distinctive collection


Last month I attended a MAC Cosmetics event to celebrate their launch onto the Look Fantastic website. Whilst there I picked up a selection of products from their new limited edition CHROMAT collection, as well as a few classics from their permanent lines. 

I wanted to show you the two lipsticks & eyeshadow palette from the limited edition collection, and two of their new metallic lipsticks.

First up we have ‘#ShockValue’ a bright aqua Blue lipstick in a Amplified finish; Opaque full coverage finish, great pay-off with a light sheen to it.
Then we have ‘Augmented Reality’ a strong candy Red in a Matte finish; No shine, full coverage and long lasting. 
Both feature the architecturally inspired bionic 3D patterned packaging, distinctive across the entire collection. 
RRP £16.50 / $17.50 each.

The two Metallic Lips I picked up at the event are named ‘Cold Front’ (pictured on the left below) which is a frosted periwinkle Blue, and ‘Anything Once’ a Blackened blue with multi-coloured pearl running throughout.

As we know, metallic lips have been trending recently but personally I’m not the biggest fan, I think metallic lips belong on the catwalk or high fashion photo-shoots over everyday wear. But that’s just my taste, however, I do LOVE the colour of Cold Front.
If you do fancy rocking the reflective lip, I would advise pairing it with a simple eye of just mascara and / or some spikey lashes. 
RRP £16.50 / $17.50 each.

Last but not least is the CHROMAT eyeshadow palette

This really is beautiful! Once again, it features the special packaging distinctive to the CHROMAT collection. It contains a vibrant ocean Blue shade and a pearlescent deep Orange - which are complementary colours on the colour wheel, so this means they would work really well together for a contrasting look.
The palette also contains a Brown with a Green pearl running through it, a rich Black, a pearlescent Navy, and a metallic gunmetal shade. 
All of these eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, perfect for a modern smokey eye with a pop of colour! 
Check out the swatches below: 

  • Sabina Sangre: Deep Orange with Gold pearl
  • Duabandita: Brown with Green pearl
  • Structured Satin: Rich Black
  • Mindfiles: Metallic Silver with pearl
  • Triennial Wave: Vibrant ocean Blue
  • Blue Black: Navy Blue with Blue pearl

This limited edition palette retails for £25.00 / $32.00 


♥ it’s time to spread your podcast palette♥ 

Hope you’re all having a wonderful July, everyone! As the heat is cranked up and our thermostats are turned down, it’s time to get comfortable indoors or on the sandy shores of a beach with a new podcast. And my picks are as welcoming as a breeze on a summer day.

Cool down with a touch of horrifying homesickness, served up with just the right amount of creeps and treats to top off your favorite brand of liquor.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. Friend of the Family

Where the narrator is a character, the two leads hate each other, fighting the supernatural is sometimes disappointingly mundane, talking to family members can be a terrible idea, and a 16-year-old girl is infinitely more exciting about stabbing a lot of things than she is about boys.

If you don’t think podcasts have enough occult hunters, than Friend of the Family would like to welcome you to their reunion. In this audio drama chock full of comebacks and tongues sharper than a wooden stake, we follow our snarky heroine as she battles ghosts, demons, and annoying commentary from narrators and vampires alike.

Friend of the Family is equal parts charming and creepy for fans of both horror and comedy. If your ghost story could use some more more giggles, get comfortable in your coffin and tune in today.

2. Radio People

Under the dome on the far side of the Moon, the people of Clovermeade carry on their strange lives in complete isolation from Earth.

In this bizarrely charming sci-fi story that is…much harder to put into words than I originally thought, we are given a glimpse into the lives of this quirky little moon colony. One word to best describe Radio People would be “alien”. It grants itself an identity unique for itself and only itself, beckoning curious listeners to their strange ads, off-the-wall humor, and alternative-electronica music.

Tune in for yourself to get a taste of this strange yet welcoming collection of distinct voices, songs, and one of a kind atmosphere you’ll find yourself immersed in within seconds.

3. Spirits: A Drunken Dive into Myths and Legends

A boozy biweekly podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from a round the world, served up over the ice by two tipsy history geeks.

If you think your LORE could use a little more lady power and a little more liquor, Spirits, is the show for you. Share a drink with our hosts as they slur their way through mystical tales and myths of varying origins.

Fun, funny, and certainly a fresh pick for fans of mythology-this drunken dive into myths and legends will have you asking for a refill.

4. Small Town Horror

A bi-weekly serialized docudrama about one man’s search for answers in his hometown, the site of his own mysterious kidnapping 18 years ago. Are the answers he seeks worth the cost of returning to the place known as Crazytown?

I already knew that Small Town Horror was bound to catch my attention from the get-go. Why it has continued to keep me intrigued is due to a narrative that reads like a thrilling horror novel helped by detailed audio editing and a suspenseful tale of mystery that slowly unfolds itself.

Step into the grim and gritty world of Crazytown and immediately find yourself locked into this macabre story bound to keep you up until the crack of down with shivers down your spine.

5. Uncanny County

Robots gone haywire. Killer clown demons. And pie. So. Much. Pie. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored podcast brings you a new, paranormal audio play every month. Sit back, relax, and hold on tight Because you’re about to take a quick detour….through Uncanny County.

In this episodic freak show of short stories varying from funny to frightening, Uncanny County is sure to have a little something for everyone. Be it robots, mysterious truckers, or hefty servings of blood soaked clowns and delicious pie, you’re sure to find something special with each serving.

