October 20, 2014

midnightisquiet:

Stiles & Derek & Color Palette

October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

Anonymous said: What Harry Potter house do you think Misha would be in?

godlesssondheimite:

agentsex:

itsneumann:

strangepicturesofmishacollins:

compassionatedragon:

strangepicturesofmishacollins:

That’s a super tough question.

He’s brave and stubborn, like a Gryffindor.

He’s smart and witty, like a Ravenclaw.

He’s friendly and kind, like a Hufflepuff.

And he’s ambitious and devious, like a Slytherin.

The Sorting Hat is going to spend a long time on this one.

I agree with all of these points… which I’m pretty sure means that by HP universe rules, the predominant character trait and/or the one valued highest by the person actually being sorted is going to determine which house they ultimately end up in. In which case I’m gonna go with Hufflepuff.

Ah, but question is what house would 11-year-old Misha want, not grown-man Misha. So what was Misha like at 11? What did he value?

  • "I was fat when I was little [….] I weighed the same when I was eleven as I did when I started college. […] and I wore plaid polyester pants with plastic boots. […] I got beat up some, but I don’t think it was terribly satisfying for anyone." (source)
  • "the kind of stuff I used to do to my Mom was just terrible. I was a horrible, horrible son.” (source)
  • "We were on welfare and very poor for some time and we were homeless for a while. When I was eleven, we were taken in by [friends who let us live on their] farm for several months. They were unbelievably generous with us. They gave us essentially room and board for months because they knew we didn’t have a place to go, and they enabled us to feel like we weren’t a burden there, by allowing me to work on the farm and to earn my keep. Of course at eleven, I was completely useless and probably more in the way than anything, but it was just like an extension of their kind act to allow me to think that I wasn’t a burden there, and so I would go out in the field and transplant leeks and rake hay into rows and things like that." (source)
  • "I didn’t really quite fit into any groups. I  wasn’t a stoner. I tried repeatedly to smoke pot and enjoy it and failed every time. I was kind of geeky but wasn’t a nerd, because nerds do extremely well in school, and that wasn’t my style." (source)
  • "I had planned to be a senator when I grew up. […] I was going to go to law school and be a contributing member of society and I’ve given all that up." (source)

  • "Nuclear holocaust was a big [fear] for me. My mom was very sort of politically active, and we were always going to like nuclear freezone protests, and she wanted me to stay educated about it, so she was always talking about the prospect of nuclear obliteration. And it really started to freak me out. For some reason, when I was growing up, bright sunny days, with beautiful weather, I was horrified. Like, I would go into depressive spells. Like, “This is all going to be completely gone when we all go up in a ball of fire.” So that was a big one for me. I used to have nightmares constantly." (source)
  • " my younger brother, we grew up in Massachusetts. My parents split up when I was three and my mom moved across the state, a hundred miles away from my dad, and every other weekend we would go visit him on the bus. We would take the Englander bus line and go see my dad. It was a long bus ride, three hours. […] And as we got older, on the return trip my dad would give us the money for the bus, and we’d be like, dad we’ll take the train and the bus, you relax, and then we’d just go down to the interstate I-90 […] and we’d hitchhike home, and have pocket money. We started doing that when I was like eleven and he was nine. Anyway, seriously though, hot tip: as an adult, I have tried to hitchhike a few times, I’ve had some weird and unpleasant experiences. As a child, any kids in the audience: if you’re a kid hitchhiking it is a cinch. Everybody will pick up a kid with his thumb up on the side of the interstate. So just keep that in mind." (source)

I think, given Misha’s ambition and cunning, that he fits into Slytherin more than any other house.  I also think that he wouldn’t want to be in Slytherin (and with his family background, he’d hardly fit in), and that he’d request Gryffindor because, you know, it looks better on a resume than Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.

Vicki would definitely be a Gryffindor. In fact, she has a lot of Hermione-like traits.

Also, I love that we’re having this conversation.

idk, he’s also said that the acts of kindness others showed him and his family when he was young always struck him and changed his life, so his high regard for kindness might overrule his desire for “a good resume.” would he even know that gryffindor would probably look best? and why would employers think gryffindor better than hufflepuff, who are known to be hard workers? i would love love for misha to be in my house, but i’m not entirely convinced he would choose it

I think it took until he was about 21 before the “acts of kindness” thing started; before that, he and Vicki seemed more driven to change the world through social action rather than willing to stick to small acts of kindness. And he didn’t want a regular job; he wanted to be President. I think he’d see Gryffindor as being where the bold leaders come from. Plus, as a kid, he didn’t seem to value hard work at all; for example, the story his friend Darius told about how Misha would “deliver” newspapers on his route by chucking them in the bin to save time (which Misha justified by saying that “nobody wanted it, so nobody cared.”) I can’t see a Hufflepuff doing that.

