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stunningpicture:

Putting an engineering degree to good use

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macteenbooks:

This is what I picture authors saying when they kill my favorite character. 

macteenbooks:

This is what I picture authors saying when they kill my favorite character. 

thegrapesofangst:

Thank you to all authors who draw detailed maps of their fictional universes because I just really love maps and it just makes the story better

(via escapingintoabook)

newyorker:

Across Silicon Valley, tech workers tend to be disproportionately male. Vauhini Vara examines the trend.

makoraa:

Characters of The Lunar Chronicles: Linh Cinder

“I think it’s about time you told me about this plan,” he said.
Cinder curled her hands into tight fists. The possibility of their success had seemed so faint that she’d hardly considered what would come next. She’d hoped they would have some time, at least a day or two, but she saw now that there would be no such respite.
War had begun.
“You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary.” She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. “So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.”
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makoraa:

Characters of The Lunar Chronicles: Linh Cinder

“I think it’s about time you told me about this plan,” he said.

Cinder curled her hands into tight fists. The possibility of their success had seemed so faint that she’d hardly considered what would come next. She’d hoped they would have some time, at least a day or two, but she saw now that there would be no such respite.

War had begun.

“You said yourself that the people of Luna need a revolutionary.” She lifted her chin, holding his gaze. “So I’m going to Luna, and I’m going to start a revolution.”

insp. (x)

(via thelunarchroniclesbooks)

poordick:

Recently, Ashley and I watched Log Horizon (which is available for streaming here). Basic premise is that players find themselves stuck in the MMO that they are playing.

While getting sucked into a fantasy world isn’t exactly a new plot device, it did cause Ashley to ask me a question - a question I then in turn posed to other people we knew: If you were to find yourself in the world of World of Warcraft, what race/class/profession would you want to be? with the caveat that you can dual class.

While most people answered almost instantaneously (and almost always as some sort of elf healer and/or fighter), I found the question to be one that I needed to ruminate on for an extended period of time. In fact, Ashley initially asked this question about a week or two ago, and I have just gotten around to having a mostly firmly answer.

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If the laws of in-game reality don’t reflect in-game lore (see below), the answer would be simple: Troll Death Knight Warlock. Trolls, Death Knights, and Warlocks all have kick-ass style. Trolls have been my favorite Warcraft race/species since Warcraft II and I’ve loved Dark Knights since Final Fantasy II/IV. Further, Trolls have amazing powers of regeneration (no limb - no problem!); and the Death Knight-Warlock combo allows you to heal others, wield the elements of ice and fire, and summon/raise armies of demon and undead minions.

But, if you take a look at the realities of each of those inside the lore of Warcraft, the outlook is not good. Trolls seem to have the shortest lifespan of any playable race, abet only a few years shorter than humans. Death Knights are, well, undead (and potentially susceptible to rot) and Warlocks are quite literally and figuratively playing with fire. The fel magic in which they practice is both addictive and corrosive, to the body, mind, and soul…

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I picked a Dranei Druid Hunter (if dual classing, who did leatherwork and something I don’t remember right this second. For real life it wouldn’t be skinning like it was in game for my hunter. I don’t think I could do it, but who knows what one can do when they need to.

So if were dragged into Azeroth, who would you be?

fuckyeahsexeducation:

iwasahighschoolfeminist:

fallenforbands:

hoffmango:

cause-shes-bittersweet:

smindersonfan:

secretmindreader:

Okay, this is actually what you do if you’re being sexually harassed in any kind of public space. Draw attention to it, preferably pull away and let EVERYONE know that someone is touching you. This will not only get him to get off you but he’ll definitely think about this situation next time he wants to do something like this.

Spreading the word.

My mom and I were talking about this today after hearing about a woman who was molested on a plane who said nothing until she was picked up at the airport by her parents. My mom looked at me and asked what I would do in that situation and I looked her dead in the eye and I told her “it would take me .02 seconds to realize what was going on and yell angrily, and then I would be straight on to bitch slapping him so hard he wouldn’t be able to see the punch I’d throw with the opposite hand”.

She nodded and accepted my salty language like a seasoned sailor.

I’ve had experience with this before, in Prague a group of five girls and I were followed by three men at night. After a while they started yelling at us, the most common being “how much?” Meaning how much we “cost” as prostitutes. Seeing as they weren’t going to stop, I turned on my heel, faced them (which surprised them), spat at their feet and responded with “You couldn’t afford me.” This prompted the other girls to start yelling back at them as well, starting with our spitfire Czech friend to start slinging curses in Czech as she and the rest of the girls came up beside me. Needless to say the men backed off and pretty much fled. They weren’t expecting a fight. It empowered me and encouraged the rest of the girls to yell back too.

I’ve heard that a lot of people don’t know what to do in this situation because they’ve been taught all their lives to be polite and non-aggressive. Keep your heads down or whatever.

Keep in mind that studies have shown that rapists look for victims who won’t fight back.

Remember that nobody has the right to touch you without your consent or harass you, and you have all the right to make the biggest fuss about it that you can possibly make.

Get angry. Be in command.

FUCKING RELEVANT

If someone is doing something that makes you uncomfortable like this, you do not need to be nice. Swear, kick, scream, make the asshole cry. You don’t have to nice, be as rude as you want

… and remember that not everybody feels safe making noise or calling attention to the situation, and there is no shame in not doing so, and just because you didn’t yell and scream and make a scene, doesn’t mean you consented or that you wanted it or that you deserved it.

Good point and I’m sorry I didn’t mention it but any reaction to harassment or assault is valid and okay. If you don’t feel safe, don’t do it.

upworthy:

Exactly 0 Babies Died From Chicken Pox From 2004-2007 (And It Wasn’t Because They Were Vaccinated)

Parents choose not to protect their children from illness through vaccination for many reasons, and almost none of them are good reasons. Nevertheless, one of the tried and (not) true defenses of this truly unwise decision is this: “Why do you care about whether my kid is vaccinated? It doesn’t affect you.”

We’re officially done with that argument.

thisiseverydayracism:

america-wakiewakie:

questionall:

Why White people are not coming out against the racism in Ferguson. He is dead on.

I could chill with this dude.

"The race problem in this country is a white problem"

White folks following us should watch this.

did-you-kno:

Two physicists formed a theory that an accident with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was caused by a time-traveling bird. Source