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teasdays  asked:

Hi please PLEASE talk to me abt the socioeconomic state of japan in bnh verse I am SO interested to hear ur thoughts? I'm a poli theory major and let me tell u im a SLUT for fic that deal w the political/social repercussions of fictional happenings

sure thing! 

disclaimer: i only just graduated high school so i’m pulling all of this out of my ass one semester of macroeconomics i took in senior year. feel free to add onto or correct any of this 

edit: if anyone wants to use this for reference when writing boku no hero japan, feel free! i’d appreciate any credit, but it’s not necessary. 

what really got me thinking about the socioeconomic state of boku no hero japan was probably the difference between orudera junior high (bakugou and izuku’s school) vs. yuuei, both of which are in the same city, musutafu. orudera junior high gives off the feeling of a school that’s a bit run down; not terrible enough that it obstructs the kids’ education, but enough that you think the school probably can’t afford to keep it in good repair. 

here’s a screenshot of bakugou and izuku’s classroom:

and then here’s izuku’s desk, which has details indicating that it’s in slight disrepair: 

if you go back through the chapters and look at the setting at yuuei, it’s spic-n-span. just super clean and well-kept. it’s an entire world of difference… so already there is this huge disparity between the junior high school in izuku’s neighborhood, and yuuei, which is a 40 minute subway ride away (chapter 3).

makes sense that yuuei would be so nice and expensive if it’s the most prestigious hero academy in the country, right? but there’s more details too, like this brief exchange between bakugou & iida right at the very beginning: 

bakugou’s resentful comment about iida being an “elite” really only makes sense to me in the context of economic disparity. let’s infer that soumei junior high is better funded, better equipped, better everything in general. of course bakugou will resent iida for that, especially coming from the more ill-maintained orudera junior high. the difference in their economic status is already apparent. 

this isn’t even going into the difference between yaoyorozu’s incredibly rich status vs the rest of the class vs uraraka, who has decided to become a hero because she wants the financial security, and who also lives in an apartment by herself and skips meals to save on money. so even within the class itself there’s a huuuge difference in economic status. 

you could just think of it as the individual circumstances of the characters, but i think it’s more of a systematic problem – see, again, the difference in infrastructure quality between the different schools (the public school is not doing so great but yuuei is doing fantastic). maybe the city is poor, or maybe all of its funds go towards repairing the constant property damage from villain attacks, or maybe there’s just some areas they don’t care to maintain. either way: just by traversing different parts of the city you’ll probably see big differences in how well the neighborhoods are kept. 

and now, for a different question: if this is the golden age of peace, why are there still so many villain fights? 

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I don't mean to be rude, but why not try to find a job instead of making people pay just because they want to know things about spanish or need help with grammar? It seems a bit out of place, in my opinion. Tumblr is a public platform and now that you've made a following by helping people you want them to pay you?

Listen. First, you are being rude and you know you’re being rude otherwise you wouldn’t be on anon. You’re afraid I’m going to call you out or someone’s going to disagree.

Second, I’m not “making” anyone pay anything. Did I come to your house and hold a gun to your head and say “pay me”? Nope, I sure didn’t. I gave people an option to help support me if they want to.

Third, I’m a content creator. Forgive me if I decide, “Hey, you know what, my time and efforts helping people are valuable. Maybe someone would like to support me so I can keep doing this for free.” You telling me what I should or shouldn’t do with my hard work is what’s out of place.

Let’s just be real clear here. I am under no obligation to give you free help with Spanish. Never have been, never will be. And for you to imply that I’m being predatory because I ask people to support me with money if they want to, is rude.

Because let’s look at what is I do and why people are here:

Spanish books cost money, and internet stuff tends to be unreliable or doesn’t answer everything, and you don’t often get a real person to help you because real people cost money. 

So I provide a service that one normally gets for money, except I do it because I want to. But at the end of the day, my content and what I create or explain, is mine. And you don’t have the right to tell me that I shouldn’t charge for it - on a separate website no less - because I’m struggling financially. 

If I were giving help as a teacher or tutor on a salary, it wouldn’t be rude for me to ask for money. That’s business.

I do the work of a Spanish teacher and tutor here - for free. Normally one exchanges money for goods and services. It’s no more predatory to ask that people give money IF THEY WANT TO, then it is for a bookstore to charge you money for buying a book. 

“Well, gosh, I sure would like to know the things inside this book, but they want me to pay for it? How rude of them to make their content private!” said literally no one ever.

Do you think it’s rude for people with youtube channels (free content on a public platform) to advertise that their followers can buy the book they’ve written? Or support them on their various other accounts? 

Is it rude for a podcast that reaches thousands of people to tell people how they can support the show or are they just using their followers to get money?

Do you find it rude for an artist to have a Patreon and to crowdfund? Do you find it rude when people link to their Etsy accounts? 

Do you find it rude when people ask for money for Go Fund Me or Paypal, or for artists to ask for emergency commissions? 

Do you find it rude when other websites set up ads for books or things on free resources?

It’s called business. And because I own my own brand, I get to do what I want with my stuff and if people are able to support me, so much the better.

Because SpanishDict and a lot of other places that offer Spanish resources charge money to get to the good stuff with subscriptions, and I don’t see you writing them saying how rude that is that people who want to learn something might have to pay for it.

How dare I use the following I have amassed through years of free work to say, “Hey, here’s a thing where you can maybe give money if you want so I can continue doing this for free.” What a monster I am.

Furthermore, I opened the Patreon because Tumblr isn’t a place where you charge people money, but let’s not forget that there are sponsored posts up here on Tumblr too so that they can reach people. This is how marketing works. I don’t particularly like it either, but this is the system and I do need to live in order to create content.

Btw, if I “try to find a job” - which makes it sound like I don’t work at all or that I’m not currently looking - and the job takes up more of my free time, then what do you think happens to this blog with the magic free Spanish?

It would go away because I’d have to spend more time doing that job and earning a living. This whole account came from my free time. If I don’t have free time, there goes the blog.

Right now I get the impression that if I became homeless you’d be more upset you don’t have access to new content, rather than me being homeless. That makes me feel REAL motivated to continue to put out free content for people like you, so thanks ever so.

I’m doing what I can not to have to go on an indefinite hiatus. I didn’t force anyone to give money. I’m not doing it now. I’m not “making” anyone pay me.

Not to be rude, but, yeah, I would like people to pay me because I do help people, so that I can keep doing it. I’m not going to force them to do it, but i will absolutely ask, and if it gets rid of people who only want content and don’t care about the creators, then that’s a bonus.

If you have a problem with me using my special skills to ask people to consider donating money, then you’re welcome to direct all further questions about Spanish to Google Translate instead.

That being said…

If anyone would like to support me over on Patreon - and you absolutely don’t have to if you don’t want to - come join me because I create content for people who are interested in the Spanish language every single day!

bugdaboss  asked:

Ok so hi! Um…I'm a 14 year old Christian who wants to be a witch, but I don't know how I can get stuff for spells and I don't want my family to know…got any advice?

Hey there!! And welcome to the witchy family! I apologize this has taken so long, I just wanted to make sure I gave you plenty of info! I’m so happy to hear from fellow young christowitches. I’m a closet witch too, so my best advice to you is: EXCUSES AND CRAFTS.

You can make all your witchy things right at home!! But you’ll need some excuses because unfortunately “for my witchcraft” doesn’t alwayst go over well. XD

Heres a few things you might like to do that are easy,


You can create jar spell and call them “decorative”.  That also makes them fantastic for gifts to others as well!!


I bought loads of unpolished crystal arrangements on amazon for super cheap, and made my own witchy jewelry! You can wear them according to their magickal correspondence everyday! But everyone else won’t know it’s more than an interest!


Herbs!!! There is probably a good amount right in your kitchen! Picking up baking as a “hobby” makes its easier to get new herbs and essentials by saying they’re for a “new recipe”. Cooking/bake with intent is a wonderful every day crafting. You can even leave a little food on your plate as a spirit offering.


Tea has all kinds of magickal properties- drinking is beyond casual. You could also get tea leaves/grains (without the bags) and practice tasseomancy (tea leave/grain divination)

Stir things sunwise for positive energy. (Stir opposite for enemies :P )


This was one of my main problems I faced. How the heck do i cast a circle in a carpeted house?! Answer: Crocheting!!! Crochet a long line of whatever color you choose (remember  color correspondence!) And boil it in water infused with salt (and any herbs you’d like)


You can literally do this at anytime. Stay grounded, stay in the moment, take a little to check in with yourself and the energies around you. If you actually have time to set aside for meditation, fantastic! Its a very healthy thing for your body and mind, which I think is a plenty good excuse.


Who doesn’t love good smells?? You can buy essential oils and incenses with the excuse being because they’re more natural than those plug-ins.


My grimiore is a spiral notebook. It looks like a regular notebook, I carry it around with me everywhere. When someone asks, i say it’s because i like to write and draw. Which is completely true! You don’t have to have a rune-inscribed, leather bound, aged book for your magick to be real!! Its no less powerful than any other book. Its yours!


This is the era of tech witches!! Witches use whats at their disposal. There are loads of apps, daily horoscopes, tarot, rune divination, moon phases, oils, candle, digital altars & grimiores , calendars,.. just about everything!!


I constantly make sigils for anything and everything. They look like beautiful designs. You can draw them on you; if you wear makeup you can draw them on with that and then rub it right into your skin. You can draw them with chalk outside, you can draw them in the corner of your test, they work literally everywhere for everything!! If you want them to be secret, lemon juice is a fantastic invisible ink as is white chalk on white walls, dew on Windows, steam on mirrors after a shower ect.


