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February 08 2018

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my name’s dan! i make comics zines and other junk. aside from a week of work that wound up being not-so-secure, ive been unemployed since September. you may have seen a near-identical post last week, and I’m happy to say that I’ve since secured a temp gig! this is super cool and im excited about it, but it’s going to last two months at the longest and am a bit worse for the wear from living so leanly for so long. i gotta take my cat to the vet, build some kind of savings back up, get new glasses, and permanently fix a lot of stuff ive just been duct taping together as i hunted for work.

anyway. would anyone like a zine? i have, like, so many zines, i print and ship em myself, and theyre between 1-5$.

in order of appearance……….

  • Fond is a massive collaborative cookbook charity zine i organized last year, which raised over 200$ for Feedng America. All profits go there.
  • Soup Would Never Do This To Me is about a food blogger dropping his son off at a workshop. It includes a recipe!
  • Ten is brand spankin new and is a look at how the “no one dies” revival trope would feel to characters who died on purpose, featuring Chara and Asriel from Undertale.
  • Caiman is a bunch of personal comics about goodbyes, in a positive light, and also everyone is a lizard.
  • both/neither is about Laika, the first dog in space, but it’s mostly about dissonance, growing up, and identity.
  • Donut Hole is a tiny single page zinelet about deep trance and hypnosis

all this, as well as other goodies like prints and a brand new digital sketchbook, are available on my gumroad! however, if you’re looking for other ways to support me, i have a patreon with early updates to my webcomic and fun goodies, as well as a ko-fi

thank you so much for reading, boosts would be great, etc etc youre the best goodnight


sometimes i still get tagged in those panels where batman opens up his ‘wonder woman contingency plan’ briefcase and the big reveal is that it’s empty, and like, setting aside my issue where i think all superheroes with super strength need to be paired off with people who have no powers but take no shit, all i can think about is the alternate version where DC never tried to make wonder woman less bdsm and her weakness is still getting tied up by men and the briefcase just has some fucking rope in there. just a fifty shades bondage kit from the adult bookstore. ‘wonder woman contingency plan: she’s into that weird shit’

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Nosy boy wants attention but remains polite

Look at the size of this boy, an absolute unit.




natalie portman radiates such a terrifying energy i can’t describe it….. it’s not exactly evil but it’s not warm either…. i feel like she could unhinge her jaw and drag me into the ocean like a kraken but she wouldn’t bc it’s undignified 

Wanna know why?

“Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman told the crowd at Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles that she experienced what she calls “sexual terrorism” as a 13-year-old after the release of the film The Professional.

Portman described her pride and excitement in releasing the film, only to encounter sexually explicit messages both directed toward her and made about her.

”I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me,” she recalled. “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews.”

The experience, she said, changed the way she expressed herself publicly, in order to limit the ways she could be objectified by others.

”I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe,” she said. “And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort. So I quickly adjusted my behavior. I rejected any role that even had a kissing scene and talked about that choice deliberately in interviews. I emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was. And I cultivated an elegant way of dressing. I built a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to.”

Video of the speech here: https://www.vox.com/2018/1/21/16917130/natalie-portman-womens-march

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Foot studies plus close-ups of my favorites!

Photo reference provided by:
Iqbal Osman
Anonymous friend

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alright gang lets split up daphne velma and i will look for old man jenkins while scooby and shaggy look for the flayed corpse of god

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—Can the word “handsome” be used for Lolita girls?
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February 07 2018

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Tour Ozone’s Poison Garden

Here at Sock Dreams we employ many a gardening enthusiast, who are, of course, also sock enthusiasts. Thus it should come as no surprise that some of us are really, really into Ozone’s Witches Garden and Apothecary Florals collections. These lines feature poisonous and medicinal plants that are as interesting as they are beautiful. If, like us, you dream of touring the poison garden at Alnwick Gardens, but don’t get a lot of chances to visit England, these may be just the socks for you! Join us on a virtual walk through Ozone’s poison garden…

A photo of signage at Alnwick’s Poison Garden, taken by Jo Jakeman, from flickr.

Disclaimer: we here at Sock Dreams do not recommend ingesting any of the plants described below, even if they aren’t explicitly listed as toxic. We are not doctors, chemists or botanists, and while we do enjoy learning about poisonous plants, we are far from qualified to claim that any of these are safe to use under any circumstances! Please assume that they are not.

Morning Glory Crews

When Ozone first released their Witches Garden collection, it consisted of four styles: Morning Glory, Devil’s Breath, Belladonna, and Amanita Muscara. Each label had “recipes” listing different combinations of these socks, for various magical purposes. We love the idea of sock spells, and it’s so much safer than using actual poisonous plants! Of course, we find it’s just as fun knowing why you should not actually ingest these plants…The Morning Glory Crews depict what may be one of several blue morning glory species, but we suspect that it’s the infamous ipomoea tricolor, or “Heavenly Blue” shown here.

