Monday, September 15, 2014
sultania:

short-haired noblewomen

sultania:

short-haired noblewomen

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Anonymous said: Reim

send me a character and i’ll tell you:

Riem

send me a character and i’ll tell you:

2-4 songs that are probably on their iPod

In the early mornings when he gets up, he likes to listen to rousing classical symphonies like “Pachelbel’s Cannon” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”

In a modern AU, he is a fan of classic rock bands and has a soft spot for Journey.

the one place they sometimes end up falling asleep — where they’re not supposed to

Reim makes a point never, ever to fall asleep during meetings — especially since he keeps a foldout couch in his office for long nights at work.

But for some reason, he always tends to nod off on carriage rides that last longer than 20 minutes (much to Break’s glee, until it’s become habit for Reim to check himself in the glass for drawn on mustaches and goatees before he steps of out a carriage — even if Break hadn’t been in there with him (Sharon thinks his jokes are funny too, and would gleefully use Eques in his schemes).

the game they’d destroy everyone else at

Poker. Which is most convenient when spying for information at taverns for Rufus — nothing gets a person into certain circles faster than being able to pay a good hand in certain back rooms.

the emoticon they’d use most often

Reim sees no purpose in emoticons, but would draw smilies after every sentence in correspondence to Break if he is at his limit with him :)

what they act like when they haven’t had enough sleep

A little spacey, but also with a heightened sense of attention to detail, since he simply *knows* he is currently not up to speed and is trying in vain to fight this.

their preferred hot beverage on really cold nights. or mornings. or whenever.

mulled cider

how they like to comfort/care for themselves when they’re in a slump

Reim finds comfort in order and would habitually scrub the floor, wash dishes, or do laundry when he wants to re-focus himself.

He also has a fondness for word games.

what they wanted to be when they grew up

Reim wanted to be a military officer. The martial arts was one of the few professions respected by his family; he thought of joining the military and earning a title that way to bring honor to his family, despite their coldness towards him. When he indentured himself to the Barma household, he thought he could earn his place in the Lunettes seat of honor by joining Pandora and acquire an admirable combat Chain. Getting the March Hare dashed those aspirations to the ground, but he’s resigned himself to focusing on his strengths and excelling at those instead.

their favorite kind of weather

Cool early mornings in the spring. Reim has a fondness for watching the sunrise.

thoughts on their singing voice (decent? terrible? soprano? alto?)

Reim, since much of his job involves gathering information with easy-lipped drunk political types and their underlings, which involves a lot of group sing-a-longs, usually led by him. He has a rousing alto that is quiet inspiring.

how/what they like to draw or doodle

Reim would be mortified if he indirectly started doodling anything, because doodling implies a lack of attention to watch needed to be done.

He is, however, is very good sketch artist and would occasionally drop little portraits of his friends and coworkers that he’d sneak in during his lunch hour.

When he was cleaning out Break’s office after his death, Reim found that Break had dedicated an entire desk drawer to Reim’s sketches collected over the years.

Friday, September 12, 2014
espritfollet:

numinous-queer:

officialmcmahon:

fuckyeahethnicwomen:

espritfollet:

This is a map of Asia. North Americans, you may notice this map is not solely comprised of Japan, Korea, China and Thailand. People in the UK, you may notice India is not  a continent. That is, if those of you who generalize entire continents can even pinpoint India on a map. Indians are Asian, gasp! And not all brown skinned people are Indian, also, gasp! There are an alarming amount of people, of all ages, from all backgrounds, who seem to be unable to process this.
I’m ethnically Asian. Since Asia is an extremely large continent, I could be from any number of countries. I am neither from India, China, Korea, Japan or Pakistan, yet not so surprisingly, I am still Asian. 
Yes, there are commonalities across regions, through the conflation of cultures, colonialism, globalization, transnationalism and movement of diasporas. Sometimes these are all the same thing. Rickshaws, rice and curry can be found across the continent. But let’s not overgeneralize. You can also find Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims and Hindus across Asia. Cantonese Speaking Chinese Muslims! English Speaking Indian Jews! 
No, we are not all the same. Orientalism? (Please look up Edward Said for basic concepts) No thank you. 
Geography, people. It’s important. 

This pops up on my dash every so often. I reblog it again, not just because I wrote it, but because nothing has changed since I first posted this.

