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Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.

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shitrichcollegekidssay:

I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.

The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?

I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?

Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.

Nevertheless…

The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”

In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.

Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.

Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.

Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.

Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), they had highly developed drainage systems where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.
All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which also lined all major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.

Filters for solid waste.

Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.
I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.

Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.
But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.

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Made cookies a couple of nights ago. I portioned out the rest of the dough, froze it, and now I can bake my own little chocolate-white chocolate chip cookies whenever I want! (Recipe and strategy via The Pioneer Woman)

…And this is the *fun* part!

I’d been desperate to get to this point in my degree. 

I cobbled together a reading list, threw together four exams, assembled a proposal, and blew through a defense (which I still have nightmares about, by the way), and somehow convinced five people to give me their autographs to get to ABD status.

All. But. Dissertation.

Now comes the fun part. The fieldwork:

  • Playing through a career mode on the first Rock Band.
  • Going through every scrap of text in the game ever.
  • Playing through the Rocksmiths.
  • Interviewing the creative teams at Harmonix.
  • Interviewing the creative teams at Ubisoft’s Rocksmith studio.
  • Observing player performance in public/competition settings.
  • Auto-ethnography of my player/employee experiences.

However, all this qualitative work isn’t enough, and I should probably use this sociological stats knowledge for…something.

Imagine this…

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It has been requested that we include sizing specs with photos that we post, and we think that’s a good idea. So, here we go, the model is Willow, co-owner of Volante Design, Inc. If you email Volante Design, you are most likely corresponding with Willow. Here she is wearing a size small with a t-shirt and light sweater under this Eagle, and her body measures at:
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She found us. The most memorable ones often do.

She found us, claimed us, and we, in various configurations, were her faithful servants for 16 years.

She was our very first pet. I happily called her my familiar in my most outspoken versions of witchy identity. 

She converted my father, who had been decidedly anti-cat until she wriggled her way onto his lap time and time again——but only after he put her favorite throw on it.

When it came to laps, Evan’s was the only one she enjoyed, of all my boyfriends. She jumped on his lap, would knead with her claws, perfectly sharp from honing them on tree bark. Then, he’d pet her, and she’d drool. You can’t fool drool. 

She was spayed twice. Not knowing her history before she came to us, we had them perform the operation, only to find she was already operated on. You’ve never seen a family so apologetic to a cat. You would’ve sworn she was Bastet herself.

It happened again when she got her tail caught on something outdoors (she was a fiercely independent indoor-outdoor cat) and ripped almost the whole thing off. It was painful to see her now-nub wag back and forth in a little cast.

It happened one more time when, due to some form of miscommunication or another, she got shaved at the vet’s. Everything except her head and paws. She was the saddest-looking tortoise-shell lioness.

Why she kept coming back after all that, I’ll never know. But she did. And meowed loudly at the sliding glass door every time. And we were and are still grateful for it. 

A cursory search through a tearful veil reveals that “Misha” means “Who is like God” or “Who looks like God.” Maybe she was Bastet incarnate after all.

Good night, Mishoo. Forever may you reign.

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