citybug:

As I read comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other blogs deriding the finale to this nine-season run of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ as a bad M. Night Shyamalan twist – these people cannot get this finale more wrong. They call it ‘horrible’ that the last five minutes rewrote so much of histories and…

ancientpeoples:

Hymn to the Muse by Mesomedes (2nd Century AD).

Mesomedes of Crete was a Greek poet and composer. A freedman of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (24 Janury AD 76 - 10 July AD 138; reigned AD 117-138), he is associated with the Musaeum in Alexandria, a religious institution dedicated to the nine muses (the daughters of Zeus an Mnemosyne), which housed the Library of Alexandria and is the origin of our word museum. 15 poems by Mesomedes have survived, and until the discovery of the Seikilos Epitaph, some of these were the only known fragments of music from the ancient world.

Lyrics:

Άειδε Μούσά μοι φίλη,
μολπής δ’ εμής κατάρχου,
αύρη δε σων απ’ άλσεων
εμάς φρένας δονείτω.

Καλλιόπεια σοφά,
Μουσών προκαθαγέτι τερπνών,
και σοφέ Μυστοδότα,
Λατούς γόνε, Δήλιε, Παιάν,
ευμενείς πάρεστέ μοι.

"Sing, dearest Muse, and
help me start my song.
Let the breeze coming
through your forests
make my soul vibrate!

Oh, wise Calliope,
you the leader of
the gracious Muses,
and You wise Initiator
of the Mysteries,
Latona’s son, Delian,
Paean, offer your help,
being favorable to me!”

"Cui dono lepidum nouum libellum
Arida modo pumice expolitum?
Corneli, tibi; namque tu solebas
Meas esse aliquid putare nugas,
Iam tum cum ausus es unus Italorum
Omne aevum tribus explicare chartis,
Doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis!
Quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli
Qualecumque, quod, o patrona virgo,
Plus uno maneat perenne saeclo."

"To whom shall I give my new witty little book,
freshly polished with a dry stone?
Cornelius, to you: since you were accustomed
To think my trifles to be something
already when you dared, alone of Italians,
to explain all the ages in three books,
scholarly and painstaking ones, O Jupiter!
so take for yourself whatever from this book,
of whatever worth; may it, O virgin patroness,
survive more than one long age.”

Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 - 54 BC), Poems, no. 1.

This poem serves as the dedication of Catullus’ book of poems to the Roman historian Cornelius Nepos (c. 110 - 25 BC), and a friend of Catullus’. The “virgin patroness” referred to at the end of the poem is most likely the Muse.

(via ancientpeoples)

Tags: classics

throw-away-opinions:

viredae:

infidelcupcake:

feministframeworks:

the-uncensored-she:

takealookatyourlife:

“kill myself” was the most common answer when they contemplated the possibility of life as a girl

Yeah, tell me again how misogyny “isn’t real” and men and boys actually “love”, “like” and “respect the female sex”? This is how deep misogynistic propaganda runs in this world. Men and boys are so viscerally contemptuous of anything or anyone who/that is female or feminine, or perceived to be female or feminine, that they would rather commit suicide than to be associated with— or become a member of— the female sex. As Germaine Greer said, “women have no idea how much men hate them.”

they would rather die then be treated how they treat us

Your reactions to boys saying they’d commit suicide (which is a very prevalent thing among males btw) is to reframe it as a female-centric issue?
Your first thought when faced with a boy saying he’d kill himself is to make it about women?
Really? That’s pretty damn apathetic.

Considering how most trans people who suffer from gender dysphoria tend to be suicidal, I honestly don’t see the problem with boys saying they don’t want to be girls.
In fact, I find it to be the healthy response.

