also they had the interviews in the same building but not at the same time

anonymous asked:

I’m not trying to be inflammatory, I’m just curious. How do het ace/aro people face SYSTEMATIC oppression? Gay/bi/trans people face oppression like difficultly adopting children, finding housing, they may be fired from employment because of their gender or orientation. So they are bared from normal parts of live because of their gender/sexuality. Gay ace/aro people face this too, but what do het ace/aro people experience on a societal level?

If you’d been following my blog at all or even bothered to peruse it a little before dropping this message in my inbox, you’d probably already know the answer to your question. 

You’d ALSO probably know that there are bi and pan aspecs too (e.g., I’m panromantic demisexual) which isn’t “gay” (does this term also include lesbians?) so I feel like your ask erases part of my own identity and that of others in the community.

For these reasons and more, I’d bet money that you’re not here because you’re “curious”. You’re probably here because you figure this is how you’re gonna stop a “self-imposing” aspec from speaking up for herself. 

Well guess what: That’s just hateful & sad.

Regardless though of your intentions, I’m here to say that there is in fact SYSTEMATIC oppression against aspecs. For example, Dr Gordon Hodson wrote this about his 2012 study: 

In a recent investigation (MacInnis & Hodson, in press) we uncovered strikingly strong bias against asexuals in both university and community samples. Relative to heterosexuals, and even relative to homosexuals and bisexuals, heterosexuals: (a) expressed more negative attitudes toward asexuals (i.e., prejudice); (b) desired less contact with asexuals; and © were less willing to rent an apartment to (or hire) an asexual applicant (i.e., discrimination). Moreover, of all the sexual minority groups studied, asexuals were the most dehumanized (i.e., represented as “less human”). Intriguingly, heterosexuals dehumanized asexuals in two ways. Given their lack of sexual interest, widely considered a universal interest, it might not surprise you to learn that asexuals were characterized as “machine-like” (i.e., mechanistically dehumanized). But, oddly enough, asexuals were also seen as “animal-like” (i.e., animalistically dehumanized). Yes, asexuals were seen as relatively cold and emotionless and unrestrained, impulsive, and less sophisticated.

When you repeatedly observe such findings it grabs your attention as a prejudice researcher. But let’s go back a minute and consider those discrimination effects. Really? You’d not rent an apartment to an asexual man, or hire an asexual woman? Even if you relied on stereotypes alone, presumably such people would make ideal tenants and employees. We pondered whether this bias actually represents bias against single people, a recently uncovered and very real bias in its own right (see Psychology Today column by Bella DePaulo). But our statistical analyses ruled out this this possibility. So what’s going on here?

If you’ve been following my column, you’ll recall that I wrote a recent article on what I called the “Bigotry Bigot-Tree” – what psychologists refer to as generalized prejudice. Specifically, those disliking one social group (e.g., women) also tend to dislike other social groups (e.g., homosexuals; Asians). In our recent paper (MacInnis & Hodson, in press), we found that those who disliked homosexuals also disliked bisexuals and asexuals. In other words, these prejudices are correlated. Heterosexuals who dislike one sexual minority, therefore, also dislike other sexual minorities, even though some of these groups are characterized by their sexual interest and activity and others by their lack of sexual interest and activity.

This anti-asexual bias, at its core, seems to boil down to what Herek (2010) refers to as the “differences as deficit” model of sexual orientation. By deviating from the typical, average, or normal sexual interests, sexual minorities are considered substandard and thus easy targets for disdain and prejudice. Contrary to conventional folk wisdom, prejudice against sexual minorities may not therefore have much to do with sexual activity at all. There is even evidence, for instance, that religious fundamentalists are prejudiced against homosexuals even when they are celibate (Fulton et al., 1999). Together, such findings point to a bias against “others”, especially different others, who are seen as substandard and deficient (and literally “less human”). “Group X” is targeted for its lack of sexual interest even more than homosexuals and bisexuals are targeted for their same-sex interests.

From news coverage of a recently published study (2016):

What should the average person take away from your study?

Since I first became interested in the issue, I have come to conclude that U.S. society is both “sex negative” and “sex positive.” In other words, there is stigma and marginalization that can come both from being “too sexual” and from being “not sexual enough.” In a theoretical paper, I argued that sexuality may be compulsory in contemporary U.S. society. In other words, our society assumes that (almost) everyone is, at their core, “sexual” and there exists a great deal of social pressure to experience sexual desire, engage in sexual activities, and adopt a sexual identity. At the same time, various types of “non-sexuality” (such as a lack of sexual desire or activity) are stigmatized.

For this particular study, I identified thirty individuals who identified as asexual and asked them first, if they had experienced stigma or marginalization as a result of their asexuality, and, second how they challenged this stigma or marginalization. I found that my interviewees had experienced the following forms of marginalization: pathologization (i.e. people calling them sick), social isolation, unwanted sex and relationship conflict, and the denial of epistemic authority (i.e. people not believing that they didn’t experience sexual attraction). I also found that my interviews resisted stigma and marginalization in five ways: describing asexuality as simply a different (but not inherently worse) form of sexuality; deemphasizing the importance of sexuality in human life; developing new types of nonsexual relationships; coming to see asexuality as a sexual orientation or identity; and engaging in community building and outreach.

I hope that average people would take away from this study the idea that some people can lead fulfilling lives without experiencing sexual attraction but can experience distress if others try to invalidate their identities.

Some of the social isolation we aspecs experience comes from religious communities. Indeed, the popular myth that religious people revere aspecs is very much NOT TRUE. For example, read “Myth 8″ from the VISION Catholic Religious Vocation Guide:

MYTH 8: Religious are asexual

Question: What do you call a person who is asexual? 

Answer: Not a person. Asexual people do not exist. Sexuality is a gift from God and thus a fundamental part of our human identity. Those who repress their sexuality are not living as God created them to be: fully alive and well. As such, they’re most likely unhappy.

All people are called by God to live chastely, meaning being respectful of the gift of their sexuality. Religious men and women vow celibate chastity, which means they live out their sexuality without engaging in sexual behavior. A vow of chastity does not mean one represses his manhood or her womanhood. Sexuality and the act of sex are two very different things. While people in religious life abstain from the act of sex, they do not become asexual beings, but rather need to be in touch with what it means to be a man or a woman. A vow of chastity also does not mean one will not have close, loving relationships with women and men. In fact, such relationships are a sign of living the vow in a healthy way. Living a religious vow of chastity is not always easy, but it can be a very beautiful expression of love for God and others.

