a fine selection of

hey guys! i’ve noticed lately that a lot of gifsets/edits of moana, especially pastel ones, have been whitewashing her skin, and i know that this isn’t just a problem in moana gifs, so i thought it might be a good idea to make a comprehensive guide on how to avoid whitewashing poc/color poc in general. this guide will be split into three parts: vibrant gifs, pastel gifs, and dark gifs (any of the tips i give for gifs can be applied to edits as well – it’s even easier to avoid whitewashing poc in edits, because you can color it normally and then erase the lightening layers over the person’s skin).

so, without any further ado, here we go!

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I never told you but over countless years you have m e a n t  s o  m u c h to me. You have been a r e d e e m e r, a c o n f i d a n t, a m e n t o r, a r i v a l and a f r i e n d. And at times, yes, you’ve been a royal pain in the ass […] I’m so sorry, m y  b r o t h e r

Having a Natural Selection or Wrath shirt is fine. If you like the “edgy” look that’s cool. You do you. Just don’t wear that fucking shit to the memorial where that was the last thing 13 people saw before they were brutally murdered. Its so fucking disrespectful. Like I have no words to explain how disrespectful that is. Just don’t do it. You’re not cool or edgy. You’re a fucking idiot.

BTS Reaction: Walking In On Their Crush (Reader) Naked

(IDEK IF YOU WANTED IT THIS FUCKING SMUTTY BUT SOME OF THESE CONTAIN MASTURBATION AND JUST ALL AROUND FILTH PLEASE GRAB YOUR BIBLES AND HOLY WATER!!! BECAUSE I NEED JESUS AFTER WRITING THIS.)

Seokjin:

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You carefully dragged the brush through your slightly damp hair, having just exited the shower. You had planned to finish your makeup and hair before putting clothing on so you were walking around your room naked, not too worried about your roommate Seokjin since he was out with some of his friends. You quietly scrolled through your social medias as you unconsciously brushed your hair.

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macbasiamille’s outlander re-watch: s1 e1 ; part i

The war had taught me to cherish the present, because tomorrow might not ever come to pass. What I didn’t know at the time was that tomorrow would prove less important than yesterday.

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Back to basics coloring, with a focus on yellows.

A few people have asked me how I colored Vincent and the Doctor. I don’t use downloaded psds, so every one of my gifsets is built from the bottom up. The thing about Doctor Who is that it’s a very colorful show to begin with, so very little goes a long way, and it’s a great example for basic coloring and understanding how color works with gifs. The above gifs are from 2 different sets from the same episode, 3 of them coming from this set [x]. I’ve also added the interior of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS, since people complain about it being difficult to color without exploding in grain, and I’ve colored it with the same method.

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In a Sea of Sorrows

Abstract patters emerge after a rainfall in downtown Indianapolis

Sine Qua Non Photography: images by Nathanael Handlang

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ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Bridal Spring 2018 collection | #InBloom

Inspired by a garden in full bloom, the ELIE SAAB Bridal Spring 2018 collection presents thirteen looks. Variations of tonal whites continue, with a soft blush hue debuting for the season, tinged with the palest pink. Gowns are embellished with 3-D floral appliqués uplifting the gowns’ delicate embroidery and sparkle. Veils are especially aerated, like morning mist, gossamer and whisper-light. The ELIE SAAB Bridal Spring 2018 collection is a selection of fine silhouettes, with petals falling upon them as if from cherry blossom trees in bloom. 

Uneasy || Grayson Dolan

SUMMARY - on tour, Grayson gets a lil sick  and doesn’t know what to do, so he calls you up.

WARNING - nothing, just cute fluffy Grayson.

WORD COUNT - roughly 1,000

AUTHOR’S NOTE - requested by an anon. i hope you like it and have a good day my lovessss.

REQUESTS - OPEN


Grayson paces his hotel room as Ethan sits on the corner of his bed, watching him. They were in Chicago, and had just finished up a show. Tomorrow, they would set off to their next destination. There’s only five more shows on the American leg of the tour until they come back home to Los Angeles, where she’d be waiting for him. 

