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One of the constants of this show is Mulder and Scully’s fear that their connection will be used against them—but it also saves their lives. She has a key to his place, she figures out his password (I love how genuinely confused and defeated she looks when it’s not Spooky), and she knows his alias on the flight manifest, so she’s able to sneak her way to him and keep the FBI off her tail. It’s not that the FBI isn’t a threat; it’s just that Mulder and Scully are better. Or, symbolically: The observatory might be shuttered, but the equipment is picking up aliens anyway. You can’t throw a plastic cover over Mulder and Scully’s work and lock it away. They’re too human and too curious, and they give each other new reasons to keep going when one of them starts to lose hope.

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Lilith in the Houses

Lilith in the 1st House

With Lilith in the 1st house, a person will be a(n often unwitting) symbol of Lilith’s experiences and issues. Lilith will inform the body and personality in very direct ways. Often, we gain awareness of planets in the first house by others’ reactions to us. In the case of Lilith, this can be what seems a constant stream of rejection for just being who we are, abuse as an attempt to control the native, some form of beating into submission, and a sense of not fitting in anywhere with any group of people. Though this is a general theme of Lilith, her placement in this house makes that theme much more personal and part of an individual’s daily life than it would be in any other house. People with Lilith here need to learn to stand up for the self and believe in their rights to be autonomous, indepedent, and self-interested. Others will begin to respect this if they accept themselves as Lilith and love themselves for it.

People with lilith in the 1st house: Johnny Cash, Ronald Reagan, Tina Fey, Edie Sedgwick

Lilith in the 2nd House

With Lilith in the 2nd house, the natural inclination to gather skills, develop consistency and stability to ensure survival, and live in ways that reflect one’s positive feelings of self-worth are wrapped up in Lilith’s issues, including rejection for one’s natural expression of what is important and being nothing more than who one is. In general, allowing betrayal from others to condition us to betray ourselves is a maladaptation to life (i.e., “It’s clear they don’t accept me, so why should I accept myself?”). Yet in the house of self-worth, the rejection of one’s value system by, and the withholding of approval from others of what one finds important can lead to terrible and destructive patterns of self-abuse that can, in fact, threaten survival. With Lilith in this house, it’s critical that a person learn to take back the power from others regarding the judging of what he or she is worth. This is done through self-acceptance and compassion for self and other.

People with lilith in the 2nd house: Steve Jobs, Woody Allen, Madonna, Leonardo da Vinci

Lilith in the 3rd House

With Lilith in the 3rd house, our sense of curiosity about the world and capacity for the sense of wonder at what we find all around us, or might find, is tied up in Lilith’s issues. With this placement here, if we’re hiding our Lilith, there can be a sense of jadedness that the world does not have amazing things to offer us in varied splendor, and perhaps that it only offers the harsh judgment or abuse of others. The curious, open, and wonder-infused 3rd house nature of a person is what others have reacted against and used to punish the person with Lilith here. These people need to allow others their discomfort while the natives explore the world around them and ask and learn what they need to ask and learn.

People with lilith in the 3rd house: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Maya Angelou, Britney Spears, Courtney Love

Lilith in the 4th House

With Lilith in the 4th house, the family and heritage we come from centered on some or all of Lilith’s themes in one way or another. It could be that a particular family member ends up representing Lilith for the entire family, or that the family as a group experiences Lilith in a direct way. Or it could be that many members live Lilith stories from one side or the other - shunning or suppression or wildness and punishment for it. Now, this might sound like many people’s families, but there’s an edge with Lilith: the stakes of either forceful authentic self-expression in the family or at home (or leaving it behind to create a new life elsewhere to maintain wholeness), or those of suppressing the expression of self and other, are high. In other words, there is a great investment in such families either of trying to be Lilith or trying to suppress her, or both, possibly resulting in generations of what may seem on the outside of it to be a war between the sexes or other sort of power struggle between one faction and another (old and young, foreign and domestic, etc.). People with this placement need to accept these realities and learn to manage their own emotional landscapes with consciousness, compassion, and intention.

