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tags: #animals #sharks


A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).


Watching Pokémon on Saturday mornings as a kid

seraph-of-the-muses-deactivated sent:
This isn't really a question but I felt the urge to send it anyways. I would just like you to know that what you're doing here is good and necessary because history is unfortunately sometimes white-washed. However, much of your technique is biased and intellectually disingenuous. I am a historian with plans to get my PHD in American and European histories. I'm not sure if its on purpose or not that you misinterpret information but, from looking at previous posts, you're doing it to fit an agenda




Speaking of agendas….you apparently are so invested in what my response to this will be that you wrote a post about it:


You’re practically peeing your pants hoping I’ll…what? Get really angry about your vague handwaving in my general direction without actually saying what exactly you have a beef with?

This is the literal definition of trolling. Rather bad trolling, considering you declared your intentions openly, which were just to get a rise out of me, or someone who saw, this I suppose. You also failed to pick something specific that I did or said that you have a problem with, so there’s really nothing for me to even get defensive about.

I think I’ll just walk a wide circle around this one on my way to “go study history better”, which I rather enjoy, and leave you to whatever “coming storm” you’re anticipating with such Rumpelstiltskin-like glee.

Here is my take on what the problem is. 

 Whatever it may or may not be, this is is a collection of people over time (including myself) have objected to the way in which you approach historiography, interpretation, and Art History. 

You are not an expert. And that’s okay! No one is saying you have to be an academic to run a history blog. However, your lack of expertise becomes apparently when you blatantly make things up, get them wrong (without further research), or disregard things simply for the sake of it. You once told me that feudalism and the middle ages lasted until the industrial revolution. 

Literally anyone could assure you that no, of course the middle ages and feudalism did not last until the 1800’s. It’s absurd. It’s wrong. It’s laughably wrong

Again, recently you commented that something was located in the Cologne Cathedral in….Italy. While there is a Cologne, Italy, the famous Cologne Cathedral is in Germany. 

Your methodology is dubious at best

You apply 21st century racial categories to medieval Europe — and it blatantly doesn’t work. If you didn’t, this blog would be so much better. You consistently fail to understand how and why the racial demographics of say, medieval and renaissance Europe would be WILDLY DIFFERENT than 19th or even 20th century America. 

You conflate history (the study of the past) and historiography (the writing of history.) These are not the same thing. 

You’re using Critical Race Theory — CRT — which was developed to approach AMERICAN understandings of race and history and blatantly do not work in Europe. The category of white in medieval europe is irrelevant — because of course, jews who may have looked white were treated poorly and reviled. 

You seem to think that racial construction purely happens based on whether or not a painting passes the brown paper bag test. (E.g. posting darker southern Europeans with no regards to how their coloring or racial makeup was treated in their society). 

It’s bizarre at best, and completely misunderstanding history at worst. 

Claiming that Sancho and Urraca were…POC? They were born of the visigoth nobility. 

Of course POC existed in Europe. Your blog however, just doesn’t seem to be about that half the time, and it makes you look like you’re running an ahistorical revisionist blog with very little leg to stand on. This isn’t the case. You have quite a bit you could cover! 

You just don’t always do it, and you frequently do it with misinformation, misunderstanding, and poor scholarship — and people believe you

— USHistoryMinusWhiteGuys

bolded some stuff myself.

please do not get your information about non-white history from medievalpoc. the blog owner’s terrible history as an abusive member of riley/dumbthingswhitepplsay/etc’s gang of friends aside, they genuinely have no idea what they’re talking about half the time, and no idea how to research the topics they post about in order to make them accurate. 

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tags: #b99


Pompadour cotinga (male)

As in many birds species, this male of Pompadour cotinga, Xipholena punicea (Passeriformes - Cotingidae), is more showy than the female. While males are shining crimson with white, females are duller, brown-grey. 

And while the females care alone for the eggs and young, the handsome males will mate with several females…. such is the nature.

This species occurs in South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela).

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Anselmo d’Affonseca

Locality: Near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


one photoset to rule them all


New research suggests that dinosaurs fell victim to a “perfect storm” of events.

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures’ demise some 66 million years ago when a six-mile- (10-kilometer-) wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico.

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I’ve discovered there’s a lot you can do inside haunted houses.


For example, you can:

  • be in a shampoo commercial


  • start a boy band:


  • spot some choice booty:


  • break into song:


  • see some people in frankly offensive outfits:


  • attend a metal show:


  • listen to some sick jams:


  • discover zombieism:


  • sample some tasty snacks:


  • watch someone get burned bad:


  • find something you really like:


  • find something you really, really like:


  • find something you REALLY REALLY LIKE:


  • and wonder if you left the stove on:



Dominance Behavior in Canids

I didn’t really even WANT to make a post about this.

The alpha-beta-omega model of wolf packs is dead in scientific literature, hammered into the ground, so to speak, and it’s been dead for over ten years. So why am I still hearing about it on TV and reading about it in articles? Why are popular dog trainers that encourage you to “be the alpha” still taken seriously?

I think the unfortunate truth is that the idea that there are strong and ferocious leaders in wolf packs and that you, too, can take on that role with your dog is just somehow appealing to people. Almost romantic, in the older sense of the word. And because of this, it makes money. It sells werewolf media. It sells dog training classes. Educational science channels that have no business promoting this false ideology keep it on board because it gets people watching.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty fed up with the whole thing.

Okay, let’s talk about dominance, particularly what the word even means, because popular media does a terrible job of explaining it.

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tags: #animals
Yarak names this drive, this desire. It is the bird of prey’s greatest earthly pleasure and its deepest frustration, twined tight. Frightening and beautiful, yarak is rapture and longing, love and death married in one timeless moment. If the eye is the mind of the raptor, then yarak is its wild soul. Yarak is wildness incarnate — dangerous and delicious and pure.
—Sy Montgomery, Birdology


Color challenge #2 Locke Cole from Final fantasy 6 <3




Go serve the forces of good. Just make sure your boss’s boss isn’t hailing the nonprofit equivalent of Hydra.

4 Ways Hipster Activism Hurts the People It’s Trying to Help

#4. Being Exploited by Evil

See, idealistic, activist-y young folk are probably the most likely people to get scammed, because the one constant in this world is that any opportunity to make money will immediately be swarmed by a marauding band of vampiric squid-demons. One of the worst of these hellish cephalopods is Grassroots Campaigns Inc., a company that’s found a niche as the middleman between nonprofits and idealistic college kids. … GCI doesn’t actually pay either group. They pay the kids they hire minimum wage (or sometimes less, allegedly) while expecting them to work criminal fucking hours collecting donations. And then, once those donations are amassed, they rarely manage to find their way to the nonprofit they were collected for because, as a for-profit business, GCI is just better at screwing people over than a nonprofit ever will be.

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I feel like tumblr needs to read this

Yeah dummy that’s why we posted it