strange material

And while I’m looking at David Lynch’s chart, I could see what contributes to his weird films. First of all, Pluto is his chart ruler, which might have something to do with his tendency to incorporate a shock factor in his films and introduce really strange material; mostly taboo things that make people uncomfortable. He has both Uranus sextile Pluto, and Neptune sextile Pluto, which is definitely seen in his work. Eraserhead is filled with such complex symbolism and a dreamlike quality that is eerie, and yet, there is something so revealing and captivating in the (almost) creepy imagery. It’s like he is trying to make the audience resort to introspection and to think deeply. Blue Velvet is just absolutely absurd sometimes to the point where a few scenes were pretty funny, but strangely humorous, almost like you should not be laughing. David Lynch does that in his movies. An intense psychological emphasis is placed in everything that he creates.

After way too much research, I have determined that probably Allen wore cotton gloves, which were the cheapest type of common glove at the time. They were warm and fairly smooth in texture, and probably at least reasonably soft, though not notably so. I’d bet they were on the thick side too.

It’s possible that he changed gloves around sometimes - for instance, I can see him switching out for leather gloves when he had adequate reason, or Crown Clown’s own ‘glove’ being of a unique and strange material and texture.

This probably was not worth the effort, but there you go.

It was at this point that my first folded-in-half subscription copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA arrived in my mailbox, a welcome surprise, though I was dismayed to learn that I’d missed two issues in the meantime. Also, at this point many of DC’s covers began to look crude and rough–the inking tended to be thick and heavy, many of the characters appeared routinely distorted. Artist Ernie Chan (then working as Ernie Chua due to an immigration snafu) worked on a lot of these–he was a fine artist, but one that didn’t have a great instinctive grasp on the sort of stylized exaggeration demanded by super heroes. Consequently, his figures often looked like water-filled balloons.

Despite the fact that this was the second chapter in a two-part story, I didn’t have any difficulty getting up to speed, as writer Cary Bates took the time and space to recap everything of import that had happened previously. So we begin on the JLA satellite in the middle of a meeting when suddenly Adam Strange materializing in the League’s midst.

What’s more, Adam is carrying the empty uniforms of five missing Leaguers. He updates the rest of the team as to how these JLA members had been mysteriously transported to the planet Rann, where Adam was being attacked by resurrections of foes he’d defeated in the past. Already, Adam’s fiancee Alanna had been disintegrated, and despite the assistance of the Earth heroes, Adam was unable to destroy the colossal Borg a second time, and so the Leaguers joined Alanna as victims.

Green Arrow is quick to get on Strange’s case for his failure, but before the argument can grow too heated, the JLA’s monitors detect a monstrous cloud-creature menacing Long Island. Adam is forced to remain behind on the satellite as the Earth is poisonous to him at this point, but the rest of the team beams down to engage their cloudy enemy.

But the cloud creature is tougher than it looks, and it pummels the heroes. eventually dividing itself into cloudlike doppelgangers of each of them which proceed to kick them into the dirt. Back on board the satellite, Adam moves to beam down and give assistance, but his rescue is blocked by the appearance of his and the League’s old for, Kanjar Ro.

Kanjar reveals that he’s been behind the resurrected enemies that have plagued Adam and the League, but as he gloats, Adam grabs the villain’s Energi-Rod as he triggers the recall device that Zeta-Beams him back to the planet Rann. There, the scientist Sardath is able to work up a brainwave converter that allows Adam to use the Rod. He locates strange spheres in a cavern, which turn out to be the missing Leaguers. Adam is conscientious enough to tell the Rod to attire them in their original costumes while returning them to human form, luckily for the Comics Code.

But that’s not all–there’s a sixth sphere in the cavern, which of course turns out to be Alanna. Now restored to fighting fitness, the League members Zeta-Beam back to Earth, arriving in time to prevent Kanjar Ro and the Cloud Creature from finishing off their teammates. The issue ends with a wedding ceremony attended by the entirety of the League, uniting Adam and Alanna in matrimony. This was the first super hero wedding I ever experienced.

Tips for High School Witches

Hey guys! I’ve been a witch for about a year now, and being a high schooler in a conservative state has made it quite interesting, to say the least. So here are some things I’ve discovered that have made being a young, jobless witch AMAZINGLY easy!

The Library- if you are in High school, you undoubtedly have easy access to a library. This will contain information on mythology, religion, weather, astronomy, history, and just about any subject. Almost all of this knowledge (certainly all that I just listed) can be used in your craft. These are FREE BOOKS WHENEVER YOU NEED THEM. Take advantage!

The Art Room- weather you are in an art class or not, there is usually at least one art teacher in the school who has plenty of strange junk and materials that can be used for witchcraft. For instance, my teacher’s closet includes: bones, wax, wire, clay, wood, soapstone, beads, and all kinds of other brilliant components. These are FREE MATERIALS!!! As long as you have the teachers permission, GET WHATEVER YOU CAN!! You wouldn’t believe how many witchy items I’ve made in third period that cost me exactly $0.00.

