Amon Was Right: Legend of Korra and the Role of the Avatar in a Modernizing World

Now I know there’s already been a second season and all so I’m a little behind, but it wasn’t that great except for introducing my new favorite character, and I need to go on about something to tide me over until Book 3: Lightning where Korra and friends will be swapped out for Thunderbolt Zolt and his entourage as he tries to regain his position as Republic City’s top crime boss despite having lost his bending to Amon.

I wish.

But on the subject of old Thunderbolt Zolt, isn’t a little bit odd that he doesn’t have his bending back in Season 2? Or at least, we can assume he doesn’t, because Shady Shin, whose waterbending was taken away by Amon, has not had it restored by the Avatar.

This is getting back to the “Amon was right” thing, just bear with me for a sec.

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Milky Way over Mesa Arch by Zolt Levay
Via Flickr:
A panorama of the Milky Way over Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. A composite of four frames, 20 sec each, Nikon D800, 20mm f/1.8, ISO 1600. The arch was illuminated by low brightness studio lights.


Find your sign and element by using your birthday!

Aries: (The Firebending Master)

  • Aries people in the Avatar universe can be driven and are very ambitious. Often making them over-achievers in anything they set their mind to. Aries are fire signs, and so too is their personality. They can be impatient and willing to break the rules to get what they want. Aries are action people, born to initiate and lead. This makes for an exciting and dynamic personality. Their main strength is their courage to face life’s challenges head on, and ability to inspire others. In a life devoted to friends and family, they will never forget their roots. They are loyal until the end and will fight for their causes. 
  • Personality Traits: Energetic, Adventurous, Assertive, Athletic, Hot-Headed, Restless, Brave, Original, Competitive, Fearless, Honorable. 
  • Notable Aries in Avatar: Zuko, Jeong-Jeong, Zhao, Wan

Taurus: (The Metalbender)

  • Taurus people in the Avatar universe is just as what their element represents. All about strength, stamina, extreme determination, and strength of will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his or her ground to the bitter end. Taurians are excellent in matters of diplomacy and also wonderful mentors because they listen to the earth before striking. Although they may have their own interest at heart, they are ultimately generous with their time, possessions and love.
  • Personality Traits: Stable, Strong, Patient, Listener, Reliable, Persistent, Down-To-Earth, Focused, Dedicated, Attractive 
  • Notable Taurus in Avatar: Toph, Kuvira, Lin, Suyin, Wing, Wei, Huan, Saikhan

Gemini: (The Astral Projector)

  • Gemini people in the Avatar universe are flexibility, balanced and adaptable. They are quick to grasp the meaning of a situation and act on it, often with positive effects. They tend to have a duality to their nature, and can sometimes be tough to predict how they will react. They can turn from hot to cold and may be prone to noticeable mood swings. However, they are generous signs with tendencies of being affectionate, and imaginative. They also inspire others easily as they seem to naturally motivate themselves - their charisma and accomplishments are infectious.
  • Personality Traits: Adaptable, Versatile, Communicative, Witty, Intellectual, Spiritual, Eloquent, Youthful, Lively 
  • Notable Gemini in Avatar: Jinora

Cancer: (The Waterbending Master)

  • Cancer people in the Avatar universe are traditionalists and enjoy operating on a fundamental level. They love history and are fascinated with the beginnings of things such as ancestry or heraldry. They can be changeable and sometimes moody. However, they possess psychic abilities and influences than the average bender. So they’ll be able to adapt to their surroundings based on their sharp survival instincts. Cancer people can feel the flow of action in battle and are able to turn an opponent’s own strength against them. Their personality can be quite complicated, but deep inside they are conservative and home-loving people. They love to be in a familiar surroundings and nurture their relationships. 
  • Personality Traits: Intuitive, Versatile, Shrewd, Cautious, Protective, Moody, Changeable, Energetic, Tenacious, Sensitive
  • Notable Cancer in Avatar: Tonraq, Desna, Eska, Ming-Hua, Pakku, Tahno, Katara, Kya 

Leo: (The Lightningbender)

  • Leo people in the Avatar universe are about expanse, power and exuberance. Leo people are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it as they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. They have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It is amazing how precise and deadly they can be. Just as lightning, the cold-blooded fire, it comes from being a leader. They are at their most effective when in a position of command. Beneath their dynamic persona lies a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they do not easily share with others. Those close knows very well and understands this. 
  • Personality Traits: Creative, Enthusiastic, Self-Controlled, Expansive, Precise, Powerful, Dominant, Faithful, Leader, Brave
  • Notable Leo in Avatar: Mako, Iroh, Iroh II, Ozai, Azula, Lightning Bolt Zolt

