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September 15th, 2012

imafraidofgod: basilton: In the early years of space flight,…





imafraidofgod:

basilton:

In the early years of space flight, both Russians and Americans used pencils in space. Unfortunately, pencil lead is made of graphite, a highly conductive material. Snapped graphite leads and particles in zero gravity are hugely problematic, as they will get sucked into the air ventilation or electronic equipment, easily causing shorts or fires in the pure oxygen environment of a capsule.

After the fire in Apollo 1 which killed all the astronauts on board, NASA required a writing instrument that wasn’t a fire hazard. Fisher spent over a million dollars (of his own money) creating a pressurized ball point pen, which NASA bought at $2.95 each. The Russian space program also switched over from pencils shortly after.

40 years later snide morons on the internet still snigger about it, because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about.

Always want to know more about space   

September 15th, 2012

"It looks like a cross between an oversized (terrible) men’s shirt and a something a grandma…"

“It looks like a cross between an oversized (terrible) men’s shirt and a something a grandma would wear.”

-  an instant buy for me
September 15th, 2012

obitoftheday: Obit of the Day: “Thirteen Cokes, Please.” Clara…



obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: “Thirteen Cokes, Please.”

Clara Luper, an Oklahoma history teacher, ordered those Cokes at Katz Drugstore in Oklahoma City on August 19, 1958 for herself and twelve children, ages 6 to 17. Lunch counters in Oklahoma, like much of the South, were segregated. This wasn’t just a request for drinks, but a request for civil rights.

Waitresses ignored them. Other patrons did not: leaving the restaurant, pouring drinks on them, cursing at them. (Did I mention there were children as young as six?) The group left after a few hours without a drink. They returned the next day and were served their Cokes, and burgers, too.

“Within that hamburger was the whole essence of democracy.” - Clara Luper

Note: This took place a year and a half before the much more famous sit-in at the Greensboro (NC) Woolworth’s on February 1, 1960.

Luper would continue her fight to desegregate public spaces in Oklahoma City. She was arrested 26 times between 1958 and the passage of Oklahoma law to desegregate. (Passed two days after the Civil Rights Act.)

(Fantastic image is courtesy of Black Past.)

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September 15th, 2012

deafmuslimpunx:vintagesareeblouse: Suffragettes in sarees….



deafmuslimpunx:vintagesareeblouse:

Suffragettes in sarees. Very high necked blouses and the brooch that seems to have been common in this period-wonder if the brooches are in suffragette colours.  

One of the women is possibly Sophia Duleep Singh.  The site from where the picture is taken - Edwardian Promenade - is an interesting browse if you are interested in the period. 

September 15th, 2012

I really need this hairspiration thank you.



I really need this hairspiration thank you.

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September 15th, 2012

RNC–>Monster hospital–>DNC–>NYFW–>shipping a 10 page section = BEAT

September 15th, 2012

nuditea: fuck i want something pastry-y all flakey and shit with cheese on it and maybe big chunks…

nuditea:

fuck

i want

something

pastry-y

all flakey and shit

with

cheese on it

and maybe big chunks of sugar

god

dammit

I just made a vegan pumpkin pie that is basically a little bit of pastry with a lot of warm pumpkin pudding on it and I’m ok with it because I have been craving it for over a month. May your journey have a similar ending.

September 15th, 2012

Caught Fritz nibbling on my copy of Where Art Belongs, am awaiting his opinion.

Caught Fritz nibbling on my copy of Where Art Belongs, am awaiting his opinion.

September 15th, 2012

karaj replied to your chat: me: Don’t forget about the collective, he can…

karaj replied to your chat: me: Don’t forget about the collective, he can save…

hahahhaha. how did i forget about this.

I had totally forgotten about it too, but seems meaningful I found it today.

September 15th, 2012

karaj: fuckdudeskilldudes: “Sadness, sad affects, are those which reduce our power to act. The…

karaj:

fuckdudeskilldudes:

“Sadness, sad affects, are those which reduce our power to act. The established powers need our sadness to make us slaves. The tyrant, the priest, the captors of souls need to persuade us that life is hard and a burden. The powers that be need to repress us no less than to make us anxious or, as Virilio says, to administer and organize our intimate little fears[…]It is not easy to be a free man, to flee the plague, organize encounters, increase the power to act, to be moved by joy, to multiply the affects which express or encompass a maximum of affirmation. To make the body a power which is not reducible to the organism, to make thought a power which is not reducible to consciousness. Spinoza’s famous first principle (a single substance for all attributes) depends on this assemblage and not vice versa.”

Gilles Deleuze, Dialogues

our project is about turning sad affects into joyous affects“ 

down for it