There’s nothing uncanny about slipping this series into your feed for a bit of southern styled charm and scares.

6. Return Home

A serialized radio drama that follows the story of Johnathan Barker, who is compelled to return home to Melancholy Falls, NJ to investigate the strange things that have been going on in town and discover his purpose.

Make your return to good old quirky horror shows with Return Home. In this  mysterious little podcast, we are lulled into the rain-drenched tale of a man’s struggles when he comes face to face with the strange happenings of his hometown. 

A little freaky and a little funny with just the right amount of drama, this podcast will give you all the scares and suspense you’re after.

now, get to listening.

I’m reading “Final Girls”  by Riley Sanger and it’s fine, I’m enjoying it.  But there are several places where it’s so fucking jarring that a character will do something  out of nowhere and it’s so obviously a choice the writer made because they thought that’s what Gillian Flynn would do.  

Stop it, people!  Gillian Flynn is great because she’s got her own collection of distinctive stupid shit she likes and predictable Mary Sue traits she gives her protagonists.  You too can do this!  Just think of four unique things you resent your mother for and two unique self-destructive things you do when depressed. Done! 

Laura Marling // Semper Femina

There is a line from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid that nearly a decade ago Laura Marling decided to have tattooed on her leg: “Varium et mutabile semper femina” it runs, translating roughly as “A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.” Realizing that the line was a little long for the limb, at the very last moment she opted instead for an abbreviation: “Semper femina” she chose: “Always a woman.” It makes a fitting and fascinating title for Marling’s sixth album — an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood.

“I started out writing it as if a man was writing about a woman,” Marling says. “And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy towards myself.”

The songs grew out of what Marling regards as “a masculine time” in her life. “A certain time when I’d sort of gone on this trip of abandoning any sexuality,” she says. “Now in retrospect I was hopped up on the times, but I was living in LA, and LA does have an amazing knack for removing sexuality. I found it quite scary; I was scared of what I perceived to be the disappearance of my feminine side. But it gave me an ability to look at women in a different way and consider how I’d been looked at.”

In retrospect there was a precursor to this strange period of her life — Short Movie had been concerned with the breaking down of the ego, “And then I guess piecing back together an ego you get to see it in all its parts,” she says. “And tied in with this was the magical realism of living in LA.” Having spent several years in Los Angeles, Marling now splits her time between the UK and California. “And LA makes me feel very different to England,” she says. “Now my love affair with LA is at a point where I don’t really leave my house and all my friends are English. It’s a great place to be, but it’s not an enticing fantastical adventure anymore, and I think the election has brought that home.”

Marling’s exploration of femininity is as broad as it is tender. On tracks such as Wild Once she was interested in the archetype of the wild woman and her unrestrained physicality. “In the more masculine phase of my life I got really into hiking and bouldering, scrambling up trees or whatever,” she explains. “And I just hadn’t exercised that part of myself for such a long time, and it was felt fantastic. It touched something that was really sweet and innocent. At a time when I couldn’t really find that center, I was touching on it running through a forest by Big Sur with no shoes on.”

Elsewhere she’s looking at “What’s been forbidden to me in female relationships in all forms, and at female empathy between each other, and friendships that have been really intense.” On The Valley, for instance, a track she calls “a bit of an English nostalgia trip” she writes about “broken female friendships, and how that feels to be betrayed or betray a friend or a woman in any way.”

The nature of female friendship has been a long-standing interest for Marling. “And again it’s blurred as you open up the boundaries more,” she says. “But the falling in love that you experience with friendship is so less defined than romantic or sexual love. I’ve been obsessed with that always I think,” she says. “Because I have sisters maybe, and a mother. And I think because of that there’s a high standard of trust and care that I place on myself and that I feel in my female friends as well — we have quite a high empathetic standard for each other. So I feel when that’s broken it’s so powerful. And I’m guilty of that in many respects because I’m so absent-minded. Until now I just hadn’t really thought about that being a subject matter for a song, but when I tapped into the sadness of that, or the regret, or the feeling of being on the other side of that, I found that quite a fruitful well of stuff. So there’s a lot of that on this record, that trying to make amends for those sort of broken channels.”

She also became fascinated by the life of the psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salome. “I came across her by accident through a love letter that [Rainer Maria] Rilke wrote,” Marling says. “I was obsessed with Rilke, and he wrote about her being the only tangible thing that he’d ever encountered in his life — the famous quote is ‘You alone are real to me’.” Marling read about Andreas-Salome extensively — from her upbringing in Russia, through her intellectual and romantic relationships with figures such as Paul Ree, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud, her unconsummated marriage to Friedrich Carl Andreas, and her passionate affair with Rilke which led to his Duino elegies.

Rather than her relationships with famous male figures it was Andreas-Salome’s own psychoanalytic research that Marling found particularly interesting: “Just before Freud died she wrote him a letter saying ‘I’ve been doing some research into the feminine psyche and I think you’ve got it completely wrong. Penis envy is an invention of man because women’s sexuality by its nature is internal and self-perpetuating, so there’s no lack of this or need of that. It’s this internal, inherently creative thing without men.’ And Freud wrote to her and said this is amazing and this is true, but he died two months later so it never got published. And that blew my mind. Imagine! It would’ve changed the entire psyche of the western world.”

