for purposes of scale

I think that thing Morty said about Rick being more like a fucked God than a hero or a villain is the most accurate description of Rick. He’s saved people a lot, but he’s capable of fucking things up on a massive scale (sometimes on purpose, other times without meaning to).

Hell, he made an entire microverse to use as a car battery and enslaved the people there to make more energy. So he’s literally a fucked up God. I feel like Morty knows Rick better than anyone else in the family to be honest.

how to write a violin concerto: a guide by almost every romantic composer

step 1: come up with a melody
step 2: run out of original ideas
step 3: write some broken chords. make sure to include excessive string crossings for the sole purpose of inconveniencing the soloist
step 4: throw in some scales. bonus points if all of the notes are slurred 32nd notes
step 5: repeat the melody from the beginning
step 6: more unnecessary scales. at this point, the sheet music should resemble a lazily written etude
step 7: keep repeating steps 3 and 4, but make sure to include an ungodly amount of accidentals
step 8: throw in some more notes, and when the concerto is published, request that it is printed on as few pages as possible for the purpose of intimidating anyone who sees the sheet music.

**and remember: violin concertos don’t have to sound good or have any real musical value–they just have to be difficult

you know what the world doesn’t need?  another empty, hollow body that exists purely to shrink and suffer and starve into fitting a society’s skewed sense of ‘beauty’

you know what the world needs? more genuine, raw, sweet souls that are not defined by numbers or sizes, but focus their energy on changing lives and healing hearts to fix society’s brokenness

you know what will not be remembered? bmi, lowest weight, daily calorie intake, calories burned, jean size, foods eaten and foods not eaten, hours spent at gym, waist measurement, thigh size, presence or lack of stomach rolls

you know what will be remembered? your passions, you confidence, your radiance, the memories you made with friends, the crazy things you did, the places you visited, the people you invested in, the mountains you scaled, the depths you survived, the purpose of your existence 

c h o o s e   w i s e l y.

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!

—  Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
The Domestic Garden Witch: Waterworks

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

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

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

Bringing Another Element to the Garden

It’s that time of the year! Graduations are in full swing, and the city of San Luis experiences its bi-annual exodus of students coming in and out of town for college, work, and housing. Though the faces may change, one thing is definitely constant: we’ve got a lot of gardens and greenery here! One thing being somewhat less constant depending on when you’re in California is the presence of water. But with several creeks and streams cutting through SLO proper, and the presence of nearby Salinas River, Morro Bay, and… well, the ocean, we can safely say that water features are a part of what helps keep the pulse going here.

In the garden, water features are not only works of art (as many of SLO’s man-made water features are), but can also be utilitarian or spiritual in nature. From irrigating your plants in fashion to providing a space for scrying and reflection, it’s not hard to convert your garden into a beautiful and spiritual sanctuary.

I know, I know… there are some of you out there saying “But Josh, how the hell am I supposed to fit a bird bath or a water fountain on my windowsill? I live on campus for gods’ sakes!” Bear with me!

Spiritual Cleansing and Reflection

First of all, why would you want a water feature in your garden in the first place? The immediate answers that come to mind are usually something along the lines of “they’re pretty” or “they’re relaxing.” But in my opinion, they hold a bit of a deeper significance.

Water is a source of life - even succulents require water to thrive. Soil alone is not enough, and neither is light. As such, a life-giving element can also help lift the energy of a space, cleansing it through sound and appearance. Consider the emotion invoked by sitting near a fountain or a small waterfall or by a running stream. The sound of running water often inspires calm and peaceful thoughts and emotion. This is of immeasurable benefit for a witchy garden!

But moving water is not the only way for the element to be represented in a witchy context. Standing pools of water can invoke many of the same feelings due to their calm surfaces and tranquil movements when disturbed by a breeze. These reflection pools can be used for meditation or for scrying, both practices that are helpful for maintaining spiritual health and for divination.

Bringing the Magic Home

It’s extremely easy to put together the most basic water feature: a birdbath. A common method is to place a terra cotta saucer on a wire stand (such as a tomato stand or a milking stool) and then fill it with water. Other times, one can substitute the saucer with a trash can lid or other wide, shallow dish. Bless the water or set it out under a full moon if you wish to add a bit of extra magic to it! Additionally, a clear quartz crystal in the water is a great discreet way of helping maintain an enchantment on your water feature.

