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Thudge McGerk
DEBUT 1977
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
Thudge Mcgerk is a Muppet Monster who appeared in Statler and Waldorf's balcony after they had invoked his memory in episode 119 of The Muppet Show. He has three eyes, green hair, long orange horns, and big ugly fangs.
According to the hecklers, Thudge was a scary actor in the vein of Vincent Price. His last film was Phantom of the Soap Opera. He likes butter on his popcorn.
Thudge was constructed from the Miss Kitty puppet with an extra eye, patches of green hair, orange horns, long fangs, and a tongue.
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otomechuchu · 2 months ago
Short post about filming C-dramas - Hengdian
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So I noticed a lot of people keep commenting that sets and “cities” in C-dramas that had basically no budget as being super pretty and that they can’t believe they managed that with no money. Here's the thing: Many C-drama are filmed in Hengdian. There are a few other filming studios that are also popular, but I would say Hengdian is in the top 3, or maybe top 1.
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Hengdian is one of the largest film studios in the world and is one of the most popular places to film a period drama (area total of 3,3 km2 and building areas of 495,995 m2).
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If I remember correctly, there are at least 13 shooting bases. Some buildings, palaces, areas are made in the style of Qin and Han dynasty, others are exact replicas of certain buildings (like Yuanming Yuan, the old summer palace).
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It's FREE to film in Hengdian. How do they stay in business, you ask? They make the money from hotels, restaurants, and renting out equipment & costumes. Some dramas or movies take only 1 month to film, others can take several months. Also Hengdian is huge, if you couldn’t tell, so there can be several film crews working at the same time. 
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I would also like to point out that you can visit as a tourist. 
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So far there are over 1200 films and C-dramas that have been filmed in Hengdian! Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, The Forbidden Kingdom, Mulan are some films that were filmed there.
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If you watch other Chinese period dramas, you will recognize several buildings. Some C-dramas in recent years you might recognize are Once Upon A Time in Lingjian Mountain, Joy of Life, The Untamed, Word of Honor.
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Like this one! Recognize it? It’s where they had that boyband karaoke consert thing in Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain 
Click here for a clip of the concert haha
July 3 2021
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stardewvgf · 2 months ago
just like to remind everyone that even though Italy winning tonight was great, domestic violence cases are shown to go up by 38% in the uk when a team loses so I’ve put some links/info down below that i would be grateful if people shared even if they don’t need to use them themselves! -
England Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Online chat
Web form
Northern Ireland Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline 0808 802 1414
Online live chat
Scotland Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234
Online live chat
Wales Live Fear Free 0808 80 10 800
Online live chat
UK-wide The Men’s Advice Line run by Respect is a confidential helpline specifically for male victims 0808 801 0327
Bright Sky app
Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
Domestic abuse: specialist sources of support.
You can also find additional information and support here on topics including:
- help for children and young people
- welfare benefits and housing advice
- help if you don’t have settled status in the UK
- support for specific types of abuse
Victim Support
Victim Support run these services for victims and survivors of any abuse or crime, regardless of when it occurred or if the crime was reported to the police:
free, independent and confidential 24/7 Supportline - 08 08 16 89 111
live chat service
My Support Space - free online resource
If you are deaf or can’t use a phone
You can register with the emergencySMS. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.
Ask for ANI codeword
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.
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It turns out that link rot and content drift are endemic to the web, which is both unsurprising and shockingly risky for a library that has “billions of books and no central filing system.” Imagine if libraries didn’t exist and there was only a “sharing economy” for physical books: People could register what books they happened to have at home, and then others who wanted them could visit and peruse them. It’s no surprise that such a system could fall out of date, with books no longer where they were advertised to be—especially if someone reported a book being in someone else’s home in 2015, and then an interested reader saw that 2015 report in 2021 and tried to visit the original home mentioned as holding it. That’s what we have right now on the web.
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sensostimmer · 2 months ago
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Are you having a hard time keeping yourself and your brain stimulated? Can you even stimulate yourself at all? Maybe you should try making a Dopamenu!
I made a Dopamenu today by following How To ADHD’s guide.
How To Give Your Brain The Stimulation It Needs (Dopamenu Guide!)
I recommend watching the video and trying to make yourself a Dopamenu as well. I used OpenOffice to make my Dopamenu, it’s a free alternative to Word and it works pretty much the same!
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mossybank · 2 months ago
It's disability pride month and given that most of the posts about it are very centered around America I wanted to make a post about some of the problems disabled people in the UK face and what you can do to help !
Upon the office for national statistics realising some statistics for disabled people that outline many areas of life (education, housing, well-being, employment, ect) it becomes clear very quickly where disabled people are more disadvantaged compared to ableds (These are the statistics for 2020, full list found here)
Around half of disabled people aged 16 to 64 years (52.1%) in the UK were in employment compared with around 8 in 10 (81.3%) for non-disabled people (July to September 2020); disabled people with autism were among those disabled people with the lowest employment rate.
