also like i keep saying this but it’s seriously only when i talk about shit that is super obvious to the people around me but totally new to americans that they come calling me a “stupid sjw” bruh i’m not even being a sjw i’m just being like non-american it’s cool you can take off your star spangled sunglasses and look at me i’m just a regular person that hasn’t grown up under the all-encompassing influence of american exceptionalism

Start Today: Star Wars

by Jacob Tender

What is this?

Star Wars is a beloved (and presently ongoing) space opera that features charismatic aliens, power-wielding samurai, an evil galactic empire, and an all encompassing energy called “The Force” that ties it all together. In summation, it’s a story about the balance between good and evil. The series has become a vital and unavoidable part of popular culture. The creator of the series, George Lucas, sold the franchise to Disney, which has, thus far, proved to be the best thing to happen to the series since the original saga aired. Spinoffs such as The Clone Wars television series, comic books, and novels make up the universe’s canon (officially recognized as genuine and entries in the overarching story).

Where to start?

If you didn’t grow up watching Star Wars as a child, you’re at a disadvantage. That’s not to say that you won’t enjoy the films without a built-in nostalgia, but you’re more likely to look at the film for its filmmaking merits and story, which is fine. The Star Wars story has it all. It is more important that you stay open-minded. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is widely considered the best of the original saga, but I still suggest starting off with the movie that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). This movie introduces you to the themes and character of the Star Wars universe better than anything else.

If you’re tech savvy, I suggest you track down the original versions of the film. The older, the better. George Lucas made a number of changes to the home releases throughout the years that add nothing, are pretty distracting, and tarnish the feeling of the original releases. I prefer watching Harmy’s Despecialized Editions. These are extraordinary fan edits that piece together original release with the highest resolution possible. The result is an unaltered Star Wars with Blu-Ray quality visuals.

Digging deeper:
You should be able to decide for yourself whether or not to continue your descent into George Lucas’ universe after watching Star Wars. As previously mentioned, The Empire Strikes Back stands as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time and is highly recommended. Beyond that, Episode VI: Return of The Jedi ends the initial trilogy and the story continues with two television series and a prequel trilogy.

This is a timeline of the films, movies, and spinoffs recommended for a Padawan learner.

  • Star Wars (Aka Episode IV: A New Hope): Enter Luke Skywalker, our hero. Follow him and his friends on an adventure to rescue Princess Leia Organa and save the galaxy from the evil Galactic Empire and its spokesperson, Darth Vader. Han Solo, a scruffy looking smuggler co-pilots The Millennium Falcon for Jedi-in-hiding Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke, and his two droids (C-3PO and R2-D2) with help of lovable Wookie warrior Chewbacca.
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: Luke, Leia, and Han learn more about their enemy while in hiding following their first victory against the Empire. Luke begins his Jedi training with Master Yoda and confronts his deepest fears and sworn enemy, Darth Vader.
  • Episode VI: Return of The Jedi: Our heroes rescue Han from gangsterous space slug Jabba The Hutt, the rebellion goes all-in on a risky mission, and Luke faces Vader one final time.
  • Episodes I-III (The Prequels): Considered by most fans of the series as “a piece of junk,” the prequels still provide us with some backstory on our favorite baddie. Darth Vader’s origins are played out through convoluted story, bad acting, and uninteresting subplots.
  • The Clone Wars (Television Series): One of history’s best animated series and a must-watch for any fan of Star Wars. Follow Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more through the best stories we’ll likely ever get out of the Clone Wars period. This show pushed the boundaries of children’s programming with mature ideas and conflicts. The subtext is more suitable for an adult to understand, which makes it enjoyable for all ages. Character building was the highlight, building personality into the prequels enemies, Jedi, and the clones themselves.
  • Rebels (Television Series): Disney’s spiritual follow-up to The Clone Wars. This takes place before the events of Star Wars and follows Ezra Bridger, a Padawan learner traveling with a crew of rebels and last remaining Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus.
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special: You can only love something when you’ve seen it at its worst. The worst is what you get with this travesty.
  • Video Games: The Star Wars series has had number of great video games over the years. X-Wing and TIE Fighter were easy favorites. The Rogue Squadron series puts you back behind the controls of Star Wars’ most recognizable ships, while the Jedi Knight games gives you a stronger hold on the ground with a lightsaber in your hand. Lego has done very well with the series, but the top three are certainly the Battlefront games (a current gen successor is coming) and Knights of the Old Republic, an RPG unlike any other.
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens and spinoff films: The series continues with J.J. Abrams upcoming installment The Force Awakens (December 2015). Our favorites from the original trilogy will reprise their roles and hand the laser-sword-like torch over to a new generation of main characters. Several spin-offs from the Franchise are in development as well. Rogue One will focus on the team that stole the plans for the Death Star that made the events of the first movie possible. Two more are currently planned for the Star Wars Anthology Series.