Religious women and men aren’t oddities; they mirror the rest of the church they serve: there are introverts and extroverts, tall and short, old and young, straight and gay, obese and skinny, crass and pious, humorous and serious, and everything in between. They attempt to live the same primary vocation as all other Christians do: proclaiming and living the gospel. However, religious do this as members of an order that serve the church and world in a particular way. Like marriage and the single life, religious life can be wonderful, fulfilling, exciting, and, yes, normal. Yet, it also can be countercultural and positively challenging. It’s that for us and many others.

If you thought religious life was outdated, dysfunctional, or dead, we hope you can now look beyond the stereotypes and see the gift it is to the church and world.

NOTE: YOU CAN BE A GAY CATHOLIC PERSON BUT NOT ASEXUAL, BC ASEXUALITY DOESN’T EXIST (yet somehow we’re also “most likely unhappy” and “oddities”). I sincerely hope and believe that not all religions characterize us aspecs this way. But here are some personal accounts I found on a reddit site answering the question “Do any religions have a negative stance toward asexuals?”:

Please note that the Christian pastor in the last example was fearful (or something?) that an asexual was helping to lead a youth group and kicked them out of the church as a result.

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Pairing: Taehyung x Reader

Genre: Badboy!Taehyung, angst

Word Count: 5.3k

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Six Months Later

You walked down the hallway of the academic building slowly, the weight of the paper in your bag causing you to drag your feet. Each footstep bringing more and more uncertainty about the next chapter of your life. You noticed that the door to your professor’s office was locked, and a small sigh of relief escaped your lips.

You didn’t want to have to explain to him how all your interviews had turned to dead ends. You didn’t want to have to explain how you were still going to be stuck in this town. Stuck in the memories of the past year when all you wanted to do was move forward. There was nothing that you wanted more than leaving. If he could leave, so could you. But instead you had gotten hired at the coffee shop in which you first met him. Left to repeat the same memories over and over again.

And as you left the building for the last time, you didn’t feel any different. The emptiness that had filled your chest the day he left was still there. You held your phone up to your ear, the familiar number having been dialed like clockwork. “We are sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is no longer in service.” seared through your ears after the first dial tone.

You kicked at a rock while waiting to cross the street. There was no reason for you to continue to call that number. But there was still a large part of you that hoped he would come back. That when you called his voice would saying hello on the other end. But no one had heard from him. Not you. Not the boys. It was like he had erased himself from your universe.

Taehyung crept into your mind during your most vulnerable moments. Like when the sun hit your skin in the middle of the afternoon, reminding you of the hours you would spend sitting next to him in the front seat of his car. Driving the two of you around while blasting old music and singing along so out of tune that everyone else would stare at you from their cars.

You missed him when you couldn’t get a jar open, not because he was strong enough to open them. But because you would hunch over in fits of laughter as you watched him turn red in the face while trying to open it. He wasn’t much of a muscle pig, but you thought his effort was the cutest.

He was in the worn out t-shirt hidden in the back of your closet. A piece of clothing you didn’t know you had until your nose caught the smell of his cologne the first time Mina came over to your apartment to do your laundry since you hadn’t left your bed in weeks. You had her put it down, worried that if she held it for too long you would forget what he smelled like when he held you.

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Oppa || Jeon Jungkook

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Word Count: 1.7k

Genre: Fluff

There was an underlying excitement that was flooding underneath your skin as you walked into the building. It wasn’t your first time being here but you always felt the exact same each time. There was something about walking into the BigHit building that made you hold yourself differently. It was because of Jungkook that you came so often. He had invited you to come down to the studio and spend the day with him while he practiced.

Jungkook and you went to the same school, but you were in a class younger than him, so it was hard to try and spend time together. He was barely at school because of interviews and other things for the company he worked with. That was why on your weekends you would come down to the studio and watch him practice or hang out with him for a few hours.

It was normal for you now, as you two had been dating for almost a year. The staff almost knew you by name and welcomed you in as if you were just like the other workers there. As he had come back from promotions you were finally able to see him, but he was stuck with the other guys practicing today so he had asked you to join them.

The rest of the boys knew who you were and they loved you. They saw how happy you made Jungkook and they would have never asked for him to find anyone else. In their eyes you two were perfect for each other. Hoseok had always made comments about how he was jealous of your relationship with Jungkook and he wished he would find someone as lovely as you.

Jihyo waved hello to you as you stepped foot into the building and you waved back, returning a smile. Jihyo was the one who you knew the best, as she showed you around the first time you were there. She worked at the front desk, so you always saw her during your visits. The first time you had ever been to the building, Jungkook had told Jihyo to direct you to the practice room. You approached the front desk like normal and smiled.

“Are you here to see your oppa?” She asked, drawing out the last word and laughing slightly. You blushed and sputtered, trying to ignore the look she was giving you.

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A History of Violence - Part Two (completed)

Alpha!Werewolf!Sam x Omega!Werewolf!Reader - A/B/O

Part One Here

Summary: You and Sam are a bonded pair with four children. You’re both interrogated by the police who are convinced that Sam and Dean are running a criminal enterprise.

This falls into the same AU as The Brown Bottle, Moonlight and The Derby

Warnings: Language, violence, dom/sub overtones. mentions of: knotting, breeding, claiming, giving birth, assault, mention of rape

Words: 4600+

Betas: @saxxxology & @moonlitskinwalker

Your name: submit What is this?

Interrogation: Sam

Sam sits on a tiny chair in a small room, wrists in handcuffs resting on the table in front of him. He’s been waiting for the better part of three hours without so much as a hello from anyone. He’s got a pretty good idea of what’s happening, at least the basics. He can’t say he wasn’t expecting to be brought in for questioning, he was, however, unprepared for the SWAT team knocking down the door to the mobile office at their construction site.

He takes a deep breath, running his hands through his hair. While he’s not new to being on this side of the law, he’s never been left to sweat in the box for this long.

He gets it, they’re proving a point.

