This unique wine cup of white nephrite jade was made for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-1658) and is inscribed with his title, Second Lord of the Conjunction. This follows the conventions of royal titulature in the Persian-speaking world, and specifically alludes to Timur, the Central Asian ruler from whom the Mughals were descended. It is dated 1067 of the Islamic calendar, and regnal year 31, which mean that it was made in 1657 AD. The cup was originally in the collection of Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie (1808-1875), who had a renowned collection of Mughal hardstones.


Captain Nemo 

Captain Nemo real name is Prince Dakkar, son of the Hindu Raja of Bundelkund, and also a descendant of the Muslim Sultan Fateh Ali Tipu of the Kingdom of Mysore, famous for the Anglo-Mysore Wars. After the First Indian War of Independence of 1857, in which Dakkar lost his family and his kingdom, he devoted himself to scientific research and developed the Nautilus, wherein he and a crew of followers cruise the seas.

Nemo tries to project a stern, controlled confidence, but he is driven by a thirst for vengeance and a hatred of imperialism focused on the British Empire. He is also wracked by remorse over the deaths of his crew members and even by the deaths of enemy sailors. (X)

Created by Jules Verne

1st appearance Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

driven-like-the-snow asked:

Aboriginal people are not from (or as far as I know necessarily descended from people who are from) Africa, but do share some features of African and African-descended people such as hair texture and melanin levels. I don't know if that helps at all.

Honestly… I’m kinda conflicted there. 

It’s bad enough that we’re getting heat from Non-Black PoCs about the tag. I’m having a lot of issues maintaining just mixed people debate. 

And at the same time… my heart do go out to them. I heard racism down under is just as horrible. 

See… (East) Indians are Dark, but they are not “Black” per say. But I have seen pictures of aboriginals from Down Under… they are People of Color… but they are not of African Diaspora, which is what we’re focusing on.

I suggest to them this: Get a movement going for them and get in touch with me and I’ll help promote it. I’ll even donate a graphic to raise awareness for you. I would like love to be able to do what I done for the BlackOutDay movement to help out the the aboriginal people of Australia. But don’t ask me to help run the hashtag, please. I… have enough problems with this one.

Teen Wolf AU: Eureka

If asked, Derek would be able to provide a number of solid reasons as to why he took the job as Head of Security at Global Dynamics.

He could also, at the drop of a hat, list in descending order every reason he hated it and why he kept his letter of resignation updated and printed out next to the phone in his office.

On AO3


The third Age of Ultron trailer has descended upon us from the skies.

Grace means God’s love in action toward people who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending his only Son to the cross to descend into hell so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven.

J.I Packer // Knowing God

grace. what a precious word.


#TBT to 2009 and our first commissioned art installation, Ernesto Neto’s anthropodino, a large-scale, interactive sculpture. The Brazilian artist used hundreds of yards of translucent material, to suspend a gigantic canopy from the Wade Thompson Drill Hall’s latticework truss. These magnificent, aromatic “stalactites” were filled with spices and descended 60 feet to embrace a vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms. The wooden skeleton was made of innumerable bone-shaped plywood parts neatly cut by computer-driven machines and was assembled like a huge, three-dimensional puzzle without screws or glue. Hundreds of pounds of spices, including turmeric, clove, ginger, black pepper and cumin, infused the environment with scent and provided a heightened sensorial experience. This immersive, multi-sensory installation invited viewers to enter the work and explore the piece from many different perspectives. (Photos: James wing)

Dantes descended, murmuring the supreme word of human philosophy: ‘perhaps’
—  Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo)

A comiXologist Recommends…
Mike Isenberg recommends:

Descender #1

You know what we don’t get nearly enough of in comics these days?  Old fashioned space opera; with robots and aliens and galactic intrigue and the whole nine yards.  You know what else we need more of?  Gorgeous watercolor illustrations.

If you find yourself agreeing with these statements, then please let me direct your attention to Descender #1, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.  And with its compelling story set in a well-fleshed-out far-future sci-fi setting illustrated with beautiful watercolors, Descender is definitely worthy of your attention.

Ten years in the past, gigantic robots appeared in the sky above each of the nine homeworlds of the United Galactic Council, unleashing a devastating attack on the galaxy’s population before mysteriously vanishing without a trace.  Now, on a derelict mining colony on the edge of the galaxy, a young android boy has awoken confused from a decade-long sleep, to find a world that is more than a little hostile towards all things robotic.

Lemire and Nguyen have done a wonderful job in issue #1 of introducing the setting and the characters, while still making room for a good number of character moments and plenty of mood-building and suspense.  There’s a tense mystery at play here (what exactly is android Tim-21’s connection to the giant death robots?) but also a lot of heart.  And Nguyen’s painted illustrations are not to be missed.

This is definitely a series to keep an eye on.  Can’t wait to see where it’ll be going from here.

[Read Descender #1 on comiXology]

Mike Isenberg is an Associate Production Coordinator at comiXology, and the co-writer of First Law Of Mad Science.  He lives in Harlem with his cats, Tesla and Edison.

anonymous asked:

i do NOT want to offend you but that post about benedict cumberbatches family owning slaves... he cant help that his ancestors owned slaves? Can you help me understand how you feel about this topic?

You see no issue with his mother telling him not to use his last name professionally to avoid becoming the target of reparations lawsuits? You’re okay with his family giving him advice on how to get out of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves his family owned??? Like his mama obviously knows the extent of his family’s wealth and knows exactly how that wealth was accumulated. Through the work of slaves. She wanted to make sure that the descendants of the people who suffered to earned that money for the Cumberbatch family would not get to see any of it, while she basks in all that accumulated wealth. He literally quoted her and said she would tell him “they’ll be after you for money”. They?? You mean the family of the slaves your husband’s family owned who rightfully deserves their share??? Like what??? You white huh???

