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In the original Norse mythology the God Beetlejuice took vengeance upon any mortal who would kill an insect without then eating it. One of the original Halloween celebrations in Viking times was a ritualistic sacrifice of any insect that could be found. The norsemen would mash the bugs into a fine pulp, mix the paste with barely wine and drink nothing but the mixture for a week.

Highlight Offers Up a Good Time With The Promise They 'Can Be Better' on 'Celebrate' EP

Originally written by Tamar Herman for Billboard.

A few months after telling their fans to “Plz Don’t Be Sad,” Korean boy band Highlight has another uplifting message for their listeners in their new single “Can Be Better.”

The lead song on their Celebrate album, released on Monday (Oct. 16), “Can Be Better” is a pop anthem propelled by rock instrumentals and shining, even fuzzy, synths. Paired with a comical music video that shows the quintet having an extremely bad morning and getting over it to have a good time, it’s an infectiously enthusiastic single that continues putting forward the supportive lyrical message Highlight’s promoted since the group, formerly known as BEAST, rebranded earlier this year.

Celebrate is Highlight’s second EP under the new name, but serves as a commemorative album tied into the act’s eighth-anniversary in the K-pop industry and fittingly is filled with songs that are both upbeat and reflective.

Along with the single and an instrumental version of the same track, the album features a quintet of tightly-packed tracks: the riotous party song “Celebrate” heralds the anniversary; the pump up track “Take On Me” builds into a pure banger after teasing with a medley of bossa nova-style instrumentals, EDM, and trop elements; the sentimental ballad “Who Am I” offers up a softer side to the group; and the trancy rhythmic slow burn of “Love Like This” closes things out.

Aside from the latter song, which was co-written by Lee Gikwang and and Yong Junhyung in collaboration with several other songwriters, all of the tracks were written by Yong and his regular songwriting partner Kim Tae Joo under their Good Life production team name.

Since 2009, Highlight (as BEAST) has been a prominent act in the K-pop industry with multiple hits. Since leaving their former agency, the renewed quintet saw their debut EP Can You Feel It? land at No. 9 on the World Albums chart.

Litha! June 21st

Hi everyone! Here are some very EASY ways to celebrate midsummer!

  1. Open up the curtains and let some good sunlight cleanse your room.
  2. Open up the window.
  3. Clean cobwebs from the ceiling and other places.
  4. Go on a picnic!
  5. Eat some berries.
  6. Pick flowers.
  7. Light a candle that reminds you of summer or of the sun.
  8. Wear a floral print.
  9. Make a honey and sugar face scrub.
  10. Make a flower crown.
  11. Garden, or water your plants.
  12. Just sit in the sun, relax for once and soak in new beginnings :) -Freya

thewackygiant  asked:

Someone gives a pair of crocs as a present.

Alistair:

Leliana:

Oghren:

Wynne:

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Morrigan:

Zevran: 

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Sten:

Shale:

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Dog:

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Aveline:

Anders:

(…for real tho crocs would be super comfortable to wear and I think he’d get past the looks)

Fenris:

Bethany:

Carver:

Merrill:

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Varric:

Isabela:

Sebastian:

Cassandra:

(thinks they’re ugly but secretly thinks they’re comfortable)

Blackwall:

Iron Bull:

Sera:

Cole: 

Dorian:

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Solas:

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Vivienne:

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Josephine:

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Cullen:

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The Cooperage by Chris Dyson Architects

After a five-year design and construction process, Chris Dyson Architects have finished extending and renovating the Cooperage, a property located on a constrained former industrial site in central London.

The building dates back to the early 1900s, and the reconfigured building clearly celebrates the remaining original elements, which had been neglected during previous renovation works in the 1990s. CDA worked meticulously to identify these opportunities, stripping back many of the recent additions to reveal and showcase the original historic fabric. 

21 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation

Took some photos of the stars yet again. This is a stack of 83 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at f/2.0, ISO 1600 and a few seconds interval in between shots(I don’t recall how many second exactly I set the interval for). 

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

🌿✨ Finnish Midsummer Juhannus spells ✨🌿

Juhannus was originally a celebration for Ukko the supreme god of weather and harvest. It was also a time for making magic since the spirit world was more active at the time of the white nights. A loud feasting and drinking brought luck in love as well as a good harvest and kept the evil spirits at bay.

1. Roll in dew

If you roll around naked in a field, your future spouse will appear in your life within a year. Dew was believed to have a healing effect and rolling in it was supposed to make you beautiful and healthy. Earlier, dew was even collected in cloths and pressed into bottles for the year to come.

2. Put a spell on a field

Find a four-leafed clover from the yard in the evening. Hide the clover under your shirt, next to your bosom. When the clock strikes midnight, let your hair loose and run to the field. Go around the field three times. When the person of your fancy will eat bread made out of the wheat from that specific field, they will fall in love with you.

3. Collect seven flowers

Collect seven different types of flowers from as many meadows. When going to bed, put the bouquet underneath your pillow. You will see “the one” in your dream. Flowers and plants have an important role in Midsummer celebrations. Previously, it was common to scatter tree leaves on the floors and build tree houses in the yards. Even cows were decorated with garlands, so as to secure a good year for the cattle and milk production.

4. Sweep naked

Sweep your bedroom floor naked, just a red thread tied around your waist, and the ghost of your love will greet you.

5. Tie a sauna whisk, vihta

Vihtas are always made for the Midsummer sauna. They are usually made out of birch as its fresh leaves are soft and have a lovely fragrance. For your magic spell, the Midsummer bath whisk should be made out of eight different tree and flower types. After the sauna, throw the whisk on the roof of the sauna. Climb up after it and see whereto the stem of the whisk points. That is the direction from which your future spouse will come.

6. Make a bonfire

The smoke of the bonfire will turn to the person who will find their spouse next. When the flames start to go out, jump over the bonfire to bring luck in love.

7. Look into a mirror

When you put two mirrors opposite each other on a midsummer night, you can see your future spouse in the reflection of the other.

8. Listen to the first sound

In the wee hours of the night, climb up somewhere high – on a hill, on top of a fell or a big rock. To a place where it is easy to hear surrounding sounds. Your future spouse will come from the same direction as the first sound of the morning. If you hear music, it means an approaching wedding. If you hear a child crying, it is a sign of birth. The number of cuckoo sounds tells how many years you have to wait until you find love.