knocked on my door in one in the morning to…cuddle?” Your voice was equally as tired
as it was amused, your half lit irises gazing at the bright red suited man by
your doorstep. Deadpool shrugged, and you knew he was about to reply something
stupid and guilt trip you into letting him in so you grabbed him by the
shoulder and pulled him through the threshold.
I like it.”
I ever told you how much I like the dominant y-“
not hearing any of this.” You cut him off frowning, pushing him up the stairs.
the two of you were finally in bed (He still refused to take that stupid suit
off) you sighed softly and threw a lazy arm over his waist to bring him closer.
Wade engulfed you into a makeshift hug, feeling his body grow hot from yours.
He watched as in barely a minute you were dead asleep, your chest heaving up
and down in calm manner. He felt himself smile, but softly. His fingers ran
through your hair and in the middle of admiring you he froze, all happiness
sucked out of him like a vacuum.
in love…” He whispered, his wide eyes staring at you as realization hit him,
Can you do a part 2 to Spencer starts using again and he scares the reader.
Requested by Anon~
He called you at midnight, wanting to come over and talk. At first, you were reluctant. But the small, almost begging tone in Spencer’s voice prompted you to say yes. He was knocking on your door twenty minutes later.
When you slowly the door, you almost wanted to cry at how Spencer looked. Maybe he was able to hide how much his relapse was taking its toll around his teammates, but right now, his eyes were glassy. Clothes wrinkled and hair messy. Dark circles around his eyes. It made you feel guilty for leaving him.
“Y/N.” Spencer mumbled as he walked through the threshold of your home. You watched him silently, and you can tell he was trying to find the words to say. And ultimately, he just sighed and allowed his shoulders to slack. “I need help. And I know you probably don’t even want to look at me, but-”
He was silenced when you pulled him into a hug. Spencer nearly lost his footing; not expecting such a powerful hug. But his arms came around you, returning the embrace. You exhaled into his shoulder, closing your eyes. “Of course I’ll help you.”
Do you have any plan/desire to do a written or audio interview in the next year or so? Something like a conversation with Tyler?
I don’t like audio. It’s too low-bandwidth and doesn’t let me think about things before I say them. Also, I don’t find conversations as interesting as things which I can select for interestingness beforehand. What if somebody asked me something and I didn’t have interesting opinions on the topic?
I’m also trying to avoid becoming a Generic Internet Celebrity, because really bad things happen to Generic Internet Celebrities. I think one of Eliezer’s big mistakes of the past few years was letting himself become a Generic Internet Celebrity, at which point random awful people felt obligated to find reasons to hate him, and then hating him became the cool thing to do. I’m pretty sure that there’s some threshold of celebrity after which that becomes inevitable, and I feel like doing audio interviews is worse for that in some vague way than just continuing to blog. Maybe because “interview” seems like a status claim, like “I am important enough that people should interview me”.
Projection mapping on a moving surface with a high-speed projector
Projection mapping is one of the most profound visual effects that computers can generate; themepark fans will have seen it in effect on the revamped opening scene to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and in the night-time shows that involve painting the whole castle with light (projection mapping is also used to generate the rear-projected faces of the animatronic figures in the new Snow White ride).
But those forms of projection mapping all depend on precise, advance measurement of the projection surface, which is used to pre-deform the video to correctly map overtop of the surface.
In a jaw-dropping demo from Ishikawa Watanabe Labratory, researchers show how they can use a 1,000 FPS projector to remap video in near-realtime (there’s 3ms of latency, well below the threshold for human perception), so that images can be correctly displayed on surfaces in motion, even the kinds of complex motion set up by fabric being flapped in the wind.
The projections are only 8 bits deep, but presumably that’s a temporary limitation that’ll be overcome with advances in projector technology.
All 3 of these were actually just from days when I was sitting at home and decided to actually do my hair and makeup for the hell of it (which I legit never actually leave the house wearing, because somehow crossing that doorway threshold immediately makes me triple guess if I actually look okay or not lol). But I always feel good when I spend a bit of time primping myself anyway. :p
Now in color. I took @mackledberries advice and made the colors a little softer. I also had advice from another friend about the threshold setting. now for the info again.
It started when I designed Ryan. I accidentally gave him
similarities to the twins ( nose, face structure, eye shape ) and wound
up coming up with an idea. Most of Ryan’s looks came from his dad ( face
shape, nose, eye shape ) while the rest came from his mom ( hair color,
eye color ).
When one of the kids, let’s say…Bart ( hey, he
questioned Luann and Kirk if they were related ) mentioned to them how
they look similar. Sherri, Terri, and Ryan took a good look at each
other and shrugged it off. Though that wasen’t the end of it. Around
meal time, they ran it by their parents and the moms, Mary and Paula,
shed a little light on something. Ryan’s dad is a cousin of Mary, Sherri
and Terri’s mother, making the three 2nd cousins.
