Ardyn is clearly out of touch with the young people

Who the fuck uses the word ‘sycophancy’ these days??? U bet Ravus’ dead ass that he knew Ardyn was fake right away

“I may not know Noctis that well but he is a simpleton and doesn’t speak words with more than three syllables.”

A Collection Of Books By Neurologist Oliver Sacks

If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!

1. Migrane

For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine. Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain. 

2. Awakenings

Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.

3. The Island of The Color Blind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind.  He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.

4. Uncle Tungsten

A book about Sacks’ childood;  his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.

5. An Anthropologist on Mars

This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. 

6.  Seeing Voices

 A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”

  • Tumblr: This film is pretty. I will make a gif set of it.
  • Tumblr: *slams the saturation to maximum and slaps color filters all over it, totally demolishing the visual language and aesthetic of the film*

Very often, when I see a post headcanoning a character from an American cartoon as autistic, it includes a list of physical mannerisms displayed by that character that the post’s author regards as characteristic of autistic folks.

I’m frequently struck by the fact that the identified mannerisms probably aren’t meant to be characteristic; they’re just standard visual tropes for how American cartoon characters express themselves, developed to compensate for the fact that subtleties of body language don’t come across well in the bouncy, big-faced, rubber-limbed style of American cartooning. You’d be harder-pressed to find a character who doesn’t exhibit some or all of them!

Rather than suggest that people are reading too much into it, however, I’m inclined to look at it from the other direction: why is it that many autistic folks find the visual language of self-expression in American cartooning so familiar? What is it about the medium’s roots that caused those particular mannerisms of self-expression to be so deeply embedded in its idiom?

Hack The Planet: Sombra Stuff


Sombra’s base skins are named after natural colors:

Cidro (Citrus) / Incendio (Fire) / Mar (Sea) / Noche (Night) 

Her “Azucar” skin (Lit. “Sugar”) is based on the sugar skulls commonly associated on the skulls created for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a very popular holiday in Mexico. These skulls are called ‘calaveras’ (Lit. “Skull”) and are created as offerings to the deceased. Sombra’s trademark hacking symbols (the skull) is based on the sugar calaveras as well.

Her “Los Muertos” skin is based on an in-universe gang known as Los Muertos (Lit. “The Dead”) that terrorize the city of El Dorado and like to wear glow-in-the-dark tattoos that make them resemble skeletons. 

Both her Azucar and Los Muertos skins have glow-in-the-dark tattoos, but Azucar’s is patterned on white sugar skulls while Los Muertos’ is patterned on neon skeletons.

Sombra used to be a member of Los Muertos, where she single-handedly leaked vital LumeriCo information and started a public overthrow of the power company.

Sombra was a member of the gang from a very young age, using her small stature and unassuming looks to steal data and give it to Los Muertos. Although some members of the gang show anti-omnic tendencies, most art of the gang shows that omnics can join if they want

Sombra’s voice line “Mess with the Best and Die like the Rest” is a reference to the movie “Hackers”, for obvious reasons. “Hack the Planet” is also from that movie.

Sombra’s playful ‘Boop’ she does to Katya Volskaya in “Infiltration” is actually a thinly veiled threat. Katya does this ‘boop’ to her daughter a sign of affection. Sombra did it to Katya to show that she has been watching the mother and daughter and can easily do more damage if she would like to.

Sombra’s “Amused” emote where she draws a data-chunked circle in the air while music plays, then laughs dismissively and disables it has a long history. During the “Quien es Sombra?” ARG, Overwatch players were desperately trying to figure out who Sombra is and where she was from. This led to people frantically searching the game for anything that could possibly lead to Sombra’s whereabouts. Some users on the Overwatch reddit found some texture artifacts in the skybox of El Dorado, with most believing it to be some kind of code or cipher. This was called “the Skycode”. Everyone was trying to decrypt it every way, from 3D visualization to language ciphers to data compilation, but nothing was working. Then some users decided to try and make the data into a song, and this is where the “Amused” song comes from. the theory that the Skycode was an encrypted song was very popular, but in the end the Skycode artifact was just that: an artifact. It had nothing to do with Sombra at all and was simply a quirk of Overwatch’s graphics engine. Thus, the “Amused” emote.

