Notre Dame Street, Montreal c.1911 via Musée McCord Museum

do as the Romans do


I think my love of choose-your-own-adventure games is well documented, but I am so absolutely hooked on When In Rome….. right now.  You play a poor orphan who comes to imperial Rome to make their fortune, in the reign of…..the Emperor’s never specified but it’s quite clearly Domitian, and that fortune can be made in all kinds of ways, from working with a slave dealer or as a scribe to a (female!) scholar, to becoming a courtesan or a poet.  And being set in the reign of Domitian, there’s quite a lot of political discontent and conspiracy for you to get caught up in….. 

Obviously I went straight for the poet path, and it is perfect; you fall in with a poet called Valerianus, who’s heavily based on Martial, plus his boyfriend Hedylus and other poetical friends, and join in their bohemian life of freeloading, reciting at orgies, making up terrible epigrams about the rich and all the while trying to create some genuine art.

But the other paths are equally as great (I particularly like the one where you become the tutor to your patron’s young son/daughter; firstly because they have a mad crush on you which involves lots of pointed and longing quotes from Catullus, and secondly because they’re kind of an adorkable idiot) — the details of the setting and attitudes are just right, and the narration/dialogue gets across the characters so well.

Also, while relationships aren’t the main focus, the Romans were pretty upfront about this stuff, and so there are plenty of opportunities of all genders. :D

It’s still in alpha testing at the moment, but a large amount of it is already complete, so do give it a try and leave some feedback!  (and then come and squee with me about the loveliness of Florus — ooh, and Marcus Attilius too…..)

Seconding that this is actually a super cute and fun way to while away an hour whilst learning pretty darn accurate Roman history !  I actually…enjoyed it way more than I thought I would (it’s just text-based! hello power of words~) and ended up going back and playing alllll the different life paths written so far ^^ 

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literature meme | short stories 1/8

The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s physical and mental health.

Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal from him, so she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency,” a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house. (x)

I really have discovered something at last.Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.The front pattern does move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.
And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads. They get through, and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white! If those heads were covered or taken off it would not be half so bad.

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Interior of an Ancient Egyptian coffin. Old Kingdom. 21st to 22nd Dynasty. (at The Egyptian Room, the British Museum)

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gift for ashdenej! it’s of our characters (his & mine) in Fallen London 

  July 21, 2014 at 06:30pm


Don’t Look Now


The original story of Kitty Genovese’s death, first promulgated by the New York Times in a front-page article 50 years ago today—young single woman brutally murdered while 38 strangers watched and did nothing—was incorrect in almost every particular.

The murder itself was horrifying, of course. The Times got that right. But the story that made Genovese a household name and a symbol of modern social dysfunction got nearly everything else wrong. From the number of witnesses to the details of the crime to the timing of the police response, there are by my count no fewer than 29 significant errors in the original Times story, five of them in its very first sentence.

this article is so perfect i want to scream

holy COW history. if you ever wanted an example of how much it matters who tells it and what they leave out…

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i refuse to accept canon jack appearance. i reject the canon. get out of here 

  July 19, 2014 at 09:32pm
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Casting: Disney Casts Adorable Newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in ‘Jungle Book!’ 

I’m super excited about this but, like, cautiously excited. Disney’s been on this kick of reimagining their classic animated tales for live action and I haven’t liked a single one of them. I felt 2010’s Alice in Wonderland was nonsensical and over-saturated with special effects and and the only positive thing about this year’s Maleficent was Angelina Jolie. But this movie has a lot of interesting players involved. We’ve already got Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Lupita Nyong’o as Mowgli’s wolf mother and Jon Faverau is directing, so I’m keeping my eye on it. 

are you seeing this casting 

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okay but since theatre was not taken nearly as seriously in elizabethan england as it is today imagine if fans of shakespeare had rocky horror-style call lines for his plays

reasons why the thrusday next series by jasper fforde is one of my favourites:
baconnites knocking door-to-door like jehovah’s witness

richard iii rocky horror picture styles (when is the winter of our discontent? NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT)

there have been 101 majillion shakespeare productions with 101 majillion wildly varying concepts and yet this is not a popularly adopted regularly staged thing  WHY  rocky horror-style interactive shakespeare !!!!! necessary !!   8000% percent serious; get on it people

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One-of-a-kind-maps from They Draw & Travel


This sister site of They Draw & Cook has an amazing collection of unique illustrated maps. A perfect way to find local treasures!

 By Kaitlyn McCane


 By Aneu Martinez


 By Madi Andronic


By Ranjini Chatterjee


By Alice Dansey-Wright


By Kristin G. Jackson


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  July 18, 2014 at 06:30pm


German soccer star Mesut Özil donates his $400K World Cup bonus 

Mesut Özil, the midfielder for Germany’s World Cup-winning team, just set an example that all stars need to see.

After Germany won the final, each player received a bonus of more than $400,000. (Spain, for instance, had proposed a $980,000 winning bonus, to great outcry.) Instead of keeping his portion, however, Özil donated it all to support the surgeries of sick Brazilian children.

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  July 17, 2014 at 07:24pm

We are prescribing for fat people what we diagnose as disordered eating in thin people.

Deb Burgard, keynote at the 2011 NAAFA conference (via loniemc)

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  July 17, 2014 at 06:30pm
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Check out the new ‘Avengers NOW’ lineup. Due in comic shops this fall.