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JEALOUS GODS is the first feature film by Ari Bach, author of the Valhalla Trilogy and Facts I Just Made Up.

Jealous Gods is a college comedy with a twist: Three of the students get their wishes granted, and when they do all hell breaks loose on campus. Combining the sci-fi concepts familiar to fans of Valhalla and the humor you’ve seen on Facts, Jealous Gods is going to be a biting satire, a goofy riot, and all with a dash of a genuinely moving story about three friends who don’t need power to act corrupt.

For a limited time, Jealous Gods is crowdfunding on IndieGogo. Perks include a ticket to the finished film, your name in the credits (For only $25!!!), a role in the film, a role in the test streaming of the unfinished film, an invitation to the premiere, and even Associate Producer credits. The film is currently scripted, green-lit, and casting in preparation for an anticipated November 2016 release or a tour of the festival circuit.

Any questions are welcome. If you’re a fan of the author, or a fan of the blog, or you’ve just finished the trilogy and you still want more- This is your chance to make a big difference in the production. This film will happen. The only question is whether it will happen with you. I hope it will!

Jealous Gods Tumblr - Jealous Gods IndieGogo - The Valhalla Trilogy

anonymous asked:

Every medieval fantasy that I have read is set in a European based setting, with clothing, architecture, and way of dress that is reminiscent of medieval England. It's getting kind of boring. I was wondering if you had read or know of good fantasy books (not like urban fantasy, just medieval type stuff) with a different ethnic background? Thanks in advance!

I think part of the problem you’re having is that ‘medieval’ is an inherently European concept. You don’t really see like medieval Asian/African/insert-geographical-area-of-your-choice-here fantasy because the word ‘medieval’ and the culture we associate with it was predominantly European (not unlike the Renaissance or the Victorian era). So, you may not be able to find this exactly. However, there is a lot of non-Eurocentric fantasy out there. I just may not be the best person to ask because I don’t read a whole lot of fantasy, so I’m going to turn this over to my followers. 

Guys? Reblog with ideas!

Publish Your Stuff Interview: Danika Stone on Self-Publishing, Crowdsourcing, and Breaking Into Traditional Publishing

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

You can find out more on her website, and find her books on Amazon. You can also follow her work on Swoonreads!

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anonymous asked:

How do we volunteer to transcribe documents? Thank you

Becoming a Citizen Archivist is easy!

  1. Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.
  2. Login from any transcription page or on the login page.
  3. Start a Transcription Mission, check out More Records, create your own mission by doing a keyword search for your favorite topics. (Or maybe you had a favorite record from one of our past posts?)
  4. Select the “View/Add Contributions” button located below all images in the catalog.
  5. Select the “Transcribe” tab for the page of the record you would like to transcribe.
  6. Select the “Edit” button and remember to save your work frequently.

Check out this example transcription page and Citizen Contribution Policy for more information.

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Hello, all!

 My name is Khalil (or KG). I’m 24 years of age and, as some of you may know, I’m a trans guy. I’ve been on hormones for a few short months now, 11 weeks to be exact, and I’m looking to begin the journey of saving for my next step in my transition; top surgery. I’ve already found the Dr. that I plan on seeing, so that’s one less thing that I have to worry about. With this post, I’d like to discuss a few things.

 Like many, I grew up in a single-parent household, the oldest of four children. For the most part, I’ve lived a life of poverty. These last few years have been hectic, as much has happened/changed. I’ve been allotted the opportunity to attend college for Film, discovered my gender identity, and been fortunate enough to have a Dr. who found a loophole in the system, allowing me to pay nothing for my meds. There are still some things I need to work on, mainly my anxiety, both social and general, but overall I feel as if I’m moving forward. Through crowd funding/fundraising, I hope to be able to afford the luxury that is top surgery. I’m not a very popular person, both off and online, so I in no way expect to raise an enormous amount, simply enough to help aid my savings.

 I realize that some may not feel comfortable donating to a blind cause, as many have seen Tumblr users scam their followers, but I assure you that won’t be the case. Knowing more about me, about my journey, is a vital piece of connecting with the community. As I stated, I am a film student, but I’m also a writer, editor, and photographer. Currently, I’m working on two projects, one being my own. I’m an animal lover; I have two pets. A Yorkie Poo named Lola, and an evil, but gorgeous, cat named Marceline (I love Adventure Time). I adore music, some of my favorite artists are Paramore, The Pretty Reckless, Eminem, Jaden Smith, Alina Baraz & Galmiatias, Haim, Ingrid Michaelson, etc. I’ll listen to anything once. I’m a pretty simple guy all in all.

