employing the senses

Kaneki’s Vulnerability

With the recent happenings in Tokyo Ghoul :re, I realized a parallel that stems back to the very beginning chapters of Tokyo Ghoul. That is, Ishida correlates Kaneki’s vulnerability – both uncomfortable and comfortable – with nudity.

The first instance we see of this uncomfortable vulnerability is with Rize.

Tokyo Ghoul – Chapter 1

Kaneki had no control over the situation he was placed in. The girl who made him feel happy just by looking at her turned out to be a sadistic Ghoul that tried to eat him. Dr. Kanou transplanted her kakuhou into him and transformed him into a One-Eyed Ghoul under the guise of a legitimate medical procedure. And Ishida portrayed this life spiraling out of control in an impactful manner: Kaneki was stripped naked.

Tokyo Ghoul – Chapter 16 

This image of Kaneki comes after Kureo Mado murdered Hinami Fueguchi’s mother, Ryouko, in cold blood. Kaneki laments because he wasn’t as strong as Touka, who would have arguably defended both Ryouka and Hinami against the Ghoul Investigators had she been in his position, nor was he able to do anything other than cover Hinami’s eyes and watch Ryouko be killed.

In this moment of vulnerability, we also see a shift in Kaneki’s thinking patterns. In his mind, Ghouls were painted as monsters driven by their need to consume human flesh and that they were deserving of death. A belief that was probably reinforced by the trauma he suffered at Rize’s hand. But when he saw Ryouka die, he didn’t feel relief, nor was it as simple as distantly acknowledging that some Ghoul had been killed. These were people he knew and had come to care for that were suffering, that he couldn’t help. And he miserable for being unable to protect them.

His nakedness only highlights this change. Kaneki has been forced to challenge his perception of the world, and he has to evolve, because he can no longer view the Ghouls’ world from the eyes of an ordinary human. He ceased being that after Dr. Kanou’s experimentation on him. And it’s torturous.

Tokyo Ghoul – Chapter 37

The next time we see Kaneki naked is when Shuu Tsukiyama invited him to the Ghoul Restaurant for dinner. Kaneki is shown to be uncomfortable in and skeptical of this situation because, for one, he’d already been suspicious of Tsukiyama’s motives since the beginning, and – as he himself said – he’s never showered at a restaurant before.

Kaneki’s suspicions are confirmed when it was revealed that Tsukiyama brought him to the restaurant with the intention of having him served as the main course of the evening.

Kaneki even drew parallels between the predicament he faced with Tsukiyama to the one he previously faced with Rize, even chastising himself for not learning anything from what happened with her and allowing himself to be deceived once again.

Tokyo Ghoul – Chapter 136

Kaneki was faced with the two monsters that both destroyed him, and gave him the strength he needed to survive: Rize and Yamori. In this scene, we witness the greatest extent of Kaneki’s mental instability in Tokyo Ghoul, as he battled the vivid and gruesome hallucinations that plagued him.

Once again, Kaneki has been stripped naked – a state that Ishida has used many times to convey his discomfort, his lack of control, his vulnerability. It showed how warped his mind has become from near-constant torment and stress, and these two, Rize and Yamori, are the catalysts.

In :re, though nudity is still utilized as a sign of Kaneki’s vulnerability, Ishida began employing a certain sense of comfort during these scenes that start with Hideyoshi Nagachika.

Tokyo Ghoul :re – Chapter 75

Before this scene, Kaneki has always either appeared alone and miserable, or overwhelmed by fear and assaulted. Here, Kaneki was ready to die, to “go out in style” like how he’d assumed Hide died.

Then a hallucination of Hide appears to him and demands that he put some clothes on because he did not want to see Kaneki naked. He didn’t want to see him hurt or vulnerable or suicidal. He wanted him to feel comfortable and safe, so Hide literally gave Kaneki the clothes off his back.

Hide even slumps down when they’re sitting down facing each other, purposely making himself lower than Kaneki, thus putting Kaneki in a position of power.

Just those actions alone, show what Kaneki has always viewed Hide as: his sense of security. Because even though his vision of Hide made sure he was covered, made sure he felt in control, Kaneki still let himself be vulnerable for him.

Finally, we have Kaneki’s love scene with Touka Kirishima. Like Hide, Touka is the only other person that Kaneki allows himself to become vulnerable for. Consenting to have sex with someone is a symbol of trust, an intimacy that comes in sharing in the blissful pleasure and pain of the act. Just as his hallucination of Hide clothed him to make sure he felt warm and safe, both Touka and Kaneki bared themselves for each other in a moment of heated surrender.

Tokyo Ghoul :re – Chapter 125

This is the first time we’ve seen Kaneki bare himself for anyone. He was in full control of his decisions and how vulnerable he wanted to feel with Touka, and – equally as important – he wanted to ensure this experience was pleasurable and comfortable for them both.

There are three situations that I have listed here that Kaneki winds up crying while he’s naked, and they are: 1) When he witnessed Ryouka’s death, 2) when he spoke with his hallucination of Hide, and 3) when he made love with Touka.

