June 15, 1917 - Arab Revolt: T.E. Lawrence and Arabs Cut Damascus-Medina Railroad
Pictured - A train engine blown up by Lawrence and the Arab rebels rests in the desert to this day.
The amount of money that the British government spent for Lawrence of Arabia’s campaign would have financed only seven hours of fighting on the Western Front. Yet the Arab Revolt, despite its minuscule size relative to the other fronts of the war, continues to grip the imagination in ways that few other historical adventures do. Out in the desert, the British archaeologist T.E. Lawrence continued to work with a band of Arab rebels against the Ottoman government. On June 15, 1917, they blew up a stretch of the Damascus-Medina railroad between Amman and Dera’a. In return for Arab help, the British government listened to Lawrence’s arguments for an independent Arab state after the war.
Yet Britain’s countless imperial entanglements promised certain dispute in the future. On the same day that Lawrence and his men blew the railroad tracks, a Royal Navy yacht secretly delivered two Palestinian Jewish agents to Athlit, where they would use explosives to destroy other portions of the railroad. By the end of the war, Britain was to have promised portions of the middle east to the Jews, the Arabs, and to the French - promises impossible to fulfill.
The Art of the Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo | Esmeralda (link) | Frollo | Phoebus | Clopin
A Celestial Creature
Although Hugo makes Esmeralda age sixteen in the novel, the Disney moviemakers matured her to somewhere in her twenties. Designed with an unruly mane of jet-black hair, a quality of having survived a hardscrabble life, and the carriage of a born leader, she marks a refinement and maturation of what writer Jonathan Roberts terms “the sentimental Disney heroine with big eyes.”
did you ever talk about your job on here? If not would you mind sharing a little bit about how you started working on boats? I'm really curious !
Yeah, no worries! It’s pretty simple, really - I thought it would be a cool summer job and then I fell in love with it.
The longer version is that I’ve always been pretty starry-eyed over tall ships, and in my hometown there’s a lot of them, so I grew up watching them from an awestruck distance. Then a few years ago there was a tall ships festival, and my boyfriend looked at me literally clinging to a chainlink fence to get a better look and said cautiously, ‘you know, people actually work on those? like, real people.’ Which is a pretty obvious thing, but had still somehow never crossed my mind - I’d just kind of pushed all of it into this mental category of ‘mythical historic adventures’, which weren’t really meant for bank tellers, you know?
Anyways after a pretty bad year I dropped everything and went to work in a hostel in Italy, bc ‘being in Italy’ that was pretty much the only thing I could say I wanted, and I didn’t know what else to do but I had to change something. And then my tourist visa expired and I had to go home, and I remembered that conversation and figured ‘what the hell’ because I had nothing else to go back to stateside, in the career sense. So I emailed virtually every captain between Maine and Maryland going ‘hey I’ve never done this before but I have a lot of enthusiasm and customer service experience and after three months in a hostel I am reasonably certain the living conditions won’t bother me at all either’
I wasn’t even really expecting anything to come of it, but I got a job as a messmate (basically cook’s assistant/busboy/dishwasher and assistant deckhand when you have the time), which didn’t need any sailing experience at all. I spent the two months of fit-out (painting, sanding, making the boat beautiful for the upcoming season) ravenously learning everything I could about knots, the proper nautical terminology, etc. and when we began sailing I helped as much as I could on deck. And I got lucky - when we were down a deckhand, the captain moved me to deck crew halfway through the season, and although I’d been pretty enamored of the job already, that was the point at which I really fell in love with it, and started thinking of it as something I’d keep doing. It’s the first thing in a long time that I want to be good at just for the sake of being good at it, just because it matters to me personally that I understand it.
I heard @macrolit started a trend of A-Z Book Recommendations? I may be late to this party but it looked like fun, so here are mine!
(Much to my chagrin I had to cheat on Q and Z; and V is also a bit of a cheat since I haven’t actually finished reading the book yet. On the other hand I did manage to get through it without repeating an author. Enjoy.)
