the role you were born to play

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do you think the blue lion will play a role in klance’s arc?

S2 shows keith wondering if a galra, and possibly someone in his family, could have piloted the blue lion and be the very reason he was born on earth. what if he asks lance to help him with this? for lance to bond with blue (like shiro did with black) and see if she has answers for keith? it would provide a great opportunity for them to talk about their families, what lance brings to the team as the embodiment of blue, and how they were arguably connected from the start via a connection to blue.

CHIRON IN THE HOUSES

THE WOUNDED HEALER:

Chiron is a comet in our solar system with an erratic and elliptical orbit. It represents our “deepest wound” and how we work to heal it. In our natal charts, it shows us where we have healing powers caused by these deep spiritual wounds; Chiron is known as the bridge between material and spiritual realms. In the areas of life that are influenced by Chiron, we may overcompensate in an attempt to cover up our wounds. Overcoming low self-esteem and fear helps us to harness these healing powers and eventually learn to use to them our best ability.  

First House: Chiron in the first house plays a role in part of your identity. You may go through a (or several) journey(s) of self discovery in life, and usually early on. It can make you like a knight in shining armor, ready to fight for the underdog as it’s important for you to find personal meaning in existence. People with Chiron in the first house are very gifted healers/teachers.  However, acting with over-aggression is common, and you must be careful not to neglect your own personal needs for the sake of helping others.

Second House: Chiron in the second house creates a deep need for you to define what you value in life, physically and emotionally. While you may have issues with holding onto and maintaining personal finances, you can easily help others gain control over their own money with sound advice. You are likely to squander your money/possessions away, feeling that you don’t really deserve it, but the deeper issue here is feeling that you have low self-worth. Finding the right balance can lead you to becoming a great teacher of self-worth and living a fulfilling and compassionate lifestyle.

Third House: Chiron in the third house can have issues with feeling understood, or you have may have had some sort of injury that inhibits your ability to speak. You may feel like no one paid attention to what you said as a child, so you are on a life-long quest to be heard, yet you still frequently feel that no one is listening. Mercury/Chiron stress aspects are likely to produce the same result. Overcome your lack of self-confidence, and you will see that you hold an unusual ability to teach and communicate with sensitivity. Siblings play a significant role in your life when Chiron resides in the third house. If you are an only child, you may feel that this area of your life is lacking.

Fourth House: With Chiron in the fourth house, you may often feel like the ‘black sheep’ of your family. The home itself is generally the issue – maybe you’re away a lot or your family dynamic was off (a parent may have left, been emotionally unavailable, or ill) or perhaps you feel like you can’t find a true home anywhere. Suffering in childhood is common with this placement. Understand that self-healing is the path to universal healing. Because of your difficult home life, you have a lack of self-confidence. Gain confidence in yourself and you will see that you have great potential, especially as a counselor.

Fifth House: Chiron in the fifth house creates a deep need for the ego to be recognized and you may have to draw certain boundaries in order for it to survive, just be careful to not cut yourself off from people completely. This placement gives you the ability to give impeccable advice on romance, children, games, and even the stock market, even if your own life doesn’t reflect this at all. You are often able to help people reach goals you could never reach for yourself; you may be a great life coach. Chiron in the fifth house may cause unusual sexual patterns or tendencies to experiment and/or become obsessed with a partner or certain sexual encounters. You may not want kids, but if you do, there is a risk of you pushing them to achieve goals you want for yourself, not what they want. This is a very creative placement, although you may not recognize this in yourself.

Sixth House: Chiron in the sixth house pre-occupies you with your health, beyond the typical level. You may be somewhat of a hypochondriac and it’s likely that you may suffer from an eating disorder or have strange likes/dislikes about food. This placement can influence you in one of two ways: you will help everyone around you get healthy while you maintain an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, eating junk food). You must learn to take care of yourself first if this is the case. Or you may demand that everyone around you serves you and it is difficult for you to be satisfied. You’re very sensitive to the body and you will be successful in healing yourself when it comes to dealing with your own issues, as long as you don’t view being healthy as a chore.

Seventh House: With Chiron in the seventh house, you often find yourself through your relationships with others. You may spend a great deal of time with a partner who is disabled in some way. You typically can give great advice on marriage and business partnerships but have a hard time with these relationships yourself. Your parents may have split or been distant, and you may marry multiple times. You reflect others’ self images like a mirror, but it’s important to recognize that you and your partner are not one person – you need to be separate individuals that come together harmoniously. Doing so helps to relieve some of the confusion about who you are. You must find a balance between self and others.

Eighth House: Chiron in the eighth house comes alive with this placement – you’ll have immense talent for healing or rehabilitating others, but not yourself. Personal desires are extremely important to you and you can almost know by instinct what other people desire. It’s tempting to use this to manipulate or control others, and you may feel that you even have psychic abilities because of this. However, it’s important to use this for good and not to give your powers away to a teacher or a ‘master’. You may also have the capacity to bring out great sexual ability in a partner. You could become a very skilled sex therapist.

Ninth House: Chiron in the ninth house may cause you to obsess over travel or a certain field of study, typically pertaining to a religion of some sort. You have an inner crisis that requires you to connect with a Higher Self in your lifetime. You may feel driven to discover ultimate truths and convey them to others through spirituality, religion and/or the occult. Your opinions tend to be more extreme than others and it’s important that you remain open-minded. You have great potential to be a teacher, as being the eternal student comes so naturally to you. Remember to take time and relax so that you can truly enjoy learning as much as you do.  

Tenth House: Chiron in the tenth house may often cause you to feel like you are taking care of everyone and everything besides yourself. You have a strong desire to prove your self-worth so you are constantly helping others succeed, even beyond your own levels of success. On the other hand, this placement could influence you to reject any form of responsibility and give up all ambitions, typically out of your fear of failure. Chiron in the tenth house gives you authority naturally, as the house represents goals and achievement, but you may not own your authority. You are able to finally accept the power within you during the time of ‘Saturn Return’, between the ages of 28 and 30. You gain the ability to separate yourself from the projections others have placed on you since childhood – you will find your true purpose.