People with lilith in the 4th house: Jake Gyllenhaal, Abraham Lincoln, J.K. Rowling, Al Capone

Lilith in the 5th House

Those of us with Lilith in the 5th need to create and express in authentic and unabashed ways. The connectedness that Lilith retains (or seeks, if we’re unaware of or hiding her) is in unfettered expression of her wild nature. Which she would say, of course, is simply her nature. Everything that contributes to or might result in creative expression can be avoided for fear of experiencing pain. A person with Lilith in this house might have been shamed in youth because of how he or she played. Before such a child’s behavior is edited into conformity, his or her natural expression of creativity will be colored by Lilith’s themes. The games of such children may involve one or more of Lilith’s heavy themes, any of which will be difficult for most parents to understand as natural expressions from their children, let alone accept: betrayal, abandonment, rejection, or sexual power games including rape. And they’ll play on either side of these issues – receiving or giving, as victim or persecutor.

People with lilith in the 5th house: Bill Gates, George Clooney, George W. Bush, Scarlett Johansson

Lilith in the 6th House

With Lilith in the 6th house, a person’s natural sense of duty and how he or she goes about getting things done is what is judged by others as potentially dangerous. People who might be in a position to mentor or train the person as an apprentice may sense something unruly and threatening about him or her and not be willing to take the person on as a student. It also indicates that this person’s natural mentors are connected with Lilith; understand and express their own version of Lilith’s energy. Finding such people will be difficult if Lilith is hiding in the person, and if she is not, finding them will involve first crossing many potential teachers off the list who reject the individual’s forthright expression of his or her reality.

People with lilith in the 6th house: Barack Obama, Stephen King, Hillary Clinton, Michael Jordan

Lilith in the 7th House

With Lilith in the 7th, we can look for Lilith in other people so that we don’t have to express her (the 7th holds energies we’re not necessarily sure how to relate to in ourselves and so we seek others to embody them). Whatever is in the 7th house, we need to learn to run the energy for ourselves. When we keep others around us to do it for us, we make the statement that we’re not whole. With Lilith here a person needs to take responsibility for being Lilith, and take care not to keep a door open for others’ understandings of and reactions to Lilith to come in.

People with lilith in the 7th house: Princess Diana, Sandra Bullock, Mark Zuckerberg, Nicole Kidman

Lilith in the 8th House

Lilith in the 8th house means that the instinctive, irrational, and primal side of a person is most comfortable in arenas of life where trust and intimacy are of paramount importance – this is her natural home in the person’s psyche and, therefore, outer life. This includes sexuality shared with other people, but also any relationships that require absolute honesty and have something to do with power, hence the traditional assignation to this house of “sex, death, and other people’s money.”

People with lilith in the 8th house: Serena Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Adolf Hitler, Angelina Jolie

Lilith in the 9th House

With Lilith in the 9th house, this relationship with living a life based in having a guiding principle is what has been judged by others, and for what a person has received censure and punishment. All of the arenas of life described by the 9th house involve a sense of acting on belief and hope, understanding that such action is a risk. This risk is that the beliefs might be misguided or based in inappropriate assumptions. So, then, those with this placement may avoid risking living according to his or her beliefs to avoid negative reactions from others for bringing, or being, Lilith.

People with lilith in the 9th house: Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, Thomas Edison

Lilith in the 10th House

With Lilith in the 10th house, a person can become a symbol of Lilith’s irrational instinct and primal wisdom to other people. His or her public self carries the energy of Lilith, and others will want to apply the prevailing labels for Lilith to this person, no matter how he or she behaves. If, after enough of this sort of treatment, Lilith in the person is hiding, developing a healthy and mature public role will be suppressed by this person. This is the house of being out in the world and of participating in the economy, leading the person with this placement to experience difficulty at work and just being out in public, for having this label applied.

People with lilith in the 10th house: Mother Teresa, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, Bob Marley

Lilith in the 11th House

With Lilith in the 11th house, our pre-rational, instinctive, and wild self is most evident in the kind of future we envision, how we plan for it, and those we ally with to assist us in creating it. This can lead us to experiences of finding ourselves labeled as Lilith in every group we join, but this is an unconscious manifestation of Lilith’s placement here. We may have experienced being rejected from many groups for expressing our views, and we may have been feared as dangerous influences by organized others we attempt to befriend or with whom we attempt to become involved.

People with lilith in the 11th house: Sigmund Freud, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Monica Belluci

Lilith in the 12th House

With Lilith in the 12th house, a person will experience being Lilith in all contexts related to the way he or she connects with other and greater realms. To the degree that someone with this placement has internalized others’ fears about the wild as a negative statement of his or her worth and lovability, 12th house activities will be limited, avoided or denied. With Lilith here, entering into the meditative, creative or spiritual sides of this house means in some way being Lilith. Most of us choose not to experience the collective’s negativity about Lilith and will therefore avoid being her at almost all costs. Yet she is real, a part of each of us, there are times when she is activated.

