Photographer: My mother, humoring me
Location: Suburbia. I have yet to locate a less incongruous place to take pictures of this costume.
These are some older photos of the costume I wore to Dragon Con two days ago (Sunday), along with Katt as Aeryn, my sister as Zhaan, and my brother-in-law as Stark. Along the way we collected two others, Matt as Crais, Andy as Crichton, and stuffed Rygel as Rygel. Photos from that day will be posted as soon as we manage to collect them!
THIS IS AMAZING! Fuck, well done!
Well, this is embarrassing
Left: Adrianne Palicki promo shot for NBC’s Wonder Woman.
Right: Kimberly Kane promo shot for ‘Wonder Woman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’.
….is it just me or does the porno version outfit not only look WAY BETTER crafted and prettier, the actress also has more muscles, a nicer fitting chest piece and a waaay more fitting body type and skin tone.
Also the porno version doesn’t look more “feminine”/more sexy whatever.
That… is EMBARASSING
the “official” one looks like a really bad Halloween costume
I mean fuck the porno one has bigger wrist cuff I REPEATE: BIGGER WRIST CUFFS PORNO WOMAN IS BETTER DRESSED TO KICK ASS *cries*
can someone contact the designer of the porno
clearly he/she knows how a womans body works.
It’s embarrassing when the official looks a like a porn and the porn looks like the official thing.
The thing that makes me stunned the most is that even the boobs of the porn version are cupped and held in better by her clothing than those of the official thing…
The moment a porn movie treats the boobs of a woman with more subtlety than a big name production, some staff changes are in order.
What both fascinates and disturbs me the most about these is the body language and facial expression.
The “official” TV version looks passive, slightly confused, her pose is sort of ambiguous and floppy. She’s waiting for the viewer to do something before she reacts. The XXX version looks determined and fierce, and is taking literally 0% of your shit.
One of these Wonder Women looks like a sex toy, and it’s not the pornographic one.this is what I was talking about the other night
I don’t get how some people in the MCU Fandom claim that Steve must have a crap ton of money
I think the logic is “military back pay + 70 years interes + licensing his image for film/television/merch, as arranged by Howard Stark and Margaret Carter, way back when they founded S.H.I.E.L.D.”?
But I don’t get it because I’m pretty sure that Cap was officially declared dead?
I don’t think that dead people still get backpay? Unless they decided to give him backpay when he turned out to be alive, although I don’t see the US government being that generous.
People writing Steve having a lot of money, I presume, are working on the assumption that he was declared MIA, and then treated like a returned MIA/POW when he was found alive. Returned POWs - regardless of whether they were declared dead while missing - are entitled to all their back pay, including extra hazardous duty pay and living allowances.
It’s possible Cap wouldn’t even have been declared dead; the military is very hesitant to declare MIAs - which is pretty much any active duty soldier whose body was never recovered - dead without proof, unless there’s pressure from the family, and Cap doesn’t have any family left. So whether he was declared dead or still officially MIA is a probably a balancing act between political forces who wanted closure for mythmaking purposes, and Howard Stark who’s still searching for him.
(This is mildly iffy, given that the US military doesn’t have procedures in place for “MIA, later found in suspended animation in the Arctic ice”, but given that it’s Captain America, I don’t think they would fight too hard over treating him as a returned POW. And Bucky had *better* count as a POW, so he’d get his accumulated back pay too, although it would be somewhat less, since he was a noncom rather than a captain.)
I went through historical military pay tables, and using this list of POW/MIA entitlements calculated that he would have something around $2,000,000 in back pay waiting for him (probably more - I assumed he hadn’t been promoted beyond Captain, which is fairly unlikely since MIAs are eligible for promotion and it’s Captain America, and whenever I was unsure how to calculate something, I went for the lesser value. Also it’s entirely likely the Commandos were getting some kind of extra special duty pay, which I didn’t factor in beyond standard hazardous duty/hostile fire pay.)
I didn’t look up Bucky’s in any detail, but as a Sergeant he’d be making about half what a Captain made, so he probably has at least $1,000,000. (He would likely have been MIA as well, since no body was recovered, unless his surviving family pushed for him to be declared dead - the US Military is *really passionate* about recovering all the bodies, and leaving people MIA until they find them.)
That’s assuming they were given just base pay, without interest. I am not sure how the interest is handled for returned POWs who were declared dead, but a POW-not-declared-dead has his pay either go to his dependents/power-of-attorney, or put in an interest-bearing account handled by the Secretary of the Treasury. Steve has no dependents, so it would likely either have been handled by the Secretary of the Treasury or Howard Stark would have managed to get it put in a privately-managed trust (because let’s face it, Howard Stark can do anything he wants.)
