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21 Apr 13:30

iwillmindfuckyou: booooost: i-r-confused: who said ferraris...



iwillmindfuckyou:

booooost:

i-r-confused:

who said ferraris aren’t family cars hah

because air from the grille is diverted out those channels, that baby would be launched out at sufficiently high speeds

fantastic

20 Apr 15:47

‘10 anos com Mafalda’ (Quino)Essa Antologia foi organizada por...



‘10 anos com Mafalda’ (Quino)


Essa Antologia foi organizada por Esteban Busquets. O meu exemplar é da sexta tiragem da primeira edição publicada pela WMF Martins Fontes e conta com a reprodução de uma entrevista com o Quino concedida a Rodolfo Bracel em 1987, 14 anos após a publicação da última tirinha da Mafalda.

A capa é fofa e a qualidade gráfica excelente. A editora usou papel de alta gramatura que dá um prazer adicional à leitura pois você manipula papel próprio para desenho, inclusive dá vontade de colorir as tirinhas. Adorei ter praticamente todas as tirinhas da Mafalda em um livro e pretendo comprar o ‘Toda Mafalda’. Amo essa criança, para mim a Mafalda simplesmente existe.

Mas há alguns problemas do livro (não das tirinhas!) que acho *quase* imperdoáveis.

A organização da Antologia é temática e há capítulos dedicados a cada amiguinho e ao Guile, o que é interessante pois você conhece melhor as paixões e aversões da menina e o perfil de cada personagem.  

Mas a falta de cronologia, e o que é pior, a ausência de uma informação histórica tão básica quanto qual foi a primeira tirinha publicada ou qual foi a última tirinha me decepcionaram um tanto.  

Pelo traço às vezes dá para o leitor intuir que a tirinha é mais antiga porque nem a ordem dos capítulos ou a ordem dentro de cada capítulo é cronológica, o que o organizador fez foi agrupar a continuidade de cada abordagem dentro de cada capítulo. Pesquisando na internet percebi algo mais absurdo: nem a primeira  nem a última tirinha estão neste livro. Ele deveria ter outro título, né?

As tirinhas foram criadas por Quino considerando o momento social e político dos últimos dias. Ele tentava deixar a tirinha mais fresca quanto fosse possível. Seria muitíssimo interessante que uma reedição passasse a informar pelo menos a data de publicação de cada tirinha para que o leitor formasse uma timeline em sua mente e viesse com uma apresentação dando mais detalhes sobre a concepção das personagens pois há elementos muito interessantes.

Mas ter quase 200 páginas da menina que ama os Beatles e odeia tanto sopa quanto ama o conhecimento e a liberdade de expressão vale muito a pena pois as outras informações a gente encontra por aí (mas como sou chata resolvi dar meus pitacos).

Quero muito a ‘Toda Mafalda’, como estava em falta na livraria vou comprar online.



Beijos,

M.

21 Apr 21:14

Será que acharei o dono ou a dona?Fernando Pessoa que me perdoe,...



Será que acharei o dono ou a dona?

Fernando Pessoa que me perdoe, mas todas as cartas de amor são belas. Todo aquele que senta para escrever uma carta de amor - ou quase todo aquele -, recebe o poder dado pela liberdade de não estar cara a cara com ninguém e assim traduz ali toda a interação maluca dos nossos neurotransmissores com seus órgãos-alvo. A carta de amor é quase sempre uma nudez da ‘alma’, um despojo, uma entrega. É a materialização da sofrência, hehe.

Quem ainda escreve uma carta de amor, tipo assim, com papel e caneta? 

Nossa Biblioteca tem um tamanho considerável para um casal que está junto há menos de uma década (parte dos livros está em outros cômodos da casa e temos prateleiras com livros atrás de livros, bem como gavetões e um grande armário fechado onde também há alguns) e conta com muitos volumes adquiridos em sebos, por estes dois motivos vez por outra encontramos fotos, bilhetes, cartões e rascunhos escondidos entre folhas amareladas. Hoje encontrei um livro editado em Portugal na década de 70 e por algum motivo lembrei de uma carta de amor que apareceu por aqui há alguns meses.

A carta de amor que reproduzo abaixo (na íntegra, inclusive mantenho seus pequenos e fofinhos erros de português) foi escrita há um quarto de século e no verso há anotações em outra letra, possivelmente feitas por quem a recebeu.

Não consigo lembrar em que livro foi encontrada mas certamente foi escrita por uma adolescente. Além da garota dar esta pista, a carta está escrita em uma folha de caderno e no mesmo livro havia um rascunho de um problema de física para o ensino médio.

