ATTENTION: STRESSED OUT STUDENTS
NETFLIX HAS EIGHT EPISODES OF ANIMAL PLANET’S “TOO CUTE” AND THOSE EPISODES ARE LIKE 20 MINUTES EACH SO IF YOU NEED A STUDY BREAK THERE IS THAT
You should all check out this video of Avicii - Silhouettes.
It’s about a MTF but you only understand this when you’ve seen the WHOLE vid. If you haven’t seen the last shot, you won’t understand.
I thought this was a pretty cool video and I love the song tho
Oh My God!!
A Mainstream music video, Dedicated to MTF transitioning!
I thought the imagery was kind of obvious? (especially the cucumber xD) But still really awesome. Possible CW: hospital surgery images.
Vulture culture holiday giveaway! Idk how these things work really but I mean I have extra bones and rocks and shells and fossils and some deer scrap fur so if you’re an aspiring bone queen/king and you wanna jump start your collection, reblog or something! Randomly choosing a couple winners on Christmas Day. Obv you’ll have to give me your address. Please note that the deer fur is from Adrian, a special guy to me, and I’d appreciate it if you’d cuddle it or display it nicely, not use it for fly tying or cat toys. I can’t control it obviously but just putting that out there.
Tags #animal parts #bones #fur #vulture culture
This campaign is to raise funds for necessary materials for a Cree language classroom in Montreal such as an interactive whiteboard, a printer and tables.
Wow! Not even a full two days into the #CreeClassroom campaign and we’ve almost got $2000! We’re trying to get some decent quality resources for our classroom, and it looks like it might actually happen. It’s a sad truth that you can learn almost any language in the world but an Indigenous one, and no one is making space for language learning but us. So forget waiting for the Canadian government to value our languages, we need to get together and make it work! With a little generosity we’ll have a classroom that will allow us to access, create AND share Cree language learning resources. The tech is not all we need… above all we need dedication, and we need to prioritise language learning, the rest is details. Useful details though!
If you don’t know yet, a contribution of just $5 enters you into a draw to win some beautiful rabbit-fur mukluks, or a pair of rabbit-fur trimmed moccasins from Manitobah Mukluks. Their vibram sole is durable and good in even cold Prairie winters! So please spread the word, for the price of a double double and a doughnut you could win a big hug for your feet!
your occupation is not your identity
your “productivity” does not determine your worthiness
p.s. your hair looks great
This is simply stunning.
Worth downloading chrome just to see this.
I also have this headcanon that when Raleigh saw Newt’s tattoos, he thought they were memorial tattoos at first. He’s all soft voiced and kind when he asks if it’s a tattoo of Yamarashi - he and Yancy took out Yamarashi, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t casualties. Raleigh saw the destruction first hand and knows that they couldn’t have saved everybody (and you know the guilt eats him up inside, especially after Yancy’s death, because that’s one more failure). So he’s reaching out - I’m sorry for your loss, I know how you must feel, I was there, but at least we got the bastard.
And then Newt is so casual about it. Twenty-five hundred tons of awesome. And Raleigh sees that his sympathy is misplaced. That this guy is so far from getting it, he might as well be on another planet. Or more specifically, from the safe zone for the rich and powerful (because how else would he end up being so blase about the giant monsters who’ve been attacking the most populous region of the world for over a decade?). And Raleigh is already done with this privileged man-child.
With all the pictures and fanart I see of making Newt this woobie, cute type character, it’s refreshing to see a post that doesn’t ignore that this dude’s privilege.
While I understand everyone’s liking of Newt, watch Raleigh’s face visibly go blank after Newt says about the “tons of awesome”. Raleigh’s not a difficult guy to get along with and his commenting about the tattoos seems like someone who doesn’t even have it cross their mind that someone would get tattoos of kaiju because they LIKED them. I mean Newt literally got trigger objects tattooed on himself. If not callous, it reeks of someone who just doesn’t GET it. And when Raleigh realizes that, he shuts down. He’s still polite, but there’s an edge and he makes it clear he’s going to kill every kaiju he comes across.
