I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in. I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us. I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t. Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest? I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak. We are all God’s children, I heard. I left my siblings out of it and spoke with my maker directly and I think he sounds a lot like myself. If I being myself were more awesome at being detached from my own story in a way I being myself never could be. I wanna know what others hear, I’m scared to know but I wanna know what everyone hears when they talk to God. Do the insane hear the voice distorted? Do the indoctrinated hear another voice entirely?
Because space is vast and full of mysteries, NASA is developing a new rocket, a new spacecraft for astronauts and new facilities to launch them from. Our Space Launch System will be unlike any other rocket when it takes flight. It will be bigger, bolder and take astronauts and cargo farther than humankind has ever been – to deep space destinations like the moon, a deep space gateway or even Mars.
When you plan to get to space, you use ice and fire. NASA’s Space Launch System uses four rocket engines in the center of the rocket and a pair of solid rocket boosters on opposite sides. All this power will propel the Space Launch System to gravity-slaying speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour! These are the things we do for space exploration, the greatest adventure that ever was or will be.
It is Known
It is known that according to Newton’s third law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That’s how rocket propulsion works. Fuel burned in combustion chambers causes hot gases to shoot out the bottom of the engine nozzles. This propels the rocket upward.
It is also known that when you combine hydrogen and oxygen you get: water. To help SLS get to space, the rocket’s four RS-25 engines shoot hydrogen and oxygen together at high speeds, making billowing clouds of steaming hot water vapor. The steam, funneled through the engine nozzles, expands with tremendous force and helps lift the rocket from the launchpad.
RS-25: Ice King
It takes a lot of fuel (hydrogen) and a lot of oxygen to make a chemical reaction powerful enough to propel a rocket the size of a skyscraper off the launch pad. To fit more hydrogen and oxygen into the tanks in the center of the rocket where they’re stored, the hydrogen and oxygen are chilled to as low as -400 degrees Fahrenheit. At those temperatures, the gases become icy liquids.
The Fire that Burns Against the Cold
The hydrogen-oxygen reaction inside the nozzles can reach temperatures up to 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit (alas, only Valyrian steel could withstand those temperatures)! To protect the nozzle from this heat, the icy hydrogen is pumped through more than a thousand small pipes on the outside of the nozzle to cool it. After the icy liquid protects the metal nozzles, it becomes fuel for the engines.
Where is my FIRE?
The Space Launch System solid rocket boosters are the fire and the breakers of gravity’s chains. The solid rocket boosters’ fiery flight lasts for two minutes. They burn solid fuel that’s a potent mixture of chemicals the consistency of a rubber eraser. When the boosters light, hot gases and fire are unleashed at speeds up to three times the speed of sound, propelling the vehicle to gravity-slaying speed in seconds.
Testing is Here
To make sure everything works on a rocket this big, it takes a lot of testing before the first flight. Rocket hardware is rolling off production lines all over the United States and being shipped to testing locations nationwide. Some of that test hardware includes replicas of the giant tanks that will hold the icy hydrogen and oxygen.
As Rare as Dragonglass
Other tests include firing the motor for the solid rocket boosters. The five-segment motor is the largest ever made for spaceflight and the part that contains the propellant that burns for two fiery, spectacular minutes. It’s common during ground test firings for the fiery exhaust to turn the sand in the Utah desert to glass.
Hold the Door
When all the hardware, software and avionics for SLS are ready, they will be shipped to Kennedy Space Center where the parts will be assembled to make the biggest rocket since the Saturn V. Then, technicians will stack Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft for taking astronauts to deep space, on top of SLS. All this work to assemble America’s new heavy-lift rocket and spacecraft will be done in the Vehicle Assembly Building – one of the largest buildings in the world. Hold the door to the Vehicle Assembly Building open, because SLS and Orion are coming!
