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Aug
26th
Tue
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So apparently my brother’s applying for the Peace Corp?

And I find out because he emails me his essay to edit.

Aug
24th
Sun
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I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

Aug
22nd
Fri
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(Source: katewinslet, via curlyjules)

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curlyjules:

sansaspark:

During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.

The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.

That’s cool!!!!
Aug
21st
Thu
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So I get an email today, after working in an hourly position at the International Center since June (and volunteering since May), that I can’t do that while being a part-time professor. I could work an hourly position at another university or at Staples or Starbuck’s, but not across campus. Adjunct Faculty can work a full-time job elsewhere or take prestigious jobs at other departments, but I can’t take an entry-level, part-time job trying to learn stuff about another field in my major because it’s at the same school.

Also, I don’t think it’s anyone’s business what I do outside of teaching. If I feel capable of working another job (and why wouldn’t I, if all I have is a part-time position?), I should be able to.

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Aug
20th
Wed
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justlookatthosesausages:

castiel-in-a-sherlocked-tardis:

allonsyforever:

mrkittytheastronaut:

rnrmurden:

angelsofmanhattan:

lumos5000:

weasleyandpotter:

SEVENS IN HARRY POTTER. SEVEN BOOKS IN THE SERIES. SEVEN HORCRUXES. SEVENS ON HIS FOREHEAD
Other sevens in Harry Potter:
7 years at Hogwarts
7 floors of Hogwarts
7 galleons for a wand
7 positions in quidditch
7 tasks in the Sorceror’s Stone
7 potions in task 6
7 Weasley children
Ginny is the 1st Weasley girl in 7 generations.
Gryffindor beats Slytherin for the house cup for the first time in 7 years in the Sorceror’s Stone
7 books Gilderoy Lockhart requires for DADA (CoS)
7 muggles see Harry and Ron fly the car (CoS)
7 days of Aunt Marge (PoA)
Arthur Weasley wins 700 galleons (PoA).
7 tear drops on Hagrid’s letter to Hermione (PoA).
7 people in the Shrieking Shack (PoA): Harry, Hermione, Ron, Sirius, Lupin, Snape, and Pettigrew.
Voldemort killed Frank Bryce who was 77 to make the 7th horcrux.
7 locks on Moody’s trunk (GoF)
Dobby has 7 socks (GoF)
Unicorns don’t turn pure white until they’re 7 years old. (GoF)
Harry was “born as the 7th month dies…” (OotP)
7 memories of Tom Riddle (HBP)
Harry and Ron get 7 O.W.L.s each (HBP)
7DADA teachers
7 questions Bellatrix asks Severus in Spinner’s End
7 Harry Potters with 7 Order members
7 races in the wizarding world: Human, Giant, Goblin, Centaur, Elf, Werewolf, Veela
There are 142 stairs at Hogwarts which adds to 7 (1+4+2=7)
Cleansweep 7
Gryffindor Tower is located on the 7th floor
Nicholas Flamel and his wife have 7 years age difference
7 hidden passageways out of Hogwarts on the Marauders’ Map
Flitwick’s office (where Sirius is locked in PoA) is on the 7th floor
700 ways to commit a foul in Quidditch.
The Tri-Wizard Tournament was first established 700 years before it’s appearance in the GoF.
Fred and George charge 7 sickles for a canary cream
Clause Seven of the Decree states that magic may be used before Muggles in exceptional circumstances
The Room of Requirement, used for DA meetings, is on the 7th floor. (OotP)
Cormac McLaggen’s mother was married 7 times. (HBP)
7 death eaters at the tower in HBP: Draco, Fenrir, Amycus, Alecto, tall blond, Snape, Gibbon as well as 7 members of the Order and the DA: McGonagall, Tonks, Lupin, Neville, Ginny, Hermione, Ron
Lily began going out with James in their 7th year at Hogwarts
The prophecy is in row 97 in the Department of Mysteries
There are 7 Animagi registered with the Improper Use of Magic Office
7 people locked in the Malfoy’s cellar (DH): Ollivander, Luna, Dean, Harry, Dean, Ron, and Griphook

HOW HAVE WE NEVER NOTICED THIS BEFORE!?!?!?

