cornell library

“Çünkü en berbat yalnızlık bile, ihanet ve nefretle beslenen kötü insanlardan meydana gelmiş bir toplumdan daha tercih edilebilir bir durumdur…

Yalnızlıktan hoşlanmama nasıl şaşılır? İnsanların yüzünde düşmanlıktan başka bir şey görmüyorum oysa doğa bana hep gülüyor.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Görsel : Korean sailor (circa 1904) Cornell University Library’s 

As a gift I would love for our generation and all the people that grew up without their parents, whether you knew them early on or not, is to have that conversation so you could let that anger go. Because that’s the sort of anger that keeps you from love - it makes you put up walls and you don’t let people get close to you, because you don’t ever want to feel that feeling of abandonment or that feeling of hurt again, so you don’t let certain people close to you.
—  Jay-Z, speaking on the impact he felt after repairing his relationship with his father Adnis “AJ” Reeves, during a conversation with Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library in 2010.
on the Time Lord Victorious

In Paul Cornell’s Four Doctors comic, we see a glimpse of the​ universe where the Tenth Doctor stays in his Time Lord Victorious phase and abandons Wilf in the radiation chamber. This alt-Ten eventually becomes ruler of the universe, reigning supreme over all time and space until meeting his end at the hands of a Raxarocoricofallicoptarorian assassin.

In parallel, Lance Parkin’s Father Time shows the last surviving Time Lord as supreme emperor of the universe for a thousand years, ruling from the Needle through his ruthless secret police and the power of fear. On the day of his daughter’s birth, he’s assassinated by an uprising; his daughter Miranda goes on to be adopted by the Eighth Doctor, and and in The Gallifrey Chronicles it’s baaaasically confirmed that the Emperor is (or was) the Doctor.

Both these stories seem to be a peek into the same future, where the Tenth Doctor becomes Time Lord Victorious and emperor of the universe. In fact, since Father Time portrays this as the definite future of the Eighth Doctor’s universe, we could even say that the Emperor Victorious is the Doctor’s “original” future; something must have changed the timeline to turn him off of this path. (I hypothesize that it’s the return of Gallifrey in The End of Time: in particular, the interference of the mysterious Time-Lock-busting woman in white.)

If this timeline change did come so late in Ten’s life, when River Song described “her Doctor” in Silence in the Library, she was actually talking about the Time Lord Victorious. He was the one to marry her, while our Doctor only gave hasty vows in a collapsing bubble universe; he was the one to give her a sonic screwdriver, which is clearly a modified version of Ten’s, not Eleven’s or Twelve’s. This idea is quietly supported by her statements in the episode, which suggest that her Doctor still wears Ten’s face: for instance, she has to ask him whether he’s lived through the Byzantium, and she says he’s like an “early photograph” of her Doctor.

And what kind of future Ten does this describe? Who was the man that scared away the Vashta Nerada with just his name?

Now my Doctor, I’ve seen whole armies turn and run away. And he’d just swagger off back to his TARDIS and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor in the TARDIS. Next stop, everywhere.

Next stop, everywhere. Forget the consequences. Forget the “fixed points”. Forget the rules. Because the Laws of Time are Ten’s, and they will obey Him.

Gesang School (i.e. kisaeng school), 1904

From Cornell University Library, with the following description: 

Korean kisaengs, or singing girls, dressed up for singing and dancing. Korean kisaeng is special women’s occupation that exists for helping parties enjoyable by singing and dancing. Their social position was among the lowest in the traditional Korean class system. Their daughters also became kisaengs and their sons became slaves. The art of entertaining of the kisaeng is analogous to Japanese geisha. These professional entertainers were highly trained in the arts of poetry, music, dance, and other forms of social or artistic diversion. The picture is somewhat curious. It was taken in front of a modern, western-style brick building, with a very peculiar Korean screen as the backdrop. 

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I know this may be a question you/other witches get a lot, but if you're able to help that would be amazing. After talking to a number of witches on tumblr, I would love to start studying and become a witch. I'm just not sure where to start. I read your post about getting off tumblr, but are you able to provide me with one or two starting points? (Books, websites, etc) I just don't want to start off on the wrong foot when beginning. Thanks x

hello! i’m really happy to hear that you’re interested in this craft and community.

personally, tumblr was a great tool for me. it would give me a plethora of topics and ideas i was interested in- but then i got off tumblr to go research from credible sources for detailed information, until i got to know myself and a couple of witches i genuinely trust. don’t be afraid of using tumblr, just don’t take any post as the final truth either. (humble advice!)

the absolute, number one recommendation i have is that you get a book. any book you enjoy writing in. mine is a solid black simple sketchbook i paid less than $5 for. it felt good, it felt open, and it fit my budget. 
in that book, make a list of all the things you find that you want to/need to study.
-moon phases
-correspondences (what items are generally used for what purposes)
-herbs/plants
-crystals
-divination
-astral plane
-tarot/oracle 
-spellcrafting

etc.

keep in mind you do not have to learn anything you’re not interested in, you don’t need to have correspondences memorized (it’s just useful to have a basic directory on hand!), and the only final rule of your craft is that it’s yours. there are certainly some topics that have a pretty reliable general consensus, and it’s wise to keep that in mind; but if something doesn’t feel right for you, that is perfectly fair and valid. for instance, roses are commonly associated with love; if you hate roses for some reason, you don’t like to look at them, they make you unhappy… then they probably won’t work well if you’re trying to purpose them for a love spell. 
keep in mind that witchcraft works in mysterious ways. if you’ve been talking to witches already, you probably already realize that it isn’t an exact practice. it’s more of an experimentation in will power and working with the energies of the world. 

as for some reliable books and websites, everyone has something different to say, but here are the sources i’ve used:
moon light academy
witchcraft and witches
mineralpedia
cunningham’s encyclopedia of magical herbs (book, but should be easy to find online!)

@the-murmuring-elm was a huge help as i started into tarot.
@thenatalchart & @astrologymarina have been and continue to be invaluable for learning astrology. 

i have this resource that i have not yet used, but i definitely plan to- we are all still learning, after all. it is a digitized selection of books on witchcraft from cornell university’s library. 

and, as a general note, always research any oils, herbs, plants, and crystals before working with them. most oils are dangerous to apply directly to skin and must be diluted, many herbs and plants are dangerous to consume- even seemingly harmless ones, and many crystals can be damaged by sunlight or water.

i really hope this helps, friend! good luck and feel free to throw any questions or concerns into my ask box.