feeling kin d a tired lately. , ,
the thing about “passing” is that it changes the question “do people see me in the gender place i want to be seen?” to “do people see me as cis?”. like people treat me way different than i was treated when i was a dude even when nobody in their right mind would mistake me for cis. they’re rude, and that’s shitty, but who cares
having to scramble to appear cis is violence, and just because it’s violence we inflict on ourselves doesn’t make it any less painful
I don’t want my worlds to be dystopias or utopias or thoroughly realist alternate realities. Nor do I want them to be allegories, or cautionary tales, or moral/philosophical essays in disguise. I want them to be extensions. I want to be very honest about the fact that these worlds are built from the excess of what I experience here, in this world, and as such will be inevitably connected to this world. I don’t just want to write about sorcerers; I want to be one —- I want to develop my own magic, my own means of invocation. The worlds that I create must be suited for this, must be strong enough to carry my dreams and flexible enough not to isolate me from them. It must be perfect IT MUST BE PERFECT and I fear I’m just not up to it.
I have great ambitions for my fiction, and have produced so very little. That which I have produced hardly lives up to my vision. I care about it more, perhaps, than anything else in my life —- and I marvel at the risk of that investment, made on so little assurance that anything I create will ever be seen by more than a handful of people, that any of it will ever ‘matter’.
Ancient Roman Nanotechnology —- The Lycurgus Cup
In the 1950’s the British Museum acquired one of the most amazing archaeological finds from Ancient Rome. The Lycurgus Cup is a beautiful 1,600 year old goblet crafted from glass by the Ancient Romans. The cup depicts the punishment of Lycurgus, a mythical king who was ensnared in vines for committing evil acts against the Greek god Dionysus. The craftsmanship and artwork of the cup are certainly amazing on their own. During the age of the Roman Empire the Romans were master glassmakers, producing some of the finest pieces of glassware in history. However the Lycurgus cup has one incredible property that is goes far beyond traditional glassmaking. When exposed to light, the cup turns from jade green into a bright, glowing red color. For decades historians, archaeologists, and scientists had no idea why this occurred or how the Romans made the cup with such light changing properties. Then in 1990 a small fragment of the cup was examined by scientists under a microscope. What they discovered is truly amazing.
The Lycurgus cup is not only made of glass, but is impregnated with thousands of small particles of gold and silver. Each of the gold and silver particles are less than 50 nano-meters in diameter, less than one-one thousandth the size of a grain of table salt. When the cup is hit with light, electrons belonging to the metal flecks vibrate in ways that alter the color depending on the observer’s position. What is even more amazing is that the addition of the particles to the glass was no accident or coincidence. The Romans would have had to have known the exact mixture and density of particles needed to give the cup light changing properties. This would have been done without the aid of a microscope, without the knowledge of molecular theory, and 1,300 years before Newton’s Theory of Colors.
Today the Lycurgus Cup has profound affects on modern nanotechnology. After studying the cup, researchers and engineers are looking to adapt the technology for modern purposes. A researcher from the University of Illinois named Gong Gang Liu is currently working on a device which uses the same technology to diagnose disease. Another application of the technology is a possible device which can detect dangerous materials being smuggled onto airplanes by terrorists.
The legacy of Ancient Rome continues. Arena’s, baths, arches, and nanotechnology.
I wanted to share with you our Serbian traditional way of dying Easter eggs - no artificial colors or dyes needed.
Put any leaves you like on the surface of the egg and carefully place them in a stocking. Boil these eggs in water full of onion skins. The result are beautiful, earthly colors and interesting patterns.
bus smells of pot :-/
Medieval Dances - The Egg Dance
The Egg dance was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances and, like the Carole, was performed during a period of festivity namely the Easter-tide festivities. The egg dance was derived from a traditional Easter game, in the egg dance eggs were laid on the ground or floor and the goal was to dance among them damaging as few eggs as possible.
image: The Egg Dance by Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Margaret Atwood, “Eating Snake”, Interlunar (via ratmessiah)
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have a nice day with your friends and families.
you know, all that stuff between ancient rome and pumpkin pants
Medieval Justice —- The Case of the Rooster of Basel
In 1474 a rooster living in the city of Basel, Switzerland committed one of the most shocking and heinous crimes in Medieval Swiss history; it laid an egg. A rooster laying eggs is not only strange enough, but they were eggs that lacked a yoke. The people of Basel were terrified, for everyone knew that such eggs were not normal eggs, but the eggs of a cockatrice, a winged serpent creature with a roosters head which could kill and destroy with a mere glance.
To settle the matter, the rooster was put on trial to decide its fate. The trial included a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge. The prosecutor argued that the rooster was no ordinary cock, but a minion of Satan. The defense attorney argued that the egg laying of the rooster was an odd, but natural occurrence that was no fault of the rooster.
At the end of the trial, the judge found the rooster guilty of witchcraft. The rooster was immediately burned at the stake.
Sometimes I remember why I love(d) history. (Though, to raise a silly periodization quibble, surely 1474 would be considered ‘early modern’ or ‘renaissance’ rather than medieval?)