last month of 2012

TIMELINE: February 2012

Wow. Your eyes are not deceiving you. I actually finally got this timeline done almost 6 months after I posted January 2012. That’s in part to album promo, the holidays, etc., but also due, in large part, to the scope and length of this timeline. As I’ve progressed through 2011 and into 2012, there are much more articles, tweets, pictures and videos to wade through and make sense of. 

But I think this one will be worth it.

August 2011 was what I call “bulletproof weeks.” February 2012 had a similar feel. Harry had “broken up” with Caroline at the very end of January (the same day he flew to America to start his American career wow what a coincidence) and Louis and Eleanor were barely half-assing it. These 4 weeks are so important, as I believe they were the last weeks they had where they were able to publicly display the reality and nature of their relationship without a lot of negative consequences. 

And they did not hold back.

Keep reading

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CM Punk meets Bruno Sammartino
[April 7th, 2013]

The longest-reigning WWE Champion of-all time was Bruno Sammartino, only the second man to hold the title and beginning a reign that clocked in at 2,803. In 2011, CM Punk began a reign that would last throughout the year, through 2012, and would end only months before this photo was taken, at 435 days. Punk’s reign has been cited as “the longest of the modern era”, but Punk argues that he’s the champion who successfully defended the title more than any other champion before him, which may very well be true. In 2013, the two long-reigning champions met face to face, and Bruno endorsed Punk with some strong words:

Me and CM PUNK at the party after Wrestlemania 29. I will teach you some old school moves for showing respect. If you preach a drug free message and anti-bullying, here is my hand.

not many people on here know this but ariana grande and her music have saved my life many times before. i started on twitter as ‘soaringariana’ and i became her fan of the month in december 2012, her last one ever. she talked to me, tweeted me, and direct messaged me like i was her friend. i felt as if i was something more than a fan and i know that’s true, ariana’s fans are her family. she is hurting, do not blame this tragedy on her when she had absolutely nothing to do with the twenty-two innocent lives lost. she loved them all and i can tell you she is feeling their deaths very personally.

I don’t even remember where I read it but someone made some comment about how they didn’t get why back around why Avengers came about people were still wondering if Loki could turn good and yes there are his stans and all but another part of it was the comics at the time. In the comics, Loki was mid-redemption arc. This was still phase one, when the MCU was young and we weren’t sure how comic storylines were going to be adapted and plenty of people thought a critically acclaimed run might get a shot at it.

At the time of the Thor movie and still ongoing during the Avengers movie was a HUGE, well-written, well-praised arc in Journey into Mystery where Loki has (after a heroic sacrifice in Siege in late 09/early 2010) been reincarnated as a kid and is trying to redeem himself. The last issue of which came out in late 2012, several months after the Avengers film. It was a very meta series, dealing with the idea of “is it possible to redeem a character who’s been written as a villain for most of their history” and a lot of fanworks reference it or at least were influenced by it (hence why the Kid Loki tag is mostly MCU instead of JiM).

The series did end tragically because the ending gone with essentially was “maybe but not after a comic run this short, no matter how awesome he was or what good he did” and Loki went through several more incarnations working on the redemption thing (yeah that’s right, it was still going on during Dark World) until Secret Wars where Loki entirely rewrote themselves into the God of Stories and now occupies a fully neutral position. Hilariously given this incarnation represents all stories that ever were and will be and more recent incarnations of Loki knew about fanfiction (even referencing slash to Thor) it is entirely possible we can retroactively blame a lot of fanfics on Loki in some way…fun stuff!

Again it’s all very meta as it’s continually pointed out (through in-universe means, such as the fact that the Asgardians are creatures of myth and legend already) that since this is comics villain reformation is really, really hard since a later writer who gets the book can just decide to scrap it all. The Riddler’s had this happen more than once, where he goes good, usually as a detective, and works as a good guy for years before someone gets bored and makes him a bad guy again. It’s even referenced in the comics in passing that Loki’s redemption is really, really hard when there’s a very popular version of him out there who’s a villain (aka in the MCU, this was back when some people were worried the comics might drastically change their storylines to suit the MCU; also there’s every cartoon ever so yeah). So hilariously under that banner we kinda get the slogan “it never matters who redeems Loki for others he shall always be un-redeemed and it really just matters who’s writing him.”

