August 4: The artists from Mirror Cells host an evening of presentations and conversations about their work with an interdisciplinary group of scholars, performers and curators. Tickets at

Installation view of Mirror Cells (May 13—August 21, 2016). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.
The Public Shaming of England’s First Umbrella User
This pioneer of weather management was pelted with insults and trash.


Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption. To carry an umbrella when it rained was to incur public ridicule. […]

Jonas Hanway, always stubborn, paid little attention to the social stigma. An eccentric man, he was no stranger to controversy—he fervently opposed the introduction of tea into England, at one point penning an “Essay Upon Tea and Its Pernicious Consequences” (1756). He published four books on the development of British trade in the Caspian Sea, leading 20th-century scholar Charles Wilson to call him “one of the most indefatigable and splendid bores of English history.”

Over the years, Hanway and his umbrella fell victim to all sorts of abuse from Brits he passed on the sidewalk. The most pernicious abuse came from an unlikely source: coach drivers. In England at the time, hansom cabs (two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriages) and sedan chairs were the primary modes of transportation. Business boomed especially on rainy days, as both hansom cabs and sedan chairs came equipped with small canopies that kept passengers dry. When it rained, Londoners flocked to these coaches, so Hanway’s umbrella represented a threat to business.

Yvonne Baseden (1943-April 1945), (codename: Odette). She was parachuted into France with her organizer, the Baron Gonzagues de St Geniès to form the network SCHOLAR in the Jura. Her wireless transmissions set up the first-ever daylight drop by the USAAF for the Maquis.

Photo & Caption featured in The Heroines of SOE: Britain’s Secret Women In France F Section by Squadron Leader Beryle E. Escott.

Me as a ten year old: “I want Tamahome, Kinomoto Touya, Jervis Pendleton and Gilbert Blythe!”

15 years later: “I want Alyn Crawford, Hijikata Toshizo, Tachibana Makoto, Ichinose Tokiya, Conrad Weller, Masamune Takano, Usui Takumi, Tsuchiura Ryotaro, Tetsuya Niwa, Onizaki Takuma, Asahina Natsume, Kise Ryota, Miyanomori Isami, Kurose Riku… oh my, too many to list. Ahihi.”

Fictional men are the best. LOL. :))

anonymous asked:

umlin went to jasmine "hey there how is my staff doing?" she asked curiously (@scholar of the abyss)

“Oh hey,” she smiled then dusted off her hands some. “The staff is done, I’m just adding something extra to it.” @scholar-of-the-abyss


A Stranger in One’s Own Home 

The tears of an exemplary scholar, my Imām, Shaikh Muḥammad Ibn Ḥādī al-Madkhalī [Ḥāfidhahullāhu Ta’āla].


Once, ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-’Azīz heard his wife saying: “May Allaah give us relief from you.” So he said: “Āmīn.”

This is the most severe type of strangeness, this is the most severe type of strangeness: wherein a man repudiates his wife and his child, they repudiate his condition and he finds no support from them upon the Truth. Rather, he finds difficulty from them. Now, this man hears his wife—whereas he is the Khalīfah, ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azīz—he heard her say: “May Allaah give us relief from you.” So he said: “Āmīn.” (His wife was) Fāṭimah Bint ‘Abdul-Malik.  

This is because he—may Allaah be pleased with him—was upon the sound Path; upon the Sunnah, in the complete sense which was heard a short while ago from Fuḍayl Ibn ‘Iyyāḍ, may Allaah be pleased with him; for he used to call himself to account, may Allaah be pleased with him. He would call himself to account regarding the Ḥalāl and the Ḥarām and struggle against his soul regarding the Sunnah and combatting innovation and its people. He used to debate the people of innovation, as occurred between him and the Khawārij, likewise between him and Qaddariyyah. His letter in debate regarding the Qadar is well-known and his letters in refutation of the Qaddariyyah are well-known within the Sunan of Abū Dāwūd from the narration of Abū Bakr Ibn Dāsah from Abū Dāwūd, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in refutation of the rejecters of the Qadar.

