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West Coasters: your turn! Tune in to ABC right now to catch a brand new episode of Once Upon A Time! 

In flashback, Zelena befriends a young woodcutter who has been cursed and turns to her for help finding a new heart. Zelena is forced to choose between keeping her powers and her friendship with him. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Zelena decides to take on the Black Fairy and put a stop to her, once and for all, against Regina’s wishes, and the Charmings disagree over Emma and Hook’s wedding plans. Isabella Black-Thomas returns as Young Zelena.

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anonymous asked:

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m ON THE WEAT COAST. I’m a west coaster. I'm not on the east coast and I don’t WANT to be on the east coast. Have you ever seen me without this stupid campfire sauce? That’s WEST COAST

thiS ONE WINS OH M Y GOD

16 IN ‘16: Jake’s Picks

Reflecting on the year with the 16 songs - new or old - that soundtracked our respective 2016s.

1. “Pt. 2″ - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
This song opens up the playlist because it is quintessentially 2016. And by that I mean that it’s confusing, a banger, full of memes, and really sad.

2. “Ivy” - Frank Ocean - Blonde
I love Blonde, but it took me a little white to get there. The amorphous, hypnotic album doesn’t have any particular hits, but the raw emotion of the piece as a concept made the 4-year wait worth it. “Ivy,” the second track, is one of my favorites, because you practically feel yourself falling in love right alongside Frank. We see that theme across this list and across 2016 - a departing of more traditional pop sounds for dreamy, wavy hooks combined with jarring, inventive noise.

3. “RedBone” - Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
Awaken, My Love! was ultimately a little disappointing, IMO. But oh my god, this song is so good. Make no mistake - this is baby-making music. If you are not making babies to this song, you are listening to this incorrectly. I went to a listening party for the album and I’m 80% sure this song turned the tide of the 30+ dates I was watching unfold around me. It’s that potent. Handle with care.

4. “All Night” - Beyonce - Lemonade
YO, 9:30! I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR Y’ALL, IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT LEMONADE IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. Okay, maybe not of all time, but you don’t have to be a resident member of the Beyhive to tell that this album is straight fire. It’s got everything - the black power anthem, a rock song with Jack White that sounds freshly cut from Yeezus, and even a country song with the Dixie Chicks. Lemonade is a cross section of what 2016 was - a year of cacophonic harmony. But I chose the penultimate number, “All Night,” to be on this list on slightly different grounds - it is a beautiful, emotional story of admiration, real, unselfish love for another human being. Yeah, it reminds me of my girlfriend. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

5. “With That” - Young Thug - Barter 6
Okay, back to that dirty s**t. “With That” is nasty. It makes you scrunch up your face and vibe. Young Thug really broke through in 2016, and as did his genre, the disdainfully-named mumblerap, spawning proteges such as Desiigner and Lil Yachy. Can you make out the words he’s saying? Maybe not. Do you know that it’s some real s**t? Absolutely. Though Barter 6 came out in 2015, Young Thug makes music so fast the album is already 5 albums back (I’d start with Barter, it gets a little sketchy from there). Young Thug is pushing the envelope for rap by breaking every rule in the book.

6. “Wolves” - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
When I heard “Wolves” on my first listen through of TLoP, it was all but confirmed: Kanye West has lost his damn mind. “Wolves” is a great song buried in the back end of Pablo, and explores Kanye’s love for his wife, Kim K. It spends 5 minutes comparing Kim’s relationship history: her sex tape, followed by her televised wedding, and subsequent divorce after 72 days to the biblical story of the Virgin Mary. “Wolves” is an awesome song, though, regardless of the fact that it is probably played repeat during Donald Trump’s appointments with his team of expert cheeto dust appliers.

7. “715 - CR∑∑KS” - Bon Iver - 22, A Million
22, A Million came out on the 30th of September this year, and felt like that second that your ears pop. 2016 demanded toughness from all of us. “715 - CR∑∑KS” was sweet, sweet emotional release. It’s the best album of 3016. It will make you smile, take a deep breath, then go look out a window. Please go listen to it.

8. “Rome” - Ratatat - Magnifique
Ratatat is a pretty unknown band whose biggest claim to fame is producing the beat of the 2009 Kid Cudi hit, “Pursuit of Happiness.” They are also my favorite band. Though Magnifique came out in 2015, I saw Ratatat at Echostage in January, and I have no words. Psychedelic rock is awesome. “Rome” crescendos to a powerful, hypnotic riff before dropping to almost silence, and building back up to an insane musical orgasm. It’s a flawless song. Plus, Ratatat is awesome, and more people need to know about them. They make life music.

9. “Some Minds” - Flume - Single
Listen to me right now: If Mozart was alive today, he would be standing at the front bar of a Flume show. I saw Flume at 9:30 this fall and legitimately melted. This man builds music from sounds that don’t exist in the natural world; he literally pulls music OUT OF THIN AIR. I’ve seen this song’s drop put people in an actual trance. Like Young Thug, Flume has led the charge of a new sound in EDM, and this song in no exception. His newest album, Skin, came out in 2016, and it amazing. This song is amazing. Flume is amazing. You’re welcome.

10. “Dirty Work” - Herobust - I’m Aloud
Dirty Work is not for everyone. I got into EDM especially hard this year, though I was very hesitant at first. It’s hard to keep up with EDM from the outside: so many DJs, how it all sounds kinda the same, and of course, the drugs. But if you don’t like EDM, especially if you don’t like EDM, listening to this will give you a taste of how inventive the genre has gotten. What is this??? It sounds like industrial machinery. It sounds like a transformer falling down the stairs. It sounds like a dial-up modem. But why…can’t I stop… dancing????

11. “Safe” - Dumbfounded - We Might Die
“Safe.” This is a guilty pleasure song for me, one of the 17 people in the DMV who has a passion for the LA rap scene and knocksteady radio. This woke af song is off Dumbfounded’s new mixtape, We Might Die, and discusses the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood. By the numbers, I probably listened to this song more than any other song in 2016, and I’m not close to ashamed. Dumbfounded is known as a lyrical god out west, and he is gonna be in DC on February 4! Go see him! Do it!

12. “One Dance” - Drake - Views
Yeah, I couldn’t not. This was the uncontested jam of the summer, never failing to get me and every 20 something woman around me doing our best Drake, or our most cultivated Rihanna. The song also brought dancehall and Afrobeat music to the mainstream, making summer sixteen especially awesome.

13. “Untitled 7″ - Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
Okey doke. It’s hard for me to not overreact and call this the best song of the year, but I don’t think I could name a better one. Kendrick Lamar developed untitled unmastered. from the floor cuttings of To Pimp A Butterfly and accidentally created a series of songs that rival the full-length albums of his contemporaries. A jazz, trap, hip-hop fusion, “Untitled 7″ is the cherry on top of an already insane series of songs. It is close to being a perfect song. Production-wise, the beat of “Untitled 7″ is hallowed ground: other rappers won’t touch it. I think about Kendrick when I’m asked about how music can change the world. Lamar’s voice echoes around the song, half taunting, half challenging the rap game as a whole to get on his level: “Levitate, Levitate, Levitate, Levitate.”

14. “Alright” - Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2017 is the beginning of a new chapter for the world. Will we find the strength to love and trust each other, rising to the challenge of our planet’s greatest tests? Or will we succumb to the darkest impulses of humanity? “If God got us, we’re gon’ be alright.”

15. “Come Down” - Anderson .Paak - Malibu
Anderson .Paak killed it this year with his release of Malibu. I had followed Anderson for a long time, first as Breezy Lovejoy, then through many short-lived projects, until this final form. “Come Down” is a great song, an energetic, groovin’ tune like only a west coaster can make. I’m excited to hear more from this guy in 2017, and I don’t see him going anywhere but up.

16. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” - Kanye West - Graduation
This song is always important to me, this year included. Kanye may be a bit of a kook sometimes, but here’s a good point: keep your head down, get tough, do what you say you’re gonna do. Those haters are going to keep coming, no matter what. But when you get your money? Then, they cant tell you nothing. It’s not the worst resolution, wouldn’t you agree? Happy holidays and good luck in the New Year!

-Jake Flum

Taking the ACT: A low down

So I just wanted to do this because my teacher told me I should write a book because I’ve taken the ACT about nine times now. Coming from me - here’s what you need to know! (for all you West Coasters, that is, I know jack squat about the SAT so you’ll find none of that here)

The Low Down

Time - WAY Before the ACT

*Make sure you take it multiple times!! If you’re a Junior, take them ALLL. You can take it like 12+ times. DO IT.

*things to study - ¾ of the test is about English reading speed and comprehension. If you can read quickly and understand it all, and have a good knowledge of English grammar, you’re going to do very well on the ACT. If not, it’s something to practice, the reading speed and comprehension most importantly. I used an ACT prep program for this called Word Smart and it helped me a lot but there are word reading speed programs online for free you can use as well.

*APply! Do it now. Go sign up for the ACT website and Have yourself registered with plenty of time to spare so you don’t pay late fees and your center doesn’t run out of seating! (It happens! Especially the December one when all of the seniors who haven’t taken it yet take it for the first time for college -see point one-)

*Don’t know which one to apply for? (Writing or Non) If you know what college you’re going to, see what they like, if not, take mostly Non and then do one Writing just in case!

**What’s the difference you ask? (between Writing and Non) one has an essay at the end that gets mushed with your English score, but doesn’t affect your overall score. You have thirty minutes and a prompt and you do your essay and it gets graded and it takes like a week or two longer to get your scores.

TIME - Day Before the ACT

*Get ALL of your stuff ready. Get your pencils and erasers and your calculator charged (make sure its an approved calculator! I recommend one with graphing capabilities). Make sure you have like 4+ pencils, just in case and that they are all sharpened! Have your ticket printed out and set this all aside for easy grabbing in the morning so you’re not stressing

*Go to sleep *early* so you have plenty of rest! You won’t regret it, it’s about a 3 hour long test, you need to be awake for it all!

*Set several alarms, just in case, so you can get up in time for…

Time - the DAY OF the ACT!

*Make sure you have plenty of time to eat a very good breakfast! I recommend nothing greasy that could possibly upset your stomach! It needs to be filling, though. I prefer oatmeal! 

*pack some snacks (this can also be done the night before) for your break! And maybe a drink too! You can’t have these out in the testing room but you can have them in a pocket or purse

*Bring a purse of something with big pockets for storage, even a drawstring, no one cares and it’s helpful for keys and wallet and snacks and calculator

*DON’T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID - if you’re 16+ and drive this should be simple, but if not see if you can get ahold of a passport or visit a local officials office or printing of an ID (permits work too)

*Here in the CST we have to start at 8 for the test, no matter your time just make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare in case you have traffic problems!

*Wear comfortable clothes! You want to be in the best mindset possible while taking the test and NO ONE will care what you look like because they’re focusing on the test too!

*I do recommend a watch. I never brought one myself but it helps with pacing (my rooms always had clocks) and then during your break you know when to go back without feeling rushed or late MAKE SURE it’s a watch that doesn’t beep, though, because a beeping watch can get you ejected from the test just as much as a phone going off can

*GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Time- At the ACT center, before the test!

*LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR. JUST DO IT. YOU CAN’T GET IT OUT ANYWAYS AND my phone went off with an alarm even though I turned it off and I got kicked out, there are NO exceptions and you just blew a good chunk of money and a lot of your time!!

**If you didn’t drive yourself, the test normally gets over anytime between 11:30-12:30 so leave if with your ride, or at home, and tell them that time. If they’re not there, ask people at the test center and find a phone to use there, or a friend who drove’s phone

*DON’T be dreading it! It won’t help! They design the ACT to test your test taking skills and set it up accordingly for you to be tired and ready to leave by the last test, which is why most say it’s the hardest. Just keep a chipper mind and relax

*If you have test anxiety, doing it multiple times really helps. I was so nervous my first few times but my last times I wasn’t because your routine is the same, the only things that’s slightly different is the questions

Time- DURING the Test!

*the ACT test consists of four different sections. You’re first two sections are English and Math. English is 55 minutes long, Math is 60 minutes. Then you get a 10 minute break. Then back for Reading, which is 45 minutes and Science which I think is about 45 minutes also.

*Pace yourself! Just take a breather. Don’t try to figure out how many questions you need to do a minute (I have. It doesn’t help) Just do it. 

*DON’T spend too much time on one question! You are allowed to mark in your test booklet. Just mark it and come back. You’ll figure out how much time you spend on average per question, and if it takes more time than that, just skip it. 

