accurate reference

Helpful things for me to remember:

Arlathan was founded 3000 years before the first humans came to Thedas. By the time humans reached the continent, the Veil had already been erected and Elvhenan had shrunk down to just Arlathan; this is why the Dalish (and even most human history books) remember Arlathan but not Elvhenan. Somewhere over 2000 years between humans arriving and the Imperium conquering Arlathan. The Elves spent around 800 years enslaved in the Imperium. Less than 300 years between the founding and the fall of the Dales. Approximately 80 years between Ameridan’s disappearance and the fall of the Dales; approximately 800 years between his disappearance and the current Inquisitor finding him.

There would have been notable cultural differences between Elves in Elvhenan, Arlathan, the Imperium, the ancient Dales, and modern day. Elven as it was spoken in Elvhenan may not have been massively different from when it was spoken in Arlathan, but it would have been quite different from how it was spoken in the Imperium, the ancient Dales, and of course as it is now spoken by the Dalish. Everything we know about the ancient Dales and the time of Arlathan comes from the Dalish, but what we know of Elvhenan comes from Solas; in Dalish rememberings, information regarding Arlathan and the ancient Dales is often mixed and Elvhenan is basically forgotten.

This is what I’ve gleaned anyhow.

Absolut Wild Tea Substitute

It might be more accurate to refer to this as an Oolong and Elderflower Vodka. I can’t do a direct comparison to Absolut Wild Tea because I can’t get it where I live.

What I can tell you is that I was able to use this to successfully recreate a delightful cocktail I had in The Prince George Hotel in Halifax, NS; the Give Me Moro.


  • 1 750 ml bottle of Vodka
  • 4 good quality Oolong tea bags.
  • 0.5 cup St Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 large mason jar.


  1. Seal the 4 tea bags in the mason jar along with the vodka.
  2. Steep for 2 hours, shaking occasionally.
  3. Remove the tea bags.
  4. Add half a cup of St Germain.

anonymous asked:

I want to join but i'm not that good with history rps ?? How much of a part does that play ?

We try to keep our setting and references accurate, but our rp is also about magic so uh, we tend to give some creative liberties for sure! I had to google ‘medieval cups’ the other day, but other than that it hasn’t been terribly hard. Everyone’s doing really well, and I know this is a few people’s first time in the genre. You’ll be okay!

Feminist Rant

Why is menstruation such a taboo topic? I mean, over half the human population experiences it first-hand for over half of their lifetime, and no one would exist if it didn’t, but God-forbid it be brought-up in public. Most people are so baffled by it that we can’t even call it by its real name. We call it “Aunt Flow” or a “period”. Seriously? Talk about over-simplification! Aunt Flow doesn’t just come for a visit. She brings all her dirty laundry in hard suitcases, dumps it in the middle of the floor, dances in it, and cackles the WHOLE TIME! She’s no soft-shoed Mr. Bojangles, either. She’s River-dancing in high-heeled tap shoes!
If we have to resort to alluding to it with a punctuation mark, wouldn’t it be more accurate to refer to it as an “exclamation mark”? Or, “shift, 1thru 0, right-click, select all, copy, paste, paste, paste, paste, paste…”. Also, it doesn’t come out of a “va-j-j”. It’s called a “vagina,” and nowhere in the word is there a letter “j”.
Even in public restrooms, if a woman has to change her pad or her tampon, we have to unwrap it really slowly and carefully so that no one else hears. Sure, if you don’t have one, it’s perfectly fine to ask the complete stranger in the adjacent stall if she happens to have one that you could use, as long as no one hears you unwrapping it.
And the mood swings! I mean, anyone is allowed to feel however they want whenever they want. But if a woman is having menstrually-related mood swings, her menstruation is guaranteed to last longer than the life-span of any male dumb enough to complain about it. Perhaps if women were allowed to openly agonize about the excrutiation, we’d be less prone to seemingly “irrational” emotional outbursts.


I just don’t think there’s been enough talk about how absolutely fecking fabulous this is.

