Personal diary of a diseased madman. History, Science, Jokes, Opinions, Observations. I want to write something cool enough so I can make enough money to start my own country in South America. 

 

Right to Life

There’s a woman who is going to end her life at age 29 because she is terminal. I’m 25. I’m terminal. They just don’t really know my velocity but let me put it to you like this; there are about three people that I’ve heard of and know about with a disease similar to mine. One man is dead. One man is my friend and I am the third man. The other man says he is not as bad off as I am. He has a life. He can function in society. The dead guy made it somewhere around 40 but he was a lawyer. This woman says that ending her own life will be the only dignified way to go. And for her that may be true and I support her in whatever she wants to do but as for me… Nope, not at all. The only dignified way to go is to go down swinging and cursing the world. I’m not taking any chances. If this is the thing that’s going to kill me then by God let it kill me. Let it slowly rot me away, let it destroy my mind and body but it will never ever make me give in. I will never help this disease in it’s campaign for conquest. I will fight it on the beaches, I will fight it on the landing zones, I will die in the last ditch, I will quote English leaders because that’s how I deal with things. I laugh at death. I dare it to come take me into it’s sweet embrace. But death is a fickle bitch who takes some and leaves others for no apparent reason. And as much as I may claim it and like to think it I am not God. I do not know what is behind this corner or that corner. I do not know what my disease will do. I do not know in the creative way in which I will die but I tell you this. That motherfucker better get real goddamn creative. He’s facing down an evil genius and somewhat of a psychopath. I will never give up. I will never surrender. It is not in my nature. Surrendering to my enemy this disease is a thought that I am not far removed from and one I have considered on a few occasions with a gun in my mouth and that’s why I can firmly and confidently say that assisted suicide is not for me. And I don’t want to ruin what short time this girl has on the earth by calling her names and writing things she will never read over the internet. But I am pretty sure that you know that I feel that her doing assisted suicide is kind of cowardly. She’s not forcing her disease to show what it can do. I like to keep an open mind. I like to say “Oh you’re going to kill me? That’s cute, let’s ride motherfucker.” I’m not really a bad ass I am just curious and my curiosity has taken me strange and wonderful places and I like those strange and wonderful places way too much to help some bitch ass disease make sure I’ll never see them again. So yea, I’m not doing assisted suicide. I’m not ever doing it. My mind is made up. I am stubborn. And hell who knows? I might throw a Hail Mary. The world is endless people, the possibilities are endless, therefore I like to squeeze every opportunity I can before it is wrested from my cold dead hands. 

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Dozens of rock art sites in southern New Mexico, recently documented for the first time, are revealing unexpected botanical clues that archaeologists say may help unlock the meaning of the ancient abstract paintings.

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magictransistor:

Wilhelm & Jan Goeree, The Creation of the World According to Moses (De Schepping der Wereldt Volgens de Beschryving van Mozes), 1690.

allmesopotamia:

archaicwonder:

Assyrian Foundation Plaque, reign of Tukulti-Ninurta I, c.1243-1207 BC
On gypsum alabaster in cuneiform. The text says:
 Tukulti-Ninurta, king of the universe, strong king, king of Assyria, king of kings, lord of lords, rulers of rulers, prince, lord of all, conqueror of the rebellious — those who do not submit (to him and) who are hostile to Ashur —, defeater of the prince of the Qutu as far as the land Mehru, disperser of the forces of the land of the Shubaru and the remote lands Nairi as far as the border of Makan, strong king, capable in battle, the one who shepherds the four quarters at the heels of the god Shamash, I; son of Shalmaneser (I), king of the universe, king of Assyria; son of Adad-narari (I) (who was) also king of the universe and king of Assyria: At that time the temple of the Assyrian Ishtar, my mistress, which Ilu-Shumma, my forefather, the prince, had previously built — that temple had become dilapidated and I cleared away its debris. I changed its site. I founded (it) in another place. I made it more outstanding than ever before. As an addition I built the room of the Shahuru and lofty towers. I completed that temple from top to bottom. I built within a lofty dais (and) an awesome sanctuary for the abode of the goddess Ishtar, my mistress, and I deposited my monumental inscription. May a later prince restore it (and) return my inscribed name to its place. (Then) the goddess Ishtar will listen to his prayers. As for the one who removes my inscription and my name: May the goddess Ishtar, my mistress, extinguish his sovereignty, break his weapon, cause his manhood to dwindle away, (and) hand him over to his enemies.
Tukulti-Ninurta I was a king of Assyria during the Middle Assyrian Empire. He succeeded Shalmaneser I, his father, as king and won a major victory against the Hittite Empire at the Battle of Nihriya in the first half of his reign, appropriating Hittite territory in Asia Minor and the Levant. He retained Assyrian control of Urartu, and later defeated Kashtiliash IV, the Kassite king of Babylonia and captured the rival city of Babylon to ensure full Assyrian supremacy over Mesopotamia. Tukilti-Ninurta I set himself up as king of Babylon, thus becoming the first native Mesopotamian to rule there, its previous kings having all been non native Amorites or Kassites. He took on the ancient title “King of Sumer and Akkad” first used by Sargon of Akkad.