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Finding Closure (Part 1)

Summary: AU. Reader left behind a hometown full of misery to make a new home in Brooklyn. A death in the family forces her to briefly return to the place that has haunted her dreams and memories for three years. Will she finally be able to move on, or will a figure from the past change everything?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 2,837

Warnings: angst, language, more angst, mention of alcoholism, mention of death, mention of funeral, mentions of neglect, mentions of estranged family members, heartache, sadness, mentions of sad childhood

A/N: This is the first part of my submission for the talented and wonderful @tatortot2701 ‘s AU writing challenge. (Tay, please disregard until it’s completed!) Y'all wanted angst, well…I took a fluffy prompt and darkened it. I tried not to but this story wouldn’t leave me alone. I’m not sure how many parts it will have.

My prompt was 28 .“____ is not a real word.” “Yes it is!”

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Lip Biting

Pairing: Y/N/Luke

Rating: NC-17

Request: No

Words: 2.000+

Summary: Luke loves biting his lip out of habit and that is, according to some, the biggest turn on to date. 


“What?” He innocently questioned and looked up at you with his oceanic eyes that showed nothing else but what his tone was hinting at.

Of course he knew what he was doing.  

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The lobster bib and floppy hat conspiracy

So Tom did a Q&A session on Reddit yesterday and someone asked about the lobster bib and the red floppy hat in Jesus’ trailer.

And Tom answer raised so many questions in me I had to make a post.

He said that “all will be revealed” and not to forget that Maggie is wearing Jesus’ clothes lately.

And it’s interesting because Tom already brought up Maggie’s clothes being Jesus’ in the 7x14 review interview he was invited to. More precisely Maggie’s Diner shirt.

That one.

Maggie already wore that shirt. I think we saw her in it in 7x05. It reads Hon’s Diner I think.

So I have two theories about that. The first on is:

-Maybe Jesus is gonna get hurt instead of Maggie.

In the last episode we saw that Gregory had started to feel threaten by Maggie’s presence at the Hilltop and Jesus’ loyalty towards her. He talked about it to Simon and we saw in 7x15 preview that Gregory will try to hurt Maggie.

Now hear me out, Jesus and Maggie have the same heights, and they’re wearing the same clothes. Also Gregory has been drinking more and more this season. For a drunk like Gregory, from behind, only the hair makes a difference and if Jesus he wearing, let’s say, a big floppy red hat, Gregory wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

My second theory is:

-The Diner is what matters.

Maggie has been wearing Jesus’ clothes but Tom specifically talked about the Diner shirt. So the Diner must be an important place.

Now I will talked about one my other theory, is that Jesus actually asked Sherry for her help. And they organized Daryl escape together. While Jesus cleared the path, Sherry would let Daryl out.

I’ll explain. The Desus escape always seemed off to me. it was too quick, we didn’t really see anything and it seemed like Daryl would have escape even if Jesus hadn’t stayed to help.

Besides, the timing was just perfect, Sherry magically decided to help on the day Jesus was at the Sanctuary and stayed to help Daryl. And Jesus found Daryl so easily, like he knew he would be here.

And in 7x14 we saw this:

When Sasha takes the bullets from Jesus’ hiding place we can clearly see that Jesus is also hiding Daryl’s bike key AND it’s resting on a /matchbook/. And I think the matchbook is really important.

The matchbook is upside down so we don’t notice it to much and don’t make the connection with another matchbook we saw not a long ago.

This one:

Yes! During Daryl and Jesus escape from the Sanctuary. Daryl also had a match on his note and we still don’t know why. Daryl is inside the building, not outside, he is the one who opens the door so the matchbook can’t be seen by him. It’s not a sign for Daryl but for Jesus. Indicating that Daryl is behind /this/ particular door. And for Daryl the match means, the one with the matchbook is there to help you trust him.

Now what if the matchbook is Jesus’. Because he obviously kept it, when Daryl opens the door it falls on the floor and they’re escaping so why did Jesus troubled himself with picking up the matchbook?

My guess is the matchbook is from Hon’s Diner too. Hon’s Diner being an important place to Jesus for whatever reason. And that we’ll see more of that Dinner.

Maybe this Diner is an important part of Jesus past? Or maybe it’s one of Jesus’ hideout? Maybe Jesus’ told Sherry to hide there after /she/ escape?

What do you all think?

As for the lobster thingy, I have NO IDEA



This horrific incident has been well documented, everywhere: from YouTube videos of survivor interviews to PBS Lesson Plans for school teachers. Please do your Google diligence:

  • From May 30 to June 1, 1921, white citizens of Tulsa bombed burned and shot up the “Little Africa” section of Tulsa FOR 18 HOURS STRAIGHT
  • Why would they do that? That same old lame excuse, a Black man supposedly did something to a white woman. But the real reason was ECONOMIC JEALOUSY. Whites may have called it Little Africa derisively, but there is a reason that Black Tulsa is known as Black Wall Street
  • In addition to the 300 Blacks killed, and over 1,000 residential homes burned to the ground, also destroyed were:
  • The Mt. Zion Baptist Church and five other churches; the Gurley Hotel, Red Wing Hotel, and Midway Hotel; the Tulsa Star and Oklahoma Sun newspaper offices; Dunbar Elementary School; Osborne Monroe’s Roller-Skating Rink; the East End Feed Store; the Y.M.C.A. Cleaners; the Dreamland Theater; a drug store, barbershop, banquet hall, several grocery stores, dentists, lawyers, doctors, and realtors offices; a U.S. Post Office Substation, as well the all-black Frissell Memorial Hospital. All told, marauding gangs of savage whites destroyed 40-square-blocks of Black economic and entrepreneurial prosperity!

64 years after the first bombing of an American city was committed against the Black residents of Tulsa… the second bombing of an American city took place in Philadelphia when the city bombed the black members of the MOVE organization. (see the blackourstory archive for details). 

Isn’t it a shame that 76 after the bombing of Tulsa, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City, most historically illiterate Americans - including American “journalists” - responded as if it were the first time such a horror had been visited on Oklahoma. If only we knew.