Senta que lá vem a história.

Abro aspas.

“A vida. Nessa vida o que é que realmente importa.
Abrir a janela? ou fechar a porta!
Pedir um ponto de partida ou uma rendição.
Esconder os sentimento ou abrir o coração.
Eu já não sei o que é certo, ou estou perdendo a razão, tal vez seja a adolescência me pegando pela mão.
Faços aos pequenos, grandes problemas a base de uma vida.
E esqueço Que por mim mesma estou meramente traída.
O céu, o azul me fazem esquecer.
O dia e a noite só me lembram de você, será que um dia a gente poderá se encontrar ou será que tudo passou de ilusão.
Um sonho hipócrita sem essência, sem paixão.
Será que essa vida se resume apenas no passado nem emaranhado de lembranças e saudades.
Eu preciso está de novo ao seu lado.
Relembrando os pequenos momentos de felicidade.
Baldeando o oceano com a palma da mão ou vendo atravessado a pulsação do que foi e será noutra existência.
Fiquei magoada por você ter desligado o telefone na minha cara, mas como você mesmo diz tudo passa só Deus não passa.
Acho apenas que não merecia pois nao tinha feito nada pra te maltratar.
Depois eu te escrevo, já que, você não fala comigo aumenos você me houve. Um abraço da (…)”

No verso da cartinha há três frases com outra letra, aparentemente escritas em dias distintos pois a letra está ligeiramente diferente e com canetas diferentes (uma delas é vermelha). Cito as três:

“Minha galega
Meu pingo
Minha fofolete
Meu nenê novinho
Minha cor de rosa e nenênzinho”

“Apesar das nossas diferenças, de nossas brigas, de nossos erros, apesar de tudo… não consigo viver sem você. Ainda te adoro muito”

“Nessa brincadeira nós dois perdemos: eu porque perdi a pessoa que mais amava e você porque nunca mais vai encontrar alguém que tenha a capacidade de amar como eu amei. Espero que lembre disso”

Se a remetente ou o destinatário se reconhecerem nas palavras e um ou outro me informarem pelo instagram (@meire_md) o nome com o qual a carta foi assinada, envio pelos Correios.

Beijos,
M.

13 Apr 05:30

4gifs: Some say he’s still walking. [video]



4gifs:

Some say he’s still walking. [video]

13 Apr 18:00

Your Beliefs Shape You

gods,hulk,funny,avengers

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Tagged: gods , hulk , funny , avengers
10 Apr 15:44

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silverback420:

thelesbianguide:

unicornempire:

the-real-goddamazon:

This post is so important.

This is the best post made in the history of ever. I’m so serious.

I just feel really strongly like this belongs on this blog

Lmfaoo!

20 Apr 12:36

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by aishiterushit
Igor Santos

O mais difícil de acertar são os olhos.









14 Apr 20:00

fuckyeahdementia: here human, stop wasting my time



fuckyeahdementia:

here human, stop wasting my time

13 Apr 04:36

Sentinels of the Arctic

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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Sentinels of the Arctic
Image Credit & Copyright: Niccolò Bonfadini

Explanation: Who guards the north? Judging from the above photograph, possibly giant trees covered in snow and ice. The featured picture was taken a few winters ago in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where common trees become cloaked in white and so appear, to some, as watchful aliens. Far in the distance, behind this uncommon Earthly vista, is a more common sight -- a Belt of Venus that divided a darkened from sunlit sky as the Sun rose behind the photographer. Of course, in the spring, the trees thaw and Lapland looks much different.

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15 Apr 16:06

tastefullyoffensive: (photo via balconeswinston)

19 Apr 18:37

bellinitini: dont even look at me unless you look like...



bellinitini:

dont even look at me unless you look like this

NO

12 Apr 11:00

Chernobyl-Themed Matryoshka Doll

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12 Apr 13:00

Big Variety

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The most heavenly fridge I've ever seen.

Submitted by: Snake73

Tagged: booze , fridge , variety , wtf
10 Mar 06:16

Huffman’s Pyramid

by Greg Ross
Igor Santos

well, fuck

huffman's pyramid

Here’s a subtly impossible figure devised by UC-Santa Cruz computer scientist David Huffman. If it’s a three-sided pyramid, then its edges define the intersections of three planes and should meet in a single point. But they don’t:

huffman's pyramid impossibility

This is intriguing because the figure doesn’t immediately look impossible. In Vagueness and Contradiction, philosopher Roy Sorensen writes, “The impossibility of an appearance is sometimes concealed without overloading our critical capacities.”