The Thrift Store- I’ve seen other witches beat this one to death, but I must stress what a good resource thrift stores are for witchcraft. I’ve purchased brass candle holders, carved wooden boxes, stone incense burners, and more for less than $5. You can also find altar cloths, candles, picture frames, and more. The thrift stores of good for more than retro fashion!

Now, I also want to suggest some of the most useful spells and tricks to a high school witch (in my experience, of course.)

Anti Suspicion- wether your parents know or not (mine certainly don’t) you definitely don’t want your whole school to know that you’re a witch. Trust me. A simple sigil or spell to avert suspicion and ill intent will go MILES! My altar is the first thing you see in my room, I hoard bottles and jars, I use all the candles, and my parents suspect nothing. I’ve come to school with sigils all over my arm and no one so much as blinks an eye. I’ve also been able to get away with not wearing my school ID for a semester and a half, which was a nice side effect. Moon water is also great for making you less visible/noticeable.

Focus/success- when you’re about halfway through a semester of homework and studying, you’re gonna want some help. Spells for focus, knowledge, brain power, and success at schoolwork should not be underestimated. I’ve also found that wearing carnelian and aventurine Jewellry does wonders. I also rub safely diluted Rosemary oil on the back of my hand, and smell it whenever I’m struggling on tests and quizzes, as it aids in memory.

Luck, Prosperity, & health- you are a high schooler. You probably stay up way too late, forget a ton of assignments, spill things constantly, trip, lose socks, lose your wallet, and run into all kinds of awkward, dumb situations. A blend of safely diluted orange, lemon, Rosemary, and lavender oil will provide health, prosperity, positivity, happiness, protection, and psychic power. Aventurine, citrine, and rise Quartz are also some good crystals to keep you focused, happy, and protected.

If you have any more questions for me, want to talk, or want to add to the list, feel free to do so! Love you guys, and good luck!!!

Reading Recommendations

So I work at a public library in the IT department building content for the website, focusing on Readers Advisory booklists. I have gone through all the lists that have been created so far and am looking for other subjects before I start on a large project. After watching, reading, and loving Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, my husband suggested creating a ‘Friends of English Magic‘ list. Basically fantasy and non-fic dealing with magic and England.

I have spent the last few years neglecting England as a setting and I’m looking for some books to put on this list. I have so far:

      Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell-Susanna Clarke

      Mists of Avalon-Marion Zimmer Bradley

      The Lord of the Rings-J. R. R. Tolkien

      Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman

      The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest-Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

      The Chronicles of Narnia-C.S. Lewis

      The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman

      The Fairy Way of Writing-Kevin Pask

      Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination-Peter Ackroyd

I’m hesitant to put Harry Potter on the list, because the series doesn’t strike me as quintessentially English, the magic is more global than what I’m aiming for.

I’d appreciate some other books (fiction, non-fiction, YA, children’s, series, standalone) if you can think of them.

adam parrish at college sleeping in his boyfriend’s shirts and listening to his shitty electronica and skyping every night with him to talk about their days like the Marrieds they are and ronan telling him about what he’s working on at the barns and what he’s dreaming and sending him videos of opal eating various strange materials and blue and gansey sending him postcards and pictures that he puts up on the wall of his dorm room while he tops every class and impresses all his professors and works so hard but gets more sleep than he probably ever has and has a healthy social life and carrying it all around inside of him like a talisman: knowing he has a bright, happy, successful future that he made for himself, knowing he has a home to go back to, knowing he has people who love him. knowing that he can have love and freedom at the same time. knowing that he deserves all of it

I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.

GIFs are the lingua franca of the Internet, short bursts of video that quickly convey a thought, emotion, or point. They’re frivolous and fun, not at all the type of thing people give much thought to. But Bill Domonkos considers them an art. Hw blends vintage photos, old films, and other found material in strange, almost surreal ways that mix genres and eras.

“I think of them as very short films,” he says. “The GIFs in particular are kind of like stranded moments that hover somewhere between the past and the future. They seem to exist in a specious present.”

MORE. Weird, Creepy GIFs Take You Into the Twilight Zone

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    HE HEARD THE WOOD CREAKING underneath him, and felt the vibration of the panels on his boots. he lifted his head and turned to the grown woman, his face appearing curious yet stern at the same time. in his hand were two bibles, which were intended to go in the pile on the pew. he trailed her body frame up, eyes ascending until he met hers. she was tall compared to him.

    HIS BIBLES WERE LOWERED TO his sides. the material felt strange to what he was used to as a child. it was a foreign texture, but he didn’t say much about it. he didn’t have the idea to read these anyway. not until the priest at the altar would tell them to grab the bibles. just as he thought of this, his brows twitched; holy rome hoped it was in a language he could understand.

   ❝ — Oh! No, I was-a needing these for my seat. My height is
            so small – I wouldn’t see if I just sat on the pew itself. Did
            you need one, ma’am?

