detonation-dusk:

God bless the cosplayers who buy full replica costumes. They support costume/prop makers from around the world.

God bless the cosplayers who throw together their costumes from charity shops and old clothes. Your resourcefulness and productivity is to be admired.

God bless the cosplayers who make their costumes from scratch. Your creativity and skill is incredible and inspiring.

God bless cosplayers, for letting us all for just one day be more than who we are.

Listen up, Hollywood

Finally watched Spiderman 2, which was actually really enjoyable and well-made. BUT, of course most of this country’s movie industry can’t get over its disrespect of my language and culture. It is fucking 2014 and I have to still put up with shit. No, it is not funny anymore. Germany, Russia and the entire Middle East are sick of your shit.
Do you even have any idea how offensive Captain America was? How about actually hiring one of the millions of Germans for your fucking movies instead of abusing the German language until the end of time.
Maybe, instead of judging Tarantino for his violence in movies, you might actually want to watch and pay attention to one of the only directors who appreciates other cultures. Cultivate knowledge, not stupid, outdated stereotypes.
Rant over.

jackviolet:

One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.

Yeah.

They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

fuckyeahnorsemythology:

justin-wolf:

Viking Funerals

It’s a common misconception that the vikings lit ships on fire in the water during funeral practices. Baldr’s funeral is described this way in the prose edda (but not in the poetic one), however, there is no historical account or archaeological material to support this practice. 
Tacitus and Ibn Fadlan, along with other writers of historical accounts, list cremation as being the preferred Heathen custom, but these cremations were not on boats set in the water. The reason for this is likely a practical one- the water would extinguish the flames before the body was burnt. Reducing a human body to ashes and bones takes an incredibly hot fire burning for hours. With an old fashioned funeral pyre the temperature and duration varies on the style. In the Hindu style still used in modern times, a body takes 6 hours to burn to ash entirely. Modern cremation with crematoriums burn at around 1500 degrees for 2 hours or so. 
However, ships were still an important symbol for viking funeral rights, and these manifest in a number of ways. Stone ship monuments are common, and there are also some records of ships buried in particularly rich mound burials (Sutton Hoo). 

fuckyeahnorsemythology:

justin-wolf:

Viking Funerals

It’s a common misconception that the vikings lit ships on fire in the water during funeral practices. Baldr’s funeral is described this way in the prose edda (but not in the poetic one), however, there is no historical account or archaeological material to support this practice. 

Tacitus and Ibn Fadlan, along with other writers of historical accounts, list cremation as being the preferred Heathen custom, but these cremations were not on boats set in the water. The reason for this is likely a practical one- the water would extinguish the flames before the body was burnt. Reducing a human body to ashes and bones takes an incredibly hot fire burning for hours. With an old fashioned funeral pyre the temperature and duration varies on the style. In the Hindu style still used in modern times, a body takes 6 hours to burn to ash entirely. Modern cremation with crematoriums burn at around 1500 degrees for 2 hours or so. 

However, ships were still an important symbol for viking funeral rights, and these manifest in a number of ways. Stone ship monuments are common, and there are also some records of ships buried in particularly rich mound burials (Sutton Hoo). 

firaja:

David Gaider has done so many things for representation in the gaming industry and all you little shits do to thank him is send him awful messages for making Solas—*gasp*—heterosexual.

Of the 7 romances revealed so far, three are straight (one of which might be asexual), one is pan,…

In a panel I saw, someone had asked about an asexual romance and the team had responded that they did not include one in this game but are not opposed to doing it in the future. The romances are fairly balanced. One gay of each gender, two bi of each gender and four straight (two girls, two boys). So I believe we just have one lady love left to discover.

anidragon:

invadermak:

Blaming actions you don’t like on Justice and saying that’s not “the real Anders” is kind of bullshit.

Anders knew exactly what he was doing in Act 3. Do not pretend otherwise just because you disagree with his methods.

This is especially problematic considering how many…