Guys there’s no notes on this post. We broke another post on tumblr…

JK Rowling is the greatest writer ever

7 is the number for completeness in numerology

0 notes y’all broke it again

Shit.

and to the haters who may say 'J.K.Rowling was such a sloth, she just came out with number seven everytime she had to count something' first lemme punch you in the face and then know that, and i fcuking swear to god, after years and years as true potterhead i realize i still haven’t noticed all the details she majestically put in HP and hellz yeah the talent of this woman should plenty be respected and admired. the number of notes say it all.

justlookatthosesausages:

castiel-in-a-sherlocked-tardis:

allonsyforever:

mrkittytheastronaut:

rnrmurden:

angelsofmanhattan:

lumos5000:

weasleyandpotter:

SEVENS IN HARRY POTTER. SEVEN BOOKS IN THE SERIES. SEVEN HORCRUXES. SEVENS ON HIS FOREHEAD

Other sevens in Harry Potter:

  • 7 years at Hogwarts
  • 7 floors of Hogwarts
  • 7 galleons for a wand
  • 7 positions in quidditch
  • 7 tasks in the Sorceror’s Stone
  • 7 potions in task 6
  • 7 Weasley children
  • Ginny is the 1st Weasley girl in 7 generations.
  • Gryffindor beats Slytherin for the house cup for the first time in 7 years in the Sorceror’s Stone
  • 7 books Gilderoy Lockhart requires for DADA (CoS)
  • 7 muggles see Harry and Ron fly the car (CoS)
  • 7 days of Aunt Marge (PoA)
  • Arthur Weasley wins 700 galleons (PoA).
  • 7 tear drops on Hagrid’s letter to Hermione (PoA).
  • 7 people in the Shrieking Shack (PoA): Harry, Hermione, Ron, Sirius, Lupin, Snape, and Pettigrew.
  • Voldemort killed Frank Bryce who was 77 to make the 7th horcrux.
  • 7 locks on Moody’s trunk (GoF)
  • Dobby has 7 socks (GoF)
  • Unicorns don’t turn pure white until they’re 7 years old. (GoF)
  • Harry was “born as the 7th month dies…” (OotP)
  • 7 memories of Tom Riddle (HBP)
  • Harry and Ron get 7 O.W.L.s each (HBP)
  • 7DADA teachers
  • 7 questions Bellatrix asks Severus in Spinner’s End
  • 7 Harry Potters with 7 Order members
  • 7 races in the wizarding world: Human, Giant, Goblin, Centaur, Elf, Werewolf, Veela
  • There are 142 stairs at Hogwarts which adds to 7 (1+4+2=7)
  • Cleansweep 7
  • Gryffindor Tower is located on the 7th floor
  • Nicholas Flamel and his wife have 7 years age difference
  • 7 hidden passageways out of Hogwarts on the Marauders’ Map
  • Flitwick’s office (where Sirius is locked in PoA) is on the 7th floor
  • 700 ways to commit a foul in Quidditch.
  • The Tri-Wizard Tournament was first established 700 years before it’s appearance in the GoF.
  • Fred and George charge 7 sickles for a canary cream
  • Clause Seven of the Decree states that magic may be used before Muggles in exceptional circumstances
  • The Room of Requirement, used for DA meetings, is on the 7th floor. (OotP)
  • Cormac McLaggen’s mother was married 7 times. (HBP)
  • 7 death eaters at the tower in HBP: Draco, Fenrir, Amycus, Alecto, tall blond, Snape, Gibbon as well as 7 members of the Order and the DA: McGonagall, Tonks, Lupin, Neville, Ginny, Hermione, Ron
  • Lily began going out with James in their 7th year at Hogwarts
  • The prophecy is in row 97 in the Department of Mysteries
  • There are 7 Animagi registered with the Improper Use of Magic Office
  • 7 people locked in the Malfoy’s cellar (DH): Ollivander, Luna, Dean, Harry, Dean, Ron, and Griphook

HOW HAVE WE NEVER NOTICED THIS BEFORE!?!?!?

Guys there’s no notes on this post. We broke another post on tumblr…

JK Rowling is the greatest writer ever

7 is the number for completeness in numerology

0 notes y’all broke it again

Shit.

and to the haters who may say 'J.K.Rowling was such a sloth, she just came out with number seven everytime she had to count something' first lemme punch you in the face and then know that, and i fcuking swear to god, after years and years as true potterhead i realize i still haven’t noticed all the details she majestically put in HP and hellz yeah the talent of this woman should plenty be respected and admired. the number of notes say it all.

(via talkedtoomuchsaidtoolittle)