January 10, 2013

winterysomnium:

One of my favourite Tim and Alfred moments. (Batman #480)

I’m not sure if people don’t know or if they choose to ignore this piece of canon, but Tim wasn’t neighbours with Bruce as a kid. From what I gathered, the Drakes lived in a Robinson park penthouse (mentioned in the same issue; though Tim said that he spent a lot of time in boarding schools too). How cool is that? Tim actually followed Bruce from the city! (Which also makes sense, because the Manors are quite far from the city itself.)

And the one person that made Tim aware of the mansion was actually Alfred, who suggested Tim and his Dad could move there after Tim’s Dad wanted Tim to move back into the penthouse with him (Tim had been staying in the Wayne Manor for a while and this whole thing takes place after Tim’s Dad wakes up and gets better after the Haiti incident). So actually it was Alfred who told Tim about the house on sale and made them neighbours and made it possible for Tim to easily reach the cave after Tim said that he wasn’t quitting Robin.

And that’s just one of the many reasons why I adore their relationship.

Huh. Did not actually know that. I knew they moved closer to the Wayne’s after Jack’s accident, but I thought they’d still been in the same area. Cool. I’ll have to work this into some of my stories.

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January 8, 2013
Racism 101: A Comprehensive Guide for 2013

racismschool:

After the success of the Racism 101: A comprehensive Guide for 2012 post, it seemed fitting that there be a follow up for 2013. 

8 things every good racist/non-racist should know

Enjoy!

1. Racism is not fun-If you find yourself wanting to be a part of the “I’ve experienced racism” conversation, you should really re-evaluate your own life choices. If your “Experience” with racism is a single item that you are able to pinpoint, you are living a life of luxury. Racism is not fashionable, easy or something any of us (Who have to live with it daily) want. If you find yourself WANTING to be able to say that you experience racism, you should question your own thinking. Starting now.

2. Human beings can hold two opposing view points-You can have a Black friend AND be racist against Black people. You can be married to a Latino AND be racist against Latin@s. Believing that your friend, family member or the person you are dating/married to is somehow “Different than” or “Not like” the others, is an absolutely racist thought to have. Equally, if you believe that having a friend, family member or significant other who is of the race you hold such ignorant feelings towards somehow makes you “Not racist,”see below…

3. Your “Friend” proves my point, not yours-When you’ve been accused of being a racist, announcing that you have a “Black Friend” proves that you are in fact, a racist. Non-racists would never use their friends to justify their racism. Non-racists also wouldn’t feel the need to catagorize their friends by race. Non-racists would not be capable of seeing their “Black Friend” as a “Get out of being called a racist” card. These actions are racist. Only a racist is capable of acting in this manner.

4. The internet is not racist-If you find yourself saying anything along the lines of “If you don’t like racism, get off the internet,” you are, quite frankly, not very bright. It is people who make racist comments and put them on the internet. In order for “Getting off the internet” to equal “Not having to deal with racism,” each and every racist person on the internet would have to magically disappear from Earth when a person logged off. 

5. Comedy does not trump racism-Calling the racist thing you’ve just said, “A joke” doesn’t make it any less racist. Even if you and all of your friends think it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard. It doesn’t stop anyone from being hurt and it doesn’t eliminate your role in hurting people. Racism is wrong. Even when you label it “Comedy.” (Note: No one should ever have to remind you that racism is wrong)

6. Satire isn’t racist-The rule is, “Satire goes up.” The entire purpose of satire is to make fun of those at the top. Racist “Jokes” are the farthest thing from satire as anyone could get. Calling the racist thing you just said, “Satire” proves that A) You have no idea what satire is and B) you are living under the false notion that people laughing at something cruel, takes the cruelty away.

