30 9 / 2014

sonictoaster:

Hey tumblr buddies! I’m headed off on a long trip that will take me all the way to the other side of the globe. I’m going to try and chronicle my adventures on a tumblr sideblog, boldlygoingforth. Feel free to follow if you want to see pictures of my face next to exotic landmarks and to hear stories of my misadventures.  

Reposting the link in case anyone missed it. It may take me a while to get pictures up because I discovered this morning that I’d forgotten my SD card reader at home. (I’m super pissed about this. I’ll try to buy another one when I get to Reykjavik, but it’ll be twice as expensive there. And so: super pissed).

29 9 / 2014

28 9 / 2014

Hey tumblr buddies! I’m headed off on a long trip that will take me all the way to the other side of the globe. I’m going to try and chronicle my adventures on a tumblr sideblog, boldlygoingforth. Feel free to follow if you want to see pictures of my face next to exotic landmarks and to hear stories of my misadventures.  

28 9 / 2014

28 9 / 2014

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28 9 / 2014

ottoman-empire:

AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER’S TOOLS, 19TH CENTURYBir Osmanlı Hattat Gereçleri, 19. yy

ottoman-empire:

AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHER’S TOOLS, 19TH CENTURY
Bir Osmanlı Hattat Gereçleri, 19. yy

(via junomarlowe)

28 9 / 2014

27 9 / 2014

27 9 / 2014

truth always sounds like lies to a sinner

(Source: glossywhit, via zombres)

27 9 / 2014

"One prefers, of course, on all occasions to be stainless and above reproach, but, failing that, the next best thing is unquestionably to have got rid of the body."

P.G. Wodehouse (via elucipher)

(Source: quoteallthethings, via smokeandsong)

27 9 / 2014

radhistory:

The 1889 London Underground Tube map
Originally, the development of the London Underground was taken by many different companies, so for a long time there was no specific map showing all routes. You’ll notice these are different from the modern map as they are not schematic and the stations are just overlaid on a normal map of the terrain. Therefore, these older maps would have been made by normal traditional cartographers.

The 1908 Tube Map
This was the first time a combined map was published, thanks to the separate companies forming a conglomerate called the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (later absorbed into the TFL we know and love). You’ll notice this still has the traditional map outlines of the overland terrain.

The 1926 Tube Map
This map was designed by a man called Mcdonald McGill and was the first map to have a blank background instead of being overlaid on top of the overland terrain. Good going, Mcdonald; if you’re underneath it anyway who gives a shit where the Thames is.

Harry Beck’s 1933 Tube Map
This is where it really kicks off. This may no doubt be familiar to anyone who has travelled around London because it’s the traditional schematic diagram you’re used to looking at to get around. All this means is that geographical location and distance is sacrificed in order to make the locations, transfers and overall context easier. You try using the 1926 to get around instead of this; you might as well try and divinate with tramp puke.

1960’s Tube Map
Swinging London’s developments

Real life Map of the Underground stations.
See? Looks like you’d be trying to navigate with shoelaces.
Source source source

radhistory:

The 1889 London Underground Tube map

Originally, the development of the London Underground was taken by many different companies, so for a long time there was no specific map showing all routes. You’ll notice these are different from the modern map as they are not schematic and the stations are just overlaid on a normal map of the terrain. Therefore, these older maps would have been made by normal traditional cartographers.

1908

The 1908 Tube Map

This was the first time a combined map was published, thanks to the separate companies forming a conglomerate called the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (later absorbed into the TFL we know and love). You’ll notice this still has the traditional map outlines of the overland terrain.

1926

The 1926 Tube Map

This map was designed by a man called Mcdonald McGill and was the first map to have a blank background instead of being overlaid on top of the overland terrain. Good going, Mcdonald; if you’re underneath it anyway who gives a shit where the Thames is.

1933

Harry Beck’s 1933 Tube Map

This is where it really kicks off. This may no doubt be familiar to anyone who has travelled around London because it’s the traditional schematic diagram you’re used to looking at to get around. All this means is that geographical location and distance is sacrificed in order to make the locations, transfers and overall context easier. You try using the 1926 to get around instead of this; you might as well try and divinate with tramp puke.

1960

1960’s Tube Map

Swinging London’s developments

real life

Real life Map of the Underground stations.

See? Looks like you’d be trying to navigate with shoelaces.

Source source source

(via fuckyeahcartography)

26 9 / 2014

blackhistoryalbum:

Eartha Kitt  [ Classic Black Actress Appreciation NIght ]Via Black History Album on Pinterest

blackhistoryalbum:

Eartha Kitt  [ Classic Black Actress Appreciation NIght ]

Via Black History Album on Pinterest

26 9 / 2014

"On the plane, I like to read fiction set in the location I’m going to. Fiction is in many ways more useful than a guidebook, because it gives you those little details, a sense of the way a place smells, an emotional sense of the place."

Anthony Bourdain on how to travel (via austinkleon)

(via smokeandsong)

25 9 / 2014

carrionlaughing:

bbcamerica:

In the secret world of espionage, the players are set and the fight to save Britain begins.

The Game, a suspenseful six-part, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who), premieres Wednesday, November 5 at 10:00pm ET as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville.

A complex invisible war is being fought by skilled spies trained in the high stakes world of covert espionage. In 1972 London, tensions are at a terrifying peak as the world’s super powers plot against their enemies. The threat: a dangerous and deadly Soviet plot, designed to bring Britain to its knees, dubbed Operation Glass. This is where The Game begins – a stylish, character-driven spy drama that explores the lives and lies of the invisible soldiers fighting a secret war. When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox, The Bourne Supremacy, An Adventure in Space and Time), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission: stop the plot, save Britain and in turn, the world.

Read the full press release here.

I wrote a couple of episodes of this show and now there’s finally a trailer! Unfortunately, it barely shows our two leading female characters. This makes me sad. They don’t feature in the publicity stills either; the only woman pictured in a solo photo above is a supporting character. Let’s hope the BBC (UK) trailer features more of the magnificent Victoria Hamilton and Chloe Pirrie, along with recurring guest actress Rachael Stirling. Trust me: the show is not the sausage-fest this trailer makes it out to be.

It seems likely that The Game will air in the US before it does so in its home country. A reminder to all those outside the US that BBC America usually screens edited versions of  BBC shows, sometimes with 10+ mins cut out for commercials. If you’re a Toby Whithouse fan, I know it will be tempting to find a download of the US screening but be patient if you can and wait for the original uncut episodes on the BBC. We’ve been assured it’s not far away!

25 9 / 2014