high frontiers


Great space colonies.

From top to bottom:

  1. Angus McKie - The High Frontier from the book The Flights of Icarus (1977) by Donald Lehmkuhl with Martyn and Roger Dean.
  2. Painting by Don Davis from his Space Colony series, 1975
  3. The Three Island Space Colony by Roy Coombes from Harry Harrison’s book ‘Mechanismo’ (1978).
  4. Space station Illustration by Russian artist Andrei Sokolov, 1981.
  5. Space colony painting by Don Davis (1975)
  6. Stanford Torus colony - Gerard O'Neill 1974
  7. Space Station Interior for National Georgraphic magazine by Syd Mead from the book The Guide to Fantasy Art Techniques (1984)
My Top 10 Favorite Women Characters

I was tagged by @darkcyradis  It was so cool to see how many cool female character are; I’ve so much fun. Thank you!! ◝(⁰▿⁰)◜

10. Eliza Sommers   from  Daughter of Fortune
She dare to leave a comfortable life where Eliza have everything, she follow the love of her life, starts a long journey away from home to another country, a totally unknown city and find something way better.

9. Kagura  from  Gintama
Kagura patting his beloved pet Sadaharu; but don’t get fooled by this two, she’s not feminine more like a tomboy, bad manners, say pervert stuff, very strong in more that one way.

8. Touka Kirishima   from  Tokyo Ghoul
Even tho Touka have been tho many things she’s a lovely person who supports, help and keep going forward even if it’s difficult.

7. Yuzuki Seo  from   Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun
Seo try to helps others but no in the conventional way, say what she think, cannot read the atmosphere or context, kinda rude but funny, she makes me laugh so much.

6. Shirayuk  from  Akagami no Shirayukihime
Doesn’t want to be a prince concubine, run away to another kingdom and Shirayuk is determinate to become a pharmacist even tho she start a friendship with royalty doesn’t take advantage of, work very hard and is very talented. Shirayuk is kind, always is helping in whatever she can and speak her mind.  

5. Arrietty  from  The Secret World of Arrietty
Arrietty love adventure, don’t chicken out, loves her family and she’s so strong, keep going and make the most beautiful friendship ever.

4. Nanaba  from  Shingeki no Kyojin
I love this woman, she’s so cool, strong, determinate and don’t debut to protect others event if they may not be worth it; of course she have personal dreams and beloved ones but her human side is more bigger.

3. Haruhi Fujioka  from  Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi don’t give a crap about what others think, determinate to reach her goal; in the process have new friends and help them to be a better human. Even tho have a sad part in her life she keep going and learn how to enjoy life.

2. Sheryl Nome  from  Macross Frontier
Even tho Sherly is not the main heroin she doesn’t give a second tho to fight for what she want, she’s sweet and cool, even tho she’s orphan keep going and don’t let the sad part of her past took over her present.

1. Candice “Candy” White Audrey  from  Candy Candy
OMG! Tragedy after tragedy, orphan, best friend cut the friendship, fall in love, so many deaths, fall in love again, can’t be together, going from one place to other, from one city to another continent. Don’t blame her for crying so much it’s really sad, even tho Candy is the main character Candy lose everything all the time!! Don’t hide resentment, is positive and keep going, Candy have a super strong will, meet her goals and always is helping others event tho some of then don’t deserved it. Candy always give love.

Every female character that I like they have in common a strong will, do your best! Don’t give a crap about what other think. If you want something Go for it! When the shit hit the fan well… Just keep going and enjoy your journey!!

P.S. Also I like so much from:
SNK - Riko, Historia, Ymir.
Ghibli movies - Shopie and Chiro
Cowboy Bebop - Faye Valentine
Noragami - Bishamonten  and Hiyori
and probably I forget to mention many others.  ( ゚ヮ゚)

I‘m tagging @nangnuk @pinkjasmink @shtarka @survey-corps-rookie @blueweil @k0zuha @rsn258 @zedsdead1001 @winglysimmer @gallifreyanphd @acrknowyou @eruri3xpress @ongzori
and anyone else who want to do it are welcome… Have fun!!


Frontier Middle School shooting; February 2, 1996:
Loukaitis was widely believed to be frequently bullied in school, which impelled him to cause the murderous school rampage.Those who knew him claim that he complained of being beaten by other students, being sexually harassed, having his head repeatedly stuffed into toilets, and being held down while another student urinated on him.He was also taking ritalin at the time of the shooting.
On February 2, 1996, Loukaitis dressed as a wild west-style gunslinger and used a duster to conceal a hunting rifle and two handguns. He was carrying approximately 80 rounds of ammunition.
Loukaitis could be re-sentenced due to a US Supreme Court decision, in which people convicted of a murder they committed under 16 years of age can be paroled in 25 years. Loukaitis could be released as early as 2021.

On February 2, 1996, Barry Loukaitis entered Frontier Junier High School in Moses Lake, Washington and murdered three people, including one teacher.