❝ Sometimes, I think of the sun and the moon as lovers who rarely meet, always chase, and almost always miss one another. But once in awhile, they do catch up, and they kiss, and the world stares in awe of their ECLIPSE. ❞
the passive and active. they are opposites, but there is a part of each within the other; both energies exist in all things.
for everything, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
energy is not created or destroyed, it is only changed.
this is to say, all energy is one and the same; expressing and manifesting itself through different lenses, in different forms.
the passive. moon. earth. empathy. external. value of others. shield. existence. tranquility. allowance. creativity. silence.
the active. sun. heaven. strength. internal. value of self. sword. action. strife. control. logic. expression.
neither energy is more or less important or valuable.
if you have more empathy than strength, you bring harm unto yourself.
if you have more strength than empathy, you bring harm unto others.
what is expression without creativity?
what is creativity without expression?
balance is essential.
application to the craft:
most importantly, in my opinion, is learning that balance in all things comes first from balance within. this is something that can- and often does- take a lifetime to attain. to err is human, to err with one energy is natural. but finding an overall acceptance of both energies in and around your life can help bring understanding and peace.
use energies to inform intentions, to guide focus. an active intention may require more activity in your thought, whereas a passive intention may require more tranquility.
use the natural energies of elements and existences around you to help manifest your intentions. use the passive or active phases of the moon to inform and amplify your intentions.
can’t wait until five years from now when we’ll hopefully be looking back on this website’s current disturbing callout/purity culture and fandom policing with the same eyerolling/cringing disdain with which we now look back on the whole dashcon phase
So, Newton’s Third Law of Motion and well, look, I’m just guessing that it goes for Death, too, when he’s working in our world. Newton says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So, that means that if Death has taken action, so can we.
Anon requests:If ur still taking requests.
Can you do one where the reader of best friends with Juggie but they told him
how they feel, but Juggie doesn’t listen and then in a football game Reggie
makes a move and they accept b/c Juggie doesn’t seem to acknowledge them that
way and Juggie ends up jealous…
Request if you still take one. Reader and Jughead have been friends
forever and they said stuff to each other about being together but Jughead been
avoiding it. Reader wants something more, and in a football game Reggie asks
them out and they say yes b/c they feel they need to love since Jughead is
avoiding them about their feelings and Jughead gets jealous…
missed a thousand opportunities to tell your best friend that you fell in love
with him. One night, you finally seize
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A/N: I’m so sorry
for my inactivity, I hope this longer imagine makes up for it. Enjoy!
You didn’t mean to fall in love with your best friend. It was an accident.
You weren’t sure when exactly it happened. It wasn’t anything sudden; you didn’t wake up
one morning and realize you were in love.
It was a slow process.
Maybe it began when you two met at Pop’s. He was sitting in his regular booth, brooding
and mysterious. He was the edgiest ten
year old in Riverdale. For the first
time, you entered Pop’s all by yourself.
Your parents had decided that double digits meant that you could be more
independent. Of course, your first
action was to go to the best diner in Riverdale all on your own. Once you arrived, you realized how scary
being alone was. Scanning the diner, you
looked for a companion to sit with. You spotted
a boy who looked around the same age as you.
“Can I sit here?” you asked, approaching the table. The boy stared at you suspiciously for a
“Sure,” he nodded after a second of contemplation. You smiled and sat down across from him.
“I’m (Y/N),” you greeted, sticking your hand out across the
table. The boy tentatively shook it.
“Jughead,” he introduced himself.
“That’s a weird name,” you crinkled your nose. He shrugged.
Maybe it was that night at the drive-in: a cold October
night, and you forgot your jacket. Vertigo was on that night, and Jughead,
knowing it was one of your favorite movies, notified you that it was
playing. You asked him, with a smirk, if
he had anything to do with this movie being played; with an indignant scoff, he
promised you that he had no part in the Twilight Drive-In playing your favorite
movie. The two of you sat together
watching the movie, Jughead’s arm casually draped around your shoulders. Bitter October night winds blew in, causing
you to shiver. Jughead noticed this, so
he drew you closer to him. It wasn’t the
warmth Jughead provided you that caused the redness in you cheeks.
There was no way for you to pinpoint when exactly you fell
in love with your best friend. Every
time you saw him, wearing that goddamned beanie and a wide grin, your heart
skipped a beat. Each time your hands
brushed against each other, or your thighs rested right next to each other, you
could feel your affection swell.
But as Newton’s third law states: every action has an equal
opposite reaction. Every time you fell a
little more in love with Jughead, there was an agonizing pain in your heart
because you could never be with him. You
knew you could never build up the courage to tell your best friend you’re in
love with him. All the risks threatening
your friendship with Jughead were enough to keep your feelings bottled up.
Although you swore to yourself that you’d never reveal your
secret affections for Jughead, you found that hiding things from your best
friend was more difficult than you imagined.
“(Y/N),” Jughead interrupted your thoughts, causing your
head to snap up. Immediately, you plastered
a smile on your face.
“Yeah, Jug?” you asked, slightly tilting your head. He shook his head at you.
