Reality Bending Curved Origami Made through Challenging Wet Folding Technique

Vietnamese artist Hoàng Tiến Quyết produces incredible paper origami constructions using a laborious technique known as wet folding. This allows the artist to create curves and bends in his paper art which would otherwise be impossible with following typical origami method. Quyết first began making his own paper sculptures in 2008, and has co-authored two books since then in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

The suspense in building the origami art, with pleats and folds and a set plan to making it even more challenging as the artist must use the perfect amount of water to shape the paper under his agile fingers - too much water and the paper will be too brittle to work with and too less could spell disaster as the paper will tear. The marvellous animal origamis that results after this painstakingly intricate process are unique - the curls in their shape taking his artwork to another level of origami making.

Shying away from the usual demand for geometrical origami sculptures, Hoàng Tiến Quyết creates them with an imaginative flair- having unpredictable curves emerge in their rigid forms makes the art more graceful. From roosters to rats, foxes and cats, the artist has applied this new technique to explore the potential within origami art and the results have been rewarding and visually stunning so far. You can find his designs in his Etsy shop

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20 year ago, Lauryn Hill and the Fugees change the future of hip hop with The Score

Unlike many household names in music, Ms. Lauryn Hill’s artistry cannot be summed up with a single talent. Her songwriting is uncompromisingly honest, to the point of being brutally so. Her voice is expressive, tearjerking at times, transcendent at others, with little space for mediocrity in between. And she can rip a mic in a way few other MCs can.

That last talent is the one that first earned her audience, yet it’s the skill most people overlook when they discuss the tragically short but sweet time she spent in the spotlight. There’s no finer example of her lyrical abilities than The Score by the Fugees, released 20 years ago Saturday.

Of course, Lauryn Hill was one of a trio, aided and abetted by the patois-spitting Wyclef Jean and the bullish Pras. Each of them brought some serious bars to the table, and the dynamic between still gives The Score an elastic unpredictability that wouldn’t have worked if it was any of the rappers’ solo projects. But Lauryn Hill runs an absolute lyrical clinic on the album, dropping at a time when hip-hop needed it the most.

SEAL Survival Guide
Cade Courtley
Genre: Reference
Price: $14.99
Publish Date: December 4, 2012

Think and act like a Navy SEAL, and you can survive anything. The world is a dangerous place. You can live scared—or be prepared.  “We never thought it would happen to us.” From random shootings to deadly wildfires to terrorist attacks, the reality is that modern life is unpredictable and dangerous. Don’t live in fear or rely on luck. Learn the SEAL mindset: Be prepared, feel confident, step up, and know exactly how to survive any life-threatening situation. Former Navy SEAL and preeminent American survivalist Cade Courtley delivers step-by-step instructions anyone can master in this illustrated, user-friendly guide. You’ll learn to think like a SEAL and how to: improvise weapons from everyday items * pack a go bag escape mass-shootings * treat injuries at the scene subdue a hijacker * survive extreme climates * travel safely abroad defend against animal attacks * survive pandemic * and much more Don’t be taken by surprise. Don’t be a target. Fight back, protect yourself, and beat the odds with the essential manual no one in the twenty-first century should be without. BE A SURVIVOR, NOT A STATISTIC!

no light pollution: an Ari & Dante fanmix

“and it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. a world without any darkness. wow, a world without darkness. how beautiful was that?”

01. wild heart - bleachers
everything has changed / and now it’s only you that matters” //
“a part of me thought things would never be normal again.”

02. ribs - lorde
you’re the only friend i need” //
“until Dante, being with other people was the hardest thing in the world for me.”

03. who is in your heart now? - studio killers
have you ever found something / that you didn’t even know you were looking for? / an answer / though you didn’t hear the question” //
“all the answers had always been so close and yet i’d always fought them without even knowing it.”

04. edge - haim
i was always running, always hurt” //
“we all fight our private wars.”

05. iris - sleeping with sirens
well i don’t want the world to see me / ‘cause i don’t think that they’d understand//
“one summer night i feel asleep hoping the world would be different when i woke.”

06. this love  - taylor swift
been losing grip, oh, sinking ships / you showed up just in time” //
“i wanted to tell them that he had changed my life … And that somehow it felt like Dante had saved my life and not the other way around.”

