Higher quality calendar scans from


on twitter! The event featured in the calendar image is actually listed.  I’ve also listed the illustrator of each image. 

  • Cover: Barcelona Gala (Itou Noriko) 
  • Image #1- World Team Trophy (Itou Noriko) 
  • Image #2- Onsen on Ice Hasetsu Exhibition (Tadashi Hiramatsu) 
  • Image #4- Training Camp (Itou Noriko) 
  • Image #3- Start of the Grand Prix Series  (Tadashi Hiramatsu)
  • Image #5- Yuuri & Victor at the GPF in Nagoya  (Itou Noriko)
  • Image #6-  Worlds Gala Finale (Kubo Mitsurou) 
A Look at the New Gem Designs

So, we’ve learned about the two new gems: Aquamarine and Topaz. People have already begun to criticize them for being cheap designs, but how about we take a closer look?


Aquamarine has been described by the leaker as smaller than Peridot and extremely childish. The first piece of info is already evident, as she seems to be even shorter than Steven. Her personality can be drawn from her appearance: the tear-shaped gem under her eye calls into mind how children, when they don’t get what they want, will become angry and cry. However, her gem also gives a darker hint to Aquamarine’s capabilities- after all, the Diamonds wouldn’t send anyone to deal with gems on Earth. Criminals often get a tear-shaped tattoo under their eye to signify that they’ve killed someone. Since Pearl recognized her description in the leaks, it’s likely Aquamarine was in the War, and possibly shattered gems.

Aquamarine’s outfit itself continues this trend. It seems innocent at first glance, but also implies power. The dress, flats, and small pixie-like wings are typical of a childish and usually-harmless fairy in most media, but look closer. The vest and cut of Aquamarine’s dress look more like an office dress, as if she can get down to business when needed to. In fact, the top of her dress under the vest even looks like an office tie. This is continued with the gloves and hair: her hair is short and seems childish, but is also the haircut of a businesswoman, and the gloves are short, for manual work, instead of the long and elegant gloves meant for decoration that are seen on Sapphire. She may look like a fairy, but Aquamarine is a cunning magician.

This trend is continued in the above photo. What we see is possibly Aquamarine’s weapon- a wand. While most people see a wand as a silly stick, wands were always seen as dangerous and valuable in fairytales and myths. This is, once again, the essence of Aquamarine: silly in one moment, deadly in another. Let’s move on to Topaz.


If Aquamarine is the brains of the mission, Topaz is the brawn. Topaz may also serve to keep Aquamarine in check when she becomes childish. But let’s move on to design. Topaz, according to Pearl in the leaks, is a fusion. She seems to be made of two Topaz gems, with one gem on either side of her head. Her outfit, compared to Aquamarine, is relatively simple, but still interesting. Let’s start from the top. Topaz has a buzz cut, as an army soldier would, giving the sense that she is a no-nonsense type of woman. This trend continues with her simple outfit, as she isn’t trying to impress someone since they would know her power, and with her visor, which implies a level of intelligence and concentration not seen in other soldier-type gems, such as Amethysts and Jaspers. That’s not to say those types aren’t intelligent, but Topaz gets down to business. Her muscles are huge, with hands bigger than Aquamarine’s hands, yet also seem gentle and able to do precise operations. Perhaps Topaz gems usually serve as the leaders of military operations- she seems more levelheaded than Jasper, and may even be her superior.

Topaz’s weapon is seen above. It is best to keep in mind this is a fusion weapon- either the Topaz gems each have a mallet/club of some sort with a large rock on one end, or perhaps one gem has a staff while the other has large rocks as their weapon. Either way, this is a weapon that can be used both for offense and defense. With the shaft of the weapon, Topaz can block oncoming attacks, as seen in the picture, and with the ends of the weapon she can deliver painful blows. It is interesting to note that, compared to other soldier-type gems, Topaz is extremely calm while fighting. Amethysts and Jaspers usually have more frustration or joy in their features depending on the events of a fight, while this Topaz, other than her eyebrows, slight frown, and tense muscles, keeps a poker face. Instead of throwing herself into the battle, Topaz is keeping herself in check, and not allowing herself to become cocky or reveal weaknesses.

