Salt to the Sea quote

Hello!  Khiyali here!  I recently read a book called Salt to the Sea.  (It’s really good!)  Then I selected a quote from the book and made this picture:

salt-to-the-sea-endless-circle-of-revenge-quote

– Florian Beck, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  (Whirlpool photograph from http://wingsoffire.wikia.com/wiki/File:A_whirlpool.jpg)

It was inspired by these images from other sites:

https://beneaththepagesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/quote16.png?w=409&h=409&crop=1

http://www.lindsaydetwiler.com/uploads/7/2/0/3/72035797/6001424_orig.png

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Harry Potter and the Date of the Epilogue (using only the text of the books).

Spoiler briefing:  There are spoilers from Books 1, 2, and 7.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is mentioned briefly at the end, but there aren’t really any spoilers.  If you really want to avoid seeing anything whatsoever about Cursed Child, I highly admire your self-control and dedication.  Simply stop reading when you see the double horizontal rule like this:



Warning: This post will be a very rigorous proof that the date and time of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are … well, you’ll see!  If you don’t like rigor, then skip to the end.  Also, you may like to know that (if you don’t like rigor), you’ll never survive geometry.  Figuratively, that is.

Also: If you find an(y) error(s) or shaky bit(s) of proof, please leave a comment about them/it!  Especially if you know how to correct them/it.


In the Harry Potter books, if you want to find out on what date a given thing happens*, how do you go about it?  Well, what information do you have?

  • You are given lots of relative times — for example, you are told that each book happens about a year after the last one.
  • You are also given names of holidays on which things happen — for example, Mrs. Norris is Petrified on Halloween.

*If you want to know why anyone would ever want to do such a thing … well, there are some pretty hard-core (and slightly crazy) Potterheads out there.  (Example: me.)  We do strange things sometimes.  Actually, you’re probably like that too — if you aren’t, how did you get this far in the post?

But this doesn’t do you much good unless you have an absolute time.  You need some day, month, and year to work from.  Otherwise,  how do you know whether Book Two happened a year after 1991 or 1973 or 2071?

Luckily, we do have some dates.  One is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Headless-Porpington’s death-date — 31 Oct 1492 (from his cake).  Another is the day Harry’s parents die — 31 Oct 1981.  This date is from James and Lily’s gravestone.

J.K.R. is big on Halloween, huh?

All right!  Let’s get started!  No Internet info, no movie info.  We will just use the facts in the books.

The following proof may not be the best proof, and it’s certainly not the only one, but here we go.

So the first thing we’ll do is determine the month, day, and approximate time of the epilogue.  The epilogue takes place on Platform 9 3/4, when Harry and Ginny’s kids are leaving for Hogwarts.  Let’s look at the first book. Continue reading

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Richmond American Homes: Please reclaim your lost property — Adopt-A-Road — Idlewild Days

 

Team Climate!  Cleaning up the Road ...

Richmond American Homes: Please reclaim your lost property.

And try to keep it from getting lost in the first place, will you?  The same goes for everyone who leaves stuff on the street.  Unless it’s for bulk pickup or something.

See Adopt-A-Road — Idlewild Days.

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Constitutional Law Youth Camp!

Do you understand the Bill of Rights? Would you like to see how Supreme Court judges decide cases and decide some yourself? Get set for a deep dive in to the United States Constitution!

via Constitutional Law Youth Camp — Idlewild Days

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And the Greek god of LGBTQ+ people is….

People make up stories about God/gods, right?  Maybe frogs or basil or rocks also make up stories about God/Gods/god/gods, but for this post I’m mainly going to stick with people.

So anyway, whether God(s) exist(s) or not, I think people made up God(s), or at least helped shape the stories about and personalities of God(s).  (Possibly frogs/basil/rocks did this too.)

So what does this mean?  This means that I (and frogs/basil/rocks) can change stories about God(s), and even make up new ones, and then that’s what the new version of the story is.  That’s how the stories develop, after all.*  In other words: my word is law.

All right.  Now, who’s the Greek god of LGBTQ+ people**?  Dionysus.  Yep.  Dionysus.

I’ll explain. Continue reading

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2016 – The Musical

Happy New Year!  Should have posted this way back in January but it took a while for Khiyali to edit the video.  Or rather, it took a while for her to get around to editing it and then a while longer to get around to uploading it.  (When it comes to actual editing she works more efficiently than I do.)

So here she is with her friends taking a musical tour of the festivals throughout the year, starting of course with New Year’s Day, Sankranti & Republic Day in January, followed by Holi, Eid, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturdhi, Dasara, Dipavali and Christmas.

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Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God?

Look at an American coin.  What does it say?
Monticello.
Huh?  What coin are you looking at?  What’s Monticello?
The coin is a nickel.  Monticello is where Thomas Jefferson and his family lived.
The Jefferson Memorial?
No.  That’s different.
What else does it say?
E. Pluribus Unum.
Anything else?
Five cents.
And?
United States of America.
And?
Liberty 2013 P.
Huh?  What’s the P for?
Means it was minted in Philadelphia.
Oh, okay.  What else does it say?  (Come on!)
In God We Trust.

This one was minted in Denver in 2003.  The tiny FS stands for Felix Schlag, the designer.  Photo source: usacoinbook.com.

See?  In God We Trust.  That’s America’s motto.  But I thought America was supposed to be a secular nation! Continue reading

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