Do you ever just look at someone’s commander and think “That just has to go”? It probably happens with any commander but there are definitely some who incur this response greater than others. I have based these ten on how often I have seen them being played as well as how obvious it is what the deck is going to do once the commander is announced. These decks are not fun to play against and have the potential to make you hate Magic and even people forever.
1. Kaalia of the Vast
One of my least favorite commanders, mainly because she is just too predictable. The deck is obviously rammed with any angel, demon or dragon that has an even slightly unpleasant ability, and at least one will probably hit the table on turn five at the latest. Removal of Kaalia and keeping her off the table as early as possible is recommended.
2. Ghave, Guru of Spores
Notorious for his ability to combo with everything. Eventually the person playing this guy will stumble upon something that will kill everyone without meaning to. Notable cards are Ashnod’s Altar and Earthcraft. Token hate such as Ratchet Bomb and Virulent Plague could be useful here.
3. Sliver Hivelord/Queen/Overlord
Yep, it’s obvious what the game is here; you’re getting aggro’d by slivers unless you kill this player quick. Slivers are difficult to deal with, unless everyone is gang-banging this player at once, which they probably will be. It is a general consensus that the Sliver player must die first. Legion could also be a commander for slivers but I have never seen one.
4. The Mimeoplasm
One of the most common choices for a reanimator commander, and will most likely have creatures like Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Death’s Shadow and Phyrexian Dreadnought. Graveyard hate. Lots of it.
5. Riku of Two Reflections
Uhhh, Temur is just the worst. Every possible commander in this wedge is overpowered. But Riku is arguably the most annoying, with its ability to ramp, counter and copy everything, with big creatures to boot. Look out for Palinchron and Deadeye Navigator as they seem common in these decks.
6. Rhys the Redeemed
Another token deck, it seems that Ratchet Bomb was a worthy investment. Doubling Season, Parallel Lives and Intangible Virtue as well as Overrun abilities will probably be laced through decks like this.
7. Zur, the Enchanter
Like, Temur, Esper is another notorious shard. But if you see Zur, you’re most likely up against cheap enchantments, every counter spell ever printed and an infinite mill win condition. This has occurred with every copy of this deck I have had the misfortune of playing against. Helm of Obedience and Rest in Peace generally tend to win the game and Bitterblossom and Diplomatic Immunity provide early game protection.
8. Prossh, Skyraider of Kher
Arguably more powerful than Ghave, as Prossh doesn’t need much to get going. It will contain similar cards like Ashnod’s Altar, Food Chain and Fan the Flames. Token hate could probably answer this one too for a while.
9. Nekusar, the Mindrazer
Despite being notorious, Nekusar is one of my favorite commanders of all time. He is obviously going to have draw abilities like Forced Fruition, Spiteful Visions and Psychosis Crawler. Horizon Chimera is the answer to Nekusar as well as cards like Spirit of the Labyrinth and frequent life gain.
10. Narset, Enlightened Master
Often Creatureless, it’s difficult to say exactly what cards it will contain. Narset herself draws rolled eyes and sighs of chagrin from other players as she is really hard to get rid of. Nontarget removal such as Council’s Judgment and Overloaded Mizzium Mortars/Cyclonic Rift can be useful to keep her off the table.
I live for the concept of McCree wearing those Southern Girl shirts as a joke. You know the ones, with fifty different fonts in five different colors that say things like “Texas Princess” or “American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God” or “Relax, Cowboy, I was looking at your gun”. He wears them all as a joke cuz way back in the Blackwatch days, Gabe saw one and commented on how it fit McCree’s ugly ass cowboy aesthetic, and he bought them out of spite. And then it just carried on over the years so now people always try to find the ugliest ones they can to give him for his birthday or at Christmas. Hanzo hates them at first but gets used to it, because it’s funny as fuck and stupid and he’ll be damned if Jesse doesn’t actually fit them in a terrible way. Eventually Jesse buys him one (its a tank top that says “I don’t wear bows, I shoot them” and Hanzo hates it but loves it at the same time and wears it to bed each night.
Many times language and literature classes require students to annotate the books that are given to them, but in many cases tips and advice on how to do so is lacking. I will be sharing my personal strategy for efficient and successful annotating that will not only help your understanding of the text but also gain the love of your teachers!
The tips have been divided into 5 components, each with their own explanation.
Sticky Tabs are Your Best Friend
I don’t know how I would manage to annotate without my sticky tabs. They help me organize and navigate the book before the reading, remind me what to look for while i’m going through the text and help me find whatever I may need once I get to further analysis for the class.
Create a key for your tabs, personally I use five colors each having a few specific purposes based on where I place them in the book. Most stickies are accompanied by a specific note that will remind me of what I wanted to point out, these stick out of the right margin.