“What’s up with you lately?” he questioned, narrowing his
eyes. “You’ve been acting weird for
“I’m fine Jug,” you waved him off. “It’s nothing.”
“It’s something,” Jughead ignored your protests.
“I promise you, Jug, if there’s something wrong I’ll tell
you.” Satisfied with your answer, he
nodded at your response and turned back to his laptop. The two of you sat in the diner booth, each
doing your own thing. After an hour of
silence, you closed the book you were reading and set it down on the table. Jughead noticed this, so he lowered his
“Something wrong?” he inquired. You pursed your lips for a moment,
contemplating what to say.
“Have you ever thought about us?” you asked. He shot you a confused glance, so you
elaborated. “Have you ever thought about
us, I don’t know… as not friends? Like
more?” Jughead’s eyebrows furrowed.
“I mean… yeah,” he shrugged.
You bit your lip.
“Do you think it could ever work?”
“I don’t know,” he responded. “I’d just hate to ruin our great friendship,
“Yeah,” you nodded. “I
know exactly what you mean.”
The next day at school, Jughead completely avoided you. Every time you attempted to approach him, he
turned on his heel and walked in the other direction. After practically confessing your feelings
last night, you were devastated to see Jughead ignoring you. This continued throughout the rest of the
week; Jughead never talked to you, no matter how hard you tried to communicate
with him. On Friday, Archie approached
“Hey, (Y/N),” he greeted.
You shot him a small smile.
“I’m sorry about Jughead,” he frowned, looking at you with pity. You shrugged and shook your head.
“There’s nothing to be sorry about,” you responded, causing
his frown to deepen. “Is that all you
wanted to talk to me about?”
“Well, actually, no,” he answered, rubbing the back of his
neck. “I know it’s been a rough week for
you, but I was wondering if you wanted to come to the game tonight. It’s a big game, so I’d just really
appreciate it if you were there.” He
offered a hesitant smile at you, and your fake smile widened into a real one.
“Sure, Archie,” you responded. He thanked you and headed away, probably
searching for other people to invite to the game. You knew you hadn’t been in the best shape
for the past week, but you figured this was the perfect opportunity to get your
mind off of everything that had happened.
It was an opportunity to forget about Jughead.
You arrived at the football stadium, and you wandered into
the bleachers, looking for a place to sit.
As you wandered around, you spotted Jughead. Before he could turn his head to look at you,
you dashed out of sight. Finally, you
found a seat at the top of the bleachers.
You watched the entire game from there, clapping and cheering along with
the rest of the crowd every time Riverdale High’s team scored. Once the buzzer signaled the end of the game,
and another victory for Riverdale, you ran down to the field to congratulate
Archie. Instead of finding Archie, you
ran into Reggie.
“(Y/N)!” he exclaimed, his sweaty figure towering over
“Hey, Reggie!” you smiled.
“I haven’t seen you around lately,” he noted. You shrugged.
“Did you want to?”
“Well yeah,” he laughed.
Oddly, you found yourself blushing.
“We should catch up sometime, (Y/N).
How about Tuesday?” You blinked a
couple of times, trying to figure out if he was joking or not.
“Seriously?” you questioned.
He nodded as if it was obvious.
“Of course. Eight o’clock
at Pop’s?” You grinned and nodded. He did the same and then walked off to
celebrate the victory with his teammates.
Turning on your heel, you suddenly came face-to-face with Jughead.
(Y/N)?” he inquired, crossing his arms and raising a brow.
“At least he had the courage to ask me out,” you scoffed,
stomping off and leaving a stunned Jughead behind.
Tuesday night arrived quickly, and, as promised, you met
Reggie at Pop’s. He sat waiting in a
booth, and when you entered, his face illuminated with a grin. The night went successfully, and you
thoroughly enjoyed your time with Reggie.
You didn’t even notice the dark figure watching you from a few booths
“I had a great time tonight, (Y/N),” Reggie said as he
noticed the time. It was nearly
midnight. “Can we do this again
“Of course,” you nodded, smiling. He grinned.
“And, just to be clear, these are dates, right?” You hesitated at this, and for the first time
you looked up and spotted Jughead.
Realizing you were staring at him, he averted his gaze. You turned back to Reggie and frowned.
