OTAKON ATTENDEES!! Please go and read the new details & registration-cap listed on the Registration page. The first 10k registrants are $70 ( regular fee) after that the price will be raised to $80. The attendance cap has now be set at 35k (registration will stop there!)
Registration opens 12:01am!
This is being shared around everywhere! I feel the first 10k will go very fast this year, so make sure you pre-reg fast!
To my friends who are going this year
It’s International Women’s Day here now so I want to give a shout out to all my disabled sisters
to the self diagnosed girls and the 10-drug-rounds-a-day girls
to the loud disabled girls and the girls who don’t verbalise
to the girls in recovery and the stimming girls
The year is 2014. Where is the future we were promised? Where are our jet packs and flying cats? According to these 16th century German illustrations, it appears that we’ve been pining for jet packs far longer than we ever imagined. All the way back in the 1530s people were daydreaming about birds and cats zooming through the air.
Okay fine, not really. These centuries-old illustrations actually depict a German artillery master’s harebrained scheme for using animals as ballistic explosives (click here to learn more). However Mitch Fraas, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries researcher who compiled these images, doesn’t think anyone ever actually tried to implement this bizarre military tactic.
Sinister history aside, we enjoy these illustrations a lot more if we think of them as renaissance kitties whizzing about in pursuit of mice and bowls of cream.
They may have not implemented the bird and cat bombs, but we did briefly experiment with bat bombs, which would have very likely been a method of warfare had it not taken so long to complete the project.