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Star Wars Dark Disciple: ‘this novel will skew towards adult readers’.

[Two hundred pages of Asajj’s struggles with her haberdashery bill on a freelance Bounty Hunter budget]

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Playlist tracks by topic:

1. Then…One Day…I got in, man!
2. Demonic possession as a metaphor
3. Even though I know it’s false, I’ll always picture Vikings wearing horned helmets
4. Hurricane as a metaphor
5. 5′9″, 5′ 10″ tops
6. A song about my biggest fear
7. Trent Reznor is a genius
8. Battle Hymn of The Resistance
9. Yeah, I’m a grown man who listens to Lorde, what of it?

I just have a really big pile of books I wanna read help.

HYMN TO ANPU

Hail Lord of the Western Lands
Hail Foremost of Westerners
Hail Lord of the Necropolis
Hail Chief of the Holy Dwelling
Hail Weigher of Righteousness
Hail Prince of the Divine Court
Hail Jackal Ruler of the Bows
Hail Anpu
Be welcome in peace
You who are lord of this shrine
You whose face is strong amongst the gods
In ancient texts you were all of these things
To me you are all of these things and so much more
To me you are like a father in so many ways
You have been there for as long as I can remember
I grew up under your watchful eye
From your painting on my wall
I always knew you were real
But I never knew you were really there
Watching me grow up from your painting on my wall
I called to you in times of trouble
When I felt weak and powerless
To right the wrongs done, to give me strength
When I felt lost and alone
To show me the way, and soothe my tattered heart
I never heard a reply, I didn’t need to.
I knew you would hear, wherever you were
With childlike certainty and innocence I knew
But I never knew you were really there
Watching me grow up from your painting on my wall
More grown up now, I know better
I feel your presence when I sit before your shrine
Like a warm cool darkness, a summer twilight all around me
And while still you do not speak
Oh Lord of the Lands of Silence
You guide me but softly
You teach me but gently
From the shadows in the Land of Silence
You reveal your guidance and warnings without words
Through my intuition you speak
So I do not know when it’s you, or if it’s just me
That I may heed and follow as I choose.
For you rule wit out ruling
You guide but do not force
You unlock the door but do not open it
That is left to me, so that I will grow
Into the kind of independent child any parent would be proud of
You compel my love and devotion without demanding
I’ve made no vows, no promises of service, of my devotion
Between us there is no need for overt assertions of proof
Oh Weigher of Hearts
You know the truth of the love and devotion within my heart
You know my dedication is already given
In what I know as your way
Without words
I trust you without question
And follow without tiring
For while in your presence I am at peace
The kind of peace that is so precious, so rare
The utter tranquility of all of my being
I ask for little other than you remain,
Guiding, teaching, and strengthening as you do
From the shadows in the Land of Silence
Until I cross the threshold and join you there

State of the War: End of 1916

The static Western Front, November 1914 - December 1916.  Most of the ground gained by the Germans around Verdun (red shading) was recaptured by the French by the end of the year.  The Eastern Front saw much more dramatic outcomes this year, with the success of Russia’s Brusilov Offensive and the swift defeat of the newest member of the Allies, Romania.

1916 was a year marked by major battles on all fronts, which each of the belligerents hoped would be decisive.  Ultimately, despite extreme casualties, they rarely were.  The Western Front saw the huge battles at Verdun and on the Somme, where little land changed hands and neither side gained a huge advantage in the continuing attrition.  Italy took Gorizia at last, but progressed no further.  Brusilov’s offensive in the east made huge gains, but failed to knock Austria out of the war. By the end of the year mounting Russian casualties and Romania’s entry and defeat left Russia weakened.

The Western Front:

Unlike the more limited battles of 1915, the Western Front was defined by the two huge offensives at Verdun and on the Somme, with the resulting battles lasting for months.  The Germans attacked at Verdun in February, quickly seizing positions on the east bank of the Meuse.  The renowned Fort Douaumont fell in the first days of the assault to a single company of Germans.  However, the advance was soon subject to enfilading fire from the west bank of the Meuse, necessitating an offensive there as well.  The battle raged for months with fierce attacks and counterattacks on both sides; ultimately the Germans failed to either take Verdun or inflict significantly more casualties on the French than they had suffered themselves.  German attacks wound down after the Allies attacked on the Somme, but fighting continued; in the fall the French retook most of the ground they had lost in the spring, though at considerably higher cost.

