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Hey guys! This is my second speedpaint video that I made. Basically I am a beginner with video.XD But It's super fun to recording my draw. And~I'm really int...

https://youtu.be/WnUGrgp1t3Y

This is my second Speedpaint video that I made.
Basically I am a beginner with video.XD
But It’s super fun to recording my draw.
And~I’m really into it.
I hope you enjoy the video.
See you next week !^^

The original recordings of video is for 6 hr btw.


Acerola is my fav character in Pokemon SM !!
(The second is Mina~ BTW) >///<
And I love the map “ Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site) “
Mimikyu is so cuteeee~ ahh

(GIF ver ↓ ) 

Antibodies (Human)

  • The ‘foot’ (bottom) of the antibody is known as the Fc fragment - binds to cells, binds to complement = effector function (kills or removes antigen)
  • The top (antigen binding) is the Fab fragment
  • Chains are held together with disulphide binds
  • Associated molecules allow intracellular signalling 
  • Normally 3X constant heavy chain domains per chain and a hinge region (except μ and ε which have 4 and no hinge region)

Classes of Immunoglobulins

The five primary classes of immunoglobulins are IgG, IgM, IgA, IgD and IgE,  distinguished by the type of heavy chain found in the molecule. 

  • IgG - gamma-chains
  • IgMs - mu-chains
  • IgAs - alpha-chains
  • IgEs - epsilon-chains
  • IgDs - delta-chains.

Differences in heavy chain polypeptides allow different types of immune responses. The differences are found primarily in the Fc fragment. There are only two main types of light chains: kappa (κ) and lambda (λ), and any antibody can have any combination of these 2 (variation).

IgG 

  • monomer
  • Gamma chains
  • 70-85% of Ig in human serum. 
  • secondary immune response 
  • only class that can cross the placenta - protection of the newborn during first 6 months of life
  • principle antibody used in immunological research and clinical diagnostics
  • 21 day half life
  • Hinge region (allows it to make Y and T shapes - increasing chance of being able to bind to more than one site)
  • Fc strongly binds to Fcγ receptor on phagocyte - opsono-phagocytosis
  • Activates complement pathway

IgM

  • Serum = pentamer 
  • Primary immune responses - first Ig to be synthesised
  • complement fixing 
  • 10% of serum Ig 
  • also expressed on the plasma membrane of B lymphocytes as a monomer - B cell antigen receptor
  • H chains each contain an additional hydrophobic domain for anchoring in the membrane
  • Monomers are bound together by disulfide bonds and a joining (J) chain.
  • Each of the five monomers = two light chains (either kappa or lambda) and two mu heavy chains.
  • heavy chain = one variable and four constant regions (no hinge region)
  • can cause cell agglutination as a result of recognition of epitopes on invading microorganisms. This antibody-antigen immune complex is then destroyed by complement fixation or receptor mediated endocytosis by macrophages.

In humans there are four subclasses of IgG: IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4. IgG1 and IgG3 activate complement.


IgD 

  • B cell receptor
  • <1% of blood serum Ig
  • has tail pieces that anchor it across B cell membrane
  • forms an antigen specific receptor on mature B cells - consequently has no known effector function (don’t kill antigens, purely a receptor) (IgM as a monomer can also do this)

IgE 

  • Extra rigid central domain
  • has the most carbohydrates
  • IgE primarily defends against parasitic invasion and is responsible for allergic reactions.
  • basophils and tissue mast cells express very high affinity Fc receptors for IgE - mast cells then release histamine
  • so high that almost all IgE is bound
  • sensitizes (activates) mucosal cells and tissues 
  • protects against helminth parasites

IgE’s main purpose is to protect against parasites but due to improved sanitation these are no longer a prevalent issue across most of the world. Consequently it is thought that they become over activated and over sensitive while looking for parasites and start reacting to eg pollen and causing allergies.

