If you don’t know, the idea behind the calendar is that it’s a motivational tool where you cross off every day on the calendar that you do a specific thing (running, writing, anything you can think of). Then you end up with a “chain” of Xs that you don’t want to break, so you get motivated to do your thing every day.
This year I redesigned the calendar a bit to make the “chain” even more apparent, but it still works exactly the same. If you want the FREE black and white printable version for 8.5x11 paper, you can get that on my blog.
However, for the first time this year, I’m also offering an 11x17 poster sized version for sale on DFTBA, which is the pretty rainbow one you can see above. It’s $8, and printed on matte paper, and it starts shipping around the 18th, so if you order soon, you should get it just in time for New Years.
I’ve been stressing over getting the designs for this year’s calendars perfect, so whichever one you decide to get, I really hope you guys like it and it helps you motivate yourself to be more productive all year long!
Android!Baymax AU costume details + extended headcanons! I’ve actually received quite a few lovely asks from potential cosplayers, so as a fellow cosplayer I felt it might be nice to provide reference pics (especially since I’m so sloppy and inconsistent in the earlier Android AU posts).
I was also talking to a friend, and they told me that the reasons for my choices for Bay’s costume aren’t as obvious as I thought, so hopefully some of you will find my thoughts amusing. Also added lotsa extra headcanons no one asked for lol <3
(And as a note, if anyone wants to cosplay Android!Bay, holy crap, I’m super honored, and of course you’re more than welcome to! Just give me credit for my design, don’t repost the images by themselves anywhere else, and please send me a link when you’re done because I definitely want to see! *A*)
okay I’m gonna be real honest here and I’ll probably lose some followers and people will shit on me but here I go. Can people PLEASE stop praising zayn for being a dick to people he loved??? like are y'all really so nasty that you’re gonna be saying hallelujah when he broke off his engagement of two years… The same girl who he seemed so in love with, that he has tattooed on his arm?? No matter who you are ending a relationship of that long is hard and sad and the fact that he did it and got over it so easily should be worrisome. And I know I was there dragging naughtys ass to the ground too and regardless of the way he treated or used zayn he was a friend to him for a long time and for zayn to just dump his ass and feel all high and mighty like that should we really be applauding that? and don’t get me started on the things he’s said about “real music” and how his 4 years with the boys didn’t “feel real” because not only was he belittling his time with the boys and our mutual support for each other, he’s eliminating any happy emotion he felt in those four years. His lines in this is us weren’t scripted he genuinely loved the boys and that band. So why the arrogance now? Why the selfishness? Why suddenly becoming a dick to everyone he knows and loves? Why would this kid who we knew as the shy and kindhearted one, the one who auditioned for the xfactor to give back to his family, why all of a sudden is he turning on everyone- retweeting that tweet about little mix, bashing Louis and naughty? Shouldn’t we be concerned maybe even a little- Instead of kissing his ass and high fiving him for shitting on those who loved him? He’ll always be apart of my life and I will always love him but I won’t sit here with the rest of yalll and be all “yes zaddy!” while he’s tearing apart the relationships that meant the most and setting himself up to take this all on alone lol bye.
what she means:
I honestly don't think I'll ever recover from Episode 4 of Life is Strange. So much happened I didn't even have time to cry before something else happened that made me want to cry. I can't handle this. I thought the ending to Episode 2 was sad. I thought the ending to Episode 3 was sad. And here we are, with my emotions completely destroyed I don't think I'll ever be the same way again. I heard my precious pretty pastel punk child cry and it physically hurt me. The ending left me basically dead, I can't wait another 2 months with this pain, I can't move on, I can't do anything without knowing that my blue haired precious child is ok, but I know that she isn't.
This is the third time I’ve tried to write this post coherently. It is, for the most part, about John Green, but also (somehow) I discuss ‘hate’ in general, the semiotics of the same, and the ~aesthetic attitude on tumblr that I think has become quite damaging.
