A corona summit will meet again on Wednesday. Time to reflect on the civil submissiveness and patience with regard to the restrictions on freedom that we are still expected to be expected to be. Perhaps we shouldn't trust our powerful politicans too much. A wake-up call.
For how much longer? After months of severe restrictions on public life, after a wave of social bans without sport and socializing, after extensive closings of shops, schools and cultural institutions, after the impending bankruptcy of entire industries, this sigh reflects a widespread mood. At least for those who have not yet got used to the pandemic-based incarceration without long-term psychological damage or who do not know how to proceed economically for them.
Admittedly, there has never been any talk of harsh government closures - even if they have an effect in the home office - with all the measures taken by the authorities. And a restriction of state power will not be on the agenda at the lockdown sum... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m a young muslim man whose kept his mind open to all people: women, men, practicing, non practicing, trans, gay, what have you. I am starting to feel major disillusionment about the hijab and to some extent the niqab as well. I wanted to include my thoughts here, and have the sisters here reflect and give me their perspective. Y’all are the least toxic members of the muslim community to me right now and so I value your advice first and foremost.
I fail to understand why certain parts of a woman’s body are awrah and aren’t so for men, like the hair, feet, and forearms (no, I’m not advocating for free the nips). Now I want to make it very clear: I am not advocating for some sort of sexual revolution for my pleasure, on the contrary, I have seen many problems arise from both Western and Muslim society from sexual liberation/purity culture. What I am trying to understand is why God views these parts of a woman as “nudity” or “shame”. Now, I can only imagine understa... keep reading on reddit ➡
To me, general fitness is the single most important thing you can do for yourself, not only in the perspective of potential emergencies, but as a general piece of advice for well-being.
Part 1: Foundations
Section B: Fitness
One of the most important aspects of the Defender mindset is resilience, both physical and mental. You can be the fastest runner in the world but at the same time the world’s biggest coward. Being fast and being strong does not make you someone who can be dependable in an emergency situation. In a time of crisis, people will look to the mentally strong before they will look to the physically strong. But that does not excuse you from making yourself more physically capable of handling an emergency situation. You are doing yourself and your fellows a great disservice if your muscles fail to perform tasks that are expected of you.
Therefore, it is my belief that the first layer of the foundation to the defender’s duties is the abil... keep reading on reddit ➡
As a rule, I avoid writing posts about what I’m doing and how this project is going. I dislike navel-gazing. I figure you all are here for the content, and that I care about the project itself twenty times as much as anyone else.
Once a year, I make an exception and do a year-end retrospective. By now it’s a tradition. If you’re interested in this project, I hope you’ll appreciate reading a bit about my work; if you just subscribed recently, this can serve as a summary and guide to what you missed earlier.
2020 was the fourth year of this project and the first full calendar year I’ve been doing this full-time. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
My favorite book of the year was Where Is My Flying Car?, by J. Storrs Hall, a work of ambitious futurism that shows us where our technology and living standards could have and should have been by now, and how amazing the future could be. It sets out to discover why w... keep reading on reddit ➡
Where I Reread Armageddon Rag by GRRM: Part I
Armageddon Rag is probably Martin's worst book. It takes a long time to get going and Martin really needed an editor to get him to cut out the self-indulgent boomer navel gazing from the story. If you want to read a really good book by Martin that isn't set in Westeros go read Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream or one of his many excellent short story collections instead. And that's exactly what a lot of Martin's fans have done, so Armageddon Rag is almost never discussed in even the most hardcore corners of ASoIaF fandom.
Which is a real shame, as it's not a bad book. Sure it has pacing problems and you'll want to strangle the protagonist but it really manages to tie together a bizarre smorgasborg of genres and the concert scene... keep reading on reddit ➡
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS
BY ARUNDHATI ROY (1997)
Arundhati Roy’s debut novel had a dream run—a staggering international deal, the 1997 Booker Prize, and rave reviews worldwide. But even without these accolades, it remains one of the most original novels in English about India. Set in Ayemenem, a village in Kerala, the story moves between the 1960s and 1990s, tracing the lives of fraternal twins Rahel and Estha through multiple social and political upheavals. In her unique Indian English idiom, Roy transports the reader to the heart of a family saga, at once beautiful and terrifying, seething with dark secrets, caste violence and forbidden love.