“Reggie,” you started, twiddling with your fingers. His face slowly fell as he anticipated what
you were going to say. “You’re a great
guy. Any girl would be lucky to have
you, but… I like someone else.” You smiled
apologetically at him. “I’m sorry. I hope we can still be friends.” The football star stood up, remaining in
front of your table. He offered you a
“I understand,” he sighed.
“Of course we can be friends. I’ll
see you around, (Y/N).” He strode away
from your table and exited the diner.
Once he was out of sight, you turned all of your attention to
Jughead. You stood up and rushed over to
“What the hell, Jughead?” you seethed, sitting down across
from him. He refused to make eye contact
with you. “Were you spying on me?”
“We’re best friends, (Y/N), you should know by now that I’m
always at Pop’s,” he spat in retaliation.
You didn’t back down.
“Oh so we are best friends?” you cynically questioned. “That’s funny, because I don’t think we’ve
spoken in a week.”
“I had a lot on my mind, okay?” he defended himself, growing
quieter. You rolled your eyes and
“Uh huh,” you scoffed, “a lot on your mind. Whatever, Jughead.” You rose from your seat and prepared to exit,
but Jughead grabbed your wrist.
“Wait, (Y/N),” he stopped you. You raised an eyebrow. “I’m sorry.”
“Wow thanks,” you smiled sarcastically. “This makes everything better, Jughead.”
“I know it doesn’t,” he rolled his eyes, “but I can’t do
anything else except apologize, (Y/N).”
“How about you talk to me?” you offered, narrowing your eyes
as you settled back into your seat. “Because
I’ve had my feelings out there for a week now, Jughead, and you haven’t said
anything about it.”
“What feelings?” he questioned. “All you asked me is if I thought we should
be a couple.”
“What do you think that was?” you practically screamed. “Did you really just think that was just
casual conversation, Jug? Come on, you’re
smarter than that!”
“Okay, so you confessed your feelings to me!” he exclaimed,
frustratedly throwing his hands up. “How
do you think I felt, (Y/N)? When I thought
my best friend was thinking about the same possibility as me? I was fucking terrified!” This drew you aback.
“Terrified?” you echoed.
“Why… why were you terrified?”
“Because I think about that too, (Y/N), all the time!” he
didn’t yell, but his voice grew louder. “I
don’t know when it happened, but sometime between that first time you walked in
through those diner doors,” he pointed at the entrance, “and right now, something
changed. I don’t know when, I don’t know
how, and I certainly don’t know why. All
I know when I saw you laughing with good-looking, athletic Reggie the only
thing I could think about is all the times I could’ve told you how I felt, and
I didn’t.” He was almost panting by the
end of his tangent, and you were subdued by shock. The two of you sat together in silence,
staring at each other in astonishment.
“Missed opportunities,” you finally murmured, breaking the
silence. “We both… we both missed so
many opportunities.” You bit your lip
between your teeth, holding back a smile.
“But here we are,” Jughead replied, a smile creeping onto
his face. “We missed a thousand opportunities,
but the universe gave us one more.”
“I don’t believe in fate,” you smiled. He grinned.
“Neither do I,” he responded. “But I do believe in us.”
The Force Tree and what it really means for Kylo Rey and Luke.
While watching the latest trailer for TLJ, I noticed something I and possibly many others have overlooked.
The Force Tree
Its surrounded by fog and set at the top of a small hill. Inside it books or knowledge. It is easy to compare the Force tree to the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Its foreboding imagery makes it even more comfortable to draw the comparison because once Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they were shown the truth. Much like Rey may be shown the truth when she ventures inside the Force Tree and reads whatever it is that is inside the books.
What if I told you that isn’t the only thing you should take away from this image of the Force Tree? What if I told you there was something else you should pay attention too?
Look closely, notice something? The shape of the tree is that of a trident. Is there a significance to be gained from the configuration? Does it represent anything significant?
Yes, it absolutely does.
In Taoism, the trident represents the Taoist Trinity, the Three Pure Ones. In Taoist rituals, a trident bell is used to invite the presence of deities and summon spirits, as the trident signifies the highest authority of Heaven.
Well, okay but why is that important for Star Wars?
The code name for The Last Jedi during filming was Space Bear. The bear was not just any bear but a Panda. The Panda is symbolic of the Chinese symbol Yin and Yang. I do not think this is a coincidence. Rian Johnson is good at what he does, and part of writing a story is understanding literature, mythology, and the symbolism wrapped within those things.
So what is Taoism and the Three Pure Ones, and why is it relevant to the Force Tree?