Eleventh House: Chiron in the eleventh house may cause you to feel like your peers reject you. It may create deep feelings of loneliness for you. To compensate for this, you will either withdraw from large groups, as they generally make you feel uncomfortable, or you will compulsively seek out many friends to help fight off the loneliness. You often find yourself with ‘friends’ who drain you and take advantage of you, or you could drain and take advantage of your friends due to an inner neediness that is never satisfied. With that being said, you are incredibly individualistic and you have a great sense of personal destiny. To fulfill this destiny, master the skill of detachment and release yourself from the holds of your ego. You were born to play a unique role; push your creativity and idealism to new heights.

Twelfth House: With Chiron in the twelfth house, you may have a strong desire to take care of the poor, sick, and unfortunate. The issue with this lies in neglecting your needs and the needs of your family in order to help others. This placement tends to cause fatigue and it’s vital that you get plenty of rest. You are deeply intuitive and aware of the non-physical realms of reality. You are endlessly curious and even somewhat psychic. You have come into this life to serve a very high purpose, and although the path is a difficult one, the goal you reach will be higher than anything imaginable. Be careful to not shut yourself off from people as your natural gifts for healing are there to help others. This benefits you personally, but only after you have matured emotionally.

seven of hearts; chapter I

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♠️ genre: angst, fluff

♥️ word count: 8.856

♣️ warnings: mentions of blood and violance; litteraly just one swear word (if you find more, let me know); i think there’s a mention of sex somewhere in there (not between the characters, just in general).

♦️ a/n: just a universe i came up with. modern-ish royal-ish!AU. please, enjoy!


You always wondered: would card games be fun, if your world wasn’t operating the way it was? Would it be fun to sit around the table with your friends, or maybe throw some pillows on the floor to give your gathering an eastern flavor? To have a game or two - or ten, if someone catches a gamble fever - along with a cheap drink? Or, perhaps, to deal some cards on a train and play with a stranger, who happened to have a ticket for a seat across from you. Beat them and lose to them, but then become friends, or maybe leave each other just as you were at the beginning - as strangers, except a little more familiar ones - with a twist in a form of a fond memory of someone who kept you company on the way to your destination.

And you thought that, maybe, there was a world like that: where playing cards provided a light distraction or kept you busy, if needed. Unfortunately, you weren’t lucky enough to be born into a fantasy like that. It was not your reality. It was not your world. In your world - those cards with pictures on them were far from fun and games (though, a little further from fun than from games). They were too busy defining people - their status, their fate, the roles they played.

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I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this but I think we might have missed a big connection between Isak and Yousef. 

Last season the name Isak and the numbers 21:21 were significant. Julie chose the name Isak for a reason. The birth of Issac is in the book of Genesis 21. The scene at 21:21 when Even kisses Isak in the pool is supposed to be representative of that. In this context, Julie had our focus on the bible and Christianity. It was fascinating to see a story about homosexuality put in the context of religion. Something many might say are two contrasting subjects put together to form a story. But it served as a connection to Isak & his mother.

Lets look at the name Yousef. (Yusuf in english is Joseph). Both Yousef and Isak (I’ll use the skam written names for better understanding) are represented in Islam as well as prophets and family. Isak is the father of (Jacob) who is the father of Yousef. Aka Isak is Yousef’s grandfather. 

Now lets look at the Quran verse which corresponds to the clip Yousef.

 Yousef (12:06) - Let me mention as well that Surah (chapter) 12 of the Quran is Yousef. 

And thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of narratives and complete His favor upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He completed it upon your fathers before, Abraham and Isaac. Indeed, your Lord is Knowing and Wise.

The verse which corresponds to today’s clip is 

Jeg Dømmer Ingen (19:42)

When he said to his father: “O my father! Why do you worship that which neither hears nor sees, nor can in anything avail you?

I’m not going to put my interpretations of these verses on here, I feel it is best for someone who is Muslim to do this. Any skam Muslim fans what do you think of this connection? I would really love to hear your thoughts.

I will only that add that now after learning Yousef is not Muslim, contrary to what Sana thought, we once again have two contrasting subjects kind of telling us this seasons story. A non-believer of Allah is (possibly) being connected to the Quran, similar to Isak, a believer in parallel universes and a homosexual, who was connected to the Bible. I think its still too early to completely understands Yousef’s connection but I don’t think Julie came up with the name Yousef randomly. 

Also Isak and Yousef were both born on the 21st, while Even was born on the 12th (Maybe Surah Yousef connection?). Yousef was born on September 21st which is also the start of the Islamic New Year for 2017 (my best friend who is Muslim pointed this out to me). His birthday might be a coincidence but you know Julie, so I thought I would put this symbolism as well incase someone finds the significance that might hold. 

Do we think the Yousef/Isak connection plays a role in Sana’s story and/or Even’s connection to all of this?

*disclaimer I’m just putting this information out there for discussion. I’m not saying this connection is a definite thing, just a possibility* 

My extra theory is under here 

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[Translation] CUT - Yamada Ryosuke x Fumihiko Sori (March Issue: 2/18/2017)

“I said, ‘I don’t want to boast about this role.’” (Yamada)


“It was then that I understood the human being known as Yamada Ryosuke was very masculine, and it made me happy.” (Sori)


“I used to always think, ‘it’s still too early to be able to make this work into a movie yet,’” Director Sori Fumihiko discusses in this talk how, even within numerous Japanese comics, Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the works that [has to cross] the extremely high hurdle of live-action adaptations. At the same time, if Japanese film is challenging the scale and dynamism of Hollywood film head on, wouldn’t the greatest work to do so with be Fullmetal Alchemist? That’s why while taking on this film, both Director Sori and Yamada Ryosuke, who plays the role of the protagonist Ed, along with the rest of the cast, had to heavily prepare and carry a great deal of pressure, but in any case, their words were reassuring in this conversation. 