These thoughts were shaped further by Marling’s ongoing podcast project Reversal of the Muse which saw her interviewing women from across the music industry — from famed singers such as Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris to female sound engineers, and guitar shop owners, discussing the nature and shape of female creativity. “I would say that feminine creativity, the feminine part of the brain is in both sexes, but is inherently different to the masculine,” she says, “I had a lot of chats with Blake about how we started playing guitar,” she says, “and he said ‘I started playing because I wanted to impress girls- though I suspect that was a flippant remark rather than the whole truth. But it worked as an example as that was obviously so different to why I started playing guitar — that was never in my brain to impress boys; “and for me, playing guitar has always been tied up with my identity, it’s always been involved in myself, rather than enticing people in.”

Having produced Short Movie herself, Marling decided to enlist Mills as producer for Semper Femina. “I really enjoyed producing but it’s just not my calling,” she says. “I’d love to do it for someone else, but for myself it was too difficult to play both roles. Making the podcasts I discovered I play off the vulnerability of being a solo human being, playing a very vulnerable song in front of a microphone with six people in a control room. It’s a weird dynamic, but it has always worked for me. A lot of songwriters I know can’t bear to be overheard when they’re songwriting, but I quite like it — I write in venues or dressing rooms when there are eight people in the room. There’s something thrilling and weirdly voyeuristic about it. But I like the idea that it will be heard, and if I’m producing it feels like it might only be heard by me.”

Looking for a producer, and already a fan of his music, she was told that Mills had written a list of people he wanted to work with and that her name was on it. This is not to say recording was always straightforward, and working with a new, male producer brought familiar challenges for Marling. “I think Blake was very sweetly not sure what to do with an English girl,” she says. “It took a week or two to shake off the very set image of what I was in his mind — a very romping through the countryside delicate character from Emma. And I’ve had that so many times. And in some ways I’m think you can keep that image of me, but in other ways I have to break it in order to get work done, because it’s a really heavy block between you and what you want to get done. And also because I’d just come from producing a record myself I had to get rid of that idea of delicacy.”

More than anything on Semper Femina Marling addresses the space between the perceptions and realities of being a woman, the space in which women are not frail but powerful, creative and abundant figures. “When I was a teenager in my head you were either this delicate tragedy or you were a muse,” she says. “And they’re both such horrifyingly subjugated roles. But our culture loves female tragedy. That’s just been so ingrained over and over again, and there haven’t been enough examples of a written alternative. My main focus is re-writing the idea of tragic woman.”

If Marling sounds galvanized it’s because this album marks a shift in her career. “The time and the political climate that we live in, we’re coming to a point where there’s no need for this sort of artistic expression that I’ve been a part of,” she says. “Innocent creativity had a little flourish in the last ten years. But also I’m getting older and now I think ‘What use is that?’ It’s not rooted, not pointed, not political. For me right now I feel like it’s more important that I have a practical use.”


Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories is coming to Shudder in the US!

“Adapted from the dark tales of prolific author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, American Gods, Stardust), this collection of distinct, odd and brilliant short stories is both cinematic and strange. In each film, each character is compelled to share their story and we’re drawn into their very act of telling tall tales. While each episode has its own lead character, they are backed by an ensemble cast that play across all four bold and original films.”

Hi guys! I’m a college freshman studying Psychology and I have a very interesting post for you guys.

So, In English 115, the professor is about 50 years old, and has a doctorate in Literature, with a concentration in poetry. She also happens to be the most interesting old teacher I’ve ever had. In this particular English course, we mainly discuss writing skills and reading approaches (The official name for the class is “Honors Academic Writing”). Well, yesterday, we began discussing Gender Strategies, and let me tell you I’ve never been more interested in a lesson. So I’m literally just going to copy and paste from my notes, and you can determine what they mean yourself.

“Gender- The state of being male or female as is expressed by social or cultural distinctions instead of biological distinctions. The collective attributes associated to anyone’s sex.

Gender Identity- A persons’ internal sense of being male or female, a combination of male or female, or neither male or female.

Gender is not the same thing as sex. Gender isn’t necessarily the biological factor.

Ancient societies had a greater acceptance of same-sex relationships. We know this from literature.

In the 16th century, there was only a one sex model. There was not much of distinction. Women were seen as “lesser men”. In 1533, the first civil junction against Sodomy (Anal Sex) remained a capital law until 1891 worthy of execution.

This happened all the way into the 18th century, with the Enlightenment. Here, men and woman are seen as opposites. Beginning of the binary gender system. Women are considered to be passive and passionless. Men were seen as aggressive, assertive, and sexually charged. At masquerades, cross-dressing gender switching was common, expressing the fluidity of gender.”

(In regards to women) “…In Victorian times, there were three expectations; they were to be chaste, obedient, and silent. The Woman’s question; What is the woman’s role? They were either known as the “angel in the house.” (The perfect housewife) Or the “demonic whore figure.” Then there was a type called the “new woman.” She is intellectual, public, active, often times they considered themselves non-reproductive as opposed to maternal. Took on the male role.

There was a subgroup of decadents called the “Dandies”. They were men trying to overturn the Victorian Ideals. They went over the top with fashion, everything was exaggerated, and they were flamboyant. They took on the female role. The Victorians considered the New Woman and the Dandies as horrifying”

And the rest is related to major feminists in Literature. Also, an interesting fact I never put into my notes; The oldest known literature text is called “The Epic of Gilgamesh” all the way from ancient Mesopotamia. It is about a wild King named Gilgamesh and man named Enkidu, whom the Gods had sent to calm the King. Basically Enkidu challenges Gilgamesh to a test of strength, and when he wins, they become friends. To stray away from professionalism here, I’m just going to say, long story short, it’s really gay. The oldest surviving literature is gay.

