If you are a monster, stand up. If you are a monster, a trickster, a fiend, If you’ve built a steam-powered wishing machine If you have a secret, a dark past, a scheme, If you kidnap maidens or dabble in dreams Come stand by me. If you have been broken, stand up. If you have been broken, abandoned, alone If you have been starving, a creature of bone If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known, Come stand by me. If you are a savage, stand up. If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight, If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite, If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright, If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight, Come stand by me. If you are a devil, stand up. If you are a villain, a madman, a beast, If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest, If you are a dragon come sit at our feast, For we all have stripes, and we all have horns, We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns And here in the dark is where new worlds are born. Come stand by me.

A Monstrous Manifesto, by Catherynne M. Valente

I had the privilege of hearing the lovely lady Catherynne deliver this manifesto in person at her acceptance speech for the award from the Mythopoeic Society in 2008. I was moved to tears.

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tagged: #quote #s.i.

addu-crap:

Moon-City

Finally did some personal design work, finished one of many ideas that are pending. Hope you guys like it.

Prints and other products available at Society6

tagged: #l.m. #5k

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

tagged: #reference #fav #charts

mazzufun:

Pack & GO.

  • DARK KNIGHT M00D

tagged: #dressed to kill #l.m.

sunfishdunes:

Dear Damian,

It’s been a long time since our last encounter. Ten years to be exact.

I was 26; you were 16. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.

You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.

What you may not know …

When I was cast in the role of “Damian” in Mean Girls, I was TERRIFIED to play this part. But this was a natural and true representation of a gay teenager — a character we laughed with instead of at. (You can thank Tina Fey and Mark Waters for that. I can only take partial credit.)

When we first made this movie, I’m not sure any of us knew how loved and quoted this movie would become. You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond — but to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, “we can’t help it that we’re so popular.”

So, why the hell did it take me so long to come out of the closet?

Here’s why:

When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles — Guidos, gangsters, and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting.

For example:

One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” The role was to play the husband of an actress friend of mine who I had been in two movies and an Off-Broadway play with. She and I had even moved to LA together.

I figured I was perfect for it.

They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.

However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?

So, there it was. Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the Mean Girlspremiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard.

It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street — some of them in tears — and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.

Meanwhile, I was still in the closet. Deleting tweets that asked if I was gay, scrubbing IMDB Message Boards for any indication, etc. (It’s important to note that I was actually DISCOVERED singing in a Florida gay bar by casting director, Carmen Cuba, for my first role in Larry Clark’s Bully.)

I had the perfect opportunity in 2004 to let people know the REAL Daniel Franzese. Now in 2014 — 10 years later — looking back, it took YOU to teach me how to be proud of myself again. It’s okay if no one wants to sit at the table with the “art freaks.” Being a queer artist is one of my favorite things about myself. I have always been different and that’s rad. People have always asked if I was really gay? While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it’s time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means “God is my judge.” So, I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet, or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina.)

By the way … in June I am the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade.

so…

We go Glen Coco.

With love and respect,

Daniel Franzese

P.S. I hate it when people say I’m “too gay to function.” I know you do, too. Those people are part of the problem. They should refrain from using that phrase. It really is ONLY okay when Janis says it.

tagged: #mean girls

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the-seeress-yeul:

The Last of Us Remaster - Summer 2014
tagged: #the last of us

basilarfuse:

unknown

tagged: #l.m.

kuurasu-ou:

…I seriously don’t remember ROCH being this romantic, but whoever said that real life guys don’t look nice with long, black hair hasn’t seen Chen Xiao in action as adult Yang Guo *coughcough* (Plus, Michelle Chen looks adorable as Xiao Long Nu, too…despite what some netizens have said)

(Other than that, I really love the dynamic shots and effects used in this trailer…even if ROCH isn’t all pain and romance XD;;; TYSM for all the wuxia you’ve written, Jin Yong. I look forward to seeing this year’s Deer and the Cauldron with Yang Jian, I mean, Han Dong, as Wei Xiaobao)

…I’m just getting away with some last-minute spazzing and panicking before I have my 1st exam tomorrow and then panic over other school matters ;A;

(Tray and Michelle, I really miss you two ;~; <33333)

momonthemove:

We left Nha Trang today and flew up to Da Nang. A quick drive later and we are in the incredible old-town Vietnam city of Hoi An. It is spectacular and full of charm. #hoian #vietnam #oldworldcharm #lanterns #withmybestfriend (at Hội An)

Pawnee is the opposite of hip. People in this town are just now getting into Nirvana. I don’t have the heart to tell them what’s gonna happen to Kurt Cobain in 1994.

(Source: iamnevertheone)

tagged: #parks and rec

drunkensword:

Chang Jing was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, at the age of 8 she began studying the guzheng. She attended Sichuan Conservatory of Music a middle school affiliated with the guzheng. From 1991-1995 she attended China Conservatory of Music and graduated first in her class, then joined China Song and Dance Troupe.

Chang, guzheng tutor to Thai royalty, dazzled the audience with her exquisite rendition of A Moonlit Night on the Spring Lake at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Chang is not only master of traditional repertoire, but has also penned new music for the guzheng and released numerous albums. Over the years, she has broadened the appeal of guzheng music by adding Western musical instrumentation and infused it with diverse genres such as jazz, blues and new age, bringing a new surge of energy to traditional Chinese music.
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collections that are raw as fuck ➝ saher dia f/w 2011-12