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We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.

Weirdmageddon Pt. 3: Take Back The Falls
Aired 1 year ago (February 15, 2016)

On the Importance of Ace Representation

+ Why Ace Writers Should Be the Ones Doing It  (Although All Help is Appreciated)

This post is an indirect response glassscaffolding’s discussion about Ace Representation. The original post can be found here. I, however, will be talking about my own experience writing ace characters, and why, particularly as an ace writer, writing ace characters is important. The original post doesn’t need to be read for any continuity reasons, although I encourage you to take the time regardless, as she talks about some crucial points about ace representation and its essential nature.

To begin: hello. My name is Niamh, and I am a biromantic asexual. Usually I describe myself as ace, as it’s the only part of my sexuality that I am 100% sure about, and it’s the part of me that I consider most obviously influences my own identity. I am also a writer: fantasy, conspiracy, non-fiction… I’ve been writing for almost the entirety of my life. And yet, as important as both of these things are in my life, until recently I had never once written an asexual character.

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Alright you can hate the trump family but leave Barron alone please. He’s just a kid, he has no say in what his father is doing. Hes stuck in a bad light for all the world to see because of who his father is and throwing hate at him is just going to teach him to hate more.
Although his father is horrible, theres still room for Baron to grow to be a good person. But belittling him because of who his father is is going to do nothing but harvest more hate in that boy.

let me tell you why i’m absolutely in love with hamilton: an american musical.

the show’s diversity, for one, is an incredible and crucial aspect of its success. never before has a broadway production given so many traditionally white roles to people of color. hamilton provides POC actors with opportunities so fantastic that many would fight for, and that’s just a really really neat concept to me.

very few shows (or movies, or books, or tv programmes, for that matter) convey their protagonists as deeply flawed, or their antagonists as hidden “good guys”. well, actually, many do, but not in the way hamilton does. alex cheated on his wife, he’s arrogant, he somehow always beats burr. burr does everything he does for theodosia, he just wants to win for once, he’s one of the most intelligent men of his time. in hamilton, there really are no good guys or bad guys. everyone’s just a person, with positive and negative qualities, and i find that really touching.

hamilton’s music is unlike the music of any show in history. it’s a hip-hop musical about the founding of a nation, for goodness’ sake! hamilton is a story told through song. there’s not a full moment onstage without music, and each song beautifully and brilliantly flows into the next. the show contains some of the most meaningful raps of all time, and they’re all about the founding fathers. dwell on that for a moment.

that’s my final point. being the brilliant hip-hop history phenomenon it is, hamilton has educated millions, including myself, about their past. before this year, i never thought i could be so obsessed with american history. hamilton has inspired me to do my own research and learn more about all aspects of our history, rather than focusing on the victories and the people who lived through the end. be honest, before listening to the soundtrack, how much did you know about john laurens? hercules mulligan? aaron burr, even? if you’re anything like me, chances are you’d never heard the names. these are the people you don’t hear about in the lectures.

so i’d just like to thank @linmanuel and anyone and everyone who has ever been involved with or changed by hamilton. thank you for teaching us.

‘B-boo…..!! O-or something….and stuff……um…..it’s….almost Halloween…?? A-and…..well…we don’t have much here….but, thankfully, there’s some sheets….?? So I’m gonna try and get in the spirit and be a ghost….! Just…uh…be careful…!! I know it’s early….but….I’d be sad if anything happened to any of you…..but I hope, when Halloween does come, you all have a fantastic one, heh…..who knows….?? Maybe the Entity will take pity on us and give us some candy……..or, better, let us go…..+awkward laughter+………one can wish, right??’

Okay this is a little out there and I know it so I’m gonna front-load it here but at the core of my gun politics lie five crucial factors which are intimately tied together.

The first is that we know historically that fascism’s class collaborationist tendencies coupled with its reliance on militarized force in an ORGANIZED application means fascist coups/ takeovers have tended to receive crucial aid not directly from bourgeois democratic states but from crucial, informed, and powerful individuals within its military apparatus who have cryptofascist politics and the following to enact real policy, and I don’t think many would argue that there are not many crucial people in the US military whose nationalist fervor could be utilized by fascist forces.

The second is that reactionaries themselves have the arms, and many have the desire, right now as we speak, to engage in guerilla-style low level warfare that could rival local forces of the state itself as least until national forces were brought in the combat them, and that the best case scenario in those cases is total state crackdown which will impact completely uninvolved marginalized people as it has in the US for years.

The third is that the left does not, and marginalized people do not, have either the arms or the inclination toward this and while the lack of inclination is not a bad thing and I am wary of especially blood-thirsty leftists, pacifism doesn’t stop encroaching and armed fascists and this concerns me as both a leftist and a person who has a life to lose that falls under many groups targeted by fascists- LGBT people, women, black people and other people of color as groups stand to lose unthinkable ground in the event of anything like an increase in fascist power.

