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Nonphysical Traits that Attract the Signs
  • Aries:Inaccessibility and a challenge
  • Taurus:Devotion and appreciation of beauty
  • Gemini:Good conversation and prestige
  • Cancer:Warmth and accessibility
  • Leo:Generosity and popularity
  • Virgo:Responsibility and patience
  • Libra:Well-spokenness and tolerance
  • Scorpio:Loyalty and uniqueness
  • Sagittarius:Humor and multilingualism
  • Capricorn:Self-sufficiency and competitiveness
  • Aquarius:Independence and status
  • Pisces:Kindness and nonmaterial affection

Currently the highest scoring submission in our Pet Peeves design challenge, “What Name Should I Write On Your Coffee Cup?” by annavillaluna highlights the frustration of being misheard at your local coffee shop. The inspiration behind this submission is simple:

“I hate it whenever coffee baristas get my name wrong.”

Artists, there are still 3 days left to submit to this challenge!

Fighting for Native Student’s Right to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation


On June 1, a Native American graduating senior at Clovis High School in California, filed a notice of intent to file an emergency lawsuit to challenge the school district’s refusal to allow him to wear and display a small eagle feather during the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 4.

Turn screen time into learning time with fantastic online camps for kids at DIY.org

by Cool Mom Tech

We’re in those final weeks of school before summer break, which means my kids and I need to figure out how they’re going to occupy themselves and keep their brains and hands active. Turns out I’m getting some great ideas from the online camps at DIY.org.

While we were all a little skeptical about the idea of camp that doesn’t actually get kids outside doing, you know, camp stuff, maybe you want to reframe this more like awesome four-week courses that can help fill in the days.

Four-week sessions focus on a topic like filmmaking, comic books, toy hacks, and Minecraft. Using the iOS app, kids can view video instructions and challenges that are posted by their counselor, post their own creations, and interact with other kids for feedback and fun. Plus they can work on their own time, so it might be a cool option after the kids get home from actual camp or other activities, and could use a little downtime on the computer with the A/C blasting.

My 10 year-old joined the Minecraft Adventure camp, and she is definitely getting a kick out of it. Her counselor is hilarious, and he’s been great at engaging the kids and responding to their questions and concerns. There’s always something new to greet her on the app each day, which means I never once hear I’m bored — two words every parent dreads.

Each session of camp is $39, but you can try your first camp for only $10, which I think is pretty awesome, considering how great our experience has been so far. The DIY app is free, but it does require iOS 8.1 or higher. That means unfortunately it’s not an option for Android users. (Read more)

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anonymous asked:

Hello, Lana! Would you mind telling us your opinion on Nabokov's Lolita? I don't really know what Vladimir's intentions were when he wrote the book, but people romanticize the story so much that I think maybe that is what has kept me from reading Lolita all this time. It just seems really wrong. I would love your opinion though. Have a lovely day xoxo

Hello, you lovely little being! 

I love Nabokov. I love him so much that, last year, I took an entire course devoted to studying his work.

Lolita was a special project for Nabokov, It was a sort of challenge, to write in the perspective of a pedophile. You could argue that he had succeeded  considering the fact that a good chunk of people that read that novel see it as a sort of love story. It’s not.

The problem was (and still is) is that not everybody knows how to critically analyse a novel. Not everybody is familiar with the idea of an ‘unreliable narrator.’ It’s romanticized. The language in this novel is incredibly significant as it demonstrates how Humbert Humbert disguises pedophilia with sophisticated vocabulary and artistic emphasis to entice and charm the reader. He deceives the reader by rejecting certain details of the objective reality, thus the reader is restricted to the reality that the narrator claims. His beautiful, flowery prose seduce both Lolita and the reader.

Humbert Humbert euphemizes sexual encounters with Lolita, referring to them as “caresses.” Be mindful. The narrator is attempting to control the reader’s interpretation of his encounters with Lolita, and downplaying the gravity of his crime- that is to say, the corruption of a young school girl. Also note how Humbert Humbert describes secondary characters subjectively and usually quite negatively.

Nabokov went so far as to control the cover-art of the book, infamously stating that he wanted “no girls” pictured on the cover. And yet. Misrepresentation continued to flourish with the Sue Lyon image of Lolita (now 16 and not 12, with a sort of seducing air about her). And though Nabokov liked the movie, he hated its portrayal of his novel. The movie is separate of the book entirely because it doesn’t capture Humbert Humbert’s disturbing narrative. The image became even more distorted with Lana Del Rey who adopted Lolita as her own image (which is, incidentally, the reason why I’m not a fan of her), leaving us with the quote “The most convincing love story of our century” (Damn it, Vanity Fair) on a modern cover of the book and a tangled, extremely sexualized mess of what once was a 1958 novel by a Russian writer eager to become the next Dostoevsky.  

All of this especially kills me knowing well that Nabokov was extremely controlling over the way his novels were analysed.

When interrogated about the novel during its release, Nabokov stated that he purposely didn’t write any explicit scenes. Those who believe that Lolita is controversial and inappropriate have made it inappropriate themselves.

All this said, I do consider Lolita to be one of my favourite novels because it demonstrates just how powerful narration is.

When reading Lolita, be incredibly mindful of Humbert Humbert’s game. Do not succumb to the beauty of the prose. Do not succumb to the incredible power of language. 

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thequeenzenobia's Resident Evil 31 Day gif/edit/art work challenge

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Empowering Indigenous Women: ‘I Am a Life’ Video by Sundance Filmmaker


Kiowa filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer wowed the judges of the Sundance Short Film Challenge earlier this year with his short film “Isabelle’s Garden.” The portrait of a young Native girl doing her part to fight poverty and hunger in her community was selected as one of nine contest winners. He’s back with another short that addresses an issue that is sadly familiar in Indian country: violence toward Indigenous women.

Another common mistake is to assume that just because somebody has stated an opinion or position means that they’ve opened themselves up for debate, even if it’s in a “public” space such as on YouTube or Twitter. While I’m a believer in “you have a right to what you can defend”, there’s a time and a place for challenging others – and many people wrongly assume that’s “any time”. The fact that somebody is having a conversation on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean that they’re looking to take on all comers. Yes, they may not have their settings on “private”, but simply being in a “public” space doesn’t serve as an invitation for anybody to put their two cents in. Restaurants or shopping malls are also public spaces, but inserting yourself uninvited into somebody else’s conversation there is still rude.