conceal reveal

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After watching the final episode again, it wasn’t as bad as the first time. I guess the shock and disappointment has worn off and I’m in a calmer mood to analyse the ending.

Ji Mong left the palace with parting words to So that Soo may not be of this world.

Then we see the sun covered by the eclipse like Ep 1 when Soo was transported from present time to Goryeo.

We see So standing in the darkened Goryeo recalling what Soo said during their stroll.

Soo: If we had met in another world and another time, I was thinking how great that would have been. Truly, I could freely love you all I wanted.

Then cut to So wiping away the concealer and revealing his scars - symbolises he is giving up his throne and Goryeo life. He has no one left and nothing to look forward to anyway.

So: if we are not from the same world, I will find you, my Soo

Can we assume So himself (I like this better) and not his descendant will cross over to present time in search of Soo?

But of course, they could have added in a brief So-Soo meeting in present time: meeting of eyes across the room or back hug as a simple closure. But no, they have to end like this 😭😭😭

Additional uses for the Hide skill

D&D 3.5 rules from Complete Adventurer (p.101), partially reprinted later in Rules Compendium (p.92).

Hide (Dex)

You can blend into a crowd, slip between areas of cover or concealment to maintain secrecy, sneak up on a foe, or tail a target.

Blend into a Crowd

You can use the Hide skill to blend into a crowd, but doing so conceals you only from someone scanning the area to find you. You remain visible to everyone around you, and if they happen to be hostile they’re likely to point you out.

Move between Cover

If you’re already hiding (thanks to cover or concealment) and you have at least 5 ranks in Hide, you can make a Hide check (with a penalty) to try to move across an area that does not offer cover or concealment without revealing yourself. For every 5 ranks in Hide you possess, you can move up to 5 feet between one hiding place and another. For every 5 feet of open space you must cross between hiding places, you take a –5 penalty on your Hide check. If you move at more than one-half your speed, you also take the normal penalty on Hide checks when moving quickly (–10 for moving faster than normal speed, or –5 for moving between half speed and normal speed).

You can also use this option to sneak up on someone from a hiding place. For every 5 feet of open space between you and the target, you take a –5 penalty on your Hide check. If your Hide check succeeds, your target doesn’t notice you until you attack or make some other attention-grabbing action. Such a target is treated as being flat-footed with respect to you.

For example, Lidda the 2nd-level rogue could attempt to dash across a 5-foot-wide doorway without revealing her presence to the orcs inside. Even though the open doorway provides no cover or concealment, she can attempt a Hide check as normal, opposed by the orcs’ Spot checks. She takes a –5 penalty on her check because of the distance involved. If she moved at more than half her speed, she would take an additional –5 or –10 penalty on the check depending on how fast she moved (see above).

Tail Someone

You can try to follow someone while remaining unseen. If you stay at least 60 feet away from your quarry, you must succeed on a Hide check (opposed by your quarry’s Spot check) once every 10 minutes. At a distance of less than 60 feet, you must make a Hide check each round. Extraordinary actions on your part (such as spellcasting or attacking) may disrupt this attempt even if you do not fail a check.

Tailing someone still requires cover or concealment, as normal for attempting a Hide check. A moderately crowded street provides sufficient cover and concealment to accomplish this goal. Alternatively, you can duck between areas of cover or concealment, as described in Move between Cover (see above).

Even if you fail a Hide check while tailing someone or you are spotted while moving too great a distance between hiding places, you can attempt a Bluff check opposed by your quarry’s Sense Motive check to look innocuous. Success means your quarry sees you but doesn’t realize you’re tailing him; failure alerts him that you’re actually following. A modifier may apply to the Sense Motive check, depending on how suspicious your quarry is. The table below provides Sense Motive modifiers for particular situations.