07. giving me away - betty who
you should kiss me like you mean it again / ‘cause i don’t wanna be your friend//
“’try it again,’ i said. ‘kiss me.’
‘kiss me.’
‘no,’ and then he smiled. ‘you kiss me.’”

08. youth - troye sivan
my youth is yours / a truth so loud you can’t ignore” //
“Through all of youth I was searching for you without knowing what I was looking for. - W.S. Merwin”

09. there’s too much love - belle and sebastian
i’m brutal, honest and afraid of you” //
“’you. that’s what i’m afraid of. i’m afraid of you, Dante.’”

10. shine - years & years
i’ve got so many secrets to show” //
“’do you think, Ari, that love has anything to do with the secrets of the universe?’”

11. standing by - pentatonix
i will shout from the mountaintop / our hearts belong here” //
“how could i have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?”


Here is a great read brought to my attention.  Many Thanks to Ari Bach!  If you would like to read the first chapter you can find it on Amazon here: 


Just click the image of the book and you will be able to read the 1st chapter.  

There are a great many things to say about Valhalla, but for brevity’s sake I think I’ll compress it all into a simple pros and cons list:

-Fantastic, witty, and interesting writing
-Pop culture references from numerous eras, making it a good read for both young and old alike
-Unique and incredibly developed fictional universe (set several hundred years in the future)
-Very progressive, featuring an ethically, ideologically, and sexually diverse cast, the main character herself being LGBTQ
-Unpredictable storyline, filled with plot twists and realistic character development
-Numerous well thought out characters each with their own believable motivations and opinions
-More than one character development arc to focus on

-Easily the single most graphic and violent book you will read in your lifetime (this may be a pro for some of you)
-May be offensive to some people who are very devoted to their faith as there are some characters who take a very militant stance against religion in general

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Space Weather

 To the casual observer, the Sun may appear unimpressive from 93 million miles (150 million km - 1 AU) away but upon closer examination – in the extreme ultraviolet region of the spectrum, it becomes evident that it’s characterized by unpredictable and explosive surface activity. The Sun creates highly variable and complex conditions in the space, as well. We call these conditions ‘space weather’. Space weather is an emerging multidisciplinary field within space sciences that studies how solar activity influences Earth’s space environment.

  Our Sun continuously bathes Earth in solar energy, in the forms of: electromagnetic radiation (visible light, microwaves, radio waves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, gamma rays) and corpuscular radiation (streams of subatomic particles such as protons, electrons, and neutrons). The Sun is a magnetic variable star, and like most stars, it’s composed of superheated plasma; a collection of negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions. Its magnetic fields are produced by electric currents that are generated by the movement of the charged particles. The electrically conductive solar plasma acts like a viscous fluid, so the plasma near the poles rotates slower than the plasma at the equator. This differential rotation results in a twisting and stretching of the magnetic field lines, leading to the formation of sunspots, solar flares and CMEs.

The Sun’s overall magnetic field is quite weak compared to sunspots, which are localized regions of intense magnetism (magnetic loops that poke out of the photosphere), and they can be 1000 times stronger than the Sun’s average field. Above sunspot regions, the Sun’s magnetic field lines twist and turn like rubber bands, and when the field lines interact, the confined coronal plasma is accelerated to several million miles per hour in a powerful magnetic eruption. The cloud of extremely hot and electrically charged plasma expelled from the active region is called a coronal mass ejection, or CME for short. CMEs aimed at Earth are called halo events or halo CMEs because of the way they look in coronagraph images; the coronagraph instrument will detect it as a gradually expanding ring around the Sun. As the CME moves away from the Sun, it pushes an interplanetary shock wave before it, amplifying the solar wind speed, and magnetic field strength, as well. The Sun’s magnetic field isn’t confined to the star, the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is carried into interplanetary space by the solar wind and CMEs.

