Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Frankenstein

1816: The Year Without A Summer
* "Byron, in his alpine phase was inspired to write some of his darkest and most heroic poetry, and in deepest Switzerland during endless dark, frozen days and a state of national panic, a young woman named Mary Shelley began to write the story of a creature who could not understand the world around him: Frankenstein."

Mary Shelley

1816: The Year Without A Summer
* "Byron, in his alpine phase was inspired to write some of his darkest and most heroic poetry, and in deepest Switzerland during endless dark, frozen days and a state of national panic, a young woman named Mary Shelley began to write the story of a creature who could not understand the world around him: Frankenstein."

Romantic Period

1816: The Year Without A Summer
* "From tragedy, came some of the best-known art of the Romantic period."
* "The spectacular sunsets recorded by Turner at this time are not the work of his imagination: they are the work of the airborne ash."

Sumbawa Island (Indonesia)

1816: The Year Without A Summer
* "This is not the first summer London has experienced the effects of a distant volcano. In April 1816, Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia erupted in one of the largest volcanic events of the past ten thousand years."

Mount Tambora Volcano

1816: The Year Without A Summer
* "This is not the first summer London has experienced the effects of a distant volcano. In April 1816, Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia erupted in one of the largest volcanic events of the past ten thousand years."

Fanny Hill

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "In the late 1750s, the story of poor Catherine Vizzani, a women who lived in Rome, 'in the habit of a man' and was anatomized after her death to see if the cause of her lesbianism could be found. It couldn't obviously, but the translation sold well in London, translated by John Cleland, of Fanny Hill fame."

John Cleland

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "In the late 1750s, the story of poor Catherine Vizzani, a women who lived in Rome, 'in the habit of a man' and was anatomized after her death to see if the cause of her lesbianism could be found. It couldn't obviously, but the translation sold well in London, translated by John Cleland, of Fanny Hill fame."

Catherine Vizzani

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "In the late 1750s, the story of poor Catherine Vizzani, a women who lived in Rome, 'in the habit of a man' and was anatomized after her death to see if the cause of her lesbianism could be found. It couldn't obviously, but the translation sold well in London, translated by John Cleland, of Fanny Hill fame."

Abigail Masham

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "There are the likely and famous lesbians, such as Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough (they were both probably bisexual though, it wasn't as if either of them didn't have relationships with men either) and later on, Anne formed a very close relationship with her maid Abigail Masham, with their long and 'exclusive' friendship."

Duchess of Marlborough

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "There are the likely and famous lesbians, such as Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough (they were both probably bisexual though, it wasn't as if either of them didn't have relationships with men either) and later on, Anne formed a very close relationship with her maid Abigail Masham, with their long and 'exclusive' friendship."

Queen Anne

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "There are the likely and famous lesbians, such as Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough (they were both probably bisexual though, it wasn't as if either of them didn't have relationships with men either) and later on, Anne formed a very close relationship with her maid Abigail Masham, with their long and 'exclusive' friendship."

Aphra Behn

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "The frequency of strong, documented friendships between homosexual men and women of note may mean they simply married their gay male friends to get the job over and done with, as Aphra Behn (pictured) probably did (she was certainly a champion of the sexually emancipated woman, whatever her true orientation)."

Annie Bonny

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London
* "These women were usually living outside the confines of ordinary society, such as Annie Bonny the pirate and so cannot be used to indicate the lot of the ordinary homosexual woman in Georgian London."

Twickenham Set

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London

Strawberry Hill

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London

Horace Walpole

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London

Lesbian

The Kissing Girls of Spitalfields: Being a Lesbian in Georgian London

Redwall

Redwall (XKCD Comics)

Accident

Dangers (XKCD Comics)

Google

Dangers (XKCD Comics)

Dangers

Dangers (XKCD Comics)

Fandom

Fandom (XKCD Comics)

Correlation

Correlation (XKCD Comics)

Underdog

The Underdog Effect Why do we love a loser? (Slate)

Manly Men

Why Women Choose Manly Men (Freakonomics Blog)

Witchcraft

Witchcraft and Woman Healers Witchcraft and the Patriarchal System
* The majority of the victims were women who practiced or were thought to have practiced medicine.

Gran Sasso Mountain

Dark matter stays dark - May 04, 2010 (Nature Blog)
* Very first results from XENON 100, a powerful dark matter detector at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory underneath the Gran Sasso mountain near Rome.

Gran Sasso National Laboratory

Dark matter stays dark - May 04, 2010 (Nature Blog)
* Very first results from XENON 100, a powerful dark matter detector at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory underneath the Gran Sasso mountain near Rome.

XENON 100

Dark matter stays dark - May 04, 2010 (Nature Blog)
* Very first results from XENON 100, a powerful dark matter detector at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory underneath the Gran Sasso mountain near Rome.

Dark Matter

Dark matter stays dark - May 04, 2010 (Nature Blog)
* Very first results from XENON 100, a powerful dark matter detector at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory underneath the Gran Sasso mountain near Rome.