Random Acts of Geekness

Miscellaneous outbursts from a very eclectic mind with a twisted sense of humour.

wahnwitzig:



These would be perfect for *ahem* Gunpowder Tea. 

wahnwitzig:

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These would be perfect for *ahem* Gunpowder Tea. 

(Source: fromla2newyork)

potofsoup:

katherinewirick:

NEWS FLASH: Urban Outfitters has done something horrible and offensive.
UO does horrible, offensive things all the time; take a look if you don’t believe me. This time, though, it’s personal.
That kid up there, Bill Schroeder, was killed at Kent State. He was a friend of my father’s. They were in ROTC together. If it hadn’t been for a single meaningless choice, a roll of the dice, it could’ve been my dad instead of him.
I will give a free digital comic to ANYONE who publicly pledges to boycott UO and its subsidiary brands, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, and Terrain.
They’re not selling the shirt anymore, and they’ve apologized (unconvincingly). The next group of people they dehumanize might not happen to include me. But it’s a sure bet they’re going to keep on being a moral cesspool. The best thing you and I can do, as far as I can figure it, is not shop there, and tell other people not to shop there. 
Here’s some info about the comic you’ll get. You can pledge here by reblogging, you can tweet @kwirick, or you can pledge on Facebook. I’ll send you the discount code.
Urban Outfitters made Bill Schroeder a joke. I want to introduce you to him as a person.

Sorry about the non-fandom post, but (a) ugh Urban Outfitters, and (b) kwirick is a super sweet and awesome person.

I am appalled (yet again) by the actions of UO. This is a behavior pattern I can’t condone: make offensive item, raise uproar, feign ignorance, pull item from shelves, make half-assed apology.  This is at least the third time in the last few years that they have done this, and it is UNACCEPTABLE!
I am old enough to remember Kent State. May 4, 1970. I was almost 5, just old enough to be horrified that people like those I knew at my preschool (taught by college students) could be killed like that.  
Reblogging for Bill Schroeder, Jeff Miller, Allison Krause, and Sandy Scheuer. Reblogging for the nine wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed from the chest down after being shot in the back.
Reblogging for the current generation of student protestors who are trying to change the world, still.

potofsoup:

katherinewirick:

NEWS FLASH: Urban Outfitters has done something horrible and offensive.

UO does horrible, offensive things all the time; take a look if you don’t believe me. This time, though, it’s personal.

That kid up there, Bill Schroeder, was killed at Kent State. He was a friend of my father’s. They were in ROTC together. If it hadn’t been for a single meaningless choice, a roll of the dice, it could’ve been my dad instead of him.

I will give a free digital comic to ANYONE who publicly pledges to boycott UO and its subsidiary brands, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, and Terrain.

They’re not selling the shirt anymore, and they’ve apologized (unconvincingly). The next group of people they dehumanize might not happen to include me. But it’s a sure bet they’re going to keep on being a moral cesspool. The best thing you and I can do, as far as I can figure it, is not shop there, and tell other people not to shop there. 

Here’s some info about the comic you’ll get. You can pledge here by reblogging, you can tweet @kwirick, or you can pledge on Facebook. I’ll send you the discount code.

Urban Outfitters made Bill Schroeder a joke. I want to introduce you to him as a person.

Sorry about the non-fandom post, but (a) ugh Urban Outfitters, and (b) kwirick is a super sweet and awesome person.

I am appalled (yet again) by the actions of UO. This is a behavior pattern I can’t condone: make offensive item, raise uproar, feign ignorance, pull item from shelves, make half-assed apology.  This is at least the third time in the last few years that they have done this, and it is UNACCEPTABLE!

I am old enough to remember Kent State. May 4, 1970. I was almost 5, just old enough to be horrified that people like those I knew at my preschool (taught by college students) could be killed like that.  

Reblogging for Bill Schroeder, Jeff Miller, Allison Krause, and Sandy Scheuer. Reblogging for the nine wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed from the chest down after being shot in the back.

Reblogging for the current generation of student protestors who are trying to change the world, still.

eamo2747 said: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

geekygothgirl:

aliceinpunderland:

heckascootie:

tj:

runonsentencesaboutemotions:

cubbyzissou:

thepianogirl1:

unimaginableunimaginable:

deadcatwithaflamethrower:

whitepeoplestealingculture:

By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

Beethoven2

(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

  BeethovenCweb

Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

(read more here)

They whitewashed BEETHOVEN?  O_O

Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.

I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.

beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?

jk because erasure

I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
My life has been a lie.

OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT.

I HAVE A BACHELOR DEGREE IN MUSIC, MY MAJOR WAS “MUSIC HISTORY, THEORY, AND LITERATURE”

I TOOK MULTIPLE CLASSES SPECIFICALLY IN BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS AND MY SCHOOL HAD AN INTERNATIONAL BEETHOVEN SYMPOSIUM WHERE THERE WERE PAPERS ON THINGS LIKE THE KIND OF FUCKING PAAAAAAPER HE DID HIS MANUSCRIPTS ON, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, TO SEE WHERE AND WHEN HE WROTE SPECIFIC SNIPPETS OF MUSIC.

NEVER IN MY EDUCATION OR READINGS DID I EITHER

A) NOTICE THIS

B) WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD THIS.

I think there’s a combination of systemic racism in this, and my own internalized racism. I have, in fact, read Maynard Solomon’s biography and didn’t pick up on this. I have read the Czerny sources as well. My Beethoven teacher (Bill Kinderman) is one of the top Beethoven scholars in the world, and I don’t remember hearing any of this from him.

