1. batfan557:

    "The History of the Batfamily, as told by Barbara Gordon"

    Batgirl #15 (2009)

    Written by Bryan Q. Miller

    Art by Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, and Guy Major

    Cover by Dustin Nguyen




  2. "I wonder if you went out far enough
    Into the edge of the universe,
    Could you hear the first time it called out for light?
    And if you went far enough back in my mind,
    Would you be able to see how scared I am
    To admit that I need you?
    Sipping ink and spilling green tea onto this page
    I am tripping over the one thing I want to say.
    I wasn’t okay
    Before I met you
    And I sure as hell won’t be fine if you ever leave.
    It’s not a surprise that I’m terrified because
    I am not the type of boy that girls like you fall in love with.
    I can’t play guitar and my singing’s not great,
    There’s a chip on my front tooth,
    My shoelaces come untied too quick.
    I cut my hair short, in case you might like it
    I stopped texting you, to see if you’d first.
    I thought of you
    Once and my body exploded
    Because I’m a poor bastard that’s
    Too deep in love.
    I spent a month in my basement,
    Let my beard grow out into the forest,
    Reeled it back in to see if it had learned anything out in the world,
    To see if it could teach me a thing or two.
    The crackle of power-lines cracks into my mind at night
    Can you hear the same buzz? Can you feel the electricity of
    My brain cells whispering your name in my head?
    There are trumpet calls when the sun is low,
    I hope you know I set them all off for you.
    Just in case you couldn’t care for honest brass
    I’ll leave this poem tacked to my spine
    So in case I lack the courage to do this face to face,
    You can see what I’ve been hiding.
    I don’t do much anything right,
    But in a fight between my skull and my chest
    I’ll go with the heart this time."
    — "Lexical Gap" - Nishat Ahmed (via sickwithsyllables)

  3. Internet Abbreviations as Discourse Particles



    I find it really interesting that abbreviations online have abandoned sound-based abbreviations (is there an actual term for it? Things like “c u l8r”) in favor of actual abbreviations for things that have nothing to do with the content itself and are more like qualifiers (lbr, tbh, imho). 

    This reminds me of John McWhorter’s observations about lol and hey as discourse particles: he describes “lol” as marking empathy and “hey” as a topic shift. I’d say that the other current abbreviations like tbh, imo/imho, iirc, idk/idek, omg/omgz, wtf, etc. can have a similar type of function in marking the attitude of the speaker (well, writer) towards a particular idea.

    Notice how the same statement (chosen to sound pragmatically appropriate in an informal, tumblr-like context) has a very different illocutionary force when accompanied by different markers.  

    (1) tbh they’d make a terrible couple. (certain knowledge)
    (2) imo they’d make a terrible couple. (belief)
    (3) iirc they made a terrible couple.  (uncertain memory)
    (4) idk they’d make a terrible couple. (uncertain, disbelief)
    (5) omg they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, excitement)
    (6) wtf they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, disbelief)
    (7) lol they’d make a terrible couple. (empathy)

    Perhaps this is the closest that English will get to having a system of evidentials

    This is such a neat observation.

    (via an-ime-goil)

  5. humansofnewyork:

    "She was 2 lbs 11 ounces when she was born. We named her after Amelia Earhart, in case she needed to fly away."

  6. fishingboatproceeds:

    A health center in Southcentral Ethiopia that provides 24/7 emergency care to over 5,000 people living in rural areas. The health center is where many women deliver their babies, where you can get contraception (including Depo implants), and where a variety of illnesses are tested and treated. There’s also a lab with a hand-cranked blood centrifuge and a microscope where a lab technician types malaria and pneumonia infections.

    In the first photograph, you can see Abdul, who leads this health center, explaining local disease rates to Bill Gates.

    The second photograph gives you a sense of the health center itself (which has no running water and very little electricity). The third picture is the view from the health center of the huts where nearby families live.

    The bottom picture charts under-5 mortality since 2004, when these health centers opened (along with the more rural health outposts, which I posted about here). The red line is Ethiopia; the gray line the world average.