Depending on how the IMF is aligned in relationship to our geomagnetic field, there can be various results when the CME arrives. Some particles get deflected around Earth – thanks to the invisible magnetic “bubble”, called the magnetosphere (it’s actually non-spherical), but a small amount of ionized particles can still get into our near-Earth environment (geospace), mostly via the magnetotail. The magnetosphere is formed when the flow of the solar wind impacts the Earth’s magnetic (dipole) field. The overall shape of Earth’s magnetosphere is influenced by the speed, density and temperature of the solar wind: the dayside is continuously compressed by the solar wind, and the nightside is stretched out into a tear drop shaped magnetotail. Our magnetosphere is an extremely dynamic region and it’s filled with a variety of current systems.

When a powerful CME hits Earth, electrons in the magnetosphere cascade into the ionosphere at the polar regions, creating the so-called Birkeland or field-aligned current that flows along the main geomagnetic field. If the CME’s polarity matches that of Earth’s magnetic field (Northward IMF), our magnetosphere may deflect some of the highly charged particles. The problems occur when the CME’s polarity is the opposite of Earth’s (Southward IMF) because it can cause a geomagnetic storms and brief magnetospheric substorms that disrupt Earth’s own magnetic environment.

 Changes in the ionosphere trigger bright aurorae that are, in fact, the visual manifestation of the interaction between solar energetic particles and the high-altitude atmosphere. Solar energetic particles are high-energy charged particles, they can induce voltages and currents in power grids and cause large-scale power and radio blackouts, temporary operational anomalies, damage to spacecraft electronics. During geomagnetic storms, the energy transferred into the ionosphere by the Birkeland current heats up (Joule heating) the atmosphere, which consequently rises and increases drag on low-altitude satellites.

 Fortunately, there is a fleet of observing spacecraft monitoring the Sun’s activity across a wide range of electromagnetic wavelengths. Their continuous observations and measurements of solar and geospace variability gives us the ability to prepare and respond to potentially harmful space weather events.

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Here is a victim of notorious American serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

Known as the “Confession Killer” because he claims to have killed a victim and then he later recounts the claim, killed between the 60’s and 70’s. Mainly targeting drifters, runaways and prostitutes, Lucas never had a proper MO as he killed in a variety of ways he was very unpredictable.

Even though he was only convicted of killing 3 people one being his mother, he claimed to killed hundreds

“Beauty is, in some way, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages… a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. A beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that, on the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, or as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibility. Beauty is finite, ugliness is infinite like God.”
— Umberto Eco; On Ugliness.

One day, you’re gonna meet someone and they’re gonna love you more than anyone ever has. I’m not going to lie to you, it won’t be perfect. It won’t be sunshine and daisies all the time. It’ll be hard and painful. You’ll fight and argue and cry and want to bail. The butterflies in your stomach don’t last forever. But what you get is better - you get safety, comfort and love. Love is unpredictable, it can be harsh, it can bite and wound harder than a knife, because emotions are harder to forget. Harder to heal. But at the end of the day, if you get it, hold onto it. Love is perfectly imperfect, not because it sets out to overpower you, but because it is a very real, very human emotion.
—  ‘Love’, words said by a girl who wants to believe in love and kindness, but it’s not always easy. 

Akira Kirin 

yes baseball feels, let the game start

  1. Akira can mean “bright” “light” “shining” in Japanese, also one letter from the IRL persons name 明 , using it as his nick name (full name is 吳明捷 Wú Míng Jié )
  2. Kirin : was a nicknamed made by Japanese reporters when describing his pitching ball move  “unpredictable like a mischievous Kirin”
  3. theme color is Yellow, a combine of Kirins primary color is yellow(in the 4 beast theory if the center is added in), and with the name being bright, this oc goes by bright yellow
  4. He is a Hawk/Eagle faunus(trait- arms as eagle talons) : based on how Japanese Reporters describe his Pitching pose “like a eagle spreading its wind wide” - the style/pose was later called as “the over hand throw”
  5. look at this gorgeous IRL pic of him, and the doodle of japanese news paper
  6. WEAPON IS A DUST  BASEBALL GLOVEE- the dust on the wrist channels to the gloves palm, creating hardened dust? energy balls, yes, he will throw it at anything he needs to DESTROY
  7. His pitching hand does not have any protection. over throwing does causes pain even to worse bleedings, but he insists on never wearing gloves, or he cannot feel the ball to throw
    1. this is a reference to the defeat of KANO at the final, he threw non stop 4 day 4 games in a row, his hand was bleeding but kept on pitching therefore resulting KANOs defeat in the end

wow so many feeling on this , I’ll take good care of this oc UMU

The Signs as Green Day Lyrics

Aries: I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes, but it’s home to me and I walk alone. ~Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Taurus: It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right. I hope you had the time of your life. ~Good Riddance (Time of your Life)

