excellent system

anonymous asked:

I'm annoyed cuz wattpad has great features (adding books into ur library will download them so u can read them offline) but all the good fics r on ao3/livejournal and , ,.,.,,..,.,.,.,,,,

i will not stand for wattpad apologists coming in my inbox and telling me wattpad is in any way acceptable. no. you can download stuff off ao3 too, AND it has an excellent tagging system AND it has overall better content. this is my stance and im not changing it.

For the first OC Roundup, I figured it was high time I did a complete post on what console-tan designs I was responsible for!  When I made XBone-tan in the /co/ doodlechat back in 2013, I never figured it’d become as popular as it did (I mean the only place I ever posted the doodles was here, and back then I probably had something like 25 followers).  It’s sort of crazy how the whole thing took on a life of it’s own.  My intention was merely to play off the old Windows ME-tan comics from 2chan that were popular back in the day, focusing on giving the characters a good deal of personality based off the flaws or quirks in their products.  Here are the relevant tags for the -tans I created, listing them off from left to right in this picture:

#V. Flash-tan (nsfw)
#GameBoy SP-tan (nsfw)
#DS tan (nsfw)
#GameBoy Color-tan (nsfw)
#Mac-tan (nsfw)
#PC-tan (nsfw)
#Vita-tan (nsfw)
#PS4-tan (nsfw)
#Xbone-tan (nsfw)
#U-tan (nsfw)
#3DS-tan (nsfw)
#2DS-tan (nsfw)
#GameBoy-tan (nsfw)
#GameBoy Advance-tan (nsfw)
#Dreamcast-tan (nsfw)
#Switch-tan (nsfw)

Admittedly, there’s other takes by other artists in those tags (after all, there’s no possible way for me to say my -tan design is the “official” one for the system, and many people come up with really excellent designs for the systems too), but that’s why I decided to include the above picture as a reference for which designs were mine under each of those tags.  Hope it helps!

Let me tell you a story

Of a society where child education is entirely centered around the child’s fighting ability. This system is so profoundly influential that the entire economy and culture of this world revolves utterly around their battles.

The children who are the most skilled at fighting are rewarded with advanced wearable technology that has transformative powers and greatly enhances their battling ability.

The children who fail to excel under this system are denied all wearable tech and are highly disadvantaged due to it. Some try to rebel against this established order, but they always fail and are largely seen as complete jokes.

But pulling the strings on this society from afar is an elegant yet ominous woman, cloaked in white, obsessed with beauty. She has excellent standing and influence over the outside world, but also has many dark secrets hidden from the public.

She has exactly 2 children, whom she claims to care for but will instantly disown the moment they disobey her. Being able to micromanage the clothes they wear is of particular importance to her, although only 1 child actually keeps the white uniform she forces onto them (the other wears a highly symbolic and rebellious black).

Her single-minded obsession with beauty runs so deep that she aspires to bring a higher, more beautiful lifeform to her world- aliens, in fact. The aliens are dangerous and bringing them to her world threatens the safety of humanity, but she is too far gone to care.

And she’s not just exposing her world to the threat- she’s straight up using innocent lives as a direct sacrifice in order to summon the aliens in the first place.

Now it’s up to her 2 children (along with the help of the many friends they’ve made along the way) to prevent the alien attack and save the world! All in an incredibly dramatic anime fashion, of course.

Wires and supercapacitors constructed inside living plants

In November 2015, the research group presented results showing that they had caused roses to absorb a conducting polymer solution. Conducting hydrogel formed in the rose’s stem in the form of wires. With an electrode at each end and a gate in the middle, a fully functional transistor was created. The results were recently presented in Science Advances.

One member of the group, Assistant Professor Roger Gabrielsson, has now developed a material specially designed for this application. The material polymerizes inside the rose without any external trigger. The innate fluid that flows inside the rose contributes to create long, conducting threads, not only in the stem but also throughout the plant, out into the leaves and petals.

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for somebody’s sake

fandom: noragami

summary: there is something very profound in the way Hiyori watches Tokyo deteriorate, spoiling and thriving like an abandoned greenhouse; or, Hiyori and Yato try to survive the apocalypse

warnings: character death, discussion of violence, implied sexual content, manga spoilers

tags: human au, zombie apocalypse au, first kisses, dependence, childhood friends, friends to lovers

word count: 4.3k

The night her father comes home, Hiyori’s family throws a party.

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12 Days of Deadpool, #2

Deadpool x Reader, dirty dancing. 

#1, #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 , #7 , #8 , #9 . #10 , #11, #12, #13

You meet Wade at Tony Stark’s Christmas Party.

“Holy fuck,” you peered away from Nat, eyes glued to the man who strolled  into the party. “Nat, is that-”

“Wade Wilson,” she muttered under her breath with a low smile.


“Yeah, he’s pretty close to Peter. So Tony begrudgingly invited Wade to his Christmas party,” Nat took a sip of her drink.

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Just throwing this out there: Pidge is excellent at computer systems and programming, binary, etc. Hunk is an expert mechanical engineer, and seems to enjoy cooking but as we see in the show, sometimes he has no idea what he’s throwing together hoping to make something edible.

