construct 8

“this guy…” x  x

3

The grand bridge named Judicael’s Crossing was constructed in 8:56 Blessed to celebrate the coronation of Emperor Judicael I, as a testament to the skill of Orlais’ greatest engineers. The bridge replaced an ancient fallen highway leading to the Pools of the Sun. At the bridge’s ceremonial dedication, the emperor’s sister, Grand Duchess Leontine, led a dozen nobles and their entourages in a stroll across the bridge to the hot springs, where they took the waters.

Judicael’s Crossing’s structural supports bear architectural and decorative elements that mimic those of the ancient Tevinter highway it replaced. One can see their like several miles away in the archways rising above the village of Sahrnia. The Andrastian statues that decorate the walkway, however, are entirely Orlesian in style.

5/5 10k appreciation posts!

Background

I’m a part of my high school’s speech and debate club–the best in Washington State (as in the school w/ most speech/debate points). This is my first year in the club, but I’ve already learned and improved various skills. The events I have/am participating and competing in are: Speech - oratory and impromptu; debate - policy. Without further ado, let’s begin…

Speech

  • Speak with emotion/variety. The last thing you want to do is to bore your audience. You must keep them focused by not having a monotonous voice.
  • Speak clearly/enunciate. This applies for both speech and debate. If your audience can’t understand you, then there’s no purpose of your speech. 
  • Used organized hand motions. Another way to keep your audience’s attention is to use appropriate hand gestures. Don’t exaggerate them, and make sure it correlates with the speech. Make sure your movements are sharp an try to keep your fingers together if possible.
  • Don’t sway or do distracting things. For 2 reason! 1) You want the audience to focus on your speech, not your actions. 2) Moving randomly is a sign of nervousness
  • Use your space. Now this doesn’t mean pacing back and forth. I mean strategic movements. An example could be moving to different spots for each major point. 


  • Try to avoid filler words like “um.” Filler words make you seem unsure/nervous, and it makes your speech sloppy. It doesn’t matter if your speech is impromptu. Just take a short pause instead.
  • Engage/relate the speech to your audience.This keeps your audience from being bored and makes your speech memorable. This also means keeping EYE CONTACT.
  • Memorization/preparation. Of course you want your speech to be finished. I always look for memorization as a plus. It’s quite annoying when someone keeps reading from flashcards or a power point. Furthermore, memorization would help you pay attention to the other tips I’ve mentioned.
  • Don’t repeat yourself. It’s just like an essay. No one wants to hear your same pointed repeated four times with slightly different wording. The speech gets boring and frankly, it shows lack of skill.
  • Use smooth transitions. It’s really awkward when you move choppily from one point to another. Instead, use transition words or relate one point to the next. 

Some of these points can also be used for debate. 

Debate

  • Know your audience. Are you speaking to a judge who did debate all throughout high school and college? Or are you trying to convince your class that the Mongols had a bad effect on world history? Knowing your audience will help you direct your speech to make your arguments more appealing. Perhaps you need to explain jargon, such as “voting issue on topicality”, or you need to speak slowly so that your audience can understand you.
  • Set a good pace. Do you need to speak slowly to be more understandable/convincing? Or do you need to speak as fast as possible (aka spreading) to get all your arguments within an 8 minute constructive? NO MATTER WHAT SPEED, ENUNCIATE.
  • Use credible sources. Some debates end up being which author/article is more recent or credible. Make sure you don’t use a blog, but instead find authors that are specialized on a certain topic. For politics (especially fluctuating ones), find recent articles like on news websites. If you have a more psychological or long term argument, find a very thorough and eduated author, ad the date doesn’t matter as much.
  • Try not to drop arguments! Unless dropping an argument won’t do any harm to your side, don’t drop it. Sometimes during your very last speech w/ time constraints, you may drop if you’re losing the argument or if dropping won’t make yoou lose. But you don’t want to concede anything. Every time you drop something, your opponent can use it to their advantage. If the other side does drop, call them out and tell them that they can’t bring it up again.
  • Fake it till you make it. Even if you don’t believe in your side, pretend that you do. Only by believing in your arguments, you can win. Make sure you sound confident and add a little sass if you want to (lol I add too much sometimes). If your opponent asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, BS it. Just don’t concede or hesitate too much. If you want to be mean (like me) when your opponent doesn’t respond well, drill them down on that one question or say “okay they don’t know their case well so NEXT!” Anything to make your opponent seem full of flaws.
  • Find your opponents’ flaws. I already mentioned this previously, but to convince your audience/opponent, you have to seem stronger and more correct. Point out any illogical arguments, uncredible sources, contradictions, etc. You can also WEIGH IMPACTS. Whatever you do, don’t insult them directly (e.g. you’re so dumb and bad at debate). 
  • After the debate, congratulate and be polite to your opponent. Unless you’ve suddenly become mortal enemies with hatred as intense as the fiery pits of hell, please do this. It’s bad sportsmanship if you don’t. I know you might be salty, but forget about what actually happened during the debate for a moment. Stand up, walk over to your opponent,and shake their hand. Tell them “y’all did really well” or “y’all probably won.” Idk but BUILT A NICE FRIENDSHIP <3

