Kung tutuusin mas gusto kong manirahan sa loob ng utak ko. Nandoon kasi lahat ng mga gusto kong mangyari.
I really want to yell some expletives right now.
Ngunit alam kong hindi ‘to makakatulong sa akin ngayon. Kung imumura ko lang ang lahat ng mga bagay-bagay dahil sa init ng ulo, mahahawa ang buong katawan at kaluluwa ko ng kadilimang nakakasuspense sa paningin nila. AT BAKA…. HINDI KO PA MATAPOS ‘TONG GINAGAWA KO.
Happy National Heroes’ Day
The nation celebrates National Heroes’ Day and this annual event acknowledges the contributions of all the men and women (known and unknown) who dedicated their lives and work for Philippine freedom and development. National Heroes’ Day was initially celebrated on November 30 which coincides with the Birth Anniversary of Andres C. Bonifacio, Founder of the Katipunan. By virtue of Proclamation No. 295 signed in 2011, National Heroes’ Day is now celebrated every fourth Monday of August.
As we celebrate National Heroes’ Day, let us remember the heroes who are not with us anymore, let us honor our modern-day heroes, including our Overseas Filipino Workers.
- Manila Bulletin
Alam niyo ba na nanalo si Rizal ng Lotto noong araw? SERYOSO. Pinambili niya ang napanalunan niya ng lupa sa Dapitan at ginamit ang pera para I-improve ang local government ng Dapitan. Swerte na nga, generous pa. Naks! Pwede siguro hingan ng balato tong si Peps.
Anywayz, guys, kung libre kayo mamaya, baka gusto niyo pumuntang Luneta? At baka naman gusto mo pa I doble ang iyong patriot-levels at bumili ng Teammanila Lifestyle na shirts! Para madoble ang cool mo habang tinututulan mo ang pork barrel.
Dear God, help me to focus on YOU and not on me. It’s a big struggle, not being able to focus on you because my problems are in the way. Help me to look past them and see you instead! I love you. I need you. Amen
So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:
We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:
Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:
I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women.
This exquisitely, scrumptiously detailed Library Cake was made by Kathy Knaus. One side features the entrance to the brick library building, flanked by potted plants. The other side reveals the library’s cozy interior, complete with countless books lining its double-decker shelves, a large globe, and a wonderfully cluttered reading table accented with gum drop lamps.
Libraries are awesome places and cake is one of the best things ever, so this sweet, edible library is extra-mega-super-duper awesome.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]
Please please. Be my birthday cake.
A Library Like No Other
One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Library at Yale University also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and other scholars. Six stories of illuminated book stacks glow in the center of the exhibition hall. The building’s semiopaque, marble-paneled facade protects rare materials sun damage. Learn more