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Overwatch OC Voice Lines

I don’t know if this has been done yet, but I’m gonna take a shot at it. You know how all of the characters have lines for stuff? I wanted something where someone could think of what their character would say. Feel free to add/delete as so fits your character. For example, mine would only have interactions with former Overwatch members. So what’s your characters lines?

Character Name:


Country of Origin:

Voice Description:

Attacking (feel free to delete characters that your character wouldn’t have anything to say)

Enemy Ultimate:

Friendly Ultimate:

Ability 1:

Ability 2:

Killing Enemy:

Killing Genji:

Killing McCree:

Killing Reaper/Blackwatch Reyes:

Killing Soldier 76/Commander Morrison:

Killing Sombra:

Killing Tracer:

Killing Doomfist

Killing Widowmaker:

Killing Bastion:

Killing Hanzo:

Killing Junkrat:

Killing Mei:

Killing D.Va:

Killing Orisa:

Killing Roadhog:

Killing Reinhardt

Killing Zarya:

Killing Winston:

Killing Lucio:

Killing Mercy:

Killing Symmetra:

Killing Ana:

Killing Zenyatta:


When teammate gets an elimination:

When a teammate is on fire:


When Mercy Damage Boosts them:

Group up:


I need healing!:

Interactions (write down a possible interaction your character can have with their teammates in spawn):

What they have to say about maps:


Temple of Anubis:




Route 66:

Kings Row:



Horizon Lunar Colony: 

Volskaya Industries:

Watchpoint Gibraltar:


Support Character Specific (Write down what your character would say while healing a certain character or what the Overwatch character would say while getting healed:

Happy simming for Autism Acceptance Month <3 


This @bbcamerica promo makes me proud to be an American Whovian

The “Bubble”

I hear a lot of bullshit about living in “bubbles” here in the United States. Specifically, I hear about how we live in liberal or conservative bubbles, where we only hear viewpoints similar to ours, and this is detrimental.

I really hate this bullshit.

I grew up in a predominantly white, predominantly Christian, very affluent suburb. The majority of minority students in my school system were East and South Asian. My extracurriculars kept me surrounded by a similar demographic.

Then I moved to the city. Through my academic and professional life, I began to interact with a shitload of people who were not originally from the United States, but came here to study, to teach, to practice medicine, to do research. I began to interact with people who were born here, but who were first generation Americans.

And just walking around and living in the city, I began to interact with people of all classes, ethnicities, countries of origin, religions, and so on and so forth. It is normal to me to be on the train and hear conversations in Spanish, in Chinese, in Arabic. It is normal for me to see signage in different languages. It is normal for me to pass by stores that sell Indian bridalwear, or a Russian pharmacy, or a Chinese specialty food shop.

Normal. Normal. Normal.

One day this past fall, I was sitting and waiting for the bus. An older woman sat beside me and began to talk to me (at me, to be honest; I don’t make conversation with strangers most of the time). She complained about how climate change meant that she had to drive out to another part of the state to see the leaves change, to experience a proper autumn. She said, despairingly, that you just couldn’t see the change in the city.

I commented that I’d grown up in a rural suburb, where I’d gotten to experience the spectacular leaf change she was talking about, but I preferred to live in the city.

“Why?” she’d asked.

“Well, public transit,” I explained. “I don’t have to have a car anymore. And there are stores everywhere and lots of great places to eat. And it’s much more diverse. I grew up in a mostly white suburb–not very diverse.”

As the bus pulled up, she asked me, “Why would diversity be important?”

I was a little stunned that anyone would even think to ask that question, so I didn’t have a ready response. Luckily, once we got on the bus, the conversation was over, so I could just curl up in a seat and relax till I got to my stop. But her question bothered me, and it wasn’t until the election that I could articulate an answer.

Diversity fosters empathy.

That’s not to say that you can’t be empathetic if you don’t grow up in a diverse area. I didn’t grow up in a diverse area, and I’d like to think I’m still empathetic. But diversity absolutely fosters empathy.

