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Whimsical hobbit house built by Stuart Grant. Located near Tomich, Scotland, he constructed his own real-life Hobbit house with a magical-looking outside and impressive interior. Built in the 1980s, the exterior of the home is completely covered in moss and has a large rounded door. Low ceilings and cozy furnishings make you feel like you’re living among the underground. Outside you can enjoy a cheery pond and greenhouse.

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happy Valentine’s Day from the American Civil War (1/?)

(thank you to @jsingletonmosbae & @culper355 for the help!)

- Why should there be pain then? That’s not the deepest thing.
- Pain’s deep… but it passes, after all. It’s passing now but love remains.

The Portrait of a Lady, Jane Campion (1996)

letslonglivethelegion  asked:

What do you think of the Authority, then, both as a comic series and as a team? (And between that and Planetary, which in your opinion is a better buy?)

I love that book and the character dynamics, but it was 100% Ellis - seeing the brilliant Stormwatch flounder until a slick new artist by the name of Bryan Hitch did a particularly action-driven arc with Superman and Batman analogs - going “oh, so you want iconic superheroes punching things with sass and cleverness? Fine. I’ll do that. I’ll do that as hard as I fucking can, you just see if I don’t”. With the team adding the cherry on top of at least one morally horrifying moment in each arc - crashing a floating fortress into a city, submerging an entire continent to wipe out the ruling class, and ordering an entire world to ‘behave’ - and fighting increasingly ludicrous threats along the way as Ellis mainstreamed his Stormwatch concepts and centered the protagonists with the most obvious action movie potential, while ‘parody’ would probably be a stretch, I have little doubt that he was entirely self-conscious of pushing the existing super-team formula as far as he could take it into populist territory. The result being that people went goddamn nuts for it between him and Hitch’s glossy storyboard-style art, and when Millar and Quitely pushed it even harder into scratching the basic ‘what if superheroes did this cool shit’ itch, its status was inevitable. As was its fall once lesser creators got their hands on it and found there wasn’t actually anything propping the concept up in its own right beyond being configured to vigorously fulfill mainstream audience demand if executed well enough (Morrison and Ha had the natural next evolution of the concept by preparing to let them loose on our own real world, but that sadly never took off). They’re entirely a test of the creators steering them, and as such there’s never been a worthy successor to those first couple years with the team itself; the only ones coming to mind are Steve Orlando’s Midnighter, which mixes The Authority’s brand of wish-fullfillment with the grimmer Punisher MAX take on the same for something unique while at the same time building Midnighter into a proper character who could conceivably sustain himself outside very specialized hands, and Nextwave, which was Ellis straight-up doing The Authority again (they even fly a rinky-dink version of the same ship) but no longer pretending it’s anything other than what it is. It’s sincerely a fun and important book that I could absolutely see being developing its own truly unique identity at some point, but in no way does it hold a candle to Planetary as a grade-A Ellis comic.

This photo is a statue of General Phil Sheridan, hero of the Union army in the Civil War. This statue stands in Washington, D.C. Sheridan was born in Ohio and became a Major General at the young age of 31. By all accounts he was highly regarded by his peers for his professionalism and abilities.

But, he was also the architect of “total war” in launching the Shenandoah campaign of 1864 now known as “The Burning”. Sheridan’s forces burned, pillaged, and looted their way through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia destroying homes and leaving women and children to fend for themselves through the winter. Even Sheridan’s soldiers were appalled at the behavior their general ordered and called themselves “barn burners” and “destroyers of homes”. A quote from Wikipedia, a Sergeant William T. Patterson wrote that “the whole country around is wrapped in flames, the heavens are aglow with the light thereof … such mourning, such lamentations, such crying and pleading for mercy [by defenseless women]… I never saw or want to see again.” Sheridan relished the feat of rendering over 400 square miles of the Shenandoah Valley as “uninhabitable”.

After the war Sheridan continued his military career in the west fighting native Americans. He also continued his maxim of “total war” by changing tactics to raid native American villages during the winter months when the tribes were unsuspecting and hunkered down with their families to wait out the cold. This led to several massacres including the Battle of Washita River (led by General George Armstrong Custer), in which native American women and children were slaughtered in their village. Sheridan was notorious for his declaration that “the only good Indians I ever saw were dead”. He denied this quote, but nevertheless it clearly defined his actions while fighting native Americans.

Sheridan also extended his goal of total war to the buffalo population which provided food and sustenance to the native Americans. He is quoted as saying of the buffalo hunters, “let them kill, skin and sell until the buffalo are exterminated.” All of this in order to rid the United States of native Americans.

I do not wish the statue of General Phil Sheridan to be removed from Washington, D.C. Every American should understand that our forefathers, heroes of our past, were actually human beings with all of their faults. General Phil Sheridan did what his country asked of him. As others did what their country (or STATE) asked of them.

These include Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, A.P. Hill, Wade Hampton, Ulysses S. Grant, JEB Stuart, John Buford, Joshua Chamberlain, Phil Kearny, George Meade, and countless other faceless and nameless soldiers on both sides in the Civil War. They were not perfect, but they WERE human. If we left it only to perfect men to hold such high honor, we would be completely devoid of heroes at all. And how would that make us feel? I argue that we would all be worse off for it.

Historical figures will always be judged harshly when compared to current morals and sensibilities.

But, do any of us wish to be judged harshly by our offspring in 200 years? I think not.

New street signs put Toronto's Indigenous history front and centre

The signs on some of Toronto’s best-known streets are getting a makeover, but the names they bear aren’t new — in fact, they’re thousands of years old. 

It’s a movement begun at the height of the Idle No More movement in 2013 by artists and activists Hayden King and Susan Blight through a project called Ogimaa Mikana. As part of an effort to reclaim Toronto’s Indigenous history, the two made stickers with Indigenous translations of Toronto street names, plastering them over the English signs. 

Now, three years later, “official” signs are cropping up across the city, with four of Toronto’s major streets now bearing signs with their Anishinaabe names. ​

The signs officially went up Friday as part of a joint initiative by Ogimaa Mikana and the Dupont by the Castle Business Improvement Area (BIA). 

Stuart Grant, chair of the BIA, told CBC News the group was inspired to bring the signs to their area after seeing the hand-made ones by Ogimaa Mikana online. After taking the idea to the city, Grant says, the group started work on the signs’ designs.

“These were the names thousands of years ago when the First Nations people were here,” Grant told CBC News.

“By doing this, it shows that the First Nations people are still here. We’re still on their land. We share it but we’re still on their land,” Grant said. 

On its website, Ogimaa Mikana says it hopes “to restore Anishinaabemowin place-names to  the streets, avenues, roads, paths and trails of Gichi Kiiwenging (Toronto).”

The group hopes the signs will expand throughout the city, “transforming a landscape that often obscures or makes invisible the presence of Indigenous peoples.”