Sonia Saraiya
what kind of magpie keeps this blog?

writer on the internet and at @soniasaraiya

medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Sir Joshua Reynolds

 Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Keppel adorning a Herm of Hymen

England (1761)

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Posted at 3:45 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 495 notes
synecdoche:

cool family

Pilot and her mom really working that “idgaf” look

synecdoche:

cool family

Pilot and her mom really working that “idgaf” look

Posted at 3:43 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 17 notes

blackgirlstalking:

Nicki is the wind beneath my wings. - Alesia

Posted at 3:41 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 19,715 notes

durgapolashi:

"Pop stars traffic in symbology, so when white girls like Miley, Katy, and Lily Allen hide behind the claim that they just didn’t know any better, it seems insufficient. Maybe they didn’t, but somebody around them at some point should have. Which is why it felt tone-deaf when Taylor Swift put out a music video for her new single that featured a couple of scenes in which she used black dancers as props to offset her own clueless whiteness."

(…)

"Into this humid cultural climate strolls Nicki Minaj, whose new video for “Anaconda” isn’t technically a response video to “Shake It Off,” but might as well be. The “Anaconda” video is an extremely self-aware deconstruction of twerking as a trend. Nicki inverts the Miley paradigm, putting her own body front-and-center and surrounding herself with dancers of all races. “Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body."

Molly’s Nicki piece x Ayesha’s Nicki tweets

Posted at 3:34 pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 316 notes
Posted at 1:18 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 474 notes
"As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London."

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

(via weunderstandthelights)

Posted at 1:06 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 4,808 notes

human:

alternate ending to tfios

Posted at 1:05 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 165,496 notes
"The classic case, well-known to conspiracy aficionados, is Paul Bennewitz, a successful electronics entrepreneur in New Mexico. In 1979, Bennewitz started seeing strange lights in the sky, and picking up weird transmissions on his amateur equipment. The fact that he lived just across the road from Kirtland air force base should have set alarm bells ringing, but Bennewitz was convinced these phenomena were of extraterrestrial origin. Being a good patriot, he contacted the Air Force, who realised that, far from eavesdropping on ET, Bennewitz was inadvertently eavesdropping on them. Instead of making him stop, though, Doty and other officers told Bennewitz they were interested in his findings. That encouraged Bennewitz to dig deeper. Within a few years, he was interpreting alien languages, spotting crashed alien craft in the hills from his plane (he was an amateur pilot), and sounding the alert for a full-scale invasion. All the time, the investigators were surveilling him surveilling them. They gave Bennewitz computer software that “interpreted” the signals, and even dumped fake props for him to discover. The mania took over Bennewitz’s life. In 1988, his family checked him into a psychiatric facility."

The real Men in Black, Hollywood and the great UFO cover-up (via iamdanw)

Posted at 1:04 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 16 notes
medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:
Dip Chand
Portrait of East India Company Official (probably William Fullerton)
Murshidabad, India, ca. 1760 - ca. 1764
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Victoria & Albert Museum
[x]

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one probably depicts William Fullerton of Rosemount, who joined the East India Company’s service in 1744 and was second surgeon in Calcutta in 1751. He was present at the siege of Calcutta in 1756 and became mayor of Calcutta in 1757. In 1763 Fullerton became a surgeon to the Patna Agency. He was the only Englishman to survive the massacre of the English during the war with Mir Kasim of Murshidabad. An excellent linguist, he clearly mixed with Indians more than was common and had one or more Indian bibis (mistresses).


That hat.

medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Dip Chand

Portrait of East India Company Official (probably William Fullerton)

Murshidabad, India, ca. 1760 - ca. 1764

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Victoria & Albert Museum

[x]

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one probably depicts William Fullerton of Rosemount, who joined the East India Company’s service in 1744 and was second surgeon in Calcutta in 1751. He was present at the siege of Calcutta in 1756 and became mayor of Calcutta in 1757. In 1763 Fullerton became a surgeon to the Patna Agency. He was the only Englishman to survive the massacre of the English during the war with Mir Kasim of Murshidabad. An excellent linguist, he clearly mixed with Indians more than was common and had one or more Indian bibis (mistresses).

That hat.

Posted at 12:58 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 98 notes

peelsofpoetry:

The Man I Nearly Married Calls Years Later Unexpectedly
Kelly Nelson

He said it sounded
like I had died, like it was

my ghost
speaking to him.

Who was I
to say it wasn’t.

Who was I to say
I was alive.

I told him the afterlife is good
free trains always running

on time, noodle shops
and plenty of mangoes.

He said, okay, good night
I’m so glad I called.

Posted at 12:56 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 52 notes
themorningnews:

Welcome to the sugar-coated nightmare. James Ostrer creates alluringly grotesque portraits of individuals suffocating in sweets for his series Wosit All About. Inspired by his own love/hate relationship with junk food, Ostrer bought around $8000 worth of cookies, licorice, cheese puffs and jelly beans for the project.
Grotesque Portraits of People Wearing a Junk Food Face Mask

themorningnews:

Welcome to the sugar-coated nightmare. James Ostrer creates alluringly grotesque portraits of individuals suffocating in sweets for his series Wosit All About. Inspired by his own love/hate relationship with junk food, Ostrer bought around $8000 worth of cookies, licorice, cheese puffs and jelly beans for the project.

Grotesque Portraits of People Wearing a Junk Food Face Mask

Posted at 12:34 am on Thursday, August 21, 2014 with 12 notes
Anonymous asked: Felony gun possession (illegal possession of military grade guns) is a rising issue in America among gang communities which outnumber the amount of gangs in Europe by the hundreds. There is a reason out country uses such forceful and dangerous weapons as a means for defense. Please be as informed as you look.
Posted at 11:46 am on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 with 55 notes

blibblobblib:

Breakfast around the world

breakfast is the only meal that matters

Posted at 12:19 am on Thursday, August 14, 2014 with 142,256 notes

divalocity:

ELLE MAGAZINE: The Alvin Ailey Dancers Take on Spring’s Best Dresses

PhotographyKathryn Wirsing   

Posted at 12:10 am on Thursday, August 14, 2014 with 13,050 notes
erryday

erryday

Posted at 12:09 am on Thursday, August 14, 2014 with 688,246 notes