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“Wow, this place is beautiful” She couldn’t believe the sight in front of her. Large beautiful blue and red flowers stood tall and in the middle stood a large diamond shape statue. There was something written on it but she was unsure of what it was. Perhaps if her mothers were here they’d be able to tell her. A women’s strong yet elegant voice broke the, what seemed like, never ending silence, “Hello, Little one.” 

Just Hamilton Things

Recently, I’ve been reading Ron Chernow’s ‘Alexander Hamilton’ biography, and there’s a few things in there I find note-worthy. (If you’re as obsessed with Hamilton as I am, I do recommend reading this book. It is, after all, the foundation on which Lin-Manuel Miranda built ‘Hamilton’ and it gets into a lot of depth about Ham’s life. The excessive amount of research done for this book amazes me. I applaud you Ron Chernow.)

  • One time during the war, civilians in Broadway tore down a large statue of King George then melted it down and made 42,088 bullets, a fact which I find, for some reason, utterly savage
  • It’s no wonder people thought Hamilton and Laurens were gay, the letters they wrote to each other, primarily, the letters Hamilton wrote to Laurens… ah, I’ll just leave the examples down below

Hamilton to Laurens: “Cold in my professions, warm in my friendships, I wish, my dear Laurens, it might be in my power by action rather than words to convince you that I love you.”

Not enough for you? But wait, the letter goes on to say later:

You should have not taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.”

Another one from Hamilton to Laurens: “I have written you five or six letters since you left Philadelphia and I should have written you more had you made a proper return,”

Looks like Ham is being clingy. He even admits to it:

“But, like a jealous lover, when I thought you slighted my caresses, my affection was alarmed and my vanity piqued.”

After his engagement to Eliza, he writes to Laurens again saying:

“In spite of Schuyler’s (Eliza’s) black eyes, I have still a part for the public and another for you.”

  • Hamilton made dick jokes. He wrote to Laurens about finding a wife making bawdy references to ‘the size of his nose’.… his dick, guys. He was talking about his dick.
  • Before their famous duel in 1804, Burr was so broke, he asked even Hamilton for help. (Note, they already hated each other at the time.)  Burr came to Hamilton early in the morning and you can imagine the awkwardness of the situation. Like, “Hey bro,  did I wake you? Yeah, sorry about that. Hey, I know we hate each other and stuff, but could you like, help me out here, since you’re so good with money and shizzz?”
    The best part was, Hamilton did help, and managed to raise 10,000 dollars in cash for Burr…… and still Burr shot him. Savage.
  • Hamilton impressed Adams’ cabinet and there was a conversation that went a little something like this
    Adams: Whom shall we appoint Commander-In-Chief?
    Pickering: Hamilton
    Adams: lol no, pick someone else
    Pickering: But sirrrr, Hamilton is fully qualified-
    Adams: NOT HAMILTON.
  • While the Reynolds affair was going on and Eliza was away, Hamilton wrote letters urging her to stay far, far away from home as he was “greatly concerned for her health”. Yeahhhh. Riiiiight. You two-faced little LIAR.
  • To make the above worse, Eliza, despite the affair, did remain wholly devoted to Hamilton. In fact, when she was old, she is supposed to have said, “I am so tired, it is long, I want to see Hamilton.”
  • Okay, last fact to wrap things up. After Burr shot Hamilton in the duel, he showed no remorse for it, he took the entire event with a touch of humor. Burr is supposed to have made facetious references to, “my friend Hamilton, whom I shot.” What a savage.

On those long drives south, you will pass fields of wind turbines.
They will stand so stoically, you will briefly ponder how they got there,
and how they can be so perfect.
You will realize they were put there for that very purpose.

You will pass billboards for businesses
that feel like home to somebody,
but to you are only brief glimpses to be immediately forgotten.
You will pass oddities.
A beaten down store that sells only bottled water, advertised proudly on sun-faded signs.
A barn on the side of the road with “REPENT” painted in large letters across the roof,
surrounded only by emptiness for miles in all directions.
Large animal statues that at one point,
long ago,
were built for a reason.
Mostly, however, you will pass normality, in all of its bustling stillness.

Wherever you are at 5:37 p.m., the sky will look beautiful.
And it will look beautiful until nighttime falls, masking the vast web of highways
in a blanket of familiarity,
because darkness looks the same from one side of the world to the other.

You will spend hours counting down the miles until you are home,
and once you are home,
you will wish that you were anywhere else.
Home is lonely. You will be reminded of this.
Reality will fall like dust across your suitcase,
now only a chore to be unpacked.
And when it begins raining in your backyard,
you will wonder how the weather is
in Decatur.

—  G.S.

When Möngke Khan decided to renovate the Mongol capital city of Karakoram and turn the royal residence from a place of temporary stay when the Great Khan had to oversee ceremonies and into a true royal residence he wanted to decorate it with symbols representing the various cultures and peoples conquered by the Mongol Empire. One of the most famous decorations was an enormous silver tree by a French goldsmith named Guillaume Bouchier who had been captured during the invasion of Hungary. Silver fruit hang from its branches, the trunk was coiled by golden snakes and the tree was topped with a large statue of an angel holding a trumpet. 

The imagery was mostly likely inspired by (if not necessarily intended to represent) the trees of Eden though of course Möngke Khan was not a Christian and probably did not care to accurately represent Christian imagery. But Möngke Khan’s personality was certainly interested in ‘different cultures’ and going by William of Rubruck’s travel account he also enjoyed having religious scholars from cultures that would be considered ‘exotic’ to him debate with one another (William of course says that he carried the day for monotheism at the debate he participated in). 

Name: Lamassu, Shedu, Alad
Area of Origin: Ancient Mesopotamian cultures

The Lamassu, or less commonly referred to as Shedu or Alad, were ancient Assyrian and Sumerian protective deities, depicted with the body of a bull or lion, eagle’s wings and a human head, usually male. They are celestial beings and were household protective spirits of the Babylonians, but were later associated as royal protectors, usually placed as sentinels at the entrances to palaces in the form of colossal sculptures. They may have influenced the look of Sphinxes and other chimeric creatures found in future civilizations. Recently, a large statue of one of these was found destroyed at a historical archeological site demolished by ISIS. 


Smith Horse

The Smith Horse is the Spirit Rahi of the Fe-Matoran because they had practically saved the lives of Fe-Matoran in poor business. It is also the first known Spirit Rahi to not originate from its representative region.

A blacksmith shop in Fe-Wari during this time was very poor due to customers and commissions not coming very frequently. Until one day, a war had taken place in Zakara, people needed horses, and they needed them to have armor in order to be protected from weapons. Hundreds of soldiers arrived with hundreds of tamed wild horses. Business and wealth in the blacksmith shop increased as workers smelted swords for Matoran and Toa and armor for hundreds of horses.

To this day, the blacksmith shop has been rebuilt and is much larger and more appealing-looking to attract customers. Its workers are also responsible for the large horse statue at the center of their region’s town.

Smith Horses did not receive their species name until that day in the time of war. They in fact were an unnamed species that galloped the plains of Le-Wari, back when most of them were wild Rahi before their domestication in farms, sports, and transport. Smith Horses today are becoming less and less needed for transportation in Zakara due to the increase of Matoran-made transportation, so the horses are either beginning to repopulate the wild or are being domesticated in farms.

They are one of few Rahi to vary in color, ranging from brown, dark brown, burnt orange, black, and white. They are also currently the largest equestrian Rahi.

