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A neodymium magnet can attract 100 pounds of magnetic putty.

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Tarot Reading At Events

Tarot Reading At Events

Before I begin, I encourage everyone to please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this post. Being a Tarot reader who does a significant amount of reading events at festivals, conventions, fairs, and private parties, I thought I would share some insight on things I wish I knew when I first started reading Tarot at events.

Before The Event 

Because each event and situation is different, the preparation can vary but here are some things that I take into account before an event.

Legal:
Some events require a business license, proof of tax id, a merchant’s license and or an entertainers license. Some do not.

Event and Vendor Contracts:
It is important to always look over everything before signing. If there is something that is confusing or you need anything clarified, ask up to two reputable people to explain it just to be sure. If you are providing your own contract for a private event it is always good to include things like payment, cancellation policies, allotted space provided, if you need to provide your own furniture, force majeure, parking policy, etc. I always like to ask about alcohol being served to be able to prepare myself for people who may be under the influence. I ask about smoking and loud noise to help determine if those are conditions I’d be able to do readings under.

  • Is alcohol being served at this event?
  • Will smoking be permitted on the premises?
  • Will there be a smoking designated areas?
  • Will my table or space be located near the designated smoking area?
  • Will my table or space be located near speaker systems, live entertainment, etc?

Travel Expenses:
Something that I didn’t take into account when I first started reading for events are travel, gas and lodging expenses. For private events, I like to include this expense in the contract. For public conventions and festivals, I like to keep this in mind in my event budget.

Getting Paid:

It is always good to know before committing to an event how you will be paid. Some of the more common practices that I have experienced are:

  • The event holder prepays a deposit (usually half the agreed upon rate) for X amount of hours or X amount of readings. The remaining rate is paid for once the event is completed.
  • Paid per reading. The event holder takes a percentage of the amount of money made for each reading and other misc services.
  • You keep all revenue made but prepay for your space or table fee beforehand.

Fees:
For events like conventions and fairs, there are usually booth, space and table fees. You may also have to pay an event ticket fee.  There are also usually premium spaces, premium corner spaces and multiple space rentals for higher rates that receive significantly more foot traffic. If you are reading at a private venue like a corporate event hall, bridal shower or private celebration, depending on the event holder, there aren’t usually table or space rental fees but sometimes there are so it is always best to ask beforehand.

Accepting Payment:
Knowing how and what ways you are going to accept payment for your readings is important to track not only your earnings but makes it easy to pay for any fees accumulated as mentioned before. Cash is usually always ideal but having the ability to accept credit card and even electronic payments is a fabulous addition to your public reading arsenal. Some of the common services that I have used to be paid at events are SquareUp, Google Wallet, ApplePay, Paypal, Venmo, etc. One thing to keep in mind when accepting payments is to take account your local tax laws. Some of these mobile payment applications allow you to apply taxes before checkout. If you are only accepting cash, having a calculator handy would prove beneficial.

What To Bring With You

Deciding What To Bring:
Because events vary significantly depending on venue, event holder and local laws it is important to make sure that you are aware of what you can and can’t bring. Referring back to your contract, you should be able to get an idea of what is allowed.
Some venues provide a set of table and chairs, while others do not. Certain venues allow candles and incense, others do not. If your venue does allow candles and incense to be burned it is always good to be mindful of those with scent sensitivities.

Bringing A Helper:
I always like to bring one friend to help me during events. Having a friend who can help you set up,  watch your booth or table during your breaks or set up the list of names for the reading sign up sheet is an invaluable asset to have.

Decks And Tools To Bring:
This is completely up to you and dependent on your preferences, reading style and the type of readings you are going to offer. I know of some readers who prefer to only use one deck. It is all up to you. Something that I have found to help me especially when reading outdoors is to keep small polished stones near me to place on top of cards so that they do not fly away before or in the middle of a reading.

Common Things To Bring With You:
This is not an exhaustive list by far nor is it something you must follow exactly. These are just some things I like to bring with me that you might want to consider as well. It is important to factor in the cost of these things before an event.