Other Notes

  • Aquamarine doesn’t have a nose, just like Sapphire. 
  • The blue bits above Aquamarine’s head in the first picture may be a bow or hair ribbon of some sort.
  • Aquamarine’s wings don’t seem to be made out of water, as with Lapis. Perhaps they come directly from her gem, instead of from a different source, or are always present, compared to how Lapis can make her wings disappear. 
  • Aquamarine may actually be wearing a shirt or top of some kind underneath her vest, since her skin seems to be a different color where it meets the dress.
  • Aquamarine is also wearing tights.
  • Aquamarine’s wand may be able to manipulate and hold objects in mid-air, as Peridot’s limb enhancer fingers did in earlier episodes. A magician often has a levitating act.
  • It is possible each Topaz in the fusion has a one-sided visor of sorts, each on different sides, which combine into one big visor when they fuse.
  • Topaz seems to be able to absorb people and objects into her body. When they are absorbed, people seem to become smaller as they sink into her.
  • It could be due to how the scene is shaded, but Topaz’s pants may become shoes at the bottom?
  • Topaz’s lips and nose are shared with Yellow Diamond and other gems in her court.
  • If we follow the Color Rule, Topaz and Aquamarine belong to Yellow and Blue Diamond respectively.
  • Topaz and Aquamarine have worked together before, and are known for their strength. It is unknown if they’ve worked together since then, but this is the Diamonds pulling out the big guns.

This is mostly speculation, but thanks for reading!!! Please don’t repost.


Men spoke for more than three times as long as women during Google’s I/O keynote

  • At Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the tech behemoth shows off its latest apps, software updates, the numerous new ways it’ll own you, some new hardware and other visions of its future.
  • Too bad it’s still a future where women are granted a third of the speaking time men get on one of the biggest stages in tech — an industry already plagued by issues of discrimination.
  • So how much time did women get at Google’s 2017 I/O? At this year’s conference, men spoke for 1 hour, 20 minutes and 55 seconds. Women spoke for 23 minutes and 22 seconds.
  • There were seven men and five women onstage — a big improvement over 2016’s Made by Google event, which featured six men and only two women. Read more (5/18/17)

follow @the-future-now

Y'all, my first book is being released tomorrow by @workmanpub. I’m overwhelmed by all of the nice shit that’s been written about it, not to mention the awesome write-ups in print mags like @elleusa, @bust_magazine, @healthmagazine, & @familycirclemag. Also, apparently there’s already a book club reading it this month and I’m just sitting over here like 😳📕😳📕

Tomorrow’s Bull City tour kick-off at @motorcomh c/o @regulatorbookshop is allegedly sold out, but y'all know how I feel about party crashers- just show up and you’ll probably get in- at the very least you can grab a beer or some sesame udon salad at @partsandlabour. Tell ‘em Jessamyn sent you & TIP YOUR BARTENDER PLEASE AND THANK YOU. After that, it’s Nashville’s @parnassusbooks on Wednesday, Raleigh’s @quailridgebooks on Thursday, and a yoga class at #yogafestnc on Saturday- all the info’s on jessamynstanley.com/tour (link is in the header). Anyway, y'all are the best & I’m so excited to meet you. Also USE THE #EVERYBODYYOGA SNAPCHAT FILTER WHEN YOU’RE AT THE EVENTS- it features a half-naked bitmoji Jessamyn doing yoga soooo. Yeah. Let’s spread that shit.

You can buy “Every Body Yoga” anywhere fine books are sold. I have waited a long time to say those words. Also, this shameless promotion is inspired by the boys of @thecrookedmedia.

Outfit by @vonscher_active Photo by @lydiahudgens (at Durham, North Carolina)

Made with Instagram

After a story came out that showed the creepy way Vice President Mike Pence views his wife and other women, Twitter couldn’t resist shamelessly mocking him.

A Washington Post story published Wednesday night, titled, “Karen Pence is the vice president’s ‘prayer warrior,’ gut check and shield,” (seriously) one of the details from the story that ended up going viral was a section about how the vice president tries to avoid being alone in the same room with another woman without his wife present.

“In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either,” wrote the Post‘s Ashley Parker, in her profile of the vice president’s marriage.