IgA

  • Exists in serum in both monomeric (IgA1) and dimeric (IgA2) forms (dimeric when 2 Fcs bind via secretory complex)
  • 15% of the total serum Ig.
  • 4-7 day half life
  • Secretory IgA2 (dimer) = primary defense against some local infections
  • Secreted as a dimer in mucous (e.g., saliva, tears)
  • prevents passage of foreign substances into the circulatory system


Isotype: class of antibody (IgD, IgM etc)

Allotype: person specific alleles 

Idiotype: (hyper) variable region - antibody specificity 

Albanian iso-polyphony is a traditional part of Albanian folk music and as such is included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. Among Albanians, all four regions of Lalëria (Myzeqe), Toskëria, Çamëria, and Labëria have the polyphonic song as part of their culture. Among Albanians a related form of polyphonic singing is also found in northern Albania in the area of Peshkopi, the Albanian communities of Kaçanik in Kosovo, the areas of Polog, Tetovo, Kičevo and Gostivar in Macedonia and the region of Malësia in northern Albania and southern Montenegro. The region of Labëria is a particular region for multipart singing. Songs can be of two, three, or four parts. Two part songs are sung only by women. Three part songs are more diffused and can be sung by men and women. Four part songs are a Labëria specialty. Research has shown that four part songs have come after three part ones and that they are the most complex form of polyphonic singing.

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★ we finished season two! ★ here are some small doodles i did while watching (including some pokemon au ideas lol)

Seasons, Months and Festivals

Though most have forgotten the old elven names for the Gods they are still seen in the names of the Elven and Dwarven cycles and months of the year, though most remember them in the common tongue of Forged beings. Additionally there are a few key celebrations that occur over the year:

There are four seasons of Rúmerion, 12 months and each holding festivals specific to the gods, month and region of Rúmerion. The four seasons are as follows:

Winter - Wyrtir (December, January, February)
Spring - Izril (March, April, May)
Summer - Naryar (June, July, August)
Autumn - Durak (September, October, November)

January – Aydayar

The Festival of Celebration.

The FoC is a folk dance that goes on from sunset to sunrise on the first day of the year. There is a strong magical presence during this time and spells are more potent. There is also a first feast where communities band together in celebration. Especially Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, Humans and Dragonborn practice this aspect of the celebration. During the feast offerings to the Gods are made.


The Red Lotus Dance

similar to the Festival of Celebration but dance not feast focused. Celebrated by Elves, Drows and Tieflings

February – Ayluiner

The Lovers Dance

In celebration of the unification of Ayda and Ayluin joining together, offerings are made to them. Couples often marry and give gifts to each other during this period.

March - Nimuner

Father Wakes

The days start to lengthen and winter ends. Dances and Celebrations occur with offerings made to the gods as thanks for making it through the winter.

April - Zaornar

Celebration of the Sea – The Dolphin Dance

(celebrated by the Elves)

The Elves do the dolphin dance in thanks to the sea for its bounty. Feasts are held with aquatic foods and aquatics luxuries such as shells are traded, collected and highly sought after.

May - Merien

Celebration of the Tree – The Seed Ceremony - 

(celebrated by Gnomes and Halflings)

In the same fashion as the dolphin dance the Elves also celebrate nature during this month. The Gnomes and Halfling’s celebrate by collecting seeds from the trees that are deemed as the most pure or with the tastiest fruit and they replant their groves to match.

June - Jandaren

Celebration of the Hunt – The Boar Chase

(celebrated by Dwarves, Humans and Orcs)

Like the last two the elves celebrate the animals of Rúmerion. Hunts take place after highly prized beasts like Golden Stags. For the Dwarves, Humans and Orcs this celebration focuses on the hunt for the White Boars. The Dwarves take this a step further and look for possible War Boars to capture and train for their army.

July - Vanyer

The World Meeting & The Summers Dance 

(TWM rotates between each capital)
In honour of the Grand Council who met to stop Uther Duquette, a Grand Council meet to discuss trade, discovery, knowledge and disputes. The common folk celebrate the height of summer with a dance and a feast.

