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Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 
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This is just.. Super impressive.

builttobulk:

onlyfitgirls:

Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 

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This is just.. Super impressive.

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Strax Loyalties (Part 2)

In continuation of my post here:

"While playing Doctor Who Legacy (Awesome game btw, check it out here) I had a thought about Strax:

If the Sontarans decided Vastra, Jenny, and/or the Doctor needed to be eliminated, would he comply or would he defect?”

With the new information Deep Breath gave us and it gave an unfortunate 3rd option: Strax would commit suicide.

I didn’t consider suicide since I thought Sontarans will not self terminate for any reason unless it’s to further their cause specifically. Any other reason would not be with Sontaran doctrine.

But after Deep Breath, I began to think on this some more.

If given an order to kill his friends, Strax would be caught between a rock and hard place. He’s loyal to his friends and does not want to kill them but he also doesn’t want to disobey a direct order from the Sontaran Empire he reveres.

By suicide, he’s saved from having to kill his friends. But because he’s disobeying, he’s a traitorous Sontaran and so death would be the only punishment.That it’s not even death on the battlefield would add more insult to injury.

Suicide satisfies both objectives: his friends’ safety and his own punishment.

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pirateboots:

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brbgottagoread:

Can we just discuss how Vastra, a reptile, has BREASTS, a mammalian body part

Like

Reptile. Lizard woman.
Mammalian body parts

??¿¿¿¿???

She also has thumbs. And walks upright. And has a nose shaped much like ours. And blue human eyes. Its strange to me that people get hung up on one body part when so much of her is humanized.

And do we really know if they are breasts and not just/mostly padding built into her dresses so that she appears more human?

I imagine that females have evolved extra muscle around the breast area to help protect the heart given that they make up the majority of silurian military and that the trait is a feature of the genetic sequence that vastra is part of. But it’s probably almost one mass of muscle so her dresses are padded out further to give the appearance of two human breasts.

Unless we see a silurian butt-naked we can only speculate what’s going on.

Initially, I thought that too: that it was probably just padding.

However, in Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, they featured multiple female Silurians in their natural habitat and they clearly have something on their chest, especially given their “armor” is closer to cloth than to plate armor so molds around the body more. I thought, maybe they’re wearing something like a fencer breast plate/chest guard, but they way the cloth moves around it doesn’t seem quite right to me if that was true.

And again in A Good Man Goes to War, there is a large “chest bump” on Vastra’s battle uniform even though she has no need to hide behind padding.

And if we look at her Victorian dress or ninja outfit, it’s practically the same chest bump without modification. This is mainly why I go with the idea that it isn’t simply all padding. If so, than why are the other Silurians who have no need to hide also have something that hints at breasts?

Than again, fencing gear is probably thinner than what they’re wearing which looks thicker. IIRC fencing correctly, it’s breast plate + shoulder guard + outer coat and that’s it for upper body protection. Depending on the breast plate design and the fencer themselves, the chest bump will either be very obvious or not at all. I’ve skimmed pictures of women in kelvar vest/modern protective vest and they give roughly the same chest bump as a male so can’t be that.

As for nose, and blue eyes, upright, etc. I assumed those were all due to convergent evolution. IIRC, Humans evolved uprightness to help them look out for danger and to be able to run effectively to hunt. Can just outrun and tire your prey out.


Silurians, being surrounded by massive dinosaurs (just look at the size of that T-Rex in Deep Breath. THAT was normal everyday life for a Silurian!), would similarly need to be able to hide and/or run away. I can’t really wrap my head around what life like that was let alone being able to evolve to not only survive but thrive, but I do have one idea that involves trees. Young Komodo dragons climb trees to avoid predators and getting eaten by adult dragons. Eventually, they grow too big and stay on the ground. I have a similar idea for Silurians in that they evolved initially to stay in the trees to hide and avoid being stepped on and/or eaten (hai opposable thumbs for grasping limbs). Since as primitive lizards (before they get all the cool tech) they can’t really attack massive prey, they would have to settle for smaller ones via stealth and cunning (hai poison tongue). So, that would account for the opposable thumb, tongue, and a semi upright stance.

