Undertale is a fantastic game, and an unforgettable experience. It's a wonderfully well-crafted deconstruction of the tendency towards violence, the illusion of choice, and the short-sighted 'us versus them' binary that pervades video games and interactive media. It shows that there are many more compelling and truly mature stories that can be told in the medium, if only developers and consumers saw the potential. I can't wait for games to be influenced by Undertale, which proved that telling much kinder, more thoughtful stories is not only possible but welcomed. I believe the effect Undertale will have on the industry will only serve to elevate the status of video games as a true artistic medium, and that time cannot come soon enough.
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Hey there !Because I’m weak, and Hyped as fuck for the upcoming Sweet Elite game, I made a second scholar : Kaijaleena “Leena” Pollari, she may look harsh like that but she’s just shy and actually very sweet ;)
Gender : female
orientation : homoromantic and ace/grey sexual
Nationality : Finnish
Department : Fashion -> modeling
Likes : spicy food, snow, cats and snakes, customized clothes, dancing (though she kinda suck at it), 80′s fashion, long and philosophical talks.
Dislikes : loud noises, feeling her hair on her skin, unwanted physical contact, lies, edgy peoples, hot weather, crowed places.
So yeah, wish her luck, she’s terrible at dealing with social situation, but she will do her best to succeed in what she likes %D
- Eclectic style: Lots of styles mixed together in a
- Relaxed: Practical but complementary
- Highly customised: Outfits have a personal touch, modified
clothes or wearing personal items
- Some vintage aspect
- Less based on current trends, more unique.
Hair: Minimal effort, relaxed, maybe try salt sprays
depending on your hair type. Could experiment with asymmetry, blunt cuts,
undercuts and tapering.
Jeans: Mom jeans are great if you don’t want to wear
anything too revealing like you say. You can get some mom jeans with nice detailing from
sites like ‘Monki’ and 'The Ragged Priest’. There are also dungarees!
Footwear: Practical and relaxed. Maybe boots or retro
trainers? Some people wear Doc Martens as part of an indie look.
Vintage: You don’t have to include vintage items if it’s not
what you had in mind, however you might find something that can’t be bought
anymore, something unique. The best places to buy vintage clothes are, Etsy,
Ebay, Wearecow, ASOS marketplace.
Customisation: If you don’t like something that you own or
want to buy, change it! You could whip out your sewing machine and add
embellishments or grab some scissors and cut it up!
Accessories: Personal items, treasured necklace or homemade
jewellery. I made a metal moon necklace by melting down aluminium, that was fun
:). Etsy is a great source for one off jewellery. You could also wear something that belonged/s to someone else, your Grandad’s belt etc. People attempting the indie style often make the mistake of wearing
'ethnic’ things where they wear things from other cultures. There’s definitely
a right way of doing this but I think it often comes across as tacky and as misappropriation.
Tops: Something that you really like or an old t-shirt. Maybe your
favourite band t-shirt or one from a family holiday. It doesn’t have to be
fashionable, it could be a dolphin or something. Actually I think dolphins are
in right now :/.
Makeup: Indie look make up is normally minimal, just
foundation and concealer and maybe a little mascara . Some people like to make a feature of one thing in
particular though, you could wear contrasting lipstick or a touch of eye-shadow.
- If you can’t think of outfit ideas try basing a look
around a particular piece of clothing, a favourite t-shirt, a jacket or some
- It’s ok to incorporate fashion trends as long as you feel
comfortable in them and they express something about you.
- Layering is a great way to mix styles together, maybe wear
a hoodie under a coat or a jacket. Socks that come above boots etc, or a shirt
with a collar under a sweater.
Doc Benton, the Frankenstein, science, alchemy, witchcraft, Albertus Magnus
No, that’s the thing. It’s not black magic. There’s no blood sacrifice or anything. It’s just science, Dean. Very, very extremely weird science, but…
Wait, wait, wait. What are…What are you saying? You think…
Dean, I think it might be doable. I mean, I know we’ve hit a lot of walls, but I…I think this formula, I think it might be it. This could save you.
Okay, so, this formula…
Well, I mean, look, look, we’re not in the clear yet. There are still things that I don’t get…
(Time is on my side, 3x15)
Of course, when the Stynes were revealed to be the Frankenstein family, fans’ minds immediately went to Doc Benton, the ‘doctor’ that would harvest body parts from people and implant them on himself to live forever.
I get the feeling that someone re-watched the earlier seasons and went ‘ooh look at how the show’s already established that you can use body parts of other people to enhance your body and also Sam wouldn’t mind doing any kind of messed-up stuff in order to save Dean from damnation, cool, let’s explore this again’
In fact many people have pointed out that the show could be finally fulfilling the storyline they couldn’t do in season 3 because of the writers’ strike, aka actually having Sam doing messed-up stuff in order to save Dean from damnation. Doc Benton was a very important step in showing us how Sam can go through a very dark path for his brother’s sake. The Frankenstein could be some sort of recollection of that storyline they had sketched out.
We can’t really know for sure, but Doc Benton’s ‘formula’ might have something to do with the Frankenstein family’s techniques, maybe it could be the same thing, though the Frankenstein would have developed a more sophisticated and ‘refined’ version over the centuries they’ve worked on it.
But there’s something that always bugged me about Doc Benton.
It can’t be science.
Now, our knowledge of the universe is extremely limited, but science is a human construct. It’s a social and historical construct that represents the means a certain society in a certain moment of history has to understand and manipulate the world.
