instrumentality of mankind

I still believe in man in spite of man. I believe in language even though it has been wounded, deformed, and perverted by the enemies of mankind. And I continue to cling to words because it is up to us to transform them into instruments of comprehension rather than contempt. It is up to us to choose whether we wish to use them to curse or to heal, to wound or to console.
—  Elie Wiesel

dolokhovisgay  asked:

okay so i see you're a dps fan from your about section and as u may have noticed from my url, so am i. hit me with a few anderperry headcanons for sleepover saturday? also anything else about the other characters that you want to talk about :)


  • Todd writes poetry, Neil performs it - usually with just the two of them, though
  • they often exchange jumpers, and not just for romantic reasons. their jumpers somehow fit the other better and both of them think the other smells nicer
  • the “flying desk set” becomes a tradition, sometimes they invite the others too
  • surprisingly, Knox is the first who notices their intimacy. he doesn’t tell, but his knowing smiles when he looks at the couple gives it away to the rest of the poets
  • Neil gets headaches a lot, usually because of his loud and boisterous behavior, and Todd sneaks into Welton’s kitchens and somehow manages to make the best hot chocolate and sneak it out without anyone noticing. it’s a mystery how he does it, really.
  • they leave each other small sweet notes on the typewriter
  • for example: “i hate your stupid face and can’t wait to kiss it after classes”
  • when they sleep together, Neil falls asleep first - and clings so hard that Todd has to wake him up if ever he needs the toilet
  • Todd hates all flowers apart from daisies, and Neil always makes sure to get one on his way to school from the theater
  • Neil annoys Todd when the boy is reading/studying so Todd starts writing on his face to shut him up
  • the writings usually say things like “i am annoying”
  • Neil pretends to hate them but keeps from washing that area on his skin for as longs as he can
  • they don’t kiss or have sex a lot. usually they just enjoy each other’s silent company, and it feels comfortable and they have grown into being unable to imagine themselves alone alone
  • Neil never dies

A random headcanon for each of the boys bc why not:

  • Knox is actually very good at poetry once he gets over Chris and starts writing about about better things like the cave and a certain boy named Nuwanda
  • Cameron loves chocolate. And while the boys pretend to hate him, he knows that the random chocolate bars in his pockets and bags and on his bed don’t appear out of nowhere
  • The saxophone isn’t the only instrument Charlie’s good at. He can play pretty much every string instrument known to mankind, and some occasional woodwinds here and there
  • Pitts accidentally creates a new staple snack for the boys: the nutella jam cake, which was never meant to be edible
  • Meeks actually is not good at everything, and has to take English lessons from Todd
  • Todd always lets his coffee go cold and then crashes on his books, Neil has to carry him to bed
  • Everyone thinks Neil is a natural at Latin, when in fact he stays up late just going through his books again again because he just loves the subject so much. Neil also smells of cardboard, for some reason

(also non-binary charlie dalton???? yes. canon.)

anyway have some batim/toon logic hcs:

  • boris is really talented at nearly every instrument known to mankind (or at least the ones you see most frequently in old b&w cartoons). & bendy, while he loves to wear his tutu when he performs on stage, is much better at tap/swing-dancing than he is at actual ballet. usually when you see bendy on stage boris is somewhere in the background accompanying him on piano.
  • bendy is actually a huge smoker, & loves doing those over-the-top tricks with the cigar smoke while boris is more of a drinker. however you could easily swap out their cigars or beer with soda or candy canes & they wouldn’t even realize it (how bendy gets smoke rings out of the candy is a mystery to everyone).
  • toons actually have to consume ink (or at the very least, ink-related “foods” like drawn burgers or drawn drinks) to stay corporeal for elongated periods of time. however when they need a break, or can’t get a decent enough amount of ink to stay solid, they can sink back into some spare paper or animation stills until they get a chance to come back out.

anonymous asked:

cAN sOMeONe pLEaSe tELl mE WTf cHOGiwA iS?! Thanks babes <3

Boi have you come to one of the right places! Because if there is a Chogiwill there is a Chogiway.

First off: The Wolf Music Video, You will hear the most blissful instrumental music ever to mankind that EXO has blessed us with; What is the first word sang may you ask?

Park Chanyeol, Blessed us with this word 3 years ago… When it was OT12…

I would tell you about Ye Xing De but it died just like EXO M did when KrisHanTao left lmao

It’s the start of it all, the mating call word of all EXO-Ls (above Yehet, Kkaebsong and Ohorat)

This word means more to the exo fandom than snapbacks mean to Chanyeol, Kris means to Junmyeon, Vivi means to Sehun, Jongdae means to Minseok, Chanyeol means to Baekhyun… and so on forth..