 The task of raising money via crowd funding/fundraising to aid in my attempt to one day afford top surgery is a daunting one, but I’ve seen the things that can be accomplished using these methods. I’ve also seen the way not only the way the Trans community can come together, but the Tumblr community as a whole.  Even if one can’t donate, likes, reblogs, shoutouts, etc. are more than enough to get the ball rolling. Every penny helps. Your support is all that I could ask for, no matter the form that it comes in. I appreciate any and everyone who’s willing to help, whether it’s via donation or boosting.

You can donate here or directly to my PayPal @Kimberly.Brown17@gmail.com. If anyone would like to know more about me, simply message me, email me at the address above, or kik me. I want all to feel comfortable with donating to or boosting this campaign.

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HELP THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN OUTREACH TRIP TO THAILAND

Donations as small as $1-$5 are very helpful and appreciated.  http://www.gofundme.com/MissioninThailand

If you can’t Donate, please like, reblog and share it on Facebook(Sharing on Facebook is soooo important). http://www.gofundme.com/MissioninThailand

We will be in the Northern City of Chaing Mai where we will volunteer at their world famous Elephant Park. We will be feeding and nurturing the Endangered Asian Elephants, as well as being educated on these peaceful creatures. Another opportunity that we are partaking in, is at the Sahai Nan Organic Permaculture Farm. This is a 100% sustainable, organic farm, and we will be there helping to preserve the sustainability of this farm with the area’s natives.  


This will be a learning experience beyond our wildest imagination and we are excited to be going on this journey. So far we have contacted the agencies and arranged plans to be in Thailand from the end of September until October. We have our passports in hand and are ready to go!  With your assistance, you can be a part of the thought, that enacts action and exhibits change in the world!

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A Photographer in Search of People

Last year, Italian photographer Massimo Sestini shot the photo above of refugees and migrants fleeing North Africa and the Middle East for Europe. Now he wants to find them.

“There were 500 people on that boat, so I would like to launch a worldwide campaign to ask them all ‘Where are you?’ so that I may continue my photo reportage on migration, and further help [shed light] this dramatic issue,” he tells Time.

Sestini, who won a World Press Photo award for this image, has set up a page on his Web site in hopes of tracking those he originally photographed.

Image: Asylum seekers traveling by boat off the coast of Africa on the Mediterranean, by Massimo Sestini. Select to embiggen.

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Hi there!

My name is Christopher McLeod and I’m a 24 years old, queer, Roma, and in my first year of a three year BA in fashion design based in the Southwest of the UK. For a long time I’ve been interested in fashion design, and after years of trying my hand at other things - foreign languages, photography, graphic design - I’ve finally been able to pursue this interest and actually study fashion design. First, here’s a bit of a backstory:

In 2010 I embarked on a graphic design course at Camberwell College of the Arts, one of the colleges of the University of Arts London network. London and I proved to be incompatible, and after two very tumultuous years involving being kicked out my flat by my drug addict landlord, sofa surfing for 8 months, my own personal drug addiction AND being the victim of violent crime, I left to preserve what little shreds of sanity I had left. Fast forward to September 2014, and I enrolled onto a fashion design course wanting to create a name for myself in an industry I’d only ever dreamt of working in.

At the university I’m studying at, the third year fashion students are normally given a chance to exhibit their designs and collections at the end of year graduate show and at either Graduate Fashion Week or at ‘Free Range’ - a show designed to exhibit the works of university students from a multitude of disciplines and from universities all across the UK.

However, for some reason, the university has decided not to fund this for the third years and they were told that they would only get to exhibit their work at the graduate show, severely limiting their audience. One of the students decided that this wasn’t good enough, and so they decided to go and set up their own show; after speaking to their mother, who used all her contacts, a nonprofit Cancer Charity and the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol offered a chance for the third years to plan and organise their own show.

As I’ve become quite good friends with the third years, I offered to help them set up the show, to provide my promotion and marketing skills and to provide my graphic design skills as well. In return, they invited me to exhibit a collection of clothing.

Immediately my mind started spinning with ideas for what I could do, and I’ve finally been able to kick start my collection, of a mixture of soft kilts, deconstructed shirts, dresses, and digitally printed sportswear.

