“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.”
—William Gibson, Idoru
It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….
Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.
And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….
Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.
“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….
Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.
This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….
too fucking cool for words
what is in that box?
#this says so much about each of their plans #may is going to survive on that island; kill its beasts and live on their meat #trip is getting out with a sat phone someone’s going to pick him up he has faith someone will get him #fitz has no idea simmons is the smarter one ask her #simmons has been dreaming of this moment her whole life #skye also has no idea but her laptop hasn’t failed her so far???? #ward is like may but he doesn’t think he will have to survive for that long #he has finite ammo he believes someone will come for him too #this scene
I was thinking about this and I wonder
Ward didn’t even pick a hunting gun
Or something with more than six shots in it
I don’t think Ward’s fending off anyone
I think he only needs one bullet
And I don’t think he’s getting off that island at all
Agent Phillip Coulson?
Handsome male protagonist, too good at his job, anti-social soldier loyal to a fault with a predictable childhood trauma which makes him the Man of Steel with a Gooey Center?
How about Double Agent working for the most Terrifying Group in History, who kills without flinching while simultaneously falling for the One Variable he couldn’t account for?
Orphan girl trying to find a family of her own, discover the truth about her mysterious past, all the while fighting for the Underdog and remaining a true optimist?
How about the Hacktivist who Became an Agent and part of something bigger, and when the man she’s alone with turns out to be the Enemy she kissed she kisses him again and cons the spy?
Plutonic bros who finish each other’s sentences?
He’s in love with her, she couldn’t be more clueless.
Badass Soldier girl?
Former prankster, former optimist, forced back to badassery by her loyalty to one man while being manipulated and seduced by another.
The Good Guy, the stalwart and the moral compass, the man who could not be shaken.
Possibility he’ll lose his mind at any moment, his loyalty and duty to the cause is his Greatest Weakness and probably his downfall.
It’s a story you’ve already heard, the band of misfits rallying together for the greater good, for a cause bigger then themselves. About learning how to work together and make each other strong and being there for each other when it counts.
It’s about people who are trained to take orders, and to trust the agent beside you with everything but your secrets. It’s about the place where loyalty is a double edged sword and the truth is all about where you stand.
THIS ISN’T THE SHOW YOU THOUGHT YOU SIGNED UP FOR.
can i mention how the kaiju have destroyed countless worlds but once they reached earth the humans were like nope. not today mother fuckers. big robots. lets go.
#like imagine if you were an ant exterminator and one day you go to spray down an ant hill only to be met#by a human-sized contraption of sticks and leaves piloted by these two teeny tiny ants#that then proceeds to kick your ass to kingdom come#BEWARE OF HUMANS#THEY DO NOT DIE EASY (via slipstreamborne)
a special message for a very special someone
dont you dare think
for even a second
that nobody saw you
when you decided this waS AN ACCEPTABLE WAY TO PARK YOUR VEHICLE BECAUSE I SAW IT OKAY I FUCKING SAW IT YOUR CRAPPY PARKING JOB IS ON GOOGLE MAPS IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
how did you find this
HOW TO DEAL WITH SEIZURES, ASTHMA ATTACKS, AND PANIC/ANXIETY ATTACKS.
Please, share this! it could help someone help their friend.
For seizures you have to lay them on their side, if they are laying face up they WILL choke (gravity) (sometimes you are unable to lay them on their side)
holy shit this actually came back to my dash. GOD DAMN I LOVE YOU GUYS