Another detail Parker omitted from her story is the incredibly unsettling word Pence uses when addressing his wife. The Rolling Stone’s Stephen Rodrick profiled Pence’s time as Governor of Indiana, and recounted a time when a state legislator overheard then-Governor Pence refer to his wife, Karen, as “mother” during a dinner at the Governor’s mansion with Democratic legislators in an effort to build camaraderie with lawmakers across the aisle:

Of course, all of this was way too much for Twitter to handle, with many of them pointing out that Pence’s aversion to being around women without his wife present says more about his lack of ability to be trustworthy around women than his relationship with his wife:

Read more:http://resistancereport.com/politics/mike-pence-women-twitter/

Under Construction : The Samwell Student Union

A wonderful thing has happened: the Check, Please! Fandom is getting quite large! However, that means many people have said they are missing events and groups because they aren’t following the right people to see the post. The goal of the Student Union is to centralize these things. We will also reblog the posts of events/networks, but the goal is to have permanent pages where you can easily see what is going on without scrolling forever.

What will the Samwell Student Union Have?

  • Community Calendar Shows the dates of Fic Exchanges, Big Bangs, Character/Ship Fests, Meet-Ups, Ngozi’s Con appearances, etc in one place.
  • Clubs Lists Check, Please! oriented networks that fans can join!
  • Resource Center Lists other fan resources 
  • Maybe more! Feel free to suggest things, though we are going to focus on shoring up the ideas above first.

Answers to more questions you may have below the cut.

Keep reading

Hey everyone! As of today, there’s exactly one month left until JuminV Week! We are so excited to see so many people who love Jumin and V’s relationship whether platonically or romantically, and that many are interested in participating, whether by creating entries to fulfill the prompts and/or by enjoying works created by others. We especially want to extend a sincere thank you to all who helped promoting the event so far.

JuminV Week is a prompts-based event taking place from April 10th-16th. Works of all media can be submitted for the event and featured on this blog: art, fic, edits, graphics, cosplay, amvs, mixes, audio; if you can think of it, we’ll be featuring it.


day one, april 10th: photography | nostalgia/childhood

day two, april 11th: realizations | reunited

day three, april 12th: alternate universe/crossover | first meeting

day four, april 13th: long distance relationship | lyrics

day five, april 14th: travel | confessions

day six, april 15th: food | first kiss

day seven, april 16th: marriage/wedding | spring

All prompts can be interpreted platonically or romantically. Please visit our blog for more details regarding guidelines and submissions. We track the #juminvweek tag, and you can also find us at our Twitter, @juminvweek!

Thank you for being excited as we are. Have fun, we can’t wait to see everyone’s work next month!

The header for this post was made by the one and only @gayalexy! The edit of the original CG is by @jihyunkm and the rest of V was drawn by @murasaki-kun!

Code: Realize: Cotton Candy Party 

The cover used for the June 2017 issue of B’s-Log with Code:Realize as the main feature, This illustration seems to be a sort of alternate/add on version to the illustration done by miko for the “Code:Realize ~Fantastic Party~” event featuring the voice actors for all main bachelors. If you look closely at the bunting, you will see it says “~Fantastic Party~.

In addition, appears Lupin is wearing the same tuxedo he uses in the aforementioned illustration. I don’t think I’ve seen Delly in a main illustration before, so this is quite rare. I would love to see more of Cardia’s gorgeous dress, but it’s covered by the cotton candy (or fairy floss). Please, do not pass up the cute Sissi balloon in the back!

If re-posting please credit to “flowermiko” at Tumblr or Twitter.  DO NOT UPLOAD TO ZEROCHAN. Thank you and enjoy!


Main visual for special event featuring some of the Karasuno and Shiratorizawa seiyuu competing in various things. It will be held on 30th April at Maihama Amphitheater. Also, Yamaguchi Nendoroid revealed~ More characters and memories for Haikyuu!! Donpisha Match to come.

Source: Public raws for JUMP


Bonus badge design from the blind grab at the All Stars event features the SC!


 LA Art Book Fair | Printed Matter | Day One

We swung by day one of the LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA to check out some of the various booths by artists and galleries from all over the country. From zines, periodicals, t-shirts, monographs, stickers, to limited edition signed books, this free 3-day event features works from some of our favorite folks, such as Um Yeah Arts, Nat Russell, Rich Jacobs, And Pens, Juxtapoz, Heather Benjamin, Hamburger Eyes, Dead Beat Club, Giant Robot, SHQ, and so many more.  There is even a must-check out FotoMart, a stand alone booth to buy and / or develop rolls of film, on your way in!  

Photographs by Michael C. Hsiung