Towards the light

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Bacterial cells are actually the world's smallest 'eyeballs', scientists discover by accident
Ever feel like you're being watched?
By Peter Dockrill

In a surprise discovery, scientists have found that bacteria see the world in effectively the same way as humans, with bacterial cells acting as the equivalent of microscopic eyeballs.

British and German researchers made the finding by accident when studying aquatic cyanobacteria, which sometimes form a green film on rocks and pebbles. Scientists already knew the bacteria could perceive the position of a light source and move towards it – a phenomenon called phototaxis – but before now, no one understood how they did it.

“We noticed it accidentally, because we had cells on a surface and we were shining light from one side, in order to watch the movement towards the light,” microbiologist Conrad Mullineaux from Queen Mary University of London told Jonathan Webb at BBC News. “We suddenly saw these focused bright spots [inside the cells] and we thought, ‘bloody hell!’ Immediately, it was pretty obvious what was going on.”

What the researchers discovered when studying Synechocystis – a species of cyanobacteria found in freshwater lakes and rivers – is that their cell bodies act like a lens. When light hits the spherical surface of the cell, it refracts into a point on the other side of the cell. This triggers movement by the cell away from the focused internal spot, towards the source of the light, with the cells using tiny tentacle-like structures called pili to pull themselves forwards.

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I pick up my newly arrived English language Blu-ray copy of Evangelion 3.33. The plastic wrapping crinkles softy in my hand as I grip it hard enough to turn my knuckles white. I take a deep, shaky breath and look straight towards the light blue box, my voice low and gravelly from two years of weeping.

“You can’t show up now,” I scold it, trying to keep composure and be the bigger person of the two of us. “You can’t just show up two years later and act like nothing happened. It doesn’t work that way.”

The Blu-ray box does not respond.

“Remember when I placed that pre-order, in December 2013? Remember what it said? It said I’d get you that following February. I thought I was only gonna wait two months.” I can’t mask the pain anymore, and my voice cracks as I try not to sob openly. My eyes sting with tears. The Blu-ray box does not respond.

“It’s been two years! Where were you? They told me they needed time, time to make you better, but you came back the same! Why didn’t you tell me the real reason you wouldn’t come? What makes you feel like you can now? Why won’t you speak to me?!”

The Blu-ray box does not respond.

I scream in anguish and use all of the force I can muster to throw it across the room. All of the resentment I had built up comes out in that movement, and I feel a euphoric rush of adrenaline and relief when I finally let myself release it.

The Blu-ray box hits the wall, dropping down to the floor seemingly unscathed.

It speaks. I cannot tell where its voice comes from – it simply lingers in the air with omnipotence.

It screams a demand at me.

“FUNIMATION: YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING”

I can see it now. In the coming episodes, Barry is gonna get Iris alone and he’s gonna say.

“Look Iris, I know that I have been with other girls and you’ve been in mourning but I just want you to know I still love you. Always have, always will. And going to Earth 2 made me realize that we’re meant to be. No matter what Earth we’re on, no matter what universe we’re in, I still find you. My heart will always drift toward you. 

You’re my lighting rod, my rock, my world, my soulmate. And I’ll be here waiting for you when you’re ready.”

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Lucifer. Mephistopheles. Satan. The Prince of Darkness. No matter what we call him, the Devil is our symbol for what is bad and undesirable. From our human perspective, we see the world as a struggle between light and dark. We want to vanquish the bad so the good can prevail. In fact, good and bad cannot be separated, just as you cannot separate a shadow from its source. Darkness is simply the absence of light, and it is caused by errors that hide the truth. Card 15 shows us these errors.

First is ignorance - not knowing the truth and not realizing that we do not know. Second is materialism - the belief that there is nothing but the physical. As spiritual beings, we long for the Divine, but we lose contact with this source of truth if we trust only our senses. There is also hopelessness, which robs us of our joy and movement toward the light.

Traditionally the Devil stands for evil, but it does not have this rather frightening meaning in a reading. This card lets you know that you are caught in an unhealthy, unproductive situation. You may be in the dark about something - ignorant of the truth and its implications. You may be obsessed by a person, idea, substance or pattern that you know is bad for you (or maybe you don’t!). Sometimes this card reflects back the negativity that has made you doubt yourself and your future. We are prone to many errors in life. Card 15 lets us know when they are serious enough to require attention. When you see the Devil, examine your assumptions carefully. Make sure you are not working from a false picture of yourself and the situation. Hold fast to the highest vision of who you are.

02.09.2016

Hive sequenced
to mobility
towards mountaintops
on first light
glimpse, future
staked
on a Roman calendar
steeped in time,
decaying with
the hope we

will one day
leave.

Alien soil
cushioning
cultivated failures:

our suitcase
full of war,
and greed.

Towards the Light

Series: Fairy Tail
Pairing:
Implied NaLu
Rating: K+ 
Genre(s): Drama, Hurt/Comfort

Summary: The revelations of chapter 465 leave Natsu’s mind in turmoil, and reluctant to confess the truth of his origins to Lucy.
A/N: Spoilers for chapter 465 of the manga!
Like everyone else (and particularly @snogfairy​, darn her!), I just had to write a short oneshot about the revelations dropped in the latest chapter! So much drama. I love it!

Towards the Light

As Happy carried him away from the battlefield that might have been his grave, Natsu’s thoughts descended into a chaotic morass that threatened to overwhelm him.

It was a lot for one person to take in all at once. Too much, even. The dragon slayer’s once simple view of the world had been irrevocably shaken.

The world had been such a simple place before END.