I think he’d choose Hufflepuff now, but not when he was 11.

oh god I’m the anon who submitted this ask. I did not expect this.

It was a great question!

October 20, 2014

misha7collins:

the more times i get to spend time with Misha, the harder it is each time to say goodbye. Like I’m still excited that yesterday happened, but it’s like, the closer I get and the more that I find out that it’s not just some fluke or public persona, that he really is the same amazing person in real life that I’ve looked up to and it’s not just a facade… it makes it harder each time to say goodbye because you just always want to have someone that awesome and positive and kind in your life. 

So … you want to be friends with him?

October 20, 2014

clannyphantom:

hippieloverose:

clannyphantom:

don’t talk about tumblr outside of tumblr not because it’s some cool elite website but because it’s fucking embarrassing

No, it’s because we can’t have the people on the outside (i.e. people who aren’t on Tumblr) to find out about this colourful, magical world we log into multiple times a day

see this is what I’m talking about

Why would you continue to participate in an activity that you feel ashamed of? Do you no longer enjoy Tumblr but feel unable to stop tumbling? Do you only have a blog due to peer pressure? Is Tumblr a mixed experience? Do you feel unable to control your own actions? Are you addicted to Tumblr?

(via octoswan)

October 20, 2014

deans-greeneyes:

compassionatedragon:

agentsex:

This Metro.uk post about menstrual cups is a little infuriating. What’s with all the vagina shaming?

They described menstrual cups as “disgusting” in one of the poll options, and hey - listen: explain to me how menstrual cups are more disgusting than tampons or pads. It’s the same bodily fluid no matter how you package it.

At the bottom, it also shows the two different sizes of cups and says, “Turns out babies make your vagina stretch considerably.” No. Look at the picture you just put up. It’s almost impossible to tell a different between the two. The size for women who’ve given birth is only slightly larger than the other size.

This didn’t make me mad, though, because everyone says it when they hear about menstrual cups, and it’s a reasonable question:

We all know that menstrual cups are better for the environment – but they’re also pretty intimidating. ‘Hey let me just wash my pot full of blood in the office toilets in front of my colleagues, no biggie’. Said no girl ever.

You can actually keep it in for a very long time without emptying it. This kickstarter says 10 hours, but you can easily go up to 14 hours with no problems. So the odds that you would need to empty it at work are pretty low. I use one, and I’ve never had to.

Yeah, I can easily wear mine for 12-13 hours even on the heaviest days, so unless you work super long shifts that shouldn’t even be an issue. And if you really do have to empty and replace it at work/in a public toilet in general, you could always bring a water bottle to rinse it out over the toilet inside the stall, which the info booklet that came with mine actually pointed out. 

(I would add to this recommendation from the booklet, to also bring a pack of baby wipes, though, because for some reason I cannot seem to remove mine without getting my hands all bloodied up, especially on the heavy flow days. Like, we’re not just talking a few little spatters here, somehow I’ll end up with at least two fingers coated tip to knuckle in my own blood by the time I’ve managed to remove and empty the thing. Which probably should make me feel gross, but instead I tend to feel like an awesome warrior princess who’s just slain an evil monster. But then I am probably weird.)

I’ve been using my cup for… probably about five periods now? And I can’t see myself going back anytime soon. I love not having to remember to buy tampons every month. I love not having to replace those like every four hours — and having to awkwardly hold the string out of the way if I happen to need another bathroom break within less than four hours, so I don’t pee all over it. I especially love that it actually seems to be helping me get over my vaginismus.

I can’t go to the bathroom with the tampon in. My bladder will just not let go. So, every time I go to the bathroom, I have to remove my tampon so I can go. With that problem, I don’t think a cup would be the best choice for me. But, it seems great to just have something in there and not have to worry about it at all, at least not for a long time. Sounds amazing, actually. 

I’d say, “Give it a try and see what happens.” I know some people who say they cramp with tampons but don’t cramp with a menstrual cup, so if it’s a muscle spasm, it might help. Or not. I think it’s worth trying unless you can’t afford it.

