the creator of devotion

anonymous asked:

the problem with matpat, in my opinion is well how do i even explain it. Frankly the best way to pinpoint my problem with MatPat is a FNAF theory for the latest game in the series, Sister Location. You know, the game series that ABSOLUTELY MADE HIS DAMN CHANNEL and he spends 5 minutes before tackling the theory at hand criticizing Scott Cawthon on his writing and that he, MatPat, knows better what's canon than Scott Cawthon. He's so overly smug and arrogant.

You guys want to know my problems with MatPat?

This anon pretty much just underlined one of my most major points.

Here’s something so many people don’t seem to get about the field both I and MatPat are in:

Channels like ours, despite how much original material we try to make and inject into our videos, survive completely on the content other people make. We are ‘derivative content channels’–we only get to make videos because other people made something we can discuss, and analyze, and rotate all around to show our audiences all the cool pieces involved in a thing that someone else made.

When it comes to mainstream media products like theatrical films, major console video games, etc., it’s more than okay to complain and talk about their faults and failings; these are professional-grade products that are supposed to be of the highest quality and pedigree, made by veterans and educated professionals in their fields with plenty of money and resources to do the job write and make sure consumers feel good.

When it comes to independent material, like I mostly cover, you’re dealing with someone who was brave enough to try something without all the pedigree, resources, power, and experience of the mainstream field. And often, the independent material is made by someone who did everything themselves.

If you’re making your bread and butter on YouTube covering mainstream stuff, you’re part of a very large group in a very large field of media that extends well beyond YouTube.

If you’re covering indie material and lone creators who are making things with cameras they bought at a local store and computers in their basements after long days of work in their home town, then you’re working with underdogs, and being a parasite to those underdogs instead of a mutualistic symbiote is totally intolerable to me. You don’t go and tear down people who have nothing and are just trying to make their way up, and if you’re gaining something from them, you’d better be giving something in return.

Scott Cawthon’s Five Nights at Freddy’s series has been MatPat’s biggest goldmine, and I’ve seen MatPat turn from being a mutualistic symbiote to hateful parasite while still fully aware that Scott Cawthon is an indie creator whose work made Game Theory thousands and thousands of dollars.

I know YouTube figures, and I can tell you that MatPat’s FNAF videos have certainly made him at least $1,000 each, with earlier entries making at least $3,000 by the time they made 3 million views. It’s not possible that they haven’t.

Has Scott himself become wealthy from his creation? Hell yeah! Does that change the fact that he’s an indie creator who got extremely lucky and does everything himself, and all of his work is the reason MatPat’s been making a disgusting amount of YouTube bucks? 

NO.

If you want to see the phrase “Biting the hand that feeds you” in action, look no further than Game Theory. MatPat’s very direction for Five Nights coverage has gone from biting the hand that fed him to actually eating it for the sole purpose of hurting Scott Cawthon while still making money off his work.

I have watched MatPat attack Scott Cawthon, insult Scott Cawthon, tell the man he can’t write his own games correctly, insist that he’s broken his own story because MatPat can’t make sense of something, and generally be a hateful, disrespectful, ungrateful narcissist.

I HAVE SEEN MATPAT MAKE A THEORY VIDEO MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF A GAME BEING RELEASED. Do you think that’s because he GENUINELY figured out a game he hadn’t even seen, or because he knew he’d make LOTS OF MONEY doing it?

And yet MatPat still has the audacity to attack, insult, demean, and devalue a man whose work has personally made him thousands of dollars and many millions of views and subscribers. Not just a man, either, but an indie creator who has done everything himself and devoted so many sleepless nights to making Five Nights at Freddy’s games, doing his best to improve each new installment so it makes us more impressed than before.

Scott Cawthon got lucky, yes, but he’s still the man who was about to quit his dream of being a professional video game developer if ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,’ a Hail Mary attempt, did not work. He still has run this ship alone and done everything in his power to keep it pure and stay a Scott Cawthon original despite all the success and fame he’s achieved.

