proper medium

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The demise of the Village. (Or is it?)

Crystalline Energy - Evolutionary Stones

Evolutionary Stones; A rare, stone-like item that radiates a strange energy which causes some Pokemon to evolve when they come into contact with it.

Evolutionary stones allow the user to trigger the evolution of the receipt Pokemon, often causing drastic changes in physcology and their ability to learn moves. The changes can vary from an extension of the elemental powers the Pokemon already possesses, to a complete change in genetic make-up.

Although they range in shape, coloration, and Pokemon that respond to them, they all are effectively the same; concentrated, crystalline forms of powerful elemental energy.


How can one apply this knowledge to one’s interaction with a Pokemon spirit?

If you wish to help a Pokemon evolve, and they would require the use of an Evolutionary Stone to do so, then you can go out and make one for them yourself. What would be required would be for you to collect a large amount of powerful, elemental energy in a condensed space, in a stone, or otherwise, and present it to them.

For example, if one wished to help an Eevee evolve into a Jolteon, then one would require the use of a Thunderstone. To create one, you would need to collect energy from thunder, lightning, and electrical energy, from something even as simple as your household appliances.

You could collect it in a receptive stone, and make a Thunderstone proper, or some other medium, even including one’s own body.

Once prepared, offering it to the Pokemon and allowing it to consume the energy would in theory, trigger their evolution and allow them to change into a Jolteon.

A similar process can be extrapolated to produce stones of the other varieties;

The energy of elemental fire for a Fire Stone.

The energy of elemental water for a Water Stone.

The energy of plants and nature for a Leaf Stone.

The energy of the Moon for a Moon Stone.

The energy of the Sun for a Sun Stone.

The energy of brightness and light for a Shiny Stone.

The energy of darkness and shadows for a Dusk Stone.

The energy of new beginnings and perceptions for a Dawn Stone.

The energy of the cold and snow for an Ice Stone.

Admittedly, some may be harder to come by than others, but with some ingenuity, one can accomplish the creation of their desired stone.


The Evolution of a Pokemon is naturally an extreme and energetic one, because often times, the entire physiology of said Pokemon is restructured. The use of Evolutionary Stones is no different, but in the case of a partnership between a Pokemon and Person, your assistance may be required to expedite the process.

i just want to give all the ME2 ladies some proper armour. miranda? medium cerberus armour, high quality, full of upgrades (she can rip the logos off post suicide mission)

jack? merc armour, customised, graffiti scrawled on it. she burns her prison clothes.

samara? plate armour in a style of the old asari. it makes her human crewmates think of medieval knights, but sleeker, lighter. it shines brilliantly.

kasumi’s armour is lightweight, similar to how it is now but with a helmet, not a hood- you need visibility. also- no weird boob detailing, you don’t need to signpost where they are, bioware.

tali’s armour has better plating, eg: metal visor for battle situations. the suit is thicker, more protective of a quarians delicate nervous system.

no one wears high heels. no one has necklines down to their belly buttons. no one has a catsuit so tight you can see their individual buttocks/every curve of their body. no buttock pockets. no boob pockets. just functional, stylish armour for every single female character.

(when ash returns in ME3 she of course wears heavy armour like in ME1. there is no high heeled catsuit in sight. when EDI gains a body she wears goddamn clothes- whether high tech armour in the field, or casual clothes on shore leave. she likes to experiment with fashion.)

Men I’ve Met - kyle, 2014

While I was planning on trying to do this earlier in the year, I’m finally compiling a dummy book of the ten years I’ve been photographing subjects for Men I’ve Met. It’s always been something I’ve done on my downtime between work shooting and new projects. Hoping to finish in the coming months and to actually have this work out in the world in a proper fashion. 

