The Signs as Countries
  • Aries:USA / proud, involved, enthusiastic.
  • Taurus:Italy / self-indulgent, rustic, elegant.
  • Gemini:Russia / adaptable, flighty, charming.
  • Cancer:Greece / traditional, peaceful, cozy.
  • Leo:France / expressive, romantic, noble.
  • Virgo:Japan / intelligent, sensible, dignified.
  • Libra:Switzerland / well-balanced, diplomatic, sociable.
  • Scorpio:Egypt / majestic, unstable, dynamic.
  • Sagittarius:Brazil / lively, busy, adventurous.
  • Capricorn:England / steadfast, classy, unyielding.
  • Aquarius:Germany / unpredictable, cynical, strong willed.
  • Pisces:Canada / even tempered, friendly, compassionate.

Where do the vampires get blood collected from humans?
Do they have to buy it? Is blood free?
Is there vampire capitalism? Is vampire city a socialist society?
Do nonnoble vampires have jobs? Are nobles all rich?
Is there a vampire middle class?

My Favorite of the Race of Men

Okay, so in no particular order, my 10 favorite humans:

  1. Tar-Ancalime: Numenor’s first ruling queen, Tar-Ancalime is probably the best thing I got out of reading The Unfinished Tales (and that’s saying something, because I freaking love that book.) And I’ve written before about how much I relate to her (except for the whole monarch part, lol.)
  2. Faramir: Honestly, who doesn’t love Faramir? Boy’s got a heart of gold, and while the movies didn’t focus as much on this, he really stands out in the books as an upstanding sort of guy (and given Tolkien’s tendency towards Pure And Noble heroes, that’s saying something.)
  3. Andreth: Not only do I just love Andreth on her own (she’s smart and wise and shares her lore with Finrod and wants so badly to understand her people’s place in this world) but she’s also one half of one of my favorite romances in Middle Earth.
  4. Cirion: In my opinion, Gondor’s greatest ruling steward. Established Gondor’s most important alliance, is to thank for the creation of Rohan, and generally a pretty great guy. And I just love his friendship with Eorl.
  5. Eomer: Aaw, Eomer. He’s been one of my favorites from the very beginning. I mean, talk about holding down the fort. This guy was trapped in a pretty tight spot (Theodred dead, Theoden controlled by Grima, Grima recognizing Eomer as the last obstacle in his path), but he still does everything in his power to protect Rohan. Also, this happened.
  6. Queen Beruthiel: Granted, we don’t know too much about her. But what description we do get for Beruthiel is straight-up Disney evil queen status, and that’s a really beautiful thing.
  7. Helm Hammerhand: Okay, so was Helm good at diplomacy? No, not really. But the dude was just cool. Oh, you think your son should marry my daughter? Let’s talk about that outside - WHAM! No more Freca. And he only got more badass as things got worse - stalking his enemies camps during blizzards like a snow-troll? Grade-A awesome.
  8. Tuor: You know what? I really love Tuor. He’s pretty much your classic epic fantasy hero (son of a great warrior, raised by elves, chosen by a demigod to deliver an important message to a hidden kingdom, falls in love with a princess, becomes a lord of the city, fights bad guys, sails off into the sunset), but he just does it all so well. And I will never stop being fascinated by the way Tolkien uses Tuor and Turin as foils for each other.
  9. Aghan: Okay, this ones’ kind of obscure, but bear with me. In the short story Tolkien included in the Druedain chapter of the Unfinished Tales, the main Drug character is Aghan, and I kind of think he’s the bee’s knees. He’s such a good friend to Barach and his family, and works some of the coolest and most mysterious magic you’re going to see among the race of men. I actually recorded his story here, if you’re interested.
  10. Haleth: Could anyone who does not consider Haleth to be one of their favorite humans please come to the principle’s office? Because we’re going to have to have a long talk about recognizing perfection when it’s right in front of you.

May 26th 2015 || #1

Day 01 of The Studying Challenge : Find Something That Inspires You To Hit The Books

the thing that inspires me to hit the books today, after going 4 days without any studying, opening a book or doing anything school/study related at all, is this book here that’s shown opened up on the first page. the book is by Malala Yousafzai and is called “I Am Malala”. throughout the book, Malala, the youngest to ever win a Noble Prize, is telling her story. and her story and the strength, ambition, passion, compassion and love that radiates out of the book while reading is what inspires me to hit the books, to further my knowledge, to make a change with the education I’m privileged with.

For over a decade, I have been all for Sirius always thinking that his family was wrong and ultimately he ends up leaving and though it’s dramatic, he doesn’t have any second thoughts or regrets.

But now I’m all for Sirius being completely torn for years because he was sorted into Gryffindor and now everyone at the family reunions looks at him with disgust and his parents openly talk about how Regulus is the better son and he just wants to impress them and he wants to impress the rest of his family and he wants to be a Black but at the same time, he’s not sure that he believes in their values but he swallows his doubts because he wants to fit in and he wants to belong but the Marauders and the Potters and the other Gryffindors have entirely different values and he doesn’t know who to believe and he’s conflicted and upset and he knows that either way, he’s going to lose a piece of himself. And his friends are talking to him and Mr. and Mrs. Potter are talking to him but so are Regulus and his cousins and he doesn’t know who to listen to. And in the end, he makes mistakes and says stupid things as he tries to prove himself to be a member of the Black family but he’s disgusted with himself and he ultimately realizes that not only can he not do it but he’s unlikely to be accepted by his parents either way. And he realizes that he was never a Black, no matter how hard he tried. And he realizes that he doesn’t WANT to be a Black. Not anymore. And so he leaves. He gets out. And it’s not easy. And there are many nights at the Potters that are spent with tears running down his face. But in the end, he realizes that he made the right choice.