The Tao can be roughly thought of as the flow of the Universe, or as some essence or pattern behind the natural world that keeps the Universe balanced and ordered.
Doesn’t that sound very similar to the Force? A lot of things do, especially when it comes to religion.
The Tao is more commonly expressed in the relationship between wu (void or emptiness, in the sense of wuji) and yinyang (the natural dynamic balance between opposites), leading to its central principle of wu wei (non-action, or action without force).
The Trinity, these 3 Forces, the Three Pure Ones are manifestations of Primordial Celestial Energy, they are formless. But to illustrate their role in Creation, they are often portrayed as elderly deities robed in the three basic colours from which all colours originated: Red, Blue and Yellow (or Green) depending on personal interpretation of colour origins by additive or subtractive means.Everything we do in life is centered around this law, from how we are born, what we think, what we eat, how we live, how we die and even in making love, because in any action, there is always an opposite and equal reaction.
Perhaps the colors are just an interesting coincidence? Maybe, I will give you that if you are a skeptic. So, let’s move on to my next point.
The congregation of all three Pure Ones resulted in the return to Tao. Hence the Tao =The Equilibrium of Yin and Yang
Kylo and Rey have been coded as Yin and Yang. One has darkness with a little light while the other is light with a bit of darkness.
The thing about yin and yang is that they influence each other. And the line that divides the two is Tao the balance.
Balance has been pushed in marketing since the release of the teaser trailer. We have had Rey, and Kylo marketed together more than they were for TFA. Daisy has been quoted to say (paraphrasing) “The line between good and evil is becoming vaguer. The relationship between Kylo and Rey will also become so.” At D23 when asked if this movie would be more grey the entire cast present along with Rian Johnson said yes.
Mark Hamill recently debunked “dark Luke, ” and while I think Luke is going to be different, I believe he will play a significant role in Kylo and Rey’s relationship. They are a trinity of sorts. When the three converge, we will have balance for the first time in SW’s. This doesn’t mean Luke play’s matchmaker for Rey and Kylo or that the roles are solidified. Rey and Kylo will influence each other, and via that interaction will also affect Luke.
Also on a side note, I do realize this looks like the Mortis trio. Perhaps it is meant to resemble it, not mimic it. It has been done in Clone Wars. Not everyone has seen that series, and I think Rian pulled from that as it too was also drawn from this. What I mean is that is where and how the Mortis trio was created. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are tying that in with the ST.
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Is there ever a good reason to turn your back on someone in a close-up fight (like spinning around or whatever) that isn't running away?
Okay, the Hollywood spin that you see in a lot of fight scenes is bunk. These random spins are just there because spinning is dynamic and looks better on screen.
The answer to your question is that we don’t really spin to dodge attacks, we utilize spins to gain momentum. If you take into consideration that power comes from the momentum of
your body in motion, then spinning and jumping lend themselves to more
Spinning techniques open up a can of worms when talking about real fights, not really whether or not they work. That’s not up for debate. The question is, should you risk it? It’s a combat philosophy question.
This is about risk versus reward.
Spin kicks and jump kicks are the more advanced versions of the basic and the intermediary kicks. Any spinning or jump technique will have a version on the ground that must be learned first. The more complexity is added to a technique, the more your fundamentals and basics become important. A sloppy hook kick will translate into a sloppy spinning hook kick. The more force there is at play then the greater the risk of injury to yourself if you mess up. Broken ankles, fractured toes, broken legs, busted or blown knees, torn tendons are all risks beyond just the standard pulled leg muscles.
Remember, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more force you generate to put into someone else, the greater the chance that same force has of rebounding on you. Poor technique increases the chance of injury, but there is no way to ever do any of these techniques in complete safety. You have to trust yourself and your ability to perform.
Jump kicks, spin kicks, spinning hand strikes, and flying punches exist as techniques across multiple martial arts disciplines. The body in motion creates momentum which is the source of power. When you spin, or run, or jump, you create a lot more momentum then you will from a standing position. These techniques are the more powerful upgrades of their non-jumping, non-spinning, ground based counterparts.
Someone flying at you can break your bones, and its potentially lethal. There are dozens of videos from kickboxing matches and taekwondo tournaments showcasing knockouts from wheel kicks and 360 degree jump roundhouses. The wheel kick or spinning hook kick can and does knock people out in sparring matches, tournaments, and professional fights.