Which I think we can all apply to fanfics since some people seem to think things like “X character killed the Loki fanbase” or something else “killed” it where, yeah, no. The Loki fanbase has just been quieter since they haven’t had a movie since 2013. You’re going to see them again around November when Ragnarok comes out. So if you don’t want that maybe brace yourself a bit. You have like half a year to get ready. Cause trust me, it’s going to be back.

just letting you know that there’s a genocide of Muslims in Myanmar. the situation has displaced about 125,000 people in 2012 and 21,000 in the last two months yet the situation is only “getting very close to what we would all agree are crimes against humanity.” please don’t turn a blind eye to this. 

SAN JOSE VIDEO SERIES: Masterpost

All 16 videos and all gifsets compiled in one big post yay! Thank you so much to fondhalo for gif-ing these for me as we went. :)

  1. “Na Na Na” - Video - GIF set
  2. “Stand Up” - Video - GIF set
  3. “I Wish” - Video - GIF set
  4. “Medley: I’ve Got a Feeling, Stereo Hearts, Valerie & Torn” - Video - GIF set
  5. “Moments” - Video - GIF set
  6. “Gotta Be You” - Video - GIF set
  7. “More Than This” - Video - GIF set
  8. “Twitter Questions” - Video - GIF set 1 - GIF set 2 - GIF set 3
  9. “Up All Night” - Video - GIF set
  10. “Tell Me a Lie” - Video - GIF set 1 - GIF set 2
  11. “Everything About You” - Video - GIF set
  12. “Use Somebody” - Video - GIF set 1 - GIF set 2
  13. “One Thing” - Video - GIF set
  14. “Save You Tonight” - Video - GIF set
  15. “What Makes You Beautiful” - Video - GIF set 1 - GIF set 2
  16. “I Want” - Video - GIF set 1 - GIF set 2 - GIF set 3 - GIF set 4

anonymous asked:

that anon... taylor might not have orchestrated haylor but she has exploited it for the last three years

Honestly, people need to stop defending the indefensible. If you wanna like her, you can like her. I still enjoy her music. But let’s not pretend that she hasn’t squeezed every last drop of promo out of that month-long relationship from 2012. Let’s not pretend that she hasn’t done it in ways that make Harry look awful. Let’s not pretend that Haylor wasn’t extremely painful for Harry and Louis while Taylor showed no devastation whatosever. That’s just the reality.

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On This Day in the Phandom: 3 years ago!

Dan and Phil launch The Super Amazing Project!

The Super Amazing Project was a weekly show where Dan and Phil spoke about strange or spooky occurrences, and news from across the world (thus, the Internet News was born!)

The last episode aired in December 2012 and earlier this month Dan announced that there will be no more shows…. sad times (but onwards and upwards!)

(32/150)

I was very harsh on LoK the first time thru (which, granted, began in 2012 and ended last month, so there was a lot of time for Bitter Resentment to fester between seasons) but I see it for what it is now. It’s flawed, very flawed, mostly in ways ATLA wasn’t, and in other ways ATLA was, just exaggerated. But a LOT of those flaws, in retrospect, end up contributing to the overall balance and growth of the show, which are two of the show’s biggest themes; balance and growth

Watching Korra, the character, but the show as well, make so many mistakes and be at times unlikable even, makes her character arc that much more satisfying. At the beginning she’s a reckless, selfish, naive, spiritually-ignorant child and she grows into a selfless, compassionate, spiritually radiant bisexual woman, and my friends it is more than worth the Makorra getting to that point

I love the Legend of Korra. I didn’t a year ago. That’s pretty impressive, and I’m not just biased by the euphoric joy of the last episode (the last scene really). Believe me I can and will go on at length about the show’s missteps. But please do yourself a favor and watch (or re-watch) ATLA and LoK as soon as you humanly can

Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge.