The fact that it attracts birds adds to the allure, helping for those who enjoy bird-watching either for pleasure or for divination. But try getting even closer with nature by adding some stones to the middle of the bath to provide a dry, sloping surface for bees and insects or as an additional perch for birds.

Water falls and artificial streams and pools can be built into a backyard for the same purposes. Consider how you can turn them into larger scale scrying pools for use during full or new moons!

Now, bringing it back to the windowsill! Some stores sell small water features such as miniature water fountains. These can be purposed much in the same way. However, if money is a factor, use a tea saucer or shallow bowl. This source of water may not help births bathe, but it will still serve as a space cleanser. In addition, if you have crystals that need cleansing, they can be submerged in this water for that same purpose!

How will you know when the water has cleansed as much as it could? Either it will become stagnant with dust and debris or it will completely evaporate - whichever comes first!

Take it a step further by turning it into a little shrine space! Many deities and spirits can be linked with water, and such a little water feature is a perfect way to honor them!

No matter the size or design, consider the many benefits water can bring to your spiritual garden!

And may all your harvests be bountiful!
Blessed Be! )O(

how the moon signs feel
  • aries: they feel in explosions, eruptions; their heart is a fuse, and once it's lit, there's no going back. they think with their heart, rather than just feeling, and they use it as fuel, use it as a weapon.
  • taurus: their heart is a mountain, tremendous in size and impossible to move; it's framed by grass meadows and a gentle breeze. they feel in crystal outcroppings and veins made of minerals, in stalagmites and stalactites that take millions of years to build.
  • gemini: their heart is a desert at nighttime, bitterly and bitingly cold. sometimes, they feel in fireworks that explode upon a clear sky full of stars, and sometimes, the only thing they feel is the chilling wind blowing around them without rest. they feel in duality; either everything, or nothing at all.
  • cancer: they feel in waves that wash up on the shore during high tide, and all too often, those waves completely swamp them, making them feel like they're drowning. no one can reach them now.
  • leo: they have a heart made of gold, and they feel in spontaneous waves of passion, like paint splattering onto a perfectly blank canvas. they feel in the form of art; they are art, residing high up on the pedestal they have made for themselves.
  • virgo: everything is white; everything is pure. in their heart, everything is orderly, and everything has a place. when they feel, they disrupt that very order; they feel in earthquakes, shattering the windows and knocking over the memories they took so much time to arrange.
  • libra: purpose is essential. much like virgo, a libra moon's heart must maintain a state of equilibrium at all times. a libra moon's feeling can be personified as a tipping of the scales; feeling must have purpose to balance itself on the other side, or else equilibrium will be shattered.
  • scorpio: their hearts are a calm and cloudy sky above a pacific sea, and their emotions are like monsoons, completely wreaking havoc until there is nothing left to destroy within themselves. they feel in storms, in lightning and unforgiving gales.
  • sagittarius: their heart is free, and they often have to chain it down to keep themselves in check. when a sagittarius moon feels, their heart swells, and the chains holding back their heart break. they feel in uncontrolled pulses, pulses that run throughout their entire body and make their bones itch for freedom.
  • capricorn: their feelings take shape in the form of a slow burn, and their heart is the candle wick that keeps them burning. their feelings are steady and controlled; sometimes, if they aren't careful, the flame grows too great to control, and they burn themselves out.
  • aquarius: logic is key. in a way the opposite of aries moons, who think with their hearts, aquarius moons feel with their mind. they feel in neural synapses, neon blue sparks of electricity coursing across a circuit board to deliver information. their heart is insulated, and they've installed the necessary software to protect themselves.
  • pisces: a pisces moon is surrounded by fragments of dreams, fragments of things that could be and could've been. they spend more time in the fantasy world they've created for themselves than in the real world. they completely surround themselves in their emotions, and they feel in waterfalls.
Humans are weird: clothes.

Now, most lifeforms even on Earth evolved to have the necessary protection from the elements of their given habitat.
Aliens are no different. Some have a covering similar to the hair of Earth animals, or at least serving the same purpose. Some aliens have scale-type skin. Others have some sort of exoskeleton. Some are so different from earth lifeforms that aliens do not yet know how to describe it to them properly.

But humans have to make their own protection? From the Sol, from the water that falls on them, from the cold that occurs closer to the poles of their planet. Many of the subcultures would not be able to survive the elements if they had not used skin from OTHER LIFEFORMS around them.

