and thus i do not have either

Adobe Will Kill Flash In 2020

Flash has defined my career since I graduated college in 2006.  Now I have some major thinking to do for plans in the coming years, like investing in a new computer with either Animate, ToonBoom, or even both.  And maybe even learn coding in another language. While it won’t have a direct affect on its use in linear animated TV shows and movies, I sense that in years after that, less people will use it and thus it will eventually cease to exist entirely.  Can’t say I’ll miss it, but I still have the memories.

I like the possibility that Ardyn’s the one who smuggled Prompto out of the research facility, because it was either:

a) “Ah, step one in sub-part gamma of my painstaking arrangement of events to fulfill the conditions of the prophecy, subtly manipulating conditions in order to get this boy to Insomnia so that the Chosen King may have his ordained companions, and thus move myself one inch closer to my ultimate goal.”


b) “You know what I could do today? Steal a baby.”

Davai! (Or why Otayuri actually wins the world)

(Tweets by @Aki_the_Geek)

I’ve been thinking a lot about this comment of Kubo-sensei’s. It’s just the most adorable thing I have read in a while. I am not the biggest Otayuri fan, but only mostly because they’re seriously too young for me at this point. I do like their tandem, however, and I am enjoying the attention they are getting recently with the official photos and everything.

This comment, though, just paints such a cute picture for me: Otabek as a god of victory, like a mystical butterfly who ignores and flits past everyone else but chooses to rest on one particular mortal’s shoulder and bless him with strength and victory.

Listen, this is what is great about what Kubo-sensei said. Yuuri Katsuki has the gold rings that connect him to Viktor as his lucky charm - we know this. BUT! Yuri Plisetsky’s lucky charm, on the other hand, is Otabek Altin.

Yuri’s a great character. He is an angry teenager, but also a talented one who has big dreams and the actual skills to achieve those dreams. From the very beginning, we know this. It was even a point he has above Yuuri Katsuki.

He aims to win and does not see what others might consider obstacles. So what if it will be his first Grand Prix? He’s awesome. He won the juniors series. He can win as a senior, too.

Yuri, however, is also very immature. He is pretty poor at expressing himself and seems to shortcut through having to process most personal encounters and interactions by just being angry all the time. Affection for others embarrasses him, which is why he gets so high-strung around Viktor and Yuuri.

(I can’t really blame the kid, though. Those two just have no chill. They’re embarrassing.)

Interestingly though, Yuri seemed to calm down after Otabek came in the picture. It’s a complete 180. Yuri still had that passion, but somehow it became more tempered, less angry and more focused - so much so that the moment Otabek came in, Yuri broke a world record and then proceeded to win his first Grand Prix Final.

I am not saying that it is Otabek’s doing, like an actual god of victory. That would be ridiculous, and it’s more an expression than anything else. The timing is just pretty neat, and isn’t that how people develop lucky charms in the first place? You happen to have them right at the moment of a great win. It is also not as if Otabek was completely useless. He did provide a friend to Yuri, who thus far had been going on without someone he can actually call a friend. Everyone around him were either older than him, a competitor, a mentor or a teacher. I think Otabek calmed Yuri down by reminding him that he can just be himself… well, a cool version of himself anyway. Yuri actually sort of acted his age with Otabek around. For instance, this?

I thought Yuri was kind of cool-guy-posing here - you know, acting chill, even looks kind of smug. Lol, this reminded me so much of my younger brother when he was about Yuri’s age. He was such a useless brat at home and was pissed off at everything and nothing 99% of the time, but the moment his friends came over or one of them called him on the phone, he sort of became this cool version of himself - wittier, sharper, less fidgety. Lmao, his voice even became deeper. Smh at these boys…

What I also love about Otabek’s character is that he reminds us of Yuri’s name. Names are a big deal, okay, and I thought that Yuri being Yurio was kind of like him being a secondary character to Yuuri Katsuki - Yuuri #2, if you will. Ever since episode 2, Yuri is Yurio, and for every episode hence, he is Yurio. It was actually a bit of a shock to me when Otabek yelled this out in episode 11:

I was literally, “Oh yeah, that’s Yurio’s name.” I know Yakov and Lilia call Yurio by his name, but somehow it was when Otabek was calling him by this did Yurio become Yuri to me again. My theory is that it is Otabek’s manner, this I-know-you-call-him-Yurio-and-I-don’t-care-because-his-name-is-Yuri attitude he has going, that is somehow more convincing than anyone else. It is as if no one else matters in his world than Yuri Plisetsky. It is ridiculous to call him by anything other than his name because to Otabek, Yuri is Yuri #1. He probably calls Yuuri “the other Yuri”, “the Japanese Yuri” or just plain “Katsuki”.

So yeah, Otabek enters Yuri’s life and now Yuri has that source of affirmation that is outside family, who is a peer and even a close contemporary. He is no longer fighting alone. Yuri’s a strong guy, but he is still a kid, and at that age people can be quite vulnerable. No 15-year-old is so self-sufficient and self-confident that they can stand on their own at all times - at least not to my knowledge. That is why I love this friendship and why I love that Otabek came along. I think his coming triggered something that Yuri has long been building throughout the series but has yet to stabilize - his strength, his growth, his maturity as a skater as well as a person.

And actually, Yuri did win in the end. I think the series did not celebrate Yuri’s win enough and admittedly, even I was on such a high during those last weeks of the show that I could not be happy for him all that much. Episode 11? I couldn’t get over Yuri’s world record; I did not want to see Viktor dethroned. By episode 12, I still couldn’t look Yuri in the face. I was bitter about his world record and I was bitter about Yuuri Katsuki not winning the Grand Prix.

BUT, it’s time to face it: Yuri Plisetsky is amazing. He won the GPF on his senior debut. He beat a world record. His coach is obviously grooming him to be the next Viktor Nikiforov, and actually, the series has been hinting at it before hitting us on the face with it in episode 11 - Yuuri Katsuki is not the next Viktor Nikiforov, but Yuri Plisetsky is. What is more amazing is that he might even surpass Viktor, especially with Yuuri Katsuki as his main rival. Viktor never really had that one rival to push him up further than he thinks he can. We are told that his wins had wide margins from his other competitors. Viktor only had himself to beat each and every time. Yuri, on the other hand, won by a hair’s width and he knows it. He is even more driven now. He will push himself harder than Viktor ever had pushed himself, and that just might tip the scale a little bit more to future Yuri’s favor.

As for Otabek? Nah, he actually does not need to do anything. He is a lucky charm; he just needs to exist. With him around, Yuri is stable, and that’s all that this talented monster skater needs really.

