one of my favorite things about hiking is when i come across a strange structure deep in the woods and am left to wonder how and why and when

how: demons. why: demon portal. when: 5 pm demon time

#the night vale city council would like to remind you that the demon portal on the edge of town is not a licensed healthcare provider #and to please stop leaving the sick and injured within lurching distance of its humming maw (gatheringbones)

Is there a standard picture for “sorry we made this about Night Vale” like there is “sorry we made this about Doctor Who”?


#Welcome to Night Vale #The Great Night Vale Fandom Assimilation of 2013 #of course nobody’s actually sorry let’s be real #but it seems like there should be a Night Vale apology cake to go with the other fandom apology cakes #(also that is quite a lovely demon portal you have there)

The ultimate “Welcome to Night Vale” fandom primer.

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“Welcome to Night Vale. A small desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and strange lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.”

Over the past few weeks, the popularity of surreal podcast Welcome To Night Vale has skyrocketed. Two months ago, it had a small but loyal fanbase who mostly heard about it via word of mouth or through the podcast’s gloriously weird Twitter feed. Now, it’s the most popular podcast on iTunes, above TEDtalks and NPR. And a lot of those new listeners have come from an unexpected source: Tumblr fandom.

Providing twice-monthly news reports from fictional small-town America, it’s not immediately apparent how Night Vale conquered Tumblr. After all, it doesn’t have much in common with the adventure stories of Harry Potter, Teen Wolf, or Doctor Who. It’s not even produced in a visual medium, so fans can’t post the screencaps and GIFs that keep most Tumblr-based fandoms ticking along.

The only possible explanation is: It’s just that good. [READ MORE]


#Welcome to Night Vale #The Great Night Vale Fandom Assimilation of 2013




i am cry for reals

every time tumblr is shitty i will do my best to remember this moment



#Welcome to Night Vale #I was actually wondering about this #this one only has up to episode 6 and hasn’t been updated in three weeks #but has a link to another one with 10 #and there’s a post in the notes on this that says there’s one with 20-something #but it’s from one of those blogs with themes that hide all the posts from wandering passers-by #but still they clearly are out there #good to know


Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…

NASA has just released a raw edition of Friday’s photo of Earth and the moon, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.

From out there, we look like stars. 

Just a tip, NASA: We’re gonna have to give it a better name than “N00213959.jpg”. Maybe “Pale Blue Sparkle”?

(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)


#the power of science #I wanted to go outside and wave #but there was a sudden downpour and it was raining sheets at 5:30 #so I waved out the window #anyway this is #awesome

Yet another face-blind realization


I totally just realized yet another childhood thing that should’ve been a big honking clue that I was face-blind.

It was actually a revelation to me when someone pointed out to me as a kid that the inhabitants of Oz were the same actors as the Kansans in the “Wizard of Oz” movie.


#prosopagnosia #wait what? #that *would* explain the whole and-you-were-in-it thing



carlos being on T

carlos being on T and Night Vale General not having a very large stock of it and so he gets worried until Cecil makes a Completely Not Menacing Editorial Call For Action and they get more donated from three different anonymous sources

carlos being on T and Cecil going with him while he gets an injection and holding his hand and being Incredibly Worried even though carlos says it’s fine, really, he’s been doing this for years, Cecil

carlos running into old woman josie who squints at him and frowns and says it wasn’t like this back in her day, nope, what a disappointment, kids used to have to use good old fashioned black magic to transition in her day and he doesn’t know how good he has it

carlos being incredibly glad he’s on T and not on black magic

One of the trans!Carlos ideas I’ve been playing around with (but haven’t decided on yet) is that because the Night Vale Post Office is shut down, he has no way to get T from that place in Oregon everyone gets it from—

—but somehow his voice keeps getting gradually deeper and his beard a little thicker and his muscles build easily and he is really




But Night Vale takes care of its own. 


#Welcome to Night Vale #headcanon accepted #(I don’t know if *any* of my followers actually care about this) #(Teddy obviously already knows) #(which means that Bard already knows) #(Ansh doesn’t actually follow me I just follow zir) #(and nobody else on my dash has said anything about Night Vale) #(but what the hell this is my blog) #(and it doesn’t *always* have to be things I want to share)





Matt Smith’s home-made Doctor Who episode


please, please, pleaseWATCH THIS VIDEO

you’re welcome

p.s. I have watched 3 times in a row now and i don’t think i’ll ever stop


And yet, there are people who don’t like Matt Smith.

Those people are clearly wrong.


I can’t Moffat, I haven’t watched Doctor Who since Pandorica (and I only got past Flesh and Stone from a sense of obligation and the promise of Rory eps), but MATT SMIFF’S FACE THO. In like three seconds the first time I saw his face in this vid, I remembered everything about why I was a member of the Give Matt Smith A Chance club before it was cool and why I was SO UTTERLY FUCKING RIGHT. Guy-who-plays-Craig is rolling on the floor giggling, and then Smiff is —-

—- BAM. Doctor.


#Doctor Who #this is great #I had to pause a couple times so my laughter wouldn’t drown them out


All, we’ve heard from a bunch of you who are concerned about Tumblr censoring NSFW/adult content. While there seems to be a lot of misinformation flying around, most of the confusion seems to stem from our complicated flagging/filtering features. Let me clear up (and fix) a few things:

1. Last year, we added “Safe Mode” which lets you filter out NSFW content from tag and search pages. This is enabled by default for new users and can be toggled in your Dashboard Settings. As some of you have pointed out, disabling Safe Mode still wasn’t allowing search results from all blogs to appear. This has been fixed.

2. Some search terms are blocked (returning no results) in some of our mobile apps. Unfortunately, different app environments have different requirements that we do our best to adhere to. The reason you see innocent tags like #gay being blocked on certain platforms is that they are still frequently returning adult content which our entire app was close to being banned for. The solution is more intelligent filtering which our team is working diligently on. We’ll get there soon. In the meantime, you can browse #lgbtq — which is moderated by our community editors — in all of Tumblr’s mobile apps. You can also see unfiltered search results on using your mobile web browser.

3. Earlier this year, in an effort to discourage some not-so-nice people from using Tumblr as free hosting for spammy commercial porn sites, we started delisting this tiny subset of blogs from search engines like Google. This was never intended to be an opt-in flag, but for some reason could be enabled after checking off NSFW → Adult in your blog settings. This was confusing and unnecessary, so we’ve dropped the extra option. If your blog contains anything too sexy for the average workplace, simply check “Flag this blog as NSFW” so people in Safe Mode can avoid it. Your blog will still be promoted in third-party search engines.

Aside from these fixes, there haven’t been any recent changes to Tumblr’s treatment of NSFW content, and our view on the topic hasn’t changed. Empowering your creative expression is the most important thing in the world to us. Making sure people aren’t surprised by content they find offensive is also incredibly important and we are always working to put more control in your hands.

Sorry for all of the confusion. If you have any more concerns or suggestions on how we can make these features clearer or more useful, please email us!


#signal boost #The Great Tumblr Apocalypse #no not *that* Great Tumblr Apocalypse #*this* Great Tumblr Apocalypse #(I know there’s so many it’s hard to keep track)