The British and French launched their joint offensive on the Somme on July 1, though the French contribution was significantly reduced due to the fighting at Verdun.  The first day of the battle saw the British suffer over 50,000 casualties, while making no progress except on the extreme southern end of their line, where their artillery could fire from multiple directions into a German salient, or where they had support from the French.  Despite this initial failure, the Allies pressed on with a combination of scattered small-scale attacks and larger, more organized offensives, into the fall.  In September, the British first deployed tanks; although they were occasionally quite useful, the early models had flaws and they were not present in sufficient numbers to make a difference.  By the time the offensive came to a close in November, the Allies had only gained about three miles and had not broken the German army as hoped.

The year also saw changes in leadership at the highest level among the Western Allies.  Lord Kitchener, the famous British War Secretary, was killed when his transport to Russia was sunk by a German mine in June.  He was replaced by Lloyd George, who then became Prime Minister in December, forcing out Asquith by making a deal with leading Conservatives.  In France, the failures at Verdun and on the Somme forced the government to change out its military leadership.  General Joffre was promoted to Marshal but lost his overall command of French troops, being replaced in that role by the meteorically-rising General Nivelle, one of the victors of Verdun.

The Eastern Front and Romania:

A major offensive by the Russians in March around Lake Naroch failed miserably, despite great superiority in men and guns; most Russian generals then despaired of future attacks.  One of the few dissenters, General Brusilov, launched his own offensive in June.  He used multiple tactical and strategic innovations: attacking in multiple places along broad fronts, preventing a concentration of artillery fire or enemy reserves; extensive sapping, to reduce the amount of time spent in no man’s land; and better coordination of artillery.  Thanks to these methods, and poor coordination among the Central Powers, Brusilov gained dozens of miles along the southern half of the Russian Front, captured hundreds of thousands of prisoners, and essentially destroyed Austria-Hungary’s capacity for independent warmaking.  The offensive eventually outstripped its supply lines and ran into tougher resistance, but it was still the largest Allied victory of the year, though this came at the cost of extensive casualties.

Impressed by Brusilov’s success and hoping to claim parts of Hungary for its own, Romania entered the war in late August.  This was seen as a great diplomatic coup for the Allies by both sides, as Romania’s large army could tip the balance on the Eastern Front and push into Austria-Hungary’s undefended southern frontier.  Romania’s entry caused the dismissal of Falkenhayn and his replacement by Hindenburg & Ludendorff as the supreme commanders of the Central Powers.  However, Romania’s army was underequipped and had not learned the lessons of the first two years of the war; although they made some initial gains in Transylvania, they soon found themselves outflanked by a combined Central Powers army under Mackensen massing in Bulgaria.  In November, Mackensen pushed north and German forces under Falkenhayn moved south, cutting off much of Wallachia and capturing the capital of Bucharest in early December.  By the end of the year, Romania had lost most of its army and its country; its northern third was saved only by the intervention of Russian reinforcements.

The Balkans:

The last Allied troops on Gallipoli left early in January, suffering no casualties during the evacuation.  The troops were diverted elsewhere–some to the Western Front, some to Egypt, and some to the growing Allied lines around Salonika.

In January, the Austrians invaded and conquered Montenegro in a quick campaign, resulting in its capitulation.  Montenegrin independence would not be truly restored until 2006.  The remnants of the Serbian army were evacuated to Corfu early in the year, just ahead of the Austrian army advancing into Albania.  By the summer, the Serbian army had reestablished itself at Salonika.

Bulgarian forces attacked the Allies around Salonika in August.  Although they made little progress when attacking the Allies directly, they also occupied portions of northern Greece that the Allies had not fortified, capturing Greek war materiel and Greek soldiers (who had not resisted) as prisoners of war, to the consternation of many in Greece.  The resulting political crisis caused a schism in Greece, with former PM Venizelos setting up his own pro-Allied government in Salonika.  When the Allies attempted to strongarm concessions out of the government in Athens to make up for what was captured by the Bulgarians, Allied and Greek troops started shooting each other in the streets of the capital, followed by reprisals against known Venizelists.

In September, the multinational Allied force at Salonika launched its own offensive against the Bulgarians, resulting in the capture of Monastir in November–the first liberation of Serbian territory.  It did not, however, knock Bulgaria out of the war or provide significant relief to the beleaguered Romanians; after they collapsed, the offensive was called off.

