curated content

Thing is, the Tumblr format of microblogging is really good. It essentially allows every user to be the curator of their own content gallery with tags and posts of any kind and from anywhere on the site with little to no limitation on length or presentation (if you know a little html).

But functionality-wise and community-wise, the site is a fucking disaster.

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Have you ever found yourself wanting a metric ton of DAI music? Have you ever thought to yourself, aw man, DAI’s soundtrack was 15 hours shorter than I wanted it to be? If that sounds like you, then this is a link for you.

I’ve ripped all the music from this game - that is, all the ambient snippets of music that you hear while running around in the world, and all the music that happens in cutscenes - and it turns out there’s 16 hours (1.6 gigs) of it.

(- here’s the download link -)

So if you’ve found yourself wishing you had the heaps of music that never made it to the official soundtrack, you can now roll around in hours of it. 

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Compliments to wear skin deep - photographic series

In these pieces, I explore the topic of self-love. By embroidering unconventional yet kind words onto underwear, I create gentle reminders to oneself that are carried to the most intimate level.

Yknow what makes me more frustrated than it has any right to? What fills me with unending minor irritation every time I encounter it? The fact that @picsthatmakeyougohmm puts a caption of “hmmm” on every. single. one. of their posts. Listen. You’ve established from the get-go, from the very concept of your blog that it is nothing but pictures meant to evoke a reaction of “hmmm”. You’ve already got the redundancies of pictures that are making me, the reader, go “hmmm”, and the title of your blog (the source), which reminds us that we should be going “hmmm” upon viewing the picture. And with those redundant safeguards already in place, you have the audacity to comment “hmmm” yourself? To what end? If I did not go “hmmm” by the time I scroll down to the comment, your asinine attempt to get me to echo your “hmmm” will only end in stubborn refusal to bend to your whims. Are you undecided as to whether or not this pic will make me go “hmmm”? If so, then you should rebrand yourself as “pics-that-might-make-you-go-hmm”. I cannot surmise that you yourself are in a state of contemplation or confusion, because due to your perfectly descriptive URL, I expect you to act as an authoritative curator of such content. At its most fundamental level, it is a grossly redundant practice that undermines the authority of your blog as a distributor of pictures that will make me react with “hmmm”.

anonymous asked:

You guys are the most informed fans in the fandom, so question: Just so I got this straight, Dos Santos and Montgomery practically confirmed in their interview with AfterBuzz TV that the stuff in "The Paladin's Handbook: Official Guidebook of Voltron Legendary Defender" is completely unofficial and most of the stuff in there was made up? The producers doesn't seem to have ANY part in the making of the handbook AT ALL, because they said they have no idea what's in there in the first place.

The discussion starts at the 27 minute mark in this video. The book is official in that it is officially licensed merchandise from Dreamworks, but it does not seem like the writers for the show were at all involved in writing or curating the content for the handbook.

I just reblogged a quote of their comments with AfterBuzz, but Lauren said specifically that she hadn’t seen the book, and she was nervous about what was in it because she’s unsure of where the information was being pulled from. Some of it may have been taken from their original pitch for the show, but even that information may be out of date since the story and characters have evolved since they first pitched them .

Lauren and Joaquim didn’t give any examples during the AfterBuzz interview, but they have discussed many times before how ideas and characters have changed as episodes make their way through the production process. For example, they mentioned at SDCC that Keith was originally conceived to dye his hair (which was naturally all white) and to file down some of his teeth that grew into points. In another interview, they also mentioned that Zarkon was originally conceived to have a “no women” policy for his soldiers and this was going to play into the larger plot contrasting Lotor with his father, but they dropped the “no women” aspect of the plot.

So even if the handbook pulled information from the original show pitch, it may not be accurate. And not all of the information was pulled from the show or their original pitch. Lauren and Joaquim said they had no idea where some of it came from.

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Not always from the best movies, varying in obscurity, these are the villain songs that get lost in the shuffle amongst the big guns. Hopefully you'll be abl...

Welp, I figured I might as well make a playlist for the various underrated/underplayed/underknown villain songs I’ve found!

While I may be stretching the idea of “lesser-known,”along with including song that’re more “The Villain Sucks” songs, I figured that the ones outside of the classics deserved a spotlight of their own!

I hope y’all find at least one you haven’t heard before, and if you know of a villain song that needs more love, tell me in the reblogs or asks, and I’ll add it!

I wonder if some of the virulent anti-adult-themes/subjects attitude in parts of fandom is because of school’s mandatory readings?

