story of the human body

anonymous asked:

I once discussed with some rightwinged people about ethnicity. And they said that blacks were a "subhuman" race because they are "obviously" less intelligent than other ethnic groups and that they never invented something or had a culture as Europeans or Persian cultures. But I honestly didn't have a good answer. Do you have some resources on why blacks haven't made such things in comparison to other ethnic groups?

I’m not going to pretend that I’m surprised or shocked to hear this because I, too, live in America, and have encountered this from Conservative Republicans aka Conservative Christians aka Evangelicals aka oblivious racists who claim they aren’t racist because they either have a black friend or have / “know” (talk to, from time to time) some black people in their lives (who have absolutely no idea how racist they are because the don’t actually “know” them, they simply hold basic, watered-down conversations with no substance that allows said white person to be chummy without actually divulging anything about themselves. That being said… 

Point any racist but “totally not racist” people to the ‘List of African-American inventors and scientists’ on Wikipedia; The Black inventor Online Museum because that’s a thing; and I also recommend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s beautiful and enlightening kid-friendly book ‘What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors’ (image below): 

Share with them the ‘History of science and technology in Africa’ on Wikipedia; and for those you encounter who know that there are such things as libraries and museums but can’t seem to you know, make an effort to actually visit them, there’s a resource for that provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services called, appropriately, ‘The Digital Public Library of America’ which permits you to look up local libraries nearest you via address or zip code.

Find Your Library (alternative sources here, here, and here)

Below are some recommended educational programs I highly recommend as well, for the “visual learner”….

FIRST PEOPLES (PBS)

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant. 

Review here.

BECOMING HUMAN (NOVA)

Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA’s comprehensive, three-part special, “Becoming Human,” examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors.

Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a CSI-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. The programs were shot “in the trenches” where discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe. Dry bones spring back to life with stunning computer-generated animation and prosthetics. Fossils not only give us clues to what early hominids looked like, but, with the aid of ingenious new lab techniques, how they lived and how we became the creative, thinking humans of today.

Review here.

THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN JOURNEY (BBC)

A five-episode, 300 minute, science documentary film presented by Alice Roberts, based on her related book. The film was first broadcast on BBC television in May and June 2009 in the UK. It explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory. This theory claims that all modern humans are descended from anatomically modern African Homo sapiens rather than from the more archaic European and Middle Eastern Homo neanderthalensis or the indigenous Chinese Homo pekinensis, and that the modern African Homo sapiens did not interbreed with the other species of genus Homo. Each episode concerns a different continent, and the series features scenes filmed on location in each of the continents featured.

Related review of Alice Roberts’ book by the same name of which this program was adapted, here.

ORIGINS OF US (BBC)

Science series telling the story of human evolution through changes in human anatomy, examining how the human body has adapted through seven million years of evolution.

PREHISTORIC AUTOPSY (BBC)

A journey into our evolutionary past, piecing together the bodies of our prehistoric family, discussing the remains of early hominins such as Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus afarensis.

‘CHILDREN OF AFRICA (THE STORY OF US)’ (melodysheep)

With referenced material from BBC Incredible Human Journey, BBC Ascent of Man, BBC Life of Mammals, BBC Human Planet, BBC Walking With Cavemen, and excerpts from various lectures, ‘Children of Africa’ is a musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructive tendencies and deep similarities with other primates. Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough.


ORIGINS: THE JOURNEY OF HUMANKIND (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

Hosted by Jason Silva, Origins: The Journey of Humankind rewinds all the way back to the beginning and traces the innovations that made us modern.

Related interview/reviews here, here, here, and here.

‘ORIGINS’ ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER PRODUCED BY MELODYSHEEP


Of course, I could go on and on and on referencing various resources to provide people who have unintentionally “inherited” this perspective or who are stuck in a feedback loop within their echo chamber of ignorance, but let’s be honest, the only thing that can actually influence impactful change into a racist person’s mind is the will to self educate, and personal human experience obtained from intimate conversation with diverse ethnicities and cultures. I do hope this helps.

Alien learns about Sign Language

[I saw some obvious errors and other confusing stuff and here is a better version]

Zort loved to learn about humans and has read many stories about humans, including about humans and body language https://humans-are-seriously-weird.tumblr.com/post/159843811389/humans-are-space-orcs-with-pack-bonding-and

Zort has been studying human for years and finally gets to meet many humans at a human held conference about alien relationships.

Zort is excited, he learned of things like the “shrugs,” “smiles,” and even “glances.” So he can understand human better at the conference or as the human call it “Con.”

At the first day of the “Con,” Zort going to meet up with his designated liaison “Susan,” to start the day.

At the first panel on “Foods most species can consume.” Zort see a person standing to the side of the table at the front. As the people speak, that person make many hand motions.
Zort doesn’t understand this body language. He know of several uses of hands to communication, but this goes far beyond that. The person hand and arms move around a lot and touch their head and make motions around their head and chest and out. Zort was so fascinated he didn’t pay attention to the panel.

After the panel, Zort turns to Susan and ask “What was that person standing to the side doing? Their movement is more than what I know of the “body language” of humans.”

Susan does the face that Zort has learned means “confused, not understanding, puzzlement.” then her face changed to “understand, enlightenment.” and Susan says “Oh, right, as the panel went on, I forgot she was there. She is a sign language interpreter. She take what is spoken and translated into sign language so that deaf or hard of hearing people in the audience can understand.”

