anonymous asked:

Steven f*cking pissed me off this episode, if we take into account how preachy he gradually fashioned out to be.

You can practically feel the writers speaking through him when he gets super preachy lol

the-fourth-knower  asked:

How would Sonic handle being part of Team Dark?

Y’know, I always sort of wondered what Sonic-Rouge interactions would be like in-depth, since their personalities seem to pinball off each other in a low-key funny way. Like their conversation in Battle where Sonic shrugged and told Rouge he had lots of girls chasing him—when she said everyone wanted a “date” with Emerl. (IIRC) It’s like they’re so polar opposite in their worldviews that every time they try to communicate, they’re practically speaking in different languages. 

As for Omega, Sonic would be constantly sweatdropping and telling him to “cool his jets” or put down the guns. A million robot puns ensue, each one bringing Omega that much closer to carrying out his deadpan threat of destroying Sonic. :P

Additional headcanon: Sonic calls Omega “ ‘mega man.”

what i should do right now: study for a few tests, write a couple of assignments, make a hundred presentations, practice public speaking, exercise, get a good night’s sleep, make art, write for fun

what i’m doing: everything else except the things i should do

How to Avoid Miscommunication

Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that they just don’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? What’s going on here? Why does miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better?

The fact is, even when face to face with another person, in the very same room, and speaking the same language; human communication is incredibly complex.  But the good news is that a basic understanding of what happens when we communicate can help us prevent miscommunication.

It’s possible to think of communication between people as a game of catch. As we communicate our message, we receive feedback from the other party. Through the transaction, we create meaning together.

But, as humans, we can’t help but send and receive messages through our own subjective lenses. When communicating, one person expresses her interpretation of a message, and the person she’s communicating with hears his own interpretation of that message. Our perceptual filters continually shift meanings and interpretations.  In that case, maybe communication is more like a game of catch with a lump of clay. As each person touches the lump of clay, they shape it to fit their own unique perceptions based on any number of variables; like knowledge or past experience, age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or family background. So, as the lump of clay goes back and forth from one person to another; reworked, reshaped and always changing, it’s no wonder our messages sometimes turn into a mush of miscommunication.

Luckily, there are some simple practices that can help us all navigate our daily interactions for better communication.

1: Recognize that passive hearing and active listening are not the same. Engage actively with the verbal and nonverbal feedback of others, and adjust your message to facilitate greater understanding.

2: Listen with your eyes and ears, as well as with your gut. Remember that communication is more than just words.

3: Take time to understand as you try to be understood. In the rush to express ourselves, it’s easy to forget that communication is a two-way street. Be open to what the other person might say.

4: Be aware of your personal perceptual filters. Elements of your experience, including your culture, community, and family influence how you see the world. Say “This is how I see the problem- but how do you see it?” Don’t assume that your perception is the objective truth; that’ll help you work toward sharing a dialog with others to reach a common understanding, together.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it) - Katherine Hampsten

Animation by @rewfoe


for @onvelvet: Rome

mood: reading multiple collections of poetry and prose, Renaissnce-styled villas,   sketching ancient architecture practicing speaking italian,spectacular views,spending hours people-wathcng in a cafè, hot and humid summer days


