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Herbal Medicine: What is an Electuary?

An Electuary is a medicinal paste created with something sweet, such as honey or jam. Thick electuaries can be rolled into little balls for children to take with some juice, and thinner electuaries can be mixed with beverages such as hot tea. At its essence, an electuary is an herb infused honey.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the first known use of an Electuary dates back to the 14th century. ‘Electuarie’ is a Middle English word derived most likely from the Greek ‘Ekleikton’ or ‘Ekleichein’ meaning to lick up. After all, a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, am I right? ;-)

The common kitchen witch (and herbalist) will already be familiar with the process of herbal infusions, such as making tea blends, but making and storing electuaries can really kick your magic crafting up a notch. The primary use is medicinal but you can expand this into everyday spellcraft as well. Below are just a few examples of both medicinal and magical electuaries and how to create them.


Chamomile – Mildly sedative and soothing for stress relief.

Mint – Soothes digestive track to help with heartburn, nausea, and indigestion.

Raspberry Leaf – Especially beneficial for women by balancing hormones and helping with painful menses.

Elderberry, Echinacea, Licorice Root – This blend is a good immune supporter and very helpful for viral respiratory infections and treating the symptoms accompanied by the flu.

Magical (individual ingredients or blend to your tastes)

Love – Rose Petals, Lavender Flowers, Lemon Verbena, Apple, Cardamom

Money – Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Almond, Orange

Protection – Anise, Elder Flower, Fennel, Basil, Blackberry

Purification – Rosemary, Bay, Lemon, Chamomile, Nettle, Turmeric

How to make an Electuary

The best results come from using dried herbs or flowers and local raw honey. The dried plant material allows you to store your electuary longer because it has little to no water in it, where fresh plant material will thin the honey and require refrigeration to prevent mold. Raw honey from your local area is also best because it will contain traces of pollen from the trees and flowers in your area which assist with preventing seasonal allergies.

The process is to create a double-boiler system by putting a pot with some water on to boil, then placing a slightly larger metal bowl in it so that it sits snuggly (but not too tight) without touching the water. The gentle steam will warm the metal bowl enough to melt your honey without boiling it directly. Once your double-boiler is assembled put in your desired amount of honey and dried plant material. You can use herbs from your kitchen, ground spices, dried flowers, etc. I would recommend finding food grade if you’re buying online or at a local shop. Organic would be the best of course (pesticides don’t make good electuaries!). The amount of honey to plant material is up to you depending on how strong you want the infusion to be. Let your plant material simmer for an hour in the honey over your double-boiler.

*Alternative* You could infuse your honey and herbs using a small crock pot if you wanted to so you could simmer for 2-3 hours.

If you want your electuary to be a thick paste, finely grind your herbs prior to infusing using a spice grinder (or mortar and pestle if you have that kind of patience). Alternatively you could just use store bought ground herbs/spices. You will want to use more of an equal ratio of plant material to honey to make sure it stays thick. Please note that this will make the honey taste strongly of the herbs you use so be mindful of taste when you’re choosing herbs to blend, or just plan to roll into more of a “plant pill” to be swallowed. After infusing, store in a clean dry jar with a lid.

If you prefer a thinner electuary that can be mixed by the spoonful with a cup of hot water or tea, then you can use any kind of plant material in any amount you’d like with your honey to control strength and flavor. After infusing, strain it into a clean dry jar with lid for storage. Straining a combination of leaves, roots, bark, and ground spices will allow the smaller particles to stay within the electuary while removing the larger more undesirable pieces. This seems to be the most popular method.

You can now use your electuary however you’d like! Medicinal, Magical, with tea, in your cooking, the possibilities are endless so experiment!

Brightest Blessings,

Thalya /|\

Originally posted on my druid page, DruidDaydreams

monicaop21  asked:

Hi, I'm tiara_48 and MonicaOP21 :D. What I'll like, if possible something on the Leader Of The Free World AU!! Stony all the way!! Maybe something with Immigrants? Pretty please?? hugs!! Monica

I haven’t really done much Steve/Tony in LOFW, have I? Here ya go.