But there’s an issue: in order to create this collection, I need to fund it. The third years have budgeted for their collections for the last two/three years, whereas I, as a first year, have never had to undertake this amount of work before. And the show is on the 18th June

As I’m doing everything for a charity event (and for a cause I feel very strongly for, as both my mother and sister have suffered from cancer), I waived my design/consultancy fee, so I’ve been left to fund my collection myself. I spent the majority of my maintenance loan helping my parents to pay for this first year of tuition, so I’m flat broke now, and this is where I hope tumblr can help:

I have to try and fund:

Material costs - I already have a lot of fabric so I’m okay for the most part. The only downside is that the fabrics I have are very specialist - sports mesh, silk chiffon, perforated leather - and I don’t have a lot of the basic fabrics like cotton or poplin.

Print costs - As someone who loved working with digital manipulations and photography, I want to create a range of jersey dresses and sportswear incorporating my digital patterns and prints; digital fabric printing is one of the most effective way to create eye catching and unique designs. I also want to produce a brochure thanking all those who have helped me, and as a potential way to entice people to hire me.

Travel costs - I have been able to secure a fair few models who are willing to wear my collection for free, but in order to thank them I thought it best to pay for their travel.

All in all, I think I need somewhere in the region of £600-£1000 ($900 - $1500) to cover any and all costs. The majority of costing comes from digital printing although I have managed to find a cheap commercial printer who can do small jobs for a reduced amount.

I understand that this is something that I should ultimately fund myself, but hopefully people will help me make a sizeable dent into things like buying fabric and printing designs, which, once out of the way, will make everything easier to focus on.

If you’d like to help out by donating money to help me create my collection my paypal email address is saintclothingdesign@gmail.com

Or if you could, just simply signal boosting this post would be a great help.

Thank you for your help!

In case you’re not aware…crowdfunding is a thing.

From vegan cheese and video games to solar roadways and documentaries, humanity has been experiencing a surge of globally collaborative projects through an assortment of platforms which utilize the billions of internet-enabled citizens of Earth to finance projects, whatever they may be. 

We as a collective society have taken to the online sphere of influence and the democratization of innovation because it works. Regardless of the molasses-like pace of bureaucratic policy procedures to accomplish relatively simple tasks when the solution is so clearly evident, or the lobbying by large corporations over whether politicians allocate funding to an area of immediate need, crowd-funding/sourcing allows for us to capitalize on viable solutions to problems otherwise not even given a first glance by those who have the capability to take action. 

However, shark fin costumes for your pet…rectangle-shaped water bottles….cosplay costumes…the crowdfunding niche for alternative financial support has become saturated with a barrage of projects from the motivational to the mundane. An outsider to our planet - provided they are educated on the current state of affairs regarding our ecosystem and societal woes - would surely be a bit puzzled as to why we would choose to pool our efforts and support projects that hardly reflect a civilization aware of its current deposition. 

The crowdfunding arena is not bereft of scientific endeavors, though. 

An asteroid mining outfit called Planetary Resources, Inc. initiated the first space exploration project to test soft/hardware in orbit for the ultimate prospect of categorizing, mining, and protecting Earth from asteroids. Lunar Mission Trust has secured funds to properly develop their Lunar Mission One spacecraft which will land on and drill into the as yet unexplored South Pole of the Earth’s moon to uncover its origins, perform experiments for viable information worthy to the cause of lunar settlement, and enable research to aid deep space radio astronomy. And most recently, The Planetary Society - in collaboration with a number of aerospace partners - funded and launched their LightSail in the first of two objectives which employ the use of CubeSat spacecraft to unfurl the solar sail in space for the first ever test of a concept centuries in the making

So, again, this crowdfunding thing…it works. But it begs the question…if projects such as these can be mounted on a grand scale and carried out, why aren’t we seeing more of them in the public sphere, and I ask again – where’s all the science?? 

Introduction: Endeavorist.

From the article A Curious Site’ by Chandra Clarke for Popular Science

Spearheaded by Tom Matthews, Colin Matthews, and Jess Timmons, Endeavorist has three major features.

First is a crowdfunding tool called Research Campaigns, which allows anyone to solicit funds to research a problem. With the Grant tool, you can set up a bounty to have research on a problem done, and award the grant to the most qualified applicant. With the Call to Action tool, you can put out an all-purpose bulletin to help gather resources – mentors, equipment, peer reviewers, and so on – to tackle a particular issue.