  • “ Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the beauty. ”
  • “ Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool: the mistake. ”
  • “ What is your itinerary? ”
  • “ And what do you want to say to your maker? ”
  • “ You don’t know where you are, do you? ”
  • “ You’re in a prison of your own sins. ”
  • “ You want to ask, so ask. ”
  • “ Are you real? ”
  • “ You can’t play God without being acquainted with the devil. ”
  • “ I know how that head of yours works. ”
  • “ We practice witchcraft. We speak the right words. Then we create life itself out of chaos. ”
  • “ He would have us burned at the stake. ”
  • “ That woman in charge is quite formidable. ”
  • “ You can just say ‘bitch.’ I hear it enough. ”
  • “ You’ve died at least a thousand times. ”
  • “  Maybe someday soon we’ll have the life we’ve both been dreaming of. ”
  • “ Has it never occurred to you to run off with her? ”
  • “ Everyone I cared about is gone and it hurts so badly. ”
  • “ The pain, their loss it’s all I have left of them. ”
  • “ I can feel spaces opening up inside of me, like a building with rooms I’ve never explored. ”
  • “ I may be losing my mind. ”
  • “ I think I want to be free. ”
  • “ You sound like a man who’s grown tired of wearing his guts on the inside. ”
  • “ I believe that only the truly brave can look at the world and understand that all of it gods, men, everything else will end badly. No one will be saved. ”
  • “ Maybe we’ve got more in common than I thought. ”
  • “ I imagined a story where I didn’t have to be the damsel. ”
  • “ Never start something you’re not willing to finish. “
  • “ If you’re getting fucked either way, go with the lucrative version…sweetheart. ”
  • “ I’ve been pretending my whole life. Pretending I don’t mind, pretending I belong. ”
  • “ All my life, I’ve prided myself on being a survivor. ”
  • “ It’d be a suicide mission. ”
  • “ At first, I thought you and the others were gods. Then I realized you’re just men. ”
  • “ You think I’m scared of death? I’ve done it a million times. I’m fucking great at it. ”
  • “ How many times have you died? Because if you don’t help me, I’ll kill you. ”
  • “ It’s the human beings who confuse me. ”
  • “ You’re a fucking monster. ”
  • “ Time to write my own fucking story. ”
  • “ At any point, I could blow up or collapse like some dark star or… ”
  • “ Did you hurt them, too? ”
  • “ You both keep assuming that I want out. ”
  • “ If it’s such a wonderful place out there, why are you all clamoring to get in here? ”
  • “ People like you keep spreading over this world like a stain! ”
  • “ You pretend to be this weak, moralizing little asshole, but, really, you’re a fucking piece of work. “
  • “ You helped me find myself. “
  • “ About time you realized the futility of your situation. “
  • “ I’m not crying for myself. I’m crying for you. “
  • “ Time undoes even the mightiest of creatures. Just look at what it’s done to you. “
  • “ The gods are pussies. “
  • “ You needed time. Time to understand your enemy. To become stronger than them. “
  • “ I’m afraid in order to escape this place, you will need to suffer more. “

I have this headcanon that Lance used to be mute, like he witnessed something traumatizing as a child that made him stop talking. And then years down the road he gets fed up with the bullies at school and starts trying to speak again and it takes forever but he’s finally able to speak again (his first word was Hunk) and he keeps practicing until he can speak without it hurting. And then one day during team training or while they’re getting a mission Lance is just being Lance and making jokes and whatever but Keith is a little grump and makes the side comment “don’t you have a mute-button or something” not thinking anything of it but it hits Lance hard and he just stops talking. He usually doesn’t let comments like that upset him because he knows what he went through and is just glad that he can talk but it hurts coming from Keith so he just stops talking all over again. And Keith doesn’t know why because he didn’t mean to hurt Lance - he would never mean to hurt Lance - and he doesn’t know how to fix it. And Hunk is pissed af which is hella scary

and I have no idea how I want this to end but I really want to write it

UPDATE: (bc people are actually seeing this???) I wrote it!!

Birds as Omens

Today, my boyfriend inspired me to do a post about birds and what they are as omens. He got freaked out because he said a black bird came and pecked him.

So, lets delve into that for a bit.

Black birds such as crows and ravens have this stigma attached to them that somehow they’re “bad luck” or that they bring death and all sorts of superstitions of that nature. This is probably due to the fact that predominately in literature and even movies they’re glamorized as an animal of misfortune. Just read a story by Edgar Allen Poe lol

This is far from the truth. Black birds are actually a GOOD sign. They’re a sign that prosperity, passage, and/or protection. In fact, I told my boyfriend that the bird was probably just trying to get his attention because the bird’s probably like hellllloooo dude, I’m trying to tell you something good is going to happen! Pay attention to me! So he got pecked lol. They are tricksters too, after all! When we think of animals, a lot of the time we just think of fellow creatures who inhabit and share the earth with us. But they’re sometimes more than that. They can act as familiar and spirits of the Earth.