7. It’s presentation over blood 100% of the time- Whether you are 1/16th brown, ½ brown or all the way brown, if you present as white, you are going to be treated as such. This isn’t about fault or blame. However, if you find yourself starting to claim that you don’t have white passing privilege because your Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother was brown, you have failed and fallen into a racist justification wormhole. Climb out. (Note: This may be USA specific. I don’t know how accurate this may be in other countries)

8. “My experiences are just as valid.”-This is an accurate statement. Your experiences are valid. The problem is not that they are “Invalid” it’s that when you use your experiences to either A) Say that you deal with things too so I should just stop whining or B) That it is okay to talk OVER my experience because you have also lived through something, you are acting in an inexcusable manner. Also, stop saying “Oppression Olympics.” The person suffering the most DOES matter. However, this also does not allow for over talking. (Seriously though, let’s get rid of the term “Oppression Olympics” altogether, mkay? You are using it incorrectly anyway.)

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November 25, 2012
Gun Terms for Writers

jamessblond:

As someone who writes fics with action sequences and the use of guns, I thought maybe it would be helpful to pass some things on. Even though I’ve done lots of research and talked with family members (I live in WI which is a big hunting state and we have lots of guns), I still catch myself making mistakes with specific terms and their usage. Reading more James Bond fics lately, I catch others making mistakes also. So here is a little guide to help writers. 

  • A ‘clip’ is something that stores multiple rounds of ammunition. It is not what you would insert into a handgun to load it. Clips make loading into a magazine easier because they simply store the rounds. It helps with organization. 
  • A magazine is what feeds the ammunition into the barrel. Magazines vary in capacity. They, unlike clips, are spring-loaded, which helps the ammunition move in the gun. So, when you want a character to reload, they would use a pre-loaded magazine, NOT a clip. 
  • A silencer is really a suppressor. ‘Silencer’ is a word that’s used in media to refer to a suppressor that doesn’t exist in real life. Guns that are suppressed will still be loud and have a sound. This is because compressed air will still leak out of the end of the barrel, you can’t silence a bullet moving extremely fast through the air, and you can’t silence the mechanical parts on a gun. There will be a noise, but it just won’t be as loud or more importantly, alert people in a nearby area that a gun was just fired. SO suppressor is a much more accurate term technically speaking. 
  • There are different kinds of suppressors. One important kind suppresses the muzzle flash. It’s likely a sniper would use this more than they would want to use a sound suppressor, as the muzzle flash more easily enables you to be spotted when you don’t want to be. These are simply referred to as flash suppressors. 
  • After a handgun runs out of ammunition, the slide will lock back into place and you will know that it is out. There is no ‘click’ signifying an empty weapon that is so dramatized in movies and tv. A more likely scenario that would prevent a gun from firing would be a jam. Or programming the gun to recognize certain palm prints. 
  • A great place for writers, in particular fanfic writers, who want information on guns is imfdb. You can find out what guns are used in movies and shows, and what guns characters use. You can also just search for guns. 
  • If you want to get really specific, check out YouTube. There are users who will post reviews of guns on there, which can be really helpful if you want to see how a particular gun looks or how to shoot it. 

So yeah! Here are just a few basic tips if you want to write a fic where a character uses guns. 

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October 25, 2012
HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE COOLEST THING

jumpingjacktrash:

raptorix:

agentcoulsonsupernanny:

Okay. Okay. 

Whenever we reblog those lists of hotlines for people to call in an emotional crisis, part of me always thinks, “you know what? Talking on the phone fucking blows.”

And I’ve spoken to people mid-crisis who ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to call a number, because you know what? Talking on the phone fucking blows. IM is alright, typing things out to a faceless screen, it’s so much easier than using your voice most of the time. If only there was some sort of chat-based hotline-

There is? It’s here?!

HUZZAH!

IMAlive is an IM-based support center, run entirely by well-trained volunteers who seriously do give a shit. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it WORKS. 

If you’re hurting right now, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK.

If you’re feeling alright, but give half a damn about the people around you, SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS.

I want everyone to know this exists. This is an option. You don’t have to be afraid.

