I was a square once. It wasn't boring. I was a rebellious square.

 

The Day the Saucers Came

I’m reading that poem for class and it really brings up some questions for me. 
One thing that confuses me though is that the poem starts out with the humans that are experiencing this being slightly engaged. They “stood and stared” while waiting for them to land and they were confronted by the fact that “none of us knew if we would be here tomorrow”. 
Then in the next stanza the “graves gave up their dead” and came “towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran”. It seems to me that the poem plays with the definitions of inaction and action in regards to life and death. The Zombies are more “alive” than the person waiting on their phone but the whole point of zombies is that they are the undead. 
Then the poem goes on to describe Ragnarok, but the people find out about it through what the “television screens show[s] us”, the people are seeing through the camera man. But if the poem is criticizing inaction isn’t that a weird way of describing it? Like, in what ways is waiting for someone to call on your phone different from watching something on T.V.? Is it because television shares the outside world with you and connects people to actual events while waiting for someone to call is a very passive way of communicating? IDK. 
In the next stanza the people are “engulfed by genies and sprites”, doesn’t this take some of the action away from people? They are being influenced and are no longer completely in control of how they interact with the world. The screens also tell the people to obey. I don’t really know how this connects because I am not sure if it vilifies peoples dependence on technology and the fact that they have moved away from nature and the earth or if it just is and I am reading into this too much because this is my 3rd cup of tea in 1 hour.
I really like the way that the person is described though. The build up throughout the poem kind of misleads you. Every stanza ends with “but you didn’t notice it because” and then goes onto the next large event that could easily describe why the person wouldn’t notice. Like I probably wouldn’t pay attention to saucers in the sky if I was about to be eaten by a Zombie, that is pretty understandable. But then in the last stanza it goes on to explain that “You didn’t notice any of this/ because you were sitting in your room, not doing anything/ not even reading, not really, just/ looking at your telephone,/ wondering if I was going to call”. The tone in that sentence sounds so disappointed. Like it isn’t particularly angry or anything, the apathy of the actions bleeds through into the disappointment. And I totally get that because it is really easy to spend hours just sitting there waiting and rationalizing why it is ok for you to sit there doing nothing.

elevenses-on-trenzalore:

zemedelphos:

vagabondaesthetics:

thefemaletyrant:


generalbriefing:


So….I totally never thought about this. I’m sure very few of you have. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit disturbed…


Wow. Food for thought. I’m sure there’s an answer though.


Their names were translated/Anglicized after going from Greek to English.
The names of the Apostles are of Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew origins. The Hebrew, Aramaic and “Greek” named Apostles were:  Shim’on = Simon (Hebrew origin).  Y’hochanan = John (Hebrew origin).  Mattithyahu = Matthew (Hebrew origin).  Ya’aqov = James (Hebrew origin meaning Jacob).  Bar-Tôlmay = Bartholomew (Aramaic, which is related to Hebrew).  Judah = Jude / Saint Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, Hebrew origin).  Yehuda = Judas Iscariot (Hebrew origin, Betrayed Yeshua/Yehosua the Messiah).  Cephas / Kephas = Peter (Hebrew / Aramaic origin meaning “Rock”).  Tau’ma = Thomas (Aramaic origin).  Andrew = Andrew (Greek origin. Is the brother of Cephas / Kephas).  Phillip = Phillip (Greek origin).  You will note that there are only 11 names, that is because there were 2 Apostles named Ya’aqov (James), which brings the total to 12 apostles.
Link 

To expand on this, Jesus’s name is Anglicized in this way as well. We get Jesus from the Latin form of the Greek “Ἰησοῦς”(Iēsous), which is derived from the Herbrew “ישוע”(Yeshu’a, which meant “YHWH is Salvaion”, YHWH, or Yahweh being the name of God). When another form of that name, ” יְהוֹשֻׁעַ”(Yeoshu’a) was allowed to Anglicize through a different set of corruptions, it entered the English Language through Reformist Protestants as the name “Joshua”.Yes. Jesus’s actual name is Joshua.

joshua christ this is fascinating

elevenses-on-trenzalore:

zemedelphos:

vagabondaesthetics:

thefemaletyrant:

generalbriefing:

So….I totally never thought about this. I’m sure very few of you have. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit disturbed…

Wow. Food for thought. I’m sure there’s an answer though.

Their names were translated/Anglicized after going from Greek to English.

The names of the Apostles are of Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew origins. The Hebrew, Aramaic and “Greek” named Apostles were:

Shim’on = Simon (Hebrew origin).

Y’hochanan = John (Hebrew origin).

Mattithyahu = Matthew (Hebrew origin).

Ya’aqov = James (Hebrew origin meaning Jacob).

