Survey for my Thesis

Hey guys and gals. I’m a second year MA student at DePaul University up in Chicago, studying New Media, and right now I’m in the midst of researching for my thesis, and I was wondering if y'all could take a few minutes and take this survey I created. It would help me out immensely.

The topic of my thesis is negativity and abuse in MMOs, and the thrust of my thesis is defining what, exactly, negativity and abuse constitute in the MMOs we play.

Without further adieu, here is my survey.

I would appreciate any responses that I can get.  If you’re so inclined, please reblog so that I can get a really wide response.  It would do wonders for my data sets and it would allow me to do some really cool things with my thesis.  



MY PARANORMAL LIFE is a series of illustrations that depict a world where paranormal and supernatural abilities are used to navigate through every day situations.

Now that GradEx is done I thought I’d post the rest of my thesis work! Here is Astral Projection, Telekinesis, Duplication, Seance, Spontaneous Human Combustion and Possession.

Ah, essays. Although we may be able to craft an immaculate High Fantasy adventure or a killer Sci-Fi romance, somehow having a deadline lurking, a grade hanging over our head, and a blank document in front of us drains all our creative energy. Here it is, this stupid little non-fiction essay taunting you and your mind – which is currently blank of anything resembling words, topics, or even formatting.

Nonetheless, the deadline and the grade press on – what are you supposed to do?

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anonymous asked:

Lucifer meeting with a modern-day prophet. What happens when they start falling for each other (as I have been burning with curiosity about how you would write Lucifer).

Lucifer is walking through the snowy streets of Munich at three am when he hears the sound, ringing like church bells and reflecting off every fractal of ice in the air. It shoots through his spine and pulls his heartstrings taut as a lyre. He stands stone-still on the sidewalk, cigarette burning down to ash between his fingers, boots sunk ankle-deep in the snow, and listens. Someone is singing.

He ducks down an alleyway wedged between a church and a pawn shop and slips onto the next street. A young woman is standing under the yellow glow of a streetlamp, bundled up in too many skirts and scarves to count, singing with her her face tilted towards heaven. Snow catches in her lashes and her fingers curl through the air, aching for the divinity just out of reach. Lucifer knows the hymn, an old Protestant folk standard in the original German. But he’s never heard it like this before.

He pulls a handful of euro coins of out his pocket and throws them in the hat at her feet, and the jingle breaks the spell. He eyes flick open and she turns to Lucifer, who is standing very close, watching her with hands in his pockets.

“Dankeschön,” She says, regarding him with wary black eyes. Lucifer smiles back. He can see grace glittering on her skin, feel holiness radiating off her body, smell the heavy fragrance of frankincense and myrrh caught in her hair. 

“I usually find your type behind a church pew,” He says in her language.

“God’s church stretches beyond parish walls and encircles the entire world. Besides, hymns are better use to those you can’t find in a cathedral.”

Lucifer grins. Definitely a prophet. She speaks in a low, soft voice that warms him and soothes something in him that he didn’t realize was restless. Her round cheeks are scrubbed pink from the cold and for some reason Lucifer is bewitched by this little display of humanity, this fetching insight into her fragility.

Her breath catches and flutters in her throat for a moment, then words come tumbling out.

“And I don’t usually find your type in such untroubled places.”

Lucifer arches an eyebrow, even more intrigued.

“You know what I am?”

“And who. I can see the true nature of all God’s creatures whether they want me to or not. It’s a gift.”

Silvery tears are starting to gather in the young woman’s eyes despite the courageous set to her mouth, and Lucifer finds himself troubled. Usually he relishes mortal fear, and someone actually recognizing him while he walks abroad in the human world is a genuine treat, but for some reason he feels compelled to comfort her, to draw her out and look upon all her softness and bloom. He wants her to trust him. So he makes his voice as gentle as possible.

“It takes a keen sort of insight to see through my glamour. If you’re sharp enough to see that you should be able to tell that I don’t wish you any ill will. I don’t have any demonic hordes waiting in the wings and I haven’t come to try and strike a deal for your soul. This is in all earnestness a chance encounter.”

The young woman still looks skeptical, so Lucifer rolls his eyes and lifts his hand up through the air, and as he does so, the crucifix necklace tucked into the prophet’s shirtfront rises of it’s own accord to hover before her face.