A lone doctor in nineteenth century can’t develop the scientific means to achieve immortality. Science can’t achieve immortality. Not this science, not this current construct. Could science ever do that? Maybe. But it wouldn’t be science as we mean it. It would be the equivalent of science in a different society, in a different culture. Anyway.
Doc Benton’s ‘formula’ can’t be science. Sam himself uses the expression ‘very very extremely weird science’, which suggests that he realizes himself that it has very little to do with actual science.
What has been, historically, ‘very very extremely weird science’ (so extremely weird that people at some point decided it wasn’t science anymore?) and also had, among its objectives, reaching eternal life though the manipulation of matter?
Alchemy was considered science for centuries. In fact, we could argue that alchemy and science during the late (so called) middle ages and the early modern history walked hand in hand, weren’t really separated, spoke the same language and studied the same things and found the same results (alchemy is often considered the precursor of the modern chemistry, in fact). Unless the finale completely, undoubtedly scraps out this possibility, I might expand the alchemy discourse when I have time, but I need to find old university notes and books first (no, I didn’t study alchemy, but i studied philosophy and my Medieval History professor was an expert of alchemy and science during the late middle ages).
The status of alchemy was incessantly discussed even in the centuries when it was in fashion. In fact, philosophers, scientists and alchemist (who were often the same people) during the middle ages would discuss a lot about the status of science, alchemy and philosophy (believe me, I had a whole university course on that). Some argued that alchemy was a branch of science, others argued that it wasn’t, others argued something else. Some argued science was a branch of alchemy. Long story short, alchemy and science went together. Even Newton, as bizarre as it sounds, was interested in alchemy studies.
But enough with weird scientists.
In the Supernatural universe, magic, aka witchcraft, is a thing that exists. It wouldn’t be strange if alchemy was some kind of middle ground between witchcraft and science, right?
Does alchemy exists in Supernatural? I’d say yes. Devil traps and other symbols and sigils look suspiciously like alchemic symbols. The magic that traps a demon could actually be alchemic. Alchemy could be something whose mechanisms permeate the whole universe, including the plane of existence of demons and angels and whatnot.
Now, if you’re interested in this stuff, I could expand these thoughts and analyze alchemy (historically and Supernatural-ly) when I have more time. For now, I throw this idea into the pit.
Guess who was one of the most famous and venerated philosopher and scientist of the late middle ages, who dedicated his life to the study of nature (and that would include chemistry, which at that time was pretty much alchemy, yep)… who was rumored to have studied alchemy (and to have created the Philosopher’s stone, among other things), and to whom written works about alchemy have been attributed, around whom legends have spread about his supposed magical powers?
Yep, him. Either whose name has been used as a pseudonym by Cuthbert Sinclair… or who indeed is Cuthbert Sinclair. If the show’s version of Albertus Magnus has indeed invented a way to prolong his life, then it’s possible. And if it is indeed the Albertus Magnus, then I’d expect that he would be clever enough to fake his death.
(Also: Albertus Magnus was German, his name was actually Albert)
While we’re talking about alchemy, I also want to mention this post where larinah argues that the Mark of Cain storyline is like an alchemic transformation for Dean, which I agree with (I’ve talked about the Mark-of-Cain-influenced Dean as ‘sandpaper’ to polish the old Dean and get a new better Dean, but the purification/distillation thing works very well). It would be interesting if the show explicitly mentioned alchemy - in fact the universe of alchemy would be a gold mine for a show like Supernatural and well for now I’ll link the wikipedia article in case someone wants to have a look.
How much do you agree, 'philosophy is just pretentious teen angst'?
I agree with that statement roughly none percent. I’ve written before on what makes philosophy so special. But philosophy, as a word, simply means the love of wisdom. So in the broadest sense, we’re doing some form of philosophy every time we ask questions, explore the world around us, and enjoy the ride. And historically, philosophy provided the foundations for virtually every modern discipline, including physics, chemistry, and biology. Current academic philosophy studies everything from the foundations of mathematics and language, to what’s right and wrong, to how we can live meaningful lives, to the fundamental makeup of reality. These are some of the most significant and difficult topics that humanity has tackled, and philosophy does it in a systematic and rigorous fashion. Philosophers have been, and continue to be, crucial for increasing our stock of knowledge and improving the human condition. These things, I have to say, are a wee bit more profound than just pretentious teen angst.
Double breasted art work by Ef Pawan, and a belief that double breasts suit me better .. it is a fact though that I do prefer DB’s than the single .. it has more buttons !!
Bet you thought it was something philosophical or fashion couture oriented .. naa .. its just a matter of choice ..
Many a dress choice depends largely on what is popular and within the year’s fashion dictated by the 3 or 4 fashion biggies out of Italy, France, UK, USA ..
4 individuals decide what the world needs to wear and we diligently follow .. that is dedication and respect and everything that goes along with following .. the following not of the social media kind and its numbers … but the trend following .. a year that propagates black, turns to red the next and we follow .. that is some commitment and zeal ..
Most dress commitment and zeal is personal and personal body oriented .. you know your own body best and dress it accordingly .. sensible I guess .. but there are many that pay little heed to this compulsion and dress the body according to the bodies on the Fashion Channel ramp .. I think its wonderful to be able to be inspired by the lithe and elegant ramp runners, and to emulate them .. but when the emulation goes wrong then its a disastrous wrong …
So … it may be essential to be attired in the latest and be proud of its presence in your life and indeed your body … but equally is it a moment of pride to be attired in the choice of what you feel keeps the essentials required of your choice for your own body ..
Its the most perfect device to abstain from regimentation ..
My regimentation tells me that I need to get into my night dress, right now and invade the pillow and the bed and the alarm and the heat pads for the shoulder and neck pain etc ..