bijoux-et-mineraux:

Aragonite -  Pantoja, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

bijoux-et-mineraux:

Aragonite - Pantoja, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

(Source: ebay.com)

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20
Oct
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20
Oct

(Source: aaaaa42)

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20
Oct
medievalpoc:

thisonewillnotdie:

Mary Jones aka Peter Sewally of New York City was put on trial June 11th 1836 for pick pocketing a wallet containing 99$ from a white john with whom she had done business with the night before.
During their arrest Mary had attempted to throw out two additional wallets hidden in their bosom and the police upon taking Mary’s key and entering their home found dozens more wallets, watches and trinkets belonging to dozens of the cities male Upperclass whom although knowing Mary had stolen from them had become fearful to report to police least their vices be known to an increasingly moral conservative public.
Upon Mary’s interrogation and strip search it was discovered they were born as a man and had created a leather device in the shape and form of a vagina tied around their waist to keep clients from learning Mary’s T and birth sex (Although there is some dispute that the men were well aware of her male identity that she performed in the daytime)
On trial (in as far as I know) in the earliest known first person account of Queer life in United States Mary Jones went on record stating :

"I have been in the practice of waiting upon Girls of ill fame and made up their Beds and received the Company at the door and received the money for Rooms &c and they induced me to dress in Women’s Clothes, saying I looked so much better in them and I have always attended parties among the people of my own Colour dressed in this way — and in New Orleans I always dressed in this way"

 In so doing Mary Jones explained that there existed an active and known community of what would now be called gays, transsexuals, and drag queens in both the most populated city in United States and the blackest city in the United States during the pre-Emancipation era populated solely by black and mixed race people.
Of course Mary was convicted of Grand Larceny imprisoned for five years but not before being humiliated during trial and her image sensationalized by the press. Additionally days after their initial release Mary was sentenced a second time to Sing-Sing for a five month period for daring to walk about in female attire again before finally disappearing from the records.
It can be argued that this community of which Mary belonged to was the foundation of the later Black Drag Cakewalk balls known in late 19th century New York City, the queer rent parties and gay social life of 1920’s Harlem and eventually the Ballroom/Vogue community formed in the 1940’s to Present.
Although their life was marred in controversy caused by the multipronged discrimination so common for black gender and sexually variant people (then and now) for exisiting out, open and matter of factly Mary Jones was able to create a “beginning” for recorded black Queer life and history in this nation.

This is outside the usual purview of Medievalpoc, but a recent influx of questions about people of color, sexuality and gender diversity from history can be answered in this post.

medievalpoc:

thisonewillnotdie:

Mary Jones aka Peter Sewally of New York City was put on trial June 11th 1836 for pick pocketing a wallet containing 99$ from a white john with whom she had done business with the night before.

During their arrest Mary had attempted to throw out two additional wallets hidden in their bosom and the police upon taking Mary’s key and entering their home found dozens more wallets, watches and trinkets belonging to dozens of the cities male Upperclass whom although knowing Mary had stolen from them had become fearful to report to police least their vices be known to an increasingly moral conservative public.

Upon Mary’s interrogation and strip search it was discovered they were born as a man and had created a leather device in the shape and form of a vagina tied around their waist to keep clients from learning Mary’s T and birth sex (Although there is some dispute that the men were well aware of her male identity that she performed in the daytime)

On trial (in as far as I know) in the earliest known first person account of Queer life in United States Mary Jones went on record stating :

"I have been in the practice of waiting upon Girls of ill fame and made up their Beds and received the Company at the door and received the money for Rooms &c and they induced me to dress in Women’s Clothes, saying I looked so much better in them and I have always attended parties among the people of my own Colour dressed in this way — and in New Orleans I always dressed in this way"


In so doing Mary Jones explained that there existed an active and known community of what would now be called gays, transsexuals, and drag queens in both the most populated city in United States and the blackest city in the United States during the pre-Emancipation era populated solely by black and mixed race people.

Of course Mary was convicted of Grand Larceny imprisoned for five years but not before being humiliated during trial and her image sensationalized by the press. Additionally days after their initial release Mary was sentenced a second time to Sing-Sing for a five month period for daring to walk about in female attire again before finally disappearing from the records.

It can be argued that this community of which Mary belonged to was the foundation of the later Black Drag Cakewalk balls known in late 19th century New York City, the queer rent parties and gay social life of 1920’s Harlem and eventually the Ballroom/Vogue community formed in the 1940’s to Present.

Although their life was marred in controversy caused by the multipronged discrimination so common for black gender and sexually variant people (then and now) for exisiting out, open and matter of factly Mary Jones was able to create a “beginning” for recorded black Queer life and history in this nation.

This is outside the usual purview of Medievalpoc, but a recent influx of questions about people of color, sexuality and gender diversity from history can be answered in this post.