I have a vase in my room, and when I see an herb or flower I’d like to use for crafting I pick it and put it there. It just seems I like flowers, but the flower will die and dry up. You can also put them between the pages of big books to press them! Then there you have it!!


You can make your own!! I say it’s a craft/hobby, you can infuse it with oils and herbs and flowers ect and carve things into them!! These are amazing personalized helpful gifts as well.

You can also get tea lights or birthday candles because they’re smaller, come in colors, and theres also battery powered versions.


A casual compact mirror you can take with you anywhere is easiest to use. you can use a dry erase marker to write on it so it wipes off clean and quick!!


Find a cool rock, KEEP IT. You can paint sigils on it, use it in spells, charge them with specific intent, make a pendulum, ect.


Charge and sigil everything!! Mirrors, hair brush, makeup, lotion, perfume/colognes, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, ..literally anything works!!


Buy a green wallet for wealth. Wear a blue shirt for your job interview. Buy a yellow school binder for success. Wear something pink to family gatherings for positive family relations, ect.


Research research research! Learn all you can. If a recipe calls for an herb you’ve never heard of, look it up. If you find a rock or crystal, try and identify it. Explore your craft and it’s history, and find friends on the way!!


Make everything your own!! This is your craft, do it your way! There is no such thing as wrong. We all have magick, embrace yours !

I hope this helps some, happy crafting!! ☽○☾ - M

so i’ve had this kinda random idea of neighbour!astro so like,, here’s a neighbour!astro au in which all of the guys live on the same floor of an apartment building! 


  • everyone in the building knows who he is and loves him
  • like myungjun doesn’t leave, return to, (etc) his apartment without saying hello and smiling at every single person he passes 
  • he’s always ruffling kids hair on the way by and always has candy with him to hand them
  • at first all of the parents were freaked out by this dude giving their kids candy but eventually they got used to it bc they realized myungjun is literally a harmless bean
  • there’s a lot of house plants in his apartment
    • succulents on the desk in his bedroom
    • a flower called a clivia on the living room table (everyone says this flower is just myungjun as a plant due to it’s orange and yellow petals)
    • grows aloe and various herbs in the window in his kitchen
    • random flowers and other plants scattered around the various rooms of his house
  • once sanha broke one of his plants and he cried 
    • he didn’t talk to sanha for a whole week and only forgave him when sanha bought him a new plant
  • doesn’t care at all about anything else in his apartment looking good though and jinwoo is constantly yelling at him bc “myungjun hyung you literally have yellow walls and your bedsheets are blue and you have purple and green striped pillows whAT ArE YOu dOIng” 
  • jinwoo has tried like five times to get him to buy matching stuff and each time myungjun gets out of it by distracting jinwoo with his flirting skills™️
    • cue flustered jinwoo with super red cheeks and barely responding to anything myungjun says
  • he introduced all of the guys to one another and they all kinda credit him for their friend group
  • is the friend who brings them all coffees, treats, etc whenever he goes out
  • loved unconditionally by everyone for his ever present smile and positivity around the building


  • has his dog’s name on the name plate next to his door alongside his
    • everyone thought that it was the name of his child for a really long time bc he refers to his dog as his kid and bc his dog’s name is jihun which is a pretty common name
    • takes his dog on runs/walks every day and when he sees the old women in the park doing yoga/exercising he yells out a “looking great ladies” with his signature smile nd literally all of them are in love with him 
    • ”omg i wish he would marry my daughter” “psh please mrs. kang i want him to marry me” (sucks for all of them though bc he only has eyes for myungjun)
  • has way too many things for his dog scattered around his apartment,,, somehow his house is nearly as neat as dongmin’s
  • his apartment is the epitome of aesthetic and everyone who comes in is jealous of his white walls and white bed sheets and completely matching green accents
  • (if only he could keep a plant alive, then it would be perfect in his mind)
  • only has mugs in his kitchen and no one knows why he doesn’t own any glasses 
  • he met myungjun bc he was constantly throwing out dead house plants and myungjun saw and started to leave ones he had been taking care of for a while outside jinwoo’s door
    • kept it up for like 3 weeks before jinwoo finally caught him trying to sneak back into his apartment across the hall
    • jinwoo thinks that he should probably be offended that myungjun had no faith in his ability to grow a plant but he can’t be upset bc the cutest guy in his building is giving him plants and its a great excuse to talk to him for “tips on keeping his plants alive”
  • is the one of his friend group who all of them go to for advice whenever they’re having trouble with something
    • he’ll sit them down on his couch with a mug of tea and let them pet his dog as they rant to him about whatever is wrong
    • gives them great advice and a good hug before sending them back to their own apartments
  • highkey the kindest and most genuine hearted person in the building and he always has something nice to say to everyone he sees when leaving, coming, walking around, (etc)


  • has been living in the building for the longest time of all of the guys
  • he tutors like half the kids in the building in various subjects ranging from science to english
  • he met myungjun the week that he moved in bc he thought myungjun was trying to kidnap one of the kids he tutors
    • myungjun ran into the boy as he was returning to his apartment and told the kid to come in for a minute bc he just bought new chocolates
    • cue dongmin freaking the heck out bc he thought that his new next door neighbour was actually going to murder the 10 year old or something
    • calmed down after myungjun explained himself and gave dongmin some chocolate too
  • his house is literally spotless and no one knows how he does it bc he’s so busy
    • though it’s not as aesthetic as jinwoo’s apartment it’s super nice and well decorated and put together
    • has complete matching utensils and plates and glasses (and even has a set of wine glasses)
    • a closet that, according to myungjun, is “bigger than my bathroom wtf” and is filled with super nice pieces of clothing that the other guys steal from time to time
  • doesn’t talk to everyone he sees bc usually he’s rushing around to get home for tutoring, to school, or to his part time job but always offers everyone a smile
  • the most organized and put together person in the building,, you’ll never catch him in any drama like he’s so lowkey it’s unbelievable 
  • hosts weekly drama-watching nights for all the guys bc his living room is the biggest
    • doesn’t get caught in any irl drama but will binge watch an entire show in 24 hours and rant to anyone who will listen about why it sucks/is a must see while in the laundry room
  • everyone who lives in the building either wants to be him, marry him, or have one of their kids marry him tbh


  • everyone in the building describes him as “unique”
  • no one really knows him that well but they also can’t really complain about him bc for the most part he’s a great neighbour
    • he’s quiet and keeps pretty much to himself,, never really has people over very often 
  • lowkey a hoarder though bc he finds things that he thinks are cute, different, (etc) at stores and buys them for no real reason and then stacks them on his shelves
    • dongmin is always trying to get rid of these little trinkets like “wtf bin why do you need this mini statue of a rooster??” “bc it’s cute, okay, and the lady told me it was a good luck charm i can’t get rid of it”
  • highkey in love with dongmin,,, everyone knows it,,, even dongmin knows it,, but it’s okay bc dongmin is highkey in love with bin too
    • the two spend hours together /studying/ but actually study bc they just like being around each other even if they’re not talking
    • sanha, being the buildings Drama King, has tried to find dirt on their “study dates” but can’t bc they literally just study
    • go on coffee dates 25/8 bc they’re both struggling university students, pray for them (sanha and minhyuk are constantly annoyed that they don’t get invited for coffee bc they are also struggling university students, jinwoo reminds them that dongmin and bin are in love™️ and they need to chill)
  • he’s the only one who actually knows how he and myungjun met bc myungjun doesn’t remember
    • bin lives across the hall and to the left of myungjun, next door to jinwoo
    • basically he lives on the end of the hall, with jinwoo in the middle and minhyuk on jinwoo’s other side; sanha lives directly across from him, myungjun in the middle of the opposite side and dongmin on myungjun’s other side
    • one night myungjun somehow manages to knock on the wrong door and totally confess to jinwoo how much he likes having him as a friend bc he’s only his second friend in the building aside from dongmin
    • except he tells bin all this stuff and bin is like “uhh i mean, i know i’m great but who are you??” 
    • they end up friends after that somehow,, it helps that myungjun is friends with dongmin 
  • bin will bring all the cats back home each time he comes back to his apartment
    • like he’ll see a familiar black cat and be like “oh that’s miss. kim’s cat, mina, i better bring her home!!” 
    • then gets the cat to follow him home bc cats love him for some reason and returns the cat to it’s apartment 
  • smiles so much bc he loves smiling and being smiley and everyone loves seeing him walking around
  • super nice when you get to know him but comes off as slightly intimidating
    • the guys know he cries at dramas, and offers to fight anyone who hurts them


  • athlete extraordinaire in a nontraditional way
    • aka the shelves of his apartment are filled with dance and taekwondo trophies 
  • really quiet and pretty shy tbh like no one really talks to him unless he wants them to
  • he lived next to jinwoo for almost a month before anyone met him
    • they literally never saw him and thought maybe it was some kind of ghost tenant or something living in the apartment
    • and then one night when myungjun was working jinwoo went over bc he heard minhyuk playing a song by bts that he really liked the dance to
    • cue him and minhyuk bonding over dance and becoming dance buddies
  • his apartment is really messy,,, like there’s clothes covering every spot in his room and no one knows how he can tell anything apart
    • he’s the person who will just grab a random shirt off the floor like “eh this is good” and wear it 
    • dongmin is always telling him to clean up but he doesn’t ever listen
  • he’s really observant which is a benefit of being quiet and not talking much
    • him not talking much is also why him and sanha bond so well bc sanha incessantly talks but in like a good way bc minhyuk loves it
  • hardcore pining after sanha and everyone knows it except sanha bc he’s oblivious
    • does absolutely anything sanha asks him to bc he just cares about him so much
    • even helps him with finding dirt/drama about people around the building even though it’s not really his thing
  • he heard about a few of the kids wanting to attend dance lessons and not being able to afford it so he convinced bin and jinwoo to help him teach them for free,,, took none of the credit even though it was 110% his idea
  • everyone has a lot of respect for him bc they know he works hard 
  • is super polite to everyone so pretty much everyone likes him and they leave him alone for the most part
  • definitely the balancing personality in his friend group bc while he can be excited and joking when he wants to be he’s pretty serious for the most part and makes sure they’re not doing, saying, (etc) anything silly or stupid


