1 year of red

The “Misdirection” Wars

Why the “GA” or “Surface” Interpretation Totally Gives you the Red-Herrings

For two days now I’ve been seeing way too many people crying “misdirect” at, well, the entire trailer. Which is frankly silly because I’ve no doubt that he THEATRICAL TRAILER = exactly what the movie is going to be about. That doesn’t mean there aren’t red-herrings ala Jedi Finn from the TFA trailer, the only red-herring I remember. The TFA trailer was pretty straight-forward in introducing the main players (”I’m no one” Rey, “I was raised to do one thing” Finn and “I’ll finish what you started” Kylo) and giving you a feeling of what the movie was going to be, but I digress…

There are a few red-herrings in the trailer for TLJ, they just aren’t what everybody’s up-in-arms about all over the internet. The GA got two big things from the trailer: Kylo is going to kill Leia and Rey is going to join or at the very least be tempted by the dark side. That’s the surface interpretation and it’s absolutely what Lucasfilm intended people who were only going to watch the trailer once and haven’t been obsessing over this shit for two years to take from it, amirite?

Red-Herring # 1: Kylo Is Going to Kill Mommy

They used a combination of Han’s murder in TFA and Carrie’s tragic and untimely passing as a means of suggesting that Kylo kills Leia because we all know Kylo already did it once and Carrie/Leia won’t be in IX. That said, for us spoiler-fiends there are a whole slew of reasons why we already know that he totally isn’t going to kill his mom, most notably the fact that he has his Act I stitches and Leia survives into Act III on Craft. But, that said, on a one-time viewing the trailer totally gives the surface impression that Kylo’s going to pull that trigger (he did kill daddy, right)? That’s the red-herring, the surface interpretation is that Kylo is going to shoot her while the clip is actually about outlining his internal struggle and really ins’t about Leia dying at all. It’s introducing what is going to be one of Kylo’s major plot-points in TLJ: the struggle, once again, to jump of the self-destructive “kill the past” path and take on a new goal.

Red-Herring # 2: The Infamous Hand

This is the big one, no doubt. Why people are so fixated on discounting it is a totally different story, but either way the surface-read is that Rey is going to go off with Kylo and join the dark side. This time around they’re playing with Empire expectations like Vader’s request that he and Luke overthrow the Emperor together, but a second watch of the trailer quickly reveals that’s not what’s happening at all. In TFA Kylo told Rey “You need a teacher, I can show you the ways of the Force”, so this bit of the trailer is not only an extension of that, it’s also a response to Rey’s line of FORESHADOWING (not misdirection) that will be heard earlier in the film, possibly around a campfire to either Luke or Chewie. Twice in this trailer she says she needs help controlling her powers and finding her way. The trailer answers at the end not with Luke’s hand, but with Kylo’s. The red-herring is that Rey is going dark, the truth is either that Kylo is reaching for the Light or the two of them, disenfranchised by their individual mentor’s inability to guide them, are trusting in each other to find a new way together.

Why TF Aren’t People Talking About This?

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The biggest thing about this trailer that people really aren’t talking about enough is Luke and Snoke’s big reveal about the core of Rey and Kylo’s relationship: they share something, something ancient and potentially very dangerous that was destined to bring them together in some manner from the get-go. The “raw power” their mentors make reference to is what fascinated Kylo about Rey in TFA and probably what encouraged his offer to help her. This reveal is without a doubt the biggest spoiler in the trailer because it outlines a dynamic that has been debated with tooth and claw for two years. The truth? They’re equals that are both harborers of “raw power” and “strength” that Kylo was either unable to control or embraced in the past, while it just awoke in Rey, and like Kylo said, “you need a teacher”.

So at the end of the day ya’ll who are focusing on the edits and calling misdirect at everything are missing the point: the surface-read of the trailer is just that, a surface-read, the same surface-read that led people to cry “Jedi Finn” just because Finn used a lightsaber. The trailer absolutely establishes the feeling of what the movie is going to be (and what the major character struggles will be), so don’t get caught up in the irrelevant details. Yes, Kylo is going to struggle and continue to be torn apart. Yes, Luke is going to be scared of Rey. Yes, Rey is going to beg the heavens for help because she won’t be able to control that shit. Yes, Finn is going to infiltrate the FO and fight Phasma. YES, Kylo is going to offer his hand to Rey a second time. We just haven’t seen the results of these character struggles yet.

(ALLKPOP ARTICLE) 100 idols cast their votes for the best visual, body, dancer, vocalist, and more!

