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{ My first choice ー Saeran x Custom MC }

I finally colored this WIP from a few weeks ago. The uncolored version actually got a lot of love from you guys, so I hope this finalized piece will do just as well. ^^

This is probably one of my favorite pieces up to date, even though it has Mint Eye Saeran instead of his redeemed version. I just really want to give him some love. T _ T

*still praying for a Saeran route one day*

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The Vegas Golden Knights, with a roster of exactly two players (neither of whom are American), have already out extra-ed the Washington Capitals

VETRA NYX

>“Making deals to get the things you want, shooting at the things you don’t. That’s me.”

>Surviving the rough world of smugglers and mercenaries requires street-smarts, adaptability and cunning, qualities that serve Vetra well in Andromeda. Her experiences have taught her the importance of having someone to watch your back, and she’ll do anything for the people she considers friends and family.

* Name: Vetra Nyx
* Species: Turian
* Origin: Born: Palaven; Resided in: Too many places to count
* Height: 198 cm
* Weight: 95 kg
* Known Affiliations: Andromeda Initiative
* Nicknames: None
* Combat Roles/Strengths: Wears heavily upgraded custom armor that provides additional shielding.
* Favorite Weapon: Modified Cyclone assault rifle
* Favorite Biotic/Tech/Other Ability: Power Armor. Vetra’s custom armor hardens and activates reinforced shields, providing her with unrivaled protection.

A Quaint Bookstore || Wonwoo || Oneshot

Originally posted by allurity

Word Count: 1288

Genre: fluff, oneshot

Summary: A sweet romance in a quaint bookstore.


A corner or two away, sandwiched between a bakery and a café on a street that led to your house, was a quaint bookstore. The bookstore was the type that had aisles of shelves, lined from roof to floor with the register buried somewhere deep in the back corner, unseen and ignored until the customer actively searched for it once they were ready to check out. The shelves were constantly full as well and the books were slightly worn as it was also a second-hand shop. Though worn, it was still well kept and hidden jewels and brand new books could be found among them.

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FicRequst: Bucky’s Cake

Fic Requst: Bucky’s Cake
Bucky x Reader, soulmate AU
Word Count: 1678
Warning: Fluff
A/N: I’m not very happy with this one, but I need to stop messing with me. I hope you like it @elaacreditava


Originally posted by caps-bucky

After Steve brought Bucky back to the Avengers tower, he was focused on healing and getting used to his new arm, the idea that he might have a soulmate out there wasn’t even in his vocabulary. Even if he did have a soulmate, surely she died years ago. He had stopped looking at the words written on his wrist years ago. Why do you get the bed? They hadn’t faded, as is what typically happens when a soul mate dies, but who knows what the serum did to his body. Before he had left for the army, back when the biggest worry he had was Stevie, the thought of hearing those words made him smile. But none of that mattered anymore. He was alone and would remain so as long as he lived.

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The Cockpit

AKA the short story included at the end of special Waterstones copies of Broken Homes, which most of the RoL fandom don’t have access to. I happen to have a copy of that edition, and (seeing as how it’s impossible for the majority of the fandom to access it in any other way) have typed it all up below. Please enjoy, let me know if there are any typos, and note that I do not own copyright etc to the following:

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Modern Man by George Carlin

I am a modern man A man for the millennium Digital and smoke free
A diversified multi-cultural, post-modern deconstructionist,
politically, anatomically and ecologically incorrect
I’ve been up linked and downloaded I’ve been inputted and outsourced
I know the upside of downsizing I know the downside of upgrading
I’m a high-tech low-life A cutting edge state-of-the-art
bi-coastal multi-tasker and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond
I’m new wave, but I’m old school And my inner child is outward bound
I’m a hot-wired, heat seeking, warm-hearted cool customer,
voice activated and bio-degradable I interface with my database
My database is in cyberspace So I’m interactive,
I’m hyperactive and from time to time I’m radioactive
Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve
Ridin’ the wave, dodgin’ the bullet and pushin the envelope
I’m on-point, on-task, on-message and off drugs
I’ve got no need for coke and speed I’ve got no urge to binge and purge
I’m in-the-moment, on-the-edge, over-the-top and under-the-radar
A high-concept, low-profile, medium-range ballistic missionary
A street-wise smart bomb A top-gun bottom feeder
I wear power ties, I tell power lies I take power naps and run victory laps
I’m a totally ongoing big-foot, slam-dunk, rainmaker with a pro-active outreach
A raging workaholic, a working rageaholic Out of rehab and in denial!
I’ve got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant and a personal agenda
You can’t shut me up, you can’t dumb me down Because I’m tireless and I’m wireless
I’m an alpha male on beta-blockers I’m a non-believer and an over-achiever
Laid-back but fashion-forward Up-front, down-home, low-rent, high-maintenance
Super-sized, long-lasting High-definition, fast-acting Oven-ready and built-to-last
I’m a hands-on, foot-loose, knee-jerk head case pretty maturely post-traumatic
And I’ve got a love-child that sends me hate mail
But I’m feeling, I’m caring I’m healing, I’m sharing –
a supportive, bonding, nurturing primary care-giver
My output is down, but my income is up
I took a short position on the long bond and my revenue stream has its own cash flow
I read junk mail, I eat junk food I buy junk bonds and I watch trash sports
I’m gender specific , capital intensive, user-friendly and lactose intolerant
I like tough love,I like rough sex I use the “F” word in my emails
And the software on my hard-drive is hardcore–no soft porn
I bought a microwave at a mini-mall I bought a mini-van at a mega-store
I eat fast-food in the slow lane
I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear and I come in all sizes
A fully-equipped, factory-authorized, hospital-tested, clinically-proven, scientifically-formulated medical miracle
I’ve been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed
And, I have an unlimited broadband capacity
I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal Cocked, locked and ready-to-rock
Rough, tough and hard to bluff I take it slow, I go with the flow
I ride with the tide, I’ve got glide in my stride
Drivin and movin’, sailin’ and spinnin’, jivin’ and groovin’, wailin’ and winnin’
I don’t snooze, so I don’t lose I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road
I party hearty and lunch time is crunch time I’m hangin’ in there ain’t no doubt
And I’m hangin’ tough, over and out!

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This is a giant fuck you to my store manager.

Everytime my store manager is working a group (2 or more) of non-white people enter our store she will tell ME (and only ME) over the walkies to drop everything that I’m doing and go over and greet them and to start cleaning near them. I can be in the stock room or in the very back corner of the store and she will ALWAYS tell me to do it even then there are other people working the floor closer to these them.

I used to go and greet like like she told me but lately I’ve just been relocating to a row or two behind/in front of them instead of actually interacting with them…. they’ve already been greeted by whoever was near them when they entered why do I have to leave w/e I’m doing in the stockroom to greet them, too ?! Is it stranger for me to do that or for me to obviously come from far away in the store, greet them, and start cleaning 2 inches from them ?? That makes three of us at least surrounding them as they shop!

The other night really crossed the line as I once again was called to greet them but instead relocated kinda near them. My manager saw that I didn’t go right into their aisle and went to greet them herself and started reshelving already cleaned merchandise right next to them until they left. Apparently when they went to the check out (to surprise PAY FOR THEIR STUFF!!!!!!!) the older girl told the girl who was at the reg that the two girls out on the floor ‘are fucking racists that were following them around’ and that she would have called a manager to deal with us (aka me and my store manager) if she wasn’t in a hurry.

I talked to my co-worker after they left and she told me that the store manager has always been like that and that you can’t really do anything because she wasn’t explicitly 'racist’ because greeting people IS part of our job description like when the managers tell me when I try to question why /I/ need to greet this people (the next time we let a customer into our stockroom i’d be glad to greet them, i really will….)

Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do when I’m put into a situation like this? I’m can’t loose my job because it pays for my car/food/house payday by payday but I’m also mortified every time this happens and I’ve gotten in trouble for not “interacting well enough” with our customers. I’m actively looking for a new job but I can’t quit/yell back until something else is secured.

Taylor Swift Will Get Her Own Way Thanks To Spotify's IPO Ambitions And Its $1bn Loan

Ian Morris ,  
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There are probably other artists that wanted their music off Spotify because of its policy, but Taylor Swift was the most vocal about it. The streaming firm had, previously, demanded that any artist available to users of its paid platform also had to be available to the free, ad-supported service too. It’s this decision which Spotify appears to have reversed.

This was historically a problem for Swift, who didn’t want her new albums available on the free tier. Her label president told Rolling Stone in November 2014 “If this fan went and purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, ‘why did you pay for it? It’s free on Spotify,’ we’re being completely disrespectful to that superfan”.

Ultimately, of course, it’s reasonable for any artist to withdraw their work from a platform for any reason, but Swift’s makes sense for her fans, and also for her bottom line. Spotify will never pay as much as pure album sales, so why cannibalize one with the other? Swift could sell her CDs and digital downloads until demand slows, then opt to pop them on Spotify.