Jacob Tender is the in-house publicist for Other People Records and freelance writer. You can read more of his writing on Star Wars, music, and technology at Curbside.Audio. Follow him on Twitter.

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if someone asked me why i have such an aversion,
to loving people,
my automatic answer would be that i am afraid.

loving people is quickening,
it’s maddening and all-consuming,
it makes me feel so full that i believe i could never need to eat again.

it is the completion of truly loving someone that scares,
keeping me up late at night even when they don’t,
keeping me constantly terrified.

you love them,
and then in an instant,
they leave.


if the number of people that you had loved,
was your atomic number on the table of life,
i would have a three about my initials.

i have felt that all-encompassing,
addicting love for about just three people in my life,
to this day i worry that they would leave if they had the chance.

be it because they have done it before,
or because i’m scared and irrational,
i worry that one day i will wake up and they will be gone.

the hardest part of loving someone,
is the helplessness of it.

i will love every piece of someone,
never leave them hold them close adore them,
but in the end they will still be able to leave me.

—  to love someone; l.m.

As I’m suddenly hit with overwhelming 1.14 and 2.14 feels. Man, those were exceptional episodes. I miss the good old days. 😪


okay i get it bc they are a ‘third gender’ and in mexico there is a very similar group of women/people with the same dynamic (muxe) i was just unsure about the word itself bc i see many cis people going on about them and it always made me scratch my head bc i vaguely remembered a south asian person who was trans i think said that it was a slur. would any of you guys know any words to use in place of it? or would we only have 2 resort to contemporary all encompassing definitions like 'third gender’ and 'transgender’ etc. also thanks for the help 💋

anonymous asked:

May know more about your astral projection please ?

I had two episodes which could be described as out of body experiences (OBE). I cannot be entirely sure they were not dreams or hallucinations since both times I was under general anesthesia on the operating table undergoing neurosurgery. However, the experience is a common one with many people claiming to be able to do this at will.

These are some common characteristics of an OBE drawn from first person accounts:

  • No sense of fear, pain or bodily sensation;
  • vision not straight ahead but in every direction at once;
  • No true sense of location in space;
  • No sense of movement even if viewing field changes;
  • absolute peace and calm even if turmoil is observed;
  • no sense of being alone or lonely
  • acceptance even of death
  • A feeling of all encompassing love
The one music playlist for forever

It’s time! Thank you beautiful-collision for tagging me in this special thing…

It’s so hard…I tend to listen to a group of completely unrelated songs…so, they don’t actually make a coherent playlist…but here goes:

1. Phil Collins: every song from: Face Value, HIMBG, Both Sides, No Jacket Required, But Seriously and Going Back (ya, ya…really all of them, I just love these ones more)

2. They Might be Giants: literally all the songs up to, but not including Mink Car, and then probably a couple from afterwards, but I can’t think of them now.

