intelligent engagement

Things the signs like

Aries : Affection

Taurus : Doing the fighting

Gemini : Learning new things

Cancer : Being around friends and family

Leo : Creativity

Virgo : Helping others

Libra : Romance

Scorpio : Knowing the 100% truth

Sagittarius : Being around people that make
them happy

Capricorn : Privacy

Aquarius: Intelligent and engaging conversations

Pisces : Alone Time

a fantasy book where:

  • the necromancer isn’t at all evil, keeps their reanimated cat as a companion
  • the ‘dark lord’ is woman who wears a floor length floral cloak and pink kitten heels
  • the orcs are highly intelligent and frequently engage in orc chess and deep philosophical debates
  • the elvish archer is the clumsiest, most inaccurate little shit ever
  • the bard writes deep emo poetry, constantly quoting sonnets by the most talented musicians of the era-  ‘fall out bard’ and ‘panic at the inn’
  • the mage only knows 3 spells- and they all involve cutlery
  • the intellectual character that finds the powerful relic/enchanted item/mysterious glowy thing is 120% done with all of it ‘for GODS sake, that is the SEVENTH DARK ORB THIS YEAR are yOU KIDDING’
  • the healer character is also the most ripped, usually ends up treating their own wounds more than anyone elses
  • the ‘deep broody’ character is actually mute the whole time but no one realises and thinks it’s just part of his moody persona until he has to fucking spell it out for them (literally), spends the whole story making exasperated faces and gestures
  • the dragon that’s hunting them down for the whole story is actually just trying to give back the shoe that one of them lost while running away, and is actually very conversational ‘bro, you’ve got this all wrong– look, you dropped this bro, haha i’m always forgetting stuff too don’t worry’
Theory time! - Levi's cravat

To preface - I just got all of the Attack on Titan volumes up to the current one and DAMN it’s nice to not have to be online to read them. :)

ANYWAY!

During my rereading of the official translation, I noticed something interesting that I think indicates something important about Levi’s character that I don’t think I’ve read yet from anyone else.  Remember this in Chapter 51? 

In case you don’t remember, it’s when Levi finds out from Hange that Titans were previously human.  Cue guilt and Erwin creepy smile (man, him and Armin have the creepy smile game on LOCK, BTW). 

However, in every chapter since, Levi’s been missing something that we all associate with his character, his visual cue, if you will -

His cravat.  Yeah, I understand that at this point in the story, they’re on the run and haven’t worn their uniforms and such, but I feel like this little detail is actually pretty important. As momtaku has mentioned in previous posts and her readthroughs (which are great, btw), Levi is fairly horrified that what he’s been doing up until now (to paint in broad strokes) is killing humans, and is starting to lose it.  From what we’ve learned in later chapters with the appearance of Kenny and learning more about his past with the underground, this is what I’m thinking -

Levi and Kenny clearly don’t get along, and they lived together for a while.  Kenny raised him, to an extent, and Levi’s accustomed to squalor.

Once Levi joined up with the Survey Corps, he found a way out.  Keeping in consideration some of the information we’ve gleaned from character interviews and tidbits (like why he holds his teacups in his particular way), I think Levi’s preference for his cravat is another way for him to give an appearance of being more well off than what he actually is/was AND a way to signify a new beginning for him, where he isn’t learning how to stalk and kill people - in essence, “using his powers for good”.

Once he realizes Titans were/are humans, I think he realized at that point he’s no better than Kenny, and everything he’s done to change things for himself have been for nothing - to paraphrase Kill Bill, he’s not a worker bee, he’s “a renegade killer bee”, and everything he’s done to “disguise” himself is pointless, because nothing in the world can change his Ackerman heritage.  As he tells the 104th -

He’s pretty uniquely qualified to deal with Titans and killers.  Like Erwin and Armin, because of what he knows now, he (and Mikasa, once he tells her about their shared heritage) knows what he has to do now and has “discarded” that part of himself to fight monsters.  Hell -