They had held the wedding privately – in the White House, as Tony had demanded, while Steve laughed and called him a Bridezilla. Still, they couldn’t escape the public eye entirely, and Tony had agreed to turn the reception speeches into a sort of press-conference-media-event. Rhodey and Sam had given speeches as Best Men, Clint had put in his cameo, and they’d had their first dance; so Steve was surprised when Tony told the cameras “Keep rolling.”

“What are you up to?” Steve asked in an undertone, as Tony waved to Kamala, who brought him a small leather folio.

“When we talked about wedding gifts, I couldn’t figure out what to give the vice-president,” Tony said, holding up the folio. “Assassinating Clint was out of the question, and you’re lacking in material desires.” 

The assembled reporters laughed. Steve narrowed his eyes.

“So I decided I’d pull a few strings, and this morning Clint signed a little document into law,” Tony said. “Sara’s Law is named for Sara Rogers, who immigrated to this country at the age of twenty-three. It grants indefinite residency rights to all immigrants under the age of twenty-five, regardless of documentation status, and budgets federal funds for the creation of a new government agency designed to guide anyone over the age of twenty-five to documented resident status or citizenship. As of this moment, no immigrant in this country is an “illegal” immigrant, thanks to Sara’s Law.”

There was an audible intake of breath from the crowd. Steve took the folder, opened it, and frowned.

“How did you….” he began. 

“I’m the Illuminati, dearest,” Tony murmured, then, louder, “If I can’t give you something nice for your wedding, what’s the point of being Secretary of Defense?” 

Steve blinked rapidly. “You gave me twelve million new citizens,” he managed.  

“It was that or a World’s Okayest Vice President mug,” Tony told him. 

I will pay you to write about Roadhog kissing Junkrat’s bald spot and maybe Junkrat being self conscious about it, but in the end it becomes the epitome of affection between them

Thanks @sillyscrunchy for commissioning me!

(mostly fluff but with some discussion about mortality)

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anonymous asked:

i noticed on another ask ur trying to keep ur money out of zara, urban, asos etc. are those brands problematic or are they just overpriced? i know urban is but i always thought zara and asos were p good places to shop,.

o boy here i go. zara’s parent corporation, inditex, is pretty corrupt, though they like to pretend they’re not. perhaps this is not surprising when you learn that the founder of inditex is the second richest person in the world, profiting from what is essentially slave labor via multiple sweatshop subcontractors. i mean really think about it: you’re buying a shirt for $7. that fabric has to go through so many processes - passes through so many hands - to become a shirt. how is it that raw materials, dyeing, cutting, assembly, tagging, quality control, packaging, and shipping can cost so little? it doesn’t. the workers aren’t making even close to a living wage to compensate for the manufacturing costs. plus, aside from glaring labor practice issues, the concept of fast fashion is incredibly wasteful and damaging to the environment. it’s insane how many garments are created just to be destroyed at the end of a season (which, for fast retailers, honestly each last about a couple weeks). if you notice, stores like h&m, forever 21, etc. seem to churn out new “campaigns” or whatever you’d like to call them every ~3 weeks in order to keep their customers constantly coming back. this means most everything that’s in stores must be marked down to make room for the new, and everything that’s marked down has to go elsewhere; usually it is dumped or destroyed. personally i feel guilty buying from stores like these because i’m aware of what my money is funding and i don’t agree with it.

15 Things We Love About ‘Band of Brothers’


This September, Band of Brothers will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks breathed new life into the TV landscape with their $125 million 10-episode WWII dramatic miniseries? Using historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name as source material, Spielberg and Hanks assembled an unparalleled creative team (consisting of talented young actors and a sterling behind-the-scenes crew) to bring their vision to the small screen. Their subject? The heroes of “Easy” Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, who landed at Normandy and fought their way in less than a year to Hitler’s Berchtesgaden home in the Alps.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the men and women who’ve died serving our country. Through its understated but eloquent celebration of the men of Easy Company, Band of Brothers pays particular homage to the ordinary citizens who, in all our wars, have been called upon to give extraordinary service to their country.

