experimenting with dividers

So I’ve mentioned before that I frequently visit the Museum of the Moving Image to stand with people at the “He Will Not Divide Us” installment. Today, I found out that it has been shut down by the museum due to “violence”. Let me be honest. I work at this museum. I’m pretty confident that this is not the true reflection of the people who work in the museum (for the most part). And I get the concerns – but I don’t agree with them. As I’ve said before, there was nothing but love and support coming from those who visited the installment. Lately, there has been an infection of alt-right members, racists, sexists, trolls, and people motivated by hate stalking around the area. These are the people who have created a sense of “violence” (yet there was no actual physical violence occurring – the only arrest made was of Shia Labeouf weeks ago). I’m deeply saddened over the cancellation of “He Will Not Divide Us”. The artists put a lot of work and sacrifice into this, despite what you personally think about Shia Labeouf and his privilege. I’ve seen him strip away of his former title and protest alongside average (but not-so-average) minorities in Queens, NY. I’m so grateful for the movement he and his team has made, and it’s not over. He will not divide us, he will unite us, and we will continue to fight with love wherever the cameras are recording.

My first Ed Sheeran Concert / Argentina / May 2017

I know nobody reads my blog and I’ve got literally 5 followers and this is going to be a long post but I really need to write this down ❤️

So last Saturday was my first ever Ed Sheeran show (and first ever proper concert experience) and I’ve got to say…IT WAS THE BEST FUCKING DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! I’ve lived a pretty decent amount of years and had experienced some beautiful, unique things through out my time on earth but OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO AMAZING, I just can’t get over it, it’s been a week and I’m still super excited about it (I’m also a pain in the ass for everyone who knows me because I just can’t shut up, I’ve literally been talking about it non stop since Saturday) 

I arrived to La Plata at 10:30 am, I live in a small town 620 miles away from it, on the northeast of the country so I had to take a really really REALLY long 13 hour bus ride to get there. I rushed to the hotel, quickly changed my clothes and went to the stadium. My cousin/god-daughter was already queuing with her older brother who was saving my spot. All this madness actually started because of her, in September she’s turning 15 and when the tour dates were released I knew this was the most perfect present for her (she loves Ed). Long story short, at first I wasn’t going with her, her brother was (he’s not keen on Ed), I had to work plus I’m doing a master’s degree that should be finished by the end of may so things were complicated, but then I though fuck it, you only live once! and decided to join her. By the end of march I surprised her with the tickets (which I kept secret for a whole month) and our Ed Sheeran journey began.

I got to the stadium at 11:30am, we had general admision ticket (the front section) so we had to queue to get good spots, when I arrived there were like two blocks of people queuing, some of them arrived on Tuesday and were camping outside for 3 days! We started chatting with some girls who were next to us and spend the whole afternoon together, we were like 6 girls and a dad, laughing and having fun, talking about Ed and stuff, it was so nice to get to know them ❤️ We even heard Ed doing the soundcheck and started screaming like maniacs (Argentinean people scream a lot hahaha)

By 4pm the queue started moving and we were slowly entering the stadium in groups, we ran like crazy (while screaming, obviously) even though the guards kept telling us NO RUNNING! When I entered the stadium I was so shocked by how huge it was and how close we were to the stage! I had no hopes of being close since I was arriving on the date of the show, I even brought my glasses because I thought it would be so hard to see him but, to my surprise, we ended up like 6 or 10 people away from the barricade, we were so so happy we send a voice message to our family screaming in joy. 

And then the wait and torture began, we were literally compressed, I coudn’t even move my arms and sometimes it was really hard to breathe, my cousin ended up a little bit further away from me because I went to get merch when we arrived but I kept an eye on here most of the time. The first oppening show (a local singer) was pretty good, a bit boring. Then it was Antonio Lulic’s turn, he was super charismatic and fun but I was so uncomfortable I just wanted to go, there was a point where I though “this is awful, I’m never getting general admision tickets again” How wrong I was.

It was a really cold day, 9º and it rained a few times, by the time Antonio was done and we were waiting for Ed it started pouring heavily, but we where so hot and pushed together that it was a relief. At 20:30 exactly the screens were lit, we where like 40,000 people inside the stadium, and boom there he was, in all his ginger glory, playing Castle on the Hill with his small guitar sporting a red hoax t-shirt over a flannel (I was hysterical about the flannel lol I just missed them so much) and those lovely tight jeans. And at that moment I knew, everything was worth seeing him, the wait, the cold, the rain, the pain, the pushing, the hair of the girl in front of me in mouth, he was there, a few meters a away from me. It was surreal, seeing him there, I’ve watched so many videos, and I was seeing him live so clearly, he was incredibly beautiful, he had the warmest smile I’ve ever seen, his hair bright orange and the red suited him perfectly, his eyes bright and excited. 

As usual, when he arrived people screamed to the top of their lungs and the Ed Sheeran party began, we were so so loud, and he was so so impressed. After Castle on the Hill he said “Hello, this is amazing” and told us he was looking forward to coming back to Argentina because he remembered how loud we were, and dared us to be even louder than the whole european tour (we were).

