Lame adaptations and sequels are always like, “how can Mina go back to her stifling Victorian marriage after her experience with the dark, seductive Dracula??”
Meanwhile, Mina marries her best friend, who she’s known since they were children, who she share common interests with, they build a home together, work as partners, make immense sacrifices for each other, support each other through their traumas.
Guys, a marriage isn’t stifling and restrictive just because two people… get along, I guess?
i really hate when there’s an act of terror and the suspect hasn’t been identified yet and conservatives wait with haggard breath, hoping that the suspect was muslim, while liberals salivate, hoping that the suspect was a white christian male.
horrible tragedies have turned into a way to bolster one’s political opinion, and post on facebook “THIS is what a terrorist looks like!” without so much as a thought to the victims or their families, and it really makes me sick that this is what we’ve become.
∙ He (D. Pedro I) could not help but respond to her great love for him, her good nature, sweetness, and considerateness (…) From the voluminous and frank correspondence that Dona Leopoldina carried with her relatives in Europe, it appears that Dom Pedro gave up tavern hopping and womanizing for some time after the consummation of their marriage. She begged her father not to believe the scandalous tales that he might hear about her husband. (…) He could be sharp-tongued and mean, but normally he was good humored and generous. (Dom Pedro: The Struggle for Liberty in Brazil and Portugal, 1798-1834 // Neill W. Macaulay)
hey I have a random question, how do you draw someone's face? do you layer the photo and draw or you draw by looking at the photo? Thank youuu
when i FIRST start out with real people, i trace multiple times over their faces as practice mainly for familiarising with their face’s shape! the rest after that is simply referencing from the side, since tracing wouldn’t really help you in understanding the process of sculpting faces itself.
Hello! This is my notes on energy systems. I have gathered this knowledge over the years through my dealings with energy work, especially while healing others. This knowledge pertains mainly to human energy systems. The structure of other beings’ energy systems are often similar, however, the way their systems interact with the environment is usually not similar to humans.
Note that while it is similar to the chakra system it is not the same; this is not the chakra system, this is my own system. The points/”chakras” may be similar but the way energy flows through the body is not.
What are Energy Systems? Your energy system is all of your energy, plus the main energetic points in your body, plus the pathways it flows throughout your body. It’s how your energy is and flows in your body/spirit body/astral body. Similar to how your blood and heart and stuff is called the “circulatory system”; like that, but with energy.
Your energy collects in focal points, of which I just call “points”. These points are where energy is processed and distributed throughout a small location of the body. The health of these points is crucial to someone’s entire energetic system, because of their effect on energy flow and storage. Most points are spherical in shape and appearance, however they can become cubes or triangular pyramids through odd magic shenanigans.
There are 9 Main Points. These points are named for their effect, with the exception of the hand and feet points.
Astral Point: Indicates spiritual connection/spiritual ability. This is where most of the communication with spirits, especially deities, “enters” from. This point does not need to be open or flowing for someone to live a healthy mundane or magical life, it is more of an added bonus.
Mind Point: Shows the ability to think clearly.
Communication Point: Shows the ability to communicate with ease, without struggles and anxiety, and the ability to listen to and understand others when they communicate; how you connect to others in communication.
Heart Point: Deals with all emotions to a certain extent, though primarily more personal ones such as love and trust.
Confidence Point: Deals with confidence.
Enjoyment of Life: Deals with being able to feel happy and enjoy life.
Security: Deals with feelings of stability, self-reliance, and independence.
Hand Points: These deal with doing work/being hardworking, and thus signs of overworking yourself, or being lazy, can be seen here.
Feet points: These deal with perseverance/general stamina, and work similar to the Hand Points to an extent. Leaks in this point are very common in people with strenuous jobs.
How does energy flow through these points? All energy in the body should circulate through the heart point, as energy flow is very similar to heart flow. The heart point is the most central of the points because of this, and its health can affect the health of the entire energetic system. Your energy is pumped throughout your body in rhythm with your pulse. All points have entrances and exits with valves that allow energy from other points to pass through them.
