and two become one

The schism is slowing growing smaller. Oliver can no longer separate Oliver Queen and The Arrow. He can no longer see the difference between the man and the mask. This is exactly where we need him to go. No more separation. The two selves must become one. Oliver can only do that after he faces the darkest parts of himself and no longer hides from it. He’ll never really see the truth of who he is, until faces what he fears most… and lets it go. There is no forgiveness until Oliver forgives himself.
Then he’ll be ready to be something else… someone else. He’ll be ready to be Oliver Queen. The Green Arrow won’t represent the monster inside, but the man. The Green Arrow will be the very best parts of Oliver because the two men will be one in the same.
The darkness and light will swirl into one and Oliver will no longer fear himself. He’ll no longer fear anything at all.
And that’s when he’ll be the man Robert Queen always believed he could be.
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@jbuffyangel | 5x17 Review

Downton Abbey/Assassin AU – “Mr. & Mrs. Crawley”

Matthew Crawley, hitman, Manchester Contracts Agency; Mary Crawley, assassin, Downton Intelligence Agency. The best in their field.

They weren’t supposed to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they certainly weren’t supposed to fall for each other – but that’s exactly what happened when they pretend to be a married couple to evade the authorities (it certainly helped to share the last name). And eventually, acting like a couple turned into becoming a real one when the two fell hard for each other.

Only problem is, neither of them know the other’s true profession … and things will only get more complicated when they’re assigned to kill each other. 

**original photos not mine, manip done by myself**

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Archthys to Symbonarrow Evolution Method Poll

Time to vote on how Archthys will evolve! Here are some things to keep in mind when voting:

  • Archthys is pure Rock, but it becomes Rock/Fighting when it evolves into Symbonarrow
  • Both Pokemon are based on archery equipment (ie bow and arrow) and fish bones
  • Archthys is a single Pokemon, but it becomes a two-in-one Pokemon when it evolves

Here are your options:

  1. At a certain level
  2. Level up while holding the Quick Claw
  3. Level up while holding the Rare Bone
  4. Level up with another Archthys in the party
  5. Trade
  6. Trade while holding the King’s Rock
  7. Trade for another Archthys (both Archthys will evolve)

Leveling up while knowing a certain move was suggested, but was omitted from the poll since several Omnis Pokemon evolve using that method.

How do you think Archthys should evolve?

phoebzreadz  asked:

Heyy I've read the post you reblogged about cognitive distortion and all the symptoms sound like things that anyone w low self esteem would think from time to time. When does it really become a cause for concern? x

Well, two things here. One, low self esteem is a cognitive distortion in itself and worth trying to combat through cognitive behavioral means. Two, the answer to your question is: when it’s a pattern. If you find yourself thinking these things on a regular basis, try to get to the bottom of why you’re thinking them. A therapist can REALLY help with this, if they’re worth their salt. It might be that you have a hang up about one particular subject or activity that relates back to some trauma in your history, and you may have to address that.

But the thing is, brains work on habits. Thoughts form neural pathways over time. So chances are you’re not just thinking it once and never again. Chances are it’s a pattern, whether large or small. The good news is that you can form new neural pathways by deliberately changing your thoughts. Every time you stop and choose to look at things more objectively (the suggestions in the post are good ones), you are building a new road in your brain for your thoughts to travel on. It might be a little slow. Think of it like building a real road. First it starts off that you’re just driving on no road, and it’s rough and difficult. Next it’s like a country dirt road, still rough but with a clear path. Then it’s a two lane gravel road, then paved, and eventually maybe months down the line, it’s such a habit you can categorize it as a highway. You think the new thoughts by habit, with almost no effort on your part. And you believe them. And you can act much more effectively when you view things through a more realistic lens. If you only need to adjust one part of your behavior to fix something, it’s counterproductive to think you have to fix all of it. So it’s worth learning new thought patterns because it will help you get the results you need to see.

PUZZLING GALAXY MERGER

A supermassive black hole inside a tiny galaxy is challenging scientists’ ideas about what happens when two galaxies become one.

