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Sareh Nouri Spring 2016 Collection - Aisle Perfect

The most perfect black wedding dress I’ve ever seen

@alexecinz  this reminds me very much of that dress you designed for Une, (sans-bows)!  The model’s braids are helping that impression along too. >3>
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Stunningly Camouflaged Owls Play A Game of Hide and Seek With Photographer Graham McGeorge

Nature has a penchant for endowing creatures of the animal kingdom with special characteristics to survive the selection process of evolution - a concept explored by photographer Graham McGeorge. 

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Hello, Vampire Chronicles fans.

Sit down. We need to have a chat.

You see, while some people are very much excited for a new show about our pompous king of the assholes (and I say this as a term of endearment, having loved Lestat since I was a depressed teenager living in New York, shuffling through my mom’s fiction section) we need to pause and remember this:

Anne Rice does not support fan fiction or anything that is not glowing praise.

Read it again, slowly.

Anne Rice does not support fan fiction or anything that is not glowing praise.

This is difficult for younger fans to understand, but let’s take a walk down memory lane.

She has threatened to sue writers in the past. She is one of the most prolific writers of our generation, and she does not support people using her characters for their own work.

In fact, in 2000 she went on a binge-attack against her fans. She threatened legal action against fans who wrote or drew her characters, but especially those who wrote with them. She sent them weeks of harassing letters and doxxed them on the internet.

Let me repeat that.

She doxxed people who wrote fan fiction.

She harassed them online and threatened to contact employers.

She used her fans to outright attack other fans.

This isn’t even something she can just shake off now, with the comment of “It was so long ago” because she did this to a writer who wrote commentary on her story in 2013.

In 2013.

While it was not that she wrote fan fiction, she still shows that she has no respect for people who are in fandom.

Remember those disclaimers used in fan fics, at the beginning? “I do not own …. ”? Yeah, a lot of that has to do with the fact that Anne Rice and others like her would attack fandoms and threaten them, and was in hopes that they would just leave us alone. She didn’t.

In short: Do not trust Anne Rice. I love her writing, I have read every book she has even written, but I do not trust her.

You shouldn’t, either.

Anne Rice was and still is a bully. Don’t support her work.

She’s been like this since Geocities was the big place to have spec (that’s what fics used to be called, specs, as in speculative fiction) pages back in the mid 90s.

She use to threaten to sue anyone she found posting specs anywhere, and there was a whole underground network of people to share specs and fan art (which she also would threaten to sue over).

Anne Rice has always been kind of a twat about fan works based on her mediocre writing.

Warning.  This is someone who doesn’t want to play with you.  Heed the warning, respect the boundary and go play with people who love you.

This isn’t one of them.
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Artists’ Books, Week 3!

This week, we finish the catalogs and collaborative books and begin with individual artists, last names that start with “A” (Erika Adams and Fernando Aguiar).

I was pleased to find a collaborative book published at the University of Iowa Center for the Book from Combat Paper’s residency in 2010. Here’s an article for more information on the Combat Paper Project, including a video, and here is a link to their website. 

We had the pleasure of meeting Drew Cameron, the director and founder of Combat Paper, in February 2015, when he visited Iowa City to offer a workshop in papermaking and screen printing with dyed paper pulp and for a musical performance in conjunction with the Kronos Quartet.

Come check out this book and nine others!


xN7433.3 .C653 P37 2010

Langworthy, Sara., Emily Martin, Combat Paper Project, and Iowa Center for the Book. Paper Soldiers : A Combat Paper Composite. Iowa City: University of Iowa Center for the Book, 2010.
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He says that KKK members have many misconceptions about black people, which stem mostly from intense brainwashing in the home. When the Klansmen get to know him, he says, it becomes impossible for them to hold on to their prejudices. He explains:

This Klansman and I were riding around in my car and the topic of crime came up. He made the remark that all black people had a gene that makes us violent. I said ‘Gary, what are you talking about?’ He said ‘Who’s doing all the shootings?’ I said ‘let me tell you something, I am as black as anyone you’ve ever seen and I’ve never done a drive by or a shooting.’ After a time I said ‘you know, it’s a fact that all white people have within them a gene that makes them serial killers. Name me three black serial killers.’ He could not do it. I said ‘you have the gene. It’s just latent.’ He said ‘well that’s stupid’ I said ‘it’s just as stupid as what you said to me.’ He was very quiet after that and I know it was sinking in.

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Man sometimes Maryland is hella badass

The thing that’s interesting about this is, if you read up on how he does it… The big thing is that he listens to them and lets them say their stupid shit. He sometimes argues with them, but he also lets them talk about stuff and ask questions, and guess what, it works.