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A Blind Path Home, part 9

Steve Rogers x Reader

A/N: I obviously took some liberties with the storyline, but I tried keeping it as true as possible to the canon history. No beta used this time around, so excuse my mistakes.
Summary: It started with a blind date. A date you had skipped out on, but fate had led you right to the man you stood up. Steve Rogers, a man small in stature but big in heart. A chance meeting set everything in motion, but decades later when he is unfrozen, he has been told you have died. But when a mission to retrieve Hydra plans turned up some interesting information, Steve’s left to wonder whether you are still alive. Or is this all just false hope?

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BCM Gunfighter History : Travis Haley

An Exercise in Compromise

Hanging in my office, is a clone of the rifle I carried on two combat tours(Iraq and Liberia). It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I stand today, where I am going and why I am going there.

While serving in 2nd Force Reconnaissance in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, my unit started seeing radical advances in small arms and light weaponry via the SOPMOD program. Suddenly, carbines could quickly be fine tuned for specific missions by mounting night vision systems, laser aiming devices, weapon lights and red dot optics to the 1913 Picatinny Rail Systems on the upper receiver and handguard.

These technologies opened up whole new tactics, techniques and procedures that could be employed to prosecute our mission of specialized reconnaissance, ambush and direct action raids.

Despite the additional capabilities the SOPMOD program delivered, opinions were sharply divided on the program. Some saw these tools as a burden, adding a lot of “crap” that would only increase the amount of weight our Marines carried on mission for little tangible benefit. A maxed out M4 could run up to 14 pounds, but we didn’t need every component for every mission.

TWO POUNDS OF METAL

The SOPMOD accessory package that my platoon ended up running included almost two pounds of weight in mounting interfaces alone. When I challenged this, I got a typical Marine Corps answer, “Because that’s what you are issued, now quit asking irrelevant questions Too Speed.” (Too Speed was my call sign)

I couldn’t accept that answer. It was an institutional answer that repeated a party line and the lives of my teammates were, and will always be, more important than not rocking the boat.

After some trial and error, the first mod I made was to ditch the Surefire M951 Weapon Light and replace it with a Surefire 6P in a shotgun tube light mount that I scored at a sporting goods shop near base. After swapping the 6P tail cap for the M951 remote switch assembly, I then ran the tape switch on the left side of the 203 so activating the light wouldn’t impact my weapons manipulation.

Getting a weapon light in tight with a rail and shaving weight off the interface was something I would spend the next 10 years fiddling with before I had a eureka moment and Haley Strategic Partners released the Thorntail Adaptive Series of light mounts, currently in use by military, security contractors and law enforcement worldwide.

This time was a defining moment for me, as it was when I first started tweaking and eventually building original components for my platoon based on the unique requirements of our missions. These experiences of shaving weight, improving ergonomics and finding a balance between capability and utility, would drive the development of so many of the components I have commercialized in my post-service career.

THE RIFLE I TOOK TO WAR

Colt M4 with 14.5” Barrel
Colt M203 40 mm Grenade Launcher
Knights Armament RAS Handguard
PEQ-2 IR Aiming Laser
Surefire Classic 6P with a custom “Simply Dynamic” mount
Boone & Packer Redi-Mag
Simply Dynamic Multi-Mission Sling (commercialized by Magpul as the MS3)

LOAD OUT

Prior to the invasion of Iraq, Force was trained up for both Green Side(reconnaissance) and Black Side(direct action) missions, with the assumption we would be tasked to one or the other. However, when we entered Iraq, our platoon found ourselves doing a combination of both at the same time. Force Recon is a special operations unit that prepares the battlespace and gathers intelligence for the MAGTF(Marine Air Ground Task Force) and then prosecutes specialized targets as directed.  

With a few days under our belts, the entire platoon started striping gear and mags, looking for that perfect balance of speed, utility and capability. If you can’t move, you can’t be effective. Most of the Marines went from 13 rifle magazines to between five or six. I ended up with four on my vest and two taped together on my carbine with riggers tape and offset with a stick.