A FINE BALANCE
BY ROHINTON MISTRY (1995)
Set in an unnamed Indian city during the Emergency imposed by prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975, this is a novel of Dickensian amplitude. The lives of four characters, from different social strata, crisscross the narrative. Ishvar and Omprakash Darji, uncle and nephew, flee their vi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hello, I was thinking of starting up a unique philosophy book club here. Since this place has become a ghost town, I thought of reviving it with this unique book club idea you won't find anywhere else.
Unique? What would be unique about it?
Cosmopolitan to the ancient greeks meant being a citizen of the world. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, cosmopolitan means "having wide international sophistication."
Most philosophy departments will have you learn some ancient western philosophy and then a lot of modern western philosophy. This club will be different because it will be focused on "rounding out" one's thinking, or making one a cosmopolitan thinker. The point of the club will be to not only expand one's own perspective in one's place in the world, but to compare one's thinking to other cultures past and present.
Rather than most philosophy book clubs or classes where you read Plato, then move onto Aristotle or Descartes, this club will be all over the place. What Phi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Where I Reread Armageddon Rag by GRRM: Part VI
Part III here:
Part IV here: https://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/comments/jn6jb1/spoilers_extended_where_i_reread_armageddon_rag/
Part V (stupidly mis-titled as Part IV) here:
[https://www.reddit.com/r/asoia... keep reading on reddit ➡
Reasons islam is bad
Killing all non Muslims
Killing all apostates
Kill all gays
No free thinking
And a while heap of other shit.
No woman should be seen
72 virgins (unexplainable beauty gender)
Hadiths that don’t make sense. Satan blowing in your nose etc.
No respect for atheists and non-Muslims
No moderation in reality, extreme POVs in reality
Sun going down in a muddy pool
Shooting demons using stars
Quran 4:34 wife beating
Quran 4:24 sex slavery
https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Qur'an,Hadith... keep reading on reddit ➡
Future of the world with islam One world, one religion Part one As I was talking to one my friends about the future of the world with spreading islam, I told him many things about islam and muslims and I know you may know them so sorry if it is repetitive and long for you. The things that I wanna say are not for concerning you but to let you know why I don't care about islam conquering the world anymore. My reasons for that:
The person who uploaded this video was nice enough to include all the questions with timestamps in the descriptions. Once again skipping repeat questions. This one is Myths and Legends Conference 2016.
0:47 So for your audiobooks James Marsters did a fantastic job, I was wondering if you had any input on his characterisation or if it's all him?
repeat that his input was mostly giving the green light and jumping for joy at hiring Spike
1:50 Are you thinking of revisiting the Codex Alera, that world at all?
repeat that we can go back to the Protoss showing up and there's no plans. Just the possibility that Jim has gambling debts
2:40 The upcoming book is called Peace Talks. Back in White Night Lara told Harry she would destroy him with peace. Are they related?
only says Lara is in Peace Talks
3:14 Aeronauts Windlass I liked a lot and it seemed like you put a lot of detail into the ships and into the ship battles. Did you do a lot of research into that?
Sort... keep reading on reddit ➡
Do you like answering absurd hypotheticals? Do you enjoy navel-gazing? Do you enjoy poking through arbitrary data? I'm assuming you do since you're on /r/themotte, so I've prepared a survey to scratch those itches. It's been a regular practice for a long time on SSC to offer a comprehensive annual survey, and I've always been fascinated by the results and the opportunities afforded by that sort of dataset. We have a great deal of overlap with them, but at this point, I'm confident that the Motte population is distinct enough that new insights await in a survey directed specifically at us.