October 20, 2014

Anonymous said: What Harry Potter house do you think Misha would be in?

itsneumann:

strangepicturesofmishacollins:

compassionatedragon:

strangepicturesofmishacollins:

That’s a super tough question.

He’s brave and stubborn, like a Gryffindor.

He’s smart and witty, like a Ravenclaw.

He’s friendly and kind, like a Hufflepuff.

And he’s ambitious and devious, like a Slytherin.

The Sorting Hat is going to spend a long time on this one.

I agree with all of these points… which I’m pretty sure means that by HP universe rules, the predominant character trait and/or the one valued highest by the person actually being sorted is going to determine which house they ultimately end up in. In which case I’m gonna go with Hufflepuff.

Ah, but question is what house would 11-year-old Misha want, not grown-man Misha. So what was Misha like at 11? What did he value?

  • "I was fat when I was little [….] I weighed the same when I was eleven as I did when I started college. […] and I wore plaid polyester pants with plastic boots. […] I got beat up some, but I don’t think it was terribly satisfying for anyone." (source)
  • "the kind of stuff I used to do to my Mom was just terrible. I was a horrible, horrible son.” (source)
  • "We were on welfare and very poor for some time and we were homeless for a while. When I was eleven, we were taken in by [friends who let us live on their] farm for several months. They were unbelievably generous with us. They gave us essentially room and board for months because they knew we didn’t have a place to go, and they enabled us to feel like we weren’t a burden there, by allowing me to work on the farm and to earn my keep. Of course at eleven, I was completely useless and probably more in the way than anything, but it was just like an extension of their kind act to allow me to think that I wasn’t a burden there, and so I would go out in the field and transplant leeks and rake hay into rows and things like that." (source)
  • "I didn’t really quite fit into any groups. I  wasn’t a stoner. I tried repeatedly to smoke pot and enjoy it and failed every time. I was kind of geeky but wasn’t a nerd, because nerds do extremely well in school, and that wasn’t my style." (source)
  • "I had planned to be a senator when I grew up. […] I was going to go to law school and be a contributing member of society and I’ve given all that up." (source)

  • "Nuclear holocaust was a big [fear] for me. My mom was very sort of politically active, and we were always going to like nuclear freezone protests, and she wanted me to stay educated about it, so she was always talking about the prospect of nuclear obliteration. And it really started to freak me out. For some reason, when I was growing up, bright sunny days, with beautiful weather, I was horrified. Like, I would go into depressive spells. Like, “This is all going to be completely gone when we all go up in a ball of fire.” So that was a big one for me. I used to have nightmares constantly." (source)
  • " my younger brother, we grew up in Massachusetts. My parents split up when I was three and my mom moved across the state, a hundred miles away from my dad, and every other weekend we would go visit him on the bus. We would take the Englander bus line and go see my dad. It was a long bus ride, three hours. […] And as we got older, on the return trip my dad would give us the money for the bus, and we’d be like, dad we’ll take the train and the bus, you relax, and then we’d just go down to the interstate I-90 […] and we’d hitchhike home, and have pocket money. We started doing that when I was like eleven and he was nine. Anyway, seriously though, hot tip: as an adult, I have tried to hitchhike a few times, I’ve had some weird and unpleasant experiences. As a child, any kids in the audience: if you’re a kid hitchhiking it is a cinch. Everybody will pick up a kid with his thumb up on the side of the interstate. So just keep that in mind." (source)

I think, given Misha’s ambition and cunning, that he fits into Slytherin more than any other house.  I also think that he wouldn’t want to be in Slytherin (and with his family background, he’d hardly fit in), and that he’d request Gryffindor because, you know, it looks better on a resume than Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.

Vicki would definitely be a Gryffindor. In fact, she has a lot of Hermione-like traits.

Also, I love that we’re having this conversation.

idk, he’s also said that the acts of kindness others showed him and his family when he was young always struck him and changed his life, so his high regard for kindness might overrule his desire for “a good resume.” would he even know that gryffindor would probably look best? and why would employers think gryffindor better than hufflepuff, who are known to be hard workers? i would love love for misha to be in my house, but i’m not entirely convinced he would choose it

I think it took until he was about 21 before the “acts of kindness” thing started; before that, he and Vicki seemed more driven to change the world through social action rather than willing to stick to small acts of kindness. And he didn’t want a regular job; he wanted to be President. I think he’d see Gryffindor as being where the bold leaders come from. Plus, as a kid, he didn’t seem to value hard work at all; for example, the story his friend Darius told about how Misha would “deliver” newspapers on his route by chucking them in the bin to save time (which Misha justified by saying that “nobody wanted it, so nobody cared.”) I can’t see a Hufflepuff doing that.