Lol, look at this guy just watching his favorite so proudly:

“I’m not really needed here, but fuck if I’m not staying put to watch and join the cheering.”

Otayuri actually has a lot more going for them, future-wise. They are young, they are talented, and where Viktor and Yuuri are still struggling and see-sawing between victories and losses, Otayuri actually kept a steady climb. We already know and mentioned Yuri’s wins, but Otabek was also actually that steady character from the very beginning who skated well without question and was even the first to qualify for the GPF.

So, yes. In case you are asking, Otayuri is, in fact, the real power couple of the show.

Lmao, TL;DR - Otayuri just trumped Viktuuri and ultimately even stole their gold. The secondary OTP lowkey just beat the main OTP and I, albeit a hardcore Viktuuri shipper and just an Otayuri bystander at best, still find that really hilarious.

anonymous asked:

Assuming "Who shattered Pink Diamond" will be treated as an actual murder mystery, how do you think the show will treat Pearl and Garnet in the matter? Like will it turn out there's a lot they don't know either, or will they be obstructionist for reasons?

i have one major distinction - pearl knows more than garnet does. garnet is the one who jumps to defending rose’s alleged shattering. she seems to know as much as most. but pearl… pearl shuts up, covers her face and avoids

she was rose’s confidant. all that means thus far is she knew about a “secret armory” the others didn’t, but there’s gotta be more. yes, she hypes their relationship up as much as possible, but she was with rose before garnet. before anyone. her truest, most loyal follower. and she just… shuts up. several times.

her faces are not that of someone who’s merely uncomfortable - she’s actively trying not to speak, even though it’s after steven ‘knows’ rose shattered pink. i don’t buy that she’s just “upset” for a second. rose’s most loyal aide, and she’s yet to say a single word on pink diamond, leaving it to garnet every time?

pearl’s afraid. there’s something about the whole situation she’s anxious to keep to herself. and this is very significant, because if any character knows exactly what happened - except rose and pink, who obviously can’t share - it’s pearl. the diamonds don’t know. jasper didn’t use the word “shatter”, but the justification of her revenge hinges on rose’s guilt, so she doesn’t know either.

blue zircon tried to piece it together, but she assumed plenty - that just because the simple shattering doesn’t make sense, rose couldn’t have been involved. except… there’s absolutely nothing to prove that. rose is a very powerful gem, who had no trouble getting past blue diamond’s defenses in ‘the answer’. and nothing proves it “had” to be someone with authority either. 

what really tells us (the audience) something new is the sword - designed for a fair fight, it can’t shatter gems… and yet, an important set piece in the “murder”. many seem to assume it was a different sword, but:

it’s pictured in the homeworld databases.

eyeball - the eye witness - describes it as “huge”. she remembers what it looks like, and it wasn’t one of pearl’s standard-size rebellion era swords. 

it seems rose’s sword did play a part… which means that, in some form, so did rose. and i think pearl knows that, because she was around from the beginning… which means that, if steven figures out it can’t have been as simple as it looks, pearl might finally have to talk. 

anonymous asked:

Why do you care if people joke about their dog being a wolf? I'm not trying to be mean I'm just genuinely curious

I wish I could answer this with a reblog. But essentially, calling your dog a wolf will project your dog’s characteristics onto similar looking pups and thus be assumed wolfdogs as well. This is bad because in most places wolfdogs are either illegal, or require some type of permit. Some states have a content cap, some states require you to build an enclosure. If your dog is suspected to be part wolf and they scratch or bite someone, they could be detained and euthanized for rabies testing… even if the dog is up to date on its rabies vaccination. What I will reblog from @why-animals-do-the-thing is actually a story of a dog who got out of their yard, and the police just thought the dog looked like a wolf and planned to to either euthanize or send the dog away until the owners presented a DNA test.

Check out @wolfdogeducation


@imonlyheretowatchstuff : So I have a prompt? Its klangst, hope you don’t mind! anyways, lance and Keith have a bad fight, ending up with Keith saying something to lance that just REALLY gets to him. Langst and he leaves. Just leaves. He packs his stuff and leaves in either blue or some other way. Thus ensures klangst however you want it. They search for him and you choose whether they find him immediately or later on then klance! He leaves a note, “I was only just a replacement.” or something like that. Its okay, if no.


[A/N: as you read, there is gonna be klangst ahead! I am really excited to do my first prompt-fill! I hope you enjoy, lovelies! I have a plan for what I want Lance to do while he’s disappeared, so keep an eye out for Part II!

Warning: maybe a little OOC, but I tried my best to keep them as in character as I could, but I know that Keith wouldn’t do that, and Lance wouldn’t do this. So just,,, keep an open mind, I guess?]

Part I 

The day hadn’t been good for Lance to start with – he’d overslept for the first time in a week, he didn’t get to eat breakfast because of it, and he must’ve been coming down with a cold or something because he’s had a nasal headache all day. So when he went to go see Keith while he was training, he’d hoped that the boy would be able to see how upset Lance already was, and snuggle up to talk about Earth or something to make him feel better.

“Keith?” Lance called as he walked into the training deck, looking around for him, finding him battling the Gladiator again. “Can you come cuddle?” He asked, not expecting anything but a kind ‘sure, give me a tick, babe.’ What ensued next was the biggest fight they’d had to date.

“No, Lance, I need to train. You need to, too. Zarkon won’t wait for us to be ready to battle him,” Keith said in between blocking and attacking the robot.

“But Keith,” Lance whined, rubbing his eyes. “I’ll train tomorrow, okay? But right now I’d like some cud-“

“No, Lance,” Keith snapped, turning to the Blue Paladin after calling off the training exercise. Minor progress, Lance thought to himself. “We need to train, all you do is sleep in, and expect everyone to kiss the ground you walk on. It needs to stop, because sooner or later you’re going to get hurt because of your carelessness. The war isn’t over; therefore, we need to keep battling until we defeat the Galran Empire, and save the universe. But you can’t seem to wrap your head around that, can you? All you do is make sure you get your beauty sleep,” Lance made an affronted noise, he’d been doing great at waking up until today, “flirt with aliens,” he hadn’t done that since Keith and he got together, “and slack off. It makes me wonder if you really have what it takes to be a Paladin for Voltron.” Keith knew the moment the words left his mouth that he would regret them. That he already regretted them before they finished being spoken. Keith knew in that moment that he had messed up, all the progress they had made with Lance’s insecurities came crashing down.

