pottersir:

“The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her.” - J.K. Rowling

GET TO KNOW ME MEME → favourite female characters [7/10] » Luna Lovegood

"The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she had stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer caps, or that she was reading a magazine upside down."

bofurs-wife:

errandofmercy:

sinfultragedy:

SNL 27x14 - Ian McKellen as Maggie Smith

GOD YES YES UGHH HAHAHAHA 

I’m torn between laughing out loud and strangely aroused

geez why choose when you can have both!

pixalry:

DC Comics Illustration Collection - Created by Dan Mora

thatfunnyblog:

THIS IS A THING THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED YOU GUYS I CAN’T

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I think fanfiction is literature and literature, for the most part, is fanfiction, and that anyone that dismisses it simply on the grounds that it’s derivative knows fuck-all about literature and needs to get the hell off my lawn.

Most of the history of Western literature (and probably much of non-Western literature, but I can’t speak to that) is adapted or appropriated from something else. Homer wrote historyfic and Virgil wrote Homerfic and Dante wrote Virgilfic (where he makes himself a character and writes himself hanging out with Homer and Virgil and they’re like “OMG Dante you’re so cool.” He was the original Gary Stu). Milton wrote Bible fanfic, and everyone and their mom spent the Middle Ages writing King Arthur fanfic. In the sixteenth century you and another dude could translate the same Petrarchan sonnet and somehow have it count as two separate poems, and no one gave a fuck. Shakespeare doesn’t have a single original plot—although much of it would be more rightly termed RPF—and then John Fletcher and Mary Cowden Clarke and Gloria Naylor and Jane Smiley and Stephen Sondheim wrote Shakespeare fanfic. Guys like Pope and Dryden took old narratives and rewrote them to make fun of people they didn’t like, because the eighteenth century was basically high school. And Spenser! Don’t even get me started on Spenser.

Here’s what fanfic authors/fans need to remember when anyone gives them shit: the idea that originality is somehow a good thing, an innately preferable thing, is a completely modern notion. Until about three hundred years ago, a good writer, by and large, was someone who could take a tried-and-true story and make it even more awesome. (If you want to sound fancy, the technical term is imitatio.) People were like, why would I wanna read something about some dude I’ve never heard of? There’s a new Sir Gawain story out, man! (As to when and how that changed, I tend to blame Daniel Defoe, or the Modernists, or reality television, depending on my mood.)

I also find fanfic fascinating because it takes all the barriers that keep people from professional authorship—barriers that have weakened over the centuries but are nevertheless still very real—and blows right past them. Producing literature, much less circulating it, was something that was well nigh impossible for the vast majority of people for most of human history. First you had to live in a culture where people thought it was acceptable for you to even want to be literate in the first place. And then you had to find someone who could teach you how to read and write (the two didn’t necessarily go together). And you needed sufficient leisure time to learn. And be able to afford books, or at least be friends with someone rich enough to own books who would lend them to you. Good writers are usually well-read and professional writing is a full-time job, so you needed a lot of books, and a lot of leisure time both for reading and writing. And then you had to be in a high enough social position that someone would take you seriously and want to read your work—to have access to circulation/publication in addition to education and leisure time. A very tiny percentage of the population fit those parameters (in England, which is the only place I can speak of with some authority, that meant from 500-1000 A.D.: monks; 1000-1500: aristocratic men and the very occasional aristocratic woman; 1500-1800: aristocratic men, some middle-class men, a few aristocratic women; 1800-on, some middle-class women as well). What’s amazing is how many people who didn’t fit those parameters kept writing in spite of the constant message they got from society that no one cared about what they had to say, writing letters and diaries and stories and poems that often weren’t discovered until hundreds of years later. Humans have an urge to express themselves, to tell stories, and fanfic lets them. If you’ve got access to a computer and an hour or two to while away of an evening, you can create something that people will see and respond to instantly, with a built-in community of people who care about what you have to say.

I do write the occasional fic; I wish I had the time and mental energy to write more. I’ll admit I don’t read a lot of fic these days because most of it is not—and I know how snobbish this sounds—particularly well-written. That doesn’t mean it’s “not good”—there are a lot of reasons people read fic and not all of them have to do with wanting to read finely crafted prose. That’s why fic is awesome—it creates a place for all kinds of storytelling. But for me personally, now that my job entails reading about 1500 pages of undergraduate writing per year, when I have time to read for enjoyment I want it to be by someone who really knows what they’re doing. There’s tons of high-quality fic, of course, but I no longer have the time and patience to go searching for it that I had ten years ago. But whether I’m reading it or not, I love that fanfiction exists. Because without people doing what fanfiction writers do, literature wouldn’t exist. (And then I’d be out of a job and, frankly, I don’t know how to do anything else.)

