combined exercise

I’ll just list ways you can accomplish this [radical revision] when you are working on a poem. Dig up some old ones and see what happens (it’s best to use old ones to start, as you are no longer emotionally attached to them):

1) If someone tells you you have too much in your poem, add more.

2) If someone tells you you have too little in your poem, take out more.

3) Take the last line and make it the first. Rewrite from there, keeping whatever works in what’s already there.

4) Expand your poem: add subordinate clauses using who, when, until, if, while, before, after, as, since, whenever, where, etc.

Also use coordinating conjunctions: and/and/and; or/or/or; but/but/but (think of it as a list that keeps going).

So, for example: “The man, who once loved me, who once told me___________, and __________, and ____________, and ______________…” so you’re pushing the syntax and the comfort of the line/sentence.

Actual listing - must make a qualitative progression (light to dark, big to small, for example); can’t be random. Push the list, see what you come up with.

Repetition - repeat what you just said. Maybe repeat it again.

Contradiction - say the opposite of what you just said.

5) Compress your poem:

Negation: use the word ‘not.’ When you do this you get both the thing named and its absence. You can also use other words that negate - 'un’; 'never’; 'less’; 'without.’

Neologisms: (what I like to refer to as kennings - used in Anglo Saxon poetry): put words together to create a heightened adjective, a metaphor: 'the shutmouth mother,’ 'the sorrowfence.’

Possessives: use possessives: 'how the sun’s poultice draws on my inflammation’ (Plath) or 'the wind’s rebuke’ and 'the leaves’ exhalation’ (Brigit Pegeen Kelly).

Shift the parts of speech: Use a noun as a verb or vice versa. Use an adjective as a verb, etc.

Cut and paste: radically rearrange your poem. Find new combinations!


Go over your poem and underline any lines you feel jump out with lots of energy. Pick three of those lines. Make one the first line of a new poem, one a middle line, and one the last line. Now, using some of the above strategies (minimum 3), write a new poem.

—  Catherine Barnett, “Radical Revision”

Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team.
Law Enforcement’s Tier 1 Counter-Terrorism unit.

The FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The HRT is trained to rescue American citizens and allies who are held hostage by hostile forces, usually terrorists and/or criminals. The Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and completed its final certification exercise in October 1983.

It was originally composed of 50 operators. However, this number has since increased to well over 90 full-time operators. The HRT commonly functions as a high-level national SWAT team in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations. Today, it is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and is based at the FBI Academy at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, in Stafford County, Virginia.

The primary roles of the HRT are hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Secondary roles of the HRT include:

- Apprehending barricaded subjects
- Executing helicopter operations and rescue missions
- Executing mobile assaults
- Performing high-risk raids, searches, arrests, and warrants
- Coordinating manhunt and rural operations
- Providing force protection for FBI personnel overseas

To a lesser extent, the HRT may deploy teams or individual operators to act as snipers, or to provide protective service details for certain high-profile federal witnesses or dignitaries. Teams provide support for missions overseas and support Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Teams at home and abroad perform typical law enforcement activities, such as making arrests, processing scenes for evidence recovery, and testifying in court.

The HRT has provided traditional law enforcement during hurricane relief operations, tactical surveys, and special events such as the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and political conventions.

Prospective HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a six-month initial training period known as “New Operator Training School” (“NOTS”), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Both the selection course and NOTS are near mirror images of the 1st SFOD-D (“Delta Force”) selection and training courses, with some minor adjustments for mission differences. Experienced HRT operators assigned to observer/sniper teams are sent to the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course. After successfully completing the course, they receive further instruction from HRT snipers. Maritime platoon operators are sent to a variety of maritime special operations courses, including Phase II of U.S. Navy BUD/S at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. HRT operators receive other specialized interoperability training from various U.S. Special Operations Command entities. HRT operators also conduct training with Allied nation counter-terrorism units such as the British SAS and German GSG-9.

