Brandon Bollig and Chris Neil exchange punches and then head pats.
I feel like we need that Lilo and Stitch gif about being sorry about the biting here.
I mean, there’s also the chance that they’re both being shits, but I’m feeling charitable right now, so let’s say that they were friendly pats of “Hail fellow, well done.”
The “Good Fight!” head pats!
you always feared god-born achilles
the most of all your fellows.
his divinity wove him taller,
better, quicker, stronger.
well here’s a secret for you:
my father was a swan,
and the monthly blood on my thighs
is two-parts ichor.
you think achilles was of impressive descent?
touch me one more time.
maybe it’s time we found out
what the daughter of the mightiest god
look to your kingdoms.
i am coming for them all.
So the Denisovans (a sub species of Homo Sapiens, whose skull image is shown above), genome was analyzed.
The new Denisovan genome indicates this population interbred with an extinct population that lived in Asia more than 30,000 years ago, which is neither human nor Neanderthal.
They have yet to identify what this unknown species maybe.
This year it’s all coming out.
I’m not saying cylons BUT CYLONS
Paging Mr. Adams, Mr. Douglas Adams, we’ve found where Golgafrincham Ark B came down…
(seriously, though, this doesn’t surprise me at all; humans are the dolphins of the land- if it looks sort of like us and it acts sort of like us and we’re not in the mood to beat it up over it eating the same thing as us, you can start the countdown to getting jiggy with it pretty reliably)
We’re up in the Pleistocene,
We’re up acquiring some genes,
We’re up—you know what that means.
We’re up all night to get lucky.
A video made for the Museum of Cluny, and its “The Sword: Uses, Myths and Symbols” exhibit. It tries to dispel some of the beliefs that are still prevalent today about the weight and mobility of fighters in plate armor and show some of the techniques used in combat against armored opponents
I’m always pleased to see videos like this. It’s as if people won’t believe unless they’re shown (and there are always some who go “ah, yes, well, in aluminium stage armour it’s easy.”)
Well, the Museum Cluny video, like the Royal Armoury demo team, uses real steel armour: those two pictures at the start show the originals; the video uses reproductions because no curator will let someone take two exhibits from his museum and roll them around on flagstones. Mike Loades in the UK has been doing similar armour demonstrations for years, as has Tobias Capwell of the Wallace Collection. Eventually the old “clunky, immobile, in with a wrench, out with a can-opener” image of plate armour will go away – but I won’t hold my breath. (That shade of purple isn’t a good complexion anyway…)
Even the faster demonstrations of these combat techniques are still dialled back to about half speed. Try to visualise how much quicker and more brutal this would be if the two fighters meant business, when the first rule was Do It To Him As Quickly As Possible Before He Does It To You.
Writer and swordsman Guy Windsor writes about doing motion-capture work for a computer game; his completely authentic techniques couldn’t be used because they were so small, fast and economical. The game needed big swashing movements because the real thing looked unrealistic, too insignificant to be effective…
You won’t see a “killing fight” (full speed, full power, full intent) recreated very often, either on documentaries or in museum exhibitions, because it’s very, very dangerous for (when you think about it) obvious reasons. These techniques from 600-year-old fight manuals were how men in armour maimed and killed other men in armour - and since they’re the original material, not a re-interpretation after 600 years of being diluted down to sport-safe levels, the techniques will still maim and kill men in armour. Even a blunt “safe” sword is pointed enough (first demo on the video, 1:54-59) to go into a helmet’s eye-slot and through the skull inside…
But if you’re lucky enough to see a full-speed demo between fighters in real armour using wasters (wooden practice swords), be prepared to pick your jaw up from the floor. It is awesome. And also as scary as hell.
Comments on comments:
"Pretty much proof positive that the people who claim that skimpy female fantasy armor is for increased maneuverability don’t know what they’re talking about."
They know exactly what they’re talking about. They want to see T&A on fantasy game and book covers, and since they don’t have the balls to be honest about it, this is their excuse.
“It amazes me that the old saws about Western armour and techniques are still going about, because surely two minutes’ thought would let you know that of course knights had to be able to get up off the ground… Europeans were wearing armour for centuries, why wouldn’t they develop techniques of fighting in it?”
It’s easier to laugh (do the same people laugh about samurai?) and repeat what “everyone knows about armour" than it is to waste that two minutes thought. Thinking might reveal something to mess with set opinions, and that would be annoying…
“Biggest pet peeve: People commenting on the weight and shape of armour restricting mobility…”
As before - “everybody knows" that European armour is massive and clunky because that’s what "everybody knows.” God forbid they should ever apply the “if it was so useless then why was it used" logic to anything. Because then they might realise that what "everybody knows" is wrong.
I’m going off to (not) hold my breath for a while… :-P
I saw this video in the fascinating special exhibit at Cluny last time we were in Paris. So pleased to be able to have it on tap, because it was most excellent.
A Japanese warplane Second World War lies wrecked in shallow water off Guam in a photograph which won Tony Cherbas second in the Topside category. (via)
Boston v Toronto, 16 March 2014
Blades win 4-3 in OT
We got kind of obsessed with the players going over the boards and I have several videos of me starting to film Hilary going over and then a coach moving to exactly block my view and then you hear us all crack up. Ruthlessly efficient in their cockblocking. Camerablocking. Whatever.
Little monks having a snowfight in Shaolin Monastery Henan, China
Bland tysta kullar och dystra slätter - XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX
© Heathen Harnow - please do not remove credit
1,200 Whimsical Stone Statues at Buddhist Temple in Kyoto
As kids, we grew up with our imagination running wild though our minds. As least I did! I would spend hours bent over a book, flipping recklessly through pages for words and images to feed my daydreams. Kgabale illustrated work offers up little brown girl dreams that I would have loved to come across as a child. But even as an adult, I can still appreciate and admire the creativity behind each piece.
OMG THIS IS AWESOME!
I would frame these and place them on my wall, love them that much.
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