human identification

“I’m serious, Yu. You don’t realize how terrifying humans are.”

Facial reconstruction made of 'brutally-killed' Pictish man

The face of a Pictish man who was “brutally killed” 1,400 years ago has been reconstructed by Dundee University researchers.

Archaeologists found the man’s skeleton buried in a recess of a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire.

Forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black and her team at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) have now detailed the man’s injuries.

He was found in a cross-legged position with stones holding down his limbs.

Prof Black said the “fascinating” skeleton was in a remarkable state of preservation.

She said: “From studying his remains, we learned a little about his short life but much more about his violent death.

"As you can see from the facial reconstruction, he was a striking young man, but he met a very brutal end, suffering a minimum of five severe injuries to his head.” Read more.

“… Often you find educated people in the media who look at spiritual books but they are so identified with their thought process, they don’t get it. They write reviews or articles and they miss the whole point. They can’t see the essence. It’s not their fault; it’s not them personally. It’s the human condition and its mind-identified state. And intelligence in itself doesn’t help. You can have two or three Ph.D.s; it doesn’t get you any closer to spiritual realization. In fact, you might be more distant.”

–Eckhart Tolle

At the eye of the storm

I remember being in elementary and sitting quietly at one corner of the room as I listen intently during a discussion about hurricanes. Our Science teacher once told us that we name storms after human names for easier identification and that the eye of the storm is the area which experiences the calmest weather during a storm and it is surrounded by an eye wall which is basically a circular region of thunderstorms and severe weather condition. I suddenly felt bad for the eye of the storm. I wonder what it has done to deserve such fate. Can you imagine sitting at the center of destruction and you’re not able to do anything about it? All you can do is stare. Even if you try to avert your eyes, it won’t work because you are encircled by havoc.

I never understood it back then until I fell in love with you. It feels like every step I take towards you is a step backwards from society accepting the thought of us. Every action I make creates a rumor. Every decision and every yes or no we formulate creates issues. Being with you is like being at the eye of the storm. We are calm. We are peaceful. Serendipity, bliss, and tranquility lies within us but what surrounds us is chaos. We are barricaded by towering thunderstorms of hate and disgust. We are walled by negative minds and toxicity. We are fenced with mean words and bounded with evil glares.

But what if we are not at the eye of the storm? What if we are the storm itself and our hearts thunder with love as lightning flashes from everyone’s peripheral vision leaving them in awe that such human force can cause so much passion and rage.  Our words drop softly like rain and our dreams envelope each other with strength and motivation. In that exact moment of time I finally understood why we give tropical cyclones human names. And you, you were the storm I never saw coming.

Please Respect

You don’t have to follow us
You don’t have to send negative messages because you disagree
You don’t have to agree with my path
My path is for me not you
I don’t concern myself with hate
I’m a witch and spirit worker by choice
The spirits who are with me choose to be with me
Don’t harm spirits for your own amusement
Don’t force thoughts or feelings on spirits
Spirits are given race and gender from humans as self identification

Edit: Don’t abuse your spirits and let any one tell how you treat them.

general –

height: 4′6″
weight: 86 lbs
ethnicity: Equestrian (Old Verse & Main) || Caucasian (Human)
occupation: Unemployed (Old Verse & Human) || Guitarist (Main)
gender: Female
sexual identification: Who-Gives-A-Fuck-sexual (Old Verse) || Bisexual (Main) || Undecided (Human)
romantic identification: Straight
myers briggs type: ENTP-T
alignment: Chaotic Neutral

specifics –

favorite food: Poboys
favorite drink: Red Creme Soda
favorite brand: Merlot
favorite hobby: Music
favorite artist:  Leonardo da Vinci
favorite musician: QUEEN
favorite scent: Pork chops
favorite person: Midnight Sparkle (Old Verse) || Princess Celestia (Main) || Sunset Shimmer (Human)

random –

list ten facts about your muse:
She’s never been on a date, she is an amazing driver, hates cats with a passion, absolutely loathes saddle arabians, she’s a drunk, can roll her tongue, loves egg nog, has had (and continues to occasionally have) seizures, has a major sweet tooth, is impossibly intelligent.

list five things they like: seafood, roller coasters, Sunset Shimmer, lizards, dinosaurs
list five things they dislike: losing, sex, uninteresting situations, Princess Twilight, death
common words / phrases that annoy them?: ‘You’re a bitch.’
personality types they prefer: kind, caring, determined, motivated
personality types they avoid: dull, uninteresting, cruel, loud
what do you find different ( or distinct ) about your portrayal?: There’s too much to list here, as the muse is canon-divergent. So let’s just say damn near everything.

Tagged by: stolen!!
Tagging: @mylittlecuriosityrp @lucklessprincess @scnsetting @pinkxmena @tricks-up-my-sleeve @courtcomposer and anyone else who wants to do it!!