The survey itself covers a range of demographic, political, subreddit-related, and miscellaneous questions. It should take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on how quickly you tend to fill in answer bubbles. There are also a coup... keep reading on reddit ➡
UPDATE: It's 10 am, I just woke up, and this post went viral and a lot of users who requested me to make similar posts for other chapters. I think this is a good idea and I will partake in the endeavour once I am finished this post.
UPDATED: Its 4 am, I've been working on this since 8 pm, I'm going to get some sleep and then I will be back in the morning and you make more updates based on your suggestions. Good night!
What are some of the most powerful Chapters in terms of military and Political Influence?
Here is a brief, but incomplete, overview that I put together. The list is not in order. Feel free to expand the list in the comments section and I will update the list:
Disclaimer: A lot of these fleet sizes are from the 40K wiki, and also includes ships from the 31st millennium, as long as they are not listed as being destroyed, as first founding chapters often still have a lot old ships.
Due to the nature of authors messing up numbers and creating as m... keep reading on reddit ➡
In November 1990, with Soviet hardliners like either Grishin or Romanov (concerned about the rapid dismantling of communism) launch a successful coup (Gorbachev's fate remains unknown), tensions are much worse than OTL. The Soviets then use their forces stationed in Eastern Europe (including clearing out those stationed in Eastern Germany) to restore the communist dictatorships in those countries (excluding Eastern Germany due to it now being part of NATO) and overthrowing the previous governments (the overthrown governments flee to London in exile). In response to these events NATO extends NORTHAG and CENTAG into Eastern Germany along the German-Polish and German-Czech borders. NATO's BALTAP is extended into the eastern German state of Mecklenburg. Finally, during the spring of 1991 a major crisis develops between the US and USSR. Tension builds across the Iron Curtain until finally the Warsaw Pact launches three full-scale attack against NATO forces (Seven Days to the River Rhine, Op... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've never been to Japan before and never even been solo travelling before, usually I'd head somewhere with friends or family so this was a new experience for me. I'd wanted to go solo as I wanted to take my time and not have to perhaps see or do something that I wouldn't have wanted to, therefore, this gave me complete freedom over my trip.
I wanted to head over to Japan mostly due to wanting to go on a holiday by myself and just relax, I picked a few places with great scenery and a lot of nature for that reason, including spending a night at a ryokan. Japan was high on my list due to the culture, it's different from what I'm used to and was definitely a big factor in me wanting to go.
I'd actually decided to go in February, partly due to the fact that the flight prices were pretty good, more on that later, and the fact that I had a week off of university, but I opted to go for two weeks and catch up a week since I thought one wasn't really enough.
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I see the valiant efforts of other redditors not only submitting their top 10 or 20 movies but ranking ALL the movies they've seen last year and I realized what an enjoyable read that is (thinking of u/BunyipPouch in particular). That convinced me to, 1. stop lurking and finally get a Reddit account, 2. submit my own sprawling ranking, something that I've done in recent years for my own personal amusement anyway (not in English though!).
I've seen 94 movies in theater this year (91 fiction, 3 documentaries I won't rank here). Some of them are 2018 movies for American audiences. I'm only ranking theatrical releases, as I still can't really compare the moviegoing experience to the streaming experience. Hope you enjoy it.