The rest of the night was pure magic, I was still uncomfortable but it was so worthy, I kept moving from different spots because people literally dragged me, sometimes I was closer to the stage, sometimes not so much. I sang, jumped, cried and scream through the almost 2 hour show. Apart from being amazingly talented as always and his voice just as sweet, beautiful and powerful, he was super happy to be there. That was the best part, seeing him enjoying the experience as much as we were. 

He kept moving closer to the edge of the stage and I was swooning every time he did, you can literally hear me in the videos sighing “ahhh”.

He sang Castle on the Hill, Eraser, The A Team, Don’t / New man, Dive (which he asked us to sing the loudest while it was raining heavily), Bloodstream (one of my favourite to hear live, because of the energy that performance has and the heavy guitar action), Galway Girl, Feeling Good / I See Fire, Barcelona (every time he sang the lyrics in spanish he smirked, he knew we would scream even louder, Perfect, Happier (where he asked us to turn the lights on, the view was beautiful), Thinking out loud, Photograph (I cried through the whole song, you can hear me sobbing while singing in my video) and then something amazing happened. In between songs we, the people in the general admission area, started screaming “Give me love, give me love” to which he answered “Try next time”. After Photograph, he grabbed his guitar, looked at us while we kept screaming “Give me love” and asked Trevor to bring any guitar that was on tune and HE STARING SINGING GIVE ME LOVE, we were hysterical, we asked, he did it, it lasted nearly 9 minutes, it was breath taking, he even set up a chorus in the crowd, dividing us in Higher Harmony, Lower Harmony and asking to sing non-stop, no matter what happened while he sang and directed us like an orchestra (you must have seen the video by now) It was magnificent. Then came Nancy Mullingan (he asked us to sing the nanananana instrumental part) and Sing (we jumped and screamed like psychos, it was super fun and energetic). He then run to change and came back with the Argentinean football t-shirt, I have to admit I was one of those people who thought it was silly when singers do that, and I didn’t understand the excitement of it, but when he came back I nearly peed in my pants hahahahaha it suited him so nicely, bringing out the blue in his eyes 🎵 Shape of you began, we where all dancing and jumping, and for closure, You need me I don’t need you, where he got all excited moving and running trough the stage like crazy while waving an argentinean flag. (overly excited Ed in YNMIDNY is my favourite Ed) And then he was gone.

I took a few pictures, almost all of them awful (I’m really bad plus my phone is crap) and videos where you can hear the crowd (and me) more than you can hear Ed hahahaha I tried to enjoy the show through my eyes rather than my phone, and I’m so glad I did.

Since december I’ve been strugling with a lot, went through something I thought I’d never had to deal with that got me really really down. The person I loved the most, that I thought would never hurt me, crushed me into pieces and the last 6 months were awful. I was depressed, didn’t leave the house, didn’t showered, lost weight, cut contact with all my friends and family but then the latin american tour was announced and I bought tickets for my god daughter. By the end of march I made the decision to go with her and from that exact moment things got better, I was finally looking forward to something, dreaming about the experience, smiling once again.  Ed’s music lifted me up in a way I tought it was not possible. The moment I saw him my heart was pounding so much. He was there, he was real. People tell me “If you didn’t go you’d have regreted it so much”. Now, being aware of what this type of experience is, what it makes you feel, I would never forgive myself if I decided to stay. I literally never imagined it would be THIS GOOD. 

20.05.17 is, by far, the best day of my life, I’ll never forget it. Thank you singer songwriter Edward Christopher Sheeran. You’re a magical human being.

*Sorry for my english but as you might have guessed is not my first language.

Ava’s Demon - Maggie & Tuls

Maggie and Tuls are supposed to correspond to the sin of Lust - but it may not be lust in the way it’s usually thought of so much as a certain longing for people and experiences.  

A divide exists between Maggie and Tuls because they’re each distant for different reasons. Maggie wants to be emotionally close to people, but can’t because of trust issues that are - in part - the result of something that happened between her and Ava. In Tuls’ case, it’s not a defense mechanism at work, but that he’s dragged along in what other people want - particularly Wrathia. What they want isn’t what’s best for him.

If Maggie had once been the same way with Ava (or Wrathia-controlled Ava), Tuls’ behavior would frustrate her greatly because he should know better - not only from his own experiences, but from witnessing Maggie’s. In her view, Tuls is immature; almost like he’s pouting.

The lush inner world he inhabits is full of wonderful flowers and fairies, but they technically aren’t real and don’t represent different views. From such a sheltered perspective, any advice he may have offered Maggie in the past may have come off as patronizing or condescending. A lot of Maggie’s behavior could then be an act of rebellion against what she sees as self-destructive complacency.

with an autistic s/o !

Could I request some poly!hamilsquad comforting their autistic s/o? (Headcanons, drabble, literally anything. Your writing is wonderful) (also: you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to!!)

