I’ve seen a lot of people criticizing the writing for Voltron Season 2. One of the criticisms that people seem to have is that they feel as if the narrative forced Allura to apologize to Keith when she shouldn’t have.
I’ll start off by saying that I think this is a very beautiful scene, and that I personally think it was handled very well. It’s one of my favorite scenes from Season 2.
I don’t think the writers included this scene to imply that her hatred of the Galra Empire was unreasonable, or that her initial reaction to finding out Keith was part Galra was something she should be looked down upon for.
Allura made the best decision, both as a person and as a Princess, by apologizing to Keith. After discovering Keith is part Galra, she snubbed him. The snubbing didn’t last long because she came around rather quickly, but imagine if she hadn’t apologized. What would she have done? Kept snubbing Keith? Imagine how many problems that could have caused for Team Voltron.
morale would be lowered if Allura kept hating Keith, which in turn would cause the team’s
efficiency to be lowered as well. Emotions would start running high, and a divide would form. It could very well have lead to Keith feeling the need to leave Team Voltron.
But that didn’t happen. Shechose to apologize. No one forced her, everyone gave her some space because they understood how deeply she had been hurt by the Galra Empire (although it was clear that the other paladins felt that the snubbing was unfair, this was demonstrated when Hunk spoke up for Keith).
What’s more, Allura’s judgement of Keith WAS unfair. Keith literally did nothing wrong. In fact, he actually proved his loyalty to Voltron by showing that he was willing to give up learning about his past. He grew up as an orphan, he’s probably been searching for answers about his past for the MAJORITY OF HIS LIFE. He was willing to give up something he fought so hard for the team. He’s proud to be a paladin of Voltron. The rest of the Paladins + Allura and Coran are the closest to a real family he’s ever had.
I’ve seen people liken the Galra to space nazis, so I’ll roll with that comparison for a second. Galra is a race/species, NOT an ideology. So much in the same way that German =/= Nazi, Galra =/= Space Nazi. What’s more, we’ve been shown in canon that there are good Galra (The Blades of Marmora). Not to mention Keith didn’t even KNOW he was part Galra until very recently. He’s not even Galra passing.
Imagine finding out that you’re part German (while not being white passing), and immediately after, someone in your friend group (who are basically the only family you have) starts hating you because of it. It’s just not fair.
edit: I’d like to clarify that I don’t think people should call Allura a racist. Just saw one of the ladies on the AfterBuzz show do that and it was ridiculous.
Lady Before the Mirror. John White Alexander (American, 1856-1915). Oil on canvas. Odessa Museum.
Like other young artists of his generation, Alexander had advanced his training in Paris, there combining a fluid technique with a keen understanding of the asymmetric spatial principles of Japanese art. More than the book or the mirror, it is the back of the model’s dress, spread out in sinuous curves, as she bends to fix her hair, which forms the true subject of this painting.
Slime Rancher v0.5.1 will be the next significant patch as we gear up for the Glass Desert update in v0.6.0. Here’s a rundown of what to expect in v0.5.1:
7Z Rewards Club
The 7Z Rewards Club is designed to act similarly to a mortgage you pay off in other farm games, only our version is totally optional and issues unique rewards. These rewards include:
- Visual upgrades to various parts of the ranch
- Chroma packs that allow you to recolor the ranch house, vacpack, and ranch tech
- A special vacpack upgrade
- A vending machine of slime toys
It’s important to note that many of these rewards are designed to be prestige items for only the most successful ranchers. You’ll need to work hard into order to get them all!
Letters from Home and Hobson’s Journals
This update will include part one of the journals Hobson left behind as well as an exchange between Beatrix and someone she knows back on Earth. Slime Rancher was never designed to have a sweeping narrative, but we’re hoping that this update will add more dimension to the characters we’ve introduced.
A new gadget will be added that allows you to capture gordo slimes at any build site. You can feed and pop them for resource rewards but most likely you’ll just want to keep them as big ol’ slime buddies.
Another new gadget we’re adding will allow you to collect echoes more easily in the Ancient Ruins. You’ll still get them in extractors, but an echo net never breaks and only collects echoes.