For how to get fully upright, I think via technology revolution. I’m of the mind that either they are simply that awesome (following a similar trajectory of and eventually passing humans except at a much faster rate because they need to.) and/or they were uplifted by another race, possibly one of the great old ones they worshipped (because how would they know of this particular old one if they never heard of him?). With technology, they would simply evolve more so to be on the ground having not to stay in the trees as much and voila, upright stance.

 It’s not perfect, but I am not familiar enough with the dinosaur era or Classic!Silurians to come up with something better.

As for blue eyes, I blame that more on Neve having gorgeous blue eyes than on being a species’ trait. We’ve only seen an extremely small sample size (5) of unmasked Silurians. Malokeh for example has brown eyes I think.

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crimson-upsie:

So, Vastra has ‘mom skills’ too?

or Silurians for that matter?

Well, it depends on what you mean by “mom skills”.

I fully think Vastra is capable of loving and being fiercely protective of her children. After all, she fell in love with a person not even of her own species.

If you’re talking about that “instant bonding” thing that sometimes happens between mum and baby, that I’m a bit skeptical about.

(I’m also unsure if Jenny would have instant maternal instincts since lots of human mums do NOT experience “instant bonding” with their newborn and need time [ranging from hours to months] to develop that attachment. )

In relation to reptiles, I’m defining maternal instincts as taking care of young during the incubation period and/or after it.

Vastra IS a reptile and most have no maternal instincts since most do a “lay eggs and leave” type of deal. I think only 2 species of reptiles (crocodiles and alligators) show anything resembling maternal instincts.

One of my headcanon is that Silurians are “lay eggs and leave” type of reptiles. They lay many eggs and their hatchlings are fully developed and independent. I can’t really see parental Silurians taking care of their young like mammals/birds so I don’t see Vastra knowing or caring about who her parents are. There’s no significant attachment there.

So overall, I don’t think Vastra has motherly instincts like a mammal/bird often has, that “instant instinct” to take care and shelter it’s young because it wasn’t needed for a Silurian.

That isn’t to say she can’t feel anything toward their young. I fully think that after the initial awkward period of “What do I do and how do I behave with this hatchling/baby”, she’ll be extremely protective. Even more so if it’s a human baby since they’re far more vulnerable compared to a reptile hatchling.

So TL;DR: Vastra would be in super mama-lizard mode and, with an equally protective Jenny, one better not harm their baby/hatchling or there would be hell to pay.

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theswanqueens:

new favorite gif

Emma: Not everyone gets to see their parents fall in love, Henry. But.. you’re one.
Regina dips her head and laughs.


#never in my life have i wanted a ship to have stupid domestic bliss more than these idiots#even Myka and HG i always envisioned going on grand adventures#but i just want Emma and Regina doing dishes and bickering over how to fold the laundry#and making Henry’s lunch#and talking about maybe giving Henry a little brother or sister#i want Emma holding Regina’s hand when it turns out Regina can still have children#and Henry and Emma bickering over painting the nursery#and movie nights where Emma and Henry argue over who gets to put their head in Regina’s lap#and she rolls her eyes at both of them#and Emma tucking Henry in and Regina right there with her#and then when they go back to their bedroom Emma stops and takes Regina’s hand#and thanks her so softly for raising Henry#for giving him all the things Emma never had a kid#all the things she WANTED for her son but couldn’t give him#and yeah they’ve both made mistakes along the way#but their son is happy and healthy and he’s a GOOD kid#swan queen#swan mills family#I JUST NEED IT OKAY? (via racethewind10)

absedarian:

lzclotho:

theswanqueens:

new favorite gif

Emma: Not everyone gets to see their parents fall in love, Henry. But.. you’re one.

Regina dips her head and laughs.

(via lysachan)

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Disss swanqueen manipping session is driving me batty.

I have a feeling I’m going to manip a scaly green cat soon with a fluffy dog next to it.

And maybe a potato.

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Alrite, I have to admit my first reaction was “MATCHING WIFEY NINJA OUTFITS! <3”

Now though I’m thinking: what is that ruffle poofy thingies at the hip?