> I’m the autistic S/o anon, maybe sensory overload and then people getting angry at them for stimming? If that’s okay?

boss’ memo : aaa !!!! ty for saying so ! and ! and !!! this request makes me v excited !!! =D i put this as a text post, cause it got v v long! a lot of these are based off my own experiences ! <3

so it’s divided into (2) portions : general hcs with an autistic s/o, and then for comforting said s/o !!!!! =)


  • so !!! let’s talk about special interests, because if you have them then alex wants to hear it because there’s nothing more he loves than seeing someone (especially someone he adores as much as you!) talk passionately–! passion is something he adores and please forgive him if he kisses you while you infodump because!!! because you look so excited and so cute and he has to do something!!
    • and if you can’t exactly find the correct words for what you’re saying, then he’s v good at suggesting some !
    • tbh!! your voice rising and you flapping your hands or stimming and bouncing up and down as you talk is!!! the cutest thing!!
  • john is also a big fan of hearing your special interests, no matter how niche or “strange” they seem ! he’s always in awe of how much you know about your special interest, or how dedicated you are to it ! and it’s okay if you don’t hold on to special interests for very long !! it’s still valid and he still finds them really interesting !!!!
  • hercules !! hercules stims !!! and if you’re the type to texture stim, then he’s good at finding small squares of textured cloth or soft fabric for you to stim with ! herc might teach you know to sew, ‘cause he uses it as a stim himself and it’s a Good Feel for him to pull the needle through the cloth ! he also can make you stim toys, if you’d like!!! he just really likes working with his hands!
    • herc can rock with you in his lap!!! the two of you get to be stim partners !! <3
  • lafayette is v good if you go nonverbal !!! both he and john know sign language (he knows LSF and ASL while john knows ASL and is learning LSF from laf) so they can help you communicate if you have a tendency to go nonverbal ! he’s also very good at getting you out of situations if you begin to feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by noise !!
    • if you’re someone who isn’t v emotive, then laf is v good at reading your subtle body language !! it’s okay!!! you can relax ! you don’t have to pretend to be neurotypical! he knows how you’re feeling!!
  • are there textures or sounds or smells that are Bad? tell them !!! they want to make sure you’re comfortable !!
  • john has a routine !! and he is v accommodating of you if you have one!! he understands if you get upset or have a meltdown because it’s been disrupted !!
    • herc has a routine, too!! and whenever your routines overlap he gets v happy!!!
  • alex likes to send you stimming videos because he likes them himself (he likes paint mixing and cake icing videos!), and laf sends you links to autism positivity blogs !!
  • … executive dysfunction, right? john is v good motivator !! herc, too !! they’re able to help you out with that <3
  • if you have echolalia (like me!!) and you find yourself repeating phrases throughout the day, don’t feel like you’re annoying them!! laf actually finds it relaxing–even if the thing you’re repeating is “he boot too big for he got dam feet” (also? same).

being told to stop stimming due to sensory overload (which is not okay !! its not okay at all!!!)

  • okay !! well being frank, i don’t think anyone’s going to approach you if you don’t want them to when you’re with your partners ! but if this person is so bold as to say it, expect them to be called out by three Very Angry partners while your fourth helps calm you down (the fourth is usually laf. also, those three need to be dragged away.)
    • john is protective beyond belief over things like that, like, he’s v v sensitive when it comes to someone insulting someone else over their mental health, race, gender, etc–there’s nothing that makes him more upset and it’s even worse when it’s being done to his s/o !! plus, john is just down to fight and is brimming with every violent impulse he’s held back he’s ready to Go
    • alex is Extra, as we know,
    • okay, sorry, i’ll elaborate : alex is v passionate, and is always ready to fight, especially when he completely understands what he would be fighting for (you!) and will try his best to stay calm to keep the shouting to a minimum (so he doesn’t add to your stress). but, he’s going to end up seeing red near the end of it, so laf’s gonna have to move you away ‘cause alex is going to start shouting and threatening bodily harm
    • none of the boys can make this a small scene–they will get upset, and when you have four people upset at the same person, people will notice,,
      • don’t worry !! laf’s already moved you out of the way, no one’s going to get upset at you. even if they didn’t know you were autistic, the crowd would still side with you since you seemed to be the person in the most distress and you were trying to cope and stim to calm yourself down!!!
    • like i said, herc’s the one who really stims with you so it’s going to hurt him, too, that someone told you to stop. he’s going to bring up the argument that “hey, if i started doing the same thing my partner was, would you tell me to stop? go ahead, go ahead. tell me. look me in the eyes and tell me!” he’s going to get upset because this person thought you were an easy target. he’s gonna prove ‘em wrong.
  • if you come to them because someone told you to stop stimming (and they weren’t there), then expect john to be the most upset , like he’s not going to be good at comforting for that sort of thing more so because he’s going to ask if you’re okay with telling him who told you this,, it’s your choice if you want to tell him, though !!
    • laf’s going to be the second most upset because he gets frustrated that he wasn’t there with you and something like that happened–!
    • alex’ll probably be the most comforting. he’ll sit with you in his lap (or the other way around, depending on height) and pull up a few stimming videos, maybe rock with you a little. herc will get you earphones, if you have any music that calms you down.
    • they’ll all assure you that the person had no right to tell you that you couldn’t stim, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you should have every right to try and calm yourself down the best that you can !!

theantmancometh  asked:

I've only ever seen a single episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender which was the episode The Great Divide, which i thought was terrible and led to me dismissing the show. However I recently learnt that apparently this is considered the worst episode in the entire show so perhaps I should give it another look.

