lakebeds

5. Zant
Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta
5. Zant

The #5 Spooky Scary Zelda Tune is…Zant’s Theme!

This particular variation of Zant’s theme comes from the cut scene that plays after Link finds the last Fused Shadow.  Zant confronts Link to steal the pieces and critically injures Midna. The Usurper King is certainly a disturbing and creepy villain, with his theme heightening that unsettling factor

Am I the only one annoyed about how some LoZ fans treat Zant?

I’ve seen alot of people call him disappointing and too crazy/insane.

But seriously,

have you guys 

even been paying attention

to what he did.

These scenes pretty much showed Zant’s TRUE personality: an arrogant, calm, collected,sinister, cunning tactician.

Oh, and does anyone remember what the Light Spirit said to Link at Lanayru spring about the Fused Shadows?

‘’Those who do not know the danger of wielding power will, before long, be ruled by it.’’

Let’s not forget that he said that quote along with a creepy vision that was enough to bring the holder of the Triforce of COURAGE to his knees.

So after Lakebed Temple, Zant stole the Fused Shadows from Midna.Then, once you find him at Twilight Palace, he acts like a huge psychopath.

Think about this for a second. 

Everything from the beginning all the way up to before the Stallord fight was Zant’s real character. But he didn’t know how to properly control the Fused Shadows and was corrupted into a lunatic as punishment.

To sum things up: Zant was not always a crazed and pouty manchild, guys.

you know what I hate? witnessing firsthand the slow petering off of fanart for a thing you like. like, be it a show or an anime or a game or what have you, eventually fanartists all move on to something else and you’re just kinda left digging for ham scraps in the tag dumpster desperately clawing at the one new piece of fanart that comes out every other week. yes, dear fanartist, thank you for blessing me with this drawing of the squid sisters. it has been so long since i have supped from the splatoon pool. any drop of moisture will sustain me. im dying in a fan content desert. i remember when it was lively and green, fanart trees for miles. now there is nothing. im clawing at the cracked soil in this dried lakebed. im so cold. 

Fossil Reveals Ostrich Relatives Once Lived in North America

New research reveals that 50-million-year-old bird fossil specimens, some of which are on display in the Museum’s special exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us, are from a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich.

The study, published recently in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, is co-authored by Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech and Julia Clarke of the University of Texas at Austin, both of whom are also research associates at the Museum.

“This is one of the earliest well-represented bird species after the age of large dinosaurs,” said Nesbitt of the specimen, which was found more than a decade ago—with bones, feathers, and even soft tissues intact—in a former lakebed in Wyoming.

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The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise flies free after being released from NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Rogers Dry Lakebed during the second of five free flights carried out at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, as part of the Shuttle program’s Approach and Landing Tests (ALT). The tests were conducted to verify orbiter aerodynamics and handling characteristics in preparation for orbital flights with the Space Shuttle Columbia beginning in April 1981. A tail cone over the main engine area of Enterprise smoothed out turbulent air flow during flight. It was removed on the two last free flights to accurately check approach and landing characteristics. A series of test flights during which Enterprise was taken aloft atop the SCA, but was not released, preceded the free flight tests. The Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) program allowed pilots and engineers to learn how the Space Shuttle and the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) handled during low-speed flight and landing. The Enterprise, a prototype of the Space Shuttles, and the SCA were flown to conduct the approach and landing tests at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from February to October 1977. The first flight of the program consisted of the Space Shuttle Enterprise attached to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. These flights were to determine how well the two vehicles flew together. Five “captive-inactive” flights were flown during this first phase in which there was no crew in the Enterprise. The next series of captive flights was flown with a flight crew of two on board the prototype Space Shuttle. Only three such flights proved necessary. This led to the free-flight test series. The free-flight phase of the ALT program allowed pilots and engineers to learn how the Space Shuttle handled in low-speed flight and landing attitudes. For these landings, the Enterprise was flown by a crew of two after it was released from the top of the SCA. The vehicle was released at altitudes ranging from 19,000 to 26,000 feet. The Enterprise had no propulsion system, but its first four glides to the Rogers Dry Lake runway provided realistic, in-flight simulations of how subsequent Space Shuttles would be flown at the end of an orbital mission. The fifth approach and landing test, with the Enterprise landing on the Edwards Air Force Base concrete runway, revealed a problem with the Space Shuttle flight control system that made it susceptible to Pilot-Induced Oscillation (PIO), a potentially dangerous control problem during a landing. Further research using other NASA aircraft, especially the F-8 Digital-Fly-By-Wire aircraft, led to correction of the PIO problem before the first orbital flight. The Enterprise’s last free-flight was October 26, 1977, after which it was ferried to other NASA centers for ground-based flight simulations that tested Space Shuttle systems and structure.

the bones I do not see

here I thought your
fingers
were well fed
by the maze.
I was wrong,
as I am often
when I am alone
with the notes that I take.
;
the hood you fill with steam,
the lip you curl to seal a dream,
the swan song of mimetic faculty.
death and your ribs,
                 your neck,
a final repose you kiss with anorexic breath.
;
here I thought
my eyes were
pebbles enrapt with
the lakebed’s descent.
I was wrong.
as I am often
when I am
reaching for the bottom
of every reflection I circumvent.

catalogue of aftereffect

Lately, knife-shaped bonescar, breaking for the sickness of healing. 

Lately, skin ripple, dropping stones into her chest and listening for the bottom. 

Lately, wrist splinter, leaving the television on for the spider in my home. 

Lately, helping grandkids into Laundromat dryers—ankled gravity, tumble low.

Lately, praying with eyes and hands open—what god says in the dark stays in the dark, glittering shapeless. 

Lately going last in a group circle, flashlight into war rubble dark. 

Lately wintering into a front-yard rabbit’s fur until snow overpowers gristle. 

  • Until she says “you’ve made my body a lakebed.” 
    • Until I have the courage to tell that one person I don’t love them, I love them too much. 
      • Until I find myself sitting in a parking garage, listening to screeches bend walls looking for a way out.