  • Portable Canopy or Pop up tent (If it is permitted and you have the adequate space)
  • Table and Chairs (If not provided)
  • I like to bring a set of four chairs. Three for clients and one for myself.
  • Seat cushions and or back cushion.
  • Table cloth and weights to keep cloth down. I like to use crystals.
  • Rain cover for tent or canopy
  • Small first aid kit 
  • Crystals or polished stones to act as small weights so cards don’t fly away if reading outdoors
  • Tip Jar
  • A few portable light sources if reading through the evening hours at an outside venue
  • Medicine that you need to take.
  • Scent free hand sanitizer.
  • Scent Free bug spray (If outdoors).
  • Sunscreen (If outdoors)
  • Tissues
  • Mints
  • Promotional signs for around event space.
  • Cooler of water bottles with ice packs
  • Cashbox
  • Portable fan
  • Phone battery backup
  • Mobile Tablet and battery backup (I utilize it as a portable point of sales device)
  • A copy of your code of ethics
  • A reading waiting list

Customizing Your Event Space:
Because each event and Tarot reader is different, customizing your event space is entirely up you, as long as it abides by the venue or event holders rules. I’ve created luxurious spaces filled with twinkle lights and scarves and other times I’ve kept my space minimalistic and simple with just a table, a set of chairs and a few signs. It is all up to you to decide what look you are going for. There is no right or wrong way to set up your event space.

Some Easy Ways To Customize Your Space:

  • Tent banner and table banner with logo and website URL
  • Crystal/Salt Lamps (electric or candle holder based)
  • Candles (electric or wax based)
  • Scarves
  • Tapestries
  • Twinkle Lights
  • Flags
  • Wind Chimes
  • Bells
  • Fabric Pannels
  • Pillows
  • Baskets
  • Lanterns
  • Faux walls with art

Promotional And Marketing Tools:
Events are a fabulous way to showcase your reading services, website and social media accounts to prospective clients. Some of the common ways that you could market yourself would be:

  • Business card holder and supplying business cards before or after readings.
  • Raffles for a paid reading or service
  • Promotional brochures about you and your readings.
  • Stickers with your logo
  • Table Tents
  • Buttons or pins
  • Flyers to your website or online shop.
  • Promotional post cards with coupon codes for new clients
  • E-mail list sign up form
  • Digital Light Box or Marquee Sign
  • Sale sheets

The Day Of The Event

Being Mindful Of Your Health:
It is important to listen to your body. Do not overwork yourself. Stay hydrated and fed. I use up a lot of spoons (energy) during reading marathon sessions. I like to have a plan of action if I have depleted my energy reserves drastically before the event. Ensure that you take breaks, walk around for a bit, use the restroom and take any medicine that you may need. If you are working outdoors, periodically applying on sunscreen and bug spray is also beneficial. Another thing that I like to do is keep a misting fan with cold water to mist myself during, especially hot and humid events. For events during cooler months, I like to keep a large comfy sweater or jacket and a scarf in my possession. For those who subscribe to the belief in creating sacred spaces, grounding and centering, and shielding your energy, these things might be beneficial for you to do before you start reading at the event.

Be Mindful Of Mean-Spirited And Unsafe People:
Sometimes you will encounter people who are skeptics or other readers who may want to show you their level of expertise and importance by making you feel less than. Remember that you are awesome and that you are worth all the hard work and dedication it took you to book this event. You are talented and do not deserve to be mistreated. Another thing to be mindful of is if your event is serving alcohol. If you are ever in a situation where someone can possibly be violent or harmful to you, themselves or others around them, knowing who to call or where the nearest authority is located is strongly beneficial before the event.

Reading Rates
There are various ways to price your services for an event. If you aren’t being prepaid or have made prior payment arrangements by the event coordinator or a private company beforehand.  Your rates are completely up to you. Some common ways to determine your reading rate are:

  • Setting a base reading rate depending on divination type. (Tarot Vs Pendulum)
  • Setting a base reading rate by tarot spread.
  • Setting a base reading rate by amount of cards pulled.
  • Setting a base reading rate by designated time breakdown.
  • Setting a base reading rate by the energy needed to perform the different type of reading. (Tarot Reading Vs Mediumship Session)

Before Reading For Others:
I think it is important to keep an open mind when reading for others and to set safe boundaries for yourself. I also think its important for readings to be done in a respectful and comfortable way for both parties involved. Before I begin any reading I like to designate a few moments to either share a copy of my ethics of my prospective client or give them a short rundown of my ethics, ask for their preferred pronouns and provide my preferred pronouns to them as well. I also listen attentively to any questions or concerns the client may have before the reading. I also make an effort to ensure that my readings are accessible to everyone so I also ask if there is any way they would prefer the reading performed that is nonverbal. I do my very best to accommodate this.

