so like with Ancillary Justice the gender thing is what always gets talked about even though that’s not even the main point of the book and there’s so much other awesome stuff going on and so I don’t want to make it sound like the book is All About Gender—
—but all the same, when I’m feeling annoyed at my body I can remind myself that any Radchaai citizen would look at my huge hips and my soft face and have absolutely no idea if I was male or female or anything else, and, well, that’s surprisingly comforting
Swimming Pool Replica of an 18th Century Stradivarius Violin
The swimming pool … offers a perimeter overflow spa for up to 12 persons, independent LED illumination, so that it can be admired during nighttime as well, and there are koi-ponds resembling the bow of the violin with 250 fiber optic star-lights.
There are a lot of glass tiles illuminating the periphery of the pool and the violin strings are illuminated by no less than 5760 strands of fiber optic which can be synchronized with the music playing. There is an audio system making it possible to listen to music underwater and the pool settings as well as landscape utilities can be configured via an iPhone.
"I have a question for Grant Ward. How dare you."
A young boy approached the front desk. He comes into the library regularly and is ahead of his age in maturity. He wanted to know where he could find Star Wars books. We have quite a few fiction but also non-fiction Star Wars books. The non-fiction can be about the history and making of Star Wars.
Me: “Are you interested in fiction or non-fiction?”
Boy [long pause, with serious expression]: ”You do realize that Star Wars is fake right?”
Agent Carter panel. Fan asked if there would be other strong women in the show in addition to Peggy. Exec producers said while Peggy is in a man’s world, there are definitely other women inhabiting it with her…”both good and bad.” EYEBROW WIGGLE
ok, but this outfit and these quotes say “Queen of Attolia” to me.
Maria Clara Eimmart, Ten Depictions of Heavenly Phenomena, (late 17th century)
Eimmart was the daughter of the history painter, portraitist and amateur astronomer Georg Christoph Eimmart, with whom she collaborated. Her father was director of the Malerakademie in Nürnberg but also established a private observatory. She was given a broad education in the fine arts, and specialized in botanical and astronomical illustrations. She made a series of some 350 drawings of lunar phases, observed by telescope, and captured on distinctive blue paper. Twelve of these were given to conte Marsili, a scientific collaborator with her father, of those twelve, ten survive in Bologna. She shortly thereafter married her father’s pupil and successor, the astronomer Johann Heinrich Müller and died in childbirth.
Watching Hunt For Red October clips reminded me that I had a Russian tea glass holder sitting around somewhere that I never used and when I dug around in the cupboard and found it I remembered why I never used it and that was because the only glass that fit inside fit too loosely so it wobbled and in general just didn’t work very well. So I went back to goodwill and found a glass that fits snugly (it’s still a bit too tall but hey, improvement).
I don’t know if you can see it very well, but the design on it is commemorating the space program.