remember when we used the internet

narwhalsarefalling  asked:

what if aliens just dont understand the concept of taking non professional photos like selfies and sharing them on the internet? like "John-human, you see me all the time. I do not wish to take another 'selfie' with you."

John-human was not of the sub category photographer, though they didn’t seem to be aware of that themself. No matter where they went, they brought their little ‘smartphone’ with them, seemingly for the sole purpose of photography. It was beyond irrational, especially considering that John-human was well aware that they were of the sub category physicist.

“John-human, you see me all the time. I do not wish to take another ‘selfie’ with you.” Cg’jlas said when the human suggested another photograph being taken of the two. “I have important work to do, and clearly you have a plethora of photographs of us together. What could you possibly need another one for?” It was getting to the point of being irksome, if xe were to be honest. None of the other humans seemed to consider the behaviour odd though, so xe would have to tread carefully in case xe was approaching cultural territory.

“It’s for my blog. I’ve got people asking to see another picture of us together, and I thought this’d be a good place to take one. It looks cool in here.” John-human said as if it was the most obvious thing in the galaxy. To them it probably was.

“John-human, I am unfamiliar with some of these terms.” Xe said, contracting xir twarikial tentacle in an obvious show of confusion. “What is this ‘blog’, and why have other humans requested to see your photographs? Is it not most common to enjoy photographs of humans who are well known in general, or known to the human watching?”

“Oh, well, yeah? I guess, but we also like looking at pretty people or cool people, or just pretty pictures, and it’s really you all the fuss is about. They like seeing us together.” They said, elevating their shoulders briefly. “A blog is like a content sharing site on the internet – you remember when I told you about the internet, right?”

“Yes, it was quite… interesting. So you are not confused about which sub category in which you belong?” Xe asked, hoping xe didn’t come across as rude.

“You mean my job? No, I’m a physicist, why’d I be confused about that?” They asked, doing what Cg’jlas had learned was referred to as a ‘frown’.

“Because you seemed to be under the impression that you are of the sub category photographer. I am relieved that there is no confusion, John-human.” Xe said sincerely, making sure to have xir expression and posture show it.

“What? No, they’re just selfies. Everyone takes them, it’s a thing.” They said before proceeding to call one of their fellow humans over for one of these ‘selfies’. They then moved on to show Cg’jlas how they ‘posted’ the photograph, and some they had already posted. It made very little sense, but the fellow human seemed to be treat it as something normal, walking back to their work station after agreeing that John-human could post their photograph. They had asked to be ‘tagged’ in it, which xe had absolutely no idea what meant, but xe didn’t particularly want to find out either. It would just have to be another part of humans xe didn’t quite understand. It didn’t seem like an important part after all, if a bit irksome at times when xe was trying to work or focus.

As a former member of Congress representing New York’s 3rd congressional district, I want to chime in. I’ve seen activism from both ends — as an ordinary citizen and an elected official — and I’ve seen what works and specific actions we can all take that will truly resonate.

1. Show up

I recently recorded a video for Mic about the most effective action you can take to influence your lawmakers. To sum it up: In 2010, we saw the Tea Party quickly rise to power across the country as the Affordable Car Act was being considered. I remember some of my colleagues in Congress reporting back to me that they had held town halls, which usually attracted maybe 20 constituents, and walked into rooms filled with hundreds or even thousands of people. I saw for myself when I held a town hall on Obamacare and had to answer to hundreds of constituents asking me questions about the legislation.

You may not agree with their politics, but the Tea Party was effective in getting members of Congress to answer their questions and consider their opinions.

My call to you: Show up to events that your local congressperson or senator (on both the state and federal level) are hosting. Don’t know how to find that information? Call 202-224-3121 and asked to be connected to your member of Congress or senator. Ask them when their next public event is. Then show up and ask them why they voted a certain way, voice your support if you agree with what they’re doing, tell them why you disagree if you don’t agree with how they voted.

2. Join a civic organization

Yes, I likely have many years on you. I remember a time when there was no such thing as a home computer, never mind the internet. We are so much more powerful these days. We have access to an incredible amount of knowledge and can be part of networks without even leaving our couch. But, this is also a disadvantage. We don’t talk to each other face to face, and we hide behind a screen that allows us to retreat into our corners.

My call to you: Join an organization. Maybe it’s a church, synagogue or mosque. Maybe it’s a volunteer group. Maybe it’s a political organization or maybe it’s simply a book club. Talk to new people. Get to know what scares them and what motivates them. Don’t let the bullying and name calling that dominates public discourse detract from your own humanity. We need more opportunities to connect with each other in our increasingly polarized country.

3. Learn about how the government works

According to an Annenberg Public Policy survey done in 2015, only 31% of Americans can name all three branches of our government. There’s hardly a statistic that scares me more. We can do all the yelling and opining we want, but if we don’t understand how our government works, how can we expect to affect any positive change? Imagine an electrician showing up to your house who doesn’t know how the wiring works.

My call to you: Educate yourself! Re-read our Constitution, understand what it is our Founding Fathers were creating, know which branch controls which function of government. Read books like George Orwell’s 1984 or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to understand the warnings they share. We are all affected by government and laws at every level in our daily lives (Did you drive on roads today? See a law enforcement officer patrolling?). It’s imperative we understand its inner workings.

4. Devote half an hour every day to reading diverse sources of news

I get it. Reading news can be hard these days. In fact, it seems hard to separate fact from fiction. But Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” We cannot expect to hold the president and Congress accountable if we don’t know what they’re doing.

My call to you: Read the news. Devote a half an hour a day. Diversify your sources, but stick to real journalism. Avoid overly partisan rants on both sides.  Get the facts. Support our journalists — their jobs are more important than ever.

5. Vote!

This is a no-judgement zone, but I must ask: Did you vote this past November? Only 55% of Americans did. And that number gets even lower when we look at years in which there’s no presidential election. In 2014, only 36.4% of Americans took the time to make their voices heard. And we’re worse off because of it. Even though we only vote for a president every four years, we vote for state and local officials, congressmen and women and maybe your senator or governor on other years. Make sure you’re voting whenever there’s an election. All elections matter.

My call to you: In 2018, there will be a midterm election. Every member of Congress will be up for reelection, as well as many senators. Make sure you vote. Make sure your voice is heard. There’s nothing more important you can do as a citizen.

— Former Congressman Steve Israel, Read more

        Transgender Day of Visibility is an important and vital day to celebrate those of us who are living as our authentic selves.  We can stand united in pride rather than shame and show the world our strength through our vulnerability.  As Laverne Cox said, “It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we shouldn’t exist.”  As our community gains more visibility, the hate and misunderstanding of who we are becomes more visible as well.  Murder rates and hate crimes against our community, especially trans women of color, have risen each year.  Rejection from friends and family often leads to homelessness.  Children face bullying, harassment, and high suicide rates.  Many of us experience workplace discrimination, live well beyond the poverty level, and we can still legally be fired in 32 states simply because we are transgender.  Lawmakers are introducing one bill after another that marginalize and attempt to exclude us from society.  Now, more than ever, visibility is necessary to help change hearts and minds.  


        I remember when my parents bought a computer and set up an internet connection when I was in Jr. High.  I was finally able to research why I felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body.  I learned about the term transgender and that I wasn’t alone.  For the first time, I no longer felt like a freak or outsider.  I gained hope and strength through the stories of those who had chosen to be visible.  However, I still lived in fear of what my family and friends would think.  Suicide was a constant thought in my mind because I was tired of pretending to be who I wasn’t meant to be.  Societal norms and expectations weighed me down and I became an introvert.  I fought who I was and lived in shame and fear until I was 29.  I had been married for 7 years and when that ended I was broken and defeated.  In my mind, I had two options, suicide or transition because I could no longer go through the motions and pretend to be happy.  


         Five years ago, I chose transition over suicide and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.  Even though I lost friends and family who disagreed with who I am, I gained so much more.  Truly loving myself for the first time allowed me to connect with others like I had never been able to before.  I was finally happy and free!  I chose to document my transition online and share my story with the world because I knew how important visibility was for others who were going through similar struggles.  This gave me the opportunity to inspire and encourage people to live their lives authentically and to love who they are.  The response I received was amazing and, in turn, it gave me the courage and confidence I needed to be more visible offline.  I began sharing my story with almost everyone and the friendships I developed have been rewarding and eye opening.  


          Over the years, I have been asked why I do not move past saying I am transgender and live my life as a woman.  My response, is that visibility is vital and I am proud of who I am.  To me, the term transgender doesn’t define my gender identity, it defines how hard I have fought to be the woman I am today.  Sharing our stories and our struggles truly opens hearts and minds to change and acceptance.  I have learned that most people, when given the chance, do not care about labels.  They care about the person that is front of them and the connection that is developed.  I’m thankful for a day that celebrates who I am despite the fear and hate directed at us but we need to celebrate who we are every day.  Life is a gift and can truly be amazing if you allow yourself to love who you are with unapologetic authenticity.  Together we can make a difference in this world and slowly we will make it a safer, better place for those following in our footsteps.  

Remember when we were kids and the network would straight-up not tell us that a show was ending? And half the time the last episode wouldn’t conclude the story or anything, it’d just be like “new episode tonight!” and you’d watch it and it’d just be a normal episode that doesn’t seem like the end of anything and then there’d never be a new episode again and after like a year you’d try to look up when it’s coming back on the internet and you’d find conflicting reports and speculation but never direct official confirmation that the show was officially cancelled, and then eventually like years later you’d just have accepted it’s not coming back

independent.co.uk
Theresa May to shut down the internet as we know it
Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online. Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works. "Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet," it states. "We disagree."

Remember when conservatives used to claim to be about less government interference with peoples’ lives?

Apparently this latest breed of the vile cretins didn’t get the memo before openly proposing Big Brother-style illiberal restrictive crap like this. 

This should rightly terrifying everyone.

To quote, they want the UK to be “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet” which is… awful. That is awful.

Everyone who even vaguely uses the internet and who values their basic freedom to express their opinions through it should be scared shitless of a Tory majority government being returned next month.