This will probably be my last post on semantics for a while, since I want to focus on other things, but I know a lot of people really dislike “otherkin” being an umbrella term and want something else, so a while back I wrote up this little idea. Please note to take it with a grain of salt and, if you don’t like it, please feel free not to consider yourself part of it. This is simply a suggestion based on common complaints I have seen in various communities - it is in no way absolutely flawless. In general, do what makes you comfortable - if this isn’t something that makes you comfortable, don’t feel that you have to use it!

Alter-human/Alternative Humanity Personal Identity “AHPI”

A category of personal identity which encompasses identification that is alternative to the common societal idea of humanity.

For the sake of this categorization, the “common societal idea of humanity” is classified as such:

The common human identity involves:

-Identification with the body in the sense that the body is part of the self, unrelated to a sense of gender or any form of personal expression; at the basest level, a common human identity is an identification with the mechanical human form, bodily function, etc - feeling correct in a human body, the one given to the self at birth, when gender, race, and societal concepts are removed; not feeling that the body is not one’s own.
(Simple/Example: A transgender person is not/may not be AHPI because they still consider themselves human, and still consider the body to be theirs - just incorrect. Of course, transgender people may be AHPI, but being trans is not an AHPI identification, unless the gender of said trans person directly correlates to a nonhuman concept of gender.)

-Identification involving a singular persona within a body present from birth and which has not differentiated from the original-born persona which is attached to the body.
(Simple/Example: A multiple system would be AHPI due to multiple persons existing in one body. A walk-in (which occurred after birth, or by their own identification this way) is also AHPI as they are not the “original.” A median who experiences their multiplicity as facets of self or other similar but still non-singular sense would be AHPI.)

-Identification as a human with no supernatural personal basis BY SAID PERSON’S OWN DISCRETION.
(Simple/Example: A person who identifies as human and as their born persona in this life but who has an identity involving past lives may be considered AHPI if they so decide their experiences dictate as such. A person who believes themselves to be human in this life but spiritually angelic would be considered AHPI, assuming they identify as their angelic spirituality and not as a human. Some religions and spiritualities might include reincarnation but those who follow said spiritualities may not feel they fit in this category.)

-Identify as human regardless of personal subculture.
(Simple/Example: A furry would be human if they consider themselves to be, but a furry who identifies as a furry more than anything else may be AHPI due to identification as a member of said subculture as part of one’s overall personal identity.)

AHPI identities may include, as per personal discretion:
-Therian, phytanthrope, otherkin, and fictionkin identities
-Multiple, plural, median, and walk-in identities
-Spiritual self-identities which may still include degrees of humanity such as angelics, celestials, starseeds, god shards, reincarnated gods, vampires, etc
-Identities involving shared self-identification with nonhuman or other alternative human entities/concepts such as animal-hearted, godspouse, soulbond, and spiritual medium identities
-Identities of alternative humanity through disassociation, trauma response, or non-neurotypical mental status

Of course, all of these may either agree with or deny identification as AHPI, depending on personal discretion. Don’t feel a need to subscribe to any one label just because it exists. Do what makes you feel good!

18th of March,2016, 2nd Anniversary of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement.

18th of March,2016, 2nd Anniversary of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement.

Tattoos: Forensic Considerations and Human Identification Pt.2

So we talked about how useful the inks are on getting a positive human identification (Click here to read about it before you continue with the following..)

This week we will go on and talk about inks from different period, or even removed would also help positive identification, which is particularly helpful in human identification in disasters. And for this part, the ink used for tattooing is the crux of the whole study.

Back in 19th Century, the ink manufactured for tattooing is obtained from burning a liter of oil soot. And 300g of the oil was combined with fresh urine (!). (If you are shocked, you are not alone). Though the manufacturing of the ink looks as raw and rough as it is, it has successfully been kept till today, and the collected specimen are now exhibiting in Romania. 

Keep reading

18th of March,2016, 2nd Anniversary of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement.

futurerussianprincess  asked:

Falling into history

The blond looked to her, an eyebrow raised. Where… had she come from? “Hey kiddo,” he replied, kneeling to face her, “Are you lost? How did you get into MHHQ?” Zero had no idea who this little girl was, scanning the human database for her identification, but finding none.

anonymous asked:

Hello there. I've always liked reading trial accounts and I'm curious about the differences in witches working with faerie spirits as opposed to devils. Not so much historically as practically for modern witches. Like what are the main differences between working with devils and other kinds of inhuman spirits?

This is truly a fantastic question. So thank you for that. First let’s lay out the three kinds of spirits relevant to this discussion; spirits of the dead, faeries/elves/hillfolk/djinn, etc. and devils/demons/imps. Of course these are three very broad general categories, but they’re a sufficient summary for this.

Now, I know you specified non-human spirits, which should rule out spirits of the dead (as you likely intended) from the response. Theologically speaking, this works. However, folkloric sources have often and always blurred the lines between these spirits. Where someone stumbles across a Wild Hunt lead by an old pagan deity or war hero, one might find it that the spirits of the dead are the ones rushing through the night, or equally might find a troop of faeries behind the lead hunts(wo)man. Or, it has been recorded as a group of faeries reveling in the procession, wherein the viewer happens to also spy an long-dead friend or relative. Of course it is not uncommon that faeries, piskies, banshee, rusalka, and many other “non-human” spirits across the world are believed to be the spirits of the dead themselves, manifest – often through a violent or early death, or drowning.
And depending on who you’re talking to, devils and demons can also either be completely separate or completely identical to faerie folk.