  • only moved in like 3 months ago and lives on myungjun’s other side
    • when he moved in myungjun helped him carry some boxes up without even saying anything to sanha first
    • the poor boy thought this guy was trying to steal his stuff and only realized myungjun was helping him after he yelled at him
    • quickly forgave him bc they live right beside each other and have quite a bit in common
  • absolute Drama King like he doesn’t start it or get involved in it but he knows everything there is to know about everyone
    • he goes to tea at the houses of the gossip ladies and bc he seems so innocent they just talk about everything in front of him
    • someone: “did you hear about what miss. kang did with mrs. kim’s husband??” 
    • sanha: “uhh no please fill me in” 
  • all the ladies love him and invite him back every single week
  • he doesn’t spill any of the secrets he learns unless he has to,,, chaotic good tbh
  • his house is surprisingly clean,,, bc he’s so young everyone expects it to be like minhyuk’s but somehow it isn't 
    • his plates, bowls, cups, other kitchenware are yellow and everyone loves it bc they think they’re adorable
    • constantly falls asleep at the desk in his room due to staying up late to do homework and jinwoo is always telling him he needs to get proper sleep and use his bed
  • the buildings largest child tbh,, everyone kinda watches out for him and all the parents pinch his cheeks and think he’s adorable 
  • the most oblivious person on earth
    • everyone has told him that minhyuk likes him, including the gossip ladies but he won’t listen bc he’s stubborn
    • doesn’t believe that his huge crush isn’t one sided until minhyuk kisses him one day while they’re having a very very rare argument about something
    • when the guys find out they yell/say variations of “finally” and myungjun buys minhyuk ice cream as a congratulations
  • like myungjun, he’s super positive and always smiling his super nice smile and everyone loves having him around

anonymous asked:

You are so cool man. Okay, I just got into investing as in I opened an account with bank of america merrill edge for retirement but haven't done anything else. I know I should like buy safe stocks and stuff, but I am so wary of researching this. like i just don't trust sources that i google or magazines (my dad was interested in stocks and lost a lot of money so I just can't trust him or those magazines). I see that you have set up different markets (target retirement, inflation protected), (1/2

(2/2) and other funds. How did you get started? Where did you research? Like books or things. Thank you for your time!

Aw, thank you Anon! So, this is a little bit of a narrative, buckle up. (There is a readmore below! Read more!) 

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anonymous asked:

Hey so uh that dabi request you answered has me dead. If you don't mind doing another dabi request could you do either scenario or headcanons for how dabi met/asked out a civilian s/o? Thanks so much!!!

Oh no R.I.P. fellow Dabi fan, he claims another life. 


⚪️ Dabi probably doesn’t partake in a lot of activities with the general public. Also, he probably doesn’t have a job (An official one, that is). So he wouldn’t meet his S/O that way.

⚪️ However, I can see him meeting his S/O at their job, maybe buying some things from them and then after a few more times he starts to realize that they’re actually kind of cute.

⚪️ You of course remember him because, well, it’s hard to forget his face. 

⚪️ He starts to visit the place that you work at more frequently, perhaps acting like he needs help finding something when he really doesn’t. If your co-worker tries to help him instead of you, he’ll just be like “Oh okay actually I found it”

⚪️ He stares at you a lot, which also doesn’t go unnoticed by you since it’s pretty obvious he’s doing it. He has no shame, so even when you make eye contact with him he keeps his gaze directly on you. He probably smirks a little too, if only just to make you feel uncomfortable. 

⚪️ Your discomfort is amusing to him at first. It’s not the most romantic or charming thing but somehow, it works. Maybe because he’s so strangely alluring. 

⚪️ He isn’t a stalker though, like he doesn’t follow you around or hang around the store every day. BUT one night he does wait for your shift to end. When you leave, he approaches you and most likely scares you on accident. 

⚪️ “(Y/N).” He greets, seeming way too casual since he just ‘ambushed’ you

⚪️ “You.. how do you know my name?”

⚪️ “It’s on your name tag. Plus I don’t forget a face like yours.”

⚪️ It’s a good thing that Dabi is as attractive and unintentionally charming, because otherwise his behavior might just be bordering on creepy.

⚪️ When you ask him what he wants, what his name is, or what he’s doing here, he says:

⚪️ “Wanna go out with me?” Blunt and simple. He doesn’t beat around the bush even though you’ve hardly ever met on a formal basis. You ask his name, since he didn’t give you a real answer last time, and he eventually says: “You can call me Dabi.”

⚪️ There is also the chance that he met you because he saw you while you were getting attacked by another group of villains. Rather than admitting he saved you, he says that he had a vendetta against those guys anyway and he just happened to let you live. 

⚪️ No matter the scenario or situation of how he met his civilian S/O, Dabi will always be blunt and forward. He likes playing games but when he’s decided that he wants something, he just wants to seize the opportunity and take it. 

⚪️ Whether you’re a waitress, janitor, heiress, or a stripper, he doesn’t really care. Sure some things might be kind of fun for him to tease you about, but he’s not about to judge your lifestyle.

⚪️ Honestly, he’s more worried about you judging him. He’s not one to care about what others thing but the more he starts to care about you, the more he realizes that he doesn’t want you to leave him because he’s a villain.

⚪️ So he’ll hid his alliances from you for as long as he can. If you ask him where he’s been, he’ll probably lie or just conveniently leave information out. It isn’t because he wants to deceive you, but he’s scared of what you’ll think.

⚪️ He also doesn’t want you involved with his villain stuff at all. It’s a danger to both you and him, but more importantly you. His personal and love life should be separate from business. 

⚪️ Dabi also lives a dangerous life, which is why it becomes harder and harder to keep his profession a secret from you.  You do find out eventually though, and when you do, he plays it cool despite how he feels on the inside. Saying something like: “What, you didn’t know? Look at me, isn’t it obvious?”

anonymous asked:

Do you have any headcanons for which batfam members have the most merch of themselves in stores? Which members might buy these things?

Batman: At first he didn’t like it when companies started making merchandises about him because it would ruin all the Scary Dark Knight Aesthetics he was going for, he even tried to use the Wayne Enterprises to pull some of them out of stores but it became to much for him so he just gave up on it, and over the years he just stopped caring it cuz really if people take him seriously while he’s jumping form buildings wearing a bat costume a few merchandises wouldn’t hurt.

Barbara: Thought that a Batgirl doll was cute so she bought one and brought home to her room but she makes sure to throw it under the bed whenever her dad enter the room so he wouldn’t suspect anything, I also headcannon that during her time as Oracle she would decorate her computer desk with many of the Batfamily plushies to keep her company while the rest are patrolling.

Tim: Had a big collection of all the merchandises before he joined the team, he mainly played with the Robins action figures where he would pretend to be one that goes on missions with Batman and do all sort of cool stuff, he stopped playing with them when he did become a real Robin and found out how uncool Batman & Robin really were, he made sure to sell all of those toys before anyone fond out about them and use them to embarrass him with it. All except for the second Robin figure, he kept that one for himself as a reminder.

Damian: is offended that someone would do such a juvenile thing to his public image, he also goes all Flynn Rider on them by criticizing how none of these merchandises looks like him: “Why is my toy barely half the size of the Batman toy?? I’m NOT that short!” or “Why doesn’t my toy have any weapons with them while Todd’s toy still has it guns with it?!” and the one infuriate him the most “I know that I mostly work at night but come on! WHY for God sake would they make my toy look like a pasty white boy!!”. But in the end since Alfred the cat like to play with them he would allow them inside the house.

Jaosn: Was salty that the only difference between his Robin toy and Dick’s Robin toy is that his was scowling and had pointy teeth and for the fact that they didn’t sell as well as Dick’s merchandises, as Red Hood he is slightly concerned about how popular his merchandises is among young boys not that he thinks that what he is doing is necessary wrong but because he thinks it’s a hard dirty job that someone need to do and he doesn’t want these kids to think it’s something “cool” that they shoul look up to but at the same time he would be lying if he said that he didn’t like the fact that his merchandises are coming close to out-selling Batman merchandises. He also buy some of it for Bizarro to play with and he when his toy head get eaten by Bizarro only then does Jason really get concerned.

anonymous asked:

Don't think H is lying per say. Many artists have acknowledged that the music they are writing is made of projections, or written as if from the perspective of a close friend etc. Harry said this album is personal to him, so perhaps he is using different techniques. He is incredibly incredibly intelligent and I'm sure his songs will be laced with symbolism and double meanings (as he has demonstrated with Carolina and Olivia) while still being about his experiences.

