OH GOD, WHERE AM I? WHAT DAY IS IT? WHY WON’T MY BODY MOVE PROPERLY?
WHERE ARE MY FRIENDS? WHAT COUNTRY AM I IN? WHAT IS MY NAME?
AH, IT’S NO USE. I CAN’T REMEMBER. IT’S ALL GONE. EVERYTHING, JUST GONE. LOST IN A FOG OF PAIN AND NAUSEA.
DAMN YOU, TEQUILA!
But ask yourself: Why is there that knee-jerk rejection of any effort to “overthink” pop culture? Why would you ever be afraid that looking too hard at something will ruin it? If the government built a huge, mysterious device in the middle of your town and immediately surrounded it with a fence that said, “NOTHING TO SEE HERE!” I’m pretty damned sure you wouldn’t rest until you knew what the hell that was — the fact that they don’t want you to know means it can’t be good.
Well, when any idea in your brain defends itself with “Just relax! Don’t look too close!” you should immediately be just as suspicious. It usually means something ugly is hiding there.
David Wong, “The 5 Ugly Lessons Hiding in Every Superhero Movie” (via epssilon)
This is a good article, and I agreed with a ton of it, but here I flinched hard.
‘the Hulk is a far more destructive weapon than anything the aliens brought with them … but the team that unleashed him in a city of 8 million people had no goddamned idea if he could be controlled. That decision was made by three unelected people (specifically, an unfrozen supersoldier experiment from World War II, a busty spy-slash-assassin, and an alcoholic inventor). Why do they get to make that call?’
Note the description of the woman on the team. I’m not saying Black Widow should get to make the calls on whether to unleash ragemonsters on New York, but I am saying there’s something super off with that description.
‘Alcoholic inventor’ – right, inventor is not a job that means you’re qualified to unleash monsters, and alcoholic, yep, might well be in no condition to make any such calls.
‘Busty spy-slash-assassin’ – Well, a spy/assassin might know a good bit about what was going on, but sure, definitely hasn’t been put in charge of anything, let alone the city’s safety… and what’s that other word, the one that also means she isn’t qualified to…
Busty? … oh. Why in god’s name was that word chosen?
Has boobs? Cannot make decisions.
Has big boobs? Clearly totally incompetent!
I looked hard at something, and it was ruined for me.
In the nineteenth century, a morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the world: the photos were ”Post Mortem”.
”Post Mortem” comes from Latin, meaning after death.
The photos ”Post Mortem” apparently originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she can keep as a souvenir.
soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.
Even today, as strange as it may seem, some places still have this custom.
The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.
This is a classic example of photographic art.
Notice the hands
for people wondering how the corpse is standing up, there is a posing stand supporting the body it’s very hard to see but the stand is supporting the neck, arms and back.
the girl in this picture has her eyes open, but in some cases the photographer will paint pupils on the eye lids to make it seem like they are wide awake
Have some historical, non-fiction creepypasta.
I’ve studied about these pictures not too long ago.
One of the reasons they were so popular was that, while protography started to become popular at that time, it was still expensive, and sometimes the families couldn’t pay for take pictures of their children or other relatives often. So, they did it when said people died so, this way, they would have at least one memento of them.
Sometimes, the photos themselves were painted, to make the corpses look a little more “alive”. A lot of manipulation techniques were used.
THE POSING STANDS WERE USED BY LIVE SUBJECTS TO KEEP THEIR FUCKING LIMBS AND HEADS STILL LONG ENOUGH TO TAKE THE EXPOSURE. YOU SEE, OLD TIMEY CAMERAS USED MUCH LONGER EXPOSURES THAN OUR MODERN POINT AND SHOOTS. THOSE POSING STANDS WERE NOT AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO HOLD CORPSES UPRIGHT, PARTIALLY BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW POST MORTEM PHOTOGRAPHY WAS GENERALLY POSED
TRIGGER WARNING FOR REAL PHOTO OF HUMAN CORPSES IN A GENUINE POST MORTEM PHOTO:
CAN YOU TELL THESE DUDES ARE DEAD AT FIRST GLANCE, WITHOUT BEING TOLD? I CAN!!!!! HOW ABOUT THE SUPPOSEDLY “DEAD” SISTER IN THE OP? NO? HMMMMMM
HERE IS ANOTHER BUNCH OF BULLSHIT: THOSE IRON POSING STANDS WERE NOT WEIGHTED, BALANCED OR BRACED TO HOLD UP A 100+LBS ADULT CORPSE.
