1. senjukannon:

    Speaking of obsidian blades

    "Obsidian is used by some surgeons for scalpel blades, as well-crafted obsidian blades have a cutting edge many times sharper than high-quality steel surgical scalpels, the cutting edge of the blade being only about 3 nanometers thick. Even the sharpest metal knife has a jagged, irregular blade when viewed under a strong enough microscope; when examined even under an electron microscope an obsidian blade is still smooth and even. "

    "Good quality obsidian fractures down to single molecules which can produce a cutting edge 500 times sharper than the sharpest steel scalpel blade (‘American Medical News’, Nov. 2, 1984:21). On the cellular level an obsidian knife can cut between cells rather than tear the cells as a steel knife will do. A sharper cut will allow a wound to heal more rapidly with less scarring."

    Obsidian blades: They’re not just for killing the Others anymore!

    (via guy420)

     
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  3. ciscocosta said: Could you give us a preview of what you most want to learn from The World of Ice and Fire next week? Any particular reign, any particular issue, region, ethnicity, political dynamic, whatever?

    racefortheironthrone:

    Reigns:

    - definitely the Targs during the “30 years of strife,” and especially Aegon V, since that’s changed so dramatically from what we learned originally.

    - I’d like to know more about how developed the Blackfyre state was during the first rebellion. 

    - I’d like to know more about Jaehaerys I, and Aegon IV’s younger years.

    - I feel like we know almost nothing about the Gardener Kings, and would love to know more about them. 

    Issues:

    - the legal status of the peasantry (serfs? free peasants? semi-free?) in Westeros. Guilds. Are there artisans’ guilds? How do they function? What’s their legal status? Cities. Are there city governments? Charters? Who has them and what do they look like?

    - the nature of the justice system (how does the King’s Justice intersect with the right of pit and cellar? how are contracts enforced?)

    - the structure and extent of royal bureaucracy, and of long-standing Houses. A lot of houses have been around for thousands of years, often as independent kings - did they develop court systems? schools and hospitals? regulations on grain? Etc. 

    Regions:

    - Free Cities, absolutely, especially Myr and Tyrosh. Need to know more about the politics than my guesses. 

    Ethnicities:

    - I’d love to know more about the people of Yi Ti and Asshai.

    Political Dynamics:

    - I’d like to know more about the Citadel and the Faith. How did they coexist? How was the former structured back when it had real political power?

    - What were the Great Councils like? 

     
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  5. boiledleather:

    I’ll be talking The Affair, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland on HuffPost Live’s Spoiler Alert at 4:30pm today. Turn on tune in!

    UPDATE: Rescheduled for 5pm. You should totally still watch

     
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  7. I’ll be talking The Affair, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland on HuffPost Live’s Spoiler Alert at 4:30pm today. Turn on tune in!

     
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  9. "You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?"—Bobby Bacala, The Sopranos

    "You tell yourself it’s quick, but you don’t know. You can’t know, until it’s you, and then you can’t tell anyone."—Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire

    In an echo of the New Jersey gangster masterpiece that spawned it, Boardwalk Empire's penultimate episode ever — “Friendless Child” — walked Nucky Thompson right up to the edge of the great unknown. He’s lost everything now, or close enough not to make much of a difference. His unlikely right-hand man Mickey Doyle and ruthless, loyal bodyguard Archie were tossed on the pile of bodies that’s been mounting around him for years — a levee of corpses designed to protect his kingdom by the sea. But that empire, too, has fallen, traded away for the life of a nephew who wants nothing to do with him to a trio of crime lords who couldn’t possibly intend to honor the agreement. When they break it, they’ll break it with a bullet.

    But now that Nucky is alone – now that there are no more plans to hatch, deals to make, wars to fight – what does he see in his isolation? A letter from Gillian Darmody, and the sight of her face staring back, begging for help. Her plea and her gaze are an indictment of the terrible crime Nucky committed by bringing her to theCommodore in order to begin his long road to power. (A decision, we learn tonight, he made knowing full well the fate that awaited her.) By having her direct them not just at Nucky but at everyone watching the show, Boardwalk makes this act’s importance clear in no uncertain terms. That final shot puts young Gillian at the center not only of the frame, but by extension the episode. It suggests that the suffering of the series’ greatest female character is no less important than the moves and machinations of the men fighting for control of the empire she eked out an existence within. It shows that that empire would not exist without the suffering of Gillian and countless other people like her. It’s the series’ gutsiest, and most moral, move to date.

    I reviewed tonight’s penultimate Boardwalk Empire for Rolling Stone. I cannot stress enough that if this show were the vapid, self-serious shoot ‘em up it’s made out to be, Gillian Darmody would not be where she is in this episode.

     
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  11. These set photos of Arianne Martell and Arys Oakheart are pretty great, though I hate it when a role changes actors in the middle of the show like that

    (Source: kimkanyekimye, via rawiya)

     
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  13. Despite all the bullshit, you’ve had an impact on your field of criticism that most critics can only dream of having.


    I appreciate that. Back when I was starting out, I was trying to find a name for my web series, and it took me six months to come up with one. I was throwing around ideas with friends, and a lot of them were like, “You shouldn’t put feminist in the title. People aren’t going to pay attention to you.” I don’t remember exactly what happened, but finally I was like, “‘Feminist Frequency’ has a nice ring to it. Fuck it, right? This is what I am. I am not apologetic about being a feminist.”

