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At times I am nice.

the-indigo-dragonfly:

Tomoe Gozen  巴御前- onna bugeisha

Tomoe Gozen was a female samurai during the Genpei War of 1180–1185 CE. Though female warriors were not uncommon in Japan at the time, Tomoe is one of very few female samurai, highly trained and skilled in horseback riding, archery, sword fighting and she was also greatly skilled in the use of the naginata, which is a long staff with a curved blade at one end. Tomoe Gozen beheaded many enemies with naginata, because she didn’t believe in staying behind in battles, she was always at the fore front of any battle line.
She was a senior captain under general Minamoto no Yoshinaka, and either his attendant or consort as well, depending on the source. Her surname is not known, as Gozen is simply a title, somewhat like “Lady.”

The earliest written source regarding Tomoe Gozen is from the 14th century Japanese classic, The Tale of the Heike, which in turn is derived from oral tradition. This source describes her as almost supernaturally strong, very beautiful, and surpassing her male colleagues in skill and bravery.

The Heike Monogatari goes on to say that Tomoe was one of the last five of Yoshinaka’s warriors standing at the tail end of the Battle of Awazu, and that Yoshinaka, knowing that death was near, urged her to flee. Though reluctant, she rushed a Minamoto warrior named Onda no Hachirô Moroshige, cut his head off, and then fled for the eastern provinces.

Some have written that Tomoe in fact died in battle with her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.

She is among the most popular and widely known female figures in Japanese history/legend, and appears as the lead in at least one kabuki play, Onna Shibaraku

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erikkwakkel:

Sharing a binding
This is a clever book from the 18th century, printed in Oxford in 1756. It presents both the Old and New Testament, although the books are not bound together the regular way, behind one another. Instead, the binder opted to place them next to each other. This very rare binding technique is part of a family that includes the dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding, which I blogged about before (here). Having the two testaments bound this way allowed the reader to consult passages from both books at the same time. Indeed, the empty pages in the front and back are filled with notes, including in what looks like Greek and Hebrew. It appears this clever binding had a reader to match.
Pic: Manchester, Chetham’s Library (source).

erikkwakkel:

Sharing a binding

This is a clever book from the 18th century, printed in Oxford in 1756. It presents both the Old and New Testament, although the books are not bound together the regular way, behind one another. Instead, the binder opted to place them next to each other. This very rare binding technique is part of a family that includes the dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding, which I blogged about before (here). Having the two testaments bound this way allowed the reader to consult passages from both books at the same time. Indeed, the empty pages in the front and back are filled with notes, including in what looks like Greek and Hebrew. It appears this clever binding had a reader to match.

Pic: Manchester, Chetham’s Library (source).

snipegift:

Plot twist: The creator of this was later accused of witchcraft

snipegift:

Plot twist: The creator of this was later accused of witchcraft

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bifanoland:

I guess I can finally share this!

"Vasilisa Encounters the White Horseman."                                              

Gouache on Arches 300 lb Hot Press WC paper. 

I’ll be displaying some new work and old alongside Luc Latullipe and  Mark “Atomos” Pilon for an upcoming group show at Hot Art Wet City in Vancouver, BC.

More info on it here!

http://hotartwetcity.com/electricks/

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Today's OST: Out of the Hive

raelzero:

Taken from Myst: URU. By Tim Larkin.

This is seriously epic. The groove in this piece is incredibly moving and really conveys the power of the D’ni/Myst setting. Hardly ever there was such a succesful attempt at world music that fits so well in a videogame.

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msmollym:

Dear Followers! Sage Howard and I have an online web comic called Singer’s Cave. We are about to finish our first volume along with some other goodies! This comic will be released online as well as at (hopefully) local book/zine shops around Portland. We are really excited about this project and I thought I would get you all excited too. So check out Singer’s Cave and see what you think! Sage and I will be releasing our individual comics soon as well. For myself that would include GREYHOU, Jungle Gym, and I Hope You Drown.
HERE IS A DOODLE OF OUR LEAD GHOST IN SINGER’S CAVE!

msmollym:

Dear Followers! Sage Howard and I have an online web comic called Singer’s Cave. We are about to finish our first volume along with some other goodies! This comic will be released online as well as at (hopefully) local book/zine shops around Portland. We are really excited about this project and I thought I would get you all excited too. So check out Singer’s Cave and see what you think! Sage and I will be releasing our individual comics soon as well. For myself that would include GREYHOU, Jungle Gym, and I Hope You Drown.

HERE IS A DOODLE OF OUR LEAD GHOST IN SINGER’S CAVE!

msmollym:

Another construction paper doodle.

msmollym:

Another construction paper doodle.

cloudmarsh:

Myst Alphabet: A is for Ages

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Women’s Forestry Corps, UK 1918.
gaxix:

Gang of thieves quick preview

gaxix:

Gang of thieves quick preview

visualizingmath:

proofmathisbeautiful:

zerostatereflex:

Water Experiment No. 33 Automata

What a beautiful work of craftsmanship.

By: Dean O’Callaghan

Can’t look away…

Wow. 

joachimmurat asked: If anything Robin Hood teaches us that Coeur de Lion is a lousy absentee king who gallivants off on crusade against the not actually awful Saladin who was gonna let the Christians and Jews keep visiting the Holy Land anyways because he recognized that it was holy to ALL of them.

joachimmurat:

duchessofwellington:

THANK YOU. EXACTLY. Really, Richard couldn’t have given less of a damn about England and Saladin actually could have done a great deal of good for relationships in the Holy Land. Did they even really care about the Christians until the Christians starting massacreing them? This ‘Holy War’ was absolutely one sided until the Christians gave them a reason to turn against them. 

And then, to top that, after insulting his allies, Richard got himself kidnapped and if not for his mother, his brother would have just let him rot. He should thank God his mother is the only person of sense in that family after Henry II died. 

And even DURING the war Saladin’s just like “Hey come on now, maybe you’re an infidel but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a talk about an armistice over smoothies - yeah we invented those last week, wanna try one?”

And then he just got himself shot with a crossbow and Things Got Even Worse.

lalage:

Beast