It doesn’t look like a pocket to hold gadgets.

 All together, it looks like a dress where the skirt/long part covering the legs (ah, my lack of clothing knowledge is showing >.>) is pulled up/folded and tied at the waist, hence the bunching of fabric. Which, I guess would make some sense if they need to go about humans again after being all ninja like. Could untie the skirt thing and woosh, shiny black dress. It’s not with the Victorian styles of the day, but at that point Vastra is probably known as being a very eccentric widow with a suspiciously intimate companion and a violent turkish fellow for a butler.

Though Vastra is lacking her veil, but perhaps that’s bunched up somewhere in the poofy fabric?

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I just realized that I’ve been unconsciously writing Vastra/Jenny as if they were left handers while it’s strongly implied they’re right handers. :|

Dang it!

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victorianlesbian:

theedgeofnite reblogged your photoset and added:

"And I never want to hear anybody say that their relationship is weird or unsafe or any other stupid thing that crosses the mind of all of those who simply do not want to aknowledge this amazing couple"

Look, I don’t personally ship Vastra/Jenny, and I don’t judge anyone who does, because God knows we need what representation we can get, but it’s fucking insulting to say that anyone who finds a problem with them doesn’t want to acknowledge them? Whatever that means?

As a queer woman, representation is incredibly important to me. And as a queer woman, most of the representation the media has to offer of people like me is as jokes, or for titillation, or as tokens so the writers and producers of the show can say ‘LOOK HOW PROGRESSIVE I AM’, while never actually developing their characters beyond flinging them as examples of how their show is inclusive and progressive.

Vastra and Jenny had so much potential as a couple, but Moffat has used them for all three of those things, especially the last one. If you read tenderness and mutual respect into their relationship, then fair play to you and I hope you enjoy it, but I don’t see it. All I see is Vastra constantly undermining Jenny, but it’s funny because of the species difference or something, and it’s okay because we’ve seen she has a really long and dexterous tongue, so Jenny can put up with being treated like shit. Or how they’re just two more of Steven Moffat’s Strong Women. Or how the only time how scary and difficult it must be to be a queer couple in the Victorian era is acknowledged, it’s to compare Clara not being attracted to the Doctor to that kind of oppression (although the absolute grossness of that whole part of the episode deserves its own post, and there are probably many written by people more articulate than me). But the only time what they face is acknowledged is when they want to make a joke of Vastra striding around shouting ‘I’M A LIZARD WOMAN FROM THE DAWN OF TIME AND THIS IS MY WIFE’, to laugh at the silly old fashioned bigots, which of course we, and the mighty, wonderful, saviour of queer ladies who is Steven Moffat, are nothing like. Or so he can throw in another reference to Sherlock Holmes, which I’m pretty sure he thinks he invented.

Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart, I think, do do a good job of introducing some kind of tenderness and affection into their interaction with each other, but I honestly think that that’s all the acting. Moffat’s writing is shit. Have we forgotten that this is the man who made a character into a lesbian only to show how amazing his male lead is that she would fall in love with him?

We know nothing about Vastra and Jenny as people, only their relationship, their job, and their connection to the Doctor. We aren’t given anything at all about their personalities or their histories (at least not Jenny’s, definitely), and any original personality they have is in the acting. The lesbian couple that Russell T. Davies introduced in Gridlocked have probably under five minutes of screen time, and they are more developed than Vastra and Jenny. I feel like we know them better, and I feel like this is because Moffat a) has no idea how to write women as people, b) especially queer women, because what the hell do women who you can’t make revolve around men do?? (although they revolve around the Doctor), and c) has probably never considered that they should be written as actual people, rather than just tokens he can wave around to prove how great he is.

TL;DR if you think that Vastra and Jenny are representation of a loving and equal partnership between two women, then good for you. And I really wish I could see that, too. But I don’t want just representation as in we’re there, however we’re portrayed, I want good and respectful representation, and they aren’t good enough for me.

I want representation of queer women that’s for and about queer women, not  a straight man’s ego. (The straight man in question, I just realised, goes for both Moffat, and the Doctor on an in-universe level.)

