The rambling blog of one grad student.

 

portalgifs:

NO BUT YOU ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW FUNNY THIS IS THEYRE LITERALLY FILLING A ROBOT WITH BULLETS, LIKE BULLETS THAT YOU FIRE FROM A GUN. NOW NORMALLY FIRING A GUN TRIGGERS THE BULLET TO EXPLODE CREATING A PRESSURE THAT CAUSES THE TIP OF THE BULLET TO BE FORCED OUT OF THE BARREL AT A HIGH SPEED. 

WHaT CAVE JOHNSON’S TURRET’S DO IS LOAD A TON OF FUCKING BULLETS INTO THE CASE OF THE SENTRY LIKE IT”S A GODDAMN GUMBALL MACHINE AND THEN USE A FUcKIN SPRING LOADED PISTON TO FIRE IT THAT IS SO UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE LIKE NO WONDER CHELL CAN RESIST SO MANY BULLETS THE LIKELIHOOD ITD CAUSE ANYTHING MORE THAN A BAD BRUISE IS LIKE ONE IN A HUNDRED

(Source: bustedbitmap)

broblerones:

to retaliate against the bullshit cold weather today i drew troll girls in some of my summer clothes :U

broblerones:

to retaliate against the bullshit cold weather today i drew troll girls in some of my summer clothes :U

sircuddlebuns:

Skip the Use - Nameless World

I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS! THE SONG AND THE ANIMATION ARE SO GOOD I AM HAVING AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE PLEASE WATCH THIS YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY

You are being lied to about pirates

medievalpoc:

k-ingsfoil:

spoopyfag:

keyboardwarriorprincess:

takethespearandpuncturetheflesh:

incisiveredneck:

Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the 18th century.”

They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

Oops, turns out piracy is pretty much always a term like terrorist that gets slapped on whatever we don’t like despite being a general reaction to the status quo. And nothing’s really changed.

And when african pirates were captured by the British they were forced into the slave trade.

Horrible Histories taught me about pirates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwn5K89dE5c

They were generally democratic, disciplined, communal - they even had pensions! If you wanted out of the pirate life, you would be taken to a destination of your choice (anywhere in the world) and given a lump sum to help you with your new life.

interesting

Honor among thieves.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YES i’ve spent like two years studying piracy (back when i had time to devote to reading and research) and yes pirates are actually all very interesting and democratic and great

Reblogging since someone recently sent me an ask on this topic (although now it appears to be lost somewhere in my inbox).

death-rae:

unclewhisky:

karol-with-a-k:

eating-only-top-ramen:

mys0rryeyescansee:

i-ll-be-okay:

oshcoruful:

taylorsghost:

simonsspirit:

exposureofmysoul:

little-miss-pessimistic:

bryanstars:

Replace a word in a band’s name with “booty”

Bring me the Booty

All time booty

Pierce the booty

A booty to remember

Real Booty

Our Last Booty

Sleeping With Booty

You Me At Booty

Destiny’s Booty

My Chemical Booty

Booty Roach

Arctic Booty

the-champion-of-the-citadel:

IS ANY BODY ELSE A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED AS TO WHY THE INQUISITOR IS ATTACKING A GREY WARDEN KEEP?

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I know I already posted about this but…

I’m just saying that the organization call the Inquisition who, for all signs seem rather interested in ridding the world of evil, might be a bit concerned with the group that is literally infected with darkspawn taint.  

itistimetodisappear:

thedorkiestviking:

ibeggedformercytwice:

ibeggedformercytwice:

ibeggedformercytwice:

My medieval servant boy has gone missing. I’ll just use Google to see if I can find him.

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Oh bother.

I still say this was hilarious fuck you guys

GODDAMNIT

GET OUT

All the nice names were already taken and the Inquisitor refused all of Varric’s “snazzier” suggestions.

On Dragon Age Inquisition

It might be too meta, but I wonder if they’re going to address the organization’s title in the game. It just seems to me that Inquisition is a rather ominous name to give your group that is ostensibly trying to saving the world. 

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
This.
READ MORE

This is important.

kateordie:

comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

By Andy Khouri

“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”

That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?

Honest question, dudes.

That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.

So what do we do about it?

This.

READ MORE

This is important.

jtotheizzoe:

explore-blog:

Rachel Sussman’s photographs of the oldest living things in the world – a masterpiece at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy.

With an artist’s gift for “aesthetic force” and a scientist’s rigorous respect for truth, Sussman straddles a multitude of worlds as she travels across space and time to unearth Earth’s greatest stories of resilience, stories of tragedy and triumph, past and future, but above all stories that humble our human lives, which seem like the blink of a cosmic eye against the timescales of these ancient organisms — organisms that have unflinchingly witnessed all of our own tragedies and triumphs, our wars and our revolutions, our holocausts and our renaissances, and have remained anchored to existence more firmly than we can ever hope to be.
Above all, however, the project raises questions that aren’t so much scientific or artistic as profoundly human: What is the meaning of human life if it comes and goes before a patch of moss has reached the end of infancy? How do our petty daily stresses measure up against a struggle for survival stretching back millennia? Who would we be if we relinquished our arrogant conviction that we are Earth’s biological crown jewel?

