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anonymous asked:

How is there racism in the NHL?


For writers!

Instead of said, consider:

For normal responses:

  • stated
  • spoke
  • remarked
  • reported

For question responses:

  • added
  • asked
  • required 
  • requested
  • begged

For answered responses:

  • answered
  • replied
  • retorted
  • explained
  • acknowledged
  • responded

For happy responses:

  • rejoiced
  • laughed
  • giggled
  • sang
  • cheered
  • smirked
  • marvelled 
  • smirked
  • chimed

For loud responses:

  • shouted
  • belted
  • yelled
  • shrieked 
  • screamed
  • boomed
  • exclaimed
  • called

For quiet responses:

  • murmered
  • mumbled
  • muttered
  • breathed
  • sighed
  • hissed
  • mouthed
  • uttered
  • intoned
  • susurrated
  • purred
  • gasped
  • hinted
  • spoke softly
  • spoke in a hushed tone
  • insinuated

For worried/nervous responses: 

  • quaked
  • trembled
  • stammered
  • stuttered
  • gulped

For angry responses:

  • demanded
  • hissed
  • fumed
  • thundered
  • snapped
  • sneered
  • barked
  • ranted
  • grunted
  • roared
  • bellowed

For bossy responses:

  • commanded
  • ordered
  • dictated
  • insisted

For crying responses:

  • cried
  • sobbed
  • groaned
  • bawled
  • whined

For silent responses:

  • thought
  • pondered
  • wondered


think about if dean and cas kissed on spn. like, most of the codas we write are adding in kisses into episodes where they didn’t kiss. so like if they canonically kissed, what would we write coda about? trick question the answer is cockles

blu-eyed-devil  asked:

Whatever happened to Dean wearing his ring?

The ring disappeared sometime after “The Curious Case of Dean Winchester”. There was no explanation given in show.

From a BTS perspective, Jensen’s explanation was:

“There was an opportunity at the beginning of the season to kind of lose the jewelry. He lost his watch, he lost his uuhh…his necklace obviously went to Cas. Here’s the thing with the ring, the ring was a really, for me, it was Dean’s beer bottle opener. Whenever Dean opened a bottle it would just scrape off the ring, it got beat up.” He also cut himself apparently. “So once they were losing the watch and I was like, you know what, let’s get rid of the ring. This is the Apocalypse. So I just lost it, it was like let’s get rid of this we’ve had it on for 5 years.”

So basically: “It’s easy to lose things in the apocalypse” is what happened to it.

Not relating to the “Sun Sign”

I see on the dashboard and in our inbox many people talking about “not relating to their sun sign.”

I noticed in charts many who have trouble connecting with their “sun sign” are often types whose Mercury sign falls in the sign before or after.  Mercury can never be more than 28 degrees away from the sun, but your thinking and communication process can quite different than your Sun sign portrays because of it.  

It’s the number one place I would look followed by aspects your sun makes . Per example Sun to Neptune can cause confusion of the ego.  If your sun is in any kind of strong conjunction eclipse it can make your inner self feel likethe sign that planet rules.  An example is your Sun is Virgo but conjunct and combust Pluto; then you take on the inner Scorpio nature.

I would also recommend checking the condition of the house that Leo rules.  If the sun is Intercepted in the birth chart than there are struggles and issues usually with the ego being encouraged in the early years; which obviously can cause disconnection from the sun sign.  If the sun is unaspected or does not connect to a house because of interception it is weaker.  It needs to flow somewhere.

Also if your 4th house ruler (or moon) aspects the sun in a negative way you may see conditions where your early upbringing or mother didn’t agree with who your core self was.  Depending how mutable you are you may be susceptible to not exercising the power of your Ego because it was shut down. Abuse could do it too.

vintage-winchester  asked:

I'm confused. Does anyone know how Crowley got his hands on The Colt?? Did I miss something? (p.s. glad it's back in play.)

