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Normally I don’t comment on Tumblr updates because normally they don’t really affect users… like shifting the icons or changing the logo, those don’t really do anything to hinder us or affect how we use the site.

But this comment shit? This is disgusting. If everything else wasn’t proof enough, this shows that staff​ has no idea how their userbase interacts with their site. So allow me to briefly speak for us:

No one, and I mean NO ONE, wanted you to change the layout of comments. Reblogs were NOT supposed to be read as individual comments. Sure, in your picture, it looks like the jokes still flow one after another. Because they are all nice and short and one-line puns. Which very rarely happens in comparison to everything else on this site.

What DOES happen is discussion. People like to communicate with each other through reblogs. They like to talk about a news story or an upcoming material release. This is not fucking youtube, where certain content creators provide something unique, and everyone else is just there to admire it. This social media site promotes discussion: where any user can write something, share something, show something… tag it appropriately, and engage with others interested in the same things.

Changing this to a user-comment format removes this idea completely. Now, the original poster is completely indistinguishable from the others, which was something that gave a bit of importance before. Now, posts that relied on the format for proper flow, by dragging your eyes to the right with names and back to left with commentary, have been destroyed - I can no longer easily tell who is responding to what. It now looks like every comment is responding to the source, which works for youtube, but NOT for this site. Sometimes the discussion tangents midway between two users, and the source is merely the context, not the topic. See how that would look bad in this new format? [Youtube comments counter this by tagging the person they are responding to over and over. You really want that on every post?? It looks awful there, why would you want to mimic that?!?]

But the worst part is, you did not “rearrange reblog comments so that they’re actually readable.“ Admittedly, the one thing this helps is that now, comments that went off the right wall are fixed. But just look at your dumb gif! What before all fit nicely on one text post is now 7 different spaced out comments. What could be read and understood at a glance now forces you to scroll almost double the length. How the hell did you think that was “easier to read” if you can’t even read it all at once??? And how do you think this will affect large commentary posts?

With this update, you’ve ruined something integral to how Tumblr users engage with your site and with each other. We enjoyed the > layout because it made sense. It’s been that way since Tumblr was created, and it sure as hell wasn’t broken. If I wanted random comments, I’d go to news sites. To forums. To Facebook. To Twitter. To Youtube. To literally any other site. Comments are a step BACKWARDS. Every site has a comment section now. Tumblr’s layout promoted discussion over time, only rivaled by Reddit (and maybe 4chan?) as THE discussion-based social media site. How you failed to understand that and capitalize on it, and instead are trying to break that system, is beyond me. But this update was by far the worst one to have been done. I seriously hope you consider reverting it.

you… you told me once that yahoo wouldn’t change you. there were times I didn’t even think you were life-consuming, but let me tell you this: you were the best website, and the most life-consuming… life that I’ve ever known, and no one will ever convince me that you told me a lie. so. there. I was so alone, and I owe you so much, but please, there’s just one more thing, one more thing, one more miracle, Tumblr, for me. Change… it… back. Would you, just for me… just stop it? Stop this.

The Deterioration of the Sonic Franchise

Most would agree Sonic Boom’s sequel is as anticipated as the violent dry-heaving following a bout of food poisoning. Despite this, Sega’s confusing production decisions may pay off for once.

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We’ve started rolling out a small, huge improvement to Tumblr. 

The small part is that we’re rearranging reblog comments so that they’re actually readable. The huge part is that we’re rearranging reblog comments so that they’re actually readable.

This has been a long time coming, and you might be startled at how suddenly easy it is to understand what’s going on. That’s alright. Relax your eyes, let them adjust, and enjoy the readability of it all.

Should be out to everyone by tomorrow afternoon. Love ya, Tumblr.

Lay your DIY lovin’ eyes on this rad and expressive backpack. We collaborated with our friend and fashion journalist Jenny Brownlees on this Fendi Monsterinspired bag that proves emoji style is still having a major moment. Whether you’re scheming up looks for back to school or just wanna look mad cool, the added wink of marble fabric seals the deal on your new favorite fall accessory.
To create: Print our bright eyes template on cardstock paper and cut out the individual patterns. Use a marker to trace the eye pattern onto black faux-leather, the white pattern on white fabric and the iris pattern on blue fabric. Useembroidery scissors to cut out the traced pieces. Layer and glue the eye parts with the black at the top followed by the iris and white. Glue the eyes near the top of the backpack. Cut a piece of marble fabric that will cover the bottom of the bag and adhere with fabric glue. Lastly, glue the multi-color zipper in the center. Let glue dry completely before wearing.

TOP 5 FICTIONAL CITIES (Top 5 Wednesday) [02/09/2015)

You can find out more about Top 5 Wednesday HERE, and check out all my Top 5 Wednesday posts HERE.

1. Scion London (from The Bone Season): The Bone Season has such complex world-building that was so difficult to get my head around at first. But from the very beginning, I appreciated how complicated this world Samantha Shannon has created was. The Bone Season only touches on Scion London briefly, and it has a much bigger part in The Mime Order (and potentially in the next books too). I’m so interested in finding out more about Scion London as Paige explores it more!

