We read this passage in class yesterday and I thought it might interest youse guys. The passage is from Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans 5; it’s a discussion between Clonarium, a young man, and Leaena, a courtesan who had an unusual experience at a drinking party.
Eventually Megilla, being now rather heated, pulled off her wig, which was very realistic and fitted very closely, and revealed the skin of her head which was shaved close, just as on the most energetic of athletes. This sight gave me a shock, but she said, ‘Leaena, have you ever seen such a good-looking young fellow?’ ‘I don’t see one here, Megilla,’ said I. ‘Don’t make a woman out of me,’ said she. ‘My name is Megillus, and I’ve been married to Demonassa here for ever so long; she’s my wife.’ ‘Then, unknown to us, Megillus, you were a man all the time, just as they say Achilles once hid among the girls, and you have everything that a man has, and can play the part of a man to Demonassa?’ ‘I haven’t got what you mean,’ said she, ‘I don’t need it at all. You’ll find I have a much pleasanter method of my own.’ ‘You’re surely not a hermaphrodite,’ said I, ‘equipped both as a man and a woman, as many people are said to be?’; for I still didn’t know, Cleonarium, what it was all about. But she said, ‘No, Leaena, I’m all man.’ ‘Well,’ I said, ‘I’ve heard the Boeotian flute-girl, Ismenodora, repeating tales she’d heard at home, and telling us how someone at Thebes had turned from woman to man, someone who was also an excellent soothsayer, and was, I think, called Tiresias. That didn’t happen to you, did it?’ ‘No, Leaena,’ she said, ‘I was born a woman like the rest of you, but I have the mind and the desires and everything else of a man.’ ‘And do you find these desires enough?’ said I. ‘If you don’t believe me, Leaena,’ said she, ‘just give me a chance, and you’ll find I’m as good as any man; I have a substitute of my own. Only give me a chance, and you’ll see.’
Translation: M. D. Macleod, Loeb, 1961.
So Megilla - who, as a side note, is from Lesbos - was born a woman but identifies as a man, going by Megillus. Still, for some reason, they* disguise themselves as a woman. The whole situation is a bit confusing but the bolded bit is clear: Megilla/Megillus is, in modern terms, transgender.
Lucian’s Dialogues are fictional, but the fact he mentions a trans person speaks for their existence at the time. Remember that whenever people claim trans people are a recent phenomenon!
*I’m using they/them pronouns because it’s unclear exactly how they refer to themselves. Greek conjugated verbs are mostly non-gendered (so what the translation renders as ‘she said’ is actually ‘he/she/they said’), but there is one participle in the feminine (οὐδὲν ἐνδέουσάν με τῶν ἀνδρῶν, I’m as good as any man) despite Megilla/Megillus asking Leaena not to refer to them as a woman. So, unclear.
I fielded 4 emails from kids suddenly concerned about their grades today. One kid is just desperate for that 1% to get a D-. On the other end of the spectrum I have a kid that wants to turn stuff in for a last minute 6% bump to get a B. I’m not even responding at this point because grades are due at 3pm Wednesday and I’m still grading the last of the projects that were turned in on time for my other classes.
im just going to confess something here: i love when misha or jensen starts a joke and then the other one finishes it, in a way. i don't know if you get me? thanks for reading this tho :)
Oooh no – I get you! And I love it too!
Like when one says something snarky, so the other plays right along …
Or when they tell that same damn story a million FUCKING times, and the other always has to give a performance just so we all know what they’re talking about … never realizing that YES, WE ALWAYS KNOW WHAT THE FUCK THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT!
Or when they just forget that other people are around at all …
Or when they take turns telling the same story, finding new ways to tease each other as they go …
Or when they use props to help make a joke …
Or the times that you’re pretty sure they scripted something– just for an easy laugh …
Or when they actually have a script right in front of them, but they both get the same idea on how to make it funnier …
But most of all, I love the times when it’s obvious that they know the other so damn well, that they don’t even have to be making eye contact in order to make us crack up…
and i thought i’d write out everything ive learnt since i started wrt horses??
catching a horse
catching horses is very simple, either drop down on it from above or sneak up on it. dont stand directly behind it incase it kicks.
you can run at a group of horse to split them up so its easier to sneak up on the individual horse when its calmed down, as when theyre in a group if one horse spots you they will all run away.
finding a good horse
there’s like lots of theories about horse colour and relation to stats but personally i dont find that a very practical way of identifying if a horse is good or not.
heres my advice:
- my general experience has been that solid coloured horses have wild personalities and the ones with the patchy butts are mild
- the harder it is to break the horse (soothe it into letting you ride) the higher its level. if you don’t have much stamina, cook up some stamina restoration/boosts
- generally, the higher level the area, the higher level the horse.
That is to say, if the surrounding monsters are Extremely Dangerous, the horse will probably have more stars. I found Franziska beyond two lynels.
- If you want to find a fast horse, get on the nearest horse and chase some of the others around for a bit (dont boost!).
Wild horses wont gallop at full speed so if you have to hammer A to keep up, dismount and sneak up on it cause that horse is much faster than yours! Otherwise, you’ve found the fastest horse already.
increasing your bond
there are a few specific moments where you can soothe your horse to raise its bond. you’ll need to get the timing right, but these are the triggers:
- when you get on your horse and tell it to move, you can soothe it.
- when your horse slows down and regains a spur, you can soothe it.