In summation, I think at this point, Levi is probably being the most honest with himself that he’s been in a long while.  Whether or not he puts it back on once everyone starts donning their uniforms again remains to be seen, and if he does, that raises interesting questions, as well.  Either way, I love Levi, and I get why people don’t understand certain aspects of his character, or broadly characterize him in broad strokes for fanfic purposes and such (I ONLY LOVE CRAVATS AND CLEANING kind of stuff), but I think that’s probably because I’m also “abnormal…probably because I’ve seen far too many abnormal things”.  I feel like that makes it easier for me to understand his headspace and some of his decisions (like his behavior towards Historia or using odd, long winded non sequiturs to explain himself).

Thoughts?

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I grew up in a small town in Ireland and didn’t know any actors. I never thought it was a viable job. It wasn’t until I was on The Tudors that I realised it was a possibility. The actors I met were so intelligent, engaging and passionate about what they were doing and for a lot of them it was their first big job.
History is also about people telling their stories, which is another reason acting appealed to me.

Fan·ni·bal·ism

/ fænɪb(ə)lˌɪzəm/

noun

1.    the practice of being a fannibal in relation to the tv show Hannibal.

Elsa is a fan of the tv show Hannibal; her life revolves around the practice of Fannibalism

2.    the complex cultural phenomenon of those who enjoy the tv show Hannibal. Sometimes this phenomenon borders on obsession; many people who practice Fannibalism write fanfiction, create art, or discuss life in relation to the show. Fannibalism usually attracts intelligent and highly engaged individuals.

  • Me: Person A and Person B meet and realize they are perfect for one another. Sadly, Person A dies, and Person B is left devastated and depressed. After a long time, B eventually meets Person C, and even though C isn't A, it's a beneficial match and C is fairly kind and very intelligent. Their engagement is disrupted by an adventurous, mustached man who turns out to be A in disguise. As B gets used to being around A again, it becomes increasingly obvious that C is not what B wants, and A and B still make an excellent couple. Unfortunately, B and C are still getting married anyways. It turns out that C is actually a terrible person, and has A killed without B knowing. Luckily, while struggling through death, A is reminded of his love and how his love's safety is worth living for, so A pulls through. C's near murder plot is revealed to B.
  • Me: Now, did I just describe the Princess Bride, or BBC's Sherlock?
  • My mom: I.....I don't know.....oh....oh my god......

I’m starting to wonder if engaging in “syscourse” is just a huge mistake. It’s lending legitimacy to what essentially amounts to trolling. I’ve seen some well-worded and thoughtful responses to one-liner threats, insults, and suicide baiting.

I’m sorry, but no matter how well you garnish this shit, I’m not going to sit down to eat it.

If anyone wants to engage in intelligent conversation about neurology, psychology, identity politics, etc., that’s one thing. But responding to hate, even with intelligent discourse, might just be making the issue worse.

We’ve got enough to deal with when we’ve got neurotypicals breathing down our necks. Reflecting it back at each other with infighting isn’t useful.

I would like to see some co-operative efforts. We should be emphasizing what we have in common, and working together to build community.

Can we at least have a cease-fire?

10 Habits Of Ultra-Likable Leaders

Here are key behaviors that emotionally intelligent leaders engage in that make them so likable:

1. They Form Personal Connections

2. They’re Approachable

3. They’re Humble

4. They’re Positive

5. They’re Generous

6. They Demonstrate Integrity

7. They Read People Like A Book

8. They Appreciate Potential

9. They Have Substance

One more habit of ultra-likable leaders.

God I hate it when you can SEE female characters being aggressively shoehorned into a romance based solely on Their Assigned Role As Love Interest. 

Never mind their personality up until that point – never mind the fact they’ve LITERALLY been written to receive every overture of romance with bafflement or downright fucking discomfort – the time has come for the hero to Have His Girl and by jove he will!

The worst part about this? Most of the audience will just fucking take it. We’ve been trained so long and so well to just accept that this is how shit goes, that any critical thought into believable character motivations is all but short circuited.

