Notes from the Visible One


Baths of the Forum, Pompeii, 1895 survey expedition photographs.

After the earthquake of A.D. 62, these baths were the only ones in Pompeii still functioning, and were not severely damaged. Built not long after the establishment of Sulla’s colony in 80 B.C., these baths are relatively small, and would likely have been very overcrowded. 

Photos courtesy Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival Collection.

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Prambanan, a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia. 

Dedicated to the Hindu god Siva, Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, and an outstanding example of Hindu art. The move of Indian culture into Java can be (somewhat) traced back to the early 1st century B.C. -although these historical records are a little sketchy. By the beginning of the 8th century Indian culture began significantly spreading through Indonesia.

There is no doubt that a strong link prevailed between Java and India: Javanese princes were sent to India to be educated, and some immigration occurred from southern India to Java, although not on a large scale. India’s religions may have been brought by traders, or perhaps from Buddhist Brahman missionaries. […] Whatever the reason, Buddhism probably did not become prevalent until the Sailendra Dynasty, based in nearby Sumatra and ruling a large portion of the Malay Peninsula, Java, and the Sunda Islands, became instrumental in spreading Indian culture throughout the Indonesian Archipelago beginning in the 8th century. 

In the middle of the 8th century, two dynastic and cultural influences appear to have been strong: the Buddhist Sailendras of the south and the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram in the north. It is thought the Sailendra kings began to control Java around 750. This occured when, for unknown reasons, the local Javanese king moved east. But early in the 9th century the king returned to Java, and Hindu Saivism (the worship of Siva) again became the region’s official religion. To celebrate the restoration of Hinduism, the construction of Prambanan was begun around 835.

-International Dictionary of Historic Places: Asia and Oceania (1996), page 692.

Photos courtesy & taken by Sarah Faulwetter.

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Cosmovitral: Mexico’s Amazing Stained Glass Botanical Garden

Stained glass is invariably associated with place of worship.  Yet the lucky residents of the Mexican city of Toluca have a wonderful botanical garden replete with a host of incredibly stained glass windows.  As well as being a superb display of plants and art together, it is a tour de force in what to do with a building once it outlives its original purpose.

No one ever said this couldn’t be a place of worship or contemplation. It’s gorgeous.

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george karbus used the light from the aurora borealis to photograph his girlfriend, kate hamsiaora, and, by chance, a passing belgua whale beneath the arctic ice of russia’s white sea. walking thirty meters out on to the ice, they drilled a hole thirty centimeters deep and descended into the minus two degree celsius water.

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hello small feathered things i am a baby elephant it is nice to meet you may we shake noses?

hello small feathered things i am a baby elephant it is nice to meet you may we shake noses?

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Submission: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller


Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) was an African-American artist, talented in multiple media: she primarily worked in sculptures (or at least is best remembered for those), but also painted and wrote poetry. After graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she studied for a few years in Paris, attending the Académie Colarossi & École des Beaux-Arts.

While in Paris she got to visit the studio of Auguste Rodin, and brought one of her works with the hope of becoming his student. Though she didn’t become an official student because Rodin already had too many, he did work with and mentor her. In Paris she also met W. E. B. DuBois, who encouraged her to use African and African-American themes in her works, and would later commission sculptures from her, or encourage others to do so.

The above are two of her more famous sculptures: Ethiopia Awakening, and Talking Skull. The latter draws on African(-American) folktales of a man who encounters a talking skull.

Ethiopia Awakening. Bronze sculpture. 1914/1921 (plaster completed in 1914; bronze completed in 1921). Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, New York, NY

Talking Skull. Bronze sculpture. 1937. Museum of Afro-American History, Boston, MA

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Dear Anonymous,


You sent me an ask letting me know that you decided to unfollow me because, while you love strong female characters, were upset at the inclusion of posts and reblogs about Skye. I deleted your ask because I didn’t really want to write a response, and besides everyone is free to follow whatever they wish. But then I decided, fuck it, I’ll give you an answer:

This blog is not strong women in Marvel. It is Women in Marvel. And it is about all of them.

It is about the women who kick ass and take names.

And also the women who can’t fight at all.

It is about the women who think their way out of situations and always have a one-liner on hand.

And also the women who are damsels in distress.

It is about the women who carry their own titles.

And also the women who are proud girlfriends and wives.

It is about women who are heroes. Women who are civilians. Women who are villains. Women who are cosmically powerful. Women who probably couldn’t deadlift their body weight. Women who are queens. 

Women who always do the right thing. Women who are more morally ambiguous. Women who are straight up insane.

It is about whole teams of women, or teams with only one woman

For that matter, it is about straight women, gay women, bi women, trans women. Old women. Young women. Little girls. Beautiful women. Hideous women.

White women. Black women. Asian women. Hispanic women. Jewish women. Muslim women. All POC women. Hell, even rainbow colored women

It is about the women fortunate to be written about in an age where women have a shot at getting character arcs equal to a man’s. And also about the women who missed that opportunity. And the women who are finally becoming their own characters.

It is especially about the fridged women.

It is about women in comic books, women in TV, women in movies. 

It is about the women who play these female characters and introduced them to a whole new generation of fans.

It is about the women who write about, draw, or promote these characters.

And always about the women who love these characters.

So if that’s what you’re about too, then this blog is for you. If not, I love you anyways, and happy tumblring.

It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.

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Talk about cognitive dissonance

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This is one of my favorite quotes about sexualization/objectification vs autonomy of female bodies bc it’s so succinct

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