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Why Beth Greene could be alive.

This is my detailed list of reasons (and thoughts) that includes suspicious behaviour inside and outside TWD as to why Beth Greene might still be alive. Please know that this is purely speculation. If you have anything to add, a source or if I’m wrong about a certain claim please send me a message and/or reblog this.

I made this post purely for myself and for others who want to know why a lot of people doubt her death and are interested in Team Delusional. In no way am I going to try to ‘convince’ anyone, honestly just believe what you want to believe. Though this is also made to remind some people who are slowly losing hope of all the things they believed in once. Just because a director says that she’s dead doesn’t take away all the symbolism and clues that we have gathered.

(Also a piece of advice: keep the hate away. People are free to believe something, especially if there is enough evidence to doubt said character death. Don’t like it? Don’t read it. Move on.)

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Agent Carter Appreciation Week- Day 5: Favourite Cast Member

I get a lot of letters from young girls, and parents of young girls saying that [Peggy Carter] is a really positive role model.  That’s when this career opens up the potential for responsibility because young people are watching those films, and they’re influenced by the way women are depicted. To have someone in a male-dominated environment who’s smart and not running around in Spandex looking like a sex-symbol is refreshing.

What is Art? Existential Reflections through Symbolic Acts of Conquest, By Danielle Miller

This question might be chalked up to nothing more than pseudo-intellectual fodder for critics or art “experts” to speculate on. The definition for art becomes subjective when one considers the ways communities are represented and therefore affected by visuals that are later presented as “art”. Why should marginalized communities be at the mercy of a colonizer simply because they slap the label of “art” on their acts of conquest?

One of the many examples we see of this is with the ongoing appropriation of the War Bonnet. Often times that appropriation works two fold when hyper sexualization of Native women is incorporated with the War bonnet. The depictions continue despite how much people are educated on the significance of the war bonnet, or the high statistics of violence Native women face, or the scary reality of thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Many also love to partake in the skull and head dress imagery which renders all Native people extinct.

Whenever Natives attempt to speak out against harmful representations a go-to defense is always “Its beautiful! Its art!”

As someone who has taken art classes centered on the philosophy of questioning what defines art I find that excuse to be a cop out. Are we really going to trivialize art in such a matter that we reduce it to perpetuating marginalization for the sake of aesthetics? Every art movement has had a method to its madness even when it came to creating art for the sake of doing so.

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anonymous asked:

I am a Stydia shipper all the way, but I don't bash other ships. I was reading a meta on the possibility of Stydia and the feels.. It's from anvh89 and I can't post the whole thing but I'll summarize it; 315: Here is the moment that symbolically ends the potential for romantic Stydia, the red-string of fate tangled about Lydia’s finger, Stiles unravels it and tosses it away, he holds the green marker, green for solved. As in resolved, the potential has definitively been put to rest. Ahh omgomg:(

PFFT.

Anon, that is one interpretation of this scene, (and in my personal opinion, a desperate and poorly rationalized interpretation from an obsessive Sterek shipper who refuses to acknowledge canon but I’m going to stop right there) and it’s merely an interpretation of many possibilities. 

The only way I can see that the green marker in his hand is to symbolize that “the potential for Stydia has been resolved” is if Stiles and Lydia had started some kind of relationship and had some kind of argument or disagreement and this was them coming to terms as just being friends again.

And obviously that kind of thing never happened. 

If anything, that happened with Stalia in season 4. IF we are to deeply analyze this one moment and connect the string to the red string of fate trope and the green marker to the “solved” label of Stiles’ system, this scene can hold several different meanings:

1. Lydia is no longer “unsolved.” This makes sense for a number of reasons - because Stiles knows she’s a banshee (she’s no longer “something”), Lydia is no longer seen as a unrequited crush or lifelong relationship goal but as an equal or a friend, and Stiles and Lydia finally have a solid friendship at this point in the series. I would argue their friendship started in 3a, but definitely solidified after the surrogate sacrifice.

