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wholesome, calm portable salad-bar au with @amazingphil & @danielhowell

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There are no computers in Star Wars, and there is a good reason for this.

Star Wars, much like Dune, is fantasy masquerading as science fiction, and its aesthetic is keyed to the human intuitions that expect tools to fit comfortably in the hand and intelligent things to have a face. Microprocessors and all of the ubiquitous invisible computation they enable just don’t work at human scale and don’t suit human intuitions, and must be eliminated.

Frank Herbert dealt with this problem in Dune by introducing the Butlerian Jihad, a war that led to a religious prohibition against the creation of thinking machines. This Amish-like restriction on allowable technologies allowed him to handwave away the lack of visible progress over thousands of years of galactic feudalism.

Star Wars was released in May 1977, a month before the Apple II went on sale, a couple of years before the IBM PC, when the power of a computer could still be measured by its size. Data was spooled onto rolls of tape, or stacks of punched cards, or metallic disks that took two hands to carry around. Computers were more like industrial facilities with plumbing and ducting, humming with power flowing through transformers and valves, not the ubiquitous silent shards of silicon that permeate our lives today. It seemed reasonable to suppose that a bigger computer was a better computer, and a computer good enough to run a galaxy must be big enough that you could ride a bicycle around inside it.

Although computers were treated much like giant steam engines in the popular imagination, this didn’t apply to robots! Even Asimov drew a distinction between his MULTIVAC computer the size of a city block and his golem-like humanoid robots with their “positronic brains” wandering around having emotions and falling in love and wrestling with ethical dilemmas. We are very willing to accept that anything with a face can be smart, and the fondness for BB-8 shows that having an eye and being cute as a button is all it takes to ensure complete suspension of disbelief.

Watching a new movie like Rogue One, now, after forty years of Moore’s Law, it’s hard not to laugh when they have to extract files from a database the size of a skyscraper by physically climbing up inside it and pulling out a cartridge the size of a book. But you have to admit that this kind of thing makes sense in a way that modern computers don’t. You could explain this scene to a monk in the middle ages and they would get it, whereas a 32GB SD card the size of your fingernail is just silly.

But it’s not just about hardware progress, Star Wars doesn’t have computers. Wait you say, what about Luke’s targeting computer? What about all the screens and readouts in the space ships? While those may perform computation, much like a pocket calculator, they are not general purpose computers. A computer is not really a tool, a computer is the raw substrate for making tools by giving it the correct program. A computer is a meta-tool that eats all other tools, and this is Inhuman and Wrong which is why it does not exist in Star Wars.

The Domestic Garden Witch: I Sea What Ye Did There!

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Where The Garden Meets The Sea

This is a little garden idea that might not be accessible for everyone. However, I live very close to the ocean, and as the days begin to get longer and the weather warmer, the beach becomes more and more of a destination (yes, even when you live right there, you still wind up wanting to go down and sunbathe, swim, explore tide pools, and spend the rest of the day cleaning sand out of places you didn’t know you had). It makes sense, then, to look at sea shells as an option for incorporating into garden witchery.

Most often, I’ve seen seashells used as no more than decorative additions to gardens, carefully placed among flower beds and succulent gardens as accents, or incorporated into the container either by having been cemented or glued in. But very rarely do I ever see shells be used as the container for a plant.

Ideally, you may have to use small succulents for this project, as their shallow root systems and limited size allow them to grow with very little trouble, depending upon what shell you’re using. Take a reasonably sized seashell (conches like the one pictured above work, but here on California’s Central Coast, I feel abalone is much more appropriate) and check to see if it has any breathing holes (some species have holes in the shells to facilitate the movement of water into and out of the creature’s gills without having to be exposed to predators - this is particularly noticeable in abalone). If it does not, carefully drill small holes into the bottom of the shell to promote drainage.

Using a fine gravel (aquarium gravel works well), place a drainage layer into the shell before adding your potting mix and plants. Water them and make sure they get plenty of sunlight!

This is an excellent way of bringing a bit of both the sea and the garden into a dorm room, windowsill, or even into a well-lit bathroom!

How Can I Witch This?

