The Ultimate SOUL MATES

Each sign has a soul mate. Some are combined by means of their oppositions, some by means of their similarities, but they are the absolutely perfect match for each other. It generally considers the SUN sign, but you can also use the rarer compatibility indication & check your VENUS (F) + MARS (M) / VENUS (F) + VENUS (F) / MARS (M) + MARS (M). Enjoy the aesthetics!

“Red & White” - ARIES & LIBRA

Both of them absolutely need that collision of opposites! The balanced and calm Libras need more drive in their life and so they are attracted to the restless, emotional and forceful Aries. Also, Libra is Venus ruling, so their sexuality is quite strong but reduced by their peaceful and quiet personality. So they seek for someone to open up their hidden desires and no one would do it better than the Mars ruling Aries.

This is a couple where both of the lovers are ready for new experiences and changes for the better. Even though Aries is incredibly stubborn, they get naturally cooled and matured by the help of the wise Air sign. Libra on their part, becomes more entertaining and free. As art lovers, they are ready for adventures that the crazy Aries is bringing into their life.

“Once and For All” - TAURUS & CAPRICORN

They are unchangeable and having a hard time accepting anything unfamiliar, but why should they learn to get along with someone they don’t feel comfortable with if they can be together? These are probably the 2 most similar signs in the horoscope and they make a perfect match. They have the same values & priorities, the same intentions and beliefs, they will support and understand each other entirely. One of the reasons for this perfect compatibility is that they have both, separately, fully complete personalities. They are able to have a great time being alone for the simple reason that they don’t need an opposite to get completed. Both of the signs are likely to fall for the other’s flaws, the flaws they are familiar with. Finding similar traits in each other is what they do best and it’s what keeps them together. They will make one of those couples that are just meant to be, together, they are capable of anything. Their stubbornness and their melancholic view on life might make them argue a lot, but their love is too deep for them to be apart. 


They are completely on the same level. They get bored of anything constate, any routine, they can’t sit still, always moving forward. This clot of energy isn’t for everyone to handle, but perfect for each other! This is the couple who might end up travelling in a van all around the world, raising children on the road, and won’t stop until they’ve seen everything. They are made to be wild together! Partying, living their lives to the fullest in every way. Gemini is the mind in this couple, though. It’s usually the one who has a higher salary, a more stressful job and is the boss in the family. Sagittarius is totally cool with that, though, they aren’t seeking control, they are there to enjoy every second. Their love is strong, passionate but yet so peaceful and spontaneous. 

“Inseparable Dreams” - CANCER & VIRGO

Even though Virgos aren’t too romantic themselves, they like to absorb the tenderness and the open love that Cancers are ready to give. If a Virgo feels cherished, adored and appreciated, they will give the double of it back! This is a couple that will improve each other’s self-esteem, which both of them absolutely need. Completing each other, the Cancer becomes stronger emotionally and the Virgo outspoken and finally dares to open up. This is a love that won’t fade easily, won’t get destroyed by small, insignificant complications, it’s stronger than that since the partners depend on each other on a spiritual level. They might seem too attached and even grown one into another, but they are completely glad about it, they need each other more than they need anyone.

“Two Sides Of The Same Coin” - LEO & AQUARIUS

This couple is the definition of the famous saying “they are like two sides of the same coin.” They are very different at first sight, the Leo seems confident and outspoken, while the Aquarius is rather calm and shy, in fact, they are the same if you get to know them. The, so often artificial, Leo confidence turns into an incredibly generous love, care and harmony and the Aquarius’ timidity fades, they become open, talkative and a passionate. They hold each other so dear, they feel so fascinated by the fact that they are together, that they completely forget about everyone around. They can’t get enough of each other sexually and communicatively, they suddenly become affectionate and stop being attracted to many people at once, as they were used to be, because both of them finally feel like they’ve found what they needed most. A gorgeous couple worth admiring, and the main thing is, they know exactly how to make their partner look good! 

