if my partner/friend/commander died and showed up alive and allied with a terrorist organization two years later on a planet that was being actively attacked i would also uhhh not be totally cool and fine with it
shepard: no it’s cool cerberus brought me back from the dead with science for free
garrus, unemployed and vibing: i mean hell yeah bro lets do this
kaidan/ashley, employed and doing their best: what the fuck
“I’m almost 50, and here is the best thing I have learned so far: every strange thing you’ve ever been into, every failed hobby or forgotten instrument, everything you have ever learned will come back to you, will serve you when you need it. No love, however brief, is wasted.” @louisethebaker on Twitter
No love, however brief, is wasted.
Can confirm. Is true.
I think it’s right. Understand on the other hand, the effort and love you put in will definitely pay off, though it may not be the kind of payoff you expect, but it will surprise you in another way!
In the United States, Asperger’s Syndrome has not been given as a diagnosis since 2013. It is not recognized in the DSM-5 as an official diagnosis. It is an outdated term for autism and is not a distinct disorder. Some countries still use it as a diagnosis, from what I’ve been told, but in autistic spaces, it’s pretty widely regarded as obsolete.
In some cases, it’s even offensive. Why?
Because Hans Asperger was a nazi collaborator, and in autism spaces, there is a concept of “aspie supremacy.” It refers to autistic people who cling to the Asperger’s label because they think it’s a “higher functioning” or “lighter” or “less severe” form of autism, and use it as either a status symbol or as a way to distance themselves from other autistic people. The idea that Asperger’s is a “superpower” or a “quirk” while autism is a disability is just one example of this.
Not everyone who uses the term Asperger’s is engaging in aspie supremacy–because, again, some countries do still use the term, and plenty of people just have no idea–but it’s a common enough phenomenon that it does have a specific term.
All this to say, Elon Musk referring to himself as having Asperger’s is not exactly surprising to me, even if I’m already exhausted just thinking about the shitty thinkpieces that’ll probably be circulating in the next few days.
that the brutal repression deployed against the universally peaceful farmer’s protests has seen so little coverage in the lefty western ‘media’ is unsurprising but still demoralizing
She’s facing charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and other scary stuff. They keep arresting young adults so the rest of us get scared and quiet and it is horrifying.
since the article chose to use a picture of greta for the face fronting picture instead of disha:
This is Disha Ravi
She was just granted bail after being charged for sedition for providing a farmer’s toolkit which was a document about organizing to help the farmers protests
hot take but every “essential worker” who had to interact with The Public through this pandemic should get a fucking pension
my mental health in 2019: not fantastic but keeping it together
my mental health after working retail through a pandemic: (imagine hot melted plastic being injected into an ice cold geometrically impossible waffle iron)
Some rando: boy i can’t wait until this is all over so i can finally go out and interact with people again, amiright guys!!
Any retail/food service worker anywhere:
doctor who may be a silly sci-fi show but it’s had some raw as fuck moments anyone remember that time donna was unknowingly trapped in a matrix-esque simulation and while kissing her computer generated children goodnight they straight up asked like are we real mummy?? “sometimes when you’re not here, it’s like we’re not here… even when you close your eyes… we just stop” and donna replies “well mummy promises to never close her eyes again” and as she goes to tuck them into bed she blinks and they fucking disappear and she starts screaming and weeping and my god this is supposed to be a kids show
and when donna took a left turn, instead of going right, and ended the fucking world, only to brave the apocalypse and make it out alive?? and when she, teary-eyed and weeping, convinced a jaded Doctor to save just one person from one of the worst disasters in history, just someone? and when she heard a song shared by the enslaved Ood that was so sorrowful and desolate that she couldn’t take it anymore, and she decided to free them at any cost? and when she saved the life of Agatha Christie, the official “world’s best-selling fiction writer” of all time? and when she comforted the ghost of a woman who died alone? donna had only one series but she also had the RANGE to be one of the best companions that Doctor Who has ever seen, and I love her to pieces
What was the Typhonian Beast?
Also called the Set Animal, it is something of a historical mystery from Ancient Egypt.
The Egyptian gods had animal heads and animal forms, and were associated with animals, nearly all of which were commonplace: the ibis, the ram, eagle, etc. However, the Egyptian god Set is unique in that he is associated with a creature that is purely mythic or a creation of the imagination, the Typhonian Beast. It looks like something midway between a donkey, anteater, and a greyhound, with square long ears and a forked tail.
