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21 Oct 00:00

NEW YORK: Death Becomes Her

by Sarah Ryan Hecht

The Costume Institute has unveiled its first fall exhibition in seven years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire explores Victorian and Edwardian mourning dress during the 19th and early 20th centuries, shedding light to how a mourner’s wardrobe was defined and how it evolved across various stages of grief.

The showcase is organised chronologically and features pieces pulled primarily from The Costume Institute’s own collection. The progression of bereavement is illustrated through appropriated fabrics such as crepe and corded silks, later incorporating colours like grey and mauve into attire to reflect “half-mourning,” the period toward the end the grieving. Accessories displayed range from hats and parasols to jewellery and lockets featuring pictures (and even hair) of the deceased. Gabriel Fauré’s track, Requiem, sets the mood of the space, creating an ambiance less somber and more spiritual. –Sarah Ryan Hecht

The predominantly black palette of mourning dramatizes the evolution of period silhouettes and the increasing absorption of fashion ideals into this most codified of etiquettes,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute.

The veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances. As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order.”

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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October 21 – February 1, 2015

21 Oct 21:44

Why Did Hulu Reject This Rape Survivor’s Political Ad?

by Stephanie Hallett

tw: rape, sexual assault

Amanda was enjoying her daily run when she was attacked and raped. Afterwards, she went to the hospital where she was immediately offered emergency contraception. In the video below, she shares her story in an ad paid for by the No On 67 campaign, and explains that she opposes Colorado’s personhood ballot measure—Amendment 67—because it would ban the use of emergency contraception, such as Plan B, and all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Seems pretty straightforward, right?

Well, not to the advertising team at Hulu. No On 67 submitted the video to the ad-supported streaming network—which has been running plenty of election-related ads in recent months—but was turned down.

In an email, Hulu account manager Erin explained that the ad was rejected because, “According to our advertising bylaws we are unable to accept ‘Ads that advocate a controversial political or other public position’ which unfortunately [the No On 67 campaign] falls under due to the subject matter of abortion.”

Hulu had not responded to our requests for comment by press time, and it’s unclear if pro-67 ads have been allowed to run. However, the network hasn’t been shy about other political ads, reportedly allowing spots attacking the Affordable Care Act to run.

Amendment 67 asks voters:

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings?

If passed, it could ban abortion, emergency contraception and many forms of birth control, and could also criminalize women who have miscarriages.

Coloradans have twice rejected similar measures—and we hope they’ll do the same in this election. In the meantime, use the hashtag #HuluLetHerSpeak and sign Progress Now’s petition demanding Hulu allow Amanda’s story on their network.

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Stephanie Hallett is research editor at Ms. Follow her on Twitter @stephhallett.

20 Oct 05:54

For more than 200 years we Owens women have been blamed by...


I have not seen Practical Magic.

For more than 200 years we Owens women have been blamed by everything that’s ever gone wrong in this town.

17 Oct 20:37

So the drugstore I was in today had a perfume display. Here are some of the perfumes I came across.


riding crop o.O

So the drugstore I was in today had a perfume display. Here are some of the perfumes I came across.:







Funeral Home






Holy Water






New Zealand




Wet Garden




Suntan Lotion


Sex on the Beach


Riding Crop




I love the idea of Demeter’s scents, but they all morph into a weirdly synthetic amber note on me. Like plastic that had been stored next to a chunk of amber. Not good.

(Currently wearing a tiny dab of Thierry Mugler Angel, layered with my beloved Blood Popsicle.)

21 Oct 10:32

parks and rec: a summary

everyone: andy no
april: andy yes
17 Oct 13:43

Joan Chen and David Lynch on the set of Twin Peaks for some...


James is fixing a car and being annoying, and Cooper is house-shopping.

Joan Chen and David Lynch on the set of Twin Peaks for some Friday nostalgia #anotherreader

20 Oct 18:31

brokenponycutiemark: callunah: steampunktendencies: "Impressiv...




"Impressive-Looking Gothic Castle in Connecticut Can Be Yours for $45 Million

Gothic castles aren’t commonplace in America, so this impressive real-life Hogwarts in Woodstock, Connecticut, definitely stands out. ‘Chrismark Castle’ is only a decade old but with its moat and turrets, it has all the markings of a genuine medieval castle.

Chrismark Castle presents itself as a perfectly preserved medieval structure on the outside, with all sorts of modern amenities and technology concealed on the inside. It stands on a 354-acre property, encompassing 22,000 square ft. and consists of a massive lower-level garage, eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a maid’s room, a library, a pool, and several massage rooms.

The star of the castle’s opulent interiors is perhaps the 1,200 square ft. circular kitchen – it has windows all around the walls, offering a 180-degree view of Lake Porter. The dining room spells grandeur as well – it has a unique ceiling design and can accommodate a huge dinner party. The master bedroom also offers gorgeous views of the grounds, and the granite-fitted master bathroom has its own whirlpool. All the doors in the castle are custom-fit and handmade, as are the hardwood floors.”

