#the topography of love
Under the Tuscan sky at the Abbey of San Galgano ...magical❤️ @visittuscany
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56. There are, however, many stories of women — particularly saints — blinding themselves in order to maintain their chastity, to prove that they “only have eyes” for God or Christ. For example, the legend of Saint Lucy, patron saint of the blind, whose name means “clear, radiant, understandable.” What seems clear enough: in 304 AD Lucy was tortured and put to death by the Roman emperor Diocletian, and thus martyred for her Christianity. What is unclear: why, exactly, she runs around Gothic and Renaissance paintings holding a golden dish with her blue eyes staring weirdly out from it. Some say her eyes were tortured out of her head in her martyrdom; some say she gouged them out herself after being sentenced by the pagan emperor to be defiled in a brothel. Even more unclear are the twinned legends of Saint Medana (of Ireland) and Saint Triduana (of Scotland), two Christian princesses who were pursued by undesirable pagan lovers — lovers who professed to be unable to live without their beloveds’ blue eyes. To rid herself of the unwanted attention, Medana supposedly plucked out her eyes and threw them at her suitor’s feet; Trinduana was slightly more inventive, and tore hers out with a thorn, then sent them to her suitor on a skewer.
57. In religious accounts, these women are announcing, via their amputations, their fidelity to God. But other accounts wonder whether they were in fact punishing themselves, as they knew that they had looked upon men with lust, and felt the need to employ extreme measures to avert any temptation.
58. “Love is something so ugly that the human race would die out if lovers could see what they were doing” (Leonardo da Vinci)
Maggie Nelson, Bluets
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Not sure how much I like this piece, so I'm a bit reluctant to post it
But here, take my garbage
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[ID: nine vibrant gifs of teh and oh-aew from itsay episode one. the first three have the chinese characters for childhood friends with english underneath in a bright red and yellow gradient. 1: teh and oh meet. 2: they act out a fight scene. 3: they float together in the ocean. 4: they fight and the chinese character is crossed out. the next three gifs have the chinese characters for rival. 5: oh and teh see each other for the first time since their fight. 6: they both raise their hands for interest in the same faculty. 7: they cry and stare at each other after teh got into college and oh didn’t. the word “rivals” now has an ellipsis. 8: they cry after teh apologizes for everything and the chinese characters say “i’m sorry”. 9: the two sit on a tree after a conversation about their friendship. the chinese characters now say “friends”. END ID]
@itsayrewatch: episode one
"how's your exam going? we haven't talked for so long. if i could choose, i wouldn't want it to be this way. i hope you get in. good luck. "
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johnny // nct ‘resonance’ mv
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my most heterosexual trait is how much i love wwi/wwii movies
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[id: five gifs from the thai bl series “i promised you the moon”, episode 1. first gif: a close shot of teh’s and his mother’s hands. sui puts talisman into teh’s right hand and protectively puts her right hand over them. she wears a dark green ring. second gif: oh-aew and teh lie close together in bed. oh-aew watches the still sleeping teh. third gif: oh-aew and teh stand in an alley in front of teh’s university. they are surrounded by green trees and small bushes. oh-aew takes teh’s right hand and leads it to his chin. fourth gif: q and oh-aew are sitting by a pool. q puts his hand on oh’s knee and talks to him to comfort him. q wears blue nail polish. fifth gif: oh-aew and his new friends from uni dancing. he bends over from laughing. the room is decorated with chains of lights. /end id]
favourite shot from each clip — i promised you the moon ep01
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So I got my wisdom teeth removed which means I’ve been sitting in bed binging kpop content as one does when they have a mouth full of gauze and I may or may not have listened to Gambler by Monsta X for like the past two hours on loop so I’m curious what your opinions on it were. I think I saw somewhere that you had plans to put out a post on it but I’m assuming you got busy with other stuff unless I missed it then it that case ignore me.
I’m very glad that I.M continues to be horny on main. For the longest time, I thought his line was “Hard as F” instead of “Hot as F” and I did not question it. Monsta X are really the only group that are allowed to have absolutely random and incomprehensible English lyrics (and also maybe Lucas). Like “I’m a handsome sum of money”, “my suit is black, my suit is fresh”, “Zero, Zero Lucky Bang”. I don’t know what that means but they say it so well that I don’t care. The intro to the song was interesting with the monotonous singing and I was a bit worried until that electric guitar started and IM and Kihyun’s parts and then I was absolutely sold. That bridge with the “she’s gone” part and the final chorus absolutely kills me like this song just continuously gets better and better and builds and builds and it’s so satisfying. It’s 4 minutes long and it feels it but in the best way? Like it toys the line between being too long but having enough interesting, different things in there. I’m of the opinion that this is Monsta X at their finest. Like they are such a consistent group and they know exactly what is expected of them and they delivery every time.
i hope you are recovering from your wisdom teeth surgery!! i got mine out when i was 17 and it was awful. i couldn't eat real food for two weeks and now i can't drink protein shakes without getting war flashbacks
you are correct i am going to talk about gambler! however i did kind of re-jig what i wanted to talk about about it, which is a very weird sentence to type out and read back in my head. i originally wanted to talk about the steadicam work in the music show stages, because it was one of the first comebacks that i've seen that in this year, but then over the last month or so there's been a whole bunch of steadicam stuff so i was compiling it all to make into one bigger post talking about several different songs/groups. but then also someone sent me an ask about want and then i got a bit off the rails because you know me and taemin, so this actually gives me a chance to talk about some of the other stuff in the gambler mv that i found interesting!
