detail from book cover

clockworkopera  asked:

In regards to your theories about heavenly fire and the parabatai bond, I was wondering if you had any ideas on the water symbolism with Emma's fears, dreams and the art motif for the covers. Do you think something to do with water can balance out the fire?

elisial:

Wow! This is such an amazing question! Thank you for asking! (Sorry, I get really excited about symbolism in literature, indulge me XD).
First, I’d like to say that all of the following is just speculation, of course, and I don’t claim to be right about anything that I’m going to say, it will be just a bunch of thoughts I developted thanks to my studies, so take it as it is and feel free to add whatever you want!

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Detail from the fifth-century carved ivory Gospel book cover known as the Five-Part Diptych. It is decorated with scenes from the life of Christ.

Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household… it is the Passover of the Lord. 
— First reading of Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) 

British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Frontispiece “A. Conan Doyle.” from The White Company By A. Conan Doyle. New York: Lovell, Coryell & Company, 1891.  2.-3. Frontispiece “Solving a problem. Steele 03” and cover detail from Conan Doyle’s Best Books in Three Volumes. Illustrated.  Vol. II. The Sign of the Four and Other Stories. Sherlock Holmes Edition. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, n.d.  4. Frontispiece “”What’s this, Mr. Holmes? Man it’s witchcraft! Where in the name of all that’s wonderful did you get those names?”” from The Valley of Fear. A Sherlock Holmes Novel By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Illustrated by Arthur I. Keller. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

When I was a kid Bill Nye was a cast member on a local NBC Seattle-based sketch comedy show called Almost Live. The show was so popular in the region that SNL would be pushed back for Almost Live (My entire youth SNL started at 12:05 in the morning, which confused me half to death since in my world NO PART of that program aired on a Saturday). Outside of Seattle the show was not known, nor should it have been since a vast majority of the show was inside jokes about Seattle sports (Folk Songs of the Seattle Mariners), Seattle culture (Studs from Microsoft) and SUPER specific jokes about Seattle suburbs (Cops in Kent). Early in the show’s run Bill Nye was a cast member, playing such characters as SpeedWalker, a superhero who speedwalked. 

On the show he also became known as Bill Nye the Science Guy after he corrected host John Keister’s pronunciation of the word gigawatt. Once that nickname hit he would routinely come on the show in a lab coat and perform elaborate experiments as Bill Nye the Science Guy… usually they involved him doing a small middle school physics or chemistry presentation, followed by him going out into the street and performing the same experiment with industrial size items.

From Almost Live he was hired to produce his own national show, Bill Nye The Science Guy… a show that I’m sure everyone on here is much more familiar with, and rightfully so because rather than focus on how bad the people of Ballard were at driving, this show focused on teaching kids the universal truths of physics, biology and chemistry. And it did it in a very fun and funny way. Bill Nye The Science Guy is in my mind one of the best television shows ever created because of how successful it was at blending comedy and education. Even kids who hated school loved this show because it was funny… only later did they realize they were learning something. When science teachers in school would let us watch Bill Nye the Science Guy all of us thought we were getting away with something and pulling the wool over our teachers’ eyes. But in truth it was the other way around. 

Last night I was walking home from Harold Night talking to my mom about the Seahawks and how excited everyone was for the parade today, and when I got home and looked at my computer I saw Bill Nye was trending on Twitter. Knowing my mom also loved Bill Nye (she was a physics teacher herself back in the day) I asked her if she knew what was up. She did not. Then I saw that he had just debated the CEO of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, about creationism vs evolution. And not only that, he agreed to do it AT the museum of creationism. I was enraged. My mom heard me just say “Oh no. Oh no. Oh no no no.” And I told her I had to go.

I’m obsessed with the evolution ‘debate’. I’ve read a number of books on evolution (I should point out that while Richard Dawkins is not the best human being, he writes very well about the topic), and after reading all of these books I decided I had to read a book from the opposition, since I couldn’t wrap my mind around a whole group of people so confident and steadfast in their beliefs that are routinely being proven incorrect. So I read “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” by a guy named Jason Lisle. All my friends asked me why I would do that since it would just get me angry, and I just responded by saying I have to at least try to figure out where they’re coming from.

I won’t get into the details of what that book covered. If you want to know you can ask me about it (and so far close to zero of my friends do). But it became crystal clear to me that it’s impossible to argue with those who so firmly believe in creationism. In all of the debates I’ve watched since reading that book, it’s never a scientific debate (I’m using that in the very real term of using factual evidence to support your hypothesis, and accepting that some hypotheses are wrong if there is indisputable evidence to the contrary)… in fact most of them turn into a linguistics debate, about what constitutes 'historical science’ and 'observational science’. The evolutionists present slides from NASA and geological surveys showing physical evidence, and the creationists always show clip art. That’s not a joke. In every one of these I have watched or read the creationist has used clip art to prove his point. And ultimately these debates end at a stand still because one side believes that the Book of Genesis should be treated as a primary document alongside actual, physical fossils, and the other side does not.

