Music is crucial. Beyond no way can I overstress this fact. Let’s say you’re southbound on the interstate, cruising alone in the middle lane, listening to AM radio. Up alongside comes a tractor trailer of logs or concrete pipe, a tie-down strap breaks, and the load dumps on top of your little sheetmetal ride. Crushed under a world of concrete, you’re sandwiched like so much meat salad between layers of steel and glass. In that last, fast flutter of your eyelids, you looking down that long tunnel toward the bright God Light and your dead grandma walking up to hug you–do you want to be hearing another radio commercial for a mega, clearance, closeout, blow-out liquidation car-stereo sale?
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“What the fuck did you do to your hair?” Kibum screeches when his youngest son comes down the stairs. Taemin went out last night and didn’t come back until late, but Kibum never thought the fourteen year old would come back with bleached and dyed hair and is that fucking purple at the tips? Kibum’s going to whoop his ass if Taemin doesn’t start answering him, soon.

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I can’t tell you how amazing it was to…watch David and Georgia… watch films lol

Surreal, but amazing.

Some of the short films in the bulk I saw weren’t great. So tallskinnyscottishblog and I occasionally watched the Tennants watching them instead.

David kept doing the frankly pornographic move of stroking his own neck? ? With those fingers??? Just. I… yeah.

He also bent his head to whisper to Georgia relatively frequently.

He laughed heartily at a Zayn from One Direction joke.

He bobbed his head in an embarrassing fashion to club music in one of the films.

But of absolute crucial importance is this:

When Georgia came on screen? His face LIT UP. Like, I’m not exaggerating. He beamed. His eye crinkles happened. And he couldn’t take his eyes off her.

Another way the HP movies messed up Ron was that they didn’t show him playing Quidditch in Order of the Phoenix. So in Half-Blood Prince, when he was at tryouts, it seemed that the only reason he got in was because Hermione Confunded McLaggen.

When you take into consideration that Ron’s poor self-esteem was a crucial part of his evolution in OOTP, this is really a blow to Ron. He worked so hard at Quidditch in OOTP, and when he saved all those goals in the final, it was a true measure of how far he had come. Saying that he only got in because someone else helped him is confirming his biggest fears - those of being inadequate and inferior.

Ron Weasley put himself under so much pressure and criticism. But the movies only show him as the stupid friend, and place any of his good qualities on Hermione. He deserves so much more, and you know what? He got all that by becoming himself.

Do you ever feel like some not so crucial people in your life take you more seriously than you take yourself and that people you’re really close to don’t take you seriously at all


For Lucasfilm, the Way of Its Force Lies in Its ‘Star Wars’ Fans


New York Times, APRIL 17, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Even in the social media age, some movie studios still see fans as zoo animals to be force-fed: We, the cool film people, will tell you, the easily manipulated consumers, what to like. Other Hollywood companies have developed a true appreciation for the geek masses, but they are still learning how to hone a strategy.

And then there is the “Star Wars” studio.

At a time when creating — and controlling — fan communities has become crucial to the success of all kinds of movies, the company that remains the most skilled at that art is Lucasfilm. Unlike most big studios, it has a full-time head of fan relations. Employees respond to handwritten letters (yes, they still flow in, mostly from children), and pump out exclusive tidbits on six social networks each day, with materials lined up a month in advance.

The heart of Lucasfilm’s fan operation is a biennial gathering called “Star Wars” Celebration, the 10th installment of which started here on Thursday and is expected to draw 45,000 amateur Jedis, Wookiees and Stormtroopers over four days. “How many out there waited all night long?” Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, asked the crowd inside the Anaheim Convention Center as the event began.

A roar rose up: The line to enter the exhibition hall began forming at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, or about 28 hours before the doors opened. To sustain the faithful, Lucasfilm employees arrived with 200 pizzas late Wednesday night.

During this year’s gathering, more than 30 hours of “Star Wars” events will be streamed on StarWars.com. A droid demolition derby, a guy who carves “Star Wars” characters out of vegetables, a session with Princess Leia, a.k.a. Carrie Fisher — it is all happening here. “Just being around my fellow fans makes me feel comfortable in my own skin,” said Nitzan Harel, who was dressed as the Jedi character Master Secura, replete with blue face paint and droopy turquoise “brain tails.”

A giant marketing stunt in galactic clothing? Sure. Lucasfilm wants to rally the faithful before the December release of “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.” Disney, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, is also promoting “Star Wars Rebels,” an animated series shown on Disney XD, its cable network aimed at boys. On Friday, hundreds of attendees ran through the convention center’s halls to get a peek at Star Wars Battlefront, a new photo-realistic video game set to be released on Nov. 17.

Moreover, Disney wants to prove to fans, many of whom had mixed feelings about its purchase of Lucasfilm, that their beloved “Star Wars” is in capable hands.

But the trick is to make fans feel tended to rather than managed, and Lucasfilm pulls that off with year-round tactics that many rival studios have not quite committed to. “You can’t fake it,” said Mary Franklin, who has led Lucasfilm’s fan efforts since 2010.