A landed kick will drive the force of the blow through the headgear or head protection meant to soften the impact. If they manage to land the wheel kick while jumping then it is even stronger than it was on the ground. Spinning and jumping combine into the ultimate power up. The art of the flying death kick is not a joke. Well, not completely. Lots of martial arts styles have their own variants on spin techniques, from spinning kicks to spinning backfists and even elbows. We can go back and forth debating in what context they work, but they do exist. They do work, and they populate many different martial styles.
Spin kicks, jump kicks, jump spin kicks, any spinning technique is risky business. They’re powerful finishers. They can be used as openers, but if you fail then you leave yourself wide open. Most of the time you’re going to need to set your spins up via combinations to create the necessary openings in your opponent’s defense.
That said, turning your back on your opponent is a bad idea. Running
away in close quarters when you haven’t created an opening is a terrible
one. The same is true for spin techniques. You need great timing and
the ability to create openings in order to pull them off. The crux of
the issue is: they’re high risk, high reward.
When we perform a spin kick is we’re turning our back on our opponent and trusting they’ll still be there by the time we’ve finished our turn. Your opponent is never just going to stand there and let you hit them. You’ve got to make sure they’re not going anywhere first.
The combat philosophy on spin techniques varies from individual to individual. Some will say never do it as what you get isn’t worth the risk, and others will do it and make it work. You’ve got to decide for yourself if the benefits outweigh the risks.
For writers, especially ones without experience, it’s important to understand that spinning jump kicks are among the most difficult kicking techniques. Spinning is advanced martial arts. If your character doesn’t come out of a strong kicking discipline, it’s unlikely they’ll ever consider you using them. Even if they do, they may decide they’re too risky.
If you, the writer haven’t figured out how the basic kicks like the front kick, the roundhouse, and the sidekick work then wrapping your head around the mechanics of a spin kick is going to be difficult. This is before we get to the combat applications of when or how we use kicks like the wheel kick, the spinning jump roundhouse, or the popup back kick.
And that’s okay if you look at these kicks, think they’re awesome, and when you sit down to try to write what you saw get confused by how they work. The advanced kicks are mysteries to the white belts too. That’s normal.
Mechanically, these kicks are fairly complex. Sometimes, there’s switching between the legs that happens. Multiple body parts are all moving at the same time. With the wheel kick, you turn and look over your shoulder, lift your leg, extend your leg, and spin in one almost simultaneous spin. You need to spin while balanced entirely on one leg, not overextend, not be thrown out of whack by your own momentum, and not be destabilized by sudden contact with another object that’s not moving.
It is not uncommon when learning these kicks to lose your balance and fall over, to experience vertigo, lose track of your target and get really dizzy. You stumble, you fall, you get scared. It can very be intimidating.
Writers, if you find yourself looking at these techniques and getting confused don’t worry about it. You’re seeing kicks that are studied between blue (in TKD basic popup kicks, axe kick, crescent kick), brown to red (wheel kick, jump axe kick, jump crescent kick, jump wheel kick, and advanced popups), and black belt (kicks like tornado kick, the 540, and the 720). These are kicks learned two to four years into a student’s training, when they have a strong foundation. Don’t get down on yourself for not being a black belt if you’ve never done martial arts.
Ironically, the best way to train your pen is start with writing the basic kicks and work up. If you can figure out the application for the back kick and the hook kick in a written scene, you’ll begin understanding the wheel kick.
If you want to watch the knockouts in action, here are some videos. (Warning: do not watch any of the following videos if you are uncomfortable with watching real human beings, some of whom are minors get knocked out.)
If you want to watch a lot of these in action then look up videos like The Best Taekowndo Knockouts KO. Or this Tornado Kick KO (360 degree jump roundhouse) from MMA. Lawrence Kenshin did a decent breakdown of these kicks. (Learning the Tornado Kick was how I fractured my tibia when I was twelve.)
“It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.”
In our society today, physics is made out to be an incredibly complex and nigh-impossible to understand. Although this may be true to some of the finer subjects in physics, it certainly isn’t the case for the wide variety of physics subjects. Through this series of lessons, I hope you’ll learn something about just how awe-inspiring physics can be.
So where to begin? Well, in order to understand physics in its modern state, I believe you must first understand its history.
[Side Note: If you have any questions about what I talk about here, Or if you see anything that is incorrect- please let me know!]
