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List of Reasons why McHanzo is a popular ship

In case somebody asks you why people ship McHanzo, you can just link them to this post. 

1) Their personalities [ie, the rough and tumble, clever charming cowboy and the severe, noble, disciplined, dutiful archer] are extremely shippable (see: Han Solo and Princess Leia for similar personality types). Referred to as the “odd couple” phenomenon by Matthew Mercer, voice actor of Mccree. 

1a) Matthew Mercer explaining the McHanzo ship and putting in McHanzo lines during his panels and his on the spot voice acting for Mccree

1b) Ships in which one character is “tsundere” are popular as well; where one is presumably more open than the other, who is more closed off about their feelings, though in the realm of fanwork this is often an inverted trope

2) The east-west symmetry; in which Hanzo represents the [stereo]typical anachronistic eastern warrior where Mccree represents the [stereo]typical western gunslinger (see: the popularity of interracial romances)

2a) Kurosawa Samurai films were inspired by early Hollywood Westerns; later Westerns were inspired by Kurosawa Samurai films. The “love affair” of Samurai and Cowboy films has gone on for decades

3) Visually appealing; both handsome, buff, middle-aged men–a fandom staple. Also both perfectly contrasting each other in color scheme; Mccree = Red (serape, ult), Hanzo = Blue (clothing accents, ult)


art by @casuallysuplexes

4) Interactions in-game: Junkenstein’s revenge in which Hanzo and Mccree share stories and drinks; followup lines referencing the drinks they shared, Mccree complimenting Hanzo on his shots, a recent addition of Mccree following up his drinks with presumably with Hanzo ( “the next one’s on me” )

5) Their similarities in age, personality and backstory; both with criminal pasts they’re trying to make up for. Both are about the same age and have the same background in stealth, assassination, unsavory dealings. Both are skilled fighters and sharpshooters who have dealt with the dark side of the world, who are seemingly unfit to be heroes but also most compelling in their (in Hanzo’s case, presumed) heroism. 

5a) Because of their difficult pasts, the idea of them being happy is appealing. More so the idea of them being happy together, because of the appeal of romance to many fans. Which is why domestic headcanons of them are also very popular.

art by @crotah

5b) Young Mchanzo 

art by @crotah

art by @rngrn

…. I forgot my point 

6) The sheer content generated and the popularity of the ship makes it more appealing to ship: the amount of good art, good fanfiction, and positive energy from both creators and many fans makes the ship appealing to those who are new to it. 

7) LGBT ships are more common than het ones by virtue of wish fulfillment; because there is an extreme lack of LGBT content, let alone LGBT romance in media, LGBT ships are more popular within fandom. Also, because of the number of women in fandom who are by the numbers, largely straight, male/male pairings are often more popular than female/female pairings, unless the number of female characters is balanced or there are more female characters in a fandom (see: Once Upon a Time), or female personalities are made more compelling in the show (see: Legend of Korra). 

Those are the ones I can think of right now, but there are likely a ton more reasons people ship McHanzo, and I hope people continue to enjoy the Overwatch fandom because all this creativity is amazing. Please do click through the links of the posted photos to reblog the original posts and support the artists!


Community + text posts: the best of Annie Edison 

everyone is cool with mentally ill people around them until we start displaying symptoms they cant sympathize with

youre sad all the time? poor darling ):

youre irrationally angry,defensive, and paranoid? you say and believe things that just dont make sense? you seem to be a completely different person from day to day? well now youre just being difficult


please stop reblogging this post… i made this i think over two years ago now and i was ignorant to a couple important things:

  1. there’s NO objective measurement of how much mental illness affects any given person’s life, nor are people particularly tolerant toward any consistent expression of misery. be kinder than i was when i made this post.
  2. race is the biggest, but not the only, variable in how different people’s emotions are perceived differently by those around them. ableism doesn’t just “intersect with” racism, the institution of psychiatry is built on racism. look into how certain diagnoses such as schizophrenia were adapted to criminalize and institutionalize black people who started voicing malcontent towards white supremacy. black people dont get “poor baby”d.
  3. mental illness is not a get out of jail free card to behave inappropriately, angrily, abusively toward those around you. i made this post after snapping at someone for asking me to calm down and saw that someone who had witnessed it made a snippy facebook status about me. frankly, it was fair of her to do so. i was upset about it and am still embarrassed but i had acted inappropriately and then justified it to myself with “oh, it’s just a symptom of my mental illness.” that might very well be, but i still owed apologies and an apology comes with the promise that you’ll work to improve yourself.

i’m adding this to the source in the hopes that someone will click through and see this. the original post no longer reflects my position and hasn’t for a long time.

