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Jun. 27th, 2013

09:52 am

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Tomorrow I will be in Brisbane, and there will be rivet, and it will be warm, and there will be snuggles. It's my midwinter getaway and midwinter getaways with rivet are the best kind.

Meanwhile, last night I was back to being crap at handstands. Today my entire shoulder area, front and back, hurt like fuck. Wut.

Also, someone told me yesterday that my directness can be intimidating. I am not sure what to do about that. I used to be a master of deflection, and that did me no good at all. Fuck that noise, essentially. I don't like the idea of being intimidating though. Maybe I should just not talk at all, and go around smiling beatifically at people. And then they'd think I was up to something, right?


So Thedas is an imaginary world, right? And like a lot of imaginary worlds, it has a calendar. It goes like this:

1st month: Verimensis / Wintermarch (Annum: First Day)
2nd month: Pluitanis / Guardian (Annum: Wintersend)
3rd month: Nubulis / Drakonis
4th month: Eluviesta / Cloudreach
5th month: Molioris / Bloomingtide (Annum: Summerday)
6th month: Ferventis / Justinian
7th month: Solis / Solace
8th month: Matrinalis / August (Annum: All Soul's Day)
9th month: Parvulis / Kingsway
10th month: Frumentum / Harvestmere
11th month: Umbralis / Firstfall (Annum: Satinalia)
12th month: Cassus / Haring

So it's a twelve month calendar not that dissimilar to ours, with New Year at the beginning of Wintermarch (January). They hold Summerday as the celebration for the start of summer in Bloomingtide (May). And that's all well and good, right? But check this out:



Notice anything in there? Probably not because it's not very clearly marked, but south of the bottom of the map is a frozen sea, and Ferelden (the southernmost country) is supposedly similar in climate to England. The further north you go, the warmer it gets. Rivain and Seheron are supposed to have Mediterranean type climates.

So to me, this implies that whatever imaginary world Thedas is, the part we're looking at is in the Southern Hemisphere. And if that's the case, they've got their months all wrong, because the first month sure ain't Wintermarch, and we would not be calling the fifth one Bloomingtide. It'd be Firstfall, because that's when you'd expect the first fall of snow.

I mean, I guess you could say "Well they don't start their year in January like we do, obviously". But this is supposed to be a world only a subverted myth away from our own, and if August is August in both calendars, then I suspect that it simply didn't occur to the worldbuilders that making the poles opposite would make the seasons opposite too - because they are all in the Northern Hemisphere, and that's the default assumption for most Western literature (or whatever you call this). And like a lot of other things I read/watch/play, I have to do some mental gymnastics with my headcanon to make the seasons fit the calendar.

Anyway, it niggles. The world is otherwise so well created, to have them fall down on something like this makes me go *facepalm*


And yes, I'm perfectly aware that this is not something anyone else anywhere ever gives a shit about. For those people, have this:

Guerilla knitting!

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From:t_c_da
Date:June 26th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Guerilla knitting!

Awesome!

Must show this to my little princess and her Awesome Admiral, who are Star Wars nuts and celebrating 15 years of marriage this day...
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From:anna_en_route
Date:June 26th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
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The whole reversed seasons thing is a great way of gently introducing people (well nothern hemisphereites anyway) to the concept of unexamined privelege.

There's no way that we can avoid the knowledge that the rest of the world mostly functions on different seasons but it's possible to live in the nothern hemisphere and never really think about the fact that you're experiencing seasons in the exact reverse of someone else.
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From:pombagira
Date:June 27th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
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its fun to explain the differences when at a pagan festival in the northern hemisphere.. you need a whiteboard though.. mmm fun times..

*beams*
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From:meathiel
Date:June 27th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
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Love the knitted R2D2 ... way cool!
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From:plantgirl
Date:June 27th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)

niggling

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That season muck-up would drive me crazy!
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From:plantgirl
Date:June 27th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Please give hugs to the rivet from me?
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From:kehleyr
Date:June 29th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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Guerilla knitting! Awesome!!
Have fun at your getaway :-D
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 12th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
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R2Purl2!
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