return to the dark side of the moon

dancing-heart-pony  asked:

I just got the idea of Dark calling Anti "apple of my eye" and Anti getting annoyed but also flustered at the same time.

that is oddly adorable and i love it!

i feel like dark comes up with a lot of witty nicknames like that for anti because he knows just how much it annoys him. but, unbeknown to dark, anti secretly loves them. anti probably attempts at them in return like calling dark “the dark side of my moon” or something 💛

Meta: Let’s talk about drugs in Danger Days.

And I don’t mean hard drugs, I mean prescription drugs.

It’s important to note that I am European, and the reason of this distinction will become clear as I talk about prescription drugs advertisement.

The idea of a medicated future is not a new one in science fiction.
You can notably find it in “Brave New World” with Soma. It is distributed by the government, to keep the population sedated and peaceful.
Huxley says “If ever by some unlucky chance such a crevice of time should yawn in the solid substance of their distractions, there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a weekend, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon; returning whence they find themselves on the other side of the crevice, safe on the solid ground of daily labor and distraction.” It is a drug to fill the down time between totalitarian work-time.
You can see the link with BLI, I’m sure, and its drug culture. You can watch the video of the BLI Chairman talking about BLI quest for quietening the mind and delivering the masses of the burden of unwanted emotions. In Danger Days, BLI is not only a massive corporation, it literally owns Battery City, its news outlet, police forces, laws, medical facilities, and all facets of the Bat City citizens lives.
We also know thanks to the comic book that the dracs mask is actually a psychotropic brain controlling device.

You’ve probably all seen the BLI advertisement video on youtube. There are two of them, one is called Medication, and the other Mousekat in “the miracle worker”.
Now, I’ve always thought that these advertisement were over the top and a clear sign of sci-fi dystopia. Turns out, it’s because I’m not from the United States.
It is legal in the United States of America to advertise prescription drugs, which I only recently learnt. You can turn the TV on and watch drug ads for a whole 24h by switching channels. (And here I’ll ask, why advertise a product you cannot buy without medical prescription? But that’s an other debate I think.) 

My point is, it is not that strange in the USA to see drug advertisement and, rather than inscribing the Danger Days universe in an extreme dystopia as it did with me, it actually gives it a link to present time and reality. In the USA, prescription drugs names are pretty well known while, where I live, over the counter drugs and produces are much more well known, and I say well known but I could probably give you maximum 3 to 5 names if pressed, and it would be for aspirin and bruises cream, because they’re the ones advertised… If I know the names of Xanax or Valium, it is because I watched American TV and movies.

In what little we know of canon, killjoys seems to be absolutely off any sort of medication, and what is consumed is closer to hard drugs, or in The Mad Gear’s case… caffeine.
But it simply cannot be so.

The fandom has a MASSIVE amount of trans characters, and some require hormones treatment. Mental illness is also a huge thing among killjoys OCs, and pills and medication is an important subject. My own OC suffers from depression and chronic pain and does not take anything that isn’t natural remedies for fear of BLI pills. 

Because that’s where the problem of drugs lays in the Danger Days universe.
Medication is not inherently bad. Far from it. But BLI made it something to be feared and, quite often in fanfictions or RPs, a character has to go through detox and withdrawal from unnecessary pills and mood changers from BLI.

How can you trust BLI pills in the desert when you know what they do in the city?
What guaranty do you have that the pills smuggled from the city are safe and devoid of any mood changer?
How can you be sure that these pills you just trades or bought weren’t distributed for the express purpose of being sold in the desert in an effort to subdue rebels.

My point is that BLI and Bat City, or what we know if it, make it impossible to just accept drugs and medication at face value, because there is only one source of production for them, and it is Better Living Industries. The very foe you fight.

Let’s talk about that.

It only took Pink Floyd three minutes to decide on the front cover of “The Dark Side of the Moon”. According to their art designer Storm Thorgerson, he had bought seven different design ideas for the album’s front cover, and showed them to the band’s members. “The band trooped in, swept their gaze across the designs, looked at each other, nodded and said ‘That one’, pointing at the prism. Took all of three minutes”. They have all agreed on the design, and after that returned to the studio to work on the recordings.