Auto Feeder Improvements
The auto feeder will have three speed settings to choose from, allowing you to customize the amount of food that it distributes.
Ranch Expansion: The Docks
Finally, a new ranch expansion will be added that will grant four additional ranch patches and a couple other features.
Aside form other fixes and smaller things, that about cover the major features of the next patch. We hope you enjoy it and are as excited for the big Glass Desert update that arrives later on!
Notes: This is like…my first time writing in forever and a day. So be gentle :’) also, tbh, I only thought of this idea because I was listening to Kagerou Days in my car on my way home from work. Kagerou literally is Heat Haze Days. xD
Roman had already been awake for a few minutes, and he smiled as his eyes were fixed on your sleeping form. You were snuggled into his chest, as your arms were strewn loosely around his waist and your legs were tangled in his.
Roman carefully moved his hand to stroke your hair before entwining the soft strands through his fingers as he played with your hair.
Roman started to stroke the soft skin exposed from the blanket riding up on your thigh. He continued to trace circles on your skin as he placed gentle kisses on your jawline.
He grins as he hears your pleasured sigh, and feels you cuddle deeper into him.
You hummed and stretched in your bed as your eyes fluttered open. You smiled as you felt your boyfriend’s strong arm wrapped around your waist, pulling you to his warm chest.
i’m so sorry this is so late but like i couldn’t stop smiling as i wrote it! thanks for sending it babe!
“Okay, so you go in with Archie and smooth talk the lady at the counter. Throw some heart eyes around—and for fuck’s sake, smile—while you’re there. Her heart will go aflutter and we’ll have the mission in the bag. Got it?”
Derek scowled, quickly hissing back, “I’m not using my sister’s kid—my nephew—as a way to bribe the lady at the cash to give us free cupcakes!” As if on cue, Archie gurgled from his carseat, waving his stuffed wolf around.
“Oh, stop acting like such a sweet, innocent summer child,” Stiles retorted. “The ladies love a guy who’s good with kids. And you”—he gestured wildly at all of Derek—“fit!”
Derek sighed. For some odd reason, he actually thought that Stiles wouldn’t have an ulterior motive going on a date while Derek babysat Archie. To be completely fair, his sister probably had been in on it. Laura loved any pastry that churns out from Annie’s and so did Stiles.
If anyone asked Derek’s opinion on it, he would say that those cupcakes were to die for. But no one asked and so, he refused to answer.
“I can’t believe that we’re going through all this trouble for cupcakes,” he grumbled.
Stiles flicked his cheek. “Archie’s doing all the work. You’re just standing there looking hot and scrumptious as usual.”
Derek rolled his eyes, fixing a sly smile at the end. “Scrumptious, huh?”
A soft blush began to appear on Stiles’ face. He leaned forward, bringing his lips close to Derek’s until they were brushing and whispered, “Oh, you know it.”
Derek could feel Stiles smile, a ghost of a movement so close, and surged forward to press their lips together, hands cupping Stiles’ face and noses pressing together until he tilted his head slightly. Stiles reacted almost immediately, rushing to grip Derek’s hair and pulling him against Stiles’ body. He pressed forward, chasing the sweet taste of what was irrevocably Stiles, gasping into Stiles’ mouth when he felt like he was running out of air, before quickly moving away.
They looked at each other for a bit. Chests rose up and down as they both remained entranced with one another. And then all too quickly, Archie began to babble, his stuffed wolf becoming the subject of Archie’s inconsistent flailing. Startled, they both looked away, small smiles gracing their faces.
“You think you’re all that,” Stiles mumbled, cheeks flushed, lips swollen, as he leaned against his jeep. He kept his eyes loosely fixed on Derek’s form.
Derek winked as he moved to remove Archie from his seat, quickly propping him up in his arms. Blowing a quick raspberry onto Archie’s cheek, he turned around and headed towards the bakery.
A few feet away from the entrance to the bakery, he called back, “Hey, the Stiles loves a guy who’s good with kids.”
