Sure! Why not!
Strike a match, light a rocket, and travel into the Golden Age of the Soviet space program with these vintage matchbox labels.
It’s important to remember that the USSR was first to most early milestones in space, and they celebrated their accomplishments with some amazing art. Some of that was in the form of classic Eastern bloc propaganda posters, and some was … matches, I guess.
Via an amazing Flickr gallery full of all subject matter of matchboxes, my favorites feature (from top) Laika the space dog, a couple commemorating the three-year anniversary of Sputnik 1, a trio celebrating the Luna 2 moon mission, and finally the museum/home of pioneering rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.
Lots more vintage art, space-age and otherwise, here.
Previously: Want more vintage science goodies? Tour the best pocket protector collection on the web.
Happy 2013! Sorry for my long absence. The Holidays were quite busy for me. I hope the Holidays treated you all well!
I’d like to start this year with an adorable article about a Common raven at play. Corvids, the crows (Corvus) in particular, are well known for displaying play behavior. So, enjoy the article and the photos :)
Roman Bone Sculpture of Venus
Circa: 3 rd Century AD
Ancient goddess of love, Venus appears before us, a beautiful bone statuette created by a skilled Roman artist. One of the twelve Olympians, Venus (known to the Greeks as Aphrodite) was one of the most celebrated deities of the ancients, known as the goddess of beauty, mother of love, queen of laughter, mistress of the graces and of pleasures, patroness of courtesans. In this gorgeous bone sculpture, her slender body conforms to the cylindrical nature of the material. She stands on a pedestal base with a mantle draped around her right knee, as if the artist was looking at larger marble examples where such a mantle would have functioned as a support of the tremendous weight of the stone. While there is no such worry when sculpting bone, the artist has retained this feature as an aesthetic device. As with similar bone sculptures, the now missing arms would have been attached to the mortises in the shoulders. Remarkably, traces of purple pigment survive on the diadem that crowns her head. This delicate sculpture captures all the grace and beauty of Venus.
Aromanticism can be really hard to figure out, especially since we’re often not sure what “romantic attraction” is supposed to be, so I made a list of things I’ve often seen in myself and other aromantic-spectrum people.
These are just generalizations. They won’t apply to every…
Historical Map: Homeward Passenger Movement During the Evening Rush Period, Toronto, 1915
Beautiful diagram indicating the patterns of homeward peak-hour travel via public transportation (at this time, mainly streetcar) in Toronto. By my rough count, the collection of yellow dots in the downtown area represents some 49,500 people.
Of particular interest are the red-and-white hatched dots, which represent a point where passengers transfer from the privately-run Toronto Railway Company’s (TRC) streetcars to those of the city-owned Toronto Civic Railways. Due to a disagreement over the terms of the franchise, the TRC refused to offer streetcar service in newly-annexed portions of Toronto, forcing the city to create its own service in those areas. In 1921, the TRC’s franchise expired and all transit was consolidated under the new Toronto Transportation Commission, the forerunner to today’s Toronto Transit Commission.
If you look closely (click on the image to be taken to a much larger version of the map), you can see that ridership totals are also shown for the civic railways, just in a fine black hatching instead of the more prominent blue used for the services branching out of the downtown area.
Visually quite similar to this map of the morning peak flow on the New York City subway in 1954.
(Source: Toronto Transit Alliance)
Look, sometimes an artist’s just gotta draw cozy domestic AU fanart of their own characters. (I hope you didn’t think I was kidding about getting way too invested in the Gay-Dads-Adopt-a-Baby story.)
This one’s for you, NIMONA readers - thanks for sticking with me this far <3
The Oldest Known Map: The Map of Nippur
This ancient clay tablet dates to the 14th-13th century BC. It shows a map of the countryside around the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, located in the middle of the southern Mesopotamia floodplain, near the modern city of Diwaniyah, Iraq. The inscription on the tablet is in cuneiform.
The University of Pennsylvania was excavating in Nippur from 1889 until 1900 and during that time they discovered thousands of clay tablets. This map may have been discovered at that time, but its importance was not recognized until quite some time later.
croclock asked: OOH OR IF YOU WANNA TELL ME ABOUT TYELPE'S FAMILY IN EREGION BC I THINK THERE ARE OCS I DONT KNOW YET if you want to ofc
Tyelpe’s family in Eregion best topic or best topic
(excuse me while I preen and promote my OCs heheh)
I’m in love with all of them already. Especially Léraisse.