Happy 73rd birthday, Roger Waters!  Here to speak intelligently about Waters, I give you this stamp enthusiast’s Floyd enthusiast friend’s take on Waters and Pink Floyd (despite, as he says, how difficult it is “to write a blurb that’s short and blunt about someone with whom I’ve shared my life almost daily since I was a child…”):

George Roger Waters was born in Great Bookham on September sixth in 1943.  His father died in Anzio in February 1944.  This loss informed much of Roger’s lyrical content throughout his career.  Playing bass, he teamed up with Syd Barrett, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason in 1965 to form Pink Floyd.  Their first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn (top left stamp), was well received.  David Gilmour joined the band after Syd suffered a mental breakdown and left, never to return. Syd continued to inspire some of the finest songs and albums of Pink Floyd.

Moderately successful releases followed but mainstream acceptance eluded them until Dark Side of the Moon (second row stamp), a concept album which remains one of the most popular records of all time.  Producing records with songs that explored common themes and ideas became part of the band’s identity, even after Roger split from the group.  It was a bitter departure but fans still hope for a reunion.

There is no denying Roger Waters is one of the greatest songwriters and wordsmiths in the history of rock and roll.  Soothing, cerebral music combined with pure poetry are why many label Roger a true genius.

Stamp details:
Issued on: July 7, 2016
From: London, England

I was born with a pendulum swinging in my heart, back and forth from an extreme sense of happiness and an overwhelming blue that rivals the ocean. There is such magic in me, such creativity, yet my imagination runs in the wildest of places, leaving me with feelings of dread quite often. I wish to nurture, anything I can, people, a meaningful contribution to those around me, something creative, yet at times, the overwhelming desire to shut myself away from the world reigns too strong for me to fight. I can be away, vacating the dark side of the moon, but be sure in the fact that I shall return from my souls travels just to see you again.

I was born a Cancer.

Since a lot of beer meta has been going around, I thought we might talk about the use of the Schultz brand a little, especially since it’s going to feature in the up-coming episode tonight.

I think the context in which we see the brands is important, and the Schultz brand is seen in four major scenes that are connected with death and dying.

The first is Dean sharing a cold one with the croat he plugs in The End:

The second is when Sam and Dean are killed in The Dark Side of the Moon. Their bedsides are littered with blue Schultz beers, and like @sandraugiga has pointed, in heaven the colors of the brand are reversed: in heaven the beer is red and gold.

The third major appearance of the brand is in The Point of No Return, the context being that Dean has chosen to say yes to Michael. Essentially he has chosen to die and has been making preparations for his eventual death. The street preacher kneels down to pray for the angels to come and claim Dean.

The fourth major appearance of the brand is in the eleventh hour, in Two Minutes to Midnight, right after Dean has had a meeting with Death. Dean drinks the beer while asking Bobby what he thinks Death will do to people who lie to his face.

There are four major scenes connecting the beer to death, and the name may also contain a clue. Schultz (Schuld) has the meaning of ‘debt’ in Germanic languages, and is furthermore connected to medieval tax-collectors – and the only two things that certain in life, according to the old adage, are death and taxes.

So, I propose that on the show the Schultz brand is connected to death, or the looming presence of death, and the rest of the appearances of the brand might be reviewed against it. At least one other instance where the brand is featured in connection with a major character death is Nightshifter.

Since the beers are behind Dean, it’s possible it also foreshadows the deaths that were to come at the end of the season.

But fact remains that three times that we see a character drink the beer, they die soon after: Jaeger and Dean, Sam and Dean, and Bobby.

Further instances of Schultz beer being connected with death:

Bobby takes it out of the fridge just as he is dying.

A fallen can of Schultz is on the table immediately following Bobby’s death.

Dean kills a man and a demon by throwing him into a whole glass case full of Schultz. In this instance it may also foreshadow the return of the ‘Holy tax accountant’.

Schultz beers are prominently displayed in Van Ness house, a house full of dead people.

Addition following Our Little World:

The episode featured a murder in front of the Schultz beer sign.

This seems to be pretty poignant evidence in favour of interpreting the beer brand as a signal for death (& taxes – and incidentally, often the figure of the “Holy Tax-Accountant”, cf. Dean drinking the beer in The Third Man while he calls for Castiel).

So now we must ask ourselves what it means that both Sam and Dean were drinking Schultz beer in Baby, but that Sam didn’t pack all the beer Dean had intended for them to drink. Because Schultz is the beer of death.

