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Welcome to the gulag! We bear all.

Narcissing herself in the double glass.

KL. Early 30s. Queer.

I love: comics, tattoos, poetry, poetry about comics, cravats, and banjos. I write things. I am not a giraffe. 100% of my vaginas are haunted. One day I would like to be uploaded to a computer.

I’ve just realized I missed a golden opportunity in this Professional Development questionnaire. Instead of the answers I gave I should have said: 

2 years from now, what do you want to be doing professionally? 

  • Batgirl.

5 years from now? 

  • Oracle.
  #barbara gordon    #is my co-pilot    #welcome to existential tuesdays    #which are terrible    #i much prefer existential fridays    #because i can drink at the end of them    #and this whole career development thing    #is ridiculous anyway    #because i have lots of interests    #but turning them into something    #my boss thinks is relevant to the company    #is kind of challenging    #but i feel like babs    #would be up to the task    #so i shall make myself    #up to it as well  
lisapizza:

one of the things i was really bummed about while i didn’t have hands was that charmingpplincardigans and i came up with the amazing/ridiculous idea of Goofus & Gallant’s Guide to Spying, starring Bucky Barnes and Dick Grayson, but without hands i couldn’t draw their stupid little faces all day. but now i have hands! so i may have recently been spending my time doing some (terrible, lazy) research into how to be a spy and sketching panels for these idiots. in theory, this will eventually be a series/minibook for us to cackle about, but right now this is the only page that is presentable. happy birthday, kl, i hope you like these dumb boys!

lisapizza:

one of the things i was really bummed about while i didn’t have hands was that charmingpplincardigans and i came up with the amazing/ridiculous idea of Goofus & Gallant’s Guide to Spying, starring Bucky Barnes and Dick Grayson, but without hands i couldn’t draw their stupid little faces all day. but now i have hands! so i may have recently been spending my time doing some (terrible, lazy) research into how to be a spy and sketching panels for these idiots. in theory, this will eventually be a series/minibook for us to cackle about, but right now this is the only page that is presentable. happy birthday, kl, i hope you like these dumb boys!

  #lisa loves giraffes    #and she IS an amazing artist    #starbutts    #i can't wait for the whole book of this    #it's gonna be the best  

Dangers of online friends:

lisapizza:

phonestrumpet:

itssimplysam23:

-You become emotionally attached.
-You can’t hug them whenever you want to which is something you often forget.
-You find people who don’t judge you. At all.
-You have to learn time zones. That’s a real bummer.
-You find people who love you for you.
-You sometimes cry because you just love them so much and get super emotional when you realize they are thousands of miles away from you.

Also, they can’t help you move a couch.

i honestly don’t know why you would think i’d help you move a couch even if i didn’t live on the internet.

It’s true. I had to call people to move her couch. It took them 15 minutes to get it out. I was starting to wonder how she got it in the first place. 

  #lisa loves giraffes  
Say what you will about dance, but language is a limited form of expression.
Proverb, Welcome to Night Vale #54 - A Carnival Comes to Town
  #welcome to night vale    #language    #seems reasonable to me  

Quick! Someone tell me what I want to do with my life!

  #i am definitely not panicking    #why are you asking?  
Happy Birthday! I hope everything is going okay!

Thank you! And everything’s great. Still unpacking, but you know how that is. :)

  #petrichoriousparalian  

pixalry:

Batman Beyond - Created by Yvan Quinet

You can find more from this artist on Society6 and Tumblr.

  #batman beyond    #the only word i can think of    #for this armor    #is hella    #it's some hella fucking armor    #who do queue think you are  

George Blagden performing “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson [x]

  #george blagden    #ingrid michaelson    #covers    #the chain    #who do queue think you are  
So that swing dancing gif had a lot ladies dancing together in pairs which is something you don't see a lot of nowadays. Was it because dancing alone or as a group wasn't really a thing back then? Did guys ever dance together as friends like that?

historicallyaccuratesteve:

lindyloowho:

historicallyaccuratesteve:

Dancing in pairs was definitely a thing at the time— there doesn’t seem to have been a lot of solo or group dancing, at least not in the way we dance today.

Dancetime Publications has a breakdown of dancing in the 1930s. There were group dances and circle dances (like square dancing or contra), and many dances had callers to tell you the steps as you went.

I’m guessing that it was socially acceptable for women to dance with each other and less so for men to do so, but I don’t know that for certain. It probably depended at least in part on the social setting and the ratio of men to women at any given event.

::Cracks knuckles:: 

I hear you want to talk about gender and swing dancing in the context of the 1930s and 1940s! PLEASE YES LET’S DO.

(First, some terminology: “swing dancing” is a pretty broad category that covers a ton of different partner and group dances. What the hep cats in New York City danced in the ballrooms up in Harlem should rightly be called Lindy hop. It’s a dance that’s incredibly free-form and energetic. See examples here, here, and here. As for your “solo or group dancing,” you’re right. Any solo or group dancing was definitely secondary to partner dancing, though it was practiced. One very common form of group dancing was a jam, where people get into a circle and watch one couple at a time. Here is a still image of that happening, though it may have been staged for the LIFE photographer.)

There’s a post that’s circulating around the Lindy hop tumblr community about the history of gender in the dance. Here’s what started it all: 

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Dawn Hampton is one of the original Lindy hoppers (and is still alive and killing it today, btw). The Frankie she mentions above is Frankie Manning (the overalls guy in the third Lindy hop example), who is largely considered to be the world’s greatest Lindy hopper ever. 

The places where Lindy hop was being danced and developed in New York City were largely the clubs in Harlem. The most famous club (that was also desegregated) was the Savoy Ballroom. 

A Cliff’s Notes version of gender and Lindy hop is this: the original, serious dancers would dance with anybody, even before the war. They practiced day and night, and they practiced with whomever they could. Pre-war, among the community that was less serious about dancing (and viewed it more as a social activity), it was probably more common for women to dance with women than for men to dance with men. During the war, men dancing with men and women dancing with women was much more common.

And now, to the main event! Here’s a video of women dancing together in 1939:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB28EIKC4DE

And here’s a video of men dancing together sometime during the war:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEp1-oo9u98 (It’s looped; the original clip is only a few seconds long.)

Here are Al Minns and Leon James, two of the original Savoy Lindy hoppers dancing both solo dancing (Charleston) and together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJsBa2u9aMQ

There’s so much more I could say, but I’ll stop now. In case you want to do your own research…

Further reading:

Frankie Manning, Ambassador of Lindy Hop by Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. Millman

Swingin’ at the Savoy by Norma Miller

Jazz Dance, the Story of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns

Oooh, thank you for the added information and resources!

(Also, friendly reminder to my followers to check the notes on my posts—especially on Ask-Me Monday posts—because there are often reblogs like this one. I don’t always reblog them because I try not to clog people’s dashes with almost-identical posts.)

  #dance    #swing dance    #1930s    #lindy hop    #captain america    #why haven't i been following this blog    #for a million years    #who do queue think you are  

tastefullyoffensive:

Artist Chris McMahon buys other people’s landscape paintings at thrift stores and puts monsters in them.

Previously: Artist Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

  #chris mcmahon    #painting    #monsters    #lisa and i got one of these at a concert!    #they're basically all amazing