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28 May 05:23

mallemerok: just-shower-thoughts: In Japan, radiation creates monsters (Godzilla) and in America...

mallemerok:

just-shower-thoughts:

In Japan, radiation creates monsters (Godzilla) and in America radiation creates superheroes

Shockingly, it’s almost like Japan and America have very different narratives surrounding nuclear fallout. Now, if we all think very very hard, maybe someone could think of why this might be.

28 May 20:55

danshive: chronoscat: zillah975: femmeforeverybody: Nichelle...







danshive:

chronoscat:

zillah975:

femmeforeverybody:

Nichelle Nichols (Uhura on the original series):”Whoopi Goldberg, she’s just marvellous. I had no way of knowing that she was a Star Trek fan. When I finally met her it was her first year on the Next Generation.

She loved the show so much and she told her agent she wants a role on Star Trek. Well agents go ‘Big screen, little screen, no, you can’t do that’. Well you can’t tell Whoopi ‘You can’t do that’.

And so they finally asked, and they had the same reaction at Star Trek office, specifically Gene. And she said, ‘I want to meet him and I want him to tell me to my face. If he tells me he doesn’t want me and why, I’ll be fine.’

Knowing Gene he had to take that challenge, and so he met with her. She said, ‘I just wanted you to tell me why you don’t want me in Star Trek.’

Gene said, ‘Well, I’ll just ask you one question and I’ll make my decision on that. You’re a big screen star, why do you want to be on a little screen, why do you want to be in Star Trek?’

And she looked at him and she said, ‘Well, it’s all Nichelle Nichols’ fault.’

That threw him, he said, ‘What do you mean?’

She said, ‘Well when I was nine years old Star Trek came on,’ and she said, ‘I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, “Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!”’ And she said, ‘I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be, and I want to be on Star Trek.’

And he said, ‘I’ll write you a role.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/st/interviews/nichols/page4.shtml

I know I’ve reblogged this before, and I will undoubtedly do it again.

It matters. And no amount of saying that we’re post-racial or that racism isn’t a thing or that “they just chose the best actor for the role” or otherwise trying to cover up for it will make it okay to keep relegating actors of color to secondary roles, villain roles, stereotyped roles, or no roles at all, and it sure as hell won’t make it okay to keep whitewashing CHARACTERS of color out of the story by casting white actors to play then.

Remember how Martin Luther King Jr. convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay on the show? 

I said “Dr. King, thank you so much. I really am going to miss my co-stars.” He said, dead serious, “What are you talking about?” I said, “I’m leaving Star Trek,” He said, “You cannot. You cannot!”

I was taken aback. He said, “Don’t you understand what this man has achieved? For the first time on television we will be seen as we should be seen every day – as intelligent, quality, beautiful people who can sing, dance, but who can also go into space, who can be lawyers, who can be teachers, who can be professors, and yet you don’t see it on television – until now….”

I could say nothing, I just stood there realizing every word that he was saying was the truth. He said, “Gene Roddenberry has opened a door for the world to see us. If you leave, that door can be closed because, you see, your role is not a Black role, and it’s not a female role, he can fill it with anything, including an alien.”

At that moment, the world tilted for me. I knew then that I was something else and that the world was not the same. That’s all I could think of, everything that Dr. King had said:  The world sees us for the first time as we should be seen.

It matters, man. It honestly does. It mattered then and it still matters.

Some great anecdotes which bear much repeating.

That moment when someone reblogs your reblog and you’re all like “I’M REBLOGGIN’ THIS AGAIN”

29 May 09:30

darksilenceinsuburbia: Julian Calverley Faroe Islands

28 May 23:00

The Minimum Wage Required to Rent a Two Bedroom Apartment In Each State

by Patrick Allan

If you’re not ready to buy a home , renting an apartment is usually your best bet. According to a new report, these are the minimum hourly wages you need to earn in each state in order to rent an average two bedroom apartment.

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27 May 06:15

Warrior’s Good Fortune

by boulet
29 May 02:00

by Cheer Up Emo Kid

29 May 13:54

Sir Patrick Stewart claims his gelato game is “on fleek”

by Caroline Siede
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Master thespian Sir Patrick Stewart is also a renowned social media aficionado. And his ice cream eating skills are equally impressive in this Instagram video with the caption “gelato game on fleek.”

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28 May 13:35

22+ International Borders Around The World

by Lina D.