Omg you poor, poor soul, you were cheated on your Avatar experience. The Great Divide was THE WORST episode ever in the entire series. It adds absolutely nothing to the plot, character develop, etc. It’s a classic example of a “filler” episode. The series doesn’t even return to the refugees as supporting characters, did the two tribes make it to Ba Sing Se? Are there still minor feuds going on? We have no idea. At least with other minor characters (like Haru and Teo) we see how their lives are after the GAang first meets them. The only possible good thing that came out of that episode is we see how Aang solves conflicts as the Avatar, but on the flip side, he LIED to solve the conflict (which I guess the lie was to benefit the greater good so was it really that bad? probably not, but it didn’t accurately display how the Avatar handles issues). Anytime I re-watch the series, I skip that episode completely. PLEASE watch the series and give it a second chance! I can’t even describe how wonderful of a show it is. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can watch the episodes there. Netflix had it for a short while but not anymore and I’m not sure if Nick.com has episodes online anymore. But definitely find a way to watch it, you won’t be disappointed :]

Brianna O’Reilly / Courier Six || Companion AU

“Yeah, you got me. I’m a hooker. Well, hooker by day, mercenary by night. Or should that be the other way around? Either way, I’m your hired gun or your twenty minutes of fun. Make your choice.”

Race: Mixed race (Hispanic / African American)

Sex: Female

Affiliation: The Third Rail, Sole Survivor (optional), Railroad (optional)

Role: Prostitute / mercenary

Location: Goodneighbour, The Third Rail

Base stats: 7 ST, 6 PE, 10 EN, 6 CH, 5 IN, 6 AG, 10 LK

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Spent the afternoon making my own dividers for my large black Kikki K. I had a bad experience buying dividers off of Etsy so i decided to just make them myself so I 100% knew what I was getting. The tabs are just cardstock coated with fine gold glitter and glued to the paper. The actual dividers are all laminated. I’m totally in love with this setup and it beats anything I’ve purchased on Etsy before!