I’ve made A Guide to Classic Sonic, because I was utterly bored.

Some notes:

- Only JP art, with a few exceptions (Hesse (US) Sonic R (UK) ). Because Hesse is just too good not to include.

- Not 100% chronological (this is mentioned in the thing but y’know

- I’ll probably add new ones as I remember/discover them, so click through and check this original post on my blog for the most up-to-date version. If… if I bother…

- A couple of pieces here are from the @thevideogameartarchive, so go check them out.

Current Version - 1.0

On Reposting Art

Hey y’all,

Re: conversations lately surrounding attribution and reposting other people’s work (that is, posting someone’s content on your own – even with credit – and not reblogging, retweeting, etc. the original post by the creator) — PLEASE DO NOT REPOST MY ART WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.

I grew up on Japanese art forums where reposting is seen as a huge taboo, and I very much maintain that perspective. Copyright laws are scrambling to keep up with things like Instagram and Tumblr and how attribution should work via social media, and I get that it’s complicated and unclear sometimes. I would prefer that no one repost my work and just reblog/retweet my stuff (and there’s no other choice on Instagram except reposting, so please just don’t on there), but if you are dying to, just ask for my permission first.

There’s a lot of good discussion out there on why attribution to the original creator is important (google it!); we literally make our money this way. You’d be amazed how many people don’t click through even on posts with credits/links to find the original creator, where links to a store, portfolio, etc might exist.

This is also why I hate “edits,” because it’s altering my content without my permission. But. Sigh. What can ya do.

I appreciate y’all’s understanding. Thanks! Three cheers to online etiquette.


valeks-princess  asked:

Can I please request some mando'a endearments/nicknames?

Hey, I just wanna apologize for the delay to answering this !! And also, just as a forewarning, this list is nowhere near exhaustive, just bc of the sheer … flexibility of mando’a to accommodate personal needs. Since this question is also a little general, I’ll go into the more popular endearments, and then a few suggested constructions you can use.

Before I get started though, I just wanted to note that mando’a is funny as a language in that … many, many words can be used as affectionate terms, depending on who says what to who. So words that may have literal meanings (say, for example, night sky, or mountain, or sea) can also be used as terms of endearment, especially if ner, my, is placed in front.

Endearment is, often, more than just the terms we have at our disposal from a predefined list, and what may be used to express affection and endearment from one person might be offensive and insulting from another. It, like most things, depends on context and delivery.

Consider these words and how, in different contexts, they might be used to present affection, or as nicknames:

  • atin’la — tough
  • ca’tra — night sky
  • cerar — mountain
  • sarad — flower

Anyway, that said, I’m gonna start with the basics and further down we’ll move on to more complex terms. This is also cut for length.

Just the list to expect w/ explanations:

  • ‘ika — diminutive suffix and its (appropriate) uses
  • burc’ya — friend
  • vod — sibling, companion, friend
  • cyar / cyar’ika — beloved
  • riduur — partner, spouse
  • kar’ta — heart
  • mesh’la — beautiful, handsome
  • meshurok — gemstone
  • riye — favor, good turn
  • runi — soul
  • sarad — flower
  • an’edee — all bite
  • n’edeemi — no bite
  • kair’ta — [my] desperate heart
  • Jango-specific endearments towards his clone sons (if you’re curious)

edit:: and there’s a follow-up post to further clarify

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awesomewunderbar replied to your post “It’s called the Cave of Two Lovers, not the Cave of Two…”

I don’t care what people ship, but the writers always intended for Katara to be with Aang.

