1. Yasmine and I were intelligent enough to bypass the hours long queue that had formed outside of the Natural History Museum yesterday, we turned up forgetting to buy tickets online (the museum itself has free entry but certain exhibits that travel to various museums have an entrance fee) so, while standing in the rain we bought tickets on the museum website thanks to phones and wi-fi and sauntered through the line and made our way to the much advertised mammoth exhibit with it’s 41,800 year old star attraction Lyuba. I had seen the documentary made about her way back in 2009 so when I found out she would be exhibited in London I suggested to Yasmine that we had to go and last week she suggested we go yesterday so we did.

    The exhibit itself is largely aimed at children with its interactive, animated videos that accompanied various skeletal and cast displays but we wandered, stared, read and listened to almost everything and finally found our way to where Lyuba was situated and were surprisingly greeted with signs saying that no photographs were allowed to be taken of Lyubal (I saw later that the warning was even on our tickets) but obviously there was no way I was going to come and see something so anticipated as this and not photograph her. So, I silently protested by sneakily taking photos, with my camera at waist-level, as Yasmine and I walked slowly around her avoiding eye-contact with the museum employee who stood nearby ready to pounce on anyone brandishing a camera at eye level. 

    Anyway, it was lovely to see her, and I’m glad I took a photo of her.

     
  2. Kim Kei

    Kim Kei lives and works in Los Angeles. Her process begins with combining and altering everyday objects and natural debris. These malleable sculptures are photographed in several iterations, which become the foundation for her paintings. Her intricate, improvised compositions exist somewhere between representation and abstraction. Her work is a departure from the figure as a form, yet in its absence the body is implied. Kim-Kei.com

    (Source: toallthings)

     
  3. chrisbrinleejr:

    Took Finch on her first camping trip for my birthday this weekend.

    I would totally take my cat on trips with me…if I had one

     
  4. barealis:

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    jadethemerman:

    July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City

    How problematic

    im gonna fuckin throw up

    Okay, okay calm down, people.

    While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS. 

    In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.

    Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.

    Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.

    Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and find spiritual meaning?

    Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.

    I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.

    "Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread."

    OMG FUCKING THANK YOU

    Sorry not sorry. Rarely agree with the idea of cultural appropriation. Embrace everything.

    I love it when people start shouting “embrace everything”. In the case of white people wearing garbs from other cultures it’s never embracing, sorry, but it isn’t. It’s stealing. it’s appropriation. (unless you’re invited to do so) and it’s blatant hypocrisy. You have to understand the history that white people have of labeling other cultures as primitive and backward for dressing particular ways and for the negative representations that white people present of such cultures in various forms of media.

    So, when Gaga, or whoever, steps out in such clothing, they get labeled as someone “pushing boundaries” or some equally lame white-affirming bullshit, while people in the countries where such clothes originate from are sitting there like “well, we’ve been wearing that since forever and got berated for it, exotified and exploited for it.”.

    Look what happened when Gaga wore that see-through “burqa”. people went nuts and applauded her for how sexually liberating or groundbreaking she was being while women who genuinely wear the burqa everyday are looked upon with scorn or are seen as poor victims of their religion.

    Gaga stepping out in clothes like this is NOT “embracing”. It just another aspect of white supremacy, claiming ownership of things that we’ve often down-trodden in the past and passing it off as something new and fashionable.

    (Source: ladyxgaga, via mysomaholiday)

     
  5. socimages:

    The invention of the “illegal immigrant.”

    Citing the immigration scholar, Francesca Pizzutelli, Fabio Rojas explains that the phrase “illegal immigrant” wasn’t a part of the English language before the 1930s.  More often, people used the phrase “irregular immigrant.”   Instead of an evaluative term, it was a descriptive one referring to people who moved around and often crossed borders for work.

    Rojas points out that the language began to change after anti-immigration laws were passed by Congress in the 1920s.  The graph above also reveals a steep climb in both “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien” beginning in the ’70s.

     

  6. "When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends."
    — Japanese Proverb (via aestheticintrovert)

    (Source: mr-another, via aplanetcoveredwithroses)

     
  7. *spoilers*

    4 stars for the kaiju and how dark the battle scenes were, everything else in this movie is terrible. Binoche dies after saying 3 lines, Cranston dies for no reason and Olsen is left at home literally holding the baby. Did they hate the talent they cast in this movie? why did we have to deal with dead-eye soldier boy the whole time?

    ugh.

     
  8. queenrhaenyra:

    → Au : Got Race!bending: Asian Fancast :

    Daniel Wu as Jon Snow, Michelle Yeoh as Catelyn Stark, Zhou Xun as Daenerys Targaryen, Suzuka Ogo as Arya Stark, Andy Lau as Stannis Baratheon, Liu Yifei as Sansa stark, Chow Yun Fat as Tywin Lannister, Gong Li as Cersei Lannister, Chang Chen as Jaime Lannister, Zhang Ziyi as Margaery Tyrell, Huang Xiaoming as Robb Stark, Ken Watanabe as Ned Stark
     

    Inspired by (x)

    (via thatcupofjo)

     
  9. Will The NRA Support This Gun Club?

    I am FASCINATED to see how this plays out

    (Source: toallthings)

     
     

  10. Something I literally barely even noticed because, well, most of us aren’t bigoted assholes.

    A) It wasn’t a kiss (even if it was, they’re married, married people tend to kiss)

    B) She was trying to stop her from dying because she can hold plenty of oxygen in her lungs.

    C) Since when has Doctor Who, since the new shows began, been aimed at kids with it’s 8pm-9pm air time and generally dark plots? Even if it was aimed at kids, kids see people kissing quite often, though in this case one of them kissing is a lizard. And, do you think children of same-sex parents don’t see them kissing?

    D) What do you honestly think kids are going to do when they see a lizard locking lips with a human? suddenly ask you to buy them a Bearded Dragon so they can practice making out until their fictional lizard princess shows up?

    E) If one touching of lips constitutes pushing a “gay agenda” then what would you call the overwhelmingly hetero world of television in general? oh, because it suits you and your little bubble it wouldn’t be classed as an agenda, silly me :’)

    F) Homosexuality is not a “preference”.

    (Source: toallthings)