as its the 21st in some places

Man, this new worldview introduced is arguably one of the most bizarre pictures Isa has ever painted. 

Our chapter is set in the middle of a war zone. Torn bodies plaster the fields, soldiers desperately scramble for the trenches trying to avoid machine gun fire coming from  bunkers. Taking those uniforms and weaponry also into account, its incredible easy to imagine this chapter taking place in some WWI-esque battlefield. And when we as readers in the 21st century think about the “great war”, horrible images of terror, fear, and desperation easily come to mind. War is an awful thing that does awful things to people, and those participating in it are almost guaranteed to be heavily affected by it, and not in a positive way. We can all easily picture terrified soldiers who do not wish to be part of their fight in any way at all. So those are the kind of images we’ll get to see in this new setting, right?

Yeah, nvm.

Perhaps these reactions are more present among the default, expendable foot soldiers, but Isa doesn’t focus on those. Instead, Isa focuses on the new kids, who look even younger than the 104th when they saw their first share of hell in 850. But instead of the horrified faces we spent so much time looking at throughout the Trost arc, we get this

Smiling faces. Normal conversation.

Casual banter between comrades.

Straight up eagerness to run into enemy fire.


I mean…what


These are not the kind of conversations or reactions that would be considered normal in the middle of a warzone. ESPECIALLY NOT FROM KIDS. Those guys aren’t even breaking a sweat (except Uda but thats supposed to be more comical than anything I believe). 

I mean, we of course were aware of Marley’s brainwashing, but this is just…a wholly different level, and it certainly doesn’t stop there.

The probably most jarring aspect of this exchange isn’t her eagerness to leave the trenches, but her talk about the numbers at stake. Her argument is entirely based on numbers, she doesn’t even take a second to reflect on her or other peoples lives. The worst part is that she places her own life on the same level as explosives, basically mere ammunition. Of course, in war, people are basically reduced to numbers and weapons when looking at it from a larger scale, but we’re looking at the perspective of a child caught in the middle of it. What the hell.

Look at Gabi running away from the explosion. The running style, facial expression and cry create a borderline comedic scene. In the next panel she’s overly excited about finding cover, completely ignoring the dismantled corpse nearby. This scene is just…utterly grotesque.

Lets compare ch 3 and 91 for a minute here. Eren talks about exterminating the evil titans, which’ll in turn bring humanity freedom. Yay

Here, Gabi talks about obtaining the armored titan to join the anti Paradis force and wipe out the devils there which’ll in turn improve the lives of the Eldians. 

Sounds familiar? 

Just like at the beginning of the story, the main character has an extremely black and white point of view, desiring to change the world for the better by themselves, in a fight against evil monsters. Eren then spent the next 90 chapters being disillusioned until he finally saw the ocean he desired for so long, only to realize the freedom he sought still lied far away. And I dare say Gabi will go through a smiliar experience sooner or later. This bizarre representation of the war is so jarringly weird, Isa obviously plans to throw things around later on.

The difference between Eren’s and Gabi’s viewpoint is that Eren’s viewpoint was based off personal experience and because all his life, he felt the direct influence of the titans. Gabi’s opinion of Paradis’ population stems only from the brainwashing received by Marley’s warrior program. And this can be felt throughout the entire chapter. The carelessness of the kids, their smiles and casual talk, as well as their inexistant regard for human life all seem to originate from the warrior program. Not only does she make a difference between the “good” mainland and the “bad” island Eldians, the value of the human life is entirely lost in the process, most likely to facilitate genocide

Remember Bert’s and Reiner’s shocked faces? They gain even more weight now that we actually got to witness their mental state before the attack. 

If there is one thing I’m taking away from this chapter is that Marley are seriously grade A douchebags. If anything, 91 further emphasizes the fact that, even though a return of the Eldian empire is not a desirable thing, Marley can’t keep existing the way it is if we seek an ending that ultimately ends of an improved situation compared to 845.  

On Monday, August 21st, The United States will experience a Total Eclipse of the Sun. Here are some helpful tips for the best eclipse viewing experience:

The people of Tennessee may have the best view, but will also be the first to be sacrificed.