YOU DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP!...But I Love You! by Wise Intelligent

Today I took a trip to our local Barnes & Noble book seller. As I progressed towards the section for alternative medicine and home remedies I passed what seemed to be an unending plethora of literature on subjects ranging from War, Peace, Love, Hate, Horror, the Military, Serial Killers, Arts and Crafts, and Travel and Leisure. There were books on the history of Guns and Violence, Poverty and Hunger, Sickness and Disease, as well as Prostitution, Pimping, Feminism, LBGTQ and every sort of religious book the imagination could fathom. There were books on Capitalism, Communism, and Fascism. Some books promoting and others opposing either of the three ideological forms of government. They even had a well stocked children’s section. I walked past everything from Politics to Poetry and Self Help to Sexuality. Then there were books about music: Spirituals, Opera, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and even Hip Hop. There were Hip Hop books written by writers of varying backgrounds, social statuses and ethnicities, including, but not limited to Bakari Kitwana - one of my personal favorites. 

Not only did each book have a different author, each author also had a publisher, and each publisher was a company often owned or the subsidiary of another larger parent company. Barnes & Noble, among other book retailers, and the endless shelves of writers, publishers and publishing houses (both independent and commercial; mainstream or underground, mom & pop or chain) make up the world of LITERATURE! 

Within this wonderful world of literature there exists the Literatures of Freedom as well as the Literatures of exploitation, degradation, racism, sexism and other forms of unabashed mind fuckery. However, that bookstore, publisher and or publishing house carrying a book called “Pimp’s Up Ho’s Down” by Don Magic Juan, or a book that glorifies strippers and stripping at Diamond’s in Miami, does not make “LITERATURE” the “abuser” of women. It makes those individual authors and those particular books - what they are. 

No one would go as far as to say that “to be in love with Literature” is to “love your abuser.” I’ve never known anyone who made the intellectual leap that since you can find the mass exploitation of women in the pages of a book, magazine, and or periodical that books, magazines, and or periodical’s themselves “abuse women” or “hate women” or “exploit women”. To read is not to love your abuser. Is the exploitation of women real, you damn right!!! Must the exploitation of women be called out and confronted, hell yeah!!! But to say that to love Hip Hop in all its diversity is to “love your abuser” takes this must needed and important conversation in an unfortunate and sterile direction.

Hip Hop is like LITERATURE, it covers everything from politics, religion, history, race, triumph, struggle, victory, defeat, melancholy, humor, relationships, love, hate, sex, drugs, friendship, pimping, party, intelligence, ignorance, and bullshit. And just like Literature - misogyny, hyper masculinity, sex, money and murder make up a very small but hyper marketed fraction of Hip Hop content. 

To cast misogyny and hyper masculinity as what Hip Hop culture is all about in its entirety without any thought be given to the fact that the 10 to 20 misogynistic lyric purveying rap acts you see and hear in corporate controlled mainstream mediums represent a very particular brand of rap content selectively sought out, financed, recorded, produced, packaged, marketed and distributed by primarily but not exclusively NON-HIP HOP, rich white men over fifty (see Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group) - is indicative of someone who has a limited perspective and grasp about the culture of Hip Hop. If this is what you’re doing, I have to honestly say that, YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP!


HIP HOP is a culture wherein there exist elements of which rap music represents only one. Rap represents only one-fifth of what Hip Hop culture is, and within that single element there exists writers, producers and publishers of varying brands of Hip Hop/rap content. Hip Hop/Rap can only be your “abuser” if and when your perception of what Hip Hop is has been shaped by the major record company owning, mainstream media controlling rich old white men who DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP! and have chosen to ignore (and in some cases block) the thousands of Hip Hop artists around the globe recording music that consistently hold the people to a higher standard and in their proper esteem, from the mediums you obviously receive your cultural ques from. 

SO, WHAT I SUGGEST is that you turn your dial passed the “Put Ya Titties On Da Glass” and “These Ho’s Ain’t Loyal” songs that many women love to dance and sing along to in the club, just as you would walk passed the Don Magic Juan diamond studded, pimp-cup decorated book signing table and proceed to the section that has the brand of Literature (or Hip Hop content) you desire.

