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A 2500 year old mummy that had some amazing tattoos.
NO FUCKING WAY.
YO HOLD ON.
IT GETS BETTER.
This mummy, found in the Altai mountains of Siberia, is actually that of a young woman who died at about the age of twenty-five; she is thought to have been a member of the Pazyryk tribe.
She was buried with six horses and two similarly-tattooed men (the horned griffon that decorates her shoulder also appears on the man buried closest to her, covering most of his right side), possibly escorts. She was also wearing a horse-hair wig, silk, and elaborate boots, which is all a level of ceremony that would have likely only been accorded to a woman of high rank. You didn’t get inked like this unless you were very important, and had worked your way up to that importance.
…Hence, of course, the references to her by researchers as ‘The Ukok Princess,’ although due to the lack of weapons in her grave they have concluded that the woman was in fact a healer or a storyteller.
And now I’m all consumed with curiosity: Who was she? What amazing things did she accomplish? Why these symbols, and what did they mean? Who were the two men alongside her?
The most informative article about it can be found here, although I would completely eat up any other information you guys could find.
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About Time (2013)
A new Richard Curtis directed British romcom in which Bill Weasley and Regina George fall in love and there’s time travel? And Bill Nighy? YES PLEASE
When the world is a WGF.
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19.8 knots on a copy of an 1876 catamaran design. Damn Herreshoff, you crazy.
from the second edition (1977) of Cruising Catamarans by members of the AYRS (the Amateur Yacht Research Society of Hermitage, Newbury, Berkshire, England).
YEAH he’s crazy.
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Devo was very important to me.
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When I am at an age where I am supposed to mellow and sit back and relax, why do I allow people to irritate me when I don’t even care about them.
I have certain things in my life that are of interest to me, they don’t include what others are doing with their washing, or what this one said or didn’t say.
Do I need to give myself a good talking to.
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Because the village news sheet printed a piece about my interest in having a Tumblr Blog, several people have made comments about it to me today.
That encouraged me to read back some of the items I had written about during the last few years. Not much has changed since I started. Just looking…
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Oh wow. We may have a winner.
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Ruby Rhod is one of my favorite characters in sci-fi ever because he is Luc Besson’s vision of the hetero sex symbol of the future: a flamboyant, emotionally labile man who wears skin-tight leopard print or decks himself in roses, a man who accessorizes with big jewelry and dabbles in cosmetics. And the ladies love him. Everything about him screams “gay” according to our stereotypes, but he’s portrayed as a 100% straight sexual dynamo.
Besson is one of the few directors I’ve seen who actually recognizes that our ideas of sexuality and gender performance might have changed drastically in the future.
Ruby Rhod is awesome.
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Ooh, interesting. I don’t know that we ever got in-character interaction like this during LBD (outside the Q&A videos, which were a little different). That could be fun.
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comes from employee #2, practically the co-founder: Marco Arment
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I used to keep tropical fish as a kid, and then had a phase in college when I got fairly into it. Lately I set up a 10-gallon freshwater tank just to dabble a little; this is how it’s looking now.
I’m a sucker for the natural look. I don’t have the energy to commit to full-on aquascaping at the moment, but that’s the kind of thing I was going for.
It just makes me happy to look at a tank like this.
Looks really nice! Trust me, you’ll become addicted to live plants. I absolutely love them. Just be sure to not bury the rhizomes of the java fern or the anubias completely! Otherwise the plants will soon rot and die.
Ooh, thanks! I think I did try to bury those, without really understanding the potential consequences. I’ll tease them back out.
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Are people seriously shipping Gigi and Ed already?! The episode has been live for what, half an hour.Monday, May 20th, 2013
Oh there were people shipping them since his 2 second cameo in episode 1. Which…yeah…… But then for some it doesn’t take much, just two attractive faces. I dunno, after this episode I really don’t think he’d be quite Gigi’s type.
Let the breakneck de-shipping commence! :-)
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Over the years, various Star Trek movies have attempted to redress the gender imbalance in the original crew of the Enterprise. With one woman and six men in the core cast, it’s already kind of a sausage-fest. This movie adds Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve, but although her role is that of a scientist and a Starfleet officer, she isn’t exactly treated with respect. Not only does she have a completely gratuitous semi-nude scene halfway through the movie, but McCoy hits on her while she’s trying to defuse a bomb. Oh, and her most important role in the movie is governed by her relationship with a male character—her father.