I am enormously disappointed in this site, today. More specifically, I
am disappointed by the way that call out culture or social justice has begun to be
manipulated. Do not misunderstand me - I think it is of paramount
importance that young people call out problematic behaviour and have
informed critical and analytical discussions about issues and media and
culture that have affected them. When call out culture is at its best it
opens avenues for conversation and change, and can even elicit
reflection and apologies from the persons involved.
However, when we begin to use the language and terms of call out culture or social justice to mock, discredit, or otherwise abuse something that is not problematic, something that we personally just dislike, I have a problem. It is damaging and dangerous and it belittles discussion on things that actually are problematic. Recently I’ve noticed a shift, from people engaging in discourse on topics that matter to them, towards people using terms associated with real world issues to create throw away text posts - some of which are meant to be jokes, I think. There has been a rise in “hate” and a change in our attitude towards it.
I think part of it stems from what I’m going to refer to as the ~aesthetic phenomena. Obviously I don’t have an issue with blogs that focus on art or photography - hell, that’s a large part of my blog too. However, within this new wave of ~aesthetic is the rise of “cool”. Adopting an attitude of discompassion, disconnectedness, the ability to be literally so chill that we don’t react to hate and when we’re ecstatic about something, we’re careful to dilute our exuberance in a number of ways in order to maintain that aesthetic composure of cool. We’re surrounded by posts where lyrics like “The taste of your lips /// I want to die” or “Will you leave me /// Like the sunrise” are superimposed over artwork or blank colour. Photography is tending towards urban, night time, crying girls in front of out of focus neon lights, people who’ve been visibly beaten up lighting a cigarette or a tongue with pills on or whatever. This might sound like a pile of wank, but by being surrounded by these sad, uncaring images, it’s becoming less and less “cool” to be passionate or upset about things and to express that simply. In some part there’s also “I cared too much and now I will not care at all because I’m over that it’s too painful”. I think it’s (inevitably) becoming part of our language too. Some brief examples-
had a shitty day hbu
awwwwh those days where u wanna kill everyone lmao
There’s a degree of separation. Using slang abbreviations at the end of the post moves the focus and waters down any emotion because abbreviations are associated with being casual, being chill. I think they can also be used to detract from any cruel or violent language that came before them, like “i want to fucking stab [celebrity] lmao”. It’s almost like a desensitizer.
wow!! i!! i’m !! so ! happy!! wo w o HM MG OD ! !!
I think this is like the other end of the spectrum. In order to downplay extremities of sadness we use a lack of punctuation and slang to gloss over how sad we might be, in part to maintain those discompassionate ~aesthetic vibes. In order to downplay extremities of joy or excitement we go the other way. We overpuntuate, add extra spaces and letters and generally hype the statement up so much that it becomes almost irony. Again, the ~aesthetic is undisturbed because there are detractors, no one could actually be thishappy. The happiness becomes static. This way of speaking, this way of deflecting emotion or diluting hatred and sadness, this is what I mean by the ~aesthetic phenomena. This is also what I mean by the rise in “hate”: that it has become almost an aesthetic to disengage from actual problems and even post hateful things.
I don’t think that the way of speaking is that much of a problem in its own right. I think the way language and expression is evolving is fascinating, and obviously there will at some point be another shift, away from this. (It does make me sad though, that we’ve somehow ended up in a place where we don’t explicitly embrace joy and be unashamedly, unreservedly happy about something. But anyway).
When I think it is a problem is when this ~aesthetic phenomena (that thinks it’s cool to be chill and not care) collides with discourse on social issues. When people bring that attitude into conversations about things that matter, that are important, I think it’s damaging. I am not here referring to people that try to remain detached in these conversations in order to protect themselves. I am referring to people who are uninformed about the issue at hand, who extend their chill ~aesthetic into conversations they do not understand, and who then belittle people who engage them in conversation about it by responding with “lmao omg” “… i … i don’t… .. care”. It shuts down conversations. It shuts down positive discourse that could bring about change, that could help others learn. It belittles the issues at hand. And when it uses language associated with social justice and call out culture it makes people who use those same terms in real conversations easier to discredit because others can point to the posts that say “lmao john green is misogynistic paedophile trash” and say “clearly people who use this language don’t know what they’re talking about”.