So yeah, interesting lesson.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Do You Have a Little Time?

If you’re feeling low and lost today / Probably doing too much again / You spend all your hours just rushing around / Do you have a little time, to have a little time for me?

Hermione couldn’t pinpoint the moment she’d fallen asleep in the library. Again.

She woke to the lights lowered, not quite dark enough to signal that it was almost time to go back to the common room, but enough to know she’d completely disrupted her OWLs timetable. The choking feeling of an oncoming messy cry clawed at her throat. Her fingers stuck a bit in her hair where they’d gotten lodged during her slumber, and she winced when several strands came away, stuck to the bracelet her parents had given her for Christmas her first year at Hogwarts.

Huffing in defeat after comparing the time on the clock and what remaining time left on her schedule, she moved to gather her supplies and push her post-study walk to the common room up a handful of minutes, her nap shaving off at least an hour of scheduled sleep time.

“As if there was a doubt where I’d find you.”

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North American Myths and Legends:
A collection focusing on stories old, new, and re-imagined

Greetings all!

Dandelion Wine Collective is excited to announce the open call for our anthology “North American Myths and Legends”, a collection exploring distinct perspectives surrounding the culture and mythos of what is now known as North America. This is a multimedia art, writing, and comics anthology that we will be kickstarting in July 2017 to print in full color!

Link to full post (with submission guidelines) here!

Seize the day with the Tiffany Leather Collection. These distinctive handbags are handcrafted by skilled Italian artisans using time-honored techniques. Every clasp and embellishment, every pocket and seam is smoothly integrated into the overall design. These accessories epitomize the attention to detail that makes for a fashion essential of enduring style.


Yves Saint Laurent Beauté La Laque Spicy Collection Nail Swatches!

YSL is bringing out a collection of 7 limited edition polishes globally, themed around warm, exotic spices. Some of these trendy shades look a tad odd (mustard yellow and ginger) but warm tones are on point for S/S 2014, and they’re actually quite flattering on. 

The MVP of the collection is a gold flecked topcoat called Feuille D'or No 47. This top coat contains gold flakes in irregular sized pieces so it looks like real gold leaf, and goes on beautifully over all 6 of the other creme colors in the collection (and any creme polish you own). 

The 6 other shades are:

  • 41 Eau de Rose - pale ivory pink-toned beige. It’s a beautiful, beautiful color, but because it’s so pale, you will need at least 3 coats to to remove all streakiness. It’s also the one shade that I find definitely prettier without the gold flakes.
  • 42 Safran Sultan - the “it” shade of the moment. This odd mustard yellow looks better on than I thought it would, looking at it in the bottle. But the gold topcoat really brings this one to life and makes it much more wearable if you’re not too sure about the shade.
  • 43 Opulente Canelle - the foolproof rose-tan looks ordinary beside the other colors, but once on, it’s extremely flattering and pretty. A nice warm twist on the usual neutrals! (Equally pretty with or without the gold topcoat.)
  • 44 Ambre Gingembre - now this shade is hard to describe. It’s a carroty orange with a touch of brown, and might look strange in the bottle, but this is anonther “it” shade. Another shade that I find slightly prettier without the gold flakes, but it’s also deep enough that it looks lovely with the gold on.
  • 45 Pimento D'allieurs - Deep rose red with a touch of plummy brown. This is a can’t-go-wrong shade, but then it is also ironically probably the least distinctive in the collection. That said, it’s so gorgeous and timeless that you can wear this anytime. If you’re one to prefer the classics, this is a beautiful shade that I actually feel should be added to the permanent collection!
  • 46 Poivre Noir - Deep, rich plum. It looks dull in the bottle, but gorgeous on the nails. One of my favorites from the line. There isn’t really much to say other than that this is possibly my favorite color out of the entire collection. 


These polishes are all incredibly smooth, with wide, rounded brushes so you can apply color to your nail with minimal strokes needed. If you want them to be talking points though, the gold topcoat is the way to go. 

That said, if you’re not a YSL varnish collector, then you probably want to just pick out the more unique shades or the ones that will go the extra mile. I would personally recommend 41 the pale pink-nude, 43 the rose tan, and 45 or 46 for some gorgeously glossy rich tones.

The La Laque Spicy collection launches at all YSL counters from Feb 2014.

valkyri3s  asked:

Hi! I was at your language panel at Norwescon & I thought it was by FAR one of the most interesting & engaging I saw that weekend! Anyway, you were talking about the different genders/classes of HV (solar, lunar, celestial, terrestrial) & I was wondering if you could explain those in a bit more depth? Like what does it mean to have different genders in language, how are they formed, what is the purpose, etc? I'm a history/sociology major & this is straight up fascinating to me. thank you!!

Sure! For a broad overview, you can always look at the Wikipedia article (it’s not bad). Also, when my book comes out this fall, there’s a portion devoted to grammatical gender. Whenever I write stuff up I have to try not to use stuff from the book; don’t want to spoil it. lol

In effect, though, the only reason grammatical gender exists is to create a richer signal. If the parts of a phrase agree with one another and there’s some phonological cue there, there’s a better chance of recovering the information than in a language without any agreement. That’s why gender, once introduced, persists. Gender dies when those phonological cues are eroded. This is what happened to gender in English. We kept the pronouns, but a lot of the gender information was stuck to the end of words, and we killed a lot of the vowels at the end of words, so there was nothing left to indicate gender. After all, if a word like “bucket” were masculine and a word like “chair” was feminine, how would you know? Our adjectives don’t change (”blue bucket” ~ “blue chair”); our articles don’t change (”the bucket” ~ “the chair”; “a bucket” ~ “a chair”); and we don’t even use our gendered pronouns with inanimate objects, since we have “it”. We could have a gender system right now in English, and it wouldn’t matter. There’d be no evidence it even existed.

