1. yayasmeen:


    my film, DEAF BROWN GURL is finally here! After one year in the making, it’s here for public viewing. ENGLISH & SPANISH subtitles are available for your watching. My film shows the diversity of Indian society (in Patna) and I wanted to show a variety of Indian groups (Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists), including Deaf Indians (and myself as a Deaf Indian).

    "Deaf Brown Gurl" ("La Morena Sorda") a film written, directed, shot, performed, and edited by Sabina England.

    -Voice Over & Sound Design by Micropixie.
    -Music by Om/Off (Paco Seren and Pablo Alvarez)
    -V.O Recording by Elliott Peltzman.

    Filmed in India (Old Delhi, India and Patna, Bihar, India)

    Sabina England
    http://www.sabinaengland.com/ (Website)
    https://www.facebook.com/sabinaengland (Facebook)
    https://twitter.com/sabinaengland (Twitter)

    http://www.micropixie.com/ (Website)
    https://www.facebook.com/Micropixie (Facebook)
    https://twitter.com/micropixie (Twitter)

    Om/Off (from Spain/desde España)
    http://inidicia.wix.com/omoff (Website)
    https://www.facebook.com/omoff (Facebook)
    https://twitter.com/pacoseren (Twitter)

    She’s not only a boss, but she’s so gorgeous!!

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  3. smithsonianmag:

    Photo of the Day: Fishing by Lamplight

    Photo by Khalid Rayhan Shawon (Dhaka, Bangladesh); Sunamganj, Bangladesh

  4. griseus:


    Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food. Although long-term observations of deep-sea animals are rare, the researchers propose that extended brooding periods may be common in the deep sea. Such extended life stages would need to be taken into account in assessing the effects of human activities on deep-sea animals. In any case, this strategy has apparently worked for Graneledone boreopacifica—it is one of the most common deep-sea octopuses in the Northeastern Pacific.

    Close-up of the egg capsules in December, 2010

    Empty egg cases, October 2011.

    • Reference (Open access): :Robison et al. 2014, Deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) conducts the longest-known egg-brooding period of any animal. PLoS ONE 9
    • video: MBARI

    (via mentalalchemy)

  6. A number of leading Iranian filmmakers, including Ms. Leila Hatami, have just issued a letter to Palestinian children in Gaza and in solidarity with them are going to donate blood to be sent to Gaza […]

    Here is an English translation of the Persian text of the letter Iranian filmmakers have written to the children of Gaza—English translation is by Professor Mahmoud Sadri—

    In the name of the God of “Olives” 

    An epistle to the children of Gaza:

    Greeting, people of Gaza,
    Mothers in late pregnancy, 

    Are the olive trees you planted leafy yet?
    Can one enjoy them on the “Iftar” spread? 
    We have heard it has been rainy over there, these last few days.
    We do not understand why this rain does not become a deluge,
    To wash you into the Nile – that lady of blue tresses?
    We do not know why this rain obliterates your houses?
    Rain does not shred children into pieces, does it? 
    Rain does not open gashes in people’s chests, does it?
    Rain does not smash skulls, does it?

    Rainstorms create flash floods,
    Why is the flash flood of Gaza bloody?
    Rain brings thunder and lightening, 
    Clouds rub against clouds, the sound grows fearsome, 
    But it does not annihilate, does it? 
    Rain rejuvenates the roots of olive trees; it turns earth green,
    Why is the rain over Gaza burning olive trees?
    Rain comes with the weatherman’s warning.
    Why is your rain so abrupt and brusque?
    Why is this rain savagely razing the earth?

    Rain lets children shelter their dolls under their umbrellas.
    What rain is this that makes the dolls into umbrellas for children, entangled with them, in their graves?
    I saw a cat, roving in the rubble of Gaza, lost, lamenting,
    Avoiding the shreds of flesh, detritus of the lives of the Children of Gaza.
    She recognizes the children who shared their meager meals with her, in rainy days past.

    The lady of Gaza/Palestine: 

    If the rain over Gaza gives you leave to carry your baby on your back out of the wreckage, do not forget to take along pen and paper.
    Write my lady; say: 

    “Rain gave me leave to leave.
    We were not home, when the walls collapsed.”

    Write my lady, so your man does not go mad with grief, at the sight of the rubble of his house, to imagine his beloved, the flesh of his flesh, are buried alive under the ruins. 

    You may ask, by the way: “where would I leave the note, so my man can find it? There are no walls standing”. 
    Write my lady; you can trust your letter to the wind. You can entrust it, like in old legends, to the beak of a bird.