Lance froze, staring at Keith with wide eyes. Then he shut down on himself, hunching his shoulders. He didn’t say anything, he didn’t trust his voice to speak. Instead, he turned on his heel and walked out of the training deck, ignoring Keith’s calls to come back. When he passed the kitchen to get to his room, he didn’t stop in to say hi to Hunk, he ignored Shiro as he walked by, and even ignored Pidge as they worked on something in the hallway outside of the rooms. He was glad that he hadn’t passed by Coran or Allura, he didn’t know if he’d be able to hold himself together in front of Coran, and Allura didn’t like how he flirted with her, so he didn’t want to see her either. He finally walked into his room, locked the door, and then broke down.

Lance thought he’d been doing good – great even. He’d been waking up in the morning on time most days – occasionally he’d slip up and not get breakfast, but he’d been working on it, he stopped flirting with the female aliens they came across, feeling no need as he was in a relationship with Keith already, and he’d only been joking around when they were relaxing or eating. Apparently, Keith didn’t think he was doing as good as Lance thought he was. Until that moment, Lance’s insecurities hadn’t been bothering him for a few weeks, but Keith poked each of them as he got yelled at by him. He knew it was likely just stress causing Keith to lash out at him, and it wasn’t even Keith’s fault, Lance was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Logically, he knew that, but still, the weight of the words that Keith spoke were heavy, and this time, Lance couldn’t take it.

Keith was right, anyway. He wasn’t cut out to be the Blue Paladin, he was just a boy from Cuba who missed his mamá. He was probably just holding the place of the real Blue Paladin until he or she could claim their spot in Voltron. He swallowed thickly as his insecurities once again consumed him. He didn’t hear the banging on his door, or his name being called by Keith, or the apologies flying out of his mouth as he stood on the other side of his door. The only thing Lance was aware of, was that he needed to get out. Distantly, he heard Blue’s unsettled purrs, but he ignored it. He needed to make room for the real Blue Paladin. So, he was leaving.

Part II 

Part III 

Of Dazai and the Old Boss – An Analysis Report

Wordcount: 1.374.

So ever since I started reading the manga, there was always one character I always wondered about; the Old Boss, or the boss that came before Mori. Sure he seemed like an unimportant side character in the way he’s presented, but I have reasons to believe he’s more than that.

First, let’s compile what we know about him.

1.     He was ruthless even when he’s not bedridden and paranoid, as was said by Kouyou whose lover was killed because she tried to escape the Mafia with him.

And again when Tanizaki tried to kill Mori but was stopped by Kouyou, saying that if Mori died, the Mafia would return to its ‘wretched ways’. We can say with complete confidence that Mori’s way is so much ‘kinder’ than the old boss.

2.       He was bedridden with illness that also made him paranoid of attacks. This is not the case before the illness strike because Hirotsu mentioned he become like that after the illness. If Mori hadn’t stopped him by slicing his throat, he would have burnt Yokohama down.

4.       Wait that’s it? Yep. All we knew about him was in that episode and that chapter. But what we know about him was profound.

First let’s look at this scene:

Notice how Hirotsu mentioned Dazai specifically? Here’s the original panel for that scene:

In this, we can confidently say that Hirotsu singled out Dazai about how was the one who should’ve been most not alright with the development. The words used for it ‘Dazai –kun mo rikai suru tokoro de attarou‘  implies this. It hints that Dazai should’ve been resentful to Mori because he killed the Old Boss. But against all odds, he understood why Mori did what he did.

Then there’s this scene.

It really bothered me and when I looked deeper this is what cemented my conclusion of Dazai and the Old Boss’ connection. So as we could see in this scene, Mori killed the Old Boss and had Dazai become the sole witness. Now this premise has many problems.

1. Other than Mori, who was a doctor so obviously he was to take care of the sick, notice that Dazai was the only one in the room. Now this is strange. He was the only one who was by the Old Boss’ side, all alone in the room with the vulnerable, sick man when there’s no doctor to hover on the bedside. This in and of itself is a proof of their bond. If they weren’t well-known to have it, then all the Mafia would be suspicious to the fact that he’s accompanying the boss when he’s the most vulnerable.

On top of that he was entrusted with the Boss’ security as he was in the room with Mori who might or might not harm him (spoiler, he harmed the boss.) so he was supposed to be the one to care the most about the Old Boss’ wellbeing.

2.       As we know from the light novel, Odasaku mentioned that Dazai was considered to become an Executive at 16. In this scene he was only 14 and at that point of time, he had enough sway in the Organization that he can be the sole witness to the boss’ will and everyone just—nods and go along with it, making Mori the new boss despite them should be having Five Executive that would have fought for the seat. Why?

3.       In this case, Dazai cannot be adopted and raised by Mori as the fandom believed. If he was Mori’s and he became the sole witness everyone would call bull on it because he’d be perceived as Mori’s accomplice in taking out the Old Boss. They’d be executed and one of the upper echelon would take the throne themselves.

This would only work if the Port Mafia to believe that he couldn’t harm the boss and wouldn’t let harm come to him.

But what about this picture, you ask? Well, Mori did have a connection with Dazai too seing how Dazai got the coat he wore from before he was 14 to 18 from him. That’s a good 4 years wearing the same thing. I think this was actually the same case with Chuuya not appearing in the Dark Era; the plot has yet to be told to the readers and kept secret.

And then there’s the possibility that they knew each other because of Dazai’s wounds. If the Old Boss is as ruthless as Kouyou made him out to be, it won’t be far-fetched to say he’s the one resposible for Dazai’s numerous injuries and was frequently sent to Mori, the doctor, to get treatment.

Summary:  the Organization needs to know Dazai well and for some reason connect him with not only being close enough to the Old Boss for it not be strange for him to be all alone in the room with him and having enough credibility that he can’t possibly lie about the Old Boss’ last will. On top of that, he needs some reason to be the one ‘most not alright with it’ in a personal sense.

So what would make this credible? What could make this work? It would be if by doing so he was giving up his rights to the throne.

Here cometh my conclusion: Dazai was the Old Boss’ son and the rightful heir to the Port Mafia. If he was one, it won’t be strange for him to have credibility as 14-year old kid claiming to be the sole witness to a boss of The Mafia’s biggest bad that made a city doctor its next Boss.  More than that, it would be natural for him to spend time alone in the Boss’ bedside when he was sick and vulnerable.

No, I won’t be dropping Darth Vader’s ‘I am your father’ bomb here, despite it being extremely tempting. How many father and child bound by blood have you seen in BSD? That’s right, none. No reason to break the pattern now.

But what is prevalent? Adopting orphans. Hell, it was dropped by Odasaku in his last moment as one of Dazai’s driving force. In fact, most of the main cast are either adopted orphans or have adopted an orphan. (Fukuzawa & Ranpo, Kunikida & Rokuzo, Akutagawa/Atsushi and Dazai, need I go on?)

