down. if you are lonely and have people around you, you still have a small hope that someone will reach out his hand for you.
if i look back now, those years ive spent trying to not get hurt were meaningless. i hope that you wont end up like this.
you have such a nice and kind heart, dont destroy it with your own thoughts.
you give, expect, get hurt, cry, talk to your friend for hours about stupid seflish things and then try again and realize that there are actually people who are willing to stay with you. there are so many emotions and feelings, why give up on that? getting hurt and hurting someone is essential for us to grow strong.”

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A lot changed between our engagement and the wedding. First off, I got a haircut (if my mom had been there she would have cried of happiness). Rachael asked me if we wanted to get a joint hairstyling appointment for the wedding, and when I realized she was serious I thought it was high time I get a more mature cut. I like it, but I definitely reminds me how much I look like my dad. 

Why Debt is creeping into so many science fiction discussions

On Tor.com, author and reviewer Jo Walton has an insightful look at why so many science fiction readers and writers are discussing David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years, a book that is already a darling of the Occupy movement:

One of the problems with writing science fiction and fantasy is creating truly different societies. We tend to change things but keep other things at societal defaults. It’s really easy to see this in older SF, where we have moved on from those societal defaults and can thus laugh at seeing people in the future behaving like people in the fifties. But it’s very difficult to create genuinely innovative societies, and in genuinely different directions. As a British reader coming to SF there were a lot of things I thought were people’s amazing imagination that turned out to be normal American things and cultural defaults. And no matter how much research you do, it’s always easier in the anglosphere to find books and primary sources in English and about our own history and the history of people who have interacted with us. And both history and anthropology tend to be focused on one period, one place, so it’s possible to research a specific society you know you want to know about, but hard to find things that are about the range of options different societies have chosen.

What Debt does is to focus on a question of morality, first by framing the question, and then by examining how a really large number of human societies over a huge geographical and historical range have dealt with this issue, and how they have interacted with other people who have very different ideas about it. It’s a huge issue of the kind that shapes societies and cultures, so in reading it you encounter a whole lot of contrasting cultures. Graeber has some very interesting ideas about it, and lots of fascinating details, and lots of thought provoking connections.

For a more academic discussion of Debt among political scientists and economists, see this Crooked Timber seminar on the book, and the author’s reply. I liked Debt, but was also frustrated by the amount of circling back and meandering the author engages in. That said, it was one of my more thought-provoking reads of 2011.

The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber’s Debt: The First Five Thousand Years

Revisiting The X-Files as someone who watched it back when it first aired has been a real eye-opener.

On a fresh viewing, I’ve been struck by how awkward and creepy and bordering-on-sexual-harassment Mulder’s behaviour toward Scully often is during those early episodes - not just because I totally didn’t pick up on it the first time around, but because it made me realise: this is what television writing back then thought understated sexual tension looks like. By the standards of his contemporaries, Mulder is being extraordinarily respectful of Scully’s boundaries - and yet by today’s standards, he’s throwing up all sorts of red flags.

I’d like to think it’s a positive sign that standards have changed so much in twenty years - and if it occasionally makes the show a little hard to watch, well, we’ll have have to deal with that.

anonymous asked:

i dont get how i workout so hard and eat so well 98 percent of the time that i get so discouraged and frustrated that my body is still just like average and not where i want it to be and i feel like everyone else can have the occasional pig out session or cheat and i truly cant without it affecting me so much :( i dont get what im doing wrong

Sounds like you’re obsessing over what your body looks like too much. Change takes time. If you don’t love your body now, you’re not going to love it no matter how good it looks later. You’ll never be satisfied. Working out and eating healthy shouldn’t be only to look a certain way. Love yourself for how you are now and be active and eat good foods because it makes you feel good and improves your health, not just your body. One meal will never affect anyone. You don’t have to eat perfectly healthy all the time. Stop being so negative and change your mindset! Positivity will get you a lot farther. 

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Dear Taylor,

           I remember this first time I ever heard your music. I was in the seventh grade, and I heard Teardrops on My Guitar on the radio. I loved it so much that I forced my dad to help me buy it on iTunes. At that time, I was either 11 or 12, I can’t really remember, and had no clue how much this moment would change my life.

           I did not listen to your debut album as much, just whatever was on the radio and what I could find on the Internet. However, the next year in eighth grade, Fearless came out and I obsessed over it. I don’t even know how many times I must have listened to White Horse, sang it in the shower, and annoyed the shit out of my parents. This year, I decided to take part in my school’s talent show, and I sang Teardrops on My Guitar, throwin it back a little bit…. Even though back then it was barely a throwback. After my performance, one of my best friends approached me and asked if I wanted to go to the Fearless tour with her. I was so excited!

