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someone, who requested to not be named, asked me to try to convince them in a post as to why Jinbei should join the Straw Hat crew. first, i’d like to start off by saying that i, personally, have been rooting for Jinbei to join the Straw Hats ever since Luffy popped the question back on Fishman Island. and there was no doubt in my mind that Jinbei would eventually be a part of the Straw Hat crew, and it really only became a matter of when will he join since then. 

so… to those who oppose to or express their dislike of Jinbei as the next Straw Hat member for reasons such as, “he’s not ‘straw hat material’!!” or “he’s too serious to be a Straw Hat…” or “Character A, B, or C should join the Straw Hats instead of Jinbei!!” blah blah blah… and to that, my initial reaction is:

but on a more serious note, when some of you say Jinbei’s not ‘straw hat material’, what exactly do you mean by ‘straw hat material’?? last i checked, there was never a specific set of qualities a character had to have in order for them to become a Straw Hat member. literally, and i mean LITERALLY, the only thing that made one a Straw Hat is based on whether Luffy had invited you to join his crew or not (with Robin being a special case, but that’s not the point here). everyone in the crew has very distinct personalities, so i don’t get this whole ‘straw hat material’ reasoning. 

and let me just break this down for those who come up with the reason of not wanting Jinbei to join because he’s “too serious” to be a member of the Straw Hats. so, we were first officially introduced to Jinbei’s character back in Impel Down, and learned that he was imprisoned because he was opposed to the impending war between the Marines and the Whitebeard Pirates. being surrounded in such a grim situation, where you’re trying to prevent a whole damn war from happening, there was no time for Jinbei to even be fooling around. then next, the story delved more deeply into his character during the Fishman Island arc. however, this time he’s found in a sort of similar situation where he’s trying to prevent history from repeating itself. so yes, to some, he may have come across as being a rather serious character up to this point. but if you think about it, there haven’t really been many instances where Jinbei could let loose and show other less serious sides of himself, but that doesn’t mean that his seriousness is all there is to him. in fact, Jinbei has shown that he can be kind of a dork at times too, and his devil-may-care attitude. (***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** for those who haven’t read the manga) we hear from Aladdin that Jinbei has been talking incessantly about Luffy for over the past 2 years since the timeskip, to which Jinbei actually BLUSHED when he realizes he’s been talking about Luffy that often (reminds me of two certain older brothers of Luffy who can’t stop talking about their lil bro either…). and Jinbei also literally laughed in the face of danger while blatantly telling Nami that he’s rebelling against Big Mom. it’s been mentioned time and time again throughout the current arc that no one who ever walked away from Big Mom’s crew has ever lived to tell the tale, and yet here Jinbei is, LAUGHING as he outright declares he’s rebelling against Big Mom. (***END SPOILERS***) so yeah, Jinbei has often showed his serious side when it’s time to be serious, but that’s definitely not all there is to him. and frankly speaking, i think when it comes down to it, if there has to be one absolute requirement to become a Straw Hat, it should be based on whether one is an inherently good person or not; it should go without saying that Jinbei is probably one of the most selfless characters in One Piece.

oh, and let’s not forget how many times Jinbei has saved Luffy’s life too. not once, when he tried to protect an already unconscious Luffy, who just lost Ace, from a direct attack by Akainu… not twice, when he stayed by Luffy’s side during his lowest point and reminded Luffy that he still had reason to live despite just losing Ace in the war… not thrice, when he donated his blood to Luffy, who at the time desperately needed a blood transfusion after losing a large amount of blood back on Fishman Island… and (*SPOILER ALERT*) last but not least, when he saved Luffy from ripping his arms off in a desperate attempt to get out of Mont D’or’s book… (*END SPOILERS*) all in all, Jinbei has saved Luffy 4 times in total… has anyone else saved Luffy from the brink of death more than 4 times, HMMM??? yeah, i didn’t think so.

if you ask me, i honestly think Jinbei is MORE than qualified to be a Straw Hat… like can you just imagine, despite being such a small crew, how much their strength as a whole would multiply with an ex-shichibukai joining them??? what’s more, he can call upon whale sharks too. that’ll surely come in handy with 4 DF users on board, though i’m sure Jinbei is more than capable of easily saving all of them if they were to ever be thrown overboard. and with Jinbei joining, he’ll take over Brook and become the tallest among the crew! Brook will finally have someone to literally look up to. it’ll also be very interesting to see someone like Jinbei being part of the Straw Hat shenanigans!! but most importantly… LARGE FISH UNCLE GIVING HIS TINY (by comparison) CREW MEMBERS A RIDE ON HIS BACK/SHOULDERS!!! 

#JINBEI FOR NAKAMA 2K17!!!!!