The same is not true of a language like Spanish, that has gendered articles (el/los ~ la/las), gendered endings on adjectives (-o/-os ~ -a/-as), gendered demonstratives (este/esta ~ ese/esa ~ aquello/aquella), lacks a gender-neutral pronoun (meaning you have to know the gender of the noun to know whether to use él or ella with it), and has mostly identifiable noun endings (words that end in l, o, n, e, r and s are masculine, for the most part; everything else is feminine). Spanish abounds with gender markers, meaning that if you get everything right, there are lots of opportunities to recover the information of a sentence—or, at least, more than English.

That’s what gender does and why it persists. Where it comes from is something different.

In Proto-Indo-European (the language that gave birth to pretty much all Western European languages, including all Germanic and Romance languages), the theory is that gender came from farming. Distinguishing between animals that could give birth and those that couldn’t was important, and somehow this transferred to all nouns. This is why the grammatical genders are tied to biological gender (masculine, feminine and neuter, which is Latin for “not either”). Other languages have done the same thing around the world, as distinguishing between masculine and feminine characteristics was important and simple.

Side-bar: It’s important to remember that systems like these are ancient. The idea of gender being a social construct is important, and it’s good that it’s a part of public discourse now. That wasn’t always the case. That doesn’t mean that biological gender is superior because it’s more “natural”, or that our ancestors were incompetent because they weren’t having the discussions we’re having now. To the latter, it was a different time; to the former, just because something is old—or natural—doesn’t mean it’s better.

Back to language, the fact that PIE genders are biological makes sense, given the origin (the gender of animals). In High Valyrian, the origin wasn’t animal sex. Instead, the origin was a distinction that kind of exists in Dothraki, only in a different form—namely, individual versus collective. Early distinctions were between things that one typically dealt with singly, and things one typically dealt with in bunches. Humans are a good example of the former; rice is a good example of the latter.

Two dominant phonological characters began to arise amongst nouns. These characteristics (I call them AR-leaning and IS-leaning) expressed themselves in different ways depending on whether the nouns referred to individual entities or collective entities. With two phonological characters and two types of nouns, a natural result (not the necessary result, mind, but a natural result) was four genders.

The thing that ties the High Valyrian genders together is phonological similarity. That’s what defines a gender, for the most part (there’s always exceptions). When it came to naming them (and naming, recall, is arbitrary, and up to the whim of the namer), speakers had to rely on what distinguished the genders. Biological gender is always a nice go-to when it comes to naming genders. Unfortunately, the facts of High Valyrian run counter to using biological gender as a naming convention, since…

  • Vala “man”
  • Abra “woman”

…these words are both in the same gender. It’s a tough sell to have a masculine and feminine gender when the most basic words for “man” and “woman” are in the same gender!

Consequently, the naming convention settled on objects from the natural world. The objects end up checking off a number of tick marks when it comes to suitability:

  • Each noun is a simple and regular member of its respective gender.
  • All four nouns are from the natural world ( “moon”, “sun”, “water”, “land”).
  • There are cultural ties between the words. That is, the moon is commonly associated with water, and the sun is commonly associated with the land. These associations call back to the phonological characters I mentioned before (moon and water are AR-leaning and sun and land are IS-leaning).

For these reasons, naming the genders after these objects made the most sense.

That’s how the genders in High Valyrian arose and how they got their names. Remember, though, when looking at gender in language, the question isn’t so much “Why does gender exist?”, but “Why does gender still exist?” The answer will be different for each language.

Thanks for the ask! Glad you enjoyed the presentation. :)


Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’

Rolls-Royce has contributed to the myth and legend of the contemporary music scene since the birth of Rock & Roll. Over half a century later, this long-standing love affair lives on, with some of the world’s most celebrated artists choosing the marque as the ultimate affirmation of their success. In this spirit, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’.

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anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on "normcore" do you think can really be called a style since the point of it is seems to be to look as plain as possible

imo “normcore” is as much a style as any other mode of dress adopted by individuals seeking to express their dissatisfaction with popular trends & find acceptance within a social group of like-minded people who communicate their shared discontent through visual cues. “normcore” cannot be thought of as a total rejection of fashion frivolousness & consumption—-[i paraphrase fred davis, “fashion, culture, and identity” 1992] the only modes of dress which are truly impervious to the ebb and flow of the fashion machine are what you would call “nonfashion” dress forms, (e.g. tribal, religious, and fetish costumes of leather & rubber enthusiasts, etc.) these “nonfashion” modes of dress operate completely out of orbit of fashion’s gravity, & through indifference remain unconcerned with reigning popular trends. “normcore” is a deliberate mode of dress arising from collective boredom with the near innumerable flash-in-the-pan, & frankly vapid trends that pop up every day in our rapidly accelerating, polymorphic western fashion culture (i.e., an “antifashion”).

