More "Nursey proposes to Dex through a musical that SMH performs"
- the costumes are repurposed clothes that Nursey got from his moms and Lardo modified
- bitty streams it live on his YouTube channel
- Dex’s face is bright red throughout the entire show
- Tango and Whiskey hand out flyers for the show around campus
- ransom plays a prince who is also a mechanic and a hockey player that works on a lobster boat (he wears a bright red wig and a flannel cape)
- Holster plays a calm, chill, courageous, handsome, charming, poetic knight that woos the prince (Guess who Nursey based this character after)
- Chowder plays an evil LAX bro that traps the prince in a tower (he cannot play a convincing villain at all bc he’s too cute! He also fumbles with his lines all the time)
- Shitty is the prince’s sidekick, a talking washing machine (he wanted to do it naked but Nursey wouldn’t let him)
- Lardo is the fairy godmother
- Bitty makes a bunch of food for the cast party only to be told that there is no cast party and that Dex has dragged Nursey to the backstage bathroom and no one has seen them since
- the songs are: “(There Must be) More to Life than Lobsters”, “I’m Just a Washing Machine (What do I Know About Love?)”, “Chillest Knight in the Land”, “Find the (hoc)Key to my Heart”, “I Can’t Help it That I Suck (I’m an LAX Bro)”, “‘Sup Dude? I’m Your Fairy Godmother”, “Oh, Ser Chill, Won’t You Bone Me?”, “Sometimes 'Fuck You’ Means 'I Love You’”, “Check it Out, Bro! We’re Getting Married!”, and the finale, sung by Nursey: “Wanna Marry me or Whatever?”
- Nursey, onstage: So, you wanna get married, babe?
Dex, muttering: oh my god
Nursey: is that a yes?
Dex: of course it is, asswipe
Most of it is natural stuff, the kind of thing you could grow or find. Weed, shrooms. Some ‘joys have managed to find a breed of desert toad that gets you high as balls if you lick it. A couple others discovered a certain type of cactus induces hallucinations.
The hardcore shit, though, is almost always modified Better Living medication. Boiled down or whatever to separate out the parts that make you happy, the parts that slow your reaction-times. Most 'joys try to stay away from that stuff, because it’s addictive and makes you dependent.
Ghoul used to be on the harder stuff, got it from shady killjoys further out in the Zones. For all he knows they were undercover scarecrows, selling it to try to get rebels dependent on it again. When the rest of the four found out they made him go cold-turkey, probably wasn’t the best idea seeing as he felt like he was dying when he hit withdrawals.
[Idol Band②] FTISLAND, 10 Years of Hardship to Find Their Identity
Starting off with the title, “idol band,” the road to earn the recognition as a “real band” is not easy. Despite there isn’t any clear distinction on what is defined as a “real band” but it still happens because of the strong prejudice that looks down at those who start off with idol band music.
FTISLAND who marks their 10th anniversary this year has quietly walked that thorny road. At the beginning, they didn’t receive any recognition as a band. They made their debut with a full album in 2007, but it was all not their self-composed. Love Sick that gained such a hurricane-like popularity was made by someone else.
What made it worse is that as their album was introduced, they came with this modifier “a lively idol band that strictly refuses to be a dance idol group.” While they were not introduced as an idol, they were still introduced as an idol band. It is not yet clear on what the intention behind those words, but it can be predicted that their agency had some intention to present them as an idol to some extent.
As FTISLAND grew rapidly, more people came to view their identity negatively. It has always been confusing, FTISLAND is an “idol or a band, that is the question.” Even though so, the members themselves had a good grasp of their own identity. At one point, the members started to participate more in the production of their music*, and in 2015, they released their 5th regular album, I Will, which was filled with their own songs. To the extent that it is incomparable to their debut song, Love Sick, this album mainly contains hard rock music.
With this, this album is referred to as the closest to FTISLAND’s own color. Whatever color that would be, since this is what FTISLAND has made themselves, this can be called FTISLAND-only. As a band, they can now confidently boast their own music. The title, “I Will” is meant to secure their direction forward from then on.
“Dedicated to all the boys who have lived in this painful world. Shit”
“Res, non verba”
Latin for “deeds rather than words”, or “actions to be used instead of words”. Also appears in bathroom that Taehyung is in.
“Pain past is pleasure”
I can’t find much on the origin of this, however it may derive from the Chinese proverb “苦尽甘来”, which literally translates to “suffering ends, good comes” (may be slightly off because my Chinese is not the best, but it’s along the same lines)
“Dum spiro spero”
Latin for “While I breathe, I hope”. Also appears in the main room.