What’s cool about Iran is that it falls in 3 different regions of Asia so depending on what part of Iran you’re in, you can kind of get culture shocked a bit. The central and western part of the country is West Asia, the north east is Central Asia, and the southeast is in South Asia. 


To the folks wondering about Russia being included, I want to mention that the cultural debates and angst about that has been going on for CENTURIES. While France has been pretty fetishized all the way back from Peter the Great, there is no question that we are not Europe, even with that influence showing really obviously in historical seats of power like St. Petersburg. Nonetheless, the whole country was under control of the Mongols (The Golden Horde) from roughly 1242 to 1480, and that left an enormous Mongolian and Tatar heritage that remains to this day. The ancient Scythians are huge in the cultural imagination as well. And besides… look at the Russians who are outside the standard “Kievan Rus” phenotype (which most folks assume is how all Russians look.) 
Here are three of the 30 distinct ethnic groups in Siberia alone:

Buryat grandfather, photo by Alexander Newby

Evenk children, photo by Evgenia Arbugaeva

Young Yakut couple, photographer unknown

boom

espritfollet:

numinous-queer:

officialmcmahon:

fuckyeahethnicwomen:

espritfollet:

This is a map of Asia. North Americans, you may notice this map is not solely comprised of Japan, Korea, China and Thailand. People in the UK, you may notice India is not  a continent. That is, if those of you who generalize entire continents can even pinpoint India on a map. Indians are Asian, gasp! And not all brown skinned people are Indian, also, gasp! There are an alarming amount of people, of all ages, from all backgrounds, who seem to be unable to process this.

I’m ethnically Asian. Since Asia is an extremely large continent, I could be from any number of countries. I am neither from India, China, Korea, Japan or Pakistan, yet not so surprisingly, I am still Asian. 

Yes, there are commonalities across regions, through the conflation of cultures, colonialism, globalization, transnationalism and movement of diasporas. Sometimes these are all the same thing. Rickshaws, rice and curry can be found across the continent. But let’s not overgeneralize. You can also find Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims and Hindus across Asia. Cantonese Speaking Chinese Muslims! English Speaking Indian Jews! 

No, we are not all the same. Orientalism? (Please look up Edward Said for basic concepts) No thank you. 

Geography, people. It’s important. 

This pops up on my dash every so often. I reblog it again, not just because I wrote it, but because nothing has changed since I first posted this.

What’s cool about Iran is that it falls in 3 different regions of Asia so depending on what part of Iran you’re in, you can kind of get culture shocked a bit. The central and western part of the country is West Asia, the north east is Central Asia, and the southeast is in South Asia. 

image

To the folks wondering about Russia being included, I want to mention that the cultural debates and angst about that has been going on for CENTURIES. While France has been pretty fetishized all the way back from Peter the Great, there is no question that we are not Europe, even with that influence showing really obviously in historical seats of power like St. Petersburg. Nonetheless, the whole country was under control of the Mongols (The Golden Horde) from roughly 1242 to 1480, and that left an enormous Mongolian and Tatar heritage that remains to this day. The ancient Scythians are huge in the cultural imagination as well. And besides… look at the Russians who are outside the standard “Kievan Rus” phenotype (which most folks assume is how all Russians look.) 

Here are three of the 30 distinct ethnic groups in Siberia alone:

image

Buryat grandfather, photo by Alexander Newby

image

Evenk children, photo by Evgenia Arbugaeva

image

Young Yakut couple, photographer unknown

boom

Thursday, September 11, 2014
So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell  (via reap)

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micdotcom:

Photos of Keke Palmer’s debut as Cinderella will bring tears to your eyes

Keke Palmer took the stage Tuesday night as the title character in Broadway’s Cinderella, marking the first time an African-American actress has played the role on theater’s biggest stage. 

"Dreams do come true" Follow micdotcom

ptjtsubasa:

Today I read Mahou Tsukai no Yome by Kore Yamazaki.

15-year-old Chise has been an unwanted child for her whole life, because she can see fairies and other supernatural beings. She ends up in a human auction where she’s purchased by Ellias Ainsworth, a magus with a skull for a head.

Ellias frees Chise and makes her his apprentice and future bride. He’s no mortal man, however, and it’s pretty clear that his interest in Chise is something else than desire.

Chise is a rare case among those who have magical abilities, because she’s able to stockpile magical energy from her surroundings to a far greater degree than most humans. This also places a lot of stress on her body, though, which causes her to sleep for days afterwards, and supposedly dooms her to an early death. Ellias seems to have some plan concerning this, though.

