Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Boston.
Here are some resources we’ve gathered so far.
- Looking for a runner? Use this form.
- If you’re trying to call someone in Boston, phone lines are jammed. SMS, Twitter, and Facebook might work better. [Lifehacker]
- Live news updates on The Verge
- Reconnect with loved ones in Boston on Red Cross Safe and Well
- Donate blood at the Boston American Red Cross
A few tips (from experience):
1) Unless it is absolutely essential, don’t tie up phone signals; use landlines and email instead. Emergency response units need as much of the airwaves as they can get, and the more overloaded the system gets, the more likely it is to collapse completely as opposed to just being tied up.
2) CONTACT hospitals/Red Cross/etc. before offering your services/blood. It is entirely possible that they need less than you think, and any place taking an influx of injured people needs you out of their way. Do NOT just show up.
3) Stay off non-street public transit unless the city gives an all-clear. Underground means tight spaces, means potential for calamity with minimal effort.
4) Don’t need to be there? Leave. Unless you’ll be blocking traffic, in which case sit down and get a cup of coffee or something. There’s a big infrastructure for response, and they work best without interference.
Seriously good information here.
I never thought I was a bitch when I was in high school. Now I’m 24, I know better.
My first Wordpress blog post! Topics include Heathers, Jawbreaker, Blair Waldorf, The Craft, why teenage bitches are becoming increasingly difficult to find in pop culture, and learning to own the fact that I’m a bitch.
Not only do Syrians have to wait in absurdly long lines in the freezing snow to get some bread, but they have to face the fact that Assad’s airforce might bomb them while they wait …
Photo taken in Damascus, Syria.You can help, please donate to one of the following or contact your local representativesHand In hand For Syria - Registered non-political UK charity that has verified it’s aid is entering into Syria and helping those most in need.
Syrian Orphans - A collection of Non-Profit Org’s supporting orphans in Syria
Rise 4 Humanity - Dedicated to helping the children of Syria via donations and awareness campaignsHumanitarian Relief For Syria - Supports needy families and orphans as well as distributing aid in Syria
Syrian Sunrise Foundation - Promotes social and economic opportunity and growth in Syria through humanitarian relief efforts.
Syrian Assistance - Independent, Non-Profit Org of volunteers set up to raise money for the basic humanitarian needs in SyriaMedecins Sans Frontieres - The only reputable international org. with doctors and a purpose built medical facility on the ground in Northern Syria.
Syrian Expatriates Organization - Provides various medical, humanitarian and logistical aid across Syria to those that need it the most
Kahyr Charity Foundation - Saudi based charity that provides food, blankets, monetary support and more for families in Syria
The Maram Foundation - Supporting Syrian Refugees inside Syria, specifically the Atmeh Camp.
I know money is tight for all of you. But if you could share these links with friends and family or donate whatever you have, it means a ton.
This is actually a brilliant writing reference for those writers whose stories involve fighting with bladed weapons. It details killing blows, both through thrusting and through cutting. It basically operates on the premise of, “Hollywood is wrong, here’s how it really works.” A bit long to trudge through, but a lot of invaluable information for those of you who want to write fight scenes and wounds a bit more realistically than, “He stabbed his enemy in the heart, killing him with one smooth stroke!” It uses medical terminology to explain why some things work and why some things are truly fantasy-only.
A bit macabre, but a good way to pursue more realistic writing in a story that requires such details.
While this is a fantastic resource, my advice is also, if possible, invest in a Forensic Science textbook if you plan on writing bloody scenes and/or their aftermath. A textbook for high school classes will do, though college intro ones are better. Nothing published before 2005 is going to be much help for DNA and recent technologies, though the information on identifying bruises, cuts, and their origins and the like will remain the same.
If you can’t afford one, this website is a good one for super-interactive learning, though it’s geared a bit younger. The information, however, is sound.
To all the women who quietly made history.
This reminds me of this:
Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that.
I have been MIA for a bit lately. As most of you are aware, I moved to Uganda and am living in Kampala. Internet access is a bit iffy here, but for the most part, I’ve just been super busy. With what?
IN KAMPALA Magazine (on Tumblr)
IN KAMPALA Magazine (on the interwebs)
IN KAMPALA Magazine (on Facebook)
It is an online magazine written by Ugandans, with Ugandans and expats in mind. It is unique in that we are paying said Ugandans a livable wage. I’m assisting with editing and social outreach as well as some marketing. But I need your help. Without sponsorship and without buzz we’re hardly going to be able to sustain the magazine forever. Which means a load of fantastic local writers are going to have to find new work.