“The Fortuneteller” is pretty clear in stating that Aang’s crush was unrequited.

“The Guru” very explicitly tells us that Kataang is Aang’s coping mechanism for dealing with the loss of his people.

Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar’s co-creator) directed an episode in which Katara cradles Aang’s body, in the single most powerful shot of the show (imo), in a Pietà. DiMartino also went to art school, so there is absolutely no way he didn’t know what a Pietà is, and what it says about a relationship between two characters when you place them in one.

And, of course, that one time when Bryan Konietzko came and outright said that Kataang was forced.

Also, if you had bothered to click through to the linked posts in my original post, you’d have read about how it is downright impossible that they made “The Cave of Two Lovers” and “The Crossroads of Destiny” the way they did if they hadn’t meant, at the time of production, for Zutara to be canon.

Also, for the love of God, even if you completely disregard everything I’ve said, please take anything two grown men who think mocking children that admire them in front of a live audience is at all acceptable, with a grain of salt.


Toby Leonard Moore in NYC 22 1.09 ‘Playing Gods’

anonymous asked:

That suicide chatline is affiliated with a homophobic organization. A better alternative is the Lifeline Crisis Chat. I'm pretty sure, at least.

Hm I googled it and found a bunch of posts that said that’s true. I reblogged one and then noticed that one comment on it said, “Myself and another board member for Hopeline, the parent of IMAlive, identify as gay, and we have never had a homophobic interaction, ever, with TWLOHA. I assure you that IMAlive is a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, otherwise I wouldn’t be on it’s BOD.”

I was like… ??? so I looked deeper. TWLOHA is short for the org “To Write Love On Her Arms”; I googled “to write love on her arms homophobic” and found this from the queer blog PunkOut:

“The anti-gay rumors stem from the fact that in its very early days, TWLOHA supported Mercy Ministries, an organization that seemed very much in line with their ideals. However, once a Mercy survivor reached out to TWLOHA and shared her story of the mistreatment she endured at Mercy Ministries, TWLOHA immediately pulled their funding and retracted any affiliation with them.” 

They also link to this tumblr post that talks about how TWLOHA’s Find Help Section includes “The Trevor Project, The Jed Foundation (Love is Louder came from Jed). They actively have supported the LGBT community. They openly state they are not a Christian Organization (twloha.com/faq).” 

So it looks like it is all a misunderstanding from their early says thank goodness. 

While I was at it I figured I’d google “lifeline crisis chat homophobic” and I didn’t find anything negative about it either, yay :D  

I did find a good list of various texting options from Reddit, which I’ll quote here cause more resources is good, and because the way they explain how to use a crisis chat is very useful. they also have some international phone numbers if you click through to the original Reddit post: 

“please remember that crisis does not just mean suicide - if you’re having a hard time with your anxiety, depression, personal issues, self harm, family issues, you name it - if it’s pulling at your chest and you’re in emotional pain that is cause enough call/text reach out. Your issues are not minimal they are YOUR issues and trust me when I say the person on the other end wants to help and is there for you. I have multiple versions of this list but this one is broken into region, and I’m not even finished with it I have but here it goes (I hope this copies over ok)

“Suicide/Crisis Hotlines Phone/Web


“Crisis Text Line | Text “START” to 741-741
Text option 24/7 crisis support by trained crisis intervention people (staff & volunteers)

“Common Ground | Call: 800 231 1127 | Web Chat 
“Mental health services for youth offering phone & web crisis lines - help with suicide, bullying, depression, anxiety, and other issues. Hours: M-F 4pm-10pm EST

“Lifeline Crisis Chat | Online Crisis Chat
“Hours: 2pm to 2am EST 7 days a week

“Suicide Prevention & Crisis Line | Call: 800 273 TALK | Online Option**
“Hours: M-F 6pm to 9pm EST

“Iowa Crisis Support | 24/7 Crisis Line: 319 351 0140 OR 855 325 4296 | Crisis Chat | Youth Crisis Chat
“Chat services in both English and Mandarin. Crisis chat hours: English: 2pm - 2am EST Everyday | Mandarin: M-F 8pm to 10pm EST