Guy’s got >20 sets of klan robes in his closet that people have sent him when they decided to quit the Klan.

This guy is a great example of why I think being polite to people you think are wrong is an effective strategy.


This feels important again. I’d rather spread this amazing guy’s words than add my own.

(the full article looks clickbaity but it’s super worth a read!!)

This dude is bloody amazing

Never leave the room.  Keep talking.
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can we all just take a moment to appreciate netflix’s descriptions of the first 6 star trek movies
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In one tweet, Trump trashes two constitutional amendments:


It’s not easy to run afoul of two constitutional amendments in 140 characters. Whether he realizes it or, more likely, not, President-elect Donald Trump did so in this Twitter outburst Tuesday: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that the First Amendment protects burning the flag in protest. The high court ruled in 1967 that the 14th Amendment not only grants U.S. citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized” in this country; it also forbids the government from taking citizenship away from them.

In effect, then, Mr. Trump is proposing two constitutional changes — both of which provide further evidence of his tendency to address differences and disagreements within American society by suggesting new limits on their expression, or by excluding people from the American community altogether.
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“Love others so radically they wonder why.”
- Jefferson Bethke (via thequotejournals)
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Trump Once Said He Has No Idea What The 13 Stripes On The US Flag Represent

Thank you, Colbert Report archives. **kisses fingers**
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“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson  (via thequotejournals)
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The thing about Tumblr that probably makes me saddest is the underlying assumption that women past a certain age (which seems to be about 25?) stop having any sort of outside interests beyond family/career/kids. Like, y’all are always so shocked that grown women have lives and can fangirl as hard as we did as teenagers.

It makes me sad not because it makes me feel old (although it does), but because these younger women are constricting their own lives–they fully expect that this will happen to them someday. Y’all deserve better. Y’all deserve to EXPECT better.

And worse than that, the idea that there’s something WRONG with a grown woman who has other interests.


One of the biggest things I realized growing up? 

It doesn’t happen.

You expect somehow you will change when you are finally An Adult™. You’ll stop enjoying the things you enjoy now for something more “adult” or “mature.” You’ll FEEL like an adult and not like a child anymore. You’ll feel comfortable and secure and not scared and unsure and confused. You expect you will feel like you have your shit together.

But I can tell you that it doesn’t happen. You’ll still feel like the “you” you were at 15 or 17 or 19. 

You just have these…things to deal with. Like rent. And insurance. 

You have a job either because a) you like it or b) it keeps the lights and internet on. 

You’ll look up from fangirling one day and realize “Shit. I am twenty eight years old. That’s almost 30!” Or maybe it will be that you look down at the small child clasped around your legs and realize “That is my child. I have a child. A human being child.” Or maybe it will be that you have to negotiate your budget around con tickets AND a mortgage payment. 

Growing up isn’t a thing that happens. 

It’s a realization that it doesn’t happen. 

Holy shit, y’all. There are some AMAZING responses to this post. Yes, everything alwayshometomarvel says. All that.

Feeling like I wasn’t ‘adult’ enough fucked me up for years. I would cry at night and feel like a total piece of shit because I was married with a kid, and yet I still did ‘not adult’ things–I played MMOs, I cosplayed and went to conventions, I drew fan art and wrote fan fic. I kept waiting for the day that I would wake up and realize that what I really needed to be doing was the laundry, cleaning the house, making dinner every night, etc. Basically, be the ‘perfect’ wife and mother.

And somewhere between then and now, I somehow managed to tell myself…fuck it. I AM an adult. I go to work every day and pay the bills and help raise my son and take care of the house. I do legit adult things. AND I play MMOs, go to conventions, and participate in fandom. And THAT’S OKAY. I’m 32 years old now and finally at peace with that part of myself. (Having a supportive husband and kid doesn’t hurt either!)


All of this is such truth. Believing these things about growing up, and especially about being over 25? Really made it hard for me when I turned 30.

I was literally suicidal on my 30th birthday. I spent the whole day in tears. I felt like I had died and my life was now worthless and small and never going to be hopeful or full of promise or fun again. I felt like killing myself on my birthday because I bought into this lie that somewhere after your mid-twenties, you diminish as a woman because the only thing that made you alive and shiny was your youth.

I’m 31 now and I’m done with that shit. I’m over it. I don’t care if you think I’m too old for something. If I’m an old lady in Tumblr terms, then I’m past the legal age where I’m obligated to care what you think. 

So, I’m telling you girls out there right now who are in your teens and twenties, get rid of this idea of what older women are “supposed” to look like. Get rid of this idea that “soccer moms” don’t play video games or that all women over 25 should be married and contemplating kids. Get rid of the idea that fanfic and fandom and fun things are for “kids.”

