If you haven’t seen Netflix’s “The OA,” I highly suggest you watch it. Moderate spoilersahead!
So basically, in The OA, the characters discover several different movements, used to unlock a celestial portal to another world. As I was watching the show, I realized how awesome dance witchcraft is! So I’m making this post.
Dancing to perform a spell is definitely not a new concept. Ancient peoples around the world had/have several dances to so things like bring rain, or a plentiful crop. I don’t want to step into cultural appropriation territory though, so I’m gonna talk about making your own dances!
If you follow any deities, research if any poses or movements are sacred to them.
You may want to incorporate gestures that symbolize animals.
Follow your own intuition. If you think you should place your hands over your neck during the dance, do it! If you believe in chakras/energy points, you could move according to those.
Some poses that represent different meanings include:
Raising your hands to the sky to call upon higher powers
Sweeping one leg around while standing on the other creates a symbolic barrier
Prying your hands/wrists apart as if breaking a rope that was tying them together can represent breaking free of boundaries
Crouching and then rising up (simultaneously doing hand movements is optional) can symbolize drawing power into yourself
Thrusting your hands away from you can be used to push things away from you or your life
I hope this was helpful! Feel free to reblog and add other movements and their meanings!
A collab with the amazing@kipio!! Kim did Natsu and Plue and I did Lucy and Happy!!
Thanks so much for collaborating with me Kim, it looks so good! Natsu looks so adorable and PLUE IS THE MOST PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL EVER OKAY, PROTECT HIMMMMMM
If you don’t follow Kim already then go and follow her! She produces awesome art and fics, and if that isn’t enough, she is one of the kindest & most supportive people on this site! So yeah, please go and show her some love :3
Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since I did my previous follow forever (I believe it was around new years) and I wanted to thank everyone for sticking around and enjoying all the nice gifs and fanart on this website with me. Since then I’ve gained many awesome new followers and mutuals, I haven’t talked with as many of you as I would have liked, but I’ll try to be a little more communicative in the future (or maybe it’s preferable I stay quiet, haha).
Anyway, I think I included all my mutuals in this list, they’re really cool people so you should check out their blogs! If I have forgotten to include you, do let me know~
**First off! I made this specifically for DeviantArt, and then realized that it really applies to every artist who is looking to get into the market of freelance work. I apologize that this journal references that site specifically quite a bit, but the information is still solid.
Commissions. Commissions. Commissions! It’s all anyone on here seems to talk about. It’s like a measure of popularity. But there’s a lot of danger in opening for commissions before you’re prepared, and that’s what this particular journal is about. Let’s avoid the common commission pitfalls (a journal for another day ) and get a healthy, fully prepared start!
Build Your Fanbase
I’ve seen some people join deviantArt (or other sites) and instantly expect to get commissions. We’re talking the same day that they sign up. Sorry, that’s just not how it works. Actually, you’ll be lucky to get commissions on deviantArt at all. DeviantArt is a community of artists. Sure, there are some buyers on here as well, but very rarely will you find regular work on this site. I like deviantArt because it’s a social network with other artists. It’s a place where I can come to make friends and learn. Sure, I can advertise myself on here, but most of my work comes from my Twitter, Tumblr, and own legwork. I’d recommend establishing yourself with the same username in as many places as you comfortably can. When you’re narrowing down the prospects, I’d say to avoid small, start-up art communities (you know the ones I’m talking about, those “exclusive”, “by invite only” art sites. Who is going to buy your work there?). Make yourself known on established websites where there is already a user base to be a part of. Twitter, Tumblr, Art Station, Behance, deviantArt, LinkedIn, ConceptCookie and even FurAffinity (if you’re into that kind of thing) are all fantastic options.
Understand Pricing and it’s Consequences
First off, don’t sell for points. Points is quite literally the equivalent of pocket change. 80 points is $1. That means that if you’re selling a full color image for 500 points (which I see all the time) you’re selling it for $6.25. $6.25 for a full picture. A full picture that I can promise you’ve spent more than a half an hour on. I’ll write a full journal on how pricing works, but generally, you should not be selling your work for less than minimum wage per hour. I’ll go through a lot of other pricing options in the other journal, but keep in mind that you are working on artwork. This is your time and you should be paid for it. Yes, you might absolutely LOVE doing artwork (so do I!) but you should still be paid for creating images for other people. If you choose not to be paid now, or to be paid in pocket change now, or to be paid for $5/hr now, you’ll likely regret it later. Your “target market” for lower pricing will not be the same as your target market for average pay. People who pay in dA points likely won’t be returning for more work later, and if they do, it’ll be for the same price. People who are willing to pay what your work is worth are more likely to be repeat customers, are likely to talk more about your work if you do a good job, and are, of course, willing to give you the amount that you deserve so that you’re doing less work for the appropriate amount of money. If you spend most of your time targeting the lower-range market you won’t be able to raise your prices later. (For the record, I’m not talking about general watchers and followers, some people just can’t afford to buy art or don’t need it, but they’re no less valuable in terms of having an awesome fan base. We’re strictly talking about clientele here).