This is something that sounds ridiculous to aliens, as it is something they’ve never encountered before. Then, one human explains how this ‘clothing’ has become more than simply for survival.

It’s for “expression” they say. It tells other humans what type of human they are talking to. Some use it to convey gender, or age, or even political affiliation. During some parts of history, humans have fought over what certain styles of clothing or even color mean. They cannot even agree amongst themselves what clothing means, but assure us there is meaning for each individual.

Just how big are the gods of Amonkhet?

Because the images from yesterday don’t give us a lot to compare them to for scaling purposes. 

So at first I’m looking at the crocodile god… 

…and reference his size in the image released by VIZ for the Amonkhet art book… 

…and compared to the other people in the image, he looks to be pretty standard giant size. Like, an adult human approximately comes up to his knee. 


But then there’s the art of the cat god… 

…and you know how several of the gods have birds flying in the background of their art? 

THAT BIRD’S NOT IN THE BACKGROUND. It’s flying in front of her. 

So that’s either a really tiny bird, or she’s ENORMOUS. 

Soooo… I’m thinking there may be some size variations among these beings. 

Something in Homestuck that will never stop being funny to me:

Okay so Sn0wman, right?
This lovely lady:

She was the Black Queen of the troll’s session, who was overthrown in a coup and exiled to Alternia.

Do you remember why that happened? Why the trolls and the four archagents who later became the Midnight Crew were able to defeat her, the Black Queen, one of the final bosses of Sburb and one of its most powerful players?

Because she didn’t wear her magic ring, the magic ring that transforms carapacians into deadly, super-powered monsters based on what each player’s sprite was prototyped with.

Why?

Because it was prototyped with a frog head. Because Araida prototyped her sprite with a frog head, a creature reviled by Dersites. So reviled, in fact, that the Black Queen gave up all of this power at her disposal because she just couldn’t bear looking like one.

So that’s all well and good, but what, you may ask, is the funny part?

Well.

In this panel right here, Doc Scratch appeared and gave her a “new purpose.”
To become Sn0wman, to join The Felt, and, on a larger scale, to become the universe.

That’s right. Somehow, through some weird first guardian magic, Scratch made her the literal universe. 

And do you remember what the universe is? What the universes are, in Homestuck?

BIG FUCKING FROGS

So to recap: The Black Queen, due to her vanity and her hatred of frogs, gave up a source of power that probably would have saved her from being exiled.
But then, after her exile, she became the biggest frog in the fucking universe.

Oh, and it gets better.

Remember these assholes? Yeah, sure you do. You read the intermission. Of course you read the intermission. What kind of asshole would skip the intermission?

The Felt, the gang Sn0wman ends up as a part of, is made up of fourteen leprechauns, who are repeatedly referred to with such descriptions as “amphibious, froglike, frog people.”

Despite, and in some ways because of, her refusal to wear the frog-prototyped ring, Sn0wman ended up as a representation of a giant frog, living among a gang of frog people.

And I just find that hilarious.

Turns out the reason that there are so many myths discouraging negotiating with demons and the reason that finding information about how to summon them is so hard is that demons consider their negotiations as being with mankind as a whole and will take whoever summons them as a reasonable representative.

This is how we lost world peace, true love, telepathy, telekinesis, inherent knowledge of one’s purpose in life, the possibility of political reform on any scale, long-term economic stability, and 277 years of lifespan per person (on average).

It’s also why we have to sleep.

“My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: the scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life, despite what the fashion magazines say, is something more sublime than just looking good for men.”

- Yasmin Mogahed, Reclaim Your Heart: Personal Insights on Breaking Free from Life’s Shackles

Fyi Bucky’s monstrous form is based on a wolf (who is surprised anymore ffs) and Steve’s monstrous form is actually based on a basilisk (come on that disappointed stare could turn people to stone amirite). For the most part they are human shaped but sometimes they are more monstrous than others.

Like Bucky typically looks like a werewolf (like in Van Helsing) and walks around on two feet but sometimes he walks around on four and gets more aggressive. Steve is all scaly and typically has legs but sometimes he slithers around like an actual snake and he likes to hide and pop out at people like the world’s biggest jack-in-the-box.

Surprisingly the only time Tony actually screams is when he sees them when they’ve both tried really hard to appear human.