Interest could be tricky, but since it was relatively simple to calculate and it’s probably what he would have done if he was alive, I assumed it was all invested in $1,000 US savings bonds (and then not reinvested after maturity.) Which, again, is pretty much a minimum - any actively-managed investment account would probably have made substantially more than that, and Howard Stark would facepalm forever at the idea of investing solely in US Savings Bonds - if it was all put in, say, Stark Industries stock it could be arbitrarily higher.
But assuming U.S. Savings Bonds interest rates, his $2,000,000 *minimum* back pay would have increased to about $7,500,000 by 2011. (Bucky’s, again, would probably be something like half that - say $4,000,000.) I wouldn’t be surprised if a less conservative and more accurate accounting put him well into eight digits.
So he’s not going to be competing with Tony Stark in the big bucks competition, but he can easily do stuff like buy people new SUVs or take a couple years off to travel the world searching for Bucky just on his MIA back pay, without having to look at other income sources.
This is accurate, yes. And even if Steve WAS declared dead, well, once he was present and accounted for, they’d have to change his status from KIA to MIA, at which point the whole back pay thing would come into play again.
A commenter on one of my works pointed out that with automatic promotions and such, Steve is at minimum a full Colonel and probably more like a Major General. This would mean that he would have been owed several millions of dollars in back pay, and is drawing a current salary of minimum $17,182.50 per month (including allowances).
Based on that, it’s very likely that Bucky would have been promoted by now to Command Sergeant Major. This would also leave him owed several millions of dollars in back pay, as well as a current active duty salary of - if I am calculating this properly - $9,359 per month (including allowances).
So yes, based on real-world How The Military Works facts and the canon provided in the movies, Steve and Bucky both are never going to have to worry about money again.
There is also canonical support for this, actually!
In the early eighties, in the comics, Steve receives a letter from the US government. He thinks it’s just some random official form so he ignores it; Bernie has to bother him into opening it, at which point he discovers they’ve sent him a seven-figure check for back pay and hazard pay.
He uses the money to set up, my hand to god, the Captain America Hotline.
God bless the 80s.
This is where fandom angers me by mischaracterizing Jane Foster as some shy wilting flower with anime eyes clinging to Thor like a damsel in distress because EXCUSE ME
Jane Foster drove a fucking TRUCK into a LIGHTING STORM
Jane Foster broke a (as far as she knew) delusional, strange man out of a hospital to help him get his hammer back from a shitload of government agents
Jane Foster STAYED and HELPED EVACUATE CITIZENS after the Destroyer came for Thor
And that’s not even STARTING on the shit she pulled in Thor 2
Jane Foster is exactly the same off-the-cuff, zero-self-preservation, stubborn little shit as skinny!Steve was only she does it for SCIENCE instead of JUSTICE and if you don’t love Jane Foster I invite you to check yourself so hard
A quick intro to CIVIL WAR and some ideas on how it probably WON'T be adapted.
Ehhh. Can we not? Not that I don’t like the storyline - I’m neutral on it - I just don’t want Captain America 3 to turn into an Avengers movie.
I feel like this is getting built up into something it isn’t at this point: i.e., a complete departure from what we’ve already seen. The core of Civil War — not “superhero v. superhero,” but “freedom v. accountability” and “can we trust superheroes” — is already playing out in the MCU. It’s a major theme of the IM and Cap franchises. The Russos don’t seem to have any interest in the SRA, but they have set into place a lot of other smaller bits that would (as this article mentions) lead to a “Fallen Son” scenario: Fury going underground, Crossbones’ ‘origin,’ the idea that the government is looking for accountability in the wake of a major attack. Nobody’s going to blow up a school bus in the MCU, but Ultron could definitely be the final factor that pushed that into high gear.
I will say there is one pretty major exception that keeps getting overlooked in all of this “no one has a secret identity; who would this be about?” discussion. There’s not going to be a SRA in the MCU, but there was a massive attack on the nation’s capitol. The equivalent of the FBI or CIA headquarters (hell, likely more the equivalent of the Pentagon) was leveled to the ground. The amount of damage done was catastrophic — very possibly bigger than the Battle of New York; at the very least on par. Pierce is dead, as is most of the World Security Council. Who knows what those leaks say. But the thing anyone watching that fight on the causeway would’ve seen? The terrorist with the metal arm. Who is currently at large.
