sometimes I'm okay

(i am becoming)

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Alexandra Khitrova:Fantasy Illustrations

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Designer Alexandra Khitrova Discovers a New Career through Her Stunning Fantasy Concept Artby Christopher Jobson on May 17, 2014. The reaction online and off was swift, and Khitrova soon found herself working on increasingly complex drawings as she suddenly began to get commissions. Now, only a year later, she is already working with a team of writers and artists on a feature film.

So beautiful omg.

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Filed under art Pretty! things i want mythology

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tastefullyoffensive:

Science Penguin [x]

i enjoy that every single human’s reaction to penguin is unrestrained delight

And penguins lack large terrestrial predators, so their reaction to humans tends to be, “HELLO STRANGE GIANT PENGUINS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DO YOU HAVE ANY FISH?”

SO HAPPY TO SEE SCIENCE PENGUIN ON MY DASH.

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Filed under science! Penguins incoherent gleeful noises animals birds AAAAAAH SEEEVENYAAA BABA NICHI BAABAA

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verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah

I mean, sometimes I think that humanity is a cesspit that should never have existed, but then I remember Josephine Baker existed. 

minim-calibre:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

aaaand she had a pet cheetah

I mean, sometimes I think that humanity is a cesspit that should never have existed, but then I remember Josephine Baker existed. 

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Filed under women being awesome history history is really cool

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sophiealdred:

It’s been about a year since I last made a post, so time seems about right to re-recommend an amazing site that I love called kiva.org.
Kiva is a non-profit organisation that provides affordable micro-loans to people living in poverty, often in developing countries with poor access to financial opportunities. The loans are crowd-funded - like Kickstarter - only instead of funding a video game or movie, you are funding the means for an individual or group to better their living situation or get themselves out of poverty - often things like creating or expanding a small business, buying livestock for a farm, funding education or building public spaces for their community to enjoy. You get to read about the individuals and choose to whom you are pledging your money and for what reason, which feels a way more personal thing than donating to a charity and not knowing if it is going where it is meant to go. You also get updates about how the loan has improved their quality of life and how their business is going.
The interesting thing about Kiva though, is that you get your money back. It is not a donation, they are not a charity. You chip your $25 (minimum, but you can put in a bigger contribution) towards the full cost of the loan, and the lendee pays it back in small incriments as and when they are able to, and the money is slowly returned to you, which you can either withdraw, or more rewardingly, relend to another individual. Since 2009 I have contributed to 38 individuals and of those only 3 have ended in loss. Site-wide the overall defaulted loans is somewhere around 3% (which says alot about how accessible these small loans are to the people they benefit, since they are coming from poverty and are as a result able to pay the money back). You are nearly guaranteed to have your contribution returned to you. It is money lending to impoverished people in a way that encourages managing their finances responsibly. You can contribute to many, many people off the back of your one initial contribution, and that’s what makes it so incredible.
If you can afford $25 to support another human at any point, I truly recommend you check out Kiva, they are a wonderful organisation. You can learn more about them here: http://www.kiva.org/about
If you’d like to try out the site, if you sign up using the following url, both you and I will receive $25 that you can contribute to the loan of your choice (but not withdraw - it is provided by a sponsor): http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/pertlattimers
I get no profit from this referal link, only the ability to supply a micro-loan to someone. Last year, through referals, I was able to provide $800 in loans - maybe this year I can do even more! For each person who signs up with link we can help two different people, two families, make steps towards getting out of poverty. The more people use the link, the more people we can help out. Give it a try, there’s nothing to lose and so much to gain. Maybe you’ll become an investor some day.

sophiealdred:

It’s been about a year since I last made a post, so time seems about right to re-recommend an amazing site that I love called kiva.org.

Kiva is a non-profit organisation that provides affordable micro-loans to people living in poverty, often in developing countries with poor access to financial opportunities. The loans are crowd-funded - like Kickstarter - only instead of funding a video game or movie, you are funding the means for an individual or group to better their living situation or get themselves out of poverty - often things like creating or expanding a small business, buying livestock for a farm, funding education or building public spaces for their community to enjoy. You get to read about the individuals and choose to whom you are pledging your money and for what reason, which feels a way more personal thing than donating to a charity and not knowing if it is going where it is meant to go. You also get updates about how the loan has improved their quality of life and how their business is going.

The interesting thing about Kiva though, is that you get your money back. It is not a donation, they are not a charity. You chip your $25 (minimum, but you can put in a bigger contribution) towards the full cost of the loan, and the lendee pays it back in small incriments as and when they are able to, and the money is slowly returned to you, which you can either withdraw, or more rewardingly, relend to another individual. Since 2009 I have contributed to 38 individuals and of those only 3 have ended in loss. Site-wide the overall defaulted loans is somewhere around 3% (which says alot about how accessible these small loans are to the people they benefit, since they are coming from poverty and are as a result able to pay the money back). You are nearly guaranteed to have your contribution returned to you. It is money lending to impoverished people in a way that encourages managing their finances responsibly. You can contribute to many, many people off the back of your one initial contribution, and that’s what makes it so incredible.

If you can afford $25 to support another human at any point, I truly recommend you check out Kiva, they are a wonderful organisation. You can learn more about them here: http://www.kiva.org/about

If you’d like to try out the site, if you sign up using the following url, both you and I will receive $25 that you can contribute to the loan of your choice (but not withdraw - it is provided by a sponsor): http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/pertlattimers

I get no profit from this referal link, only the ability to supply a micro-loan to someone. Last year, through referals, I was able to provide $800 in loans - maybe this year I can do even more! For each person who signs up with link we can help two different people, two families, make steps towards getting out of poverty. The more people use the link, the more people we can help out. Give it a try, there’s nothing to lose and so much to gain. Maybe you’ll become an investor some day.

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Filed under Awesome Things for reference

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Someone To Talk To, Online Therapy, Free Active Listening - 7 Cups of Tea

sunshinemena:

I just got off the site. I had a massive anxiety attack and I remember seeing chesca’s facebook post last night and since imalive.org was busy they suggested this page and I got help. The listener was super helpful and you never know when you might need help.

This was the second time I’ve had an attack in my life and it was definitely more intense and I’m really glad there are resources like this to help out in times of need. Thank God for the internet.

So don’t be afraid to share, you never know who you end up helping. 

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Filed under signal boost psa this is super important mental health issues mental illness mental health

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odditiesoflife:

Incredible Frozen Waterfalls

The stunning beauty of waterfalls, frozen in time. Only in extremely cold climates will water freeze into place, forming the most amazing, glistening ice formations.

Ice forms on still bodies of fresh water, like lakes, when the temperature hits 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) or below, but the physics of freezing becomes a lot more complicated in moving water. Waterfalls don’t immediately stop flowing and freeze over when the temperature plummets to the freezing point.

The temperature of the water in the river/stream and waterfall it supplies drops slightly below freezing and supercools, which causes the water molecules to slow and begin to stick together to form solid particles of “frazil” ice. These are tiny discs roughly one millimeter (0.04 inches) in diameter, yet this is enough to start the freezing process.

The frazil ice discs will clump together when they come into contact with one another, as well as sticking to nearby surfaces. In the case of waterfalls that flow down the face of a cliff, the discs will accumulate against the cold rock, while for a free-falling waterfall, ice will cling to the overhang.

Eventually the frazil ice will form an anchor from which it will grow and, provided the temperature of the water is sufficiently cold enough for long enough, it will create a column that runs the length of the waterfall. Over time, the river or stream will completely freeze over leaving an icy snapshot of the waterfall, eerily frozen in time.

source 1, 2, 3

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