Calming Nervousness:
It can be intimidating reading for others in person. Something that I like to do is introduce myself casually to prospective clients walking by. I like to smile, start a little small talk and talk a little bit about the event and who I am. This gets the good vibes going for me and helps to ease my nervousness. Before reading I like to shuffle my cards a few times to “shuffle out” any of my nervousness.

After Reading For Others:
After the allotted time for the reading has passed or you have wrapped up the reading in its entirety, it is important to thank the client and let them know that the reading session has now ended. Being kind and firm will allow you to be accountable of your timing and also keep your reading wait list from becoming too much to handle.

After The Event:
Something that I like to do before packing up and leaving is thank the event coordinator and offer a complimentary reading if they have not received one already. I clean up my space and leave. For the next week after the event, I practice lots of self-care and do what I can to help replenish my energy levels. If you subscribe to the belief of cleansing and recharging your tarot decks and or energy this week would possibly be a good time do so. I also like to take the time to write down the things I believe I could improve for next time or the next events and the things I was proud of achieving.

Misc Tips:
These tips which were graciously added with the permission of @tarotwithjeff and @corvinnia. Thank you so much!

  • Having a small clock that can be placed where both you and the client can see it.
  • A small toolkit. At the very least I take a multi-tool, a flashlight, scissors, and duct tape.
  • If you’re at a venue with access to electricity, plan accordingly. Is there a wall outlet near your space, or do you have one of those outlet boxes used at large event venues such as convention centers? Do you need to bring an extension cord and/or power strip/surge suppressor?
  • Healthy snacks!!! Especially for long events.
  • If it’s an outdoor event, take a wide-brimmed hat in addition to sunscreen.
  • Some sort of rolling crate, cart, etc. to help with schlepping stuff from your vehicle to your space at the event. This can be even more important when you’re dependent on public transportation.
  • Keep a checklist so you know what should be packed before you leave for the event, and to make sure you don’t leave anything behind after the event.
  • Have a fast pack battle plan ready for weather related situations. (Think if I need to be moved quickly how would I do that.) 
  • Rubbermaid type tubs with lids and folding dolly or hand cart can be life savers. 

The End:
I know. I know. FINALLY. This post was SO LONG. After all is said and done, being a Tarot reader at an event can be a lucrative way to market yourself, meet new and like-minded people and make great income. It is lots of hard work and dedication but it is one of the most worthwhile experiences I’ve ever done as a Tarot reader. It is my greatest hope that this article has helped you in some way.


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Title: Tarot Reading At Events
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape, or form is intended to tell you how you must go about being a Tarot reader at an event or to police you on what to bring to such events. The intention of this post is to share my experiences with reading Tarot at events. This isn’t the only way, the absolute right way or the way that you “should” approach this topic. No event, venue or two tarot readers are alike. This is the way that I choose to do things and how events and reading venues are in my area. Your local events and venues may do things differently.  I can only speak from personal experience and what has worked for me for countless years. I encourage you to do your own research, to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. Also please keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, and laws that precede your location, state, country and the event and tarot reading guidelines in your area that can and will differ from those in my location. I encourage and open up this conversation to respectful debate and added commentary to supplement this post of any kind. 
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The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dryer, 1928

from “Nay Rather” by Anne Carson:

There is something maddeningly attractive about the untranslatable, about a word that goes silent in transit. I want to explore some examples of this attraction, at its most maddened, from the trial and condemnation of Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc’s history, especially the historical record of her trial, is one fraught with translation at every level. She was captured in battle on 23 May 1430. Her trial lasted from January to May of 1431 and entailed a magistrate’s inquest, six public interrogations, nine private interrogations, an abjuration, a relapse, a relapse trial, and condemnation. Her death by fire took place on 30 May 1431. Thousands of words went back and forth between Joan and her judges during the months of her inquisition; many of them are available to us in some form. But Joan herself was illiterate. She spoke Middle French at her trial, whose minutes were transcribed by a notary and later translated into Latin by one of her judges. This process involved not only the transposition of Joan’s direct responses into indirect speech and of her French idioms into the Latin of judicial protocol, but also the deliberate falsification of some of her answers in such a way as to justify her condemnation (this criminal intervention was revealed at a retrial that took place twenty-five years after her death). Yet these many layers of official distance separating us from what Joan said are just an after-effect of the one big original distance that separates Joan herself from her sentences.

