(formerly known as) the pretzel cathedral

a year in bavaria and now back in the bay area

New blog! (not a personal one):

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Peter the Great’s beard tax.
Basically you had to pay a tax if you wanted to wear a beard. Then you got to wear this awesome medal.

Peter the Great’s beard tax.

Basically you had to pay a tax if you wanted to wear a beard. Then you got to wear this awesome medal.

(Source: boatsthatsellfast)

Noooo.

Why did Sweden have to win Eurovision???

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE VOTERS. Did you not understand the excellence that was Russia? Or Romania? Or Turkey?

Also: ballads should be outlawed from Eurovision.

sometimes you just get into a jag where all you want to read is young adult historical fiction

So…

I’ll be spending the summer here

and then off to NYU in the fall for graduate school in social work!

another really quick rant

WHAT IS UP WITH THE CONCEPT OF TWEET SEATS

ARE THE YOUTH OF TODAY SERIOUSLY NOT CAPABLE OF WATCHING LIVE THEATER FOR 2 HOURS WITHOUT USING A PIECE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

"natural"

I thought recently how I take issue with the use of the word “natural” in certain circumstances. If I’m not mistaken, natural means “derived from nature,” yes? And for many people, it implies a sort of pure-holistic feeling. But sometimes I think it is overused. I mean, do I really have to be told that a jar of applesauce with no other ingredients but apples is “all-natural?” I sure hope so! I don’t want particularly want any pretend plastic polymer-apple applesauce as a snack. (Or for that matter, do I have to be told the applesauce is made from “real fruit?” It’s kind of like the warnings on coffee cups that say, “This beverage will be hot…”)

I also am not sure if I like the term “natural” associated with childbirth. I feel it is almost a shaming word aimed at women who have medical interventions or C-sections. Um, correct me if I’m wrong, but even women who use a surrogate or IVF procedures to get pregnant or have their baby—the baby, at the end of the day, comes out of a human body. That sounds pretty natural to me. Childbirth is childbirth, no matter what interventions or medicines were utilized en route.

elliethomas:

The final outcome from a recent editorial design project. You had to choose a subject you were interested in and inform the reader about it. I chose the Mitford Sisters - because almost every person I’ve ever mentioned them to had no idea who they were but then went on to become just as obsessed with them as I am. I’m not going to go too much into who they were here (the wikipedia page provides a good introduction) but basically they were six sisters from an aristocratic family who all had these incredible, ridiculous, interesting lives - though not always interesting for the right reasons. Nancy Mitford you might have heard of because of her wonderful (and hilarious) novels but there was also Diana (well known fascist and wife of Oswald Mosely), Jessica (communist, investigative journalist and all-round badass), Unity (Nazi and friend/lover of Hitler), Deborah (the only Mitford still living and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and Pam (the only ‘ordinary’ sister who lived quietly and came out as lesbian later in life).

I wanted to keep the design classic and simple but with a grungy edge. When you say “1940s aristocrats” people tend to think prim; staid; boring. But with the Mitfords that couldn’t be further from the truth - they were the rebels of their day. I took cues from the punk movement and riot grrl zines, taking the prim and proper formal portraits of the girls and “vandalising” them with the bright pink paint. I think it gives it a nice streak of anarchy.

(via fyeahthemitfords)

Minimalist Lego Characters

(Source: ktsharp)