Also, if you are going to date someone with a mental illness (or any illness) make sure you have accepted that they might not get better for a very long time, if ever.
Do not enter the relationship thinking that you can fix them or that they will be fine in a few months. Never do that.
Movies really give us a false sense of what happens in these cases.
this is important
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After the Reapers are defeated, Miranda goes to the Terminus Systems and starts a small, elite mercenary group, Persephone Security Solutions. She’s extremely selective about both her recruits and her clients. Almost all of their work is body-guarding or hostage extraction, supplemented with bloodless espionage work, like data security or corporate infiltration. Persephone gains a reputation as a professional, reliable, and extremely effective outfit, and by sticking to legit jobs Miranda is able to start operating in Council and Alliance space. She becomes a very wealthy woman.
Miranda is cautious and secretive to the point of paranoia - old habits die hard, even with her father and the Illusive Man gone - but while Persephone is mysterious and sometimes manipulative, Miranda doesn’t share her mentor’s demons, and Persephone becomes a force for good.
Besides an obsession with secrecy, the only other similarity between Persephone and Cerberus is that Miranda just can’t shake a mistrust of the Shadow Broker, even after she deduces the Broker’s identity (Liara was playing fast and loose at the end of the war). Persephone and the Broker’s network frequently find themselves at odds; their shadowy battles across the galaxy become the stuff of legend in the galaxy’s intelligence community.
If a girl is to do the same superman thing where he takes off his disguise, we just look pervy. Not the same effect
First of all: bullshit.
Secondly: If you are not doing the Linda Carter spin, then you’re doing it wrong.
I’ve fallen in love
I certify this 100% Amazonian and awesome.
Am I interested [in a Lois-Superman-Wonder Woman love triangle]? I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see. I hope that I can be involved with a woman on screen where we’re not in a love triangle. That would be fun. Maybe where we team up together and we work as teammates instead of adversaries. — Amy Adams, politely turning down a Man of Steel 2 love triangle and winning our hearts all over again. (via themarysue)
And this is what happens when a masterfully crafted katana collides with a masterfully crafted longsword.
Suck it, katana
And that is what happens when a masterfully crafted scalpel collides with a masterfully crafted guillotine.
Does nobody understand that longswords and katanas are two different kinds of tool?Longswords are essentially sharpened fucksticks designed to destroy the shit out of anything resembling armor that comes their way. They shatter bone, jelly flesh, and essentially fuck people up by sheer inexorable force of being a goddamn sharp steel bar.
Katanas don’t do that.They’re not meant to withstand collision with armor or a brick wall or a charging fully outfitted warhorsebecause the circumstances of its development didn’t call for that. It’s a precision instrument. It’s designed to be lightweight, outmaneuver, and find weak spots, not go barreling into people hack-n-slashing your way to victory. It’s a specialized tool.
In a sense this reflects a core difference between cultures; katanas are a shitton of work and preparation to make the execution as efficient and streamlined as possible, while longswords are more durably and simply made in response to a climate that would require a soldier to be a one-man battering ram in battle.
The vaunted differences between the katana and the longsword are largely myth.
First off: longswords are nowhere near as heavy as everyone thinks they are, the weight difference between an average longsword and an average katana is very slight.
Second: Longswords are not just random hack and slash weapons. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS JUST RANDOM HACK AND SLASH WEAPONS EVERY WEAPON IN THE WORLD REQUIRES SKILL AND FINESSE! To use a longsword requires precision and training and skill. If you think the longsword requires no skill I suggest you try fighting a master, or go read The Flower of Battle by Fiore dei Liberi.
Third: The structural differences between a katana and a longsword make little to no functional difference.
The reason the katana is so narrow and has a slight curve has nothing to do with functionality and EVERYTHING to do with iron being very rare in Japan.
The curve on a katana is only enough to help increase the cutting length while using the minimum of material.
The differences between Katana technique and longsword technique are about as large as the differences between Italian longsword technique and German longsword technique.
Because there’s only so much you can do with a long sharp piece of metal.
Fourth: The Katana did not evolve. They came up with one design and never changed it for thousands of years, not once. The design process of the longsword is well documented, it went through thousands of permutations and redesigns to make it more efficient, more useful and more adaptable.
Fifth: Longsowrds took a fuckton of work and preparation. Ok, I’m about to burst your bubble here, but bear with me because you’re going to learn something.
When the Japanese developed their folded steel technique it was in response to the fact that their iron ore was not only rare, it was also so full of impurities it was brittle and pretty awful at being a weapon.
All the Japanese folded steel technique really did was bring their steel up to the quality that was standard in most European steel.
Why do I say Japanese folded steel?
BECAUSE THE REST OF THE WORLD HAD ALREADY GOTTEN THERE ABOUT A THOUSAND YEARS BEFOREHAND!