All Joan’s guidance, military and moral, came from a source she called ‘voices’. All the blame of her trial was gathered up in this question, the nature of the voices. She began to hear them when she was twelve years old. They spoke to her from outside, commanding her life and death, her military victories and revolutionary politics, her dress code and heretical beliefs. During the trial Joan’s judges returned again and again to this crux: they insisted on knowing the story of the voices. They wanted her to name, embody, and describe them in ways they could understand, with recognizable religious imagery and emotions, in a conventional narrative that would be susceptible to conventional disproof. They framed this desire in dozens of ways, question after question. They prodded and poked and hemmed her in. Joan despised the line of inquiry and blocked it as long as she could. It seems that for her the voices had no story. They were an experienced fact so large and real it had solidified in her as a sort of sensed abstraction – what Virginia Woolf (in To the Lighthouse) called 'that very jar on the nerves before it had been made anything’. Joan wanted to convey the jar on the nerves without translating it into theological cliché. It is her rage against cliché that draws me to her. A genius is in her rage. We all feel this rage at some level, at some time. The genius answer to it is catastrophe. 
I say catastrophe is an answer because I believe cliché is a question. We resort to cliché because it’s easier than trying to make up something new. Implicit in it is the question, Don’t we already know what we think about this? Don’t we have a formula we use for this? Can’t I just send an electronic greeting card or Photoshop a picture of what it was like rather than trying to come up with an original drawing? During the five months of her trial Joan persistently chose the term 'voice’ to describe how God guided her. She did not spontaneously claim that the voices had bodies, faces, names, smell, warmth or mood, nor that they entered the room by the door, nor that when they left she felt sad. Under the inexorable urging of her inquisitors she gradually added all these details. But the storytelling effort was clearly hateful to her and she threw white paint on it wherever she could, giving them responses like:

…You asked that before. Go look at the record.
…Pass on to the next question, spare me.
…I knew that well enough once but I forget.
…That does not touch your process.
…Ask me next Saturday.

And on 22 February 1430, when the judges were pressing her to define the voices as singular or plural, she most wonderfully said (as a sort of summary of the problem):

The light comes in the name of the voice (in nomine vocis venit claritas).

The light comes in the name of the voice is a sentence that stops itself. Its components are simple yet it stays foreign, we cannot own it. Like Homer’s untranslatable molu it seems to come from somewhere else and it brings a whiff of immortality with it.

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Woah! It’s like you’re really there! Just reeeeeeally red and blue!
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How to Write a Goddamn Check

I get it, you have a debit card. Everything’s electronic, checks are a thing of the past. And yet you still gotta write them. Sucks, I know, but now at least you won’t have to stare at each line blankly wondering what they’re for.

In case you’re someone born after let’s say 2000 or so and you never had to worry about money and never saw a check, I included a picture above for reference. I numbered it to correspond with each step so you can follow along.

1. This is where you write the date. Write it however you want, I don’t care. December. Dec. 12. Just write it down so we humans and the robots at the bank can understand it.

2. This is where you write the name of the person to whom you are giving the check. Don’t worry about getting their name exactly right (if you know him by Tim, you can write Tim instead of Timothy) but do try to spell it correctly. You should also learn how to spell people’s names because they’re going to see this and might give you a lecture on how you’ve known them five years and can’t even spell their name.

3. Write the amount here, in number form. Mind your decimals, because yeah, they’re required. This is how you know the difference between $10.00 and $1000.

4. Don’t worry, though, because there’s a safe guard. Write out the amount from #3 on the #4 line. BUT if the amounts on 3 and 4 don’t match, your check will be invalid. That means your electricity or your rent don’t get paid. (Also, side note: 40 isn’t spelled fourty.)

5. Considering how few checks get written these days, this line isn’t really necessary. It’s just to remind you what you paid for with this check. If you write one check a month for rent, I sure as hell hope you know where this money went. But if you want to prove you paid your rent that month, make sure to write “December Rent” here. This is actually more effective now with digital banking than it was when we had to balance check books. Who knew?