Virgo: (The Earthbending Master)

  • Virgo people in the Avatar universe have keen minds, and are delightful to chat with, often convincing others of outlandish tales with ease and charm. Virgo’s are intellectual and are very skilled at methodically drawing information from people. This trait also makes them naturally independent. Virgo’s have a good understanding of human nature and can effectively help people solve their problems. Individuals born under this sign, conceal a lot of emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others. Because they are straight thinkers and solve problems logically, they are not afraid to deal with their issues head on like a rock!
  • Personality Traits: Modest, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Intelligent, Analytical, Perfectionist, Independant, Patient 
  • Notable Virgo in Avatar: King Bumi, Haru, General Fong, The Boulder, Long Feng

Libra: (The Airbending Master)

  • Libra people in the Avatar universe are kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. In their effort to keep everyone happy, they find it difficult to say ‘NO’ to anyone, and as a result, they end up getting stressed. However they are the most diplomatic out of all the signs in the Avatar world. They are able to put themselves in other’s shoes and see things through another person’s point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right by keeping balance and harmony to the world, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them.  They express their intelligence through creativity, most are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuit. Libras work hard to please others and this is why others find them incredibly captivating. 
  • Personality Traits: Diplomatic, Romantic, Charming, Easygoing, Sociable, Idealistic, Peaceable, Flirtatious, Gentle, Sharing
  • Notable Libra in Avatar: Opal, Tenzin, Kai, Bumi, Daw, Ryu, Ikki, Meelo

Scorpio: (The Bloodbender)

  • Scorpio people in the Avatar universe are often misunderstood. These personalities are bold and are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence. They can surmount seemingly all obstacles when they put their mind to the task, and they have unshakable focus when the situation calls for it. Regardless of their bold nature, they are often secretive, but they are always observing behind their withdrawn manner. It is true that bloodbenders can assert dominance and pack a powerful sting. But that’s what happens when you intrude into their personal life without consent.
  • Personality Traits: Intense, Penetrating, Quiet, Private, Passionate, Complex, Determined, Powerful, Precise 
  • Notable Scorpio in Avatar: Amon/Noatak, Tarrlok, Hama, Yakone

Sagittarius: (The Combustionbender)

  • Sagittarius people in the Avatar universe are much like the Scorpio but with a more explosive bang! They have a great ability for focus and can be very intense. However, they must channel their energy through their mind. Or else they will waste time and wear themselves out going in too many directions at once. They are not very patient and expect quick results. However, when encountered with failure they make extreme comebacks often against incredible odds. They make loyal friends and lovers while chasing philosophical pursuits or dangerous missions. The mind can be a powerful ally, or their worst enemy!
  • Personality Traits: Gregarious, Intelligent, Extroverted, Philosophical, Witty, Sarcastic, Adventurous, Romantic, Vindictive
  • Notable Sagittarius in Avatar: P'Li, Combustion Man

Capricorn: (The Lavabender)

  • Capricorn people in the Avatar universe are one of the most practical and playful people ever. But can be wise and disciplined at the same time. They do not take impulsive decisions but will act aggressively to get what they want. Capricorns apply their intelligence and logic to take into account all the facts before making any decisions. They can be strong and stubborn as earth, yet can be as fluid and pugnacious as molten lava. They are very good organizers and can achieve their goals by purposeful systematic means. Lavabenders can accomplish any task as long as they follow their plan step-by-step. Having them as an ally can definitely be a plus!
  • Personality Traits: Responsible, Patient, Self-disciplined, Focused, Practical, Independent, Humorous, Self-competent.
  • Notable Capricorn in Avatar: Bolin, Ghazan

Aquarius: (The Master of Flight)

  • Aquarius people in the Avatar universe goes about accomplishing goals in a quiet, and often unorthodox ways. Although their methods may be unconventional and contradicting, the results for achievement are surprisingly effective. Aquarians will take up any cause, and are humanitarians of the Avatar world. They are honest, loyal and highly intelligent. However, they can be extremely cold and aloof to the point of no earthly attachment. Thus can live a life no longer bound to this world, if they wish. They are also prone to philosophical thoughts, and are often quite artistic and poetic.
  • Personality Traits: Unconventional, Judgmental, Friendly, Gregarious, Inventive, Future-minded, Curious, Unbiased, Spontaneous.
  • Notable Aquarius in Avatar: Zaheer, Guru Laghima

Pisces: (Spiritual Healer) 