Like, I was horrified and upset by some of the things my public school had me read and watch for middle and high school classes (mostly Language Arts & Social Studies, and English). As it was all mandatory, I was graded on this, refusing to do it meant a failing grade and possibly disciplinary actions. The only time I got out of any of it was 1) I’d read a particular short story before and could answer the questions without rereading it, 2) some of the movies we watched required parental permission forms and my older brother warned me about them so I asked my mom please don’t sign my form.

But none of the readings required forms. They had us read The Pearl in middle school, which is a short story involving the graphic death of an infant. On AO3 you’d need either “author chose not to use content warnings” or “major character death” for that story, and most authors would likely put in a further warnings about graphic violence and infant death.

In school, we just got told to read it and given an assignment, maybe a class discussion. No warnings. No opt-out. Just here kids, read this viscerally upsetting story, and keep your cool enough to analyse it. That’s awful!

In fandom, we curate our own content-consumption. In school, we’re not allowed to. So lots of kids have no practice doing that. I would not be surprised at all to find some of the anti-adult-content attitude comes from a fear that as long as the content is public, some day, somehow, someone will make them read it.

I’m so sorry school does that to us. All I can say in re-assurance is that fandom is not school. It is not mandatory.

You can opt-out any time.

You can say no.

Tarot Blogging What I Wish I Knew

Running a Tarot blog is such an interesting and rewarding experience. It can be used as a wonderful creative outlet where you can freely express yourself, meet like-minded people, grow and learn throughout your Tarot journey. Are you apprehensive about starting a Tarot blog or feeling a bit discouraged with your current one? Here are some things I wish I knew before starting my Tarot blog.

Dare To Be Different

I cannot stress the idea of daring to be different. When I first started my blog, I was met with many harsh comments and mean messages from other bloggers who wanted my blog gone. I was constantly told that the combination of tarot and prose was such a stupid idea and that they were tired of seeing my content in the tags. I blogged for myself for so long. I did my best to continue on my journey of blogging despite the discouragement I had and it was the best decision I have ever made.

Trust Yourself

You are going to grow and learn a lot about yourself as you blog and use Tarot. It is okay to step away from what others consider universal practices and challenge what you read or have been told. Your divination journey is yours and it is all about trial and error. There will be some people who may disagree with you, your practices and your process but that is perfectly okay. Do what feels right and trust yourself.

DeckLust Is Real

When you are a Tarot blogger, you will come across many beautiful Tarot and oracle decks that you may lust and love over. I wish I would have known how much my deck collection would grow being a Tarot blogger but I was not prepared. Make a #DeckLust wishlist to keep track of your deck wants. It has helped me so much.

The Follower Game

You won’t obtain thousands of followers overnight. It takes time for people to learn who you are, what you are about and if your blog and content is one they would like to follow. When I first started blogging it was difficult trying not to dictate the value of my blog and my content by the number of followers I had. I learned early on that my follower count shouldn’t be my driving factor of content creation and expression or I would be blogging for all the wrong reasons.

Mass Appeal

You cannot appeal to every single person that comes across your blog. You shouldn’t want to either. There are going to be people who like your content, and those who do not. Accepting that is the hard part. Embrace that you are wonderful just the way you are and focus on those who enjoy your content rather than those who do not.

Original Content

Creating original content is hard work. I spend hours upon hours writing, rewriting, revising, taking photos and photo editing before my content is ready to be posted. I love sharing my thoughts and unique flare in regards to Tarot and divination. Although creating original content can be difficult, I find it the most rewarding.

Social Media Is Your Friend

Social media has been my greatest asset in helping my blog grow. Utilizing social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter helps me to curate my original content and share my blog posts so those who are active on those platforms can find and view my content and hopefully share it.

Set A Schedule

Having a blogging and post schedule helps take a lot of the guess work from blogging. In the beginning, blogging can be a bit overwhelming but if you create a schedule that allows you to queue posts and curated content, you have more time to do other things like interacting with others.

The “Need” For A Shop

Running a shop to accompany your blog is serious business. You do not need to sell Tarot readings or divination services if you aren’t comfortable doing so. You do not need to open an online shop to accompany your blog to be considered a “real” Tarot reader. You do not need to open a shop to “prove yourself”. You are still a legitimate Tarot reader and blogger without it. Do not feel pressured to start selling readings if you are still trying to figure out your own Tarot journey.

Tarot Burnout

It is okay to take a break from your blog and put the Tarot decks away and take care of yourself. I wish I would have taken my own advice looking back. I was always on ‘go’ so to speak in the beginning and put my health and needs last.

