December 18, 2012

atla-annotated:

Master Surplus and the money making racket he calls Earthbending Academy

Ever wondered why Aang got a ‘random’ costume change in that episode? Master Yu made him buy the uniform.

余 means remainder/surplus and archaic ‘I; me’ . And considering the nice little money making scheme he has going on with his ‘get a free lesson if you buy a high-quality (read: overpriced) uniform’ this is no coincidence .

余師傅運土術武館全國最佳包教會 持此傳單第一課免費僅須購買髙級制服

Master Yu’s Earthbending Academy.
The best in the country. We will learn you good!*
Present this leaflet, get first lesson free with
purchase of high-quality uniform.

*We will make sure you will learn everything we teach you and remember it, no matter what it takes. Complete with implied smack around the head i.e. we will learn you good.


And for you amusement: Google Translate


I master earthmoving of martial arts best in the country.
The package of the church. Held the first lesson of this leaflet free of charge required to purchase only high-ranking uniformed.

September 21, 2012

jumiga:

*reposting because last one was a fail

OMG I love this woman

Azula orders pizza.

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June 4, 2012

creeveyalo:

I hope that the maker of this set would be alright with the fact that I used it as inspiration! I would have asked them, but it seems that they’ve deactivated.

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March 25, 2012
So this weekend was pretty awesome media-wise

Saw the Hunger Games movie. Post on my thoughts is here

A few quick reactions to Homestuck and Korra

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March 15, 2012

atla-annotated:

Master Surplus and the money making racket he calls Earthbending Academy

Ever wondered why Aang got a ‘random’ costume change in that episode? Master Yu made him buy the uniform.

余 means remainder/surplus and archaic ‘I; me’ . And considering the nice little money making scheme he has going on with his ‘get a free lesson if you buy a high-quality (read: overpriced) uniform’ this is no coincidence .

余師傅運土術武館全國最佳包教會 持此傳單第一課免費僅須購買髙級制服

Master Yu’s Earthbending Academy.
The best in the country. We will learn you good!*
Present this leaflet, get first lesson free with
purchase of high-quality uniform.

*We will make sure you will learn everything we teach you and remember it, no matter what it takes. Complete with implied smack around the head i.e. we will learn you good.


And for you amusement: Google Translate


I master earthmoving of martial arts best in the country.
The package of the church. Held the first lesson of this leaflet free of charge required to purchase only high-ranking uniformed.

March 8, 2012
atla-annotated:

Are there any surviving Air Nomads? Is Chong an Air Nomad?
The Air Nomads and their genocide are based on, and a commentary on, the genocide of the Tibetans. Read the blog entries about this: One, two, three.
In canon we never really find out if there are any survivors of the genocide, but look at the hippies:
Chong is wearing something resembling traditional Tibetan clothes.Compare the off-the-shoulder sleeve that is a prominent feature of traditional Tibetan clothing. 
Does this mean there was a population of the Air Nomads that did not live in the temples? Or that Chong and his people are descendents of Air Nomads that survived?
This seems a bit too coincidental, especially taking the pointed conversation Aang and Chong have about being nomads into consideration.
Note: all Air Nomads WERE benders. It has been 100 years. There is no saying what happened to any that survived, or that Chong is even 100% Air Nomad. Keeping your culture when hiding/escaping being massacred is kinda hard. Who knows how much of that survived if they had to hide their bending abilities, and how quickly bending teaching would get lost if that was the case.
That, or he’s an appropriating ass :P

Yeah, my theory is that Chong’s ancestors were Air Nomads, and they had to hide. I remember reading a story about a woman who always lit candles in the closet every Friday, and didn’t know why; she eventually learned that her parents fled Germany and this was what they did to still be Jewish. I think that Chong wears the clothing because it was one of the few things his (grand?)parents could do without drawing the ire of the Fire Nation. Chong picked it up but doesn’t know the history behind what he is wearing.
I’d like to think this is true; it fleshes out the effects of the genocide of the Air Nomads more. Though I wouldn’t put it past the hippies to be appropriating asses.

atla-annotated:

Are there any surviving Air Nomads? Is Chong an Air Nomad?