Zort “Deaf? Hard of hearing? There are being here who are like that? Being who are like that can only communicate through writing. The movement mean words?!”
Susan “Yes, the movement means words. They can communicate with writing, but when in a group it easier if some people can translate it into sometimes easier. It is a whole language using just hands.”
Susan holds up her right appendage and curls down the two fingers farthest from the thumb and with the two fingers closest and holding them together, brings them to the thumb. This means “No.”

moves her hands into a fist and moves the fist up and down “Yes.”

“Without moving the fist, just the hand like this means the letter A.” and B is… Wow, it’ s been a long time since I learned the sign language alphabet.”

Susan “Why don’t I see if the sign language interpreter would be willing to speak with you?”

Zort said “Yes, please let me speak with her.” Then remembered that nodding with one head can mean “Yes.” and to show eagerness and moved its large head up and down many times to show how much he wanted this. Which causes several being around to move a little away from Zort.

EXO 101: A Crash Course

Park Chanyeol 

Originally posted by megglesbagels

Soft baby by day, sexy mofo by night. Can do everything?? Sing, rap, dance, cook, act, write and produce music, play the guitar (classical, spanish, lead, and rhythm omg) and the piano and the drums, has the body of an elf king. He’s also AMAZING with children as shown [here - skip to 12:17 and WATCH you won’t regret it] and dogs too! All animals really. He’s Korean Snow White. With abs. And if Snow White was extra. 

Also the kindest soul ever. He’s always smiling, even when he’s down. He literally said, and I quote; “No matter how difficult something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot.” His then-girlfriend nicknamed him “Happy Virus.” Constantly buys his members gifts, is very tall (well over six feet), and he’s the most extroverted and sociable person - actually friends with everyone. 10/10 amazing human.  


Byun Baekhyun

Originally posted by junhyyo

Don’t let him fool you!!! He looks soft but he will fuck you up with his cheeky lil smile and pelvic sorcery and unearthly vocals and uGH. His wit is unparalleled like omg, so sassy and hilarious and sharp. Also a huge nerd when it comes to anime, manga, and video games. Once gave a picture of himself to another member as a gift, the lil shit.  

He’s incredibly passionate about his career and his members, and I think it was Kyungsoo who said that it’s Baek who keeps them all together at times. In summary: Byun Baekhyun is what happens when a demon and an angel do the do. 


D.O./Do Kyungsoo:

Originally posted by sehuntiful

Do Kyungsoo? More like Do Me, Kyungsoo. I’m sorry I’m so thirsty Ksoo…I don’t even know where to begin with this one. First of all, he single-handedly saved the human race from extinction with his voice. He’s savage af, so much so that he’s affectionately nicknamed “Satansoo” and he will smack a bitch. He’s also so soft and squishy at the same time, you’ll get whiplash. And his acTING. Lord in heaven. And I believe he didn’t even have acting lessons?? The nerve of him. He, too, is sex on legs, and he might be quieter than the others, but y’all best listen when he talks cause boy bout to spill the tea. 

He’s also very paternal in that he takes care of the other members a lot, like when Kai, his roommate, isn’t feeling well, he’ll care for him or go out to get food for him. And he can cook really well. I’m gonna stop now before I end up writing an entire dissertation ;’)


Lay/Zhang Yixing

Originally posted by glorious-soobooty

ALSO NOT PURE ABORT ABORT THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Oh my god. Anyway. Zhang Yixing is the perfect contradiction. On the one hand, he’s an actual baby lamb - laugh and all. On the other hand, he’s the human embodiment of the NC-17 rating. Like, hide yo kids. Yixing is also one of the Chinese members of EXO, so he often leaves to promote his solo music which is in Chinese, and he works so incredibly hard and deserves all the success. He also writes the lyrics, and composes and arranges the music! 

And…his dancing. Proof that god exists. There is literally no part of his body that Yixing does not have absolute command over - and you can see it because he is so precise, confident, and sexy. :’) 


Suho/Kim Junmyeon

Originally posted by oohsehunnies

I actually had to cover his face while writing this because holy–

Yup. Moving on. 

Actually, back to his face (and the rest of him): Remember when Da Vinci was conceptualizing the Vitruvian Man (lol only 90′s kids will remember…1490′s kids, that is). You know that picture of the guy with another pair of arms and legs superimposed on him, inside a circle? The drawing theorizing the ideal proportions of the human body? Yup, true story: Junmyeon was Da Vinci’s muse. Suho’s face is so symmetrical, it inspired mathematicians to write the golden ratio. He is a genetic miracle, a statistical outlier, a national treasure–

Anyway *sweats*. ALSO. Let’s talk about his personality. Myeon is the mom of EXO, the leader, so he’s naturally very parental. He actually chose the stage name “Suho” because it means guardian. He always does his best to keep his kids the members together and doing what they need to be doing. Always pays for things ($Junmoney$), and is the person a lot of them confide in and go to for comfort or advice, especially Sehun. 

He’s such a dad too - like his dad joke ratings are off the charts. 10/10 would build you a tree house and tuck you in at night. 


Oh Sehun

Originally posted by sehurn

Maknae. Icon. Legend. Used to have a lisp. 