THAT “NIGGA” RAPPIN about you swallowing his babies and jizzing on your babies car seat is largely supported by the same female buying audience that decries it only after they’ve left the club and their car! A portion of this conversation must address that fact that women actively BUY that small but heavily marketed misogynistic and hyper masculine music. Those emcee’s rhyming about “This Iz Love”, the “Black Goddess” and the “Laws of Maat” are commercially and financially ignored at the point of purchase by too many of the same women who desperately need to hear and internalize their message of love, wisdom, strength and beauty. Those emcee’s rapping about raising his babies and loving his wife, woman and queen, is not in your mainstream playlist, neither your nightclub playlist or your Smartphone playlist. That shit you love does not define HIP HOP CULTURE or what it is.

I am NOT going in the direction of blaming the victim or trying to undermine the point that the exploitation of women in mainstream pop culture is a serious cancer that must be dealt with openly and honestly, but I am saying that suggesting that to love Hip Hop as a culture is to “love your abuser” is completely wrong. The shit  that you’re callin Hip Hop “culture” represents a manufactured, dumbed down, hyper marketed, hyper masculine rapper who makes up less than a speck of dust within the mosaic of rap music and even less in the constellation of Hip Hop CULTURE! So sadly, You don’t know shit about Hip Hop!…but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU!!!

Wise Intelligent @wiseintelligent #UDon'tKnowShitAboutHipHop

And P.S

Here goes a small list of the MC’s and Rappers who seem to be always “forgotten” when this discussion comes up. In other words these are the Hip Hop artists that they won’t play on your misogynic and hyper masculine media platforms and don’t get brought up when talking about loving Hip Hop is like loving your abuser!

Jasiri X

Yasiin Bey

Talib Kweli 
Public Enemy 

David Banner
Sa-Roc the MC
Common 
Lupe Fiasco 
Wise Intelligent 

Blackalicious 
Dilated Peoples 

K'naan
Paris 
KRS-One 

Apani B Fly Mc

Bahamadia
Mr.Lif 
Masta Ace 
Killer Mike

Run the Jewels
Brother Ali 

Fashawn

Joey Bada$$

Chance the Rapper

Self Scientific

Murs
Jean Grae 

Hakim Green

Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra 

Kam

Mystic

Rebel Diaz

Narubi Selah

Georgia Ann Mulrow

Zion I

Jurassic 5

J-Live

J Rawls
Gangstarr 
Jeru Tha Damaja 

Outkast

Mike Flo

NYOIL

AKIR

Dead Prez
Sage Francis 
Aesop Rock 
Q-Tip 

Pharohe Monch

Killah Priest

Hell/Heaven Razah

Black Market Militia

Prince Poetry

Blu

Rasheed Chappell 

Magnum O

Stacey Epps

Divine RBG
Immortal Technique 

Rakim

Arrested Development 
Brand Nubian 

X-Clan

MC Lyte

The Hieroglyphics
Souls of Mischief 

Riders Against The Storm (RAS)

John Robinson

Kush
The Coup 

Street Sweeper Social Club
Living Legends

Saul Williams 

Michael Farnti

M.I.A.  
K-OS

staHHr

Joie Kathos

Super Nova Slom

Tiye Phoenix

Rah Digga

Kalik Scientific

Truth Universal

Cannibal Ox

C-Rayz Walz

Tarica June

The Roots 

The Reminders

X-Vandals 

Natural Bliss

Njeri Earth 

Binkis 

Yamin 

Black Collar Biz

Blueprint 

…and so, so many more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Non-spoiler-y Review

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

So. The verdict. I bet all of you are waiting for people to finally come out with it huh?

Well, let’s see. For starters, I must say that I was heavily anticipating this book ever since I got the wind that there would be an 8th installment to the series. With that being said, I kept my expectations extremely low because (1)I learned that it’s just a script book for the play, (2)I know that J.K. Rowling was not actually the main playwright for the production *it was Jack Thorne* and lastly, (3)J.K. Rowling herself stated that she didn’t want to publish an actual novel because she “is confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it is the only proper medium for the story”.

