Do not be afraid. We keep the monster bits in separate bins.

 

We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?

Alicia Menendez - The View

I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.

The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.

(via glintglimmergleam)

so my sister works in STEM & if you talked to her for like 5 minutes she can tell you how true this is. it’s fucking poisonous

(via verybereft)

(Source: ninjaruski)

http://seekingwillow.tumblr.com/post/96097110944/red-amour-q-why-do-you-think-the-west-is-so

red-amour:

Q: Why do you think the West is so ready to treat Islam as the enemy?

Eqbal Ahmad: After the Cold War, the West had no viable threat around which it could organise its policies. All powers, all imperial powers—especially democratic ones—cannot justify their uses of power…

If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register.

A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek. 

Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.

(via madrassoup)

See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.

(via ethiopienne)

queenofcorgis:

grinderman2:

officialwhitegirls:

fake-ketchup:

Why don’t astronauts just visit the sun at night?

um obviously because it will be too dark to see anything, there’s no point, also because the sun is trying to sleep we wouldn’t want to disturb it

they also risk falling through the gaps in the vast network of bones which comprises the solar surface

As a scientist I can confirm.

seekingwillow:

romy7:

laurapancakes:

The 5 times Sokka forgot Toph was blind and the time he didn’t.

___

Tell me again how Sokka isn’t Lin Bei Fong’s father? I mean, I do heart me some Suki, but Gaang Bonds.

[Personal HeadCannon = a V. With Toph maintain a distinct personal independence.]

[White] Teen acts erratically, attacks police, takes and fires officer's gun while high on mushrooms. Don't worry, he's fine.

invisiblelad:

solarsenpai:

I need everyone that said Mike Brown deserved to be shot down in the street congregate right here and act like the disparity between a white teen and a black teen doesn’t often mean therapy for one and death for the other.

I don’t wish death on that dude, but it’s just so fucking sad that police and others can make up stories about how we justified our own deaths while actual dumbasses that like to do dumb shit actually fire off a weapon and put people in harms way

But he just gets tasered and sent off to jail

That goes to show you that a white man that’s an actual threat is considered more a human being than an unarmed black man.

I need you to tell me I’m fraudulent so I can slap the taste out of your mouth.

…I give you not quite post racial  America. 

(Source: jessehimself)

storyshots:

Drawing from films

Drawing from films is a ridiculously useful exercise. It’s not enough to watch films; it’s not enough to look at someone else’s drawings from films. If you want to be in story, there’s no excuse for not doing this.

The way this works: you draw tons of tiny little panels, tiny enough that you won’t be tempted to fuss about drawing details. You put on a movie - I recommend Raiders, E.T., or Jaws… but honestly if there’s some other movie you love enough to freeze frame the shit out of, do what works for you. It’s good to do this with a movie you already know by heart.

Hit play. Every time there’s a cut, you hit pause, draw the frame, and hit play til it cuts again. If there’s a pan or camera move, draw the first and last frames.

Note on movies: Spielberg is great for this because he’s both evocative and efficient. Michael Bay is good at what he does, but part of what he does is cut so often that you will be sorry you picked his movie to draw from. Haneke is magnificent at what he does, but cuts so little that you will wind up with three drawings of a chair. Peter Jackson… he’s great, but not efficient. If you love a Spielberg movie enough to spend a month with it, do yourself a favor and use Spielberg.

What to look for:

  • Foreground, middle ground, background: where is the character? What is the point of the shot? What is it showing? What’s being used as a framing device? How does that help tie this shot into the geography of the scene? Is the background flat, or a location that lends itself to depth?
  • Composition: How is the frame divided? What takes up most of the space? How are the angles and lines in the shot leading your eye?
  • Reusing setups, economy: Does the film keep coming back to the same shot? The way liveaction works, that means they set up the camera and filmed one long take from that angle. Sometimes this includes a camera move, recomposing one long take into what look like separate shots. If you pay attention, you can catch them.
  • Camera position, angle, height: Is the camera fixed at shoulder height? Eye height? Sitting on the floor? Angled up? Down? Is it shooting straight on towards a wall, or at an angle? Does it favor the floor or the ceiling?
  • Lenses: wide-angle lens or long lens? Basic rule of thumb: If the character is large in frame and you can still see plenty of their surroundings, the lens is wide and the character is very close to camera. If the character’s surroundings seem to dwarf them, the lens is long (zoomed in).
  • Lighting: Notice it, but don’t draw it. What in the scene is lit? How is this directing your eye? How many lights? Do they make sense in the scene, or do they just FEEL right?

This seems like a lot to keep in mind, and honestly, don’t worry about any of that. Draw 100 thumbnails at a time, pat yourself on the back, and you will start to notice these things as you go.


Don’t worry about the drawings, either. You can see from my drawings that these aren’t for show. They’re notes to yourself. They’re strictly for learning. 

Now get out there and do a set! Tweet me at @lawnrocket and I’ll give you extra backpats for actually following through on it. Just be aware - your friends will look at you super weird when you start going off about how that one shot in Raiders was a pickup - it HAD to be - because it doesn’t make sense except for to string these other two shots together…

calantheandthenightingale:

Top to bottom: Fallene’s Spring and Summer Day Dress, Spring and Summer Travel Dress, Fall and Winter Travel Dress, and Fall and Winter Day Dress by Seitou

Sorry for the long break between updates!  But as you can see, I decided to revisit my earlier three outfits for Fallene.  It wasn’t something that I was particularly eager to do, but after a while I was so bothered by my older color schemes as well as the design of the first outfit that I couldn’t stand the thought of not doing anything. 

The big challenge with this project so far has been drawing together my four chief influences (early Victorian costume, Eastern European folk costume, Central Asian costume, and the Gothic) to create a single aesthetic.  Normally, all these aesthetics should come together to create something very chaotic and colorful, but I needed something that would work for what is essentially a Gothic fairy tale/dark fantasy with a strong historical influence.  That resulted in this look.  I’m much happier with this darker color scheme, but I see that there’s still room for improvement, so I’m eager to create many more costumes for Fallene.  After I tackle the costumes for my other main characters >__>