When I say ‘lying” i mean not being honest about certain topics, not lying as in HARRY IS A LIAR!111 OMG SO FAKE IN EVERYTHING HE DOES!1HOW DARE HE!1111111. I meant that IF/WHEN (cause we don’t know the lyrics yet!!!!!!!!!) he sings stuff like ‘i slept with women,i had a one night stands, yeaaaaah sex drug and rock-n-roll bitches111!!11’ we know it’s not true and it might be a song inspired by something else or someone else, a story he heard, a dream he had, something he wanted to tell metaphorically using the image of a woman but if applied to his real life it doesn’t apply. Why? Cause 1.  i believe he doesn’t sleep with women and never has in the past 7 years (let alone in the ‘groupie’ way press wants us to know about) 2. i know that even if harry IS indeed an artist that lives in this rich&famous environment with everything this entails, he is also in a committed relationship which he sings about in songs that are indeed personal and close to his real life, songs he has written and published  for past 5/6 years and wrote for his new solo album as well. So I agree with you, he is clever and i think he explored different kind of genres and topics in his production, he has songs which are clearly about “someone” he is in love with who feels like home, a relationship he still has that had his ups and downs like a normal relationship has, that had struggles that were solved and they love each other more than before and will forever belong to each other etc., but he also might have (cause again, we don’t know what the context of the rest of the album is!!!!!!!!!!!!!) songs about women or angsty lyrics that might ‘hint at breakups’ or whatever houies like to get off on, and it doesn’t mean they are related to his real life (cause clearly they aren’t if we look at the reality presented in the past years and still now!) a life that remains private and not public to the world (cause he is in the closet!!!!!!!!! just like louis!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so it can be explored in songs for the audience only from certain angles. Plus, he has a big audience to appeal and people have to relate to his songs and make them theirs in order to like them and buy them so while he stays authentic in some songs, he also has songs that appeal hets and antis cause they are part of his public and if they like the content, they spend money and help with the sales. (let’s not pretend making an album is ONLY about art and music, it’s not a hobby, it’s his job and he earns money for that -a  lot of money!- just like the rest of the big acts in the industry, it’s music but also business and marketing, especially with ‘commercial products’ like Harry Styles™)  With this said, I suggest everyone to CALM DOWN and WAIT for the whole lyrics so we can know for sure what the songs are about instead of eating each other alive about interpretations that come from two lines possibly made up by an anti to mock larries. That’s all I meant with my post. I hope I cleared what I meant when I said this album is not 100% authentic and Harry is ‘lying’, his album will be as real as possible once he’ll be allowed to. Before that, this is the best he can do. Mixing metaphors, stories and real life in a work I am sure it’ll be very interesting, I agree. 

esrigby  asked:

Earl, in your experience... why don't conservatives believe in climate change? I used not to either, because my parents are far right wing and I grew up before the internet was a big thing, and I believed what my parents told me. But once I had access to the facts I changed my mind right away. Nor can I ask my father why /he/ disbelieves it, as he could never give a reason that didn't just come from sourceless belief. Why do conservatives cling to the idea that it's a scientific conspiracy?

…Okay, I might not be the best person to ask because I have a Thing about climate change. I am willing to listen to people who say that it is real and willing to say “yes, we should do something about it”. But I mostly ignore it as much as I can because Apocalypse Rhetoric is Not Safe For The Earl. 

Originally posted by tinahenry

That being said… I’d guess the reasons boil down to “oil + coal dependence”, “seething resentment”, and “the class war no one wants to acknowledge because it’s bipartisan”.

A lot of richer conservatives are oil barons, or are friends with oil barons. A lot of poorer conservatives live in coal mining country or work in oil/coal/construction. Many conservatives- of all social classes - live in rural areas and need to drive ten miles to get to the grocery store or to church. 

And like- there are liberals who live in rural areas and are dependent on cars and stuff, but most of them at least, like… know people who live in the city and use public transit. For a lot of conservatives, coal and oil and driving are bound up in the Way the World Is. Oil and coal are just a natural part of life, and trying to get rid of them is crazy-talk. 

 There’s also this idea floating around over there… and like, it’s mostly propaganda, but there’s a grain of truth in it… that liberals are either “welfare queens” or rich people from the big city who hate conservatives and are divorced from reality. Tree-hugging vegetarians who drive around in limousines and drink fancy lattes and don’t notice the ‘normal’ people who do the work it takes to support them, or Those People who will do whatever it takes to sponge off said ‘normal’ people and don’t care about who they’re hurting.

….The grain of truth is that there are plenty of liberals who do hate poor white people, and not just in the “well, if they’d stop being bigoted, we wouldn’t have a problem” kind of way. If you’re rich and liberal, you can get away with saying all kinds of terrible things about poor rural white people - everything from “their culture is garbage, only stupid people would like NASCAR and pro wrestling” to “poor white people are all dumb and inbred and shouldn’t be allowed to have kids” to “we should nuke the Deep South, we’ll lose nothing of value”. (Yes, I have actually seen people saying that last one.)* 

So the global warming thing tends to go like this:

- Rich oil baron doesn’t want to stop making money by being rich and owning oil wells. Rich oil baron sees that switching to being a solar panel baron would hurt his bottom line. So he decides he needs to use his time and money to make sure alternative energy doesn’t go through.

- Rich oil baron calls up his friend who owns a major media outlet and says “hey can you make sure people hate this bill that would send money to alternative energy I want to buy another yacht this month” and Media Mogul says “sure I gotchu fam”**. 

- Media mogul pays a lot of people a lot of money to talk about why alternative energy is bad. Since a lot of the reasons alternative energy is important boil down to “we need to stop global warming”, the people talking about why alternative energy is bad need to downplay or outright deny global warming.

- The 'journalists’ getting paid to talk about why alternative energy is bad wind up playing on rank-and-file conservatives’ hatred and fear of limousine liberals. “Hey,” they say, “you know those people who keep talking about saving the whales and trees, but who gleefully advocate for your genocide? They also want to make it impossible for you to leave your house, steal your jobs out from under you, and generally make you completely societally irrelevant! Why should you listen to them when they say these things?” 

- A lot of rank-and-file conservatives are also religious fundamentalists, and are generally distrustful of science because it goes against their religious beliefs (like “foetuses are people” and “the earth was created in 7 days and is less than 10,000 years old” and “evolution is a hoax”). So they’re predisposed to distrust scientists. They’re also authoritarians, though, so they’re willing to listen to and trust people that are ‘legitimate’ authorities. Due to decades of propaganda, this means the media mogul types, or people even farther to the right- think Alex Jones”. 

- So the rank-and-file conservatives believe the media moguls’ ‘journalists’- or disbelieve them, but believe their stuff as filtered through youtube conspiracy videos and long chain emails from the Cranky Old Man side of the internet.  

- Oil baron sits back and sips a sweet, sweet glass of the tears of baby seals**, secure in the knowledge that his money isn’t going anywhere.

Over-the-top jokes about terrible rich people aside- this is why you get all those jokes about electric cars that literally plug into the wall and only let you go fifty feet away from your garage. Or the “haha, it’s snowing here, can’t be getting warmer globally, right?” It’s based in fear. 

American conservativism only makes sense when you realise that it’s rich white people (who don’t want to lose their money and power) manipulating middle class/working poor white people (who don’t want to lose the tiny bit of societal power they do have) into hating everyone else. Because Everyone Else wants to take their power away. 

*As an aside: my general rule of thumb when it comes to this kind of shit is “would you say it about poor rural black people”? And if the answer is ‘no’, don’t say it. Just because they’re white doesn’t mean it’s okay to be mean.

** note: this is fictionalised, and no resemblance to real individuals is intended.

anonymous asked:


Ok, piss baby. Put the pacifier back in your mouth and sit the fuck down. It’s time for Pav to drop some knowledge on your hateful ass.

1) Why are you yelling? Is your cap lock stuck? You ok, boo? Take some stool softener and let it goooooo. Take a shit and be happy, man. Prune juice that ass right on up!

2) The dictionary defines Homophobia as a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Not liking someone’s backend doesn’t make one homophobic. Now, if they didn’t like the person because they were LGBTQ+, then yeah, that would be homophobic. Nowhere in that post were there an ounce of homophobia, ignorance and rudeness maybe, but no homophobia. Even when they don’t ship your ship, and want the person to be with a different dude, that DOES NOT make them homophobic.

Got it? Good!

3) Herero?? Bitch when? I came out of the whom queer, sweetheart. You must have me confused with someone else, or maybe you can’t read? It’s written clear as day on my blog. Buy some glasses and try again.

4) “Cis-Scum” Ok, so you want to scream that people are hateful, being bigoted and all sorts of stuff — but here you are. Here you are doing similar things in regards to cis-gendered individuals. Huh. Interesting. Classsssssy

5) Butts. Are we really going to get into a back and forth argument over ass? Ass is ass, man. What’s the damage?

6) I don’t ship real people. So how about you shut your cake-hole and keep your assumptions to yourself. That work for you? Lord have mercy get a day job.

6) Also, purposely misusing a word and beating it to death, makes it lose its meaning. Makes it lose its strength. So how about we not. Thanks.