When not operationally deployed, the HRT conducts full-time training for its members at various sites across the country. Two to three hours each day are set aside for physical training, a defensive tactics session, and combative training. One day a week is devoted to maintaining either perishable skills (such as fast roping, breaching, and photography) or specialized skills (such as mobile assaults, manhunt and rural operations), maritime operations, helicopter operations, parachuting, weapons of mass destruction training (provided by the United States Department of Energy), and cold weather operations. Three days are spent honing sniping or close quarters combat skills on the various training ranges available to the team. Biweekly, one day is allotted for gear maintenance. Discretionary time to be used by team leaders is built into the schedule. During a routine week of training, it is not unusual for HRT operators to fire 1,000 rounds of ammunition to keep their shooting skills honed. Every 12 to 18 months, the HRT also participates in at least one major combined exercise that may involve a variety of governmental entities, such as the FBI and the departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Three teams rotate through three 120-day cycles: training, operations, and support. During the training cycle, the team refreshes its skills and takes part in exercises, attends other courses, or trains with foreign and domestic units. During the operations cycle, the team is available for deployment (domestic or foreign). During the support cycle, the team works on special projects, maintains the HRT’s equipment, and conducts research.

The HRT is known to conduct joint training exercises and participate in exchange programs with US military units such as the US Army’s Combat Applications Group (otherwise known as 1st SFOD-D or Delta Force) or the U.S. Navy’s DEVGRU. The HRT routinely trains with other federal tactical teams such as the DEA’s FAST Team, the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit or the United States Capitol Police’s CERT. Occasionally the HRT trains with French GIGN, British SAS and Special Boat Service, Irish Garda ERU, the Australian SAS, German GSG 9, and other international units. In addition to the HRT’s own facilities, the HRT routinely uses private and 1st SFOD-D Delta Force shoot houses and ranges. The HRT has also been known to train at Camp Peary and Harvey Point.

High Intensity Interval Training

Would you like to work out for shorter periods of time while burning MORE calories? If your current training program is the traditional long, slow cardio and the occasional weight training workout, why not combine the two and burn some serious calories and body fat? The most effective (and efficient) way to do that is through High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT!

What is HIIT?
HIIT involves performing short bouts or “rounds” of high intensity exercise (30 seconds to 3 minutes) alternating with similarly short recovery periods of less intense exercise for 2 to 3 times the duration of the high intensity work. As an example, if you exercise for 1 minute at HIGH intensity, your recovery or LOW intensity set would be 2 minutes or 3 minutes. This describes 1:2 and 1:3 training ratios. Both 1:2 and 1:3 are effective, start with 1:3 when designing your workout as it allows a slightly longer recovery, but working toward the shorter 1:2 will burn more calories and make for a shorter (more efficient) overall workout session.

The HIIT principle can be used with ANY type of exercise or training:

Running - Run for 1 minute, jog for 2 minutes. Or RUN uphill for 30 seconds and JOG down for 1 minute.
Swimming - Swim fast laps or lengths followed by slower recovery laps and repeat.
Biking - Short bursts of intense (fast and difficult) exercise followed by 2x or 3x recovery.
Boxing - Boxers have been using HIIT training since the turn of the century. Short rounds of training, speed bag, heavy bag, sparring or rope jumps followed by less intense recovery exercises or continuing the same exercise at a slower and less intense rate.
Boot Camps - HIIT training became popular during the growth of boot camp style workouts. The alternating intensity is ideal for combinations of bodyweight training and simple cardio. Combining the exercises increases fat burning, shortens the amount of time required to reach this fat burn, and is challenging and can also be fun.
Even weight training - If you have access to a treadmill and dumbbells, try this fat blasting workout. 1 minute of weight training followed immediately by 2 minutes of treadmill, followed immediately by the next dumbbell exercise and then immediately back to the treadmill. Continue this alternating weights/treadmill/weights until complete (or exhausted).

