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Thomas Gainsborough, The Hon. Mrs. Thomas Graham, c.1775/77, oil on canvas, 89.5 x 69 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Source

This portrait of Mrs Thomas Graham, aka Mary Cathcart, was painted by Gainsborough for the sitter’s husband. A full-length depiction of the young beauty can be seen in the Scottish National Gallery collection. Mary was in her late teens when both works were commissioned, though the Scottish piece shows her in a glamorous 17th-century costume inspired by the portraits of Van Dyck.

Prehistoric Native Americans harvested Bay oysters sustainably, study finds

Native Americans around the Chesapeake Bay may have lived hand to mouth in prehistoric times, but they apparently never got so desperate or greedy that they depleted a readily available food source: the estuary’s once-abundant oysters.

That’s the upshot of a new study looking at Bay oyster sizes and harvesting activity through the ages, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Chesapeake oysters, now depleted to 1 percent of what they were a century ago, showed remarkable resilience in the distant past, the authors found, despite intensive fishing, rising sea level and changing climate.

“That gives me hope we can find a way to restore oysters,” said Torben Rick, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and lead author of the paper. Read more.

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Zoë Wanamaker pays tribute to Alan Rickman: “He was a kind of colossus…”

Zoë has paid tribute in the Guardian to her late friend and colleague, Alan Rickman, who has sadly died of cancer aged 69. She praises him as “a kind of colossus”, who was “funny, smart, kind, generous”.

Zoë recalls working with the ‘fearless’ Rickman on the tremendously successful 2001 film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, as well as much earlier in their careers, namely at the Royal Shakespeare Company. They both starred in the RSC’s 1978 production of “Captain Swing”, which explored the nineteenth-century Swing Riots.

The photo above shows Zoë, Rickman and other cast members on stage.

This boldface R E A D in all caps tho!

Titanic is a 3 ½ hour movie that shows during the span of her century long life what a shitty selfish person this old woman is.

Born with a silver spoon shoved so far up her ass she can taste the metal, she’s constantly disappointed on how uneventful her overprivileged lifestyle is.
Go out and make a memory, Rose, just don’t take the whole world down with you.

Is your husband to be an asshole? Yes. But suck it up, he’s loaded.
Oh here’s a wide-eyed, innocent childishly handsome artist from New York who just have happened to have saved your life. Let’s see how you can fuck up his.

So now she’s cheating on her fiancé with this darling of a boy, on a ship because she so tempestuous she can’t wait three days to dock. Now these two victims of love and circumstance have to rival for her affections on a ship. Not an ideal situation. Oh shit, an iceberg. Gulg, gulg, gulg. Yada, yada, yada, she ends up in the water with Jack. The first real time in her life she can do the right thing and what does she do? Takes up the whole fucking door. She lets the “love of her life” turn into a popsicle and releases his frozen grip to sink him to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Are you a medical Doctor? Did you check his pulse? He might have just passed out. We’ll never know.

And wouldn’t you know it the girl with the horseshoe shoved up her ass gets rescued. Steals the last name of the man she “loved” and I believe becomes an illegal immigrant. Identity theft is a crime, Rose.

Fast-forward 80 years later, pretending to be an invalid, she’s now sponging of her hardworking granddaughter.

She happens to see her tits on TV and decides to waste considerable amount of time, money and manpower getting her to that ship, with her fucking fish, to tell this bullshit love story when all Bill Paxton wants to know about is the Heart of the Ocean. Then she miraculously walks to the edge of the boat and hops up on the railing and in one more act of defiance she chucks this diamond worth hundreds of millions of dollars into the ocean and cackles like the megalomaniac she is. A diamond she kept on her person for 80 years while her family struggled to make ends meet.

Rose Dawson, Villain.

IDK about worst movie villain because there are definitely some film characters who’ve like….eaten people and raped babies.  But I ain’t never was too fond a ol’ Rose Dawson and I really never got the allure of Titanic anyway.  I still haven’t sat through all of it in one sitting because my mind wanders off.

Billy Zane was bae tho, with that evil widow’s peak and them pouty lips.  Leo looked like an underage street hustler picking up johns and stealing Hostess snack cakes from the bodega, so I just completely passed on that whole era.

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It’s the morning after the Outlander season two premiere after party, and actor Sam Heughan is not hungover. Nope. Not even a little bit. [Insert heavy sarcasm]

“We had a great time underneath the blue whale in the Natural History Museum,” said the 36 year old Scot over the phone from London. “It was really fun.”

