Skull of a horse with cyclopia from 1841

Cyclopia: A congenital abnormality (birth defect) in which there is only one eye. That eye is centrally placed in the area normally occupied by the root of the nose. There is a missing nose or a nose in the form of a proboscis (a tubular appendage) located above the eye.



Date:14th–16th century
Medium:Carved wood, skin, gesso, gilding
Dimensions:Height: 42 15/16 in. (109 cm)
Credit Line:Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989Accession Number:1989.55
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Images and description from The Metropolitan Museum of Art:  “The ancient “silk route”, running from the Mediterranean to Sian in east central China, made Central Asia a meeting place of many cultures. This lute, an extraordinary example of musical exchange between East and West, is similar to instruments played by angels depicted in seventh-century Buddhist cave paintings. It offers some insight into the development of the modern sgra-snyan. The body, with two skin-covered chambers, is a rare example of an archaic transitional form that seems to point to the Afghan robab, and various Himalayan lute types. Decorative elements, such as green-colored skins, like those of the damarn, and the portraits of Buddha and musicians, rendered on painted ivory with gold leaf, are typical of fifteenth-century Tibet. The back, fingerboard, and pegbox reveal cartouches and palmettes reminiscent of seventeenth-century Persia. Tin leafing shows through as a silvery underlayer in a worn section of the instrument. Painted gesso adheres to the surface, the result of an ancient gilding process known as adoratura. Originally, there were six strings attached to this instrument, but the pegbox was shortened to accommodate five, with a possible sixth string attached to a side peg. Despite the appearance of Buddha and his musicians, the sgra-snyan was not used in religious settings, but accompanied secular song.”  

Rarepairs, Please!

What is this?

We wanted to have a central place for fans who enjoy the rarer pairs in Ngozi’s amazing comic, Check, Please!, to be able to find new content for their favorite ships, as well as connect with others in the fandom who love the same ships. For now, Kat and Beth will be building up a content base, but eventually we will create a network so that we can increase the exposure for the blog and find more great posts!

What makes a ship rare?

After looking at AO3 as a population, we have decided that all ships with the exception of Zimbits (Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann) and Nurseydex (Derek Nurse/William Poindexter) are considered rare. This was determined by looking at the number of works on AO3 in a ship’s tag excluding Zimbits. While we know that this is not a perfect method, and that this could be excluding fics where Zimbits is just functioning as a background relationship, this was an easy way to look at the numbers in this fandom.

How can I get my fanworks reblogged here?

Use the #omgcprarepairs tag in the first 5 tags on your original post, and we will add it to our queue!

Who are Kat and Beth?

Kat is @sleepy-skittles and Beth is @dexsnursey :)

Got some more questions? Check out our About Page for some additional info, or shoot us an ask!

Like come on, I befriended some of these liberals who had PhD’s and were staunch Democrats back when I was living in NYC. All of them would routinely walk past multiple homeless people (usually but not always people of color) on the street, head up to their cozy 2 bedroom Manhattan apartments, get on Facebook and get off on their Good Liberal Politics while occasionally make fun of backwards hicks in places like Central PA where I’m from.

An Updated MLM Book List: Part II

You can find Part I here. I have not read these books but I wanted a central place for the books I might eventually read. Let me know if any of these should be removed because they do not contain explicitly MLM characters or if they are really fetishizing of gay men.