Animals may behave strangely. If your dog speaks like a man, heed its dire warnings.

Don’t trust the squirrel with the child’s face, it speaks only lies. 

When your double arrives, resist the inclination to fight it. It may be stronger than you. Chances are, it will disappear after the eclipse. Be careful it doesn’t switch places, it will be a few decades before you get the chance to come back.

If you stare at the void and it blinks first, you win. But the prize is insanity.

werewolves are not only impossible to kill during an eclipse, they become SUPERwerewolves.

Whatever you do, don’t buy any weird plants. We don’t want a repeat of last time. 

Apophis, the moon serpent, may try to eat you. Let him.

Remember, no matter how salty your GBF is, the moon throws the best shade.

If once upon a time you were falling in love, but now you’re only falling apart. There’s nothing you can do. This is a different type of eclipse.

Arospec Awareness Week at AroAceFaq

We are very excited to reveal our topics for this year’s Arospec Awareness Week, which starts tomorrow, February 19th, and goes through February 25th! We have our submissions opened and would love to see your posts on these topics! Submissions can be made through our submissions tab (preferred) but also via asks, or by tagging us on your posts. 

This year’s themes are: 

  • Feb. 19th: Coming Out stories! Share your tips, experiences, and advice with others. Have questions on how to come out as arospec? Let us know! 
  • Feb. 20th: Things you want non-aros to know. Sometimes people get things from, or there are misconceptions about arospec identities and lives. This is your chance to address these! 
  • Feb. 21st:  Arts and Crafts. Show off your arospec themed arts and crafts- they can be any kind of medium.
  • Feb. 22nd: Humor. Its a well known fact that aspec people are the masters of puns and other humor. Tell us your favorite arospec joke here! 
  • Feb. 23rd: Types of love and identities. The aromantic spectrum is a diverse place, full of different experiences and identities, some of which get less attention than others. This day is for sharing those experiences, and bringing more light to them! 
  • Feb. 24th: Advice. Since arospec awareness is such a new thing, and irl communities can be hard to find, online advice is essential for many arospec individuals! This day is for giving advice on things you’ve experienced, or asking others for it. 
  • Feb. 25th: Affirmations day. You’re allowed to be proud of who you are. This is a day for all things positive, including selfies, text posts, etc. Be proud of your identity, and share it with others! 
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Angelina Johnson appointed as Head of Dept. of Games & Sports

Angelina Johnson appointed as Head of Dept. of Games & Sports

In keeping with this year’s reshuffle at the Ministry of Magic, Machlan Stump has stepped down from his position as Head of Department of Magical Games and Sports. Angelina Johnson, previously from the Department of Magical Education, will be taking his place as Head.

Stump gave a short exit interview yesterday, during which he said the following: “I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past decade. I very much look forward to spending more time with my fish – I mean, family – and I am sure that Angelina will do a bang-up job as HOD. Of course, she’ll excel at restructuring the Quidditch League – sorry, Angelina, I forgot you were meant to announce that… Forgive this old dodder… Well, pip pip everyone, no more ludicrous patents for me!”

This speech was met with smattered applause. Johnson then took the podium, thanking Stump for his speech and wishing him the very best. 

“As mentioned earlier, I will be overseeing the restructuring of the Quidditch League. Our office will carry out a three-phase plan over the next five years, starting with targeted anti-corruption strategies. There will be a full press release tomorrow. In the meantime, thank you all for your support.”

Before she could step off the podium, however, a red-taloned hand brandishing an acid green quill shot into the air. 

“Ms Johnson–” began Rita Skeeter, but was immediately cut off when her tongue inexplicably began to swell, flopping out of her mouth and growing longer at a steady pace. 

“Like toffees, do you?” asked Johnson, a quizzical remark that was met with some confusion. She then whipped out her wand and restored Skeeter’s tongue to its rightful place between her blindingly white teeth.

Most people in the room were taken with the delightful spectacle, and did not notice the stocky red-haired man leaning against the door. It was only later, when Johnson left the building with him, that George Weasley was recognised (and applauded). 

