Untitled by yana yalutkina on Flickr.


Untitled by yana yalutkina on Flickr.

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hp voice meme

(taken from julia)

HP Voice Meme 

  • Your name & username
  • Where you’re from
  • Pronounce the following: Harry Potter, Quidditch, Hufflepuff, Diagon Alley, Weasley, Hogwarts, Hermione Granger, Horcrux, Gryffindor, Nearly-Headless Nick, Divination, Gringotts, Azkaban, Phoenix, Dobby, Quaffle, Dementor, Hungarian Horntail, Dumbledore
  • When did you start reading the books/first see the movies?
  • Favorite Book? Favorite Movie?
  • Least favorite book/movie?
  • Favorite male character?
  • Favorite female character?
  • Favorite scene in each book/movie?
  • Saddest scene
  • Who do you ship?
  • End with the house you think you’d be sorted into

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(Source: magnius159)


Ludovic BertronGotham II, 2014


Ludovic Bertron
Gotham II, 2014

Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

(Source: jamesbadgedale)


seduce me with in-depth character analysis


Baby elephant drinking. When they are this young, they don’t yet know how to use their trunks to drink water.


Baby elephant drinking. When they are this young, they don’t yet know how to use their trunks to drink water.

“It’s not for you to relate to!” Write that in the sky. And it’s true – often, as writers of color, to portray our stories in all their vibrant authenticity, all their difficult truth means we’re not writing for editors and agents, we’re writing past them. We’re writing for us, for each other. And it’s not just a question of characters of color, it’s not a numbers game. It’s about voice, about narrative flow. Because of who we are and what we’ve lived, our stories often contain implicit critiques of white supremacy, critiques that we know stand little chance of surviving the gauntlet of the majority white publishing industry. We see diverse futures, laden with the tangled past of oppression and we re-envision models of empowerment and survival. But only a few of us make it through. There is a filter and the filter is white culture.

Daniel José Older, "Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, and Publishing"

Another quote because I love bringing up this stuff in debates over audience and economics:

"In the Hunger Games novels, Katniss isn’t white, so let’s also ask: Where are the publishing industry players who will take a stand to make sure literary characters of color become big screen characters of color? And let’s go back even further. … Where were the mass-marketing resources, multimillion dollar ad campaigns and spin-machines when Parable of the Sower (1993), Brown Girl in the Ring(1998) and Midnight Robber(2000) dropped?”


Lucy (2014)

White Feminist Science Fiction as Cinéma Verité, or what else is fuckin’ new: vulnerable white girl aesthetically brutalized at the hands of stock character Asian crime mobsters (apparently in Taipei, but the boss seems to be played by Choi Min-sik, super-recognizable Korean actor from Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, but ssshhh, all Asians and their crime syndicates are interchangeable, see also: who-the-fuck-cares-about-the-baddie). Suddenly-superhuman white heroine indiscriminately kills taxi drivers according to whether or not they speak English (it’s feminist revenge narrative, everybody, everyone benefits from more badass white women!).

Also, some general things white people say/do/expect when they’re traveling outside the West, i.e. these bits of the trailer were practically documentary realism:


2— Interrupting surgery (who cares who’s on the table when it’s not me) and ordering doctors to attend to her first.

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(Source: raphaelia)

Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
— Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors”

(Source: kynodontas)

Q: Hi Gina, just wondering, how do you get your sidebar to remain stationary on your tumblr even when your browser window is minimized?
— Anonymous

Ooh that’s a bit of javascript I wrote. It might be scary-looking/technical for the casual user and I can’t guarantee it’ll work for all themes, since the script is dependent on the theme’s CSS. But if you’re a theme-maker then you can—and should!—put this in your fixed-sidebar themes, and please reblog this so I know!

Brief explanation: In CSS, what you know as “stationary” is called “fixed position.” It means the element stays in the same location on your browser no matter where you scroll, sometimes on top of other elements… like your posts. My script detects when you are scrolling horizontally and changes the location so that it mimics being only fixed when you are scrolling vertically. This will take effect when your page finishes loading.

/* fix element vertically but not horizontally by */ window.addEventListener('load', function() { /* grab element and initial offset */ var fixedElement = document.getElementById('sidebar'); var originalOffset = fixedElement.offsetLeft; /* calculate amount scrolled horizontally & adjust offset */ window.addEventListener('scroll', function(){ var newOffset; //for firefox & etc if( typeof( window.pageXOffset ) == 'number' ) newOffset = originalOffset - window.pageXOffset; else //for IE newOffset = document.body.scrollLeft; /* adjust left or margin-left, depending which style is used. * If neither is used, margin-left is used by default */ if( > 0 ) = newOffset + "px"; else = newOffset + "px"; }); });

How to use:

Add the script between your <head></head> tags, or before your end </body> tag. Replace ‘sidebar’ in this line:

var fixedElement = document.getElementById('sidebar');

with the id of the fixed element, in quotes. You can find the fixed element by looking for the element with this bit of CSS:

#sidebar {
position: fixed;

Confirm by finding the element in your HTML, something like this:

<div id='sidebar'>

Some themes use a class instead of an id (it uses a period instead of a hashtag in your CSS, like “.sidebar” ). If your fixed element doesn’t have an id, add one; it doesn’t matter what the name is as long as it doesn’t conflict with another id name.

I use this in all of my own themes, and I can confirm it works with some popular themes like aryasnark’s.

(Source: ricktimus)

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