Has anyone ever brought surprisingly accurate Fifteenth Century fashion references to the RPDR runway before?

I don’t think so.

Where are all the medieval art / Drag Race crossover fans?

Thank you. That is all. I’ll go back to lurking now.


Here comes the holy and lovely trinity of @cookies-hetaoni. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I tried my best to make them looks like the more accurate to the references Cookie’s made for them, and also to the original style of Hetalia’s artworks. It was quite a premiere for me to do such a lineart and colo so - I hope you’ll enjoy it. *A*

anonymous asked:

i'm really curious about what defines west side boys and the other ones?? are west side boys just white boys lol? teach me these norwegian things please


sorry this is a bit late! 

vestkantgutt does not mean white boy! i saw that one of the translations for det beste fra islam says that, and i get the reasoning behind it, but it’s not really accurate. “west side boys” refer to guys from the west end of oslo!

oslo is in many ways split into two parts, the east end and the west end. this wikipedia article actually explains it quite well! short story: the east side of oslo was the working class part of the town, whereas the west side has always been the home for the upper classes. after immigration to norway “took off” most non-western immigrants have also typically lived in the east side neighbourhoods. this divide has existed for over 100 years at least and the differences are huge for norway (that is to say, small compared to almost every other major city, but oslo west have some of the best living conditions in the country whereas oslo east have some of the worst.. but the difference between the best and the worst in norway is relatively small). 

hartvig nissen school is definitely in the west side of oslo, and i see a lot of articles about skam that claim that the show is only about rich kids from the west side of oslo. but when we look at the schools they went to before nissen (which is decided by where they live, whereas nissen you apply with your grades from lower secondary), eva, isak, jonas, ingrid, sara, even, mahdi and magnus are all from schools in the parts of oslo that are considered east side/working class (not to say that those parts of oslo can’t be expensive..). while sana, chris, vilde, p-chris and william are from schools in the west side. so technically elias would be a west side boy even though he is not white, and isak and magnus e.g. would not be west side boys, even though they are white. 

but when we talk about “west side boys”, or vestkantgutter, it usually probably means white rich boys. that is the stereotype. so like the penetrators. noora made fun of william for being a west side cliché once in one of my fave texts between them: 

W: What does the east side look like? 

N: Don’t know. I live in the city centre.

W: What’s the difference? 

N: You’re such a west side cliché

W: But seriously, do you have water and electricity? 

N: Lol

For your consideration

Gun control can more accurately be referred to as “public disarmament”, as its primary effect, in practice, is to disarm the public.

Concentrating legal firearms strictly within law enforcement and the military is, in other words, “the centralization of lethal force”.

I would argue that the right to self defense includes, by necessity, the right to utilize lethal force in defense of your life, livelihood, family, and property. Prohibition of firearms is then a violation of that right.

Any law written which specifically restricts firearms designed for the purpose of killing people ignores both that murder is already illegal, and that war was the very first purpose for which firearms were intended. Even the hunting rifles we assume to be safe from any regulation are themselves based on military designs, and not that far off from being referred to as “sniper rifles”.

Just a few points that might be worth considering. Don’t let “gun control” advocates control the language we use around the discussion of firearms and our rights. They already get enough wrong as it is, and make up their own nonsense terms, like “assault weapon”. Don’t let them use any weasel words in a discussion with you.

anonymous asked:

whats been your experience with top surgery? did you like your doc and all

Yeah! Top surgery went well for me!
I mean, I would have liked a friendlier doctor - the guy I went to was pretty dull and quiet and was all business so at times I felt kind of uncomfortable with him. But he knew what he was doing. He seemed shady when I asked him to show me pictures of past patients’ results, but I realized that the reason he was hesitant was because almost all of the photo comparisons he had were of patients who had far more complicated chests than mine so it wouldn’t have been an accurate reference for me anyway. A couple of them had previous damage from improper binding so their results didn’t look too good but it was not the doctor’s fault, it was their fault for binding with tape.

