come on can this please get notes

you know what i love? established apocalypse aesthetics

  • leaves and flowers and trees growing out of abandoned houses and cars, smashing glass windows, invading and reclaiming the spaces humanity took from them
  • warning scrawled hastily on the sides of buildings in spraypaint or in blood; don’t come here, it’s not safe. turn away, go back. we died here. you will too.
  • notes and messages scattered across the world, addressed to people who never saw them or never lived to reply to them. rachel, we’re alive. david, don’t look for us. amy, dad got bit, please come home, we need you. kim, i love you. 
  • people broken into tiny groups. society shattered. they are past the anger, past denial, past trying to fix any of it. now there is only begrudging acceptance, and the knowledge that nothing is ever going to get better. the only thing they can do is survive.
  • a skeleton lying at the foot of a tree, flowers blooming in its ribcage. a bloodstained note in its front pocket. ‘sorry, mom’. travelers see it and barely spare a thought; such things are commonplace.
  • roaming packs of dogs and cats still wearing their collars, centuries of domestication breaking down under the need to live and to keep living
  • families born of blood and sacrifice. trading stories over campfires about who they used to be, who they might have been, what they could have become if none of this ever happened. looks of understanding when someone loses a sister, a brother, a father. it happened to me, too.
  • abandoned bedrooms combed over for supplies, but the faded posters still hanging on the walls and the useless knickknacks on the shelves tell the stories of the people who lived there years ago
  • moss covering television sets, water lapping up into backyards, tree limbs shooting up through collapsed roofs, evidence of humanity being eroded one day at a time
to other mentally ill artists who are obsessed with getting better

- Finished Pieces TM are NOT the only works that matter. That half-lined sketch is good. That page of nothing but shapes and doodles is progress. If you’re doing whatever it is that you CAN do that day, you’re doing well

- take. BREAKS. as often as you need to. stop when you gotta. if you try to dig into tomorrow’s spoons to finish something, trust me, you’re going to hate yourself and whatever you’re working on later

- if you really want to, you CAN draw (or paint, or sculpt, or craft etc.) every day

- everything counts. everything. can’t draw for more than 20 minutes today? you drew. less than 5? you drew. take a pencil and draw three different circles on a sticky note. you drew. lay out your arm and trace whatever comes to mind with you finger. everything counts.

- if you drew SOMETHING today, you gained more experience than someone who did not

- draw whatever you want

- reward yourself for it

- don’t get so wrapped up in something that you forget to eat, drink water or sleep please. if you can’t make yourself care about what it does to your body, remember it WILL affect your productivity, which will lead to Bad Times, again, trust me

- you are SOMEONE’S art goals

- your art is good

- “this person doesn’t know me or my art, how do they know it’s good-” shh. doesn’t matter. its good

Hey all! It’s been awhile, but I’ve been working on a personal project (an art book)! Hopefully it’ll be finished by the spring or, at least, the summer time but I’ll definitely share things once it’s close to completion! 

On that note though, with the new episodes coming out I’m getting back to working on more SU prints! Now that Blue Diamond has been introduced, I can finally start making ones of the Diamonds (mainly because I don’t think we’re going to see Pink anytime soon and no one even mentions White, what’s up with that?)! Holly Blue Agate will also be added too, so please look forward to her and Yellow coming soon!

Hope you like! <3

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HOLOGRAPHIC PRINT SALE (OVERSTOCK)

I have some leftover prints from Tekko con that I am trying to get rid of! There will be no restock on these (online, anyway). Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Both prints are holographic and 11x17, and all come with a personalized doodle by me of the UT character of your choice! Put who you would like drawn in the notes of your order and thy will be done. :)

SANS PRINT LISTING

METTATON PRINT LISTING

I need to cover some rent stuff this month, so please do me a favor and signal boost if you can/want to! I will be mailing these out once they’re all sold out/all doodles are completed!

HEY CAN WE JUST RECOGNIZE THAT HUNK GARRETT IS NOT JUST COMEDY RELIEF AND HE IS NOT JUST ALL SMILES AND NERVOUSNESS AND DOES NOT ALWAYS THINK ABOUT FOOD???

LOOK AT HOW SERIOUS HUNK IS WHEN THEY ALL MEET ROLO AND NYMA. HE WAS THE ONE WHO DIDNT TRUST ROLO ENTERING THE LIONS. IT WASNT ONLY BECAUSE HE WANTED TO RESCUE SHAY hunay hunay BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH SENDACK AND HOW LANCE AND SHIRO GOT HURT BECAUSE OF IT.

LOOK AT HIS EXPRESSIONS. THESE ARE THE FACES OF A PERSON THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MESS AROUND WITH. 

