underground 12


The debut album by The Velvet Underground was released on 12 March 1967 and was almost universally ignored by critics and the record-buying public at the time.

Financed by Andy Warhol (who is listed as the album’s producer, although he had little involvement in the actual recording of the album), the 4-day recording sessions cost between and estimated $1500-$3000 ($10,000 - $20,000 in today’s dollars). While many involved insist that John Cale actually produced the album, Cale credited Tom Wilson.

Due to the controversial (for the time) subject matter of the songs, the label didn’t promote the album, radio station’s wouldn’t play it, and magazines refused to carry ads for it. To add more problems, Eric Emerson, another Warhol Factory member, sued over the unauthorized use of his (upside down) image on the back cover and demanded payment. Instead of settling the suit, all albums were recalled from stores and a black sticker affixed over Emerson’s image until a new cover without Emerson could be printed.

The band ended their relationship with Andy Warhol shortly after the album’s release, fired Nico (although the band continued to write material for her, and play on her solo records), but continue to work with Tom Wilson.

so @kittyfunkkat and i were discussing wizardry in greece and here’s what we came up with

  • greece was the first nation in the west to create a wizarding academy
  • wands weren’t a big things until the late Classical era (more on that in a bit)
  • this school was named after Hecate, the goddess of magic.
  • speaking of the gods, the images the ancients had of the gods comes from wizards. some time in like 700 bce, a number of wizards and witches were found doing magic by Mortals. to save their asses, they told them that they were the gods, come down from Olympus to bless the city-state people freaked out and thus, images of the gods came to be
  • (all those myths about Zeus transforming? probably just a wizard transfiguring)
  • the term Mortal is the equivalent of No-Maj and Muggle.
  • Hecate Academy of Magic rests on the peak of Mt. Olympus. (that’s why mortals think the gods are there)
  • before the academy was founded, there were only small secret societies within each city-state.
  • the school was “founded by the gods” aka the wizards and witches found doing magic
  • the school doesn’t have a housing system. rather than being sorted by personality, you’re sorted by your interests.
    • even then, you’re not sorted, you pick what you want to focus on
  • each Study of Focus (S.o.F) has a patron god or goddess that the course is named after
  • first years are in the Dionysus course. it’s a generalist focus designed to give the students a strong foundation in magic, and also to have them experience as many magical fields as they can before choosing so they don’t make a foolish/blind decision.
  • they don’t have to pick a course until third year, and even then they can switch at any time.
  • courses are 2-3 years long, and once completed they get a certification for that focus. from there they can either choose a new S.o.F, or continue on with a Masters certification. if that is received, they can work in that field and go for the teaching certification if they choose to teach (the Athena S.o.F is the one they would choose)
  • There is no limit to how long you can attend Hecate. The only requirement is that you must be enrolled until you are at least 18 and have gotten one certification.
  • astrology was a huge deal
  • the original uniforms for Hecate were priest/priestess robes. bracelets were used to show your year and S.o.F. the amount was your year, any emblems were the S.o.F, and the material was whether it was your certification of your masters. (example: three silver bracelets with olive branches: first certification in the Athena S.o.F)
  • modern uniforms look more like Hogwarts robes, but they;re still very much influenced by ancient times. (they’re sticklers for tradition)
  • year and S.o.F are told by the robes. the color is your S.o.F, and the trim is your year.
  • when temples were built by the Mortals, the wizards and witches used it as an opportunity to use their powers and claim they were blessed by the gods. they also aided in recruitment of young wizards.
  • the Oracle was just a Seer.
  • wands became a thing toward the end of Classical era, around 450 bc, when a witch was harvesting olive branches for potions when someone startled her. she shouted a curse from surprise and found that her magic was more focused and powerful. 70 years later, she would open a wand shop in the Olympic mountains. People started referring to her as Ollivander.
  • Rome didn’t really affect the Greek wizards. the only major change was there was an increase of students attending Hecate (a second school was built near modern day Florence. It, like most Roman things, was modeled after the Greek school)
  • after that things were pretty chill in the Greek wizarding world, up until the Christians started destroying the temples. as a result, a lot of witches and wizards went into hiding, or found shelter in the school itself. Hecate functioned not only as a school, but as a safe haven for witches and wizards.
  • during the 400 or so years of turkish rule, the greek wizarding community went underground, and the school was all but forgotten
  • Hecate was later revived by those underground societies. the 12 gods were still used to specify which S.o.F you were in
    •  Because Greece missed the renaissance, the school retained it’s ancient influence
  • When the revolution ended in 1829, the school’s alumni reached out to help the mortals get everything under control
  • because Hecate’s is the only wizardry school in Greece, the international wizarding society reached out and created “Athena’s Court for Greek Wizardy” to keep Greek wizards in check
  • In the 1850s, the school needed some serious remodeling. the remodels were influenced by ancient greek styles and modern styles.
  • when you finish, the graduation ceremony (cause they had those, obviously), the students wear golden olive branches instead of caps or anything like that
  • the school has natural spring baths
  • hear me out on this one: WIZARD OLYMPICS
  • they test your powers and abilities as a wizard
  • javelin throwing: it tests how well you can make a strength potion. the judges have to watch you make the potion
  • MONSTER WRESTLING BOY HOWDY aight so as it says, you gotta wrestle monsters, BUT you can use magic to enhance your strength/agility/whatever. you can’t use magic on the monster or anything
  • each S.o.F has an emblem as well
    • Zeus: Political Magic, emblem is a thunder bolt
    • Hera: Wandless magic, emblem is the peacock
    • Poseidon: alchemy, emblem is the trident
    • Demeter: herbology, emblem is wheat
    • Athena: magical sciences (mortal science + magic), emblem is an owl
    • Apollo: magic in the fine arts, emblem is the pyton lyre
    • Artemis: magical creatures, emblem is a stag
    • Ares: defensive and offensive magic, emblem is a torch
    • Aphrodite: magic and the human condition (how magic effects emotion and the human soul), emblem is a rose
    • Hephaestus, Charms and Magical objects, emblem is the anvil
    • Hermes: magic and the Physical body, emblem is talaria (his winged sandals)
    • Hecate: astrology, emblem is the moon (the emblem on the robes and S.o.F crest changes according to the phase of the moon)
    • Hades: divination, emblem is the key
    • Dionysus: undecided, emblem is grapes