WikiLeaks has written to Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, to protest that the search giant only revealed the warrants last month, having been served them in March 2012. In the letter, WikiLeaks says it is “astonished and disturbed” that Google waited more than two and a half years to notify its subscribers, potentially depriving them of their ability to protect their rights to “privacy, association and freedom from illegal searches”.

The letter, written by WikiLeaks’ New York-based lawyer, Michael Ratner of the Center For Constitutional Rights, asks Google to list all the materials it provided to the FBI. Ratner also asks whether the California-based company did anything to challenge the warrants and whether it has received any further data demands it has yet to divulge.

Google revealed to WikiLeaks on Christmas Eve – a traditionally quiet news period – that it had responded to a Justice Department order to hand over a catch-all dragnet of digital data including all emails and IP addresses relating to the three staffers. The subjects of the warrants were the investigations editor of WikiLeaks, the British citizen Sarah Harrison; the spokesperson for the organisation, Kristinn Hrafnsson; and Joseph Farrell, one of its senior editors.

When it notified the WikiLeaks employees last month, Google said it had been unable to say anything about the warrants earlier as a gag order had been imposed. Google said the non-disclosure orders had subsequently been lifted, though it did not specify when.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/25/wikileaks-google-staff-emails-us-government

Because Not-Science

Between 2009 and 2012, some pretty inexplicable shit happened in this apartment. That blazing candle when I returned from Cuba? Mystery strands of gray-and-black chest hair on my late husband’s laptop? His broken speakers that got unbroken? That 200-lb. armoire I was able to move?

The last inexplicable thing in this apartment happened in 2012 and lasted a few months. It was so simultaneously cliché and specific that I mentioned it to only a few girlfriends. It involved the remote-control lamp in the living room, which Alberto installed and was terribly proud of: Turn the house lights off without ever leaving bed? I am brilliant.

The lamp isn’t on a timer or an auto sensor: it’s controlled by a remote that lives in a container on my nightstand. There’s no reason the light should’ve been turning on and off—often while I was in the same room—but things like this happen when you remain in the apartment your husband died in, right?

Things like this haven’t happened for two years and while a part of me has missed those electrical hellos, the louder voice in my head reminds me that hey, I’m progressing through grief. And if doing the emotional work means I’m haunted less often, I’m OK with that.

So coming through the front door tonight, five plus years since his death, I am not expecting the remote-control light to be on. It’s neither his birthday nor deathiversary, but seeing this lighted lamp is the posthumous equivalent to seeing your husband’s keys on the foyer table: oh, he’s home.

Unlike a few years ago, I do not check the other still-dark rooms for further proof of the supernatural. I just smile, drop my keys on the foyer table and slip out of my shoes. I look around the apartment, trying to see it like someone who hasn’t visited in a while.

Setting aside science and reason for a sec, what would he have encountered if he stopped by tonight? A place setting for one on the dining room table. A day’s worth of dishes in the sink. Flung over a chair, the outfits I rejected before heading to tonight's birthday party for Tumblr Lomalomarevamped. But also…the newly color-coordinated bookshelf. The rearranged foyer. Framed pictures of me with the daughter I met two years ago. A nearly completed To-Do list scrawled on the bathroom mirror.

Is it ridiculous that while I’m brushing my teeth, I allow myself no small sigh of relief that the light wasn’t on last Thursday night, when I did not come home alone? Is it also ridiculous that when I change out of tonight’s clothes I half hope that a pair of hands will inexplicably cup my breasts from behind? And that I’m disappointed when it doesn’t happen?

Ridiculous or not, I’m headed to bed shirtless and with that living room light still blazing. Because not-science.

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Remember that offsides trap that the USWNT did vs Brazil last month? Well, Brazil did it to them too, during this game in 2012. 3:09