and a new era was borne

A Bedouin young woman in Petra, Jordan. This marvellous city was built in the walls of a spectacular canyon more than 2300 years ago.

Over the time it was under the rule of many empires and civilisations and its last inhabitants were the Bedouins.
“My parents and grandparents used to live here. My sister was actually born in one of these caves.”

In the 80’s Petra became a World Heritage Site and the Bedouins from here moved to new villages. Today you can see some of them on the alleys of the ancient city selling souvenirs or guiding tourists.

They are full of charm and still have something that reminds of another era.


Marjane Satrapi To Helm ‘Radioactive’ Marie Curie Story

Oscar-nominated Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi is set to helm Radioactive, based on the 2010 graphic novel by Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale Of Love And Fallout.

Born in Poland in 1867, Curie (née Skłodowska) moved to France in 1891 and married Pierre in 1895. They worked together to develop the theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and discovered two elements, polonium and radium. The pair were at the dawn of a new scientific and technological era which ushered in the nuclear age.


                                        NOW I AM BECOME DEATH:

The war is over, and that should be all that matters, except in days such as these, it is fear that floods the cities of the wizarding world. It could be beautiful, perhaps, if one were to only observe the way the pureblood hold themselves, draped in silks, and unable to see what their rule has wrought to those below them. New formed power born of Dumbledore and the Minister of Magic both dead in their offices, werewolves roaming free and ruling streets, and a Ministry that displays its power with the gallows, letting public executions leave blood in their wake.

Over six months in this new world, many witches and wizards have become refugees, hiding among Muggles, and yet, some are not as lucky to escape, hiding underground or making their way through a rule Tom Riddle has created, some of them brainwashed by the new government and the terror they bring. While many work to abide by the law, simply stay alive in hope for safety, others listen for the whispers of a new organization just beginning, the Order of the Phoenix they call themselves.

Burnt, but will rise again. Burnt, but still alive, passing notes through a network of safehouses that have formed even among the highest levels of what the Ministry controls, all unwilling for their world to be taken away.

LIVE LIKE LEGENDS is a dystopian roleplay based on J.K. Rowling’s series Harry Potter and set during the Marauders era.


It’s not terribly important now, but Holly did just confirm a number of things that we’d already strongly suspected:

  • Rose’s Rebellion marked the end of the First Era.
  • The Rebellion hit Homeworld hard enough that they reset their calendar. It sounds silly when you put it like that, but think about how often that really happens. Most of the western world uses a calendar that starts with the birth of Jesus Christ. You don’t make a new “Year 0″ for just anything.
  • Peridot was definitely born after the war. There were already plenty of things to suggest that, but there was always that slim possibility that she was just off doing something else when the war happened.

If Blue Diamond took over Pink’s territory, then that suggests that Pink Diamond was already shattered by the time of The Answer. That would explain why Blue was on Earth when it was Pink Diamond’s colony, but I’m still not convinced. We know for a fact that The Answer took place near the beginning of the rebellion, and I have a hard time believing that the remaining Diamonds would allow it to continue for long after the death of their sister. This is especially true now that we’ve seen how deeply personal that loss was for Blue Diamond, and presumably the others as well.

Here are some thoughts on Gaga and her current state in her career...

There is no denying that the GP has lost some interest in Gaga despite her performing at the Grammys, Oscars, and winning an award at the Golden Globes in 2016. Yeah, she had a significant amount of publicity, but all of that is incomparable to her paramount success back in 2009-2012. It was only after the Halftime show did that traction start to regain momentum. 

The decline began after the cancellation of the Born This Way Ball. There was a three year hiatus for her to recover and to write new material for ARTPOP, and everyone was on edge to see what she had to offer next. Applause, of course, was a success because it was the first single she released in 3 years. The VMA performance provided a strong comeback along with the much anticipated ARTPOP documentary. Due to complications with management, Gaga didn’t have full control on what she wanted to release and the whole era started to plummet commercially. From the scrapped Venus and DWUW videos to the ARTPOP app, there was really no way to recover from damage. Because of her heavily compressed success before ARTPOP, it seemed as though the album was a commercial failure, despite selling as much as its contemporaries at the time.

2015-2016 was a time for Gaga to show the public her versatility as an artist. Unfortunately, in doing so risked losing some fans because they wanted that musical upkeep from Gaga they were used to seeing during her breakout point. However, her demographic has broadened and she gained a significant amount of respect from the public. With the acclaim she received from singing at the Oscars, winning a Grammy for C2C, and scoring a win for her role in AHS, she was becoming more known for her talent rather than her overall eccentric image. Her clothing has toned down and her Gaga-ness has toned down. 

The release of Joanne really shows that Gaga doesn’t prioritize about chart success. A personal album that (for the most part) doesn’t scream for attention or a seat at being number 1 on Billboard. Though the album is heavily influenced by other genres, it is still undeniably pop. But an album like Joanne isn’t one that can be described as being her magnum opus. 

The Halftime show is important because Gaga had the chance to perform in front of MILLIONS and show them why they were so enamored by her in the past. Her showmanship, and stage presence as a performer was what brought so much attention back to her. Something that people I guess weren’t used to seeing Gaga do in a long time. Along with a tremendous sales boost, the announcement of a tour, a Grammy performance with Metallica, and a surprise music video, this there are so many possibilities for Gaga to direct her career. 

With all this momentum, Gaga really does have the opportunity to jump back into the scene and become a bigger force in the music industry. Now that she has more control and power over her career, it’ll be interesting seeing what direction she takes. Gaga has already proven her legacy at this point. She’s already herald as one of the most influential artists of our time. 

[ARTICLE] NCT Dream Charm With Funk and Pop in 'My First & Last' Video

Half a year after debuting with “Chewing Gum,” NCT Dream returned on Wednesday (Feb. 8, Feb. 9 in Korea) with their new single “My First & Last.”

Fitting NCT Dream’s conceptualization as a youthful, boyish band, “My First & Last” is a lively dance track with a light-hearted melody featuring brassy horns and a pounding bass. The soulful vocals are pure ‘90s pop, proving that just because most of NCT Dream’s members weren’t born until the 2000’s, that doesn’t mean they can’t pay homage to the era.

The music video for “My First & Last” features the NCT Dream members portraying high school students who fall for their teacher. The cutesy plot is age-appropriate for the group – none of the members are older than 17-years-old – and fits the song’s lyrics about first love. But it’s the choreography where NCT Dream shines.

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As an anarchist I don’t have much to say on this election; history is a cycle, it’s the same characters, the same general plot, but on a different stage. Every era follows a pattern, society rises, it plateaus, maybe it rises a little bit more, and then it falls. Sometimes to outside influence, sometimes to internal. But always, society rises again- new things are tried, created, learned. And it’s like a phoenix, growing, then burning, then being born anew from the ashes. This may yet be the end of the world as we know it, but it has all happened before and it will all happen again. Since it’s happening now, and here, the ending of the beginning of the fall of the industrial age, we forget that all of this has happened before. And as we enter this new age, I’d like everyone to just remember: be kind, help your fellow man, raise each other up, and do your best to find your own joy. 


Naruto calls Hokage Kakashi crying. Kakashi reassures him that Konoha has set aside an allotted sum of money annually to cover the damages the three of them cause when they fight. Better to just clean up the mess than anyone actually try and stop them.


War, terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed that, each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up, in tribute, one young man and woman to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.