what if tattoos just randomly appeared on our skin at key points in our lives and we had to figure out what they meant for ourselves

Based on the pilot alone (always a dangerous proposition), HBO’s The Leftovers is a surprisingly fresh look at the rapture myth. 

I always wonder about the psychology behind these trends. Apocalyptic fiction is always popular in anticipation of the end of an era. It’s been suggested that the recent surge of popularity in superheroes is tied to political unrest. So what does Rapture fiction say about our zeitgeist?

The Leftovers is great (so far) because one of the first laws it sets for its world is that the selection of who vanished and who remains is not based on virtue. The second reason it’s great is because it maintains most of suburban society as is - police still patrol, parades are planned, kids still go to school. Almost all the consequences of the event are psychological.  

Great start. Recommended. May be perfect for Millenials.

Based on the pilot alone (always a dangerous proposition), HBO’s The Leftovers is a surprisingly fresh look at the rapture myth.

I always wonder about the psychology behind these trends. Apocalyptic fiction is always popular in anticipation of the end of an era. It’s been suggested that the recent surge of popularity in superheroes is tied to political unrest. So what does Rapture fiction say about our zeitgeist?

The Leftovers is great (so far) because one of the first laws it sets for its world is that the selection of who vanished and who remains is not based on virtue. The second reason it’s great is because it maintains most of suburban society as is - police still patrol, parades are planned, kids still go to school. Almost all the consequences of the event are psychological.

Great start. Recommended. May be perfect for Millenials.

“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”

My fellow Americans

Now is the time we celebrate our union. But before you get too caught up in the revelry of our various holiday picnics, swooning from too much sun and too many hamburgers, mesmerized by the shining lights in the night sky, caught up in our national “ooooh” followed by “aaaah,” let us take a moment and remember what this holiday is really about.

Do your part, and say something snotty to an Englishman today. They’re counting on you.

So Ji Sub, everyone. 

Yesterday, I turned to my hairdresser and I said:

"Adam, I’m so bored I may die."

Yesterday, I turned to my hairdresser and I said:

"Adam, I’m so bored I may die."

aprilslily:

handgunandgladius:

spidrhuntr:

xysciences:

Benham’s disk.
People report seeing different colours while looking at it, from Brown to Green to Yellow to Purple. Some people see no colours at all, and some see a variation of all of them.
The phenomenon is not entirely understood, one possible theory however has to do with the colour receptors in the eyes responding at different rates to red, green, and blue.
What colour do you see? 

i see green

green

I see gold

Yellow, clear as day.

aprilslily:

handgunandgladius:

spidrhuntr:

xysciences:

Benham’s disk.

People report seeing different colours while looking at it, from Brown to Green to Yellow to Purple. Some people see no colours at all, and some see a variation of all of them.

The phenomenon is not entirely understood, one possible theory however has to do with the colour receptors in the eyes responding at different rates to red, green, and blue.

What colour do you see? 

i see green

green

I see gold

Yellow, clear as day.

(Source: xysciences)

tardiscrash:

Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.

People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings. 

Recommended Reading: “History of Private Life" a 5-part series covering the emergence of "private spaces" during the early Roman Empire and its effects on Western history every since. 

The appeal of ignoring other people is something that was introduced relatively recently in human civilization and has grown to the point where it’s reaching a cultural tipping point. I personally think it’s largely because the human population has grown. I mean, look at it this way: At its peak, the Roman Empire claimed 20% of the world’s population, roughly ~60 million inhabitants. Today, 60 million people live in Italy alone. The more people, the more isolation is seen as a luxury and more desirous. The effects it’s had on us continue to play out, but I think there’s a general consensus that they’ve been largely negative.

That said, I would rather see society burn than socialize with my neighbors.

newshour:

The Navy just pinned its first female four-star admiral.
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is now the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.

eppujensen said: What was the most difficult but in the end most rewarding thing about writing the Glamourist series? (Or any individual book?) Any regrets, or anything you'd change post-publication?

maryrobinette:

Breaking my own preconceptions that Regency England was an all-white landscape. I’d totally bought into the white-washing of history and then contributed to it with the first two books. 

In Shades of Milk and Honey, I wanted to have a diverse cast but how could I possibly do that in a small English town in 1814. Oh… I don’t know, maybe by actually representing the people who lived there? In Sanditon, Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, she has a ton of West Indian characters. Looking at the records of births, marriages, deaths, household staff… just actual history instead of what I thought I knew, would have shown me that people of colour lived throughout the British Isles.

In Glamour in Glass, I did the same darn thing. How could there be people of colour in Belgium in 1815? Maybe because they were still there from 1658 when Brueghel was doing etchings? 

What amazes me is how hard it was to break that preconception, even after I became aware of it. Without a Summer, I set in London so I could have a broad and diverse cast. 

Then, when I wrote Valour and Vanity, I finished and realized I’d defaulted to an all-white cast again. It’s set in Venice! A major crossroads, with a seriously diverse population. So I had to go back in and do some rewrites to make it historically accurate.

I imagine I’ll have to be rooting those preconceptions out of myself for the rest of my life. They were deep-seated and continue to be fed by the popular media — often not through malicious intent, but because creators been caught up with the same base of assumed, erroneous knowledge.

So yes, difficult, but definitely rewarding. The books are better for it. 

Part of the reason I enjoy writing historical fantasy is because of the tension between real history and the imagined. Those stresses allow us to see the strain in the fabric of our own society. I find that really exciting. 

debshock:

Co-worker attempts to make conversation with me.

debshock:

Co-worker attempts to make conversation with me.

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yourlittlebear:

Destiny’s Child | “Independent Woman

aedison:

khealywu:

joestanton:

khealywu:

buzzfeedpolitics:

Fox News host Jessie Waters’s insane “Beyoncé Voters” definition.

Look at this smug little shit-face.

WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN

It’s barely coded racism. Beyoncé = black women here, which I guess he doesn’t realize is like the biggest compliment anyone could hope for. I mean, I would probably actually cry if someone were to earnestly compare me to BEYONCÉ.

He knows that Beyoncé sang a song with the word “depend” in it, but he doesn’t know that the full sentiment was, of course, I Depend On Me.

Seriously. Don’t participate if you can’t keep up, Fox.

Also: “Independent Women” is my anthem.