I’m so, so SICK of watching engaging, intelligent female characters all but place their personalities into nondescript boxes and set them aside when the moment for Requisite Romantic Culmination hits. The Padmé Amidala’s and the Scaramouche’s deserve fucking better okay, and I sure as hell do too.

[Okay. But. Loki doesn’t approve of Jane in concept because he doesn’t want Thor getting hurt/devastated by the fact that she is not going to even live a fraction of Thor’s live, but.

If Thor did marry her Loki would be like, “Well. It’s done now.” and I think he would actually really get along with her?

Like. Loki is highly intelligent, and my Loki engaged in astronomy and alchemy, and amateur botany, plus he is a master of magic, so Jane might find him an interesting conversation companion and he’d find she is pleasant to talk to as well.

Her and him discussing magic, and how his magic is different from the science-magic most of Asgard uses, since his is an actual ability to manipulate cosmic energy that one has to be born with, etc. And her being really curious about it and asking lots of questions.

Her and him talking about the different constellation patterns on Asgard, and the various cyclic events.

Him and her having little ‘arguments’ (though not really. More like discussions? ;D) about social customs and the Midgardian/Asgardian differences.

Him explaining tactical/strategic terms and movements to her if she asks or if he sees they are foriegn.

Now, disclaimer. I really, really, really don’t “ship” them. Because… there literally is no other, nor ever could be, another woman for Menace/Loki except Sigyn (*points to a million bits of sigynhealerofasgard only shipping statements on blog*).

I just think that Loki and Jane could easily be friends.]

how ppl view intjs vs what intjs are actually like

How most people view INTJs:

hi my name is Genius Darkness INTJ Intellectual and i have massive brains.  im not related to Sherlock but i wish i was because he is a total hottie (AN: if u dont kno who he is then u can go away).  ppl often say i look like INTP.  it was raining and storming and i liked it. sum SJs said “hello i hope u have a nice day”. i glared at them bc i am far too intelligent to engage in this disgusting inferior phony custom known as small talk

What INTJs are really like:

hi my name is Void Paradox INTJ apocalypse and i have infinitely otherworldly ni.  im not related to ENTJ but i wish i was bc he is a total hottie (AN: if u dont kno who he is then i feel sorry for your inability to appreciate this only source of  perfection that exists in this painfully smol universe).  ppl often say i look like INFJ.  the moon was red and blue and the sun was black and the planets were aligned as if to signal an impending doom that is a metaphor for how the universe is much bigger than humanity and i liked it.  sum mortals stared at the vessel which contains my soul.  i glared at them using the portals to the visual world that are upon my face

farronheit  asked:

Sombra

general opinion: fall in a hole and die | don’t like them | eh | they’re fine I guess | like them! | love them | actual love of my life
hotness level: get away from me | meh | neutral | theoretically hot but not my type | pretty hot | gorgeous! | 10/10 would bang
hogwarts house: gryffindor | slytherin | ravenclaw | hufflepuff
best quality: Very determined and intelligent
worst quality: engaging in illegal activities?
ship them with: Symmetra
brotp them with: Widowmaker and Reaper. They’re like Team Rocket.
needs to stay away from: the more lawful members of Overwatch that would want to arrest her, probably
misc. thoughts: I think Sombra is probably the only morally ambiguous person Angela would leave alone, like “I don’t agree with hacking but I’m going to look the other way because I could have been you/you could have been me” since they were both orphaned as a result of the war

Habits Of Ultra-Likable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable of.

Becoming a more likable leader is completely under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence. Here are 10 key behaviors that emotionally intelligent leaders engage in that make them so likable.

Okay but also, Kara/Lucy…

Like, imagine:

 - Kara happening upon Lucy in her (their) favorite coffee shop and sitting down for a conversation because she’s an adult and she can handle being friends with the woman who was dating the man she wanted.  

- Lucy is just charmed to no end because how could you not be charmed by Kara, but she also finds Kara really engaging and intelligent.  And then she discovers how kind Kara is, how big her heart is and she’s even more charmed.

