InspirationARMOUR

The word “armour” was introduced into use in the Middle Ages as a borrowing from the French. It is dated from 1297, as a “mail, defensive covering worn in combat” from Old French armoire, itself derived from the Latin armatura “arms and/or equipment” with the root arma “arms or gear”.

(Source: ledgerndary, via princemaedhros)

w4rgoddess:

amortentiafashion:

kitslam:

Sacred Geometry

Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

w4rgoddess:

amortentiafashion:

kitslam:

Sacred Geometry

Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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hadlais:

blatherversity:


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Sea Slicks
Whenever there is an oil spill in the world’s oceans, a sea slick is “born”. Countless animals lose their lives to the thick, clinging clutches of oil, dying miserable, wretchedly drawn-out deaths. Sea slicks are born of the lost souls of those animals and the sludge that bound and choked the life from them. As such, sea slicks are always referred to as “they” and “them” rather than “it”, and it’s said that if you chance upon a sea slick near the surface, their soft, melancholy vocalisations carry the haunting remnants of sea birds and the whispers of shoals of fish.
Despite their fearsome appearances, they are very much docile creatures, preferring to near-constantly swim through the depths and the quiet of the sea they were robbed from. Sea slicks are amortal, being unable to die, as they were never truly what we would call “alive” to begin with. Over time, however, sea slicks do disintegrate, usually over the span of several years, losing pieces of semi-sentient oil to the surface waters.
Ambitious wixes track sea slicks to gather these pieces, as they make especially valuable, durable invisibility cloaks capable of protecting wearers from even the deadliest of spells.

I love this! Modern, industrial fantasy creatures. Wow, so cool!

hadlais:

blatherversity:

[x]

Sea Slicks

Whenever there is an oil spill in the world’s oceans, a sea slick is “born”. Countless animals lose their lives to the thick, clinging clutches of oil, dying miserable, wretchedly drawn-out deaths. Sea slicks are born of the lost souls of those animals and the sludge that bound and choked the life from them. As such, sea slicks are always referred to as “they” and “them” rather than “it”, and it’s said that if you chance upon a sea slick near the surface, their soft, melancholy vocalisations carry the haunting remnants of sea birds and the whispers of shoals of fish.

Despite their fearsome appearances, they are very much docile creatures, preferring to near-constantly swim through the depths and the quiet of the sea they were robbed from. Sea slicks are amortal, being unable to die, as they were never truly what we would call “alive” to begin with. Over time, however, sea slicks do disintegrate, usually over the span of several years, losing pieces of semi-sentient oil to the surface waters.

Ambitious wixes track sea slicks to gather these pieces, as they make especially valuable, durable invisibility cloaks capable of protecting wearers from even the deadliest of spells.

I love this! Modern, industrial fantasy creatures. Wow, so cool!

(via nudityandnerdery)

awkwardsituationist:

photos by mohammad reza domiri ganji in iran of: (1) the dome of the seyyed mosque in isfahan; (2,8) the nasīr al mulk mosque, or pink mosque, in shiraz; (3,4) the vakil mosque in shiraz; (5) the ceiling of the fifth floor of ali qapu in isfahan; (6,10) the vakil bathhouse in shiraz; (7) the imam mosque in isfahan; (9) the jame mosque of yazd

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robyamor:

One of Middle Earth’s coolest cats. Eomer of Rohan, Lord Marshal of the the Riddermark.

robyamor:

One of Middle Earth’s coolest cats. Eomer of Rohan, Lord Marshal of the the Riddermark.

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uispeccoll:

Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition: 

The Deep by Kevin Steele.


Colophon:  

"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration… [It] is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”

Visit the artist’s website, for many more beautiful views of this work and additional description!

If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will probably offer a bit of assistance.  I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around. 

See it in the catalog:
http://infohawk.uiowa.edu/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=UIOWA&request=007449255

rhazade-waterbender:

il-tenore-regina:

rhazade-waterbender:

il-tenore-regina:

I WANT THIS NOW. 

I noticed you tagged this “cellos,” but it seems to have a chin rest?
ETA:  Someone in the notes is saying it’s actually a viola.

OMG I feel so silly. I have no idea why I tagged it as cello. I didn’t even see the chin rest. I think it’s because I have a cello and I dunno why I thought this was some sort of smaller, superimposed cello when it’s…not. Lol. 
*smacks hand* Bad musician. Bad. 

If it’s any consolation, my automatic thought was “violin.”
…oh, hell, now I want to start playing again, and it’s been years and it needs new strings.

rhazade-waterbender:

il-tenore-regina:

rhazade-waterbender:

il-tenore-regina:

I WANT THIS NOW. 

I noticed you tagged this “cellos,” but it seems to have a chin rest?

ETA:  Someone in the notes is saying it’s actually a viola.

OMG I feel so silly. I have no idea why I tagged it as cello. I didn’t even see the chin rest. I think it’s because I have a cello and I dunno why I thought this was some sort of smaller, superimposed cello when it’s…not. Lol. 

*smacks hand* Bad musician. Bad. 

If it’s any consolation, my automatic thought was “violin.”

…oh, hell, now I want to start playing again, and it’s been years and it needs new strings.

(Source: scphilharmonic, via nudityandnerdery)