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Forgetting The Past

In the Balkan Mountain range in Bulgaria lies a frozen monument to communism, the Buzludzha, this flying saucer-like secret supervillain lair stands 70 metre tall and took 7 years to construct by 6,000 workers. Photographer slash explorer Timothy Allen took a flyby before stepping foot inside the derelict dome, left to ruin in 1989 after the revolution. The interior is full of communist mosaic frescos rising above the snow-impacted hallways. Ownership currently lies with the Bulgarian Socialist Party, who still debate over what to do with it (besides concoct world-dominating plans from within), but it’s still accessible to anybody intrepid enough!

(source: humanplanet, via: boingboing)

Everytime I see this I keep thinking it looks like something straight out of a video game.

this place never ceases to amaze me, and it looks so different in atmosphere when it’s covered in snow. Woah.

jumpingjacktrash

potofsoup:

archeralli:

a weak and tortured bucky making sure steve gets to safety first

It’s because Bucky has a habit of letting Steve go first.

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1) Always let Steve go first up the stairs, so that you can keep an eye on him.  It’s easier to count Steve’s breaths and notice when Steve’s heart does that thing that makes him stop and shake.  Much easier to stop and pretend to tie your shoes while you wait, worried, than to realize 2 flights too late that Steve’s no longer with you. 

Later: Your limbs are sore and numb from being strapped to a table for 2 days and you’re pretty sure you haven’t eaten and the entire base might be exploding, but when Steve says “let’s go up,” you tell him to go first.

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2) Steve’s walk was mostly normal, though he swung his hips in a certain way to compensate for his scoliosis, and that put a special cadence to his stride that you unconsciously match. Even without Steve around you would twist your hip back before swinging your leg forward.  Twist, swing, twist, swing.

Later: Steve is leading the way through the forest, and you’re finally used to his height and broad shoulders and that dumb shield, but something still feels wrong.  Somehow your pace doesn’t quite match, and you can’t figure out why.

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3) Colors don’t work the same with Steve, so always describe unfamiliar objects by their shape and relative location, like that square window past the third door on the left, or the man wearing that unseasonably long coat standing in the corner by the garbage can.

Later: The boys are singing in the other room and you’re at the bar with Steve, trying very hard to get drunk because of course you’ll follow Steve into whatever but that doesn’t mean you have to do it sober.  “Steve,” you whisper, “Check out that lady by the door, next to that short thin guy who has his shirt open.”  Steve looks over.  “The one in the red dress?  That’s Miss Carter.”  You can’t decide what surprises you more — that Steve can see red now, or that he knows her name.  So you decide you need another drink.

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4) When walking down a narrow dark alleyway always stay on the right, because Steve’s bad ear makes the right side feel blind to him (though damn if Steve’d ever admit that).  On broad open streets, switch to Steve’s left side, so that Steve could hear you better through the noise.

Later: Dum-Dum gives you a weird look as you line up to charge into a Hydra base.  “Why won’t you take the left flank for a change?”  You start explaining Steve’s bad ear before you remember that he’s not that Steve any more, and that Captain America doesn’t have a bad ear.

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5) Stuff in your left pockets are for Steve: the asthma cigarettes that Steve could never afford, a dime for that popcorn that Steve likes, tickets for whatever shindig you’re trying to drag Steve along to. Sometimes you put things there for Steve and totally forget about it, like extra paper and a spare pencil in case Steve wants to doodle.  The left side always belongs to Steve.

Later: Steve is awfully quiet by the campfire.  You sit down by his good ear and reach into your left pocket.  “Hey,” you say, pulling out a news clipping about the war front that featured a lovely photo of Miss Carter.  “You read this yet?  They think Morita’s a Japanese defector, but the section on Dernier is priceless.”

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Still later:

Report on the Winter Soldier reset procedures

After the latest test run, only the following anomalies remain:

A) The asset tends to hug the right walls and not the left, and hesitates for 30 microseconds before climbing stairs.  However, he does not hesitate when scaling walls or ladders.

B) When walking unopposed the asset has a characteristic and identifiable stride, which is dropped when he is making a covered approach.  

C) The asset communicates via relative locations, often omitting crucial color information.  However, he can be commanded to describe the colors of any object in impressive detail.

D) When dressing himself, the asset keeps his knives exclusively on his right side, and his left pockets are underutilized.  This may be an effect of continued unfamiliarity with the new left arm.

After extensive field testing, we have determined that these anomalies do not impede the asset from completing his missions, and declare the reset process complete.

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(Some habits linger, even when the person is gone.)

[basically the textual partner to the colorblindness comic] [Steve-angst sequel here, happy resolution pseudo-sequel here]

[The rest of my Captain America stuff]

[and now with colorblindness commentary]

bladekindeyewear

bladekindeyewear:

I just created a saved, Dropbox version of the Penny Arcade forums thread where Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff first originated, with the image links of original poster the_Willard and the SBaHJ image embeds of Andrew’s all fixed. This way you can link it to livebloggers first reading Homestuck with an explanation! (I’m about to send this one to lavablog.)

I also prepared an even shorter tinyurl link for you if necessary:

http://tinyurl.com/sbahjoriginarchive

SBaHJ is much more hilarious when you understand how and why it began. Here’s the explanation I would pair with it, when sending it to livebloggers:

In order to TRULY understand the genius of SBaHJ, you have to understand that its origin predates Homestuck and why:  tinyurl*com/sbahjoriginarchive   Start skimming that thread to get an idea of what it was about, and read THE REST in earnest once Andrew Hussie chimes in on page 2 w/ username “S_O”, then known for the stick-figure-like Problem Sleuth. Andrew not only satire’d the original poster devastatingly, but now makes piles of money off SBaHJ merch. He is the GREATEST TROLL OF ALL TIME.

Hope you find it useful! If you think the linked archive needs any more changes or fixes (besides one image of Willard’s that’s still broken on Page 3), let me know.

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manueluv:

searchingforknowledge:rosa—sparks:babywipesenthusiast:theanimalblog:



Seven month old Loki the European brown bear cub enjoys himself on a pedalo covered in his favourite treats including strawberry jam and grapes, left in the enclosure by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland.  Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

Oh my god, I thought it was a paddle boat massacre

I honestly thought the bear had decided he’d had enough of the paddle boaters and ate them.


#I HAD THIS BEAR ALL WRONG

A MISUNDERSTOOD BEAR NAMED LOKI. THAT’S ALL THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. 

thethirdreel:

eveningowl:

manueluv:

searchingforknowledge:rosa—sparks:babywipesenthusiast:theanimalblog:

Seven month old Loki the European brown bear cub enjoys himself on a pedalo covered in his favourite treats including strawberry jam and grapes, left in the enclosure by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland.  Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

Oh my god, I thought it was a paddle boat massacre

I honestly thought the bear had decided he’d had enough of the paddle boaters and ate them.

#I HAD THIS BEAR ALL WRONG

A MISUNDERSTOOD BEAR NAMED LOKI. THAT’S ALL THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.