He was a Mujāḥid—may Allaah have mercy upon him—against the people of desires and innovation; and against the people of desires, from the leaders of Banū Umayyah; his own people, from the people of his tribe. He removed from them that which they had oppressively taken and he returned it to those to whom it was due. He exerted effort in the Ḥalāl, and he was the Khalīfah.

However, he was as if he was just one of the people and he did not take except what rightfully belonged to him, and this was difficult upon his children. They wanted to live the life of kings; a life of extravagance within the ḍunyā, whereas he wanted to live the life of a king in the Hereafter. Therefore, he did not take except that which he had due right to take and what was lawful for him and this was difficult upon them. 

The affair reached the point that he heard his wife on that day—and it was as if she didn’t intend for him to hear her, and Allaah knows best—saying: “May Allaah give us relief from you.” So he said: “Āmīn.” Meaning: Just as you seek relief from me, I deem your relief from me to be relief for me from you.

When the dispute reaches this point for a person what does there remain for him within this life? We ask Allaah for safety and security.

This exists today. Some women and children are with their fathers, from those whom Allaah has granted little success, they say (to him): You are fanatical, you are extreme, you are harsh, you are old fashioned, you make things difficult for us, you don’t do what the people are doing. They see Mashā’ikh on television and say:  “Look at their condition, look at their homes. You have nothing except: ‘This is Ḥarām, that is Ḥarām!’”

This exists, and many of you know it. However, they are only looking at the ḍunyā. They are the closest of the people to you and the people whom you know most. They do not want anything except the ḍunyā. They don’t look at what you are looking at and it doesn’t cross their minds. 

Due to this, they deem you to be a hindrance. When the affair reaches this level, then just as ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-Azīz, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “Āmīn.” May Allaah give you relief from me and may He give me relief as well. 

This is present within many families. The people are as Allaah Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla has said:

وَإِن تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَن فِي الْأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ

“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allaah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie.” سورة الأنعام: ١١٦

Allaah Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla says:

إِنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ ۚ وَاللَّهُ عِندَهُ أَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ

“Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allah! With Him is a great reward (Paradise).” سورة التغابن: ١٥

He says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلَادِكُمْ عَدُوًّا لَّكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ 

“O you who believe! Verily, among your wives and your children there are enemies for you (i.e. may stop you from the obedience of Allaah), therefore beware of them! […]”
Along with this, He commanded with patience. (He said):

وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“[…] But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.“ سورة التغابن: ١٤

This is a great Fiṭnah; the strangeness of the person of the Sunnah, when it reaches the point that he is strange amongst the people of his household, then it—by Allaah—is a great calamity. You cannot find anyone to help you, even within your own home; you find those combatting against you are from your own family. Your wife nor your child (supporting you). This is a great calamity. Therefore, it is upon you resort to patience and supplicate to Allaah Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla for firmness.

We ask Allaah Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla to make us and you firm upon the Truth and Guidance, and to give us Enlightenment, indeed He is Kind and Generous. May Allaah raise the rank and grant peace to our Prophet Muḥammad, his Family and Companions.

(video source: mpubs/

(translation source: Raḥa Ibn Donald Batts, MTWS)

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ‘Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, even if he is an unbeliever, for there is no barrier between it and Allah. [1]’


Umar ibn Al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) said, “Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for the supplication of the oppressed is answered.’[2]

—  [1]. [(Source: Musnad Ahmad 12140) (Narrator: Anas ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه)]
[2]. [(al-Muwatta 1890)]
How Queer Scientists Are Shaping Their Future With a Survey
Why are there so few openly queer people in STEM? And what are LGBTQ scientists and their experiences actually like?

“JEREMEY YODER CAME out as gay while he was a graduate student in evolutionary biology. After he did, colleagues would often ask him if LGBTQ people were underrepresented in science. He honestly didn’t know. “One night I was digging around on Google Scholar for research that could address this question, and not finding much,” he says. But like a true scientist, he realized that he could find most of his answers by gathering his own data. A survey.

“He sent a text message to Allison Mattheis, a friend and professor at California State University, Los Angeles. She knew more about surveys than he did. “It said something along the lines of ‘If I wanted to do an online survey of queer folks in STEM, how would I do that?’” Mattheis says. “And I wrote back something like ‘Are you asking me to introduce you to the world of the Institutional Review Board and doing research with humans? Sure, you can do this!’”