August - Ither

The Wolf Moon & Naryar’s Feast

With the end of summer the wolves come prowling, all races on Rúmerion have a grand feast in celebration of the harvest, bountiful or not.

September - Aerilayer

Father Sleeps – The Great Harvest

With the Equinox the night begins to last longer. Offerings are made by all to the Gods in order to appease them for a kind winter.

October - Ruyer

The Witches Dance – Dance of Golden Spells

(celebrated by Elves, Dwarves and Halflings)

Darkness has set in and magic becomes far stronger now. Golden comets often pass over the sky. Rumors of the Pumpkin King return for the mists on Rúmerion’s moors.

November - Sanon

The Warriors Dance

In celebration of Sana, veterans and war in general. Dances and Sacrifices to Sana and the gods occur. Orc warriors receive their clan tattoos now.

December - Virion

The Gnome Moon Celebration – The Snow Moon

(celebrated by Humans)At the end of the year gifts are given in thanks to family and friends. Gnome children receive their familiars now.

anonymous asked:

Could you please describe each faction/kingdom and who rules each one? like a description of the geographic layout if that's at all possible?

Ross appears and shoves a crude, slightly tattered map into your hands, seeming peeved.

“Alright, listen closely ‘cause I don’t have the patience to say this twice. Back before all this Hatter crap started, there were four regions all living in harmony, or what ever, blah blah blah… 

“The Heartland is pretty self explanatory; the place with a big fuckin’ castle in the middle and the biggest population. This was where Mark’s family ruled. Used to be a fun place, kids playing and merchants on every street. Now it’s the only place that the Court has managed to keep under their control, and everything but the castle itself is in ruins.

“The Sea Kingdom was where Ethan’s family was in control. It’s mainly beaches and ports. Used to be a busy place, with fishermen and casual boaters, people looking to vacation, and shell collectors. His family was very wealthy, owned the whole place. Now it’s pretty barren there, but The Hatter likes to hang around there when he’s not.. busy.

“The Mountain region is a mining and industrial region. Its relatively untouched so far, but mostly ‘cause it isn’t much of a pleasant place to live, or even to work. People only go there anymore as an attempt to escape The Hatter, or to slave away in the mines. Anyway, Tyler used to work in the mines, and as an inventor’s apprentice. He was well known for his skills with mechanics and making little gadgets.

“And then there’s The Forest. That’s where Jack used to live. He was part of a group of nomads that maintained control of the forest and took care of it. They were pretty peaceful people, in charge of agriculture and livestock, but were well trained fighters. Pacifist ninjas or something, I still don’t understand, but to each their own… Few nomads are left now, and those that are still around have gone into hiding deep in the woods. The Hatter holds total control over the Forest, in every way. The Forest bends to his will, now. Kind of a kick in the face to all the hard work the Nomads put into keeping it a peaceful and undisturbed land.”

Legend of Welp! #89

Ganondorf: I’m just too tough to cry.

Nabooru: Biologists say in the future the entire desert will be crawling with creatures called “Sand Seals,” a species of seals that have acclimated to the deserts and can act as a desert alternative to horses or camels.

Ganondorf, tears streaming down his face: That’s… that’s so adorable…


(I think the Gerudo desert may be my favorite of the four regions in Breath of the Wild)

Another region comparison where Unova is strange;
(fodder for world-building)

In the first four regions, when you walk into a gym you know exactly what kind of leader you’ll be facing. Like these guys designed the gym like they fight. You walk into a Crasher Wake’s gym and you know you are here to face hell and high water. You walk into Lt Surge’s gym and you are here to fight something you cannot see or predict where it is (double team being his signature asshole move with Pikachu and Raichu). You walk into Falkner’s gym and are you taken to the skies and made to fight in the wind. Flannery’s gym you’re facing the HEAT. Blaine’s gym you’re fighting someone who probably knows way more than you do about anything and everything.