“The Domination Game” - SCORPIO & PISCES

These two are about opposites attracting. Even though they are both Water signs, I don’t know any other personalities as different as this couple. Not many people are ready to put up with the amount of emotions a Scorpio gives their partner. Intense love, hypersexuality, jealousy, impulsive hysterias. But this looks good for a Pisces. They are flattered of the attention they get, they enjoy the emotionality and know how to calm their lover. On the other side, the quite passive, patient and nonviolent Pisces doesn’t seem boring to a Scorpio at all. They love the fact of domination and full control they have over the adaptable Pisces, basically no one is standing in their way to live the life they want to. Which is perfect for the indecisive Pisces. They are also compatible sexually, their intimate life reflects their public one. And finally about their similarities: the sensibility and intensity of love Water signs are feeling, especially for each other, is beyond compare! 

How to Write Children

The other day I started writing something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.  The first chapter starts with the characters at age 7 and, for the sake of accuracy, I pulled out my notebook from the Child Development course I took over the summer.  I know that not everyone has access to a course like that or even notes from one, so I thought I could share some tips I picked up on writing children.

Age: Infancy (birth to ~2)

Infants don’t really do much besides eat and sleep.  The only way they know how to communicate is through crying; however, they do start making noises that sound like talking as they get older, which can be noted as cooing or babbling.  First words are usually short, brief words that are nouns or actions.  Language develops quickly at 50 words by 8-18 months, and 300 by 18-22 months.

Fresh babies can only see about 7-9 inches away from their face and without much peripheral vision.  Basically, things need to be right in front of them.  Infants respond to sound much easier, though, responding more to the mother’s voice, and sounds and rhythms of speech rather than nonsensical noises.  Babies are sensitive to smell, taste, and pain, being able to determine good and pleasant from the bad.

They spend about 2/3 of their time sleeping (16 hours a day).

Around 2-3 months, the infant starts being able to hold up their head, and around 3-4 months they can start grabbing things voluntarily.  

Age: Early Childhood (2-6)

At this stage, children are developing their gross motor skills, which is the large muscles.  They are learning to balance, throw, catch, push, pull, etc.  At this point, males and females are generally equal in terms of development and abilities.  Children can begin to develop fine motor skills at this stage, but not unless they have mastered gross motor skills.

Children at this stage usually develop patterns of erratic and unpredictable eating habits.  They can develop strong or strange preferences, and often are influenced by parental food preferences.

These ages need about 10-11 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period which is usually accomplished with 9-10 hours at night and a 1-2 hour nap during the day.

Children at this stage begin “symbolic” or pretend play.  They have one-dimensional thinking, and see themselves as the center of all situations, and this is completely normal development.  These children do not understand the laws of causality.  An example of this is that highways make cars go fast, or when I wake up the sun comes out (rather than people make highways fast or the sun will always come out whether you wake up or not).

Preschoolers learn an average of 9 words per day.  They also apply the concept of overregulation, which is applying grammar to words that are an exception to the rule (a child learn that you put -s on plurals and makes the word “mouses”).

Preschoolers start to identify and respond differently to their friends than other children.  They identify friends not by qualities, but rather the toys and activities they share.

Age: Middle Childhood (7-12)

This is the stage when children usually begin losing teeth.  They start going in for regular vision, hearing, and dental checks.  This is also the stage when hormonal differences begin to occur, not until puberty however.  Children begin to develop “executive functions” of thinking, such as goal setting, information processing, and self-regulation.

During middle childhood, children are increasing their speed, strength, agility, and balance.  They are developing hand-eye coordination, faster reaction time, and flexibility.  Their fine motor skills have increased to tie shoes, fasten buttons, zip zippers, etc.

Children at this stage begin to understand the law of conservation, which is the idea that properties of an object remain the same when superficial characteristics are rearranged or changed.  They can also begin to uses class inclusion, or understand that one category or class can include subcategories (**Note: This is Piaget’s theory and has since been proven that the development in this paragraph happens earlier than he accounted).

