Horoscope - April 25 2015

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your creative juices are flowing today and it’s up to you to find the medium for expressing them. However, this isn’t just a fun distraction; you have big ideas about what you want to accomplish. Although your desires may tempt you with the possibilities of pleasurable experiences, you’ll be happier in the long run if you have tangible results at the end of the day. Being productive is an admirable goal as long as you don’t lose your connection with your muse in the process.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

There’s plenty of action on the home front today, especially if your feelings clash with someone else’s. Oftentimes, you see conflict as an annoying source of trouble; you prefer an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Rather than viewing the current family tension as a dynamic you wish to avoid, change your attitude. Engaging in passionate dialogue is an excellent way to explain your own position on an important issue as well as letting others clarify theirs. Your patience and flexibility will lead you to the calm after the storm.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Your regular weekend routines grow more complicated today if other people’s unspoken desires cloud the atmosphere. You may talk about simplifying your life, but it’s not going to be easy to cut back on your activities in order to accommodate someone else. Instead of fretting over what you can’t finish now, just try to meet your obligations as best you can. No matter how much progress you make, you might be surprised with how much you enjoy yourself once you find your groove.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Today is a perfect day to shift gears and put your plan into motion. You have had enough time to process your feelings and consider the various possibilities ahead, so don’t put off the inevitable any longer. Rather than waiting for better conditions to initiate action, take a few steps toward your most important goals now. Although you may be tempted to set priorities based strictly on practical considerations, pursuing an unrealistic dream can open a whole new vista of possibilities. You’ll never know what’s possible unless you’re willing to explore the unknown.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You have a smile on your face and a bounce in your step because you can feel your confidence returning today. You might actually notice that the Moon is back in your sign because you are acutely aware of your changing moods. Fortunately, the Moon is moving toward a conjunction with buoyant Jupiter in your 1st House of Personality, adding to your optimism. You may be too impatient to methodically follow a plan now, but locking your sights on a distant goal can help to assure your success. Ironically, keeping your eyes on your desired destination gives you the creative freedom to make it up as you go along.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You might be reticent to participate in social activities today, but circumstances make it increasingly difficult to operate quietly behind the scenes. You need time to concentrate on your priorities, but there aren’t many topics you’re compelled to talk about now. Explore the magic of your imagination, for that’s where you can make the most meaningful connections, especially if you share your discoveries – when you are ready – with someone you trust.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are eager to enjoy the benefits of spending time with a special person or a select group of friends today. Thankfully, your good cheer prompts others to hang out with you because they want to soak up your good energy. But the Moon’s visit to your 11th House of Social Networking doesn’t come without complications, for her square to the Sun could trigger an unexpected power struggle if people have conflicting agendas. Nevertheless, you don’t have to focus on the differences. Rather than trying to unify diverging goals, search for the common ground that you already share.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your nerves may be on edge today because people seem so fixed that there’s little room for your perspective. Although you’re willing to be vulnerable and share your needs with a dependable friend, the thought of conflict stresses you out now. You prefer to spend the day on a magical mystery tour, but it’s nearly impossible if someone thinks you should be more practical. Thankfully, there’s no need to push the panic button. Set your frustrations aside and follow what’s in your heart, even if you must let others go their own separate ways.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your close-up vision isn’t very accurate today; however, it seems as if you can see forever. You look out toward the distance and you are certain that the horizon – although it’s quite clear – has moved even farther away. Fortunately, this trick of the light allows you to visualize your future while still juggling your current schedule. Set the notion of immediate gratification aside. Once you remove the immediate pressure, reaching your goals could seem as easy as a walk in the park.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your anxiety may be hard to shake today because you know how important it is to stay on task and live up to your promises. To complicate matters further, it’s not enough to satisfy your own definition of success; others have their set of expectations, too. However, the temptation of having some good old-fashioned fun looms large and it might be nearly impossible to resist. Fulfill your obligations in the real world while imagining what you would do if you were totally free of responsibility. Luckily, no one can stop you from dreaming.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your day could be hijacked by someone who feels the need to share a relationship drama. Whether it’s a romantic partner or a new acquaintance, it might appear as if he or she is attempting to limit your personal freedom. However, expressing yourself independently is crucial now because it’s your key to rejuvenating your emotional power. Although you’re tempted to drop everything to ride to the rescue, keep in mind that you won’t have much left to give others unless you take some time for yourself.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Household chores or work-related tasks seem overly tedious today, which could make you feel unusually restless. Your impulsive solution might be to shake everything up in order to turn a dull routine into an intriguing experience. Don’t be afraid to express your big ideas, even if they are out of proportion with your current circumstances. Honoring your dreams will ultimately enable you to accomplish more while in pursuit of your higher purpose.