Continuing with last week’s theme of focusing on the material of the container rather than the decorations that can be added to it, seashells are an exceptional addition to a practice if you have a bit of a connection with the element of water.

Seashells have long been used for various reasons ranging from divination tools to eating utensils to decorative and fashionable trinkets, and even as currency (as is the case with cowry and abalone).

When working with shells, consider the creature they come from, and how they may play a role in your practice. For instance, abalone (I know I mention it quite a bit, but it’s one of my favorites and is strongly linked to local history) is a form of sea snail that was often caught for food. Not only is it therefore linked with prosperity and health in addition to water, it is also linked to well-being and financial stability - both the meat and the shells were often traded between Native American tribes in the area. The inside of an abalone shell is lined with Mother of Pearl, a beautiful substance that can be linked with money, protection, and feminine beauty. All of these aspects come to play in the way that I use abalone shells in my practice, and this is a great example of how to approach using seashells in your work.

Try to use shells that correspond with the plants that you’re using to enhance those properties, and you could even treat the shells much like you would stones if you make multiple gardens, creating garden grids that further enhance the energies you’re trying to bring into your life!

Using a seashell as a gardening container is a potent symbol for life-giving energies. Though the earth is most often associated with motherhood, so too is water linked with life, and the sea nearly always connected with feminine qualities in some way or another. As such, a shell garden like this could make for a beautiful and potent charm for expectant mothers or couples who are trying to have a child. If you’re a male witch trying to get in touch with your femininity, this is a great form of spellwork for such a purpose, as well.

So next time you walk along the beach and find an abandoned shell, consider whether such a gift is meant for such a beautiful union with the earth!

May all your harvests be bountiful!
Blessed Be! )O(

Fan service in SnK

It’s common for the manga/anime to sometimes put some fan service in. And in episode 32, we could clearly see what kind of fan service Wit Studio likes to use for SnK:

During that scene with Annie, you can see that the focus is on her ass. The scene literally moves around her ass, it’s almost impossible not to look in her ass. And during Mikasa’s 3dmg flying, the point of view we got was…from behind her ass:

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Witchy Self Care

After a few spells, astral visits, and offerings, your body begins feeling drained. Energy needs replenished, your mind needs time to recollect its lost processes. Magick can be a tiring thing to do, and it can really damage you physically and mentally. Without the right protection, the right amount of rest, the right amount of food, your intent could go spiraling from a clear mind to a foggy future.

Self care is important, for before and after anything that deals with a large amoutn of energy and magick.

~Spells and Rituals~

Even the tiniest of rituals and spells could lead to a huge depletion of energy or serious harm.

~Before~

-Cast necesarry protection spells

-Make sure you are hydrated and well fed

-Do not be mixed up in intentions

-Make sure you are focused and not dozing off

-PLEASE. DONT. BE. TIRED.

-Have a plan

-Do not have anxiety or be in a huge depressed state (unless the spell is to relieve these states, in which that case, do not feel at your worse)

~After~

-Thanks any Dieties

-Make sure you are hydrated and well fed

-Take a nap

-Ground/Center yourself

-Go for a walk

-Lie down in the grass

-Do something you love dearly (listen to music, play an instrument, video games, paint, draw, etc.)

-Conjure energy

~Divination~

Ah yes, the most used type of magick. This includes Ouija boards, scrying, tarots, runes, etc..

~Before~

-Have the necessary protections up

-Do not go in blindly (research)

-Be prepared for what could possibly happen

-MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE A SERIOUS MENTAL PROBLEM GOING ON. I REPEAT. NO ANXIETY ATTACKS, NO CLOUDED MINDS, NO BEING SUPER SAD, ETC. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. PLEASE.

-Once again, be hydrated and well fed

-Have all tools with you and know how to use them properly

-If you have others with you, make sure they are aware of the possibilities, and they know what they are going to do

-Have something to record results

~After~

-Take a well needed nap

-Ground yourself

-Cleanse your tools

-Hydration. Eating.

-Look over results

-Connect with mother nature again

-Shower/bathe

Let me emphasize a few things. Always know your limits. If you feel too weak, stop. If you feel too powerful, take a breather. Remember that you do not have to do anything, and there is always tomorrow, or the next day. If you are not comfortable with anything, stop. If you feel scared, or fearful of an outcome, stop.