Children begin to develop a moral conscious that is usually dependent on the world around them.  Basically, children learn that they must conform to an authority or set of rules, and misbehavior results in automatic retribution.  Children at this age may also begin to lie as a way out of retribution, but do not fully grasp the concept of deception (develops around 9-10), so lies will be short, one-word answers rather than elaborate tales.

By age 6, children will have learned 7000-13000 words.  By ages 7-9, they will understand that words have different meanings and enjoy jokes.  

Children will start to develop self esteem around this age, and is usually higher in children with close relationships with their parents, and social acceptance by their peers.  Peers become powerful during middle childhood, and there becomes a lot of pressure to conform due to acceptance or rejection.

Age: Adolescence (13-17)

Puberty may have already happened before this age, but it usually marks the beginning of adolescence.  In males, early maturation is not usually seen any one way or another; however, late maturation in males can make them feel dominated an insecure.  This is reversed in females.  Early maturation can make them feel awkward and conspicuous.

Teenagers are at the peak of physical health, strength, and mental capacity (in general terms), yet this is a very hazardous age.  Rates of death by injury between ages 15-19 are about 6 times greater than the rate between ages 10-14 because of an egocentric feeling of invincibility.

Teenagers bodies have sexually matured, but they have limited executive functions and tend to be impulsive.  They may end up reacting to peer pressure.  Sexually-active adolescents have a higher risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections (estimated 2.5 million teenagers).

Many teenagers experience sleep deprivation (<6 hours), which can lead to poor performance.  Adolescents experience what is called phase delay.  This concept is the teenagers body shifting its sleeping schedule, making them fall asleep later and waking up later.  It is natural for teenagers to have difficulty falling asleep before 11pm.

At this stage, teenagers have a great capacity for abstract thinking and use of symbols.  They are categorized by hypothetical thinking (what might be rather than what is), Utopian thinking (the future’s possibilities), and symbolic thinking (how a symbol can represent something greater).

Teenagers still experience a sense of egocentrism.  Adolescents are overly concerned about what others think of them, and feel under scrutiny or on stage (”imaginary audience”).  They also believe that their own thoughts and beliefs are special and unique, which can lead to them feeling alone and isolated.

The differences between genders (I’m sorry I don’t have any notes on trans youth we didn’t cover that) is now much more obvious due to cultural experiences.  Girls tend to be better in verbal skills such as reading, and expressive language, whereas boys tend to be better at visual-spatial abilities because of sports.  In a study of 7 million teenagers, they found no difference between boys and girls in mathematics.

*** Please note that this is a very simplified and edited version of my notes.  There are entire sections of the science behind development, and also disorders and diseases.  If you want a deeper explanation on anything, or posts about the two subjects I skipped over, please feel free to ask! ***

Brigid Tenenbaum

I am back in Rapture, after so many years. The Little Ones I rescued are grown up, and think of me no more. After what I once did to them, it was a joy to be forgotten. But now, all around the world – children vanish by the sea. Kidnapped. And so, I return… in fear of what I already know: Someone is making new Little Ones… continuing my work, my sins. Even if I am to die for it – I must stop them.

mexaina  asked:

Kidlaw (hoho all ur AUs r my faves so choose any AU u want to write for them) ;3;

Scotland has always been a land of magic and superstition. The beautiful land of green valleys and old castles between deep lakes, had one of the most wonderful mythologies around the world. All the little children of the little country knew about the hundred creatures that lived around them, the adults seek their help for their work, the priest try expelling them from their holy land. Some of them were pretty and innocent, little spark of life that helped the working man on the field or the pregnant woman and their babies to survive, but others, however, were the most terrible and horrible creatures of them all.

They could kill you if you weren’t careful enough.

The worst creature that travelled the streets and field of the peaceful country, was known as ‘the violinist of the devil’. The stories about him were numerous and terrible, people spoke about how the demonic being played a song so beautiful, that any man’s soul would get trapped by the dreamy lovely notes. The creature will lure the lone man with it, made them follow the song to the violinist hiding place, and then, when they were at his reach, stunned by the precious melody, he would take the man souls to his dark kingdom to never been saw again.