i do agree (and i've said this before) that mx is one of the most consistent groups active right now. they've established a really strong group brand that's been relatively consistent across their korean promotions and it's a look that really works for them as an "older" idol group (they're not old, it's just that they're not 22). although their mvs have usually been very sharp and well styled, i think these last three (korean) comebacks (fantasia, love killa, gambler) have had the strongest aesthetic and thematic unity, in addition to branching out a bit more from the general visual structure of a kpop mv. a thing that happens sometimes with kpop mvs is that the performers don't look like they belong in the sets; this happens most frequently with white/black voidspaces, but it also happens when, for example, they're out dancing in an empty dilapidated warehouse wearing pristine tailored suits. but the fantasia mv is practically draconian in it's commitment to colour palette and ornament, so by sheer visual force everything is integrated. love killa has a very cinematic and referential style without being overly obnoxious about those references. and gambler follows along the same vein as love killa but goes that extra bit further. i would not be surprised to find out that these are all directed by the same person.
to answer the question that you were not really asking, a fair amount of lyrics are referential to james bond. so the "my suit is black, my suit is fresh" -> famous for the traditional black suit/white shirt combo. "zero zero lucky bang" -> zero (0) zero (0) lucky (number 7) bang (the famous shot from the gunbarrel intro). "i got a vesper martini" -> a type of martini that the bond girl from casino royale is named after (vesper lynd), also martini (shaken, not stirred). it's obviously not a 1:1 because the mv takes more from bank heist tropes than strict spy tropes, but there's enough crossover that the comparison still works! another good example of using an existing property for spice rather than as the sole theme.
gambler, like fantasia, has a very strict colour palette, and does a really great job of integrating costume into enviroment. it's not perfect, since i think in the cinematic language that they're trying to establish the leather looks are a bit kpop, but i don't really have a real complaint about them because if mx can do anything, they can pull off leather. but in every other look, they look like they belong in those environments. it helps that a lot of it was filmed on location in (i think?) a hotel, so there was an oppotunity to match the style of the suits to the architecture and decoration of the preexisting rooms, as well as doing additional set dressing.
it's kind of interesting looking back at their mvs, prior to 2020 they were very focused on the performance/dance element of the mvs, which tracks because their performance and presence is one of their stronger traits. but the last three comebacks, which have been post pandemic and post wonho, have spent more time on creating a different viewing experience with the mvs, and then leaving their music show stages + other performances to pull out the big guns (shownu's arms).
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(Attendez une minute!..) The nice people need to know about your Elby stuff... Tell 'em more.
(Ouais, ouais, j'comprends…) Ok, let's do this then! 👀
It's Elbaran Time!!
I spoke about maps, in an earlier post, so I'll be talking about this. I have a burning passion for maps. Old maps, new maps, Google maps, cartovilles, and even stupid plans doodled on napkins… So, of course, I painted some for the game. Here's a sample.
... and I consider repainting them at some point with my new textured brushes. 🙃 No rest for the braves wicked…
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On Duty - Day 1, Trailbreaker Week 2021!
Teebs, Hound and the Twins on patrol in the southwest! 🏜☀️🧡 @teebsweek
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Simone Weil, “Detachment” (trans. Emma Craufurd), Simone Weil: An Anthology
[Text ID: “Love is not consolation, it is light.”]
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ok just rewatched rvb11 and in case u were wondering it still fucks
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My favorite, very chaotic reason for watching a new thing is to see a reference to something I do know about while knowing nothing at all about the actual piece in question.
Have I seen any of the original Alien movies? No (though I should). Did I watch both Prometheus and Covenant because the evil robot was obsessed with Lawrence of Arabia? You bet I did.
Over the Garden Wall is now one of my top 5 pieces of media but the only thing I knew about it going in was that Samuel Ramey voiced the Beast.
I've seen...I think the first Mission: Impossible movie but none of the rest, but there's a clip of someone driving a yellow Fiat 500 in the new one so I guess I have to watch it now
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Why are we not always watching shiva baby
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notes on blossoms
lucy maud montgomery // nat king cole // justine kurland // pablo neruda // sam mendes, krysty wilson-cairns // odysseus elytis // carly rae jepsen // daniel ridgway knight // sam mendes, krysty wilson-cairns
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40. Listening to friends talk about topics you know nothing about
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How I love to survey the surface features of your geographic regions. I will survey the contours of your surface, measuring the distances from one landmark to the other, marking new boundaries, studying the longitudes and latitudes of your landscape, charting a map for my mouth to find the way.
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i HATE THIS netflix is NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE GENUINELY GOOD MOVIES
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does a real crummy sketch of my phantom!vert design again because I AM INDEED THINKING OF HIM.
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Tell me... Should I watch a discovery of witches?? Im tempted but idk anyone who has watched it
i think it’s genuinely amazing and you definitely should! especially if you like good color grading, romance, vampires/witches/magic, and generally aesthetically beautiful things such as beautiful shots of architecture and foggy trees and etc.
it has really good pacing and i found myself enraptured with every episode so i’d definitely recommend!
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