3. The Clash: all the songs

4. Dead Kennedys: every song on this one compilation cd I have

5. The Beatles: all the songs

I think that would actually cover me forever…it basically encompasses all my moods. But I would probably miss these songs eventually:

6. Simon and Garfunkel: The Boxer, America

7. Paul Simon: Obvious Child, Graceland

8. CSN: Southern Cross

9. Pinback: Good to Sea

10. Phoenix: 1901, Lisztomania

11. Bright Eyes: Arc of Time

12. Most Serene Republic: Humble Peasants

13. Harlem Shakes: Strictly Game

14. Modest Mouse: Black Cadillacs

15. Firewater: So Long Superman

bonus tracks: I am still baffled as to why The Postal Service only made one album…I would listen to those songs on repeat for days…

phew! that was a lot of thinking…but now I know what playlist to make!!

trbic asked:

Hi, i want to know if we (Christians) are still expected to follow the 10 commandments.

No and yes.  No we are not under Old Testament Laws.  We follow the greatest commandment that two little things that encompass all of the laws of the prophets.  

Jesus was asked this very question by a Pharisee who was considered to be “an expert in the law” (Matthew 22:34–36). Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37–40).

Jesus gives us two commandments that summarize all the laws and commands in Scripture. The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 deal with our relationship with God and then our relationship with other people. One naturally flows out of the other. Without a right relationship with God, our relationships with others will not be right, either. The cause of the world’s problems is that man needs to be reconciled to God. We will never love our neighbor as ourselves if we do not first love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. All of man’s best efforts toward world peace will fail as long as men are living in rebellion against God.

When asked by another Pharisee how one could “inherit eternal life,” Jesus answered that it is by keeping these two commandments (Luke 10:25–37). Only two commandments to obey, yet how often do we, like this Pharisee, try to “justify” ourselves because saying we obey these commandments is much easier than really living according to them.

When carefully considered, Jesus’ answer was really a perfect response not only to the Pharisee of His day, but also to all modern-day “Pharisees” who try measure a person’s righteousness by how well he conforms outwardly to a series of laws or commandments. Both the Pharisees of Christ’s day and today’s many versions create a whole system of rules and regulations for people to live by and yet are guilty of breaking the most important commandments of all because they “cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but not the inside” (Matthew 23:25–26).

When we prayerfully consider Jesus’ words and the fact that all the laws and commands in Scripture can really be summarized by these two commandments, we understand just how impossible it is for us to keep God’s commandments and how often we fail to do so and can therefore never be righteous before God on our own accord. That only leaves us with one hope, and that is that God “justifies the ungodly” (Romans 4:5). God’s law and our failure to keep it “brings about wrath” (Romans 4:15), but “God demonstrates His own love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

While we will never keep God’s commandments or be righteous before Him by our own efforts, Christ did. It is His sacrificial death on the cross that causes our sins to be imputed to Him and His righteousness imputed to us (Romans 4—5). That is why “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9–10). After all, the gospel of Christ “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes,” for “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16–17).

Because Jesus answered this very question and His answer is recorded in Scripture, we don’t have to wonder or search for the answer ourselves. The only question left for us to answer is do we live according to these commandments? Do we truly love God with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds, and do we really love our neighbor as ourselves? If we are truthful with ourselves, we know that we do not, but the good news is that the law and commandments were given as “a tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24). Only as we realize our sinfulness and hopelessness will we turn to Christ alone as the only hope of salvation.

As Christians, we strive to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and as our hearts and minds are transformed by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit we are able to begin to love others as ourselves. Yet we still fail to do so, which again drives us back to the cross of Christ and the hope of salvation that stems from the imputed righteousness of Christ and not from any merit of our own.  God bless you!!!  Maranatha!!!  :):)


Friendships in books: Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah, The Raven cycle

“You can be just friends with people, you know,“ Orla said. "I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.”
Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another. Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”



Domestic abuse is something that is unfortunately present in many households, but due to fear and stigma not spoken about. The fault is not in the victims, it’s a cycle of abuse that continues due to the silence.  
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Open to any one who identifies as South Asian, and open to non-binary folk, we want to hear your voice. We need to listen to each other, and heal together. 

The use of monikers or measures to protect identities are respected. Submit your works by June 12th (brown standard time) and ask us if you have any questions. The theme of the first issue is all encompassing, and to serve an introduction of the issues facing our community.

anonymous asked:

Do you believe in soulmates or fate?

Sort of.

I believe that life has paths. Like time, I believe that fate is relative.