Stiles couldn’t hold back the massive grin breaking out on his face. Stiles really did love a guy who was good with kids when the guy was Derek Hale, of course.
so if you havent heard, @mooksmookin created an amazing idol au which they allowed me to write! (you can see their explanation here!) so i thought it was about time to introduce the characters to the au!!! without further ado, here are the stars of the show~
the leader and main vocalist of the famous boy group seij-OH!
signed to the company HQ entertainment at 13, oikawa grew up as a child actor and singing in musicals, deciding that singing and producing was what he wanted to pursue.
widely regarded as the group’s prettiest member and a visual, oikawa is sought after for modelling, promotions, and acting. however, oikawa turns each opportunity down unless the other members accompany him.
rapper and supporting vocalist for the group seij-OH! with a voice rough, sensual and honey sweet.
signed around the same time as oikawa, his childhood friend. iwaizumi always supported oikawa, but made a point of asserting himself and chasing after the goal of making music.
can play guitar, and often writes the guitar licks, bass lines, and chord progressions for the music. the fans die whenever he plays guitar, and frankly, die whenever they get to see his biceps.
lead rapper of the group seij-OH!
was signed at the age of fourteen after repeatedly sending demo tracks of his garageband music to HQ.
the fans know him as “the bad boy with a soft heart,” which earns snickers and laughs from the other members. really doesn’t give a shit about PR and often speaks his mind and doesn’t tone down his sarcastic and lewd humour.
lead dancer and supporting vocalist of the group seij-OH! choreographs all of seij-OH’s dances
has been studying dance since age six, taking different styles including, but not limited to: jazz, contemporary, modern, several types of ballet, lyrical, tap, and hiphop. was signed to HQ at age twelve but only started training to become an idol at age fourteen.
he and Matsukawa met as trainees when Hanamaki was asked to fix his dancing form. they’ve been inseparable ever since, and have been informally announced to be dating.
at 20 years old, he’s confused as to where his life is going until he meets his idols, the legendary boyband seij-OH and creates a friendship with the members. his life spirals from fanboy to friend, and with it, romantic~ feelings begin to form
through his best friend kenma’s short film, hinata lands a modelling job via Kuroo Tetsurou Models, skyrocketing his own fame and earning him his own chance at the limelight
21 years old, and Hinata’s best friend. they met in high school through the internet, and eventually ended up living together when they moved to kyoto for university.
a film major and filmmaker, creating haunting, creepy, and visually stunning short films. has a decent presence in the indie filmmaker community, but struggles to find actors within his price range
a 22 year old acting/modelling agent, who was born into the modelling scene quite literally, with famous parents. never having sought out stardom himself, kuroo prefers to pull at the strings and makes his living making other people famous.
he was contacted by kenma, looking for actors, but they couldn’t work out a deal. later, kuroo goes to a film festival where kenma is featured and watches his film, taking special interest in the lead actor used- none other than hinata shouyou himself. it takes a little persuading, but he’s able to sign hinata and whisk him away to a career where he naturally excels .
kenma is stubborn and tries to ignore kuroo. it doesnt always work
anyways i love this au so so much it has so many shennanigans and so much angst !!! pls feel free to message me or mooks with questions about it and i promise to have the first chapter up soon ~
How much of ERBs Mars/Venus stories are in the Public Domain? Because I remember reading somewhere that only the first five John Carter stories are in the Public domain, while the rights to the other five and the character himself are held by ERB Inc. Which has some shady history to it, like the time they went after Dynamite press for publishing John Carter comic books.
Nothing has entered the public domain since 1998. The shrinking of the public domain due to increased duration for copyright is nothing short of criminal; it’s robbing the entire public of culture that should belong to all of us.
To understand the situation with Tarzan and John Carter, you have to understand the difference between two different types of intellectual property, copyright and trademark.
Given to artistic works in a fixed medium (art, fiction, novels, movies, etc.)
Is designed to expire, so that works can become common property of our cultural heritage. The goal of copyright law is to provide a thriving public domain, not the other way around.
Is automatic from the time something exists in a fixed form, so you don’t have to register it.