“Lifeline: 24/7 Hotline: 13 11 14 | Live Crisis Chat


“Crisis Support Centre | 24/7 Distress Line 780-482-HELP (4357) | Rural Distress Line: 1-800-232-7288 | Live Crisis Chat

“Distress Centre | 24/7 Hotline: (403)266-HELP | IM Chat for adults |Connecteen for teens

“Kid’s Help Phone | 1-800-668-6868 (English Version)
A Canadian site for youth up to age 20, offering crisis counselling via phone hotline, or IM Chat

“Manitoba Support Services | Toll-Free Stress Line: 1-866-367-3276 | Online Chat
“Telephone & Online counseling for Farmers, Rural and Northern Manitobians.

“Tel-Jeunes | Tel: 1-800-263-2266 | Text: 514-600-1002
“French-Canadian phone hotline, text hotline, and online chat as well as forums for youth (18 and under)

“United Kingdom

“The CALM Zone | Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58 | London: 0808 802 58 58 | Web Chat London based crisis site for men in the UK - crisis support is 5pm-midnight 265 days a year.

“Childline | Call: 0800 1111 | Online Chat A 24/7 helpline for children and youth who live in the UK. Includes a phone hotline, message boards, email, and web chat services. Also features an “Explore” area with mental health info, and a “Play” section with games.

“Get Connected | Phone: 0808 808 4994 | Web Chat UK based crisis services offering phone, email, text, and live chat for 25 years and younger.

“Leeds Nightline | Listening Service: 0113 380 1281 | Information Service: 0113 380 1380 Web Chat
“A peer support service run by and for Leeds students, during term time in the UK. Offers a phone hotline and IM chat. Hours: 8pm to midnight GMT currently closed for summer to open back in a month or so

“Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Services | Helpline: 0808 800 1212 |Chat Line Crisis respite home & help line with live chat available. Hours: IM available 6pm - 1:30pm BST

“Strathclyde & Caledonia Nightline | Phone: 0141 55 22 555 | Chat Service
Confidential phone & online hotline/info service run by trained students of the Glasgow Caedonian & Strathclyde Universities. Hours: 7pm-7am M-F GMT


“Maithri | + 0484 2540530
“Operates in Kochi in the state of Kerala, south-west India offering crisis support via phone, letter, and face to face contact.

“Lifeline Foundation | Helpline: 24637401 / 7432
“Lifeline India has email & phone support for people around Kolkata.”

(and of course there are a ton of international suicide hotline masterposts floating around Tumblr for people who can talk on the phone)

Booked for the Holidays: Book Lists with a Twist

‘Tis the season to give books - and these aren’t your grandmother’s book recommendations. Here’s a masterpost of our 2016 gift guides! 

(Note: we’ll be adding links as new lists go up every day - so if you’re seeing someone’s reblog of this and want to know if a particular list is up yet, click through to our original post!)

Don’t see what you need here? Click over to the Penguin Hotline to get personalized recommendations from real live PRH employees!

First Steps into Adulthood

Title: First Steps into Adulthood

Characters: Erik, OC, brief Charles

Word Count: 1673

Age Suggestion/Rating: Suitable for all ages

Warnings: Anxiety due to living alone, probably bad grammar 

Summary: Based on the following imagine idea: Imagine Erik helping you through an anxiety attack.


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The Chavin were an empire in the Andes which flourished from 900 BCE to 200 BCE – it was building cities and conquering its neighbors more than two thousand years before the more famous Incan Empire set foot outside the Cuzco valley. They are rightly remembered today for their spiritual practices. You see, to get closer to their gods, or nature, they practiced human sacrifice and used hallucinogenic drugs. They also left behind underground tunnels which make animal noises when the wind rises. While we do not know much about the Chavin because they had no form of writing, what we have pieced together from the archaeological evidence is fascinating.