How will they depict Ed’s character? How was filming carried out in Italy? What sort of concept did they have when introducing the brand new CG technology? How will Al be represented? After finishing the intense photo-shoot, the two of them told us about the various inevitable points that worried them and revealed many precious behind-the-scenes happenings.

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One day I decided to explain some of the important technical and flavor differences of various spellcasters to my students.  

So I turn to the wizard, and tell him “You’ve mastered the use of magic through rigorous study and practice.  Thanks to your hard work and intelligence, you can learn pretty much any spell, but every morning you have to choose your spells and precast them ahead of time.  So basically every morning you get up and do homework for an hour”

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Then I turn to the cleric.  “The source of your powers is the blessing of your god, who trusts you to represent and honor her.  You can request any spell you need and it will be granted as long as you keep her favor.  So every morning you get up and pray in supplication”

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Finally, I turn to the sorcerer “You did not work for your magic and no one can take it away from you.  Basically one of your ancestors somehow mated with a magical entity and as a result you were born with powers.  So every morning you wake up and… bask in your awesomeness, I guess.”

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The kids have a lot of fun role-playing their morning routines now.  I particularly like the “I’m Awesome” chant.

The Deep Stuff.

So I recently read a couple of thread discussions that popped off of me answering an anon about what happened during Matt’s sit down with the chat.

They talked and argued about how accountable the cast was for creating a LGBTQ character with such a stereotypical backstory that we see so often in media.

Now, while it saddens me to see this kind of discourse among the fans, I have a question to ask all of you because I want to possibly clear the air here on an issue that I’ve been seeing more and more frequently.

Critical Role is a unique show in which it was born out of people gathering around to play D&D. In the beginning, we were fortunate enough to watch this game unfold, just there to be a part of the experience.

But what about now? The CR cast gets paid to play this game. They sell merchandise and appear at cons and run a show with growing success. 

Is this really just a game that we get to sit in on anymore? Or, are the cast now held to a standard because they’ve started to become the producers for an audience of consumers? 

When I play D&D, we don’t broadcast, and lord knows I say offensive things sometimes. But that is in a room full of friends who understand and laugh at it and have a good time because we know one another and we know the humor we all enjoy together. We know it’s a safe place to let loose.

We enjoy Critical Role to a certain degree because the cast does shake loose and get comfortable around friends. We laugh along with their humor. However, we also know that they try their best to not offend anyone because they are aware of the audience. 

So, what is Critical Role now? Can we still consider it a game among friends or has the core of the show been altered to that of an improv performance in front of an audience.

Dear Zariyah 💛

Hey. It’s me. Daddy.

You probably don’t know me that well yet. But I’m the voice you heard every now and then that’s not your Mommy’s, and sometimes you probably felt my hands as I searched for your head, arm, leg, or whatever body part you happen to be kicking Mommy with. Now that you are born, you’ll see me a lot more often.

As mommy struggled to push you out, I was right here with her holding her hand as she crushed mines. Every push she gave made you come closer and closer to being brought out and in our arms. We waited months for this moment.Also waiting for you were grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends eager to share this world with you. A few of these even witnessed your first moments. You had your eyes closed for most of them, but you opened yours for your mommy and daddy.

At that very moment I fell In love all over again with a beautiful baby girl. Me and your mommy love you so much Zariyah, even before you were born we loved you the moment we found out mommy was carrying you in her belly. We promise to tend to your every need and give you as much of love and attention that we can provide you with. @itsdevynnbitch I love you and Zariyah from the bottom of my heart.

anonymous asked:

You know how Chuck reacted to meeting the winchesters? What if he did accidentally create them? Like, he started writing his books to distract himself and, being god, the characters became real?

Basically, I love this idea. 

When season 11 revealed that Amara was Chuck’s sister, it changed things in the show. BIG things. Like, the whole entire shows mytharc since day one things.

I’m actually not exaggerating here, hear me out please.

Okay, so what do we know about the “Winchester Gospels”? They were written to record the end times and the roles that Sam and Dean Winchester were supposed to play. Sam and Dean are the tragic siblings, manufactured by the angels to be the perfect vessels because they are in themselves mirrors for Michael and Lucifer on earth. The show spells it out for us thanks to Gabriel: “why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father, and Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of Daddy’s plan. You were born to this, boys. It’s your destiny! It was always you! As it is in heaven, so it must be on earth. One brother has to kill the other.”

So Dean is supposed to kill Sam as Michael killed Lucifer, one must destroy the other, the older sibling destroys the younger sibling for the sake of the world. That is what Chuck was writing about, Sam and Dean and their destiny in the apocalypse.

Now, Sam and Dean may have ripped up the ending, but that wasn’t the whole story, because Chuck has his own part in this giant mirror of a mirror. Because Michael and Lucifer weren’t even the original story. Chuck and Amara were.

Before creation, Chuck and Amara were siblings in chaos, I dunno if I imagined this or not but I am pretty sure that Amara calls Chuck her ‘big brother’ implying she is the younger sibling but I am not entirely sure on that so don’t quote me here. Nevertheless, we have two siblings, and in order to create the universe, one destroys the other. Chuck chooses creation over Amara, thus starting a millennia long series of events ending in Sam and Dean fighting it out on that day in Stull Cemetery. 

Why therefore did Chuck hide away during the apocalypse? Why didn’t he reveal himself? Because he was ashamed at what he had done to his sister. Because the whole apocalyptic mess was his fault because of his guilt at choosing everything over her. So what does he do instead of fixing things? He writes. 

Chuck wrote Dean Winchester to be himself. Dean is Chuck’s “Mary Sue”. (yes I damn well used that term.) And Sam? Sam is the sibling he gave up for the universe.

So when Chuck poured all of his love and guilt and sorrow over his sister into his new creation, Dean Winchester became everything that Chuck could not be. Dean Winchester will always put his brother before everything else in the entire universe. Because that is a fundamental part of Dean’s creation. Chuck wrote the Winchester’s specifically to undo his own tragic story. In his writing, Dean does not sacrifice Sam for the world, Dean always saves Sam. Even at the risk OF the world. Because Chuck’s biggest regret was not putting his sister first.