Draco had rather hoped that Potter would be hilarious when drunk, but he was just kind of quiet and unhappy, smaller than he seemed when sober. He showed Draco how to use his new, beautiful television which Draco was planning to keep on all the time for company, and Draco gazed at the television with rapture and secretly plotted to himself, and Potter totally failed to do anything embarrassing . The only strange thing was when Draco glanced away from the television and saw Potter, closer than he’d thought he was and with his head bowed, lightly touching the cotton collar of Draco’s shirt.

So Potter had a strange fascination with material when he was drunk. Wonderful. Draco had been hoping at least for a fit of the giggles.
—  The Way We Get By by Maya
magical fourth questions (an icebreaker-style ask meme)
  • : so for some reason it has become my position to come up with icebreaker questions for most groups i'm in, and they're generally well received so here are some of them in the form of an ask box meme thing
  • 1: if you had a one-way time machine, what time period would you want to live in?
  • 2: if you had a magic tree house (like the books) and could only bring one other person on your adventures, who would you choose?
  • 3: if you were a pair of shoes, describe those shoes.
  • 4: if you were a painting, what would you depict?
  • 5: if you were a bird, what strange materials would you add into your nest (shoelaces, pompom pieces, hair, etc)?
  • 6: if you were a butterfly, what would your wings look like?
  • 7: if you made a horcrux, what object would you use?
  • 8: if you could have any other language be magically placed into your brain so you could speak it as though you were a native speaker, what language would you choose?
  • 9: if you were weather, what would you be?
  • 10: if you could own a celestial body (star, planet, asteroid, etc), what would you want?
  • 11: if you could bring back any trend, what would it be?
  • 12: if there were another one of those "sending things into space for the aliens to know about humans" things, and you got to choose something to sen into space, what would you send?
  • 13: if you could be best friends with any character from something produced by disney, who would you pick?
  • 14: if you were a piece of furniture, what would you be?
  • 15: if you were toast, what would you have on you?
  • 16: if you were a city, describe the kind of people who live there.
  • 17: if you were a nascar racecar, what would your number one corporate sponsor be?
  • 18: if you were a material (silk, leather, tweed, etc), what would you be?
  • 19: if you were a potato, how would you be prepared?
  • 20: if you were a mix for creating a baked good, what baked good would you create?
  • 21: if you were a box in an attic, what would you contain?
  • 22: if you were a graffitied wall, what would you say?
  • 23: if you were given ~luck~ but it needed a vessel to be carried in (a lucky coin, a lucky necklace, etc), so that you only had the luck when you were carrying/wearing said vessel, what object would you choose?
  • 24: if you were a broken clock, what time would you be stuck at?
  • 25: if you could design a crest (like a family crest or a house crest if you're into harry potter) to represent you, what would it look like?
  • 26: if emotions could be induced through medicinal means, what emotion would you want to try?
  • 27: if you were a farmer, what would your primary crop be?
  • 28: if you were a briefcase, what would you contain?
  • 29: if you could only wear one pair of pants for the rest of your life, what pair would you choose?
  • 30: if you could read any book for the first time again, what book would you choose?
  • 31: if you had antlers, where would you want them to be placed on your body?
  • 32: if you were a bag of chips, what would your chip-to-air ratio be?
  • 33: if you lived in a medieval story, what character trope (witch, knight, peasant, etc) would you be?
  • 34: if you had a pet shark, what would you name it?
  • 35: if you had to move to any other planet in this solar system, assuming you would be provided with conditions to support life, which planet would you choose?
  • 36: if you could double the efficiency of any of your organs (make your stomach digest twice as fast, make your brain twice as smart, etc), which organ would you choose?
  • 37: what is your favorite pattern?
  • 38: if you were a sorcerer/sorceress, what would your wand/staff look like?
  • 39: what flavor fluoride do you choose at the dentist?
  • 40: if you were a shampoo, what would you smell like?
  • 41: what would you combine with chemical X to make a powerpuff you? (instead of sugar, spice and everything nice)
  • 42: if you were an item in a dollar store, what would you be?
  • 43: if you were a mattress, what size would you be?
  • 44: if you were a crayola crayon color, what would you be? (purple mountain's majesty, mac n cheese, etc)
  • 45: if you wrote a young adult novel, what would the name of your protagonist be?

Picture this: You pull your car into a parking lot. You circle several times without luck, but right as you’re about to give up and pay that shifty dude in the lawn chair two streets over to park in his lot, you spot a single space near the corner. As you approach, a strange shape begins to materialize from the wall. “How odd,” you think, before all thought ceases because a giant alligator riding atop a floating, chromed-out graffiti tag just gnawed your brain into jelly.

This somehow undoctored photo is a mural from artist Sergio Odeith, who specializes in creepily realistic anamorphic graffiti painted across multiple surfaces to give the illusion of depth.

15 Images You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped, Part 16