2. London x4 (from A Darker Shade of Magic): Technically, there are four London’s in this fantasy world (Grey, Red, White and Black London). The way Kell and Lila travel through them, with Schwab making each of them intriguing, dark and vivid, is thoroughly entertaining. Like Scion, I can’t wait to see more of these fictional versions of London!

3. Wizarding London (from Harry Potter): The thing I love about the Wizarding World is that it’s built from the realistic. It’s completely possible this magical side of London can exist, what with Platform 9 ¾ and the Ministry hidden and Muggles unable to see it. It’s definitely part of the charm of Harry Potter.

4. Rifthold (from Throne of Glass): The way it’s described by Sarah J Maas is beautiful and vivid, even though some of the city’s occupants are less than lovely. As an assassin, Celaena really gets to see the nasty side of Rifthold. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how well described it is, and how much it intrigues me.

5. The Capitol (from The Hunger Games): It’s lavish and charming and beautiful, but beneath it all, it holds corruption and pain and suffering. The terrifying thing about the Capitol is that there are so many aspects that come directly from our own society, or that you can see evolving from 21st Century life.

Disney’s Moana: What We Know So Far

For a while now, Disney has teased us with very little info on its upcoming animation ‘Moana’. However, this month’s D23 Expo gave fans a bit more to go on, so we can consider our appetites suitably whet.

Who’s behind it?

This Walt Disney Animation movie is a musical and hopes to follow in the successful footsteps of ‘Frozen’. 

It’s written and directed by Ron Clement and John Musker - the duo behind ‘The Princess and the Frog’, ‘Hercules’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘The Little Mermaid’. 

Taika Waititi (writer of ’What We Do In The Shadows’, ‘Flight of the Conchords’) is also on screenplay duties, so there’s an array of talent that’re both penning and helming the project.

Who’s in it?

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced that he’d signed up to star back in April. He’ll play Maui, a Demigod that helps Moana on her quest (possibly in a similar way Genie aided our fearless street rat in ‘Aladdin’). As a human raised by Gods, Maui’s got a few issues to work through and, in traditional Disney style, will be on hand to lend his services to the film’s namesake, and visa versa.

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Alan Tudyk (’The Good Dinosaur’, ‘Zootropolis’) will also lend his voice to the movie, but his role is unspecified. Currently there’s no further word on who else will feature.

What’s it about?

The story takes place 2000 years ago. Around a thousand years prior to that, voyages across seas all but stopped, and that event is said to be a key element in the film’s plot. 

Moana, the daughter of chief Tui, is inquisitive and adventurous. Naturally, she develops an urge to traverse the seas - largely thanks to the wild tales she’s heard from her grandmother -  but her father forbids it.

Moana sets out to find a mysterious island she’s heard about in stories, whereby she not only meets Maui, but comes across sea monsters, amongst other things. 

Why’s it going to be great?

Not only does it feature man of the moment Dwayne Johnson, but he’ll actually sing during this animated musical, which, frankly, sounds awesome.

‘Moana’s’ significant because it’s about Disney’s first Polynesian princess, following on from ‘The Princess and the Frog’ having introduced the first black princess to the fray, addresses the need for diversity.

Moana will have some cool sidekicks, too: firstly Pua, her pet pig who’ll serve as a loveable character akin to ‘Frozen’s’ Olaf or ‘Aladdin’s’ Abu. A rooster called Hei Hei also forms part of the gang, no doubt as additional comic relief.

When’s it out?

‘Moana’ will be released in UK cinemas on 2 December, 2016. It’ll hit US cinemas just over a week earlier on 23 November.

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Picture credits: Disney

part 4/5 this is one of the first self portraits i ever took. i was driving through arizona and got snowed in before i could make it to my destination. i pulled off to the side of the road and slept in my car that night. the snow came down so heavy that night it cracked my windshield. the next morning i woke up at dawn and when i opened my car door, the only sound you could hear was complete silence; everything was covered in white. i felt like i woke up in a dream. there wasn’t another soul in sight…just me and the animal tracks in fresh snow. 

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I know we’re still in August 2015, but I couldn’t hold back anymore! Here are 10 Young Adult books coming out in 2016! Are you excited? Because I’m excited :) So many pretty covers coming our way!

Happy reading!

P.S. Which book are you most looking forward to in 2016?

BEWARE OF THE MAN WITHOUT GUILE

by David Isle

Among his other feats of fantasy, Edgar Allan Poe had a keen sense for the suggestive, feinting language of clothing. I first met Poe’s interest in costume in his story “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” in which he turns through the following cycle of thoughts on pocket squares:

“…by ‘fellows who have no pocket-handkerchiefs’ the editor intends the lowest class of ruffians. These, however, are the very description of people who will always be found to have handkerchiefs even when destitute of shirts. You must have had occasion to observe how absolutely indispensable, of late years, to the thorough blackguard, has become the pocket handkerchief.”

