greatest mind

  • What she says: im fine
  • What she means: Cleopatra VII was an extremely intelligent woman and one of the greatest political minds of her time. She was the first Ptolemaic ruler to learn and speak in Egyptian because she knew how important it was to connect with the locals, but she also recognised Rome as an emerging power and formed alliances with them instead of making Rome her enemy. She probably saved her kingdom from absorption into Rome during her rule, and yet society has still turned her into yet another one of history's sex objects, who was good for nothing other than her pretty face, a myth that today's media continues to propogate. When will old white men int he film industry learn th
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“It doesn’t need to be like this. There’s another way. A way that doesn’t make you lie to everyone including yourself while claiming that you’re not a liar. We call it the Dark Side, yes, but it’s a description that desperately lacks depth. What’s dark about being true to yourself? What’s evil about love and passion? Tell me, if you still think yourself a Jedi.”

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
—  Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Reading about Alexander the Great is so much more fun if you add ‘no homo’ to the end of his gayest exploits:

  • “yo, hephaestion, you know who was totally rad? achilles. i’m gonna constantly publicly compare myself to him, so you should totally do the same with his bud patroclus! i mean, some of the greatest minds of our time have written about how they were totally doin’ it, but no homo!”
  • “heey, hephaestion! ya know how we were talking about good ol’ achilles and his boy patroclus? well how 'bout we take a detour to troy to pay tribute at their tombs and then maybe we can oil each other up and run naked down a beach ha ha no homo!”
  • “the dorians? oh yeah, us macedonians are definitely related to the dorians. a lot of greeks credit the dorians with introducing man-on-man sex to greece, it was a behavior that was even expected of their ruling class … no homo.”
  • “hey, bagoas, nice dancing. you know what wouldn’t be gay? if we made out. right here. everyone wants it. come on, bro, no homo.”
  • “what’s that?” “oh nothing, hephaestion. just a letter from that delightful fellow we met living in a barrel, diogenes of sinope. it’s really nothing … here’s something about me 'yielding’ to your thighs … uh, no homo …”
  • “hey, hephaestion, let’s get married together! no homo!”
  • “yo, hephaestion, you know what totally wouldn’t be gay? if you died and i wept over your corpse for a day straight until i had to be dragged away and maybe i wouldn’t eat for a whole two days cause i was too busy sobbing and then i spent anywhere from 10,000 to 12,000 talents, which is like a billion dollars, on funerary shit and i could extinguish that sacred flame that’s only supposed to be extinguished upon the death of the great king but whatever i mean you too are alexander and i could try to get you deified and then maybe the grief caused by your death could contribute to my declining mental and physical health over the next eight months until i also died ha ha NO HOMO!”
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
—  Carl Sagan, Cosmos

People of Ghirapur,

I have been a consulate functionary and I have been a renegade. But today I speak to you as nothing more than a fellow citizen of the greatest city in the world: Ghirapur.

Ghirapur was founded on the spirit of cooperation, optimism, and ingenuity. As a community, we grew and thrived through the exchange of ideas, enthusiasm for learning, and passion for creating inventions that bettered the lives of all. This spirit was at the heart of the Consulate for countless years, but recently it was broken.

When Tezzeret arrived in Ghirapur, he demonstrated incredible ingenuity and power. Some of the greatest minds in the Consulate, Dovin Baan among them, were blind to the cruelty at the heart of that power. By falling under his influence, the Consulate betrayed the public’s trust and turned against everything Ghirapur stood for. The Consulate failed you. I failed you.

For that, I am sorry.

I am also determined to ensure we do not let one tyrannical man destroy what we have spent decades building. Ghirapur is the promise of thousands of brilliant minds working together. We must find a way to come together again.

Today the Consulate announced that they will begin a new path forward. Effective immediately, they are lifting the curfew, reinstating all aether access privileges, and returning all confiscated inventions to their rightful creators. I entreat each and every one of you to accept their offer to move forward.

It is time to stop referring to each other as “Consulate” or “renegade” and start seeing ourselves as a united Ghirapur. This is what the founders of our city would have wanted, and it’s the only way to reclaim the spirit we have lost.

Let’s move forward. Let’s rebuild. Let’s invent. Together.

Yours in the spirit of Ghirapur,
Sekar Rabi

These are some things to remember. Sticky–note them to your wall, scribble them down on your palms but please, keep them in your heart and in your mind for as long as you can.

One. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never please everyone. It’s cliché, I know, but it has to be said because we’re takings risks, breaking our spines from bending over backwards too much.

Two. It’s okay to not know where you’re going, what you’re doing; who to be, what to see. Even the greatest minds didn’t have it all figured out by the age of –

Three. You will get your heart broken. Not only by boys, not only by girls, but by places, songs, faces you’ve never even met. Like your dream university, the one you built your life around entering, thinking that one day you would bleed the colors blue, maroon, yellow, or green. Your favourite animals going extinct. Not meeting a minimum to stay on top. Life isn’t smooth sailing but listen to me,

Four. Your failures don’t define who you are. The scars they leave are there to make you human. It’s natural to feel like shit on days when it feels like the universe is against you. It’s okay, your feelings are valid. Cry when you need to, get angry and yell, but never – please, never put all the blame on yourself. You have tiny shoulders but big dreams and never, ever let your failures crush those.

Five. Listen to the chocolate bar and take a break because –

Six. You deserve to treat yourself every once in a while. A pint of ice cream, a movie marathon; you’ve worked hard so reward yourself with what makes you happy.