More Ministry of Magic here and here

More 21st century wizarding here

For the anon who requested Angelina Johnson, as well as @allthewritestuff, who wanted to see Angelina as Head of the Dept of Games and Sports! 


Photos not mine, by Steven Pan and Tom Munro | Model: Lupita Nyong’o

Setting Up Your Altar: Yule

Yule is the celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of the sun. This Sabbat is considered the longest night of the year, and following Yule, the sun begins its long journey back to earth. Here are some ways you can decorate your altar for the upcoming Sabbat. 

Colours of the Season

  • Reds
  • Whites
  • Golds
  • Yellows
  • Greens


Symbols of Winter

  • Gold Discs/Sun Wheels
  • Sun Candle
  • Evergreen
  • Sprigs of Holly
  • Pinecones
  • Yule Log
  • Santa Claus


Other Symbols 

Their is no limit (excluding space) to what can be placed on your altar. It’s your altar, place anything on it that feels right to you. 

  • Mistletoe
  • Snow
  • Candy Canes
  • Bells
  • Offerings to any Gods/Goddesses
  • Fruit and Nuts
  • Symbols of Fertility
  • Antlers

Originally posted by emmett

Yule falls on Monday December 21st.

Blessed Be

)o(

penckel  asked:

Hello! I have something for the Kuroshitsuji timeline. Easter of 1889 was April 21st, that is, THE NEXT DAY after the ship sank?! And Sebastian is completely healed/everyone is in festivities. I always assumed it'd taken him longer to heal from something so lethal, and that Ciel/the Midfords would want to rest but...I guess not!

Good question! :D

I assumed the Easter chapter took place on April 21 because Sebastian said

“Today is Easter”

and according to this list Easter in 1889 (in real world) was April 21.

But you’re right, judging from Sebastian and Ciel’s conversation at the beginning of ch66 it seems this chapter took place a few days or weeks after the sinking of Campania, so maybe Easter in 1889 in Kuro-verse wasn’t the 21st but on a later date! :D

“Please don’t jump”

AU Your soulmate can summon you only once in their life. Most soulmates get summon when their other half is on the edge of death, scared or completely hopeless. It’s mostly when your heart is 100% in need of love only a soulmate can give you. Tia is in Utah, USA. While her soulmate is in Australia.

(I thought about this staring at my black butterflies. it's my first actual story post. loved to hear some feed back. epppppp enjoy!!!)

ALSO!

I got this beautiful idea from the talented-

wheeloffortune-design

I was creeping on the AU Tag and ran into this masterpiece so check their work!

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July 8th 2017

Today is hectic for two reasons

  1. Its my older sister 21st birthday
  2. The party at my parents place

“Mom? Mom! 

Excuse me. 

Have you seen my mom? 

Sorry aunty! 

Hey put that down! Go play downstairs with your sister”

Kids never listen. shesh

“Shes in the kitchen sweetheart” My Aunty Ronia smiled and pulled me into a hug

“Thanks Aunty! Oh Uncle Nick is looking for you He’s outback!”

I weaved in and out of my amazing, but huge family. Making my way to the kitchen. 

Today we celebrate! It’s my eldest sister 21st birthday. Something my family takes seriously. Whats a Sweet Sixteen? Never heard of it here. I’m actually uncertain why my family loves this age but they NEVER disappoint. 

I spotted my mom by the kitchen sink holding a glass bowl of strawberries.

Oh thank god

“Tia. Go and put these out-”

I stared at my mother as she talked but nothing was coming from her lips. like i pressed mute. I stared at the ceiling light feeling a misty ocean breeze pushing me back. Like i was changing channels between my home and…a bridge? The lights flicking to a bright full moon. A wave of emotion flooded my veins. Making me panic and ice cold

“Mom?…I don’t feel so….” I began. I held my arms up as if I was bracing myself from the dark wind. My lungs filled with cold air

Ice cold…so cold

I stared at her, the glass bowl shattering on the floor as she lunged forward

“Somebody catch her!”

Mom?