See more here.

I guarantee you that Rachel Sussman’s ten-year quest to chronicle the oldest living things on Earth will be the best thing you read about today. It will change the way you look at your life, and the life around you. It will change your perspective regarding your time on Earth, that everything, from fleeting mayflies to ancient mosses struggles for existence daily, and no matter how many sunrises we see, we should relish in each of them for their impermanence.
(Emphasis mine. Seriously… go to Brain Pickings and check out the rest. You can buy Sussman’s book here.)

jtotheizzoe:

explore-blog:

Rachel Sussman’s photographs of the oldest living things in the world – a masterpiece at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy.

With an artist’s gift for “aesthetic force” and a scientist’s rigorous respect for truth, Sussman straddles a multitude of worlds as she travels across space and time to unearth Earth’s greatest stories of resilience, stories of tragedy and triumph, past and future, but above all stories that humble our human lives, which seem like the blink of a cosmic eye against the timescales of these ancient organisms — organisms that have unflinchingly witnessed all of our own tragedies and triumphs, our wars and our revolutions, our holocausts and our renaissances, and have remained anchored to existence more firmly than we can ever hope to be.

Above all, however, the project raises questions that aren’t so much scientific or artistic as profoundly human: What is the meaning of human life if it comes and goes before a patch of moss has reached the end of infancy? How do our petty daily stresses measure up against a struggle for survival stretching back millennia? Who would we be if we relinquished our arrogant conviction that we are Earth’s biological crown jewel?

See more here.

I guarantee you that Rachel Sussman’s ten-year quest to chronicle the oldest living things on Earth will be the best thing you read about today. It will change the way you look at your life, and the life around you. It will change your perspective regarding your time on Earth, that everything, from fleeting mayflies to ancient mosses struggles for existence daily, and no matter how many sunrises we see, we should relish in each of them for their impermanence.

(Emphasis mine. Seriously… go to Brain Pickings and check out the rest. You can buy Sussman’s book here.)

fallintolight:

pyromancing:

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

(Art school illustration assignment that is about 99% done! I will post bigger image of finished version when it’s done!) You can view a mega-huge version of the image on my website here!

LOOK AT THE MEGA HUGE VERSION!!!

Calling All Nerds

stormingtheivory:

sunshineduk:

brennanleemulligan:

Hey Tumblr friends! I need your help!

I’m undertaking a new writing project, and I’m researching badass ladies of history. Heroes, Villains, Inventors, Thinkers, Warriors, Poets, Scholars, Rapscallions, Clerics, Leaders and Outlaws. Whatever ladies you got that shook things up and made a difference! Extra points if there is some historical insight into this person’s personal life and/or inner character and philosophy! No historical personage is too obscure OR too well-known, I just want your favorites, regardless of whether you think I am or am not already aware of them!

Cheers, and thanks friends!

Some personal favorite badass ladies of history:

Julie d’Aubigny, duelist, opera singer, serial seductress, and general-purpose badass. 

Ada Lovelace, mathematician, metaphysician, and the first computer programmer.

Ching Shih, the pirate queen who defeated China with a fleet of thousands of junks, and happily retired.

Isabella Stewart Gardner, art collector, philanthropist, adventurer.

Grace Hopper, Navy Admiral and developer of compilers, which allowed for modern programming languages.

The Night Witches, Russian WWII bomber pilots who climbed outside their planes to restart them mid-flight after silent bombing runs.

Tomoe Gozen, female samurai with a penchant for beheading enemy commanders.

If you want a lot more, there’s an entire tumblr dedicated to them: http://badassfemalesinhistory.tumblr.com/

Good luck, and happy writing, Brennan!

Unfortunately there’s very little information on Google about this character and I haven’t looked for information in scholarly places but you may find Black Anna interesting. What information there is comes in relationship to her depiction by another heroic woman, ardent feminist and marxist printmaker Kathe Kollwitz. Here’s Linda Nochlin’s summary of Kollwitz’s print depicting Black Anna, “Losbruch” or “outbreak”:

The spectacle of the wild woman — woman unleashed, in a rage and definitely on top — has always aroused irritation, especially if the woman comes from the lower classes. In 1902, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz used this image to tell the story of Black Anna, the heroine of the 1524 uprising in which she led a band of peasants in an attack against the local establishment in a town called Heilbronn. Kollwitz, who was a feminist and a socialist, told a biographer she identified with Black Anna. In this etching, for the first time in art history an artist has created an image of excessive violence and feminine energy. Before this time, peasant women had traditionally been depicted as passive maternal or nurturing figures; an active lower-class figure was generally thought to be malevolent, even a witch. But in her figure of Black Anna, Kollwitz has transformed these negative values into positive ones: the dark force of the peasant woman becomes a harbinger of social progress. It is no accident that this image was created at the turn of the last century — the moment when women were beginning to claim their rights.

imageMaybe you’ll find both Kollwitz and her female revolutionary heroes useful for this project.