Source : Rick Levine

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People who think you can’t keep a friendship despite conflicting interests really need to chill out.
A friendship is based on the effort two individuals are willing to put in. If two people are similar, or polar opposites, it doesn’t matter.
Variety is the spice of life.
As long as you’re not trying to tell me I’m living my life incorrectly, and consistently telling me to change my ways for the “better” according to you, I think we’re good.

anonymous asked:

where'd this influx of story come from? admittedly i haven't been following you for very long, but looking through your archives it seems to be mostly doodles and unrelated minicomics. have you always had these ideas, or are they new? it's pleasant to find that you have tangible, sensical concepts and are presenting them very clearly.

like almost all artists I have “the big ideas!!” that never get started or worked on because I’m too afraid to start/don’t feel skilled enough/”it’s so stupid why should I bother” etc etc.

dragons for hire is something that just came out of nowhere and I’m running with it until I fall over, then I’ll probably just keep rolling with it from momentum

anonymous asked:

How would a relationship between two INFJ's work? Friendship, relationship, etc.


INFJ: Ni Fe Ti Se

Obviously these two individuals would share a lot of similarities and mutual understanding of the way each other thinks. Both have skills in understanding deeper meaning, perceptiveness, a tendency to consider group values when making emotional decisions, an introverted nature, discomfort dealing with their physical surroundings or tangible projects, a preference for abstract concepts over overt facts and plans, and higher comfort dealing with emotional matters than purely logical ones. On the positive side, the two will understand each other and will tend to value similar qualities. On the negative side, these two may have difficulties finding balance in their relationship; they may find it difficult to deal with physical or detailed projects or chores, balancing their mutual introverted nature, etc. They also may feel as though their identity is compromised by being with someone with such similar strengths as them.

“Speak quietly to yourself and promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. Offer comfort in practical and tangible ways — as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

Pen review: Pilot Custom Heritage 92

(PSST!  If you would rather watch this review than read it, you can find the video version here.)

This is another pen where I have mixed feelings about it.  Full disclosure, this pen is on loan to me from a friend (you should click on that link and check out his blog!) for this review, and the fact that I did not buy the pen myself factors into my overall feelings later on.  But for now, let’s break it down a bit:

Physical presence
As is my custom, I won’t list any hard numbers here because there are plenty places that you can find that information online.  Rather, let’s talk about some things that are less tangible, because those are what makes all the difference.

There’s no denying that the 92 is a real looker.  I would describe the aesthetic of the pen as “modern but classy” and I think all the parts really fit together well, from a design standpoint.  If you aren’t a fan of demonstrators then this is probably not for you, but I am.  I especially like the black plastic used at the top of the cap (finial?  I’m never exactly sure what part of the pen that is) and on the piston knob.  These parts seem minor but to me they give a sense of the boundaries of the pen. I also appreciate the silver colored hardware, since I find gold hardware on pens to be a bit stodgy.

One of the first things I noticed about this pen was how light it is.  The pen is (obviously) plastic, so it would unreasonable to expect it to be very heavy.  Still, I think I subconsciously equate weight with quality and that is simply not the case most of the time with fountain pens.  This is also the first pen with a premium price tag I have used made out of plastic and so I was surprised when I held it and it felt just like a Lamy Vista.  I would assume that the quality of the materials that go into the 92 is higher than a $30 fountain pen meant for children, but I don’t know anything for sure about that.

Another thing that contributes to the light weight of the 92 is the fact that it is a relatively small pen.  It’s both slightly shorter and slimmer than a Safari, especially when uncapped.  It can be posted, but I find it comfortable enough to use unposted.  The weight when posted is slightly shifted toward the back, but still comfortable.

Writing experience
The nib on this particular pen was a F and boy is it fine!  Below you can see the line width compared to some other writing instruments I had on hand:

Though the nib lays down a quite thin line, I did not find it to be unreasonably scratchy.  I also have experience with a F from a Pilot VP and I found the performance to be similar.  In my limited experience (5 pens) with Pilot’s nibs I have never been disappointed and I would expect that to be the case most of the time.  Though this is a gold nib, I didn’t find it to be at all flexible or springy, and especially with how fine it is I would suggest making an effort to keep a light writing pressure.

Of course, the writing experience is not just about the nib.  You can have a great nib on top of a poor section and the result is a pen that doesn’t get used.  The section on this pen is short but there is nearly no step between the section and barrel so you can hold the pen as far back as necessary.  The threads are fairly shallow and I do not find them uncomfortable to hold at all.  The nib end of the section flares out just slightly and prevents fingers from slipping down to far onto the nib.

Filling system
As far as I know, this pen is Pilot’s only piston-filler, at least in the American market.  I found the piston on this pen to be very smooth to operate and the knob at the end of the pen is large enough to turn easily without needing lilliputian fingers.  While I, again, do not have an exact number for the ink capacity of the pen, it seems like it would be fairly large, definitely over 1 mL.