Create a Strong Terms of Service Agreement
Do your research! Don’t just look at other ToS Agreements on deviantArt, many of them are not strong. If you can’t afford to hire an attorney, do some serious Google searching. There are a ton of really good samples of what your ToS should include. Again, I’m planning a full journal for this as well, but a few points I could make right now are to include; A) That you own all rights to your work. Make sure that this is a part of your Terms of Service. Yes, it goes without saying that you own what you make, but many times customers have the misinformed idea that because they’ve paid you they automatically own the artwork and can sell it, make prints of it, etc. B) A clause about what happens if you become ill. I know it’s likely not something you’re thinking about now, but what if you take a commission and suddenly become ill or are involved in an accident of some kind? You’ll want to detail out what happens. Does the customer get a full refund? Do you require an extension on the work deadline? Do you retain their deposit or the payment for the work that’s been completed, but refund the rest? Think about this now, not later. C) Bounced checks and returned payments. What if the client pays you in a check and it bounces? What happens if they do a charge-back with PayPal? Is there a fee that you’ll need covered? Most companies have a Returned Payment Fee because they don’t want to get stuck with the fee from the bank or processing center. It’s a smart fee to have included in your contract. From a consumer point of view, I know we all hate that fee, but from a business perspective, it’s a smart idea to have. D) Do you have a Rush Fee? If a client contacts you and says “I need this done in three days time!” and your average turn around is a month, will there be an additional charge? Keep in mind that this means you’ll be putting all your other clients on the back burner, working longer hours than usual and possibly even weekends or holidays - maybe both. Most artists do have an additional charge for this. Think of it as over time.
**Have a Terms of Service before you open for commissions. Not after. Don’t wait for something to happen where you wish you’d had one.**
Have Samples of Your Work
Weirdly enough, I felt the need to add this in here. I’ve seen a few people open for commissions that they don’t even have examples for. I’ve been contacted by people who have seriously told me “I don’t have any samples of animation, but I’m a really good animator. I work for $50/30 seconds. When do I start?”. What? No! Don’t be that person. If you’re offering character design commissions, have some samples. If you’re offering storyboard commissions, have some samples. Illustration? Have some samples. Badges? Make some samples. Animation? You guessed it. Samples. By doing this you’re not only showing your potential customers that you can provide the work you’re claiming you can and giving an example of quality, you’re doing yourself a favor by knowing an approximate of how long it’s going to take you to finish the work so you’re not overcharging your customer or short changing yourself.
Remember! These steps aren’t just to help you get more commissions, they’re there for your protection. You don’t want to be involved in an all-too-common horror story scenario where a client can take advantage of you, and you don’t want to give your client a horror story about yourself (that they’ll undoubtedly share with every one of their friends and followers).
Protect your client, protect yourself, and protect your business.
hello loves! i recently hit 500 followers, and words cannot express my gratitude. this blog has only been up and running for—what—3 months? the amount of amazing people i’ve met and the community i’ve grown a part of is astounding. in honor of all the awesome people i’ve grown to love, i thought i’d do this. (and i’m really sorry for the gross banner above)
note: this is not all of the people i follow because that would’ve been insanely huge, but just know that i love you all (hence why i’m following you!). <3(maybe i should make a blogroll)
Part Eight // Somebody Else [A Stiles Stilinski Story]
Stiles broke her heart and now she can never look at him the same. They remained friends, but she can’t exactly find it in herself to truly forgive Stiles and he doesn’t know how to accept her new relationship with the one person he can’t stand. Overtime, they both eventually got over each other… or have they?
Relationship: Stiles Stilinski x Reader/ Stiles Stilinski x OFC
Warnings: NSFW, Explicit Sexual Content, Oral (female on male), Fingering, and Swearing.
Word Count: 2,908
A/N: Well, guys this is it. I know I can speak on behalf of my partner in crime throughout all of this and myself that we are so happy with how much everyone seemed to like this story. We love it so much and to see people actually love it too is amazing. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this finale (also if you haven’t followed @sarcasticallystilinski yet you really should because she’s fucking awesome)!
It was as if the entire world stopped moving around, except for the floor that suddenly shook and fell beneath her feet the moment her eyes landed on his. The same warm honey colored ones, with also a hint of curiosity in them, that never ceased to take her breath away. Stiles stared at her with confusion on his face at her sudden appearance on his doorstep, his heart now beating faster with her here.
All of the thoughts and words she once had planned to confess to him immediately flushed away from her mind and all Katalina could do was gaze in awe at him. The boy who she missed so dearly and wanted back in her life more than anything. The boy who had her completely wrapped around his finger.
“Katalina?” Stiles repeated to the completely still girl with wide eyes as he snapped his fingers in front of her face, hoping to somehow bring her back to the real world. “Hello?”
The snapping seemed to work because the second he did, her mind seemed to function again and she slightly jumped back to life. Shaking her head, Katalina nervously tried to swallow the lump in her throat.
“I-I had a whole speech planned. B-But then I saw you again and I-I lost every train of thought I’ve ever had.” She confessed and Stiles’ eyebrows quirked in response.
