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I’ll probably just wear T-shirts forever.


I’ll probably just wear T-shirts forever.

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WELP so now my mom knows everything on accident.

And that actually was a (long) conversation that really needed to happen.

She’s okay with me seeing a therapist, and can understand a lot of what’s going on. She doesn’t want to be pushy or judgemental, despite her own biases-

She’s just sad I didn’t come to her first. This is fucking huge to me, and why I hid that I went to therapy for years.

She didn’t even give that much of a shit that I liked girls?! I’m JUST-

She’s proud of me for finishing college – even though at first she didn’t know why I did art instead of writing or history or something, she came to appreciate what I did. I cried at this lol.

She said I bring energy into a room when I visit it, that people like being around me, and I like being around them. It really does make me happy.

She reminded me that I’ve been blessed with a lot of gifts in life, and told me to do what I’m here to do, and to not forget that.

I’m only 25, and I’ve got plenty of time.  I’m not a failure yet.

She said that sometimes we need to make our own mistakes, and that’s okay.

The stubbornness runs in my family, but I’ve used it for good.

And I know I can use it for that again.

Thanks mom.


An ornate 6 shot wheel-lock revolving musket decorated with gold, silver, ivory, and bone.  Originates from Russia, 16th century, possibly restored or added onto in the 18th or 19th century.

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So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:


  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!


It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.


Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.


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Attack on Highschool? Sie sind das essen und wir sind die french class? Yea, pretty much. We’ll leave this here for you. ok byyeee

wauw holy shit

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Popstars and their struggles


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the 11th commandment

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Finally doing the resolutions thing:


- Get my driver’s license, get a car.

- Look into alternative living solutions to my current apartment- either something cheaper that allows me to save money, or, budget providing, nicer accommodations.

  • end goal of saving up money? Being able to buy a home.

  • If I don’t end up moving? Finally hang those damn pictures on the wall.

- Finally get to a place where I can take care of a pet

- Practice more of my religion at home- I’ll have to with my new hours, and I want to keep studying and exploring

- Be more physically active

- Finish your obligations to others

- Pick one direction of my artistic skill set, and push it hard. Instead of dabbling in a little in everything, push towards one end goal, even if it’s not going to be what I do forever and all of time.

- Take more artistic risks – be more honest

Bolded is probably what’s most important right now, so what I’m actively working on. The others are in the back of my mind.  The apartment situation, I’ll sort that out when I have a better idea of my budget plus a car, and plus this job.

Lol I should cross stuff off as I achieve it. Because fuck yes I’m going to try my damnedest.

Because if I don’t finish number one in the next month or two I’m gonna cry.



Never seemed to lag, gorgeous, brutal, and masterfully sidesteps around the ‘young hero’ tropes when it needs to, and takes them on full on when it needs that.  Eren is treated like a threat for what he can do, is encouraged to let others more experienced take the lead, etc., vs. ‘OH YOU ARE HUMANITY’S LAST HOPE, LET’S JUST BLINDLY TRUST A TEENAGER WITH THIS.’  Not every character reacts 100% realistically all the time, but a lot of them do, and this pitches you headlong into a world of dire circumstances, where not everyone’s a hero.  With a focus on teamwork, relationships, trust, war, death, primal instincts, fear, motivations, and political intrigue, it’s something really refreshing to watch.

I know I’m speaking to the choir here but just sharing my thoughts because HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (and also I know a few of y’all who follow me haven’t seen it yet.)


Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential

When a report emerged in September 2012 that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some doubted its veracity. It must be fake, they said.

But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 scored in 99.99% percentile.

Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.

The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of Sugata Mitra, a UK university professor who had innovated a new pedagogy he called SOLE, or self organized learning environments. The new approach paid off.

Although SOLE usually relies on unfettered Internet access for research, Juárez and his students had very limited access. Somehow, he still found a way to apply Mitra’s teachings and unleash their potential.

From the beginning, Paloma’s exceptional abilities were evident:

One day Juárez Correa went to his whiteboard and wrote “1 = 1.00.” Normally, at this point, he would start explaining the concept of fractions and decimals. Instead he just wrote “½ = ?” and “¼ = ?”