Aquatic Transformations (Part 1)

It’s late at night when you’re playing around on your computer. You’re playing games and blogging when, all of a sudden, you see a little advertisement in the corner or the screen. ‘Explore New Exotic Places for Free!’ Seems interesting enough. You click on it and find out that the information it wants is pretty basic. It’s not asking for anything too demanding, so you don’t mind filling it out. After you’ve finished the application, you mess around on the computer for another hour or two before closing up your laptop and deciding it’s time for bed. You peel off your bra and put your jammies on, then cuddle up in bed with your big pillow. Life was simple for you, but lonely since you were always by yourself. You couldn’t help but think about that little ad you had seen earlier. Would it be cool to go to new places? Of course! Would it ever happen? You highly doubted it. Before long you started to doze off and passed out.

All of a sudden, you woke up to find yourself in extreme pain. Looking around, you discovered that you weren’t in your room, but in a tube of water with things sticking to your body. You tried to breathe, but found your lungs filled with water. Were you drowning? No, you were breathing still somehow. Outside of the tube, you could see a figure standing near the tube, watching you. She had dark, chocolate skin and golden eyes, with a smile that made you feel sick to your stomach even through all the pain.

“You are the perfect test subject.You seem to be taking the transformation well.” She said, pressing her hand up against the glass and examining you further. This woman placed more hands on the tube. It turns out that she has two sets of arms. “So far, your body has been able to adapt well with the new genes. You will be the hope for a species far from your world.”

New genes? What did she mean? That’s when you looked down at yourself. You could understand why you were in so much pain now. Where you once had legs, you now had a long, fishy, scaly tail in shades of purple. You placed your hands against the glass, your head now spinning. What was all this? What was going on?! Before you could say anything, something changed in the water and you found yourself slipping out of consciousness.

When you awoke, you found yourself in a tank the size of a living room. You had been sleeping on something soft that you would compare to a pillow, but you were underwater so how could it be a pillow? You shook your head, trying to think of what happened to you. Sitting up, you could see your new lower half. Deep purples and blue scales started where your belly button once was, forming your new tail. You had two small fins on your hips, and two tiny flippers near the end of your tail. The upper half of your body seemed to be almost the same as before, except that you had gills on your neck and the sides of your ribs, and your ribcage stuck out more than before.

“Do you like your new body?” You heard from the ceiling. There were speakers in the corners of the tank. You grasped some of the pillows and covered your chest and tried to speak, but couldn’t. The voice seemed to laugh before the top of the tank started to open up. It was the woman from before. “Do not worry, little one. No one will bother you about your breasts. Now, try out your new fins and swim to the top.”

There was very little you could do in this situation. You set the pillow back down on the bottom of the tank and pushed yourself up into the water. It took you a few clumsy minutes, but you were finally able to make it to the top of the tank, where you coughed up water until your lungs filled with air, and what you saw amazed you.

The tank you were placed in was near several other tanks with strange fish-like creatures in them, but none to the mermaid state you were in. Further away, there was a large lake where you could see some jumping out of the water and lounging around. Up above you were metal ceilings and large lights, illuminating the area.

“You are on my ship.” Said the woman standing on an observation deck near you. “And you are also very lucky that your transformation was such a success. Others were not so lucky.” It was the same woman from before. You grit your teeth, staring at her. “Of course, you must have some questions. Please, feel free to ask me anything.” She said, moving to the edge of the deck and sitting down, placing her legs in the water.

Using your fins, you slowly made your way near her and placed your arms on the edge of the tank. “Wh… Where am I? And what happened?” You asked her, your voice shaky.

“As I said, you are on my intergalactic ship, soaring through space at velocities your kind haven’t managed to reach as of yet. And, well, do you not remember that you signed up for this?” She asked, looking at you curiously. “We had put up an advertisement on the internet and asked for volunteers who were willing to leave their homes.”

That’s when it clicked. You had seen a silly little advertisement and clicked on it. It had talked about wanting people to move to new, exotic places, and you thought it was fake, but still put in your personal info cuz, what the hell, it didn’t ask for much info. Your eyes widened as you placed your hands on your forehead. “I… I didn’t think it was going to be like this! I didn’t think it would be out of this world!” You sighed. “Are you fucking serious?” You asked, looking at her. “That silly little ad led to… to all this?!” You asked, gesturing to your lower half.

The mysterious woman seemed to giggle a little, placing a hand on your shoulder. “It isn’t as bad as it seems, young lady. In about a month’s time, we will be at Kashi, and you will begin your new life there.” She said, trying to soothe you. “We needed to transform you this way so you would fit in better with natives.” She gestured one of her free hands towards the lake. “The Kashians are a dying species. They asked me, a leading scientist from Vantu, to help them, and I couldn’t refuse them.”

You nodded, starting to get an understanding of the situation, but were still very confused. “And… What did you mean by I was the lucky one?” You asked, almost dreading the answer.

The woman sighed. “You were the only one we have who accepted the genes correctly. Everyone else either turned into more of a, what you call, ‘fish,’ rather than a Kashian.” She shook her head. “We only had about 20 other subjects, but only seven survived the testing, not including you.” She looked away, towards some of the other tanks. “All of you that were selected didn’t have close ties to any family, in case something went wrong. You all signed your lives away, and even though I am sad about that, I am grateful for all of you who survived. We have learned much about the way the Kashi genes react to your species’ genes, but I am afraid you are the only perfect creation we will ever make. I do not wish to torment any of you again.”