Gemini: She’s a rebel, she’s a saint, she’s the salt of the Earth and she’s dangerous! ~She’s a Rebel

Cancer: We all are born in a world of doubt, and there’s no doubt…I figured out, I love you. ~When It’s Time

Leo: Don’t wanna be an American Idiot, one nation controlled by the media. Information age of hysteria, it’s calling out to idiot America. ~American Idiot

Virgo: Do you know the enemy? Do you know your enemy? Well gotta know the enemy, wah hey! (Ohh way ohh way!) ~Know Your Enemy

Libra: When you’re at the end of the road, and you’ve lost all sense of control. And your thoughts have taken their toll, when your mind breaks the spirit of your soul… ~21 Guns

Scorpio: Well she’s my blood, well she’s my soul. I get so lost, out in the cold. Feels so far, like this lone star. It gets so hard, when I’m missing you. ~Missing You

Sagittarius: The town bishop’s an extortionist, and he don’t even know that you exist. Standing still until it’s do or die, you better run for your fucking life! ~Letterbomb

Capricorn: Nobody likes you, everyone left you, they’re all out without you, having fun. ~Homecoming (Part 3), also beginning of Letterbomb

Aquarius: Everything that I want, I want from you, but I just can’t have you. Everything that I need, I need from you, but I just can’t have you. ~Stray Heart

Pisces: My beating heart belongs to you, I walked for miles ‘til I found you. I’m here to honor you. If I lose everything in the fire, I’m sending all my love to you. ~Last Night on Earth

Why The 100 is the best.

I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while, it may get a bit lengthy, so just hold on please.

So, on The 100 we have very diverse and creative characters that we are so blessed to have. And every single one of them have something in common: loss. “Loss?” You may ask, but think about it. All of them has lost someone very near and dear to their hearts, even the not-so-major characters. This appeals to the audience very well because we want to feel something for these characters and we do feel bad for them, we eve empathize with them. I’m sure everyone in their lifetime has experienced some form of loss one way or the other.

Another aspect that is heavily appealing, but also unsettling, is that it is VERY unpredictable. When viewing promos for the show, you may think of the event occurring will have only one outcome: the protagonists save the day. However, it is quite the opposite most of the time. –(There may be spoilers beyond this point, read at your own risk).– In the characters’ time in Mount Weather, in season 2 episode 16, we all expected Jasper to kill Cage before Abby got the drill for bone marrow, we all expected him to kill Cage before Clarke, Monty, and Bellamy to reverse the fans. That was NOT the case. Cage didn’t die, and they had to kill the inhabitants of Mount Weather, some of which included people who helped the protagonists. When Raven came down from the Ark in season 1, Bellamy stole the radio while she was unconscious from the crash landing. The radio was needed to report back to the Ark that the 100 who landed on Earth were still alive, otherwise, 322 Ark inhabitants had to be sacrificed. Bellamy stole the radio, and ruined it, ultimately causing those 322 people to die. In the beginning of season 3, Mount Weather was becoming home for many Farm Nation members (from the Ark). Bellamy was told by Echo, a member of Azgeda, that there would be an assassin at the summit where Clarke was in the capital of Polis. However, that was wrong. It was a trick. The assassin ended up being inside Mount Weather, who in turn killed Bellamy’s girlfriend, Gina, and set off the self-destruct mode inside of Mount Weather. The only survivors were Raven and Sinclair. That destruction caused the deaths of many people from Skaikru, which was a betrayal of the commander, Lexa, who had just initiated Skaikru into the coalition, becoming the 13th clan.

Do you see what I mean? Super unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat drama. And that was only 3 examples out of the many.