Netherlands And Belgium

Netherlands And Belgium

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Norway And Sweden

Norway And Sweden

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Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

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USA And Mexico

USA And Mexico

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Haiti And The Dominican Republic

Haiti And The Dominican Republic

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Bolivia And Brasil

Bolivia And Brasil

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Macau Drives On The Left Side Of The Road, Mainland China Drives On The Right, So This Is What They Do At The Border

Macau Drives On The Left Side Of The Road, Mainland China Drives On The Right, So This Is What  They Do At The Border

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Spain And Portugal

Spain And Portugal

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Poland And Ukraine

Poland And Ukraine

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USA And Mexico

USA And Mexico

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The Woman At Right Is Standing In The Lithuanian Village Of Norviliskes To Speak With Her Belarusian Relatives Across The Fence On The Border Between Belarus And Lithuania

The Woman At Right Is Standing In The Lithuanian Village Of Norviliskes To Speak With Her Belarusian Relatives Across The Fence On The Border Between Belarus And Lithuania

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Russia And Belarus

Russia And Belarus

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Slovakia, Austria And Hungary

Slovakia, Austria And Hungary

Residents Of Naco, Arizona And Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Match Over Fence Between USA And Mexico

Residents Of Naco, Arizona And Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Match Over Fence Between USA And Mexico

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India And Pakistan Border Visible From Space

India And Pakistan Border Visible From Space

Germany And Czech Republic Showcase Two Different Approaches To Bark Beetle Infestation – Silvicultural Intervention Vs. Intentional Neglect

Germany And Czech Republic Showcase Two Different Approaches To Bark Beetle Infestation - Silvicultural Intervention Vs. Intentional Neglect

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Egypt And Israel

Egypt And Israel

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Zipline Connects Spain And Portugal

Zipline Connects Spain And Portugal

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Point Where Borders Of Germany, The Netherlands And Belgium Converge Near City Of Aachen

Point Where Borders Of Germany, The Netherlands And Belgium Converge Near City Of Aachen

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Sweden And Norway

Sweden And Norway

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Denmark And Sweden

Denmark And Sweden

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Usa And Canada

Usa And Canada

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28 May 15:37

Junco’s Pub, A Highly Detailed Scaled-Down Dive Bar Created Just for Birds

by Lori Dorn

Elling Lien, an artist in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has created Junco’s Pub, a highly detailed dive bar that’s been impeccably scaled down as a bird feeder. Lien started live streaming from the pub on May 13, and in doing so he’s captured a few wonderful moments with the birds. Lien told BuzzFeed that this project is, in part, an homage to his father.

My dad, Jon Lien, was an animal behaviourist, a professor at MUN here in St. John’s. He was well-known for his work with whales, but really he started out doing research on wild birds. He’d love watching the juncos from our kitchen table at our house in Portugal Cove, and I was always amazed at how he seemed to be able to understand what was happening out there, how they were interacting with each other. Juncos are cantankerous little friggers, and dad really pointed that out to me first. It wasn’t just, “lah-dee-dah, I’m enjoying these wild birds, aren’t they so beautiful and free,” but he’d be really carefully keeping track of how they were interacting with each other. Sometimes he’d even take his students out to our house to watch and record the behaviour of these juncos and jays and chickadees. …Dad passed away five years ago, but as homage to him there’s a miniature version of a whale poster his Whale Research Group published in the corner of the pub.

Peek a Boo

image via Junco’s Pub

via BuzzFeed, Cute Overload, Tastefully Offensive

28 May 06:44

How musicians can piece together a record label from pieces of the Internet

by Cory Doctorow


Rutgers law prof Michael Carrier rebuts the RIAA's assertion -- backed by laughably cherry-picked bad stats -- that the number of working musicians is in decline. Read the rest

28 May 19:14

Man has marble addiction

by Mark Frauenfelder

A 72-year-old gent has been fascinated with marbles for 60 years. Each of the 1500 marbles he owns has a label and a place to keep it.

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(Thanks, Mathhew!)

27 May 01:10

arttherapycounselingstudent: When sensitivity, and resultant...





















arttherapycounselingstudent:

When sensitivity, and resultant anxiety, is your super power, lovely…

theshelteredlife:

shygeekoverlord:

bacon-dragon:

paperforbreakfast:

ABCD #141: Positive reconceptualization.

FUCK!!!!!!

Woah!!!

I’m a fecking super hero! Yeah!!

