Sparkling Randomness

For those of you who don’t know, this is the official cover of U2’s controversially released new album, Songs of Innocence.  It’s supposed to depict the drummer, Larry Mullen, Jr., protecting his 18-year-old son, Aaron Elvis.  
I actually screamed “OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” when I saw this. I know the explanation, and I guess I kind of see it, but it doesn’t look like LMJ is trying to “protect” his son or hold on to his innocence. I don’t even what to especially speculate what it DOES look like, not one bit. I could think of several other covers they could have done here.
They could have gone back to the docks where they took the picture for the October cover, and taken another group shot there.
They could have had Larry holding a baby (any baby) on the cover, either with his back to the camera or the baby’s back to the camera.
They could have done a call back to Achtung Baby, only the collage could have been old photos from the early days.
A Sgt. Pepper-like gathering of everyone in their lives who made U2 possible - families, Paul McG, friends - a mix of real people and cardboard cutouts of those no longer with us.
Keep the white cover that’s a callback to U2-3.
Literally anything else. Anything.
I love this band, and will always love this band, but I’m starting to wonder what’s going on in their decision making processes. Genuinely.

For those of you who don’t know, this is the official cover of U2’s controversially released new album, Songs of Innocence.  It’s supposed to depict the drummer, Larry Mullen, Jr., protecting his 18-year-old son, Aaron Elvis.  

I actually screamed “OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” when I saw this. I know the explanation, and I guess I kind of see it, but it doesn’t look like LMJ is trying to “protect” his son or hold on to his innocence. I don’t even what to especially speculate what it DOES look like, not one bit. I could think of several other covers they could have done here.

  1. They could have gone back to the docks where they took the picture for the October cover, and taken another group shot there.
  2. They could have had Larry holding a baby (any baby) on the cover, either with his back to the camera or the baby’s back to the camera.
  3. They could have done a call back to Achtung Baby, only the collage could have been old photos from the early days.
  4. A Sgt. Pepper-like gathering of everyone in their lives who made U2 possible - families, Paul McG, friends - a mix of real people and cardboard cutouts of those no longer with us.
  5. Keep the white cover that’s a callback to U2-3.
  6. Literally anything else. Anything.

I love this band, and will always love this band, but I’m starting to wonder what’s going on in their decision making processes. Genuinely.

5ummit:

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0

I really appreciated all the little nods to Clint’s deafness in this issue. I’m glad other writers are acknowledging it and it’s not just a temporary thing in Fraction’s run. I also enjoy the fact that Wade apparently knows sign language.

OMG quasisonic LOOKIE!

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queerhawkeye:

bruce wayne, oliver queen and tony stark meet up to discuss how hard is to be a super rich, super hot, non-super-powered superhero.  an arrow enters through the window and hits the middle of the table. it has a note attached. “you are all losers. also i borrowed batman’s car. xoxo kate bishop”

WIN.

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lilamaerad:

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kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)



I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.
She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war.  There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.
They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death. 
She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”
She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.
She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.
When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”
She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.
If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong. 

Yaaassssssss can we get a movie? This is like inglorious bastards BUT REAL AND WITH A WOMAN

I did a whole school project on Nancy Wake. And then it kind of kicked off a lifelong fascination with the ladies of the SOE in general. And I still know far too much about them and can babble about them at length (this was also when I learned about the Righteous Among Nations to be honest).

She either needs to be used as an inspiration for Peggy Carter on the tv series, or she needs to be a recurring character.  JUST SAYING.

lilamaerad:

chels-e-lately:

emerald-avenger:

tarteauxfraises:

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.

She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war.  There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.

They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death. 

She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”

She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.

She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.

When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”

She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.

If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong. 

Yaaassssssss can we get a movie? This is like inglorious bastards BUT REAL AND WITH A WOMAN

I did a whole school project on Nancy Wake. And then it kind of kicked off a lifelong fascination with the ladies of the SOE in general. And I still know far too much about them and can babble about them at length (this was also when I learned about the Righteous Among Nations to be honest).

She either needs to be used as an inspiration for Peggy Carter on the tv series, or she needs to be a recurring character.  JUST SAYING.

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therevtimes:

No. 169 - “Fedora Enlightenment” 

The guys gets some unwanted advice on the art of women while at the bookstore. This is certainly a No Fedora/Brony Flex Zone indeed.

HE HIT HIM WITH THE TARDIS!!!

"Don’t put your arm around—"

This is amazing.

This webcomic just gained me as a new viewer.  

What do we say to the god of death?

Persephone: knock knock

Hades: who's there?

Persephone: it's September hope you're ready to bang like a screen door in a hurricane

Words of wisdom from Amy Poehler

Love her.

(Source: lyceck, via hellotailor)

annullo13:

You’re going to need it

Ahem, airspaniel.

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