It all combines in a rather beautiful narrative symmetry doesn’t it?

anonymous asked:

this might sound a bit rude but why is haknyeon even still in the top 11? i have nothing against him but i dont particularly like him either. he's managed to stay up there for so long without really having a "story", any notable talents, any memorable moments, lots of screentime, or just anything besides being jeju boy. im confused??? are knetz noticing something we arent??? i know he had a bit of a story during right round but even that was short lol pls help

!!Warning: long (possibly boring) post!!


It’s okay, buddy~ 

In short: He’s top 11 because he’s popular and he’s popular because he’s likable and he’s likable partly because he’s cute. I think that he’s remained stable in popularity (despite the reasons you’ve given) because of the way his popularity formed and the cultural context and cognitive biases that helped form it. 

I answered an ask about this here where I talked a little about how culture plays a big role in “visuals” being super popular. In this post I will be fully expanding on the points of the previous post. In the future, I will be linking any asks about this topic to this post so I do not become redundant. 

Disclaimer: I’m personally indifferent about Haknyeon- I can see why people think he’s cute but I don’t think he’s ready to be in top 11. This analysis is not intended to condemn or dismiss people’s reasons for liking him, it is also not meant to be the only reasons why he’s popular- I am merely exploring the cognitive and cultural factors that may have facilitated his popularity. 

Disclaimer #2: I am not a professional psychologist/researcher/etc. I am a 3rd year cognitive science, computer programming double major who has worked in labs that study cultural differences in social and developmental psychology. I’ve done my best to research and cite the articles that I use to support my observations but feel free to bring up any discrepancies. 


First, the timing:

  • March 9, 2017 - Mnet first unveiled the contestants through the Pick Me stage on MCountdown.
  • That same day, Mnet had a “Meet the Producers” event where the trainees met with fans and gave them gifts. Here’s a Naver link to their behind the scenes footage of the event.
  • March 10, 2017 - PR videos started being released.
  • April 7, 2017 - The show officially started airing.

Haknyeon caught a lot of people’s attention for being very cute and smiley at the “meet the national producers” event. Right after the event lots of people posted fan pics of him and he had fan sites popping up left and right- take a look at the twitter activity for his name on 3/9. And then on March 10, his PR video came out and people thought it was really endearing that he talked about Jeju and being a farm boy so he gained more fans. 

Remember that this all happened BEFORE the season started airing. The fans hadn’t seen his talents/skills (other than what was shown in the PR video) and we hadn’t really seen anyone else’s skills/talents either. There wasn’t much to go on other than his personality and his looks and we didn’t have any way of properly comparing him to other trainees yet.


“Visual” culture:

The industry itself counts “visuals” as a position in kpop groups and the country as a whole places importance on being the best “you” you can be (as seen in their many skincare/makeup lines, minor plastic surgery -like eyelid surgery- being the norm, and their tendency to criticize). It may seem like visuals are more important in Korean culture because they are. This importance is even reflected in the fact that Korean language has more descriptive terms for people’s looks.

Examples, taken from Park, 2007 (pg. 55):

eoljjang (“face king,” a person with a handsome face), momjjang (“body king,” a person with a nice body), saengeol (a pretty face without any make-up), dongan (a young-looking face), longdari (slang term for “long legs”), jjukjjuk ppangppang (“long, slim, and supple”), S-line (hourglass figure), V-line (slender face), etc

The fact that Korea is homogeneous and has its own set of beauty standards/ideals also contributes to the disconnect between their culture and international fan’s cultures. That’s not to say other Asian cultures don’t share similar standards. In fact, John Nguyeat Erni and Siew Keng Chua argue that “racial proximity” can explain the popularity of K-drama/K-pop in Asia because of the shared “norms of beauty (male and female)… in contrast to perceived western outlooks” (quoted in Kim, 2007, pg 48). 

I will not go more into these because I myself am not Korean nor have I studied these aspects sufficiently to feel confident in analyzing their role in “visual” popularity. But be aware that they exist and are large parts of the culture. (For further reading I recommend this study by Bissel & Chung where they discuss Korean socio-cultural attitudes toward ideal beauty).


The psychology of attractiveness: 

It’s easy for people to become biased to a person when all they have are personality and visuals to judge them on. There is a cognitive bias that every human has in some degree or another where we tend to equate good looks with having good traits. It’s called the physical attractiveness stereotype. Studies have shown that “in a first-impression situation, [where you only have personality and visuals to judge on] a person’s level of attractiveness may evoke in a perceiver a set of expectancies” (Miller, 1970).

In 1997, Wheeler & Kim conducted a study with Korean university students where they found that Korean university students were more likely than North American university students to stereotype based on attractiveness and were more likely to rate attractive people are being more trustworthy. 

In individualistic cultures, (i.e. US/Western Europe) the physical attractiveness stereotype tends to make observers perceive attractive people as more successful/powerful but it also causes observers to attribute more negative traits to attractive people and see their integrity/kindness as low. However, in collectivist cultures (i.e. East Asian countries) which stress harmony, attractive people are not seen as more powerful- instead they are seen as having higher integrity, loyalty, and other traits that culture values.

There is another cognitive bias called the halo effect where an observer’s positive impression of one aspect of a person (like their personality) makes other aspects of that person also appear positive to the observer. 

One study found that subjects “significantly favored more attractive singers over the less attractive singers” even when their singing was poor. (Wapnick, Darrow, Kovacs, & Dalrymple, 1997).

Another study found that subjects rated an essay as more intelligent if the writer was attractive even when the essay itself was poorly written (Landy & Sigall 1975). Here is a quote from their study that explains the interactions between attractiveness and perception of talent (I’ve bolded some things that stood out to me): 

The results of this experiment indicate that the physical attractiveness of an individual performing a given task affects the manner in which people evaluate both the performance and the performer. This was so even though the task performance being evaluated was completely unrelated to the physical attractiveness of the performer. Thus, physical appearance not only affects the way in which others react to a person, it also affects the way in which they react to that person’s accomplishments. (pg. 304)

Remember, these biases are often subconscious and we are not aware that we have them and are being influenced by them.


