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A Punny Story

I had this girlfriend once where things were getting pretty serious. We wanted to move in together, so we went looking for an apartment. The second one our real estate agent took us to was perfect, we both loved it, so we made the decision to move in. Our neighbour was a really nice guy named Joseph. His wife had left him a few years prior, leaving him alone to take care of his eight-year old son. I always felt kinda bad for the guy. He had this weird accent that was really hard to place.

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What is biphobia?

While homophobia is the hatred against gay and lesbian people which presents itself in many different (often institutionalised) ways, biphobia is the hatred against bisexual people. Though there is some overlap with homophobia, biphobia has a lot of unique and bi-specific aspects. It can come from straight people, gay people and bi people themselves (we call that “internalised biphobia”).

  • not believing that bisexuality is “real” and therefore invalidating people who identify as bi
    • for example saying they are actually gay but too shy/scared/cowardly to “fully” come out of the closet
    • or saying that they are actually straight and just “doing it for attention”
    • the false believe that you can only truly be attracted to only one gender (”I can’t imagine being attracted to more than one gender, so how could anyone else?”)
    • thinking it’s “just a phase” (often said about and towards bi kids/teenagers to invalidate them) and that they will eventually “pick a side” (note that there’s nothing wrong about it if it is just a phase for some people. but that doesn’t mean it’s like that for all bisexual people)
  • stereotyping bi people as “greedy” or “confused”
    • “they just need to make their mind up”
    • “they have threesomes all the time”
    • “don’t date a bi person, they are all unfaithfull cheaters.”
    • “they can only be happy if they date a man and a woman at the same time.”
      (Disclaimer: Some bisexual people fullfill these steroetypes and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s okay to have threesomes or be polyamorous if all participating parties consented to it. But it doesn’t mean all bisexuals are the same!)
  • thinking of bisexuality as half gay/half straight instead of it’s own unique sexual identity
    • “how many percent gay are you?”
    • “are you like 50/50?”
    • “what gender do you prefer?”
  • repeatedly speaking over bi people when they want to define bisexuality and/or talk about biphobia
    • “bi means ‘two’ so you can only be attracted to men and women” - actually the bi community keeps saying that the term has evolved to mean “more than one gender” which means it is inclusive of non-binary people as well
    • “bisexuality excludes trans people” - nowhere does it say that bisexual people are only attracted to cisgender men and women, trans men are real men and trans women are real women, so of course they are included in bisexuality.
  • bisexual erasure
    • for example assuming someone in a same-gender relationship has to be gay and in a different-gender relationship has to be straight
    • in media when TV shows/movies/books refuse to use the word “bisexual” about a character who clearly showed interest in or was intimate with people of more than one gender
    • using “gay” as an umbrella term to mean LGBTQIA+ (”gay rights”, “gay marriage”, “gay pride”) which is not just bisexual erasure but actually erases every other letter in the acronym except the G
    • labelling openly bi celebrities as “allies” (e.g. Lady Gaga, Drew Barrymore, Billy Joe Armstrong)
    • mislabelling bi celebrities as gay - ever wondered why Freddie Mercury is known to be “the most famous gay celebrity”? Well, he identified as bisexual.
  • and last but not least: saying that biphobia is just “misdirected homophobia” denies the fact that there are a lot of bi-specific issues
    • bi people are less likely to be out to their intimate partner, their families/friends, their doctors
    • they are more likely to suffer from mental health issues and experience intimate partner violence

What all of this is showing us is that bi people have specific needs and face unique problems that won’t vanish just by fighting homophobia. There is no trickle down effect for bi people because as said above: we are not half gay so many resources for gay people don’t apply to us. We need our own resources and representation because biphobia is not the same as homophobia.

the crossroads have seen too many girls
willing to sell their souls
for a beauty that already belonged to them.

a liminal space
where boundaries thin like wisps of smoke
in early dawn light.

but there is beauty in this too, soft pastel colours,
a quiet empty echo of laughter and then darkness,
encompassing and heavy, pressing into lungs
but still radiant somehow.

for now demons count souls
like dollar bills held close to devil red chests, smiles curling
because they think that they’ve won.

but one day those girls will see past black ringed promises
bartered at an intersection of road,
down to the skin that was already perfect
and that quiet empty echo of a soul that had been perfect too.

hell will see.
the four horsemen are nothing
compared to an army of girls ready to reclaim what is theirs.

l.s. | LIMINAL SPACE © 2017 

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Anthony Kiedis and Flea by Andy Warhol, 1985

Spin Level, How Does It Work?