  1. The Affair of the Porcelain Dog, Turnbull House, Fool’s Gold by Jess Farraday
  2. Ashlesha: Part I of Awaken the Stars by Jer Keene
  3. Battle of Will by Sasha L. Miller
  4. Beyond the Rift, Fractured Souls by Alana Ankh
  5. The Black Chalice by Marie Jakober
  6. Brute by Kim Fielding
  7. Burn the Sky, Blackfrost by Jaye McKenna
  8. A Call to Arms, Nightfall, Battle Dawn by Shiriluna Nott
  9. The Chosen, The Standing Dead, The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
  10. Dangerous Moonlight by Mel Keegan
  11. The Door Into Fire, The Door Into Shadow, The Door Into Sunset by Diane Duane
  12. Dreamer by Steven Harper
  13. An East Wind Blowing by Mel Keegan
  14. Fortunes of War by Mel Keegan
  15. The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek
  16. Haffling by Caleb James
  17. The Heart of the Kingdom by Sasha L. Miller
  18. Icy Pavements, Defending Walls by Lee Wyndham
  19. Leythe Blade by Jaye McKenna
  20. The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  21. Locked by Anyta Sunday
  22. The Lonely War by Alan Chin
  23. Magic Fell by Andi Van
  24. Mere Mortals by Erastes
  25. Of Last Resort, With Pride, In Despair by Megan Derr
  26. Over the Mountain of the Moon by Reiko Morgan
  27. A Promise of Tomorrow by Rowan McAllister
  28. Rights of Inheritance by Sandra Bard
  29. Ring of Lightning, Ring of Intrigue, Ring of Destiny by Jane S. Fancher
  30. The Sallee Rovers, Men of Honor, Iron Men, Heart of Oak, Man in the Crescent Moon, The Sea Leopard by M. Kei
  31. Seidman by James Erich
  32. Servitude, Idolatry by Rebecca Cohen
  33. A Shadow on the Sun by Sera Trevor
  34. Shadowdance by Robin Wayne Bailey
  35. The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, His Sacred Bones by Ginn Hale
  36. The Sheltered City by John Tristan
  37. The Silver Lake, The Golden Tower, The Shining City by Fiona Patton
  38. Stalking Tender Prey, Scenting Hallowed Blood, Stealing Sacred Fire by Storm Constantine 
  39. The Still, The King by David Feintuch
  40. Tapestry by Hallie Burton
  41. Through a Brazen Mirror by Delia Sherman
  42. Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome by Roger Kean
  43. Transgressions by Erastes
  44. Under the Poppy, The Mercury Waltz, The Bastards’ Paradise by Kathe Koja
  45. Wingmen by Ensan Case

So the crew is in 2017 Central City trying to 1) figure out how to work the mystery compass and 2) figure out who the evil speedster is. Gosh, if only there were some place in Central City 2017 where maybe, I don’t know, scientists and speedsters could both routinely be found and both of those goals could be accomplished very quickly and conveniently. Perhaps a lab of some kind. If only the crew knew of such a place. Maybe the people in that place would have experience with speedsters and also know how to best stop them. If only the crew knew someone with super speed who would be able to tell them the identity of a blond speedster, appearing to be in his mid-40s, with a weak moral compass and a penchant for wearing yellow. Nah, it’s fine, we’ll just ask Stein’s daughter for help and no one else.

So we had Ren’s backstory but we’re not done yet. There is a big chunk of Nora’s backstory missing because how the hell did she get to Kuroyuri? Those kids didn’t recognize her clothes and mentioned she might be a bandit. Maybe she has something to do with Raven after all?

Nora might be from one of the kingdoms, likely Mistral, likely from a large city. But how did she get to Kuroyuri? Kuroyuri doesn’t seem to be the most central place in Remnant with the next village probably at least a couple of day’s walk away for an adult. So how did a little girl that is clearly not from the area get there?

They wouldn’t have hinted it if there wasn’t something we’re going to see somewhen in the future.

Starting 12/8/16, the Sunguard will embark on its newest and deadliest campaign to date. Their goal is to stem the tide of the Burning Legion from destroying Azeroth and defend not only the Broken Isles but their home as well. Fighting impossible odds, the Sunguard will band together with the many factions of Azeroth to complete this task. There they will learn that the Legion’s wrath knows no end, and that forces unseen lurk in the shadows pushing the war forward.