Italy:

A fifth offensive along the Isonzo, designed (along with the Russian offensive at Lake Naroch) to relieve pressure on Verdun in March, made no significant gains.

In May, the Austrians attacked, despite a distinct lack of German cooperation, from the South Tyrol.  Although they made large gains, including Asiago, they were forced to call the offensive off and relinquish some of them after Brusilov’s Offensive threatened disaster in the east.  The early successes did force a change in the Italian government, however.

In August, a well-prepared offensive along the Isonzo finally captured Gorizia, which had been one of their objectives for the first weeks of the war.  The Austrians were able to stabilize their lines and prevent a general collapse, however.  Further attacks in September, October, and November made little progress, though on multiple occasions the Austrians were saved by the actions of single determined junior officers.

The Near East:

A Russian offensive in the Caucasus captured the major fortress of Erzurum in February, Trebizond in April, and Erzincan in July, threatening Anatolia.  A counteroffensive by Mustafa Kemal in August forced the Russians to stop their advance, but did not force them to relinquish their gains.

In Mesopotamia, British attempts to relieve the Siege of Kut failed, and the garrison surrendered at the end of April–the largest British defeat of the war.  A tentative Russian cavalry advance into Mesopotamia from Persia was vigorously pushed back, with Turkish forces reaching as far as Hamadan by the end of the summer. A new British offensive along the Tigris began in December, though it had yet to dislodge the Turks from their well-ensconced positions on the north bank by the end of the year.

In Sinai, German and Turkish forces attempted another attack on the Suez canal, but they were repulsed before reaching it in early August.  The British began constructing a railway and water pipeline across the Sinai.  By the end of the year, they had secured most of the peninsula, and were preparing for an attack on Rafah, on the border with Palestine.

The Hashemite Sharif of Mecca rebelled against Turkish rule, capturing Mecca, Jeddah, and Taif by the end of the summer, with British naval and aerial support.  Medina, however, remained securely in Turkish hands.

The Senussi threat to Egypt was largely defeated in February, though they continued to have free rein in Italian Libya.  Senussi and Tuareg forces besieged French soldiers in Niger in December, threatening French control of the Sahara.  An ill-timed revolt by the Sultan of Darfur was swiftly crushed by the British, who incorporated his territory into the Sudan.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

The last German forces in Cameroon surrendered or escaped to neutral Spanish colonies by the end of February.

A South African-led offensive into German East Africa began in February, and by October had taken the Central Railway, the whole coastline, and the northern two-thirds of the colony.  German forces had largely escaped intact, however, and remained holed up in the inaccessible mountains and jungles of the south of the colony.

Portugal entered the war against the Central Powers in March; their contribution to the war effort so far was essentially limited to the capture of a town on the border between German East Africa and Mozambique.

Naval Operations:

The main German and British fleets clashed for the first and only time in the war at the Battle of Jutland at the end of May.  The British had the worse of the initial engagements, losing several battlecruisers in dramatic fashion.  However, with the arrival of the main body of the Grand Fleet, the Germans were outmatched and almost found themselves cut off from friendly ports.  Although they did escape and the battle was inconclusive, the German High Seas Fleet would largely remain inactive for the remainder of the war.

An attempt to resume extensive submarine warfare in the spring was swiftly cancelled due to American protests, though it continued in the Mediterranean, and, under prize rules, in northern waters.  Although most German leaders were in support of unrestricted submarine warfare by the end of the year, Chancellor Bethmann remained a stalwart opponent, and the Kaiser had yet to be won over.

The United States and Peace Prospects:

With the war entering its third year, many began to consider a negotiated peace.  This was especially true in Austria-Hungary, fighting on three fronts and suffering major defeats at the hands of the Russians during the summer.  They pushed strongly for a peace deal, which was given new impetus after Emperor Franz Joseph died and was replaced by Charles, who began his own secret initiatives.

Germany offered peace in December, though they did not provide terms; some war leaders in Germany saw this as cover for an eventual resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare.  One war aim was revealed in November, when Germany and Austria guaranteed their support to the independence of Poland (captured from Russia in 1915) after the war.