Is the man above criticism because of who he is, what he’s been, and what he’s achieved? No, of course not. But should criticism of him and his work be delivered respectfully, in a way that isn’t smug and cruel?

Yes, especially when it’s criticism levied by someone who made thousands of dollars off Scott Cawthon’s work and continues to do so. Instead, MatPat chose to effectively spit in Scott’s face with his platform while reaching into his wallet.

And that’s just one major reason I lost immense respect for him.

Darkwing Duck is the best comic you aren’t reading

He is the terror that flaps in the night! He is the traffic light that never turns green even though there’s no other cars for miles! He is Darkwing Duck! And he is, apparently, the best licensed comic that is having trouble finding an audience.

In the 1990’s, there was a lot of dreck in cartoons; nostalgia-tinted glasses can make us forget how bad a lot of our precious memories really were. The Disney Afternoon, though, contained the kind of shows that hold up even today. That’s why Disney is looking to mine the period for a modern audience. So far that effort has included a remake of Capcom’s excellent NES Ducktales game, an upcoming collection of six of Capcom’s Disney NES titles, a Ducktales reboot set to launch this year, and a Rescue Rangers movie currently in the works. There have also been comics of many properties, but Darkwing has by far been the standout. Now, I am learning that the series, which started in 2010, went on hiatus, and came back in January of 2016, is endangered. Having just read the collected edition of the first four issues of the returned book, I can safely say this is an injustice the like of which would whip the Duck Knight himself into action.

Simply put, the Boom Studios Darkwing comic, written by Aaron Sparrow with no lack of love for linguistic loquaciousness and illustrated with the boundless energy of the show by James Silvani, is among the best uses of a license ever, not just in comics but in all media. It started seven years ago with Drake Mallard having divested himself of the daring demands of his double life as Darkwing and dissolving the dynamics of the duo between himself and Launchpad, resigning himself to a restless reverie of daily red ink as another corporate drone. Sparrow and Silvani delivered the kind of return fans of most franchises can only dream about. It was funny. It was exciting. It was colorful. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, it gave the show, which was well-known for not having any kind of serious structure, actual continuity while never losing the madcap pace that made it so much fun.

That story was intended as a mini-series, but it spun off into an ongoing one, which saw Darkwing dealing with classic villains and new threats, and in which the stories hung together surprisingly well, considering the cartoon character had about four different origins and constantly contradicted himself. There was even a crossover with Ducktales that…didn’t quite work out, despite their best efforts.

After this inauspicious “end” to the series, Sparrow, Silvani and crew battled hard to save Darkwing, and he eventually landed at Joe Books. When I picked up the first volume, “Orange is the New Purple”, I was worried. I was actually very interested in where the previous series had left things, and I thought for sure that after such a long gap Sparrow would just be made to start over.

Fortunately, I found the new book picks up where the old one left off (which I daren’t spoil), while still being accessible to newcomers. Darkwing and Gosalyn attend the opening of a new Arkham-style prison, and of course things go horribly wrong as some of his old enemies take the place over, lock them both inside and release the inmates. What follows is as funny as it can be without losing the plot, and as serious as it can be without losing the humor. This time around, it is a little harder to swallow the idea that Darkwing is in any real danger, as his “toonish” malleability is in full effect: from cars landing on him to being smushed by giant mallets, nothing sticks. It gives Silvani a chance to go whole hog, though, and his artwork resembles the cartoon even more closely than it did before. It’s also great to see almost all of Darkwing’s wacky Rogues Gallery in one place, including the new baddies introduced in the previous “Election” story. Every one is used creatively as Darkwing and Gosalyn play them off each other to affect their escape, and you can almost see the art moving in full animation in your mind.

Darkwing is, after Ducktales, perhaps the most in-demand show for a reboot from the Disney Afternoon. For now, the comic is as good as we’re getting, and I would argue it is actually a better fit for D.W. With series creator Tad Stones’s approval, Sparrow, Silvani and their team of clearly devoted fans have given us a deeply dedicated distillation of dreamy Darkwing delightfulness. As Liquidator would say, though, if you want to keep the webbed wonder around, act now! This book is a limited time offer!

