I went to this book store and their books were wrapped up in paper with small descriptions so no one would “judge a book by its cover”
(via queenelsavevo)Source: dazily
I am always interested in venturing in to new fandoms.
Currently Watching: Teen Wolf, Community, Psych, HIMYM, SPN, Parks & Rec
(Will Eventually Continue) Reading: GoT, LotR, The Death Cure
Actually Currently Reading: Order of the Phoenix (very slowly since I don't want Sirius to die again)
Patients of surgeon Harold Gillies during WWI and WWII
Okay, these photographs pissed me off a bit, because they don’t show off how much of a genius Dr. Harold Gillies, the father of modern plastic surgery, was. Rhinoplasty, skin grafts, and facial reconstructions have been practised for centuries. However, it was this New Zealander surgeon who standardized these techniques and established the discipline of “plastic surgery.”
The introduction of more destructive weapons of WWI and WWII resulted in devastating injuries. In addition, in trench warfare, the head was more exposed than the rest of the body, and soldiers’ faces were often shattered or burnt beyond recognition. Despite the best efforts of surgeons, many soldiers were left hideously disfigured. Traditionally, the edges of facial wounds were simply stitched together, but when scar tissue contracted faces were left twisted and disfigured, so a new type of surgery was needed.
Gillies rebuilt faces using tissue from elsewhere in the body. Antibiotics had not yet been invented, meaning it was very hard to graft tissue from one part of the body to another because infection often developed, so Gillies invented the tubed pedicle,” where he used a flap of skin from the chest or forehead and “swung” it into place over the face. The flap remained attached but was stitched into a tube. This kept the original blood supply intact and dramatically reduced the infection rate. After many surgical construction, grafting, and healing, which could take months to years, the tentacle-like tubing would be removed, and (volia!) a new face!
He was also the first to do sex reassignment surgery from female to male in 1946, then male to female using a flap technique in 1951, which became the standard for 40 years.
tl;dr, these were his patients BEFORE the surgery. He didn’t DISFIGURE these people he HELPED them.
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This chess thing is absolutely bothering me and I think I finally figured out why. At first I thought that Stiles/the Nogitsune was just placing random pieces wherever they felt like it, but after better study of the gifs I’ve realized that no, these are two people playing the game and both sides are playing really defensively. I’ve been thrashed by my dad enough times playing chess to know this.
From the top gif, we see that the white Queen is actually out one square in front of the King, which means that piece was probably sent out, and at the first sign of a threat, decided to retreat back to a safe place, because the Queen is the most powerful piece and to loose it makes it harder to win. It was also moved to let the white bishop out, which is a common move.
Before I go on, I’m going to explain what I think about the color of the post-its. Pink, I’m guessing are going to be the main players; yellow is insignificant, and blue is neutral. So Deaton is an oddity for Stiles/nogitsune because it doesn’t know what its going to do.
Right moving on. We see Isaac is taken out to the side because he’s been ‘eaten’ or is out of the game. Based on the board, the logical choice for who got rid of Isaac is Allison. From what I can see, Isaac is a black piece, Allison is a white Knight. One of the special moves of a pawn is that their very first move can be moved two spaces forward. After that its only one place at a time. So Isaac moved forward, and stayed there until Allison moved back and forth across the board to reach Isaac and eat him. Peter could have come up behind Isaac at any point during or after this period. Scott, also a black pawn (I believe) either moved two spaces forward in one turn or moved one space in two turns, stopping next to Allison and being blocked by Kate. Pawns can only move a diagonal direction if there is a piece to be eaten and that is only if they are moving forward, pawns are the only piece that cannot move backwards.
There seems to be a white pawn missing from the board, whether it was eaten already or not, I don’t know.
One of the more confusing bits is that random pawn piece standing in front of the white bishop, see the little guy? There’s no logical way for that piece to be there, so I’m just going to skip over it.
Deaton is a castle which means he can only move in straight lines horizontal and vertically. Now, from what I can tell, there isn’t much of a reason that the piece should have been moved so soon. At most, the only pieces Deaton can feast on are pawns, and unnamed ones at that. So it could be that whoever is playing the black side wants Deaton far away from him; he doesn’t trust the dude. Not that I blame them, really. And speaking of castles, Jackson who is long gone from Beacon Hills yet still takes a place on the board moved two spaces up. Perhaps the castle movement was simply a show of power, which is rather useless gestures, especially since the castle could be used as a defensive technique to protect the king known as Castling. If you want to know more about that, just message me and I’ll tell you what I know.
Also, the white side decided to move their King to a much defensive position early in the game. In the second gif, you’ll notice that the Kings are directly across from each other on the board. Which is not how the game starts. We see that the black King, Derek, is still on the black square, and since Kings can only move one square in any direction, and start out on the color of their side, the white king moved to the left. So the either the white player felt their king was in danger early in the game, or that it wanted to protect its king first and foremost.
But, the white side has but too much emphasis on defense. Its queen could have easily taken Deaton, and not faced any opposition because there is nothing protecting the piece, but for some reason, the player decided to put Argent (we don’t know if this is to symbolize Chris of Gerard) right in the path of the queen. So I’m sort of considering that this piece is symbolizing Chris more so than Gerard because the Knight can eat Scott who is right next to Allison. Protective parents, how cute. BUT ALSO, if the Argent piece is moved once more after eating Scott, it checks Derek. The black queen will be forced to defend Derek and eat Argent, but then the queen can be eaten by the white bishop, leaving the black king with his best attacker gone. Who that is, who knows.
Aiden and Ethan pawn pieces haven’t moved since the start of the game. They are protecting the King and so probably won’t move until more of the other pieces are gone.
