candles are v important to me

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Cynthia Sharpe wrote the following:

Day 136. It’s story time.

Over my (wacky) career I have gotten to go some amazing places and see incredible things. I was on the set of the X-files, popped out of Flukeman’s sewer, and sat on Scully’s autopsy table (no, really). I’ve held artifacts that were touchstones of my childhood (Rolf!). I’ve chatted with celebrities and gotten to give them V/O direction (are you kidding me). But absolutely none of that has held a candle to what I consider one of the most important and transformative relationships I’ve been privileged to have as a direct result of my career.

17 years ago, there was an article in the paper about the best exhibit you’ll never see- a display of pop culture spy ephemera collected by a guy named Danny Biederman, that was showing at CIA headquarters. Naturally, you can’t just swan into Langley. My boss at the time said ‘find out more about this!’

So I cold called the CIA.

This is not something I recommend doing, by the way.

Fortunately, the museum director was (and is) a kind, generous soul, and called me back. I’ve been honored to know her and her team for all these years. She has welcomed me into the halls of Langley (….after some background checks) and guided me through a fraction of their collections. The objects she has shown me have prompted speechless amazement - and wracking sobs when I’ve been back in the privacy of my hotel room. You can see some of the objects on their website, and that will have to suffice for the vast majority of folks.

But what I want you to understand is this. As a visitor, you cannot walk into a quiet exhibit space and see the Holy Bible used in the memorial service for Mike Spann without walking through the lobby. You cannot see a crate of lapis lazuli used by al Qa'ida as payment without walking through the lobby. You cannot see the military service ribbons, still stained with jet fuel, worn by a service member in the Pentagon on 9/11 without walking through the lobby. You cannot see the ephemera the agency made for 'Studio Six’ and the articles about 'Argo’ they got into Variety to give the cover story legitimacy without walking through the lobby.

You cannot see the letter that OSS Officer Richard Helms wrote to his three year old son on Hitler’s personal stationery without walking through the lobby. The letter reads, in part, “Dear Dennis, The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat — a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so.”

I keep mentioning the lobby of the old headquarters building because it is one of the most sacred, holy places I have ever been. It is boxlike, and rather plain. The CIA logo on the floor. As you enter, on the south wall, the white marble has a single star carved into it, memorializing all who gave their lives in service to the American intelligence community as part of the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.

On the north wall, there are (currently) 117 stars, each one commemorating a CIA officer who gave their life in service to our country. Before it sits a beautiful, simple, terrible book- the Book of Honor. It is a list of years, and stars, and next to some stars are scribed the names of the dead. There are only 84 stars with names, because to identify 33 of the fallen is to put others at risk, to reveal sources, to compromise efforts, to get someone killed.

Every year, the CIA reassesses whether it is 'safe’ to reveal a name. There are blank entries older than I am.

There are leaders who are mincing around the issue, saying that *legally* the President has the right to reveal classified information to foreign powers.
There are 33 names unidentified.

I guarantee you, after yesterday, there will be new lines with gold stars, and no names next to them. Because people will die as a result of the president’s breathtaking narcissism, Mitch McConnell’s craven desire for power, John McCain’s unwillingness to take a stand, Paul Ryan’s thirst for victory- the list goes on and on.

For all that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and for all who will as a result of this breathtaking, unimaginable hubris, this full on assault on everything we as Americans should be and should stand for, you know what you need to do today.

#notgoingquietly

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okay but jewish!carmilla is very important to me:

  • crosses not repelling carmilla bc she has no relationship with them as meaningful religious icons
  • carmilla picking up girls at synagogue bc of gender segregation (and no one pays any attention to what the women do, even today)
  • carmilla using a soy milk container for her blood bc she keeps kosher
  • carmilla being able to attend religious events bc they occur after sundown
  • carmilla making faces about her christmas sweater bc “not everyone worships santa claus, laura”
  • i mean, her name is karnstein
  • and picture her lighting her hanukkah candles tonight
  • and eating a bagel and lox with her morning blood
  • and taking laura to a sukkah and sleeping under the stars
  • jewish carmilla (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ *:・゚✧*:・゚✧
10 Years of Revenge Of The Sith

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I’d like to celebrate 10 years of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith with 10 (of many) reasons why it’s so great.

10. In Spite Of All The Darkness, There Is Humour

Obi-Wan has proven himself to be a person that can provide viewers with a fine sense of humour. From his sarcastic commentary on their chaotic crash-landing (“Another happy landing.”) to the facetious and joking overestimation of his own capabilities (“Very well, the burden is on me not to destroy all the droids before you’ll arrive.”) and his charming confidence (“Spring the trap.”), Obi-Wan never fails to make us smile.

