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“Matt and the Shorthair” - Digital Oil Painting

“Kiss, darling!”

A sweet kiss from Matt Smith to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day. ^_^ I love how this turned out, the hair, the eyelashes, the cat fur, it all just looks so soft and touchable. Very happy!

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“Sunset Kiss” - Digital Oil Painting

I enjoy painting these ‘domestic’ moments between Rose and Tentoo. Here, she said something brilliant with that beautiful smile, so he just had to give her a kiss, murmuring against her hair how much he loves her.

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cigarettenightdreams-deactivate  asked:

List of really good Nudoc fanfictions? I think i've pretty much read each one of them... but i like to think theres some in the depths of the internet haha

Yeah, Nudoc fics take some digging to find, especially since a lot of the Gorillaz stories on FFN aren’t labelled with pairings or characters, so sometimes they’re freaking buried. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the stories that I personally really like: 

Romantic Pairing Stories:

Heat by catbug; Rated M: this is a really good smutty story. Nice temperature play and one of the more decent M rated stories for Nudoc that I’ve seen. 

The Bent Guidelines of Murdoc Niccals by InsertWittyUsernameHerePlease; Rated M: another smut fic. Not a huge fan of the dialogue but the sex in this one is also pretty good if you’re looking for some sexy stories to read. 

Therapy by a.mild.groove; Rated T: this is a completed multi-chapter about the band going to like family therapy to sort out their issues post-phase 3, so there’s a lot of band bonding in this one. But the story focuses a lot on Murdoc and Noodle’s relationship and they do become end game. It’s very well written and one of my favorites. 

Therapy: The Long Lost Lemon by a.mild.groove; Rated M: so this is a lemon that was written after the above story as a kind of add on for what would have happened had the story ended as a sex scene. This is possibly the best smut fic for Nudoc I have read to date. You also don’t have to have read Therapy necessarily to enjoy it. It’s fucking brilliant, you must read it. 

Unexpected Affair by a.mild.grove; Rated M: this one admittedly has a bit of a weird premise that’s based heavily on Murdoc’s Satanism, sexual bonding, immortalization, etc. etc. But I found it interesting, and just seeing the way Noodle and Murdoc react in this one was worth the read. 

Platonic Pairing Stories: 

Cereal by illusioneyes; Rated K/G: super cute Phase 1 story with Murdoc and Noodle bonding which I am an absolute sucker for because I firmly believe that Murdoc went through a lot of shit to be nice to 10 year old Noodle and to make sure that girl had everything she needed. 

Keeping Warm by catbug; Rated K/G: a sick Noodle and a cuddly Murdoc, like come on, what the hell else can you ask for? 

If you’re interested in Noodle/Murdoc/2D polyamorous relationship:

Go Back to Sleep by catbug; Rated T: domestic Noodle/Murdoc/2D that’s actually super well written and really cute polyamorous dynamic. 

Not-So-Lazy Saturday Morning by Lilibug121; Rated M: this one is just plain OT3 smut, but like really really good OT3 smut. 

Sleeplessness by Lilibug121; Rated K/G: more domestic stuff

Glue and Oil by Lilibug121; Rated M: smutty Noodle/Murdoc/2D that is also really well written and from the perspectives of all three of them. Although, I will say as a warning that this is a little biased towards 2doc and 2Nu, but there’s some Nudoc in there too. 

Stories to Read with Caution: 

Infectious by Person; Rated T: I debated whether or not to list this one. One because it was abandoned, but also because Noodle is underaged in this one (it’s a Phase 2 story I believe). But I listed it because it actually is a rather well written story and a good one for those who don’t mind reading a fic where Noodle is underaged. I will say (and I’m going to bold this for emphasis) that for those who have issues with reading Nudoc where Noodle is not an adult, I would recommend avoiding this one.

That’s it for now!! If you’d like, when I find more stories amidst my searching, I’ll make a post about it so that you guys can enjoy it as well. Nudoc is a rare pairing indeed so I feel as though fic recs would be appreciated. Thanks for the question!!