27 May 14:07

gifsboom: Video: Cardboard Box Maze for Cats

28 May 14:15

Zoom

by Minnesotastan

From a photo gallery at The Guardian.
28 May 11:54

Reporters easily fooled into writing that chocolate helps you lose weight

by Rob Beschizza
fail John Bohannon conducted a deliberately worthless "study"—15 people eating a chocolate bar a day for three weeks—then set out to see who would publish the paper and who would report whatever he told them to about it.
26 May 04:00

Deep Shower Thoughts, Part 3 (images via edgement)Previously:...



















Deep Shower Thoughts, Part 3 (images via edgement)

Previously: Part One, Part Two

27 May 04:25

gifsboom: Video:  Cute Baby Bat

25 May 11:35

sci-universe: We actually have pictures that great of Mars, a...









sci-universe:

We actually have pictures that great of Mars, a planet about 225 million kilometers (140 million miles) away from us.
Image copyright: NASA

27 May 18:09

Ecocapsule: minimalist pod for living off-grid

by David Pescovitz
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The Ecocapsule holds two adults and contains a kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet, hot shower, and storage space. I can imagine fields in San Francisco peppered with these as the housing crisis continues. Read the rest

27 May 15:22

J.K. Rowling delivers fabulous smackdown to Westboro Baptist Church

by Rob Beschizza

After the Irish voted in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage, the Harry Potter author gleefully posted a "Dumbledore/Gandalf" slash meme with the text "now they can get married in Ireland!", replete with rainbow and clover emojis galore.

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26 May 13:49

Poverty is a tax on cognition

by Cory Doctorow

In an outstanding lecture at the London School of Economics, Macarthur "genius award" recipient Sendhil Mullainathan explains his research on the psychology of scarcity, a subject that he's also written an excellent book about. Read the rest

27 May 01:10

NetDragon CEO built headquarters in shape of Star Trek Enterprise

by David Pescovitz
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Liu Dejian, founder of NetDragon, is such a Star Trek fan that he built his corporate headquarters to resemble the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E. (more…)

26 May 02:44

Wes Anderson's new cafe

by David Pescovitz
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Wes Anderson designed a new cafe in Milan, called Bar Luce. You can even play Steve Zissou pinball there. Read the rest

25 May 13:53

joshua-wright: I had such fun drawing all the carnage in my...



















joshua-wright:


I had such fun drawing all the carnage in my last comic I decided to do it all again, but this time with magic instead of a mattock.

Btw, I too have been searching for the Mirror of Mind-Freeing for many years. Currently I’m cursed with an insatiable love of art and illustration. I’m hoping the mirror can show me that I’m really a stock broker, or maybe a dentist. I hear both those pay pretty well. :) 

25 May 15:04

fannypaxfax: catinahatgoin-rata-tat-tat: nizzerd: “I’m a...

















fannypaxfax:

catinahatgoin-rata-tat-tat:

nizzerd:

“I’m a black kid. Try to teach me about slavery without me feeling resentment towards white people.”


His face though…

This is fucking gold.

He’s mad because they were telling the kids the truth?

25 May 15:43

aphroditesapples: edens-blog: frolicingintheforest: Sauron...















aphroditesapples:

edens-blog:

frolicingintheforest:

Sauron made friends with a Toad!
At first, I thought he was going to kill it. But he just started petting it. Not, swatting at it, and not trying to hurt it at all. They ended up just layin’ and chillin’ together for awhile. Then the toad went on his merry little way. Too cute haha! 

nah these are two witch’s familiars

i wish i had a familiar

25 May 18:23

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24 May 20:26

Avocado Love Wool Sculpture by Hanna Dovahan

by Christopher Jobson

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Ukranian crafter Hanna Dovahan makes some pretty fantastic wool objects including animals, arthropods, and food which she sells in her Etsy shop. This avocado love piece is on a slightly higher plane of amazing.

25 May 08:23

moonblossom: deluxetrashqueen:Honestly, Rick Rolling is the best practical joke ever. Like, there’s...

moonblossom:

deluxetrashqueen:

Honestly, Rick Rolling is the best practical joke ever. Like, there’s nothing offensive or mean  spirited about it. It’s just like “Oops you thought there would be something else here but it’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.” which isn’t even a bad song. It’s fairly enjoyable to listen to. There’s no jumpscares, no screaming, no ill will. Just Rick Astley telling you he’s never going to give you up. I think that’s great. “You fell into my trap! Here, listen to this completely benign song that will have no negative effect on you.” 

I wish this were true. There’s a really good article about the problems inherent with rickrolling here.