Mr. Darcy can look at you in many different ways.


Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

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i forgot what i was doing

saw a gif of this but i can’t remember where i saw it fff if anyone knows, please tell me!



I’m laughing so fucking hard.




the best of hot occupations, side by side.

I’d have no self control around them..


(to Ian McKellen) You were saying a dream of yours is that you wanted to host a show like this. 

Omg, this is adorable.







Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.


As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:





Other lands are not my concern.  The fortunes of the world will rise and fall, but here in this kingdom,

                we will endure.

Thranduil as Thingol in the Third Age

Thranduil trying to hold on to the last remnants of his homeland

Thranduil as an echo of the great Elf Lords of the past, knowing himself to be smaller and lesser than they but standing tall in their shadow nonetheless

and in awful inversion of history, he does indeed lose his son to a mortal lover… but in this story his son does not relinquish eternity but instead escapes to the west while his father remains behind; where Thingol was slain by dwarves and his daughter lost to the history of Men, Thranduil loses his son to the future of a dwarf and lives on past all record in the dwindling twilight of the fading of the elves

if you doubt me, ask this: Frodo took Arwen’s place on the ship; Bilbo and Sam took the places of Elladan and Elrohir. Whose place, then, did Gimli take?