Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

If you're looking for substance, there's a handy link called "Analysis" right down below, which I invite you to check out. The rest is shorter thoughts, humor, caps lock, and the occasional personal post. Ask me anything you like.

FYI, I co-blog a lot of pop culture, fangirly things with my dear CT over at 22drunkb. If you enjoy hilarity and flailing, head that way. ________

archiemcphee:

This wonderfully sinister Coppelius Chair has us wishing that Halloween was already here. It was designed Yaara Derkel, inspired by Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny, uncomfortable strangeness that arises when when something familiar seems unsettlingly alien at the same time.

At a glance it simply looks like a handsome chair, a variation of Thonet furniture design.

"However, at a certain hour of the day, when the room is lit, an inexplicable, monstrous projection appears, which symbolically ‘overshadows’ the feelings the original chair provokes."

Head over to designboom to learn more about Yaara Derkel’s design for this delightfully disquieting chair.

Oct 21

ooftheblog:

Latest 6-pager.

pitcherplant this is about us. these are our goals.

Oct 21

wetheurban:

ART: Remixing the Renaissance into Hilarious Gifs

Artist James Kerr creates incredibly weird gifs out of Renaissance art and it’s all pretty incredible. 

Read More

Oct 21

cumberdoom:

papermonocle:

Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.

At the start of the war Boy Scouts were also used. But it quickly became clear that Girl Guides were more efficient because they were less boisterous and talkative.

the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life

Oct 21
Oct 21

thepeacefulterrorist:

Libya, summer 2012.

Oct 21

fruitdew:

cis people get pronouns. trans people get preferred pronouns.

cis people get a gender. trans people get to identify as a gender.

these are microaggressions designed to undermine and invalidate who we know ourselves to be, and to reinforce the perceived inauthenticity of trans people.

this is always harmful, and for some, primarily trans feminine people and esp trans feminine poc, it can be dangerous or deadly.

Oct 20

thelandofmaps:

Countries that recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 [1024x576]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Oct 20
thelandofmaps:

Countries that recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 [1024x576]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 06:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

archiemcphee:

This wonderfully sinister Coppelius Chair has us wishing that Halloween was already here. It was designed Yaara Derkel, inspired by Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny, uncomfortable strangeness that arises when when something familiar seems unsettlingly alien at the same time.

At a glance it simply looks like a handsome chair, a variation of Thonet furniture design.

"However, at a certain hour of the day, when the room is lit, an inexplicable, monstrous projection appears, which symbolically ‘overshadows’ the feelings the original chair provokes."

Head over to designboom to learn more about Yaara Derkel’s design for this delightfully disquieting chair.

A friend of mine asked me recently, was I gonna go see the new Batman movie with him. But I don’t respect the concept of Batman because of what I understand about politics now. I’mma lay it out for you: rich dude owns a corporation with state of the art equipment, and he uses this to beat up on street level crime. He doesn’t mess with the industrialists, or the super capitalists, or the Murdochs, or the Trumps. He really just fucks with the person that’s on the corner. Batman is a conservative’s wet dream. Fuck Batman.

Reginald D. Hunter  (via pussy-envy)

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THIS REVELATION HAS RUINED MY LIFE

(via lapocketrocket)

one of the main reasons I’ve never found batman a compelling hero

(via nmkerr)

ooftheblog:

Latest 6-pager.

pitcherplant this is about us. these are our goals.

wetheurban:

ART: Remixing the Renaissance into Hilarious Gifs

Artist James Kerr creates incredibly weird gifs out of Renaissance art and it’s all pretty incredible. 

Read More

Posted on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 05:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

cumberdoom:

papermonocle:

Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.

At the start of the war Boy Scouts were also used. But it quickly became clear that Girl Guides were more efficient because they were less boisterous and talkative.

the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 05:00pm. Its tags are listed below.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 04:30pm. Its tags are listed below.


The Ottoman Empire’s First Map of the Newly Minted United States

What did the United States look like to Ottoman observers in 1803? In this map, the newly independent U.S. is labeled “The Country of the English People” (“İngliz Cumhurunun Ülkesi”). The Iroquois Confederacy shows up as well, labeled the “Government of the Six Indian Nations.” Other tribes shown on the map include the Algonquin, Chippewa, Western Sioux (Siyu-yu Garbî), Eastern Sioux (Siyu-yu Şarkî), Black Pawnees (Kara Panis), and White Pawnees (Ak Panis).




The Ottoman Empire, which at the time this map was drawn included much of the Balkans and the Middle East, used a version of the Turkish language written in a slightly modified Arabic script. Ottoman script works particularly well on maps, because it allows cartographers to label wide regions by elongating the lines connecting individual letters.


This appears to be the first Ottoman map of the United States, but Ottoman maps of North America have a much longer history. The first were the 16th-century nautical charts of the famous Ottoman cartographer Piri Reis. Some of the last, drawn before the new Turkish Republic switched to Latin script in 1928, show air routes spanning the continental U.S.  