For instance, the Chavin were the first widespread, recognizable artistic style in the Andes. They used metallurgy, and since objects with melted metal begin to appear around this point, it may have been the Chavin who discovered it. They also seem to have little military culture. Chavin cities lack defensive structures. vidence of warfare has been found only in contemporaneous sites that were not influenced by Chavín culture, almost as if those other civilizations were defending themselves via warfare from Chavín cultural influence. All these add up to an intriguing, but still mysterious picture of a dominant culture with vibrant art and religious practices which held sway over its region of the Andes for hundreds of years. “Of all of the ancient cultures I admire, that of Chavin amazes me the most. Actually, it has been the inspiration behind most of my art.” – Pablo Picasso . 

Who doesn’t love animated GIFs?

Believe it or not, support for GIFs at Tumblr was a happy accident! When Tumblr put together the code for handling JPEGs, support and GIFs (and PNGs) happened to also work using the same code. Perhaps even more surprising is that the tools used to handle GIFs at Tumblr hadn’t changed much from those early days. 

The image above is an original from sukme that could not be posted to Tumblr last June. It also would have failed if he’d tried last Sunday. If you click-through to the original post, you will see a muddy, reduced-saturation mess. All this because our resizer couldn’t handle the original. 

I’ve got ninety-nine problems and the GIF is one

There is a lot of misinformation about GIF limits on Tumblr, so let me set the record straight: We don’t count colors or frames or pixels. We only count bytes and seconds. Every image that comes in is scaled to a number of smaller sizes and the smaller your image is, the fewer resizes need to happen, which means less time. 

We had two core failure modes in our prior resizer: Some images would take as much as several minutes to convert. This was not directly attributable to color, dimensions, or frame count, but a mysterious mix of all of them. Some images would balloon in size (600KB at 400x400, 27MB at 250x250).

The unpredictability of these failures made our GIF limits feel arbitrary and terrible to the end users. Some have gone so far as to threaten monkey kicks. I don’t want to get kicked by a monkey, so we started working hard late last year to fix it. 

A proposed solution

Some of you may have seen this post where the performance of our current converter was compared with a new “mystery” converter. The mystery converter was roughly 1000x faster on the “slapping” GIF and happened to look great, but had quality problems on other images. Those were more fully explored in here a couple of days later.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the mystery converter is gifsicle.

Getting a better handle on it

To get an unbiased test set, I took a random sample of roughly 90K GIFs that Tumblr users tried to upload, not limiting the corpus only to those that succeeded. These were tested against the current converter, resizing down to the next size we produce. Each resize is given up to 20 seconds to complete in our application, but all resizes must complete in 30 seconds. All resizes must be under 1MB or we will convert the first frame to JPEG and call it a day. 

2.6% of my 90K GIFs took longer than 20 seconds to resize. This is an underestimation of how many GIFs would be rejected for time because this is only one of several resizes required. A whopping 17.1% of all GIFs were over 1MB. Even if we bump up to 2MB, the rejection rate is 2.75%. The converter was making over 25% of all resizes larger than the higher-resolution originals! The total rejection rate for my sample set was 4.46% of all original GIFs uploaded. 

Using gifsicle is so much faster that our CPU rejection rate drops to 0.00 on my test set. Also, just under 99% of all images were smaller when resized than they were at their original resolution. The size rejection rate was a much lower 0.59%.

Gifsicle problems

As compelling as the performance of gifsicle is, the quality problems are too much to ignore. We played around with the code a bit, but eventually we just got in touch with the author, Dr. Eddie Kohler. The specifics are in this post, but the short version is that Eddie was able to improve quality by adding some more advanced resampling methods as well as palette expansion for small-palette images. This increased our size rejection rate to 0.68% while still keeping us well under our CPU budget. 

Proving it

Image processing is all about choices. How do you resample? Do you sharpen? Where in the workflow is gamma correction applied, if at all? The list goes on and on. 

As you can imagine from the performance differences, our previous converter and gifsicle take very different approaches to GIF resizing. The output images look different. Sometimes it is slight, sometimes it is significant, but there is no way we could put out a converter that messes up your images, even if it messes them up quickly. 

