Tesla Predicted Drone Warfare Nearly 120 Years Ago

Originally posted by spinallyspiraling

With his namesake electric car company hitting the roads and the widespread use of wireless technology, it often seems like the work of Nikola Tesla has really come into its own in the 21st century. But if you needed further evidence that his controversial mind was ahead of its time, look no further than this 118-year-old patent.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Setterfield’s “The Thirteenth Tale,” the reader does not have to choose between an intriguing storyline and great writing. The book is built on both. It has the flavor of old classics, and the comparisons with the Bronte sisters and Daphne du Maurier fit well. Yet Setterfield also manages to achieve her own signature.

Margaret Lea loves books more than people, and so the world of a quaint old bookshop of old leather tomes that one picks up only with gloved hands suits her just so. She lives in the world of words on paper, and she writes her own. An obscure biography she’d written becomes, then, what brings her out of the dusky shop and into the dusky world of Vida Winter. Vida Winter is a famed author, a reclusive artistic sort that the outside world can never quite capture. She won’t let it. What interviews she does are all yet more storytelling, each one elaborately contradicting any other. Yet when life nears its end, even those who enjoy living in the secrecy of elaborate, however colorful, lies, come to long for truth at last. Vida Winter calls young Margaret to her home to tell her the truth.

Why Margaret? Something in her first written biography gives her away. Even when writing factually about others, after all, every honest writer will tell you - there is, deep inside the words, their own truth. Vida Winter knows that, and she senses in the young woman’s work an understanding of the complexities of sibling relationships. Even, as chance would have it, and especially that of twins.

So the story unfolds, expertly, little by little and logically, building upon itself. Here is a twisted love, here is ugliness and beauty, here is human nature gone wild, and rivalry intertwined with a lifelong bond. We find tragedy and adultery, banishment and reunion. Expertly done. Setterfield holds firm to the end. Draw the blinds, start the fire, settle in for the read.

by guest reviewer Zinta

Read excerpts from the book here!


Gustav Klimt Inspired Wooden Hair Brushes

Designer Yulia from ArtKaleydoskop2015 creates exquisite wooden hair brushes inspired by the iconic work of Gustav Klimt, among other classical artists. The art nouveau pieces express an old glamor, which has been beautifully adorned by several reprints of Klimt’s famous paintings.

To create a piece, the artist uses the classical technique of  dècoupage to adhere the images onto the wooden surfaces. To add a touch of elegance, Yulia hand paints colorful accents and adds decorative stones, which accentuate the vintage and nostalgic aesthetic of Klimt’s style. You can find these exquisite timeless brushes in her Etsy shop, as well as other beauty related accessories, including makeup brush holders and organizer. 

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Unpopular Opinion about Cultural Appropriation in the Spirit Keeping Community

So here’s a popular belief: We should not work with spirits that are not a part of our own culture. Okay… I can understand that to an extent. Some cultures are very sacred, and we Americans are trademarked as being brash and… kind of unappreciative of what we have. But listen. Here’s the unpopular side.

We aren’t forbidden from working with spirits of other cultures. Am I forbidden for working with the Aztec goddess Xochiquetzal because I’m a Caucasian American? No, I’m not. After a year of enlightening work and meditation with her, I never felt like she was angry that I worked with her. In fact I felt that she was calling as my matron for some time before I even knew who she was. I work with many different culture spirits, and here’re my thoughts:

Cultural appropriation is really, really silly when it comes to the spirit world. Yes, it’s important for you to understand other cultures depending on what spirits you’re working with because you don’t want to offend them by giving them the wrong kind of offering or performing the wrong kind of ritual, but if you have the spirit’s permission to work with them, what’s the big deal? Besides, many of us have had past lives from different cultures, and we like to connect to our past life soulmates and previous friends. Cutting off ties with certain spirits because of their culture is not cultural appropriation IMO. It’s racism. It’s being SO careful about who you offend that you’re actually offending the spirit you’re trying NOT to. I hope that makes sense. You’re being overly careful here. If you call on a spirit and they say, “I don’t want to work with you because you’re a _____,” then thank them for their time and say goodbye. And DON’T WORK WITH THEM.

But if the spirit in question is completely fine with working with you, I think you would be doing DAMAGE to your relationship with them and offending them more if you said, “I can’t work with you because I’m a ______ and not a _______ of your culture.”

I’ve had Arab Djinn approach me in the past. Japanese Tanuki and Kitsune, Catholic Saints, Germanic Alps, Romanian Vampires, and Greek god messengers. I accept them all as friends or mentors, and I appreciate and respect their cultures. Unlike the popular opinion on Americans, I don’t take, take, take. I accept the spirit, appreciate their culture, and respect them.

…I’m gonna get so much hate for this. I just know it.