THROUGHOUT THE EPISODE, HUNK WAS TAKING CHARGE IN THE MISSION BACK TO BULMERA TO SAVE SHAY. HE WAS ALSO IN CHARGE OF HOW THEY DEALT WITH ROLO AND NYMA WHEN IT CAME TO PROVIDING PARTS FOR ROLO TO USE BECAUSE OF COURSE HES THE AMAZING ENGINEER WE ALL LOVE HIM TO BE. HUNK IS VERY SMART BOY WHO SPECIALIZES IN  ENGINEERING AND DUDE NO ONE ELSE IN THE GROUP except possibly coran COULD HAVE HELPED ROLO WITH HIS SHIP THIS DUDE IS A MIRACLE WORKER.

HE WAS REALLY SUSPICIOUS OF ROLO AND NYMA AND DUDE

HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT IT.

HUNK REALLY NEEDS TO BE APPRECIATED HE HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL AND I LOVE HIM. SURE, HE MAY BE OUR SUNSHINE PALADIN BUT WHEN HE IS SERIOUS, HE PROBABLY WONT HESITATE TO KICK SOMEONE’S ASS. HUNK IS UNDER-APPRECIATED. HUNK IS INTELLIGENT. HE IS STRONG. HE IS DETERMINED. AND WHEN THE TIME COMES, HE CAN BE FEARLESS.

TLDR; HUNK ISNT JUST COMEDY RELIEF. DREAMWORKS PLEASE GIVE US MORE HUNK HE HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL AS A CHARACTER!!!! MORE SERIOUS HUNK PLEASE!!!

Sweater Weather

Jughead x Reader

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Request: Can you do an imagine where Jughead breaks up with the reader and she doesn’t go  to school for a couple of days and when she returns she’s a mess wearing joggers and something of Jugheads.

Warnings: none/fluff/possible swearing

Summary: Based on the Neighbourhood Sweater Weather, Jughead breaks the readers heart, she’s a mess and when he sees what he’s done he realises it was a mistake.

Originally posted by juptern

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If you really want to help people who have been victims/survivors of abuse and/or people with mental illness, please give a little more effort to how you speak.

‘You don’t deserve to be treated poorly’ > ‘Don’t let people treat you poorly’

'You haven’t done anything you need to apologize for, it’s okay’ > 'Stop saying sorry all the time, you didn’t do anything wrong’

'They were trying to get into your head, it’s not your fault that they succeeded’ > 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’

Please focus more on validating, supporting and reminding people that they deserve better than the way they were treated, and the way they think about themselves. Please stop spreading the idea that guilt, shame, insecurity and maltreatment are things people bring upon themselves.

You’re not helping people if you blame them for feeling the perfectly natural emotions that come from trauma and mental illness. Nobody ‘lets’ bad things happen to them. Nobody ‘chooses’ to be hurt or ashamed.

who you should fight: hwarang edition
  • sun woo: fight him at any given moment
  • ah ro: do not come close, she'll end you. 0/10 would recommend
  • sam maek jong: ok you can fight him and probably win but then you'll see his sad puppy eyes and realise you haven't actually won bc now you feel terrible??? stay away if you have a conscience
  • princess sook-myung: if you want to lose the fight and your pulse, go ahead and fight her
  • soo ho: absolutely. obliterate him or die trying. then now forever
  • ban ryu: he already has enough to deal with please spare him (side note you'd totally win)
  • soo yeon: i mean you could try if you're ready to get your head smashed in
  • hansung: honestly why would you hate yourself this bad do not touch this cinnamon roll
  • yeo wool: don't even think about it, he'll have you fucking exposed with all the shit you did from your 12 year-old phase to present and nobody is ready for that. ever

ashjest  asked:

Hello! I've noticed the current hot cat of internet is the Scottish fold. They are certainly handsome little things and the ones I've come across seem to be consistently curious and intelligent (&adored by their people, which could of course be a factor). I've been looking into getting a companion for my own hellion. Do you do breed overviews on cats? I'd love to see your thoughts on them. Tax: came for Lucifer, stayed for more excellent anecdotes and you being all around excellent. Thank you ;)

I can talk about certain cat breeds. Cats have not been bred into quite the same variety of forms as dogs have been, but there are a few interesting bits that have been propagated for human amusement.

As usual, please note the disclaimer. These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your animal is going to encounter in their life.

Originally posted by waffles-the-cat

They’re cute ears, right?

The ‘fold’ characteristic of the breed occurs because of a single gene mutation affecting cartilage. The ears are the most obvious external sign, but the mutation also affects cartilage everywhere else in the body, which results in osteochondrodysplasia and multiple painful joint problems.

All Scottish folds will have this to some degree, if they have folded ears. This gene is autosomal dominant, which means that only one copy is required to fold the ears. Cats that are homozygous for this mutation would be expected to have worse symptoms than cats that are heterozygous.

This is such a significant problem, and brings the ethics of breeding these cats with folded ears into question, that registration for the breed was delayed due to negative welfare impacts on the cat. It’s worth noting though that a Scottish fold without the fold mutation is still a Scottish fold, and will have the same personality as one, just minus this one genetic feature/issue.

This breed also has a higher incidence of polycystic kidney disease, where random cysts of fluid occur in the kidneys, leading to early kidney failure, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle which will result in heart failure, but there are genetic screening tests available for these conditions which should be used in breeding colonies.