2.  Stiles is removing the doubt in Lydia’s mind. There’s even dialogue to back up this reason: “Hey, Lydia. You’ve been right every time something like this has happened, okay? So don’t start doubting yourself now.” Him removing the wound up self-criticism also being symbolized by removing the wound up red string around her finger is not too far of a stretch, in fact I think it’s the most easily agreeable interpretation. Lydia believes herself to be “unsolved” or wrong, but Stiles is assuring her she is “solved” or right (hence the red thread and the green marker respectively).

3. Stiles and Lydia solidify their friendship and trust in one another. This could also be the simple interpretation that there are no doubts between either of them from this point on, and we see proof of that when Stiles is the one to encourage Lydia to scream later on in the episode. 

4. And then there’s the romantic interpretation. I believe this is the first time the “red string of fate” trope makes its way into the series, and normally such a strong romantic trope I would find a far stretch except for the fact that it keeps appearing in the show with Stiles and Lydia. And you know what they say, three times is a pattern. But what’s interesting is that this pattern is also tied to the notion that Stiles and Lydia have an emotional tether and are two sides of the same coin. Whether you see this as romantic or not, you can’t deny the tie these two have between each other. 

The emotional tether has also been played out visually, as pointed out by this meta. As Stiles moves forward in the opening, Lydia falls backwards. And likewise, in the season four promo,

the same thing happens except it’s reversed. Lydia turns to move away from the camera as Stiles simultaneously is pulled up towards the camera. If you need more examples of how they parallel each other then look at this post. There’s also the obvious “unspoken connections” between these two that are littered throughout season 3b, such as hearing Stiles was in Eichen House or their connection when Stiles was in the MRI machine. 

Certainly, Stiles throwing away the red string could be interpreted as throwing away the “red string of fate,” but it can also be interpreted as throwing away the meaning of “unsolved.” And if we are to include the green marker in this interpretation, it means “solved” and Stiles presses the marker to his lips. (hint hint cough cough)

And guess who solved his panic attack problem by kissing him?

Oh yeah, Lydia.

There’s also an argument from the Sterek perspective that when Stiles says "blue is just pretty" for his color coding scheme, that Derek’s eyes are blue and that must definitely mean Stiles has heart eyes for Derek. Again, that’s just one interpretation, because you know who else has pretty blue eyes? Malia. And Stiles is in a relationship with Malia in season four, so if the blue is supposed to be symbolic of Stiles loving someone with blue eyes, it’s obviously Malia over Derek. Even then, it’s kind of a stretch. 

But if we’re going to throw the blue symbolism into this mix,

Then we can’t just ignore the fact that Lydia wears a blue dress when she kissed Stiles and was his emotional tether in the surrogate sacrifice. Teen Wolf rarely repeats wardrobes for characters unless it means something, so why have Lydia wear this same dress for the promotional photo shoot? (while also holding Stiles’ notebook)

Unless of course, the blue dress is supposed to mean something.

I don’t want to list all the times the red string keeps appearing in scenes with Stiles and Lydia (partially because I’m lazy, sorry) because there’s a handful, but what’s interesting is that the red string keeps showing up even when it’s clearly no longer necessary. 

Because why focus so much on the red string when Stiles has clearly transitioned to using red tape for his murder mystery board? I personally think the red string in the opening sequence can also symbolize how Stiles is still an unsolved case (-cough- Stiles is something -cough-) but it’s still strange to have the string there when we haven’t seen him use it at all in season 4.

And why would Stiles have the red string so easily accessible if he’s not even using it? My guess is that it’s there for symbolic purposes, or in this case, to remind us of the “red string of fate” trope between Stiles and Lydia.

So there’s my interpretation. 

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia: the store windows of the last days of the USSR

Introductory essays for photographic collections often fall flat, but David Hlynsky’s brief remarks on the opening pages of Window-Shopping through the Iron Curtain — a beautifully made hardcover book featuring brilliant, sharp photographic prints — are nothing less than brilliant.

In the late 1980s, Hlynsky began to visit the USSR with his Hasselblad, ignoring the overblown warnings about the political risks of street photography, and shot over 8,000 exposures of the last days of the USSR, with an emphasis on its shop windows, which stood (and remain) the most enduring symbol of the ideological difference between Soviet socialism and winner-take-all capitalist consumerism.