The Archer’s Tale by Bernard Cornwell (also published as Harlequin). An adventurous historical fiction novel diving into the life of an English longbow archer in 14th c Europe
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of my favorite books of all time; I sob like a baby every single time I read it. By turns heartwarming and heartwrenching, it tells the story of a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany, stealing books and finding escape and solace in reading. It is beautiful and unusual in its style, narrated by Death and painted in vivid imagery.
The Chimes by Anna Smaill.A moving and strange dystopia novel about a world where memories have been destroyed and people communicate using music.
Dune by Frank Herbert. A powerhouse science fiction novel, Dune is at once a space opera, a political thriller, and a study in religion and survivalism.
L’étudiant étranger by Philippe Labro. An autobiographical novel about the sometimes comedic, sometimes serious experience of Labro’s life as an exchange student at a US university.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m sure this one needs no introduction - the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy remains, in my opinion, one of the best books ever published, and debatably the best fantasy epic of all time.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. A very dark but smart and exciting crime novel.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.It’s more accurate to say that I experienced this work than that I read it. Part autobiographical, part stretching the factual truth to tell an emotional one, part wild invention, this is the story of Dave and his little brother, Christopher, making their way in the world after the death of both their parents. It is stylized and designed to pull the rug out from under you, toss you out of your comfort zone, and it’s either insane pretentiousness or exactly what it claims: staggering genius.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. A futuristic fantasy novel about a living prison, the society that built itself inside, and those on the outside living a lie. A fascinating world to dive into.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrellby Susanna Clarke.A massive brick of a book but well worth the time for the subtle and detailed world building. It takes place in a slightly different England, where magic was once a fact of life but has long been relegated to a purely theoretical field, until Mr. Norrell teaches himself how to be a practical magician.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. A thrilling adventure story, following the journey of a young boy who ends up caught in the power struggles of 18th c Scotland.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I don’t care how old I get or how many books he publishes, Rick Riordan will always make me laugh, and I was raised on Greek and Egyptian mythology, so I always adore seeing Riordan play with sticking the gods in the modern day world.
The Martian by Andy Weir. Even if you’ve seen the film, the book is still well worth a read. Weir’s story about a man stuck on Mars is both dramatic and funny.
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay. The choppy style of this book can get on my nerves, but it’s a fantastic and smart crime novel that somehow gets you rooting for a professional hitman.
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. A tragic but moving and at times inspiring dive into the oppressive and cruel world of psychiatric care in the 1960s.
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov. A series of vignettes about an exiled Russian professor told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran.Although she takes great liberties in the realm of historical accuracy, Moran’s Ancient Egypt is nevertheless a compelling and exciting world.
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I could’ve listed any Discworld book on here because I have yet to read one I dislike, but I did particularly enjoy Raising Steam’s dip into steampunk and the Industrial Revolution, and its relationship with the fantasy life of Discworld
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A story about a Shakespeare troupe in a post-apocalyptic world, so I was basically destined to love this. It follows the story of several different characters before, during, and after a near-extinction level plague, tying together the different narratives.
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips. Written as if it were an autobiography, this is the story of a man whose father, imprisoned as a con man, leaves him what seems to be a lost Shakespeare play when he dies.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I read this as a young teenager and I still love it; it’s a good combination of an adventurous YA sci-fi novel and a reflection on the societal fixation on beauty
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. A collection of speeches, essays, introductions, and more.
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. The sequel to The Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear keeps me just as captivated and invested in its main character as the first one did.
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.In all honesty it’s been years since I read any of the Ender’s Game books and this was just one of very, very few books I could come up with that had an X in the title, but I remember it being really good sci-fi and social commentary.
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. An incredible book on the social and political context of Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and King Lear.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. An amazing book set on Dejima at the turn of the 19th century, about the clash and exchange of culture between the West (primarily the Dutch) and the Japanese.