Possibly this is because we sense that other solutions are possible that can reconcile the error. Zenon Kulpa points out that the pyramid becomes intelligible if we imagine that the farther side hides a fourth edge, giving the figure four sides rather than three. He describes two families of such solutions in “Are Impossible Figures Possible?”, Signal Processing, May 1983.

07 Apr 19:35

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Igor Santos

Odeio quando o modelo cai na água sanitária.



08 Apr 05:09

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08 Apr 18:34

soc1alism:sixpenceee:This is a particularly elegant explanation...



soc1alism:

sixpenceee:

This is a particularly elegant explanation of why why we don’t fill blimps with Hydrogen anymore.

Source: Business Inider

We can’t have hydrogen blimps because there’s a very strong chance that a car with a sparkler taped on it will dukes of hazard style ramp up into it and destroy everything
I finally understand

23 Feb 04:11

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Igor Santos

De quem é isso?



28 Mar 13:36

March 20 – March 27, 2015: Animals

by dmitry

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African lioness named Rani, or Queen, sits with her newly born five cubs at the house of her owner who has grown her as a pet, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Multan, Pakistan. The African lioness has given birth to five healthy cubs. Lions normally have litters of two or three cubs. (Photo by Asim Tanveer/AP Photo)

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A newborn giraffe baby stands next to its mother Sandra in the Savannah House of the Budapest Zoo in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The s*x of the calf could not have been determined yet. (Photo by Attila Kovacs/AP Photo/MTI)

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Jalada Prasad, about six-month-old male Indian one-horned rhino runs around his enclosure on his debut to the public at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata, India, Friday, March 27, 2015. The forest guards rescued Prasad when poachers at Jaldapara forest in north Bengal killed his mother in November 2014. He was brought to the zoo in January 2015 and was kept under strict vigil and nourishment, according to a zoo spokesperson. (Photo by Bikas Das/AP Photo)

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Felix, a 9-year-old male polar bear, shakes off water after swimming in a pool for the first time after winter at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015. Felix was delivered to the zoo as a weak, orphaned cub from a scientific polar station on the Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean in May 2006, according to zoo representatives. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Felix, a 9-year-old male polar bear, swims in a pool for the first time after winter at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Buyan, a 15-year-old male Siberian brown bear, walks in its enclosure as he wakes up after winter hibernation at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Buyan, a 15-year-old male Siberian brown bear, walks in its enclosure as he wakes up after winter hibernation at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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A wildlife department official holds a Malayan sun bear for the media at its head office in Kuala Lumpur, March 24, 2015. It was among other animals estimated to be worth $20,000, including juvenile eagles and a slow loris, seized by the wildlife department during an operation against illegal wildlife traders earlier this month. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be $8 billion a year worldwide, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A slow loris is carried in a cage by a wildlife department official at the head office in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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An elephant family plays at the safari park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Alex Lee/Reuters)

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Lolita the Killer Whale is fed a fish by a trainer during a show at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami in this file photo from January 21, 2015. Animal activists seeking to free Lolita, a killer whale living in captivity for more than four decades, asked a federal appeals court in Florida March 24, 2015 to reconsider whether U.S. officials “rubber stamped” an aquarium’s license to keep her. (Photo by Andrew Innerarity/Reuters)

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Paris zoo veterinarian Bastien Servieres works with a sea lion to acclimate it to his presence during a training session at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. A “behind-the-scenes” visit, with medical training and feeding of the animals, will be part of special presentations to the public as part of a month of celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-opening of the park in April. (Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

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Paris zoo veterinarian Bastien Servieres works with a sea lion to acclimate it to his presence during a training session at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. (Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

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A zoo veterinarian feeds giraffes at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. (Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

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Paris zoo veterinarian Bastien Servieres works with a sea lion to acclimate it to his presence during a training session at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. (Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

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Paris zoo veterinarian Bastien Servieres works with a sea lion to acclimate it to his presence during a training session at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. (Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

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A rescue worker measures a recovered finless porpoise before releasing it back to the wild, in Poyang Lake, Jiangxi province, March 26, 2015. Oceanography and fishery experts said the finless porpoise has been endangered due to pollution and water shortage, local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Brown bear Oska (R) and Roni (L) play in a bear sanctuary near the village of Mramor, Kosovo, 18 March 2015. The Bear Sanctuary Pristina has currently 16 brown bears in custody rescued from the private restaurants around Kosovo. All privately kept brown bears lived in small cages at restaurants. They were born mostly in the forests of Kosovo or Albania and snatched from their mothers by animal dealers. (Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA)