French for “butterfly”. Papillon was the name of one of the concept shoots for 화양연화 pt. 2.
“Je ne regrette rien”
French for “I regret nothing”. Je ne regrette rien was the name of another concept shoot. Non, Je ne regrette rien was also the title of a song by Édith Piaf near the end of her life, as pointed out by this lovely anon. The lyrics are about forgetting the past and starting over.
Latin saying, often translated to “Seize the day”
“Only me and my…”
I can’t see this one too clearly, but it looks like “Only me and my style”
Latin for “remember that you will die”. It is also the name of a short story by Jonathan Nolan, which is about a man who uses tattoos and notes to keep track of his life as he has anterograde amnesia. The story cuts between two timeframes- while the man is in a mental institution, and when he is on the run after he escapes. This reminds me of the part in Run where Hoseok wakes up in the hospital after Tae and Namjoon have been arrested. It then cuts to the party scene. The contrast between scenes is similar to the contrasting timeframes in Memento Mori.
“La vita dolce”
Italian for “the sweet life”, or “the good life”
“Draw me like one of your french girls”
The iconic line from the Titanic which has become a meme of sorts. This is a seemingly random inclusion from Bighit.
“This train ruined my life”
This line was originally hidden in the music video by Namjoon, but thanks to the new photos that came out, I finally figured out what it said. The trains in the I Need U and Run music videos are probably referenced here. In Run, when Namjoon opens the door to the train carriage, it cuts straight to him entering the party scene. “Train” could be a metaphor for his delinquency, as we later see him vandalising and getting arrested.
“…while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to die live humbly for one”
This is a quote from J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. The full quote reads: “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” It should be noted that the original quote has been modified, replacing the word “live” with “die”, however “die” is then crossed out and replaced again with “live”. The first half of this quote appears in the main room.
Dutch for “hi bye” (informal)
“Youth is never coming back”
Also appears in the room Jimin is in.
“Won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”
“Save me from myself”
Name of Brian Welch (also know as Head), guitarist of Korn’s autobiography. Also a Christina Aguilera song.
“I paid love”
“High & Dry”
Title of a Radiohead song. While reading the lyrics, I noticed the line “You broke another mirror”, which links to Yoongi and his shards of glass from the mirror he broke in Run, which seemed to create some sort of chain reaction among the boys.
Typically used on Roman roadside tombs, meaning “stop, traveller”
“I do believe in fairies”
A quote from Peter Pan. @taetaetown has a really good theory on how Peter Pan links to the whole INU/Prologue/Run universe, which you can read here and here.
“To young to die”
Probably supposed to be “too young to die”, which links to the possible deaths of the members. The words are split up into two lines, and the word “paid” is written before “to die”, giving it an overall reading of “paid to die”. Not sure if this was intentional or not, but that seems pretty fishy.
Vida has Latin origins, and means “Long live”, or just “Live!” in languages such as Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Name of Intro for 화양연화 pt. 2, as well as an album by Nirvana.
Song by Nirvana, written by Kurt Cobain. It is the second track in Nevermind.
The black spray paint towards the top right of the butterfly looks like it may have said “Butterfly” before most of the word got erased. There are also butterflies flying in the room, and Seokjin is known to be connected with butterflies throughout the music videos.
Originally, I thought this said “collapsing”, which also appears in Taehyung’s room, but it has been since pointed out to me that it might also say “Goodbye Jin”. It’s rare that they included a direct reference to one of the members, and this is significant as it alienates Seokjin even more from the members. Either they have left him, or he has left them.
“You only live once”
Latin for “for memory”. Also in Taehyung’s room. Thank you very much to @little-boat-boy for telling me that this phrase was said to “remind you not to forget about the dead, and that they are alive in your minds.” This is scarily relevant (if the theories are true) to the fact that the members, apart from Namjoon, have died, and that Seokjin is living with his memories of them. People also added “gloria” to the phrase, which means butterfly. This is because butterflies are fragile yet still important. Butterflies were often related to memories and the dead.
Probably a reference to Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, the first track in Nevermind.
Not sure if this is completely relevant to the story, but I’ll include it anyway. The 1st of March 2016 marks the 97th anniversary of the Samil Movement. This was a series of demonstrations for Korea’s independence from Japan, and was suppressed a year later by the Japanese. Over the year, around two million Koreans participated and many were arrested, wounded or killed. BTS tweeted about this with the hashtag #Remember1919.