So why now? Well the FT suggests (paywall) this is the product of Spotify’s move to an IPO sometime soon. The music firm borrowed $1 billion last year, a loan which will be repaid on IPO giving investors TPG and Dragoneer a 20% discount on its eventual share price. The terms of that loan mean that it will also see a further 2.5% discount added for each six month period. That’s in addition to an interest rate of 5% with a further percentage point added every six months.

Spotify then needs to get as many labels onboard as possible in order to be attractive on flotation. It’s also in the middle of negotiating new deals with the major labels, and this will likely help them achieve as low a rate per stream as possible.

So while Taylor Swift isn’t the only reason to sort out this problem, it’s likely being able to say she’s back on board would be a nice little publicity bump ahead of the IPO.

Spotify now has 50m global paying customers and 100m total active users, making it the largest paid music platform. It’s only the second biggest streaming service in the US though, where Pandora - with its own free service - has far greater penetration (32% compared to Spotify’s 18%) Pandora has 80m users of its free service in the US and is worth around $5bn. Spotify is said to have a value of around $8bn.

Crunchbase suggests Spotify has so far raised $2.56B in 15 funding rounds.

Just got some #MakeJaalBi related salt I need to vent out of my system, and I’m putting it here since I know how futile actually arguing the point is. Free to reblog, but I’m not responding to anything.

What do straight women lose in Jaal being made bi? The most they’ve lost is exclusivity to a character. That’s it. Anyone saying that ‘he’s perfect as is’ is implying that him being bisexual, that there would be people rolling male Ryders and romancing him with them would somehow have an effect on them and how they play. That restoring a character’s bisexuality which was cut for whatever reason matters less to them than the fact that they are able to keep exclusive rights to romancing this character.

Why aren’t we asking for more content for the other characters? Oh, believe me, we are. I’d love it if Gil’s character arc were rebuilt from the ground up and expanded to be more than the homophobic afterthought it is now. Hell, if Reyes were better incorporated to the whole game’s story, I’d be on board with romancing him, despite not caring for him as a romance as he is now. BUT there’s a practical component – Jaal’s romance as it is currently, to my understanding, is done in such a way that he rarely if ever uses gender pronouns, and at least some lines were recorded of BroRyder’s voice actor voicing lines for it. So if it comes down to writing entirely new scenes and conversations, dragging the actors back into the studio, and programming all of that into a patch, versus unlocking already recorded dialogue and editing the game files to offer BroRyder, guess what we expect to happen?

Believe me, I’d love it if they’d give Gil new and better content and offer more content for Reyes. Hell, I’d love some new companion included to get that squadmate romance. But that is likely only going to matter for DLC. A lot of us have no interest in paying extra for content that we were led to believe we were getting in the base game. If the only fixes come through DLC – meaning we have to pay an additional fee to get the things advertised as existing in the base game – then there are a lot of people, and not just gay/bi guys but gay/bi women and a lot of our straight allies, who will refuse to do so on principle, on the grounds that they do not want to reward this behavior with their money.

Because this is a shitty way to treat the customer base that they actively court. And BioWare DOES actively court queer players. They have claimed repeatedly that they care about diversity. That they want to offer games for everyone, not just straight male players. But their money was nowhere in the vicinity of their mouth here. It was an active and conscious decision of everyone making the decisions for this game to not have a M/M romanceable squadmate – knowing that these are the characters who get the most content because they are venturing out in the field with the player character – and it was an active and conscious decision to give the least content of all the romances to the male characters romanceable by male PCs. It was a choice to remove/not implement Jaal’s bisexuality.

And BioWare has a history of not implementing male characters’ bisexuality. Kaidan. Thane. Cullen. Solas. All of these characters were at some point intended to be bisexual options and had that cut, for whatever reason. Kaidan at least was able to have it restored later, but the fact that this has happened in a third (out of four!) Mass Effect game says that there’s a pattern of treating M/M romances as something shameful, something that they don’t want to actually implement. From male Shepard not getting to even flirt with another man until ME3, while FemShep had Liara as an option from day one, to Shepard speaking to Kaidan as if the date on the Citadel in ME3 was the first time he’d thought of a relationship with Kaidan, despite flirt options intended and accepted as flirts by Kaidan, to here and now with Ryder, the actions BioWare has taken have completed undermined their words.

The problem is in the broken trust BioWare has left us with. We are an audience who feel betrayed by the people we thought were working to treat us right. And a campaign like #MakeJaalBi is a matter of saying where reparations can be started. We want more and better treatment, to be sure, but this is a start. It’s an apology we believe is both showing an understanding of what was wrong and how to make amends while remaining feasible for the production and development teams.

