Look sometimes when I can’t sleep I stay up and have feelings about emotionally damaged villains-turned-allies instead.

“The Basics”

The basic structure of the sortinghatchats system is that you aren’t just sorted into one House, but into two tiers of Houses: Primary and Secondary. Your Primary House defines WHY you do things. Your Secondary defines HOW. To build this system, we’ve drawn on the Sorting Hat’s songs, general HP canon, extracanonical data (ex. interviews with JKR)… and then extrapolated.

People are complex– for joy or for utility, due to social pressure or careless recreation, people often use the reasoning or methods of Houses that aren’t their Primary or Secondary. We call this “modelling” or “performing” a house and we will explain it in greater detail later. These additional layers help us capture some complexities in characters that we couldn’t get using Primary and Secondary alone. People can vary hugely in how they embody their Houses; in this system, Aang, the heroic pacifist protagonist from Avatar the Last Airbender, shares most of his Houses with HP’s Lord Voldemort.

The way you decide which Houses are yours is not necessarily by looking at what you do, but at what would make you proudest and most content if you were strong enough to do it. Your sorting is what you want to be and what you believe you should do, whether or not you actually live up to it. That’s how people like Peter Pettigrew can end up in Gryffindor.


Your Primary is your why. It’s your motivations, your values, and the way you frame the world around you. It’s how and what you prioritize, and what you weigh most heavily when making your decisions. People often also assume that others share those priorities. A common response to our system is “but you must oversort into Gryffindor/Slytherin/Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff–everyone has that type of morality, deep down!”

Gryffindor Primaries trust their moral intuitions and have a need and a drive to live by them. They feel what’s right in their gut, and that matters and guides them. If they don’t listen to and act on that, it feels immoral.

We call Gryffindor morality “felt” but that doesn’t mean they’re all impetuous, emotional hellions. Gryffindors can still be intelligent, deliberate creatures who weigh their decisions and moralities carefully. Reasoning, intellectualizing and debate can be support for a Gryffindor’s felt morality– but those things can never make a fully satisfying morality in themselves. Some things are just wrong, no matter what pretty words you use to explain them.

Ravenclaw Primaries have a constructed system that they test their decisions against before they feel comfortable calling something right. This system might be constructed by them, or it might have been taught to them as children, or it might have been discovered by them some point later in life. But it gives them a way to frame the world and a confidence in their ability to interact with it morally.

Ravenclaws do not lack an intuitive sense of morality or gut feeling about things, but they distrust those instincts and have a need to ignore or to dig down deep and dissect those internal moral impulses. Living within their built moral system is as important to a Ravenclaw as to a Gryffindor; it’s the source of the morality that differs between them–what they trust.

Hufflepuff Primaries value people–all people. They value community, they bond to groups (rather than solely individuals), and they make their decisions off of who is in the most need and who is the most vulnerable and who they can help. They value fairness because every person is a person and feel best when they give everyone that fair chance. Even directly wronged, a Hufflepuff will often give someone a second (or fifth) chance.

This doesn’t mean all Hufflepuffs are inherently tolerant human beings, any more than all Gryffindors are inherently good, moral creatures. Hufflepuffs tend to believe that all people deserve some type of kindness, decency, or consideration from them–but they can define “person” however they want, excluding individuals or even whole groups.

Slytherin Primaries are fiercely loyal to the people they care for most. Slytherin is the place where “you’ll make your real friends”– they prioritize individual loyalties and find their moral core in protecting and caring for the people they are closest to.

Slytherin’s reputation for ambition comes from the visibility of this promotion of the self and their important people– ambition is something you can find in all four Houses; Slytherin’s is just the one that looks most obviously selfish.

Because their morality system of “me and mine first” is fairly narrow in scope, Slytherins often construct a secondary morality system to deal with situations that are not addressed by their loyalty system.


