- Our DM after I rolled a 1 trying to push an orc off a bridge. (via fetalpile)
"Allow me to describe all of the stupid, outdated things that are also in the Bible that one would have to follow in order for the ‘the Bible says gays are wrong’ argument to make sense: *lists exclusively things that Jews all over the world still do* And we all know that no one follows those barbaric, backwards rules, so haha checkmate Christians!"
Whether people follow them or not doesn’t matter, what matters is if people condemn others for not following them. No one has attempted to pass laws banning the sale of shellfish, no one is abused for working on the Sabbath, no one is killed for taking the lord’s name in vain. Because that would be silly. I give 0 shits what you do with your religion as long as it doesn’t interfere with other people’s lives.
It really does matter that people still observe those things because when you position commandments like not eating shellfish or working on the Sabbath as mere remnants of an uneducated, bygone past you are actively ignoring the millions of Jews who follow those commandments to this day.
I am a Jew, I am a lesbian, and, guess what, I keep kosher and do my best to minimize work on Shabbat. Those are things that play an active role in my life, and to see so many people brush them off as just more bullshit rules that dumb ancient people foolishly believed in is insulting.
Further, it can be extremely alienating. Using the laws of kashrut and keeping Shabbat as rhetorical tools to “prove” how out of touch and irrelevant the Bible is to our Wonderful Modern World has become such a mainstay in quippy protest signs and soundbites from LGBTQ activists that it sometimes draws a line between LGBTQ Jews and non-Jewish LGBTQ people. Our traditions are used as rhetorical fodder, which does not really breed friendship and unity in the face of adversity.
While trying to say “no one should be condemned for not following this one law in the Bible!” most people end up condemning those who follow other Biblical laws. It would be so much easier to just say “no one should be condemned for being gay!” without delving into things that they clearly do not understand.
And that’s all I am going to say about this.
THESE PARENT BIRDS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL LIKE BIRDY DRAG QUEENS WITH FLAWLESS EYELINER AND THE BABY LOOKS LIKE AN UNFINISHED MUPPET AND I’M DEAD.
These perfectly done up geisha are just so proud of their strange little alien sock puppet.
this picture makes me happy
"Mildred Reed is his first-great-grandmother on George Washington, and on Obama, Mildred Reed is his tenth-great-grandmother."
- BridgeAnne d’Avignon, 12-year-old genealogist
I know, six months late to the party, my mind is still blown. All US presidents except Martin van Buren are descended from John Lackland Plantagenet. Yes, that John Lackland Plantaganet. Yes, all US presidents as of 2013.
12-Year-Old Discovers All U.S. Presidents Are Direct Descendants of King John Of England (by CONTAGIONNEWSdotcom)
george-spiggott asked: Please talk to me about Cambodian psychedelic rock!! You've piqued my interest!
omg it’s the fucking best. In the late 1960s- early 1970s, Phnom Penh had a thriving rock ‘n’ roll scene, taking in American music brought by the nearby Vietnam war and combining it with traditional Khmer singing and instrumentation. The result was some of the most creative music of the era.
Then the Khmer Rouge came in and literally killed everyone. It’s both amazing and incredibly depressing.
Docu-Horror movies from the last few years that are actually good!
I know people hate these movies but I love them, the good ones at least, it’s not really a trend as much as it is a style and for certain things it works a hell of a lot better for certain subjects. Instead of getting irrationally angry at all of them, we should just start promoting the good ones and ignoring the bad ones.
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
This is one of several Bigfoot docu-horror films that have been been made in the past few years. This one has the advantage of being the first to have a wide release (WIllow Creek is on the way next). It’s typical in places but watching it unravel to a bizarre, though noticeable if you pay complete attention, conclusion is fascinating. There are also some effective fright scenes that are shockingly well maintained.
A documentary that follows two investigators trying to track down the beginnings of the New York legend of Cropsey, it has some great spooky moments though and it’s fascinating to see what they uncover. Definitely a left-of-field release.
This one is notorious for not being available via DVD (even now!), it’s been around for years via download sites but it had its first premier on UK television a few months ago. It’s about a ton of tapes a serial killer recorded whilst carrying out his acts. There’s a weird cult-like fascination with the whole thing from those who haven’t seen it yet and it definitely lives up to the weird intrigue. It’s genuinely disturbing in places.
A mockumentary involving a group of people making a documentary about conspiracy theories in the modern world, their investigation, naturally, ends up hitting upon places they really shouldn’t be looking. It’s far more of a thriller than a horror but it’s fantastic nonetheless, one of personal favourites of this year as well.
WNUF Halloween Special
I only just watched this a few days back and it’s incredible, it’s a fabricated Halloween TV special from 1987 about a seance that takes place on live TV (a nod to Ghostwatch) and it looks ridiculously authentic with the 80s TV style aesthetic, enough to make you question whether it’s actually real or not. The filmmakers even went out of their way to make commercials for the damn thing. It’s probably my actual favourite film of this year so far, to be honest.
This is a strange one, it’s about a group of people who are making a documentary about one of their friend’s camping for the first time, for a project for class and they end up being attacked by strange creatures. But, that’s only a part of it, at some point there’s a complete shift and it’s utterly insane.
An Australian pseudo-documentary about the network of abandoned underground railway tunnels which were going to be used to extract water from, to help with the water shortage Sydney was going through at the time. However, the Government without warning abandoned the plan and didn’t tell anybody why, so a group of filmmakers set out to find out the reason, which they end up finding out and they wish they hadn’t. It’s really well put together with the mixture of found footage and documentary. It’s also notable for being spread virally via torrents at the request of the filmmakers.
A modern docu-horror about aliens, finally! It focuses on a couple who go to stay at a rural ranch in Texas that is owned by one of their family members. They start experiencing weird things and start to unravel secrets said family member has been hiding through the years. First released this year and it’s really really eerie in places. A hell of a lot better than the more recent alien docu-horror Skinwalker Ranch.
Not exactly well known, I wouldn’t have heard about it if it wasn’t for becoming friendly with the director. It’s about two young film-makers who are desperate for a subject to document, they end up stumbling upon Anthony McAllistar a cannibal serial killer who lets them document his lifestyle. It’s worth watching for Alviano’s performance as McAllistar and the incredible practical effects. It’s in the same ball-park subject-wise as Man Bites Dog.
Told via a series of interviews, news reports and footage taken from the area, it tells a story about a town that has become plagued by mutant parasites which starts to kill the population. The eco-friendly message is a little too on-the-nose but the performances are effective and Barry Levinson’s (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man) direction keeps the pace going for the entire film, it’s also his best film in countless years.
Ah yes. Good.