The Air Nomads and their genocide are based on, and a commentary on, the genocide of the Tibetans. Read the blog entries about this: One, two, three.

In canon we never really find out if there are any survivors of the genocide, but look at the hippies:

Chong is wearing something resembling traditional Tibetan clothes.Compare the off-the-shoulder sleeve that is a prominent feature of traditional Tibetan clothing.

Does this mean there was a population of the Air Nomads that did not live in the temples? Or that Chong and his people are descendents of Air Nomads that survived?

This seems a bit too coincidental, especially taking the pointed conversation Aang and Chong have about being nomads into consideration.

Note: all Air Nomads WERE benders. It has been 100 years. There is no saying what happened to any that survived, or that Chong is even 100% Air Nomad. Keeping your culture when hiding/escaping being massacred is kinda hard. Who knows how much of that survived if they had to hide their bending abilities, and how quickly bending teaching would get lost if that was the case.

That, or he’s an appropriating ass :P

Yeah, my theory is that Chong’s ancestors were Air Nomads, and they had to hide. I remember reading a story about a woman who always lit candles in the closet every Friday, and didn’t know why; she eventually learned that her parents fled Germany and this was what they did to still be Jewish. I think that Chong wears the clothing because it was one of the few things his (grand?)parents could do without drawing the ire of the Fire Nation. Chong picked it up but doesn’t know the history behind what he is wearing.

I’d like to think this is true; it fleshes out the effects of the genocide of the Air Nomads more. Though I wouldn’t put it past the hippies to be appropriating asses.

March 2, 2012
atla-annotated:

Dinner at the Bei Fongs: Honey, who the f*ck invited the Avatar?
The Bei Fongs are making it very clear how NOT welcome Aang and his friends are.
For one, the food seems to be terrible. Sokka is not eating the meat. … … Sokka - Mr meat and sarcasm - is eating plain rice, while there are untouched dishes of shrimp, pork, fish and cakes on the table. Those have to be pretty damn bad for Sokka, of all people, to not want to eat them considering that he ate the unfried festival food dough.
Note, also, how there are barely any dishes that do not contain meat. Avatar Aang is the guest of honor. Wouldn’t you make sure that there’s plenty of vegetarian dishes there, unless you are actively trying to insult him?
Those small cups in front of Mrs Bei Fong and Xin Fu are for bai jiu, a kind of hard liquor. Just for reference, while it may look like sake or soju, it has nothing in common with either, and you’d be doing those drinks an injustice comparing them to baijiu :P The wiki has a most apt description of what most people think baijiu tastes like. 
Toph, and later Aang, being served soup means that the dinner is almost over.
The order of courses in a Chinese banquet is as follows:
Appetizer / starter: Chinese starters are normally cold  dishes. 
Dishes: In Chinese food culture, many dishes can be  ordered if a group of people sit around one table.
Soup Chinese soup are served after main dishes. 
Fruits The most typical dessert in Chinese dinner are fruits. 
Image source: One


Reason #108 why you should watch ATLA if you haven’t yet.

atla-annotated:

Dinner at the Bei Fongs: Honey, who the f*ck invited the Avatar?

The Bei Fongs are making it very clear how NOT welcome Aang and his friends are.

For one, the food seems to be terrible. Sokka is not eating the meat. … … Sokka - Mr meat and sarcasm - is eating plain rice, while there are untouched dishes of shrimp, pork, fish and cakes on the table. Those have to be pretty damn bad for Sokka, of all people, to not want to eat them considering that he ate the unfried festival food dough.

Note, also, how there are barely any dishes that do not contain meat. Avatar Aang is the guest of honor. Wouldn’t you make sure that there’s plenty of vegetarian dishes there, unless you are actively trying to insult him?