In each of these situations, Kaneki undergoes some form of metamorphosis. With Ryouka, he realizes he has to change his perception of the world. With Hide, he regains his will to live, no matter how unstylish it may be. With Touka, that he is loved intimately.

Feel free to point out anything I might have missed! Or if there’s anything that could be disputed. This is just an observation I made about Ken Kaneki thus far ^^

Episode 183 (Finale)
  • Rat : Honestly I was expeting you guys to show up and ask something like "Hey Rat what's the deal with Any of this, this strange setup, all of the secrecy, the rat coooins", but no
  • Gregor : But that's your thing, we don't wanna step on your thing.
  • Rat : Wow,
  • Markus : We're good at rolling with things.
  • Rat : I'm actually shocked, I was expecting to have to, like, improv' a quick villain reveal or some other equivilent, but, you gUYs jus accept me for who I am
  • Gregor : Yeah
  • Ashe : Well Yeah, you're the weird curse merchant
  • Markus : And you're our friend
  • Kyr : You're Our weird curse merchant
  • Markus : Here, here !
History Raid: The Word ‘Viking’.

From Jesse L. Byock’s Viking Age Iceland:

“The word ‘Viking’ is used frequently in this book. The early Icelanders themselves used the term, although they did not, as is popularly done today, employ it in an ethnic sense. Almost surely, they would have understood the concept of a Viking Age, but to them the idea that Scandinavian society was a ‘Viking society’ would have been a misnomer. Throughout medieval Scandinavia, a víkingr (pl. víkingar) meant a pirate or freebooter, and víkingar were men who grouped together in bands to raid from boats. The term applied both to those who honorable (in Norse eyes) sailed across the sea to steal and to those who robbed neighbors closer to home.

“Although the meaning of the term víkingr is clear, its origin is uncertain. Probably it has something to do with the word vík, meaning an ‘inlet’ or a ‘bay’ – places where víkingar lived and lay in wait. The Icelanders did not, except in rare instances, raid each other from the coast. When they went abroad, however, especially to Norway, Icelandic men are frequently referred to in the written sources as having become Vikings for a time or having fought against Vikings. The description hann var víkingr, meaning ‘he was a Viking’, is not unusual. Sea-raiding voyages had their own term. They were called víking, and it was said that many Icelanders, while abroad or before settled down in Iceland, ‘went raiding’ (fór í víking).”

Source: Jesse L. Byock, Viking Age Iceland (London: Penguin Books, 2001), 12-3.

The ENFJ (FeNiSeTi)

Extroverted Feeling (Fe):

  • Naturally animated and passionate
  • Skilled at generating liveliness and excitement
  • Believe people need to be emotionally invested in life, not indifferent or distant
  • Often hold strong political and social beliefs about behavior
  • Loves to involve people and create groups based around shared experiences
  • Often desirous of engaging people who seem to be on the sidelines
  • Prioritizes spending time with people more than the event involved
  • Enjoys making their friends laugh and might employ an over the top sense of humor
  • Extremely insightful into the minds and inner workings of other people
  • As a result, often likely to be skilled persuaders
  • Has a relative sense of emotional control over a situation (based on the emotional flow)
  • Has an uncanny ability to convince others, even without the use of logic
  • Prioritizes impacting people positively
  • Values equality and does not mind taking a back seat if others want to lead
  • Spends solitary time thinking about how to better interact with close relationships
  • Tendency to be compassionate and caring toward friends
  • Very open about their feelings, and sometimes prone to melodrama

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

  • Strong personal trust of their futuristic predictions
  • Forms quick impressions of “what will happen” in the future, around individuals
  • Sometimes relies on gut instinct when making decisions
  • Weaves patterns internally without conscious awareness, can struggle to articulate the process, but has a strong sense of the outcome
  • Has a keen sense of the significance of the moment, life’s flow of events, and past and future evolution of things
  • Generates excitement over insensible things, perceived over time
  • Loves to instill confidence in others by envisioning ways of fixing others’ problems
  • Able to paint pictures with words
  • May enjoy having objects around that connect to the past, to spark creative thoughts in the future
  • Like to be aware of and talk about their place in history
  • Their sense of humanity is perceived through trends over time
  • Likes to imagine scenarios of different ways situations can unfold
  • They desire others to be aware of and prepare for possible negative outcomes
  • Often annoyed by others wasting their potential by dwelling in the past problems
  • Tends to believe people, regardless of situation, can improve their lives to some extent
  • Reject the idea that life is a series of dull everyday events without meaning
  • Wants everything to have a grand or symbolic purpose that arouses the imagination and passions
  • Seeks to define their unique purpose in life
  • Orients personal goals around the meaning they infer from personal experiences over time
  • Constantly seek to improve their negative conditions (tends to look for problems unnecessarily)
  • Frequently reflects on their dreams and symbolizes the events that occur there
  • Enjoys contemplating what their subconscious psyche is trying to tell them

Extroverted Sensing (Se):