Could you please recommend what could be considered the quintessential pulp adventure work? Something you would recommend to just "get" them, like if I somebody put a gun to my head and told me to write a pulp adventure parody tomorrow, what should I watch? Thank you.
That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer because there
are a lot of misconceptions that people have about what pulp magazine adventure
stories were actually like. The “frame of reference” that modern people have on
them are the excellent Indiana Jones movies, which are great but the adventure
pulp mags weren’t like that, with archeologist heroes in exotic locales going
through gold filled tombs with supernatural objects of historic importance. I’m
not going to say that kind of story didn’t exist, because, as you’ll see, the
chief trait of pulp adventure stories were their diversity, but it certainly
wasn’t common enough to be a trope. In the pulps, Indiana Jones just didn’t exist.
For an example of what I mean by that, contrary to popular
belief, there were shockingly few stories, at least before the US joined World
War II, where the Nazis were the bad guys. I can almost always tell if a cover
is a 1930s pulp pastiche made in modern day because it has Nazis on it (and the
obsession with Nazi wonder weapons like robots and flying saucers is almost
always a modern obsession). People think pulp heroes fought Nazis all the time,
when they really didn’t. This is partly because, before Pearl Harbor, being
anti-Nazi was actually staking a controversial political position, which many
publishers avoided doing. Though you’ll never read about this in the hagiographies
about the “Greatest Generation,” a large portion of Americans were actually
pro-Nazi because they were efficient and anticommunist.
Sure, that was one reason, but I think the main reason Nazis never
showed up much is that people in the US were just plain terrified. You read
enough old pulp, the fact they never mention the Nazis or European conflict
starts to look downright pathological, like a blind spot. It reminds me of one
of John Dolan’s more interesting observations: nobody ever mentioned Napoleon
in Jane Austen’s body of work. Really? Nobody ever brought this up? The reason
is that people in the social category Jane Austen wrote about were terrified
out of their minds by Napoleon, who was the greatest general since Julius
Caesar, and for most of his career, was essentially invincible.
(This is going to be unavoidably US centric since pulp mags
were primarily, though not exclusively, a US phenomenon. There are some
interesting exceptions, though: the German pulp Der Orchideengarten is especially historically important because
it was the first true fantasy/horror magazine and predated Weird Tales by 5
The most shocking thing about pulp adventure stories is the sheer
diversity of story types published in them. Popular genres of pulp adventure
The Oriental/Mongol Adventure (Harold Lamb is the best
Radio Adventure (there was a whole genre of story where
radio operators were heroes, since radio was seen as incredibly high tech and
cool in the tens and twenties)
The Roman-Era Adventure (Tros of Samothrace is the best
example, a character who inspired Conan the Barbarian)
The Lost Race Adventure (the best example, though not the
most famous, would be Thyra, Romance of the Polar Pit, where still living
Vikings dwell at the north pole)
The Stone Age Adventure
The Scientific Detective (Archie Kennedy was the most famous,
a detective who used science to catch criminals)
Historical Adventure (Zorro is one of the best known,
published in the Argosy, the same magazine that gave the world Horatio Alger,
Tarzan, and in its later days when it transitioned into being a paranormal
tabloid, originated the legend of the Bermuda Triangle)
The Stone Age Past Life Regression Story (…too weird to
possibly go into with the time we have)
The Ruritanian Romance (e.g. a Prisoner of Zenda Clone)
The Sword and Planet Romance (John Carter of Mars and its
To directly answer your question…if someone pointed a gun to
my head and told me to give him the most archetypal pulp adventure story, I’d
say it would be found in the most archetypal pulp mag of all, Adventure, which
often had stories of world travel and globetrotting adventure. The letters pages
were especially fun, because they included true life facts about what it’s like
to be bitten by a cobra, what dengue feels like, how to best survive a polar
bear attack (hint: jump to the left, since most polar bears are left-handed),
and even firsthand eyewitness accounts of current events like the Italian
invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
If someone told me to pick the most archetypal story ever published in the
most archetypal adventure pulp, it would be Talbot Mundy’s King of the Khyber
Rifles, Featuring Captain Athelstan King, a secret agent in British-ruled
India, he befriends the beautiful princess Yasmini, hinted as having bizarre
mesmeric powers. It has a hint of the supernatural and black magic, great
powers espionage and intrigue, fistfighting, going undercover in the seraglio,
and bare knuckle fistfights.