Those small cups in front of Mrs Bei Fong and Xin Fu are for bai jiu, a kind of hard liquor. Just for reference, while it may look like sake or soju, it has nothing in common with either, and you’d be doing those drinks an injustice comparing them to baijiu :P The wiki has a most apt description of what most people think baijiu tastes like.

Toph, and later Aang, being served soup means that the dinner is almost over.

The order of courses in a Chinese banquet is as follows:

  • Appetizer / starter: Chinese starters are normally cold dishes.
  • Dishes: In Chinese food culture, many dishes can be ordered if a group of people sit around one table.
  • Soup Chinese soup are served after main dishes.
  • Fruits The most typical dessert in Chinese dinner are fruits.

Image source: One

Reason #108 why you should watch ATLA if you haven’t yet.

February 7, 2012
atla-annotated:

Nice Underwear
Sokka is wearing a combination of the Japanese Etchū Fundoshi 越中褌 and the Chinese Di Bi Kun 犊鼻裈. You’re welcome.
Image source: One
What girls wore.

atla-annotated:

Nice Underwear

Sokka is wearing a combination of the Japanese Etchū Fundoshi 越中褌
and the Chinese Di Bi Kun 犊鼻裈. You’re welcome.

Image source: One

What girls wore.

January 29, 2012
atla-annotated:

Never give up, never surrender!
Translation of the wanted poster:
承烈火君命緝捕艾洛祖寇二叛賊.艾洛将軍曾為平西巨龍.祖寇*王子曾為火帝儲君. 二賊違反國令. 拒絕征剿水族蛮子及捉拿降世神通.格殺勿論.By orders of the Fire Lord: Arrest the rebellious traitors Iroh and Zuko. General Iroh, the Dragon of the West. and Prince Zuko Crown Prince to the Fire Lord. The (two) traitors disobeyed imperial orders to eliminate  the Water Tribe Savages and  to capture the Avatar.  Deathly force permissible.
The knife: 
The knife Uncle gave to Zuko says: 非戰不屈   Never give up without a fight.
The font/calligraphy used is - once again- either Oracle Bone script or Seal script. 
For your amusement I present google translate:
Jun Ming Cheng fireArrest Yi Luozu Kou two Panzei.Aiello General who Pingxi dragon.Royal crown prince who fire ancestral Kouwang Zi.Erzei violation of state order.Manzi refused Zhengjiao aquarium and capture incarnate supernatural powers.Shoot to kill.

Those last two lines…

atla-annotated:

Never give up, never surrender!

Translation of the wanted poster:

承烈火君命緝捕艾洛祖寇
二叛賊.艾洛将軍曾為平西
巨龍.祖寇*王子曾為火帝
儲君. 二賊違反國令.
拒絕征剿水族蛮子及捉拿
降世神通.格殺勿論.

By orders of the Fire Lord:
Arrest the rebellious traitors Iroh and Zuko. General Iroh, the Dragon of the West. and Prince Zuko Crown Prince to the Fire Lord.
The (two) traitors disobeyed imperial orders to eliminate  the Water Tribe Savages and  to capture the Avatar.  Deathly force permissible.

The knife:

The knife Uncle gave to Zuko says: 非戰不屈   Never give up without a fight.

The font/calligraphy used is - once again- either Oracle Bone script or Seal script.

For your amusement I present google translate:

Jun Ming Cheng fire
Arrest Yi Luozu Kou two Panzei.
Aiello General who Pingxi dragon.
Royal crown prince who fire ancestral Kouwang Zi.
Erzei violation of state order.
Manzi refused Zhengjiao aquarium and capture incarnate supernatural powers.
Shoot to kill.

Those last two lines…

January 27, 2012

murphysbride:

sanityscraps:

‘What if…’ Movies re-imagined for another time & place.

by Peter Stults

Muhammad Ali as himself, though. Oh my god. XDD

This is incredibly well done, holy crap.

The Avatar one, I seriously just alskgjaldAJlfjsdlkfj

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