Sense Motive
Your Quarry is sure nobody is following –> Sense Motive DC –5
Has no reason to suspect anybody is following –> DC +0
Is worried about being followed –> DC +10
Is worried about being followed and knows you’re an enemy –> DC +20

The Virgin Paradox
“it’s the quiet ones”

By far the most misunderstood sign, Virgo, to me, is one of the biggest mysteries amongst the zodiac. The sign itself is so paradoxical. Virgo is reserved and dislikes any form of vulgarity, but at the same time is extremely sexually fluid and has sexual fantasies that they constantly obsess over reenacting. Virgo is promiscuous, but this often goes unnoticed as they are discrete in their advances. They come across as harmless and innocent, which is rarely ever the case. Virgo is revelatory. They conceal and reveal different sides of themselves alternately and play whichever role is convenient for them at that moment. this sign is a personification of the saying “the devil in disguise”

Virgo asks itself “ what can I do for others” to avoid the inevitable question of “what should I be doing for myself?” Escapists by nature, their servitude is their way of focusing their attention on others so they don’t have to deal with their own issues.

This sign is notorious for its pragmatism and levelheadedness, but what we don’t mention is their emotional sensitivity. They push aside their emotions and bottle them up until they boil over. Once this happens all that pragmatism flies out the window, they become irrational, explosive and self destructive. As stable as they be seem to be, they have a very wild, even erratic side that they periodically unleash. Like an earthquake they are unpredictable and shock those around them.

Mercurian influence makes Virgo witty, talkative and intelligent. There may be nervousness at first but once they are comfortable in a social setting, they reveal the lighthearted, uninhabited side of themselves. Being a mutable sign, they seem to fit in everywhere. They embrace change and are adaptable,able to slide in and out of friend groups, communities, and different environments with ease.

Virgo is multi talented. The mind is cutting, piercing and investigative. They love to dig to the bottom of things and never mind getting their hands dirty. Their imagination is so vast and complex that it can be overwhelming and they might find this part of themselves difficult to share with or explain to others. They are creative, observant and original. All of this combined with their excellent memory makes them ideal novelists, poets, and artists.

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HEADCANON: Veigar can magically conceal his face when he pleases

Ever since Veigar went down a long dark path in the past, he has since then has felt that his identity was something that should not be of importance to anyone.

Due to this he had magically concealed his face to only display-darkness-emptiness-where the only expression you can ever possibly see are the souls of his piercing glowing eyes…

But, times have changed…and during those times Veigar has shown some signs of slowly revealing he’s true self. However! It’s not that easy. For Veigar would only ever show his real self to those that he can fully respect and trust…

Al Baqara 2:174

Bismillah Al Rahman Al Rahim

Indeed, they who conceal what Allah has sent down of the Book and exchange it for a small price - those consume not into their bellies except the Fire. And Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. And they will have a painful punishment.

Tafseer / Commentary
Those who conceal what God has revealed of the Scripture, comprising all the descriptions of Muhammad (s) , meaning the Jews, and sell it for a little price, in this world, taking this [little price] in its place from the debased ones among them, for fear of losing out if they were to manifest it [sc. the truth of Muhammad (s) ] — they shall consume nothing in their bellies but the Fire, because that is their journey’s end; God shall not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, out of anger with them, neither purify them, from the filth of sin; and theirs is a painful chastisement, that is, the Fire.

Overwatch Abilities List.