Community Events And Divination Challenges

When I first started my Tarot blog I felt so alone. I didn’t really know many people. I strived to interact with others in the community the best way that I could. I started participating in tarot community events like Tinychat hangouts, rabb.it rooms, discord servers, and divination challenges hosted by my favorite bloggers. I’ve also joined Tarot Facebook groups, google hangouts and webinars about Tarot. This helped me meet lots of new people. Networking is so important.  If you are interested in weekly community events, I host some twice a week. More information HERE.

Making Friends And Losing Friends

You are going to meet some incredible and life long friends on your blogging journey. Once I started interacting with other bloggers on a regular basis, I began to form positive friendships that I could talk to about Tarot, divination and other blogging things. These people have helped me so much in my life and I owe it all to the wonderful Tarot and Divination communities of social media for bringing us together. Another sad truth I  wish I knew was that some friendships just don’t last. Whether it’s growing apart, having different interests, no longer liking one another anymore,  or one person being jealous over the other, etc. some friendships have the potential to be long lasting, others do not.

Legal Issues And Copyright

My first year as a Tarot blogger, there was a community-wide issue with legal uses of Tarot deck images and cards. This put a lot of bloggers in a sort of limbo, unsure if they could continue blogging, myself included. It is important to seek out deck and artist permissions for decks before using them on your blog or social media accounts, especially if you want to keep you and your blog safe legally.

Anonymous Bullying And Trolling

It is no secret that I have had my fair share of anonymous bullying and abuse during the life of my blog. My biggest advice is to delete the anonymous hate messages and comments, the trolling messages and block the IPs if you can. I’ve also blocked the drama/gossip blogs. Once I cleared my space from all that noise, I was able to blog peacefully and without fear.

Haters And Constructive Critics

Something I wish I would have known was to take critiques in stride and acknowledge when someone was intentionally being a bully to me. There are going to be people who hold your best interest at heart and want to help better you and hold you accountable for your growth and mistakes and then there are those who want nothing more than to see you discouraged. Knowing the difference is so important.

Safe Spaces And Blog Boundaries

Never feel bad about cleaning up your blog list, unfollowing, blacklisting or blocking someone who jeopardizes your safe space. Also never feel bad about asking your followers or mutual followers to tag things that are troubling and triggering for you. Set boundaries for yourself and your blog. I learned early on that it was impossible for me to try and answer every question that was sent to my inbox or e-mail.  I also knew that I could only devote a certain amount of hours to blogging a week. It is important to set limits within your means to keep your blogging experience enjoyable and safe.

Competition And Comparison

There is no use in trying to compete or compare yourself to another blogger or their blog. As I mentioned above, being uniquely yourself is so much better than trying to be a copy of someone else. Allow yourself to grow and learn and become the kind of Tarot blogger you want to be.

The Fear Of Missing Out

This is something that I still struggle with and it is the fear of missing out. You do not need to purchase every new Tarot deck that is released, buy every new Tarot book, take a new Tarot course or fund every cool independent deck on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to be or stay relevant. You do not need hundreds of decks to be considered valid. You are valid with one deck, no deck, or if all you have is a tarot app.


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Title: Tarot Blogging What I Wish I Knew
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Decks: Rosetta Tarot, Tarot Of Holy Light, Illusori Tarot
Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape, or form intended to tell you how you should approach your tarot blogging journey. The intention of this post is to share some things I wish I had known when I started my Tarot blog. What I find useful may not be useful or of interest to you and vice versa. I encourage you to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. I encourage and open up this conversation to added commentary to supplement this post of any kind.
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star-anise  asked:

Paulina who are some people doing good work in omgcp fandom?

*whispers* jeez do you have an hour? 

ok so Violets for the fandom (violets means kudos in sorority world). In no particular order: 

@shitty-check-please-aus for making and curating easily digestible and positive content for the entire fandom 

@airplanesandcookies for writing great fic, caring about representation in the fandom, and generally being positive 

@littlestpersimmon for making wholesome fanart about a myriad of characters in the fandom (also: GO READ EERIE CRESTS (their amazing comic))

@chrisfranklinchow and @omgcphee for starting the OMG POC Please Network

@redporkpadthai for making fun art, hosting streams, and being an all around good person 

the good folks at @jewishomgcp who are such an important source for Jack and Holster content 

@itsybittle for all the content they contribute AND organizing the @omgcplondon

@baba-nurse and @dexydex for taking the time to start, host, and contribute to Nursey Week and Ransom Week 

@zim-tits for the fun art she contributes to this fandom (also have you seen her AU’s? Have you seen the glory of pastel-punk Nursey?) 