With that in mind as HBO Signature airs a complete marathon of the miniseries starting at 10 a.m. ET today, we look back at 15 things we love about Band of Brothers.

1. It’s still ranked as the No. 1 TV show on IMDB

That’s a pretty impressive feat for a miniseries that is about to turn 15 years old. What better evidence that Band of Brothers remains relevant and compelling a decade and a half after its debut? To be included on the IMDB Top Rated TV Shows list, a miniseries must have received ratings from at least 5,000 users. To give you an idea of the competition, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Wire are currently in the #3, #4, and #5 spots on the list.

2. Everyone is in Band of Brothers… literally, everyone

No, we’re not exaggerating. While only Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes (ER) and a few others appear in all 10 episodes, the men of Easy Company are comprised of some remarkably familiar faces including Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Jimmy Fallon (!), Colin Hanks, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Settle. Oh, but that’s just the Americans. The alert viewer can easily pick out such notable British actors as Jamie Bamber, Michael Fassbender, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Simon Pegg. All appeared in Band of Brothers before their “big breaks” elsewhere.

3. Interviews with the real men of 101st Airborne Division bookend almost each episode

While there are 500 speaking roles in Band of Brothers, perhaps the most powerful words are spoken by members of Easy Company themselves who appear at strategic intervals to recount their memories of the war. To maintain suspense about the fates of key members of the 101st, the creative team wisely waits to identify the speakers until the end of the 10th episode. However, the big reveal is hardly a surprise because the actors bear such an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts that they essentially embody their roles.

4. Each episode has a different protagonist within Easy Company

How do you tell a story that encompasses the experience of an entire Company? Miraculously, Spielberg and Hanks pulled it off by using seven different Easy Company men to serve as point-of-view characters for different stages of Easy Company’s trek through Europe. Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters (who works himself up to Major) is at the center of only three of the episodes, though he is a unifying presence in all 10. The other episodes are anchored by soldiers (and a medic) of all different ranks, giving the audience a feel for the collective experiences of the unit and keeping the series fresh.    

5. “Currahee!”

The premiere episode of Band of Brothers arguably provides the greatest military training montage of all time, stretched over 90 minutes. David Schwimmer embraces the role of Captain Sobel, the maniacally demanding commander who appears to enjoy torturing the men of Easy Company (especially Dick Winters). The scenes of their multiple three-mile runs to the top of Currahee Mountain are among the most memorable in the series. Viewers fully appreciate why “Currahee!” later becomes a rallying cry for the unit. Ironically, it is thanks in large part to Sobel’s brutality that the men of Easy Company bond as a unit and are thoroughly prepared for the hardships of the battlefield.

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6. The friendship between Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon

We really would like to think Damien Lewis and Ron Livingston hang out to this day, but we haven’t seen the paparazzi photos to prove it. As Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon, the two actors form a bond so believable you have to think they’ve been through real basic training together, not the Hollywood version. Our favorite moment is when a bullet ricochets off Nixon’s helmet as a horrified Winters looks on. The shock and relief in both men’s faces says it all.

7. D-Day (Brécourt Manor Assault)

While Spielberg showed us one version of the D-Day invasion in Saving Private Ryan, audiences were able to glimpse quite another in Band of Brothers. The men of Easy Company were paratroopers who leaped into the fiery skies over Normandy the night before the invasion. While the recreation of the harrowing parachute jump was incredible, the centerpiece of the second episode is the re-enactment of Easy Company’s attack of a fixed position held by a large force of Germans at Brécourt Manor. Dick Winters devised and led the assault so effectively that the tactics he employed are still taught at West Point. He also won himself the Silver Star.

8. How it deals with PTSD

Of course, we now know it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but during World War II, the disorder, if diagnosed, was called “shell shock” and considered shameful. While a number of soldiers obviously suffer from some form of PTSD throughout the series, two examples stand out. One involves Private Albert Blithe (Marc Warren), who becomes increasingly disoriented after the jump at Normandy and finally suffers hysterical blindness during battle. He begins to function again only after Dick Winters is kind to him. McDonough’s Buck Compton, though, is the character who best displays the gradual onset of PTSD over many battles and humanizes the syndrome. The scene in which Buck finally reaches his breaking point (in the episode aptly titled, “The Breaking Point”) after witnessing the dismemberment of his two closest friends, is easily one of the most disturbing of the series.

