stolen bicycles

A lot of people make fake ah gavin the golden boy who pulls the strings on the crew with flawless skills in negotiations that everyone protects, but I’d like you to consider:
-Gavin Free who spends all his money on real gold sunglasses, necklaces, rings, etc. That he uses to embellish the cheap threads he bought at the local thrift shop
-Gavin who uses gold colored laces on every pair of far too broken in shoes that get replaced every few months
-Who carries around a gun inlaid with real precious metals that he can’t shoot for shit; can’t even afford extra bullets
-Owns a sleek purple motorcycle that he keeps parked next to the rusty old stolen bicycle that he rides everywhere because he lost the keys to the motorcycle and can’t be bothered to get another set
-His entire closet combined (not including accessories) is worth less than just one of Geoff’s suits
-Somehow better with any weapon other than a gun but it’s the only weapon he chooses to carry
-Can’t afford nicer clothes because he spends all his money on stupid bets and dumb nick nacks that he puts around the penthouse
Like, golden boy Gavin is super cool, but I really like silly Gavin.

generic-name-goes-here  asked:

Prompt: Maly, in the early days, finding someone she used to know - only now they're a shambling corpse.

It’s the piercings that give him away. Otherwise, Maly would have never recognized him.

 Something cold and desolate settles in her chest at the site of Chad, a young man who came to this town in an effort to leave behind a dead name and an even deader identity. She didn’t know much about him, not his tales or his troubles, but he was….he was nice. Accepting. Used to do little things like bake apple crumbles and help her unlock her door when she forgot the key.

 She stares at him for a good long while through the glass that barely contains him, heart beating a mile a minute. His once clean hands are stained as he paws at window separating them, and Maly feels something in the back of her throat as she stares at him from a top her stolen bicycle.

She had hoped, maybe…

 She doesn’t know what she had hoped. Maybe not him. Of all the people in the city -the maybe strangers and distant acquaintances- she liked him the most.

 “I’m sorry,” she whispers, but she doesn’t know what she’s apologizing for. It’s not her fault and she couldn’t have stopped it. She knows this. There’s no way she could have done anything.

 But the fact remains that she is here, a mouse in a world filled with lions, and he’s no longer with them at all.

 Not really.

And after she sees him, a part of her isn’t either. 

iamartemisday  asked:

Hi there! I'm taking Italian right now, and we can get extra credit by watching Italian language films and reviewing them. I really love mysteries and horror (but things like comedy or romance are also good), and I was wondering if you had any recommendations? The only stipulation is that they have to be completely in Italian. Thanks!

OK THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE.

I love getting asks like these and I LOVE italian cinema you can guess that by my tag about italian cinema.

@iamartemisday​ I’m publishing this because someone might be interested in this.

So ok, Italian cinema suffers from the fact that we lack the economic resources hollywood has, so we almost never have ‘genre’ cinema. Such as Horror movies or action movies, because they are generally expensive and are more nieche than production house can allow themselves to invest into. I’ll see what I can find. I’ll post a bit of genre we cover, even though you might not be interested BUT we italian do not span a lot in terms of cinematic stuff. We tend to stick to single types of movies.

Horror/Thriller

I’m not a great connoisseur of horror and I know it was great only in the 70es and 80es. so we’re talking old school here. I can name a few movies that have reached cult status here:

But yeah, it’s not our most prolific genre. I can’t think of anything else (I know @janiedean​ is better versed than me in horror genre.)

Gialli

Mysteries is something we’re indeed more in tune with. We like our mystery novels and mystery series. Super weird thing to know, we call the genre ‘Giallo’, which means literally ‘yellow’, if you’re curious as to why I explained it here. (it’s weird and kinda cool). It’s more like… detective stuff than full on mystery/thriller.

