the master builders

Some of the really good stuff about the Lego Batman Movie, with spoilers:


  • Batman’s 9-pack
  • Bruce Wayne being Dick’s favorite orphan
  • Barbara Gordon went to Havard for Police
  • All of Alfred Pennyworth
  • Dick was really excited to think that Batman and Bruce Wayne had coadopted him and that he had two dads
  • Batman just wears his mask even when he’s Bruce at home
  • When Sauron fell over in a completely anticlimactic way exactly the opposite of in Return of the King
  • Commander Jim Gordon just pressing the Bat-Signal button over and over again when the Joker attacked
  • Batman was still a Master Builder as a tbt the Lego Movie
  • The shark repellent (I totally called that)
  • Batman’s trophy shelf, including the bombs
  • Ralph Fiennes was in this movie but didn’t do the voice of Voldemort who was actually a character???
  • The Joker and Batman’s entire relationship
  • Barbara Gordon being a badass when she saved Alfred and just being a badass in general
  • The music and the soundtrack
  • I can’t believe I was fricking Rick-rolled by a movie about sentient Legos
  • They saved the city from falling apart by having super strong abs
  • Basically the entire overcontrivedness of the entire film that was a wonderful parody of the cultural icon that is Batman™
  • Daleks but they couldn’t call them daleks
  • It was so great I really recommend it

IT’S DONE!

Finally finished, my humble model of Max‘ and Caroline’s flat from the show 2 Broke Girls. I hope it’s not too picture heavy, I’ve tried to keep them as small as possible.

The entrance area and Caroline’s place:

Caroline’s bed folds into the wall:

Max’ room was a little tricky, I had to change the way of one of the walls because it didn’t make sense with the building’s structure:

The bathroom, including the little meadow:

The never-shown front wall of the flat is mostly improvised, but I could catch a glimpse of the curtains:

Hope you like this! This wasn’t a big model, but the detail was quite difficult and often impossible to build. All the more fun!

Disclaimer: This is fan work only. There is no commercial use. Lego and 2 Broke Girls are brands of their own.

As we approached this magnificence, a thin silvery arc rose into view above and millions of kilometres beyond the southern axis. My blood cooled and my heart seemed to thud to a stop. Slowly looming in an orbit slightly downstar from the Capital, staggered in perspective like the entrance to a tunnel, eleven great rings had been arranged in neat, precise parking orbits.

Halos.

The combined might of the Master Builder’s weapons - all but one - had been moved to within a few million kilometres of the centre of Forerunner power, separated by a minimum of distance and looped together by the slenderest curves of hard light.

[The Didact] expressed something beyond alarm - more akin to horror - and I had difficulty stifling an outburst.

They should not be here! Halos should not be allowed anywhere near the seat of governance. Even the Master Builder forbade such a thing.

Something has gone very wrong…

You want to read this ;)

A = Angst // F = Fluff // M=Smut (maybe in the future)

when there is no letter it’s mixed ;)

BTS scenario:

Jungkook: Noona? part 1, part 2, part 3

Unpunctuality (A)

Adventure trip part 1, part 2,

Taehyung: Attraction (A) part 1, part 2, part 3,

part 4,

My sunshine (A)

Jin: Your safety star (F)

Burned out (A)

Hobi: Valentine’s mistake part 1, part 2, part 3,

Love-blind(A)

Yoongi: Favourite song part 1, part 2, part 3

Almost (A)

Jimin:Sweet dreams (F)

Someone like you(A)

Namjoon: Carelessness (A)

The master builder (F)

Ot 7: Privacy part 1, part 2,

Got7 scneario:

Yugyeom: Treat you better (A)

Jackson: It wasn’t me part 1, part 2, part 3

Forever (A)

JB: Just one game

Mark: Bad day (F)

Exo scneario:

Chanyeol: Useless Jealous, Satisfied (A),

Baekhyun: You don’t own me part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13/Final

The First Americans Were Africans by Dr. David Imhotep, PhD

Nationwide (January 31, 2014) – Is Ancient America nothing more than the missing pages of Black history? Perhaps so! New documented insights are being brought forward by Dr. David Imhotep Ph.D., former nutritionist of Muhammad Ali, and author of The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence. He is quickly changing the ancient imagined faces of America and replacing them with astounding myth busting evidence of who the first Americans really were. On the eve of Black history month we thought it fitting to recalibrate Black history not as a tragic side note of American history but the very foundation of America and its rise as a global power.