91. It Chapter 2 (A. Muschietti)
As with the best movie of the year, the choice for worst movie of the year is always a somewhat partisan choice. Objectivity be damned (whatever the hell objectivity means in these... keep reading on reddit ➡
Welcome to this now award-winning review series the accompanying fame of which is sure to go to my head, resulting in a head so swollen by conceit and smugness that I will inevitably experience an epic fall from grace that will serve as a warning to others for years to come. Also, look: I got an endorsement from Janny Wurts! But enough gloating and back to this crazy thing you've come to enjoy. Each month I will be reading 5 books from our Top Novels of 2018 list until I have read the starting book from each series. When we last checked in, I finished the 65s and started the 60s tier. Now we finish the 60s and race through the 5... keep reading on reddit ➡
Primer, Introduction, Theorem 1 (part 1), Theorem 1 (Part 2), Corollary 1, Scholium 1.1/2/3, Theorem II (Part 1), Theorem II (Part 2), [Theorem II (Parts 3 & 4)](https://www.reddit.com/r/zizek/comments/ex6dhu/readin... keep reading on reddit ➡
In the mid-to-late 1990's I was a community college student then living in Michigan. I chanced upon a newspaper article featuring a young fellow and an old lady doing 'Qigong', and promoting a book on the subject. Having been interested in general eastern esoteric practices (very casually), I kept the memory of the article with me and the next time I was in a bookstore I recalled the book and they actually had it. So buy it I did. 'Qigong: For health and vitality' by Michael Tse, featuring his grandmaster on the back of the book, a woman named Yang Mei Jun.
I began to practice the exercises, rising 5-6am and trying each movement, page by page. Day after day, into month after month. I would also do the sitting meditations, visualizing actual energy flow through my ren-du meridian / nerve pathways. After a time, I developed at first a slight, then stronger vibration that would be physically detectable by another person that put their hand on my navel area when I had completed a session,... keep reading on reddit ➡
Modern fashion, stripping women, leads European civilization to depopulation (extinction). Even in its territories, it is increasingly being replaced by other ethnic groups, in the everyday life of which there are bans on even partial exhibitionism (exposure of sexual signs).
The place of Europeans on earth is replaced by peoples who preserve the chastity and secrecy of their women, and thereby protect their men as well. First of all, these are the peoples of Islam.
Fashionable underlining of female charms, provoking sexual lust in men, can be considered as creating “sexual stress”. Because of it, a complex intraorganism complex of “sexual rejection” is included, resulting in impotence and cancer. This is written by the famous doctor, academician Leonid Aleksandrovich Kitaev-Smyk in his fundamental monograph “Psychology of stress. Psychological anthropology of stress ”(M., 2009).
For clarity and understanding of the physiology of this process, the scientist gives an example from the... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been granted permission by u/Tinyprancinghorse to write a story in his "They are Smol" universe.
The feedback and response to chapter 1 was fantastic and really encouraging, so I hope you enjoy this one as well!
Special thanks to Arbon for helping me choose a name for our Security Chief Xarlen’pcli, and thanks to everyone on the Smol Discord for helping proofread this chapter early.
*"Hello" - normal, hu... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi all, I've been doing research involving Reddit and in the process conducted a systematized literature review of research output on Reddit. Since I'm on Reddit and /r/TheoryOfReddit enough I thought I'd share it for the benefit of fellow navel gazers.
Reddit: The front page of the internet
Reddit is a popular social media website founded in 2005. It’s both a discussion and aggregator platform. The website has a mixture of features, such as a traditional website forum with subforums, bulletin board and also image based social media platform. Each subforum (or subreddit) has its own community, with its own set of rules and norms. Yet this description does not do justice, or adequately describe, the essence of Reddit and the communities which inhabit it.
All the above features come together to create a uniquely paradoxical platform. A platform which allows for both in-depth long form discussions, typical of older forums, and quick fleeting consumption of entertainment content, ty... keep reading on reddit ➡
It wasn’t until I’d gotten back to the room where I’d stashed my stuff that I remembered the whole point of going out had been to go shopping.
Ah, well; that could wait. Max’s belongings were still on one of the beds, so I guessed he hadn’t found the optimally positioned dorm yet. Kylie lay on her bed, scrolling through her tablet.
“You’ve gone with the mage look. Nice.”
“Yeah, I’m not sure how I feel about them.” I adjusted my robes. “I guess I’ll get used to them, but they don’t really feel like clothes.”
“I’m sticking with normal clothes, myself.”
