The Witch, 1924. (wood engraving)
The Witch, 1924. (wood engraving)
Accidental shot and still beautiful!
"While is was shooting at the milky way, my tripod was not completely safe, my camera moved during the exposure, capturing this lovely star trail." by Sergio Montúfar
This is the funniest thing to ever happen to Canada
I decided I couldn’t ruin that happy queer-headcanon post with my angstfest but while we’re on the subject of Teddy Lupin headcanons I have A Lot of Feelings about Teddy’s relationship with Professor Longbottom.
Because Neville knows all the complicated emotions that come with being raised by your grandmother.
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that it’s okay to grieve. It’s not ungrateful. He’s allowed to love the family that he has and still miss the on that he lost. Grieving for that loss is important, and to a certain extent you’re never going to stop grieving for it.
Teddy Lupin spending every Mothers Day in the greenhouse, helping Professor Longbottom water the flowers or doing his homework at one of the tables while Professor Longbottom does some experiments or makes notes about certain plants. Teddy Lupin, glad to have a refuge where he won’t have to hear the word ‘mother’ unless he brings it up; a place where he knows that if he does bring it up, no one’s going to react as though his pain is an annoyance or a burden or as if he’s ruining the mood just to be spiteful.
Teddy confiding to Professor Longbottom that some days he just doesn’t feel like he’ll ever be good enough, because he constantly hears about how his mother was this amazing Auror but he is barely going to pass Transfigurations this year. Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that passing one’s classes is important, but Teddy is already good enough, and that no good will come of measuring himself against his parents and trying to become them when he ought to be figuring out who he wants to be.
(Harry reminding Teddy that people tend to romanticize the dead and assuring Teddy that his parents were just as human as he is, and they’d be very proud of the person he was growing into. His grandmother is proud too, even if she doesn’t always show it.)
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy what Neville had so often needed someone to tell him: "It isn’t your job to replace the child your grandmother lost."
Teddy Lupin finds out from a history book during his sixth year that Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort’s top general and the woman who murdered his mother, had previously been to Azkaban for Death Eater activity and for torturing Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom to the point of insanity. Teddy rushes to Professor Longbottom’s office, feeling upset and betrayed and not entirely sure if those feelings were justified, and demands to know why Professor Longbottom never told him. (It’s a horrible sort of bond, but Teddy can’t help but think that it isn’t every day you meet someone you share that kind of bond with.)
Professor Longbottom stares at his student for a very long time, then sighs and admits that he never really knew how to say it, and he’d never really been able to think of any good that would come of it anyway.
Neither of them say anything more on the subject for eighteen months, then Teddy comes into Neville’s office one day and sits down and struggles to speak for about five minutes before saying “I wrote my grandmother about her. My grandmother told me…” And Neville is confused for a moment, because ‘her’ couldn’t possibly be Teddy’s mother. He’d said it like it was some disgusting creature that had crawled out of an outhouse and through a swamp to get to him. “Her,” Teddy repeats, almost spitting. “Don’t make me say her name.” And then Neville realizes. “Oh,” Neville says quietly. Because he doesn’t know what else to say, he says “I met her—if you could call it that—I met her twice.” “Grandma grew up with her,” Teddy says, and Neville can see that he’s shaking, so he gets up and goes over to him. “I don’t know what I wanted, but…” Teddy said quietly, and Neville can’t imagine what Teddy had hoped to get out of talking about her either, but it doesn’t seem helpful to say so just then, and before he’s got a chance to say anything else, he’s got his arms full of a sobbing punk rock Hufflepuff.
Professor Longbottom seeing Andromeda Tonks once or twice a year, at Platform 9-and-3/4 and/or at other Hogwarts events, and thinking that she looks like her sister. Professor Longbottom hating her, just for a second, before taking a deep breath and remembering that she’s just as much of a victim as he is, and he only has to be reminded of Bellatrix Lestrange when he looks at Andromeda for a few minutes—maybe a few hours, if it’s a big Hogwarts even—while Andromeda probably remembers that she looks like Bellatrix Lestrange every time she looks in a mirror. Neville Longbottom, hoping that Teddy never sees a picture of Bellatrix Lestrange and realizes how much she looks like his grandmother.
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that Teddy’s father was one of Professor Longbottom’s favorite teachers.
Just… I want all of the student/teacher bonding there.
Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern’s Hair
CHRIS STAHP. CHRIS PLS
THIS IS A THING AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE #breakingbad #heisenberg #OMG (at Aahs)
I tired to take photos today and this is the only good one. I’m pulling on my hair in the mirror.
What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.
Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.
And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.
How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.
Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.
This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.
Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.
They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.
also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”
Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.
fake geek boys are white male supremacists pass it on(via erikawithac)
"Thank you loud mobile heat pack for making me this lovely hammock"
frank ocean more like frankly emoceanal amirite
and by that I mean marry me