The Bortle Scale is used by astronomers to rate the darkness of our skies. It ranges from 1 (darkest) to 9 (brightest). For most of us, our daily lives are spent beneath a radiance level of between 5 and 8 and rarely venture into areas ranked 3 or darker- and what a shame that is.
Light pollution, while a testament to our technological advances, has blanketed our view of the universe and decoupled our relationship with the cosmos. For the millions of people living in areas where less than 20 stars can be seen in the night sky, it is practically impossible to imagine a natural sky blanketed with upwards of 2,500 stars backed by great ribbons of billions of stars which can be found in our Galaxy: The Milky Way.
When Rey said LIGHT, they showed us a person, (princess Leia), but when she said DARKNESS they showed a destroyed mask instead of a person. They could have just shown us Kylo. But what they are doing is telling us that we should associate darkness with an object rather than a person.The mask represents Kylo Ren’s persona from TFA. There is a clear distinction between what Kylo Ren was (mask being the symbol of that) and what we’ll get to know about Ben Solo (humanized person) in ep8.
THERES A FUCKING COLOR TRIAD BETWEEN HAMILTON, MADISON, AND JEFFERSON! IM. FUCKING. SCREAMING.
He wears a vivid violet that’s associated with power (presidency), ambition (wanting to be president), and luxury (he’s a Francophile what the fuck do you expect). It appears dark at times, dark purples evoked negative feelings that can cause frustration (do I even need to explain this one?).
He wears a bright orange, hidden in a light grey. Orange is a bright color associated with determination (not exactly willing to let Hamilton get his way), success (high in government, rich), and encouragement (helps Jefferson in securing presidency). His orange shirt is hidden by grey, Madison was very quiet and soft spoken. He was perceived as weak because he was sickly and looked a hundred pounds soaking wet, but he was known to stand his ground.
He wears a dark green that is associated with money (treasurer), ambition (not throwing away my shot, obsessed with his legacy), and greed (in love with two Schuyler sisters, affair with Maria Reynolds). The green also is associated with novices, as Hamilton was new to his position in government, and to government in general.
Lost in Light II is a short film showing how light pollution affects night skies using one of the most prominent constellations - The Orion. The success and reach of my previous film(vimeo.com/srirammurali/LostinLight) - made the news in over 40 countries and published on National Geographic, inspired me to make a follow up to help people even better relate to night skies and further raise awareness on light pollution.
One thing I realized from my last film was that people were able to relate to the difference between the light pollution levels but not the Milky Way itself. The Milky Way appears more colorful to a camera than it does to our eyes and most people haven’t seen it. But, the Orion is a more common sight. It’s a great subject to help explain light pollution.
In Native American mythology these birds are greatly respected. Some southwestern tribes believed the raven was a bringer of light that escaped from the darkness. They associated the raven with creation because it brought light where there was none. In other tribes the raven and crow were thought to be tricksters and the guardians of sacred and secret mysteries.
Ravens are associated with psychic powers and their feathers can be used to aid the clairvoyance.
In Celtic mythology the Goddess Morrigahn often appears in the shape of a raven or crow or is accompanied by a group of them. If they are seen in a group of three it means that Morrigahn is watching or preparing to pay someone a visit. Because the Raven is Morrigahns bird some believed that the bird has special visionary powers.
Western cultures believe that the raven or crow bring bad luck and death.
In Greek mythology Athena and Apollo kept ravens but turned them black when they couldn’t keep their secrets. Originally they had white feathers. The raven was said to be a method of divination. The aguars in ancient Greek used the colors of the ravens and and the direction of flight to interpret messages.
According to Welsh mythology the ravens were the hare bringers of death. They believed that witches and sorcerers would turn into ravens to avoid capture.
In Norse mythology Odin was represented with two ravens.
In parts of the Appalachian mountains, a low-flying group of crows means that illness is coming, but if a crow flies over a house and calls three times, that means an impending death in the family. If the crows call in the morning before the other birds get a chance to sing, it’s going to rain. Despite their role as messengers of doom and gloom, it’s bad luck to kill a crow. If you accidentally do so, you’re supposed to bury it but be sure to wear black when you do.
The raven is also frequently linked with prophecy, further enhancing its status as a bird of the occult. Not only was it a messenger of the gods, both as an informant and as a guide, but it also was thought to be the most prophetic of all birds.
References: hubpages.com and paganwiccan.about.com. ==Moonlight Academy==
Let’s talk dark children of Apollo. There are a lot of things about the “god of the arts, medicine, sun, etc.” that are dark, or can be interpreted AS dark. Lately I’ve been thinking about the characters in the PJO series that are atypical, or don’t match up to their parent gods’ steryotypes: Nico, child of Hades, being afraid of the dark; Piper, child of Aphrodite, doesn’t want to be a gossipy supermodel, etc. But what about going in the completely opposite direction?
Here are some dark things associated with and/or relative to the various symbols of “sunny” Apollo:
-crows (summoning murders of crows, black wings/feathers, talons)
-music (death metal, sad music)
-sunsets (the END of light, or absorbing it to cause darkness)
-truth, which doesn’t have to be accuired peacefully (i.e. torture)
-silver (blades, moon, etc.)