So last night Bill Nye, one of my idols since I was a little kid, decided to go into the belly of the beast and debate one of the thought leaders in creationism. Many people tuned in… and I think many of them were actually surprised to see that Bill Nye was not just an actor, but a legit science guy. Many scientists criticized him for agreeing to this debate in the first place, because as they rightly pointed out, it’s not a debate to begin with. If someone argues science better it doesn’t make it more or less true. And you aren’t going to sway Ken Ham. So why feed the beast?

But when Bill Nye started speaking I realized he knew he wasn’t going to sway Ken Ham. This wasn’t for him, and it wasn’t for the now twenty-somethings who grew up idolizing Bill Nye. It was, as it always has been with Bill Nye, about the children and the future of America. Multiple times throughout he kept emphasizing that America needs to embrace science. That our children need to understand science and embrace it in the classroom so that our country can still innovate. He wasn’t doing this to convince people who had already made up their minds. He was doing this for those young children who still have the opportunity to do so. Those same young kids that he helped shape when I was a kid.

This tweet by Anthony Harden sums it up best:

At the end of the day Nye clearly out-debated Ken Ham. Nye was assertive and funny. Ham seemed flustered, monotone and when asked if there would ever be anything that could change his mind on Creationism he said no. When asked the same question about evolution Bill Nye said “scientific evidence”. It wasn’t a debate. It was two people talking. And Bill Nye talked better. And hopefully he helped shape a few kids minds the same way he shaped mine when I was a little kid watching him talk about Dinosaurs.

And, in a perfect callback to his days as a sketch comedian on the local NBC affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, he made an insider comment on Seattle sports when he interrupted his own presentation to say “Go Seahawks.”

I love Bill Nye.

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Joyeux Anniversaire Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre! (19 January 1737 – 21 January 1814) 

French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular children’s book. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail and illustration (”Death of Virginia. E. Isabey and T. Johan”) from Paul and Virginia By Bernardin de St. Pierre. With an original memoir of the author. Three hundred and sixteen illustrations. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1879.

The Making of Harry Potter (Leavesden, UK)

If you’re familiar with my art from way way back (2006 maybe?), you’ll know that one of my first few digital artworks were Harry Potter fan arts. The magical world of Harry Potter was one of my early inspirations so you can just imagine the kind of goosebumps I got at this freakin’ place!!

(Yes, I purposely wore my best Hogwarts-student look for this day.)

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour, a.k.a. The Making of Harry Potter, in Leavesden (which is around an hour away from central London) is the studio where they filmed a lot of the scenes in the movies.

After the series was completed, they collected most of the sets, costumes and props, displayed them all here and created this interactive tour for the public. If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, like I am, you’ll understand how big of a deal this is!! And yes, it didn’t disappoint at all; it was SPECTACULAR to say the least!!

Hagrid’s Hut, The Gryffindor Common Room, Umbridge’s (extremely pink) office and The Potions Room, are just some of the sets you’ll get to see with your own two eyes at this place.

The attention to detail is amazing: everything from the bottle labels to the book covers were all wonderfully designed. There were so many knick knacks and little surprises it was so much fun to gawk at everything.

I personally wanted to stare at each set for at least 30 minutes but I was with my husband who isn’t exactly fangirling like I am so I only had a reasonable amount of time :p

By the way, don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil everything for you (in case you’re planning on going there soon) I’m just gonna post enough photos to get you excited! ;)

This is the Graphic Design section and my favorite portion of the entire tour! Look at all the wonderful packaging design. I cry. ;___;

Then there’s a portion called the “Backlot” where you get to go outdoors and see things like No. 4 Privet Drive, The Hogwarts Bridge and the different transportation used throughout the series (see pics below!)

It was pretty cool that they allow guests to walk along the bridge and ride the cars. Plus, I’m glad they have the timeslots going on so there isn’t a huge crowd in any part of the tour which makes it possible for every guest to try everything without having to wait in line for too long.

And we can’t visit the wizarding world without stopping for a drink! YUMMMMY is all I can say! Butterbeer tastes like butterscotch cream soda (don’t worry, it’s non-alcoholic! Hehe!) This was undoubtedly Mor’s favorite part of the tour!

For me, it was a surreal experience walking down the set of Diagon Alley. Ever since I started reading the books, I had always dreamed of walking down this street and now, I actually am!

Now if you’re planning on going there soon, here are some details you might wanna know!

We took the bus + ticket option available for purchase at their official website. I debated for a long time if we should take this or just use the Underground to go to the area but upon reading reviews online, I didn’t want to risk missing our time slot (guests said the studio was strict about this) and we had a 9am schedule so, better to be there early with their official transport service!

We were staying at a hotel in Gloucester Road so we took the tube to Victoria and walked to the meeting place. There are signs and people queuing up, so don’t worry about not being able to find it.

Some tips:

  • Expect a LOT of walking and standing up. Wear very comfortable shoes. We didn’t realize how tired we were until we sat down to have lunch (aaaahhhh….)
  • Bring extra batteries for your camera! By the end of the tour, I completely drained one of my batteries already and so I only had one left for the rest of the afternoon. But my husband says I was just too excited and took too many pictures (He doesn’t understand! Hehe!)
  • If you don’t mind spoilers, research about the different stops inside the tour so you can plan how long you wanna spend in each section. I didn’t do this because I wanted it all to be a surprise, which was also nice, but I wish I read how many stops there were at the very least so that I didn’t rush on some areas!