  • Tendency toward occasional recklessness
  • Struggles to be aware of and interact with the environment
  • Prone to over-stimulation in sensory environments
  • Usually drawn to “the finest things in life”
  • Struggles with focus and willpower
  • Needs external forces / individuals to focus and prod them to act despite doubt or apprehension
  • Often knows they “just need to do it,” and looks for something to provide the impetus to make them do it
  • Drawn to people who exude resolve, confidence, and determination
  • Can be brash and harshly critical during fits of passion
  • Appreciates people who stand their ground
  • Tends to impose their opinions on others in a forceful way (especially when challenged)
  • Dislikes giving in to others when they strongly believe in their own way of doing things

Introverted Logic (Ti):

  • May struggle to apply strong logic to a situation, in favor of emotional persuasion
  • Can be cutting or overly critical under stress
  • May spend extra time analyzing unnecessary sidelines to the problem
  • Admires people whose thinking is clear-cut and unambiguous, and who reduces many possibilities into a single opinion
  • Can struggle to do the same in themselves
  • Tends to lose focus and go off on tangents when triggered into an emotional response; struggles to remain on topic
  • Loves to hear information and knowledge from others
  • Often relieved if others organize their schedule and keep track of their commitments

Compiled from MBTI / Socionics profiles by Charity.

Irish Twins - John Shelby

Request: Can you do a peaky blinders where you and john are married and have like lots of kids together and you find out your pregnant are is worried he would get angry so you consider getting an abortion but don’t do it but he finds out and thinks you ARE getting a abortion and you can make the rest I don’t mind , love your peaky imagines 💛

Request: Can you do a John shelby imagine where are Grace’s sister and you’re pregnant with John’s baby. 

Irish Twins - John Shelby

Ever since you were young girls you and Grace talked about your futures together. You and Grace were the only girls in your family. Despite being younger you remained the more sensible of the two. While she got mixed up with Tommy Shelby and ran off to America and had Charlie you were busy a proper wife. You had moved with her to Small Heath in 1919.

She joked with you that despite your insistence that you were different from her you had fallen for a Shelby as well. It was true. While Grace was playing head games with Thomas Shelby you were being reeled in by his brother John. At first you were wary to tell your sister about your infatuation. You knew how she felt about the Shelby brothers because of what Inspector Campbell said. Regardless John was charming and handsome, he would stop around to the dress shop you worked at and offer to walk you home every evening. The woman who employed you had the good sense to mention John was a widower with children. The information didn’t deter you though.  

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Epic Movie (Re)Watch #194 - Godzilla (2014)

Spoilers Below

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: Yes.

Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes, #293.

Format: Blu-ray

1) There’s a good chance that this fact will effect my opinion of the film, but this is the first and to date only Godzilla film I’ve ever seen. Not a bad intro to the franchise.

2) I like that this film pays respects to the character’s origins. Godzilla is rooted deep not only in Japanese culture but also history, with the original Kaiju being representative of survivors of the nuclear attacks which hit the country (his skin being based on that of survivors from those blasts). This film incorporates nuclear radiation in a meaningful way, has a strong Japanese setting (at least in the first act), and even features a meaningful scene recognizing the attack in Hiroshima. It’s more than just a pale carbon copy (as I understand the version directed by Roland Emmerich is received as) but is aware of what makes a Godzilla movie.

3) The film’s entire prologue does a very good job of establishing the film’s dark tone and occasional sense of mystery.

Vivienne [while inspecting the bones of a dead Kaiju]: “Is it possible? Is it him?”

Serizawa: “No. This is much older.”

4) Juliette Binoche as Sandra.

Binoche’s role in the film is brief but holy crap if she just doesn’t juice all her screen time for everything it is worth. In the few minutes we know Sandra her professionalism, priorities, skill, and investment in family became incredibly clear. It is her ability to get you so invested in her character in these few moments which makes her death all that more effective.

While Bryan Cranston’s total desperation and heartache in that death scene is an enormous factor, it is largely carried by the strength of Binoche’s unfortunately brief performance. The scene is perfectly paced and Binoche helps play each emotional beat perfectly. I tear up every freaking time I see it, especially at the fact that Sandra and her husband Joe get to see each other one last time while she’s basically dead. It is Binoche’s brief performance and her death scene which helps anchor the giant monster spectacle in real human emotion moving forward.

5) Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Ford & Elle Brody (husband and wife) have this really great chemistry between them. It’s not so much a crazy hot chemistry as it is significantly deep. You understand the strength of their love, their connection, their trust, all in the way they act around each other. It would be a chemistry the pair would repeat (with some obvious differences) in Avengers: Age of Ultron a year later.

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6) Aaron Taylor Johnson as Ford Brody.

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The role of a human protagonist in a monster movie is wildly important but incredibly easy to have be a forgettable schlub against Godzilla. But Johnson does incredibly well to make Brody not only memorable but also get the audience invested in him. You can see Brody’s struggle and pain throughout. Over the course of the movie he loses his mother and father while at risk of losing his wife and son too. These lead to very simple motivations: take care of his family. This drives his every action, his every choice, to help and get to his family. The struggle is largely man vs nature (nature in this case being a trio of giant monsters who keep getting in his way) but Johnson plays it VERY well and helps elevate the film because of it.

7) Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody.

