ridiculous fannishness. pretty things. recently turned into a night vale blog. somehow.

(do be aware of night vale spoilers, effective pretty much as soon as the shows air.)

sometimes I make night vale fanart vids.

sometimes I cosplay.

this is my photography.
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I also run the the nine worlds geekfest tumblr, and this night vale meta blog.

about this tumblr: this is where I put all the silly, happy things. when there's something I think is interesting and social-justicey, or if it's awesome but not in my fandoms, I'll throw it at the nine worlds tumblr. I don't tag this one (except with occasional unholy shrieking), or the nine worlds tumblr - I do tag the night vale meta tumblr, because it's serious business.
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Please forgive me if this is rude (I know it's stereotypical), but since you're British and you most likely drink tea a lot, do you happen to know of or have a handy list of teas that are good for common ailments/purposes? Herbal teas or any kind of tea that serves a healing purpose of some sort.




So, I’m english, and basically all I drink is english breakfast and earl grey. Because that’s what most english people drink, plain boring, black tea with milk. An only that. I do drink a lot of tea, but only that and some occasional jasmine because I’m a bit odd.

Herbal teas are kind of an odd thing to drink, as an english person I mean, not like weird, but it’s not a thing most people in the country would have. I mean, it’s would be pretty common among hippie/student types, but it’s not a usual thing. And everyone has a kettle and at least some kind of black tea in their cupboard. Pretty much everyone drinks tea. Not being a tea drinker is odd as an adult. Most people pick it up in university, if not earlier. Pretty much everyone also has milk. But yeah, drinking weird teas as a cure for a specific thing is either a weird hippie thing or an american thing.

I mean you clearly get that british people drink tea, but you’ve missed most of the bits of it that are actually important. You think we drink tea like americans, but just more of it? Nope. We drink tea in very specific and arbitrary ways. 

There are social class lines about what type of tea you drink and how you take it. Having sugar in your tea is working class (acceptable among other classes if clearly marked as an eccentricity and other class markers are clear, I get away with it because I’m clearly middle class and also female perceived, and make “I know, sweet tooth” comments about it). Whether you put milk in first or not is a class indicator.

What type and brand of tea you drink is also pretty solidly defined by class. Bog standard tea like pg tips is I think an assam blend and is more working class than drinking twinnings english breakfast or earl grey. Basically the higher class status you go the weaker the tea gets. It’s all stronger than your american tea.  This isn’t a judgement on any of this being good or bad,it’s just a random thing that tends to be a pretty good class indicator.

And if you want to know more about this read Watching the english (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-English-Hidden-Rules-Behaviour/dp/0340818867) by Kate fox. It’s got a really interesting bit on tea drinking customs and class divisions.

Making tea for yourself and not other people is pretty universally rude though. As is offering tea in literally any situation. 

Tea (meaning a bog standard blend of black tea) is a remedy for everything. Bad day? Tea. Cold? Tea. Headache? Tea. Flu? Tea. Cramps? Tea. Broken bone? Tea. Divorce? Tea. Cancer? So sorry to hear that, would you like a cup of tea? Dead family member? I’m so sorry…Tea? Car crash? Tea, and have some sugar in it for the shock. 

This is now my fave post of all time.

Though I must add, as a weird hybrid of American and Brit (and also coming from a family of eccentric weirdos) I do know that valerian is good for relaxation, as is chamomile. Mint is refreshing so good on a hot day if you still want/need tea. Ginger and/or lemon is for colds/flu (add honey for antiseptic qualities and added sweetness), you can get bags of this but I usually make it myself by chopping up ginger, adding a spoonful (or 3) of honey and squeezing a lemon into boiling water.
Hot chocolate is not a tea but should be and is good for EVERYTHING. And I think this is as far as my knowledge of herbal teas go.

(There’s also a thing called rooibois but no-one actually know what that is and you only own it because your mother bought it on a whim to try something new but never got round to it, because why try something new and scary when you have good old PG?)

Hello, I have been summoned by your tags. And I have written a super huge essay under the cut.

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From the archives of the Smithsonian Institute, on view for the first time at the exhibiton ‘Captain Amarica - the living legend and symbol of courage’, opening on Friday, July 4, 2013.

