probably an allegory

thefireinthewire  asked:

less popular opinion, but I like vesuvius from age of adz

duuuuuuude vesuvius is so fucking good. 10/10. it really resonates with me as a trans person because i basically read it as being about the struggle to keep moving forward in a cruel world when it would be so easy to just fall over and die, having one last bit of hope that you’re following very reluctantly. knowing sufjan’s beliefs and the grandiose quality of the song, vesuvius is probably an allegory for god. but i like that he jumps over actually mentioning god in the song, because it makes it more universally relatable in that you can sub in pretty much anything for “vesuvius”– a person you love, a far-off goal, a medical treatment, etc.


Asgore never wanted to be king, he just wanted to be a gardener.
Asgore talks about how he never wanted power or control, he just wanted to make people happy and bring hope. At the start of the game Papyrus mentions how Asgore will trim a hedge in the shape of his face, and in the true pacifist ending we find that to be true. You see, Asgore loves plants and gardening, as you learn from monster kid when they talk about how Asgore offered to bring in his flowers to help teach kids how to care for them and learn about responsibility.

On neutral or pacifist route you find a note in new home about him being out weeding in the garden. You finally meet him while he waters the golden flowers in the throne room. On genocide route you find him talking to Flowey, remarking how strange it was and how he never saw a flower cry before, he wasn’t finding the flower talking to him strange, it was the emotions and crying that he had never seen. He must know about echo flowers, which makes sense based on how much time he spends walking outside, which is what he suggests the human do when you first meet them.

The energy pitchfork/ doubled edged scythe thing he uses to fight has three different theories/reasons why he has it as a weapon. First reason is because a red pitchfork completes the Devil allegory, what with the horns, being a giant goat man with a beard, and being a king of monsters living in the underworld that wants to steal human souls to free his monsters. The scythe bit (when his eyes flash blue and orange in the order of his swings, you can sort of see the weapon is held and used like a scythe during that attack) probably helps with his allegory as death, a dark cloaked figure with a scythe waiting at the end of your journey, telling you to only return when you have finished all of you unfinished business, and then tries to reap your soul. The second theory is that it is because Asriel was killed by villagers using farming tools, likely pitchforks and scythes, although he is shown in the intro having it during the war against humans, but we don’t know if that’s just supposed to show he fought in it. The third theory is that he likes landscaping, gardening, and farming, and that’s what he uses the energy pitchfork / scythe attack outside of battle.

In the pacifist ending he gets his dream, no longer having to be a king to keep peoples hopes up, no longer needing to fight and kill, he can raise spirits the way he always wanted to, by gardening and making skeleton topiary!

Today’s excursion with the cinematic tools was into the Valance Chantry for Leliana’s personal quest. I looked at a lot of pretty statues

The lovely paintings

And the stained glass up around the higher level. 

The stained glass is interesting because it’s the story of Andraste and we get more pictures of her than just the ephemeral blonde woman we see on the picture above Herald’s Rest in Skyhold or the statues where she’s holding fire. 

Mostly what caught my attention was this picture, however. 

That’s Shartan. The ears, chains and elvhen figures on either side of him (one in prayer and one in servitude) make that obvious. The Chantry expunged most of the elvhen influence from the Chant of light, to the point where Shartan’s canticle is dissonant. But here he is, done in glass and holding a key (probably an allegory to Saint Peter and the Key to the Kingdom, making him basically Andrastian St. Peter).  

And now I’m having emotions about Andraste and Shartan. 

Amazing things from the new SU shorts

Cooking with Lion

  • Lion’s bowtie
  • Steven’s adorable impression of Lion
  • Lion just acting like a fucking housecat in general
  • The fact that Steven is actually a pretty good cook
  • UnTiL HE PutS FuCKinG ChEESe PUffS IN hIS suSHI WhAt thE FuCK
  • Lion licking his crotch in the middle of the video then looking up like he got caught or something
  • This face:

Steven Reacts

  • Steven’s excitement over the new ep of Crying Breakfast Friends mirrors how excited I get over every new episode of Steven Universe
  • Steven has to avoid spoilers, just like the rest of us
  • That fucking theme song (also Steven singing along with it, so pure)
  • “Created by Samantha Pepper” YOU AIN’T THAT CLEVER REBECCA
  • Crying Breakfast Friends is arthouse as fuck
  • CBF is such a fucking parallel to SU you cannot tell me otherwise
  • “I didn’t think I’d be crying this early into the episode” Said every SU fan every about every episode during Summer of Steven
  • The Angry Lunch Enemies=the Homeworld Gems “THEORY CONFIRMED”
  • Spoon is probably an allegory for Steven himself
  • And Sand which is probably Peridot
  • “I can’t wait for the next episode! Whetver that is, amiright?” STOP
  • It’s probably all some kind of foreshadowing bullshit that we’ll look back on and scream about later

Steven’s Song Time

  • He puts up the guitar tabs, that such a nice touch
  • “I’ve sure made my fair share of mistakes” STOP
  • “I love you! Bye!” I LOVE YOU TOO CINNAMON CHILD!

