today we remember

July 19th, 1692

325 years ago today, five woman were hanged as witches at Proctors Ledge (or Gallows Hill at the time). Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wilde’s were the first of 20 people accused and put to death during the year 1692 in Salem Massachusetts.

Today at noon the community of Salem mass unveiled a memorial placed at the recently identified site of these hangings, as a way to recognize and apologize for the wrongful accusations of the past.

Today we remember

i mentioned the recent confusion about my intimidating guns and the clever solution that i solved it with to steve, and he helpfully illustrated my success. 

i knit that sweater myself you guys, im very proud. 

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Twenty two years ago, 8372 Bosnian men, women and children were massacred in Srebrenica. Today we remember the victims, survivors and those still fighting for justice.
Never forget Srebrenica! ♥ ️

When all your friends are posting pics with their significant other for Valentine’s Day but you’re still single

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June 4th 2016 | May 21st 2017 (Candice).

SDCC 2016 | May 21st 2017 (Grant).

A true glo up.

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Dear Eric,

Today is your birthday. It has been 18 years since you died. You should be 36 years old. You should be married and have started a family. You should be far away from the tragedy that happened just 12 days after your birthday.

I’m so sorry the world failed you. I do not have enough words to explain the pain I feel for you, though by now, the world is far past what happened. I’m so sorry that you were in so much agony. I’m so sorry that you are not here.

You should have gone to college. You should have designed your own video game. You should have started your adult life. You should have been happy.

Today, we will remember who you were, not who you became. I wish you the happiest of birthdays, Eric David Harris.

swedebeast  asked:

After thinking about how there is only about a dozen sci/fi movies ever made in my home country, I started to wonder. In the history of movie-making in the USA, what periods was sci/fi the hottest thing, and when was it disregarded as a genre belonging in the trash? And why do you think it was popular/profitable and unpopular/unprofitable respectively?

In the 1960s, special effects designer/director George Pal, who made When Worlds Collide and War of the Worlds, made a damn bold claim: he said that in the future, the highest grossing movies will be science fiction films. Everyone laughed at him at the time, since scifi was a genre for b-movies, teenagers, drive-ins, and weirdos. But he was right.

It’s worth noting that teenagers and college students were seen as a fringe market worth ignoring until the late 1960s and almost no culture was made for them. In fact, even the idea of a “teenager” (an in-between period between a child and an adult) is a pretty recent invention that only goes back to the late 1940s and 50s. I think that’s the reason scifi went from being unprofitable to profitable: young people were discovered to be a kind of consumer, and that has implications way beyond just scifi films. 

To directly answer your question, the absolute nadir for the entire genre of science fiction on film had to have been in the 1930s and early 1940s. It had that status because of the failure of two huge and expensive scifi movies. The first was the German studio UFA’s Metropolis, which, today, we remember as a brilliant movie and an all time classic, but at the time, lost a tremendous amount of money, to the point it was part of the reason that UFA closed its doors. It was such a bomb that UFA’s collapse meant that Germany wouldn’t successfully be a rival to the Hollywood studios the way they had been in the 1920s (there were also some political events happening at this time in Germany that you might have heard of). 

The other big bomb was 1930′s Just Imagine, a comedy set in the incredible year 1980. The most interesting thing about it is that the props used in the movie were so expensive that they were re-used everywhere for every laboratory, including James Whale’s 1931 movie, Frankenstein. If you ever wondered why every movie used the same five pieces of lab equipment, this is why.

For decades, the only people who even tried scifi were movie serials who did “kid’s stuff” like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, not to mention chillers shown for drive-ins. That’s why I think a very important turning point was Forbidden Planet in the 1950s, because that was a big studio making a science fiction movie. And not just any studio…MGM, the guys who made Gone WIth the Wind and movies like that, the most dignified and elder statesmanlike of all the studios. Except Disney, most studios don’t have brand identity anymore, but back then they did, and MGM certainly did, which is why it mattered when they did a scifi film. 

Star Wars was definitely a turning point, and sure, everyone knows that one…but it’s important to put it in the context of the 1970s, when all scifi movies were moody downer pictures starring guys in turtlenecks. A scifi crowd-pleaser was new, and since then scifi’s found it’s footing. Star Wars didn’t change the world all at once, though; I remember when Independence Day came out and was a huge hit, people were shocked that a scifi movie could do numbers like that. 

What’s the best time to be a scifi fan at the movies? Definitely right now. There are all kinds of scifi films coming out now that, if they had come out in the 1980s, would be these generation defining cult films the way Tron was, but now they’re just another scifi film. If it came out in the 1980s, for example, people would still be dressed up as Live, Die, Repeat characters to conventions. 

Today we Remember

Today we commiserate the Valentine’s Day Massacre of ‘53 by having another massacre. Bring your loved ones down to City Hall sometime today for games, food, and festivities. Stalls open at 10am and close when the last person has throughly enjoyed themselves.

The Sheriff’s Secret Police have a booth where we will be having a raffle to a Cave Getaway in our re-education facilities. Be sure to buy raffle tickets!