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Ada

soberbeasts:

Her priest said it was due to her mother’s sin. That was clear to everyone — certainly to the others in their tenement.

There was an ache in her heart that would build to a roar, until she was immobile with it, unable to move, to think, to speak. The roar would fog her mind, a noise and pressure behind her eyes, and her body would seize, and shake, and shake.

Where there were people, her terror followed. And the city was nothing but people. It made her body heave, and her stomach churn. The walls would swell around her, and people grew taller, darker, filled all the space, took all the air. Their voices boomed, boomed, boomed, until she was crushed with the sound of it.

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Oh my goodness, my heart.


Tech Review’s annual science fiction issue, edited by Bruce Sterling, featuring William Gibson

rstevens:

mostlysignssomeportents:

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The summer annual features stories “inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review,” including “Petard,” my story about hacktivism; and “Death Cookie/Easy Ice,” an excerpt from William Gibson’s forthcoming (and stone brilliant) futuristic novel The Peripheral.

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I am so fucking on this.


ambitiouspants:

voltairine-kropotkin:

Two men at the Communist Nudist Colony are sitting on the porch.
One turns to the other and says, “I say old boy, have you read marx?” The other says, “Yes, I believe it’s these wicker chairs.”

This is my twin sister’s favorite joke, and I reblog it here in her honor. (If you’re American, make sure to read this in an English accent.)

(via muttershanks)


Cats at Play by Pacifico Palumbo

Cats at Play by Pacifico Palumbo

(via hpslutcraft)


calamityjonsaveus:

The worst X-Man. But check out his action pose!

calamityjonsaveus:

The worst X-Man. But check out his action pose!


"It would be astonishing indeed," said the Badger simply, "if I had done it. But as a matter of fact I did none of it—only cleaned out the passages and chambers, as far as I had need of them. There’s lots more of it, all round about. I see you don’t understand, and I must explain it to you. Well, very long ago, on the spot where the Wild Wood waves now, before ever it had planted itself and grown up to what it now is, there was a city—a city of people, you know. Here, where we are standing, they lived, and walked, and talked, and slept, and carried on their business. Here they stabled their horses and feasted, from here they rode out to fight or drove out to trade. They were a powerful people, and rich, and great builders. They built to last, for they thought their city would last for ever."

"But what has become of them all?" asked the Mole.

"Who can tell?" said the Badger. "People come—they stay for a while, they flourish, they build—and they go. It is their way. But we remain. There were badgers here, I’ve been told, long before that same city ever came to be. And now there are badgers here again. We are an enduring lot, and we may move out for a time, but we wait, and are patient, and back we come. And so it will ever be."

 The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame.

That moment where you realise The Wind in the Willows is a post-apocalyptic story.


“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.” Jonathan Carroll  (via theremina)

(via theremina)



calamityjonsaveus:

WAALLLL, I’ll spare you the details, but I am in pretty dire financial straits and I need to open up commissions again. I hate to do this because, um, I’m not even done with the last round of commissions (they’re on the plate for this week, though), but I’ve got to raise OHHHHHH about four thousand dollars in the next two months or so. Neat, huh?

To start off, I’m opening up ten slots for Half-Pint Hero commissions only (those are the little cutesy guys up above) starting at $25, incl shipping. These are black-and-white illos (sometimes with gray marker highlights) on 8.5x11 cardstock, they can be whatever character you’d like, or maybe a little drawing of you, or your friends, or your imaginary friends, or maybe of your enemies and you can use the drawings to taunt those guys. Your choice!

Single figure is $25, $5 for every additional figure, please drop me a line at calamityjon@gmail.com to reserve a spot and let me know what you’d like. Paypal is happily accepted. All commissions will be finished and in the mail by September 15, 2014. 

Thanks all!

I’ve got a couple pieces by Calamity Jon and I love them all.

Nobody draws like him and he’s got a wicked sharp brain. It’s well worth your dollars to get your fave hero drawn by him.

Mine was Powerman.


brigidkeely:

surprisebitch:

graceebooks:

pallet-town-julie-brown:

kateordie:

angelica-aswald:

mtvstyle:

want this moment burned on my eyelids

So many girls saw this. Bless.

All hail the queen.