Though the seeds of this strain are known for their mild psychedelic effects, there are lots of good reasons not to use them as such (not to mention the inherent dangers of using any psychedelic substance). The seeds don’t just contain a mild psychedelic - they also contain glycosides, which cause nausea. Most people who have tried to abuse morning glory seeds report unpleasant stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting, which tend to outweigh any potentially positive effects. Additionally, many commercially available seeds are chemically treated to deter people from abusing them. All in all, we strongly suggest sticking to the socks.

Amanita Muscaria Crews

Next on our tour, we come upon a cluster of brightly colored mushrooms. Their red caps are dotted with white spots, and something about them just screams out to us, “don’t eat me!” It is the Amanita Muscara, or “fly aragic” and this is one seriously toxic toadstool.

Though historically there have been cases of death from amanita poisoning, modern medicine has luckily been very successful in treating it. So successful, in fact, that there hasn’t been a confirmed report of death from poisoning by these fungi in over 100 years! Of course, even non-deadly poisoning is going to be a bad time, so really, don’t try these at home, in the woods, or anywhere else.

Belladonna Crews

Next up is a big, shrubby plant covered in purple, bell-shaped flowers and shiny black berries. It is Belladonna, or atropa belladonna if we’re being formal. Also known as deadly nightshade, this plant has a long history of being used as a poison by ancient Romans, an anesthetic prior to the middle ages, and even as a cosmetic!

The name belladonna is Italian for “beautiful woman,” and the plant is called this because during the renaissance, Italian women used it to make eye drops which dilated their pupils, as dark eyes were considered more alluring at the time. In fact, the dilating drops used by optometrists have the active ingredient atropine, which is the same dilating chemical found in belladonna!

Devil’s Breath Crews

Continuing down the garden path, a stand of pendulous, orange, trumpet-shaped flowers catches our eye. It is brugmansia, also known as Devil’s Breath or, conversely, angel’s trumpet. All parts of this plant are toxic, but the seeds and leaves are especially so.

Mostly grown for ornamental purposes, the consequences of consuming this plant are dire. In addition to unpleasant symptoms such as tachycardia, migraines and death, devil’s breath can also cause hallucinations which are known for being terrifying. While indigenous South American cultures have traditionally used this plant for medicinal purposes, we strongly advice against trying this yourself. In 1994, 112 people were admitted to hospitals for brugmansia poisoning in Florida alone. The concentration of toxic alkaloids varies widely from plant to plant, which makes determining a safe dosage nearly impossible. [source]

Woody Nightshade Crews

Moving out of the original portion of the garden, we discover an area added on later… it seems the garden was expanded by popular demand at some point. In the addition we come across a plant which features purple star-shaped blooms, and which seems to have attracted caterpillars and butterflies! It is solanum dulcamara, or Woody Nightshade, a cousin of the potato.

In Medieval times woody nightshade was thought to ward off witchcraft when worn, though in North America it is currently considered a highly invasive species, which makes it rather less desirable. Though fatal human poisonings are not common, this plant is toxic. The socks, conveniently, are not.

Fairyglove Crews

Just past the nightshade we spy bright spears of bell-shaped flowers rocketing out of the ground. They are digitalis, or Fairy Gloves, even more commonly known as fox gloves. While many people the world over grow this biennial as an ornamental flower (many of us Portlanders even find them volunteering in our gardens each spring) is it important to exercise caution regarding pets and children, as these beautiful flowers are, you guessed it, poisonous!

Bioluminescent Spores Crews

As we enter a shady grove of trees, our eye is caught by something glowing… what in the world could it be? Why, it is the elusive Bioluminescent Spores, and though 80 different species (including some poisonous ones!) can be found in temperate and tropical forests around the world, to do so involves being in the woods at night, without a flashlight. While this can be very fun in a controlled setting such as Outdoor School, it can be very dangerous in some areas. For easier thrills, we suggest wearing the socks under blacklight!

Poppies Crew * Marigold Crew * Echinacea Crew

Continuing down the path through the trees, we return at last to the light, and leaving the poison garden, we find the relative safety of the apothecary’s garden. The flowers found here have traditionally been used in folk medicine, though we’re still definitely not suggesting that you go out and eat them (or any other plants you’re not sure about). Luckily for us, these flowers all have important symbolic meanings, which means their socks do to! Poppies for sleep and peace, Marigolds to represent the sun, and Echinacea for strength and prosperity.

♥ - Rosalind
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Fake Gamer Girl #012: Trans Nerd History #1

Fake Gamer Girl is a trans/nerd webcomic by Ash Barker, a trans femme artist. Reblog and share with friends! Follow if you want! Thanks so much! 

ALSO: are there trans nerds you want me to do a history comic about? Send an ask! Thanks! (This is thursday’s comic, UPDATES on Tuesday/Thursday! Two Comics a week!)


settle this for me once and for all















is “chai” a TYPE of tea??! bc in Hindi/Urdu, the word chai just means tea

its like spicy cinnamon tea instead of bland gross black tea

I think the chai that me and all other Muslims that I know drink is just black tea

i mean i always thought chai was just another word for tea?? in russian chai is tea

why don’t white people just say tea

do they mean it’s that spicy cinnamon tea

why don’t they just call it “spicy cinnamon tea”

the spicy cinnamon one is actually masala chai specifically so like

there’s literally no reason to just say chai or chai 

They don’t know better. To them “chai tea” IS that specific kind of like, creamy cinnamony tea. They think “chai” is an adjective describing “tea”.

