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  • IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

    stars-inthe-sky:

    If you’re registered to vote, find out your options for doing so here.

    As long as you’re in line at your polling place before it closes, you have the right to vote. Different states have different hours of operation for polling places, so make sure you know when yours open and close if timing is an issue for you.

    Many states allow early voting. Some allow voting by mail. All allow absentee voting for certain reasons. None allow late voting, however, so please disregard any materials you see claiming that Election Day has been changed or delayed (and report those distributing them to your local Board of Elections).

    A lot of states have close federal and statewide elections this year—yes, even  traditionally “blue” states like Massachusetts and traditionally “red” ones like Kansas—so your vote will count. And even if you’re in a random place where the top-ticket offices are more or less assured, there are local or nonpartisan races and ballot initiatives that you can and should vote on. 

    Regardless of how or where you vote or for whom you vote for, PLEASE VOTE. Elections matter. Decisions are made by those who show up. Ours is a participatory democracy, and this is the simplest, most direct way to participate. 

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the process or your rights. I’m not a lawyer or an expert, but I will do my damnedest to get you accurate answers. This is your right and your opportunity—don’t waste it.

    9 hours ago   •   1,412 notes   •   VIA: bangingpatchouli   •   SOURCE: transformativeworks
  • Hi, I saw your donation drive on AO3, and I'm wondering what the money is for, exactly? $70,000 seems like a /lot/ of money. Is there somewhere I can see a list of intended purposes? Thank you!
    Anonymous

    januarium:

    transformativeworks:

    70,000 USD does seem like a lot, which is why many of our users may be surprised to find out that in 2015, the OTW will need 75,000 USD just to replace old servers and expand capacity! The OTW’s annual budget for 2014 is 221,863.44 USD, and 70% of that goes directly to servers, collation, and staff development for AO3. The remaining 30% of our 2014 budget funds Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures; covers administrative costs; allows for outreach and membership development (such as our thank you gifts and shipping); and provides opportunities for professional development and training for personnel. All of these things help the OTW protect and celebrate fans and fan culture.

    I find it amazing that people think that’s a lot of money to ask. It’s incredibly expensive to fund such heavily used and non ad supported websites, and that before anyone even gets paid for their work. I am definitely donating what I can to this drive, and I hope if you have a few dollars spare and benefit from Archive of Our Own, or any of their projects you will consider donating as well.

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  • Simmons in Hydra? She’s a  t e r r i b l e  liar. I’m serious. I love her, but her trying to lie it is a horror show.

    11 hours ago   •   1,801 notes   •   VIA: kansaskissedlips   •   SOURCE: themegalosaurus
  • themegalosaurus:

    Hot Professor Sam OH WON’T YOU KEEP ME AFTER CLASS (or: the Hot Professor Sam gifset of my dreams)

    12 hours ago   •   7,466 notes   •   VIA: agt-sharon   •   SOURCE: themegalosaurus
  • themegalosaurus:

    OK so I can’t be the only person who was a little bit sceptical when Jared said (at Torcon) that Gadreel talked in iambic pentameter (“I bet he just talks in iambs but not in pentameter,” I thought) (OH MAN I AM SUCH A GEEK) - but turns out I was being unfair. He only does it in Holy Terror and Road Trip, the two episodes where Gadreel’s true identity has been revealed: but all the lines above are taken from those episodes and all of them are lines of iambic pentameter (there are more but the gifset was getting too long).

    [Hopefully this explanatory section isn’t too obnoxious, as it often seems like everybody everywhere in the world has to do Shakespeare at school (and why not, he’s awesome) so you may well know this; but in case you needed your memory jogged:

    Poetry written in iambic pentameter is written in lines of five two-syllable feet (called ‘iambs’). The first syllable is unstressed and the second syllable is stressed: for example, the word ‘comPARE’ makes up an iamb because in natural English speech you stress the second syllable. Shakespeare uses this metre a lot, e.g. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’.

    In the gifs I’ve put stressed syllables in red. If you read the lines stressing those syllables, you should find that fits with the natural cadence of the words.

    Jared’s performance of the lines doesn’t always stress those syllables with complete regularity - for example, he says ‘But Metatron, would that not make YOU God?’ - but that’s just good reading. If everybody read iambic pentameter with repetitive, exaggerated emphasis it would sound really boring and unnatural. OK, end of English class!]

    13 hours ago   •   9,875 notes   •   VIA: captaindargo   •   SOURCE: getawaywithgifs
  • I said, “The only way I can play someone this hard is for something to be peeled away each week, and the first thing that needs to go is the wig.” I just wanted to deal with her hair. It’s a big thing with African-American women…You start when you’re just a young girl. Do you twist it? Do you leave it natural when it’s so hard to take care of? Then you start wearing wigs but every night before bed you’ve got to take the wig off and deal with your hair underneath. And it’s a part of Annalise that I needed the writers to deal with because I’ve never seen it, ever, on TV and I thought it would be very powerful. It’s part of her mask. - Viola Davis (x)

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  • notbecauseofvictories:

    oh okay one last thing before I get off the internet—

    I’ve been thinking lately about tumblr, and how its mostly-female users appeal to over-the-top emotional language (e.g., my feels, i can’t, cries, ARGH, and variants thereof.)

    And it’s interesting, because most of us exist in societies that see excessive emotion as worthy of ridicule, an indication of irrationality, and “hysteric.” Feelings have become feminized, and what is feminine is deviant, Other, lesser. Pathos used to be a valid argumentative strategy—now, an argument rooted in emotion isn’t just bad, it’s invalid. And what is invalid can be dismissed without thought. (It’s unworthy of thought.)

    But on tumblr, emotion is linked to power. Explicitly so. Feels can kill, feels can hurt, feels drive the creation of graphics/meta/fic and fierce battles over canonicity or interpretations. Feels are the currency with which you buy your right to fannishness.

    Our reaction to a society that dismisses emotion as baseless is to crank that shit up to eleven and make it the gate through which you must pass to enter the community.

    we’ve weaponized emotion.

    how cool is that?

    1 day ago   •   442 notes   •   VIA: capnromanoff   •   SOURCE: marciaoverstrand
  • marciaoverstrand:

    I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison
    And I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me.

    1 day ago   •   28,680 notes   •   VIA: dcotn   •   SOURCE: doctaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • ARTIST: Naughty Boy ft Bastille
    TRACK: No One's Here To Sleep (Feat. Bastille)
    ALBUM: Hotel Cabana
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