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can you believe the dan and phil house contains, among other things, a sign that says dan and phil’s recording studio pointing up at the office, a blobfish plushie that phil has described as his baby and dan has described as a perfect representation of his personality, a kitchen sponge adorned in hearts, framed album art of a band that neither of them listen to much anymore but that partially brought them together eight years ago displayed front and center in their lounge, vanilla cake scented shower gel that phil claims he ordered but that dan almost certainly steals, and two cactus plushies with fringes, one for each of them, holding hands on the windowsill :(


The Freedom (300 sq ft) by Milford, Michigan based Minimalist Homes -


- 40 x 8 feet and 9.5 feet high
- 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom, a full kitchen, washer and drier
- Hardwood floors, granite counters
- Fully built out with top quality materials and components
- High efficiency heating, cooling, hot and cold water
- All codes met
- LED lighting
- Efficient hot water system
- Very high R factors for maximum comfort at low costs in all climates
- $5,000 credit for exterior finish on-site.

Pricing: Delivered $70,000 - Installed $80,000

jojo2k6  asked:

So apparently it was not common in the US to shower more than once a week until the 1940s, around the same time people started using deodorant regularly. Are the regulars of Lackadaisy all radiating a personal funk that everyone is too polite to talk about?

Hmm.  Interesting topic.

To start with: yep. People were probably dirtier and smellier in the past, on average. Everything was.  Cigarette smoke permeated the walls and rugs and upholstery of every interior and surely clung to everyone’s clothing.  Coal dust and smoke lingered in the air outside where businesses were beset with scant environmental regulation, and where industrial and residential zones were nestled in together.  All sorts of noxious things were dumped into the rivers, and considerably more people did hard, manual labor and factory work in conditions we’d regard as deplorable now…but which probably seemed pretty normal to them.  If the sweaty dock worker next to you hadn’t bathed since last Saturday, you probably didn’t notice or care, because you hadn’t either, and the body of water you were standing over smelled a whole lot worse.

Having opened with that, though, there are a lot of adages still floating around out there about how little people bathed in the past and how rank they must have been as a result, but there’s a fair amount of misunderstanding, untruth, and unaccounted for cultural change mixed into those ideas too.  So, here are some things to consider about the early 20th century-

- If your criteria for ‘bathing’ is limited to being in a full size bathtub with running water, standing under a showerhead or soaking, then yes, bathing was comparatively infrequent.  It is not generally true, however, that people didn’t wash and otherwise put effort into keeping themselves clean.  This might involve jumping in a stream or spring, going at it sponge-bath style, ladling water over themselves in a small tub, or routinely cleaning up with the pitcher and bowl washstand found in most any bedroom where a sink was not within reach.

- Whether or not you bathed regularly in a bathtub or shower would depend a whole lot on where you lived.  Bear in mind that extensive water/sewer systems, indoor plumbing and the convenience of a dedicated bathroom in one’s house containing a sink, toilet and tub were still new developments in the early 20th century.  My house, for example, was built ~1910 in a place just outside the city. Originally, it had an outhouse in the yard and no bathrooms inside.  Fitting it with bathrooms and plumbing would have been a big deal and a big expense - not everyone was able to hop on that modernity bandwagon right away.  For many, submerging themselves in water still required filling up a copper basin with buckets lugged in from an outdoor pump and heated on a stove.  It wouldn’t be very practical to do that more than once a week.

- It is certainly true that people didn’t wash their hair as often, but again, it doesn’t mean they didn’t take pains to care for their hair. Our modern idea of liquid shampoo didn’t come about until around 1927.  Lye soaps in powder form that were previously available tended to be very harsh and conditioners as we know them weren’t around to mitigate the effects, so washings had to be infrequent if you didn’t want to chemically alleviate yourself of your locks.  Washing with oils, vinegar and eggs (or some combination thereof) was a common approach too.  Brushes and talc were used to control grease build-up between washes. Hairstyling in the 1920s also involved a lot of pomades and waxes. It’d generally stay put for a while and, as you might imagine, getting all of it out of your hair would be something of a chore. “I’m washing my hair that night” sounds like a sarcastic cop out on a social engagement, but it wasn’t always such a weak excuse.  
Arguably, nowadays, we wash our hair a bit too often, though….which brings me to the next thing.

