[The Cadaver Synod, it’s a thing.]
[St. Foy ain’t playin’.]
[Roland: total badass.]
A hat tip to the estimable Peter Heather, who gets it.
James Corden, Dominic Cooper - The History Boys - National Theatre 50 Anniversary
HAPPY ST. CRISPIN’S DAY! Last year I posted Kenneth Branagh’s version. This year, you get Jamie Parker’s, because it is quiet and intense and spine-tinglingly beautiful.And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day until the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon St. Crispin’s Day.
If it be a sin to covet Jamie Parker’s version, then I am the most offending soul alive.
Saint Crispin’s Day Speech from Henry V
I’ve done some sunrise-time-calculating with this handy thing and some queue-scheduling and have timed this post very specifically: it coincides with the precise time (give or take a couple minutes, let’s allow for a margin of error) of the sunrise in the northern region of France on October 25, 1415. So as you read this, it’s 597 years ago exactly that the sun was rising over the fields of Agincourt.
annual reblog AAHHHHHH *598 years
In honor of Food Day, and of this being the Last Food Day during which Mayor Menino will be in office, we have pulled together some of our office’s accomplishments during the last several years. Mayor Menino, who created the office, has long been devoted to issues of food access and hunger. Here’s what we have done so far - what would you like to see next?
in 1978 sirius discovers that warren zevon has written a song that is the perfect revenge, and for three weeks all musical instruments or radios in their apartment blast werewolves of london and nothing else
he gets really into it. he brings beef chow mein home and makes hundreds of pina coladas. keeps commenting on how remus’s hair is perfect. remus sleeps on james and lily’s couch for a week
then that one time he says “little old lady got mutilated late last night”, and remus just looks at him and that’s the end of that particular phase.
I’m reminded of when I’ve been in England and people have been like “Where’s your accent from???” and I’m like “The United States” and they’re like “Where in the US???” and I’m like “Have you been to the US?” and they’re like “No” and so then I’m like “I really don’t know how exactly to explain that I am from New York and yet also impress upon you that I am not from anywhere near New York City. Give me that napkin and let me diagram this out….”
This is so agonizingly true. My usual response was “New York — the Canada part!”, which was sufficiently confusing to just shut that whole thing down. Or, the hand map.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first black woman to earn a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nuclear physics.
and my high school commencement speaker!
Composting is not just a job for Everett Hoffman: it’s his passion and his life’s work. In addition to his gig as the Greenovate Boston’s Residential Composting Coordinator and his work with two other private composting companies in the city, Everett keeps two bins at home, one for conventional and one for worm compost. He started composting in college, collecting food scraps from classmates to divert food waste from its otherwise inevitable destination - a landfill.
The City’s Residential Composting Pilot (better known by its Twitter name, #CompostBos) is the result of extensive interest at Urban Ag community meetings and of the Mayor’s initiative Greenovate Boston, which seeks to encourage Bostonians to live and work more sustainability. Greenovate Boston and the Office of Food Initiatives pulled together resources and called on three of Boston’s 28 farmers markets to act as drop-off sites. The program is simple: Bring your food scraps to Bowdoin-Geneva, Harvard-Allston, or Elgeston Square Farmers markets, and drop them off (for free). They’re then hauled to a local compost facility, Rocky Hill Farm. The City, with donated services from hauler Renewable Waste Solutions, has collected over a ton of scraps so far.
Everett has high hopes for the future of composting in Boston. With so many residents eager to create a healthier city by reducing the food that goes into our landfills, he sees an opportunity to improve the composting infrastructure, making it easier and more accessible to all neighborhoods. He hopes to create a local nutrient cycle that benefits Boston’s urban farms and its constituents.
Tomatoes are Everett’s favorite local vegetable, both because their in-season taste can’t be beat, and because they break down quickly in his compost pile.
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Colonel T.E. Lawrence, oil on canvas, by Augustus John OM, 1919.
Author Scott Anderson (Lawrence In Arabia) explains why T.E. Lawrence was “such a brilliant military strategist” :[B]efore he went into archaeology, his field of intense interest was medieval history and specifically medieval military history. And what’s fascinating is the way war was being waged at the beginning of the 20th century in Arabia … was very similar to the way war was in 14th century Europe. It was war on its most primal level where where you went, who you attacked and when was determined by where there was water, where there was forage for your animals, and even how you recruited armies. Because you didn’t have a national army, so recruiting a rebel force of Arab tribesmen in Arabia meant going to the different sheiks and often forging a rapprochement between two rival sheiks … that was very much the way armies were formed in medieval Europe, so I think Lawrence had an innate understanding of how to wage war in the Middle East that a regular military officer of the time who had studied Napoleonic wars or even trench warfare, it would’ve been utterly alien to them.
welp I guess that’s what this degree is good for
Check out this photo essay about the work scientists, including Laura Stevens class of ‘11, are doing in Greenland to study the effects of global warming.
wait, I have a lot more thoughts on the Dark Ages.
Even worse: “dark ages”.