Shadow People: Who are they?

Shadow people (also known as Shadow men, Shadow folk or Shadow beings) are said to be shadow-like creatures of supernatural origin which appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people’s vision and disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.

Reports of shadow people are similar to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features, wearing modern/period clothing, or attempting to communicate.

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You Don’t Hunt in This Monster Hunter - Monster Hunter Stories 

It’s Monster Hunter, but cute and without any of the skill-based action… And you’re not a hunter.

From Capcom, creators of the series where you kill the crap out of creatures that outweigh you 50 to 1 (if you’re lucky), comes Monster Hunter Stories, an RPG that focuses on a different side of the Monster Hunter world.

In the game you play the part of a male or female “Monster Rider”—people who form bonds with the various monsters of the world and fight alongside them rather than slaughter them wholesale for survival. If the Hunters of Monster Hunter are people who seek to tame the wild for the progress of civilization and technology, then the Riders are druids who seek to live in harmony with nature.

As the protagonist, you are a young fledgling rider who ventures out of his village to see the world, whereupon you become mixed up in world-altering events—basically your standard JRPG plot, but set with a Monster Hunter background. Where the Monster Hunter games have generally been a struggle between man and the overpowering forces of nature, Monster Hunter Stories appears to look at the social structure of the Monster Hunterworld itself.

The combat system in the game, rather than being action-based as one might expect given the series’ reputation for punishing action, is turn-based and features a rock-scissors-paper-esque advantage-disadvantage system.

By finding monster eggs and hatching them, you can also collect various companion monsters to help you in battle.

Monster Hunter Stories is scheduled for release in Japan on the 3DS in 2016. No word on an international release.

The Sanders Silence

Plot twist. Just when everyone was pretty much resigned to voting in the next election for whichever right-of-center Democrat or Republican presidential candidate they thought was ‘the lesser of two evils’ up popped Bernie Sanders, who isn’t really evil at all. He is in fact that rarest of creatures in Washington, an honest politician.

The senator from Vermont who would be President is a liberal, socialist, independent who genuinely cares about the welfare of ordinary Americans. He is a man whose political aims include regulating the excesses of Wall Street, racial justice, driving the corrupting power of money out of politics, achieving equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, tackling poverty and the gross inequalities of wealth which shame America, rebuilding its crumbling infrastructure, growing trades unions, making higher education affordable, and providing universal healthcare as a right for all. There’s more about his policies here.

Wayward white hair bristling as if joining in his outrage, finger jabbing the air passionately as he denounces the corrupt mess of American politics, Bernie has taken a turgid election campaign by the scruff of the neck and shaken some life into it. Instead of the usual ‘more-of-the-same’ agendas offered by his competitors from both parties, he’s talking about what is really wrong with America and how it needs to be fixed. It’s all vaguely surreal, like a movie where bad guys push someone’s favorite old mild-mannered uncle too long and too far until one day his patience snaps and he jumps up shouting ‘NO .. this bullshit has got to stop’.

And it seems the people of America agree with him. Polls have shown that the policies he is advocating are more in line with what the general electorate want than those of any other candidate.The problem for Bernie is that he’s regarded as a maverick by the political system he operates in. He’s not part of the ‘business-as-usual’ party consensus. Unlike other candidates he’s not beholden to the super-rich and the big corporations. He gets his support from the people and that’s who he aims to represent. So he’s being frozen out by the political establishment and ignored by the corporate-friendly mainstream media.

You would think that any politician advocating such a radical agenda, one moreover which seems to resonate so well with the electorate, would be absolutely all over the daily news. In their own way, his solutions to America’s deep-seated problems are as shocking to the establishment as Donald Trumps brutal bigotry and offensive remarks are to decent people. Who gets the media coverage, though ? Donald Trump only has to fart disdainfully and earnest teams of media talking-heads are painstakingly analyzing the duration and aroma of it. They seem almost as ready to offer a little free polish to the crown Hillary is expected to wear at her coronation. But Bernie Sanders ? Bernie who ?

Some people see this as a sinister conspiracy of silence, pointing to the fact that the vast majority of America’s mainstream media is owned by 6 huge corporate entities who clearly have a vested interest in supporting candidates with a corporate-friendly agenda (i.e. any of them except Bernie). Others think it’s simply that the US ‘news’ media (being just a branch of the entertainment business) focuses on the clowns and freaks who guarantee it the best ratings, even if people only watch them in the same spirit they might rubber-neck at a car-wreck. Perhaps it’s a bit of both, silence serving self-interest and the media’s natural tackiness.