  • Pisces people in the Avatar universe possess vast amounts of knowledge along with plenty of experience in life. They often have quiet and mysterious dispositions. They become passionately devoted to a cause - particularly if they are championing for friends, family, or maybe even the spirits. Pisces is the sign of mysticism and the spiritual unknown. They live in two worlds: the real world and the spiritual world where they interpret what they see into what they want. In fact they have strength of character and will stand up for what they believe in. They have the ability to change the world!
  • Personality Traits: Imaginative, Sensitive, Idealistic, Friendly, Spiritual, Inspirational, Open-minded, Healer 
  • Notable Pisces in Avatar: Unalaq, Princess Yue 

(P.S. Don’t take it too seriously. This is just for fun!)

Mako teaches Korra how to bend lightning. Or attempts to.


“Thanks again for doing this, Mako. I really appreciate it.”

“Of course. If the Avatar thinks she needs to learn how to bend lightning, I would be honored to teach her.”

Korra’s face fell slightly. “And if Korra wants to learn?" 

Mako shifted his weight and cleared his throat. "You’re the same person, I’d be happy to teach you either way.”

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anonymous asked:

wszyscy tutaj ktorzy zadaja pytania maja w pewnym stopniu problem ze swoja waga i akceptacja tego a co bys mi doradzila gdy mam okropny usmiech? i nie chodzi tu o to ze krzywe czy nierowne zeby ale sa.. zolte, do tego kilku stalych mi brak bo zostaly wyrwane, nie jest to niby moja wina bo nie mam na to wplywu ale i tak mysle ze moglam zrobic z tym cos wiecej i tak sobie sie zadreczam bo jakby nie patrzec jestem spalona na starcie przy kazdej rozmowie.. co robic?:(

Ojeju :(( Bardzo chciałabym jakoś Ci pomóc, ale niestety nie mam pojęcia jak :// Może spróbuj z jakimiś specjalistycznymi pastami wybielającymi, albo też kiedyś słyszałam o paskach wybielających. Nic innego nie przychodzi mi do głowy :///

there is so much shit they say about mako in the commentaries and art books that isn’t in canon and honestly i want to bottle it and get drunk on all of it, because it’s this weirdly rich life, both internally and externally. mako made big gang busts. he was in the newspapers and maybe even on the cover of magazines. he’s somewhat famous enough to be requested by wu. he was not assigned to bodyguard duty, but requested. mako is really good at cardio. after he and korra broke up, he started reading lots of books, became twice the nerd, and “he’s a lot smarter now.” mako copied iroh ii’s hairstyle because he liked it and thought it looked cool. mako didn’t trust or like kai at first because “it takes one to know one” (which is just like, mako please forgive yourself, and also love yourself.) lightning bolt zolt taught mako how to lightning bend. the leader of the triple threats taught young mako, who would later grow up to become a well-known triad-busting detective, how to lightning bend. like. what is this? where is it coming from? why do they have so much fucking mako headcanon??

A new star, likely the brightest supernova in recorded human history, lit up planet Earth’s sky in the year 1006 AD. The expanding debris cloud from the stellar explosion, found in the southerly constellation of Lupus, still puts on a cosmic light show across the electromagnetic spectrum. In fact, this composite view includes X-ray data in blue from the Chandra Observatory, optical data in yellowish hues, and radio image data in red. Now known as the SN 1006 supernova remnant, the debris cloud appears to be about 60 light-years across and is understood to represent the remains of a white dwarf star. Part of a binary star system, the compact white dwarf gradually captured material from its companion star. The buildup in mass finally triggered a thermonuclear explosion that destroyed the dwarf star. Because the distance to the supernova remnant is about 7,000 light-years, that explosion actually happened 7,000 years before the light reached Earth in 1006. Shockwaves in the remnant accelerate particles to extreme energies and are thought to be a source of the mysterious cosmic rays.

Credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScl)

Time And Space


ממזרים אָן כּבֿוד | Mamzerim on koved | Inglourious Basterds

איך האָב אַן אָנזאָג פֿאַר דײַטשלאַנד.
Ikh hob an onzog far daytshland.
I have a message for Germany.

אַז איר וועט אַלע שטאַרבן.
Az ir vet ale starbn.
That you are all going to die.

און איך וויל אַז איר זאָלט אַרײַנקוקן טיפֿ אין דאָס פּנים …
Un ikh vil az ir zolt tif araynkukn in dos ponem …
And I want you to look deep into the face …

… פֿון די ייִדאישקע וואָס וועט טאָן עס.
… fun di yidishke vos vet ton es.
… of the Jew who’s going to do it.