Welcome to RebelcaptainPrompts!

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Inspired by all the lovely fic and fanart the Rebelcaptain community has created over the past few months, we’ve decided to create a new blog devoted solely to weekly prompts for our creators and writers to find inspiration.

Each Friday at 9pm EST this blog will post a simple prompt that people will be invited to run with.  Any art or fic created in response to that prompt (and that includes the #rebelcaptainprompts tag in the first five tags) will be reblogged here so that others can see and enjoy what you’ve done.  

The only requirement is that your fanwork must feature Rebelcaptain in some way.  Aside from that the sky’s the limit!

If you have any questions, let us know.  ;)  We hope you’re as excited about this idea as we are.

anonymous asked:

For Mod Neha: Assalamu alaikum. :) Would you possibly be able to share some information on Sufi Islam or point me in the direction of a good resource to start learning please?

Walaikum asalaam!

With the disclaimer, as always, that I may make mistakes, and don’t know much about the topic, here’s some starting points - 

Sufism, [arabic equivalent = tasawwuf], is a way of approaching Islam that places importance on wanting to lose oneself/wanting to “annihilate” the self within Allah. Sufis (and non-Sufi Muslims, as well) place great importance on tawakkul, which is absolute trust and love of Allah. Sufis reach this state of annihilation of self, or fanaa, by dedicating oneself to dhikr, or remembrance of the Diety, usually through chanting the 99 names of Allah, salaat (prayer), music, the whirling that everyone loves, as formal goals, including: 

- Salvation from ignorance and attainment of gnosis (Ma`arifah);
- Refinement and purification of the self (Tazkiyah Al-Nafs);
- Cleansing of the spiritual heart (Tasfiyah Al-Qalb) and the enlightenment of the soul (Tajliyah Al-Ruh);
- Sincerity and devotion to the Creator (Ikhlas) and detachment from material and worldly concerns (Zuhd); and
- Commitment to the service of all the creatures of God

[from here, a good resource in general]

There’s also, ihsan, meaning perfection, which is a goal for all Muslims, but exemplified in Sufis. Ihsan is faith brought to flesh, it’s the desire to become the personification of the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. ﷺ . The Prophet ﷺ says ihsan is: 

“To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” [x]


Articles [Mostly academic articles, please forgive me if they are difficult to read. My experience has been that Sufism is easily appropriated, and there’s a wealth of misinformation regarding it.]:

Sufi Writings:

Writers [These are in addition to the above]:

  • Ibn-Arabi is my favorite Muslim writer, and many of his works are a good starting point - You can see all his love and devotion within his texts, and it’s stunning, even in English. [link to site with texts and other resources]
  • I don’t think i can talk about Sufism without mentioning Rumi, so I want to direct you to masnavi.net for his major work. It has the whole of Rumi’s Masnavi online, along with Persian audio, and English/Turkish translation. (From my use, the English is a bit wonky at times, but it’s understandable). If you want to grab a physical copy, I highly recommend Jawid Mojaddedi’s translations, but I understand if that’s not possible because he is translating the books separately. Rumi talked a lot about fanaa, in terms of spiritual and physical death, so if that is something that would bother you, please take care of yourself first.
  • Hafez [link to poems]. Hafez’s love poetry is really well known, but he’s also an amazing critical writer, he often talked about religious hypocrisy, which is an important consideration, especially with Sufism, which many people are attracted to in name, but not so much in the discipline and work that goes into it.