mbti types as “community” quotes
  • ENTJ: “I discovered at a very early age that, if I talk long enough? I could make *anything* right or wrong. So either I’m God, or truth is relative. And in either case: booyah.” — Jeff Winger (“Pilot”).
  • INTJ: “As a student of character, I have the feeling that trying to make this commercial may cost the Dean his sanity — and my camera follows the fire, not the smoke. Ever seen, ‘Hearts of Darkness’? Way better than, ‘Apocalypse Now.’” — Abed Nadir (“Documentary Filmmaking Redux”).
  • ESTP: “You know, we laugh? But the fact is: student/teacher relationships *do* happen, and they are a *magnet* for lawsuits. In fact, physically attractive students and faculty are actually placed on a watchlist, and are ranked by their potential to incite fraternization.… You guys be extra-careful now! Two people of *your* rankings in this small room? With this type of lighting, and his upper body, and what her heels and hemline are doing to enhance what were already *quite* a few favors from God? It’s all the more important to keep it tasteful!” — Dean Craig Pelton (“Interpretive Dance”).
  • ESFJ: “I told Pierce a thousand times! I never wanted to meet LeVar in person! I just wanted a *picture*!! YOU CAN’T DISAPPOINT A PICTURE!! ….Butterfly in the skyyy! / I can go twice as hiiiiiigh. / Take a look, it’s in a book / A reading raiiiiinboooow. Reading raaaainb… *sobs* Set phasers to LOVE ME!!” — Troy Barnes (“Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking”).
  • ISFJ: “I don’t like it…” “That’s okay. You know, you’re just reacting the way the world did to Jesus.” “I’m reacting the way the world does to movies about making movies about making movies! I mean, come on, Charlie Kaufman, some of us have work in the morning, *damn*!” — Shirley Bennett and Abed Nadir (“Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples”).
  • ENFP: “Hey, sorry for bailing on the psych experiment.” “That *was* the experiment, Troy. We were testing to see how long people would wait in the room.” “……WHOA.” “Oh! Gotcha.” “*Gotcha*? That’s all you have to say?” “Yeah.” “You sat in a room for *twenty. six.* straight hours. Didn’t that… *bother* you?” “Yeah, I was livid.” “Then why didn’t you LEAVE?” “Because you asked me to stay and you said we were friends.” “……Wait, is this still part of the experiment?” — Annie Edison and Abed Nadir, feat. Troy Barnes (“Social Psychology”).
  • ISTP: “So, in the experiment, Stanford students were divided into prisoners and guards. The guards *immediately* started to—” “UGGGGGGGH.” “What’s wrong?” “I’ve got this weird pain right above my eyebrow…” “*rolls eyes* It’s called a stress headache. I got my first one when I was four.” “I hate it!” “Well, get used to it! You’re knee-deep in it now, brother. This is *debate*!” — Annie Edison and Jeff Winger (“Debate 109”).
  • ESFP: “What is *WRONG* with you people?! Huh? I thought you were supposed to be *friends*! I thought you were supposed to LOVE each other! Your love is *WEIRD*! And *TOXIC*! And it destroys everything it touches! I no longer *care* about grade… or biology… or finally graduating from college like I promised my dying father! I’m going *home*. I am gonna hold my wife and my child close, and I am gonna finally TAKE MY INSULIN SHOT. …OFFENSE TAKEN! …Offense taken.” — Todd Jacobsen (“Competitive Ecology”).
  • INFJ: “What if a ghost took the pen.… Seriously: why not. Why not just, ‘A ghost took the pen?’” “Okay, I’ve been saying that for *hours*—” “And we should’ve been listening to *Troy* from the beginning. Guys, look in your hearts and answer this question honestly. What’s more likely: that someone in this group *doesn’t belong* in this group, or ghosts? If we have to choose between turning on each other or pinning it on some spectre with unfinished, pen-related business? I’m sorry, but my money’s on ghost.” — Jeff Winger and Troy Barnes (“Cooperative Calligraphy”).
  • ISFP: “I boiled the yams! Vicki’s yam never sprouted, and I didn’t want her to fail, so I threw off the grading curve, so she wouldn’t have to go to summer school and we could finally have sex at my parents’ cabin! GOD FORGIVE ME, I DID IT FOR LOVE!!” “Holy *crap*! We are *definitely* dissecting pinecones next year!” — Fat Neil and Dr. Marshall Kane (“Basic Lupine Urology”).
  • ENTP: “You didn’t hurt my feelings, Shirley.… I was just trying to throw you a bone because I like you.” “Oh? Well, you can keep *that* bone. Listening to a story about a stranger pissing me off and taking the stranger’s side? And then you can’t talk about your own business, but you insinuate my mama’s a robot because she and I want *makeovers*. *That* is the ladies’ room, Britta. A place where ladies go to share, listen, support each other, and discreetly eliminate waste. And I like you, too. I even like that you’re a little hard. But if you can’t learn to be soft in *there*? You need to pee alone.” — Britta Perry and Shirley Bennett (“Football, Feminism and You”).
  • ISTJ: “You’re mad at me?” “I spent a week planning a party just to make you happy. And then I bailed on the party and ruined it — again? Just to make you happy. And it turns out, while I was wasting my time trying to make you happy? You were making *yourself* happy all over everyone else by doing yet *another* stupid movie spoof.” “I prefer the term, ‘homage.’ …It wasn’t about making me happy. I chose ‘My Dinner With André’ because it’s about a guy who has an unexpectedly enjoyable evening with a weird friend he’s been avoiding lately.… You and I hung out more last year.” — Abed Nadir and Jeff Winger (“Critical Film Studies”).
  • INTP: “What does it mean? …No riddles. You’re screwing around with everyone, you gave *me* a tiara. What does it mean? Are these — are these *blood diamonds*? Are they *Holocaust diamonds*?!” “No!” “Well, what does it mean?!” “It means… you’re my favorite.” “…What does *THAT* mean?!” — Annie Edison, feat. Pierce Hawthorne (“Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking”).
  • ESTJ: “I got freaked out by that, ‘boyfriend’ label. I’m afraid of commitment.” “How original.… You’re acting like I’m a Venus flytrap. I didn’t want or need more than what we were doing.” “Let’s get back to it! Should I get the door?” “I can’t now, because you went to the, ‘friend’ place. That’s *you* getting official, not me. Because unless there’s something I need to know about the lunch lady or that blonde in your Spanish class with the infinite supply of leather jackets? Somewhere between our ninth and eleventh slumber parties, statistically speaking? Most people would call us more than pals.” — Jeff Winger and Michelle Slater (“Interpretive Dance”).
  • INFP: “I don’t think I can finish my commercial. But I think I know how your documentary ends.… I have failed this school. I have failed it because I thought I was better than Greendale. You see, I went to a university, so I thought it was my job to *improve* this place. But it turns out that the only thing wrong with Greendale? Is that it’s run by an insecure wreck, who holds five dances and two talent shows a year because he’s afraid that this school isn’t good enough. But Greendale *is* good enough because it accepts me for when I’m not. Greendale is the best! school! in the entire world! And I’m so sorry, what I’ve done to it.” — Dean Craig Pelton (“Documentary Filmmaking Redux”).
  • ENFJ: “The truth is? I’m lying when I say there is no truth. The truth is — the stupidly, pathetically, inconveniently obvious truth is: helping only ourselves is *bad*, and helping each other is *GOOD*.… It’s that easy. You just stop thinking about what’s good for you, and start thinking about what’s good for someone else, and you can change the whole game with one move.” — Jeff Winger (“Introduction to Finality”).

bespectacled-sword-fighter  asked:

Do you have any advice for people starting to fuse?