“Think about that for a second,” he said, and walked out of the room.

While the kids murmured, Juárez Correa went to the school cafeteria, where children could buy breakfast and lunch for small change. He borrowed about 10 pesos in coins, worth about 75 cents, and walked back to his classroom, where he distributed a peso’s worth of coins to each table. He noticed that Paloma had already written .50 and .25 on a piece of paper.

As Mr. Juárez implemented more of Mitra’s teachings in his classroom, Paloma continued to stand out as an exceptionally gifted student:

Juárez Correa was impressed. But he was even more intrigued by Paloma. During these experiments, he noticed that she almost always came up with the answer immediately. Sometimes she explained things to her tablemates, other times she kept the answer to herself. Nobody had told him that she had an unusual gift. Yet even when he gave the class difficult questions, she quickly jotted down the answers. To test her limits, he challenged the class with a problem he was sure would stump her. He told the story of Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous German mathematician, who was born in 1777.

When Gauss was a schoolboy, one of his teachers asked the class to add up every number between 1 and 100. It was supposed to take an hour, but Gauss had the answer almost instantly.

“Does anyone know how he did this?” Juárez Correa asked.

A few students started trying to add up the numbers and soon realized it would take a long time. Paloma, working with her group, carefully wrote out a few sequences and looked at them for a moment. Then she raised her hand.

“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”

Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.

“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said.

Although this Wired piece focuses mostly on Sugata Mitra, it does once again highlight the story of Paloma Noyola. Unfortunately, after a brief spurt of media attention, little on Paloma was ever mentioned and, as was pointed out by Wired, nothing was ever said of Mr. Juárez.

As with most stories in the Mexican press — and with in the middle-class — things suddenly become very important once it’s featured in a gringo publication. Which is a very sad commentary. We hope, however, that this story pushes those in the press, state and federal government to look not to the United States for validation but to Mexicans like Sergio Juárez doing good work in places like Matamoros.

The clear message in this story is that there are thousands of Paloma Noyolas going to school in Mexico who, just like her at one time, are not being challenged and therefore aren’t very interested in school. This story can, if we want it to, raise enough awareness to shift the discussion from poverty to opportunity.

Paloma truly personifies both Mexico’s challenges and unleashed potential.

Read the entire Wired story here: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Editor’s note: As an addendum, Wired provided information on helping support Sugata Mitra and his School in the Clouds project, and although they donated school supplies and equipment to José Urbina López School, we’re interested in seeing if we can help set up a similar fund for Sergio Juárez, the teacher featured in this story.

Also, $9,300 was raised to help fund Paloma’s education last year. We going to follow with the economist who led the fundraising campaign to see how she’s doing. Stay tuned for updates.

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“Because no one made it this interesting,”  This whole article gave me chills.

So many smart kids flounder - I really hope that more teachers will do as this one has done, because just wow.

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I fucking love this goddamn piece of shit post

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You know, whether it’s grappling hooks or sewing machine attachments, I’m both amazed and proud of what humanity is capable of, and how we can problem solve to make things possible.  The fact that I’m typing this to anyone and you can read it right now is a miracle.  Humanity is awesome sometimes.

Seir: oh godSeir: what if animal crossing is just a shared delusionDave: holy shitSeir: a giant game of make believeDave: hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhDave: “here” *hands u a leaf*Dave: “wow a chair”Seir: and the animals are like ‘this is my house!’ but it’s really just a pile of leavesDave: oMGSeir: we just made animal crossing spookySeir: omgDave: 2spooky4me

Seir: oh god
Seir: what if animal crossing is just a shared delusion
Dave: holy shit
Seir: a giant game of make believe
Dave: hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Dave: “here” *hands u a leaf*
Dave: “wow a chair”
Seir: and the animals are like ‘this is my house!’ but it’s really just a pile of leaves
Dave: oMG
Seir: we just made animal crossing spooky
Seir: omg
Dave: 2spooky4me




Sneakpeek on my photoshoot with Benny Tillberg last Saturday!
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