“Aw, guys, I’m sorry,” Tony tells the closet door, knocking softly. “You guys were super handsome, I swear!”

“You didn’t even scream that loud when you were little,” Steve mumbles on the other side, hurt. “And we scared you on purpose.”

“So it was a little startling to see my boyfriends without scales or fur! So sue me! You guys look the same for thirty-five years and then you change what you look like and expect me not to be startled!”

Jay: Let her go, Harry.

Harry: Why would I do a thing like that? The Princess for yer King, that be my price.

Evie: If you’ll give us Ben, I’ll go with you.

Jay: Evie no.

Evie: It’s fine. He won’t hurt me.

Harry: Of course not, my dear.

(Learning to make graphics is interesting. I made the manip…didn’t come out too bad. *cough* I did purposely gray-scale it to cover up mistakes. I need a lot more practice.)

Remember the original Versus XIII plot leak earlier from a person who worked with the original script (since the beginning) and was upset how FFXV turned out to be? I got my hands on what is supposed to be from the same person, more information concerning updates of FFXV and how it will be tied to Versus project, which will be a game of its own but tied to FFXV so that it makes sense.

“I have access to all my/our original content, it is called a proof of concept reel shown at fiscal update and progress meetings, shown in presentation forms to holders and division heads as the state of project developments. These contents are one of the last regarding the the Versus days. Jumping forward, the updates to chapter 13 this month are going to let players know that something new and unexpected is coming with the unannounced ability to actually play different characters when Noctis is separated in from the party. Cindey is meant to be playable. As the next two updates progress and release more frequently, more and more hints towards Etro as a central plot focus and the Versus plot will be rapidly introduced. The Verus content patch, the last major one will have the most revealing sequences with will excite everyone very much. The storyline behind the Magitek Powered Infantry Suits will be shown in their updates form (and what they connect to).

The first major cutscene will deal with the resurrected “light of expiring souls” saving Luna from actually being killed by a a possessed Noctis, who has completely accepted his fate as the Hand of Ardyn in this hell on earth world, or the Fallen King of Eos (as the surviving towns call him) as seen in the Omen trailer. In the nightmarish sequence that is “meant to be from Omen”, he stabs Luna with her own Trident in the stomach, ending the line of the Oracles. He is surrounded by Ceberus Scouting teams that are lead by the Demons. These are the ones that are the elite group that track down the remaining “Daemon Hunters” in the nightmarish Versus “World of Ruin” ruled over by King Ardyn Izunia (he still doens’t introduce himself as Caelum to the world for some reason) and also demands sacrifices that are burned of villagers once a year at he Alter of Ifrit. This is the only time villagers are ‘peacefully’ allowed into the Gates of Insomnia at this time, which is the hell you see it is at the end of the game, only far more graphic, much worse. Concept art show “Daemon Hunters” each crucified as you approach the square. Heartbreakingly, Cor, Cidney (who now ha a shaved head and looks like a type of bikesuit with a bandanna of Cid’s around her arm is one of them and Iris, all of which are crucified at the gates as an example, as the four major surviving towns bring their sacrifices, lead by as possessed, demonic looking looking Noctis leading them (Cid burned himself along with Hammerhead instead of being “turned into one of those god damn things” (shown in flashback, but only of Hammer Head burning).

As the survivors are mounted to makesift 'crosse’–very similar to what Prompto was on when he was found by the team near the end of the game–(that evil looking dog is sitting high on a podium watching them walked in with chains for some reason, with flaming Iron Giants walking in front and beside them)–also the black dog is implied through dialogue to be an actual shapeshifting character– the major turning point is when a golden light pierces the sky and you hear the voice of Luna call out dialogue to the enslaved (it was not yet voice acted, the sequence is just silent, but the animatic says [Voice of Luna] When the light shines, it is revealed by Ardyn to show genuine rage (the only other time he did so was when Luna touched his arm with that same light at the Leviathan fight). The daemons are immediately engulfed in flame, along with Ardyn’s face being hit with it, twisting to that black, goo-like appearance. He maniacally starts shooting the same kind of beams he hit Noctis’ friends with during the finale fight, only this starts to incinerating a few villagers as they revolt.