Dean drops it in 5x10 “Abandon All Hope” after using it unsuccessfully to try and kill Lucifer. It’s left behind as Cas teleports Sam and Dean away. Sometime after that, Crowley retrieves it. 

Basically …

Do you need to know anything more?

anonymous asked:

Hello! What is your opinion on north node in the 12th?:)

Hello to you as well.

In my opinion North Node in 12 is probably among the hardest of “soul missions” to focus on and integrate.  We are talking about about a south node comfort zone that is all to familiar with what society stresses.  With South Node in 6 we are coming from a comfortable need to work, supply skills and make ends meet for ourselves.

These traits from the south node conflict greatly with matters of the 12th house.  Of course it is important to point out that all nodes have direct opposites. In this case however it’s the power of what is stressed and the importance our society stressed on work for basic needs (and self worth) that make this nodal access difficult.

With North Node in 12 you are going from working for self recognition to doing things selflessly.  That may mean volunteering - which is undoubtedly hard considering the need for financial sustenance we need in society to make it. With the southern node in 6 it creates a need for practical down to earth attachment; well simply towards…Earth and our physical body.  It conflicts so greatly with the 12th house soul mission.  the 12th house north node also opens oneself to dreams and imagination; two areas that are very impractical and need an open mind to take in.

The mission in NN in 12 is to turn away from our physical commitment to self and engage in the idea of the universe and something greater then “self.”  It’s so hard though because as people we have egos and survival needs; and going from an Earth state of mind towards the 12th house water one is quite difficult because of this.  You are more or less working to surrender your ego, pursue spirituality and help those suffering in hidden places in life.  

Sometimes it can indicate an inherent need to walk away from having pets and respect the fact that we can build relationships with those suffering and in need instead.  You turn away from what is comfortable in taking care of yourself and take care of others.  It’s a major theme, and one very hard to do as previously stated.  A strange way of looking at it might be “Letting go and understanding everything physical is temporary, but realizing life is more then what we have “this time.”

Renault’s Books

I made a proper post out of this because it got too long for the ask (I needed to be able to save what I wrote). And I actually re-read both Fire From Heaven and the Persian Boy in order to be able to answer this well. @uponthewaters I hope that this format is more easily accessible/readable and I also hope that I have answered your question in the way that you wanted. 

I will preface this by saying that I always feel a bit bad critiquing Renault. Please remember that I have nothing against Renault. I respect her and I am flattered that she loved my life so much. If what I am about to say sounds cruel or harsh, then just remember that I am only speaking about the content of Renault’s books, not anything about her personally. But I won’t lie and say that I like her books when I do not. Brace yourselves, I wrote a lot (and added a drinking game to spice things up!).

I will start with Fire From HeavenPut simply: In Fire from Heaven I am boring.

Fire From Heaven

Aside from the aforementioned boringness, most of the major issues I had with Fire From Heaven have to do with the portrayal of Hephaistion:

“At the stair-foot Hephaistion was waiting. He happened to be there, as he happened to have a ball handy if Alexander wanted a game, or water if he was thirsty; not by calculation, but in a constant awareness by which no smallest trifle was missed.” (163)

^ Let it be known that Alexander the Great always cites his goddamn sources. Alright, Hephaistion was not only there for me; I was also there for him. He had his own life and his own thoughts and troubles. We comforted each other, he was not just a shoulder for me to cry on. Our friendship was not one-sided. He was not my slave and did not act like my mother or my nurse. In this book it is unclear why I loved Hephaistion, our relationship was merely predicated on the fact that Hephaistion was enamored with me and I appreciated his loyalty and servitude. 

“Hephaistion thought of the coming war without fear, erasing from his mind, or smothering in its depths, even the fear that Alexander would be killed. Only so was life possible at his side. Hephaistion would avoid dying if he could, because he was needed.” (221)

Um only because I needed him? Not because Hephaistion didn’t want to fucking die himself? Come on. Hephaistion had his own thoughts and fears that didn’t always have to do with me. Even I’m not too self-absorbed to recognize that. 

