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Lost Underwater Lion City: Rediscovery of China’s ‘Atlantis

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun’an County, China, where archeologists have discovered in 2001 ruins of an underwater city. The city is at a depth of 26-40 meters and was named “Lion City”. There would have been 290 000 people living in this city during more than 1300 years. Touristic expeditions are projected. A diving into Chinese Antiquity in the next part of the article.

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Common wisdom has it that Tumblr is filled mostly with people in their  teens and early twenties. I keep seeing people talk about being “older than the average” Tumblr user and naturally, that makes me curious to know, well, how old is the average Tumblr user, really? Fortunately, other people are interested in this, too, and have already done some surveys. This data comes from Google Doubleclick Ad Planner data that has been available to advertisers. It is from 2012, but it probably hasn’t changed significantly since then. This data came from the United States only, and the demographics may vary somewhat in other countries. 

Tumblr skews toward the younger end of the social media world, but the average age of Tumblr users is actually 34.6 years old. This is only a little bit younger than the average age for social media users as a whole (36.9). The youngest Tumblr users (0-24) are about 30% of total, while the next two groups (25-44) look like added together they’re a bit over 40%. Another website breaks down the same Ad Planner age data a bit differently and shows that people over 35 are 47% of Tumblr users. (13-17=8%; 18-34=45%). Compared to Facebook, where 66% of users are over 35, Tumblr definitely has a younger set of users. The average age, however, is still around going to be around 34 years old. No matter how you slice it,Tumblr is younger than most other social media sites, but not as young as you might think it is.

In terms of gender, the surveys only gathered data on male and female.Tumblr has 62% women, a fairly higher amount of women than Facebook (57%). but not nearly as much as Pinterest or Blogger.

So, while it’s fair to say that Tumblr is a more “youthful” site than most other social media sites, the idea that the “average” Tumblr user is in the youngest age group is incorrect.

I’m extremely curious about all this and this is my first inquiry into the topic. I haven’t even looked into the academic literature yet. So this is sort of a first look. I’ll definitely post about it when I find a properly designed, peer reviewed and published survey on the matter.

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Aseries of trials which took place in Orkney in 1615-1616 shows the same mingling of beliefs. Katherine Carey, a healer, admitted that at sundown among the hills, ” ane great number of fairie men mett her,” among them “a maister man,” perhaps the devil.

Another woman, Janet Drever, found guilty of sorcery, had caused the removal of a child into a fairy hill and had conversation with the fairies for twenty-five years.

A third, Katherine Jones-dochter, who was able to transfer disease, had seen the trow’s come out of their hills and knew too much about them. Elspeth Reoch had been taught her craft by a man in green tartan who appeared to her “wath another man in black. The latter, who called himself “a farie man,” was the spirit of a dead relative, neither dead nor living, and doomed for ever to go betwixt the heaven and the earth, i.e. he was with the fairies. Her sapient judges regarded him as the devil.

A fifth woman, Isobel Sinclair, was under fairy control, as a result of which she had second sight.


- Excerpt From: Folklore Society (Great Britain). “Folklore.” London, Folk-lore Society (via charlottesarahscrivener)

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Everyone should know this, for their own safety.

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"This is the first thing I have understood:
Time is the echo of an axe within a wood."

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We could find alien life, but politicians don’t have the will
While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in the movies, it has never been seen in space. Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon. Despite this lack of protoplasmic presence, there are many researchers – sober, sceptical academics – who think that life beyond Earth is rampant. They suggest proof may come within a generation. These scientists support their sunny point of view with a few astronomical facts that were unknown a generation ago. In particular, and thanks largely to the success of NASA’s Kepler space telescope, we can now safely claim that the universe is stuffed with temperate worlds. In the past two decades, thousands of planets have been discovered around other stars. New ones are turning up at the rate of at least one a day. More impressive than the tally is their sheer abundance. It seems the majority of stars have planets, implying the existence of a trillion of these small bodies in the Milky Way galaxy alone. A deeper analysis of Kepler data suggests that as many as one in five stars could sport a special kind of planet, one that is the same size as Earth and with similar average temperatures. Such planets, styled as “habitable”, could be swathed by atmospheres and awash in liquid water. In other words, the Milky Way could be host to tens of billions of Earth’s cousins. (via We could find alien life, but politicians don’t have the will)

Fermi paradox dismissed as “probably just the illuminati again”?


Saltmarket on the Square

I know I’ve been a little quiet lately, but I’ve been writing dissertation and preparing to fly away and working on about a million other unrelated things.

This is one of them. 

It’s a crowdfunding campaign for Saltmarket Design, three Scottish women (each one a triple threat in their own right) in the process of becoming a Community Interest Company with a two-fold purpose:
To provide a platform for emerging and established Scottish-based artists, and to encourage people who might not otherwise have the chance to get involved in making things at workshops and live art events.

They have obtained permission from Royal Bank of Scotland to use the interior and grounds of the Dundas Mansion in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh as an exhibition and workshop space for the whole of August - while the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full, mad swing - with the Famous Spiegeltent and the Stand Tent right on their doorstep.

They have a ton of stuff planned already, ingenious events to promote artists and rad creating workshops with groups from some local charities, but they have worked long and hard for an opportunity like this and they want to do it to the utmost.

So they’re looking to raise funds to pay for “material, technology and people” to make their tenure in the (pretty damn magnificent) space everything they wish it could be.

That link in the title is for the indiegogo page. You could totes go check it out right now. There is a sweet intro/promo video by Niall Webster for you to watch.

If you think you know anyone that might be interested, please share it, please give this all of the signal boosts. Edinburgh is a very noisy place in August and these are voices that deserve to be heard, dammit.

In the spirit of full disclosure: I’ve been helping around the web sidelines a (very) little bit, which is why you can see my name on the igg page, but this is totally Lauren, Ruth and Collette’s show.

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finally the no campaign gets a bit of traction

let’s get the SNP to officially exile richard dawkins from their country

Cailleach bheur waits, dreams.

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