Via the Jed Henry/ the Chive 15.04.14.
Street Fighter characters done up as traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Brilliant.
Reblogged for hexington, lil-foxes-story & thisissoniaspeaking.
The growth and acknowledgement of female MMA in 2013 & 2014 is excellent and long overdue. As I’ve referred to on this blog in the past, I’ve long associated with female martial artists; and had my ass handed to me on occasion by them in sparring, particularly in my formative years of training.
Brienne of Tarth & Margaery Tyrell | Game of Thrones | Season 4 Episode 1 | Two Swords
Brienne of Tarth is an incredible character. She reminds me absolutely of fighting and operational women I have known over my careers. I observe them, one and all, as they reconciled the constant inner battle of weighing the needs of being a very tough fighter in the real world sense, with the paradox of the softer aspects of femininity. Yin versus yang, if you will.
An example; I was in a very official operational role, and one of my mentors was a lady. Absolutely knowledgable, tough as nails, and afraid of nobody. In the line of duty, her partner was killed and she was horribly assaulted during the same emergency, resulting in some fairly prominent facial scarring. One day, when she thought nobody was looking, I saw her caress the scars on her cheek, and her eyes were filled with permissiveness, regret, sadness. My heart went out to her, but I said nothing at the time.
Another example, recently; another female colleague, another seasoned experienced veteran, and just as grumpy as her male counterparts; admitted to me during conversation about the anniversary of her husband’s untimely death. The sorrow in her voice was a tone I’d not heard her use before. Again, I remained silent, but was highly sympathetic. Her job was all she has left. She was alone, and lonely as hell.
Another example; a female member of a highly specialised unit; again, would occasionally let her softer side come through. The yin.
I finally found my voice recently, with yet another female colleague, who works in ops. She was highly stressed and mentioned the job was making her forget who she really was inside.
"[A]," I remarked, "you are an absolutely beautiful person. Do not let this place or these people ever make you forget this."
Bruce Lee; announced available as a playable character in upcoming EA UFC game. Instant access via pre-order or you can unlock him through normal play.
Images via IGN, 07.04.14. What’s interesting is that they said he’s available for 4 different weight classes.
Hey Steph, do you think you'll be going to Iron Fest this year?
Not this year. :) I’ve been around four times now, so I think this year I’ll give it a miss. I went down to the Scottish Highland Festival ‘Brigadoon’ on the weekend instead - something different.
I might go up to Katoomba for Winter Magick, though.
Side note; no more Crap Akki Jokes either, much to the relief of all and sundry. :)
Okay… Just one more for posterity’s sake. How many Akki’s does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. We all just sit in the dark and sook.
Yes I have.
Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.
- Gloria E. Anzaldúa (via larmoyante)
Beautiful. I miss Tokyo a lot, as much as I miss NYC.
Via the Chive today. Captain, my captain.