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Seething Brains

my flying machine, up she goes
Apr 23 '14
karmakaiser:

perfectcromulence:

I just used this line teaching Brit Lit Survey last week.

Pictured: Mortal Sin. 

karmakaiser:

perfectcromulence:

I just used this line teaching Brit Lit Survey last week.

Pictured: Mortal Sin. 

(Source: rami3l)

Apr 23 '14

karmakaiser:

rightnowbb:

You can’t have capitalism without ableism and classism. It’s not just that it’s not working out in practice; it’s a paradox on paper.

It really seems to me that capital markets, systems of entrepreneurship and experimentation is exactly what made *a lot* of the medical and prosthetic advances in the last 200 for disabled persons

I know of no other social order that has lifted more people out of starvation, made the lame walk and so on than globalized capitalism. The system has flaws no denying, but “the disabled being materially worse off than in other systems” is not among those flaws. 

Apr 23 '14

mallardaise:

Good Omens Fancast 

Aziraphale // Richard Ayoade
Crowley // Sendhil Ramamurthy
Anathema Device // Oona Chaplin
Newton Pulsifer // Colin Morgan
Shadwell // Dylan Moran

This post was the most perfect Aziraphale & Crowley casting headcanon I’ve seen and it got me thinking about my Good Omens fancast again! (WIP)
Apr 23 '14

pixalry:

Middle Earth Travel Posters - Created by The Green Dragon Inn

Prints are available for sale on Etsy.

Apr 23 '14

emmammo:

Learn how to braid your hair like the ladies in Game of Thrones.

Apr 23 '14

That time of year.

(Source: theofmoviestills)

Apr 23 '14

Possibilities

medievalpoc:

Today on medievalpoc we brainstormed historically accurate Asian women as Robin Hood in Medieval England, with possible Trotula the Medieval gynecologist as a Merry Woman, touched on 30 ways to become An Immortal from a non-Western perspective (including eating mermaid meat!), revisited the accurately diverse demographics of the Caribbean and possibilities thereof (including LGBT pirates), saw some average peasants of color from the Renaissance doing their peasant thing, learned about the legendary beauty of an enslaved man named Paul in Pre-Revolutionary France, attempted to clarify the sociopolitical nuances of terminology, religion and race in 16th century Spain and Portugal, and called out Gilgamesh for being a raging tryhard.

^ In one day. Which is kinda the point here-and why I can be pretty critical of how we see the same things over and over and over in Medieval style fantasy media.

No writer or creator is limited by history or “historical accuracy”.

Anything you can possibly imagine has a historical precedent.

I find that prospect absolutely thrilling, and I hope you do, too.

Apr 23 '14

thebeatmesa asked:

Do you have information on Caribbean pirates that weren't white dudes? Or slaves brought to the Caribbean who became pirates? Books I'm reading mention that they existed, but don't give me any details.

medievalpoc:

Pirates

West Indies

I really don’t know who came up with the idea that the Caribbean was somehow devoid of people of color, considering that’s basically the majority of people who lived there. Not that pirates were necessarily from that area, but yeah the ubiquitous whiteness idea is a far cry from the truth. As is the “everyone was men” idea.

Rough demographics of pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy

Apr 17 '14
Apr 17 '14
Apr 9 '14
reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

[source]

reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.

Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

image

[source]

Apr 9 '14
Apr 9 '14
wordissound:

'The Wish Keeper' - Mateo Dineen

wordissound:

'The Wish Keeper' - Mateo Dineen

Apr 7 '14

We know who you are, we’ve heard all about you, but hearing is one thing.

(Source: leaveatrail)

Apr 7 '14
"I will always love the false image I had of you."
(via bloodredseas)

(Source: pianopreece)