I wonder if the general public would accept Scottish Folds without the fold, or whether we are just enamored with those ears and not the rest of the cat.

People totally miss the opportunity to sort Grantaire in Ravenclaw in their Harry Potter aus.

Combeferre’s been sat there for 45 mins outside trying to work out the riddle to get into the dorm, he’s got notes and everything, but then Grantaire, the smartass, just fucking waltzes by and talks shit and immediately gets in through sheer sass.

Or better yet, when even he can’t figure out the answer, he just rambles endlessly about the possible meanings of the riddle until the knocker is like ‘oh my god you can come in just shut up please, god, never in my hundreds of years have I met anyone so annoying.’

Please consider Grantaire as a Ravenclaw.

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“This is how it was explained to me, and I don’t know if I’m using the word correctly, but this is how it was explained to me. There are singers who are “singers”, and they can do, like, whatever. They can go high, they can go low, their breathing is good, all the techniques, whatever. And then there are stylists*. A stylist is someone who… maybe they’re not the best signer technically, maybe they cannot do all the things that a traditionally trained singer could do, but a stylist will make you want to listen to them because of the things they do with their voice, because of the things they have decided to do with their voice, that are just entertaining, for whatever reason they are intriguing. Maybe they have interesting tones, or they change up, they do so much during the song that you can’t help but being entertained, even though it may not be traditionally or technically proficient. It’s just so crazy interesting to listen to. To me, I would think that Louis is more of a stylist. His singing a lot of the time is very passionate, very raspy, very emotional, and that’s all I care about when he’s singing. When he sings, there’s something that comes through that makes me feel what he’s feeling and that makes me feel plugged it right there with him and I wanna listen. […] I’m saying all this to say that I guess I could understand where people are coming from, when they try to say that ‘he’s not a great singer’, because maybe they don’t see him as a technically proficient singer. I don’t care about that because when someone is performing and they’re putting so much passion and emotion into it that I’m now feeling it myself, that’s all I need. And if someone can accomplish that with their singing, if someone gets that across to me with their singing, then I think they’re an awesome singer. If I’m watching it and I’m like ‘Oh my God, I love this, this is so pleasing to my ears’, I don’t care about what notes they’re hitting or how they’re doing it, what their breathing is like, if their falsetto was on point, or whatever… if I’m touched by it, then I think they’re great. And every time Louis sings, I’m like, woah, my ears love this, I’m feeling it. What more do you need?”

Paladin Week: Paladins in the Game

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As a Player:

A paladin is the archetypal hero class. They are often lawful good and do not use underhanded tactics to win battles, only their skill, mettle, and the holy power of their deity to help them hit really hard. It should make a good paladin uncomfortable to be sneaking around in the dark or taking out a guard from behind. Most players forget this and often just play along with the party’s plans. While yes, this is mechanically favorable in D&D to sneak up on enemies, this isn’t what the paladin is all about. The paladin meets foes loudly, honorably, and on equal terms. It makes for interesting roleplaying situations with the party, with NPCs, and even with enemies.

Paladins as a class are without a doubt the best suited for roleplaying. They even have a set of rules depending on your chosen Oath for how you should play your character: your Vows. The vows are listed in the Players Handbook and restrict what the paladin can and can’t do. Always play this up and use it to develop your character. How does your character feel about your vows? Are there some that you adhere to better than others? Is sticking to them at all a burden for you? Whenever a test of your vows comes up in a game, it should always be a big deal for you. It’s a moment that defines what the future holds for your character. If you fail at your vows, you may start on a path away from the paladin class, or potentially even an oathbreaker paladin!

Please note, however, that having vows doesn’t mean you have to root out all the evil in the playgroup and slay them. Paladins can work with less-than-reputable characters and still not break their vows. They could even hope to change such characters’ ways over time through example. Come up with a reason to work with a player if their character is overtly evil. This is meant to be a cooperative game, so you will need them! And minor evils are nothing to get worked up about. Remember, you may have taken these vows but your allies didn’t!

If you don’t like some of your vows, try inventing some of your own! Just make sure that you run them by your DM and that each vow sets a real boundary for your character. Make them something that you know will come up in-game. “Be a murder hobo” is not a good vow. “Show no mercy to the wicked” is a good vow because now you cannot ever save a bad guy, even if you need information from them or a favor from them!

Playing a paladin mean no one will ever die easily while you are conscious. Every point of Lay on Hands in your pool of HP can stabilize a dying creature in a pinch, and neither diseases nor poison will ever harm you or your party for more than a day. Paladins are also ridiculously powerful in terms of damage, able to burst down big creatures with only a spell slot or two. However, the real guesswork with a paladin comes from rationing your resources. If you spend all of your Lay on Hands points in one go, a single poison, disease, or death saving throw can drastically harm your party. If you use too many Divine Smites, you lose the utility offered by your spells. To capitalize on the paladin’s abilities, you want to carefully decide when healing is necessary. As long as you keep players above a one-hit KO, you won’t waste your turn and theirs to revive them. Remember to use special attacks like Shove or Grapple to save on some of your crowd-controlling spells later. Don’t waste smites or spell slots on weak creatures. You are a paladin! Save your divine smites for powerful fiends and undead!