Cranston is arguably the strongest actor in the entire film. Very similarly to Binoche, his performance and character is the emotional bedrock on which the human story rests. The pain/turmoil he displays is so freaking raw and powerful that in every scene you are just drawn to him. You know exactly why he’s doing what he’s doing, how powerful his grief is, and it drives a fair amount of the early plot. Through Cranston’s performance and the writing surrounding it he’s able to even give the audience a fair amount of exposition in a way which is very telling of his obsession. All in all, it’s just freaking great.

8) There is this very nice sense of place to the Quarantine Zone that is established immediately. The overgrown plants and sense of tone all help make it seem otherworldly.

9) Director Gareth Edwards employs a controlled sense of pace, taking his time to set up the story and the conflict at large while never boring his audience. It’s a nice change of pace from standard giant monster movie fair that really just helps the film be its own thing.

10) Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa.

It could be argued that if anyone gives a better performance in this film than Bryan Cranston, it’s Watanabe. But that could also be because he has far more screen time. The actor is absolutely incredible here, with a soft but poignant pain which defines his every moment of screen time. Watanabe just breathes tragedy but not in a way which drags down the film but instead motivates much of the action. It is not all there is to him but it’s definitely a huge factor in his character. It is this sadness (first seen at its best when he mournfully says to kill the MUTO) that is so telling of his character and helps get you invested in his character. He’s just great.

11) I give this film massive credit for introducing new monsters - the two MUTOs - into an at the time sixty year old canon. The filmmakers could’ve easily made these monsters be boring/lazily designed creatures who only exist as something for Godzilla to beat on, but they end up getting a lot more screen time than the titular monster actually. The thought put into the design of both, what makes them different from not only other giant movie monsters but also each other, is what helps make them so good.

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12) Ford’s motivation for the entire film can easily be defined by his father’s last words to him.

Joe: “GO home to your family. Keep them safe. Whatever it takes.”

13) Honestly, if they only had Ken Watanabe in this film to deliver two of its best lines I would’ve been so okay with that because he’s so great at it.

Serizawa: “We call him, Gojira.”

Originally the line referred to the monster as Godzilla but Watanabe asked to call him by the original Japanese name.

14) The entire backstory with how giant monsters exist in this world (how they’re ancient alpha predators who pretty much exist entirely off of radiation) and how the government agency of Monarch fits into it is all REALLY well done, actually. It could’ve easily been boring and shoehorned in but there’s a fair amount of thought put into it which helps to organically build this universe at large.

15) The film does a nice job of making sure each giant monster scene has a parallel human conflict to it. The kid on the monorail Ford has to keep safe when the MUTO hits Hawaii, for example, is a good example of this.

16) So one of the things this film does which I appreciate is also a great point of frustration for me and that is how little we so of Godzilla for so much of the film.

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  • On the one hand, it is very Jaws esque. That decision helps to convey the scale and significance of Godzilla. Each time he appears on screen you can FEEL the stakes rise, you can feel the dynamic of the scene change, and that’s pretty great.

I’m very conflicted about this.

17) This is nice.

Vivienne [on the second MUTO]: “It’s far bigger than the other one.”

Adm. Stenz: “This one doesn’t have any wings.”

Vivenne: “A different sex?”

Serizawa: “A female.”

It’s easy when making not only one giant monster but a species of an original giant monster to have them all be carbon copies of each other. But to put thought into differentiating between the sex shows an intelligence in the filmmaking which I certainly appreciate.

18) Remember the respect I mentioned that this film pays to its original source material?

Serizawa [showing Stenz a broken watch]: “Eight fifteen in the morning. August sixth, nineteen-forty-five.”

Stenz: “Hiroshima.”

Serizawa: “It was my father’s.”

The original Godzilla came out only nine years after Hiroshima was bombed. Not only that, but a Japanese tuna fishing boat known as the Lucky Dragon was exposed to/contaminated by nuclear fallout from the US Castle Bravo nuclear weapon test in March of that year. Godzilla as a character originally served as a metaphor for nuclear weapons; a destructive force which is beyond nature and humanity have little control over stopping. The fact that this film not only recognizes that but openly discusses Hiroshima - if only briefly - is an important respect to pay to its predecessor.

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19) The phone call between Elle and Ford not only speaks to the strength of their relationship but also shows off Elizabeth Olsen’s ability to portray raw human emotion brilliantly.

20) So there is this brief pan over jammed traffic with a downed plane while we hear reports over the radio and I think that tiny moment does an incredible job of establishing the effect of these monsters on everyday people.

21) I actually really like the military’s representation in this film, more than any other film that comes to mind. They don’t Michael Bay it by glorifying the armed forces to the point where they’re action figures or ridiculous action heroes. But it also avoids vilifying the military or dumbing them down to the point of stupidity. Everyone involved understands the weight of their decisions and David Strathairn’s  Admiral Stenz has this constant eagerness to hear better ideas than what he’s coming up with because it’s not about his ego. It’s about saving as many people as they can and I like sort of the simple elegance they convey the armed forces with in this film. I hope some of that made sense.

22) Okay, is Ford nuclear or something? Because he’s like a giant monster magnet! No matter where he goes, there are giant monsters!