While I have many complaints about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (historical inaccuracies, run time, and Elsa’s dress, just to name a few) I do really enjoy Anna’s dress and wanted to play with a softer style, similar to Brittney Lee’s illustrations in A Sister More Like Me. I might do a few more princesses and other characters in traditional Christmas attire as December approaches.
Got back from the Kingsman double bill a bit ago and am trying to put my brain into words even though I’m very tired and a bit numb and I smuggled five hours’ worth of gin into the cinema in an Evian bottle so I’m as drunk as Harry at breakfast time.
Historic Diamonds~ Yellow Diamond Adventures in Embroidery~
Well.. this has been in progress over a week now ^^; This is the first of two shoulder patches for Yellow Diamond (Art used with permission from @romans-art) and then have another 4 to do for the back of Yellow Diamond’s coat ^^;
This is certainly gonna be a long project… this has 14 hours plus of work in it! But Bekka took photos at every stage and it’s so cool to see how all the detail is built up :D
Definitely gonna have to rethink the embroidery for Blue as there’s so much more! But it will definitely be included in someway ^^
Now all that’s left to do is PVA glue the back to hold it all together before cutting it free and then begin the whole progress all over again! X3
The sound of birds chirping and the weak wind blowing through the fields was music to your ears. Faint rays of the morning sun peeking behind the mountains was definitely your favourite part of the day, no doubt. The friendly sun was practically your friend who greets you every morning- you felt like it was giving you the brightest smile, no pun intended.
You walked along the fields to have your morning jog around the castle the you were born into. Being annoyed on staying at home for most of the time as a child, you spent your fun and activities outside the castle. And it had always been that way.
Summary: Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters. Finding new supernatural cases, solving mysteries, helping innocents to survive—things most ordinary people can barely even imagine—are all part of their daily routine. Life is sometimes easy, sometimes tough, but almost always dangerous. When they get their new appointment in Nevada, they hit the road without thinking twice.
The only thing is—it’s the fall of 1861, the Civil War has been ongoing for several months, and the enemy is nearly invincible. In a world without cell phones and cars, the only gear the Winchesters have is their black stagecoach and precious Colt gun. And a weird local preacher who is trying to help them.
- - -
…Castiel came up and took Dean by the other arm. Together with Sam, he half-walked and half-dragged Dean through the cabin door and ushered him into the room. All the short way, Dean was trying to move by himself, causing more trouble rather than helping, and kept mumbling he was fine. By the time they reached the bed, all three of them were exhausted.
Castiel brought the lamp closer to examine the work he was facing. It wasn’t as bad as he’d thought, but is was bad enough. Dogs’ claws had left a few torn gashes at Dean’s thigh and hip, still slightly bleeding and already starting to swell. These injuries could hardly kill, but they would certainly require a lot of work, Castiel thought, making his mind busy with practical chores rather than anxiety. Under normal circumstances, patching up the miners’ damaged knees and squeezed fingers, he would only be worrying if he had sufficient amounts of silk thread and gauze. Right now, the circumstances were excessively unusual, and the unaccustomed heaviness that Castiel felt in his chest was growing even harder.
Sam approached too. As he looked at Dean’s torn pants and shirt dark with blood, he sank wearily at the edge of the bed beside his brother.
“Oh my goodness,” he whispered. “Will he be all right?”
“I am all right,” Dean grumbled in response, proving he was still awake and listening to them. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here. And stop wailing, will you?”
Sam rolled his eyes, as though he’d heard these exact words too many times. He gazed around and suddenly froze still, staring at the ceiling.
“What…what is this?”