That is my objection with this pairing, not that I don’t want to acknowledge two queer women. It’s about wanting, as a queer woman, to be not just acknowledged, but respected. So fuck off.



I do realize, after reading your comment, that I probably should have expressed my point of view better. You misinterpreted something I took for granted while writing and I obviously shouldn’t have.
With my
    ”And I never want to hear anybody say that their relationship is weird or unsafe or any other stupid thing that crosses the mind of all of those who simply do not want to aknowledge this amazing couple”

I was referring to an ongoing slew of narrow-minded people infesting tumblr, or at the very least my dash, with posts doubting the very fact that they are married, that they are a couple. People ranting on how they think Jenny is being held captive by Vastra and forced to work for her. People saying it’s basically a stockholm-syndrome kind of relationship.

And forgive me if I say this, wether one might like it or not, they do say over and over again that they are married, they wear rings on their fingers, they call each other wife. I simply can’t stand myopic people who filter the reality made manifest to fit their own, and might I say dreary, point of view.

Whether you like it or not, it’s completely and totally up to you. I certainly won’t force anybody to like what I like. I’ve always believed that anyone is free to watch and ship whatever pairing they like. What I don’t like is people trying to force others to see only what they want to see. I’ve honestly never understood or took part in ship-wars where people hate on each other because of a tv character.
Maybe we should all just take a step back and watch television as a whole with a lot less involvement in it. Not everything is a political statement and if one wants, one can certainly find fault with everything. Sometimes a tv show is just a tv show. Sometimes an ill written line is just that. I feel we live television as if it were a political march we are taking part in. It’s supposed to be fun. And it isn’t perfect, and it isn’t well written or well thought, and it isn’t given the importance and space it deserves, but is it a crime to like it? Is it a crime to still laugh while watching it just because it represents no lesbian couple who ever actually lived?

I do believe that most of what I love about this show is in the looks and smirks and smiles they give eachother. I do acknowledge that the ship I love is that, a ship, not because they have them say “we are married” but because of the heart the actresses made into those lines that I too understand are “just for show”, as most queer lines on television are.

Also (and this is not to justify this particular tv show, but just to point out my reality) I have no idea where you write from, which country you are from, I however am from Italy. Italy. To this day there hasn’t been one single lesbian character, worthy or otherwise, on our mainstream channels. We still get the censured version of almost everything. We still get to see SailorMoon and made to believe that Neptune and Uranus are cousins. We still get told that the StarlightSailors (who in all truth turn into women when fighting and are therefore both male and female) are just the twin sisters of their male counterparts who misteriously fall asleep everytime they get on stage. On any tv show we still get every line, every kiss, every hint of anything cut out. So yeah, for me, for what I see around me, on my television, even this is something of an achievement.

So that’s what I take out of this tv show: comedic light-hearted fun, characters you end up loving despite their faults, a show that has no problem making fun of itself. What I didn’t find was a statemet of how a just and equal society should be. But truth be told I wasn’t looking for that anyway.
I like this show and these characters. I by no means intended to say you had to like them too of fuck off. If my lack of ability to express myself offended you, I sincerely apologize.

Just to add a bit I’ve been mulling about:

How many alive, happy, canon, married, lesbian, tv mainstream, fictional couples are there?

That are actually still alive and together, generally not the butt of jokes and all that by the show’s end?

That list is pretty damn small. I can name off the top of my head maybe 4 in the last 15 years, and other than V/J, none of them are married.

At this point, I do not look for political statements or mmm “real life accuracy” in shows anymore. If I did, the show because far less fun since than I’ll start looking at actual technique and that ruins a lot of shows from the get go (cutting a brain does not sound like you’re cutting thick rubber, why is the newborn baby’s eyes opened already, blood does NOT look like that, CPR is not pressing the stomach, constant incorrect use of a defibrillator, why does a lawyer show have bruce lee style fighting in it, silencers don’t work like that, etc.) and the archery in Robot of Sherwood? *facepalm*

