If “Directioners” made as big of an uproar about the blatant racism, misogyny, and homophobia of their own fandom, maybe this wouldn’t be as fucking embarrassing.

Nope, never mind. It still would be. Get a grip, people.

capn-murica said:




anonymous said:

hey kacie just wondering if you could give me some advice on how to strategically read in college. one of my professors assigns so much reading. I stressed out read the first to chapters outlined about 50 pages and the quiz was on the first couple of pages! he obviously doesn't want us to read the whole thing but i never know what I'm suppose to know

Hi love! It takes a bit to learn this skill, I used to think that you had to read every word, but you truly only need to skim most things to get the main ideas. Once you become more skilled at picking out important main ideas, you can then sense what may be important and what you may need to read in more depth. It really just takes practice!

I think these are important clues to finding out what is important:

Remember that authors of college textbooks want you to recognize the important concepts.  They use:

  1. Major headings and subheadings to convey major points.
  2. Italicized words and phrases so that crucial new terms and definitions will stand out.
  3. Lists of points set off by numbers or paragraphs that begin with the phrases such as “The three most important factors … ” etc.
  4. Redundancy or repetition.  By stating and restating the facts and ideas, the author ensures that you will be exposed in different ways to the concepts she feels are the most crucial for you to understand.  She hopes that on at least one of these exposures you will absorb the idea.  Therefore, it is vital that you recognize when an important concept is being restated in slightly different words and when you have completely mastered the idea.

I’d also check into these resources from Dartmouth:

Reading Myths:

Active Reading Strategies:

Where to Read:


Reading Improvement Video (10:48 Minutes)

Reading Improvement Video with Captions (10:48 minutes)

Learning Links

A Classic Method for Studying Texts: SQ3R - Dartmouth College

Active Reading Strategies – Princeton University

Rapid Reading – Cornell University

Concept Mapping – Cornell University

Guide to Reading Primary Sources – University of Pennsylvania

Hope this helps you! x


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it’s bad to watch anime with parents in the room because after some Fist of the North Star my mom wouldn’t stop karate chopping me in the stomach whenever I got comfortable and yelling WATTA so use caution

arsenicjade said:

Talk to me about your cosplay genius. Like, when did you learn to sew/create your patterns? What was your first costume? Your favorite? What's the one that you've always wanted to do but never pulled off? I know, this is more than one thing, but it's UNDER A SUBHEADING, OKAY?

oh wow… So I sort of learned to sew when I was little, because my aunt was always sewing, but the first thing I ever actually made was my senior prom dress. There was this new age bookstore near my school where we used to hang out, and the owner was this wonderful woman who, among other things, kept a sewing machine in the back room. I pretty much just went to her with a pattern and said, “I want to make this, but different.” She said, “Ok, here’s what you do” and then turned me loose. So I kind of taught myself, honestly. 

I totally had to go get the pic off the other computer, but here is the dress that I made:


Yes, that’s what I wore to my senior prom. Bonus super old pic and adorkable 17 year-old me.

My first cosplay was that same year for MidSouthCon in Memphis, and I was Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun. And yes, I have a picture of that one, too.

The clothes all either came from my closet or were sourced from the thrift store, but I built the cross out of cardboard, duct tape, and a white sheet, obvs. And then I took a pic with the local 501st. Because con.

I don’t know if I can pick a favorite cosplay, but my favorite cosplay photo will forever be Drunk Crying Loki.


I have a long Cosplay Bucket List full of things I’d love to do, and it changes weekly. I’d love to do some iteration of one of the Hawkeyes, but my attempt at Kate fell apart at the last minute and was really disheartening. I’m definitely one of those people who looks at a challenge and thinks, “I have no idea if I can do this, but I’m gonna try”, which leads to a lot of metaphorical faceplanting.

The trick, I think, is finding the balance between playing to your skills and expanding them, which is true in any kind of art. I’ve got solid design and make-up skills and a background in performance, but my prop-building and mechanical skills (and resources) are seriously limited. I try to keep those limits in mind, but honestly the problem-solving aspect of cosplay is probably my favorite part of it. I love looking at something that doesn’t exist in the real world and figuring out how to bring it to life. There’s a lot of faceplanting, but there’s a lot of learning, too. :)

New tag is up~ more to come! x

Hi my favourite duckies, it’s Liz. Just popping in to let y’all know that the much-awaited soulmates tag has been published.  It’s located under the “Relationship Tags” subheading on the taglinks page. Friendly reminder that the break up tag is under the same subheading, which is also a pretty new tag, so check those both out! The socialnetau and cheating tags are coming up soon (as soon as possible, I’d like!). And so we read.  Enjoys, cookies!

xx Liz

I’m including the subheading in my dissertation “Sacrifice as team building activity” which makes me very happy.