“I guess I still have lingering effect on you, huh?” He chuckled light-heartedly, scratching the back of his neck.
The comment was just a small and simple remark to make the tension between them a little less awkward but Katalina took it more seriously than Stiles expected.
“Of course you still have an effect on me.” She stated and the pace of his heartbeat increased considerably. “Because sure I can delete your number on my phone and unfriend you on Facebook to try to forget you or even erase photos of us. But, what the hell do I do about your husky voice still ringing in my ears? Or the feeling of your igniting touch lingering on my skin? Tell me, what do I do about all of the memories we share together and the burning image of your breath-taking smile I see every damn time I close my eyes?”
Stiles’ eyes were wide at how much he didn’t expect Katalina’s words. He knew that at one point she loved him but he had no idea that, even after everything, she still loved him with such passion and fire. It made his heart feel warm and a sense of peace he hasn’t felt in years.
“T-That was amazing for someone who forgot their speech.” Stiles stuttered, not knowing how to respond in a non-sarcastic way. “You should really get into improv.”
Katalina let out a sudden laugh and the beautiful sound was music to Stiles’ ears as it mended his broken heart back together. And the gorgeous smile on his face was what put her back together as well. All of the ice that was in both of their wounded hearts was being repaired with warmth which melted away all of the cold.
“Huh, I guess I should.” Katalina giggled.
“I missed the sound of your laugh.” Stiles smiled and a heated blush crept up her cheeks at the confession.
“I missed you.” Katalina pushed loose hair behind her ear and Stiles couldn’t hide the way he swooned.
“How could I not? You’re everything I’ve ever wanted and more.” She grinned, quoting his own words from the letter he wrote to her.
Stiles’ heart stopped when she did and there isn’t a single doubt in him that his soul is connected to hers and that he only belonged to the beautiful girl standing at his doorstep.
“So, I take it that you read my letter?” Stiles smiled with a blush and Katalina nodded, smiling back at him without second thought.
“I definitely did. And it’s funny because ever since I finished it, I couldn’t stop thinking about you.” She stated. “Which actually made me wonder just how long you’ve been on mind.
"And then it occured to me: Stiles, ever since I met you,” Katalina continued. “You’ve never left.”
The boy whose heart was destroyed and ruined beyond repair felt it come back to life along with the girl whose heart was once mangled and weighing heavily beneath her ribs. The words and confessions they shared with each other took out those shattered hearts, stitched them back up and returned them whole.
“I love you, Stiles Stilinski.” Katalina said the words he has been dying to hear for the longest time. “Always have, always will.”
“If you really think that I’m going to just run back into your arms after everything that happened,” Stiles began to say and Katalina’s face immediately fell, knowing that it couldn’t possibly end well. But, Stiles suddenly placed his finger under her chin and lifted her face to look back up at him. His eyes were warm and he had a soft smile on as he placed his hand against her cheek. “Then, you’re absolutely right.”
Neither one of them needed to say anything else to know that all of the tension, the anger, the hurt and awkwardness between them left both of their bodies to never again return. The two gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes before Stiles glanced down at her lips and Katalina’s breath hitched in her throat at the knowledge of what was about to come. Butterflies made their way into her stomach as Stiles closed his eyes and leaned in closer to her. She shut her own eyes in preparation and a feeling of happiness sparked in her heart the second his soft lips touched hers.
The kiss was calm and smooth, both desperately wanting to show their passion through slow movements. Stiles’ and Katalina’s lips meshed together in an addictive pace, both groaning when they needed to breathe.
“I love you, too.” Stiles breathed, his forehead resting on hers. “And I have to say, you look absolutely beautiful with that sweater on.”
“I had a feeling you’d like it.” She smirked.
“Did you now?”
“Yeah, but wouldn’t you like it better if it wasn’t on me anymore?” Katalina grinned, feeling a need to be closer to him than just by their lips touching. “Is your dad home?”
“No.” He smiled. “He’s working the whole night shift.”
“Really?” Katalina smiled back.
“Really. Do you want to come in?” Stiles asked and the young girl felt no need to hold back her smirk.
In a matter of seconds, their mouths crashed together again and this time the kiss was hard and desperate. Stiles, suddenly, pulled her into his house and she let out a laugh at the unexpected move. Once they were both inside, he slammed the door shut and pulled her lips back on his. He didn’t even wait before lowering his hand from her cheek and placing both of them on her ass.
“Jump.” Stiles commanded with a husky voice and Katalina shivered at just how sexy he was.
She followed his directions and thrusted herself up into his arms, letting out a small yelp when Stiles squeezed her ass. However, she took this opportunity of accidentally breaking their kiss to grab the hem of his lacrosse sweatshirt she was wearing and pull it off her body. Katalina couldn’t find a worry in her bones as she threw it on the floor and Stiles turned them around to walk up the stairs. Their lips were back together and Stiles successfully managed to climb the staircase with Katalina tight in his arms. With every step he took, both teenagers became more and more excited to be joined together again after everything terrible that happened.