6. Sign your name here. This is the easiest part of the whole process; you’ve been practicing since preschool. Write down whatever name your account is under. On a real check, this is really easy, because your name will be in the upper left corner, in case you forgot it.

That’s it! Your check is written and now you can give it away to someone and in a few days (or whenever they get around to it), the money will come out of your bank. As a tip, though, remember to keep this in your budget until it’s processed, because you don’t want a $200 check sneaking up on you.

TalesFromRetail: In which a man doesn't understand how gift cards work.

I work at a gas station. Last night a man paid for a little over $20 worth of gas at the pump with a gift card. When he had finished, he came inside the store and absolutely broke my brain.

Man: Hi, I just used this gift card worth $25 out at the pump there and got around $20 of gas. I put the card in and pulled it right back out, so there’s no way it electronically wrote on there that I spent money.

Me: …but you purchased the gas?

Man: Yes, but the card didn’t electronically write that I did, so you need to electronically write that I spent the money.

Me: You couldn’t have gotten gas without issuing payment. The funds were taken out of the gift card’s amount.

Man: But it doesn’t KNOW the funds came out. YOU have to do it with your computer.

Me: The money comes out of a kind of account that was created when the gift card was issued–

Man: IT DIDN’T WRITE ELECTRONICALLY. THERE WAS NO TIME.

Me: Well… I can print you a receipt showing the remaining balance on the card if you don’t believe it was charged. Please swipe here.

I had him swipe his card after bringing up the “Check Balance” menu on my system, and a receipt showing his remaining balance of $4.15 came out. I handed it to him, and he looked smug.

Man: There, like I told you, now you electronically wrote it on the gift card just now, the card was charged.

Me: …no, this is just information. It was already charged, you couldn’t have bought something without paying for it first.

Man: snorts Whatever, I’ll “take your word for it”, if you will.

/END SCENE.

K I L L M E.

By: cemetery_sleep

@marywisdom okay so that heist where they were all caught because they played a game of Monopoly, that is good stuff. Leverage/Legends Monopoly time:

-usually Nate acts as banker, but Stein is being a dick and insisting on it so Nate effectively builds hotels on the properties he wanted

-Parker and Len steal money from whoever’s sitting next to them

-Hardison complains that they should’ve played the Monopoly game where your use debit cards and electronic cash but Eliot informs the Legends crew that he rigs it

-Eliot has a pokerface for playing Monopoly, and purchases the properties that everyone lands on (this man has it down to a science)

-Sara and Mick will go to blows over the Free Parking space

-Nate (Ford) gets the Get Out of Jail Free Card and hoards it, even after Jax offers five hundred dollars for it

-Amaya has dice-rolling down and hardly has to pay any taxes while Other Nate has to pay her all of the utilities

-Ray buys all of the railroads and is content to just circle the board, occasionally picking up money, sometimes losing it. (’Hey Haircut, you’re already a billionaire in real life, you don’t need to act like it here.’ ‘But I don’t need-’ ‘Then give me all of your money.’ ‘What! You - you can’t rob people in Monopoly!’ *heat gun* ‘Wanna bet?’)

-Sophie has Community Chest in her favor at all times, they shouldn’t have let her shuffle

-Rip and Nate (Ford) need to drink after hour one

-they play Monopoly for four solid hours and when the police find the crime scene there are scorchmarks and chunks of ice and holes punched in the wall and blood on the thimble piece (’You think I can’t hurt you with this thimble piece?’ ‘ ‘ELIOT.’) and the police are more confused then when they first started the case

Fatcosplayer 300 follower giveaway!!!

Hello all! This blog has reached 300 followers, and I want to do a giveaway of sorts!! Ive become more financially stable and would like to give back to all you wonderful supporters ;w; Reblog this to enter for a chance to win either:

  • One cosplay from a cosplay website of choice ($100 max!). It can be anything from a prop you need to a full cosplay.  Websites like CosplayFu don’t usually charge extra for custom sizing if you need it, or if you find any Etsy stores, or even a commissioner. it can be from anywhere!
  • $60  Jo-Anns electronic gift card (or another fabric store of your choice)

Rules:

-Must be following !!!

-18 years or older sorry!!!

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This giveaway will last until July 16th, 2017 at midnight PST. 


Good luck!

9 apps for college survival

I was asked by a friend about what’s really needed for surviving college. I gave her a list of apps that have been super useful for me and I thought I’d share it with you guys. 

