The religion of peace is at it again. Nothing new here, just more blowing innocent people up on behalf of a bloodthirsty deathcult. But, I do want to say something else. Often times when I post I get responses from Muslim apologist that make excuses for Islam. The statements this time they were taking me to task on was that I said Muslim terrorism was nearly a daily occurrence. When they questioned me, I sent a list of all terrorist attacks for this year so far. Their response was that the list included developing countries as well as the Western nations and that the list was not valid because it included both.
This is the arrogance of those that deny Islam as the world leader of death and destruction. They do not view the third-world’s lives as valuable as their own or the West’s. That is the kind of thinking that genocides are built on and is the thinking of many apologists for Islam. The bottom line is that if you are against murder, maiming, slavery, subjugation, destruction and rape, then you have to be against Islam. All of the above are codified in the Koran and justified in the Hadith. The problem with Islam is that it is Islamic.
the first clip of episode 8 will always be one of my favorites?? they were able to pack so much into a few minutes (a few minutes which, let’s be real, mostly consisted of even being a dork)
it helped establish that even wanted to go public with isak, that he had nothing to hide. for isak. his relationship with even has been something that he wanted to keep to himself, something he thought he should be ashamed of. he’s scared of how the rest of the school would react, but ironically, he’s even more worried about what the people closest to him will think - the people i think he knows, deep down, will eventually come around. he’s more worried about the subtle changes in the way they treat him - expecting him to act gay gay with tights and mascara and everything he knows he’s not ready for. in ep5 we don’t see even’s interaction with kollektivet at all, even though he’s presumably met them. but episode 8 shows us an even who’s ready to meet isak’s friends, wants to show off their relationship because he’s so proud of his boy, and that goes such a long way in letting isak feel free to be proud too.
isak got to confront even about his insecurities!! ep7 was all about isak learning to be straight up, to let himself feel free to want things. we saw isak smile at all of even’s drawings - i think a part of him would’ve been okay with these small signs of affection. not a relationship, but proof that even likes him. but it’s not enough, and in the last scene of ep7, his friends help him realize that he deserves something more substantial. isak, for a long time, has struggled to really want things - we see him occupy his time with netflix and video games and nothing of real substance. he’s barely allowed himself to admit that he likes boys, and something even more than that seemed like an entirely new realm of possibility when he could barely admit that he’s gay. so actually communicating to even his insecurities, wanting a real relationship with him, was such a huge step for isak and i wanna give him a hug.
“only you can feel what you feel” is such an essential theme of this season. isak obviously doesn’t understand the weight of it when he says it in that kitchen - he just wants to reassure even. but that’s one of the things isak has to come to terms with regarding even’s bipolar disorder. mental illness doesn’t make someone a different person, doesn’t invalidate their feelings. i think this line (and minute by minute later on) helps boil down isak’s two biggest takeaways from being in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness
it’s honestly just so nice to see them being domestic and having fun together. we got so many episodes of angst, and then tentatively getting to know each other. this is still getting to know each other but in a more intimate setting, when they already know what they mean to each other and that they’re willing to commit. skam does a great job of building up even as this unattainable cool dude who walks around like he’s in a movie and lives every moment like it’s being recorded, and then episodes 8-10 break down that image to make him more human. this is actually such a fun and lighthearted start before the angst happens? even is supposed to know rap and cool dude music and then he likes gabrielle!! he’s just like everyone else!! isak has spent so long building up the idea of even in his head that these little moments where even, the real life boy, shine through are so integral to their relationship.
isak accidentally saying real cute things and then taking them back when he realizes he’s accidentally let out an emotion is my jam like…let me live. they know how to push each other’s buttons in the best kind of way. it’s one of those scenes where you feel like you’re intruding on a private moment (i think having eskild and noora show up at the beginning was a really great touch because we, as the audience, are standing in their shoes), and the way they interact feels so natural.
we also get to see the oncoming signs of mania, with even’s heightened energy, as well as signs that there’s something sonja knows that isak doesn’t. it just gives you so many mixed feelings about this scene because on the one hand it’s so happy!! bright colors!! purity!! but that happiness is mixed with unease. skam was able to build this scene without taking away from the happiness or sacrifice the foreshadowing, and they’re able to tell us so much with limited time.
