long held dreams

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hey, guys! Mod Colette ♡ here!

Tomorrow I’m leaving to fulfill my long-held dream of hiking in the Andes Mountains! It’s a really big deal for me, but it also means that I’ll be away from the internets- and this blog- for a while. I’ve filled up the queue with more than enough posts for the next few weeks and I know that Mod Sheena will take very good care of everything while I’m gone, but with only one mod around to answer questions and post submissions and such, we probably won’t be as interactive as we’d like. 

My hope is that we can host some group polls and discussions when I return, so please look forward to that. In the meantime, thanks so much for your support and patience! You guys are the best! ♡

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

When the library at Alexandria burned it was said to be an “international catastrophe.” When the most significant humanities project of our time was dismantled in court, the scholars, archivists, and librarians who’d had a hand in its undoing breathed a sigh of relief, for they believed, at the time, that they had narrowly averted disaster.


I live in America, but I’ve always had a long held dream to go and live in Britain, specifically London, yet that won’t stop me from traveling to other places. I always thought that perhaps 2017 will be the year. The year of peace and prosperity. From my eyes, I see none of that, all I see is suffering people, torn families, immigrants looking for opportunities but not given it for who they are.

Terrorists, threats, bomb.

I know there are brave men fighting for us. Fighting for each and everyone’s country.

Sometimes I think. I’m not going to live through this. I think I’m not going to be able to live my life, have a child, get a decent job, and become a great citizen in general. Do so many things in life.

And my brother is only just a baby. My sister is young, and my mom is just barely starting her career.

I know so many good people and innocent people that don’t deserve this future. I know so many amazing people, writers, artists, engineers, doctors, policemen, soldiers, and others who want so much in store.

I give my prayers to Manchester and the rest of the world to find comfort and safety.

The Value of a Kind Gesture

Anon request for the prompt “Shoulder rubs” for Zoro x Nami. I address two headcanons I have in this: 1) Zoro gives amazing massages, and 2) Zoro will go into Nami’s office when she’s working and nap on the floor beside her because it’s always quiet and peaceful in there, with less chance of being rudely kicked awake.

Title: The Value of a Kind Gesture
Pairing: Roronoa Zoro x Nami
Genre: Romance/ AU
Rating: K+
Word Count: 1565
Disclaimer: I do not own One Piece or the characters, they belong to Eiichiro Oda.

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Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Bryan Fuller on the season 3 finale:

Hugh Dancy:“In that final sequence, Hannibal realizes his long-held dream. By the very end, he and Will have killed someone in a kind of ritualistic, cold-blooded fashion. I remember very clearly dripping in blood, and that’s what Hannibal wanted to put it into effect between them at the end of season 2. That’s what he imagined. They go off to Europe like slaughtering people or something. And Will is acknowledging to Hannibal that it was as extraordinary an experience for him as it was for Hannibal. That’s what he’s saying. And I talked to Bryan a lot about that, that the motivation for going off the cliff at the end had to be Will’s realization, not only that this thing had happened, but that he loved it, as opposed to just, “Oh my god, what have I done? I finally arrived at this place I never wanted to be in. Oh, it’s so terrible!” It’s not that. It’s, “This is beautiful.””

Mads Mikkelsen: “[Hannibal’s] been, for three seasons, he’s been trying to make Will Graham see the light, which is [that] there is a wonderful power in killing and doing it for your own purpose. Not to protect yourself, but because you want to. And this is literally what Will is doing at this moment, and they are doing it together. They are doing it as a Bonnie and Clyde couple, which is absolutely perfect in the script that Hannibal wrote.”

Hugh Dancy:“It’s not a real relationship. [Laughs] It’s more, I think, exploration of things which probably we’ve all gone through one way or another, which is slightly obsessive, slightly compulsive. In a sense, it’s just like a really compelling but totally destructive relationship with anybody that you keep coming back to.” [continue] [Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Bryan Fuller interview for EW on December 11, 2015]

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Netflix Sets ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ Preschool Series From Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Co.
By Cynthia Littleton

Netflix is taking aim at “Sesame Street’s” turf in a deal with Julie Andrews and the Jim Henson Co. for a live-action series about the arts aimed at the preschool demo.

