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anonymous asked:

What's the best of the non novel Maggin stuff?

Lotta options there. Maggin’s easily top 5 Superman writers - I know many consider him the best period - and even outside Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday (or for that matter his other Superman prose pieces Luthor’s Gift and Starwinds Howl, or his excellent novelization of Kingdom Come), the guy churned out plenty of all-time great material.

The crowning jewel is The Living Legends of Superman in Superman #400, his take on how Superman’s legend endures in the mind of man over the course of centuries with an absolute murderer’s row of artists; if you only read one of his comics, make it this one. Must There Be A Superman? is another obvious one - it hasn’t aged spectacularly, but it’s still a seminal story for the character and genre as a whole. The Day The Cheering Stopped and The Greatest Green Lantern Of All were crucial to his framing of Superman in the larger DCU as a mythical figure even among superheroes, and he wrote a pair of the absolute best Lex stories of all time with The Luthor Nobody Knows and The Einstein Connection.

He wrote a ton of Superman comics besides, of varying degrees of quality; he was at the end of the day still writing mostly normal adventure stories for kids, and as such didn’t always get to flex his muscles here the way his fans know he could. Even those standard adventures often excelled though, enough to still stand out decades later; some of his more notable ‘throwaway’ comics less concerned with defining Superman forever so much as telling a nice little story would include Who Was That Dog I Saw You With Last Night? (a Krypto romance), I Flew With Superman (one of the best Earth-Prime stories cowritten with Cary Bates), I Can’t Go Home Again (a great tale of Clark Kent), and the original appearance of Superboy Prime. All of the stories mentioned here can be found on the invaluable Superman Through The Ages!, a site I’d recommend unreservedly to any fans of the character.

04 of 05 - Modern Compendium: Chaos - A Waste of Desert Sand - Kishin Nayenezgani

Way back in July 2015 when I posted Liberty, I mentioned that although she is a powerful figure of belief in modern life and a prominent Kishin, she wasn’t the most powerful member of her family. Well, at long last it is time to reveal the true leader of the Kishin family – Nayenezgani.

A seminal figure in Navajo mythology, Nayenezgani is a slayer of demons and defender of all humankind – his name literally means “Slayer of Alien Gods.” He and Tobadzistsini, who in some tellings is Nayenezgani’s brother, are gods of war as well as light and darkness, but their most prominent roles are as mythical heroes whose journeys bring them into conflict with demons, monsters, and fiends. Together they act as guardians of humanity against destructive forces of all kinds.

Although not at all well known to pop culture, Nayenezgani plays an important role in the story of the Modern Compendium. In a role similar to Commander Gore of Strange Journey or Kinap in Soul Hackers, Nayenezgani serves as a guide and ally to the player for most of the game, up until the point at which they choose an alignment. As a defender of humanity against alien gods, Nayenezgani would in fact be a penultimate boss fight on both the Chaos and Law routes, while joining the player as a party member in the Neutral route.

As the leader of an already powerful family and a major plot character and boss fight, Nayenezgani is a terrifyingly strong demon. Its resistances and movepool are amongst the best in the game, and yet its level is low enough to allow for flexibility in fusion and growth. Nayenezgani is a figure that fits the tone of Shin Megami Tensei shockingly well, and I’d love to see more Native American mythology featured in the series, so think of this as my contribution. ^^

For more info on this and every other demon in the Modern Compendium, have a look at our extensive and nearly complete Data File, right over (here).

5 Films That Will Inspire You to Leave Animals off the Menu

1. Earthlings
Inspiring countless people to ditch meat, this 2005 documentary narrated by famed actor Joaquin Phoenix explores our relationship with non-human animals, including those used in food production.

2. Forks Over Knives
Struggling with heart disease? Looking to reduce your risk of cancer? This film details the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including reduced risk and even reversal of most chronic diseases.

3. Speciesism: The Movie
This film addresses the core concepts of Peter Singer’s seminal book, Animal Liberation, with a touch of much-needed humor.

4. Cowspiracy
Released just last year, this documentary explains how our meat-heavy diets impact everything from climate change and species extinction to land and water wastage. You’ll never look at meat the same way again.

5. Vegucated
This film documents three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers on their journey towards a vegan diet, including the often humorous challenges they face along the way.

When I was in elementary school, there was an elderly teacher’s aide who was very strict but that I liked a lot because she talked to me about books.

When we were in third grade, and reading a book that touched on the Holocaust (I think it was Number the Stars), our teacher asked her to come and speak with us.

She came in, this strict but kind old woman, and she told us about being a little girl in Nazi Germany being raised by a single father, a professional bookbinder. She and her father, they sheltered Jews on their way out of the country. She told us about watching her father get beaten in front of her, and still the Nazis couldn’t find the Jews in their house. She told us this, and she cried. She told us she didn’t know if any of those people made it all the way out alive. Before the end of the war, her father was dead. And she was very proud of him.

