the Twilight series (2005 — 2008)


Five times Claire helped/saved Sylar unintentionally and once she did it by choice (X).

Light from the rising sun cut jagged lines through her face as she stared out into the sunrise. She was tired and though her dad would soon wake up and drag them into the car for another endless sightseeing day of pavement and yellow lines, she found that she couldn’t sleep. Not after last night.

Not after what she did.

She heard his footsteps before she heard the scuffle of a button popping open. Sylar sat down beside her, his worn jacket in one hand, their feet dangling from the edge of the motel’s roof limply. She didn’t question his sudden arrival or why he was wearing the same clothes as yesterday’s. It seemed pointless to do so. “Why?” His words rang out into the still silence and she marveled at the blasé yet doggedly curious tone, how he could convey so much and yet say so little. “I don’t get it. You hate me.”

It has to be maddening, it occurred to her, for the man who understood everything to ‘don’t get it’ just plain and simple. Lips pursing in thought, she casted her eyes downwards. There was an old lady putting coins into the slot of soda vending machine. She had a lot of change. “I don’t like you.” She begun slowly, chewing the words, trying to voice what she’d been mulling over the whole night, “But surprisingly I don’t hate you, either.”

This seemed to give him pause, or maybe he had not heard her right. She was starting to worry it had been the latter when she turned to him and found Sylar staring at her unflinchingly, head cocked slightly to the side. She knew he would keep asking, she could see the question dangling from his lips, he wouldn’t be so easily satisfied just as she wouldn’t be so easily casted aside like a ragdoll anymore. They had reached a stalemate so she braved into new territory and beat him to the punch.

“I just want to save you while there’s something left to save.”

greenkaorichan asked:

I'M SO SORRY FOR BOMBARDING YOU WITH SO MANY ASKS BUT I REALLY LOVE YOUR META ^^. Reading your tags on several gifsets I noticed you have a "going theological on SW" and I wanted to ask you, what theological elements do you see in ROTJ and Anakin's redemption and final moments with Luke? Personally, Anakin's return reminds me of the 'Prodigal son' parable, but I think you'll have more deeper theological thoughts about it all ;) FREE ALL THE FEELS!


Okay, so, I should preface what will no doubt be a monstrously long post by saying that I’m a Biblical scholar and a theologian by training, and a campus minister by vocation. My focus was on New Testament and the early church fathers and mothers, and I come from a Catholic background with a long-standing love affair with Orthodox theology. For me, theology is something much broader than simply study of religious texts or history: it’s a way of encountering and understanding the world, and a stammering way of approaching ultimate reality.

Probably a better question is what theological elements do I not see in ROTJ, but here are the main ones, and they are some of my very favorite theological themes: salvation, recapitulation, kenosis, resurrection, sanctifying love. And very strong undercurrents of the Harrowing of Hell, too, which is one of my very favorite things to talk about, and appropriate for Eastertide.

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principailty-of-zeon asked:

an Anon answered the question i asked you previously - about summarizing The Sandman in one sentence - and with a quote from you directly. "The Lord of Dreams learns that he must change or die, and makes his decision". Do you think this is accurate?

It’s from the introduction to ENDLESS NIGHTS:

Yesterday, in a hotel lobby in Turin I was asked if I could tell the story of Sandman in twenty-five words or less. I pondered for a moment:
“The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision,” I said.
It’s true, as far as it goes, although it leaves quite a lot out.

It’s a way of telling the story in 25 words or less. I don’t think it summarises it, though. A summary is “a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements” and it doesn’t really touch on those.

Okay I had to work through all the back-story stuff from WoT and sort of feel my way through it. We get the story, but not so much the motivations. Not what Dorian thought and felt, not how and why these things really happened. So the following admittedly very lengthy piece in large part recapitulates the text of the preview excerpt (which thankfully is mostly complete, I think?) but then adds in my personal interpretation of Dorian’s thoughts and emotions during all of these events.

Certainly don’t expect people to read all of this; I’m posting it more for my own reference and future characterization reasons. Feel free to do so if interested though, and feedback is welcome if you do.

The pressure of it all, the pressure to be the perfect mage, perfect body, perfect mind, the perfect heir. The only son, upon whom all of it rests. It is warping, that weight. Dorian was so afraid of not being perfect, afraid ever to be wrong, afraid ever to disappoint his father. He felt twinges of queasy self-loathing in his throat every time he couldn’t answer a teacher’s question and the other apprentices saw it, saw his shame. He was afraid of their laughter, afraid to be seen as anything other than the best. Afraid of never being able to be what he was meant to be. Afraid of his own desires, afraid of his own future and what it would mean. Afraid of being suffocated.

But when he was doubted, when he was insulted, he couldn’t let that stand. He couldn’t just take it. He challenged them. There were many duels, and there were many ‘incidents.’ And every time they sent him home to his father, and Dorian looked into his father’s eyes, he became a little more numb to it all. Making mistakes got easier, because that weight of expectation lifted off his shoulders a little more each time.

