Lantern slides showing movie theater etiquette and announcements, circa 1912.

 Excellent podcast etiquette for today as well, IOHO. Please, applaud with hands only as you listen to our latest

All images via Library of Congress.

(via stoneandbloodandwater)


"I came to Dharamshala when I was nine years old. Back then, we weren’t allowed to learn the Tibetan language in school, so my parents sent me to India. For a whole month we walked over the mountains. It was very snowy, and we only walked at night. One night I almost fell off a cliff, but one of the adults grabbed onto my hand and pulled me back up. It’s been twenty years now since I last saw my parents. Just a few months ago, I had a really bad stomach problem and had to go to the hospital. Even though I’m an adult, I’ve never missed my mother more. Being that sick made me realize that I have nobody watching over me."

(Dharamshala, India)

I hope this story spreads like wildfire. I am so glad that HONY went to Dharamshala. This is the length the Tibetan people have to go to preserve their culture and to survive at all (though in exile.)

This is also the story, once abstracted, of the children that are risking everything to cross the US boarder, often just as alone.

It must take so much bravery to flee everything you know for safety, even as an adult - but as a child?


Golden earrings

The eagle represents Zeus who is holding the Trojan prince Ganymede. 

They are 6cm high (2 3/8 inch.) 

Greek, Classical period, 330 - 300 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum






dat practical armor

I love every aspect of this.

NO you guys don’t understand, the entire book is like this. They tried to cram in all sorts of representation of different races and the art is gorgeous and it’s GREAT! The picture for a spellcaster is a female human who is wearing BAGGY, NON-SEXUALIZED CLOTHING AND NO MAKEUP because she’s in a dungeon, she doesn’t have time to do her hair cmon.

Also this:

They used a human as a model for a spellcaster!? My, my, that is progress.

All kidding aside, I have heard very good things. Not just about D&D 5.0 either. Pathfinder recently released a trans woman iconic. I can’t wait to see how 5.0 plays, mechanics-wise, as well. I’ve heard good things about that, too.


Origins of the Batman

Batman #1 - “The Legend of the Batman”
written by Bill Finger
art by Bob Kane & Sheldon Moldoff


Early 18th century map of Scotland.

Here’s marking midnight GMT on the day of Scotland’s big vote for or against independence.

(via dragonthalyne)


"It was March 5th, 1988. There was a prayer festival that day, so we thought it would be a good day to protest. It was entirely peaceful. We were only shouting three things: ‘Long live Dalai Lama,’ ‘Free Tibet,’ and ‘Bring Dalai Lama Back to Tibet.’ First they fired tear gas, and then they started shooting. A girl standing next to me got shot in the heart. We ran into the temple, but they came in and kept shooting. I saw three young boys get thrown off the roof. I was shot, but I managed to escape, and two Tibetan doctors helped remove the bullet. One of the doctors worked for the Chinese army, but she still helped me as a Tibetan. Soon there were posters of me hanging up all over town. They said I was a dangerous monk. My friends dressed me in women’s clothes. For a week, I wore lipstick and rings and long hair. But at one point I tried to visit my mother, and that is when they found me."

(Dharamshala, India)


"Before I went to the protest that day, I stood in front of a picture of the Dalai Lama, and I swore an oath: ‘If I am arrested, I will not give the names of any of my friends.’ They put me through eight months of interrogation. They burned cigarettes on my face. They made me stand in ice for four hours, until my skin froze into the ice, and then they pushed me forward. They gave me electric shocks on my tongue. They told me they were going to kill my father and mother. After eight months, I had a trial. Two guards stood next to me when I testified, and they hid electric shocks in my sleeves in case I said something they didn’t like. I was sentenced to four years. Sometimes I’d get so hungry I’d eat toothpaste. And sometimes I’d get so thirsty, I’d drink my urine. When I finally got out, I weighed 39 kilograms."

(Dharamshala, India)


Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig

2nd Century AD

Mid Imperial Roman

The pig’s back is inlaid with chunks of coloured glass.

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

One of the most remarkable feelings for me is the feeling I get when I come across something like this - something that is so plainly something so universally human or at least so continuously needed that its form almost 2000 years ago is still so recognizably similar to its form today. Children play with animal shaped rattles.