@heyfightme listen, if you have not read her fics I implore you to, especially there are more than two sides to Eric Bittle (featuring BD Bitty which is both excellently done and fills some nuerodivergent representation that this fandom needs more of) 

speaking of which @justwritins for their fic Self Reflection about Bitty being a trans man 

the good folks at @samwellstudentunion for keeping this fandom informed and up to date on networking opportunities and such 

@eve-baird for running @rarepairsandpies and contributing a lot to rare ship fics for this fandom 

@polyamorousparson for running @omgcprarepairs and ALSO contributing a lot of rare pair content to this fandom 

(you should follow both rare pair blogs btw) 

@fatlardo for running @omgcpwomen and running the zine 

the good folks at @imaginethehaus for filling prompts 

@wheeloffortune-design for filling the fandom with a lot of short form content that we can roll with 

@hoenursey for all the good content they make, particularly for Nursey 

@derek-nursey-nurse for great content curation and insight 

@angeryginger because I love how they draw Nursey 

@gettzi for making great art and also being a good advocate for others

the good folks at @samwellslibrary for rec-ing good fics and supporting authors in the fandom by doing so 

@omgpieplease for making great fan art (and fanart of fan works b/c let’s be honest I’m still not over his Punk Au pieces

@fanaste for their amazing instagram edit series 

@ericrichardbittlejr also for her amazing edit series 

@jackzimmermannn for making swawesome AMV’s for this damn fandom 

@thehausghosts for giving underappreciated characters some love and being an amazing person

@gutsybitsies for contributing a whole lot of writing to this fandom

@wingedwarbler for great fan and light hearted fan art 

@tronnies-art-blog for figuring out Ngozi’s art style and making great art for us 

the good folks at @omgpromptsplease for generating great ideas and short form content for the fandom

@omgpbandj and @yoursummerfrost for running @pbj-epifest 

@onethousandroaches because fun fact: last year whenever I was having a bad day, one of my partners would send me posts they blogged/reblogged and it always helped (sometimes people do good things in ways they don’t realize) 

the good folks at @omgcp-cosplay for spreading the love and supporting cosplayers in our community 

the good folks @omgcpbigbang because running an event like that (especially two years in a row) whoo that’s a task 

isn’t this fandom great? Look at all the cool people doing good things?

and don’t forget YOU 

if you’re reading this and are in this fandom, I know you’re doing great things just by being here. This fandom doesn’t get anywhere without people who support content creators and generally contribute to spreading the love in this fandom. 

This is by all means not a cut-and-dry list. So if there’s someone you think I’ve missed, feel free to reblog this and tag people! Spread some more love. 

One thing that bugs me to no end is that 80s Voltron (DOTU) has, for thirty years, had tropey interpretations of the characters pushed on it that … don’t actually fit the behavior of the characters in the show.  So I’ve wanted for a while to make a post about those tropes and how they compare to the characters as they actually appear in DOTU.

Please note that these descriptions/comparisons are strictly for DOTU!  Many of these interpretations do apply to the other classic/pre-VLD continuities (Third Dimension, Voltron Force, the Devil’s Due comics, and the Dynamite comics).  There’s other misinformation and character stuff that I didn’t necessarily address here, but this is specifically meant to contrast the characters from the original series with their different characterizations in later canon/fanon.

MY APOLOGIES TO ANYONE ON MOBILE


KEITH

Perception: A reserved, experienced military genius whose cynicism varies from “tired and angry” to “embroiled in conspiracy theories”

Reality: Keith was wildly idealistic and hugely sincere, with a proclivity for making speeches drenched in rich creamy cheese.  

(Keith’s first and last corny inspirational speeches - “Space Explorers Captured” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Doom”)

He was usually preoccupied with safety and strategy, but that didn’t stop him from relaxing with the others or acting playful and youthful from time to time; and he often seemed to be taking the brunt of the responsibilities for vigilance on himself specifically so the others could have a chance to relax.  

(Keith’s response to being invited to take part in a festival, and banter with the lads while they swim in the lake - “Bridge Over the River Chozzerai” and “It Takes Real Lions”)

Like Lance he was a strategist, but unlike Lance, he tended to be methodical rather than intuitive.  

(Keith goes through every scan one by one trying to find an invisible enemy, and then goes piece by piece through Voltron’s arsenal trying to find a weapon Doom’s copy can’t replicate - “The Invisible Robeast” and “Voltron vs Voltron”)

Keith was hugely emotionally attached to everyone on his team and was ready to sacrifice himself to protect them, and was also willing to risk his safety if he thought it’d benefit everyone else. 

