If The Stars Should Appear One Night


Altar of St. Magdalene — The Weekday Panels (Lucas Cranach the Elder)

From Left to Right: 

  1. "St Valentine, patron saint of the suffering ill, cures a man from ‘falling sickness’, which is today known as Epilepsy.”
  2. "Legend holds that St Marta tamed a dragon by sprinkling holy water on him. The animal crouches submissively by her feet.”
  3. St John Chrysostomus is one of the four Great Eastern Doctors of the Church. His sermons converted many people, which earned him the name ‘The Golden Mouthed’”
  4. The Fourth Panel is lost; the saint depicted is unknown. 

Source: Museen der Stadt Aschaffenburg

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"But now I discovered the wonderful power of wine. I understood why men become drunkards. For the way it worked on me was not at all that it blotted out these sorrows, but that it made them seem glorious and noble, like sad music, and I somehow great and revered for feeling them."

- C. S. Lewis
Till We Have Faces

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For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.

The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.

This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.

The more you know.

Cool as hell

would have been neat if they had sung too, though! I mean there are lyrics preserved so it would have been fairly easy to make it sound even closer to the original, wouldn’t it? this is interesting but a very bare bones version. 

it sounds a lot like ‘suvivirsi’, a song finns sing every single year when the schools end. the funny thing is that the origin of suvivirsi is not known, we only know that it came to finland from sweden, but apparently christians just hogged it for themselves in 1600s and made religious lyrics to go with it. not the first time theyve christianized our stuff.

this was a fun thing to notice. never knew it was an old viking song


fascinating! According to wikipdia, the original means either mean something like I dreamt a dream last night of silk and fine fur/I dreamt a dream last night of silk and expensive cloth or I dreamt a dream last night of justice and fair play/I dreamt a dream last night of equality and honest measure. I don’t know what the christian Finnish text is, but if the justice interpretation is correct, it would sort of make sense to christianise it wouldn’t it? They do like their justice themes. What does the new text mean?

(Source: culturenordic.com, via mirroir)

A linguist walks into a bar




Two scientists walk into a bar:

"I’ll have an H2O."

"I’ll have an H2O, too."

The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position as well as pragmatic context.

Q. Two linguists walk into a bar. Which was the specialist in contextually-indicated deixis and anaphoric reference resolution strategies?

A. The other one.

A linguistics professor walks into a bar and asks for a martini.

"Don’t you mean a martinus?" asks the bartender, who has heard this joke before.

"No," says the linguist. "When a word is borrowed into another language it takes on the inflectional patterns of the target language, rather than the source language."

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One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

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