Careful not to drop her, one of Stiles’ hands let go of her to open his bedroom door. After they were inside, without breaking their kiss, he put his hand back and closed the door shut with his foot. Katalina’s body bounced on the mattress the second he dropped her on the bed and, with lust rushing in the both of them, Stiles reached behind his back to gab his shirt and yank it off of him. A jolt of desire sparked inside of him at the sight of Katalina biting down on her lip and pulling of the shorts she was wearing. Both pieces of clothing fell on the ground at the same time and Stiles excitedly dropped his sweatpants. His eyebrows quirked when he stepped out of the pants and just as he was about to remove his boxers, Katalina scooched to the edge of the bed and swatted his hands away.
The sight of his bulge straining against his blue underwear and a little wet from his increasing amount of precum was what made Katalina jump into action, completely turned on from how much he was. Stiles’ body shuddered when she lightly played with the dark hair above his briefs before snapping the hem of his boxers against his hips. She pulled it down his legs and audibly moaned when his erection appeared in front of her which made Stiles moan in response.
“You don’t have to-” He began to suggest even though lust was clouding his mind and thoughts.
“Oh, Stiles, I want to.” Katalina interrupted as she wrapped her dominant hand around his base and the other grasped his thigh for stability.
She licked her lips in excitement and Stiles felt as if he would melt from how hot the girl he loved was. The second her warm and wet mouth wrapped around his swollen tip, Stiles couldn’t hold back the animalistic groan that came from deep within him. That exact sound, however, made the amount of wetness already pooling in Katalina’s panties to grow even more. Stiles’ hands made their way into her hair as she gently sucked his head, swirling her tongue on his slit and collecting the salty precum.
“Fuck, Kat.” He moaned, massaging her scalp and making her moan in response. Stiles, suddenly, bucking his hips at the vibration. “That feels so good.”
Katalina removed her hand from his base and placed it on his thigh. Stiles’ eyes rolled to the back of his head and he twitched immediately the second she took all of him in, his tip touching the back of her throat.
Stiles’ grip on her tightened when he couldn’t hold back anymore and thrusted into her mouth, which to be honest, Katalina didn’t even mind. She loves the way his face contorts in complete pleasure and, even though tears are now watering in her eyes at how intense this was, Katalina’s enjoying it just as much as he is.
“O-Okay, stop stop stop.” Stiles groaned, pulling her off of him.
Her lips detached from Stiles’ shaft, a small string of spit taking her place, and she pouted at the sudden loss of contact. Stiles was breathing heavily as he reluctantly opened his eyes and let go of Katalina’s hair. He looked at her and never has she looked more beautiful. Her lips were red and swollen, but her eyes were sparkling up at him.
“I don’t want to cum unless it’s in you.”
“Well, then what are you waiting for?” Katalina smirked, both of their pupils immediately dilating.
Those words snapped something in Stiles like never before and he immediately dove into action. He kicked his boxers completely off of his legs as Katalina backed up on the bed and he gently pushed her down onto the mattress. His lips were back on hers with such need and desperation that their teeth were now clashing as they kissed but neither one of them truly cared enough to stop. Stiles’ hands slid behind her back and unclasped her bra with ease. He broke their kiss to plant wet ones on her skin as he slipped the straps down her shoulders. The bra soon met the rest of their clothes on the floor and Stiles instinctively placed his mouth on one of her breasts.
Stiles’ hand trailed down her body until they reached the hem of her panties and, without even feeling like teasing her since he too desperately wanted more, he pulled it off her legs and dropped them elsewhere. He sucked lightly on her pulse point and the increasing ache in her core was interrupted when he unexpectedly skimmed his middle finger inbetween her soaking wet folds.
“Holy shit.” Stiles moaned and Katalina’s hips bucked from how badly she wanted more friction.
Stiles complied and slipped his middle finger into her warmth, earning a loud and shameless moan from her lips. He gently hooked his finger inside of her and moved against her walls, the delicious feeling stimulating intense pleasure in her which provoked sudden desire for more than just his sexy hands.
“Stiles,” Katalina moaned, her voice breathless as she leans her head back into his pillow. “I need more.”
He thought she meant more of his hands and began to slip another finger inside of her only to be stopped by Katalina’s hand grasping on his wrist. Stiles immediately removed his face from her nipple to look up at her with curious eyes.
“I need more of you.”
Stiles’ erection immediately twitched at her seductive voice and, without missing a single beat, he pulled his fingers out of her and put them into his mouth. Katalina moaned at how sexy he looked and Stiles moaned at how amazing she tasted before he spread her legs further apart and pumped himself a few times at her entrance. Stiles wet himself with her arousal and gazed deep into her eyes when he knew they were both ready.
Katalina’s own warm eyes stared at him as she reached for his free hand and laced it with her own, the small act of tenderness making his heart flutter. With their fingers intertwining together and never breaking their intense but affectionate stare, Stiles carefully slid himself inside of her. Due to how wet and slick she was, moving into her was easy and completely pleasurable. Both of them let out loud moans of appreciation at the fact that they were connected again after everything, but this time in the right way. There was no more guilt, no more pain and no more worries floating over their heads. Stiles and Katalina were finally back where they belonged. They were finally home.