Here’s my verdict: Dazai was the heir to the Port Mafia because he was the Old Boss’ adopted. When the Old Boss died, everyone in the Mafia who knew about it, thought that he couldn’t possibly lie because by doing so he’d be defacing the Old Boss and giving away his rights to the throne. This gave him the ultimate credibility and thus allowing Mori to become the next King.

Most of all, this also solve the mystery of Mori’s behavior. Why drive Dazai away when he’s 18, when Mori could’ve killed him or make him go away before? He made the preparation to drive Dazai away two years beforehand when Dazai was 16, a good two years after becoming boss. The answer was because this will reveal his play to his subordinate. In the light novel Odasaku mentioned about Mori’s fearsome reputation for being ruthless and clever as hell. And this is the key; reputation.

If Mori killed Dazai before he got a secure standing in the Mafia, he would be accused to be killing the Old Boss and taking down his heir. Everyone would be on the scent of blood like sharks, especially in a place as cruel as the Mafia. So he got himself a reputation, backed by people loyal to him (Chuuya, Kouyou and, in an extent, Ace who was loyal only to money) and when he was sure that he has shown what he could and would do to the whole Mafia and the world, he cut off Dazai because he was no longer needed and now poses only threat.

By exiling the Prince, he would be able to hog the throne for himself since the older members would not be rallying behind Dazai to retake his rights. Truly a long-running plan befitting of him.

But hey, that’s just a theory. A BSD theory. Aaaand cut.

The Truth About Learning Japanese

(I’m going to start with a random side note: If I ever get a book deal to write Japanese primer, I’m going to call it I Eat Cake Everyday: A Complete Guide to Japanese with Stupid Sentences.)

It’s been a while since we’ve just talked, so I wanted to just take a moment to do that.

I think every Japanese platform at one point write an article about “the deep truth” of learning Japanese, claiming to give you the golden key that you need to become fluent in only 6 months or 1 year or whatever. 

The argument for those kinds of posts isn’t hard to understand: People are fundamentally similar. If people are fundamentally similar, it is very likely that works for me will will work for you. Thus, if this works for me, it will work for you. This does work for me. Therefore, it will work for you (most likely.)

This is why all articles start with something like, “I guarantee you that I’m no genius. [Insert daily task that the writer struggles with on a daily basis.] I’m just a regular person that tried out a few things until I found a winning formula.”

I, personally, want to do my own take on this kind of article. I won’t offer a golden key, but I’ll talk about learning Japanese.

1. Japanese is Coded in the Most Inefficient Writing System in the World

Kanji, the logographs that are the bane of all Japanese-learner’s existence, comes from China. Kanji itself, 漢字, means “Chinese characters.” Kanji were invented to suit the needs of the Chinese language (from way back when, before Mandarin/Standard Chinese was a thing.) Japanese, on the other hand, is a language isolate, and it is not related to Chinese. So the use of these Chinese characters has over time been used in different ways for different words and with different readings- for Kanji tend to have multiple readings, sometimes being just 2 and at other times 8. 

In Eastern Asia, the use of Chinese characters was widespread. It was used in Korea, in Vietnam, in Japan, to some varying extent in Malaysia, and the territories these nations conquered.

Korea developed an ingenious writing system called Hangeul, which now has all but totally substituted Chinese characters. Vietnam adopted the Roman alphabet with many diacritics. Japanese, well, Japanese developed two writing systems based on morae. These two writing systems could be used to write out the entirety of Japanese. Kanji is not really necessary. Further, there is no evidence to suggest that there are so many homophones such that even with context one could not make head or tails out of what was being said. 

So, Japanese does have a potential unique writing system that is easy to learn (it’s easier than Hangeul in my opinion), but it does not use it exclusively because of cultural reasons. Kanji is just hardwired into the culture.

But here’s where my personal opinion and advice come in: If you have to choose between loving Kanji and hating it, hate it. Don’t romanticize it. Don’t go “above and beyond” what you have to know because of your love for Kanji. Just learn what you have to learn, and leave it at that.

“How many Kanji must someone learn?” The official common use Kanji list (the Jōyō Kanji) lists 2,136 Kanji. How many readings are among these Kanji? Somewhere around 3,869. There are also some variations on Kanji that one should keep in mind and some Kanji that one sees only in names, so add around 400 Kanji to the official list and about 400 new readings.

“How many Kanji must I learn for my first year of Japanese?” All of them. That’s my honest advice. Don’t aim to learn only a few Kanji. If you’re going to learn Kanji, learn them all. Think in that mindset. As soon as you decide you want to learn Japanese, work on Kanji. Before you enter a classroom and learn your first few greetings and whatnot, make sure you know all the common use Kanji, or at least that you’re well on your way to knowing all the Kanji.

2. Language Learning is an Intensive Process

Learning a language is a process that scientists haven’t quite been able to describe accurately. We do know, nevertheless, that it’s a heck of a lot different from learning chemistry or carpentry or bicycling. 

In the Western world, there is this idea that one can learn a language in a classroom, normally as a subject period, with periods lasting somewhere from 50 to 70 minutes. Here’s the truth: it doesn’t work very well. (There are historic reasons for this way of learning a language, but we can talk about that some other time.) The success rates of language acquisition in classrooms is ridiculously low. This does not mean that language classes are bad: but it means that it just isn’t enough.

There are many reasons why learning a language in and of itself may be hard. It’d take forever to talk about all of them. 

But let’s talk a bit about lexicons. A lexicon, here, refers to the dictionary in your brain where you store the words you know. If you’re monolingual- you have a standard dictionary in your brain with a word and definitions. If you were raised bilingual, then you have one lexicon with two words and definitions. That is to say, if you’re an English-Spanish speaker, then you have “cat” and “gato” in the same space in your brain and you know that what applies to one applies to the other. Then, depending on your fluency and use, you may have two supplementary dictionaries where you store all the information about words that don’t exist in the other language and idioms and expressions and things like that. 

Now, if you’re an English speaker and, say, you want to learn German, part of what you’ll learn to do is to process your English lexicon entries into German. What that means is that you learn to engineer English words into German. “Father” turns into “Vater,” “to drink” turns into “trinken,” “Love” turns into “Liebe,” etc. So the words that have no relation with English (the non-cognates), turn into a supplementary lexicon and everything else is put through a mental processor. 

Because the brain can do this is the reason why many people in Europe can speak many languages. The fact that someone can speak Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Italian, and French is not terribly impressive. The overlap in words (and in grammar) is so immense that what you’re doing is processing one language into another and you’re guaranteed an astonishing success rate.

