birdconspiracy:

man i know pacific rim is not a Holy Grail of Perfect Progressive Cinema but man is it NICE to be able to watch a big cheesy loud action movie w main characters of color and where theres no hamfistedly shoved in romance and LOADSA COOL ALIEN AND SCIENCE STUFF ……. and where i dont have to be perpetually worried about them making some kinda gross joke (looking at u transformers) and the fights are still BIG and satisfying and everyones still super hot


"

For [Sesame Street’s] 44th season on the air, Cookie Monster was essentially repurposed into a full-time, walking, talking, googly-eyed vehicle for a set of intensely fashionable ideas about psychology and success. The blue Muppet was now … a “poster child for someone needing to master self-regulation skills.”

For the duration of the new season, Cookie [Monster] lusted after his favorite treat as much as ever. But when it came to acting on his desires, he sang, quite literally, a different tune: “Me want it, but me wait.” In sketch after sketch, song after song, he struggled mightily with self-control, strained to keep his focus on long-term goals, and collected mental strategies to delay gratification.

[…]

As the capacity to delay gratification seems more and more like destiny, we are becoming a culture obsessed with self-regulation.

Which lends a kind of overpowering weight to the question: If self-control is so important, how are we supposed to achieve it?

"

Social psychologist David DeSteno, who studies such fascinating things as the interplay of good and evil in each of us and the psychology of trust, examines the new emotional science of self-regulation, looking at the implications of the famous “marshmallow test” – one of the 20th century’s most famous psychology experiments, testing how children’s ability to delay gratification correlates with their capacity for success as adults, an  essential component of grit, which we now know is a greater predictor of success than IQ

DeSteno’s full essay is well worth reading.


nearlybecamehistoric:

deusexignis:

iridium-flames:

vixsubridens:

asheathes:

WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: CHINA

Located in deep in the Guilin mountains, shrouded in mist and frequented by dragons that live in the multitude of winding rivers, the students of the Chinese Institute of Magic don their colourful wizarding garbs every September 1st for their return to school whereupon they are treated to spectacular opening festivities involving, but not limited to: choreographed martial arts performances from their combat professors, an assortment of acrobatic wonders, and “Mystery Mooncakes” specially made for the mid-autumn festival.

#BUT WAIT #HOUSES BASED ON THE ORIGINAL FOUR #THE TIGER THE DRAGON THE PHOENIX THE TORTOISE

#just imagine how powerful their magic is though #they’ve been developing it for almost 2000 years longer than western magic imagine how refined and beautiful

#harry potter being eurocentric was such a fuckin’ waste

#my favourite thing is how those of us who have grow up with harry potter are now saying “no that’s not enough” and are expanding the universe #like we’re all critically looking at the books and realizing everything that’s wrong with them and fixing it ourselves #and idk i think that’s amazing


drag0n-r0ad:

 

directorlazard:

rapeculturerealities:

fuckyeahifightlikeagirl:

sweetsugaryshock:

beben-eleben:

For future reference.

Thank you.

For those who would ever need it. -C

reblogging here because i can see this being relevant to anyone who’s ever tried to get out of an abusive relationship

Reblogging because that last comment made me reread the whole thing in a new light and realize this could be vital information. So, putting it out there for everyone, and hoping no one ever really needs it.


fastpacedfreefall:

ave-aria:

scaredpotter:

the slytherins making a drinking game where they take a shot every time draco malfoy talks about harry potter

Madam Pomfrey banning the drinking game the very next day, after 90% of Slytherin house is admitted to the hospital wing with alcohol poisoning

 (x)


lirrylocks:

"IRELAND’S favourite singer turns 21 this weekend.

Superstar Niall Horan will celebrate his birthday on stage in California on Saturday night as part of One Direction’s Where We Are tour.

Born in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 1993, the talented artist is now onefifth of the biggest boyband in the world.

While most Irish people celebrate the big 2-1 with a party in their local pub, Nialler will be blowing out his candles on stage in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in front of around 60,000 screaming fans.

The pop hunk spoke exclusively to the Irish Sun for this special pullout and told us there is only one other place he would love to ring in his birthday — at home.

And he admitted it will be strange celebrating in a different country without his family and friends.

