Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang [Stills Set 039]

Awesome character, awesome film.

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

No, that was Val Kilmer.

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

No, that was Val Kilmer.

historical-nonfiction:

Meet Snorri Sturluson, a renowned 13th century Icelander.
he was born a commoner, but raised by a relative of the Norwegian family
Snorri received a good education and when the time was right married into a cheftainship and estate
by this time, he had gained some renown as a gifted poet
Snorri  was elected lawspeaker for the Althing, the only public office in Iceland — and a position with considerable respect
by royal invitation, Snorri traveled to Norway. King Haakon piled the man with gifts,  and Snorri thanked him by writing poems glorifying the young king’s reign
when he returned he was re-elected lawspeaker, mainly due to his fame as a poet
King Haakon wanted to join with Iceland, and as a chieftain Snorri initially favored the idea. But he changed his mind, famously telling Hakon “I will go home”
Snorri’s“Heimskringla” the best-known of the Old Norse sagas, tells the stories of Norwegian kings and in the 1900s became seen in Norway as establishing an ancient national identity

Much of what we know of the Norse gods comes from Snorri’s work, and for that I am eternally grateful. However, writing a few centuries after Iceland voted to become Christian, his work is seen by modern scholars as being influenced (some might say ‘tainted’) by Christian beliefs, so in point of fact we may have no authentic written record of real Norse beliefs. That being said, I’m still glad we have Snorri’s work, for I feel that a world unaware of Thor, Odin, Loki, Heimdall, etc. would be a dimmer and less interesting one.

historical-nonfiction:

Meet Snorri Sturluson, a renowned 13th century Icelander.

  • he was born a commoner, but raised by a relative of the Norwegian family
  • Snorri received a good education and when the time was right married into a cheftainship and estate
  • by this time, he had gained some renown as a gifted poet
  • Snorri  was elected lawspeaker for the Althing, the only public office in Iceland — and a position with considerable respect
  • by royal invitation, Snorri traveled to Norway. King Haakon piled the man with gifts,  and Snorri thanked him by writing poems glorifying the young king’s reign
  • when he returned he was re-elected lawspeaker, mainly due to his fame as a poet
  • King Haakon wanted to join with Iceland, and as a chieftain Snorri initially favored the idea. But he changed his mind, famously telling Hakon “I will go home”
  • Snorri’s“Heimskringla” the best-known of the Old Norse sagas, tells the stories of Norwegian kings and in the 1900s became seen in Norway as establishing an ancient national identity

Much of what we know of the Norse gods comes from Snorri’s work, and for that I am eternally grateful. However, writing a few centuries after Iceland voted to become Christian, his work is seen by modern scholars as being influenced (some might say ‘tainted’) by Christian beliefs, so in point of fact we may have no authentic written record of real Norse beliefs. That being said, I’m still glad we have Snorri’s work, for I feel that a world unaware of Thor, Odin, Loki, Heimdall, etc. would be a dimmer and less interesting one.

martinlkennedy:

Poster of Ralph MacQuarrie pre-production artwork for Battlestar Galactica

R. McQ + Classic BSG = Instant reblog. :)

martinlkennedy:

Poster of Ralph MacQuarrie pre-production artwork for Battlestar Galactica

R. McQ + Classic BSG = Instant reblog. :)

newyorker:

Roger Angell reflects on Derek Jeter’s final home game: 

“The Yankees’ season had, for all purposes, ended with a loss the previous evening, which mathematically eliminated them from post-season play. They didn’t make it into October last year, either, but Derek had not played in any late games after his sidelining by that severe ankle injury. Last night’s encounter was the first meaningless game he’d ever played in pinstripes—but then he gave it meaning.”

Photograph by Suzy Allman/The New York Times/Redux

I’m not that into sports, particularly baseball, but I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to a man who made the game a lot more interesting to watch, and was possibly the last great player to stick with one team.

newyorker:

Roger Angell reflects on Derek Jeter’s final home game:

The Yankees’ season had, for all purposes, ended with a loss the previous evening, which mathematically eliminated them from post-season play. They didn’t make it into October last year, either, but Derek had not played in any late games after his sidelining by that severe ankle injury. Last night’s encounter was the first meaningless game he’d ever played in pinstripes—but then he gave it meaning.

Photograph by Suzy Allman/The New York Times/Redux

I’m not that into sports, particularly baseball, but I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to a man who made the game a lot more interesting to watch, and was possibly the last great player to stick with one team.

sorcerersskull:

Art by Yngvar Asplund

This reminds me, and likely only me, of the rat guys from Thundarr.

sorcerersskull:

Art by Yngvar Asplund

This reminds me, and likely only me, of the rat guys from Thundarr.

badbirdkc:

Conquest of the World - for Magnavox Odyssey 2

I remember this cover! The game, not so much.

badbirdkc:

Conquest of the World - for Magnavox Odyssey 2

I remember this cover! The game, not so much.

These assets are now under the protection of the Strategic Scientific Reserve. They’ll be re-located and hidden out of sight indefinitely. As will you.

BEST. TEASER. EVER.