Connor was gasping and holding his injured leg, he was looking up the raptor snarled at him, He was unsure if he was going to be killed, he certainly couldn’t escape and was dizzy from blood loss. He didn’t even know if he could risk yelling for his team. He tried to get up to reach his gun with the tranquilizer only to collapse again, He reached out for it.
Spotting a sunny place to swim is a highlight of the summer – but we may be sharing the water with millions of eyeball-shaped cyanobacteria. Shape isn’t the only thing they have in common with our peepers, though. Cyanobacteria (represented in green here) focus light from the outside world (purple) onto a spot on their insides (shown in blue). Human eyes use focused light to send visual signals to the brain; cyanobacteria react differently – with movement. Close to the blue-coloured focus point, tiny changes in the walls of the bacteria allow them to move towards the light, which they use for photosynthesis. The discovery of eye-like behaviour in bacteria millions of years older than the human race suggests that our eyes possibly evolved from a bacterial design. This eye-popping thought is worth bearing in mind while we avoid swimming with cyanobacteria this summer – they can lead to nasty infections when swallowed.
Written by John Ankers
Image courtesy of Ronald Kampmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
University of Freiburg, Germany and Queen Mary University of London, UK
The closer we get, the farther away we are because we realize at that moment that the return is different than we imagined it to be. Yet, we continue to pursue the closeness because we want something of what’s passed. Perhaps there is no closeness nor is there distance, they merge somehow. Often we are closer in the distance. The same with absence and presence–we are often more present in absence, more absent in our presence.
Nathalie Handal, from “Poems Woven from a Sacred Thread: An Interview with Nathalie Handal, Passwords Primeval: 20 American Poets in Their Own Words, Tony Leuzzi (BOA Editions, 2012)
Long before the coming of the First Men, all of Westeros belonged to the elder races - the children of the forest and the giants (and, some say, the Others, the terrifying “white walkers” of the Long Night). The children made their homes in the vast primeval forest that once stretched from Cape Wrath to Cape Kraken, north of the Iron Islands (today all that remains of this great wood are the kingswood and the rainwood), and the giants in the foothills of the Red Mountains and along the rugged stony spine of Massey’s Hook. Unlike the later Andals, who came to Westeros by sea, the First Men made their way from Essos across the great land bridge we now call the Broken Arm of Dorne, so Dorne and the Stormlands were the first parts of Westeros to know the steps of man.
- [A World of Ice and Fire] The Stormlands : The Coming of the First Men
Further casting has been announced for Mart Crowley’s ground-breaking play The Boys In The Band at the Park Theatre, joining the already-announced Olivier Award-winner Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard.
Gatiss, Hallard and musical theatre performer Daniel Boys will join several stars with a plethora of television credits in Jack Derges (EastEnders), James Holmes (Miranda), John Hopkins (Midsomer Murders), Ben Mansfield (Primeval) and Nathan Nolan (Undercover) in the eagerly anticipated drama, which is directed by One Man, Two Guvnors’ Adam Penford. Further casting is to be announced.
Playing for a limited season at the Park Theatre from 28 September-30 October before embarking on a short UK tour, The Boys In The Band tells the story of a party about to commence in a New York apartment, with nine men gathering for a birthday celebration.
But the drama of the night is quick to take hold, with Harold receiving a surprise birthday gift, a figure from host Michael’s past arriving, and booze and dope fuelling a mood that swings from hilarity to heartbreak.
Gatiss and Hallard said, “We are thrilled to be a part of this production, which will bring this classic gay play back to London for the first time in eighteen years.
“The script is razor sharp, with huge amounts of wit and pathos, and is as fresh, startling and relevant as it was back in 1968. It’s tremendously exciting to be working with a superb creative and production team who are bringing the show to Park Theatre. And we can’t wait to work together on stage for the first time.“
Please like/reblog this if you post for any of the new fandoms I’ll be posting about so I can find new blogs to follow:
- Between Two Souls - Doctor Who - Harry Potter - Life Is Strange - Marvel - The Maze Runner - Pirates Of The Caribbean - Primeval - Shadowhunters - Sherlock - Supernatural - Teen Wolf - The Last Of Us
Impact tremors, krenko, and most of your usual suspects. No Goblin guide though cause this is budget but still freakin cool to win like that though.
Tron got steamrolled,
Infinite Lanfall with like primeval titan won one Match but then I steam rolled him the next two matches, plus I sidboarded for against his amulet of vigors(which I traded a friend two shelldoc isles for a pair of), so he I had contingency plans for,
Storm got steamrolled.
I just got way lucky with my match ups, but it was fun being able to be the aggressor and finally win a modern night. YAY my first win at a sanctioned modern event.
Sure it’s not a big deal, but it makes me happy as a Magic player. *lots of warm fuzzy feelings and sit down dances*
The Halon Ring is one of Wildstar’s more infamous unreleased zones, as its existence has been known of and acknowledged by the playerbase for quite sometime.
Supposedly it was originally a Level 40 zone, before being revamped for the end game. It is also tied, heavily, with the release of Redmoon Terror.