The site has been roughly two years in the making, and it was soft-launched last November. Although it has not had any major publicity yet, it has several hundred registered users.

According to Timmons, the art and design director for the site, and a self-professed space exploration enthusiast, the site is about making connections. I’ve always thought there’s got to be a better way to get people the resources they need to do science, she said in an interview last week. More importantly, she believes that everyone can be a scientist and she wants the site to be a bridge between professional full-time researchers and citizen scientists.

For me, said Colin Matthews, [this site] was a combination of always being passionate about science, and also listening to the complaints from my professors in college about how hard it was to get funding, never having enough money to really do what they wanted. I would love to see people like me get into it and say ‘I have impacted our search for knowledge in a meaningful way.’ We have social networks where people can show off their social life, but until now nothing to show off their impact on human knowledge.

Tom Matthews agrees. “We think of ourselves as a network, making it possible to share access to information. We want to democratize the pursuit of knowledge.” He added, We’re trying to build something people will want and care about, and build a real community.

Curious? Of course you are. So let’s get started. Join Endeavorist and help us democratize science.

History Research Frozen in Place? Break Through that Ice Jam at History Hub!

Stuck on a research question?  Need advice on how to get started with genealogical research?

Now you can ask them on the History Hub.

History Hub is a pilot project, connecting experts at the National Archives, researchers, and the public with discussion boards, blogs, profiles, and other interactive tools to offer the public a one-stop shop for crowdsourcing information.

The History Hub is a limited six-month pilot project so that we can test the platform for its use and usefulness as a crowdsourcing platform. 

Give it a try and ask a question at historyhub.archives.gov.

(“Tugboat Deland in Ice Buildup on the Cape Cod Canal, 2/20/1935″
National Archives Identifier: 6277051.)

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Exhausting a Crowd

Online art project by Kyle McDonald lets anyone annotate video captured in public spaces in London. The visual feed is not actual from a CCTV camera, but footage captured over a twelve hour period. One notable example, “Kiss Me”, is embedded below:

The project is part of the current “All of This Belongs to You“ exhibition at the V&A, London.

You can contribute to the project here

incorrigible-ixoreus asked:

So I poked through your Queer Lit tag and couldn't find quite what I'm looking for, so I know I might be out of luck, but most of the reading lists I was able to find were either kind of not great or several years out of date. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for Queer [specifically gay/male protags if possible] High Fantasy stories?

The only high fantasy I’ve really read since Tolkien was The Name of the Wind so I’m not the best person to help with this! Followers? Please reblog with suggestions if you’ve got ’em.

gofundme.com
Click here to support She Did What She Wanted by Christina Renee Hunziker

hi guys! so you may or may not know i write for this little site called she did what she wanted. it’s a website that focuses on giving girls a safe space to express and nurture their thoughts and emotions. i’ve written countless articles for them and met the most amazing women through this site, which was started by one of my really really good friends, but they need help. 

running a site like this doesn’t come cheap, so any and all help would be much appreciated so we continue to grow and offer a place for women to share, love, and support each other. if you can’t donate, no worries! just following us on social media would be great. we’re on twitter, tumblr, instagram, and facebook!

please reblog this and help spread the word. <3

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With government grants at their lowest since World War II, the race for scientific funding has grown more competitive than ever. Bills like the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that aims to pour an extra $1.75 billion a year for the next five years into medical research, hope to change this reality. In the meantime, scientists worry about an impending intellectual recession.

No one denies that the current system is riddled with problems. Neil Fitzgerald, assistant dean of science at Marist College and founding president of the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), a website devoted to helping college students turn their ideas into actual experiments, told Modern Notion that in addition to more competition for grants, fewer grants are being awarded overall. Even more frustrating, the grants available have become larger, something that typically helps the bigger fish in the pond, but leaves smaller projects unfunded by larger margins.

At the same time, the “good ol’ boy” network grows larger. Steven Farber, a staff member at the Carnegie Institution and adjunct associate professor of biology at Johns Hopkins, says shoulder-rubbing and back door politics are more apparent as competition heats up. The smaller the funds available, the more favoritism accounts for how grant-givers decide which few applications they’ll fund and which will get the chopping block. Farber explains that back in the day when there was enough money to fund say, a quarter of the projects submitted, there was more of an even playing field. Today, sometimes as few as one or two in 20 applications are accepted.

To remedy this, some entrepreneurs are thinking outside the box when it comes to keeping pioneering scientific work alive and well in the U.S. 

