It snowed for the first time today.
This is important because it begins to snow in early December. This means either no school for the teenagers and the first day we can officially call it Christmas time.
Where I’m from it starts to snow in early December. The midwest is really crazy when it comes to weather. Last week it was sixty degrees and storming.
Anyway, this means good news for Bach. He’s incredibly enthusiastic about snow. He’s only seen it once when he was a puppy. And when I say ‘once’ I mean, he’s only been alive for a year.
My best friend is coming back home from college today for break, so waking up to these flurries was also frightening.
I hope you all have a lovely day! And for those with snow, keep yourselves safe on the roads! (And if you’re staying inside, drink some hot cocoa for me because I will never have enough…)
CHELSEA, A TRIP TO THE MOUNTAINS WITH HONEY SOUNDS AWESOME PLEASE TAKE ME WITH YOU WE CAN USE MY CAR
NASA astronaut Leland D Melvin with his dogs Jake and Scout
Fuck. All. Other. Photos.
Whoa. I just did a little research on this guy. Fact: he played in the NFL in the 80s, became an aerospace research engineer immediately thereafter, and then went into fucking space 20 years later. Where’s that sports movie, Hollywood?
Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.
Has anyone written a paper or something on this? I’d be really interested in reading it.
Whatever bro. (kn-comics.com)
My seniors right now…I’m worried about what they’ll be like next semester…
Code.org has released tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding. Perfect for the “hour of code” next week. They include unplugged lessons which you can do WITHOUT a computer.
With 90% of US schools teaching NO computer science it is time to change this. Every school should celebrate the Hour of Code. (By the way, remember that the UK will teach every child age 5 and up how to code every year starting next year.)
Reblogging for the Oldest… Well I guess all of them!
Second-grader Christian Bucks, of York, Pa., knew that some of his classmates felt lonely during recess, and he decided to do something about it. His simple, utterly heartwarming solution was to install a playground “buddy bench.”
I know it’s from the Huffington Post, but this is literally the most adorable idea I’ve heard all week!