Next scene is describes as a “major Astral intervention”, that’s literally all that is written here, with “Titan destroys the ceremonial, gruesome "crucifixion gate–with all the dead bodies along the path towards the alter’s entrance, with rage ”, “Shiva freezes the burning pyres that adorn the ritual’, "Leviathan lifts a waterwall tunnel for citizens to flee through (very Exodus/Moses like”, blocking the flying demons (one of these is originally seen in earlier footage where its flying above a red sky), necromances, new untexturesd/incomplete daemons, and Cerberus Packs, and Bahamut himself is described as “swatting down the Ceberus swarms like vermin” and engages Ardyn [!?]. or maybe it is subdue or crushes them like flies, the Japanese says  "障害物を失います" in the script–only part I’m not quite exactly sure on in revelation to what is exactly happening, the phrasing here is strange/incomplete Long story short, cause I am tired of writing and translating, Cidney, and Iris are taken down and freed, Cor “The Immortal” is tragically dead already, and those who were dressed ceremonially for burning are freed (good, because that shit was honestly sounding quite limit/uncomfortable pushing). The last sequences, literally, is described as Aranea slamming evil Noctis in the back of the head,and the kid that picks him up originally for a ride in the World of Ruin attempting to flee with him in an MT armored truck. The kid says he doesn’t know how to drive it, with the event obviously being a pretty funny sexual innuendo of Aranea saying “Move over, kid, I can operate a stick just fine.”–sounds way more perverted in Japanese version., obviously. Fan service, potty humor. Lastly, the very meaning of the trailer “Omen” is in reference to the coming launch of this major and final expansion, integrating and using all character from Episode Galdio, Prompto, and Ignus. The whole expansion is extremely Book of Revelations-like, so there will be no more need for the “aww but FFXV wasn’t dark like Versus was supposed to be!”–that debate will end here.

PS–Bahamut is present at same time as Aranea, as seen smahing demons in the background, proving once and for she is not him (I honestly thought she was). This is so called World of Versus DLC expansion, but internally they are just calling it FFXV Epansion 1; so I think the World of Versus is a fan creation This is intended to introduce the fanbase to the next major FF project however. So on the table, we have the next major FF project that is a reboot of Versus (not the expansion, but a full blown new project using the original concept), and Visual Works providing assets for two other major project under development, which are the Agni Tech Demo to be designed for the consoles that will launch with or slightly follow Micosoft’s Scorpio and Sony’s next hardware piece. Visual Works will also be providing assets for Tabata’s FFType-1 project for PS4, XB1 and Scorpio, and surprisingly somekind of proposed handheld version or add-on. Nintendo has not been brought up in any way. Their vision simply does not align in any way with what Square is trying to do with their unified Luminous Suite, which is very much alive and is meant to bridge the gap between CGI movie and interactive media development and a middleware package for industry professionals (which was the purpose of showing the scaling capabilities of prerendered work in comparison to their realtime counterpart.

Contents of this discussion are to remain confidential, non-non-disclosable, in all aspects until given further written notice. Failure will result in immediate termination of correspondence. Thank you for understanding.”


Also some information of Gladio’s DLC, which will be out on 28th day. I’m curious to see if this information is true; if so, it’s most likely all the given Versus information is too, at least in some extend.

“I’m commenting while have time. Should we consider a way to present this information in some manner or are you are comfortable with me going with another group of individuals at a site i have always respect concerning fabula nova and it’s saga, that is my next step with what we are working on. If you wish to wait until the 28th to confirm everything that is long as I will wait. Ps– for forthcoming confirmation,concerning corinthius in episode gladios, or doc content 1. Cor is Gilgamesh the swordmaster and viodwalker, also referred to in the update. The item you will receive from him is a new blade, his to be exact, and he relinquished his title to cor after the trial of the blade. That’s a head a up for free.” (x)

Remind you that FFXV does canonically have alternative realities - one of them Omen trailer reality - as seen first of March 2017 in Square’s conference. So it wouldn’t be a surprise from SE to pull out together a new line of “how things go”.

So! We’ll see how these things turn out like (or will they turn at all). Till then it’s just nice to be musing with the ideas and possibilities. Take this as grain of salt!

gudcrow  asked:

My friends and I are trying to put together a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon-styled game, where each player controls a single Pokemon. Do you have any ideas for systems that might support that particularly well?

Depends on what you’re looking for gameplay-wise.

If you want to retain the grid-based dungeon crawling aspect of the source material, Hero Kids might be a good way to go. You’d have to either re-skin the pregenerated characters as various Pokémon or make up your own (I’d recommend the former, at least to start with - the system has very coarse granularity, so the balance is touchy), but beyond that it’s got pretty much everything you’d need. Simple enough that you can learn the whole system in just a few minutes, too.