People sometimes think he’s cold or reserved because of his face, but as you can see in the gif, he’s literal sunshine. He once cried on stage because he was knocked on the head by a camera - but he wasn’t crying because the injury hurt, he was crying because he wasn’t allowed to perform because of it, and he felt like he was disappointing his fans. He also cried during a radio show when asked about his other members - he said every night before he falls asleep, he prays for them and he prays that they all stay together and are successful and happy. And now I’m crying. 

Everyone is in love with him

His dancing resurrected me from the dead, put my children through college, and ended world hunger because damn we are fed when that boy moves. 

Sehun was once invited to Paris for a Louis Vuitton fashion show and became king of France. I’m not kidding. All he did was show up, and there was a huge crowd already there to greet him as if he were royalty, and he was voted best dressed at the show by Vogue. He went to the Louvre, and people were studying and appreciating him, the actual art.  


Chen/Kim Jongdae

Originally posted by dayafterdae

Ah, little dino bby. He’s iconic for many reasons: 

1) His smile. It curls up at the corners like this :}

2) When he laughs, he literally goes HAHAHAHAHA like wow, amazing, I want this as my ringtone

3) He screams a lot. Nickelodeon once made a show about him called Jongdae: The Last Pterodactyl

4) HIS VOCALS. Un-freaking-believable. He’s the male version of Mariah Carey. 

5) Speaks really good Chinese! (He’s Korean) 

6) An amazing human?? He donates to charity so often and he doesn’t do it for publicity either. He takes good care of the other members too. 

Jongdae, let me put a ring on it. 


Xiumin/Kim Minseok

Originally posted by dazzlingkai

HERE WE GO. My precious boy :’)

Minseok. The eldest. Also known as the best person to ever exist. Like Kyungsoo, he doesn’t talk much because he’s a shy lil bean, but once he warms up to you, the things that come out of his mouth are so deep and cute and funny and wowow I want ten of him

Is the least likely to cry

Was chubby (and so adorable!!) as a little kid, and now he has a six pack. Because of his weight as a kid though, he has spoken many times about the issue of body shaming and how people’s perceptions of a person shift based on how they look. He once said these words that made my cold, dead heart beat again: “I don’t have an ideal type. If our hearts match well, then she will look pretty to me.” 

Has the strongest arms in EXO. They all arm wrestled and he won and it was the funniest thing ever. 

Is not only an idol, he’s also getting his Ph.D. Dr. Kim. I can’t believe….

Wants to open his own coffee shop, and I don’t drink coffee, but I would chug any dish-water-coffee-grinds-filth that he would serve me because damn I love him. 


Kai/Kim Jongin

Originally posted by dazzlingkai

R00D MOTHERF*CKER. 

The Bias Wrecker. Or just your bias, plain and simple 

Kim Jongin is one of nature’s greatest accomplishments. His gams are the eighth wonder of the world - and he puts them to use when he dances, like please kick me in the face with those omfg 

His laugh. Astounding. Also don’t stand too close when he laughs because he will hit you. It’s just what he does lmao

He’s basically a hip young old man - so hot but so sleepy. He’ll sleep at any given opportunity. 

Very fond of fried chicken. And dogs. But not in terms of eating, for the latter

Learned ballet for ten years and it shows, and I just wANT TO SEE HIM IN A LEOTARD DAMMIT

He has darker skin than the other members which people used to make fun of him for and still do comment on, but he says he loves it and he is proud of his body :’) we are too bby!!


Other random facts

EXO originally had 12 members but 3 left and we’re not going to talk about it okay? okay

- Chen and Xiumin are married best friends. Xiumin actually said in an interview that Chen is “like my wife” 

- Sehun is now officially Lord Oh Sehun of Glencoe, Scotland because his fans are the most Extra and purchased the estate for his birthday :’) 

- Chanyeol once folded one hundred paper cranes for his girlfriend as a gift, but in the middle of doing this, she called him and broke up with him

- Baekhyun can’t cook for shit but at least he’s pretty 

- Kai is dating F(X)’s Krystal 

- Kyungsoo once said to the camera that he is “not pure” 

- Yixing starred in a gay sci-fi movie where he and this other dude have a baby

- Suho is a health nut. Just like how girls always have pads and tampons on them, Suho has multivitamins 


For @the-porcelain-doll-xo because I’m the friend that wants to drag you into hell with me, and I can’t wait for you to get into EXO ahhhhh ily <33

anonymous asked:

Im sorry, but The Major's cyborg body being Asian would work against the meaning of Ghost in the Shell, the idea of having your identity ripped away from you is lessened when your fake body looks like your real body. I can understand being angry at a movie like Death Note when an entire cast of obvious Japanese characters are turned American, but The Major's body is manufactured to the will of someone else, she had no freedom of choice.

Because a Japanese woman is representative of all Asians right?

Let’s look at some source material:

  • In the philosophy section, it says, “What exactly is the definition of human in a society where a mind can be copied and the body replaced with a fully synthetic body? What, exactly, is the ‘ghost’ – the essence – in the cybernetic ‘shell’? Where is the boundary between human and machine when the differences between the two become more philosophical than physical?”

Nowhere does it state in its philosophy that it’s about “the idea of having your identity ripped away from you is lessened when your fake body looks like your real body.” BUT if we decide to go by your argument, we actually don’t know what Motoko’s “real” body looks like therefore, ANY Japanese woman can play as her and it would not lesson the theme of having one’s mind being copied and/or body replaced. As long as the body itself is fully synthetic that’s all that matters, which does NOT rule out the idea that any Japanese woman can play as her.