The ship wars are REAL in this fandom. Clexa vs. Bellarke vs. Princess Mechanic vs. Linctavia vs. Octaven vs. Doctor Mechanic vs. Bellexa vs…. you get the point. The most fierce argument I see is Clexa (Clarke and Lexa) vs. Bellarke (Bellamy and Clarke). Now, I see on both sides on how each pairing could work out, but I can also see why Clexa is the more dominant one (why it’s shipped more, why they have a better connection, etc).

THE ACTORS ARE AMAZING. I’ve never seen a cast so perfect! I would have to say my personal favorites are Octavia, Clarke, Lexa, and Raven. Raven was in a relationship with Finn (who was killed because he killed 18 innocent grounders) and Finn left with the 100 to Earth, while Raven was still in space. Finn slept with Clarke and fell in love with her, and Raven handled the situation very maturely when she found out later on. On top of that, her and Clarke are like BFFs! Raven has had some TOUGH hardships between the loss of her love and she’s essentially a cripple, she’s one of the strongest characters. On the Ark, it was punishable by death to have a second child. Octavia is Bellamy’s sister. Octavia had to hide under the floor for more than half of her life to avoid her mother getting executed. Octavia was then out in jail, thus sent to Earth with the 100. Once there, she was a little rebellious, but then fell in love with a grounder and she considers herself one now. Again, one of the strongest characters on the show. Let’s talk about Clarke. She’s had it pretty rough. Her dad was executed on the Ark due to treason that her mom sold him out for. She was put in jail for treason as well. Again, sent to Earth with the 100. She loved Finn, gave him a merciful death for his mass murder (otherwise he would have been tortured), she had to basically step up and be a leader because let’s face it, Bellamy was not a good leader, she lost her best friend, Wells, she had to order the kill on the people of Mount Weather using radiation, and now she’s working with Lexa who betrayed her at Mount Weather (reason why she had to kill all of those innocent people). Clarke is a very, very strong character and she has developed so much from the beginning. She’s probably easily the strongest character out of them all. And now, Lexa. Lexa is the commander of the grounders. Her previous love, Costia, was captured by the queen of Azgeda (Ice Nation) and killed by them. Lexa has to suck up her emotions and always look strong for her people. She is so selfless and loyal to her people it’s not even funny. “Yeah, but what about that time she abandoned Clarke to fight the mountain men herself?” Lexa was offered HER people back if she retreated. She took that deal, what leader wouldn’t? Lexa would do ANYTHING for her people. That’s why she had Skaikru become the 13th clan, so she wouldn’t have to choose between Clarke and her people anymore (spoiler: Lexa loves Clarke, it’s so blatantly obvious). I hope we see more of her, because the character is so well-portrayed by Alycia Debnam-Carey its amazing. Lexa has to constantly be between her mind and her heart. In front of people, she’s tough and hard and ruthless. However, when she’s alone (or with Clarke) she is emotional, soft, and open. Her character is so complex, its entirely too fascinating. 

Recap: The 100 is the best, most underrated show in history. It’s a fact, I’m a scientist.

anonymous asked:

Tearing Aegon IV, why did so many great lords allow for their daughters to become the king's personal whores? Why would the ladies consent to such a degradation?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

In the reign of any king, there are going to be ambitious lords who try to appeal to the king’s interests.  Aerys II had his sycophants, the men who were eager to tell him how terrible and plotty Crown Prince Rhaegar was and ready to ban all tourneys after news of Harrenhal came out at court. In the reign of Baelor the Blessed, lords found that one of the few ways to please a king whose desires were piously unpredictable was to send a daughter into the Maidenvault with the daughters of Aegon III: there, totally separated from male company and spending days in prayer, embroidery, and needlework, these young women could so better “preserve” their virtue. 

The way into Aegon IV’s favor was simple: keep the king in pleasure and so help you if he’s not. As long as Aegon IV had a pretty girl in his bed, he was happy - and quite amenable to rewarding the men who had put the girl there in the first place. After all, the noble maidens whom he made his mistresses needed some pretext to be at court (the role of maitresses-en-titre never becoming an established one among the Targaryen kings); the easiest way, as lords discovered, was to name the father of the girl Hand of the King, necessitating his - and his family’s - permanent residence close to Aegon. Lord Bracken (father of Barba and Bethany), Lord Lothston (husband of Falena and father of Jeyne), and Lord Hightower (the sponsor of Serenei of Lys) all became Hands under Aegon - an office of supreme executive power, the highest office a king could grant an individual. Gaining that level of power and prestige, all for a daughter in the king’s bed, was considered a fair bargain by many, even if we might rightly consider them unscrupulous for thinking so.

