Weather conditions in Arizona’s Grand Canyon last week gave rise to a rare phenomenon called total cloud inversion. Last Friday, and again on Sunday, the ground apparently released some of its heat rapidly enough at dawn to create a layer of cool, damp air inside the canyon, trapping it beneath the unusually warmer sky above the canyon walls and filling the space with a sea of fog. Park officials said the phenomenon is a once-in-a-decade occurrence and ran to capture these fantastic photos.
this is from a real diary by a 13-year-old girl in 1870. teenage girls are awesome and they’ve always been that way.
This is from a real diary by M. Carey Thomas, who was incredible her ENTIRE life, too. Girls, don’t do science or you’ll end up a lesbian suffragette president of Bryn Mawr.
The first diary in Thomas’s hand (no. 6), a small volume with a handful of entries, begins with the endearing resolution: “I am going to be more gentel to the boys this year; I have asked Heavenly father to help me.”
Also, from when she was fourteen:"How unjust - how narrow-minded - how utterly incomprehensible to deny that women ought to be educated and worse than all to deny that they have equal powers of mind. If I ever live and grow up my one aim and consentrated purpose shall be and is to show that a woman can learn can reason can compete with men in the grand fields of literature and science and conjecture that opens before the 19 century…"
'And in the social media era every single facet of Who is analysed in painstaking detail on an internet that breeds strongly held and not always generous opinions. One is that Moffat's female characters are empty vessels defined only by their relationship to the Doctor: Amy the childhood friend, River Song the brave-faced but pining on-off wife, Clara Oswin the mystery to be solved.
"The thing is," Moffat argues, "the show is about the Doctor, and the effect he has on people’s lives. We don’t tend to see the companions away from him because if we did that it wouldn’t be Doctor Who. I’ve heard this criticism of lack of interior character about River Song – but she’s the only one who’s ever turned him down. I think I have written companions who’ve carried on with their own lives. The Doctor is central not because I think men are better than women but because he’s the central character. How is that not also true of Rory?"’ - Interview with Steven Moffat by Andrew Harrison for The Guardian.
I have a very simple response to this feeble excuse for sexism. And it is this:
Did Russell T Davies manage to characterise Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble as three-dimensional women in his era?
Was RTD’s show still essentially about the Doctor?
What do we learn from this?
Answer: That Moffat simply cannot write his female characters, nor can he take constructive criticism, or even see what is wrong with his misogynistic approach.
If he honestly believes he has given his female characters adequate characterisation, then what must he think of us ladies, eh? We must be rather simple to him, all obsessed with men and wanting to be mothers in the end.
And on the subject of Rory, I think, Moffat, you will find that you gave Rory a storyline about becoming a hero, winning the ‘girl’, you gave him a consistent career, gave him more time to talk about his emotions over not being able to have kids than the woman whose reproductive system you used as a plot line, and gave him a family where Amy had none that were given more than a moment of screen time.
Not buying it, Steven. Not buying it at all.
I have to interrogate the idea that the show is about ‘the Doctor’. The Doctor was always a rubric through which English people were examining their lives. Always. Moffat doesn’t seem to understand the show or how narrative itself works at a basic level. Most writers of shows like this understand in theory and practice that they are writing about concepts of their own culture and time.
I’m utterly flummoxed that anyone watched classic Who and thought it was purely the story of some guy? It’s about people, modernity, Englishness, the impact one person can have on another, what a single experience can mean to an entire life, the vastness of the unknown and human ignorance….
No wonder the show sucks, he thinks it’s a biography of some guy rather than a modern English epic.
The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.
Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library’s holdings.
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"Imagine digital archaeologists coming across the remains of early 21st century civilization in an old data center on the warming tundra. They look around, find some scraps of Buzzfeed and The Atlantic, maybe some Encyclopaedia Britannicas, and then, gleaming in the data: a complete set of Norwegian literature.
Suddenly, the Norwegians become to 27th-century humans what the Greeks were to the Renaissance. Everyone names the children of the space colonies Per and Henrik, Amalie and Sigrid. The capital of our new home planet will be christened Oslo.”
They looked and loved, or, Won by faith (1920) by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller. http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:266852
Full text available at Project Gutenberg for your reading pleasure: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43471
Love this cover illustration.