“Wait,... keep reading on reddit ➡
Summary: The Wim Hof method, and Tummo Meditation, are accessible means of self-regulating the nervous system by means of breath control, visualization, and gradual, non-forced cold exposure. The following is a report of a week-long trial during which I taught myself how to heat my body when exposed to below freezing temperatures, suggesting that at a very low cost investment in time and energy, anyone can learn to consciously control their autonomic nervous system, under the adage ‘if I can do it, anyone can.’ Also included are the method followed, instructions for both, and with my understanding of the effects of each.
Interested in claims made my Wim Hof, and wanting to learn how to increase control over my physiological system, I undertook a two-phase trial to explore Tummo Meditation and a modern derivative, the Wim Hof Method. As it turns out, conscious thermogenesis and consciously controlling the nervous system is far easier to learn than I had anticipated.
Phase 2: P... keep reading on reddit ➡
As gamers of any and every age deemed both acceptable and unacceptable, we stand tall even in the muck of the depths of our failures – or, perhaps, at the heights of successes. And yet, regardless of which apex we have reached, the fact remains that, within the recesses of our passionate hearts, there exists no flesh and blood man or woman capable of comprehending, accepting, encouraging, and creating life from our all-consuming creativity that might only truly be capable of being described as our festering and fostered ‘degeneracy’. I am, of course, referring to the two-dimensional-in-form yet multi-dimensional-in-character entity known as the ‘waifu’.
Specifically, I speak to my contemporaries that engage alongside me in the act of ‘safeguarding human history’ as fellow Master Candidates of the fictional security organization, Chaldea. In a struggle spanning almost five years, we have succeeded in completing the Grand Order – the act of preventing and/or reversing the Incineration... keep reading on reddit ➡
I was reading Dany's chapter in AGOT when she finds out that Mirri Maz Duur tricked her, and I was struck by a few lines.
>Dany turned to the godswife. "You warned me that only death could pay for life. I thought you meant the horse."
> >"No," Mirri Maz Duur said. "That was a lie you told yourself. You knew the price."
> >Had she? Had she? If I look back I am lost. "The price was paid," Dany said. "The horse, my child, Quaro and Qotho, Haggo and Cohollo. The price was paid and paid and paid." She rose from her cushions. "Where is Khal Drogo? Show him to me, godswife, maegi, bloodmage, whatever you are. Show me Khal Drogo. Show me what I bought with my son's life."
> >"As you command, Khaleesi," the old woman said. "Come, I will take you to him." (AGOT Daenerys IX)
Had she? Had Dany known that the price of bloodmagic was going to include the death of her unborn baby?
It seems like a pointless question in some ways. What difference does it make if Dany... keep reading on reddit ➡
Thank you to Orbit and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Series: Tide Child #1
Release date: September 24th, 2019
/r/Fantasy Bingo Squares: Disability, Ocean Setting (HM)
>*“An arakeesian. No one in living memory had seen a living keyshan, and that he may be be one of the few that did filled him with awe. Oh, he had no doubts about the danger of their mission, none at all. But if a ma... keep reading on reddit ➡
Like almost everyone in America who grew up in the Nineties and didn’t have parents who were paranoid that a fantasy book about wizards would produce a Satanic child, I am a huge Harry Potter fan, having read and re-read the series so many times that my original hardcover copies became so tattered that my mom and younger sister, in an act of mercy for the battered books, purchased me a new set of paperbacks, which are now also dog-eared with bent bindings. Basically, it’s safe to say that I’m a Harry Potter nut. My Harry Potter books have followed me through high school, middle school, college, and beyond.
I grew up with the Harry Potter books, and they will always have a special spot in my heart because of the wonderful characters portrayed so richly in them, which is why I have to decry Rowling’s insulting dismissal of anyone who insists that Hermione is white as a racist idiot, because a black Hermione not only requires mental gymnastics to justify what would be otherwise awkward a... keep reading on reddit ➡
Tickle torture is the use of tickling to abuse, dominate, harass, humiliate, or interrogate an individual. While laughter is popularly thought of as a pleasure response, in tickle torture, the one being tickled may laugh despite whether or not they find the experience pleasant. In a tickling situation, laughter can indicate a panic reflex rather than a pleasure response. Tickle torture may be a consensual activity or one that is forced, depending on the circumstances. In a consensual form, tickle torture may be part of a mutually fulfilling, physically-intimate act between partners. However, forced tickle torture can cause real physical and mental distress in a victim, which is why it has been used as an interrogation method or to simply show dominance over another person.