- Advertising holds enormous cultural sway, and in the 20’s and 30’s, the collective standard of what ‘clean’ is changed rather profoundly. As magazines flourished and radio became a staple of existence, people were pelted with ads for soaps, detergents, deodorants, antiperspirants and other hygiene products.  Many of them were new revelations…and many of them were inventing problems to sell cures for, generating new levels of self-consciousness and cashing in on shame.  Listerine, previously better known as a floor cleaning agent and treatment for certain sexually transmitted infections, famously launched a melodramatic crusade against halitosis - a plague the people had not even realized they were so ruinously afflicted with beforehand.  The term ‘soap opera’ comes from soap and cleaner manufacturers buying up all of the daytime radio broadcast advertising space during which drama serials aired.  People were newly expected to clean in certain ways at certain intervals with certain products.

Cleanliness is important, of course - there’s definitely an aspect of social courtesy to it, and scientifically based bar-raising on that front has done much to minimize death from infection, but to an extent, you might also say the 1920s marked the emergence of a sort of consumer driven, culturally normalized neurosis about it.


Necropolis of Hierapolis

Hierapolis, Phrygia, Turkey

The necropolis is one of the best preserved and extensive of its kind in the world. This city of the dead contains tumuli, sarcophagi and house shaped tombs lying stretched along both sides of the road extending 2km to the north. Most of about the 1200 tombs were constructed with local varieties of limestone. The extent of this necropolis attests again to the importance Hierapolis had in the Antiquity. It is worth taking one’s time to wander amongst the tombs, that date from antiquity to early Christian times, and marvel at the ostentation that these residents of Heirapolis afforded to their tombs. It has a fairyland quality.

Gruumbar’s Pit, a self-contained, isometric dungeon you can feel free to drop nearly anywhere into your world if you’d like as it’s entirely underground. The entrance is that tiny stone structure at the top, measuring roughly 10x10 feet all the way around. In our campaign that structure sits atop a small island in the middle of a river in the wilderness.

What does it contain/house/imprison? I suppose that’s up to you my friend.

Yuuri and Hasetsu

On a first viewing, the lovely detailed backgrounds of Yuuri’s hometown, Hasetsu and the information of it’s struggles seem to serve simply as a way to help build the story’s atmosphere.

However, I’d argue that more than that, Yuuri’s view of his hometown works as a reflection of how he understands himself and likewise the changes that occur to his hometown also reflect Yuuri’s changes as the story progresses.

The first we hear of the town’s troubles comes from Minako, who admits that she lacks students because so many people are moving away and as a result she wants to use Yuuri’s presence as a means of cheering people up. The visuals emphasize this with public spaces devoid of people.

This sets up an atmosphere of a town where everyone is moving away, sharing the same melancholy hopelessness of Yuuri who feels like he’s at the end of his rope, with no idea of what his future holds.

This feeds into Yuuri’s anxiety as he sees his success in the figure skating world as one of the few things the town was proud of. By losing competitions he felt like he had let them down.

It’s telling that Yuuri believes that his hometown’s supports for him isn’t because they genuinely like his skating, but just because he comes from there and they feel obligated to support him.

Also note who else is identified with the town: Minako,  Yuuri’s teacher and a very talented dancer we are later informed, but no one takes classes with her anymore. We see in her a possibility of what Yuuri’s future may hold: of no one really recognizing his talent and work now that he is no longer competing.

(I’m by no means saying that Minako is miserable in her current life, but rather for the purpose of the episode and its downbeat atmosphere Minako’s situation is presented primarily as a dancer whose extraordinary talent is in distressing lack of demand.)

A few scenes later Yuuri personally expands on the situation of the town, explaining that his family’s inn is the last of what was many hotspring resorts. The town’s best days are behind it, much like who Yuuri feels his best days in his career as a figure skater are behind him.

Yuuri then describes Hasetsu castle as just “facade”. His rather deprecating description of his hometown feels as if he is indirectly describing how he sees himself: a dime a dozen figure skater whose really just a fake. We see later in episode 5 how he downplays any mention of past successes.

All this set up in associating Yuuri with his “down on its luck” hometown comes to a satisfying payoff when Yuuri and Victor have their first ‘date’ in episode 2. It starts off rocky with Yuuri unwilling to share personal information directly to an over eager Victor.

