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Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it’s tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages.

One thing that it’s important to remember when talking about the Medieval period is that it spans a long time — from the 5th century CE to the 15th century CE — and involves a great number of European countries. You’ll notice that a great deal of the debunkery here involves 14th century England, thanks to works like The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer and the works of Joseph Gies and Frances Gies (although another source, Misconceptions About the Middle Ages, covers a bit more ground). But the point here is that the Middle Ages were, in fact, far richer than the Medieval-like settings of many swords and sorcery stories would lead you to believe.

Via io9: 10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books.

 
Vikings, Gorgon Loops, and USBs: check out the backstories behind symbols we see every day.

Mind-Blowing Origins Of Everyday Symbols – YouTube.

 
Here’s a totally fake Paris apartment, rendered with Unreal Engine 4. We’ve sure come a long way since Myst.

How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium

#BreakTheInternet?

A fascinating peek into the back end of running a website: how Paper prepped for a massive increase in traffic.

On November 11th 2014, the art-and-nightlife magazine PAPER “broke the Internet” when it put a Jean-Paul Goude photograph of a well-oiled, mostly-nude Kim Kardashian on its cover and posted the same nude photos of Kim Kardashian to its website (NSFW). It linked together all of these things—and other articles, too—under the “#breaktheinternet” hashtag.

There was one part of the Internet that PAPER didn’t want to break: The part that was serving up millions of copies of Kardashian’s nudes over the web.

Hosting that butt is an impressive feat. You can’t just put Kim Kardashian nudes on the Internet and walk away —that would be like putting up a tent in the middle of a hurricane. Your web server would melt. You need to plan.

link: How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium.

 
Dream Machine
Mark Farina
(JT Donaldson Mix)

lyrics:

what are you thinking of
what are you doing
what do you think you can do
what you are
what you do
looking out at
ripples on the dance floor
what do you mean
is what you get
did you forget to know
what the end is
to begin
clearing
looking out
at ripples on the dance floor

dream machine
did you get
everything you asked for
dream machine
rattlesnake
a charm on the dance floor

love’s rage
broken page
electric lights
and glass bone nights
electric lines run
through your minds
distractions with radio contraptions
pipe ashes
night glasses
tick tock
hear the wind lick
the window
ignited
you’re invited
grow wings
sprouting from the backbone

dream machine
mister jones
you don’t know what you came for
dream machine
rattlesnake
a charm on the dance floor

we are like those two
mirrors
steaming in the rain
we are those two
lovers
holding each other’s hands
dream
with me
rattlesnake
a charm on the dance floor

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