For those who are confused about race/ethnicity. “Black” is a race with several ethnicities. The arrows above demonstrate the migration of enslaved black people from Africa to other parts of the world. 

Black line = African Americans = descendants of enslaved blacks in the USA

Red lines = Afro-Latinxs = descendants of enslaved blacks in Latin America (Central America, South America, and some of the Caribbean-Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, etc.) 

Blue line = Afro-Caribbeans = descendants of enslaved blacks in the Caribbean (ex: Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, etc.) 

Africa = Africans 

All of these people are black. But not all black people are African American. 

Famous black people
Africans: Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Iman, Idris Elba
African Americans: Michelle Obama, Oprah, Beyonce, Jay-Z  
Afro-Latinx: Celia Cruz, Gina Torres, Zoe Saldana, Laz Alonso 
Afro-Caribbeans: Bob Marley, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wyclef

*I should mention there are black people in other parts of the world as well (Afro-Palestinians, Afro-Iranian, etc.) 

**I made this in a hurry, let me know if anything is off 

We Know

A birthday fic requested by nerdygrlwonder (surprise!)

“Lieutenant!” Ichabod Crane’s voice rings through the stillness of the forest. Stillness that only recently descended after the demonic, man-eating bear creature that had been pursuing him had been vanquished.

There was a crash as the creature fell, toppling awkwardly on its stiff legs, followed by the snick and thunk of Crane’s crossbow bolt being released and hitting its mark.  The Yakwawiak disintegrated, melting into a puddle of goo before evaporating into a mist that would have been greenish in better light.

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Beta Testing
read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/1NhfRD4

by andavs

If asked, Derek would be able to provide a number of solid reasons as to why he took the job as Head of Security at Global Dynamics.

He could also, at the drop of a hat, list in descending order every reason he hated it and why he kept his letter of resignation updated and printed out next to the phone in his office.

Words: 10381, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/1NhfRD4

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you have any tips on writing immortal characters? I've been getting inspiration from characters such as the Doctor from Doctor Who and Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon A Time, but I'm still looking for information on how to write one into a book, rather than onscreen, since it's so different, if thanks makes any sense. Thank you for your time and for running a great resource!

"Immortal" really is a broad descriptor for a character, and there are boundless examples. 

If you’re talking gods/demigods, there are all kinds of mythological beings from the Greek and Roman gods/titans to the ancient Egyptian gods to Viking gods and their modern-day fictional descendants like the Asgardians in comics, Neil Gaiman’s Endless family, etc. Not to mention entering the realm of angels/demons.

If you’re looking for more human-type immortals, like those you mentioned, here’s a brief list of other references:

Vampires (Dracula, Lestat, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, Anita Blake, etc.)

Tolkien elves (Arwen, Legolas, Elrond, Galadriel, etc.)

'Highlander' Immortals (Connor and Duncan MacLeod, Methos, Amanda, etc.)

Dorian Gray

Peter Pan

Comic characters: Logan/Wolverine, Hellboy, Deadpool


Jesse Tuck

As you’ll see, this is an extremely wide variety of characters. Immortality as a qualifier is just one facet of a character. Reading and watching some of these can help give you an idea of how different people handle immortality, but ultimately your characters are your own and their dealings with immortality will depend on how such a facet is approached in the world they inhabit (is it common? unusual? unheard of? — are there other immortals, and if so, do they know them?), how their immortality was obtained, and how the characters as individuals cope with it. 

Hope this helps! 

- O

Why We Live in Perpetual Fear


Many people think that Charles Darwin claimed that we are descended from apes. Now, of course this is not true. We do share a common ancestor with the great apes. In fact all mammals are descended from rodent like creatures about the size of a small dog. Ourselves included. These little creatures, our forbears, shared the Earth with dinosaurs and other reptilian predators. they lived in burrows in the earth and were nocturnal coming out after dark to forage and hunt small insects and worms.

We were warm blooded and fast. Yet we lived in a state of perpetual fear because we were, ourselves, hunted. Death could come from the air or upon the land. Legless creatures could enter our burrow and eat our young. So we were constantly on the lookout. Constantly apprehensive. Fear, the most basic of all emotions, kept us vigilant. Kept us alive.

Now we are no longer beset by predators but this is a fairly recent development. For most of our existence man was a prey animal. We were prey to the big cats, wild dogs, hyena and bears. So, even in our safe homes, on the streets of Manhattan or London we still react as if we were quivering rodents shaking in our holes just waiting for death to come to us. 

Now it is time for us to evolve further and to do so we must shake off this primal fear. We must become fearless. When we do so we become more than just another animal. We become something new under the sun.

๑ Samsaran ๑

When frank basically called zoe his child while in the middle of eating her out my floor opened up and I descended straight into the fires of hell

anonymous asked:

Can you introduce us to us to your ROT characters since we don't know a lot about them?

OvO!! Thank you so much for showing interest in my other non-MYth related original work….you don’t know how much this means to me.  TuT

It’ll take a lot of effort and time to introduce them all, so I’ll just show them all briefly and point out my favorite XD  It’s mainly about the heirs (or children/ bearers/ descendants) of the 12 Earthly Branches, and I started designing them as early as 2001…Orz

my skill was VERY immature back then so character design changed along the way…=u=;

this was in 2005 

I was able to develop this story further for my college senior year illustration project, and this was the character line up I did for class. (didn’t include all 12 in this line up, just the ones that appeared in the first chapter XD )

my favorite from the 12 is Siyu, the child of Earthly Branch Si, the Snake.
so I painted her during the lunar new year of Snake in 2013

I’ll properly introduce them all when I find a good pausing point in the MYth series~ ^ ^