birthday analysis





Okay, but I’ve wanted to know this FOREVER and I can’t help but speculating, because even his cut off answer of “Well, a long time ago I-” contradicted most of my previous assumptions. 

  1. MY PREVIOUS GUESS: Okay so there are those preliminary character sketches that sensei did of Shouji’s face and I’ve lost it now, but he basically had a dinosaur-y looking mouth, so I thought he might’ve been made of fun of it or something? 
  2. But that doesn’t make much sense because heroes are the MAJORITY in bnha’s society, and there are so many mutant-ish body forms that come with the quirks that I feel like it would be weird if Shouji was made fun for it. And, also, if that was the reason, his answer was fairly nonchalant, so there’s probably not a lot of trauma behind the reason of his mask. 
  3. ALSO he said “a long time ago” and if he did keep the dinosaur mouth in his preliminary design, he probably would’ve had it from birth and he wouldn’t have just decided to wear it “a long time ago” UNLESS it’s referring to how he decided to start wearing it? But all I can think of was that it was bullied into it or something, and again, the nonchalant answer contradicts. 
  4. OR SECOND GUESS: That his mouth just looked so dang scary that he decided to start wearing it for sort of the same reason that blind people wear glasses just because other people are bothered by their eyeballs OTL and I guess that still might still be applicable because Shouji seems like a pretty chill dude and I can his decision “oh shoot the kids are kinda scared of my mouth, maybe I should cover it up” not being a really traumatic one for him. 

You know what episode never fails to strike straight at my heart, besides the obvious like A Tale of Two Stans, Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future, or the Weirdmaggedons?

Blendin’s Game.

I don’t know if there’s already posts that have explored just how important this episode is, especially on the subject of absentee parents, but here we go anyway.

First off, when the narrative deals with Soos’ father, it pleasantly disregards the whole “every boy needs his dad” trope or the outdated “the lack of two opposite gendered presences in a kid’s life is detrimental” one, both of which need to fade out. This way of thinking undermines the fact that plenty of kids grow up with same-sex parents, single parents, grandparents, etc. and are plenty well-adjusted and loved.

No, the narrative establishes right off the back that Soos doesn’t suffer from a lack of father - he suffers from knowing that his father COULD be a presence in his life, is wholly able of visiting his son, yet chooses not to.

That moment on his 12th birthday, when he received the eight consecutive postcard claiming his father’s too busy to come. That’s when his faith, his inherent belief in his parent, disintegrates. That’s when he realizes the depths of his father’s neglect.

Soos is perfectly content until this happens. And that’s the thing, about not having a parent around - you get used to it. Especially when you’re surrounded by a family as loving and supportive as Soos’, you tend to forget the absence even exists. It’s when you DO remember that kills you.

Because maybe after so many years, Soos starts to question, “Why?” Why doesn’t his dad want to be around? Aren’t dads supposed to be around, supposed to love their kids enough? Is it something Soos did? Is it just him?

And these doubts can really build up. You can’t ask an empty chair one way or another, after all.

Maybe Soos not wanting to celebrate his birthday from then on has some even more heart-wrenching implications than thought…

BUT. Enough of that. Now for the second part of this post, which is frankly the best.

At the end of his flashback, we see Stan giving tiny Soos a job, and we know Soos grows to view Stan as a father figure. And we know Stan adores his handyman and feels much the same, though he’d be hard pressed to admit it aloud.

Then in the present, Mabel and Dipper fight an futuristic gladiator-style battle, risk their lives, just in an attempt to make Soos happy.

And Soos, the boy who must have felt so unworthy and insecure from those years of parental silence, realizes that whatever his father’s opinion is or was, it doesn’t matter. Because he has a family, a family that loves him so DAMN MUCH, and that’s a reminder he won’t soon forget again.

Soos says at the end how silly he’s been about avoiding his birthday, but I don’t think it’s silly at all. I think him finally gaining closure and finding the strength to sever the hold his father’s abandonment had over him is such a triumphant achievement.

And so, so important for kids in similar situations watching this show. Kids who should know that family isn’t measured by blood, it’s measured by love, effort and devotion.

Sure, in Weirdmaggedon Part 2, we see that Soos still yearns to have that father figure in his life; and that might not ever change. However, it’s clearly a vague desire, highlighted by the fact that he can’t even place his biological father’s face on his fantasy dad.

Plus, at the end of Weirdmaggedon Part 3, when Stan bequeaths the Mystery Shack business onto Soos, I don’t think there will ever be an ounce of doubt of who his true father is.