Like these guys aren’t messing around. It’s hinted that they have hobbies, have retired from another job, or have another job sometimes, but when you go to face them you are facing a gym leader who got that job because they fought for it and if you want their badge you better be ready to fight for it.

And a lot of times when you go into the Elite 4 rooms, there’s a default design with some aesthetics to it but they are cohesive. They are a unit. And they are not giving you any extra information about how they fight. And if you aren’t ready? Get rekt. They’re not here to hold your hand. Do your homework before you walk in to face these people.

Unova is different- most of the gym leaders there you battle in their secondary job. It makes them more human, sure. But it also makes them less scary. You walk into the Striaton’s Gym and you’re walking into a restaurant and fighting waiters? You enter Clay’s business mine?? Burgh’s gallery? Fighting in a museum/library would be terrible?? Those aren’t gyms- that’s not an appropriate place to fight. Granted, Drayden and Iris have an actual gym going.
But even the Elite Four- they’re all lounging in lavish rooms. Caitlin even has a bed which she’s sleeping in when you walk in.

Why do all the other leader’s have to fight in such amateur gyms and work secondary jobs that are a more prominent part of their identity? Are they not being paid enough? Does all the money go to the Elite Four members? Or did all the Elite Four members already have enough money to BUY those positions? Are trainers less valuable in Unovan society? The addition of more npcs in cities does make it seem like trainers are outnumbered.
Unova is more industrialized and has pushed wild pokemon out of the way. Is the relationship between people and pokemon less important there? Is that why Ghetsis was so successful in convincing people to release their pokemon??

Their champion walked out and that was fine??? Does the League not see a lot of action? Are League members in conflict with athletes for attention?

Like actually what is going on in Unova

Well! Looks like the teams will be groups of four, not two. I guess that means Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang will be all together. Because then they’d be Team RWBY! Of course!

Oh, and also Pyrrha graduated top of her class at Sanctum (a new school!), won the Mistral regional tournaments four years in a row (whatever that means), and is ON CEREAL BOXES HOLY SHIT

It’s pretty funny that Pyrrha is all humble and down to earth and more than willing to speak to Jaune, but Weiss isn’t having any of that.

Poor Jaune… One day he’ll make a friend. Aside from Dork Supreme, but she doesn’t count. ‘Cause reasons.

Pernese Dragons

Name:

Type: Fictional

Region: Ireland

Description: Four legs with two wings, a horse-like head with knobs, ridges running down the spine, a forked tail.

Myth: N/A

Facts:

  • Pernese dragons are artificially created creatures. They were genetically engineered from Firelizards, who were themselves in turn engineered from the native Dragonets.
  • Pernese Dragons can breathe fire if they eat certain kinds of rocks. These rocks react in the dragon’s second stomachs, producing flame.
    • Golds cannot breathe fire, as they were engineered to lack this trait. This is not found in Firelizards.
  • Dragons come in five colors normally, with one exception. Golds and Greens are females. Bronzes, Browns, and Blues are males. Ruth, the sole White Dragon, was a Neuter, though he used male pronouns.
  • Green dragons were engineered to be sterile.
  • Dragons have the abilities of telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis.
    When a dragon teleports, it goes Between. They can use this to travel Between times as well.
  • Typically only Bronze Dragons mate with Golds.
    • In Firelizards, occasionally Browns can as well.
  • There is a debate as to whether or not Pernese Dragons should be measured in feet or in meters. Either way, the numbers stay the same:
    • Golds are 40-45 units long.
    • Bronzes are 35-45 units long.
    • Browns are 30-40 units long.
    • Blues are 24-30 units long.
    • Greens are 20-24 units long.
  • Dragon names all end in -th.
  • If a Dragon’s rider dies, the dragon kills themselves.
  • The Dragons bond with their riders at hatching. This process is called Impression, and is mandatory for the dragons.
  • Dragons defecate through the fork in their tails.

The Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee 

Length: 1866 words

Summary: Maisie Poppington just wants to have a quiet day at work, but, given the nature of her job, that’s probably never going to happen. No wonder her office-mate is addicted to caffeine, what with at least two public apparitions an hour, and hikers in the Welsh hills stumbling upon dragons.

Just a few snippets of what it’s like to work in the Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee offices at the Ministry of Magic.

Excerpt: 

“Bloody Welsh Greens, they ought to charm their habitat like they do with Hogwarts. I’m flooing to the regional office at four – local police are bringing in the muggles for a ‘questioning session’.” She mimed speech marks with her fingers, before sighing. “What do you think about it being a carnival thing? I know the Chinese ministry uses that one a lot when Fireballs are spotted.”

Faraday put his mug down on the desk and stretched his arms above his head as he mulled over her suggestion, his brow furrowed. “Like the big costumes they have at new year?”

Maisie nodded, but Faraday frowned, finishing his stretch and resuming his previous slumped posture, scooping the mug back up into his fingers. “It’s not Chinese New Year.” He said, shortly.

“Damn.” Maisie sighed once more, her shoulders falling as she reconsidered. “Okay, how about this: I tell them that global warming is causing lizards to grow to unprecedented sizes?”

Faraday shot her a pointed look, his mouth open and brow creased, squinting. “Please tell me that that was a joke.”

[AO3] [FF.N]

Happy Valentines Day!

    It’s not very often that the stars align and not only do you get talk about one of my favorite video games of all time, but all the mushy emotions crammed into it. So with further a due I present to you Majora’s Love Theory.

    Majora’s Mask is already well known for being one of the Legend of Zelda series darker games. With its eerie character designs, ominous atmosphere and overall seemingly depressing themes.It is a very divisive entry for its radical departure in game play, breaking away from the typical dungeon oriented adventure to a much more personal oriented side quest focus. A certain level of ambiguity has lent to some wild interpretations of the game, although many tend to focus on the far too obvious ’bleak’ aspects of the game.

    In reality though Majora’s Mask is NOT about those things. It isn’t about the stages of grief, or the apocalypse or even death. On the contrary, Majora’s Mask is about LOVE. Specifically about relationships and the love between them. Which is why there is no better day to talk about one of the most overlooked and prominent themes which shape every other aspect of the game.  

    In order to talk about the theme of Love in Majora’s Mask we need to talk a bit about what love is first. In Greek there are four words for love (you might of heard of them if you are familiar with C.S Lewis’ book ’The Four Loves’) in order to differentiate between the different forms of love there are. These are;

Agape: refers to a brotherly love, affection, good will, love, and benevolence. Typically a term used to describe the love man has for God, and God has for man.    


Eros: typically refers to ‘physical’ love. Mind you extends to the term “Erotas” which refers more to intimate love. Which can be applied to dating relationships, as well as marriage.


Phillia: the love between friends and equals. Often expressed as loyalty to friends, family, and community. A level of relation that requires virtue, equality, and familiarity.


Storge: is the love between parents and children. The natural feelings of affection a parent may feel for a child and vice versa. 

The key things I want you to keep in mind as I continue on, is what each one stands for and the fact that there are four of them. 

    Now let’s start by examining the surface of Majora’s Mask, the aesthetic designs within the game and how these reflect the theme of love. You don’t have to look far though to see the connection. The iconic mask that the game is about happens to be made in the shape of a heart. This cursed mask is nothing more than a heart with some spikes protruding from it (perhaps an indicator of what kind of hexing rituals it was a part of). This heart shaped mask is also marked by vibrant markings, but the one I want to point out specifically is the bright green iris on those eerie staring eyes.  Majora is literally a green eyed monster. I’ll elaborate on this more down the article for those who are unfamiliar with the saying.  Throughout the game you will see the iconic mask plastered across blocks and balloons around the world.

