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A boy from Berlin with his portable lemonade stand, 1931


Old magic left its traces in the earth. Ley lines where satyrs dance beneath a harvest moon. Ancient lakes in Greece, naiads lurking in the murky depths. Magic thrummed deep in the earth like currents in a river, untapped by wizards for millenniums.

                They had given up their rituals and dances for sticks of willow and oak, lost the ability to feel the very core of their magical prowess, where instinct and emotion let magical folk do magic beyond magic, work world-changing feats.

                But the river still flowed if you cared to delve deep enough to tap it. And Rowena Ravenclaw, famed for her obsession of knowledge, knew better than to believe that brandishing a twig was where magic ended. A marionette of wasps hummed angrily, tied to strings, unable to move trapped in spiderweb silk. Rowena murmured half-formed words, eyes closed tight and only half-aware. She could feel the essence of the world flowing through her from her feet, coalescing in her heart before trickling down her arm to the wasps. As the tide grew stronger, so did they, and they flew onto the witch’s hands and stung, and stung, and stung. With each sting the magic swelled stronger, fueled by pain and fury, until with a wail the bees were incinerated and the tiara wrought in filigree silver upon her head glowed white-hot, with words etching into the metal in a wild scrawl:

Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.

From the journal of Mr. W. Muir, October 19th, 2014.


John Carlos & Tommie Smith give Black Power salute at 1968 Mexico City Olympics medal ceremony

When the medals were awarded for the men’s 200-meter sprint at the 1968 Olympic Games, Life magazine photographer John Dominis was only about 20 feet away from the podium. “I didn’t think it was a big news event,” Dominis says. “I was expecting a normal ceremony. I hardly noticed what was happening when I was shooting.”

Indeed, the ceremony that October 16 “actually passed without much general notice in the packed Olympic Stadium,” New York Times correspondent Joseph M. Sheehan reported from Mexico City. But by the time Sheehan’s observation appeared in print three days later, the event had become front-page news: for politicizing the Games, U.S. Olympic officials, under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, had suspended medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos and sent them packing.

Smith and Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the event, had come to the ceremony dressed to protest: wearing black socks and no shoes to symbolize African-American poverty, a black glove to express African-American strength and unity. (Smith also wore a scarf, and Carlos beads, in memory of lynching victims.) As the national anthem played and an international TV audience watched, each man bowed his head and raised a fist. After the two were banished, images of their gesture entered the iconography of athletic protest.

"It was a polarizing moment because it was seen as an example of black power radicalism," says Doug Hartmann, a University of Minnesota sociologist and the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath. “Mainstream America hated what they did.”

The United States was already deeply divided over the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, and the serial traumas of 1968—mounting antiwar protests, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the beating of protesters during the Democratic National Convention by Chicago police—put those rifts into high relief. Before the Olympics, many African-American athletes had talked of joining a boycott of the Games to protest racial inequities in the United States. But the boycott, organized by sociologist Harry Edwards, never came off.

As students at San Jose State University, where Edwards was teaching, Smith and Carlos took part in that conversation. Carlos, born and raised in Harlem, was “an extreme extrovert with a challenging personality,” says Edwards, now emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Smith, the son of sharecroppers who grew up in rural Texas and California, was “a much softer, private person.” When they raised their fists on the medals stand, they were acting on their own.

Among the Games athletes, opinions were divided. Australia’s Peter Norman, the winner of the silver medal in the 200-meter sprint, mounted the podium wearing a badge supporting Edwards’ organization. Heavyweight boxer George Foreman—who would win a gold medal and wave an American flag in the ring—dismissed the protest, saying, “That’s for college kids.” The four women runners on the U.S. 400-meter relay team dedicated their victory to the exiled sprinters. A representative of the USSR was quoted as saying, perhaps inevitably, “The Soviet Union never has used the Olympic Games for propaganda purposes.”

Smith and Carlos returned home to a wave of opprobrium—they were “black-skinned storm troopers,” in the words of Brent Musburger, who would gain fame as a TV sportscaster but was then a columnist for the Chicago American newspaper—and anonymous death threats. The pressure, Carlos says, was a factor in his then-wife’s suicide in 1977. “One minute everything was sunny and happy, the next minute was chaos and crazy,” he says. Smith recalls, “I had no job and no education, and I was married with a 7-month-old son.”

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Gas giant Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, observed by the the Voyager 1 space probe from a distance of 5.7 million kilometers on February 25, 1979.



Evening Dress (Costume)

Travis Banton


An evocative and glamorous example of the work of Paramount Studios costume designer Travis Banton, who, during the 1930s, also dressed Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, and Mae West, this dress was worn by Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong. While the dress may evoke the “cheongsam”, a from-fitting traditional Chinese dress style, its construction is along the lines of high-necked form-fitting Western gowns from the Belle-Epoque period, but the dragon motif adds a distinct Asian influence, dazzling in its execution in gold and silver sequins on luxurious satin. It was designed by Banton for Wong’s role of Tu Tuan in the 1934 film “Limehouse Blues.” Wong was a pioneer for Asian-American actors and one of the few actors in general to transition from silent to talking films. (MET)



Хогвартса Chernivtsi National University Ukraine Gauss

"If you think that "Hogwarts" does not exist, then you are mistaken. It exists, of course is not the same as in the Harry Potter films and magic was not taught. This unique architectural ensemble came into being through the efforts of Bishop Yevhen Hakman. In 1863 he obtained a permit from the tsisar for the construction of a new spacious residence worthy of the capital of Bukovina.  The design is by one of the best architects of its time Joseph HlavkaComposition of the ensemble is quite complicated, but it’s planning is celebrated . It consists of three monumental buildings: the main, the seminary (together with the Church of Three Saints) and presbytery. Currently, the University is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.”


一粒万倍 homemade granola AD&D:woolen Naoko Fukuoka


The Rescue Tip-Board by Netherlands-based Spark Design & Innovation allows water rescue crews to lever a victim into the life raft, saving precious seconds that could mean the difference between life and death.


EVAK Storage | Prepara


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WHAT WOULD HERMIONE DO? One of Charlie Bradbury’s phrases in Supernatural. I’ve been wanting to make a design out of this quote for a whiiile, and I’m glad I finally managed something. The “Hermione” part took so long, I think my legs fell asleep 15+ times. Wish I was exaggerating.

I wanted to draw an actual Hermione bobblehead, but decided against it. 

Also added like 50 subtle grunge textures. Like old times. lol


Flamingo Desk | Marco Guazzini


Stay hungry, stay foolish. -Steve Jobs | Etsy


Thinkin ‘bout waffles.