For an English assignment, he submitted a poem title “Murder.” It reads as follows:

It’s my first murder
I’m at my point of no return
I can’t let him live now
He’d go to the cops for sure
So I finish.
I look at his body on the floor
Killing a bastard that deserves to die
Ain’t nothing like it in the world
But he sure did bleed a lot.

Top Music/Idol Animes

My current top 10 Music/Idol Anime. This is my own opinion based off of the type of music I like, story, characters and animation. Macross Delta is not being considered because it is still in progress. 

Numbers 10-6 I like, but have nothing of note to say on each other then I enjoy them

10) The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

Originally posted by naganohara

9) STARMYU (aka High School Star Musical)

Originally posted by dazaaiosamu

8) Wake Up, Girls!

Originally posted by thekingquenchedme

7) Macorss Frontier

Originally posted by dominiquehr

6) HaNaYaMaTa

Originally posted by reeku-kun

5) K-On!

Originally posted by mrtofuman

Lite Music Club, Afternoon Tea Time. Overall a very good feeling silly anime with good music and amusing antics. 

4) Love Live School Idol Project

Originally posted by raikouji

While I love the music and the series, this is lower on my list because of how mainstream it became…

3) Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Symphogear G & Symphogear GX

Originally posted by kurokite

First Season was rough, but getting though GX was great, with the songs Radiant Force and Senkin: Daurudabura, it just made it seem beyond epic at times. 

2) Show By Rock!!

Originally posted by cupcakexmonster

Cute, catchy, please bring the mobile game over to the states… and season 2 please!!!

1) AKB0048 & AKB0048 Next Stage

Originally posted by princess-peachie

One of the first series that got me looking at music and idol animes. Made me expand beyond just anime music and look at J-pop other international music. The micsabers helped too. 

Barry Loukaitis

‘It’s like I pictured myself doing it or something I never really pictured myself doing anything else.’

Date: February 2, 1996

Age: 14

School: Frontier Junior High School. Moses Lake, WA

Killed: 3

Wounded: 1

Outcome: Held class hostage. Overpowered. In prison.

Mrs Loukaitis confided too much in her son. her marriage had fallen apart, and her husband became involved with another woman. Mrs Loukaitis planned to get revenge against her husband and his girlfriend; she wanted to tie them up, tell them how much they’d hurt her, show them that she had a gun, frighten them into thinking she was going to kill them, and then shoot herself. She said, ‘If he didn’t remember my life, I was going to make him remember my death.’ She shared this plan with her son, on the last weekend of January, told him that she was going to kill herself on February 14 because she knew she could catch her husband with his girlfriend. On February 2, just a few days after she told Loukaitis her plan, he committed his school shooting.

Through his elementary school years he was reportedly outgoing and popular. He served on student council in sixth grade, and numerous friends visited his house. In seventh grade he became more withdrawn. His mother said he had a bad temper and would hit walls in anger.

During middle school Loukaitis was arrogant and intimidating. When he crossed paths with his peers, he would ‘curse them, tell them to shut up or order them out of his way.’ He loved the random violence in the movie Natural Born Killers and liked to quote from it. He talked about his desire to kill someone before he died. He was drawn to the idea of murder, saying ‘It would be cool to kill people…to try and get away with it.’

He also felt superior to his peers and viewed murder as a way of eliminating inferior people. He told a female classmate, ‘Some people don’t deserve to live; some people should just die or be killed.’

On February 2, Loukaitis entered his algebra class and shot Manuel Vela, Mrs Caires and two other students. Having shot 4 people, Loukaitis held the class hostage. During this time Loukaitis was said to be at ease. When the police arrived and wanted to negotiate with him, he reportedly was not afraid but annoyed. Loukaitis was apprehended when a teacher ripped the gun from his hands. Once in custody, a detective commented on how unruffled Loukaitis was: ‘He was acting shockingly calm…I expected to see a look of remorse.’ An officer commented that when he read Loukaitis his rights, ‘He looked up at me and cracked a smile and said ‘I know my rights, man.’ After giving his confession, he curled up in his cell and had a nap. Later that day, Loukaitis’s father described him as ‘Vicious. No emotion. Not crying.’

Adapted from ‘School Shooters’ by Peter Langman


You’d be forgiven for thinking the pictured man might be an actor auditioning for the role of a Vulcan on “Star Trek”. The gentleman in question was Gerard O'Neill, an American physicist responsible for numerous contributions to science including the particle storage ring and the concept of the mass driver.

O'Neill’s relevance to Old School Sci Fi is the idea for which he is probably best known: the concept of constructing gigantic rotating space habitats that have become known as O'Neill Cylinders. O'Neill Cylinders are typically depicted as being larger than most science fiction space stations and frequently have entire ecosystems. O'Neill detailed his vision for space colonization in his book “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space”.

There are numerous examples in science fiction of O'Neill Cylinders. Perhaps the most famous is the eponymous space station in the sci fi TV series “Babylon 5”.

So my younger brother’s 10th Grade history teacher was teaching the class about the Middle East, and had a little segment on Israel. My brother asked why Palestine wasn’t included in his list of countries or on the map, and the teacher responded by saying “because Palestine doesn’t exist”.