People with lilith in the 12th house: Eminem, Brad Pitt, Lana Del Rey, Françoise Hardy

To find what house lilith is in:

Go to astro.com
→ in the top drop down menu click free horoscopes 
→ go to extended chart section (first time users will be transported to the guest page, input your birth data as a guest or make an account (free) before you can access the extended chart selection.)
→ in the extended chart section scroll down to ‘additional objects’, select Lilith
→ click the buttom ‘click here to show the chart’
→ click the additional tables (PDF) link in the links above the chart.
→ in the Planet positions table lilith will be listed as the last object under the Planets column, it will show the sign lilith is in, it’s longitude, and then the house it’s in. 

neveryoumindhowthetrainislost asked:

Any links or books for research on the hoods in Catholicism? Or if you want to talk about it it's okay too. It's interesting .

(Re: The Vatican’s Crusaders in Hellsing Ultimate)

I’m not as well-read on the subject of Catholicism as, say, durnesque-esque, but I do know that the pointed hoods were originally a Catholic thing, and had been for at least 300 years before the Klan decided to steal the design.

(Yes. The extremely vocally anti-Catholic KKK stole their uniform design from the Catholic church. Probably for the very reason of destroying its image, tbh.)

From what I understand (Sarah, correct me if I’m wrong), the hoods were meant for literally the exact opposite purpose that the KKK uses them for. Rather than being a symbol of superiority, they were meant as a way of humbling the penitent processors in worship ceremonies. The pointed hood was something like a dunce cap, meant to knock the wearer down a few notches on the ego scale and remind them of their place in the universe, and the concealed faces had a sort of “Everyone looks the same in the eyes of God” purpose. 

Because of the KKK, the hoods are no longer used in the USA. However, several European countries still use them today, as they are outside the KKK’s sphere of ruining shit that was supposed to be sacred and profound. Here’s a church procession in Seville, Spain for Holy Week:

How interesting that during the Battle at the Ministry, Dumbledore, a Gryffindor, fought with water against Voldemort, a Slytherin who used fire. What if it was a symbol for the complementarity of the two Houses? After all, Dumbledore’s ambition resembles the Slytherins’ and in a way Voldemort, just like the Gryffindors, always believed that his actions were justified and right.

“The Kubrick Stare, sometimes referred to as the Kubrick Glare, is a common camera shot of an actor in most of Stanley Kubrick’s films. The Kubrick Glare has been called the “heavy-browed look of insanity”. It symbolizes that the character in question is either really, really pissed or really becoming deranged, and the person they’re looking at is really, really screwed. Other times—usually when combined with a smile—it means they’re feeling really, really clever. Either way, it’s really creepy and ominous.”

Dan and Phil Trivia! (10k Followers Celebration)

Give ten symbols that represent Dan, Phil, or Phan in some way. They must be recognizable in order to win. Good luck!

Example: Llama is a symbol for Dan. 

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answer here

The first person to answer correctly, in an ask, will receive a full length phanfiction of their choosing. Additional terms and conditions apply.

johnegberts asked:

I really love your hunter and demon AU! I was wondering if there was any possible way to, in a sense, break the runes they have on their bodies. Like how John has the rune on his chest to control his powers. Or is it a more permanent thing? And has there ever been anyone who has had a rune forced upon them?

For regular sigils, wards, and runes there’s many ways to break or render them useless depending on the origin and type. Generally they can be used as a first line of defense and left for hunters that feel open to using them. 

However, Alternian magic is a magic that is still heavily unknown because of its status as a ‘lost art’. Artifacts with the odd script were being unearthed long before the kids were born as well as a few tablets and the occasional scroll. It was initially believed to belong to a lost culture (which, is still true) but experiments run with the symbols proved to show that it was still a very much powerful magic, one that seemed to be based on the power of word.

As it stands and as far as the council and other bases of operation know, there’s no way to remove the runes once applied, especially when applied successfully. They wind their way into the natural magic in a person’s lifeblood and bind to it, something that could be terribly dangerous if used improperly. 

