Izanagi (recorded in the Kojiki as 伊邪那岐) is the god of the sky in Japanese Shinto mythology. Izanagi (“the male who invites”) is also a creation deity, who along with his spouse and sister Izanami (“the female who invites”), were given the task of creating the world.
Izanagi and Izanami produced numerous islands and deities. In the act of giving birth to the fire god Kagu-tsuchi, Izanami was fatally burned and went to Yomi-no-kuni, the underworld. Izanagi followed her there, hoping to retrieve her, but she had already eaten the food of that place, rendering her return impossible. Izanami compelled her husband not to look at her. However, he betrayed his promise and lit up a fire, only to behold in her monstrous and hellish state. To avenge her shame, she dispatched Raijin, the god of thunder, and Shikome, the “Ugly Woman of the Underworld,” to chase after him. Izanagi escaped, but the goddess promised to kill a thousand of his people everyday. Izanagi retorted that a thousand and five hundred would be born everyday.
Izanagi bathed in the sea to purify himself from contact with the dead. As he bathed, a number of deities came into being. The sun goddess Amaterasu was born from his left eye, the moon god Tsukuyomi was born from his right eye, and the storm god Susanoo was born from his nose.
We all have slow days, off days, days we feel tired or uninspired, but they are nothing to concern yourself with. Like an ocean the stillness is just another of our natural states.
Soon, the winds will pick up, the waves will rise, and your imagination will flow again.
To everyone else, it was just another piece of paper. Printed, signed, manhandled by a few and delivered to the mat under your letterbox. But to you, this was your last chance, folded neatly and begging to be torn open and shape out your future. With frozen legs and shaky hands you stood staring at the envelope, hoping this was the one to change everything.
When your legs had finally begun to thaw, you stumbled into your room barely taking in your surroundings and almost knocking over this morning’s bowl of cereal, which now sat neglected on the coffee table. Plopping down on your dusty rug and giving the envelope another once over, your heart sank with the feeling of déjà vu.
Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. Job 8:7How often do we look at ourselves when it comes to ministry or stepping out in unknown spiritual territory and feel incapable or inadequate? We may feel so small compared to some, seemingly too small to render much result. We may feel untalented or uninspiring, unworthy.As we continue to meditate on the scriptures and let it fully soak in, we can be encouraged that like the tiny mustard seed that once starts as the tiniest seed grows into the largest plant in the garden. So be encouraged that there is hope in days ahead. Trust in God, stay steadfast about the Father’s business and before you know it, that little seed will start to grow and grow. Roots will spread, boundaries will expand, and before you know it, those humble beginnings will too have blossomed into a beautiful, mature being that is strong and mighty, used for God’s purpose.Any work for the Lord is not in vain and what we do unto the least, we have done it unto the Lord. Run this race with everything, giving 100%.
Words almost cannot describe how much I adore this movie. It is legitimately my favourite piece of Ninja Turtles media ever made.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore the original comics, the 2003 cartoon for getting me into the turtles, the 2012 cartoon for continuing to be awesome, and I even have a soft spot for the 80s one due to how damn influential it was, but the 2007 movie is my favourite. Let me count the ways…
The atmosphere is just right. It’s exactly the right balance of comedy and darkness. It can satisfy those who like TMNT to be light and silly (it is) and those who like it to be dark and serious and emotional (it is).
By extension, the personalities of the brothers are just right. Just the right balance of all their portrayals in the media. Their banter is snappy and tight. Their bond is clear and genuine. Someone analysed a whole six seconds of footage from the movie showing how this is such an accurate portrayal by the way each of them act.
