Wall of Awesome

Sef
28 years old, trans, non-binary, panromantic gray-A, autistic, pagan, keet.
Personal blog, no single theme.

I want to get practice with tarot and oracle readings, so if you'd like a free reading send me a message and I'll give it a shot.

Fandoms - Welcome to Night Vale, Psych, Newsies, Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Alice in Wonderland, Supernatural, Doctor Who, O.C., Marvel comics & films, Disney, children's & YA literature, Buffyverse, MLP, Monster High, Mass Effect

Religious/Ministry Interests - Loki, Holda, Apollo, Hekate, Feri Tradition, Hellenic and Norse polytheism, Discordianism, chaplaincy, hospice care, interfaith ministry, pop culture religion, gods of death and chaos

Other Likely Topics - language, funny/cute things, squirrels, cats, GLBTAQ+/MGSRI, bullying, sexism, racism, gender, autism, education, tarot, art


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paperwaspnest:

vegan-vulcan:

rollership:

eduardo said: 

10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

1) Sustainable does not mean primitive

When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…

2) Free Food

Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.

3) Brilliant Water Recycling

Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

4) Warmth & Shelter

The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

5) Energy

Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.

6) Freedom

With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

7) Easy to build

At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

8) Cheap

Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

9) Made of recycled materials

Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.

If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

10) Think Different

The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.

ugh honestly this is my dream

I went from “huh neat” to seriously considering one rather quickly.

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royal-zodiacs:

Aries: Aries

Taurus: Demeter

Gemini: Hermes

Cancer: Aphrodite  

Leo: Hera

Virgo: Hephaestus  

Libra: Apollo

Scorpio: Hades

Sagittarius: Zeus

Capricorn: Athena

Aquarius: Artemis

Pisces: Poseidon

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coldalbion:

abwatt:

prosperosfootnotes:

abwatt:

"believe" is such a complicated word for me.  Honor, certainly.  Work with, yes. Attend-to, of course.  Believe?  Where’s that Terry Pratchett quotation when one really needs it?

Resident Discworld fanatic TO THE RESCUE! Here:

“I don’t hold with paddlin’ with the occult,” said Granny firmly. “Once you start paddlin’ with the occult you start believing in spirits, and when you start believing in spirits you start believing in demons, and then before you know where you are you’re believing in gods. And then you’re in trouble.”
"But all them things exist," said Nanny Ogg.
"That’s no call to go around believing in them. It only encourages ‘em.”


Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

That wasn’t the one I was thinking of, but it’ll do. :-)

See, complicated is the right word, as abwatt says. For me beliefs can be summed up by another Pratchett quote:

“All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They’re not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

See, right now I’m typing this, on a keyboard, on top of a table. I’m sitting in a chair. All these things I believe to be solid. Except physics tells us that this is not so. The majority of atomic structure is space. 

Furthermore, the keys I’m pushing - I’m not actually touching them. There’s no actual contact - just charges interacting. Beliefs are the interfaces we use to navigate existence, like the icons on an operating system, or even the letters we type which induce changes in the electrical systems of our computers.

The secret of magick and spirituality is that these interfaces are far, far more complex and manipulatable than people think. Someone once said that magic is the cheat codes for the universe, but it’s more complex than that.

History and human experience has passed down experiential anecdotes and techniques which seem to give us certain interfacing capabilities, but the fun bit with an interface is that it’s two-way. Whatever interfaces with us affects us and vice-versa.

The modern distinction betwen humans and environment is frankly, absolute balderdash. Things and beings we call gods and spirits are as much part of the kosmos as we are.

As my namesake Mister Six says in The Invisibles:

“I just met the Secret Chiefs of the Invisible Order. They’re as alien as the space between your bloody fingers and I mean that.”

(Yeah, there’s a reason I go by VI.)

Because the gods are precisely that alien, which is to say they are not alien to us at all, but it is we who have been alienated. We are the alien gods of Gnostic myth.

We are the daimonic beings which require certain structures and interfaces to recall our nature. The gods, they are not like us, but we may become once more like them, aware of our nature as part of something larger, something greater.

Something primordial and timeless.

Do you believe in your hand - in the space betwen your fingers? No. Because it’s there, we just don’t always remember what it means, what it implies. It’s not what we believe it is. The map is not the territory.

“Mortals are immortals, and immortals are mortals, the one living the other’s death and dying the other’s life.” - Herakleitos


Or to put it another way, the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon itself. Conversely, the reverse is true also - what is not the finger pointing to the moon is, in fact the moon.

So the rest of all things is in fact the moon, and the moon is everything. But where does your finger start and everything else end?

What separation occurs? Where is the dividing line?

Simple. We only believe there is one. Show me one thing that is not part of the kosmos.

Be seeing you.

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This may be harder than I thought…

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queer-terror:

sometimes it’s really hard not to hate this country.

this is extremely relevant rn

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bookingrightalong:

deducecanoe:

femaledoctorwho:

The most badass of time ladies.

Always reblog

SCREAMING YES YES YES 

bookingrightalong:

deducecanoe:

femaledoctorwho:

The most badass of time ladies.

Always reblog

SCREAMING YES YES YES 

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deanwasneversafe:

The fuck to do you mean for six year olds

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smartwittyurl:

goldenheartedrose:

karalianne:

nekobakaz:

humainsvolants:

honeydrawn:

Build-a-Bear ended its partnership with Autism Speaks!!!

I don’t know build-a-bear, but this is good

I hope all partners will end up doing this.

can we confirm this?

Yeah, I would like to know because their toys are good and it’s a fun activity for a kidlet.

Ooh, excellent.

https://www.facebook.com/boycottautismspeaksnow/photos/a.617487991630971.1073741827.617475298298907/734989279880841/?type=1

Confirmation at that link.

Oh. this is. Excellent. Very much an excellent thing.

(Now I know what gifts to get people. Because Build-a-Bear

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