Book Review: Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, and the Human Figure in Gothic Sculpture by Jacqueline Jung
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by Jessica Strider
6d ago
The book has 6 chapters in addition to its introduction and conclusion: 1 Encountering the Gothic Sculpture: Mimesis, Kinetics, Haptic Engagement 2 Moving Bodies, Dynamic Perception: The Slowscapes of the Strasbourg South Transept Portal 3 Movement, Media & the Quest for Salvation: A Pillar for Thinking in the Strasbourg South Transept 4 From Motion to Emotion: Encounters with the Wise and Foolish Virgins 5 The Donor Figures of Naumburg Cathedral, Part I: Presence 6 The Donor Figures of Naumburg Cathedral, Part II: Meaning This is a very focused discussion on sculpture in the round, spec ..read more
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Video: Every Major Crusader Order Explained in under 14 minutes
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by Jessica Strider
1w ago
Found this interesting video by the Based Plato talking about the medieval Crusader Orders. The video mentions a few I'd never heard of ..read more
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Book Review: Handbook for William by Douda
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by Jessica Strider
2w ago
Translated by: Carol Neel This is a translation of a booklet of instruction written in the late 840s by an ill noblewoman for her older son, William. It was a difficult time for her. William was a hostage against her husband’s good behaviour. Her husband had taken their infant son to an unknown location, leaving her to run their lands alone. There’s a measure of sadness in the prologue, as it’s clear Dhouda believes she will die without seeing her sons again. The text is designed to teach her son(s) the things she would not be able to (either due to her death and/or their separation). It gi ..read more
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Video: What it was like to visit a medieval tavern
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by Jessica Strider
3w ago
This is an interesting video by Tasting History with Max Miller on what medieval inns, taverns, and alehouses were like. He even teaches how to make a medieval meat stew ..read more
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Book Review: Escape Velocity by Victor Manibo
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by Jessica Strider
1M ago
Pros: compelling, fast paced, interesting characters Cons: abusive dom/sub scene The Rochford Institute is hosting their class of 2064 reunion on Space Habitat Altaire. As an added bonus, attending will net each participant at least 5 MERIT points, necessary to gain coveted spaces in the new Mars colony. Unlike her classmates, Ava Khan isn’t there to schmooze. She wants to know who really killed her abusive twin brother their last year of school, and she thinks her three oldest friends have the answer. Meanwhile, the station crew have a plan for how to make the world a better place. The st ..read more
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Movie Review: Argylle
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by Jessica Strider
1M ago
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, 2024 IMDb Listing Available on Apple TV Pros: weird, lots of twists Cons: you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it, the trailers spoil several plot twists (so try to learn as little about it as you can before seeing it). Elly Conway is a novelist who gets in trouble with a real secret service agency as her ongoing series gets too close to the truth. I’d never heard of Argylle when I saw it, which is the best way to approach this movie. It is so much fun. Wild and bizarre in just the right ways to be funny and charming. The less you know about the plot going ..read more
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TV Show Review: Fallout Season 1
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by Jessica Strider
1M ago
IMDb listing Pros: interesting character arcs, some great plot twists, good action sequences Cons: lots of blood and gore, some nudity Lucy MacLean leaves her mostly idilic nuclear fallout vault to rescue her father who’s been kidnapped by raiders. She is wildly unprepared for the world she finds on the surface. I have never played the Fallout games though I watched part of a playthrough once (can’t say which game it was). So while I knew a handful of facts about the Fallout world (Pitboy, mutants, vaults), I was basically coming into the show blind. I had concerns about the amount of go ..read more
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Video: When You're Married to a Helldiver
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by Jessica Strider
1M ago
I've been watching some youtube videos of people playing Helldiver 2, so this video by the Warp Zone made me laugh ..read more
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Ross Scott on Stop Killing Games
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by Jessica Strider
2M ago
I've been watching Ross Scott, aka Accursed Farms' Freeman's Mind and Ross's Game Dungeon videos on youtube for years so I knew he was concerned about game publishers destroying video games for years. When Ubisoft decided to kill their online servers for The Crew, he kicked things into high gear.  Basically, if you own a copy of The Crew, you're about to lose access to the game you paid for, forever. The move to online only games means there are more and more games each year dependent on publishers to maintain services that allow you to play. Once they stop, poof, the game - and the ..read more
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Book Review: Anxiety Workbook for Women by Bianca L. Rodriguez
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by Jessica Strider
2M ago
Recently I’ve been working on reducing my anxiety so I requested this on NetGalley. The book has 2 parts (Understanding Anxiety & How to Manage Your Anxiety) and 9 chapters (Anxiety & Women; Navigating Life with Anxiety; Calm Your Body & Mind; Observe Your Anxiety & Identify Your Triggers; Release Yourself from the Cycle of Worry & Rumination; Replace Your Anxious Behaviors with Healthy Ones; Navigate Relationships and Manage Social Anxiety; Acknowledge & Address Specific Phobias; and Reclaim Your Life & Reach Your Goals). The book ends with a short list of resour ..read more
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