Dictionary.com gives us a good general definition for physics: “the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.” However, this is only a partial definition. To gain the full definition-n you Physics originated in ancient Greece when philosophers such as Thales of Miletus (who first conceived the idea that everything we see has a natural cause) and later Leucippus (who developed the first theory of atomism- the idea that everything is made up of atoms). Then, physics was simply known as a facet of philosophy focused on applying mathematics to our visible reality.
Around the same time, similar advancements would be made in India, China, and the middle east. Some Muslim philosophers and astronomers were so advanced that they continued to be used (once they were translated into Latin from Arabic) all the way into the 1600s.
In the 15th through 17th centuries, a scientific revolution started in Europe, sprouting such as Thomas Aquinas (who used motion as one of his five proofs for the existence of God) and Nicolaus Copernicus (the father of Heliocentricity). Here is where Physics gained its first name distinguishing itself from philosophy: Natural Philosophy- Considered by many to be the precursor to modern science.
Now, understanding this, we can give a more complete definition to use through this study: Physics is the Natural Science that involves the study of matter, its motion and behaviour through space and time, energy and force, as well as the philosophical study of nature and the physical universe.
But enough with the boring stuff! I can already hear you. Onto the interesting stuff!
Now, seeing as since physics (in its simplest form) is just the study of motion, we’ll be just looking over the basics of movement before I wrap this first lesson up (it’s already a bit lengthy, no?)
So, here are the laws that (pretty much) cover all movement in the universe. You might recognise them…
I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
(The ball don’t move ‘till you kick it.)
II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law, the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
(The ball will move differently if you kick it from another way- also it accelerates more the harder you kick it.)
III. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
(When you kick the wall, the wall kicks back.)
Now there are plenty of other factors that play into motion, such as velocity, time, acceleration, and perspective to name a few, but they’ll be discussed in detail in my next lesson which will again brush the concepts of motion (specifically perspective). However the next few lessons will focus more heavily on gravity, energy, and magnetism as in my experience people generally like to learn about things blowing up instead of just plain movement.
Again, if you have any questions, corrections, requests for future content, or if you just want to talk, please feel free to send me an ask or a message!
One of the most vexing topics for fluid dynamicists and their audiences is the subject of how wings generate lift. As discussed in the video above, there are a number of common but flawed explanations for this. Perhaps the most common one argues that the shape of the wing requires air moving over the top to move farther in the same amount of time, therefore moving faster. The flaw here, as my advisor used to say, is that there is no Conservation of Who-You-Were-Sitting-Next-To-When-You-Started. Nothing requires that air moving over the top and bottom of a wing meet up again. In fact, the air moving over the top of the wing outpaces air moving underneath it.
In the Sixty Symbols video, the conclusion presented is that any complete explanation requires use of three conservation principles: mass, momentum, and energy. In essence, though, this is like saying that airplanes fly because the Navier-Stokes equations say they do. It’s not a terribly satisfying answer to someone uninterested in the mathematics.
Part of the reason that so many explanations exist – here’s one the video didn’t touch on using circulation – is that no one has presented a simple, intuitive, and complete explanation. This is not to say that we don’t understand lift on fixed wings – we do! It’s just tough to simplify without oversimplifying.
Here’s the bottom line, though: the shape of the wing forces air moving around it to change direction and move downward. By Newton’s 3rd law (equal and opposite reactions), that means the air pushes the wing up, thereby creating lift. (Video credit: Sixty Symbols)
- put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
- he looked at me like I was stupid—i’m not stupid
- give us a verse, drop some knowledge
- i gotta holler just to be heard, with every word i drop knowledge
- you keep out of trouble, and you double your choices
- for the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow
- im looking for a mind at work
- im not standing still, i am lying in wait
- he keeps winning anyway; he changes the game—he plays and he raises the stakes
- we pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand
- the worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind
- through the night, we have one shot to live another day
- how did we know that this plan would work? we had a spy on the inside
- if we lay a strong enough foundation, we’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you and you’ll blow us all away
- why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
- why do you write like you’re running out of time?
- every action has its equal opposite reaction
As a die hard itasaku shipper, what are your favourite itasaku fics?
OKAY ANON, here we go. I didn’t reply right away because I dug around and i really couldn’t pinpoint my top faves. I was on a KakaSaku binge for a long time lol. Here’s some I just read that I liked, and then I’ll hook you up with some awesome writers.
my fav rvb15 theory right now is due to all the “every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction” stuff they’ve been talking about. there’s a big climatic fight. finally they kick temple into the portal…and out pops church 15 minutes late with starbucks