Right when a pair of hands caught my back I was engulfed in utter darkness. Completely overriding the warmth of my home to a dimly lit bridge. I blinked staring down at my bare feet. My dress mimicking the howling wind.

Where am i? what is thi-

My body became numb when I realized I was standing on the ledge of the bridge facing the waters. As if I was about to jump into the steep, icy waves and drown in the darkness.

Also cause I wasn’t alone.

I took in the figure standing shoulder to shoulder with me. He hasn’t noticed me standing besides him for he was facing away from me. He stood a foot taller than me, I felt a faint breath of smoke float my way.

He is smoking…? Why is he alone? Oh no…He looks so sad

His figured was dressed in dark clothes that made him seem fit and active. His dark jacket clung to his torso as he had one hand holding the lamp post and the other allowing him to take drags from his cig. He stared at the waters beneath us. If it wasn’t for the situation I would’ve pulled us both back but I felt frozen as I stared.

He is so…beautiful…my soulmate

He stared longer at the waves…leaning forwards. I felt my emotions snap back and I stumbled forward gripping his jacket with both hands. My hands pinning him to the lamp post. 

His eyes were alarmed at my sudden movements as he took in my presence. His pained expression soften. I moved my hands upwards cupping his face. tracing his jawline. His eyes closed abit moving himself closer to me his warm hand gripping my wrists.

“Calum! Don’t!”

My eyes moved past his head to three boys running towards us. All looking frantic than confused taking me in.

Calum…how gorgeous 

I returned my gaze back to Calum, his brown eyes completely melting into mine.

“Please don’t jump Calum. I need you. Please”

I leaned forward quick brushing his lips with mine. I dug my fingers into his jacket pushing him away from the edge making him fall backwards onto the floor. His shocked expression stared at me as I tipped over the edge falling towards the waters. He lunged forward grabbing my wrist, keeping me from falling. He screamed

“DON’T LEAVE ME!”

I stared up at him unable to to hide the crack in my voice

“Just find me Calum”

His expression turned from scared to frantic as my vision flickered from dark to light. I smiled at him as his friends pulled him away from the bridge.

Calum…

I gasped feeling the familiar faces of my family surrounding me. My sister hovering over my mom with a paper fanning me. The warmth completely taking me back in. The wooden floor beneath me making me realize I was laying on my dads lap. I stared at the kitchen light.

“His name is Calum”

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Alright guys. Did you like it? Was it good? aha just tell me! If you want I can write it in his POV!!! I’d fucking LOVE THAT. Let me know :)

