chasing-yesterdays:

Medieval two-faced Janus-type misericord in Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest parish church.

Misericord seats are found in the choir stalls in churches, cathedrals and monastic foundations all over Europe. They are made to lift and tip back, like modern theatre seats but without the counterbalance. On the underside is a shallow shelf, supported by a wooden bracket on which the occupant can then take some weight, thus appearing to remain standing upright whilst in reality partially seated. The posture is broadly similar to that taken on a shooting stick, but with greater stability and often with additional support from high armrests.

Used in this way, the misericord provides relief [Latin misericordia = act of mercy] for those who must spend long hours on their feet in the course of worship. In mediæval times there were 8 services in 24 hours: matins, lauds, prime terce, sext, none, vespers and compline, and properly speaking, those services were to be said and sung standing.

Text source: Eric Webb, "The Misericords of Ripon Manner."

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farewell-kingdom:

Inspired by the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work titled “Phoenix”. The installation currently on exhibit at MassMoCA features two massive birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers (via).

"At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China." - Xu Bing.

OH WOW

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allochthon:

girljanitor:

Okay, so I had planned to write a big long review of this book, but you know what? It’s too fucking good.
You need to buy this book.
It is a fantasy novel. It is the best fantasy novel. It is in a fantasy universe populated with protagonists of color, and evil white people. There are a few good white people, but mostly evil white people who have wayyyy too much power and are evil.
You need to buy this book if only for the scene where the disabled Black woman protagonist picks up a bottle of white people shampoo, sniffs it, and just rolls her eyes and thinks, are they expecting me to use this astringent shit on my beautiful Maroneh(Black) woman hair?
It in particular is actually the second book in the series, but I accidentally read it out of order the first time (and have since read the other) and it didn’t particularly suffer from being read out of order.
You need to buy this book.
There is also a bit of sexy sex. The exact right amount of sexy sex.
I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with this book. All three, but in particular this one was my favorite.
There is also a significant amount of queer sex in the trilogy. QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR.
This is N. K. Jemisin. She wrote this book.

You need to buy all of her books.
I plan to.

OMG N. K. Jemisin’s book are so incredibly awesome. Mind-blowingly awesome. And, she’s scheduled to be a GOH at Wiscon next year (Memorial Day, 2014).
Awesome books. Awesome.

Oh, NICE!
WisCon 38 Guests of Honor:

Hiromi Goto
Photo by Kiely Ramos

Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of many books for youth and adults. Her adult novel, Chorus of Mushrooms was the recipient of the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Award for best first book as well as co-winner of the Japan-Canada Book Award. Her second adult novel, The Kappa Child, was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award. More recently, her YA novel, Half World, was winner of the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Her latest YA publication, companion book to Half World, is Darkest Light.
Hiromi Goto’s website
N. K. Jemisin

Photo by E. C. Myers

N. K. Jemisin is a speculative fiction author of novels and short stories. She is the author of the Dreamblood duology (The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun) and the Inheritance Trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods). The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and World Fantasy Award. It was also shortlisted for the Tiptree Award. Her short story “Non-Zero Probabilities” was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. She lives in Brooklyn.
N.K. Jemisin’s website

allochthon:

girljanitor:

Okay, so I had planned to write a big long review of this book, but you know what? It’s too fucking good.

You need to buy this book.

It is a fantasy novel. It is the best fantasy novel. It is in a fantasy universe populated with protagonists of color, and evil white people. There are a few good white people, but mostly evil white people who have wayyyy too much power and are evil.

You need to buy this book if only for the scene where the disabled Black woman protagonist picks up a bottle of white people shampoo, sniffs it, and just rolls her eyes and thinks, are they expecting me to use this astringent shit on my beautiful Maroneh(Black) woman hair?

It in particular is actually the second book in the series, but I accidentally read it out of order the first time (and have since read the other) and it didn’t particularly suffer from being read out of order.

You need to buy this book.

There is also a bit of sexy sex. The exact right amount of sexy sex.

I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with this book. All three, but in particular this one was my favorite.

There is also a significant amount of queer sex in the trilogy. QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR.

This is N. K. Jemisin. She wrote this book.

image

You need to buy all of her books.

I plan to.

OMG N. K. Jemisin’s book are so incredibly awesome. Mind-blowingly awesome. And, she’s scheduled to be a GOH at Wiscon next year (Memorial Day, 2014).

Awesome books. Awesome.

Oh, NICE!