And they were used very improperly in the earliest experiments. It was found that circumstance and thought could also affect the application of the words, hostility could twist the meaning and making it much too literal and often fatal. Witches and other creatures found susceptible to runes were the ones often left with them forced upon them to gauge the extent of the power in them. Though, you could also say that John is one of the few humans that had one forced upon him as well following the incident as a child.

But!! There is someone that can undo them and take the words into themselves to be undone. Anyone with a strong lineage that runs far back enough to the ancient Alternian people has it in their very blood to take the words back or to change the intent of them, to wield both written and spoken word like a weapon. 

And that person is Karkat. Honestly, someone should really tell the poor guy, not that he’ll really believe you anyway.

No Attachment

Do we defy impermanence by holding a little tighter or do remain aware that it’ll all deteriorate one day? It’s our art that is timeless and permanent. It defies this sort of gravitation towards emptiness. If we are but an extension of our art then our actions can symbolize timelessness.

Either way, whether we choose to face impermanence as a natural way of the universe, or to try and transcend it we must accept it as it is, first. The first step to any transcendental action is acceptance. Kissing a little harder and a little longer as a sort of way to move beyond the idea that it won’t last forever, and neither will the person that you’re kissing, is nothing but a way to remove ourselves and dissociate from the world if we don’t accept that it won’t last. 

I imagine holding onto the edge of a cliff by one hand. If we do not accept that eventually we are going to fall then we spend that last moment in despair, if we try and fight it then we waste the moment as it is, but if we simply accept that we are going to fall then we can at least maybe enjoy it as it is. 

Dead
Dead to you, dead to me.
The veneration I hold for you;
I hope it’s the same for me
I hope you’re in heaven, respecting
The life, as I respect
The dead.

But I am here,
In between Nature and God.
I am here
My steed is the only way to the everlasting.
His body, a symbol of our vigor.
He carries me when I am asleep
And distracted.
This is my love poem to him and her when
She won’t accept it.
There is no more pain,
Only the wind that glides beneath my pit.
And after a while
There is no more pain.
Galloping with a complex,
A Dark Horse carried me atop a mountain.

I want you to know this.
There are things that the sky can teach us, as vultures.
There are things that the oceans can teach us, as sharks.

There are things that the earth can teach us, as vermin.

The things we need to understand;
We cannot understand as humans.

We are all and none of these things.
A battle cry to express the strife of my crisis.
Every day is forgotten in the uncertainty of life.
I look to the sky and the earth and see

I see no separation between the sheep and the wolves
They need each other.

In my trade,
We sell the heads of demons;
So help me god,
Because sometimes,
These demons
Disguise themselves
In the people
I love.

This life forces these thoughts on you.
The turmoil of uncertainty
Who are you willing to destroy to acquire satisfaction?
Some days I find myself, still
Ready to die for you
Without a moment’s hesitation
Bathed in the showers of glory and honor
My mind is twisted up
Twisted like a dagger in my gut
And on this warriors path I have found enlightenment.
In our way we are like the earth.
Our form is solid, like the stones;
We form a foundation.
In our way we are like water.
Formless with form and destructive if unkempt;
We wash the grime from the souls of one another.
In our way we are like fire.
And in the heat of battle we found ourselves;
The truth is that we destroy one another.
In our own way we are like the wind.
And I am blown away by who we’ve become, the change in direction;
Without intent, we are in it like
Dust.
And in our very own way we are like the void.

In and out of love,
Again and again.
The cycle continues
I love then hate;
I undress myself in front of you.
For the first time,
For the thousandth time,
And each time I’m never used to it.
The rose pedals always seem to impress,
Sea salt in the tub for my soul
From my ocean.
And a thousand times we dance in
This pool of our regrets.
Not this time.
This time I refuse to leave the comfort of this puddle
This time I’ll die where I have lived
And returned, into my mind
Too many times.
Lazarus,
Resurrected in the spirit of you.
Spring in the end of my world;
Autumn in our uterus;
Summer in your tract;
Winter when you’re gone.
Bathed in the blood I would easily shed for you
Painted in your honor.

We feel incomplete;
The true cost of love is an arm and a leg.
You and I are like Shiva and Kali.
And our hands are severed every time we build and destroy.
We do it to ourselves
And
We do it to ourselves.
You and I are like Shiva and Kali.
We are the Gods and Goddesses of the
Construction and Deconstruction of each other.
We feel complete;
The true cost of war is an arm and a leg.
You and I are like Shiva and Kali.
And our hands are renewed every time we build and destroy.
We do it to ourselves
And
We do it to ourselves.
You and I are like Shiva and Kali
We are the Gods and Goddesses of the
Construction and Deconstruction of each other.