“What really knocks me out is a book…”
From a quote by J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye. The rest of the quote doesn’t seem to appear, however the full quote reads: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
“Your skin makes me cry”
A line from Radiohead’s Creep. Guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood once said the song was about “recognizing what you are”.
This is really random and I can’t seem to find anything at all that links at all to the plot. However it must have some sort of significance, so I’ll be looking into this a bit more.
Also appears in the phone box multiple times. This was revealed to be a track on the new 화양연화 Young Forever album.
“Our home is nowhere”
This could reference the song …But Home Is Nowhere by AFI. The lyrics of the song are pretty cryptic, and seem to fit into the concept. One particular line stood out to me, “discarnate, preternatural”. Discarnate is defined as “not having a physical body”, a reference to spirits and ghosts. Preternatural, in contrast to supernatural, assumes that it is a phenomena with an unknown explanation. It is said to be “suspended between the mundane and the miraculous.”
“You think I’m bad”
Thank you very much to @dailydoseofdia for messaging me about this quote. It could be a reference to a book called Kill or Cure, part of The Afterblight Chronicles, in which a plague has killed a large portion of the human population. The full quote reads: “You think I’m bad, that this society is bad, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the rest of the world.” I think this is a really interesting quote, as it could link to the naivety and youth of the (dead?) members who really haven’t seen much of the world yet.
“Ode to youth”
A poem written in 1820 by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. Also the name of the OST for Secretly Greatly.
The word “painful” appears, but it is crossed out. “Pain” is spray painted over and over again on the walls of this room.
Links to “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust”
There seem to be a lot of references to Nirvana. The state of nirvana is defined as “a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.” Essentially, it is an ideal state of peace and happiness.
The Catcher in the Rye
The book is quoted on the walls, as is the author, J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, it is about a teenager’s struggle with growing up and death. It highlights the innocence of childhood vs. the artificiality of the adult world. A main theme which appears throughout the book is the preservation of youth, which fits perfectly into Bangtan’s concept, and has an ominous link to the recurring line of “youth is never coming back”
The word “easy”, or more often, “easy easy”, appear multiple times throughout the video in different rooms. These words also appear in the photobook for 화양연화 pt. 2. Easy easy is a song by King Krule, who had a troubled childhood and was diagnosed with at least one mental illness. The line “Cause if you going through hell, we just keep going” can be easily linked to the struggles that the boys go through in the music video.
I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m not too sure about this. The numbers 626 and 42 appear in that main garage where the dance part of the music video occurs. These numbers must be there for one reason or another, so I looked into the meanings of the angel numbers. Angel number 626 brings the message of trusting your surroundings and the situations you are put in, and knowing that everything will work out in the end, for the better. It also tells you to trust the energies of the angels guiding you. It is a number which relies greatly on trust, and contrasts with the message of “won’t trust, can’t trust, don’t trust” portrayed in the music video. Angel number 42 is a message to pursue your passions and fulfil your life purpose. It also encourages you to maintain your faith in the angels, which once again links back to trust. The number 42 is also named as the meaning of life in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The titles of some BTS songs appear in the garage as well. I’m not sure if they’re there just to fill up space or if they have some sort of meaning behind them, but Dope, Let Me Know and Just One Day are all written on the walls.
The musical symbol for an eighth rest, or quaver rest, appears in more than one room. It is the notation for 1/8 of a beat of silence.
I think I got most of the important ones, if there’s any I missed please message me~
Born human, but his dad was part of an organization that specialized in modifying people into living weapons and such through bio-engineering and gave him a dose of a mutated solution that resulted in him being able to control and morph his bones as he chooses :0
He won’t age anymore but he can be hurt, though he’ll just regrow/regenerate whatever he loses/ any wounds etc
Today I thought I’d write about the different types of
vaccination available and why you may choose to use each one.
Just to recap, vaccines work by deliberately exposing an animal
to a safe version of a pathogen/ antigen in order to generate an immune
response, causing them to produce antibodies and memory cells ready for if they
encounter the pathogen again. Two words not to get mixed up in this post are
antigen and antibody. An antigen is a protein on a pathogen that elicits an
immune response whereas an antibody is a protein produced by the immune system
to counteract the antigen/ pathogen’s effects. There are two main brackets of
vaccination, passive and active.