Japanese, however, is different because it’s a language isolate. You can’t process one language into another. You have to learn words one by one. That takes time. It takes repetition. Memorization is as much an active process as it is a subconscious process. When people talk about the benefits of “immersion,” what they’re talking about most of the time is putting your brain into survival mode, i.e. either you learn all these words (and grammar stuff) or else you will not be able to survive and thus you will die. That is one way of doing it, and if you do not choose this path you have to commit some serious time to this. I believe that if one knows around 5,000 of the most frequently used words in any given language, one is guaranteed to know at least 95% of all the words one will hear/read in a day (given that one doesn’t go read a super technical manual on how to calibrate a nuclear reactor or something like that.) So, the question becomes how will you memorize 5,000 words? How long will that take? If one learns 10 a day, then it’s 500 days, and if one learns 50 a day, it’s 100 days. 

The tradeoff when it comes to speed is that the faster you learn something, the faster you forget. (When you relearn something, it should be faster nevertheless.) So how much time will you commit to learning a language? How will you follow that up? These are important questions.

3. Japanese Media is Considerably Insular

Japan isn’t like the United States. The United States wants every nation to know what music it likes, what fashion it wears, what it believes ideologically and socially, etc. The U.S. is everywhere.

South Korea, recently, is everywhere. K-Pop, K-Dramas, K-SNL, K-Beauty. If you want to know what Korea is up to, it’s pretty easy to find out. They want you know! 

Japan… eh. Japan is pretty good at making anime available globally. People know about Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon and the Mighty Atom and all that. When it comes to dramas and movies and tv shows, they’re not quite interested in that. Ages ago I wrote a post on the misconception of “Whacky Japanese Game Shows,” where I basically explained that most of those shows aren’t game shows but segments on variety shows, the only person in my mind having totally insane game shows being Beat Takeshi.

Okay, fine, what does this mean? This means two important things. First, one’s expose to the language outside of going to Japan or talking to Japanese people will be based highly on anime, which is fine but there are other styles of expressing oneself. One needs a bit of variety. If one goes the information/news route, then one is exposing oneself to something very formal and literary, but dull. Second, it means that when people teach Japanese, they’re going to assume that one wants to speak Japanese for business purposes. This sounds strange to say, but let me put it like this: Japanese is an important part of the world economy and STEM and anime, on the other hand, is not a sufficiently large part of Japanese culture so that the Japanese can figure you want to learn Japanese for that sole purpose. If you want to speak Japanese, then it must be for business purposes (and we’ll consider academics to be within business.) So you learn Japanese through the perspective of honorific and respectful language. This isn’t a bad thing either, but the desire to make you sound nice will often lead to lies about how Japanese actually works at a grammatical level.

(On the other hand, in South Korea the K-Pop/K-Drama boom is such a big deal that people around the world start learning Korean in hopes of auditioning for the big production companies in hopes of becoming actors, singers, dancers, and hosts.)

So here’s my advice: Once you have your feet wet with Japanese, once you know your Kanji and you know how to analyze a sentence (even if the lexicon isn’t all there yet), look at something that isn’t anime. I recommend movies, a lot of which are quite nice. Okuribito (Departures) was a great movie. An (Red Bean Paste) is a more recent film that was wonderful. Look up some movies. Sit down, and watch them. Watch it with subtitles, so you know what the movie’s about. But watch it a second time and a third time without subtitles. Try to see if you can make out a few sentences, read a few signs that appear in the background, take note of expressions or words you keep hearing. No, you won’t be able to understand the whole film all of a sudden, but it’s something new and something good and the more Japanese you learn, the more you will be able to return to the film and make out. Eventually, you will be able to listen to a sentence, pause the film, and look up the words you don’t know.

4. Learning Japanese Doesn’t Happen with One Method Alone

This is rather obvious, but it’s worth finishing this off with. There is an abundance of book series, CDs, cassettes, and even online resources (our own included.)

A language is greater than any method, than any curriculum, than any teacher. No one source has all the answers. One has to be encouraged from day one to look at many resources.

A library is a language learner’s best friend. Why? Because books can be expensive, and you will probably not need all the resources you dabble into for a long time. So, when you begin learning Japanese, look at the entire Japanese section, order a few famous books through InterLibrary Loan, if you have access to that, and sit down and just read the books, as if they were novels. Don’t memorize a thing. Don’t do the exercises. Just figure out their style, their aims, their perspective. Do read the footnotes! The more footnotes a book has, the more useful it tends to be in the long run. Information that isn’t relevant in Lesson 1 may be absolutely vital in Lesson 10. 

Check out some old books if you can. The way people learn a language today is not the same way they learned it 50 or 100 years ago. The most useful Italian grammar book I ever read was written in the 1800′s. Japanese books published before World War II may have some slightly outdated things, such as the /we/ and /wi/ morae, but they will be good for most of everything else. I’m personally dying to get library privileges again somewhere to be able to look into these, so if I find some good book titles I’ll let you know.

Because a lot of language instruction was, until recently, modeled after the way Greek and Latin was taught, reading some of our own material gets you familiar with the lingo, should you heed my advice. So people like to talk about cases and declensions and conjugations and moods and all that. The works of William George Aston are some of the most important books on Japanese historically. So, if you can find originals of those, please do read them.

So yeah, food for thought

Spoonie Witchcraft - what does it mean?

A small disclaimer first: I am by no means an expert nor are my words to be taken as the absolute truth. Witchcraft is a great tool but doesn’t replace actual medical care such as pills, going to the doctor/therapist, and so on. Also, I suffer from chronic mental illness and have no experience from chronic physical illness and thus I cannot speak for people who suffer from chronic physical illnesses.

The Spoon Theory

For chronically ill people, we have only a certain amount of energy to spend per day, or spoons. Various activities take different amount of spoons and the spoon amount might vary from day-to-day. Quite often you do not have enough spoons to do everything you want, so you have to either borrow from tomorrow’s spoons or juggle between choosing what to do.
In a situation like this, doing witchcraft is very hard - bigger spells, rituals, or anything that requires a lot of energy can easily take a good chunk of our daily spoons. This is why spoonie witches prefer to do low-energy spells.

Different levels of spoons

Because our spoon levels can vary from day to day, I have adjusted my witchcraft to them. I will present some examples that can give you an idea of what I do on days with certain amount of spoons.

Critical spoons - this is the lowest I can go. I usually don’t even get out of bed or maybe I get up enough to grab my laptop and go back to bed. On these days I prefer only to study and read, maybe say a chant and just hold my crystals to absorb their energy. Most often I don’t do anything because of how low my energy is.