I felt your hands around me
And in a way,
My hands around you,
Inside and out;
It’s impossible to climb a waterfall with weak will.
If I want the water to fall I must commit.
It was always easy to scale each other;
And In a lot of ways your hands made my halo,
And mine exposed your horns.
In that moment we were lost like smoke.
All the lies we told up until then
Did not matter;
We dissipated into one another.
We end all disputes of truth.
My hand inside you was proof of God.
Your hands like a mirror
I felt them and saw the wolf
I saw myself,
In myself.
My hands, the mirror.

Every day the sun sets and I sleep alone.
Every day is a battle and
I have yet to see the freedom for which I strife.
But once in a blue moon I remember who;

Where I come from,
I see the color of a new dress for you
In the sky that rests atop a mine field.
I see the color of your vibrant skin in
The soil of a nation not yet free.
I feel your lips kiss the back of my head when I lay the day away,
Then the blue moon leaves the familiar thought behind
Without mercy, just like you
But justified.

Although, every man is refined by his choices
He feels that they are justified;
Remembering the stance he took, the war
And the outcome.
Every man if refined by his choices
And in the end
His edge, his razor
Is determined by the Grit.

I have to say, the way out is through the soul.
I see you and you see me,
But what do you see when you see me?
Do you look at me and know that
I almost committed suicide 3 times in my life?
My soul has scars and yet,
The only way out is through the soul.
My heart was in the wilderness and I was lost
And without direction;
Without purpose
Found myself screaming in the hotel room,
Because whenever I saw you
It was like my eyes were caught
Watching a comet
Not knowing where it would lead but
Loving the sight all the same
Appreciating my status as a star gazer.
You don’t know how it feels to see stars
And the stars don’t see you.

A lamb is raised by its shepherd;
Fed by its shepherd,
Rebuked and
Trimmed by its shepherd
How can you trust a man that
Will harvest your milk,
Cut your wool,
And lead you to slaughter?
To be the dog is service
To be the wolf is divinity.

In this life there are two swans
And they are both
Benefactor and Destroyer;
Love and Hate;
Possession and Loss.
Grateful to say that these swans saved my life
More than once.
Dead to me like a relative.
And while
One bird gives me benefits,
The other destroys me.
While one loves me,
The other loathes me.
One wants my everything and,
The other could not care less.
They tell me that the road to success is
Not paved with the appreciation of their song nor
My admiration for their beauty but
In the understanding that
We will never be more beautiful than our moment of death;
Doom is the merger of the sublime and beautiful.
I’ve died too many times to not know it.
So as they died they continued
Until they stopped.

—  “The Journey of the Dark Horse (Swan Song)”- Victorious Faith McLeod
Reality symbolizes a meaningless threatening hostile world into a purposeful place of dircetion.
—  The Real as the kernel of reality is hostile in the way in which it cannot be made sense of or made accomodating. - ANDRE VANTINO

anonymous asked:

If you think Davekat might be confirmed like in Caliborn's drawings, why do you think Dave would take his shades off for?

i dunnno!!!! any of the connotations that would have in regards to his feelings towards Karkat, mainly the blatant symbolic showing of trust. his shades are like the last standing bastion of his coolkid shield, actually literal shields, and it would be fukking all around beautiful for him to take them off during the davekat confirmation scene. both for Dave’s character AND their relationship.

this isnt mutually exclusive to that, but maybe Karkats over in the furthest ring when he gets to see Dave again after thinking he was stuck in the juju forever??? and so he doesnt believe it and thinks he’s a random alt timeline Dave ghost, and Dave’s way of proving otherwise is to show him his eyes yo

anonymous asked:

Can we tag you in a meme post so that you can document it?

I’m not sure what you mean by tag. If you mean put #memedocumentation as one of the tags, we will probably see it (assuming it is an original post and not a reblog so it appears when searched). However, if you mean you will tag it by putting the URL after that @ symbol so it appears in our notifications, this is not ideal. We get so many likes/reblogs that we rarely see such ‘mentions’. The best way to make sure we see a post, though, would be to send the URL to us by fan mail.

an open letter to catholicvote.org

Dear Mr. and Mrs. .org - 

Come on, guys - what are we doing here?