It’s childish and harmful. It makes it harder for people who actually use these terms properly to be taken seriously.
With regards to John Green specifically, I woke up this morning to read this on his blog. I am very, very sad. I am sad that he had to see that stupid fucking post. I am sad that it has become a joke to make him respond to these things. Do y’all not remember when celebrities didn’t have tumblr/twitter/facebook/do AMA’s or QandA’s? Don’t you understand that we’re incredibly lucky to have the channels of communication that we do today, and that we should use them to engage celebrities in educated and informed discussion, not childish, unfounded accusations that have no basis in reality and only embarrass everybody involved? These things matter. To be able to communicate with these people isn’t a right, it’s something we’re lucky to have, and we’re lucky that they ever take the time to respond. It’s a way to start change, elicit apologies, raise awareness.
And now you’ve taken it too fucking far. And that’s a channel of communication we have lost.Because of this, because of a ridiculous conflation of real issues with personal taste, all stirred together with an abuse of language and glossed over by idioms and abbreviations that are pretty much designed to express a lack of caring, a lack of compassion. We are beginning to use this ~aesthetic language in a damaging way.
John Green is an author of YA fiction. He is the co-creator of Vlogbrothers, a channel that helped countless young people feel safe, feel better, feel like they belonged, back before as many people had tumblr and the other resources we have today. He and Hank have used this platform to create Project for Awesome, an annual charity fundraiser designed to raise money and awareness for charities. It has been running since 2007 and raised $1,279,847 for non profit organisations. This works in conjunction with their own charity, the Foundation to Decrease World Suck which also raises money for charities. He has created a group on Kiva which has, to date, loaned $4 million to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Together with Hank, he has also created Crash Course, an educational video series on Literature, World History, and a variety of other subjects. He signed every copy of the first print of The Fault in Our Stars, just for his fans. He worked with the Teenage Cancer Trust to try and raise money for them. He and his wife donated to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. They also give charitably to organisations that focus on education and equal rights for girls and women around the world, and global poverty and health.
He goes out of his way time and time again to engage young people, to treat them with the respect that most adults will not extend to them, he has worked for years to make them feel included and welcome in important discussions, has invited them to help decide which charities they should raise money for, has made them feel part of something, has helped give them a purpose, a goal, has helped to educate them and created hours upon hours of content for them. He has always replied in a kind and informed way to the absolutely
horrible things people have begun to throw at him, even bullshit like this. He always tries to address problematic things he has done. He has apologised for these things. He continues to treat young people with respect even when they will not do the same in conversation with him.
He is a good man.
This is the man you have abused, slandered, and criticised. This is the man you have mocked, ridiculed, and degraded. This is the man whom you have chosen to harass and condemn, and now you’ve succeeded! You’ve successfully driven this person off tumblr. Congratulations. You know this paedophilia shit is being covered by the papers? TIME, the Daily Mail, People magazine - they’re running headlines like “John Green launches furious attack after paedophilia accusations”.
Imagine, imagine how that feels. This is an absolute travesty, that someone can do so much good and be repaid like this. There will now always be an association between him and this issue. I hope you’re fucking proud. You’ve made jokes and made fun and mocked him and forgotten, somehow, that the shit you say has real world percussions and that tumblr does not exist in a vacuum and you’ve taken it so damn far that this man, this real life person has had to publicly defend himself against accusations founded on NOTHING.
I am disgusted. Beyond disgusted. I honestly don’t know what else to say.
I don’t know if I can see you tonight.
I mean I want to,
I always want to,
But tonight I feel like when I do I may cry.
Because when I reach out to touch you,
All I feel is a cold screen.
And you’re trapped inside it.
All I want to do right now is hug you.
Throw my arms around you,
And lay my head on your chest.
But I’m taunted,
Because my love,
I can see him,
But he’s miles away.
And I can’t bare the thought of it tonight.
I don’t want to have to say good bye,
I don’t want us to end with good night.
