Agrellite, miserite, wollastonite (footwall portion of pegmatite) - Bridge Street pegmatite, Wausau pluton, Wausau complex, Marathon Co., Wisconsin.  This is the only pegmatite in the Wausau complex that penetrated from the syenite into the surrounding country rock.  Three ultraviolet wavelengths, three different responses.  Shown under long wave, mid wave, and short wave ultraviolet, then white light.   




Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Field of View: 12 mm

Martin Slama’s Photo

Found in granite and syenite pegmatites.  Strong green fluorescence in long- and short-wave ultraviolet; short-lived phosphorescence.

anonymous asked:

So I get that the Fulcrum in The Fifth Season was inspired by the Circle from Dragon Age. If it was, maybe you can tell me something I don't understand. I see a lot of ppl give Vivienne shit because she's pro-Circle. Like people think it's wrong that she supports oppression, just because she's a black woman. But in The Fifth Season there's a black woman who's an asshole to Siyenite & Alabaster just because they are roggas. She supports oppression, nobody seems to mind. How is it different?

[No real spoilers for TFS here, but maybe some for DAI.]

It’s different because everyone in Allia is black.  Heresmith is black.  Alabaster is black. Innon is black. The shirtless Guardian is black.  Most of the people in Meov are black.  Syenite is debatably multiracial, but the way she’s described will mark her as black to many Anglophones: ocher-brown skin, thick dark curly hair that’s capable of naturally dredlocking, a body type that’s basically a fortysomething out-of-shape Serena Williams. That whole section of the book takes place in the Stillness’ equivalent of Blacklandia ™.

What this means is that Asael is one of several black women mentioned in the story, so she’s just another character.  When she’s an asshole, she’s just another asshole. Whereas Vivienne is The Token.  She’s the only playable, indisputably black*** character in three games; this means that when she speaks, she cannot help doing so as The Voice of Blackness In Thedas.  (Yeah, Ser Barris and Mother Giselle have speaking roles too, but they aren’t playable, and frankly they don’t get enough dialogue to be three-dimensional characters in their own right.)  When The Voice Of Blackness In Thedas tells her fellow mages who are being raped and lobotomized to basically suck it up until “a more convenient season,” and implies that the oppressed share responsibility for their own oppression (”A leash can be pulled from both ends”), it’s hard not to hear these as indictments of real-world complaints by real-world black people. Suck it up about police brutality. If black people want to be better-represented at the Oscars – or in video gaming – well, they’ll just have to work harder, won’t they, and become worthy of representation and honor, never mind that they are already so. Yatta yatta yatta, blah blah blah, the Voice of Blackness in Thedas continually makes excuses for the very same exclusionary bias that created her.

Which suggests that the problems with Vivienne could’ve easily been avoided by simply giving players several black characters instead of, what, one in thirty, across all three games and Awakening? Two if you count Isabela.*** That would’ve reduced Vivienne to just another character, instead of a moral and narrative symbol for everything that’s wrong in gaming/medieval European fantasy/Western media. That’s the real difference between these two characters.

***I understand that David Gaider confirmed outside of the games that Vivienne is Rivaini, which implies that Isabela and Duncan are also black. By “indisputably”, I mean that I and D’s straight hair and “might be just swarthy white people” look from Origins left a lot of room for doubt. Whatever else you might think about Vivienne, being ambiguously brown isn’t a problem for her.

Snowflake Crackle

191. Original Snowflake Crackle (^6-7 electric)

4.26 Magnesium Carbonate
89.36 Nepheline Syenite
6.38 OM-4 Ball Clay

2 Bentonite

192. Snowflake Crackle #4 (^6-7 electric)

7.86 Talc
5.77 Frit 3124 (Ferro)
86.37 Nepheline Syenite

2 Bentonite

For Turquoise:
0.2 Copper Carbonate

193. Snowflake Crackle #8 (^6-7 electric)

3.94 Magnesium Carbonate
7.41 Frit 3124 (Ferro)
82.74 Nepheline Syenite
5.91 OM-4 Ball Clay

2 Bentonite

For Turquoise:
0.2 Copper Carbonate

For White:
0.5 Superpax

For Blue:
0.066 Cobalt Carbonate

For Yellow:
0.5 Degussa Stain 239416

For Rust:
0.5 Red Iron Oxide

194. Ice, Ice Baby (^10 reduction)

4.23 Bone Ash
4.98 Talc
1.99 Frit 3134 (Ferro)
29.9 Custer Feldspar
54.82 Nepheline Syenite
3.99 EPK Kaolin

195. Snowflake Crackle #13 (^10 reduction)

3.96 Bone Ash
7.43 Talc
1.49 Frit 3134 (Ferro)
81.68 Nepheline Syenite
5.45 EPK Kaolin

196. Snowflake Crackle #1234 (^10 reduction)

3.24 Bone Ash
4.99 Talc
3.99 Frit 3134 (Ferro)
43.64 Custer Feldspar
41.15 Nepheline Syenite
2.99 EPK Kaolin

197. Fiske Ice Crackle (^10 reduction)

5 Bone Ash
3 Frit 3134 (Ferro)
90 Nepheline Syenite
1 EPK Kaolin
2 Bentonite

Note: Snowflake crackle is a thick glaze that crazes in layers. Any crazing reduces the piece’s durability by up to 75% and is thought to be unsuitable for food surfaces. If you use this glaze, I cannot recommend enough that it be on a piece that will not be handled daily, and that you glaze both the inside and the outside of the piece to reduce the likelihood of breakage.

152. Hirsh Satin Matte Base (^04-02 oxidation)

32 Gerstley Borate

9 Lithium Carbonate

17 Whiting

4 Nepheline Syenite

4 EPK Kaolin

35 Silica (Flint)

2 Bentonite

For Green:
1 Chrome Oxide

For Yellow:
8 Yellow Stain

For Light Blue:
1.5 Copper Carbonate