Arnold froze and his helmet slid smoothly out of its recess to cover his head. Active camouflage engaged and his suit went from a dull green, already hard to see in the shadowy night cast by the tree, to full cloak. Only his outline was faintly visible, a thin line where the suit’s cloaking field ended and the real background began.
He reached over his shoulder achingly slowly, the palm of his gauntlet making soft contact with his weapon’s grip, index finger delicately sliding through the trigger guard. Then he stood there immobile, leaving the... keep reading on reddit ➡
"You will receive generous compensation," it said, the keening hiss translated automatically by the aural implant in Godric's ear somehow managing to convey even the oily slickness of his jailer's words. When he failed to reply, it slithered closer, continuing to squeal at him as one of its upper graspers pressed the little metallic rod to his upper chest. Immediately, pain radiated from the point of contact, every nerve simultaneously telling his brain that he was being crushed, burned, and shocked seemingly in an unending wave of sensation. Godric reacted, against every desire in his body, by screaming, though his voice now was too hoarse and his throat too raw for the sound to carry anything more than a bestial sense of anguish. After several seconds, the strange creature removed the device. Immediately, the pain ceased, and Godric fell back to the wall where he was suspended, limp, but once again silent. Pulling back, the creature slithered to his other side, where there were few... keep reading on reddit ➡
MUSCLE-UP POWER ON THE BAR!
When banging out Muscle-Ups at the beach bars, I often get asked about how to do a muscle-up - so, if you're interested, here's the way to total Muscle-Up power on the pull up bar!
As you know, the popularity of bodyweight bar training for superior strength and stamina is exploding in parks and outdoor gyms all over the world. An infinite array of intense exercise variations has fuelled a global phenomenon on the internet, with top bodyweight exponents attracting millions of views and inspiring a generation of fitness fanatics. Now you can do it, too at /r/fitness . Fantastic!
One of the most impressive and famous bodyweight moves is the Muscle Up, it's a dynamic, explosive and intense extension of the ‘regular’ army-style pull up.
The Muscle Up involves an explosive pronated-grip pull up to launch your torso high over the bar to hip height with a seamless transition to holding your body with straight arms on top of the pull up bar. Although t
As a bit of a preface I would like to describe a bit about myself and the nearly decade of events that led up to my first DMT experience and breakthrough during that experience. (I know; its rare people breakthrough on their first time, but hear me out.)
So to start off I am a twenty-seven year old man come May 30th of this year. I have had a long history of use of psychedelic substances starting with cannabis when I was about 15, and then my first psilocybin mushroom trip when I was about 19-20. I was amazed by my first shroom trip and was extremely interested in my experiences to come. During this time period in my life I had been dealing with a lot of self-doubt and self-hatred as well as depression, agnosticism, and a general lack of belief in anything outside of myself. Nearly all my life I've lived here feeling like I was born into a world I didn't belong to, and that all I wanted was to go back Home. I've talked about it for years without really knowing where that 'Home' was;... keep reading on reddit ➡
The Disappearing Willy
One morning his willy disappeared. Bertil pondered on this illusion and tried an old and reliable trick: to pull in his belly and at the same time bend forward. Bertil could now see the pee stream a bit better, but his willy remained unseen. Slightly panic-struck, Bertil suddenly remembered a chapter of Seinfeld, in which George tried justifying his willy’s miniatureness by referring to “the shrinkage”, which, according to him, occurred in cold temperatures. Bertil didn’t, by any means, want to be associated with this George, but for now he felt the explanation could suffice. Suddenly, Bertil remembered how hot he felt the night was and that he was actually covered in sweat. He began desperately to search for a different explanation for his willy’s mystical vanishing below his belly, and turned in his mind his mental wheel of fortune which spun slowly, passing subjects like the relativity theory, the climate change, the urbanisation and *the middle- ea... keep reading on reddit ➡
It was well after the brief day’s dusk when Uki stood before the elders again. Again, the entire camp had come to watch. She spotted her mother watching from several rows back to her left this time. She beamed with pride at her when she caught her eye. The elders arrayed themselves in their traditional spots as the High Elder thumped his cane to call for quiet. All of them bore carefully neutral expressions as they gazed impassively at her.