Gem Karaoke 

  • “I can’ts waits no moars”
  • Pearl vs. technology
  • The fact that they brought that song back I love it
  • Steven rockin out like he did at Beachapalooza
  • Amethyst shaking her ass at Pearl
  • Garnet being adorable 
  • Connie going in and ROCKING IT
  • THIS: 

And last but not least… Video Chat

  • “STEVEN CAN YOU HEAR ME!?!?!?!?”
  • Peridot growling and bitching about how she doesn’t know how to work shit, just like she did in Friend Ship
  • “All 1080 P’S!!!”
  • Peridot glicthing out like she’s on fucking dial up
  • The fact that Peridot probably wrestled with a wild animal to get her dumbass lawnmower wifi set up
  • “And now the wifi works perfectly!” sure
  • Peridot being so fucking impressed with that pencil trick I love it
  • Lapis basically bitch slaps Peridot to push her out of the way
  • Peridot’s so happy about her tablet being ok that she’s in tears
  • “I’ll save you Steven! I’ll save you like you saved me!” I might be crying a little…
  • Once again, Lion acts like a cat and pushes the laptop off the loft
  • “He should really be more careful with other people’s stuff”

anonymous asked:

Can you please explain how electron orbitals work? Like what are they why are they all weird shaped and what the heck are nodes? Also- bonus question: clarify how electrons act like waves and particles

I’m not a quantum chemist in any way shape or form, and I failed pretty hard at doing basic tasks like making buffer today so I may not be the best source of information here, but I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Atomic orbitals are probability density functions, which means that they represent the area where an electron is most likely to be found, (if you want to think of an electron as a discrete particle with a definite location, which isn’t actually accurate but is a nice approximation that makes everybody’s head hurt a little less, so let’s go with that.) The nodes then, are the places that the electron is definitely not, like never ever. A handy way to remember this is nodes = No damn electrons. 

The shapes happen because orbitals behave like waves, so they add and subtract from each other based on their signs (positive and negative, not pisces and gemini, the reason that they have said signs is as mysterious to me as why people care about the zodiac, but has more math involved).

This bit is pretty opaque to me because I spend my days thinking about things like gene transcription and worm genetics and not quantum mechanics, but basically each orbital is described by a set of quantum numbers denoting energy (n), angular momentum (l), axial (?) orientation (ml) and spin (ms), which taken together describe their shape and size based on the Schroedinger equation, but the one that is most important for the shape is angular momentum (l). Why they are shaped the way they are is due to the way that the Schroedinger equation is solved for those numbers and has to do with oscillations and shit, iirc, but basically if you do the math it makes sense. If not, you accept that they look the way they do and don’t judge the d and f orbitals for their weird shapes. 

(mj-the-scientist could probably explain all of this better because this is sort of her field, so yeah, please correct my many mistakes, I am a humble biologist)

As for why electrons (and all particles really) act as both waves and particles? The best allegory I’ve got is this:

It’s like how science-jesus is both fully human scientist and fully divine scientist while also only one single scientist. The way that that adds up has been the subject of much ecclesiastical debate, has lead to schisms in the science church, and makes your head hurt if you think too much about it, but is ultimately because a bunch of old guys said so a long time ago. In our case, the old guys are math.

Piero di Cosimo is best known for his religious and mythological narratives. The artist created only one surviving allegory, seen here. In this painted personification of abstract concepts, a winged woman daintily holds a rearing stallion by a string. She has been identified as Chastity, who effortlessly contains the forces of Lust embodied by her steed. The figures occupy a rocky island adorned with barren trees, surrounded by a misty waterscape.

In the Renaissance, obscure allegories like this one often decorated the covers or the reverse sides of portraits. These allegories would testify to the virtues of their sitters. What type of portrait do you think might have accompanied this allegory?

Piero di Cosimo, “Allegory,” probably c. 1500, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Action Comics vol.1 #52 - Cover date September 1942

With hypnosis being such a frequently utilized tool against Superman, it was only a matter of time before someone finally thought of using it as a weapon of mass destruction – after all, if mesmerism can give the Man of Tomorrow a run for his money, then that same tool must be good enough to put a hundred minds under one person’s control.

…Or perhaps a nation? A gangster with grand aspirations rides a wave of tremendous national apathy to literally walk straight into the oval office and take command of the nation. Dubbing himself The Emperor of America, the crook in question uses a non-resistance ray to sedate Americans into submission. Luckily – as we know – Superman is increasingly invulnerable to hypnosis.

Of course, the story probably reads as much allegory as anything else – national apathy allows a thug to stroll into the White House at the same time that America (and Superman, for that matter) is engaged in a full-fledged war with aggressor nations overseas. 

planetofthekillers-deactivated2  asked:

(PART 1) I think I saw a post on this blog (or was it someone else?) about the trend of gentile authors using Jewish history as inspiration for fictional populations/races/groups' diaspora stories. If it was you that made it, could go you elaborate? I was thinking about a high fantasy series (the Underland Chronicles) whose fourth book displays a Holocaust allegory, and in analyzing it, I wanted to write about the aforementioned trend.

