miyuli:

I’ve been spamming twitter with my silly Disney/Pixar genderbending sketches so I thought I’d clean some up and put them here as well~ (I also did some Frozen genderbends) This was fun! 

(via hellotailor)

ted:

Each of these plants is over 2,000 years old. 

Rachel Sussman is on a quest to celebrate the resilience of life by identifying and photographing the world’s oldest continuous-living organisms. The plants you see above, from top to bottom:

1. Jomon Sugi, Japanese Cedar (2,180 to 7,000 years old, Yaku Shima, Japan)

2. Clonal Mojave Yucca (12,000+ years old, Mojave Desert, California)

3. La Llareta (3,000 years old, Atacama Desert, Chile) 

4. Pando, Clonal Quaking Aspen (80,000 years old, Fish Lake, Utah)

5. Welwitschia Mirabilis (2,000 years old, Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

6. Sagole Baobab (2,000 years  old, Limpopo Province, South Africa)

7. Spruce Gran Picea (9,550 years old, Fulufjället, Sweden)

Watch her talk here »

death-limes:

bemusedlybespectacled:

oreides:

lescheveuxoranges:

My boyfriend has some free time, so he does animated fanarts…
Just like that
Yep…
Here’s his blog

no but like
go to his blog, he’s incredible

ANIMATED FANART

wait this is fanart

death-limes:

bemusedlybespectacled:

oreides:

lescheveuxoranges:

My boyfriend has some free time, so he does animated fanarts…

Just like that

Yep…

Here’s his blog

no but like

go to his blog, he’s incredible

ANIMATED FANART

wait this is fanart

(via the-tabularium)

ted:

"The weirdest thing about glacier caves is that the entire cave is moving, because it’s formed inside a block of ice the size of a small city that’s slowly sliding down the mountain."

Every summer, when the Sandy Glacier at Mount Hood begins to melt, streams and waterfalls carve out tunnels through the ice, boring new caves in a subway-like maze. In Eddy Cartaya’s TEDTalk, he shares fascinating photos of caves that he and his team discovered, explored, and mapped.

Watch the talk here »

scifi-fantasy-horror:

concept art by tranquillo

okayophelia:

ilvalentinos:

no no no NO NO

thor is not blinded by his love for loki. thor is not blinded by loki. thor is not blinded by his brother and has no doubts about what his brother is and can do and is capable of and willing to do anymore

that is the entire point of his arc in the avengers

he knows what loki is at this point - he knows his brother is cruel and manipulative and burning and fraying inside and pulling apart inside of himself with hatred and with love with power and with chaos. he knows loki will burn asgard to the ground if he got a chance, grind earth into the dust for a laugh, throw thor from the skies and stick a knife in his side to make himself temporarily relieved of the ugliness he feels inside

he just doesn’t care

he knows what loki is. when he stops in the cage and looks at the man he called brother he realizes in that instant the enormity of the chasm between them, the eternity of loki’s fall, and that loki and his brother are no longer the same person and maybe had not been for centuries; but when he falls to the ground he flexes his hand and decides to bring that man called loki home anyway, because the last time he let him go loki turned into someone unrecognizable, and this time he is going to forge a new love and a new man out of the ashes of what had come before, even if he has to burn himself through to do it

he knows what loki is. he knows the risk. he knows he is harboring an enemy that will kill his friends and burn his home if he doesn’t stand guard at night with a knife but he decides, in that instant on earth, that the risk is worth it.

#no thor is not blindly loyal he had never been blindly loyal #once he had been blindly in love but now he has learnt to see clearly because he lost his eyes and ears and had to kingmake himself #he knows exactly what he is doing and what he is risking and exactly how far it can fall and how hot it can burn; he just doesn’t care (ilvalentinos)