His mind railed against Zeref’s words. They were lies; dirty lies meant to make him doubt, to make him fear. Words to turn the tide of war against the guild, and Fiore itself.

Even as he rejected them, though, in his heart, he knew they were truth. Bitter and ugly perhaps, but truth all the same. Worse yet, his magic knew, and so did the soft embers of Igneel’s power that yet mingled with his own. It whispered these same traitorous words until Natsu clapped his hands over his ears in an attempt to drown them out; but they rolled on and on regardless, revealing a vast web of tragedy that didn’t seem to have an end…

They were over Magnolia, now, and night had fallen. Natsu wondered just how long he had been hanging listlessly from Happy’s painfully singed paws. He didn’t remember the trip, let alone releasing his hold on his ears. When had he succumbed to the truth, let it send him catatonic as he struggled to process it?

He had been willing to die in the face of that truth during his fight with Zeref. Somehow, that seemed easier than living with it, and a small, dark part of him wished Happy had been just a moment too slow.

As the guild came into view, and as Happy began to make his descent towards the front gate, panic and fear combined to rise like hot bile in the back of Natsu’s throat, and he struggled in his friend’s grasp.

Forced to backwing sharply to keep from dropping his injured companion, the exceed gasped in pain and said “What? Natsu, what are you doing? You’re gonna make me drop you!”

“Not there, not down there,” the dragon slayer begged desperately “I can’t-”

Natsu’s eyes were locked on the well lit courtyard below his feet. He could see them- his friends and family, running here and there in the torchlight, but as yet, no one had spotted him. The idea of facing them now, of being forced to tell them the truth, made the panic worse.

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光の方へ
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  • KOKIA
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ここに居る訳など 誰も知らない
ただ精一杯 誰かの為に
輝いていたいと 望んだ時から 心は波打った

信じている この空は 君の元に つながっていることを
信じている 光の方へ

目を閉じて思い出す 懐かしいあの声 色あせない 記憶の欠片
1つずつ 大事に 握りしめたら 胸の奥に広がる

君の声 この空に 響く 果てしのない 寂しさの 中でさえも 息づいている

信じている この空は 君の元に つながっていることを 信じている
君の声 この空に 響く 果てしのない 寂しさの 中でさえも 光続けている

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No one knows why we’re here
It’s just that, with all my might
I want to shine for someone’s sake

And from that moment, my heart starts beating faster

I believe that this sky connects me to your side
I believe
Towards the light

I close my eyes and I remember
that voice, nostalgically, it does not fade
in the fragments of my memories
If I hold each of them 
they will fill my heart

Your voice resonates in this sky
even in unending loneliness,
I keep breathing (I keep living)
I believe that this sky connects me to your side
I believe
Your voice resonates in this sky
even in unending loneliness,
the light continues to shine

A Severing Spell

This spell is to be conducted to break free from past issues, problems and pain. :)

you need;

- A charcoal disc in a Fire proof bowl

- A black candle, this can be inscribed with empowerment sigils if you chose

- something to light your candle and incense with

-  A black cord, your height

- 1 teaspoon each of Myrrh resin and Saffron (Not mixed)

To start, prepare everything that you will need in the area that you will be performing this spell. You want everything you need IN you circle once you have cast it.

Once you have called upon you circles and such, light up your charcoal this. I have found this is easiest done by holding it with tongs or tweezers first to get it lit. As you light it say;

“ By this token  am freed and advance toward to light”

Sprinkle your Myrrh Resin on the charcoal disc and then gather your black cord. Tie a single knot at one end. This will symbolise the memories you wish to leave behind. Then you can go ahead and tie another knot in the other end of the cord which will represent your future of happiness and success. Holding the ‘past’ knot in your left hand, and the’future’ knot in your right, place the center of cord over the flame to essentially ‘sever’ yourself from your past. Next, burn your ‘ past’ knot entirely, by placing it on top of your charcoal disc.

Place the Saffron over the top of your ‘past’ knot which is now burning with your incense, and k=hold on to your ‘future’ knot, knowing that you are now free and are able to move on to better things.

Keep your’future’ knot in a safe place of you might like to bury it in your garden.

Blessed Be witches xx

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Drudkh - Towards The Light

February 4

The stars have fallen,

But it is on my hands.

Not for me to entrap,

But for them to light my path.

With a glow which reminds its home,

I know I am not alone.

I may be lost,

But I am going forward.

Towards the unknown,

Towards anything but here,

They are wings, I, far-flown,

They have made me theirs,

Them, my own.

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11x11 “Into the Mystic”

♫Shine on all these broken lives
Shine on, shine the light on me♫

I don’t think there could have been an any bleaker and sadder ending (and foreshadowing) than this one to Dean’s current situation. Opposed to Sam, who goes to bed facing towards a warm light, Dean sits down on his bed with his back to the one tiny light remaining in the background leaving him completely in darkness unable to fall asleep. And I also couldn’t have imagined a more fitting song than Warren Zevon’s “Prison Grove” to play over this scene that captures so eerily and heartbreakingly well with the lyrics how trapped Dean is and how in the language of the episode in which the banshee’s victim’s screamed “to get it out of their head” we find Dean clasping his head and without a doubt wishing nothing more than for what is keeping him trapped and troubled to get out of his head. And well, given Amara, the Darkness, is asserting mind control over Dean this small motion of Dean paired with the lyrics to “shine the light” - after all we heard  it’s the light that vanquishes the darkness - on him, says a whole lot about how unfree Dean is. Essentially he is a prisoner of his own mind.