Witch Way is Left

WHY IS THERE A LOVE TRIANGLE IN THE GIVER?!?!?

Tasha Robinson explains.

sxizzor:

rhazade-waterbender:

badmoonraisin:

I am reading an essay called Male-Male Desire in Pharaonic Egypt (by Alex Clayden) which is actually pretty good

but

I just need to draw attention to this little gem of a pick-up line

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Attention, followers: you now know how to write “nice ass” in hieroglyphics.

all i ever wanted out of life tbh

speareshakes:

ohdeargodwhy:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Take thou some of it, and seek through this grove:
A sweet Athenian lady is in love
With a disdainful youth: anoint his eyes;
But do it when the next thing he espies
May be the lady: thou shalt know the man
By the Athenian garments he hath on.
Effect it with some care, that he may prove
More fond on her than she upon her love:
And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1

AAAAAHHHH! Puck/Oberon gifs!!!

Does it, or does it not, look like a certain older King is attempting to seduce a certain younger servant?  Is he trying to make sure Puck stays loyal to him?  WTF?!?!?!

nph-burtka:

Neil Patrick Harris is spilling details about his wedding to David Burtka

E! Online (Sept. 17, 2014)

The 41-year-old Tony winner and his 39-year-old hubby tied the knot in Italy last week surrounded by close friends, family and their 3-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. The How I Met Your Mother star says getting married was important for his family.

"We just have been together over 10 years," Harris said this morning on The View. “I think when our kids got to the age where they were having reasonable conversations—where they’re asking lots of why questions—then it seemed like to be able to have a real clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is. I think its great [to say], ‘He’s my husband.’”

As for their Italian ceremony, which included mega-star guests like Elton John, Harris dished, “It was nice. It was very small, intimate. Only 45 people were there. We did a destination wedding so it kind of kept the numbers down. I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people who matter most to us…a declaration to share in front of our kids.”

"When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, ‘C’mon, pull it together, man!’" he went on. "Then when you’re standing there and it’s you and you have this piece of paper that’s shaking…you can’t help but just get super-duper choked up. I wasn’t a crying mess or anything, but they’re important words that need to be heard by the person that you’re [marrying]…it was fun."

The couple’s twins played a part in the ceremony, but not without a little bit of drama.

"They were fun. Harper was the flower girl," Harris revealed. "Gideon was supposed to be the ring bearer. He said, ‘I’m the orange boy.’ We said, ‘What in the world is an orange boy?’ He explained this whole thing that he comes down with a basket of oranges and he hands the oranges to everyone…Harper was gonna go first and do the flower petals. She’s much more into Frozen and Tinkerbell and performing…She was very excited to throw flowers at people…We’re about to start. Harper doesn’t go and she panics. She’s starting to cry and we’re all stressed, like, ‘You have to go now! We’ve timed this to the sunset’…I was like, ‘David, let’s pick her up and we’ll all go together.” 

Too cute.

Source: eonline.com

Tasha Robinson didn’t like it so much. Sorry.

(Although she concedes it’s pretty and is ok if you don’t think about it too much.)

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We Evolved Unique Faces for a Purpose
The amazing variety of human faces – far greater than that of most other animals – is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study by UC Berkeley scientists.
Our highly visual social interactions are almost certainly the driver of this evolutionary trend, said behavioral ecologist Michael Sheehan, a postdoctoral fellow in UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Many animals use smell or vocalization to identify individuals, making distinctive facial features unimportant, especially for animals that roam after dark, he said. But humans are different.
“Humans are phenomenally good at recognizing faces; there is a part of the brain specialized for that,” Sheehan said. “Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognizable. It is clearly beneficial for me to recognize others, but also beneficial for me to be recognizable. Otherwise, we would all look more similar.”
“The idea that social interaction may have facilitated or led to selection for us to be individually recognizable implies that human social structure has driven the evolution of how we look,” said coauthor Michael Nachman, a population geneticist, professor of integrative biology and director of the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
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laboratoryequipment:

We Evolved Unique Faces for a Purpose

The amazing variety of human faces – far greater than that of most other animals – is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study by UC Berkeley scientists.

Our highly visual social interactions are almost certainly the driver of this evolutionary trend, said behavioral ecologist Michael Sheehan, a postdoctoral fellow in UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Many animals use smell or vocalization to identify individuals, making distinctive facial features unimportant, especially for animals that roam after dark, he said. But humans are different.

Humans are phenomenally good at recognizing faces; there is a part of the brain specialized for that, Sheehan said. Our study now shows that humans have been selected to be unique and easily recognizable. It is clearly beneficial for me to recognize others, but also beneficial for me to be recognizable. Otherwise, we would all look more similar.

The idea that social interaction may have facilitated or led to selection for us to be individually recognizable implies that human social structure has driven the evolution of how we look, said coauthor Michael Nachman, a population geneticist, professor of integrative biology and director of the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

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discardingimages:

reading clericCodex Justinianus, Bologna 13th century.
Angers, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 339, fol. 260v

discardingimages:

reading cleric

Codex Justinianus, Bologna 13th century.

Angers, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 339, fol. 260v