I miss Glitch, but seeing the outpouring of nostalgia on Tumblr and Twitter, I realize that what I miss most of all is the community of Glitchen in that world. I’m thankful for all the ways that I can keep in touch with the Glitchen diaspora, but there was something really special about the way the community and the game environment worked together. *sniff*
“Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.”—
The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.
”—George R.R. Martin, Why We Read Fantasy (via cleverhelp)
My new favorite thing I learned from the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast is about milkmaids.
Like, if I thought about the idea of milkmaids being ye olde hotties back in the day, I sort of chalked it up to the idea of milking, or maybe the fact that they were low enough on the social ladder to be really vulnerable to predation.
It did not ever even once occur to me that milkmaids would often contract cowpox, thus preventing them from getting smallpox, thus making them one of the only groups in all of ye olde society to almost never have smallpox scars all over their faces. So milkmaids would have had GREAT skin, by the standards of the time!
tl;dr milkmaids were hot because cowpox, I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.
I was just thinking about this this morning! Maybe it was because I’d just been reading about Caroline Herschel, the astronomer- apparently she had smallpox scars.
I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.
Here is a video of the upgrade card system (by Justin Daigle)…
Ahhh, thank you so much! Just what I needed! It looks to me like all the card backs have the same blue-on-blue design as a background to the text. The pattern looks like img clouds/Qurazy Quoins to me.