I think he’d choose Hufflepuff now, but not when he was 11.

October 20, 2014
PBS under fire for documentary, ‘The Whiteness Project’

stickykeys633:

LOL

The sources are the Daily Mail and the Daily Dot. I trust PBS way more than I trust those news sites. 

The site for the documentary and this interview with the director make it sound kind of interesting, actually, though it’s like - I already know what white people think about race

October 20, 2014

Anonymous said: You answered a message a while ago where you said that you found the idea of attraction fascinating and that fanart interests you because it's the "female gaze." I can't remember exactly how you worded it but I've been thinking about that so much lately. Could you maybe expand on that idea a little? I know it's easy to brush fanart off as meaningless and unoriginal but the fact that you put so much work into it tells me you feel differently. Thanks!

euclase:

Uh I can try. This might be rambling nonsense yooooo.

I think the idea of attraction and beauty is fascinating (and kind of hugely disturbing), especially as it applies to girls and how girls are marketed to. Girls are taught, pretty much from the time we’re toddlers, that we are not good enough. Not attractive enough. Entire corporations have been built around the idea of making ladies feel bad about themselves.

If you want a man to buy a car, you reassure him that he’s awesome and deserves awesome stuff to go with his awesome manliness. Women are told just the opposite. Whatever we look like, whatever kinds of bodies we have—we must be changed. We’re raised to believe we began life flawed. And, more disturbingly, we’re raised to view ourselves as men view us.

Women are constantly looking at themselves and each other as we imagine men would look at us.

So fan art made by girls, in my opinion, is a very important thing. It’s not conventional, obviously. It’s not generally accepted as legitimate art, or even art at all, partly because it’s copyrighted characters, but partly too because it topples the notion that men get to have a say in what ladies are allowed to look at. It’s a way for girls to reclaim authority over their own gazes. Fan art is how girls say, “I want to look at this and enjoy it for myself, and I want to enjoy it with other girls.”

But it’s more than that. Because plenty of things are marketed to ladies. Playgirl and Viva. Glamour magazine. Talk shows. Obviously there are lots of things marketed to girls that cater to the female gaze.

But fan art, along with fanfiction, is one of the few things where the content, which was originally marketed to the mainstream (by men and for men—and specifically straight, white men), is being reclaimed by women. There’s a power shift that occurs. What once belonged to men has been reinvented by women, celebrated by women, and shared among women.

I think that’s awesome? I’m sure my thoughts have holes in them because I’m replying to this message while eating cereal, and I am not a women’s studies expert like not even close. And I know lots of people say, especially about my stuff, “Well, it’s just copying photos, even for fan art. It’s not original. You’re not really reinventing anything if you’re just drawing a portrait.”

And that really misses the point. Because I spent time with what I thought was attractive, whether aesthetically attractive or emotionally interesting or otherwise, and that was my time. No one else had input. It’s like buying a product without buying the bullshit invalidating message that went with it.

And that’s why fan art is valuable to me? I made myself the sovereign of my own gaze. 

October 20, 2014

sopaltenbass:

dyslexic-kids:

Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well.  Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

And as you can see if you read through each graphic, characteristics of one condition are often shared by others, making it really tricky to figure out what the root cause may be.  I’ve dealt with many of these issues myself growing up, and I haven’t been diagnosed with ANY of these specific conditions.

I have all the problems listed in the first slide, but I’ve also consistently tested as reading way above my grade level. I’ve always loved to read, and I’ve wanted to be a writers since I was 11. I aced the reading portion of the ACTs.

I also have most of the problems in the “dyscalculia” slide as well as a problem not listed up there with translating numerals to their verbal equivalent (when I worked as a cashier, I would often misread the numbers aloud, like if the total was $23.45, I might say “forty-three fifty-four”), but I don’t have any trouble understanding higher math concepts.  I’d have no trouble setting up complex algebra or geometry problems, and then I’d get the wrong answer because I’d forget what 7 X 3 is.

(via andythanfiction)

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