itslevilosa:

schrodingers-cat-paradox:

 #omg i’d be freaking out if i was that close to being cut in half #but tony’s just ‘welp there goes the door oh well’

#i love how he just tosses it on the ground #like #‘well fuck i guess i gotta replace that now jesus”

#billionaireproblems

to-thewonderland:

mrs—buzolic:

 ◘ The Tudors  ◘Elementary  ◘Game of Thrones

itslevilosa:

schrodingers-cat-paradox:

 #omg i’d be freaking out if i was that close to being cut in half #but tony’s just ‘welp there goes the door oh well’

#i love how he just tosses it on the ground #like #‘well fuck i guess i gotta replace that now jesus”

#billionaireproblems

God save the king.

charminglyantiquated:

siren song

(i did the thing)

amoying:

things i’m emotionally attached to

  • the one pair of jeans that fit perfectly
  • a specific pencil or pen
  • that really comfy sweater
  • super comfy underwear that makes your butt look good
  • drinking out of one specific mug

oberynmartall:

[enrolls in oberyn martell’s academy of throwing shade]

Kat Dennings’ Lipton Tea Ad [X]

Sam Winchester in 9.18 'Meta Fiction'

I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. —

Tom Nichols (via azspot)

GOOD.

'Expertise' as used here almost always requires the acceptance and approval of the Powers That Be - automatically excluding anyone who has knowledge that comes from experience (look, ‘expert’ and ‘experience’ have the same root for a reason), who can’t afford/has no access to traditional institutions through which ‘expertise’ is conferred, whose expertise conflicts with the agenda of those Powers, etc., etc.

The glory of Google and Wikipedia and everything like them is their ability to democratize knowledge. Furthermore, that is precisely what teachers want: to help people learn stuff, whether they normally would or not, whether it’s taught in schools or has been thrown aside for three months of test prep, whether it’s the area someone specializes in or is simply curious about… There’s no reason whatsoever that knowledge has to come from a ‘professional’ rather than some other source; that doesn’t make the knowledge any less potent, or any less true. 

There is no division between “students and teachers, knowers and wonderers”. I am a teacher; I am also a student, always, because no matter your knowledge, you can always learn more. ‘Knowers’ v. ‘wonderers’? Really? How do you think people come to know things in the first place? I’m definitely an ‘expert’ on a number of things—an institutionally certified expert, even!—but I still wonder about all those things. Besides, who determines what is ‘knowing’? Plenty of those things I have expertise in are *not* institutionally certified, and that makes my expertise not one whit less.

For instance: I know a shitload more about recovering from traumatic brain events than my neurologist. He knows all about how these things happen in the first place, all the ins and outs and mechanisms; however, when it comes to practical advice for what’s necessary to not continue to fuck yourself up in the weeks afterward, he learns a hell of a lot from me. He’s an MD/PhD, he’s about as ‘expert’ as you can get; but that’s nothing in the face of actual experience. In fact, the main reason I knew he was an infinitely better doctor than the other neurologists I’d seen is because he acknowledged how little he knew about the experience of, say, having your life force drained from you by anti-seizure medication. Despite his honest-to-Dog genius, he does not pretend to all-encompassing expertise, or treat his fount of knowledge as the only valid source - which makes him smarter and more ‘expert’ than anyone who thinks they know it all. 

And everyone knows that the only difference between professionals and laymen is that one gets paid for their achievements and the other doesn’t. It’s such a pathetic example, really: ‘laymen’ is a word created to distinguish the people who were not endorsed by the institutional Powers That Be in religious life; the Jesus Christ of the Bible was a layman, and as such was anathema to the institution. Now, we’ve all seen how much we should blindly trust and accept what the Church/etc. tells us, right?

Finally, that bit about “achievement in an area” is utterly nonsensical. Is ‘achievement’ supposed to stand in for ‘experience’—which, as already noted, is never accepted as institutionally valid in conferring ‘expertise’? Does ‘achievement’ mean an official document a la a diploma? How many of the world’s political leaders have degrees in management, policy, diplomacy, etc.? Have they ‘achieved’ less than those who have studied those topics in a fucking ivory tower? To reverse the question, there’s that old saw about how those who can’t do, teach. Now, I think that’s bullshit, because teaching is a fucking skill, and plenty of people who have incredible achievement in an area can’t go into a classroom and convey any of that in a useful way. By the same token, when those people *are* good teachers, do we keep them out of the classroom because their ‘expertise’ comes from experience rather than academic success? Never. 

This whole thing is bullshit. All those signal words—expertise, professional, layman, student, teacher, knower, wonderer, achievement—are deliberately misused, ignorant of their actual definitions and meanings, to make a faux-profound statement that has no purpose other than to bitch about how the Powers That Be are no longer as all-important in conferring expertise as they used to be.

You can be an expert without paying for it. That really pisses this person off.

(via aka14kgold)

"I worry that in an information-driven age of technological marvels, nobody will treat me like I’m a wizard-priest anymore."

(via blue-author)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Appreciation Week; Favorite Quote(s)

rupelover:

Inspired by this.

lardypoison:

the british primary school experience

(you definitely know all the words)

1. air hostess // busted 2. just a little // liberty x 3. chelsea dagger // the fratellis 4. superstar // jamelia 5. 5 colours in her hair // mcfly 6. suddenly I see // k.t tunstall 7. love it when you call // the feeling 8. hole in the head // sugababes 9. dance wiv me // dizzee rascal feat. calvin harris 10. she moves in her own way // the kooks 11. 5,6,7,8 // steps 12. goodbye mr a // the hoosiers 13. wearing my rolex // wiley

8tracks: ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬

PNKSMN