Chise and Ellias start living together in his countryhouse near London and regularly embark to take on various magical odd jobs. There are dragons, fairies and magical cats living just under the radar for regular people.

The world-building feels strong and logical, and draws largely from Celtic myths. The art is also extremely impressive. It’s hard to believe that the author has previously only created a curious-sounding two-volume romance series, which sadly has not been translated.

The series was originally published in Mag Garden’s Monthly Comic Blade, which recently ceased publication. A new web magazine will replace it in September, though, and the series will continue there.

Apparently the first volume alone has sold 100 000 copies, so I expect great things from this one. It even already has an official Twitter account.

I’ve heard this series being compared to PH, so I think I’ll check it out….

highs0ciety:

arabbara:

R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit

this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging

double-twiiin-trrrouble:

sakuraconsoles:

(S1 Ep11) VS (S2 Ep11)

This upsets me on so many levels.

tHIS AGITATED ME 

littlelimpstiff14u2:


Picture of the week: Desert Spirits by Spencer Tunick
Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine’s editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Spencer Tunick’s Desert Spirits

littlelimpstiff14u2:

Picture of the week: Desert Spirits by Spencer Tunick

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine’s editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Spencer Tunick’s Desert Spirits

altersociety:

socialjusticekoolaid:

The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

The people of Ferguson are an inspiration and they are true examples of perseverance in the face of struggle and pain. I stand with Ferguson.

humansofnewyork:

"Let me tell you about my son. When Aditya was born, there was a very popular television show on the air, and the main character was named Lord Rama. Lord Rama was known as a revealer of truth. So I joked with my best friend that my son was going to be just like Lord Rama, and he was going to bring a great truth into the world. Sixteen years later, that very same friend called me while I was out of town on vacation. 'Uptal!' he screamed. 'Uptal! Turn on the TV! Your son is on the TV! He's just like Lord Rama!''What channel?' I asked.'Any channel!' he screamed. So I turned on the television. And there he was. I hadn't known it, but while I was gone, he had started a petition on the internet. He was only sixteen years old at the time, and he had started an online petition calling for the government to reopen an old rape case. The case was nearly ten years old, and it involved the son of a very powerful government official. The son had raped and murdered a girl, and even though the evidence was overwhelming, he was only given three years in prison because of his family's connections. So Aditya started this petition to reopen the case. And soon it had millions of signatures! A sixteen year old boy! I couldn't believe it! I called his mother, and she was very scared. The men he was challenging were very powerful, and had many powerful friends. Soon Aditya was on the cover of every newspaper: ‘Young Boy Challenges Mafia,” the newspapers said. TV cameras were lining up in front of our house. His mother and I were very scared for him, and wanted him to lay low, but he insisted on doing every interview. He went on all the TV shows. Soon he started a protest right here at India Gate. He announced: ‘I am going to sit here until the case is reopened.’ Thousands of people joined him. All the famous musicians and Bollywood stars came to join him. The largest magazine in India called him ‘the country’s youngest icon.’ Soon after the protest began, the chief judge of the Supreme Court announced he was reopening the case. When the new trial was finished, the man had been given a life sentence!”
(New Delhi, India)

humansofnewyork:

"Let me tell you about my son. When Aditya was born, there was a very popular television show on the air, and the main character was named Lord Rama. Lord Rama was known as a revealer of truth. So I joked with my best friend that my son was going to be just like Lord Rama, and he was going to bring a great truth into the world. Sixteen years later, that very same friend called me while I was out of town on vacation. 
'Uptal!' he screamed. 'Uptal! Turn on the TV! Your son is on the TV! He's just like Lord Rama!'
'What channel?' I asked.
'Any channel!' he screamed. So I turned on the television. And there he was. I hadn't known it, but while I was gone, he had started a petition on the internet. He was only sixteen years old at the time, and he had started an online petition calling for the government to reopen an old rape case. The case was nearly ten years old, and it involved the son of a very powerful government official. The son had raped and murdered a girl, and even though the evidence was overwhelming, he was only given three years in prison because of his family's connections. So Aditya started this petition to reopen the case. And soon it had millions of signatures! A sixteen year old boy! I couldn't believe it! I called his mother, and she was very scared. The men he was challenging were very powerful, and had many powerful friends. 
Soon Aditya was on the cover of every newspaper: ‘Young Boy Challenges Mafia,” the newspapers said. TV cameras were lining up in front of our house. His mother and I were very scared for him, and wanted him to lay low, but he insisted on doing every interview. He went on all the TV shows. Soon he started a protest right here at India Gate. He announced: ‘I am going to sit here until the case is reopened.’ Thousands of people joined him. All the famous musicians and Bollywood stars came to join him. The largest magazine in India called him ‘the country’s youngest icon.’ Soon after the protest began, the chief judge of the Supreme Court announced he was reopening the case. When the new trial was finished, the man had been given a life sentence!”