“Oh… okay then.” You said, watching her. “I’m not all that special. I don’t see how it was just me that made it.” Looking down, you swished your tail a little from side to side. “It’s pretty cool how you did this though. How did you get past the government and take us?” You asked, kinda curious now.

She just looked at you and smiled. “That is a story for another time. Right now, you need to get used to your new body and rest before you are moved into another tank with the others.”

“Others?” You asked quickly. “Oh, right. The other people who made it.” Looking over at another tank, you noticed a large fish-like creature staring at you. Once it noticed you saw it, it swam away quickly. “I… I hope they’re nice.”

The woman slowly got out of the water, starting to walk away. “You will have to find out tomorrow. By then, your vocal cords should be used to the water and you can communicate with them.” She looked back at you and waved. “Get some rest. Tomorrow’s a big day.” She started to walk away, but stopped. “You may call me Dr. Kriyan. I will have someone bring you food once you wake.” With that, she walked away, leaving wet footprints on the deck until she walked through a doorway a little ways away, it closing soon behind her.

Using your arms, you lifted yourself onto the deck and sat at the edge where the doctor once sat. This was all so strange. Only you and a couple others had survived? And when you first met the doctor, she seemed to be so creepy but now she’s nice? You shook your head, grasping it. Everything was confusing, but one thing you weren’t sure of was if your singing voice had changed.

Back home, singing was your passion. You loved making your own songs and singing by yourself or wherever you were. After warming up your voice for a moment, you started to sing, delighted that your voice was still the same. Some of the creatures in the tanks near you started to watch you, but they didn’t seem as scared as they once were. You were glad you could soothe them a little by singing. They must have been scared from everything going on.


What you didn’t realize, however, was that someone from the lake was watching you. They seemed to have fallen for you, and you were the only thing they desired now.

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Hello, everyone! You can call me Bree, and this is my first time posting something like this. I have a page called @breedoesnsfw , and there will definitely be more parts to this! Also, there’s been a lot of mermaid stuff going on here so I joined the band wagon. Hope you all don’t mind! I should have some naughty bits in the next post. <3

ok,,, not to start the Discourse but i /hate/ it when people pull tweets/quotes/etc that a person said 5+ years ago and are like “problematic!!!!! time to un-fucking-stan!!!!!”

listen, five years ago i was a superwholock. people change. people also don’t remember the shit they put on the internet 5+ years ago??? so also don’t use the “they should apologise!!!” excuse either????

like unless someone is like “hey you said X shitty thing a while ago what was that about” the person probably isn’t going to be aware that they’ve done/said X shitty thing. we live in an age where Everything Is Online. which means even our uneducated opinions are out there, too, but that doesn’t mean people can’t/won’t change.

  • <p> <b>Del:</b> alright so i was in the elevator right? And i didnt know there were more people there-<p/><b>Mini:</b> its such an enclosed space! How would you not know??<p/><b>Del:</b> it was alot of us! Okay- so we are in the elevator right? And theres this old woman, and toonz said a funny right?<p/><b>Vanoss:</b> oh god i remember this<p/><b>Del:</b> and i said, " thats not what you said when you fucked me last night "<p/><b>Vanoss:</b> * WEEZES *<p/><b>Del:</b> and vanoss makes it worse saying we make videos on the internet!<p/><b>Vanoss:</b> oh yeah! I-i told the lady, " dont worry we make videos for kids online "<p/></p>
Glitch In The Matrix Stories #13

Call Of Warning

My mother told me once that when I was just a toddler that she was in the kitchen ironing and then heard a voice behind her say “Alister”, which is my name. She turned around and obviously nothing was there. 

Then, recalling where I was, she ran to the living room where I apparently was up at the window and near to falling down and luckily caught me. This is super strange and she says she does not have a clue how it happened as nobody else was home at the time and had left me to watch the TV briefly.

Credits to: AlisterM

Weirdest Coincidence In My Life Time

In January of 2011 I went to a “lock-in” at a local indoor skate park where everyone would skate or bike from 9pm until 9am and nobody could leave until your parents picked you up in the morning. My friends and I had a great time and filmed some clips and it was great. I was 15 at the time. 

I met a lot of cool people from around the area and I also noticed these two weird kids that were there. They were both probably 11 or 12 years old. One kid was fat and had a buzz cut and the kid he was with was taller, really skinny, and also bald (not sure if he had health problems or just no hair like Caillou). They sat up on the ramps without a skateboard or bike and just stared at us and it was pretty weird but I forgot about it for a long time.

Fast forward to summer of 2014, I was skating in my home town with two of my good friends that both skated. After a few hours skating at the middle school we headed back to my house to play Xbox. We started talking about skate spots and eventually about the indoor park that I had gone to a few years back. 

I started telling them the exact story and even described to them the part about the two weird kids. Specifically as I’m talking about the kids I saw, my friend gets a Facebook message sitting next to me. The message came from someone he had no mutual friends with and all it said was “did you hit Ashley?”. He had absolutely no idea who the person was or why he asked that. The person was from a town almost an hour away from us. I was looking at the message and told him to look through his pictures to see if we recognize him. So my friend starts scrolling through his public profile pictures and saying that he’s never seen him before. 