Before sharing my thoughts about the book, I think it’s also fair to mention that I am a great consumer of fan fiction. I have devoured far too many fan fics from the Harry Potter universe. And I can assure you that it’s vast and can go as crazy/weird as possible (an example: came across a certain mature fan fic about Hargid/Hermione pairing, don’t ask me how I got there, and let’s just say I was highly traumatized).

Anyway, why mention this fact? It’s because millions of fans worldwide have created an extension of this particular universe and made it their own. And with that comes a lot of expectations and disappointments because we all want one thing to turn this way or that. And that’s exactly what I am seeing happening so far in the fandom as the Cursed Child was released.

Okay, that was such a lengthy intro, I’m sorry. Let’s get on with my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MY OPINION of the good and the bad.

The Good:

  • Of course, we get to go back to the wizarding world we loved so much as a child.
  • We get to have a glimpse of the future of the characters and how they turned out to be.
  • We are shown the after-effects of the Wizarding War/Battle of Hogwarts especially on the next generation witches and wizards.
  • We get to see the Golden Trio + Ginny and Draco as adults and there are spectacular moments between them that I am so thankful for.
  • We get a better understanding of how the Time Turner works and how wrong it is to meddle with the past events.
  • This book lets us see the importance of having good communication between parent and child, and how important it is to listen and understand.
  • Depending on the reader, this story would either be the fulfillment or ruination of your theories/dreams.

The Bad:

  • There’s nothing about the other Potter kids and Hugo Weasley. No Teddy Lupin. No Luna Lovegood. No George Weasley. Basically, don’t expect a lot of character comebacks in here.
  • I guess all the other stuff that became problematic stems from the fact that this script book is a watered-down version of the story since it’s really intended to be seen as a stage production.
  • The lack of detail and proper transition would seem very much annoying but let’s be honest, this is how transitions are made during plays. You’ll get sudden cut-offs for the next act to enter.

In this book, certain beloved characters may come-off as something unlike themselves but that’s a plus for me. Harry Potter struggling to make a connection with his son seem totally normal to me. I mean, with everything he went through in the past, he is bound to be a bit overprotective and would certainly cause problems. I also think that Albus being the somewhat “rebel child” is believable because we all know everyone expects a lot from him being the son of The Boy Who Lived. To me, it just gave these character more dimension, letting us see their flaws and weakness this way.

And of course, what I was so happy about this book is the friendship between Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. I just really enjoyed reading about how they became friends and how they complement each other so well. It’s like seeing what could have been if Draco wasn’t so hell-bent on trying to please his father and actually being who he wanted to be, and ending up friends with Harry. Albus and Scorpius’ relationship was so pure and sweet and they truly what each of the other needed. Albus, struggling with the weight of being Harry Potter’s son and living up to the expectations, and Scorpius, the child who was mistakenly accused of being someone else because of his father’s involvement in the Dark Lord’s army in the past–it’s a perfect match.

Oh, and speaking of Draco, I guess Rowling finally gave us what were asking for as a sort of fan service. She finally unearthed the real Draco, his better side. I love reading about him as a father to Scorpius and how he loves his family unlike his own father. I was such in an emotional stress while reading about the tragedies he had to face regarding his family life.

Overall, I am contented with what J.K. Rowling gave us. Yes, I know the plot is a bit absurd and scattered all over the place. It also felt like reading a whole bunch of fan fiction put together. And I was also upset that Scorbus isn’t canon. But honestly, I mostly enjoyed reading it. Maybe I’m just too happy about having to live through another Harry Potter book. Maybe it’s the child in me, or whatever. The thing is, reading it made me want to watch the play so bad.

So, finally.. was it worth reading? To me, YES. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

J.K. Rowling announces Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [x]

Harry Potter is coming to the stage in 2016. Details have emerged about a forthcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will make make its debut at the Palace Theatre on London’s West End next year.

J.K. Rowling collaborated with English television writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany (a Tony winner for Broadway’s Once) on the project, which Rowling said on Twitter was not a prequel. “It will tell a new story,” Rowling wrote, but declined to provide more details. “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans.” The author also took to her Twitter account to explain why Cursed Child is not a book: “To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story,” she wrote.