Here are ten well assumed American myths dismantled by his profound research:

1. The first Americans were Indians - Ok, this is the one everyone knows to be true right? Dr. Imhotep’s book gives detailed evidence about this fact. He says there are tens thousands of years of African travels to the Americas before the Indians arrived.

2. Columbus discovered America - This is a very old argument that most people have given up on. Columbus’s journeys were noteworthy for a number of reasons but “discovery” should not be attached to any of them.

3. Whites were the first to conduct international trade - This is very hard for most modern Americans to imagine international trade without White Americans involved, but it existed for thousands of years before they were in existence. The Pier and Harbor at Bimini, Bahamas substantiates this.

4. The mound builders were Native Americans - Some American mounds are clearly the work of master builders, but they were not Indians. This is one fact the Smithsonian does not advertise.

5. Vikings discovered America - We already destroyed this one, but to make it clear: the first European people in America were not the first to discover it. They were among the last to discover the New World behind the Africans and Asians.

6. Pilgrims were the first farmers in America - Was it not the Native Americans who saved the Pilgrims from starving their first winter with the crops they grew?

7. White people built the first roads and canals in America - Roads and canals were built by Africans far before Europeans came. Some can still be seen in southwestern USA.

8. The first Eskimos were Asians - Oh…come on Dr. Imhotep, you’ve got to be kidding me–is what you are probably thinking about this one right? The answer… two words: documented evidence! Documentation trumps conversation, and the evidence clearly shows the original Eskimo’s really were not from Asia.

9. The first Black Africans were brought to America during the Slave Trade - In the Americas; this is a standard and tragic myth because it turns out that the ancestors of many of the people brought here during slavery were already well established in the travels to America for tens of thousands of years.

10. European White people were the first iron makers in the Americas - When it comes to European Americans, in American history, we love to give credit where it just isn't due. Africans were the first iron makers in the Americas and early Europe many years before White folks ever arrived.


These claims are easily substantiated with evidence in every case. In short, Dr. Imhotep has laid out the blueprint for correcting American History and every American should be willing to learn about their first founding fathers. This is the foundation of the America we know and love and everyone should be proud of our collective African heritage. It’s also a part of what makes us great! So this Black History Month we should also celebrate the contributions of the great “African American” founders who made it possible for others to walk in their shadows even while they were being written out of history. In short, we should celebrate Black history every day because without Black history there is really no American history, it’s really that simple!

Dr. David Imhotep is America’s First PhD in Ancient African History and author of the book “Africans Were The First Americans: Documented Evidence”. For more information or to schedule him for an interview, please contact Marcus Malcolm at (302) 536-9642 or info@bettermarketingmastery.com

Cinemajago Predictions

@zena1421 told me I should post these, so here are my ideas of what will happen in the movie:

Lloyd childhood flashback
Garmadon flashback?
Narration by Lloyd
Dad Puns
Fish Puns
At school:
Nerd/Outcast Jay
Athlete Cole
Techie Nya
New Kid Lloyd
Cool Kid Kai
Zane???
Master Builder Moments
Massive fight between Ninja, causing them to split until they’re needed again
Lloyd takes on Garmy/New Villain by himself, then team comes in for support
Garmy popping up at random moments to ask about Misako
Misako isn’t an archeologist
Jay shyly crushing on Nya
Training Montage
No elemental Powers/Spinjitzu (replaced by mechs)
Reconciliation between Garmadon and Lloyd at the end (one big happy family)
Kick-Ass Nya
Garmadon taking over Ninjago Island (is Ninjago an island in the movie?)
Zane glitches/struggles to fit in (possibly being treated differently for a while?)


feel free to add any other predictions!

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West African Mosques 

Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or took control of through wars developed a distinct tradition of domes and minarets. In areas where Islam spread mostly by returning traders, traditions of mosque building were determined more by local skills and approaches.