Stiles thrusted into her slowly, feeling no need to make this fast and desperate. He wanted to enjoy every second he had with her and she certainly didn’t complain. The slower Stiles moved, the faster their hearts beat. They both gazed at each other with such love and care in their eyes that Katalina couldn’t hold back the smile on her face. The sight made Stiles’ entire body flood with happiness, the same happiness he hasn’t felt in the longest time.
It’s like what’s said in the 80’s movie they both love so much, St. Elmo’s Fire. “There are several quintessential moments in a man’s life: losing his virginity, getting married, becoming a father, and having the right girl smile at you.” That right girl to Stiles was Katalina and he knew that this image of her smiling up at him adoringly as he made love to her would be burned in his memory forever.
Even though they went slow, the deep thrusting certainly didn’t fail to build up an insane amount of pleasure in them. And before they even knew it, Stiles and Katalina were succumbing to the lust and intense orgasms were crashing down on them with incredible force. Electricity and ecstasy ran through their veins as they cried out each other’s names, her back arching into his chest and her toes curling into the mattress. Stiles’ moans, on the other hand, were muffled when he stuffed his head back into her neck at the same time that his body twitched and released his liquids inside of her heat.
When the pleasure pooling in their bodies was replaced with satisfaction and bliss, Stiles pulled himself out of Katalina and fell beside her on his bed. They were so peaceful from the loving sex they just had that they didn’t even mind the sweat lingering on their skin or the evidence of arousal still on their groins. All they could think about was how in love they were with each other as Stiles wrapped his arms around her naked body and brought Katalina closer into his bare chest. Pushing her damp hair off her face, Stiles left tender kisses on her forehead.
“I’ll never stop loving you, Kat.” He smiled and, even though she was already sleepy, Katalina looked up at him with admiration in her eyes.
“I’ll never stop loving you either, Stiles.”
Stiles leaned in and kissed her deeply, too addicted to her lips to let go. The kiss was so passionate and full of love that it put every other kiss on the planet to shame. Since the invention of the kiss, there have been a few that were rated the most romantic, the most pure. But, this kiss left them all behind.
It didn’t matter how hard Theo or the universe itself tried, these two were inseparable and nothing would ever keep them apart. Even when the odds worked against them, Stiles and Katalina would always find a way back to each other, no matter what.
In honor of hitting 7000 followers (wow!), I thought I’d do an updated Follow Forever to show some love and appreciation for all of you and how much you mean to me! I’m pretty picky about who I follow because I want my dash to be a positive place. I’ll try not to forget anyone and, if you know someone I should be following but I’m not yet, give me a shout! I’m always up for following more writers and Harry lovers! <3
So, without further ado…a big THANK you to the following people for being amazing and awesome and talented and just generally fun to interact with.
I’ve been in several TV fandoms over the years. Star Trek, Mork
and Mindy, Beauty and the Beast, Moonlighting, Doogie Howser, 90210, Dark
Angel, Ally McBeal, Doctor Who, House, Lie to Me, Burn Notice, Firefly, Gilmore
Girls, The Office, HIMYM, White Collar, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Outlander,
I’ve always loved watching TV shows with other people and
analyzing the story, the characters, the ships, the writing…I get thinky and
geek out. I love it. For almost a few decades, I’ve had my husband to do that
So, when my husband decided to stop watching OUAT with me
after season four, I came here. Why? Because people out there think I’m weird
when I talk spec, talk headcanons, multiship, get excited over a fictional wedding, or watch/read
spoilers and talk about them. When I’m, y’know…me.
I’ve made some great friends who were simply fellow geeks.
Why? Because you let me be me. You tell me it’s not only okay, but it’s awesome.
Because you get the obsession, the excitement, the unabashed joy when a show or
movie or book or comic series or game or thing
is great. You get the disappointment, the sadness, the rage, the upset, the
sick feeling in your stomach when something goes down and it means your favorite
thing is about to change or go away.
When Star Trek: TNG
went to movies and wasn’t my constant…
When my OTP finally got
together on Moonlighting and then the writing went to shit…
When they cancelled
Dark Angel just as the cops and the transgenics were at a standoff…
I rage quit Ally McBeal
when RDJ went to prison and Larry left. That
Sting solo is still my fave…
FIREFLY. No explanation needed.
FUCKING DOOMSDAY. Pink
and yellow papercut was my LOVE on Doctor Who.
(same show): When the
Ponds got taken by Manhattan.
House and Cuddy. WTF.
When Matthew died on Downton
Abbey, I didn’t watch for a whole season.
I was in mourning.
And then Once Upon a
Time killed Killian a handful of times, and killed Robin, and here we are.
I don’t know if I’ll watch season 7 of OUAT, if it happens.
I might not like it. If I don’t, I don’t. I’ll figure things out. I get why
Jennifer left, and that’s cool. She and I are the same age. I just made a huge
life-change as well. It happens. It doesn’t mean I’m not worried about Emma, or
Henry, or Hook, or the Charmings, or Regina, or Storybrooke.
But I’ve been here before, and I’ll be here again, I’m sure.
