US Army Private First Class Hansen B. Kirkpatrick. 3 JUL 2017.

Died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack while deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The incident is under investigation. Kirkpatrick was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

hey, i’ve decided to open up music commissions!

there are samples on my blog (link), with more to come as i finish more songs (also, unfortunately, tumblr has an audio upload limit so not all the songs i want to upload are on there yet)


base price is $5 for a 3 instrument, 1 minute song

adding an instrument: $1
adding at least 30 seconds up to 1 minute: $5

ex: a 4 instrument, 1m 30s song would be the same price as a 4 instrument, 2m song, which would be $11

a 3 instrument, 5 minute song would be $25

every third commission is 25% off, and after five commissions, you get a permanent 25% discount


you can either message me on this blog, or send an email to safirasound@gmail.com if you’re interested!

additionally, i made a wishlist (link) for things that will help me compose, so if you have the money and would like to assist me, it would be much appreciated!

Things I Have Learned From This Bar Graph

- “scientific advance” can be plotted on a bar graph
- its future can be accurately predicted and would only have continued to rise in unspecified units in a smooth and uninterrupted curve if it wasn’t for those darn Christian Dark Ages
- the Roman period (empire? republic? who can say) began in 1AD
- the Greek period lasted less than 500 years and ended with a clap of thunder at the birth of Christ
- nothing happened during the dark ages. literally nothing. anywhere. at all.
- there are no civilisations that did not experience the “Christian dark ages” and continued to make scientific advances at their own pace in the meantime; that would be dumb
- We Could Have Been Exploring The Galaxy By Now……. Just Think About It………….. Wake Up Sheeple


Brothers fulfill the promise of one fallen.

(Article by Major George Chigi and Captain Kapualani Ampong-Duke. Photos courtesy of 3-1 AD Public Affairs Office, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, 7 JUN 2014.)

Soldiers dressed in full Army Dress Blues filled the front seats of Mountain View High School graduation ceremony on June 7, 2014; a unique sight, even for a city located just outside a military installation. As Lluvia Loeza’s name was called, the Soldiers rose to their feet and rendered a salute.

Lluvia’s brother, Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza, Jr., was an Infantry Rifle Squad Leader and Headquarters Platoon Sergeant in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas. He deployed with the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. Before leaving, he made a promise to his youngest sister, Lluvia, that he would be at her graduation to watch her walk the stage. 

Roberto died of injuries sustained by indirect fire on May 25, 2012 while serving in Logar Province, Afghanistan. 

Roberto’s brother, Esteban, wanted to surprise their sister. He sent out a message through Facebook to Roberto’s old unit asking for volunteers to stand in his place. The call was answered immediately. 

Though the majority of the unit is deployed once again to Afghanistan, the Battalion’s rear detachment known as Task Force Stalwart West led by the Battalion Executive Officer, Maj. George Chigi, along with Maj. Christopher Penwarden and Sgt. 1st Class Bernie Brooks, organized a group of Soldiers to attend Lluvia’s graduation. 

More than 30 Soldiers from 1-4 Infantry Battalion attended the graduation. Also in attendance were several Soldiers from the Fort Bliss area that knew Roberto well, including Penwarden and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Yeazel. 

Lluvia was completely surprised by the Straight and Stalwart Battalion Soldiers who gathered in their Army Service Uniforms. Making the event even more special for her, Major Chigi received permission from the school district’s superintendent to present Lluvia with her high school diploma. 

Staff Sgt. William Berry, a member of Charlie Company and a friend and comrade of Roberto, stated that, “Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza, Jr. was a loving and caring father and family man. His Soldiers held him in very high regard and respected his leadership and presence.”

Lluvia was just as impressive as her older brother; her discipline and drive earned her the distinction of the 4th highest grade point average in her high school. Lluvia’s brother is sure to have been proud to know that Lluvia’s efforts earned her more than $100,000 in college scholarships.

The entire Loeza family was overwhelmed with emotion. They were happy to see so much support from the Straight and Stalwart Battalion for their son and Lluvia. The families of the other graduating students were awestruck by 1-41 Infantry Battalion as it rendered honors to Lluvia, the family, and Roberto.

“It was a very emotional and uplifting event for us and the family. All in all, we fulfilled a fallen Soldier’s promise and we did it with pride and honor and represented the 1-41 Infantry Battalion with nothing but the utmost respect and pleasure doing it for the family,” said Brooks, the Charlie Company First Sergeant.

As the 1-41 Infantry Battalion soldiers gathered to say goodbye to the Loeza family, Berry presented Lluvia with a Straight and Stalwart Battalion coin. These coins are traditionally only given by the Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major to Soldiers for extreme excellence in the performance of their duties. Lluvia was also presented with a Bulldog Brigade coin.

tired-gay-and-a-dj  asked:

I would absolutely ADORE a guide like that!!! I love Ast but playing it hurts my hands even when i switch up my UI and keybinds so it would be really helpful!! <3

I feel you friend ! Until I decided to use the Power of my Little Finger, I was having some cramps when attempting to heal and DPS !

As writing this guide will probably take me a lot of time and I might need to split it in several parts because I’ll be forced to explain some basics before some more complicated stuff, I’m going to give you my secret to avoid cramps when you have some small hands right away : Splitting the skills in 2 bars.

