I thought she was cosplaying as a book but diction-fairy is a million times better :D
It’s giveaway time! I’ve gotten quite a few followers since the last giveaway, and gained some more friends, and everyone is just pretty awesome all around, and let’s reward you guys for that? Sound good?
Check out the images above for what you’re trying to win (and my apologies for any spelling errors, I kind of wish Photoshop had spellcheck)!
And what’s listed isn’t even all of what you have a choice from! I know there’s many many things I’ve posted that haven’t been made in to a print or anything, which is why each prize tier is given a price limit. That way, if there’s something you’ve seen from me that you have wanted in some capacity, I can supply it to you within the limits of the prize cost! If you win, all you have to do is ask. :)
Rules and stuff!
- »> FOLLOW THIS LINK TO FIND THE GIVEAWAY WIDGET. TUMBLR IS NOT RELIABLE! PLEASE USE THIS WIDGET TO BE SURE YOUR ENTRY IS COUNTED!!! «<
- Must be following me to win!
- Please please PLEASE don’t change your Tumblr name! Or just be sure that I have SOME WAY to reach you with the Tumblr name you provide the widget (likewise, don’t delete those reblogs! if I follow the reblog link and there’s no reblog there, guess what? Doesn’t count).
- Reblog as much as you like, but only the reblogs you link through the widget are counted (and you can put in a new entry once a day on the widget)!
- Shipping is on me, and I’ll ship ANYWHERE.
- Giveaway ends on December 25th (right as December 24th ticks over), with a winner announced later that day.
When do you get your prize?
Very good question! If the items you want are in stock in my store, your prizes will be shipped out on December 27th. If you want backstock items or have requested an item I do not have something for YET, your order will MOST LIKELY ship in January.
Commissioned artwork will be delivered via email, one to three months after the end of the giveaway. Art will be done in Photoshop, at 11x17” 300 DPI. So you will have a nice big hi res image!
Did I miss something? Probably! Just drop me an ask or a fanmail or a carrier pigeon and I shall answer any burning questions/fill in gaps I may have missed!
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
Mission fucking accomplished
Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!
I love this commentary.
Still really want to make a plague doctor costume one day
hey how about instead of using terms like rule 63, genderbend, sexswap, etc.
we use presentationplay
- it’s cute
- isn’t binarist
- doesn’t ignore trans* identities in favor of rule 63 (i might not be wording this point correctly ._.)
- allows for variation in body types and in clothing/hair/etc. styles without falling into gross gender stereotypes
how about it
I like that. It’s also far more straightforward. Rule 63, genderbend, sexswap, etc all have me still confused.
I dare you to say Toothless isn’t the cutest thing ever
Awww man, this so adorable. Toothless is just amazing!
someone buy hermann this sweater just cause space is cold doesnt mean he has to be
So today is my 19th birthday and my parents have been super secretive about my cake for like a week. Turns out they searched through months worth of NightValeRadio tweets to find a birthday related one for my cake. And the people at the cake place had absolutely no idea what it was referring to and still have no clue what the design was all about.
THATS GOOD PARENTING RIGHT THERE