Oh and stay close to your low-WIS allies (fighters, barbarians, and arcane spellcasters) with your auras of anti-fear, anti-charm, and saving throw bonuses. Your mere presence can aid those currently at their weakest, whether you stand in the thick of battle or on the sidelines protecting the casters. The safest place for anybody in your party is at your side. 

As a DM:

Dealing with paladins that grind the game to a halt.

As a minor warning, some paladins can bring the game to a grinding halt by following their vows to the letter and forcing their vows upon others. Remember, in this edition paladins cannot detect the alignment of regular people. This is a huge help because now potentially evil players can play alongside good paladins without turning the campaign into a PvP slugfest. Paladins that still want to try and do this will often try to make Insight checks to determine whether a PC’s alignment or actions are evil. Don’t let them do this forever until they succeed. Only offer this check when the paladin witnesses a player committing an evil act. Otherwise, that’s just prejudiced. Maybe the wizard is just going through a goth phase. That doesn’t mean you can just "Insight" that they are evil by looking at them. Don’t let the paladin break your game and be the moderator you have to be. On the flipside, don’t let evil players get away with anything and everything, either. Occasional group tension is actually good for character development. Just make sure all parties are aware it’s intended purpose.

To challenge a paladin is merely a matter of endurance. Since most of playing a paladin is resource management, long drawn-out dungeons or periods without rest will force a paladin to either get creative or risk running out of steam before the final boss. Another simple way to challenge them is to give them swarms of weaker creatures. It will usually be fun, at the time, to romp through hordes of kobolds and smashing them with a hammer, but if the paladin is managing their spells and abilities wisely, it will start to wear upon them as they start to take hits here and there.

Challenge a paladin’s roleplaying ability is with a moral quandary every now and then. Put some evildoers in danger from a greater evil. Depending on the paladin’s vows, they may either be required to save them or let them die. Make sure there are tangible consequences on both sides of the coin. Take note of your paladin character’s vows and make sure your moral tests specifically challenge those vows. If they follow their vows, there will be consequences. It should be obvious for a player, mechanically, to follow their vows. That’s how you’re supposed to play a paladin. If there is a downside to following their vows this time, then the decision won’t be so clear. This will make them work hard for it: Do they follow their vows and cause harm to the party or their mission? Or do they break their vows and need to atone? If atonement is a-ok for your player, then add consequences to both sides of a moral quandary until it starts to actually become difficult.

Moreover, make sure that the paladin grows with every moral test. When they encounter a new one, remind them what they did with the last moral test and how that turned out. They will be forced to think even harder each time, eventually becoming a hardened paladin that follows their vows without question or else falling, either becoming an oathbreaker paladin or simply multiclassing into a new class.

here on the studyblr community especially, i see many lovely people with lovely posts and other lovely people who stress over whether their work is ‘aesthetic’ enough or not. please keep the following tips in mind when trying to balance aesthetic and functionality. 

*important

you absolutely positively do not need a certain brand of stationery to have studyblr aesthetic and please do keep in mind the actual purpose of your studyblr: to motivate yourself, to serve as something to look back at to see how much you’ve accomplished. having a studyblr isn’t all about having perfect notes and nice pens so please please please don’t stress over that.

rewriting notes

i plan on making a more specific post on note taking later on but these tips are specific for addressing this issue. i know a lot of people who rewrite notes to make them look pretty and some of them say that it helps them remember things better. please do keep in mind that the main purpose of your notes is to function as something to study off of later and to help you record and remember important information, not to look aesthetic all the time. i personally refrain from rewriting notes because it’s time consuming and really doesn’t help me that much. to help remember the material better, i highlight the key parts of my notes a few days before a test (can’t highlight immediately after anyways because of ink smudging problems ughhhh). it also helps to look over your notes and for more lengthy units, to make ‘review sheets’ based on the basic summary and main ideas.

stationery

i love nice pens just as much as the next stationery obsessed person (maybe a little more), but please don’t feel pressured to buy a bunch of stuff just because you’re starting a studyblr. your hard work will motivate you and others just as well with the $1 pens as with the $10 pens, i promise. if you really want to buy stationery because you earnestly love it then go ahead and buy it instead of feeling self conscious and awkward like ‘i like it a lot but other people might point me out for having nice stationery if i buy it’. if you really want to buy nice stationery but don’t have enough money (nothing to be ashamed of at all) try looking for cheaper alternatives. you can still be practical and on a budget and have nice, functional stationery. please remember that as long as it does it’s job, it’s gonna work, so try to work with you have. maybe you’ll end up liking the style or grip of the brandless pen more than the one of the brand name pen. 