Disabled people’s (aged 16 to 64 years) average well-being ratings in the UK were poorer than those for non-disabled people for happiness, worthwhile and life satisfaction measures; average anxiety levels were higher for disabled people at 4.47 out of 10, compared with 2.91 out of 10 for non-disabled people
The proportion of disabled people (13.9%) aged 16 years and over in England, who reported feeling lonely “often or always” was almost four times that of non-disabled people (3.8%)
Around 1 in 7 (14.3%) disabled people aged 16 to 59 years in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last 12 months, compared with about 1 in 20 (5.1%) non-disabled people; disabled women (17.5%) were more than twice as likely to experience domestic abuse in the last year than non-disabled women (6.7%)
In terms of signing petitions in the UK,it can be more complicated that just going onto For the government to officially recognise a petition in parliament it has to be made on the government website and only after 10,000 signatures will the government respond. (Though to be considered for debate in parliament it must receive 100,000) Here are some petitions yet to meet their goals;
Allow disabled people to keep all benefits if they move in with a partner — Disabled people on income-related benefits risk being left totally dependent on their partner if they move in together. This is because, when joint income is taken into account, their partner's earnings or savings often exceed the limits for eligibility for income-related benefits. This rule applies even if the disabled person in the relationship cannot and won't ever me able to work, meaning that they have no choice other than to hope the income their partner gets is enough for them both to live on.
Make CCTV on school buses carrying disabled children mandatory — There have been reported incidents on school buses transporting children with disabilities. Children have come home with unexplained marks on their body. Without CCTV this becomes an adults' word against a child who may struggle with communication. Parents put their children in the care of school bus companies and their escorts and we expect them to be looked after. Making it a legal requirement to have CCTV will ensure the adults in charge are carrying out their duties correctly which would leave no room for misunderstandings. Should an incident occur the use of CCTV will enable investigations to be carried out fairly and efficiently
More funding for SEN children to access appropriate school provisions — Changes need to be made so more funding is available for schools and local authorities to offer better provisions for SEN children, especially those who do not fit the criteria for special needs EMS/mainstream schools. So no other child falls through the system.
Make working from home a legal right for disabled workers — The Government should give disabled employees the legal right to work from home for office-based job roles and/or where no genuine occupational requirement (GOR) is in place to require an employee to be on site. Reducing barriers to work for disabled people should improve their personal wellbeing and could boost GDP. A 2017 Government white paper stated that finding work for an additional 1% of disabled workers would save the Exchequer £240 million, and provide a boost to the economy of £260 million. By making it a legal right for non-GOR roles to work from home it is hoped that economic inactivity for 3.6 million disabled people can be reduced, in the spirit of the Equality Act.
Of course it takes more than just signing a petition and raising awareness to spark change but ever little helps, though these petition can only be signed by UK residents it would be hugely helpful if non-UK residents reblogged too to help spread the word! As disabled people we all face many hardships but at the end of the day we can all help eachother.
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astudyofastrology · a month ago
Pallas in Astrology
Pallas Traits
Use of Wisdom Critical Thinking Intuition Pattern Recognition in Human Intelligence Problem Solving Ability Creative Intelligence Strategy Contemplation Use of Reasonable Aggression to Fight Negotiation Skill Desire for Fairness Strength and Belief in Oneself Politcal Involvement Father/Daughter Relationship
People Ruled by Pallas
Intellectual Women Masterminds Negotiators Politicians
Return to the A Study of Astrology Masterpost
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sahara4k · 4 months ago
for those who missed it: dream added michael mcchill to the smp mere seconds after he said “dreamnotfound? hot” on stream (allegedly no correlation). michael nearly teared up from how much love the chat was sending him and then instantly joked about leaking the ip. he then logged onto the smp where he admired all the builds and also came face to face with the server’s Other michael :)
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vettechblog · 2 months ago
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PSA: all pet ERs are completely full and wait times are easily 4-6 hours minimum. Even at urgent care we often have to block new patients from coming in as it's impossible to get everyone seen with the limited staff and time we have.
I strongly recommend NOT taking your dogs to any dog parks or off leash areas this summer to avoid lacerations, dog bites and other trauma. Yes: we see those all the time. My dogs don't go to dog parks. This will also minimize kennel cough.
Do not feed them any human food or switch food suddenly.
Make your appointments for follow up on chronic conditions with your primary now if you will need meds or follow ups in September timeframe.
Tick removal is not a technically challenging task. Google it.
Get your dogs on all appropriate preventatives. Lyme disease is something we see often too.