So here’s the story of the actual surgery:
My surgery was done at around 7:30 AM on October 3rd 2016. I was honestly pretty relaxed going in there. It wasn’t too busy or noisy at the little surgical center I went to (which was connected to a larger hospital) so I didn’t have to lay there on the cot waiting and waiting and waiting to go in. I went in the little curtained room thing, answered some questions, they had me change, the doc marked up my chest, they hooked me up with an IV, sat for a couple minutes, and then they pumped that happy drug in and rolled me through the doors. I remember getting into the surgical room. I was too high off that relaxant at that point to even be bothered by the fact that they’d already started strapping my arms down like Jesus on the cross. I remember looking around and seeing like 20 people which was not what I expected at all.  Then I was out like a light. 
The surgery took about 2 hours, and I woke up high as a kite in the same curtained room. There were two nurses. I remember being so fucking happy looking down at my chest and seeing it bandaged up. I lifted up the lip of the bandages and honestly couldn’t see anything underneath because it was so tight but I knew my chest was flat as a board. Nothing hurt (yet). I didn’t even notice the drains. I was just chilling there all loopy and I kept waving at people when they passed by the open curtains. Pretty sure I asked the same nurse how the surgery went like 10 times. Then my doctor came in and said everything went well and that he did need to put drains in (he told me to plan for them but it was never a promise that I’d need them.)
At that point, I was awake enough that they moved me over to a big chair, switched me from the johnny to my flannel shirt + sweatpants, and gave me some water. I wasn’t nauseous, thank god. And I wasn’t loopy anymore either. I could feel the drains now that the hospital-strength pain meds were wearing off.
Then I was literally ECSTATIC when I saw my Mom, Dad and (surprise) Grandma coming towards me. (Yes, Grandma was a surprise. I did not know she would be visiting. I guess my Mom and Dad went to hang out with her at her house nearby until I was done, and so she figured she’d come visit.) I was so excited and showing them how flat my chest was even with the bandages on and showing them how weird the drains looked. 
I’m really chill with my family. They were nervous about me getting the surgery, obviously, but there was definitely a good vibe in the room now that I had made it past the ‘big’ part. My Grandma impulsively bought my family the biggest party tray of cookies I’ve ever seen. 
After my Grandma left, the nurse showed my parents and I how to empty the drains and measure the drainage. They gave the little drainage chart and a little study guide about how the drains worked. Every 12 hours I would have to empty the fluids from the drains into a little measuring cup [PHOTO - blood warning]
Then my parents helped me get my sneakers on and the nurse wheeled me out to the car. I was given my cell phone back at this point, of course, so I spent the whole ride home messaging my friends that I survived, lol. 
One unusual thing that happened though is that my seatbelt was too tight on the external portion of my right drain. About 5 minutes away from home, my right side started feeling very warm. And then I didn’t note anything of it until we were parked in the driveway and I unbuckled my seatbelt to find a gigantic patch of blood on the bandages. I went into panic mode thinking I broke the drain (I didn’t think something was wrong with my chest because there was no obvious pain). But after figuring out that nothing was actually wrong and that the blood was just unable to travel downwards through the drain (therefore traveling back into the drain port and leaking out from there), I was fine and just mildly pissed off that my ace bandages had a blood stain. [PHOTO] Thankfully, my Mom had foot surgery 3 months before and she had extra ace wraps that I just used instead. Be careful with seatbelts, guys.  