Extra-special, here’s a drawing of Ronan Grinch Lynch from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. (This is a re-upload with my larger signature to protect against reposters.) Just for you, @artydarling :3

Done in ink and white colored pencil on grey construction paper. 8 hours of my life. Worth it.

9

Happy Birthday! (June 20th)

  • Construct 8 (Final Fantasy Tactics) 
  • Ching-Li Hsiao (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
  • Juuzou Honenuki (Boku no Hero Academia)
  • Nagi Rokuya (Idolish7)
  • Meryl Tanashi (Rose Guns Days)
  • Momotsuki Shinya (Momokuri)
  • Takano Miyo (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni)
  • Amadob (One Piece)
  • Otoha Umeki (Cinderella Girls)
  • Karin (Naruto)
  • Sakon & Ukon (Naruto)
  • Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)

eatglitterglue  asked:

I am also an atheist and I understand how easy it is to blame religions for so many things, but at the end of the day, I think I owe it to those who are religious to respect their beliefs and not to disrespect what they genuinely believe is the truth. I can't tell you to stop being anti-islam, that would be unrealistic, but I can ask you to at least educate yourself on the religion before you decide to hate upon it based off what the media tells you, or based off of what it's abusers say (2)

1) Okay, so I first just want to thank you for being respectful, and not jumping to insults. It’s rare these days.


2) I’ve realized that I never really talk about Islam, and just kind of reblog stuff about it and make fun of it. But to be fair, I make fun of all religions.

3) May I ask what post it was exactly? I understand how it can be taken as “anti-Islam” so I just want to make it clear how I feel about Islam first. I DO NOT hate all Muslims. Those who actually follow it peacefully (moderates) deserve respect, and I will not hate nor judge them. However, this doesn’t mean I have to respect their religion and what is stands for.

5) “… we cannot blame an entire religion for the doings of those who use it to give a meaning to their actions.” 

No, but too many Muslims are using it the wrong way. This is a problem. Are the moderate Muslims speaking out against the ones who use the Qu’ran the “wrong” way?

6) You also said that they aren’t real Muslims and don’t understand the true meaning of Islam. But what is the true meaning of Islam? The Qu’ran is very violent, how are they supposed to follow the Qu’ran and still be peaceful?

Versus against non-Muslims:

Quran (3:56) - “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (4:104) - “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…”

Quran (8:12) - “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

Quran (9:123) - “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

Quran (17:16) - “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.”

Quran (66:9) - “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.”

Sahih Bukhari (11:626) - [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.” 

(and plenty more)

Verses against homosexuality:

Quran (7:80-84) - “…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds…. And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)” (executed for your sexuality)

Quran (26:165-166) - “Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males, “And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a people transgressing” (apparently, Allah is offended by homosexuality, because he had intended for women to be used by men, not for men to be used by other men)

Quran (4:16) - “If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone” (apparently, you have to repent from being a homosexual)

Quran (76:19) bluntly states, “And immortal boys will circulate among them, when you see them you will count them as scattered pearls.” Technically, the mere presence of boys doesn’t necessarily mean sex, however it is strongly implied from the particular emphasis on the effeminacy, handsomeness and “freshness” of the boys. The female virgins of paradise are also compared to pearls (56:23). (another contradictory)

Abu Dawud (4448) - “If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.” (Note the implicit approval of sodomizing one’s wife. Just more homophobia, more sexism…)

Sahih Bukhari (72:774) - “The Prophet cursed effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, ‘Turn them out of your houses.’ (intolerant gender roles)

(and plenty more)

“… Homosexuals are demonized, banned, beaten, probed,
forced into marriage, flogged,  incarcerated, lashed, hanged,
brutalized, stoned, thrown from roofs, tortured and shot.” 