Mostly, get rid of this notion that the only thing really valuable about you is your youth. Youth is part of life, but it’s not the most valuable or beautiful or exciting time of your life. I like my life at 30 about 1000% than I did at 15, 18, 20, even 25. 

on her deathbed, my grandmother pulled my mom close to her and said, “i don’t feel old. i don’t know how i’m supposed to feel. but inside, i still feel seventeen.” when I was a teenager, I used to think that story was sad; sad and strange somehow, like she’d been frozen in time. but now that i am a woman in my thirties, I understand. I understand her. I am a grown woman in the ways that matter. I listen to myself more, trust my experience more. but inside? I still feel the joy and rage and mess; I am still changing. we’re not frozen in time. we are just still growing.

the more we acknowledge that modern “adulthood” is largely a concept designed to sell vacuums and sedans, and not an arbitrary total overhaul of self at age 35, the more we can admit our ongoing capacity– no, our ongoing NEED for play and playfulness and exploration. those are childish things we should never have to put away.

I’m heading into the last year of my 40′s.  I own a home (ok, I own a very small apartment) and I’ve held down a job in the same industry for 25+ years, in varying forms.  I do laundry and wash dishes when they need doing, and pay my bills on time (except the times I don’t, ooops).   I am, dog help us all, the more adulting adult people are always looking for.

And I wallow in fanfic and fandom, I go to concerts and dance my ass off and eat Chinese food after midnight, I have Funko Pop! figures staring down at me from the top of my fridge, I color my hair (or not) depending on whim, not expectation, and some of my closest friends and mischief-partners are in their 30′s (and some are in their 60′s).

Claim it all.  This is your birthright.

I’ll be 60 next year. I’ll also be going to SPN cons and writing meta and buying merch and flailing about Show and Destiel.

When my kids were little, I wrote fanfic and published fanzines and went to fan-run cons because I needed something that was ~mine~, that wasn’t about being a mom or a wife–something that was about being ME. It’s easy to lose sight of that uniqueness when you have to worry about diapers and soccer practice and getting kids on the bus every morning, but y'all, it’s so important. SO IMPORTANT to hold onto YOU.

Amen to all of this. Adult(ing)™ is what you do, not what you are.

No matter your age.

Burn down the presumption that being into fandom as an adult is somehow juvenile. 

You know who doesn’t have to deal with this shit?  Male sports fans, who are apparently entitled not to let go of the things they loved as children, while us fangirls have to suck it up.  How nice for them!!

Please, stop hating your future self.  Stop thinking that fun and frivolousness and pleasure and possibility are not for her.  Stop thinking you’re trapped.  Just stop. 

30. I’ve reached no ‘adult’ milestones at all &, honestly, I’ve realized that for some people being an adult just means surviving. It’s ok to just survive… and enjoy cartoons & video games while doing so.

One of the things I feel luckiest about with fandom is that when I was a teenage fan, I spent a lot of time talking to fans in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. I never felt like fandom was something I’d grow out of, it would just be something I’d be able to devote more money and less shame to.

I’m sad that perspective is going away, because it was affirming in a way I don’t even think I understood when I experienced it.


I knew people who were in their fifties and sixties when I started - they saved my life, I tell you.  And that was forty years ago.  This whole “fandom is for the young” - is kinda new.  Like, quit that, new.  I was always the youngest in the crowd - always.  By decades.

My mother was almost forty when I was born, and I wasn’t the last child she had.

I grew up in a community where the median age was 67 - and they did plays, watched movies and read books.  LOTS OF THEM.  I knew people in their eighties still running small businesses.  It’s what you did.

30 was “I’m not too young to do that anymore” - not that it was too late to do that anymore.  I’d heard that all my life, now I was old enough to assert myself and do ANYTHING.  Each decade after that, turn up the volume.

I am currently playing every iteration of Pokemon right now.  I am writing whatever I damn well please.  Reading whatever I damn well please and if I am still in love with Virgil Tracy?  THAT’S A GOOD THING.

I got Lego for my 56th birthday.  Glorious.

Come over and sit by me.  It’s all good.
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Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their reporting about him during the election. For twenty minutes he railed at what he called their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. According to an attendee, “Trump kept saying, ‘we’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,’” and he called CNN a “network of liars.” He accused NBC of using unflattering pictures of him, demanding to know why they didn’t use “nicer” pictures.

Another person who attended the meeting said Trump “truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”

2. Blacklist critical media. During the campaign, Trump blacklisted news outlets whose coverage he didn’t approve of. In June he pulled The Washington Post’s credentials. “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” read a post on Trump’s Facebook page.