*Note: I’m not promoting these specific apps*

1.      Calendar - with all the due dates, bills, and events that you have to remember, an app that keeps track is priceless. I like to use the apple calendar because it is really easy to use and syncs with other apps. The alert option is great. I set mine for 1 week before, 1 day before, and 1 hour before. I also found that adding the location is helpful for events so you don’t have to double check your email as to where it’s at.

2.      Forest – this app costs 99ȼ but it’s worth it in my opinion. Any app that helps keep you motivated and on track is important. I like using this app because if you use your phone, you kill a growing tree. Plus, it’s fun to see that I’ve “planted” trees and it makes me feel productive. I use this app mostly when I’m studying. It holds me accountable when I’m studying and is a nice way to force myself not to use my phone. My phone is my biggest distraction when I’m trying to focus but I still want it near me.

3.      Gmail – this is probably the most important app of this list. Now, again, I’m not saying Gmail is the best mail app but having an email app is a necessity. Professors love email. That’s how they communicate. Not only is it important to get your email on your phone, but I strongly recommend you add your school email. It’s the default email the school and teachers will use. Don’t be that person who never checks their school email. Just don’t.

4.      Blackboard – Grades are stressful, grades are important, so why not have an app to quickly check them?? My school uses this company but use whatever your school has. It’s nice not to have to pull out my computer to check my grades. Especially when my professor announces they just uploaded it in class.

5.      Netflix – is this cliche? Probably Netflix will become your best friend if it isn’t already. It’s a great way to distress and avoid doing work. Yep, when you’re not feeling like doing homework, use this. I recommend watching a movie rather than a TV show because you will stay up to watch all 5 seasons despite having a class at 8:00 tomorrow morning.

6.      Quizlet – getting back to actually helping with school, quizlet is a great study tool. It syncs with the website so you can easily work on your laptop and phone. These electronic note cards are easier to carry around and are a great way to avoid the awkwardness of waiting for your class to start. Plus there’s a matching game that is more interactive than just flipping through them.

7.      Relax Melodies – this app is so great and it’s free. It’s mostly meant to be used for helping you fall asleep. There are a bunch of noises to choose from. There is also a timer so you can leave it on for 2 hours or something but not the whole night. It also has alarms with some pretty cool sounds. What if you don’t need help falling asleep? Use it for studying. The oscillating fan with headphones is the perfect white noise to use when you’re trying to zone out noise from the library or your roommates. So this app is great; it helps you sleep and concentrate, two major parts of college.

8.      SAC Mobile – you’re probably not going to use this specific app but a banking app is important to have. You’ll probably be college poor but it’s important to know what kind of college poor. Having to skip going to the movies or “I can only afford ramen for the next week” are two totally different things. Plus, constantly checking it on payday is always fun. Just because money might be tight, doesn’t mean you need to ignore your bank. Having an app is great when you’re trying to decide if you can afford that t-shirt or not.

9.      Word – There will probably be a time when you don’t bring your laptop and you forgot to do your homework that’s due in less than an hour. And of course it needs to be typed. You could go to a computer lab or the library, but when you’re short on time, slow computers and walking across campus just won’t work. You can use this app to type up the assignment real quick. You can either upload it to a portable printer if your school has them or email it to yourself to print real quick. You’d be surprised just how quickly you can type on your phone.

*Bonus*

10.  SafeTrek – I actually bought this app for $2.99 but it’s actually free now. Campus can be kinda frightening when you’re alone, especially after dark. You basically hold down a button on the screen and let go when you feel safe. You then have to enter your four-digit pin within a few seconds or they will alert local authorities. But don’t worry, you can cancel that and put in your pin. They will call you and make sure you’re okay though! This app is sadly important and recommended. How many girls were given mace before going to college? A great app that helps you feel safe and protected.

11.  Yik Yak – I know that a lot of the time, the yaks are about thinking someone is cute or stupid stuff. But, it is useful when something happens on campus. You see a bunch of people by a building but can’t see their sign? Check the app, usually someone yakked about it. Of course, some information might not be true. Also, if you’re looking for something to do on campus, check the feed. Most events (on my campus at least) use yik yak to get the word out. Struggling with a test that’s coming up? Ask if anyone else is having trouble. You might just get someone who is needing help also. It’s always amusing to see what people are posting, just be aware a lot of it will be silly, trivial things.