Cooking is just chemistry, putting different elements together to make edible substances that fuel the body. If the ship has any kind of chemistry lab, they can make basic flavorings. But this doesn’t seem to be the specialty of any of the paladins. Shiro and Keith were both fighter/space pilots.

So proficiency in chemistry? I propose Lance. He was training to be a cargo pilot, and apparently taking it pretty seriously since he was the first one to be upgraded to fighter pilot when Keith got kicked out.

Cargo often includes dangerous chemicals. I could totally see part of his education including a variety of chemistry courses and memorizing Material Safety Data Sheets. 

So one day he wanders into the kitchen where someone is trying to help Hunk with his cooking experiments and Hunk is just like “ugh, if only I had some salt!“ and Lance is just like “Sodium Chloride? I could make that pretty easy if this place has a chem lab. Want me to ask Coran?”

madamstardust  asked:

Also, I know you don't want to give the specifics of your ward but I've never done one before and was just wonderful if you have any tips for how to cook up just the perfect one <3

I would do a lot of research and read a lot of different kinds of wards and protections and see what might fit with your magical style. I’d also write down what you want to ward from and even what you want to allow in. Are you protecting from humans? How about spirits? Take some time to do this. If words are something you use in magic write down words or phrases and tweak it until it says what it means. Like, I wish I had a beautiful grimoire, but I really just have notebooks of lists and things scribbled out. I’ve really wanted to work on the bullet journal grimoire because I think it would suit my style but I can’t seem to start it.

Anyway, look up methods of spell casting. Maybe you want a warding jar in the ground by your door, or maybe you want a center focal point in your home for your spell to radiate out of or maybe you want to weave a net that envelopes your space, maybe have it anchored to things inside and outside your house or even points in space. Maybe you want to put symbols drawn in the air, on fence posts, or rocks you put around you space. I’ve read of people putting spell jars in potted plants or sigils under doormats or I like to hid things on top of door frames because no one will ever look there. At least I like to think that because I’m short and it takes a lot of work to be able to see up there.

Basically, do research, write it all up, clean everything mundanely and magically, cast the spell and/or weave spells together, check in on them or update them from time to time.

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

Shance! Please?

My favorite! Of course my dear anon! :D
who gets sick more often: Shiro, because Lance has an excellent immune system.
who is the better caretaker: Lance! Living in a house full of big and little siblings teaches you a thing or two about caring for the sick.
who is the most needy when they’re sick: Lance, of course. Though he often worries that he’s bothering Shiro, and it takes a long hug and a few kisses and reassuring words to make sure Lance knows that Shiro doesn’t mind taking care of his sick boyfriend.
who gets startled/worried every time the other sneezes: Lance, actually! He worries that Shiro isn’t taking care of himself sometimes.
who stocks the house with cold medicine and orange juice: Lance is always prepared, can’t be too careful Shiro!
who is more careful not to spread their illness and who doesn’t care: Shiro tries to hide it, Lance demands close proximity and snuggles.
who gets cuddly when they’re feverish: Lance! Shiro often becomes Lance’s personal body pillow/heater during this time.
who tries to pretend they’re fine: Shiro, because he knows how much Lance worries about him and wants to try to relieve some of his adorable boyfriend’s stress.
who tries weird/old-fashioned remedies: Shiro, when he’s desperate. :3

I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. My father served in the Iraqi Air Force and often travelled internationally; my mother was a math teacher; my siblings all attended college. I graduated from the most prestigious high school in Baghdad before getting my degree at pharmacy school.

I grew up reading Superman and Batman comics, playing with Lego’s and swimming at the pools of the fancy clubs where my parents were members. I was 12 during the first Gulf War in 1990. And until then, my childhood was uneventful: I was a happy kid.

Until 1990, I never heard a mosque call for prayer. I almost never saw a woman covering her hair with a hijab. My mom wore make-up, skirts, blouses with shoulder pads and Bermuda shorts. She never covered her hair.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, I’ve realized that most Americans don’t understand that Iraq used to be a modern, westernised and secular country. From the 1930’s to the 1980’s, Iraq’s neighbours looked to it as the example. People from different Arab countries came to Iraq to attend university. The country had an excellent education system, great health care, and Iraq was rich — not the richest, but rich.

Of course, Iraq is not like this today.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait, 24 years ago, the United States destroyed most of Iraq’s infrastructure during the Persian Gulf War. Bridges were bombed, along with power stations, rail-roads, dams and oil refineries.

I remember that we would turn on the faucet, and barely any water would come out. It was worse during the summer. To take showers, we had to rely on water tanks on the roof, which supplied extra water to our home. To keep the tanks full, we had to fill containers with dripping water from a hose. Sometimes it would take hours for one container to fill because there was so little water. Then we would have to carry each container up and down the roof in many shifts. To make things worse, the water would come out boiling hot because it had been sitting in the sun. We also had limited electricity — which remains a problem, even 20 years later. Sleeping was difficult. You would wake up, sweating, in the middle of the night. You couldn’t open the windows because of mosquitoes. I would sleep in my underwear on the marble floor because it was cooler.

