bells an whistles

anonymous asked:

I'm looking into getting a bike as transportation and I was wondering if you have any suggestions? I'd like something that not TOO expensive but will last me and is good for getting around town on.

I have a retrospec bike and i fucking LOVE it. It’s lasted me years and years, and is still holding strong as ever. They have a bunch of different price points, but mine was about two hundred dollars, after a discount my friend hooked me up with. It’s lightweight, easy to figure out if you’re DIY, has a free wheel you can switch between fixed gear or single speed (I ride single speed) and doesn’t really have too many bells and whistles, so I don’t ever really worry about it being stolen. I used to work at a BMX store, so my bike is still strangely set up with weird BMX specs, but the bikes leave a lot of room for customization, and i seriously love my bike.
Buy a Ulock and a cord lock deal-y too if you’re riding in the city. I had a close call with my back wheel getting stolen last year, but I came out of work in time to scare the dude off. BUT LOCK YOUR WHEELS TO YOUR FRAME, dudes with wrenches can’t be stopped otherwise. 

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two of a kind

Fuck Disney

This movie, Moana, seems great in theory. But when I see that problematic white people are defending the fact that Disney literally exploits and profits off of not just Hawaiian culture as well as many others, I know that’s a bad sign.

Disney made so much, so so so much money in revenue from Moana. What do they give back to Hawaiian people and Hawaiian land? Nothing, not even crumbs. 

Americans highlight and commandeer the bells and whistles of many cultures. Hawaiian culture is ornamental to them. All it means is fakey luaus and mumus.

There are entire populations of natives in Hawai’i who are struck to the streets due to gentrification and the plasticization of Hawai’i. 

The movie itself is great I guess but Disney as well as anyone else needs to speak more on the struggles and turmoils of Hawaiian people that of which was brought onto us by Americans. You cannot keep taking and taking and taking. What will you do when we have no more blood to give?

Americans want to erase us, erase our culture and our people. What they do not know is that we are strong. We will never burn, no matter how many matches they light. We rise from the ashes as we always have. 

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Oops I did it again. 😍😁😘

Is there such a thing as too many videos about the Richonne cell scene? NO? Good, LOL. I did one with not a lot of bells and whistles.  A simplistic edit of the original scene with no added music, Michonne in her own words, with some imagery to add to the backstory.

A video meta?

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I respect country music because I feel like it’s more about the talent and the songwriting and I put on a big show and we have a lot of stuff, but I feel confident in myself enough as an artist and a singer that I can have all of those fun toys and know that we don’t need all the bells and whistles either.- Carrie Underwood. 

72 Obscure Questions to Ask

1. Do you keep your childhood art?
2. Oddest purchase at a garage sale or thrift store?
3. One thing you tried to learn but never have?
4. How long do you typically chew gum for?
5. Which one of your childhood trends was your favorite?
6. How many pillows do you sleep with?
7. Favorite holiday decoration you own?
8. Have you ever waxed? If so, where?
9. What’s the first injury (serious or not) you recall?
10. Favorite way to stay warm in the winter?
11. Favorite way to cool off in the summer?
12. Do you enjoy singing cards/balloons?
13. Favorite museum?
14. Do you prefer bells or whistles?
15. What social media network did you first join?
16. What’s one habit you wish your favorite person would break?
17. Do you prefer curtains or blinds?
18. Favorite condiment?
19. When was the last time a stranger made you blush?
20. Do you do most of the cooking in your home?
21. What was your first day of kindergarten like?
22. What did you spend last Saturday doing?
23. Do/Did you ever play sports?
24. What’s your favorite calm down method?
25. Last dream you remember?
26. Do you collect anything?
27. What was the last picture you took?
28. What do you see yourself doing this time tomorrow?
29. Are you flexible?
30. What is your least favorite sound?
31. Do you share hobbies with family members?
32. Do you still talk to your first best friend?
33. How many freckles do you have?
34. Which swear word do you use the most?
35. Last time you got serious butterflies?
36. One fact you recall from elementary school science?
37. Do/Did you like high school dances?
38. What is your favorite potato chip flavor?
39. What was the first major cosmetic change you made?
40. Who would play you in a movie?
41. Are you a good hula hooper?
42. When was the last time you volunteered?
43. How often do you check weather reports?
44. How many twins/multiples do you know?
45. Have you ever written a love letter?
46. Which Friends character are you most like?
47. Which book or movie ending was your least favorite?
48. How many doors are in your home?
49. Have you ever been in a video on YouTube?
50. How do you feel about being on time?
51. Are you listening to music right now?
52. Favorite warm beverage?
53. How many hats do you own?
54. Have you ever danced in the rain?
55. What was your most recent intimate experience?
56. Where are you at noon on Tuesday’s?
57. How many pairs of jeans do you own?
58. What’s the first thing you check when you get home?
59. Why did you join Tumblr? 60. Last song you danced to?
61. What kind of flavor was the last food you ate (sweet, spicy, savory, etc)?
62. What is your favorite color for underwear?
63. How did you meet the last friend you talked to?
64. Do you prefer wrapped gifts or gift bags?
65. How many keys do you own?
66. Last kind of art you took part in?
67. How often do you travel out of the city?
68. Last time you spent more than an hour naked?
69. Which aspect of nature do you feel most connected to?
70. Which phrase do you overuse?
71. Do you prefer paint, pencils, markers, or crayons?
72. When was the last time you climbed a tree?

