Music: Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, Gambles, James Vincent McMorrow, Florence + The Machine, Lykke Li, Anais Mitchell, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Ben Sollee, GAYNGS, James Blake, Noah and the Whale, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut

TV: Chuck, Bones, Castle, The Following, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Hart of Dixie, New Girl, Grimm, The Americans, Hannibal, Elementary, Smash, White Collar, Covert Affairs, The O.C., My Mad Fat Diary, Pushing Daisies, Suits, Fairly Legal, Royal Pains, In Plain Sight

 

mizufae:


pastel-gizibe:

shannonwest:

equalityandthecity:

(via Students help Emma Sulkowicz carry mattress to class in first collective carry)

Y E S 

IT IS GETTING BETTER

When I first read about this woman’s plan I thought it was a strong idea but I was worried that it was a little bit much for one person, no matter how dedicated, to keep it up for too long, especially since she has, you know, college to commit to. I never thought about how, if other people helped her carry her burden, I never thought about how much it would look like pallbearers with a coffin. Which is simply one of the strongest visual symbols one can use to disturb people in the western world.

mizufae:

pastel-gizibe:

shannonwest:

equalityandthecity:

(via Students help Emma Sulkowicz carry mattress to class in first collective carry)

Y E S 

IT IS GETTING BETTER

When I first read about this woman’s plan I thought it was a strong idea but I was worried that it was a little bit much for one person, no matter how dedicated, to keep it up for too long, especially since she has, you know, college to commit to. I never thought about how, if other people helped her carry her burden, I never thought about how much it would look like pallbearers with a coffin. Which is simply one of the strongest visual symbols one can use to disturb people in the western world.

cheskasmagicshire:

nerthos:

geoffsayshi:

krystvega:

The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.  @KrystVegaNeteru

This is beautiful.

I think this picture better illustrates the size of that monument.

I never even knew this existed this makes me so happy to find out about it

cheskasmagicshire:

nerthos:

geoffsayshi:

krystvega:

The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.
@KrystVegaNeteru

This is beautiful.

I think this picture better illustrates the size of that monument.

I never even knew this existed this makes me so happy to find out about it

petrichorlore:

essayofthoughts:

notyourexrotic:

sideeffectsincludenausea:

coffee-w-cats:

notyourexrotic:

HP Goblet of Fire Headcanon: Beauxbatons was primarily a Muslim wizarding school.

(photo from livesandliesofwizards, which was the first thing I thought of when I ran into this passage while rereading the Harry Potter books)

(and yes I know the horses drink whisky, which is not exactly halal, sshhh)

Except magic is haram in Islam…. -_-

Yeah, in Christianity as well. That’s why hardcore Christians tried to get the book banned, but you still see them celebrating Christmas/Easter in the books.

Besides, I totally adore this headcannon because in Islam we’re required to believe that magic is real, and the reason it’s forbidden is because you’re seeking the assistance of evil spirits and jinn to do bad things. Like it’s never used for good things, ya know? They’re never summoning a jinni to repare your glasses n shit. So like magic in the Harry Potter sense, I feel, could be reconciled with Islam. Like this is turning into a huge headcannon for me,

Like what if in the HP world which involves Islam, the reason magic is haraam is because you’re enslaving jinn? (Islam requires that we believe they exist but doesn’t state that they’re inherently evil, there are Muslim jinn as well)

so like what if there are jinn students as well

and jinn professors

and jinn students actually visit from Beauxbatons but no one can see them unless they wanna be seen

and they prank the shit out of Fred and George, and as the year goes on greater and greater pranks happen and Fred and George are furious that they’re being outshone by Beauxbatons students! And they keep thinking it’s the girls cause no one told them about the jinn students, 

and eventually they reveal themselves to Fred and George when they’re about to leave, and then the boys and the two jinn girls keep in correspondence over prank ideas