America had spent much of the year distracted by problems in Mexico, sending armed forces on a fruitless chase of Pancho Villa after his forces raided Columbus, NM in March.  Outright war with Mexico was avoided, however. With Germany’s submarines leashed, the United States seemed likely to remain out of the war in Europe.  The largest work of German sabotage during the war, the Black Tom explosion, destroying large quantities of munitions, killing several, and damaging the Statue of Liberty, was thought at the time to be an accident.  In November, Wilson narrowly won re-election with the slogan “He kept us out of war.”

Six days later after the German peace “offer”, Wilson attempted to elicit war aims from both sides, as a path towards a negotiated peace and a future league of nations protecting peace in Europe; reaction from the belligerent governments was tepid, at best.  

EDIT: Somehow, I forgot the Easter Rising in all of this.  On Easter Monday, Irish revolutionaries seized large portions of Dublin, overwhelming most of the small British garrison there.  Reinforcements crushed the revolutionaries within a week, however.  In Britain, this was viewed as an act of wartime treason, especially since the Germans had tried to send arms to the Irish.  In Ireland, the excessive number of summary executions after the Rising only increased resentments there, even among those who had not sympathized with or supported it to begin with.

Just imagine Inuyasha being formally announced, like, really formally, with his lineage, titles, major accomplishments, current occupation, previous occupations (if he had any), and anything else that makes him special in a sense of political power. It would probably go something like this:

Announcing Lord Inuyasha, second son of the Inu No Taisho, first and only son of princess Izaiyo of the Setsuna clan, half brother of the current lord of the Western Lands, Lord Sesshomaru; slayer of the great dragon Ryuucoutsei,  Princess Kaguya of the mirror, Houga of the mainland, The four Gods of War, and the dark hanyo Naraku; protector of the plains of Musashi, and wielder of the Fabled Tessaiga.

Like, dang, when you put it that way he’s pretty darn accomplished and high born, and that’s not even listing half of the things he’s done. And he would just be standing there all uncomfortable and blushing saying “eh, well yeah, but it’s not like it’s a big deal or anything….”

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“Back to the Source”
It’s a real honour to appear alongside many wonderful members of the HEMA community as part of this new documentary by Cédric Hauteville on Historical European Martial Arts!
In a conversation that spans continents, we talk about our growing community, combining scholarship with athleticism and the challenges of reviving centuries-old source material into living martial art systems.
For anyone struggling to explain HEMA (and why you love it), here is your lexicon!
Post Note: I came across this later, renowned swordsman Oz talking on his YouTube channel about the awesome documentary and just how special it (and the making of it) actually is.

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Went for a hike in Lord Hill Park in Snohomish, WA with @ihkura who is GREAT with animal identification. While she was looking for isopods she picked up a piece of bark on the ground and found the CUTEST LITTLE BAT!!! It flew up on my back, flew off, returned to my back and then flew away.

-Northern Red-legged Frog

-Puget Sound Garter Snake (photo doesn’t do justice to the beautiful BLUE of this noodle)

-Northern Alligator Lizard

-Western Long-eared Myotis (my guess after googling)

King of the Aureum Isles, Baron of Western Thrace, Lord of Caerbenesi, and Knight of the Benesian Order. He had always believed himself ready for the throne - the first born, the heir. His father had poised him for the responsibility, yet he had doubts. Doubts that would remain in the shadow of the crown, placed upon his head at the demise of his father - the crown that held the lives of a kingdom on the brink of civil war.

galactisnebelous  asked:

I have a quick question about Sesshomaru and Kagome. "If Kagome ever became sick, and was stuck alone in a hut without her usual troop. If the Western Lord happened upon her, do you think he would sit with her while she got better?"

Well, to be honest I don’t think Sesshomaru is the type to just sit by someone’s bedside. I think he’d be restless more than anything and I imagine he’d probably go off and do things he thinks might help… like hunt and gather food that he thinks might make her well faster. Maybe he’d go harass the local healers or Kaede or whoever looks like they might be remotely qualified to fix Kagome. Or at the very least tell him where to get herbs or stuff to make medicine. 

If there’s nothing to do but wait he’d probably get frustrated and then decide to use Inuyasha as a punching bag for a while until he feels better about it. And if he’s starting to get separation anxiety then maybe he’d sit by Kagome’s bedside where’d he glare intensely all day at her while internally berating her for getting sick and being a weak human. And eventually Kagome will catch the negative vibes just rolling off of her grumpy demon lord and make him leave anyway after promising that she’s not going to die without his supervision.