9. Bastogne

Perhaps the most harrowing sequences in Band of Brothers take place in the forests of Bastogne in Belgium, the focal point of the Battle of the Bulge. The two episodes devoted to this struggle in the freezing, deadly woods not only show the careless brutality of actual combat, but also the agony associated with waiting for the enemy to strike. Inside their foxholes under the towering trees, the men have intervals when they reflect and bond, until the trees start exploding above them and fire rains down. This signature battle, during which Easy Company holds the line against German onslaughts at tremendous cost, is a turning point for the paratroopers — as well as the series. After Bastogne, they are certain only of each other.


10. The Blue Headscarf

Due to its focus around Easy Company, Band of Brothers does not feature many women or children. That makes the appearance of Nurse Renee (Lucie Jeanne) all the more striking. Medic Eugene Roe (portrayed masterfully by Shane Taylor) encounters her at a make-shift clinic in a Belgium church near Bastogne. The two bond by recounting mutual experiences, share a chocolate bar, and form a real connection. She seems untouchable — a beacon of light in the darkness — until the clinic is bombed. A stunned Eugene finds her blue headscarf among the rubble that had been the aid station. He absorbs the fact that no one is safe and continues to deal with a wounded soldier — which is what she would have expected.

11. The legend of Ronald C. Speirs

One of the true gems of the series is Matthew Settle’s complex performance as Ronald C. Speirs, a skilled Captain who understands that, for an officer, it is better to be feared than be loved. Settle expertly conveys the dual nature of Speirs. He is both the man who is believed to have killed a group of German POWs after offering them a smoke and the man who turns out to be the savior of Easy Company when their craven commander is paralyzed by his fear of battle. It’s a gripping performance, which makes you wonder: why isn’t Matthew Settle a bigger star?

12. The 9th episode, “Why We Fight”  

For eight episodes, the men of Easy Company fight the Germans simply because they are the enemy. In this episode, they come to a much deeper understanding of why defeating Hitler is the right thing to do. When they finally enter Germany, they occupy a town called Landsberg where they stumble upon a concentration camp. The sequence that has them liberating starving prisoners while forcing Germans from the neighboring town to witness the horror is remarkably effective.

13. The occupation of Berchtesgaden

The men of Easy Company cap off their long journey by occupying Hitler’s famed holiday home, Berchtesgaden, better known as the Eagle’s Nest. In an incredible, eerie sequence, the men marvel at the castle-like interiors with stolen treasures from all of Europe on display. The surreal fortress is guarded by a dead Nazi officer who obviously committed suicide. Winters and Nixon smoke outside on the balcony, drink Hitler’s alcohol, uncover remarkable souvenirs (including Hitler’s photo albums), and admire the views of the Alps. It’s fitting that it is at this moment that they receive the news of the German army’s complete surrender.

14. “We salute the rank, not the man.”

Maybe the most satisfying line in the entire series. After working his way up to the rank of Major, Dick Winters encounters Schwimmer’s Captain Herbert Sobel, the man who tormented him and the men of Easy Company and even attempted to court-martial him. Now that he is out-ranked, Sobel averts his eyes to avoid Winters, but Winters can’t let him get away with it. It’s a glorious moment of comeuppance when Winters forces Sobel to acknowledge him.

15. The ending baseball sequence

What better way to end the chronicles of Easy Company than with the survivors indulging in America’s favorite pastime? In this tasteful slow motion sequence, Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters narrates the fate of each featured member of this extraordinary unit. While Buck Compton went on to become the prosecutor who convicted Sirhan Sirhan, others found success in ordinary endeavors: they became construction workers, postmen, a cab driver, writers, and even handy men. It’s true when Winters says, “how we lived our lives after the war was as varied as each man.”