The fourth is that we in the US live in a country with more than one gun per citizen, and there is no buyback program like the one implemented in Australia that can possibly get the most dangerous people to voluntarily give them up, and there isn’t especially a forceful way to take them from fascists and reactionaries because there is no way to track each one down.

The fifth is that we know from trends in global politics that it isn’t just nonsense left rambling to talk practically about what we need to do to prepare to face fascists head on in our streets, that reactionaries are getting bolder and more organized and more violent by the day, that the social seeds for fascist uprising (mass unemployment, mass war-related upset and resulting immigration, agitated racists who before might not have posed violent threats but who are looking for a group to restore their glory and dignity) are there, and ultra conservative forces are gaining traction across the globe so excuse me if I don’t think complete disarming of the public is a smart policy right now.

That doesn’t mean basic gun control measures are a threat to our defense against fascism (if our defense against fascists depends on the arm of the law we are certain to lose) and things like keeping guns from domestic abusers are a very good start but we need to think critically about the time we are living in, and what it means to face this era unarmed on top of our current disorganization.

Neo-Elamite Phiale Mesomphalos with Decorated Center, 7th-6th Century BC

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A silver phiale mesompholos with intersecting bulbous petals to the base, flaring rim and to the centre a central boss decorated with rosette and framed by lines.

Elam was an ancient pre-Iranian civilization with its capital at Susa. Its culture played a crucial role during the Persian Achaemenid dynasty that succeeded Elam, when the Elamite language remained among those in official use. Elamite is generally accepted to be a language isolate and thus unrelated to the much later arriving Persian and Iranic languages.

The neo-Elamite period is distinguished by the migration of Indo-European speaking Iranian peoples into the area, known as Medes from ancient sources. Among these pressuring tribes were the Parsu, first recorded in 844 BC as living on the southeastern shore of Lake Urmiah, but who by the end of this period would cause the Elamites’ original home, the Iranian Plateau, to be renamed Persia proper.

Phiale mesomphalos were the most popular form of drinking vessels and were produced in a number of materials, from clay through to silver and gold. They were used in banquets held by the nobility, but were also used to pour libations at religious festivals. They were a common gift from the king to the nobility which helped cement alliances among the different tribes of the Empire. They were also used as diplomatic gifts to visiting dignitaries and they were extremely popular in the kingdom of Macedonia where they were used for purely religious purposes.

Quick Update: Sorry I haven’t been as active in writing and posting on the blog for the past week. I’ve got a heavy deadline coming up next week, so I’ll be working pretty hard for a little bit :) but I’m going to spend Saturday writing, so should be something to check out that night ;)

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We asked CLAMP! The "time" that [insert name] likes? [Tsubasa Caractere Chronicle]

Kurogane [page 39]

When he’s training.

Kurogane is quarrelsome, but [you] can say that [the fact that] he can show his skill to its best advantage in crucial moments is the fruit of his daily training.

Fay D Flourite [page 45]

Secret.

Fay joyously romps about together with Kurogane and the others. In truth, the time he likes is really…?

World History: Nippur

Nippur was among the most ancient of Sumerian cities. It was the special seat of the worship of the Sumerian god Enlil, the “Lord Wind,” ruler of the cosmos, subject to An alone. Nippur never enjoyed political hegemony in its own right, but its control was crucial, as it was considered capable of conferring the overall “kingship” on monarchs from other city-states. It was distinctively a sacred city, important from the possession of the famous shrine of Enlil. [x]

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Iconic features of the Australian landscape: Chillagoe shrublands, Queensland

Description:

Chillagoe is an important site for history, aboriginal culture, and geology. It is a home to 600~1,000 caves made of limestones. The limestone caves are formed by karsts that basically shoot out of the ground. According to the leading geologist Ian Plimer, Chillagoe has the most diverse geology in the world. Due to its spectacular geological diversity, Chillagoe was once a crucial site for copper mining and smelting.

Personal Reflection:

either im missing something crucial about “nightcore” or its just peoples way of listening to alvin and the chipmunk covers without feeling embarrassed

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What the Fugitive Slave Act Can Teach Us About Sanctuary Cities
A historian argues that the 1850 law provides a cautionary tale
By Sean Trainor

The backlash against the [fugitive slave act] law was powerful and immediate, and had little, if any precedent, in American history to date. Massive petitions arrived in Congress, angry missives inundated Senators and Representatives, outrage filled the columns of northern newspapers and protests packed the streets.

huh. well that sounds familiar. 