cuteness

alright, let’s get to reality guys. people try to make their work look cute and successfully achieve that part but when they go back to actually read the material or go over their notes, start squinting over the words with adorable little bunnies around them or get distracted by the beautiful loopy swirls instead of paying attention to the actual information. please remember that functionality comes first! some ways you can make your work look nice but not too overwhelming would be to add small doodles relating to the concept on the side (helpful with remembering and cute!), maybe add a few colors (personally i feel adding too much color is super duper distracting so i stick to simple, similar color schemes but if you have a helpful color coding system then go ahead and rock your work in the rainbow~), and sticky notes are great for adding additional information or making tiny little note here and there and sort of ‘isolating’ those parts on a separate square if that makes sense.

handwriting

okay, i have seen this around tumblr way too many times. often, people think that their handwriting isn’t nice enough and feel that they have to re-do everything over and over again until it’s perfect. please do keep in mind that your handwriting is beautiful just the way it is and that it’s a unique little part of you that expresses who you are. seriously, if you hung up your handwriting along with a billion others, anyone would be able to recognize that it’s yours because its so special and individual. it doesn’t help to practically disown your handwriting and constantly put yourself down because of it. instead, embrace it and use it proudly. however if you feel that there are some areas where it causes problems you want to improve, such as the fact that your teacher can’t read it, try to make your letters more clear, space them out more, and make them bigger or smaller so that they’re easier to read. 

additional note

these are the four main issues i’ve seen around, and i just really felt like they needed to be addressed and given tips for. also i really need to add this one part for people who have nice things and font-like handwriting: there’s no need to be ashamed or to feel guilty for having those nice things and that kind of handwriting. if you have the resources then do what you want to do. this is for people out there who obsess over these things too much and get upset if they don’t fit an ideal standard of ‘studyblr aesthetic’.

good luck. you can do this!! ~hana from kageyama-studies

Rest, You Need It

He needs to tell the team that he isn’t going to train today. Lance has managed to hide a head cold since yesterday, but if he wants to get better, he is going to need to rest. 

He blames this on Pidge. She’s been running a fever and complained of sore throat but 3 days ago Shiro forced her to bed with the flu. Everyone has been really good about keeping her comfortable, though Lance won’t deny that he has tried to avoid any real contact. 

While the other Paladins and the Alteans included, have provided her with food, medicine, and comfort when she asked, Lance who came from a big family, was to familiar with the saying, “Once one goes down, they all go down.” So he isn’t all that surprised that he doesn’t feel good, even if he thought he was doing a good job of preventing it. 

He needs to talk to Shiro first. 

Shiro will be more understanding.

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Just got back from Voter Protection Training!

It went really well! We do it in odd election years before the primaries because there are historically a lot of shenanigans regarding people crossfiling to get in primaries for parties not their own and we tend to have election observers for the different candidates in place, but there was a lot of general purpose information I want to generally make sure everyone knows.

Polling Place Dos and Don’ts: Campaigning

  • Candidate Behavior in Polling Places: Candidates can enter, vote and leave. They cannot hang around inside to say “hi” to voters, even if it’s stuff that’s not technically partisan like “I just want to thank you for voting today!” Vote and get out.
  • Not a candidate? You still literally shouldn’t even speak a candidate’s name while inside the polling place. This extends to the poll workers - if you forget a candidate’s name and ask the poll worker what it is, they actually should not even tell you that much. If you ever see a poll worker suggesting a specific candidate or seeming to promote a candidate, it is a violation and should be reported.
  • Along similar lines: do not wear candidate paraphernalia inside. No buttons, no shirts, no hats, no weird fun themed socks. This is a bit of a gray area but generally speaking, err on the side of caution and don’t.
  • Pamphlets should be handed out outside the polls, not inside. Rules vary by state, but generally you can’t hand out literature for a candidate inside the polls or within a certain perimeter of the entrance. I’ve seen some argument back and forth as to what counts as the “entrance” if you have two sets of doors, with an outer one to the building and an inner one, but I’ve absolutely reported people for being inside the polling building and seen them dutifully standing outside afterwards, so generally assume they should not be in the building.
  • NO ONE CAN BLOCK VOTERS FROM ENTERING OR INTIMIDATE VOTERS, INCLUDING GETTING IN THEIR PATH OR DEMANDING IDENTIFICATION OUTSIDE THE POLLS.
  • I want to really emphasize that last point - if you are in a voter ID state, your ID will be checked INSIDE. If you are asked for your ID outside the poll, that is a violation and those people do not have legitimate authority.
  • If someone is intimidating or harassing voters, including demanding to see ID,  report them. Additionally AS LONG AS YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE POLLING PLACE - get them on video on your phone if possible. Post the video to social media, but also post it to your local news station’s Facebook page. That having been said, be veeeery cautious about doing this inside a polling place - there are definitely rules in some states about recording inside a polling place. I’m afraid I can’t give general advice for this situation.
  • If you are unable to get into your polling place due to accessibility issues, that is also a violation. Report it, same as above.

Reporting Violations: See Something? Say Something!