My DIY Book of Shadows~

Hello everyone! I’d like to share with you how I made my most recent BOS. My first one was totally handcrafted - big, daunting, parchment paper-y and majestic. It was beautiful and it was everything I thought a BOS should be, but honestly it was so much of a book that I didn’t even want to write in it! So this time I’ve created something smaller, whimsical, and more fun. It’s something I can actually use and grow with. It was also super simple to make, cost almost nothing and I love how it turned out! 

>A cheap journal
>Mod Podge and paper towels
>Scrapbook paper
>A craft brush
>Decorations! Stickers, beads, etc.
>The usual craft stuff: scissors, a pencil and a ruler

Happy crafting!

1. Assemble those materials!

Can we just talk about this succulent scrapbook paper for a minute?! It’s fabulous. I want to Mod Podge EVERYTHING with this paper! Speaking of Mod Podge… this is something every witchy or crafty person should have on hand. You can Mod Podge your altar furniture, your plant containers, your tarot box.. anything! All of these pieces of paper are standard letter size, 8.5 x 11. This journal was less than $5 and sat on my bookshelf unused. Grab any notebook or journal you may have! Finally, I’ll be using an old makeup brush to apply the Mod Podge because, you know, resourcefulness.

2. Measure and cut your paper

You don’t want to have too much excess paper when you’re applying the Mod Podge so just eyeball it (or measure if you’re a perfectionist!) and cut all but about ½ inch. We’ll be folding that ½ inch in to glue on the inside of the cover. Do this around all sides of the book and cut! Use this piece you’ve cut to trace on another piece of scrapbook paper and cut that to the same size. Now you’ve got two pieces of paper - one piece to cover the front of the book and one to cover the back. I left the spine of my journal alone but you could definitely cover it if you wanted to! :)


A little goes a long way with Mod Podge. Just apply a thin layer on the cover of the book and it will be enough, I promise! Press the first piece of paper that you cut on to the front. Fold the excess down and glue on the inside as well. We’ll be covering the inside as well so it doesn’t have to be perfect! Repeat on the back of the book. Press down firmly to get the wrinkles out and let the outside pieces dry. Have paper towels handy to wipe away any Mod Podge that seeps out!

4. Cover the inside!

This 8.5x11 paper fit almost perfectly in the inside of this journal, but I did have to trim it a bit. I recommend pre-folding this paper with the shape of the journal to ensure a snug fit. After you’ve trimmed and folded, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge and press it all down! Let this dry and make sure the Mod Podge doesn’t seep out too much and stick your pages together. Repeat on the inside front of the book and the inside back of the book. This is the paper I chose for the inside of the back:

5. (Optional) Cover the first page

Okay so… I had an extra piece of paper and I really wanted a pretty front page to put a dedication/book blessing on. Just use the same trimming, folding, and gluing method as you did with the inside cover piece! Let everything dry overnight. Tip: Save your brush with warm, soapy water :)

6. The fun part - Decorating! 

Use stickers, markers, paint, whatever you want to make the book uniquely yours! This is your BOS and it should reflect your personality. Make it pretty, witchy, weird, artsy, simple, whatever! If your book came with a ribbon bookmark like mine, you could put beads or charms on it. Have fun!

I LOVE how this turned out and I can’t wait to start using it! Craft away witches~

anonymous asked:

Why are you playing otome games? Anything special bout them?

(Oh another ask!)

Hello there Anon-chan! (Mind if I? ^^) 

Hmm, a bit of a story. Ever since my rl friend asked if I played Mystic Messenger, I was in a boredom phase in September. When I decided to try it out, Mystic Messenger hit me with so many emotions. 

And I started making MysMes MMDs cuz they were a meme at the time, and @ameri-lie ‘s videos really fired me up in a way XD. She really puts a lot of effort into them, and I thought I’d try to improve as well.

Originally posted by alare-chan

I swear it was a freaking thrill ride of emotions during those 55+ days I was playing MysMes. Damn Cheritz, you’re good at doing these kinds of things.

Then I wondered if there were other games like this, so I swung by the App Store and looked for some. That’s when I found Cybird’s Ikémen series.

I mean, how can you not go (✨O✨) over Iriasu-sensei’s art???