And one final recommendation, but highly done so: 

  • Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure by Camille Helminski. This one is not available online that I can find, but it’s an incredibly important recommendation, as it seems that women are often left behind in regards to religion. If you can’t pick up a copy, here is a list of the major women covered in the book, I can’t promise they all have a wealth of information online, but I think it’s important to recognize them: 
    • Rabi’a al-’Adawiyya
    • Halima of Damascus
    • Rabi’a bint Ismail
    • Lubaba al-Muta ‘Abbida
    • Fatima of Damascus
    • Sha’wana Ghufayra
    • Dhakkara
    • Fatima al-Barda’iyya
    • A’isha
    • Fatima
    • Futayma
    • Al-Wahatiyya
    • Zubda and Mudgha
    • ‘Abda and Amina
    • Unayza of Baghdad
    • Lady Nafisa
    • Umm ‘Abdullah
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#WISE WORD WEDNESDAY
Pastor Erwin McManus “What It Means To Be a Human”
Start Time: 2:30

We decided to began posting sermons for a few reasons:
1. One sermon a week just is not enough for some of us.
2. Some of us may not have had the opportunity to attend church this weekend.
3. An easy way to share faith.
4. It may be just what you need right now.

PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE. IT MAY BE  JUST WHAT YOU, OR SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS.

better call saul s3 review

‘Better Call Saul’ Edges Closer To ‘Breaking Bad’ Better Call Saul enters its third season on Monday night, and the show about how Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill slowly but steadily turns into Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman reaches deeper into Bad territory than it’s ever done before. The season premiere is a highly entertaining set-up for next week’s re-introduction of a character much-beloved by Breaking Bad fans and much-feared by characters in that show.

The opener finds Jimmy and his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) coming to terms with the secret recording Chuck made of Jimmy admitting he altered the legal documents of one of Chuck’s clients; in other words, the new season picks up where season-two left off with no forward-time-jumping. About half of the season premiere—directed by show co-creator Vince Gillian, written by Gilligan and Peter Gould—is devoted to the McGill brothers; the other half catches us up on Jonathan Banks’s Mike Ehrmantraut, who is trying to discern who left the note on his windshield in the season-two finale that warned him not to assassinate Hector Salamanca, and how the note-leaver might be continuing to keep watch on him.

The Mike material is one of the show’s purest examples of revelation through visuals. Although the character of Jimmy/Saul has, from its start on the older series, traded on Odenkirk’s ability to deliver the rapid-fire dialogue of a hustler, Gilligan has always prized long scenes with little or no dialogue as hallmarks of the kind of meticulous storytelling he wants to do. Thus one of the premiere’s great achievements is to make a long, quiet sequence–in which a car is dismantled in order to locate a possible tracking device–fraught with tension.

Indeed, in the two episodes made available to critics, I was struck by the way a viewer is compelled to look closely at the screen—if you turn away to pick up a soda or bite into a pretzel, you might miss a telling detail: the brief sight of a background figure who’ll prove a key element, or a slow-burn reveal of an investigative method Mike employs to deepen his own knowledge. If it seems as though I’m skimping on specifics here, trust me: you’ll be glad I didn’t spoil anything for you when you watch for yourself.

The new season allows Rhea Seehorn’s Kim—the sort of person, we see, who agonizes over whether a sentence requires a semi-colon or a period–to show us her increasing ambivalence toward Jimmy and their new, two-person business. Speaking of which, the tone of the show receives a welcome brightening whenever we witness Jimmy effusively greeting any of the waiting-room full of elderly clients attracted to the law firm by that deviously manipulative TV commercial Jimmy made last season.

Wicked and shrewd, Better Call Saul has the suspense of a thriller and the emotion of a family saga. Also, a sweet tooth: Look for a reprise of our hero slathering icing at the Cinnebon shop, set to the strains of Lee Hazelwood’s 1966 hit “Sugar Town” as sung by his muse, Nancy Sinatra. Like everything else about Better Call Saul, it works on two levels; bear in mind as you listen that Hazelwood once referred to this bouncy little tune as “an LSD song if there ever was one.”

Better Call Saul airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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Little Devotional

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Little Devotional (Skeptics and True Believers pt 4)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 

Pairing: Dean x Reader (eventually)

Word Count: 2,196

Warnings: angst? Dean being great, mentions of abuse, Conor being an asshole

Song: Little Devotional - Taking Back Sunday

A/N: I am so glad you all like this! I don’t even think you guys are ready for this part hahahah. Send some feedback and send in some drabbles for my 100 follower celebration! P.S. WELCOME TO ALL MY NEW FRIENDS AND NEW PEOPLE BEING TAGGED!