So, clearly I cannot give a response that cleanly identifies the difference between working with devils and either sorts of non-human spirits, because the identification and classifications themselves are quite blurry. I can only speak from my own experiences, and if anyone would like to add to them please feel free.

I personally have worked less with devils than with hill-folk or the dead. I have worked with demons, and heard tales of others dealing with djinn which fall pretty neatly on the line between devils and fairy folk. Working with demons for me was always more religious than magical. At the beginning of my work, my spiritual beliefs were along the lines of Gnostic Hermeticism, with a good bit of Alchemy and Luciferianism thrown in there. My work with demons wasn’t really so tied with my witchcraft. My workings with what one would call devils or imps has been only minor invocations etc. I haven’t established a relationship with anyone I would consider a devil. Besides perhaps black John himself. Now as for faeries, my personal experience has been varied. To me they are quite distinct, but my relationship it is stronger with them, and it gets more personal than with devils. I would ask either of them to help in magical workings. The way devils are treated is often (for some witches excluding myself) more in a commanding manner, and with more caution now days than is given to faeries. Faeries, while treated with caution are often also given tender care, part of the tradition of which may come from their stronger relationship to spirits of the dead. There is definitely a tie between faerie-belief and ancestor worship. But I personally treat both with the respect and kindness due to a guest or a friend.
One main difference is that devils tend to be tied to some form of religious dichotomy, whereas faeries do not. In fact, they tend to defy placement among binaries such as these. There’s a relevancy there that affects the working. There’s not much of a moral difference between the two, there are just some things that I would maybe do around one but not the other. Neither tend to enjoy symbols of the Church, for example, but I would cringe to use mountain ash in a working with faeries where with devils or demons it might not be as much of a problem (however, I don’t know why I would be using ash in a spell with a devil hahah). It’s in the small traditions and lore that faeries differ to me in my practice from devils, and the fact that I have a stronger relationship with them. But that’s just me, not every witch is the same. Historically, there have been countless witches and victims of the inquisition that have mentioned only devils or incubi in their stories or confessions, some that mention both, and some that mention only faeries and the like. 

I hope this cleared something up for you, however it really isn’t a clear scenario! Thank you for the marvelous question. <3

Points of Notice in  the P4D Opening Animation:

This is less an analysis than me just pointing out some details.

Kanami first appearance, literally leaning on the fourth wall. The way her hands press on the glass make it clear she can’t come out to the audience tho - this is gonna be relevant later in the opening. This is idol Kanami, looking happy and bubbly-

…The sign in the background of the screen seems to be saying “Yu” and “Nanako”, implying that Kanami is going to see Yu and Nanako dancing. This implies that she’s expecting them to “dance for her”.

Somehow I get a feeling that “Idol Kanami” is actually meant to be her Shadow in this opening, but don’t quote me on it. I might be wrong.

OK, eyes (they look like Kanami’s), a door opening, ominous lights… I guess this is Kanami getting dragged onto the Midnight Stage. Note how, again, Kanami is behind glass, separated from the audience.

Now, a ten seconds break from Kanami. Note how all of the characters here are in their summer outfits from P4, rather than their dance outfits - except Teddie, for some reason. No idea if that means anything.

-In exchange for Teddie’s wardrobe not matching in the earlier shot, he’s now shown in human form on the mugshots on the TV screens, actually showcasting his human form in an “Identification Shot” of sorts for once (This hasn’t happened in the entire series up to this point, his human form was always treated as a gimmick before that). 

Also, much more importantly, Kanami is here, in casual clothing, actually not behind glass for once - But she’s still pressing against it, just from the other side. She seems scared, almost like a stalker, enviously starring at Rise and the IT. Despite being on the same side of the glass, she STILL seems separated from them. Just by her own emotions now, rather than by being behind a screen. 

Aaand, a Teddie just because I still wonder how in the names of physics he managed to open his suit while sitting like that. 

Also note that this is the final time in the opening that we see his mascot form. The entire rest of it treats him as a human character. Again, this opening is the first time Teddie’s human form is treated as a character, rather than a novelty. 

The IT forming a cycle of unity. This is important becauuuse in the next shot…

…Kanami, right in the middle of where their cycle had been, but they’ve faded out before she faded in. She’s still separated from them, still alone. What’s more, despite her seeming like she was still on “Their side” of the screen, without any visible glass keeping her away, we see clearly that her hands seem to be pressing against something. Like a mime, she’s feeling her hands along an invisible wall, even knocking on it - It’s becoming extremely clear now that this wall is something that exists in her mind. Or, as our good old song “Pursuing Your True Self” put it so nicely: “You’re locked up in your mind”.

The whole opening, Kanami is trapped behind glass, either behind the actual glass of the screen, or behind imaginary glass created by her mind… I think I can guess the themes of the game and Kanami’s issues pretty well already.