Eventually, it was easier to just fuck up on purpose. Eventually, it felt like freedom.

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Covered with ashes, tearing my hair, my face scored by clawing, but with piercing eyes, I stand before all humanity recapitulating my shames without losing sight of the effect I am producing, and saying: “I was the lowest of the low.”Then imperceptibly I pass from the “I” to the “we.” When I get to “This is what we are,” the trick has been played and I can tell them off. I am like them, to be sure; we are in the soup together. However, I have a superiority in that I know it and this gives me the right to speak. You see the advantage, I am sure. The more I accuse myself, the more I have a right to judge you. Even better, I provoke you into judging yourself, and this relieves me of that much of the burden. Ah, my dear friend, we are odd, wretched creatures, and if we merely look back over our lives, there’s no lack of occasions to amaze and horrify ourselves.
—  Albert Camus, The Fall
The project of computerizing the masses recapitulates and extends the unification of humanity under capitalism. No project of integration has ever extended as widely or penetrated as deeply as capitalism, and the digital will soon fill its entire space. “The poor don’t have our products yet!”—that’s the rallying cry of Henry Ford. sells tablets below cost, too, but they acknowledge it as a business investment. Individual workers depreciate without digital access; but being available at a single click, compelled to compete intercontinentally in real time, will not make the total market value of the working class appreciate. Capitalist globalization has already shown this. More mobility for individuals does not ensure more parity across the board.
One of the odd little details we learn in Arya III is that Varys’ particular spy network is comprised of what must be hundreds of children (since he places an order with his friend Illyrio the occasional slaver for fifty new “little birds”), who must be young and literate (highly unusual for this time and place) and then have their tongues removed – presumably because they’re less likely to accidentally spill some of Varys’ secrets. Partly, his decision to use children makes sense – one of his chief methods of gathering intelligence is by using the secret tunnels that honeycomb the Red Keep to spy on people, and children would have an easier time making their way through narrow, cramped passages to overhear conversations. On the other hand, there’s something deeply creepy about the way Varys is essentially recapitulating his own mutilation every time he has an intelligent, literate child maimed, suggesting an unending cycle of abuse and exploitation in the pursuit of secrets (GRRM is fond of recreating their own trauma: witness Cersei basically recreating her marriage to Robert but turned up to 11 with Joffrey and Sansa).

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya III | Race for the Iron Throne

So what happens to the Little Birds when they grow up…? I suppose he could just kill them, but that’s boring.

Less than 12 hrs before my momma arrives.

Cleaning is mostly done. I was getting overheated so I stopped for now.

Allow me to account for all the found objects I placed in my hair:

- 11 bobby pins
- 4 headbands/wraps
- 1 plastic clip

I unearthed a bunch more headbands but I was worried I was gonna cut circulation off to my brain if I kept piling them on.

I think I’m gonna color my hair (since my roots look gross and I found a red box dye for cheap today) and maybe do dishes while I wait for it to set.


Song of the week number: 15

We at Junkbox LOVE good music and want to share the sounds that inspire us with you. Each week we shall post a new song from artists of all standings that we just can’t keep to ourselves.

RX Bandits are up there as one of our top bands of all time! Here’s one of our favourites (that we do like to cover from time to time ;)

Lyrical genius right there!!!

Particularly when they are alone, borderlines may lose the sensation of existing, of feeling real. Rather than embracing Descartes “I think, therefore I am” principle of existence, they live by a philosophy closer to “Others act upon me, therefore I am”…”The Walls of an empty room are mirrors that double and redouble our sense of ourselves”, the late John Updike wrote in The Centaur. But the borderline, with only the weakest sense of self, looks back at only vacant reflections. Solitude recapitulates the panic that the borderline experienced as a child when faced with the prospect of abandonment by parents: Who will take care of me?
—  I Hate You—Don’t Leave Me

karkkitehti asked:

Just found out these books exist and FINLAND MENTIONED and Finnish words omg even a main character has a Finnish name.. it makes me feel warm inside. ;w;

Finland plays into the upcoming third book even more extensively than the first two. It deals a lot with the cetaceans, who are mostly in Suomi colonies. So half the names in the book are Finnish words.

Some of them actually recapitulate their role in the book so speakers of the language will get a whole lot of in-jokes. For instance there’s a briefly mentioned Lt. Juonilaite in there somewhere. Others are named after some famous Finnish folks, bands, and even real submarines from the Finnish Navy.

The priests of the Third Emigration, being trained in the same tradition that had sent forth the priests of the First and Second, possessed the secret wisdom of both these traditions in addition to that which later ages had evolved; and through these phases the new Mystery School had to pass in building up its system, as can be clearly distinguished in the history of the Mysteries; but having recapitulated these, and reached a level of culture equivalent to that of the parent civilization, the last and characteristic phase was brought in by the work of the Master Jesus. The Western Tradition therefore has three aspects: the Nature aspect, corresponding to the Astral initiations, whose master on the Lower Astral is represented by the Left-hand pillar of the Temple, and on the Upper Astral by Orpheus, the sweet singer; the Wisdom aspect, corresponding to the initiations of the mind, whose Master on the Lower Mental Plane is Hermes, and on the Upper Mental is Euclid; and the Devotional and Spiritual Aspect, whose Master of Masters is Jesus of Nazareth. These three great aspects form the full Western Tradition, and each without the other two is but partial.