What English sometimes does when it encounters words in other languages that it already has a word for is to use that word to refer to a specific type of that thing. It’s like distinguishing between what English speakers consider the prototype of the word in English from what we consider non-prototypical.

(Sidenote: prototype theory means that people think of the most prototypical instances of a thing before they think of weirder types. For example: list four kinds of birds to yourself right now. You probably started with local songbirds, which for me is robins, blue birds, cardinals, starlings. If I had you list three more, you might say pigeons or eagles or falcons. It would probably take you a while to get to penguins and emus and ducks, even though those are all birds too. A duck or a penguin, however, is not a prototypical bird.)

“Chai” means tea in Hindi-Urdu, but “chai tea” in English means “tea prepared like masala chai” because it’s useful to have a word to distinguish “the kind of tea we make here” from “the kind of tea they make somewhere else”.

“Naan” may mean bread, but “naan bread” means specifically “bread prepared like this” because it’s useful to have a word to distinguish between “bread made how we make it” and “bread how other people make it”.

We also sometimes say “liege lord” when talking about feudal homage, even though “liege” is just “lord” in French, or “flower blossom” to describe the part of the flower that opens, even though when “flower” was borrowed from French it meant the same thing as blossom. 

We also do this with place names: “brea” means tar in Spanish, but when we came across a place where Spanish-speakers were like “there’s tar here”, we took that and said “Okay, here’s the La Brea tar pits”.

 Or “Sahara”. Sahara already meant “giant desert,” but we call it the Sahara desert to distinguish it from other giant deserts, like the Gobi desert (Gobi also means desert btw).

English doesn’t seem to be the only language that does this for places: this page has Spanish, Icelandic, Indonesian, and other languages doing it too.

Languages tend to use a lot of repetition to make sure that things are clear. English says “John walks”, and the -s on walks means “one person is doing this” even though we know “John” is one person. Spanish puts tense markers on every instance of a verb in a sentence, even when it’s abundantly clear that they all have the same tense (”ayer [yo] caminé por el parque y jugué tenis” even though “ayer” means yesterday and “yo” means I and the -é means “I in the past”). English apparently also likes to use semantic repetition, so that people know that “chai” is a type of tea and “naan” is a type of bread and “Sahara” is a desert. (I could also totally see someone labeling something, for instance, pan dulce sweetbread, even though “pan dulce” means “sweet bread”.)

Also, specifically with the chai/tea thing, many languages either use the Malay root and end up with a word that sounds like “tea” (like té in Spanish), or they use the Mandarin root and end up with a word that sounds like “chai” (like cha in Portuguese).

So, can we all stop making fun of this now?

Okay and I’m totally going to jump in here about tea because it’s cool. Ever wonder why some languages call tea “chai” or “cha” and others call it “tea” or “the”? 

It literally all depends on which parts of China (or, more specifically, what Chinese) those cultures got their tea from, and who in turn they sold their tea to. 

The Portuguese imported tea from the Southern provinces through Macau, so they called tea “cha” because in Cantonese it’s “cha”. The Dutch got tea from Fujian, where Min Chinese was more heavily spoken so it’s “thee” coming from “te”. And because the Dutch sold tea to so much of Europe, that proliferated the “te” pronunciation to France (”the”), English (”tea”) etc, even though the vast majority of Chinese people speak dialects that pronounce it “cha” (by which I mean Mandarin and Cantonese which accounts for a lot of the people who speak Chinese even though they aren’t the only dialects).

And “chai”/”chay” comes from the Persian pronunciation who got it from the Northern Chinese who then brought it all over Central Asia and became chai.


This is the post that would make Uncle Iroh join tumblr

Tea and linguistics. My two faves.

Okay, this is all kinds of fascinating!

Quality linguistic research

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sometimes ………….. books that are considered classics…………. are worse

I like to categorize them into “awful to read but important” and “what asshole thought anybody should look at this with their own two eyes”

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Do white people have even an ounce of chill

IIRC she to “sue” (it was like a dollar) because her insurance wouldn’t pay for the cost of the hospital stuff until there was a law suit to address damages. Hence her smiling like it’s a goofy thing.

Oh well jeez. >:/ MEDIA RAGE

Yeah, it emerged afterwards that this was a lawsuit to try to trigger a homeowner’s insurance claim to cover medical bills, and that Connell remains on perfectly good terms with her nephew with no actual stress or tension within the family.

Yeah, this is a case of someone getting fucked over by health insurance and using their own loophole against them.

The media loves this narrative of people filing “ridiculous” lawsuits but actually MOST of those stories are distorted bullshit.

Wow, I never knew the full context of the story. I just heard it vaguely on Buzzfeed or wherever and thought “Wow, what a bitch.”

‘Frivolous lawsuits’ are a myth invented by unethical corporations to discredit the consumers and laborers they’ve screwed over.

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