-arrows (and by default the blood drawn by a bow)
-prophecy (a negative outcome, or fortune telling by other means such as: tarot cards, bone reading, scary drawings, etc.)
-dark poetry/”disturbed” art (could bring art to life??)
-shepards/herding (not just sheep/goats, but what about wolves that try to attack? Weapons made from wolf bones/fur?)
-magic (deadly magic tricks, illusions, trickery)
So, I mean…if we want a badass who doesn’t have to be a good guy…but that would be a pretty great protagonist/side character js
While watching TLD, I found that I kept noticing little flashes of red, almost continuously. It wasn’t as in-your-face as the blue of TST, but it was still pretty prominent, kind of like how pink/purple is used a lot in ASIP. So I decided to go through and count how many times red pops up. (The answer: a lot.)
ok but like ??? wh y did the galra have red lion though?? clearly black is the one zarkon is hung up on so theres literally no reason why he would prioritize capturing red over black. but even still red seems to be the most “lively” of all the lions. i cant see it just being complacent to sit there and let the galra mess with it for 10,000 years??
anyway i think the old red paladin was probably still loyal to the galra or something and thats why red was alright with staying with them and waiting around until someone better came along. Allura does try telling her dad to form voltron, which suggests they had a pilot for every lion, but zarkon was the original black paladin so its not totally out of the question. also she mentions there being some dark past associated with pretty much all the paladins so. theres that. but also, red seems to be the most picky about their paladin
so maybe red was just so attached to its pilot that after they died/got captured it just like?? shut down?? it couldve also been completely shot of quintessence or something i guess, maybe having lost it all in a last stand for the red paladin.
who proposed: Bakugou. Kirishima never considered proposing, because he didn’t think Bakugou cared for marriages and he was happy enough with things as they were. Then Bakugou did propose and Kirishima found out he could, indeed, be happier.
how they proposed: they are both pro heros and they basically live together, since both have copies of one another’s apartment keys. Bakugou secretly always wanted a nice marriage, like his parents’, and, when becomes clear that Kirishima won’t propose, he takes the matter in his hands. He gets surprisingly nervous about it (it’s not like he doesn’t know Kirishima is oging to say yes, but… Fuck, this is hard.) and he stresses over it for weeks before blurting a “Why don’t you marry me already?” when they’re cuddling in bed and almost gives poor Kirishima a heartattack.
who stressed more over wedding planning: Kaminari, lmao. Bakugou didn’t care as long as he got officially married and Kirishima didn’t care as long as all of their friends and family were there. That’s how Kaminari ended up taking care of it.
who had the wildest bachelor(ette) party: Kiri just goes out with Tetsutetsu and a couple of friends, but Bakugou? Oh boy. Bakugou is kidnapped by Uraraka and Kaminari and they take him clubing and things get… out of hand. Like Hangover out of hand. Sero loses a tooth. Midoriya drunk marries Todoroki (how did Todoroki and Midoriya ended up with them, anyway? They weren’t invited!!) and Bakugou is pretty sure Uraraka fought a tiger at some point of the night.
who freaked out before the wedding: Kirishima. He got nervous, because this is it, this is happening, Bakugou and I are going to be officially together forever. And he doesn’t doubt he wants to be with Bakugou forever, he doesn’t even know what he’s nervous about. He only calms down when his friends drag him out of the room so he can take a peek at Bakugou and see that he’s also tense, but wearing his determined expression. Seeing Bakugou grounds him. Kirishima feels finally ready.
best man/maid of honor: Uraraka, Kaminari, Tetsutetsu and Ashido. All four of them.
where they got married: idk ask Kaminari
if/what they wrote in their vows: They write them and they make sure to make the vows as not-sappy as they can. Something like “I promise to love you and stay with you, even if you explode the TV when they cancel your favorite TV show.” “I promise to stay married to you even if your hair is so fucking pointy it almost stabbed me in the eye once.”
who cried at the wedding: Kaminari, again. Kirishima cries, too, but just a lil. Bakugou is more of an angry crier, so he doesn’t, but he’s so disgusting happy you can feel it even if he keeps his face stern.
which song they had their first dance to: uhhhh this one?? you made me associate Dark Horse with KiriBaku!! And I love this mashup so much–
where they went on their honeymoon: the freaks go to the mountains. Now ask me what they do there. Ask me.
what they did on their honeymoon: They go fucking hiking, because they are freaks. They might or might not make out in the woods and spend the nights in a cabin super far from civilization. Bakugou is super excited about it and Kirishima loves every second.
I have a heavily bird related humanoid species, the females follow a different colour sceme than the males, but they are all relatively dark skinned. the males can reach near pitch black, similar to humans with Melanism. this is viewed as extremely manly, and has gotten the term "Raven" (for extremely feminine females they use 'tit', from the bird not the mammaries). recent conversations have made me doubt this word though, do you think it should be replaced? and do you have alternative ideas?