  • In the humanity section, it says, “Throughout the story the cyborg characters, being more or less a human brain with a manufactured body, contemplate individually and together what being human really is, and how a soul or ghost is truly defined.”

As you can see, it’s not about how one’s manufactured body looks like, it’s about finding out what being human is and how their ghost (consciousness) is defined, during a time where minds and bodies can be copied and replaced. So for the second time, Motoko can be played by a Japanese woman and it would not take away from these themes.


Now, let’s go into some background setting to see if Motoko should be white:

  • In the setting section, it says, “The series focuses on Japan, but several other nations figure prominently in some stories. The world of Ghost in the Shell features significant advances in technology. …  Japan is a major world power, having gained equal footing with the descendant countries of the former United States. This status is very much the result of its scientific and technological prowess…”

So we can confirm the entire story takes place in future Japan and is based on its scientific and technological advances. NOT in America, NOT in any country in Europe, and NOT in any other predominately white country.

  • It later says, “The demographics of Japan have been shaken by the post-war influx of Asian refugees…and leads to ethnic tensions. Their presence and status constitute a major national political issue.”

So not only is the Americanized movie wrong with all those white people, but it should be full of mostly Asian people, especially of other ethnic groups in addition to Japanese.

  • The setting also says that, “The American Empire is the only successor state to play a major role in world politics. Its government seems driven by a desire to restore its diminished power and prestige, towards which end it adopts a policy of militarist aggression and open imperialism, directed primarily against Latin America. …  Due to war damage inflicted on its economy and its weakened political position, the American Empire enters into a security pact with Japan.”

From this, we can conclude that America is somewhat “weaker” than Japan in terms of political and economical power (and technology) and is directing its military aggression and imperialism primarily on Latin America.

  • There is NO mention of Europe “except” for the Russo-American Alliance and the Ameri-Soviet Union, both of which were originally part of the US. There is NO mention of any other predominately white country either.

So overall, it’s difficult to logically comprehend and assume that Motoko should be white, both in the source material and in the Americanized movie. If we are going by a logical assumption, it would be safer to assume Motoko is Japanese. I mean come on, how many white “Motoko Kusanagis” do you know?


Now, let’s talk about the Americanized movie *SPOILERS*:

That is literally the textbook definition of whitewashing. I know you’re probably angry now but sorry. Welcome to my world by the way.

Angry Asian Guy

Magic is real.

My favorite thing about fairytales is they tell you that your power comes from believing in yourself and taking control of your mind. And a lot of people write that concept off as childish and idealistic, but it’s not, it’s real. We have scientifically shown that our minds can have profound power over our bodies. And yeah there are limits, but magic has limits too.

Humanity has magic, and we don’t even acknowledge it.

Excerpt from a story that I will never write

Caution: Gore, brutality

He never knew that the human body could hold that much red. 

Red: splattering the walls in arcs, from cut arteries

Red: covering the familiar color of his skin

Red: draped over everything, like the silence that had overcome the room.

He had always thought the he’d look good in red. It was the opposite of the usual blue he wore; blue like the ocean, and red like fire. But not like this. 

Tentatively, he crosses the room to the table. Lance isn’t moving, but that doesn’t mean that he’s dead, right? You can survive a cut artery if it’s treated correctly, and come on, these are advanced aliens here. They have to know how to keep him alive right?

He stares down at Lance, at the shredded clothing stuck to his skin, at his arms, which are strapped down and almost covered by the sheer amount of IV’s covering them. His pants are still on thankfully, but they too are cut and pulled away, leaving only the bare minimum covered. Keith isn’t sure what to touch. He wants to stroke his face, whisper to him that he’ll be alright, but is he even breathing? 

Pidge stands on the other side of him, clutching the medical bag that they found in the hallway. Her hands shake, at first almost unnoticeably, but as she opens the bag, she can barely grasp the instrument. 

“He’s fine.” Keith asserts, his voice cracking. “He’ll be fine.”

Pidge sniffles and nods, and then raises what looks like a thermometer to his chest, above his heart. It’s silent for a moment, and then they hear it: the subtle ba-dump of a heart  beat, much too quiet and sparse to be normal. 

“He’s alive.” Pidge says, relief evident in her voice. “He’s weak, but his heart is beating.” His heart is barely beating, and Keith can’t do anything but watch.

Keith never thought that he could be so angry to see Lance in red. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm writing a fantasy series about six teenagers who survive a shipwreck and wash up on an island where their dreams (and nightmares) come true. This is set present-day. I was wondering if you had any survivalist tips on how to make it more realistic. This could include like how long people can survive without water / food / sun poisoning / etc, basically anything that teenagers stranded on an island would face to make the story a lot more plausible even though it's magical realism. :)

Hi, I’d be happy to help!

People can live without food for three weeks at maximum, although those three weeks would by no means be pleasant. They would experience symptoms of malnutrition, which include but undoubtedly are not limited to: dropping weight, fatigue and physical weakness, mental confusion and poor concentration, bleeding from the mouth and gums, changes in mood such as lethargy and irritability, and (after, say, a week or so with no food whatsoever) a loss of any appetite at all (source).