(Keith risks meeting Lotor in single combat, despite knowing it’s most likely a trap; and Keith takes Allura’s place in a prisoner exchange, confronting Lotor alone to protect Allura and give Romelle and Bandor a chance to escape - “Yurak Gets His Pink Slip” and “It’ll Be a Cold Day”)

He could be strict and occasionally a little irritable, but Keith was a fair leader who led by charisma and example, and he was genuinely loved and respected by his team.  He always put his teammates and their mission over his own ego, and never seemed to have any expectation of or interest in recognition of himself.

(Keith forgets about his own birthday, but stops to climb down a cliff face and get a flower for Allura - “To Soothe the Savage Robeast”)

During the first season, Keith didn’t display romantic interest in Allura, and even went so far as to turn down an invitation to take part in a ceremony with her.  In the commissioned episodes of season 3, he’s developed feelings for her, although he’s shy about showing them (especially publicly).


ALLURA

Perception: A ditzy damsel in distress who had a tendency to swoon at the faintest hint of conflict and whose main role was to be rescued by the male pilots

Reality: Allura was ready from her first appearance to lay down her life to protect her people, even before she took on Blue Lion.  Like Keith, she was prepared to sacrifice herself to save others.  

(Allura personally mans the Castle’s new defense systems as soon as they appear, well before she ever flies Blue Lion - “The Princess Joins Up”)

(Allura, along with Keith, prepares to surrender to save hundreds of captives; Allura willingly decides to give herself up to Lotor to save Romelle and Bandor - “Surrender” and “It’ll Be a Cold Day”)

She was extremely determined to fight and to prove herself – early on this sometimes led her to take reckless/misguided actions (she attempted to fly Blue Lion without any training, and took Black Lion out without permission).  Once she was actually accepted as part of the team, however, she underwent rigorous training – Allura very much earned her role as a pilot, and was expected to pull her weight.

(Keith pushes the others harder than ever during training, after Lotor attacks a weak joint on Voltron and injures Allura; Allura comes through the training on her own despite her injuries - “A Transplant for the Blue Lion”)

She was idealistic and could be naive, wanting to believe the best of everyone, which sometimes led her to be too trusting; likewise, her immediate reactions were always emotional, filled with sympathy for anyone who was suffering and (yes!) tears.  But Allura learned over the course of the series to be a competent, strategic soldier as well as a ruler, without ever having to abandon her kindness, optimism, or frilly pink clothes.  

(Even when Allura offers to step down, believing she’s a burden on the team after they get angry with her for trying to steal Black Lion, the other pilots are quick to let her know otherwise - “Give Me Your Princess”)

She overcame her traumatic past, royal training, and overbearing caretakers, when she could have remained a figurehead and stayed safe in her castle; and certainly by the midway point the male pilots had fully accepted her as a member of the team and their equal, not a token or a seat-filler they had to constantly rescue.  Characters treating Allura as helpless or otherwise lesser because of her gender/status is actually overtly demonstrated to be wrong by the narrative, on multiple occasions.

(Allura goes from being literally tied to a chair by her caretakers to stop her from going into battle to an accepted, respected soldier and leader; Coran and Keith try to stop Allura from going up against Merla - “The Lion Has New Claws”, “It Takes Real Lions”, and “Doom Girls on the Prowl”)

Allura also genuinely liked having fun with the others, and had a strong bond with all of them.  She was a kind and compassionate person who sometimes made mistakes because of her emotional reactions, but who owned up to them and learned from them.

(Allura, Lance, and Pidge spend a day out collecting wild fruit - “The Invisible Robeast”)

Allura seems to have a mild crush on Keith early on in S1, although it fades from importance over the course of the season.  In S3, she has explicit romantic feelings for him and is much more open about showing it.


LANCE

Perception: Hotheaded, impulsive, out of control sometimes to the point of selfishness or self-harm, and/or an incorrigible flirt, especially with Allura

Reality: Lance was very much a moody grouch, but his temper tended toward being sulky and lazy, and never to the point of putting his teammates in danger – although he was quick to risk himself to help people.  

(Lance being flippant with Keith while rescuing him, and while taking off in Blue Lion to save Allura - “Lotor’s Clone” and “The Deadly Flowers”)

He was the only one who’d argue with (or more often/accurately, be sarcastic at) Keith, but he was also an incredibly skilled pilot and marksman, and regularly backed Keith up on missions too dangerous or sensitive for the entire crew to take on.  

(Keith and Lance undercover on planet Mora, and scouting ahead of the team on a Doom cargo ship - “Short Run of the Centipede Express” and “The Treasure of Planet Tyrus”)

With the exception of one scene where he nearly goads Keith into a fight, he very rarely ‘challenged’ Keith, although he did butt heads with other authority figures from time to time (usually Nanny).