Hi guys, it’s been a long while but I’m finally back with the next part of this explanation series. This time, by popular demand and fueled by my own guilt from seriously neglecting spins in my tech posts so far, I’m going to talk about spin levels.

I have to fully disclose, up front, that this is a topic I hate with a vengeance. For reasons that will hopefully become clear to you through this post, them levels make my head spin (no pun intended), my stomach churn, and my eyes water. 

Before I start, I’d like to offer my thank to @fuckyeahdearlybeloved who provided a lot of helpful advice on decoding the ISU cipher on spins (seriously guys, next time you’re in the mood for a mind-twisting mystery novel, try reading that section of the technical handbook instead), plus plenty of moral support in the form of snarky comment about my masochist tendency. If you guys have more questions about spins I’d like to wholeheartedly recommend her ask box (which may or may not be cleared by the year 2092).  

Well, here goes nothing.

Now, spin levels range from B (no level) to 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. The building blocks of spin levels are the level features and that’s what we will be focusing on today. 1 feature = 1 level, so in order for a spin to achieve level 4, it must include at least 4 valid features. The ISU lists a total of 11 features any spin can have and an additional 2 specially for layback spins.

We will look at each of these features in detail.

Feature 1: Difficult variations

The ISU defines difficult spin variation as a movement which requires additional physical strength and flexibility, and has a material effect on the skater’s balance. If you recall from my previous post on spin explanation, there are 11 categories of these variations. 

Three for camel spin

Three for sit spin.

Three for upright spin.

The layback spin is in a category of its own (aptly named the upright layback), and all non-basic positions are grouped into the final category.

You’ll need to remember all of these categories while attempting to figure out spin levels, because each of these variations, when performed in 2 revolutions or more, will count as one level for the spin in which it’s included. However, throughout the whole program (short and long), each category can only be counted once. Say a skater has performed the half-Biellmann (that one Janny did in the first gif) in one spin, if they later perform the same variation, or any other difficult variation belonging to the same camel forward category, it will not increase the level of the second spin. On the other hand, if the skater performs any additional feature on top of the difficult variation (mainly applicable to feature 6, 9, and 10, which we will get to in a bit), that one can be credited for additional levels. 

Aside from feature 1, the rest of the features count strictly once per program. See, that is why I said these spin levels are icky. To determine the level for a step sequence or number of rotations for a jump, you only need to focus on that one element alone, however for spins you have to remember and discard those features that have been used in previous spins while counting the level for the current one. It’s like a convoluted game of bridge (I hate that card game too).

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  • okay i love Instagram famous Jack Zimmermann as much as the next person but like, 
  • can we talk about the possibility of Jack Zimmermann getting into film photography? 
  • and just like? 
  • falling in love with the whole process? 
  • like, he already loves taking pictures digitally and film is a huge adjustment, but he makes that adjustment surprisingly quickly and like
  • now he also gets to roll the film 
  • (which like- he does pretty much constantly .. like.. he gets a film changing bag and then just like.. netflix marathon? he’ll roll film. can’t sleep? he’ll roll film. just talking to somebody? he’ll roll film, because it keeps his hands busy but still lets him focus on whatever else is going on and it’s just great tbh)
  •  and then once the film is rolled he gets to develop it and just like?? 
  • the process is so calming?? like it’s always the same, and he’s never been super into science but these chemicals make sense to him because they all have a purpose and, yeah
  • once the film is developed, he’ll just spend hours in the dark room,
  • fiddling with prints to get the exposure right and to make sure everything is perfect and he just?? 
  • loves it?? 
  • like he likes being in the dark room because it gives him a place to collect his thoughts while actually doing something productive that he enjoys and like
  • it’s definitely different than being on the ice,
  • but it’s nice and it’s calming and it turns out to be one of his favourite pastimes??
  • (and like, whenever he spends a lot of time in the darkroom, bitty tends to bake, and then afterwards they eat pie and look at jack’s prints and it’s just?? really nice??)
Oh.