this week's horoscopes with too much advice, probably, since Mercury is retrograde...
  • From May 19th to May 23rd Horoscope written by Crystal Melbourne (zodiac--signs), based on the Movement of the Moon.
  • Aries: You will be tempted to try something new on the 19th and 20th, and this will inspire you far more than your personal chores. You will have a great opportunity to expand your skills if you look for a position that allows you to explore the world. On the 21st and 22nd, you may feel guilty because of what someone says to you, so keep your intentions stellar, your eyes set on the prize and you'll be just fine. On May 23rd, social activities will be extremely insightful concerning someone you deem special.. Just have fun!
  • Taurus: Someone will need your help on the 19th and 20th and you should do your best to deliver whatever is necessary, but keep moving: put time aside to help people yet don't forget about your personal struggles. Don't look back. On the 21st and 22nd you may feel a sudden urge to dwell on the past, but instead, do something out of the ordinary and you'll find someone who motivates you a lot more, outside your routine. On the 23rd, a problem at home will arise if you overreact, overspend or do anything excessive, in any way. Moderation will be your bestfriend!
  • Gemini: On the 19th and 20th, you'll feel confused and if uncertainty takes over, try your hardest to be honest with yourself about what you can actually do. Empty goals will frustrate you in the future. On the 21st and 22nd, you'll get ahead as long as you present your skills in a diverse manner. People from your past will surface and come back to haunt you on the 23rd, so find your hidden strength and refuse to dwell on the past. Break free.
  • Cancer: On the 19th and 20th, don't back down or give in. Trust your gut and move forward, stay focused. Don't be fooled by something that sounds too good on the 21st and 22nd. This week's temptations are indeed dangerous and an impulsive reaction will be the worst you need right now. On the 23rd, avoid making a fuss.. you will feel confused but it shall pass. Don't make any important decision. Don't overreact.
  • Leo: The 19th and 20th are very favorable to make professional changes, but keep your emotions in check. On the 21st and 22nd, if you keep your motives pure and be positive, you'll find it easy to find a solution to whatever is requested of you. You'll be asked to solve a problem. Time is money on the 23rd, get moving!
  • Virgo: Loss is apparent if you're not paying enough attention on the 19th and 20th. Don't trust people so easily these days, control will be needed to secure your well-being. Be careful. Your judgement of others will be uncanny on the 21st and 22nd. On the other hand, on the 23rd, relationships are more than encouraged! Use your intuition and socialize as much as possible.
  • Libra: A change will do you a world of good. Travel plans or exchange of ideas will give you plenty interesting goals on the 19th and 20th. On the 21st and 22nd, avoid anyone who causes you any kind of emotional grief. Watch your back and do not, no matter what, give your secrets away. It's important that you keep a smile on your face on the 23rd.
  • Scorpio: Expect to experience deception regarding investments, other people's money or legal issues on the 19th and 20th. On the 21st and 22nd, too much of anything will lead to a great loss, so be careful and take care of your responsibilities. Don't underestimate the power of something outside your control.. Look for a job, catch up on correspondence and minimize your spending on the 23rd.
  • Sagittarius: On the 19th and 20th you will notice that someone doesn't like the way you're doing something, but don't be upset, arguments are likely to be destructive these days. Make a financial move on the 21st and 22nd and you won't be disappointed! Long-term decisions are also favorable these couple days. On the 23rd, be more committed, let your feelings be known and lay your plans on the table.
  • Capricorn: Changes of feelings are likely to occur on the 19th and 20th, so think twice before making an impulsive decision. Avoid trying to change others. On the 21st and 22nd, you'll be prone to anxiety if you set your goals too high. Be softer. An unusual offer will entice you. The 23rd is a great day to nurture an important relationship you have.
  • Aquarius: Open up about what you want on the 19th and 20th, and you will tempt someone who has an interest in you. Get rid of something you no longer need, and it will bring you much joy in the future. The 21st and 22nd are great for personal changes and growth, especially personally and professionally. However, financial gains may be fragile. On the 23rd, a change at home will be needed.
  • Pisces: On the 19th and 20th it's absolutely necessary that you have a backup plan. Consider the path most likely to lead you to success very carefully and don't share your thoughts until everything is in its place and ready to go. The 21st and 22nd are great for creative projects, but working quietly on your own will bring the best results. Spend some time making your surroundings more comfortable on the 23rd, and it'll help you feeling at ease with your future.

“Over the last eight years, one of my highest priorities as President has been to unleash the full force of American innovation to some of the biggest challenges that we face. That meant restoring science to its rightful place. It meant funding the research and development that’s always kept America on the cutting edge. It’s meant investing in clean energy that’s created a steady stream of good jobs and helped America become the world’s leader in combatting climate change. It meant investing in the medical breakthroughs that have the power to cure disease and help all of us live healthier, longer lives. And today…we are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of the greatest health challenges of our time.” —President Obama signing the 21st Century Cures Act

I srsly wanna laugh when I see stuff like “So has become so ruthless for no reason!! Who even is he anymore!!” like??? He stated very confidently that he wants to become someone who changes the world as a king and like… to think that it will all just randomly work for him and he’ll have to do no harsh decisions,,,??? First of all this in Goryeo!!!!!!!omfg when Chae Ryung died for perfectly reasonable excuses back then, most probably 5 other people of lower class were dying in the same time for no reason whatsoever, however no one’s gonna make a big deal out of it because it was considered normal af. It still doesn’t make it right cause no one has to die in the first place BUT AGAIN, this is us applying 21st Century mentality to a killing-bc-its-fun century. Second of all when, WHEN, ever, in history was there a king that didn’t built his kingdom from having to kill some people. 

