Monday, October 20, 2014

wheresagnes:

aztec-princesss:

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

*runs to target- i need to get my babydoll one for her 1st bday

ohmygosh and the one from Ethiopia has natural hair which you can’t get from the American Girl “just like you” dolls!

fashionpr0n:

Monika Jagaciak, for Atelier Versace.

fashionpr0n:

Monika Jagaciak, for Atelier Versace.

a-gutter-of-flowers:

Cute sketch of Miss Sakaki that danaan13 drew for me several years ago :3

oh gosh that was a long, long time ago. I surprisingly am not repelled by it the way I am a lot of my older art. So that’s a plus! XD

a-gutter-of-flowers:

Cute sketch of Miss Sakaki that danaan13 drew for me several years ago :3

oh gosh that was a long, long time ago. I surprisingly am not repelled by it the way I am a lot of my older art. So that’s a plus! XD

robinaa:

iotaa:

tmirai:

teacupwitch:

dogslug:

wethatkindoforc:

theliquidchicken:

captoring:

matosuwa:

zerostatereflex:

Not everyone sees the same color when they stare at this spinning disk.
The gif is called, “Benham’s disk" "is named after the English toymaker Charles Benham, who in 1895 sold a top painted with the pattern shown. When the disk is spun, arcs of pale color, called Fechner colors or pattern-induced flicker colors (PIFCs), are visible at different places on the disk. Not everyone sees the same colors."
"The phenomenon originates from neural activity in the retina and spatial interactions in the primary visual cortex, which plays a role in encoding low-level image features, such as edges and spatiotemporal frequency components."
Fascinating how our brains work, I see a brown tan, what do you see? :D

i see lavender!

bright green! ah this is so cooool
we should use this whenever we need to assign a random color to ourselves, for games and stuff

i see a super light pink, weird!

I see an olive green, Chris sees a red. This is baller. 

Neat! I see a lemon yellow color.

Orange!

I see a navy blue!

Maroon and the purple side. Mu fave colour =D

oooh lime green

yellow and light blue

robinaa:

iotaa:

tmirai:

teacupwitch:

dogslug:

wethatkindoforc:

theliquidchicken:

captoring:

matosuwa:

zerostatereflex:

Not everyone sees the same color when they stare at this spinning disk.

The gif is called, “Benham’s disk" "is named after the English toymaker Charles Benham, who in 1895 sold a top painted with the pattern shown. When the disk is spun, arcs of pale color, called Fechner colors or pattern-induced flicker colors (PIFCs), are visible at different places on the disk. Not everyone sees the same colors."

"The phenomenon originates from neural activity in the retina and spatial interactions in the primary visual cortex, which plays a role in encoding low-level image features, such as edges and spatiotemporal frequency components."

Fascinating how our brains work, I see a brown tan, what do you see? :D

i see lavender!

bright green! ah this is so cooool

we should use this whenever we need to assign a random color to ourselves, for games and stuff

i see a super light pink, weird!

I see an olive green, Chris sees a red. This is baller. 

Neat! I see a lemon yellow color.

Orange!

I see a navy blue!

Maroon and the purple side. Mu fave colour =D

oooh lime green

yellow and light blue

pyrod-matt:

dexbonus:

magical-ginger:

image

image

trying to laugh quietly while Sam is livestreaming next to me but fuck look at that cup bunny

posia

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celticthundersherlocked:

kissmyfibroass:

I will never not reblog this when I see it. 

So freaking true.

celticthundersherlocked:

kissmyfibroass:

I will never not reblog this when I see it. 

So freaking true.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
..people like Jesus and Paul were not executed for saying, “Love one another.” They were killed because their understanding of love meant more than being compassionate towards individuals, although it did include that. It also meant standing against the domination systems that rule their world, and collaborating with the Spirit in the creation of a new way of life that stood in contrast to the normalcy of the wisdom of this world. Love and justice go together. Justice without love can be brutal and love without justice can be banal. Love is the heart of justice and justice is the social form of love. Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon p.205 (via scottxstephens)

5000letters:

but it really is so important to find people who don’t lose patience with you or get angry if you’re being irrational or insecure or downright ridiculous, it is so so necessary to be treated with gentleness from loved ones and not to be made to feel like you’re irritating or a burden

gamegeneral:

krystal-cage:

please just watch this

"It’s one second." I said
"It can’t possibly be that great."
I was wrong.

undel:

silviyas-dragons:

~*~CRYSTAL~*~

Yaaas~

I want a gif of this, but it’s a single dragon, switching to the next color in succession. And I want to sit there and watch it loop forever.

sketchmourne:

I think I’ll highlight the shoulder scales a lil bit but otherwise im done with scales lol.  The whole thing is turning out a bit brighter than intended, but then I think about the crappy lighting in the convention center and I figure the armor will still look ok.  
The actual set in-game looks dark and gritty but since this is kinda my own spin on it, I can rationalize it being bright and pretty lol.

sketchmourne:

I think I’ll highlight the shoulder scales a lil bit but otherwise im done with scales lol.  The whole thing is turning out a bit brighter than intended, but then I think about the crappy lighting in the convention center and I figure the armor will still look ok.  

The actual set in-game looks dark and gritty but since this is kinda my own spin on it, I can rationalize it being bright and pretty lol.

rnusicality:

fun statistics for adults!
“when I was a kid, I had no help with college tuition, I was hardworking and paid it all myself”
-Annual tuition for Yale, 1970: $2,550
-Annual tuition for Yale, 2014: $45,800
-Minimum Wage, 1970: $1.45
-Minimum Wage, 2014: $7.25
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 1970: 4.8
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 2014: 17.3

pollyperks asked: Maeno Mitsuya or Kashima Yuu

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