Starting Health: 200.
Category: Support ( on a scale with Sombra, who is an Offense-Support hybrid; he is a Support-Offense hybrid ).
Movement: Has a great jump range and is pretty quick, but will slow down at low health ( <75 ), meaning that he should be kept out of direct combat with more than one enemy at a time and should abscond if taking too much damage.
Passive Ability: Stealth ability, prevents him from being seen through walls by Sombra and Hanzo; trumped by Widowmaker’s Ult, which will reveal him no matter what. Being hit by an EMP, even if he’s concealed, will also reveal him with the red mark.
Passive Ability: CODEC, can still hear team lines no matter where he is on the map. Even if he is at the respawn point, he will hear passive lines that would otherwise be muted indicating kills, health regeneration, etc.
Primary Fire: Starts with a pistol that does 6 damage per bullet with 20 ammo and a 1.5 second reload time. No secondary fire.
Ability: Weapon swap; can lock onto an enemy character and mimic their primary fire so long as the weapon is a gun ( i.e. cannot mimic Hanzo, Genji, Mei, D.Va, Reinhardt, Winston, Zarya, Lúcio, Symmetra, or Zenyatta ) and will only copy the weapon itself ( switching to the shotgun, rocket launcher, SMG, pulse rifle, sniper rifle, etc. ) and not its abilities or damage. Damage stays at 6 per bullet, though magazine may shift. The exception is the rocket launcher, which does 80 damage upon a direct hit but only holds 4 rockets, making it less effective than Pharah’s but good for clearing out areas quickly; and the shotgun, which can do a max of 300 damage if fully unloaded ( less effective than Reaper ). The idea is to rapidly switch between weapons depending on the situation and support the team by flanking, therefore only has a 4 second cool down.
Ability: Will throw out a grenade or ration / small health pack that will do damage / heal for 50 HP; can be swapped. Has a long cool down at 10 seconds.
Ultimate: Grenade Launcher. Identical to Final Smash – quickly calls down the Kasatka and flies above the battlefield to launch grenades down. He can launch up to 12 grenades ( two clips of six ), but runs on a timer. Each grenade does 18% damage according to the target’s max health and can deal splash damage. He can be killed during the boarding sequence and, like Pharah, can blow himself up off of a Symmetra shield.
Tips: He is a stealth character and a good counter to Sombra, and should be used to take down flanking / support characters; he does not belong in large battles but can 1v1 head-on and probably survive. His swap ability should be used often to adapt to different situations in tandem with his passive CODEC. While the team does not need to communicate as much information to him, he still needs to relay information to the team, as the CODEC does not work in reverse. Sombra’s EMP reverts him to his pistol and cancels out his swap ability as long as the EMP lasts ( 6 seconds ), making him easy to pick off after an Ult. He doesn’t work well as a replacement character ( his mimicked weapons, even if higher in damage than his pistol, will always do less damage than the original ), but rather should be used to help counter. Sticking to one weapon for an entire game is a bad idea.

An eerie hush stifled each of Kira’s footsteps as she strode purposefully through the Beacon Hills mall parking lot. The place was practically deserted, but that only made it that much more menacing. She hated coming here. The once safe-haven of her teenage years, especially for escaping the toils of high school, was now considered a war zone, and Kira knew very well that she shouldn’t be here. She eyed a group of young men milling about in the distance, tugging as inconspicuously as possible at the scarf surrounding her neck. They didn’t know it, but it concealed a very revealing item that she didn’t want seen. Why was she here? For her students, of course. She had promised them new art supplies for all their good work, and of course, the only art store in a 50 mile radius happened to be in the one place she couldn’t visit. Quickening her pace, Kira made a beeline for the entrance, focusing on getting inside without drawing any attention to herself. Get in and get out. That was the plan. 

I want to show you something real

There’s poetry in the way that you kiss my lips,
in the way that your hands glide down to my hips.
When we are apart I can’t help but to reminisce,
and try to make sense–
of these feelings.
In which I am concealing
too afraid of revealing,
that slowly but surely
you have lit a spark inside of me.
And because of that you have become my number one muse.
I want to know you more,
I want to travel deep within the depths of your core
exploring all of you.
From the good, the bad and all the hardships you’ve been through.
There are many layers to you that I want to peel,
and I wish I had the ability to make you feel.
I wish I had the ability to help you completely heal
because I only desire to show you something real.

Windows and Mirrors

This past week I’ve found myself rereading parts of Milton’s Paradise Lost on a whim, and today I happened to come across a very thought-provoking discussion regarding Satan’s characterization within this work. What struck me in particular was the deceptive nature of this figure that so many Luciferians tend to shy away from or deny—we defend him against the title of ‘Father of Lies’ and we instead place him on a pedestal as an illuminator of truth.

