a French phrase literally meaning “nobility obliges”. It is the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person with such status to fulfill social responsibilities, particularly in leadership roles; the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behaviour associated with high rank or birth.

Etymology: French, noblesse, “nobility” (ultimately from Latin nobilis, “knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”) + oblige, “obliges” (ultimately from Latin ob, “to, against” + ligō, “bind, unite”).



After two years of hard work, Aqualumina is now on Kickstarter

Curious? Here are some goodies that will be available to our backs:

  • Get a 15-page $1 digital zine of select full artworks to be featured at our exhibit at Gallery Nucleus, it’s a gorgeous steal!
  • Aquarium-view umbrella to illuminate your rainy days!
  • And most importantly, the 100+ page art book, packed with beautiful artworks, helpful tutorials, and inspirational concept art!

With over 300 participating artists, and over 1k entries, the Aqualumina collection is sure to light up your day! To see some of our featured artists, please visit our Kickstarter page (and even more to be added as the campaign progresses)!

For this post’s artworks, thank you to: Justine LermaCarlyn Lim | Caitlin Ono | Renee Park | Maggie Chiang | Tofuvi |  X.Huang | Suzette Pineda Félix | Vtas | Mecchi | Genice Chan | Louie Zong | Julie Aubry | Kiru


Game of Thrones  - Jon Snow and Daenerys Fan Arts

#1 Jon Snow by LI CHUNFU

#2 Daenerys by Yang Bilong

#3 GoT: Jon Snow and #4 Daenerys - Game of Thrones by vtas (Tumblr)

#5 Game of Thrones: Jon Snow and #6 Game of Thrones: Daenerys by hart-coco

#7 Game of Thrones - Jon Snow by ChristianNauck

#8 Mhysa by RobotDelEspacio

Onwards to another Random Post

How to Hijack Your Brain’s Reward Circuitry and Make it Work *For* You

The reward circuit of the brain has several component parts, each of which plays a distinct but interconnected role.  We’re going to focus on the five most important parts: the ventral tegmental area (VTA), the ventral striatum, the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the cerebral cortex.

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“FFVII: courage” from vtas.

Mini rant time.  When they redo FF7, they better not make Cloud all wishy washy and indecisive like he was in Advent Children.  For the majority of FF7, Cloud believes he is Zack.  Zack imprints on him.  So he better be fucking upbeat and confident like Zack was!  If not, I will consider the remake a failure.  I am just not ready for “emo” Cloud for an entire game…