There were material gains to be had as well for lords whose daughters became the king’s favorites. Aegon’s first lover, Falena Stokeworth, was married to Lucas Lothston, Prince Viserys’ master-at-arms - a poor bargain for a Stokeworth, perhaps, but made wildly better when Lothston was granted the castle of Harrenhal. The Blackwoods received the much disputed Teats from their ancient Bracken rivals when Aegon decided to be witty (and when Melissa of that House was his mistress), and Lord Butterwell received a dragon egg - an overwhelmingly precious item, an item of extreme material value - for giving the king access to his three maiden daughters. These are rich rewards, and not rewards a grasping, ambitious lord would scoff at, even if the price was a daughter. Power, prestige, wealth, and status, all for shoving a daughter into the king’s bed - sure, it’s a decidedly immoral trade-off, but Westerosi women being largely the pawns of their male relations anyway, many lords probably saw the trade-off as largely without downsides. 

As for the ladies themselves, the position of mistress could be an attractive one. With Naerys such a pious, retiring queen, burdened by pregnancies and uninterested in the debauched court life Aegon promoted, the king’s mistress would become effectively first lady of the realm. It was to his then-mistress (I guess it was Barba Bracken) that Aegon planned to give the crown of the Queen of Love and Beauty which was won by Aemon for Naerys - a public display of prestige for the lady who would have been so honored.  There was always the hope as well - certainly with Lord Bracken at least - that frail Naerys would die, and thus allow Aegon to remarry whomever was his favorite at the moment; a daughter as queen would be a far grander match than most lords would have ever dreamed of for their offspring, and a much-desirable fate for the ladies involved. 

Additionally, as with Henry VIII, we should not remember Aegon IV simply as the obese, suspicious man he was when he died. In his youth, Aegon was charming, witty, good-looking, and talented at the traditional pursuits of young noblemen. For those who caught him before he ran to fat and became totally charmless, Aegon might have made a fine lover. This was the Aegon whom Falena Stokeworth “made a man” of when she was 24 and he 14; the Aegon whom Cassella Vaith fell for so passionately she never married; the Aegon whom Bellegere Otherys enjoyed as one of her many lovers. To be sure, the aging Aegon was a far more difficult lover - something Bethany Bracken learned to her cost - and it is probable poor Jeyne Lothston took no pleasure in bedding the fat old king (especially if, as rumor had it, her mother joined them in the bed as well). In the end, however, family ambitions, rather than personal desire, often directed women into the role of mistress (especially during Aegon’s reign). 

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

villavede asked:

do u have any fun facts abt the robears, i'd like to know more about them! this au is great tbh

hh ty!!!!

here r some fun facts

  • panda is emotionally unstable so he can go from extremely happy to horribly sad to super serious. its unpredictable
  • grizz doesnt have a mouth. thats y he wears a bandana ((w/ a mouth))
  • the only reason ice bear doesnt make an effort to shut them down instead of keeping the lab secure is bc these bots r the only family he has now. he cant lose them too
  • grizz doesnt have claws either
  • grizz’s mouth had sharp teeth hence y ice gave panda a not-mouth mouth.
  • panda is the group leader bc grizz doesnt talk much ((not bc he doesnt have a mouth but mainly bc whenever he talks he just chants “revenge” over and over))
  • these robears r a mess save them
You act like a tough girl, but the things that hurt other people hurt you just as much. You just don’t say anything about it. You never show your true emotions and are very guarded with people you meet. You use sarcasm to deflect truth and you don’t trust easily. You sometimes use your looks to get what you want. You hide behind bright red hair, pretty dresses and sexy lips. You’re also unpredictable. Basically, you are a guy’s wet dream and worst nightmare all rolled into one. You’re the woman a guy falls in love with but doesn’t really know. He falls in love with one version of you. You’ll only show the real you when you feel safe in the relationship and it might not be what that man wants in the end.
—  Love Thy Neighbour
Hard To Say

Just a little Valentine’s thingy…

“Face it, Garfield. You’re a coward.”