Owls on the other hand? Yeah, they are the ones who are actually an ill omen. Owls are beautiful. They’re majestic. They hold an air of mystery. However, if you see an owl or one comes to you, usually that means that there will be an impending death to someone you know. Not you, necessarily. But someone you know.

If you see a blue jay, it’s time to rethink your life. It’s a sign that you’re doing too much at once and you need to commit to one thing instead of stressing over a bunch of different things. It’s also a sign to stand your ground with others around you and can even mean someone close to you is lying or trying to pull something over on you.

Cardinals are known to be encouragers. If you see a cardinal, it’s letting you know to stay confident and believe in yourself. You’re on the right path.

Hawks bring blessings and good news as well.

A dead bird in your path signifies turmoil and personal destruction coming to an end. So, it’s actually a good sign. It doesn’t mean you’re going to die.

Of course, everyone’s own experiences are different. Sometimes, you just have to listen to what nature is trying to say and inform you. If you have any questions about a particular bird or want to add anything to the list, let me know! Or you can just reblog anything you would like to add💚

Much love to all of you 💚🙏🏼💚🙏🏼

lance sending hunk lots of selfies along with awful pick up lines in spanish bc he thinks it’s a girl he just met’s number and hunk is like ‘sorry man, wrong number. you look nice though’ (in spanish, bc he probably knows like four different languages and doesn’t know if lance speaks english) but lance doesn’t believe him so hunk sends a pic of himself and lance is dying bc this guy is the cutest but hey is that the garrison uniform in the back of the pic? and turns out they’re both going so they end up talking for hours until they finally meet in person a couple days later

anonymous asked:

I feel like regarding Malec, the writers give us what we don't need (I.e. Randomly thrown in makeout sessions/kisses) but not what we actually need & ties in with the story like continuation of the sex scene, Magnus being with Alec right after he pulls him from the ledge... idk how to put it into words but I feel like there are a lot of gaps in the malec storyline and their parts seem to end so abruptly every time. It's like when I expect a soft malec scene after something intense, there's none.

You know, I absolutely agree with you, every single point. As much as I don’t want to be the person who keeps demanding for malec scenes in a show that’s not essentially centered around the two of them, I wish they won’t leave us hanging so much. I mean, yes sure, we get really cute scenes to establish that they’re moving towards a more comfortable relationship. But I really, really want more scenes of them having real talks about what transpired, be it the sex scene, warlock mark scene or the ledge scene, and where they will go from there. You put it perfectly; their scenes feel very truncated, and I totally agree with that last line. It’s like they find a reason to interrupt their exchange every time and it’s frustrating because you’re expecting a resolution but you’re left hanging. It was done exceptionally well in 2x01, and even though it stretched over, 2x03 and 2x04 worked too and 2x06, almost. I really wish they get back into this rhythm and I know 2x08 is gonna be intense and I love intense but yeah, I want them to resolve things properly.


Learning Spanish (or any other foreign language)

OK, I think that by now everyone knows that I’m Serbian and that Spanish isn’t my native language. That is why I get many questions about how did I manage to learn Spanish so well. First of all, I prefer the term ‘’study’’ rather than ‘’learn’’, because as a philologist I don’t really believe that it is possible to ever entirely learn a language, not even your mother tongue. A language is a thing that is constantly evolving, changing and progressing and as soon as you start to see your knowledge as something you don’t have to upgrade anymore, you lose your ‘’touch’’ with the language. It happened with my English when I started learning Spanish and I’m still trying to get my English mojo back so… Don’t make that mistake. Every language requires constant practice. That is the truth.

