peripheral

It’s just good sense to choose your most famous peripheral friend as a godparent — gives the baby a boost and a nice fun fact for life, like how Eva Longoria is Harper Beckham’s godmother, Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s, and I am my own.

DAY 1—Fav Second Lead: Han Yoo-joo


The first time I saw Coffee Prince, Yoo-Joo started off as a peripheral character who I thought would be, like in most kdrama love triangles/squares, a constant threat to the happiness of our OTP. But when she sits Eun-Chan down and they talk about how they feel and their honesty at wanting to fix misunderstandings, I realized she was going to be a memorable character in her own right.
Upon (multiple) rewatches, I’ve realized that what I love about this drama is that so many of the characters’ actions, reactions, and interactions are what I feel ‘regular’ people would do. For Yoo-Joo, not knowing whether she was ready to settle, having her heart swayed by someone else, the hypocrisy of being annoyed when Han Sung is swayed in the same way…it feels very real to me. It’s not pretty and she doesn’t try to justify it. But she does try to work on it. When proposing, she simply says she will do her best, with all the honesty in the world. It’s an ongoing effort at sincerity and hard work, finding the balance between being her own person and learning to be with and include someone else as well.    
To me, Yoo-Joo represents what comes after the happy ending: the ups and downs that follow and learning how to deal with reality. Even after she has confirmed her feelings and married, there are still hurdles to overcome. But she has learned that she can make it work. True, she has her problematic moments in the drama (drinking when pregnant certainly rubbed me the wrong way), but by the end, Yoo-Joo becomes much more than a throwaway second lead only there to be someone else’s foil. 

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Honorable mention to…many many other second leads. undergroundkdrama thanks for starting this!

SoC: Finale (P.3)

The drive to Chambury was short. Too short in my honest opinion. Not nearly enough time to study the beautiful woman in my peripheral, before it started to get dark. The sun was just heading over the hill as we pulled into the small village of Chambury. It didn’t take us long to find the cathedral or the woman in question. If we would have arrived any later though, we might have just missed her all together. She was in the middle of packing her things as we came up the steps. I tapped her gently on the shoulder, and she turned to greet us. Tulipes inquired if she had gotten the flowers from a florist or if she grew them herself. The woman explained that she did buy them from a local florist, but she was not at liberty to disclose the woman or her location. Tulipes’s expression dropped. “She says she will not tell us.”

“What? Why not?!”

“She says it is not a buisness, it is a family friend. She says it is not our buisness to know where she lives.”

“But…”

“I’m sorree Tosca. She refuses.”

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While walking in the school halls

So I walked out of French class and saw my beautiful sexy amazing friend Sam walking down the hall. I smiled at her and at that EXACT moment, she dropped all her books. A few other people and I all scrambled to help her get her books together, and as I handed her her things I just quietly said “You dropped these cause I was in your peripheral vision” and I was trying so hard not to laugh my ass off.
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As Nuclear Talks Drag on, How Iran is Slowly Encircling Israel - Tehran no longer even bothering to hide its aggressive expansion throughout the Middle East, even as nuclear negotiations continue - 2 March 2015

In the background of this week’s dual drama of US-Iranian negotiations regarding its nuclear program and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s high profile speech aimed at influencing them, Iran has continued to encroach on the fabric of the Middle East. In the last year, Iran has deepened its involvement in Iraq, aided Yemen’s Shiite Houthis in conquering their country’s capital, and facilitated Hezbollah’s most expansive deployment in its history.

Encircling Israel

Iran has been applying a peripheral strategy against its primary rivals in the region: not just Israel, but also Saudi Arabia. With Israel, that strategy depends on Hezbollah and Hamas. Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Michael Segall of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, who specializes in Iranian military strategy, describes that approach as a “pillar” of Iran’s plans for the Middle East.
“What’s different about the recent attack is that Iran is no longer afraid of revealing themselves. They have shifted from covert action, to in the example of the Golan to overt action. They seek to have a presence all along the Israeli border: in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and even from the West Bank – Judea and Samaria.”
Judea and Samaria are the next major project for Iran in this regard. Whereas investment is obviously pervasive in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria present a much more complicated area for any penetration by Iranian agents.
“There have been attempts to smuggle weapons into the area, but as of yet there is no indication of Iranian-made rockets in the West Bank.”
That is because of not only the IDF, but also Mahmoud Abbas’ security forces, who despite rifts with Israel are loathe to allow Hamas a foothold that could repeat the Gaza coup against the Palestinian Authority a decade ago.