I decide to take a look. It was a short fat kid with a buzz cut. I jokingly comment that he looks like the kid from the story I was in the middle of telling them. I take a good look and realize that he looks exactly how I remember the kid sitting on the ramp. I start to get a little weirded out but just think it’s a look-alike. I’m clicking further through his pictures and then it happens. There he is in a picture with the fuckin’ bald kid exactly how I remember. I was completely freaked out.

So three years after I attended the skate park, I just so HAPPENED to be telling my friends about my time at the park and I just so HAPPENED to be telling them about those weird kids at the exact moment that this message just so HAPPENS to pop up on my friends computer. I couldn’t believe it. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before. I’ve had some pretty weird coincidences but this one blew them all out of the water.

Credits to: jmason215

My Phone Called My Friend’s As We Touched Hands 

This girl was a friend of mine I didn’t meet often. As far as I know she is a bit of psychic. We met at a pub and left our mobile phones on the table in front of us. We were talking and I dearly held her hands in mine. 

At about the same time her phone rang and she said excuse me, got to check the phone. There was my name as the caller and in fact my phone had started a call to her.

Credits to: GioLasar

Me And A Friend Lost 3 Hours Of Time

I was staying a night at a friend’s (Marley) house since her mom was going to be out for the night and she thought it would be fun if I came over. We decided that around 10pm we’d bake some cookies since nothing’s better than fresh sweets at night. I perfectly remember at 10 pm checking the time on my computer and saying in a few minutes we should get to baking.

Few minutes later we do get up and head to the kitchen but when we get there, the clock reads 1am. That’s pretty impossible given minutes earlier I’d JUST seen it was 10pm. I know on the internet you can lose track of time but I think it’s pretty unlikely we sat there for 3 hours without realizing it. We checked all the clocks in the house and yeah, it was definitely somehow 1am.

Just to be sure that us ‘losing track of time’ wasn’t the case, we checked our computer histories since we were on them just before getting up to bake. From 10 m to 1am there were no sites recorded, meaning for 3 hours we hadn’t been online at all. It was like we’d both just sat there doing absolutely nothing for hours and if that’s somehow the case than neither of us remember it at all.

Credits to: CassMasterGreen

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@valianthayes WE’VE BEEN FRIENDS FOR OVER A YEAR ALREADY UM
Okay okay so I know it’s been almost a month since our 1 year anniversary of friendship (February 18th) but hey I just wanted to say that I luhh you even though you don’t use this Tumblr as much.
Bruh you’re my only friend that’s a Hayes fan from Tumblr. I remember when we were super awkward while talking together, mostly because I was at Olive Garden with my mom and I didn’t want to say something goofy and make myself laugh. You’re so kind and sweet and I can always talk to you to get my mind off things. Honestly I’m supposed to be getting ready for church so I’m gonna go now but I wanted everyone to know how much I love you💞💞

anonymous asked:

Hi hope you're doing well today. The HSA Inc. company It had seen listed before, someones blog awhile ago, but just sat there I believe, but now what does that actually mean to Harry? What do they publish? Do they get money separately from the things he does in print (i am so ignorant about this.) The Erskine Records Limited, what do they do with his career. I do not understand how HSA, ERL and the touring company work together, why three separate things?

Hi anon! The three companies will control and manage the rights, assets and revenue from different areas of Harry’s business. So Erskine Records will probably manage his recording rights & revenue, HSA Publishing will manage his publishing copyrights, and Erskine Touring will manage his income from tours.

He needs three separate companies because….well, basically he’s hella rich and there’ll be a huge amount of revenue coming from lots of different directions and they’ll need different entities to deal with them.

HSA Publishing deals with Harry’s underlying copyright to the songs he writes - for anyone, not just himself. Every time a song gets played on the radio or used on TV or used in an ad or a public event, Harry will get a royalty payment. We know that Harry has signed a deal with Universal Music Publishing (UPMG) for his song publishing, so that was probably signed via HSA Publishing. 

Incidentally, remember when the hacked photos from Anne Twist’s phone were being removed from the internet? The copyright notices sent to people demanding they take the pictures down were from HSA Publishing. So that’s probably the company that will deal with all Harry’s copyright such as image rights, photos, artwork, merchandise etc

Harry’s record deal with Columbia was probably signed via Erskine Records rather than Harry directly (for his exclusive services) and who knows - maybe one day he’ll use it to release his own music directly, or even sign other artists. 

And Erskine Touring will look after all his touring business.

Hope that clarifies things a little bit :)

Call to action - Storytellers.

Right now, children are growing up in a world where global leaders and growing movements are promoting hate. Where you can be a misogynist, a racist, a xenophobe and a homophobe and end up in the most powerful position on this planet.

The result of yesterday’s vote sends all the wrong messages. It teaches young people that if you are different, that if you do not conform to social norms, you are not valid. Your voice will not be heard.

The media have undoubtedly played a large role in this election and it can be discouraging and difficult to accept but all is not lost. Remember some of the great storytelling that has been commissioned in recent years. This work is more important now than ever. If we cannot rely on our governments to set the right examples then the media has a responsibility to do so.

Film studios, production houses, television networks: Be brave, be bold.
Independent filmmakers, artists, aspiring storytellers: Unite, collaborate. You have mobile phones with incredible cameras, you have the internet, you have a platform when others don’t. Use it.

Champion unheard voices.

Originally posted by henamedmemalala

Expose difficult truths.