Like yall have to understand, changing the world is not something that can be solved with singing kumbaya, loving everyone and hoping for the best lmao. To be completely honest, I think So is hella prepared for the throne lol like I know it seems like he’s going a bit mad but tbh his decisions make perfect sense when it comes to protecting his position as king, or just in general making the changes he’s been willing to make all this time. So didn’t just “”randomly”” become more ruthless, he’s always been ruthless, he just became a king and he’s taking responsibility. 

The Way Home

He hadn’t been to this bar in a long while - for good reason. It was quiet, it had nice atmosphere, its patrons were never too noisy or disruptive, the drinks were some of the best in Miami, in fact… but Jacket hadn’t visited the place since before his coma. It was the coma, specifically, that had sort of ruined it for him. He had revisited the memory of it in his coma dream, the dream that had gone on too long and felt too real for him to see it for what it was until the end.

On July the 21st you will wake up in a bigger house.

The bartender in the dream had changed from reality. It was a change Jacket hadn’t minded. Unnerving at first, but a small, welcome relief amidst the sea of bloodshed and numbness that had consumed the rest of his life at that time. But it was knowing that relief wouldn’t be here for him now that made him so hesitant to return.

Still, he had tried to put his massacre behind him. It was finished now. He had been making strides since then to be bothered less by the pieces of the city that haunted his memories - one of which was this place.

His gaze drifted over the room’s occupants, who were few and far between. Just how this bar had always been, and just as he liked it. It wasn’t until approaching the counter, just after finding that he had it entirely to himself, that Jacket stopped short, freezing at the sight of an all too familiar face.

Oddly enough, Jacket didn’t feel anything. At least not right away. Instead, his mind started to race with swift, practiced efficiency to make sense of the situation. He wasn’t dreaming. He was sure he wasn’t dreaming - wasn’t he..? Yet, it was rare that he hallucinated his friend this clearly. Usually just a glimpse at the edges of his vision, or on the border of sleep. Now, though, he was awake and staring at the man, who looked perfectly real and alive.

Still staring with a vaguely uneasy look of muted disbelief, Jacket resumed moving to lower slowly, almost cautiously, into a seat at the counter.

huffingtonpost.com
Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?
What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

“While notation has its place, it is not in any way necessary in order to fulfill your highest dreams, goals and aspirations as a musician. In some circles, that equates to heresy but the truth is that in the 21st century, reading notation has never been less essential to making music.”

I’d like to see the author of this article try to play Shostakovich 7 without sheet music…. ¬_¬

I write while Israel is trying to erase Gaza and its 1.8 million population from the map.
The slow ethnic cleansing put in place by Israel from 1947 turning into an all out genocide.
A 21st century genocide. Live, on TV, on our computer screens and on our cell phones.
A genocide being perpetrated not only in total impunity but with the actual full support of our States.
The “sub-human waste of space” with suits and ties that some others call “our elected leaders” once again failing human civilisation.
I write because despite all the evidence, once this massacre is over, Israel and the corporate media will justify it by saying that “they want to throw the Jews into the sea” and “they want to erase Israel from the map” so it was either them or us.

I write because I want to make something clear.

I want Israel to disappear. I want this rotten, exclusive, racist, military, settler colonial and apartheid State to crumble and never to come back.

I have nothing against its people. No one needs to die. Only the system.

Then, only then, peace will follow.

—  Frank Barat

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today, Dec. 21st, is the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere* below the Arctic Circle. What about above the Arctic Circle? Well, for those at or just above 66°33′46.0″ N the sun will not rise today, but it will be back briefly at noon tomorrow. Further North, the sun has not risen for some time, but today marks the beginning of the sun’s return. Although noon twilight still will be the only light the sun provides for a while, the twilit days get longer and brighter until sunrise at last!

This photograph, taken by Donald B. MacMillan, shows the last glimpse of the sun before 117 days of sunless winter.

*Note: The official solstice, when the sun is at its most southerly declination, occurs at 11:48 PM Eastern Time on Dec. 21st, so the solstice will actually happen on Dec. 22nd for places to the East of that time zone!