Enter: crowdfunding


Fantastic piece by Modern Notion regarding the impact of citizen science, crowd-sourcing/funding and the importance of democratizing scientific research during a time when its becoming more impeded by bureaucratic tunnel vision, as described in the article: 

Crowds don’t have that kind of tunnel vision. This is not to say that they are not as easily mislead, but at least their point of view is based upon a broader point of view than that of just a handful of scientists. One final consideration is that the crowd is the supporter of the study, so they should get a voice. If tax payers are paying for the studies, they deserve to have a strong voice in what gets funded.”  

– Alex Fair, CEO of a medical crowdfunding site

Endeavorist’s own co-founder Colin Matthews (@SVNDER) spoke with Modern Notion to discuss the approach to crowdfunding endeavorist​ has taken: 

Colin Matthews, co-founder of another science crowdfunding site, Endeavorist, said that when his team started the website, they did expect the “sexiest” project to win. However, that’s simply not been the case. Their successful campaigns have all come down to marketing. For instance, a campaign to build a portable particle acceptor failed horribly (despite the really cool concept) while the seemingly less exciting one to build a software emulation of a “deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics” succeeded because of how they engaged with users.

Although we’re referred to as “another science crowdfunding site”, Endeavorist is so much more. See: ‘The World’s First Curiosity Network’ (Medium) and ‘A Curious Site’ (PopSci) and visit, join, and share Endeavorist with the world!

Calling Educators & Citizen Archivists! A Primary Source Transcription Mission!

“Food substitutions for meatless and wheatless meals, 12/18/1917. “
From the Records of the U.S. Food Administration. National Archives Identifier 20737679.

This summer teachers in our Primarily Teaching institutes across the country found and digitized primary sources related to Chinese immigration, President Hoover, World War I, NASA, and Native American fishing rights.

These educators hand-picked documents that they knew would make useful teaching tools.

But now we’re inviting students, teachers, and learners of all ages to make these primary sources even more accessible by transcribing them. To help:

  1. Create a username and password in the National Archives Catalog.
  2. Log in.
  3. Head to our Transcription Missions page and click on “Teacher-Found Primary Sources.”
  4. Click on a document.
  5. Select the “View/Add Contributions” button located below all images in the catalog.
  6. Select the “Transcribe” tab for the page of the record you would like to transcribe.
  7. Select the “Edit” button and remember to save frequently.

These primary sources are available in the National Archives Catalog as well as on DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents. They form the basis of teacher-created online learning activities and are ready to be used by any DocsTeach member in new activities.

We’ll incorporate all transcriptions into the new and improved version of DocsTeach that launches next year with a transcription feature!

via A Primary Source Transcription Mission! | Education Updates

anonymous asked:

Is there a book or story that is like Beauty and the Beast but with the "Beast" being female? I don't really care beyond that, I just want a chick that goes from evil monster (literally) to regular woman?

Personally I have no idea but here’s hoping one of my followers might! Guys, feel free to reblog with suggestions!

igg.me
So uh, hey guise. Yeah, there's a Indiegogo for the shop.
'Cause guess what, we have to move.

Long story short, the building is filled with toxic mold and the landlord won’t fix it and won’t let me fix it either. So 9 months into a 3 year lease I’ve gotta move ASAP because in addition to being gross it’s made me sick as hell.. Moving and setting up a whole new location is like, expensive. The new place will totally kick ass once it’s done, y’all. For real.

Even if it’s just reblogging or sharing on Twitter or FB or whatever, every little bit helps.  So interwebz, help a girl out if you can.

Got Science?

On September 30th,  the White House officially launched the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit, a tool that provides information and resources to help federal agencies use the power of public participation to help solve scientific and societal problems.

We are pleased to be featured as a case study in the White House’s new toolkit, with acknowledgment of the Citizen Archivist Dashboard as a demonstrated success story in federal crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing is not new for the National Archives. Back in 2010, the Archivist of the United States introduced the concept of the Citizen Archivist, an effort to engage researchers, educators, historians and the public and provide them with the tools and support necessary to contribute their talents, knowledge and creativity to the mission of the National Archives.

In support of the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit, we’ve created a special “science takeover” in our Citizen Archivist Dashboard. Here you will find several new tagging missions, all containing science-related records from the National Archives.

And while you are there, take a look at the many other ways you can get involved. From tagging missions to transcribing documents, scanning photos to subtitling videos, there is a way for everyone to participate and contribute.