“Hephaistion called to mind the tale of Semele, beloved of Zeus… she had burned to ashes. He [Hephaistion] would need to prepare himself for the touch of fire.” (157)

God, this made me laugh. Well, if Hephaistion wants this ass then he better get some oven mitts. And that lube that heats up is definitely a no-go. I just don’t even know what to think of this. I mean I know I have a hot ass but really… On a more serious note, Hephaistion was the only one who didn’t think of me as divine but still loved me and my imperfections. So no to this quote.

“Hephaistion, who was not very quick at shaping his thoughts into words, usually found that someone else got in before him. He preferred this to making a fool of himself.” (173)

OH FUCK NO. Hephaistion loved to argue and was certainly not shy about voicing his opinions. And Hephaistion was brilliant, Aristotle thought so, too, and corresponded with Hephaistion later on. Hephaistion’s intelligence is the reason why I trusted him with both solo military commands and also administrative/ diplomatic functions. And just common sense: I would never have an idiot who couldn’t even debate as my second-in-command. Hephaistion only made a fool out of himself if he was drunk or if he was fighting with someone over something stupid (and the same goes for me).

Think of Achilles, how his mother dipped him in the Styx. Think how black and terrible, like dying, like being turned to stone. But then he was invulnerable.” (211) 

This really took me out of the story. If Hephaistion had said that to me then I would have laughed at him and told him that Achilles isn’t invulnerable in the Iliad. Achilles bleeds right before he fights the river Skamandros when Asteropaios hits Achilles with a spear, “but the other [spear] grazed Achilles’ strong right arm and dark blood gushed as the spear shot past his [Achilles’] back…” (Iliad 21.166-167 for you modern readers). The Renault version of Hephaistion certainly is dull and unintelligent if he can’t even remember the Iliad. And the Styx story with Thetis and Achilles was not around in our day, either. It was actually first written down hundreds of years after our deaths (95ish CE) by Statius in his Achilleid. So this entire piece of dialogue is anachronistic. I’m the biggest Achilles fanboy of all time, I know my shit.

Some other thoughts:

  • I DO like the part where Kassander gets beaten up by a woman. That was hilarious.
  • Ptolemy was not my half-brother. And I don’t like how the book treats the character of my real sister Kleopatra (who I loved very much in real life). Or my mother. It seems that modern representations of my life are not very kind to the women in my life. Not cool.
  • Dear god, that part with the courtesan. That story was completely false and only made up to slander me, but at least in the ancient story I sent her away. I would never suffer the indignity of my parents hiring a hetaira for me and then actually have sex with her. That’s adding insult to injury! And I had sex with both men and women, my parents weren’t worried about me (although of course I was not as uh “prolific” as good ol’ dad).
  • OLYMPIAS WAS NOT PRESENT AT PHILIP’S ASSASSINATION. She was in Epiros. If you are going to write a book based largely on historical events then please get the details correct.
  • Speaking of details, when my father was assassinated my father’s cloak was white, not purple (see Diodorus 16.93.1). A small nitpick, but still. 
  • That 2004 movie Alexander ripped off a lot of material from this book. I feel bad for Renault about that. Not cool, Oliver Stone.

Renault also gets the timing of the death of Hephaistion and my own death wrong in her historical author’s note:

“Alexander survived his friend by about three months, for two of which he was travelling with the body from Ecbatana to Babylon…” (409-410)

This is incorrect. Hephaistion died in October. I died in June. If you are writing a historical note please get the facts right.

One of my main issues is that Renault tries to describe the historical context/detail so much that she loses sight of the essence of the story. I didn’t really understand what she was trying to say in this book, it just read like a more boring and expanded version of Plutarch. So yes, Fire From Heaven was boring (as was my character in Fire From Heaven). And I’m someone who actually likes the catalogue of ships in the Iliad.

The Persian Boy

Where to start with this one… This is probably the complete wrong reaction to have, but I laughed my way through most of The Persian Boy. At least the prose was more interesting than Fire From Heaven. But the pacing was off, it takes Bagoas more than 100 pages to meet me.