After the election Trump agreed to meet with the New York Times and then suddenly cancelled the meeting when he didn’t like the terms, tweeting “Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” (He then reversed himself again and met with the Times.) 

3. Turn the public against the media. Trump refers to journalists as “lying,” “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” Referring to the journalists at his rallies, Trump said, “I hate some of these people,” adding (presumably in response to allegations of Vladimir Putin’s treatment of dissident journalists) “but I’d never kill ‘em.“ 

He questions the press’s motives, claiming, for example, that The Washington Post wrote negative things about him because its publisher, Jeffrey Bezos, a founder of Amazon, “thinks I would go after him for antitrust.” When the New York Times wrote that his transition team was in disarray, Trump tweeted that the newspaper was  "just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me” during the presidential campaign.

4. Condemn satirical or critical comments. Trump continues to condemn the coverage he’s received from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In response to Alex Baldwin’s recent portrayal of him as overwhelmed by the prospect of being president, Trump tweeted that it was a “totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”

When Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” read from the stage a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience – expressing fears about the pending Trump administration for the “diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations” on the cast – Trump responded angrily. He tweeted that Pence had been “harassed,” and insisted that the cast and producers of the show, “which I hear is highly overrated,” apologize.

5. Threaten the media directly. Trump said he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations. “One of the things I’m going to do if I win … I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

During the campaign, Trump specifically threatened to sue the Times for libel in response to an article that featured two women accusing him of touching them inappropriately years ago. Trump claimed the allegations were false, and his lawyer demanded that the newspaper retract the story and issue an apology. Trump also threatened legal action after the Times published and wrote about part of his 1995 tax return.

6. Limit media access. Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. He has blocked the media from traveling with him, or even knowing whom he’s meeting with. His phone call with Vladimir Putin, which occurred shortly after the election, was first reported by the Kremlin.

This is highly unusual. In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush called a press conference three days after the Supreme Court determined the outcome of the election. In 2008, President-elect Obama also meet with the press three days after being elected. 

7. Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly. The American public learns what Trump thinks through his tweets. Shortly after the election, Trump released a video message outlining some of the executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office.

Aids say Trump has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that became a staple of his candidacy. They say he likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide.

The word “media” comes from “intermediate” between newsmakers and the public. Responsible media hold the powerful accountable by asking them hard questions and reporting on what they do. Apparently Trump wants to eliminate such intermediaries.

Historically, these seven techniques have been used by demagogues to erode the freedom and independence of the press. Even before he’s sworn in, Trump seems intent on doing exactly this.
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November 20: Preserving Our Legacy: We Look to the West:

I don’t post stuff like this to convert anyone.

I post stuff like this to show that people like us exist.
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Instruments Renamed for Accuracy (via WalkingSoliloquy)
Previously: Animals Renamed for Accuracy
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Ohio's Reality Helps Expose Poverty Myths:


GLADSTONE: “Now Carla was 30-years-old, she had worked her whole life since before she graduated high school, she even did some college.  She had lots of skills, and she had a boyfriend.  So a lot of the boxes that people who would judge her would tick off, were ticked-off.  This baby is born.  The baby has to stay in the hospital for many months.  Carla visits her every day.  The boyfriend just can’t hack it.  Carla can’t maintain her daily job because she has to keep leaving whenever the hospital needs an operation or a surgery authorized.  And so what you’ve got is a situation where she can’t maintain a job, she doesn’t qualify yet for certain kinds of help, and there is no cash.  Cash-assistance has pretty much vanished as welfare in this country.  So she went to the plasma clinic to sell her plasma in order to get bus fare.”

CARLA SCOTT: “I’ve always been the type of person when put [SNIFFLES] in a situation I try to champion through it, but this one right here is just - it’s very difficult. And – the last thing I ever wanted to do was sell my plasma, but if I have to go to a plasma center to at least have fare to go back and forth and change my clothes or just to eat, then that’s what I’m gonna do to be there for her.”

Things are going great as usual in the US, where poor people have to sell their blood to afford transportation to visit their extremely ill infant in the hospital.
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Viral Deer-Feeding Teen Kelvin Peña Creates Everybody Eats Foundation to Help Feed Families

While most people would have taken that 15 minutes of fame to capitalize and make some money for themselves, Kelvin did the exact opposite, he used his newfound notoriety to help others. That all came to a head this Thanksgiving when Kelvin and his Everybody Eats Foundation came together to provide 120 turkeys to churches and food pantries and over 30 thanksgiving meals to needy families.

“Gaining all of these eyes on me made me realize I can make an even bigger impact on this world. And that nothing makes me happier than helping people.”

News the media doesn’t want you to hear.. This makes me want to cry, dude got internet famous and then fed the homeless. This is real as fuck!
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