This Wildweave post outlines some of the events that would have occured in the zone, including a confrontation with Laveka the Dark Hearted, and her recruitment of the Grimvoid and Deadstar marauders. Several of the maps also point to elemental chambers that seem to be named after the Eldan who became the primevals…
However, as we approach the release of Redmoon Terror, it seems like there’s no hide or hair of the Halon Belt being released.
So what’s the deal?
Well, the most obvious answer is that the version of the Halon Belt that was datamined more than a year and a half ago has undergone heavy revisions. It’s certainly possible that it will appear in a later patch to provide a non-raid resolution to the RMT storyline; Omnicore-1 didn’t come out until Drop 5, despite Datascape having been in the game since lost. It’s also possible that the Marauder storyline is being folded into the introductory quest being released next drop.
It’s also possible that the Halon Ring is being revamped to coincide with the next stages of the World Story (seeking out Omnichron in the aftermath of the Vault of the Archon), and is being revamped to become a daily zone. However, there’s also the sticky problem of keeping it from conflicting with Arcterra.
In any case, players can expect to take a journey to the rings of Nexus in the upcoming patch… even if it’s not quite in zone form just yet.
The serpent, throughout all ages has appealed to the imagination of man, to whom its various characteristics afforded opportunities for symbolic expression; from its length of life it has been used as the symbol of Eternity, and as a Talisman for Longevity, Health, and Vitality, and when depicted with its tail in its mouth (this form being particularly noticeable in ancient rings) it indicates perpetual union, whilst to the Aztecs, who used it in this way as a symbol of the Sun, it signified unending Time, ever beginning, ever creating, and ever destroying, and was considered to have great protective and enduring virtues. When shown coiled, its folds signify succession of ages, and if the tail is hidden, unfathomable antiquity (see Illustration No. 22, Plate I, which is taken from an ancient Japanese example in the British Museum). In primeval days, serpents of the Python family attained huge dimensions, and would naturally be held in dread and awe by early man; and in all primitive religions we find the belief held that the soul of man passed at death into a serpent to undergo regeneration and renewal, so symbolized because the serpent casts its skin once a year and becomes a new serpent. To the Eastern mind the Sun in its passage through the heavens formed a curve similar to that of the Snake, and by its progression spirally, with great quickness at will, though without feet and hands or organs by which other animals perform their movements, it was supposed to symbolize lightning or fire, the vitalising principle of life in its good aspect, and, when antagonistic, it became typical of evil and misfortune. In Egypt the Serpent in the form of the Uraeus was worn round the head as a mark of Royalty, and to symbolise Divine Power, Wisdom, and Energy, every tomb of the Kings yet opened has the Serpent sculptured erect on each side of the doorway to guard and protect the body within. It first became a type of the Evil One when this form was assumed by Sut (after killing Osiris) in his endeavour to escape from the vengeance of Horus. In Indian religions the Serpent is known as Ananta, or endless, a symbol of infinite duration and Eternity; Vishnu, the Creator, is represented sleeping on this serpent whose numerous heads form a canopy over the God, each giving constant attention to his expected awakening, when new creations and a new order of things will be established, and was valued as a talisman for Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding. Serpents were sacred to the Great God of Medicine because of the idea that they have the power of renewing their youth by casting their skins, hence the wand of Esculapius is represented as entwined by two serpents, the emblem of Medical Science, and in the temple of Epidaurus, the most important sanatorium of the Metropolis, a large serpent was kept, typical of Health and Vitality. As a symbol, it was used in connection with Ceres, Mercury, and Diana in their most beneficent qualities; whilst Python in monstrous form represented all that was evil. Solomon’s seal, also known as the Interlaced Triangle, is another ancient Talisman that has been universally used in every religion; but though it is said to have been the symbol by which
the wise King ruled the Genii, it could not have originated with him as its use dates back much further than the Jewish Dispensation. As a Talisman it was considered all-powerful, being the perfect sign of the Absolute, and was worn for protection against all casualties, dangers, and mischief, and to preserve its wearer from all evil. In its composition the Triangle with its apex upwards symbolises Good, and with the inverted Triangle, Evil: the Triangle with its apex up being typical of the Trinity that exists in all religions; in India, China, and Japan its three angles represent Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, the Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer or Regenerator; in Egypt it represented Osiris, Isis, and Horus, and in the Christian Church the Holy Trinity. As a whole it stood for the elements of fire and spirit, composed of the three virtues, Love, Truth, and Wisdom. The Triangle with its apex downward represented the element of water, and typified the material world, or the three enemies of the soul, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil, and the cardinal sins, Envy, Hatred, and Malice. Therefore, the meaning of the two Triangles interlaced, is the triumph of spirit over matter, and
at the commencement of our present civilization was considered an all-powerful Talisman, particularly when used with either a Tau Cross, the Hebrew Yod, or the Crux Ansata in the centre. The Illustration No. 23, Plate I, is from an Indian form of the Talisman, and has the Sun’s symbol in the centre.
-WILLIAM THOMAS & KATE PAVITT; THE BOOK OF TALISMANS, AMULETS AND ZODIACAL GEMS