While there are many lessons to be drawn from this, a few questions that stick out to me are these:

  • If the answer to Black second-class treatment from whites in America is supposedly to become the ultimate American capitalists…the ‘model minorities’… how do you explain Tulsa 1921?
  • For those Black folk who think that the sole answer to Black people’s problems is simply more Blacks becoming business owners and more Blacks spending money with other Blacks… how did that work out for our people in Tulsa in '21?
  • Considering not only Tulsa, but Rosewood, Florida, and many other thriving all-Black towns that you may know of that all met the same fate at the hands of murderous, envious, lazy crackers… WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND TAKE SERIOUSLY THE IDEA THAT BLACK WEALTH (ESPECIALLY ALL-BLACK WEALTH) WILL NEED TO BE PROTECTED WITH PHYSICAL FORCE?

There is a reason that Marcus Garvey AND Elijah Muhammad had armies of trained Black men as a huge part of their organizations. Many of us Black folk took those great men as jokes, yet NO BLACK LEADERS SINCE THOSE TWO have reached the same heights of economic and ideological success and unity of Black people. 

Not only do we need to LEARN THIS HISTORY, we need to start taking these events men and movements MORE SERIOUSLY, and doing some CRITICAL HISTORICAL ANALYSIS if we are ever to stop being on the bottom rung of every metric in American life. Not just some casual or accidental reading of history; some CRITICAL. HISTORICAL. ANALYSIS.

We’ve had many examples before us, but were often too undisciplined or brainwashed or lazy to follow them. Shame on us. If even one-fourth of the people who claimed to love Brother Malcolm in his day had at least one-tenth of Malcolm’s discipline, he might not have needed to hire an FBI Agent named Gene Roberts whom he didn’t have time to scrutinize properly beforehand, because all the Black folks who gassed him up to leave the Nation of Islam and who joined Brother Malcolm’s MMI were too damned undisciplined and untrained IN ANYTHING USEFUL TO PROTECTING BLACK PEOPLE to even serve as proper security for him. Read it again, in context of this entire post, and let it marinate.

AMERICA NEEDS TO PAY US WHAT THEY OWE FOR ALL OF THIS TORTURE ROBBERY AND MURDER that they’ve visited on us since they brought our people here as captives and bred us for profit.

TULSA 1921 was real. PHILLY 1985 was real. Will it happen again?

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seeing tom with his mustache and slight beard gave me major ceo!peter parker feels :’) this is a [[ten year later]] fic but have no fear, this is all fluff and totally safe!

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Breath of the Wild in the Downfall Timeline longpost

I’ve seen a few posts recently where people are suggesting that BOTW either takes place in the Child Timeline or doesn’t fit anywhere at all, so I thought I’d make an evidence masterpost…

1. Subdued Ceremony:

So to start things off lets address the primary reason many have for placing BOTW in the Child Timeline, as it’s also the only result that appears when trying to google the Zelda Timeline these days

As is common knowledge by now; Zelda references the events of Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess in the ritual featured in the first memory, saying “Whether skyward bound, adrift in time, or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight…”

Her voice is overshadowed by Daruk and Revali in the English version, but she can still be heard in other regions as she continues talking.  In Japanese she says “You cross the seas when you seek the gold made by the gods” (I had a link to a good source page but tumblr messes up posts with links in) with the second part referring to ALTTP’s Japanese name.

This could therefore be evidence for any of the timelines, and is likely the result a past Princess Zelda’s prophetic dreams allowing her insight into other timelines.

2. Tunic of the Wild:

In potentially the most obvious indication of BOTW’s timeline placement, the Tunic of the Wild bears the Downfall Timeline design (my personal favorite) with brown sleeves and more Peter Pan vibe compared to the Tunic of Twilight or the Tunic of Winds. This design has only appeared in Downfall Timeline games, usually as the starting armor. As for why it seems to be a rare set in BOTW, with no legacy attached to a ‘hero in green’ at all, this is likely the result of 10,000 passing since the most recent Ganon attack, or Hyrule’s prior decline, leaving the story of the Kingdom’s heroes a faded legend. This may also explain why the Hero and the Champions wear blue instead of more historically significant green.

3. ‘Other World’ versus ‘Ancient Age’:

An interesting note about the language used in the descriptions for the TP-based weapons and armor is that they are commonly referred to as being from “the world where a hero fought against the twilight”. This also happens when Wolf Link gets too far from Link, as he is stated to have “returned to his own world”

In comparison, the descriptions for the classic Sword and Tunic of the Hero set refer to that Link as a hero from ancient times. This is important because it suggests that Twilight Princess takes place in a different reality from Breath of the Wild (different timeline) while the events of Zelda I take place in the past of the same reality. The term ancient is very prominent in BOTW as it is used to denote things from 10,000 years ago or older, which support the downfall theory.

4.  Reoccurring Locations:

The Lost Woods and the Master Sword pedestal

In the Child Timeline, the lost woods are located in the Faron region to the south, like in OOT, whereas BOTW follows the Downfall location identical to that of ALTTP, having it as separate from Faron and close to the Eldin region in the north. This connection is further emphasized by the design of the Master Sword’s pedestal, which is also identical to its ALTTP appearance, even down to the flowers surrounding it.

Hyrule Castle Town

One of the main reasons for a Child Timeline placement is the design of Castle Town, which heavily resembles that of TP. However this can be argued against as it is likely that the reconstruction of Castle Town post OOT happened soon enough after Ganon was sealed that the same people were in charge and thus the same architectural influences were used, regardless of the timeline.

Bridge of Hylia

Similar to with Castle Town, the building of the (Great) Bridge of Hylia seems to have occured recently after OOT, as TP takes place roughly 100 years later and the bridge had already seen better days in that appearance. the bridge was most likely built by the same people regardless of the timeline, providing a reason for it’s similar design.

Arbiter’s Grounds

The ruins of the Arbiter’s Grounds can be found in the Gerudo Desert, however this does not really prove that BOTW is in the Child Timeline because it is likely the Grounds existed even before the time of OOT but were just not accessible. Some had argued in TP that the Grounds were built over the ruins of the Spirit Temple, yet it seems much more likely that the Spirit Temple rock was instead carved into Gerudo Town, judging from the carved out theme and the large chunk of red rock atop the palace. The Goddess of the Sands was sacred to the Gerudo so it is unlikely they would allow for their temple to be turned into a prison for wider Hyrule’s use.