Clip your dogs nails every once in a while or they will break them at some point. (I'm guilty of this too)
Lastly, don't be a dick. We are doing the best we can in an unprecedented caseload. This job is very hard, but we are still here and still care about your pets. Rudness and entitlement are absolutely not OK.
Copied & Pasted from Facebook: Anastasiya Mia
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kny111 · a month ago
David Nield   25 JANUARY 2021
No one has yet managed to travel through time – at least to our knowledge – but the question of whether or not such a feat would be theoretically possible continues to fascinate scientists.
As movies such as The Terminator, Donnie Darko, Back to the Future and many others show, moving around in time creates a lot of problems for the fundamental rules of the Universe: if you go back in time and stop your parents from meeting, for instance, how can you possibly exist in order to go back in time in the first place?
It's a monumental head-scratcher known as the 'grandfather paradox', but in September last year a physics student Germain Tobar, from the University of Queensland in Australia, said he has worked out how to "square the numbers" to make time travel viable without the paradoxes.
"Classical dynamics says if you know the state of a system at a particular time, this can tell us the entire history of the system," said Tobar back in September 2020.
"However, Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts the existence of time loops or time travel – where an event can be both in the past and future of itself – theoretically turning the study of dynamics on its head."
What the calculations show is that space-time can potentially adapt itself to avoid paradoxes.
To use a topical example, imagine a time traveller journeying into the past to stop a disease from spreading – if the mission was successful, the time traveller would have no disease to go back in time to defeat.
Tobar's work suggests that the disease would still escape some other way, through a different route or by a different method, removing the paradox. Whatever the time traveller did, the disease wouldn't be stopped.
Tobar's work isn't easy for non-mathematicians to dig into, but it looks at the influence of deterministic processes (without any randomness) on an arbitrary number of regions in the space-time continuum, and demonstrates how both closed timelike curves (as predicted by Einstein) can fit in with the rules of free will and classical physics.
"The maths checks out – and the results are the stuff of science fiction," said physicist Fabio Costa from the University of Queensland, who supervised the research.
The new research smooths out the problem with another hypothesis, that time travel is possible but that time travellers would be restricted in what they did, to stop them creating a paradox. In this model, time travellers have the freedom to do whatever they want, but paradoxes are not possible.
While the numbers might work out, actually bending space and time to get into the past remains elusive – the time machines that scientists have devised so far are so high-concept that for they currently only exist as calculations on a page.
We might get there one day – Stephen Hawking certainly thought it was possible – and if we do then this new research suggests we would be free to do whatever we wanted to the world in the past: it would readjust itself accordingly.
"Try as you might to create a paradox, the events will always adjust themselves, to avoid any inconsistency," says Costa. "The range of mathematical processes we discovered show that time travel with free will is logically possible in our universe without any paradox."
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tiz-aves · 20 days ago
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[Species] | Domesticated chicken and a Muscovy duck for apparently no reason
*cough* I made a mistake and I’m frustrated, and because I don’t want to do this all over again I’ll simply write about the red junglefowl instead and leave this be for a while *cough*
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Photo credits: Artista Imagini, JP-Korpi Vartiainen, Dave, Wendy Deng
Sources: Wikipedia The Free Encyclopaedia, Smithsonian, Penn State Extension 
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masked-up · a year ago
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Wear a mask for safety and hygyine, try to socially distance, stay as a group, communicate with the crowd, know your legal rights for your area, wear unidentifiable clothes with no logos/designs, and dont go it alone.
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artfoli · a year ago
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Odalisque with Slave, 1839, by ⁣⁣⁠Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)⁣⁣⁠
Why Victorians Went Crazy for Orientalism
During the period of feverish obsession with Orientalism, European artists and art lovers looked towards what they dubbed the “East” - aka the “Orient.” The Victorians weren’t overly specific, as this region actually spans many distinct territories and cultures over the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia. They all did have one sure thing in common however, their “otherness.” They were decidedly different from European culture and while the obsession of the Orient has stretched quite far back in history (and I mean centuries before), we’re going to focus on how and why the Victorians in particular went crazy for it.
The idea of the “Orient” often sets the scene in one’s mind as slave markets, snake charmers, women either dressed in too much clothing or none at all, the hustle of markets and harems, as ‘Arabian Nights’ from Disney’s Aladdin plays in the background. These are just some of the stereotypes which continue to dominate much of the region(s) rich cultures and histories. Provocative, erotic, and exotic.
Power and Obsession
Society at this time held an appreciation of the complex architecture, but often little else, interested only in what the artists could portray as consumable to an audience - whether it was an accurate representation or not.