Sure, why not?  Usually I answer asks privately, but I figured I’d post this one.  You know, for posterity.

Beginning Splice Advice

1. Watch some tutorials.  I gather there are plenty of them on youtube, but I really recommend this one by the great Samson of thatsplicingadventure.  It was what got me going in the right direction when I was starting out.

2. Practice, practice, practice.  I didn’t start out very good at splicing, as a casual browse into the early days of this blog can attest.  As of this post, I’ve made over two thousand splices, and that’s the only reason I have attained the modest level of skill that I have now.  Have faith in yourself, keep splicing, and publish as you go.

3. Be patient.  In my experience, the divide between a good idea and a great sprite usually consists of taking the time to make it work.  Pixel by pixel, if necessary.  Resist the urge to throw up your hands and say “good enough” when it’s still not quite right.  If it means taking a break and coming back to it (it often does), then I say so be it.

That’s the big stuff. One bonus piece of beginner advice: 4. Don’t resize parts to make them fit.  It never looks good without heavy modification, and by the time you’ve made it look right, you might as well have just made it from scratch. Either let it go, or find some other way.  I’ll drop my method for changing part size into the advanced splicing advice below.

Advanced Splice Advice

The question was about people just getting started, but I’ll throw my more finicky bits of advice gleaned from hundreds of hours of splicing in here too.  Saves me having to make another post down the line.  A lot of this advice is stuff that I forget about too, sometimes, but when I remember it my splices invariably look better.

5. Watch your outlines.  A lot of splices, especially those that have been heavily scratched, often have outlines with little contrast and the end result looks kind of washed out or unfinished.  A crisp outline really makes the splice look solid and complete.  This does not mean every outline should be heavy black, but a lot of outlines could stand to be darker than they are.  

As a sidenote, bear in mind that the Pokemon designers used different shades of black on the outlines of different ‘mons.  This means that when you copy parts from one critter onto another, sometimes you have two different shades of black, making the final result look a little sloppy.  Pick one and make sure it’s consistent throughout the piece.

6. Pay attention to shadows.  This is one of the most frustrating parts of splicing for me, but it makes a huge difference.  Make sure your shadows make sense, that it looks like the splice is being lit from one light source and the shadows aren’t scattered all over.  Also, a few well-placed tiny shadows (often just one or two pixels) around the edges and between parts can add a lot of depth and make all the difference in your finished picture.

7. Make friends with the Edit Colors button, the one to the right of of the color palette on your Paint program.  Often you won’t be able to find the color you need on the sprite that you’re copying from and you need to make a new one.  Start with a base color from your sprite (or two; see below) and modify as needed.  To make it darker or lighter for shading purposes, adjust the luminosity (Lum) by 20-30 points.  Sometimes you need to tweak the saturation, especially if you’re making a whole range of new shades, but mostly you can leave it alone.

To make a perfect-every-time transitional color to put between two color blocks, use the Red, Green and Blue boxes on the right.  Look at each of your two colors, and note their Red, Green and Blue values.  Find the mean value for each (i.e., add the Red values together and divide by two, then do the same for Green and Blue), and input them.  Presto, the perfect middle color.  This works both for colors that are quite similar and those that are very different.

8. That thing I mentioned above, about changing part sizes.  Like I said before, avoid the Resize button. Instead, use the pixels that are already there and either expand or contract them manually.  That is, to make the piece bigger, divide the part into two or more pieces, spread them apart to the size you want, and then fill in the empty space.  To make a piece smaller, remove rows and columns of pixels, then move the pieces together.  Sometimes it takes a few tries to get this exactly right, but I promise it will look better than a resized part.

9. Practice, practice, practice.  I know I said this before, but it applies equally to beginners and masters.  I still learn something new with every splice, and so will you!  Try out different techniques, take on challenges that you once thought were too difficult.  Even revisit some of your crappy old splices and see how much better you can make them now!

That’s all I’ve got tonight, I think. I’ll probably come up with something important that I forgot moments after I hit the post button.  But that’s ok.  Thanks for the question, bespectacled-sword-fighter.