Low spoons - the most common days I have. These are the days when I can cast a few small/simple spells and activate sigils. Rituals or bigger spells are still out of my league. I can probably manage to do the most critical daily tasks but not all.

Big spoons - once in a blue moon. These days are what I suppose “normal” people have. I have enough energy to complete my daily tasks and have a bit of extra even after that. Rituals and bigger spells are achievable and do not drain me completely.

Huge spoons - I’ve had such days more often than “a lot of spoons” -days, which I find a bit funny. On huge spoon days I feel like I can do anything and everything, so on these days I do tasks that have been waiting around such as cleaning and cleansing, laundry, and other tasks I consider very big and energy consuming. I also tend to charge my crystals and sigils on such days so I can draw their energy on days I don’t have as many spoons.

Am I a spoonie?

A lot of people can relate to the spoon theory, but what does being a spoonie actually mean?
It means that you are suffering from an illness that limits your daily life considerably. Everything in your life is dictated on how much energy you have and/or how much you are suffering from your illness on that day. You might not shower for a week because you don’t have the energy for it. You might not eat for two days because you don’t have the energy to make food. Two weeks’ worth of laundry is waiting but you can’t do anything about it because just the thought of it makes you exhausted. You can’t get out of bed because everything hurts so much and you just want to sleep forever.

I personally didn’t feel comfortable in calling myself a spoonie before I had medical papers in front of me that said I had a chronic mental illness. Of course, not every spoonie can get these papers or see a doctor, so it is mostly up to you to determine whether or not you’re a spoonie.
Some chronically ill people feel it disrespectful if you use the term when you are not diagnosed with such illness, so please keep that in mind.

Spoonie tips

  • Take your time. Your craft is not going anywhere and taking breaks is more than okay. Taking care of yourself is the number one priority. Always
  • On big/huge spoon days charge up crystals/sigils that will act as your “batteries” on low/critical spoon days
  • Lighting up candles will usually make you feel better
  • If you don’t have energy to clean and cleanse, lighting incense or opening a window can do wonders
  • Spend some time with your crystals, even if you just hold them in your bed
  • If you have plants, keep them near your bed so you have someone to talk with
  • Drink a lot of water. You can also charge the water in the sun or moon and infuse the water with intent
  • Draw sigils on your pill bottles, on your favorite mug, above your bed, in your phone’s cover, your hands, your comfort items, your heat bags… Anywhere and everywhere
  • On days when you can go outside, absorb light and the energy of the earth into yourself
  • Remember to ground and meditate (I find it really helpful)

Spoonie blogs

Here are some of my favorite spoonie blogs. If you want to be added to the list, please do contact me!


Coping, sober.

I didn’t think I’d use my tumblr again any time soon, but something happened that I wanted to memorialise.

Some years ago I had a quite bad problem with drinking, due to all sorts of things and the lack of coping mechanisms in my own life. It was in 2012 that I stumbled over an interview with Daniel Radcliffe in which he bravely and openly talked about his own addiction. It was this interview that gave me the courage to go to my first ever AA meeting in early 2013.

Yesterday I got to tell him that. I don’t want to forget this memory, for the moment when (and it will happen) all goes to shit and I find myself anywhere near a bottle and with spirits too low to fight the good fight, because this was one of the best things that have ever happened to me.

I hung back a bit, so I wouldn’t discuss something like this in front of too many fans, for both of our sakes, and eventually there he was, and there I was, shaking and mumbling and completely idiotic.

Things I imagined would happen: A polite response. A hug. A “Good luck, stay strong” kind of moment.

What actually happened. His face lighting up like an actual Christmas tree. The two of us high fiving each other when we exchanged success stories (Sober again after downfalls from last year for myself and him going strong for four years now, hell yes man!!!!!!). Him being genuinely interested and invested, asking and asking and letting me have a moment and allowing me to ask in return.

Something else I realised, due to something he said at the very beginning of our encounter, was this: It’s true that I am the one lifting the heavy weight, I am working the programme and attending meetings, and thus I get to take the credit. Yes, I agree 100%. But inspiration and timing matters, and both are vital in certain moments in our life.

Do I think I would never have gone to an AA meeting if it hadn’t been for me reading this interview at this particular moment in my life? No. I hope I would have found my way back either way at some point. But it wouldn’t have been at that precise moment, and that matters. The timing gave me more good days with my daughter, more good days working and enjoying life, rather than losing myself in the haziness of an addiction.

So yes, I believe that people like Daniel Radcliffe, who speak out and share their struggles publicly, get to take credit too.

So, I am sharing this photo that was taken by a kind stranger I met in the queue, to remind myself that someone else was proud of me for making right choices day after day.

anonymous asked:

Breath of the Wild has made me think a lot about emergent game design - particularly how several of it's mechanics such as weapon degradation and stamina, while iffy ideas on paper, kind of facilitate a sort of variance in challenge that would be necessary for players to be able to go and do whatever they want in an organic open world and feel rewarded. Do developers often think about having to add even the most minor elements that can be seen as "negative" to bring about a better experience?

Sure. We do it all the time. In fact, in a lot of games, drawbacks and negative elements are an excellent way to add texture to a play experience because they force the player to make decisions. In Breath of the Wild, there’s a whole world of ingredients, recipes, and items out there for players to find and use. However, encouraging players to use these items is the tricky part. 

What we usually want is for players to weigh options where they don’t always have a clear-cut solution. Breath of the Wild’s item degradation system does this - you can either use the item now for a temporary advantage, or hoard it for later. And, because players regularly get pretty awesome items, it behooves them to try them out and use them… at least a little. The hard part is encouraging players to do this without making it feel bad. They do this by making inventory space limited, thus encouraging you to use up your items in order to keep collecting and crafting new stuff. When it comes to games, I (like many) fall under the item hoarder side of things. I always want to keep the useful items I find in reserve “just in case”, and typically end up with an inventory full of potions, elixirs, revives, one-time stat boosts, and other consumable items at the end of the game because I just might find something better to use it on later. If I don’t use it now, I retain the possibility of using it in the future “when I really need it”.

This is a known psychological effect called “loss aversion”. The human brain is genetically wired towards loss aversion - humans hate to lose stuff they had more than they getting more stuff. Psychological experiments have shown this effect - people would much rather reduce their chance at loss than take a gamble that has a much higher chance of benefit.  There’s more than one element at work here - first, you’ve got all these things out there to pick up and try, and second, you can’t hoard them permanently so the subconscious loss-aversion parts of the human brain kicks in and says “Well, if you can’t save it, you’d better use it up so you don’t waste it.”