The only real way I could see Steve and Tony clashing in a significant way would be over the Winter Soldier’s status as a POW v. enemy of the state, and whether or not he should be brought to trial. It’ be the only real in-character situation under which Tony would be on the government’s “side” — and not even because the Soldier killed his parents, which he likely doesn’t know about: rather, because the presence of a “terrorist” supersoldier goes against the primary argument of the Avengers: that they make the world safer. And I could absolutely see this being what puts Steve on the wrong end of the legal system, as he would technically be aiding and abetting (though in the comics he and Bucky don’t really see each other again due to Bucky’s guilt until after Steve’s resurrection - something I think we need to prepare for as a real possibility in the MCU. I’d say like, 80% chance).
Which isn’t to say I necessarily think any of this is going to happen. But I feel like a lot of these “what is Civil War and how would it fit” articles focus on the wrong thing by emphasizing the “superhero v. superhero” aspect. Certainly that’s the big draw in the comics, but in terms of how it would actually be adapted I imagine what they’re after is the themes, not the action (they’ve already taken action sequences near panel-for-panel from Civil War). Yes, it would be “taking the point” out of Civil War — but TWS did Secret Invasion without Skrulls or clones. They’re not exactly concerned with manipulating plot lines, here!
Sebastian Stan in Talk Radio
I don’t want to talk about how many times I scrolled past this before I realized I wasn’t looking at Gerard Way.
Via A Mighty Girl:
Professional hacker Parisa Tabriz is responsible for keeping the nearly billion users of Google Chrome safe by finding vulnerabilities in their system before malicious hackers do. Tabriz, a “white hat” hacker who calls herself Google’s “Security Princess”, is head of the company’s information security engineering team. The 31-year-old Polish-Iranian-American is also an anomaly in Silicon Valley according to a recent profile in The Telegraph: “Not only is she a woman – a gender hugely under-represented in the booming tech industry – but she is a boss heading up a mostly male team of 30 experts in the US and Europe.”
Tabriz came up with “Security Princess” while at a conference and the unusual title is printed on her business card. “I knew I’d have to hand out my card and I thought Information Security Engineer sounded so boring,” she says. “Guys in the industry all take it so seriously, so security princess felt suitably whimsical.” Her curiosity, mischievousness, and innovative thinking are all assets in her business: a high-profile company like Google is constantly in the crosshairs of so-called “black hat” hackers.
Tabriz came into internet security almost by accident; at the University of Illinois’ computer engineering program, her interest was first whetted by the story of early hacker John Draper, who became known as Captain Crunch in the 1960s after he learned how to make free long-distance calls using a toy whistle from a Cap’n Crunch cereal box. She realized that, to beat the hackers of today, she had to be prepared for similar — but more advanced — out-of-the-box thinking.
While women at still very under-represented in the tech industry — Google recently reported that only 30% of its staff is female — Tabriz has hope for the future: “[F]ifty years ago there were similar percentages of women in medicine and law, now thankfully that’s shifted.” And, while she hasn’t encountered overt sexism at Google, when she was offered the position, at least one classmate said, “you know you only got it cos you’re a girl.” To help address this imbalance, she mentors under-16 students at a yearly computer science conference that teaches kids how to “hack for good” — and she especially encourages girls to pursue internet security work. One 16-year-old who attended, Trinity Nordstrom, says, “Parisa is a good role model, because of her I’d like to be a hacker.”
Tabriz, who was named by Forbes as one of the “top 30 under 30 to watch” in 2012, also wants the public to realize that hacking can be used for positive ends. “[H]acking can be ugly,” she says. “The guy who published the private photos of those celebrities online made headlines everywhere. What he did was not only a violation of these women but it was criminal, and as a hacker I was very saddened by it. I feel like we, the hackers, need better PR to show we’re not all like that… [A]fter all I’m in the business of protecting people.”
To read more about Google’s “Security Princess” in The Telegraph, visit http://bit.ly/Z6Z5RG
This whole bit is made all the funnier by knowing that all of the guards were just random extras who weren’t told what was going to happen only that they weren’t allowed laugh at any cost as they wouldn’t be payed if they did.
At uni I took a screenwriting course from THIS VERY GUARD EXTRA (who went on to contribute to some of the Python stuff), who confirms this and also that Michael Palin would use different ridiculous names in every take, so they couldn’t even prepare themselves for hearing it.
Moffat really needs to stop making the Doctor comment on Clara’s body and appearance. Not only is it sexist but it is also damaging!
- To little girls who would think that this is normal behaviour, that how they look is just a funny gag.
- The little boys who would imitate the Doctor.
- The women who watch this and are shocked to see what they experience everyday in life is on Doctor Who as well.
If you do not believe me read what karmaplus’s cousin said after watching an episode. Please note that karmaplus doesn’t want to discuss this any more.
I’ve started compiling a list of Twelve’s put-downs of Clara, which I’ll be updating as new episodes come out. (I included remarks about her being a control freak, not just her appearance.)