Would You Like To Group-Watch Bride of Re-Animator?

The second movie in the Re-Animator trilogy is weird, uneven, half-complete, and a wild experience to sit through. It’s also pretty hard to find streaming.

@vraik and @anton-mordrid own copies of the Fancy Schmancy Arrow Video release, with its nice remastering and bells and whistles, and we thought we’d cordially invite you to weigh in if you’re interested in viewing with us.

This would probably be over something like Hangouts, on a day between 1/9 and 1/16 (Details to be added.)

Much hilarity and our voices are on offer!

Fun times?

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The wall clocks at my parents are multiplying to dangerous levels already. Pendulum swings and mechanical clicks, bells and whistles every half hour, there’s no way you can sleep in this vintage exhibition room which happens to be also the guest room. Unless you wait until the rest of the house starts snoring then sneak behind every one of these doomsday devices and, slowly but with a steady hand, keep its pendulum in place until smothered it gives up clicking and chiming. Twenty five kills later it’s finally off to beddy byes… but don’t worry, there are another ten or so clocks in the rest of the house, no risk time would stop flowing. And no, I didn’t make up the numbers and the pictures above should prove it. You’ll notice above also a beer photo, nothing extraordinary here I know, but worth mentioning as I had it already half a year beyond its expiry date. Vintage beers deserve to go down the drain most of the time but this Zăganu IPA pulled out a nice surprise. A Romanian brew originally of fairly fine quality turned with age into a Berliner weisse impersonator: fruity and tart, fizzy almost gushing, refreshing and still bitter… fully enjoyable and not only for the surprise factor.

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He doesn’t have demons. He’s not Batman, he doesn’t struggle with inner turmoil. The nature of this character is that he puts himself last and helps the common good. So he could easily slip into a world of boredom, The blessing and curse of Captain America is that he doesn’t have that fancy an ability. He doesn’t live in another world, or turn green. He doesn’t have bells and whistles, he doesn’t shoot missiles. He punches and kicks.

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BELLES & WHISTLES - photographer: Gregory Harris - fashion editor/stylist: Tabitha Simmons - hair: Tomo Jidai - make-up: Virginia Young - manicurist: Megumi Yamamoto - Vogue July 2015

  • Game of Throne’s Nathalie Emmanuel: Lanvin tassel necklace and silk dress.
  • Aya Jones: Balenciaga earrings, pin, brooch and wool dress.
  • Actress Carson Meyer: Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry 18k-rose gold earrings. Ralph Lauren Collection wool jacket and silk blouse.
  • Gigi Hadid: Dolce & Gabbana velvet headband, tourmaline earrings, and knit dress.
  • Kendall Jenner: Chanel glass-and-pearl necklace, chain bracelets and muslin dress.
  • Liu Wen: Prada crystal hair clip, ostrich coat, mohair sweater and silk shirt.
  • Brazilian actress and producer Sofia Paz: Undercover crystal bib necklace. Christopher Kane velvet-and-organza dress.
  • Musical duo Charly and Margaux of Chargaux: Bottega Veneta necklace and embroidered lace dresses.  Tiffany & Co. necklaces and bangles.




switch impressions one week later:

it’s been a week since the switch launched, so I figured I’d drop some quick and dirty impressions the system has made on me:

  • system UI is incredibly clean, easy to understand, and fast. there’s no frills or bells and whistles like with the 3DS or the Wii U. it feels incredibly professional and pragmatic, which is the way I like my UIs designed. games also launch super fast which is a massive improvement over the Wii U. 
  • the joy-cons work great and are surprisingly comfortable even with my big hands. I have yet to experience any desync issues with my left joy-con as well. playing breath of the wild with the joy-cons loose (as in, not attached to either the system or the puppy controller) is surprisingly comfortable.
  • the portability is surprisingly novel, even for someone like me who doesn’t get around much. being able to take my game with me as i go to other rooms in the house without any sort of compromise is really nice. I can play zelda in my bed, in the kitchen, in the shitter, anywhere and it works perfectly. switching between tv and handheld mode is natural and fast. 
  • no games seem to utilize the hd rumble yet. I’ve played Blaster Master Zero, Shovel Knight, Zelda, and Fast RMX and none of the games seem to use the HD Rumble in any noticeable manner. I have not played 1-2 Switch and do not intend to, so I could not tell you how it feels in that game.
  • The Pro Controller feels fantastic. It’s just as comfortable as the Wii U’s pro controller, the controller’s layout is familiar, the addition of Amiibo scanning to it is super convenient and works quite well, and the controller has a nice weight to it. A really high-quality product. 
  • Setting up foreign eShop accounts is as easy as selecting a country from a drop-down menu. It’s stupid easy. Anybody can do it in less than five minutes. It’s REALLY convenient. 
  • Breath of the Wild’s performance is pretty bad. It averages around 30 FPS but features double vsync, so if the framerate drops it’ll instantly drop to 20. It’s not ideal and has me worried for the future of 3D games on the system. Hopefully these problems can be patched out in the future. I’m hoping most of these performance issues stem from BOTW being a Wii U port instead of being designed from the ground-up for the Switch. 
  • Breath of the Wild is fucking amazing. It might not run all that well, but it plays super nice. No game has sucked me in quite as hard as BOTW has in recent memory. The last game to do something similar was Bloodborne. Exploring this game brings me back to playing Ocarina of Time for the first time as a kid and how mind-blowing it was so have this massive fantasy world to explore. Everything in BOTW feels purposefully placed and the massive open world is jam-packed with stuff to do. Even though BOTW’s map is huge, none of the space feels wasted. There’s always something interesting to do. Hours pass like seconds in BOTW. It’s amazing and you should try to play it however you can. 

So, after all that, you’re probably wondering if you should get a Switch. Well, yes. You should. Should you get one now is the better question. 

2017 is gonna be a really strong year for this console with games coming out every couple of months. If you’re the sort of person that can really dig in to a single game for a couple of months at a time and you absolutely can’t wait to play Zelda, I say go for it.

If you’d rather have a large library going in though, I’d say wait until Christmas. Nintendo doesn’t expect you to buy it until Christmas, anyway. By Christmas, the system will have a great library of first and third party titles plus you’ll have E3 announcements to look forward to. By Christmas there will probably be some swish bundles you could pick up to save some money. If you can bear to wait, waiting until Christmas is probably the smarter move.

Or, you can not be smart, like me and buy it now! It’s really up to you! 

I came up with a Steve Rogers inspired spell! Add or subtract whatever you want to make it work for you. Cast, don’t cast, totally up to you on how many bells and whistles you want to add. 

This one is for when the world is kicking your ass and you need to act like a BAMF. 

You’ll Need

  • Red Candle - Passion
  • White Candle - Purity
  • Blue Candle - Loyalty and a bit of Healing. 
  • Your will and determination. 

Now, for those of you that have seen this movie (if not this may be spoiler-y, you have been warned) you know that Pre-Serum Steve has an issue with walking away from a fight - he just can’t do it. Every now and then we need to call up on that courage and fury and determination to get through a shitty time in our lives. 

We’re going to be using Steve’s energy to get through it.  No, it may not be glamorous, or polished, but we’ll get the job done. 

Light your candles and sit for a moment, thinking about Steve Rogers and his ability to keep going even though he’s always perceived as weak. This is the man that is able to become Captain America, who goes on to save hundreds and hundreds of men. Who has a heart of gold, and a determination to keep going no matter what. 

He started out on the bottom, like you may be feeling right now.  Think of whatever situation is getting you down, kicking your ass right now and try to smile. Smirk even. Stare it in the face and tell it “I can do this all day.” 

Because you can. You can get through this and you will make it out even better than before. When you’re ready stand up and walk away, leaving whatever funk behind it the dust. You have taken your serum, in the glow of the red, white and blue candles and you are strong. 

Go kick ass, like usual.