Force Recon ran low signature loads outs, often working out of vehicles(mil and civilian), and running a double mag on the carbine meant I had 60 rounds at the ready. When I saw the “Redi-Mag” in a copy of Shotgun News, I ordered it and had it delivered to me overseas. Despite the weight, the Redi-Mag was more versatile than the old riggers tape and stick, and cut my carbine reloads to sub one second.

I no longer run a Redi-Mag because there are so many excellent belt mounted magazine pouches available today, that I can reload at almost the exact speed as from a Redi-Mag. That said, you will sometimes find them on my house and car guns, as I do not expect to be kitting up if someone breaks into my house or I find myself engaged with an active shooter around vehicles in the streets.

M203

The M203 is a vital component to small and agile units, like Force, who operate in small units in semi and non-permissive settings. It becomes even more essential in worst case scenarios where the mission is compromised or the unit is outright ambushed by an enemy force.

We prepared for scenarios where 203s could be employed for a hasty breach, in instances where a short count/stack was not possible. Also, as a posturing tool to achieve immediate fire superiority in the face of an ambush. Finally, we practiced employing them to suppress fortified enemy positions in buildings by putting accurate fire through windows or open doors.

In fact, in the first gunfight I was involved in during OIF, I put this into practice, pumping 40mm HEDP(High Explosive Dual Purpose) rounds through windows of enemy positions 50 meters out. This fire created instant hate and discontent on target, where crew served weapons and M4s did not offer as much of an immediate positive effect. We had never trained to fire the M203 at such a close distance for safety reasons, but I held at the top of the window frame with my Aimpoint and the round went straight where I wanted it.

MEUSOC 1911

The MEUSOC 1911 has an almost legendary reputation among 1911 and handgun enthusiasts. One of the most high performance handguns ever built, the MEUSOC 1911 we ran was hand built by Marine Armorers from the Precision Weapons Section at MCBQ (Marine Corps Base Quantico). They fine tuned our 1911’s, hand selecting barrels, link pins, sear springs, ejectors, firing pin stops, mainspring housings and mainsprings. Slides were custom built by Springfield Armory with beavertail safeties and recoil spring guides by Ed Brown, Novak rear sights, Wilson Combat extractors + mag release buttons, and King’s Gun Works ambi thumb safeties.

Force ran the 1911 specifically in direct action raid or ambush missions. It was not a primary and would only come into play if our carbines had run dry or malfunctioned. We carried 10 round magazines with 230 Grain 45 ACP. More than enough to deal with any immediate situation and then refocus on the carbine to get it back into action.

On DRP(Deep Reconnaissance Patrol) Missions, I personally chose my Berretta M92, which was our only 9mm alternative at the time. The flatter trajectory at range of the 9mm and the larger magazine meant more bullets to deal with more problems in the event my carbine was down or permanently disabled.

When I later worked as a security contractor on Ambassador Bremmer’s detail with Blackwater, we would run Glock 17s. But in the end, the mission drives the gear. But more importantly, the mission drives the man.

THE MISSION DRIVES THE MAN

When I first started making gear, I was doing it to help keep my guys alive. When I started my first company, Simply Dynamic Tactical, I wasn’t in it to get rich. I was doing it to pass on what I learned in combat and to provide tools that would stack the deck in the favor of the men and women who were going overseas or out on our streets as warfighters, law enforcement or private citizens.

Surviving war is an awesome responsibility. For those who have been in combat, you never forget the brothers you lost. When you are one of those who made it back, you carry a weight that is difficult to put into words. I was lucky to have known such great men in my life. I was lucky to have a second family closer than any people I will ever know.

As I approach the 5th year in business with Haley Strategic Partners, we have tried to bring this industry together and to stay focused on that one mission. Enable brave men and women to complete their missions as safely as possible. Through training, through gear and through mindset.  