The advice one could take from the story, was that people shouldn’t go out alone at night, not even in a city as big as Edinburg, the capital, if they didn’t want to get trapped by him, but Eustass Kidd had never been a superstitious man. He didn’t believe on the fairies, he didn’t believe in the magic world, he just trusted the work of his hands and believed only in the gold that ruled this greedy world.

So, when that night, walking through the empty wet streets of dark stones of the capital, the redhead young man wasn’t worried about his situation, he just had other bigger troubles in his mind. His head has been dizzy from the alcohol he had just drink; his hands were cold from the frozen wind of the early winter, and the fog keep curling around his heavy black boots with every step he took.

When he heard the first notes of a violin, he didn’t pay much attention to it. When his body stopped responding to his commands and started walking him to where the sad music came from, Kidd then remembered the story.

The pretty song. The hungry demon. The tragic death.

However it was too late now for him to escape and no matters how much he tried, he just couldn’t turn back.

Kidd watched terrified as his whole body trembled under the music, under the lone sad notes that curled under his pale skin to make him shiver, made him cry with each destroyed chord that came from the precious instrument. The song that talked about a millenary solitude, about a lone soul with no one to share his eternity with. It really was the prettiest music Kidd had ever heard. It was also the saddest one; it almost broke his soul in tiny pieces to hear the mournful melody.

Kidd continued walking, following the melody, not knowing how far it would take him. His mind was focused on the lovely slow song that made his foot draw over the ground in a tired depressed attempt to reach the destination. He could have been walking for hours, but it could have also been days. However, when the music finally stopped with a final low empty note, Kidd found himself kneeling in the middle of a field of golden wheat with the demon looking at him from above as it sat on a black rock, with the violin still in its hands.  

The moon was full on the sky. The silence was intense. Kidd couldn’t even feel the cold or the wind anymore he just felt numb and extremely sad. He found himself trembling, and the tears keep falling down his face as if the song had broken some part of his poor soul.

The demon in front of him however was gorgeous in its nakedness, not as Kidd had imagined him in his childhood. Tanned skin covered in strange ritual marks, eyes of gray hues as sad and lonely as the song he had played, from his back rose back big wings and from his forehead two other black horns raised high in the air trying to reach the moon. He clearly looked like a demon, but Kidd could only see a lone sad being that had made him cry like a baby with only a song.

When the demon stood from the rock and approached the redhead knelt on the ground, Kidd felt slightly scared about his future, but he also felt a huge urge to go help that creature, to hug him, to make it right, he looked so lonely, so miserable.

“You have been the first one that has cried.” said the demon in a low voice, raising his hand to clean Kidd’s tear traveling down a pale cheek “I’m going to keep you with me”

Kidd could only close his eyes and lean against the tanned warm hand stroking his face, as another tear spilled from his eyes.

Don’t assume because somebody doesn’t hop aboard the SJW train that they immediately don’t care about equality. I care about women probably more than any, I’m not dumb enough to ignore sexism entirely. I just believe more in affirmative action than whining about whether a Barbie should have acne or not, there is a lot of shit in the world and you only show how privileged you are when you choose to focus on shit like that. (Ironic that I’d use privileged since apparently only straight, white men are privileged ;) But alas)

You have to understand it’s absolutely embarrassing when people are dying around the world, children are dying for the right to an education, women are being treated like absolute shit, domestic violence is absolutely horrific even in the U.K. and the U.S., and you people choose to rant about a fucking BARBIE, get some God damn perspective. If you actually gave a shit about people and acted like a decent fucking human you’d stop feeling so God damn sorry for yourself and actually look for a way you can help people who’d love your fucking help, but instead you won’t because you people seldom actually give a shit about anyone. You just want to be heard. You narcissistic cunts.