23) The scene on the golden gat abridge is very nice, primarily because it does the Spielbergian thing and shows the action and drama through the eyes of the kids on the bus. I like that.

24) I’ve mentioned the intelligence put in designing the MUTOs already, but particularly the mating ritual shown between the male and female is very strong. It feels natural, organic, and makes them more than just destructive forces but actual animals.

25) Remember how I said Ken Watanabe has the two bets lines in the film? Well, besides, “Gojira,” we get this iconic beauty:

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26) The halo jump.

The halo jump is possibly the best set piece in the entire film and not because the action is strong but because of how freaking haunting it is. There is this absolutely stellar atmosphere which is created by the strong visuals, sound design of Ford’s breathing, and Alexandre Desplat’s eerie score. You KNOW they’re past the point of no return just because this scene is so freaking awesome.

27) I love the little moment when Godzilla’s eyes and Brody’s eyes meet. It’s like, “Yes, these are the two protagonists we’ve been following this entire time, and they connect!” I love it.

28) When Godzilla is able to use his freaking atomic breathe for the first time, that’s really when the monster vs monster action kicks off. The ensuing fight is truly badass, culminating in one epic finale which has you asking: “Why didn’t he open with that?”

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29) You can tell when a film has a great climax because when it’s over, all the tension will leave your body. You just relax and take in the ending. For me, that’s how the ending of Godzilla is. Once he kills the last MUTO and lays down for a quick “you think I’m dead but I’m just napping” nap, I just take in the rest of the movie.

Although you may find issues in how little of the titular monster we actually get to see, odds are you’ll get a kick out of Godzilla. There are a handful of absolutely amazing performances (Binoche, Cranston, Watanabe) which help root a very strong human drama which gets you invested in otherwise forgettable characters. And when Godzilla does show up on screen it is utterly badass. By sacrificing some of the sheer fun the giant monster movie genre can have the filmmakers are able to create a well paced, dark, mysterious, and intriguing film which is at the end of the day still really freaking good. Again, I’ve never seen another Godzilla film, but I definitely recommend this one.

The Beginning is Better

Pairing: Todomomo, BNHA

SummarySometimes Todoroki can’t see the forest for the trees, but he makes up for this in spades. Fluff. 910 words.

Note: I’m reposting since it didn’t show up in the tags the first time and I fixed a few things anyway. I have a sideblog for Todomomo: @todoyaoyo! Eventually I’ll start posting all my TM stuff there but for now, since it’s still grassroots, it’s going on the main blog.

Aizawa-sensei employs foresight and common sense when making his decisions and Todoroki understands this, but he can’t help questioning being paired up with Yaoyorozu again.

Surely, he should learn what it’s like to work with another classmate, to pinpoint how his quirk can be used in unknown territory, so he confronts his teacher.

Aizawa blinks and rubs his eyes before releasing a long, tired breath. Todoroki shifts where he stands as he waits for an answer, and Aizawa looks at the ceiling like his response is hanging from it. The silence lingers, and Todoroki folds his arms, almost letting his temper fan out.

“I really have no reason,” Aizawa finally says, voice gravelly and heavy from the nap Todoroki had interrupted. “Or rather, I want to gauge something. You could say it’s the same reason why I’ve paired Midoriya and Bakugou again. Although, you’ve already confirmed what I thought. Now get to work. This assignment is timed as I said.”

Something falls inside Todoroki, disturbing the pit of his stomach. He turns and finds Yaoyorozu’s head swinging around the room observing their peers hard at work. Her shoulders slump and she catches his eyes. She wears a small, but far too generous smile, and he tells himself to move. There are only five minutes left.

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“All this will be made somewhat clearer if we reflect on the proper correlative of obedience, authority: and here let us recur to the three sorts of obedience above specified.
The first kind of authority, then, is the authority of reason, what is really such, or is conceived to be such. The terms, both authority and obedience, are less frequently employed in this sense than in either of the following.
The second kind of authority is that which depends for its validity upon the confidence of him with whom it prevails, and is where, not having myself acquired such information as to enable me to form a judicious opinion, I yield a greater or less degree of deference to the known sentiment and decision of another. This seems to be the strictest and most precise meaning of the word authority; as obedience, in its most refined sense, denotes that compliance which is the offspring of respect.
Authority in the last of the three senses alluded to is where a man, in issuing his precept, does not deliver that which may be neglected with impunity; but his requisition is attended with a sanction, and the violation of it will be followed with a penalty. This is the species of authority which properly connects itself with the idea of government. It is a violation of political justice to confound the authority which depends upon force, with the authority which arises from reverence and esteem; the modification of my conduct which might be due in the case of a wild beast, with the modification which is due to superior wisdom. These two kinds of authority may happen to vest in the same person; but they are altogether distinct and independent of each other.”
- William Godwin, Political Justice, Bk. III, ch. vi.

anonymous asked:

Something I've wondered: what if Shuten is summoned by a master that isn't affected by her... er... particular articulation and mannerisms? Just a deadpan, steel-willed person. Does she just flirt anyway, does she get frustrated, or does she just get bored and eat them and hope for a master that doesn't suck next time?