  • Spot violations? Report them ASAP so they can be stopped before the day is out. They might get one or two voters, unfortunately, but don’t let them scare people away all day! They can be blatant about this type of thing, too - we had a story in tonight’s training about a district where, for years, Latinx voters were turned away at the door and told that “Latinos don’t vote here.” It was finally uncovered three years later when a phone banker calling for a local candidate spoke with a Latina woman who asked “Will I be able to vote this year?” and “I haven’t been able to vote these past few years, do Latinos vote somewhere else?” This was uncovered in 2012. Keep a sharp eye out. 
  • Generally speaking, each polling place should have a Judge of Elections - if anything is wrong, go to them first. Ask a poll worker until you get to speak to them.
  • Is the Judge of Elections complicit or not cooperating? Then go over to their head to the County Board of Elections. This information, obviously, varies by County, but I suggest googling it for your County and putting it into your phone’s address book.
  • 866-OUR-VOTE also does voter protection services, but their reactions may be slower, so go to them only after the above steps.
  • Phone issues/phone anxiety/etc.? There may also be places to report online! As I was informed, state sites are often more reliable for that then county, but please try to file a report on both. 
  • But the most important thing of all? Report A.S.A.P. The day after the election might stop them from pulling a repeat act next year, but who knows how many voters they’ll be able to stop before then? Don’t let these clowns operate all day! 
  • Finally, just as a note if you do see someone actively intimidating voters: record and report, but do not engage. However, you can offer to escort voters inside if they’re being intimidated! 
  • If you see someone being intimidated, encourage them to come forward - if you’re being intimidated, PLEASE come forward. Reporting when it happens the only way to nip this kind of thing in the bud. Without people coming forward and reporting, we get Latinx people being turned away from a polling place for three entire years before someone actually alerts the authorities because apparently no one posted a competent election watcher in that entire frigging time.
  • (I’m still so mad about that story - just oh my god.)

Trouble With Voting? Name Not on the Roll? No Voter ID?

  • Again, can’t emphasize this enough: If you have any trouble voting, flag down the judge of elections if you need help, then call your county board of elections if that fails or the judge is complicit in the problem.
  • Is your name not on the rolls? If all they’ve done is flip the book open to your alphabetical spot, they have not done their due diligence. Voter registration can be slow: sometimes, voter registrations will be sent in as “supplementals” to the book, depending on when they arrive. Have them check back of book for the supplementals first.
  • Still can’t find your name? Are you reasonably sure you’re in the right place and have registered? Better yet, is the online voter registration checker telling you you’re registered? Have the Judge of Elections call the county board of elections to see if you’ve been registered but not yet entered in the book yet!
  • Also, live in a Voter ID state? Check to make sure of the requirements! Some states only require voter ID if it’s your first time voting in that polling place. The exact form of acceptable ID may vary but your driver’s license should always be enough. If they’re telling you it isn’t, they are lying. Report it.
  • And if all else fails? ENTER A PROVISIONAL BALLOT. If you can prove after the fact that you’re eligible to vote at that polling place -  say, if you forgot your voter ID - you can still have your vote counted! 
  • You may never be denied a provisional ballot, ever. If someone tells you they’ve run out of provisional ballots they are ALMOST CERTAINLY LYING - they have a truly absurd amount of those on hand and can call for more. If someone tells you this, call the board of elections and tell them “Hey, [x voting place] is out of provisional ballots.” That’ll be resolved real quick then.
  • In fact, was there a mixup about your polling place? Whenever possible, you should always get to your actual voting place, but if you can’t make it in time to vote there, try filing a provisional ballot at the polling place where you currently are! It may be counted for your proper polling place later! Basically only do this if you physically cannot get to your polling place before the polls close, though. 
  • If you or someone else needs translation services, they are legally entitled to them; however, the translator does need to be certified, generally; you can’t just bring a friend or family member in to translate in the booth.

Poll Watcher and Worker Responsibilities

  • Poll watchers are usually registered for a certain candidate. I’m not sure if this is true for all states but in at least some there is a limit to number of poll watchers per candidate. Sometimes they’ll let a generic political party have a poll watcher (E.G., ‘Poll watcher for the Democratic Party’, etc.), but it’s rare and may be thrown out, so don’t count on it if you have another option.
  • Poll watchers need to be registered and approved. You can’t just show up and ‘poll watch’. If someone is claiming to be a poll watcher without official papers, report them. If someone is trying to ‘poll watch’ inside the polls without official papers, definitely report them.
  • What can poll watchers do? Well, for starters, they can check before polls open that numbers are at zero! After that, their job is to sit at table and watch. 
  • Do NOT tell any voters what candidate you are pollwatching for. That is a violation. See that thing about “literally do not speak a candidate’s name inside of a polling place” above.
  • Poll watchers can also watch the votes being counted and can even watch as the write-ins and absentee ballots are counted.
  • Aside from the Judge of Elections, poll workers, and poll watchers, polling places may also have an inspector for each party. Poll staff can be elected or appointed, depending on the position - if your polling place doesn’t have anyone from your party, you can tell the judge of elections you’re interested in volunteering. HOWEVER, you’re there from before it opens to after the last vote is counted, so make sure you’re up for that because that is a loooong day.
  • Finally, just as a general note: Exit pollers can ask you how you voted, but you can refuse to answer - no one can force you to answer how you voted.