  • First thing I recommend it’s not a movie but a tv show with episodes that are movie-long. I know the books were translated and the tv show was shown on the bbc with english subtitles so I’m sure it’s easy to find at least a couple of episodes: Il Commissario Montalbano. Ok he’s a detective in a really small sea-side city in sicily and there’s this great atmosphere and cinematography (despite being for tv) and it’s a love note to sicily and its inhabitants. here a trailer with eng subs. Really we have a fandom for this. I have fanart with montalbano eating caponata. We also once made a series of posts about a wonderful Montalbano/Captain america crossover which is… frankly a thing of beauty. You get TONS of stuff even by watching this one only by the way.
  • Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Elio Petri. this is refined shit. it won cannes and an oscar back then

Mafia movies and generally criminal stuff

What we are REALLY big on is mafia movies. Which are usually completely different from hollywood movies about mafia. If you’re interested in a different perspective:

  • I Cento Passi di Marco Tullio Giordana. It’s about Peppino Impastato, who in the 70es who had a radio broadcast and was killed by mafia. It focuses a lot on the period when no one still talked about it. And it’s a really amazing movie if you ask me
  • La mafia uccide solo d’estate by Pif. This one is a dark commedy but I’m not 100% sure it can be understood if you don’t know all the history around that. It’s about a kid who lives in palermo and lives his life and COMPLETELY MISSES all the gigantic stuff that happens around him related to mafia. You sort of need to at least know names like Dalla Chiesa or Borsellino and Falcone to actually know what this kid is missing out… So I’m not sure. but it’s fun though. and his personal history is a romantic comedy
  • Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone is super crude. Trailer here It’s about the modern neapolitan mafia and it’s a novelization from Roberto Saviano’s book about the methods of Camorra (the neapolitan mafia). The movie won at cannes but they made a tv series after that and I have yet to watch it but almost everyone I know say it’s better than the movie: here english trailer
  • Romanzo Criminale by Michele Placido is about a band of criminals who run rampant here in rome called “la banda della Magliana” in the 70es and had tons of political connections. This is another movie where the tv series is actually better than the original…?! I know it makes no sense for me either. I have a special love for this one mostly because I’m from Magliana and everything is set in my neighborhood.

Realistic stuff - drama - neorealism

Ok so what we’re really great with is neo-realism and realistic shit. So we talk a lot about class. and class struggles. and more class. The first and the one who basically made history of cinema (you might find his works in the criterion collection) is Vittorio De Sica. He’s amazing. Bring tissues.

  • Ladri di Biciclette is his absolute masterpiece. It’s about a guy who just found a job after months and months of searching but as soon as he gets it his bicycle get stolen, and the bicycle is the most important thing to have for this job. So he starts looking for it, with his son. 
  • Umberto D. is about a retired guy and his debt and his dog. it’s terrible. that fucking dog. makes me cry every time.
  • Sciuscià is about two kids who work as shoe-shiners
  • La Ciociara is I believe the first dramatic role for Sophia Loren (she mostly worked comedies before then). it’s about a woman trying to shield her daughter from the horrors of war (WWII)
  • Matrimonio all’italiana is slightly more cheerful. just a bit tho. based on the play ‘filumena marturano’ by Eduardo De Filippo it’s about a prostitute who tries to set her 3 sons, economically. she has a way, she tells a rich old client of hers, Domenico, that one of the 3 children is his son, but she won’t tell him which one.

Roberto Rossellini. is another neo-realist director. so expect tears here as well.

  • Roma Città aperta is the absolute masterpiece of italian cinema. Stories about the resistance in Rome during WWII
  • Paisà is a multi-episode movie about stories during WWII

I can go on with this stuff for HOURS but you didn’t ask for drama, so some romantic drama stuff can be:

  • Il Gattopardo which is a cinematographic masterpiece look at this set. Is based during the time of italian’s unification, in the sicilian nobility and its problems trying to adequate themselves to new times
  • Il Postino it’s completely fictional but about Pablo Neruda when he spent a period in exile for political reasons. he didn’t spend it in italy but who cares. It’s about his friendship with a shy postman. Makes me cry every fucking time mostly because it ends in a way it wasn’t supposed to end because the main actor died a couple of weeks before filming ended and he was a really great beloved actor here in italy.
  • Nuovo Cinema paradiso is another splendid one about sicily and the life in a small city and dreaming about cinema….
  • Life is beautiful This is technically a comedy but it’s bittersweet and really a drama. It’s about a father who tries to shield his son and make up stories about the horror of the holocaust while being in a concentration camp with him. It won three academy awards btw.