She’d continue on as normal – after all, regardless of the reactions she causes, this is simply her personality. She’d certainly find a Master who wouldn’t react horribly boring, but she views the Master-Servant relationship as a mercenary type one to begin with. She has contracted with them, so she shall remain loyal to them; betraying her employer is something that goes against her ‘code’, as she views such duplicity to be an incredibly human thing to do.

If she were forced to do something duplicitous, or something that goes against her nature as an Oni, she’d be far more likely to turn around and devour a Master. The Master’s personality and morals truly means little to her; if they entertain her, then she’ll be much happier, but stabbing someone in the back for boring her is beneath her, she thinks.

Her loyalty is true, until she is given a proper reason to rebel. She’ll go along with most things so long as her Master is honest to her, even if she doesn’t particularly like them. You’d be unlikely to be able to tell if she disliked her Master, after all.

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Chocobros in Hogwarts houses?

Ohh I love this! Are you ready for some fucking essays? So I took sometime to think about it and I know my choices are probably gonna make a lot of you go ‘uh no’ and you guys can totally, absolutely disagree, but here are my choices ( totally not listening to HP soundtracks as I write this btw….):

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Da Vinci’s Demons: Girolamo Riario [INTJ]

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Riario is a futuristic-minded tactician who knows not only how to get under the skin of his spies and allies, but what decisions they are likely to make. He enjoys sharpening his skills through playing intricate, strategic-based games. Fascinated with new technology and military advancements, Riario also has a heavy mystical side to his personality. He believes in the divine and also in fate, and his role in unraveling it. Whenever outmaneuvered, Riario is both disappointed and impressed. He likes to have a clear view of what is ahead of him. He steadily works toward a vision of the future, both for himself and the greater good of Christendom and Rome.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): He is an effective planner, who is able to get things done, organize others, and take action when necessary. He is an effective military tactician, rarely impulsive, and always inclined to keep his feelings in check. Riario methodically goes after what he wants, and is somewhat ruthless in his ability to extract what information he requires from others or force their loyalty through blackmail and coercion. He comfortably assumes a leadership role and has no problem organizing the men under him, to accomplish the greatest success. He bases his belief system both in theories and in facts.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): His strong personal beliefs and religious undercurrent motivate him in all that he does. Riario doesn’t expect others to share his beliefs, but he pursues them with all that he has. He is extremely self-contained and rarely allows his emotions to surface. Though probably hurt by his father’s insults and condemnations, Riario never gives him the satisfaction of seeing it.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Though not inclined toward impulse or the sensuous living others employ, Riario has a sense of fashion, rather expensive taste, and a certain flamboyance. He is good at reading a situation and determining what needs to be done, even if it means slitting an unfortunate boy’s throat to keep him quiet about their plans. He never misses a chance to act when a chance to do so arises, which makes him a formidable opponent.

Simic - INTJ

The Guilds of Ravnica: The Simic Combine

“Enter and comprehend the perfection of orchestrated life.”

Guild Overview
The Simic Combine is a Green/Blue aligned guild that acts as Ravnica’s life scientists and conservationists. This guild is the home to Ravnica’s doctors, biomancers, and researchers, who grow hybridized creatures in their laboratories. The Simic believe in augmenting and customizing natural organisms. Their reasons for doing so vary from improving the quality of life for Ravnica’s citizens to restoring a balance between nature and civilization in their world. Combining unquenchable curiosity with a desire for growth, They formed academic guild who’s goal is to utilize life itself as the ultimate tool for scientific expansion.
“When the Simic say to take command of your life, we don’t mean just your career."—Vorel of the Hull Clade

INTJ Overview
The Simic Combine is mainly made up of INTJ personalities who rely too heavily on their leading functions at the expense of their other functions. The INTJ type is known by many nicknames including The Determined Strategist, The Intuitive Visionary, or simply The Scientist. People of this type radiate intellectualism, self-confidence and mystery. Their insightful observations, original ideas and formidable logic enable them to push change through with sheer willpower. It can seem like INTJs live purely to deconstruct and rebuild every idea and system they come across while employing a sense of perfectionism. 
“Nature is a wonderful engineer but works far too slowly for my tastes.”

INTJ Strengths:  Self-confident, independent, decisive, hard-working, determined, imaginative and a quick, strategic mind.

INTJ Weaknesses: Arrogant, judgmental, overly analytical, bad interpersonal skills, loathes highly structured environments.

“Fruits of magic, roots in science.” 