Water, however, is a completely different story. Because the human body is about 60% water, humans need to take in water on a regular basis to keep our blood thin enough to circulate and to expel toxins by way of sweat/urination. A human could survive three days without water, and the last two to two and a half of them would be miserable. They would suffer from dehydration, symptoms of which include thirst, decreased urine output, darker urine, dry mouth, decreased sweat output, muscle cramps, nausea/vomiting, heart palpitations/a higher heart rate, lightheadedness (especially when standing), confusion, and physical weakness. If they don’t get water in time, organ failure will take place, leading to death (source).

Sun poisoning (also called photodermatitis), is “a form of allergic contact in which the allergen must be activated by light to sensitize the allergic response, and to cause a rash or other systemic effects on subsequent exposure”. Syptoms include skin tenderness, fever and/or chills, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and dehydration. Although it’s rare for victims of sun poisoning to die, the condition shouldn’t be taken lightly, because it can lead to “various levels of damage and deterioration of the skin”.

Don’t forget to take wildlife into account (vegetation as well, but we’ll get to that in a second). What, if any, animals live on the island? Are they dangerous, or do they live and let live? Since your island is a magical place, it’s possible wildlife doesn’t live there – I’m sure your characters’ nightmares would be a sufficient enough challenge without adding carnivorous beasts (although you definitely can, if you’d like to!).

Vegetation would also be good to check into – depending on how long your characters are on the island, they’ll need to eat something, or they’ll die (even if they’re not on the island long enough to die of malnutrition, how can they fight and win if they’re weak with hunger)? Tropical vegetation (I’m just assuming your island is tropical) is more diverse than vegetation in other ecosystems, due to the year-round warm climates, and often is brightly-colored – which, don’t forget, can mean danger or poison. So your characters should be careful of what plants they eat, lest they accidentally poison themselves.

I think that’s it. I hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask! - @authors-haven

anonymous asked:

Why is it that like 80% of your stories are about insects and worms and shit like that in human bodies? I mean yeah that's unsettling but it becomes too predictable after a while like I'll sometimes know what the story is about just from its title (like the one with exotic food or the girl with acne) cause you use this so often. I mean dude I really don't wanna sound rude or something but maybe enough of bug horror?

Maybe you should read the 150-or-so that aren’t about those things.

aesthilia  asked:

It's funny, I was just re-reading Son of Man because of the updated cover and I realised the reason the adjustment-to-humanity scenes were familiar is because they reminded me of the bits in Reaper Man and Thief of Time with Death and Myria

Which is so interesting, because the Death books are the Discworld books that I have the weakest relationship to – I rarely read them and when I do I tend to find them a bit impenetrable (especially Thief of Time, which apparently is in part because I haven’t seen Reservoir Dogs). But at the same time I also think the Death books were a series of really great studies in something that interests me a lot, which is the deconstruction of mythology. The Death books are constant examinations of human ritual and its purpose, and I love that, but I still struggle a lot with the books themselves. 

I do think Son Of Man is in some ways an examination of human ritual, on its way to the major point, which was to turn the Pinocchio idea on its head. I wanted to write about an artificial intelligence that didn’t want to be human – I love stories of artificial intelligences that gain bodies, don’t get me wrong, and Data and his burning desire to understand humanity was my favorite Star Trek character ever. I just thought it would be really fun to reverse that idea – but in so doing of course you have to bring a sort of alien viewpoint to humanity, which is where the exploring-what-being-a-human means stuff comes in. 

Perhaps it’s partly that Death, like JARVIS, is the creation of humanity, but doesn’t, in the end, want to be human. And I think it’s a challenge to write that, because as humans we don’t like the idea of our circumstances of existence being rejected.  

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Angel in Columbus form

After Columbus recruits Angel as a starguardian, the two are ready to purify corrputed stars. Columbus is disabled at the moment and so infuses her magic with Angel’s strong soul. Their two souls combine together with great harmony. Angel becomes a demigod at this point; able to perform magic but still in a human, physical body.

Through out the story, Angel will assume the magic of stars which will grant him powers in theme of the star derived from. I’m really excited to come up with all the stars and Angel’s abilities and appearances from them.

ABC’s of Shapeshifter Lore

S is for Selkie: Selkies (also spelled silkies, selchies; Irish/Scottish Gaelic: selchidh, Scots: selkie fowk) are mythological creatures found in Scottish, Irish, and Faroese folklore. Similar creatures are described in the Icelandic traditions. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal). Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend is apparently most common in Orkney and Shetland and is very similar to those of swan maidens.

Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form, and having great seductive powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their life, such as married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she must shed seven tears into the sea. If a man steals a female selkie’s skin she is in his power and is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. If she finds her skin she will immediately return to her true home, and sometimes to her selkie husband, in the sea. Sometimes, a selkie maiden is taken as a wife by a human man and she has several children by him. In these stories, it is one of her children who discovers her sealskin (often unwitting of its significance) and she soon returns to the sea. The selkie woman usually avoids seeing her human husband again but is sometimes shown visiting her children and playing with them in the waves.

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ADVENTURE PART: Human Anatomy Model (0:00 - 2:36) & Tacit Understanding (2:37 - 4:42)

Other parts: Festival || Oikawa & Iwaizumi || Kuroo & Kenma || Bokuto & Akaashi

There is a protagonist in the game (that we play as) and he’s not voiced by anyone so it’s not a mistake or anything if the video doesn’t have a sound at his part. To be convenient, I will refer him as [Protagonist]

() = Thought


Part 1: Human Anatomy Model

Narration: The conversation the protagonist has with Kuroo by showing the “human anatomy model”…?

