Visual art from the 18th or 19th centuries

I don’t know much about art.

I know that I like a lot of pre-modern European art, and I hate a lot of modern stuff like Jackson Pollock.

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Yeah, disregard my messed-up skin and wait in the park, because there’s no way anything bizarre and supernatural could destroy your life in the park

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Am I the only one who noticed that this girls’ big brother has some seriously messed-up skin? It’s not just on his arm, his face is messed up too.

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Political scientists get paid to analyze superheroes

No matter how narrowly or broadly we define the term “politics,” superheroes—by their very nature as cultural representations of super-empowered individuals—mirror, comment on, and sometimes parody the kinds of ideas, movements, policies, and institutions that interest political scientists. From their inception, superheroes have interacted with elected officials, political candidates, and law enforcement personnel. Costumed heroes have been involved in wars both cold and hot, engaged in espionage, campaigned for public office, endorsed political causes, and even gone on strike. They have taken stands on public controversies from the Vietnam War to gay marriage, and their stories routinely reference and comment on real-world events, from rising crime rates to catastrophic terrorism.

Can you believe they got paid to write this?

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=6&fid=9135949&jid=PSC&volumeId=47&issueId=01&aid=9135948&bodyId=&membershipNumber=&societyETOCSession=&fulltextType=DS&fileId=S1049096513001625

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Rumiko Takahashi’s anti-feminist Fire Tripper

Actually, it’s not all that surprising when a female writer pens an anti-feminist tale.

Consider the Twilight series. That was profoundly anti-feminist, and it was written by a woman. The simple fact is that many women don’t enjoy the demands of feminism and would rather throw in with traditional feminine sex roles.

In the case of Rumiko Takahashi’s Fire Tripper, I think the writer simply wasn’t feeling thrilled with modernity.

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How many writers have actually written readable, faith-abiding, nonviolent Christian characters?

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I was reading an awesome post at:

http://ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/oh-my-pop-culture-jesus-armies-of-god/

I was going to write about how hard it is to find a good Christian character in anime, but then it hit me – have I ever found any good Christian characters in ANY kind of fiction?

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Magical Warfare : I couldn’t even sit still through a single episode, even though I love stories about magic

The opening episode of an anime is frequently the strongest episode.

The best art, the most sympathetic characters, and the most gripping story hooks are frequently concentrated in the first episode.

With Magical Warfare, I could tell that it was trying hard, but frankly, I couldn’t bring myself to give a darn.

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