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The Eloquence of Dust

MJW: One of the things which struck me-— which is strange-— but the dust scenes. The dust scenes at 221B when Mrs. Hudson opens the windows for the first time and then the dust in the library [in The Tractate Middoth]. Is that a trope that’s part of your bag of tricks? How did you approach the scenes differently? Because they’re very, very different kinds of moods.

SL: Some DPs use a lot of atmos, a lot of smoke in the air so you see the shafts of light. I use it now and again. I tend to think of it as a bit theatrical a lot of the time. Obviously the point in Sherlock is that the room has been trapped for two years so you’re opening it up and it’s dusty. I am kind of fascinated by dust and the way it reacts with the light. I’ve spent some time shooting dust at high speed just on macros like dust particles floating around. You can watch them for hours. It’s like watching water moving around and it’s got such an organic motion to it. And again it’s that kind of detail that if you walked into that room for real, if it was a real room and the sun was really coming through and you moved the curtains and the dust then moved up into the air, the motes…you probably would look at them and you’d be noticing the fact that this dust is moving around.  On Tractate it was an idea that it was this… how do you tell that there is this thing there? How do you create this idea that there is this ethereal being there. You know, let’s chuck a load of dust in the air. (laughs)

MJW: (laughing) It worked!

SL: Yeah! You’re experimenting but it’s like his [William Garrett, the lead character’s] friend says (in Tractate) “trick of the light.” This idea that something is different and there’s a smell. There’s a texture and it’s adding that something else that you can’t… I mean quite often a director will say to me “I want to make it feel different. How do I make it feel different?” And you go well we could shoot it from a different way, we could change the lighting, we do do this but quite often they’re drastic changes. Ideally what I try and look for is subtle changes that make the audience go-— there’s something different here. Obviously on something like Tractate you play up with it and you make a big deal of it. Again it’s just trying to tell the story, trying to tell the story visually, or helping tell the story visually.

-Steve Lawes, Director of Photography for Sherlock’s The Empty Hearse and The Tractate Middoth (x)

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Liberal bullying: Privilege-checking and semantics-scolding as internet sport

So, I haven’t come back to tumblr yet. Though my original reason for leaving was to avoid Frozen and Sherlock spoilers, and I have long since seen both of those, there is something else that has been bothering me about what was popping up in my tumblr dashboard. It was less frequent than spoilers, but more disturbing to me.

I’m sure this linked post made its rounds on tumblr long ago - after all, it was written in late 2012. But I just found it myself, and it so very succinctly summed up what had been bothering me and keeping me away from tumblr. I won’t quote the relevant parts here, because that would mean quoting pretty much the entire thing. It’s worth the read.

I will, however, quote the bit at the end, the “action items,” so to speak, that Ariel suggests (which highly mirror my own thoughts on what I post to social media and in comments on blogs/social media since seeing the “bloodshed” of the 2012 election and marriage equality debates):

For those of you who like to fight the good fight for social justice and language sensitivity online, before writing that Tumblr missive or firing off that privilege-checking comment, I’d love to encourage you to take a moment to ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I living my values with this exchange? If my goal is tolerance and sensitivity, am I embodying both those values in this conversation?
  • What are my motivations here? Do I want to make a difference, or just feel like I’m right? What would “making a difference” look like in this context?
  • Is this person an ally? How can I best communicate with them to ensure they stay that way?
  • What is my ultimate goal in my activism? Is this exchange the best use of my time to achieve that ultimate goal?

TL;DR: I may come back to tumblr now, but if anyone I follow is posting or reblogging things that clearly don’t express the forethought in the bullets above, I’m just going to unfollow. It’s not personal, exactly… I just would rather only have a dashboard full of positive, respectful, encouraging discussion. Because I also care about many issues, but I think there are some very wrong ways to go about the conversation, and I’ve seen a lot of that on tumblr, unfortunately.

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Officially: I love tumblr and I think I’m addicted to my dashboard. Hurray for discovering and loving a service that a year ago I was not using!

However, I’m gonna take some time off and not check my dashboard. Because I haven’t seen Frozen (money issues have kept me home from the theaters) or any of the 3rd Season of Sherlock (I’m in the US and the US premiere hasn’t happened yet) - and my tumblr dash is becoming quite the series of spoilers/gifs from both.

I’m sure most people don’t consider some of the posts spoilers, but it’s a personal “me” thing. I don’t even like to seek out and watch trailers for things any more - I like to go into things completely fresh and experience the movie/episode with a fresh brain. 

Rather than unfollow the vast majority of people I’ve followed up until now, or pitch a fit that people aren’t hiding “spoilers” behind breaks well enough (because again, my definition of spoiler is so vastly different than other people’s), I’ll just wait until I’ve caught up to all you guys. 

You just keep doing you, tumblr peeps!

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This is, in fact, the most important post on the internet.

Every male should be required to read this.


the most perfect post. 

This is marvelous and I very much want this to be a YouTube video so that it can be more easily digestible.

But I will point out that you’re not going to get toxic shock syndrome because you leave your tampon in for an extra 3 minutes. Toxic shock is a rare disease and the chances of getting it can be increased by the prolonged use of tampons. Incidence is about 0.003% per year of tampon-using women. (That’s roughly the murder rate in the US…though, to be clear, for all people, whether or not they use tampons)

In other words…you do not have a time bomb ticking in your crotch. Toxic shock is rare, but be aware of the symptoms just in case.

This is pretty great, but I definitely feel like recommending the Diva Cup (or another menstrual cup) to any ladies that can use one. All the benefits of a tampon, without the TSS risk - you can leave it in for up to 12 hours, which makes “changing” (cleaning) it on a schedule that much easier, and it’s arguably more environmentally friendly than paper/synthetic goods. Also, super comfortable (in the tampon “I can’t even feel it!” way).

Cramps, I go no advice except that Advil/ibuprofen seems to be better than Tylenol/acetaminophen. 

Stupid uterus. 

(Source: tom-sits-like-a-whore)

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It’s weird because like, even the movie footage itself has their skin darker than the merchandise- it’s REALLY weird- the bottom one looks much more natural!

I just love the whole “Aurora’s dress is fucking blue okay” aspect

And Cinderella’s was white.


Ariel’s was pink!


'It's weird' is code for 'wow whitewashing is real'

I like that Belles dress is actually gold

Damn. I haven’t see their real colors in so long.

How the hell you whitewash white people though?

I love their real colors so much.

I also get a little head ache every time I see Cinderella in a blue dress. 

So much this.

(Source: kristoffbjorgman, via tolove-andlogic)

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