i am blogging in the afterlife

anonymous asked:

I just saw your Star Wars twilek cosplay and thought wow, you could probably nail an Asari cosplay from Mass Effect too! Then I saw that you do actually like Mass Effect on your blog description. Have you done any MAss Effect cosplays? Anywhere I can see them? I just love mass effect

Soooo funny story! I did an Asari dancer cosplay from the Afterlife Club! I would love to eventually tackle Aria. She is sassy and precious. (I also am about 50% done with my TALI costume and plan on finishing it this year!)

Blumiere and Timpani, at the Wedding Reception: -blasting loud hip-hop music-
Dimentio, somewhere in the Afterlife: Count Bleck is the only guy I know to have fun with a butterfly… FOR 12 HOURS!

This is the story of how I died...

So do you all want to hear how Colin literally killed me at the meet and greet? Of course you do. I asked him if it was difficult to do an American accent in roles (answer: no, cue him talking about accents) and he switched to Hook voice to say “Captain Hook talks like this”

While he was looking directly into my eyes.

And we were sitting so close together that our knees were almost touching.

I am dead. I died in that room and this is me blogging from the afterlife.

I thought of an idea to celebrate my blog getting 500 followers! I’m going to make a list of all of my 500 followers! And then at the end i’m going to list all of my favorite blogs! I know this is going to take a long time but i don’t care. I’m also going to list the people who followed after i reached 500 followers so you won’t feel left out. So here we go! LET’S DO THIS!

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anonymous asked:

I have a rather weird question and I am not entirely sure if you have answered this before, so here it is: Let’s say you’re speaking with someone using the ouija board and they tell you everything they know about the afterlife, knowing that they shouldn’t tell humans these things (?), and it’s a lot of knowledge. Then you write about everything that you now know on your blog so that everyone can know it, too. Is there a chance that something bad could happen to you bc of spreading the knowledge?

I’ve done it, so no.

Scar Tissue

Can I please request an imagine where the reader is brought back from the dead, after being killed by a slit to the throat. And Gerard is the one who has brought her back, and he claims to been a demon and welcomes her to the afterlife? Wow ;-; or no

Heck yeah man! I’ve never written something like this before, so my apologies if this isn’t what you wanted. This is honestly such an interesting idea. With this one I went for a Revenge Era Gerard. I always try to have an era in mind, and I don’t mind posting that in the notes at the beginning (unless its specified in the prompt) but feel free to picture any era you like. :)  I’ve tried to put in a bit of a flashback for some background (I’ll put it in italics so it’s easy to identify). I hope you enjoy babes! x :)

Warnings: Violence, Language, Slight gore at the beginning.

“Oh come on now sweetheart, Give us a smile.” 

You cried out, trying helplessly to yank your arm out of the tight grip that held you captive as you felt your back slam against the cold brick wall. Your breathing was ragged as your gaze locked with that of your attacker. If only you had just called a cab home, if only you hadn’t decided to take the back street to your apartment you thought as you began to panic.

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queen-gaygent-arachne  asked:

Oh my gosh, I am so happy I found your blog because I just recently finished TSOA and I seriously needed AchillesxPatroclus fluff to help cure my heartache. Patroclus is my precious cinnamon bun I love him so much. And Achilles is my stupid dork I love them. Do you have any fluffy fic recs? Because I can never have enough. NEVER.

do i ever!!

with my childhood’s faith is a good one to read, especially right after finishing the book. it expands a little more on their meeting in the afterlife and it’s so incredibly sweet

more cute canon-compliant fics: (history is) a pattern of timeless moments (“four times achilles and patroclus were truly happy”), our joy was so bright (pelion fic oh god they’re so in love), the cot (in which soon after they meet thetis’s sabotage backfires spectacularly), the taste that your lips allow (is there anything better than makeouts on mt pelion under the stars? no there is not), the five things you do know [and the one thing you don’t] (achilles falling in love with patroclus :’) )

cute au fics: your name like a song (modern au mutual pining just fuck me up), when rome’s in ruins (we are the lions) (the best coffee shop au you will ever read), at least as deep as the pacific ocean (the other best coffee shop au you will ever read), tell me again (mine because i have no shame….blind!patroclus feeling insecure about his looks and achilles coming through with comfort and fluff)

also i have a tag for fics and other fic recs, and that has lots of good stuff that i haven’t mentioned here!