We will be doing a Kickstarter project soon to raise funds. But in the meantime, if you could spare a second and share the links, check out our page, and follow us it would mean the world to me.
Reblog! Like! Follow! Tell all your friends! I will promise to love you forever and ever!
Bisous a tous!
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- Here is a documentary about the ancient Arab trade-routes.
- Here is one titled “Weapons That Made Britain”.
- Here is one that is a re-enactment of life on a British farm in the 1700s.
- Here is one about Genghis Khan.
- Here is the series “Ancient Discoveries”; its one of my favorite shows!
- Here is one I actually watched recently on tv; its entitled “Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer”. Very interesting!
- Here is one about the Queen of Sheba.
- Here is one about Samuri.
- This one is a dramatization titled “Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire”.
- Here is a dramatization about the last days of Pompeii.
- Here is a series titled “What the Ancients Did For Us”. The Ancient Britons make an appearance!
- Here is one about the Ancient Minoans.
- Here is one about the Hittites; this is great, I’ve never really seen a decent one on them before! Or rather, not any completely about them..
- Here is one about the Mughals.
- This one is titled “Athens: The Truth about Democracy”.
- Here’s one about ancient Persia! Anything about ancient Persia is like me getting a thousand and one cookies :D /1001 Nights joke fail
- Here’s one about the Roman invasion of Britain; you all know who I’m rooting for. :P
- Here’s one about the Nubians!
- This one is about the history of Britain.
- Here’s one about the history of Scotland.
- Here’s one titled “Mummies and the Wonders of Ancient Egypt”.
- Here’s the series “Ancients Behaving Badly”.
- Here’s one titled “The Seven Ages of Britain”. It starts with the Roman conquest of Britain unfortunately, but hey, Post-Roman Briton was an interesting place, too. :P
- This one is about the history of the Jews.
- Here’s one about the Byzantine Empire!
- Here’s one about the Olmecs.
- Here’s one about Alexander the Great, my namesake (unfortunately..)
- Here’s one about the Visigoth sacking of Rome in the second century A.D.
- Here’s one about the history of India!
- This one is about the inaccurate portrayal of POC in ancient Greece. I’m really interested in this one!
- This one is a dramatization about Victorian life on a farm.
- This one is titled “Lost Gods of Easter Island”.
- This one is about an arabian scholar, Ibn Battutah, who traveled across the world.
- A documentary about the Templars.
- This one is titled “Ancient Inventions of Sex, War, and City Life”. You can guess what its about.
- This one is about ancient Iraq.
- This one is titled “In Search of Myths and Heroes”. Specifically it is looking for King Arthur, Shangri-La, Queen of Sheba, and Jason and the Argonauts.
- Another documentary about the Persian empire.
- Here is one about the Japanese Empire.
- Here is one about the ancient artwork of Tibet.
- This one is about the Pantheon.
- This is another one about ancient Egypt, most specifically the New Kingdom.
- Here is one which talks about several different ancient empires; notably Easter Island, Egypt, Rome, and China.
- Here is one about the Roman empire in the first century.
- Here is about the Kingdom of David.
- Here is one about the Medici.
- Here is one about warfare in ancient Briton; it re-enacts certain battles. Very interesting.
- This one is about Qin Shi Huang.
- This one is titled “When the Moors Ruled Europe”.
- This one is about Hannibal and the fall of Carthage.
- This one is about Spartacus.
- This one is about Vlad the Impaler.
- This one is about Neanderthals.
- This one is titled “Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece”.
- This one is titled “The Truth of Troy”.
- This one is titled “Cry of the Snow Lions”. Its a documentary that takes you through India, Tibet, and Nepal. A very rare glimpse, very interesting.
- Here is two pieces of the series “What the Ancients Did for Us”: India, and the Islamic World.
- Here is one about the temples of India.
- Here is one titled “Legacy: The Orgins of Civilization”.
- Here is another one about the ancient Egyptians, titled “Magical Egypt”.
- Here is one about the battle of Thermopylae.
- Here is one about the Mayans.
- Here is one about six of the 80 bodies from the Roman occupation of Britain that were found in York. I just watched this one the other day, and it was good; but I’m always a little bit disappointed when they don’t recreate their faces. :(
All right, so, a few things: One, massive possibly trigger warning. Talking about violence, murder, possibly rape, and just general uncomfortable situations. If you want to watch a documentary about a certain subject and the documentary triggers you, please don’t hesitate to let me know, and I’ll try to find you a better one. Two, if what you’re looking for isn’t here or you have a request for a certain subject, let me know and I shall do my best to find them for you. :)
Fucking yes. This is awesome.