The empty shop window was a lazy, easy way to sketch out the problems of the planned economies of the USSR. A store with nothing to sell — or better yet, a store with some fresh goods in, marked by a queue snaking out the door and around the block — was a sure-fire way to make Americans recoil in horror, especially during the 1980s, when mega-malls came to dominate American life and leisure.

Soviet anti-consumerism simply didn’t acknowledge the idea of retail therapy, the notion that shopping could be a sport or a passtime. There was no explosion of goods marked out by tiny differences in their design: “a radio was a radio, milk was milk,” and the stern, minimalist, naive shop-windows reflected this reality. In a way, Hlynsky’s photos invoke the hanging signs of pre-literate medieval villages: if you sell pens, you put a pen in the window; if you sell underwear, you put a pair of underwear in the window.

But that wasn’t the whole story, of course. The reality of Soviet corruption included a thriving, semi-licit underground in hard-currency goods imported from the west, from the canonical blue jeans and bubblegum to booze and Marlboros. The goods on sale in the licit, open shops were not intended to serve as anything but inert, non-symbolic things. Positional goods and status items and markers of social identity came from the black market and hard-currency stores, and for Hlynsky, the experience of using black-market money-changers led him to discover more about these.

Our modern world shows a curious convergence with Soviet high streets. As chain stores choke out the mom-and-pop and indie shops on all our cities’ streets, the goods on offer wherever you go take on a sameness that is positively Soviet in scope. From Sofia to Leningrad, the same kinds of goods hung in the same kinds of windows. Today, every high street looks like the shopping area at Heathrow Terminal 5: the same major brands, arranged to three-ring-binder house-style perfection, hung in just the same way everywhere.

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apathologist asked:

"Pathology is usually on the lowest floor of a medical care center not because it is unimportant and just pushed down to the “basement”, it is symbolically there because it is the foundation. Every doctor must understand the pathology of an illness in order to cure it. Or give closure to those left behind." I love this quote. Also I'd just like to say that you inspire me. So uh. Thank you.

That’s just…really really flattering. And it was just so weird reading my own words like that, I never meant to make it sound so poetic, but I guess it just comes out that way when you talk about stuff you love. 
I’m here to get inspired and inspire, to learn from you guys and teach others from my experience and mistakes, and have a hella fun :) I’m glad I’ve reached out to someone, you really made my day.

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I GUESS TO KICK THINGS OFF, HERE’S part of  a dump of a surprise character that has climbed his way to be one i really like drawing oops. AS IF YOU COULDNT TELL ALREADY.

Brainchild of winter-saint and I, This is Cap’n Zeit, a mature dialga with the heart of a biker and a leading officer  in a small task force dealing with rogue giratina among other things. Lost a hand in dealings with them years and years ago. V:

He was pretty anime when he was young.

anonymous asked:

Wait isnt the sigil of sulfur the satanic cross

Nah son. It’s the alchemical symbol for (here it comes)…. (get ready for it)…. (great estoric knowledge alert)… SULFUR AND BRIMSTONE. *gasp* 

It’s an old alchemical symbol and was out there long before it was adopted into Satanism. It is easily incorrectly referred to as the “cross of Satan” or “Leviathan Cross” by Christian tract writers, due to its adoption as an emblem of Satanism by Anton LaVey in the 1960s. The emblem has no history as a symbol of Satanism outside of LaVey’s usage.

LaVey most likely adopted it due to the (Christian) preacher’s use of the old term “fire and brimstone”, which is synonymous to “raising hell”, which was simply a way to say the consequences of not leading a Christian life.The symbol for brimstone is the symbol for sulfur in Alchemy. WHY do you suppose this could BE??? Sulfer was called Brimstone in the musty dusties of history, which is why the alchemists used the term Brimstone instead of Sulfur.

LaVey might have also chosen to adopt it because it vaguely resembles a Christian cross, to make it seem blasphemous- and as everyone knows, blasphemy is fun for the whole family.

But all in all, the alchemic symbol for Sulfur has nothing to do with Satanism, however it was adopted into it at some point. But it had been out there long before that and is still continued to be used without relation to Satanism/LaVey.

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These shots together have such a cinematographic value here.

