Oct 1 2014 19:23 402,426 notes





Just so everybody knows, the mirror is actually more reliable than the camera. Even though people say “the camera never lies”, it distorts your photographs a little bit. It has to turn a 3d image (you in real life) to a 2d image (a photograph) and consequently skews the proportions a little bit.

Also, “photogenic” is a real thing. Certain faces photograph well and others don’t. It’s all down the angles, proportions and size of your features.

Have you ever seen someone stunning who looks great in professional photographs and not in candids? Yeah, that’s because there’s a huge difference between a professional and an amateur. Professionals know how to minimise the issues cameras have. Lighting, angles and even the distance you are away from the camera plays a part (the amount of distortion varies depending on how close you are).

TL;DR if you think you look great in the mirror but not in the photo, trust the mirror. You look great!

NOT ONLY THAT, but when you look in a mirror, you’re seeing your face in motion, how others would see it. In a photograph, you’re still, and it can make small flaws and the like seem a lot more prominent, despite them being quite minuscule in person.

Also! Also, when you see yourself in the mirror you are looking at you face reverse of how a camera pics it up. No face is perfectly symmetrical so you get so used to seeing a mirrored version of your face that when it’s flipped in a picture you subconsciously notice the tiny differences in your face and thus you think you don’t look right.

I have never felt so relieved and beautiful thank you guys

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Oct 1 2014 18:53 341,064 notes






Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.

There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.

It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish. 


Your response to a beautiful piece of artwork done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself is “SHES GOT EYEBROWS”. Alright. All intelligent life has been lost.

Yo Snooty McSnotwhine, the Mona Lisa’s vanished eyebrows have been the subject of debate and analysis in the art expert community for hundreds of years, long before your parents squirted water at each other from across the clown car and then honked their bicycle horns to indicate they really wanted to make a smug, insufferable little clown baby together. 

this continues to be the best reply to a criticizing comment on this site

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Oct 1 2014 18:49 469 notes


Swarm of Bee’s for a figure invention class assignment about moving the torso on a character design. I’ve been having fun—the class has been a much needed refresher on the principles of creating believable figures. :)

Oct 1 2014 18:40 528 notes



A Corporal from the Royal Canadian Regiment leads members of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club in training, 1928

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Riverdance to the Stanley Cup, the Toronto way

Oct 1 2014 18:38 18,336 notes

Felipe Escobar Bravo

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Oct 1 2014 18:32 210,396 notes



a decellularized “ghost” heart

aaaaaaaay extracellular matrix

How cool is it that when you take all the cells out of an organ it still looks like an organ?

I remember when I was in high school and still very confused about how tissues worked, because all anyone taught me was that we’re made up of piles of cells hung on bones.  But that’s not how it is!  Cells build themselves little hammocks of polymer and densely branched glycoproteins; we’re like onions, layers of membrane over tough rubbery collagen, huge protein scaffolds cradling slippery organs.

Bodies are not made of cells — bodies are made by cells.

Oct 1 2014 16:10 242,755 notes



My anaconda will consider it

My anaconda has, upon review of the information presented with it’s partners, decided that it, in fact, does not. My anaconda apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks you for your time.

Oct 1 2014 15:53 5,495 notes


"Song Of The Sea" Trailer

Directed by Tomm Moore (Secret Of Kells)

So excited for this! Lovely looking film.

Oct 1 2014 15:47 4,329 notes

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Oct 1 2014 12:15 33,338 notes



I have this Really Important headcanon that after the war, Harry takes Grimmauld Place and converts it into a children’s home for Hogwarts students who can’t or shouldn’t or don’t want to go back home for the summer holidays because of Serious Reasons because like. if he…

Oct 1 2014 12:14 33,338 notes



I have this Really Important headcanon that after the war, Harry takes Grimmauld Place and converts it into a children’s home for Hogwarts students who can’t or shouldn’t or don’t want to go back home for the summer holidays because of Serious Reasons because like. if he…

Oct 1 2014 11:33 3,298 notes

The Reason why Neither Fred and George nor Harry ever Saw Peter Pettigrew's Name on the Marauder's Map


Ever since someone on tumblr pointed out that it doesn’t make any sense that Peter lives with Ron for three years, yet Fred and George fail to notice this on the Marauder’s Map, I’ve been wondering how this can be explained. I finally figured it out!

It’s because the Map shows…

Sep 30 2014 19:51 13,848 notes


tired image of a star 

acting naughtier than we really are

Sep 30 2014 19:48 1,845 notes





Comcast forced Netflix to pay them a hefty fee in order to be able to stream content to their customers at a decent speed. 

To make up for it, customers will see raised netflix prices mostly likely in the next few months. It’ll go up three dollars to $11.99. IN ADDITION, that’s for ONE device. If you want to stream on more than just your computer, like an internet TV, game console, moblie device, etc, etc, you will have to pay EVEN MORE. 

This is just the beginning. Prices for internet are going to go up, and Comcast is well on its way to taking over everything and being a HUGE monopoly (it just bought Time Warner, the #2 cable company, and it going to buy all NFL content), which will, you guessed it, raise prices of everything even more. 


Contact the FCC. Tell them to DO THEIR FUCKING JOB and classify broadband internet as a common carrier (like cable and mobile systems are). This will literally fix ALL PROBLEMS that the end of net neutrality is going to cause, and allow the internet to be equal and open to everyone once again. 


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This is at least partially correct, and certainly all the techies I know agree that net neutrality is in general a good thing.

But it’s worth noting that I am also informed by a source I consider reliable that net neutrality is not the issue with the Comcast/Netflix problems.

Net neutrality has to do with assigning priorities to packets. Comcast wasn’t doing that. Comcast was just using massively-underpowered gateways which did not have the bandwidth to handle all the traffic they needed. For lots of people, not just Netflix.

The problem here isn’t “neutrality”, it’s provisioning. Comcast sells 20Mb service to, say, a million people. Now, that doesn’t really mean they need 20Tb of available bandwidth for that pool of people, because really not everyone is active all at once. But it does mean they might need at least 2Tb of bandwidth for those people, maybe a bit more. And instead, they might provide, say, 1Tb. Or less. And then all the traffic is at least potentially congested.

But it gets more complicated, because Comcast might have, say, five or ten different points of connection to the rest of the Internet, and have a fair amount of bandwidth on them. But if a couple of really popular services (like Netflix, or Youtube) which use a ton of bandwidth are all down one of those pipes, and the other pipes are used for a lot less traffic, then the popular services get poor performance.

And that’s a thing that can still be a problem even with legally-enforced net neutrality. And normally you could just say “well, shitty providers can underprovide, but then people will jump to their competitors”, only in our cable/internet market, there’s often no competitors who have a way to reach the house to compete. And that is where we start suddenly having serious problems.

With the caveat that I am NOT a technie or a businessman, and with the side note that I am in favor of net neutrality, I think the main problem with Comcast et al is a failure on our government’s part to enforce anti-monopoly laws in a rational way that affects the changing needs of the general public.

The same goes for the agricultural industry. Too many mega-corporations with their fingers in too many pies. 

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Sep 30 2014 19:41 3,177 notes