If you’re not particularly concerned about keeping it as a grid-based dungeon crawler, you’ve got the usual suspects for games where everybody is basically playing a heavily stylised cartoon character: Fate Accelerated Edition if you prefer player-as-author type storygames, or perhaps OVA if you want something with a little less juggling Plot Points and a little more old school crunchiness. I rarely recommend OVA for anything because I dislike its “zero sum” approach to character creation that mandates that any character who’s actually good at stuff has to be loaded down with a list of disadvantages as long as your arm, typically leading to PCs with bewildering arrays of mental hangups, but for playing literal Pokémon that’s actually appropriate!

And of course, if you want something really rules light, there’s always Risus.

(There’s also Pokéthulhu, which is an excellent general purpose Pokémon RPG, but I wouldn’t recommend it for this particular purpose because its combat system scales poorly for scenes involving more than two characters.)

i always find it really unsettling when people list all the privileges and oppressions they experience in their sidebar or their about. like i understand if its an identity you’re proud of or blog about a lot, i get being like “muslim, lesbian, black” or w/e, but some people just like…rattle off their position in every single SJ approved scale or binary with no prompting. 

so they’ve got this list of details about their life, with no context, serving no purpose other than to identify where they lie on the privilege/oppression scale, on a page that is ostensibly about them talking about themselves as a person, and i’m like…i do not need to know this about you? if i’m following you for cracky star wars headcanons, i don’t need to know the exact conditions under which you experience white privilege, and i don’t know why anyone else would either. 

like i’m not saying those things should be a secret or that people shouldn’t talk about them at all, but it’s weird to see so many people making that very specific information about themselves readily available as a matter of course. 

Domestic Bliss - Victuuri Week Day 4

Title: Domestic Bliss

Rating: T

Warnings: N/A

Word Count: 1,460

Summary: Fake Relationship AU in which Victor and Yuuri are spys on an undercover mission. Victor and Yuuri move to Washington to start on their mission. They buy a cute little house in the suburbs and get a poodle and start to imbed themselves in the community as a happily married couple.

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street magic and hedgewitchery in ff8;

Okay, so I’ve been musing over this post for the last week or so, trying to figur out exactly how I wanted to nail this down, but it’s going to be my usual rambly bullshit, and I’m okay with that. 

  • So, in VIII, magic is clearly not a threat. Garden uses it with almost casual aplomb, and source magic/sorcery is clearly a thing, with drawpoints just sort of kicking around everywhere and giant beasts that are capable of being stuffed in people’s heads and augment their abilities. It’s arguable that every single person on the planet can wield magic in some form or another, from really basic “stir the pot” cooking spells to full-on folding the fabric of time and space. (Women are specifically called out in canon for this because of the sorceress theme of the game, but there’s no reason why it can’t apply to men, too– coughs and points in the direction of Seifer’s ability to cast and draw without needing junctioning or a GF. There’s also no canon to dictate that a man can’t be a sorceress with a knight of his own.)
  • Sorceresses are the threat, in canon the source of great evil and terrifying manipulation of power, but for every sorceress that’s gone completely off her nut, there have to be hundreds of women who can use the same magic on a much more minor scale, kitchen witches and herbalists and self-professed white mages traipsing around the world offering their services (you have to remember that 8 is in the middle of a radio blackout; it’s kind of a given that traveling healers have to be a thing in outpost towns and villages where there isn’t a major medical center, because it’s not like they can just call for an ambulance.) 
  • Dr. K is probably a white mage who got lucky and got hired at Garden, which is why she’s so competent at managing an entire school full of people who really aren’t meant to be using magic, but are doing it anyway thanks to Better Living Through Science. 
  • There’s undoubtedly a ranking marker for who’s more compatible with what– I, personally, refer to this as M-cells. Over a certain amount indicates some proficiency with source magic and your GF/paramagic compatibility skyrockets. Below a certain number, it’s like trying to get a particularly unfriendly weasel to read your mind with mixed results. Garden undoubtedly farms out a lot of its SeeDs for medical research purposes who sit on either end of the scale. Odine is probably there. 
  • Basically what I am saying is that there are kids who are hanging out in their backyards, drawing spells from the earth and making toys float and glow and catch fire. There are gangs of reckless youths in Deling City who sit on the train and terrorize innocent people with fire spells and the threat of a thundara through a big metal box. There are baristas who use a little bit of their magic to keep a favorite customer’s coffee hot for an extended period of time. There are old ladies singing Siren’s songs to their gardens to make them grow a little better. 
  • There are a ton of small-time contracts that cross Squall’s desk from police forces in provinces with a lot of draw points and too few compatible magic-users to successfully deplete or cordon them off from the public’s use. 
  • Inevitably, there are a lot of SeeDs who burn out early or are forced into retirement from paramagic overuse/”poisoning.” 