That awkward moment when you realize Redwall Abbey is the richest place in the entire Redwallverse.

Things The Abbey Has That Blow Vermins’ Minds:

  • Stained glass windows. Windows that aren’t just a hole in your wall.
  • Fruit trees. All in one place. With several varieties available.
  • Really big well-built stone walls.
  • Fireplaces constructed so the room doesn’t fill with smoke.
  • Actual beds. No seriously. Think about it.
  • A hand-woven tapestry that decorates an entire wall.
  • Multiple ovens.
  • A fish pond. And it’s not just for decoration. But it kind of is.
  • A deep cellar that keeps drinks cool. (That’s like the future.)
  • Stone floors, not dirt floors.
  • An apiary. Just… just go in your backyard and grab some honey. Do it.
  • Wall sconces.
  • Random assorted objects made of metal and not wood. Whoa.
  • Books. Parchment. Quill pens. Ink. More than one of these items each.
  • A well-stocked food and beverage collection.
  • Abbess Germaine’s spectacles. Like, glasses.
  • Legitimate stonework. Decorative gargoyles, statues, etc.
  • Martin’s sword.
  • Furniture. Chairs that are at least mildly comfortable. Cabinets.
  • Two ridiculously huge, shiny metal bells.
  • Soap.
Ok but what about the Paladins’ microbiome?

I’d be really curious to hear what others have to say about this because I’m trying to think about realistically what would happen to the paladins’ symbiotic bacteria when they went to space? And also the bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses. Like wouldn’t the only Earth sicknesses the paladins could possibly get be whatever they already had in their systems when they went to space? And then what about their microbiome? Like all the beneficial microorganisms that live on a human’s skin/digestive tract/etc? I’m assuming there are no probiotic yogurts in space… And if the decontamination unit kills off a lot of the surface microbes on their skin how do they regenerate that microbiome? Those organisms are pretty important for keeping a human body functioning smoothly, and on Earth your community will be maintained and supplemented from the environment, but that’s impossible in space. Do they regenerate a new microbiome with space microbes? Do they keep Earth microbes in culture so they always have some on hand?

I’ve taken some basic microbiology and immunology courses, but I’d really be curious to hear what someone more knowledgeable in the field would have to say about what happens to a human’s microbiome during a prolonged stay in space. 

Silent Treatment - Nolan Holloway

Originally posted by vxidism

Requested by the lovely @froygutierreez
“can i request an imagine/one shot of where the reader is liam’s younger sister and she has a small crush on nolan? like nolan had always liked her more than she likes him. anyway, and when he and gabe beat up liam, she doesn’t talk to him for a while and nolan just keeps trying to apologise? when they do talk, they confess their feelings and have been a secret thing since then? ( im doing this for a story/rp thingy and may need some inspiration! )”

Warnings: Swearing, violence, mentions of blood, mentions of anxiety, death, and an extreme range of emotions.

Word Count: Just over 14k. (This got out of control. I could not. stop. writing.)

Note: The continuity, especially as far as it goes for time of day/general cycles of daylight and night, in S6 was a damn mess so I tried to make it a little more continuous for the sake of everyone reading this. There are still some time frames that don’t make much sense so please forgive, I am doing my best. Also, the reader in this is Liam’s twin sister. And this title made more sense before I actually wrote this whole thing but I’m sticking with it.


My phone was resting on the sofa next to me while I scrolled through Netflix to find a new movie to watch. I’d already watched a few romcoms throughout the day. I didn’t have much better to do since I was throwing up and running a fever, which effectively stopped me from going to school.

A quick succession of text notifications came up so I dropped the tv remote and picked up my phone to read them.

They were all from Corey and Mason.

I opened them up, expecting to see some “hope you’re feeling better” messages but that wasn’t the case. They had both texted me saying that Liam had been in a fight at the end of the day. More specifically, that he’d been beat up by two guys from the lacrosse team.

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