and now that I look at my recs those aren’t even ‘romantic’ in the sense of boy meet girl… they just have that romantic feeling about it….

anyway

Comedies


Old school comedies are something that really work well still this day:

  • I soliti ignoti by Mario Monicelli might be right there on top of my fave chart right beside some like it hot. it’s a heist movie. if we can call it that. Such an heist.
  • Il Marchese del Grillo talks about a marquis who spend his life playing practical jokes on pretty much everyone, from the lowest poor guy to the pope himself. 
  • Divorzio all’italiana

for something more modern:

  • Benvenuti al sud is nice. it makes fun of stereotypes between north and south italy, it must be peculiar to watch it from an external perspective.
  • Non ci resta che piangere. Time travel commedy…?! it’s about two guys who finds themselves in 1400 (almost 1500!) and they decide to sto columbus to find america because one of the character’s sister had her heart broken by an american and if america is never discovered she won’t suffer, won’t she? makes tons of sense.

LGBT

Ok this is weird from such a catholic country but we have those.

  • Una Giornata particolare by Ettore Scola with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It’s about the day Hitler came in visit in Rome, everyone is out the street and the palace where the story is set is empty except for this desperate lower class housewife and this intellectual who’s about to be deported to sardinia for being gay
  • Le fate ignoranti Antonia’s husband just died when she finds out he had a lover, so she decides to seek her out. Except that her late husband lover is Michele, a guy who works at the farmer’s market and she get sucked in this lovely community of friends.
  • La finestra di fronte is basically food porn from end to finish. I’m not even sure how to talk about it. it’s about gay bakers in fascist era. this one’s kinda sad.
  • Magnifica presenza is about this wannabe actor who lend a REALLY CHEAP HOUSE only to find out it’s infested by the ghosts of a company of 1930es theatre actors. still a lgbt movie btw. Also really funny.
  • Mine Vaganti talks about this southern family from a really closed off little city. One day one Tommaso gets back from Rome and tells his brother Antonio he wants to come out with his family. at dinner. Bad Idea. So Antonio decides to come out first and since that fuss at the dinner table made and Tommaso is stuck with his family, playing hetero. 
  • La Bestia nel cuore
  • I’m going to fit in here Il Giovane Favoloso as well. fight me. Leopardi/Ranieri OTP and I’m sure the director thought it as well. This is about one of our most beloved literature figures. I’m sure it will get you plenty of points in class btw. Leopardi was a poet from the 19th century, he was really sick and spent his whole life studying in his father’s library. Also this really isn’t a lgbt movie BUT WATCH IT AND THEN TELL ME IF THERE WASN’T SOMETHING THERE. I’ve been saying that since high school.


and… Superhero?!?!?!??!

Yeah well, APPARENTLY. but a single one unfortunately. 

Last year a movie came out that was……? I don’t know, celebrated as the return of italian cinema to ‘genre’ and won like every single movie prize you can win here in italy and venice and frankly you can ask anyone who saw it they’ll tell you that’s better than anything marvel have done until now and they better step up their game.

  • Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot by Gabriele Mainetti. If you need a reference is much more on the lines of netflix’s superheroes. It’s heavily contextualized in Rome and its really poor neighborhoods and the main character is a porn-addict low level thief who fall into the river Tiber where radioactive waste were in and comes out with superpowers. And the villain is another low level drug kingpin wannabe with tons of monetary problem and who want to make it big. After failing to be a pop star (THIS is the villain ok? I love him. he has SO MANY PROBLEMS)

So, what you can understand now from italian cinema: we like dramas. and mafia stuff. and lots of drama. Which maybe it’s not what you prefer but I hope I’ve given you enough movies to choose something. 

I was also a tiny bit stopped by practical stuff like “will you be able to find it subbed in english?” and several comedies couldn’t be listed because they are very untranslatable and would fall flat for international audiences… 

And I didn’t even cover the political shit. that a whole other can of worms I won’t subject you to…. I’ll wait for @janiedean‘s reply on horror stuff. 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any ideas for cute/fluffy/funny AU's about a couple + maybe other people?

