Today is the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident in Taiwan.
This incident refers to the brutal crackdown of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime against Taiwanese civilians who demonstrated all across Taiwan to protest the authoritarian government’s corruption and oppression. It was not a simple one-day incident that occurred on February 28, 1947. Rather, it was a long period of suffering and violation of human rights on a large scale. An estimated 18,000 to 28,000 people died during the uprising and subsequent crackdown. The 228 Incident marked the beginning of Taiwan’s White Terror, a period of severe political oppression.
On February 27, 1947, a widow was selling illicit cigarettes from a small stand in a Taipei park. Two agents from the Monopoly Bureau sought to seize her goods and cash. Her resistance drew the attention of a crowd, and one of the agents struck her head with his pistol, inciting the anger of the crowd. An agent fired for an escape route, but instead, fatally shot a bystander.
On February 28, 1947 in Taipei, a group of two thousand protesters marched from the park to the Monopoly Bureau, demanding the execution of the agents, the resignation of the bureau director, and the revision of monopoly regulations. Finding the bureau closed, the protesters proceeded to the Governor-General’s office where they were met with troops opening fire. A radio station broadcasted the event, and finally, the tensions and frustrations that had been building up within the Taiwanese ever since the Republic of China took over broke loose and caused an island-wide anti-government uprising.
After I posted my overrated first year advice post, a lot of people were commenting on my advice about buying textbooks. I agreed so much with all of these comments, so I thought I would do a more comprehensive post about how I buy my textbooks and what I recommend for others.
Disclaimer: Obviously, where you buy your textbooks can be influenced by so many factors (location, income, etc.) so don’t feel obliged to listen to all of this advice! It is just my opinion, and as always, different things work for different people.
Buy used from upper year students. This is my number one go to way to save money on textbooks. Meeting with an upper year and buying a book is reliable and just makes sense. Also, they aren’t trying to turn a profit, so it is often the best deal.
Bargain with people who are selling. If you do decide to buy from an upper year, try to bargain with them to get the best possible deal. Often times they are just trying to get rid of the books, so if you offer to bundle them, they will give you a better price.
Buy off of Amazon Prime, or another reputable seller. If you can get a better deal and the guarantee that your books will arrive within 2-3 days, why not?
Buy the looseleaf edition and a binder, rather than the hardcover copy. I have seen books at my bookstore that are $300+ and the looseleaf copy is like $100. It is the exact same material in every way, except that it isn’t bound together, so it is definitely worth the money saved.
If there is an electronic copy available, print it yourself. Make sure you have the rights to print it first, but if you do, then this is a great way to save. My politics prof made all of our readings available online to download, and I got them all printed for $9. Much cheaper than an actual textbook.
Rent textbooks. I have to be honest, I don’t know a ton about renting, but there are usually websites and places on/around campus that let you rent a textbook and then return it at the end. Just make sure that it is considerably cheaper than owning the book.
Share the book with a friend. If you know someone on your floor or someone you hang out with often, share the book! Make a schedule of when each of you will get it, and you only have to pay half of the cost.
Proceed With Caution
Buying an electronic copy. This is a great way to save, as long as you are comfortable doing a lot of reading online. I definitely recommend this if you have a tablet, or are just used to reading online. If you like to take notes in a book, or you get a headache from reading online, it might be worth it to find a hard copy.
Buying online from an unreliable site. This might apply more for my fellow Canadians/non-Americans because fewer sites offer good, quick shipping to us! I remember when I was looking for textbooks, I would think I found an amazing deal on a book, then see that it would take 6 weeks to ship. It isn’t worth it to be 6 weeks behind on readings to save a bit of cash.
Buying from a bookstore off campus. I guess it depends on how willing your school is to screw you over, but at my school, the on-campus prices are the same as at Chapters. If they are the same price anyways, you might as well go for the convenience of the on-campus store.
Checking it out from the library. I think this is a great idea if it is a light reading class, especially because textbooks are often on reserve at the library. However, if you have readings every night or a big project based on the textbook, it can be super inconvenient to have to check the book out every day.
