Monday, September 29, 2014

raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

art-of-swords:

Khanjar Dagger

  • Dated: late 18th / early 19th century
  • Culture: Indian, Mughal
  • Medium: steel, jade, rubies, gold, silver
  • Measurements: overall length 40cm

The Mughal dagger has a pistol-grip hilt of pale green jade with inlaid coloured stones set in gold and carved with flowers. The scabbard has with silver mounts pierced with foliage. 

Source: Copyright © 2014 Amir Mohtashemi

Be the person Uncle Iroh knows you can be

(Source: mintleaftea)

lilyginnyblack:

dicaeopolis:

nagisa-tachibana:

makochantachibanana:

HARU’S PARENTS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

ok but where have these two been for two whole seasons

#how obvious is it tho that haruka’s parents are pretty neglectful? #it’s not just that our protagonist’s parents haven’t shown up #but that they’ve been actively mentioned as absent #they’ve been called ‘free spirits’ who were implied to be only rarely home from their travels #over two school years and one summer in which we’ve seen inside haruka’s house many times #they’ve NEVER been home #plus I know a lot of people haven’t read High Speed but #Haruka mentioned that he went straight to the swim club after school because he didn’t like being home alone #he was in elementary school and his parents left him alone every single day #I mean he’s never seemed to have financial troubles or anything #but they’ve probably just been so emotionally absent his whole life#and I know he’s a fairly independent person #but I can’t help but question if he was just forced to be like that from an early age #and how much it’s stunted his emotional development and contributed to his depression in this past season #oh I made myself sad
im putting my tags here bc this is important


I agree with basically all of this, except for the fact that Haru is a fairly independent person. I think Haru is actually really quite dependent. He is shown to be incredibly dependent on Makoto and I think that Makoto has, in a way, filled the role of a parent in Haru’s life (especially when he reprimands Haru or tries to keep Haru from stripping and taking a swim in fish tanks). Makoto is the one who is always supporting Haru and looking out for Haru in a way that is similar to parent. Of course, Makoto is the mother hen of the group, there is no denying that, but since Haru and Makoto have known each other since they were very young, it makes me wonder if his friendship with Haru is what shaped him to be like that. I also believe that on some level Makoto overindulged Haru, he supported him so much and never wanted to say anything that would upset or hurt Haru, that he became like an overindulgent mother and a bit of an enabler. This and the fact that Haru was a bit spoiled by his dependency on Makoto (as can be seen by how, at times - like in episode 1 of season 1 - Haru would simply tune Makoto out) were flaws and serious issues in their friendship/broship that were left simmering under the surface for nearly two whole seasons. It was finally brought to the surface in episode 11, when they had their first fight (which was another early troubling sign that too much dependency and not enough communication of true feelings was going on).Rin, however, is a character that I view as being very independent. The way he is with Haru in episode 12 definitely reflects that. In the airport he is shown speeding on ahead with Haru behind him (rather than walking beside him), he gives Haru a lot of space throughout the entire episode, he lives Haru for a minute or two to grab drinks, he doesn’t translate everything for Haru when Lori and Russell are talking directly to Haru, and etc. When Haru is with Rin, he has to show more independence. Rin won’t pull Haru out of the bathtub or pool (unless Haru was injured or struggling to do so for some reason) and he won’t make sure Haru is on time for something. When Haru is abroad, he will gain more and more independence. This is not to say that I find dependency awful, because I don’t and I think it is needed, but too much dependency is not a good thing either (the same goes for independence). I think when Haru was with Rin in Australia he came to realize that along with the other realizations he came to (like just how huge the world really is and such). By deciding to pursue the career of a professional swimmer, Haru is also deciding to become more independent as well, just like how Makoto’s decision to move to Tokyo and study to become a swim coach/instructor/teacher shows him taking a step towards independence on both a micro (him actually finding and pursing a dream that *he* wants and which does not involve Haru or Haru’s approval - though that is still wanted and appreciated) and macro (living in Tokyo is going to require a large amount of independence over living in a small town in Tottori Prefecture) level.I love the fact that Makoto and Haru are in Tokyo now. They may be in the same city, and Makoto may still come by and pull Haru out of the bathtub and make sure he is on time for trains and the like, but they are both far enough away (they live in different wards) and Haru will be traveling abroad often, while Makoto’s studies will have him going in a different direction, and all this will allow them both to grow more independent and to grow independently from each other, which I think is important.After their fight and after the issues with their friendship were made clear, I have no doubt that their friendship/broship has become even stronger and that Makoto and Haru will both grow and change and that their relationship will adapt to those growths and changes (we can already see Haru trying to be more open, honest, and expressive with his feelings and emotions - his ‘thank you’ to Rin and his ‘I’m sorry’ to Makoto and his smile after the relay). I would like to think that Makoto will also go about supporting Haru, but not in the overindulgent and enabling way that he was before.I love how KyoAni decided to tackle the struggle between dependency and independence that comes with the transition from high school to post high school/college years. It can be quite scary and daunting, but once you start figuring it out, it gets easier. I hope in the unaired episode/OVA (or even in possible movie or third season) we get to see Haru and Makoto being more independent in general and when it comes to each other, but still having a very supportive, strong, and loving friendship/broship.