Was 49 is the name of a system consisting of a large disk galaxy, referred to as Was 49a, merging with a much smaller “dwarf” galaxy called Was 49b. [Was 49 is the 49th object in a list of 96 unusual galaxies compiled by astronomer A. J. Wasilewski in 1983.] The dwarf galaxy rotates within the larger galaxy’s disk, about 26,000 light-years from its center. Thanks to NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, scientists have discovered that the dwarf galaxy is so luminous in high-energy X-rays, it must host a supermassive black hole much larger and more powerful than expected.

“This is a completely unique system and runs contrary to what we understand of galaxy mergers,” said Nathan Secrest, lead author of the study and postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington.

Data from NuSTAR and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey suggest that the mass of the dwarf galaxy’s black hole is huge, compared to similarly sized galaxies, at more than 2 percent of the galaxy’s own mass.

“We didn’t think that dwarf galaxies hosted supermassive black holes this big,” Secrest said. “This black hole could be hundreds of times more massive than what we would expect for a galaxy of this size, depending on how the galaxy evolved in relation to other galaxies.”

The dwarf galaxy’s black hole is the engine of an active galactic nucleus (AGN), a cosmic phenomenon in which extremely high-energy radiation bursts forth as a black hole devours gas and dust. This particular AGN appears to be covered by a donut-shaped structure made of gas and dust. NASA’s Chandra and Swift missions were used to further characterize the X-ray emission.

Normally, when two galaxies start to merge, the larger galaxy’s central black hole becomes active, voraciously gobbling gas and dust, and spewing out high-energy X-rays as matter gets converted into energy. That is because, as galaxies approach each other, their gravitational interactions create a torque that funnels gas into the larger galaxy’s central black hole. But in this case, the smaller galaxy hosts a more luminous AGN with a more active supermassive black hole, and the larger galaxy’s central black hole is relatively quiet.

An optical image of the Was 49 system, compiled using observations from the Discovery Channel Telescope in Happy Jack, Arizona, uses the same color filters as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Since Was 49 is so far away, these colors are optimized to separate highly-ionized gas emission, such as the pink-colored region around the feeding supermassive black hole, from normal starlight, shown in green. This allowed astronomers to more accurately determine the size of the dwarf galaxy that hosts the supermassive black hole.

The pink-colored emission stands out in a new image because of the intense ionizing radiation emanating from the powerful AGN. Buried within this region of intense ionization is a faint collection of stars, believed to be part of the galaxy surrounding the enormous black hole. These striking features lie on the outskirts of the much larger spiral galaxy Was 49a, which appears greenish in the image due to the distance to the galaxy and the optical filters used.

Scientists are still trying to figure out why the supermassive black hole of dwarf galaxy Was 49b is so big. It may have already been large before the merger began, or it may have grown during the very early phase of the merger.

“This study is important because it may give new insight into how supermassive black holes form and grow in such systems,” Secrest said. “By examining systems like this, we may find clues as to how our own galaxy’s supermassive black hole formed.”

In several hundred million years, the black holes of the large and small galaxies will merge into one enormous beast.

IMAGE….This optical image shows the Was 49 system, which consists of a large disk galaxy, Was 49a, merging with a much smaller “dwarf” galaxy Was 49b. The image was compiled using observations from the Discovery Channel Telescope in Happy Jack, Arizona, using the same color filters as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.The dark pink-colored emission stands out because of the intense ionizing radiation emanating from the powerful active galactic nucleus of the dwarf galaxy. Buried within this region of intense ionization is a faint collection of stars, shown in light pink, believed to be part of the galaxy surrounding the enormous black hole. These striking features lie on the outskirts of the much larger spiral galaxy Was 49a, which appears greenish in the image due to the distance to the galaxy and the optical filters used. Since Was 49 is so far away, the colors in this image are optimized to separate highly-ionized gas emission, such as the pink-colored region around the feeding supermassive black hole, from normal starlight, shown in green. This allowed astronomers to more accurately determine the size of the dwarf galaxy that hosts the supermassive black hole.Image credit: DCT/NRL

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There is a sacred bond between those who watch volleyball together…

8:52pm (Artemis)

Do you ever wonder about souls? Surely we too have them. How corrupt they must be, twisted and torn, riddled in pride and dishonesty. Unsent: We do have them. I feel mine, and how it’s twisted and bent into something unrecognizable

9:00pm (Apollo)

You think too much.