American relations with the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century were either commercial or missionary. American missionaries to the empire first tried to win Christian converts. But after meeting with little success, they turned to creating schools to spread the much more popular American gospel of English fluency and engineering excellence.




At times, the mercantile and missionary impulses came into conflict, such as when Greek Christians rebelled against the Ottoman sultan. Many Americans felt their government had a moral duty to stand with co-religionists against a Muslim despot. The U.S. government, however, felt a more pressing duty to stand with its merchants and sea captains, who’d been doing brisk business with the sultan. Supposedly, it was in recognition of U.S. support of the establishment that the empire later sided with the Union during America’s own civil war.

Click through for a bigger version!

The Ottoman Empire’s First Map of the Newly Minted United States

What did the United States look like to Ottoman observers in 1803? In this map, the newly independent U.S. is labeled “The Country of the English People” (“İngliz Cumhurunun Ülkesi”). The Iroquois Confederacy shows up as well, labeled the “Government of the Six Indian Nations.” Other tribes shown on the map include the Algonquin, Chippewa, Western Sioux (Siyu-yu Garbî), Eastern Sioux (Siyu-yu Şarkî), Black Pawnees (Kara Panis), and White Pawnees (Ak Panis).




The Ottoman Empire, which at the time this map was drawn included much of the Balkans and the Middle East, used a version of the Turkish language written in a slightly modified Arabic script. Ottoman script works particularly well on maps, because it allows cartographers to label wide regions by elongating the lines connecting individual letters.


This appears to be the first Ottoman map of the United States, but Ottoman maps of North America have a much longer history. The first were the 16th-century nautical charts of the famous Ottoman cartographer Piri Reis. Some of the last, drawn before the new Turkish Republic switched to Latin script in 1928, show air routes spanning the continental U.S.  


American relations with the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century were either commercial or missionary. American missionaries to the empire first tried to win Christian converts. But after meeting with little success, they turned to creating schools to spread the much more popular American gospel of English fluency and engineering excellence.




At times, the mercantile and missionary impulses came into conflict, such as when Greek Christians rebelled against the Ottoman sultan. Many Americans felt their government had a moral duty to stand with co-religionists against a Muslim despot. The U.S. government, however, felt a more pressing duty to stand with its merchants and sea captains, who’d been doing brisk business with the sultan. Supposedly, it was in recognition of U.S. support of the establishment that the empire later sided with the Union during America’s own civil war.

Click through for a bigger version!

The Ottoman Empire’s First Map of the Newly Minted United States

What did the United States look like to Ottoman observers in 1803? In this map, the newly independent U.S. is labeled “The Country of the English People” (“İngliz Cumhurunun Ülkesi”). The Iroquois Confederacy shows up as well, labeled the “Government of the Six Indian Nations.” Other tribes shown on the map include the Algonquin, Chippewa, Western Sioux (Siyu-yu Garbî), Eastern Sioux (Siyu-yu Şarkî), Black Pawnees (Kara Panis), and White Pawnees (Ak Panis).

The Ottoman Empire, which at the time this map was drawn included much of the Balkans and the Middle East, used a version of the Turkish language written in a slightly modified Arabic script. Ottoman script works particularly well on maps, because it allows cartographers to label wide regions by elongating the lines connecting individual letters.

This appears to be the first Ottoman map of the United States, but Ottoman maps of North America have a much longer history. The first were the 16th-century nautical charts of the famous Ottoman cartographer Piri Reis. Some of the last, drawn before the new Turkish Republic switched to Latin script in 1928, show air routes spanning the continental U.S.  

American relations with the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century were either commercial or missionary. American missionaries to the empire first tried to win Christian converts. But after meeting with little success, they turned to creating schools to spread the much more popular American gospel of English fluency and engineering excellence.

At times, the mercantile and missionary impulses came into conflict, such as when Greek Christians rebelled against the Ottoman sultan. Many Americans felt their government had a moral duty to stand with co-religionists against a Muslim despot. The U.S. government, however, felt a more pressing duty to stand with its merchants and sea captains, who’d been doing brisk business with the sultan. Supposedly, it was in recognition of U.S. support of the establishment that the empire later sided with the Union during America’s own civil war.

Click through for a bigger version!

shit i am tired of

Posted on Monday October 20th 2014 at 06:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

shit i am tired of

fruitdew:

cis people get pronouns. trans people get preferred pronouns.

cis people get a gender. trans people get to identify as a gender.

these are microaggressions designed to undermine and invalidate who we know ourselves to be, and to reinforce the perceived inauthenticity of trans people.

this is always harmful, and for some, primarily trans feminine people and esp trans feminine poc, it can be dangerous or deadly.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday October 20th 2014 at 06:00pm. Its tags are listed below.

thelandofmaps:

Countries that recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 [1024x576]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com
thelandofmaps:

Countries that recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 [1024x576]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

Countries that recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 [1024x576]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com