(View & Learn more : Oddity Central)

Anyone have a spare $45 mil I can borrow?


No no no. MINE. MIIIINE. My preciousssssss

21 Oct 21:21

Park or Bird? A National Park and Bird Identifying App Inspired by an xkcd Comic

by EDW Lynch

Park or Bird App by Flickr
screenshot via Flickr, photo via penguinthemagpie

Park or Bird? is a web app by the Flickr Vision and Search team that can determine whether a photo depicts a bird or a National Park. The app stems from an xkcd comic about the often confusing difference between a simple computer task (determining whether a photo was shot in a National Park) and an extremely challenging task (determining whether a photo contains a bird).

After seeing the comic, Flickr engineers built the Park or Bird? app using existing technology. National Park photos can indeed be identified easily through a photograph’s location data. Birds, on the other hand, require complex computer vision algorithms and something called a “deep convolutional neural network”, which can be read about in a Flickr blog post.

Tasks by XKCD
comic by XKCD

21 Oct 21:26

‘Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea’, A Short Film About The Unique and Colorful Species of Sea Slug

by Lori Dorn

Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea is a beautiful short film by underwater photographer Dustin Adamson taken during a recent trip to Papua New Guinea. The film focuses on the gorgeous form, color and slow movement of the eponymous nudibranch, a soft-bodied mollusk that comes in varying sizes, colors and shapes.

Nudibranchs are generally small, a bit like a traditional slug. But these slugs are much more interesting that the ones we find in the garden. The different shapes, colors, and sizes make each species of nudibranchs unique. Hopefully with this video that is up close and personal with the nudi’s, you gain the appreciation for their beauty.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

21 Oct 04:48

steampunktendencies: Rescue Retro Vintage On the one hand,...


Rescue Retro Vintage

On the one hand, these are AMAZING.

On the other hand, now I’m fuzzily imagining AU fic where Hannibal is BFFs with an interior decorator, and they throw cozy little parties where Hannibal provides the food and the furniture is just so darling, where does InteriorDecorator find some of the suits to repurpose?

… I’m going to blame the cold meds for that line of thought. Yeah.

21 Oct 17:30

Lawsuit alleges detained transgender teen being treated as boy

FileHARTFORD, Conn. -- Lawyers for a 16-year-old transgender girl detained in Connecticut say she's being forced to wear male clothing and officials are calling her by her male birth name. The allegations come in a revised federal lawsuit filed Monday. The girl, known only in court documents as Jane Doe, is suing state child welfare and prison...
21 Oct 18:00

Costume Institute Unveils First Fall Exhibition in Seven Years

by The Sartorialist


This might sound like a call for celebration-but that might be in poor taste considering the exhibits theme, Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire. In all seriousness, I’m happy to have just one more reason to spend a fall afternoon up at the Met.

21 Oct 07:00

It’s all about the Burberry map scarf…

by Disneyrollergirl



Much as I love the Burberry poncho, the silk map foulard is a more realistic proposition. I saw it IRL in Harrods last week (do head up to the new 6th floor Salon De Parfum by the way, it’s the ultimate olfactory experience) in the men’s department as it is indeed part of the Burberry Prorsum men’s AW14 collection.

At the show it was loosely tied over both shoulders, but what I like about this scarf is how thin and therefore malleable, it is. You can fold it, twist it, drape it etc very easily and essentially, do a million things with it. And of course, should your satnav fail, you could even use it to work out your route home from Bayswater to Vauxhall…

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IMAGES: Burberry; Buro247; Lea Colombo for Dazed

21 Oct 19:02

7 DIY Fashion Icon Pumpkins

by Geri H.

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Forget carving, painting or spray painting! How fun are these fashion icon pumpkins including Anna Wintour, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Grace Coddington, Karl Lagerfeld, Rachel Zoe, Jenna Lyons and André Leon Talley?

Learn how to do them yourself right this way.

p.s. these pumpkin floral arrangements are another great diy

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Photos: Domaine

The post 7 DIY Fashion Icon Pumpkins appeared first on because im addicted.

21 Oct 20:20

Tea hour for birb the SOPHISTICATED classing birb TWINKLES...

Tea hour for birb the SOPHISTICATED classing birb

21 Oct 20:56

‘SkyMaul 2′, A New Parody of SkyMall Catalogs by Kasper Hauser

by EDW Lynch

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff is a hilarious parody of the SkyMall catalogs that are found in the seat pockets of commercial airliners. Created by San Francisco comedy group Kasper Hauser, SkyMaul 2 includes such wonderful gifts as the Garbage Detector, Personality Alert Bracelet, and Forever Diaper. It is a sequel to SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane that was published in 2006.

