Some fascinating stuff here. But this bit brought me up short.

Though Victorian people were swearing in much the same way that we do today, not all the bad words of the time are as familiar as fucking bitch. Many of these words rich and strange are not swearwords per se but terms for topics so esoterically taboo that they would never have come up in polite conversation. In his 1785 “Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” Francis Grose includes to huffle, which is “a piece of bestiality too filthy for explanation.” (The 1788 and 1823 editions decide that discretion is the better part of valor and fail to mention the bestial practice at all.) Grose also lists “to bagpipe, a lascivious practice too indecent for explanation.” Even Farmer and Henley, brave champions of obscenity who boldly explained fucking, refuse to define to bagpipe in their dictionary — they simply repeat Grose’s definition manqué. One hopes for something really spectacular from these words, but they are simply the Victorian version of blow job, slang for fellatio, a practice evidently much more shocking one or two centuries ago. Another popular Victorian word for this lascivity was gamahuche. It derives from French, so it probably was a euphemism used in order to lift the tone of huffle and bagpipe out of the gutter. It more properly means “mouth on genitals,” as it can be used for both fellatio and cunnilingus.

"Huffle…", though. Oh dear. (Leaving us with the terrible possibility that in some circumstances, "hufflepuff" is a verb.)



For thousands of years, we told stories from one generation to the next. Our stories help us to understand how the world is ordered and our place within it. But what good are old stories if the wisdom they contain is not shared?

In Never Alone, players take on the roles of Nuna, a young Iñupiaq girl and an Arctic fox, in an atmospheric puzzle platformer that combines traditional folklore, stories, settings, and characters handed down over many generations by Alaska Native people whose roots and heritage date back millennia. 

Featuring imagery and themes drawn directly from Iñupiat and other Alaska Native cultures, Never Alone features striking visuals, emphasizes the sensibilities and perspective of these indigenous Arctic people and requires players to work cooperatively to succeed in challenging and harsh environments. [x]


triplehomoprincess asked:

speak about an 1800s au >u> what would that even entail

theivorytowercrumbles answered:

There actually already is an 1800s Monochrome AU set in France but in reference to Roman’s art, I was talking about something in the realm of 1800s China, especially considering the amount of RWBY characters with Chinese roots.

Really, exchange the East India Company for Schnee Dust and you’re already halfway there.










The year is 1855. It has been almost 12 years since the First Opium War and the signing of the Treaty of Nanking. Hong Kong is an uneasy city under British Rule after its cession in 1842 from the Qing Dynasty ruler, Empress XiaoLongCheng. The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom — led by Hong ‘Adam’ XiuFeng, the self-proclaimed second Son of God, and his army of militant Faunus — gains power to the North of Hong Kong. The Honorable Schnee Dust Company, with its strong foothold in India, continues to trade, flooding the market with opium. Dissent stirs.

 Dramatis Personae:

Col. William “Bill” Henry Schnee, Chairman

Weiss Schnee, Heiress

Blake Belladonna, Ex-Feng Rebel

Empress XiaoLongCheng and her younger sister, the Eldest Princess

Emerald Sustrai, Sepoy of the British Indian Army

Cinder Fall, Opium den owner, Addict, Woman of Suspect Powers

;ldgrklfgb damn it Roman

Hei Xiong is the manager of one of Cinder’s many branches of opium dens across Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou

The Treaty of Kulja makes me want to have the Malachite twins be Russian. Why do you do this, I can picture it all already.

Lie Ren could be one of the Empress’ advisors. Now for the rest of JNPR.

Holy shit Russian Malachite Twins yesss especially with the Decembrist revolt and reforms under Alexander II right there as well.

Jaune can be a bumbling officer in the French army when they come to fight China with Britain in the Second Opium War the following year. He’s the useless son of Jean-Baptiste Loui Gros. 

Honestly I can’t think of how Pyrrha fits in. She’d probably be fighting in the Crimean War tbh

Uhhhh, Russian assisted Greece in their liberation from the Ottoman Empire? Although if she was trying to leave (or was exiled) to get away from British influence, China would end up being a bad choice.

You’re right about the Crimean War, though, although if it was a year later, it could work.

How about she tried getting away from British Influence by living in France, but then got saddled babysitting Jaune? And then whoops I’m in China because this kid’s dad is now leading troops there (also: double plus to this option is that Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros was an Ambassador to Greece in 1850 hellaaaaa~)


Yes and yes.

Norway established diplomatic relations with China in Guangzhou after being united with Sweden in 1851, so Nora could be the most energetic diplomat’s daughter ever who ends up meeting Ren at one of her father’s parties.

Excellent, yes.

Cinder is a creature of chaos; she feeds opium to Adam XiuFeng, which he uses to keep his Faunus army in check (like Templars on Lyrium in DA). She also encourages Chairman Schnee to pursue a renegotiation of the Treaty of Nanking (which Lie Ren refuses on Empress XiaoLongCheng’s behalf, sparking the outbreak of the Second Opium War). She then stages the raid of a British ship, the Arrow, which causes Chairman Schnee (also acting as Governor of Hong Kong) to retaliate and order warships to attack Canton (all the while seeking to force China into accepting full trade). Because of Taiping, China can’t stave off Western attacks, and it slowly succumbs to Western powers.


[on diversity in media] I think its social responsibility. I think it’s our responsibility to stand up and say what we want. It think if you look at television in the past two years, it’s becoming the decade of the female. Like, all these new shows with female leads. Even if you look at television, as well as cable, as well as films, there’s been a resurgence, as far as the leading woman in Hollywood, which is great. And I think we’re also at the point now…you know, it’s interesting…x



So, remember when I said I was working on a special gift for hitting 1,000 followers?  Well, over the weekend, we hit 1,500! WAY past due for me to make good on that promise. So here you go- a free origami Cubie pattern to download and print! It’s designed to be folded using the traditional waterbomb base, with the heart faces overlapping and the white sections becoming flaps that get tucked in. Now you can resize it, give it battle damage, make it look however you like, and then take cubie pictures of your own! 

You have a gift for these tests. That’s not just flattery. You are great at science.




If there’s an Einstein-Rosen bridge, then there’s something on the other side. And advanced beings could have crossed it!

#this was such an important scene for me#a scientist acnkowledging that magic is as real and valid as science#it’s just a matter of understand how it works#if you want to know why i love jane foster here’s a big reason#she believes#she doesn’t dismiss magic as ridiculous or made-up or nonsense#she believes it exists and she just needs to learn how it works#it’s amazing that she is so open to any possibility as long as she understands how it functions#i love jane foster so much#she matters so much (tags via dammit-mcu)