Thursday, June 14, 2012

TV Tropes
The Unfettered
This is the character who can commit themselves to a single goal completely, absolutely, and unflinchingly. In pursuit of a goal they have no limits, inhibitions, or fear. Nothing chains them or holds them back (thus the name). You cannot make them flinch or falter. They cannot be intimidated, blackmailed, coerced, or otherwise convinced to back off from achieving their goal. There is no sacrifice they are unwilling to make or principle they are unwilling to compromise.

Fullmetal Alchemist Shou. Effing. Tucker. He was willing to experiment on his own wife, daughter and even himself in the anime and turns them into mutated chimeras if it meant furthering his research.

By the standards of Full Metal Panic!? Fumoffu (but not the main series, where he's shown as part of a military structure), Sousuke is an example of The Unfettered in that he is utterly unbound by (and indeed incapable of understanding) the fetters, norms and standards of modern society. Instead, he operates on soldier logic. He isn't entirely there (mostly due to Kaname and her Paper Fan of Doom), but generally has absolutely no concept of 'Fair Play' and 'Proportionate Response'. The results are... Interesting to say the least.

In Saiyuki, Ukoku Sanzo aka Nii Jiyeni is the Zen philosophical version of this trope: he's come out the other side of Nietzsche Wannabe and fully embraced his own interpretation of the concept of "hold nothing", which is one of the series' main themes. He's one of the series' most frightening villains as a result.

The Major from Hellsing, his only goal is to wage war, he doesn't care who wins, loses or dies so long as the war is waged.

The Operative from Serenity.

Clyde Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen. After his family is murdered and the D.A. cuts an insanely inadequate deal with the culprit, he becomes singularly focused on the goal of not only getting justice, but bringing down the broken, flawed, and corrupt justice system that he believes failed his family.

Collateral gives us Vincent, the hired killer who's as charming as he is terrifying.

Captain Ahab from Moby Dick

William Blake's Proverbs of Hell encourage this kind of attitude:
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom;
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction;
One law for the lion and ox is oppression.
Martin of "The Dresden Files" fits. "Red Court is evil, hence Red Court must be destroyed. What does "other moral considerations" mean?"
Principles Zealot
Stannis Baratheorn from A Song of Ice and Fire. His dedication to his principles as a goal in itself approaches levels of The Unfettered, but the chapters seen from Davos' point of view also shows that Stannis himself is conflicted by this.
Knight Templar
The Vatican's elite Iscariot Organization in the anime and manga Hellsing. Not that the protagonists are much better.
The Holy Iron Chain Knights in Berserk are devoted to smiting out all traces of evil. The problem: they include "anyone not following our exact procedures for demon-smiting" under "evil". Because of a prophecy about a Hawk of Light, which they consider the newly-reincarnated Big Bad Griffith to be, and a Hawk of Darkness, which they consider Anti-Hero Guts to be (though it's actually Griffith as Femto), things go downhill in a hurry. Doubly applies to Inquisitor Mozgus, who believes in horrifically torturing people to "expiate their sins". The thing is, the Holy Iron Chain Knights are supposed to be strictly a ceremonial guard consisting of young noblemen whose parents wanted their heirs to have all the prestige of military service with none of the danger. It is their leader, Farnese, who is completely and fanatically dedicated to the cause. She gets better, thankfully.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's main antagonists are mostly this trope.
  • Some fans view the Anti-Spirals as being thoroughly evil examples of Knight Templar, due to their repeated crossings of the Moral Event Horizon. First, they turned Lordgenome to their side against his will, making him massacre his own people. Second, they turned Nia into their slave, and then tortured her, ripping her apart from the inside. Finally, the reason they tortured her? They were sick of merely oppressing Spiral races, and wanted to Kill 'Em All. Oh, and in The Movie, the torture/interrogation scene? It involved Naughty Tentacles.

The Operative in Serenity is another example - he truly believes in the ultimate rightness of his actions, even as he acknowledges that they are horrible and he is a horrible person for doing them, and as such, he will have no place in the perfect world that he is trying to create.

The Jigsaw serial killer in Saw does not consider himself a killer. Oh, sure, he acknowledges that his actions frequently lead to horrible death, but he never pulls the trigger. And he firmly believes that the people who survive his themed deathtraps will overcome their sins and become better (though this never actually works).
  • He kills his apprentice because she doesn't allow for her victims to actually have a chance of escaping their traps.

Bartleby in Dogma, once he snaps. Loki seems like this at first, but really, he's just doing it cause it's fun.

The Christians in Agora. Special mention must go to Ammonius, who is this Up to Eleven and to the point of Stupid Evil. The pagans aren't much better, though, doing a Too Dumb to Live move, attempting to avenge "an insult to the gods".

Monday, June 11, 2012

Act 3 Scene I

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.

     I must write this in a caligraphy script and hang it on my wall like a piece of art. Or inscribe it onto some future craft project.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Terrarium Stock

Pilularia globulifera
Thin, grassy stems spread to form mats 3" high.


Pilularia minuta from SW Europe is one of the smallest of all ferns
Price: US $39.95  
Length: 4"-5"
Geckolepis petiti
Length: 2"
Sphaerodactylus notus

Sphaerodactylus nicholsi

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The Black Spot is a literary device invented by Robert Louis Stevenson for his novel Treasure Island. In the book, pirates are presented with a "black spot" to officially pronounce a verdict of guilt or judgment. It consists of a circular piece of paper or card, with one side blackened while the other side bears a message and placed in the hand of the accused. It was a source of much fear because it meant the pirate was to be deposed as leader, by force if necessary—or else killed outright. In Treasure Island, Billy Bones is much frightened by it but remains determined to outwit his enemies; however he suffers a stroke caused by the consumption of spirituous liquor and dies. Later Long John Silver receives the spot, but is calm enough to notice that it has been torn out from a Bible, and warns his associates of the ill luck this will bring upon them.
The origins of Stevenson's Black Spot might be in the historical tradition of Caribbean pirates of showing an Ace of Spades to a person condemned as traitor or informer. The card was putting the person dangerously "on the spot", since the ace bears a single pip.

Pill Bug Colony
Orange Sow Bug and Dwarf White Combo culture                                                                                  
 Price $20.00
Orange Sow Bug and Springtail Combo                                     
Price$20.00 post

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Military Questions

Enquire about the Officer programs that are availible, do not let the recruiter start talking about enlisted jobs.
Study the ASVAB, you need a score of 110 or higher to be an officer or get a good MOS.
Only the Math, Science, and Reading/Comprehension parts of the test are counted.
What do i qualify for including bonuses.
What do i have to do to become an officer?
As a college graduate wouldn't i come in as a second lieutenant?