I went home that day and told my parents about it. My dad told me about my grandfather, and his time in WWII. He was hard of hearing, bordering on deaf in later years, which made it very hard to get into the military, let alone advance. But he ended up an emotional expert surveyor, planning out strikes with math because they didn’t have computers yet. He was often in an enemy zone before everyone else.

So my dad went into the closet and pulled out a sword. A German ceremonial sword. The advance squad had run into a town and my grandpa led the fight that ended in their surrender, taking advantage of the element of surprise. And that was the sword they surrendered to him. He, a man who could barely hear them, heard the Nazi surrender.

And as a kid, I held the sword and it was very heavy. These days, it still is. My brother calls me and tells me he has registered on an underground network as a safe house, for muslims, for gay kids. He asks me for resources.

I have seen a lot of posts lately about the bomb threats against temples and the desecration of Jewish buildings. And I want all my Jewish followers to know that if they want to know if the non-Jews in here would hide them, I am one. I’m not Jewish but standing against nazis is in my blood. It should be in everyone’s.

Please know that you are not alone. These neo-nazis have so many targets based on race, nationality, sexuality. But I won’t forget that their anti-semitism is at the root of so much.

A birth control gel for men proved effective in preventing pregnancy — for monkeys

  • When tested on monkeys, Vasalgel — a long-lasting reversible contraceptive for men — proved entirely effective.
  • Vasalgel is a polymer gel that blocks sperm from swimming through the vas deferens, and may be effective for more than 10 years.
  • It doesn’t prevent ejaculation, but instead acts as a sort of sieve, separating sperm from seminal fluid.
  • In strictly scientific terms, it makes the male subject shoot blanks for as long as the gel remains in place. Read more

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Hockey Bromances

Though the term manspreading is a recent addition to the personal-is-political feminist lexicon, the posture itself has a history that spans centuries and continents. Compare Michelangelo’s David, extending his marble leg in nude confidence, to the Venus de Milo, coyly angling her knee toward her other leg. In ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy alike, the bodies of men have expanded to fill available space, and women have folded themselves inward.

Insofar as there is a scholarship of manspreading, German photographer Marianne Wex is a seminal thought-leader. Her 1979 book “Let’s Take Back Our Space: Female and Male Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures” is one of the most extensive pieces of visual research into men taking up way too much space ever published.

Billie Holiday by Ian Johnson

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.

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Caps warming up before a game @ Boston, circa 2009 

  • Backstrom hiding his hands in his sweater the entire time 
  • Ovi, forever refusing to wear anything that isn’t tight 
  • Semin in a hoodie and blowing into his hands 
  • Sergei Federov
  • They’re all so young I can’t take it 

silenthillcoffeebeans  asked:

i have a question abt ramadan, if u dont mind me asking !! how does the fasting work ? are you allowed to eat ? if so, when ? [ im curious but i wanna be respectful ;o; ]

Ramadan is a month within the Islamic Calender and the holiest of them, when this holy month falls, every Muslim in the world partake in a ritual called “Sawm” (=fasting), fasting is one of the pillars of Islam, therefore, it is incumbent on all able-bodied/sound-minded Muslims. 

The Muslim must fast from Sunrise to Sunset. Between the period of Sunset to Sunrise, a Muslim may do whatever they want. But during the period between Sunrise and Sunset, a Muslim is restricted from the following things:

Eating, Drinking, Sexual intercourse, Masturbating, smoking, deliberate inhalation of smoke (second-hand), remaining in the state of Janabah (uncleanliness due to seminal discharge) till dawn, taking injections whereby nourishing liquids reach the stomach, deliberate vomiting, blasphemy, intentionally passing an object through the throat or any other natural opening and travelling to a far distant place.
Some hadiths also state that Lying and Oppression/persecution will break the fast.

However, fasting does not only refer to what you consume, since it’s a month of spiritual and personal improvement. Therefore, the purpose of fasting is to - through the obedience to God - seek patience, to seek closeness to God, to eliminate bad habits, to reconcile with kins and friends and to improve your spiritual virtues. 

Once the holy month ends, we enter the holiday of Eid-al Fitr, which is the day the Qur’an was revealed, it is impermissible to fast on this day.

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“The series is unmistakably rooted in the grand tradition of seminal sitcom gal pals. Abbi and Ilana are essentially Laverne and Shirley with student loans, Mary and Rhoda with Instagram accounts, or a fully liberated Lucy and Ethel, unmarried and unbound from the homestead but still ready to wander into all sorts of impossible comedic fuck-ups and slapstick shenanigans in a cranked-up New York City. Like their predecessors, they’re hilarious performers: Jacobson is effortlessly perfecting the underrated art of cheeky insecurity on a weekly basis and Glazer remains the single most creative line-reader on television, as well as a springy physical performer whose head of curls can garner more laughs with one furious bounce than entire seasons of ongoing CBS sitcoms.” — Matthew Eng

Happy Birthday, Abbi Jacobson!

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