For a Lunar New Year special, 100 idol stars participated in a survey to vote for the best of the best! According to Ilgan Sports, members from GOT7, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, MONSTA X, BTS, B2ST, VIXX, Seventeen, SISTAR, IOI, EXO, G-Friend, AOA, EXID, and NCT 127 took part, as well as Minzy, Crush, and Suzy.

Check out the results below!

Best Male Visual
#1 NCT 127’s Taeyong
#2 ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo
#3 VIXX’s Hong Bin, Big Bang’s T.O.P, MONSTA X’s Hyungwon
#4 Seventeen’s Vernon
#5 EXO’s Suho, BTS’ Jin

Best Female Visual
#1 miss A’s Suzy
#2 Girls’ Generation’s YoonA
#3 Red Velvet’s Irene
#4 TWICE’s Tzuyu, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
#5 AOA’s Seolhyun, TWICE’s Mina

Best Dancer
#1 EXO’s Kai
#2 SHINee’s Taemin
#3 NCT 127’s Ten
#4 GOT7’s Yugyeom
#5 MONSTA X’s Shownu

Best Body (Female)
#1 AOA’s Seolhyun
#2 SISTAR’s Soyu, Red Velvet’s Seulgi
#3 Girl’s Day’s Yura, HyunA, Cosmic Girls’ Cheng Xiao
#4 G-Friend’s Sowon, Wonder Girls’ Yubin, MAMAMOO’s Hwa Sa, SISTAR’s Bora, Black Pink’s Lisa

Best Body (Male)
#1 SHINee’s Minho
#2 MONSTA X’s Wonho
#3 MONSTA X’s Shownu
#4 NCT 127’s Johnny
#5 EXO’s Sehun, Kai, Xiumin

Best Vocalist
#1 Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
#2 Seventeen’s DK, EXO’s Chen
#3 MONSTA X’s Kihyun
#4 Seventeen’s Seungkwan, NCT 127’s Taeil
#5 Big Bang’s Taeyang, VIXX’s Ken, G-Friend’s Yuju

Funniest Idol
#2 Seventeen’s Seungkwan
#3 GOT7’s Jackson
#4 Super Junior’s Heechul
#5 ZE:A’s Kwanghee

Idols you wish to become close with
#1 Big Bang
#2 EXO, NCT 127
#3 GOT7
#4 G-Friend, SISTAR, Red Velvet

Idols you want to spend Lunar New Year with
#1 Seventeen, MONSTA X
#3 NCT 127, EXO
#4 BTS, Red Velvet
#5 G-Friend

Favorite song to sing at noraebang (karaoke)
#1 EXO- “Growl”
#2 Park Hyo Shin- “Wild Flower”
#3 G-Friend- “Me Gustas Tu”, Jung Joon Il- “Hug Me”

First thing you do in the morning
#1 Turn off the alarm
#2 Check the time
#3 Wash face/ drink water
#4 Wash up
#5 Give dog food

Things you wish to do if given a vacation
#1 Travel
#2 Sleep, visit home
#3 Meet friends
#4 Fishing, ‘There is no vacation’
#5 Game, exercise, lay down, etc.


The Matter of Britain;
Inverness, Caerleon and London, United Kingdom. 1941, Nazi occupied Britain, 12 weeks after the axis victory of the Battle of Britain. The battle lost, the King missing and the Nazis fully occupying England, Wales and the south of Scotland, the capital had been compromised.

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND. The resistance army moves further up north to the harsh winters of the Scottish Highlands and settles in Inverness. They are exhausted of strength and options, their supplies of weapons and food running low and their contact with the remaining allies becoming strained. Merlin sat in a corner and watched his comrades sing songs of heroes and victory. He wondered how they could laugh and sing knowing they would die soon and remembered a man, a long time ago, telling him “A warrior learns to enjoy each day as it comes.” “Because it may be his last” Merlin repeated aloud, then laughed and laughed and laughed. He kept laughing until he was longer laughing but screaming, intense beams of light coming out of his fingertips and shattering the windows of the small pub. His magic was alive. He was alive. When the blinding light ceased Merlin found himself in the middle of the room with the guns of his comrades pointed towards him.