I’m not ready for the moment the screen goes black,
And I have to be alone again.
I just want you with me,
If Louis genuinely felt he made a mistake by getting Briana pregnant, I still don’t think it explains the detachment from his own child. From her and her family, absolutely. But not to his supposed child. The way Louis interacts and loves children who are not his own juxtaposed with the way he is with Freddie: never really smiling, never smiling at Freddie, never carrying the baby carrier. He treats the child as a prop at best and as something to avoid at worst. That isn’t cute or admirable or even a rational emotional response.
Now, consider the fact Louis keeps going to the same places and keeps getting papped by the same people on the same days at the same time. If he thought the child was a mistake, why would he parade that to people? Why would he want people to know?
I’ve made a version of this post about 67 times in the last 6 months, but today really was a great example of Louis’ personality and actions not meshing with reality.
My personal thoughts on the interview - I’ve just read it over now so maybe opinion will change with a couple of reads. I think Paul was coming at it from a completely different angle to Harry. I think he was a little jaded from the disagreements and ending of his band, that he was assuming the same for Harry and One Direction. I adore Harry for speaking to fondly of his time in the band. When we’ve had so much ‘Harry hates the band’ shoved in our faces, to read what he said literally means the world to me.
As much as there was solo Harry talk, it wasn’t the big announcement people were expecting. It all felt very vague to me like he just experimenting atm and seeing what works for him and what he wants to do. Which I love. I’m so happy for him to have time to explore himself and his talent. It also felt like Harry was quite tentative about it, which I think it a huge contradiction to what we are supposed to believe - that’s he’s been waiting for this for years.
As for vague comments about the bands future. I’m very much of the opinion there’s still so much up in the air, and there’s a limit to what he can say. I don’t particularly think it’s a good idea to be specific in a date either. Of course I’d love to know for sure they will be back in 2018 for example, but I think that puts pressure on everyone. They all need time to explore all avenues.
I love him for cutting Paul off when Paul went off talking about fans in his room. I adore Harry for shutting that down. I also think he answered Chelsea’s question about marriage and kids well. He’s as vague as he could be without completely avoiding. And bless Chelsea for being general neutral.
Overall I’m so happy and positive about this. I feel like in this fandom it’s become custom to expect the worse and I’ll be honest I had been preparing myself (i don’t really know what for lol) but I’m so pleasantly surprised, it’s lovely to read a full interview with Harry talking fairly opening. I’m focusing on the positivity of this.
I…really hope that things go well between you and Jumin. I mean it… I know I joke a lot, but I sincerely think you suit Jumin the best.
And…uhm… I’m sorry I was so weird in the chat room. I just didn’t want people to feel bad because of me.
I think when you have someone you like, you have to be good to them when they are with you. … If you make the decision to leave thinking it’s the best for the other person, you’ll just end up hurting both. I called you to tell you that. Just know that you can’t ever recover lost time.
It may look the same… but if the inside has changed… it hurts.
MC: I wish there was a time machine.
Yeah. Some people call me a genius but I’m an idiot who can’t even invent a time machine.
If only I could, there’s a time I want to return to… haha… I guess everyone has it.
But… I’m just not good enough.
I used to think that this chaotic world is funny… all those ridiculous lies, those fights, those victims…
I thought I detahced myself from that world after becoming a secret agent, that the more time passes… the more I realize I’m just the one who’s become chaotic inside.
God… I wish this were a dream.
MC: You sound so hurt. Just tell me… I can listen.
Haha… thank you. You’re so kind. I can see why Jumin fell for you.
I wish I met someone as nice as you are when I was a bit younger… The only person nice to me was Rika…
I’ve talked way too much. I’m really tired. I should go now.
Next time we talk, I’ll try to be the usual 707… Thanks for listening to my weird spiel.
When you introduce a queer character it becomes a political statement in & of itself. Whether you want it to or not. It is. Most of all though it becomes an escape for people who feel like the world is against them. It becomes a gleam of hope.
I don’t know how many times we have to suffer the same end.