Learning they’re related, they donned the shocked faces you see above. Again, this is headcanon for my Simpsons au.
All the lamps are lit in every window. I feel the warmth beneath my own hands feel the flicker inside my own room. What lights the lamps? What makes a fire where there was only wick and oil and a breath of wind? I don’t know. But all the lamps are lit the light is everywhere spilling through the curtains through your fingers through the glass through the whispers in the hallway through your eyes, half opened. I can feel the light in you in me warm in my hands every word every breath every cut and bruise and scar another bit of light.
And then the lamp is put out, extinguished. I didn’t see didn’t hear didn’t feel it happen. Where did the light go? What puts out the lamps? What takes away the light? What makes the darkness fall crawl slither over the horizon over the threshold over your lips? What eats away the light devouring chewing ripping it out of your grip? (Or did you let it? Did you let it go? Did you let it go out?) I don’t know. I’m cold. I look across the field brown reeds broken by the snow trees crouching low cradling the dusk in their arthritic branches. The sky is cut bruised scarred and there is just a breath of wind stroking the grass.
I see your window on the other side. The lamp is not lit.
Imaged mauled a bit for the purpose of tumblr posting; view them all in order here!
(Almost) Every cat in the felidae family! There are of course, always debates among taxonomists about which cat is in which subfamily, and whether subspecies actually deserve to be a species in of themselves. This is a simplification. Of course kitties here aren’t to scale and color tweaked/caricatured to give them more appeal.
As with almost everything I’ve been posting lately, I’ll be selling this as a poster at Ottawa Comiccon~
Greetings, everyone. This article focuses on the concept of liminality, and I’m tagging it as part of my beginning witchcraft series. I will try my best to make this beginner-friendly by defining my terms and explaining as well as possible, though the concepts themselves are something many of us struggle to wrap our heads around. You can make yourself downright dizzy thinking about this overmuch! Nevertheless, the issue of liminality is important in many types of witchcraft, and has been instrumental in my own Craft, thus I really think many beginners can benefit from developing an understanding of it. So, what’s liminality? What’s “the power of thresholds?”
The term “liminality” is primarily used in anthropology to denote the middle stage of an initiatory ritual, wherein the individual undergoing it (the candidate) has transcended his or her previous status, but has yet to reach the point where they’re considered fully initiated. In other words, the term refers to an in-between state, and that’s exactly how I’m using the word here, except in a much broader context than just a ritual. While it’s true that, for example, someone undergoing an initiation into a coven will likely find themselves in a liminal state, liminal states arise organically, too, independent of whatever plans we humans might have. They can be physical, mental, or temporal, and all that is required is that the individual is passing from one state to the next, and that the experience is somehow meaningful or can be imbued with meaning.
Witches and magicians have, for thousands of years, known that liminal states make magical extremely powerful and tend to amplify any working that occurs within them. Why, one might ask? There are various theories. If you subscribe to an “energy” hypothesis regarding magick, you might see liminal states as extreme confluences of this “energy,” which is then harnessed for the magick. One might also conjecture that the individual, existing momentarily between states, is put into a position where literally anything seems possible, and thus the psychic censor or other mechanism that usually prevents the manifestation of thoughts is bypassed. Either way, you’ll likely find that, for whatever reason, liminal states can be helpful in magick.
I made the above image some time ago, and is describes some instances of liminality you’re likely to encounter in your daily life. It would be really easy if we could just make a list of all liminal situations and places, and just use that to time and plan out our magick, but it doesn’t really work like that. The truth is (and this is extremely important) liminal states are a human condition and only really exist in the mind of the witch. There’s nothing inherently magical about, say, a crossroads. Rather, a visit to the crossroads affects a witch’s consciousness to put him or her in a liminal state, and it is from the witch’s interaction with his or her environment that liminality arises. This is important to remember because, while the places I’ve mentioned in the above image are liminal for most people, everyone is different, and not everyone is going to have the same experience of liminality.
As an example, for someone with about average experience traveling, airports are highly liminal places for me, but someone who travels daily for work or whatever reason might find them much less so. Liminality is chiefly a state of mind, not a physical situation, though physical situations will often presage it. It could even be simply considered a feeling, albeit one rarely discussed. Ask yourself if you’ve ever felt utterly energetic, as if anything were possible, while at the same time, a little uneasy? That’s what liminality feel like to me. Whenever you have the distinct sensation of being between two states, you’re liminal. I should take this moment to clarify, as well: unease and a sense of risk is part and parcel with liminality. If you feel entirely safe and secure, you’re probably not experiencing a liminal state. Liminality always contains a layer of risk. It can be a controlled risk, or (usually) a non-physical risk that exists only in your mind, but the sense of risk is there.