I recently visited an exhibition on war propaganda and was inspired to make some posters not only for Cap but also for Bucky, Peggy and the rest of the Howling Commandos. Some of the artists I referenced are Edward Penfield, Norman Rockwell and Joseph C. Leyendecker. Thanks to agentbartomanoff for beta-ing the slogans.

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I can’t decide if Taylor or Nikki’s reaction is better

Can we talk about the guy way in the back though?

No, we can’t fucking talk about either of those things. What we can talk about, though, is the fact that things like this are the reason that:

  • her new album has few love songs
  • she told Rolling Stone that she doesn’t date anymore
  • she finds it necessary to make fun of herself every chance she gets
  • why “Shake it Off” exists
  • why she refuses to date even though it’s her own personal life
  • did i mention that she doesn’t allow herself to date anymore lol

This isn’t funny. This is fucking disgusting. Sure, she looks like she’s shrugging it off like a joke. I get that it’s a joke. So does she. But do people not understand that Taylor Alison Swift’s entire future is basically ruined? She has dated six people in her entire eight year career. Six. Not fifteen in the last year. Not twelve. Not six people in eight months. Six people in eight YEARS. Still, though, she seems to get slammed for it by every media outlet, by every award show host, by every country music fan, by every One Direction fan, by every person who reads any magazine where they pull information out of their asses to get money. They have no problem ruining someone’s reputation for money.

Taylor Swift is a twenty-four year old girl who will eventually need someone to spend the rest of her life with. How is that going to happen now? Not only does Taylor get bashed, but any male she is seen with gets bashed. Taylor could be seen with her brother and get slammed for having a new boyfriend. Sorry, HollywoodLife, but I don’t think Taylor’s very much into incest. 

Whoever decides to date Taylor is going to get shit on by magazines and people everywhere. “Haha, bro, watch out. She might write a song about you” will probably be the end to every article about her future boyfriend and her relationship. Maybe some man out there will be able to brush that off, but what the fuck

A twenty-four year old girl with a heart of absolute gold shouldn’t be forced to go through that. She is trying to live her dream while leaving the greatest impact on the world she possibly can, and now she has to control what she released, who she dates, who she’s seen with, and basically just control every single little aspect of her life. I get that it’s the life of a celebrity, but take Adam Levine for example. He’s a great guy. He’s also idolized by women everywhere. He’s had more girlfriends in his career than Taylor. Do you hear about that?

Get rid of the double standard; let Taylor Swift live her life without the rumors, the jokes, and the hate. As someone who Taylor has impacted positively, it’s just really fucking annoying.

You know when you’re in class with someone who has no idea what the fuck they’re talking about? That’s what being a Taylor Swift fan is like, everywhere. Turn on the TV, false information. Open a magazine, false information. Scroll through Twitter, false information.

Instead of making jokes about Taylor’s relationship-life, why don’t they make fun of her for, I don’t know, something harmless? Tell her she’s addicted to Instagram because she is sometimes seen up at 4 in the morning commenting paragraph upon paragraph of comforting messages to tweens who are dealing with things they don’t know how to deal with.

God damn.

I’m not really a taylor swift fan but thank you for this :]

I love the Counting Crows.  All-time favorite band.  And 90% of their material is basically “Adam dated a girl and this song is about her.”

I have never heard anyone harsh on him the way that people harsh on Taylor Swift.  He is allowed to take inspiration from his personal life, and people don’t act like he’s somehow violating the trust of the women he dates, breaks up with, and sings about on the stage.

There is such a double standard here.

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I was 17 when I wrote that,” she reminds me. “That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realise no one takes someone from you if they don’t want to leave. By Taylor talking about Better Than Revenge (x)

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Alaa, an ambulance driver, spends about $4 on meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad on it. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.

Picture: REUTERS/Hosam Katan (via Pictures of the day: 25 September 2014 - Telegraph)


Alaa, an ambulance driver, spends about $4 on meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad on it. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.

Picture: REUTERS/Hosam Katan (via Pictures of the day: 25 September 2014 - Telegraph)