I honestly do detest the SJW culture. And if I say that they assume they can make an assumption about me or my life, will prob paint me a straight, white male, even though I’m a bisexual, biracial male, I mean I guess they got one right, when since I was much younger I’ve helped the disabled who have severe learning disabilities because I understand I’m a position to do so and I fucking enjoy it. It actually helped me with my BPD to know I was in a position to help other people, helping them helped me and in turn they have an easier life, what more could someone ask for?

You think standing around yelling at people or holding some fucking stupid ass sign with a statement that probably doesn’t make any sense is in anyway you being an activist? Actually go and fucking help people, if you really give a shit, actually help people, and don’t do it for reward or attention, do it to be a decent person.

Unabashed Book Snobbery: GoT's 10 Worst Adaptational Decisions

Spoilers only through GoT S4.

Anonymous said:
I recently discover your blog and I’m in love with it, I’m in full reading of all your posts! But at the risk of repeating something that someone you have already ask for you… I cannot resist the curiosity! Especially after your magnificent poll, cause I like how critical you are with Game of Thrones so… What would you say are the 10 worst decisions committed so far? Scenes, plots or characters. (btw, sorry, my english sucks)

Well, anon, at first when I saw this I smiled, jotted down a knee-jerk bulleted list, and sent it over to a friend of mine who also happens to be critical of the show. Then she and I began talking about it further, and suddenly it became a Google Doc with mini essays. The following is a collaboration between myself and the wonderfully talented Dornish enthusiast theculturalvacuum​.

To quickly preface, we are not the types of people who will criticize every minor change when a book is being adapted to the visual medium. Even with GoT, there are times we even kind of like changes. But the fact is, with this series, we have very good reasons for our book snobbery. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss (D&D) have, over time, demonstrated to us that they have a very limited understanding of the characterizations and themes at play in a series that is about so much more than twists and gasps. In the case of LOTR, it was clear that Peter Jackson, despite his changes, understood Tolkien’s vision. From our perspective, while D&D may know plot-wise where ASOIAF will end up, what they are giving us is a story that relies on overused tropes and trite interpretations, which ultimately misses “the point.”

So without further ado, the 10 worst adaptational changes, from least awful to most:

10. Masturbatory original dialogues:

Back when Season 1 was in production, D&D found themselves short in terms of run-time. It was a low-budget operation back then, so they added a lot of scenes of just two or three characters talking in one room as a way to pad their show. Originally, these scenes were thought of as the shining stars of the series (Varys vs. Littlefinger being almost like a spy vs. spy). Then they turned into…

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This is the improved GIF of my final character I am animating. I simply made him rotate without his little fingers moving. In my previous attempt, I wanted to make his little fingers move, but this didn’t work out. I have now made him just rotate in a full circle, whilst moving his eyes and his mouth.

I almost forgot to post this GIF and now I have a name for this character Rotating Rani. In my rogh book I wrote down names that would suite each of my characters. I wanted to be more diverse and Googled names from around the world so children from different cultures could relate to my characters more.

This character was fairly easy to do animate, but very time-consuming because I had to make 71 frames to make him do one full turn. I also had to adjust the pupils of the eyes and the shaping of the mouth at every frame. I also had to move the whole shape of each eye in some frames because otherwise, they would stick out of the body of the character.

I didn’t rotate this character’s face with his body, like I did in my first attempt with him. This was because of the tutor feedback I received about the face stating in the same position, the fact that it looked interesting. This also saved time roaring the eyes and mouth with the body, with me also having to make the pupils and mouth move.

W.W.W- Making this character’s facial features move has made him look more comical and given him more personality.

E.B.I- Even though on my first attempt I couldn’t get this character’s fingers to move in one complete rotation, I still would have liked to have achieved this.