Originally posted by flyguytony

Hold a mirror up to society and highlight its flaws.

Promote inclusivity and diversity, respect and kindness.

Originally posted by lavirtud

Show young women they can be strong. 

Originally posted by thepumpkinqueenn

Show young men that emotion is not weakness.

Originally posted by prxncxss88

Show that people fleeing war and poverty deserve to live in a safe and fair world, to be welcomed, not feared.

Show that everyone has a right to be who they are without shame, that love is love, that every human being is unique therefore and that being different is really the norm.

Educate by shining a light on the difficulties in our countries’ pasts.

Originally posted by muzzle84

Explain why we must never forget our history in order to learn from it. 

Originally posted by cris-accortez

Emphasise that the colour of your skin, the religion you practice, your physical health or mental health, the person you love, the person you identify yourself as, the country/body/family you were born into should never dictate your treatment by society.

Create stories where people are people instead of subject matters or tropes.

One race. Humanity. Don’t let society split it into factions and decide who is valid and who is not.

Show the world it in all of its glory and all of its shame.

Importantly: Don’t ever stop finding humour in the darkest of times(lines).

Originally posted by billieviperarchive

After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Originally posted by northgang

So keep entertaining, provide escapism for those who will need it. Create the world you want to live in, a future people can look towards and fight for.

Don’t forget to write the happy ending once in a while.

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We hit 10k !!!!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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Thank you so much for all your support 😭, you guys are the cutest and sweetest persons ever , it makes me so happy that you all enjoy the blog and show so many feedback to the posts, i remember when I hit 100 followers and one of my post hit 100 notes too haha i was so amazed and now 10k … I’m Jungshook 😶😶!! I’m sorry that I’ve been off this couple of days It’s been a rough time in my life but I’ll be back like I used to be posting everyday 💕 I miss my Internet family ☹️ , thank you again for everything🤗😳 love you all have an amazing day ,God bless you angels 👼🏻

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I’m V and the followers are yoongi
Word order

A lot of people who are learning Russian have an illusion, that as there are no strict rules about the word order, it’s not important at all, and we can put the words as we want. But regardless of the fact, that Russian word order is rather free, certain rules still exist.

Word order is very important in written Russian. Verbal Russian has such powerful weapon as intonation, and with intonation, you can use whatever order you want. In written Russian (which is important, because we read literature and write to people on the internet a lot nowadays) we stress words by word order. 

Вчера на центральном рынке шумные продавцы громко ругались. 

(Yesterday at the central market noisy marketers loudly argued).
 It’s a traditional word order. We should remember, that the first and the last components are always stressed. So now what is stressed is “yesterday” and “argued”. When and what happened, Sounds like a news. It is a news.

На центральном рынке вчера шумные продавцы громко ругались.

“На центральном рынке” and “ругались”. It’s already a little inversion here, and you stress the place like it’s important that the argument in question happened there and not anywhere else.

На рынке центральном вчера шумные продавцы громко ругались.

The central market is still stressed, but putting an adjective after a noun is really unusual, and it draws attention, so “central” becomes stressed. But such inversion is used mostly in poetry or lyrics for the sake of rhyme and rhythm. In 98% cases, an adjective is put before a noun.

Шумные продавцы на центральном рынке вчера громко ругались.

Now the subject is in the first position, and it should be a standard word order, but now, when the subject and the predicate are divided by “yesterday at the central market”, it still sounds a bit unusual. We stress “noisy marketers”, as if it’s really important who was arguing, and it seems like “noisy marketers” are the people we know so it can be understood as some kind of a nickname here. But not necessarily.

Громко ругались вчера на центральном рынке шумные продавцы.

Now we stress “loudly argued”, and it was stressed before because it was in the last position, but now it is stressed even more because the predicate stands before the subject.

Ругались громко вчера на центральном рынке шумные продавцы.

To put an adverb after a verb is not as unusual as an adjective after a noun, but it’s more common when it’s in the final position in a sentence. So this sentence is so weird so it doesn’t even sound very Russian. The subject and the predicate are divided; the predicate stands before the subject, the adverb stands after the verb. Too much stressing makes it hard to concentrate on the meaning.
You can also put it this way:
Вчера шумные продавцы громко ругались на центральном рынке. It’s also a rather typical word order for such sentence. What is shouldn’t be done is a separation of adjectives and adverbs from nouns and verbs, because in this case, the whole sentence starts falling apart, because we can’t no longer understand what describes what.

sometimes it blows my mind that i remember a time before the internet and there are people being born that don’t and i’m not saying that in a condescending way its just…i’m 21 now…when i was 7 i listened to harry potter audio books on cassette tapes because CDs were so expensive…when i was 10 going to the DVD rental store was a big treat now they don’t even exist…only 5 years ago we were paying $3 for individual songs and now we have access to multiple music libraries in the palm of our hands we pay 11 dollars a month for (which is essentially what 5 songs used to cost)…i remember when i was 9 we got our first home computer and we thought dial up was so fast a speed even tho the internet and phone couldn’t be used at the same time now 12 years later everyone in my family has multiple devices…i remember MySpace and its downfall, the rise of Facebook like…i’m 21 ya’ll…all that has happened in just over a decade like we have gone from VHS to streaming…its so exciting and big and scary and a strange privilege to be alive inside a world so unsatisfied and impermanent and i know a lot of my fellow millennials/90s bubbas get a lil oddly sad that we live and grow in such a place but you know what??? we are a generation unafraid of advancement because change is a constant thing we’ve adapted to brilliantly (despite the mental health) and thats a double edge sword but in the end its not so bad, is it?? we’re pretty okay, i reckon i’m proud of us cos we keep our feet when the world is faster than ever

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Can we talk about this moment? How Sana completely tuned out the world because her crush friend requested her! He remembered a moment from five days ago, when she was told to be cautious because of her gender, and he sent her a meme to say Go girl! 