and

well

let’s say

Bill isn’t the only Weasley marrying a Beauxbatons girl 

aaahhhh a few things!
1. I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but Muslim magic is totally a thing. In Malaysia you have bomoh and pawang, which are Muslim shamans - Islamic verses make up a lot of their spellwork. In Bangladesh my family would visit this holy man who would pray over our pencils for good luck in exams, not that far from enchantments, it was hinted that he was magic in other ways too. And there’s all these superstitions and folklore that have come through and are still around - from orang bunian to “tie a knot in your shirt to find a lost item” to “pinch someone wearing something for the first time” to all sorts of things. Jinns weren’t even the end of it.
2. What if what the Western world were calling veela were really jiin? Or what if Peeves was really a jinn?
3. There are canon Muslim (or Muslim-plausible) characters in the Potterverse. Hassan Mostafa, the referee for the Quidditch World Cup. Ali Bashir, poor bloke trying to sell flying carpets. And the mysterious Shafiq family in the Sacred Twenty-Eight list. And that’s just the ones with names that hint to their ethnicity or religion: you don’t need an Arab-sounding name to be Muslim. A lot of people in my family have names from all over the place, and they’re primarily Muslim.
4. paging
petrichorlore/
essayofthoughts
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Um. I’m not Muslim so if any of the info I do have is wrong feel free to punch me in the face and correct me, but according to my friend from Archaeology who is Muslim, and from Syria as I recall, the separation between magic etc in Islam runs that miracles are something God/Allah may grant an ability to perform to his prophets. That is permissible magic because it is not magic it is the God-given ability to perform a miracle. Then there’s Black Magic, which is done by communing with jinn and this is the magic which is banned.

There flat isn’t a magic which is comparable to HP magic, so I suppose (I could easily be wrong, as I have said, I am not Muslim) it could be argued that the magic of the Potterverse is permissible for Muslim individuals to use because it could be read as a God-given gift - because wixes are born with their magic. It is not God/Allah giving them the ability to perform one supernatural miracle, or them asking jinn to help them perform magic, its an innate ability, and so could be argued to be a gift they were given when God/Allah moulded them in the womb. 

I mean I might even go so far as to argue that perhaps Muslim wixes wouldn’t reject Squibs so immediately as other wixen groups, because a Squib individual, shaped by God/Allah in the womb, was not given magic, for whatever reason, and perhaps they are important in some way because of that?

I don’t know, and also as I’ve said already, I am not Muslim. Do punch me and correct me if I am wrong anywhere.

Though I will say now “River Genies" are canonical as of the Quidditch World Cup update on Pottermore and I did a post on Jinn on the monsterblog (with the immense aid of the wonderful petrichorlore) which looks at how they might exist within the Potterverse. That post can be found here.

But yeah. My knowledge of Islam is all secondhand, from schooling, from fellow archaeology students and from brilliant bloggers like petrichorlore, so if at any point I have misunderstood or misrepresented something: Punch me and correct me. Or don’t punch me. Do correct me though. I live to learn.

(Also there is a fic, um, Thou Shalt Not Suffer, which looks into fundamentalist Christian views on Potterverse magic, its a very good read and in the penultimate chapter looks at why magic and what types of magic are banned under the word of the Bible. Baseline HP magic is fine, provided it is not used to hurt others, and certain types of Divination - Necromancy, lots, through watching nature - and enchanting - apparently where linked to snakes - are forbidden. That’s it. Christian wise, if you go back to the Hebrew, Potterverse magic is a-ok provided you don’t hurt people with your magic, summon the dead, or play with snakes.)

Hope this helped?

Hi and yes, this is very cool and very informative and as far as I know largely correct. I can say that what I’ve learned tells me that HP magic doesn’t have any real world parallels with what Muslims believe in. 

I do feel a little weird calling miracles and God-given gifts ‘magic’, because of the connotation the word has, but that’s pretty accurate. There are saints who have supernatural abilities, that overrides the normal cause-and-effect flow of life, and that is (like everything) from God. Three important aspects of our belief:

  • What is Necessary: i.e. a power that makes things be. you can call that power(s) anything you want, but things do not spontaneously pop into existence
  • What is Possible: i.e. a dragon. if you can envision it, it is possible
  • What is Impossible: i.e. a square circle. if you can’t envision it, it is impossible.