Each point makes energy while also absorbing and balancing with the other energies in the body. While each point has a specific “flavor” of energy, all of your energy flows through and circulates throughout the entire body. This circulation is important as it keeps your energy balanced (make sure none of the points have too little or too much energy), and is how your body automatically cleanses itself and distributes energy.
There are also what I term “Flow Paths”, additional paths that the energy flows along. These are special paths in that they don’t directly interact with the main energy flow throughout the rest of the system. They also have their own specialized, specific meanings. (Pink lines in the above picture)
Hands to Heart and Confidence Points: Hard work in relativity to your emotions and your confidence.
Feet to Root Point: Perseverance in maintaining your own security; independence or lack thereof.
Mind and Communication Points: Ability to communicate logical, rational thoughts.
How to determine the health of the system in general, or health of specific points? Skill in sensing energy is the easiest way, as energy sensing skills will allow you to see or feel the blockages. However, you may determine if you have a blockage or if a certain point is unhealthy if you are having troubles in what each point symbolizes. It is still best to have someone else with energy sensing skills, whether they be an entity or human, to verify if you have an actual blockage or not.
Additionally, energy systems are very relative- determining if something is unhealthy is based on large differences. For example, if someone has gigantic points in general, and their hand points are super large as well- then those hand points are probably healthy. However, if the hand points were small while the rest of the system has rather large points, then those points are highly likely unhealthy.
How do blockages form?
Blockages may form from mental, emotional, physical, or magical stressors. It is my belief that when there is a non-magical blockage, mundane problems arise first, physical, mental, or emotional, which results in an energy blockage afterwards ; an energetic manifestation of the problem.
Magical blockages may form through cursings, bindings, and other harmful magic.
How to cleanse a blockage or heal the energy system in general?
All of my magic is this: mundane first. Ignoring the mundane is probably one of the biggest problems in the magic community I’ve seen, even for people who aren’t aware of it. Mundane problems arise first , physical, mental, or emotional, which results in an energy blockage afterwards ; an energetic manifestation of the problem. Because of this, if you don’t take care of the mundane issue, getting an energy healing won’t do anything: the blockage will keep coming back, because you keep doing the same things that result in the blockage over and over.
Example: You’re really shy and have trouble expressing yourself, and an energetic healer sees the blockage. They heal it for you. You feel better for a few days, but ultimately didn’t change anything about your habits. After about a week or so, the blockage comes back, because you’re still not talking to new people, you’re still avoiding going out because you don’t want to put effort into socializing, etc. Nothing will change unless you take the mundane actions to support it. Did you try talking to someone today? Did you order your food yourself, even though it makes you anxious and your friend offered to do it? Did you force yourself to go out and socialize, even though you felt unmotivated to do so? Or did you stay at home, then complained why you felt lonely, again?
They can get better as you grow as a person, but it’s up to you to make sure that happens.
Meditations and visualizations can and will facilitate getting over these problems, but that’s all they can do: facilitate. They can be a start to getting over your own blockages, but they will never replace the actual physical work necessary to fix them.
Note that energy systems are NOT limited to what I state here; the above picture is only the TYPICAL system for a TYPICAL human; other species often have other points/nodes/other characteristics.
How is this different from the chakra system?
Note that I am NOT an expert on the chakra system, this is just what I know of:
There is no religion tied to this system, unlike the chakra system, which is Hindu in origin (please correct me if I am wrong!). In my system, these points contain no spiritual significance, there are no deep meanings behind each point. My system is fully secular.
You don’t need your astral point (”crown chakra”) to be healthy to have a balanced and healthy energy system, unlike in the chakra system.
In the chakra system, energy only flows from the root/feet chakras upwards, instead of circulating throughout the entire body.
My system has absolutely nothing to do with “raising your vibration”, which is a common concern among people who follow the chakra system.
The chakra system does not contain details on energetic flow paths.
Hand and feet points are considered main points in my system.