(The infamous near-fight, aka Lance pushes Keith too far – the only time this happens in the original series - “A Transplant for the Blue Lion”)

Lance was, along with Keith, one of the strategic thinkers of the group and was probably the most observant and insightful – he tended to pick things out in a flash rather than use Keith’s more methodical approach.  

(Lance picking out weak points on Robeasts, and coming up with an on-the-fly solo strategy – “The Sand People”, “Magnetic Attraction”, and “Pidge’s Home Planet”)

Unlike Keith, he tended toward pessimism rather than optimism, although his suspicious nature and intuition made him likely to be the first one to pick out liars and spies.

(Lance is immediately suspicious of Bokar and Garrett, and is absolutely correct to be – “The Stolen Lion” and “Return of Coran’s Son”)

Whatever his feelings were for Allura, Lance actually was rarely if ever flirtatious with her or anyone else; nor was there any kind of love triangle between Lance, Keith, and Allura (including in the third season, where K/A was effectively canon).  Lance was, however, the first one to support her piloting Blue, and had a genuine friendship with her regardless of any romantic feelings.  Lance also seemed to be particularly friendly with Pidge, and regularly kept an eye out for him.

(Lance bantering with Allura during training, and noticing that Pidge is upset during a strategy session - “It Takes Real Lions” and “Coran’s Son Runs Amok”)


HUNK

Perception: The team mechanic/engineer, a gentle giant (sometimes to the point of timidity) and, depending on the canon, something of a dope

Reality: Hunk (not Lance) was the team’s temperamental hothead, quick to have flashes of bad temper (even directed at himself) that were just as quick to pass once the others stopped him from rushing off.  

(Keith stops Hunk from going after a group of Arusians who attack them out of fear - “Escape to Another Planet”)

Although he could definitely be rough and aggressive, he was also hugely protective, especially of young women and children; he was ready to come to blows with Keith over Keith’s suspicions of a young woman who arrived as a refugee, and was similarly ready to physically fight on Allura’s behalf when she was confronted by angry crowds.  Hunk also genuinely enjoyed the presence of kids and acted as a big brother figure to local children.  

(Hunk ready to to fight on behalf of Allura and Twyla, and with local kids - “Rise of the Red Berets”, “A Pretty Spy”, and “Doom Boycotts the Space Olympics”)

Like Allura, his reactions were invariably emotional; unlike her, he rarely reined them in himself, and usually had to be held in check by the others, though he’d generally accept the judgement of Keith and Lance’s cooler heads.

(Hunk worries out loud in front of a sickly mother that her only son is in danger - “Lotor Traps Pidge”)

Hunk was straightforward to the point of being simple, and could be tactless; he also tended to misjudge his own physical strength, leading to incidents like breaking through a table.  Unfortunately, he was also frequently the butt of the series, ranging from comic relief to being an episode scapegoat.  

(Hunk apologizing for smashing his fists through a table in a moment of temper, and proving he’s always been the butt of gluttony jokes - “The Sincerest Form of Flattery” and “The Right Arm of Voltron”)

What he was not, however, was an engineer, and he seemed to have no more particular grasp of mechanics than that shared by all of the Garrison-trained pilots – he was competent, but not brilliant or specialized as a tech.


PIDGE

Perception: Jittery, indoorsy, jargon-spouting computer nerd and tech whiz

Reality: Pidge was an impulsive, temperamental kid who loved the outdoors and exploring, and who was the first one to go rushing headlong into the unknown, frequently getting himself into scrapes because of it.  

(Pidge rushes off alone to scout out a Doom battalion while the others search for the keys to the Lions, and urges the team to immediately attack a subterranean base belonging to Lotor - “A Ghost and Four Keys” and “The Sand People”)

Like Hunk, he was often in the company of local children, although – still being a kid himself – he was more of a peer and occasional ringleader than an “adult” big-brother figure.  

(Pidge with local kids, leading them on a treasure hunt in an abandoned castle and helping them catch tadpoles - “The Buried Castle” and “Attack of the Fierce Frogs”)

Pidge was also very fond of and good with animals, and in particular, was the only one who could understand the mice aside from Allura; but he liked all animals, and was concerned about their care/handling.

(Pidge calls a carrier hawk to sit on his arm, and confronts a boy he believes is stealing and killing pet rabbits - “The Witch Gets a Face Lift” and “Lotor Traps Pidge”)

He was a bit of a glutton, and had a quick temper that often got the best of him; Pidge often often got in comic-relief squabbles with the mice, especially over food.

(Pidge stealing food from the mice, and the mice stealing food from Pidge - “Raid of the Alien Mice” and “Mousemania”)

More seriously, Pidge could be reckless and aggressive, prone to putting himself in harm’s way more than any of the others, and dismissing any injuries to himself as unimportant.  He was very protective and very attached to people, especially to mother/older sister figures, and to small children (younger than himself).