– Dion Fortune: Esoteric Orders and their Work

Images Festival
April 9-18, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

The Influence of Anxiety        
Recent Works by Toronto Artists
Curated by Paulette Phillips, Robert Lee.

Friday, April 10 at 9:00PM
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

“As we move about within our mental and historical framework, we take along all the positions we’ve already occupied, and all those we will occupy. We are everywhere at one and the same time; we are a crowd surging forward abreast, and constantly recapitulating the whole series of previous stages. For we live in several worlds, each truer than the one it encloses, and itself false in relation to the one which encompasses it. The truth lies in a progressive dilating of meaning, in reverse order up to the point at which it explodes.”
—Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques

A Knight’s Walk (and other speculative events) - Clint Enns
All That Is Solid - Eva Kolcze
Under the Ashes - Dona Arbabzadeh
The Innocents - Jean-Paul Kelly
The Fortune Teller - Annie MacDonell
Red Capriccio - Blake Williams

Holy Week: A Liturgical Explanation for the Days of Holy Week-[Part 4]


2. The same theme develops further in the Gospel readings of these days. First of all, the entire text of the four Gospels (up to John 13: 31) is read at the Hours (1, 3, 6 and 9). This recapitulation shows that the Cross is the climax of the whole life and ministry of Jesus, the Key to their proper understanding. Everything in the Gospel leads to this ultimate hour of Jesus and everything is to be understood in its light. Then, each service has its special Gospel lesson :

On Monday:

At Matins: Matthew 21: 18-43—the story of the fig tree, the symbol of the world created to bear spiritual fruits and failing in its response to God.

At the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Matthew 24: 3-35: the great eschatological discourse of Jesus. The signs and announcement of the End. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away….”

On Tuesday:

At Orthros: Matthew 22:15-23:39; condemnation of Pharisees, i.e., of the blind
and hypocritical religion, of those who think they are the leaders of man and the light of the world, but who in fact “shut the Kingdom of heaven against men.”

At the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Matthew 24:36-26:2; the End again and the parables of the End: the ten wise virgins who had enough oil in their lamps and the ten foolish ones who were not admitted to the bridal banquet; the parable of the ten talents “… Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” And, finally, the Last Judgement.

On Wednesday:

At Orthros: John 12:17-50; the rejection of Christ, the growing conflict, the
ultimate warning: “Now is the judgement of this world… He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.”

At the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Matthew 26:6-16; the woman who
poured the precious ointment on Jesus, the image of love and repentance which alone unite us with Christ.

✪ Mitochondrial Dysfunction Reveals the Role of mRNA Poly(A) Tail Regulation in Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy Pathogenesis. Chartier A, Klein P, Pierson S, Barbezier N, Gidaro T, et al. (2015) PLoS Genet 11(3): e1005092. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005092

(Author Summary) Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease characterized by progressive degeneration of specific muscles, leading to ptosis (eyelid drooping), dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and proximal limb weakness. The disease results from mutations in a nuclear protein called poly(A) binding protein nuclear 1 that is involved in polyadenylation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and poly(A) site selection. To address the molecular mechanisms involved in the disease, we have used two animal models (Drosophila and mouse) that recapitulate the features of this disorder. We show that oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy pathogenesis depends on defects in poly(A) tail length regulation of specific mRNAs. Because poly(A) tails play an essential role in mRNA stability, these defects result in accelerated decay of these mRNAs. The affected mRNAs encode mitochondrial proteins, and mitochondrial activity is impaired in diseased muscles. These findings have important implications for the development of potential therapies for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, and might be relevant to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying other disorders that involve mitochondrial dysfunction.

Although the gut microbiome influences numerous aspects of organismal fitness, its role in animal evolution and the origin of new species is largely unknown. Here we present evidence that beneficial bacterial communities in the guts of closely related species of the genus Nasonia form species-specific phylosymbiotic assemblages that cause lethality in interspecific hybrids. Bacterial constituents and abundance are irregular in hybrids relative to parental controls, and antibiotic curing of the gut bacteria significantly rescues hybrid survival. Moreover, feeding bacteria to germ-free hybrids reinstates lethality and recapitulates the expression of innate immune genes observed in conventionally reared hybrids. We conclude that in this animal complex, the gut microbiome and host genome represent a coadapted “hologenome” that breaks down during hybridization, promoting hybrid lethality and assisting speciation.
—  The Hologenomic Basis of Speciation: Gut Bacteria Cause Hybrid Lethality in the Genus Nasonia (Accessible mirror)

Making too many of one scale of alliance can unpredictably fuck up other scales of alliance[s], which can be fatal. Multinationals do this with nations at the cost of people.