And that’s my absurdly long voter protection spiel! There’s a lot of other voting rights stuff to know in terms of registration, felon registration rights (varies by state!), homeless registration rights (I know in at least some states you can register even if you’re homeless and just need to circle the area you’re usually in on a map in order to register, but that may not be universal), but we just covered stuff at the polls themselves here.

Now, get out there and vote! Every year has at least a primary and a general election, plus sometimes special elections - please don’t just turn out for Presidential elections!

anonymous asked:

DAI companions reacting to the Inquisitor being badly injured? Romance companions as well please?

Cassandra: She’s scared and worried, of course, but she knows what to do. She gets them out of harm’s way, pours some healing poultice over their wounds, and warns them before she does that it will sting (it does, and she apologizes as she applies it), and gets them to a healer. She lets the healer do their job, but as soon as they’re out of the tent, she asks about their condition. Later, she visits them and warns them to be more careful in the future. If Romanced: It proceeds largely the same, except only if the healer allows it, she stays with him while the healer works, clutching his hand as he moans or even screams in pain, depending on what the healer does– be it potions or poultices or stitches or surgery. “I know it hurts. Stay strong and stay still. I’m here with you, and you’re going to be okay. Hold on for me. Please…”

Blackwall: He hauls the Inquisitor out of danger and hurries to camp in search of a healer. He’s panicking and running as fast as he can go, heart palpitating with fear as blood trickles down from them onto his armor (he doesn’t mind). He passes them to a healer and stays nearby, wincing when he hears their cries from where they’re being treated. If Romanced: He stays by her bedside as the healer works, holding her hand and squeezing it, wincing if she screams in pain. “I’m so sorry I didn’t do a better job of protecting you,” he apologizes, “I won’t leave you now. I’m not going anywhere. Breathe.”

Iron Bull: He picks them up and books it to the nearest healer, and stuffs one of Stitches’ poultices down their throat for good measure (in spite of their disgusted cries). It doesn’t bother him in the least how much they squirm or scream or kick or cry; his only thoughts are getting them to a healer and somewhere safe to recover. He stands guard nearby as the healer works, and offers them strong booze later to take some of the pain away. If Romanced: He acts the same, but on the inside, he’s fucking terrified. He stays with them through it all, squeezing their hand and talking them through it. “I know, Kadan, I know it hurts. I’m here. You’re going to be okay. It’s going to hurt like a motherfucker, but you’ll be okay…”

Sera: She curses, loudly, and hurries to the Herald’s side, trying her best to get them up (if conscious) or rouse them (if unconscious). She’ll shoot anyone that isn’t a party member that gets too close. “Stop dying, you!” she orders, shakily and angry. She manages to get them to a healer, and she promises them booze as soon as they’re all cleaned up by the healer. If Romanced: She stays with her as the healer works, griping her hand as she groans or even screams. “I’m here, love, it’s going to hurt but it’s going to be okay. You have to be okay.”

Varric: He curses and drags them out of harm’s way if they can’t walk, and applies healing poultices until someone else can pick them up and carry them back to camp. If they’re conscious (and either moaning or screaming in pain) he tries to soothe them as best he can. “Come on, Boss,” he hums nervously, “it’s not time for the hero to die. Not yet.”

Cole: He’s at their side in a flash, tending to their injured areas as best he can, knowing exactly where it hurts and how much, with or without their shouting. If he can do so without hurting them more, he actually uses a potion to knock them out, because they won’t feel as much pain. “You can’t die. People need you. So many will hurt if you die…”

Dorian: Lets out a steady steam of Tevene curses as he rushes to their side and begins casting as many healing spells as he knows and snapping at anyone who gets in the way if they aren’t a healer. He gets someone to then carry them back to camp where a healer is, and stays nearby, willing to help however he can. If Romanced: The same as above, but like the others, he sits in with them while the healer works, murmuring reassurances and silently pleading that they make it.

Solas: He handles it practically, casting healing spells to stabilize them, then getting them to camp. He checks on them periodically, sometimes to cast more healing spells, others to simply to ensure they’re alright. If Romanced: He’s much more panicked as he tries to tend to her; he can’t bear the thought of her dying, not now, not ever. He barely leaves her side until she heals, sleeping or awake, the former of which is the only time she doesn’t feel as much pain, so he tries to keep her relaxed while in the Fade– less stress, less pain.

Vivienne: Like Solas, she handles it in the most efficient and practical manner, stabilizing them, taking note of where the injuries are and how severe they are, and relaying them to whatever doctor takes over their care. She always seems to come by when the pain flares up the most, with a potion that handles the worst of symptoms. “Please,” she urges, “feel better soon, Darling. Let me know if I can help you any further.”