According to Al Sayyad, the Arab conquest of the Middle East was motivated by three aims that conform to the notion of colonialism: a divine mission of spreading the Islamic religion, the maintenance of political power by the ruling Arab elite whilst expanding trade and finally to gain profit from resources of conquered lands. However, the Arab conquest did not always encounter confrontation. On the contrary as in the case of Damascus and Sicily, Arab dominion was preferable to Byzantine exploitation:“Appropriating and dismantling the religious and political buildings of earlier civilisations became common Arab practice. The symbolism associated with such transformations cannot be considered anything but colonial. The takeover of churches, and their later transformation into mosques, and the constructions of ruler’s palaces in the center of new or existing cities, represent colonial urbanism at work.” In contrast, Islam’s penetration of Sub-Saharan Africa dates to around the 9th century via the Saharan caravan routes. Two strands of influence shaped Islam in West Africa. One was the link between the Maghreb and the Berber-African gold-trading centres such as the pagan Soninke state of Ghana. The other was the eastern route that connected central Sudan – Kanem, Bornu and the Hausa states with Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Although characterised by regional and ethnic variety, one unifying factor in African Islam is the predominance of the Maliki madhab – the same school of thought adhered to in the Maghreb. In addition to the commercial link between the two regions, a spiritual bond existed with North Africa. Indeed, the majority of Sufi brotherhoods in West Africa originate from the Maghreb but the spread of the so-called turuq (Arab. ‘path’ used to describe the Sufi brotherhoods) did not happen until much later in the 18th and 19th centuries.

As the equivalent of the word “masjid ” in various African languages indicates, like its Arabic root, that the mosque is nothing more than a place of prostration: massallatai in Nigeria, missidi in Futa Diallon. By contrast, diakka in Wolof literally means to face east. West African mosques vary from simple roofless enclosures serving the function of places for communal prayer, to magnificent buildings. It would be impossible to do justice to the vast array of stylistic variants of mosque architecture in West Africa alone, therefore the regions covered here are primarily Senegal and Mali.
Mali was impregnated with a tradition known by the name of its dominant group, the Mande, whence Manding. Among them, those who were islamised were known as Dyula or Wangara. This group also covered a large area during their migration, spanning part of Senegal, Northern Nigeria, the Upper Niger Bend, Guinea coast and over to Kong in the Ivory Coast. Mande style is characterised by the use of conical forms particularly found on monumental entrances of courtyard houses and mosques. Decorated with pilasters and elements in relief alternating with voids, these façades are also found in Dogon architecture. But apart from the close affinity between domestic and religious architecture, additional elements such as the phallic pylons testify as to the integration of ancestral practices with Islamic ones.Thus the Mande style – which has come to be associated with the Soudanese style – was transmitted by traders who taught mystical Islam throughout this vast region. Nowadays, however, the transmission of the djennenké style takes place with the movement of master-builders whose craftsmanship is much sought after.

The origins of the Soudanese mosque are not clear-cut: their monumental and fortress-like exteriors are reminiscent of the defensive architecture of West Africa known as tata. There may also be a relation between these mosques and domestic architecture. The Great Mosque of Djenné typifies the Soudanese mosque and furthermore it may have been the progenitor of this type of mosque architecture. Although it was rebuilt under the aegis of the French administration in 1907, the craftsmen, as along with the building technology, are more local than French. This vast mosque dominates the market place from its raised platform. Like its relatives, the mosque is characterised by its use of buttressing, pinnacles and attached pillars all of which are punctuated by the toron spikes. Unlike many other Soudanese mosques, the ceiling of Djenné’s great mosque are very high. The western side of the mosque opens onto a large courtyard at the rear of which are situated the women’s galleries, one on each side of the entrance.This mosque has become almost iconic in terms of West African mosque architecture and numerous village mosques in the surrounding area emulate the Djenné mosque albeit on a miniature scale. Dominated by their minaret tower, courtyard and the flat roof from where the adhan is made, each mosque has its own distinctive character.Relatives of the Soudanese mosques in Mali can be found in the Futa Toro in north-eastern Senegal. Here dwellings are generally preceded by a wooden veranda or mud porch typical of all Tukolor housing in the area. This structure is echoed in the sacred enclosure around Futa mosques consisting of a projecting straw roof supported by posts whose function is to accommodate the overflow of worshippers and protect them from the sun. As for the central and coastal area of Senegal, the influence of colonialism left its mark on mosque building and the mosques of Saint Louis, Gorée and Dakar (Blanchot) are all equipped with a front porch defined by arcades with pointed arches.

