Court Presentation Ensemble


Probably American

Emily Warren Roebling, who had a significant role in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, wore this gown for her formal presentation to Queen Victoria in 1896. Robeling was the wife of Washington Augustus Roebling (1837-1926), the chief engineer of the bridge, and took over day-to-day supervision of the project for a period of fourteen years after husband became ill and was unable to visit the construction site. Although she had no formal training, Roebling’s extensive knowledge of engineering contributed significantly to the successful completion of the bridge in 1886.
Presentation at court was a special event for American women of Roebling’s social status and court protocol regulated men’s and women’s formal attire for the event. The lavish embroidery, sumptuous textiles and long train are characteristics of the formal gown, making it appropriate for the occasion. Roebling appears to have had a sentimental attachment to the ensemble; she chose to wear it again for her portrait by Charles-Émile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (1838–1917) which is also now part of the Brooklyn Museum collection.



Luna by CosmosUp on Flickr.

“Frankly put. I am a FAKE GEEK GUY. I admit it. I like geek stuff, but I don’t love geek stuff. Not the way most geeks do. I’m an interloper on the geek scene. I’ve seen the movies, but I don’t know the canon. I am not a true fan.

All those things about not really loving the source material and “just watching the movies” or only reading the one book that everyone has read. That—all of that—applies to me.

But here are some things that have never happened to me. I have never been quizzed about who Data’s evil brother is to prove I like Star Trek. I have never had to justify my place in a midnight line to see Spider-man II by knowing who took up the mantle of Spider-man after Peter Parker’s death. (Peter Parker dies? Really? That’s so sad!) I have never had to explain who Nightwing is in order to participate in a conversation about Batman. (Nightwing is like….Robin on steroids, right?) I have never been asked how battle meditation works in order to voice my opinion that Enterprise shields would probably make a fight with Star Wars technology one sided. (Battle meditation is something that was in that Jedi role playing game, wasn’t it?) I have never had to beat everybody in the room (twice) at Mario Kart to prove I liked video games. I have never had my gender “honorarily” changed by having enough geek interests to be accepted (“you’re one of the guys now”). No one has ever insisted I tell them the difference between a tank and DPS in an MMORPG before allowing me to discuss raiding Molten Core. I have never been dismissed as a faker at a prequel screening because I didn’t know which admiral came out of light speed too close to the planet’s surface in The Empire Strikes Back. I have never been quizzed about Armor Class in order to get past someone who was blocking my path to the back of a game store where my friends were waiting at the tables. I have never been told I’m not a real fan. I have never been shamed for coming to a convention despite my lack of esoteric knowledge. And I have never, ever, EVER been invited to leave a fandom because I didn’t like [whatever it was] enough.

Every one of the things I have listed, I have personally witnessed happen. To women.

That’s not elitism. That’s sexism.”

The “Fake Geek” is Not The Problem When It Comes to “Fake Geek Girls” (via brutereason)

Y’know, I’ve never once faced this kind of thing while dressed up as Black Canary at conventions? And since I’ve heard so very many reports of this kind of thing aimed at girls just like me, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two possible explanations for that:

A) The kind of guys who do this thing have no fucking idea what Silver Age Black Canary looks like and therefore have no idea whom to accuse me of not knowing enough about,

or B) The fact that I am 5’10 in my socks- and, therefore, 6’2 in my canon-accurate Black Canary costume- turns them off, because for some mysterious reason they just don’t happen to feel like being condescending douches to a woman staring down at them from four inches or so higher. CAN’T IMAGINE WHY.


Cool bed ideas for small spaces.


I can relate to this on every level


This Death Star looks good enough to eat!

These French confections are strong with the Force (and buttercream) thanks to food blogger Mike Tamplin.

Read my interview with this food blogger on my CNET article!


Bruce Munro was born in 1959 and completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney, where he learned about design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to Southwest England in 1992, he settled with his family in the countryside near Bath and set up a studio.

He is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter. This tendency has been combined with a liking for components and an inventive urge for reuse, coupled with career training in manufacture of light. As a result Munro produces both monumental temporary experiential artworks as well as intimate story-pieces.


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House of Faberge, Palace of Gatchina Egg. Look closely to see details of cannons, a flag, a statue of Paul I, and trees.