it's not a pen it's a principle

anonymous asked:

Tips for keeping a clean/organized study space?

Hi lovely! Well, I feel like I should mention that organisation is different for everyone. While I generally try to keep as little of my desk as possible, other people thrive when there’s lots of things stacked on their desks. So my first tip would be, experiment a little, and find out what works for you.

The second tip is kind of three tips rolled into one, and they’re the main principles of tidying that I’ve found really work for me. They are: 

  1. A place for everything, and everything in its place. I have a lot of pens (seriously, like lots), but I keep them all in a drawer, so whenever I need a pen, I know that I have to go to that drawer, and I can find all the pens I would ever need.
  2. Keep like with like. Similar to the above, I tend to know where I keep all my pens, because they’re all in the same place and not scattered all around. The same thing goes for my Post-Its, my paperclips, my hole punch, etc. 
  3. Don’t put it down, put it away. This is a principle I’ve learned from Emilie Barnes, and it’s so genius in its simplicity. Once I’m done with whatever project I’m working on, I put everything away. All the pens, all the notebooks, all the planner supplies - if it’s done, it gets put away. This prevents stacks from popping up, and it’s generally easy to keep your desk/room cleaner that way.

Once I’ve got it all set up, I’m going to film a desk tour in my new study on my YouTube channel, so be on the look-out for that if you’re looking for more specific organising ideas! I hope this helps! xxx

1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo by Bertone

The Carabo project was a collaborative effort between the Italian manufacturer and the Bertone styling house: a partnership which had previously borne fruits that included the 2000 Sportiva and BAT concept cars of the mid-1950s. The basis of the Carabo was a chassis numbered 75033.109 which was, more specifically, that of a 33 Stradale road car. Despite sharing mechanicals with the Tipo 33 race car and since being recognised as one of the most beautiful cars in history, Alfa had trouble finding owners for the Stradale due to its steep asking price of around $17,000. As a result, five of the Stradale chassis were passed to Italian carrozzerie: two to Pininfarina (used for the 33.2 and Cuneo concepts), one to Italdesign (which became the Iguana concept), and two to Bertone – the other being used as a basis for the 1976 Navajo concept.
The H-shaped tubular chassis supported an all-aluminium 1995cc engine which was designed by Carlo Chiti and, incidentally, was the first Alfa Romeo V8. The fuel-injected, longitudinally mounted motor used chain-driven camshafts and red-lined at 10,000rpm, despite being detuned to 230bhp from the Tipo race car’s 250-270bhp. This granted the Carabo a top speed of 160mph and the ability to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 5.5 seconds, with the power being sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed, syncromeshed, transaxle gearbox designed by Valerio Colotti.
Because of its underpinnings, designer Marcelo Gandini had the opportunity to create a car that would revolutionise the automotive industry for many years afterwards. The engine being mounted amidships allowed for a pointed front end, while the ground-hugging poise inherited from the Tipo race car meant the car was under a metre tall at its highest point. Combined with the squared-off rear end, these characteristics inspired countless wedge-shaped designs of the 70s and 80s, and also gave the car its name and colour: Carabo is derived from ‘Carabidae’, a family of ground-beetles with a distinctive green and gold colour.
The principle of the wedge-shaped profile was used to eliminate the high-speed aerodynamic lift troubles of the Lamborghini Miura, which Gandini had penned two years earlier. However, his innovative cerebration didn’t stop there: as well as having headlights hidden beneath active flaps, the Carabo was the first concept car with front-hinged wing doors, later used by Gandini when designing the Lamborghini Countach and since assuming the ‘Lamborghini doors’ meme. As well as inspiring the revolutionary raging bull, the Carabo clearly also lent styling cues to the Lancia Stratos Zero concept car, which in turn inspired the iconic Stratos HF.
Unsurprisingly, the Carabo remained a one-off, but its revolutionary styling dramatically steered the automotive design industry onto a radically different path – one which produced some of the landmark cars of the 20th Century. Even those who can’t look favourably on its apparent aversion to curved surfaces should take a second to appreciate its legacy; after all, would an Aventador have quite the same drama without its ‘Carabo doors’?

anonymous asked:

do you think jane austen was a feminist?

I think she was, yes, although it is an obsolete feminism. Considering her background, the physical limitations of her life and of the information channels at the time, considering the culture she was fed when she was alive, I think she managed to push away the shackles of her era. In her way, she empowered women - talking about their position, their inner life. She did not waver. She infused her books with delicate criticism, with strong women, with stubborn principles, with cleverness and strength. In a world where women writers were despised and unsuccessful, where they had to take a male pen name to be published and respected, she showed that women had something to say. That there was, below the surface (just like in her books), depth and thinking and power.

It is not a satisfying feminism for our contemporary society, of course, notably in its lack of diversity and acceptance, in its lack of independence. But, in context, it’s an admirable feat all the same, what she expressed, what she thought; and it helped us.