At the time, I started MMDing and making models, and I kinda made a challenge for myself to see if I could assemble similar looking characters in PMX editor using materials that I can find on the internet, and possibly release those models.

And that’s how I stepped into MidCin.

I’m literally screenshoting all art I see in the game (but my storage is suffering 😂)

I was also trying to get the hang of Tumblr at the time I started playing MidCin, and before I knew it, I stepped into the MidCin community on Tumblr. 

I remember how I first got to know some people in the community when I was scrolling through Cybird’s Tumblr, and I saw some fanart by Kaki-senpai, and was intrigued immensely (bless her godly art). Before I knew it, I was scrolling through her blog until I came across a post about “Midnight Valentine”. I decided to join in the festivities because of what I challenged myself to do when I got MidCin. ^v^ Everyone was really supportive, and they offered me help when I needed references and stuff to make the MMD models. Yes, Midnight Valentine commmitee, I’m talking about y’all ;) . 

@oh-my-otome was my writing partner during the event(holy her writing is 👌👌👌), and she does a really amazing blog, I learn a lot from reading her research and theories on stuff, and she really does help me out a tremendous bunch! She even did this entire suitor modern outfit post that blew me away!!

So I decided to base the models off of her ideas and the ones from 100DaysPrincess that @lustfullyleocrawford told me about.

(Casually saves 100DP pics for future referencing lol)

It was a really joyful experience to be with the Midnight Valentine Committee! I want to do another event with everyone tbh XD.

Then at one point I got stuck in the game because I didn’t have enough bells for an item and I had to raise up the bells I got through Princess Lessons XD.

So in the meantime I downloaded another Cybird game that I’ve been wanting to check out for a while, Destined to Love.

Christ, I was feeling Gintama vibes when I saw the suitors’ names.

Decided to play the game, screenshotted the art (😂), and I’m wanting to draw up a comic that I’ve wanted to do for a while ever since I started on a route.

I really liked how much Cybird did their research on the Bakumatsu Era, and I found myself mesmerized and inspired just after playing the prolougue. (Currently putting together a Bakumatsu inspired vid now lol)

Come to think of it I still need to check the app once in a while because I get busy at my workplace and I haven’t really checked the games that often ;-;. I still have to check up on how many bells I need left before I purchase whatever item I need to get to the next chapter.

Funny thing is I enjoy the game more without the kink, -casually skips through all ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)- cuz I just cry everytime when MC plays bottom. (Don’t uke, be seme MC XD)

So what’s special bout otome games? I met a lot of really nice people, made friends with them, got inspired, rode on a roller coaster of emotions, got new art senpais :3, andtheres just so much more. 

Anon-chan, I’m so happy you asked! It was really nice to look back at my experience playing otome games! I hope my speech answered your question lol.

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anonymous asked:

IM SO SAD THE CHARM IS SOLD OUT WITH THE LITTLE ADD ON aaaaaaaaa do you know when you'll restock it?? ;__;

Sorry you missed this month’s order! While i will still sell the Klance bottle charms, I don’t plan to make much more of the little add on bottle charms unless i have some free time because they take a long time to assemble the materials and make them. Please check my #lowahstash tag for updatees on my merch or anything to do with my online store. 

Stellar Magic: A Practical Guide to Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations by Payam Nabarz

In Stellar Magic Dr Nabarz provides both the reader and the practitioner with an invaluable book filled with the rich lore of stars and a series of stunning and powerful rituals to enable a deeper awareness of the effect these have on our daily lives. Drawing on rare and out of the way materials Dr Nabarz has assembled a veritable treasure house of wisdom and lore. This is an absolute must for anyone even remotely interested in Star Lore and for any practicing magician or seeker after truth.

60 seconds on...borophene

Credit: Mark C Hersam

What is it?

A two-dimensional, atomically thin phase of boron.

Who is involved?

A team led by Mark C Hersam, Walter P Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.

How is it novel?

Hersam’s team were attempting to integrate borophene, which is synthesised on a sliver sheet, with perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride, a self-assembling, organic material. When the organic material was placed on top of the borophene it diffused off and onto the silver sheet, on which the borophene sits. An interface was formed between the borophene and the self-assembled organic material.