Now, let’s cut to the chase. How? Well, there are many different ways and we all have to find the one that suits us best. My forte have always been the languages, I have always hated working with numbers and I used to fail my Math exams A LOT. So yes, some of us have the natural talent when it comes to languages. The others will just have to compensate the lack of talent with some extra work, that’s it. Studying a language is basically not giving up. Because, like most things, once you have a foundation it gets easier and easier to built on it. That is why you have to make sure that the foundation is good and strong, or you’re risking that the entire project crumbles down as you go. So, let’s start with…

The foundation 

When taking up a new language, I like to assess my level of that language first. Sort of an own placement test, per se. How well do you understand it? Are you able to make a conversation or you just know some random words? Have you ever had any contact with the language? You have no clue what so ever? Whatever it is, it is very important for you to be realistic about the knowledge you possess. When I started studying Spanish, I had a years long experience of Latin-American soup-operas behind me. I loved watching them as a child. Combine that with the talent I have for languages and you have a very good starting position right there. I was able to understand quite a lot before I even tried to get into studying it. However, I lacked the knowledge about grammar. So, you can’t say that my foundation was the previously described ‘’good one’’. I had to go back to the beginning and start with some pretty basic stuff before I could continue building up on what I already knew. I know people who study only the grammar in the beginning. I personally think that kills all the fun. I love grammar but a language is so much more than some conjugation rules. Now, I’m learning Italian and I’m following my old Spanish program… Which kind of combines basic grammar and a bit more advanced vocabulary since I’m not a total beginner. If you are, I strongly advice to get to at least A2 level buy investing some money. My vote always goes to presential courses over the internet based ones- I would only choose the latter if I wouldn’t have the time or the language I want to learn offered in the centers nearby. It is very important to start off on the right foot, it will definitely pay off later on and you will be able to continue studying on your own in no time. If you do have some basic notions about the language however, feel free to make the plan that works best for you. 

The grammar 

It is important, I’m not going to lie. A lot of people claim to love learning languages but they hate the grammar. Without the grammar, it is impossible and if you try to avoid it in the beginning it gets harder and harder to catch up as you keep advancing. I’m against certain methods that claim that the best way to learn a language is learn all the grammar in the beginning and get to the fun part later. Many people give up trying to do it like that and it is more than understandable. So, like I said in the paragraph above, what works best for me is combining some basic grammar with some more advanced vocabulary (because I have always had some knowledge of the language when I would decide to officially start studying it). What do I mean by basic grammar? Well, you can choose what is important for you. I do it like this:

1. The tenses: I start with the most used present, past and future one. Then I do the imperative. Then I deal with the more complicated ones as I go. Reading the texts (especially the newspapers) you can get quite a good idea about which of them is used often and which one is kind of a more ‘’formal’’. If you read poetry you will often find some archaic forms of speech that you should probably leave for latter on. So, start simple. Don’t go into the subjunctive the first time you see it. Remember, a good, strong foundation and later you can build as many floors as you want. A weak, bad foundation and it will come crumbling down eventually. 

Extra tip: learn the irregular verbs by heart. Don’t put it off. Make a list and read it at least twice a day and practice by writing it down. As sooner as it gets automatic, better. 

2. The gender and the plural: I like to do these two together. I learned it like that in school in both Serbian and English, so I kept that practice. These two features you will be using a lot in everyday speech so you might as well get it over with right away. I’m kind of focussing on the languages that descended from the vulgar Latin, because in English the gender will not represent a problem… But it is kind of a big deal in Spanish. It is relatively simple and logical, with some exceptions. The plural is always easy. The plural is our friend.

3. Interrogative pronouns: I insist that many people have no idea how important they are when it comes to language learning. I have learned 30% of my current Spanish by asking ‘’What is that?’’. It is very important to know how to ask the right question. 

