krismukai:

fire-plug:

Here’s a preview of the new zine I’ll be selling at SPX!

Common Curses & Blessings is a 2-in-1 mini-zine about the most mundane and insignificant things the universe throws at you. They probably shouldn’t even have an impact on your day, but they totally do.

Read it facing one way, and you’ll read about the curses. Flip it over and read about the blessings. You’ll just have to come to SPX and see how it works!

2-color risograph printed, 4.25” x 5.5”. 16 pages, 8 curses, 8 blessings. Come to table A12 and check it out!

g-g-g-g-get it! our table is gonna be all purple this year, awesome (*w*  ) 

Well…a kind of revolution. That wasn’t really the word for what it was. There was the People’s Republic of Treacle Mine Road (Truth! Freedom! Justice! Reasonably priced love! And a hard-boiled egg!) that would live for all of a few hours, a strange candle that burned too briefly and died like a firework.

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littleredrin:

people not in CA: ‘september is the start of autumn! it’s so nice, it’s chilly and i can wear sweaters/drink hot beverages while watching the leaves turn red/orange/whatever!’

me:
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jessfink:

I finally got around to reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and of course I loved it. There’s plenty more I’d like to draw but goodness, there are too many great characters in this book.

puelhathnofury:

interlands:

pyrrhiccomedy:

easilyannoyedcamwhore:

pyrrhiccomedy:

happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.



The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***

Why has this factbit devolved into the typical wanking about Alexandria (which, while undeniably tragic, was not the greatest loss of human knowledge in history by a long shot; I’m not even sure it’s in the top 5) without a single mention of the hilarious fact that they were straight-up stealing any book they found. Want the best library in the ancient world? Steal every book.
Also, we would not already be exploring the galaxy if Alexandria hadn’t burned. Literacy rates in the West and Middle East would have remained unchanged until the invention of the printing press, by which time all of this knowledge had been rediscovered anyway. A tiny handful of the rare educated elite who had access to stupifyingly rare and expensive books would not have sped us up any appreciable amount if they had also had access to the library at Alexandria. Science would have remained at a bottleneck until widespread literacy led to a massive infusion of inquiring minds. Once that did happen, science blossomed overnight. No ancient scrolls or lost lore necessary.
Anyway, China already knew all this stuff even at the time, and they didn’t lose a thing.

Thank you, this had been bothering the shit out of me all day but I couldn’t be arsed going and doing the research to make it stop.

Hang on, I’ve made a few notations on that timeline that might prove illuminating:

Also is no one going to mention how completely eurocentric this thing is I mean damn the middle east had tons of science going on during that “Christian dark ages” period and Alexandria was IN THE MIDDLE EAST (again to say nothing of China) so what is this even supposed to illustrate
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Personally I’d like to know about the y axis on this grid,What are the units?Did we lose 100 Science in the fall of Rome? Or 1000?I’m just glad we now have like, 3000 science thanks to the red block.


#uuuuuuuugh#also let’s be real the collective rending of garments over the library of Alexandria has a lot to do with the fact that#~Ancient Greek Knowledge~ was lost#and our unabashed (and stupidly overinflated) cultural boner for the classical world#you never hear anyone trying to advertise their cultural literacy by beating their breast over the Great Library of Baghdad#jfc tumblr (wizzard890)

Word to all the commentary in the latter half of this post.

And if I may interject, that graph is completely fucking wrong in its stance that no scientific advances were happening in Europe during the “Christian dark ages.” Tons of important scientific advances happened in Europe before the advent of the Renaissance! Here’s a few I can think of:

the heavy plough (good for heavier soil in northern Europe)
three-field system (let farmers plant more crops, kept soil healthy, increased food production)
horseshoes (let horses travel over rougher terrain)
cranes (easier to lift heavy things!)
mills (watermills and windmills I’m pretty sure)
the hourglass (portable timekeeping!)
blast furnaces (which China already knew about but hey, also very useful for iron production)
compasses and the stern-mounted rudder (hugely important for sailing)
soap
universities
paper
longbows
cannons
quarantine procedures
a whole lot more contact and trade with the Islamic world, which counts as a scientific innovation to me because of all the stuff Europeans learned and brought back
look there was basically a renaissance in Europe in the 12th century where a whole bunch of cool stuff happened in science, in political organization, in the arts, in architecture, except nobody talks much about it and I find that sad
So yeah if you’re going to be Eurocentric at least be accurately Eurocentric, dang.