I’m actually not going to lie, this word is an all round meme, my friend who doesn’t stan kpop and doesn’t understand the kpop world literally yells it in class… And I live in britian

Have some Chogimemes:

What did I tell u; amazing.

Here’s some inportant videos too dedicated to the Wolfidemic (Chogiwa Apocalypse)

(I expect u to watch them all, maybe just at least 10 minutes of the 10 hour video)

I’ve never met someone who’s asked who chogiwa is that stans kpop…

Anyway it’s like 1:30am and I have to wake for college at 5:30am so currently with my lack of sleep…

Hideaki Anno, director of NGE, about his work:

“The development of Evangelion gives me the feeling of a ‘Live’ concert. Whatever the story or the development of the characters, I made them without a plan. During the production, whether listening to various opinions or analysing my own state of mind, I kept questioning myself. I got the concepts from this personal stocktaking [self-assessment]. At first I had intended to make a simple work featuring robots.

But even when the main scene became a high school, it did not differ compared to other productions in the same style. At this point, I did not really think of creating a character with two faces, two identities: one shown at school, and the other inside the organization he belongs to [Nerv]. The impression of ‘Live’ concert that gives me the birth of Eva, was the team joining me in developing it, in the manner of an improvisation: someone plays the guitar and, in response, the drums and bass are added. The performance ended with the TV broadcasting ending. We only started working on the next script once the previous one was done.

It took longer than usual. When we finished a screenplay, we went back and checked it against the previous ones. When we said: ‘Ah, I thought so, that’s wrong there’, we made corrections to the storyboard. In fact, with the last episode approaching, we have not even been able to finish on time.

The reason why the main character is fourteen years is that he is no longer a child but not yet an adult. He lives alone, but is attached to others. In past centuries, he would soon celebrate his coming of age. Back then, life expectancy was fifty years, so people had to grow up in fourteen years. Today, we live more than seventy years, and although the age of majority in Japan is twenty years, most people still depend on their parents at that age.

One could wonder if it’s the parents making them dependent, or, about parents, what age should they decide to be of majority. Considering ‘age fourteen’ as that in which an independence of mind starts manifesting, I found it proper to include this in my work.

Speaking of improvisation, when I added the ‘Human Complementation Project’ that appears in the second episode, and which was going to become the fulcrum/pivot of the plot, I still had no idea about what it was going to ‘complement’. [note: the Japanese term is hokan, which means literally ‘fill a void’. The English translation is usually “Human Instrumentality Project”, to create an allusion to Cordwainer Smith’s SF organization, “The Instrumentality of Mankind.”].

It’s just a verbal bluff (laughs). In the world of Eva, the human population was cut in half, but as a rule, we can say that the worlds where the population has been decimated are typical of cartoons. I think worlds isolated and torn to shreds, where because of a past disaster humanity has been decimated, are characteristic of Japanese animation.

Whatever the viewpoint, Nerv is a group of amateurs. It looks like an army, but it is not one. I did not want to make a military group. I found it odd that anime magazines readjust the image of Misato in writing that she is a ‘skilled soldier’. I think she is more adept at many other things… If she is competent, do not tell the military! Hence when we look at them, her strategies are a little haphazard. Nothing but luck.

Honestly, the only person who plans her strategies a little bit is Ritsuko. Misato blurs the line between subjective and objective, and in the way she does things, she resembles me in many ways…despite what Masami Yuuki wrote in your February issue in reference to episode 7, she’s not that uncompromising, just as Nerv isn’t.

About the problem of the heart, I did not realize it immediately, but part of Japan and America can meet most of their desires, right? I think this is a problem that’s come up after we’ve found a degree of calm. For example, some extremely materialistic people do not bother to consider whether they make themselves disliked by others or not. I think we should live more fundamentally [essentially]. In our current material security, the problem of the heart becomes a very current topic.

Finally, in the course of making Eva, I got where I got for a number of reasons I could never really explain. But as far as the original stories of episodes 25 and 26 (the last ones), I managed to finish episode 25 as far as the script was concerned. Unfortunately, I had to abandon episode 26 while it was still at a very early planning stage. I’m reworking the episodes 25 and 26 that will be sold on LD [LaserDisc] and video next year, but as far as episode 26 goes, that’ll be a complete revision, so that it’ll be more ‘visual’. I’ll do it again by deconstructing the original plan.