We set up a qualitative study. The goal was simply to prove that we weren’t doing worse than our old converter, not necessarily that we were doing better. This study was opened up to all Tumblr employees, as well as some “randomly selected” outsiders (my friends and family). Participants were presented with one of two questions:

1.) Given an original and 1 resize, decide whether it is ok, unacceptable, or completely broken.

2.) Given an original and 2 resizes (randomly choses which was left and which was right, sometimes they were identical), choose the better image or say there is no difference.

The results were everything I could have hoped for. The “acceptable” test showed that users found gifsicle better at producing acceptable results (87% vs. 84%), but not by a statistically relevant amount (p=0.086) and that gifsicle produced fewer broken GIFs (0.71% vs. 1.38%), but again not enough to say it is definitively better (p=0.106). The “better” test found users preferring gifsicle 37% of the time, the prior converter only 16% of the time, but users also preferred one identical image over the other 27% of the time. Again, it is hard to say that gifsicle is better, but it is clear that it is no worse.

Putting it all together

The development and testing described above took from late October until the beginning of March. Packaging, deployment, and integration took only a couple of weeks!

We aren’t done. There is work underway exploring how we handle JPEGs and PNGs. There are a slew of features that we can go after. This was a big step, a necessary step, but not the end for sure. 

We are a community, it takes a village, there’s no “i” in GIF

This project couldn’t have happened without the excellent work of Eddie Kohler in creating, maintaining, and enhancing gifsicle. Tumblr’s Site Reliability Engineering group packaged and helped deploy gifsicle onto hundreds and hundreds of machines in our datacenter. Tumblr’s Security Team vetted the code, both by inspection and by attacking it to make sure we stay safe. This was all for the awesome Tumblr creators, but I have to mention qilme/sukme (same dude, two blogs), reallivingartist, and especially gnumblr for their help in understanding and ultimately attacking this monstrous problem.

having a body, and other such things

#epistemic status: this is all true, but this post is only a rough outline of what it should be
#oiginally attempted irl, in collaboration with @blindalchemistblog, to @jenlog and @nonternary
#a lot of this is hard to convey over text. i am willing to teach people irl but i am basically only free on saturdays so i would prefer groups of at least like, three people
#if you have a physical disability these will probably be different but at least i through iii should transfer at least partially
#click through to the original post for the complete version

i. know that you have a body

many people, especially many people likely to read this, don’t like having a body and try to ignore it/never really learned to use it. ones body is not a vehicle for transporting you along predefined paths and interacting with computers (i mean, it can be, but being aware of your body actually has upsides). if you hate your body you have an incentive to dissociate from it all the time. it will probably be painful to stop, but you will hate it less if you manage to. identification with and pride in the way your body moves and general connection to your body really helps. being a human in your human body hurts, but you can make the best of it. i believe in you <3

- walk, or run if running is natural for you. pay attention to what is happening in your body. go through your joints and muscles and feel what they’re doing. this breaks down a skill that is sufficiently natural that you don’t recognize it as having component parts into component parts; a lot of people are uncomfortable with doing things that require thinking in terms of small components at all + seeing the small components of atomic-seeming actions is useful. to be able to do more things you actually want your atomic-seeming actions to be smaller and have wider applications and to be able to lace them together quickly
- notice your minor physical needs. the way you’re sitting is probably uncomfortable to some degree. pay attention to that.
- see pt iii

ii. paths (world)

there are paths we are expected to travel—you walk on the sidewalk, you sit in chairs (normally, sitting up, feet down), etc.. people often fail to notice that not following the paths is even an option. following paths is strongly socially reinforced; children often don’t notice paths; general comfort with being unconventional helps wrt paths.

- try to pay attention to paths. notice the prescribed ways in which youre allowed to interact with objects and your environment.
- do different things deliberately so that it becomes natural.
- for example, if youre walking up some stairs with a railing, walk up on the outside of the railing on the few inches of steps that extend past the railing and then climb over the railing
- pick an object, preferably some kind of furniture, or maybe a face of a building with a porch, or something like that. describe its prescribed uses. do a few things outside the expected ways to interact with it.

iii. paths (self)

people’s repertoire of available types of movements is typically quite small, and things outside it feel awkward and unnatural. if this seems counterintuitive, film yourself trying to copy a video of someone dancing in a way that is not particularly technically complex (ie youre theoretically capable of everything theyre doing) but not similar to anything youve actually practiced. movement is contrained on the order of the way the sounds you make are constrained relative to all the sounds you potentially could make (ie, mostly language, which is made of a limited set of phonemes in certain orders, limited non-language sounds).