    In 2004, more than 11% of children born in Ethiopia died before five; today, it’s less than 7%. And as you can see, every year since 2004, the under-5 mortality rate has fallen faster in Ethiopia than it has in the world overall. Now, correlation doesn’t prove causation, but both the patients and health workers I spoke to agreed these rural health centers are working. 

    (It’s also worth noting that Ethiopia’s under-5 mortality rate has dropped far faster than other nations, even those that spend much more on health. In Nigeria, for instance, 12% of kids still die before the age of 5; Pakistan, which is far richer than Ethiopia, has barely seen its under-5 mortality drop at all in the past decade. So the world has a lot to learn from Ethiopia’s health investments.) 

  7. baronvonhammersmash:




    This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

    A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

    Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

    All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

    Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

    Let me tell to you a thing.

    This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.

    She was perfect.

    But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.

    I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats or fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.

    A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”

    They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.

    This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”

    I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”

    Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.

    So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.



    This post ^.^

    (via ura-nium)

  8. fandomfrolics:


    Avengers Deleted Scene

    #i wish they kept this #she looks like she’s giving up #and then she looks at clint fighting #figthing for new york #FIGHTING TO SAVE LIVES #AND SHE JUST GETS BACK UP#BECAUSE #THAT’S WHAT THEY DO #THEY GET BACK UP #IF YOU DON’T THINK HEROES AREN’T INSPIRING #GET OUT OF MY FACE #sobs (via im-not-their-hero)

    (via joyfulldreams)

  9. carterson-the-mortal:







    Cap: Shouldn’t be a problem.

    What I really love is that the movie doesn’t even bother to show them getting the wings. Like, pfft, whatever, infiltrating high securty places to steal experimental government technology, what is it Tuesday already? Nobody needs to see that, we have more important things to do. 

            (via bluandorange)

    Favorite things include: Sam tracking the movement of his wingpack as it moves through the rungs of bureaucracy, Steve wondering if there’s a hidden layer to Sam’s statement because that totally sounds easy, Natasha being like “you are all dumb, this will take ten minutes tops,” everybody deferring to Natasha for strategy and management and Natasha’s version of management being a very sassy shrug of indifference

    But especially Sam knowing how thick the fucking walls are. You know he was at City Hall studying blueprints and shit. You know they took him on a courtesy tour of the facility and waited in embarrassment when he got out his measuring tape

    The thing that I loved the best—they didn’t even show them getting it

    It was an action sequence that, while it was directly related to the plot (they had to get those wings or the plot couldn’t move forward), it wasn’t directly related to character development—so they left it out.

    We wouldn’t have learned anything new about those characters during that action sequence, and their abilities and general kick-ass-itude had been so clearly established that we just accepted that of course they’d get it without serious consequences.

    AND IT WAS HILARIOUS that they just, shrug, showed up with it.

    Perfect, perfect, perfect. 

    Marvel makes movies that are everything that they should be and never more. 

    YESSS, I loved that too. Because we all know they’d get it fairly easily enough because it’s Natasha fucking Romanov. Totally believable so let’s not show it and get to the good stuff.

    "I mean, I’m totally willing to break heads for these. Ready?"

    (Source: mishasteaparty, via blacklicoriceaddict)

  10. poetrysince1912:

    Chicagoans may have seen Poetry Cabs driving around town.

    On a windy April day, PoFo people emerged from the Poetry Foundation building to break for a fun photo shoot with one of the Poetry Taxis. We’ve gone around and asked those staff members for their favorite poems, Poetry issues, or other poetry things on our site and in our building.

    For our first staff pick, we have finance and administration associate Dylan Swisher, who reads and draws with kids in our library almost every week during Children’s Poemtime. Dylan, who is sitting in the back seat, loved the Lemony Snicket section, Poetry Not Written For Children That Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy from the September 2013 issue of Poetry and especially recommends Snicket’s footnotes.

    Events and logistics manager Ashley Sheehan, in the front seat, had two poems in mind: ‘My pick is this poem by Katherine Coles from our May issue: “Kept in Mind." I also really enjoy this poem from the July 1980 issue of Poetry that felt fitting given the weather: “Seasonal Change” by Diana Ó Hehir.’