  • “Shoosh, we are going to that screening of the new Ghibli film and I am going to hold your hand while you cry in a theater full of children because yo, I love you and support you.” 
  • Power couple Characters B and C meet the asexual Character A at a PRIDE event. Through a series of events involving a stuffed bear, an accidentally stolen bicycle, and a Red Hot Chili Pepper (or other band) CD, the three of them exchange numbers as they begin the slow, awkward dance of polyamorous romance. 
  • After Character A moves away from their significant other, Character B, the two of them do their best to keep their long distance romance alive through Skype and social media.
  • “Hey we’ve been friends for a long while now, but I figured that I should formally come out to you, even though I’m 80% sure that you know I’m some shade of gay.” AU 
  • Character A is fantastic with kids and after seeing their neighbor from across the hall, Character B, struggling with taking care of their younger siblings, Character A offers to help out Character B, in exchange for them helping Character A out with a special art project they’ve been working on. 
  • “I can’t help but notice how nice your makeup looks today and, hey, don’t I follow you on tumblr?” AU

Meet ‘Bike Batman’: Seattle’s vigilante reuniting stolen bikes with their owners

A Seattle man dubbed “Bike Batman” after he started confronting thieves and returning stolen bicycles to their owners has spoken out publicly for the first time about his mission to “reunite people with their bikes”.

The married engineer, who is in his 30s, and has been quietly tracking down stolen bikes for the last year, spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity amid increasing curiosity about his identity, motives and methodology.

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someone broke into my garage and stole my parents bikes last night. They are Trek Hyrbrid Road bikes..really decent one’s a dark silver color and the other is champagne/metallic beige. While I’m sure it’ll end up in the black market of LA, if anyone sees anything like this on eBay/Craigslist/etc. please please let me know.

take care of your bikes and yourselves guys!

Video of Gardena Police Department Shooting Unarmed Men Released 

 The Gardena shooting occurred the night of June 2, 2013, after police responded to a call about a bicycle stolen from outside a CVS drugstore. A police dispatcher mistakenly told officers the crime was a robbery, which typically involves weapons or force. Video of the shooting that killed Diaz Zeferino was unsealed by a federal judge Tuesday after months of legal battles between the city and media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. 

The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars, show three men mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle standing in a street under the glare of police lights. With their weapons trained on the men, officers scream at them to keep their hands up. While two of the men in the videos remain motionless, Diaz Zeferino appears confused by the officers’ instructions. He drops and raises his arms repeatedly, showing the officers his hands and stepping backward and then forward a few paces. A laser dot from an officers’ pistol can be seen on his shirt. After Diaz Zeferino removes a baseball cap from his head, officers standing to the side of the men unleash a volley of gunfire. 

 The videos show Diaz Zeferino, 35, collapsing to the ground, along with Mendez, who was wounded. At Wednesday’s news conference, Mercado said Diaz Zeferino had gone for a beer and to play pool around midnight June 2, 2013, after working 12 hours. He was later shot eight times by police. 

 "Mr. Ricardo Diaz Zeferino was a human being,“ Mercado said. "We’re here so the Department of Justice will investigate this Police Department. Enough." 

Diaz Zeferino worked in a restaurant 12 hours a day, seven days a week and helped support his parents and his two sisters – one who had an amputated leg and one who was studying to be a nurse, Reynoso said Wednesday.

Read the full story coverage here.

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BREAKING: Muhammad Ali, Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century, Dies at 74
Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight boxer of all time, a towering figure with an agile mind who was both admired and vilified for his religious, political and social stances.
By Robert Lipsyte

Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday. He was 74.

His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman.

Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.

But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel. (“Me! Wheeeeee!”)

Ali was as polarizing a superstar as the sports world has ever produced — both admired and vilified in the 1960s and ’70s for his religious, political and social stances. His refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War, his rejection of racial integration at the height of the civil rights movement, his conversion from Christianity to Islam and the changing of his “slave” name,Cassius Clay, to one bestowed by the separatist black sect he joined, the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, were perceived as serious threats by the conservative establishment and noble acts of defiance by the liberal opposition.

Loved or hated, he remained for 50 years one of the most recognizable people on the planet.

