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18 Dec 13:35

Bradshaw, William Richard, 1851-1927. The goddess of...

Bradshaw, William Richard, 1851-1927. The goddess of Atvatabar : being the history of the discovery of the interior world and conquest of Atvatabar, 1892.


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18 Dec 13:35

Robida, Albert, 1848-1926. Le vingtième siècle,...

Robida, Albert, 1848-1926. Le vingtième siècle, 1883.


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18 Dec 13:35

American wood type co., South Windham, Conn. [Specimens of wood...

American wood type co., South Windham, Conn. [Specimens of wood type, 1885?]

TypTs 870 90.139

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08 Dec 04:12

Doctor Who? - w4m (Orange Line) 31yr

There was a signal mix-up this evening on the train, and when I had to switch tracks at Stony Brook I was resigned to commuter mayhem, complete with battling announcements over the loudspeakers. But there was a silver lining - the tenth Doctor was o [...]
08 Dec 01:28

virtual-artifacts: A simurgh - a monstrous mythical bird with...

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A simurgh - a monstrous mythical bird with the power of reasoning and speech. From ‘Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing) by al-Qazwīnī (d. 1283/682).

07 Dec 15:56

Dream Girls | Alexander Street Press

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apparently we can stream this because harvard

The Takarazuka Revue is a highly successful musical theatre troupe in which all the actors are women. If they want to get married, they have to resign. The compensation is stardom and they are envied by millions of women across Japan. On stage they conjure up an impossibly romantic and glamorous world far removed from the narrow confines of housewives' and office-girls' lives.
07 Dec 15:53

Crowley and the Beast

by houghtonmodern
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This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. 

The Santo Domingo Collection continues to bolster Harvard’s library of works by author and occult leader Aleister Crowley. These range from substantive books on magic to pamphlets containing individual poems (one of these, titled “Tyrol”, is a condemnation of Mussolini for his 1929 prohibition of that name as part of his Italianization of the region). Crowley’s grandiose, egotistical mode is in evidence throughout, but so is his sardonic sense of humor. That humor is emblemized in his dedications, forewords, and other front matter, at turns combative, boastful, and wryly self-effacing. Two examples appear in this post. The first appears in The sword of song, called by Christians the book of the Beast. This was Crowley’s first publication in which he referred to himself as “the Beast”, in defiance of his critics, and according to Crowley, was impeded by boycotts from British publishers. (The publisher on the imprint is the Society for Religious Truth, Benares, although subsequent Society publications would give Inverness as their location.) The dedication roundly dismisses these opponents of Crowley’s poetic vision.

Crowley redux 1

The second example is Ambergris, a selection of poetry. In its preface, Crowley outlines the selection process in a passage both self-deprecating and resentful, making reference to the public’s underappreciation of his work.

Crowley redux 2

The sword of song: EC9.C8863.904s, HOLLIS number 14166213

Ambergris: EC9.C8863.910a, HOLLIS number 2915207

Thanks to rare book cataloger Ryan Wheeler for contributing this post.

07 Dec 15:08

horror-sci-fi-gifs: Nuns go mad under the influence of Satan in WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922)

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Nuns go mad under the influence of Satan in WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1922)

07 Dec 12:10

Detoxing is bullshit

by Cory Doctorow
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It's true that people with substance abuse problems can "detox" when they get clean, but the kind of "detoxing" offered by stuff in the grocery store or pharmacy has no basis in science and is just a scammy way to scare you into opening your wallet (the companies that sell "detox" can't even say what "toxins" they're getting rid of). Read the rest

06 Dec 17:40

Mayor Walsh dismisses director of Food Initiatives - Metro - The Boston Globe

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(food people on facebook seem to think this is a good thing, but I don't know any of the backstory)

In the past few weeks, Walsh has sacked nearly a dozen department heads and city managers. Earlier this week, he swept out all three members of the Boston Licensing Board and installed his own appointees to regulate liquor licenses and other issues.
06 Dec 16:48

Boston fire department hires first arson dog since the 1990s to help solve suspicious blazes - Metro - The Boston Globe

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Keegan, a 1-year-old yellow Lab weighing 65 pounds, is the Boston Fire Department’s first arson dog since the early ’90s, when Shuttle the black Lab retired along with his handler. In the intervening years, Boston relied on Massachusetts State Police dogs. Keegan was a gift from the Connecticut State Police. He is “imprinted” on 17 of the most common accelerants used in arsons — among them gas, diesel, kerosene, lighter fluid, Coleman fuel, mineral spirits, acetone, and lacquer thinner. He can detect as little as two microliters of accelerant — that is, two one-millionths of a liter — and he can do it in smoky darkness, while the embers of a fire still burn around him and smoke detectors and sirens wail.
06 Dec 12:11

Space cards

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06 Dec 06:25

"Since her death in 1979 the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as..."