How it comes together:

Joo Haknyeon became popular because of his visuals and personality before the season started airing- in some part because of the physical attractiveness stereotype and in part because his personality is likable. Korean culture, in general, also places a lot of emphasis on “visuals”. In addition to this, the initial buzz on twitter gave him some very dedicated fans. When the season actually started airing, those fans already loved him so much that it didn’t matter if he had amazing talents or not- in their eyes, he’s the best and they want the best for him. This is the halo effect- because they love his personality and visuals, his fans are more likely to see the rest of him positively and disregard his shortcomings.

His lack of screen time only made his fandom more invested because it forced them to have to go the extra mile in finding content and information about him. Many have invested a lot effort, time, and emotions on him. (This is one of the reasons why fans are so rabid and why fans can become vicious if they feel betrayed by their idol, but I won’t go into that here).

The fact that people tend to question “Why is Haknyeon still in top 11?” etc. only strengthens the fandom because defending someone again and again only makes them believe in that person more. There’s also the confirmation bias at play- people interpret information in a way that confirms their existing beliefs- especially for emotionally charged things. 

In conclusion:

There are several cognitive biases that influence how we perceive attractive people but their effect depends on culture. These reasons are not the only reasons why people like him and not every Korean fan is influenced by these biases. For the most part, though, cognitive biases and the cultural context are likely playing a role in some degree, even if people aren’t aware of it. That doesn’t make the influence wrong or the Korean perceptions wrong; it just makes them different from international perceptions. 

Different cultures like different things-  and a good portion of the Korean voters like Haknyeon. If you were born in Korea and grew up learning their values and immersed in their culture, you might also have liked Haknyeon. Even if you didn’t stan him, you might have included him in your top 11 vote just because he’s very cheerful and cute- which is what I think is happening. He has a big fandom, but it could also be that other fans tend to use him to fill up space. We’ll be able to assess true popularity and fandom power (and not just casual liking) once we get to 2 pick and 1 pick.

Anyway, if you read all of this, then yay! Feel free to send me a private message or an ask if anything is still confusing (and/or if you disagree and want to discuss this) and I’ll try to expand more on that particular piece. Again, in the future, I will be linking to this answer if anyone else asks this question.

So many posts ago, I got asked a question along the line of “doesn’t it bug you that Link isnt a left in BOTW.” My answer was close to “No. Why should it matter? It’s still Link.”

And I got flooded with PMs. But one I have not posted for the longest time….because it was in five parts because it was so long.

But I’ve decided to post it in its entirety, only editing out the (cont.) words from the PMs. Here it is below:

Hi as a different lefty anon I think I can shed some light for the people who are confused by the “hand discourse.” I can’t speak for every lefty ever but I was raised with older family members, most of whom had conservative views including that being a lefty was evil. I remember being 5 and a great aunt telling me I was Devil-born and would only be good for being a street thug or whore if my Mom didn’t try to fix my handedness and make me write with my right hand. This is one of the more extreme examples but I’ve heard similar sentiments my whole life. Even jokingly I’ve had cousins talk about how ‘sinister" we are and while it never seems like much to people watching, after years of being told you’re a shitty person because you were born favoring a different side even little things can cause a sudden breaking point. What the other anon said about Link being a role model is true. The reason I ever first picked up a game was I looked at the cover art and saw him using his left hand. I know it seems like such a tiny detail, but it really meant a lot to me and now years later I’ve played every game. The Wii years were hard. Skyward Sword was almost unplayable because swinging with my left hand caused Link to jerk weirdly and using my right hand felt unbelievably awkward lol. But I didn’t complain because most people are right handed and with motion controls I knew there wouldn’t be much hope for a lefty flip. I haven’t been able to get a switch yet so I can’t really say either way, but everything I’ve read hasn’t mentioned much about motion controls and I’m not sure if it has any. If not the decision to make Link a righty with no option to flip the controls stings a little. It just seems like an unnecessary change that cuts out one of the unifying features of (almost) all the Links. And I don’t see why there isn’t a flip option if that’s the case like Spirit Tracks had. So! This has gotten longer than I meant it so I’ll wrap it up. Yes, there are people who are extremely angry and vocal about Link not being a lefty and tbh most of them are overreacting. Link’s handedness isn’t hurting anyone and it doesn’t detract from the game. But I think the people who are making fun us for feeling like this should realize what it means to people. No, Link’s not the only character but he’s the most famous and known for being a lefty so please stop mocking us for wanting to hold on to something positive that represents us.

Knock, Chapter 8

You make a deal with Simon.

Simon/You, Fluff, Angst, 

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When you opened your eyes you found yourself lying in the tiny medical room that played hospital to the Sanctuary’s cuts and bruises. Negan, Frankie and Tanya stood on one side of your bed, Dr Carson on the other, all of them watching you with the same pitiful expression. It made you as uncomfortable as if they had been smiling at you, you hated being the centre of attention and more than anything you hated looking weak.

You managed to convince everyone except Carson to leave the room but that hadn’t stopped Negan from pacing the hallway, his shadow sneaking under the door every time he went by. There were two shadows now and you could hear Negan barely finishing the word “fall” before the door slammed open and Simon barged in, his eyes wide with worry and his chest panting like he’d been running.

He crossed the room in quick strides, taking your hand in his and slumping into the little plastic chair as if he belonged there, by your side, playing the role of the concerned husband.

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The Meaning of Angel/ repeating Numbers

article from http://heavensangelsreadings.wordpress.com/tag/angel-numbers/

So many people have come to me saying they’ve been seeing multiples of one number or another, such as 111555777, or combinations of numbers such as 10101212 or 1221, and they’re wondering what it means.

What about you? Have you been noticing the frequency of repetitive or combinations of numbers in your life? Have you wondered what this means?

