An airship today has pretty much the same design as the first ones. What differs is the amount of cargo that can be brought as well as the speed and durability. Today, most airships used by the military and even some pirates cover the balloon in a very strong yet light sort of rubber that’s strong enough to repel bullets from a certain angle without puncturing it. They also have the capability to raise sails in order to gain speed. What differs the pirateship from the militaryship is the weaponry they carry. The military have a lot of rifles at their disposal but very few cannons as they’re quite heavy. The pirats prefers the cannons as they do a lot of damage in one go. They don’t use cannonballs though due to it’s destructive power, how are they supposed to border other ships if they fall from the sky right after the first attack? Instead they use sandbags, heavy enough to knock anyone unconsciuos but not enough to destroy anything vital or valuable. It’s not rare to see a magic user with the pirates as well, mostly a wind user, either to speed up their retreat, perform a suprise attack or even distort the projectiles trajectory coming their way. I’ve never been on an airship but I have many years ahead of me but one thing that I hope for is to see an airship that is not in need of a balloon nor sails. Today such a thing can only be made possible with magic, but I believe in the inventors of today. I have personally no idea of how to make such a thing or what it would look like but I’ll be damned if there ever is such a thing during my lifetime and I don’t contribute to it’s existence in some way.
"I’m starting to understand the real failings of multi-cultural education growing up in K-12 schools. We gave everyone access to the “fun” parts of culture. Let’s sing the dreidel song! Now we understand the Jewish experience. Let’s talk about segregation. Wasn’t that wrong. Aren’t we glad it’s over? Let’s take turns reading parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech. We had access to the easy stuff without having to really examine the hard stuff. And we were giving easy access to things that aren’t “ours” and shouldn’t be “ours.” So you can’t just pick up the “fun” stuff and put it into your party theme or Facebook pictures. I’m using simple terms like fun because that’s how multiculturalism was given to us as children. And while it may have served a purpose at the time, it gave us too much access to claim things that aren’t ours.
I honestly, honestly think that is some of the reasons why the race parties are such a horrible fad on college campuses. They are carrying on what we did in elementary school. Let’s make culture a party! Everyone bring your cultural food and put on a costume! The racism is present and good percentage of the participants are really expressing deep rooted racism. But some truly don’t want to “understand why it’s wrong” when they are re-enacting what we used to do with culture in elementary schools. Culture was supposed to be fun. “I don’t understand why you are mad now? I thought culture was a party!” Party’s over kids. Put down the head-dress."
"Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions — medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts."
[Chained book on a book]. [Asheville, NC : Dan Essig, 1999]
“And Harry, with the unerring skill of the Seeker, caught the wand in his free hand as Voldemort fell backward, arms splayed, the slit pupils of the scarlet eyes rolling upward. Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality, his body feeble and shrunken, the white hands empty, the snakelike face vacant and unknowing. Voldemort was dead.”
You see, this is how it should have been. I wish that this wasn’t just a behind-the-scene photo. I wish that it had happened like this. Exactly like in the book. Voldemort died like anyone else. And it’s amazing how in the book, J.K. Rowling actually used his name. He was humanized in death. And I wish that they had shown that, instead of showing him do an imitation of the Corpse Bride.
Because it’s really important:
Tom Riddle was humanized in death.
(…not to mention that, if I remember correctly, it happened in the Great Hall in front of everyone…)
Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.
People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings.