learning facts

*Sighs with the bridge of my nose pinched between my fingers* SO

shall got
this nation under
birth of freedom

ernment of the people ple
for the people
erish from the earth

Breeding habitats are grasslands,
es, pastures and abandoned fields

Which are maybe found from Western and Central North America
ern Mexico

The first two… ?stanzas? are from the Gettysburg Address, the second set of two are from the wikipedia article on Western Meadowlarks…

Dreamworks, you know I’m gonna keep checking your runes. Stop switching Haglaz and Wynn. Odal is not Yngvi. Yngvi is not not Ear. Wyd.

How Shae became an Outlaw

After Shae dropped out of the Nohrian military, they couldn’t bring themself to go home because they didn’t want to be seen as a failure and didn’t want to become a burden on their mother again.

They tried being a soldier for hire and working at several shops, but they had a terrible time freelancing alone and never had much luck with keeping a stable shop job. After a while they decided to leave the city they had been staying in to see if traveling would help them at all.

Shae’s luck didn’t improve much and they ended up with a bandit group eventually. They had begun to resign themself to this fate until an odd person joined their group, a treasure-hunting Adventurer named Candace. Shae was immediately drawn to her because of her charisma and because she had a body type similar to Shae and yet she was still confident with herself.

Shae quickly figured out that Candace reacted positively to praise and started trying to use that to learn things from her. She did eventually agree to teach her some skills of being an Adventurer in exchange for favors and work to benefit her, and Shae agreed because they desperately wanted to gain new skills so they could go on their own again.

Over time Shae learned how to use a bow decently and how to lockpick and effectively steal items from others, and officially switched from being a freelance Knight to an Outlaw. Though it was difficult because she easily got sucked into Candace’s schemes because of owing her and not having the confidence to turn her down, Shae eventually left the group to work on their own again.

Though Shae learned how to steal and scheme people out of items, they decided they would use their new skillset to help people get back things that had been stolen from them. When they show up in Conquest and Birthright, they’re actually on their way to return a stolen item they had been hired to get back.

If they end up on the battlefield on Midori’s paralogue, they’ll acknowledge that they recognize Candace and don’t want to fight her much. If Candace is captured and Shae is in the prison when Candace is, if they are asked to negotiate with Candace they will seem nervous about it but agree and try to talk to her.

fun fact I learned at work today: the first time a film was ever released for home viewing with commentary was the 1984 laserdisc of King Kong (1933 with Robert Montgomery and Faye Wray) and at the time it was not called “commentary” but rather an “audio essay” or “lecture track”, and it was on a separate audio track, which you had to switch to on your remote since laserdiscs had no menus the way DVDs do. These commentary tracks were usually given by “film scholars” rather than directors or artists involved with the film. Ron Haver was a popular film scholar in the 1970s through the early 90s and he provided most of these early “audio essays”. 

The opening lines of the commentary are, “Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I’m Ronald Haver, and I’m here to do something which we feel is rather unique. I’m going to take you on a lecture tour of King Kong as you watch the film. The laserdisc technology offers us this opportunity and we feel it’s rather unique — the ability to switch back and forth between the soundtrack and this lecture track…”

The commentary for King Kong on this laserdisc never made it on to any other release of the film, which is a shame because it’s in itself a historical/cultural artifact

2.09 -  or the one where we learn Sam’s visions can be used to manipulate him.

A vision lures Sam and Dean to a town where everyone’s being infected by a demonic virus. In Sam’s vision, Dean shoots a man who’s begging for his life. Once they’re in town, the trap is sprung. They’re cut off from the outside world while the demons “test” Sam’s immunity to the virus.

That’s it. The whole episode is a manipulation from start to finish, but Sam and Dean never learn that fact:

DEAN: I swear, I’m gonna lose sleep over this one. I mean, why here, why now? And where the hell did everybody go? It’s like they just friggin’ melted.
SAM: Why was I immune?
DEAN: Yeah. You know what? That’s a good question. You know, I’m already starting to feel like this is the one that got away?

Oddly, this is the thing that prompts Dean to suggest they maybe take a break from hunting for a bit:

DEAN:  I just think we should take a break from all this. Why do we gotta get stuck with all the responsibility, you know? Why can’t we live life a little bit?

But it also prompts him to finally come clean to Sam about the extent of the burden John saddled him with before he died. It’s not just the guilt of knowing John traded his soul to the demon in exchange for Dean’s life.

Of course that’s the cliffhanger at the end of this episode, leading into 2.10.

Dean: He said that he wanted me to watch out for you, to take care of you.
Sam: He told you that a million times.
Dean: No, this time was different. He said that I had to save you.
Sam: Save me from what?
Dean: He just said that I had to save you, that nothing else mattered; and that if I couldn’t, I’d…
Sam: You’d what, Dean?
Dean: That I’d have to kill you. He said that I might have to kill you, Sammy.

Sam is justifiably angry that Dean didn’t tell him this horrifying news sooner, but Dean asks for some time to figure out what they should do next. Sam wants to rush off to figure out what all of this means.