9 main points (my system) versus 7 (chakra system).
Again, this is based on my knowledge, I am no expert on the chakra system.
This is just the introductory post, I will add more posts on specific parts very soon!
Science fiction is a genre that loves its stuff. For a genre of ideas, the invention frequently takes center stage as the manifestation of those ideas, as the crucial prop of the plot twists, and as the symbol of whatever deeper meaning we find in stories of the Future-That-Could-Be. In a world of outlandish vehicles, practical prosthetics, and that damn guitar, the humble boltcutter may be the most powerfully symbolic object in Mad Max: Fury Road.
The recurring skull/skull-in-steering-wheel motif certainly dominates the beginning of the movie. What are the women and the audience left with at the end, though? For a story of escape and freedom, in which locks and chains make repeated appearances, we need a symbol similarly oriented around getting out, away, loose. Not a key, I’d argue, nor a vehicle, but the boltcutter: a tool favorable for the physically weak, independent of any of their oppressors, and designed to dismantle that which binds.
(Warning: under the cut, spoilers for everything. Seriously, much spoiler, so details, very warning.)
As ‘The North’s Independence’ is currently being heavily discussed and debated, I just want to make the following clear….
Robb’s campaign wasn’t some ‘cute teenage rebellion’. Northerners fought and died for it because it was something worth fighting for. He wasn’t motivated by war stories and glory, but the actual pain of losing his father, siblings and of the North being under tyrannical rule.
Extending your empire to include a region / country that doesn’t want you isn’t ‘peace’. It’s imperalism.
The Stark history isn’t all roses and sunshine. But they’re one of the very few families in the whole series who have improved from a moral standpoint. Meaning: Sansa, Arya, Jon and Bran are undisputable heroes, even if their ancestors may not have been.
The Targaryens, however from Aegon The Conquerer right to Daenerys have displayed acts of cruelty.
The North are under no obligation to support or to accept Targ rule. They want to be independent. That should be respected.
Tyrion is no friend to The North. I love him, but c’mon.
Robb’s campaign was justified, and The North’s campaign in season seven will also be justified.
The North are fierce, yes but due to the Whitewalker threat they are on the insecure side. So it being used as a political ploy by Cersei and Daenerys is rather frustrating and sad.
Pretty much: The North just want to be safe and independent. There are sympathetic factions in The South- the Vale, for instance (with some wanting to support Robb in the books). It’s more to do with Targaryen, Lannister and Greyjoy. They want power and control.
To sum up this dot-point rant, Northern Independence I will always support.
I am from Eritrea,” I said proudly. My teacher pulled down the map and asked me to point it out. I couldn’t find my country on the map because it hadn’t yet gained independence. I pointed to the northern highlands of Ethiopia and said “This is where my country is supposed to be”. My teacher said, “So you’re from Ethiopia?” to which I replied “No, I’m from Eritrea.
*Well I had a feeling this was what was going to go down when I asked for suggestions. When in doubt do the nasty!*
Pairing: Reader x Peter Pan
Warning: language, smut
“You know, I thought this was going in another direction when you said you were ready.”
“Yeah, ready for breakfast.” I sat down at one of the tables. “Is it a problem that I’m hungry?”
“No, I am too but my appetite is for something other than a poorly made inn breakfast.”
“Let me guess, it’s sitting right across from you?”
“Stop guessing what I’m going to say.”
“Only when you stop being predictable.” I looked around but the inn was a ghost town. Last night it had been packed, where had everyone gone? It wasn’t even noon yet. “Where did everyone go?”
“I figured this might happen.” Peter reached behind the abandoned bar and pulled a loaf of bread and wheel of cheese that was hiding under on one of the lower shelves. “People are so easily frightened.”
“What did you do?”
“Snapped someone’s neck. Not important why.”
“Don’t give me that look. I had a perfectly acceptable reason.” he broke off some bread and tossed me the loaf, “At least we know no one will disturb us.”
“Codfish.” I caught the bread and bit into it. “Anything to drink?”