Julie just executed this beautifully! 

  1. The background noise that Sana tuned out is giving us a glimpse into the last main’s story. [Also, why Isak needs a study date :D Even is too distracting!]
  2. The scene mirrors Isak’s scene where he was internet stalking Even last year. Even her reaction to being caught is the same! Slams laptop shut
  3. Evak being happy, domestic and talking about the future! Positive love story!
  4. Talking about expectations; I cook and you work? Yousef is showing that he has different expectations. He’s supportive.
  5. Remember when Eva saw how Noora had accepted her friend request? And the little smile? 
  6.  Reality vs dreams. [THE SECRET] btw, look up Abraham Hicks for the source of that. I also rec the CWG books by Neale Donald Walsch.
  7. What does Sana believe about the possibility of dating Yousef? 
  8. OMG we’re only halfway through ep2!

Baekhyun’s EX’ACT Interview, « Lucky One » ver.

- Baekhyun -

Keywords: future, reaction, sunset

Q. If EXO was a film, what genre would it be? What genre of film would your own life be?

B. A documentary. All human emotions can be found by looking at our group. About my own life, I don’t know, I’d say a documentary as well. It holds all kinds of human emotions. To be honest, EXO and I are pretty much the same.

Q. What’s your favorite passage from this album’s lyrics?

B. “Hello angel, pretty as a picture / When I look up at the sky, all I see is you”. The melody and lyrics go so well together. It sounds like someone is really saying it, you know. I like it because it feels like actual speech.

Q. When is your favorite time of day, and what is your favorite place?

B. I like my own room the best, and I like the time between 11pm and 12am. That’s when I rest. I rest the best in my own room, and I don’t really like going outside.

Q. Which do you prefer, the familiar or the unfamiliar?

B. The familiar. What’s familiar can be reapplied and changed just the way I want it, because I’ve done it before. I can also feel comfortable and enjoy it. What’s unfamiliar isn’t something I can handle so freely. I think I can show more of what I have inside through what’s familiar.

Q. Can you tell us one thing you love because it’s been with you for a long time, and one thing you love because it’s new?

B. The members are something I love because we’ve been together for a long time. I can see how far I should go just by looking into their eyes. As for things that are better because they’re new, I like new choreography and new songs. It’s a lot of fun to learn new dance moves. I also love singing new songs. I like it when we get to prepare a new album.

Q. Something that brings back old memories for you?

B. Singers, definitely. Buzz, SG Wannabe, V.O.S, Monday Kiz. When I listen to songs by singers like them who’ve gone before me, I’m reminded of the past.

Q. What do you consider the most important, the past, the present, or the future?

B. The future. I always live with an image of the future in my mind. I need to have an image of the future in order to plan out the present to match it. If I think, I’ll be doing this or that at this or that age, then I make good on it. Life doesn’t always go as planned, but I have to do my best to make it work. If possible, I hope that all the goals I’ve set for myself can be achieved.

Q. Have you had an experience that widened your view of the world? If so, when was it?

B. My worldview is still quite narrow. I feel like it’s grown even narrower after debuting. It’s hard to move around freely outside, and I don’t know that much about the world. I learn things about this job that I’m in, but I don’t know anything except what’s in the life of a singer, a celebrity. When I meet fans from overseas, around the world, I go “wow, all these fans, who all look so different and who speak different languages, have all come to see us”. And that’s when my worldview grows a little wider.

Q. What do you consider the most valuable thing among the things you can see?

B. My family, the members, the fans who give so much love to me and EXO, and all the folks surrounding me.

Q. What do you consider to be the most remarkable man-made invention?

B. The telephone. Because we can share news immediately, even from far away. If we didn’t have phones, we wouldn’t have the Internet, either. I remember when we used to connect to the Internet through modems over the telephone line. I don’t think today’ s Internet could exist without cell phones, these machines that send and receive messages through electromagnetic waves. And without that, human civilization couldn’t have come this far.

Q. Is there something others consider insignificant, but is important to you?

B. Tact. If you have tact, you can be more witty, and things like that can make life a little bit easier.

Q. Are there any moments in life in which you feel perfect?

B. No. I always feel like I’m not perfect in one aspect or another. I often think, can I really pull this off? I’ve never lived with a day’s full plan in mind. I’m more spontaneous, and I do something on the spur of the moment if I want to do it. So I’ve never felt myself to be perfect.

Q. What one moment would you like to have in your life?

B. I’d love to be tall for once. 186cm. I think that’s the best height for a guy. It’s the best height for looking dependable. 186cm with good proportions! (Laughs.) If I ever get tall, I want to try taking out stuff from high shelves. And I want to look dependable. If you’re tall, you have bigger feet and bigger hands, right? I’d like to see that. To see how big my feet get.