(Pidge puts his own life at risk to stop Lotor from taking Allura’s comatose body, and races toward Haggar in a fit of rage after she injures Anga the medusa, doing effectively the same risky thing that got Sven taken off the roster - “The Sleeping Princess” and “The Green Medusa”)

Although he was clever and precocious, Pidge very rarely displayed any particular interest in or gravitation toward tech and computers (the usual source of ‘scientific’ exposition was Coran).  As with Hunk, Pidge’s knowledge of mechanics and computers seemed to be about equal with the rest of the Garrison-trained pilots – although he was clever enough to build a mechanical (non-computerized) ship for the mice.

(The robot mouse Pidge builds for the mice– a mechanical, pedal-powered toy with some worryingly powerful weapons - “The Mighty Space Mouse”)

Aside from Allura, Pidge is the character with the most backstory: he has a brother, Chip, and the two of them are orphans.  They come from the planet Balto, which is destroyed during the series, although at least some of the population survives.


SVEN

Perception: Tragic, unstable, mysterious, resentful of the loss of Blue Lion

Reality: Sven’s arc is actually one that has a lot more to do with hope and healing than it does with being a tragic figure.  Recaptured by Doom after they attack the planet where he’s receiving medical treatment, Sven gave in to despair (I don’t know if Shiro’s PTSD was directly inspired by Sven, but it definitely has an antecedent in Sven’s PTSD in the second half of the series). 

(Sven grows angry and then self-loathing when Romelle recognizes him on Doom - “There Will Be a Royal Wedding”)

His resentment wasn’t directed toward the Voltron Force for replacing him in Blue Lion, but at himself for failing them and for being a helpless captive.  

(Sven, despairing after recounting how he was recaptured, and showing that he blames himself and not the team for his current misery - “There Will Be a Royal Wedding”)

When he met Romelle, however – Romelle, who had herself spent months captured and tortured by Lotor – she forced him to act, and the two of them formed a complement to each other, each helping the other to heal and grow stronger. 

(Sven recognizing that Romelle is responsible for saving him from Doom, and Romelle as his second-in-command - “There Will Be a Royal Wedding” and “One Princess to Another”)

We see Sven’s reunion with the rest of the team, and we also see other aspects of his character– he had a playful sense of humor and what we’ll call an unconventional approach to strategy.

(Sven’s grand plan is to wear a Robeast costume and infiltrate; Sven making jokes as he and Romelle watch a massive gladiatorial combat between multiple Robeasts - “One Princess to Another”)

In S3, Sven took up permanent residence on Pollux – he was devoted to Romelle from a distance, and eventually overcame the last of his feelings of unworthiness.  Sven’s ending was a hopeful one, not tragic, as he found a home, a role, and a family while beginning a new life together with Romelle.

(Sven takes his place in Blue Lion one last time; Sven and Romelle on Pollux together - “Who’s Flyin’ Blue Lion” and “Who Was That Masked Man”)

Although he did fly Blue Lion again at one point during an emergency, he wasn’t resentful or bitter about Allura taking his place on the team, and remained on excellent terms with them.


GALAXY ALLIANCE / GARRISON / ACADEMY

Perception: An elite military academy; a multi-planetary military force that is either partially or wholly corrupt; trying to confiscate Voltron to put it under Alliance control

Reality: Although the Galaxy Alliance/Garrison was a powerful organization, it was always treated as a force for good; conflicts with the Garrison, which were rare, came in the form of bureaucracy, not corruption or conspiracy.  Arus was a member in good standing of the Galaxy Alliance (in fact the original five pilots were sent to investigate/respond to a distress call from Arus) and there were no attempts to take the Lions away from Arus.  In the later, commissioned episodes, the Voltron Force considered themselves Alliance soldiers and often took on missions from the Garrison.
There was no mention of an academy attached to Galaxy Garrison until the finale movie Fleet of Doom; it also wasn’t clear in FoD if the academy was an actual school, or strictly a military/space exploration training organization.

(The only scene where an Academy attached to the Galaxy Garrison is mentioned - “Fleet of Doom”)

** CORRECTION ** The Academy does get mentioned in passing a couple of times in S3 (specifically in “Mousemania” and “Enter Merla, Queen of Darkness”), but in fairness, it’s not connected to Galaxy Garrison/the VV pilots until Fleet of Doom, and it never gets a mention in the original 52 episodes.