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Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.

“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”


Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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05 Dec 13:47

76-Year-Old Woman Posts Beautiful Ad for Haunted Sword, Give Her a TV Show Immediately - Serious offers only, please!

by Carolyn Cox
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Oh, God bless the Internet. Just check out the following Craigslist ad and its accompanying picture, please. (Bolding my own and out of love.)

This sword is from the 1700s. I got it at an antique store in my memaw’s home town back in 1984. The person who sold it to me told me to be careful because there is a 90+% chance that it is cursed. Since it’s been in my house my life has descended into pure chaos. My knitting group came over and they all said they could feel a strange energy in my sword room (I have a collection of over 100 swords. This is my only haunted sword). Since i got this sword, about 3 times a week a crucifix will fall off of my wall for no reason. I am 76 years old. I cannot have this cursed item in my house anymore. Please take it off my hands!!

Listen, everyone, don’t get the wrong idea about collecting ancient weaponry. Heck, this gal’s collected over 100 swords, and this is the first one possessed by the undead! I bet if she didn’t have a crucifix she’d never even have known the difference!

Incidentally, this is almost exactly how Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box begins. Any potential buyers looking to take that massive sword off that tiny woman’s hands better have a plan for how to deal with their new roommates. (Ghosts just can not stick to chore wheels.)

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04 Dec 18:03

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Cabriolet reportedly designed for Mae West heads to auction

by Kurt Ernst

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Cabriolet by Bohman & Schwartz. Photos by Darin Schnabel, courtesy RM Auctions.

In the 1930s, Mae West was among the highest paid and most influential women in America. A star of her stature deserved a car that was equally outlandish, and J. Herbert Newport reportedly designed just such a Duesenberg for the Hollywood starlet. The match was not to be; for reasons of cost (or perhaps, more immediate gratification), West opted to purchase another Duesenberg model, leaving the Bohman and Schwartz-bodied Duesenberg SJ to be purchased by candy heiress Ethel V. Mars instead.

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

Mars was the second wife of Franklin Mars, whose Mars Candy Company enjoyed monumental success with its Milky Way and Snickers candy bars. One of the wealthiest families in America, the Mars clan enjoyed a 2,800 acre compound in Tennessee (complete with a 21-bedroom home that boasted the largest non-commercial dining room in the state) along with additional real estate holdings that included a Chicago mansion on the shores of Lake Michigan. When Franklin Mars died in 1934, he left control of his company to Ethel, making her the highest paid businesswoman in America.

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

The 1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Cabriolet designed by Herb Newport and rendered by Bohman and Schwartz would have been a fitting automobile for such a titan of industry as Ethel Mars. Its aerodynamic body must have seemed downright futuristic to passersby, and its factory supercharged inline eight-cylinder engine (rated at 320 horsepower) would have produced acceleration sufficient to leave lesser motorcars in its wake.

Such a fine motorcar came with an equally prestigious price tag, reported to be $20,000; that alone was enough to get the Duesenberg a mention in the November 16, 1936 issue of Time magazine, where chassis 2582 was described as, “the costliest car in the United States.”

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

Mars kept the chauffer-driven town car for several years before selling it to Edward Engle Brown, chairman of the board of Chicago’s First National Bank and Trust. Brown retained possession of the one-of-a-kind Duesenberg until the late 1940s, but the car then passed through a string of short-term owners. No longer a practical driver and not yet a prized collectible, the Duesenberg found its way into the collection of Bill Harrah in 1966. Under his stewardship, chassis 2582 received its first restoration, and the car remained in the Harrah Collection for the better part of two decades.

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

When Holiday Inn began selling off cars from the Harrah Collection in the mid-1980s, the Duesenberg was acquired by Richard Dicker, the retired chairman of the Penn Central Corporation. Dicker turned to Hibernia Auto Restorations in Hibernia, New Jersey, for the car’s second reconditioning, and it remained a highlight of his collection until his death in 1995.