The initial situation was Crowley handing the blade to Dean, before he went to kill Cain. Like we’ve seen all season long, we have Crowley on Dean’s side, symbolizing his dark path. No big surprise until there - but then we see a critical change in the picture. He is supposed to give Crowley the blade back, but he chooses a different way for himself with giving the First Blade to Castiel.

Given we have with Castiel an angel and with Crowley a demon, we are basically talking good vs bad here. In the thrid gif the impact gets visualized by Castiel shifting to Dean’s side. While this is giving me hope for Dean, we have Crowley on Sam’s side at the end there. Sam who is desperate to find a cure against the Mark of Cain and who still has Dean’s "So, I’m gonna fight it till I can’t fight it anymore. And when all is said and done… I’ll go down swinging." in his head. At this point, he would do anything to help his brother, which will get the boys into a lot of trouble.

The both still have to realize that they cannot deny a side of them, neither good nor bad. 

I was asked to post a picture of my tattoo for a while now, but I didn’t have time and it was still healing but since I just saw Lights a few days ago I thought it would be good to do it now! So took a picture of my Little Machines tattoo and the wristband Lights signed on Tuesday.   

I got a Little Machines tattoo in the last month or so. I was really pumped to get it because the design is cool, but it’s also cool to feel like I’m joining the Little Machines army that’s been happening.  I’ve been a big fan of Lights since around 9th or 10th grade (I’m a senior in college now so it’s been a while) and I thought this would be a good way to commemorate my dedication and adoration for her and her music.  I’m really proud to be a fan of her music and I’m proud to wear this symbol on me.  I get really excited when people ask me what it is and I get to tell them about this awesome girl who makes fantastic music.

So, all in all, I’m proud to officially be a Little Machine.    

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Aglag Creation Temple is a small buddhist temple up in the mountains of Tuv Province. When construction on the temple began, there was a huge boulder in the way. Workmen tried and failed to break the boulder apart. The night after they attempted to destroy the boulder, a fire broke out at the construction site, and people had dreams about the boulder.

This was taken as a sign, and it was decided to leave the boulder in place as part of the temple, with the rest of the temple grounds and sculptures designed to harmonize with the natural environment. It’s become a sort of sculpture walk where you can wander through the forest and admire the way things have been sculpted by wind and water, or by the monks.

  1. The boulder inside the temple, decorated with gold and silk.
  2. This sculpture is a creature with the body of a fish-eating otter and the head of a fish. It symbolizes making peace or finding harmony between opposites.
  3. The Womb of Purification is a large boulder with a small tunnel through it. Buddhists believe babies are born sinless and wrapped in love, so squeezing yourself this rock-womb helps purify an adult soul from sin. (Though it is also believed if you have too many sins, you’ll get stuck.)
  4. Boulder carved with buddhist mantras.
  5. Boulder carved with a helpful deity or bodhisattva

Other sights include a rock naturally shaped like a human in lotus position, a tree growing inside a cave, two trees that have fused together to form an arch, the Turning Gorge, the Crag of a Moment,  a tree whose branches have formed a circle shape,a naturally fist-shaped boulder, an egg-shaped boulder that was once covered with gold leaf (but the gold has worn away, because people were rubbing it for good luck), and a carved penis.

Photos by Naimaldai for Google Earth, except the temple exterior, which was taken by N. Ganzorig for National Geographic.

anonymous asked:

I recently just realized that I'm demisexual; but I'm having a little more trouble with seeing myself as being on the ace spectrum. I know that demi is on the ace spectrum but, I'm struggling with feeling like I can claim acepride; if that makes sense.

That makes a lot of sense; a lot of demisexuals and gray asexuals feel the same way. Just know that it IS a spectrum, after all, so there’s room for a lot of people on there, including you. Just like how a rainbow has room for green and orange and not just red and purple. They’re all colors of the rainbow. (That might have been the cheesiest thing I’ve ever written.) What makes you a part of the spectrum is the fact that you share the same experiences with other aces, so you’re claiming pride for those experiences, not necessarily the label itself, which simply symbolizes those shared experiences. 