The Mirror of Twilight

A strange artifact resembling the Mirror of Twilight can be found near Lurelin Village. Similar to the Arbiter’s Grounds the Mirror is suggested to have existed for a long time prior to TP which would give it a valid reason to show u in the Downfall Timeline. The Mirror was shattered by Midna in TP so if anything it being still existent (if broken) in BOTW implies that the two games take place in different realities.

5. Aonuma interview

In a pre-release interview Aonuma hinted that BOTW takes place in a timeline that has been attacked by Ganon numerous times (again, can’t provide a source) which only applies to the Downfall timeline based on the stories we’ve seen in the series. Ganon has only attacked Hyrule twice in the Child Timeline, and went by Ganondorf for both of those appearances. Compared to the Downfall Timeline which has seen six Ganon-related calamities.

6. Anniversary Celebration

From a game design perspective, the Downfall Timeline makes the most sense, as BOTW, being the 30th Anniversary game, aims to show the progress the series has made since Zelda I, so for them to take place in the same timeline would make for ideal comparisons.

I personally like the thought of a merged Downfall and Child Timeline, with the opening of ALTTP being altered to fit after TP, referring to a revived or reincarnated Ganondorf (like in Four Swords Adventures) instead of the same one as in OOT and TP.

Sorry that this was so long and probably not new information and feel free to add anything else that I might’ve missed or give an alternate argument, but please don’t reply with “it’s not meant to be a timeline” or that “Aonuma and Fujibayashi don’t care” because I don’t want bitter Zelda-genwunners on my post lmao

Because I know that not everyone has the time or desire to sit down and listen to an hour-long interview, here are a few highlights from the recent episode of The 1099: Mike Laidlaw on How Dragon Age is Made and the Probability of Jade Empire 2.

  • Inquisition was codenamed Project Nugstorm before it had a proper name.
  • The early stages of Inquisition’s development were an uphill battle, as they were dealing with an engine that simply could not support the kind of gameplay they needed it to. (Frostbite is great for first person shooters… not so much for fantasy RPGs.) So while they were busy building various elements from scratch to supplement the engine, a lot of the design teams were left unable to work at the level they were used to. 
  • Laidlaw illustrates the limitations of building on a new engine by bringing up Witcher 2 and Witcher 3. Witcher 2 was built in a brand new engine, whereas Witcher 3 was able to benefit from all the hard work and lessons learned from the previous game and pushed the envelope even further in terms of what they could accomplish. In this analogy, Inquisition was sitting in the same camp as Witcher 2… the implication being that the next DA game in Frostbite can do more, since they don’t have to spend as much time building basic components.
  • Do they miss characters from previous games when they start writing the next cast of companions? Yes and no. As much as you grow to love them while making the game, you do eventually get tired of immersing yourself in that group after years of development and it’s refreshing to start building someone new. New characters often grow from the old - for example, Bull’s development really sprang from how the Qun had previously been shown through Sten and the Arishok. It’s a nice opportunity to come up with a new perspective on something you’ve already covered.
  • DA2 was originally called Dragon Age: Exodus. The name change was mostly a marketing decision and not one Laidlaw necessarily agrees with. 
  • At least for Dragon Age, the development process for DLC doesn’t begin until MAYBE as early as the certification stage when the base game is done and sent off to the higher ups. Even then, it would be a stretch to push the team to immediately turn around and start making DLC because they’re worn out. They just finished a marathon and need to catch their breath. He also likes to use DLC as an opportunity to address certain feedback - which you can’t do until players actually get their hands on the game.
  • Why they only used the Origin Story model in Origins: It’s a great format for rolling out a new IP with a whole new world to introduce your players to. But in order to replicate that, it requires essentially building six separate and unique beginner tutorial levels and at some point you have to address whether your time is better spent creating six levels (where a single player will only see one of them) or if that effort could be put towards creating something else. For everything you put effort towards, it means you’re cutting resources elsewhere - so what are you willing to give up in order to create those origin stories? They’re expensive to make and they don’t serve the same purpose in a sequel that they do in the first game.
  • Jade Empire 2: Josiah brings up a sequel to Jade Empire as a hypothetical in order to ask a question… How does someone in Laidlaw’s position attempt to tell the difference between loud vocal demands from the community (people saying they want more Jade Empire) vs actual, actionable interest (people actually buying a Jade Empire sequel, enough so that it makes the time spent developing it profitable). After talking about looking at the current games market and whether or not you have the resources and passion in-studio to work on it, Laidlaw admitted that there was a sequel planned for Jade Empire at one point and that one might happen one day… but that most of the leadership for JE have moved onto DA. Dragon Age is a big, all-encompassing project to be a part of, so it would be difficult to ask them to straddle between both teams if both IPs were simultaneously in production. But most of the people who really know Jade Empire and “feel it in their bones” are pretty busy working on continuing the DA franchise at the moment.
  • He admitted that something is being made for Dragon Age - and that it’s really not a secret that they’re working on it - but he can’t officially say anything else about the subject. Yet.

anonymous asked:

In a world where deities are known to actually exist (some people doubt their existence, but most at least acknowledge them, even if they don't follow any), do you think that religion would change significantly? A lot of religions are about a relationship with a being based on conviction, but less so on actual interaction or evidence. Do you see this being significantly different, or would what people want from it be the same, and therefore religions wouldn't differ much?

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So I’ve given this some thought, and my answer is: No, I think religion probably wouldn’t differ all that much.

I’ll start by mentioning that humanity is incredibly predisposed to religion.  We can engage in all kinds of speculation why, but suffice to say that we do.  Long ago, we worshipped emperors and kings; more recently, we worship the economy and certain beauty ideals.  People argue about whether or Dumbledore’s sexual orientation is “canon,” given that JK Rowling revealed that detail in an interview and not in the text of the books (scripture) themselves.  It’s controversial when a professional athlete chooses whether or not to stand for the national anthem, which is a ritual designed to reinforce feelings of loyalty and pride in the fictive state.

I’m working with a very broad definition of “religion,” here.  For my purposes, religion is something that gives narrative structure to one’s life and environment.  Religion uses sacred story and ritual to represent this narrative.  Religion posits an “ideal state” that we are meant to strive toward or return to.

It sounds like in this world you’re building, deities are “known to exist” because there is evidence of them.  I don’t know what kind of evidence there is; maybe that means deities are walking around on the surface of the planet as we speak, waving their multiple arms and performing miracles, or maybe Real Miracles happened fifty years ago but no miracles have happened lately so people are starting to forget.  

