BOX OF EEP

Random bits of accumulated stuff from around the web.

atlasobscura:

THE DEAD FORESTS OF ANTARCTICA
BY DARMON RICHTER / 27 JAN 2014

As a continent, Antarctica is often overlooked. Its total surface area stands in excess of 14 million km², which places it ahead of Europe in terms of size — and makes it almost twice the size of Australia. As much as 98% of the continent’s surface is covered in thick, compacted ice, reaching an average depth of over a mile. The continent is beset by some of the fiercest winds on the planet, and temperatures have been reported to drop as low as −129 °F… the lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere.
Despite being the most inhospitable place on the planet however, recent scientific discoveries suggest that this forgotten continent – sometimes nicknamed the “Great White Desert” – may in fact have once been carpeted in forest.
Get the full story at Atlas Obscura

atlasobscura:

THE DEAD FORESTS OF ANTARCTICA

BY DARMON RICHTER / 27 JAN 2014

As a continent, Antarctica is often overlooked. Its total surface area stands in excess of 14 million km², which places it ahead of Europe in terms of size — and makes it almost twice the size of Australia. As much as 98% of the continent’s surface is covered in thick, compacted ice, reaching an average depth of over a mile. The continent is beset by some of the fiercest winds on the planet, and temperatures have been reported to drop as low as −129 °F… the lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere.

Despite being the most inhospitable place on the planet however, recent scientific discoveries suggest that this forgotten continent – sometimes nicknamed the “Great White Desert” – may in fact have once been carpeted in forest.

Get the full story at Atlas Obscura

— 1 hour ago with 147 notes
#antartica  #atlas obscura  #travel  #ice  #snow  #great white desert  #nature 

fyeahpolitics:

“It sounds to me, if I may, you’ve declared for president,” the comedian said.

Mrs. Clinton laughed. (x)

— 2 hours ago with 63 notes
#hillary clinton  #jon stewart  #the daily show  #funny  #LOL  #interview  #quiz 
newyorker:

Casey N. Cep on efforts to eradicate lionfish: http://nyr.kr/1nbtCqZ

“Creating a consumer market for invasive species is one of the most successful ways of combatting them. Like cupcakes or artisanal pickles, it can take a lot of marketing and hype to create a demand that matches the supply.”

Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

newyorker:

Casey N. Cep on efforts to eradicate lionfish: http://nyr.kr/1nbtCqZ

“Creating a consumer market for invasive species is one of the most successful ways of combatting them. Like cupcakes or artisanal pickles, it can take a lot of marketing and hype to create a demand that matches the supply.”

Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

(Source: newyorker.com)

— 6 hours ago with 127 notes
#consumer market  #supply & demand  #ecology  #lionfish  #eradication of invasive species  #invasive species  #biology  #science 

Alice Morgan Appreciation Post.

Because everyone needs more Alice in their lives.

Gifs made by talent people, found via google.

— 15 hours ago with 1 note
#alice morgan  #bbc luther  #ruth wilson  #BAMF  #television  #tv show  #psychopath  #fabulous  #fierce 
INxx reactions to conformity. →
INxx reactions to conformity.

the-cold-count:

The INFJ tries to understand what motivates the individuals inside of the crowd to conform, and whether the appeal and outcomes are “good” or not.

The INFP doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea of conformation and think it’s taking a lot away from each individual within it, making people with a great potential pretend to be something else.

The INTP  doesn’t comprehend people’s motivations for being so concerned about status without questioning the point of it.

The INTJ forgets that people are concerned about conformity.


Which explains the INTP/INTJ high school experience. 

— 19 hours ago with 610 notes
#INFJ  #INTP  #INTJ  #INTP problems  #INFP  #MBTI  #psychology  #conformity  #high school 
Anonymous asked: honestly curious, why does it offend you?


Answer:

icomefromlaos:

perfectlyerik:

i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子,TOMATO 番茄

traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 

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lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

as much as I was interested in this movie when the teaser came out, seeing the full trailers make me more and more reluctant and I couldn’t figure out why exactly.  The above puts into words some of my unease.  

— 19 hours ago with 32347 notes
#lucy  #feminism  #film critique  #movie  #luc besson  #racism 
everlane:

via good.is

"Cause I’ve got a golden ticketCause I’ve got a golden ticket.”-From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryUS passport = golden ticket of travel.

everlane:

via good.is

"Cause I’ve got a golden ticket
Cause I’ve got a golden ticket.”
-From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

US passport = golden ticket of travel.

— 1 day ago with 151 notes
#united states  #travel  #passport  #privilege  #power  #immigration  #emigration