So when people talk about bubbles, I call bullshit. I’m a progressive liberal for a lot of reasons, and one major reason is that I live in a diverse city, and I work in a diverse field. That is not a bubble. That is not the same as being surrounded by like on a regular basis, and being afraid of the Other.

Sharing political ideals is not living in a bubble. Subscribing to factual news is not living in a bubble. Refusing to tolerate fascist bullshit and cutting people out of your life when they espouse it?

Not living in a bubble.


From cobblestones to country roads, the Mercedes-AMG A-Class will take you home.

[Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC | Combined fuel consumption: 7.3–6.9 l/100 km | CO2 emission: 171–162 g/km |]

#MBsocialcar by Alex Stead

so when the ny times reports about duterte being practically responsible for over 7k random deaths in one year, in metro manila alone i might add, y’all r silent af

but one guy decides to write about his (again, very EXTREME) lifelong experience with his house help in the atlantic and suddenly y’all are up in arms???? suddenly the philippines is a relevant country and u suddenly KNOW EVERYTHING about what goes on here???


I’m ready to be an action figure. I’d love that very much. And all the redheaded kids will get to go out and feel loved and be able to buy a redheaded action figure.

Caleb Landry Jones - THE MAN OF MY LIFE

last call (for now) for the trans portrait gallery!

my name is eli, and for the past six months i’ve been working on a project called the “trans portrait gallery.” essentially, i am drawing portraits of a wide range of trans people and compiling their stories to display in an online and easily accessible gallery.

 i love art and i wanted to blend my love of it with activism, so the project aims to create a sense of empathy and humanization for the trans experience through visual stimuli, and to provide a visual contrast to the fact that trans people, most often trans women, are portrayed as a caricature or the butt of a joke. i also want to show that we come from every background and situation– country, age, race, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, ability, etc.– and explore how these factors interact with our lives and our gender identities.

the response to this project so far has been amazing, and i’ve felt so honored to draw everyone’s portraits and be privy to their stories. i’m hoping to have the first iteration of the website up in the next few weeks! however, i’d still like to have more portraits, and in an effort to streamline the process, i’m sending out one last call:

if you’re transgender or nonbinary and willing to have your portrait drawn and posted on the trans portrait gallery, along with excerpts from answers to a few interview questions, i am going to be using the tag #transportraitgallery to draw the last round of portraits! 

here’s how you can go about this:

1. take a straight-on photo of your face

2. answer the following questions. you can be as concise or as longform as you want!

  • How has being transgender/nonbinary interacted with or impacted other facets of your identity (e.g. race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.)?
  • What have some of your negative experiences related to being transgender/nonbinary been?
  • What have some of your positive experiences related to being transgender/nonbinary been?
  • If you could tell every cisgender person in the world one thing about trans people/the trans experience, what would it be? (You can have more than one answer.)
  • If you could have a phone conversation with your younger self (whatever age(s) you’d like), what would you say to them?
  • What has your experience with your family been like?
  • What else about being transgender/nonbinary would you like to write about?

3. post your photo and responses to the tag “#transportraitgallery” on tumblr! if you feel uncomfortable sharing your photo/responses on your blog, you can also submit your photo/responses to me at

if i decide to draw your portrait, i will reach out to you to double-check that you’re all right with it. additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.

thank you so much for working with me throughout all of this! it would be excellent if people, cis or trans alike, could reblog this to get the word out.

–eli (genderists)

  • Teacher: Alright kids, write down a list of things or people that are greatly under-appreciated or underrated in the world our in our country for our new class project.
  • Teacher (later): Okay let’s see what you came up with...
  • Teacher: Huh very good guys we've got firefighters, janitors... Okay that's it WHO WROTE GROVER UNDERWOOD, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT AND THE KANE CHRONICLES?
  • Whole class: *Turns to me* Andre wtf
Controversial Opinion

‘Sacrificing yourself for your country’ has always been used by the powerful as a euphemism for dying to profit the rich and their children. Patriotism has always been the defence of the interests of the ruling classes, paid for by the deaths of the working classes of the world on some foreign battlefield, where they kill men who think the same way they do. 