    Aside from Majora’s Mask, there are other places you may catch a glimpse of some of hearts. The door that seals you into Termina seems to bare a curious marking that resembles a heart (pictured above),  There’s also the heart mini dungeon, which features the symbol prominently on its doors and hanging in the halls to each room (oddly enough in multiples of four). Mind you the entire game isn’t going to have hearts covering it like your typical Valentine’s day card. Mind you what do we know about the human heart? Physically speaking the human heart is actually made up of four chambers. Not unlike how forming a heart container takes four pieces in the world of Zelda.

    What else in Majora’s Mask is made up of four parts? How about the world of Termina itself? Divided into four distinct regions (Southern Swamp, Snowhead, Great Bay, and the land of Ikana) and guarded by four Giants respectively. It doesn’t end here though, four Sheikah stones that require musical performances, four transformation masks, four statues can be made using the song 'Elegy of Emptiness’, and ultimately the goal of Majora’s Mask is to reach the fourth day. The world of Majora is ripe with the number. Interesting when you consider that we’ve already talked about how there are four different kinds of love.

    In fact the problems in each region could be related to an issue with each kind of love. In the Southern Swamp the main conflict is the loss of a daughter. A broken ’storge’ relationship that has also created a rift between races. In Snowhead we see a tribe, or community which is divided over the loss of a beloved hero and a missing elder, a communal ’philia’ form of love in turmoil. In Great Bay we see two lovers (Mikau and Lulu) who have come at odds due to the appearance of some strange eggs, an ’eros’ relationship in trouble. Finally the land of Ikana where there is discord between a benevolent ruler, King Igos du Ikana and his subjects, has caused hate and distrust to seep into the land. Representing a broken ’agape’ relationship. If you believe that the land of Ikana also seemingly has forsaken the gods (upside down Triforces depicted below the feet of the statues with their tongues hanging out) it only furthers this regions connection to a broken 'agape’ love.

    The connections are incredibly strong. Don’t believe me consider these small other details. The Goron tribe refers often to each other as 'brothers’ despite any actual blood relation. This is exactly what Philia is about. Love between equals. In Great Bay there is another Eros relationship that is in trouble. The separated Sea Horse couple. Who when re-united explode in a display of love. In Ikana it isn’t just the relationship between the King and his subjects, but there is also Captain Keeta and his men who remain loyal despite being dead, waiting for his command and care. Another example of a benevolent relationship.

    Now we’ve more than transitioned from the aesthetics symbolism in Majora’s Mask to the meat of the content. The game play and quests themselves. Although each region seems to have a distinct connection to each form of love, that doesn’t change the fact that in Clock Town and surrounding areas you will meet many characters who also display these various kinds of love.  

    Termina may is on the brink of ruin, but it isn’t because the moon is about to fall. Despite the danger looming over head, very few residents seem to be focused on it. Instead wrapped up in their own personal relationship woes. From a Mayor and his Wife who are more concerned with their missing son, and their family troubles then carnival business. A son who is the fiancé to Anju the Innkeeper who is desperately searching for him in order to get answers. She is barely concerned with the fact that the sky is falling. The Circus Leader who is more concerned by the failure of being unable to perform with his troupe, and coming to terms with his own abilities. Not being able to measure up to the skill of his brothers he set off on his own. The Romani sisters who aren’t listening to each other’s over concerns of the family business (one over ghosts coming to steal cows, the other with bandits stealing during deliveries).

   Even our main protagonist, Link, only chanced upon Termina because he was separated from a cherished companion.

    The people of Termina’s greatest problems are the broken and wounded relationships. People like talking about how depressing Majora’s Mask is, and how dark and mature the content is, but often overlook what is the source of all the darkness and depression. The root is always relationships. More importantly a lack of love. Often due to being too selfish and consumed with their own wants and needs that they can’t help those around them. Left to be alone, sad, angry and frustrated.  