- new horses will sometimes toss their heads, you can soothe them then
- additionally a new horse will occasionally veer in a different direction. Redirect it back to the path, and you can soothe it
- as well as this, if you tell your horse to leave the path (turning sharply after leaving it on autopilot) you can soothe it
- if your horse doesn’t move at the speed you tell it to, you can soothe it and then boost
- if your horse rears back, you can soothe it
- if your horse jumps over something, you can soothe it
- if your horse gets hit, you can soothe it providing you’re still on it.
your horse will misbehave occasionally until you register it even if you max its bond
riding your horse
so in games like ocarina of time and twilight princess, the most efficient way to ride epona is to use between 1-4 boosts and leave the last boost so she doesnt get tired and recovers the boosts faster
not so in breath of the wild. there’s no slowdown penalty for using up all your spurs, it’s more efficient to use all the spurs and then soothe your horse when they slow down, and repeat.
trust your horse to know the best path, and only direct it when the path forks. if you’re riding a wild horse be alert for your horse running into walls, but otherwise let your horse pick the path.
you can climb most hills on your horse, but stick to cantering & non-boosted gallops, or you’ll not be able to direct your horse.
bonus: catching deer
to catch a deer easily, consume something that gives you speed up, or drop onto it from above.
If you want to sneak up on it like a horse, you’ll want level 3 stealth, their hearing is very sensitive.
I find it’s easier to just chase them, they’re not too difficult to catch with a bit of practice as theyre not as fast as horses.
Alright so a LOT of people have asked me what I do to at the gym what my diet is what should you should do as a beginner etc etc.
My Program For my program I am currently working out 4 to 5 times a week. Each day that I go I focus on a different muscle group: Push (Chest/Triceps), Pull (Back/Biceps), and Leg day. I also focus on a power lift, which can be: Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press, or Squats. Along with a power lift I do accessory movements to complement it. Sometimes i’ll add in a few ab workouts but I don’t focus on that and i’ll say why in a sec.
Examples of my workout plans: Push Day: Bench Press, Overhead Press, DB (Dumbell) Incline Press, DB Shoulder Press, Pec (Pectoral) Deck, Dip Machine, Side Lateral Raises, Overhead Tricep Extension, Rope Tricep Extensions, Cable Crossover, etc.
Pull Day: Deadlifts, DB Row, TBar Row, Seated Cable Rows, DB Curl, Rope Hammer Curl, Face Pulls, Lateral Pull Down, Reverse Pec Deck, etc.
Leg Day: Squats, Sumo Deadlift, Calf Raises, Leg Curls, Leg Extensions, Seated Leg Press, Hip Abduction, Hip Adduction.
The usual amount of sets and reps is 3 sets of 15 reps for each of these workouts, HOWEVER, sometimes I will lower the amount of reps and increase the number of sets I’m doing if its a heavy day, meaning I will be lifting heavier weights because yay I am want to be stronger. Most likely this all sounds very scary and complicated but don’t worry! If you don’t know what these are just google them and if it looks fun to you then do it :)
My Diet So my goal is to become lean, which is basically try to remove my fat as much as possible without losing too much muscle. To do this I need to keep track of what I eat. On the nutrition label of every food there is 3 macronutrients: Fats, Carbs, and Protein. This is important because I need to keep track of this if I want to lose fat. Right now I am eating about 600 calories below my BMI (Basal Metabolic Index) which is basically the amount of calories you need to go about your day. Google your BMI to find out how much you need :) I am eating 1600 calories a day AND I am trying to eat my weight in protein. Now I NEED TO DO THIS TO MAINTAIN MY MUSCLE MASS. Right now I weight around 130 lbs so I try to eat at LEAST 130 grams of protein. I am also limiting my fat intake to around 50g. I HIGHLY recommend you download the MyFitnessPal App!!! It makes it 10x easier to track what you eat! So in short I am eating 1600 calories, ~130g of protein, ~200g of carbs, and <50g of fat Now these numbers are dependent on your OWN weight, so if you want to find a good plan you gotta do some math okay? But yeah this is all I can think about at the moment. Good luck to everyone with their gains!
So Ear Biscuits got released at midnight eastern time last night, and my trusty podcast app, Overcast (not a sponsor, but seriously, best podcast app ever), immediately downloaded it for me and gave me a notification for it as I got in bed. I caved and listened to the first few seconds just to see if it really was the episode or if it was I don’t know, a blank file? This is what I heard.
The episode that was released about 20 minutes AFTER this one does not start like this. I recorded all the way to the actual episode opener, though my version doesn’t have the intro music playing over it.
Sorry about the audio quality, I tried to reduce the noise as much as possible. What you’re listening to is a recording of my phone playing a recording, so there was only so much I could do. But it’s worth a listen just to hear an innuendo-laden exchange between Rhett and Link involving soft and hard sticks.
Can I just say how unbelievably happy I am with all the canon lgbta+ representation in podcasts? Almost every podcast I can think of has at least one lgbta+ person, and they’re main characters.
To all the podcast creaters: thank you. It means so much to me.
like yeah obviously ur allowed to be interested in serial killers when your interest is purely regarding the science and psychiatry of it no ones bitching at people who are interested in being a criminal investigator and whatnot its just when you start talking about how attractive the killers are and making shitty edits and jokes about them because that shits fucking disgusting*
*edit: to clarify, i am completely aware of the issues surrounding psychology in regards to how that field mistreats mentally ill people and also entirely disagree with automatically labelling any violent person as mentally ill, esp since mentally ill people are usually the ones being the victims of said violence. this post is worded ignorantly due to my lack of understanding that when i made it and i wanted to ensure that im not trying to excuse anyone who uses ~psychology~ as an excuse to demonize mentally ill people and blame every act of violence on them and their community
lucky for me the shitty responses to this post from the TC fandom distracted from my poor wording but i still encourage ppl to be critical any type of psychology+psychiatry, esp if youre neurotypical, because its a field full of ableist bullshit