In the beginning…

If you are new to exercise, or new to HIIT training, start slowly, this style of training is both demanding and much more difficult to perform than it is to explain. Stretch and warm up first to wake up those muscles, increase their temperature and the circulation to your joints and muscle fibers. Avoid injury as it can easily set back your training (and reaching your fitness goals) by weeks.

Can’t perform that exercise for 1 minute, or 45 seconds? Then aim for 15 or 30 seconds, followed by 30-90 seconds of recovery exercise. Start training at whatever time lengths you can handle and increase each time you workout until you reach your goal duration.As you continue to train and become more conditioned, you can not only increase the lengths of time, but also increase the intensity of the sessions by working “harder”. Increasing intensity is most often accomplished by increasing the number of repetitions of an exercise within the allotted time OR by replacing simple, basic movements with more difficult variations. For example, moving from mountain climbers to burpees, the ultimate in challenging bodyweight exercises.
You’ll often hear how HIIT training offers more “bang for the buck”, your HIIT workouts will burn more fat than longer sessions of lower intensity aerobic training. Plus, HIIT training keeps your metabolism elevated and burning more calories up to several hours after your training ends. HIIT workouts are the fastest way to fitness and fat loss. Try it!


Started: 2014, February 10th


  • Height: 5'2"/ 158 cm
  • HW: 126 lbs
  • LW: 89 lbs
  • Current Weight: 126 lbs
  • GW1: 115 lbs
  • GW2: 110 lbs
  • GW3: 105 lbs
  • GW4: 100 lbs
  • Ultimate Goal: 95~98 lbs

THE PLAN: My ultimate plan is to lose weight without screwing up my metabolism too much! So, to keep my metabolism where it is (and bring it up higher), I’ve decided to incorporate healthy eating habits, carb-cycling, low sodium, detoxing, and exercise into my plan!

Carb-Cycling: What it does – keeps my body from plateauing by continuously changing up my intake of carbohydrates, keeping my metabolism on its toes and promoting fat loss while maintaining muscle mass.

  • Mondays & Thursdays – NO carbs
  • Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays – LOW carbs
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays – HIGH carbs

Detoxing: I will be detoxing once or twice a month (but not for extended periods of time) to cleanse my body of toxins. Regardless of how many people say that detox-diets are ineffective or unhealthy or whatever they want to say, I think it does leave me feeling a bit lighter from experience. However, my detox will only be for 3 consecutive days drinking only water and the infamous lemon detox juice.

Exercise: A combination of cardio and yoga/pilates.

  • Pilates/Yoga – at least 3x a week (30+ min)
  • Cardio – 3x a week (40+ min)
  • Dance – 2x a week (50+ min)
  • Walk as much as I can
  • Key – STAY ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY! So even if I don’t have time (aka too lazy to get my ass off the couch) to work out, I won’t feel too guilty.
  • This probably will change. It is way too constricted…

Indulging is Okay: I plan to have those “yolo” meals on Saturdays when I’m out and about. I really don’t want to feel too restricted to a diet and then go crazy and binge later on…

Food: Alright, people might be against eating only 3 times a day, but I’ve  tried eating a snack in between meals and it just doesn’t work for me.

  • Breakfast – 200 - 350 cal
  • Lunch – 300 - 350 cal
  • Dinner – 200 - 300 cal
  • Don’t eat anything after 6PM
  • Keep under 1,500 calories daily
  • Drink at least 4 bottles of water (2L)
  • Keep away from processed/junk food!
  • Don’t mistake thirst/boredom for hunger
  • Green tea is always good
  • So is black coffee

Rules to Keep:

  • Sleep before 11PM (my bedtime is usually 3AM)
  • Take vitamins/fiber supplements/calcium every morning
  • Don’t fall asleep after eating
  • No naps
  • Stay away from energy drinks
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day
  • Don’t eat while I’m distracted
  • Try to substitute all oils/butters with coconut oil
  • Stretch before I go to bed, and as soon as I wake up
  • Have a glass of water as soon as I wake up
  • Brush my teeth right after eating dinner (so I’m not tempted to eat something later)


lovelycraters  asked:

prompt: jake and amy scene -but 100 WORDS OR LESS -no cheating. GO!