Pink- Anything to do with characters, be it development or certain traits to remember. It can also be used for when you have questions about character related aspects of the text.
Orange- Refers to setting, in plays it is also applicable for stage directions.
Yellow- Is used for literary devices and use of language (tone, diction, patterns) and syntax, if there is a particular word the author used or a structure you want to take note of, this is the color to use.
Green- Applicable to any important plot events, notable scenes or things that you think will be significant later in the story.
Blue- Themes and context of said ideas, anything to do with time, place and space in which the text takes place. It can also relate to how your context (a student reading a book for a literature course) impacts your perception of the text.
These are the things teachers usually look out for and it is certainly useful in any kind of further task!
The top and bottom margins can be used to divide the book in to sections, such as chapters or scenes, mark the most important pages and to also highlight text to text connections. These colors you can pick yourself!
I do not recommend having more than 5 sticky tabs per page, otherwise it gets too crowded and they lose their purpose! (but you will still need to buy aaa lloootttt)
This is my key for the book I am currently annotating, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
Don’t Overdo it With the Highlighter
Find one color highlighter that you like the most and use it to mark explicit words or phrases that catch your attention, you can also use them in correlation with you sticky tabs!
I prefer to use a yellow highlighter because it seems to bleed the least, and I usually use it in relation to the the yellow and blue tabs because those are the ones that relate to the most detailed and minute parts of the text. Once again you can find your own preference! But don’t overdo it, otherwise, like the tabs, the highlighter will lose its function to highlight important points.
This is an example of how much highlighting I usually do. For non-fictional texts or parts of a book (like in the introduction you see here) I reserved highlighter for dates and names.
Have a Conversation With the Author
This is one of the first tips that my high school teacher gave me and it’s really one of the most important ones to remember. And I know, it may sound kinda silly, but I find that it really helps me in developing my ideas and remembering exactly how I felt about a certain aspect of part of the text.
Whether the text is fiction of non fiction, anything in between, you can always do these few things
Ask questions- As if you were going to get an answer, ask questions, write them down and write down as many as you want. Writing things down helps people remember so then it is more likely that in a class discussion you will be able to recall your queries or wonders.
If you don’t like something, or you’re surprised by something, write it down! Use exclamation marks, use words that you would use in a regular conversation. I always write ‘WOW!!’ or ‘OMG’ when i’m especially impressed, and having such vocal- well written vocally- emotions will bring you closer to the subject of the text.
Talk to the characters as well, if you are questioning a character’s actions ask them and provide an explanation as to why you speculate they may have acted a certain way. Not only does that further contribute to your involvement (also making things more entertaining) but it also deepens your thought!
What i’m trying to say is write down anything that comes to mind, your first response is your true response, and it is a valuable addition to your notes! And if you want to write a whole essay in between the lines… Actually, i’ll come back to that later!
Pens, not Pencils
I used to make notes completely in pencil but my approach changed when I realized that overtime the pencil would rub off and get illegible. I think it was because I used my book so much, but having switched to pen I realized that it helps me in quite a few other things as well.
The good thing about pen is that you can’t erase it and let’s say you started writing down a note, scan down the page and realize what you are taking a note of is completely wrong. That’s ok! That’s actually really good! Don’t scribble out what you just wrote down, but instead continue and explain why you may have thought a certain way and what your understanding is now. That relates really closely to the previous note.
Evidently pen also appears darker on the page, then there’s no possibility of it ever disappearing. It also won’t smudge or bleed as long as it’s ballpoint! That’s a good thing when drawing arrows between lines, underlining in addition to your highlights and circling/boxing whatever you deem necessary.
Time, Effort and Commitment
It’s clear that this post took me a while to make, and it took me a while to develop this system with all of the things that I have considered. So it must be self evident that using this type of annotation won’t be quick. It might get tiring at some times, and for me it really does, but at the end I find that it always pays off! You have to stay committed to this technique, you have to put in the same amount of effort for every page, which means you need time. So here are a few final general tips I will leave you with.
Don’t procrastinate! As goes for any task, and this one more than any, don’t waste time getting to it! I advice you check how many pages you have in total and make sure that you do a certain amount per day (usually 5-10 pages a day is good!)
If you go off on massive tangents in the side bars, make sure that you don’t get too distracted by them because they will take up a lot of your time. But one now and then may be good! Be sure to mark it for later reference!
Play mind games with yourself. This one is actually pretty interesting but it personally gets me a long way. If you have 20 pages left, don’t look at it as 20 pages but instead as 4 times 5, then the amount will seem a lot more manageable! It’s a kind of self encouragement!