See, this is what happens when you scare away all the smart people. 

Come on, Catholics - we were the *cool* ones, the social justice ones, the ones with the deep tradition of symbolism and scholarship, the ones whose monks kept the written word alive through the dark ages and who revolutionized education for poor kids and were helping AIDS victims *way* before Reagan uttered the word. 

Now we’re releasing cutesy “viral” videos where we’re essentially saying “we’re the real oppressed ones, because someone else got a thing we didn’t want them to get, waah.” Sheesh, who do we think we are - the Baptists?

I’m well aware that catholicsvote.org is a very specifically politically Conservative Catholic organization, and that most *other* politically active Catholics aren’t alligned with this video, because they’re too busy getting shot at in South America for trying to teach kids how to read. 

And - for the record - I’m Catholic in the same way a lot of my Jewish friends are Jewish. It’s part of my cultural identity, but I don’t practice except for the big holidays. And I don’t “keep kosher” (the Catholic equivalent would be, I guess, “I enjoy industrial metal and cultural relativism?” You know what I mean.) 

Still, I know what Catholicism *can* be, and it pisses me off when we sound too much like the people who - in 1850 - would have been first in line to stone us to death for our flagrant papacy. (see: Gangs Of New York) And I’m of course talking about the Over-Sensitive Christian Martyr Self-Immolation Brigade.

Here’s how it works: in their minds, *they’re* the oppressed ones because the gays get to have a parade, and the Christians can’t even put a crucifix in front of City Hall. Never mind the long history of discrimination and disenfranchisement of LGBTQ folks, nor the fact that “we got out of school for Good Friday* for heavens sake (and that’s just ONE of the many ways where Catholics have it pretty good…), nope, other people getting to live their lives their own damn way = basically the Klan.

The annoying thing about the Catholics doing this, apart from the fact that I was raised Hippie Liberal Catholic and it makes me sad when "my people” pull sh*t like this, is that - unlike all of your other whiny-pants “faith-through-grace” flavors of Christianity - there actually *is* a history of oppressing Catholics in this country. 

Usually it was by other “Christians” who didn’t like the fact that so many of us were showing up and taking all the good dockworking jobs and smelling bad and not speaking English, though they hid their xenophobia in language about “the Pope taking over America!” Which is adorable, because the Pope has always been a very old man and the thought of him wrestling control of the United States armed with nothing but his incense thurible is a truly lovely image. But never mind that. 

They also hated the fact that the church were a bunch of - wait for it, internet kids - “social justice warriors.” And they still do. Glenn Beck was nannering on about this exact thing about four years ago. (Yes, we still suck when it comes to, well, anything having to do with sex - birth control, abortion, gay issues, and pedophile priests have all been horrendously mishandled in one way or another. Duh. But when it comes to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and comforting the afflicted, we do okay.)

So, there’s this sense that the usual Conservative Christian narrative of “omg white straight christians are so oppressed, u guys” shouldn’t be coming out of this particular set of mouths. Catholics have faced actual oppression within fairly recent history, so we *should* know what it is and what it *isn’t*. And “people disagreeing with you because you have an unpopular opinion” isn’t oppression - it’s democracy. 

It *certainly* isn’t comparable to what was done to LGBTQ people for years, and I’m actually really offended that this ad pretends that it’s just the same. No one can force a Catholic church to perform a gay marriage, in the same way no one can force a Catholic church to recognize a divorce. No one can force a Christian to agree with gay marriage. And - furthermore - the federal legalization of gay marriage has nothing to do with your life unless you’re gay, so - you know - render unto Caesar what is Caesars and let he who is without sin cast the first stone. For fucks sake.

(Oh, and - yes - I’ve seen the “response” video, and it is a work of genius. As a sound designer, I applaud them for using the exact same cheesy stock music as the original. *That’s* good satire.)

~avp

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“The Kubrick Stare, sometimes referred to as the Kubrick Glare, is a common camera shot of an actor in most of Stanley Kubrick’s films. The Kubrick Glare has been called the “heavy-browed look of insanity”. It symbolizes that the character in question is either really, really pissed or really becoming deranged, and the person they’re looking at is really, really screwed. Other times—usually when combined with a smile—it means they’re feeling really, really clever. Either way, it’s really creepy and ominous.”