Oh, and as an Asian, I don’t have that much representation on western mainstream TV anyway, let alone good ones. Back in 2008, there was “only 3.8 percent of all television and theatrical roles were portrayed by Asian Pacific Islander actors” compared to the “6.4 percent portrayed by Latino actors, 13.3 percent portrayed by African Americans, and 72.5 percent portrayed by Caucasian actors”. I highly doubt our numbers have changed significantly. This means far less shows I can actively watch if I was looking for that stuff. (Let me see, Hawaii 5-0, 2 Broke Girls, and Elementary right now? 5-0 misrepresents hawaiian culture, Girls is a walking/talking bad asian stereotype, while I haven’t been able to get into the Elementary. :|)

So overall, I’m just looking for some entertainment where I can shut my brain off for an hour and watch a married ape and lizard couple flirt like nobody’s business, their pet potato threaten a horse, and a cranky old man and his bewildered companion do a lot of running from salt/pepper shakers.

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timelessreference:

drag-oon23:

brbgottagoread:

Can we just discuss how Vastra, a reptile, has BREASTS, a mammalian body part

Like

Reptile. Lizard woman.
Mammalian body parts

??¿¿¿¿???



Some explanations: Possibly enlarged pectoral muscles. Possibly larger chest cavity to account for the tongue that’s based near her abdomen. Also possible area where the venom sacs are located. All that combined can get something that looks like breasts but aren’t. Explained in further details in my headcanon section.

Non headcanon view: Stuffing Neve and the various actresses who play Silurians in chestbinders on top of all the other make up bits they has to do (3.5 hours for Vastra IIRC) would be a bit cruel I think. Neve said it was hard to speak and hear in the head piece and make up itself.

Also humans have a record of sticking breasts on creatures that probably shouldn’t have them in the first place or making female species to look bizarrely human-like while the males look alien. Argonians from the Elder Scroll Series and the Asari from Mass Effect comes to mind.

Annnd the breasts trouble me much less than the tongue which, in three episodes (Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, A Good Man Goes to War), was red and forked like a snake’s tongue. The latest episodes all feature human like green tongue. :|

Or, since her tribe (that was sadly killed in the extension to the underground, leaving her as the last of that genetic strain), was mostly for hand to hand combats. And since it’s the women of tribes that do the fighting, and the men put in technology and sciences, it could be an evolved thing of firmer armour to protect the heart and other organs.

But I like the idea of the firmer pectoral muscles. Whenever my fiancée and I roleplay, Vastra never has “breasts”, so no nipples what so ever.

Jenny: *once she’d managed all the buttons, she took the top off and gently ran her hands from her neck down to her stomach, dragging nails occasionally. She always has loved the feeling of her scales*

See, never mention of nipples or actual breasts. It’s simply her chest with scales, much like an actual reptile.

Going from how breast armor is actually detrimental to women fighters I’m against this idea since armor is suppose to protect the chest, not make it easier to hit and injure things. If anything, she would have a more plate armor design.

Edit: Wait, I misread that. I thought you were talking about xena-like breast plate. Nevermind.

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brbgottagoread:

Can we just discuss how Vastra, a reptile, has BREASTS, a mammalian body part

Like

Reptile. Lizard woman.
Mammalian body parts

??¿¿¿¿???



Some explanations: Possibly enlarged pectoral muscles. Possibly larger chest cavity to account for the tongue that’s based near her abdomen. Also possible area where the venom sacs are located. All that combined can get something that looks like breasts but aren’t. Explained in further details in my headcanon section.

Non headcanon view: Stuffing Neve and the various actresses who play Silurians in chestbinders on top of all the other make up bits they has to do (3.5 hours for Vastra IIRC) would be a bit cruel I think. Neve said it was hard to speak and hear in the head piece and make up itself.

Also humans have a record of sticking breasts on creatures that probably shouldn’t have them in the first place or making female species to look bizarrely human-like while the males look alien. Argonians from the Elder Scroll Series and the Asari from Mass Effect comes to mind.

Annnd the breasts trouble me much less than the tongue which, in three episodes (Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, A Good Man Goes to War), was red and forked like a snake’s tongue. The latest episodes all feature human like green tongue. :|

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