It is 7:09 in the goddamn morning. What even. WHAT EVEN

The Fundamentals of Caring starter sentences

71 starters
feel free to change gender pronouns
content warning: cussing, sexual themes

  • “I cannot take care of another unless I first take care of myself.”
  • “_____, come on. I know you’re in there.”
  • “My needs are equal to the needs of the person to whom I am giving care.”
  • “All I can do is try my best and maintain a positive attitude.”
  • “Just always remember: ALOHA. Ask, Listen, Observe, Help, Ask again.”
  • “I like helping people.”
  • “Sorry. My child has a unique sense of humor.”
  • “I’ve been out of work for a while and I could really use this job.”
  • “Yeah, but if we’re gonna throw down nine bucks an hour for somebody to wipe my ass, we need somebody who knows how to wipe an ass.”
  • “You’re being rude.”
  • “Why are you doing this to me?”
  • “It’s been two and a half years. What’s the magic number where you wake up and you’re finally ready? Six years? Eight? Eighty?”
  • “Would you tap that? Because I would pound that shit into the ground.”
  • “Could you call the Make-A-Wish foundation and tell them I want a blowjob from Katy Perry?”
  • “What is this gem, you ask? This is a map of your precious country’s lamest roadside attractions, odd museums, bizarre landmarks, and of course anything giant, from farm animals to cherry pie.”
  • “I have some fantastic news. I need to take a dump.”
  • “Who do you think would win in a fight to the death, me or a bird?”
  • “I enjoy this time together.”
  • “If you woke up and you were totally… fine… what’s the thing you’d wanna do most?”
  • “If somebody tries to rob the bank today, don’t be a hero.”
  • “Did you arrange these to look like large testicles and a small penis?”
  • “I wrote a couple novels you’ve never heard of.”
  • “So, what is this? Is this, like, research for you?”
  • “When you do write about me, I want you to describe me as handsome and cool. The best stuff is truthful.”
  • “Have you been working with lead-based paint in an enclosed area?”
  • “Come on. Don’t you get bored just sitting in this room and going to the park once a week?”
  • “I mean, doesn’t any part of you want to see the world’s deepest pit in person, not just on TV?”
  • “I didn’t realize you had a father.”
  • “So you don’t even read those?”
  • “Really? We’re still going on about this?”
  • “What’s with you today?”
  • “It was his choice, not mine. He can live with it. Let’s leave it at that.”
  • “A father’s supposed to be there for his kid. Protect him from harm. That’s the only job a father has.”
  • “There we go. Now go get me some juice.”
  • “I can’t have you making promises you can’t keep.”
  • “You think because you’re in a wheelchair that gives you the right to do and say whatever you want?”
  • “You ever considered that maybe I’m just a prick, with or without the wheelchair?”
  • “Is that the best you can do? That’s it? I thought you were a writer.”
  • “I don’t buy any of your bullshit. You can make jokes all you want, but you are wasting your life by sitting in this house and watching TV.”
  • “Honestly, what were you thinking?”
  • “It was very heroic how you jumped in there without missing a beat.”
  • “I want a text or a phone call every three hours.”
  • “ ‘He died trying to see the world’s biggest pit’ is a really bad obituary.”
  • “Dude, were you—? Were you just doing air quotes? Don't—don’t ever do that again.”
  • “Let me see if there’s any food in there I can actually eat.”
  • “Well, I thought it was good to get straight to the point.”
  • “I’m in a fucking wheelchair, okay? I could spew Shakespeare shit and a girl like that’s not gonna be interested in me.”
  • “Fuck you, you’re a [insert age]-year-old ass-wiper.”
  • “See, I knew the open road would be good for you.”
  • “Would you quit screwing around? I’m driving.”
  • “Don’t ever do that again! You scared the shit out of me!”
  • “We came to see a giant cow. We’re going to see a giant cow.”
  • “Hey, what the fuck? That’s mine.”
  • “I just… Here’s the thing. I don’t know what I’m talking about.”
  • “You know, when I get home, I’m gonna put you on the roadside attractions map. World’s biggest dick.”
  • “Oh, shit. Are you a pervert?”
  • “Yeah, it’s total bullshit. And on a stick. Like the world’s least delicious lollipop.”
  • “Man, I am starving. I think there’s an all-night diner across the street. What do you think?”
  • “Are you asking me on a date?”
  • “Dude, you were like James Bond there! That was the most badass thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
  • “I knew one of your spells would kill me.”
  • “I told you, I only date assholes.”
  • “What’s it like being a parent?”
  • “Every corny thing you’ve ever heard about having a kid is completely and utterly true.”
  • “I thought I’d like it ‘cause it’s lame, but it’s actually pretty cool.”
  • “Did you steal this, _____?”
  • “Please don’t call me that.”
  • “He’s a heaping mess, but… he’s my heaping mess.”
  • “Life’s a real class-A bitch, isn’t it?”
  • “Well, take care of yourself in [insert city]. There are a lot of perverts there.”
  • “Would you just do me a favor and shut the fuck up for once in your life?”
“Writing a book is so easy” - the Sequel

(to read the original Writing a book is so easy, click here)


Ahhhhh, yes. The writer’s life. A wonderful land of imagination and smiles, where absolutely nothing unexpected ever happens….


So you wrote a book? I bet you’re really living the life now, huh? Fame, fortune, fans drooling over you as you sleep (actually that’s really creepy forget I said that).

You’re set, I bet. It’s all downhill from here. No more writing, no more tears. But what’s that knocking at your door?

Fans demanding, “MORE, MORE, MOOOOOORE!!!”

(ooooh I liked that rhyme. Muahahaha here goes….)

“But wasn’t one enough for you? I have no plans for a book number two!”

You grumble and gripe. You don’t want to type. “But writing is hard!” you shout from your yard.

But your readers are hungry, and feed them you must. Looks like you’re writing that sequel – or bust.

So tappity-tap, and clickity-click. All of this writing is making you sick. Pantsing and plotting, day-in and day-out. Keeping to schedules, that’s what it’s about! You make a log, and write every day, because keeping on-point is the very best way.

So you write it all down, you don’t even frown. Hundreds of pages, and thousands of words…to the point where you think this is all a little absurd.

But wait! Have no fear! You’ve filled the last page! You made it out alive, now on to the editing stage!

Okay I’m cutting the act, cuz shit’s getting real. No more rhymes. Writing itself may be easy enough, but editing is the equivalent to doomsday if you don’t have the guts.

Heh. Bet you’re head is still trying to speak in rhyme.


You need a red pen. No, put away your little blue BIC and go buy yourself an early birthday present: a nice box of red Pilot G-2s. The good stuff. You want DURABILITY. You want PROFESSIONALISM. You want a pen that’s gonna shame the hell out of all those other wannabees!!!


Let’s put it this way: if people look at your revisions and call 911 thinking they just stumbled upon a homicide – YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT.

But try explaining that to the cops.


Edit in stages. Boom. Boom. Boom. And find someplace nice and comfy to write. The place people would least expect a writer to do any sort of writing at all!

Such as the nearest coffee shop.

In reality, coffee shops will become your best friends.

Warning: you may have some weird times when people come to visit “their author friend.”




You’ll work night. You’ll work day. You’ll invent your own timezone and ignore daylight savings because the only thing you know is that the sun comes up and the sun goes down.

You’ll even learn how to tell time by feeling how cold your coffee is (getting iced coffee is cheating shut up).


But one day, it happens. You hit the last page.

Your edits are done. You’re in the final stage.

You’ll delete that last word, and type End of Book 2. All your friends will be proud, but you’ll just be thinking, “pheeewwwww.”

Formatting’s a bitch, you’ll see that fast.

You’ll order a proof copy, and it’s in your hands at last!

There is the book that was in your head for ages, the very same book you worked through so many stages. It’s there, in your hand, you’re jumping for joy, HOORAY! It makes you feel cozy in the very best way.

And that was the story of how an idea became a book. Typing all of those pages is all it really took.

Such is the life of a writer, my friends. We discover new worlds and follow them till the end. For books are but words arranged this way and that, and most of the time we’re just pulling from a hat.

Writing is easy,” say those who won’t try. But for all of the real writers….

It’s do…or die.



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Resonance comes out October 16, 2015.

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To Stay Or To Go [Owen x Reader]

Request:  Hiii, I love your writing! Could you do one where Owen and y/b break up and then he finds out she got an offer to work at a lab in like New York and then tries to stop her from leaving?? Thank you so much ☺️

Warnings: None

Words: 1,423

A/N: I really, really, really wanted to post another imagine since I haven’t in so long. So please excuse the fact that this is not my best piece of writing and that it may be sloppily edited! 

“Claire!” You yelled excitedly as you ran through her apartment door, you had a copy of her key. You didn’t even know if she was home or not. 

“Y/N? What’s the matter-” She began to ask but excitement got the best of you and you just had to interrupt her. 

“I got the job!” You jumped up and down, smiling happily. It was your dream job, you had a offer for it a couple years ago but you declined it, not wanting to leave your boyfriend. But now your single and they have a spot open up again, it was perfect! Nothing was holding you back this time, you needed some change anyway. 

“Oh my gosh, Y/N, that’s amazing!” Claire exclaimed, smiling along with you. 

“I know it is! I’m so excited, like, I can’t even believe this is happening! It’s perfect!” You yelled, this was a habit of yours, yelling when you got really excited. Of course when you got to the lab in NYC, you would act professional. 