Come and talk.

Oh this is great for people who hate 1) calling strangers and 2) hate how just talking sometimes makes you inchoherent from crying.

Typing IMS is just as cathardic as those who are okay with calling help hotlines.

signal boost for my autistic bros. for a lot of us, voice communication is the first thing to go when we’re upset, and phones suck even at the best of times. even on a good day i need to write myself an outline just to order pizza. phone a stranger when i’m flipping out? oh HELL no.

but i reckon i could just about text somebody. :D

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October 18, 2012
"A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. The human embryos that are destroyed in stem-cell research do not have brains, or even neurons. Consequently, there is no reason to believe they can suffer their destruction in any way at all. It is worth remembered, in this context, that when a person’s brain has died, we currently deem it acceptable to harvest his organs (provided he has donated them for this purpose) and bury him in the ground. If it is acceptable to treat a person whose brain has died as something less than a human being, it should be acceptable to treat a blastocyst as such. If you are concerned about suffering in this universe, killing a fly should present you with greater moral difficulties than killing a human blastocyst."

— ― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation (via noonday)

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August 29, 2012
Islamic Terms

zikrayat:

Someone asked me to make a post explaining the terms many of us Muslim bloggers use daily. Please reblog this so more people can learn!

Adhan: Adhan is an Islamic way of calling Muslims to the five obligatory Prayers. The Adhan is announced daily from the Mosques. 

Ahl al-Bayt: Ahl al-Bait literally means ‘the people of the house’. This refers to the family of the Prophet Muhammad. In Shia Islam, the Ahl Al Bayt has a very important and central role. Shias believe the Ahl Al Bayt are the successors of Muhammad, and they include Mohammad himself, Fatima, Ali, Hasan, Husayn and the Imams. In Sunni Islam, the Ahl Al Bayt includes Muhammad’s wives. All Muslims must love and respect the family of the Prophet.

Ahl al-Kitab: literally ‘People of the Book,’ refers to the followers of Divine Revelation before the advent of the Prophet Muhammad. This includes Jews and Christians.

Al-Akhirah: Refers to the afterlife and the next world.

Alim (pl. Ulamah): An Islamic religious scholar. 

Allah : Allah - the greatest and most inclusive of the names of God. It is an Arabic word of rich and varied meaning, denoting the one who is adored in worship, who creates all that exists, who has priority over all creation, who is lofty and hidden, who confounds all human understanding. It is exactly the same word as, in Hebrew, the Jews use for God (Eloh), the word which Jesus Christ used in Aramaic when he prayed to God. God has an identical name in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Allah is the same God worshipped by Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest.

‘Aqeeda: Literally means belief. In Islamic terms, it means the following six articles of faith: Belief in Allah, the One God, Belief in Allah’s angels, Belief in His revealed Books, Belief in His messengers, Belief in the Day of Judgement, Belief in Fate and the Divine Decree.

Asr : ’Asr is the late afternoon Prayer, the third compulsory Prayer of the day. It can be prayed between midafternoon and a little before sunset. It is also the name of Surah 103 of the Holy Quran.

Assalamu ‘Alaikum: Assalamu ‘Alaikum means ‘Peace be on you.’ This is a greeting of the Muslims. The response to this greeting is ‘Wa ‘Alaikum Assalam,’ and on you be the Peace. 

Ayah (pl. ayat) : Ayah means a sign (or ‘token’) which directs one to something important. In addition to referring to signs, an ayah is an individual verse from the Qur’an.

Bid’a: Any innovated practice.

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim: “In the name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Mericful.” This utterance is usually made by every Muslim who is about to embark on something lawful (Halal), regardless of the magnitude of the task. This is also the first verse of Surah Al-Fatehah (Chapter 1) of the Holy Quran.

Dajjal: Anti-Christ. 

Dawah: Propagation of Islam through word and action, calling the people to follow the commandments of Allah and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).