CAERLEON, WALES. He was alive. “Merlin”, was Arthur’s first words, and would be his last. From the other side, he had seen the world change, he had seen revolutions and revelations, deaths and births, the world was ever changing, but Merlin was a constant. He had felt Merlin’s joy when he eloped with a young French noblewoman after she escaped a terrible betrothal to her cousin, and felt his grief when she died suddenly three weeks later. He had laughed when Merlin fell hopelessly in love with Oscar Wilde and dyed his hair blonde because Oscar had once mentioned the beauty of his mother’s blonde hair. He had felt Merlin’s sorrow and his own more when Merlin visited him at the lake three times every year. And at that moment, standing in front of a confused looking woman, dressed in wet armour and a sword in his hand, he had felt Merlin’s fear. 

LONDON, ENGLAND. 4 years after the Axis victory of the Battle of Britain and 6 months after the allied victory in the second world war. Th Resistance army flag still hung from Palace of Westminster. The mood in Britain changed after the war, the King abdicated, and the monarchy was abolished. The republic was born, and the public democratically elected a new leader. It was this day 2 years and 6 months ago the resistance, and allied armies regained control of the capital, with Arthur as their lead and Merlin, their secret protection and weapon. They attacked with a battle cry that became immortalised  “We fight for the future. The future of Albion. The future of the United Kingdoms!”.

CAERLEON, WALES.  It was this day 1 year, and 6 months ago Arthur had wrapped Merlin in his red cloak and carried his body to the shore, laid beside him on an oak boat and drifted off towards a familiar Island on a familiar lake.

100 idols cast their votes for the best visual, body, dancer, vocalist, and more!

For a Lunar New Year special, 100 idol stars participated in a survey to vote for the best of the best! According to Ilgan Sports, members from GOT7, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, MONSTA X, BTS, B2ST, VIXX, Seventeen, SISTAR, IOI, EXO, G-Friend, AOA, EXID, and NCT 127 took part, as well as Minzy, Crush, and Suzy.

Best Male Visual
#1 NCT 127’s Taeyong
#2 ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo
#3 VIXX’s Hong Bin, Big Bang’s T.O.P, MONSTA X’s Hyungwon
#4 Seventeen’s Vernon
#5 EXO’s Suho, BTS’ Jin

Best Dancer
#1 EXO’s Kai
#2 SHINee’s Taemin
#3 NCT 127’s Ten
#4 GOT7’s Yugyeom
#5 MONSTA X’s Shownu

Best Body (Male)
#1 SHINee’s Minho
#2 MONSTA X’s Wonho
#3 MONSTA X’s Shownu
#4 NCT 127’s Johnny
#5 EXO’s Sehun, Kai, Xiumin

Best Vocalist
#1 Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
#2 Seventeen’s DK, EXO’s Chen
#3 MONSTA X’s Kihyun
#4 Seventeen’s Seungkwan, NCT 127’s Taeil
#5 Big Bang’s Taeyang, VIXX’s Ken, G-Friend’s Yuju

Idols you want to spend Lunar New Year with
#1 Seventeen, MONSTA X
#3 NCT 127, EXO
#4 BTS, Red Velvet
#5 G-Friend


1 Year Adventure Raffle!
Consists of:
@rebelleice’s Amethyst
@pinkdiamondxd’s Luke
@charlesallendelure’s Aqua Aura
@zoisite-su’s Zoisite
@gemsona-helpers’s Lava Fire Opal
@nest-of-awful-garbage’s Pink Tourmaline
@itsthatguyethan’s Langite
@pokepal15’s Sea Glass
@theclodgod’s Kyanite
@onyx-and-black-zircon-draws’s Red Diamond

Note: Sorry if you don’t like the designs but i tried. You obviously don’t have to use them but i just wanted an excuse to draw your gemsonas lol. It’d be really cool though if you set it to your actual regeneration. Hope you guys like it!

anonymous asked:

What do you think everyone needs to know?

Here are a few things that I have found useful knowing. I’m glad I have learned these things over the years. Obviously this list isn’t for everyone and I’m not saying every single person needs to know how to do every single thing on this list (cooking and budgeting would probably be priority). However, I think if your goal is to become a very well-rounded, experienced, knowledgeable person, it may be of some use to know how to do these things.