Seven. The small things count. The way the ocean always returns to the shoreline, the bass line of your favourite song, your pet being excited to see you come home to them. The smell of freshly laundered sheets, the flow of traffic-free streets, the feeling of getting the crispy chicken skin. Remember the little things.

Eight. Some people, no matter what they say, just won’t give a fuck. You can hand them the world on a silver plate and they won’t even bat an eyelash. They’ll take your world away and lock in a chest, throw away the key and make you start all over again. That is why you never leave planets and comets in the bones of another. Don’t make a body your gravity because if they leave, everything will fall like an apple from a tree.

But I promise,

Nine. There are still people who care. The friends who will listen to you cry past 11PM, sit with you on stairs, and hold you throughout all of it. The boy or girl who will love you for all you are when Nam Joo Hyuk is too far away. The family friend who you can take to prom because you’d rather catch up than make awkward small talk. And most important of all, the friends who will stand with you through all of it: through the bad, the good; the beautiful, and the really, freaking ugly. These are the people you can anchor your boats to when the tides are too high for you to keep sailing, and they will never let the waves sweep you away.

Lastly, I hope,

Ten. I can be one of those friends. Remember you can lean on me, tell me all your stories, and I’ll keep them locked in my heart only to return to you when you need them. Ten, we can take baby steps to get through everyday together, be on trainer wheels for as long as we need to until we’re ready to just go, and go, and go, but we’re also ready to come home. Ten, I’ll try to make you as happy as I can because I can’t see my universe without you.

—  a gentle reminder

A WHOLE PAGE FUN FOR THE FAMILY

Again, this is 1981, and the threat of nuclear war is a cloud hanging over the world every day. Why I particularly include this splash page – other than the marvelous portrayal of world leaders at the time – is that I feel it very quickly brings you up to speed on Magneto’s philosophies at this point. Humanity can wipe itself out all it wants, but mutants will die too, and about that, Magneto gives ALL the fucks. So basically NOBODY GETS TO KEEP THEIR TOYS.

It’s a wonderful snapshot of all the complexity Magneto brings. If the result is good, does it matter why? That’s essentially the question every single time Magneto shows up, and it’s takes things into grey immediately and it’s glorious.

What is Math?

Mathematics is everywhere and we all learned it at some point, but what is mathematics, really? A search on the internet will yield many different interpretations. According to Google, mathematics is “the abstract science of number, quantity, and space.” Here is a collection of how some of history’s greatest minds described mathematics.


An intellectual game
“Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.”—David Hilbert


“Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere—Archimedes did it in a bathtub.”—Richard J. Trudeau


“Mathematics is about making up rules and seeing what happens.”—Vi Hart


“Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.”—Plato


“Mathematics is an independent world created out of pure intelligence.”—William Woods Worth


A tool for the sciences
“Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.”—Paul Dirac


“Our physical world doesn’t have just some mathematical properties, it has only mathematical properties.”—Max Tegmark


“Mathematics serves as a handmaiden for the explanation of the quantitative situations in other subjects …”—H. F. Fehr


“In order to understand the universe, you must know the language in which it is written. And that language is mathematics.”—Galileo


A search for pattern, order, and structure
“A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.”—G. H. Hardy


“Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.”—Joseph Fourier


“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.”—Dean Schlicter


Logic and reasoning
“All Mathematics is Symbolic Logic.”—Bertrand Russell


“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” –Albert Einstein


“Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions there is no appeal.“—Tobias Dantzig

Which do you believe best describe math?

I see a lot of sympathy posts for Kirin Jindosh, but while I enjoy those and feel for all of you Jindosh sympathizers, I feel the need to make a post for Breanna Ashworth.

Like outside of being GENUINELY relatable as a person, this woman was badass. Not only was she THE CATALYST of Delilah’s remarkable return from the Literal Void, but she’s also the reason behind Delilah’s initial immortality. Like Delilah’s coup would not have been possible without her genius. And you want to know the kicker? Breanna didn’t really do it thinking she’d get any titles from it; she was perfectly content to live in offices and science centers and labs. You wanna know why she did it? She loved Delilah, and Delilah, in whatever capacity Delilah could, loved her back. She was a woman so motivated by love that she reached into the void and pulled the woman she loved back. She also convinced multiple people, including the literal Duke of Serkonos, and one of the greatest minds in the empire, to help her with the ‘seance’.

Even after she accomplishes a feat most people couldn’t DREAM of completing, she goes right back to Serkonos, shacks up in the royal conservatory, and establishes what is basically a gay witch summer camp. You can’t even deny that’s what it is. The halls have been turned into cots, you can see two witches talking amongst themselves sitting crossed legged in their beds, two witches lounging around sharing a bottle of wine, another pair sitting on a chandelier taking tea- gay. witch. summercamp. And she loved those girls too! She loved liberating women from the societal shackles of the worlds expectations! Don’t wanna marry this weirdo your family is trying to set you up with? Join my coven! Life of a dressmaker weighing on ya? Join my coven! You hate your husband cuz he’s a prick who just wants you to squirt out kids? Kill him and join my coven! I mean sure, it’s not as simple as that, and it might sound like she’s just bolstering Delilah’s ranks; but think about it.

Breanna met Delilah as she was desperately trying to get out of an arranged marriage her parents were forcing her into. She loved witchcraft, the sciences! She loved running off in the shadows at posh events to screw random nobles! She wanted to be free! So why wouldn’t she help other women taste the same kind of freedom Delilah gave her?

Like, you can hate her, she’s still a villain, I get that; but at the very least she is a very sympathetic villain.