Because your animal subconscious says “I’d better use this because it’s the least interesting thing I have right now that I might need later”, you use it. You experiment it. And then you start having some fun with the experimentation, and you start thinking about other ways you can use your stuff. After all, if the metal sword can be used to conduct electricity in addition to stabbing things, maybe you can solve this puzzle in a different way…

That’s where a lot of the fun in BotW comes from. You find a lot of different toys to play with and some psychological encouragement to use it up to make room for more, and suddenly you have to make a bunch of interesting decisions on whether it’s worth using the last few charges of your thing to get to that island in the middle of the lake over there. Making decisions is interesting for a player only if they have to make a judgement on the results. In the case of Breath of the Wild, it comes to a question of “This item is really cool, but maybe I can get something else over there that’s even cooler”. By removing the option of getting both this item and that one from the player, it turns a trivial solution into a lot of interesting ones.

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favourite pokemon 1/? - alolan vulpix - ‘lola

so i’m going to do some ‘boards of my favourite pokemon, starting with my six preferred team members…if i could get them. sidenote, i am horrible at pokemon and thus only want pokemon for how cute they are to me. i will be naming them all either because i have one with that name, or that’s just what i’d name it…if i had one….

as usual, sources under cut.

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Loneliness in Yuri!!! On Ice

Well, I don’t know if this has been done before but oh well, I wanna put my two cents anyway.Basically, this ended up as me just discussing whatever came into my head concerning this???? I mostly wrote this on the fly. So please, take things with a grain of salt.  I might add in Yuri later on to make this a Podium Family post.

While some may think Viktor and Yuuri are polar opposites, that is not entirely the case. They are not exactly opposites. The thing with relationships is that even if two people are on different sides of the spectrum, there is always bound to be a middle ground, call it that space in between overlapping circles in a Venn diagram. 

In YOI verse, we have to concede to the fact that in order for Viktor to actually meet Yuuri halfway, he has to have something that helps him empathize with Yuuri. Yes, Viktor is a very perceptive character (I hope the fandom keeps this in mind because we all have to give this man a cookie for how observant he is). However, understanding someone through only observation negates the value of connection. You can’t connect to someone just by observing them. It’s like being in a laboratory, a scientist observing a rat. The scientist interacts with the rat to induce a reaction. It’s an impersonal type of interaction. Whereas in relationships, both parties interact with each other in order to build trust not to see what happens if I do this and that. And Viktor for his brilliance does know this. Testing the waters for most of the time until he deems Yuuri would feel comfortable enough to meet him (except THAT one time in the parking lot. Having no sharpened tools for that type of situation he inevitably went to what he was used to). What makes that different from the scientist analogy is that Viktor aims to forge something deeper with Yuuri by also opening himself up little by little. But hey, that is an analysis for another time.

Going back, relationships tend to work well when both parties value the same thing (while skating is a given, skating isn’t everything) but let’s face it understanding each other is basically a cornerstone in any relationship.

( It should be noted that people experience different things but the feeling can be felt similarly. That’s why we can connect with other people despite different experiences.)

So what is that something both Viktor and Yuuri have experienced?


This is pretty much blatant throughout the show. I think it also one of the things which really resonate in both Viktor and Yuuri. Something that both of them are very familiar with. Hence, allowing them a certain level of understanding in their relationship. (I do hope they explore this dimension in their relationship in the future though).

Anyway, Yuri!!! On Ice depicts two brands of loneliness.

First up, we have Yuuri’s loneliness. I think it is safe to remember that even having people around, you can still feel lonely. Keep in mind, that loneliness is a feeling. A feeling of being solitary or cut off from everyone else. 

In my perspective, Yuuri’s loneliness doesn’t wholly stem from physically being far away from people but it mostly stems from his mental state. This is where Yuuri’s anxiety comes in. Anxiety tends to lock its victim inside his/her own mind. As much as he interacts with people, he feels a disconnect between himself and others. The thing with interacting with others is that the interaction may not be what is currently needed or wanted. This is what ultimately creates that feeling of loneliness. You have people around you can talk to but the thing is you are not satisfied with the type of interaction you have with these people. Anxiety serves as a wedge for Yuuri to get what he subconsciously wants from interacting with people. He has a support group, but despite the blatant support he just doesn’t seem to feel it. The thing is with anxiety, the more it locks you inside your head, the less you truly interact with others. The more you focus on your own thoughts the more you cut off yourself from others. While he locks himself in, he can’t hear the things he really needed. Thus, barring him from truly connecting to others.

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What's happening to Nif is interesting.

What’s in question isn’t the age gap- though people think it is.
What’s really in question, are the Soulmate AU “laws”. And let me tell you why.

They can vary from author to author, as we’ve seen. Factors likely to change are:

-Mark shape/placement
- Physical sensation of the mark when the other is near
-Pull of the other persons “aura”
-Ability to sense the other’s presence
-Whether you have one soulmate, or multiple

You’ll want to hear me out on this one, guys.
These are just a few of the variables that can change from AU to AU.
Bear with me-
Have you seen Twilight? Where Jacob imprints on Bella’s child? Here’s what he says:
“It’s not like love at first sight, really. It’s more like…gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. And you would do anything for her, be anything for her…”


“You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother”
- Jacob, New Moon

I explicitly apply this to the case of Prompto and Rory. When Prompto babysits Rory and Lucas, there are no sexual feelings there. That’s not what soulmates are if the time isn’t right. Yes the Six are dumb as fuck, soulmates are full of problems. One can die, the other can go forever without their soulmate. Absolutely. But for Six sake, they didn’t set up soulmates on Eos to perpetuate child molestation. So let’s just nip that in the bud- right. now.

Their time was now. Prom and yes, Rory are consenting adults, and because of it, the “inexplicable pull of soulmates” trope that we’ve all come to know and love (and need to STAND BY even if it’s not our “ideal”) was in FULL effect. It knows. Does this cause problems? ABSOLUTELYYYY.
Again- the Six are dumb AF.

It’s not picture perfect. I think we all recognized a fault in this Prompto, which is FINE. Hell, its GOOD even! This Prompto has been thorough some shit. Think about it. Existing in a world where everyone has a soulmate marking, quite literally, except you- i’d believe this Prompto is even a suicide attempt survivor. I’d believe this Prompto took mixes of ethers and high potion overdoses to numb his pain. I think this Prompto could have been a potion addict at some point, and I think Nif even alluded to this. My god, can you even imagine?? The Astrals had blessed everyone, every human with another human, and you are a walking I S L A N D, damned by the gods. But despite this Prompto still tries. The thought of it gives me chills knowing he had to undergo that mental torture. Having date after date, lover after lover eventually taken away from him by their “real” soulmate. It was only a matter of time. Prompto was a loophole in the Gods plan.