    While I am attacked for being a feminist, it’s nice to see that people who might be on the fence or be a little uncomfortable with the term “feminism” are still willing to listen, and at least hear what I have to say. That’s pretty amazing. A lot of times, feminist conversations are very insular, almost preaching to the choir. I feel very lucky that the work I’ve done has been able to reach far beyond that space. I mean, I’m being interviewed forRolling Stone,so… [laughs].

    Yet you’ve been targeted in ways that are literally criminal. Have you ever wanted to say “OK, that’s enough” and walk away?


    I’d be lying if I said I’d never considered stopping. I mean, anyone in this position would have doubts now and again. I’ve been terrorized nonstop for over two years now. It’s a lot for one person to take in.

    But I feel like the work I’m doing is really important. The amount of support that I get for doing it, the actual change that I am starting to see, the really sweet messages that I get from people about how they were resistant to identify as feminist, but then they watched my videos and they were like, “Oh, obviously! I agree with these things!”, the parents who use it as an educational tool for their kids…all of this is really inspiring to me. When I was in Portland for my talk at the XOXO Festival, this little boy came up to me and said, “Hi, I’m a feminist gamer.” How do you stop doing this work after that?

    I’m proud to have interviewed Anita Sarkeesian about feminism, GamerGate, and the future of video games for Rolling Stone.

     
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  15. solarsenpai:

    siopold:

    miracleyangwenli:

    siopold:

    the funny thing about dril posts is that they actually do have a structure to them– they hit a kind of conceptual caesura halfway through, a point where there’s no inevitable logical connection between what’s been said and what’s still to come. here, the first sentence didn’t need to result in the second, yet it’s not “lol random” either; the speaker is angry about his boss’ draconian ferret-kissing policy, and reacts in kind, and even the reference to a “screen saver” reminds us that we’re in an office. it’s a narrative progression that, despite having an internal logic, alienates its punchline from its setup. who the hell is this person?

    one thing i love about @dril posts is how they all seem to take place in a universe that is somewhat like our own, but with the habitus of white middle america taken to a bizarre, absurd, but strangely logical conclusion. take this one, for instance: 

    so we have our setting: a security guard protecting the american flag in the betsy ross museum, something almost archetypically american and middle class. but once again the first part, or setup, for the punchline, “fucking the flag,” careens the joke into an alien punchline that still, given the setting, makes sense. @dril’s security guard character imitates a sort-of cop-talk, the banter of a security guard, “buddy, they wont even let me fuck it”. you can imagine a similar response from a guard at any museum, but we’re talking about Fucking the American Flag, here. 

    i really love @dril. 

    it’s astonishing that a human being thinks of those posts. some person, someone out there whose existence we have to infer, because all we know is that those posts occur and they must be coming from somewhere. “the @dril tweeter” resonates as “the beowulf poet” does, except beowulf (which i’ve only read in translation, so i’m not an authority) has never made any use of the english language as baffling and sublime and somehow primally interlaced with the stuff of human consciousness as “IF THE ZOO BANS ME FOR HOLLERING AT THE ANIMALS I WILL FACE GOD AND WALK BACKWARDS INTO HELL.”

    This is my favorite post, I am so glad I found it again.

    I subscribe to the theory that the @dril account has recently changed hands, and that New Dril currently being written by someone with only a superficial understanding of what makes @dril tweets great. This post explains the real deal very well. For me, personally, Old Dril is like Monty Python and Tim & Eric — someone who pioneered a new way for things to be funny.

    (via davidbyrneofficial)

     
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  17. BLACK FRIDAY: HALLOWEEN MIX 2014

    boiledleather:

    i made a mix of scary songs for frightened people // download it here // track list in lyrics field in metadata // listening suggestion: let it all take you by surprise // your childhood is over

     reblogging for the non-nocturnal

     
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  19. BLACK FRIDAY: HALLOWEEN MIX 2014

    i made a mix of scary songs for frightened people // download it here // track list in lyrics field in metadata // listening suggestion: let it all take you by surprise // your childhood is over

     
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  21. I mean, I have SOME idea why

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  23. 199714424:

    Hellraiser (Clive Barker, 1987)

     
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  25. 199714424:

    At the end of his life Pasolini mourned the fact that “the progressive struggle for democratization of expression and for sexual liberation has been brutally suspended and canceled out by the decision of consumerist power to grant a tolerance as vast as it is false.” In his observation of the postmodern scene Pasolini’s comment recalls Marcuse and the early admonition of Dialectic of Enlightenment that “the triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them.” Indeed, the scapegoating of the Other and the attendant false consciousness leaning finally toward despair, abrogation of the political, and self-annihilation occurs with the “inoculation” by dominant culture through capital admitting the critical faculties of the current audience, by revealing the worthlessness of its artifacts, by admitting numerous small acts of evil that the larger evil may remain unexamined.

    —Christopher Sharrett, The Horror Film in Neoconservative Culture

     
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  27. mynewplaidpants:

    The Palmer family 25 years later

    (Source: laurapalmerwalkswithme)

     
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  29. Did I cry like a baby over this? You bet I did.

    (Source: pandrea-flamingos, via fyeahmm)

     
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