Rereading Agatha H and the Airship City b/c worldbuilding and also I can.
There was also, he had to admit, something fascinting about her. DuPree was disarmingly open about her thirst for blood and destruction, and Klaus found that he enjoyed the challenge of keeping her in check.
Can we reflect for a moment how getting all the adults off planet and actively conquering the galaxy is probably the best thing that could have happened to the Alternian Empire as a political entity?
I mean if you look at the planetary imperial era of Alternian history, I’m sure there was a time when there was plenty to occupy the Condesce and her forces. Empires don’t just happen; even when your leader is psychically linked to a weapon of mass destruction there’s a difference between conquering a population and being able to control them. There would have been a long period of controlling the sea and then the land, subduing the lowblood population and winning the loyalty of or eliminating the highbloods, building infrastructure to support the expanding empire, consolidating reproductive capabilities and the associated personnel (because while I believe that the mother grub is a natural part of the troll life cycle, I can’t see that it would naturally come to be that the entire species relies on one entity to reproduce. I’m not even certain there’s only one grub today, but at the least there’s only one place where they tend to the mothergrub(s)…), and so on.
But that’s not the empire we see in the time period when most of the Ancestors are active.
It would appear that by the time the Signless crash-landed on his meteor, the empire spanned the entire planet. This was probably at or near the beginning of the Alternian civilization’s space age; I can’t imagine they’d have kept the Psiioniic around long if they didn’t have an immediate use for him, so they must have been very close to achieving manned spaceflight if they hadn’t already.
And then… conditions on Alternia stagnated for a few hundred sweeps.
Traitors had little trouble disappearing into the underbrush for decades. Highblooded pirates clashed on the high seas, and even when blatantly brought to the attention of the authorities, seem to have merited little more than a token attempt to bring them to justice - no matter the advantage posed by Pyralspite, Redglare was still only one very junior legislacerator; if Mindfang had been any kind of priority, there doubtless were other, more experienced trolls who could have been given the case. Lowbloods revolted - we know of two historically important rebellions, and I’d be willing to bet there were more, if the highblooded population were busy tattling on their ex-kismeses to the highest authority in the land. Brownbloods could rise to positions of authority in a military that couldn’t have had much to do besides control the empire’s own people, and cults thrived around a troll who no one was supposed to remember.
About the time that the Summoner’s rebellion failed, someone seems to have realized, hey, maybe all this unrest and decadence isn’t great for the empire.
Taking all the adult trolls into space did more than make it more difficult for rebels to organize or indoctrinate the young. It kept the entire adult population busy. It gave them a target for their aggression other than their neighbors, and imposed a degree of social structure on them that would have been harder to enforce when people could go hide in a cave for a few decades.
It took an empire in decline and set it back on its feet.
Turning the brightness down doesn’t alleviate that, does it?
Recently, researchers have found evidence that suggests the colour temperature of one’s monitor can effect on your circadian rhythms, headaches, etc.
Obviously, it’s not a cureall, but it goes a long way to help. I’ve been using it for years, and it helps avoid headaches and other annoyances.
Here’s what f.lux has to say:
Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?
Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.
F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.
i’m using this now and wow my eyes already feel a lot less strained from staring at the screen??? jesus this is excellent
Hi Bramble~ o-o I know this is probably not the appropriate place to ask this, but? I was wondering what time zone you were in, since I can't quite peg down when the MC ask box ought to be open [since in my time zone it technically should be, and hasn't been all night?] Anyway, that's all. o: Can't wait for the next update~ Thanks in advance. ;D -l.o.c.
Hi! I live in California and therefore am on Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8).
I open the Miracle Child ask box at or near midnight my time on Thursday night, leave it open all day Friday, and close it midnight on Friday night. So it was open yesterday, and not today! (Occasionally on slow weeks or if I’m wrecked enough on Friday night that I don’t want to stay up until midnight I’ll leave it open until I get up on Saturday morning, but that doesn’t happen very often.)
I always make an announcement on the ask blog when I open the ask box, and take the announcement down when I close it.
The mink lost her furry scarf, she said it was stolen, The shoe salesman wanted to help, ‘cause he had so much sole, But then his whole left side fell off, but he’s all right now, The pregnant heifer saw it happen, yeah, she had a cow, And the CO2 delivery guy always gives me gas, And I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass, Yeah, I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass.
The bike can’t stand up by itself, it says it’s two-tired, The human cannonball was late for work and he got fired, And if your pants are too big you’ll get exposed in the end, And if you crash your fancy car you’ll see how a mercedez bends, And the CO2 delivery guy always gives me gas, And I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass, Yeah, I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass.
I forgot how to throw a boomerang, but then it came back to me, It’s just like riding a bike, or playing with your wii, If you don’t pay your excorcist, you’ll get repossessed, The pirate shot himself so he could have that dead man’s chest, And the CO2 delivery guy always gives me gas, And I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass, Yeah, I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass, Yeah, I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass, Yeah, I really hate mules because they’re so half-ass.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”—Edward Abbey (via peroculi)
He started reading from scripture, so that we may be saved.
I decided to read from mine.
In front of the crowd.
Screaming it from the top of my lungs.
Got through the first two paragraphs of “The Hobbit” before I decided my point was made and took a little bow when people applauded. I understand the importance of faith, but yelling at people stuck in line and have no way of leaving is NOT the way to convince people.
my dad was reading the newspaper online and there was a picture of two homestuck cosplayers (a terezi and a karkat) from san diego comic con and my dad just shouts down the hall “SARAH THEY’VE DONE IT, THEY’VE FOUND YOUR PEOPLE”