More and more people have been noticing these number combinations over the past few years, especially in the last year or two. And as we head further into this year of 2012, these combinations will become even more prevalent.

Please don’t be alarmed by this and by all of the stories about the world coming to an end in December.

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012 which is said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

While it’s true that we are coming to the end of the fifth and longest cycle, it doesn’t mean that the world is going to end. It means that the world is coming to an end as we know it. It means that we are coming close and closer to earth and spiritual transformations. Earth and its inhabitants will undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and 2012 marks the beginning of a new era and a new set of cycles.

So as we come closer and closer to the ending of this cycle, you may be noticing even more these number combinations. These spiritual messages if you will, hidden among our number system.

Numbers have always played a key role in our lives. Astrologers and numerologists use them as a means to explain who you are, where you were and where you’re headed. However, the repetitive and combinations of numbers have other meanings and messages as well.

I’m going to try to explain what the numbers mean. I’m going to actually give you brief definitions of numbers and the various combinations of numbers.

Singular Numbers

What do singular numbers actually mean?

Different numbers define different characteristics. Numbers can change for us throughout our lives but the numbers we were born with influence our character, behavior, strengths and weaknesses. With that said, I’m going to give you a brief understanding of what singular numbers mean.

Number 0 – Limitless, unity, Nothingness, boundless, truth, purity, love, the All, Alpha and Omega, possibility, first cause, unmanifest, Breath of God, unified field, Source, space, consciousness, Cosmic Egg, God.

Number 1 – Beginning, new, focused concentration, goal-striving, action, independence, originality, courage, invention, leader, self-reliant, ambition, pioneer, Will, conscious mind, positive.

Number 2 – Duality, division, polarity, choice, gestation, cooperation, service, harmony, support, waiting, diplomacy, patience, psychic, intuition, adaptable, empathic, partnership, mediator, comparison, receptive, helper, collecting, reproduction, balancer of opposites, subconscious memory, positive and negative.

Number 3 – Trinity, the Union of Divine plus Human, manifestation, positive, negative and neutral, expression, subconscious mind / imagination, creative, optimistic, enthusiasm, expressive, charming, humor, fun, attractive, friendly.

Number 4 – Practical, orderly, patient, logical, hard-working, loyal, builder, steadfast, frugal, responsible, earthy, planner, materially creative, green thumb, even tempered.

Number 5 – Adventure, change, freedom, exploration, variety, sensuality, unattached, curious, experienced, periodicity, knowledge seeker, knowledge teacher, traveler, imagination, child-like, playful.

Number 6 – Harmony, beauty, nurturing, love, marriage, family, responsibility, understanding, sympathy, healing, empathic, perfectionist, order, duty, comfort, service.

Number 7 – Philosopher, sage, wisdom seeker, reserved, inventor, stoic, contemplative, aloof, deep-thinker, introspective, spiritual, faith, esoteric, exotic, unusual, hidden, seeking perfection, ethereal, other worldly, enigma.

Number 8 – Achievement, abundance, executive, strength, self-disciplined, power, success, authority, psychology, entrepreneur, intensity, supervisor, provider, grandeur, material manifestor.

Number 9 – Endings, completion, humanitarian, compassionate, romantic, selfless, generous, philanthropic, loving, wisdom, idealist, artistic, spiritual healer, all allowing, other worldly, blending.

Sequences of Numbers

Your angels often communicate messages to you by showing you sequences of numbers. They do this in two ways.

First, they subtly whisper in your ear so you’ll look up in time to notice the clock’s time or a phone number on a billboard. The angels hope you’ll be aware that you’re seeing this same number sequence repeatedly. For instance, you may frequently see the number sequence 111, and it seems every time you look at a clock the time reads 1:11 or 11:11.

The second way in which angels show you meaningful number sequences is by physically arranging for, say, a car to drive in front of you that has a specific license plate number they want you to see. Those who are aware of this phenomenon become adept at reading the meaning of various license plates. In this way, the angels will actually give you detailed messages.

Here are the basic meanings of various number sequences. However, your own angels will tell you if your situation holds a different meaning for you. Ask your angels, “What are you trying to tell me?” and they’ll happily give you additional information to help decode their numeric meanings.

111 – This sign is used to indicate that your thoughts are related to the start of a new cycle in your life.  What you’re thinking about doing or changing is correct for the new phase of your life.

111 or 1111 relates to the energy flow of water, money, sex, Kundalini, magnetic.  It happens when one of these energies manifests.

111 also means to monitor your thoughts carefully, and be sure to only think about what you want, not what you don’t want. This sequence is a sign that there is a gate of opportunity opening up, and your thoughts are manifesting into form at record speeds.

The 111 is like the bright light of a flash bulb. It means the universe has just taken a snapshot of your thoughts and is manifesting them into form. Are you pleased with what thoughts the universe has captured? If not, correct your thoughts. Ask your angels to help you with this if you have difficulty controlling or monitoring your thoughts.

222 – This is a sign of confirmation that you’re on the right path, doing the right thing and going in the right direction. Continue with this train of thought.

222 or 2222 means you’re in the middle of the process of resurrection or the process of ascension.

222 means that our newly planted ideas are beginning to grow into reality. Keep watering and nurturing them, and soon they’ll push through the soil so you can see evidence of your manifestation. In other words, don’t quit five minutes before the miracle. Your manifestation is soon going to be evident to you, so keep up the good work! Keep holding positive thoughts, keep affirming, and continue visualizing.

333 – This sign indicates that your angels and Spirit Guides agree with your thoughts and feelings and could be interpreted as a Cosmic ‘Yes!’ to questions you’ve asked or ideas you may have.

333 or 3333 is a decision number. Either one of the following can happen:

You may receive a message of 666 which means a decision in material world or 999 which means a decision in the spiritual world.

333 means that the Ascended Masters are near you, desiring you to know that you have their help, love, and companionship. Call upon the Ascended Masters often, especially when you see the number 3 patterns around you. Some of the more famous Ascended Masters include: Jesus, Moses, Mary, Quan Yin, and Yogananda.