So will you. The only constant is change.
So, I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine, no matter what
show or movie or book comes next.
Hey, you're German, right? I've got a huge favour to ask of you. I've been studying German for a few years, and I plan on studying there for a year. Before that, I wanna improve my language skills, so I've been wondering if you could tell me about some good original German movies? I don't want to watch dubbed ones, I've heard they're horrible. Thank you so much! Love your blog, by the way.
Dubbed movies aren’t actually half bad - at least to movies dubbed in other languages. Trust me, I’ve watched both Spanish and French dubbed movies, they were way worse. This is what we like to call “Jammern auf hohem Niveau” - complaining even though everything is pretty good. You’ll find that Germans are a people of complainers; we like to complain about everything. We are never content :)
Still, I’m really really excited that you’re interested in my culture and HELL YES THERE ARE A BUNCH OF AWESOME GERMAN MOVIES. Here are some highly acclaimed ones and some of my favourites, I hope all links work.
12 Meter ohne Kopf (a movie about a German pirate, who allegedly walked 12 meters after being beheaded in order to save his crew)
Auf der anderen Seite (a really bautiful sort of episodic movie connecting the lives of three families, both German and Turkish)
Barfuss (a movie about a girl suffering from PTSD, who is saved mostly accidentally from committing suicide by a dude cleaning the clinic she is in, and then follows him around everywhere, and they fall in love. Seriously, onely one of two movies by Til Schweiger worth watching)
Buddenbrooks (the story of a very rich merchant family and their downfall…a really famour book adaptation)
Das Boot(a movie about a German submarine and its crew during World War II. 100& must-see)
Das Experiment (A movie about a psychology experiment in prison, and how people react when given free reign over others. This should come with a huge trigger warning. It’s awesome, but also really super disturbing)
Das Leben der Anderen (You might’ve heard of that one, since it received an Oscar. It deals with surveillance in East Germany, and is, also, a must-see).
Das weiße Band (A movie about the oppressive and rigid society pre-World War I children grew up in.)
Das Wunder von Bern (This movie mixes the football world championships of 1954 (soccer for heathens who call other stuff football) and the story of a family that has to re-learn to live with each other when the father comes home after being a war captive for like…12 years MUST SEE)
Der Schuh des Manitu (THE single best German comedy to ever exist. It makes fun of Cowboy movies/books that are super popular in Germany. You’ll cry of laughter seeing Native Americans with a Bavarian accent - which also means your language level should be really high, or you won’t understand a thing. Uh, obviously don’t watch if you think white comedians playing Native Americans is racist even when it’s satire)
Der Untergang (the last days in thr life of Adolf Hitler. You’ll probably have heard of that one, too. MUST SEE)
Die Blechtrommel (God, I don’t know how to describe this one. Basically, a movie about a child who decides he doesn’t want to grow anymore and observes the world of the adults around him?)
Die Fälscher (again, dealing with World War II, and people in concentration camps who were tasked with copying money of other countries)
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (a movie about three rebels who break into rich people’s houses only to rearrange their furniture and tell them to revise their morals - until one of them catches them in the act and they abduct him for a weekend. MUST SEE)
Die Feuerzangenbowle (THE classic movie. about the German school system. An older guy pretending to be a student at an elite high school. Also gave the name to a drink you will find a lot on Christmas markets)
Effie Briest (another novel adaptation about a young woman whose marriage is arranged and who loses everything when she cheats on her husband)
Ein Freund von mir (two guys who are completely different building a very strange friendship)
Elementarteilchen (about the lives of two brothers who were separated after birth, and the completely different lives they lead)
Fack Ju Göhte (no links yet, it only came out last year, a new comedy about the German school system, and absolute must-see, if you happen to find a link one day)
Gegen die Wand (a Turkish girl fake-marrying a German addict in an attempt to escae her family. MUST SEE)
Goodbye Lenin(a beautiful movie/comedy about a family and the German reunification. MUST SEE)
Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot (a comedy about a kid who does a lot of nonsense and when told that he is the reason his mother dies, blames himself, feares that he has to go to hell, and tries to make up for his sins by finding his dad a new wife. Hilarious. Again, tho, super strong Bavarian accent, beware!)
And if you want to watch a few good German TV-shows:
Türkisch für Anfänger (ABSOLUTE MUST SEE TV SERIES OMG WATCH IT!!! It deals with a German-Turkish patchwork family and it is hilarious)
Tatort Münster (basically a procedural crime show. There are a lot of Tatorts, but this is the only one that is always good. you’ll find a lot of the episodes on youtube)
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day! Okay, since the br thing was a flop (lmao) I decided to just do a follow forever thing. This’ll include all the blogs I follow, with my mutuals bolded, my favourite blogs italicized, and my favourite mutuals will be italicized and bolded. If I forgot anyone, just shoot me a message or an ask and I’ll make sure to add you immediately :)
@thepeculiaroutsider: Omg Jules, you were one of the first blogs I followed and one of the first good friends I’ve made on this site. You’ve helped me throughout the process of this blog, and also dealt with my dorky stuff and problems. Love youu <3
@ailecpaint: Ce!!! You’re such a sweetheart, and you’ve been with me for a long time. You’re one the best people on this site and deserve all the good in this world!