Kuroo: A human anatomy model… You’re bringing another weird thing…
Protagonist: I found it by chance so I brought it in.
Kuroo: It’s good timing then. I’ll explain about Nekoma’s strength with this.
Protagonist: Eh? With the model?
Suga: Hee, what does that mean?
Kenma: He’s just joking around.
Kuroo: It’s unthinkable that it’s a joke. It’s an earnest story.

(Kuroo-san pulls the model away from me.)

Kuroo: First, this is Kenma. 

(He says, as he points at the brain.)

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some old doods of this HumanBill of mine

just wears some kind of poncho suit and 97% sure he aint got a body underneath it

anonymous asked:

Why did you name the comic "The Settlers"?

Good question. My story names are sort of just.. random vaguely related things I slap on then they end up sticking. I knew I wanted this story to be about demons inhabiting the bodies of humans. So, like taking over, staking claim to the land. The Settlers. Get used to being the new person, settle in. It was those two ideas combined in one and it sounded familiar to something like, “The Invaders” which is similar but too sci fi. 

Hey! read please! :D

Sooooo… I’m gonna explain a little the story with Anxiety and Sadness:

When certain humans die, their body are retained in another wordl parallel to ours. Then, they are transformed in a kind of monster spirit which represents the feeling which dominated mainly their lives. A “master”, that they don’t know, force them to take the place of the old “distributors of feelings” who work in the human wordl. If they don’t want… the master kill them and broke their souls. then, one or too monster spirit (two is mostly rare) are in charge of taking care a human, They supply him the feeling that they represent them. Their lifes expectancy is of 100 years,      They don’t change of appearance when they get old, it’s just them stones on the chest which gets damaged and when they are atteind 100 years old, their stones break immediately and they die for real…When they agree to work as “ distributors of feelings ”, the master supplied them a house.

Here, thanks for reading, I know it was long to explain XD

Stardust

Science tells me I am made of stardust,
And if I wasn’t so dull I would agree.
But from the looks of my test and quizzes,
And the faces of dissatisfaction from my teachers,
I know that I am not bright.

I dream of being made of space,
But I am too full of sadness and broken hearts.
Being made of planets is so peaceful.
I am made of rocks unturned,
Air not breathed,
Life not found.
I have had all of this compressed into my soul and body.
I am untouched.

So now, here I stand, asking you to take me.
Hold my entire being.
Allow me to be your galaxy.
I am asking if you’d unturn me,
Breathe me in,
Find my life and cherish it.
I have been so compressed,
Let me explode.

You’ve given me a light brighter than stars.
I have felt so cold here for too long.
You take my hands, and warm them with your own life.
My home feels warmer than Mercury.
You gave me the inspiration I needed to draw rings around me.
My heart feels larger than Jupiter.
You have made me a universe, when I felt like
Emptiness.

Kita

it’s idony! the other member of the lilith system, and the original. tender and quiet and she remembers everything bad that happened before, but not… everything that’s happening now. that’s part of azrael’s job. (consequently, he remembers little to nothing of that time that she does, and is forced to focus on the present and the future more)

her real appearance is on the left, and the one she takes for most of the story is on the right. as star spirits, their body can shapeshift through human forms (it isnt unique to the two of them), but idony leaves azrael’s forms as is most of the time and only turns the eyes green (and in this case, unrolls the sleeves and removes the gloves). as they become more safe, she starts to show herself and her real appearance more

ticksan  asked:

He y! I just saw your hp au for op and was wondering, is there more, hp aus are like my life blood id love to read more??

luffy’s a pureblood hufflepuff, but ok, ok, hear me out. he’s absolutely the most accepting, honest, You Mess With My Squad I’ll Fuck You UP sweetheart. #posselife #aintnoonefresherthanmymotherfuckinclique

  • his favorite part of being a hufflepuff is how close the common room is located to the kitchens.
    • the tontattas working there bake him a cake for his birthdays. the other hogwarts students wonder how???? does he do it??
  • hobbies include: ambushing irritated ravenclaw traffy with prank spells, talking to strangers aka future friends amirite, and out-eating everyone in the great hall (they actually had a competition once. nami won 50 galleons off that stomach.)
  • everyone is scared of sitting next to luffy during potions. it could literally be a life-or-death gamble.
  • trained to be a duelist at an early age. he’s learned both dark and anti-dark magic, how best to take down a wizard efficiently, and how to physically fight without his wand, if it ever fails him.
  • a redwood wand [falls on their feet, intuitive, turns catastrophe into fortune]
  • he’s got the most $$$, his famous auror grandpappy pays for his schooling.
  • really agile, fast-reflex flier, played keeper for a few years but was banned after all the fights he started on the pitch because of cheating fouls and unfair ref calls. this hufflepuff takes no shit.
  • he’ll make friends out of LITERALLY every magical creature. he flies on hippogriffs in his first year. levels up to dragon in his fourth. he’s even hitched a ride with the squid in the great lake. (and later, threstrals, but that’s a sadder story.)
  • luffy spent yeeears honing a super complex human transfiguration spell that makes his body rubber.
    • it’s useless.
  • luffy and zoro both drop out after their fifth year, when their grades aren’t good enough to keep up with the curriculum. they stay at nojiko’s place for a while (neither of them wanting to go back home), helping out with the tangerine farm, but then go their separate ways.
    • luffy spends a year participating in underground dueling matches. it takes a few loose teeth and bruised bones, but he saves enough to buy the object of his dreams: a ship.

zoro’s the meanest-looking slytherin. period. end sentence. crumple up paper. fling table out window. goodbye.

