Celeste38's Silly Little Soapbox

yhuvix:

someone told me season two of korra wasn’t great but NO REALLY WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT season one was stupid with all the love triangle shit but this shit. this spirit world and history shit. this is gud stuff.

THIS!!!

Season 2 was great!

stirringwind:

cookingwithroxy:

healterskeltergirl:

this-is-cthulhu-privilege:

Friendly reminder that bad social justice is a vicious cancer on basic humanity.

As a Mexican, the woman answering is in the right. She is more than welcome to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, because for her, it’s a comforting thing. It’s not cultural appropriation if you understand the customs, if you’re doing it as, in the above story, a way to cope and to feel close to your lost family. It’s perfectly okay, because she understands why it’s celebrated.
I don’t know, it’s just upsetting when people use it as another way of celebrating Halloween, when it isn’t at all. It’s a day for remembering loved ones who have passed on, and to celebrate their life, and to feel them with you.

The issue really is that there are people, who from what I’ve often seen are not actually part of the culture they’re trying to ‘defend’, who declare that… well, that being White is enough to make you horrible for participating in traditions that are not European in origin.

YES! And the irony is that if the anon knew ANYTHING about history- they’d know the “Day of the Dead” itself is a holiday that is born from the syncretic fusion of multiple cultures- Spanish and Mesoamerican. From what I learned, the Aztecs had a reverence for death, an emphasis on beginnings and ends, and often depicted it quite a lot in their religious images, rituals etc. The modern holiday itself has its roots in an ancient Aztec celebration that honored deceased ancestors, which was dedicated to the goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl, who was called “Lady Death”(or something to that effect). This corresponds to how one popular symbol of Day of the Dead isthe feminine figure of La Catrina. Also, I was told that many of the other Mesoamericans, like the Maya, featured the skull symbol very prominently in their culture. And that’s clearly reflected in the modern holiday. (I do apologise if i’ve made any mistakes but this is what I know to be accurate)
So, even though most Mexicans today are Catholic, and the holiday now incorporates Catholic rituals and iconography, my point is that this holiday ITSELF is a fusion that borrowed from multiple cultures. A lot of modern Mexicans are mestizo- with both Spanish and Mesoamerican ancestors. Much of modern Mexican culture itself is a syncretic fusion of Mesoamerican and Spanish. And the kind of standards advocated by some people seem to suggest nothing less that a rigid segregation of cultures is acceptable. So, if you want to be extremely narrow-minded, this holiday itself is “problematic” because it’s arguably born from “cultural appropriation”! 
This lady was celebrating it to feel close to her beloved lost daughter and friend, and that’s exactly the meaning of the holiday. So what if she’s not Mexican? A Mexican taught her the meanings and rituals and invited her to do so. She hasn’t distorted the holiday and is celebrating it with a respectful understanding of its significance. 

stirringwind:

cookingwithroxy:

healterskeltergirl:

this-is-cthulhu-privilege:

Friendly reminder that bad social justice is a vicious cancer on basic humanity.

As a Mexican, the woman answering is in the right. She is more than welcome to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, because for her, it’s a comforting thing. It’s not cultural appropriation if you understand the customs, if you’re doing it as, in the above story, a way to cope and to feel close to your lost family. It’s perfectly okay, because she understands why it’s celebrated.

I don’t know, it’s just upsetting when people use it as another way of celebrating Halloween, when it isn’t at all. It’s a day for remembering loved ones who have passed on, and to celebrate their life, and to feel them with you.

The issue really is that there are people, who from what I’ve often seen are not actually part of the culture they’re trying to ‘defend’, who declare that… well, that being White is enough to make you horrible for participating in traditions that are not European in origin.

