Really happy my woodland walk post has got over 100 notes. It’s my first ever post to get that high!
I thought my abandoned stone barn photos would be more popular though. I hope it does get seen, I discovered that only by chance. It was a right little adventure for me.
youre gonna look so godamn cool
Can confirm that there was a great demon war in skeleton hell.
It’s hard to imagine (non-communist) Russia using anything but the current flag, but they actually had quite a different one for a while there in the 18th century. The black and gold colours came from their coat of arms, and the white stripe was added to distinguish it from what was then the flag of Austria. The flag was designed under German influence and never really caught on with the Russian public.
The old tricolour (often called the “Tsarist” or “Romanov” flag) is probably way more popular now than it ever was back in its heyday. Hardline radicals and nationalists have embraced it as some kind of symbol of Russia’s glorious past or something. There’s even a proposal to restore the flag to its former status as the national flag. Probably won’t go anywhere, but it’s certainly a sign of the times.
The Province Of Cyrodiil.
Last but certainly not least: The Imperial City
Halo Sidewinder Fan Art Remake
Voyager Golden Record 1977
If the human race manages to kill itself, a set of pictures and sounds of Earth were put on Voyager 1 and 2. This time capsule of sorts, was intended for alien or far-future human life that may encounter the Voyager. It would help them understand the culture and diversity of life on Earth. Carl Sagan headed the committee that chose what would go inside.
Here are some of the pictures
HERE are some more of the pictures.
Perp #1: “Hey, Now, (What’s The Story?), it’s only Cigarettes & Alcohol!”
Dredd: “It’s A Crime.”
"But - I’m a Rock And Roll Star!”
"Button it, punk - do you think you’re going to Live Forever?”
"Less of the lip, sonny! Control: two for the cubes, litany of crimes, drugs, cigarettes, lewd behaviour (possibly engaging services of prostitutes - check the girls, too) - seemed to want to go out in some kinda Shampagne supernova! Sentence to be determined, after we’ve checked for criminal records back in Brit-Cit!”
Perp #2: “Some Might Say, we’re Heroes!”
Dredd: “Listen Up, I Can Tell A Liar..
"Perps are on a holding post on the corner of Gallagher & Albarn, there’s a couple of Brits that need to be popped!
"Hey,creeps, Stop Crying Your Hearts Out - and Don’t Look Back In Anger, either!”
Perps #1&2 (whispering: “And yew said, ‘Let’s go ta Mega-City-frigging-One, and make ah fortunes!" "Shut it, our kid!”
Sincerest apopolgies to Chris Weston & a certain ’90s “Brit Pop" band, for all my terrible puns -I don’t think our current crop of script droids have anything to worry about!!
Asbyrgi (Vatnajokulsthjodgardur National Park, North Iceland)- According to legend, Sleipnir, the Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse, put one of his hooves down as the god rode by creating the horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi.
•••The Norwegian Folk Museum. •••
It was an (mainly) outdoor interactive museum set up to represent different parts of Norway. They transported old farm houses, city houses, farm storage, city shops, artisan shops from around the country to this museum.
It was said that a large portion of the buildings were moved there in a private collection in the mid 1800’s. All of the buildings were original, and looked so authentic and fascinating.
In the photos are some of the various outdoor buildings - including one with a. Norwegian woman showing me how to weave with a loom . It was awesome!
•••There’s also a traditional tee pee that allows you to have fires in the middle, and a mud/sticks/grass tee pee . That looks like a troll hut. •••
There’s also the big church, it’s a stave church. Built originally in the 1200’s, and the inside is still original to that time. But the outside was redone in the mid 1800’s.
On the stave church, there are dragons and crosses. Norwegians have always mixed Norse mythology with Christianity.
The last photo is inside the stave church. Original from the 1200’s. There was also some graffiti from that time, written in Norse Runes. :D
The “tee pee” is called a gamma, I believe. They’re used by the Saami people of northern Scandinavia.
Dungeons and Dragons, The Devil’s Board Game,
The granddaddy of all role playing board games, Dungeons and Dragons is perhaps also the most popular and important RPG in gaming history. Introduced in 1974, D&D quickly became a hit game among youngsters, teens, and college aged gamers. By 1980 it was the most popular game board game, with an estimated 3 million players and 750,000 copies being sold annually.
Like all things new, it wasn’t unusual for D&D to earn the suspicion of older generations. Many people thought the D&D was a corrupting influence on American youth, blaming the game for moral decline and leading to psychological illness. Then in 1979 the disappearance of a college student named James Dallas Egbert III fanned the flames into a roaring inferno.
Egbert was a student of Michigan State University, and a troubled teen who was being forced by his overly controlling parents into a career he did not want to pursue. On the night August 15th, 1979 Egbert disappeared after entering a steam tunnel. A large search was conducted but the boy was never found. His parents blamed his disappearance on his favorite game; Dungeons and Dragons, claiming that in a fit of D&D induced mania their son had a psychological break from reality and went off on a real life D&D adventure. The story made national headlines, and faster than the roll of a dice the evils of D&D spread across the country. As it turned out Egbert had entered the tunnels to commit suicide, but instead ran away to become an oil worker in Louisiana. He was discovered several months later and forced to resume his education by his parents. He committed suicide a year later.
The truth behind Egbert’s disappearance did little to stem the tide of anti-D&D sentiment, especially when the cause was taken up by the growing Christian Conservative movement. Soon preachers and televangelists such as Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, and Jerry Falwell were railing against the board game at the pulpit. Fundamentalist Christians accused the game of having satanic influence, encouraging occultism, black magic, and witchcraft. Christian groups decried the game as an instrument of the devil and a propagator of evil among the nation’s youth, causing murder and suicide.
Reaction against D&D was far from rational. Christian Groups often successfully pressured schools and colleges into banning the game. A few successful groups even convinced local government officials to adopt ordinances forbidding the game within their boroughs or towns. Inspired by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), a woman named Patricia Pulling founded BADD (Bothered By Dungeons & Dragons) with the aim of banning the board game everywhere, and if that couldn’t be done, then suing the game into bankruptcy. Other groups raised money from donors, bought as many D&D sets with it as possible, and destroyed them in large bonfires.
Dungeons & Dragons was not the only victim, but a host of other 80’s icons such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Care Bears, Transformers, GI Joe, and many others faced similar accusations of satanic influence and evil. In fact, the whole country was awash in a moral and religious panic over occultism and devil worship. The subject became the focus of every talk show on TV. The corporation Proctor & Gamble was accused of being a satanic company due to its centuries old logo, while rumors abounded that it’s president donated much of the company’s profits to The Church of Satan. Hundreds of childcare workers were imprisoned on the charge of child abuse based on the claim that they had conducted “satanic rituals” on the children. Many of the kids were toddlers, who were dragged into interrogation rooms and shouted at by detectives until they broke down and admitted to being the victims of weird satanic abuse. BADD head Patricia Pulling made the claim that 8% of the American population were satanists, which at the time amounted to around 20 million people. When questioned by a reporter where she came up with that number, she claimed that 4% of teens and 4% of adults were satanists, hence 8%. There was even a ridiculous claim parroted by the media that around 1 million people a year were murdered in occult human sacrifice rituals.
The war on D&D and the satanic panic ended in the 1990’s when a number of scientific organizations debunked the rumors. Among them were studies by Centers for Disease Control and the American Association of Suicidology which found that D&D had nothing to do with murder, suicide, or anti-social behavior. Regardless the stigma is still held by a few. In 2013, 700 Club leader Rev. Pat Robertson claimed on national TV that D&D, Harry Potter, and other “demonic games” was the source of teen suicide.
Sunset, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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