fifty is a lot of pictures

Fifty years after The Outsiders was first published, there still has never been a passage so teenaged as this one.

“You read a lot, don’t you, Ponyboy?” Cherry asked.

I was startled. “Yeah. Why?”

She kind of shrugged. “I could just tell. I’ll bet you watch sunsets, too.” She was quiet for a minute after I nodded. “I used to watch them, too, before I got so busy …”

I pictured that, or tried to. Maybe Cherry stood still and watched the sun set while she was supposed to be taking the garbage out. Stood there and watched and forgot everything else until her big brother screamed at her to hurry up. I shook my head. It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

guess who finally found their stylus :D

jumping on @boopliette ’s “Sonny does not wear appropriate winter clothing” headcanon like there’s no tomorrow because I love it (and her, and all her art) with a practise sketch!


The summer sun kisses a blushing sky good night in Moonlight Falls.


Fifty Shades of Shady Lagoon

I try to re-make Shady Lagoon from Castaway stories to sims 2.

I have plan to share but I’m not sure because this is mix of the hood decor in the background and plus lot is much smaller from original..Original is 80x80 and in sims 2 is 60x60.

like for real tho. other than the fifties aesthetic, we know next to nothing about pre-war culture in the fallout setting (we know more about the political/economic climate, and those can provide clues about the culture they are found in, they paint a woefully incomplete picture). all we have to go on is the 15 minute intro sequence wherein we see a fairly diverse and apparently close-knit suburban community, which seems to include at least one f/f couple. if you look at a setting with no canonical evidence for racism/homophobia/transphobia and assume that it MUST have those things, that says a lot more about you than the setting itself. namely, it says your imagination’s broke and you need to check your default settings because you’re dropping violent prejudice into a setting like a turd in a punch bowl.

And it’s like, why is it that the politically, religiously and racially motivated harassment and displacement of a three-thousand-year-old community that was fifty thousand strong is sort of something we can gloss over because they went somewhere else, but someone’s got to get in their two cents about Israeli racism before we hit a thousand notes?

The Yemeni olim went through a lot of inexcusable trauma and oppression in Israel, at the hands of people who were their own people, and should have goddamn well known better, and I do not want to deny or minimize that–I know people whose parents and grandparents suffered greatly, and it still affects the community in myriad ways.

But every time I post pictures of Mizrahim and mention the basic fact that they were thrown out of the countries in which they had lived, with extreme state-sanctioned legal and physical violence, and normally with just the clothes on their backs, if the post gets a little circulation, it’s a matter of waiting the clock out until someone pops up to mention how much Israel (not one of those nations) sucks. NEVER does anyone bother to pop up and be sad or mad about the behavior of Iraqis or Yemenis or Syrians or…well, the list does go on.

This has been your irritated morning rant. Carry on.

I know my blog normally has more variety than this. Generally, you’ll see a lot of dumb jokes, pictures of my girlfriend and our dog and our flock of cockatiels, with a political or historical essay a couple of times a week.

So why does Bernie Sanders sometimes outweigh everything else on my blog for a day or so at a time? I’ll tell you:

In my fifty-two years on this Earth, I have seen only two presidents I honestly believe cared more about the American people than they did about their own political careers. (Three if you count JFK, but he was assassinated just a few months after my birth.) Bernie has potential to be the third.

Whether you agree with all of his policies or not, Bernie Sanders is the ONLY candidate on either side who has consistently put people over politics for his entire career–since the 1960s, when he marched with MLK (and was arrested for protesting in favor of black civil rights). In fact, the black civil rights movement was what first got him into politics.

In the end, what Bernie is all about is that the state must serve the citizen, not the other way around.