What more can I do to convince you that Aicasame should end up in late Anadûnê? Flirting with Lôminzil (who by the way takes after her illustrious ancestor, and accentuates the resemblance)? Hilarious name confusion with Aicanassë? Making the slightly ridiculous saga of the baby blanket pan out?
oh my god are you trying to kill me *__________*
the opportunity for transgenerational elf-mortal love affairs involving uncanny resemblances and a slight inability to distinguish between the two as separate individuals WITHOUT anything of a dubiously consensual nature???
you have won my heart. let it be so.
*flaps about in delight*
Lôminzil/Aicasame is just going to make Lôminzil/Aicanassë that much more complicated. In the sense of jealously and foe yay and competition, not just the names. Okay, also the names. I should have thought of that. I’m not as worried about Lôminzil/Arossë/(Azûlzir), mainly because I see this happening primarily before Arossë is in the picture. And anyway, why not just square the triangle? It’s not like these ships are complicated enough as is.
And I didn’t even think about that parallel. Probably a good thing, because you know exactly how I feel about that parallel. Not that it is making me ship Aica/Lomi (and I guess I can’t use the Aica abbreviation) any less.
I have a general sense she ends up going back to Harad when Zimrathon’s oldest kids do. Aphanûzir - and Lômiphel.
muahahaha >:3 (jealousy and foe yay and competition are some of my favourite things, well how did you know! :P)
…can you just imagine the gossip, though? here they are railing against elvish influences, when… *cackles evilly*
heh, sorry to bring it up. but it’s a dynamic that I love, and I’d rather I had an option for it to come with a bit less… sketchiness. so I’m pleased. (also I imagine her siblings/family calling her Sáme, especially when they’re young, so that could work instead.)
that works! awwww, babby royals <3 (can this involve assassination plots? I like those. unless they’re just going to Harad for fun without any other motivation, which is cool too.)
I’m getting increasingly attached to this ship. And, speaking of competition, fighting over Lomi could very easily lead to Aicanassë/Aicasáme, and then where would we be?
Don’t be sorry. It’s just me and my irrational hatred of that one ship. And I agree about the dynamic, especially when it’s Elves and Mortals I’m actually extremely invested in.
The original idea was that Zimrathon’s wife (and her twin brother) were royal priests in Harad - well, one specific civilization a bit south of Umbar. Twins are a significant thing in that culture. Anyway, she ends up married to Zimrathon, and the three of them are in a poly relationship, but their oldest son and daughter (also twins) decide that the Haradrim side of their heritage means more to them and decide to take up their religious/political duties in the east, leaving their much younger brother the unexpected heir. But I can absolutely work an assassination plot in there somewhere.
e. I say brother even though there’s more ritualized third gender stuff going on, but overall he shades towards masculine
(heh, don’t be sorry. makes for a slightly odd-looking thread, but I am thoroughly enjoying this discussion.)
oh maaaaaan, though. that would be interesting. I suspect Aicasáme might be a little too ace and aloof most of the time, but I’ll consider it. hmm hmmm……
and ah, I see! and I like this very much. those kids sound fun. and babby Sakalthor! (I bet some of the other Elrosians are throwing fits about the heirs to the throne going back to Harad, hahahaha XD)
Aloof is probably better here, honestly. I like the idea, but if it’s going into the headcanon verse, I don’t want to interfere with the Catpile overly much. It’s just she makes every single ship more interesting. In small doses, maybe.
Oh, the other Elrosians are practically collapsing in on themselves. The Andustalië wing and most of the Northerners are thrilled about it, because they seem them as foreigners anyway. The Arminalêth and Rómenna branches of the family are split between horrified, confused, and trying to get as much influence over bby!Sakalthor as possible before anyone else does. I’m not sure if Azûlzir is alive when all this is happening, but his sisters are, and they do manage to contain most of the political fallout and spin it as a positive thing - one of the major propaganda elements of the reign of Ar-Adûnakhor was the concept of Pan-Humanism, the resurgence of not just Edain traditions (which were deemed too Elvish), but of linguistic and cultural elements of Mannish culture before or without contact with the Elves. Including, of course, the Haradrim. Not that this mitigated their colonial activities, of course, it is a propaganda ploy, but the situation is dynamic and a mixed Adûna/Haradrim merchant class has a very strong hold in the colonies as is.