That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
Aldous Huxley (via the-history-of-fighting)





I mean, I see all the !s you’re using. They’re not making me feel better.




Hey Korra Nation! Phew. Some of you may have heard versions of this news elsewhere, but here’s the official word. After this Friday’s on-air premiere of Episode 8 “The Terror Within” at 8/7c, all remaining Book 3 episodes will move to a digital rollout. That means two things: 1) Korra is NOT…




I have been interviewing women who work in Fantasy Illustration about their lives, art and careers. It’s a goldmine of knowledge and advice both for working artists and also for aspiring illustrators and artists.

There are currently 17 different interviews, so get reading and enjoy!

You can find all of the interviews here:

More good stuff to read from Kiri Leonard, and of course the interviewees.

Aw yeah Carmen!!!




circumhorizontal arcs photographed by (click pic) david england, andy cripe, del zane, todd sackmann and brandon rios. this atmospheric phenomenon, otherwise known as a fire rainbow, is created when light from a sun that is at least 58 degrees above the horizon passes through the hexagonal ice crystals that form cirrus clouds which, because of quick cloud formation, have become horizontally aligned. (see also: previous cloud posts)

Beautiful. Now would someone please explain the B-17?

I’m pretty sure several B-17s and other WWII bombers have been converted into atmospheric research planes, because their visibility, cabin space, and cargo capacity are great for that job.

a few clone wars questions: do you think anakin still would have fallen to the dark had ahsoka not gone into exile? Do you think, if ahsoka hadnt decided to leave the jedi on her own, that palpatine would have made a separate attempt to do away with her? Also do you think ahsoka being banished/leaving was part of palpatines plan all along or would he have rather had her killed (probably during order 66) or even maybe try to get her to go dark side aswell?


Oh wow, it’s really nice to get a Clone Wars related question after such a long time. (Makes me feel all the more guilty for procrastinating so much on those last couples reviews and articles).

I think Ahsoka’s importance to the Star Wars universe is largely just her personal connection to Anakin Skywalker. That’s not to downplay the quality of Ahsoka’s character, but in the grand schemes especially in the manner that Palpatine is concerned, she is a minor player.

How aware of Ahsoka’s relationship to Anakin Palpatine is aware of is up for debate. Any interaction our favorite Togruta and the Supreme Chancellor have is minimal at most and while I’m certain that both are aware of eachother’s existence the extant of each party’ relationship to Anakin is likely another story.

The way I see it, if Palpatine wanted Ahsoka removed prior to Anakin’s fall than he likely would have executed a plan to have it done. As it were Palpatine was not actively removing any Jedi from the picture prior to the events of Revenge of the Sith, even those that would have posed a significant threat to his plans such as Mace Windu or Yoda. Although different, Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship is another significantly strong Jedi relationship that, again, Palpatine allows to continue uninterrupted. If Palpatine was not concerned about Anakin’s close friendship with a prominent Jedi Master, who was also one of the best swordsmen of his era, than I doubt Ahsoka would have been very threatening to him.

Why Palpatine took this approach is up for debate. However, it’s entirely possible that Palpatine continued to let Anakin have strong personal relationships seeing as these were clearly his strongest weakness. Whenever Anakin slips to the Dark Side in The Clone Wars it’s not due to arrogance or bloodlust, but often due to anger or a sense of protection towards those he cares about. This is again what is the final step towards dooming him in Revenge of the Sith.

As for whether Anakin would have still turned if Ahsoka remained with him through the war? It’s murky, but I find Anakin’s fall to be an inevitability. Ahsoka’s presence did not sop numerous Dark Side activities on the part of Anakin throughout The Clone Wars. If Obi-Wan and Padme could not stop their brother and husband from losing the light, I feel as though Ahsoka would have difficulty as well.

However, it is also not like Ahsoka was not alive during the events of Revenge of the Sith. Her life post “The Wrong Jedi” is a blank slate, but we do know that she lives. Seeing as how the events of the final entry in the prequel trilogy are so climactic and galaxy changing, I find it hard to believe that Ahsoka would not have been aware of the genocide of the Jedi Order or the rise of the Empire. I also find it hard to believe that she would not have attempted to contact Anakin to some degree. We’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

For the final part of your question, I do not think Palpatine would have allowed a Dark Side Ahsoka to exist for very long. Palpatine in many ways is shown to be one of the most traditionalist Siths we have seen throughout the Star Wars mythos.The Rule of Two appears to be an aspect of Sith philosophy that he places a great deal of respect towards, but is also essential to the success of his long term plans. I do not think Palpatine would have viewed Ahsoka any differently than Asajj Ventress, a useful tool but if unchecked a possible danger.


viking by jake moonSparrow Volume 12: Sergio Toppi




Brave Soldier Boy…




…comes marching home.

I didn’t think it was possible but this post got better!

This is how it feels to be Anakin Skywalker, forever:
The first dawn of light in your universe brings pain.
The light burns you. It will always burn you. Part of you will always lie upon black glass sand beside a lake of fire while flames chew upon your flesh.
You can hear yourself breathing. It comes hard, and harsh, and it scrapes nerves already raw, but you cannot stop it. You can never stop it. You cannot even slow it down.
You don’t even have lungs anymore.

You open your scorched-pale eyes; optical sensors integrate light and shadow into a hideous simulacrum of the world around you.
Or perhaps the simulacrum is perfect, and it is the world that it hideous.

You remember the dragon that brought Vader forth from your heart to slay. You remember the cold venom in Vader’s blood. You remember the furnace of Vader’s fury, and the black hatred of seizing her throat to silence her lying mouth -
And there is one blazing moment in which you finally understand that there was no dragon. That there was no Vader. That there was only you. Only Anakin Skywalker.

You killed her.
You killed her because, finally, when you could have saved her, when you could have gone away with her, when you could have been thinking about her, you were thinking about yourself…
It is in this blazing moment that you finally understand the trap of the dark side, the final cruelty of the Sith -
Because now your self is all you will ever have.

In the end, the shadow is all you have left.
Because the shadow understands you, the shadow forgives you, the shadow gathers you unto itself -
And within your furnace heart, you burn in your own flame.
This is how it feels to be Anakin Skywalker.
 - Revenge of the Sith, Matthew Stover (via imperialarchon)