Japanese Folded Steel is primitive compared to some of the shit we were producing for weapons at the same time in Europe.
And do you want to know who the masters of that were? THE FUCKING VIKINGS!
Japanese folded steel involves hammering one piece of steel into a fucking sandwhich over and over and over again.
Viking folded steel involves taking separate rods of Iron (For a flexible core) and Steel (for a hard edge) AND FUCKING BRAIDING THEM TOGETHER! LITERALLY BRAIDING TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF METAL IN THREE OR MORE PIECES TOGETHER AND THEN HAMMERING THAT INTO A SWORD! JUST TRY AND TELL ME THAT’S NOT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU’VE EVER HEARD!
Sixth: The Katana was a backup weapon. It was literally the last resort. It got a lot of reverence in bushido because of how pretty it was and for no other reason. But the chief weapon of the samurai was actually their Kyu (longbow) followed by their Naginata (A spear, which was essentially like a katana on a stick and WAY more effective) or their Tetsu bo (A big conical wooden club covered in iron studs) and then if none of that worked then they would use the katana.
Seventh: The function of a longsword depends on the historical period you’re thinking of. In the 15th century and onward they were for dealing with plate armour and their design changed to reflect that.
But they existed long before then and had many different functions, people of each period tailoring them for their specific needs.
Eighth: Swords are expensive. Doesn’t matter what period or country you’re in a sword is a LOT of metal and metal is ALWAYS expensive.
In almost every culture spears and axes were FAR more common than swords.
This caused a widespread phenomenon that historians/archaeologists/folklorists refer to as “the cult of the sword” where the rarity and beauty of swords causes them to become an object of reverence.
Almost every culture that developed swords also developed a weird spiritual reverence for them. The cult of the sword died off FAR later in Japan than it did in Europe which is why katanas have so much reverence and mythology attached to them even into the modern age.
Ninth: Stop idealising other cultures because they’re over there.
Adding to that (regarding the vikings):
That braiding technique described earlier on had the same reasons for its development as that of folded steel; bog iron was the most common available ore in Scandinavia and not very pure either.
Furthermore, that made metal indeed very expensive. Most warriors in viking culture wore boiled leather helmets and body armour if they wore armour at all. The most common form of defence was the wooden shield we all know from depictions (actually one thing out of very few that pictures get right).
The weapons that found most employment were spears (cheap because they largely consisted of wood plus practical as they allowed you to engage your enemy from a distance whilst you held your shieldwall intact). Axes were predominantly wood, too, and could be used when your spear breaks, falls or became lodged in a dead or dying body.
Swords and metal armour were the equipment of the wealthy (chieftains).
i rarely reblog things for commentary, but here it is.
(did i mention my hardon for longswords?)
Freaking Vikings knew what they where doing
As a non-expert, I don’t assume Team Longsword has it all right and Team Katana is all wrong, but the commentary here is really interesting.
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Asiey (who is an awesome artist) came up with this fantastic raceswapped Sailor Moon, and so I drew her with a Sailor V modeled a little after Aisey’s Sailor Venus. (I also gave her the mask from the manga back because, hey, masked ladies are cool.)
I don’t really have an explanation for the rest of it. I’m just fooling around, getting into the holiday spirit by breaking out all the snow brushes. :D
shaz-da-baz asked: Hello, I love that you're going to be writing a Pakistani Muslim Ms Marvel comic! I have one major concern and that is the representation of of my race and culture. In an interview you referred to being Pakistani having a lot of baggage. This made me take a step back and think, wait the writer who is going to representing my race thinks that it is baggage? I wrote a post on my blog going into more depth. We Pakistanis need a positive role model that are proud of their heritage and embrace it.
Thanks for writing in with such a thoughtful observation. In the NYT interview—which may not have been obvious from the selected quotes that made it into the final copy—when I was talking about baggage, I was referring to the baggage of stereotypes and the burden of representation. Kamala certainly doesn’t see being Pakistani as having baggage. What I was trying to say (perhaps not in the most eloquent fashion) is that she, like so many second-generation kids growing up in the US, feels like the child of two worlds—and not just two worlds, but two worlds that are portrayed in the media (and in global politics) as being somehow intrinsically opposed to one another. She wants to make her parents proud, and at the same time she wants to fit in with her mainstream American peers. That’s a lot for a sixteen year old to handle, especially at a time when there is so much scrutiny and suspicion surrounding the Muslim community in the US. That’s what I meant by “baggage.” This is a dilemma I think about a lot…my own children (who are still very small) are half Egyptian, and I worry about how they will manage growing up as Arab and American and Muslim at a time when the world is telling them they can’t—or shouldn’t—be proud of any of those identities, or that they have to choose one over the rest. It’s my hope that Kamala will—in some small, entirely symbolic way—help to right those wrongs.
Thanks for listening.
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