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  1. First of all...... *throws mother in the Moat* Stop filthing up the place! As for froggy..... *smiles sweetly* I would never do that to you, my dear! a whole range of other things, yes. But never that.
  2. One year when the International Woman's Day theme was about science I organised a small token of appreciation with the men from work for the women. I work at a university, so that made it especially close to home for all of us. Our university has various gender equality projects going but even so it's still important to poke allertness and awareness because often people (especially those in privileged situations) tend to think those problems 'far from them' and don't realise how many women they personally know that have to deal with all kinds of issues men don't. To raise awareness for this, I also laid myself bare at one point (different year than the above mentioned one) and told them all that they knew at least one woman that had been molested both physically/sexually and psychologically. It's one of those 'not-done' things but sometimes one has to do the not-done thing to open people's eyes to the reality of a lot of people. I didn't get any responses on it, nore did I want any (especially no acclamations of whatever). The aim was to make them aware that these problems and issues were not the 'far from my bed show' that they often think them to be.
  3. I've always loved this one. Wish I could learn it, it's so peaceful and soothing (to me):
  4. *grins* I'll happily take the blame for this. *tacklesnugglebites*
  5. #1 : Harry had to walk in to his faith fully committed to the sacrifice and that could not have happened if he knew up front there was a chance the sacrifice would not be a sacrifice. It's not just his mother's love that protected him from the evil of V, it's his own love for everyone else as well. Any level of self-preservation that would be served by hoping for a better outcome would not have made that love as strong as it needed to be for it to work and to gain the outcome he ultimately got. #2 : Dumbledore could not disclose that information on the simply fact that he gave his word never to reveal it when Snape agreed to be his puppet on a string. Reveal it and there's no telling what Snape might have done otherwise. Dumbledore was not blind to Snape's potential danger to the cause. In the greater scheme, one chooses one's battles. A few hurt feelings can not outweigh the salvation of the entire world from an outpoor of evil. #3: Harry's trust in Dumbledore was of the utmost importance. Could he have been trusted more? Perhaps. But despite everything Dumbledore was still human and therefore not without mistakes. One of those mistakes being him trusting the wrong person when he was a teenager and his sister paying the price for it. It's not so unbelievable that he might not have been eager to share that shame with a young teenage boy who already had more than enough on his plate as it was. #4: Dumbledore's task, as he saw it, was not just the protector and mentor of Harry. Draco and all other kids from his school were his responsibility he felt. He believed and never strayed from that belief that Draco could be saved from the dark path he had been put on. By his father, by his House, by everything that had surrounded the boy since he was born. The DA's and V had to believe Draco was fully committed to them in order to secure Draco's safety while he was submerged in their midst. There was no telling where, who or even what might be spying. True horror and revulsion, just like true love and admiration, can not be faked. And Draco's safety depended as much on Harry's revulsion of his action as on everyone else's response to it. Draco hàd to be given the full and unquestionable status of loyal member of the DA's for his protection. The same goes for Snape's part in it.Snape being trusted by V was of the utmost importance for the success of the plan. Harry was too emotional to be trusted to pull off the proper reaction unless he was made to believe the lie. V was too much of a talented wizzard to be fooled by the boy. There simply was too much at stake. #5: that's utterly ridiculous as a comment and there is zero reason why that should have ever been brought up. My 2 cents
  6. woot! good luck girl! and I call dibs on reading your epic story first!
  7. Happy birthday Bratsis! *tacklesmoochiesnugglebites*
  8. that's horrible, hon. I'm so sorry! *hugs tight*
  9. is there a time limit to download your images from photobucket? I have quite a lot on there and need time to do it... ugh.
  10. what all the others said! I'm sorry you had to deal with all that, hon. *hugs*
  11. *snugglebites the Blueberry One* Happy birthday honey!
  12. Nia! *tacklehugglesnugglebites her Sister-from-another-mother* Wow, I have zero idea if you were Myrelle or not. It's been so long since she was here I honestly would have to get to know her again. LOL I do find it rather funny how many TVnetGreens end up being Red here (or vice versa). If it's been that long though perhaps it would be best to start over, it'll give you a chance to catch up to how things are around here now as quite a bit has changed over the years and much of it so gradually that I couldn't even tell you what all the changes are exactly. Also, might be a good idea to re-examin the Ajahs (or Guilds) to see if you still match with the Ajah you choose back then or if perhaps you're more in tune with another one. And finally.... *pokes with pointy thing* That's for making me have to remember yet another name. lol
  13. I think the holidays have struck for it is a short paper this month. Still, Led has given us quite the article to enjoy and for some of you to maybe try out (perhaps when you're neighbors are off on their holiday or something). Enjoy!