I sincerely doubt “kill myself” was the actual answer every boy gave, nor do I think that the girls of each classroom were all super eager to be the baseball players, policemen, and firemen that their frail, glass-like, female bodies refused to let them be. This whole thing reeks of feminist cognitive dissonance.
But giving Michael Kimmel (the author) the benefit of the doubt, I went and looked up this book, only to find that it was published in 2000 which quotes studies from the 1980’s, with footnotes that pretty much amount to “we made this up, but we assume this is right”, and ‘figures’ that are just newspaper comics from the New Yorker with pithy little jokes about how men are lazy and women have to put up with them.
The book has since been revised a few times, but even still, it’s largely ignored when it comes to gender studies, because all this guy writes about is masculinity and society, or gender or sexism, and the politics of masculinity and manhood.. First couple books, you could say “okay, he’s investigating this topic..” but with the next 10 books, it’s pretty obvious that the guy has an agenda.
However, upon closer investigation, it turns out he is actually full of shit. Don’t believe me? Here’s the study (< Click it)  Kimmel is quoting in that scanned passage.
The question, in full, was “If you were to wake up tomorrow and discover that you were a member of the other sex, how would your life be different?” Not, “what they would do” and there was no “girls were so much more thoughtful and careful to answer!”
The study in question was from 1983 (recent indeed!), and done by Researchers from the “Institute for Equality in Education”, where they only surveyed 2000 students, grades 3 through 12. In said study there was only a single student, a sixth grader, who responded with “If I were a girl, I’d kill myself”. Some considered it a boon, some were ambivalent, others thought that they might have to learn to cook better, because they’d make a lousy girl. The worst answers came from grade-schoolers, who are still deeply entrenched in the ‘boys vs girls’ mentality and still several years away from puberty and thinking of girls as anything other than gross, frilly, cootie factories. Remember. This is in 1983.
The best part is that the study actually does attribute these learned stereotypes to books, media, parents, and the rest of society as a whole, instead of just saying that all boys are stupid poopyhead misogynists. Better still, it points out that girls think boys have everything better and boys think girls have it worse. Fancy that.
But, seriously. Fuck you, tumblr. Fuck you right in your stupid, misformed, eager-to-jump-on-any-bias-confirming-piece-of-shit-you-can-find faces.

throw-away-opinions:

viredae:

infidelcupcake:

feministframeworks:

the-uncensored-she:

takealookatyourlife:

“kill myself” was the most common answer when they contemplated the possibility of life as a girl

Yeah, tell me again how misogyny “isn’t real” and men and boys actually “love”, “like” and “respect the female sex”? This is how deep misogynistic propaganda runs in this world. Men and boys are so viscerally contemptuous of anything or anyone who/that is female or feminine, or perceived to be female or feminine, that they would rather commit suicide than to be associated with— or become a member of— the female sex. As Germaine Greer said, “women have no idea how much men hate them.”

they would rather die then be treated how they treat us

Your reactions to boys saying they’d commit suicide (which is a very prevalent thing among males btw) is to reframe it as a female-centric issue?

Your first thought when faced with a boy saying he’d kill himself is to make it about women?

Really? That’s pretty damn apathetic.

Considering how most trans people who suffer from gender dysphoria tend to be suicidal, I honestly don’t see the problem with boys saying they don’t want to be girls.

In fact, I find it to be the healthy response.

I sincerely doubt “kill myself” was the actual answer every boy gave, nor do I think that the girls of each classroom were all super eager to be the baseball players, policemen, and firemen that their frail, glass-like, female bodies refused to let them be. This whole thing reeks of feminist cognitive dissonance.

But giving Michael Kimmel (the author) the benefit of the doubt, I went and looked up this book, only to find that it was published in 2000 which quotes studies from the 1980’s, with footnotes that pretty much amount to “we made this up, but we assume this is right”, and ‘figures’ that are just newspaper comics from the New Yorker with pithy little jokes about how men are lazy and women have to put up with them.

The book has since been revised a few times, but even still, it’s largely ignored when it comes to gender studies, because all this guy writes about is masculinity and society, or gender or sexism, and the politics of masculinity and manhood.. First couple books, you could say “okay, he’s investigating this topic..” but with the next 10 books, it’s pretty obvious that the guy has an agenda.

However, upon closer investigation, it turns out he is actually full of shit. Don’t believe me? Here’s the study (< Click it)  Kimmel is quoting in that scanned passage.

The question, in full, was “If you were to wake up tomorrow and discover that you were a member of the other sex, how would your life be different?” Not, “what they would do” and there was no “girls were so much more thoughtful and careful to answer!”

