Inky paw prints presumably left by a curious kitty on a 15th century manuscript.
From National Geographic.
An amazing ancient Chinese city now completed submerged under the clear waters of Qiandao Lake.
Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun’an County, China, where archeologists have discovered in 2001 ruins of an underwater city. The city is at a depth of 26-40 meters and was named “Lion City”. There would have been 290,000 people living in this city during more than 1300 years.
Dear Tumblinguists and users of Tumblngsh, let’s talk about this ship business…
I’m trying to get a sense of the grammar of ship, in the “Derek/Stiles shipper” sense. Could you let me know which of the follow are unacceptable uses of “ship”:
(a) I ship Cas and Dean.
(b) I’m shipping Cas and Dean.
(c) Do you ship Cas and Dean?
(d) No, I’m a Cas and Crowley shipper.
(e) Who are you shipping?
(f) Who do you ship?
(g) Imma ship myself with Cas.
(h) Imma ship me and Crowley.
(i) Sam and GhostKevin are my new ship.
(j) I ship Jon Winchester and Mary Winchester.
(k) I’m shipping Jon and Mary, #MadSuperwholockGame.
(l) I was a Cas/Dean shipper until I realized my otp was Cas/Sam. Now I ship Dean/Crowley.
(m) I wish I could ship with the cute barista at Coffee Town.
(n) I got dumped; ship me with darkness for I am done with love.
(o) I never ship as well in life as I do in fanfic.
(p) I really like your blog— wanna ship with me?
(q) Shipping IRL is such hard work.
(r) My friend Twan ships better than anyone.
(s) My friend Xian is the best shipper I know.
(t) My friend Fawn tried to ship me with this guy at Sonic. No.
For the items you find unacceptable, can you say why they seem wrong?
For those of you who find (m)-(q) acceptable, how would you gloss the meaning for someone?
For those of you find (r)-(t) acceptable, how do you understand the meaning of those?
I’m putting my answers/discussion under a cut, if you’d like to think of your own first.
Besides G and H, everything else from A-L is acceptable. The progressive form is a little unique, but there’s no change in meaning, and I have seen it used this way, especially if in a dialogue Person A: “I ship A x B, you?” Person B: “I’m shipping B x C.” Person A: “Oh, a BxC shipper!”
N is acceptable in that it is a poetic use of the same meaning.
M, O, P, and Q do not quite fit the definition of ship, due to the fact that ships should be a romantic relationship hoped for from people outside of the relationship. You would never ship yourself with someone, but in N, you are commanding another person to ship you with darkness. This is acceptable being that an outsider is creating the ship.
R and S are odd. Is the speaker suggesting that those people are the best at creating fictional relationships about other people? Although it’s grammatically coherent, it doesn’t quite fit semantically/pragmatically unless it is implying what I have asked above.
T somewhat fits, as it is an outsider creating the ship - but again, it’s not clear whether the friend Fawn is shipping or trying to hook two people up in a real relationship. There is a big difference, given that shipping is restricted to fictionalized and fantasized relationships. Since this seems to be a possible pairing where the speaker was disgusted by the suggestion, I don’t feel that it quite represents the actual meaning of ship.
Bottom line: Ships are impossible, non-cannon pairings made by outsiders.
Shanghai From A Crane.
Crane operator by day, aerial photographer by day too.
Just glancing at the epic aerial shots above, you’d think they were captured by a professional photographer.
In fact, these amazing photos were taken by Wei Gensheng, a crane operator currently working in Shanghai.
via SLR Lounge
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
I very rarely reblog here but this sums up a lot of my feelings about the Oscars this year :(
I want so badly to just educate people in film about the real craft of animation. I think so much of the dismissal simply comes from a place of ignorance. It doesn’t hurt any less, but it gives me hope that spreading knowledge will help bring a change in the condescending attitude so many people have towards animation.
It seriously felt like I was reading a novel for junior high kids. Everyone in extremely dangerous situations has a bunch of time to introduce themselves, even if they’re on the run at the moment.
Main character does NOTHING but be put in situations (and I like to imagine the hundreds of people who die as a result of her being in and escaping from restricted zones) and gets recognized for EVERYTHING - grant money from government, multiple job offers, recognition from several governments, sent to nursing school.
Guys. She simply existed and everyone else did all the hard work.
What an annoying story.
So This is my Gender bend version of Elsa and Jack (OTP lol), Jackie and Elsir : ) Hope you guys like.
So this was a good change of pace for me because I started to do lined drawings. it’s really fun to do more stylist drawings using lines ^_^ and couples are rly fun to draw !
lol sorry for the inconsistent styles XD;; was experimenting mostly @_@;;
ship ship ship ship
This paper is due in 24 hours. I have 6 hours of class and 2 hours of teaching between now and then.
I haven’t started writing, but I at least have the information I’m supposed to analyze and the materials… but. ughghhghg.
I’m going to eat something and come back. Hopefully we can get through most of this paper in the next 6 hours.
"MANY other Disney movies" aren’t relevant. So I’m going to talk about the official Princess movies. I just went through all the endings just to clarify. Happily Ever After implies marriage. If you do not count that, you are being silly. I am counting it because if two people spend the rest of their lives together, they are - in my opinion - married, whether it is legal, spiritual, or otherwise. So here goes:
Snow White: no explicit wedding. Ends with “And they lived Happily Ever After” while chorus sings “wedding bells will ring.” Married.
Cinderella: explicit wedding scene.
Aurora: Again, with the “And they lived Happily Ever After.”
Ariel: explicit wedding scene.
Belle: Happily Ever After is announced by Mrs. Potts.
Jasmine: Definitely engaged at the end. She explicitly states that she chooses Aladdin (in response to the sultan’s permission to choose her husband).
Pocahontas: Was engaged to Kocoum. But I guess you’re right, she doesn’t end up engaged or married at the end. This one is messy.
Mulan: MULAN IS BOSS. No marriage, no engagement - though her family tries to put her through match-making at the beginning.
Tiana: wedding scene in the swamp. Married.
Rapunzel: Eugene/Flynn talks about the proposal in the narration at the end. Engaged/married.
Merida: GOT NOTHING. She rejects every suitor bc who wants those guys?! MERIDA WANTS ADVENTURE!
Anna: Engaged to Hans. Relationship with Kristof at the end.
Elsa: Nada. (but Elsa/Jack Frost OTP, amiright?)
That literally leaves only 3 of 13 Disney “princesses” without any marriage/engagement history. And since Mulan’s got Shang and Merida had 3 suitors, really only Elsa is left without any potential mates or mention/threat of marriage. THAT is different.