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apostlemage:

pyramidslayer:

look what you can buy

There is a Pope in the Cars universe. This means that there is Catholic Christianity, which means there was a Jesus car who was crucified. Jesus Chrysler was crucified by car Romans under Pontiac Pilot who washed his wheels. A car was nailed to a cross and ascended to Heaven.

apostlemage:

pyramidslayer:

look what you can buy

There is a Pope in the Cars universe. This means that there is Catholic Christianity, which means there was a Jesus car who was crucified. Jesus Chrysler was crucified by car Romans under Pontiac Pilot who washed his wheels. A car was nailed to a cross and ascended to Heaven.

wake-n-ache:

[Image: Four infographics, each with a brain in the center, surrounded by different colored circles. The brains each name a kind of learning disability: Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. The circles are describing the different kinds of symptoms for each disorder.]

This is incredibly hard to read for an infographic on learning disabilities :P So here’s the transcription, sorry if I missed something! (btw this seems to be written for ppl working with children, hence the classroom mentions, but it’s spot on if you’re looking for info for yourself) (also I added some things in brackets)

DYSPRAXIA

Classroom Issues:

  • problems note taking/copying from board
  • affected by background noise
  • poor listening skills
  • difficulty getting ideas on paper

Organisation:

  • memory difficulties
    - [such as with] sequences
    - [and] rules
  • needs visual reminders
  • finds planning tricky

Gross Motor:

  • physical issues
    - [with] balance
    - [climbing] stairs
    - getting dressed
  • co-ordination issues
    - hopping
    - sports
    - running

Fine Motor:

  • handwriting issues
    - [having proper] pencil grip
    - [letter/word] spacing
    - formation [of letters/numbers]
  • manipulation difficulties
    - [doing up] buttons
    - [using] classroom equipment
    - [tying] shoelaces

Concentration:

  • limited focus:activities need to be broken down
  • easily distracted and fidgety
  • poor memory skills


DYSLEXIA

Writing:

  • can’t find the right word
  • organisational problems
  • difficulty getting ideas on paper

Spatial/Temporal:

  • difficulties with telling time
  • left/right confusion
  • gets lost easily
Memory Difficulties:
  • dates
  • sequences
    - alphabet
    - times tables
    - phone numbers
Motor Control:
  • co-ordination difficulties
  • handwriting difficulties
  • difficulty copying
Reading:
  • moving or overlapping text [words, letters, sentences shifting as you look at the text or changing places each time you look]
  • needing to re-read [to comprehend the text]
  • losing place in text
Spelling:
  • similar sounds cause confusion
  • difficulty ‘hearing’ sounds
  • can’t remember what words look like
Listening:
  • find background noise distracting
  • problems note taking

DYSGRAPHIA

Classroom Management:
  • activities and instructions need to be broken down
  • may need support with syntax structure and grammar
  • requires extra time when writing
  • benefits from assistive technology/other methods of recording
    - voice recorder
    - speech to text
    - [using images/graphics or charts]
Organisation:
  • benefits from visual support
    - key word vocabulary [I think this means like, flash card style learning]
    - checklists
  • requires time to plan visually
    - story map
    - mind map
  • needs time for proofreading
Fine Motor:
  • handwriting difficulties
    - [letter] formation
    - spacing [between letters, words, or paragraphs]
    - sizing [of writing]
  • manipulation difficulties
    - using equipment [aka handling anything that requires fine motor skills]
    - pencil grip [improperly or pain from using]
Concentration:
  • difficulty thinking of words to write
  • tires quickly when writing [this can be mentally, or physically from hand/arm cramping]
  • trouble keeping track of thoughts

DYSCALCULIA

Measures:
  • problems handling money - working out change, etc
  • struggles to understand [some or many] mathematical concepts - speed, time, etc. 
Spatial/Temporal:
  • map reading difficulties
  • difficulties with telling time
  • left/right confusion
  • [difficulty distances properly]
  • [difficulty measuring things or guessing measurements]
Memory:
  • cannot accurately recall number[s or] facts
  • constantly re-learning and recapping skills
  • organisation issues [forgetting where things belong etc]
Counting:
  • difficulty navigating back and forth along a number, line, or sequence
  • can lose place easily
  • finds counting in [groups of numbers such as] twos or threes problematic
Calculations:
  • lack of confidence in answers [weird phrasing? anyway this means often getting the wrong answer (to mathematical problems) despite having the correct math or the right answer despite having incorrect math or being unsure of how it was achieved]
  • problems transferring information: e.g 3 + 2 = 5 therefore 3 +2 = 5  [difficulties with transposing numbers]
Numbers:
  • struggles to understand chronology
  • issues with place value [with adding things up to 10s or 100s etc, moving decimal points, etc]
  • [moving or overlapping numbers, as in numbers shifting as you look at them or changing places each time you look]
zodiaccity:

Zodiac Files: Gemini would be more confident if….

zodiaccity:

Zodiac Files: Gemini would be more confident if….

ladiesanthem:

high fashion battle gear       ↳ saiid kobeisy spring/summer 2014

ladiesanthem:

high fashion battle gear
      ↳ saiid kobeisy spring/summer 2014

Heroes Rewatch | 1.03 One Giant Leap
Peter attempting to fly  on the playground