How can it be used?

The team expects borophene could be used as an interconnect or electrode in 2D nanoelectronic circuits, and potentially a transparent conductor for flexible electronics because of its flexibility and high mechanical strength. The borophene must first be moved off the silver sheet and onto a chemically inactive substrate.

To read more on this topic see page 3 of the April issue of Materials World.

  • Iidabashi: 'Oh no...'
  • Assistant: 'What is it, Professor?'
  • Iidabashi: 'I'm almost done with assembling the robot's parts but there is not enough material left to cover his whole backside with additional armor.'
  • Assistant: 'Hmmm...'
  • Iidabashi: 'So I'm wondering: Shall I cover his legs or his ass?'
  • Assistant: 'Hmmm... Well he already has a chastity belt, so any additional protection will not be needed.'
  • Iidabashi: 'Yeah, you're right. So I'm going to make the molds for his leg armor.'
  • Assistant: 'On the other hand someone could grope the robot's buttocks.'
  • Iidabashi: 'Holy... You are right, let's use the remaining material to give his ass as much protection as needed!'
  • - timeskip -
  • Kokichi: (slapping Ki-bo's ass) 'Ahh!!'
  • Ki-bo: '?'
  • Kokichi: 'I think my fingers are broken!'
The Skull of the Smoking Mirror

This mosaic is believed to represent the god Tezcatlipoca, or ‘Smoking Mirror.’ One of four powerful creator deities, who were amongst the most important gods in the Mexica (Aztec) pantheon, Smoking Mirror images can be recognized by the distinctive black stripes across his face. The base for the mosaic is a human skull. Long deerskin straps would have allowed the skull to be worn as part of priestly regalia, and deerskin strips connected the jaw while allowing it to open and close. The turquoise, lignite, pyrite and shell were all procured from the farthest reaches of the Mexica empire or through trade with far-flung peoples. The effort made in assembling this diverse selection of exotic materials emphasizes the divine ‘other-worldly’ nature both of the mosaic and whoever possessed it.

Whole script of Haunted Mansion

The following is the narration for the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland:


When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still. That is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!

Portrait Gallery:

Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion! I am your host, your ghost host. Kindly step all the way in please and make room for everyone. There’s no turning back now.

Our tour begins here in this gallery where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state.

Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm? And consider this dismaying observation: This chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!

Of course, there’s always my way.

Portrait Hall:

Oh, I didn’t mean to frighten you prematurely; the real chills come later. Now, as they say, look alive, and we’ll continue our little tour. And let’s all stay together, please. There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from creepy old crypts from all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand. Any volunteers? If you insist on lagging behind, you may not need to volunteer. The carriage that will carry you into the moldering sanctum of the spirit world will accommodate you and one or two loved ones. Kindly watch your step as you board, please. We spirits haunt our best in gloomy darkness, so remember, no flash pictures, please.

And now, a carriage approaches to carry you into the boundless realm of the supernatural. Take your loved ones by the hand, please, and kindly watch your step. Oh yes, and no flash pictures, please! We spirits are frightfully sensitive to bright lights.

Do not pull down on the safety bar, please; I will lower it for you. And heed this warning: the spirits will materialize only if you remain quietly seated at all times.

Onboard Doombuggies:

We find it delightfully unlivable here in this ghostly retreat. Every room has wall-to-wall creeps, and hot and cold running chills. Shhh, listen!

All our ghosts have been dying to meet you! This one can hardly contain himself!

Unfortunately, they all seem to have trouble getting through. Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact. She has a remarkable head for materializing the disembodied.

Madame Leota:

Horntoads and lizards, fiddle and strum. Please answer the role by beating a drum!

Ghost fiends and furies, old friends and new! Blow in a horn, so we’ll know whether it’s you!

Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat; call in the spirits, wherever they’re at.

Rap on a table; it’s time to respond. Send us a message from somewhere beyond.

Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween. Awaken the spirits with your tambourine.

Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond; let there be music, from regions beyond!

Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!

Grand Ballroom:

The happy haunts have received your sympathetic vibrations and are beginning to materialize. They’re assembling for a swinging wake, and they’ll be expecting me. I’ll see you all a little later.

Grim Grinning Ghosts:

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake,
Spooks come out for a swinging wake!
Happy haunts materialize, and begin to vocalize.
Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!

Now don’t close your eyes and don’t try to hide,
For a silly spook may sit by your side.
Shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize.
Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!

As the moon climbs high o’er the dead oak tree,
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree.
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes start to shriek and harmonize.
Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell,
weird glows gleam where spirits dwell.
Restless bones etherealize, rise as spooks of every size!

Ghost Host:

Ah, there you are, and just in time! There’s a little matter I forgot to mention. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts! They have selected you to fill our quota, and they’ll haunt you until you return! Now I will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home!

If would like to join our jamboree there’s a simple rule that’s compulsory. Mortals pay a token fee. Rest in peace, the haunting’s free; so hurry back, we would like your company!

Little Leota:

Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now! We’ve been dying to have you!

[ChristmasTeen Series] Building a snowman with Hoshi! (G)

Prompt: Building a snowman with Hoshi

Word count: 546
Genre: Fluff
Warnings: None!

A/N: Here is Hoshi’s story! Ahhh sometimes I wish it would snow in Singapore so that I can build snowmans HAHAHAH enjoy!! Next story will be up tomorrow at 12am SGT (UTC+08)!


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Originally posted by leewooji

You sulked as you stared out of the window. The snow seemed to fall non stop, covering the streets with a layer of white. Not that you disliked snow, but you were looking forward to your date with Hoshi, and now it seems that you’ll have to cancel it.

Your phone rang, snapping you out of your thoughts momentarily.


“Yah, I’m outside your door, can you let me in?” he asked.

As you swung your front door open, Hoshi was indeed standing there. He wore a white turtleneck with a black coat and a scarf.

“You could have knocked you know.” You laughed.

“I figured you’d be too absorbed in your own world to even hear anything.” He said while pulling you into a hug.

It had been nearly three months since you last saw Hoshi, as he was extremely busy with the group’s Asia tour. You missed him to bits, and his embrace gave you butterflies. Not only was it warm, it was also comforting, and you were unwilling to break the hug.

“You know our date’s still on right?”

“But Hoshi the snow-”

“Nevermind the snow, I know exactly what we can do.”

Hoshi brought you to an open field near your house. Except that on first glance, you couldn’t tell that it was an open field because of the thick layer of snow that covered it.

You were hesistant whether the two of you should be playing in the snow. Especially since you knew Hoshi was preparing a comeback in a month’s time and his health was crucial. But seeing how excited your boyfriend was, you found it difficult to say no. However you made a mental note to wrap Hoshi in blankets afterwards.

Hoshi pulled out a plastic bag from his backpack and passed it to you.

“A carrot?”

“We’re building a snowman today.”

Right. That would probably explain why he was so bundled up and why he threw more coats onto you and told you to wear gloves.

Hoshi began by rolling a ball of snow which reached your knee level, you then proceeded to make the middle section of the snowman. Finally the two of you formed the head and Hoshi helped you stack it on top.

“Here, help me put on it’s nose, I’m gonna go find some twigs and pebbles.” Hoshi didn’t even give you time to answer before he ran off.

You grinned as you put the nose on, before deciding that you were going to name the snowman Olaf, simply because you were in love the movie Frozen, and of course the small adorable snowman was your favourite character.

Within five minutes, you spotted Hoshi running back, hands full of materials to complete Olaf. You quickly assembled the rest of Olaf, mainly because you were starting to get cold.

“Wahh it’s so cute!” You squealed as you took out your phone to snap a photo of the masterpiece you finished building.

Hoshi looked fondly at you from a distance, wondering how he managed to find such a lovely girl he could call his.

Your eyes caught Hoshi and you felt your cheeks heating up. You were thankful to have someone like Hoshi by your side.

He was caring, sweet and most importantly, he was yours.

Originally posted by hosoeks