In the latter case, I don’t see this as being particularly different from, say, people who absolutely believe in the existence of angels.  You might say, “well, that’s not evidence-based,” but that would depend on what you mean by evidence.  She prayed for her tumor to shrink, and it did, and she says it’s because her guardian angel was listening.  Her doctor says it’s because the medicine worked.  Who’s right?  Maybe her guardian angel made sure the medicine worked.

In the former case, where you have basically X-Men running around the place, controlling the weather and firing lasers out of their faces, I can only think that it might make the ordinary populace more demanding of their deities.  XD  People can always make up reasons for why something didn’t happen.  If the aforementioned woman’s tumor had not shrunk, she might shrug and say, well, it must be my time to go, the guardian angel knows best.  But if you performed the correct ritual for rain and it didn’t rain?  Hey, somebody’s not holding up their end of the bargain!  Or, hey, maybe not: maybe I didn’t perform the ritual correctly.  Must have missed something.  Maybe I’d better go back and do that again.

Which can make things pretty interesting for your deities!  Like, holy cow, people are hanging all kinds of responsibilities on me; I didn’t ask for any of this!  I was just born this way!  So on and so forth.

It’s also worth noting that this idea of religion being based on some kind of belief and/or conviction is a relatively new one, and a particularly Western notion at that.  Nearly 80% of the Japanese population engages in Shinto practices, but ask any one of them if they were “religious” and they would probably say no, even if you’d stopped them to ask this question in front of the shrine where they’d just made an offering for a good grade on their final exams.  What, that?  That’s not religion.  Same with many Hindus and Buddhists.  For thousands of years–and in much of the world today–religion was not something we believed; it was something we did.  They were and are a set of cultural practices that had nothing to do with whether or not you actually believed in a supernatural deity out there, somewhere.

Title: Thanks for Being Here

Warnings: None

Author’s Note: It’s short and sweet. I believe one of the requests was for a previous game, but I didn’t get to it in a timely manner and I wanted to make sure I got this one out before too much time had passed. I also posted a Jordie Benn imagine tonight. Max Domi is up tomorrow, and it might be my favorite imagine yet…

Links: My Master List  and My Current Requests

Your eyes instinctively fell closed, your heart sinking into your stomach. Taking a deep breath, you opened your eyes, skimming the sea of disappointed fans all around you; finally settling on Auston. Standing by the bench, his hands were resting on the top of his stick, his bottom lip pulled between his teeth as the Capitals celebrated at the other end of the ice.

You had managed to make it to all of his home games during the playoffs; carefully planning your schedule and reworking your obligations back home, making the 5-hour drive from Michigan each game. The two of you had met when he was playing with the National Development Team and both of you worked hard to maintain your relationship over the past few years, despite the distance. For all the doubt there had been surrounding the Leafs at the beginning of the season, you couldn’t be happier for Auston and how far the Leafs had come, but it was still disappointing to see the boys lose.

You heard Ema sigh as her arm wrapped around your shoulders, giving you a squeeze; the two of you sporting matching frowns. Your eyes followed Auston as he made his way through the handshake line, then to center ice as the team saluted the crowd, his shoulders slumped. You and Auston’s family headed to the lower level of the arena to wait for him. Your phone buzzed moments later, slipping it out of your pocket you saw a text from Auston.

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Best Friend confesses Series: WOOZI

This is part two of a new series of Seventeen imagines. Feel free to message me and say who you want to see confessing next.

You know Woozi never meant to say it. But you still spent the whole evening yesterday replaying the Seventeen live interview video about a hundred times and trying to work out what the strange feeling in your chest was when you heard his words.

There is was, your best friend, your delightful, interesting, intelligent, stoic yet adorable best friend, sitting there with his newly re-dyed pink hair and his serious, focused face. Telling the interviewer that the inspiration for his latest song came from some night walks around the city with his girlfriend. 

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My feelings on the PLL Finale

This is the post I promised about all of my feelings about the finale and the show, now that it has come to a close. I don’t have many good things to say about it so I am warning you now before you start reading. If you enjoyed the finale and are the kind of person whose mood (and in turn opinions) can be affected by those of others if they don’t match their own, don’t read on. Unfollow me, because a lot of what I post or reblog from now until I stop using this account will not be positive.

I envy any of you who loved the finale, as I mentioned yesterday, because this show has been really close to my heart, and I wouldn’t want to be the person who ruins those memories for you because I know how easy it is to change your mind about how you feel about something if everyone (or at least the majority) around you doesn’t feel the same way as you. If I were you, I would guard my feelings fiercely (if I were content with the finale) and keep away from all accounts that might make me second guess my views. However, if you are interested and can tolerate diverse views, or if you share the same frustrations as me, you’re welcome to read on!

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harry also

  • lied about how he met the guitarist(said he worked at a pizza shop and that he’d never been in a studio before, when he’s just roommates with harry’s other very famous producer who has worked with celebrities and they were also in a band together for years with picture evidence of them both in a studio)

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the same

pairing: taehyung x idol!reader

summary: kim taehyung was your best friend, but when you both entered the kpop business everything seemed to change. luckily for the two of you, one thing remained the same.

details/genre: altered timeline from real world (rv and bts didnt perform at mamas, etc.), fluff

word count: 1.7k

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Lockscreen- Yugyeom (GOT7) Oneshot

REQUESTED: “Can you write a Yugyeom fluff where the reader is a western idol, and he takes an interest in her?”

I realized when I force myself to write and don’t have a great idea, it kinda sounds weird and forced. I’m sorry! I’ll try and get better when it comes to requests. I have bad writers block!

I also suck a titles.

I nervously paced backstage, feeling a little sick to my stomach. I was singing on a Korean talk show for the first time in my life, and I had to do an interview as well. My biggest concern was messing up while trying to speak in Korean. Most of my knowledge speaking in Korean was because I took classes when I started high school, but that was already 5-6 years ago!? What if I don’t correctly pronounce words, and why didn’t I just say yes to having a translator strictly do the interview with me instead of insisting I could do it on my own! I’m such an idiot!