Buying an older edition of a textbook. I see this advice all the time, and I just don’t think it is good at all! It is very annoying that publishers do this, but usually a new edition is completely rearranged, and can often have different content and different homework questions. I made this mistake at the beginning of the year and got a book that had literally nothing in common with the class, so I ended up buying the new edition anyways.
Other Ways to Save
Make sure you actually need the book before purchasing. Look on the syllabus — not just under “required textbooks” but also under the course schedule. If there is only one reading from the textbook, try to borrow it from a friend or use the online version.
If there is a reader, try to find the readings online. Sometimes profs will try to sell you a reader that has a bunch of readings from various sources. Often these are super popular readings like John Rawls or Judith Butler that can be easily accessed online. If you can find copies of them all of JSTOR or your school library, don’t bother with the reader.
Take good care of textbooks that you buy so you can sell them next year. If you write and highlight in the book, it is harder to sell for a good price. If it is pristine condition, you can sell it for a bit less than the cover price rather than super cheap.
It is a lot better to sell books to other students than to sell to the bookstore/online. If a textbook costs $50 new, you can sell it to another student for $40, whereas the bookstore would only pay you like $4.50. They really lowball you, so try to sell directly to other students!
I have a bit of time on my hands and I decided I’m going to make an e-book for Japanese. It won’t be a normal textbook. This will be packed with tips, advice, phrases, sentences and more, taken from various trusted sources as well as my own experience and tips while learning the language. I’m planning on selling it online at a very cheap price once I’m done.
This is the rough cover design so far.
80% of funds will go to my mom’s cancer treatment. Would anyone be interested in buying it once I’m done?
I’m not sure yet, but I am thinking not more than 8USD and it will be available online and you can pay securely though PayPal. Any tips or interested parties or anyone who wants to contribute or collaborate?
"Hey God, if you're there, my life has really sucked. So please, for once, let me have a sweet dream."
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
"Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me. You made me so happy. I don’t want you to be lost or afraid or anything like that. From here on out, I know things might be hard sometimes. But no matter what may await, please don’t regret meeting me."
"Please boss, don't put that thing over my face, don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark."
And that’s the back of a sweater, finished!
Giving myself a high five for being so awesome 😂
Fingers crossed I make it through the front of the sweater with out any nightmares.
(Btw the pattern is Honeycomb Aran by Yarnspirations, with cables from various sources)
What are Shiros motivations as a character? I know there are the obvious ones like "beat the bad guys" and "protect the team" but what goes deeper?
Oooooh what a good question, Nonny! Shiro’s motivations can actually vary a lot by your interpretation of him, since a lot of it is implications rather than outright statements. But I think we can guess at a few:
1) Redeem himself. Shiro had to kill. He was undefeated in the Arena, we know that from the other prisoners. The fact that Shiro had to do some awful things to survive is heavily implied, especially by Sendak (you are broken, you’ve already been defeated, you’re just like us). Shiro doesn’t know the specifics, but he does at least think he did terrible things, so he’s haunted by ghosts he can’t properly exorcise.
2) Redeem himself Part II: Electric Boogaloo. From Josh Keaton and various sources, as well as implications in show (his interactions with Pidge, mostly) Shiro has a lot of survivor’s guilt for how he’s gotten away from the Galra and survived, while the fates of the Holts are still in the air. This is technically ‘protect the team’ but it goes deeper than that: Shiro wasn’t to succeed where he first failed. He wants to do better. Shiro wasn’t in charge of that mission, but he still feels like he should have done more, somehow (gotten them away in time, saw the Galra ship sooner, talked the Galra down, done more while he was conscious and being dragged away, saved Matt without hurting him). Now he’s actually in charge, and of the daughter/sister of the people he let down. Shiro needs this to succeed.
3) Revenge. Shiro is hurt. Shiro is angry. Shiro was violated, on a basic, fundamental level. He was made into a weapon, an object, a tool. His body was altered in ways that can never be undone. Shiro feels a duty to fight the Galra, but it’s also deeply, achingly personal. Shiro wants them to go down. Shiro wants to see their kingdom burn. Shiro wants to dash everything they’ve made, break it apart and save the universe in the process.
