Yeah, so when I see the word “strategic” regarding a gay actor choosing to be in a project about the AIDS epidemic in the 80s that is written by and helmed by gay men and features other gay actors, what I see is a polite way of saying actors are attention whores.

Which would be grotesque to me in…


I look around, there’s baby pictures of me everywhere. - Sheng Wang (x)

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I know what Elizabeth Warren is doing in the Senate is necessary and important, and we can not clone her.  We can not spare her now, but I would very much like her to be President one day.

"The DNA of the people of Asturias still maintains the genetic prints of remote ages. A research conducted at the University of Oviedo proves that the old frontiers marked by the pre-Roman Astur settlements have left their mark on the DNA of current populations. The analyses conducted in 61 Asturian …"




Spanning one-ninth of the earth’s circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents.

Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity.

For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.

Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.

Not gonna lie, this is kind of amazing.

Basically, you can plan a trip from Rome to Alexandria, and get an estimate of journey time, expense of trip, the supplies you’ll need….let’s just say it’s better than Oregon Trail:





Does this mean that we could plan our pilgrimage via amphibious kayak?!?

As long as you plan to do it two thousand years ago.

Which apparently might be possible since some of my readers found a Medieval TARDIS:


Although…. the dress code for Medieval TARDIS travel might be slightly problematic.



When a tween in a twilight shirt climbs up three display cases to hug your taxidermy wolf.


And you’re pretty sure that wolf was preserved with arsenic.


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You think you’re pretty cool, huh? I’m here to tell you you’ve got nothing on Wigglesworthia glossinidia.

Were you named after a legendary entomologist and a genus of tsetse fly? I didn’t think so. Do you live endosymbiotically in the guts of your namesake tsetse…



I see Republicans are out lauding a wealthy white tax cheat as “a real patriot” while out the other side of their mouth labeling the working poor who pay a forth of their income in taxes as “takers” not deserving of a living wage or health coverage.

gotta love right wing…

"Hal Langfur, PhD, associate professor of history at the University at Buffalo, has published for more than a decade on indigenous Brazilian groups faced with colonization and armed subjugation by the Portuguese, as well as on the mythologies that grew up around their cultures."

"Water contaminated by arsenic afflicted and often killed people in ancient Inca and Chinchorro civilisations in northern Chile, a study has shown. Scientists using a range of high-tech methods to analyse hair samples from a 1,000-1,500-year-old mummy from the Tarapacá Valley in Chile’s Atacama Desert found a high concentration of arsenic in the mummy’s hair come from drinking arsenic-laced water and eating contaminated plants. Although previous analysis of hair samples from pre-Columbian era mummies that lived in Chile’s Atacama desert showed evidence of arsenic poisoning, the methods did not reveal how the poison got into the hair. To find out more about the poisoning of the ancient people from northern Chile, the team examined a naturally preserved mummy that was buried in the TR40-A cemetery in Tarapacá Valley."