Episodes 25 and 26 as broadcast on TV accurately reflect my mood at the time. I am very satisfied. I regret nothing.

March 4, after the end of the dubbing of the episode 25. At the initiative of the voice actors, the technical [animation] team, which assembled the remains of episode 26, is invited to a “farewell party” near the recording studio Tavac in Okubo, Tokyo.

At that point, the script for the last episode was not yet complete. It would be the following week. In essence, there remained three days in the schedule. But in the end/as a matter of fact, I didn’t need drawings to represent my vision of things. In truth, I would’ve been just as happy to explain myself by spoken word. I would’ve done it, but alas, it was rejected. Without cels, we made do by using the sketches of the storyboard in their place. It wasn’t a matter of having time to make them or not. In any event, we ended up doing without animation on cel. Cels are symbolic representations. After having drawn Asuka with a marker, as soon as Yuko Miyamura gave it her voice, it was more Asuka than ever. I even came to detest myself for having wasted time on cels at all [until then].

But that doesn’t mean never going through computer-aided drawing. I just wanted to show that, as far as animated drawings as a means of expression went, using sketches could work. I meant a message to those misguided fools who have expressions like: ‘since it is not on celluloid, it is unfinished’ or ‘because it’s not on celluloid, it is slapdash’. To destroy at all costs the kind of ideas that I myself had held. Once you hold the prejudice that you can’t use anything but cels to represent characters, you’ve finally become a fetishist… the first time we showed this was through what the ‘lines’ in episode 16 narrated.

A cartoon is composed of simple signs and therefore from the outset, it is a fake world, right? Nothing but an optical illusion. Nobody would imagine that it’s a documentary. Trying to integrate a documentary aspect into the film, that’s my personal feeling of being ‘Live’. I think the deconstruction of these signs is rare in cartoons that are shown on TV. When we aired our line drawings, some people in the industry called our work shoddy, even though it was impossible to consider it such. Disregarding the intent of making that linework into a ‘representation’ [of something] implies that it doesn’t communicate any idea at all, any concept at all. Under these conditions, the last episode wouldn’t be any better than a jumble of slogans [aphorisms/sentences]… Me, I think that, by looking at it methodically, one can find other things in it, too.

The 26th episode that some diehard fans rejected…sure, it’s true that some fans were frustrated by the absence of continuity with the original story. On the Internet, among other things, we have read some very scathing criticisms.

But this too is a fact: [other] viewers who watched the last episode (which registered audience records) have exclaimed to themselves, ‘Evangelion is truly brilliant!’

Among the people who use the Internet, many are obtuse. Because they are locked in their rooms, they hang on to that vision which is spreading across the world. What you should know so as not to take anime fans for idiots.

But this does not go beyond mere ‘data’. Data without analysis [thinking], which makes you think that you know everything. This complacency is nothing but a trap. Moreover, the sense of values that counters this notion is paralyzed by it. And so we arrive at demagogy.

For example, someone mentions my name, saying, ‘Anno is dead’. If that person were next to me, perhaps I might hit them. On the message boards [Internet] someone can still make a rebuttal, but this remains at the standard of toilet graffiti. One does not need to sign it. It quietly arrives directly at your door. It’s so convenient that careless people use it without remorse, without stopping [for consideration]. Obviously, not all Internet users are not like that. But as it is very difficult to find honest people [in it], I simply don’t have the freedom to devote time to it. I just want to say ‘come back to real life [réalité] and get to know the world’. For example, when it was decided to redo episodes 25 and 26, the news spread quickly from Gainax’s server across the Internet. If we had not set the tone, completely outlandish rumors would have emerged. But by revealing the information, plenty of incoherent statements like ‘they make it for the money’ were thrown in our faces.

I realized my own hypocrisy when I let myself be convinced that, not knowing our financial situation, this kind of talk was only fair. Whatever they say, I do not think you can see other negatives in Evangelion! (Laughter) By not paying attention to childish ideas which they are subjected to, we take the anime-fans for being stupid. They do not leave their [comfortable little] world. They feel safe. They have nothing solid in themselves on which to rely.

That’s why I tried to go to the rescue of Japanese animation. I do not say, like Shuji Terayama, to ‘throw away your books and flee the city’, but to go to town and meet people. Why can I say that? Well, I noticed what I was missing for me, in my heart. For twenty-one years I have been an anime-fan, and now, thirty-five years old, I notice with sorrow: I’m nothing but an honest fool (laughs).