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a forgotten complaint on star wars rogue one

i was talking with one of my closest friends about the merits of rogue one, and while she was very quick to praise the highly diverse cast (and so do i! everyone in the cast delighted me, although i would have easily welcomed WOC even more), i said something that so far one of the people i follow have agreed on: why do we have to see the POC characters die again?

a common sentiment i’ve seen is that, had they lived, it would have detracted from the movie. while i agree that it certainly would have been, the entire third act was designed as a kill zone that could not have allowed anyone to live unless through a deus ex machina and, true to their complaints, detracted from the movie. all that was needed was a third act that wasn’t so blatantly difficult to get out of, or one that could be thought around so that they could have found a flaw in the system to get out of. it can be done. the storyline was masterful and the writers could have spared the expense of saving their characters.

but the most important part about it all was the reason none of the characters were allowed to live; a reason that had nothing to do with story logic; a meta reason very clearly spelled out by the mere fact this was a prequel. the main characters “had to die”, otherwise how could we not have seen them in the original trilogy? which is, quite frankly, the biggest, most bullshit reason i have heard in my entire life. they have an ENTIRE GALAXY of resisting the empire, and no place to put their main characters? no battles as big as hoth or endor, or as important? a defense of yavin IV? anything at all? if we’re going to pull out this argument, then rogue one makes no sense, given that we’re seeing planets that we’ve never seen before that aren’t destroyed, i mean, where are the rings of kafrene, since they seem to have been a hub of illegal activity that han solo could have operated on?

it was laziness, full on, that they chose to just kill off the rogue one characters for the sake of not devoting a single more second of their time to creativity. and we all know why they didn’t want to do this. we all know kathleen kennedy, the one who authorized the deadly ending, is having a hand in casting to put all white brunette women in star wars leading roles as a misguided attempt at wish fulfillment. it’s the kind of bullshit people mock george lucas for, but we’ll forgive from kathleen kennedy.

it’s racism, clear and simple, that we got two star wars trilogies of white men becoming legends, both good and evil, when there is one movie for the POC heroes doing heroic and badass deeds and going unsung and unremembered except for the name of a squadron (and it’s especially glaring that there’s an entire trilogy devoted to give sympathy for the pathetic backstory of a mass murdering icon well-beloved in spite of his actions - not even in a ‘interesting villain’ way, at times). and don’t try to give me that the original and prequel trilogies also had the much loved leia and padmé - they may have been iconic badass political ladies, but they were slept on and treated with minimal dignity in the movies they headlined. the original and prequel trilogies were about luke and anakin. they are the ones with their stories most fulfilled, with the glory, the ones that became legends.

i am hoping the new trilogy proves me wrong. this time, none of the main trio are white men. a future WOC lead is on the way - two, i think? it all depends on whether the creators give them a worthy ending, devote time to developing their storylines and most importantly, let them live, remembered and glorified like luke did before them, let rey and finn carry on the jedi line with pride and grace, and let them be heroes of a new generation, heroes that we all know got a happy ending. while i appreciate the good writing of rogue one, children (and even some adults) will not appreciate the good writing of a tragedy, and will forget the heroes as one-shot protagonists.

and even if they are, what kind of message does it show that the POC characters are the martyrs that need to give up their lives for the cause, and the white characters the ones that get the glory? is this what we want to accept is the truth of the world? is this what we want to enact in our world?

p.s.: sources for gareth edwards choosing to go the kill ‘em all route and disney (read: kathleen kennedy) doing nothing to stop him, saying ‘i guess so because they’re not in a new hope’ (actual words from the article) http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/20/14022380/rogue-one-ending-original-different-gareth-edwards, and kathleen kennedy’s quite ridiculous and racist penchant for white female leads, that allowed emilia clarke to take a role that had tessa thompson and zoe kravitz in the running, and could have replaced kelly marie tran with bel powley, yet another white brunette actress https://www.reddit.com/r/starwarsspeculation/comments/5h53rn/casting_star_wars_on_felicity_jones_kelly_marie/

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You know I was extra surprised they actually went through and killed them because I’m use to movies and books never doing the hard hitting thing and just falling through so like for a hot minute I was like huh good one actually doing the hard stuff but something still rubbed me wrong in the context of the Star Wars movies and not just movies at large and this is it.