Horan said: “I’ll be on stage for my birthday so hopefully it’ll be a good show on top of it.

"It would have been good to have been at home, to go to the pub with the boys and celebrate it that way but we’re obviously on tour so I won’t be able to do it that way.

"But I don’t mind celebrating it while I’m in America. I’ll just be winging it and seeing how I get on, then have a party at another stage."

He added: “I’ve had one of my mates out here at the minute, he’s on a J1 in Chicago and he was down with me for a week. I try to see the lads a lot so I’ll meet up with them all at some stage and have a bash.”

Marking the milestone means Niall can legally toast his birthday Stateside, where the boozing age is 21.

He laughed: “I can go for a jar with the lads now and not have to worry about it.

"It’s a little bit strange. I’m sure we’ll be going for a drink after, I’d imagine. Actually who am I kidding, we’re definitely going out!

"I was 16 when I auditioned for the X Factor, I guess it’s gone fairly fast when you think about it.

"It’s been a rollercoaster — it’s been good craic. I actually can’t believe I am turning 21 — it’s mad."

And he joked: “I’m a man now!” Bandmate Liam Payne also marked his birthday on stage last month, at Chicago’s Soldier Field arena.

Niall flew back to London last weekend for a special 21st bash. Irish mates Eoghan McDermott, Bressie and Laura Whitmore all attended the celebrations — alongside Chelsea buddies Jose Mourinho, John Terry and Ashley Cole.

It is believed Niall and Liam will hold a joint 21st celebration in Las Vegas later this month, with celeb chums such as Olly Murs expected to jet in for the occasion.

Niall is the second youngest in the group, with Harry Styles not reaching 21 until February next year.

The other four boys have kept their party plans for the buff blond under wraps but Niall’s main worry is making sure bandmate Hazza can be part of the celebrations.

Horan admitted: “I haven’t heard anything but I’m sure there will be a few dodgy gags and the usual when you turn 21. Harry will be the only one who is still underage now so we’ll have to see where we can sneak him in.”

Niall calls his 1D pals — Harry, Liam, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson — his “family” and credits their friendship as the reason they are still together.

As they marked their fourth anniversary together on July 23, Niall tweeted: “Thank you lads, we’ve had a great time so far, you are family to me now, not just band mates! Love you.”

Joker Liam even recently changed his Twitter name to Mrs Horan and tweeted a series of hilarious tributes, fan-girl style, to the Mullingar cutie.

One post read: “Hi @NiallOfficial I made this for you I love you so much it hurts I even love your toes I’m coming to see you tonight.”

However, despite the closeness of the band, Nialler admitted he still pines for his close-knit Westmeath pals and tries to get home as many times a year as possible.

Last year, he jetted back to stand as best man for his beloved brother Greg’s wedding.

And the doting godfather also returned to Mullingar for the birth and christening of his nephew Theo later in the year.

But while he loves singing in front of thousands of adoring fans every night, it is the small simple things at home that he misses.

He told us: “I like to stay in touch as much as I can.

"They do my head in; I have all the boys there in a WhatsApp group and the crap they are talking. It’s horrible though when you are looking at it from the other side of the world, even though I am doing something that I really love and in these cool places.

"But they are just like, ‘Will you text me when it’s 6 o’clock and we’ll go to my house and we’ll order a pizza.’ Or ‘Do you wanna play pitch and putt?’ or ‘Are you boys playing golf today?’

"Something stupid like that and they’re the kind of things that you miss — you look at the phone and you’re just like, ‘Aw Jesus.’"

But the Mullingar man still likes to take a step back and reflect on what he and his bandmates have achieved in less than five years together.

He added: “I was actually watching a load of videos the other night of that kind of stuff from back then. We had great fun — it was a great laugh.

"It was definitely an experience that obviously helped us set up for what we then went into in the end. It’s unreal — obviously I have no regrets at all. It was a great thing." 

article link


sherlockocity:

Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)



skullspeare:

freshest-tittymilk:

portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”  
Bethlehem, PA
 

Thats mildly hilarious

WHOOPS

skullspeare:

freshest-tittymilk:

portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’” 

Bethlehem, PA

 

Thats mildly hilarious

WHOOPS


orcas:

Andy is honestly the greatest person