At the request of a client, here are all the d20s I currently have available for wire wrapping.
At the request of a client, here are all the d20s I currently have available for wire wrapping.
I’m really excited for daylight savings time to start.
Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.
Everyone needs to read this post. I’ve seen some of these cropped images so often it never even occurred to me that this wasn’t the whole image - it definitely wouldn’t have occurred to me to do research beyond the Google Image result if (to use the example) I needed an image of Washington for a powerpoint. I’m an archaeology graduate student and TA and I do some work (and eventually, presumably some teaching) in US historical archaeology, so it’s probable that at some point I’ll be preparing a lecture that I’ll want to illustrate with an image of Washington or some other prominent figure. Far from wanting to avoid an uncomfortable discussion about race, I would so much prefer to show the full image - my god, especially if I imagine teaching about the archaeology of Mount Vernon, showing these full images of Washington and the people around him would make that discussion so much more enriching.
But I’m an archaeologist, not an art historian, not very familiar with these paintings and not trained to look critically for signs of cropping or other modification, and my first stop for illustrating a talk is Google Images, not an art gallery. I’m not interested in avoiding discussions of race, rather I’m super invested in having those discussions - and I can’t do that as well if I don’t even suspect that there’s something missing from the images I’m using.
But now I’ll remember this, and be suspicious, and look a little further into the first usable picture I find when this comes up in my teaching, as it inevitably will.
medievalpoc, I think you run the most important blog on the internet right now, thank you for doing this.
I think if enough of us take an interdisciplinary approach, we have the chance to make a REALLY huge difference!!!!
Les faize d’Alexandre (a translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges, c. 1468-1475
In my opinion when my teacher ‘crop’ a photo, they’re actually not the ones cropping it. They gets the photos off the internet. And to be honest even though I’m in an A.P. Class, many students still get really focused and distracted on what’s in the background of the photos when we are supposed to be focused on the historical figure. So it’s often better to used the cropped photo as it keeps the focus. But it doesn’t mean that they’re not teaching about the artistic and cultural impacts of the African community on the Caucasian community. We do see the actual pictures; and we do learn the actual stories.
1. I felt like I allowed for that in the original post? A lot of educators themselves don’t know when they’re using a cropped photo. Databases for educators often will use historical images that have already had everything cropped out of them.
2. You mention that students get “distracted” by what’s in the background of the images, when they’re “supposed” to be focused on the “historical” figure. Might I remind you that I’m saying that is part of the problem-that someone decided who was important in history, and who was NOT important enough to bother including in class material. I also pointed out that regardless of INTENT, the RESULT is the same. You’ve said this, more or less, but I think that needs to be re-emphasized.
I think it also says a lot that the general opinion seems to be that the PROBLEM WITH SHOWING PEOPLE OF COLOR IN HISTORICAL IMAGES IS THAT STUDENTS WILL BE TOO INTERESTED.
^That says a lot about the state of education in the U.S. if students actually being interested is the problem.
One downside about knowing I have hypothyroidism is that it makes me super paranoid about little things, and I start thinking that my medication is off, that’s it’s not working anymore, that I’m going to return to the energyless blob I was before I started treatment.
Like today I had a nap after work. Before I was diagnosed, I was having naps almost every day, and so I got this paranoid little flicker.
Nevermind that I know I haven’t had enough sleep any day this week, nevermind that work was pretty dull today, nevermind that I had no caffeine today despite having more than usual other days this week, nevermind that I know I haven’t had quite diverse enough meals this week, nevermind that my nap was short and that now that it’s over, I actually do have energy… no, I immediately assume it must be a worse case scenario. It can’t just have been an innocent nap, oh no.
I don’t like being paranoid, and I don’t like actually being afraid that all the things I hate about myself will come back again. Such an undercurrent of fear doesn’t agree with me. Before this, I was only ever afraid of dementia, and that was ages off.
Anyway. Ramble ramble.
Me: *brings winning roll up the rim rim to Tim’s* Can I get a hot chocolate, please?
Tim’s lady: Do you want a really big one? Cause you can get any size with these.
*Tim’s lady gets the drink and gives it to me*
Me: Oh dear god, I’ve made a huge mistake.
Apparently I’ve been spoiled by librarians liveblogging their conferences. Let’s start this tagging frenzy!
…now that I’ve left the conference for the day…
(I’m, looking forward to tomorrow, when I don’t have to flee to go to work. I need more anthropology in my life.)
Oh no, this conference is way smaller than I expected, it’s going to be really super obvious when I leave after the first section to go to work…
I want to fight the midnight recorder player.
How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes
Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle.
The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.
The company is selling licenses for other companies who might want to use the technology in operating systems, applications, wearables, and websites. Obviously, the tiny screen of a smart watch instantly springs to mind.
But the real revelation of Spritz is in trying it yourself.
This is really cool. I personally have a hard time reading but this seems really innovative and might work really well with some people like me who are not inclined to read quickly.
This is pretty neat. It can apparently go at 1000 wpm, and I wanna see what that’s like, because honestly the 500 wpm up there seems slow to me.
Anonymous asked: Sorry if you've already answered this, but did you go to a public or a private school?
alright let me just get this straight because the whole public/private school thing has always bothered me.
There are no private schools in Finland.
Here it is forbidden by law for any school to make profit. whether the school is raising the funds on their own or if they’re getting it from the local administrative division, they are not allowed to charge their students one cent. Basically, all kids go to a public school, all kids start on the same level regardless of their background, the child of a CEO sits in the same classroom with the child of a blue-collar.
Here’s what I love about the Finnish education system: the government has understood that offering kids equal chances in learning is - well - equality. The quality of their education, the possibility to a better life should not be dependent on the amount of money a parent can afford to put into their kid’s education.
But let’s face it, public schools offer terrible education, low-quality teachers who are not even qualified to teach, and paid a meagre wage even if they are… And public schools, of course, have the “no child left behind”-policy, that forces slower kids through the school year at an unmanageable speed, while faster kids are held back. Public schools suck. So if all schools in Finland are public, how come they even keep up with the US?
This may be the case in the US, because the US school system and its separation into public or private divisions perpetuates this inequality.
You must understand that the “public school” stigma doesn’t truly exist in many other countries outside the US. The quality of teaching in all Finnish schools is high, teachers are better paid and better educated themselves, and the government ultimately supervises all education happening in the country to make sure it is up to international standards. Since the beginning of PISA tests in 2000, USA has ranked around 20th-40th, while Finland has been one of the leading nations worldwide, often in the top three.
so I’d say we can “keep up” just fine.
Y’all really gotta stop it with the whole ‘it must be just like the USA’ mentality…