Daily Monster 305: Black-Eyed Children

Region of origin: Worldwide

Tales of children or young teens who appear otherwise normal save for pale skin and, most notably, eyes that are fully black, approaching people alone or in pairs and asking for rides or to be let into homes, often in the middle of the night have been gaining in popularity via shared emails and message boards since the mid-Nineties, coming in from numerous countries around the world. People encountering the children describe them as, despite initally acting amicable, ineffably menacing, and they may turn verbally aggressive if they are continually denied. Most stories end with them seemingly giving up after some time; contrawise stories where the person eventually acquiesces to letting them in often results in the person contracting a disease or a sudden death not long after (the children themselves disappearing or being picked up by unseen parties in black cars in some cases). Speculation places the children in demonic, vampiric or extraterrestrial camps but their origins remain largely unknown.


Here’s a little Christmas post for the season

So santa supposedly makes it around the world delivering presents to children of which there are about 2 billion on our planet. But seeing as Santa only handles the Christan children, that lightens his work load to a meagre 378 million of the child population. Now that would mean he would have to make it to 203,225.806 children a minute (according to my calculations which could be very wrong). Now assuming the population is evenly distributed which it’s not, the total trip would be something like 75.5 million miles, not including stops he would have to be travelling about 650 miles a second. Now assuming every child only gets a measly 1kg of presents, the weight of all of that would be 378,000 metric tonnes. So I’m just going to say a sleigh big enough to carry all that would be about 10,000 tonnes and assuming the reindeer are an average weight (170kg) the eight of them would add a further 1.36 tonnes. Now I’m just estimating here but 388,001.36 metric tonnes travelling at 650 miles an hour would expose the front reindeer to something like 16 quintillion joules of energy causing them to burst into flames almost instantaneously. I suppose if Santa had found a way to manipulate time then it really wouldn’t matter how long he took or how fast he travelled because he could take as long as he wanted and it would still only seem like a second.

Oh yea, Merry Christmas guys :)

“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable. I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated.” - Malala Yousafzai

The Ley Lines in the Raven Cycle are perfectly straight and Glendower’s people carried him straight along one from Wales to Virginia. 

So if you kept going along that line, eventually you would circle all the way back around. There are a lot of other places between Henrietta and Wales and there is Adam’s line about “many Cabeswaters sleeping around the world” and the fact that there are actually 3 ley lines (because the symbol isn’t an accident because Maggie Stievater doesn’t make accidents like that). 

I’m imagining multiple groups around the world. Groups of children drawn together around powerful places, many with their own abilities and unusual powers. 

The ley line crosses through South Asia in a part of the world where the Tsunami hit in 2006. Their ley line isn’t buried. It is right on the surface because all that extra land was swept away by flooding powerful but scattered and the group of kids trying to put it back together again. 

The ley line passing through cities where there are strange things that happen deep inside the Moscow subway where the trains run through the line. 

Other sleeping kings. Not Welsh kings, Ghanian Kings or the last Ming Dynasty Emperor, or maybe there is a village somewhere that has figured out how to put themselves to sleep and almost no one has died there in 500 years. They’re all sleeping in a cave. But once Henrietta is awake and the tsunami hit line is awake and a pack of psychic girls in Mali have found their own Cabeswater and started waking it up too: the sleepers can’t sleep anymore. What do you do when hundreds of generations suddenly start wandering out of the cave?

The animation industry is pretty much booming as a lot of animated television has proven to be better than what’s in theaters and Hollywood’s occasional family entertainment has mostly ditched live-action in favor of trying to get their own animation. For every new film from Disney or Pixar, there are films are being greenlit that push the boundaries frequently mistakened to be locked to animation - including dramas and fantasy adventures. We’re getting a raunchy send-up of CG kids movies from Seth Rogen (Sausage Partyand a stop motion bio-drama of Michael Jackson through the perspective of his pet monkey (Bubbles).

The fan community for animation is strong, but with Sausage Party’s reveal a lot of artists and fans online are angry with where animation could go from it and saying how there is a lack of unique animated features available or being considered to be made. The truth is there has been a unique and dynamic range of animation, it’s just been neglected to be represented widely.  For example, Anomalisa, a dramatic animated film for adults - exactly what Sausage Party trashposters want - was nominated for an Academy Award this year. Losing to Pixar while being declared the winner by Pixar. However because of a mostly illusive festival tour, Anomalisa barely trended with the community online. By now it looks like most of the animation fan community has already chosen to forget about it.