Your Secondary is your how. It’s how you approach the world as a person interacting with it, and how you make your way. It’s how you problem-solve. It’s not necessarily what you’re best at, or even what’s the most useful to you, but about what skills and methods you value as being intrinsic to you. Do you improvise, do you plan? Do you work on something a little bit every day? Do you charge into the fray and tell people exactly what’s on your mind? What do you do? How would you describe the way you meet the world?

Note: the term “Secondary” is not meant to imply that how you do things is any less important than why (the Primary House). It’s simply the way our terminology fell out and we’re too lazy to change it. The importance of motivations v. methods is a personal sliding scale– it’s perfectly valid for a person to identify with their Secondary House over their Primary. (When drawing from canonical sources, we assumed each character likely was in a House that matched to either their Primary or their Secondary. For instance, Harry is in Gryffindor for his heroic Gryffindor Primary, but Ginny Weasley is there for her brash and bold Gryffindor Secondary.)

Gryffindor Secondaries charge. They meet the world head-on and challenge it to do its worst. Gryffindor Secondaries are honest, brash, and bold in pursuit of things they care about. Known for their bravery, it is almost a moral matter to stay true to themselves in any situation that they’re in.

Ravenclaw Secondaries plan. They collect information, they strategize. They have tools. They run hypotheticals and try to plan ahead for things that might come up. They build things (of varying degrees of practicality and actual usefulness) that they can use later– whether that’s an emergency supply pack, a vast knowledge of Renaissance artistic techniques and supplies, or a series of lists and contingency plans. They feel less at home in improvisation and more comfortable planning ahead and taking the time to be prepared.

Hufflepuff Secondaries toil. Their strength comes from their consistency and the integrity of their method. They’re our hard workers. They build habits and systems for themselves and accomplish things by keeping at them. They have a steadiness that can make them the lynchpin (though not usually the leader) of a community. While stereotyped as liking people and being kind (and this version is perhaps a common reality), a Hufflepuff secondary can also easily be a caustic, introverted misanthrope who runs on hard work alone.

Slytherin Secondaries improvise. They are the most adaptive secondary, finding their strength in responding quickly to whatever a situation throws at them. They improvise differently than the Gryffindor Secondary, far more likely to try coming at situations from different angles than to try strong-arming them. They might describe themselves as having different “faces” for different people and different situations, dropping them and being just themselves only when they’re relaxing or feel safe.

But the Journey Continues…

These four basic Primary and Secondary houses are summarized starting places that we use as a basis for further discussion. What are some ways this gets complicated?

Keep reading

Sacred Geometry of the Nautilus Shell.

The Chambered Nautilus is a living fossil that has survived in Earth’s oceans for the last 500 million years. Existing before there were fish, dinosaurs, or mammals, the Nautilus could grow up to six meters long and was a predator in the ancient seas.

The main feature of the Nautilus is the large snail-like shell that is coiled upwards and lined with mother-of-pearl. The shell is subdivided into as many as 30 chambers. As the shell grows, its body moves forward into the new larger chamber and produces a wall to seal off the older chambers. The empty chambers are used to regulate buoyancy. A cross-section of the shell of the Nautilus will show the cycles of its growth as a series of chambers arranged in a precise Golden Mean Spiral.

The Golden Mean is represented by the Greek letter Phi (with the decimal representation of 1.6180…), and is one of those mysterious Natural numbers that seems to arise out of the basic structure of our Cosmos. Phi appears regularly in the Realm of things that grow and unfold in steps just as the Nautilus shell grows larger on each Spiral by Phi.

With each revolution completing a cycle of Evolution, the Golden Mean Spiral is Symbolic of Lifes unfolding Mysteries. The continuous curves of the Spirals, which are Feminine in Nature, and the Ratios between each of the chambers reveal the intimate relationship between the Harmonics of Nature and Sacred Geometry.