The majority of the campaign will take place on the Broken Isles themselves but the Legion and its allies have influence all over the world and will start just before the release of the Nighthold raid towards the end of the Nightfallen Rebellion. Unlike previous campaigns, the Legion Campaign will lack a central place of deployment, allowing characters to freely move about with their companies as they see fit. The extensive portal networks within the Ivory Spire will allow quick transportation to the war front but limit the size of engagements. Unlike previous campaigns, there will not be a single warfront instead, companies will travel literally all over Azeroth to stop threats where they lie. While many events will focus on the events unfolding on the Broken Isles, the Sunguard will deal with threats all across the world and continue their work to rebuild and reclaim Quel’Thalas.

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A Little Problem

Prompt: On a heist to steal something valuable the reader butts heads with Captain Boomerang, who is actually after the same prize himself.

Inspiration: “I may be small but I won’t hesitate to kill you" 

Pairing: Captain Boomerang X Criminal Fem!Reader

Warnings: Cursing, sexual suggestion, fluff galore!

Originally posted by despairingfever

“Damn, that was too easy.” You giggled to yourself as you opened the door to the safe, the lock you picked seconds ago falling to the floor below you. Glancing into the small safe you grinned ear to ear at the sight of a small velvet box. “Finally.”

A few weeks ago a wealthy collector in Gotham had hired you to find a certain necklace, the one in this exact safe. He was a prestigious collector of historical jewelry, ones that belonged to historical figures or famous individuals. There was a festival of some sort taking place in Central City in the next few days, at said festival there would be fun historical exhibits where people could enjoy all the galleries and exhibits.

You couldn’t quite remember who this necklace had belonged to make it so desirable..  possibly British Royalty or even something as trivial as the Wife of the first Mayor of Central City. Hell, you didn’t remember. All you knew is where it was supposed to be held and what it supposedly looked like.

Reaching in you carefully pulled the velvet case out of the safe and opened it, your eyes gazed down and studied the brilliant rubies encrusted in the golden necklace. “Looks about right..” You mumbled to yourself before shutting the case and tucking it safety into your bag.

Feeling relief that this ordeal was almost done with you were ready to leave, which would involve climbing out of the vents and back out through the roof. After that, all you had to do was take the train out to Gotham and you’d have a big fat paycheck waiting for you upon arrival. Gotham, it was a gross city but in your line of work, it was a cesspool for easy money.

“Com’on now Darlin’!”

You jumped in surprise as a big booming voice filled the room. Without skipping a beat your hand reached to your side, attempting to pull your gun out of the upholster, but something hard slammed against your hand, causing you to drop your weapon on the floor. A Boomerang?

You gritted your teeth, damn did that hurt! Quickly you spun around to see a man across the room, he seemed to have just entered from the side door, the employee entrance.

“I didn’t realize I had to make an appointment to be the first one to break into this place.” 

Studying the giant before you, it was almost hard to hide your intimidation, but you managed to do just that. Standing at 6′1 he had broad shoulders and big bulging arms, which held boomerangs. Of all things boomerangs! You knew better than underestimate weapons of any sort, being from Gotham you had seen your fair share of outrageous things.

“You’re too late for the party.” You chortled, sarcasm heavy in your voice as you attempted to mask your anxiety. Quickly, before the man had a chance to react, you snatched a knife from your boot and held it up in defense.

Chuckling at your response the man stared at you, caressing your body with your eyes. You wanted to feel angry but his soft blue eyes intrigued you. “You ain’t from ‘round these parts, are ya sheila?”

“Central City isn’t my normal territory no.” You responded casually, starting to feel at ease. You were only after one item, maybe this guy would let you be on your jolly way. “Just came here for work, but-” As you spoke, knife still in hand, you started to walk to the side of the room, towards the air vents, “-If you let me be on my way I’ll be out of yours, and all the other thugs in Central City’s hair by morning.”

“Oh, well nice to see a pretty face.. All the fuckers in these parts look about as appealing as an ass!” He cried, a crazy gleam in his eyes. “What ya got in the bag there, sweetheart?”

Shit. “Just one thing, the thing I came for.” You answered in a stern voice. “The rest is yours.”