Jay Headcannons

As much as I love Carlos (and boy, do I love him), I love Jay too and have some ideas kicking around in my head

- Jafar complained more about his fall from power than he ever spoke about Agrabah and their heritage. Once he starts learning about his country in Auradon classes, Jay starts picking up books on learning Arabic.

- He doesn’t tell his friends and hides his books because he’s worried that he won’t be able to learn a second language. On the Isle, Jay never cared to learn anything and he never had to really work and study.

- Carlos hears Jay speaking in Arabic one day and 1000000% has the hots for bilingual Jay.

- Jay teaches him bits and pieces and Carlos starts practicing on his own

- You just know they talk dirty in Arabic

- He lets Evie practice new braids on him. His favorite is a fishtail braid

- His bed on the Isle was a carpet underneath a shelf in Jafar’s shop. It’s too weird to have an actual bed in Auradon so Jay has to work himself up to it. He starts by sleeping on the floor like normal, then brings down a blanket to sleep with, then a pillow, until he’s ready for a real bed

- Jay definitely looks up to the tourney coach as a father figure and goes to him for advice and life problems and things Jafar was never there for

- Yeah, leather pants are nice but he will wear pajama pants wherever it is acceptable and argues with Fairy Godmother that they are appropriate attire for the classroom (he doesn’t win the argument, but she gets tired of fighting with him and lets it go)

- He can spot attraction from a mile away and hints at Mal and Evie getting together before the girls even realize they like each other

- always feeding Dude people food when Carlos isn’t around to yell at him for it

What can I do? (Solarpunk edition)

It warms my heart to see so much support and interest in solarpunk! I know a lot of people are wondering how they can contribute, and hopefully this answers most questions.

Firstly, I think everyone has something they can contribute–even simply listening and sharing is a HUGE help for solarpunk as a whole. Arts, design, fashion, architecture, engineering, farming, forestry, pharmaceuticals, medicine, travel/transit, fiction/nonfiction writing, industry, politics, education… whatever you work with, whatever your passions or hobbies are, you have something to contribute.

Solarpunk does not just mean solar-powered, in the same way Steampunk does not only refer to steam power.

It means looking towards a brighter future, for all of us sharing this Earth. It means seeing the options we’ve been shown for the future (post apoc trash or corporate dystopias) and saying “I refuse to accept this”.

Solarpunk is our present day -punk genre. It has the ability to spread and enact true change, if we nurture it enough.

And in that vein, to answer the question “What can I do?” We can break down solarpunk into three branches (for now):

Diversity: celebrating our differences, being empathetic, understanding and sharing multiple perspectives. Diversity in our sociopolitical lives as well as diversity for our ecosystems and economies.

Accessibility: advancement in technology cannot truly help humanity if certain classes or countries cannot access them. Disabilities (physical and mental) must be accounted for when we redesign cities for people; we must ensure everyone can get around them.

Sustainability: our current for-profit system is killing us and the beautiful creatures we share our planet with. We are wardens of Earth; we are here to protect and nurture it. Production based on need not profit, and de-industrialized agriculture. Communities should be able to function independently from the whole, in terms of necessities (food, water, power, shelter).

Along with these branches, I believe there are three other movements that will inevitably intersect with Solarpunk, if they haven’t already.

Permaculture: bringing back ancient/indigenous/sensible farming practices that we lost or considered “primitive”. Agroforestry, crop rotation, urban/vertical farming are good places to start.

Right-To-Repair: in response to companies like Apple denying our ability to maintain our own devices, there is a large movement dedicated to repairing tech in order to elongate their life cycle and prevent further waste. Why buy a phone every two years, when we could upgrade one continuously over ten?

Afrofuturism: Africa is finally beginning to get back on its feet after the imperialist Rape of Africa era. African Americans are strengthening their voices and cultural ties in this Eurocentric digital age. I cannot properly do this movement justice; it isn’t my voice that should be telling you. Supporting and uplifting the voices within this movement is crucial to not only Solarpunk, but to the wider goal of harmony and reparation.