In 1990, an embargo was imposed, which prohibited Iraq from exporting oil. Iraqis suddenly found themselves poor.

Prices became inflated, and everything cost more. Before the war, you could buy a flat of eggs for two Iraqi dinars. By 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq again, those eggs cost several thousand dinars. (My monthly pay check after I graduated from pharmacy school was 50,000 dinars a month.)

People’s values changed after 1990, too. Robberies increased. Houses were even built differently. There used to be low fences separating one house from another. But after the war, people built high fences and covered their windows with bars. Our home was robbed three times over 10 years. If you parked your car by the street — even for just three minutes — you risked your hubcaps being stolen.

Gradually, people also began turning to religion as a result of all the hardships. Religion changed the country: more censorship, more rules, more rigidity. Alcohol, which was once widely accepted, was frowned upon. Mainstream TV shows and movies — even cartoons — were censored to remove kissing scenes, partial nudity and other elements viewed as immoral.

Neither of the United States’ wars changed life in Iraq the way the U.S. government had intended.

I think the United States wanted Iraqis to revolt against Saddam Hussein and depose him. If only it were that easy.

The notion of democracy is foreign to the Arab world. Although the West saw the “Arab Spring” protests as movements for democracy, they were really uprisings against various dictators, which are not the same thing. What we know is that for countless generations, we’ve lived in a hierarchical society. It’s not about individualism or personal freedoms. It’s about following your father, your family and your tribe. There’s no culture of respecting different opinions.

As a college student, I looked to the West in awe of the personal freedoms and human rights that let people follow their dreams. In the U.S., even animals had rights.

But many Iraqis I know don’t see freedom the way Americans do: a political right afforded to everyone who lives in the U.S. I’ve heard crazy comments that equate freedom with loose morals and women having sex without being married.

The very idea of freedom rocks the whole foundation of Iraqi culture. So, when Iraqis were given their freedom, instead of turning to democracy, they, like many others in the region, turned to religion and religious leaders for guidance and political advice.

Shiites voted for Shiite candidates. Sunnis voted for Sunnis. The Shiites came to power because they were the majority.

What’s happening in Iraq today is merely a continuation of the failure of democracy. And a failure of the United States to understand the psyche of Iraqis.

The people who might have been able to change Iraq — the educated, the artists, the moderates — began leaving in 1990, after the embargo was imposed and their comfortable lifestyles came to an end. People with connections fled to friends and family in other countries. Almost all of them left the country illegally.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein fell and the floodgates opened up, with even more people leaving the country for good at a time when they were most needed. Until that year, I was barred from travelling, along with other pharmacists, doctors and certain professionals.

I wanted to leave, but what would I do? Where would I go? Only a handful of countries even allowed travel on an Iraqi passport. My parents and siblings fled to Syria, and later to Jordan. I stayed in Baghdad, where I worked at the International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization that promotes democracy in post-conflict countries. Later, I got a job as a translator at the Los Angeles Times.

With my friends and family gone, I felt very isolated and alone. It also became unsafe to move around, even to do simple things like go to a restaurant or the market.

In 2009, I managed to come to the U.S. as a refugee, and I was happy to leave Iraq behind. But even though I’d given up on my country, I had hope that things would not get as bad as they have today. It is my worst nightmare that an extremist group like the Islamic State has support in Iraq and, though it pains me to say this, the aftermath of the U.S. invasions has brought us to this point.

After the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, some even dared to dream that the country would become as rich as Gulf States like Kuwait. There was no Iraqi government in place for a long time and, for several months, life in Baghdad was free of bombings and attacks.

To make things worse, the U.S. dissolved the Iraqi army and started a process to remove those politically aligned with Saddam, which ended up taking jobs away from thousands of Sunnis and seemed like an unfair witch hunt. Add to these political actions poverty and a lack of basic services, and you end up with a deep, sectarian divide in Iraq that I believe led to the insurgency and the problems that exist today.

So as I read the news on CNN Arabic and the BBC while pacing around the house, I feel as if I’m experiencing a death in the family. I’m going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, sadness, depression. Lately, I’ve even tried to avoid reading the news at all.

Sometimes, I watch old YouTube videos that show the way Iraq used to be. But the Iraq I loved and was proud of — the country I lived in before 1990 — doesn’t exist any more. And I don’t see that changing in my lifetime

—  Saif Al-Azzawi

“I’m from Senegal, it’s the opposite of here. There everybody respects everybody else. And we believe in community there. There are no homeless people. You’re only homeless if you want to be. Otherwise we take care of each other. If you come over to my house, you can eat whatever, stay as long as you like, it’s no problem. If you see a kid acting up, you can address it. It takes a village. Here kids do and say whatever they want. One day a woman here said to me, ‘Africa is so dangerous, so much war and sickness.’ and I said ‘No, Africa isn’t like that. You’re trying to ignore the things going on right here and put them on Africa. There’s a caste system here. They try to minimize you. They minimize you because you’re African. They minimize you because you’re a woman. And I’m muslim, so that’s another thing.”
"Do you wish you could go back?”
“I go back all the time.”
“So why do you choose to live here with all that you have deal with?”
“I have kids in school here and I want to be here to support them.”

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