Cleansing Powder for Carpets and Rugs

I love having a clean, comforting apartment and scent is one of the biggest contributors to my soothing environment. I’ve been making this carpet cleaner for years and I got the idea from my mom. It’s super easy to make, cheap, and the scent will linger all day or a few days, depending on how strong you make it. All you need is the following:

  • Pure Baking Soda
  • Borax (optional, I don’t use it)*
  • A powder container
  • Essential Oils of your choice (I use my personal blend of lavender and vanilla)
  • Herbs or flowers (optional)
  • A vacuum cleaner (optional, I guess lol)

The simplest way to make this powder is to buy pure baking soda in a pre-packaged powder container (as shown). You can just pop off the lid, add your essential oils, shake, and you’re done! I buy this one from everyone’s favorite home goods store, BBB aka Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

I add about 30 drops of essential oil per 12 oz/340 g container. If you’re using a box of baking soda, combine 1 cup of baking soda with 30 drops of essential oil. If you’re using borax and baking soda, combine ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of borax, and the same amount of essential oils as previously mentioned. You can, of course, add more or less depending on how strong you want the scent. You can also add some herbs or flowers like clove, lavender flowers, rose petals, etc. Sprinkle on your carpet/rug and let sit for about 20-30 minutes. Vacuum it up and you’re done!

Store your powder in a sealable powder shaker (you don’t want your scent to fade!) and shake well before each use.

For a magical boost, I sometimes put my oil under the moon to make moon oil before I add it to the powder. Different moon phases have different meanings and the power of the moon is modified by the sign it’s in, so choose the moon’s energy wisely! Here’s a list of essential oils and their meanings if you’re not sure where to start with your essential oil blend.

Enjoy and let me know if you like it!

*If you have pets, please be mindful of the essential oils you use and don’t use borax. Borax is toxic if ingested. I know some people might think this is an unnecessary note, but I’d rather be safe than sorry!

Aromatherapy Tip of the Week-Peppermint

Peppermint (botanical name Menta piperita) is basically a hybrid plant - a cross between the spearmint and watermint. Although the herb is native to Europe, presently it is grown across the globe. This perennial herb possesses numerous therapeutic properties that were identified and used by the Indians, Egyptians and Chinese since the ancient times. In order to avail the detoxifying attributes of the peppermint, the ancient Romans used to make wreathes with this herb and wear them as crowns during festivities. Owing to its sharp and spicy fragrance, peppermint is well accepted by most people.

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  • Liberals: Gas prices are so high because the oil companies are greedy!
  • Liberals: (taxes the shit out of oil companies, causing oil companies to raise prices to offset the cost of taxes)
  • Liberals: (prevents domestic oil drilling, keeping supply low)
  • Liberals: (prevents new oil firms from entering the market, keeping competition low)
  • Liberals: These gas prices are too high! We need more government intervention!
Big Oil Rears Its Ugly Head Again

As President Obama renews his calls to end tax incentives and subsidies for the nation’s top five oil companies, I want to remind everyone that back in 2005 the top executives of these same companies testified before Congress that they didn’t need government help. Big Oil subsidies, put in place during the fledgling years of U.S. oil exploration, tax incentives were meant to ensure that America would have a domestic oil supply and gasoline. The incentives and subsidies were meant to offset the costs of drilling at a time when finding oil was little more than a crap-shoot. But back in 2005, oil industry leaders testified that they no longer needed these government inducements to drill because oil was selling for $55 a barrel.

Now it’s six years later and oil is selling for $80 a barrel but now Big Oil is decrying the potential loss of those same tax incentives and subsidies. They now are floating claims, repeated by their wholly owned Congressional lapdogs, that oil is harder to find now; they face greater global competition; and ending subsidies will drive up gas prices (the fearmongering tactic). What’s more, a lot of Conservative politicians and bloggers are splitting hairs over the term “subsidy” as if the name by which we call the billions of dollars we hand over to oil companies makes a difference. The fact that all of benefits to oil companies are tax loopholes designed specific for that industry doesn’t mean it isn’t wrong to protect their billions and scream “class warfare.”

First, I want to explain what incentives or subsidies we’re talking about:

Obama is seeking to boost revenue about $4 billion a year by the elimination of these tax incentives and subsidies, amounting to roughly $45 billion over the next ten years. You’d think that Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle would line up behind him on this but instead the Republican party members are calling this “un-American” and claiming this will not only raise prices at the gas pump for Americans but will cause the loss of additional jobs because of the financial burden added to oil companies.

Which brings me to the protests raised by the same top oil executives who claimed six years and twenty-five dollars a barrel ago that they didn’t need those government incentives.

  1. Oil is getting harder to find. This is patently untrue. Advancements in technology for locating shale formations and the resulting oil reservoirs easier to find than ever before. This has been evidenced by the rapid increase in U.S. oil and gas production in recent years.

  2. Oil companies are facing greater global competition. The recent increase in domestic U.S. oil production and the heavy investment by the top five oil companies in Canadian tar sands production means that the U.S. oil market is not as closely tied to the global markets as in previous years.