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The need for Trans Lead

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while but I couldn’t really make the words come in to place. However, for #TransComicsMonth I wanted to make a case on why we need a Trans leads in print comics. Trans characters have been elevating in status (More so trans woman then others) in comics. While we have some leading trans characters we don’t have none are clearly the lead of their story (In mainstream media). This is only highlighted by the fact we have so few trans people allowed to create comics, games, ect too.  Since it’s Trans Comics Month I am going to talk about comics in particular but I will for sure be revisiting this within the context of video games and other forms of media later.

Webcomics have been leading the way for more trans inclusion for a while now but only very recently have we seen real representation of trans people inside of our print comics. However, we have a grand total of zero across all print comics of trans lead titles. I would say Jo in the Lumberjanes and Cassandra in The Wicked + The Divine are close but they are part of bigger assembles. Oddly enough though the company making the most headway in this are is actually marvel thanks to individual creators devotion  to creating great trans characters. Loki Agent of Asgard may have been the only trans lead comic ever even if it’s weaker on the representation aspects due to Loki being a god and a shape shifter ( You can read about why Loki is indeed genderfluid in this http://sergiorex.tumblr.com/post/140801064475/gender-fluid-loki-matters post I wrote). Inside Marvel comics in the book Angela Queen of Hel anyone who read the book will tell you including the writer that this is the story of Angela and her girlfriend Sera. Even then Sera does get the title of the book she is relegated to being the girlfriend and any writer could come and ruin what was built here.

That is the scary thing these little bits of trans representation are amazing but they don’t seem to be any levels of true commitment to trans people. We can see that reflected in what all one openly trans people working in print comics? Even then what we really need to cement a legacy is to be the lead of a story at a publisher who is getting books into most comic shops. Many people have wrote about the importance of seeing yourself reflected in media and many straight cis white guys have talked about how it’s not important.  No matter where you stand on it the fact is it matters to some people and it matters to history where we see trans characters get represented. Having trans leading people gives people someone to aspire to be a bit more like. There is reasons that Icons like DCs trinity have been cultural staples because the dream of what a person could be.

I think everyone deserves a chance to see themselves as the hero of their own story. We have so many characters in all of comics and while we likely can find ones we identify with outside of this big part of our background it still matters to have a character that says “You matter.” It shows not only that the company has respect for you but that it’s attempting to usher in a new age of tolerance since comics are a cornerstone of pop culture now. A trans super hero today may not be in the movies or shows for years but if they devoted themselves to this character in the comics then it will come to a point where they need to also be show in the media.

Comic books are often about acceptance, about being different, about dealing with change, and with all that they are things that so often can be connected to the trans struggle. For a media platform that is often about these principles we just aren’t seeing trans people reflected in a major way. I think I mostly came off as babbling but I do hope you understand that we can do better. Comics can reflect more people and even if you don’t personally care it’s not like you buy every comic anyway and you can for someone else call for a bit more diversity. We all deserve to be reflected and we all can be if enough people care.

A DnD redesign of the homunculus. In many ways these critters are kind  
of sad. Their whole lives are spent as devoted servants to their  
creators regardless of their treatment or the dangers they may be  
placed in.
any who here it is at the ready to do your bidding…wicked or otherwise

WHY TJLC IS IMPORTANT EVEN IF YOU NEVER WANT TO WATCH AGAIN. Please Share.

One of the things I love the most about TJLC as an analytical framework and theory as well as the basis of a community is that it is how explicitly it creates a well reasoned, important, culturally and historically sound reorientation away from heteronormative norms into something deeper, more meaningful , and overdue. It centers investigation of ourselves and society, where heteronormativity is was the superficial and the tremendous deduction of the Sherlock universe is as much about a deeper, more nuanced read of people in the story as in the world around us. TJLC centers queerness and dislodged the presumptive norms that hold us ALL back.

