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Stonehenge: ghostly outlines of missing stones appear

archaeologicalnews:

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It is a mystery which has intrigued archaeologists for centuries: did the huge Neolithic stones which make up Stonehenge form a complete circle?

Now the puzzle has been answered after the dry summer revealed the faint outline of the missing megaliths.

Usually the ground is watered by stewards, to keep the earth moist and the grass healthy.

But this year, the hose they used was too short to reach the whole site. By chance, the incomplete section of the inner stone circle was left to dry out.

When archaeological features have been buried in the ground for a long time, they affect the rate that grass grows above them, even long after they have disappeared. Read more.

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elvishness:

hades and persephone at the beach uwu

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Anonymous said: People who thinks Arya's a misogynist shoud notice that she repeats "I'm a girl" everytime someone misunderstood her with a boy... She only says the opositte when it's necessary for her safety. It means even liking unconventional thing for a proper Westerosi lady she still consider herself as a girl, so she obviously thinks girls and boys can do the same things. "I can be AS good AS Bran", she said. Not better, not worse. Equal. She's a medieval feminist :)

donewithwoodenteeth:

No one thinks Arya’s a misogynist that doesn’t want to think that. These claims of Arya being anti-feminist are always used as a reason to hate her, question her popularity as a character, or justify why she’s a worse character than another. They also have no evidence ever- because there is none. 

Unless they’re only judging by only the show (which has some very unfortunate, OOC lines that contain anti-women sentiments from not just Arya, but also Brienne and Asha,) no one could possibly read Arya’s chapters and come to the conclusion that she’s not one of (if not the) most feminist characters.

Your examples are important to remember, the fact that she asserts her femininity whenever she can and whenever it’s questioned (outside a life or death situation.) And even when it may have been more helpful to pretend to be a boy, she doesn’t. When she meets the BWB, she angrily corrects Tom when he assumes she was a boy. They could want to rape her now- a fear that has been drilled into from Yoren to Harrenhal- and yet it’s her impulse and desire to declare that she’s a girl. The only time is when she was with the Night Watch recruits (where no girls are allowed, it’s not an option.)

Telling Jon that the women are important too and that she could fight as well as Bran:

She watched her little brother whack at Tommen. “I could do just as good as Bran,” she said. “He’s only seven. I’m nine.”  

She doesn’t even use their genders as factors in her assessment- she’s older by two years, she can do “just as good”.

It’s actually interesting because while Arya notes the differential treatment of the sexes and expresses upset over it, this never manifests as bitterness. What I mean by that is that she doesn’t develop any anger towards men nor does she internalize the sexism and seek to differentiate herself from other women/girls. 

And that, to me, is really amazing. I think it speaks to Arya’s level of understanding and empathy for other people. She’s always been able to connect with people from all walks of life and express affection for people who even treat her horribly (Lommy, Elmar, Hot Pie at first, Bubono.) 

Arya questions (why can’t she be lord of a holdfast or a shipmaker or the High Septon? why can’t she own a sword and learn to fight? why can’t she go boar hunting when even younger Bran is allowed?) but she never gets angry or bitter over it towards others. She still very happily a girl, she just doesn’t see why that makes her any different or lesser. She still has male friends and brothers and not think why do these people who aren’t as good or deserving or anything get these opportunities. She doesn’t even get jealous. She wants to know why and doesn’t accept that she’s any different.

And is there any POV character who values women who work in whorehouses or brothels like Arya does? She takes advice from Merry, never looks down on any of the many whores she meets and encounters, she doesn’t think less of them or scorn them for their profession.

But it’s nor just about valuing the women society considers to be the lowest, Arya always admires women. She looks up to Ned and Jon and Robb of course, but her heroes are women. She wants to be like Wenda the White Fawn, she wants to name her direwolf after Queen Nymeria. 

The funny thing, is that people use their own headcanons or whatever to prove that Arya is anti-women.

SHE DOESN’T LIKE/DO FEMININE THINGS! Except she likes to pick flowers and had dolls growing up and romanticizing her parents’ relationship and what exactly are we classifying as feminine anyway here? What qualities does Arya need to have to be feminine enough for the haters? And, most important question, is it because Arya isn’t pretty enough? Some comments/gifsets unfortunately imply as such. 

SHE WANTS TO BE A KNIGHT AND NOT A LADY! She has never expressed any interest in being a knight and the lady bit is very debatable. And even if it isn’t, it’s the idea of being a Lady as the profession than being a lady as in the gender. That’s not anti-women, it’s anti-highborn life if anything. And why would that be an an issue anyway? Can’t you have a feminine knight? It’s a profession choice, not a sex declaration. 

