“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. … It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world’s greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.”
― Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Ye  can ignore my little rant.

I started listening to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. So I decided I’d check out the new tv series based off the book. And then, the tv blokes go and change the pagan festival that centers around Claire’s time travel from Beltane, which is in the spring, to Samhain. I can’t help it, I’m annoyed and almost affronted by it. Because why do they need to change it? It only makes the story less believable from the Scots that she runs into to be traipsing around the highlands during the time of the harvest.

But! The author has done a wonderful job of research on both life during the 18th century in Scotland as well the Christianization of Paganism. So she explains a bit about Beltane in the books and how there are several fire festivals. But, the only one recognized in the mass media is Samhain (Halloween). 

I know this seems like a minor detail but, it all boils down to: why bother to change the holiday? If you change something to happen from Monday to Tuesday no one cares. But, they change the whole bloody season just to have it close to the time when the veil is thinnest for your ancestors to walk around. However, Gabaldon chose Beltane because it is the holiday associated with Fairies. It introduces the mythology of the fairy mounds and the wee folk that the Pagan celts once believed lived among them.

my lil cousin pops out my niece in less than 14 days. and it’s wild because even watching her belly grow, it was so surreal to watch my little big head cousin grow into a mommy. she’s had to grow up so much in this process. dealing with people’s negativity and her worries about finishing school and people’s criticism of her and her bf not being married. i mean,  people even brought all that mess to her baby shower! and yet, my little cousin handled it like a grown up

but now, she’s just been talking about how scared she is. how no matter how many books you read and how much people give you advice, you are still terrified. in her fears, my baby faced little cousin is coming back out, who has been trying to be grown but still is unsure if she’s ready. and of course i have no words that could soothe that. and i wish i was in NY to just hold her.

i can’t wait until my niece gets here

anonymous said:

Not a confession. Baekhyun is LITERALLY not the only person that people criticize for making skin color comments. I have seen plenty of people talk about other kpop idols that make those comments as well. So, stop acting like Baekhyun is the SOLE person everyone talks about. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen, people.

I have a couple of things to add to this and it’s gonna be a long post.

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johnnysjetpack said:

you're an idiot and a racist. hair sticks have been used by white cultures for thousands of years. and Confucius was a misogynist so...you're kind of shooting yourself in the foot with that

1- Ah yes. I criticized how people stick chopsticks into their hair, and I’m a racist because of that. Good to know.

2- I have already acknowledged that Confucianism upholds gender equality. Scroll through the blog, or better yet, leave.

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3- If you’re looking for a trash can to dump your messages into, you should send a message here. 

anteikucafe said:

thank you so much for translating stuff for tokyo ghoul readers even though it may not be the most accurate im sure everyone really appreciates your efforts

Thank YOU as well for taking the time to read it. ;u; I appreciate it really if people will criticize my translations since it helps me learn! Providing rough translations helps me think and keep in touch with the language and I believe that the more I do it, the more I’ll understand the language better. ;w;a

I like how I was criticizing ways that people have made humanoid versions of the kaiju today, and then I turnaround and make some super animu cutesy lady kaiju.

Because I was watching LPs of dating sims. And I was all, what if the kaiju were cute little monster girls in an academy and you play as Newt and he totally gets to hook up with one of them.

What have I become.

anonymous said:

Oh, no, don't see that (the salut/safety thing) as a critique to your blog, it wasn't! I know people who speak English use "Committee of Public Safety" and I'm not criticizing you or people who use it (well, when I talk about it, I use this translation too), I just noticed it in French and wanted to share with someone because I pay way too much attention to translation and linguistics stuff, so I was kinda "why did they use this word and not that one?". Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Oh! Er, did my tone come off as hostile? ‘Cuz I might’ve misunderstood you but I wasn’t offended. I’m pretty hard to upset, actually! Sorry for any misconception.

Anyways, I’m sure there’s some complicated answer to this to be dug from the annals of French Revolution historiography, probably something about religious connotations or totalitarianism or maybe one guy made a translation error that was just copied through the ages.

Unfortunately I dunno why this is but I’ve observed it too and it has bugged me too. But hey, at least we are bugged together and not alone.

If any of my followers knows the reason for this common translation, please feel free to hop on board and let us know!

With this whole Kim Hyun Joong incident I realized how quick people were to turn against their ‘oppa’

It was so easy to turn against someone who you used to cherish and love because of what he did. I realized through this that the fans had always regarded him as a star or celebrity, even those people who claimed that he was just ‘another person’ because the moment he was revealed to have made a mistake, he became a person. 

Someone who people could criticize openly and hate on. 

I’m not saying what he did was right, if anything he should have received a harsher sentence but we can’t really say anything because ‘miss a’ dropped the charges. It was her decision and whatever reasons lead to it only she knows. 