I am present at the Assembly. All gathered there are beautiful — each possesses a noble countenance. There is a warmth present which seems not only related to temperature but also to our mutual felicity. The room was prepared simply, but increasingly acquires a rich and densely-layered ambience, as a grand feasting-table laden with every kind of food and drink. Macropsia is random and extreme: candles burn in their assigned stations; at times they suddenly flare much larger, like small bonfires, then just as suddenly return to a small flickering. Each visual part of the present experience is divided an infinite number of times, recursive and returning upon itself. I am disturbed to discover that each thing demands to be experienced singly, to the exclusion of all others: a face, a flame, an object lying in shadow. Singular focus gives each object sense of the extruded and apparitional. Attempts to experience the integrated whole as a unity increasingly cause violent discomfort and a disembodied floating sensation. At such times, the beauty of each ‘scattered portion’ becomes visually horrid. The idyll is punctured by the apparition of large curved hooks, like great scythes or claws, descending downward, tearing the scene before me like stretched and painted hide. Behind it lies skeletal rottenness and desolation, the death of color, bleak wastes extending to a distant horizon, and an endless sensation of falling. Loud winds rush violently into the chasm, attempting to extract all remnants of the formerly pleasant tableau into its distant extremities. A certainty dawns on me that a terminus has been reached: there will be no return, only an ever-increasing velocity Beyond.
—  Daniel A. Schulke, Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Sagittarius Dog: The Problem-Dog

The Sagittarius Dog is a complex character with a basic problem which belongs to this dog alone: to which of the two forces at work within does he or she truly belong…the canine or the equine? Most of the time, the Sagittarius Dog will not know whether to wag his or her tail or use it to keep the flies from an owner’s face. This will be a restless dog…versatile, easily bored and totally unfathomable. This canine flits from one interest to another, unable to decide what he or she actually likes. The Sagittarius Dog experiences continual internal conflict with divided loyalties and a split personality. Nonetheless, this is a vital creature with a well-balanced body designed for taking energetic exercise.

An exceptionally brave and lucky canine, the Sagittarius Dog can be a very trustworthy and reliable creature, particularly suited in that event for working with the blind. These dogs are full of character and can easily learn amusing tricks. The Sagittarius Dog (who often believes himself or herself to actually be a horse) will be determined to get to the bottom of everything…the bed, the garbage can or the flower-bed, for instance. This trait often makes the Sagittarius Dog a most unsuitable pet for the house-proud owner, particularly if there is limited access to the great outdoors. Cooped-up or confined, the Sagittarius Dog (much like the archer which is symbolic of the sign) will know exactly where to aim so that he or she causes the most discomfort to others with the least personal inconvenience. In short, life with a Sagittarius Dog will never, ever be dull.

(Looking for another zodiac dog?)

We are all multi-dimensional beings.  We know this but continually forget. 

It is time to remember. We all came from One point of Nothing - No-Thing - Infinite Source.  One dimension.

We then accepted Duality - two dimensions - and thus experienced a feeling of separation from Source.  This duality explains male/female, right/wrong, up/down, etc. all the duality that we currently experience. Once divided from Nothing into Something, we became Three Dimensional bodies.  Our current physicality in the three-dimensional world is our strongest perception at the current point of our evolution. Our 3-D physicality has consciousness.  Everything is conscious.  Consciousness is the Fourth Dimension.

The Fifth Dimension is the Soul.  Consciousness is just awareness.  Soul is full consciousness.  Soul is an electromagnetic memory device.

The Sixth Dimension is the level of Concepts.  Concepts like Love, Peace, Joy, Gravity, Truth.  The Sixth Dimension IS the residence of the so called “Great Beings” like the Sun. The Earth is functioning at a Sixth Dimensional level, as is Mars, Jupiter and our planets.

All the dimensions exist all at once and all at the same time.  We are part of all dimensions all at once and are functioning on all dimensions all at once.  We are just not consciously aware of the dimensions from our lower level of consciousness that we currently use as our focus. "Dead" people that were ever conscious (and all are conscious to some extent) are Fourth Dimensional beings and are hanging out at the 4-D level with the Earth.

Ascended people or enlightened “dead” people are Fifth Dimensional beings.  These beings lost their physical bodies for some reason but are still fully conscious souls.  These souls can find another body and reincarnate, or possess a less conscious being, or even share a body.

The EXTRATERRESTRIAL ARE Fifth Dimensional beings.  They are conscious souls They communicate with us on a 5-D level WE  have always seen them - because we are multi-dimensional beings and have always been multi-dimensional beings. we are expanding our consciousness into conscious awareness of the Fifth Dimension and beyond and are thus able to see the 5-D beings - and the 4-D beings as well.

WE ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL BEINGS OF LOVE AND LIGHT!!!

Saezuru analysis: ihr HertZ May Issue cover

The cover pic shows 19 year old Yashiro, exchanging glance with an 8 year old Doumeki, in an accidental encounter. When Yoneda Sensei initially showed a part of this pic, she commented on her twitter that the entire pic will give a different impression, and she was right. Misumi and Hirata added contrast as well as tension to the composition, and made the entire work all the more interesting.

I have been mesmerized with its beauty as well as the numerous symbols it contains, ever since I saw the cover. As it arose too much feel and thoughts, I couldn’t organize my mind for a while. After looking over it for the hundredth time and re-reading volume 2, I came up with two theories.

The first theory is that the pic shows the bright side and the dark side of life. It’s not clear cut like black/white or evil vs good, but like Yin and Yang in Asian culture, where there is always dark in the light, and light in the dark. The second theory is that the pic is not just symbolic, and that it reflects the story when he was 19, as well as the present.