So once I was in the house, I basically stayed there for the next 5 days. I was upstairs 24/7 pretty much. The only time I went outside during that time was when my rat Ozzy died 3 days after my surgery and I went with my Dad to bury him in the yard. That fucking sucked. But aside from the dead pet, those 5 recovery days were aesthetic as fuck. Since it was October, I made sure to decorate the shit out of my room while I could still lift my arms. I had Halloween lights up every where [PHOTO], and I had a bunch of Halloween candy to pig out on [PHOTO]. I ate like a fat ass when I was hungry, but I wasn’t very hungry due to to percocet (oxy) that I was prescribed for pain. I actually ended up losing 5 pounds in 5 days due to not eating big meals (plus my high metabolism) even though I certainly ate a lot of cookies, candies, and Frostys (my aunt kept calling me and insisting she come visit and bring me Wendy’s, lol. She’s an occupational therapist and so she was very intrigued by how I was recovering and visited almost every night to talk with me).
I’d also bought a new TV a few days before the surgery too. So I had my TV and PS4 set up right in front of my bed so I wasn’t ever lacking entertainment. I watched Breaking Bad during the day and then Bob Ross before going to sleep. The pain meds made me so sleepy so I usually would just pass out watching Bob Ross, haha. I made a habit of it too. 10/10 would recommend passing out while watching Bob Ross. Usually the end credit music would wake me up and remind me to turn the TV off, haha. 
Also, @xrdpan gave me this very cute little guy as a gift - [PHOTO]
And yeah, this is getting a little off topic. But I definitely had a memorable week of recovery. Sometimes I wish I could do it again for another day or two. Cause despite how uncomfortable the drains were and how much weight my scrawny ass lost, I was so relaxed and got to watch a LOT of TV.

So back to post-op care -
I was not given a binder after surgery. I had to use the ace bandages while I still had the drains in, and then I was given a prescription for a compression tank top (that i literally had to go to this lingerie store to get) once the drains were out. That was kind of annoying. I had hoped for a decent surgical vest like what most people get, but yeah. 

My drains were in for 10 days. They were uncomfortable, but I didn’t have any bleeding complications or any complications at all so they definitely did their job. It didn’t hurt when they came out either. It felt awesome once they were out and I could really get a good look at my chest. The drains caused snake-like lumps all throughout my chest and it looked weird.
Drains in - [PHOTO]
Drains out - [PHOTO]

And as for sensation, my chest was very numb for about 1 month including the nipples, and then was half-numb for another couple months. But after the 3 month point (which was around the time I didnt have to wear anymore compression), the sensation was coming back on it’s own very well. I’m 7 months post-op now and have all sensation back except for my right nipple which isn’t 100% numb but doesn’t really react to touch. I have a couple small fleshy spots, mainly on the left side, where they almost have too much feeling and are tender if pressed down on. It feels like a muscle thing. 

Uhhh so that’s an essay if I ever saw one! Hope you got something useful from it! I’m always down to talk about my experience and make everything more clear and possibly less scary for everyone who’s interested in top surgery. I had a good experience overall! No complications! 

Here’s some recent pics if you’re interested!

2 months - [PHOTO]
4 months - [PHOTO]
6 months - [PHOTO]

Hey guys~! Trying out a new type of sale for the month of April~! This is my ‘Never Before: Character Sale’! As the title eludes, the ‘catch’ for this sale are characters that have never been drawn before! ♥

These will be $40 (for 1 char. + 1-4 items) - Paypal OR Google Wallet ♥

If you’re interested, send me an email with these bullet points filled out ~
- height + body type +face shapes (top heavy, bottom heavy, etc.)
- hair, flesh, eye colors (scars, tats, freckles etc.) 
- basic personality traits, posture (things that better suggest how they’d pose)
- clothing and aesthetic (armor, nudity, its all welcome!)
- up to 4 hand-held items. Nothing too big!

- additional notes are awesome C: Just please don’t overwhelm me! ^^;

Sometimes it’s hard to describe things, or you’d like to be as accurate as possible; so reference images are absolutely welcome! (Quality will be similar to what you see above. Usually better, never worse)

I usually respond to emails in small groups, so if you don’t hear back from me right away, please be patient ;u; I will post when I have gotten through all the ones for a day and if I didn’t respond to you THEN please message me ♥

I’m taking 40 of these for now, and depending on my speed and stamina, I’ll do a few more~

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Email me at - Please title it ‘APRIL SALE’ So I can more easily find them!

Any OC’s, self-insert characters and species welcome! ♥