Planetary exploration does not recognize national borders. Planetary science is inherently a collective endeavor that at some level demands a planetary, not national identity of those who practice it, as scientists from Earth try to understand our near neighbors. Many astronauts have commented on the striking absence of political boundaries on Earth when seen from space. Something of the same perspective is demanded of those of us who are stuck down here looking up, sharing resources and attempting to unravel the story of the planets.
– David Grinspoon, ‘Venus Revealed’ 

The photograph above is one of the most profoundly humbling images returned from humanity’s extension of itself since the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” photo taken by human astronauts upon emerging from the far dark side of the Moon. Referred to as the “Pale Blue Dot” image, this photo was taken at a distance of 3.7 billion miles away from our quaint planetary home. The significance of this image, however, does more than compel us to ponder our existence and view ourselves from a baffling vantage point in space. It represents an era of human ambition we reference in passing as the “Golden Age of Planetary Exploration”. 

(Above) Voyager spacecraft; launch day.

During the 60′s and 70′s, the American space program (NASA, JPL) surged with burgeoning technological development, data collection, applicable catalysts of innovation which spurred progress in other industries amongst our society, and at the height of it all, this image was taken of our home during the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 “Grand Tour” of the solar system. Using gravitational assist to essentially “slingshot” their way through the solar system, the spacecraft duo encountered an assortment of vibrant, enigmatic, and active features amongst the known outer planets while surveying dozens of moons and returning a wealth of iconic data before gracefully exiting the solar system. We’ve had numerous planetary surveillance missions since then, from Galileo, Messenger, and Cassini, to LADEE, Rosetta, Dawn, and the Mars Orbiter Mission. During the 60′s and 70′s however, things seemed to be ramping up, rather than slowing down. 

(Above) New Horizons on launch day.

Now, with New Horizons’ mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, we’re feeling that excitement we once felt not so long ago while surveying these seemingly familiar but not so well understood worlds. It’s important to mention this because our willingness to explore, develop new technologies, and carry out bold endeavors never faded. As legislative seats moved around and Congressional budgets allocated funding to “more important” areas of our society (i.e., election-cycle, shorter-term priorities), the drought for planetary exploration funding - let alone human spaceflight and space exploration funding in general - has become much more pronounced, leading to low visibility amidst the public, which is why the Curiosity mission to Mars, the Rosetta spacecraft rendezvous with a comet, and this New Horizons flyby of Pluto are currently holding the attention of the world. We simply aren’t exploring like we used to (be able to do). Although this appears to be a grim view, I’m optimistic about the future of space exploration with so many countries investing into their own programs and new launch providers at the helm which are already ushering in truly revolutionary new mechanisms from the nano to macro scale.

Read: ‘The dark future of American space exploration: NASA’s golden age is about to come to a thudding halt’ 

(Above) New Horizons spacecraft, November 2005 at Kennedy Space Center.

New Horizons represents something powerful. As we all celebrate this exciting moment in history (which is indeed poised to rewrite it upon arrival), reflect on the near-incomprehensible distance this spacecraft is from its womb. The “Pale Blue Dot” image of Earth was taken at a distance of 3.7 billion miles. Pluto is 4.67 billion miles away. Viewing the Earth from Pluto would be difficult to discern amidst the (Carl’s words) “bastion and the citadel of the stars.” 

After the celebrations fade and the news media withdrawals its coverage of extraterrestrial activity, don’t let your own ambitions and hopes for our discovery and exploration retire amongst the humdrum daily routine we’ve become so comfortable. Demand more from your legislators, government, and yourself. Get involved with a local astronomical society. Explore a career in the STEM fields in preparation for your own activity in the space industry. Launch your own project by funding it through Endeavorist! Above all, stay curious and share your #PlutoFlyBy experience with others. 

– Rich Evans (sagansense) | Science Evangelist, endeavorist

May 14 - On this day in 1987, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon ended its streak of 741 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

DSOTM made brief re-appearances on the chart coinciding with remastered re-releases of the album on CD, until Billboard changed the rules and created a Top Pop Catalog Albums chart for older albums, where Dark Side took up a permanent residence. After Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 prompted a surge in sales of his albums (including Thriller, one of only a handful of albums to have sold more copies worldwide than DSOTM), Billboard changed the rules again to allow older albums to return to the Top 200 Albums chart if sales warranted it, and Dark Side of the Moon resumed adding weeks to its total. It has spent a total of 923 weeks on the Top 200 chart and the cumulative total of both charts is approaching 2000 weeks if it hasn’t surpassed it already.

No other album even comes close to having that longevity.

(As with Michael Jackson’s death, the aforementioned 2009 rule change has also allowed older albums by Prince to return to the Billboard 200, with ten Prince albums on the chart this week, two of them in the top ten.)