austrian artist manfred kielnhofer’s lifesize glowing time guardians watching over Berlin
seriously one of the coolest installations ever . they travel the world materializing for a single night at various historically and culturally salient sites as badass and slightly creepy figures of observation, memory, and preservation of knowledge
Time Guardians. Time Guardians. I have chills just looking at the pictures.
There’s a jungle inside Vietnam’s mammoth cavern. A skyscraper could fit too. Hang Son Doong, or “mountain river cave,” is in a remote part of central Vietnam. Hidden in rugged Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park near the border with Laos, the cave is part of a network of 150 or so caves, many still not surveyed, in the Annamite Mountains. You can read the full story of the cave explorers expedition here.
-Animorphs #34: The Prophecy, a super fun book for kids.
Really, these books were wildly inappropriate for children. They were, however, excellent.
The fact that we think that these boks are in some way inappropriate for children says a lot of very bad things about our society. Children NEED books in which characters go through horrible pain and learn harsh lessons, in which morals are questioned and compromisedo, in which important things are discussed… because some kids have to go through this shit in real life, and those who don’t have to as children will probably have to as adults.
This is how learning happens.
Fiction gives kids a safe place to practice and explore moral dilemmas like the slow psychological breaking of child soldiers fighting a secret war, learning how ‘good’ people can not just commit but rationalize the slaughter of civilians and prisoners in wartime.
Children are the people who NEED to learn this stuff. what could be MORE appropriate for children?
this is literally what i have been saying since i was born
four for you Pope Francis, you go Pope Francis
I’m so happy right now.
I hope he keeps this up. This man, as a bishop, was known to be good friends with people from several other religions and even atheists, so I’m glad to see he hasn’t felt the need to curtail some of his unorthodox views in order to be Pope.
I know that people think that religion promotes morality, which I guess it does, but I personally (speaking as a religious person) have never understood why Athiests or just people with no specific religion should automatically be seen as “bad.” There are good people who do not believe in God. There are bad people who do believe in God. The opposite is true both ways. Why should their religion define their moral character on sight?
In short I’m slow clapping for the Pope right now.
I’m right there with you. Absence of faith has nothing to do with absence of goodness. Since I believe God is in everyone then everyone must have the capacity to be good, regardless of what they think.
Blessings on Straggle’s Pope. (Yes. That’s how I think of him. See special edition of Life magazine in store, think “Oh, hi, Straggle’s Pope!”)
I kind of approve. Since he was bishop of my city way before he was pope he’s technically mine. *Cuddles Francis close*
I was so happy when he was elected as Pope!
I was so blessed to be in Rome when it happened too!
As a Catholic I have been trying to tell people this for years. I got in trouble at school for arguing with teachers about it.
I am so happy that Pope Francis has already been doing so much good.
I applauded when I saw this. I’m so proud, especially learning that the cardinals who picked him probably knew these things about him. I hope this indicates that my church is moving in a more open direction. *squees*
In which I discover that I accidentally traumatized one of my characters. I’m so, so sorry…