444 – This sign from your angels or Spirit Guides signifies their disagreement with your thoughts and feelings and can be interpreted as a Cosmic ‘No!’ to questions you’ve asked or ideas you may have.

444 or 4444 represents the Resurrection number.

444 also means that the angels are surrounding you now, reassuring you of their love and help. Don’t worry because the angels’ help is nearby.

555 – When you see this sign a life changing thought or event has just occurred. You may or may not like it. Whatever the case, your angels or Spirit Guides are notifying you that a change in your life path direction has just occurred and it’s time for you to change too.  Move with it, follow these thoughts.

555 or 5555 also represents the Christ consciousness

When you see 555 buckle your seatbelts. A major life change is upon you. This change should not be viewed as being “positive” or “negative,” since all change is but a natural part of life’s flow. Perhaps this change is an answer to your prayers, so continue seeing and feeling yourself being at peace.

666 – Your thoughts are out of balance right now. They’re either focused too much on the material world or it’s due to mental or emotional imbalance.  This sign indicates your thoughts are not clear and you shouldn’t continue with this train of thought.  Let it pass.

666 or 6666 represents the material world, chosen reality.

The 666 number sequence asks you to balance your thoughts between heaven and earth. Like the famous “Sermon on the Mount,” the angels ask you to focus on spirit and service, and know your material and emotional needs will automatically be met as a result.

777 – This sign indicates that a lesson has been learned.  It’s a sign of acknowledgment and achievement. You’ve learned a lesson that your angels or Spirit Guides wanted you to learn about your life.

777 symbolizes an integration of some portion of the four lower bodies with higher spiritual frequencies within the third-dimensional plane, or at level in which you’re manifesting your physical reality on the Earth plan.

777 means that the angels applaud you. Congratulations, you’re on a roll! Keep up the good work and know your wish is coming true. This is an extremely positive sign and means you should also expect more miracles to occur.

888 – A phase of your life is about to end and this is a sign to give you forewarning to prepare. This number sequence may mean you’re winding up an emotional, career, or relationship phase.

888 symbolizes infinity, the unified spiral of the physical merging with the Spiritual, moving toward the completion of the ascension process through the energies of the 222 and 444

This number of sequence 888 may also means there’s light at the end of the tunnel. In addition, it means, “The crops are ripe. Don’t wait to pick and enjoy them.” In other words, don’t procrastinate making your move or enjoying fruits of your labor.

999 represents completion. This is the end of a big phase in your personal or global life. Your thoughts at the time of seeing this sign indicate that these thoughts will bring about the completion or end of a phase in your life.

999 also symbolizes the three levels of the triune.

999 is also a message to light-workers involved in Earth healing and means “Get to work because Mother Earth needs you right now.”

000 Represents Unity with the Universe.  Your thoughts are in Unity with the Universe.  It indicates that your thoughts are in Unity with the Divine Wish for your life.

000 is a reminder that you’re one with God, and to feel the presence of your Creator’s love within you. Also, it is a sign that a situation has gone full circle.

With this said, 000 also represents a great void, experiencing a null zone, switching or moving into a new energy field; the field of 11:11which represents the beginning of a whole new level or phase of development, another dimension or frequency of experience.

11:11 then opens a portal way to 12:12, a portal way opening to which brings a cosmic connection, a bridge to the future. It signifies a level of completion or graduation.

Pay attention to clocks, license plates, billboards, etc. and to what you were doing at the time you saw that particular number, what were you thinking. I’ve found these to be very much a signal or sign after I have asked a question.

Signs in Unity with Astrological Influences:

Occasionally, you’ll see the next sets of number sequences I’ll be talking about. These are signs that relate to your thoughts and feelings, and the astrological influences acting on your life at present; your personal planetary influences. These signs differ from the angel and Spirit Guide signs I just talked about, as the unity signs refer to a short period (hours and days) of astrological influence. I’m adding these sets of numbers for those that follow astrology.

1010, 0101, 1001, 0011, 1100 – These signs indicate that your thoughts are in unity with your Spiritual Path and your astrological influences.

2020, 0202, 2002, 0022, 2200 – These signs indicate that your train of thought is in unity with your astrological influences.

3030, 0303, 3003, 0033, 3300 – These signs indicate a cosmic ‘Yes’; that your thoughts are in unity with your astrological influences.

4040, 0404, 4004, 0044, 4400 – These signs indicate a cosmic ‘No’; that your thoughts are not in unity with your astrological influences.

5050, 0505, 5005, 0055, 5500 – These signs indicate that a change in your thinking has occurred that is in unity with your astrological influences.

6060, 0606, 6006, 0066, 6600 – These signs indicate that your current thinking is out of balance with your astrological influences.

7070, 0707, 7007, 0077, 7700 – These signs indicate that you have learned a life lesson that is in unity with your astrological influences.

8080, 0808, 8008, 0088, 8800 – These signs indicate that a phase of your life is about to come to an end that is in unity with your astrological influences.

9090, 0909, 9009, 0099, 9900 – These signs indicate that a phase of your life has come to an end that is in unity with your astrological influences.

000, 0000 – These signs indicate that your thoughts are in unity with your astrological influences.

Signs on Your Spiritual Path

The following signs are used by our Spirit Guides to guide us on our Spiritual Path.  These signs let us know how we are doing and what we need to do next. These Spirit Guide signs refer to your life or spiritual path in terms of weeks, months and years:

1010, 0101, 1001, 0011, 1100 – These signs indicate that your thoughts are in unity with your Spiritual Path and your astrological influences.

111, 1111 – These signs indicate that your thoughts are correct for the new cycle of your life and they’re on your Spiritual Path. Continue with and follow these, as these thoughts relate to a new cycle in your life that is on your Spiritual Path.

121, 1221, 2121, 2211, 1122 – These signs indicate that your current train of thought is correct for your Spiritual Path. These thoughts are your focus and following these will lead you along your Spiritual Path. This can be expressed simply as, ‘You’re following your path!’

