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Folies Bergere, Paris , 1930s



"#WeNeedDiverseBooks because we live in a culturally diverse world."

"#WeNeedDiverseBooks because every child deserves to see herself represented in a good story."

"#WeNeedDiverseBooks because good stories come in all colors."

Submitted by Elizabeth Zunon, children’s book illustrator.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because no one wants to feel like a sidekick, a trope, or a quota.




new video up babes!  WHY I’M A….FEMINIST *gasp!!* *shock!!!1* *horror!!!!*

i know, i know.  gender equality is a terrifying thing here on the interwebs.  here are just a few (err…60) of the reasons i’m a feminist.

are you?

The comments on this video scare me a lot, I can’t believe that people can say that stuff after watching this, and that is why I am a feminist.

Me too.  Lewis’ law: the comments on feminist writings justify the writing.



Yelling to the Sky was the 3rd coming of age film i had ever seen about a black girl, going through struggles that a lot of black girls are going through right now but are hardly talked about or showcased in mainstream media, and it poured a fuel over the intense passion i have for coming of age films about black girls and made that passion even bigger. Zoe Krazitz plays Sweetness O’hara, a 17y/o girl in high school suffering through bullying from her peers, a broken family, and having to deal with the fact that her life might be at a dead end if she doesn’t find a way out immediately. Also features other amazing black actresses like Gabourey Sidibe and Antonique Smith, making it perhaps one of the top ten best films i’ve ever watched.  

Spring break, here I cooooooooooooome

(Source: thecoalitionmag)

Hope everyone had a lovely Beatles week. Jai guru deva om

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
— 出典:The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Girls and guys!! Don’t let anyone try to shame you into presenting yourself in a way that doesn’t make you feel 100% confident and good about yourself. Rock your body and your aesthetic and let others rock theirs. 

100x YES! Every decision should be YOUR decision, and no matter what it is, as long as it makes you feel good about yourself, it’s the right one! 

I struggled for a long time about the right way to be a feminist and the wrong way, until I learned that there is only MY way. and for me, Feminine and Feminist are NOT mutually exclusive.


Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan



Now you know



Thought this might be a little helpful, we hope it’s not wrong!!

And just for a little added context:

  • Elizabethan:  refers to Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603 (this is part of the Tudor era, as well)
  • Baroque:  an art movement that began around 1600 and lasted until the early 18th century.  
  • Rococo: an art movement created in a direct response to Baroque (sometimes called “Late Baroque”), which lasted from about the 1710s to around the time of the French Revolution (depending on the historian you ask).
  • Georgian:  refers to the rules of Georges I, II, III, and IV (1714 to 1830).  
  • Regency:  the time when George IV ascended the throne due to his father’s mental illness.  It technically lasted from 1811 to 1820, but some will use this term for all pre-Victorian 19th century.  
  • Victorian:  Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901 (but will sometimes be considered to start earlier due to the Reform Act of 1832)

History of Fashion

(Source: Lilith-et-Adalia)




dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs.

USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely. When the slots are at the rear of a device, as is the case for many desktop computers, this task becomes even more troublesome.

dataSTICKIES solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIES to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.





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Professional Lover by Maysie Greig, 1932
Inscription reads: “Dearest Maybelle, You must read this little book. It caused me to have six spontaneous orgasms, after which I masturbated. Love, Bette Bibler”