Ok so the other day I went to the spectrum (it’s a strip mall) and I was all decked out in my punk ass clothes. I was wearing a misfits shirt, black ripped skinny jeans, converse covered in band logos, and a leather jacket right? So three interesting things happened because of this:

1: I held the door open for a horde of people and waited for the very last person to go through before I went in and a younger mom said “that was very kind AND punk of you” with a little giggle and I said thank you

2: A little boy asked me if I was a vampire, I said “no, I only look that way” and smiled and he said “are you sure?” So I let him see the lack of fangs. It was really cute.

3:I got into a conversation at Barnes and nobles with a nice old woman about what CD she should get her grandson for his 15th birthday. She told me all about him and how he likes movies a lot and that one of his favorites is the crow. We talked about movies for a while and I made her laugh. Eventually I recommended to buy him a black flag cd. Before she paid and left she told me “thank you for helping me, you put a smile on my face. I’m very happy you don’t think you have to be mean to be punk rock” then she pinched my cheek and left.

The moral of the story is exactly that, being kind and polite is VERY punk rock. You should always be kind and respectful towards people you haven’t been able to get to know yet.


anonymous asked:

How do you enter fashion design as a career? I'm really lost as to how to start

Start by starting is a huge step. like what do you do in fashion right now? Start educating yourself with like fashion books at the library and/or fashion magazines from a book store (I like Barnes & Noble) and look up internships and jobs and shit and like you can watch documentaries to learn more names of jobs in fashion. And I’m not even kidding watching showstudio talks helps you learn that there are so many jobs in fashion that you wouldn’t have known the names of before lol

idk I feel like people just want to be around fashion but don’t have an idea of what to do because they don’t want to design, do photography or style or do the obvious things but here are #options

You asked, she answered: As May draws to a close, our guest editor signs off with some questions from our readers.

What is the proudest moment so far in your modeling career?
It’s hard to choose as I try and do work I’m proud of every day. I think my Vogue covers have been very defining moments for me, as well as signing my Maybelline contract, plus some stuff that’s yet to come out… stay tuned!
What is your favorite quote?
It changes often, but one that really touched me recently was this Ernest Hemingway quote: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”  

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re having a lazy day with Bella?
Lay in bed, watch TV, and laugh.

How do you edit your pictures on Instagram?
I usually keep them pretty natural and use the editing tools on Instagram—sometimes I’ll use an additional iPhone camera filter!

What are your top styling tips?
I style myself by mixing high and low price points, or basic pieces with standout ones. So something easy like jeans and a tee with great boots and a great coat.

How would you describe your style?
I’d say casual-chic. I’m always comfortable and try to keep it simple but on-trend. 

Where are your favorite places to travel to?
I love Tahiti, St. Barts and Egypt, among many others. I find something I love in every place I travel to, and I especially love places where I end up learning a lot about its history.

If you can only choose a meal to eat all your life, what would it be?
Probably a cheeseburger and fries from J.G. Melon in New York.

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?

Every time I think about getting a tattoo I draw it on myself for a month and by the end I’m usually over it. If I end up getting one it’ll be something with a lot of meaning and very small—that said, I love Dr. Woo’s work at Shamrock Social Club in Hollywood. 


Portrait of Shakespeare…maybe. First image of a potato…for sure.
And a New Discovery concerning the Portrait in Gerard’s Herball!

Whether it is Shakespeare, de Vere, or Sir Walter Raleigh, we can’t say for sure, but we are grateful for the recent Country Life news story—and the furor it has unleashed—because it caused us to look more closely at the 1597 edition of John Gerard’s Herball at University of Illinois.  We admired the young man on the title page, but were also intrigued to discover that the work has the distinction of describing the potato for the first time in English [1].  Moreover, this book contains the first illustration of that noble vegetable. The description of the “Virginia potato” has some scientific flaws that were corrected in the 1633 edition, but it nonetheless represents the first plate of potatoes.

But wait, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has made an exclusive discovery concerning the portraiture in this volume.  By examining clues, signs, and symbols, we have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Gerard admired the new American vegetable tremendously.  Reader, look not on the putative young Bard, but at the fellow on the frontispiece in this volume.  That is John Gerard himself—and he is holding a potato flower!  VH

[1] A Swiss botanist, Caspar Bauhin, had described it in Latin in 1596, but did not illustrate it until 1598.


Doctor Who Gifset The Unicorn and the Wasp-I have small tiny little theory pertaining to Donna in this scene. This was before her memory was wiped, maybe this was the Tardis taking the Doctor and her to a place where they needed to be in order to see that a person who had most of their memory wiped away can still be okay, that they still can remember small things that happened to them. I mean that being on the Doctor’s part of wiping her memory later, as for Donna she still wouldn’t have a clue, but it could mean that Donna afterwards after losing all her memories of the Doctor and the adventures they had, that somehow they still lingered in the back of her mind. Maybe they come out as weird dreams that she just brushes of the next day because she ate some bad shellfish the night before or had to much to drink. Maybe they are small thoughts  that pop into her head out of the blue, like really what sane person would think of a traveling man in a box. They aren’t really memories for say, but these small ideas and notions still will come up in her head. She won’t have any idea that those things actually happened to her, because if she truly remembered she would die according to the Doctor, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get small little reminders popping out at her from the back of her mind about the time they spent together. She wouldn’t have a name for this traveler in her dreams and ideas. He would just be a blur in her subconscious within her dreams, but she would have felt like she had known him for a very long time. But her memories of him are long gone, so he just remains this constant blurred figure, but she feels comforted by him like he somehow heals her of everything going wrong, so she decides to call this blurred man “The Doctor.” and with that she begins to jot down these dreams and such into a diary, and just calls them stories because that is what they are in the end, just silly made up stories, or so she is made to believe.