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Back after 3 nights in London. It was our first time in the UK.

The parks (and squirrels) were breathtaking and we had the most amazing weather. The sole of our feet is peeled after hours visiting the (free) museums (dinosaurs, Van Gogh, Assyrian art + Rosetta stone, the translator’s monument). Forbidden Planet was OK (maybe too much merchandise and less old editions than I thought… I couldn’t find new Tanith Lee books, but it was only a sidequest) but Camden felt even better than I expected. Surprisingly, there were horse statues everywhere (WHAT’S WITH THE HORSES???). We probably had the biggest cultural shocks in Tesco. I had heard a lot of negative comments about the food in London and yet: all the choc/mint goodies were delicious, we ate curry every day and we enjoyed the duck in Chinatown. The biggest letdown was the airport bureocracy, which is plainly ridiculous and humiliating.

As a memento, we bought “The ocean at the end of the lane” because it was cheap and because it was Gaiman. Yay!



We all know how the story goes. The spunky fantasy heroine is inevitably joined by her Charismatic Mammal Companion* who loves her and protects her and about fifty percent of the time is also telepathic.This is fine if you are a North American heroine, where you have cougars and wolves and bears and an array of hoofstock, or jaguars if you go a little farther south. Works out okay if you’re Northern European, too—fewer big cats, but there’s always wolves, or the old standby, telepathic horses. Get over into Asia and you’ve got tigers and snow leopards and more wolves and dholes and panthers and what all, and of course, our African heroines have their pick of the savannah.But the poor fantasy heroine stuck on a Polynesian island? You are sunk. There’s only one big animal in the neighborhood, and it will follow you around grunting worshipfully and rolling in mud when you aren’t looking, and occasionally getting overexcited and goring your relatives. This, I suspect, is the real reason that we see so few Polynesian fantasy heroines.——————-I just liked the sketch of the one chick so much that I wanted to paint her. And somehow the pig showed up. - Ursula Vernon
                                                   
*Dragons are mammals for the purpose of this discussion. They’re just like platypi, with the eggs and whatnot. And they sweat milk like a platypus. What? Just because YOU never milked a dragon…

We all know how the story goes. The spunky fantasy heroine is inevitably joined by her Charismatic Mammal Companion* who loves her and protects her and about fifty percent of the time is also telepathic.

This is fine if you are a North American heroine, where you have cougars and wolves and bears and an array of hoofstock, or jaguars if you go a little farther south. Works out okay if you’re Northern European, too—fewer big cats, but there’s always wolves, or the old standby, telepathic horses. Get over into Asia and you’ve got tigers and snow leopards and more wolves and dholes and panthers and what all, and of course, our African heroines have their pick of the savannah.

But the poor fantasy heroine stuck on a Polynesian island? You are sunk. There’s only one big animal in the neighborhood, and it will follow you around grunting worshipfully and rolling in mud when you aren’t looking, and occasionally getting overexcited and goring your relatives. This, I suspect, is the real reason that we see so few Polynesian fantasy heroines.
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I just liked the sketch of the one chick so much that I wanted to paint her. And somehow the pig showed up. - Ursula Vernon

                                                   

*Dragons are mammals for the purpose of this discussion. They’re just like platypi, with the eggs and whatnot. And they sweat milk like a platypus. What? Just because YOU never milked a dragon…

rurone:

charlesoberonn:

Tips For Improving Street Harassment

Feminism on drugs.

I’d take those drugs.

Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exists, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad (via discworldquotes)
acquaintedwithrask:

strampunkgear:

foreverdisneynerd:

For Atlantis, Disney needed a new language for the Atlantean people. To do this, Disney hired Mark Okrand, the man who also created the famous Klingon and Vulcan for the Star Trek series. In the Atlantean language, Mark Okrand’s main source for it’s roots and stems of its words are Proto-Indo-European,but as Okrand also described it as being the “tower of babel” or “root dialect” for all languages in the world, he also used ancient Chinese, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, along with many other ancient languages or their reconstructions. As such, you can actually learn to write and speak the language!

This film is so underrated it hurts.

ah this explains how they understood french and english so well almost instantly… better than the magical wind in Pocahontas that’s for sure

acquaintedwithrask:

strampunkgear:

foreverdisneynerd:

For Atlantis, Disney needed a new language for the Atlantean people. To do this, Disney hired Mark Okrand, the man who also created the famous Klingon and Vulcan for the Star Trek series. In the Atlantean language, Mark Okrand’s main source for it’s roots and stems of its words are Proto-Indo-European,but as Okrand also described it as being the “tower of babel” or “root dialect” for all languages in the world, he also used ancient Chinese, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, along with many other ancient languages or their reconstructions. As such, you can actually learn to write and speak the language!

This film is so underrated it hurts.

ah this explains how they understood french and english so well almost instantly… better than the magical wind in Pocahontas that’s for sure

sucysucyfivedolla:

Social Justice Warrior?? okay but we’re gonna need a Social Justice Thief and a Social Justice Cleric cuz I’m a Social Justice Witch and don’t have party heals. Might need a Social Justice Paladin if the war isn’t specced into defense plus maybe another Social Justice DPS to round the party out

Kuragehime // Princess Jellyfish

somatics:

Adventure Time #24

somatics:

Adventure Time #24

geekgirlsmash:

the-underwoodwriter:

ex0skeletal:

Anatomical Heart Jewelry by Krinna on deviantART

I need a lapel pin version of these. That way I can wear my heart on my sleeves.

She has an Etsy shop.

bambsdiary:

need

landofrhymeandreason:

The Rosy Maple Moth is the prettiest moth ever.

(I do not own the rights to these photos, I just wanted to share this beautiful moth with tumblr.)

dragguns:

enoshima-junko:

askayallqu:

Isn’t this that daft punk song

regular softer harder porridge is my favourite daft punk song

work it regularmake it softer do it harder makes us porridgeMore than hourshours after minutesmenu made in japan

dragguns:

enoshima-junko:

askayallqu:

Isn’t this that daft punk song

regular softer harder porridge is my favourite daft punk song

work it regular
make it softer
do it harder
makes us porridge
More than hours
hours after minutes
menu made in japan