4) To be better. I don’t think Shiro wants to recover, except in an abstract way. I think Shiro wants to be better, skipping all the trial and error and work. He wants to just will himself into being less broken, into not needing sleep, into being the perfect commander. Healing is messy, and it’s hard, and it takes time, and it implies there will be mistakes and back-sliding and mess. It means he needs help, that he has cracks running through him, that the gouges in his skin will never go away and he’ll never the the idealized version of himself that he strives for. This is what drives him to hide problems, to shove them down deep and offer advice and a friendly ear rather than ever reach out.
I could write a ten page thesis on Shiro, honestly, but I think that’s enough for now.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about it already from various sources and possibly me from Twitter, but I just want to tell you because IT HAPPENED IN MY PRESENCE AND I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT IT OKAY?!
So basically during the VIP panel with Hoechlin and Shelley, someone asked Hoechlin about the Mets and how Dylan was a Mets fan and how she noticed Hoechlin was rooting for them and if he and Dylan watched games together and how that was. Hoechlin answered saying that he and Dylan watch baseball games all the time together and that they don’t really talk to each other while they watch but that they have silent communication and they are usually on the same page about things. He says that they make the same sounds in reaction to things that happen on the screen, etc. Then he said that he was planning on flying out to New York to go to a Mets game with Dylan if they were doing well in the World Series, but it didn’t work out. (And he seemed kind of disappointed about that.)
THEN someone in the back yelled that Dylan went to a Mets game and that he was in NY. And Hoechlin was like, “WHAT?! That little! I’m mad, he is so loosing points with me. I’m texting him.” Then he whips out his phone and starts texting Dylan (very fast with one hand… just sayin’). Meanwhile Shelley keeps answering questions and Hoechlin is just like “yeah uhuh” while he continues to text Dylan.
Then we move on with the rest of the panel and then at the end while they got up to leave, someone asked Hoechlin if Dylan had texted him back. He pulled out his phone and said, no not yet.
THEN I went to the autographs and when I was getting my Hoechlin autographed, I asked him if Dylan had texted him back yet. He at first said no, and then was like wait, and pulled up his phone and was like, No he has. Then he unlocked his phone to read it. I didn’t want to be obvious in trying to see what it actually said, but I will say that there were 2 messages from Dylan. Then he looked a little smug, and was like “He knows he’s in trouble.”
When I started playing Tomodachi Life, I added the Golden Trio, Ginny, and Luna (among many other characters from various sources). I did not try to force any pairings, they could date/marry whomever they wanted without me interfering. Yet Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny happened anyway, and even Luna stuck to canon in the sense that she ended up with someone who wasn’t in the books or movies. They’ve had kids, but the names and genders were randomly decided by the game, and do no match canon.
*May contain spoilers! I did try to keep things as vague as possible.*
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Jughead is very loyal to his own value system and to those he cares about. When he knows Archie’s huge secret, he remains true to his friend and does not share it with anyone. Though he does encourage Archie to do the right thing, as he has a very strong moral system, he still supports Archie in the end regardless of his previous decisions. Jughead is very individualistic and he doesn’t conform or try to be someone he isn’t. He doesn’t seem to mind spending a lot of time alone. His feelings are something he keeps to himself and he is not shown discussing them with anyone.
Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Jughead’s ability to piece together the puzzle is what helps him to excel when investigating with Betty. He expresses himself through his writing. Jughead is great at verbal sparring when it is inspired – like when Reggie Mantle takes a jab at him. He’s quick to offer a sarcastic remark or quip. He’s creative and seems to interpret a lot of different pieces of information from various sources to form his opinions and the story he is writing. He shows that he’s adaptable, as well. “I’ll figure it out … I always do.”
Introverted Sensing (Si): Already, Jughead has shown a bit of a sentimental streak. Of course, pending spoilers, his love for the drive-in and his desire to save it is very understandable. He shows that he does miss Archie and their friendship. Jughead seems to gravitate toward the tried and true in some aspects – the most literal being his beanie and the more abstract being his hanging out at Pop’s so frequently as it’s somewhere comfortable and familiar for him. He has a great memory and can recall details pretty well.