The fucking animation is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I think before this the most beautiful fully-CGI movie I’d seen was probably Finding Nemo. After this movie the most beautiful one I saw was Rise of the Guardians. I love watching the scene after the main fight where Raph is realising what he’s done and you can see a whole kaleidoscope of emotions playing across his face. You can see veins in their skin and eyes. THE PUPILS EXPAND AND CONTRACT CONSTANTLY. The animation on the characters, especially the four brothers, is nuanced and always always always in-character and perfectly compliments the voice acting. Speaking of which…
THE VOICE ACTING IS AMAZING. They made the great decision of using celebrities for the supporting cast and then they chose these incredible, experienced voice actors for the four boys. Their personalities even matched the guys, which was hilarious. This is my favourite voice cast for the turtles EVER. It contains my two all-time favourite voices for Raph and Mikey and my second-favourites for Leo and Don. James Arnold Taylor and Nolan North as Leo and Raph absolutely carry the piece and the emotion pours out of every note in their voices. Also I think
this is the period where JAT was suffering very badly with his throat, so extra kudos to him. What a trooper. I want to hug his Leo and simultaneously punch him in the face. Actually make that Raph too.
The music is gorgeous. Klaus Badelt does not get enough credit. I do find it pretty funny that he used the same motif from his Catwoman score for TMNT, but the score itself is beautiful, with a mix of Japanese instruments and traditional orchestra, along with the odd electronic instrument to keep it modern and city-like and it’s so gorgeous. And the fight scene, gah… I can still hear the drums…
OK, so now I’ve gushed, you probably think that I think the film is perfect. No, it isn’t, and there are some things I complain about. One, the villain sucks. Even if he is voiced by maestro Patrick Stewart. Honestly, with all these great villains from the comics, the (then) two cartoon shows and the other movies that you could have picked, even without Shredder, and instead we got this uninspired stock businessman villain. LAME.
Also, good GOD did Mikey and Donnie get jipped for screentime, ESPECIALLY Donnie. If Don was your favourite than I am SO SORRY that he does so little in this. When they do appear they’re in-character and both great but there simply isn’t enough of them. Of course Leo’s my favourite and I’m thrilled he got a starring role and while I’m not Raph’s biggest fan Nolan North’s amazing performance makes me adore everything Raph does, but I’m not happy about how little attention Mike and Don got.
But with that said, yeah, nothing tops this movie for me. Not even the 1990 one. What this film gets right, it gets absolutely right. It overflows with effort. It was made by people who loved TMNT and wanted to do the damn thing justice. OK, it’s very obvious who writer/director Kevin Munroe’s favourite turtle was, but he still did the others justice.
Happy birthday to VIXX’s youngest (and arguably evilest) member! Thank you for bringing an additional avenue of laughter to the group with your antics (although it wouldn’t hurt to rein them in just a little)! Even though you’re much younger, your perseverance and willingness to learn are admirable, and just charting your growth throughout these years is incredibly encouraging. Knowing how much you’ve to sacrifice, but still being willing to take the leap to achieve your dreams has imbued me with the confidence to try and pursue my own too. Thank you for being born! #HappyHyukDay
I don’t like modern rock music. It’s stale and uninspiring. We need a revolution or something. It feels like nobody is even trying to be interesting or innovative. Rock music was once bursting with creativity and passion, but now it has come to this. How unfortunate.
People assume that we are an uninspired and unmotivated generation that spend all their time online, and our generally antisocial. We are the quiet ones at family events, that sit on our phones. Contrary to belief we don’t do this because we don’t want to communicate, maybe it is just that we feel misunderstood and would rather spend time with people who understand us online.
People believe that those who spend a lot of time on the internet will never achieve anything, but look at Troye Sivan. Troy is an Actor, YouTuber, Model, Blogger and singer, who even though he spends time online he has achieved so much. He is now touring the world doing what he loves, whilst still communicating to us online.
We may be the generation who spends a lot of time online, but with that time we crash charities websites, eager to fundraise and help others. We donate thousands to the Trevor Project and the Thirst campaign, just to name two charities. We are some of the most respecting and supportive people out there. If one of our people needs us we will give endless support. Our community is full of some of the most creative people ever. Wether it is drawing, painting, editing or making gifs, or community is so talented.
We accept everybody, no matter what shape, size, race or sexuality, because everyone deserves to be loved. And we are inspired by some of the most loving and accepting people out there.