SHE CARRIES A SWORD AND DOES “MASCULINE” THINGS!! CLICHE! I’m struggling to see how people get this notion. For starters, what is this idea of being masculine when you use examples such as being angry and having short hair to state she’s masculine? And where does this idea that having a sword is cliche? Pretty much every male character has carried one at one point, is it only wrong if it’s women? Why is that bad? And what female character isn’t wielding some blade/weapon at some point? Because even forgetting those considered “masculine” like Arya, we know Sansa and Catelyn both threatened men with knives/blades. Do male characters have a monopoly on survival because otherwise how can you overlook the absolute necessity of this in a world like Westeros?

Being a woman and unarmed won’t save you from abuse in such a violent, war-consumed world, as she learns quickly enough, so Arya has to make do somehow. Not that Arya even carries a weapon for most of Harrenhal when she’s worked as a slave. 

There’s nothing to textually support that Arya has any anti-women or anti-femininity sentiments. She gets jealous over not being feminine enough, that’s the closest you can say.

The reason this started, to be honest, is because people wanted to hate Arya. That’s why it gets continued as well. Arya is a fan favorite (but note, not a fandom favorite by any means,) and some people looked for reasons to justify their hatred and even shame people for liking Arya. (Trust me, I’ve read all these “metas” on the subject. They’re very transparent.)

Anyway, anon, there’s really nothing to be done. It’s not based on textual evidence, it’s not based on anything logical- because if I’ve learned one thing from being in fandom, it’s that character hate is the quickest path to twisting facts and rationality into nothingness. They’re not going to notice Arya’s stance as very pro-women because they don’t want to.

I just have to take issue with one specific part of this - I do agree in general that the anti-Arya stuff in fandom is whack, more about the show and/or an overreaction to the fannish Sansa-vs-Arya conflict. But the idea that Arya’s characterization was originally rooted in a cliché is solid.

It’s not about her defending herself or surviving. There are a number of YA/children’s fantasy and historical novels featuring heroines who are expected to Be A Lady but are Bad At Sewing and Want To Learn To Fight With Swords - they’re Closer To Dad and/or An Older Brother. If there’s an older sister, she’s always a foil, the perfect and pretty one who’s delicate and sings well and dances and sews … When I first read GoT, my initial reaction to Arya was very very negative because I was sure that I was supposed to love her and find Sansa boring or annoying (and I’m not sure I wasn’t, at that time) just based on these traits. And my opinion has changed on her since then as she’s moved away from the stereotype. But she was originally written specifically to fit into it, I’m pretty sure.

There’s no difference between people holding her up as a cliché now based on her characterization in Game of Thrones and people who are still blathering about Sansa being a liar/disloyal/stupid back when her father was alive. But it’s not a totally baseless thing to say, and I think you’re missing the point of the criticism. It’s not cliché for a female character to defend herself with an edged weapon - it’s cliché for the little noble girl to feel more of an affinity with activities that the men do and be terrible at and dislike the activities she’s expected to do as a female.

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copperbadge:

semaphore-drivethru:

So let’s talk about your new favorite website and app, Duolingo.

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I haven’t seen anyone on my dash talking about this and that’s a fucking crying shame because Duolingo is the shit. You can use Duolingo to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese. Even…

Speaking as someone who tried Duolingo, I’m not here to hate on the program, but I kind of wanted to speak up and say that this is not for everyone. For people who learn better in a very structured, linear way (like me) it’s extremely difficult and frustrating to be asked to memorize tenses and conjugations without a full set. The program asks you to memorize nouns at random, which is reasonably standard, but does the same with verbs and pronouns. It doesn’t provide you with a straight-up list of conjugations for a given verb, even just as a reference, and on occasion it doesn’t actually give you the gender of a noun. For me this was all very difficult because I had no way of comparing the various conjugations of a verb and sorting out for myself which was which. 

This may be a great way of learning for a lot of people. And it’s free, so it’s not like you miss anything by downloading it and trying it out. But if you end up as frustrated and annoyed as I did, please don’t beat yourself up for not being able to work well with a program that is designed for one very specific and not terribly cohesive learning style. By the time I removed it from my phone (and then unsubscribed from the email) I was irrationally angry about it, and I want people to know that failing to learn using Duolingo is not a personal, isolated failure. 

YES.

Conversational learning is not for me. At one point I realized I should work out a conjugation table based on the examples it was throwing at me, but then I realized that I might as well look out for some cheap, vintage German textbook instead.