  • beater of slytherin’s quidditch team. he uses three bats, one in each hand + one between his teeth. says he gets better momentum that way, and the slytherin team argues hard to allow him on the field if not for the fact that zoro can typically scare away most of the other team just by flying at them
  • obsessed with magical swords. the best grade he ever got was on his history of magic essay about wizard samurai (and it really was a great essay).
  • u can bribe him to do anything with butterbeer and firewhiskey whoops  
  • zoro gets the physical aspects of spellcasting - hexes, jinxes, charms, hand movements, roars out spells with conviction - but fails spectacularly at the academic side. was splinched over a dozen times because he just can’t grasp apparation.
  • his wand is probably cherry wood and dragon heartstring, or something equally as powerful; it was kuina’s before she died, and zoro spent years determined to win its allegiance.
  • after he drops out of hogwarts, zoro gets lost on the way to the pub and ends up as a traveling duelist wandering all over the world. he stumbles into a quidditch match and a few months later, wins the world cup as the three-bat beater of the namibian quidditch team.
    • he quits a few weeks later (when all the firewhiskey runs out) and calls up luffy.
      • ‘what? you’ve got a ship now? why the hell didn’t you tell me sooner? fuck this, i’m coming back home.’

nami’s a slytherin, who has grades as good as any ravenclaw all across the board, with the highest marks in astronomy since galileo! probably.

  • got a looot of shit from pureblood idealists, because she’s so vocally pro-muggleborn. luffy and zoro were the first to stick up for her (landing in the infirmary, but taking five of ‘em with them), and nami falls in step with these recklessly kind boys.
  • nami and zoro consider themselves muggleborn (and are, actually, though neither of them know it, being orphans). they both grew up in poor muggle areas, and highly respect that part of each other.
  • her wand is made out of wood from tangerine trees. it was bell-mere’s (and it smells like home).
  • very very twitchy around merfolk.  
  • she’s determined to get a fantastic financial job at gringotts after she graduates, in order to help out her family.
    • seeing as how none of them have the money$ (well, luffy does, but this is way more fun), nami is the strategist of the gang as they acquire hogsmeade candies and other paraphernalia through more unscrupulous means.
  • she makes up for her lack of battle reflexes with a deep understanding of magical theory, crazy advanced weather spells she invented herself, and a knack for dirty tricks. she gives the boys a run for their money when they practice dueling.
  • nami lands the gringotts job right after she graduates, but becomes disillusioned by the greediness of the corporate system and the hypocrisy that wizard financiers called themselves more virtuous than muggle ones. it takes watching the namibian team win the world cup against the americans for her to break. she sends her paychecks home to nojiko, then delivers records of embezzlement, laundering, and conspiracy to commit fraud to all the newspapers in wizarding england, before setting her resignation letter on her boss’s desk.
    • after which she catches up to luffy, zoro, and usopp and hugs them so hard they can’t breathe.

usopp is a half-blood gryffindor, and he tries hard, he tries really really hard to live up to his house.

  • he stays at hogwarts over the summer, having no family members to take him in. looks after the grounds and feeds all the magical creatures. hangs out with the other homeless students and starts ‘an eight thousand strong pirate crew’.
  • he writes. a lot. usopp sends a letter to kaya every week. he writes his mom and stores them under his desk. he writes his dad and uses it as tinder in the fireplace. he frequents the owlery and writes anonymous valentine’s day cards for the quiet students, the students who think they’re invisible. he writes howlers for bullies. he writes to the quibbler on odd sightings around hogwarts, the 7 mysterious wonders of hogsmeade.
    • usopp really likes the quibbler.
  • (first wand) willow, passed down from his mother [insecurity, great potential]; (second) cedar [strength of character, loyalty]
  • he skates by in history of magic because of the oddest occurrences where he’ll bullshit something on a test and it’ll turn out to be ‘a great analysis of medieval wizard primogeniture laws in the twelfth century’
    • his divination marks are so good for the same reason
  • tries out for quidditch every year. never makes it.
    • turns out usopp has brilliant aim and can clear a shot thirty yards from a goal, only he messes up in front of crowds out of nervousness. he’s a great chaser in a team with zoro, luffy, nami (the sneakiest seeker, it’ll be ten minutes before anyone’s realized the match is over), and sanji (who has a habit of kicking the quaffle through the goalpost - french, zoro sneers)
  • he and nami don’t take it well when zoro and luffy leave. she throws herself into her studies, secluding herself, and usopp is left feeling… empty.
  • day of his n.e.w.t’s, he stands up in the middle of the exam, walks out, packs up all his things, and flags down the knight bus. he sends a patronus (armadillo) to nami, saying he’s sorry he’s going to miss lunch.
    • usopp finds luffy and zoro on the banks of the river thames, standing on the deck of the thousand sunny.

sanji’s a part-time cook and a student at beauxbatons, but he moves to england in the summer after his fifth year to become a chef instead of a full-fledged wizard.