So far there are two episodes in which Twelve doesn’t insult Clara - Robots of Sherwood and Kill the Moon. And guess what? Those are the two that Moffat didn’t write or co-write.
People need to stop asking me why I don’t watch this show anymore.
So much gross.
When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world.
Straight away the Western media took up the issue. Western politicians spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in which the West reacted did make me question the reasons and motives behind why Malala’s case was taken up and not so many others.
There is no justifying the brutal actions of the Taliban or the denial of the universal right to education, however there is a deeper more historic narrative that is taking place here.
This is a story of a native girl being saved by the white man. Flown to the UK, the Western world can feel good about itself as they save the native woman from the savage men of her home nation. It is a historic racist narrative that has been institutionalised. Journalists and politicians were falling over themselves to report and comment on the case. The story of an innocent brown child that was shot by savages for demanding an education and along comes the knight in shining armour to save her.
The actions of the West, the bombings, the occupations the wars all seem justified now, “see, we told you, this is why we intervene to save the natives.”
The truth is that there are hundreds and thousands of other Malalas. They come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in the world. Many are victims of the West, but we conveniently forget about those as Western journalists and politicians fall over themselves to appease their white-middle class guilt also known as the white man’s burden.
Gordon Brown stood at the UN and spoke words in support for Malala, yet he is the very same Gordon Brown that voted for the war in Iraq that not only robbed people of their education but of their lives. The same journalists that failed to question or report on the Western wars in an intelligible manner now sing the praises of the West as they back Malala and her campaign without putting it in context of the war in Afghanistan and the destabalisation of the region thanks to the Western occupation of Afghanistan.
Malala’s message is true, it is profound, it is something the world needs to take note of; education is a right of every child, but Malala has been used as a tool by the West. It allows countries like Britain to hide their sins in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows journalists to report a feel good story whilst they neglect so many others, like the American drone strikes that terrorise men, women and children in Pakistan’s border regions.
The current narrative continues the demonization of the non-white Muslim man. Painting him as a savage, someone beyond negotiating with, beyond engaging with, the only way to deal with this kind of savage is to wage war, occupy and use drones against them. NATO is bombing to save girls like Malala is the message here.
Historically the West has always used women to justify the actions of war mongering men. It is in the imagery, it is in art, in education, it is even prevalent in Western human rights organisations, Amnesty International’s poster campaign coinciding with the NATO summit in New York encouraged NATO to ‘keep the progress going!’ in Afghanistan.
Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz were also shot along with Malala, the media and politicians seem to have forgotten about them. Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi - how many of the Western politicians and journalists know about this name? She was the 14-year-old girl gang raped by five US soldiers, then her and her family, including her six-year-old sister were murdered. There are no days named after her, no mentions of her at the UN, and we don’t see Gordon Brown pledging his name to her cause.
I support Malala, I support the right to education for all, I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of Western politicians and media as they pick and choose, congratulating themselves for something that they have caused. Malala is the good native, she does not criticise the West, she does not talk about the drone strikes, she is the perfect candidate for the white man to relieve his burden and save the native.
The Western savior complex has hijacked Malala’s message. The West has killed more girls than the Taliban have. The West has denied more girls an education via their missiles than the Taliban has by their bullets. The West has done more against education around the world than extremists could ever dream of. So, please, spare us the self-righteous and self-congratulatory message that is nothing more than propaganda that tells us that the West drops bombs to save girls like Malala.
Malala’s appearance on the Daily Show last night is going viral, in particular because of her response to one of his questions on how she reacted when she found out that the Taliban wanted her dead. I am glad to see the article above on Huffington post, calling America out on their bullshit. I am sick and tired of seeing the West and its media hijack the stories of inspirational and amazing people like Malala for their own entertainment and self-aggrandizement.
I’ve just learned about the existence of Margaret Damer Dawson (1873–1920)
- during WWI she and another woman formed a volunteer women’s police service after seeing refugee women being forced into prostitution when arriving in England.
- ‘Many of the first recruits, numbering approximately 50, had experience of being imprisoned as militant suffragists. Margaret Damer Dawson’s highly respectable non-suffragette background, together with the number of her aristocratic acquaintances, was thus an asset when dealing with figures of authority.’
- her request to for her own officers to join the real police force after the war was turned down because it was feared these ladies were ‘too well educated’ and would ‘irritate’ the male police.
- received medals from Denmark and Finland for her animal rights work, including campaigning against vivisection and performing circus animals.
- established a school for foundlings
- campaigned against the trafficking of women and children
- cropped hair hair and wore a military style uniform she designed herself
- was awarded the OBE for services to her country during the war.