YES! And the irony is that if the anon knew ANYTHING about history- they’d know the “Day of the Dead” itself is a holiday that is born from the syncretic fusion of multiple cultures- Spanish and Mesoamerican. From what I learned, the Aztecs had a reverence for death, an emphasis on beginnings and ends, and often depicted it quite a lot in their religious images, rituals etc. The modern holiday itself has its roots in an ancient Aztec celebration that honored deceased ancestors, which was dedicated to the goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl, who was called “Lady Death(or something to that effect). This corresponds to how one popular symbol of Day of the Dead isthe feminine figure of La Catrina. Also, I was told that many of the other Mesoamericans, like the Maya, featured the skull symbol very prominently in their culture. And that’s clearly reflected in the modern holiday. (I do apologise if i’ve made any mistakes but this is what I know to be accurate)

So, even though most Mexicans today are Catholic, and the holiday now incorporates Catholic rituals and iconography, my point is that this holiday ITSELF is a fusion that borrowed from multiple cultures. A lot of modern Mexicans are mestizo- with both Spanish and Mesoamerican ancestors. Much of modern Mexican culture itself is a syncretic fusion of Mesoamerican and Spanish. And the kind of standards advocated by some people seem to suggest nothing less that a rigid segregation of cultures is acceptable. So, if you want to be extremely narrow-minded, this holiday itself is “problematic” because it’s arguably born from “cultural appropriation”! 

This lady was celebrating it to feel close to her beloved lost daughter and friend, and that’s exactly the meaning of the holiday. So what if she’s not Mexican? A Mexican taught her the meanings and rituals and invited her to do so. She hasn’t distorted the holiday and is celebrating it with a respectful understanding of its significance. 

soundlyawake:

are we really fucking real right now
sublim-ature:

Lake Bohinj, SloveniaKeith Burtonwood

sublim-ature:

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Keith Burtonwood

mostlycatsmostly:

Adventure kitty in the willow (by Theria)

mostlycatsmostly:

Adventure kitty in the willow (by Theria)

skunkbear:

3D Fractals

Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates fractals — those recursive shapes that infinitely repeat at every scale. They’re based on simple math, but they can create some amazing images.

Says Beddard: “I don’t seek any new mathematical insight into the resulting structures, it’s a purely aesthetic pursuit to scratch a creative itch. Part of the fascination with fractal exploration is when … amazing and completely unexpected structures can pop out and surprise you.”

Some of the fractals look like Gothic architecture. Some of them look like alien seed pods. All of them are mesmerizing. You can see lots more on Beddard’s flickr page. You can actually fly through the fractals and see them morphing in these videos. And now, thanks to a new app called Frax that Beddard helped develop, you can make fractals of your very own.

I probably should have realized I was asexual when I thought “turn-on” just meant finding something cute/attractive and not an actual physical reaction.

aceboned:

-Anon

When I started making those weird voices, a lot of people told me how whack it was,” she says, “‘What the fuck are you doing?’ they’d say. ‘Why do you sound like that? That doesn’t sound sexy to me.’ And then I started saying, Oh, that’s not sexy to you? Good. I’m going to do it more. Maybe I don’t want to be sexy for you today.
Nicki Minaj (via hotsenator)

littlehollyleaf:

hamburgergod:

littlehollyleaf replied to your post: Mark watches spn s6 prediction:

*holds you* omg but Cas nxt season with his life as a clock ticking down - but not caring about saving himself, just desperately hoping he has time enough to save Dean and prioritising not being a burden to Sam! CasCasCas!

nooooooo (yeeeeeeeees) on top of that Cas helping Hannah and everyone get Heaven back in order while trying to maintain himself and the fading grace as long as possible so he doesn’t fade away before Dean is cured and Sam gets his brother back and help restore Heaven and possibly chase down Crowley and kick his ass (“when you betray us, I’ll be the one to rip out your heart”) and oh lord Cas

and Cas probably collapsing under the strain of all of this, of trying to do everything himself, of believing everything is his responsibility and he’s not allowed to ask for help!

and then, maybe others just looking after him for a bit, yeah??