Have I mentioned recently that I have a lot of feelings about the freaking unexplored lore that could exist for this game? 

Lepidoptera (an order of insects including butterflies and moths) is a word derived from Greek meaning ‘scale wing’.
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Lepidoptera wings are made up of very thin layers of a protein called chitin. These chitin membranes are covered with thousands of microscopic scales that can serve various purposes for different species.
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Besides giving each species its distinctive coloration, scales also protect, insulate and aid in the flow of air along their wings as they fly. Scales may also help soak up the heat that is required to fly. Since butterflies are cold-blooded, they rely on external sources of heat to bring their core temperature high enough for their bodies to function. Research has shown that even tiny changes in scale thickness and color can have a big impact on how well they absorb heat.

Edward Elric Cosplay: Part 2

Part two of my Edward Elric cosplay, here I will be covering how to make Edward’s signature red coat.

  I couldn’t find any simpler way to do this that would fit my needs so I used a pattern that has been circulating the internet. The only problem: it is in French, and I can’t speak French.

I used a picture of a pattern, a grid to put over the picture, pattern paper/a really large sheet of paper, a ruler, and mathematics. I put the pattern I was using on a grid for the purpose of scaling into life size.

You can do this with any pattern you find online if it is drawn to scale.

You are probably thinking, “But how do I know how what size to cut the fabric?” This is when we use the paper, ruler, and mathematics. Measure from your shoulder to how far the coat will go down. This will be divided by 14 (the number of squares) and will tell us how big each square is. Let’s say that my measurement is 42 inches. That means that each square is 3 inches by 3 inches. We can get the size of the pattern and it will fit you. Draw out the pattern on your pattern paper or large piece of paper to scale. Add half an inch for seam allowance. Pin your pattern to your fabric; I used a lightweight red cotton. If decide to wear it more often or do strenuous activities in it, go with a more durable/heavy duty fabric. Cut out your fabric and follow these instructions which I roughly translated into English.

The Original

  1. assemblez les 2 panneaux du dos. Repassez bien couture ouverte. Faites un ourlet en bas de la veste
  2. Faites un ourlet sur le bas vos manches. Assemblez les devants de votro veste et coudre les manches.
  3. Faites un ourlet sur l'ouverture de capuche. Assemblez la capuche à la veste. Coudre les 2 boutons dorés de chaque a coe.
  4. Pour faire le logo dans le dos vous avez plusieurs posbilities. Peindre le logo en noir sur votre tissu avec de la peinture acrylique ou de la. Peinture pour tissu. Imprimer le logo sur du papier transfert et le repasser sur votre veste. découper le logo dans de la feutrine et le coller sur la veste

In English

  1.   Pin and sew the 2 back panels and iron well open seam. Make a bottom hem on the jacket, make a hem on the cuffs your sleeves.
  2. Pin and sew the front panels and back panels of the jacket and then sew the sleeve.
  3. Make a hem on opening hood. Pin and sew the hood onto the jacket. Sew 2 gold buttons on each side.
  4. To make the logo on the back you have several possibilities: paint the black logo on your fabric with acrylic paint or fabric paint, print logo on the transfer paper and iron it on your jacket, or you can cut the logo in the felt and glue it on the jacket.

I printed and cut out The Elric Crest, pinned it directly in the center of the back and traced it with a black marker. After I took off the pattern, I checked for imperfections. After I decided it looked accurate, I took out my black acrylic paint, a thin paintbrush, and some cardboard. I slid the cardboard inside the jacket (like the cardboard is wearing the jacket). I filled in the crest with the black paint and didn’t get any on the front of the jacket because the cardboard acted as a barrier.

I’m sorry that these pictures aren’t great. I suggest ironing it after use so it looks better.