Ways to Get Messages From Spirit Guides
  • Gut feeling
  • Shivers down your back
  • See a flash of an image in your mind
  • Hear a positive voice with a brief message
  • Smell something
  • An earth angel directly delivers the information to you
  • You find yourself giving advice to another person, and realize that is the advice you needed to hear
  • Déjà vu
  • A series of unmistakable repeating symbols or signs

Not sure if this has been brought up before, but just look!

The ancient elves used inuksuit!

In case you didn’t know, the Inuit traditionally built an inuksuk as a landmark of sorts, to tell others they’re going the right way. They had different meanings; some where for directions, some where to mark a hunting or fishing ground, and some were spiritually symbolic, which would explain why they’re all over the Temple. If you look around the Temple of Dirthamen, you’ll find different shaped ones. (I unfortunately didn’t capture images of them.) I just wonder if they have the same meanings, or if the creators put them in there simply for decorative purposes. I doubt it.

becauseb00ks asked:

[insert infinity symbol here] (My phone doesn't have the actual symbol).

"sic transit gloria…glory fades" by brand new

she hits the lights.
this doesn’t seem quite fair.
despite everything he learned from his friends,
he doesn’t feel so prepared.
she’s breathing quiet and smooth.
he’s gasping for air.
'this is the first and last time,' he says.
she fakes a smile and presses her hips into his.
he keeps his hands pinned down at his sides.
he’s holding back from telling her
exactly what it really feels like.

he is the lamb, she is the slaughter.
she’s moving way too fast and all he wanted was to hold her.
nothing that he tells her is really having an effect.
he whispers that he loves her,
but she’s probably only looking for se-…

anonymous asked:

So, is the dress white and gold, or blue and black?

What is the dress, really?  Is it a metaphor?  Is it, in its own innocuous way, a symbol for our inability as individuals to reach the same conclusions based on our own perceptions?  Could this dress be viewed as a statement upon the divisive issues that continue to deride us as a global community?  Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past because we are unable to define the colours of it that have shaped us in this modern age?

Shall we examine the symbolism of the colours themselves?   White, often symbolic of purity.  Gold, symbolic of wealth.  Blue, symbolic of calm.  Black, symbolic of mystery.

The gold and white dress must radiate purely expensive tastes.  And the black and blue version radiates a mysterious calm demeanour.

Pablo Picasso said it best: Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

Note:  I was just informed that this wasn’t supposed to be answered seriously.  Drat.

I’m suddenly remembering several old forum discussions where people genuinely pointed to Sirius’ idea to have Peter be the Secret Keeper as evidence of his recklessness and irresponsibility.

Ahh yes, because taking a look at the situation, thinking about it and realizing that being the Secret Keeper for the guy who everyone knows is his best friend is way too obvious, and then coming up with a plan that misdirects the enemy’s attention is sooo reckless. Planning the whole thing so that the only ones who know are those who absolutely have to, taking as little risk as possible, since there is a confirmed spy in the Order. Not taking the honorable and symbolic role that was offered him, as best friend, in favor of being something of a red herring to keep two friends and their infant son a bit safer is obviously just rash and irresponsible.

Dude just doesn’t even DO planning. Just jumped right into action. No regard for anyone’s safety. Obviously.

WHAT EVEN IS THE LOGIC HERE

I know people like to reinterpret everything Sirius has ever done as being done out of sheer recklessness but really.  r e a l l y.

In years later, especially as the women’s movement took hold in the seventies, people began to ask me about my costume. Some thought it “demeaning” for  a woman in the command crew to be dressed so sexily. It always surprised me because I never saw it that way. After all, the show was created in the age of the mini-skirt, and the crew women’s uniforms were very comfortable. Contrary to what many may think today, no one really saw it as demeaning back then. In fact, the miniskirt was a symbol of sexual liberation. More to the point, though, in the twenty-third century, you are respected for your abilities  regardless of what you do or do not wear. I’ll tell you one thing: I would not have worn those silly high water bell-bottoms with the ruffle at the calf the guys had to wear for anything. Several times I offered Bill Theiss (Costume Designer) some unsolicited advice: “Why can’t you just cut those goddamn things longer and preshrink them?”
—  Nichelle Nichols on Her Costume, “Beyond Uhura”, Page 164