Extroverted Thinking (Te): Jughead shows that he does have a concise and direct side when it becomes necessary. As a situation calls for it, like with Dilton Doiley, he can be very to-the-point and matter of fact. Jughead’s default, however, is not a no-nonsense or pragmatic approach.
I can’t believe I even dedicate a blog to this lie. Thank you very much, now I see the light. I will now close my account and burn all the material I was reblogging the last months to stop spreading its false message.
Please join me in the burning of false propaganda and how my twisted imagination can make or ship anything like Destiel from them.
But thanks to your mighty intervention I see the light brother.
Let’s burn this misleading and false idolatry
Imaginary (arranged in an random order, not of my creation, and taken from various sources that I hope don’t mind, or can please send me their inks so I can identify every one of them) of the poisonous cult of Destiel.
You know what makes me irrationally angry? Whoever decided that this should be a thing.
Fuck you and your goddamn “open shelving”. Who the fuck wants everyone to see all their dishes, like that cup you got from DisneyWorld 10 years ago and the mismatched plates that you have collected from various sources since you graduated college? Worse than that, who is going to stand on their toes and try to get those blue plates in the back, risking both themselves and the entirety of their china selection?
It’s a dumb fucking trend pushed by people who, I guess, don’t actually use dishes, or maybe just put the dishes they actually use in the cabinets below the counter. It’s a trend for super rich people who can afford to buy aesthetically pleasing dish sets that all match that they never use, and then hire maids to dust the dishes they don’t use because cabinet doors keep dust and dirt off your goddamn dishes.
Hey Denise, why not remodel your kitchen and remove your useful cabinets by replacing them with shelves to display your two mugs and suspiciously numerous milk pitchers. Also, why not stand your porcelain trays on their side at the back? Nothing could possibly go wrong.
“Mom? What are those gold lumpy things on our top shelf?”
“They’re alien eggs, sweetie. And when the planets are aligned, they will hatch, suck out your bone marrow. All that protects you are these five artichokes I’ve got laying around on my counter for no apparent reason.”
“Why don’t you cook them?”
“I HAVE A TRENDY WHITE KITCHEN, DENISE. IF I USE IT IT WILL GET DIRTY!”
THANK GOD YOU’VE GOT THAT REMINDER TO LIVE, KAREN. I WOULD HAVE FORGOTTEN IF NOT FOR YOUR TRUSTY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN.
Remember those cubbies you had in elementary school before you had the high school real estate called a locker? Well, we’ve brought them back. But instead of getting stickers for dropping your Dora the Explorer bag in it, you instead get to look at the set of dishes your dead grandmother bought you while you heat up Hot Pockets. Also, the food in your fridge is judging you as you masturbate on that couch. Why are you ignoring your almond milk, Jessica? IT NEEDS YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER.
Anyway, I will punch every open shelving concept in the face. Try me.
artist tip: if you see something like wallpart or payposter that has a LOT of stolen art on it, it’s a phishing site
sites like those tend to pull results from whatever you type in, and they WANT you to file a DMCA takedown on them because their form isn’t legit. its a scam to collect your information. once you fill out their phony DMCA form, you’ve given them all the information you want
avoid sites like that like the plague. dont bother with a DMCA. dont try to report or interact with the site directly. just warn others about what kind of site it is and tell them not to go on it
just. pls. dont take sites like that at face value. thats exactly what the scammers running these sites want from you. they want you to see stolen art, get angry, and try to get it taken down so they can steal your info. dont fall for it
obviously art theft is a huge issue, but LISTEN please look at everything before taking action
sites like redbubble, society6, deviantart, etc are legit websites that art theft occurs constantly on.
but if its something like wallpart/payposter its a phishing scam
some things of note that might help you identify these sites:
as ive noticed, most of these websites pretend to sell artwork on posters or prints specifically. you wont find many if any tshirts or mugs or whatever at all.
most (but not all) of the time, their “report”/DMCA form is more obvious than other options on the site. every website has their report functions, but these phishing websites tend to make theirs much more obvious and more easily found (which sucks bc most legit websites SHOULD make their takedowns easier to access) because they’re counting on you to find it, click it, and fill out that information
if the website appears to have most or all of your art on it, this is a good indicator as well. some of these sites have a search function that operates like a google search, which pulls the images from various sources depending on the keywords you put in the search. the art isn’t actually uploaded or hosted on the website, it’s being pulled from external sources.