The study in question was from 1983 (recent indeed!), and done by Researchers from the “Institute for Equality in Education”, where they only surveyed 2000 students, grades 3 through 12. In said study there was only a single student, a sixth grader, who responded with “If I were a girl, I’d kill myself”. Some considered it a boon, some were ambivalent, others thought that they might have to learn to cook better, because they’d make a lousy girl. The worst answers came from grade-schoolers, who are still deeply entrenched in the ‘boys vs girls’ mentality and still several years away from puberty and thinking of girls as anything other than gross, frilly, cootie factories. Remember. This is in 1983.

The best part is that the study actually does attribute these learned stereotypes to books, media, parents, and the rest of society as a whole, instead of just saying that all boys are stupid poopyhead misogynists. Better still, it points out that girls think boys have everything better and boys think girls have it worse. Fancy that.

But, seriously. Fuck you, tumblr. Fuck you right in your stupid, misformed, eager-to-jump-on-any-bias-confirming-piece-of-shit-you-can-find faces.

(Source: thevinckanator)

What some of the biggest websites looked like at the beginning

Look, baby pics!

(Source: welldonestuff.com, via biophiloi)

Once upon a time, the many cultures of this world were all part of the gynocratic age. Paternity had not yet been discovered…Childbirth was mysterious. It was vital. And it was envied. Women were worshipped because of it, were considered superior because of it…. Men were on the periphery—an…

Tags: history

atopfourthwall:

tyleroakley:

This is a hate crime.

Talk to each other?  TALK TO EACH OTHER?
It’s called global communication, assholes! I’m TALKING to people from all over the world! I’m making friends in places that it would otherwise be IMPOSSIBLE for me to find and meet! I’m learning new things that I had never considered before! I’m making the world a little bit better place for someone else! I’m posting something that I find amusing and someone else might find amusing, adding just a tiny bit of happiness for other people! Who the hell are YOU to tell me what I find fun isn’t worth your time?! What if I’m alone and don’t have anybody with me!?  What if I don’t particularly FEEL like talking to other people and prefer checking my friggin’ twitter?! YOU’RE not my friggin’ Mom, so don’t try to pretend you are by telling me to do something I don’t want to do!
Speaking of my Mom, she works from home too and doesn’t want me bothering her with every stupid little thing I’m doing! Because I’m a friggin’ ADULT and have my OWN life and she has HER own life and it’s really not YOUR frickin’ business if we call each other!
And finally, pretend it’s 1993. Okay, asshole, I’ll play! It’s 1993: Doctor Who has been off the air for YEARS now. Jason Goes to Hell is the latest Friday the 13th movie. Beanie babies are coming around and while cute and adorable, like baseball cards and the comic book speculator boom, people will assign high value to things that aren’t going to be worth CRAP in a few years, depleting their funds over a friggin’ TOY. Superman is DEAD. Oh yeah, and in comics? Image Comics is becoming one of the popular comic companies with its godawful Liefeldian style of storytelling and artwork and the rest of the industry is trying to compete and I did mention the speculator boom that pretty much KILLED the industry to the point that we count a successful comic sale as being in the 50,000 range as opposed to originally selling in the hundreds of thousands, right?!
Thank you very much, but I LIVED 1993. I don’t want it BACK.
As for “Live?” Guess what: I’M DOING THAT. I’m living in the HERE AND NOW. And in the here and now, WE HAVE WI-FI.

This guy&#8230;when he rants, applause is sure to follow.

atopfourthwall:

tyleroakley:

This is a hate crime.

Talk to each other?  TALK TO EACH OTHER?

It’s called global communication, assholes! I’m TALKING to people from all over the world! I’m making friends in places that it would otherwise be IMPOSSIBLE for me to find and meet! I’m learning new things that I had never considered before! I’m making the world a little bit better place for someone else! I’m posting something that I find amusing and someone else might find amusing, adding just a tiny bit of happiness for other people! Who the hell are YOU to tell me what I find fun isn’t worth your time?! What if I’m alone and don’t have anybody with me!?  What if I don’t particularly FEEL like talking to other people and prefer checking my friggin’ twitter?! YOU’RE not my friggin’ Mom, so don’t try to pretend you are by telling me to do something I don’t want to do!

Speaking of my Mom, she works from home too and doesn’t want me bothering her with every stupid little thing I’m doing! Because I’m a friggin’ ADULT and have my OWN life and she has HER own life and it’s really not YOUR frickin’ business if we call each other!