Text by: Kafia Cantone

Neil Gaiman @ Town Hall NYC

(Pardon the terrible quality of the photos. Dark theater, horrible phone camera.)

Somehow, despite a raging case of anxiety, being behind on work, and the frigid, snowy weather, I made it out the door and all the way to Manhattan last night (Thursday, 2/9) to see Neil Gaiman read from Norse Mythology at Town Hall NYC. And I’m so glad I did because it was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in the nearly six years I’ve lived in the city.

I got to the venue quite early, expecting train traffic to be worse than it was, and found a line of people stretched nearly a full block down 43rd Street. It was cold and windy while we waited, but I got to chat briefly with the woman in line behind me who, as it turned out, graduated from the same university as me and whose husband went to the same high school as me (600 miles away in Kentucky, mind you!). Weird coincidences like this seem to happen all the time in NY. Once we were let in, everyone was handed a signed copy of Norse Mythology, which I thought was really nice in the event you couldn’t stick around for the signing afterward (I couldn’t, unfortunately).

The event began at 7 PM with Neil reading “The Master Builder,” the story from Norse Mythology that concerns the gods building a wall to keep out the frost giants (”Build a wall and make the giants pay for it!” Neil joked at one point). I’ve gotta say, it was surreal to be sitting just a few feet away (4th row!) while Neil Gaiman did my favorite thing of all the things Neil Gaiman does, which is reading his own work aloud. And the reading was fun and funny, as good as I could’ve ever imagined or hoped for. The audience cheered and laughed in all the right places (Loki gets up to some hilarious business in this one, but I think Freya’s quiet fury drew the biggest laughs). The gods came out on top, but just barely, which seems right.

After the reading, Neil left the stage for some on-screen entertainment. We saw the American Gods trailer that premiered at SDCC last year, and while I’ve seen it a zillion times at this point, it was neat to see it on a big screen. The big deal, though, was that we got to see the trailer for How to Talk to Girls at Parties – to mostly accurately quote Neil here, “the best Romeo and Juliet story featuring punks and aliens in 70′s Croydon that’s ever been told.” The film looks so fun and winning, and I cannot wait to see it!

Next came the Q&A, which found Neil chatting Ophira Eisenberg about the new book and approximately one thousand other things. The audience had a chance to submit questions before the reading, and those were the basis for most of the discussion. I’ll never be able to remember everything, but here’s a dump of what I do recall:

- The chat started with some general conversation about Neil’s personal history with Norse mythology, why Norse myths versus others, speculation on why there are so many similarities between myths across cultures. Neil talked a little bit about the parallels between Norse mythology and current events and reassured us all that we are NOT at “peak Ragnarok” (still early days, apparently). 

- Neil mentioned that one regret about the project was not having more stories about the Norse goddesses to tell.

- My question got asked! Which, to no one’s surprise, was about American Gods. I asked what Neil was most excited about in the adaptation, and he said it was the bits the writers made up that weren’t in the book. His favorite episode is the one that focuses on Laura’s story, and Emily Browning is terrific. He also mentioned that, since small-town travel agents don’t really exist in 2017, Laura is now a croupier at a casino.

- One major highlight was getting to hear Neil talk about Terry Pratchett and their phone correspondence over the years. Neil mentioned that the reason the Good Omens scripts had taken priority over other projects in recent years because it was something Terry had asked him to do before he died. 

- Neil confirmed he’s working on the Neverwhere sequel at present, which will be titled The Seven Sisters, though I think this was public knowledge already.

- Neil dreams about being chased through abandoned mansions by spaghetti-faced creatures, and while I don’t think this was public knowledge, you might have already surmised as much.

The signing came afterward. I’m very sad I had to get back home and couldn’t stick around. Nevertheless, it was my first Neil event, and it was as good as everyone says it is, better even than expected, and now I’m even more excited for the American Gods event at Bard in April! And, of course, I’m ready to bury myself in Norse Mythology this weekend.

For those who have seen Lego Batman:

Since Robin was able to follow all of Batmans instructions when building inside of supermans fortress to steal the phantom zone laser PERFECTLY on the FIRST TRY!!, does that mean he has the potential to be a Master Builder?? I hope so, he’s so cute and deserves to be in any future Lego Movie