be careful out there yall, i know art theft is a huge problem and its an even bigger problem that scammers are taking advantage of the theft issue and conning artists into giving away their info
BE CAREFUL AND MAKE SURE A SITE IS ABSOLUTELY LEGIT BEFORE YOU BOTHER PUTTING IN DMCA OR TAKEDOWNS
Classicaloid Meta: A Look at Beethoven, Kanae, and ‘Love’
Hello! I’m not really apart of this fandom but I wanted to contribute a little something anyway. I enjoy making observations and doing a little theory and headcanon crafting. I hope that you enjoy!
I’ll admit that when I was first watched the beginning of this series I didn’t expect to really stick with it. I love the idea and enjoyed the humor of it but I wished a few things were more explored depth. I will admit that this series ended up growing on and I grew really fond of some of the characters and the re-imaginings of the famous classical pieces. As I continued to watch the series though I began to notice that the writers did a great job with using historical references for each of the Classicaloids. I really have to give this series credit because these references subtle and easy to miss but if you know or do your research on the composers you can pick up on the clever jokes and references that are weaved in.
For this bit though I wanted to look at something from one of my favorite episodes so far, Episode 19: “Love, And You Shall Die”.
(Spoilers ahead, turn back now if you don’t want to see them.)
This episode surprised me because of the bits between Beethoven and Kana. While there were very subtle references for a few the composers in this episode, Beethoven’s aversion to ‘falling in love’ is both hilarious and understandable.
When you look at Beethoven’s past and his track record with ‘love’, you can understand why this ‘reincarnated’ version of Beethoven might want to avoid it as though it were the plague.
(I’m going to put the rest of this under a cut since this became way longer than it was supposed to be.)
Antivan Crow training meta based on historical assassination training, brought to you by Bella
Disclaimer: this loosely references several historical assassination groups, mostly the Israeli sicarii, the original bad mf’ers
Canonically, we know the Crows take children and infants from various sources, usually elves, but humans and halfbreeds too. Zevran (elf) was purchased from a brothel, Taliesen (human) was found in a shipwreck, etc. Considering they were the only two in their group to survive, we can surmise that training is, predictably, brutal, and perhaps punctuated with one large, very dangerous test before officially becoming a member. We also know, thanks to Zevran in the Fade, that they are tortured to prove their pain endurance. This implies that they were tortured often over a long period of time to accustom them to it.
We can safely surmise that they are trained according to their strong points as they manifest, although all probably dabble in every aspect of training. We know Zevran specialized in poisons and seduction, Taliesen was ‘muscle’ and Rinna was a planner. It follows that the Crows would view training, for example, Zevran to be something like the muscle was a waste of time as it wasn’t his strong suit, leading us to believe training was customized after a certain point.
The fact that Rinna joined up with Taliesen and Zevran later after training implies (to me) that they are separated either by sex or age or both in training, which would make sense if they trained based on strengths and skills and not a base training for all types.
Antiva is not known for a wide array of weather, which makes me think some branches would employ mages to recreate snow, storms, high winds, whatever weather for which they need to train, since they travel for assassinations.
I would also imagine they would develop immunities to certain poisons through slow-dosing to either avoid mishaps or to weed out the weak. Canonically, they have no problem killing young trainees if they make a mistake
Languages seem important too, especially for espionage and date gathering. I would expect them to be well-versed in most commonly spoken languages, especially since it’s easier to learn tongues in childhood. In a similar vein, they are probably schooled in cultures as well, since they might need to blend in with marks and victims. This would be greetings, faux pas, military ranks, noble addresses, prominent or notable people and trends, etc.
Physically, endurance training would be crucial. Hiding, running, climbing, hot and cold exposure, swimming, breath holding, etc. Some assassins historically could hold their breath up to seven minutes to hide in the water or pull others under with them. (Fun fact, the world record breath-holder was a freediver and held it for 22 minutes. What the fuck.)