How to tell a good story on your college application essay

Here’s the structure that most American films use. Learning this may change the way you watch films (it did for me). It’s a structure as old as time and storytellers have been using it for thousands of years. Joseph Campbell called it the monomyth or Hero’s Journey. I’ll refer to as narrative structure. Its basic elements are:

  1. Status Quo
  2. Inciting Incident/Status Quo Change
  3. Raise the stakes
  4. Moment of Truth
  5. Outcome/New Status Quo

Status Quo

Life as is. The hero, our main character, is living his/her normal life.

Inciting Incident/Status Quo Change

One day, something happens. A boy discovers he is a wizard (Harry Potter). A girl falls down a rabbit hole (Alice in Wonderland). A murder happens (almost every mystery). You get the idea. In short, the hero is called to adventure.

Raising the Stakes

Things get more dangerous and important.

  • In small dramas, the events become more important inwardly, to our main characters’ personal lives, threatening to change them forever.
  • In action movies, events become more important outwardly, escalating until not only our characters’ lives are threatened, but the country, the world, then (in big budget films) Civilization as We Know It.
  • In some films, the character’s inward journey (what s/he must learn) and outward journey (what s/he must do) are intertwined. See: Star Wars, Avatar, The Dark Knight.

Moment of Truth

The climax. The moment of highest tension. The character must make the Ultimate Choice or fight the Ultimate Battle.

  • Will Beauty kiss the Beast and save his life? (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Will Neo realize—and accept—his role as The One before it’s too late? (The Matrix)
  • Will Frodo destroy the Ring and save Middle Earth? (Lord of the Rings)

Outcome/New Status Quo

The result.


Ilonka Karasz. The Shape of Things. 1964.

“With the help of geometry we can measure the earth & the shape of things on earth. We can do more–we can build. Man builds houses & bridges & measures by shadows. How does nature build? Who makes the snowflakes in the shape of hexagons? The beehives & the wasps nests? Rocks & Crystals appear in very definite shapes. Nature makes salt in the shape of cubes. The prism breaks light into the seven colors of the rainbow, and bubbles pack like a tetrakaidecahedron. Maybe everything in the universe is constructed on some very exact pattern. Look about you at the stars & the shells & the flowers & the wings of dragonflies..”

For G.F.F.

Torus Energy - Nature’s Blueprint for Creation.

When we escape our ethnocentrism, and the prison of the ego, we start to see ourselves as a part of nature, and not superior to it. It becomes obvious that the rest of the Universe is just like us. We come to know that all of the Universe is conscious and has being. We see a Universe is in a continual process of conscious growth and self organization. It is as infinite and mysterious as our own origins and inner soul.

On all scales the conscious Universe uses the same basic fractal structures, from the smallest microcosmic sub-atomic particle, to the largest galactic cluster. As these structures take form in larger and more complex systems, their consciousness grows and expands. The being-consciousness evolves as the systems self organize into larger and more complex  entities. There seems to be a basic drive at work in the Universe which compels all conscious entities on an upward spiral of ever-expanding consciousness.

Looking at the big picture you can see how evolution follows in a general way the eight basic structures inherent in all conscious fractals: the three realms and the four functions, plus awareness. This takes the form of the three scales of the cosmos: the microcosmos, mesocosmos and macrocosmos; and, the five dimensions. In geometry the infinitely small place holder which underlies all of the other dimensions is called the Zero dimension. It corresponds to Awareness which underlies consciousness. The first dimension is the Line made up of an infinite number of Points. The second dimension is the Plane, make up of an infinite number of Lines. The third dimension is the Solid, made up of an infinite number of Planes. The fourth dimension is the space-time continuum, made up of an infinite number of solid bodies in relationship with each other  -  the Universe.  The big picture of the inherent order in the Universe and evolution is summarized by this chart:


                              ENERGY                 INFORMATION      MASS

                              SPACE                    NUMBER               TIME

        0                    Quanta                    God                       Universe
        1                    Photon                     Man                      Galaxy
        2                    Electron                   Animal                   Sun
        3                    Atom                        Plant                      Earth
        4                    Molecule                  Mineral                  Moon

Whereas the Vector Equilibrium represents the ultimate stillness of energy, the Torus shows us how energy moves in its most balanced dynamic flow process. The important thing to understand about the torus is that it represents a process, not just a particular form.