This is why TJLC still matters deeply to me: it advocates for a reorientation of power between content makers and content consumers that privileged the relationship to a morally just minority rather than a disengaged, privileged mainstream. While TJLC is explicitly queer, it performs a desperately needed public intervention that helps EVERYONE traditionally excluded from power and access. It is still important. Your work is still important.

TJLC is still an important contribution to the political, economic and cultural conversations that are more relevant than ever before in the Time of Trump and Brexit. Please fight back against what has happened in the same way activists of other causes are fighting back against these deeply oppressive social and political forces. This does matter. Media is as powerful a public arena as politics and economics. Grieve however it is and however long you must. I am, too, truly. But you have generated something very powerful and important that must not be crushed by the hands of men (and Sue and Beryl) who do not, I don’t think, understand the power they have and poorly they have used it.

The idea that content creators of a popular mainstream media product are/were/should be devoted not just to telling a story that explicitly centers queer lives and love, but that it is/was more devoted to creating a specific justice than it was entertaining the masses with warm paste…it is more than worth fighting for and I am here to keep contributing to the cause.

I would have been here offering my collaboration, effort, skills and resources sooner if I had had any doubt about how this season would play out, but it wasn’t until last week that public, analytical, activist effort see me to me that it might be necessary, because I shared your confidence that finally, the content makers would do this heavy lifting for us and with us. We’ve been failed. But we won’t fail. Please be heard, please let me know what I can do to amplify you, to share the burden with you, because you have all done so much already.

Xo,
JQ

Angel Guides - Michael

This is part of a series on how to work with angels if you’re demon-associated (or just generally skittish of angels). The introduction to that series is here. In the introduction you’ll find an explanation of why people such as demonolators, demon-appreciators, demonkin, and the non-Abrahamic-religious are able to work with angels, and why they would want to. It also gives a basic explanation of why angels and demons aren’t always completely opposed, what I mean by the term “angels,” what angels do, and also what research sources I tend to use for these articles.

If you want to work with Michael after reading this article, please read the article I wrote for how to mentally prepare yourself and then how to proceed with the meeting. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2. This article is part of a follow-up series of articles about specific angels I think are good for anyone to start with.

There is a great deal of material out there on Michael, so this article mostly covers Tif and I’s personal experiences with them and our own analysis of their history and known traits. I suggest researching them after this article since there’s so much about them to learn. Also, I use the pronoun “they” for these angel articles, but most accounts have witnessed Michael as being male. Your experience may still differ.

Michael is a leader, especially a leader of armies, and is very close to the Creator. They are probably most well-known for leading the armies of Heaven against the rebel angels during the Fall. Michael is an entity associated strongly with justice, retribution, and battle. If you are having a problem with an entity harassing you, Michael is a good angel to call on. They are excellent to call on for protection or home defense, especially if you need an emergency guardian to keep you safe while you’re setting up more permanent arrangements.

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Name of months in Iran and their meaning

The name of months in Modern Persian are derived from Middle Persian interpretation of Avestan words.  

Bahar (Spring)

Farvardin = Souls of the righteous 

Ordibehesht = Truth 

Khordad = Perfection 

Tabestan (Summer)

Tir = Sirius 

Mordad = Without death

Shahrivar = Best dominion 

Paeez/Khazan (Fall)

Mehr = Covenant 

Aban = Waters

Azar = Fire 

Zemestan (Winter)

Day = The creator 

Bahman = Good mind

Esfand = Holy devotion 

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A MUST Watch: RAMDAN

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, stay away from bad habits — essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings.

The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to refrain” – and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words. During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast. Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast.

Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God. Ramadan is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world. The word “Ramadan” comes from the Arabic root word for “parched thirst” and “sun-baked ground.” It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month in fasting. As opposed to other holidays, when people often indulge, Ramadan is by nature a time of sacrifice.

• Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every day. Nowadays people if Africa need not only sympathy, but also actual food by those who experienced hunger.

• Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him.

• Through increased charity, Muslims develop feelings of generosity and good-will toward others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, “A man’s wealth is never diminished by charity.”

• Through self-control, a Muslim practices good manners, good speech, and good habits.

• Through changing routines, Muslims have a chance to establish more healthy lifestyle habits — particularly with regards to diet and smoking.

• Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world. • Through restraining themselves from pleasures of the world, muslims realize the values of the blessings of God. There are countless blessings that as human we don’t even realize their values. Sun comes up every morning, and it is free. Air is free water is free. Since we have an easy access to these blessings we don’t really value them. Absence of these blessings makes us realize the value of these blessings.

• Ramazan makes muslims also realize how weak and needy we are before God.

• Ramadan is total submission and obedience to God Almighty. We are experiencing long and hot summer days. At the end of the day, we are really thirsty and hungry. There is water and food on the table. We are in need, but cannot eat. Because, the owner of the blessings does not let us. We are not the owner, God is. And we are waiting for his command to start eating.

• Every Ramadan is a new beginning for Muslims. Like a grate turkish scholar,Fethullah gulen says: “Every sound during Ramadan resonates with a promise of a new start, just as every breath gives us a glimpse of a hope for salvation. Iftar dinners (breaking the fast) appear on our horizon with implications for the “grand meeting,” while whispering some secrets into our soul.” Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. In the Qur’an, Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may “learn self-restraint” (Qur’an 2:183). This restraint and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitudes stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan. May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path.

May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.

Prayer

O God, we thank you for the countless blessings that you have bestowed upon us.Especially, for friends whom we are sharing our food today.

O God, you have prescribed fasting to us so that we should realize the value of your blessings, to teach us patience, to accept our weakness and need to you, to discipline our evil soul with hunger, to experience hunger to understand hungry. Now, we have better understanding of those who are suffering with hunger in Africa and all over the world. Do not test us with hunger. Help us to become your embodiment of your mercy to those who need it.

Dear God, bless those who are in need of your blessing as we are blessed today.

God of mercy, we have fasted to seek your pleasure, we believe in you, we have entrusted ourselves to you, and now we are breaking our fast with your food .

Forgive our past and future sins.

Show us the real blessings in afterlife that you let us taste the samples today.

Please do not let us go astray in this life and afterlife.

Amen

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anonymous asked:

Since you explain things so beautifully, why do you ship captain swan?

I ship Captain Swan because they are a truly beautiful pairing, in looks and in emotional connection. I have never seen a ship have such chemistry like Emma and Killian do. I have never seen a ship be allowed to be romantic on the level that Killian and Emma are. Captain Swan is given such room to grow on the show, is handled elegantly and respectfully, and provides the most fulfilling payoff I have ever experienced in my many years of fangirling. They have had a natural sort of progression that has hit all the shipper sweet spots. They fulfill and subvert so many pairing tropes, it’s ridiculous (in a good way). I love how they conrtrast in so many different ways (Emma is light, Killian is dark), and yet they fit together so perfectly - yin and yang. They balance one another out. They are not perfect by any means and they know and accept that about each other. They are devoted to each other and aren’t afraid to express it. They kiss and they hug and they hold hands. They are affectionate and loving and fierce and determined and only ever bring out the best in each other. Shipping Captain Swan means I don’t have to imagine the simplest romantic gestures in my head because they actually exist for this pairing in canon. They are cheesy and sappy, yet strong and wonderful, and everything I’ve ever wanted out of a fictional romance. They are this absolutely epic romance, steeped in fairy tale and wonder and magic, and yet are so grounded in a sense of realism. The people behind Captain Swan (from the actors, to the writers, to the creators - hell, even the social media) are devoted to telling their story well and realistically and in a way that doesn’t deprive of a single damn thing. They are very much the golden standard - a ship of dreams. The type of OTP that any self-respecting shipper would be honored to love. They are the all-around perfect shipping package and shipping them is one of the easiest, most enjoyable experience a person can have.