I think the thing that I liked the least was that Newt acts like RALEIGH is the jerk. It’s apparent even in the movie edit where you don’t hear him call Raleigh a jerk in the face he makes when Raleigh challenges him. Newt has the unmitigated gall to judge a man who felt his brother get killed by these things for not agreeing with him or at least voicing his opinion. Newt might get it by the end, but it’s not until he sees up close just what he’s dealing with and that Raleigh is RIGHT.
Let’s also talk about how Newt is so deep into his private fanboy universe that he can random search his memory and produce facts like how much Yamarashi weighed, but cannot recognize that the person standing in front of him was on the team that took it down.
Like. Raleigh isn’t exactly a nobody, he and Yancy were likely a pretty big deal back in the day. And when Stacker introduces Newt and Hermann, he says Raleigh’s name, he says ‘Mr. Becket, this is our research team.’ Anyone even remotely attached to the PPDC should be able to put two and two together.
But in the deleted scene, which is vomit-inducing, Newt goes ‘Hey… guy!’ before launching into another masturbatory lecture on how gr10 kaiju are and calling Raleigh a jerk.
Basically Newt cares about kaiju to the point where he stops noticing people and I personally find that revolting.
A couple of points that people don’t seem to be acknowledging here are 1) Newton Geiszler and Hermann Gottlieb are both Germans who studied their respective crafts in America and Europe respectively, so there is an automatic amount of disconnect in that they are Atlantic dwellers, and not Pacific; it is entirely likely, in fact, that this is one of Newt’s first direct assignments in a Shatterdome, since his research would not need to be conducted in one to be effective for the PPDC. And 2) there is an acknowledged wealth/knowledge detachment that Newt possesses, because he’s spent probably about half his life doing biological Ph.D studies—he’s got 6 Doctorates. So let’s look at this: here’s a 35 year-old guy that has 6 Doctoral degrees, at least 1 of which likely occurred with focus on Kaiju biology and physiology. Of course he can pull random facts about them out of his ass—and also, it’s not at all inappropriate of him, in his context, to find the kaiju impressive and awesome and want to see one and study one, in the same way that any biologist finds their preferred study subjects impressive and awesome and they want to see one and study one.
Another point is that in many cultures, wearing a mark of the fallen is not memorial at all; it’s a way of creating an energy space. For instance, in old Aztec cultures, when Jaguar warriors were appointed, they had to go out and kill their own Jaguar to wear the pelt as part of their uniform, and it was believed that this gave them the powers and abilities of the jaguars. So perhaps, despite Gottlieb’s insistence—and frankly, everyone’s—that Newt is merely subject to a rather masturbatory obsession, Newt is following this projection of strength and acquisition of power—he is covered in various Kaiju, all of which have been slain, and while he has no direct connection to them, he may believe that the projection of them affords to him a certain amount of prestige, like the way that the Rangers mark their jackets or Jaegers with marks for the fallen.
Despite Newt’s behavior on the elevator, he spends most of the first part of the movie having his ideas and speculations shot down, not just by a colleague (and former friend; Newt and Hermann were penpals before they met, after which they fell out), but by superior officers and Rangers alike; he’s ridiculed for his intense and thorough knowledge of the monsters they’re all fighting; and it ends up being that, even at the end, the only person that really takes him wholly and fully serious in his passion for the biological and physiological aspects of these things is a Black Market dealer—Stacker and the Rangers don’t care, they just want the fuckers dead and the Breach closed; Hermann doesn’t care, he’s just upset that his own hypothesis was initially incorrect; but Hannibal Chau responds to Newt’s enthusiasm and interest with his own blase interest and knowledge.
So, wild speculative headcanon aside, if we look at what the movie gave us (which is all I can do, since I haven’t read the novelization or any of the comics), we have an admittedly privileged young man who has not necessarily directly experienced any of these attacks, who has spent part of the last ten years of his life dedicated to the procurement of knowledge about these aliens rising out of the sea and has at least one doctoral degree on them, who is subject to ridicule, dismissal, and basic shaming for his hypotheses based, in part, because of his passion for this knowledge, and who adorns himself in tattoos of these aliens. His behavior is completely in line with, honestly, a lot of young professors—he’s blindly passionate and dedicated to his knowledge and eager to prove himself and his knowledge, but at every turn, he is subject to upset that he dare to not blindly accept and seek out destruction.