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

images via Kasper Hauser

via Boing Boing

21 Oct 18:15

"As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock..."

“As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He’s even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
A former sportscaster who once defended a football player who’d thrown a reporter through a door (Patrick believed it wasn’t the journalist’s job to do “negative reporting”), Patrick became a conservative talk radio host in the early 1990s—Houston’s answer to Rush Limbaugh. In 2006, he parlayed his radio fame into a state Senate seat—and kept the talk show going. In office, he proposed paying women $500 to turn over newborn babies to the state (to reduce abortions), led the charge against creeping liberalism in state textbooks, and pushed wave after wave of new abortion restrictions. For his efforts, Texas Monthly named Patrick one of the worst legislators of 2013.
With a victory on November 4, Patrick, who is leading Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the polls, would find himself next in line for the governor’s mansion of the nation’s second-largest state. (Rick Perry, the current Republican governor, was previously lieutenant governor.) But even if Patrick advances no further, he’d be in a position to shape public policy—Texas’ lieutenant governor is sometimes called the “most powerful office in Texas” because of the influence it has on both the legislative and executive branches.”


Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through “Duck Dynasty” Is About to Be Texas’ Second-in-Command.

There’s a lot to love about Texas. Texas politics, however, is a shitshow.

21 Oct 05:20

Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic...

Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit: Reflections of an Optimistic Historian

21 Oct 17:29

shialabae: jvstxn: buzzfeedpolitics: Chicago man tells Obama:...




Chicago man tells Obama: “Don’t touch my girlfriend.”

my mans obeezy put the moves on her at the end

obama aint shit “im not gonna touch your girl”
*touches her*

21 Oct 17:41

Two Baby Ostriches Kept an Injured Baby Elephant Company During Airlift Rescue Operation

by Lori Dorn

Two baby ostriches kept an injured baby elephant company during an airlift rescue operation that was taking them all to their new home at the David Sherldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya.

A baby elephant was rescued from the remote Northern Frontier in Kenya, having fallen down a man-made well in a sandy river bed. Named Wass this little calf was rescued alongside 2 baby ostriches, who have now all found a safe home at the DSWT Nairobi Nursery

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

21 Oct 20:14

‘The Simpsons’ Meet Alternate Versions of Themselves in the Style of Other Cartoons

by Glen Tickle

In the most recent episode — “Treehouse of Horror XXV” — of The Simpsons, the titular family encounters alternate versions of themselves done in the style of other cartoons including ArcherSouth ParkAdventure Time, and more.

via reddit

21 Oct 20:35

‘Cat Circles’, The Amazing Phenomenon In Which a Cat Will Always Sit Inside a Circle on the Floor

by Lori Dorn

Cat in Wire Circle

Cat circles“, the amazing phenomenon in which a cat will deliberately sit in a circle on the floor, has been a subject of discussion on a thread on reddit. The original thread, started by admancb featured photos by guremike, who lays out the process very simply with his own cat as the subject.

Empty Tape Circle
Make a circle on the floor

Cat Entering Tape CircleThe cat zeroes in on the circle

Cat in Tape Circle
The cat sits down

Et voilá, a cat circle is made. Here are some other examples from around the world.

Black Cat in Circle

Orange Tabby in Hoop

Calico Tortie Circle

via reddit, Bored Panda

21 Oct 00:59


20 Oct 23:25

finest-ruca-in-aztlan: I am so in love with this!!! Oh my god...


I am so in love with this!!!

Oh my god so adorable.

20 Oct 21:42

My sister Laureen took this picture, she took them to a...

My sister Laureen took this picture, she took them to a bookstore.  I love these two!  My heart swells.  I want to give them an award for letting me draw comics about them and not complaining.  They are the best.  

16 Oct 22:53

North Carolina magistrate resigns over having to officiate same-sex marriages

by Associated Press
North-CarolinaWENTWORTH, N.C. -- A North Carolina magistrate has resigned, saying marrying a same-sex couple violates his religious beliefs. Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins on Thursday saying when he took his oath of office, he didn't take it with the understanding that he would be required to marry same-sex couples.
21 Oct 01:30




19 Oct 14:14

"If we think of the douchebag as a social identity as much as an accusation, as a subject with a..."

“If we think of the douchebag as a social identity as much as an accusation, as a subject with a distinctive persona locatable within the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality, then we find that the term carries a remarkably precise definition.
The douchebag is someone — overwhelmingly white, rich, heterosexual males — who insist upon, nay, demand their white male privilege in every possible set and setting.
The douchebag is always a white guy. But he is more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1%, and the far more numerically significant class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his white male privilege.
This narrowness of categorization — perhaps unique in the history of America’s rich history of racial and sexual slurs — is what makes the word douchebag such a potentially useful political tool.”


Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — Medium

This is a great, interesting, insightful, long read.

20 Oct 19:02


21 Oct 04:55

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