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懐アニ本96~最後 | アガハリ [pixiv] (Image set.) 


懐アニ本96~最後 | アガハリ [pixiv] 
(Image set.) 


This is it boys, this is war…

From Wreck it Ralph

(Source: gazzymouse)

How accurate do you think sites like Wikipedia are when it comes to history? Personally, I think the level of accuracy depends on which article you're reading, and I think it's pretty good for an overview, but I was wondering what your opinions are. Apologies if you've already answered something like this.


I think it does really depend on the individual article. I think of it as a place to start, not somewhere to end up, if that makes sense. Wikipedia is good for getting a general overview, then if you want to learn more, check out the citations and sources at the bottom and track those down. From there, you can usually find even more once you have the right keywords or search terms you need to get at what you really want.

For example, if the Wiki cites a book, you can go look up that book and read more on the topic, or learn about the context. Then you can go to that book’s sources and bibliography, and see why they make this or that claim.  You can keep doing that until you’re just left with primary documents or objects, and having multiple perspectives on it and adding your own is sort of how academic research and writing is generally supposed to go.

I mean, one of the problems with Wikipedia is that in an article, they’ll phrase something as an absolute, when really there are definite counterarguments with support if you read someone else’s book on whatever topic. Obviously, the farther back you go, the fewer objects and documents that survive, so it becomes more open to individual interpretation.

And one of the problems there is that you get to a point where there are these interpretations that are considered beyond questioning or revising. It’s like, somewhere between “wicked rude” and “you’ll never get funding if you keep on like that”. As if revisiting primary sources is desecrating sacred ground; as if just kind of bypassing Mr. I Wrote The Book on It 300 Years Ago is equivalent to summoning the Elder Gods to consume civilization as we know it.

Which is why I do get messages from historians and “historians” like, “your methods are disgusting and unacceptable!!!” because yes, yes, I’m breaking the rules; yes, yes, I’m Doing It Wrong. I am a Bad Historian. I think this fails to take into account that I’ll go ahead and cite Mr. I Wrote The Book on It 300 Years Ago, because the object or idea will be fully documented there (in other words, ‘proof this thing exists’), but then I’ll have the brazen gall to disagree on the interpretation of that evidence.

Am I wrong about this stuff sometimes? Absolutely! Do I speculate sometimes? Sure!! Do other people exist who know more about this specific detail than I do? Definitely. But the bottom line is, someone needs to be poking at this stuff. Sometimes “this stuff” turns out to be a beehive. Oops.

What does this have to do with the reliability of Wikipedia? Well, firstly, I link to it a lot because it’s accessible to anyone and that’s super important. Secondly, maybe the people who are mad I poked the beehive will go shore up those pages. I’ve already seen improvements and changes that have happened after I’ve linked to something, and I’m quite glad of it. It’s happened with other sites and databases I’ve linked to, and that’s actually an amazing and tangible form of real change.

Which is why I’ll probably continue to “answer” questions that have no answers, or at least none that we can claim are sure. It’s my hope that more people will look askance at those who claim to have easy answers, who claim absolutes about any of these topics, or shut down lines of discussion (no POC, no exceptions!!) that are worthwhile when we talk about art, history, race, and what they mean to us today.


the tables have turned


the tables have turned

Track Name: "Sleep My Baby Dear"
Played: 259 times


One crafty fruit vendor in China dresses up his peaches as butts. A box of them costs $80. It’s supposed to be a novelty gift, and it’s working - other shops even lifted the idea and are selling their own sexy butt peaches.


Néle Azevedo :Ice Men Figuriines in Belfast, Ireland

brazilian artist néle azevedo ,presented as part of the belfast
festival at queen’s university in northern ireland.
the artwork is a collection of hundreds of carved ‘ice-men’, ‘Monumento Minimo’, perched readily side by side on the steps of custom house in the city of belfast, a carefully prepared intervention that slowly thawed under the heat of the day. the figures sit slouched, with legs dangling – an oddly charming set of characters
full of aloof charisma. the project was selected by the curator of the event as a tribute to titanic victims,  the ephemeral artwork a powerful expression of  the transitory nature of life, and death.


day ruined


One of the highest achievements of Italian Gothic art and architecture is Orvieto Cathedral. Few buildings in the world are that ornate, and at the same time - few have such a well balanced and harmonious architecture.

A very good text about it can be read here.


One of the highest achievements of Italian Gothic art and architecture is Orvieto Cathedral. Few buildings in the world are that ornate, and at the same time - few have such a well balanced and harmonious architecture.

A very good text about it can be read here.


when ur hair is long enough that it brushes your arm sometimes or even your leg when ur sitting down and ur like “OH GOD A SPIDER” but its just your hair




Andres Amador is an artist who uses the beach as his canvas, racing against the tide to create these large scale temporary masterpieces using a rake or stick ..

Andres’ creations are simply stunning and knowing that these delicate creations are temporary somehow makes them even more beautiful.


are you fucking kidding me


finally skyrim is playable


finally skyrim is playable

Reading Words of Radiance again and I’m at the part where Shallan encounters Kaladin after reaching the warcamp and it’s just…amazing. Summary of their conversation:

Kal: Ur a liar

Shallan: Well u smell

Kal: Oh yeah? Well ur ugly

Shallan: *Yo momma joke*

Bridgemen: Buuuurn!

I cannot express how much I love these two dorks.

Also I think this is the first time Grumpydin’s actually lightened up since…ever. Well since the flashbacks in The Way of Kings, anyways. With good reason, of course, but it made me smile. More utterly childish slapfights will do him good. 

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