One of the central problems was with the narrator. Bagoas is forcefully inserted into the larger events of my life and it simply makes no sense for him to be there. Some problems I had:

  • Bagoas was supposedly with me the night after the torture of Philotas? Oh god, that is so ludicrous. Common sense: after an assassination attempt a eunuch would never be left alone with me. Hephaistion probably would have murdered him; Hephaistion wasn’t feeling particularly happy then. And we were in a camp with tents, not a building as Renault states (see Arrian, Plutarch, and Curtius for confirmation of that). It’s a small detail, but I wanted to point that out.
  • I did not trust Bagoas. It may seem cruel, but Bagoas was nothing to me. If Bagoas had died then I would not have to be dragged off of his corpse. He was simply someone that I had sex with a few times. Hephaistion was everything to me. He was the sole person that I completely trusted. I also trusted my own generals and friends. I did not trust a random eunuch. And Renault says I cried over Bagoas’ birthday? Birthdays weren’t even really celebrated in my day…
  • AND RENAULT TELLS THE DYSENTERY STORY. WHY THE EVERLOVING FUCK DOES EVERYONE LOVE THAT STORY?! Oh yes, it is so funny that Alexander shit himself, that story is absolutely essential to understanding his life. No, no it fucking isn’t. It’s embarrassing. 
  • And dear god, Bagoas was not with me at the Mallian siege. That makes absolutely no sense at all. Even the majority of the army was not there, most of the land forces were stationed with Hephaistion down river (see Arrian 6.13).
  • I liked that Renault showed Hephaistion’s kindness. That was much appreciated. I wish he was in more of the book, but he would most likely be mischaracterized (although at least I could blame the unreliable narrator in this case). 
  • What the hell was the wedding with Roxanne about? She tried to poison Bagoas and then I beat her? WHAT THE FUCK? I can’t believe that Renault would actually write that. I don’t know why she hates all of the women in my life so much. I don’t know why she would think my wife would poison a random eunuch. I don’t know how she could think I would beat my own wife. I mean we were obviously not the pinnacle of feminism, but we weren’t animals. I was angry when noble women were just forced to dance (see Curtius 6.2.6-7 for this one), I don’t know how anyone would think I would harm my own wife. Everything about this is disgusting. I’m fucking appalled.

I found the book mostly amusing and I didn’t get very annoyed (except of course for the wedding/poison episode) until Hephaistion’s death.

He [Alexander] was standing with a dagger in his hand, hacking off his hair. […] So I found the trimming knife, and said, “Let me do it. I’ll do it just as you want.” “No,” he [Alexander] said, hacking away […] But he grew impatient with the back, and let me finish it, so that he could be off. (370)

I would have killed anyone who tried to cut my hair for me when I cut my hair over Hephaistion’s body. And unlike in Renault’s account, I actually cut my hair over the corpse (Arrian 7.14.4 backs me up). I would have stabbed Bagoas or anyone else who tried to help with my own dagger (I was not in a great mental place then). And as if I couldn’t cut my own hair? I’m a warrior, I know how to use a goddamn blade. This also makes it sounds like cutting my hair was something that I thought I had to do so that I “could be off.” No, it was very significant and personal and painful for me in my grief and doesn’t deserve to be treated as something I had to get done quickly. Also, Bagoas was not the one who had the idea that Hephaistion be made a god (Renault 373). Reading that was a test of my very poor anger management skills. 

And on my deathbed I did not say Krateros or kratistos or anything like that. Ugh. I couldn’t even speak at all, I was too sick. And Bagoas was not there when I died.

I made a drinking game to make reading this book more fun:

  • Take a shot whenever Cyrus (aka Kyros) is mentioned! 
  • Take a shot when you can’t tell if Bagoas and I are having sex or not! 
  • Take a shot every time my ~golden~ hair is mentioned! 
  • Take a shot whenever Bagoas is jealous!
  • Chug through the entirety of the dysentery scene (so that no one will remember it happened…)

This game may give you alcohol poisoning if you’re not a Macedonian, be warned.