anonymous asked:

How long has Pogo been underground so far?

Not long!  According to the photo evidence Gray showed Merritt at Yackley’s, Pogo was discovered underground at 12:41am on September 4, 2155.  The current scene (Pogo asleep in Samsid’s bed) started at 1:56am on September 17.  So basically, it’s only been a couple of weeks.


repost and fill in the answers you most associate your character with to each question.

1. ANIMAL: Orange and grey tabby cats,
2. COLOR(S): forest green, gold, baby blue 
3. MONTH: September (Not sure why honestly)
4. SONG: Murder Death- Big, Dark, Love; London Calling- The Clash; Frightened Rabbit- State Hospital; I’m Still Here- Johnny Rzeznik
5. NUMBER: 7
6. DAY OR NIGHT:  Night
7. PLANT: Oak trees
8. SMELL: Freshly laundered clothes; morning coffee; rain
9. GEMSTONE: sapphires
10. SEASON: Autumn
11. PLACE: His flat; London Underground
12. FOOD: Veggie Curry, french fries
14. ELEMENT(S): Water
15. DRINK: baileys, earl grey, whiskey

TAGGED BY// Stolen from: @quietresistence 
TAGGING: @ericbrandonrp, @ophelia-hendrix, @thewiccanmechanic, @lethiferxus, @shadowhunterhalfling, @xiradis, @anirishknight 

lokimen  asked:

So, how many sectors are there? And how are they divided? Like, are they one atop of the other or what?

Gidget: there are 12 sectors. 10-12 are underground. It’s very confusing on how to explain the city. Best way I can explain it is sectors are just the name of parts of the city. There are no walls to separate them. They are much like districts​. Sections of the city. This city is huge and yeah.

Anyways think of it as a wheel….I guess. Sector 1 is in the middle. Next you have another circle which holds Sector 2 and 3. Another circle with Sectors 4, 5, and 6. Then sectors 7, 8, 9. Now the Sectors 10, 11, and 12 are part of the old city…they were the old 7, 8, 9 sectors that sunk into the ground and built on top of. (I’ll draw a picture….this city is huge and there are so much)


(Images: Common nightingale | Common starling - both Wikimedia Commons )

I happened to be chatting to a proper bird expert yesterday, and I asked him about the starling’s reputation for mimicry. He affirmed that they are indeed exceptionally clever mimics of other birds…

For your consideration:

Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch, Chapter 3
‘And she is…?’ I asked.
'Indispensable,’ said Nightingale.

Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch, Chapter 12
'And we’re not specialists?’ asked Lesley.
'We’re indispensable,’ I said.

Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch, Chapter 2
'But it was boys only,’ I said.
'Indubitably,’ said Nightingale.

Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch, Chapter 13
'Merely an outgrowth of my mad academic skills,’ said Postmartin.
'Indubitably,’ I said.

Underground Season 2: Premiere Date
WGN America has set a premiere date for Season 2 of Underground — Wednesday, March 8, at 10/9c
By Matt Webb Mitovich

WGN America has set a premiere date for Season 2 of Underground — Wednesday, March 8, at 10/9c.   

The acclaimed drama’s 10-episode sophomore run is set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring escape attempt, following their arrowing journey to freedom with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman — glimpsed at the close of the Season 1 finale, and now played by Under the Dome‘s Aisha Hinds — blazing the trail.

Additions to Cast:

Harriet Tubman played by Aisha Hinds 

Frederick Douglass  played by John Legend



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I feel like I need to share this because nobody knows this: The Underground Railroad is kind of a Myth

While it existed, it was such a small part of the black freedom struggle, it doesn’t deserve the attention we give it, especially considering much of our discourse around it is myth and not reality. The truth is it was not a vast network of organized stops aided and supported by White Abolitionists. Less than 1% of the 4 million enslaved Africans successfully escaped to the North during the time of the UR and they did it primarily on their own with very little support of any outside help. I understand why we are fascinated with it, but there are so many other powerful stories we should be telling as well. (FYI: Most enslaved Africans who escaped, stayed in the South)