Oct. 12th, 2016

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maybe the real cask was the friends we led into the basement and trapped in a wall along the way
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probably part of a petticoat or sleeves, later used as a pillow-bere, embroidered in black silk and gold thread in buttonhole, open buttonhole filling, Algerian eye, chain, double running, running, overcast, plaited braid and square openwork stitches, laid-work, couching and woven wheels with an elaborately scrolling design of formal flowers, some with a few spangles, including viola and lily with pomegranates and exotic leaves –23½ x 28in. (59 x 70cm.), framed and glazed
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Look I know the rest of 2016 has been kind of a shitshow but it’s also given me Jake Peralta kissing Captain Holt and then getting distracted thinking about it afterwards so there’s that going for it.
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New pictures from Mars. Via: http://ift.tt/2c7ebTZ

*Look at all those flakey sediment layers.  Man, that must have been a lot of Martian water for a long time 

Hubba Hubba!
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There are six people living in space right now. There are people printing prototypes of human organs, and people printing nanowire tissue that will bond with human flesh and the human electrical system.

We’ve photographed the shadow of a single atom. We’ve got robot legs controlled by brainwaves. Explorers have just stood in the deepest unsubmerged place in the world, a cave more than two kilometres under Abkhazia. NASA are getting ready to launch three satellites the size of coffee mugs, that will be controllable by mobile phone apps.

Here’s another angle on vintage space: Voyager 1 is more than 11 billion miles away, and it’s run off 64K of computing power and an eight-track tape deck.

In the last ten years, we’ve discovered two previously unknown species of human. We can film eruptions on the surface of the sun, landings on Mars and even landings on Titan. Is all of this very boring to you? Because all this is happening right now, in this moment. Check the time on your phone, because this is the present time and these things are happening. The most basic mobile phone is in fact a communications devices that shames all of science fiction, all the wrist radios and handheld communicators. Captain Kirk had to tune his fucking communicator and it couldn’t text or take a photo that he could stick a nice Polaroid filter on. Science fiction didn’t see the mobile phone coming. It certainly didn’t see the glowing glass windows many of us carry now, where we make amazing things happen by pointing at it with our fingers like goddamn wizards.

That, by the way, is what Steve Jobs meant when he said that iPads were magical. The central metaphor is magic. And perhaps magic seems an odd thing to bring up here, but magic and fiction are deeply entangled, and you are all now present at a séance for the future. We are summoning it into the present. It’s here right now. It’s in the room with us. We live in the future. We live in the Science Fiction Condition, where we can see under atoms and across the world and across the methane lakes of Titan.

Use the rear view mirror for its true purpose. If I were sitting next to you twenty-five years ago, and you heard a phone ring, and I took out a bar of glass and said, sorry, my phone just told me it’s got new video of a solar flare, you’d have me sectioned in a flash. Use the rear view mirror to imagine telling someone just twenty five years ago about GPS. This is the last generation in the Western world that will ever be lost. LifeStraws. Synthetic biology. Genetic sequencing. SARS was genetically sequenced within 48 hours of its identification. I’m not even touching the web, wifi, mobile broadband, cloud computing, electronic cigarettes…

Understand that our present time is the furthest thing from banality. Reality as we know it is exploding with novelty every day. Not all of it’s good. It’s a strange and not entirely comfortable time to be alive. But I want you to feel the future as present in the room. I want you to understand, before you start the day here, that the invisible thing in the room is the felt presence of living in future time, not in the years behind us.

To be a futurist, in pursuit of improving reality, is not to have your face continually turned upstream, waiting for the future to come. To improve reality is to clearly see where you are, and then wonder how to make that better.

Act like you live in the Science Fiction Condition. Act like you can do magic and hold séances for the future and build a brightness control for the sky.

Act like you live in a place where you could walk into space if you wanted. Think big. And then make it better.

- Warren Ellis - How To See The Future (via mindlessmunkey)
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“She had the unmistakable look of a spacefarer, covered in tattoos of our night sky so aliens could send her home if death finally found her.”
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breaking news: harry potter has quit his job as an auror!

stating that ‘i have no idea why i thought that was a good idea, holy shit’, potter has since relocated to diagon alley and reopened florean fortescue’s ice cream parlour. in a comment, potter said ‘yeah. yeah, this seems more like it’ and added ‘i mean, he gave me ice cream that one time. loved that guy.’
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Gregory Crewdson 

Legendary photography Gregory Crewdson works within a photographic tradition that combines the documentary style of William Eggleston and Walker Evans with the dream-like vision of filmmakers such as Stephen Spielberg and David Lynch.

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whoweargoldintheirhair replied to your post:Look I know the rest of 2016 has been kind of a…

But… Holt is married??? And the power dynamic??? (I care about this show way too much considering that I don’t even watch it)

nO NO it wasn’t for real, that’d be uncomfortable, it was for Breaking Out Of Prison While Undercover purposes. They were in witness protection as (single) straight neighbors (lemme tell you, Holt is awful at being Average Joe Straight Man).

It’s the sort of shit that happens in fanfic, but better. I recommend this show if you can handle moderate amounts of vicarious embarrassment.


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