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misguidedivory:

walkingwiththeblackdog:

These are the mugshots of William West and William West, and they are not related. They were both sent to Leavenworth Prison at the same time, in 1903, and after some confusion, the staff understood they had two different prisoners with the exact same name, who looked exactly alike. They are part of the reason fingerprints are now used as identification.

Omg

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altmodel-ashavari:

Photography by Ken Cawagas 

Posted 1 week ago

dduane:

nanoochka:

Attention all followers!

Consider this a straight-up plea for help to signal boost the bejeezus out of a program I am launching at my library here in Toronto, geared at all young fanfiction writers who want to meet up with other teens IRL to discuss and critique each others’ writing and generally spend some time hanging out being awesome.

The Teen Fanfiction Writers’ Coalition is coming to Toronto Public Library.

This project is really close to my heart, and it’s also a complete first for my library system—maybe a first for any library system, who knows? All I know for sure is there are literally tens of thousands of teens out there who write and share their fiction online, and as a teen librarian I want to give them a safe space to come and meet likeminded youth out in their own city.

Held at Cedarbrae Library in Scarborough, meetings will take place on the last Friday of every month, beginning April 25th, from 4:30-6:00 pm. We might add sessions depending on what demand is like. All fanfiction writers ages 12 to 18 are invited. I don’t care if you’re a seasoned fanfic writer or just starting out; just come. We also encourage any original writing you’d like to share. Most importantly, all ships and fandoms are welcome. This is a 100% safe space for anything you happen to support and like writing about. Tell your friends. Get your friends to tell their friends. I want to see a complete fanfiction takeover up in this joint.

Anyone who has more questions can feel free to leave me an ask. More information is also available through the Toronto Public Library website here, or you can click the hi-res version of the above flyer for more details.

To everyone else: please, please, reblog the crap out of this. There’s a good chance some of your followers are teens living in Toronto or the surrounding area, and if this can provide a creative outlet for even a few of them, I will consider it a job well done.

Signal boosting for fanfic activity in one of my favorite cities.

Posted 1 week ago

The Game Cube can be hit with a sledgehammer and work just fine. The Nintendo DS was specifically designed to be able to survive a 1.5 meter (five foot) drop onto solid concrete without breaking, and one of the company’s bigwigs wouldn’t let it go past the design phase until the design team could guarantee it could survive the drop at least 10 times. In fact, Nintendo products have such a reputation for being impossible to break through normal means that they spawned the term “Nintendium”—an all-purpose phrase given to pieces of technology that survive extreme punishment. For example, take the Gulf War Game Boy, an original Game Boy console that survived having a freaking bomb dropped on it.

Nintendo never advertises their products as being durable, they don’t brag about their Game Boys being bomb-proof or their consoles being tough enough to survive being hit by a car. They just expect their customers to be human and include features to prepare for that humanity. While other companies decide that they’re nice by including a cover to protect the screen of the $600 phone you just bought in case you drop it, Nintendo just builds a device that can survive being dropped in the first place and doesn’t make a big deal about it. Because that’s how a real company does business.

10 Toys That Are Replacing Cutting-Edge Technology (via strandedonthemainland)

I dropped my 3DS down a flight of concrete stairs and it just got a little scratched on the corners. (via digitallyimpaired)

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Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.
Katherine Henson  (via thelittlephilosopher)

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The privilege of colour-blindness

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Posted 1 month ago
You might find it hard to imagine gravity as a weak force, but consider that a small magnet can hold up a paper clip, even though the entire earth is pulling down on it.

Lisa Randall

I have never thought about gravity this way. Really puts it in perspective, eh?

(via scienceisbeauty)

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thetweetest:

Russian legislators vote unanimously to approve use of military force in Ukraine. http://t.co/wAoMKyCUK1

UPDATE: Russian parliament wants to recall ambassador in DC over Obama comment.http://t.co/NS3KqyqmDl

UPDATE: UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine at 2 p.m. Saturday

UPDATE: Russian minister: Parliament’s authorization of troops in Ukraine doesn’t mean immediate deployment. http://t.co/pqBdzlmPel

UPDATE: Ukraine military bases have been sealed off by Russian forces in Crimea.http://t.co/eSMg54UAxK

UPDATE: Sen. Corker: Congress To Consider Targeted Sanctions On Russia.http://t.co/wQWe1G1rd9”

UPDATE: Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says military is on ‘highest alert’ 

UPDATE: Donetsk calls for referendum, votes to restore Russian’s official status.http://t.co/xjLcT7iwjV

UPDATE: Ukraine puts its forces on combat alert and warns Russia that any military intervention would lead to war.http://t.co/UshEShAbHd