Meanwhile we’re seeing the demon actively manipulate other Special Children into direct acts of violence. All the while Gordon Walker’s shifted his Kill All The Vampires ice cold focus onto killing all the Special Children– especially Sam. He owes Sam a little bit of vengeance for how they left him in 2.03, but Gordon “no grey areas” Walker takes that to a terrifying extreme.

 Instead of the demon setting traps for Sam, this time it’s a more human evil at work, as well.

Sam, angry with Dean for hiding the truth, takes off to investigate another vision he’s had. More special children dying, and he meets Ava who’s been having visions similar to his own.

But there’s also a resolution of sorts with Ellen and Jo, left over from 2.06. Sam finds out that Jo continued hunting despite her mother’s wishes, and that Ellen forgave John years ago. It was only John who couldn’t forgive himself for Bill’s death.

So of course when Sam makes Ellen promise not to tell Dean where he was, she turns around and tells him. What else is family for, if not to look out for each other? :P

Sam tries to protect Ava from harm by sending her home (where she’s harmed irrevocably by the demon…), but he knows from Ava’s visions the exact nature of the trap he’s walking into and is able to foil Gordon’s bombs and rescue Dean.

(like we saw Gordon do before, and like we’ve seen Ketch doing in s12, Gordon got his information on Sam by torturing a demon he was exorcising. He trapped and tortured a human being who was possessed against her will by a demon, and yet… he had no moral problem about torturing an innocent teenage girl to death just to get information from the demon possessing her. Dean’s assumptions about how horrible Gordon is are confirmed, further cementing his lesson that people are often the real monsters.)

Why does Dean fight against “destiny” as hard as he does? Why did this become his primary mission in life? Free will?

GORDON: I’m surprised at you, Dean. Getting all emotional. I’d heard you were more of a professional than this. Look, let’s say you were cruising around in that car of yours and, uh, you had little Hitler riding shotgun, right? Back when he was just some goofy, crappy artist. But you knew what he was going to turn into someday. You’d take him out, no questions, am I right?
DEAN: That’s not Sam.
GORDON: Yes it is. You just can’t see it yet. Dean, it’s his destiny. Look, I’m sympathetic. He’s your brother, you love the guy. This has got to hurt like hell for you. But here’s the thing. It would wreck him. But your dad? If it really came right down to it, he would have had the stones to do the right thing here. But you’re telling me you’re not the man he is?

SAM: Well, come on, dude, you’re a hunter. I mean, it’s what you were meant to do.
DEAN: Ah, I wasn’t meant to do anything, I don’t believe in that destiny crap.
SAM: You mean you don’t believe in my destiny.
DEAN: Yeah, whatever.
SAM: Look, Dean, I’ve tried running before. I mean, I ran all the way to California and look what happened. You can’t run from this. And you can’t protect me.
DEAN: I can try.
SAM: Thanks for that. Look, Dean, I’m gonna keep hunting. I mean, whatever is coming, I’m taking it head-on, so if you really want to watch my back, then I guess you’re gonna have to stick around.

Can we talk about how Jungkook is trying to speak english as most as he can these days????

Overly Analytical Problem #15

When you over hear people talking about “your” subject and they aren’t getting the facts straight. You kind of just want to say…

Anyone else feel like that sometimes…

Fun Fact of The Day: This dolphin here is actually using the puffer fish as a drug to induce a trance-like state. The skin of the puffer fish, in small amounts, is known to produce a narcotic effect. The behavior was captured by an award winning wildlife documentary producer, John Downer, and a zoologist, Rob Pilley, who states “Young dolphins are purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating. After chewing it gently and passing it around, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”


                           “All Weapons Forged Against Me Shall Fail”

An adaptation of one of my favorite quotes, No Weapon Forged Against Me Shall Prevail, this is a protection sigil designed to stop both physical and mental weapons. Useful for both people and wards (it was originally meant to be a sigil ward) 

Quick fact. Ready?
Working at different intensities of exercise determines whether one is burning more carbohydrates or fats as fuel. Higher intensities use mainly carbs, while lower and more prolonged intensity training makes use of fats.

Jellyfish Blooms

Sometimes thousands of jellyfishes are concentrated around a small area of the ocean. Such a swarm is known as a “bloom”.

The blooms are a combined result of many factors like - ocean current, air flow, season, water temperature, sunshine, concentration of oxygen, concentration of plankton etc.

If the water becomes warmer it helps the jellyfish population to grow. Lack of oxygen in the sea water is surprisingly led to growth also. Poor oxygen concentration drives away fishes and other plankton eaters from a certain area of the ocean. As a result, the jellies (as they can survive without much oxygen) can have more food to sustain a larger population.

Agriculture needs fertilizers to grow more crops. Increase of fertilizers mean increment of nutrients to water which ultimately comes into the ocean. Jellyfish flourish in such waters.

Big blooms can be bad for fishing and other sea related  commercial activities. Such a bloom can also alter the ecosystem of a part of the ocean.