Q. If you had a twin or a doppelgänger, what kind of person would you want it to be?

B. I’d want it to be just like me. I want to watch it. You know, I can only see myself in a mirror. So I’m really curious. I want to observe it all day. Then I’d be able to look back on myself, and also see what I need to fix.

Q. What constantly draws your curiosity?

B. Human vocal cords. I’ve always been interested in vocalization. It’s a really fascinating area. Just today, I felt that my vocalization was really not good. So I want to analyze it, but I don’t think it’s something that changes just by studying. It’s work that takes time and effort, so it always keeps my curiosity up.

Q. What do you think is worth waiting for?

B. For now, vacation. I’m waiting for some time to rest, and after that I’m waiting for our new album to come out. I’m looking forward very much to the fans’ reactions, the public’s reactions when it first comes out. And I have hopes that people will say it’s new and refreshing. I also have expectations that we will do better and better.

Q. When do you feel that a day is too short?

B. When I’m having fun. When I’m playing with friends, when I’m playing with the fans. A birthday party, a fanmeet, a concert, whichever it is, it’s all an occasion to have fun with fans.

Q. At what time of day do you think the sky is most beautiful?

B. In the summer, 7pm to 8pm. In the winter, 5pm to 6pm. When the sun is setting. I like the feeling that the moon and the sun are poised against each other. It sometimes looks like they’re fighting for territory. It gets dark high up in the sky, but it’s bright where the sun is still going down. I like the colors that appear then. It makes me feel at ease and helps me relax.

Q. Have you ever felt that you’re a bigger part of someone’s life than you’d realized? Or the other way around?

B. Our fans, and the general public who watch us. Without them, I don’t exist. It works the other way around as well.

  • Jay: Guys, I've been on the internet for a while now, and isn't it crazy how two best friends can drift apart and it's sad, but when two strangers slowly become friends, it's also sad because when you remember the older times, they weren't as happy?
  • Kai: Jay, it's 3 AM.
  • Cole: And where's the joke?
  • Lloyd: Jay himself is the only joke here.
  • Jay: I'm just gonna ignore those rude comments. Hey, Cole, remember how much time apart we spent back when Wu first found us? Now we're best friends.
  • Cole: ...
  • Jay: ...
  • Cole: ...
  • Jay: ...
  • Cole, whispering and wiping away a tear: Bro...
  • Jay: Bro.
Online drama

While I get as curious as anyone else and lurk in the background a bit when I see drama going on, I generally have found that when I actually get involved I end up feeling like shit.  I sometimes get angry, frustrated, or feel I can’t convey what I’m trying to and then I get stressed out and that triggers anxiety flares for me (any sufferer of anxiety knows how awful that is).  So, I decided around the end of last year I was done with it for good (hopefully).

A few steps I have taken are as follows:

  • I don’t comment/get involved. This actually is really hard sometimes.  I think it’s very much in our nature to want to weigh in on issues or speak up when we see something we feel strongly about.  I’ve mostly been successful with this.  I just try to remember how bad things got for me the last time I really found myself in the middle of drama and how far of a setback it was for my sense of well being. When I get tempted, I try to just close out what I’m looking at and distract myself with something more enjoyable.
  • Minimize exposure.  I don’t think a person can use the internet and never be exposed to drama or unpleasantness, but you can take some actions to lessen it.  For one, I distance myself from people/blogs that frequently engage in drama.  I may very well like the person and even agree with them often, but if there’s frequent drama surrounding them it’s much harder for me to keep myself level.  The good thing about tumblr is that I end up still getting to see content I enjoy from those people from other reblogs.
  • Kind of related to minimizing exposure, but I don’t go where I know very well there will be upsetting comments.  I used to look at comments under articles to read people’s opinions, but too often it’s full of either trolls or extremists that make my head feel like exploding. So if I see a news article about racism or sexism, I will read the article but skip browsing comments anymore (goes for Youtube comments, too).
  • Take a breather.  If there’s a lot of drama going on around something that has happened on a forum, facebook, tumblr, etc, sometimes I just take a break for a few days and wait for it to die down. Again, if I look at it too much I get too tempted to weigh in with my own thoughts and inevitably I end up regretting it.
  • If I feel a need to say something, I carefully consider it, state what I feel I need to say, and then don’t keep checking back for responses.  This one is hard for me too, but I’ve learned if I check back for responses I stay emotionally involved and much of the time end up getting more involved than I wanted to be.

So those are the general steps I take.  I don’t do it to be better than anyone else, I do it to take care of myself.  I’m too deeply emotionally affected by being involved in drama with people who don’t know me and are often all too eager to make things personal.

Jasper Jordan AU imagine: Meet Me In The Rain

Summary: Jasper is readerโ€™s best Internet friend and now when she moved to the same town heโ€™s living in they finally got the chance to meet.

Word count: 1424


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I woke up in an unfamiliar room. I was confused at first, but then I realized that I was in my new room. The room that I had to get used to living in.ย 

I should have been sad, that we had to move out of our hometown, but the truth was that I had been, in fact, happy.ย 

I had never had any close friends there, I had nothing there, so I was excited about seeing something new.

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