Also, since there was a mention above of Raleigh’s upset having anything to do with Yancy—keep in mind that Chuck didn’t seem to know that Raleigh had been directly connected to Yancy when Yancy was killed and seemed to have no knowledge that Raleigh had gotten Gipsy back to shore, and Chuck was just graduating the academy/had just been made a Ranger when that happened, so why should it be assumed that Newt would have a certain sensitivity to that knowledge either, when it’s clearly not common knowledge in the PPDC; Raleigh and Yancy had a seven kill streak and were the northern most and probably the youngest of the American (North and South) pilots, and had the shortest of the American deployments due to Yancy’s death (they were only in service for three years), so despite their showboating and obvious magnetism, they probably were not the most well known of the American pilots. Honestly, there are only about two points when Raleigh looks/acts upset, and they’re both related to Chuck—his behavior with Newt becomes one of dismissal; his stance changes and you can tell that he’s mentally dismissing everything Newt has to say after his statement that Yamarashi was “twenty-five hundred tons of pure awesome”.
Hey Tony, remember when you thought this movie was pretty good but not the best thing ever?
Also gonna re-add what I said in an individual post. Newt is an extremely passionate individual, who even Travis Beacham says is in a category of his own, but it’s not like he’s completely unique in his fascination with kaiju. Yes, we’re in the last days of war, but for the better part of ten years, the Jaeger pilots were rock stars and the kaiju were toys and sneakers. This is a culture that believed and is probably still hanging onto the idea that the kaiju are the bad guys, the cartoon villains, and the Jaegers are the superheroes ready to drop in and save the day.
Keep in mind, too, that while Newt has an enthusiastic fascination with the kaiju it’s not like whenever one pops up from the ocean, he’s like “OH MAN YEAH! WATCH THIS FUCKER STOMP TOKYO!” He’s more like Steve Irwin going “CRIKEY THIS IS A FASCINATING AND TRULY COMPLEX ANIMAL! BUT IT’S KILLING PEOPLE SO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THEM TO STOP THEM!” Because, past a certain point, just punching them in the face has STOPPED WORKING (I also have another rant about why that scene was cut because that line from Raleigh no longer works coming from Charlie Hunnam’s interpretation of him).
Also, the novelization pretty clearly implies that Newt is some kind of “neuroatypical.” So, let’s presume, say, in this case it means he’s not so great with social cues. Combine that with INTENSE ENTHUSIASM FOR A SUBJECT and maybe he MEANS to say “Oh yeah, Yamarashi was a fascinating subject that made for great study, who was awe-inspiring, but also kind of cool in a really deadly way and I DEFINITELY don’t want him loose on the continent but if we could put him in a box and study him that would be A+” turns into “Yeah, he was 2500 tons of pure awesome.”
Is it kind of rude for Newt to have made that remark in front of three people who, likely very famously among PPDC staff, have had some really hard hits and losses from kaiju? Absolutely. It’s insensitive and we never get a follow-up scene where that’s fully explained. And, yeah, Newt’s career with the PPDC has always been from the remote safety of the lab. It’s unlikely he’s had to walk among carnage or bandage a wrecked and traumatized Ranger, that’s not his division. So there’s an extent to which he probably IS removed from the count of human loss that comes from kaiju and a sensitivity seminar would probably NOT be amiss.
But I don’t think there’s every any instance during which Newt is rooting for the kaiju to win. He absolutely gets short-sighted, as all of us do, and at times his scientific goals get caught up in the “prove I’m not a crackpot” and/or “prove Hermann wrong” haze, but ultimately he is working to understand kaiju so that the rangers have a better method than punching and hoping shit doesn’t go past the miracle mile.
And remember, Newt drifted with a kaiju and he didn’t come out of it with a beatific smile about how awesome they were. He came in with a reaction of horror and said, “I HAVE FOUND THIS INFORMATION. YOU NEED TO KNOW IT BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO AFFECT THE BATTLE!”
But yeah, maybe Newt and Hermann should be strapped into a get along shirt and go to a workplace sensitivity training session?
Pirates of the Caribbean/Skyrim Mashup by flipboit4midles.
(Bask in the awesomeness of this.)
i literally threw my computer across the loveseat when i heard this. its so epicly beautiful.
Santino Fontana on auditioning for Frozen:
"So basically, all that they told me about the character was he’s super confident, perhaps overly confident, he needs to be able to sing with a "Broadway sound" and he’s really good with women, but he may have a dark side. I came into the sound studio and I was very nervous and I sang this."