Other than Carol Marcus and Uhura, there pretty much aren’t any women at all in Into Darkness. Seriously. At the beginning of the movie we see Noel Clarke’s comatose daughter and grieving wife, and later on Kirk has a threesome with two hot alien chicks—part of Abrams’ image of Kirk as “a player,” which somehow sounds a lot douchier than Kirk’s admittedly flirtatious characterization in the original series. Onboard the Enterprise we do see a new female helmsman (helmswoman?), but unlike the male background officers, she doesn’t get any lines.
I actually understand a lack of interest in adding women to the core crew of the Enterprise. Those roles are already filled: by Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest. But when it comes to side characters and antagonists, almost every single one is male, for no discernable reason. At one point, we see one of the main villains in the captain’s chair of a ship that seems to be crewed entirely by men. Earlier, Kirk, Spock and Uhura are confronted by a platoon of Klingons—all apparently male as well. Are we expected to believe that a mysterious plague has wiped out 75% of the women in the galaxy? Throw me a bone, here. [READ MORE]
I will add that the helmswoman who replaces Chekov does have a line. Annoyingly, though, the reason I remember this is that I specifically remember being thrilled and surprised to hear her talk. You know, without having to strip down to her underwear to do so.
It’s all about context. In the context of big Hollywood movies being made these days, STID is unremarkable in its treatment of race and gender. In the context of Trek movies, though, it makes me sad.
I don’t think Abrams was consciously trying to be racist by casting Cumberbatch in a role that Trek fans (at least) would know was canonically a POC. I assume that decision was made like this: They needed a very charismatic name actor, someone who’s hot right now and could pull off a super-intelligent supervillain. I’m sure Cumberbatch was on a short list of people they most wanted, and that they were ecstatic that he was available. That they tried hard to conceal the actual identity of the character he was playing can be explained, I think, as garden-variety desire to deliver a bigger surprise at that moment in the movie, rather than a guilty attempt to avoid charges of whitewashing. It could also have been both, I guess.
Especially if you’re a white guy (like me), you could make a case that by disregarding race in casting Cumberbatch, Abrams was being commendably race-blind. That is, that all he cared about was that he have the actor with the biggest possible combination of name-recognition and personal charisma, without regard to race. I don’t doubt that that interpretation was offered as an excuse when the casting was being considered. I bet when push came to shove it was a pretty easy decision: dollar signs and the chance to make a more-compelling movie for the large mass of people on one side. A commitment to advancing social justice as part of the franchise’s traditions on the other. With Abrams, someone who unapologetically acknowledges not getting Star Trek while he was growing up, thinking it was too philosophical, in the central decision-making role, I’m not surprised how it went.
It’s the same thing with having Alice Eve pose in her underwear. I’m sure there was someone, even if it wasn’t Abrams, saying they needed more sexy images of women’s bodies for the young dudes they hoped to draw to the theater. I’m sure there were people making the same argument back in 1966; otherwise we wouldn’t have had the green belly dancer or Mud’s women or any number of other sexist elements of TOS. But what I’m pretty sure we also had back then was someone in a key position pushing back against the worst of it. Saying okay, you can have the green belly dancer, but in return you’re going to give me this script three episodes down the road that turns on examining the evils of sexism in a way that’s really progressive for the mid-1960s.
The people who believe the Trek franchise has an obligation to be progressive in its treatment of race and gender, that those attitudes are baked into the future Trek imagines, may have been in the room while STID was being developed. But they didn’t have the final say, and the people who did have the final say didn’t care. It just wasn’t a battle they were interested in fighting.
It’s a good movie, as far as it goes. It’s entertaining and emotionally engaging. There are really interesting things happening with Spock, in particular. In all those ways it’s arguably better than the majority of past Trek franchise output.
But it’s not Trek. It’s something more conventional. I like a lot of what’s there, but I miss what’s not, and the more I think about it, and read these critiques by others who are similarly disappointed, the more I miss it.
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