(New Delhi, India)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ryoura said: Gilbert for the headcanon thing? :)

send me a character and i’ll tell you:

2-4 songs that are probably on their iPod

In an AU modern day sense, Gilbert would have a couple of Flogging Molly songs that he blares when he is on the subway home late night after hitting the bar — and if he’s had too much, he’ll end up shouting “Salty Dog” or “Black Friday Rule” and stomp to the beat (but those times are usually when he is alone in his apartment, drinking by himself.

When he’s down, he listens to depressing 80s synth pop like New Order.

the one place they sometimes end up falling asleep — where they’re not supposed to

Pandora has monthly budgeting meetings, and though Gilbert is not a senior officer — Break is — and since Break is his supervisor but *never* goes to meetings that require things like numbers and being held accountable for said numbers, he always manages to mysteriously disappear the day of the budgeting meeting and Gilbert is forced to go to in his stead. And, despite the growing resentment and irritation Gilbert always feels at the beginning of said meetings, he always ends up nodding off by the end of them… much to his further cringing when Reim pokes him lightly in the back to wake him up after it ends.

the game they’d destroy everyone else at

Cards Against Humanity. Because no one expects him to pull out the most mortifying answers for cards like ” Step 1. _____ Step 2. _______ Step 3. Profit.”

the emoticon they’d use most often

^^;;


what they act like when they haven’t had enough sleep

Gilbert is an insomniac for much of his life, so basically, how he typically acts is him on sleep-deprivation mode. But I will say that he has a certain haze that creates a pallor over his life that slowly clears after the third cup of coffee, but soon returns about six hours later. And he tends to have more extreme range of emotions with his insomnia has gotten especially bad: he’d swing from timid and listless and then, when provoked, snap-flare into his temper and speak without forethought and then, the next hour, he might be in a corner, morose and quiet before bursting out in laughter over the smallest thing.

their preferred hot beverage on really cold nights. or mornings. or whenever.

Coffee, black.

Or on really bone-chilling nights, coffee, black, with Bailey’s.

how they like to comfort/care for themselves when they’re in a slump

A walk in the woods, or being out in nature in general, and alone. Or baking — Gilbert is very much a baker when stressed.

what they wanted to be when they grew up

Confident and assured of the future, and it was always disappointing when Gilbert felt that time hadn’t come yet, and he always wondered how old he’d have to be until he “grew up”.

their favorite kind of weather

Early morning mist, especially in autumn, on the carriage rides to Pandora, right before harvest so Gilbert could look out over the fields of golden wheat and barley and oats swaying as he passed.

thoughts on their singing voice (decent? terrible? soprano? alto?)

Gilbert’s voice is a smooth tenor, and he sings quite well, though he never did so in public (unless very drunk and Gilbert was a sad and passionately desperate type of drunk, so and even then he didn’t really sing as much as howl out all of the rage and sorrow—still it was captivating and moving to witness).

He tends to hum snatches of peasant songs and whistles while he does household chores. However, but they weren’t common or popular songs of the day, but older tunes from decades ago, and he hadn’t realized exactly how he knew those old songs until much later.

As a youth at the Vessalius manor, he used to sing Ada lullabies to sleep sometimes, when she had nightmares. Once, when Oz was sick and bedridden, he asked Gilbert to sing him a song too, but Gilbert became so nervous that he ended up stumbling over words and finally managed to hum a tune or two until the other boy fell asleep.

how/what they like to draw or doodle

Gilbert isn’t a doodler, but a fidgeter, but when he is bored (like at those budgeting meetings), sometimes his fingers would make swirling or dark crosshatched patterns of stars and whorls in the margins. Reim once commented that they looked like patterns observed in the Abyss, and Gilbert became so disconcerted that he stopped doodling entirely.