Subtle Skies

and Gray Analogies

jessicachastains:

twofishies:

lightspeedsound:

all-the-fangirl-feels:

#remember how this movie took female stereotypes and crushed them into a million pieces

casual reminder that Elle Woods scored a 179 on the LSAT, which is one point shy of a perfect score.

Casual reminder that Whatshisface here had family connections and was a legacy and shit, whereas Elle Woods came out of nowhere.

casual reminder that Elle Woods actually had an amazing background in real life issues that people dismissed as unimportant but managed to not only learn the law, but learned how to apply the law.

Casual reminder that Elle Woods used her lawyer skills to save a woman from an abusive relationship and also save another woman from trumped up murder charges and basically what I’m saying is you go, girl, go get ‘em Elle Woods, thank you for this movie.

what’s fantastic about this movie is that it’s not that fucked up brand of feminism where the girls who arent like other girls and sip tea and read hemingway look down on the blonde party sluts. the message of the movie is like, you can be blonde and attractive AND enjoy stuff like shopping and partying and you can still be smart and kick ass!!!

(Source: fifthharmony)

indiohistorian:

It was said that when Apolinario Mabini, the former Prime Minister of the Philippines’ defeated first Republic, was exiled by the Americans to Guam for refusing to swear allegiance to the American flag, he was taunted by one American warden that there were no great literature of the Philippines that Filipinos could be proud of. In answer to this taunting, the Filipino paralytic began to write the entire awit epic of “Florante at Laura" composed by Francisco Balagtas. And Mabini wrote it simply from memory!
Talk about being a genius. 
*Photo: Mabini’s handwriting from one of the introductory verses of the Florante at Laura he wrote for the warden.

Kay Celia 
Kung pagsaulan kong basahin sa isip 
ang nakaraang araw ng pag-ibig,
may mahahagilap kayang natititik
liban na kay Celiang namugad sa dibdib?

indiohistorian:

It was said that when Apolinario Mabini, the former Prime Minister of the Philippines’ defeated first Republic, was exiled by the Americans to Guam for refusing to swear allegiance to the American flag, he was taunted by one American warden that there were no great literature of the Philippines that Filipinos could be proud of. In answer to this taunting, the Filipino paralytic began to write the entire awit epic of “Florante at Laura" composed by Francisco Balagtas. And Mabini wrote it simply from memory!

Talk about being a genius. 

*Photo: Mabini’s handwriting from one of the introductory verses of the Florante at Laura he wrote for the warden.

Kay Celia

Kung pagsaulan kong basahin sa isip 

ang nakaraang araw ng pag-ibig,

may mahahagilap kayang natititik

liban na kay Celiang namugad sa dibdib?

nasa-ismy-truelove:

trigonometry-is-my-bitch:

Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in thepresentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.
[video]
^ what you have witnessed above is light travelling in slow motion.

OOOOOOOOOH MY GOD

nasa-ismy-truelove:

trigonometry-is-my-bitch:

Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in thepresentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.

[video]

^ what you have witnessed above is light travelling in slow motion.

OOOOOOOOOH MY GOD

lastuli:

Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

Photograph #10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

leafo-flameo:

Toph was an excellent fighter, but part of what made her such an exceptional earthbender was the fact her bending was so incredibly creative.

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Toph developed her own earthbending style, completely unique and specifically designed for her own needs. She’s the first to use  earthbending as an extension of her senses, allowing her to “see” things others could not. Her bending was incredibly versatile— her seismic sense was not only useful for battle strategy, but was also utilized for practical living. She could turn herself into a human lie detector. With a bit of practice, she could construct a miniaturized sand city with the same ease of chucking a rock. She saw beyond the realm of what was thought possible and learned to bend metal, then developed and integrated the technique into her own fighting style.

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So I think it’s incredibly appropriate that her daughter and grandchildren have gone on to use metalbending to fuel creative pursuits of their own. Zaofu is full of art, statues, and architecture built entirely of metal. Metalbenders practice choreography and dance, develop their own games and sports, and inhabitants of the city design new technologies never seen anywhere before. As Lin carries on Toph’s work in Republic City, Suyin continues as her work as a visionary — two equal parts of the same legacy.

Before we get to ergativity, unaccusitivity and other kinds of morphosyntactic funtimes…

dedalvs:

superlinguo:

Thanks so much to All Things Linguistic for setting up the Crowdsourced Linguistics project. We tend to prattle on about things we know, or find interesting, so it’s great to get an idea of what some people find bamboozling or tricky about language!

I offered to help explain the collected jargon of ergative, accusative, unaccusative and unergative. I still remember sitting in undergraduate classes and trying to get my head around ergativity, so for anyone trying to puzzle it out, I feel your pain.

Each Wikipedia page (linked above) explains the relevant phenomenon with as much detail as you’d find in an undergrad linguistics text book, but to make sense of it you have to start thinking about sentences like a linguist. For example, this is really a very elegant summary:

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But only if you understand what the A, S and O stand for, and what that actually means for real language. I’ve given a short intro before (in this post), but I thought I’d write a post that goes right, right back to basics. Hopefully by time you’ve read this, the information on the various Wikipedia pages will be more accessible. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a long post by Superlinguo standards!

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This is a detailed explanation of ergativity I wrote up ten years ago with a conlanging audience in mind.

bryankonietzko:

rufftoon:

Another GIF from the Korra season 3 finale. 
More beautiful animation- I love how she twists as she takes off that rock pillars’ top. 
There were some insane  awesome shots in both episodes and great choreography for the action sequences.

This whole exterior action sequence between Korra and Zaheer is co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos’ storyboarding/fight choreography masterpiece, especially the 20-plus-second continuous flying shot. It was a herculean undertaking, and he had some help cleaning up a few of the scenes by Owen Sullivan (on this one) and Shaun O’Neil. If you didn’t already know it, Joaquim is a force of nature when it comes to action animation!

bryankonietzko:

rufftoon:

Another GIF from the Korra season 3 finale. 

More beautiful animation- I love how she twists as she takes off that rock pillars’ top. 

There were some insane awesome shots in both episodes and great choreography for the action sequences.

This whole exterior action sequence between Korra and Zaheer is co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos’ storyboarding/fight choreography masterpiece, especially the 20-plus-second continuous flying shot. It was a herculean undertaking, and he had some help cleaning up a few of the scenes by Owen Sullivan (on this one) and Shaun O’Neil. If you didn’t already know it, Joaquim is a force of nature when it comes to action animation!

(Source: kuwabaraaa)