@newtscamandersniffler: Lisaaaaaa! Where should I start? Again, you were one of the first blogs I ever followed, and I’ve always aspired to, well, be you. You’re so kind and amazing, and I hope we can meet in the future to go the museum and the theme park you told me about xD Have a great day!
@mademoisellepeculiar: Dude, I absolutely love talking to you! Your writing is seriously amazing, and it’s a pleasure to help you with it :) Have an awesome day!
@vorona-raven: Okay, Mary, you’re actually one of the nicest and sweetest people I’ve ever met. You’re wonderful like omg! I hope you achieve your dreams, and have an amazing day!!
@azure-the-princess: Alexa, you’re one of the best people I’ve ever met. I absolutely love talking to you, and even if you don’t know it, you’ve helped me so much!! Have a wonderful day :)
I don't think you should worry about the popularity of the comic, since people generally give the most notes to the first installments of a comic on tumblr, and then they usually follow the artist, see the new Pages on their dash and forget to give it notes even though they really enjoy it. That was my experience when i had a comic at least :) seriously don't worry, your comic is awesome!
Oh!!! Good point :D I didn’t think about that ^^ Phew, a relief for sure to hear that, since I worry that I’m just not putting out work that’s all that good or something ;;; Or like, I feel I’m letting people down with my updates DX But it’s true, ppl probably still like it :3 THANKS FOR THE WORDS OF WISDOM!!! Glad that you are enjoying the comic ;w; I WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE IT MY ALL!!! >:D
As someone that’s “good with computers” like they say on the show, I’ve been watching Person Of Interest with my geek goggles on. What I saw was so deliciously satisfying that I felt the need to check on the Internet to see if others had noticed how accurate this show actually was. Surprisingly, I didn’t find many posts, there were some, sure, but I was sad it wasn’t praised more. So, I put together a list of the things I noticed were true or really close to the truth. [Geekmode == ON]
Here we go :
1. The most impressive fact is how Person Of Interest predicted the NSA scandal one year before it happened. In 1x22,
Reese was sent by the Machine to protect NSA agent Henry Peck who wanted to
reveal to a journalist how his agency was conducting illegal surveillance on a
massive scale. In 2013, Edward Snowden did exactly that.
2. The show once mentioned a dangerous virus called Stuxnet whose source code was
in the laptop that Reese and Kara were sent to retrieve in Ordos by the CIA
In the real
world, Stuxnet really exists and is indeed a very dangerous virus. In 2010, Stuxnet reportedly ruined almost one-fifth of Iran's nuclear
3. In Person Of Interest, they like to show real code without explaining it. It’s just for fun, they know the general
audience won’t care because most people don’t understand it but they also know that geeks
notice these things. For example, they showed Finch casually manipulating the real source code of the Stuxnet virus in 4x05:
4. Speaking of
Finch, you know how one of his aliases is Harold Whistler, right? We know that
he chooses his aliases based on bird names but this one in particular can also
be explained by Harold’s past. More specifically his teenage years, back when
he used public phones to call people in other countries for
Btw, the guy on the phone is definitely not French, horrible accent ^^
real world, the first hackers were called phreakers, they did exactly what
Harold did using… whistles. The blue whistle Harold uses in this scene is the
actual model the phreakers used in the 70s, crazy right? It’s in fact a toy that
was found in Cap’nCrunch boxes of cereals back in the day. That particular
whistle produced a sound that matched with phone operators’ systems and
provided to the phreaker a free international line. So, Harold is indeed a
Whistler and a good one at that.
5. Still about young Harold, when
he built his first computer in 1980, he hacked the ARPAnet (the ancestor of the
Internet) which is why he has been wanted by the FBI for treason
ever since (screenshot from 3x12).
In the real
world, in 1980, someone introduced a virus in the ARPAnet which temporarily
halted its functions, they still don’t know who the hacker was.
6. Once again, about Harold, his struggle to accept his creation is already a real life issue.
Scientists and engineers are indeed working on building AIs and are facing ethical and
moral issues similar to Harold’s. The possibility of a benevolent AI is also mentioned as the only way to avoid a Samaritan-like AI in this very interesting TED talk:
7. In 5x01, Root and Reese stole
a truck of Playstation 3’s to rebuild the Machine. I remember smiling at that
at first, then I thought about it and figured it would probably work. Of
course, in the show, they left out a lot of parameters that would have been
needed to make it work and building it should’ve taken at least a day or so but
I won’t blame them for that, an episode only lasts 45 minutes after all.
In the real world, the US Air Force actually built a similar
supercomputer called « the Condor Cluster » using 1,760
Playstation 3’s. Well done POI, very well done !
8. This one is about Root and is
more of a fun fact than technical stuff but still. When Root first appeared on
the show, she was this anonymous and mysterious hacker who had managed to break
into Harold’s system, which is huge considering how much of a “private
person” he is.