“Well there’s some mead back here.” he grinned picking up a bottle.
“Ha ha, something else please. Anything else.” Peter pulled a pitcher of water out and two glasses. “Thanks.”
We ate in silence, the din of the town outside bustling from the open windows. A couple people came in unaware of any danger. Others saw Peter and turned right back out the doors. “What exactly did happen last night?” I asked, “I know you killed someone and I have the feeling I was a bit of an easy target but that’s not all, is it?”
“It doesn’t matter what happened.” He picked at some dirt under his nails, “Now if we could retire back to our room. I believe I have a favor to fulfill.” He pulled me up off my chair and started heading back upstairs.
“Peter,” I followed shortly behind, “Why won’t you tell me?”
“Because this is one of those instances where ignorance truly is bliss. Can you accept that?”
“I believe so.”
“Then for once in your miserable little life, listen to me. The details of what went on last night that you can no longer remember are no concern of yours. Even if they were, those details are now dead.” he held the door open for me, “May we?”
I feel like I have absolutely nothing to write about right now (<– a sure to be thrilling post, when it starts like that). It’s been a really quiet weekend for me; so much so I’m debating whether I should extend the rotation I’m on, or not. Right now I head back to Toronto July 1st weekend, however I could stay until the end of October (aka for the summer), but given my intense lack of friends and things to do, I’m not too sure…
I have a date this evening. I suppose that’s news. As always I’m super nervous and keep thinking of reasons to back out, but it’s also something to do. I find dating in Detroit to be a lot easier than dating in Toronto; the guys here are mid-west gentlemen; friendly. Or, I’m more easy going. But… all the dates I’ve been on so far I’m the person who has not wanted a second date, and I keep wondering if I have got to such an independent point now, that it won’t matter if Mr. Right even comes along, because I’m so stuck in my little bubble of one. Cool cool. #dyingalone
I went to CrossFit this morning and did 17.4 (the official CrossFit workout released this week). I did the 55 deadlifts at 100lbs, 55 wall balls at 10lb, made it through the 55 calorie row, and got one (modified) handstand up push-up in. Felling pret-ty baller right now.
I was up (laying in bed) till about 4am last night. At 8pm I drank a “decaf” coffee which I’m 99% sure was not decaf, and I want to go back and complain now to Starbucks.
Have you watched Big Little Lies yet? ohmy, get on it! It’s sooooo good. I may buy the book, as waiting for the episodes to come out is too suspenseful.
Next weekend my parents are coming to visit, and the weekend after my friend Veronica. And then friends from Boston are coming in April! I’m pretty excited to show people around Detroit. I’ll also admit I’ve sort of been shocked at how much some of my friendships in Toronto have sort of fallen off a cliff from me moving here. Perhaps my expectations are way too high, but I feel so isolated here, and when I message friends, there’s usually no reply. Cool cool. Perhaps it’s karma, as I’m pretty terrible with texting at times too.
I am feeling a really strong urge to go for a run lately. Note, easier to type than actually do. I’m doing CrossFit four or five times a week, but think I may drop down to three and add one or two runs in. When I see people running (they’re few and far between in Detroit though!) I get so jealous. Perhaps I should sign up for a 5 or 10k to motivate myself.
I built myself a shoe rack today. It’s the worst ikea-type job I’ve ever done, as I had no screwdriver, just a knife, but it gets the job done. I’m going to add a photo of it to the bottom of this post because I’m weirdly proud of it.
I have been really obsessed lately at looking at jobs. Don’t get me wrong I have zero intention of leaving my company (ever, right now), but I keep looking up Product Manager jobs at large tech companies to ensure I am learning and doing items to be able to one day check off all the requirements.
I’m down to 193lbs. Or, perhaps you could say up to 193lbs. That being said I had to buy a belt from Gap the other day to help with a now-too-big pair of jeans. YES. And, I went shopping yesterday and fit most size 12 dresses, which is a win, as I think around Christmas size 14 was a stretch. I’m still counting calories, not as diligently as before, but I’m now 40 days consistently on My Fitness Pal, which is good because it feels like a habit.