2:37 am (Artemis)

I passed someone today; his eyes looked like the moon in shades of blue. Unsent: It made me think of mistakes, and how mistakes become scars. I’d like one, maybe two cut, across my chest. It might help me separate what is real and what is not

2:43 am (Apollo)

I saw a girl who looked like Cassandra. I wished her dead and that she would remember me all in one breath.

2:45 am (Artemis)

I know. Me too.


4:05 am (Artemis)

Do you still fight the future?

2 seconds later (Apollo)

Every day. Every night. With every breath I have. Unsent: Because it terrifies me. The darkness. The death. We will be all that’s left, and we won’t be able to start over again.

4:06 am (Artemis)

I fight the past. Every expectation I failed to meet. Every decision I ever made in vain. All the vows I gave too easily. Youth. Youth makes gods foolish.

4:07 am (Apollo)

Unsent: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the part I played


10:59 pm (Artemis)

I wished it would end. I wanted the world to burn and to watch it out of spite. Unsent: Then I wanted to save it, quench the fire with the ocean. I wanted to prove I still could.

11:00 pm (Apollo)

I saw it.

11:01 pm (Apollo)

I had a vision today of a world that didn’t burn in fire. I had a vision of a world where we were happy.

5 seconds later (Artemis)

Do we even deserve it?

2 seconds after that (Apollo)

No. But it was nice. It was nice to have hope.

Excerpt from In the Light of the Stars - L.H.Z

HOW DID LUKAS BECOME THE SUPER PHYSICALLY AFFECTION ONE OF THE TWO!? AFTER BEING AFRAID TO EVEN KISS PHILLIP. OR ADMIT HE EVEN LIKED HIM. HE DIDNT EVEN WANNA TOUCH HIM AT FIRST. COULDNT FATHOM HAVING SEX WITH HIM. AND NOW HES RUBBING HIS NOSE ALONG PHILLIPS CHEEK AND KISSING HIM SWEETLY. AND SMILING LIKE A LOVESICK SCHOOLBOY AND TACKLING HIM ON THE GROUND AND WANTING TO GO SWIMMING BUT WHEN PHILLIP SAYS HE CANT SWIM THATS OKAY AND HE JUST SITS NEXT TO PHILLIP. HE JUST SITS THERE. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. THIS IS SUCH GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS I AM JUST SO PROUD OF LUKAS

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in love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.                                                                                                                        erich fromm

So like, there’s that pseudo-historical story that gets repeated that when the conquistadors arrived in Mexico they were regarded as white-skinned gods, which you would think on the surface is so ridiculous and self-congratulatory no one would buy it but its still repeated in high school classrooms across the country. I counter that there were way better, real stories that y’all have never heard, that disprove this idea of ignorant natives with no clue who or what these white men were. (These are from Bernal Diaz’s firsthand account The Conquest of New Spain, itself obviously not an impartial source but not as steeped in myth as later accounts)

1. When Cortez’s ships first approached the Mexican coast, they were greeted by cries of Castilan! Castilan! (aka Castilian, as in the Castile region of Spain) This is because a good while prior two Spaniards had become marooned in that area after a shipwreck. One, a priest, scorned the locals but learned some of the language, serving as Cortez’s translator until Malinche became his mistress. The other “went native,” joining the local tribe and adopting their culture. When the Spanish arrived, the priest asked if he wanted to come join Cortez, to which the other man refused, as he now had married an indigenous woman, had children, and received the tattoos and piercings common to local warriors. He would go on to die fighting the Spanish when they later waged a genocidal campaign against that region’s population, with a statue in the area honoring his memory to this day. 

2. The idea that the Spanish looked totally dissimilar, to the point of seeming like “white-skinned gods,” is extra ridiculous when you learn that one of the tribe fighting along side Cortez (the Spanish won much less for their “advanced technologies, which amounted to about 8 muskets and a rusty cannon, and much more for the 500,000 Mexican allies they rallied against the Aztecs, whose numbers were soon decimated by the biological calamity of smallpox) there was an indigenous man who looked so similar that they began to joke about “our Cortez” and “their Cortez.”