Space Dandy and Buddhist Eschatology

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Space Dandy is a dandy in space. His adventures do not seem at first glance to adhere to a traditional continuity; characters often die but never fail to reappear, with no direct reference to their fates or indeed any of the events of prior episodes.  At first glance it seems as though Watanabe does not intend for there to be any overarching connection between episodes, as though he is simply riffing; anime series with total disregard for continuity are not unheard of. Theories further circulated among fans that the show exists in a multiverse, and each episode is in its own alternate universe, which is bolstered by the multiversal musings of the ending song, Hey, Everett, which references Hugh Everett III, an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics. This explanation fit the facts, but didn’t provide a whole lot of insight; without parallels or interactions between the alternate universes, the only thing this theory adds to the “riffing” concept is a trivial metaphysical framework.

But in episode 6, “The War of the Undies and Vests, Baby”, I was struck by a particular reference. As QT decides to abandon Meow and Dandy to their fates on the exploding planet, he says “Amen. Namu amida.” Looking up Namu amida, it seems to be a shortening of “namu amida butsu”, which is a traditional mantra from Pure Land Buddhism, a broad branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism and one of the most widely practiced traditions of Buddhism in East Asia. A blogger at Shin Ugly Blog writes: “‘NAMU AMIDA BUTSU’ is essentially nothing other than the entrusting mind of us sentient beings who rely on Amida to save us, bringing us to Buddhahood in the afterlife.” I am an outsider and a layperson in my knowledge of Buddhism, but thinking of this reference in terms of the many deaths of these characters brought to mind the Buddhist belief in the cycle of death and rebirth, and the literary tradition of the “Jataka” tales (which wikipedia defines: “These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates.”) Aspects of the show started to make a little more sense through this interpretive framework, but my basis was so tenuous that I thought it entirely likely that I was reading too much into the show and making connections where they didn’t exist.

And then came episode 7, “A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby”. Space Dandy, inspired by jealousy at the heroic reception of a spaceship racing celebrity named Prince at Dandy’s favorite breastaurant, Boobies, enters a galactic grand prix. He ends up neck and neck with Prince, and, as a “last resort” (his third or fourth last resort of the episode) he detonates a payload of bombs to push him over the finish line, and- “The bomb that had been prepared…the fluctuation in the amount of electric charge…magnetic flux density…metric slug…unknown fuel [Dandy’s fuel tank was partially filled with assorted garbage]…all of those things miraculously combined by chance…and…the steamed dumpling bursts open!”

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And we see a steamed dumpling, surrounded by a muddy mixture of garbage and fuel, open up and bloom like a lotus blossom. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and Gene Reeves writes “The symbolism of the lotus flower, rooted in mud and blooming in the air, is important for Mahayana Buddhism in general and for this Sutra.”

During a montage of transcendental imagery, we are told that Dandy “went faster than light and passed time, finally arriving in the distant future. And on the world 5.67 billion years in the future, what he saw…was…“

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The tumblr user GlobeGander writes on this image, finding many parallels between the life of Buddha Gautama and the first 7 episodes of Space Dandy:

“After encountering:

Old Age (Pops from Episode 2)

Sickness (The Zombie Plague in Episode 4)

and Death itself (Episode 1),

After declining the temptations of gold and glory, achieving an altruistic purpose in the process (Letting Adélie go in Episode 5),

By letting go of his earthly possessions(Discarding his magazines and junk to catch up to Prince in Episode 7),

Through Mastering the 7 Chakras,

Did Dandy attain true enlightenment, achieving the status of Buddha, achieving Nirvana, and truly becoming one with the flow of all things in the Formless Realm.

And he even got to keep the hair.”

But there’s still a further aspect of Buddhist thought at work here: Eschatology.

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“Remember, Dr. Gel, [Dandy] is the one that holds the key to the Gogol Empire– no, to the entire universe.” -Admiral Perry

Just as every religion has a creation story (with occasional exceptions that prove the rule; Jainism, for example, has no “creation story” as such but its literature does include a text that is a dialogue on how the universe was pre-eternally existent and could not have been “created”), every religion also has some sort of prophetic account of the future of the world/the end of all things. Norse mythology has Ragnarok, Christianity has the “parousia,” the second coming of Christ, Islam has the 12th Imam (and also works in the return of Jesus), Hinduism has the Kali Yuga and the doctrine of cycles. Buddhism has Maitreya.