To get himself elected Bernie has got to prevail against a right-of-center, corporate-friendly political system dedicated to self-preservation and ‘business as usual’. He has to somehow find a way of winning without the hundreds of millions of dollars the oligarchs and big business will pour into the campaigns of his opponents to buy influence. He has to move that mountain while being pretty comprehensively ignored by the largely corporate-friendly and corporate-owned mainstream media.

So far, they’ve tried to make Bernie the Invisible Man. His campaign has been starved of the oxygen of publicity. They have ignored him but that’s becoming harder by the day. His campaign is gradually picking up momentum. As his message gets out through activists, rallies, and the internet more people are understanding that what matters to him is what matters to them. He’s capturing the imagination of the young and engaging older voters disillusioned with the existing, cozy ‘more of the same’ political paradigm.

The silence is breaking. Faint rumblings of discontent are becoming louder and more urgent. Let’s hope that soon they turn into a mighty roar that shakes the foundations of the American political establishment. Let’s hope that the voices of the people, so long ignored, are finally going to be heard.

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(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

This Saturday at Gallery Nucleus is the ‘Creatures of Myth & Nature’ show with @teaganwh and @patrick_awa 👍 (at Gallery Nucleus)

anonymous asked:

Ok so it's been a while since I've been part of the shadow hunter fandom im a little confused on the chronological order of the series: It's the mortal instruments (original) The infernal devices (the prequels) The dark artifacts (after) and now I'm hearing the last hours?

it can be a bit confusing since there are so many books! but here’s everything you need to know about the shadowhunter chronicles:

the shadowhunter chronicles: series

the mortal instruments: first published in: march 27, 2007 | set in: 2007

the series follows clary fray, jace herondale, simon lewis, isabelle lightwood, alec lightwood and other downworlders and shadowhunters in the new york institute. seemingly normal at first, clary soon gets sucked into the world of nephilim and other creatures when she finds out that she is a shadowhunter. (x)

  • city of bones
  • city of ashes
  • city of glass
  • city of fallen angels
  • city of lost souls
  • city of heavenly fire

the infernal devices: first published in: august 31, 2010 | set in: 1878   

set in victorian london, the series follows tessa gray, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers she has the power to shapeshift, abilities that plunge her into a world she never knew existed. she will have to forge an alliance with the shadowhunters of the london Institute if she wants to survive in this dangerous world. (x)

  • clockwork angel
  • clockwork prince
  • clockwork princess

the dark artifices: to be published: march 8, 2016 | set in: 2013

set in los angeles, the series will follow emma carstairs, who, after losing both of her parents, has dedicated her life to the eradication of demons and hunting the people responsible for her parents’ death. (x)

  • lady midnight (march 8 2016)
  • lord of shadows (tba)
  • the queen of air and darkness (tba)

the last hours: to be published: 2016/2017 | set in: 1903

the shadowhunters enter the downton abbey era in the last hours. will herondale is head of the london institute, where he lives with his wife tessa. But now it’s their children, james and lucie, who take center stage, alongside their parabatai, matthew fairchild and cordelia carstairs. (x)

  • chain of gold (2016/2017)
  • chain of iron (tba)
  • chain of thorns (tba)

the wicked powers: to be published: tba | set in: three or four years after tda

the series is currently set to revolve around two of the younger blackthorns. the series name is derived from a shadowhunter children’s rhyme: “and bronze to summon wicked powers.” the series will also feature a herondale that is not jace. (x)  [not much more is known about twp except that it will be concluding the shadowhunters chronicles]


the shadowhunters codex: first published: october 29, 2013

the shadowhunter’s codex is a book that serves as a guide for readers, based on the eponymous book mentioned in the series, the shadowhunter’s codex. (x)

*tbc and tftsa are a series of ten ebooks that were released once every month
+ collaboration with sarah rees brennan and maureen johnson

the bane chronicles: first ebook: april 16, 2013 | print edition: november 11, 2014

magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. no one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks—stories he probably wishes had never gotten out. (x)

tales from the shadowhunter academy: first ebook: february 17, 2015 | print edition: tba | status: in progress

the series follows the adventures of simon lewis, one of the stars of cassandra clare’s internationally bestselling series the mortal instruments, as he trains to become a shadowhunter. throughout the course of simon’s education, characters from the mortal instruments and the infernal devices will make appearances, as will characters from the upcoming dark artifices and last hours series. Once a mundane, then a vampire, simon prepares to enter the next phase of his life: shadowhunter. (x)

  • NEXT TFTSA: the fiery trial (september 15)

ill also link you to the timeline that cassie posted: (xx)

that should be all xx

Some very small creatures to help keep lake monsters company (No one’s asked, but I imagine these lake monsters in very large, mythical lakes where flora and fauna is often very like ocean life)