Panting in the early-morning light, Jake Peralta leaps on the couch. Before he can begin to catch his breath after sprinting away from Amy’s probably-poisonous eggs, his girlfri–no, his fiancee, as of 7:09PM last night - is diving on top. Her hair’s a mess - a combination of bedhead and exercise have left flyaways framing her radiant face like a crown. Jake’s never seen anything prettier.

He sits up to kiss her. She leans in, and his last thought before their lips meet is the earth-shattering realization that he gets to do this every morning for the rest of his life.

Hello, world! I’m back!

Here’s a little life update given my absence and blog inactivity in the past couple of weeks:

I’m halfway through my junior year in college!

I’m getting my 10,000 steps a day because of running back and forth buildings. (Hooray for toned legs!) It’s pretty tiring but the classes I’m taking this semester are worth it. Industrial/Organizational Psychology is quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite psychology classes. There’s also Organic Chemistry for nine hours a week. It’s constantly proving to me that it’s going to be one hell of a ride but hey, I love me some numbers and problems to solve. We just gotta keep triene.

My team sent the latest issue of the psychology department’s official publication for approval.

It’s my second time to work as a layout artist for a school publication and boy, did I have fun designing the layout of every page that was assigned to me. Although I went down with the flu on the week that I worked on the magazine, it was still a beautiful experience to connect my craft with another thing that I love. Which leads me to…

The topic I pitched for my undergraduate thesis/research integrates art into psychology.

I have yet to hear from the chairperson of the psychology department about it but here’s to hoping that it gets approved!

I’m learning to manage my anxiety and it feels great.

When I attended the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) convention last January 21, I was in awe of the amount of positivity flowing out of our workshop facilitator’s mouth. He saw the humor even in the worst of times and counterattacked the negative phrases and thoughts with positive ones. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try his method of coping. Combined with daily exercise, less caffeine, and a different mindset, 2015-2016 me probably wouldn’t recognize this healthier version of myself. Although I still do carry with me a small stress ball just in case life wants to spice things up a bit, I found myself not using it as much as before and I think that’s progress. :)

In the next few days, I hope I can pick up where I left off here and curate more content you’ll love. I’m already in the process of updating broken links to my free wallpapers so before you know it, you’re back to making your gadgets looking fine as hell again.

Make the most out of today and don’t forget to smile!


+ By the way, I’m also on Instagram (especially on Stories) @arialligraphy and Twitter @arialligraphy!

Self-Care for Writers

If you want to keep writing regularly without having writer’s block and without burnout, without straining relationships and continuing to make deadlines, you need to learn to do self-care every day. Every day, really? Yup, really. Every single day.

I know that you have lots of things demanding your attention. I know that it feels self-indulgent to spend time at a spa or on a walk when you have THINGS TO DO. I know that you don’t think of yourself because you’re busy doing things other people need you to do, from writing to work deadlines, from housecleaning and yardwork to running kids around on errands or making sure that things are organized for the next day.

Please, please, take care of yourself. If you do it every day you can avoid a lot of the problems that come from putting it off. Think of it like brushing your teeth. Or taking your vitamins. Or if you don’t do those things because you’re too busy, may I suggest figuring out how to get less busy? I know sometimes that’s simply not possible, but perhaps reconsider if it’s really impossible for you.

Some things I do for regular self-care:

1.      Meditation. Yeah, I know. It sounds hokey, but it really works for me. I do 20-30 minutes every night before bed. It helps me sleep better and generally soothes anxiety.

2.      Exercise. Look, you don’t have to do Ironman to enjoy the benefits. 30 minutes of walking a day can be great for your body. Also for your mental health, BTW.

3.      Getting in some fruits and veggies. I try to eat one salad a day. I don’t manage it every day, but most of the time, it works.

4.      Social interaction. I’m a huge introvert, but even I need some daily conversation that’s not on-line. This can be combined with exercise or food, as above.

5.      Downtime. For me, this is usually television with the family. What’s important about it is that I don’t have to make any more decisions and I’m finished with my work for the day. Having a finish time is enormously important. If there’s never any finish time, I’m going to explode.

6.      Sleep. I didn’t used to love sleep the way I do now, but I love sleep so much now. I get naps whenever I can (maybe once every other week), but mostly I just try to make sure that I can sleep in if I need to, go to bed early most of the time, and get enough that I’m not yawning all the time.

7.      A bath. I know most people shower, but I like baths. Yes, they take longer. Yes, they’re indulgent. No, I don’t get to take a bath every day. But I like taking them when I can. They always make me feel like I’m special. And maybe even a little bit like a little kid again (bubbles or no bubbles, it works).

8.      Twenty breaths. This isn’t a full meditation session, but closing my eyes anywhere and taking twenty breaths is a good way for me to reset some of my sensors. Obviously, don’t do this while driving.

9.      Beauty. I’m not into makeup or really clothes, but I do like beauty. I like beautiful paintings. I like the beautiful mountains and a beautiful sunset. Spend some time each day experiencing the beauty that you like the best.

10.  Hobbies. Obviously, I like knitting and crocheting and exercise. But that’s right now. I’ve had other hobbies at other times. Whatever is your hobby can fulfill you. To me, it’s important that a hobby isn’t competitive, doesn’t have measures of success, and isn’t for money. It’s not for other people, it’s for me. It’s fun and there’s no pressure. If I want to keep doing it, I can. If I want to stop, I can do that, too. (Writing used to be a hobby … until it wasn’t and I had to find other things to fill that space.)

U.S. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division maneuver towards a defensive position while participating in a live fire operation during Exercise Combined Resolve VIII at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Grafhenwoehr, Germany April 24, 2017.

A strong arabesque line is a very valuable asset for both male and female dancers…. and a very high leg is not always the strongest of lines!

As our bodies are all different, I can only advise you with some tips that I have followed or been influenced by in my career. Our bodies all require something different!

A strong arabesque is one that is most pure. A square, long arabesque at 90 Degrees, with your arms in 1st Arabesque (Arms not too high, almost the same line as your leg) is a great position to achieve. From this secure line, you can later alter and change the position in order to say different things with your arabesque. The position Odile wants to hit and the position Aurora aims to achieve are very different…… A secure arabesque enables you to adapt when needed without distorting the pure line too much.

My teachers were always very focused on me achieving a level of flexibility within my own range and capacity. They also combined a lot of strengthening too, enabling me to use the flexibility I had worked on.

Try stretching in positions that mimic the line you are wanting to create. For example, simply doing the splits whilst creating a square line with the hips and the arms is very useful. I also like to place my leg in arabesque on the barre whilst kneeling on floor (See image attached to this #McRaeDanceTips). This enables me to get a stretch in the front of the hip as well as waking up the muscles in my lower, middle & upper back.

In order to completely wake up my back, ready for an arabesque work out, I like to do an exercise that combines a press-up, an arched back stretch plus a piked triangular shape. This series of movements works almost my entire body. It targets my arms, abs, legs, butt and specifically my back. There is no point being hyper mobile if you do not have the strength to support it. This exercise is particular good for men as a warm up before partnering!

The barre is where I spent a lot of time working on my arabesque with my teacher. My teacher in Sydney, Hilary Kaplan, would make us stand at the barre in arabesque for 5mins each leg. The 5 mins would start in a tendu in arabesque, this would then be lifted just off the floor. Then we would raise the leg to 45 degrees to be examined to ensure we were engaging all the right muscles in a square position. We would then move on to a 90 degree line (please note, we were never allowed to put our leg down in between positions…. If we did, we’d start again). When the trembling started we were told to take our arms off the barre to 2nd….. When you thought you couldn’t hold it anymore we were then instructed to place our arms in 5th! Just when you though it was over, we were told to put our arms back in 2nd! Miraculously the leg seemed to lift slightly & then finally we were allowed to dive into a stretch to release our backs!

These sessions were very extreme however I quickly learnt what hard work meant but I also started to see what hardwork could achieve.

Of course, Pilates also has a large assortment of exercises that you can do to improve both your flexibility & strength.

I still try to really focus on my arabesque line at the barre. Especially as I partner so many incredible ballerinas, it is important as a male dancer to pay attention to maintaining this line. I always try to have my arm in 5th at the barre when ever I execute an arabesque as this is usually the most difficult place to put the arm…. Therefore when I am in the centre and trying to achieve a strong arabesque line, I feel I have the freedom to do so.

A simple rule that is useful to follow when training an arabesque is to think of the lines you are creating. Imagine a laser is pointing out of your nose and your middle finger…. Try to keep both lasers running parallel! It is a simple visualisation that can help you generate a more pure line.

- Steven McRae
SasuNaru and the pin hole

(semi anti ending but not tagged as such as its mainly pro, so beware..vv semi tho)


Okay, so I’d reblog your post with a reply but my computer always freezes up when I do that and try to add pictures and I can barely use the tumblr app as it is so gaaaah. Plus, I’ve always wanted to make this post debunking everything SNS claim anyways. So here you go. sorry about the wait, i was so lazy..sorry about some shakey images i have GAD

First off, I’d like to say that when I say I am a Naruto fan, I don’t mean the character. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love Naruto too, but I am referring  to the series. I genuinely love this series despite all of it’s inconsistencies, I am late on the band wagon but I prefer that since it allows me to think objectively.  SNS tends to view the series with what I like to call pin hole vision where the entire series is naruto  x sasuke, they are the center bond because they represent everything the series itself stands for. They are not together all the time, they haven’t had the healthiest relationship but they’re the centre  bond because as proven by the first and final battles in the VOE, both at the end of part 1 and part 2 respectively it’s a ‘it boils down to this’ type of thing. However, when I say I am anti romantic SNS it does not mean I am anti their friendship. Do I think its unhealthy? Some aspects of it, yes. Problematic, yes tbh.

These are good examples  I think. Narutos worst fears early shippuuden were disappointing his comrades, and this. Why is is problematic on Narutos side? I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it

I’d like to mention what naruto as a series stands for, and always consistently stood for.


‘Onagi dakara’


‘because we are the same.’

-Narutos first bond, Iruka

‘Konoha o mamoroto tsuyui ishi’

‘strong will to protect the hidden leaf village.’


‘sato wa nanda?’

‘what is a village?’

-sasuke, ill get to it

‘Kono hi no ishi mote oru kagiri kono sato no mono wa subete kazoku sono mono nanja’

‘as long as one has this will of fire everyone in this village is family.’

‘Iruka sensei? Nande hito wa hito no tameni inochi o kake- ah fuck this translation takes too long im sorry omg

‘Iruka sensei why do people risk their lives for other people?’

‘When one person dies, their past , their present and their future disappears along with them—-those people who die have dreams and ambitions, but everyone else has something just as important. Parents, siblings, friends, lovers..those who are dear to them. They trust each other and help each other—that string gets which connects those people gets stronger and thicker by time. It’s impossible to explain why, those who hold those strings just do it, because it’s important to them.’

‘yeah. Somehow it’s clear even to me.’

-Iruka and Naruto when Hiruzen died protecting the village

‘When someone has something they want to protect, their true power comes along’


It’s because we help out when they’re in trouble that we can count on them to come running when we need it.

-Shikamaru, about Suna

‘If comrades that you trust gather around you, hope can take physical form and become visible. That`s what I believe…’

-kakashi, to obito

I won’t allow my comrades to die. I’ll protect you with my life. Trust me.


The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It’s one of the never-ending cycles in life.


If you don’t share someone’s pain. You can never understand them.


‘A long cycle of hatred humans have come to call history’

Just by living, people hurt others without even realizing it. So long as humanity exists, hate will also exist. There is no peace in this cursed world. War is just a crime paid for by the pain of the defeated…


Now there’s something I understand a little better. Hate, sadness, even joy. To be able to share it with another person… Naruto Uzumaki. From fighting him I learned that. He knew pain like I did and then he taught me that you can change your path. I wish that one day I can be needed by someone. Not as a frightening weapon… But as the sand’s Kazekage.



People’s lives don’t end when they die. It ends when they lose faith.


‘ill never let my comrades die, those words and the conviction behind them are not lies, because neji was able to store those words in his heart. Brother Neji died! It’s not just you Naruto, we all hold those words and feelings in our heart.That is what binds our lives together and makes us comrades. If we all give up those thoughts and feelings Nejis final act would have been for nothing. And that is when your comrades truly die.’


The pain of being alone is completely out of this world, isn’t it? I don’t know why, but I understand your feelings so much, it actually hurts.


That void is something that everyone helps you fill. Just because you face adversity and hardships, is no reason to give up on this world. A person willing to throw away all those memories… of their friends and comrades, will never find peace of mind. Resorting to something like that isn’t going to bury that hole. If you persevere and endure, someone will be there to support you!

-Kakashi, to obito

I love sasuke. I love all of his bonds, and despite the shit he dealt with in the series he really does represent the message of the series really well…an atypical antagonist, an incredibly well written character who fills not only his shoes in the story, but the shoes of many other characters.

You say Sasuke offered his food to Naruto because he cares about him and I agree, empathy stems from care. But going by your argument.

Despite this

He did wait for her to wake up, also risking elimination and a halting of his revenge plans.

It’s important noting that before any of this, their goals were very self centered and none of them were playing by teamwork..except sasuke, who boasted that he was better than them to Kakashi, but was still the only one who linked them together, by feeding naruto and by saying the whole ‘we are a 3 man cell aren’t we?’

That’s another thing I love about this guy, he really brings people together despite the fact that does not talk for 98% of the series. Taka developed because of him and so did 7.

A constantly relevant theme.

the first mission bought light to what their relationships would be like very early on, and also imprints these guys as personal bonds based on friendship and affection that sasuke shares, a feat that no one else in the series was able to do aside from his family.

From the tree climbing exercise that combined their rivalry and their friendship to this moment that made a grown ass man cry


「それまで恋や友情に見向きもしなかったサスケは、ナルトやサクラと出会い、少しずつではあるが、仲間を受 け 入れ始める。サスケにとってナルトは、いつの間にか互いの能力を高め合う良きライバルとなり、 また大蛇丸の 邪悪な呪印にのみ込まれんとするその心を、サクラに救われたことも...  」

Though until then he had taken no notice of either love or friendship, after meeting with Naruto and Sakura Sasuke begins to accept them as nakama, even if only little by little. In Sasuke’s eyes, before he even noticed it, he and Naruto became mutual good rivals capable of boosting up each other’s skills - and also, when his heart was about to be swallowed by Orochimaru’s wicked cursed seal again, he was rescued by Sakura…

‘as they go on countless missions together, he sees her strengths and weaknesses and views her as someone he needs to protect’

「呪印の影響で暴走するサスケを身を挺して鎮めるサクラ。サクラのサスケを想う心が、邪な力を 包 み込む。  

↳ Sakura willingly and bravely calms the rampaging Sasuke under the influence of the cursed seal. Sakura’s heart, thinking of Sasuke, devours the wicked power.

 For Naruto who was considered a failure, Sasuke was more than an annoying
guy who got the best grades: he was also the rival that won Sakura’s heart, for whom Naruto is in love …! That’s why he always gets annoyed with Sasuke

Sasuke, who only had power for revenge, becomes stronger because of his companions. His true place would have been a future among them.