How do you make adult friends? I signed up for Bumble BFF (like a dating app, but for for friendships) and it was SO WEIRD. Almost more awkward than talking to guys. Ha. Although my friend/colleague from the Toronto office is heading to Detroit for six weeks (starting today!) and she’s living in my building, and I’m super super excited for that, as I think I’ll now have a friend to actually go out with, and/or do a hiking trip up north with. Yesssssssssss!
And would you look at that, I did somehow have something to say, Happy Sunday!
My brilliant work. I couldn’t screw the middle rack in, so it’s just balancing on the screws pushed in. ha
Tl;dr: You should read the Malazan books because they are a sprawling epic (in the literal sense) replete with great representation, complex and interesting characters, heart-rending tragedy and uplifting victories, and because the relationship between Tehol Beddict and Bugg is great.
In a few more words: Malazan Book of the Fallen is a lengthy fantasy series (ten entries) by Steven Erickson, a Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist. It weaves together dozens of individual stories across hundreds of characters and (at least) seven continents, leaping back and forth between apparently unrelated arcs before tying them together unexpectedly; the convergence of narratives and the power of designated protagonists (ascendants) is actually written into the setting as a major force that drives many of the great disasters and world-changing events of the series. I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time lovingly praising the series as I’m not very good at it so instead I’m going to list a few semi-random features of the series:
Villains with believable motives beyond revenge! Protagonists with complex motivations beyond duty or honour! Kallor being a huge dickhead for little to no evident reason other than the fact he’s a douche!
A depiction of military life and culture that praises and showcases the camaraderie of people who will die for each other without exalting war! Stories that spin on what war does to people and what a soldier has to do to survive it! PTSD! Self-sacrifice! Grief! People opening a tavern! Basically every exchange between Whiskeyjack and Dujek One-Arm!
A magic system and mythology that is both internally consistent, marvellously complex, believable and supported by the history and nature of the setting! Gods as flawed and tragic characters whose power doesn’t invalidate the impact of the mortals the stories are largely about! Crone the Great Raven!
Actual female characters existing outside of the shadow of the dudes! Adjunct Lorn (and Tavore), Surly, Olar Ethil, Lady Envy, Nightchill, the list is huge. Better still, none of them are just ‘male character archetype, but a woman’, none of them are two-dimensional harpies written in to give the male lead something to rail against, and many of them are directly responsible for starting or perpetuating the events described in the narrative, rather than passively watching.
LGBT representation and body-positivity! One of the earliest protagonists is a plus-sized lady (and also amazing)! The major protagonist of the last five books has a lady consort who is themselves a fairly significant actor! Kruppe of Darujhistan is both spherical and one of the most important and compassionate characters in the early books! Also Picker and Blend OTP.
Everyone isn’t transplanted European or Mediterranean! There are seven continents worth of civilizations, most of them human, and they vary realistically in appearance and behavior!
Soul-destroying tragedy! Believable pathos! Triumphant, bloody victories snatched from the teeth of fate at a horrendous cost! The best bromance ever depicted in fiction!
Rich and interesting cultures! The undead, ancient T'lan Imass and their endless war with the tusked Jhagut, the scattered Thelomen Toblakai, the weird as shit K'chain Che'malle, even the 'boring’ Malazan Empire - all have interwoven backstories, historical figures, gods, religions. The setting was written as a world building exercise for GURPS and that really shows in the detail, you can dig as deep as you like and keep finding more info.
The first five books can be read somewhat independently, but they’ll be very confusing in the fine details if they aren’t read in order. Gardens of the Moon, the first book, is really kinda crap - it was written ten years before the rest of the series - but Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice work fairly well as independent starting points, and contain some of the most heart-rending and moving moments in the entire series.
If you like fantasy at all, particularly the kind of fantasy embodied by A Song Of Ice And Fire, you owe it to yourself to give Malazan Book of the Fallen a shot.