And since you can clearly envision the magic of the HP universe, it makes it a possible thing, as in, in it could plausibly exist if God wanted it to. In fact, one of our scholars has said that all things imaginable exist, just perhaps not in our world.

notyourexrotic is right, magic is impermissible in Islam because to have those abilities (commonly known as black magic), a person must do awful and/or evil things, and the cause is only awful and/or evil (possession, harm, abuse, etc). as hp magic is not like magic in Islam, it would not be impermissible if it did exist. it’s just an ability, like speech.

and as @sideeffectsincludenausea said, there are what i can only translate as ‘everyday charms’ that muslims take part in. reading certain chapters of the Quran to remember where you last left an item, or to remember something your mind is blanking on. prayers for protection, leaving the house, entering and exiting the bathroom, looking in a mirror, that I, at least, firmly believe in and absolutely do have an effect on me/my life. things like that, that non-Muslims would call magic.

My little fic Imagine A Muslim Witch's companion piece Why Aren’t There More Wizarding Muslims is an exploration of the fact that Muslims would be those ‘Muggles’ most wix don’t think are actually Muggles, because of our religious beliefs. 

You know. Hypothetically. If the HP Universe was real.

beyoncepatronus:

saying “the bechdel test sets the bar too low” is dumb because that’s literally the point of the bechdel test, it’s a bar set at ankle height that hollywood is still refusing to step over

There are two ways to escape suffering [the inferno]. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognise who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino (via fuckyeahyoga)

imaginarycircus:

enterprising-gentleman:

sapphirefiber:

paintedlandscape:

INFMETRY star projector.

I really genuinely want this.

Oh, this is cool, but I bet it’s one of those insanely expensive things I’ll never be able to have in a million years.

OHWAITLOOK IT’S $22 HOLY CRAP

Some assembly required, but it looks fun to assemble. AND THOSE RESULTS HOLY CRAP

Yep, added to my wishlist, for sure!

$22?!? I know what want for Christmas this year…

The same site also sells this ashtray:

ceci n’est pas une toilette

codyaferg:

wow-suchbree-veryblog:

"If white people are so privileged why is there a Black Entertainment Network and no White Entertainment Network?"

"Men don’t have privilege, there are women’s only gyms!"

"Why isn’t there a campus centre for straight/cis people!?"

SAME REASONS WHY IN MARIO KART YOU DON’T GET BLUE SHELLS OR LIGHTNING BOLTS WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY IN FIRST PLACE, ASSBAG.

This is honestly the best explanation I have ever seen.

miracleyangwenli:

siopold:

the funny thing about dril posts is that they actually do have a structure to them– they hit a kind of conceptual caesura halfway through, a point where there’s no inevitable logical connection between what’s been said and what’s still to come. here, the first sentence didn’t need to result in the second, yet it’s not “lol random” either; the speaker is angry about his boss’ draconian ferret-kissing policy, and reacts in kind, and even the reference to a “screen saver” reminds us that we’re in an office. it’s a narrative progression that, despite having an internal logic, alienates its punchline from its setup. who the hell is this person?

one thing i love about @dril posts is how they all seem to take place in a universe that is somewhat like our own, but with the habitus of white middle america taken to a bizarre, absurd, but strangely logical conclusion. take this one, for instance: 

so we have our setting: a security guard protecting the american flag in the betsy ross museum, something almost archetypically american and middle class. but once again the first part, or setup, for the punchline, “fucking the flag,” careens the joke into an alien punchline that still, given the setting, makes sense. @dril’s security guard character imitates a sort-of cop-talk, the banter of a security guard, “buddy, they wont even let me fuck it”. you can imagine a similar response from a guard at any museum, but we’re talking about Fucking the American Flag, here. i really love @dril. 