מרסל, צינד׳ס אָן!
Marcel, tzind’s on!
Marcel, burn it down!

יאָ, שושנה.
Io, Shoshana.
Oui, Shoshana. (Yes, Shoshana.)

איך הייס שושנה דרײפֿוס …
Ikh heys Shoshana Dreyfus …
My name is Shoshana Dreyfus …

… און דאָס איז דאָס פּנים פֿון די ייִדישע נקמה.
… un dos iz dos ponem fun di yidishe nekome.
… and this is the face of Jewish vengeance.

mako appreciation week 1 & 2 - passion/sacrifice

Summary: Mako and Bolin are just trying to have some dinner. Problem: there’s a cranky spirit who’s also just trying to have some dinner.
Word Count: 4,200 
A/N: listen i really love mako a lot and my beautiful korra makes a cameo appearance. Likes nice, reblogs nice, comments nicest 😘 enjoy it!!

Sunset. The air is clear and dry and warm, a welcome respite from the muggy evenings so common to a Republic City summer. The colors of the sky shift in a sweeping arc from horizon to horizon, purple to orange, with Yue Bay shimmering under the setting sun like a pool of fire. Streetlights begin to flicker on, district by district, casting wide shafts of light and sending the crickets skittering into the quieter, darker shadows of alleyways. In a peaceful neighborhood on the North Shore, Mako steps off the curb and ambles across the street to the restaurant. With an offhand gesture he drops the butt of his cigarette into the bin, turning his head left and right, searching - someone taps him on the shoulder.

“Hey, sorry to bother you, but you look really familiar. In fact, you look kinda like my older brother. Tall, a face like Fire Nation royalty, always clenched up real tight. But, you know, I haven’t seen him since he got married to his job. Beautiful ceremony, I’ve never cried harder in my life - ”

Mako rolls his eyes. “I am not married to my job - ”

“Oh, right. Why would Lin buy the cowpig if she’s getting the work ethic for free? A lot of people like the five-day workweek, Mako. It’s like a reward for them. But you, on the other hand, you sleep in until noon on a Saturday,” Bolin says, jabbing him in the shoulder with one finger; “and ask why you’re being punished.”

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SN 1006 supernova remnant

A new star, likely the brightest supernova in recorded human history, lit up planet Earth’s sky in the year 1006 AD. The expanding debris cloud from the stellar explosion, found in the southerly constellation of Lupus, still puts on a cosmic light show across the electromagnetic spectrum. In fact, this composite view includes X-ray data in blue from the Chandra Observatory, optical data in yellowish hues, and radio image data in red. Now known as the SN 1006 supernova remnant, the debris cloud appears to be about 60 light-years across and is understood to represent the remains of a white dwarf star. Part of a binary star system, the compact white dwarf gradually captured material from its companion star. The buildup in mass finally triggered a thermonuclear explosion that destroyed the dwarf star. Because the distance to the supernova remnant is about 7,000 light-years, that explosion actually happened 7,000 years before the light reached Earth in 1006. Shockwaves in the remnant accelerate particles to extreme energies and are thought to be a source of the mysterious cosmic rays.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScI)


Milky Way over the Tetons by Zolt Levay
Via Flickr:
A multi-frame panorama of the night sky at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The colored streak in the sky are from airglow. Nikon D800, Nikkor 15mm f/3.5, 30 sec, IOS 6400.


okay i wrote the thing based on this post, mako and bolin reuniting in the worst possible way. Oops?

1,600 words hell yeah


Somewhere near a junction in the grassy, sun-browned foothills of the mountains, Kuvira’s train comes to a slow, shuddering stop. Several dozen yards ahead is a single, isolated train car, waiting on the rails like a glossy green beetle, its couplers twisted and bent by the team sent to detach it from Prince Wu’s train. That train is long gone.

Kuvira steps out of her own train car and strolls up the rails, hands clasped behind her back, as Bolin trots behind her. Her tightly-knotted braids gleam in the sunlight, sleek and oiled without a single strand out of place, and he realizes he’s never seen it otherwise. It’s always perfectly shaped, never down or messy, held together by the force of her willpower alone. (And it makes her so different from Korra - Korra, whose hair tangled and came undone, sticking slick with sweat to the side of her face, whipping around her as she fought - Korra’s power burst from her in all different ways, casting light without ever getting dimmer. But Kuvira seemed to pull her power in, like a fisherman gathering his nets. Like she drained strength from the earth itself.)

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