And now I learn if all of this was worthwhile. If they are willing to see me as an equal.
“Uki, after an extended discussion of your account and it’s……implications…..we have come to a decision,” the High Elder said.
Uki waited for the decision that would decide much about her future.
The High Elder cleared his throat and stiffened as he made the formal judgement.
“Despite the lack of skill you’ve admitted to in your hunting of the nattiq, some of your questionable choices in The Hunt, the random chance involved in your victory o... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been thinking a lot recently about why I love this podcast so much, and I think I've figured it out.
With most other successful podcasts, a "fandom" develops as the podcast becomes successful. People start to take things very seriously (even with comedy podcasts). The discussion boards related to the shows (Reddit, Facebook, etc.) start to become toxic dumpster fires of people arguing about politics, race, PC culture, etc.
Once a podcast reaches a certain level of success, the hosts themselves often become preoccupied with the fandom, such that they (the hosts) start to police what they say, trying to avoid displeasing the increasingly demanding and bizarrely authoritarian fandom. This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of constant tension, histrionic outrage, and the obligatory inauthentic apologies every time a host says something that offends someone in the fandom.
It all gets really myopic and navel-gazing, and the quality of the podcast tends to suffer as a result. The... keep reading on reddit ➡
#Genres: Comedy, Magical Girl, Sci-Fi, Pure Unfiltered Madness
Legal Streams: Good Luck, this is an OVA series from 2001… Use your imagination
#A long time ago in a country far, far away… (Introduction)
Greetings Comrades and fellow Denizens of the Wired, question; what happens when Shinichi Watanabe, popularly known as ‘Nabeshin’, the infamous director behind Excel Saga and the Lupin III special: ‘Da Capo of Love: Fujiko’s Unlucky Days,’ and J.C.Staff, the impressive studio behind Excel Saga and Revolutionary Girl Utena, decide to gaze deep upon their navels and reflect on the meaning of entertainment, anime, and pop culture while working with the framework of the Magical Girl Genre?
Well, the answer is that the product of this insanity is the birth of the ultimate deconstruction/reconstruction of the Magical Girl Genre, way back in 2001 no less, in an insane self-referential meta-textual Two Episode OVA parod... keep reading on reddit ➡
As a Singaporean who has visited the Philippines a couple of times, lived in Indonesia for 15 years, and studied history of SEA. My impression is most Filipino's have a poor grasp of South East Asian history and knowledge of their neighbors. This ignorance leads to senseless navel gazing and go up intellectual dead ends.
One of the question that seems to pop up here, are Filipinos, Pacific Islanders or Asian? The short answer is, why should people care, the definition is Western construct. The long answer is Filipinos as well as Malaysians and Indonesians are both. Linguistically Filipinos, Malaysians, Indonesians, Polynesians use Austronesian languages. Secondly, there are other cultural similarities like importance of the coconut in their daily lives and the outrigger canoe..
The Majapahit Empire was still using this design for her warships.
What separates the Indonesian... keep reading on reddit ➡
In Tiwanaku they believed Viracocha created humans out of rock and brought life to them through the earth. He created giants to move the massive stones that comprise much of their archaeology, but then grew unhappy with the giants and created a flood to destroy them, much like the Flood Stories of Creation, and a metaphor for the flow of the collective unconscious or the grids that create the reality (illusion) of our experience.
Long, long ago at Lake Titicaca a tall bearded stranger appeared with a staff in his hand. He went to the island in the center of lake Titicaca and there he commanded the sun, the moon, and the stars to rise. He also made clay/rock models one man and one woman each, and from these he carved the ancestors of every tribe in the Andes. For each tribe he gave language, music, and dance. He then breathed on them and gave them life. He instructed them all to go under the earth and to rise from their different homelands. These places are springs, caves, and trees,... keep reading on reddit ➡
So here's the deal; I've been a long-time lurker of this sub from my main account, viewing, judging, but never ever actually engaging. Over the past few months, I've seen this sub grow and flourish, with hilarious takes on 'sapios', recurring characters, and everything else. Through it all, I've always been curious about this sub, quora, and the true essence of it all- and hence, decided to do some digging, and hopefully write a piece on the ins and outs of Indian quora, its writers, and you guys- always watching, observing, and posting. I hope to glean some insight into each of these topics by posting here, and I hope you guys don't mind helping me out. If all goes well and I manage to write a cohesive article, I'll be quoting from some of you as part of it.
So here's what I'd like to ask you.
The rest of the piece: https://www.reddit.com/r/adventuretime/comments/84rclp/very_distant_lands_masterpost/
The whole thing, in doc form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MyvBBSHH2oEPElHCB76V93CH-ive-3N8luA0t8Vw9gk/edit?usp=sharing
So, what's it all for? What are we all supposed to do, if anything, with the time we have been allotted in this dimension? Where is this whole business of “The universe” headed? Do we have any part in it? If we don't, does anything we do matter? If we do, is that a responsibility we're prepared to take on? Is there anything worth sacrificing for when time will move past the outcome of any struggle we are part of as individuals? Is there anything not worth that sacrifice? What does is mean to be a human being? What does it mean just to be a piece of matter occupying space, and how is being a human being anything more than that? Why do we suffer? What good is a world which allows such suffering as we undergo? Is there a better world beyond it? Will we... keep reading on reddit ➡
Future of the world with islam One world, one religion As I was talking to one my friends about the future of the world with spreading islam, I told him many things about islam and muslims and I know you may know them so sorry if it is repetitive and long for you. The things that I wanna say are not for concerning you but to let you know why I don't care about islam conquering the world anymore. My reasons for that:
MUSCLE-UP POWER ON THE BAR! When banging out Muscle-Ups at the beach bars, I often get asked about how to do a muscle-up - so, if you're interested, here's the way to total Muscle-Up power on the pull up bar!
As you know, the popularity of bodyweight bar training for superior strength and stamina is exploding in parks and outdoor gyms all over the world. An infinite array of intense exercise variations has fuelled a global phenomenon on the internet, with top bodyweight exponents attracting millions of views and inspiring a generation of fitness fanatics. Now you can do it, too at /r/bodyweightfitness . Fantastic! One of the most impressive and famous bodyweight moves is the Muscle Up, it's a dynamic, explosive and intense extension of the ‘regular’ army-style pull up.
The Muscle Up involves an explosive pronated-grip pull up to launch your torso high over the bar to hip height with a seamless transition to holding your body with straight arms on top of the pull up bar. Althoug
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Foreword: In Three Trials of Jon and Daenerys, I talked a lot about the characters' consciences. In The Corruption of a Conscience I want to explore what is happening with Daenerys Targaryen psychologically, try to highlight what it might look like when a conscience corrupts, and the completely ordinary way in which it might happen. Two of the methods of analysis I use heavily in this essay are The Text Defines the Text and Relativity, which I elaborate upon in my new humble corner of the internet here if you are interested. Thanks! I'd love to read your thoughts!
I was reading Dany's chapter in AGOT when she finds out that Mirri Maz Duur tricked her, and I was struck by a few lines.
>Dany turned to the godswife. "You warned me that only death could pay for life. I thought you meant the horse."
> >"No," Mirri Maz Duur said. "That was a lie you told yourself. You knew the price."
> >Had she? H