Taylor Alison Swift asked that a photo of her being assaulted by a man, be sealed. She asked that it be sealed because the only reason anyone else would want it would be for entertainment, which is what has happened. TMZ, being the scum that are are, released it because they knew the clicks they would get from it. While comments range from support to swift, to saying that she is seeking attention when their are worse cases out there. (which is a bunch of shit. One woman’s assault should not be compared to another you ignorant fuck. I guess my uncle holding me to the floor while telling me I had to kiss him and rubbing my wrists raw from holding them so tight is something I should keep to myself because there are worse cases right?) Taylor was right on why anyone would want that picture and TMZ is the last place anyone would want sensitive information since they are known for making fun of any situation at hand.

Droids and Drones may break your bones
But Tech will never hurt you.

It’s not the Science which seeks to maim
‘Tis human hate and lust for fame.

Blame not technology my dear friend
Unfolded wings of horror.

When innocents die and soldiers fall and cities incinerate
Look long and hard upon your mirror - Man has sealed our fate.

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Graphic - Joshua Flint

Star Watch - Crystal Clear & The Hard Way

If you’re wondering why I’m late to the party with these, there’s an easy answer:  being an adult really sucks sometimes. I have to juggle a job, every-day things like hygiene/food intake/chores, and all my fandoms with what my brain has the energy or mood for, while knowing I only have so much time in the day to do these things. Do I feel like continuing my Yu Yu Hakusho marathon today, or do I want to watch something new? Do I want to browse the web after watching a 10-minute Star Vs episode, or do I want to plop down and not have to move for the entire time it takes me to watch an episode or two of Buffy before I have to go to bed so I can get up for work? 

Also, I don’t have cable, so I depend on people uploading new episodes. Usually I don’t have the opportunity to see them until a whole day later. To put it simply, it sucks.

Crystal Clear:

I have no idea what happens in this one because I managed to avoid every single spoiler for it! Horray!

[one episode-viewing later]

Uh. Ok. I see why a lot of people didn’t like this very much. And why people didn’t bother unleashing spoilers.

This episode was sort of slow, especially considering the Big Reveal was that “oh hey the big magic problem we’ve been having is getting worse, here’s the giant swirling green mass of magic to prove it”. Like we didn’t already know it was going to be a continuing problem from earlier this season. It did have its humorous moments, though, so it’s worth re-watching again later on, maybe post-season. Still, here’s the highlight reel of the important bits:

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U.S. Army Rangers hydrate with IVs on their way to rescue Marcus Luttrell (2005).

Special operations personnel (75th Rangers, Special Forces, SEALs) were dropped off via long rope and then hiked the mountains looking for the crash site and the original 4 man SEAL team. These Rangers walked for 46 hours, ran out of water, then continued to hydrate with IVs.

                                                     SITRI

He’s a great prince of Hell and he commands 60 legions of demons. He’s depicted with the face of a leopard and the wings of a griffin, but if the conjurer requests it, he changes into a very beautiful man.

Image: seal of demon Sitri 

Neo-Babylonian Cylinder Seal with Scorpion People

This seal is of pink chalcedony and dates circa 750-600 BC. It shows a man gripping the beards of two Scorpion Men. They have human heads, a scorpion body and tail, and avian legs and wings.  Scorpion People are featured in several Akkadian language myths, including the Enûma Elish and the Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. They were also known as aqrabuamelu or girtablilu.

Scorpion People were created by the goddess Tiamat to wage war against some younger gods for their betrayal of her mate, Apsu. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, they guard the gates belonging to the sun god, Shamash in the mountains of Mashu. These gates are the entrance to Kurnugi, a place described as the underworld in Babylonian mythology. The Scorpion People open the gates for Shamash each day as he travels out and they close them when he returns at night. They also warn travelers of the danger that lies beyond their post. The people of Mesopotamia invoked the Scorpion People as protection against the forces of evil.

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Lobo sings “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal

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This line, spoken when the Joker mistakenly believes Batman has been eliminated by a second-rate, run-of-the-mill, no-name thug, helped me gain a greater insight into the character and his motivations than perhaps anything he had ever said or done before. The Joker’s monumental ego shattered, he became and aimless, bewildered, and broken man. Deprvived of his ultimate goal of triumphing over his hatred archenemy once and for all, he had simply lost the will to live, or murder, or commit a crime of any kind, ever again. Oh sure, he would make an exception in the case of the crook who had stolen his thunder by bringing the Dark Knight, of course. In fact, after sealing this hapless man alive in a coffin, then plunging it into a vat of acid, the Joker actually rallies briefly, delivering a eulogy full of fire and brimstone, riddled with bitter contempt and words of vengeance. Temporarily satisfited, he does a complete emotional 180, declaring: “Well, that was fun! Who’s for Chinese?”.
Mark Hamill