As you can see on the video, I was in Hotbar 10 at the beginning where are all my attack skills :

While at the end of the video I switched to Hotbar 1 where are all my healing skills !

My secret is simply that I use 2 different “Cleric Stance” macros which switch my hotbars depending on what I’m doing !

  • When I’m on my Healing Bar (Hotbar 1) and I use cleric stance to attack, the main hotbar automatically switch to the 10th where are all my attack skills. Here is the macro :
    /micon “Cleric Stance”
    /ac “Cleric Stance”
    /hotbar change 10
  • When I’m on my Attack Bar (Hotbar 10) and I need to heal, I use another Cleric Stance macro which switch me back to the 1st Hotbar where are all my healing skills :
    /micon “Cleric Stance”
    /ac “Cleric Stance”
    /hotbar change 1

  • Added to this, I have 2 special healing macros in my Attack Bar similar to those showed in the small videos, but I’ll explain those later as being more complicated.

Those two very simple macros changed my whole game experience because not only I could finally heal and DPS without having some cramps, but also I could finally play some classes with a lot of skills such as Monk as being able to split the rotations in 2 different hotbars and switching from one to another by using my little finger (as my key to switch my hotbar is the ~ !).
⚠ Exactly like you can be locked in Cleric Stance while healing, it can happen with such macro if you’re attempting to switch back in Healing Mode while Cleric Stance is in reuse ! So make sure to always have a Cleric Stance skill in one of your hotbar to take it off (or on) if necessary.

I hope this will help you a little before I explain more things about Macros !

Two thousand years in one chart

The chart shows a population-weighted history of the past two millennia. By this reckoning, over 28% of all the history made since the birth of Christ was made in the 20th century. Measured in years lived, the present century, which is only ten years old, is already “longer” than the whole of the 17th century. This century has made an even bigger contribution to economic history. Over 23% of all the goods and services made since 1AD were produced from 2001 to 2010, according to an updated version of Angus Maddison’s figures.

Community Homebrewing: Setting Time Part 2

Hello People,

As the poll has come to a halt I’ve tallied up the results:

1. Industrial Revolution (1700-1900) with 25 votes

2. Dark Ages (500-800) with 19 votes

3. High Middle Ages (1000-1300) with 18 votes

However when tallying up these some people noted that all these ages were european, I meant to include other continents to but in the end I forgot to so I’d like to repoll. Sorry for this guys.

Your options are:

1. Industrial Revolution

2. Dark Ages

3. High Middle Ages

4. Pre Colonial North America

5. Post Colonial North America

6. Pre Colonial South America

7. Post Colonial South America

8. Ancient Egypt

9. Ancient Near East (3100 BC - 500 BC)

10. Persian Empires (550 BC - 651 AD)

11. Islamic Golden Age (750-1300)

12. Middle Kingdoms of India (1AD - 1279 AD)

13. Medieval India (1206 - 1526)

14. Golden Age of Piracy (1650 - 1730)

15. Asuka Period Japan (600 - 710)

16. Kamakura Period Japan (1185 - 1333)

17. Rouran Khaganate Period Asia (330-555)

18. Mongol Empire (1206 - 1380)

19. Pre Colonial Australia

20. Post Colonial Australia

So what time period would you like this to be set in?

Inca Mochica jewelry, 1AD to 800AD - Someone indirectly pointed out that this is wrong. It is what the source says and I wrote it down. I´m not an expert on Inca jewelry and didn´t check the date. And also the other sources I could find said the same. Some people took pictures of it in a museum. So I did some further research, but could not find 100% reliable information on this exact jewelry/picture.

It seems the jewelry actually is from the Mochica culture, which would also match the stated date.

US Army Command Sergeant Major Martin R. Barreras. 13 MAY 2014.

Died in the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, of wounds inflicted by small arms fire on 6 May in Herat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit. Barreras was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

Today I spent my morning on the parade field in front of the 1st Armored Division headquarters. Standing in the hot sun…just standing there. So boring.

Change of command ceremonies are the worst…and today was merely the rehearsal. Tomorrow is the real deal, and it’ll almost certainly drag out longer (we’ll get to hear speeches!) Luckily, I have my SPF 100 handy and can withstand the solar rays.

I was going through some old photos that I have archived on my external harddrive, and I came across this one. It’s from my last semester at BYU, probably taken when I was cadet company commander (as I am behind the whole formation.) Standing around in formation waiting for leadership to do something has always been my least favorite aspect of the army.

…and for the next two days, I’ll be getting plenty of it.

The 1st Armored Division down at Fort Bliss is getting a new commander, and that means the whole post is shutting down as the entire division must appear on the parade field to witness the change of command ceremony. Soldiers contemptuously refer to these ceremonies as “the dog and pony show” as it’s just a bunch of fuss and hoopla over one guy getting a new job…while the rest of us have to stand out in the blistering sun for hours and watch.

And now I’m part of the 36-man detail from our battalion that has to travel down there and represent our unit in the ceremony. I’ll remember to apply sunscreen!


Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade, 1st Armored Division assumes a fighting position after jumping from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flown by 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1AD Combat Aviation Brigade, during hot-load training prior to an air assault outside the village of Shirvan, as part of an Iron Focus exercise on the Fort Bliss range complex, March 26, 2015.