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Denver Post article subheading:

Police Focus: Body Cameras. Denver police say they want to spend $1.5 million to equip 800 officers with body cameras that record audio and video of encounters to protect them from excessive-force allegations.

Um, how about “to prevent the police from using excessive force”?

UPDATE: the article points out that it’s the officers’ job to turn the cameras on before encounters with the public, and later the officers will download the footage. Yeah, that will always work.

Hi kitties, it’s Liz again and apparently y’all can’t get rid of me, aha! Anyways, just popping in to let y’all know that the cheating tag is now up (surprise!). It is under the “relationship tags” subheading on the taglinks page. There are more new tags to come, so stay tuned (that sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?) xx Liz

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The series’ subhead reads: Moral Architecture of the 19th Century

"All my images are meant to be a tribute to the locations and it’s inhabitants," Harris remarked.

While photos of abandoned spaces have at times been criticized for their seemingly voyeuristic take on dying architecture, Harris’ intimate lines and careful perspectives suggest a sense of homage. When asked how he feels about the term “ruin porn” and its growing popularity online, he replied:

"For me it’s always been a double-edged sword. I love that people are out there enjoying and documenting abandoned spaces that will eventually be gone, but the more people that visit a space, the more destruction is inevitably wrought on the place. It’s rare these days to find a location that hasn’t been trampled on by hundreds of people and photographed to death. I’m still searching for them though."

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Speaking of Thicke’s excesses, I’m gonna hijack this subhead to tell you all to read the Marvin Gaye lawsuit depositions — the actual depositions, not the aggregated bizstuff — because I’m not gonna get a better flimsy segue and they are already classic…

John Seroff: A fair amount of contemporary R&B overleaps mere double entendre into the hilarious and creepy; witness the genius of Erin Markey’s alt-cabaret take (backed by Kenny Mellman of The Julie Ruin) on Usher’s “Hey Daddy”, the Pythonesque nudge-nudge-wink-wink sophomoricism of Bando Jones’ deathless chorus, “SEX / HAVE YOU HAD IT?" and the self-conscious high school freshman sexual politics (and guitar skills) of Miguel’s "Pussy Is Mine”. It’s easy to laugh at the excesses of artists who lay it on Thicke, but over-advertising one’s alpha male status is a perhaps understandable impulse in an idiom where seduction is power and vice versa. The working pop presumption is that men are too proud to beg, and that FM listeners don’t get excited by a naked emperor unless he’s D’Angelo. Mike Jay is not D’Angelo. He’s more of a dirty-mouthed Tevin Campbell riding 90’s-era NPG beats and pleading like it’s prom night. He’s a much more convincing and enjoyable crooner on “Real Strippers,” which is likely telling.

Alfred Soto: The synth string stabs at the beginning summon Mint Condition’s great "Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),” the title Johnny Kemp’s forgotten 1989 minor hit, the vocal every ham trying too hard to get laid.

Thomas Inskeep: This immediately gets a [6] just for interpolating “Breakin’ My Heart,” one of the awesomest singles of my life. However, this kid can sing, and he’s got that mix of pleading and nastiness that many of the greatest R&B singers have. Vocally, Mike Jay reminds me a bit of Trey Songz, but because this so strongly references the early ’90s I get a serious R. Kelly vibe as well. I don’t wanna love this, but I do.

Crystal Leww: Mike Jay’s lyrics could use some work, but my god if he doesn’t have a voice to go with this luxurious production. It’s going for A LOT with snaps, snares, synths, a marching band worth of horns, and a little break for wobbles, but for the most part it pulls it together and just sounds maximal. Ultimately, the test of a R&B song is whether I want to body roll to it, and yes, I definitely do.

Brad Shoup: I was gonna say something quick like “oh he’s as amped and plastic as those horns,” but he’s really wound up for half the song; I can practically see his knees bend when the drummer rests. I mean, if I were Morris Day I’d be all “hey, I know you can write something stronger, Prince,” but he’s determined to make something out of this vampy hash, and I’m resigned to let him.

Juana Giaimo: I feel bad about giving low scores only because of lyrics, but sometimes I truly can’t believe what I’m hearing. Lines like “and if this bed can move, we can call this a rodeo,” even the birthday suit metaphor, make me forget about the charming melody or the powerful beat.

Anthony Easton: The line “don’t be nervous, take a sip of this” is the creepiest R&B line that I’ve heard this year. That, and the fact that he can only imagine her as a stripper, colours the whole thing in a exploitative, almost rapey vibe. Which is a complete shame, because the horns and drums are expansive.