VEHICLE VOLTRON

Perception: A quasi-antagonistic force created by the Garrison to counter the fact that [Lion] Voltron was out of their direct control

Reality: The Lion and Vehicle teams were on excellent terms with each other, and– with the exception of Allura– had trained together (and LV’s Pidge and VV’s Chip were brothers).

(Keith and Jeff shake hands, with Allura and Ginger in the background; Chip trying to make himself look taller than Pidge - “Fleet of Doom”)

Generally speaking, every blog or site about curating and exposing “bad” content will eventually go nuts.

Every person who gets invested on their “bad webcomics”, “shitty videogames”, “horrible anatomy”, “things that I don’t like” blogs will at some point go crazy because no human being can expose themselves to constant negativity and bitching about a certain topic and remain sane. The longer it goes the worse it gets and every minor infraction is seen as a blight upon society.

They turn it into a crusade of objective, moral righteousness about fighting “the bad stuff” but in reality they’re just an asshole getting upset about trivial things.

Trust Yourself - Don’t Ask.

Don’t give your aesthetical opinion on the images of others unless you have worked on reception or receptivity for a long time. You might be excellent in creation, what I have been observing for many years is that many of you are extremely self-centred and don’t have the notion of levels in art, but a lot of notions on how fantastic you are.

To the newbies or less experimented artists, don’t ask their opinion to artists who are quite acknowledged ; don’t ask their opinion to teachers, more or less, don’t ask anyone. Do your stuff, build your reception level, enjoy life, trust your talent, and work on enthusiasm : avoid euphemisms, give, encourage creation and talent, avoid envy. And remember that acknowledged artists are blinded by their fame and are NOT givers.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 13 July 2 017.

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Self-Promotion Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word

There’s something I’d like to discuss with you guys – something a lot of us feel guilty for doing, but something that all of us should do – self-promotion. Specifically, I want to talk about promoting your content. 

Most of the people I follow on this site, I follow for their excellent writing, or their beautiful art, or their fantastic graphics. Tumblr, for all its flaws, is a platform that lends itself to sharing your preferred means of creative expression. I also follow people for their great taste. Tumblr lends itself very well to content curation – sharing things that you like with other people you think will like them. And no blog consists of just created content – everyone needs to curate, too. 

Therefore, it’s important both to content creators – people who make pretty stuff – and content curators – people who collect pretty stuff – to see all the good stuff you make. Now – how do you make sure your followers see that art you made or that fic you wrote or the meta you came up with or that rec list you put together – so that they can enjoy it, and share it with their followers, too?

That’s right – you promote that shit. Not all your followers are online at the same time. Any content you create needs to be shared multiple times, during different times of day. Some of your followers might not be online every day, so that means promoting it a few more times after the initial posting day. If your creative online presence goes across multiple platforms, share on all of them! That means you share the story you posted on AO3 on tumblr, and that you share the painting you posted on Tumblr on Twitter, so on, and so forth. 

Now, my point thus far has been that your followers want to see your stuff – but that’s not the only reason you should feel comfortable promoting your work. It’s your work. You made it. You spent time and energy and effort on it. You should be comfortable putting that out there. And if you’re not comfortable, it’s good fucking practice. 

I know we’ve all been told that it’s bad to want attention – especially the women and teenage girls among us – but when it comes to your professional life, especially if you intend to go down a less-than-conventional path, asking for attention is sort of a necessity. It’s how you get feedback from people who are more experienced than you; it’s how you get mentorship; it’s how you get someone to see you and give you a chance. 

So yeah – reblog your drawing or your story or your graphic or your playlist one more time. Your followers want to see. But more importantly, it’s good practice. 

Art is...

I read a text this morning, which had interesting elements, but so many others that were false, and new restrictions, as if the art world wasn’t giving enough already.
Art students, art spectators, are fed with, and directed towards, what HAS to be art, what HAS to be photography. The results are that speaking with them is BORING, they become clones, thinking that to repeat their teachers’ mantra is the panacea. By the way, all that they say is boring, on society, on politics, whatever.
Once again, as the about of the mag says it, do WHATEVER you fucking want in art. Just be creative, and precise, or not if you manage to develop a lo-fi vision. Just be careful of bad lo-fi, and if you want to be precise, be really precise. And don’t copy. Don’t even inspire yourself. Live, watch the world, empty your mind, and things will come. This is not the “inspiration” we hear about everywhere, which is very, very close to stealing. This is receiving, and giving in your OWN way, with who you are. Also, don’t try to be meaningful because you’re ordered to be so. Most people are shallow and factitious, so please, don’t play the Jean-Paul Sartre, the Kafka or the Luther King because it’s extremely visible for non-pigeons that it’s overplayed.
And…
Plus…

Basile Pesso, YWAMag director
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