Let me know if you think something should be added. Feedback is much appreciated! :)

Almost time to close volume 3 theme (June 25). What a better way to do it then giveaway some items.

👬 First one for Instagram. We are posting different ones on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. SAME NAME ON ALL Social media’s.

😸Contest:
We are looking for a new logo for Chubby Anthology. So design us one and if we like it you win. Entry doesn’t have to be digital. Remember we are an LGBT + art book for people of all sizes. Winner will be announced and logo will be apart of Vol 3 and future book & sites.

Deadline to enter is June 30. Email entry to Chubbyanthology@gmail.com

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Random Venezuela rant

Yesterday I was doing some Christmas shopping, basically new clothes and the odd college supply here and there, and all day I had troubles paying with my card, as terminals were slow as hell and many times rejected my card.

Well today I found out it’s because the fucking regime put a cap on business for electronic/card sales (don’t know the proper term for this), the equivalent of about 700 bucks a day, and once reached the terminal goes to hell and it’s basically luck if your card actually goes through, and that coupled with the poor state of the telecommunications infrastructure means there’s a fuckton of lines for paying stuff up, and you never know if you’re actually going to be able to pay.

And the worst thing is, there’s currently a critical lack of cash on the streets, with ATM lines that extend for hours and unbearable bank lines, mainly because thanks to the hyperinflation and the current useless bank notes in circulation (the highest ones, 100 BsF, being worth HALF A FUCKING CENT), means that you literally need bags of cash to pay for stuff, I seriously had to use about a fucking THOUSAND BILLS (mostly 20′s and 10′s, because that’s what I could get from the bank the other day) to pay for a fucking big-ass light bulb and some industrial glue, and I was forced to, because their terminal collapsed thanks to the above point!

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

The good news is, the government finally gave up and accepted our cash is useless, so this month they’re going to releases new bank notes, 500, 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 20.000 bills, alongside 10, 50 and 100 BsF coins, to replace all current currency in circulation, which by this point most of it had become obsolete, no one taking coins for the past two years, the two lowest bills (2 and 5) for the past year, and the 10 bill being seen as an insult to your face (sorry hardware store clerk!)

So yeah, business as usual, the country collapses around me yet life still goes on, gotta hand it to the Venezuelans, they really adapt quickly to terrible situations, hopefully someday they will be free of the tyranny of socialism/pseudo-communism, and the megalomania of its leaders. 

HEADCANON ( 4 ): Shadow and Electronics

Shadow isn’t much of a patron of electronic technology. He and his single mom moved around a lot for most of his childhood and they were usually right above if not at the poverty line, then eventually dropping below when his mom got sick with cancer. So naturally, they could not afford many luxuries, including electronics. Shadow did not have Nintendo or Gameboy or any other battery-powered gadgets growing up ( one of the many reasons he was not popular with other children at school ). They seldom had a working TV, and they never had any sort of computer in the home. Entertainment in the Moon household could be found in books, board games, and decks of cards.

Electronics became more accessible and cheaper as he got older, but Shadow never had an interest in them since he’s gotten by just fine without them throughout his life. He’s had a small TV for his living space, but he only watches it for an hour if at all on any given day. He very often falls asleep while watching TV because that tends to bore him and the flashing lights and moving images tire his eyes out. He seldom goes out to see the movies because he always falls asleep halfway through it, which makes it a waste of money.

He only switched from his ancient flip phone—which was hard enough to make him get—a few years ago after he started dating Laura and she convinced him to upgrade to a cheap smartphone. Only 8 GB of storage, which is plenty for him because only uses his phone for calls, texts, and occasionally taking pictures. He’s got an email app and the Facebook app ( only after Laura forced him to ) and maybe one game app that he never uses. He’s never had a personal computer, nor would he ever probably.

He’s never bored though. He’s always had ways of occupying and entertaining himself, even with just his thoughts. He likes going on walks, reading once he got back into it after prison, coin tricks, card games, puzzles, Sudoku, and the occasional TV program. Although he was permanently turned off from TV once gods started talking to him through it.

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Episode 66, part 3: OHMYGOD A subplot

While Yami is (very attractively) dueling Malik’s mime…

(VERY ATTRACTIVELY)

… what are his friends doing?

Who the fuck knows what Yugi’s doing (napping?) but we can check in on his other friends and associates.