Sombra’s ammo counter on her gun is in Hexcode, a common data type used in coding and hacking. Her gun holds 60 bullets, with her counter listing “3 C (60 in hex)” then counting down through the values from there. Her full value table, with each bullet being one value, is below:

3 C (60) | 3 B (59) | 3 A (58) | 3 9 (57) | 3 8 (56) | 3 7 (55) | 3 6 (54) | 3 5 (53)

3 4 (52) | 3 3 (51) | 3 2 (50) | 3 1 (49) | 3 0 (48) | 2 F (47) | 2 E (46) | 2 D (45)

2 C (44) | 2 B (43) | 2 A (42) | 2 9 (41) | 2 8 (40) | 2 7 (39) | 2 6 (38) | 2 5 (37)

2 4 (36) | 2 3 (35) | 2 2 (34) | 2 1 (33) | 2 0 (32)| 1 F (31) | 1 E (30) | 1 D (29)

1 C (28) | 1 B (27) | 1 A (26) | 1 9 (25) | 1 8 (24) | 1 7 (23) | 1 6 (22) | 1 5 (21)

1 4 (20) | 1 3 (19) | 1 2 (18) | 1 1 (17) | 1 0 (16) | 0 F (15) | 0 E (14) | 0 D (13)

0 C (12) | 0 B (11) | 0 A (10) | 0 9 (9) | 0 8 (8) | 0 7 (7) | 0 6 (6) | 0 5 (5) |

0 4 (4) | 0 3 (3) | 0 2 (2) | 0 1 (1) | 0 0 (0)

Sombra’s Translocater is based on stolen and reworked tech from Tracer’s Chronal Accelerator. Sometimes when you Translocate as Sombra, she’ll say a sarcastic “Cheers, Luv!”. Also, during prematch banter, Sombra will say “Sometimes I feel sick after I translocate. I’m sure you know what mean, eh Tracer?” to which Tracer replies “Wouldn’t be a problem if you disappeared forever.”



Art School | Sophie Roach (Austin, TX)

Drawing and painting her way through an imaginative landscape of intricate and visual entanglements is Austin native, Sophie Roach.  Her artwork has endlessly covered  surfaces from– guitars, beer cans, Vans, to entire rooms.  And if that isn’t already insanely rad, her organic approach and laid back attitude make her not only incredibly humble, but also a super awesome collaborator.  While finishing up one mural and starting up new projects, we had the chance to ask Sophie a few questions about her art, her career, and her approach – from finding her voice, attacking a mural, to digging the quietude one might find as a mail person hah!  

Photographs courtesy of the artist. 

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07.04.17 || langblr community listen up!! I don’t if any of y'all are aware of these dictionaries and if you are, then you will know how bloody USEFUL THEY ARE. They’re not only bilingual dictionaries but also VISUAL, so they have pictures accompanying the object/ verb. They are relatively cheap and are available in a variety of languages. They’re available on amazon :)

moonlitfern  asked:

Do you know of a good online source where I can read up on Celtic culture and religion/lore ? I've always been super interested in it but I admittedly don't know much and mostly rely on my circle of friends when I have questions, but it would be nice to know specifics myself. I know I could do a Google search but you been to be a good resource to come to :)

Hi there. If you’ve already leafed through the blog’s articles and links and are looking for more, I’ve compiled a few sources below for further quick reading:

1. Spirituality/Religion:

- Religion of the Ancient Celts by J. A. MacCulloch (online book)

- Celtic mythology and religion

- Spiritual beliefs, gods, animals

- Celtic Druidism: history and myths

- Overview of beliefs and spirituality

- Celtic religion (lengthy article) - pantheon, funerary rites, tribal rites, druids, etc

- Beliefs, practices, festivals

- Celtic polytheism

2. Mythology, folklore

- Celtic Folklore (comprehensive online encyclopaedia)

3. Celtic Cultures

- Brief overview

- Celtic Culture: Characteristics of Visual Art, Language, Religion

- Origin and background

- Ethnic and cultural identity

- Who were the ancient Celts?

Hope this helps! If anyone else has more online sources, feel free to add to the post.

match cut in Mr. Robot

I LOVE this match cut so much form Mr. Robot S2 episode 1.
From young Elliot’s brain scan cut to Elliot’s journal cover.

Pattern is not the only similarity between these objects. As he writes down everything in his mind inside the journal, the journal & brain scan are both a physical representation of his mind.

This match cut not only visually, but also symbolically matches.