So, what is
all the fuss about ? Well, when you use a computer, you have a username,
right ? All Linux systems have a default user which is called
« Root ». So, the root user, also called « superuser » or
« poweruser » has full access to everything in the machine.
Basically, Root likes to be called a Superuser in her daily life. Now, thanks to
my job, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see root…
Yep, this is me becoming root ;)
9. Other fun fact, in
Linux systems, the « admin » user is like a common user, the root
account is the only one who can modify the system. Just like Harold is
« admin » to the Machine, she is Root to everyone (except Harold, I
can understand why he always calls her Ms Groves, it must be frustrating for
him to be constantly reminded that she bested him). She’s a hacker so the way I see it,
when people call her by that name, they literally recognize her talent (even
though they don’t know it), saying she’s so good she can access anyone’s
system. Considering how the show ended, I’d say that her name is more than ever
accurate… Love you Root, you classy, sassy, badass cinnamon roll.
10. Now, this
cool trick that we use at work with my colleagues of the IT department: neodym
magnets taken from (old) hard drives are some of of strongest magnets you can
find. They’re so strong we use them to
fix screwdrivers to the wall but they can also mess with electronic devices.
This trick was used by Root in 5x07 to open doors which had an electronic lock.
Root, you badass geek, forever in my heart.
I’m choosing to stop here because there’s just too much awesome accurate tech stuff in this amazing show to count!
If some people want to add to the list, or discuss it, I’d love to know your thoughts! [Geekmode == OFF]
11. When writing code, everything must follow a specific order, otherwise the code will act up and don’t know what to do. Think of HTML and CSS codes, which are what you see in web browsers every day!
The element in an HTML file (or root element) tells all the other elements in the code what to do. What order they should appear in, what to make certain things look like, etc.
So my first thought when I saw Root’s chosen name was this: like the person before me said, Root considers herself a superuser. Add to that the fact that she thinks she’s superior to everyone else, even Harold. Like a code in a string of HTML, she loves telling others what to do and expects them to follow her commands.
She’s always saying “Trust me” because she actually knows what’s the better option here. And also, because even though she thinks (knows) her mind is superior, she is still asking for other people to really believe in her. (And now I’m gonna go cry. Excuse me.)
About POI’s accuracy on technology 2.0 is now posted! It’s here : x
UMMM SOOOO today I passed 300 followers and I am stunned. I truly cannot believe you all want to keep seeing this mess but I am so so so happy you are here. Thank you for liking and reblogging my extra af text posts and photo sets, and for putting up with my shouting (and even shouting with me from time to time).
I started this blog to save a few pictures of hot guys and I ended up finding friends and a community. I wanted to give kudos to all the awesome blogs I follow that you should follow too if you are looking for some Quality Content™ on your dash. Without these people I would have nothing to talk about:
I generally don’t do this stuff but I wanted to show my appreciation to the awesome people I’m following mutuals or non mutuals. Thank you all for making this blue hell hole of a site a much better place to be!
There are more cool blogs that I do follow which you can check out in my blogroll page.
In honor of me changing my URL, I’m just super excited right now. So I’m going to do a shout out, (if you don’t already know it’s me octaviakomearth.) Okay okay I know I do this alot and alot, but I just like giving shout outs because why not? People deserve to be recognized, and you should follow them because I said sooo. Okay so here are the amazingly awesomely coolly Great super duper BLOGS that you should be following.
((yes I didn’t make a banner because I can’t edit to save my life cx))
I was going to do this for 5000 followers, but I guess this became a 5.6k follower commemoration! ^_^
Thank you to all of my wonderful readers, for reading, commenting, and leaving such lovely asks, I really appreciate you all! ^_^
These are all blogs that I think you should go follow and show some love, because they’re all great people with great content! ^_^
Starting with mutuals…
@lee-sixx She is such a sweetheart, I remember from the days of her being Rap Anon, I consider her a friend now, she’s awesome to talk to, gives the best advice, her philosophical rants are always so interesting to listen to, like?? Thank you for everything hun, I hope we continue to talk often, please do rant away, it’s actually fascinating cx
@chloeisalion It’s been a little while since we’ve had a proper conversation, but she’s another really cool person on here, great to talk to, really friendly and generally easygoing, a sweetheart also ^_^
@jennilycrownAh, this girl is such a hardcore Jin stan, but it’s great cx She’s eccentric, but she’s great fun to talk to, she’s also a sweetheart, aw <3 Really great person, she’s awesome to talk to ^_^ ((Psst, you still can’t make me choose between Taehyung and Jimin, I won’t allow it ;-;))
These girls are all really friendly, really awesome to talk to, and even though I haven’t been part of the network all that long, I already feel at ease talking to them normally, please do check their blogs out, they’re all writers themselves!
A special shoutout to @cloudsofsonder aka tiger, she’s truly a sweetheart, really did make me feel so welcome and she’s so friendly like?? <3
I actually don’t have all that many mutuals/people I regularly talk to on here, compared to some other blogs, please do talk to me guys! I’m always down for a conversation no matter what you want to talk about, drop into my inbox or my messages! ^_^
Now for some blogs I follow that make great content of all sorts, please follow them! ^_^