That can also be said by looking now and then at how far your bookmark has moved through the book and giving yourself a pat on the back for all of you hard work!
That’s all I have for now! If you have any further questions for advice or explanation please message me and I will be more than happy to help! And I hope that this helps some people out too! (I’m counting this as 21/100 days of productivity as all I did today was related to annotating.)
I finished a logo for
client and he wants some additional files. Turns out he wants five different
variants of the logo with five different taglines, each in five different
colors. In .EPS, .AI, .jpeg, .png and .gif each.
Real simple, I’ve wanted to recolor @ridgeport‘s NASA Sweater for a long time but lots of things happened so this took way too long to complete but it’s done now so enjoy it~ (also debut of my new ‘soft palette’)
No custom thumbnail (i might add one later idk)
21 swatches total (one is an atari logo and the other five are extra colors i wanted)
Peridot tries her hand at cooking an apple pie, but the resulting dish ends up not tasting any good. Peridot insists that she followed the recipe, but Steven and Connie discover that Peridot used onions instead of apples in the pie after mistakenly perceiving both to look similar to each other. Worrying that Peridot is colorblind, they try hundreds of ways to get her to understand the difference between colors, to the point where Steven’s room is covered in rainbows and color wheels. An increasingly frustrated Peridot desperately tries to understand what she’s being shown… when Garnet simply removes her tinted visor off her face. Peridot then spends the next five hours obsessing over color.
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To commemorate the upcoming SnK season 2 in April, various retailers and bookstores in Japan will be giving away bookmarks with purchase of the tankobon manga!
There will be a set of five different bookmarks featuring colored versions of Mikasa, Levi, Jean, Eren, Erwin, Armin, Annie, Hanji, Beast Titan, Bertholt, and Reiner drawn by Isayama Hajime. When collected, all five complete a single collage-type image.
Duanwu Festival: 5th day of the 5th lunar month Qu Yuan屈原 The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating zong zi (glutinous rice（糯米）wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats. The festival is best known for its dragon-boat races, especially in the southern provinces where there are many rivers and lakes. This regatta（赛舟会）commemorates the death of Qu Yuan , an honest minister who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river. Qu was a minister of the State of Chu situated in present-day Hunan and Hubei provinces, during the Warring States Period (475-221BC)（战国时期）. He was upright, loyal and highly esteemed for his wise counsel that brought peace and prosperity to the state. However, when a dishonest and corrupt prince vilified Qu, he was disgraced and dismissed from office. Realizing that the country was now in the hands of evil and corrupt officials, Qu grabbed a large stone and leapt into the Miluo River （汨罗江） on the fifth day of the fifth month. Nearby fishermen rushed over to try and save him but were unable to even recover his body. Thereafter, the state declined and was eventually conquered by the State of Qin. Zongzi粽子 The people of Chu who mourned the death of Qu threw rice into the river to feed his ghost every year on the fifth day of the fifth month. But one year, the spirit of Qu appeared and told the mourners that a huge reptile（爬行动物）in the river had stolen the rice. The spirit then advised them to wrap the rice in silk and bind it with five different-colored threads before tossing it into the river. During the Duanwu Festival, a glutinous rice pudding called zong zi is eaten to symbolize the rice offerings to Qu. Ingredients such as beans, lotus seeds（莲子）, chestnuts（栗子）, pork fat and the golden yolk of a salted duck egg are often added to the glutinous rice. The pudding is then wrapped with bamboo leaves, bound with a kind of raffia and boiled in salt water for hours. The dragon-boat races赛龙舟 The dragon-boat races symbolize the many attempts to rescue and recover Qu’s body. A typical dragon boat ranges from 50-100 feet in length, with a beam of about 5.5 feet, accommodating two paddlers seated side by side. A wooden dragon head is attached at the bow, and a dragon tail at the stern（船尾）. A banner hoisted on a pole is also fastened at the stern and the hull is decorated with red, green and blue scales edged in gold. In the center of the boat is a canopied shrine behind which the drummers, gong（铜锣）beaters and cymbal（铙钹）players are seated to set the pace for the paddlers. There are also men positioned at the bow to set off firecrackers, toss rice into the water and pretend to be looking for Qu. All of the noise and pageantry creates an atmosphere of gaiety and excitement for the participants and spectators alike. The races are held among different clans, villages and organizations, and the winners are awarded medals, banners, jugs of wine and festive meals.
Each trig function in terms of the other five: color coded. Idk I’m just playin’ around in LaTeX and thought this table on Wikipedia would be worth color coding on its own so I made this little ditty. The reciprocal functions are the lighter colors of their regular trig counterparts. I wouldn’t call this a final version, but, hey, it’s pretty cute. High five for pattern recognition.