131, 1331, 1313, 3311, 1133 – These signs indicate a Cosmic ‘Yes!’ Your thoughts are on your path.

141, 1441, 1414, 4411, 1144 – These signs indicate a Cosmic ‘No!’ Your thoughts are not on your path.

151, 1551, 1515, 5511, 1155 – These signs indicate that a change on your path has just occurred.  Whether you like it or not, it’s correct for you and is on your Spiritual Path.  Proceed in the new direction.

161, 1661, 1616, 6611, 1166 – These signs indicate that your thoughts are out of balance with your Spiritual Path. These signs are like road markings Spirit Guides use to keep us on the right path and prevent us straying down the wrong one. This sign is the opposite of 121, 1221, etc. and advises that your focus has strayed off your Spiritual Path. This can be expressed simply as, ‘You’re not following your path!’

171, 1771, 1717, 7711, 1177 – These signs indicate that a lesson has just been learned on your Spiritual Path. You have learned a lesson that your Spirit Guides want you to learn, one that is important and is necessary for you to progress on your path.

181, 1881, 1818, 8811, 1188 – These signs indicate that a phase of your life is about to come to an end.  These signs indicate that your thoughts regarding some part of your life are in line with your Spiritual Path and, by following these thoughts the phase you’re thinking about will eventually come to end.

191, 1991, 1919, 9911, 1199 – These signs indicate the completion or ending of a phase on your Spiritual Path. The phase may or may not have come to an actual end at the time of seeing these signs, but, if you follow the thoughts you have at the time of seeing this sign, this phase will come to a complete end.

Other Number Sequences

Now let’s look at some of the other number sequences you may have been noticing frequently in your life lately.

2323, 2332, 2233 – These signs indicate your Spirit Guides are agreement and support you with your train of thought, plans or intended actions. These signs are most often seen after you’ve established a relationship with your Spirit Guides and are open to their guidance via number sequences.

1234, 234, 456 – If you’re repeatedly seeing ascending number sequences such as 1234, this is a sign from your Spirit Guides that these are progressive thoughts. You’ll see this sign when thinking about an area of your life that you’re concerned about and want to change, or thinking about a particular subject. Seeing this number sequence immediately after these thoughts is a sign that your thoughts are progressive; your life will progress by following these thoughts and you’ll have your Spirit Guides support in its pursuit.

321, 432, 543 – If you’re repeatedly seeing descending number sequences such as 321, this is a sign from your Spirit Guides that your thoughts are regressive. You’ll see this sign when you’re thinking about an area of your life, a course of action or subject. Seeing this number sequence immediately after such thoughts is an indication that your life will take a step backwards if you follow the course of action you’re considering or continuing with such a train of thought.

There’s so much more we can talk about when we talk about numbers, their sequences and their meanings. Much more than what we can go into on one show.  With this said, I’ll be doing another presentation about numbers in which I’ll talk about Master Numbers, Life Theme numbers, what numbers mean both mathematically and in religion, and a brief  explanation of what numbers mean, both positively and negatively.

I hope that this explanation of the meaning of numbers has helped you with your understanding of their relevance in your life and I look forward to our next discussion of the meaning of numbers.

Tea Party HC

(Don’t know where this came from, but I’m enjoying the idea. Also, your hubby/wifey can be anyone you please.)

When your daughter was born on the Enterprise, people were worried. Worried that something would happen to her, worried she wouldn’t get to have a normal childhood. But this was not the case. Surprisingly, the crew welcomed your daughter with open arms and each of them played a vital role in her life.

Through everything your daughter did with the crew, the most noteworthy were the monthly tea parties. Every month, your young daughter threw a tea party for the few main crew members. At first, it was definitely awkward for everyone since no one knew how to act, but over time, the crew got more and more into the tea parties.

Of course, your daughter was the Princess at the head of the small table, everyone sat cross legged around. You would usually be the Queen, but you would swap roles with Uhura often so she’d get a turn. All the men would get their turn being the King. The three royal family members that month would be equipped with a plastic crown and usually a scarf or something your daughter had lying around.

Jim LOVED being King. He’d always talk to your daughter and make her feel like an actual Princess. Not only that, but he’d always give his ‘Queen’ a large portion of his attention. He’d wear that cheap plastic crown like it was a real, gold trimmed headpiece.

Bones, too, enjoyed the tea parties, although he wouldn’t ever admit it. Usually, if it wasn’t his turn to be King, he’d be dubbed as a Knight and given a plastic sword and shield that he could drape over his back. He’d usually keep Kirk in line, entertaining your daughter by pretending to 'stab’ Jim through the chest with his sword. He’d also sneak in a flask of bandy to poor into his tea cup instead of the water that was usually in the tea pot.

Spock took the occasion VERY seriously. Sitting up straight and cross-legged, pinky extended when taking a sip of his 'tea’. When not King, he’d usually be given a small pink blanket to tie around his neck to act as some sort of cape or cloak. You weren’t sure what Spock was supposed to be, but your daughter seemed to enjoy the bright pink blanket on the strict Vulcan.

Sulu usually liked to make jokes with Chekov and entertain your daughter that way. Funny faces would be thrown her way, and she’d giggle, making everyone laugh in response. They’d be given a squeaky red nose that clowns would usually wear since your daughter saw it fit.

Uhura was always one of your daughter’s favorites and loved being Queen by her side. Your daughter would always make sure she had enough 'tea’ and adored to dress Uhura up in pretty hats and scarves. Whenever Jim would flirt when he was King, she’d kick him under the table, making him yelp, and your daughter laugh.

Scotty usually sat at the other end of the table, laughing at everyone and following Bones’ idea and bringing his own Scotch to the table. When you found out that the two men brought actual alcohol to the table, you scolded them into tomorrow. But, when it had been a tough day and your daughter still insisted on a tea party, you had them hand you their flasks under the table and had some yourself.

These occasions easily became the highlight of everyone’s month, and everyone looked forward to having them.