 - Kara, for her part, is intrigued by Lucy and and her drive and determination. And, of course, Lucy is beautiful in like….a very objective and totally not romantic way.

 - Lucy enjoys teasing Kara because she’s literally the cutest thing on the planet when she’s flustered.

 - They become close friends because sometimes it’s refreshing for Kara to talk to someone about her non-super problems and Lucy is a surprisingly good listener.  

 - Lucy becomes a regular installment on game night.  Kara and Lucy dominate when they play battle of the genders. 

 - She gets suspicious after a while because she’s Lucy and her mind is always working and where is it that Winn and James and Kara get off to sometimes.  She tracks their movements for a while and comes to realize that Kara is Supergirl.

 - Lucy doesn’t say anything to Kara, just quietly supports her.  They still have movie nights every week and she still lets Kara stick her cold toes under her thighs.  And then one night she just casually asks how Kara’s latest battle went and it’s the first time Lucy has ever heard Kara swear and she just laughs.

 - Kara is a little sad at first because she thinks it’ll change things but Lucy is as great as ever and Kara is just smitten and things are lovely and fluffy and gr9 the end.

✨ RADHA KRISHNA ✨

Shri Krishna said:
“When an intelligent person engages constantly in worshiping Me through loving devotional service as described by Me, his heart becomes firmly situated in Me. Thus all material desires within the heart are destroyed.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 11.20.29

[The] One Direction fanbase is incredibly intelligent, very engaged.
—  Kate Moross, One Direction’s Art Director
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Samsung stepped up as a heavy-hitter in the Smart TV market with the unveiling of their ES8000 television on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  They boasted how it has been ‘future-proofed’ with the built-in ability to upgrade it’s features and processing power as well as gesture-based control and face and voice recognition allowing users to browse the web with a wave of their hand and to change channel by speaking in one of the more than 20 languages that the set is preprogrammed to understand.

The implications of this kind of technology becoming mass market are huge - and how eventually it could have a huge impact on how we watch TV and how we interact with the medium in the future.  It’s another nail in the coffin for the old-school, stupid TV remote - with tablets and smart phones providing the others.

Smart TVs will use the in-built camera for facial recognition (and Skype video chat) which means it will be able recognise family members and bring up their profile with personalised app selections, favourite channel lists and recordings.  Samsung, at CES, said that the number of apps available will grow by 60 per cent this year and that over 20 million downloads will soon be reached - and that 25,000 companies were now developing apps for its platform.

How do you feel about this next step in the future of technology - would you find value in having a more personal and unique experience when you are watching TV and interacting with the internet?

Komi/Ichiban? …Komi/Ichiban. Komi/Ichiban OMFG

I don’t think you guys understand how perfect this ship is. 

Ichiban got top grades to prove to others the way he speaks does not equate to his worth or intelligence. He just needed someone to understand and open their heart to him. Komi got social anxiety and depression after a terrible bout of illness. He needed to be reminded that social interaction and friendship was something to not be ashamed of. 

Ichiban needs a friend, Komi needs to be able to feel happy having a friendship and since Ichiban never had one, of course he would be receptive to Komi. Oh my god, could you imagine these two? Ichiban would be stumbling with his words to help Komi get caught up with school work in fear of sounding strange, and Komi would appreciate his intelligence and willingness to engage that he’d overlook that entirely. These two are perfect.

We need a ship name. Now

QR Codes on cookies?  Genius!

Tiffany & Co. surprised everyone at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week last year when they had ladies decked out in LBD’s and oversized black sunglasses handing out these special cookies.  

Tiffany’s wasn’t the only brand jumping on the QR bandwagon, many fashion designers leveraged the codes in an attempt to engage their customers with connecting to them and their designs.  When scanned, these codes would reveal information about a designer as well as invites to special functions held during the event.  

Tiffany's emblazoned an edible approach with QR codes that, when scanned, invited attendees to a concert with Leighton Meester. The codes were fully functional and proved to be a hit with attendees. 

If you were going to use a QR code to get the word out, where would you put it?  Share your ideas with us via photo!