Okay, Soooo today I drew Batgirl. A batgirl that I don’t think I show enough love to. So, Cassandra Cain gets her own page drawn. Pretty much it’s consumed my day and I’m pretty okay with that. This is my first time drawing her and I am actually really satisfied with it.
Featured Cassandra Cain (Batgirl)
i also don’t like the idea that in the future in a lot of narratives, star trek included, theres no more religion in general???
like slow down john lennon we’ve lasted this long i don’t think we’ll be gone in 2234 i want muslim space explorers :((
and c’mon dudes everyone wants to see rabbis arguing about when sunset is *in space*
muslims would definitely do that to lmfao
NEVER ENDING SHABBOS IF THE SUN DOESN’T SEND.
Or is it never beginning…
imagine ramadan lmao oh my god
I think we’ve found the reason why there are never Jews and Muslims in space…
I’ve always wondered how muslims in sci-fi settings go about praying toward mecca when they’re on the other side of the galaxy. I mean, do they need to be precise about facing mecca, or would it be ok as long as they were facing in the general direction? Because with the distances involved, if you’re facing just slightly the wrong way, you might be praying towards Alpha Centauri instead or something.
Maybe they’d invent some sort of compass that always points exactly towards Mecca.
…man that could be a huge point in the story
Precise, elegant interstellar navigation systems that came about because of Muslim space travelers making scientific breakthroughs in order to create that compass
And the entirety of the rest of the spacefaring world is drastically altered and improved by the research they perform and technologies they create.
And even you were able to pray in the right direction, how would you know when to pray? 5 times a day, right, but what’s a day in space?ThIs is awesome
I mean, from a Jewish perspective, if you were praying from the other side of the galaxy, it would be enough to pray towards Earth.
Just as when Jews around the world pray towards Jerusalem, it’s enough if you’re west of Jerusalem to pray facing East and if you’re east of Jerusalem West and so on. But really, you’re praying towards the Kotel (Western Wall) and not just towards Jerusalem and Jews in Jerusalem pray towards the wall.
So praying towards Earth, knowing that Jerusalem is in that direction, should be enough.
Maybe same with Mecca?
THERE IS A BOOK WHERE THIS IS A THING THAT THEY TALK ABOUT.
I just can’t remember it because I just woke up and haven’t had any coffee yet. But, here follows a list of novels that I can think of off the top my head (that is, I can see on my bookshelf) with at least incidental portrayals of Judaism/Islam in the future. (All of these, are to my very much non-Jewish, non-Muslim, non-religious eye, reasonably positive/substantive? That is, the religious identity of a character/group of characters is important to who they are in a non-offensive/stereotypical way. But I might be missing something more subtle than I can detect.):
- Roma Eterna, by Robert Silverberg
- Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
- The Last Colony, by John Scalzi (and I think the two books that come before it, too. I can’t recall if Islam or Judaism get mentioned specifically, but he makes a point of establishing that existing earth religions go out to the stars along with the rest of our culture.)
- Ender’s Game/Shadow and Sequels. (I hesitate to put these here, because I’m almost positive they’ve got to be offensive to someone. Or possibly everyone. I’ve seriously soured on Orson Scott Card as a writer and human since I was in high school and read these.)
- I’m sure there are tons more, but I am still sleepy.
reblogging for reference and also because the discussion is awesome
this borders on blasphemous but oh my g o d and what about prophets and sacred places in every galaxy and intERSTELLAR PILGIMAGESThe National Fatwa Council of Malaysia actually developed a set of guidelines for Muslim astronauts aboard the International Space Station!
Let’s not forget that Pitch Black addressed this, though it didn’t explain it.
Firefly, smashing tropes.
#this is right up there with that one time #when mal left the ship and he was like listen…if i’m not back by a certain time… #and you expect him to say go on without me #but he’s like you get the fuck down here and save my ass do you understand
That’s one of the things I love about Firefly though, and imo makes for BRILLIANT space drama. They’re not these Selfless Heroes With Perfect Moral Compasses. They are humans, who don’t want to die, who fuck up, who aren’t always willing to put their life on the line for others. They are real people. And it’s fabulous.
Clever way of getting his features in there
For the people wondering how I made those pancakes!
I literally just saw this on my dash this morning and then copied it. I just got creative with the designs is all.
You should try it out! It’s super fun and I giggled excitedly every time I flipped the pancake over for the reveal.
Reading Allie Brosh’s latest post about depression was extremely difficult for me. While it was amazing and truthful and beautifully done, I found my mouse pointer hovering to close the tab. I read the whole thing, but there were many times I just wanted to click the button and go look at kittens on the internet.
Her recent experience with depression very closely mirrors how I was many years ago. Before this blog. Before I knew I had a way to reach people and entertain them. My emotions stopped working. I found it impossible to care about anything. Especially myself. I would interact with people who expected me to be “funny comedy guy!” and at that point in time I thought that part of me was dead. But I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. So I tried very hard to pretend to be “funny comedy guy!” which resulted in some of the most horrific attempts at humor ever known to this earth.
I put on the faces I thought people wanted to see.
But I’ve worked hard to get my emotional self back. My journey through depression is further along than Allie’s. But being reminded of that time brought me to tears several times. In the end, I’m glad I didn’t close the tab. Reading her story helped remind me how far I’ve come. It reminded me how glad I am that I stuck around.
This poses an interesting “What if” scenario - here “What if Earth had rings”.
If Earth Had Rings
First off, they would be really pretty to look at. They would also dominate the sky in both night and day at exactly the same place as they would never rise nor set. And at night you would see the Earth’s shadow swing across the rings, like in the 4th photo here.
However, life would be very different on Earth if this were the case. Nocturnal animals would have a hard time being nocturnal, as the light reflecting from the rings would illuminate the night.
Because we are closer to the Sun than Saturn is, the rings would be more rocky than ice, making them less bright but still pretty bright. In fact, you would see far less stars at night (living anywhere other than the equator or the arctic circle) because of the light pollution and not to mention ruin most meteor showers because of that.
During the day the rings would block sunlight in certain regions of the planet creating wild weather cycles and effecting plant life as well. So basically, they would be definitely pretty to look at but they would also make a whole lot of things screwy.
Illustrations by Ron Miller // io9
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Deliver Us. Prince of Egypt (1998).
River, oh river, flow gently for me,
Such precious cargo you bear!
Do you know somewhere, he can live free?
River, deliver him there…
Words cannot describe the beauty and perfection of this score..
I just realized that “pun intended” is a pun on “unintended” and I’m literally about to gouge my eyes out I’m so angry
This. Changes. Everything.
Not Iambic….Do Not Accept…
These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,
my self-esteem and manhood both inflate
when lofty furs I purchase for a cent.
Thy grandpa’s clothes are worthy salvage, though
they smell a trifle musty. Still, I spent
much less to dress myself from head to toe.
To save or not to save? The question’s moot.
I’ll never give my coin to high-street crooks.
These dusty shelves will yield their hidden loot
to those, like me, more frugal in their looks.
Like ancient coins washed up on distant shores,
I’ll find my treasures in these thrifty stores.
- Macklemore, “Thrift Shoppe”
*Crying with laughter*
ITS IN IAMBIC PENTAMETER. SWEET JESUS THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING.