collective terms

Currently on view as part of Self- Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, through January 7, 2018:

Isamu Noguchi, Noodle, 1943-44, Botticino marble Pine wood base

Photo by Kevin Noble

Private collection, on long-term loan to The Noguchi Museum

Ten more Next Gen headcanons.

1. Dean and Seamus wait until their mid-forties to have kids. They name their first daughter Ari, after Ariana Dumbledore, who kept Seamus and the rest of the students in the Room of Requirement safe. 

2. Teddy fully expects his patronus to be a wolf. When it’s not, he panics, and firecalls Harry from the Hufflepuff Common Room. Harry is so busy being proud of his godson for producing a corporeal Patronus, he eases Teddy’s fears by not even asking what form it had taken. He figures, if Harry didn’t care enough to ask, whatever it is is okay. 

3. Lily Luna Weasley-Potter is the spitting image of her namesake, so people are often surprised to find that she’s more like her father than anyone. She’s sharp, suspicious, and never lets a mystery pass her by. When Harry made the mistake of using his, “trouble usually finds me” line in Lily’s hearing, she adopted it to use when given detentions for sneaking around the castle. 

4. Pansy Parkinson’s spoiled son is basically Draco Malfoy 2.0 - he’s just as rich, pretty, and disdainful. He’s also a mama’s boy. She loves him, although she’s not half the mother Narcissa was. 

5. James Sirius Potter adds a hyphen to his middle name after learning about the Marauders, and tries to make people call him James Sirius-Remus Potter. It only works on Andromeda and Teddy…until he comes of age and gets it added legally. He’s the most affected by history of all the next gen kids, and carries his name and his blood (both Potter and Weasley) very seriously. His Patronus is a stag like his father’s and grandfather’s before him, and he takes immense pride in that. 

6. Hugo Weasley is the cuddliest child in the history of children. He gets it from Ron, who eats it up and cuddles him right back. Hermione doesn’t know how to deal with it as well. She’s more of a forehead kiss kind of person. 

7. Ginny loves the Burrow as an adult more than she ever did growing up in. She’s grateful that her children have somewhere to spend their childhoods with their extended family. It feels right to take Jamie and Al and Lily there in a way it never felt right when she was young. 

8. Bill and Fleur, who constantly keep their own respective well-above-average hair in complicated braids, teach their kids to, as well. Victoire, Dominique and Louis have the prettiest, shiniest, most adorably braided hair in school. 

9. Harry is convinced that his kids have a fundamentally different Hogwarts experience than he did - not by nature of not being the Chosen one, or even because half of them aren’t in Gryffindor - but because Madame Pomfery retired before they even got to Hogwarts. She’d been a huge part of his six years there - always there fussing the moment he awoke. Who was going to do that when Lily did something stupid, or Al got hurt defending his friends, or James caught a rogue Bludger to the ear, or Teddy splinched himself in Apparating lessons? Who else was going to be vaguely disapproving and caring at the same time? Who else was going to say don’t do that again, child…but on the off-chance that you do, you’ll be right as rain with a bit of rest? Even though Hannah does a great job in the infirmary, Harry always feels off when any of his kids get hurt. 

10. The Weasley clan never knows who to cheer for during House Quidditch matches, because they’ve got children, grandchildren and niblings on every House team. So they cheer for everyone. 

“A meal should always lie lightly on the estomac,“ said Poirot. "It should not be so heavy as to paralyze thought.”
- Agatha Christie, Death in the Clouds


♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥

2017 couldn’t come fast enough, huh? While 2016 was certainly a time askew with scandals, depressing news headlines, and maybe a few uncomfortable encounters with people wearing ugly red hats-it was still another year we survived through pure preservation and artistic freedom. If there’s one thing we certainly won’t be losing anytime soon it’s the joys of audio drama and hope for a better tomorrow. 

Keep your head up, dust yourself off, and shovel that snow from your driveway while the welcoming sounds of the best and brightest audio dramas keep you warm through the winter. Today is the day to take the long way home, check into a hotel, and ignore the chime of incoming phone calls.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. The Bridge

It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge. Each watchtower sits hundreds of feet away from the Bridge, broadcasting regular traffic reports to ensure that proper safety precautions are taken. 

If you’ve got a taste for mystery and sea monsters, The Bridge is granted to be the audio drama to make your 2017 a little more interesting. Follow the broadcasts of Miss Henrietta and her crew of highly capable Watchtower 10 personnel as they keep a close eye on a massive transcontinental bridge and their own personal demons. 

Something’s amiss and it may be up to them uncover what secrets may lie beneath them in this supposed aquatic paradise. With beautiful music, a lovable cast of characters, and an excellent combination of comedy and peril, The Bridge is sure to be an excellent expedition for you. So stay tuned and stay out of the water.

2. Subject: Found

Jared Strong is chasing a monster that has haunted him since his childhood. Will he find it? What happens if he does? We have an extensive, private library of some of the darkest and most shocking pursuits of monsters that have haunted humankind throughout our history. Stories about legend, lore, the paranormal and all things dark and mysterious. These are our stories. 

Here be monsters and Subject: Found is all over it. If you swear on your life you’ve seen a Sasquatch and have a taste for conspiracy theories, perhaps this podcast will scratch that paranormal itch that’s been bugging you.

Bustling with lore and suspense on the most classic of creatures, fans of supernatural horror will feel right at home. There’s nothing wrong with making your year a little weird with this pick and if you have any sightings you’d like to report, be sure to listen to Subject: Found.

3. Manor House: The Podcast

Manor House: The Podcast is a collection of dark stories presented with a full audio drama production. Welcome to Manor House. Won’t you stay the night?

If you’ve got an unquenchable thirst for the macabre, Manor House may be the show for you. A perfect fit for fans of NoSleep, creepy tales and characters await you behind the doors of this audio drama experience. 

Certainly not for the faint of heart, though most definitely a great choice for horror fanatics who can’t get enough haunting bedtime stories to ease them into a nervous slumber. Manor House may have the perfect room for you…as long as you don’t mind the blood.

4. Terms

On election night, two-term president Oliver Pierce watches in disbelief from the White House as Charles Dunwalke wins a controversial electoral college victory. With only 73 days before Dunwalke’s inauguration, president Pierce makes a secret decision to act, with historic and possibly catastrophic consequences.

Who says all political drama has to be nonfiction? In this presidential drama of ethics and integrity, let’s see what happens when our leaders of of the US start to play by their own rules. Spoke Media will appeal to your most deep seated fantasies of rebellion that will keep you coming back for more.

There’s no better time to spring this fresh new show on you regarding…certain events, so get comfortable with the Terms podcast-you have my vote. 

5. Mabel

Mabel is a fiction podcast about ghosts, family secrets, strange houses, and missed connections.

Mysterious, melancholy, and oh so addictive, Mabel is the brainchild of Becca De La Rosa, a new and hopefully returning face to the podcast scene. Mabel functions on that of a classical horror story, leaving you guessing and shivering for answers that cause us to puzzle the well-being of our lead Mabel Martin. 

With practically poetic storytelling and a simple but poignant presentation, Mabel is perfect for those eerily silent afternoons that just may not be eerie enough for you. So check that voicemail and check Mabel out for yourself. 

6. Rover Red

Rover Red is a listener-guided post-apocalyptic epic that follows Leah, a girl who has lived her entire life thinking and being taught that the compound she’s been raised within holds the last of humankind. When her brother, Jonah, is kidnapped, she leaves the compound to search for him. While she’s out searching, the compound is destroyed, leaving Leah alone to travel across a dystopian wasteland in search of her brother. She soon realizes that those inside her compound were not the last humans on earth…

We can never have too many sci-fi apocalypse podcasts and Rover Red is the newest and brightest contender. Fans of SAYER may enjoy this A.I. guided role play audio drama where you play a part in the survival of our protagonist, Leah.

For podcast fans looking for a bit of innovation and experimentation in this wide and creative spectrum of storytelling, Rover Red has you covered and may drill itself into your skull just to make sure. What will you choose? 

now, get to listening.

About Feedback


Ever since joining AO3 and Tumblr, I’ve noticed some very interesting things regarding kudos, comments, likes, reblogs, reviews, and what have you. Collectively, let’s call it feedback

The thing I’ve noticed is that there are great writers on here and on AO3 who are regularly screaming into the void, absolutely trying their hardest to will readers to give them feedback (read validation). Feedback is truly the best way to connect with both readers and writers, and feedback can be in the form of constructive critiques, aimless rambling about things one liked, or even flailing over the work when it really strikes one’s fancy. 

So, you want feedback, eh? Below are three things you can do in order of “least likely” to “most likely” in terms of yielding results.

1.    Put your stuff out there and wait. Patiently.

The first and laziest way is to simply post your work and not say a damn thing to anyone. But seriously, don’t hold your breath for feedback, because you may be waiting a long ass time (I added that “patiently” bit for a reason). Does this strategy always work? Rarely. It’s essentially the equivalent of handing your work to your cat, to which he or she looks at you with a scornful expression that says, “Ugh, this isn’t wet food, human.” 

The thing I’ve discovered in this knit of writer-readers is that they love to lurk and scope out the quality of other people’s work, whether for self-validation that their work doesn’t suck in comparison to other work, or to figure out just how badly they do suck (spoiler alert, you don’t). There are a few people who will provide some sort of feedback without prompting–and I’ve also noticed that these people are usually not writer-readers, just readers (sometimes anonymous) who greatly enjoy fanfic and are happy to provide feedback. 

However, there’s a curious phenomenon that goes along with writer-readers when it comes to lurking. They often consume other people’s work, but if they are intimidated, they won’t leave feedback. If they think the work isn’t on their level, they won’t leave feedback. It often stems from the writer-reader being on a spectrum that ranges from crippling insecurity to grandiose self-absorbedness (I know that’s not really a word). But listen, all writers are both painfully insecure and secretly think their stuff is the shit. That’s just the way it is. So, posting your work and crossing your fingers will not always guarantee your response expectations. 

2.    Simply ask for feedback.

This sounds super easy (because it is) and also sort of like begging (it’s not). You can literally say directly to someone, “Hey, here’s my work. I would greatly appreciate feedback.” OR, preface or endnote your work with, “Feedback is greatly appreciated and encouraged! Thank you!” 

Does this always work? Not always, but it will get you more feedback than dropping your work out there and expecting it to get tons of response. Some writers think that if one of their works exploded across their fandom and they had a TON of feedback on it that they’re guaranteed (and sometimes too self-indulgently expecting a glorious rainfall of praise) to receive feedback on brand new stuff. It doesn’t always work like that for a myriad of reasons. 

(And if you receive comments after begging for a reblog or asking for validation, FUCKING RESPOND TO THEM. It’s just the polite thing to do. Seriously. If you ask for someone to use their time to read your work and leave feedback, RESPOND TO THEM. No one is “too good” to just not be polite. *jumps back down from my soapbox*) 

But the most important thing about this is to, for lack of a better phrase, “read the room.” If you ask someone to read a fanfic that’s not in their area of interest, you’re less likely to receive feedback from them. Check out what they like by scoping out the focus of their own fanfics, what they bookmark or reblog, and the things of which they tend to post. The chances of them actually reading your work and leaving feedback–or even better, giving it a recommendation–is always higher if you play to your intended audience.

Which leads me to the most difficult action, but the one most guaranteed to give you results:


The BEST way to receive feedback is to give feedback. 

The cool thing about being a writer-reader is that you can both give and receive feedback. If you admire the crap out of a writer or their work and you would love a response to yours in return, leave feedback. Hell, you can even ask them to read yours, too. It becomes sort of a symbiotic experience with your peers: read something you like, provide feedback, ask them to check out your work, receive feedback. Easy peasy, squeeze the lemon. Does this always work? Nope. But it’s a strategy that’s a hell of a lot better than the others.

Some writers may not even know your work exists–but as soon as you give them feedback, it puts you on their map. I always check out someone who takes time out of their day to leave me a lovely comment or do me a sweet reblog. And I’ll almost always read their work and give them feedback, too. (Sometimes I will creep for longer than I should before giving feedback-sorry, I’m trying to be better.) The only time I don’t is when the subject of their fanfics is something I know nothing about or it simply doesn’t pique my interest–like a fandom that I’m not a part of, a pairing that I don’t care for, etc.

So, unfortunately the flip side of that is when you DO leave feedback and the writer doesn’t give feedback in return. That’s okay. It really does suck when a writer is one-sided about receiving feedback and doesn’t provide feedback after you’ve given it to them–but it DOES NOT mean that your writing or subject sucks. Just keep your chin up, keep writing, and leave feedback on other works that are similar to your own and ask that they give you feedback. 

Is this the be-all, end-all way to get your works read? Nope. But it’s a start for those who are struggling and desperately yearning to engage with their reader-base. 

TL;DR: Give feedback if you want feedback in return. 

Learn to Speak Southern, pt 4

I’ve got a student working with me for the next few months who is one’a them “damn yankees”. I’m tryin to learn her how to speak the local language down here. She’s struggling so far. I’ve been collecting new terms to share. Enjoy. [Pt 1] [Pt 2] [Pt 3

  • stove up - sore, stiff muscles or joints. “Honey, trot in yonder and get me that paper. I’m too stove up to get up outta this chair.”
  • gouch - gout
  • epizootie - the funk. a viral illness of any sort. 
  • virus - gastroenteritis. anything involving diarrhea. 
  • flu - a respiratory infection, anything from the common cold to pneumonia.
  • geehaw - traditionally it’s how to direct a horse. Gee is right, Haw is left. Now it means something like “to get along”. i.e., “I reckon that new foreign doctor knows what he’s talkin about, but me and him just don’t geehaw.”
  • cartridges - cartilage. “The bone doc said I tore up the cartridges in my knee”
  • bronical - bronchial. “I think I need an antibiotic now doc. I can feel it movin into my bronical tubes.”

ichibandebu  asked:

I hope this question makes sense. Transformers have different classifications (Seekers/fliers, land based, ) What is the official classification of Soundwave and Blaster? Do they have one?

Hmm, the best collective term for them is probably “Communicators.” That’s how they were both referred to in catalogs and such back in the day.

welcome to the studyblr guide!

so this is the introductory post for the studyblr guide! 

what is all this though?

the studyblr guide’s aim is to offer assistance and/or help to people who have questions about the studyblr community, studyblrs, etc. 

so the hope is that we will eventually have guides or tutorials for things people may have questions for (i.e. how to start your studyblr, what to do, how to make graphic banners for your posts, how to edit your photos, etc.) and have archives that keep track of various things, including a place to find all the different studyblr networks, what sort of tags to use to boost our post, what tags studyblrs track, etc. 

what are you going to be posting or offering help with?

glad you asked! we’re just getting started and on our feet, but here are a couple of projects we’re going to start on

  • About Bullet Journals: all about bullet journals, how to start one, different examples, etc.
  • The Studyblr Dictionary: a comprehensive collection of terms and definitions used in the studyblr community that might be confusing or foreign to others.
  • The Archives: a large, digital phonebook and nexus, a all-in-one, basically. The goal of the Archives is to have a place where anyone looking for either tracked tags, networks, groups, etc. can find what they might be looking for all in one place. 

in addition, we’re going to, with assistance from you, the studyblr community, and everyone, post or reblog original content, like masterposts others have written and have a comprehensive list for others to find all the posts floating around!

thanks for helping support the studyblr guide, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the studyblr guide content coming soon!!


the studyblr guide. 

Dylan Strome imagine

Think about an overgrown child taking care of small children.

The collective term for ‘nieces and nephews’ is nibling. I think that’s adorable.

For: @starrygirl2014 sorry it took so long

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Originally posted by dallas41chicago88

“No! Absolutely not!”

Your older siblings had asked you to babysit for the weekend since they and their spouses wanted to go to a special couples retreat. Apparently they got it cheaper since they booked a double package which left you to take care of them. Your boyfriend Dylan on the other hand did not approve.

“I don’t even know how to take care of a goldfish, why would you trust me with a toddler?”

You just sighed. How hard could it be to take care of five small children and one giant child?

Surprisingly the baby was the easiest to take care of. Your sister in law gave you one of those things that you use to strap babies to your chest, which helped you keep an eye on your tiny nephew. Your other niblings were still running around the house with exception of your brother’s youngest daughter who was currently napping on the couch. Dylan sat next to her watching an old Coyotes game with the sound low. You were trying to make something healthy for dinner with your nephew strapped to your back so he didn’t get in the way when you heard a loud crash followed by Dylan calling your name. You turned the heat off and walked to the living room as fast as you could, expecting the worst. The first thing you did was look at Dylan who just looked at you helplessly and pointed at the three older kids that were fighting in the corner of the living room. A vase had fallen off a cabinet and at least one of them was crying. They saw you and immediately ran over, tugging at your clothes and you had a hard time preventing the baby from crying as well.

“Auntie Y/N, Sean pushed me in the backyard and now my knee hurts!”

“I did not!”

“Did too!”

“Did not!”

“Did too, i saw it! And he took away my toy truck!”

On your back the baby had begun to cry too and your niece on the couch clung to Dylan, close to tears herself. How did your siblings manage?!

You tried your best to separate the fighting brothers and then took your niece Millie to the bathroom to take care of her scraped knee. Dylan was supposed to watch the boys so after you put a band aid on Millie’s knee while simultaneously trying to calm down little Tommy on your arms you made your way back downstairs. The living room was awfully quiet and for a second you thought that they all miraculously fell asleep but then you saw the boys sitting on the sofa. They had their heads together whispering and you feared the worst.

“What’s going on?”

They looked in your direction before turning back around.

“Uncle Dylan is showing us pictures of his brothers. Did you know that they fight alot but still love each other very much?”

“Oh really, do they?”

“Yeah. But when they fight they always make up just like Sean and me. Because brothers stick together.”

You looked over at Dylan and smiled. After all the talking about having no idea how to take care of kids you thought he’d be doing worse but the kids actually loved him.

After dinner you put Tommy down to sleep and went downstairs to join the rest of your family. The kids and Dylan were piled up on the couch, all eyes glued to the tv screen as Dylan tried to explain the basics of hockey to them. You actually had to fight your nieces for a place next to Dylan who threw his arm around you and pulled you closer to him.

“Having fun?”

He leaned closer and touched his forehead to yours.


He answered before giving you a peck on the lips.



You pulled away and laughed.

“Okay you little monsters, it’s bedtime.”

You ushered them all to go brush their teeth and get ready for bed. Ten minutes later you wanted to tuck the small ones into bed but they objected.

“I want uncle Dylan to put me into bed.”

“Me too!”

“Me three!”

He just looked at you helplessly but you smiled. He could do this.

“Just read them a story and make sure they’re asleep.”

The children dragged Dylan into their room and you went and got ready for bed. You brother and his wife are letting you use their bed while Dylan was supposed to stay in their guest bedroom but you stayed with Dylan anyway. You went to check on the boys and saw that they were fast asleep before walking over to the girls’ room. Dylan was reading their favorite book to them. One of them was already asleep but Millie was still wide awake. He read to her for a little while you stood in the doorway watching. It was adorable and even if you wouldn’t admit it it made you think about how Dylan would read to your own children one day.

“Auntie Y/N, can you come here?”

You walked into the room and over to her bed.

“Yeah. What’s up buttercup?”

She turned to Dylan and gave him a toothy smile.

“You can go.”

He looked at you confused but stood up and walked out of the door.

“He’s nice. You can keep him.”


“Dylan. I like him even if he can’t do the voices right.”

She pointed to the book on the bedside table.

“He is pretty great, isn’t he?”

“Can I be flower girl at your wedding?”

It was meant to be an innocent question but it shocked you anyway.

“Nobody’s getting married just yet pumpkin. Maybe in a few years and only if uncle Dylan wants to but not now. Go to sleep, okay?”

You hurried to turn off the lights and get out of the room. You and Dylan haven’t even been dating for a year and your niece was already talking about marriage.

Later that night you were just about to fall asleep when Dylan, who had until then laid in the bed with his back turned towards you, turned around and brought his arm around your waist, pulling your back flush against his front.

“I want to.”

You were just about to tell him no, not with the children in the house, when he continued.

“Get married I mean. I heard you talking with Millie and you said you’d marry me if I wanted to and I do want to. Just not now. Sometime in the future.”

He found your hand in the dark and intervened it with his.


You whispered. You had no idea he felt that way.

“I know it’s a scary thing to think about and it’s even weirder to talk about it but it’s true. Seeing you with your nieces and nephews, hanging out with them… I just can’t help but imagine coming home to a bunch of tiny Stromers one day. Obviously not right now or even in the near future, I would have to find a relatively stable place in the NHL first and you’re going to finish your degree and we aren’t even living together and I know we’ve never talked about it but I really hope it doesn’t scare you off. I never felt this way before, never even thought about a future like that before today but now… I love you.”

You turned around and put your forehead against his. It was dark in the room but you could feel Dylan’s anxious gaze and hoped he felt your encouraging smile in return.

“I love you, too. That sounds like a lovely future for us.”

  • me: You know, my daydreams aren't even that harmful. Having madd is just fine with me, and is even beneficial!!!
  • also me: *is currently disassociating outside in 40F degree weather and has been for three hours, has four (4) long term assignments collecting dust at home, rarely says more than three sentences per day to any of my family members, has no concept of time and prioritizes my daydreams over every important aspect of my life*

i think the “women and femmes” thing is indicative of a larger flaw in the ways that we, as a group of people who nurture and care for nonbinariness and nonbinary people and as a group of people who are largely nonbinary ourselves, describe and label nonbinariness. because of the nuance of each person’s nonbinariness as a recognized and vocalized identification of experience, its probably one of the most individuating and intentionally ambiguous descriptors one can have for oneself.

this alongside the fact that, ime, people generally begin regarding themselves as nonbinary as a push against not only the gender they were assigned at birth but their subsequent patriarchally classed gender contributes to the uniqueness of their dysphoria, which revolves around the classed demarcation of their possible gendered experience. because of a dysphoria that gets triggered most often by being Recognized as a member of a gendered class, many nonbinary individuals rely on characteristics or traits that are understood as having gendered connotations to describe themselves.

the problem with this is that, well, it kind of goes against a lot of what many feminists nowadays (and historically) are pushing towards, that being the de-essentialization of gendered classes (interrogating the inherent femininity of womanhood and the inherent masculinity of manhood) in order to terminate the understanding of gender as, like, a flavor of Being rather than a position within a largely violent and exploitative social matrix that isnt based on ones character at all. so while using the term “feminine” or “masculine” may be useful for nonbinary individuals, using the term for collective classification works to reify the social process of gendering as a whole

Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903)
“Water Carriers Of The Ganges”
Oil on canvas
Currently in a private collection

Orientalism is a term that is used by art historians, literary and cultural studies scholars for the imitation or depiction of aspects in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and East Asian cultures. These depictions are usually done by writers, designers, and artists from the West.

10 Reasons Why Harry Should Have Named One of His Kids After Hagrid

1) Hagrid was there for Harry his entire life
2) He cried when he had to give him up at the Dursley’s doorstep
3) He spent first term collecting pictures to give Harry his photo alblum
4) He always had Harry and his friends come to his cabin for tea or somat
5) He made Harry Christmas presents every year
6) He was at (almost) every quidditch match
7) He believed in him when most did not(tri-wizard tournament)
8) He always worried about his well being
9) He was with him till the very end (so we thought)
10) He loved Harry unconditionally

The Asarki is a term that collectively describes the local African men who were recruited to fight for the European colonial powers in their country.

The French, English, Spanish, Germans, Belgians, and Portuguese, all had parts of Africa carved up and claimed as colonies by the end of 19th century. All of them recruited soldiers from local tribes to enforce their colonial rules.

For their part the Germans sent officers to train their Askari from their homeland in Europe all the way to their East African holdings (largely in Tanzania). Once in Tanzania they generally meted out strict but excellent military training and paid their Askari well (compared with their British counterparts)

The troops were used extensively during WWI.