“Y/N don’t worry. You’ll have a translator there in case you get stuck. Just try your best, and I’m sure they will understand. I mean, you’re a foreigner here. Everyone knows you’re from North America, and they don’t expect you to speak Korean in the first place. Just sing your new song, and then speak with the host! You’re right before GOT7’s interview, so if anything, they’ll completely distract any mistakes you make because of how popular they are,” My manager said, trying to give me a “pep” talk.

“What if I forget my own song? What if everyone hates it?!”

“Relax, you never get this scared performing anywhere else… What’s gotten into you?” She asked.

“I just…”

“Is it because of that guy you saw earlier backstage?”


“Oh my god. Are you feeling nervous because you saw that idol group GOT7?” She questioned.

“What?! Pssh, no!”

“Holy crap, you’re totally scared because you idolize that group, isn’t it? You use to be a huge fan of them and now that you’re in the same building with them, you’re totally fangirling, and getting nerves,” she said in utter shock, trying not to laugh at me. I couldn’t help but blush and put my head down in a little bit of shame. Yes, I was getting fangirl nerves because one of my favorite KPop groups were going to be watching me perform. Even though I had become famous and an artist myself, it didn’t stop my fangirling. I just suppressed it from the public. When you become a KPop fan, that shit runs deep.

“So which one is your… what’s it called when they are your favorite with KPop groups? Your bus? Bonus?”

“It’s called a Bias, and that’s in English too. Why the hell would they be called a bus? Does that make any logical sense to you?” I asked.

“I’m a 46-year-old woman, do not sass me.”

“Y/N please get ready to go onstage, we’ll cue you when it’s time” a man smiled, leading me towards the stage entrance. Well… Here goes nothing.

I performed my song without a hitch, and I got to do a very brief interview before quickly dashing off backstage again. I’m pretty lucky that I wasn’t having a hard time speaking Korean like I thought I would, and hardly had to use the translator. The host was being very kind, and didn’t make me feel pressured when I was having a little trouble thinking of the correct words. As I was quickly trying to get to my change room, I rushed around the corner a little too fast, and I wasn’t paying attention properly. I bumped face first into a tall figure; knocking me back a few steps, but because of my high heels I stumbled into the wall.

“I’m so sorry!” I muttered.

“I was in your way, sorry” the guy mumbled back a little stunned. His shaggy black hair fell in front of his eyes lightly, masking his brows. I couldn’t help but look him over, piecing together his appearance. A black choker was placed around his long neck, which connected to a sharp jawline. He was dressed in all black, with a studded leather jacket on his broad shoulders. I snapped out of my trance to respond.

“No, I shouldn’t have been running. I’m Y/N, by the way.”

“Yes, I know. I’m a fan of yours. I’m Yugyeom, nice to meet you. By the way, your Korean is very good” he smiled.

“Thank you, and I know who you are. I’m a big fan of GOT7, as well.” “I’ll talk to you after our interview, will you stick around until then, or are you leaving?”

“I’m going to stay until the end, good luck with your interview!” As soon as he left, my heart started beating really fast. I started hitting fangirl levels again, and this was getting a little hard to suppress. It’s not every day that one of my favorite idols says he’s a fan of you. I was originally going to leave right after my performance, but now that I knew GOT7 was here today as well, I felt a little compelled to stay and watch their interview. I started playing with the hem of my dress before sitting down in the dressing room by the live feed TV. The guys were introduced after they performed ‘Never Ever.’ The 7 of them sitting down on the couches across from the host, all dressed in the signature ‘Never Ever’ music video looks. Let me tell you, it was A LOOK. They talked for a while about their new music, and then suddenly a question caught my attention.

“If you could collaborate with any western artist, who would it be?”

“Chris Brown” some of the guys laughed.

“No-no-no. I know who Yugyeom would like to collaborate with. Y/N, she was just on here. He has a huge crush on her!” Jackson smiled, patting Yugyeom on the shoulder. Yugyeom was hiding his head with a big smile on his face, trying to conceal his embarrassment.

“Oh yeah! She’s his lock screen even, he really likes her!” Bambam joined in while grabbing at Yugyeoms phone. Bambam got a hold of it, and held it up to the camera. With a slight click, the screen lit up and a white background appeared with a photo of me sitting on the ground was displayed. It was from one of my most recent photoshoot where I wore all black, completed with fishnets, shorts, and a leather jacket. As soon as it was shown to the screen I recognized it instantly and started feeling heat rising to my face. Yugyeom screeched in displeasure, grabbing the phone away from Bambams grasp. “So you would like to collaborate with her?” The host asked.

“Uh, yes. She’s very talented and I-I think she’d be fun to work with.”

“Well she’s still here so you guys should talk with her, and maybe work something out! I know both of your fans would love to hear all of you on the same song as her.”

“She might not want to, now that she knows about Yugyeom being her fanboy” JB mocked. I honestly felt really bad for him being embarrassed like that on TV, even if it didn’t matter to me. I wasn’t going to lie, it was a bit of a surprise, but it was also a fangirls dream come true. I mean, having your bias, have a crush on you as well? Someone might as well just have handed me a million dollars because that’s how I felt. I was so stuck in dream land that I didn’t even notice that they wrapped up the interview. It wasn’t long until I was face to face with the group once again. You could see the pleasure on some of the guys faces as Yugyeom’s embarrassment started rising again. I honestly felt a little bad for Yugyeom because the guys were giving him a rough time. That’s when a little idea popped into my head.

I quickly went through my photos, looking for a specific one I had saved a while ago. I wanted to try and stop his teasing, so my first instinct was to help him be even with the guys. I set my lock screen and walked over to the guys, giving them a huge smile.

“Hello, I’m Y/N” I greeted.

Jinyoung gave Yugyeom a little push towards me while the other guys just smiled. I know they were just messing with him and giving him a hard time, but I just wanted to do something about it.

“So, I saw your interview, and well…” I held up my phone to them. The screen displayed a photo of Yugyeom onstage in all black. The guys all had a look of disbelief, and yugyeom couldn’t help but smile shyly. He was probably feeling the same way I had been when I found out about his lock screen.

“No way! You guys both have each other as your phone backgrounds? This is insane. Are you sure you two aren’t already dating or something? Did you plan this?” Jackson questioned.

“Well, now that we already have each other as our phone backgrounds, it would be a shame if we didn’t have each other’s contact information, right? Do you mind? Maybe we will end up collaborating,” I smiled.