20 years of Grand Prix racing with the Doctor

9 world championship titles

7 premier class titles

6 MotoGP titles

The only rider left from the 500cc era.

330 races, 112 wins, 211 podiums, 5418 points.

Most podiums across all classes (211).
Most podiums in the premier class (175).
Second highest number of wins across all classes (112).
Highest number of wins in the premier class (86).

Re-writing the record books; making history. A new definition of consistency.

19 years of wins in GP racing.

15 years in GP racing with at least one win every season.

14 consecutive seasons with a podium finish in the world championship

16 out of 20 seasons with a podium finish in the world championship

9 wins, 5 second places, 2 third places.

Titles with 5 different engine displacements
(125cc, 250cc, 500cc, 800cc, 990cc)

Back to back titles with two constructors
(2003 - Honda, 2004 Yamaha)

First and only rider to win back-to back races with two different constructors. (Rossi’s miracle)

The most beautiful love story.

16 podium finishes across a season in the premier class (2003, 2005, 2008)

170 consecutive race starts.

23 consecutive podium finishes in the premier class.

4 Championship titles with Yamaha.

53 wins with Yamaha.

11 wins in a season with Yamaha (2005).

The only rider between 2000 and 2014 to defend a title in MotoGP. Several times.

The only rider to win five consecutive titles in MotoGP.

Presenting: The GOAT.

9 wins at: Mugello, Catalunya.

7 consecutive wins at Mugello.

8 wins at: Phillip Island, Jerez.

7 wins at: Donington Park.

7 wins at Assen in the premier class.

Race winner in the premier class with 4 different engine displacements (500cc, 800cc, 990cc, 1000cc)

And that tenth title is still within reach. Just another record for the books.

And these are just the numbers.

37 years old. And the story’s far from finished.

20 years of victories, domination, perseverance. In rain or shine, at day or night, through injuries and difficult bikes he has given it his all. 

From breath-taking action on-track, to crazy celebrations, through good times and bad. And the story’s far from finished. He is still left standing - and winning - after 20 years in the sport.

With his track family supporting him through it all.

Happy 37th Birthday, Doctor.

Happy Birthday, Rei!

In honor of one of my all-time faves, I have decided to make an analysis post about my favorite Rei(Gisa) moment in Eternal Summer- the time when Rei confronts Nagisa about facing his parents.

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Who is Namjoon?

An amazing leader, a great friend and an inspiring person. 

Sometimes he can be clumsy or forgetful but at the same time he is a man with sexy brain and caring side. He is someone who can appreciate the small happiness in life, someone who can adore the nature and the quiet moments when the world stops around him. 

He always works hard and tries to improve everyday to become a better rapper, performer and better person. If he makes mistake he doesn’t afraid of admit it or apologise it…no he will think about it for days, weeks to figure out what was the problem or how to weigh his wors next time. Always open to learn and discover the world.

A supportive and relitable leader who can lead his group well and gather the youngers and older members together, someone who earnt the respect from others with his personality and unlimited diligence . A great friend who will remember the past, the present and will dream about the future with you.

A little child deep down in his heart who can become excited by a Ryan plush or just by a little frog which landed on his armd. When he gets excited he jumps around like a 5 year old and giggles in his deep voice while his deep dimples appear on his cheeks.

An amazing singer and songwriter who became the idol to the other and shared his talent to the world. A sexy guy on stage but a really shy one in real life ( but I don’t say that he couldn’t flirt shamelessly if he wanted ;D) 

Kim Namjoon is an amazing and colourful person who is still eager to improve his knowledge and destinied to achieve bigger goals ^^

Elsa is not weak

So, given soon it’s Elsa’s birthday I thought of posting things about her these days. I first wanted to start with an assertion about her. Elsa is not an emotionally weak person. 

I do this because I’ve seen many times mention how Elsa is all so powerful magically but in reality she’s a weak girl and well, that’s not true. I’ve seen this being said both as a praise for Elsa and also as to derail her. As a praise it’s often said that it’s a nice contrast to her apparent unlimited power. Now there’s not to say weak characters are bad itself, there are many wonderful chars that are weak in many aspects, however I believe calling Elsa weak is a disservice to all that the Snow Queen has shown us on her story. So let’s start to elaborate on this.

Well, first to mention the argument I’ve seen about Elsa being weak is that she was vulnerable and of course Anna has been in a large part her emotional support, then the fact that Elsa gave up once she learned that Anna had been Frozen. I do not believe this shows Elsa being weak at all. Instead of saying why this doesn’t make her weak however, first I’m gonna talk about why she is strong.