Be prepared. Be in good health, body and mind. Don’t treat yourself with less than you deserve.

College Cooking Necessities

I’m quickly approaching my last few days of dorm living, so I thought I would go through some of the most vital tools that I use to cook in my dorm room.  I rarely buy food at the dining hall because the food is typically disgusting and unhealthy.  By cooking food myself, I am able to have a more customized diet and I also save a lot of money on my dining account!

You can find plenty of lists online that will tell you that a microwave or a tea kettle are important for college, and I agree! These appliances have really helped me out.  But I also think that I have some unique tools that have really impacted my ability to easily cook meals in my room.

1. Electric Skillet

By far what I use most to cook dinner each night is my electric skillet.  These babies are so versatile.  You can bake casseroles, “grill” steaks, and scramble eggs! Pretty much anything you can make in a pan (and more) is possible in an electric skillet.  They’re pretty easy to clean in the sink, and can easily be stored in your closet or a cabinet.

This skillet costs less that $20 on amazon, and there are plenty on the market between $20 and $40.  

2. Spices

College cooking tends to be pretty bland at times.  The best way to liven up your meals is by having a few important spices on hand.  I recommend checking out the bulk section of your local grocery store, you may even have one on campus.  The spices I used most often are paprika, oregano, cumin and garlic salt.  It really depends on what flavor profiles you prefer, but having just a few can go a long way.

If you’re looking for a simple way to grab a few spices that won’t take up a ton of space, this multi-spice pack is a great option.  It is around $8 on amazon, but you can also find them at several stores such as target or Walmart. 

3. Mason Jars

Mason jars aren’t just trendy, they’re SUPER versatile.  Mason jars can be used to store ingredients, make mason jar salads, mix ingredients together (shake it up!) and so much more.  If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, check out pinterest.

You can obviously pick these up at any grocery store, but you can also get these colored ones on Amazon for about $11.

4. Measuring Cup

Sometimes easier to just throw in a little and hope for the best than measure out everything exactly.  This has actually been a lifesaver.  Its really simple to measure a bunch of things, takes up minimal space, and is super easy to clean.  It is also microwave safe!  If you’re on any sort of diet, measuring your food is important! In addition, it’ll help you stay closer to the taste of the original recipe.

You can buy Pyrex in tons of different stores, but you can also find this measuring cup for a pretty great price on Amazon for about $8.  If you’re buying a non-pyrex cup, make sure to check if it is microwave safe or not!

5. Large Microwave safe Bowls

Last, but definitely not least are these bowls that are super essential for cooking.  Being able to cook things in the microwave is very important.  I throw some cauliflower and water in, and it steams in 5 minutes.  You can also heat up soups, and even scramble eggs.

These bowls are especially college-friendly.  They are collapsable! When you’re not using them to microwave your delicious meals, you can store them in your small dorm room drawers.  You can find this set of 3 for under $15 on amazon.

I hope that this list was helpful!  Cooking in a dorm room is not impossible, and can be healthy, quick, and delicious.  Do you cook in your dorm room? What do you use to make the process simpler?

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She’s about as apologetic as she looks

X - Part Three

A/N: Oh boy, I’ve been waiting for this chapter since I started the story. I originally had some of this in Part One and jeez, am I glad I decided against that. Not really into the ending but hopefully y’all will forgive me. I’m so glad you guys are enjoying this! I appreciate any feedback you’re willing to give, love you guys.

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It was very rare for me to sleep through the day.

After my debut, I couldn’t afford to waste my time sleeping or doing anything that inhibited my habit of doing about eight things at once. My mind was constantly working overtime anyways; with dance moves flooding my vision, song lyrics rolling off my tongue, and Korean words tumbling through my body, I didn’t allow myself to waste time resting. I took care of my body, of course. I took relaxing baths (while I tapped emails away on my laptop), I made warm cups of tea (while prancing around my kitchen trying to tweak my moves), and if I was feeling really fancy I would pop on a sheet mask (while scribbling out my elementary-level hangul characters).

So, you can imagine my surprise when I was awoken by Baekhyun lightly shifting my shoulders around in order to wake me up from what was my first nap in probably a year and a half.

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