moth version

A playable version of the Actias race that I made statblocks for a while back

Warning: They are quite strong, as playable races go. This is because they were originally intended as ‘monsters’. Please be aware of this if you either plan on allowing your players to play as Actias, or if you plan on asking your DM if you can play as one.

Edit: Added some clarification on the Blindsight and fixed some spelling errors.

In this version, Hamlet pulls Ophelia out.
She’s awake, in bloom, ripe with death.
Salt in her hair and rue in her eyes.
Her limbs aglow, rose-pink and healthy
but she goes anyway.
Ç’est la morte. Eaten up by moths.

In this version he loses her and knows it, too.
Hamlet curses the sky.
A sonnet dances at his lips.
A shy prayer to a soft-shell god.
(Good night, sweet lady. Good night.)
In time the mouth unlearns the name,
but never the face.
How lovely she always looked, but
they say she was lovelier in the water.

In this version, Ophelia’s ghost never visits.
They both perish and meet again
in New Denmark.
She is unrecognisable.
A new face in a dead city.
The streets are still graced with poison;
drenched in dementia,
but Hamlet and Ophelia
stroll down the same strand of madness.

In this version, Hamlet calls to Ophelia.
She greets him as you would
an estranged child:
holds his skull-cap in the lap
of her billowing dress,
and they watch Elsinore burn to the ground.
There’s no one left for them to haunt.

—  Suraya Kamal, Hamlet
nytimes.com
Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment
What best distinguishes human beings from other animals is our foresight, as scientists are just beginning to recognize.
By Martin E. P. Seligman and John Tierney

By Martin E. P. Seligman and John Tierney

We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to humans.

What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.

A more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus, because we thrive by considering our prospects. The power of prospection is what makes us wise. Looking into the future, consciously and unconsciously, is a central function of our large brain, as psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered — rather belatedly, because for the past century most researchers have assumed that we’re prisoners of the past and the present.

Behaviorists thought of animal learning as the ingraining of habit by repetition. Psychoanalysts believed that treating patients was a matter of unearthing and confronting the past. Even when cognitive psychology emerged, it focused on the past and present — on memory and perception.

(Excerpt please click link for the full article)

anonymous asked:

Hello may I ask something? Do you know how to recognise their voices? I have no one to ask so hopefully it's alright to ask.

I’ll do my best to explain, but it may be inaccurate and I apologise beforehand

Kihyun: he is the main vocal. he has a honey-like voice. It is really silky and smooth, but powerful (eg: Tiger Moth (Acoustic Version) - Shopaholic Louis OST) (Daeng Daeng Daeng- Supreme Team)

Shownu: he a mature rich voice, it sounds homely? but it’s really comforting (Now We know - Protect the Boss OST)

Wonho: Honestly I don’t know how to describe his voice, he can sing in different ways given the situation, a bit rock? (Big Bang- Sober)(Rain- Instead of Saying Goodbye)(Monsta X-Fighter)

Minhyuk: Deep and husky. his vocals are so good (Lyn- Only Yours + 10cm - I Really like you)

Hyungwon: He has a low voice, and sometimes sings as if he’s talking. He can sing higher notes but starship rarely lets him (Big Bang- Sober) (Monsta X- Be Quiet)

Jooheon: High-tone rapper, he raps aggressively in their title tracks. He has a really smooth singing voice too (Monsta X- Stuck)(Big Bang- If You)

I.M: Low-tone rapper. His voice is really deep and sexy (0 (Young) - Random Artists ft No Mercy)

I hope it helped!

be at peace; {listen}

right here - betty who // go - boys like girls // after the storm - mumford & sons // iscariot - walk the moon // yellow light - of monsters and men // against the grain - city and colour // ribs - lorde // ungodly hour - the fray // young lion - vampire weekend // moths wings (stripped down version) - passion pit // exitlude - the killers

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Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France

This is basically the Christmas of the Classics world. 

“The St.-Omer folio will also help with the dizzyingly intricate piecing together of the most authentic versions of the plays. The text of each surviving first folio differs subtly from the others; compositors in the print shop constantly made corrections, introducing many textual uncertainties that still bedevil scholars and stage directors alike.

The St.-Omer folio, Mr. Rasmussen said, also contains handwritten notes that may illuminate how the plays were performed in Shakespeare’s time.”

How cool is that?

nytimes.com
Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award
Mr. Coates won the nonfiction award for “Between the World and Me,” a blunt exploration of being a black man in America, published in the middle of a national dialogue about race relations.
By Alexandra Alter

To hear from Ta-Nehisi Coates,

watch this episode from Brief But Spectacular.

guises of the Maker

We have a mysterious presence called the Maker in Dragon Age. It is said to represent the essence of faith. It is the optimism of the nation, the idea that things are as they should be, that if one lives well and in accordance with rules and established order, that good will come. But that is the story of what the Maker represents in modern Thedas. We know precious little about the history of Maker worship. And to some extent there is the expectation that it will remain shrouded in mystery. While that may be the intent, there are already some intriguing clues that are worth consideration. The curtain may never be lifted, but sometimes through the holes and along the edges, some details shine through.

First we have the modern imagery of a Maker who is shrouded by a dark robe, wearing a crown, his visage turned away. One who does not respond to prayers, but comes to Andraste under cover of night

Then there is the image of Andraste calling to him during her spiritual quest, as she visits the sacred trees and mountains of her people, and dreams of him.

This is a god who the Ancient people knew by another name. Both the Alamarri and Tevinter. Though we do not know which name they used, we have one pre-Andrastian depiction from the Alamarri.

Here he is the eye of the world, the imagery of the Alamarri constellation which led them out of the mountains. His face shrouded by hair rather than cowl. His crown a golden cap. His body tinted and surrounded by the emerald waters of the Fade. In a meditative pose, with his head downturned. He is asleep, in the dreaming world.

His heart at the center of a great Void: the Golden City. He is not just asleep, he is the Dream itself.

He is also described as being One with the world itself:

“For you are the fire at the heart of the world, and comfort is only yours to give.”

Which makes his body the world itself.

“Then did I see the world spread before me,
Sky-reaching mountains arrayed as a crown,
Kingdoms like jewels, glistening gemstones
Strung ‘cross the earth as a necklace of pearl,
“All this is yours,” spake the World-maker.
“Join me in heaven and sorrow no more.”

Which is true? These could be different Makers altogether, their contradiction as different as night and day. Or the Maker might, like all things, have a reflection within the Fade, being two places at once

Lastly we have the image of the Maker that condemned the Magisters, the image of the moth.

The moth is the Fade version of the Maker: favoring the nighttime, shrouded in darkness, covering the sun.

So in a twisted irony as the Chantry prays for the dawn of the Maker’s light, it worships a Maker of nighttime, who has blocked out the Light. Or, more likely its contradictions are found from the inclusion of stories from many different sources and ages in the Chant, actions and imagery of different beings attributed to one.

nytimes.com
How Reading Transforms Us - NYTimes.com

MOST writing seeks to influence you to think or feel how the author wants you to think or feel. The article you are reading now is no exception. We want you to think about certain things in a certain way.

But there’s another kind of influence, not typically associated with writing, that works in a different fashion. Here, you don’t try to make people think or feel in any particular way. Instead, you try to get them to be themselves.