And finally, pretend it’s 1993. Okay, asshole, I’ll play! It’s 1993: Doctor Who has been off the air for YEARS now. Jason Goes to Hell is the latest Friday the 13th movie. Beanie babies are coming around and while cute and adorable, like baseball cards and the comic book speculator boom, people will assign high value to things that aren’t going to be worth CRAP in a few years, depleting their funds over a friggin’ TOY. Superman is DEAD. Oh yeah, and in comics? Image Comics is becoming one of the popular comic companies with its godawful Liefeldian style of storytelling and artwork and the rest of the industry is trying to compete and I did mention the speculator boom that pretty much KILLED the industry to the point that we count a successful comic sale as being in the 50,000 range as opposed to originally selling in the hundreds of thousands, right?!

Thank you very much, but I LIVED 1993. I don’t want it BACK.

As for “Live?” Guess what: I’M DOING THAT. I’m living in the HERE AND NOW. And in the here and now, WE HAVE WI-FI.

This guy…when he rants, applause is sure to follow.

(Source: agirlandhisplatypus)

atopfourthwall:

jessthelegendary:

eitaroo:

I think I just came.

I actually might watch this anime. I haven’t kept up with the Pokemon anime since 1st gen (mostly due to me being JUST ABOVE the age bracket the show was intended for when it first was airing), but something that follows the original games? Now THAT I’d be interested in.

The only way this could be more perfect is if they run into MissingNo. off the coast of Cinnabar.

Oh geez, this is going to be beautiful (if over a decade late).

 
I just got back into a brief Pokemon run, having just completed my White dex, and based on what I’ve encountered on bulbapedia, it seems I’ll never stop being disappointed by the main anime. Even as a kid it felt hokey, repetitive, and especially disrespectful to the games. Where the games had sense and logic, the anime just did whatever it wanted. Evolution happened when the plot said so, there was no equivalent to leveling up or a limited move set, no TMs or HMs, pathetic gym leaders who gave you badges because you just had the right kind of attitude, to say nothing of the smarmy, ten-badge-in-an-eight-gym-region-winning, semi-divine rival whose prowess in comparison to that schlub of a main character kept us from being at all invested in that relationship. It’s been said to death, but Ash’s repeated cock-ups ingratiated no one to his role as protagonist. So when what should be the main rival remains fifty steps ahead of him with few, if any, consequences to that kind of progress being explored, e.g. Gary finding it hard to connect with his Pokemon because he doesn’t show them the kind of love Ash does thus leading to his defeat when he faces the underdog Ash, the viewer becomes frustrated and stops rooting for the main character.

Furthermore, the anime exalted a painfully average Pokemon for its cuteness and really had nothing to do with catching them all or being the best despite the tag-lines and its still-excellent theme song (which it then dropped unceremoniously once they went to a new region). It shone where the bond between trainer and Pokemon was explored. I can recall a number of really emotional moments where Ash proves himself to be an exceptional trainer by putting the needs of his Pokemon above his own (c.f. the first Pikachu arc, releasing Butterfree, and Charmander from the first meeting to his literal and figurative evolutions). But all that is undermined when, upon heading to a new region, all but one Pokemon is left behind to discover new, ultimately ephemeral merchandise—er—friends. Even when it nailed something, the anime found a way to ruin it.

It all comes to a head when you realize how much more engrossing the world of the games is than that of the anime. The anime Pokemon world, for all its vastness feels empty, populated with countless stock characters and plot devices. Since just about anything goes in this world and there is no real end in sight for the main character, exploring it feels all but pointless. The game world, on the other hand, kept it extraordinarily simple. It set the rules and basic background of the world, and let you discover its limitations with your friends (ultimately that’s the genius of Pokemon—the ability to discover its secrets with friends who may have run into something you hadn’t). The result of this blend is a place where your imagination can run wild.  It’s a place where a glitch can many years later become a world-devouring Entity that only a man with a purdy hat and magic gun can defeat. It’s a place where a bit of data can become your best friend for helping you get through a tough scrape against another piece of data (thanks, Ampharos!). This is the place we’ve been dying to see animated. I hope this is it.

Long story short, we’ve needed an anime based in the simplicity of the games for far too long.