Maxwell Cavaseno: I had no idea that these The Time synths would work so well over such clumsily crunchy snare rolls, so just for doing this, Mike Jay (or shockingly enough, JR Rotem) has earned a fond place in my head. He also has a weird retro bent that usually doesn’t invade R&B that strives for the modern field: the showiness of his verses, the backing harmonies. The synth licks remind me primarily of Mint Condition’s “Pretty Brown Eyes”, and of how TY$’ "My Cabana" cribbed the horn licks from said record to turn a dubstep jam into a surprising bit of soul traditionalism, sneakily tucked into a raving rave-typhoon’s heart. Mike’s crassness is a little too immature to inspire much faith in him, but it shows the craftiness of someone with a desire to innovate while drawing from the legacy of the past.

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Shit I wrote this week.

Since I always forget to post what I write for RVA Mag on this tumblr, I’ve set a reminder on my phone that will go off every Saturday afternoon and remind me to post everything I wrote over the previous week. Let’s see if this at least is a routine I can stick to.

Let’s try some subheadings as well.

[EDIT: This went way longer than I planned for it to, and has a lot of discussion about process in it that may bore the pants off you. Feel free to skip, or just click on the links, or whatever.]

Stuff I’m actually proud of:

Review of Ryan Kent’s Poems For Dead People (1115 words): This is actually from late last week, but I did very little writing compared to my normal output this week, so fuck it, here’s this. Review of a local poet’s first book, which is really more like a chapbook. All of the poems in it are about dead people—sometimes people from Ryan’s personal life, sometimes famous people he never met. I liked this book quite a bit.

Weekly show preview column (2803 words): Every week I write about 8 shows happening over the next 7 days. I call them “must-see” shows and then I don’t get to more than 1 or 2 of them every other week. My job makes me tired, and a lot of times I feel like I need to come home and do more work just so I can keep up on my knowledge of the music scene enough to justify my position. Which pays about as much as working fast food. Whee, my life rules. 

Anyway, I generally think of these columns as running to about 2500 words, and they are by far the longest, most involved thing I write in any given week. What generally happens is, the night before I post the column, I make a tentative plan for what shows I’ll cover in the next week’s column, while at the same time finalizing the tentative plan for this week’s column, which I made the previous week. This usually involves conflicts with some nights, on which there might be as many as three different shows that might be appealing, and panic relating to other nights, on which there might not be ANY shows that seem worth going to. I generally am able to find at least one worthwhile show for every night, though. Then there’s a feature show that starts out every column, which is usually a second show from the busiest/most desirable night of the week. I figure out exactly which shows I’m putting in the column, and what position they’ll occupy, then I do all the tedious coding work for the article the night before. This takes up 2 to 3 hours of my Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, I write the actual column once I get to the office, and am usually done by 2 PM. The whole thing probably takes 7 hours of work per week.

The less-than-ideal results of the column’s format include the fact that it’s often physically impossible to attend every show I’ve recommended, simply because one show is happening at the same time as another; and the fact that there are sometimes just too many shows worth covering to fit them all in. In those situations, I tend to let some combination of novelty, my personal taste, and venue balance be my guide in picking which ones to spotlight. The undisputed best venue for live music in Richmond is Strange Matter, and every week there’s a temptation to make 5 or 6 of the 8 shows I cover be Strange Matter shows. Sometimes I can’t really avoid doing so, but I always try to spread things around as much as possible, and give some consideration to a club that’s only doing one good show rather than covering Strange Matter for the fifth time that week, or whatever. But it’s never a perfect situation, and I have gotten some small degree of flack a few times in the last few weeks for not covering particular shows.

Of course, when there is a truly worthy show that doesn’t fit into the show column format, I always try to preview that show in a separate article on the site, either by me or by a contributor/intern. Usually I’ve planned this kind of thing out way in advance, and already know which shows will get their own article, but that didn’t happen this week. Therefore, this article happened:

Teargas Rock reunion show preview (715 words): I was actually going to make this the feature show in this week’s show column, then realized as I was writing the text for it that I had too much to say about it. Plus, I’d been worried about what I was going to do for Wednesday, since I should really include both the DJ Abilities and Mouth Of The Architect shows, but also needed to include both the Teargas Rock and Way Shape Or Form shows on Friday night. Suddenly I realized that the key to solving both of these problems was to spin the Teargas Rock writeup off into its own article, make the DJ Abilities show the featured show in the show column, and use the Mouth Of the Architect and Way Shape Or Form shows as the regular shows for their respective days. 