Bird-Humanoid Species, Melanism, and Terminology
Associating darkness to masculinity can be harmful, leaning towards the idea of dark-skinned women being inherently “manly” or unfeminine which is desexualizing (a common issue for WoC, especially Black and other dark-skinned folks). The dark = manly association also supports the harmful idea of dark-skinned men being “super” in terms of strength and typically over/hypersexuality which is unfair to them, and dehumanizing.
I’m not sure if that’s what you were asking about, but it’s important to keep that in mind and avoid pushing dark-skinned humanoids into these stereotypes with a variety of people of all shades allowed to be themselves, whatever that may be, and not just all “extremely manly” both male and female.
And I take it the concern is with describing a dark-skin as raven. Well, they’re already bird-like beings so there’s not much more you can do when it comes to the non-humanizing part? If it’s about the use of “tit” to describe women birds, then you might run into some problems. I’ll let Lesya take it from here!
Alright, a few things about terminology here that you need to be aware of: Melanism of the skin is not a human condition. Melanism for humans appears in internal organs, if it appears at all. Using the term “humans with melanism” to refer to dark skinned/Black people is directly comparing them to animals.
This is a thing that appears in squirrels, chickens, cats, and general creatures outside of the realm you should be comparing humans to. Especially Black people, because all of these comparisons have heavy negative historical connotations.
Similarly, “tit” has very strong connotation when applied to human femme folk (which is to say, not everyone with breasts is a woman, and not everybody feminine is a woman). Saying “it’s the scientific term” does not absolve it of those connotations in the slightest. No matter how you would explain it, this context cannot be ignored. You’re going to end up unintentionally reinforcing a lot of nasty binaries by assuming feminine= woman, or if you call men a derogatory term associated with women then you’re reinforcing homophobia.
Regardless, it’s going to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths.
Both of these add up to the fact you are trying to use language with a certain intent while ignoring the sociological contexts of the words themselves. While intent matters to a degree, a good intent does not absolve a bad result. There’s a reason the saying is “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
You need to become more aware of your language use and realize that just because you are using language to mean a certain thing, readers will not necessarily take it that way. The reader’s interpretation usually beats out author intent, because the interpretation is what drives people’s impression of the work. You’re not trying for any reclaimation, just insisting that your use of the words mean different things.
Unless you think really long and hard about how to not reinforce the negative connotations (which… if you plan on continuing to use terms this way, you will be reinforcing something very toxic no matter how you slice it) and learn the science behind all of this, you’re going to fall flat.
Ever since finding out that the deathly hallows symbol was heavily associated with Grindlewald, I’ve began to dislike the fan association around it, similar to how the dark mark is associated with the death eaters and Voldemort. Grindlewald had very much similar beliefs with Voldemort, and it makes me feel as if it’s a bad/unlucky symbol.
Some additions! I associate dark blue/indigo with Artemis so I added a candle as such, I added my selenite wand, some wildflowers I found in the woods, and finally an 11.5 in tall Apollo statue! I’m so pleased with it, I hope he is as well. Artemis’ statue is coming within the next couple weeks, so I’ll post an update when it arrives. I hope you like it!
Homestuck classpect theory something that I’ve spent hours reading theories about and discussing with friends, and I think one of the big reasons why it’s so entertaining is the ability to apply it to your own life and determine your own Sburb title.
Unfortunately, a lot of people will do that by just taking a test that hands them a title—and that just doesn’t work! Most of those tests are thrown together by people who don’t really understand classpect theory, and even the more well thought-out ones based off of legitimate personality tests are usually inaccurate, because classpect isn’t just based off of personality.
Now, I personally still think that the best way to figure out what your title is is to do a bunch of research, reading dozens of different takes on classpect theory in order to solidify your own base of understanding, but I know not everyone’s crazy enough to do that. It’s also not an option for anyone who’s unfamiliar with Homestuck, as they all contain loads of references to the comic. I agree that that’s important in building a complete understanding of the system, but overall, classpect something that should be able to be understood without any knowledge of the comic, and I’d love to see people who haven’t read Homestuck get into it. So now, I’ll do my best to present to you:
The ultimate quick* guide to figuring our your classpect!
*Will still probably take a little while to read through, but at least it’s faster than digging through a bunch of other posts for relevant info.
Congrats to Big Cypress National Preserve for becoming An International Dark Sky Place! Big Cypress is the second Dark Sky Place in Florida, following Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park earlier this year. Pictured here is Venus setting a bit after sunset.
Veles (Cyrillic: Велес; Polish: Weles; Czech, Slovak: Veles; Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic: Велесъ)
is a major Slavic god of earth, waters, forests and the underworld. His attributes are wet, wooly, hairy (bearded), dark and he is associated with cattle, the harvest, wealth, music, magic and trickery. He is the opponent of the Supreme thunder-god Perun, and the battle between two of them constitutes one of the most important myths of Slavic mythology. As such he has been imagined as a dragon, which in the belief of the pagan Slavs is a chimeric being, a serpent with a bear’s head and drooping hairy ears. His tree is the willow, like god Perun’s tree is the oak.