Stay Sharp and be safe,

Travis Haley
October, 2015

anyone else noticed the trend here on tumblr of worshipping certain famous women for like a couple months and there being serious hype for them and then like a month later everyone’s ripping into them and talking about how much they hate them

anonymous asked:

OH DEAR LORD MY HEART JUST EXPLODED ASDFSJSJEJEJDJEJDJSJSJSJSND I CAN'T HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW. They are so damn cute together UGH

JOIN ME IN THE ICU, FRIEND. They are so stupidly cute together??? Jeezy creezy. For documentation’s sake, here are some of the headliners that led to my demise: 

SUBTITLED:

petty competition [ michael mell x reader ]

Summary : Michael Mell is a friend of yours, but you’ve never had much luck with friends of yours. Agreeing to meet Michael, you are nervous at first. You soon warm up and are delighted to find out that what he has planned for your hang out is sitting in his basement playing one of your favorite video games. A friendly competition eventually turns into two teens in a basement both in fits of giggles, and, despite your previous reserves, you end up having most amazing time.

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Where Should I Live During My DCP?

I thought since I am an Alumni this post might be helpful for some people!

Patterson Court
- where I lived!
- the newest complex
- doesn’t have a bus stop, you have to walk to Chatham
- known for being a quiet complex overall, not a lot of parties
- private balcony
- Most expensive, rent is well over $100 a week

Chatham Square
- where most CP events are held so it can sometimes be loud and parking can be a nightmare at times
- has a bus stop
- private balcony
- mid-range rent, around $100 a week

The Commons
- has a washer and dryer in every unit
- mostly houses international CPs, though anyone can live there
- has several Disney classrooms here
- parking is kind of sparse here compared to other complexes
- each apartment is subtly different in the commons so you don’t really know what you get until you move in
- some have a balcony, some don’t
- does have a bus stop BUT not all busses go to the commons so sometimes you have to either call and request they stop or walk to Chatham
- mid-range rent as well, around $100 a week

Vista Way
- oldest complex
- known as the party complex
- has a bus stop
- apartment and rooms are overall smaller
- no private balcony like most other complexes
- this complex is pretty far away from the other housing complexes, which can be isolating
- cheapest, rent under $100 a week

Overall housing stuff:

- rent is based on how many people you live with. In general the more people you live with the cheaper rent is
- each complex now has its own wi-fi so you don’t need to bring routers
-some dishes, pots and pans are provided but I found I needed more
- the thermostat has a preset range so it cannot go lower than 72 or higher than 82
- the beds are twin, but I used twin XL college bedding and thought it worked fine
-you’re able to select your housing and roommate preferences about 20 days out from your arrival date

Ten tips for emotional recycling

1. Hold on to your German emotions. You may not see much use for your schadenfreude or weltschmerz, but these feelings have a high scrappage value due to the excessive number of letters used in their manufacture.
2. Hold your anger between the palms of your hands, squeeze it tightly into a bright, flat wedge, and use it to keep your door open. You might as well, right? I mean, it’s probably better than that wooden wedge with the splinters on.
3. Plant your despair on a traffic island somewhere and it will grow into a huge, rustling despair tree. It is completely fucking pointless to do this, but then so is everything else really.
4. In contrast, if you own a traffic island and wish to clear it of despair trees, consider recycling your disgust. Two or three good disgusts are usually good enough to blow down a despair tree. You may not like what you find in the roots, however.
5. And never discard your spent joy. Repackaged joy is much sought after by advertising executives and can be usually redeemed during working hours for a fine selection of penny sweets and notions round the back of your local selling emporium.
6. Similarly, save your disgruntlement against the day that you need to get to sleep in a pig field. You will be glad you did.
7. I once knew someone who went to Tahiti on a whim. You’d never think it, but they can be immensely powerful. And the usefulness of whims does not cease once you stop feeling whimsical: far from it! Keep your whims in a whimloft against the day that you may actually need to go to Tahiti, and relish the savings on journey time and fare that will surely result.
8. And of course I need not tell you that you should be bottling that relish. Never relish something without bottling it. Secondhand relish sells like hot cakes on the black market.
9. Simmering resentment can be used with great success to hold a shelf up. It is better than nails and particularly useful in the case that you have crumbling plaster or inadequate wallplugs.
10. Finally, always remember that boredom is infinitely recyclable. In fact, there is good evidence to suggest that boredom becomes deeper and richer with age and re-use, like a mineshaft full of cheese. Never accept new boredom. You will almost certainly be ripped off. If you have stored your boredom responsibly you will have built up a resource that you can call from again and again over the years to come.