“Julie’s Greenroom” is designed to introduce pint-size viewers to various aspects of the performing arts. Andrews will play the leader of a performing arts company who works with a host of new puppet characters created by the Henson Co.

The series, which began lensing in New York last month, will feature original music and guest stars including Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Irwin, Ellie Kemper and Idina Menzel. Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes that are set to debut early next year.

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following on from our last post, you cant fuck this educational cartoon’s personification of gonorrhoea, pictured here on the right and happily married to syphilis dracula. could you really break up such a beautiful union. the short features a couple of other anthro diseases, including typhoid, the common cold, and Death, who i am too lazy to get a screencap of but rest assured he is wearing a very fashionable pink robe. though it is one of of humanity’s most long-held and cherished dreams (up there with “attaining the power of flight”) to fuck Death, i gotta be the bearer of bad news here. stick to contracting diseases, not fucking them.

anonymous asked:

ok, i'll bite. why is kaz's love the purest thing ever? i mean, i definitely recognize it as real, but pure?? i wouldn't know about that.

Anon, I know it seems insane. Kaz characterizes himself as being cold, selfish and driven entirely by greed. And with the exception of that last one - because I actually think he’s more driven by vengeance than by greed - he’s not wrong. 

So what makes his love for Inej pure? Aren’t those things the exact opposite of what love is and should be? 

YES. Which is why his love for her is so pure - because it’s not characterized or tainted by any of these facets of his personality. His love is a love that’s in service to Inej, that gives without a precursor of entitlement. 

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Sawamura: [1] It controls a big territory. Extremely loyal, it will fearlessly bark at any opponent to protect its own trainer from harm [2] If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called ‘Summoner of Night’ [3] This very loyal Pokémon excels at helping Trainers, and it also takes care of other Pokémon

Sugawara: [1] The divine Pokemon. When its entire body brightens slightly, it is said to be able to change it’s surroundings to match [2] A Pokemon that has been admired since the past for its beauty. Its magnificent bark conveys a sense of majesty. Anyone hearing it can’t help but grovel before it. [3] They have gentle hearts. Because they rarely fight, many have been caught. Their number has dwindled

Asahi: [1] Although it looks frightening, it is actually kind and affectionate [2] This very friendly Pokémon will hug its beloved Trainer. It throws a punch that’s the equivalent of the force of a hundred pro boxers [3] It flies high above our heads, making graceful but powerful arcs in the sky

Nishinoya: [1] Its roar in battle shakes the ground like a tremor - or like an earthquake has struck [2] Gardevoir will try to protect its trainer even at the risk of its own life

Tanaka: [1] It can punch its way through a concrete wall in the same way as a drill [2] It can launch a rock held in its hand like a missile by tightening then expanding muscles instantly [3] It boosts its concentration by emitting harsh cries. Its kicks have outstanding destructive power

Kageyama: [1] Proud of its sturdy skull, immediately headbutts anyone that makes eye contact with it [2] It wolfs down its weight in food once a day, swallowing food whole with almost no chewing [3] A noble Pokemon. They raise their heads to intimidate others and can stop its opponents’ movements with just a glare [4] It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves. **Evolves through friendship

Hinata: [1] This pokemon cannot afford to stop bouncing - if it stops, its heart will stop [2] As a result of its pursuit of faster, yet more silent flight, a new set of wings grew on its hind legs [3] It spreads its petals to absorb sunlight. It also floats in the air to get closer to the sun [4] Because it darts about vigorously at high speed, it is very difficult to see. Hearing its distinctive cries for too long induces a headache [5] By evolving into Salamence, this Pokemon finally realizes its long-held dream of growing wings. To express its joy, it flies and wheels all over the sky while spouting flames from its mouth

Tsukishima: [1] It hides silently in darkness and waits for its foes to make a move [2] It never allows its prey to escape

Yamaguchi: [1] This Pokemon grows by absorbing moonlight, it is said to be very shy [2] It is not yet skilled at storing electricity. It may send out a jolt if amused or startled

anonymous asked:

do you think someone who only "got serious" about art at 25 and can only self-teach can become as good an artist as someone who went to art school straight out of high school? my situation is that i'm too ill to go to college (i have a chronic illness) but being an artist is a long-held dream of mine, but i often feel like i left too it too late to start

Well you’re starting with a faulty premise: going to art school does *not* make you good at art.