puelhathnofury:

interlands:

pyrrhiccomedy:

easilyannoyedcamwhore:

pyrrhiccomedy:

happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***

Why has this factbit devolved into the typical wanking about Alexandria (which, while undeniably tragic, was not the greatest loss of human knowledge in history by a long shot; I’m not even sure it’s in the top 5) without a single mention of the hilarious fact that they were straight-up stealing any book they found. Want the best library in the ancient world? Steal every book.

Also, we would not already be exploring the galaxy if Alexandria hadn’t burned. Literacy rates in the West and Middle East would have remained unchanged until the invention of the printing press, by which time all of this knowledge had been rediscovered anyway. A tiny handful of the rare educated elite who had access to stupifyingly rare and expensive books would not have sped us up any appreciable amount if they had also had access to the library at Alexandria. Science would have remained at a bottleneck until widespread literacy led to a massive infusion of inquiring minds. Once that did happen, science blossomed overnight. No ancient scrolls or lost lore necessary.

Anyway, China already knew all this stuff even at the time, and they didn’t lose a thing.

Thank you, this had been bothering the shit out of me all day but I couldn’t be arsed going and doing the research to make it stop.

Hang on, I’ve made a few notations on that timeline that might prove illuminating:

Also is no one going to mention how completely eurocentric this thing is I mean damn the middle east had tons of science going on during that “Christian dark ages” period and Alexandria was IN THE MIDDLE EAST (again to say nothing of China) so what is this even supposed to illustrate

augh

Personally I’d like to know about the y axis on this grid,

What are the units?

Did we lose 100 Science in the fall of Rome? Or 1000?
I’m just glad we now have like, 3000 science thanks to the red block.

petermorwood:

This makes a nice screen background… (I dialled back the saturation to make the image less intrusive; YMMV.)And what’s the proper name for this particular type of armour?
If I’m not using something more specialised like ‘hauberk’, ‘habergeon' or 'byrnie' I use “mail”, and “mail-coat” or “-shirt”, with “ringmail” if I really have to avoid confusion with what arrives in the mailbox; though if I mean armour it's usually clear enough in context.
But I try not to use “chainmail” just on principal. It’s not an accurate description of how the stuff is made, or how it looks, and it’s not even historical. The word was invented by a writer - Sir Walter Scott - as recently as 1822 (that’s recent when talking about mail) when in “The Fortunes of Nigel" a character says (in Scots dialect)…

“…the deil a thing’s broken but my head. It’s not made of iron, I wot, nor my claithes of chenzie-mail; so a club smashed the tane, and a claucht damaged the tither.”

Charles Kingsley followed in 1855 with The Heroes, where…

“…Aietes sat upon his throne, with his warriors on each hand, thousands and tens of thousands, clothed from head to foot in steel chain-mail.”