#fuck a fandom thor  #thor is terrifying and brilliant and elemental; and is all about stripping away what makes him weak or lesser from his bones  #he’s building in checks and balances; knows his impulsivity is a weakness; and adapts against it  #that makes him way more terrifying than loki; because thor can change; thor can adapt and become ever more powerful in himself  #but the one thing thor will never be able to unmake or strip is his love for loki  #it doesn’t blind him; he’s hyper aware of it; and of what loki is  #and that’s so much worse; that he knows; and he loves anyway  #that loki is the one thing that can make thor act selfishly; that will cause thor to realign and shift his stratagems  #it’s not blind love; it’s a clear-eyed unyeilding inescapable kind of love  #but thor just doesn’t care; because no matter what; loki is the one thing he won’t ever let go again  #and that; that is terrifying as fuck in a being as powerful both inherently and hierarchially as thor  #the one core thing in his being that thor will not abandon or shed for honour or asgard or anything he believes  #and what i want most; what we’ve already seen happening in the trailer  #is thor weaponizing that weakness in himself; weaponizing the object of his love with clear eyes for just what loki is  #he knows he can’t change loki; he’s not blind to loki’s nature  #and he can’t let loki go  #so he’ll fucking use him as a weapon then  #and that’s vicious and tragic; this is a bloody shakespearian tragedy of obsessive love and the competing demands of the throne  #thor is not your fandom puppy dog; he’s a self-aware self-ascending adaptive king stripping all the gilt and illusion from his bones  #thor 2  #thor  #loki  #these bloody shakespearian fools  #like a binary star system  [okayophelia]

sagansense:


Saturn’s auroras put on a dazzling display of light.
Scientists first observed Saturn’s auroras in 1979. Decades later, these shimmering ribbons of light still fascinate. For one thing they’re magnificently tall, rising hundreds of miles above the planet’s poles. And unlike on Earth where bright displays fizzle after only a few hours, auroras on Saturn can shine for days. Auroras are produced when speeding particles accelerated by the sun’s energy collide with gases in a planet’s atmosphere. The gases fluoresce, emitting flashes of light at different wavelengths. Watch the video (1.usa.gov/IFW5o7) to see an edge-on view of Saturn’s northern and southern lights courtesy of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

#WhatIsNASAFor? observing other planets to understand ours.

sagansense:

Saturn’s auroras put on a dazzling display of light.

Scientists first observed Saturn’s auroras in 1979. Decades later, these shimmering ribbons of light still fascinate. For one thing they’re magnificently tall, rising hundreds of miles above the planet’s poles. And unlike on Earth where bright displays fizzle after only a few hours, auroras on Saturn can shine for days. Auroras are produced when speeding particles accelerated by the sun’s energy collide with gases in a planet’s atmosphere. The gases fluoresce, emitting flashes of light at different wavelengths. Watch the video (1.usa.gov/IFW5o7) to see an edge-on view of Saturn’s northern and southern lights courtesy of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

#WhatIsNASAFor? observing other planets to understand ours.

(Source: manicdeserter, via yuniecorn)

shakypigment:

James Gurney

(Source: lark-a-doodle, via thezombiestofthebecks)

fytommenbaratheon:

Tywin rushing to his grandson to cover him when Joffrey dies (◡‿◡✿) 

#oh fuuuuuuck #missed this #best bit ofparenting in tywin’s life? #gotta be up there [thebastardofgloucester]

medievalpoc:

anotherlgbttumblr:

medievalpoc:

k-ingsfoil:

spoopyfag:

keyboardwarriorprincess:

takethespearandpuncturetheflesh:

incisiveredneck:

Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the 18th century.”

They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

Oops, turns out piracy is pretty much always a term like terrorist that gets slapped on whatever we don’t like despite being a general reaction to the status quo. And nothing’s really changed.

And when african pirates were captured by the British they were forced into the slave trade.

Horrible Histories taught me about pirates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwn5K89dE5c

They were generally democratic, disciplined, communal - they even had pensions! If you wanted out of the pirate life, you would be taken to a destination of your choice (anywhere in the world) and given a lump sum to help you with your new life.

interesting

Honor among thieves.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YES i’ve spent like two years studying piracy (back when i had time to devote to reading and research) and yes pirates are actually all very interesting and democratic and great

Reblogging since someone recently sent me an ask on this topic (although now it appears to be lost somewhere in my inbox).