But what I’ve come to realize is that Light is capable of both revealing and concealing truths (in that it can illuminate but also blind), and I think Luciferianism itself portrays this extremely well. Too often we may fool ourselves into thinking that we couldn’t possibly be wrong about something because our faith is so deeply rooted in seeking enlightenment. It is nearly unfathomable that we might willingly blind ourselves to truth in our endeavors to better ourselves, but it happens so often and with such ease that we don’t even think about it.

Speaking from experience, it is very easy to fall into a state where you think you are putting so much effort into learning and growing within this belief system that you really believe your faith and practice are showing you something new but in reality it’s just a more ornate version of the same old thing.  I don’t say this to discourage people or to point fingers (like I said, I fell trap to this very mindset myself for a fairly long time), but as a reminder that we need to frequently take a step back and critically examine ourselves and the work we’re doing.

We tend to look to these luciferian figures we admire so highly and try to rebuild ourselves in their image while forgetting that we were first drawn to them because they appealed to our own values. We have projected our own ideals onto them and now seek to emulate and develop them within ourselves—these lightbearer figures represent everything we want for ourselves because we have made them in our romanticized image. This is NOT necessarily a bad thing, particularly if we recognize that this is what we are doing and are thus knowingly giving these symbols a human voice—our voice. When we uphold humanity as having its own sort of divinity, and we acknowledge mankind as being capable of initiating enlightenment and growth within ourselves and creating our own gods within ourselves, this methodology is brilliant.

But with Lucifer figures who not only act as Lightbearers but Seducers as well, it is incredibly important that we recognize when they are merely holding up mirrors so that we may see our own reflections. They are meant to tempt us by appealing to what we think we already understand and accept, the challenge lies behind that mirror. This is where all those difficult questions come into play, where we must shatter those comfortable ideas and perceptions we have held onto so tightly and rebuild anew so that we see through windows instead of mirrors.  

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The levels of Belief In
Al-Qadar
(predestination)

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Al Ilm - knowledge

Believing that Allah’s eternal Knowledge surrounds everything and nothing escapes It.  He knows all what has occurred before it occurs, all what will occur and all which has not occurred. This includes all his creation’s movement and stillness, deeds and sayings, and  whatever they conceal and reveal, ect..

{not even the weight of an atom (or a small ant) or less than that or greater, escapes from His Knowledge} [Sabaa:3]

The Prophet ﷺ said: (There is none of you but has his place assigned either in the fire or in Paradise) They said: (O Allah’s Messenger ﷺ Why shouldn’t we depend [on Al-Qadar] and give up work?) The Prophet ﷺ said: (No, but carry on doing good deeds, for everyone will find easy [to do what will lead him to his destinated place]) then he recited this ayat:

{As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him, and believes in Al Husna (Tawheed, path of righteousness) we will make smooth for him the path of ease, goodness} [Al-Layl:5-7] [Bukhari & Muslim]

AL KITABAH - WRITING

Believing that Allah has written everything about the creation before creating it, this writing is in  Umm ul Kitaab / Mother of the Book, also called;  Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz / Preserved Tablet

{Do not you know that Allah knows All that is in the Heaven and on earth? Verily, it is all in the book. Verily! That is easy for Allah} [Al Hajj:70]

The prophet ﷺ said: (Allah had written the ordained measures [and due proportions] of the creation, fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens and the earth and His Arsh was on the water) [Muslim 1397].

This writing is final and never changes, however there is other writings that come after, and that can change if Allah wills so. {Allah blots out what He wills and confirms (what He wills). And with Him is the Mother of the Book (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz)} [Ar-Rad:39]

MASHEE'AH - THE WILL

Believing that whatever Allah wills, occurs, and whatever He does not will, never occurs, and nothing occurs in His kingdom (the universe) but by His will.