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The Bird and the Bees (RWBY)

This is for @megaexguilmon, I was your @rwbysecretsanta. You said you liked the Bees and the Branwens. Couldn’t put both birds in there, but you got one bird and some bees. Hope you like it, had to write fast to get it out today. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Words: 2871
Relationship: Bumbleby
Characters: Yang Xiao Long, Qrow Branwen, Blake Belladonna

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Forbidden Documentary Footage Released
  • [NOTE]: Recording has been partially edited by unknown parties.
  • Recording begins. Title is shown, "Retail Hell".
  • [NOTE]: "Retail Hell" is an episodic series of documentaries with traceable origins described as "punks dissecting wageslavery." At least five episodes were released alongside an independently published magazine dedicated to skateboarding culture. Each episode has a different host(s) who attempt to interview workers at retail chains. Hosts often vandalize storefronts and harass workers while filming.
  • Recording begins with Host and Co-Host standing beside each other in a Target parking lot.
  • Host: You already know who the fuck I am.
  • Co-Host: And I'm Helen.
  • [NOTE]: Co-Host is wearing a gas mask.
  • Host: Mark's on the camera. All together, we're the Chain Gang. Welcome to Retail Hell.
  • Cameraman: Okay, that was good. The fuck do you mean by, "you already know who I am," though? Also, the what the hell is the "Chain Gang"?
  • Host: Everyone who matters knows me, dude. I-
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host skateboarding. Cameraman can be seen in some shots, but doesn’t join them. Footage from a skate park is edited in. Skateboarding footage lasts three minutes.
  • Recording cuts to footage taken from inside of Target. Host and Co-Host are in store's toy section examining products.
  • Host: Fucking Barbie.
  • Host removes a packaged Barbie brand doll from its shelf.
  • [NOTE]: Barbie doll does not resemble any known versions ever publicly released. Its notable features are its green hair, pink skin, and purple dress.
  • Host: Come here. Look at this. Made in China.
  • Host shows bottom of package to camera. Camera zooms in on "Made in China" label.
  • Host: That's how you know your shit is bad. 100% cruelty. Do you know how the Chinese government treats their own citizens? This is sweatshop garbage, and they just shill this shit out at places like this. It's bad for you too. Probably got fucking lead in it, or something. Radioactive, or something. My mom used to buy me barbies and shit as kid. Like, I fucking hated Barbie I didn't play with them, but I was still, like, exposed. That's why I've got a third arm.
  • Cameraman: You have three arms?
  • Host: It's on my ass. No one's allowed to look at my ass so no one's ever seen it. They're going to have to recall Barbie cuz kids all over the USA start growing ass arms. No, you know what they'd do. They'd normalize it cuz that's how business works. You'll start seeing "Ass-Arm Barbie". Hey kids, it's okay that you've got an arm on your ass. Barbie does too. Hey kids, you're a mutant freak because we spray down our toys with arsenic and all the food you eat is GMOs, but it's cool. Just buy our shit or you'll look like a bigger freak than you already are.
  • Cacophony of recorded voices and songs are heard. Camera turns to Co-Host who has activated a large number of toys. Host laughs.
  • Host: Holy shit! What the fuck are you doing?
  • Recording cuts to Co-Host holding small skateboard.
  • Co-Host: It's a baby board. I was born with one of these. They had to cut an umbilical cord from each piece of hardware. The doctors didn't know what was going on. I did, but only because I'm really smart. I was only about two years old when I was born.
  • Cameraman: The fuck are you even trying to say?
  • Recording cuts to Co-Host preparing to skate down an aisle on the small skateboard.
  • Co-Host: Skate or die!
  • Co-Host skates down the aisle and knocks products off of the shelves along the way. Co-Host barely avoids hitting a customer, but falls off of her skateboard at the end of the aisle.
  • Recording cuts to Host, Co-Host, and Cameraman getting into conflict with a security guard.
  • Security: Stop filming.
  • Security attempts to grab the camera.
  • Cameraman: Don't touch my fucking property, dude.
  • Security: You need to leave now.
  • Host: We're just trying to buy a skateboard, man.
  • Security attempts to grab the camera again.
  • Cameraman: Stay the fuck away, dude.
  • Security: Leave now. We're calling the police.
  • Cameraman: You're a fake fucking cop! Don't touch me!
  • Co-Host: We were all born with no purpose! Live fast! Die Fast!
  • Co-Host rides her skateboard into a display.
  • Host: Holy fucking shit!
  • Recording cuts to Host outside interviewing a Target employee.
  • Host: How do you like your job?
  • Employee: It's a job.
  • Host: Do you get paid well?
  • Employee: Hell no. Why does she have that mask on?
  • Host: Ever wish you could do something else?
  • Employee: What is this for? Is this gonna be on TV or something.
  • Host: It's a student project.
  • Employee: Alright.
  • Host: You know, your security guy is kind of an asshole.
  • Employee: I don't know anything about him. I just work the registers.
  • Host: You know I got an arm on my ass?
  • Employee: What?
  • Recording cuts to young child speaking to Co-Host.
  • Child: Why are you wearing that mask?
  • Co-Host: Because I have to.
  • Child: You don't have to.
  • Co-Host: I do.
  • Child: Can I wear it?
  • Co-Host: No.
  • Child: What happens if you take off the mask?
  • Co-Host: I'm allergic to air, so I'll die.
  • Child: I think you should take it off anyway.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host in line at a fast food restaurant.
  • Cashier: What can I get for you today?
  • Host: I'd like one McKiss please.
  • Cashier: Excuse me? A McKiss?
  • Host: Yes.
  • Cashier: Uhh, that's not something we have on our menu.
  • Host: Seriously? Let me show you.
  • Host embraces Co-Host who removes her mask. Host and Co-Host proceed to kiss passionately. Camera zooms in on cashier who looks confused.
  • Recording cuts to a plain white room. Camera turns to a door opening into a hallway. Co-Host shambles past door. Camera follows behind her. Co-Host walks up to a CRT television at the end of the hallway. CRT television only displays static. Co-Host kneels in front of the television and rubs her hand across the monitor, spreading blood across it.
  • Recording cuts to half an episode of the Flintstones. Any scenes indicating strife, negative emotions, or violence have been censored. Episode lasts ten minutes.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host standing in front of a chained door. Co-Host is carrying a large strapping cutter.
  • Host: This is going to be a first in Retail Hell history. I call it, Retail Hell: Deep Cover. We're gonna sneak inside. We might see some fucked up shit. I don't know. We're definitely gonna break some stuff. Hel, you got this.
  • Co-Host attempts to cut the chains with the strapping cutter.
  • Co-Host: This is impossible.
  • Host: Put all your weight into it.
  • Co-Host: I am.
  • Host: No, like all your weight.
  • Co-Host: I don't weigh that much.
  • Cameraman: I don't think that's the right tool.
  • Host: You're not doing it right. Let me show you.
  • Host now attempts to cut the chains.
  • Host: Fuck, this is harder than it looks.
  • Cameraman: Do you guys even hear me? I'm 90% sure that's not what they use to cut chains.
  • Recording cuts to Cameraman smoking alone in a bedroom. Unknown female enters the shot and the footage ends.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host within the backroom of a retail chain, presumably Target. Host is snapping a bolt cutter in front of the camera.
  • Host: These are the scissors of the gods!
  • Cameraman: Please be careful with those.
  • Host: This is it. This is the belly of the beast. This is the womb of capitalism... maybe not the womb, but this is where all the shit you buy goes before they put it outside on display.
  • Host picks up a box and drops it on the ground. The sound of glass breaking is heard.
  • Host: No fucking clue what was inside of that.
  • Recording cuts to Co-Host climbing backroom shelving.
  • Host: You won't do it.
  • Cameraman: This is a really stupid fucking idea.
  • Co-Host does a backflip off of the shelving and into a stack of boxes. Recording freezes before impact.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host exploring store. Store is partially dark. Camera's flashlight is on.
  • Cameraman: Why does it smell like wires burning in here?
  • Host lights a cigarette and begins to smoke it.
  • Host: Did you get me lighting that? Looked badass as fuck, I bet.
  • Cameraman: There's nothing cool about lighting a cigarette.
  • Host: Whatever. Gonna do, like, a soliloquy. Don't stop recording.
  • Cameraman: I'm not stopping any time soon, Ms. Director.
  • Host: Okay, uhh... this store is like a fortress of exploitation. A monument to fruitless capitalism where underpaid workers are treated like shit by corporate suits and customers alike. It's... uhh... fuck.
  • Cameraman: Can't think of anything deep to say?
  • Host: Chev made it look so easy in his episode. Like, he said some real profound shit and dropped the best skate video I've ever seen at the end.
  • Cameraman: You can talk about having an arm on your ass again. That was the high point of this video so far.
  • Host: Fuck you.
  • Host blows smoke into the camera.
  • Host: Where the hell did Hel go?
  • Cameraman: I don't know.
  • Host: Like, when was the last time we even saw her?
  • Cameraman: Don't remember.
  • [NOTE]: Co-Host is seen standing next to Host throughout this entire section of the recording.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host standing in front of a PA speaker that is leaking a clear, viscous fluid. The PA speaker emits sounds that resemble gurgling and coughing.
  • Host: Don't even know what to say about this shit. Sounds like my granddad dying or something. It's leaking. There's like a flood of this gross ass goo on the floor. It's like drool.
  • Cameraman: Touch it.
  • Host: I'm not touching that stuff. I don't touch shit if I think I'll regret it later.
  • Cameraman: You touched Lenny's dick.
  • Host: Fuck you.
  • PA speaker emits a loud screeching sound and wads of liquid shoot from it.
  • Host: The fuck?
  • Cameraman: Jesus Christ!
  • Clumps of a yellow, semi-solid substance begins to drip from the speaker. Co-Host removes her gas mask and plants herself face first against the wall under the speaker. Co-Host allows herself to be covered in the liquid and the yellow substance.
  • Host: This is the weirdest shit I've ever seen. Get up close, man. Look at this stuff.
  • Cameraman moves closer and zooms in on the substance in Co-Host's hair. Substance seems to be crawling and pulsating. Host, and Cameraman don't seem to perceive the presence of Co-Host. Co-Host rubs the yellow substance into her hair.
  • Recording cuts to blank footage. Audio is still available. Host and Cameraman are heard speaking. Sounds of other individuals are present, as well as the sound of fire crackling.
  • Cameraman: And it's completely fucked!
  • Host: So is he still dating her?
  • Cameraman: Yes, of course. Like, he's fucking desperate. He'll date any girl who gives him attention. It doesn't matter if she acts like a fucking werewolf. He's hopeless, and I'm tired of helping him.
  • Host: I feel you, though. Like, dude, even if this wasn't like his 90th time being in some shit I wouldn't help him. Dude blamed that fucked up shit on someone's dog. They're probably gonna put it down. That's fucked. That's an innocent animal. That's someone's family as far as I'm concerned. Fuck him. You gonna tell the cops or something?
  • Cameraman: Nah. I'm hoping his girlfriend just butchers him like she did that to that cat. For real, though. I don't mess with cops or feds.
  • Host: I feel you.
  • [NOTE]: □□□□□□□
  • Recording cuts to Cameraman sitting at a desk in a plain white room. Cameraman seems be unconscious, and is drooling onto his clothes. A purple carpet like substance is growing from his face. A plastic arm appears from out of the view of the camera and taps the Cameraman until he awakens. The Cameraman proceeds to vomit clumps of wires and coiled metal. Cameraman speaks, but his voice is dubbed over by a woman's voice with a slight southern accent. Cameraman seems to fade in and out of consciousness for the duration of the footage. Cameraman occasionally drools blood from his mouth.
  • Cameraman: Hello, my name is Mark. I'm a kid just like you. I love to play outside, I love learning and growing bigger everyday, but most of all I love my mommy. I like to paint. Watch me paint.
  • Plastic arms appears from out of the view of the camera, one with a green Sharpie brand marker and the other with a piece of paper. The piece of paper is placed onto the desk, and the plastic arm draws on it. Once the drawing is finished, the plastic arm lifts the paper and shows it to the camera. Drawing consists of green scribbles.
  • Cameraman: These are the big green hills where I live. Where do you live?
  • Recording is silent for thirty seconds, Cameraman seems to continue speaking however. Cameraman falls from his chair.
  • Cameraman: That sounds fun. I wish I lived there too. I like the snow. Let me show you what the big green hills look like after it snows.
  • The plastic arm moves off screen and returns with a bottle of milk which it pours onto the drawing. The hand shows the soaked drawing to the camera.
  • Cameraman: This is what the big green hills look like after it snows. Aren't they pretty? I like the snow, so I make sure to bring it with me wherever I go. Maybe, one day I will come to your town.
  • Recording cuts to the previous footage of the conflict with the security guard. Footage is dubbed over by a woman's voice with a slight southern accent. The dubber does differentiate the voices of subjects. The Host speaks in a higher pitched "girly" voice, the security guard speaks in a deeper voice, and the Cameraman speaks in the dubber's plain voice.
  • Security: I like your Camera. Let me see it.
  • Cameraman: You must ask before you can play with my camera.
  • Security: Can I play with your camera?
  • Host: Mark, please let our new friend play with your camera.
  • Cameraman: I shan't let him play with my camera. I am a bad boy, and I don't like to share.
  • Security: I'm telling my mommy and you will be in bad trouble.
  • Cameraman: Don't fucking touch me... I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I said a bad word.
  • Recording freezes once Co-Host enters the shot.
  • Recording cuts to blank footage. Audio is still available. Co-Host is heard being interrogated by an unknown individual who will be referred to as Unknown. Unknown either uses a speech synthesizer to speak or a has a natural speaking voice that sounds similar to a speech synthesizer.
  • Unknown: Why? Why? You lie.
  • Co-Host: Please, let me go.
  • Unknown: You breathe. Why lie?
  • Co-Host: Please.
  • Unknown: No. No. You lie.
  • Co-Host: I don't know what you're talking about. Please. I'm so sorry. I just want to go home.
  • Unknown: You lie. Him. You breathe. No mask. You breathe.
  • Co-Host begins to sob.
  • Unknown: Why cry? No cry. You bad. You wrong. Lie. Lie. Why lie? Why lie when breathe? No mask. No. No. You lie. Lie to boy. No.
  • Unknown's voice morphs into that of the child spoken to earlier in the recording.
  • Unknown: Why did you lie to him, bad girl. You're a big liar. You're a bad girl. Mommy's upset.
  • Recording cuts to footage of Cameraman engaging in sexual intercourse with an unknown female. Audio has been dubbed over by Unknown who repeats the statements, "no", "bad", and "don't look" throughout the entire thirty minutes of footage.
  • Recording cuts to footage of Host and Cameraman in conflict with an unknown entity. Recording has been dubbed over and replaced by dialogue spoken by a woman's voice with a slight southern accent. Unknown entity is humanoid in shape with a balloon-like head, a neon green plastic-like substance dangling from its head, and hot pink skin. Aside from large eyes drawn in "Anime" style on its face, it lacks any facial features. The entity wears a purple dress.
  • Host: Look, it's mommy.
  • Host is covered in blood and wielding an ax. Panicked, she points at the entity which is quickly pushing a shopping car full of toys towards the her and the Cameraman. Host jumps out of the way. Cameraman attempts to jump out of the way, but is hit by the shopping cart. The camera is dropped, but the unknown entity can be seen climbing on top of the Cameraman and sticking its arm into his mouth.
  • Cameraman: No, not my favorite camera. If I would have shared it this would have never happened. Now mommy is angry at me.
  • Host: Don't worry, Mark. I will save you.
  • Host hits the entity several times on its back with the ax. The entity bleeds a yellow and pink substance. Camerman crawls from under the entity, gets up, and stomps the entity's head.
  • Host: Ouch, hurting mommy hurts me.
  • Cameraman: Owie, it hurts me too!
  • Host: I think we both learned today not to hurt mommy. Hurting her hurts me more than it does her.
  • Cameraman: I don't know what that means, but I agree.
  • Host and Cameraman continue to attack the entity for the duration of the footage.
  • Recording cuts to footage of Host lying face down on the floor of a plain white room. A mannequin wearing the Co-Host's gas mask stands beside her. Bolt cutters are jammed into the mannequin's torso. An episode of the Flintstones can be heard playing in the background. Host raises her head to the camera. Her face is similar to the unknown entity's. Her head pops off and floats to the ceiling like a balloon.
  • Recording cuts to footage of a bonfire party. Host, Co-Host, and Cameraman are present and take part in different activities. A large number of unknown individuals are present as well. Audio of footage has been dubbed over by a woman's voice with a slight southern accent. Audio is significantly distorted. It is impossible to make out any words spoken.
  • [NOTE]: Co-Host does not have her gas mask in this footage.
  • [NOTE]: Audio is perfectly audible. It's just that mommy is speaking directly to me and you're not allowed to hear her.
  • Recording cuts to Co-Host stabbing the palm of her hand repeatedly with a butcher knife. Footage is in night vision and is taken in a wooded area.
  • Cameraman: You're a real fucking freak.
  • Co-Host: I know.
  • Recording cuts to Host and Co-Host sitting next to each other as they watch a bonfire burn.
  • Host: Hel, I love you.
  • It begins to snow heavily. Recording ends.
  • Recording was discovered by a user named, FriendlyHelper000, who posted a thread on the Runescape forums entitled, "This Is Why Liberalism Has Failed", which included links to the recording. Thread was quickly deleted and the user was banned. The publisher of the magazine which Retail Hell was distributed alongside claims to have no knowledge of the individuals in the recording.
  • Thank you for reading.

