three inventions

Reasons Why I love Tolkien

Reason Number One: He wrote strong female characters into his work before women really had a voice and his women are still stronger than many women writers invent today. 

Reason Number Two: Tolkien was an amazing linguist and inventor. Many of his languages stem from others (Quenya was modeled after Finnish) but they are all original and provide such a rich depth to his work. 

Reason Number Three: Tolkien invented an entire mythology and provided a rich history for all of his worlds. No one had ever written an entire invented mythology just for books before and his mythology was indeed very detailed. 

Reason Number Four: Tolkien drew and designed maps. Maps are awesome. I love all of the visual imagery shown in these maps and how detailed everything is that Tolkien thought up. 

Reason Number Five: Tolkien did not use the common, perfect heroes. Instead, he used ordinary, unlikely people to accomplish heroic feats. Everyone had to work together to save the world; Elves, Dwarves, and Men had to get along. But, it was all because of the brave Hobbits that the quest succeeded. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

There are many other reasons why I love Tolkien’s works so much, but these are my top five!!! 

i’m studying for my exam tomorrow and i just came across one of my favourite things from the pre-classical world, something i’ve always found really cool:

agriculture was invented three separate times in three separate locations: central america in 4000 BCE, anatolia in 8000 BCE and china in 68,000 BCE. like these cultures came to their own conclusions, completely independently of each other, and figured out how to farm ! which was a huge step forward for civilisation.

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Bach - Two-Part Inventions

“Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially, however, those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way not only (1) to learn to play cleanly in two parts, but also, after further progress, (2) to handle three obligate parts correctly and well; and along with this not only to obtain good inventions (ideas) but to develop the same well; above all, however, to achieve a cantabile style in playing and at the same time acquire a strong foretaste of composition.” so titles the Two and Three part inventions, which are also labeled Inventions and Sinfonias, respectively, each a set of 15. No matter the title, the pieces contain Bach’s least technically challenging keyboard music because they were written as exercises for his children and students to play and practice. They have become another milestone in the ammeter pianist’s repertoire [along with pieces like Beethoven’s Für Elise, or Mozart’s Sonata 16 in C major, though the Inventions are a grade above I believe]. Despite the fact that they are basically homework assignments, and despite the more clerical and cold language Bach uses to explain their purpose, the Inventions are charming and deceptively mature works. The two part counterpoint is still complex in its harmonies, and adding expression and energy does wonders, elevating the music to the heights of Bach’s more respected keyboard music. There is still emotion and musical maturity here. Though I’d argue that the music is best experienced when played or listened intimately. At home, or for a few friends, or to play on your iPod while walking around your neighborhood. My own goal is to learn how to play all of them, and so far I’m only 1/15th of the way there. And even in the first and minuscule C Major invention I can see and hear how much Bach can do with so little material.

I might have a new verse whoops

because no one can tell me that Jim Kirk can’t fix the warp core with your shirt, a paper clip and decent amount of duct tape

read very very lowkey: if someone is interested in doing a thing - hit me up. I’m down.

There aren’t a lot of evil Ravenclaws, but those that are generally don’t get caught. And their crimes aren’t the standard dark arts of Slytherin crimes. Evil Ravenclaws are all about sketchy experiments on unwilling subjects and inventing new curses. Out of curiosity mind you, not malice, but that doesn’t matter to their victims. A little known fact is that all three Unforgivable Curses were invented by Ravenclaws.

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Tall Tales: Three Unbuilt Skyscrapers

An architect’s work brings a special reward: the opportunity to eventually see designs built in the real world. Yet, for a variety of reasons, sometimes even the most compelling concepts do not end up getting constructed. Today, on Skyscraper Day, we celebrate three inventive, unbuilt high-rise designs. Read the story on Medium to learn about Chongqing River Tower, a porous, breathable skyscraper in one of China’s hottest cities; The High Life, a concept that uses 3D printing to build a residential street in the sky; and the ultra-slim Al Sharq Tower, which relies on a structural system akin to a vertical suspension bridge.

Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call ‘society’. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.
—  Stephen King and his masterpiece
The Stand

I really should be packing for my road trip tomorrow. But whatever, just throw clothes in a bag and I’m ready.

