Umby

PSA - Ages

          hey everyone, umby here with a quick psa !!

          i’ve been reading through the applications, of course, and while i’m glad to see so many of you guys interested, i just want to let you know that dex high is japanese-based with many western influences !

          in other words, you may want to check your muse’s age for this au.  in japan, it is the law that you cannot enter university if you are not 18 by the time the semester begins.  i’m seeing some third years here that are 16 years old.  17 is understandable, if your birthday is later in the year.  but 16 would mean that, no matter what time of year your birthday is, you will not be able to attend university.  the same applies to some of the ages i’m seeing in the other grades — second years that are 15, so on and so forth.  this is just a gentle reminder to take this into consideration !

          i’ve also received some questions on how the grade system works at dex high.  as mentioned before, it’s a japanese system, which follows the first / second / third year format.  to compare japan’s system with, for example, america’s, the grades would be like so: first year’s are the equivalent of sophomores, second years are juniors, and third years are seniors — the ones that will be graduating.  for clubs, a third year may fill in any spot.  they may be captain, or vice-captain, or just a regular member.  a second year may only go up to vice-captain — though even that in itself is uncommon.  first years, you unfortunately can only be members.  and, of course, the role of advisor is reserved for faculty and staff.

          if you guys have any other questions regarding the system, feel free to shoot them my way, and i’ll do my best to clear things up for you guys !

Witch Thoughts: relict plants, the ghosts of a vanished age

So, as a woods wandering, botany loving witch, I have often thought about the magical and otherworldly significance of certain species of native plants that one finds here in the woods and hedges of the Midwestern U.S.

Paw Paw. Osage Orange. Honey Locust, to name a few.

The honey locust is a tree absolutely covered in branching, vicious thorns. The ones that cluster on the trunk can be over a foot long. What on earth does a North American forest tree need thorns that big for? Is it just a pointless quirk of evolution without purpose?

No.

The thorns are there for the same reason that many other Acacia species (the family of which honey locust is a part) are thick with them: to keep elephants from breaking the branches or pushing the trees over when they are eating the leaves and fruit.

But that’s stupid, you say. There aren’t any elephants in North America!!!

Not now, no. But there were. Great tusked shaggy ones, so the locust trees would need gigantic thorns to prick through all that hair.

(They are ten thousand years dead of course, their race long vanished from the earth.

But the Honey Locust is still here).


What pollinates a Paw Paw, the northernmost member of the otherwise tropical Custard Apple family? Almost nothing. The flowers are black and smell faintly foul (so there is one witchly association to be put to good use) and bloom very, very early in the spring. Sexual reproduction by these trees is low. They have been mostly spread for the past several millenia by people, because the fruit is tasty and worthy of eating.

But I bet in the before-time, some now extinct carrion beetle would hibernate beneath the leaves of lowland woods through the long winters, emerging at first spring to feast on winter’s thawing victims, and perhaps sip from the rot-black flowers of the Paw Paw.

Nothing eats osage orange fruits either, though sometimes squirrels will pick at them. Before Europeans brought them east from their original Oklahoman range to be planted as hedge-trees (at which they are excellent, more witchly symbolism), the big alien-pod looking seed clusters were mostly carried to new sites by water.

Perhaps the ground sloths liked to eat them, or the camels did.


These trees remain in our natural and cultivated landscapes although they have long since been irrevocably cut from the web of their original ecology.

They remain - shades, curios, signposts, ghosts - half in this world, half in the next - perhaps emblematic of the strength of survival, or a reminder that trees move at a different pace in time from that of us, even in the evolving and the extinguishing of their kinds.

Are we seeing an afterimage on the verge of fading out forever? Or a survival across the gulf of aeons?

How could we know? We are only here for such a little while.

Symptoms of Groupthink
  • An illusion of the group’s invulnerability
  • Illusion of the group’s unanimity (everyone in the group agrees without exception; if anyone within the group questions the group’s rhetoric, they are ‘probably lying’ about being a member of the group.)
  • Unquestioned belief in the group’s moral ‘correctness’
  • Conformity pressure - pressure on group members to go along with everyone else
  • Stereotyping of the out-group - a caricaturing of the enemy
  • Self-censorship - the tendency of group members to keep their mouths shut, even when they have doubts.
  • Mindguards - self-appointed individuals whose job it is to stifle disagreement
  • Increased use of moral language - what we are doing is ‘good’ and ‘right’ and ‘just’

Yo

TUMBLR

“Cishet aro ace” is a contradiction of terms.

You can’t be heterosexual and asexual at the same time. Heterosexuals experience opposite-sex attraction, Asexuals experience no sexual attraction, and aro aces experience no attraction at all - they cannot be called ‘het’ by any definition of the word. You can be asexual and heteroromantic and you can be heterosexual and aromantic, but you can’t be both asexual and heterosexual any more than you can be both homosexual and heterosexual. Sexualities don’t work that way.

~ Umbreon

GISHWHES 2015: ITEM 36. Make a cocktail dress entirely out of flowers. 

toppdogg as songs
  • seogoong: i'm blue (daba dee)
  • xero: darude - sandstorm
  • bjoo: i'm not gay - j pee
  • hansol: superstar - toy-box
  • gohn: the between the lions theme song
  • kidoh: cotton eyed joe
  • yano: tiptoe through the tulips
  • sangdo: any frank sinatra song
  • hojoon: potter puppet pals: the mysterious ticking noise
  • pgoon: macho man
  • jenissi: my honey bunch sugar plum pumby umby umpkin
  • nakta: the halloween theme
  • a-tom: i'm on a boat - the lonely island