Believe me, as someone who went to art school, there are a LOT of terrible artists there and they don’t get better. All art school does is give you a safe space to try and work your craft among like-minded peers. I know plenty of people who went to art school and had successful careers and I know plenty of people who didn’t or dropped out and also had successful careers.

Art school does not make you a good artist; practice, patience, and the ability to listen and learn from criticism does. If you have those, you’ll be fine. If you don’t, you’ll fail. Every artist I know of who failed was someone who didn’t do one of those things. If you’re just starting to work now, of course it’s not going to look great. Just make sure you listen to critiques and don’t get down on yourself about them because you’re brand new. It’ll take a few years to get better, that’s the natural course of things.

As far as your chronic condition goes, how is hindering your work? Really look at it and ask yourself what it is actually doing to stop you from picking up a pencil and paper and drawing. There are artists out there that have no ability to use their arms or legs that are still drawing using their mouth!

Everyone has a thing that hinders them in some way. Whether it’s a hindrance in achieving their dream job, or a hinderance in holding a steady relationship, or a hindrance that’s a chemical imbalance in their brain. I have hindrances too! Everyone has them, they’re not fair, and they’re never going to be fair. Some people are going to have more of them than others and fail. Some people might have more than others and achieve amazing things! Some people will have less than others and still somehow fail.

The trick to not letting those obstacles bring you down is being someone who is able to not let them define you. You are not your illness. It is a part of you, but it is not you. You or others might have perceptions about what it means to have that illness, but perceptions are all in people’s heads. It’s up to you to become who you want to be and you might have to work harder at it than someone else, but it is your responsibility.

Also age is bullshit. No one knows how old you are or your ethnicity or anything when they look at your art. Just make good art and people will want in on it.

I wanna talk about that scene with Dwalin and Thorin. Specifically, about "You were always my king. You used to know that once.“ The first line is the big one, of course, the one that’s going to be used in a thousand gifsets and graphics and everything, but tbh, it’s the second one that kills me. "You used to know that once.”

I think that, more than anything else, represents how reciprocal their relationship is, because Thorin is not a trusting person and I don’t think he would trust most people’s opinions the way that, here, he is said to have trusted Dwalin’s. And can you just imagine what a comfort that must have been to him? When he lost his parents and his grandparents, when he was working as a blacksmith, when he was missing Erebor, when he (inevitably) made a mistake as a ruler, he might hate himself all he liked–he might think that Thorin Oakenshield wasn’t worth anything–but he could still fall back on “Dwalin thinks I am a king.” And there’s also the implication that he knew Dwalin very, very well,because there is no doubt at all in Dwalin’s two statements. I used the word “think” just now because it fits, but Dwalin doesn’t. “You were always my king. You used to know that once.” These statements are clear and definite. Dwalin never hesitated to think of Thorin as his king, and Thorin could not overlook that fact.

That, combined with Graham McTavish’s spectacular delivery of “You sit here in these great halls with a crown upon your head–and yet you are lesser now than you have ever been” (this is the moment that got me closest to crying upon my second viewing of BotFA), is what really makes “Get out before I kill you” so fucking heartbreaking, because the preceding lines really carry the weight of their decades-long friendship and partnership, and without explicitly stating it, it really reminds the audience that Thorin and Dwalin have been trying to reach this point, with Thorin as King Under the Mountain, for most of their lives, and that dragon sickness corrupting this long-held dream is truly a tragedy in the Aristotelian sense of the word (although depending on how you interpret dragon/goldsickness, this might be considered a misadventure rather than tragedy but w/e).

I just… I’m never going to get over this goddamn scene.

Nygmobblepot: Ed's gambit for power or true love?