  3. Ending tax breaks will cause an increase in consumer gas prices. According to estimates by tbe Office of Economic Policy, removing these subsidies from oil companies might effect their production by “as much as” one-half of one percent. Given that this is the high range of the actual impact to the oil companies bottom line, there could be no legitimate expected increase in gas prices for consumers. And given so small an impact to the overall production of domestic oil, it naturally follows that these companies would also be unlikely to lay off any workers.

So if you have any lingering doubts as to why Republicans (and Democrats from oil-producing states) continue to oppose efforts to roll-back these needless subsidies, simply check their legislative voting record against the campaign contributions they’ve received from the oil and gas industry.

anonymous asked:

Remember to thank Obama for gas prices

Oh really? So Obama increased the supply in the market by not signing off on the Keystone pipeline and pushing against fracking?

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The facts are that prices have gone down despite what the president has done. Increases in the supply of oil due to increases in technology and actions taken by other oil producing countries have driven down prices. The US has become an oil exporting country now. OPEC is responding by attempting to drive prices so low that it becomes too expensive for American oil companies to produce oil domestically (it’s expensive due to regulation) thus forcing them to decrease the quantity supplied. As of yet, US oil production hasn’t fallen and the market hasn’t returned to equilibrium. Initially the markets rallied when oil got really low, but this might be a sign that the economy might falter again.

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But please, if you still think Barry magically reduced the cost of oil by some unknown means, feel free to tell me.

So lemme get this straight. According to liberals, oil is the blood that the evil rich corporations rape the earth mother for and then turn it into evil money, but now all of a sudden they want to try to brag and give credit to Obama because the price of gas is coming down? as if all of a sudden oil is their friend?
They Curse things like fracking, but want to give Obama credit for domestic oil production? What the FrackNation!
They’ll believe Obama has increased jobs, while bragging that he extended unemployment benefits. Why would you need to extend unemployment benefits if you supposedly increased jobs?
Why would you call Obama care the Affordable Care Act, when you need finical assistance to pay for it, paid for by others forced to pay for it?
Why is it that Obama can reengage in a war in Iraq that he called Bush a liar over, and the rest of the libs accused Bush of doing for oil, but Obama goes to war in Iraq, and gets the credit for pump relief?
No president controls oil prices. They don’t own it. You can’t make these contradictions up, but liberals are gonna make up some doozies to try to justify them. Like ‘You’re a sell out or a racist!’
—  Alfonzo Rachel 

Will: Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.? That’s a tough one, but I’ll take a shot.

Say I’m working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ‘cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with, get killed.

Now the politicians are sayin’, “Oh, send in the Marines to secure the area” 'cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot. Just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, 'cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie takin’ shrapnel in the ass. And he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, 'cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile, he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And, of course, the oil companies used the skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon.

And they’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, of course, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin’ play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain’t too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive, so he’s got to walk to the fuckin’ job interviews, which sucks 'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids.

And meanwhile he’s starvin’, 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.

—  Good Will Hunting
Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.?
Fracking has given the US a chance to break OPEC's stranglehold on gas prices

Gas prices have tumbled in recent months, and while prices still aren’t as low as they could be, it’s a marked improvement on the outrages prices drives have faced at the pumps for the last five years.  Why are gas prices tumbling? One word: fracking.  Fracking has given US oil producers a leg up on the OPEC cartel that has left the US at the mercy of Saudi oil barons for decades. OPEC has recently been forced to increase their production and lower oil prices in order to stay competitive with the oil boom in the United States (which, by the way, has virtually all happened on private land). 

from BBC:

US domestic oil production has boomed due to fracking.

“The growth of oil production in North America, particularly in the US, has been staggering,” says Jason Bordoff.

Speaking to BBC World Service’s World Business Report, he says that US oil production levels are at their highest in almost 30 years.

It has been this growth in US energy production, where gas and oil is extracted from shale formations using hydraulic fracturing or fracking, that has been one of the main drivers of lower oil prices.

“Shale has essentially severed the linkage between geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East, and oil price and equities,” says Seth Kleinman, head of energy strategy at Citi.

What’s more, the majority of US shale oil is far cheaper to produce than a lot of conventional crude. So in any long term price war, US producers would be likely to win.

“Some 98% of crude oil and condensates from the United States have a break-even price of below $80, and 82% had a break-even price of $60 or lower,” Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, told Reuters.

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Isn’t the free market a beautiful thing?  When there’s competition, the consumer always wins.  However, when government starts to interfere, the consumer always loses.

Oil Below $60

Domestic oil is cheap.

If it goes lower, US oil companies will sell more domestic oil overseas.

If oil companies want higher domestic prices, they would have to cut production.

Either way, the “drill, baby, drill” crowd have no idea how the domestic oil they want will end up overseas or they will have to reduce production to make the oil more expensive.