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Beluga whales training at an open aviary, at the marine mammal scientific research base of the Primorye Oceanarium of the Far Eastern Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in Vladivostok, Russia on February 17, 2015. (Photo by Yuri Smityuk/TASS/ZUMA Wire)

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Ring Tailed Lemurs explore the new “In With The Lemurs” walk-through enclosure at The ZSL London Zoo, London, England, UK on Thursday 26th March, 2015. (Photo by Justin Ng/Retna Pictures/UPPA/ZUMA Wire)

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Storks are seen in Biebesheim, central Germany on March 9, 2015 as the sun shines. (Photo by Boris Roessler/AFP Photo/DPA)

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Recovering sea lion pups are fed herring in an enclosure at the Marine Mammal Center on March 18, 2015 in Sausalito, California. For the third winter in a row, hundreds of sick and starving California sea lions are washing up on California shores, with over 1,800 found and treated at rehabilitation centers throughout the state since the beginning of the year. The Marine Mammal Center is currently caring for 224 of the emaciated pups. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A vet from Chester Zoo catches one of the three as yet unnamed 12 week old Sumartran Tiger Cubs born earlier this year, to identify what sex they are and to vaccinate them, Friday March 27, 2015. The cubs, born in January to mum Kirana and dad Fabi, were found to be two males and one female. (Photo by Peter Byrne/AP Photo/PA Wire)

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A vet from Chester Zoo catches one of the three as yet unnamed 12 week old Sumartran Tiger Cubs born earlier this year, to identify what sex they are and to vaccinate them, Friday March 27, 2015. (Photo by Peter Byrne/AP Photo/PA Wire)

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A keeper holds a 12 week old Sumatran tiger cub during a routine health check in its enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester northern England March 27, 2015. The cub, one of 3 born at the zoo, was sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped. (Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters)

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A fox squirrel munches on a discarded glazed donut Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Mill Race Park in Columbus, Ind. (Photo by Andrew Laker/AP Photo/The Republic)

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Bateleur “Attila” sits in its enclosure in the bird park Marlow, eastern Germany, on March 21, 2015. The Global population of this animal is estimated at 10,000 to 100,000 individuals. (Photo by Bernd Wustneck/AFP Photo/DPA)

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A yet unnamed polar bear cub is out and about with its mother “Vilma” for the first time in their enclosure at the zoo in Rostock, Germany, 25 March 2015. The 3.5 months old polar bear cub weights just about 20 kg and is to be baptized on 31 March 2015. (Photo by Bernd Wuestneck/EPA)

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A picture made available on 25 March 2015 shows a cat yawning on a kitchen table at an apartment in Hamburg, Germany, 24 March 2015. Spring fever occurs mostly in spring time as the days get warmer. (Photo by Axel Heimken/EPA)

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Lion cubs cuddle in the Gyongyos Zoo in Gyongyos, Hungary, 21 March 2015. The one male and two female cubs were born on 12 March 2015. (Photo by Peter Komka/EPA)

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In this March 24, 2015, photo, California sea lions and harbor seals rest on the docks of the East End Mooring Basin in Astoria, Ore. During a Feb. 11 aerial survey, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife counted more than 1,200 California sea lions at the East End Mooring Basin, along with nearly 600 Steller and California sea lions on the South Jetty. On Friday March 20, spokeswoman Jessica Sall of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said, her agency counted 2,340 California sea lions at the East End Mooring Basin. (Photo by Joshua Bessex/AP Photo/Daily Astorian)

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The fluffy yellow chick and its pug pal can be seen cuddling up to one another, snoozing next to each other and posing for the camera on March 23, 2015. The cute chick can even be seen planting a peck on the pups cheek. The pug named Fugly and chick called KFC, were introduced by their owners who live next door to one another in the Philippines. Fuglys owner Tim Ho, who captured these adorable images, explained how he and his neighbour both bought the animals as pets around the same time and introduced them to each other to see how theyd react.To their surprise KFC and Fugly almost immediately bonded. He said the fact that the pug, now 15 months old, wasnt yet territorial over his new home helped make it easier for them to develop their blossoming friendship. (Photo by Tim Ho/Caters News)

