and keep it simple

Always be committed to developing your mind. Learn something new every single day. Read things that no one else is reading. Never stop learning new knowledge, for we were given this amazing ability for a reason.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

“My English is not good.  Spoken English is very difficult.  But I want to study at Columbia so I am trying to improve.  I decided to come to America because of Forrest Gump.  I’ve watched the movie five times.  I like Forrest very much.  Forrest is very simple.  He picks one thing, and he keeps going.  When I was young, I thought Forrest was stupid.  But now I have a different view.  I think people are too complicated.  They complain about everything.  Forrest never complains.  Forrest chooses one thing and he keeps going.  I watched the movie last month to encourage me.  My life is hard because people don’t ever know what I’m saying.  But I just think of Forrest.  Forrest figured everything out because he just kept going.”

Shipping Nico with girls is homophobic. There’s nothing more to it. It’s homophobic. The end.

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Immortal LarsTheory 

With everybody asking questions on Lars’s immortality, I decided to do my own research.

Heart Beat 

When Steven listened to Lars’s heartbeat it took 6 seconds per beat or 12 bpm (Beats Per Minute). This is far less than the average bpm for a human around Lars’s age. It would usually be 70-100 bpm on average (to keep it simple I used 80 bpm). This means his heart is beating at 15% the average for a boy his age. So his body is functioning at 15% of the time it normally would be. So if his body ages at that rate given the average male life expectancy being around 80 years would mean he will live to 1,200 years!

Lion

Applying this to Lion is pretty easy, the average bpm of a healthy lion is about 60 bpm, giving our lion 9 bpm. Lions in the wild live to be about 16 making our lion live to about 240 years.In “Buddy’s Book” Rose is seen with lions and many people theorize one of them died and that’s how Lion was created. In “Historical Friction” it is stated that beach city was founded nearly 200 years ago. So that would make lion around 200 years old give or take. 

The Trees 

 Some people have said that a number of leaves on the each tree represents the amount of time they have left, Lars’s tree is full and young, while Lion’s has only a few clumps of leaves. This corresponds quite nicely, with Lars having over a 1,000 years left and lion having only about 40.

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Fill your mind with positive energy, and positive energy you will attract. You cannot expect to receive greatness while viewing the rest of the world in a negative manner. So live. Love. Release only good vibes.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
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What can a female character do without being criticised mercilessly? [insp]

Shitty knows way too much about housing codes and property law.  He initially learned property law to save the Haus from being condemned, but then he realized that reading archaic, flowery law opinions while high was the most fucking hilarious thing ever.  Everyone at his law school is confused by and a little afraid of Mr. B. Knight, because while no one else wants to touch all those old, mostly nonsensical British common law cases, Shitty eats that shit up

You cannot wait for the ‘perfect’ moment, for it may never come. In which case, you will be waiting forever. You must act now, and take action in what ever way you can!
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
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Lapis redesign because I dislike her canon one. Specifically because of the fact she doesn’t really have any shapes that really DEFINE her, like Garnet = Squares, Amethyst = Circles, Peridot = Triangles ect, I associated her with a water drop shape cause…. y’know w a t e r.

Also got rid of the horrid neon blue colors and gave her speckles of yellow, like the ACTUAL LAPIS LAZULI GEM HAS. Why didn’t she have any sort of yellow incorporated into her design in the first place.

If you could achieve absolutely anything on this very day, what would it be? Take a second. Think about it. It can be anything at all. Now, do you think that it’s possible to achieve it? Is it something that you can attain? The answer is yes. Say this a thousand times over. In life, absolutely nothing is impossible, for it all depends on how much work and perseverance one is willing to put in to get there. Nothing is impossible. Absolutely nothing.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
You've heard of the Bechdel Test, right?

NOW get ready for the ANDRAS TEST and SCALE:
- two lgbt characters
- who love each other (As evidence by frequent on screen kissing, hand holding, doing nice things for each other, passionate love making, and working out their problems through communication)
- That don’t die

Done on a scale of 1 to 10. Apparently including all of the above plus Underboob only ranks as a 3 on the Andras Scale.