Inspired by @dreamcatchersdaughter post here

Tony stared at the book, sitting there on the highest shelf. All smug and full of itself. Haha, you need me. But there is no way you can reach me up here.

“I’ll show you,” Tony muttered as he glared at the book. The fact that he was sure the book was taunting him probably was a sign that he should be in bed instead of the library.

His bed had been his goal after a three day inventing spree but Rhodey had called to remind him about their English Essay that was due in, he glanced at his watch, however finding he couldn’t read the blurry digtal numbers immediately went back to the problem at hand.

The large red book was now dancing on the top shelf.

It really should have been a sign.

“I’ll get you down.”

Climbing the shelves was not allowed and Tony was certain the shelves wouldn’t hold him very long not with the combined weight of the books so his next option was to jump.

Not a brillant idea but once again he hadn’t gotten any sleep in three days.

His fingertips brushed the edge of the book.

Close but no cigar. Maybe if he got a running jump.

Tony blinked. Yeah, that would work.

He backed up a few feet and ran towards the bookshelf ready to take the leap. He was going to make it.

However an arm curving around his waist stopped him from his goal.

“Wha-?”

“I’m sure running taking a running jump at a bookshelf will only knock it down.”

A very handsome man was holding Tony around the waist. 

“Uh, thanks?” 

He probably said the handsome part outloud. 

“You did.”

Crap.

Suddenly the evil book he had been ready to capture was offered to him. 

“This was the book you wanted, right?”

Damn, now the book won. He wasn’t the one to capture it.

“Well maybe next time we can capture it together.”

Tony looked up, for a moment he forgot Handsome was still there.

“Maybe,” Tony tried to form a coherent sentence. “We can talk after sleep.” 

Handsome chuckled. “Deal. You seem pretty out of it. My name’s Bucky. Can I at least make sure you get back to your dorm room without passing out?”

December ‘15 Fic Rec

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Haunted (303k - 3 Fics) / Harry’s madly in love with his best friend. But Louis is taken by his stupidly perfect girlfriend, Eleanor. And Harry just can’t take it anymore.

it’s in the stars (58k - 2 fics) / Hogwarts AU - Harry first noticed Louis in his second term at Hogwarts, and despite three years of inventing ways to stumble across Louis, he’s never managed to actually work up the courage to speak to him. Also known as, self-indulgent Hogwarts AU, because every fandom needs Hogwarts AUs.

A+ For Effort (7k - 1/1) / Harry is the music teacher and Louis is the P.E. teacher and there’s a whole lot of crushing going on.

Fringe (20k - 3/3) / Louis is the hair stylist who likes to flirt and tease but never dates, and Harry is the boy trying to change that.

A Tale of Prince(ss) and a Punk Rocker (4k - 1/1) / In which Harry’s a “good” boy (at least from people’s point of view) and he wants to get a tattoo and Louis is a punk tattoo artist that Harry really wants to be fucked by.

i tried to be chill (but you’re so hot that i melted) (5k - 1/1) / AU where Harry is the ice cream man and Louis is destined to melt.

You’re teeth rottingly cute (9k - 1/1) / Harry is a freshman and Louis is a junior and proms coming up and Louis is kind of in love with Harry and Harry is kind of in love with Louis and its just a mess of high school emotions and fluff

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ITS THE END OF 2015! Let’s take this time to reflect on all those amazing fic writers who put so much time into writing just for the enjoyment of it. SO THANK YOU. I hope you all had a wonderful year, and have a Happy New Year!

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Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call “society”. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.
—  Glen Bateman in The Stand by Stephen King
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HISTORY MEME ↦  three inventions ↦ (1/3) ↦ THE BOW AND ARROW

The bow and arrow is a projectile weapon system that predates recorded history, and it is common to most cultures. Archery is the art, practice, or skill of applying it. The bow and arrow was not the first composite projectile weapon to be invented. It was preceded by the sling and by spear throwers such as the Atlatl of the Americas and the Woomera of Australia. A number of cultures in historical times lacked the bow and arrow, and in others, oral history records a time before its acquisition. (x)

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