As I alluded to above, a liminal state can be induced by physical phenomena, manmade or otherwise, in the world around you. The classic liminal space oft-visited by witches throughout history was the crossroads - anywhere two or more roads meet. The liminal nature of such a state is apparent even to a casual observer. Even if you know where you’re going, when you reach an area where roads converge, you are left with a choice - which direction will you go? Thus, as you pass through the crossroads, you may well enter a liminal state, between existing on one path, and finding yourself on another. It does make for powerful magick, and this was known even in ancient times. Hecate, the Greek goddess of the three-way crossroads, was also assigned rulership to magick in general, and Hermes, a god with a similar purview, was also associated with the crossroads. Of the crossroads, Judika Illes writes,
“Magically speaking a crossroads is the place where multiple forces converge, where anything can happen, where transformations may occur. Energy is liberated and expanded at the crossroads. Instead of hopping over boundaries, you can stand in the center and be inundated by power, potential, and choices.”
Illes, Judika. The Element Encyclopedia of 1000 Spells: A Concise Reference Book for the Magical Arts (Kindle Locations 1648-1650). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Illes also notes that the most accessible modern crossroads tend to be traffic intersections, though, thus they might not be the best place for magick these days. You wouldn’t want to cause a traffic incident, after all. Also, with roads and intersections as ubiquitous as they are today, and traveling short distances so common, without a doubt some of the symbolism of the crossroads has waned. Though you can still draw power from a place where two major roads converge, other liminal spaces exist in the modern world, with arguably more potent symbolism, though often without the historical precedent for their usage.
As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, airports, particularly the part of them off-limits to all but travelers, can be highly liminal places. The sheer amount of travelers passing through, many of whom likely find the territory unfamiliar, make this space highly liminal in most people’s experience. As I noted before, though, those who travel regularly or airport workers might not find such a space liminal, but most people, I’d wager, will. By far the most such liminal space I’ve ever visited was Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France at dusk.
I obviously cannot recommend running around an airport behind security if you’re not authorized to be there, but if you find yourself in such a place and feel that strange sensation of liminality, magick might be in order. You, of course, wouldn’t want to start compiling a charm bottle in an airport lounge or casting a circle, but as I hope everyone is aware, magick needn’t involve tools or overt actions, and a well-placed visualization or traced sigil can be extremely powerful if you’re in such a state.
Liminal places needn’t be the creations of humans, though. Ancient peoples considered various naturally-occurring places to be sacred, and a good bit of this probably stemmed from the place’s liminal quality. In particular, running water, as in a shallow stream or small river, can be highly liminal, and this is why many witches will work spells with water gathered from such a place, or, better yet, step into the stream themselves to perform a working. The liminality of swift water, for me, stems from the water’s rapid motion from one place to the next, flowing from one body of water to another, and ultimately to the sea. The water cycle that you’ve likely studied in school, where water evaporates, becomes rain, and returns to earth and ultimately the ocean, is an extended exercise in liminality.
This may be why so many supposedly spooky occurrences are associated with thunderstorms, and is one reason collecting rainwater can be useful, if one is able to do so. Other naturally-occurring liminal spaces include where two types of landscape meet, the edges of hills, forests and mounts, and, of course, the shores of large bodies of water. In a strange, roundabout fashion, areas that humans frequently transverse, but don’t live in or dwell, can also be considered liminal. These include deep deserts, thick forests, and other places we humans pass through but don’t call home. This may be part of the reason spirits are so often said to live in such areas. I suspect it might be because humans who travel through them are themselves in a liminal state, and thus more primed to experience such things.
Times of Threshold
Liminal periods exist in time, as well. Most of us, regardless of our own religion, are likely aware that many faiths time their festivals and holy days around astronomical phenomena and the changing seasons. Wiccans and various other religious witches, especially, often find great significance in the equinoxes and solstices. These days are significant on many levels. For ancient peoples, they were discerned by reading the stars, length of day, and other events and helped to schedule planting and preparations for upcoming seasons.
The very fact that such observances marked a noted change in the activity of ancient and (some) modern peoples adds to their liminal quality. Really, though, the meaning goes deeper. Insofar as each solstice or equinox marked a significant alteration in the seasons and the beginning of a new period in the yearly cycle, they’re positively dripping with liminality. Many secular witches (such as myself) might interpret such holidays as wholly religious and see no reason to observe them as part of their practice. I, however, always feel that, while the days may not be tied to a religious mythos for me, the liminal force and significance of them on many levels makes for excellent magick, so I’ll often perform practical and pressing spells on such days, if at all possible.