The thing that annoys me the most about conversations on piracy is the Eurocentrism. African pirates feature as ‘side characters’ on white western ships and that’s about it. This TOTALLY ignores the many other pirate communities out there. Like, why are there no documentaries, movies and novels about Chinese pirates? They outnumbered pirate ships of European origin by a large margin and were very succesful. They formed massive fleets and regularily kicked ass against European naval fleets.

Chinese ‘Pirate kings’ often had a fleet of over 200 ships and the Japanese-Chinese pirate king Cheng Chih-Lung had over a thousand. He fought wars against rival pirate kings and often saw the European fleets as minor nuances. After 1635 you couldn’t sail the Taiwan Strait without a permit issued by Cheng Chih-Lung. He then went on to become a navy commander of the Ming dynasty. He kicked the Dutch VOC out of Taiwan and might have become king of Taiwan if he hadn’t died shortly after.

How is he not the most famous pirate in the history of piracy? Oh yeah.. wait.. he wasn’t white.

Actually, the most successful pirate in history was Ching Shih, a Chinese woman who commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates.

image

It also looks like they’re going to make a TV Series based on her life Starring Maggie Q:

Deadline is reporting that one of our favorite historical ladies may be coming to a television screen near you: Ching Shih, a pirate’s widow who, at the dawn of the 1800′s, began a career that would make her one of the most notorious pirates in the world, the terror of the Chinese, British, and Portugese navies, so unstoppable that the only way to end her naval empire wound up being to offer her complete amnesty and a nice retirement.

image

Maggie Q, late of Nikita, Mission: Impossible III, and Young Justice, is”set to headline a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), and Fred Fuchs (Transporter). Titled Red Flag, the series is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.”

Little is known of Ching Shih’s early life, so our accounts of her usually begin with pirate leader Zheng Yi taking a cantonese prostitute for his wife. During their marriage, Ching Shih was fully a part of her husband’s profession. After his death, she maneuvered and politicked her way into the lead position of his fleet, taking as a lover and new husband a man she could trust to take care of (and I might be reading a little too far into Wikipedia here) all the boring administrative stuff. Under Ching Shih, her fleet adopted a strict code of conduct governing loyalty and the distribution of loot and stolen goods, as well as personal conduct.

Ching Shih was also remarkable for being one of the only famous pirates to retire and die of natural causes. Giving up on defeating her, the Chinese government offered complete amnesty to all pirates, and she accepted, taking her ill-gotten gains and opening a gambling house, eventually dying at the age of 69.

capngrimbeard:

boatporn:

jade-cooper:

Art by Geoff Hunt marine and cover artist, best known for his covers for C.S. Forester’s “Hornblower” and Patrick O’Brian’s “Master and Commander” novels.

And I paint ships for a living…

If I get t’ spend my old age paintin’ such lovely pictures I will ‘ave spent my life well!

wired:

Would you take a dip in a swimming pool that once functioned as a subway station?

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a center-right candidate for mayor of Paris and former environment minister, has unveiled a series of plans to turn the legendary “ghost stations” of the Paris Metro into underground oases.

[MORE: Abandoned Paris Metro Stations, Reborn as Nightclubs and Public Pools]

(via thezombiestofthebecks)

manicsocratic:

WW2 style Jaeger Propaganda Posters from the Pacific Rim bonus features

(via slackerpentecost)

"Despite racialized images of crack users, data from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reveals that people reporting cocaine use in 1991 were 75% white; 15% black, and 10% Hispanic. People who admitted to using crack were 52% white, 38% black, and 10% Hispanic. From a rational perspective, these numbers should not be surprising: whites are, after all, the majority, and have a long-standing tendency to use drugs at rates higher than blacks. Nonetheless, in 2009, the U.S. Sentencing Commission released data showing no drug matches crack in terms of racially biased convictions. According to the data, 79% of 5,669 sentenced crack offenders were black, 10% were Hispanic, and only 10% were white."

4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Crack, America’s Most Vilified Drug (via letterstomycountry)

So let me get this straight:

1. White people are the most likely to use crack.

2. Black people are the most likely to get arrested for crack.

And I’m supposed to believe that the justice system is efficient and works?

Right.

(via sourcedumal)

The justice system works exactly the way it was designed to work. We’re just being lied to about what that design was.

(via beeftony)

(via beeftony)