lilyginnyblack:

dicaeopolis:

nagisa-tachibana:

makochantachibanana:

HARU’S PARENTS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

ok but where have these two been for two whole seasons

             

im putting my tags here bc this is important

I agree with basically all of this, except for the fact that Haru is a fairly independent person. I think Haru is actually really quite dependent. He is shown to be incredibly dependent on Makoto and I think that Makoto has, in a way, filled the role of a parent in Haru’s life (especially when he reprimands Haru or tries to keep Haru from stripping and taking a swim in fish tanks). Makoto is the one who is always supporting Haru and looking out for Haru in a way that is similar to parent. Of course, Makoto is the mother hen of the group, there is no denying that, but since Haru and Makoto have known each other since they were very young, it makes me wonder if his friendship with Haru is what shaped him to be like that. I also believe that on some level Makoto overindulged Haru, he supported him so much and never wanted to say anything that would upset or hurt Haru, that he became like an overindulgent mother and a bit of an enabler. This and the fact that Haru was a bit spoiled by his dependency on Makoto (as can be seen by how, at times - like in episode 1 of season 1 - Haru would simply tune Makoto out) were flaws and serious issues in their friendship/broship that were left simmering under the surface for nearly two whole seasons. It was finally brought to the surface in episode 11, when they had their first fight (which was another early troubling sign that too much dependency and not enough communication of true feelings was going on).

Rin, however, is a character that I view as being very independent. The way he is with Haru in episode 12 definitely reflects that. In the airport he is shown speeding on ahead with Haru behind him (rather than walking beside him), he gives Haru a lot of space throughout the entire episode, he lives Haru for a minute or two to grab drinks, he doesn’t translate everything for Haru when Lori and Russell are talking directly to Haru, and etc. When Haru is with Rin, he has to show more independence. Rin won’t pull Haru out of the bathtub or pool (unless Haru was injured or struggling to do so for some reason) and he won’t make sure Haru is on time for something. When Haru is abroad, he will gain more and more independence.

This is not to say that I find dependency awful, because I don’t and I think it is needed, but too much dependency is not a good thing either (the same goes for independence). I think when Haru was with Rin in Australia he came to realize that along with the other realizations he came to (like just how huge the world really is and such). By deciding to pursue the career of a professional swimmer, Haru is also deciding to become more independent as well, just like how Makoto’s decision to move to Tokyo and study to become a swim coach/instructor/teacher shows him taking a step towards independence on both a micro (him actually finding and pursing a dream that *he* wants and which does not involve Haru or Haru’s approval - though that is still wanted and appreciated) and macro (living in Tokyo is going to require a large amount of independence over living in a small town in Tottori Prefecture) level.

I love the fact that Makoto and Haru are in Tokyo now. They may be in the same city, and Makoto may still come by and pull Haru out of the bathtub and make sure he is on time for trains and the like, but they are both far enough away (they live in different wards) and Haru will be traveling abroad often, while Makoto’s studies will have him going in a different direction, and all this will allow them both to grow more independent and to grow independently from each other, which I think is important.

After their fight and after the issues with their friendship were made clear, I have no doubt that their friendship/broship has become even stronger and that Makoto and Haru will both grow and change and that their relationship will adapt to those growths and changes (we can already see Haru trying to be more open, honest, and expressive with his feelings and emotions - his ‘thank you’ to Rin and his ‘I’m sorry’ to Makoto and his smile after the relay). I would like to think that Makoto will also go about supporting Haru, but not in the overindulgent and enabling way that he was before.

I love how KyoAni decided to tackle the struggle between dependency and independence that comes with the transition from high school to post high school/college years. It can be quite scary and daunting, but once you start figuring it out, it gets easier. I hope in the unaired episode/OVA (or even in possible movie or third season) we get to see Haru and Makoto being more independent in general and when it comes to each other, but still having a very supportive, strong, and loving friendship/broship.

Friday, September 26, 2014
medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Unknown artist, possibly of the Brazilian School
Black Artist Completing a Portrait of a White Female Aristocrat
Brazil (early 1700s)
Oil on canvas
Philadelphia private collection
[x], [x]
I was thrilled at first to see this image - a pre-modern Black woman artist, portrayed at work! But then I saw this:
Although this black artist appears to be wearing a dress, it is likely to be a male figure. As the scholar Sheldon Cheek explains, the artist wears an earring and a silver collar, both common articles worn by black male servants/slaves in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, the collar traditionally indicating slave status. Women rarely, if ever, wore the silver collar. The artist also appears to be wearing a silver “shackle” on the arm.
Ugh. Pretty awful.