In important respects, however, these scenes — a ferocious backlash that has already been compared to the reaction to Trump’s recent immigration order — merely hint at the long-term fallout of the Fugitive Slave Act. In the years following its passage, northerners learned crucial political lessons from the act, lessons that fueled their resistance to slaveholders’ power and led directly to the Civil War.

First, the Fugitive Slave Act disabused northerners of the notion that slavery was a distant institution. For years, northerners had deluded themselves into believing that they bore no direct responsibility for human bondage. The Fugitive Slave Act, by contrast, demonstrated that slavery’s existence required complicity and cooperation from Americans everywhere.

The legislation also reminded white northerners that slavery ultimately rested on a foundation of violence. Many northerners, prior to the 1850s, were willing to believe that enslaved people were, as southern whites insisted, happy with their lot, and that slaveholders rarely required the lash, pistol or noose to maintain their authority. Here, too, the Fugitive Slave Act deprived white northerners of their illusions by confronting them with spectacles of violence in their own backyards.

Have recent events demanded myself and my fellow citizens to reevaluate our complicity in US foreign affairs and actions, in how our laws affect people and their families?  I’d say so. 

Trump’s proposed sanctuary-city crackdown would, it appears, bear many similarities to the Fugitive Slave Act. Like the 1850 law, it would move a controversial area of the law — immigration regulations, and the often violent way in which they can be enforced — away from the abstract realm to the concrete reality of major American cities. It would also, like the 1850 law, create common ground between activists on the issue and those who are merely opponents of federal encroachment.

And so those who would support a sanctuary-city crackdown might recall the long-term consequences of the Fugitive Slave Act for its authors and supporters. After enjoying their brief moment of triumph, proslavery ideologues quickly found themselves confronted by increasingly radical and powerful opponents. Fifteen years later, the ashes of their erstwhile estates littered the southern soil. And the people they had fought to keep in chains bore arms against them — by the hundreds of thousands — in the greatest struggle in their nation’s history.

I’m hoping we can build a unified movement against the myriad interlaced forms of bigotry that are apparent in our society and government.  I’m also hoping it doesn’t lead to a full scale war. 

These are some scary times. 

What top notch Se looks like

1. A big portion of the best magicians and illusionists who have ever lived have been Se-doms or Se-auxs.

No other function is so acutely attuned with its surroundings than Se. This is crucial when performing magic tricks. A Se-user can learn to micromanage the physical world in the most amazing of ways, knowing how to bend and twist the reality for others using concrete methods. If there’s someone who knows how to use their body and physical preciseness to entertain others, it’s high Se-users.


2. Not enough? What about the possibly ballsiest dreamer of all time being a dominant Se-user?

Meet James Kingston, an ESTP visionary who bends the reality of what people perceive as possible. He sees a skyscraper, he doesn’t go in and take the elevator. He sees it as a challenge and climbs it. Literally. Only a few other individuals than Se-dominants who have developed, practiced and evolved their Se with ambition, passion and patience could achieve such a close and concrete understanding of physics, one’s own body and its capabilities.

(TRIGGER WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS EXTREME HEIGHTS FROM POV CAMERA)


3. No? Well what about the most technically advanced musicians?

Se is an excellent tool for all sensory hobbies that require physical preciseness. Playing the violin, playing the guitar, singing, all require sharp senses and awareness of small changes in one’s body and position, movement and such, combined with being in tune with the changes in the pitch and sound of the music. Especially more challenging instruments such as the violin require a strong kinesthetic memory to keep the quality and pitch of the sound consistent. This is a side of Se many don’t even think about, dominant Se is so often just paired with extreme sports and there is a false belief that Se-users have no patience to make the most of their strong understanding of the physical and sensory dimensions of the world. This is not true, a high position Se-user can be just as patient and ambitious as the rest of us. If anything, they can spend hours upon hours embedded in the world of beautiful sensory experiences such as creating music.


4. Still not convinced Se is freaking awesome? What about Se enabling hyper realistic art because it notices all those little teeny tiny things that, when summed up, make it look so real? 

High Se-users are often artistically talented (ISFP’s are called the artists for a reason) but if I had to pick one that I mostly associate with Se, it would be this. Se grasps these things naturally, it knows how to make something look like the Se-user wants it to, what to change in their surroundings to create different outcomes. Se is more than saying “I see and smell that flower”, Se says “I see and smell that flower and know 101 ways to use that flower and replicate the flower”.



Again repeating: Se is so simplified in almost all information out there about mbti and functions. Se is often represented as dumb, crudely primitive, brainless and uncreative when it’s anything but! Se is awesome, Se is creative, Se is intelligent, Se is inspiring, Se is so much more than people usually think it is and so many beautiful and amazing things have sparked from Se. Give it the credit it deserves!

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Chamu and Junji in the back… being bunnies