9. In Spite Of All The Darkness, There Is Hope

One of the things that were important about Star Wars from Day 1 was the fact that there was always hope as a driving underlying force. Luke in front of the Binary Sunset made his hope for a better life very palpable, there were glimpses of hope and confidence at the end of Episode V, Vader’s redemption was based on hope, Queen Amidala regained hope in a quiet moment with Jar Jar and Revenge Of The Sith ends with a strong candle of hope in the midst of a dark night, leading to A New Hope.
(makes me realize that Episode II seems to be the only movie that’s absolutely pessimistic and fateful, hopeless–> stuff for another time)

8. The Opening Shot

The movie that shows Anakin’s fall begins ifself with a fall. The Opening Shot of Revenge Of The Sith is a dazzling, exhilarating and boundlessly exciting ride that takes us directly into the action. The sunlight, the drums, the militaristic Force Theme and the camera following two seemingly insignificant star fighters all lead to the reveal of a space battle that’s larger than anything we’d seen before.

7. In Spite Of All The Darkness, There Are Everyday’s Heroes

Bail Organa is a very underrated achievement of the Prequel Trilogy. Introduced as a worried Senator in Episode II, who made himself memorable for shaking his head in disbelief at the Republic heading into war, Organa takes center stage for a short period of time in Episode III when he plays a crucial role in the rescue of Master Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Organa, who has been concerned with the Republic’s course for some years, detects the horror and injustice of Palpatine’s purge and saves as much as he can.

6. The Opera

With the Opera Scene, Star Wars entered a new world. A dialogue scene that was stunning in every way. The writing, the acting, the editing, the lighting were all spot-on. That scene planted the seed of greed and the desire to cheat death deeply in Anakin’s mind.

I’ll come back to this scene in detail in the future.

5. So This Is How Liberty Dies, With Thunderous Applause

As Anakin hunts down the last enemys of Palpatine’s single rule, Palpatine himself announces the creation of the First Galactic Empire. As he raises his hands in the moment of his ultimate victory, keeping the Senate and all of the galaxy in his own hands, Padmé makes a distressing realization in regard to the Senate’s reaction:

So This Is How Liberty Dies, With Thunderous Applause.

4. Birth, Death, Rebirth

By the end of the day not a lot separates life and death. Only one thing; eternity.

Well, there are Force Ghosts in Star Wars, but it was nonetheless a haunting experience to see life, death, birth, rebirth, hope and horror intercut in such a way at the end of Episode III. Padmé, lying on an operating table in a white suite, making her look like a fallen angle, gives birth to the twins as Vader is reconstructed as a mechanical monster. She dies, hoping for Anakin’s redemptions in the future, as Anakin reemerges as Darth Vader.

Palpatine’s insidious smile is the devilish icing on the cake.

3. The Moment The Earth Stood Still

Only seconds before her life and that of a lot of her friends would finally crumble, we were allowed to witness an intimate moment as Padmé reflected on her situation, her past with Anakin and what has become of them as couple (underlined by a painfully sad version of Across Of The Stars) and the galaxy as a whole, with the desperate question in her eyes: 
How could all of this happen?

Brilliantly done by Lucas and one of Portman’s best acted scenes in the series.

2. Order 66

What happened? Sith happened
When Palpatine said the words “Execute Order 66.”, all hell broke loose. Commander Cody, who was seconds before joking with Obi-Wan, ordered his colleagues to “blast him”. Accompanied by Boga’s scream, Obi-Wan falls. The Clone Troopers refuse to give Ki-Adi Mundi their further allegiance and kill him without hesitation. Ayala Secura is shot in the back as Yoda’s stick falls and the Jedi Master breaks down. Outnumbered Jedi are killed like disfranchised criminals and as Padmé watches the burning temple with tears in her eyes, Anakin ignites his lightsaber in front of children.

If someone’s not emotionally moved by this sequence, I’m confident to say it’s entirely their fault.

1. Padmé’s Ruminations

It’s long been said that Star Wars is at its best when there is no dialogue, and “the emotional impact comes from the music - and from juxtaposing one image with the next” (Lucas). This idea is executed to the greatest heights in this scene. A scene - in which a desperate Anakin and a worried Padmé are thinking of each other, feeling each other’s concerns and longings - manifests Anakin’s determination to do everything, literally everything, to prevent his wife from dying. 

With Palpatine’s scaring prediction haunting him, Anakin is looking at Padmé’s apartment as she is looking at the Jedi Temple with Anakin in the Council’s chambers. There is unresting music as a tearful Anakin turns away from the sun, determined to save his wife at all costs.

It’s THE turning point of the series.

anonymous asked:

Hi i really want to get into Vixx like i know the members and some of their songs but i become more of a fan so do you have any suggestions like what videos or song i should watch/listen to??

ooo man buddy i have a list of stuff ive been working on

heres a list of vixx videos every fan should watch:

Reality Shows:

Special Stages:

Shows:

Dance Practice:

Other:

#danandphil YouNow

19 October 2015

-you cheeky little bugger

-you need to accept me for who i am it’s been 6 years

-phil likes pumpkin spice lattes get over it (phil lester defense squad)

-whisper whisper

-fish and chips shop

-friction is important

-phil likes sweet smelling candles while dan likes fancy named candles

-much jeans ripping from dan during tatinof

-much head banging from phil during tatinof

-much things to talk about tabinof they need a spoiler date

-basically they were v married and v cute