fire districts

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: finnick odair is viewed widely as a superficial character who was only self-obsessed and okay with being a killer, but really he survived the hunger games as the youngest ever winner, went through that much trauma and survived at 14 years old, grew up to fall in love with an emotionally damaged girl who had gone through what he had, yet she had turned out more externally damaged, grew close with a sweet old woman, was willing to protect her with his life and literally physically carried her on his back in the games, despite the risk to himself, stood with the rebellion against the Capitol even though he was their darling, publicly defied and spilled secrets about the president, married that same damaged girl he loved even in the middle of a war and had a child who he never got to meet, helped a psychologically damaged and unrecognizable Peeta and defended him, protected his friends and team against the lizard mutts, and actually begged for Katniss to throw a bomb down where he was, because he knew that it would save her and the rest of the team, even though he would die.

anonymous asked:

Hi. How are you? To the picture of the flag on louis sweater i read about following: Perhaps more poignant is the fact that Mapplethorpe captured this flag flying audaciously above Fire Island’s infamously gay district of The Pines; four years before anyone had even heard of AIDS. Have a nice day or evening. Bye !

Anonymous said:I teach art history and I really appreciate Louis wearing that sweatshirt. Setting aside the more provocative artwork from Robert Mapplethorpe, anyone that is interested in him should do some research. The sweatshirt was designed in connection with his foundation that does wonderful work for the arts and HIV/AIDS research.

Anonymous said:Not the same anon, but your tag post just made me think, Mapplethorpe photographed the American flag multiple times. Most well known are the one from 1977 and one from 1987 (the one on L’s hoodie). The 1977 image is of a tattered flag was taken in the summer of 1977 in the Pines, a gay-friendly resort on New Yorks’ Fire Island, where Mapplethorpe’s lover, Sam Wagstaff, had rented a house. The 1987 image was shot after he was diagnosed with AIDS and knew he didn’t have much longer to live (½)

Anonymous said:in contrast this flag is not tattered unlike the previous one. Both flags show resilience and endurance. (2/2)

Some info from anons re: the image on Louis’ shirt and the photographer.


Hunger Games Aesthetics: Districts 1-6 of Panem


Part 1 (1-6)/Part 2 (7-13 + The Capitol)



Beltane, is the first day of May. On May Day all the fires of the district were extinguished and ‘tein eigin,’ need-fire, produced on the knoll. This fire was divided in two, and people and cattle rushed through for purification and safeguarding against 'ealtraigh agus dosgaidh,’ mischance and murrain, during the year. The people obtained fires for their homes from this need-fire. The practice of producing the need-fire came down in the Highlands and Islands to the first quarter of this century. The writer found traces of it in such distant places as Arran, Dist, and Sutherland. In 1895 a woman in Arran said that in the time of her father the people made the need-fire on the knoll, and then rushed home and brought out their 'creatairean,’ creatures, and put them round the fire to safeguard them, 'bho ’n bhana bhuitsich mhoir Nic-creafain,’ from the arch-witch Crawford.

The ordeal of passing through the fires gave rise to a proverb which I heard used by an old man in Lewis in 1873:–'A Mhoire! mhicean, bu dora dhomhsa sin a dheanamh dhuit na dhol eadar dha theine mhoir Bheaill,’ Ah Mary! sonnie, it were worse for me to do that for thee, than to pass between the two great fires of Beall.

The Beltane Blessing

Bless, O Threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, and my children,
My tender children and their beloved mother at their head.
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling,
    On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling.

Everything within my dwelling or in my possession,
All kine and crops, all flocks and corn,
From Hallow Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
    From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.

Be the Three Persons taking possession of all to me belonging,
Be the sure Trinity protecting me in truth;
Oh! satisfy my soul in the words of Paul,
And shield my loved ones beneath the wing of Thy glory,
    Shield my loved ones beneath the wing of Thy glory.

Bless everything and every one,
Of this little household by my side;

From, Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmichael, [1900], at Carmichael shared with readers hundreds of poems and prayers that he had collected from residents in various areas of Scotland.

Photos from Beltane 2017 Edinburgh.

The story of Gorkamorka and the Cap of Good Dreams

So… I was a Half-Orc Barbarian in one campaign I was in a while back. His name was Gorkamorka. He was basically a Warhammer Orc if he was transplanted into the world of D&D.

The DM of this campaign gave everyone a trinket to have in this campaign. Gorkamorka got “a night cap that when he wears it, he will have good dreams”. This cap will come into play later

Gorkamorka used Rage and Frenzy in EVERY combat encounter he was in. Gorkamorka has slayed Banshees and Goblins and killed a Owlbear in ONE round of combat. He killed a Blink Dog with a bag of money and chased around butterflies because he thought that they would give him magical powers.

Gorkamorka also set fire to a merchant district after an incident with Alchemist’s Fire (he thought it was Grog and tried to drink it, and got into an argument with one of his teammates) and got one of his teammates killed by accidently giving him CPR and crushing his sternum into a fine powder. Said Teammate would later come back as a ghost to haunt him… By giving him bad dreams.

DM: “Ok, Cyrocil’s ghost is haunting Gorkamorka. He curses Gorkamorka with bad dreams and horrible nightmares.”

Me: “… Wait *looks over my character sheet* don’t I have the cap of good dreams?”

DM: “yeah, so?”

Me: “so basically, the effects of the curse are null and void by the effect of the cap”

DM and everyone at the table bursts out into laughter because and basically Gorkamorka got off killing a teammate scot-free!

Ultimately, Gorkamorka’s story would end with him being through off a 1000 ft drop into a ravine with a river and SURVIVING, but that’s a story for another time.


Wildboarclough Barn Sunirse by James Grant
Via Flickr:

An old picture of a fire escape in the Financial District, Manhattan.