I believe that we are born with almost a… grab-bag of events… so to speak… and that those events are all encompassing. the majority of them will probably never occur, but that, call it God, fate, destiny, or what have you,  whatever it is… will provide these moments… these… blips of quantum opportunity, where the paths of infinite individuals in infinite ways may, or may not cross your path. Where ideas, inventions, revelations may, or may not come… These things… these grand evolutions of our individual psyches, and existences have influences that may be instant, or may not fully take effect for years to come.

We sometimes, I believe, have suggestions on our paths. Moments that reoccur… items that keep popping up in our existential trail, sometimes people, sometimes opportunities, any number of things, they can be, but for us they have ample significance from the start, and only grow. durnesque-esque is a prime example of that sort of cosmic, or divine suggestion. A repeated anvil dropped from an increasingly greater height until you finally understand/are ready to understand their true relevance, significance, and importance to your particular path, because humans, comparatively to a cosmic being(s), are dumb as hell. We (Sarah, and I) met a number of times, and came across each other’s paths for years before either of us considered joining one another’s trail, much less becoming a single unit.

Now, does that mean that I believe in predestination? No. I believe that all stories have a beginning, and an end, but that there are infinite endings, infinite beginnings, and infinite options along that path. What I do believe is that whatever deity,or deities may have laid out your particular “grab-bag” knows, has known, and will know every option, every detail, and every facet. I believe it (life) is a metaphorical quantum engine of divine possibility, and the calculations had to be detailed before your particular journey in the machine was programmed in. God, as I believe, is a benevolent entity of pure creative force who gives human-kind free reign over its own fate, despite capacity for direct influence, much in the same fashion as a parent to a child.

Our existence, I believe, is an incomprehensibly large illustration of parenthood, where God is constantly trying to give us the best tool-set, the best options, the best everything, but it’s ultimately up to us to see, choose, take, understand, etc…

Imagine the capacity for love of a parent who brings into existence this person, whoever they may be, who goes on to make one decision that spirals out, and its tendrils effect an unimaginable number of individuals, and those decisions, however small, have innumerable impacts on the existences of the rest of humanity for the rest of time, but that deity still looks at the rest of its creations, and, while pained at the actions of that one or of many, it still loves, still gives, still hears, and still holds its flock when it needs it most.

Perfect example: Some artist trained some other, who trained and studied their whole life only to have their study and training culminate in telling a young boy named Adolf that he was mediocre. That young boy grew to hate that artist, and his own father’s lack of care, and his own weakened psyche created the perfect breeding ground for untold, however unfounded, hatred for not only the previously stated artist, but that artist’s bloodline, and, eventually, entire people. This coupled with education, influence, and a perfect societal climate in Adolf’s home country laid the perfect scenario for something truly tragic to become a lasting identity for an entire nation, and a lasting scar for an entire race. Even amid the horror inflicted, however, there was an equally infinite number of laudable, incredible acts of goodness, charity, wonder, grace, humanity, love, honor, bravery, etc. that allowed a generation to be called “The Greatest.”

This, in my mind, is the beauty, and the horror of attempting to comprehend “fate,” however: if one thing is set, the so, too, is everything else. If God is a loving god, and gives, cares, and holds… why does that same deity so flippantly take away? How can they be the same god?

For me, it’s simply this: God gives. God gives infinitely… It is we who take away. We things on this earth, we imperfect beings, we innocent many, we unknowing, instinctual denizens of earth, and the cosmos that do as mortal, fleshy creatures must. Ours is mortality, and through it we have the power to destroy the works of a divine being(s), or glorify them. To love, and encourage, or break and tear down… We are, according to my faith, granted a power only God, apart from us, has ever had: free will. Through that will, we have the capacity to be of Godly benevolence, or of mortal baseness. That, I believe is beautiful. What a strangely fitting, and glorious thing, that this being that creates, and could demand beyond reasoning, chose rather, for life, to allow.

We are so many curving, weaving threads of a relative tapestry of all existence, and our strings are spun of both increasing and decreasing threads of unknowable quantity and variety. That is what I believe.

What a beautifully colorful construction of hope and love we are.