Diversity (or lack thereof) among New York Times bestsellers:
We chose to look at the most general bestsellers list, Combined Print & E-Book Fiction (adult), and looked at the top ten books for all 52 weeks of 2012. The results were staggering, if not surprising:
Only three out of the 124 authors who appeared on the list during 2012 (less than three percent) are people of color: Sylvia Day, E.L. James, and Tess Gerritson.
See the full study here. Also worth noting that there were no (no!) African American authors on the list and that of the three series by authors of color that made the list, only one contains a main character of color.
The study focuses on 2012 but I’m betting when we get to the end of 2013 it won’t look much different…
Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans.
Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!
Signal boosting this A) because it deserves to be seen by more people, and b) because I appreciate some members of Congress are actually willing to see what it’s like living on food stamps in order to make their point about how horrifying cutting food stamps would be.
News flash, regressives: people on food stamps do not load up on Snickers bars and filet mignon. They’re limited in what they can buy, and oftentimes, it’s not enough to get by on. Go on thinking these are entitlements that let minorities live lives of luxury, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll never go hungry.
You privileged, elitist pricks.
Go them, people always talk about how politicians should do this, and these ones actually are. I have no idea who they are, or what policies they stand for, all I’m saying is that its a pretty cool thing to do. Go them.
I think Cosmo did some justice on this one
I feel this to my core.
Lol at #3. Seriously my friends family is obsessed With Bebe and it’s all plain clothing that costs way too much and barely anyone can fit into it
Lots of people are reblogging that armour gif again saying they’re happy to know the names of the various parts, so here’s a few more diagrams. Naturally, some styles of armour have extra or different parts and there are specially made suits for jousting and such.
A really important thing to note is that not every soldier/warrior of the time had plate armour. Chainmail was much more common. For as cheap and available as it was, it did a great job against most bladed weapons. It was only when swords made for stabbing and advancements in arrows came about that could break through the links that plate armour started to really get going. But it’s expensive and has to be custom made for each warrior, unlike the one-size-fits-all chainmail tunics.
The main thing to keep in mind when designing armour is what purpose you want it to serve. Does your character need maximum mobility? How do they fight? Do they come from a background where they could get their hands on a fitting suit? And if they are wearing a full suit of armour, make bloody well sure they can move in it! Fantasy armour is more often than not, impractical and does not “meld” together. Ever play a video game and your character’s armour will clip through their own body? Yeah, don’t do that. You’ll feel like a master if you come up with armour that fits well.
Chainmail actually was fairly well fitted. It had to be unless you wanted it shifting about all over the place and such. And for a long time, until plate armor got better, chain was worn under it.
For the curios, chainmail (just the hauberk, mind, the one worn basically like a shirt) can weight anywhere from 30-60 some pounds, depending on how its made, the number of links, the sleeves and such.
Plate mail usually weighed in at 50 pounds, give or take.
Obviously the materials used and the mass of the person will alter these.
Average soldiers today are trained to carry about 90 pounds, for comparison.
Chances are, if your character wears plate (and, to a point, armor like this at all) they’ve been trained for it all their lives. You don’t just generally become a knight. The training is specialized, extensive, and expensive.
And now I must get back to the kitchen and stop stalling ^^;