Growing distant, towards darkness. The one to appear before him as he began leave was Sakura. To the back of a Sasuke that tried to avert from what was being left behind, Sakura desperately conveys her feelings. Bright and earnest feelings - feelings that did not want to lose Sasuke.
The one who filled his lonely existence with the emotion called love was Sakura. But, as expected, Sasuke cannot respond to those feelings. Sasuke was only able to leave a single word of thanks as word of parting. 

Friendship and love, a future filled with warmth. But as long as he is there, he cannot make his dream come true. This is why he throws away a future with his friends. To make dreams of revenge a reality…

As is confirmed by the databook.

Sasuke risked his life for them both, and he would have done it again no thinking what so ever, partly because he is a selfless person and also because they already imprinted on his mind. Sasukes relationship with Naruto is given a rivalry mixed with friendship context early on and my friend who had 0 to do with naruto burrowed volume one from me and in school while she was reading asked me if sasuke and sakura end up together, because authorial context is clear

In fact this scene builds up a very good argument I have for this ship that I will get to, where we first learn of his entire stance in the story and sakura is like? Mind you, this was at a time before sasuke ever spoke about these things to anyone…he made me cry is not something he ever told anyone other than sakura. She was intuitive to he him, even during the war when she had a feeling he’d start shit up early on.

You could argue he is blushing bc he is embarrassed… but he has had girls thirsting after him since he was fresh out the womb. ‘he came off stand offish’ well, yes naturally when a person is suffering from trauma and survivors guilt they tend to isolate themselves and become reclusive and irritable. Now, add the fact that the trauma happened at such a young age and you have a sasuke. But he still, took out the time to say he’s emo (a joke ofc)

The only ‘romantic context’ ever given to Naruto and Sasuke was the ‘accidental kiss’ which ended up like this

Over the course of the series we see Sasukes attachment to team 7, in the same context given before. Best friend and rival, girl he feels protective affection for.

however, the context between sasusaku was always romanticized

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Combined Resolve II by 7th Army Training Command
Via Flickr:
U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division advance on simulated enemy targets in M1A2 Abrams tanks during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, May 26, 2014. Combined Resolve II is a multinational decisive action training environment exercise occurring at the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas that involves more than 4,000 participants from 15 partner nations. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare a U.S. led multinational brigade to interoperate with multiple partner nations and execute unified land operations against a complex threat while improving the combat readiness of all participants. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Cress Jr)

anonymous asked:

How do you adapt colour palettes to specific characters? Like drawing a character in a colour pallet other thain their own? Idk how and it makes me angry.

are you talking about colour palette challenges i’ve done? where it’s a random palette? the trick is you gotta stop thinking in terms of ‘his hair is red’ and ‘his eyes are green’, start thinking in terms of ‘his hair is medium’ and ‘his eyes are light’. Colours are a lot more versatile than they seem at first, and that whole debacle about the friggin ‘blue/white or black/gold dress is a great example of that. Things change colours in different lights and when they’re next to other colours, and can even look different from person to person!

It’s not easy to wrap your head around and I still have trouble with it, but that’s why colour palette challenges are a great exercise in combining colours and also training in hue/saturation and why I like doing them so much. 

so let’s do an example with ed because i draw him a lot: 

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Photograph by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

Original Caption: US Army Soldiers, assigned to 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, fire the main gun of an M1 Abrams tank at targets during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. Part of #OperationDragonSpear, the training was part of a joint forcible entry operation with XVIIIth Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, The 75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Special Forces Group and the United States Air Force. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

anonymous asked:

What do you want to do when you finish college? What is your dream career? What's your favourite colour? Favourite time of the year? Favourite food? :)


After college, I am hoping to continue my running career and would love love love to run at the more elite level, while also getting my masters in counseling.

My dream job would be someone in the running community where I can combine sports/exercise psychology with general nutrition advice to female athletes :)

Favorite color is green or blue, autumn is 100% my favorite time of year, and my favorite food…that is so tough ugh, I love love love peanut butter so much hahaha