“aSex and violence was never really my cup of tea; I was always more into sax and violins.”
— Wim Wenders (via bbook)

(via bbook)


People are afraid of what they don’t understand. 

People are afraid of what they don’t understand. 

People are afraid of what they don’t understand. 

People are afraid of what they don’t understand. 

People are afraid of what they don’t understand. 
No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing No. 77 - 30/6/12
More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)
I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing

No. 77 - 30/6/12

More trees.  Just… trees, man.  Trees everywhere.  Welcome to the rest of New York.  As in, the state.  Which does exist, even though we like to pretend it doesn’t.  (Shh, don’t tell Manhattan)

I was climbing a mountain, by the way, which is why the vegetation keeps changing

I would like to draw attention to the fact that I wrestled a cake out of its pan PERFECTLY for the first time in my life.
PERFECTLY
behold that shit, motherfuckers
yeah
Now for round two… I would like to draw attention to the fact that I wrestled a cake out of its pan PERFECTLY for the first time in my life.
PERFECTLY
behold that shit, motherfuckers
yeah
Now for round two…

I would like to draw attention to the fact that I wrestled a cake out of its pan PERFECTLY for the first time in my life.

PERFECTLY

behold that shit, motherfuckers

yeah

Now for round two…

Wow Cecily, you are still monopolizing my Tumblr crushes, way to go.
Also, on a scale of 1-dear god get a life, how dorky is it that the State Dept. is on my list?

Wow Cecily, you are still monopolizing my Tumblr crushes, way to go.

Also, on a scale of 1-dear god get a life, how dorky is it that the State Dept. is on my list?

thedailyfootnote:

sofapizza:

robotindisguise:

x-treme puzzle solving

Oh

my gosh

This is the best.

brain-food:

The Gladiatrix: 2,000-year-old statue shows topless female gladiator standing triumphant over defeated foe.The statue is only the second known depiction of a woman gladiator, study says. It was previously considered a cleaning tool, the statue’s blade may be a weapon.

Female-gladiator fights appear to have been rare spectacles in the Roman Empire. But new analysis of a statue in a German museum adds to the evidence that trained women did fight to the death in ancient amphitheaters, a new study says.

The bronze statuette is only the second known representation of a female gladiator, according to study author Alfonso Manas, of Spain’s University of Granada.

(Related: “Huge Gladiator School Found Buried in Austria.”)

The roughly 2,000-year-old artwork, which resides at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbein in Hamburg, shows a bare-chested woman in a loincloth brandishing a scythe-like object in her left hand.

Manas believes the woman is holding a sica, a short, curved sword associated with a type of gladiator known as a thraex, or Thracian. Thraexes typically fought in plumed helmets, with small shields and metal leg guards called greaves. Their unarmored backs were particularly vulnerable—and were likely ripe targets forsica.

Experts had previously interpreted the curved implement as a strigil, which Romans used for scraping the body clean.

The woman’s pose, though, doesn’t support that explanation, Manas said.

Victory Pose?

If she were washing herself, “raising the cleaning tool in her hand while she’s looking at the ground doesn’t make sense,” Manas said.

Furthermore, “she is wearing a cloth around her genital area,” he added. “If she is cleaning herself, she would be completely naked.”

The figure’s lowered head and raised arm—”a typical victory gesture of gladiators” in Roman art—instead suggest a gladiator standing over her defeated rival, according to Manas.

This gesture may also account for the figure’s lack of a helmet or shield.

At the ends of contests, “they put down their helmet so that all the spectators could see the face of the winning gladiator,” Manas said. “They also threw their shield to the ground.”

(See “Gladiators Played by the Rules, Skulls Suggest.”)

“An Erotic Impact”

As for being topless, that was also the gladiatorial norm. “One of the rules of a gladiatorial fight was that women or men fought with bare chests,” Manas explained.

Given the largely male audience for the competitions, however, perhaps there’s another reason why lady gladiators fought bare-chested.

Reporting his findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport, Manas wrote: “No doubt the particular appearance of female gladiators would also cause an erotic impact on viewers.”

The only other known visual record of female gladiators is a first- or second-century A.D. relief from a Roman site in Bodrum, Turkey (now in the British Museum).

The scarcity of such finds suggests that the ancient world staged relatively few all-female contests, although Roman writers do refer to them.

There are eyewitness accounts of female gladiators in Rome itself, and, according to the first-century historian Suetonius, Emperor Domitian made women fight by torchlight at night. In A.D. 200 another emperor, Septimius Severus, banned female contests.

Manas added that the origin of the Hamburg museum statuette isn’t known, however, “it’s in the style of the Italian peninsula in the first century A.D.”

bastard-brother:

The Strand is getting snarky as shit again and I like it.

gingerhaze:

Objectifying Men For Stupid Reasons Comics

i found this in my photo booth.