(The dark brown horse is an example of an unarmored, wild or non-war horse. and the gold and silver horse was the steed of the captain that led soldiers in the war)

little dceu metropolis things from time out shortlist: metropolis
  • ‘while the neighbouring gotham city can seem insular, metropolis welcomes you with open arms’
  • tourists visiting metropolis always reference the attack, but locals prefer to talk about the rebuilding process or point them to heroes park (where grassy expanses cover the gravity weapon remnants and a large statue of superman has been placed)
  • heroes park is dedicated to those who lost their lives on the day of the kryptonian attack and is an area of remembrance and reflection: a symbol of the citizens resilience (which makes it even more powerful that keefe attacked superman’s monument here, it’s a place of peace)  
  • metropolis grew out of a colonial outpost, leveraging it’s position on the atlantic to become a destination for immigrants’
  • lex corp gentrified the working class area known as ‘suicide slum’. 
  • lex corp is pretty much gentrifying everything.
  • oaktown neighborhood is the ‘immigrant friendly’ enclave. interestingly the only area that isn’t filled with lexcorp employees or under lexcorp charity projects
  • the best restaurants in metropolis has seven month waiting lists
  • lexcorp’s science lab has taken over food: introducing sugar substitutes and fat burning starches to many metropolis diners 
  • during reconstruction of metropolis, the eating habits of it’s citizens changed. they are now more likely to eat at small, local run businesses or prefer a good burger and cold beer. basic menu’s are standard in metropolis and food stands are open throughout the city
  • big belly burger isn’t as popular in metropolis but their burger of choice is the double patty planet special
  • evans pretzel factory has been in business for 75 years
  • the best place to buy superman merch is heroes park or blaze comics (who received a boost in business after superman appeared)
  • sale season in metropolis is end of december to mid jan. second sale season starts memorial day weekend in late may and finishes mid june
  • metropolis is a ‘see and be seen’ city, so don’t be surprised when celebrities mingle in at the club (making it harder for regular customers to get inside)
  • while jazz is more popular in gotham, there are many edm clubs in metropolis and live music is very popular
  • the impact of the kryptonian attack on metropolis’s cultural scene was huge. the theatre district was erased in an instant and the construction of replacement venues is still ongoing. other cultural hubs survived and have since become a venue for the citizens of metropolis to work through their grief and confusion, underlining the cities renewed sense of determination’
  • metropolis is a baseball town
  • metropolis food festival has chef’s from around the world turn up because it’s so famous
  • tomorrow festival is highly anticipated and combines music and free concerts with technological breakthoughs - mostly provided by lexcorp
  • the new years day fun run is attended by thousands as they parktake in a five kilometre run, beginning at 6am to shake off any holiday lethargy
  • lexcorp was the main player in rebuilding metropolis
  • gave thousands of local people jobs and became a symbol of hope in the destruction
  • visitors to heroes park can sign out free audio players and headphones which provide self guided tours and explain the events of the metropolis attack
  • it is a testament to the people of the city that the question of ‘why here?’ didn’t get in the way of decisive action. immediately rescue crews and volunteers descended on metropolis to find survivors and remove the bodies of the fallen. 
  • the epicenter of the shock wave (the kryptonian weapon) would remain undeveloped as a memorial and a reminded. everything was built anew to prove that grief would not be able to paralyze metropolis.
  • lexcorp is not a #selfie spot
  • the daily planet however is
  • ace of clubs bar is owned by bilbo bibowski. hobs bay dock workers call it a lucky charm since bilbo bought the bar with lottery winnings and legend says if you rub its doorknob you will find good fortune. it’s annual st patricks day bash is unforgettable
  • bus trips in metropolis can take twice as long as taxi trip
  • the daily planet app live tweets superman events
  • lois lane’s articles are among the most highly read on the daily planet websites
  • lexcorp dabbles in pretty much everything in metropolis, much like wayne enterprises in gotham

January 16, 2016

Today In History

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, singer and film actress, was born in Brooklyn, NY, on this date January 16, 1979. Aaliyah started voice lessons shortly after she learned to talk. Determined to be a star, she signed a contract with Jive Records at the age of 12 and came to popular acclaim in 1994 with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. Produced by the successful singer R. Kelly, the album quickly sold a million copies and eventually earned platinum status based largely on the success of two hit singles, “Back and Forth” and “At Your Best (You Are Love).”