    Not unlike our games main antagonist, Skull Kid. You see Skull Kid’s goal in Majora’s Mask isn’t to destroy the world. It’s to destroy all the relationships within it. You see at one time Skull Kid was friends with the Giants, until they left him in order to protect each of the regions they had created. Feeling hurt, frustrated and lonely at being seemingly abandoned by his closest friends, Skull Kid lashes out by playing tricks on the residents of Termina that become more malicious over time. In the end the giants were forced to intervene with banishment or the threat of destruction.

    Skull Kid in the end left and there was peace in Termina. Only to return after getting his hands on Majora’s Mask and repeat history but on a grander scale. It’s why we hear stories about how Skull Kid turned Kafei into a child, or caused Lulu to lay some strange eggs. Seems like a roundabout way to destroy the world. That is all the moon is, a catalyst to cause friction between the people of the land. Skull Kid is simply seeking to create rifts between friends and couples alike, all because he is envious of what they have. Majora is a green eyed monster of envy (the aesthetic symbolism I mentioned earlier) and it has consumed all of Skull Kid’s being causing him to act out and maliciously attack those who have what he does not.

Depressing as the apocalyptic setting is, Majora’s Mask isn’t about death, but instead the healing power of love. Sure people are sad and frustrated, but they are just symptoms of the actual problem, the broken bonds they are dragging around.. Relationships that can be mended. As Link you spend your time repairing the broken bonds of Termina’s residents. Literally being the link between these divided people who can’t connect with each other because of the turmoil Skull Kid has caused. This is what makes Majora’s Mask such an emotionally powerful game, as you can’t help but become invested in the people you encounter as you help relieve them of the sadness, anger, frustration and guilt they feel towards others. It’s why you are rewarded with 'happy’ masks from 'healing’ them on your journey…

In the end none say it better then the Happy Mask Salesman himself;

Whenever a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However that parting need not last forever. Whether a parting be forever, or only a short time… that is up to you

As the player it’s all up to you, whether you involve yourself with the characters in Majora’s Mask (if you do you are rewarded with a mask that unlocks their ending on the fourth day), or pass them by. This applies outside the game world though. Do you look back at your friendships and relationships with fondness? Do you seek to fix broken bonds? Do you put in the effort to see those who are gone? Do you keep the memories of those who have passed alive in your heart? It’s all in our hands to make the choice.

    It may seem like a stretch to some that Majora’s Mask is actually about love and relationships, but when you consider Aonuma’s team feelings during the development of this game it makes sense;

Day 32: Normally, we wrap things up around 10 p.m. but tonight we finished up early since Mr. Miyamoto was taking the Zelda team out to dinner. There, game director Eiji Aonuma and supervisor Takashi Tezuka told me how they’ve been incorporated things from their everyday lives into the game. Development began in August 1999, and the team rarely got to go home. As a result, many of the characters talk about not being able to spend time with their wives.” - Nintendo Power Vol. 136

They poured those emotions into the game and this is a big part of why those feelings are strong in the world of Termina. Feeling lonely, isolated, and cut off from those you love. Majora’s Mask is a piece of art that truly captured its creators feelings. I also don’t believe it’s a mere coincidence that Nintendo chose this holiday to release a 3D remaster of the game.

    It’s not a game about how Link is dead, or how the gods have forsaken Termina, or the stages of grief (which again are just the symptoms of the root theme). Majora’s Mask is a game about friendship, relationships and love. So takes some time to spread some positive vibes and perhaps mend some of your own relationships or celebrate the ones you cherish. With that I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!

If you enjoyed this lengthy read, like and share (please give credit where it’s due, since instead of playing MM3D I spent it working to make GIFs, researching this topic and writing this article).

Good bye for now! - TheMaverickk

College: What You Actually Need

A friend of mine is starting college in the fall and asked me for some packing advice. Packing for college may sound simple, but it can be extremely overwhelming. After a full year of living in the dorms, I have realized what is actually important to bring and what is completely unnecessary.

