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squeeable underwater puppies

If the name Seth Casteel rings a bell, that’s because he is well known for the viral photos of dogs underwater. Now he has dialed up the cute even more with Underwater Puppies, a series showing puppies swimming in the pool.

Seth worked with over 1,500 puppies, ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months old. Besides the goofy and adorable puppy faces, there are some serious messages. Many of the puppies are from shelters as Seth wanted to show people “how terrific these little guys are”. Pool safety is also close to Seth’s heart, “So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger. And they will learn. I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with, all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.”

If you love these images of pure joy, Underwater Puppies is available as a book! Here’s a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot!

Via My Modern MetNPR

I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.

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Does the fact that most of us know the names of mass murders, but never heard of Jan Oort, say anything about us?

—Neil Degrasse Tyson
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (via senselessrose)

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In response to this Tumblr ask from rampyourvoice to gradientlair

Ten YA novels featuring disabled women of color as protagonists:

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Shattering by Karen Healey
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

So far, we’ve only reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit; we’re unfortunately unable to vouch for the others. Hopefully this list will still prove useful to some, though—and if you’ve read any of these, please pitch in with your thoughts!

(via chiefestofcalamities)



Practicing poses on today’s Doctor Kawaii

 Say what you will, but I am super excited for Peter Capaldi to be the new Doctor.

It’s a rare thing to love something so much as a kid and then be able to become that thing when you grow up. It’s really exciting and sweet to see that this kind of thing has happened to Peter Capaldi. 

This photo of him hanging out with Sean Pertwee doing the over the top OH NO MONSTERS!!1!11! is one of the first things that made me think that he was/is going to be just fine in this role.


For the record, Kelsey was iffy about doing this because she was worried it’d be ‘too cheese’ but I SAY THEE NAY

(via chiefestofcalamities)


Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald crash-landed in Parliament Square in London this morning, just in time for the tomorrow’s series 8 premiere! 

(via chiefestofcalamities)

Congress banned from editing Wikipedia for transphobic revisions


The user changed the page for Orange is the New Black, which stars transgender woman Laverne Cox, so that, instead of saying that the series “contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman,” it read, “Orange Is the New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real man pretending to be a woman.” Whoever was behind the edit then cited an article from the conservative National Review with the headline “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and the sub-headline “Facts are not subject to our feelings.”


Ballerina Project:Elegant Ballerinas Take to the Streets

The Ballerina Project is an ongoing exploration of the elegant beauty of ballet dancers as seen through the lens of photographer Dane Shitagi. Rather than being confined to a studio, Shitagi prefers to photograph his subjects outside on the streets, inspired by the rawness and atmosphere of the living city.

Beautiful ballerinas strike graceful poses in the middle of bustling city streets, their elegant forms standing in stark contrast to the hard-edged shapes of the urban landscape. In each image, Shitagi manages to capture not just the ballerina’s skillful dance moves, but her emotions, soul, and passion for the extraordinary art of ballet.

(via miriamforster)

What you should read:

  • This is very important to keep in mind, especially if you want to enjoy your reading experience.
  • 1: You should read Anything.
  • 2: Whatever you like.
  • 3: There are no rules.
  • 4: There is no age limit.
  • 5: You can read whatever the hell you want.
  • 6: I'm not going to tell you what you SHOULD be reading.
  • 7: Because that's up to you.
  • 8: Pick up ANY BOOK
  • 9: And please,
  • 10: Enjoy the hell out of it! (Or dislike it, it's all up to you!)

Yay!! #Recipe cards for ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE & Love and Games series bookmarks have arrived :)


Yay!! #Recipe cards for ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE & Love and Games series bookmarks have arrived :)