Jounouchi is kinda moping cause he can’t find anyone to duel. A duelist walks past and Honda’s like, how about that guy and Jou’s like…

… because he apparently thinks he won’t become a True Duelist unless he literally only challenges people he doesn’t think he can beat. I’m reasonably sure Yami/Yugi never stipulated that (I mean, Yami pretty much thinks he can beat everyone). And even if they did say that, pretty good bet that anyone with a KC Duel Disk ™ is a very good duelist. You had to be level 5 or higher to qualify for a free one and god only knows how much those things cost!

Luckily, almost immediately, someone Jounouchi doesn’t think he can beat shows up!

Ohhhh boy someone’s getting fired! I mean, he was painfully clear about Jou in the Duelist Registry or whatever it was. (They should have duelist social media. Duelbook. Twiduel. Duelblr. Duelstagram. Tinduel.)

(pls note: Mokuba’s face)

Kaiba literally just stops to point out that Jounouchi is a loser who doesn’t belong in his tournament, then turns on his heel to leave.

(He says “Let’s go, Mokuba.” a lot.)

But Katsuya Rubberface Jounouchi isn’t about to let a duelist he doesn’t think he can beat get away without beating him!

Honda is legitimately stricken by Jou’s apparent determination to get himself knocked out of this tournament before the finals.

Although not as stricken as I am by eveRYONE’S FACES

I’m struggling to pick a winner here but honestly I think Anzu pips it. This isn’t the chinniest of faces we know Jounouchi is capable of pulling. Similarly, I expect a lower level of quality for a real #qualityGrandpa. Honda’s made an excellent attempt but Anzu’s “ugh wat no /pout” brings it home for me. You are, of course, welcome to differ. Truly, we’re all winners here.

Anyway, Mokuba’s always enthusiastic to take the trash out…

But Kaiba actually interrupts him to accept!

Turns out Kaiba has such a massive hard-on for his Obilisk that he’s willing to duel basically anyone just to crush them with a god fist.

Oooooh drama of this tho!

They don’t even get to the dangerous-missile-ejection phase of the duel, however, before they’re interrupted in the most dramatic way possible!!

Mokuba: I fuCKING LOVE MY LIFE

The KaibaCorp team of duel scientists (still no.) have located God Card Activity as the Doll has summoned Osiris. So Kaiba just literally flies right on out of there with a cursory “This duel is cancelled!” 

Much to the disappointment of ol’ Rubberface Jou…

… and his #quality companions.

And Mokuba gets the parting shot in, the adorable little scamp that he is…

O,o

(Kaiba’s totally planning to murder Jounouchi.)

(Okay that’s a joke, but for real, I bet he has contingency murder plans for everyone. Just in case he has to murder anyone.)

(Like if they made fun of his long noodley legs.)

(Also Mokuba is still totally carrying that briefcase, he’s hanging from a rope ladder dangling from a helicopter, holding on with one pre-pubescent hand and holding an enormous briefcase full of cards and electronics in the other hand.)

(That is SO DANGEROUS.)

(Almost as dangerous as card games.)

(Which we will return to, next post.)

anonymous asked:

Is there a preferred method for tipping servers? Like, should I try to tip in cash, even if I'm paying for my service with a card, or is electronic preferable?

Cash is preferable for tips for a few reasons. The first is that cash is king and the money immediately goes into the server’s pocket. Some restaurants aren’t able to get tips to a server right away and there could be a few days’ delay while all the credit transactions are being processed. When you work a job that is very dependent on tips, that delay could cause a lot of problems.

Additionally, restaurants pay a small fee on credit card transactions in order to process the payment and sometimes the company will charge the server that percentage (like 2%) on the tip. It’s kind of shitty and even though the percentage could only be a few cents, that’s a few cents on every tip, which could add up to quite a bit at the end of the night and especially at the end of the month when rent is due.

Finally, if you tip in cash, the server is guaranteed the full amount and knows what that amount tipped is. If it’s written on a credit card, the server doesn’t always see that receipt and has no idea if the restaurant is giving them the correct amount or not. Cash gives them the peace of mind that they’re employer isn’t screwing them over.

I know not everyone carries cash (I personally carry very little) and it’s almost always easier to just tack a tip onto a card, but if you have both on you and can easily leave a cash tip, it’s better. Your server will appreciate it.