[quote from “fashion, culture, and identity”] “The reasons for anitifashion would seem overdetermined. In some part it is, as already implied, a perhaps necessary device for fueling the motor of fashion itself; that is, it helps garner the symbolic materials whence fashion can attempt its next move forward. But this can occur only after antifashion has displayed its wares, so to speak. The prior questions remains: Why these wares at this time in this place?”

the above thought is interesting to me—i see the emergence of an antifashion subculture like “normcore” to mean the beginning of a real overhaul in the world of western fashion & dress. “normcore” is a slice of neutrality, the calm before the storm, if you will.

davis goes on to define antifashion “presumes a certain democracy of taste and display,” meaning antifashion can only incubate in a democratic environment (like ours). in a democracy where people with “distinctive collective identities” are allowed to group together & combine their tastes, we see antifashion-fashions develop & take hold and over time become absorbed into the mainstream fashion system. davis states that a large amount of antifashion originates in democracies “with those whose location in the social structure permits a measure of irresponsibility and some temporary suspension of major institutional commitments.”  in other words, among those who can “afford” (whether financially or socially) to curate their dress to reflect their collective dissatisfaction with popular trend (a kind of modern-era bourgeois decadence type thing). if you apply this thought to individuals who are serious proponents of “normcore” style i think it rings very true—(however davis does mention that this type of antifashion originator holds much less power than groupings of racial, ethnic, minority, occupational, & otherwise socially deviant individuals).

davis defines 5 different types of (generally) overlapping varieties of antifashion, one of which is “utilitarian outrage”. by outrage he means “maxims & aphorisms decrying the vanities of egoistic dress and adornments”. this “utilitarian outrage” mode of dress values “simplicity, functionality, and durability” over wasteful & frivolous trends. he discusses women’s “modular/surplice” dressing (loose fitting, simply styled, single color separates [tops, tunics, leggings, jumpsuits, pants] which combined in different ways can create whole new outfits) & the many attempts to make this style catch in the market—“needless to say, despite comfort, practicality, and comparative low-cost, modular dressing has not proved particularly successful in the marketplace.” now replace the rather specific definition of “modular dressing” with “normcore style” (i.e. plain clothes, nothing too form fitting, basic fabrics, duller colors, totally non-confrontational in every way). i like to think about why has this “plain” style of dress not become successful? logically it makes sense to wear simple clothes that can transition from one season to another with ease, & hold up physically to wear, so what’s the problem?? the answer to me is very complex, and not something that is able to be defined by one psychological motive alone——why we choose to dress ourselves in specific ways is a result of an infinitely branching web of influences, desires, tensions, interactions, & ambivalences pulled from our experiences as individuals in the world at large.

so yes, “normcore” is a style whether people like it or not.