For instance, Lucasfilm has a long history of plucking employees from the fan ranks. Ms. Franklin was recruited after the studio noticed an online “Star Wars” fan club she created while living in Cordova, Alaska. Matt Martin, Lucasfilm’s manager of digital content and community relations, started at the company in 2002 as a volunteer at Comic-Con International, the annual pop culture convention in San Diego.

Ms. Kennedy, who took over Lucasfilm from George Lucas in 2012, hired fans to work in the “creature department” of “The Force Awakens” after attending the last Celebration, held in Germany in 2013. “It was literally jaw-dropping,” she said in an interview, speaking of an exhibit of fan-constructed R2-D2s. Hiring amateur droid builders not only makes the community feel valued, she said, but “it brought authenticity” to the film.

Lucasfilm also stands apart when it comes to fan monitoring and responsiveness. Ms. Franklin and a dozen other staff members answer fan email, Twitter posts and Facebook messages “constantly, all day,” Mr. Martin said. “I know the hardest core of the hard core, and I try to respond to those people immediately,” he added, noting that some have his personal contact information.

Fan mail has mostly gone digital. If studios do still respond to old-fashioned letters — some just dump them in the trash — the senders typically receive a form-letter response. But not at Lucasfilm. Consider its reply to a recent message from 7-year-old Colin Gilpatric.

Colin, who has autism, was disturbed to read in a “Star Wars” book that Jedi Knights are not supposed to marry. That policy needed to change, he decided. With the help of his mother, Peggy Gilpatric, he mailed a letter to Lucasfilm saying as much.

“To our complete shock, we got a response,” Ms. Gilpatric said. The response, written as a Jedi would speak, told Colin that Jedis could marry in some instances.

“For them to give him that little piece of magic will make our entire family forever loyal,” Ms. Gilpatric said, noting with a laugh that Colin began asking so many girls in his class to marry him that a teacher sent a concerned note home.

In some ways, Lucasfilm’s approach may be impossible for other studios to replicate. With the Indiana Jones franchise in hibernation, Lucasfilm has only one brand to worry about. Mr. Lucas also ran the studio like a mom-and-pop operation: If he wanted a robust fan department, he simply devoted the funds. Most studios do not work that way.

“Star Wars” is also a unique movie property, set in a world that captivates people with its specific creatures, vehicles, linguistics and planets while also providing a wide enough canvas to allow followers to let their imaginations run wild.

Disney executives are still getting used to the intensity of the “Star Wars” fan base. “Even we are surprised at the fervor,” Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, told analysts on a conference call last year.

Steve Sansweet, who retired as Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations in 2010, noted that companies often get in their own way. “Not only was I saying to fans, ‘O.K., this is what you need to know about working with a company,’ I was explaining back to Lucasfilm why what they were doing was not a bad thing but an amazing thing,” Mr. Sansweet said.

Disney, no stranger to passionate fan bases, only created a formal apparatus for those followers in 2009. The model in many ways was Lucasfilm: Disney hired a formal head of fan relations and began holding biennial conventions here called D23 Expo. The next one will be held in August, and the event has also expanded to Japan.

Such conventions have grown exponentially in recent years — WonderCon, VidCon, Hello Kitty Con — but few top “Star Wars” Celebration for pure spectacle. A large portion of the 115 panels offered here were created with direct fan involvement; Lucasfilm puts out a call for proposals and picks the best (or at least the feasible).

The scene outside the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday and Friday was nothing short of mayhem, as thousands of mostly adult fans clamored to get inside. A quartet of men dressed in Jedi robes performed a synchronized dance number as squads of Stormtroopers patrolled in head-to-toe white plastic.

“Who’s going to cry if you see something amazing today?” a D.J. asked the crowd as the morning’s main presentation started. The arena erupted in cheers — and a few tears.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

“What do ya think, Minnie?” Kibum asks the toddler kneeling beside him. The two of them are leaning against the edge of the tub, watching as bubbles foam up as the water rises. Taemin’s eyes watch the bubbles intently, his little mouth hanging open as he stares at the bath.

“More bubbles,” Taemin says. Kibum almost laughs at how serious he sounds, but he complies and hands the bottle of bubble bath to the toddler, letting him squeeze out as much soap as his little heart desires. 

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Olltii covered Crucial Star’s “I’m OK” a long time ago, and now they performed it together

Ritual Tools and Techniques: Magic Wands

It’s crucial to point out that it is not the wand that works, it is the practitioner. The wand is merely a tool with which to direct the user’s will or intention.

Historically magic wands are common to magic traditions all over the Earth. Today, they are especially significant in Druid, Wiccan, and High Ritual traditions.

Wands are used for spiritual and religious ritual purposes as well as a magical tool. 

Some traditions require the use of a wand-it is a mandatory magical tool. 

Let it be noted, however, that not every practitioner, spell-caster or witch uses a wand. It is not a requirement for magic.

We enter a realm of very personal magic with wands: some practitioners collect wands, prefer different woods for different magical purpose. Others desire only one wand, with which they can forge an intensive relationship, the wand virtually becoming an extension of the body.

There are those for whom an well designed, and embellished wand is an necessity. Others prefer to work with an unornamented, uncarved, branch a fallen stick or a piece of driftwood.