“Just one thing?” He questioned, starting to stroll over in your direction. He seemed completely unphased by the fact you had a knife in hand. “Must be pretty valuable if that’s all ya takin’?”

Standing your ground you stepped back, glaring at the tall bearded man. “I wouldn’t say that.. Now be a gentleman and let the lady through.” Your voice was playful, you had come to realize that coming off as confident in cocky in the criminal game went a long way when intimidating others. Unfortunately this guy saw right through you.

“How ‘bout instead of being a good and proper girl you be a nasty lil’ bitch..” He chuckled, now towering right above you. “You ever fucked in one of these banks before?” Reaching down he placed one of his big gloved hands on your hips, giving it a friendly squeeze. “You’re a small lil’ sheila.. Let’s see if those legs can spread wide enough for me.”

Growing scared, and frankly angered, you punched the cocky Aussie square in the jaw and spat in his face. Your strength caught him off guard, for he stumbled back a bit and his eyes opened wide. Suddenly a wicked grin overcame his face.

“I may be small but I won’t hesitate to kill you!” You hissed, blindly swinging your knife in his direction to warn him off. Only slicing his cheek you darted out the side entrance before you could see his reaction, what a freak!    

You weren’t even halfway down the street when you heard that scumbags voice again, he was shouting at you. 

“Wait! Hold up!” You ignored him and kept running. “Babe, wait! Next time you’re in Central, hit me up for a good time! Captain Boomerang, don’t ya forget it!”

You had never missed Gotham more than you did at this very moment.

Now Taking Information about Fan Crafts!

Fan crafters! Lovers of fan crafts! If you’ve been watching the auction stuff go by and wondering how you can get involved in exchanging fanworks for donations-to-good-causes, your time has now come! 

We are now accepting information from fan crafters, to be posted on this page. (In addition to following the link here, you can also find a link at the top of blog’s homepage.) Interested crafters can send us their info using this form, and we will post it to that page. Though signing up ASAP will give you maximum exposure to interested donors/buyers, we will be accepting information through January 18th. There is no reason that the buying and selling has to stop then, but we will no longer be maintaining the page after that point.

** Please note that the exchange of fan crafts for donations is NOT an official part of the auction. Our involvement goes only as far as posting crafters’ information in a centralized place. Creators and buyers will need to negotiate the terms of sale (cost, who covers shipping, who is responsible for lost items, &c.) independently: we at the auction are not overseeing these exchanges. **

so wait, is this not part of the actual auction?

As we explained in this post, we realized awhile back that we would not be able to include fan crafts in the official auction.

That being said, we agree (as you probably do too) that fancrafts are awesome and worth buying, and we want to do what we can to help fan crafters who want to donate their creations in support of these important causes. So we are using our platform to offer crafters and buyers a place to connect.

I’m a fan crafter, and I want to donate! How can I do it?

It’s simple: just fill out this brief form by January 18th (though sooner is better – we will be posting information on a rolling basis, as it comes in.) We will post the information you send us on our dedicated Fan Crafts page, where potential buyers can find you.

I want to buy fancrafts for a good cause! How can I do it?

You can visit that dedicated Fan Crafts page mentioned above, which will have a running list of crafters, their offerings, and ways to donate in exchange for those offerings. (Please note that different crafters will offer different ways for getting in touch – please abide by their requests.) We will be updating it a couple of times a day from now until January 18th. 

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the fanworks auction, opening January 12th!

headcanon: Neopia Central is the neopets equivalent of New York City, with tall buildings, a bustling restaurant culture, and excited energy. It hosts neopets from every land, and never ceases to evolve. Tourists come from all over to explore the city and its vast shopping districts. In the winter, the entire land is covered in a blanket of snow, and buildings are decked in shimmering holiday lights. The money tree, within an expansive park at the center of the city, is a sight to behold, decorated with thousands of small lights and decorations. Neopia Central is the second most popular tourist destination during the holidays, after Happy Valley.