(source)

Versus about (or should I say against?) Women’s Rights:

Quran (4:11) - (Inheritance) "The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females”

Quran (2:282) - (Court testimony) “And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.” (Muslim apologists offer creative explanations to explain why Allah felt that a man’s testimony in court should be valued twice as highly as a woman’s, but studies consistently show that women are actually less likely to tell lies than men, meaning that they make more reliable witnesses. Just plain misogyny, no justifying that)

Quran (2:228) - “and the men are a degree above them [women]

Quran (5:6) - “And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it” (Men are to rub dirt on their hands, if there is no water to purify them, following casual contact with a woman, such as shaking hands).

Quran (2:223) - “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…” (A man has dominion over his wives’ bodies as he does his land).

Quran (4:3) - (Wife-to-husband ratio) “Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four” (Inequality by numbers).

Quran (4:24) and Quran (33:50) - A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage. Note that the verse distinguishes wives from captives (those whom they right hand possesses(what a feminist religion).

Sahih Bukhari (6:301) - “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, 'This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’ (more misogyny)

Sahih Bukhari (6:301) - continued - “[Muhammad said] 'Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, 'This is the deficiency in her religion.’” (Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles).

Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) - Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell).

Sahih Bukhari (62:81) - “The Prophet said: ”'The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women’s) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract).’“ In other words, the most important thing a woman brings to marriage is between her legs.

Sahih Bukhari (62:58) - A woman presents herself in marriage to Muhammad, but he does not find her attractive, so he "donates” her on the spot to another man.

(I can’t use them all, but there are so much more found here.)

If the Qu’ran is not meant to be taken literally, then how are we supposed to interpret it? (I know some verses pertain to war, but that’s hardly peaceful isn’t it?). I am also aware of the fact that there are tolerant, peaceful, and loving versus in the Qu’ran, but the aforementioned versus contradict these good versus, right?

7)  “… before you decide to hate upon it based off what the media tells you, or based off of what it’s abusers say.” You’re right, no one should listen to what the media says, but I’ve listened to what actual Muslims had to say. 

Sarah Haider speaking about her experiences as a Muslim (Shia) woman, and why she left (video).

Main points she makes:

“Sharia Law tells you how inheritance with men and women is different. And it doesn’t really make sense why a daughter would get less inheritance as a son… it’s very clear that it’s not an egalitarian religion.” (2:51)

“… You have every right to believe [Islam], in the privacy of your own home. I have a problem when those beliefs start harming other people, when they start harming women, when they start harming children…” (3:47)

“… Because it is so difficult to leave [Islam], I think it is really important to have those support and community networks.” (4:10)

“Criticism of Islam can be construed to be ‘hate speech’ some people believe that. I don’t.” (4:33)

“I think anti-Muslim bigotry which is bigotry against Muslim as a people and criticism of Islam are two very different concepts. And it’s very important that we hold them apart as much as possible, so that our dialogue can be constructive.” (4:38)

8) Muhammad Syed another Ex-Muslim speaking about Islam (video).

Interviewer: “Is ISIS you think about the religion of Islam, or do you think ISIS is about something else? 

Muhammad: “Um, it’s a bit of both… but what they’re doing, the way they are governing, is very very Islamic. If you read early Islamic texts, that’s exactly the way the governments were formed, and they’d operate. Um, there are a few discrepancies here and there, but for the vast majority, it is following Islamic scripture.” (1:10 - 1:45)

He also mentions that the root of violence in Islam comes from the Old Testament where violence was normal. So that justifies it, right? No. They are still following the Qu’ran violently, whereas other religions just ignore it. Which is hypocritical, yes, but they aren’t harming people. 

9) I think since we’re both atheists, neither of us should pretend to know everything about Islam. We should listen to the ones who have actually experienced it. I also want to stress the fact that I don’t care what Muslims did in the past, I care about what they are doing now.

I also know that Sharia Law is different everywhere, there are different types of Islam, and some countries are worse than others, but I still find it funny how they are called the Religion of Peace, when they fought so many wars back then (and are still violent).

10) Once again, I have no issue with moderate Muslims. I have an issue with what their religion is causing other people to do. So when I make fun of Islam, I’m not really talking about the peaceful ones. I know they exist, and I respect them as people. I don’t (and never will) however, respect their religion and/or what it stands for. As an atheist, I will always be anti-religion. Not anti-human.

8

I think young people are the most creative and the coolest - people that we should be learning from. Even when I’m at a party, I’m analyzing it and thinking about it in the context of how I would write about it. That side of me never switches off.