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In Buddhism, “the” Buddha was Gautama, who was the first of this world to attain “Buddhahood” (a Buddha is a fully enlightened being). But it is taught that there will be another in this world to attain Buddhahood- Maitreya. Charles Upton in Legends of the End writes “The Mahayana Buddhists…assign Maitreya to the far distant Golden Age of the next [time] cycle, when the world will have finally recovered from the degeneration and apocalyptic end of this one; he does not inaugurate this cycle but only enters it when the time is ripe.” and the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism says that “Stalwart scholiasts have calculated that his rebirth will occur 5.67 billion years after the death of Sakyamuni [Gautama Buddha, who is said to have died sometime in the 5th century BCE]” 5.67 billion years in the future is exactly where Dandy traveled to and had a vision of a pompadoured Buddha. And Perry’s comments seem to bolster Dandy’s eschatological importance.

Upton writes that earthly power is also tied up in the final appearance of Maitreya. “Maitreya will appear during the reign of a world monarch, a chakravartin (‘turner of the wheel.’).  …According to one story, [the king] will renounce his throne in order to follow Maitreya.” The 5.67 billion year wait seems to be due to the fact that “Such a conjunction between a Buddha and a chakravartin takes place very rarely.” The union of the world king and the messianic Buddha produces “the Buddhist version of the Hindu satyayuga or Golden Age, when worldly abundance and other-worldly bliss are not the opponents of final Liberation…but rather the disciples of it.” The Gogol Empire is a clear parallel to the world monarchy of Buddhist eschatology, and the rarity of the Maitreya to coincide with the chakravartin brings to mind the inability of the Gogol Empire to catch Dandy episode after episode.

As for the ending song about Mr. Everett, I know neither enough about Buddhism nor quantum physics to speak to the philosophical compatibility of ancient Buddhist metaphysics with the latest in quantum physics. However, without trying to pretend they fit together into a coherent cosmic worldview, one can simply interpret the alternate reality musings of the closing song as using the language of science to spin a metaphor for the infinite worlds spoken of by Gautama Buddha in the Apannaka Jataka- "Disciples,” the Buddha said “nowhere between the lowest of hells below and the highest heaven above, nowhere in all the infinite worlds that stretch right and left, is there the equal, much less the superior, of a Buddha.”

I am putting this forth solely as a proposal. The 5.67 billion year link seems pretty convincing to me, but there are still a lot of pieces to this that can’t be assembled at this point. Episodes 1 and 7 both end on huge explosions, and both end with “The End” whereas episodes 2-6 end on “To be continued…” What of the links between certain episodes? For example, in episode 6, QT abandons Dandy and Dandy rides an explosive shockwave; in episode 7, Dandy rides explosive shockwaves many times, and in the end abandons QT. What, if anything, does his crew represent? In Mahayana Buddhism a Buddha has three bodies: a physical body, a “reward-body” and a body which is the “embodiment of the truth itself”. Is there a correlation here? Can any spiritual progress towards Buddhahood be charted for Dandy across his rebirths? In some episodes he is extremely hedonistic and materialistic and cares nothing for collateral damage- in others he acts with compassion. Without a chronology to these “rebirths” it is difficult to make any claim of “progress.” Upton writes of one named Kashyapa, who was “a disciple of Shakyamuni who has remained in suspended animation through the ages until the time when he will emerge as herald of Maitreya.” Nothing I can think of yet correlates to Kashyapa, but the concept is such a classic scifi trope that it seems worth looking out for.

Only time will tell if any of what I argue here holds water.

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“We’re always chasing after wonder.
An earnest dream racing through the universe.
We start walking towards the future
in search of the selves we’ll become,
embracing the ceaseless pounding of our hearts.
Exiting the pipeline in a shower of stardust,
I watched as countless vistas spread out.
The sadness entangling me,
which I can’t quite carry will go away.
At the end of the infinite journey,
the present joins up with tomorrow.”

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