Here’s what else we learned about the heart-throb who plays 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser on the hit show, airing now on Showcase:

1) He’s a sucker for a good cheese toastie

“Outlander officially has the worst craft services in the industry, and I’m happy for that to be the headline—we’ve discussed this many times with our wonderful producers. But we do have cheese toasties, and they’re delicious. But they’re maybe not the healthiest, and when you take your shirt off you do feel a bit guilty about that fourth toastie.”

2) On how he gets THAT body:

“I workout a lot! I do Muay Thai, which is Thai kickboxing. I’ve got a trainer and I try to work with him most days, which sometimes means working out at half past four and then going to shoot all day.”

3) He hearts Canada:

“I love Canada. I’ve been to Toronto a couple times and I think it’s great, but I actually went to British Columbia and drove through the Rockies. It was incredible. I’d love to go back and climb some mountains. Just waiting for my invite!” [Ed’s note: Consider this your open invitation, Sam]

4) He gives great relationship advice

“Truth is the best way to keep a relationship like Jamie and Claire’s [on Outlander] alive. And I guess to remain in contact. In season 2, Jamie and Claire sort of lose contact with each other just going about their own lives and missions. So I guess the secret is just to touch base with your partner and make time for them. Also, probably stay off social media - it’s not the best place to maintain a relationship. Keep some things private.”

5) He woke up like this…with a little help

“I’ve got the best hair and make up team. Personally, I don’t do anything - I’m useless. I don’t think my hair needs a lot…I certainly don’t primp or curl it or anything. It maybe gets a little bit of conditioner because we’re outdoors all the time. I was in Japan recently and they put a face mask on me and it was wonderful. Rehydrating I believe? I don’t know what these things do or where you buy them but they look quite cool.”

In 15 July 1989, in front of 200.000 spectators and on TV international live, Pink Floyd performed in the wonderful frame of Saint Mark’s Square, Venice.
They gave to the fans an incredible performance which entered the history of rock music, just ruined by the following polemics related to the inefficiency of local administration.
A little more than a year from the 25 anniversary of such event, the Cultural Association Floydseum launch a fascinating challenge to anyone who had the fortune of being at the Show of the Century.
Have you been at the concert of Pink Floyd in Venice 15th July 1989?
Did you take photographs or shoot videos before, during and after the concert?

Contact Floydseum at segreteria@floydseum.org; send us your material together with your authorization of using freely your material. You will become protagonist of a great event for the next year, which the Association is working on!
At the moment, we cannot unveil anything, but do not waste your time! Send us your material and you will not regret it!

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ELLE Canada | EXCLUSIVE: Sam Heughan tells us all about his beauty routine
Also: Cheese toasties.

It’s the morning after the Outlander season two premiere after party, and actor Sam Heughan is not hungover. Nope. Not even a little bit. [Insert heavy sarcasm]

“We had a great time underneath the blue whale in the Natural History Museum,” said the 36 year old Scot over the phone from London. “It was really fun.”

Here’s what else we learned about the heart-throb who plays 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser on the hit show, airing now on Showcase:

1) He’s a sucker for a good cheese toastie

“Outlander officially has the worst craft services in the industry, and I’m happy for that to be the headline—we’ve discussed this many times with our wonderful producers. But we do have cheese toasties, and they’re delicious. But they’re maybe not the healthiest, and when you take your shirt off you do feel a bit guilty about that fourth toastie.”

2) On how he gets THAT body:

“I workout a lot! I do Muay Thai, which is Thai kickboxing. I’ve got a trainer and I try to work with him most days, which sometimes means working out at half past four and then going to shoot all day.”

3) He hearts Canada:

“I love Canada. I’ve been to Toronto a couple times and I think it’s great, but I actually went to British Columbia and drove through the Rockies. It was incredible. I’d love to go back and climb some mountains. Just waiting for my invite!” [Ed’s note: Consider this your open invitation, Sam]

4) He gives great relationship advice

“Truth is the best way to keep a relationship like Jamie and Claire’s [on Outlander] alive. And I guess to remain in contact. In season 2, Jamie and Claire sort of lose contact with each other just going about their own lives and missions. So I guess the secret is just to touch base with your partner and make time for them. Also, probably stay off social media - it’s not the best place to maintain a relationship. Keep some things private.”

5) He woke up like this…with a little help

“I’ve got the best hair and make up team. Personally, I don’t do anything - I’m useless. I don’t think my hair needs a lot…I certainly don’t primp or curl it or anything. It maybe gets a little bit of conditioner because we’re outdoors all the time. I was in Japan recently and they put a face mask on me and it was wonderful. Rehydrating I believe? I don’t know what these things do or where you buy them but they look quite cool.”