What I learned from my first semester at art school:
  • Everyone is gay
  • Everyone is really hot
  • Everyone has anxiety and/or depression
  • Scholars in the field of art history define contemporary aesthetics as ‘critical reflection on art, culture, and nature’
  • Seriously I know literally one straight person everyone is gay
  • If you lie on the floor in the middle of your dorm hallway nobody will get mad, they’ll just nod and agree
  • Finals week is when you stay up all night and inhale charcoal dust until your boogers turn black
  • Everyone is amazing at art and it feels amazing
  • You scream constantly but you scream together
  • As it turns out, not every building with pillars is the parthenon
  • I made earrings out of teeth but someone in my visual language class has a shirt they bleed on every time they get a bloody nose and they use it for blood splatter references so I fit in great

“He lures you into a scenario where, in a normal comic book film, the violence that you would get would be sort of morally clear. You get a little bit of punishment for assuming that everything’s going to be glossed over and clean and easy to understand.” 

This quote, featured in this brilliant video essay on Watchmen’s metafictive quality, is from Zack Snyder, talking about the explosion of violence at the end of Alan Moore’s original comic. In the Watchmen film, that idea gets translated so that violence saturates the world instead of building up to one long fight at the end (which … also sounds familiar). In both cases, the way Zack Snyder breaks filmmaking conventions is deliberate and calls attention to what the script is saying on a more basic level. The script isn’t superficial, of course, but as an audience, we are used to listening to the script as a primary means of conveying information, and we often ignore the visual aspects. Visual language in film is about more than just the film’s color grade–it’s about how shots are composed, how the mise-en-scene contributes to recognizable “language” in film, how evocations of other films call to mind certain ideas and themes. In Snyder’s work, it’s clear we have to pay attention to multiple components of each film if we want to understand the full intent. 

The quote above could also apply completely to Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you go into the film thinking you understand all there is to know about Batman and Superman, if your plan is to see your exact preferred versions of these characters brought to life, then you will miss all the signals Snyder is giving you about the wrongness of their current worldview. You ignore these signals at your own peril, and by not allowing these clues to take you to the place the story is going, where these heroes will essentially rise out of a broken superhero film landscape and actually become grounded in their creeds, you are buying into the same cheap, cardboard storytelling Snyder critiques. 

Snyder knows how audiences watch his movies. His goal is to draw them out of that comfortable, passive consumption and bring them on the journey of figuring out who these characters are and what they stand for, on a level that goes deeper than the consumable, marketable versions of them we think we know. When I say people don’t get Snyder’s films, I’m not trying to handwave criticism. I’m asking people to think about why they criticize his films the way they do. If the level of criticism stays on the level of “it made me uncomfortable, and I didn’t understand why he chose to portray the characters that way,” then all you have done so far is identify the baseline of Snyder’s work, the call to action he’s asking you to recognize and then follow as he explores that line of thought on film. If you don’t follow the line of thought, if you don’t bother to ask yourself why these heroes have to adhere to your exact specifications, then you are not allowing his films to tell you a story, which is the most basic responsibility of the viewer. And that is not on Snyder.

kawatooru  asked:

hey!!! i loved your galra apperanace detailed dissertation. i was wondering, after seeing the post - we know now that keith is at least some part galra. do you perhaps have happened to notice some physical attributes to that in his appearance? i've been searching but so far, to no avail. hopefully season 3 will give us the answers we all so desperately need? also another point shouild have been made: the good galras are total alien daddies, like hot dayum!!! is it a physical trait? who knows

So actually I’ve been looking into this.

So here we have a good shot of Keith’s face. I’m not sure why so many of the reference pictures I take feature the characters suffering.

It’s pretty fair to assume that if Keith ever does shift purple as seems to be implied by the whole “burned hand” incident, I think we can count on facial features and proportions staying mostly the same, since it’s important to establish and maintain an effective visual language to tell us who’s who and while it could be Keith might have unusual or distinctive galra traits we haven’t seen yet that help him be immediately recognizable in a crowd, the writers would also want to keep design elements that make him read similar to his human form. I’d guess his hair is one if nothing else because “I’d recognize that mullet anywhere” is a statement dying to be made into a brick joke.

Something I like to consider is that it’s quite possible Keith is not done growing and/or slightly malnourished, which might make him shorter than he really ‘should’ be. 

He is noticeably rather small and slight compared to most of the cast- and by galra standards he’d be tiny, but with the possible exception of Lotor, we haven’t seen any galra who aren’t middle-aged; it could also be possible that Keith is a perfectly normal height for someone his age and has a growth spurt lurking somewhere in his future, waiting to forever ruin his iconic jacket for him. 

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