This leads to what I think is an overlooked moment in the development of their relationship, where Victor expresses interest in the Hasetsu castle and Yuuri explains that it contains a ninja house, something that Yuuri spoke of in a disparaging way in his narration earlier, but Victor acts as if it’s the most amazing thing ever and wants a picture with it.

Yuuri is able to start to open up to Victor indirectly through his hometown and Victor openly embraces Yuuri’s hometown and finds it interesting. A parallel to how despite Yuuri’s own disparaging thoughts towards himself, Victor finds him interesting and worth his time.

This also has funny implications for when Yuri first arrives at Hasetsu. The first thing he does is stands in front of the town mascot and calls it gross before immediately wanting to take a picture of it and post it online. This serves as a foreshadowing of the fact that for all Yuri is vocally critical of Yuuri, his true feelings are more complicated, and evenly grudgingly admiring.

Then of course in the end of episode three we see the ice castle filled with enthusiastic fans cheering on Yuuri and welcoming him back, with Yu-topia filled with customers again.

This parallels a Yuuri who is also back on his feet and ready to face the challenge of winning the Grand Prix Final. It’s especially touching to see Yuuri who was too ashamed to shake hands in the first episode now facing everyone in Hasetsu and thanking them for supporting him and promising to continue skating.

anonymous asked:

Hi Essi! Could you make a list of some vocabulary list topics?

  • Greetings and basic phrases
  • Colours
  • Shapes
  • Numbers and counting
  • Measurements 
  • Telling time
  • Question words
  • Basic adjectives/verbs
  • Personal pronouns
  • Family members and relatives
  • Daily routine
  • Weather
  • Seasons: winter, spring, summer, autumn
  • Events of the year: new year, easter, birthday, halloween, christmas, etc.
  • Life events and stages of life
  • Food and beverages
  • Herbs and spices 
  • Cooking and baking
  • Dietary requirements and allergies
  • Flavours
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Physical appearance
  • Clothes and accessories
  • Makeup
  • Beauty and fashion
  • Fabrics and patterns
  • Materials
  • Body parts
  • Personality traits
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Places and buildings
  • Types of houses
  • Furniture and objects around the house
  • Containers 
  • City
  • Countryside
  • Animals and insects
  • Hobbies
  • Arts and crafts
  • Tools 
  • Music
  • TV and tv-shows
  • Movies
  • Books and literature
  • Popular movies/series/etc: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Twilight, Star Wars, Disney, Pokémon, Studio Ghibli, Moomin…
  • Sports
  • Games
  • Transportation
  • Cars and driving 
  • Traveling
  • School, studying, and stationery
  • Work and occupations
  • Diary/bullet journal
  • Post and email
  • Culture
  • Science
  • Nature
  • Natural disasters
  • Environment
  • Elements 
  • Countries and continents
  • Bodies of water 
  • Space
  • Compass points
  • Languages and linguistics
  • Profanities and insults
  • Relationships 
  • Friendship
  • Flirting 
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Religion
  • Fairytales and mythology
  • Zodiac signs
  • Computers and other electronic devices
  • Social media & different platforms (tumblr, facebook, twitter…)
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • Health and illnesses
  • Money
  • Shopping
  • Camping 
  • Names
  • Politics and elections
  • Royalty
  • Circus
  • Partying 
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Bullying
  • News 
  • Terrorism
  • Refugees
  • Military, army & war
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Pairs and opposites 
  • Idioms and proverbs
  • Tongue twisters 
  • Loanwords 
  • Abbreviations 
  • Slang 
  • Irregular verbs 
  • False friends 
  • Advanced vocabulary 












C-3 Cabin: 480 Sq. Ft. Tiny Modern Loft Home by Vandeventer and Carlander Architects. Photos by Steve Keating Photography

my town’s currently in a state of emergency due to hurricane irma so here’s some tips to help keep everyone safe !!

• if you can’t evacuate, make sure you’re in the safest place possible

• make sure you have tons of water and food that doesn’t need refrigeration such as canned goods

• if you can’t get bottled water from stores, fill up containers in your house with tap water

• also fill your bathtub with water so you’re able to do things such as flush your toilet

• have a copy of all important documents/papers saved somewhere safe such as your email

• for things you can’t digital save, put them in ziplock bags

• don’t abandon your pets

• stay out of flood water as much as possible, it’s extremely flithy

stay safe and take as many precautions as possible !! please reblog and add anything I missed