My intention is not to prove what Yoneda Sensei had in mind when drawing this. Rather, they are theories on the way to appreciate the artwork and imagine the story behind it.

I tried to stick to the point, but this was the best I could. Bear with me, for those who are interested in my useless ramblings.

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The reason I’m staunchly antizionist, among many other reasons, is that Zionism is a mere political ideology. It doesn’t define Judaism, it can never supersede our culture. 

We existed as a distinct ethnic and religious culture for a millenia before Zionism and we’ll continue to exist for millenias after. My entire identity is not bound to a single political ideology and the sinister quality of its nature is that somehow we’ve bought into the idea that that’s precisely what we need to do in order to define our Jewishness. 

Zionism is about two centuries old. We have thousands of years of experiences, philosophy, struggle, and survival that a single ideology could never seek to sum up or contain. And the fact that so many seek to distill it down to a movement that’s barely into it’s third century of existence is poison to the vastness of our people. I refuse to participate in the bottlenecking of our culture. 

The fact that there are so many of my own people who discard me from my own community daily because I argue loudly and aggressively as to the nature of Zionism is testament to its flawed design. The fact that so many young Jews in particular find themselves excluded from their synagogues, their campus Hillel’s, their own families, simply for dissenting on political ideology, that somehow to not be Zionist is to not be Jewish is the most malicious form of internalized antisemitism we have ever faced as a people. 

When I argue with a fellow Jew about their beliefs in Zionism never do I deny their Judaism, and yet I find them denying mine. Worse, I have been asked to provide “proof” of my Jewishness in such arguments. How can we as a people expect to grow and change and find our self-determination if we reduce ourselves down to paranoid followers of political ideology? 

The history of Zionism is nuanced, complicated, and based heavily as a way to overcome antisemitism of that I cannot deny, nor would I. But does it work? Has it saved us? Will it forward our liberation? We’re Jews. We must question. The fact that many of us have been silenced is the very antithesis of our way. There’s so much to the history and its far reaching effects that I won’t even attempt to parse it out in one essay on the internet. 

 But I certainly will not let you all pretend as if antizionist Jews do not exist, are not loud and vocally and fiercely proud of their Judaism. I wouldn’t let goyim pretend they own the conversation on antizionsim when such arguments were first made by Jews at the time of Zionism’s formation. So why on earth would I let my fellow Jews cover their eyes and pretend they can’t see me either? 

anonymous asked:

How do you practice mindfulness

If you observe yourself at any given moment, you may notice a number of different experiences occupying and dividing your attention:

  • Stress
  • Imagination
  • Restless entertainment
  • Emotional waves
  • Emotional numbness
  • Memory
  • Anticipating futures both immediate and distant
  • Etc…

You notice the way people hop onto their smartphones the moment they have a second to themselves? Or feel compelled to listen to music to pass the time on the subway or on their walks?

All of this has two primary effects:

  1. We put more attention on the mind than our living presence here and now.
  2. We divide our attention between many things to cover up our fractured feelings and states of mind. 

Therefore mindfulness has two primary aims:

  1. To bring our attention away from the mind’s churnings and into this moment. 
  2. To unify our attention into a sense of peaceful wholeness. 

This is all difficult to explain to a person who hasn’t experienced it yet for themselves. But with self-attention and practice, you will get a better sense of what I mean. Daily meditation drastically helps a person to discover how to practice mindfulness. 

Here are a few tricks/entry points into practicing mindfulness:

  1. Inhabit your body fully. We jerk our bodies around throughout the day in graceless ways, rushing and reacting. Instead, slow down. Don’t rush. Pervade your body with your gentle attention. Like a tennis player waiting for the ball to be served or an outfielder waiting to catch a fly ball. Be focused but relaxed and totally attentive to your body. This gives you a greater spacious sense of existence and also helps you to have a better place from which to observe the mind’s thoughts without being overtaken and consumed by them. 
  2. Ride your breath. This is my primary form of mindfulness. When I catch myself rushing, getting overcome by a negative emotion, or losing my sense of presence to my mind’s thoughts, I take a few deep breaths. Remember that a full exhale is necessary for a full inhale. I find that my breathing sets the tempo for my mind and heart. Slowing the moment down Martix-style is very helpful. 
  3. Mentally repeat a mantra. Instead of listening to music on your morning commute or walk to class or whatever, intone a mantra to yourself. Sing it in the car while being present with your driving or repeat it in your head as you stride along. When you catch your attention wandering, bring it back to the mantra. This is especially good for beginners. 

Give it a try. One of the reasons I often wear meditation beads is that it is a reminder to practice mindfulness throughout the day. It is easy to forget and become overtaken by the day’s happenings. 

All of this will improve your quality of life, your insight into yourself and the world around you, and it will work on you in mysterious ways you have yet to consider. A sense of the miraculous in the most simple of things will return to you. In a way, it is like a return to childlike innocence and joy. 

Namaste my friend :)