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June 25 2017

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Unmentionables on Tumblr:
When you enter the @ symbol and a username on Tumblr, you can mention a blog, sending that blog account a notification. Unless you can’t. Here are some cases where Tumblr usernames won’t show up in results when you try to “@mention” them, or the mention notification won’t go through.

  • The setting for “Allow this blog to appear in search results” is turned off for the blog. User mention relies on a Tumblr user search, and disallowing all searches for the blog includes opting out of the user mention search.
  • The blog is identified as adult-oriented/not safe for work in its blog settings (and you are not following the NSFW blog).
  • The blog is a secondary blog that is password protected.
  • The blog account doing the mentioning is so new that Tumblr won’t send mention notifications as an anti-spam measure.
  • The blog account doing the mentioning was blocked. So if you block a blog, that shunned blog cannot “@mention” your blog on Tumblr.

The mystery about the tagging. Now you know. 


On legendry.








Lately, I’ve run across complaints that modern depictions of the Knights of the Round Table are too “anime” - giving them all sorts of goofy powers, and sending them on weird, over-the-top adventures.

Allow me to point out that the following are all actual things that appear in the older tales about the Knights:

  • Sir Kay is said to have had the power to grow to giant size, hold his breath for nine days, and radiate supernatural heat from his hands.
  • Sir Bedivere openly practiced sorcery, and suffered from an accordingly sinister reputation; on more than one occasion, he was saved from being hanged as a witch only by King Arthur’s testimonly to his good character.
  • Sir Galahad possessed supernatural strength and speed by virtue of his moral and sexual purity - making him a rare example of a male character with virginity-fueled super powers.
  • Sir Balin once wielded the Lance of Longinus, and blew up an entire kingdom with a single blow. He also fought an evil knight with the power of invisibility.
  • Sir Marrock was a freaking werewolf.

Conclusion: modern depctions of the Knights of the Round Table aren’t anime enough.

I made this post two years ago, and while it’s never really taken off, it’s still getting a small burst of additional notes every couple of months. I wonder how folks keep finding it?

Anyway, the original post is hardly exhaustive - here are a few more fun examples:

  • Sir Gawain (you know, the guy involved in that whole mess with the Green Knight) is described as literally solar-powered in some tales, being three times as strong at high noon as he is at daybreak.
  • Sir Owain’s best friend and partner in battle is a talking lion. While his tales do include a sort of “origin story” explaining how he met the lion, the fact that it can talk isn’t remarked upon - it’s just a thing.
  • Sir Gwrhyr is able to speak every language, including those of animals, and in some versions can transform into various animals as well.
  • Though Lancelot isn’t usually described as having any specific supernatural powers or tools, he’s constantly described as “perfect” by everyone who sees him - you can practically see the bishie sparkles.

(Speaking of Lancelot, it’s interesting to note that in the earlier stories, his illicit romance with Guinevere is actually part of a love triangle involving another knight named Galehaut - and the focus of that love triangle isn’t Guinevere, but Lancelot himself! Galehaut has been quietly edited out of more modern retellings for sadly obvious reasons.)

whats up nerds i found a novelized historical slash fic about lancelot and galehaut written by two medieval scholars here it is youre welcome

sorry are you telling me that the Lancelot from Spamalot! is arguably one of the more accurate interpretations in modern times.

Terry Jones of Monty Python is actually a well-respected medievalist who has written such books as Chaucer’s Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary and the Emmy award-nominated series Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives which is a social history of medieval Britain. So… yes.

Most legends, myths and folktales will raise your eyebrows once you dig below the level of “what everybody knows”.

I consider myself to be fairly well-read in Arhturiana, but I didn’t know about Galehaut - this is going to re-energize my interest!

The book about Lancelot and Galehaut is “Lancelot and the Lord of the Distant Isles, or, The Book of Galehaut Retold” by Patricia Terry and Samuel N. Rosenberg. The Medieval Review liked it (X). The introduction and first chapter are here and Samuel N. Rosenberg’s site for the book is here.

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June 06 2017



My favorite thing is capitalists calling socialist ideas “pie in the sky” when that term was coined by a Wobbly to describe, among other things, the hollow promises of capitalism


38m pieces of plastic found on uninhabited Henderson Island 38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island


Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.

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Promises (2001) / Faris Odeh was shot to death by an Israeli soldier on November 9, 2000 in Gaza during the Second Intifada as he crouched down to pick up another stone.

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Emojis hießen 1893 “Setzerscherze”. Das Internet war damals noch Neuland.

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“Capitalism made your iPhone”

No, LABOR made your iPhone. Labor makes things under any -ism. The -isms just determine who gets paid.


Wonder Woman Review




Not enough invisible jet

It was there the whole time. You just didn’t see it because it was doing what it was supposed to do.

Well damn. Good point.

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White Privilege must b nice

Skittles and an Arizona that he BOUGHT

Turned up safe? Of course they’re safe. They were never in any danger???


I hate this

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Programmable robotics toy from SONY uses small minimalist blocks with personality, allowing to be creative with papercraft:

Another video here better presents how you can use a controller and even create your own sumo robots:

From Spoon & Tamago:

Build, play, inspire. That’s the idea behind Sony’s new toy for kids, designed to inspire a future generation of robotics engineers. Toio is the result of 5 years of research into developing a toy that’s simple enough for kids to use, but also sophisticated enough to create a figurative sandbox where kids can explore the inner-workings of robotics engineering.

Toio, at first glance, is stunningly simple: the core of the toy is just 2 white cubes with wheels. But don’t be fooled by their appearance. The tiny cubes pack a whole lot of tech. They respond to motion, are able to detect the exact location of the other, and can be programmed but also remote controlled. 

You can find out more at the official Toio website here

Highly recommend following the Spoon & Tamago blog here



The irony of a robot asking if I’m a robot during online sign-ups

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Not just “better than none.” Just as good as a dad and a mom.

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