WisCon 38 Guests of Honor:

Hiromi Goto

Hiromi Goto

Photo by Kiely Ramos

Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of many books for youth and adults. Her adult novel, Chorus of Mushrooms was the recipient of the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Award for best first book as well as co-winner of the Japan-Canada Book Award. Her second adult novel, The Kappa Child, was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award. More recently, her YA novel, Half World, was winner of the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Her latest YA publication, companion book to Half World, is Darkest Light.

Hiromi Goto’s website

N. K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

Photo by E. C. Myers

N. K. Jemisin is a speculative fiction author of novels and short stories. She is the author of the Dreamblood duology (The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun) and the Inheritance Trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods). The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and World Fantasy Award. It was also shortlisted for the Tiptree Award. Her short story “Non-Zero Probabilities” was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. She lives in Brooklyn.

N.K. Jemisin’s website

eclecticbrainmatter:

This is a markhor. It’s a type of wild goat found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is also majestic and regal as f*ck.

eclecticbrainmatter:

This is a markhor. It’s a type of wild goat found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is also majestic and regal as f*ck.

lip painting!

lip painting!

center-for-chthonic-studies:

secondlina:

One of my favorite fairy tale figures is Baba Yaga, an old witch who lives in an enchanted forest, rides a mortar instead of a broom, lives in a house with chicken legs and usually has three magical sons. I have an obsession with witches in general, but something about this old Russian spell caster really captures my imagination. 
I think one day i’d like to write about the adventures of her youth. How she became powerful and delightfully evil (although she is good in a couple of tales). So, here you go, young Baba Yaga (who would have a different name, since Baba means old woman. Maybe just Yaga?).

BABAJAGA HOLY FUCKING SHIT
Her name, Jaga, is probably related to the name “Jadwiga” (at least that’s what I heard from some people… could be slanted)
SHE IS SCARY AND EVIL BUT SHE WILL HELP YOU IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
SHE’S ANCIENT AND DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR AGEISM AND IS NOT TO BE MESSED WITH
She’s got skulls with glowing lights emerging from the eyes that fucking DISSOLVE people
In one legend she ages every time she answers a question / does a favor for a person, so as “payment” you have to give her blue roses which counter the aging
BASICALLY SHE RULES, AND THAT “LOST GIRL” EPISODE WITH HER IN IT WAS A FUCKING DISGRACE

This is a really, really cool concept.

center-for-chthonic-studies:

secondlina:

One of my favorite fairy tale figures is Baba Yaga, an old witch who lives in an enchanted forest, rides a mortar instead of a broom, lives in a house with chicken legs and usually has three magical sons. I have an obsession with witches in general, but something about this old Russian spell caster really captures my imagination. 

I think one day i’d like to write about the adventures of her youth. How she became powerful and delightfully evil (although she is good in a couple of tales). So, here you go, young Baba Yaga (who would have a different name, since Baba means old woman. Maybe just Yaga?).

BABAJAGA HOLY FUCKING SHIT

Her name, Jaga, is probably related to the name “Jadwiga” (at least that’s what I heard from some people… could be slanted)

SHE IS SCARY AND EVIL BUT SHE WILL HELP YOU IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

SHE’S ANCIENT AND DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR AGEISM AND IS NOT TO BE MESSED WITH

She’s got skulls with glowing lights emerging from the eyes that fucking DISSOLVE people

In one legend she ages every time she answers a question / does a favor for a person, so as “payment” you have to give her blue roses which counter the aging

BASICALLY SHE RULES, AND THAT “LOST GIRL” EPISODE WITH HER IN IT WAS A FUCKING DISGRACE

This is a really, really cool concept.

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evolvejewelry:

1 3/4” #labradorite goodness!!

evolvejewelry:

1 3/4” #labradorite goodness!!

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deafmuslimpunx:

nuestrahermana:

A couple of previews on two new soaps: 

Top: Protection - Sea  Salt, Frankincense & Myrrh colored with mineral colorants in a sparkly deep dark blackgreen and soft warm beige and amber

Bottom: Denim -  Woodsy Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Bergamot and light top notes of Violet & Citrus. A clean twist on a classic aftershave scent. 

Looks Amazing and I bet they smell sooo delicious, too…

everyone, please check out her shop where she sells homemade, natural soaps (that contain no harmful chemicals), so be sure to check back later when she has new soaps in stock :)

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HORCHATA LIP BALM

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cosplayingwhileblack:

Saya from Blood the last Vampire by *Komory-Bat

this looks damn cool