  • sanji’s best magic is anything related to the kitchen and housework; dust-repellant spells, digestive charms mixed with chamomile tea.
  • he stumbles upon a tangerine stand at the borough’s market and descends into a five hour long argument with the green-haired assistant.
    • luffy and zoro become regulars at zeff’s restaurant, and they buy their tangerines exclusively from nojiko’s farm.
  • was press-ganged into running gun for the don of a local crime family, until luffy hears about it. it’s taken care of in thirty minutes. zoro cleans up. usopp takes pictures and nami adds them to her blackmail book.
    • that night they take sanji to the leaky cauldron and get hammered. luffy is a loud, happy drunk. zoro challenges a trashcan to fight him. nami wakes up wearing three diamond watches, a ten-pound necklace made of moonstones, and seemed to have robbed aN ENTIRE PET STORE OF PUFFSKEINS
      • usopp somehow freed an army of house elves ????
  • red oak wand with veela hair [light of touch, quick-witted, adaptable]
  • sanji and usopp have a really good relationship. since usopp’s the only one who’ll write back consistently (TBH sanji doesn’t send him ten pages of unreadable poetry), he bothers him all the time to create magical herbs for him to cook with.
    • ‘WHERE MY MAGIC PAPRIKA AT?’
    • ‘it doesn’t work like that stoooop’
    • ‘ABRA PAPRIKA’
  • he offers zoro and luffy a job at his restaurant when they leave hogwarts, and understands why they refuse. c’est la vie. easy come, easy go.
    • that christmas, he sends usopp and nami a giant box of the best pastries he’s ever made and absolutely does not go running all over london searching for two people he knows aren’t there anymore
  • sanji goes into a coughing fit when he sees the picture of the new quidditch world cup champs. (that shithead! he exclaims, and is so furious patty and carne think he’s gonna burn the newspaper, but he hangs it up in the ‘famous customers’ section of the wall, swearing the whole time)
  • one snowing night luffy comes in when they’re closing and sanji’s the only one cleaning the kitchen. they talk for hours. it’s the longest conversation they’ve ever had with each other. they talk about their families, about magic, about the world, about legendary oceans kept hidden for centuries. it’s the first time someone looks at him with complete belief and nods, yeah, it’s out there.
    • next day, luffy’s gone.
    • when the gringotts scandal explodes months later and nami comes knocking at his door with that look on her face, sanji doesn’t think twice.

eventually luffy and his crew set sail off the coast of england to search for ancient treasures (ambrosia, cintamani, prima materia, etc) and prompts an international war against the magical leaderships of multiple countries. doesn’t help his dad is the world’s most wanted terrorist.

  • their search brings them to atlantis - fabled home of the mermaids - in the mediterranean sea, the parseltongue amazon isle in china, el dorado in south america, and a secret wizarding society with a powerful monarchy in the egyptian desert.
  • they come across a reindeer-centaur who was kicked out of his clan and has a powerful detest for humans
    • chopper’s a great healer, using both modern medicine and the traditional divining customs of centaurs
    • looooves honeydukes chocolates
  • an assassin witch with a trademark human transfiguration spell that multiplies parts of her body
    • v skilled occlumens and legilimens. conversational in many languages, magical and human.
    • crane animagus; jet-black with red patches around her eyes.
    • pine wand [independent, mysterious, most sensitive to nonverbal spells]
    • robin has had so many polyjuice potions over her life that it stained her eyes bright, bright blue - she doesn’t remember which part of her appearance is real and which is the illusion. like a mirage in the desert. but the fact is that no one’s seen her real face, and she’s become an urban legend among dark wizards and witches.
  • a smuggler in venice with giant blood
    • spruce wand [bold, good sense of humor]
    • franky operates a gang that deals in magicked drugs to give to the sick who can’t afford them, takes in homeless witches and wizards, smuggles people - abuse survivors, war refugees - across borders with bewitched passports
    • specializes in fixing things, building and rebuilding, making them better than what they once were
    • fluent in mermish, thanks to his mentor
  • a ghost in the ruins of a ship graveyard
    • brook was an animagus in his previous life and can transform into a skeletal ghost-horse
    • the music he plays could lull a dragon to sleep

anonymous asked:

How would RFA + V+ Saeran + Vanderwood react to finding out that MC is an assassin? Or that she has a dangerous profession where she is constantly in danger and possibly could never return from work one day.

Jumin

- MC i want you to quit

- I can’t stand stressing about you everyday thinking that you’ll never come home

- Will force you to quit no matter how much you love it

Zen

- Amazed but worried

- “Come back home safe, okay?” 

- Long kisses every day before you leave

- Is always crying when you come home late

Jaehee

- Supports you

- Mother mode activated 

- If someone comes in and tries to hurt MC she goes judo on them

- DOn’t mess with her MC basically

Yoosung

- S H O O K

- Asks you a bunch of questions 

- is like a child when you tell him stories

- Is always there to bandage you up when you’re home

- Studies the human body so he can be a doctor for you

Saeyoung

- Feels you

- Is proud of you

- Always worried

- Packs you lunches that have cat shaped sandwiches 

V

- Is always worried

- Scared that someone will take his new sunshine

- Cries a lot

- supports you though

Saeran

- No

- Stop arguing

- Hacks into the system and deletes all of your stuff so you can’t do your job anymore

- Don’t get him wrong, he just can’t lose another important person

Vanderwood

- Joins you on missions

- supports and has your back 

- Basically shoots anyone who comes near you

- P R O T E C T I V E  B O Y F R I E N D