{And you will not, unless (it be) that Allah wills, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)} [At-Takwir:29]


The Will of Allah is of 2 types:
1) Universal Will: Is related to all what took place or will take place whether it is liked by Allah or not; disbelieve, belief, obedience, disobedience ect.. This Will is also known as Mashee'ah.{And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to Islam} [Al-Anaam:125]


2) Judicial Will: Is related to all what Allah loves and likes whether it occurs or not,  belief, obedience, good deeds, ect..  { Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.} [Al-Baqara:185]

AL KHALQ - CREATION

Believing that Allah is the creator of all things including slaves’s deeds whether they are good or bad

{He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements} [Al-Furqan:2] {While Allah has created you and what you make} [As-Saffat:96]

Yet, the slaves have real will and choice but all under the will of Allah, their deeds are creation of Allah which He decreed and set under His slaves’ ability so their actions are truly attributed to them, and in the day of judgement they will be called to account for them

{So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.} [Az-Zalzala:8]

Sources:

Explanation of Al Haa'iyyah by Sheikh Saleh Al Fawzan

The Four Levels of the Belief in al-Qaadr by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh

Explanation of Hadith N°2 of Forty Nawawi Hadiths by Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen

Surat Aal-E-Imran 3:29.
قُلْ إِنْ تُخْفُوا مَا فِي صُدُورِكُمْ أَوْ تُبْدُوهُ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Say [Prophet], ‘God knows everything that is in your hearts, whether you conceal or reveal it; He knows everything in the heavens and earth; God has power over all things.’

—  The Nobel Quran
I am your lover, come to my side, I will open the gate to your love.
Come settle with me, let us be neighbors to the stars.
You have been hiding so long, endlessly drifting in the sea of my love.
Even so, you have always been connected to me.
Concealed, revealed, in the unknown, in the un-manifest.
I am life itself. You have been a prisoner of a little pond,
I am the ocean and its turbulent flood. Come merge with me,
leave this world of ignorance. Be with me, I will open the gate to your love.
—  Rumi 

Glenn Ligon’s Figure, a recent addition to MoMA’s collection, is on view in our lobby through Sunday, no admission required. 


Figure comprises fifty self-portraits printed on brightly colored, identically sized sheets of paper. The depictions are evenly split between frontal and rear views, simultaneously revealing and concealing the identity of the sitter. The screenprint process used here allows for variation in the final image depending on how much ink or pressure is applied during the printing; each looks quite different, suggesting the numerous traits and facets of a single individual.

[Installation view: Glenn Ligon. Figure. 2001. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Glenn Ligon] 

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Assignment # 2

Ruth W.

·       I think we assign a feeling or mood to specific lighting (dark=mysterious, brooding, sinister, etc.), and by using those preconceived notions we can either go with the “normal” feelings about lighting or create a new narrative for our images.

·       I think rather than lighting revealing or concealing the truth, I think it is used to highlight the photographer’s “truth”. Sometimes, I think the best way to bring something to light, is by showcasing the object in the shadows.


·       For this assignment, I decided to take pictures of objects and places I wouldn’t ordinarily focus on. I wandered around Philadelphia, TU, and dug through old boxes to create images that were new to me.

·       My favorite type of lighting, ironically, turned out to be artificial lighting.  I had the hardest time choosing which photo to pick for that requirement.  I really enjoyed the idea that you can change the atmosphere through colored lighting. I think we often use natural lighting with subjects to provide a more realistic image, but I think artificial lighting gives you more freedom to play with mood, textures, and shapes within a photo.

·       Creating images using Natural Lighting was the hardest for me.  Whether I was outdoors or indoors, getting natural light to highlight an object in a way I found appealing was tough.  Also, I kept getting sunspots, and for these images, that wasn’t an effect I wanted.

·       I agree with Susan Sontag’s statement that the “camera’s rendering of reality hides more than it discloses.”.  From our choice of objects to our choice of location, whatever reality we wish to convey is what is seen in an image.  When creating an image, you are often downplaying things that you may not find aesthetically pleasing.  

·       I don’t know if all experiences are made equal. If anything, I think a powerful image has the capability of taking a seemingly ordinary image and making it extraordinary. But I do think that taking photographs allows for any person from any background to create.