Needless to say, this upset my brother, who has lived and grown up in Palestine and been harassed, abused, and held at gunpoint by the IDF, so my brother responded by asking him “so then what am I and where am I from, if Palestine isn’t real?” The teacher responded by laughing at him and brushing it aside and said something along the lines of “I don’t know, but Palestine isn’t real” and proceeded to tease him about it.

That same day, other students in the class teased by brother with the usual juvenile taunts of “ha ha, you don’t have a country!”, which ofc sounds incredibly stupid, but they go at it anyways.

My brother tried talking to the teacher one on one, and got nowhere. This same teacher has on occasion made various racist jokes, to which he’s added “Trump is president now, so I’m allowed to say this”.

My brother went to the principal just to make his complaint noted, and after struggling to meet with her, managed to sit down and have a conversation with her where he presented everything about his teacher to her, from his remarks on Palestine to the various other racist comments the teacher has made. 

The principals response? “It’s just his opinion, people are allowed to have opinions.” Dumbfounded, my brother asked “So if I say it’s my opinion that the US doesn’t exist, or that you’re both bad teachers, you wouldn’t be upset or offended?” The principal just kept up her oblivious charade and reiterated how it’s the teachers opinion to deny the existence of our country, people, and culture. My brother explained to her the impact that such a thing has and how it contributes to the relentless racism against Palestinians, and she didn’t bat an eyelash.

This may seem like something small to non-Palestinians, but it’s not.

To make matters worse, this school has a long history of racism, beginning with my time there as the first full graduating class. 

I had teachers who said the same thing to me, who would also go on to call me a terrorist and make horrid racist ~jokes~ in class, in front of my peers, right to my face. ~Jokes~ that were repeated by classmates outside of class, that led to physical altercations, and contributed to my miserable High School experience. And this wasn’t just a teacher or two, but several.

These same teachers who continue to teach to this day, despite numerous complaints against them.

One teacher in particular, Mr. Ronnie Oates of Frontier High School, is exceptionally bad. I’ll be writing a more complete post on him, but suffice to say that he is your typical right-wing paranoid racist lunatic ex-marine who teachers American Government. 

I have been informed by trustworthy sources that there was also a student who had her hijab ripped off by two white students who were shouting pro-Trump slogans following the election. The punishment? A slap on the hand for the students and the entire incident brushed under the rug.

I also have it on good authority that a young girl was made so uncomfortable by a particular teacher, that she ended up doing homestudy for that particular class so as to not have to deal with him. Despite this, that same teacher continues to teach.

This very same school recently had a student post an image of himself with a gun in the bathroom DURING CLASS HOURS, and while the school took care of the matter relatively quickly, no statements or warnings were issued to any students or family on campus, with students finding out through word of mouth alone that there was a gun on campus. No reassurances from campus or campus administrators.

Again, I’ll be going much more in depth with this in the future, but this just goes to show how pervasive and horrid our school system has become. Schools our out to protect their own backs instead of the backs of their students. Racism and sexual harassment are swept under the rug to prevent any sort of negative press or issues, while students and families are bullied into silence. 

This very same thing extends into upper education at universities as well, and it’s sickening and disheartening and something that I don’t see nearly enough about.


Frontier High School Shooting 
Barry Loukaitis 

“This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”, was what 14 year old Barry Loukaitis said when he kept a class hostage at gunpoint. On February the 2nd 1996, Loukaitis entered Frontier Middle School. in Washington, armed with multiple guns and opened fire, two students and a teacher were killed.

In September 1997, Barry Loukaitis was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Barry Loukaitis claimed that he only intended to kill one student and the rest were accidental, but prosecutors believed it was a well planned attack. It’s believed that Barry was influenced by Pearl Jam’s song Jeremy, a music video which displays a troubled teenager shoots up a school. Barry was also inspired by Natural Born Killers, Basketball Diaries and Stephan King’s book Rage, also depicts a school shooter who killed teachers and holds an algebra class hostage

Years before the shooting, Barry Loukaitis’s family became dysfunction. After his parents got divorced his mother would frequently talk about suicide, even saying that Barry would also need to kill himself, but the young man talked his mum out of it. Loukaitis was also suffering from hyperactivity and clinical depression, taking ritalin. 

February 2, 1996 - “This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?” 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis enters his Frontier Junior High School algebra class armed with a .22 revolver, .25 semiautomatic pistol, and 30/30 lever-action rifle with 3 belts of ammo and more strapped to his chest. He then shot students Manuel Vela, Arnold Fritz, and Natalie Hintz. Teacher Leona Cairnes was shot in the back. Another teacher, Jonathan Lane, entered the room and attempted to calm the situation, allowed to help a few out of the room. Loukaitis organized the students in the back of the class as police talked to him through the door. He then instructed Lane to put the end of the rifle in his mouth, covered with a black plastic bag. Lane grabbed the gun and pushed Loukaitis against the wall, restraining him as the students escaped and police entered to make an arrest.

Manuel Vela
Arnold Fritz
Leona Cairnes

Natalie Hintz