Simic INTJ Function Breakdown

Introverted Intuition(Dominant). This learning function allows members of the Simic guild to form an internal framework of how things work. This framework slowly evolves over time to allow them to get a better sense of the “bigger picture”. Primarily using this function, the Simic are great at taking abstract ideas and making sense of them. They enjoy theories and ideas and are great at recognizing patterns and how things (or creatures) all fit together. 
“Look beyond, to the vascular awareness that all life is a map to greater knowledge.”—Momir Vig, Biomancy, vol. I

Extroverted Thinking (Auxiliary). The secondary use of this function makes the people of this guild good at understanding and changing the external world to their wishes. With Extroverted Thinking the Simic can comprehend tasks logically and solve problems methodically.
“The unnatural pressures of life in this city are best withstood by lifeforms that adapt with unnatural swiftness.”—Momir Vig

Introverted Feeling (Tertiary). The Simic Combine has an especially under developed tertiary function. This tends to manifest in the form of poor attachment to people, things, and places. The lack of strong introverted feeling leaves them cold and heartless. Additionally their values are formed independently of the world around them to such an extreme that they seem alien towards the other Guilds.
“Simic initiates begin their training as experimental subjects. Failures are flushed to the undersewers.”

Extraverted Sensing (Inferior). Simic’s inferior function is very under developed. This leads members of this guild to be unable to live in the moment. In fact, without proper planning and theorizing, a Simic member struggles to do most anything. It also makes it harder for them to read body language and tone, further alienating them.
“Understand the Simic? That’s about as easy as winning a staring contest with a homunculus.”—Dars Gostok, Firefist captain

Additional Simic Personalities

Whist unbalanced INTJs make up the bulk of The Simic Combine, other personality types can be found within the guild’s halls.
Those with the INTP, ENTP, and ENTJ personalities are driven by knowledge and would all be able to find a place within The Simic Combine.

“We measure our progress in heartbeats.”—Prime Speaker Zegana

anonymous asked:

I miss you! I feel you're the only one who employs common sense and rational thinking around here. Others i won't be naming keep confounding me with their made up theories

I miss you too anon! We have to go by what we see, now if a picture tells a thousand stories they are simples so it shouldn’t be hard.

Thanks anon

Imagine Jim...

… out of love, ingeniously concocting ways to release dopamine, oxytocin, and adrenaline in your brain (creating unique circumstances and activating the senses employing many different stimuli, subjects and materials). 

Hoping to alleviate distress from chronic psychological conditions, because you told him you feel dead inside.

(requested by the lovely xxredridinghoodxx)

(not my gifs, credit to whoever made them)

GMNY Theory

upon watching again, I’ve noticed even more things that point to Rilaya:

Farkle: “I don’t think you know what you’re doing. I don’t think she knows what she’s doing.”

Riley: “Do you know?”

Farkle: *significant pause* “I’m sorry Riley, this is all new for me too.”

Theory: Farkle understands now more clearly than anyone that Riley and Maya have feelings for each other. He knew Riley and Lucas liked each other and those feelings aren’t knew. If Maya liked Lucas than those feelings wouldn’t be very knew. Maya has said that she is “confused” which honestly just shouts “QUESTIONING SEXUALITY!” to me and in his pause, and reluctance to answer, Farkle tells us that he does know something the girls don’t. ALL HAIL CAPTAIN FARKLE MINKUS FOR PUSHING RILEY AND MAYA TOGETHER. But even though he knows, he admits that these feelings, where the line between friendship and romance are blurred, are all new through the lens of heteronormativity. 


It originally bothered me that Maya chose Lucas on the rooftop and not Riley who was clearly all alone and unhappy. But then I realized-

The whole episode played Riley to be sense and Maya sensibility, but on the rooftop, Riley GROWS. Charlie asks to be with her and she admits that it makes sense, but listens to her HEART and follows SENSIBILITY, and turns him down.

Shortly after, MAYA comes upstairs, and goes to Huckleberry. I believe in this moment, as Riley learned to balance sense and sensibility (a little bit) better, Maya employs more sense, and chooses Lucas because in makes SENSE in her HEAD. Doesn’t mean she necessarily cares more about him or FEELS that she wants to be with him more at midnight.


anonymous asked:

the comparisons between palestine and ferguson are useless. these situations have nothing to do with each other. apartheid ended in america long ago while palestine is still under occupation. 1 person vs. 2000 people, you guys are stupid.

Black people are killed in this country every 28 hours by law enforcement. So no, its not just one. But even if it was, why does it need to escalate to such a staggering level for you to care? This isn’t some buy in bulk discount at Costco’s. These are other people and their livelihoods you’re talking about. If you don’t care about one person who succumbs to oppressive violence, what’s to say you’ll care about 5 or 10 or 100? You can’t talk about grander schemes of liberation and justice but lack basic empathy for others, for an individual unit.

I’m gonna let you in a little secret; Michael Brown and Eric Garner and Rekia Boyd and so many others extrajudicially executed by a state apparatus are individuals yes, but they’re also representations of the continued disavowal the US has for Black people. When we’re talking about sanctioned anti Black racism, this also includes the prison industrial complex that has deemed thousands of Black people pariahs of the state, deemed unfit for work, to vote and benefits due to petty and nonviolent offenses and exploits labor by paying prison laborers cents a day. It includes the legacies of the exiled and assassinated. Assata Shakur and Kwame Ture to name a couple. It includes both MLK and Malcolm X, who though have been understood in different and almost antagonistic ways in mainstream consciousness, are with manipulated histories to hinder those of today from benefitting from the fullness, vibrancy and unadulterated honesty of these figures’ legacies. There’s an entire intricacy at play here. I can guarantee that 50 years ago, someone like you would look at Jim Crow and scoff by citing slavery and how things are relatively better.