I started this production with the wish that once the production complete, the world, and the heroes would change.  There are too many painful things for people to go on living in reality. Thus, humans run and hide in dreams. They watch films as entertainment. Animation, as a means to enjoy everything in a pure, fake world, is a realization of dreams and has become entrenched in film. In short, it is a thing where even coincidences are arranged and everything judged cinematically unnecessary can be excised. The negative feelings of the real world are no exception. Characters in animation do not cheat. They do not let you go for another. Animation is on certain points, very close to the pornography industry. All your physical needs are met. You can watch different animations and find anything you desire.

I don’t see any adults here in Japan. The fact that you see salarymen reading manga and pornography on the trains and being unafraid, unashamed or anything, is something you wouldn’t have seen 30 years ago, with people who grew up under a different system of government. They would have been far too embarrassed to open a book of cartoons or dirty pictures on a train. But that’s what we have now in Japan. We are a country of children.

Changing the tribulation of reality into dreams and conveying that to the people… is that what our work is? For the sake of people who forget reality until the bill comes due, who want to devote themselves to happy fallacies. I guess that’s our job in the entertainment and service sector.

Audiences have come to need a work only as an escape from reality, as a comfortable dream, judging everything on the criterion of moe, while creators’ intellectual paucity and the jumble of trivial touches have encouraged that structure. At the same time, TV-type mass consumption, which prizes instant gratification and simplistic results, laid the impoverished grounds of contemporary Japanese entertainment,   giving rise to masses that can only respond with praise for superficial details and technical proficiency; with tears, laughter, fear, or some outpouring of simple emotions; or with identifying and particularism. And here we are, in this stagnant state of affairs. I am stuck here myself. It’s embarrassing and frustrating, and I also regret that I contributed to it. I want it fixed. The sooner, the better.

Eva is a story of repetition. It is a story where our protagonist faces the same situation many times over and determinedly picks himself back up again. It is a story of the will to move forward, even if only a little. It is a story of the resolve to want to be together, even though it is frightening to have contact with others and to endure ambiguous loneliness.

Actually, It is like a puzzle, you know. Any person can see it and give his/her own answer. In other words, we’re offering viewers to think by themselves, so that each person can imagine his/her own world. We will never offer the answers, even in the theatrical version. As for many Evangelion viewers, they may expect us to provide the ‘all-about Eva’ manuals, but there is no such thing. Don’t expect to get answers by someone. Don’t expect to be catered to all the time. We all have to find our own answers.”



Durandal is one of Elibe’s Legendary Weapons, wielded by the Champion Roland during the Scouring, and Eliwood’s ultimate weapon. A large, heavy sword imbued with the power of flames, Eliwood and friends obtain it with the help of Athos, in their quest to put a stop to Nergal’s ambitions. Born as an instrument to help mankind kill dragons, the sword seems to awaken on its own in Eliwood’s hands, resulting in a tragic and unforeseen series of events. Later, it is sealed again in a cave in Ostia, where, twenty years later, it is retrieved by Roy and Lilina, this time appearing as a S-Ranked blade with no user preference.

New Readers...

friend: Omigod! I feel so bad I haven’t talked to anyone since I started this new book series!

me: Don’t you know that when you start a good book series that you drop your friends?! That’s what books are for! Nothing else matters BUT YOU AND THAT BOOK!!! AND NOT EVEN YOU! JUST THE BOOK!!! *imbecile* 

Happy 31st birthday Andrew Dost!!!

A man who…

is an awesome member of an awesome band,

a little bit of a health nut (but in a toned down kind of cute way :)),

has some pretty big hands,

knows how to play basically every instrument known to mankind,

has a wife whom he loves very much,

and is just all around kind of a dork.

Happy birthday, Dosty! :D

*none of the gifs/pics are mine except the #iHeartRadio ones*


Floor 1 - Hip-Hop Unit

Coups - Had a promising rap career and was just starting to get popular when his wife died and he left the industry to care for his two sons. Now lives on the first floor, helping his youngest son Vernon start off his career and doing featurings for new artists who might not even have that much of a chance in the industry, but he wants to give them the best start possible.

Vernon - Upstart little kid, still in high school, who’s starting to break into the Hip Hop industry but somehow becoming super popular. Gets a lot of controversy because of his father’s previous success and his mixed heritage, but refuses to give up and pushes on.