The relationship isn’t just a will they/won’t they romantic situation. It’s very obvious at this point that they WILL go there - but that’s not the only thing that’s so fascinating about it.

The writers have already planted seeds of doubt in our minds as to whether or not Ed is truly on the level. We know Ed is manipulative and has some sociopathic tendencies. We know he will manipulate, flatter and use whomever he has to in order to survive and thrive (Hugo Strange, etc).

The thing we don’t know yet, is what Ed’s real end game is, since he hasn’t expressed a desire for anything other than to rub his bullies’ faces in his success. Yes, he told Butch he wanted to rule Gotham, but he’s never mentioned wanting that before. So, do we assume that was a lie to entrap Butch or was that just Ed finally divulging a long-held dream?

Last episode, Ed played Butch hard and it finally exposed the crass scheme Butch had planned to get into Penguin’s good graces. It could have been Ed protecting Oswald’s interests or it could have been Ed jockeying to get rid of his business competition. If it’s the latter, it’s possible he’ll eventually want to get rid of Oswald, too.

This is actually a fantastic callback to the storyline in S1 where Fish hired Liza to seduce Falcone and Oswald was the one to expose it. Falcone was lonely and Liza became the focal point of all of his desires and she eventually ended up being the Achilles heel that brought his empire down (ironically, something Ed warned Oswald love could do to him, if he didn’t rid himself of all attachments).

At the time, Oswald couldn’t understand why a man would give up so much for a romantic interest. He thought Falcone was pathetic for falling for Liza’s false affections. But, now that Penguin essentially *is* Falcone, could he be falling prey to the same fate?

If you look at Ed’s pattern of behavior, it doesn’t actually make sense that he would be playing Oswald in that way. Ed may be manipulative, but he’s also extremely loyal to the people he loves.

This is a guy who beat a guy to death in the street for abusing a woman he loved from afar. Imagine what he would do to a man for hurting a person who actually loved him back? If somebody really tried to mess with Oswald, Ed might just burn Gotham to the ground.

Ed has proven to be a loyal friend to Oswald, even taking him in and caring for him when they barely knew each other. He admires Oswald and looks up to him. He’s never betrayed him in the past. And Oswald has shown Ed the type of kindness that nobody else ever has. There’s no reason to think that Ed’s feelings for him aren’t genuine.

Obsessively loving and protecting a person to the point of putting himself in danger is one of Ed’s defining characteristics. He did it with Kristen and he’s doing it now with Oswald. If anything, Ed tried to give his friendship too freely in the past to people who didn’t want it. There’s no way Ed would reward Oswald’s devotion to him with betrayal. It’s not in his nature at all.


Chiptunes From a Sega Saturn? We’re Getting There

cTrix recently uploaded a video that, upon first glance, had me excited like nothing else. Initially I assumed that my long-held dream was finally coming true; chiptunes from a Sega Saturn. Not just saying this, but I’ve been a diehard fan of the Saturn’s sound chip since day one. For many, CD quality music is hardly special, at least when the game itself is on a CD. But the soundtracks to NiGHTS, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Radiant Silvergun (to name a few) were truly special because they wasn’t redbook, meaning nothing was pre-recorded.

Instead, all that music was produced by the console itself! So the idea of harnessing the power of the system, specifically the sound chip, by chiptune musicians is that aforementioned fantasy. Though as the video demonstrates, it’s not that easy. Any diehard Saturn fan also knows already that it’s a technical nightmare, so we all owe Dr Abrasive a ton of gratitude for making sense of all the schematics and diving deep into the actual hardware itself, to produce the findings that he has.

It’s a more commonly held wish that there may someday be an easy way to play Saturn disc images on actual hardware, sans mod chips that are not only difficult to install but virtually nonexistent (am still pissed how my day one/model one Saturn, a high school graduation gift that was also modded in Chinatown during art school was the biggest casualty when my apartment in Jersey City was broken into). Mostly since the disc drives are starting to fail, which is an issue with pretty much all disc-based systems.