Deen: The core meaning of deen is obedience. As a Quranic technical term, deen refers to the way of life and the system of conduct based on recognizing God as one’s sovereign and committing oneself to obey Him.

Du’a: Supplication: invoking Allah for whatever one desires. 

Duhr: Noon. The second obligatory prayer (Salah) of the day. It can be prayed at any time between noon and mid-afternoon. 

Eid Al-Adha: A four-day festival that completes the rites of pilgrimage and takes place on the 10th-13th of Dhul Hijjah (the 10th is the day of Nahr and 11th-13th are the days of Tashriq.) Literally means “the feast of the sacrifice.” This feast commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah by being prepared to sacrifice his only son Ismail.

Eid Al-Fitr: Three day festival marking the end of Ramadan. It takes place on the 1st of Shawal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. 

Fajr: “The Dawn”. The time of the first obligatory prayer (Salah). It can be prayed at any time between the first light of dawn and just before sunrise. Also called Subh (morning). 

Fatwa: A legal verdict given on a religious basis. The sources on which a fatwa is based are the Holy Qur’an, and the Sunnah of the Prophet.

Fiqh: Islamic jurisprudence.

Fi sabil Allah: Fi sabil Allah (in the way of Allah) is a frequently used expression in the Qur’an which emphasizes that good acts should be done exclusively to please God. Generally the expression has been used in the Qur’an in connection with striving or spending for charitable purposes.

Fitnah: Fitnah has been used in the Quran in two meanings. It refers, firstly, to persecution, to a situation in which the believers are harassed and intimidated because of their religious convictions. Secondly, it refers to the state of affairs wherein the object of obedience is other than the One True God.

Ghusl: The full ritual washing of the body with water alone to be pure for the prayer.

Hadith: The word hadith literally means communication or narration. In the Islamic context it has come to denote the record of what the Prophet said, did, or tacitly approved. According to some scholars, the word hadith also covers reports about the sayings and deeds, etc. of the Companions of the Prophet in addition to the Prophet himself. The whole body of Traditions is termed Hadith and its science ‘Ilm al-Hadith.

Hadith Qudsi: A saying of Allah narrated by the Holy Prophet that is not part of the Qur’an.
Hajj: Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is a duty one must perform during one’s life-time if one has the financial resources for it. It must be performed during certain specified dates of Dhu al-Hijjah. 

Halal: Lawful as defined by Allah the Almighty.

Haram: Any act or deed which is prohibited by Allah. 

Hijab: Typically refers to the headscarf worn by Muslim women, but also encompasses modest clothing. 

‘Ibadah: ‘Ibadah is used in three meanings: (1) worship and adoration; (2) obedience and submission; and (3) service and subjection. The fundamental message of Islam is that man, as God’s creature, should direct his ‘ibadah to Him in all the above-mentioned meanings, and associate none in the rendering of it.

Iblis: Iblis literally means ‘thoroughly disappointed; one in utter despair.’ In Islamic terminology it denotes the jinn, who refused the command of Allah to prostrate before Adam out of  vanity. He also asked God to allow him a term when he might mislead and tempt mankind to error. This term was granted to him by God whereafter he became the chief promoter of evil and prompted Adam and Eve to disobey God’s order. He is also called al-Shaytan (Satan). He is possessed of a specific personality and is not just an abstract force.

Iftar: Breaking of the fast immediately after sunset. Iftar takes place at Maghrib as soon as the Call to Prayer (Adhan) is called.

Imam: 1. Imam signifies the leader, and in its highest form, refers to the head of the Islamic state. 2. It is also used with reference to the founders of the different systems of theology and law in Islam. 3. A person who leads the prayer.

Iman: Trust, faith and acceptance. Having faith and belief in Allah according to the Qur’an.

Insha Allah: “If Allah wills.”

Isha’: Isha’ (Night) Prayer signifies the prescribed Prayer which is performed after the night has well set in.