You mention Palestine, so let’s talk about Palestine for a second.

Who is stupid? The people who see parallels between the brutality in the US and Israel against marginalized subjects. I hope you realize you’re calling prominent Palestinian figures stupid. There has been much solidarity forged between these two regions groups over the past several months. Activists in the West Bank offered advice to Ferguson protestors. Ferguson protestors responded with gratitude. The PFLP released not one, but two official statements of solidarity on their website. I don’t favor unnuanced comparisons myself and I understand the need to have your narrative dignified enough to stand alone. I get that so much, but Palestinian activists in occupied regions and Black activists in America HAVE been able to retain their own identities and perspectives while understanding that their oppressors collaborate and retain similar strategies, so therefore collaboration on our parts is not only important, but essential. The Dream Defenders went to Palestine last week and iterated that exact notion. I don’t know why the comparisons bother you so much when its been a preferred method by the very people resisting. And I suspect it has more to do with your disdain of Black activism than concern for the Palestinian narrative.

I’m sure you know that most days aren’t the two month period last summer. The IDF isn’t raining hellfire on Gaza and killing dozens of people a day, everyday. The genocide that occurs against Palestinians is physical, no doubt, but its also cultural and pastoral. Its exemplified in rhetoric, literature and mysticism surrounding the land. Israel is a very well oiled machine that has employed historical fallacies, a false sense of a “right to return” (at the cost of indigenous populations), PR experts, religious fervor (such as Evangelical Zionists who believe that Jewish people need a unanimous claim to Palestine for Jesus to return) gaslighting (“support Israel’s existence or else you’re an antisemite!”) and hijacking pre existing markers of social justice (ie. “Israel treats LGBTQ communities well, while the rest of the Middle East does not) to proliferate its illegitimate existence and do so while appeasing many different groups. The only time I think I’ve ever seen homonationalists and homophobic Christians be spotted on the same side of an issue is when they support Israel.

I’m not sure if you understand the histories of genocides at all, but many of them started off gradual, with many observers sharing your viewpoint. That its not quite urgent enough for them to express condemnation. That actually happens with Palestine as well. The bombings in Gaza are over, so the collective outrage has disintegrated. The NYT recently called the situation in Gaza “calm”. But guess what? Children are arrested and funneled through the settler prison complex everyday. Houses are demolished in the West Bank by the hundreds. Fishermen are shot. Sewage is still dumped in sewers. The blockade has yet to recede. So by your own logic, you shouldn’t even care about Palestine most days, because hey, other places are under harsher, more consistent repression.

Your angle is useless and quite literally the definition of counterproductive and trollish. I suggest you do better.

The Internet of Plants: How Cyborg Plants Can Monitor Our World

Klint Finley

Latest from me at Wired:

In the not too distant future, we could see cyborg plants that tell us when they need more water, what chemicals they’ve been exposed to, and what parasites are eating their roots. These part-organic, part-electronic creations may even tell us how much pollution is in the air. And yes, they’ll plug into the network.

That’s right: We’re on our way to the Internet of Plants.

That’s the message from Andrea Vitaletti, the head of a blue-sky research group working on this very thing at a lab in Italy. The project is called PLEASED, short for “PLants Employed As SEnsing Devices.” Though the project is still in the early stages, Vitaletti believes plants could serve as ideal sensors, monitoring so many aspects of our environment. Plants are cheap and resilient, he argues, and they could potentially monitor many different things simultaneously.

“Plants have millions of years of evolution. They are robust. They want to survive,” Vitaletti says.

Full Story: Wired: The Internet of Vegetables: How Cyborg Plants Can Monitor Our World

Chinese scientists row over long-sought protein that senses magnetism

Neuroscientists in China say they have used magnetic fields to control neurons and muscle cells in nematode worms (pictured), after identifying a protein that senses magnetism.

A dispute has broken out at two of China’s most prestigious universities over a potentially groundbreaking discovery: the identification of a protein that may allow organisms to sense magnetic fields.

On 14 September, Zhang Sheng-jia, a neuroscientist at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and his colleagues published a paper1 in Science Bulletin claiming to use magnetic fields to remotely control neurons and muscle cells in worms, by employing a particular magnetism-sensing protein.

But Xie Can, a biophysicist at neighbouring Peking University, says that Zhang’s publication draws on a discovery made in his laboratory, currently under review for publication, and violates a collaboration agreement the two had reached. Administrators at Tsinghua and Peking universities, siding with Xie, have jointly requested that the journal retract Zhang’s paper, and Tsinghua has launched an investigation into Zhang’s actions.

The dispute revolves around an answer to the mystery of how organisms as diverse as worms, butterflies, sea turtles and wolves are capable of sensing Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate. Researchers have postulated that structures in biological cells must be responsible, and dubbed these structures magnetoreceptors. But they have never been found.

Neuroscientists in China say they have used magnetic fields to control neurons and muscle cells in nematode worms (pictured), after identifying a protein that senses magnetism. Sinclair-Stammers/Science Photo Library