“Sure, how long are you in Korea for?” Yugyeom asked.

“Just another week for touring, and then I have a few days off for sightseeing.”

“Well if you are in the area, give me a call and I can show you around then.”

“I definitely will…”

Taeyang Talks ‘White Night’ Album & Tour, BIGBANG, Mandatory Military Service

On stage Taeyang is captivating, with vocals and a stage presence that exudes confidence and charisma. One of South Korea’s most popular R&B K-pop idols, he’s made his name (and career) as a member of BIGBANG. But that’s only the beginning for the 29-year-old, whose also seen success with his solo releases, though he remains true to his origins.

“All things, to me, go back to being a member of BIGBANG,” the artist tells Billboard.

Decked out in black sweats and Balenciaga high tops, he exuded simplicity in comparison to the flair of his bedazzled and befeathered, primarily white, stage outfits. “I would describe myself as a very plain but very honest person,“ he says. “I don’t really hype myself up with fancy things. I do a lot less than other celebrities because I like being honest. I just want the audience to see that the performances are a real representation of myself.”

Unlike his bandmate G-Dragon – whose existential crisis in the face of lifelong stardom was the focal point of his New York City concert in July – the artist sees little difference between who he is as Taeyang, a stage name meaning “sun” in Korean, and as Dong Youngbae, his given name. “Taeyang has a microphone and makeup, and Youngbae doesn’t,” he said with a characteristically wry grin.

Eleven years into his career as a member of one of South Korea’s most acclaimed boy bands, his Sept. 1 concert at the Theater at MSG in New York was the singer’s first ever solo show in the United States, one of six stateside performances on his White Night tour. Part showcase for his new album and part testament to his long-lived career – he performed BIGBANG’s hits “Bang Bang Bang,” “Fantastic Baby,” and "Last Dance,” the latter of which he revealed was originally meant as a solo track– the White Night concert will be the last time many fans are able to see the K-pop star for the next few years. It also serves as a farewell tour before he is begins his compulsory service with South Korea’s military in upcoming months.

With a small laugh, the artist acknowledged that the album’s release and the accompanying concert series were driven by the upcoming event in his life – like all able-bodied South Korean men, Taeyang must take a break from his career to fulfill his mandatory duty. “The album just conveniently became finished around now,” he said. “I started getting to work on it earnestly at the beginning of this year, but actually began working on new music whenever I had any free time since the [2014] Rise album.”

While Rise served as a lesson in production, taking four years to complete, it was created as he was going through some hard times and the lengthy process made Taeyang feel the need to start something new. “I just wanted to finish it and start off with a fresh slate,” he said. And so he went into the new project that would become White Night with a different state of mind than how he created the previous album: “I wanted to express a more honest version of myself, I wanted to be more genuine. At the same time, I wanted to experience a broader musical spectrum and bring it into my music.”

Taeyang followed the titular concepts of his past albums, all of which have related to the celestial body he takes his stage name from, and picked White Night – or a night that never is properly dark – for the name of his next project. “It’s a natural phenomena and so I wanted to conjure that imagery into a sound.“ The building "White Night” intro track served as a dynamic opener that would set the tone for the whole work and grab listeners’ attentions, while the album ends things off with “Tonight,” a laid back jam featuring Zico that Taeyang says is a song “reminiscent of a strong burning sun.”

“Musically, I wanted to come up with a timeless feeling to present to my fans, that felt both new and very original at the same time. It has chic beats and is very experimental, and incorporates a lot of different kinds of music,” he said. Keeping with the classic vibes, Taeyang drew inspiration from three greats when considering what step or sound to take next on White Night: Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Prince.

Working on new music in anticipation of his next album while prepping for BIGBANG’s MADE album ended up working out nicely for Taeyang; his latest single “Darling” was originally intended to be his solo track on the band’s album. But the song’s mellifluous piano chord wasn’t clicking with the melody originally planned for it and Taeyang didn’t feel comfortable including the solo in what would be the group’s last album before members began enlisting."Darling” was eventually rejected for MADE and put on a hard drive’s back burner. “But while I was working with my team to conceptualize White Night, we hit writer’s block and couldn’t come up with a single that I felt would resonate with listeners,“he said. "I wanted something with a similar feel to ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips,’ a similar flow, a similar style, but that had even deeper emotional depth. And that’s when I remembered the older song.”

Taeyang’s quintessential R&B ballad “Eyes, Nose, Lips” played a major role in guiding White Night, with YG Entertainment head Yang Hyun Suk opting for the familiar vibe of “Darling” as White Night’s lead single despite the singer himself preferring the hazy synths of “Wake Me Up.” “After recording it, we all really liked [“Wake Me Up”] and thought that it would be the song that represents the entire album and would become a song that shows a new style of vocal performance from me,” he said. “It’d be an optimal way to show a new side to my music.” The song ended up getting its own glitter-infused music video but wasn’t promoted formally as a single.

Another personal favorite of Taeyang’s on White Night is “Ride,” the first song that was created explicitly for the album: “It has a vibe that I really enjoy, and a kind of classic feel that reminds me of Michael Jackson’s music. I want people to start liking this style because it’s my favorite, so I hope to make more songs like this in the future.”

With an eye on the trends, and charts, Taeyang worked with his team to craft White Night as an album that would suitably follow up the success of Rise and appeal to the public. But while the new album resonated with stateside K-pop fans and has remained steady atop of the World Album chart for two weeks, neither “Darling” nor the album saw widespread success in Korea once it dropped. “I really want to know why [it failed to chart in Korea],” he told Billboard. “I was really satisfied with the album, the songwriting process, prepping for the concert, everything. It was one of the most fulfilling seasons of my career. But, at the same time, Korean charts are really important for me as a Korean artist working with a Korean production team. People may not understand it now, but hopefully someday White Night will be appreciated in the future by listeners. I’m so satisfied that I’m able to create an album like this in my career right now.”

Though White Night will be the last album from Taeyang before he enlists, he’ll be around for quite a bit longer, and will even drop some new music before he goes on hiatus. After finishing up his White Night tour, he’ll join the three other non-enlisted members of BIGBANG at year-end performances and then he plans to release a track in collaboration with the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in his role as an Olympic ambassador.