Passive immunity is seen naturally when mothers pass on their
antibodies to their young be that through the placenta as seen in humans, or
through milk and colostrum as seen in most veterinary species. We can utilise
passive immunity to treat certain diseases. Antibodies can be collected from an
immune individual and transferred to a non-immune animal to provide immediate,
short-lasting protection. This type of immunisation lasts a few months maximum and
is used in situations where there’s a high risk of infection and insufficient
time for the body to generate its own response. An example would be a horse,
not vaccinated for tetanus, with a cut leg. Injecting the site with antibodies
derived from an immunised horse’s blood serum means that the animal has
antibodies at the site of infection ready to fight off tetanus specific
pathogens. This technique is also used in animals suffering from snake bites.
Another veterinary use of passive immunisation is to exploit
maternally derived antibodies. Here you vaccinate the mother against organisms
likely to infect her offspring. She then generates an immune response and, once
her offspring are born, the antibodies generated are passed on to them through
her milk. In cows this is often done 3-12 weeks prior to their calving due date,
protecting the calves from rotavirus, corona virus and certain pathogenic
strains of E. coli.
Active immunisation is the one most commonly seen in
practice. It provides immunisation that is more long term than the passive
approach however has a delay in onset as the immune system formulates its
response. I’m going to briefly talk about the 6 main types of active
A killed vaccine is formed from a pathogen that has been
treated (either by chemicals or radiation) to ensure that it can no longer
replicate inside the host. This means that it still elicits a response, as the
pathogen retains the same form and antigens as its live counterpart, however the
immune response may be weaker as the pathogen isn’t multiplying. Killed
vaccines often have to be administered at least twice (3-4 weeks apart) to
generate immunity, and are often mixed with adjuvant. Adjuvants are chemicals
or microbial components that aid the vaccine in generating a response. Oily
substances can be added to ensure the antigen in the vaccine is slowly
distributed to the lymph nodes, instead of in one big wave, leading to a
greater response due to longer exposure of the node to the antigen. An example
is the Nobivac Rabies vaccination.
Modified live (attenuated) vaccines are live strains of the
pathogen mutated to have very low virulence. This means they can infect and
replicate within the host without causing disease. These strains can be derived
from culturing the pathogen in unfavourable environments and using the strains
that mutate to suit this environment in the vaccine. An example could be
growing a virus in an environment that is 35 degrees instead of 37. Those that
mutate and evolve to thrive at this temperature can then be used inside the
body where they are no longer fully adapted to live at 37 degrees. As
technology has advanced we can now directly change the pathogen’s genome to
ensure they are less pathogenic. This technique is being used to create live
bacterial vaccines, as most of the current available live vaccines are against
viruses. The Nobivac Parvo-C vaccine uses a live, attenuated form of canine
parvovirus. These vaccines usually don’t contain an adjuvant and can be given
as a single dose once the animal is over 12 weeks old.
Subunit vaccines use specific antigens selected from the
pathogen. This requires isolating and purifying the protein required. This can
be done by growing the microbe in a laboratory then using a chemical to break
away the antigen. Another approach is to use recombinant DNA technology,
creating bacteria that express the protein as one of its genes. This protein
can then be collected and purified. The immune responses created to this
vaccine are very specific which can lead to less side effects. Downsides are
again that the responses aren’t as strong as a live vaccine so the vaccines
commonly need to be re-administered 3-4 weeks later.
A toxoid vaccine is aimed at bacterial infections where the
bacteria produce harmful endotoxins causing their pathogenic effects. Toxoids
are an inactivate form of this toxin retaining the same structure. This means
that when injected, the body creates antibodies that neutralise the effects of
the toxin, educating the immune system to its structure ready for if the animal
The next two vaccines are very clever. They use a technique
in which the DNA of the pathogen that encodes for antigens is inserted in to
the cells of the animal. The cells read the DNA and generate the proteins that
the DNA codes for. Once this protein is produced the cells recognise it as
foreign and present it on their surfaces for the immune system to see,
eliciting a response and forming antibodies. This can be via a DNA vaccine
where the DNA alone or in a bacterial plasmid vector is inserted in the body to
be taken up by cells, or through a recombinant viral vaccine where the genes
are cloned in to a viral vector which enters the cells as a normal virus does,
causing the DNA to be replicated. There is a vaccine called ONCEPT canine
melanoma, the website is linked here, which uses this DNA technology to target
malignant melanoma tumours. The DNA is derived from humans and transcribes the
human version of the deficient protein. This is ‘foreign’ enough for the canine
body to elicit an immune response, however similar enough for the antibodies to
also attack the canine version of the protein, expressed in the cancer causing
cells. Interesting stuff! The vaccine is administered trans-dermally (through
the skin) using a device that fires the DNA vaccine particles at high pressure
through the skin of the thigh!
There’s so much more I could say about vaccines but it’ll
have to wait for another day as this post has already got quite long!