Otherwise, the filling system is not all that noteworthy.  That may sound like a bad thing, but I prefer a filling system that doesn’t require much thought beyond filling and cleaning because in between those times I would rather think about writing!

One thing I noticed while using this pen was that there seemed to be a bit of ink seeping past the piston seal.  I’m hoping that the previous pictures show this, but without a dedicated macro lens it’s a bit difficult to photograph.  I’m confused as to how this happened, since the pen never left a safe spot on a flat surface in my apartment.  It certainly isn’t enough of a problem to cause concern, except that the pen seems to be unable to be taken apart.  As far as I can tell the body and section are all one piece, which means that it is tough to take the pen apart to dry after cleaning.  I found a hint that the piston can be removed using the same wrench that comes with TWSBI pens, and it certainly looks like this could be the case.  However, given the cost of this pen and the fact that it’s a loaner, I don’t want to start disassembling the pen.

Closing thoughts


If I did not know the cost of this pen, I would be all over it like a monkey on a cupcake.  It writes well, looks snazzy, and has a high capacity filling system.  But, the fact is that price is a factor for those of us trying to live within our means, and that’s where I find the problem with this pen.  As of the writing of this post (spring 2015), you can find the 92 for ~$130 on eBay and Jetpens, and $220 on Goulet Pens (and others, I don’t want to paint GPC as the bad guys here!).  

Facing a price tag greater than $200 seems ridiculous for this pen, especially since the materials it is made from are not all that special.  You are either paying an extra $60 for a piston (92 vs CH 74) or an extra $150 for a gold nib (92 vs TWSBI 580, though I do know that this is roughly the cost of a gold nib).

The $130 price seems a bit more reasonable, but for that price I would rather have a Vanishing Point.  The VP is built like a tank and I never worry about tossing it in my bag and taking it with me anywhere.  The 92, being made out of plastic, feels a bit more fragile and I would feel the need to always keep it in a pen case, which is slightly inconvenient.  And, the fact that it has a screw top makes it far less useful to me than a click pen.

Overall, I think this a great pen with a high price.  I think that if you want this pen you should definitely hunt for a way to get it under $150, even though that might mean ordering it from a seller in Japan.  Or as for it as a gift from a rich relative, either way…

natural hair touched by the rain and a stack adrienne rich poetry books from the library. she writes a lot about sex and it’s raining outside. the earth is that rich green and the way the rain sits around it all makes it feel deeper. the color, i mean. it makes it feel tangible???

Hello! My name is Suzannah, but most people call me Zanna since it’s easier to remember (and shorter to spell). I live and study in Florida, USA. I’m 19, but I really do have an old soul! I just love the idea of sending handwritten letters through the post, it’s really nice to have a tangible conversation with someone, even if it does take a while to be delivered.

I’m a film student who wants to work in animation as well as live action film. The photos are test shots from a short film I created for a student festival, and by the time this probably goes up i’ll have finished my first animation short!

I’m an artist, an activist, and a girl who likes to meet new people and learn about new things. I’m quite the fan of lovely stationary so you’ll never have to worry about a dull white card!

My interests include:

  • Film – my favorite directors include Tarantino, Anderson, and Kubrick, but i also am very much obsessed with Disney, Pixar, Harry Potter, and LoTR/Hobbit. (I can talk about movies for days, like in detail critical analysis of films!)

  • Books – mainly fantasy and horror but i’m very open to new genres!! Stephen King is probably my favorite author.

  • Opera/Theater/Broadway

  • Art

  • Witchcraft

  • Life’s great mysteries :-)

I’m looking for someone with whom i can get deep with over snail mail. You know, conversations about the universe and philosophical topics alike :) Age range probably 18+, and from anywhere in the world. I don’t care really but maybe someone with some worldly experiences!

The only thing that might be a put-off is that i can really only write in cursive and i speak primarily English (i can navigate my way through french but i am no where near fluent), but if those things don’t bother you feel free to send me an email at

fortuneandgloryy @ gmail. com
or message me on my tumblr at http://babbushka.tumblr.com :) 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Never be afraid to ask for help.

And NEVER forget to be grateful for it.

I reached out to my old yoga studio. They are starting yoga teacher training in September and I am interested in starting. However, with student loans and my measly income it would be years before I could comfortably afford it. I asked if there was any sort of work/study opportunities at the studio and they have agreed to help me figure it out. What amazing people to turn their livelihood into an act of kindness. I go in Monday for class/ a chat with both owners.

Life is inherently good. Even if this doesn’t pan out to be the most tangible goal for me, I’m still honored to be given the opportunity.