*You DON’T get faulted for wrong answers! Unlike the SAT, where wrong answers lose you a point from what you already have, on the ACT you just don’t get the point, but you don’t get marked off for it either. SO, if you’re running out of time, just try to figure out a few more and then fill in the rest. IT’S BETTER TO GUESS THAN NOT ANSWER AT ALL because at least you have a chance of getting it right.

*During the break, EAT SOMETHING. stand up and stretch! Go to the bathroom! It will help you wake up and be more alert for the last portion of the test, which you need to be!

*ENGLISH SECTION - focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Has the most questions in it. Tips: Trust your instinct with your answers and don’t over think it. If you have done well in your English classes in the past, you know what you’re talking about. Just go with your gut. 

*MATH SECTION - mostly Geometry and some Trig! If you haven’t taken these classes yet, then don’t worry, that probably means you have some time before the test is super needed (your senior year) just do the best you can. Tips: NEVER stay on one question for too long. If you don’t understand something, SKIP IT IMMEDIATELY, until you find a question you do understand! Then, once you have all of those, take a breath and go back to the beginning and reread. I find, sometimes, that I did understand the question, but in my math section panic, I forgot. If you don’t know it at all, make a logical quess.

*READING SECTION - focuses mostly on reading comprehension. NEVER go to the question and try to find the answer in the article!! It takes more time than you think! TIPS: Just read the whole thing, soak it in, and then answer the questions. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming. Time is of the essence during this test!

*SCIENCE SECTION - focuses mostly on your ability to take a test (endurance) and focus on reading graphs! If you finish Reading early, take a deep breath before this one and just chill. They’re going to throw terms at you that you may not know, but they aren’t important! The questions will focus on their studies, which will all be able to be found in the graphs! TIPS: Read through the info and get a loose understanding. Accept terms but dont try too hard to understand them fully. They just are. Graphs are your friends. Make sure you know how to read them! SKIP QUESTIONS you don’t understand! But with the graphs, it should help!

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Other stuff!!

*ACT Prep! — Don’t get it the first time ! Take it a few times and if you’re not improving, then get it! It really does help!

*START YOUNG. I started sophomore and freshmen year. You can. You can take it so many times. Just do it. Take it like three times sophomore year, maybe once freshmen, five times junior, and as many times as you can senior!

*If you have a score you’re happy with, great! But if you think you can do better DO IT. I believe in you! Reward yourself when scores go up too!

*Ask your teachers for help! Especially if they’ve taught prep courses for the ACT or helped administer it!

*If you get a 30 one time, and then a 27 the next, colleges will only look at the 30, or whatever your best score is! So no worries if it goes down! You don’t lose anything!

*You can ONLY BENEFIT from taking the ACT multiple times where as only taking it once or twice can hinder you! Experience really helps with this one!

Last words of wisdom: You can do it! I hope you get the score you want! Rock on! Your ACT score means money and I hope you get lots of it! :3 Lots of love~ I’m sure you’ll do amazing when you take it!

West Coasters: your turn! Tune in to ABC right now to catch a brand new episode of Once Upon A Time!

Still trapped in Neverland, Hook aligns himself with Tiger Lily, hoping to find a way back to Emma. Back in Storybook, Regina works to break the sleeping curse that David and Snow are under, and Gold denies The Black Fairy, which brings the two of them to a fearsome impasse. In flashbacks, we learn what Snow and Charming sacrificed in order for Emma to fulfill her destiny as the Savior. Sara Tomko appears as Tiger Lily and McKenna Grace returns as Young Emma.

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anonymous asked:

I'm from Canada and I know that depends on which cities you live in, you wear wedding bands in either the right or left ring finger. West coasters always wear on the left; east coasters more often wear on the right. I wonder if there's such a slight cultural difference in Australia? Especially since it doesn't have marriage equality. Janet wears a band on her right ring finger in the photo with the cream blazer. Also, I LOVE that both ladies look "softer" and definitely more glowy and happy!

Oh, okay that’s really cool I didn’t know that at all! I’m not sure about Australia - especially given we Still don’t have marriage equality ffs. I know the trend generally seems to be left-handed and Janet wore a wedding band on her left hand when she was with Ash; but maybe there’s something to be said for her and Bianca deciding to wear them on their right hand ring fingers?? I JUST REALLY WANT THEM TO BE WIVESS???? 

ACK RIGHT? The promos for last season were so gloomy and sad and now they look so Soft and SMILEY. Honestly my kingdom for a shoot with the both of them.