Reblogged from medievalpoc
20
Oct
themineralogist:

Bixbyite from Utah, USA (by Matteo Chinellato)

themineralogist:

Bixbyite from Utah, USA (by Matteo Chinellato)

Reblogged from themineralogist
20
Oct
kevinwada:

Jubilee
Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch
Had to throw a shiba in there.

kevinwada:

Jubilee

Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch

Had to throw a shiba in there.

Reblogged from kevinwada
20
Oct

micromademacro Here’s some pollen for you, the first two are Begonia pollen, the other six are from my honey sample and I’ve put tentative identifications in the captions

20
Oct

When I first got my little macro lens for my phone I took some close-up shots of flowers, so here they are

I love my Photojojo phone lenses (I have the wide/macro, the telephoto, and the polarizer, they’re great)

20
Oct

Some photos I took from my flights to Reykjavik and to London (I think these were mostly to Reykjavik…)

20
Oct

Several days ago a ladybug had attached itself to my hair so I moved it down and it hung out on my watch for a while

Cut little ladybug :3

20
Oct
Apropos of nothing

valerie1972:

Back when I was in college in the early 90s, all the most colorful personal ads were in the back section of the Houston Press, Houston’s alt newspaper. It was about the only mainstream place at the time where you’d see ads for gay, poly, swinging, etc. relationships.

My favorite ad from those days is from the “men seeking men” section. I still remember it word for word over twenty years later:

Recent amputee into black magic and falconry seeking same.

The “seeking same” has always struck me as the epitome of romantic optimism. I like to believe that dude found who he was looking for.

Reblogged from bigbigtruck
20
Oct

"The road to Kuzotopia"

Chel/Kuzco is really common but at least this one also has Miguel/Tulio, so

20
Oct

"In a land where every human has their own animal form, we will follow three orphan siblings as they journey far and wide in order to help a young lord claim back his riches."

What am I watching

20
Oct

animatedamerican:

actuallyclintbooton:

downtroddendeity:

gryffinewt:

can i just talk for a minute about how much child prodigy newt does not make sense? i mean, here is a dude who hates authority, and you don’t learn to hate authority by getting everything you need and want in life from childhood. the seed of cynicism plants itself in you at a young age, not just because you’re some cishet white guy who listened to the sex pistols and learned what a feminism was.

you’ve got a Bad Brain, and you are taught by teachers that you are bad. sure, the kid is smart, he even corrects the teacher from time to time. but he’s so angry and scatterbrained and he talks back and he throws out his homework. you get him Tested but it turns out diagnosing a kid is not easy. the go-to is always adhd and if the meds don’t work for that you are shit out of luck. so you grow up failing and learning you are a time bomb of wasted potential, and you internalize it and become bitter, so bitter. you hate your teachers, you hate your psychiatrists, and some days you even hate your parents. all the adults are against you and that’s how you become someone who hates authority.

if newt got his way and charmed his teachers enough to get him into college at 14, 15, continuing to get his way enough to breeze through 6 phds, who would he have to hate? who is he to call his authority figures “fascists” and protest alongside women for more accessible education? whose hand does he have to fear and resent?

in terms of privilege, newt is nothing beacham would have you believe. kids like him get treated poorly for their brains, not rewarded. you reclaim yourself by working hard, and it doesn’t come easy.

Okay, I tried to think of a way to phrase this politely, but… well, I think I’m just going to have to be blunt.

Have you ever talked to a “child prodigy”?

'cause there are some… definite misunderstandings here that really need clearing up.

First off, some personal background: I was one of those “child prodigies.” On paper, I skipped second grade, was further accelerated in math, and took supplementary classes at the local university through high school. In practice, more than half my high school classes were at college level. And, since I was in an organization for profoundly gifted (or PG) kids up until I was 18, I know a whole lot of others, including people who, yes, started college at 14 or 15. This includes people of numerous genders and orientations and quite a few neuroatypical people. I myself am probably on the autism spectrum.

So speaking as someone who a) went through the American public school system as a twice-exceptional PG kid and b) is good friends with a lot of other people who also did, I would like to say that Newt is exactly, exactly the kind of antiauthoritarian I would expect from someone of that kind of background.

The American school system is terrible to really smart kids. Yes, I realize this sounds like First-World-Problems-style whining to a lot of people- “Oh no, I’m too smart, school is too easy, waaah.” But it’s still true.

All a lot of schools care about are test scores. As such, they will often fight tooth and nail against any suggestion of grade acceleration, even though it’s pretty definitively proven to be better for PG kids’ social development in the long term, because if they let a PG kid skip a grade they lose a year of high test scores from them. The only reason I got my gradeskip (and believe me, I could have skipped another year or two with no problem) is that I was getting physically ill because school was such a torture chamber of boredom. And that was at a good school, in a college town, with an actual gifted program- it’s much worse for people in districts without those resources.

Acceleration is never given as a reward, even- or especially- to those who need it the most.