Bar-Tôlmay = Bartholomew (Aramaic, which is related to Hebrew).

Judah = Jude / Saint Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, Hebrew origin).

Yehuda = Judas Iscariot (Hebrew origin, Betrayed Yeshua/Yehosua the Messiah).

Cephas / Kephas = Peter (Hebrew / Aramaic origin meaning “Rock”).

Tau’ma = Thomas (Aramaic origin).

Andrew = Andrew (Greek origin. Is the brother of Cephas / Kephas).

Phillip = Phillip (Greek origin).

You will note that there are only 11 names, that is because there were 2 Apostles named Ya’aqov (James), which brings the total to 12 apostles.

Link 

To expand on this, Jesus’s name is Anglicized in this way as well. We get Jesus from the Latin form of the Greek “Ἰησοῦς”(Iēsous), which is derived from the Herbrew “ישוע”(Yeshu’a, which meant “YHWH is Salvaion”, YHWH, or Yahweh being the name of God). When another form of that name, ” יְהוֹשֻׁעַ”(Yeoshu’a) was allowed to Anglicize through a different set of corruptions, it entered the English Language through Reformist Protestants as the name “Joshua”.

Yes. Jesus’s actual name is Joshua.

joshua christ this is fascinating

(Source: stfueverything)

neonelephantintheroom:

realramonaflowers:

Hey stuff like this is actually really like. Borderline manipulative and it’s one thing to just have thoughts like “oh everyone gets tired of me and leaves and I wish they didn’t” but if you say things like this to friends especially if you’re in really serious relationships where one of you is being supported by the other (even if it’s mutual) that can be really manipulative and make people feel obligated to be your friend and not leave you and make promises they don’t want to and can’t keep and can be really really unhealthy for both of you
Like I understand feeling sad when friendships end but emotionally manipulating people into relationships is REALLY not cool even if you don’t realize you’re doing it, and it’s not just this post, there’s this whole mentality of like, co-dependent relationships are the MOST MEANINGFUL relationships and you have to be close FOREVER or it’s not real or whatever and that’s really unhealthy and toxic like please don’t
Everyone has the right to end friendships and leave relationships whether it’s a conscious decision or happens naturally over time. Relationships end. Let it happen, get over it. Please don’t depend on people because they are also people like you who need to have the autonomy to get out of bad situations or on a less serious level just do whatever the fuck they want with their lives
Your friends might make you feel special and less alone but they don’t EXIST SOLELY FOR THAT PURPOSE and they don’t owe it to you to stick with you forever, especially if you try to make them feel like they do

while it’s important to talk about manipulation and so on,it should me mentioned that all relationships are at least a little bit co-dependent? and demonizing people for being dependent on people is ableist. like yeah, there are healthy kinds of interdependence, and no one should ever feel like they *have* to be there for people. but the thing is, if you realize that you’re doing things because you feel like you *have* to be doing them, examine why you feel that obligation and if it is rooted in some kind of pity or some kind of genuine care for that person. and if you need to leave someone’s life because their brain is not something you can personally handle right now, it’s important that you make sure that they have people in their life checking in on them to make sure that they are coping okay with the separation. I understand that’s not always possible but when people display behaviour like this I’d be concerned about a lot of different things. It’s more complex than someone just being manipulative, and there are a lot of cases where people are delusional and need help getting through the fact that there are more people to reach out to who can help than just you. Don’t feel like you are obligated to stick around, but at the same time, check your ableism, and check how you can go about this in the best way, for both yourself, and your partner/friend/etc.

I mean all relationships are based on being intertwined in both peoples lives, but I wouldn’t say that it is particularly normal to depend on other people because you are friends.I really don’t think it is super healthy to be that responsible for other peoples emotions.If you leave a friendship, at a certain point you just has to leave. You have to put yourself in front of the other people. Because at the end of the day you are more important then they are. I get that this view is a lot easier to preach than to practice because sometimes life is complete shit and there is one other person who is making it manageable.But It is also important to realize that that existence isn’t healthy.If leaving a friendship results in someone losing all mental stability or in that person trying to commit suicide, that friendship hasn’t been healthy for a long time.And it is a situation that really sucks, because you are in it and there is no way to really deal with it well.

neonelephantintheroom:

realramonaflowers:

Hey stuff like this is actually really like. Borderline manipulative and it’s one thing to just have thoughts like “oh everyone gets tired of me and leaves and I wish they didn’t” but if you say things like this to friends especially if you’re in really serious relationships where one of you is being supported by the other (even if it’s mutual) that can be really manipulative and make people feel obligated to be your friend and not leave you and make promises they don’t want to and can’t keep and can be really really unhealthy for both of you