But what did they do????
What did they do.
They blessed him in the middle of his life, with a marking. Unbelievable.
Everyone existing on earth had a marking already, so of COURSE it had to be someone unborn, who could match him. Someone who’s not yet entered the world. Thus creating the age gap.

People have come out to Nif saying they’re either survivors of bad age gap relationships, or that the love of their life is 15-20 years older than them, and they’re happily married. Or that their parents have an age gap. The examples go on and on.

I believe the way Magnets written is gritty, it’s real, it’s riddled with real life problems which is why there’s ample discourse popping up on it in the first place.

We wanted to see a bit more remorse from Prompto, a little more fear, being more weirded out, freaked out, feeling ashamed, disgusted with himself even. I think this part was there, it was.

Prompto could have been so hung up, mortified, depressed about what he’s doing to Raine and his Best friends daughter that he outright killed him self. Again- Gods be damned. They put him through hell and back and now his soulmate is “too young” for him? He could have been done. For the sake of a story, Is this what YOU wanted to see?
Story aside, it would not make sense for the Gods manifestation of love to inflict undue pain. Some pain, sure, less than ideal circumstances? Absolutely. All of which were dealt with and realized IN the story.

But it was exponentially curbed, by the “soulmate AU” laws. It is to bestow love on the humans of Eos. It’s the Gods love for them, manifested, and found with their better half. The end game is undoubtedly romantic love, not to cause tourment, anguish, disgust, peril, or even death. So in my books, Love won, as it might have even been “predestined” to in the beginning, when Prompto was still in the lab. Snack on THEM apples 😏

Tldr; God bless 40 y/o Prompto because man be damned if you’re supposed to resist what the fucking Astrals put down for ya. @nifwrites

Okay so I think I accidentally may have deleted all the asks while trying to clear some of my asks on my personal account? I thought I hit the delete button on my account but either I or the internet has failed so. 

If you’ve sent an ask and it has not been answered thus far, it is gone. IF you could be so kind as to send it again, I will do my best not to be an idiot this time around. 


Catch a Falling Star

Characters: CastielXReader

Word Count: 2264 (Part 2)

A/N: Part 2 of a Soulmate AU mini-series. I’m uncertain how many “parts” will make up this mini-series – the original outline is for 5, but my muse has a sordid history of adding more plot twists, turns, and verbs than I initially anticipate and/or know what to do with. Thank you ALL for the overwhelmingly KIND and POSITIVE feedback thus far! I hope/strive not to disappoint. Enjoy the ride. (P.S. Still on vacation mode and taking advantage of a quaint coffee shop with wifi on this rainy afternoon – will respond personally when I have normal internet access.)

Summary: What if angels didn’t end up just anywhere when they are banished by sigils…what if sometimes they end up exactly where they need to be? Turns out you are Castiel’s grounding stone, and it’s more complicated than either of you realizes. Cue the hurt/comfort and mandatory associate angst (be warned, it gets heavy). Angels are a damned stubborn lot, and in this regard Castiel is no different from his kin.

Catch up if you missed a chapter: Part 1

Man seemingly drops out of the sky. With an absolute disregard for common sense given your lakeside isolation, you invite the peculiar stranger into your home. You convince him to disrobe and shower. Obviously his common sense could also do with some fine tuning – what sensible person follows a random stranger home and immediately consents to getting naked? Alright, it wasn’t immediate, he put up a gallant protest and you routed his muddied multi-layer modesty at every turn until he acquiesced and passed his trench coat, suit, and shoes through the barely cracked door of the bathroom. Perhaps you’ve underestimated your powers of persuasive speech all these years. Perhaps you should consider a new career revolving around this superpower. Lawyer? Lobbyist? Nah.

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anonymous asked:

"Men will never get an abortion" Well, pre-op transmen can still get pregnant and thus can get screwed over by strict abortion laws as well, though most try to avoid pregnancy because it triggers their gender dysphoria massively.

I know what you mean, and I’m honestly not having a go, but can we all stop with the nit-picking, please?

Obviously trans men have different experiences than cis men, but pointing this out constantly isn’t going to do them any favours. A lot of cis women will never get an abortion and can never get pregnant, either. I just don’t think that these kinds of additions are helpful to anyone at all.

Inheritance characters sorted into Hogwarts /Ilvermory

My headcanon for if they were sorted into Hogwarts/Ilvermory. Sorry if I spell things wrong, it’s been a while since I’ve read/seen the harry potter books/movies. Let me know what you think!



I was originally going to put him into Gryffindor, since he’s brave and one of his main characteristics, but I thought that he would fit better into Hufflepuff, since alot of things he does is for his friends and family. 


Gryffindor/Horned serpent. 

Saphira may be a warrior, but she is also very wise, especially for her age. I sorted her into Horned Serpent because of it.



Roran is incredibly smart, thinking u strategies and stuff, rather quickly becoming a commander, sure, hes very brave and like Eragon, I wanted to put him into Gryffindor, but thought better of it.



Katrina was kind of hard, since I do not know as much about her as the others. I put her in Pukwudgie because she very much seems like a healer, comforting the boys agt several times. But she got balls. I will fight anyone if they think she isn’t brave. 



Murtagh is unbelievably cunning, and know very well how to handle himself in situations, being able to move his way arounf Galby to get to Nasuada. I also have a feeling that he is the adventurous type as well, thus putting him in the Thunderbird house.



I don’t know a lot of Thorn either, but he always seemed to me like he was a very sweet dragon, longing to be free. Thus I put him in Hufflepuff.


Slytherin/Horned Serpent

Arya is very cunning and rebellious, she is also smart and skilled as hell, need I say more?



Fírnen is very smart, and also long for adventure. I don’t know much else about him, so I just went with my instinct.



Very smart, warrior at heart, Shes a born leader, wich takes smarts, but a lot of guts.



Cunning, smart, tricky, but also a healer, forced to feel their pain but willing to help them if she so desires. 


Hufflepuff/Horned serpent

Sweet guy, but the smartest you will ever meet. I was going for Ravenclaw, but decided against it, I found it too obvious, Of course, he was the wisest, but also very sweet.



He’s an old dragon, of course I went with Ravenclaw, but he’s a warrior as well, I have more than one reason to belive he is.


Slytherin/Horned serpent

Smart af, brave af, good in almost everything. mysterious, cunning…

Sorry for the long post, here is my drawing of Thorn with a flower crown again