Animation is at risk of being misrepresented by its fans. Save for the animation hipster every now and then that would support new stylish animation, the most popular analyzers of animation on YouTube tend to review mostly kids-targeted animation and depend on mediocre Spongebob episodes as easy fodder. There have also been heavy fandoms over the years that have gotten progressively more vicious with every trending film or series, to the point of even suicide attempts. This can accidentally enforce the notion that animation is mostly for a niche, picky fandom. It doesn’t help that the common misconception of animation as a “kids genre” has run amok. Not that all family animated films are devoid of artistic or cinematic value, like Zootopia or The Lego Movie recently, which would in any case help animation be seen as a multi-generational medium. But the common notion of “damn Billy wants to watch this cartoon for the fortieth time!” has been frequently rammed into popular culture, and it’s only gotten worse with monster successes like Despicable Me, Home, Frozen to an extent, and Ice Age sequels that have made more money than anyone would care to guess. 

In North America, we’re almost over-saturated. However in the rest of the world - especially in Europe and Japan, animation is seen as an equal medium to live-action which is why so many animated features from there are being produced with evolving technology to benefit the artistry. For me, seeing films like Zootopia and Anomalisa and getting excited for films like Sausage Party represents how diverse and accepted animation in North America could be like it has everywhere else.

That’s why I have opened this Tumblr blog: The Animated Lost and Found. A blog dedicated to bringing a range of animated films hopefully back to social consciousness - in a Tumblr/Facebook age. They are obscure, some you might find familiar but might have forgotten, and almost lost movies from around the world. Meant for children, meant for adults, meant for nobody but the filmmaker, good, bad, weird - anything’s acceptable on here. The current blogging schedule is two animated films a week, with bonus content and reblogs around the films posted almost every day. It will every now and then also share some animated short and TV content if relevant.

Thank you for following if you have. Hopefully you’ll seek out the films you might discover for the first time on here.


Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Carrie McDonald, was a washerwoman who had given up her dreams of becoming a music-hall dancer. Her father, Eddie Carson, was a vaudeville drummer. He abandoned Carrie and Josephine shortly after her birth. Carrie remarried soon thereafter and would have several more children in the coming years.

To help support her growing family, at age 8 Josephine cleaned houses and babysat for wealthy white families, often being poorly treated. She briefly returned to school two years later before running away from home at age 13 and finding work as a waitress at a club. While working there, she married a man named Willie Wells, from whom she divorced only weeks later.

The Path to Paris

It was also around this time that Josephine first took up dancing, honing her skills both in clubs and in street performances, and by 1919 she was touring the United States with the Jones Family Band and the Dixie Steppers performing comedic skits. In 1921, Josephine married a man named Willie Baker, whose name she would keep for the rest of her life despite their divorce years later. In 1923, Baker landed a role in the musical Shuffle Alongas a member of the chorus, and the comic touch that she brought to the part made her popular with audiences. Looking to parlay these early successes, Baker moved to New York City and was soon performing in Chocolate Dandies and, along with Ethel Waters, in the floor show of the Plantation Club, where again she quickly became a crowd favorite.

In 1925, at the peak of France’s obsession with American jazz and all things exotic, Baker traveled to Paris to perform in La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. She made an immediate impression on French audiences when, with dance partner Joe Alex, she performed the Danse Sauvage, in which she wore only a feather skirt.

However, it was the following year, at the Folies Bergère music hall, one of the most popular of the era, that Baker’s career would reach a major turning point. In a performance called La Folie du Jour, Baker danced wearing little more than a skirt made of 16 bananas. The show was wildly popular with Parisian audiences and Baker was soon among the most popular and highest-paid performers in Europe, having the admiration of cultural figures like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and E. E. Cummings and earning herself nicknames like “Black Venus” and “Black Pearl.” She also received more than 1,000 marriage proposals.