Within the average week, as well, liminal periods exist - namely the weekends. While not everyone is going to have the sort of job that allows for the weekend off (I personally have rarely been in that situation), the cultural association of the weekends as a time “between” weeks is a very real thing. As such, weekends are a slightly (in my opinion, very slightly) liminal period for some people. This can depend on where you live, work, and what sort of experiences you have on weekends. I’ve never really managed to utilize the liminal quality of weekends extensively in my practice, but I do acknowledge it’s there. It’s also worth noting that banking holidays and other days when routines are disrupted/changed can have a similar quality for some of us, again, depending on our situations.
Within a single day, as well, liminal periods exist. As you might expect, these tend to coincide most strongly with dawn and dusk, when the sun is rising or setting. The comparatively rapid and highly visible transition from daylight to night and vice versa is quite liminal. Lesser (in my opinion), but still useful moments of liminality include true midnight (as in, the middle part of the night, not necessarily midnight on a clock, depending on where you live and time of year) as well as true noon (the same idea, but daytime). I consider these lesser in their liminal quality than dawn and dusk because the changes they represent are less physically represented and visible to humans, thus not as effective. Experiment, though - some are bound to find their experiences differ from mine, and these times have been useful to many occultists throughout history.
I have discussed thus far examples of liminality that are fairly universal and likely to be experienced by most, if not all, individuals. I now want to draw attention to those times of liminality that are either wholly personal to a single individual, or likely to affect only a small group. When speaking of individuals, naturally, one can imagine that birthdays, especially those that are considered significant in our society (the eighteenth in America, for example) are highly liminal times. If you practice astrology or study it, you might also be aware of certain major life events played out in the heavens that might induce liminality.
An example of this would be the infamous concept of the Saturn Return, where Saturn cycles back into the same position it was in at the time of birth. This usually happens in an individual’s late twenties, then at long-ish intervals thereafter. I experienced my first Saturn Return in Autumn of 2015, and while I do understand those authors who consider it a liminal time, I personally didn’t find it conducive to magick as it rather disturbingly brought out a lot of issues in me concerning what Saturn represents. Still, everyone’s different, and if you study astrology, you’ll likely discover certain times that work well for you magically.
Liminal times likely to be experienced as a group include things like graduations, the first day of a new school year, final exams, and other milestones in daily existence that get shared by several people. If you’ve formal schooling at any level, you likely can think of a million examples of this, as school experiences are rife with rites of passage and transitions. As a college student many, many years ago, I would actively time some of my workings to coincide with things like the beginning of final exams or (even better) everyone returning to school after summer break, and I found these to be extremely potent liminal experiences. These occur less frequently, but still somewhat often, in the average workplace, and, as you might expect, certain workplaces are liminal in and of themselves (see above, about airports, etc.) I found, working in a diner for a while, that night shift was an incredibly liminal time and while I personally acclimatized to it, most of the customers were in sort of liminal states (tired from driving or partying, etc.,) thus providing the environment with a slight charge.
Living in a Liminal World
This will verge into unverifiable theorizing, but I honestly believe liminal periods are experienced occasionally by the entire world (or just certain countries), and that this has a massive effect both on magicians and witches working under such circumstances and average folks living through them. Unfortunately, though, liminal states on a very large scale tend to not be as pleasant for individuals as smaller liminal activity would, and can often be downright difficult or horrendous.
I consider, for example, World War II to have put the world in a highly liminal state for several years, but I think we can agree that, having the choice, we wouldn’t want to experience such a thing, regardless of any magical possibilities inherent in it. The question of what makes a large-scale liminal event is a bit hard to explain, but I honestly think it goes along with periods of time where decisions are made, and where humanity reaches a fork in the road. We reached one of those during World War II, and many times before and since.
This will sound way more woo-ish than my usual writing, but I must admit I believe 2016 and a bit of time proceeding it to be a highly liminal period, as well. There are various reasons for this, among them being the extremely contentious election in the United States, the escalation of climate change, and many other factors, but I believe we’re seeing a good portion of humanity plunged into liminality as we speak. Does this mean we can harness the force of it for positive and effective magicks? Possibly, but this is, of course, highly speculative. Certainly interest in the occult has risen exponentially recently, which may be related.
I hope this article was helpful and provides a useful framework for understanding the concept of liminality in magick, and gives you a head start on planning for magick in times and places of liminal power. Realize that none of it’s absolutely going to be true for everyone, though, and you’ll need to experiment and search yourself a bit to discover what liminality means to you, and how you might tap into it at will. Happy magick-making, everyone. Stay safe and have a good evening. If you enjoy my work, consider donating or purchasing a reading from me to help fund future endeavors. And, of course, if you’ve any question on this or any other topic that you’d like me to answer, don’t hesitate to send me an ask, but do please read the FAQ first.