Josephine: She finds out after they get injured. When they come back to Skyhold to recover, she makes sure their room is clean and comfortable, that they have good food and clean baths, and the best of the healers on hand to help them. She visits them in their quarters with cookies and a card that reads Get Well Soon, and checks on them at least once a day. If Romanced: She panics and darts to their side as soon as they arrive in Skyhold. Every moment that does not require her work or attention, she’s with them, doing her best to keep their spirits up, and to reassure herself that they’ll be okay.

Leliana: She finds out quickly by her messengers, and comes to visit the Herald once they get to Skyhold. She does not flinch as they cry out if the doctor’s treatments hurt or as their pain rises; she just reassures them that they’ll make it. She has someone stationed nearby the whole time just to make sure no one tries to attack the Herald while they’re already down.

Cullen: He winces when he hears it, and if the injuries were the result of an attack, he ups the amount of soldiers following the Inquisitor, much to their chagrin. He visits now and again to wish them a swift recovery. If Romanced: His heart sinks when he finds out, and spends the time waiting for her to come back to Skyhold a nervous wreck, pacing and working incessantly. Once she’s actually there, he waits for her at the gates, sees her to her room, and spends any moment he’s not working with her.

So we’re only a few days from Welcome to the Madness

Not gonna lie, guys, I’m starting to freak out a little.

Do we even have a plan?

There’s gonna be the PV (basically), and a manga (which looks to die for), and according to sources you’re supposed to read the manga first? So like… When this comes out. Who makes sure we get an accurate translation of the manga as soon as humanly possible? So that we can read it and get to watching the PV equally soon??? Where do I keep a lookout for all this stuff???? And is anyone organizing a support group?????????

Please split into groups and discuss, take notes, hand in at the end of class, thank you.

too late || isaac lahey

word count: 3954

request:  can i get an isaac imagine where he cheats on you and you two fight and he wont apologize for what he did. and then a mission comes up & it ends where you die in his arms? just really angsty please. maybe base it off of “too little, too late” by jojo?

warnings: lots of angst, breakdown, death

author’s note: this request is from my old blog, but i had the idea in google docs, so here it is! enjoy xo (not my gif)

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ATTENTION!

Okay so I just had an idea that i think would be AMAZING for the PJO fandom that I would love to create as an ongoing project throughout this school year or possibly even next year. I’m not sure if it has been done before BUT i would like to put this idea out there so y’all can give me feedback and maybe I can start getting this plan in action. 

Okay I’ll just say it.

I was thinking of making an “Apollo’s Guide to Self Care”. The name basically tells you all that you need to know. I wanted to make a “Self Care Guide” for people that might need it and I figured, why not make it a group effort with the Percy Jackson fandom? And who better to deliver these tips than Apollo himself?

So here’s my plan. If i choose to go through with this, I will be making a separate account where everyone, no matter who they are, can submit their personal self care tips on how to take care of your body and try to view yourself in a different way. It can be stories even, based on experiences that you’ve been through, and methods that helped you get through it. I will put all of these in a list and keep the full on stories separate. 

Now here’s the fun part. For the pieces of advice that are things like “drink water,” I will recruit any artists that are interested to choose what pieces of advice they’d like to draw Apollo giving. Each piece of advice will correspond with a day within 365 days (hopefully if I come up with that many. If not then probably a couple months) and that will be the artist’s deadline to have their drawing either submitted to me or posted with me tagged in it. And every day, since the moment I start posting for as long as I have drawings coming in, I will post the advice corresponding with that day. 

What about the stories? Well that’s the special part. Every week there is a special day for just stories of people’s experiences. They won’t be in drawings unless that specific person wants there to be. This day is probably going to be every Monday or Friday, depending on what works best. On that day, instead of getting the usual advice from every day, I will post someone’s story, if they want me to. The person can say how they got through it, how they’re getting through it, or how they’re planning on getting through it. And if they don’t know how to do any of those things, then the blog would be an open space for people to try and give their own advice for how to help with the problem. These stories can also be submitted anonymously. 

And if I were to make this blog, my plan is for it to just be a safe space for any half-blood out there. People will always be free to send asks for advice, and me and probably a few other mods will try our best to come up with some advice or people you could refer to. People can also come up with advice for certain people in certain situations. 

Basically, I just want to create a safe place for people that need it and somewhere you can find someone to talk to no matter what time of day it is. If you think I should create this blog, please reblog this post to not only spread the word, but to give me your stamp of approval. 

I would like to get at least 100 notes on this before I start it. The number may go down depending on the reaction

EDIT: The blog is up and running! You can find it @apollosguidetoselfcare

Headshot Commission Sale - Round 3! + Hello Stormblood Sale!

My queue has finally shrunk down to a manageable size once more, so I am once again open for commissions, and one final round of $15 headshots! After this month, I will be raising the price / offering something a little different! (All funds raised from these are going to help me fund my trip to NC in August to see someone v. special to me!)

In addition, I am offering $5 off the first three colored commissions this month featuring Red Mage or a Samurai, to celebrate the release of FFXIV’s Stormblood!

I will also be offering my first ever summer-themed YCH. I’ll be posting it this week!

And as always, regular commissions are open, too!


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