Capitalizing on this success, Baker sang professionally for the first time in 1930, and several years later landed film roles as a singer in Zou-Zou andPrincesse Tam-Tam. The money she earned from her performances soon allowed her to purchase an estate in Castelnaud-Fayrac, in the southwest of France. She named the estate Les Milandes, and soon paid to move her family there from St. Louis.

Racism and Resistance

In 1936, riding the wave of popularity she was enjoying in France, Baker returned to the United States to perform in the Ziegfield Follies, hoping to establish herself as a performer in her home country as well. However, she was met with a generally hostile, racist reaction and quickly returned to France, crestfallen at her mistreatment. Upon her return, Baker married French industrialist Jean Lion and obtained citizenship from the country that had embraced her as one of its own.

When World War II erupted later that year, Baker worked for the Red Cross during the occupation of France. As a member of the Free French forces she also entertained troops in both Africa and the Middle East. Perhaps most importantly, however, Baker did work for the French Resistance, at times smuggling messages hidden in her sheet music and even in her underwear. For these efforts, at the war’s end, Baker was awarded both the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour with the rosette of the Resistance, two of France’s highest military honors.

Following the war, Baker spent most of her time at Les Milandes with her family. In 1947, she married French orchestra leader Jo Bouillon, and beginning in 1950 began to adopt babies from around the world. She adopted 12 children in all, creating what she referred to as her “rainbow tribe” and her “experiment in brotherhood.” She often invited people to the estate to see these children, to demonstrate that people of different races could in fact live together harmoniously.

Return to the U.S.

During the 1950s, Baker frequently returned to the United States to lend her support to the Civil Rights Movement, participating in demonstrations and boycotting segregated clubs and concert venues. In 1963, Baker participated, alongside Martin Luther King Jr., in the March on Washington, and was among the many notable speakers that day. In honor of her efforts, the NAACP eventually named May 20th “Josephine Baker Day.”

After decades of rejection by her countrymen and a lifetime spent dealing with racism, in 1973 Baker performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and was greeted with a standing ovation. She was so moved by her reception that she wept openly before her audience. The show was a huge success and marked Baker’s comeback to the stage.

Curtain Call

In April 1975, Josephine Baker performed at the Bobino Theater in Paris, in the first of a series of performances celebrating the 50th anniversary of her Paris debut. Numerous celebrities were in attendance, including Sophia Loren and Princess Grace of Monaco, who had been a dear friend to Baker for years. Just days later, on April 12, 1975, Baker died in her sleep of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 69.

On the day of her funeral, more than 20,000 people lined the streets of Paris to witness the procession, and the French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Baker the first American woman in history to be buried in France with military honors.

Straight parents: *Tells children story of mythical bunny who leaves eggs for children all around the world*
Straight parents: *Tells children story of mythical man in red suit who leaves presents for children all around the world*
Straight parents: *Tells children story of mythical fairy who will take their teeth from under their pillow and leave money*

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti spent 18 months traveling around the world and photographing children with their favorite toys for his ‘Toy Stories’ series. Gabriele says it was surprising how much toys can tell about the family of the child, and even though all kids just want to play, they do it in very different ways: “The richest children were more possessive. In poor countries, it was much easier. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.” Doesn’t that bring back the memories of your favorite childhood toys?


Heartbreaking photos of child laborers capture the issue the media rarely addresses

 When the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, it was a chance for the world to focus on a pressing issue that rarely makes headlines: the plight of child laborers around the world. 

Yousafzai, 17, and Satyarthi, 60, were awarded the prize for “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. The award offered an opportunity to discuss the complex economic and social implications surrounding child labor, an issue too often ignored in countries where corruption and poverty permeate daily life or overlooked by media organizations that chase “sexier” global crises, like climate change, terrorism and AIDS.

There are an estimated 168 million child laborers around the world | Follow micdotcom