Is It Camera Magic, or a Crucial Piece of Characterization?

The image is a little hard to read, but worth it– if you can’t, though, just read the article.

Yes, I do adore Hawkeye, too. Reminds me of my husband.

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

By now, audiences are at least nominally acquainted with both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene above, from Marvel’s The Avengers*, ought to be fairly familiar for that reason. Despite receiving less screentime than his fellow heroes, Hawkeye’s over-the-shoulder shot remains a memorable moment in the franchise.

For most, this is simply camera magic – a film-making trick meant to wow the audience and send them home talking. Who could actually fire an arrow behind their back without looking? More to the point, who would bring a bow and arrow to an alien invasion? It is a completely juvenile addition to a movie that no reasoning adult would watch, let alone enjoy. Isn’t it?

No, it is not, for three reasons. First, as the commenter above points out, this fantastic shot demonstrates the fact that the shooter has practiced extensively. He also has the mental capacity…

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Soulfinder #1 – review — REBLOG

Reblogged from Superversive SF, a review by Nate Winchester.

Quick, spoiler-free summation: Soulfinder is like Supernatural if it was much more hardcore Roman Catholic and the demons were more like eldritch abominations. A flawed, but solid freshman effort.
Recommend ages: Teenager and up. Deals with some complicated concepts and has scary imagery.


I always like to start out with the cons and then finish positively. Though many of the cons in this comic are a result of its pros.

For example, by far my biggest complaint is that I wanted more. The world seemed rich and interesting enough I felt like we never got a good look at anything.

For those looking for something to read. ^.^

Foaming hand soap-


If you buy one of those foaming hand soap things from Bath and Body Works, you can refill it with normal scented soap at a maybe-two-second-squeeze rate and then fill the rest with water, put on the lid and shake.

The amazing good smell effect carries over.

Harry’s razor’s fig scented soap is very similar to their mahogany, too, kind of a variant of Old Spice but not quite so good.  Haven’t tried using Old Spice body wash, yet.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Says Christian ‘Salvation’ Is About Being ‘Useful’

This is a comment I made on Instapundit and thought should be posted more broadly.


More on point, he didn’t say that salvation depends on being ‘useful’.

What he actually said is much worse– a charitable* reading of the ‘useful’ thing is that he’s promoting following the quote famously (and falsely–and ironically, but not a bad point) attributed to Saint Francis about “preach always, when needed, use words.”

It’s the thing that he thinks needs to be preached that’s the issue.
“I care about this because my faith teaches me that salvation has to do with how I make myself useful to those who have been excluded, marginalized, and cast aside and oppressed in society.”

This is a frank perversion of Christianity, although in line with the Christian heresy of socialism.

I can see how it would be offensive to him, though– Leviticus 19. DO NOT PEVERT JUSTICE.

Here’s a big chunk of context.

11 “‘Do not steal.
“‘Do not lie.
“‘Do not deceive one another.
12 “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
13 “‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
14 “‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.
15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.
17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Online Bible

Theology geekery, a lot of the other stuff in 19 that don’t make sense in modern terms had meaning beyond the obvious. It’s very rewarding to dig into, for those who get curious.

Still, this point is repeated elsewhere:
Exodus 23:
1“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.
6 “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
8 “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
9 “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.

Online Bible

* Gosh, charitas in discussing Christianity, what will they think of next….

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After Another Mass Shooting, California Must Recognize Its Gun Control Laws May Actually Be Part of the Problem

The yearly average number of people who died between 2001 and 2008 versus 2009 and 2018 has doubled (regardless of whether one excludes gang fights and suicides).This increase has occurred entirely among schools that don’t let teachers carry guns. Outside of suicides or gang violence in the wee hours of the morning, there has yet to be a single case of someone being wounded or killed from a shooting at a school that allows teachers and staff to carry guns during school hours. Indeed, the one shooting occurred at 2:20 AM in a parking lot when no armed teachers would have been around.

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