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An adorable clouded leopard cub has become an Internet sensation for being so sensationally cute. The 2-week old kitten, who squeaks at meal times, is yet to be named and is currently being cared for 24/7 by staff at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo in Florida. “He is very vocal, particularly near feeding time which occurs approximately every four hours”, the zoo’s rep said in a statement. The rare and fluffy cub’s father is called Yim and his mother is named Malee. The cub was born on March 7, 2015 and opened his eyes for the first time on on March 18. He is now beginning to learn to scoot along by himself. (Photo by TLPZ/Splash News and Pictures)

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Going toe-to-toe, these fighting primates could give Floyd Mayweather a run for his money. The amazing images – captured by Australian tourist Julie Rathbone on the banks of the Zambezi river in Africa – show the pair engaging in a few fisticuffs. The Chacma baboons appeared to settle a disagreement by fighting – before a senior baboon plays referee and steps in to break it up. Nurse unit manager Julie Rathbone, 59, from New South Wales, was on a cruise down the river when she spotted the fracas unfolding. (Photo by Julie Rathbone/Caters News)

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Two wood bison bulls weighing upward of 2,000 pounds move toward higher ground at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Portage, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Sunday moved the first wood bison to a staging area in Shageluk, Alaska, for reintroduction in a few week to their native Alaska grazing grounds. Wood bison, which are larger than plains bison native found in Lower 48 states, disappeared from U.S. soil more than a century ago. (Photo by Dan Joling/AP Photo)


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26 Mar 18:30

Iconic images from The Flickr Commons

by Bhautik Joshi

With the announcement of our 100th Flickr Commons institution yesterday, we wanted to take a closer look at some of the stories behind iconic photos from the collection. This selection represents a few of our favorite stories, but we highly encourage you to explore the Commons further on your own.

Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House
The U.S. National Archives, Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House, December 1970. Elvis Presley was famously obsessed with police badges, owning a huge collection of them. A notable hole in his collection was a badge from the then Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (a predecessor of the DEA); he reportedly believed that “..with the federal narcotics badge, he could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.” On an overnight flight in an impromptu visit to Washington D.C., Elvis wrote a note to President Nixon requesting a meeting so he could get a “narc badge.” The visit was arranged the same day. A remarkable description of the meeting can be found here.

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

George Eastman House, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936. This stunning portrait of the human face of the Great Depression in 1930’s America is popularly known as Migrant Mother. Commissioned by the Resettlement Administration to document migrant farm workers in California, Dorothea Lange (a remarkable photojournalist and major early influence in documentary photography) came across the destitute Florence Owens Thompson and her family, and shot a series of portraits. This image, and Lange herself, became a subject of controversy when Florence Thompson was rediscovered in 1978. About the picture, she said “I wish [Lange] hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” (source).

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee  (LOC)

The Library of Congress, Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC), 1944. Rosie the Riveter became an iconic cultural idea in World War II in the United States. As significant chunks of the labor force were outside of the country, all parts of the population – notably women and people of all races – became involved in traditionally male-dominated fields, including aircraft and munitions factories. Sadly the name of the subject in this photograph is unknown.

03 - Sydney Harbour Bridge Construction

Royal Australian Historical Society, 03 – Sydney Harbour Bridge Construction, 1930. Although the start of construction predated the depression era of the late 1920s and 30s, the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed in the middle of the depression and was a major source of local employment. This image shows a point in construction close to where the two sides of the arch were to meet; two gigantic creeper cranes can be seen on either side. These cranes were used to lower steelwork to points below, including the deck of the bridge. An iconic structure in its own right, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a feat of engineering at the time.

Cresent Earth rises above lunar horizon

NASA on The Commons, Cresent Earth rises above lunar horizon, December 1972. This remarkable image of Earthrise was taken by astronaut Ronald E. Evans in the command module of Apollo 17 orbiting the moon while his colleagues were descending to the surface in the lander module.

[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris...

New York Public Library, Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris, 1883. The Statue of Liberty was not a gift from France to America – it was the brainchild of sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. He made several trips to the United States from France to pitch his idea of “Liberty Enlightening the World” to leaders of several cities. In 1872, he partnered with Edouard de Laboulaye to create the Franco-American Union, which raised funds to build the statue. In 1878 the statue’s head was on display for the Paris Exposition (the image above), and in 1884 the completed statue was on display in a courtyard next to Bartholdi’s studio – with a massive funding shortfall to get it to the United States. Joseph Pulitzer, owner of the daily tabloid New York World launched a campaign to raise funds to finish the project. Hundreds of thousands of dollars from private citizenry was raised as well as a significant donation from a laxative maker that advertised on the pedestal of the statue for a year. In 1886, ten years late, the statue was finally erected on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

Sex Pistols i Norge, 1977

National Archives of Norway, Sex Pistols i Norge, 1977, 1977. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols performing at the Student Union in Trondheim, Norway, 1977.