Encircling Saudi Arabia

The same peripheral strategy against Israel is being applied against Saudi Arabia. Iran’s influence on Baghdad has grown year to year since the US invasion in 2003. Along with Saudi Arabia’s large Shiite minority and the crisis in Yemen, Iran has managed to build a string of concerns all along Saudi Arabia’s border. Yemen’s fall recently to Shiite rebels could not have been done without Iranian help, says Segall.
“The Houthis could not have done what they did without Iranian help. Iran has been invested there with advisers and resources, interested in creating trouble for Yemen’s northern neighbor.”
What should not be lost on people is that Yemen’s Shiites come from a different branch of the faith, the Zaydi Shiite denomination, as opposed to Iran’s major denomination, Jafari Shiite Islam. When asked if this could have any bearing on the relationship, Segall says he is certain that it doesn’t:
“That doesn’t matter for them. They will work with anybody that will further their agenda.”
For Iran, the particulars of the religious denomination are not so important. That is a critical insight for Israeli and Western strategists. While Sunni fundamentalists the likes of ISIS are murderously specific on what brand of Islam they will tolerate, Tehran has an eclectic set of allies in Hezbollah, Sunni Hamas, Alawite Syria and now Zaydi Yemen.

Hezbollah

What should not be overlooked, says Segall, is how critical Hezbollah is as a component of this strategy. Hezbollah has recently admitted to deploying forces to Iraq, in addition to the significant number of its fighters deployed throughout Syria in defense of the Assad regime.
While it is unclear if Hezbollah’s men in Iraq have actually seen action or hung back in an advising role for local Shiite militias, they are deploying further than ever before and doing so at the bidding of the Iranian government.
“What is important to remember – and I say this often – is that Hezbollah is not truly a Lebanese organization. We say it (is), but it really isn’t true. It’s primarily an Iranian organization. Its resources are primarily from Iran. Nasrallah answers to Khamenei (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran).”
Segall doesn’t mean to imply that its membership has suddenly become more Iranian than Lebanese, rather that the relationship between Hezbollah and Tehran is the development of Hezbollah’s raison d’être as an export of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, as well as being primarily an organization used to serve Iranian policy designs around the Middle East. While Hezbollah has not been as forthcoming about deployments outside Syria and Iraq, Segall emphasized that Hezbollah advisers are aiding the Iranian effort for Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
When asked if Hezbollah’s wide deployments and weapon upgrades from Iran matched Israel’s preparedness for a future confrontation, he wasn’t prepared to give Hezbollah too much credit.
“Israel is more prepared for worst-case scenarios than Hezbollah. I think that despite the extra experience, Israel is still more advanced than they are.”

Fleur was roaming the palace walls after dark per usual. Since her voyage, her ability to sleep had been stunted, so she spent her time awake exploring the castle. As the French princess turned the familiar corner to the throne room, she noticed a shadow in her peripheral running along the wall behind her. Fleur chuckled to herself and the shadow stopped dead, taking note of Fleur. “Running in the shadows is not a very good reputation to have in a castle full of precious nobility,” she joked quietly.

Look at the cross for a whole cycle and tell me what you notice.

The section of the retina where central vision happens is densely packed cone cells  which perceive colors and fine lines. The reason why, in this case, our peripheral vision is distorting our vision because our peripheral vision is to notice faint images, not images that are very detailed.

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False Motion Notion

These eye-popping autokinetic illusions are actually still images. The false perception of motion is due in part to tiny involuntary eye movements called “saccades” and how the eye perceives light and color. Sometimes your eyes and your mind conspire to create false motion, especially in your peripheral vision.

Peripheral nerves of a mouse embryo

Unlike the brain and spinal cord that are housed in protective bone, peripheral nerves connect regions of the body to the central nervous system like telephone cables. Peripheral nerves relay movement information from the brain to the muscles, for example, or sensory information from the skin to the brain. Remarkably, and also different from the brain and spinal cord, peripheral nerves have a tremendous capacity to regenerate when injured. Severed peripheral nerves grow about 1 mm per day (about an inch per month) until the two severed ends reconnect and innervate a once paralyzed muscle.

Image by Zhong Hua, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.