He was looking at the protective sigils Castiel had drawn there when he moved into this cabin. There were all possible varieties of them: devil’s traps, anti-possession signs—and all the others Castiel had ever known.
“What does it look like?”
“Like hunters’ sigils, but—”
“I told you it was safe here,” Castiel said. “This cabin is warded.”
Well, until this year ends, this will be the last of these I do. So enjoy last year’s biggest shipping moments, for better, for worst, for whatever you choose.
#5. SOUTH PARK BREAKS UP EVERYBODY
Season 20 of South Park is mostly a big disappointment (like a lot of 2016) but the biggest one has to be the drop-kick to the gut for most SP shipping fans. Okay, not Creek shippers. But as a Kyman shipper, the whole breakup thing was hard. Basically, 2 episodes in to season 20, the girls all broke up with the boys (apparently a lot more people were dating in the SP-verse than we knew about), leaving all of our beloved heroes devastated, from Kenny to Butters to Stan staring at Wendy’s ‘I can’t fix you’, it was a shocking and haunting way to end the second episode. And among all those straight breakups, there was Kyle staring wistfully at a picture of Cartman. Subtly has gone out the window.
#4. HAMILTON’S WIDE RELASE CREATES TONS OF SHIPS
Whatever floats your boat, but Hamilton was nice enough to grant us not only the popular Laurens/Alexander, but also Alex/Eliza, Jefferson/Madison, and Lafayette/Mulligan. While Hamilton was released in 2015, these pairings really started up around last year, when people started getting a hold of the soundtrack. Suddenly you heard these songs even if you couldn’t afford a broadway ticket, and the show became a gigantic phenomenon. The biggest ship in the fandom is probably Alexander/John Laurens, but that isn’t to say it’s the only one; there’s shipping going on in all corners of the Hamilton Fandom. Bet you never thought you’d be shipping 18th century historical figures.
#3. ADVENTURE TIME’S BROKE HIS CROWN
Marlene brings PB to meet her dad. A fun bit of Adventure Time girlmance gone unsubtle. For Bubbline shippers, although this episode was more about Marcy’s substitute Dad the Ice King and his issues, the best part was all the Marcy/Bubblegum subtext. Seriously, the episode plays like Marcy is bringing her girlfriend to meet her dad. Then there’s the nicknames, the holding onto each other while flying, the line ‘you always know which button to press’, Marcy denying she has a boyfriend (well, technically not a boyfriend), and PB putting up with the nutty Ice King for Marcy’s sake.
#2. THE LAUNCH OF LAPIDOT
Sure, there were Lapidot shippers prior to them becoming barn mates, but 2016 is the year when Lapidot pretty much became the dominant ship in the Steven Universe fandom. No mean feat considering that the two don’t have nearly as much screentime as the other Crystal Gems. Yet fanfic about them dominates. And yeah, there’s a lot to work with in 2016; from Peridot begging Lapis’ forgiveness, to the two filling their barn with ‘meep-morps’, acting like a married couple (with their own kid Pumpkin, no less), and just generally starting to get along so well you could hardly see one without the other…it’s no wonder, really, that the ship has taken off like it did.
#1. CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIPPING WAR
AKA the alternate title to Civil War. Let’s face it, this movie ripped all of our hearts out. I’m sure it wasn’t just me. It doesn’t seem to matter who you ship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Civil War was dedicated to ripping out your heart and playing with it. Let’s see: Ship Pepper/Tony? They’re broken up now, and offscreen! You ship Wanda/Vision? Let’s have her run off and defeat him in battle! Natasha/Tony, Natasha/Steve, Natasha/Clint, Natasha/Bucky…honestly, it’s hard to say if ANY Natasha ship didn’t get their heart ripped out. Steve/Tony shippers basically got their hearts annihilated with a tank missile to the face. And hell, even if you are a hardcore Stucky shipper (like me), they still don’t exactly get a happy ending either! (stupidtriggerwordscryofreezerightthingbut stillhurtsbullshit) Bring on the fix-it fics!