Wonwoo - Vernon’s super supportive older brother. Majorly talented in Hip Hop but mostly stays in the underground scene, never getting jealous of his little brother’s popularity. Always helps whenever Vernon needs some inspiration or a “fighting”

Mingyu - Wonwoo’s best friend from years back who has a standing invitation to the apartment and takes them up on it often. Never seems to leave. Has a talent in Hip Hop and is always being dragged with Wonwoo to rap battles, but seems more interested in art, always hanging around doodling somewhere. The entire family has kind of just adopted him since he never seems to leave, and he also supports Vernon a lot. Implied that he either doesn’t have a lot of family or there’s a lot of turmoil at home, and Coups is always ready to let him stay for as long as he’d like.

Floor 2 - Performance Unit

Hoshi - A second or first year college student who runs his own dance team. He likes to pretend that his parents wanted him to study martial arts and he’s such a rebel for going in to dance and acting, but really he always has his parents full support and they send him boxes and boxes of food nearly every week.

Dino - Hoshi’s kid brother who’s still in high school and goes to the same school as Vernon. Can usually be found down on the first floor with Vernon, who is his #2 roll model (after Michael Jackson of course) and hardly ever leaves the poor kid alone. Hoshi kidnaps him into dance team practices, because the kid has talent and he needs more members.

Minghao - Hoshi found him street dancing for money and offered to share his apartment if Minghao would participate in his dance team. Minghao readily agreed, and now lives with the boys on the second floor. He doesn’t seem to understand a lot of what’s going on, since he’s foreign, but he tries to participate whenever possible. He’s still trying to convince Hoshi (with the help of Dino) to get a dog.

Jun - Sought out Hoshi to be a part of the dance team and live there. No one knows a lot about him until Minghao is teaching Dino Chinese through cliche romance TV and Hoshi wanders in to find out that Jun is a popular Chinese actor. Minghao claims he didn’t think the information was useful, but Hoshi thinks he and Jun had a bet running to see how long they could keep it a secret. Jun keeps the performance boys fed and the apartment clean, but mostly he’s like the wind. They see what he does around the house but never really sees or hears him until you turn around and he’s standing there staring at you.

Floor 3 - Vocal Unit

Woozi - The first person to live in the apartment. He never asked for the amount of people he found himself swarmed with. All he wanted was to write and produce his music in peace. He doesn’t usually stay in his room at all, instead he sleeps in the attic studio and uses his room for storing musical instruments. Seems to have some weird connection with Mingyu and is always looking for his help reaching tall shelves.

Seungkwan - Is known as the diva of the apartment, always with his pulse on what is happening. But somehow, without meaning to, he found himself as the emotional stability of the apartment too. Whenever someone has a problem, they can always find Seungkwan ready to make them a hot drink and listen while they spill their problems. Whenever Vernon gets bullied at school or Hoshi’s feeling stressed over the lack of organization of his dance group, they find themselves sitting in the third floor kitchen talking to Seungkwan.

DK - Originally came to Woozi for vocal training and start on a solo career, found himself becoming close friends with Hoshi and Seungkwan. He’s very sensitive and hard on himself, and when he’s alone he can be quite depressed. But Hoshi always brings out his beautiful smile and the two play off each other quite well. He tries his hardest to make sure everyone around him is smiling too.

Joshua - Joshua is a college student studying music who Woozi found doing youtube covers of Jason Mraz and Maroon 5. He still actively runs his youtube channel and helps Woozi with the arranging of songs. Seems to play every musical instrument known to mankind. He and DK are known as the kindest people in the building and are always willing to go to the store and get Ginger Ale for a sick Hoshi or remembering to bring food to Woozi during long nights recording.

Jeonghan - Was Joshua’s friend in high school but the two lost contact when Jeonghan chose an Literature degree instead of Music. Jeonghan went to volunteer at a local high school as an Lit tutor and ended up having to help Vernon pass after his career keeps him so busy he’ll put off homework. Jeonghan started coming over to help Vernon and found out that his childhood friend lived on the third floor and went up to visit. After Joshua casually mentioned that Jeonghan and he were in choir together (a bad idea around Woozi, who is desperate for vocal talent), he got dragged in to Woozi’s studio for an audition and ended up moving in. He’s blatantly clueless that he has the run of the apartment, Minghao looking up to him since he has a past of tutoring and Joshua happy to be reunited with his old friend. Rumors started flying after he was invited to dinner for the fourth time in as many days that Coups has a major crush on him. Jeonghan, of course, has no idea about the rumors whatsoever, though, and remains the blissfully unaware angel of floor 3.