@BarackObama remarks at White House Science Fair transcript):  Hello, everybody! Hello, hello!  Thank you.  Everybody have a seat.  Thank you.  Hello, scientists.  (Laughter.) So this has got to be the most fun event of the year.  (Laughter.)  At least in the top three.  And before I go any further, though, I need to lay down some rules.  We had to put these in place based on the previous science fairs.  First of all, no taking your robots or electric go-karts for a spin on the South Lawn.  (Laughter.)  You can’t do that.  Rule number two, if you’re going to explode something, you have to warn us first.  (Laughter.)  Actually, just don’t explode anything.  (Laughter.) Number three, no using a marshmallow air cannon in the house – (laughter) – unless you let me shoot it first.  (Laughter.)   This is our fifth White House Science Fair.  And every year, I walk out smarter than I walked in, because these young people have something to teach all of us – not just about batteries, or attacking cancer cells, or how to build a working robot or a rocket.  I will say, though, the robots I see keep getting smarter every year.  We are keeping an eye on that, by the way.  (Laughter.)  You’re on notice, Skynet.But these young scientists and engineers teach us something beyond the specific topics that they’re exploring.  They teach us how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is the way it is, and how we can make it better.  And they remind us that there’s always something more to learn, and to try, and to discover, and to imagine – and that it’s never too early, or too late to create or discover something new. That’s why we love science.  It’s more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves.  It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world, and to share this accumulated knowledge.  It’s a mindset that says we that can use reason and logic and honest inquiry to reach new conclusions and solve big problems.  And that’s what we are celebrating here today with these amazing young people.  Now, first of all, I’m going to announce the people who are not that young – although some of them are youngish.  We’re joined by some of America’s top scientists and engineers – starting with my Science Advisor, John Holdren.  (Applause.)  Yay, John.  The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins is here.  (Applause.)  The head of our Patent and Trademark Office – so, young people, if you’ve got something fancy, talk to Michelle Lee right here.  (Applause.)  She’s ready to sign you up.  The Acting Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Suzette Kimball is here.  (Applause.)  And somebody who has one of the coolest jobs in town, the head of NASA, Charles Bolden is here.  (Applause.)  Where’s Charlie?  If there are any aspiring astronauts here, he’s the man to impress.  He’s been in space himself. We also have some outstanding guests who are here who’ve been participating in this on an ongoing basis.  Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is here.  (Applause.)  Signature bowtie.  So is Rush Holt, who’s one of the few scientists to serve in Congress.  We could probably use some more.  (Applause.)  There you go.  Rush is now the head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  And just so you knew that athletes think science is cool, too, we’ve got Victor Cruz of the New York Giants here.  (Applause.)  He is a big fan of science.  And he has to be – as all-pro wide receiver, he’s got to figure out trajectories and angles and velocities and the physics of doing the salsa.  (Laughter.)  For those of you who don’t know, he does a salsa every time he gets a touchdown, and he gets a lot of them.  (Laughter.)     Now, Victor has been here before to celebrate the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl.  But as I’ve said many times before, we’ve got to celebrate the winners of our science fairs as much as we celebrate the winners of football or basketball or other athletic competitions, because young scientists, mathematicians, engineers, they’re critical to our future.  You guys are the ones who are going to define the contours of the 21st century.And I just had a chance to meet some of these young people.  And I fired a lot of questions at them, and they know their stuff.  It is unbelievable what so many of these young people have accomplished at such an early age.  And I wish I could talk about every single one of them because all of them were extraordinarily impressive.  But I want to leave enough time for everybody else to explore some of their exhibits.  John Holdren probably wants me to get some of their résumés in case we’re hiring.  But let me just mention a few of the young people that I had a chance to talk to, to give you a sense of the scope and depth and quality of the work that they’re doing. So, first of all, we’ve got Sophia Sánchez-Maes who’s here from Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Where’s Sophia?  I just talked to her.  Did she get in?  There she is, right there.  (Applause.)  Sophia is a senior in high school and she is crazy about algae.  (Laughter.)  Now, to the non-science buffs here, you might say, what’s so great about algae?  But Sophia knows that algae is fascinating, especially as a potential fuel source. So scientists are already working to turn algae into fuel.  One of the hurdles is to make the process more efficient so less energy gets wasted along the way.  Sophia saw that was a challenge.  She asked why.  She has created a more efficient method.  She’s identified optimal algae to use in her method, and she’s helping to bring the world closer to using algae as a clean, renewable, and even inexhaustible energy source.  And it’s already being tested in her hometown, the process that she’s developing.  It is amazing.  So let’s give Sophia a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Harry Paul is here from Port Washington, New York.  Where’s Harry?  There’s Harry, right here.  (Applause.)  So Harry graduated and is now in his first year at Tufts.  But listen to this story, because I think it gives you a sense of the quality of the young people we’ve got here.  Harry was born with a condition called congenital scoliosis – a curvature of the spine.  So, growing up, Harry endured more than a dozen operations.  Rather than feel sorry for himself, he thought there’s got to be a better way of doing this.  So he designed a new type of spinal implant. Starting in his freshman year in high school, he started researching the processes that he himself had gone through – his doctor was an expert on this – and he decided, let’s see if I can come up with something better, an implant that can grow along with the growing child so it doesn’t have to be constantly replaced or adjusted, which means you don’t need as many intrusive operations.  And Harry’s implant could reduce the number of surgeries that a child may need for more than a dozen to as few as five, which obviously would cut down medical costs, but more importantly, would save a lot of young people pain and time out from school and recovery time, and the potential complications of an operation. Unbelievable stuff.  Give Harry a big round of applause.  (Applause.)So Nikhil Behari is here from Pennsylvania.  Where’s Nikhil. There’s Nikhil.  (Applause.)  He’s a freshman – right? – in high school, interested in how we can better protect ourselves against hackers and data thieves online.  So scientists are already using biometrics to prove that each of us walk in our own distinct ways.  And Nikhil wondered, what if we each type in a distinct ways?  So he collected all kinds of data about how a person types – their speed, how often they pause, how much pressure they use; built a special keyboard to test it.  And he proved that his hypothesis was correct – that even if somebody knows your password, they don’t necessarily punch it in exactly the way you do. And he asked why – and made discoveries that now could help keep our online accounts more secure.  So in the future, if keystroke-based authentication keeps your siblings from breaking into your Facebook account or your Instagram account, you will know who to thank.  (Laughter.)  It will be Nikhil.  Congratulations.  (Applause.) So those three are just samples of the extraordinary scientists that we’ve already – and engineers – that we’ve already got here. I should give special mention to our Girl Scouts from Oklahoma. Where are those Super Girls?  (Applause.)  They’re standing up, but you can’t really see them – (laughter) – because they’re in kindergarten and first grade.  They are today’s youngest scientists at six years old.  They built their device out of Legos.  They realized that some people who might be paralyzed or arthritic might have trouble turning pages on a book so they invented this page turner.  It was awesome.  