My name is Lainie, I grew up in a small town and now attend a small university. My family is extremely close-knit and involved... and of course I'm the oldest child. I'm an award-winning artist and jewelry maker, a writer, politics-loving business major... and someday, I want to be a diplomat.. Its a contradictory list of goals and interests, and that's how I like it.
There are many things I love about How to train your dragons movies. But what I love most is in the first movie despite being an animation movie for kids told that war and bravery have consequences : Hiccup lost a leg.
Now the second movie is going to portray a young disable hero! it’s rare and it is portraying in a postive way.
I also love how the female characters in httyd movies are strong; badass but they can be sweet , loving and feminines too. It’s not one way or another , they are both. it’s rare too.
And better than that, viking women are raised exactly like the men, you can notice it by how Astrid and Ruff can be stupid and violent like the boys. The only thing that separates boys and girls in HTTYD are their genderparts and only. Everyone battles, too.
Yes! And can we talk about lovely Valka here for a second? Before the second trailer came out, some people were talking about how she must be very flat-chested because her costume doesn’t show anything there, but of course if you’ve seen the stills of her without her armor on, you’ll know that she definitely does have breasts.
That of course means that Dreamworks has actually designed armor for a woman that is actual armor.As in, it is designed to protect, not just show off boobs in a case of leather or metal.
THANK YOU DREAMWORKS
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:
this gets wilder every time i read it
Exploring Iceland with the Abandoned Houses Project
Dwarfed by the powerful landscapes, the abandoned farm houses of Iceland are easy to overlook among the mountains and fjords. Eyðibýli — a project to document these abandoned homes — was started in 2011 to help save these ruins from obscurity.
The nonprofit’s mission is to ”to research and register the magnitude and cultural importance of every abandoned farm and other deserted residences in the rural areas of Iceland.” They started in the south of the county and most recently covered the northwest in a journey to photograph these abandoned houses and interview locals about the areas’ heritage.
The results of this research are published in a series of publications called Eyðibýli á Íslandi. The fourth and fifth books in the series, which are rich with haunting photographs of the homes in the sweeping settings, were published in 2013. The main organizations behind Eyðibýli are R3-Consultancy, Gláma-Kím architects, and the Stapi Geology Consultancy, with collaborators including engineering, architecture, and archaeology students at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, the University of Iceland, and Institute of Archaeology, as well as the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland and the National Archives of Iceland.