Let this sink in. She declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of white women who decided they werent feminists like katy perry and then her husband and child, the things feminists evidently don’t have, were cheering on and gave her an award

i can’t help but find it incredibly ironic and telling that the people everyone seems to be getting the most life out of beyoncé presumably giving the finger to with her strong declaration of feminism last night are other women. how about letting it sink in that she declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of sexist and misogynistic men who make up our patriarchal music industry?

^ this.
dont pit women against each other when it comes to promoting feminism.

Let me put this another way:
Mainstream feminism is pretty toxic. It’s devoted almost entirely to upperclass educated straight white ablebodied hetero ciswomen who can afford to have it all because they can hire child care or rely on a 2nd income to let them afford to stay at home. I say this as a white woman who calls herself a feminist, btw— I think the only way to enact change is from the inside, pushing intersectionality and generally not being a dick.
A lot of Black women & NBWOC, a lot of disabled women, a lot of transwomen, a lot of queer women, reject the term “feminist” BECAUSE it is so toxic, because feminist spaces are DANGEROUS spaces for them. Others are doubling down and doing taxing work trying to change things, trying to carve out a space for themselves and others like them, despite IMMENSE push back, despite attacks from people both within and without feminism.
And in that environment, in an environment where a Black woman overtly calling herself feminist is seen as less feminist than a white woman who does not overtly call herself feminist & who uses other bodies as props, you’ve got Beyonce spelling things out clearly & explicitly.
She is a feminist.
And that’s a powerful statement, and one that a LOT of people are pushing back again. OMG HOW DARE SHE CALL HERSELF A FEMINIST. How much of this, seriously, is because she dances in small amounts of clothing… and how much of this is because she’s a Black woman? Because I’m pretty sure that a lot of the same white feminists commenting on her dancing costumes & moves are also speaking positively of slutwalk… while throwing Nicki Minaj under as many buses as possible. Sex positivity is great… as long as it’s only done by white women for the male gaze.
Beyonce is carving out a space in feminism for people who aren’t white, and that’s an incredibly powerful act. And if you don’t support that… I don’t know what to say to you. Seriously.

brigidkeely:

surprisebitch:

graceebooks:

pallet-town-julie-brown:

kateordie:

angelica-aswald:

mtvstyle:

want this moment burned on my eyelids

So many girls saw this. Bless.

All hail the queen.

Let this sink in. She declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of white women who decided they werent feminists like katy perry and then her husband and child, the things feminists evidently don’t have, were cheering on and gave her an award

i can’t help but find it incredibly ironic and telling that the people everyone seems to be getting the most life out of beyoncé presumably giving the finger to with her strong declaration of feminism last night are other women. how about letting it sink in that she declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of sexist and misogynistic men who make up our patriarchal music industry?

^ this.

dont pit women against each other when it comes to promoting feminism.

Let me put this another way:

Mainstream feminism is pretty toxic. It’s devoted almost entirely to upperclass educated straight white ablebodied hetero ciswomen who can afford to have it all because they can hire child care or rely on a 2nd income to let them afford to stay at home. I say this as a white woman who calls herself a feminist, btw— I think the only way to enact change is from the inside, pushing intersectionality and generally not being a dick.

A lot of Black women & NBWOC, a lot of disabled women, a lot of transwomen, a lot of queer women, reject the term “feminist” BECAUSE it is so toxic, because feminist spaces are DANGEROUS spaces for them. Others are doubling down and doing taxing work trying to change things, trying to carve out a space for themselves and others like them, despite IMMENSE push back, despite attacks from people both within and without feminism.

And in that environment, in an environment where a Black woman overtly calling herself feminist is seen as less feminist than a white woman who does not overtly call herself feminist & who uses other bodies as props, you’ve got Beyonce spelling things out clearly & explicitly.

She is a feminist.

And that’s a powerful statement, and one that a LOT of people are pushing back again. OMG HOW DARE SHE CALL HERSELF A FEMINIST. How much of this, seriously, is because she dances in small amounts of clothing… and how much of this is because she’s a Black woman? Because I’m pretty sure that a lot of the same white feminists commenting on her dancing costumes & moves are also speaking positively of slutwalk… while throwing Nicki Minaj under as many buses as possible. Sex positivity is great… as long as it’s only done by white women for the male gaze.

Beyonce is carving out a space in feminism for people who aren’t white, and that’s an incredibly powerful act. And if you don’t support that… I don’t know what to say to you. Seriously.


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