After spending quite a bit of time googling how to get pwp requests, I’ve come up with (almost) the perfect strategy. I’ve combined other people’s techniques along with my own and this is what I’ve come up with. This is also known as the diving trick, but as I stated before I’ve added and replaced some techniques that, in my opinion, make it better. Also note: I tried doing this without any other pwp’s built and I did not get a single request, after I built two pwp’s I started getting requests.
Items you’ll need:
- wet suit
- timer and shovel (optional)
Step one (optional):
Trap the villagers that you don’t want pwp’s from by digging holes around them. What I typically do is I separate the villagers, if I want pwp’s from peppy and uchi I’ll have my peppy and uchi villagers in the top portion of my town and I’ll dig holes so they can’t cross the bridges. OR an easier way would be to dig holes around the villagers so that you know where all of the villagers are, so you’re not chasing them around town and pinging villagers you don’t want to ping.
Empty your pockets of bells and items then fill them up with flowers!
it’s important to note that if your pockets are empty then villagers can ask you to buy stuff from them, if your pockets have items in them then villagers can ask to buy those items, they can also ask you to run them errands, or they can even give you items for free; which is nice but that isn’t our goal here. You don’t want more than 500 bells on you. I usually carry 99 bells. Also, by filling our pockets with flowers we will eliminate a lot of possible outcomes of a ping!
Put your wetsuit on and swim to the far bottom right or far bottom left corner of your ocean. The idea here is to be completely out of sight from your villagers. Sit in the bottom left or bottom right hand corner of your ocean and wait for 5-10 minutes. This is where the timer comes in, you can time yourself using the timer or you could always set a timer on your phone. I personally set a timer on my phone. While you’re waiting you can watch tv, do homework, do chores, or whatever you’d like to burn time!
After the you spend 5-10 minutes chilling in the ocean swim back to your town and walk, I repeat, walk by the villagers you want requests from. More often than not you’ll find out that villagers will want you to change their catchphrase, greeting, nickname, etc. I usually change these when asked. Why? Because I don’t want them to ask me to change it again. I usually only change it slightly though by adding an exclamation point or pluralizing it. You should get a request within the first five times.
IF YOU RANDOMLY STOPPED GETTING PINGS THERE’S A REASON WHY!I found this out the hard way, but if you randomly stop getting pings it’s because you’re “tired”. Talk to your villagers and they’ll say something like “Wow…you’ve been playing awhile you should take a break!” right after that dialogue it’ll reset and you’ll start getting pings again. You’ll get a ping right after you talk to a villager about this so don’t talk to a villager you want a ping from. This will happen about every hour or so.
It’s said that you can only get one request a day! I don’t know if this is true, but I surely don’t want to take the risk. After I get a request I’ll time travel a day in time to continue grinding for pwp’s. I have never gotten two requests in a day.
- Empty your pockets of bells/items
- Fill your inventory of flowers
- Trap villagers you don’t want pinging you (optional)
- Swim to the farthest edge of your ocean and wait for 5-10 minutes
- Walk by villagers to get a ping
- Change catchphrases/greetings if possible.
- Talk to villagers if you’re not getting pings anymore (typically after an hour)
scanlan’s mantra has transitioned from an arrogant declaration of ‘i can’t die’ in which he’s almost entirely convinced of his invincibility. to a meek pleading of ‘i can’t die’ in which he’s now fully aware of his own mortality and it scares the living shit out of him
he’s gone from (sometimes jokingly, sometimes genuinely) insisting he’d be the last one standing when vox machina falls, to being the only one down while the rest of vox machina stands around him.