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madlori:

Interesting, this scene.  

I’ve seen comments about parallels to John in Lester here, but…look at him with that gun.

Martin somehow conveys that Lester is not comfortable with a gun, at all.  He looks awkward with it, the gun is leading him, not the other way around.

When he’s playing John with a gun, John looks utterly comfortable with it.  Think of the “gun vs. bike” bit in TGG, or the Dewar’s Hollow scene.  The gun is an extension of him, it isn’t an object he’s holding.

Both are very effective bits of subtle physical acting, and make it clear that Martin chooses his gestures and body language carefully.  It’s even more striking when one considers that Martin himself is probably NOT super comfortable with a gun - he doesn’t seem like the sport-shooting type - so the fact that John looks so at ease with his is a job well done.

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can-u-not-my-wayward-son:

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my best friend just realized 30 minutes before her curfew that she’s an hour away from home in the most dangerous part of the city alone with the buses no longer running so she calls the police to take her home i cant stop laughing

update the cop that came to pick her up is a hot 20 year old guy thats flirting with her and now im not laughing anymore

SHE FUCKING HOOKED UP WITH THE COP

fuck the police

sixpenceee:

Italian special force soldier after 72 hour battle in Afghanistan

School for black civil rights activists. Young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face, 1960

Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capitol Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990.

A south Korean man cries as his brother is on a train back to North Korea. Separated by the war, they have not seen the other since 1950. They were allowed to see each other for three days, but one will go back spending life in luxury, and the other in hard labour

 The Mocambo night club in East Hollywood, a white’s only club, was the most popular dance spot around but would not book Ella because she was black. Marilyn, who adored Ella Fitzgerald and her music, called the manager and demanded that they book Ella immediately

Portrait of Istvan Reiner, taken shortly before he was killed in Auschwitz

Werfel, a 6 year old orphan from Austria has just been given his first pair of new shoes by the American Red Cross,1946.

The last Jew of Vinnitsa

Susan B. Anthony in 1872 getting beaten and arrested for trying to vote when it was illegal for women to do so.

Until the mid-60s, the Aborigines came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an Aborigine meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.

Here’s a link to 75 iconic pictures of the 21st century

I hope you guys learned and teared up from this as much as I did. 

silentauroriamthereal:

jupitereyed:

prettyarbitrary:

notmydate:

Is it just me, or do Sherlock and John both make the same funny face?

Mirroring.  It’s where one person copies another person’s body language.  It’s a (usually unconscious) sign of being in agreement/social harmony with them.  A demonstration of empathic connection, basically.

We tend to mirror people we’re close to a lot—friends, family, lovers.  It’s why old married couples sometimes start “looking alike” to us.  Ahem.

Great stuff, by the way, for a job interview or flirting.  People usually don’t even notice you’re doing it; they just start feeling more favorable towards you.

Also it’s darling.

As a body language buff, I second the above explanation! Also, if you are attracted to someone, or they are attracted to you, you will start mirroring each other’s body language even if you don’t know them very well.

I love it. And they’re both lying to each other here - hence the tight-lipped expression they’re both using. Sherlock is lying about his relationship to Janine and how “affirming” it is, and John is lying about seeming happy about it. :P 

sixpenceee:

According to a study in the journal Animal Cognition, chimpanzee’s do something that seems altogether arbitrary: ear accoutrements.

“Our observation is quite unique in the sense that nothing seems to be communicated by it,” says study author Edwin van Leeuwen, a primate expert at the Max Planck Institute in The Netherlands.

To figure out if this was really a tradition, and not just chimpanzees sticking grass in their ears at random, van Leeuwen and his colleagues spent a year observing four chimp groups in Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust, a sanctuary in Zambia.

There’s no genetic or ecological factors, the scientists believe, that would account for this behavior — only culture.

Chimpanzees putting grass in their ears is like us wearing earrings. 

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caffeinatedqueer:

About me: when I was young and ambitious

I envy college freshmen every year in August. You have so much hope and ambition. You know exactly who you are.

I knew what I wanted, too. I wanted to go to Eastern University and get a faith-based degree on psychology. I wanted to learn at a liberal Christian college so that I could speak the language of my opposition.

And I wanted to go to graduate school in San Francisco for sexuality. SFSU has a masters program in sexuality studies. I wanted to be an important activist. I wanted to speak in churches and schools. I was going to be great.

I don’t like to talk about this much, because right now my ambition is to pay bills via any means possible. I can’t be great. I can’t have a degree. I have to sweat it out in retail to get by. Because of this my ambitions have dimmed to more approachable goals.

When shit hit the fan with my family, I dropped out of Eastern. I didn’t even finish my last semester.

I want to finish. There’s still that glimmer of a dream. All the work that I put into it is still something I’m proud of. I am proud of the person I was.

Moving to California will help enable me to get there. Isa has a few solid job leads. We can finally get on our feet financially. I can go back to school. San Fran will be so much closer.

Please. Help us get there. And then maybe I can start to dream again.

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

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So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

fuckyeahfightlock:

musthaveblackedout:

fuckyeahfightlock:

So I honestly can’t believe I’ve never seen anyone talking about the art direction of this scene. If I’m repeating something, Ah,well. But I’ve honestly never seen it pointed out that this is the very first time we see Mary, and there are three important things here:

Mary reaches for John’s hand. John takes it, of course—he is used to being offered comfort for his loss, by now—but he is not reaching out to her for comfort in his sadness. She is inserting herself into his grief. Reflexively, he lets her.

We only see the back of her. It’s unusual to introduce a major protagonist any other way than by showing their face pretty much immediately. A major antagonist, however…a baddie…well, they often are introduced in a cloud of cigarette smoke, from a distance, in the shadows, as a mysterious voice on a phone, or in some other way that doesn’t tell us right away who they are. Our first glimpse of Mary gives us only the most vague information about her. Obviously a woman, obviously someone John is close to, as he holds her hand. Other than that…who is she? We don’t know.

Finally, it’s no mistake she is wearing a long, grey coat which flares slightly from the waist, and a blue scarf. But they are paler shades of those colours than Sherlock’s coat and scarf were, because Mary is but a pale imitation of the person we are used to seeing standing beside John Watson (even once, when they were handcuffed together, holding John Watson’s hand in a manner similar to what we see here). Her coat and scarf look cheap, “less than,” and her denim jeans are “less” than Sherlock Holmes’s designer trousers. Her dark hat is a visual echo of Sherlock’s dark hair. This whole shot is set up not only to remind us that Sherlock used to stand here at John Watson’s side, but also that This is some lesser, fake, replacement-Sherlock standing at John Watson’s side, and whether consciously or unconsciously, John has chosen a pale imitation indeed.

This

is how

the show

introduces

literally

every

single

villain

and antagonist

HOW DID I MISS THIS WHEN I WAS WATCHING IT THE FIRST TIME?!

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