voyager week

Droughtlander Art Challenge
Week 12 - Royal Mile

“The city glowed all around us, as though sharing our happiness. Edinburgh lay under a haze that would soon thicken to rain again but, for now, the light of the setting sun hung gold and pink and red in the clouds, and shone in the wet patina of the cobbled street, so that the gray stones of the buildings softened and streamed with reflected light, echoing the glow that warmed my cheeks and shone in Jamie’s eyes when he looked at me.”

- Voyager

Have an excellent week! We’re a week closer to September!

Hamilton fun facts #2

The poem Hamilton wrote that got him off the island was actually a feverish, rambling letter to his absent father. Ham was still trying to keep in touch with him.

The letter was so good it became sensational. Even the island’s governor tried to find out who wrote it (it was published anonymously).

Listen to his poetry “Hark! Hark! A voice from yonder/ Methinks I hear my Savior  cry…I come oh Lord, I mount, I fly/ On rapid wings I cleave the sky.” Eliza had possession of this poem and would look at it when she overcome by her need for Alexander.

His ship coming to Boston caught fire on its three week voyage. Because he’s a drama queen.

His first friend in America was Hercules Mulligan.

When one of Hamilton’s friend’s (Elias Boudinot) infant daughter got sick, Hamilton kept a vigil by the child until her death and wrote an incredible elegy after her death from the perspective of a grieving mother. Scholars assume that he understood since at least one of his siblings died in infancy.

If fact, his friends would comment on the almost maternal nature Hamilton showed for friends and family in distress.

Aaron Burr (1756) was one year younger than Hamilton (1755). Burr first applied to King’s at age 11, then again at thirteen, requesting to be placed in the junior year. The college’s President compromised and graduated college at the age of sixteen.

New description of Ham: He stood 5′7″ (aw) had a “fair complexion, auburn hair, rosy cheeks, and a wide, well-carved mouth.” A strong nose and a jaw “chiseled and combative.” “Slim and elegant, with thin shoulders and shapely legs, he walked with buoyant lightness, and his observant, flashing eyes darted about with amusement.” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

A fellow Federalist described his eyes “These were of a deep azure, eminently beautiful, without the slightly trace of hardness or severity; and beamed with higher expressions of intelligence and discernment than any others that I ever saw.” (Well damn, I’ve never seen eyes like that).

Burr and Hamilton had a mutual friend (Troup) whose exuberant humor helped fight depression that Burr and Hamilton were particularly prey to.

Hamilton’s first speech was spontaneous and unplanned, prompted by someone in a crowd. He spoke with such energy and eloquence that when he finished, the crowd was rendered silent for a while before giving him a standing ovation.

“Farmer Refuted” 

Samuel Seabury, a pompous loyalist published a series of pamphlets appealing to farmers to avoid war. Hamilton, still in college, spent 2-3 weeks before releasing a 35 page essay full of elegant insults and vast knowledge, aptly called “A Full Vindication”. 

Seabury fought back, mocking Hamilton’s first real stand in government. We all know that was a mistake. Ham struck back with “Farmer Refuted” an 80 page essay with an even surer grasp of politics.

Rumors went around that Hamilton had written the two essays but most people dismissed the notion as being preposterous and insisted in was John Jay because Hamilton was too young and the two essays together were over 60,000 words.

(Chernow Chapter 3)

Whale sounds brought to the deaf

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy whale-watching excursions around the world every year, pursuing humpbacks for their mysterious, multi-octave songs. And now the fun is opening up to deaf people, who are feeling the sounds for the first time.

One voyage this week took a a large group of deaf students out to see humpbacks frolicking in the waters of the Caribbean. While they didn’t hear the grunting and the squealing, they wore high-tech backpacks that tuned whale songs into vibrations.

The children gasped as they felt the sounds for the first time.

“When I first felt the vibration, I felt it in my heart,” said Nicole Duran, 15, a student at the St Rose Institute for Deaf Assistance in Santo Domingo. “It reminded me of a heartbeat,” she said through a sign language interpreter.