Since then, the Duesenberg has seen four more owners, including the Andrews family, its current caretakers. Now that the family has announced its intention to downsize its collection, chassis 2582 (which reportedly retains its original engine, chassis and coachwork) will once again be offered for sale to the public.

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

When chassis 2582 crossed the block in August of 2007, it sold for a fee-inclusive price of $4.4 million. Described by RM as, “among the most ornate of all Duesenbergs,” the car is also said to be one of the 36 factory-built SJ models and one of four clean-sheet body designs produced by Bohman & Schwartz. RM predicts a selling price between $3.4 and $4.5 million when the car crosses the block in May of 2015.

1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car

For additional details on The Andrews Collection sale, visit

04 Dec 18:03

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Why my fave is better than your fave
04 Dec 18:00

naturemetaltolkien: Attestation of Vegvísir in the Huld...


Attestation of Vegvísir in the Huld Manuscript.

The Huld Manuscript is the name given to the book of collected Icelandic staves and spells, compiled by Geir Vigfusson in the 19th Century. Huld is the name of a völva in the Ynglinga and Sturlunga Sagas, who practiced Seiðr magic. A later Icelandic tale by Snorri Sturlusson tells us that she was a mistress of Odin, and mothered two demi-goddesses by him, who were named Þorgerðr and Irpa. If we look at the etymology, “Huld” means “Hidden” or “Secret” and is derived from Old Norse “Hulda”.  This root is seen in many other words in Germanic lore.

04 Dec 03:32

Detroit's young gentrifiers face a daunting task in buying $500 homes: evicting poor residents

by Rose Hackman

Over 100,000 Detroiters are at risk of losing their homes as the city sells off its stock of tax foreclosures. Young gentrifiers are buying the properties -- but some are queasy about it

“Having to kick people out takes all the fun out of owning a house.”

Oren Goldenberg, a 31-year-old filmmaker based in Detroit, could have bought a $500 house at the Wayne County tax auction this fall-- but having to evict a homeowner turned him off.

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03 Dec 00:53

The Five College Library Depository: the Bunker | Hampshire College

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"During the Cold War in the late 1950s, when Westover Air Force Base was fully operational and the country was attempting to prepare for nuclear war at any moment, a secret Air Force command post was constructed underground in the Holyoke Range just south of the Hampshire campus. This facility was excavated in the north side of Bare Mountain, which rises just west of the Notch where Rte. 116 crosses the range. It was designed to be totally self-contained and capable of supporting 100 men for 90 days in the event of war. Inside the thick steel door were showers for decontamination, giant bunkrooms for service personnel, and a War Room right out of Dr. Strangelove, complete with projectors to show graphic images of imminent nuclear threats on the interior walls of the three story structure. The facility was strictly off limits to local residents, though many rumors were current, like the "missle silos" to be seen in the woods nearby (actually, the large concrete structures are manholes for access to telephone and other utility lines).

"With the end of the Cold War and the conversion of Westover into an Air Reserve base in the early 1980s, the Bunker fell on hard times. It was stripped of military hardware and furniture, and left to gather dust. For a while it was used by the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston to store bank records. Eventually the facility was purchased by Amherst College in 1999 and used for storage. The physical plant department used it to store furniture, and eventually part of it was renovated and used to store Amherst College library material.

"With the aid of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Five College libraries leased part of the bunker from Amherst College, installed compact library shelving, and created the Five College Library Depository in 2002 to house little-used library books and journals. Maintained at a constant temperature and humidity, and staffed to transfer and store material from the libraries, the Depository (still unofficially known as the Bunker), provides access to the collection via scans, photocopies and loans to the Five College community. And the War Room is still there, though empty--a reminder of the deadly reality of the Cold War."

03 Dec 00:51

Some Alternatives: Brands, Bands, Sellouts and Meltdowns Pt. II

by Ryan Walsh
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part II

in which I make an anonymous guest appearance as "312 times since 2011"

For Part I of this article, visit yesterday’s installment. The Part Where I Ask Marnie Stern How Much Money She Makes There’s a lot of speculation in articles like this one about whether musicians are earning a living from their work in the streaming age, and I figured it might be valuable if I just More
02 Dec 22:10


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02 Dec 21:51

Nature Makes All Articles Free To View

by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes: Scientific journal publishers have been under pressure recently by both scientists and the public to relax their restrictive rules on the sharing of information. Now, Macmillan has announced that its Nature Publishing Group will make all research papers free to read. This will require the use of proprietary viewing software, but it's a step in the right direction. "Initial reactions to the policy have been mixed. Some note that it is far from allowing full open access to papers. "To me, this smacks of public relations, not open access," says John Wilbanks, a strong advocate of open-access publishing in science and a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. 'With access mandates on the march around the world, this appears to be more about getting ahead of the coming reality in scientific publishing. Now that the funders call the tune and the funders want the articles on the web at no charge, these articles are going to be open anyway,' he says. But Peter Suber, director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says that the program is a step forward in that it eliminates the six-month embargo that NPG demands for free archiving of manuscripts."