It was working so well, despite the fact, as they pointed out – this is a quote, they said, “This is just a prototype.”  (Laughter.)  That’s what they said.  I said, well, how’d you come up with the idea?  They said, well, we had a brainstorming session.  (Laughter.)  And then one of them asked, “Mr. President, have you had brainstorming sessions?”  (Laughter.)  I said, yes, but I didn’t come up with something as cool as this – (laughter) – an automatic page turner.  Unbelievable.Ruchi Pandya – where’s Ruchi?  There’s Ruchi.  (Applause.) Found a way to use a single drop of blood to test a person’s heart function, much like a person with diabetes tests their blood sugar.Anvita Gupta – where’s Anvita?  There she is.  (Applause.) Used artificial intelligence and biochemistry to identify potential treatments for cancer, tuberculosis, Ebola.  What she’s done is she’s developed an algorithm that could potentially significantly speed up the process of finding drugs that might work against these diseases.Something smells like it’s burning there – and I don’t think it’s an experiment.  (Laughter.)  I think it’s somebody’s camera.  Do we have it under control?  We don’t see any flames bursting.  Yes?  All right.  Okay, it sounds like a little electrical short, but let’s keep monitoring that.  (Laughter.)  Exits will be – (laughter) – in that direction, should anything happen.  The last time there was a fire here, the British were invading.  (Laughter.) But Anvita’s algorithm has the potential of speeding up pathways to discovering what drugs would work on what diseases, and is consistent with some of the work that we announced around precision medicine that we are funding at a significant pace here at the White House.Now, I should point out that, like several of the young people here, Anvita and Ruchi are first-generation Americans.  Their parents came here, in part, so their kids could develop their talents and make a difference in the world.  And we’re really glad they did.So I want to congratulate all of you for your remarkable achievements.  You’ve made a lot of people proud – your parents, your teachers, your friends, your mentors.  And as President, I’m proud of you, because America is going to be stronger and smarter and healthier, and a much more interesting place because of you. But it’s not enough for our country just to be proud of you. We’ve also got to support you.  We’ve got to make sure that young people like you are going to keep on having what you need to discover and experiment and to innovate.  So I’ve got three announcements to make that really were already kind of in the works before I met you guys, but it’s a pretty good occasion to announce them because you’re so inspiring.First – four years ago, I set a national goal to provide 98 percent of Americans with high-speed wireless Internet so that any young scientist or entrepreneur could access the world’s information.  Today, I can announce that we have achieved that goal, and we did it ahead of schedule.  (Applause.)  That’s a big deal.Second, to make sure that we keep expanding broadband across the country, I’m creating a new team called the Broadband Opportunity Council, made up of leaders across government, who will work with business and communities to invest in next-generation Internet nationwide.  Because this not just going to be a key for your ability to learn and create; it’s also a key for America’s ability to compete and lead in the world. Number three – no young person in America should miss out on the chance to excel in these fields just because they don’t have the resources.  So, five years ago, we launched a campaign called “Educate to Innovate,” to help more of our students explore science, technology, engineering and math.  Today, I’m pleased to announce $240 million in new contributions from businesses, from schools, from foundations across the country to help kids learn in these STEM fields.  So we are very, very proud to make that announcement.  (Applause.)Corporations have pledged to help expand high-quality science and technology education to more than 1.5 million students.  More than 120 universities have pledged to help train 20,000 new engineers to tackle the toughest challenges of this century.  Foundations like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation, will support scientists early in their careers with mentoring and funding.   And, all told, these new commitments bring our grand total up to $1 billion in commitments to our kids since we first got this initiative started five years ago.And I was talking to some of the folks who are helping to finance our efforts, and one of the things that they’ve discovered is that it’s not enough just to talk about STEM.  Part of what’s important to do is also to recognize that what you do in math and engineering and science has a purpose to it; that there are huge challenges that we have to solve in how we have clean energy, and how to we clean up our environment, and how do we solve crippling diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.  And when we give students the inspiration not just that math and science are inherently interesting, and technology and engineering are inherently interesting, but there’s actual problems to solve, it turns out that young people, they rise to the challenge.  And that’s what’s so exciting about it.We don’t want to just increase the number of American students in STEM.  We want to make sure everybody is involved.  We want to increase the diversity of STEM programs, as well.  And that’s been a theme of this science fair.  We get the most out of all our nation’s talent – and that means reaching out to boys and girls, men and women of all races and all backgrounds. Science is for all of us.  And we want our classrooms and labs and workplaces and media to reflect that.And this is something that Megan Smith, our Chief Technology Officer, is really keen about.  Part of the problem is we don’t tell the stories enough of the incredible scientists and inventors along the way who are women, or people of color, and as a consequence, people don’t see themselves as potential scientists.  Except the good news is these young women and African American and Latino and Asian American folks, young people who are here today – you guys certainly see yourselves as scientists.  So you’re helping to inspire your classmates and kids who are coming up behind you to pursue these dreams as well. And that’s what’s so exciting. Because the United States has always been a place that loves science.  We’ve always been obsessed with tinkering and discovering and inventing and pushing the very boundaries of what’s possible.  That’s who we are.  It’s in our DNA. Technological discovery helped us become the world’s greatest economic power.  Scientific and medical breakthroughs helped us become the greatest source of hope around the world.  And that’s not just our past, that’s also our future, because of amazing young people like this. So I want to thank you for inspiring me.  You got me off to a good start today.  Keep exploring.  Keep dreaming.  Keep asking why.  Don’t settle for what you already know.  Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.  And to all the adults in the room, and to any members of Congress who might be listening, just think about all – oh, Eddie Bernice Johnson is here, an outstanding member of Congress, who’s a big support of STEM education.  Just remember, all these young people – to continue to pursue the research that might bring about a new clean energy source, or might cure a disease, a lot of them are going to need the capacity to get research positions and fellowships and grants.  And that, particularly when it comes to basic research, has typically been funded by the federal government.  And my federal budget promotes a significant increase in the kinds of research that needs to happen.  Unfortunately, some of the budgets coming out of Congress don’t make those same commitments. So it’s not enough for us to just lift up young people and say, great job, way to go.  You also have to have labs to go to, and you’ve got to be able to support yourself while you’re doing this amazing research.  And that involves us as a society making the kind of investments that are going to be necessary for us to continue to innovate for many, many years to come.So, congratulations.  Give all these young people a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Go take a look at their outstanding stuff.  It’s really great.  (Applause.)   



there will be two distinct collections - SPECIMEN and FANTASY. the SPECIMEN crystals will all include natural objects (feathers, moss, snake skin, ferns, etc) and the FANTASY crystals are resin with pigment, glitter, mica powders, glow powder, etc

they are all $30 each. launching them at 8PM EST Friday the 3rd (I’ll be posting here when they go up), along with the fancy skulls which will vary from $15-$80