(there is also such thing as a metal wand)


Hey there! This time I have a somewhat more sfw picture to show off for this lil’ sketch exercise lol. Same artist too, Kikurage! This time around, I’m showing off form and flow deconstructions of this image!

When posing, ya oughta keep in mind how you want your figure to flow and balance. I had forgotten to mark it, but if you look carefully at the black outline, make the pelvis the central point of the image and see how the rest of the body balances weight between it. There is a fairly reasonable amount of weight distributed among the parts of the body in respect to the ground as well. The singular, central line that runs through the meat of the body, which would figuratively be the spine in this case, is the most crucial part of the flow of the body as the rest of the body will flow out from it as well.

The red outline displays more form of the outer parts of the body as basic shapes while still following the flow from the black outline. Visually, this should aid in seeing how skeletal sketches of flow transition into a more fleshed out figure.

For my next exercise, I’m going to use an anon’s advice and use references of life images! It’s extremely important to have a good eye for anatomy before attempting to structure bodies! You can still be toony in your style and misplace a body part and wow, it will look really lousy if you do that!


“With all these new Vocaloids being introduced… It wouldn’t matter if I were to disappear entirely because I’m not needed anymore… Right? Right?! RIGHT?!Warning, systems corrupted 89%. Internal power reserve at 10%. Battery life at 3%. All crucial Systems offline. Imment shut down in 2 minutes.

Lentils are packed with protein and folate (folic acid/vitamin B9)! Folic acid plays a crucial role in red blood cell development (along with Vitamin B12!), it also helps convert homocysteine to methionine! Not enough folic acid in the body can lead to anemia and can cause neural tube defects in unborn babies.

Lentils are very easy to find in bulk and are very cheap! There are many varieties as well. You can soak and sprout them prior to use too! They take 10-20 minutes to cook, depending on soak time (bring to a boil and let simmer until tender!). They are amazing on their own or they can be added to soups, chilis, stews, stir frys and baked dishes like shepherds pie! Enjoy!!


On Friday I graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy). It’s amazing…to be at the end and to have an internship.

I had a really great weekend with my family and the friends that mattered. And that’s one really crucial realisation that I needed to make. To stop trying to be a part of a group of people who (let’s be honest), probably don’t really care if I am there or not. Okay, maybe not completely true, because I am good friends with two of them. Interestingly, almost the whole group have gotten engaged and married throughout the degree and I really am just not on the same wavelength as them in terms of…’life’.

So, I made a point to say hello and see how they were going, but apart from that I caught up with the people who mattered more to me. Also had my two closest uni friends (who do Diagnostic Radiography and who are both taking longer to finish their degrees) join me and my family for breakfast, and that meant the world to me.

anonymous asked:

Okay, we can all agree that Kairi is frustrated for being left behind. But what I find a bit bothersome is that most Kairi-blogs I follow read that frustration as being frustrated at the boys for leaving her behind. I always saw it as frustation with herself for her inability or even self-percieved unwillingness to keep up. And I find that this little detail is crucial for understanding Kairi as a character in the games. So what do you think?

I agree with your take on it. Kairi’s never really been shown to feel envious of Sora and Riku’s adventures, as much as she’s just been shown to yearn for more strength for herself. So that she wouldn’t be a burden, and so that she can accompany Sora and Riku in their travels.

“Being frustrated at the boys for leaving her behind” just doesn’t sound like her. She understands they’re not leaving her behind on purpose, like they’re abandoning her. She knows that she wouldn’t be able to help much in her current state, so she’s more ashamed of her own powerlessness than anything else.

can someone explain to me why like 50% of weird out-of-touch unfunny facebook memes by and for middle aged people have pictures of those yellow minion things on them

like were those movies even popular??? i feel as if i am mission some crucial context.


How To Ripen Fruit Quickly - Bang Goes The Theory

Jem Stansfield looks at the use of ethylene and how crucial it is to get the levels right to preserve our fruit.

By: Brit Lab.


En 1961, dos biólogos llamados Leonard Hayflick y Paul Moorehead descubrieron que la vejez está integrada en nuestras células. En ese momento, muchos científicos creían que si se ponen las células humanas sanas en un frasco con un suministro constante de nutrientes, se multiplicarían por siempre. Pero cuando el Dr. Hayflick y el Dr. Moorehead criaron células fetales humanos, eso no es lo que encontraron. Una y otra vez, sus células se dividen unas 50 veces y luego simplemente paran.

Las células que dejan de crecer de esta manera llegó a ser conocido como senescencia.
De hecho, se vio después , las células senescentes están involucrados en muchos de los estragos de la vejez. Piel arrugada, las cataratas y las articulaciones artríticas están plagadas de células senescentes. Cuando los investigadores se deshacen de las las células senescentes, los animales se rejuvenecen.

Por primera vez, se han encontrado células senescentes en embriones, y han ofrecido pruebas de que la senescencia es crucial para el desarrollo adecuado.

Los descubrimientos plantean la posibilidad de que el amanecer y el atardecer de la vida están íntimamente conectadas. Para que la vida baje a un buen comienzo, es decir, la juventud necesita un poco de la vejez.

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