While a student in the dance program at Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts (she graduated in 1997), Aaliyah released her sophomore album, One in a Million (1996). Helmed by the well-known pop producer Timbaland and featuring rap performer Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, One in a Million portrayed the 17-year-old singer as a sultry hip-hop chanteuse with a self-confidence well beyond her years. The album garnered favorable reviews and sold two million copies.

In 2000, Aaliyah made her acting debut in the surprise action hit Romeo Must Die, starring opposite martial arts star Jet Li in a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story set in modern-day Los Angeles. She was also an executive producer of the movie’s soundtrack and performed the hit single “Try Again,” which netted her a second Grammy nomination as well as two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.

Her third album, Aaliyah, was released in July 2001 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. Also in 2001, she played the title role in Queen of the Damned, based on the bestselling novel by Anne Rice and set for release in 2002. She scored a major casting coup when she signed to appear in two upcoming sequels to the blockbuster sci-fi thriller The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.
Tragically, Aaliyah was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small Cessna passenger plane carrying the singer and her video crew crashed in the Bahamas, where they had just completed work on a video. She is survived by her parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, and an older brother, Rashaad. via bio

- CARTER Magazine

anonymous asked:

Smokescreen playing cowboy with the kids is a cute idea omg. Imagine the kids bring him cowboy themed things because he can't get them himself. They find a hat big enough for him and he wears while quoting cowboy movies. He wears it all the time.

Yes yes yes yes YES beautiful anon! ☆゚. * ・ 。゚

-I’d like to think they managed to steal a giant stetson and holster belt from one of those impossibly large cowboy statues you often find in the Southern States in some kind of elaborate plan. 

-Smokescreen is so happy and wants to complete the look so he let’s the kids draw stubble on his faceplates for fun.

-Smokescreen has Ratchet install shiny chrome spurs that hide behind his rear wheels when in vehicle mode. He says they’ll help him with his kicks in battle, Ratchet believes none of it but he’ll still indulge him because he thinks it’s one of his rare endearing moments.

-When he can’t wear the hat or the belt, he’ll wear a red and blue “bandana”/scarf around his neck.

-He’ll often adopt a drawl and it’s given him a huge confidence boost, he has flirted with every bot around the base at least once using finger guns; this is including Optimus, 0/10 would not do again, he later apologized profusely.

Title: Sorting WIP

Artist: Random-art-stuff

Source: DeviantArt

There are four houses at Ilvermorny - Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird and Pukwudgie. When a student starts their education at Ilvermorny, they step onto a Gordian Knot on the floor in the center of the entrance hall with large wooden statues of the mascots for the four houses facing them. The carved statues react if they want the student in their house. The older students watch in silence from a circular balcony on a floor above them as the new students are sorted. The carvings react by:

Horned Serpent - The carving’s forehead crystal glows.

Wampus - The carving roars.

Thunderbird - The carving beats its wings.

Pukwudgie - The carving raises its arrow.

However, sometimes more than one carving will try to select the same student and so the student is then able to choose the house they prefer. This happens very rarely. Sometimes - as rare as once a decade or even a generation as in the case of one student - a student will be selected by every house.

Art References and BTS

I’ll screenshot from the MV as I see and recognize pieces.

The Fall of the Rebel Angels“ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder 

Michelangelo’s “Pietà”. A beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary -> Mother -> MAMA -> J-HOPE

The painting in the back is shown repeatedly and it’s “The Lament for Icarus” by Herbert James Draper. The ceiling was a little harder for me to see but it looks like the ceiling in Ljubljana Cathedral painted by Giulio Quaglio the Younger. The painting on the right is yet again “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.” Who knows? With the way Jungkook is positioned in the room, perhaps he is Icarus falling from the sky.