1. I have a right to passionate love and wild ecstasy, to feel tipsy from drunken rapture and overflow in aliveness. 2. I declare (an aside: said with southern accent (wordsoundpower), southern language is so powerful, but that’s another post) I have the right to feel extraordinary, free, capable, joyful, majestic, curious, abundant, beautiful, royal, richly refined– just as I am, in everyway that I am, in every area of my life. 3. I trust my inner Mother Nature, the Springtime that is happening in my womb and the accompanying blooming creative action. 4. I pledge my allegiance to honoring my emotions–and honoring my ability to feel, be adored,…and receive pleasure inside those sacred emotions. 5. My womb is illuminating, transformative, and incapable of making mistakes Therefore ALL sex, love, and connection– inside me, through me, around me, ancestral, alien, or otherwise, have been healing to me, and for my highest good.. 6. My body opens like wild earth, a paradise with big ol’ brown legs-streaming magic and majesty and delirious enchantment. 7. I am a transformative ocean and a mysterious vortex of cosmic construction. 8. My yoni is bursting into stars. I am ready to greet The Big Dipper again.–Some personal sacral chakra affirmations. A few I recite from memory (sometimes outloud and sometimes quietly) before I am touched, kissed, or entered in any intimate capacity. Eventually the lover gets used to it.
—  Sacral chakra affirmations by India Ame'ye If you have been inspired, consider making a donation to my book project. You can find the donation link on my tumblr page, far left side. Thank you <3

A long time ago the sectors of Midgar – the smaller towns – used to go by actual names, but many had come to forgot them. After some digging some possible township names were found in the mayor’s office, upon an old, faded map of the city before the upperplate was constructed.

  • Sector 8 - Asgar
  • Sector 7 - Vanaheim
  • Sector 6 - Svaltar
  • Sector 5 - Nifl
  • Sector 4 - Helheme
  • Sector 3 - Muspall
  • Sector 2 - Jodan
  • Sector 1 - Allfheim
  • Sector 0 - Midgar Proper/Downtown Midgar
13 Thoughts About (Comics) Art...

I’ve finished working & I’m too wired to sleep so I’m breaking my rule & posting some of the thoughts about art I’ve jotted down lately. If you follow me you already know I’m ridiculous. If not then just know I believe art advice is usually wrong/a bad idea. Or at least meant to be tested. So I’m in on the joke here…

1: Artists aren’t born or made. They’re cultivated. You ain’t special. Maybe you could be. But probably not. … I dunno maybe you are.

2. Never forget that in comics your serious, heart felt, absurd & torturous thoughts will be voiced by drawings w/squiggly lines for mouths. 3. The important part of the word “realistic” is “istic”. Whatever you do it’s not going to be reality. Only informed by it. 4. Ultimately all art is abstraction. Reality is the boundary you push toward, against or run along side. But even that’s subjective right? 5. At times it’s okay to let something work only as a drawing. But even then allowing reality to inform that choice might improve it.   6. When you’re in a rut work on “fundamentals”. Building confidence reduces effort & allows it to be put into complexity or experimentation. 7. Have a solid plan because even with all the time in the world you’ll end up doing construction in a hurricane.   8. Embrace that hurricane, who knows what it might blow your way. (This one sounds like some shit on the back of an Oprah’s book club novel).   9. If you’re trying to save the page in the inks or the colors then more times than not you’ve lost the patient already. (or 9B: When you try to polish a turd all you get is shit on your hands.) 10. No practice is off limits so long as the whole piece is benefited by it. Learning a different approach can improve your favored one.
11. Materials/tools are valuable, but they are the least important part of art.    12. Learning no. 11, teaches you to fail. Knowing how to do that is the only way to grow and handle success. BUT…    13. Eventually you will have to pick a hill to die on. Don’t make it every single one. 

-Jason Latour 1/7/14 (Originally published via Twitter- @jasonlatour )

 

Things I’m thankful for in Fallout 4...

1. RJ MacCready growing up to be a sexy beast.

2. Arthur Maxson growing up to be a sexy beast.

3. Paladin Danse appearing in the series as a sexy beast.

4. Preston Garvey appearing in the series as a sexy beast.

5. John Hancock being the first prominent male ghoul I could canonically bang.

6. Nick Valentine being the coolest noir wingman I could ever ask for.

7. Nate being the perfect (albeit deceased) husband I could literally construct.

8. Garrus Vakarian’s voice coming out of several characters in the game.

I should probably re-title this post, “Men I’m thankful for in Fallout 4…”