A torus consists of a central axis with a vortex at both ends and a surrounding coherent field. Energy flows in one vortex, through the central axis, out the other vortex, and then wraps around itself to return to the first incoming vortex. Plants and trees all display the same energy flow process, yet exhibit a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, magnetic fields around planets and stars, and whole galaxies themselves are all toroidal energy systems. Extending this observation of the consistent presence of this flow form into the quantum realm, we can postulate that atomic structures and systems are also made of the same dynamic form. The torus is the fundamental form of balanced energy flow found in sustainable systems at all scales. It is the primary component that enables a seamless fractal embedding of energy flow from micro-atomic to macro-galactic wherein each individual entity has its unique identity while also being connected with all else.


hi!! thank you for the ask… i hope these images help just a little bit!

I ultimately just kept fiddling in SAI before I found something that felt akin to the official Splatoon style and sort of ran with it. My final colors and artistic choices aren’t very Splatoonish, but I try to keep the basic structure! 

Those two brushes should help anyone get started if they want to play around C:

also, here’s it is zoomed in

I’m. Still pissed off abt that noel quote from 2002 when he said blur made a-level music



  • Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
  • Hardness: 7-7.5
  • Fracture: Uneven-Conchoidal
  • Specific Gravity: 3-3.2
  • Luster: Vitreous

The name tourmaline refers to a family of cyclosilicates, that have varied composition, but the same basic crystal structure (FeWO4). There are 11 minerals in this family, including elbaite (the best and most abundant gemstone-quality tourmaline), schorl (the most common variety), and indicolite (blue tourmaline). Tourmaline is extremely common, but most of it is dark, opaque, and ugly. However, the transparent stones are highly valued. The best formed crystals are almost exclusively found in pegmatites, typically elbaite. Tourmaline is known for it’s “watermelon” gems, which are pink on the inside with green surrounding it. It also is the state gem of Maine, due to the high quality gems produced by the Mica Mines. So sorry about the long hiatus, but I recently went to the Smithsonian and they had so many cool rocks, so I’m back! Please, please ask me things!!!

sinnernear asked:

What advice could you give to someone trying to learn a new language for the first time?

Hi! Thank you for the question. My advice is:

  1. Consider attending a language course. It can help you to get started, it keeps you going and the teacher can explain and answer your questions.
  2. Buy a textbook. Textbooks introduce you to the language and provide basic vocabulary and grammar structures, as well as exercises to practice and test your skills with. 
  3. Use the internet. There are tons of websites, dictionaries, apps, games, videos and other resources to make use of in language learning. 
  4. Get involved with the language. Read news, articles, blogs, listen to the music or the radio and watch videos, movies or TV series in your target language. 
  5. Speak with native speakers. If there are no native speakers in your area and you have no chance to go to the country where the language is spoken, find your language partners on the internet, for example on Interpals or iTalki. There’s also a website called lang-8, where you practice writing in your target language and have native speakers correct what you wrote for you.
  6. Learn about the culture of the country/countries where the language is spoken. 
  7. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everybody makes them, even native speakers. 
  8. Don’t give up. There will be days when you feel like quitting, but… Do. Not. Give. Up. If needed, take a short break and then get back to it again. If you’re having difficulties, ask a language teacher or a native speaker to explain things to you. If you’ve lost your motivation, remind yourself of what got you interested in that language in the first place. 
  9. Have fun. Get excited of learning new vocabulary and grammar rules. Think of humorous mnemonics to help you remember things better. Make fancy flashcards and colorful notes. Learn new vocabulary from your favorite songs, movies and books. Be proud of yourself when you understand something, even if it is just a single word in a long sentence. Let the compliments from native speakers boost your confidence. Make friends with other people who are learning languages. Start a blog about your language study. Anything what makes language studying more enjoyable. 
  10. Don’t let anyone, ANYONE, tell you that studying that language or languages in general is a waste of time.