"The Tetons - Snake River," Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

The U.S. National Archives, “The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming., 1941. In 1941, legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams was commissioned by the Department of the Interior to take photographs of National Parks and reservations. This striking example of Adams’ mastery of landscape photography became one of the few images stored on a Voyager Golden Record: phonograph records containing records of life and culture on Earth and placed aboard Voyager 1 and 2.

Titanic

Public Records Office Of Northern Ireland, Titanic, 1912. Built in Belfast, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship of its era. This is an image of the Titanic leaving for a day-long sea trial, where it was declared seaworthy. 12 days later and 5 days into its maiden voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.


26 Mar 19:00

4gifs:Udder joy. [video]

Igor Santos

O NOME DA MÁQUINA É HAPPY COW!
ISSO É DE PROPÓSITO!



4gifs:

Udder joy. [video]

11 Mar 15:42

by Robbie and Bobby

04 Mar 01:45

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12 Mar 02:15

4gifs:"Geronimo!" [video]



4gifs:

"Geronimo!" [video]

23 Mar 04:00

4gifs:Hello, strange, small cow. [video]



4gifs:

Hello, strange, small cow. [video]

02 Feb 11:29

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AEP : Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

Igor Santos

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In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher.

Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.

Huxley starts off the letter praising the book, describing it as “profoundly important.” He continues, “The philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a sadism which has been carried to its logical conclusion by going beyond sex and denying it.”

Then Huxley switches gears and criticizes the book, writing, “Whether in actual fact the policy of the boot-on-the-face can go on indefinitely seems doubtful. My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I described in Brave New World.” (Listen to him read a dramatized version of the book here.)

Basically while praising Nineteen Eighty-Four, Huxley argues that his version of the future was more likely to come to pass.

In Huxley’s seemingly dystopic World State, the elite amuse the masses into submission with a mind-numbing drug called Soma and an endless buffet of casual sex. Orwell’s Oceania, on the other hand, keeps the masses in check with fear thanks to an endless war and a hyper-competent surveillance state. At first blush, they might seem like they are diametrically opposed but, in fact, an Orwellian world and a Huxleyan one are simply two different modes of oppression.

Obviously we are nowhere near either dystopic vision but the power of both books is that they tap into our fears of the state. While Huxley might make you look askance at The Bachelor or Facebook, Orwell makes you recoil in horror at the government throwing around phrases like “enhanced interrogation” and “surgical drone strikes.”

You can read Huxley’s full letter below.

Wrightwood. Cal.

21 October, 1949

Dear Mr. Orwell,

It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that required much reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before being able to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Agreeing with all that the critics have written of it, I need not tell you, yet once more, how fine and how profoundly important the book is. May I speak instead of the thing with which the book deals — the ultimate revolution? The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution — the revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at total subversion of the individual’s psychology and physiology — are to be found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded himself as the continuator, the consummator, of Robespierre and Babeuf. The philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a sadism which has been carried to its logical conclusion by going beyond sex and denying it. Whether in actual fact the policy of the boot-on-the-face can go on indefinitely seems doubtful. My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I described in Brave New World. I have had occasion recently to look into the history of animal magnetism and hypnotism, and have been greatly struck by the way in which, for a hundred and fifty years, the world has refused to take serious cognizance of the discoveries of Mesmer, Braid, Esdaile, and the rest.

Partly because of the prevailing materialism and partly because of prevailing respectability, nineteenth-century philosophers and men of science were not willing to investigate the odder facts of psychology for practical men, such as politicians, soldiers and policemen, to apply in the field of government. Thanks to the voluntary ignorance of our fathers, the advent of the ultimate revolution was delayed for five or six generations. Another lucky accident was Freud’s inability to hypnotize successfully and his consequent disparagement of hypnotism. This delayed the general application of hypnotism to psychiatry for at least forty years. But now psycho-analysis is being combined with hypnosis; and hypnosis has been made easy and indefinitely extensible through the use of barbiturates, which induce a hypnoid and suggestible state in even the most recalcitrant subjects.

Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.

Thank you once again for the book.

Yours sincerely,

Aldous Huxley

via Letters of Note

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