“You’re already spoken for, dear. There’s little I could do to you even if I wanted to.”

To his delight, she doesn’t seem frightened, only transfixed as she watches the golden crucifix catch the light.

“Amazing,” She breathes.

“I can do more than that, if you’d like to see,” He murmurs as the crucifix lowers itself into her outstretched palm. “But I’ve got to ask. What gave me away?”

The girl takes a deep breath, her breath turning to steam in the air, then straightens up and examines him more closely. To Lucifer’s surprise she approaches him tentatively and reaches out with a shaky hand to press her fingertips against his chest. As soon as this initial contact is made, all the rest of her fear melts into curiosity, and she began to circle to him, muttering to herself in wonder.

“The shadows don’t sit on you right, and you’re radiating heat, even in this weather. I smelled burning as soon as you walked over here, like a woodfire.”

“When your earthly body is a construction to house your celestial being, you can keep the heat on all the time if you want,” He chuckles. He turns to face her, and her cheeks grow even pinker as she realizes how close they are. Still, she doesn’t draw away, only reaches out to touch the silver serpent pinned to his lapel as though it holds the secrets of his existence.

“Tell me your name,” Lucifer says, and it’s the prophet’s turn to chuckle.

“No, Morningstar, I will not. You have no good use for it.”

Lucifer reaches out to touch her face, and thrills at the electricity of God’s blessing crackling around his fingertips.

“I could call you by it,” He says, and she looks at him with eyes full of wonder. Lucifer leans in to kiss her, their cheeks brushing and breaths mingling, but the girl pulls herself out of his arms suddenly. She does not look frightened or scandalized, only sad.

“Why not?” Lucifer asks, and the prophet empties her tips into her pockets and screws her hat back on her head.

“Because you don’t love me. You love He who lives in me. And that is your tragedy.”

He is stunned, too stunned to protest when she kisses his cheek.

“You can keep chasing echoes of God’s handiwork or you can surrender yourself to the real thing. It’s your choice. It always has been.”

With that she turns from him and starts down the cobblestone street. As the hymn resumes and then fades behind him, Lucifer curls his fingers into fists, and suddenly, he feels very cold.


Today is the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. It’s my favorite day of the year because it is the only day the archives of S. Giovanni Decollato, the confraternity in charge of comforting condemned prisoners before their executions in Early Modern Rome, are open. I wrote my thesis on SGD and have not been able to make it to Rome on June 24 yet. One I day I will!

As I wrote in this post:

If a criminal was sentenced to death,  “the Confraternity of San Giovanni Decollato would be notified. These Florentine lay brothers would visit the criminal in jail the night before his execution, pray with him and speak with him about his death. San Giovanni Decollato was crucial to the criminal’s perception and experience of his own death, shaped by this meeting and by the portable artwork that the confraternity used to comfort the condemned. On the morning of a criminal’s execution, [the members of] San Giovanni Decollato would walk in a slow, gloomy procession down Rome’s streets to the prison where the criminal was being held. Once they reached him, they kept a tavoletta, a framed painting about a foot square, in front of his face for the entire walk to the conforteria next to the Ponte Sant’Angelo, the most common site of execution. Depending on the severity of the crime, the prisoner could be executed inside the conforteria, a small enclosed courtyard, or outside, directly on the Ponte itself.  The tavoletta was held in front of the condemned’s face for the entirety of his time on the scaffold, until his death, when his head would be displayed on the Ponte and his body taken away and buried in San Giovanni Decollato’s church (if he had requested this).” Source.

anonymous asked:

How do I write a thesis statement?

Here is some information taken from Purdue OWL:

1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

  • An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
  • An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
  • An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should:

  • Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college.

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What happened in the opening of Prometheus? There are several explanations online and most of them make sense, but which one is it, really? What I believe is that the Engineer’s sacrifice led to the beginning of life on Earth. We all know life began as microscopic organisms in the water and slowly evolved from there. The Engineers could be extremely old. We clearly see his cells reform in the water into something entirely different from his own DNA. The scene opens with gorgeous landscape shots that are practically all gray, lifeless. Is this what Ridley Scott implied, knowing the Ancient Astronaut theory influenced his vision a lot? We already know they came back and visited Earth many times, so I think they’ve been doing it for long enough to manipulate our ancestors and finally make us…. after them, of course.

“Sometimes to create, one must first destroy.” - David 8