I hope this helps!

pikachucutie17 asked:

Any predictions for Tigress' development in the new movie or perhaps the new short? =)

well first thing’s first, you gotta take into account the color symbolism with tigress’ outfit upgrade

gold is the color often associated with heroism– that’s why tai lung’s eyes were gold (as he thought himself the hero of his own story), that’s why po’s mom was gold in the flashback in kfp2 (she freaking sacrifices herself for po’s survival)

whenever po has a upper hand during the final fight with the respective villains of both kfp movies, the sky turns gold as if to signify “THIS PANDA IS GONNA KICK UR BUTTS”

now with that in mind, maybe kfp3 will have a double protagonist thing going on cuz heres how i think the basic plot structure is gonna go down:

  • li shan encounters po; po goes with him to hidden panda village and Shenanigans ensue
  • when po is gone, the collector comes in to wreck EVERYTHING and it leaves shifu and the five trying to find a way to defeat him (and possibly failing, considering how the collector destroyed the jade palace)
  • while in panda village, po gets vision dream from oogway telling him the jade palace/the valley of peace/CHINA is in danger
  • po trains panda army(???)

the thing you should get out of this theoretical plot breakdown is that the two main settings are the panda village and the jade palace; with po in the panda village, that leaves tigress being the protag in the “jade palace” side of things

with that in mind her character may be fleshed out to show how she deals with this kind of pressure that the collector is applying– what with the whole “stealing peoples’ kung fu and destroying the jade palace” thing, as well as her role as the leader of the five (which could be linked to the “secrets of the scroll”, but i digress)

but the gold could imply something else– remember when i said how panda mom is gold because she performed a sacrifice save for po?

remember that tigress took an entire cannonball for po in the events of kfp2– something that couldve easily killed her (it killed thundering rhino, after all– and it wouldve killed po too if it wasnt for the soothsayer)

she has no problems sacrificing herself for the people she cares for, which is somewhat troubling considering the collector’s abilities….. he steals kung fu by defeating the master– without going into whether “defeating” equals death, what do you think will happen to that stolen kung fu??

let me point out the jade statues of crane and mantis below (which is probably under the collector’s control)

i believe that tigress may come to a similar fate if she’s not careful

tl;dr ver: tigress’ role as leader will be fleshed out and tested. also she may sacrifice herself for someone important to her (po?? shifu’s a close second) and her kung fu may be stolen and stuffed into a Creepy Jade Statue

it honestly worries me when people underestimate and downplay english and the arts as a branch of important academia that is as equally crucial as the sciences

since forever humans have been using stories and story-telling as a means of survival, a connection to reach each other even across the expanse of the universe where we constructed stories from the constellations. words are everything; you breathe words, you think words, you have been telling stories to yourself and to others since you ever had an imagination. you use stories as tools to build sublimity from reality and poetry from banality

writings have been used to further revolutionary progress and enhance civilization for as long as there was history. all those classical character archetypes, basic structure of tragedies, language devices translated into the beauty of visual literacy, plays of mythological kings and heroes, grimm brothers’ tales, war poetry, shakespearean satires, harry potter books, etc.

that is the shit we live and breath for. whether it’d be gatsby’s green light, achilles’ vulnerable heel, the darkness that cloaked romeo and juliet, holden caulfield’s red hunting cap, literature has always been there to make you human

Crazy theory time

Just throwing this out there for fun and giggles, but you know what would be polarizing within the fandom, change the basic structure of the show – albeit temporarily – and cause a (professional) breakup that would have the *potential* to be permanent? And maybe even require Castle to seek out someone who specializes is security?

Kate Beckett attempting to run for office.

At Sixes and Sevens.

As this is posted, it is the first of July, 2015. It’s the first day of the second Camp NaNoWriMo for the year. What marks this event as different from the main, November, event is that fandom pieces are perfectly acceptable.