I found this moment quite symbolic as I stumbled across these two girls intertwined with each other, hiding underneath a Pride rainbow flag as they shared a private moment together. In a way it shows how they feel protected underneath the rainbow, free from prejudice and labelling. In another light it could show them hiding from the world underneath what they find safe, but either way I think this is my favourite photo from London Pride, 2015.

Some of you have requested that I show you my note taking technique. This is in no way a proven technique, but it really works for me and many of my professors have applauded my structure. So try it, and if you like it and it works for you, great! If not, I commend you on having a more structured system! These are my general rules when I take notes:

1. Leave space. A lot of space.
While going through previous notes, whether it be right after class or a month later, I always found that I had information that I wanted to add, and cramped pages never allowed for that. Plus, it’s a bit less daunting on the eyes when there is some room between ideas. I do realize that this is not very eco-friendly, but hey! 

2. Use the margins in a smart way.
I have developed a “legend” of symbols to draw in the margins so that when I need a quick scan of what pages in the textbooks I referenced or vocab, I can find what I need easily. It might not seem useful on this one page, but when you have a whole 3″ binder full of notes, it’s a blessing.

3. Write on one side of the page.
Again, not a eco-friendly option. However, I’m sure there are those of you (my past self included) who have wished you just had another page to write down book notes or additional thoughts without having to get a fresh paper. This solves that! 

4. Make it pretty later.
I know this page is visually appealing, but keep in mind that I was in my nice warm room by myself and listening to music while writing this. My notes straight out of class aren’t color coded and they definitely don’t have cute little decorations on them; just get the information down, worry about aesthetics later.

5. Put yourself in the classroom.
You might think: “but I’m physically in the room what the hell are you talking about”. The concept is weird but it works. I always try everything I can to make sure I place as many visual cues in my notes as I can so that when I look back on them later I remember exactly where I was and what was happening. Are you not paying attention and thinking of food? Write it down. Did someone fart? Write it down. Placing yourself in the room is the most beneficial thing you can do for future you.

6. Keep it short.
I can’t tell you how many times I freaked out when I first got to college because I was trying to write everything down. I was certain I was going to miss something. WELL HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU. You aren’t going to miss anything if you keep your bullets to a minimum of one sentence. It’s proven that short phrases in your own words help memory better than full sentences that the professor gives you. 

Finally, make it yours. This is a system that works for me because my brain is weird and can’t take notes the Cornell or outline way. The most important thing to learn in school is your own flow of things. Experiment, be creative! I hope I have helped those of you who aren’t traditional learners realize that there isn’t just one way to process information. If any of you have any questions or need specific examples, let me know! (I realize there is a typo on this but hey don’t worry about it) 🙈 

Bullet Journal 101

Declaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form an expert on Bullet Journaling. This post is here to help anyone who is struggling with the concept or is in need of some guidance. Thank you.

What is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal is a customizable organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.

Bullet Journal website link: http://bulletjournal.com/

Some Bullet Journal Terminology:

Key- explanatory table of symbols used to aid in the finding of similar subjects/events/or notes

Weekly Spread- a week shown out over the course of one or more pages listing out events, notes, pictures, lists, etc.

Index- a list of names, subjects, etc., with references to the places where they occur over the course of the journal

Month on two pages view- two pages where on one page the big monthly events are listed and on the other is an overview of the month

Daily to do list- a list that changes day to day where it contains the activities or goals of that specific date

Migrate- to move a task that was not accomplished or finished on the day that it was intended to another day

How do I get started?

Step 1) Get a journal, notebook, planner, binder with notebook paper, basically anything that will allow you to write a copious amount in one organized place

Step 2) Use pencils, markers, pens, highlighters, or any form of writing utensil that will let you jot down your notes, plans, or daily schedules

Step 3) Find a design, links for some of my personal inspirations will be linked down below, or format that suits your liking. If any of those aren’t your cup of tea don’t feel like you have to choose one, make it your own and have fun!!!

Videos/Posts that inspired me:

Videos

Tumblr Posts

And my running tag for Bullet Journal inspiration:

Step 4) Decorate, decorate, DECORATE!!! This, again, is completely optional but don’t be afraid to spice up your journal with anything you like. Stickers, magazine cutouts, ribbon, washi tape, jewels, sequins, pictures, sticky notes, basically anything that you like!

  • What I use: I use sticky notes, washi tape, flags, and stickers

Step 5) Start your journey to a new style of organization and planning!!!

Feel free to message me about any further Bullet Journal questions :)