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16

Apr

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

13

Apr

TRUTH

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09

Apr

08

Apr

29

Mar

I am Phillip Phillips, Phillip Phillips is mex

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27

Mar

scottlava:

“Pai Mei taught you the five point palm-exploding heart technique?”

scottlava:

Pai Mei taught you the five point palm-exploding heart technique?”

17

Mar

actual angels + chris evans

08

Mar

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02

Mar

committedfalpal:

It’s like you’re my mirror. My mirror staring back at me

28

Feb

bagmilk:

"i think i have o.c.d. because i keep my room really clean"

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"they ran out of cake-pops at starbucks i’m so depressed"

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"i stayed up till like 3 am i swear i have insomnia"

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"ugh my parents are so bipolar"

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"i can never pay attention in class i think i have a.d.h.d"

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"omg i’m so retarded"

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This is about right

(Source: bagmilk)

26

Feb

The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.

The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell (via silverstags)

(via lez-brarian)

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25

Feb

"You can write that down in your little pirate pad there"

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23

Feb

tyleroakley:

BeyonSLAY.

(Source: life-of-beyonce)

I am Ham, Ham is me

I am Ham, Ham is me

(Source: adamwests)

21

Feb

DYING!!!!

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