It had been assumed that there would one day be a flash cart that simply plugs into the slot located just behind the CD drive door. Cartridge games were at one point proposed for the Saturn, to be played alongside disc games; it’s a VERY long story. Though Dr Abrasive’s method instead involves utilizing a second slot, hidden on the back of the system, which was designed to accept a VCD (the precursor to DVDs, and which was very popular in Asia) card.

Basically, the good doctor is working on a card he’s developed himself, that any Sega Saturn owner can easily install themselves, to play back ups and homebrew. The latter of which is what will be the key towards someone performing an entire set on stage, in front of a packed house, with just Saturn 6 button pad in their hands. Or perhaps the 3D pad; I can imagine that analogue nub being used to create some funky sounds.

A narrative point of view - why Ash will win the Kalos League

Ok, so i got an ask requesting me to expand on what i said here, but more specifically this part:

“Ash’s goal is to win the league, and has been for a very long time… and he’s going to do his very best in place of all the trainers who couldn’t get 8 badges. Alain? Well, he’s there to battle Ash and to gather ME energy… and that says it all really.”

To start - i’ve made no secret of the fact that i think XYs writing has been some of the best writing we’ve ever seen in pokemon. There’s good character growth, strong fillers, great parallels, and consistent, evocative multi episode stories. The Ash Greninja arc is the most recent example of this, and features some of, if not the strongest writing that i’ve ever seen in the last 20 years of the pokemon anime.

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PLAYERS : LEGENDS | Rachel van Hollebeke

“Soccer has been a huge part of my life for the last 25 years. It has brought many joys and occasional set-backs, but most of all it has been an incredible teacher and has helped shape the person I am today. I am so thankful for my soccer experiences and while I’m sad to move on, I am very excited to pursue my other long-held dream of becoming a doctor.” – Rachel van Hollebeke

anonymous asked:

Which Bangtan member do you think is the most jealous?

Hello lovey, and thank you for requesting :)

I very almost put Jimin down, because Jimin is very sensitive. But as I was listening to ‘So 4 More’, Suga raps this line:

The jealousy and envy, I am imprisoned in a prison called rivalry’

I personally feel like Suga pressures himself a lot - often too much. He constantly working, producing, often till 8 AM in the morning, and is constantly tired on broadcasts, or is sleeping backstage.

So, one asks - what is he driven by?

Who knows? Perhaps it is only his love of music - but then this love is unhealthy. We all know that Suga had a rough beginning, looking for jobs, selling songs for less than a dollar - and this has shown in history that people with tough beginnings will want to be better than other people to get or succeed in what they want.

I’m not discussing romantic relationships, but more like what Suga wants to personally achieve - in the song ‘If I Ruled The World’, he talks about buying a house to live in with his family and putting bans on music that isn’t his.

I think Suga is very jealous of other groups who come from top tier companies and therefore, achieve No.1 - a long-held dream of his - very easily. I think he’s also jealous of people who do so well even if they put no sincerity into their music (as opposed to Suga, who pours his heart and soul into his music but it isn’t as well recognized).

When Suga was holding that trophy close to him like it was the most precious thing in the world to him, we thought it was cute and heart-warming, but to Suga, it meant the end of a torture, a complex that had been eating away at him and slowly destroying him.

It meant a life-long dream com true.

It meant that he could look all those artists in the eye, and say, “Hey, you know what? I’m winning too.”

-Admin Jayjay

A/N: I teared up while writing this. It wasn’t supposed to be this deep, I swear! Most of this might not even be true, but it’s what I’ve been thinking ever since their release of ‘Born Singer’ and watching Suga both on TV and through his music.

*sniffs and wipes tear away*

Sorry if this gave you feeeeeeelz as well. Yoongi-stans of the world, come here for a group hug


-Admin Jayjay


Niall <3 the All Blacks

This picture off Niall’s instagram has drove me and Em to finally crack open the tiny bottles of beer my grandad gave us, because Niall Horan meeting the All Blacks and looking like any other 9 year old boy does when they get to meet the All Blacks is a bit overwhelming.

However, the impression I get is that most people don’t know all about Niall’s history with the New Zealand national rugby team and/or don’t know how great their thighs are, which is a travesty, tbh, so I’m here to fill you in.

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