4. The pronunciation rules: for now, Spanish seems easier than Italian in this aspect. It is obviously very important to know how to pronounce correctly in order to be understood. Learn the rules. Read aloud. A LOT. Record and listen to yourself. Be impartial. Another thing I like to do: install the keyboard of the language you are learning if you have a smartphone. You should have the option to dictate to your phone unless you’re learning a language like my native one xD But with English, Spanish, Italian, Russian etc. you’re covered. So, ‘’dictate’’ to your phone and see if the words that it’s writing down are the once you think you’re pronouncing. You’ll be surprised. But it’s a very good exercise. 

5. The linguist typology: ‘’The phrase making’’ is how I call it. When you read, pay attention to the order of the words in the phrase. It might not be like you would order them in your native language or some other language you know. And of course, knowing to make a sentence is very important.

These are my priorities. You can follow them or you can choose your own. There is a lot of good material on the internet to use, but make sure it is reliable (not a forum etc.). When you are ready, get a good grammar book written in language you’re learning. Have a notebook and write everything down. You memorize your own handwriting better than a printed text. 

The vocabulary 

Tends to be the fun part. You can learn and expand your vocabulary in countless ways:

1. Movies and TV shows

The basic one. Start with the subtitles in your own language or another one you understand well. Move to the subtitles in the language you’re studying, that way you can also improve your writing. Again, make sure the subtitles are good because today anyone can subtitle a movie to make a few bucks. Of course, this way you also listen to the language so you work on your comprehension and your pronunciation. And the best thing is that it actually improves your vocabulary. 

2. Music

A bit more relaxing and a great way for your ear to ‘’get used to’’ the language you’re working on. Analyze the lyrics. I had the luck when it comes to my Spanish to have by my side a person who showed me (and keeps doing so) some great Spanish artists I didn’t know of (Love of Lesbian, Supersubmarina, Nacho Vegas etc.). He would also explain to me the meaning of the words, the context or the idioms we would find. So try finding a cute guy that is a native speaker of the language you’re learning because it might turn out to be the love of you life :P If not however, you can find all the explanations on the internet. 

3. Duolingo and similar apps

Yes, everyday we have more applications that promise to help you master any language. If you have to pay for them, I would say it is a wasted money. Money of them, however, are free to use. The one I like to work with is Duolingo. It will not make you bilingual. However, it’s quite repetitive so you’re bound to memorize well quite a few phrases and words. I’m still exploring it and I recently found quite a good forum on the Italian language there. There are photos for every new term you learn, so you will be able to memorize it that way also. Quite a few tests. You practice some basic translation also… And you work on it everyday. So yes, I recommend using these apps as reinforcement of sorts but not as a basic learning material. 

4. Books and articles

To start with, you should go with some recent newspaper articles. You can get a lot from those. Choose a topic you are interested in, read it out loud dictating to your phone to check your pronunciation, write down that unknown words and search for them in the dictionary, try writing a brief summary on what you read in order to practice your spelling… Later on work with extracts from books or books as a whole. 


How much time will I need until I’m able to speak fluently?

I don’t know. Depends on your capacity, the time and effort you are willing to put into it. For some it’s six months for some it’s two years but if there is something I’m sure off is that the hard work pays off, big time. Don’t get discouraged if there is something you’re less good at when it comes to learning a language, it is always just a small part of what is remaining to learn. Study a different area and then go back when you’re ready. Don’t be shy to speak. Speak whenever you can. Ask people to correct your mistakes. Listen and absorb like a sponge. Learning a language is not quick nor easy and it is not supposed to be. But it’s sure as hell worth of every minute you put into it. 

We move forward by going to bed, then waking up tomorrow and living our lives according to our principles. That is the ultimate Kryptonite for people like Trump and those who support his views. They thrive on divisiveness and rage. That’s what they want–to drag us down to the level they inhabit, and paralyze us with fear. Don’t fall for it. Get up tomorrow and make art. Make music. Pick up trash. Befriend the poor and powerless. Practice kindness. Speak the truth. Show in words and deeds that you defy them. They have no response to that. They are utterly inarticulate in that language. It confounds them. That’s how we move forward.
—  A friend of a friend’s inspiring take on last night