The way the black side has set itself up is problematic. Because the unnamed bishop over in the corner, can come in and eat the queen and then chow down on the knight in front of the King. It can’t directly attack the King, but it can diminish the black side’s forces without sacrificing anything because none of the pieces next to the King are in any position to eat it. The only way to defend against this is to use the pawns to block the bishop’s path and then have the pawn next to it be used as a defense for the pawn. If the bishop eats that pawn, then it will get eaten by the pawn diagonal from it.
Something I just noticed, is that all the labels pieces are arranged in a rather specific way. The whites all seem to be people who were enemies of Derek at one point; Kate, Argent, and Jackson, however, the twins are placed closet to Derek and they were his most recent enemies. So what does this mean? Well I have no definite idea, just theories. One is that the Nogitsune wants to have fun by pitting the hunters and werewolves against each other. Jackson is just there because he is everyone’s type. Scott is near Allison because we know from past experiences that Scott will usually always side with Allison more than Derek. And Derek doesn’t trust Peter which means putting him farther away than the other wolves. But why is Stiles arranging the board this way? Because it wants history to repeat itself? Wants hunters and werewolves not to get along because it was the combination of two not so close creatures (the Kitsune and the werewolf) that brought it down the first time? Why is Derek the King? Because the Nogitsune wants to see him fall? We don’t know that for sure because we don’t know who is playing which side. And its far too early in the game to know which side would win.
Ok, that’s all that I have for now. I think I covered most of the pieces, if not all of them. If I didn’t, let me know and I’ll revise this.
Because I don’t think that this shot is supposed to give us an insight to Stiles/Nogitsune’s ultimate plan, if it even has one. But I think it serves as a distraction. You focus on protecting one piece that you loose sight of your other pieces. And they might not be as important as the King, but if you loose them, you’ve practically lost the game anyways. So the real question is, which piece on that board is going to be the actual game player? When you look at the board, which piece looks like the best to attack and change the tide of the game? My answer would be the white bishop for the white side and for the black side, either Peter or the unnamed Queen, provided the player finally moves the piece. But everyone expects the queen to move all across the board. And I feel like our true player is someone far more subtler.
(via literaryoblivion)Source: thiefofchocolate
Stiles and the nogitsune playing a game while Lydia and Scott watch.
For those of you who don’t know, Go is an ancient board game that is a hell of a lot harder than chess. It’s all about territory and strategy. Basically, the more territory you take up and manage to take away from your opponent, the more you are likely to win. Also, a single placement of a stone in the right place could overturn the entire game. These game sometimes last for days, weeks or even months. Some war lords and stuff even played Go with their enemies as a form of war.
So the fact that the Nogitsune and Stiles are playing Go says a few things.
- They are playing for territory. What territory? Stiles’ body and mind.
- From what can be seen of the board from this angle, the one who is placing the white stones seems to be the victor. However, since I can’t see the top of the board, I can’t really say. For all I know, black is winning by a landslide.
- Since this game is all about strategy and calculation, the nogitsune currently has the upper hand from what can be seen throughout the episodes.
- If Stiles places a single stone in the right place, metaphorically or physically, he can overturn this and beat the nogitsune.
Just my small two cents about this.
Another fun thing to mull over: the final episode is called The Divine Move. In Go, this is an incredibly rare move that even the most talented players would be lucky to be able to achieve in their lifetime. It is also called “the hand of god,” a game-changing move that uses non-obvious and innovative strategy to turn the tides from losing game into a winning one.
(via literaryoblivion)Source: deludedisthenewreality
This is known as Playing Chess with Death. Its a trope that is commonly used now in many television shows and films (most famously Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) but all began with the 1957 film The Seventh Seal. In it a man tries to forestall his demise by challenging death to a game of chess.
And it literally explains everything.
Stiles, knowing that he has been possessed by a Nogitsune challenges him to a game of Go (sometimes referred to as the Japanese version of Chess) and being a trickster who loves games, how can the Nogitsune resist? This becomes a way for him to forestall the foxes complete take over of his mind leading to the death of himself.
Since that point literally all of 3b has been nothing more than a giant game of Go being acted out in our reality with reality being bent based on the move the player makes.This would explain a lot of the inconsistencies regarding Stiles and other characters clothing. The call backs to past episodes, the clues being left by Stiles from the numbers telling Barrow to kill Kira.
From the keys to the chemical closet mysterious appearing and disappearing, literally the entire post that I made the other day about connections has been answered. This would also explain Riddled. In this is the first time we actually see the tug of war — the game between these two being played out. You could literally do an entire meta and pick apart the moves that each player makes.
It’s all rather brilliant when you think about it. This gives the writers the ability to play and toy with reality without turning the season into a dream sequence. It also explains the behaviors of certain characters in their relationship with Stiles this season. They each are playing a role in either player’s particular strategy. For Stiles, the obvious player is Lydia.because her banshee abilities give her the advantage to see and hear things the others can’t.
Another key player, possibly the most important player revealed from the most recent episode, is Derek. This makes Derek’s sudden ability to put two and two together regarding Stiles possession by Nogitsune, his ability to sense Stiles was in a struggle, the fact that he went looking for Stiles for two days, etc. He has a key role to play in Stiles strategy to defeat the Nogitsune. His the King. The endgame. The Divine Move. To what end, I do not know, but he is Stiles’ trump card.
Again, I could meta this forever but I don’t have the patience or the time to sit and list out all the examples of the moves made by either Stiles or the Nogistune. But I figured I would put the idea forth to see if maybe other more industrious people could do what I cannot and to see if anyone agrees with my idea.
(via literaryoblivion)Source: medieval-genius