Missives From Troy

I am Helen Doremus. I write. I sing. I create things. I know kung fu. I wear a hat. I occasionally curse. I like pie. Exciting stuff, all. 
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Vorobieï and Baba Yaga, from a fairy tale I’m working on, I have a looot of designs left to do *tehehehe*

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shinji-kun69:

Don’t ever fucking try to tell me that white people aren’t targeted and discriminated against for the color of their skin. Don’t ever try to fucking say that ANYONE has never been discriminated against. If you want fucking justice, then ACT on that justice.

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This headline is the deformed offspring of lies, bad reporting, and a Getty Image from 2012 taken after a man was beaten by police at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The article cites no sources and reads like a Facebook Aunt telling a story they heard from their son’s buddy Taylor, most likely because it’s a poorly-paraphrased version of this also false article that calls itself ”White Man Cold-Cocked By Vicious Ferguson Mob In Blatant Racist Attack.” Money quote from the article:

Most recently, a man was simply standing outside of a St. Louis McDonald’s where he was surrounded by a group of black man who punched the man in the face for no reason whatsoever. Seemingly unprovoked, the group intentionally targeted this man for nothing more than his skin color in a backwards attempt at justice for Mike Brown.”

Ah, yes, the classic “for no reason whatsoever” immediately followed by “for nothing more than his skin color in a backwards attempt at justice for Mike Brown” trick. That old reporting chestnut.

Anyway. The tale of an entire mob attacking this man was

followed up by showing these tweets, where the story originated:

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This is all from the same article, mind you. There’s a paragraph describing a mob of black men attacking this white guy, and then they show the actual source describing a single black man punching the guy in the face once. Also? The Knockout Game doesn’t exist.

ALSO also?

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So really, “Black Man Punches White Man In Face, Other Black Men Try To Apprehend Black Man Who Punched White Man In Face,” because Ferguson’s hero-to-asshole ratio is actually through the fucking roof.

And yet…

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Anyway. It sucks that the guy got punched a couple weeks ago, but if you’re going to lie about it, try being just so much better at lying.

Cracked shouldn’t be the “journalists” catching this kind of thing. If you read something that sounds outrageous but tickles that part of your brain that wants it to be true, there’s a good chance it’s made up specifically to do that tickling. Take twenty minutes to research it before sharing or you sound like an idiot.

We can de-bullshit you on this kind of stuff but honestly it’s getting exhausting.

Florence Nightingale was never called “The Lady with the Lamp” but ”The Lady with the Hammer”, an image deftly readjusted by the war reporter of the Times since it was far too coarse for the folks back home. Far from gliding about the hospital with her lamp aloft, Nightingale earned her nickname through a ferocious attack on a locked storeroom when a military commander refused to give her the medical supplies she needed.

"Who cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World"- Rosalind Miles (via fyeahnursingthings)

Fuck, now I really want some fanart. Think of all the passive, prim-looking, saintly portraits we’ve seen of Florence Nightingale! I want to see her with a hammer.

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Sunday Soundtrack: Ryn Weaver — Promises

missivesfromtroy:

After spending two hours trying to find a free pattern that both mirrored and didn’t make me want to cry, I ended up cobbling together a pattern of my own from the bones of others. Pointless perfectionism, but hopefully the kid who gets the hat will dig the detail. #headgearforhalloween #crochet

And because I want to save anybody else from either buying a whole hat pattern just for the wing or from being stuck in the vortex of frustrated pain I found myself in:

An Adaptation of Chick With Sticks’ Pattern for Captain America’s Helmet Wing, to Create Mirroring Sides and Overall Prettiness

by Helen Doremus, for much justice

Worked in three sections, then sewn together. Example worked up with Super Saver yarn and an H (5.00mm) hook. US crochet abbreviations and terminology used in pattern.

1st section - R & L - ch 16, sc in 1st ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 5 chs, 3 dc in next (1) ch, dc in next 5 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in last and sl st in in same, tie off and sew in ends.

2nd section - R - ch 8, sc in 1st ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 5 chs, tie off (with enough tail to sew into place on larger section).

2nd section - L - ch 10 (leave a long tail when making slip knot), dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 4 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in last 2 chs, tie off.

3rd section - R - ch 6, sc in 1st ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 chs, tie off (leave long tail).

3rd section - L - ch 8 (leave long tail), dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in last 2chs, tie off.

For both left & right, to assemble: right side up on all pieces (you’ll have to flip the left side section one about to make it mirror the right side), sew second section to first, leaving last 3 sts of tip of feather free; then sew third section to first and second, leaving last 2 sts of tip of feather free, and a small part of the base of section one unconnected as well.

Sew in ends and use as you please.

Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
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the-right-writing:

  • What do I like about this…
  • What do I dislike about this…
  • What do I think others like about this…
  • What is the plot structure of this…
  • How are the characters introduced and developed in this…
  • What would wreck this…
  • What would make this better…
  • What is the prose like in this…

…and how can I incorporate this knowledge into my own writing?

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After spending two hours trying to find a free pattern that both mirrored and didn’t make me want to cry, I ended up cobbling together a pattern of my own from the bones of others. Pointless perfectionism, but hopefully the kid who gets the hat will dig the detail. #headgearforhalloween #crochet

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Murder Ballads,
Pretty In Scarlet

copperbadge:

So, once upon a time I said, “If you can’t tell Captain America what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it” and it inspired a poem by Catt Kingsgrave (aka theactualcluegirl​) which eventually led to this pre-release rough-draft single, The Ballad Of Captain America’s Disapproving Face (also available for listening here on SoundCloud). 

I guarantee you will never laugh this hard at any other song that opens with a riff on the Star Spangled Banner. Also there is, if I’m not mistaken, a kazoo cover of Star Spangled Man involved. 

Anyhow, Murder Ballads is working on an album, and if you like the song, consider throwing a few bucks their way to help get their album made.

(The accompanying image up there is by the astonishing Frogbillgo, but is not associated officially with the album.)

Oh god, this is amazing.

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