(PART 2) Now that I think about it, I feel like I don’t know enough about said trend, and I’d like to defer to a more knowledgeable blogger about that trend. In my post, I’ll probably write about the allegory in the book series itself, but I don’t trust myself to be able to fully describe the trend of using Jewish history as a model for fictional diaspora stories and of showing Holocaust allegories in media (especially the Holocaust aspect, since you are a descendant of survivors).

I haven’t read the specific books you are mentioning, so I can’t exactly give you my opinion on the matter. We were mostly talking about video games, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls in particular. But this is definitely trend in literature as well. 

Of course, Tolkien somewhat infamously based the Dwarves in the Hobbit on Jews (though I forgive him somewhat for what he said to the Nazis). J.K. Rowling heavily based Voldemort and the Death Eaters on the Nazis (which makes the casting of the Jewish Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy and the Jewish Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange more than a little bit uncomfortable given the anti-semitic allegations of Jewish witchcraft throughout the centuries as well as the Jew-As-Wizard-Nazi problem). 

The Nazis are an easy metaphor to go for because they were genocidal racist warlords operating on a terrifying mechanized scale. They didn’t just kill millions. They were horrifyingly thorough, efficient and scientific about it. They built factories of death that they kept running even though it actively reduced their ability to fight the war. They’re an easy blueprint for an evil empire because they really were one. 

So it’s not surprising to see Holocaust metaphor thrown about everywhere. The Nazis occupy a huge part of the popular imagination. 

Marvel Comics gets away with it in no small degree because the Holocaust actually happened in that world, survivors and their descendants are portrayed and are actual three-dimensional characters, and because as much as we want to wish otherwise, Neo-Nazis are a real thing. Marvel actually does a bit of a service when it sends out images of Captain America punching Hitler in the face and effectively making Nazis the major earthbound evil in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mean, sure the “Hail Hydra” meme is kind of annoying, but it keeps Nazis and similar movements from being reconstructed in the modern age which is actually an important role for popular culture. I’m fine with actual Nazis being go-to villains as long as no one tries to reconstruct them. (I’m also extremely worried about how how Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will be portrayed in Avengers 2, but I plan to see the movie and hope that it doesn’t end up as bad in context as it seems on paper). For similar reasons you won’t see me complaining about the Nazis being the villains in the Indiana Jones films. I enjoy seeing them get beaten on screen. 

The issue is when the metaphor is too obvious and you start introducing uncomfortable elements. I think Rowling does that to a degree because being Jewish or Romani is quite different than being a “mudblood.” One of the frustrating perspectives I’ve seen lately on tumblr is that the Holocaust was directed at “anyone who is different” which is bullshit. A clear majority of Jews and Romani in Europe were deliberately executed by the Nazis. No other group was killed in such clear exterminatory proportions. This belief is a central cause of much misapplication of the Holocaust in contemporary social justice discourse and it leads to a great deal of abuse of Jews for talking about our own genocide in the context of anti-semitism and it very strangely leads to a trend of anti-Romani Racism being ignored as anything other than a bludgeon with which to shut Jews up about the Holocaust and it’s incredibly revolting. The whole “not Wizard enough” thing just doesn’t make any sense on that front.I certainly don’t believe she’s an anti-semite, but I think she didn’t completely think through the metaphor and that leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable. 

Also, any fan-fic writer who does “Holocaust AUs” really needs to knock it off. That’s just disgusting. 

Let us know if you have more questions. I’m not necessarily sure this is the answer you were looking for.

Formatting a bit iffy because I’m posting this on mobile. Based on this post, written because being around all the lovely Reigisa senpais on twitter is giving me too much feels and this is the only way I can deal with them.

Title: Res perit domino

Characters/Pairings: Rei Ryugazaki/Nagisa Hazuki, shamelessly implied Makoto Tachibana/Haruka Nanase

AO3 link: here

Notes: I did tell you I was busy studying. Seemingly unrelated title means “the thing perishes with its owner”. That is, if sonething bad happens to a ‘thing’, the object of a contract, the responsibility falls on whoever has been the rightful owner by then. …those aare probably not the most correct words, but cut me some slack, okay, I started writing this 5am my time.

Here come the words. Hope you’d like 'em at least…


It’s silly, I know, but I can’t stop thinking about it.

Let me elucidate - what I am referring to, of course, is the single most irrational thing I have ever done in my entire life. It was the time when I had thought it sane and normal for me, a honest-to-goodness novice, to go out swimming in the ocean alone at night.

Now, I am aware that one must first acknowledge their mistakes in order to learn from them, but - but I’m very certain I’ve acknowledged this one a long time before, so why am I still thinking so hard about it?

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