There’s no record of the term existing before this. Citations are in in our Compact OED (the one that needs a magnifier) and quotes were found on the Gutenberg website.
Spelling it ‘maille' is too twee unless you're French, when 'cotte de maille' = “mail-coat.” It's 'cotta di maglia' in Italian, 'cota de malla' in Spanish, 'cota de malha' in Portuguese, each with that “coat of” prefix to make clear what it is; 'maliënkolder' (Dutch) is also “mail-coat”, and all derive from Latin 'macula' = the mesh of a net (Cassell’s Latin Dictionary, citing Cicero). No chains…Scandinavian countries go for the “ring” approach: ‘ringbrynje' (Denmark, Norway) and 'ringväv' or 'ringbrynja' (Sweden). Still no chains…German seems to be the only European language where chains are involved: there it’s ‘Kettenrüstung' or 'Kettenpanzer’, literally “chain armour” - however, says the Wiki entry rather scornfully, the word is of modern origin, “used today mostly by pop-scholarship writers.” (ooOOoo!) Academics (the word “proper” isn’t there but you can hear the beat of its wings) use the term ‘Ringpanzerhemd' - “ring-armour shirt.”
I’m not a proper scholar of arms and armour like David Edge and Toby Capwell (i.e. I’m not paid to do it, haven’t published on the subject etc. etc.) but it’s funny to see that my “affectation” of not liking the term chainmail has a basis in fact.
As for plate-mail…let’s just not go there. {:->

petermorwood:

This makes a nice screen background… (I dialled back the saturation to make the image less intrusive; YMMV.)

And what’s the proper name for this particular type of armour?

If I’m not using something more specialised like ‘hauberk’, ‘habergeon' or 'byrnie' I use “mail”, and “mail-coat” or “-shirt”, with “ringmail” if I really have to avoid confusion with what arrives in the mailbox; though if I mean armour it's usually clear enough in context.

But I try not to use “chainmail” just on principal. It’s not an accurate description of how the stuff is made, or how it looks, and it’s not even historical. The word was invented by a writer - Sir Walter Scott - as recently as 1822 (that’s recent when talking about mail) when in “The Fortunes of Nigel" a character says (in Scots dialect)…

…the deil a thing’s broken but my head. It’s not made of iron, I wot, nor my claithes of chenzie-mail; so a club smashed the tane, and a claucht damaged the tither.

Charles Kingsley followed in 1855 with The Heroes, where…

…Aietes sat upon his throne, with his warriors on each hand, thousands and tens of thousands, clothed from head to foot in steel chain-mail.

There’s no record of the term existing before this. Citations are in in our Compact OED (the one that needs a magnifier) and quotes were found on the Gutenberg website.

Spelling it ‘maille' is too twee unless you're French, when 'cotte de maille' = “mail-coat.” It's 'cotta di maglia' in Italian, 'cota de malla' in Spanish, 'cota de malha' in Portuguese, each with that “coat of” prefix to make clear what it is; 'maliënkolder' (Dutch) is also “mail-coat”, and all derive from Latin 'macula' = the mesh of a net (Cassell’s Latin Dictionary, citing Cicero). No chains…

Scandinavian countries go for the “ring” approach: ‘ringbrynje' (Denmark, Norway) and 'ringväv' or 'ringbrynja' (Sweden). Still no chains…

German seems to be the only European language where chains are involved: there it’s ‘Kettenrüstung' or 'Kettenpanzer’, literally “chain armour” - however, says the Wiki entry rather scornfully, the word is of modern origin, “used today mostly by pop-scholarship writers.” (ooOOoo!) Academics (the word “proper” isn’t there but you can hear the beat of its wings) use the term ‘Ringpanzerhemd' - “ring-armour shirt.”

I’m not a proper scholar of arms and armour like David Edge and Toby Capwell (i.e. I’m not paid to do it, haven’t published on the subject etc. etc.) but it’s funny to see that my “affectation” of not liking the term chainmail has a basis in fact.

As for plate-mail…let’s just not go there. {:->

(Source: stupidwerld)

kinkstertime:

This whole bit is made all the funnier by knowing that all of the guards were just random extras who weren’t told what was going to happen only that they weren’t allowed laugh at any cost as they wouldn’t be payed if they did.

(Source: betterlucknext)

Never, never tell them. Try and remember that. Never tell anyone anything ever. Never tell anyone anything again.
thug-lifestyle:

Have y’all ever sat there and thought about this? 😂😂😂😂

thug-lifestyle:

Have y’all ever sat there and thought about this? 😂😂😂😂