The green youth in question stared at himself in the mirror, his expression almost hostile. For months now, the changeling had nurtured a crush on one of his colleagues. On Raven. It was Valentine’s Day today and he had been telling himself he would do something or say something to at least hint at what he felt.

When the day came, he knew it wouldn’t happen. He was afraid, more than he expected, of what might happen. Raven was unpredictable at best when faced with emotional situations, and he was desperately frightened of doing any damage to their friendship, fragile and occasionally strained as it was. That fragility was all in his head of course - Raven valued him in a way she had never satisfactorily expressed, even as she hoped he knew anyway. But, none of this was known to him and so he swallowed his feelings as he left his room and went to join the others. As he marched down the corridor, Raven seemed to materialise before him and he yelped in surprise, stepping back. She faced him and, with one hand, lowered her hood to glare at him. He reminded himself to breathe as he stared back, taking advantage of the opportunity as she remained silent. Eventually, however, even he felt awkward.

“Uh… Raven?” he muttered. Her mouth set in a grim line and she marched past him, grumbling incoherently, seemingly heading back to her room. He shook his head and resumed his course, glad he had decided not to confess to her when she was so obviously irate. Before he reached the door, Raven appeared again, stepping from the shadow on the wall. This time he almost shrieked and stepped back. What was going on? She repeated the previous encounter, only staring at him, though her expression was stormy and her mouth twisted as she growled - growled! - in her throat. Before he could speak again, Raven pushed past him once more, this time stamping every step and waving her hands above her head, snarling words in a harsh, demonic tongue.

Deciding he definitely didn’t want to be alone at the moment, Beast Boy slapped the door control and darted into the common room. Robin and Starfire stood in the kitchen and Cyborg sat in front of the TV with a cup of coffee.

“Hey, uh… is Raven okay? She kinda-” Beast Boy’s words were lost to a shrill cry as the darkness from each shadowy corner of the room seemed to grow and pool and coalesce into a towering shape before him. The amorphous shape resolved into Raven in her demonic form: tall with four red eyes and whipping coils of shadow beneath her.

“BEAST BOY!” she roared, her voice unnaturally low and guttural. Beast Boy cried out when some of the tendrils snapped out and wrapped around his body, pinning his arms to his sides and lifting him up to Raven’s eye-level. He whimpered under the stare of those four red eyes and the snapping fangs.

“R-Raven! I don’t know what I did but I’m sorry please don’t eat me or set me on fire or turn me into a lamp or-”

“Haaa… Haaaa…Haaaa… Haaaa…"Raven breathed. At first, Beast Boy thought she was just breathing heavily or snarling at him… but what if she was trying to say something. Her hood flew back and her hair stood on end, her entire form surrounded by dark power.

"Haaa…GrrrrrrrrRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPY VALENTINE’S DAAAAAAAY!” she screamed. Silence pervaded the common room for several long moments until, suddenly, the towering darkness quickly shrank into a severely embarrassed young woman. Beast Boy fell to the floor, caught at the last second by a floating black hand and set on his feet.

“Thanks,” he mumbled, unable to meet Raven’s gaze (if he’d tried he’d know she was staring at the floor as well). Raven fidgeted beneath her cape.

“Excuse me,” she said, quietly. “I… I let my frustration get the better of me.” She finally looked at Beast Boy, who was by now glancing at her every few seconds. “I’m sorry, Beast Boy. I didn’t want to frighten you… here.” Her hand emerged from her cloak, holding a small card. Hesitantly, Beast Boy took it, and looked down at the picture: it reminded him of some ink paintings from Japan he had seen once during their time in Tokyo. There wasn’t much in it, only an unmistakable T-shaped silhouette at the bottom and, in the skies above, two distant birds. Once was dark blue. The other was green. He opened it and saw the simple message: ’Come fly with me’. He looked up at her only to see her standing with folded arms, looking off to her right. He grinned for a moment and fished around in the pouch on his belt. From there, he retrieved the card he hadn’t the courage to deliver and handed it to Raven. She eyed it suspiciously for a moment before taking it. It had a picture of a cartoon bee on it with a message beside it: ’You’re the bees knees’. She opened it and saw her name. Beneath her name, it read ‘from Beast Boy Garfield’. She looked up with wide, astonished eyes and met his. With a shrug, he extended his hand again, empty this time.