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allmesopotamia:

archaicwonder:

Assyrian Foundation Plaque, reign of Tukulti-Ninurta I, c.1243-1207 BC

On gypsum alabaster in cuneiform. The text says:

Tukulti-Ninurta, king of the universe, strong king, king of Assyria, king of kings, lord of lords, rulers of rulers, prince, lord of all, conqueror of the rebellious — those who do not submit (to him and) who are hostile to Ashur —, defeater of the prince of the Qutu as far as the land Mehru, disperser of the forces of the land of the Shubaru and the remote lands Nairi as far as the border of Makan, strong king, capable in battle, the one who shepherds the four quarters at the heels of the god Shamash, I; son of Shalmaneser (I), king of the universe, king of Assyria; son of Adad-narari (I) (who was) also king of the universe and king of Assyria: At that time the temple of the Assyrian Ishtar, my mistress, which Ilu-Shumma, my forefather, the prince, had previously built — that temple had become dilapidated and I cleared away its debris. I changed its site. I founded (it) in another place. I made it more outstanding than ever before. As an addition I built the room of the Shahuru and lofty towers. I completed that temple from top to bottom. I built within a lofty dais (and) an awesome sanctuary for the abode of the goddess Ishtar, my mistress, and I deposited my monumental inscription. May a later prince restore it (and) return my inscribed name to its place. (Then) the goddess Ishtar will listen to his prayers. As for the one who removes my inscription and my name: May the goddess Ishtar, my mistress, extinguish his sovereignty, break his weapon, cause his manhood to dwindle away, (and) hand him over to his enemies.

Tukulti-Ninurta I was a king of Assyria during the Middle Assyrian Empire. He succeeded Shalmaneser I, his father, as king and won a major victory against the Hittite Empire at the Battle of Nihriya in the first half of his reign, appropriating Hittite territory in Asia Minor and the Levant. He retained Assyrian control of Urartu, and later defeated Kashtiliash IV, the Kassite king of Babylonia and captured the rival city of Babylon to ensure full Assyrian supremacy over Mesopotamia. Tukilti-Ninurta I set himself up as king of Babylon, thus becoming the first native Mesopotamian to rule there, its previous kings having all been non native Amorites or Kassites. He took on the ancient title “King of Sumer and Akkad” first used by Sargon of Akkad.

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How?

(Source: sothebys.com)

magictransistor:

Atlas Novus Sive Theatrum Orbis Terrarum & Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia Rega et Status (Various hand-colored engravings), c. 1542-1647.

biomedicalephemera:

Cure your hysteria today!

"Mechanical vibration, which properly includes two forms of application — spinal stimulation and vibra-massage - has established an important place in therapeutics which it is certain to fill to the advantage of suffering humanity."

From Catalogue No. 3 of Electro-Theraputic Apparatus from the Friedlander Co., 1905

rhamphotheca:

The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is the fastest known animal! 
They ambush prey by diving in from great heights and at incredible speed; during this “stoop”, they can reach well over 200 mph (322 km/h). In order to achieve such speeds they have a few specialized adaptations. One is a bony projection inside the nostril that acts as a baffle, disrupting the air flow and reducing air pressure, making it easier for the bird to breathe. 
They use their third eyelid - the clear nictitating membrane present in many animals - to keep the eye free of debris and protect it from the powerful wind. The black cheeks help reduce glare from sunlight and water so they can better target their prey. 
They almost exclusively feed on medium-sized birds which they catch in flight; to avoid injuring themselves from the high-speed impact, the falcons target one of the prey’s wings. Peregrines have one of the most diverse diets of all raptors, with over 300 species of North American birds having fallen prey to them. 
They are also among the most adaptable of our raptors and have readily settled into cities where high-rises appeal to their cliff-nesting preferences and pigeons offer an excellent source of food, often making up 80% of an urban Peregrine’s diet.photograph by budgora on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)

rhamphotheca:

The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is the fastest known animal!

They ambush prey by diving in from great heights and at incredible speed; during this “stoop”, they can reach well over 200 mph (322 km/h). In order to achieve such speeds they have a few specialized adaptations. One is a bony projection inside the nostril that acts as a baffle, disrupting the air flow and reducing air pressure, making it easier for the bird to breathe.

They use their third eyelid - the clear nictitating membrane present in many animals - to keep the eye free of debris and protect it from the powerful wind. The black cheeks help reduce glare from sunlight and water so they can better target their prey.

They almost exclusively feed on medium-sized birds which they catch in flight; to avoid injuring themselves from the high-speed impact, the falcons target one of the prey’s wings. Peregrines have one of the most diverse diets of all raptors, with over 300 species of North American birds having fallen prey to them.

They are also among the most adaptable of our raptors and have readily settled into cities where high-rises appeal to their cliff-nesting preferences and pigeons offer an excellent source of food, often making up 80% of an urban Peregrine’s diet.

photograph by budgora on Flickr

(via: Peterson Field Guides)

Anonymous asked
what is black vapours of the bile

biomedicalephemera:

I assume you refer to my post on Black Bile/Melancholic temperament?

The Vapours” was an archaic medical term which was basically the female analog to “melancholia" in men. It referred to a variety of acute and chronic mental illnesses, especially "hysteria”, but encompassing anxiety to chronic depression.

When it’s used in modern media in reference to early Victorian society, it generally refers to acute anxiety (or the sudden debilitation of a panic attack), which was one of the many uses of the term back when it was still in medical use.

It was believed to be caused by an excess of black bile (the “humour” created by the spleen). Today we know that these problems are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, not humour imbalances. It’s also probably not a good idea to solve your problems by sticking leeches all over yourself…