This starts since she was a little girl, as we see, she seemed to be a great older sister for Anna, being the more restrained one as well as doing everything in her power to make her little sister smile. If the small scenes aren’t evidence enough, the fact that Anna loved her  so deeply for over a decade, despite feeling abandoned, confirm the fact. As we see, Elsa suffers an emotional trauma at the age of barely 8 years old, in which she almost kills her little sister with her innate abilities. Now this isn’t something light, this is something that would leave grown men devastated. So despite the fact that she planned to do everything in her power to be a great older sister she almost kills her sibling.

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Garnet: You can see Homeworld’s galaxy from here

Cool,in this episode we finally learn that Homeworld planet is located in an outer galaxy and more precisely it’s visible to the naked-eye from Earth. But i wonder where the galaxy is? I find on Wikipedia a list of naked-eye galaxies (click to enlarge):


Considering that Greg’barn is in USA and from here you can see northern hemisphere astronomical objects we have to rule out southern hemisphere objects,so the list is reduced to 3-4 galaxies: Andromeda,Triangulum,Bode’s Galaxy and maybe M83. Maybe one day we’ll find out the exact position of Homeworld’s galaxy.

Happy birthday, John Conway!

Today marks the 77th birthday of one of the world’s most eminent mathematicians: John Horton Conway, currently Professor of Mathematics and John Von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Conway earns my admiration for countless cool contributions in many branches of mathematics.

Conway became interested in mathematics at a very early age: as a four year old kid, he could already recite the powers of two, and at the age of eleven his ambition was to become a mathematician.

A selection of the topics Conway has touched:

  • Conway invented a number system called the surreal numbers, which form the largest possible ordered field (in some sense). Study of this system was motivated by mathematical games, which could be solved using the surreal numbers. Conway wrote the delightful book On Numbers and Games about it.
  • During his research into mathematical games, he invented a whole bunch of new ones: Sprouts, Hackenbush, Phutball, Conway’s Soldiers, the Angel problem
  • One of the early and still celebrated examples of a cellular automaton, the Game of Life, is a creation of Conway, whose early experiments were done with pen and paper, long before personal computers existed.

  • Conway’s 15 theorem states that if a positive definite quadratic form with integer matrix represents all positive integers up to 15, then it represents all positive integers.
  • Together with Michael Guy he established the classification of convex uniform polychora (4-dimensional analogues of polyhedra), discovering the grand antiprism in the process.
  • Conway extensively investigated lattices in higher dimensions, and determined the symmetry group of the Leech lattice.

  • In knot theory, there is a variant of the classical Alexander polynomial named the Alexander–Conway polynomial which is an invariant for knots. He also developed the beautiful tangle theory, which built a bridge between knot-like structures and fraction arithmetic.
  • Conway played a major role in the classification of finite simple groups. He discovered the three sporadic Conway groups, based on the symmetry of the Leech lattice, and was the primary author of the ATLAS of Finite Groups.
  • Without hesitation, the most famous finite group is the Monster group. Together with Simon Norton, Conway formulated a conjecture relating this gargantuan group with modular forms, and labeled it “monstrous moonshine”.

  • He extended the Mathieu group to the Mathieu groupoid and presented it as a sliding tile puzzle played on a projective plane.
  • Conway proposed the Turing-complete esoteric programming language FRACTRAN, in which a program is an ordered list of positive fractions together with an initial integer input value.
  • Ever heard of Conway’s icosian numbers? They’re a specific set of quaternions and exhibit lots of symmetry.
  • Conway’s doomsday algorithm can be used to calculate days of the week. The story goes Conway’s computer isn’t protected by passwords, but by a quiz of random dates, in order to improve his mental arithmetic speed.
  • Together with Simon Kochen he proved the free will theorem. In Conway’s own wording, the theorem states that “if experimenters have free will, then so do elementary particles”.

  • The LUX method is an algorithm to generating magic squares.
  • Conway introduced and analyzed the look-and-say sequence and proved the Cosmological Theorem: every sequence eventually splits into a sequence of “atomic elements”, finite subsequences that never again interact with their neighbors.
  • As a spectacular counterexample to the converse of the intermediate value theorem, Conway defined the monstrous discontinuous base 13 function, which takes on every real value in each interval on the real line.

  • Conway’s criterion gives a simple but powerful sufficient criterion for a prototile to tile the plane.
  • Pinwheel tilings are the first known non-periodic tilings to each have the property that their tiles appear in infinitely many orientations, and were based on a construction due to Conway.
  • The thrackle conjecture is an open problem in graph theory.