A RECORDING EXISTS
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, THIS IS WHAT HE AUDITIONED FOR HANS WITH
Lord Jesus what have I done
I THINK YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HOW HANS THIS SONG IS
HE’S NOT SINGING “I feel pretty,” HE’S SINGING “I am pretty.”
AND THIS IS ABSOLUTE PERFECTION
NO WONDER HE GOT THE PART
hancest is canon
I’M LITERALLY CRYING I HAVE JOKED ABOUT HANS WORSHIPPING HIMSELF BUT ITS REAL
Tags #havent seen the movie but this is amazingly cute
so lately a movie called “Frozen Land” has gotten some attention due to it seemingly continuing the trend of Low Budget Animated Movie Tries To Fool Distracted Parents Into Thinking It’s The Latest Pixar/Disney Production. but looking into it more i found that this is way, way more than that
for one thing, the original title of this movie isn’t Frozen Land—it’s The Legend of Sarila, La Légende de Sarila in the original French. it’s only recently gained the translated title of Frozen Land when it got distributed to US audiences. it was released almost an entire year before Frozen came out, and other than the vaguely connecting theme of “ice,” Sarila has nothing to do with Frozen or its source material of The Snow Queen
though calling The Snow Queen ‘source material’ for Frozen is a generous stretchand is a completely different kind of story
Sarila is the first 3D animated movie to come out of Quebec and tells the story of
….an encampment of Inuit nomads is threatened by famine. The situation is dire as day after day the hunters return empty-handed. Unknown to anyone, the tribe’s shaman Croolik has embraced the dark arts and this is the true reason behind the disappearance of all the animals. The clan’s wise woman Saya recalls the legend of Sarila, a promised land hidden among the glaciers, where wild game is said to be plentiful. Legend has it that only the pure of heart may enter this hallowed place.
Three of the clan’s young people, chosen by Croolik’s treacherous crow Kwatak, agree to go in search of Sarila in order to save their tribe. There is Putulik, the chief’s son; the beautiful Apik, his fiancée; and Markussi, who only Croolik and Saya have discerned has a shaman’s gifts.
it’s not up to the animation standards of Disney and Pixar, but it’s not bad. it’s not even average—it’s interesting. it has a decent number of lady characters. it’s accurate to Inuit culture—Sedna is not just a character made up for the movie but a key figure in Inuit mythology. even the cutesy “kid appeal” character is fairly charming
i know a lot of you are disappointed in the lack of representation in animation, and have been criticizing Frozen in this regard. so i invite you not only to discuss Frozen, but to discuss and support a movie that has an entirely nonwhite cast—not just an entirely nonwhite cast but an entire cast of First Nations people, a group who see pitifully little representation in popular media. i invite you to support a movie from a relatively new studio, a studio who is eager to tell a serious story from a culture whose voice is almost never heard
your local bargain bin may want you to believe that this is just another low-budget ripoff, but it is not. this is a story worth considering, and i hope you will do just that
Oh gosh. This film looks good.
Let me mention something: big studios like Disney and Pixar have access to a hell of a lot of computing power and custom-written engines for each film they do. (Pixar had to write a whole new engine just to get Merida’s hair to look the way it did in Brave.) That’s a lot of money. It doesn’t make the film great any more than a fancy brush makes a painting great, though. It can help enhance the visuals, maybe help put it bang-on with what was envisioned in the first place for the look of the film, but it’s not the end-all-be-all of 3D animation.
This film looks like a lot of heart and talent went into it. The characters all have a decent amount of interesting, appropriate stylization to them—I especially like the chunky look the dogs have. That already makes it more interesting than Frozen to me.
The environments look to me like they were created by people who absolutely know and love those settings in real life, people who are really attentive to color and natural shapes. They aren’t rendered with as much polish as is expected out of films nowadays, but it really, really doesn’t feel like that’s down to sloppiness, more down to lack of experience with the software, or maybe lack of access to the really high-powered software, it’s hard to tell. I love the stylization in the setting (especially the birch bark at 0:35) and I really REALLY wish Frozen had implemented that idea some. I bet the concept art for this movie is dang solid and fun to look at. I’d love to see it.