I’ll be part of a panel next month with my boo Flourish Klink (Chief Participation Officer of The Alchemists Transmedia Storytelling Co) and writers Diane Duane and Ellen Kushner discussing the future of fanworks. The chat will be moderated by OTW staffer Angela Nichols and is being put on by the fine folks at transformativeworks.
Hope you’ll check it out. More info at the link.
There is still two days to get things in for Challenge Four of Ladies of Sherlock (CLICK HERE for details).
However, to let everyone get ready for the next one, I’ve decided to post the theme and rules for Challenge Five ahead of time.
The March Challenge offers the double challenge: The Ladies of Sherlock in other roles in the show (Swaplock)… Or recasting the show with women of different ethnicities (Racebending)
- This challenge is open to any sort of creative endeavour: drawings, writing, vids, craft, anything you can think of that’s creative.
- It can be JUST one of the ladies in question, it can be several of them or it can be one of the ladies with one of the guys. However, focus MUST be on a female character.
- All female characters from Sherlock are welcome, both major and minor.
- Artwork and fic can be adult rated, however please tag appropriately with NWS and/or NSFW.
- Crossovers are welcome, as long as one of the ladies of Sherlock is the focus.
- Rule 63— otherwise known as Femlock— does NOT count as a Lady of Sherlock.
- Examples of Swaplock would be things like Molly as a Consulting Detective (with maybe Sherlock as the shy pathologist), Mrs Hudson as Moriarty, etc.
- Racebending is portraying the characters as a person of colour. If you base it off a particular actress, please mention who the actress is.
- There is NO LIMIT to the number of submissions you can make.
- This challenge is open until MARCH 31th, 2014.
To post your fill, post it in your blog with the tag “#ladiesofsherlock” in the first five tags or send us your post ID through our ask.
(Challenge artwork by artbylexie. Used with permission)
Anonymous asked: how do you think the pyramids and other ancients wonders were built?
Leverage and gravity. After all it was Archimedes who is quoted, “give me a lever large enough and I can move the Earth.”
For the pyramids there are many theories, most of them bad. But one really good one was that they used a system of internal ramps to move stone. This was discovered in the 80’s when a French team did a gravimetric survey of the Great Pyramid looking for hidden chambers.
When the pyramid grew tall enough they could have created a system of weights and counterweights to move stones up the pyramid. Place the stone on one end, then place slighty more weight on the other such as buckets of gravel, and gravity will do the rest. Kind of like a freight elevator.
There is a video of a Michigan man who single handily erected a 19,000lb rectangular stone in his backyard using only primitive tools and a similar concept of weights and counterweights.
Unlike what many think, the Pyramids were not just a marvel of engineering that appeared overnight, but a logical progression of trial and error which resulted in a learning curve. The first pyramids were small step affairs like this.
Over time the Egyptians attempted to make a true pyramid. The first attempt resulted a pyramid that collapsed halfway through construction, and one where they built it too steep and halfway through construction had to rethink what they were doing.
One of the aspects of the Great Pyramid that seems to awe people is that it is so big and the stones are so massive. People imagine Egyptian workers hefting stones hundreds of tons in weight up steep ramps. However the largest stone in the Great Pyramid is eighty tons, and most of the stones are around 2 tons.
The largest stone ever moved by mankind was the “Thunder Stone” which makes up the pedestal for the Peter the Great monument in St. Petersburg.
Weighing in at 1500 tons, the Thunder Stone was moved 4 miles in 1768. We know for a fact that aliens were not used in the moving or building process. Just a couple of capstan pulleys, a sledge, and 200 hardy Russians who drank vodka for breakfast and wrestled bears as a pastime.