Idk, that book is one of the first things that got me into history, and I would much rather relay random anecdotes from it to my tumblr peeps than write my final papers rn :p

seeing seventeen crying at their fanmeet had me crying and thinking about how much they went through. from training relentlessly and being promised a debut date only for it to keep getting pushed back so they trained harder, sang harder, rapped harder, danced harder all day and all night only to be told time and time again that their debut wasn’t ready but here we are now two years later and they’ve become one of the most popular groups in the industry and have been recognized as ‘self-producing’ idols, have unique and amazing choreography, keep producing hit songs that top the charts and have an enormous fanbase that just keeps growing day by day. i hope they know that their family, friends and fans are so proud of them. so proud of them for staying humble despite their rising popularity. so proud of them for not giving up even when things got tough. so proud of them for chasing their dreams and showing the world their passion. thank you seventeen for all that you’ve done.

Two Become One

The pressure of his fingers on mine increased. I had the impression that we were holding each other up; if either of us let go or looked away, we would both fall down. Oddly, the feeling was mildly reassuring. Whatever we were in for, at least there were two of us.

A Marriage Takes Place, Outlander.


Gently, he turned me away from him and fitted himself to my back so we lay nested together. His hand cupped my breast, not in invitation or demand, but because it seemed to belong there.

“Don’t be afraid,” he whispered into my hair. “There’s the two of us now.”

Revelations Of The Bridal Chamber, Outlander.


I reached up and drew my hand gently down his temple, his ear, the cheek and jaw that I could see. My hand went to the nape of his neck, under the clubbed bronze hair, and he raised his head at last, and cupped my face between his hands, love glowing strong in the dark blue eyes.

“Dinna be afraid,” he said softly. “There’s the two of us now.”

A. Malcolm, Printer, Voyager.

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Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly at Young Hollywood Studios - December 4th

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Guys, get ready for a tearjerker. I hope you have tissues nearby because I’m about to tell you about Marlon Brando and Wally Cox…
Marlon Brando and Wally Cox met when they were nine years old and grew up together in Evanston, Illinois. As to their first meeting, according to the blog “Gay Influence” the story goes that “He [Brando] once came to the rescue of a skinny kid being taunted and beaten by schoolyard thugs, helped him up, threw his arm around him and said, ‘I’m your new best friend.’” Evidently, that skinny kid was Wally Cox, and thus began the unlikely relationship between what would appear to be two opposites. Marlon Brando went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous and sought after actors, while Wally Cox was mainly known for his comedic television roles throughout the years. Brando and Cox lived together in the 1950s. Wally Cox married three times, but he still remained just as close to Marlon Brando as he had always been.
In 1973, at the age of 48, Wally Cox unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Marlon Brando was heartbroken by Wally’s death. Many of the guests at Cox’s wake were not even aware that Brando attended, and Brando did not wish to be seen by or to converse with anyone. He snuck in through a back window, went to the room where Cox had died, and remained there for the duration of the evening. When Cox’s longtime friend and makeup artist, Philip Rhodes, asked Brando about his absence from the wake, Brando replied “Wally was my friend. Nobody else’s.” Against Cox’s widow’s wishes, Brando took Cox’s ashes home with him and kept him close for the rest of his life. Marlon Brando is quoted saying “If Wally had been a woman, I would have married him and we would have lived happily ever after.”
When Marlon Brando died in 2004 at the age of 80, his and Wally Cox’s ashes were scattered together in Death Valley, a place where they spent a lot of time together. It is common knowledge today that Marlon Brando was bisexual and had many relationships throughout his life with both men and women; but no matter what, Wally Cox was always there for him. Beauregard Houston-Montgomery has stated that one time, while high on marijuana, Marlon Brando confessed to him that Wally Cox had been the love of his life. There is no way to tell whether this story is true, but Marlon Brando’s everlasting love for Wally Cox is clear whether it is or not.

I kinda lost all the motivation for this one, since I wasn’t very happy with it to start with, but thought I’d share it anyway since I bothered to do the lineart– I’m deep in Gotham season 3 hell right now and I’m losing my shit thanks to these two………………

on earth c valentines day is a holiday inspired by rosemary’s legendary love/dedication and y'all can’t convince me otherwise