anonymous asked:

Life advice question! I am a girl in my early twenties in Canada. What would you guys recommend doing now to invest in my future? This can be anything you can think of, school, financial stuff, relationships, tips of anyyy kind....I know this may sound vague because you don't know me personally, I'm basically just looking for some wisdom. Cheers :)

When I was your age I saw technology booming around me, but I had no money to participate. I learned how to make tech & import electronics. You are more plugged into the future & present than I am. I can tell you it belongs to the doers, though. Youtube is amazing, I don’t know how long free access to millions will be free… to not take advantage of it is crazy. As the world around us automates, entertainment will be the final job frontier. The richest Chinese billionare keeps buying up Hollywood Studios, but that is boring to me. Real life & real people & getting to know others from all over the world has value beyond money.

Businesses that support creators, ad networks, product placement, editing software, merch, design, hardware(camera,audio,lighting) epublishing, running festivals so like minded people can get together from all over, there is so much room for entreprneurs. I learned about a self made billionare recently who started Harbor Freight, a low cost tool store. He imported tools & flew to China at 17 to meet suppliers. You want to be that guy. See a need (tools were too expensive) and invest yourself fully.

School is not for you if you don’t have a specfic goal. You can learn anything online, but you need school for certain certifications & jobs, invest in only those educations, everything else is a hobby you can learn on your own for free at a much faster pace.

Relationship advice is tough to give, people want different things these days, but I tell you those things aren’t as great as they seem long term. Having someone you can rely on for life is better than dating Leonardo for a few weeks… Be a swan vs a dog & learn to spot dogs, their temporary attention fades when they’ve picked up your scent. Pick people who you know will pick you up from the airport, get a side job just to buy you a birthday present, go on adventures with you, get the door or let you get it for them, too. Measure your relationship by how much fun you have just going to the grocery store together not what luxury vacays your former bff is going on and posting to FB, trust me they are miserable.

Learn about money, take a few finance and economic courses, don’t let anyone else touch or manage or have access to yours. Do your best to never “invest” in anything outside of Index Funds or Treasury Bonds. Most are scams. Only buy property where they aren’t making any more of it, if you feel rushed into something run like hell out the door. Scammers have jedi mind control tricks to part you from your money and health. The best solution is most likely doing nothing when pressured into a decision.

Learn from people of all ages & backgrounds, combined and valued for our different experiences expands the pie of life. Try to bring people together for just this reason. People who self segregate are the poorest in all aspects of life.