miracleyangwenli:

siopold:

the funny thing about dril posts is that they actually do have a structure to them– they hit a kind of conceptual caesura halfway through, a point where there’s no inevitable logical connection between what’s been said and what’s still to come. here, the first sentence didn’t need to result in the second, yet it’s not “lol random” either; the speaker is angry about his boss’ draconian ferret-kissing policy, and reacts in kind, and even the reference to a “screen saver” reminds us that we’re in an office. it’s a narrative progression that, despite having an internal logic, alienates its punchline from its setup. who the hell is this person?

one thing i love about @dril posts is how they all seem to take place in a universe that is somewhat like our own, but with the habitus of white middle america taken to a bizarre, absurd, but strangely logical conclusion. take this one, for instance: 

so we have our setting: a security guard protecting the american flag in the betsy ross museum, something almost archetypically american and middle class. but once again the first part, or setup, for the punchline, “fucking the flag,” careens the joke into an alien punchline that still, given the setting, makes sense. @dril’s security guard character imitates a sort-of cop-talk, the banter of a security guard, “buddy, they wont even let me fuck it”. you can imagine a similar response from a guard at any museum, but we’re talking about Fucking the American Flag, here. 

i really love @dril. 


“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
and this is what the western news doesn’t show. Educated and Covered Muslim women are unimaginable for them.

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

and this is what the western news doesn’t show. Educated and Covered Muslim women are unimaginable for them.

yourroyalpenis:

gaezedkriel:

keylimepie:

accountant-in-a-can:

punkrockluna:

bubblegum-momoi-satsuki:

gouthesupermanager:

flameoflight:

well-metaphoricallyspeaking:

heruut:

i-aint-even-bovvered:

songofages:

Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F

I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?

You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.

Average American Grading Scale:
A+- 97-100
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
B- 80-89
C- 70-79
D- 60-69
F- 59 and under

And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below

Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier? 

No wait but whats the grading system in other countries?

UK Grading Scale

100-70: A

69-60: B

59-50: C

49-40: D

Below 40: F

next time you try to tell americans that we’re stupid

i’m gonna remind you

that our “average” is your “A”

Yep I was shocked when I heard this in a different post but a Google search pulls up a ton of sites backing this up.
Shit son I woulda passed College Algebra with an A in the UK. And I spent the end of the semester in perpetual fear that I would fail and have to retake the class.

And basically as an American you’re expected to get 80 or higher. Technically 70s are considered ‘average’ but there is such a level of pressure to get a B or higher, that Cs have become equal to Ds. Basically anything under 60 you might as well gotten a 0, and anything between 60-80 is considered practically failing. So basically schools have to be designed to make sure majority of students are getting 80s or higher on specific topics, which means you’re spending all your time going over a few choice facts a billion times and there is very little room to teach anything else. Which explains why American schools are of such low quality. The insane demand on the students ends up wrecking their education. Not only do you not have time to teach them anything, but they end up hating learning. Even outside of school your life is dedicated to memorizing these few dumb facts because your homework ends up taking hours of your time. A teacher from one subject says they expect you to spend 2 hours every night on their homework. And if you’re studying 5 subjects and they all demand that 2 hours? Good fucking luck, because if you don’t have straight all 80s or higher you’re not getting into a good college and college degrees have somehow become the minimum requirement for getting jobs.

I spent most of my junior year of high school in a state of constant panic that I was going to get a C in Honors Physics much less fail the class. If I got a C on my report card, I was grounded until the next one. I lost count of the times I’d wake up at five in the morning to take the early bus to go in for zero hour before school actually started for the day

File this under the exact reason so many Americans detest going to school.

(Source: tendads)

selfiequeenxo:

I was watching mean girls on nick jr and they censored the words gay and homosexual but not bitch and slut because it’s not okay to expose kids to the existence of homosexuality but it’s okay for them to hear derogatory terms for women