They largely pushed the view of East civilizations “otherness” through unrealistic portrayals of its people. Clearly all Arab and Turkish men were snake charmers or slave traders, and all women were poor sexy slaves or… sexy slaves with slightly more luxurious lifestyles - “sexy slave babes” as Lindsay Ellis playfully coins in her video essay ‘The Most Whitewashed Character In Literary History.’ It largely represented these cultures stereotypes or fantasies from the Victorians outside perspectives.
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For example, look at the amazing care Osman Hamdi Bey, an artist actually born within the Ottoman Empire, took in portraying the architecture and lettering within ‘Reading the Quran,’ and ‘The Tortoise Trainer.’
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While Jean-Léon Gérôme’s painting ‘The Snake Charmer’ isn’t as grounded in reality.
These portrayals, which didn’t just occur in visual art but also frequently in literature and the World’s Fair, created a narrative in which the Western control of the East made them civilized and justifying that good ol’ colonial spirit.
Breaking the Nude Rules
Nudity was a big thing for the Victorians. Today we regard them as shrewds scared of showing their ankles, but they went nuts for scandal and drama. Traditionally in Victorian art, nudity had to hold a purpose in order to be deemed acceptable. This included requirements such as depicting mythological or allegorical figures. Then entered ‘Orientalism’ and with it an exception to the rule, where they could view as many naked sexy slave babes that they wanted! Orientalism was an exception to the Nude Rules within Victorian society, and Orientalist artists milked it. Depictions of harems within Victorian art could vary greatly, from some showing it as a more domestic space for women, to others dialed up the exotic and erotic to 100.
When seeing how the Harem was depicted in art by men in particular isn’t all that surprising, as it was the unrealistic portrayal of what was essentially the equivalent to an exotic form of an all-girls sleepover, equipped with nothing but pillows. In short, it was pure fantasy. This is largely due to the fact that men weren’t actually allowed in harems. Going back to Ellis' video essay, these 19th century European men of course struggled with the “why can I not have the thing?” mentality, and so were naturally inclined to go off nothing but their sexy, sexy fantasies. 
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For example, let us view the harem through the male gaze with Jean-Léon Gérôme’s ‘Pool in a Harem,’ painted in the 1870s.
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In comparison is Henriette Browne’s 1860 painting titled ‘A Visit: Harem Interior, Constantinople.’
Beautiful but Problematic
Orientalism, since the publishing of the famous ‘Orientalism’ by Edward Said, has been dubbed inherently racist by many. Many depictions were for sure inspired by colonialism and the want to patronising-ly differentiate civilizations. Adam Shatz in his article ‘Orientalism, Then and Now’ suggests that this hasn’t ended with the Victorians:
“Orientalism is still with us, a part of the West’s political unconscious. It can be expressed in a variety of ways: sometimes as an explicit bias, sometimes as a subtle inflection, like the tone color in a piece of music; sometimes erupting in the heat of argument, like the revenge of the repressed. But the Orientalism of today, both in its sensibility and in its manner of production, is not quite the same as the Orientalism Said discussed forty years ago.” - Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books
The Victorians undoubtedly fetishized these cultures in the guise of documenting the culture. And these stereotypes continue to persist to this day and I will use Arab stereotypes to example in particular as they are damaging and prevalent in current times. On the site for 'Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes,’ it’s described how these views contribute to a larger (and inaccurate) view of the Middle East:
“‘Orientalism’ is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous.”  -
There is also the anti-Turkish sentiment which still exists and was present in the Ottoman Empire itself, often using less than imaginative derogatory terms. Organisations such as the Foundation for Political Economic and Social Research and publications such as Daily Sabah aim to bring light to this today, with the latter stating “Turkophobia hasn’t vanished into the thin air and is still lingering in Europe,” in their article ‘Turkey's aid in global COVID-19 battle and lingering Turkophobia.’
Orientalist artists no doubt made visually stunning works of art, but delving deeper into identifying what makes them more fantasy than reality and the repercussions that came from that is far more important. These works often took away what made the cultures of these regions unique and interesting in order to push their own narrative, and push a consumer trend. When again looking at an orientalist piece perhaps ask yourself what aspects the artist is portraying; reality or fiction?
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probablyasocialecologist · 3 months ago
If Google can downrank into obscurity vertical-search websites in commercial categories where it wants “more exposure,” it can do that same thing to political news and views. Google now plays a central role in how people keep up with the world, providing major news outlets with large proportions of their total online traffic through referrals and clicks from search results; about 40 percent of clicks on the company’s trending topics are for news, and a recent study found Google makes almost $5 billion a year from their middleman role between consumers and news. This is almost as much as the entire news industry made from ads that year, meaning Google is absorbing about half the industry’s income without hiring a journalist.
Rob Larson, Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley
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wayti-blog · 2 months ago
think for yourself or experience the consequences of other people's conclusions instead of your own
question everything
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