The most important facet of Solarpunk is perspective: not everything will work for everyone, and listening to marginalized people is absolutely essential to growing our movement.

Be safe, be kind, and spread some love.


Class 4 - Open. by Dave

not sure why but i really like the look of this horse – such a fun face.

At School the Other Day

So I was at school the other day and we have to presentations on a country for a class and the group who got Korea asked if we wanted to hear some music from Korea so the played EXO Monster and I swear my head never snapped up so quickly to pay attention I bout gave myself whiplash.. 

Originally posted by yeollovemebaek

Mandarin in the classroom

I try to use as little Chinese in class as possible because I’m supposed to teach them English…but at the same time, I also teach 33 ten year olds at a time without an aid…sooo Mandarin has to happen for terror not to reign and here are my most frequently used phrases:

  • 你没事吗?”are you ok?“ sometimes you can’t really comprehend a sad little student’s mumbled Chinese recounting of how Johnny stole their pencil and why it’s so utterly heartbreaking to them, but sometimes just asking if they’re ok makes them ok
  • 你要去护士吗?“do you need to go to the nurse?”  because some students skip crying and go straight for bloody revenge against Johnny the pencil thief
  • 等他/她回来 “wait for him/her to come back”  for when twelve kids ask to go to the bathroom at the same time…or “一个一个去“ "go one at a time”
  • 耐心 “patience” for any time you are trying to hand something out and almost get trampled under the weight of all of the reaching hands…for every kid who says they don’t want to do a worksheet, there is a kid on the other side of the room demanding to know why you didn’t hand him one first
  • 别理他/她 "ignore him/her" I don’t have a Chinese teacher in the room with me, I don’t hit, I’m not a scary looking person and I don’t have the authority to dock points or change their grades, so the most effective way for me to waste as little time as possible and teach to as many kids as possible is to ignore the ones who are goofing off.  If a kid tattles I have a choice: either admit that I have no real authority or say this to them.
  • 抄写 “copy” it does not matter that every single student knows the English word or even that you literally wrote this word in both English and Chinese on their paper next to the word you want copied, you will always get at least one student asking “抄写?“
  • 都可以 "both are ok” or 你也可以说 “you can say that too”  I use these all the time because sometimes the students already learned the word “gift” and I didn’t know that and try to teach them the word “present” and they either have a meltdown or tell me “teacher…you’re wrong”
  • In that same vein “在美国我们说。。。在英国他们说。。。” “In America we say…in England they say…” because our students are taught mostly British-style English and although I have given in to saying “sweets” instead of “candy”, “rubber” and “trousers” just do not come out of my mouth naturally when I want to say “eraser” or “pants”
  • 安静 They all know how to say “be quiet” in English so you’re not doing them any English favors by saying it in English, you’re just causing yourself more strife because the ones who are being loud are absolutely not going to be listening for English words.  They probably turned their English off the second their English class with their Chinese teacher was over.  
  • Also…坐好 “sit down”….because while you can continue to successfully teach the rest of your class while ignoring the kid who is drawing six more weapons for his beast fighter, you and your kids will not be able to keep doing learning things while 6 students are running back and forth and jumping over chairs and whatnot
  • 美国,法国,韩国,泰国,俄罗斯,德国,加拿大…“America, France, Korea, Tailand, Russia, Germany, Canada etc”  A lot of the kids know some names of countries and a lot of the Chinese words for countries are transliterations that sound so close to the English that they still understand you even if they have never studied the English before….BUT, when you’re little it’s hard enough remembering all the names of places in your own language so I end up having to say the Chinese first for a lot of countries/nationalities in class a lot of times
  • ALL OF THE FOOD.  My students love to talk about food and use food (and for some reason Obama) in example sentences constantly

It’s week two of the second semester and I’m pretty sure I’ve used all of these at least once this week…but I also have said and have been told one last phrase:  我好想你啦!  ”I missed you!“