CONFESSION: 

 I headcanon that Shepard has an obsession with science fictions films and shows from the 20th and 21st Centuries. During Shep’s off hours he hosts viewing parties with the ME2 and ME3 crew. The Alien crew find the 60s Star Trek mostly hilarious but Mordin is fascinated by Spock and likes McCoy. Liara, Traynor, Tali, Miranda and Jack are disgusted by how the female characters are treated. Javik remarks that Shepard is somewhat reminiscient of Captain Kirk. Shepard is not sure if that is a compliment or insult. Everyone enjoys the Star Wars films but Joker, Jacob, and Vega really love them. Kaidan enjoys
them too but has a slight preference towards the George Lucas ones. They all like the Star Trek films and think the next Generation is better than the 1st show but they find the Borg unsettling. Shepard does not admit it but the way the Borg speak really bothers him. Wrex and Grunt LOVE the Klingons and think  Worf is awesome! When people remark about the similarities the Romulans have with the Protheans, Javik gets offended. EDI is perplexed by
the voice of the computer while Joker, Jack, and Vega wish that holo similuations they have now were more like the Holodecks in TNG.  Miranda and Jack actually bond when Tasha Yar is killed off.  Wrex and Grunt enjoy Starship Troopers but everyone else is creeped out by how its sort of rachni-like. Tali, Liara, Traynor, Jack, and  Miranda bond over Star Trek Voyager. Kaidan, Garrus,  Cortez, Vega & Jacob bond over Deep Space Nine.  There are a couple of movies they all find truly unsettling. They barely sat through War of the Worlds because of how the alien ships have a resemblance to the reapers. Everyone hates Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And Liara can’t stand the sound of the guy makes at the end of the movie. Javik believes some of these films & their  similarities are too much of a coincidence that he thinks they are a result of the beacons & humanity interpreting the messages on a
subconscious level. Mordin agrees with him and they have a long discussion over it.  Legion and EDI are fascinated by TRON and discuss it to the point where everyone gets annoyed. Tali and Liara find ET adorable. Liara, EDI, and Javik debate Blade Runner while Garrus  really enjoys the Alien Cop/Human Cop Buddy drama….Alien Nation.


MOD NOTE: About the Invasion of the Body Snatcher sound. Click on this link if you have never seen the film. (Warning…if you don’t like scary films don’t click)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUXHB5U-Vl4

anonymous asked:

Glad someone is finally talking about the monk robe. It was the only good thing to come out of Hook being the dark one.

I’m gonna have to disagree with you about that ‘only good thing’ comment because so much goodness came out of Dark!Hook. Seeing Killian descend into a madness he didn’t want/ask for gave us so much insight into him as a character as well as other characters (Rumple, for example). It gave us backstory on Killian (the stuff with his father) that’s super important to knowing why he is the way he is today. It showed us that Killian Jones is a true hero, better than the demon who sent him spiraling down the path of vengeance to begin with. It showed us just how much self-control Killian had been exhibiting over himself for centuries, it showed us how self-aware he actually is and how aware and knowledgeable he is about everybody else (Rumple, Regina, Emma… Killian pays attention to people, and we saw that through how he kept spilling the truth tea on every while he was the DO). Also, in hindsight, now knowing Killian’s very long history of self-medicating/substance abuse, it gives a perfect example of what an addicted Killian Jones looks like (which then lends itself to the argument that Killian may have a ‘rum habit’ now, but he’s no drunk or addict, which then circles back into self-control).

ALSO, it gave Colin the opportunity to show off some of his best acting on the show to date. Like he had fun playing Killian as the Dark One, and that really helped sell it:

(Not to mention it led to one of the most beautiful, best, memorable Captain Swan scenes in history. One that Colin considers to be one of the most romantic on the show, something I am in absolute agreement about)

i know this is gonna sound weird and like im overanalyzing but i dont care i gotta say it

you know how lots of people nowadays think that videos and GIFs about factory / industrial design are really soothing and satisfying?i really can’t help but notice the huge contrast between that and the TONS of art produced in the first half of the twentieth century that show factory work as absolutely hellish. (if you need an example, the obvious one would be charlie chaplin’s film modern times.) just a couple of decades ago, what we see now as clever and efficient would be seen as repetitive, unnatural and excessive.

i started thinking about that and wondering what could have changed in the way we percieve industrial spaces, how we relate to industrial machinery and products, and ir sort of dawned on me: the millenial generation has a very strong feeling of not fitting in, of not working properly. we have an incredibly hard time getting an education, finding a job, buying a house, starting a family; we’re also constantly told that it’s our own fault, that we don’t work hard enough. i’d say that we see factories as a model for ourselves: something working ceaselessy, with perfect efficiency, with no other needs and with hardly any need for external input.

older generations were afraid that they would turn into machines; this generation is used to being seen as inhuman,  we only wish we could turn into machines that actually work.