Islam: Literally means “submission to the will of Allah.” The most important and pivotal concept in Islam is the oneness of God. 

Jahanam: Most commonly understood to mean Hell.

Jannah: Paradise.

Jihad: Jihad literally means ‘to strive’ or ‘to exert to the utmost.’ In islamic parlance it signifies all forms of striving at making the Word of God prevail.

Jinn: Jinn are an independent species of creation about which little is known except that unlike man, who was created out of earth, the jinn were created out of fire. But like man, a Divine Message has also been addressed to them and they too have been endowed with the capacity, again like man, to choose between good and evil, between obedience or disobedience to God.

Jum’ah: “Friday.” The Muslims’ day of gathering together, when all Muslim males must go to the Masjid to hear the Friday Khutba (sermon) and to do the Jum’ah Salat (prayer), which is prayed instead of Dhur.

Ka’aba: The cube-shaped stone building whose foundations were built by the angels and completed by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Prophet Ismael in Mecca. It was rebuilt with the with the help of Prophet Muhammad. It is the focal point towards which all Muslims face when praying.

Maghreb: Sunset. The fourth obligatory Prayer of the day. It consists of  three Rakahs and can be offered between just after sunset and before the stars appear in the sky.

Mahram: A man whom a woman can never marry because of closeness of relationship (e.g. father, brother, uncle, son, etc.). Her husband is also her Mahram.

Masjid: Mosque.

Muslim: A person who accepts Islam as his or her way of life.

Niqab: A type of veil that covers the entire face except for the eyes.

Qiblah: Qiblah signifies the direction to which all Muslims are required to turn when offering their prescribed Prayers, namely towards the Ka’bah, in Mecca Saudi Arabia.

Radhi Allah Anhu/Anha: (May Allah be pleased with him/her). Said whenever the name of a Sahabi (companion) is read or heard.

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Fasting is obligatory during this month for all Muslims.

Salah: Prayers.

Sallallahu ‘Alaihe wa Sallam (S.A.W.) “May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.” This is said whenever the name of prophet Muhammad is mentioned or read. 

Shaitan: Satan. 

Shia: The second largest denomination of Islam. Adherents of Shia Islam are called Shi’as or Shias. “Shia” is the short form of the historic phrase Shiatu Ali meaning “followers”, “faction”, or “party” of Muhammad’s son-in-law Ali, whom the Shia believe to be Muhammad’s successor.

SubhanAllah: “Glory be to Allah.”

Subhana wa Ta’ala “May He be Glorified and Exalted.”Usually mentioned after saying “Allah”.

Sunnah: Ahadeeth and the way of Prophet Muhammad.

Sunni: The largest branch of Islam. The word Sunni comes from the word Sunna and refers to please who follow the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the ummah.

Surah: A chapter of the Qur’an. Literally means “a form”. There are 114 Surahs in the Holy Quran.

Tawhid: Oneness of God, monotheism.

Ummah: Ummah, community, or nation, is a special name given to Muslim brotherhood and unity. 

‘Umrah: ‘Umrah (Minor Pilgrimage) is an Islamic rite and consists of  pilgrimage to the Ka’bah.

Wa Alaikum Assalam: “And on you be peace.” The reply to the Muslim greeting of “assalamu alaikum.” (peace be on you).

Wudu:Wudu refers to the ablution made before performing the prescribed Prayers. 

Zakah: Zakah (Purifying Alms) literally means purification, whence it is used to express a portion of property bestowed in alms, as a means of purifying the person concerned and the remainder of his property. It is among the five pillars of Islam and refers to the mandatory amount that a Muslim must pay out of his property.


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August 17, 2012

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August 15, 2012

knowyourrightsto:

This is how we hold police accountable for their racial profiling. 

Important strategies laid out in this video:

1. Live Stream: Don’t just document by taking a video, livestream the content so immediately it is documented and shared. And never stop filming, keep watching the entire time. Say that you are filming and that you are livestreaming even when you are not. Do this whenever you see police interacting with anyone.