All the problems with administration that you might have encountered in public schools? PG kids don’t get treated any better just because they’ve got “good brains.” I was mercilessly bullied throughout late-elementary and middle school, for instance, and the school willfully ignored it to the point that my parents had to threaten a lawsuit before they’d even let me change my seat in class. Sometimes they’ll even use good grades as an excuse to ignore you- I have a friend who tried to go to the counselor at her school because she was having suicidal ideations, and the counselor took one look at her grades and decided there couldn’t possibly be anything wrong, because she was clearly doing so well.

And this is without even getting into the twice-exceptional bit. A lot of people headcanon Newt as either neuroatypical or with some form of mental illness, and the thing about having that as a PG kid is that it often goes undiagnosed because your grades are good. My brother, for instance, has absolutely classic ADHD, and my mother (who’s an occupational therapist and studies disability and human development for a living) recognized it when he was a toddler. However, we couldn’t get the school to recognize it for years because he scored well on anything that was put in front of him- rather than accept that he was a profoundly gifted kid with ADHD, they treated him as simply poorly-behaved.

And that’s just scratching the surface. I’ve had teachers who resented and picked on kids for being smarter than they were. I had my test scores illegally released without my knowledge or consent because the school wanted to brag. I was told I wouldn’t be allowed to graduate high school because of my grade acceleration. I spent several years shoved into the back of a classroom with a textbook and a stack of worksheets because that was the only way the school knew how to handle me. I once received a zero on an assignment because the teacher decided that I’d finished it too fast, so I must have been cheating.

And that’s just me.

So yes, give me what you’re calling “child prodigy” Newt. Give me a kid who had to fight tooth and nail for schoolwork that even came close to challenging him, who was always seen as a problem child for things he couldn’t control, who tried to go for help to the people he’d been told would help him and was all but laughed at.

Because there is plenty of goddamn way for a kid to be accelerated in school and come out of it resenting the hell out of the authority.

And like. I’m not trying to call you a bad person or bash you for this post or anything, but. It’s really clearly made from a position of not knowing anything about the group it’s talking about. And I can’t really blame you for that, since most of what people hear about “child prodigy” types is the TV Genius (TM) trope, and kids are rarely allowed to have voices, especially when those voices are calling out poor treatment by school and society.

But as someone who is in that group, and knows a lot of people who are, I have… well, as one of my common tags puts it, rather strong opinions on this subject.

So please, please, for the love of all that is holy, do not denigrate the amount of crap that PG kids of any level of acceleration have to put up with.

Thank you and good night.

I was given the option to skip second grade and my parents wouldn’t let me, because I was “already having enough trouble making friends” and they thought that somehow I would suddenly be able to make friends with the same 65 people at my tiny private school after only making 2 friends in my entire 1st grade year.

But whatever.

I was in what passed for my school’s Gifted program (which was sadly lacking, though better than anything the public schools in the area had), I rarely got a score on anything other than the occasional spelling test under 97%, and my IQ tested more than once (around 3rd grade and again around 8th) at around 175-180.

I had a bit of a performance collapse after 6th grade thanks to a complete lack of medication/therapy/skill teaching to manage my ADHD (which I was diagnosed with at age 12 and my parents literally never ever once informed me of) but I performed well in enough classes over the years that I ran up against people being completely incapable of properly helping me. 

For example, I took and aced algebra 1 my 8th grade year, then transferred to a different school for 9th grade. As I tested out of it in my placement test, they put me in a higher level class - algebra 2 honors, an 11th grade honors glass.  Despite the fact that their course assumed you’d taken geometry already (I had not).  So because I was in honors programs at one school, I either had to re-take a course I’d already passed, or I had to take an honors-level course that assumed I had a working knowledge of geometry and thus had to try to learn geometry on my own through the context in my textbook and also learn algebra 2.

And even before all that, I was consistently expected even as a very small child to always be perfect, to always have near-perfect grades.  I was scolded and even punished if I performed lower than expected, EVEN IF I STILL PERFORMED BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN MY ENTIRE GRADE. 

ALL OF THIS TO SAY that I was a child prodigy, though not the sort who went to college at 14.  And even if things hadn’t gone kind of bad thanks to a combination of disability and poor support for someone at my level?  I was still well on the way to resenting authority.  Newt is definitely the type of person I would think was probably a child prodigy. 

Also, has all of fandom ever forgotten that Tony Stark fits the same exact former child prodigy archetype that Newt fits into?  Because I never see anyone saying it doesn’t make sense for TONY to be a child prodigy.

I had to reread OP’s first paragraph three times before it sank in that yes, OP was in fact equating “child prodigy” with “getting everything you need and want in life from childhood.”

Either they’re using “child prodigy” to mean something entirely different from every way I’ve ever heard it used, or I don’t even have words for how wrong they are.

(Also: even if you don’t run into genuinely abusive authority?  If you’re a super-smart kid, you will distrust authority purely because you get really sick of people claiming to know better than you on the grounds that they’re in charge and you’re not.)

(Source: manicpixiescreamnewt)

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20
Oct
messagesfromcardiff:

Crofts Street, Roath.

messagesfromcardiff:

Crofts Street, Roath.

Reblogged from messagesfromcardiff
20
Oct