HOW DO I KNOW THIS? BECAUSE I’M RIGGED UP IN ONE OF THOSE POSING STANDS IN THE PHOTO BELOW, AS I AM EVERY TIME I SIT FOR A DAGUERREOTYPE (WHICH IS OFTEN)
THEY’RE HEAVY AND STURDY, BECAUSE THEY’RE MADE OF FUCKING IRON. BUT NOT STURDY ENOUGH TO HOLD A STANDING HUMAN CORPSE (100+LBS OF DEAD, USUALLY LIMP WEIGHT, REMEMBER), AND CERTAINLY NOT MAGICAL ENOUGH TO IMBUE SAID CORPSE WITH MUSCLE TONE, FACIAL EXPRESSION, EYE FOCUS, AND MANDIBLE CLENCHING, ALL OF WHICH ARE DEMONSTRATED CLEARLY IN THE PHOTO IN THE OP, IN WHICH BOTH SUBJECTS ARE VERY FUCKING ALIVE
I’M NOT GOING TO LINK YOU TO A BUNCH OF GORE BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT IRL DEAD HUMAN FACES AND BODIES ACTUALLY LOOK, AND THE EXAMPLE OF THE TWIN BROTHERS ABOVE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU, LIKE FEEL FREE TO GIS “AUTOPSY PHOTOS” SOMETIME AND GET BACK TO ME
The extremely long exposure needed for this type of photography is also why you won’t (or will very very rarely) find people smiling in these photographs. Try to hold a smile for a few minutes without moving and you’ll understand…Tags: autopsy, debunking, goth, photography, post-mortem, victorian
Can you think of anything sexier then ACDG Hockey Stops, because I can’t.
I am watching this now. It is so good that it can get the horror of Star Trek: We Will Destroy Everything You Love And Also Logic out of my brain.
Some people have comfort food. Some people drink. I watch Generation Kill. And for that I thank novembersmith and her Ray Pearson LJ icon. For, like, ever.Tags: and some tongue, fao:, generation kill, is better than you, looks like you won some hearts and minds sir, novembersmith
With seven million people, Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated places in the world. However, plain numbers never tell the full story. In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the jaw-dropping urban landscapes of Hong Kong. He rids his photographs of any context, removing any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattening the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Infinite and haunting.
Editor’s Note: Co-signed.
this is so beautiful but so scary
I do not spew profanities. I enunciate them clearly, like a fucking lady.
What if the Starks didn’t make stupid decisions? x
“Okay, I won’t trust you then”
this is the most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen
If GoT had gone like this I might have kept watching… This series should just be renamed Game of KILLALLTHETHINGS. Game of Medieval Battle Royal. Game of Fuck You, Stark.Tags: game of thrones
“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
I just have a lot of feelings about Sherlock Holmes, okay? Okay.Tags: bbc, elementary, sherlock, Sherlock Holmes
Tags: for president, george takei, of the world
TAKEI OH MY GOD.
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
Lady Gaga | Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
I can has the best of both worlds? Oh yes I can.
I make everyone IRL listen to this at least once, because I don’t care if you don’t like her music, you listen to this for that voice. Fucking hell.
(via look to the sea)
I fucking love rainbows.Tags: as a general rule:, i don't think you understand how much i fucking love, more rainbows, rainbows
Carly Comando – Everyday
I wish I had learned to play the piano, just so I could play beautiful piano pieces like this one. Gorgeous.
Ugh, Carly Commando. Ugh, so talented. Ugh.
And by ‘ugh’ I mean LET ME LOVE YOU/NO I MEAN YOUR MUSIC/WAIT NO I MEAN YOU.Tags: carly commando, life ruiner, music, piano
My initial response to this image was just:
Which reminded me: Someone in my writing group accused me of writing one of my characters as myself because he is (and I quote) “stubborn as fuck”.
I am not stubborn. I am contrary. And I am using this as proof.
“Black Hole Sun” by Paul Anka
originally by Soundgarden
Listening to a lot of covers today, and this one takes the cake. Paul Anka fucking TEARS BLACK HOLE SUN APART.
This is what a cover is all about. It’s not just singing the song, it’s not just maybe adding an inflection or two.
Anka pulls a Six Million Dollar Man on this song, taking it apart, rebuilding it with his own personal bionics.
Anka Owns this song for me, now.
This post is how I found out that Paul Anka existed. And while I wouldn’t say that Rock Swings ‘changed my life’ in the way that, say, The Sunset Tree (from the Mountain Goats) did, it’s pretty close. I listen to it a lot.Tags: his voice though, music, paul anka, rock swings
And this is why Nine is my Doctor.
Suddenly I understand what one of my huge issues has been with the latest Doctor Who episodes
The Doctor has been reacting with horror rather than wonder, and running rather than communicating
Thanks 9 you’ve helped me come to a point of clarity
Davies – Eccleston – Baker
In that order.
Unless the next doctor is Tilda Swinton.
Then all bets are off.Tags: chris eccleston, doctor who, go home, hope, moffat you're doing it wrong again, nine, wonder, you are drunk moffat
Misha lays down the motherfucking law. [x]
JFC this is the best thing i’ve seen all day. IMAGINE IF EVERY ACTOR INTERVIEW EVER WAS LIKE THIS. *_____*
Misha for president. OF THE WORLD.Tags: be better supernatural, i do, i just really like it when not every person I relate to on a gener level gets murdered, i want to love you, misha collins, mysogyny, supernatural
I made the noise equivalent of “!!!”Tags: avengers, Big Bang Theory, bruce banner, hulk, sheldon, soft kitty