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02 Dec 15:44

Labbé, Mr. (Anthony). A new collection of dances :...

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is this some sort of dance notation? or is it just rad

Labbé, Mr. (Anthony). A new collection of dances : containing a great number of the best ball and stage dances, ca. 1725.

TS 552.13.55.1

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

01 Dec 22:58

Tilda Swinton on 'Snowpiercer,' Oscar campaigning and why she doesn't Google herself

by By Ramin Setoodeh
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How did you hear about the role?
My friend Joon-ho Bong pitched it to me by saying, "We know we want to work together, but there's nothing for you in this one." The part I play is still written in the script as a mild-manner man in a suit. Then he said, "What about trying to fiddle with that?"

Did the part get bigger?
No, but we never changed his gender. You may noticed that Mason is still referred to as, "Sir."

01 Dec 22:55

Rent Check: Rent the Main House at Culver City's Adorable Hobbit Complex

by Bianca Barragan


Called "one of the most significant examples of Storybook architecture in Los Angeles" by the LA Conservancy, the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments in Culver City is an incredibly unique property based on its exterior alone. But there's even more quirky fun inside, where former Disney artist Lawrence Joseph, a skilled carpenter, married fanciful, fairytale decor with nautical themes in both the main single-family residence and two adjacent two-story buildings/cottages with apartments inside. Up for rent today is the two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage that the listing refers to as "the main house."

The cottage's original stone fireplace is intact and stained glass windows give the place that extra whimsical boost. The nautical comes out with a lot of things that look like ship's wheels. The kitchen "comes with a mini-fridge that is built in," and the bedrooms have views of the front yard's fountain and reportedly turtle-filled pond. The entire compound (sometimes called "Hobbit houses") was made an LA Historic-Cultural Monument in 1996. Rent is $2,595.

· $2595 / 2br - Enchanting 2 Bedroom Cottage in "The Hobbit's House" [Craigslist] · Sublet in Culver City's Historic Hobbit Compound [Curbed LA]
01 Dec 22:54

Human Ancestors Were Consuming Alcohol 10 Million Years Ago

The holidays are packed with opportunities to raise a glass of our favorite boozy beverages and toast family, friends and good fortunes. But our ability to digest rum-spiked eggnog may be due to a massive climate shift that occurred millions of years ago. Using the tools of paleogenetics, scientists have recently traced the evolutionary history of an enzyme that helps us metabolize ethanol, the principal type of alcohol found in adult beverages. Scientists believe early human ancestors evol
01 Dec 22:14

Chris Rock Talks to Frank Rich About Ferguson, Cosby, and What ‘Racial Progress’ Really Means

by Frank Rich
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"When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before. [...]

"The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people."

The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect. This time they had two conversations in a ... More »

01 Dec 22:02

Newswire: Lars von Trier, fresh out of rehab, says he can’t make movies sober

by Katie Rife
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reshared for "Now clean and sober, he doesn’t think he can make movies anymore, but his ability to sound like an asshole in interviews remains intact."

To think, all this time we thought Lars von Trier’s antisocial tendencies simply stemmed from a love of controversy and/or watching actresses suffer. But, as von Trier told the Danish newspaper Politiken last week, apparently his last couple decades of misogynistic misery porn were produced under the influence of drugs and alcohol, a problem that von Trier has been addressing in rehab and by attending Alcoholics Anonymous. Now clean and sober, he doesn’t think he can make movies anymore, but his ability to sound like an asshole in interviews remains intact.

In the interview, his first since that Nazi kerfuffle at Cannes back in 2011, Von Trier revealed that nearly all of his past works have been fueled by heavy drug and alcohol use, claiming he used to drink a bottle of vodka every day in order to feel creative. Expressing concerns that all his sober mind ...

01 Dec 19:10


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