Poe’s observation is that people often assume that anyone with money enough to buy superfluous accessories like pocket handkerchiefs must be a member of society in good standing. But the handkerchief is an easy signal to mimic, since handkerchiefs themselves are not terribly expensive. The blackguard can therefore purchase the editor’s confidence quite cheaply.

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What does photography mean to you?

Capturing presence and absence at the same time. The moment you want to capture is there, but it’s not pure reality. It’s framed and considered and in an essential way still irretrievably lost.

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Feeling sparkly & pleased to be covergirl (not my face, but it’s my picture!) + featured & interviewed for this month’s issue of Lomography’s LoFi magazine where I speak about representation & beauty & the impossibility of total connection. Mad thanks to Erny for asking me!

You can find LoFi in various stockists around Singapore including booksactually, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Artistry, Nylon Coffee Roasters, Substation & other hipster homebases (lol!). They’re even stocked at the photo lab where I always send my rolls (Triple D mini lab). It’s free so you can kope as many as you like. I koped a few myself, so you can ask me if you want it but somehow can’t manage to get it !

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part 2/5 this was the morning of lauryn’s birthday. her and davis came to visit when i was living in hana. i think davis was still sleeping at the time, so lauryn and i snuck away and took portraits of each other. this was right in my front yard, and we were trying to shoot fast because i was sure my landlords were gonna come walking up at any moment and find two naked girls in their flowers. 

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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Release Date: August 27 & October 6th, 2015

Age Group: 15+

Genres: Contemporary, Urban Fantasy-ish, LGTBQ, Mental Health

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Check it out on Goodreads here. (This is for the Oct release page–change edition for the August 27th release)

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


It has been a long time since I’ve read a Patrick Ness novel. Between my inability to faithfully finish a series and constantly pushing back any of Ness’s books on my monthly TBR, I have not read a Patrick Ness novel in maybe, hm, four years? I know a Ness novel was in my near-future, so why not make it this one? Despite the confusing release date thing (This cover says October and the other, bluer, and more fantasy-themed cover is slated to release tomorrow (August 27th)), I found myself completely fascinated by The Rest of Us Just Live Here. 

First things first: Patrick Ness is awesome. This book completely calls out some of the popular tropes in pop culture literature without making them a large part of the storyline. And you want to know how he does it? Each chapter heading has a description of what’s happening to the “heroes” (or Indie Kids). I will admit, I chuckled quite a bit–especially when the head hero decides that she’s met her soulmate. There were just so many jabs in this book that it immediately had me. Also, Ness manages to point out the inability for heroes to have regular names–they’re either too common (like, say, Finn) or too unique (like, say, satchel–because your kid dreams of being mistaken for a bag for the rest of her life…which may or may not happen in this book).

The protagonist, Mikey, isn’t what you’d call a hero. He and his small group of friends know that while their world is occasionally blown up by the heroes, there’s nothing they can do about it because it isn’t their story to act out. Mikey is one of those characters who is seriously flawed, or I guess, normal. He has everyday worries like the rest of us, with an added dose of anxiety and OCD. 

The cool thing about Mikey is the fact that he has moments where he himself is a hero, whether the story calls for it or not. This introduces the idea that maybe the term “hero” is used loosely in extreme circumstances, without the consideration that someone on the sideline could be a hero for someone else. This point is made even more evident when Mikey, a nearly invisible guy to others around him, is unwilling to accept the fact that he has the potential to be someone’s hero.

What’s so great about Ness’s book is that, even as I write this review, I’m still thinking about the issues he raised about how some of us have become so desensitized to these tropes in “hero/end of world” literature. While we focus so hard on these protagonists that just happen to be a part of the end of the world, or some otherworldly love triangle, we forget the bystanders. Much like in real life, everyone is a watcher. Think of the famous line from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women merely players”–we all believe we have a special part to play, but all too often we forget the people around us. I think this is one of the reasons why Ness’s book is so brilliant because he reminds us that there are people who are affected by the heroes’ actions and that they have to carry on, even if no one is watching them. Another great literary example of this happening? The Marvel universe, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a fan. Watch an early episode of Daredevil on Netflix and listen to the side-effects of the Avengers’ battles. 

Ness also brings up the important themes of sexuality, mental illness, friendship, family issues, and addiction, all laced with dark humour. The sexual content makes this a slightly older read, but hey, that’s just the bookseller in me speaking (read whatever you want, folks). Mainly, I did like how the group of friends took care of each other and loved each other without thinking of any of the prejudices they might face in the future. Despite my love for them, however, I did find myself getting occasionally annoyed with how they treated Mikey…buuuuuuttttt Mikey can at times be an extremely unreliable narrator, so I didn’t hold on to my grievances too strongly.

Okay, basically I liked this book and I think if you’re into dark humour, several darker topics, and the humourous take on (and possible dissection of) popular tropes in today’s fiction, then you might enjoy this one. I’m happy I read this, even if it was at times weird. But hey, we all need a little weirdness in our lives, right? 

Happy reading!