- explore the entire range of motion of each of your joints. start with your jaw. move down to your neck. roll it, push your head forward, pull it back, tip it to the side, move it to the side without tipping, etc.
- go through your muscles, one by one as much as possible, probably starting at your toes but any systemic approach is fine, and notice it. tighten it. relax it.
- the above are probably interventions that doing once will have lasting positive effects, if youre sufficiently bad at the underlying skill
- maybe try doing the sun salutation. it belongs to a category i can’t currently think of better examples of [that you could easily find how to do online] that is about paying attention to your body and your breathing and so forth  
- practice (in classes or imitating videos or people showing off irl, etc.) actual arts you havent studied. martial arts, types of dance, things like tai chi which are kinda both.

iv. know how to fall

you should always know how to fall, before anything else physical. be good at falling. be good enough at falling that you can trust yourself not to get hurt in reasonable situations. your end goal is something like not getting hurt and ending up back on your feet pretty quickly if shoved in any direction and being able to fall distances of around twice your height comfortably. the general idea is to dissipate the energy of the fall in a harmless way and not a ‘all your weight falls on one arm’ way. if you’re falling hard, try to roll a few times.

- you can’t learn to fall in ten minutes. earlier practicehours are more valuable than later ones, of course, but you do really have to practice consistently all the time
- never, ever, fall with straight elbows. NEVER. if youre falling backwardish, dont even try to catch yourself with your arms at all. if youre falling forwardish, you can catch yourself with your arms, but your elbows should be a little bent at all times. if you fall on straight elbows you might break your elbow by having it bent the wrong way and there will be bones sticking out of your skin and it will be horrible please dont do it. the same applied to legs but nobody tries to fall onto completely straight legs because most people have jumped before in their lives so it requires less emphasis.
- protect your head. your head is what you’re trying to protect. tuck it in. put your arms in front of it. turn your face away if you cant avoid falling on it. this should be fairly self-explanatory.
- start in a safe context. ideally, on something like a wrestling mat, but the floor in a climbing gym, a thick carpet, or a lawn is also okay.
- if you can, avoid falling on your back. twisting around to fall on your front somewhat off center is your best shot.
- get into a…physically prepared state, but don’t tense up too much
- the two main components that you will practice at first are falls from standing and rolls. falls break down into forward, backward, and sometimes sideways. rolls break down into forward and backward. the ultimate thing these all lead into is ‘save yourself when falling in any direction’. this doesn’t require practicing falling 23 degrees to your right specifically, but forward and backward are sufficiently different that it makes sense to learn them separately
- if youre falling onto your feet, try to land on your toes first so you can use the range of motion of your ankles. land with mostly (but not totally!!!!!) straight legs so you can use your knees for springiness
- to practice falling forward, start on your knees. fall forward with your arms in front of you, slightly bent (the bent part is very important!!) and catch yourself with your arms, like into a pushup (requires you to be able to do a pushup probably). twist your head to the side just in case. when you get good at that, start on your feet. when you get good at that, do it on a hard floor.
- to practice falling backward, start squatting like an internet slav, and fall back, curving your back so you roll back gradually onto your shoulders. start with your head tucked in and your arms protecting it. you can slap the ground as you roll if you want but tbh it makes my hand sting and isnt worth it. when you start practicing from standing, basically squat down first and then do what you were doing before. it’ll become more clear if you have someone gently shove you. in practice, youll probably want to step back as much as you can before falling if youre shoved, even if you know youll fall after a few steps.
- to practice falling sideways, basically do the backward roll thing but sweep in the leg youre falling in the direction of and use your leg + side as the surface that you roll on.
- there are reasonable online guides to learn to do rolls. the important parts that they may omit if they assume youre learning to do rolls in a controlled environment are: tuck your head in and protecting it with your arms!!!!!!!!!! your head is the most valuable part of your body. try to roll off center—if you get used to going over a shoulder youre less likely to hit your head when you roll. try to practice asymmetric things on both sides but ultimately if you can save yourself from any fall direction youre basically fine. you should get to a point where you can, for example, jump off of something your height onto cement and roll onto your feet, without hurting yourself (i have very flexible ankles from childhood ballet so ive basically written off slightly twisting my ankles as something that will happen in normal activities like ‘running 50 meters’ so i wouldnt really hold that against myself, if you have something like that that’s fine). once youre comfortable with rolls (this will take a while! it is fine for it to take a while!!), do faster rolls, rolls on harder surfaces, rolls with a stronger initial force, iterated rolls, etc. practice backward and forward rolls together, it’ll make you less dizzy anyway.
- it will be awkward for a while but i promise it gets better