My old roommate asked me this same question once and I said “cook, do laundry, iron, sew (very basic), and budget”. She stared at me after realizing she didn’t know how to do any of it and said “oh well I’ll just hire people for all of that”. Sure that’s all good and well, whatever floats your boat but I truly believe that each person should be a self sufficient, functioning, mature human being (at least by the time you graduate college)

Of course I don’t expect everyone to cook a 5 course meal, iron a collared shirt properly, or sew a quilt. Also I realize this list is mostly for girls. I do believe both girls and guys need to be fully functioning mature self-sufficient people, however when’s the last time you saw a guy sew? Doesn’t mean he shouldn’t know how to do it…just guys don’t typically think “hmm there’s a hole in this shirt, let me sew it up”…it usually just ends up in the trash

Before graduating high school:

  1. How to make your own lunch. Stop having your mom make and pack it for you. Along the same lines, if your mom wakes you up every morning…get an alarm clock
  2. Please know proper grammar. College professors won’t find it cute that you don’t know the difference between your and you’re, or there, their, and they’re 
  3. How to cook a few basic meals so when you go to college you don’t starve (my old roommate once asked me if you cook pasta directly in the jar the sauce comes in, or if you cook it first somewhere else, then put the sauce on top…she was 19…don’t be this person)
  4. How to handle yourself on social media. Don’t be that girl barely wearing any clothes, posting pictures of you drinking underage on social media. Colleges, graduate schools, and jobs will look at your social media and I promise you don’t look cool drinking alcohol at 19. 
  5. Know your manners. This is something that should be taught from such a young age, but so many people forget it. Please be polite, respectful, and kind to others especially those in the restaurant or commercial industry or authority figures. Also, learn to put your phone down once in awhile. Especially during dinner or when you’re hanging out with friends. What’s on your phone will still be there when you pick it up again, but we only get so many meaningful interactions to talk, listen, or learn with people we care about. 
  6. How to sew and iron. Your grandma isn’t always going to be there for you; especially when you go to college (I’m not talking about hardcore on a sewing machine, but know how to sew up a hole or fix a button). My middle school required a home economics class and I’m so glad it did.
  7. Know how to do your own laundry, clean, and make your bed
  8. Have some work experience. At least 1-2 years whether it’s babysitting, an internship, volunteering, or an official paid job
  9. Learn how to manage money. Save some, and learn how to budget so when/if you go to college you’re not broke
  10. Know how to do a basic car check (oil, tire pressure, know what the service lights mean, know what to do incase of an emergency or flat tire) (AAA is key)
  11. Know how to use basic tools…dad won’t be with you in your apartment when you need to fix something. I’ll admit I’m still working on these last two…luckily I have a boyfriend that does them for me but I think if you’re a girl living on your own or with roommates they are necessary to know. 

Before graduating college:

  1. How to write a killer resume, CV, and cover letter. Also how to respectfully ask for a recommendation letter. And how to professionally handle yourself in an interview or work situation. 
  2. How to manage your time and try not to procrastinate. It’s really important to have some healthy habits, workout regularly, and make time for yourself 
  3. Know how to dress for an interview and the differences between business casual and business professional (let me know if you need to know the difference). 
  4. Know how to walk in heels. Wear flats or 1-2 inches for job interviews and save everything else for Friday night. But don’t be that girl stumbling around because her heels are too tall. Likewise, don’t be that girl who complains about how bad her feet hurt because that’s just annoying. Don’t wear the shoes if you can’t walk in them for at least an hour, I dont care how cute they are. 
  5. Know how to dress for your body type and your age. Crop tops are cute and fun freshman year, but after that it’s time to get a more mature wardrobe. My personal rule for going out is you can accentuate one part of your body, but only one, or else it’s too much (obviously there are some exceptions…short shorts and a crop top isn’t one of them). Again this is just my personal rule…I’m not here to tell girls how to dress. If a crop top and short shorts make you feel cute and confident then go for it girl! Who am I to make fashion rules?
  6.  Likewise, have clothes that fit you properly, a basic everyday wardrobe (let me know if you need tips for a basic wardrobe and I can type that up). Also, have a few business outfits for interviews and professional jobs, as well as a go to black dress and a go to pair of jeans
  7. How to prepare for an interview; have a list of questions to ask at the end, and always bring a notepad and pen with you
  8. How to handle yourself during a night out. Once you graduate college it isn’t 5 drinks at a bar every other night…you have commitments and responsibilities. Learn how to have 1-2 drinks or say no to going out. You can’t show up to your job late and hungover
  9. Know how to be prepared. If I am carrying my large handbag, at all times I will have: bandaids, gel blister pads, girl things, hair ties, hand sanitizer, a lighter, a pen, a notepad, a snack, a Tide stick, tylenol, a water bottle, chapstick, a portable charger, ear phones, and more…

Before getting married:

  1. Have a good red, a good white, and a good champagne that you can always rely on
  2. Learn how to think about someone else. I feel like in college people are very self centered and unless you’re in a long term mature relationship you probably don’t understand this but…when you’re with another person you have to take into account their ideas, opinions, and feelings. It’s not all about you and your happiness isn’t the only thing that matters now. You have to communicate, compromise, and understand. 
  3. Know how to make a few basic cocktails…just because 
  4. I would say learn how to host a dinner party but that sounds very housewife-y and I know a lot of people are against that term…but if you plan on regularly having friends over for dinner or parties…learn to multitask while cooking and have a go to menu or dessert recipe 
  5. Be financially independent (this isn’t for everyone, but a priority for me. I want to be able to support myself if I ever had to alone, and not rely on my husband)

Before having a baby:

  1. The post nursing/pre-med in me feels obligated to say CPR and basic infant/child first aid
  2. Basic prenatal care, importance of prenatal vitamins, risk factors/things not to do during pregnancy (obviously no alcohol, limited caffeine, no raw fish, no lunch meats, no soft cheeses, etc.). You have to go to regular prenatal checkups and your doctor will tell you all this but…just an FYI. 
  3. Have some experience with kids whether it’s working at a daycare or babysitting your sisters kids. Babies are a lot of work and you really need experience. Take a pregnancy class if you’re very inexperienced. I’ve been working with babies/kids for 10 years and it’s great experience and has taught me so much for when I decide to have my own someday
  4. Know basic childcare…you know…basic things to keep a baby safe and alive
    1. Put babies to sleep on their backs with no blankets or toys in the crib. Know the risk factors for SIDS and how to prevent it
    2. Babies stay in a rear facing car seat until they’re 2 years old or at the highest weight and height the car seat allows
    3. Don’t begin to feed your baby solid foods until 6-8 months (foods like yogurt, baby oatmeal, and puréed veggies may start as early as 4 months). Babies shouldn’t have red meat, sugar, or cows milk until 1 year old.
    4. When you begin to feed a baby solid foods, you always start with vegetables. If you introduce fruits first, babies will be accustomed to the sweetness and probably won’t adapt well to veggies 

Hope this was helpful. Sorry it was long. Also I didn’t mean for it to sound housewife-y with the cleaning and cooking and sewing. I think girls and guys equally need a basic understanding of most of these things and these are the things I’m just really glad I’ve learned over the years!

A Story of A Child (1)

Hundreds of years after the Great War, there was born a red eyed, red souled child. Mind you, red eyed children are not rare statistically, despite the common harmful stereotype of them being “monster spawns” and the medical issues of red eyes being more sensitive to light. This child wouldn’t be so peculiar, but they were the child of a very successful businessman and a model.

This birth was regarded a “Mistake”.

The child had beautiful features and a doll-like face. Many wished they were not red-eyed, saying it was an unfortunate event, and that the couple might “have better luck next time”.

The child listened to all complaints towards them and absorbed them silently.

They were home schooled and kept away from the other kids. Truth to be told, they were comfortable inside their own bubble, as social interactions wear them down to their bones. Even when their parents did not even hug them, or smile at them, they still have their toys. Their stuffed bear would always smile and hug them at any times. They didn’t mind any of it. 

The couple tried and tried again for another child. They had married for the sake of preserving their image, and having their only child be an unpopular, red eyed child was humiliating. They decided to divorce, leaving to find better spouses.

No one told the child about the split. They woke up in the morning in a van riding towards an orphanage, reading about their parents’ divorce in the local newspaper. 

Both denied custody of them.

Their stuffed bear was nowhere to be found, perhaps it was left behind. Perhaps no one really bothered to take the time to pick up the child’s favorite toy. 

They just wanted the child out of their sight.


  #3YearsWithRV ♡

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Red Velvet! On 1st August 2014, SM Entertainment’s first girl group in 5 years debuted with the song Happiness! Despite the circumstances, the members of Red Velvet (Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri) have worked hard to become a successful group, with an amazing discography that I listen to every day consisting of 5 mini-albums and 1 full album. Here’s to 3 years and counting ! 


More unposted art of Velocity. I draw her a lot lol

Row 1:

1. 30-year-old Velocity Concept
2. Red Outfit Concept

Row 2:

1. Sonic and the Black Knight- Guinevere concept
2. Sonic Boom- Velocity Concept
3. Metal Velocity Concept

Row 3:

1. Sonic and the Secret Rings- Dark Spine Concept
2. Maximum Velocity- Super Form Concept

Row 4:

Alternative Outfits

I’m going to update all these soon, I remember them being so fun to draw!