Now share some of your wisdom back please! Trust in yourself have more than you realize!

anonymous asked:

Sineala, I don't know who to ask. Is Captain America an asshole? I have been in Marvel for while, it started with Spidey, Avengers and now X-Men. He is really hated in X-men part of community, it's toxic hate. They label him as racist to mutants. :/

Sorry about taking so long to get back to you, anon! I… really had to think about how to phrase this.

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"american beauty" sentence starters
  • "I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world."
  • "Well, you have absolutely no interest in saving yourself."
  • "Lose my job? I didn't lose it. It's not like, 'Whoops! Where'd my job go?' I QUIT."
  • "I figured you guys might be able to give me some pointers. I need to shape up. Fast."
  • "You're right. I suck dick for money."
  • "Well, what do you say I throw in a little sexual harassment charge, to boot?"
  • "Management wants you gone by the end of the day."
  • "Your father seems to think this kind of behavior is something to be proud of."
  • "It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back."
  • "When I was your age, I flipped burgers all summer just to be able to buy an eight-track."
  • "All I did was party and get laid. I had my whole life ahead of me."
  • "I rule!"
  • "She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself."
  • "It's never too late to get it back."
  • "I have lost something. I'm not exactly sure what it is but I know I didn't always feel this... sedated."
  • "You think you're the only one who's sexually frustrated here?"
  • "Both my wife/husband and daughter/son think I'm this gigantic loser and they're right."
  • "I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility."
  • "You should see me fuck. I'm the best piece of ass in three States."
  • "Can you prove that you didn't offer to save my job if I let you blow me?"
  • "Are you just looking to lose weight, or do you want increased strength and flexibility as well?"
  • "I don't think we can be friends anymore."
  • "Just don't fuck my dad, all right? Please?"
  • "You're way too uptight about sex."
  • "I want to look good naked!"
  • "Someone really should just put him out of his misery."
  • "I'm not paying you to do... whatever it is you're doing out here."
  • "You don't really think [name] and I were..."
  • "Want me to kill him for you?"
  • "I need a father who's a role model, not some horny geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school."
  • "I quit. So you don't have to pay me. Now leave me alone."
  • "Remember those posters that said, 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life'? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die."
  • "She hates me. She hates you, too."
  • "There's plenty of joy in my life."
  • "Go fuck yourself, psycho!"
  • "My parents are coming tonight. They're trying to, you know, take an active interest in me."
  • "Gross. I hate it when my mom does that."
  • "Fuck me, Your Majesty!"
  • "I was hoping you'd give me a bath. I'm very, very dirty."
  • "You ungrateful little brat! Just look at everything you have."
  • "I'm so sorry for the way things look around here."
  • "I think using psychotropic drugs is a very positive example to set for our daughter."
  • "Who are you looking for?"
  • "This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living."
  • "There's nothing worse than being ordinary."
  • "Everything that's meant to happen does."
  • "You're one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak."
  • "Welcome to America's weirdest home videos."
  • "Oh well, all right, let's all sell our souls and work for Satan because it's more convenient that way."
  • "I'm sensing a real distance growing between you and [name]."
  • "My job consists of basically masking my contempt for the assholes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men's room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that doesn't so closely resemble Hell."
  • "Don't you mess with me, mister, or I'll divorce you so fast it'll make your head spin!"
  • "Your mom's the one who's embarrassing. What a phony. But, your dad's actually kind of cute."
  • "If he just worked out a little, he'd be hot."
  • "You don't get to tell me what to do ever again."
  • "I'm serious. He just pulled down his pants and yanked it out."
  • "Never underestimate the power of denial."
  • "Are you trying to look unattractive today?"
  • "How dare you speak to me that way in front of her."
  • "Jesus, what is it with you?"
  • "I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist."
  • "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in."
  • "See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident."
  • "Don't interrupt me, honey!"
  • "[Name]'s a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her."
  • "I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die."
  • "You better watch yourself, [name], or you're going to turn into a real bitch, just like your mother!"
  • "I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you lose your job."
  • "You're boring. And you're totally ordinary. And you know it."
  • "You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday."
  • "Uh, whose car is that out front?"
  • "Your mother seems to prefer that I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink."
  • "In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times."
  • "She's... she's really happy. She thinks she's in love."
  • "I think you just became my personal hero!"
  • "Man, you are one twisted fuck."
  • "The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing."
  • "You know, this really doesn't concern you."
  • "I mean, how's her life? Is she happy? Is she miserable?"
  • "I'd really like to know, and she'd die before she'd ever tell me about it."
  • "Your wife is with another man and you don't care?"
  • "It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself."
  • "In less than a year, I'll be dead."
  • "[Name], today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus."
  • "I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her."
  • "We've met before, but something tells me you're going to remember me this time."
  • "I can't believe you don't know how beautiful you are."
  • "Well, at least I'm not ugly."
  • "This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here."
  • "[Name], are you masturbating?!"
  • "If people I don't even know look at me and want to fuck me, it means I really have a shot at being a model."
  • "In a way, I'm dead already."
  • "You are so busted."
  • "I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up."
  • "Well, congratulations. You've succeeded admirably."
  • "The car I've always wanted and now I have it."
  • "God, it's been a long time since anybody asked me that..."
  • "Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about."
  • "I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose."
  • "Our marriage is just for show. A commercial for how normal we are when we're anything but."
  • "It would be nice if I was anywhere near as important to him as she is."
  • "Gotta spend money to make money."
  • "I refuse to be a victim!"
  • "I was filming this dead bird."
  • "Do you party?"
  • "Oh, what? You're mother of the year? You treat her/him like an employee."
  • "Could he be any more pathetic?"
  • "I think it's sweet."
  • "You need structure... you need discipline."
  • "He's just so confident, it can't be real."
  • "So, you're fucking psycho-boy on a regular basis now? Tell me, has he got a big dick?"
  • "He didn't even look at me once!"
  • "I don't think you'd fit in here."
  • "It seems unfair to presume I won't be able to learn."
  • "Excuse me for speaking so bluntly, sir."
  • "Oh, I'm in trouble."
  • "I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting."
  • "This country is going straight to hell!"
  • "[Name], when did you become so joyless?"
  • "I'm not obsessing. I'm just curious."
  • "What is this? The fucking Gay Pride parade?"
  • "Sorry about my dad."
  • "To you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones."
  • "This is my first time."
Please Don't Come Again

Summary: After 15 years, Soos’s absentee father comes to Gravity Falls. He makes the mistake of visiting the Mystery Shack and meeting Stan Pines.

This idea hit me like a freight train so I captured the muse and made it dance. Takes place roughly 3 years before Season 1 of the show. Warning for language and left hooks.

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aestheticneeds14  asked:

Hi, AY. I adore your art, you are my favorite tumblr artist or like contemporary artist ever. I love how you help people and all of your drawings and quotes. You inspire me a lot, I am an artist myself. Just wanted to say thank you and it would be super nice of you if you answered this so you know I exist. I am really shy and I don't know if I am good enough to start a blog whit just my art. Do you have like any tips and tricks? Thank you again, love you!

So here is the truth that no one tells you about life as an artist:

I worry about everything. I’m skeptical of anyone who likes my art. I convince myself that they must be confused or lying. I worry that eventually people will figure out that I’m a fraud or that I’m actually a terrible artist, and a terrible person. I have moments of paralyzing anxiety where all I can do is aimlessly check my social media accounts, buy toys for my Neko Atsume yard or rewatch Gilmore girls episodes I’ve seen over 50 times. I grew up being told that my artistic aspirations were unattainable and I somehow interpreted that as: you don’t deserve it. I had a hard time getting into art school (I had to apply 3 times), I get rejected from 95% of the things I apply to and most of my family still think of my art is a fun hobby and are waiting for me to get a real job. I used to think that if I reached a specific goal everything would work itself out. I would be set, confident. My anxiety would dissipate, my hair would always look good and my clothes would finally fit right. But it’s hard. It’s always hard. I’m always scared. I’m always exhausted. My jeans are always too tight and my hair is always a mess.

There are zillions of memes out there, telling us in cursive lettering on a beach scene background that if we’re positive and tough we can achieve our dreams… but that’s bullshit. You can work really hard and never get the recognition you deserve. And chances are, even if you “make it” as an artist, you may never be able to make a living doing what you love. Most of my creative friends and I struggle, because people love art, but they don’t believe in paying artists a living wage. So you have to make a lot of compromises (and constantly remind yourself that compromises are not necessarily failures).

The good news is, while some things are out of your control, there are other things you can do to help enhance your chances at success (and by success I don’t necessarily mean money or fame or anything permanent, I mean moments, little amazing moments, that you hold onto when everything else turns to shit…). I know that I’ll never be a confident person. I will always second-guess myself. It’s my thing. What I’ve learned is that instead of trying to get over my shortcomings, I have to work with them. When my self-confidence let’s me down, I let my stubbornness take over. So when I’m crying on my bathroom floor at 1 in the morning feeling terrified, I defer to that stubborn bitch inside of me, who is hell-bent on proving everyone who ever doubted her wrong. She gets me off the floor and back to work.

And all that stuff, all those emotions, they all go into my work… The good, the bad and the melodramatic. And that’s the thing people tend to relate to the most: the messiness, and the honesty. Don’t try to make work that you think people will like… (that kind of work always sucks) just make work that makes you feel good, or makes you feel better, or makes you feel something. The point I’m trying to make is that there are no formulas, no sure things, and no magic words. You just have to customize a survival strategy for yourself and take risks from time to time.

ps. just in case my answer seemed discouraging, let me be clear that I ABSOLUTELY think you should just go for it, take the risk and share your art with the world. It’s hard… but if means that much to you, it’s totally worth it.

The next drawing I post is for you <3