v. the generic skill of balance, strength, readiness, something like that

feeds very strongly into climbing, parkour, most types of dance, fighting—things that involve being ready to move in ways you havent previously practiced, controlling your center of mass, etc. a lot of strong people lack ability to move……arbitrarily, to swing from a branch and climb the next tree over, to improvise dance, to run over unknown obstacles. i really wish i had a word for this. 

- climbing trees is excellent for this skill. if you’re afraid of the height, find a tree that has a lot going on at a height you’re comfortable with and then move around the tree
- rock climbing too, and parkour
- try to generally dance around when youre standing and waiting for something or whatever. it develops balance and comfort with being unconventional.
- learn to dance, preferably not social dance bc like, social dance is fine but it is a different thing than dance dance and it is sort of annoying that they have the same name and the resolution of movements when you have to communicate with another partner, esp at the beginning, is just so much lower. but like, learn ballet, learn breakdancing, whatever, move and move with grace.
- monkey bars are great
- some flexibility training is good if you arent flexible. stretching is good for you wrt doing physical stuff anyway
- core strength is the most important type of physical strength. the second most important type of strength is probably the ability to trust your hands (as in, if youre in a tree or something and youre holding on with your hands you arent in danger if your feet slip). strength is not that important, but if you can’t do ten sit-ups you should learn to do ten sit-ups. dead hangs are good too.
- the way to gain core strength is lying on your back and raising your shoulders and legs so that your abs are strained. it also helps if you do bicycley things with your arms and legs. sit-ups are also good. if you cant do one sit-up, try lying on your back and raising your legs so theyre at a 90º angle to your body and making them as straight as you can and then lowering them as slowly as you can. keep doing that regularly and you will gain the ability do a sit-up.
- the idea is not to git gud at a specific thing, but to be in a state where it is easy for you to git gud at any physical thing you try. generic strength training is not good for this because it ignores psychological stuff, some types of muscles, and like…….readiness to do things you havent practiced before. i dont have a word for the skill outlined in pt v but it is very much a real concept and an important one
- contributed by @voidfraction: bodyweight exercises, romanian deadlifts (for balance, str, training your muscles to work for your body)
- contributed by @nightpool: standing on trains without holding onto anything (this is a vvvv good contribution)
- in the same vein, walking on curbs and walls and fences and such. balance is good and important.
- go forth. interact with the physical world.

‘Tis the season to give books - and we’ve got a list of suggestions for juuuust about everyone. Here’s a masterpost of our gift guides! (Note: we’ll be adding links as new lists go up every day - so if you’re seeing someone’s reblog of this and want to know if a particular list is up yet, click through to our original post!)

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it’s the cutest thing ever that the face Owen makes at Cristina during the Harper Avery Awards ceremony

(gif credit to queenyang)

is the same face Kevin McKidd makes at Sandra Oh when they’re talking about her leaving the show.

(hat-tip queenyang)

No one is more distraught about this being Sandra’s last season than Kevin.

i just love when i see an ignorant fuck on tumblr who is being purposefully racist or sexist etc. and you click through to the original post and not only is the post deleted but they’ve completely checked out and deleted their blog it’s just like thank you for gracing us with your exit