This part’s a doozy because I can’t get a clear view of these sculptures but someone pointed that the bronze sculpture near Jin here is “Perseus with the Head of Medusa” by Benvenuto Cellini! The sculpture on the far right (the torso) looks like a portion of “Laocoon and His Sons” by the Greek sculptors Hagesander, Athenodoros, and Polydorus.

This resembles one of the many Crouching Venus sculptures out there. Particularly the Vénus Accroupie held at the Musée du Louvre.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.

Here we had another quote from Herman Hesse’s “Demian” as read by Rap Monster. “He too was a tempter. He too was a link to the second, the evil world with which I no longer wanted to have anything to do.” 

Oh and one more thing. In the opening of the video, the choral singing from around 0:27-0:50, does anyone know what song that is? My friend thinks it’s Mozart’s Requiem Lacrimosa but I’m personally leaning more toward it being Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Kyrie Eleison).

The large winged statue at the end that Jin kisses I think might be Icarus too but I’m not sure. I don’t recognize it. Bangtan used A LOT of Renaissance pieces in their MV which may in itself be a reference to BTS entering their own period of rebirth/renaissance. They’re all adults now and it’s a new chapter for them. These were the pieces I saw in the video. Let me know if you see any others that I missed.

Temple of Tibidabo - Barcelona, Spain 

This Roman Catholic church is located on the summit of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. Built in various stages between 1902 and 1961, the bottom half of the church reflects a Romanesque fortress, while the top is neo-gothic in design, accessible by two grand stairways. . 

Stained glass windows adorn the Church, some of which are dedicated to Paul the Apostle, John Bosco and Pope Pius X. Sitting above the church like a crown, is a large bronze statue of Jesus. 

Absolution Calling: Part 17

Merit wrapped her arms tightly around Clarke’s waist as they bounded through the forest on horseback with two grounder riders at their side. Merit could see a large stone statue of a man in the distance – the Lincoln Memorial – and knew that they were nearing their destination.

Merit could feel her stomach tense and tighten as they galloped closer to TonDC. The possibility of having a missile dropped on her head at any given moment was terrifying. There was a very real chance that she, along with hundreds of others, may not live to see the light of another day but it was a chance that she had to take for Octavia and for Bellamy.

“What’s the plan?” Merit whispered into Clarke’s ear. There was little chance that her voice could be heard over the loud and constant trot of horse hooves on solid ground or across the distance, but she was still wary of the grounder riders’ ears.

“I meet with Lexa and we discuss how to get everyone out quickly and quietly,” Clarke said plainly.

“Is there really enough time for a nice chat?”

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13th Age: Available Resources

The party is navigating a traditional “Three Challenges” scenario to reach the treasure…

GM: “In the second chamber you find a large chasm with smooth walls, the exit is on the far side.  There are feathers in it, suspended in midair.

Paladin: “Okay, I throw a rock in.”

GM: “It plummets into the abyss.

Paladin: “So feathers float, but rocks fall…”

Wizard (Me): “You brainstorm this one, I’ll check what’s next.  I cast Levitation on myself and head across and into the next chamber.”

GM: “Uhh, okay… Well in the next chamber the door has two large stone statues on either side.”

Wizard: “I float over and wave my hand in front of one statue’s face.  Are you awake?”


Wizard: “You won’t let anybody pass without meeting some arbitrary criteria like solving a riddle?”


Wizard: “I don’t care.  Hold this for me, would you.  I hand it one end of my rope.”

GM: “It takes the rope and looks at you confused.  WHY?”

Wizard: “No reason.  It’s not trying to get through that door so you don’t object right?  I don’t wait for an answer and just float back to the party with the other end of the rope.  Here, tie this off and use it to cross.”

Fighter: “What is the other end connected to?”

Wizard: “Don’t worry, it’s secure.”

GM: “Well… you have successfully found a way to cross the pit.

Wizard: “Now I want to convince the golem to selfdestruct because it helped us through a challenge.”