I’ve tried to write original projects under the rules of this event. Writing a full novel in a month has never been easy for me, but the only time I’ve ever truly succeeded in such a task has been with a fanfiction project.

So I’m going to try that, this year.

I’ve decided to focus on my Yu-Gi-Oh! canon retelling inspired by kintatsujo‘s Kaiba Brothers Age Swap AU.

At Sixes and Sevens.

What would change about the YGO story, if Mokuba were the elder Kaiba brother, Seto were the younger, and literally nothing else about the basic structure were changed?

What would happen to the narrative? What would happen to their history? What would change about their interactions with other characters? What would stay the same?

My mission with this story is to find out.

My mission this month is to explore Duelist Kingdom.

I plan to:

  • Treat the Duel Monsters anime as my outline.
  • Cover every event possible, exactly as it happened, changing only this basic character dynamic to see what ends up logically different, and what doesn’t.
  • Focus primarily on how Mokuba would act as a guardian, and explore how he would handle raising a kid with a bright, dangerous, frightening destiny, as well as dealing with that kid’s friends.
  • Address and alter certain, very specific, issues I have with the narrative, including but not necessarily limited to:
    • The nature of Millennium Magic.
    • The fact that Battle City is allowed to continue after Malik actively starts trying to murder people.
    • The fact that the 10,000-year-old King of a mythical kingdom (Dartz) apparently uses a freaking Duel Disk.
    • The fact that Ryou Bakura, arguably one of the most important characters in the story, is treated like an afterthought in the anime’s restructuring of the manga.
      • Not that he’s treated much better in the manga.
  • Hopefully, if at all possible, eclipse 1,000,000 words in a single story.
    • Eventually.

Thank you to anyone interested in following this idea through to fruition, and thanks especially to kintatsujo for sparking the inspiration for one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever constructed in my 17 years with the Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom.

Let’s see where this one goes!

For the official table of contents for the story, which will be updated as scenes are added to the blog, check under Baby Seto. He’s my bookkeeper.

At Sixes and Sevens

An Alternate Universe Fanfiction Novel based on Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

But time will not permit: all is uneven,
And every thing is left at six and seven.

W. Shakespeare

Table of Contents

Part 1: A Man with an Iron Crown

| Scene 1 | Scene 2 | Scene 3 | Scene 4 | Scene 5 | Scene 6 |

the-enigmatic-crux asked:

I'm pretty sure you've answered this already but: TD sort of fell in the horror/tragedy genre, while TSM was more in the angst/drama/mystery area (hurt/comfort also?). What can we anticipate for the third book?

As a broad category, for Ten Days, I think I would go for ‘horror/suspense’, horror because of what happens to John, and suspense for the plot structure (it basically functions like a countdown) and what Sherlock and readers experience in waiting for John to be found.

I might call The Slash Man, more comfortably, a ‘detective story’, given that the plot relies on riddles and a series of crimes. There are elements of mystery and suspense here, too, and other genres, but I think detective story best fits the bill.

As for book 3? Right now, it seems be shaping up into an action thriller with a bit of spy fiction thrown in, and my usual dosage of angst/hurt/comfort that I can’t seem to steer away from. Hope that’s your cup of tea!

So I asked this guy for help on my wings ((someone recommend him to me cuz he’s good at making wings and cosplay props)) and I asked him like a bunch of questions about making wings but after a while he just stopped talking to me and never responded back. So I found a tutorial and made the wings on my own and posted pictures and a friend commented and was like “oh they look nice! * tags person mention* is good at making wings you should talk to them and get help” and then the dude who didn’t help me at all commented and was like “ if you need help just let me know! The wings look close to my structure and physics are correct.”
Like dude…. I wanted your help but you didn’t get back to me and I pretty much don’t need help anymore… and no its not like your structure it’s a basic articulated wing structure. Don’t claim shit that you’re good at as just YOURS, you didn’t event articulated wings for costumes cmon…