           For weeks I remember planning my outfit, and then we ended up wearing shirts my friends dad got us that said Cape Cod. At least he wouldn’t lose us! I had the best time of my life. I fell in love with you and your music during this show, and there was no turning back for me.

           Slowly but surely, I began to become known as “that girl” who loved Taylor Swift. My freshman year, I bought tickets to the Speak Now tour with a huge group of my friends, and that too was amazing, even better than the last show, which I had believed to be impossible. Little did I know what incredible things you had in store for me.

           The wait between Speak Now and Red was nearly unbearable.  However, it brought out a new appreciation for you that I had never experienced. I watched award shows, I made a tumblr, I listened to TS, Fearless, and Speak Now on repeat… I was truly happy. In this time, I converted my best friend (Celeste, who’s on the left of the Red tour pic), my sister (Courtney), my cousin, and a few other friends to Swiftiehood. Being able to celebrate you and your music with the people I love the most is one of my favorite things about my life.

           And then Red… oh my word, Red… at this point, I was 16 and Celeste and I had just gotten our licenses. I remember listening to each single that was released on the drive to school, and then taking long drives around town with the windows down with the album on blast… driving to and from our babysitting job screaming the words to Starlight and Holy Ground… these are some of my fondest memories of when I was 16.  I got to do all night preps for the show with Celeste, and seriously freak the fuck out over how incredibly amazing the show was. (Also mad props to you for having Ed open and introducing me to him, changed my life, love him so much, thank you thank you)

           Fast-forward to this past summer, 17 years old, still enjoying my life and obsessing over you and your life. I babysat a little girl named Hope, and we always listened to We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, and on August 18, 2014 I was so happy that I got to tell her about a special new album coming out very soon, and about the first single from that album. We danced together all summer until I had to leave for college.

           This part here is a big deal for me. I had the hardest time adjusting to my new life at school. I cried nearly everyday for the first two months, just because I am really close with my family. The only thing that kept me sane through all this was you on tumblr, the singles being dropped, and waiting anxiously for 1989. In part because of this, I made so many new friends that also were Swifties. Those people are now my best friends at school, and one of them became my roommate (Maggie) who I love so dearly. Before we were even close, we would talk about the new singles and music videos being released, the hidden messages in the album, and the appearances you made and all your fabulous outfits. You brought us together, Taylor. This year has been the best year of my life because of you. I found my group of friends, I found my place, I feel at home at school now.

           I know I don’t have some sob story that you got me through, but you have always been there for me when I was having a bad day, when things were looking grim in my life. But you were also there on my best days, and for all this I will never be able to thank you enough. I’m 18 now, 19 in September. You have been apart of my life for nearly 8 years. You have always given me something to look forward to, something to believe in, and for that I am forever grateful.

           I can’t wait to see your beautiful face again on June 25! (Section B1, Row 7, seats 18-20) Until then …

                                                           All my love,

                                                                       Sarah

taylorswift

I remember this one time at a fete I was upset because I went to do a lucky dip and there was a “girl” lucky dip and a “boy” lucky dip and I wanted the “boy” lucky dip because the girls stuff was filled with hair ribbons and bubbles and that was it and the boys got really awesome toys and I started crying and asked if I could please use the other one and the person at the stall told me to go right ahead, and after I had they mixed them both together and changed the sign so it just said “lucky dip”, and if that terrified out-of-place feeling i had when I was 9 and wanted a cool toy but ‘wasn’t allowed’ is what trans people go through every day then I can only imagine how hard it is for them and how much the support of even just one person saying “of course you can” means. support people, guys. all kinds of people. they have it hard. 

anonymous asked:

One of the reasons I am not fond of the royal family of Monaco is because they didn't change their primogeniture law to make it so their eldest child Gabriella should be heiress. They didn't even think about changing it. I don't think there is any excuse. They have to be changed one day in every European monarchies at least and now is as good a time as any no matter how much it will take, it has to be done.

I feel the same way. I mean I really like Caroline a lot and I like Charlène too (mainly because she’s been subjected to so much criticism and I basically see red when people unjustifiably criticise women) and the twins are cute as buttons, but I’ll never be full-blown Monaco trash – I hate Albert too much for that to happen. The fact that he didn’t even try to have the primogeniture changed is so APPALLING to me. U g h.