23 7 / 2014
…If you reduce music to mathematics, where does the emotion come into it? I would say that it’s never been out of it.
The things by which our emotions can be moved — the shape of a flower or a Grecian urn, the way a baby grows, the way the wind brushes across your face, the way the clouds move, their shapes, the way light dances on water, or daffodils flutter in the breeze, the way in which the person you love moves their head, the way their hair follows that movement, the curve described by the dying fall of the last chord of a piece of music — all these things can be described by the complex flow of numbers.
That’s not a reduction of it, that’s the beauty of it.
Ask the poet (Keats) who said that what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
…Because that is at the heart of the relationship between on the one hand our “instinctive” understanding of shape, form, movement, light, and on the other hand our emotional responses to them.
And that is why I believe that there must be a form of music inherent in nature, in natural objects, in the patterns of natural processes. A music that would be as deeply satisfying as any naturally occurring beauty — and our own deepest emotions are, after all, a form of naturally occurring beauty."
22 7 / 2014
if you shame girls about their breast size i will push you into traffic
"Who’s flat now?"
whos flat now
22 7 / 2014
"Your dress is too short."
Thanks, the designer used your dick for inspiration.
OH MYG OD
22 7 / 2014
i both want people to speak well and use correct grammar and stuff
but i also want to fight for the evolution of languages
do you see my problem here
22 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: So hypothetically speaking, if the army of the Roman Republic, at its peak, met the army of the Empire, also at its peak, who would win? Would the tactics and equipment be very different?
The Empire would win, no contest (sorry, Skywalker).
The thing you’re not considering in this hypothetical scenario, and the fact that overshadows any other advantage, is the sheer size of the army the Roman Empire possessed, at its peak. As the Empire amassed more countries, they had to make sure they contained these new states and controlled them. To this end, they took troops from other areas in the empire and deposited them in other countries, promising men their citizenship at the end of their duties.
Now, that little history lesson only had one reason, I admit, but it was an important one: the Empire had to have had enough troops to (at the very least) visit each of the places that it controlled. And that space was, at its peak, well:
Now, size aside, the Empire had some other advancements that would have been hard for the Republic’s army to combat.
But sadly, I’m not nearly well-versed enough in Rome’s army to note all of those things. But if anyone else happens to be an expert in that, I’m sure they’d be happy to add their two cents on the debate.
Right, I’m writing my dissertation on the army of the Army of the Republic, so I can provide a good chunk of info there.
Size-wise, there wouldn’t be too big a difference. One of the biggest strengths of the Polybian (or Republican) army was it’s large pool of manpower it could recruit from. Considering that every Legion consisted of a force of citizen legionaries and a force of Allied soldiers (known as the Socii) of equivalent number, they could be called up very quickly. It’s one of the reasons they won the Second Punic War, because they could soak up horrific defeats that’d force any other state to capitulate.
Meanwhile, the army of the Empire wasn’t that big. Yes, the Empire was huge, but the Legions were concentrated on the borders and trouble points rather than spread equally. For example, there was just one Legion in the entire province of Iberia, while there were eight ones on the Rhine.
However, the Imperial Army would still win. The Polybian Legion, was, at heart, a citizen army. Men would be called up to fight for a campaign, provide their own equipment, then go back home with booty. This meant that each Legion had to spend precious time training together and that once it was disbanded, all it’s experience was lost. Meanwhile the Imperial Legion was a fully professional force, with citizens signing up for 25 years active service with five years as a veteran, and non citizens signing up for a similar space of time but with the promise of citizenship as mentioned above. This meant that each Legion had been fighting continuously for many many years and the experience gained was passed down, making them very effective.
This leads onto another reason why the Imperial Legion would win: Auxiliaries. The strength of the Legion was in it’s heavy infantry, but they weren’t stupid enough to not have anything else. To fill the other roles (cavalry, ranged infantry, skirmishers, etc) they would recruit auxiliaries from provinces, for example archers from Syria or light horsemen from Numidia. These could provide extremely skilled troops to support the Legion in combat. The Polybian Legion had nothing like this. The cavalry was drawn from the richest members of society and was thus small in number, and generally performed with zeal and not much else, usually being outclassed by their opponents. The skirmishers were the Velites, comprising of the youngest and often poorest men. They used javelins to soften up the enemy before the legions engaged. The Socii troops were often of the same standard of the Citizen legions, IE heavy infantry, so they wouldn’t have provided anything else either.
Overall, the victor would be the Imperial Legion. However, if the Republican Legion was one that had been fighting for a while, for example the soldiers that accompanied Scipio Africanus, then they could be a near match for the professional Legionnaires. But without any decent cavalry or ranged units, they’d be at a massive disadvantage and would eventually be destroyed.
Hope that helped, sorry if it was too essayish, I’m still in uni mode! :D
I don’t think you understand how loudly I just squealed over this. Fab.
22 7 / 2014
I want a movie about greek gods where hades isn’t the antagonist
By all accounts the antagonist in every Greek Gods movie should be Zeus’s dick. Nothing else causes as much murder and mayhem.
22 7 / 2014
"The explosion was now officially designated an “Act of God”.
But, thought Dirk, what god? And why?
What god would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 flight to Oslo?"
22 7 / 2014
22 7 / 2014
"Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged? You are iron. And you are strong."
Damn right you’re iron, and do you know where iron comes from? Do you know how iron gets here? Let me tell you.
It does start with a star, but it’s not some dismal castoff from an eternal beauty, it’s so much more. Everything that makes our world came from stars, but nothing had as much effect on that star as iron.
See the sun burning in the sky? The light you see and the heat you feel are created when the sun fuses elements, the building blocks of our world, into new and heavier elements. The sun lives because more energy comes from that process than is needed to support it.
UNTIL IRON COMES ALONG.
Fusing iron — burning it to make a star shine — is nigh on impossible. Iron is strong and iron is heavy. Iron is so strong and so heavy that to make new elements from iron takes more energy than it produces. The star can’t keep up, it starts to die.
The iron that flows through your veins KILLED A STAR.
Those other metals that we so value, like gold, owe their existence to iron. As the star died it collapsed, crushing itself and making gold and platinum and other precious and powerful things. Then it exploded and scattered those metals throughout space.
Chief among them was iron. The iron whose formation was the death knell of the star. The iron whose intensity made other metals possible. The iron that was the last thing the living star could make.
Stars lived to make iron.
Stars died to make you.