Nicole was among 47 students on the field trip from Santo Domingo, the capital on the south coast, to Samana province on the north coast, a three-hour bus ride.

In grades seven to 12, the children used their hands to express the thumps, pings and gentle massage they felt on their skin. Stretching their arms high and low to follow the varying tones they sensed, the students opened and closed their hands rapidly to express strong impacts.

“I feel the pulses - it’s like boom, boom, boom!” Melissa Castillos, 18, said aboard a 48-foot, power catamaran in the Bay of Samana. “I’ve seen photos and videos of whales, but this is the real thing.”

The migration of several thousand humpbacks from the northern Gulf of Maine to the Dominican coast brings some 50,000 tourists to the area from January to March every year, according to the Tourism Ministry. For three consecutive years, the visitors have included children and teachers from several Dominican schools.

Introducing deaf and hearing-impaired students to the whales and their music was the vision of Dominican artist and musician Maria Batlle, 34, who in 2013 founded the Muse Seek Project. Her nonprofit’s goals include using music as an educational tool for deaf children.

Batlle said she learned in 2014 of the Subpac technology, developed for music producers and aficionados by a Los Angeles company, and a year later incorporated the devices into a music program she launched for the 500-student National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.

The annual whale migration to the Dominican Republic made it a natural learning opportunity for students interested in marine life, Batlle said.

“They learn about whale behaviour, anatomy, the environment,” she said. “They learn why the whales come here, what they do when they’re here. They learn to appreciate why whale watching is important and why whale hunting should stop.”

Passengers aboard this year’s voyage included teachers, students and guests from four academic institutions. Eric Quinlan, originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, and teacher of English and sign language at the 200-student St Rose school, served as interpreter for the deaf passengers.

“Being deaf, the students are never really going to know what sound is, but to experience it this way is just awesome,” Quinlan said as the boat trailed a pod of six adult whales through choppy waters.

While the whale excursions in 2015 and 2016 picked up clear melodies from the humpbacks, the hydrophone lowered from the boat on Tuesday mostly transmitted the static of rough seas. Ready with Plan B, Batlle used a recording of last year’s robust melodies instead.

Revelling in the sight of humpbacks and the pulses of last year’s songs, the students expressed sheer delight.

“How emotional, how beautiful,” David Montero, 17, said through animated signing. “This is my first time in Samana, the first time I ever saw a whale, and to know they sing - wow! It’s super!”

Thief Pt 5 // Park Jimin

Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt 4

- Part Five: Courage

summary: in which prince jimin doesn’t know that his future wife is not only trying to steal from him, but is also trying to kill him.

words: 2,683

warnings: mentions of abuse

category: prince au, fantasy au

author note: i hope this chapter makes up for the fact that i skipped last week’s update.

- destinee

Originally posted by princejimin



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On this day in music history: May 15, 1981 - “Long Distance Voyager”, the tenth studio album by The Moody Blues is released. Produced by Pip Williams, it is recorded at Threshold Studios in West Hampstead, London and RAK Studios in St. John’s Wood, London from February 19, 1980 - Mid April 1981. The bands first new release since “Octave” nearly three years before, it is the first to introduce new keyboardist Patrick Moraz, replacing original founding member Mike Pinder. The project is The Moodies first to be recorded in their own studio (having purchased the old Decca Recording Studios in London) The album in part takes its title from the names of the spacecrafts launched by NASA in 1977, with some of the songs following a theme related to them. Spinning off three singles including “Gemini Dream” (#12 Pop), and “The Voice” (#15 Pop), it is a major critical and commercial success both in the US and the UK. Originally released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 1997, with the single edit of “The Voice as a bonus track. It is also issued as an SHM-CD in Japan in 2008, and again in 2014 as a single layer SACD SHM-CD, packaged in a mini-LP gatefold sleeve. "Long Distance Voyager” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number seven on the UK album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.