“Within a week, they had registered their domain:

“That was 2013. If you visit that URL now, you’ll find the new, ongoing Queer in STEM 2.0 survey—an extension born out of the national 2015 “Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics” (oSTEM) conference (disclosure: I participated in the previous survey). At that event, Stanford University’s Joey Nelson approached Yoder with an offer of some funding and some time.

“And some unanswered questions. The first survey worked to quantify and qualify the queer experience in science. But the second iteration, opened up in June of this year, includes that most necessary of scientific elements: the control group. It aims to compare queer and straight scientists on issues like their spread across fields, workplace climate, productivity, and overall professional experience.

“As of mid-July, more than 2,500 people had turned in their answers. That’s already 1,000+ more than the first survey, with four months still to go before it closes at the national oSTEM conference in November.”

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Fantasy AU Otacon is a Scholar.

By Scholar, I mean that he can read, and a modern middleschool level understanding of chemistry, biology and physics……along with a smattering of subjects not taken seriously today, like alchemy and astrology. 

That was considered to be pretty good in the 10th century. 
Most people couldnt read back then. English was not a written language, so all written materials were in latin. Otacon and Sunny would be the only characters that can read in this AU. 

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@141-point-12 You wanted more Otacon? 

“ October 14 is the Feast Day of Saint Offren of Thessalka. She is represented as a dark-haired woman clutching a mug, surrounded by sleeping birds. Saint Offren was martyred in the 1400s by an over-zealous Inquisition. Her final words are reputed to be “I don’t care if you burn me alive, but let me get some coffee in me first.” Serious scholars claim that this is apocryphal, but Saint Offren remains the patroness of coffee shops to this day. An icon of Saint Offren over the cash register is said to bring prosperity and to keep the beans from burning. “

More aceo fanart for the Hidden Alamanc

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ‘Be deliberate in worship, draw near to Allah, and give glad tidings. Verily, none of you will enter Paradise because of his deeds alone.’

They said, 'Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?’ The Prophet (ﷺ) said, 'Not even me, unless Allah grants me mercy from Himself. Know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is done regularly even if it is small.’

—  [(Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 6099, Sahih Muslim 2818) (Narrator: Aisha (رضي الله عنه)]
meta takes a wiki walk on lunch break

-> presence of firearms in Brian Jacques Redwall series, (minimal to none, including early cannons or gunpowder suggesting the medieval europey aspect of it is circa early middle ages.)

-> early to high middle ages technology and sailing

-> early to high middle ages philosophy

-> conflict between the ‘nominalists’ and the 'realists’ and the 'conceptualists’ about if properties of things inherently exist (if Kermit, grass, and leaves are all green, is 'green’ a thing that exists?)

-> “wait. wait, this is a theme in my story. as explored by my scholar jurist character. is evil a thing that inherently exists if many people do evil things? Is evil a thing you "have” or a perception others have of you?“

-> connected to the kinda racist "evil race” assumptions that all vermin are bad people somehow in the book series

-> 11th century philosophical conflicts in my fanfic of a sort of medieval-inspired book series

-> “no gunpowder I guess”

I absolutely cannot stand this attitude that LGBT+ and disabled people have to be angry, vocal activists or else we’re basically ‘aiding the enemy’. To the blazes with that!

My existence is not a statement of resistance. I’m not a bloody protest sign on legs. LGBT+ and disabled people are not just here to make a statement. We are human beings capable of reason and free will, and saying that out only purpose in life is activism or that we’re betraying our communities by just getting on with our lives is a frankly disgusting thing to do.

There are many ways a person can better the world. Not all of them involve anger. I am a musician and a scholar. My purpose is to better my own and other people’s understanding of the universe and themselves and through that to create a more intelligent and compassionate humanity.

I’m not saying that social justice activism isn’t hugely important or that there isn’t a lot that needs to be accomplished. I’m saying that expecting everyone in an oppressed group to fight for the cause actually defeats the cause by not allowing people to leave their mark in the way that suits them best.