Like I understand feeling sad when friendships end but emotionally manipulating people into relationships is REALLY not cool even if you don’t realize you’re doing it, and it’s not just this post, there’s this whole mentality of like, co-dependent relationships are the MOST MEANINGFUL relationships and you have to be close FOREVER or it’s not real or whatever and that’s really unhealthy and toxic like please don’t

Everyone has the right to end friendships and leave relationships whether it’s a conscious decision or happens naturally over time. Relationships end. Let it happen, get over it. Please don’t depend on people because they are also people like you who need to have the autonomy to get out of bad situations or on a less serious level just do whatever the fuck they want with their lives

Your friends might make you feel special and less alone but they don’t EXIST SOLELY FOR THAT PURPOSE and they don’t owe it to you to stick with you forever, especially if you try to make them feel like they do

while it’s important to talk about manipulation and so on,

it should me mentioned that all relationships are at least a little bit co-dependent? and demonizing people for being dependent on people is ableist. like yeah, there are healthy kinds of interdependence, and no one should ever feel like they *have* to be there for people. but the thing is, if you realize that you’re doing things because you feel like you *have* to be doing them, examine why you feel that obligation and if it is rooted in some kind of pity or some kind of genuine care for that person. and if you need to leave someone’s life because their brain is not something you can personally handle right now, it’s important that you make sure that they have people in their life checking in on them to make sure that they are coping okay with the separation. I understand that’s not always possible but when people display behaviour like this I’d be concerned about a lot of different things. It’s more complex than someone just being manipulative, and there are a lot of cases where people are delusional and need help getting through the fact that there are more people to reach out to who can help than just you. Don’t feel like you are obligated to stick around, but at the same time, check your ableism, and check how you can go about this in the best way, for both yourself, and your partner/friend/etc.

I mean all relationships are based on being intertwined in both peoples lives, but I wouldn’t say that it is particularly normal to depend on other people because you are friends.
I really don’t think it is super healthy to be that responsible for other peoples emotions.
If you leave a friendship, at a certain point you just has to leave. You have to put yourself in front of the other people. Because at the end of the day you are more important then they are. 
I get that this view is a lot easier to preach than to practice because sometimes life is complete shit and there is one other person who is making it manageable.
But It is also important to realize that that existence isn’t healthy.
If leaving a friendship results in someone losing all mental stability or in that person trying to commit suicide, that friendship hasn’t been healthy for a long time.
And it is a situation that really sucks, because you are in it and there is no way to really deal with it well.

(Source: amyfieldmouse)

sarantium:

queercommunist:

ihaveabsolutelynoidea:

"why are these scientists talking about pluto when they should be curing ebola" because they’re astrophysicists not molecular engineers or infectious disease specialists you’re getting mad at the wrong people 

*walks into Starbucks and violently shakes the barista* LOOK WHERE THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO GET A NEW BED FRAME THEN????

if I wanted to do something practical, I wouldn’t be getting a physics degree.

Actually it’s all relative.

the millennial problem:

gyzym:

two millennials are barreling towards adulthood at 95 miles per hour. one of them has been coated with the most extravagant paint money can buy, but their steering apparatus is locked up until that coat’s paid off; the other’s brakes have been ripped out mid-trip, the thief yelling,…

Last night I had a dream where I was in class and I was wearing a sleep mask so that the teacher wouldn’t know that I was sleeping.
The teacher then preceded to call on me to read a portion of the text while I was asleep. But I woke up right before he called on me. And I heard the last word of the previous portion of the text.
So I was able to do bullshit my way into paying attention by finding that word and reading below it.
Except I had a sleep mask on.
Then a student from across the room got up and congratulated me on doing such a good job? And he gave me a new sleep mask?
Then it got weird.
People started coming into class to give me blankets.
And then people started giving other students blankets.
?

tips for staying warm in a freezing dorm.
-dance party
-sweaters
-shower
-drink tea
-blankets
-cry and give up. Just sleep. It might be warmer in the morning. 

1boo:

greencrook:

The first time someone tried to steal my bag in the subway I panicked and I broke his arm with an umbrella and since then none of my friends will let me forget about this.
If you think this was a badass moment you need to remember I’m 5 ft and my bag was a Lucky Star bag and I was crying while hitting someone much bigger than me repeatedly with a frog-shaped umbrella. 

you are my hero

Fashion for trans men

12-year-old-boy-inc:

Today I went to Virginia TIES, the first conference in Virginia specifically for the transgender community, which was held in Richmond Virginia.
It was a lot of fun, I met a lot of great people, and attended some really great panels.
But one of the panels left me really…

yeah, I raised my hand and I was like, stripes make it look like you have shoulders.
And the human eye has trouble figuring out the depth of patterns.