What I’m getting at is that I realized no matter how good of a fan you are, think about whether you really are a fan of this person or you are a fan of the image created. 

We aren’t part of their everyday life, we don’t get to see what goes on behind closed doors but I think that if you are going to devote whatever small part of your life to that person then you should be willing to accept whatever that person is. 

I don’t like to pick who’s the victim and who’s not but I think rather than saying this is Hyun Joong’s fault, the blame could be equally shared. She could have left before things got as bad as they did, he could have stopped himself before things got as bad as they did. Neither of them choose that option so this turned out worse then it could for either of them. 

To me, Kim Hyun Joong will always be a member of SS501, he’ll always be Geum JanDi’s soulmate Yoon Jihoo and he’ll always be the artist Kim Hyun Joong. 

I’ve come to realize that I love the image of him that was created through media and that real life isn’t always as beautiful. But I also will continue to support him because in the long run, he’s also just another human trying to make a living in this world and trying to find his way. 

The case is closed now and no matter what you’re opinion is don’t you think it’s time you moved on too? Leave him behind, hate him but think about how human he is and how human miss a is and maybe an apology is really all that was needed if they were in love. 

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or something like that I don’t know where this went. I just wanted to rant :I 

i’m just finishing up homework for the night so i’m allowing myself 2 browse tumblr 4 a second but i just wanted to make a general statement:

guys, i urge you to be critical of people who are anti-zionist but are from historically anti-semitic regions/backgrounds. that may sound vague, but it’s not really, and anti-semitism is a tale as old as… it’s old as balls. and different regions have different attitudes and prejudices specific to them. my family is from a region like that (eastern/central europe, most recently). someone who seems well-rounded in their analysis but never calls out anti-semitism in the movement, constantly criticizes jewish people under the guise of “oh, but zionism!” yes, but no. it’s quite obvious, without them going straight to the stereotypes. plenty of gentiles are zionists and reversely, jews are not always zionists. don’t play good jew/bad jew. you wouldn’t do this to other ethnic groups who are marginalized, asking them to prove their value to you. zionism didn’t appear out of thin air, it was a reaction to the social, political, and economic conditions enforced by such people’s ancestors. and lbr, many of them continue on in that tradition today. jews were never considered europeans, but foreigners (who were literate and practiced basic hygiene… anyway)… etc. now, this isn’t a justification for its (zionism’s) tenets/actions. i hope that is clear.

you may remember a few days ago (week, idr exactly) i posted about some very naive things some classmates said, and that wasn’t the last of them, and other actions/inactions not specifically from them. but this attitude prevails.

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If you want to help people from north korea go here.
If you want to help stop child labor go here
If you want to help people escape from their current situation go here
If you want to help refugees reunite with their families go here

If you want to permanently help the people who are still living in inhumane conditions all over the globe, that grow up experiencing war, violence and discrimination, be political! Go vote, write articles, educate every single person you meet, never shut your mouth, make people aware of the fact that we are still far away from global equality, freedom and peace.  

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I see your shifting gaze, that disgusted glance. I know you’re questioning my parenting from across the elementary school assembly.

Let me tell you a little story about the kindergarten student with bright purple hair, my little Raven Marie…

A month before school started she decided to play hair stylist with the craft scissors, and to save what was left I had to opt for a pixie cut. She was absolutely devastated. It was about three hours before she stopped her harsh sobbing and hiccups.

Why?

She has thought that the length of a girls hair was what made her “girly”. I know I’ve personally had many hairstyles around her before, including a purple mohawk, which many people criticized as not being “girly” enough. Media, other children, other parents, and society made it worse. She would randomly burst in tears while out in public for the first week of her new style, screaming that she looked like a boy. That everyone would think she’s a boy.

At one point she took off her bow in her hair, threw it at a cashier and screamed, “I DON’T NEED THIS BOW TO TELL YOU THAT I’M NOT A BOY, BECAUSE I’M NOT”

Proudly stomping away in her blue jean overalls, head held high.

Once we edged closer to the first day of school she kept asking questions like, “Do you think the other kids will like me? Do you think they’ll be my friend? Will they think I’m a boy? Will they pick on me because I have boy hair?”

So I went to the grocery store, bought some dye, and spent the whole night transforming my bright blonde little girl into a plum punk rock fairy. I then assured her that if any of the kids didn’t like her, they were just jealous.

As for you, mothers and teachers with the wandering eyes filled with disgust and judgement, I’m in the business of raising a free spirit.

Here’s to you, Raven Marie. I love you.

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Film Crit Hulk responds to Vulture’s trainwreck of an article, ‘Why Captain America Is Only Interesting If He’s a Prick’.

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