And then he’s back to going out and killing things. 

Probably.

He’s an emotionally repressed and snarky demon lord not a nurse what did you expect lol?

Some thoughts…we all know that Caliborn is a raging misogynist with extreme hypermasculine tendencies.  It’s interesting, then, to look at the stereotypically (western) masculine qualities that Lord English might be drawing from each of his parts.  Equius is all about being STRONG and muscular, Lil Hal has the cunning intellect that tends to cater more to the male scholar brand of masculine (clever wit power fantasy), Gamzee’s “rage half” (if that is indeed a thing) has the sort of emotions that are considered “safe” for men (anger, that is) as well as the sort of dedication and intensity of purpose that is considered to be largely appropriate for male ambition (work first, lover second; nurturing relationships tends to be coded as feminine), and then there’s Caliborn, who’s so ridiculously hypermasculine in intent but needs a little more to reach the toxic “ideal” in reality.

I know someone noticed that LE absorbed no female parts, and I think it’s worth examining why, especially since masculinity deserves as much examination in texts as femininity.  Masculinity is socially constructed, just like femininity, and we can definitely see how this works out in LE.  It’s interesting how the sum of these parts is the “big bad”; compared to other guys in the comic, who are often criticized for their “weeniness” (think John talking about troll ladies and troll guys, as well as the shit Jake English gets), it’s interesting that the character in Homestuck who conforms most strongly to male stereotypes and the construction of masculinity is so universally destructive and “evil.”  The masculine “ideal” in theory, or at least as Caliborn might think of it because of his own warped power fantasies, is not at all ideal, while many of the other men in Homestuck have much healthier relationships and mindsets (in comparison).

Interesting commentary on toxic masculinity, Homestuck!  

The Most Popular Tumblr User

The most popular tumblr user in the world, “Giblet-hopper,” has 10.27 billion followers.  Of these 10.27 billion followers, 3.16 billion identify with Gollum from the Lord of the Rings. 5.97 billion identify with Raymore D'ram, from the 274th page of Harry Potter and the Fall of Volkemort.  Assuming average levels of overlap between these two groups, if Giblet-hopper decided to start using text posts where she pitted Gollum against Raymore D'ram in a gladiatorial match, and asked her followers to determine who would win, how many followers would remain after 5 months of this treatment.

A. None

B. 6.886 billion

C. 5.121 billion

D. 1 (Giblet-hopper’s alternate blog)

E. All of them

F. Other (Specify)

(Note: As of the first correct answer, I will reblog the post and award the victory.  Further note that, assuming moderately sized spiders have temporarily incapacitated neural functions of all guessers, I shall reveal the answer one way or another)

S’mores with the Lord!

Hey Gavin MacIntosh fans, this is Dr. Dave!  While we are saddened that Gavin’s brother Grant was injured and is now recovering, I thought I’d share one final fun image from my dinner with Gavin’s family on Monday night.  Here Grant, me, and Gavin are preparing marshmallows for toasting over an open fire (which is illuminating Grant).  Making the dessert s’mores over an open fire - a Western tradition!  Had a great time with you, @thegavinmacintosh!  Safe travels whenever you go home!  Support you always, Dr. Dave

@gavinmacintoshteam

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Lord Byron, The Advocate and Supporter of The Greek Nation

«Greece was the mostly sought Eastern country by travelers during the 19th century.» 

George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron, was born on 22 January 1788 in London. Lord Byron visited Greece for the first time in his 1809-1810 travels to the South of Europe. While in Greece, he heard a story about a woman who experienced terrible death by been thrown into the sea alive inside a bag. This story gave Lord Byron the material for his poem «The Giaour». The «Giaour» is a poem that in a way contributed the birth of the «vampire», albeit a vampire different from the one we are accustomed in the 21st century. In July 1823, Byron left Italy to join the Greek insurgents who were fighting a war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. On 19 April 1824 he died from fever at Messolonghi, in modern day Greece. His death was mourned throughout Britain and Greece. His body was brought back to England and buried at his ancestral home in Nottinghamshire. Byron had enormous influence on the romantic movement and European poetry. One of the poets greatly influenced by Byron was Goethe. He is also the only English poet Bertrand Russell included in his History of Western Philosophy. x