  14. Word from the MGJuly is now upon us which means another month has passed us by. During the past month the Band saw a great number of things... to recap: I returned from a few months, trapped in the pits of RL Chaelca was awarded the Band's greatest medal, the MG's Cross, for going above and beyond both during my absence as well as her contributions to our SG before and after that. The band began a short, mini-event for summer including a bar, the pool, a game and more. Our regimental staff for the next term began their work at selecting sub-staff which we hope to have in and announced as soon as possible. July marks the half way point for 2017 and I hope we can all keep it up for the second half of the year, hopefully bringing in a few more recruits as well as some older faces too. Points and Promotions The Banders have been quite busy lately. I had many points to add since some participated to all of the Band's activities. Indeed, don't forget that these activities can earn you points, lots of them! So please congratulate Shad and Zep from the Archers who reached the rank of LT for the first one and the rank of Sergeant for the second. Killa, who was a recruit still a couple of weeks ago is now the brand new Corporal of the Infantry! Well done to all of them !!! Pool Party After many regimental competitions, the Senior Staff decided to have a try at something a bit different. We opened a pool party to celebrate the end of the last term and the beginning of the new one. Banders had the chance to tell us about the best and the worst swimming pools, to participate to our summer training program and to share the best pool drinks recipe. I have to say that Shad gave us the best one. I'll quote him here : Don't hesitate to tell us what you think of this one For the ones who missed the event, don't hesitate to have a look at the threads that are still open in the main board ! Chae Word from the Executive Officer (XO) For the month of June, we only had 1 returning member who was Void_Lord. He decided to start from the beginning of Raw Recruit to get the feel of things again. He's currently doing his 1 week with each regiment, getting to know them, and doing interesting and fun activities. Hopefully we will have another new member in the regiment. Recruit of the MonthVoid_Lord !! Zep's Shred Center ​​ Hello fellow Banders! Now that we have a nice, crispy fresh newspaper to enjoy, ​ ​I think it's high time we start learning a few things about one of our favorite things, Music. ​As I have departed on this new and exciting journey that is musicianship, I have learned a few things, ​And these "techniques" that I'm going to share with you are the fundamentals. ​Techniques that will become the foundation upon which one builds their skills! ​ ​Now, before we go any further, I feel it imperative to let you guys know that I am no pro. ​ ​I'm just a little over a year into learning. ​Luckily, I have a pretty dogged guitarist who wants to know everything RIGHT NOW! ​One who doesn't let me slack off. ​With that in mind, lets move on shall we? ​Step 1: Strum hand! ​Now on a bass or a guitar, there are many distinct methods to use with your strumming hand. ​I'm going to cover two with you today. ​You can use a pick, and pluck with that, causing a sharper, more distinct tone ​Or you can use your fingers to strum, a more mellow, blended sound. ​Those are the easier of the two, and where most, (myself included), begin. ​​I encourage everyone who tries to learn to play around with these two methods first, ​you'll find some surprising beats that you can do with one strum hand method, ​but not another! Your fingers will most likely hurt, that's normal. I've noticed that the Archers ​aren't really affected by it, (we already have finger calluses!) All it takes is practice! But playing requires two hands, ​And that is where all the fun begins!! Step two: Fret Hand! ​​Now just like the strum hand, there are MANY techniques involved with your fret hand. I'll start you off with two of the easier ones to accomplish right out of the gate. They are called the Hammer On ​and his evil twin the Pull Off. ​These techniques are used in dang near every genre of music, from funk to metal to country and back again! They are great techniques to have in your arsenal of Rock! (Or ya know, the other kinds of music). ​Since I can only do so much with words, which sadly is not enough, ​I must show you. https://youtu.be/IchsxUKT6_4 Now the pull off is a little more complicated to get down at first. ​(and I messed up a little in this take lol) ​Now, without further ado, the Pull Off! https://youtu.be/-s8A8KhGgKg ​Annnnnnnnndddddd since I wanted to show off a little too, ​ ​Well, here ya go! https://youtu.be/o6UyWIxLtEs ​Now, I seem to have covered two fret hand techniques, and two for the strum hand, ​so I'll leave you with a little knowledge! ​So on this here guitar, the top string (thick) is the E string, next one down is the A, ​Third is our D, and the little guy on the bottom is your G. That is the tuning for E Standard. ​Most guitars have either 21 frets or 24. The reason behind this eluded me for awhile. ​In music there are a total of 12 notes, but there are many different "Octaves" you can play those notes in. ​Here are those twelve notes. ​Take your top string, which is the E string. When tuned in E Standard, your E string when plucked ​will create an E note while open (not pressing down on the fret board). ​As you move up the fret board fret by fret, you will hit each subsequent note in that octave. ​Fret 1 will be an F note, Fret 2 will be F sharp (G flat), and Fret 3 will be a G. ​So every other fret is a full note, or step, while the frets in between, (the sharps and flats) ​are considered half steps. On an on this goes until you get to the 12th fret. Which is where it starts all over. ​You started at an E, and at that fret it starts all over again, just an Octave higher. ​Now I want to stress this, there are many different tunings one can play in, and every time you change your tune, ​the notes will not be the same as your last tuning. ​For example, if you go from E standard to D standard, your top string when picked open becomes a D. ​So your next note on your first fret would be a D sharp. So on and so on. ​So to all of my fellow Banders who may wish to start shredding, ​I hope this helps you out and gives you a place to start. ​To everyone else who just loves music as much as I do, ​Keep on Rocking (or Rolling) until you must Dance with Jak O' the Shadows! PS. Feel free to ask me any questions you want!
  15. nothing ever said that the Bond had to be between a channeler and a non-channeler. that's just how it's always been 'as far as anyone knew'. Which could just as easily mean they didn't know than that it wasn't possible. The fact that the Aiel had a system that allowed non-channelers to bond through the aid from channelers means that at least sometime in the past the knowledge must have existed. A lot of knowledge of what was possible with the Power or how to do things with the Power was lost to the Aes Sedai over time. Personal agenda's, secrecy, greed, jealousy, possessiveness or the simple passage of time in which things weren't done. All of these can account to the loss of knowledge over the course of 3000 years.
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