2. Draw A Crowd: Get your friend involved, MAKE A LOT OF NOISE!!! We are told that our silence will save us and I promise you that it won’t. 

3. Keep Repeating What You Saw: As new people arrive to the scene and in order to keep drawing new people, keep repeating a simple message describing what happened, this allows new people to get caught up and quick. This can be life or death so it’s important to share the message.

4. Get Officer & Targeted Person’s Information: We pay taxes, the POLICE ARE OUR CIVIL SERVANTS. They are meant to be responsible to us as citizens and have to identify themselves to us. Get the information of the person who is being targeted, their name, their age, their date of birth and repeat it several times for clarity on camera.

5. Stay Safe: Keep at a clear distance and always describe your actions, i.e. “I am trying to check your name tag and so I am approaching you.

6. Know Your Rights: Take the time to understand what police officers are legally allowed to do and what you are allowed to demand.

7. Know that as witnesses we have more power than those who are being targeted. Witnessing and intervening can come with risks, but in choosing to intervene, we are choosing to stand in solidarity and share the weight. The more people who share the weight, the less heavy.

Asked if he would ever try to walk away from police again, the twin who was punched replied: “I’m not walking away and getting beaten up and charged again. If that video camera wasn’t there, I’d have no chance. It would be my word against police.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1236666—toronto-police-tavis-stop-of-four-teens-ends-in-arrests-captured-on-video

8. When this is over you might feel triggered, angry, emotional, even traumatized. “These survival responses are swift and automatic. We cannot stop them. That’s a good thing—survival strategies have kept our species alive by overriding slower brain/body functions. When a predator is chasing you, it’s not the time for strategy and reflection. The goal is to stay alive to strategize and reflect later. Check this link for some strategies of Emotional First Aid to take care of yourself and others post trauma.

http://www.vanissar.com/blog/emotional-first-aid-for-the-holidays-or-anytime/

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August 15, 2012
antiox-arisen:

thehumanmuse:

beardedbeardstache:

gloomysandwichgirl:

markslurpee:

1337tattoos:

for people who have been asking me about pain and stuff (:

I love this. Must refer to it if I ever get ink.

Probably never gonna get a tattoo but, still good to know. Just in case.

good to know my butt is going to be the protective barrier that it keeps bragging it is

YES CAN WE PLEASE ADD THAT HIP BONES ARE LIKE 4 STARS? IT’S NOT ON THERE AND I FEEL IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE HOLY CHUHIUAUA IT HURT.

SUPER handy guide, guys.

I was told (I don’t know personally if this is true) that how delicate the skin is in a particular area roughly correlates with the amount of pain caused by getting a tattoo there. Thus your back or outer leg will hurt much less than the inside of your elbow, for instance.

antiox-arisen:

thehumanmuse:

beardedbeardstache:

gloomysandwichgirl:

markslurpee:

1337tattoos:

for people who have been asking me about pain and stuff (:

I love this. Must refer to it if I ever get ink.

Probably never gonna get a tattoo but, still good to know. Just in case.

good to know my butt is going to be the protective barrier that it keeps bragging it is

YES CAN WE PLEASE ADD THAT HIP BONES ARE LIKE 4 STARS? IT’S NOT ON THERE AND I FEEL IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE HOLY CHUHIUAUA IT HURT.

SUPER handy guide, guys.

I was told (I don’t know personally if this is true) that how delicate the skin is in a particular area roughly correlates with the amount of pain caused by getting a tattoo there. Thus your back or outer leg will hurt much less than the inside of your elbow, for instance.

(Source: 1337tattoos, via archerkinkauxillary-deactivated)

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August 12, 2012

fungii:

The book does have a basic breakdown of the hands, but I felt that references like these were much more needed.

From Graphic Sha’s “How to Draw Manga: Drawing Yaoi”

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