There is no “use it or lose it,” you don’t lose it if you don’t enforce it strongly.
Given to symbols or slogans that have no value in and of themselves, only because they are associated with a company or brand, like the Nike swoosh or the Coca-Cola logo. Trademark is an issue of consumer protection; only actual Coca-Cola can call itself Coca-Cola. The goal of trademark law is to prevent consumer confusion.
Does not protect the content of works, but only the title, and terms it can be sold with.
Is not designed to expire (is perpetual)
Can be lost if it isn’t enforced (this is why companies hate it when a brand becomes a word for something, like kleenex or xerox machine: it’s possible to lose the trademark if it is considered a generic term)
Let me be absolutely clear, here: The copyright on the first few Tarzan and John Carter of Mars books have expired, which means Tarzan and John Carter of Mars are in the public domain now and belong to all of us, as well as the situations, events, and concepts in the first few novels: Opar, La, Jane Porter, Dejah Thoris, the holy therns, the Green Men, etc.). For characters, copyright is fixed at the point of initial publication. This means anyone can write or create their own Tarzan or John Carter of Mars stories and use them for commercial purposes, even sell them. However, situations and characters introduced in the works still under copyright are still protected, which means you can’t use Queen Nemone and the City of Gold from Tarzan and the City of Gold, written in 1933 and still under copyright in the US and UK.
However…because the terms Tarzan and John Carter are still trademarked, still owned by ERB, Inc, you can make your own Tarzan book (since it’s out of copyright), but you can’t call it Tarzan, since that would interfere with ERB, Inc’s trademark. That’s why the Dynamite comics initially went with “Lord of the Jungle” and “Warlord of Mars” (we know what they mean).
Now, here’s where it gets shady: trademark is used to create a kind of perpetual, permanent copyright…which was never the intention. The Dynamite suit was totally baseless (again, these characters are in the public domain), and it’s something you see often when dealing with older characters: “copyfraud.” Yes, I said fraud, and I mean fraud. It’s a racket: pretending characters that now belong to all of us are still under ownership, enforced by the threat of litigation. Buck Rogers, Fu Manchu, Tarzan and John Carter should all, at this point, be public domain. Thankfully, the tide is starting to turn, particularly after the suit against the Conan Doyle heirs that said their supposed continued ownership of Sherlock Holmes was copyfraud.
ATTENTION: Those of you who filled out the Google Recruitment Form...
would like to apologize. It appears that the email-sharing option was
not on and I have no way to contact people who filled out the form or to
even know who you are.
I have fixed the form, but this means that
everyone who had already filled out the form needs to edit their
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for any inconvenience this may cause.
Title: Proud Pairing: Aomine Daiki x Reader Word Count: 1.184 Warnings: none
Okay, this is my first request I’m excited but also a little scared, hope this is what you wanted :)
English isn’t my first language so I’m sorry if there are mistakes
Aomine was sitting as near to the court as he could. His blue eyes
fixed on your small form. A grin was plastered on his face as you kept running
from side to side of the wooden floor with your teammates. Even from where he
was, Aomine could see your knitted eyebrows, your tongue just slightly out of
your mouth, a thing that you had always done when concentrating. It was the
first time for him to see one of your official basketball games.
It had been a shock when he had discovered that you played for your
school basketball team, from that moment he had insisted to come to every
practice match just to watch you play. He knew that you felt insecure about it,
in fact most of the time you begged him not to come see you but Aomine just
really loved seeing you play.
However that time it was a real game, in a real court, against a
real team. Not a practice match anymore. It was everything much more important
and Aomine was really excited. You weren’t the most talented or tall player, in
fact you were the shortest in your team, but Aomine had always thought that you
were a good player. You were smart, you could think fast and you always came up
with perfectstrategies. He liked seeing you so concentrated while playing, even
during practice you were always so focused on everything, it showed how much
you loved basketball. Aomine couldn’t even describe how happy he was in that
moment, looking at you. It was a special emotion that grabbed his heart,
squeezing it, making him hold his breath.