All in all, I really do appreciate what Renault was trying to do. I am so happy that people read these books and got more interested in my life and in Hephaistion’s life. I am also happy that these books helped people dealing with issues relating to their own sexuality (and I appreciate the fact that Renault was a lesbian writing about same-sex relationships AND that she described me as bisexual in her author’s note- good job Renault!). So I think that the good that Renault’s work has done outweighs my issues with it. 

I hope that this very lengthy response answered your question well.

awolfinyourbed  asked:

What ever happened with Sam's tattoo? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW.

It was burned off by Castiel in 9x10: Road Trip. Sam was possessed by Gadreel who would not “turn Sam back into reality”. So in order to have Crowley possess him…

Originally posted by frozen-delight

…and give him a wake-up call…

…they first had to erase the tattoo preventing Sam from being possessed.

We haven’t been shown yet whether or not Sam has replaced the tattoo.

anonymous asked:

I wish I had read your math struggling related answer when I was in high school and the general idea in my class was if you didn't get something the first tries you never could.

This is why I think certain subjects (but especially math) get a bad rap and people end up hating them because they’re not actually taught well. People have bad teachers who fail to grasp the idea that, newsflash, (1) people learn at different rates, and (2) pure memorization isn’t learning. This is especially true with math. Math is a different way of thinking about a problem. Most people aren’t going to be able to wrap their head around how to solve for a square root or take a derivative until they learn to think about what it is exactly that they’re doing. And that takes time. 

When I was in elementary school, I had a teacher that literally told my parents that I would never be good at math because I couldn’t figure out what she was teaching. Kinda want to look her up and mail her a copy of my master’s thesis.

anonymous asked:

How come some people seem like absolutely NOTHING close to what their natal chart says ? It just doesn't make sense.. do you have any idea why this may be?

Usually it’s wrong or no birth time most of the occurrences.  I do get of people who message in yelling at me that their chart is very wrong yet they have no actual time of birth.  The moon is near everything in Astrology and it’s degrees can shift so widely in a 24 hour period (As much as 12.)  This of course can not only change the aspects it makes, but also of course the sign or house it’s in. Without a birth time the houses can’t be seen which actually is very problematic because seeing how the planets work in the physical world tremendously matters.  

Not only can the Moon be off but so can the Ascendant tremendously.  This will change their overall outward behavior as well as realign the wheel, aspects, houses and soul mission (north node.)

I can get into a multitude of other reasons why people make no connection to their birth chart.

They are younger than 18 and need to look at their Draconic charts to see how they feel about their life up to that point.

In need of contacting an experienced astrologer to determine a more rounded read on their birth chart.

Occasionally there is narrow mindedness concerning planets.

Bias - Yes, Bias happens a lot.  Someone hates a “sign” and doesn’t want to be this sign or placement and fails to want to relate to their birth chart.

Another form of Bias , though not purposeful, are transits and secondary progressions.  Some inexperienced people who seek out information for the 1st time (or very early in learning) don’t realize the impact transits (especially those darn outer planets!) have on them at a current.  I have seen people numerously mistake a Saturn/Uranus/Neptune/Pluto long term transit for a fault in their natal placement.

Once in a very blue moon it is a naysayer or someone with such a strong dislike/disinterest in Astrology their approach can be conceived as lying or blatant trolling.  As much as I hate to admit some people just do have a vendetta to disapprove the art of Astrology.

whovian1077  asked:

What ever happened with Bobby's house? That place was full of lore and books and he died before they ever found the bunker, so why was it just left? (sorry if they did mention it, I haven't seen that part of the series in a while so I've just been wondering)

…Well, it blew up. In ‘Hello Cruel World’ (7x02), the Leviathans set Bobby’s house on fire because they saw the Winchester’s as a threat. For the rest of Season 7 they stay in Rufus’s cabin before finding the Bunker in Season 8.