UPDATE: Top officials at White House meeting on Ukraine. http://t.co/tQQNeCh6NX

UPDATE: Obama warns Russia on Ukraine. http://t.co/ZIfkEW01Ww

UPDATE: Ran into Podesta leaving WH Asked whether Ukraine is a test for US Russian relations, he responded “that goes without saying.” -Jim Acosta CNN

UPDATE: Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN asks Security Council to “do everything possible” to stop Russian “aggression”.http://t.co/oFvfcdTXrn

UPDATE: Sec. of State Kerry calls Russia’s movements an “invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory” - AliABCNews

UPDATE: Kremlin statement~> “Russia reserves right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers living in Ukraine.”http://t.co/ysF9nQgT5s

UPDATE: White House Confirms Obama Chose Not To Attend National Security Briefing On Ukraine/Russia Crisis. http://t.co/QoBTnl8uch

UPDATE: In 90-Minute Phone Call, Obama Expresses ‘His Deep Concern’ over Violation of Ukrainian Sovereignty.http://t.co/6w7wREKjNN

UPDATE: Barack Obama remarks on Ukraine…http://t.co/8MOruNuiYH

UPDATE: Obama is using the OSCE to give Russia an exit strategy …if it wants one.http://t.co/yWJYMY2yO5

UPDATE: Canada pulls ambassador from Russia and pulls out of upcoming Group of Eight preparations.http://t.co/Mt58GlLuLH

UPDATE: David Cameron calls Putin over Ukraine.http://t.co/RspIpKs5bB

UPDATE: US ‘Suspends’ Role in Russia G8 Summit After Obama, Putin Speak.http://t.co/oYqkhieXOQ

UPDATE: Pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv, Ukraine beat supporters of the interim government.
Video~> http://t.co/02GpmhGKgc

UPDATE: Putin’s Crimea aim is to make the West look weak. http://fw.to/2lRsn0J

UPDATE: Russian Embassy to UK: “Russia remains open to cooperation with all partners … to seek a political solution to the crisis” in Ukraine.

UPDATE: Russian servicemen take weapons from Ukrainian radar and navy training facilities in Crimea region, Interfax says.http://t.co/9O2MGFinf7

UPDATE: WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action.http://t.co/HCEVrkzz4e

UPDATE: A convoy of Russian troops is heading toward Crimea’s capital, Simferopol.http://t.co/EYtQMl6Ol

REUTERS LIVE FEED: Independence Square http://t.co/9B1CKvyX18 

WSJ LIVE FEED: http://on.wsj.com/1oOslW

TELEGRAPH LIVE FEED: http://t.co/Sh3ByKSCTf

UPDATE: Ukraine calls up reserves as Russian troops advance in Crimea.

thetweetest:

Russian legislators vote unanimously to approve use of military force in Ukraine.
http://t.co/wAoMKyCUK1

UPDATE: Russian parliament wants to recall ambassador in DC over Obama comment.
http://t.co/NS3KqyqmDl

UPDATE: UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine at 2 p.m. Saturday

UPDATE: Russian minister: Parliament’s authorization of troops in Ukraine doesn’t mean immediate deployment.
http://t.co/pqBdzlmPel

UPDATE: Ukraine military bases have been sealed off by Russian forces in Crimea.
http://t.co/eSMg54UAxK

UPDATE: Sen. Corker: Congress To Consider Targeted Sanctions On Russia.
http://t.co/wQWe1G1rd9”

UPDATE: Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says military is on ‘highest alert’

UPDATE: Donetsk calls for referendum, votes to restore Russian’s official status.
http://t.co/xjLcT7iwjV

UPDATE: Ukraine puts its forces on combat alert and warns Russia that any military intervention would lead to war.
http://t.co/UshEShAbHd

UPDATE: Top officials at White House meeting on Ukraine.
http://t.co/tQQNeCh6NX

UPDATE: Obama warns Russia on Ukraine.
http://t.co/ZIfkEW01Ww

UPDATE: Ran into Podesta leaving WH Asked whether Ukraine is a test for US Russian relations, he responded “that goes without saying.” -Jim Acosta CNN

UPDATE: Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN asks Security Council to “do everything possible” to stop Russian “aggression”.
http://t.co/oFvfcdTXrn

UPDATE: Sec. of State Kerry calls Russia’s movements an “invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory” - AliABCNews

UPDATE: Kremlin statement~> “Russia reserves right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers living in Ukraine.”
http://t.co/ysF9nQgT5s

UPDATE: White House Confirms Obama Chose Not To Attend National Security Briefing On Ukraine/Russia Crisis.
http://t.co/QoBTnl8uch

