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Behold, the magic of the #panorama mode! Somehow I grew an extra head at my shoulder! #throwbackthursday
Aug 21, 2014

Behold, the magic of the #panorama mode! Somehow I grew an extra head at my shoulder! #throwbackthursday

Welcome to #sincitySG
Aug 19, 2014

Welcome to #sincitySG

Casualty during today’s run. It’s been a good run for four years. Time for new #aasics!  (at NTU Sports and Recreation Centre)
Aug 19, 2014

Casualty during today’s run. It’s been a good run for four years. Time for new #aasics! (at NTU Sports and Recreation Centre)

Symptoms of #digitaladdiction: taking a #selfie with the #HongKong Stadium at the end of your run #throwbackthursday
Aug 14, 2014 / 1 note

Symptoms of #digitaladdiction: taking a #selfie with the #HongKong Stadium at the end of your run #throwbackthursday

#mydigitaladdiction
Aug 11, 2014

#mydigitaladdiction

Concrete + Jungle = #Singapore #SGalmost50 #HappyNationalDay
Aug 9, 2014 / 1 note

Concrete + Jungle = #Singapore #SGalmost50 #HappyNationalDay

Looking forward to the final product of the Yishun community quilt #SG50  (at Yishun Swimming Complex)
Aug 3, 2014

Looking forward to the final product of the Yishun community quilt #SG50 (at Yishun Swimming Complex)

"Tell you don’t sit, you still sit" #Singapore #Singlish  (at Orchard MRT)
Aug 1, 2014

"Tell you don’t sit, you still sit" #Singapore #Singlish (at Orchard MRT)

Jul 31, 2014

Can’t breathe, everything is just fucking up today. 

The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.

The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.

The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people.

How Hollywood Defanged Potter’s Radical Politics  (via girl-germs)

Worth a repost

(via wolvensnothere)

HP is one of the most fundamentally anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian, radical books in a WHILE. The books are incredibly diverse in race and gender, including villains. While everyone was screaming about Pullman, and hanging their hats on the witchcraft in HP, Rowling basically put out a roadmap of revolutiinary youth.

Everyone likes to pull the, “Deatheaters are Nazis,” subtext but if you look at the timeline of the text and publication, it’s pretty clear that politically, this is an England/Ireland/Scotland/Wales under Tory rule and in the midst of the Troubles & Thatcherism from the start, with subsequent books written and published in a post-9/11 world.

Rowling wrote the root, branch, and flower of politics and power creating death and despair, where love and unity by choice were the strongest powers. There are reasons for that.

(via carnivaloftherandom)

Can someone make a master post of academic discourse surrounding Harry Potter? Now that I’m not in college anymore I do sorta miss reading research papers and essays… but not so much that I want to read ones that aren’t about HP.

(via yeahwriters)

Definitely worth a repost, the movies never do justice to the books but this makes it sound as if Hollywood (subconsciously?) censored out these elements in the books and sterilised them.

(via yeahwriters)

Jul 30, 2014 / 63,366 notes
This weekend we made some breakthroughs in the deep and complex research of doing nothing.
Jul 28, 2014 / 1 note

This weekend we made some breakthroughs in the deep and complex research of doing nothing.

Jul 28, 2014

Into the first week

I haven’t exactly followed the training plan exactly but after exercising almost daily, my body is finally feeling it. Today the body was begging to sleep in after a long night and thankfully I did, especially with the ankle acting up yet again.

Age is catching up with me but I need to press on. I think I am off to a pretty decent start after clocking more than 16 clicks on the first week. I’m looking to test my ankle tomorrow and if it seems agreeable and ready, perhaps I can continue with the programme.

Today I had an idea for a photo project something that is very close to home. Still kind of cooking it slowly in my head but the current title would be: The Parachute Family.

Still too lazy to do a proper post to update everything. Perhaps when school starts hahaha oh the irony…

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri everyone! Time to whack all the good food 👍
Jul 28, 2014

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri everyone! Time to whack all the good food 👍

Every country.
Jul 23, 2014

Every country.

Jul 23, 2014 / 3 notes

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New meme trend ‘Fakecationing’ lets you show off travel selfies without having to travel

Are you jealous of your friends’ endless “#wanderlust” photos on Instagram? Wished you could also hop on the travel narcissism that’s spreading on the platform right now?

With new meme trend “Fakecationing”, it’s possible. And you don’t have to burn a hole on travelling expenses.

There are a few things needed for a Fakecation photo — a giant monitor, a smartphone and a prop or two.

Pick your choice of location (The Burj perhaps?), find a nice photo of it and flash it on the monitor.

Depending on what you want to “do” at your holiday spot (having lunch or a quick tan?), pick a prop to match — a pair of sunglasses maybe?

You’re now set for your “fakecation” selfie.

Say cheese!

Now, hashtag #wanderlust, hashtag #vacation, hashtag #travel, all you want.

More examples on BuzzFeed.