The match was almost at end, your team was a point behind, but in
that precise second you scored, the crowd started cheering. Aomine shot up,
clapping and shouting something along the lines of ‘Yeah, she’s my girlfriend’.
You clearly heard his deep voice over all the noise the crowd was
making from the court, and with red cheeks you mentally facepalmed yourself. You
were happy that he was so passionate about your matches, let’s say it, you were
basically overflowing with joy, considering that he was part of the Generation
of Miracles and you were just a normal player. However, sometimes he could be a
bit … over the lines, especially when cheering.
“[Last Name]- chan!” you were shock from your thoughts by one of
your teammates. The moment you looked at her, she passed you the ball. You caught
it but a girl on the other team instantly marked you. She was a lot taller than
you and bigger, she had been a pain in the ass for the whole match. You gritted
your teeth, your body was tense and your eyes were glued on hers. You needed to
beat her and fast, the last seconds were flowing. You needed just another point
The girl was looking at you like you were her prey, obviously, she
was thinking that you couldn’t surpass her. Her arms were gigantic, they
basically encircled you.
You took a deep breath, trying not to go into a panic attack. You
took a step back, lowering your body a bit, relaxing your pose. Your brain
working fast to come up with a solution. You were in disadvantage, it was
obvious, but there was something you could do. Something you’d been practicing
for a long time.
Aomine had to physically restrain himself from getting up from his
seat another time. He could feel your concentration, your intense gaze even
from where he was sitting. With his eyes wide open he followed your movements,
your pose was getting more relaxed. His brows furrowed, you were, you were
imitating him? He didn’t even have the time to register your quick movements
that you had passed the giant girl, by bouncing the ball in between her legs
and running under her big arms. In a blink of an eye you caught the ball again,
speeding, the hoop just a few meters from you.
You scored the last point, the one that made your team win, at the
last second. The crowd erupted in screams and cheers as you held your arms to
the sky, your teammates quickly engulfing you in a group hug.
Aomine had finally got up from his seat, he left out a yell of joy
clapping furiously. He couldn’t be more happy for you. He couldn’t be more
proud. You had just used one of his moves! So, all the time that you had passed
those months at your school gym after practices, it was all for this moment.
Aomine’s smile was getting wider and wider. His heart was beating
fast in his chest, he was so proud of you he wanted to scream it to everyone.
He didn’t’ even register his feet moving faster and faster down the stairs and
right into the crowded corridors. He was just eager to meet you.
His blue eyes spotted the grey door of your locker room and he
stopped, composing himself, adjusting his shirt. He could hear the cheering of
your team coming from the inside, and as much as he wanted you to enjoy this
moment with your friends, he wanted you to spend it with him as well.
He knocked the door two times. You opened the door, knowing who was
knocking, but you didn’t even have the time to smile up at him that he had
embraced your small form and lifted from the floor, spinning you around.
“You know, I’m so proud of you” he basically yelled in the empty
corridor, you giggled. You were happy for the win and much more happier that he
was proud of you. It made your chest tighter, like you were going to cry for
too much joy. The door behind you was locked again and Aomine placed you back
on the floor, not leaving you time to respond to the compliment. He attacked
his mouth to yours. His soft lips caressing yours, moving. He bit down on your bottom lip and then licked it. He interviewed his hands in your hair, he didn’t care
that you were sweaty, actually he really enjoyed how you smelled in that
He broke the kiss, loving how you gripped his shirt with your tiny
hands and tried to kiss him again “You were sooo good out there” he whispered
huskily into your ear. You chuckled, your cheeks a faint shade of red. Aomine
wasn’t the type to compliment often. Your body tingled as his deep voice vibrated
into you. You gave him a devilish smile “Well, I’ve learned from the best” and
pecked his lips. You sighed, noticing just in that moment that you were holding
your breath “I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the game”
Aomine smirked, looking down at you as he straightened his back “Really,
[Name]. You were awesome” you smiled shyly at him. Aomine grabbed your waist,
keeping you against his chest as he whispered in your ear “Now, change quickly
so we can go home. I’ll show you how much I’m proud of you”