I think we should all be pretty critical of what’s written about this painting. Especially the part you’ve quoted above about how they have assigned the gender of the artist in the painting. I find it bizarre that something that is supposed to indicate enslaved status (not gender) somehow trumps this person wearing women’s clothing (that’s also a woman’s hat to the best of my knowledge).
The Americas, including Brazil, have a long tradition of transgender and third gender people. This is one of those images from the past that falls quite easily through the cracks because it is a collection of “exceptions”; it doesn’t fit nicely into categories that have been created and therefore, it’s more or less ignored.
If anyone’s hesitant to be critical, maybe you should also note that both the articles linked above make claims that slavery in Brazil was “less harsh” than other places. What???
How many of our assumptions are being projected onto this painting? Are the “contradictions” present in it a product of the painting itself, or is the problem with the categories we try to place it in? How many layers do we have to fight uphill through when we even look at this image? After all, History teaches us:
women weren’t artists
Black people weren’t artists
Black people were enslaved
Enslaved people didn’t do anything of worth
Transgender, genderqueer and third gender people didn’t exist before the 1960s
white people control how Black images are perceived, but not the other way around
gender must be immediately perceivable and fit into our categories of “male” and “female”
^ So this is the baggage we bring with us when we look at this image. We look at this painting, and we actively search for indicators that allow us to continue to believe the above assumptions.
If we take away those assumptions, if we try to move past them and see this portrait with new eyes, what are we left with? Whose History do we see here? Maybe it’s mine; maybe it’s yours.

medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Unknown artist, possibly of the Brazilian School

Black Artist Completing a Portrait of a White Female Aristocrat

Brazil (early 1700s)

Oil on canvas

Philadelphia private collection

[x], [x]

I was thrilled at first to see this image - a pre-modern Black woman artist, portrayed at work! But then I saw this:

Although this black artist appears to be wearing a dress, it is likely to be a male figure. As the scholar Sheldon Cheek explains, the artist wears an earring and a silver collar, both common articles worn by black male servants/slaves in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, the collar traditionally indicating slave status. Women rarely, if ever, wore the silver collar. The artist also appears to be wearing a silver “shackle” on the arm.

Ugh. Pretty awful.

I think we should all be pretty critical of what’s written about this painting. Especially the part you’ve quoted above about how they have assigned the gender of the artist in the painting. I find it bizarre that something that is supposed to indicate enslaved status (not gender) somehow trumps this person wearing women’s clothing (that’s also a woman’s hat to the best of my knowledge).

The Americas, including Brazil, have a long tradition of transgender and third gender people. This is one of those images from the past that falls quite easily through the cracks because it is a collection of “exceptions”; it doesn’t fit nicely into categories that have been created and therefore, it’s more or less ignored.

If anyone’s hesitant to be critical, maybe you should also note that both the articles linked above make claims that slavery in Brazil was “less harsh” than other places. What???

How many of our assumptions are being projected onto this painting? Are the “contradictions” present in it a product of the painting itself, or is the problem with the categories we try to place it in? How many layers do we have to fight uphill through when we even look at this image? After all, History teaches us:

  • women weren’t artists
  • Black people weren’t artists
  • Black people were enslaved
  • Enslaved people didn’t do anything of worth
  • Transgender, genderqueer and third gender people didn’t exist before the 1960s
  • white people control how Black images are perceived, but not the other way around
  • gender must be immediately perceivable and fit into our categories of “male” and “female”

^ So this is the baggage we bring with us when we look at this image. We look at this painting, and we actively search for indicators that allow us to continue to believe the above assumptions.

If we take away those assumptions, if we try to move past them and see this portrait with new eyes, what are we left with? Whose History do we see here? Maybe it’s mine; maybe it’s yours.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

lolalolaog:

fozmeadows:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.

sorry but fantastic

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today is Vincent’s birthday, but I’m prepping to travel for the next five days XDDD

Drop me a request anyway (word / character for a three line prompt. 

Let’s see what happens.


Here lies the one who couldn’t survive
Happy Birthday Vincent Nightray - September 23

Here lies the one who couldn’t survive

Happy Birthday Vincent Nightray - September 23

(Source: darknessbehind)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

nowyoukno:

socialjusticekoolaid:

(9.23.14) — Another morning in Amerikkka. Somebody thought it would be fun to desecrate the Mike Brown Memorial early this morning. I… I really can’t even. #staywoke #farfromover

image

Here’s a picture of some cops watching the memorial burn although there seemed to be no police at the scene when the fire department arrived.

tastefullyoffensive:

[via]

the-fault-in-our-youtubers:

It’s On Us: 

To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.

To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.

To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.

To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

It’s On Us

Not Alone