    Lady Gaza/Palestine:

    We have heard that your neighbor yonder – the same one who came over in 1948; the same one with whom you shared your bread and water, 
    The same neighbor of 1948 who bemoaned the horrors of Hitler’s crematoria,
    The same neighbor who had told you your home is the cradle of the prophets, 
    The same neighbor who had told you: Palestine is the land revelation,
    The same neighbor who had told you: are Muslims not famed for their hospitality? Don’t they host any lost wayfarer for three days, without question? 

    Lady of Gaza/Palestine: 

    You had replied: Yes, we are kind, hospitable, cannot be otherwise.
    Lady, we have heard that your neighbor yonder now watches your slaughter from hilltops in jubilation, as if from the galleries on an amphitheater. 

    Lady Gaza/ Palestine: 

    You were hospitable to the unannounced guests of 1948. They have now left you in the rubble of a prison in exile. They witness your torment and desolation. They have been watching you; up to now, up to this moment. 

    Lady Gaza/ Palestine: 

    Your poets have composed lines that have sunk, like so many bullets, into your faithless neighbor’s heart. Your children have abandoned school and have taken up arms. They realize that in a land they do not have the schooling they have will come to naught. 

    Lady Gaza/ Palestine:

    Your once abandoned neighbors have now found many keepers: 
    The same people who pushed them out their own lands now have turned into their defenders, raining bullets on you; you who gave your neighbors shelter. Your neighbor’s erstwhile enemies now build iron domes above their heads and abet them in their slaughter of your children. 

    Lady Gaza/ Palestine: 

    We are left on this shore, pen and camera in hand.
    We are left astonished: what is to be done? 
    How do we come to pay homage to your prone body? 
    Your shameless neighbor has blocked all of the paths to us — your guests. 

    Lady Gaza / Palestine: 

    We were thinking: now that bullets rain on you, 
    Now that the deluge of blood has carried away your children, 
    May be we can infuse life into your children’s innocent bodies, from our own veins.


    (Source: moribund-cunt, via nnamu)

  7. xxxshakespearexxx:

    Inspiring Generation (1)
    감격시대 : 투신의 탄생 (gam-gyeok-si-dae : too-sin-eui tan-saeng)

    Based on the manhwa by Bang Hak-gi, the drama depicts the loves, friendships and patriotism of young Korean independence fighters in 1930s Shanghai.
    A story of violence, love and friendship that travels between Korea, China and Japan in the 1930s.

    Kim Hyun-joong as Shin Jung-tae
            Kwak Dong-yeon as young Jung-tae
    Lim Soo-hyang as Teguchi Gaya
            Joo Da-young as young Gaya
    Jin Se-yeon as Kim Ok-ryun
            Ji Woo as young Ok-ryun

    Song Jae-rim as Mo Il-hwa
    Choi Il-hwa as Seol Doo-sung
    Kim Sung-oh as Jung Jae-hwa
    Kim Kap-soo as Denkai
    Jo Dong-hyuk as Shinichi
    Yoon Hyun-min as Toyama Aoki
    Eom Tae-goo (엄태구) as Do-kkoo (도꾸)


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  8. niuniente:

    Make A Bee Waterer And Help Hydrate Our Pollinators

    Imagine how hard just one bee works in a single day. Bees tend to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with tiny wings beating 10,000 times per minute, carrying pollen, and dramatically assisting our food supply.

    Sound exhausting? Bees get thirsty, and they need safe water sources. The problem is water is not always available.

    Bees need very shallow water to drink from. However, shallow water evaporates quickly. Birdbaths are not the best option as bees tend to drown if the water is not be shallow enough. As for river and lakes, bees risk their lives trying to get water in the presence of fishes, frogs, and other wildlife, not to mention the risk of being swept away in water currents.

    To help hydrate our little pollinators, set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with marbles and then water. The marbles give the bees a spot to land so that they don’t drown when they come to drink. No more drowned bees!

    Source: Natural Cures 

    (via lainneyloveliness)

  10. ghibli-collector:

    Hayao Miyazaki’s advice on how to use transparent watercolors in the booklet of the Ghibli Museum Sketching Set.

    Title: My recommendation. Transparent watercolor is good.

    "transparent watercolor has a strong habit", "do not paint stickily and paint after wiping the extra paint and water off", "paint thinly the bright part", "had better not use white", "paint other color after under color has dried", "let’s mix the color and use it."

    Light the wool which protrudes on a new painting brush.
    Anything is fine for a water vessel.
    A retractable knife is enough for the pencil sharpener.
    One 2B pencil is enough for the pencil.
    Divide the palette into seven zones: Bright, Dark, Black, Green 1, Green 2, Blue 2, Blue 1.
    Do not use the eraser.
    Do not draw a guideline for a picture.

    "these painting materials are enough for a 2-week trip and preparations for a movie."

    Found this on Nausicaa.net along with the news that the new Takahata and Miyazaki Ghibli films for next summer are expected be announced this week!

    (via nezua)