This simultaneously ruled and sucked, because I had solved my dilemmas about how to cover everything I wanted to cover by giving myself significantly more work to do at 11 AM on Wednesday. It was that late because I’d had personal life stuff going on on Tuesday night and hadn’t gotten the chance to devote three hours of my after-work time to the show column. I’d planned out what I wanted to cover in the column, but it wasn’t entirely finalized, and I’d had to spend the first hour and a half of my Wednesday morning doing coding for the article before I could even start writing it. Then, in the middle of writing the Teargas Rock thing, that became its own article, and I suddenly still had 8 two to three paragraph blurbs about other shows to write. I got through it all by 3 PM that day, but considering I wrote 3500 words from scratch in the space of about 4 and a half hours, I think it’s probably no surprise that I was exhausted by the time I was finished.

And just think, I do this at least one day a week—sometimes more! (This week was pretty light, as I mentioned before; check back with me in a couple weeks and you might see some even more ridiculous daily wordcount totals.)

Stuff I only wrote because it’s my job:

RVA Cabaret Mega Show preview/ticket giveaway (539 words): This is an article about a burlesque/vaudeville show that was happening Friday. I actually had free passes to go to it but didn’t realize it conflicted with the Teargas Rock show mentioned above, and I wasn’t gonna miss that. Anyway, this is the kind of article I have learned to put together from a couple sentences on a facebook event invite page, but this time I was fortunate to have a detailed press release with some quotes from the organizer, so what I came up with had a bit more meat to it. A bit. This is the kind of article I feel like I mostly construct from pretty words and airy hype. If it works to help promote the event, then it’s served it’s purpose, but I’m under no illusion that I’m doing anything more than copywriting on posts like this.

Ticket giveaway for Bob Mould at the 9:30 Club next week (352 words): It’d be unfair to call this more glorified copywriting, because I sincerely love Bob Mould’s music and I did a good bit to try and explain why in this article. However, at the end of the day these giveaway posts follow a pretty strict format, and I’m lucky they do because that format makes it much easier for me to just plug in a few details and crank ‘em out. I don’t really have the time for much more. I think I wrote this in 45 minutes, though it’s tough to really say because our website kept crashing over and over, and it took at least three tries to get this one posted.

New video by Richmond hip hop artist Noah O (193 words): You might’ve seen this guy on the MTV Jams network in 2012 with his video "I Got It." It got some decent play, but he didn’t have any sort of record deal at that point and the video didn’t help him get one. He’s basically on the same level as any of the dozen or so other guys on the top tier of the Richmond hip hop scene, and I feel like none of them really know how to get farther than they’ve gotten. It’s sad, because there are some really good rappers in this town, but no one’s looking at us the way they’re looking at Chicago or wherever, so even when a dude has some random success, it’s hard to know how to capitalize on it. Anyway, Noah O didn’t let that get him down, and he self-released a new album earlier this year that’s better than anything else he’s done. This is a song from that record, and the video’s pretty cool, so I did a brief post about it. I’m down with what Noah’s doing, but I would be lying if I said that something like this comes to me as anything other than a relieved feeling of “Oh good, there’s one more thing I can post online today to get me closer to my daily quota.”

This is what getting paid to do online journalism is like in 2014, kids. For better or for worse.

(And I haven’t even talked about all the editing and coding of other people’s articles I have to do on a daily basis… or the 100-150 emails I get and have to process every day in order to keep up.)

EDIT #2: Oh look, I forgot one. Shows how much I cared about this one, doesn’t it?

Preview for local bar’s 8th anniversary party (252 words): This is something I wrote entirely because the DJs doing this party are cool guys who spin good music and because the owner of the magazine is close personal friends with the owner of the bar in question. So I get the word, “Hey, can you post a preview of this event?” Yeah, sure I can. Again: copywriting. It is what it is.

Political tactics underlie Egypt’s 'gay wedding' arrests

Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.”

The video that triggered outrage and arrests

This fuzzy image of a cake, along with images of men celebrating, appears in the video that has…

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valterbenyamin replied to your post:I’m including the subheading in my dissertation…

what are you writing your dissertation on?

Contemporary austerity as human sacrifice.

Or at least that was the original idea, and now it’s the somewhat more modest approach of using the fantasmatic logic (in the Lacanian sense) of human sacrifice as a heuristic to see if it tells us something about why/how austerity is performed.

Also including the witch hunts about. Main authors are Lacan and Bataille with Federici with a bit of Adorno and Horkheimer thrown in for good measure, along with a bunch of other people who have written stuff on sacrifice I’d never heard of until I cam across their articles.

In the very least I get to do a “you know all that stuff we say was exotic and barbaric and stuff well we sort of do the same thing too we’re just rationalising it differently”

KISS: Keep it simple, Scoop.

Copy Editor: “Help me with this subhead. I have ‘Police patrols’…”

Reporter: “What’s a good word for ‘increased’?”

Copy Editor: (Typing) “Police … patrols … increased.”

Reporter: “Hey, you’re good.”