you know the agents of shield fandom as been on hiatus too long when they start over analyzing a split second clip from a promo
#grease au where the pink ladies are the ones working on the cars & sandy & rizzo are their leaders #and danny is the transfer student who comes in from Italy and is like #sob #you never told me you were THAT kind of girl #but then comes to his senses when rizzo is injured and sandy must heroically take her place at the drag race #against cha chas villainous gang of chicks (via ninnieamee)
YES. MAYBE I COULD LIKE GREASE IF THIS WAS GREASE.
So, I was in the pub on Friday with some of the other library invigilators from my first library job. We’re all either current PhD students, or recent graduates, and we were talking about the weird kind of people who hang around on the fringes of our particular academic disciplines.
Being a Celticist, I get a lot of people who want me to tell them all about all the druidry and witches and remnants of Ancient Celtic Paganism™ to be found in medieval Irish literature (hint: not much). My partner studied Old English language and literature, which attracts a lot of extreme right white supremacist types, unfortunately (I think if you do Old Norse it’s even worse), and last year the main Facebook group for his area of study was completely overrun by this crazy, ranting guy (complete with own wall o’text website) who was convinced that Modern English was not derived from Old English because, and I quote, ‘I can’t understand Old English when I try to read it’. (Linguistics: you’re doing it wrong.) There was also the guy who thought that if you held runestones together, their ‘sacred vibrations’ would unlock the secrets of the Kabbalah and also something to do with Egyptian pyramids and the lost city of Atlantis. You’d think this would be the greatest level of insanity ever encountered within academia, but no.
One of my colleagues studies Modernist literature, and he said at his last academic conference, there was a woman who gave a paper about how Samuel Beckett communicates with her (regularly) on the astral plane.
I had to come back to this because I was reading BTL (it’s research!) on the Guardian’s spate of articles about the BM viking exhibition coming up and…I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Apparently only the ‘English’ remembered the ‘proper’ names of the gods, those silly vikings forgot how to speak proper like (sheesh I don’t know, why aren’t we all still speaking Proto Indo-European?), and there’s one guy who’s been trollololololololing all over all of them about British colonialism and how all our children are doomed if they’re only taught that vikings were Danish and Norwegian and the BM has erased the viking presence in Russia and Turkey because of WW2 or something. It’s fucking hilarious, especially as the curator gave us a talk in January about how different this exhibition is going to be because it’s the first one to really focus on the eastward travel of the vikings. God damn.
Dayuuum…you people are talented!!!
one order of mr. stark for lexi
This is a great example of how something from the ancient past actually looks modern and familiar: a lady going out for the night, wearing a design watch and her favourite vintage bag. In fact, you are looking at a 3,000-year-old wall filled with Cuneiform text, one of the earliest writing systems on the planet. The wall is part of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II, which was built in Nimrudm, Iraq, during the 9th century. Although often referred to as a handbag, the object is actually a bag-type bucket. It is used by a protective spirit to sprinkle liquid from, in a ritual act that is meant to purify the king. I love it how such an ordinary object (a bucket!) is part of a surviving piece of ancient writing - although I would have liked it better if the spirit had held a funky vintage bag.
Pic: the image is from this website and the information related to is from this discussion thread. There are other “handbags” (here and here for example). More about the palace here and about the bucket here.
"A character like Loki finds out he’s adopted, and emotional abuse by Odin aside, he grew up in luxury—yet people still make excuses for him and talk about his pain and suffering and what he needed, and yes, he was also entitled to the truth. On the other hand, someone like Skye, who was also denied information she deserved to know, and was, from her perspective, fucked over for her entire life by S.H.I.E.L.D., gets called a terrible person for prioritizing her own history."
OH BALLS IT’S GOING TO BE WHAT THEY GAVE BUCKY ISN’T IT