There are two main packing categories: what you bring and what you buy. We’ll start off with what you bring. My biggest suggestion is that you start early. I separated my room into four regions towards the beginning of the summer and worked on each part for a week or two. I went through every drawer and shelf and de-cluttered. I threw things out and donated multiple bags of clothing. What this process will help you realize is what is actually important to you. You will be leaving your home and you can’t bring everything, so ask yourself: what can’t I live without for a year? What I soon realized is that the things I could live without, were items I really didn’t need. I mean if you aren’t going to use it for a whole year, when will you ever? By the end of the summer the things left in my room were items I truly valued and used. By tackling one section of my room at a time I didn’t become overwhelmed (well… not that overwhelmed).

Now, what do you need to buy? My school sent out a packing list with suggested items to bring to college. While I found some suggestions helpful, others were ridiculous. First of all, you don’t need an iron/ironing board. You hear me? Almost every friend of mine bought those adorable mini chevron ironing boards and never used them. No one (except maybe those pledging boys) irons in college. And I promise you, if you do find yourself in need of some wrinkle relief, there will be a naive freshman with an adorable mini chevron ironing board right down the hall who will happily let you borrow it.

Any college packing list will suggest the obvious: bedding, towels, shower caddy, hangers… But there are a few items I would like to heavily emphasize. Bring a printer. Even if your school provides free printing (which very few do), I recommend a personal printer. When you’re up writing an essay until 4am, the last thing  you’ll want to worry about is getting up early to print at the library. Having a printer will also help you make friends. I think my friends used my printer more than me and repaid me with paper (well worth it!). Another important item? A robe. Walking to a communal bathroom in a towel is just not for me. Plus, hanging out in your room with your stranger of a roommate can be kind of uncomfortable in a towel. Robes rule! I also recommend bringing stamps for letters to friends, a drying rack for all those items that really shouldn’t go in the dryer (you can’t hang your wet clothes all over your room like you did back home), and a plastic bin for your wet shower caddy fresh from the shower.

Now for a few of my packing quick tips…

-Keep your boots and coats at home: If you plan on returning home before the winter months, keep your warmer clothes at home and get them when you’re ready for them. I swapped out my crop tops and denim shorts for riding boots and vests in November, which allowed for extra room in my dorm closet (if you could even call it that).

-Invest in a Target card: See next bullet point for further explanation.

-Make a list of toiletries: I’m warning you now. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to need a lot of products. My suggestion is to make a list of the products you use while you’re still home, so when you get to college you know exactly what you will be needing. There won’t be enough room in your car (or in those boxes you have to ship across the country) for your shampoo and leave-in conditioner, and sunscreen, and laundry detergent, and dish soap (you forgot about that one, huh?).

-Get crafty: I had so much fun with my friends making DIY wall art for my dorm over the summer. Dorm rooms can be dark and depressing, so definitely bring some colorful items to brighten the space up. Check out these chevron canvases I made a few years ago here!!!

-Command Hooks are your best friend: Enough said.

-Dorm stuff might not be your style: Don’t limit yourself to the “dorm” section of a store. Personally, I think generic dorm bedding is awful. I searched far and wide for the perfect bedding  that fit my taste and I don’t regret it. I also got sucked into buying an acrylic desk lamp from the dorm section of Bed Bath and Beyond and literally turned it on once. It was so ugly! Your dorm room is your home so make it your own.

-Expect a mess: BRING CLEANING SUPPLIES! Clorex wipes saved my life the day of move in. I was not prepared for the amount of dirt and dust I’d find in my room upon move in. I heavily suggest wiping down every surface before you move in.

-Follow the rules: Before shopping, make sure to review your college’s dorm rules. For example, my school didn’t allow wall decals, extension cords, or toasters.

Packing is a unique experience and you will quickly figure out what works for you. No matter what, even if you forget a laundry basket or some washcloths, you will survive.

Good luck packing!


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