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seeminglydeepstatement:

somefantasticallies:

vivalatrench:

mrsugarpink:

rapewhistled:

followmehome:

It’s not “bacon,” it’s a pig.

It’s not “veal,” it’s a calf.

It’s not “steak,” it’s a cow.

It’s not “meat,” it’s an animal…

its not “fruit”, its dividing cells that accumulate fructose…

it’s not delivery. it’s digiorno.

It’s not a scene, it’s a god damn arms race

It’s not “levioSA”, it’s “leviOsa”

Maybe it’s Maybelline 

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iseeitcrimson:

a-cumberbatch-of-cookies:

audreyii-fic:

"Ghostbusters" starring Mindy Kaling, America Ferrera, Aubrey Plaza, and Rebel Wilson

YES YES YES

OMG YES.

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squintymisha:

Endless list of things that should have been in the movies
↳ Half-Blood Prince, p 137

A teenage boy with a pale, pointy face and white-blond hair appeared from behind the rack wearing a handsome set of dark green robes that glittered with pins around the hem and the edges of the sleeves. He strode to the mirror and examined himself; it was a few moments before he noticed Harry, Ron and Hermione reflected over his shoulder.

» asked by anon

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lackadaisycats:

Anonymous said:
"You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to— especially since you’re probably really frigging busy, but a sketch of human Rocky would be nice. It doesn’t have to be glamorous; I’ll love it anyway even if it looks like a clustershuck of spaghetti noodles. I just got my test results and I could seriously use some of Rocky’s chipper mood."
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Chin up. 

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Darren Wilson’s “blowout fracture”

delphoxqueen:

If you’ve been keeping up with what the media is saying about Darren Wilson, you may have read this article that claims he suffered a blowout fracture: a fracture of one or more bones surrounding the eye. Here is a screencap from the article of “Darren Wilson’s” CT scan. Also known as “lol_bc_not_darren_wilson.jpg”

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When the article later stated that “police sources” said 12 witnesses had taken Wilson’s side, I was incredible skeptical, obviously.

[I also want to mention that this article is using pictures of the convenience store where the owner’s lawyer blatantly stated that Mike Brown did not steal anything.]

This article lists the side effects of an orbital blowout fracture. It also posts a video taken by Piaget Crenshaw, a woman who lives on the street where Mike Brown was killed. The video shows Darren Wilson standing around Mike’s body soon after his murder, showing no signs of pain; and you see the officer he’s reporting to acting like Wilson hasn’t been injured at all. That isn’t very likely for someone who would have visible signs of trauma. 

The second article also shows “Darren’s” CT scan, and one that looks exactly like it, but: in the corner it says UNIV OF IOWA ETC-TC. Just to check up on this, I looked up the words “university of iowa blowout fracture” and set Google to where it would show posts from before this year, guess what.

On uiowa.edu, this CT scan was on a page made in 2008[It’s about all kinds of eye trauma.] Here’s a screencap with the url in it so you can see what I’m talking about, if you don’t want to scroll through a page with graphic injuries.

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I don’t know why they thought they could get away with this at all, oh my god. The article that says Darren Wilson was injured is a complete fallacy, and the police released this information to make Mike Brown seem like a “thug.”

(“There’s no more racism in America! We have a black President!”)

Now listen to me. If an article does not post credible sources (“two local St. Louis sources” does not count at all) or only goes off what the police is saying: double, triple, quadruple check it before you share the information, just to cause less hysteria for everyone trying to stay updated on these horrific events.

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fuckdad:

it always fucks me up cause i think my friends on here are like my age or maybe a year younger but then they talk about how much fun they about to have 11th grade and i’m like? what the fuck did you are just saying?

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I always wanted the reboot of Ghostbusters to be four girl-ghostbusters. Like, four normal, plucky women living in New York City searching for Mr. Right and trying to find jobs — but who also bust ghosts. I’m not an idiot, though. I know the demographic for Ghostbusters is teenage boys, and I know they would kill themselves if two ghostbusters had a makeover at Sephora. I just have always wanted to see a cool girl having her first kiss with a guy she’s had a crush on, and then have to excuse herself to go trap the pissed-off ghosts of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire or something. In my imagination, I am, of course, one of the ghostbusters, with the likes of say, Emily Blunt, Taraji Henson, and Natalie Portman. Even if I’m not the ringleader, I’m definitely the one who gets to say “I ain’t afraid a no ghost.” At least the first time.

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