UPDATE: In 90-Minute Phone Call, Obama Expresses ‘His Deep Concern’ over Violation of Ukrainian Sovereignty.
http://t.co/6w7wREKjNN

UPDATE: Barack Obama remarks on Ukraine…
http://t.co/8MOruNuiYH

UPDATE: Obama is using the OSCE to give Russia an exit strategy …if it wants one.
http://t.co/yWJYMY2yO5

UPDATE: Canada pulls ambassador from Russia and pulls out of upcoming Group of Eight preparations.
http://t.co/Mt58GlLuLH

UPDATE: David Cameron calls Putin over Ukraine.
http://t.co/RspIpKs5bB

UPDATE: US ‘Suspends’ Role in Russia G8 Summit After Obama, Putin Speak.
http://t.co/oYqkhieXOQ

UPDATE: Pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv, Ukraine beat supporters of the interim government.
Video~> http://t.co/02GpmhGKgc

UPDATE: Putin’s Crimea aim is to make the West look weak.
http://fw.to/2lRsn0J

UPDATE: Russian Embassy to UK: “Russia remains open to cooperation with all partners … to seek a political solution to the crisis” in Ukraine.

UPDATE: Russian servicemen take weapons from Ukrainian radar and navy training facilities in Crimea region, Interfax says.
http://t.co/9O2MGFinf7

UPDATE: WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action.
http://t.co/HCEVrkzz4e

UPDATE: A convoy of Russian troops is heading toward Crimea’s capital, Simferopol.
http://t.co/EYtQMl6Ol

REUTERS LIVE FEED: Independence Square
http://t.co/9B1CKvyX18

WSJ LIVE FEED:
http://on.wsj.com/1oOslW

TELEGRAPH LIVE FEED:
http://t.co/Sh3ByKSCTf

UPDATE: Ukraine calls up reserves as Russian troops advance in Crimea.

Posted 1 month ago

History Repeats Itself

daalseth:

in 1936 Germany hosted the Olympics headed by an ambitious leader with plans for regional if not world domination. Three years later Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia. The excuse was that they were ‘protecting’ German interests and German speakers in the country. The League of Nations was…

Posted 1 month ago

Yeah. I will say this – I’d like to start with the defense first. If you change Wonder Woman’s costume, the blog sites blow up. There are some individuals who look at graphic novels as “canon,” and they cannot change in any way, shape or form, and that’s what makes them in some ways good fans.

I think we have to come to understand that core fans – and God bless ‘em, because they are core fans – they’re not enough to be drivers, in every sense. These worlds are bigger than just that core of fans. And at some point, if you want to remain relevant, whether it’s just comic books or moving into the TV space or the film space, you have to be cognizant of the world around you.

You know, you see that in plenty of films – the filmmakers go, ‘We’re living in a multicultural society, and if we want to survive, we have to start acknowledging that.’ Certainly as a kid, I grew up with Batman, Superman, whoever – they didn’t need to be black for me to relate to them.

But when a character like Cyborg came along, I got excited, because he looked a little bit more like me, his experiences were a little bit more like mine.

I still have my first Black Lightning that I got way back in the day, and my first Steel. And I proudly display those comics, by the way. I have a lot of comics, but those are among the ones that mean the most to me.

I look at my kids, and how they respond to films, and yeah, if there’s a Michael B. Jordan in the film, they’re going to respond differently – not just in terms of whether or not they want to see the movie, but in terms of seeing someone like them being heroic, someone like them with powers and abilities.

All those things I said to you in that earlier question about wish fulfillment – why should that be limited to a certain space and time? With comic books, Batman has remained the same age forever, Superman has remained the same age – yeah, he gets rebooted and this and that, but if you are writing in a space that is magical, and it is at the whim of the creators, and these stories change as they need to change way back from the early days of the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way up to the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today, my Batman is not the Batman I understood when I was a kid.

They change. Their stories change. And if they can change to the reality that they do change, why can’t they make that change (of race) as well? You know, there are people who are against people of color getting involved in politics, or there was a time when people were against their getting involved with sports.

The real world has changed and moved on. If we can make that change in the real world, we can make it in this fanciful world that exists beyond us.

And if people don’t like it – we’re not waiting for permission any longer to make these changes in real life, and we’re certainly not going to wait for them in storytelling. I never asked for permission.

So for those who are against it – I get it to a degree, but as a society, we’re moving on, and we’re not asking for permission.

John Ridely, screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave (via fyeahlilbit3point0)

"… and we’re not asking for permission."

THAT.

(via charlie-twist)