If you don’t like the European identity and the “cis-centric” ways of Asatruar, good. This means the religion truly isn’t yours to mess with.

Please, tell me more about the “‘cis-centric’ ways of Asatruar”


For those wondering what is going on in that picture, Thor got his hammer stolen and the ransom demanded was Freyja.  Thor deliberately dressed up in her place as the bride (wasn’t it Loki’s idea?  And oh my god LOKI, FUCKING LOKI), wearing her keys and her necklace (see the thing of stars?) and one bitching veil to conceal the beard.  Then he went off to the bridal feast held by the jouten with Loki as a bridesmaid and giving excuses for why Freyja was acting so weird.

Long story short, they managed to bullshit for long enough for them to get the jouten to set the hammer in front of ‘Freyja’ as proof they had it.  Then Thor grabbed it and went to town on the bridal feast.

I think the idea was originally Loki’s and then Freyja was like “HELL YES,” because she outright refused to go even as a trick. my favorite picture of this myth shows the part where Thor gets the hammer back and is smashing the shit out of everything— in the background, Loki is sitting on someone’s lap seductively, totally not paying attention. 

there’s also another story where Loki spends time as a milkmaid, and I’m fairly certain that there’s discussion of Odin participating in a type of witchcraft that’s usually specific to women. there are probably more examples that I’m not remembering right now, but generally, gender and sex is really interesting in the myths, and imo even more interesting when it’s part of a modern-day practice.

side note, is that Loki in the background of this picture peeking out from the curtain and snickering?

I’m pretty sure it is! I was going to say that, but I wasn’t sure and I got derailed by the thought that in the versions of Loki I’ve seen outside comics, he was always tied to flame, that was his one consistency.

But yeah, Odin using magic specific to women, I’m pretty sure he gets mentioned doing that too.

From the Lokasenna, which I’m pretty sure translates to English as “Loki Displays His Superior Powers of Bitchcraft”:

Odin spake:
23. “Though I gave to him who deserved not the gift,
To the baser, the battle’s prize;
Winters eight wast thou under the earth,
Milking the cows as a maid,
(Ay, and babes didst thou bear;
Unmanly thy soul must seem.)”

Loki spake:
24. “They say that with spells in Samsey once
Like witches with charms didst thou work;
And in witch’s guise among men didst thou go;
Unmanly thy soul must seem.”

(This poem is kind of the Season 5 Finale of Buffy of Norse Myths, in that it’s not the end of the story, but there’s this massive climax that references a whoooole bunch of stuff that’s gone before, and it might not make a ton of sense if you don’t know all the context but is nonetheless fucking awesome.)

ETA: Regarding Loki’s association with flame, not always. He was a frost giant, after all. There’s this other giant called Logi, who was the anthropomorphic personification of fire, and he and Loki had an eating contest one time, which was staged by a third giant called Utgard-Loki. Sometimes these three are actually the same person. Because gods, I don’t know.



In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel’s farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.


Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.

The treatment used olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) - specialist cells that form part of the sense of smell.

OECs act as pathway cells that enable nerve fibres in the olfactory system to be continually renewed.

In the first of two operations, surgeons removed one of the patient’s olfactory bulbs and grew the cells in culture.

Two weeks later they transplanted the OECs into the spinal cord, which had been cut through in the knife attack apart from a thin strip of scar tissue on the right. They had just a drop of material to work with - about 500,000 cells.

About 100 micro-injections of OECs were made above and below the injury.

Four thin strips of nerve tissue were taken from the patient’s ankle and placed across an 8mm (0.3in) gap on the left side of the cord.

The scientists believe the OECs provided a pathway to enable fibres above and below the injury to reconnect, using the nerve grafts to bridge the gap in the cord.

None of those involved in the research want to profit from it.

Prof Geoff Raisman said: “It would be my proudest boast if I could say that no patient had had to pay one penny for any of the information we have found.”




"You noticed that too, huh?" Shepard asked.

Jacob nodded. “Nightclub full of pirates, smugglers, and the general lawless of the Terminus? It doesn’t matter how classy the place is, those kinds of people don’t react well to being asked to disarm themselves. Especially not where they’ll be surrounded by their equally grumpy peers, and Aria’s well-armed…” - he waved his hand as he tried to think of an appropriate word - “…associates.”

"You have to realize that she’s sitting on her own small armory there," said Miranda. "And the window has a quick-release for armored shutters."

"There’s job security, and then there’s Aria," Jacob agreed. "Young or not, that girl has a quad."

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What’s better than having a grizzly, tough as nails bounty hunter in your story?

Having an Official Australian Language Professional to check over his dialogue.


Turbulent Black Holes Grow Fractal Skins As They Feed

Feeding black holes develop a fractal skin as they grow. That’s the conclusion of simulations that take advantage of a correlation between fluid dynamics and gravity.

"We showed that when you throw stuff into a black hole, the surface of the black hole responds like a fluid – and in particular, it can become turbulent," says Allan Adams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "More precisely, the horizon itself becomes a fractal."

Fractals are mathematical sets that show self-similar patterns: zoom in on one part of a fractal drawing, like the famous Mandelbrot set, and the smaller portion will look nearly the same as the original image. Objects with fractal geometries show up all over nature, from clouds to the coast of England.

Adams and his colleagues have now found evidence that fractal behaviour occurs in an unexpected place: on the surface of a feeding black hole. Black holes grow by devouring matter that falls into them; the black hole at the centre of our galaxy is due to feast on a gas cloud later this year. But the details of how feeding black holes grow, and how this might affect their host galaxies, are still unknown.

Episode 1, Eric, Terry Pratchett - BBC Radio 4


Why have I never considered Mark Heap in a Discworld fancast before? He is practically made for Discworld.

Though I think normally I’d see him as maybe Ponder or The Bursar.

If you want to know what Aziraphale is going to sound like in Good Omens, here’s your preview.

(It’s also a really great adaption in itself, as the Radio 4 Discworld plays tend to be. Track down the Night Watch and Small Gods ones if you can.)







If you don’t like Elizabeth Swann you’re wrong.

Keira Knightley was 17 there


Yup Keira was 16/17 for the filming of the first Pirates movie and here I am at 20, and all I’ve done today is study chemistry, eat cookies and cry a lot.

i stopped loving her when shE BURNT THE FREAKING RUM

I didn’t realize Captain Jack Sparrow had a tumblr

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