This isn’t asking that Jaal’s straight romance be removed. Just that it’s available to men and women. If Jaal’s so perfect as he is, why can’t BroRyder get to experience that perfection? What is the harm in there being more to share in the love? I mean, sharing the love seems perfectly in character for the angara. Why would they restrict their love by such arbitrary means? We have the asari openly offering their love for anyone interested, regardless of gender, why shouldn’t the angara be the same?

And, on another note, anyone saying that the saltiness on the part of those asking for this ‘isn’t helping’ clearly doesn’t get it. This is a hurt and burned group of people who want to love this series coming to terms with the fact that it doesn’t love them back. We’re hurt and in pain because we care so much about this franchise, but the way it’s treated us has been lackluster at best, malicious at worst. Of course we’re going to be salty about this. We want to know that we’re being heard and listened to, not just dismissing our words – our expressions of how much this hurt us, the fact that BioWare games are for many of us our primary, even our only source of representation in a world that actively hates us – being just a bunch of whining.

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While you normally find admin pouches in larger packs as a way of organizing your smaller essentials, they can be especially useful on their own. When you lack pocket space and don’t want to carry a ton of stuff for your daily activities, a custom pouch lets you consolidate you gear without adding a lot of bulk. The Helikon-Tex Urban Admin Pouch is a rugged, modular pouch that lets you customize how you carry your everyday carry, maximizing space while keeping you prepared.

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Its secret is in its removable inserts. They give you plenty of options for storage and organization, and let you configure the pouch depending on the day’s needs. One day the Urban Admin Pouch can be a compact toolbox, another, a first aid kit. In addition to the inserts, the pouch also has expansion options in its interior with dummycording loops, and on the outside with a hook and loop panel and mesh pocket. It’s as rugged as any tactical pouch, made from 500D Cordura nylon, with hardy YKK zippers that secure its contents.

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demonqueen-beastmaster  asked:

Hey, could you tell me a bit more about ARK? All I really know is that it seems to be a generic survival game but you can breed dinosaurs (that's all I really got from the steam page) and if it's possible to run some kind of dinosaur ranch.

ARK is p much a generic survival game save for the fact that you can tame, ride, and breed fantasy dinosaurs, pterosaurs, prehistoric mammals, other fantasy critters, and anything else that modders can think of.

It has a really awesome building system and it’s on of the biggest draws imo, you can build epic castles n shit. I like building stables and shelters for my critters to keep them out of the rain :3

There are official and unofficial servers as well as singleplayer. The official ones suck but I used to play a ton on various unofficial ones because they have can have custom settings, mods, active admins that host games with prizes (like racing, arenas, fashion shows, best builds, all kinds of shit), admins that won’t tolerate bullying (racism, sexism, homophobia, all that stuff) so it’s a better environment, rules to keep the game fair (you can only raid someone so often, no completely wiping their base, no killin passive tamed creatures) it’s just a better experience than the official ones. Rn I host my own server and just play with my brother since my internet has sucked (I use satellite, no one else will cater to our forest home). It’s still fun though! Recently they’ve been really expanding and fixing the singleplayer experience.

The game releases August 8th and they plan on adding even MORE content along with DLC to be added in the future (there’s one expansion pack currently that adds a desert map and critters that I love, you don’t need to buy it to have the critters tho since the developers are awesome). Right now it features:
• over 100 unique tamable critters, they aren’t just re skinned versions of the same model but actually unique with different special abilities
• lots and lots of items to build with that you can paint to make them pretty!
• lots of armor and weapons and shit that you can also paint and make them pretty! You can paint your critters too
• breed-able critters to get special colors, you can have a neon red wolf! or a watermelon tyrannosaur! the special colors also give them stat boosts. You breed for stats as well. I love breeding.
• tons of different maps and WIP procedural ones. Modders give you endless options!!
• really just the modding community is the heart of the game, and the awesome developers support modders and give them money to mod!! I think they do something like $4000 a month for select modders
• pvp and pve, so if you want to raid other people and steal their critters you can do pvp but if you wanna relax you can do pve and not worry about other players! There are also roleplaying unofficial servers which can be a lot of fun too
• you can have tribes with alliances
• you can tell your critters to do different things like “go here” “follow me” “attack this” or switch them to passive so they don’t hurt anything
• there are flying critters like big birds and griffins
• stuff to do under the sea! there are sea caves and treasure you can find. you can build on a critters back and have a submarine!
• you can also build on some land critters backs like these big horse rhinos called paracers, or brontosaurus, these really big critters called titanosaurs
• it’s just really fun and addicting
• I recommend it to everyone
• it is pretty hard on your PC and you need a beefy one, but August 8th when they officially release it should be optimized and you won’t need as beefy of a pc
• ark has helped me through some serious depression bouts. I like it a lot and have played it since it came out