In later life Ali became something of a secular saint, a legend in soft focus. He was respected for having sacrificed more than three years of his boxing prime and untold millions of dollars for his antiwar principles after being banished from the ring; he was extolled for his un-self-conscious gallantry in the face of incurable illness, and he was beloved for his accommodating sweetness in public.

In 1996, he was trembling and nearly mute as he lit the Olympic caldron in Atlanta.

That passive image was far removed from the exuberant, talkative, vainglorious 22-year-old who bounded out of Louisville, Ky., and onto the world stage in 1964 with an upset victory over Sonny Liston to become the world champion. The press called him the Louisville Lip. He called himself the Greatest.

Ali also proved to be a shape-shifter — a public figure who kept reinventing his persona.

As a bubbly teenage gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he parroted America’s Cold War line, lecturing a Soviet reporter about the superiority of the United States. But he became a critic of his country and a government target in 1966 with his declaration “I ain’t got nothing against them Vietcong.”

“He lived a lot of lives for a lot of people,” said the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. “He was able to tell white folks for us to go to hell.”

But Ali had his hypocrisies, or at least inconsistencies. How could he consider himself a “race man” yet mock the skin color, hair and features of other African-Americans, most notably Joe Frazier, his rival and opponent in three classic matches? Ali called him “the gorilla,” and long afterward Frazier continued to express hurt and bitterness.

If there was a supertitle to Ali’s operatic life, it was this: “I don’t have to be who you want me to be; I’m free to be who I want.” He made that statement the morning after he won his first heavyweight title. It informed every aspect of his life, including the way he boxed.

The traditionalist fight crowd was appalled by his style; he kept his hands too low, the critics said, and instead of allowing punches to “slip” past his head by bobbing and weaving, he leaned back from them.

Eventually his approach prevailed. Over 21 years, he won 56 fights and lost five. His Ali Shuffle may have been pure showboating, but the “rope-a-dope” — in which he rested on the ring’s ropes and let an opponent punch himself out — was the stratagem that won the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman in 1974, the fight in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in which he regained his title.

His personal life was paradoxical. Ali belonged to a sect that emphasized strong families, a subject on which he lectured, yet he had dalliances as casual as autograph sessions. A brief first marriage to Sonji Roi ended in divorce after she refused to dress and behave as a proper Nation wife. (She died in 2005.) While married to Belinda Boyd, his second wife, Ali traveled openly with Veronica Porche, whom he later married. That marriage, too, ended in divorce.

Ali was politically and socially idiosyncratic as well. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the television interviewer David Frost asked him if he considered Al Qaeda and the Taliban evil. He replied that terrorism was wrong but that he had to “dodge questions like that” because “I have people who love me.” He said he had “businesses around the country” and an image to consider.

As a spokesman for the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum dedicated to “respect, hope and understanding,” which opened in his hometown, Louisville, in 2005, he was known to interrupt a fund-raising meeting with an ethnic joke. In one he said: “If a black man, a Mexican and a Puerto Rican are sitting in the back of a car, who’s driving? Give up? The po-lice.”

But Ali had generated so much good will by then that there was little he could say or do that would change the public’s perception of him.

“We forgive Muhammad Ali his excesses,” an Ali biographer, Dave Kindred, wrote, “because we see in him the child in us, and if he is foolish or cruel, if he is arrogant, if he is outrageously in love with his reflection, we forgive him because we no more can condemn him than condemn a rainbow for dissolving into the dark. Rainbows are born of thunderstorms, and Muhammad Ali is both.”

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I recently had my bicycle stolen so I was thinking of opening cash commissions since a bicycle of the same model is roughly $150 along with the fact that I’d like to buy myself & my sister a birthday present this year! This is my first time doing commissions so please bear with me,if you have any questions or concerns please do ask.There will be 4 slots open,as soon as those fill I will close commissions until all of those have been complete. Please note your commissions will take 1-2 weeks to complete although it may be done earlier, and it will not be posted until payment has been received

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A completely line less, B sketchbook style,C lined with limited palette,D lined with unlimited palette,E line less or lined busts or waist up,F simple chibis. 

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A recalcitrant bicycle thief falls in love with the bicycle he’s stolen. Inspired by the films of François Truffaut. Created by Budnitz Bicycles, directed by Russ Lamoureux, produced by Partizan. 3 minutes.