WHY IS GRAY LOOKING AT NATSU LIKE THAT? WHY IS NATSU LOOKING AT GRAY LIKE THAT? MY HEART CANT TAKE THIS. I WAS NOT PREPARED AT ALL.OH GOD AND THEN THE ENDING STATEMENT. SADNESS. MASHIMA BETTER DELIVER WITH THIS PROMISE AND GIVE ME MORE SADNESS. I WANT MY HEART TO BE RIPPED INTO TINY PIECES. IM GOING DOWN WITH MY SHIP.
Just a list of basics rules and tags that I will reblog every now and then. I want you to enjoy following me and have a good time browsing my blog, so here we go !
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The section “(In)famous posts” is where you can find the biggest, angstiest, stupidest comics I posted in here (”Where is Carmilla?”, “How is Laura?”, “Who is Angie?” etc). Along with some posts that somehow got famous.
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“I’m not getting you another Bankers Box,” Cat tells her, not looking away from the night skyline.
Kara tugs at her dress in the balcony doorway, rolling her lips together to stop a smile as she watches Cat’s shoulders shift. “No need, Ms. Grant,” she says as she steps over the threshold.
It feels like she’s said goodbye already at the same time that it doesn’t. Kara wonders if it’s greedy to want two goodbyes, two moments with Cat when most people (read: people without a secret identity) would only get one. But when Cat braces her forearms on the ledge and turns to look at her, Kara can’t seem to care about shoulds.
John's Third Way: Lie to me, Mary. Keep Lying to me.
Can you imagine what it would be like to live with someone after you’ve decided you don’t want to know anything about their past? Is that even possible, really? A relentlessly future-focused existence, no reminiscing, no childhood memories, nothing?
That’s an intense, complicated discipline, never asking questions that might require a lie, never bringing up the past in any way.
I suppse you’d have to agree to a particular lie and live with the cognitive dissonance of the knowledge that it is in fact a lie. Your name is Mary, you grew up in, what, Croydon, or something, Surrey, you went to a regular school, you started out reading history and then decided you wanted to be a nurse. Then you worked up north for a while, had a bad relationship, drifted back to London, another relationship here, it ended amicably. Then you met John Watson, who seemed terribly sad. And here you are. Do they just pretend that’s true? When you both know it’s not?
I know the “the problems of your future are my privilege” statement is all romantic and everything, but he genuinely doesn’t want to know her actual name. Or know about what made her what she is. I would have thought, in a situation like this, that John’s options were basically two: accept who your wife is, or no, reject her. But he found some kind of weird middle way. Yes, I accept you, but only if we pretend those things you lied about aren’t true, even while we both know they are. And I don’t want to ever know about them. I’m going to call you a name that isn’t your name. I want your facade, not you.
Her real self isn’t the person she is when she’s with John, we know that. We’ve seen her when she’s being her actual self. And she’s much colder, much harsher, much less emotional. She kills people she actually appears to like. She doesn’t react at all when John’s as angry as he’s ever been, unlike everyone else in the room. She has that psychopathic stare. She chose to lie to John, and she wanted to keep lying to him. In the end, John is asking her to.
Hi! So I’m finding it really difficult to find the time to maintain two blogs at the same time, so I’ve decided to merge this with my film blog. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while bc 1) i often end up posting the same content on both blogs bc film, musicals/theatre, les mis, and poto often intertwine 2) i’ve been neglecting this blog even after i finished my exams 3) ive found it difficult to keep up with messages on both blogs. So! As of right now my blog ramonnovarro will be my main blog. It will be a mix of personal posts (it also used to be my personal blog), theatre, film, social justice-y things, les mis and poto. Everything will be tagged accordingly.
Please don’t feel pressured into following the blog if you don’t want to! Even if we’re mututals, I will completely understand you if you decide you don’t want the content i post on your dash.
I will try to refollow all of my mutuals on that blog, but if I do forget you it’s not on purpose. Feel free send me a message if that happens.
TLDR: I’m merging this blog with my film blog, if u wanna keep up with me follow me at ramonnovarro