I even did a semester of graduate work in musicology, specifically focusing on the Beethoven string quartets (I really fucking love those things) and we never spoke about this.

I cannot say I am in any way surprised at this. I am embarrassed, angry, and upset that this was erased from my DECADES of music education.

Which doesn’t surprise me at all, because classical music is very specifically in our culture for white people, especially men, especially upper class white men.

Oof, this one is going to take a while to fully fucking digest, I am in angry tears.

Holy shit. One of the greatest musical minds of all time and he got whitewashed.

The truth needs to be spread.

Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”

This isn’t the first time that I’ve read on tumblr that Beethoven was black, but I feel compelled to reblog it now because casually scrolling past evidence of erasure and noting it is not enough. I’d love to see a documentary about this.

White people’s inability to deal with black genius is astounding.

Boosting this because I had no idea about any of this and it’s ridiculous. And yet I expect that all the people who cry about “historical accuracy” whenever there is a POC doing something other than being a slave or servant in things set in Europe and America before 1960s would doubtless be very quiet should they make a Beethoven movie and cast a white actor to play him. 

Mind. Blown. And I have a B.A. in Music, too. Must do more research. This also will make it difficult to watch ‘Immortal Beloved’ the same way.  

I wonder what Schroeder would make of this…

SLORES!!

angelica-aswald:

nerdynauticalgirl:

shakespearelove:

hiddlesmaug:

Reblog if you’re a slore, because I only know like 5 of you and I really want to tag all of you in a lot of things but I have no idea who you are. Please & thank you! ☺️

Jesus, there’s a small army of us.

Loki wasn’t lying when he said he had an army

300+? damnnnn

Aww, yiss!

http://awkward-fallen-angel.tumblr.com/post/97114918560/unwilling-avenger-of-pie-horseless-rider

unwilling-avenger-of-pie:

horseless-rider:

lavdear:

theuppitynegras:

crockercorp:

does anyone else have this other self they’ve created in their mind that is not really exactly you irl but is more like what you want to be and has a life that continues in your head with…

Wait, this is a thing? I mean, I’m still me, I think…but I do daydream a lot. I tell myself stories to make up for not being able to dream while asleep, but I’ve always had sleep problems. 

Time to do some research!

(Source: tardismemes)

larouau12:

mypreciousmind1:

haveahiddles:

*hard swallow* Dear lord in heaven…

My king…

I think the time has come for a reblog of this one…

I like my men to be like my books - well read, and leather bound.  NOM.

(Source: stefonly, via allthatandasideoftom)

nicbeast:

alterbitch:

geekscoutcookies:

luvyourselfsomeesteem:

tidiness:

after reblogging this i opened up a card my great aunt gave me it has money in it

It could be a complete coincidence but I reblogged this yesterday and toda I fouund $40 at the fruit maket

Eh,why not

Lol

I’ll play.

My left hand has been itching all night, too, so why not?

nicbeast:

alterbitch:

geekscoutcookies:

luvyourselfsomeesteem:

tidiness:

after reblogging this i opened up a card my great aunt gave me it has money in it

It could be a complete coincidence but I reblogged this yesterday and toda I fouund $40 at the fruit maket

Eh,why not

Lol

I’ll play.

My left hand has been itching all night, too, so why not?

(Source: scarybilbo, via angelica-aswald)

kediil-eperu:

ursulavernon:

Great. Now I have a totally new thing to worry about.

How even the what what

I believe this will help ease your worries ursulavernon.  http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/in-pictures-artist-completes-house-with-slipping-facade/8653922.article#
Pretty freakin’ cool, and it’ll only be there till next month.

kediil-eperu:

ursulavernon:

Great. Now I have a totally new thing to worry about.

How even the what what

I believe this will help ease your worries ursulavernon.  http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/in-pictures-artist-completes-house-with-slipping-facade/8653922.article#

Pretty freakin’ cool, and it’ll only be there till next month.

(Source: inhalers, via dduane)

lokiwholockfactory:

iamthebadwolf85:

lokiwholockfactory:

…so Matt Smith and Sam Heughan do have a scene in Party Animals.

Someone hold me, I might just f—

http://media.tumblr.com/d2b58c54298cc86848e0ccd96e3a1ea3/tumblr_n01p8h6Hev1sgxceqo6_250.gif

HEY LOOK ITS JAMIE AND THE DOCTOR

LoWho just shut your trap.

iamthebadwolf85 mad-again

SAM!!!  PUT ME ON YOUR TO DO LIST!!! PLEASE!!!

(You’re thinking the same thing, lokiwholockfactory!!!)

I’m so sorry iamthebadwolf85, but my mouth is currently foaming at the fact that they’re just in one scene… (more than one actually) I can’t… its like Matt and Tom having a movie together where they’re in the same scene like 85% of the entire movie…

And here I am, thinking “Jamie and the Doctor” in terms of Jamie MacCrimmon and #2 Doctor (Patrick Troughton).  And yeah, I’m pretty sure there’s fic of that out there somewhere…

lokiwholockfactory:

Isn’t that comforting.

Dear gods, how did I not see this before now… and I consider myself to be a Leslie Howard fan!!

lokiwholockfactory:

Isn’t that comforting.

Dear gods, how did I not see this before now… and I consider myself to be a Leslie Howard fan!!

(Source: guccironso)