“You wanna get a soda or something?” he asked in a shaky voice. Raven smirked at him.

“Or something,” she said, her usual confidence slowly returning. Beast Boy chuckled and indicated his hand, which Raven slowly took in her own. Beast Boy led them to the window and pushed one open.

“Come fly with me, Rae,” he said before shifting into, of course, a Raven and flapping out through the window. Raven rolled her eyes.

“It’s Raven,” she muttered fondly, then followed him. Robin and Starfire stared after them with open mouths and wide eyes. Cyborg merely sipped his drink and changed the channel.

“She went through with it,” he called back to Robin, still unresponsive. “You owe me ten bucks.”

Ha ha! I wrote something! I once wrote something similar from Raven’s perspective while a nervous BB tried and failed to give her a card so I flipped it this time. Hope you like.


Casino Night // Open

Frank was feeling slightly out of place at the event the night, having shown up alone and not with too much knowledge about the ins and outs of gambling. He didn’t like the feeling of it and the unpredictability – for a boy who preferred to stay in control losing large of sums of money at random really didn’t interest him. But he decided to give it a shot, starting small and seeing what happened from there. It wasn’t like he had much else to do there, after all. “This doesn’t look half bad,” he said mostly to himself as he eyed the table, eyes raking the chips. He recognized the game but whether he’d be good at it or not was another question.

anonymous asked:

HELLOOO NERO! YOU'RE INCREDIBLY SMART , COOL AND AMAZING. So could you please help me out by telling me will touka stay in a passive role in all of tgre or will she be involved in major stuff


I can’t really answer that since I don’t know which direction Ishida will take with her development. His writing has been unpredictable as of late.
From what I can see, her being such a big influence on Kaneki’s life and also being presented as a main character in TG, I’m going to assume that as the story goes on she’ll be more involved in the plot as a reference to the parallel theme of TG:re. How much exactly that would mean, can’t say.

However, there’s also the Yoshimura/Eto and Touka/Kaneki parallel that has me wondering. Yoshimura opened up a cafe and waited for Eto, hoping to one day have a drink with her during the reunion.

It’s the same case for Touka, who created :re for Kaneki to have a place to return to if need be.  

Now considering how Yoshimura’s story …went along, this could mean either of two things for Touka, and well Kaneki.

The reverse of the Yoshimura parallel would be Touka

  1. If it follows the normal order, Kaneki will never return to Touka for a happy reunion. She’ll always be waiting for him, and eventually he may be her downfall for whatever reason.
  2. The reverse would be Touka becoming more involved in Kaneki’s story, and eventually could return to a close relationship.

Which one will it be? Seems like the story is pointing towards the former option, but then again nothing has been very linear in :re and only bits or mixes could be used for Touka’s story. *shrugs*

anonymous asked:

This is for anyone who'd like to weigh in on this: What is your opinion on casting spells etc on celebrities? Nothing malicious, of course, just things like getting them to notice you, or respond to your messages etc. Thoughts? (TIA for any responses!)

Honestly, I’m not one for casting spells on specific people in general. It feels all too manipulative for me. Especially on people you don’t know, don’t know you, and won’t understand why they feel this sudden pull toward you. It can really mess with a person’s head. Also, considering magic of any sort can be quite unpredictable, and you don’t really know the exact ways it’ll manifest.

I’d suggest not doing that, but that’s one witch’s opinion.

- nocturnal wix

I’m personally in the camp that it seems like a frivolous way to use your magic, but I’m not huge on idolization of celebrities anyway.

- trueriptide

I agree with Nocturnal.  I think it’s skeevy as all hell.  Spells like this sound to me like greed and perhaps lust dressed up to look more innocuous than they really are.  At least curses don’t generally pretend to be anything other than what they are.

- mountain hound

There’s no way to ensure that your magic will hit its mark, and like Nocturnal said, you never know how it will manifest. This type of magic is very, very tricky, and, in my opinion, too risky to perform considering the potential consequences. 


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