What was the Typhonian Beast, anyway? There are many theories. One theory is that, since it has no obviously fantastical attributes, and is seen elsewhere in Egyptian art in other contexts beyond religion or myth, it is a kind of ordinary animal that went extinct in ancient times. This isn’t too farfetched. Europe had a species of lion that went extinct in the Bronze Age (hence, stories in Greece about heroes like Hercules fighting lions). Another theory is that it is a kind of unusual breed of domesticated dog, something similar to a greyhound or saluki. The unusual tail and ears could be because of ear-clipping and body modification, which were commonly practiced.
it’s worth noting that for most of Egyptian history, Set wasn’t particularly evil. He was just another one of the gods. Many Pharaohs, like Seti, took their names in honor of him. Set was demonized when the Osiris cult of life and resurrection became prestigious, and through syncretism, Set acquired more attributes of Sutekh, the god of the barbarian invaders during the middle kingdom, giving him an association with lawlessness, random violence, and chaos.
Sutekh/Setekh is the latinised transcription of the Middle Egyptian s(w)tẖ. This was rendered by the ancient Greeks as Σήθ, which in turn is latinised as Seth. In the US, Seth is often referred to as Set to set him apart from Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve.
Sutekh, then, was not a “god of barbarian invaders” who donated attributes to the Egyptian Seth - Sutekh is Seth. Seth was connected to foreigners from very early in Egyptian history, but for most of that history, he was considered more like a Minister of Foreign Affairs rather than the divine power behind an invading force. We know the Hyksos adopted him as their chief god, but after the Hyksos were driven out, the Egyptians considered Seth, although an outsider still an Egyptian god, to have done his duty of keeping the foreigners in check and eventually making sure they were cast out. It wasn’t until late in Egyptian history, when the invaders weren’t driven out, that he started to lose his positive qualities and became actually villified in the Egyptian tradition itself.
While Seth indeed wasn’t the god of evil, he also wasn’t “just another one of the gods”, and neither was he a particularly nice guy. His entire existence is precisely to be the antithesis to the other gods. That doesn’t mean he was completely reviled because of this, because the Egyptian religion doesn’t work that way. Seth is both a villain and a protector, a force of chaos and sometimes of evilness as well as a necessary counterweight for order, and you can’t really disconnect those concepts from each other without missing the point of Seth.
There is an outdated theory that states that Seth was worshipped by the Upper Egyptian tribe prior to the unification of Egypt, and that he was delegated to a “criminal” role in the mythology after the Lower Egyptian tribe, who worshipped Horus, came out on top in the political struggle. Although Seth’s main cult was down south - mostly located in Nubet (Kom Ombo) -, the idea that he went from perfectly regular god to criminal of the pantheon because of a war is to simplify religious concepts in a way they cannot be simplified. While there might be some basis to this theory, we have to study this from a religious point of view instead of a political one, because the political one is always going to fall short.
As for his appearance, Seth was identified with a lot more animals than just the Seth-animal. He could be portrayed as a bull, a crocodile, or an ass, among others. So he’s not only associated with a fantastical creature - like a number of other gods in the pantheon, Seth had multiple animals to which he was connected. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the theory that the Seth-animal is an unknown, now-extinct species that used to live in Egypt is technically possible but improbable in light of the available evidence. The same goes for the “it’s a breed of dog that had its body modificated”. The prevailing opinion is that the Seth-animal is a fantastical creature made up of the parts of various other animals, some of which might never have existed themselves.
As a minor aside, it was not called the “Typhonian beast” by the Egyptians themselves. The Greeks equated Seth with Typhon, and thus the phrase “Typhonian beast” became eponymous with the Seth-animal. I also wouldn’t call it a historical mystery. No, we’re not absolutely 100% certain of its origin, but that’s not actually so very different from the rest of ancient Egypt - or ancient history as a whole -, anyway.
Used my lunch hour to bust out some mahariel/tamlen angst haha
I’ve been listening to Atrophy by The Antlers on repeat because parts of the lyric make me think of the way Mahariel is bound and haunted by Tamlen’s death
I think for a while my warden feels terrorized and haunted by his friend’s ghost