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Okay let’s talk about this painting. It’s called “Signing of the Constitution” by Howard Chandler Christy.

Let’s start with good old George Washington.

He’s staring dramatically into the distance with this heavenly glow thing going on.

William Blount is just looking longingly at Washington, like he’s desperate to confess his love.

Then Gunning Bedford, Jr. is down here on the floor like a weirdo.

George Read looks like he shit his pants and doesn’t know what to do.

Gouverneur Morris looks pissed. Also, it’s important that you know that Gouverneur was his first name, not his title.

William Jackson is obviously just asking for another drink. He can’t be bothered to pay attention to this historic event.

Roger Sherman is giving William Samuel Johnson some serious side-eye. Throwing some shade ‘bout some shit.

And my personal favorite: Ben Franklin looking directly at the camera like he’s Jim from The Office.

Probably because fucking Alexander Hamilton is all up in his personal space.

I have been reading George Reynolds on the Plane.

A small thought on reading George W M Reynolds’ Wagner the Wehr-Wolf on a plane.


It was obvious, just as it was open to no doubt, no kind of doubt at all, oh reader, that the person, the fine, good hearted gentleman who had written this story, a man with the frosty hair of too many winters yet still with the apple-cheeked demeanour of a lad of no more than thirteen summers,  a lad ready to clamber out on a spring morning his pockets filled with marbles, aye and perchance even stuffed with several of the miniature animals that comprise a Noah’s Ark as well: this individual of whom I speak, this person and this noble, fusty elderly and yet young person alone, was, there was no arguing with it or saying that it was not happening, for it was, it was and none could deny it with an honest heart and a clear conscience: this man and no other, I tell you, was being paid, recompensed and otherwise compensated by the word.

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: Aaron Tveit and George Blagden both read passages of the brick to enrich their interpretations in Les Misérables, and where George Blagden noticed Grantaire's adoration for Enjolras, Aaron Tveit mainly picked up on Enjolras' charisma, fervor and faith in the rebellion. That's very flavour of meta and i don't know how to deal with it please send help
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-George Saunders

lgbt+ (ya/mg) books read in 2016!

so a lot of people still reblog my “60+ queer books” post from 2014. ngl, i was barely 16 at the time and had not read a lot of books on that list (it was def intended to be more a listing than pure recommendation), mostly because adult fiction was and remains far from my favorite literary category. this list isn’t as intensely detailed, but i just thought that since the year is over i might jot down some of the lgbt+ books i loved or at least moderately enjoyed this year, in case anyone was interested! happy reading!

(and in advance, excuse my commentary o<-<)

ya favorites

  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson — m/m. HEART-WRENCHING. GUTTING. EARTH-SHATTERING. 
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson m/m (suicide cw) 
  • my most excellent year by steve kugler m/m. gay asam main character and the best character dynamics ❤️____❤️
  • the flywheel by erin gough f/f
  • gives light (6-part series) by rose christo — m/m. centered around a mute main character on an indian reservation (written by a native author!), features one of the most uplifting romances of recent media (cw for csa mention later in the series)

other ya books 
ordered approximately by rating

  • far from you by tess sharpe — f/f. bisexual protagonist (drug addiction, murder cw) a book on recovery, love, trust, justice, understanding… gut punch!!!!!
  • into the blue by pene henson — m/m
  • not your sidekick by c.b. lee — f/f. DOES THE TITLE NOT MAKE UR HEART SQUEEZE ALREADY? features half-chinese & half-vietnamese bisexual protagonist in futuristic superheroic universe! the second book will be about a trans black side character *___*
  • starting from here by lisa jenn bigelow — f/f. you will cry and be made a better person for it. 
  • almost like being in love by steve kugler — m/m
  • tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan— f/f. sometimes this book is like :|||| but sometimes it’s like :DDDD! persian american protagonist. 
  • the darkest part of the forest by holly black — both m/f and m/m (like i’ll give you the sun). for your slightly more indulgent ya needs!
  • you know me well by nina lacour, david levithan — f/f, m/m
  • the great american whatever by tim federle — m/m. if you enjoy mg or find its lgbt+ subsection especially important (or both, like me!), definitely make sure you check out federle’s better nate than ever series!
  • last seen leaving by caleb roehrig — m/m
  • wonders of the invisible world by christopher barzak — m/m. magical realism fix may be found here 👍
  • true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan — m/m. tbh people call it the “male version of ‘to all the boys i’ve loved before’” but also neglect mentioning that it’s a lot whiter, too. where’s that supportive covey family goodness… that precocious but caring lara jean spirit? it’s just not there…
  • colorblind by siera maley — f/f
  • her name in the sky by kelly quindlen — f/f
  • radio silence by alice oseman — f/f, m/m, not hugely romance-focused

middle grade
there were very few releases this year that i was aware of, unfortunately! my old list’s selection remains a good place to look. here are 3 that i would recommend though:

(i think i might have read george in 2015, but i felt that i might as well put them all together!)

  • george by alex gino — follows the story of a trans girl. its storyline is similar to gracefully grayson, but unlike gg it is written by a trans author!
  • the other boy by m.g. hennessey — follows the story of a trans boy. pretty solid story except… uncalled for random racist comment in the middle of the book… wyd (waiting for the mg genre to grow more inclusive of lgbt+ children of color! not being racially hostile is the FIRST STEP.)
  • gracefully grayson by ami polansky 

+ A GRAPHIC NOVEL MOST OF U HAVE PROBABLY READ ALREADY: LUMBERJANES!! love it breathe it read it

if you want some mg books that have casually gay side/main-ish characters, i can name the wolf wilder and the thing about jellyfish, although… you have to kind of dig for it, so i wouldn’t call these revolutionary moments of representation, but! it’s just a nice addition to separate stories that remind you that the middle grade genre can be inclusive w/o becoming entirely issue-based (which i find sometimes more inaccessible for children? i ramble!). i do believe it’s good for young children to read this kind of fiction, too! 

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finally, some lgbt+ books i did not enjoy or care for in any capacity, for posterity: highly illogical behavior (gross narrative surrounding mental health, sexuality), symptoms of being human (ya book abt a nonbinary character; written by cis author who bscly uses sexual assault as plot device & doesn’t acknowledge neutral pronouns?), know not why (really unapologetically homophobic tbh), whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked, more happy than not (so… bleak…), see you at harry’s, and lily and dunkin (this is the fourth mg book about a trans character that i’m aware of; i found its message hugely alarming and invalidating). that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them, though! 

(Above: Promotional poster for Project SOCJUS, by S.B. – @broadcast_tower on Twitter)

Hi everyone! Welcome to the beginning of Project SOCJUS, a game we’re making to commemorate the first anniversary of #GamerGate – and by the time it’s finished, likely the second one as well, if not the third. The game is still in the pre-production phase, so there’s not much to see yet, but here’s some basic info:

What is Project SOCJUS?

Project SOCJUS is a 2D brawler/platformer set in a sci-fi dystopia. Playing as Vivian James, you will explore the world of the Internet, fight hordes of SJWs, and discover the truth behind SocJus.

Story and Setting

The year is 2014. Thirty years after 1984, the world is now controlled by SocJus, a totalitarian regime that seeks to impose their vision of equality on society. Anything that opposes their vision is considered “problematic”. Problematic attitudes and behaviors are recorded and policed by SocJus’s enforcers, the Social Justice Warriors - SJWs. When a person becomes too “problematic”, they are deemed an Anti-SJW, and are expelled from society. The story begins when Vivian James stands up for the rights of her friend, Gilda Mars. Labeled a harasser, internalized misogynist, and anti-SJW, she is drawn into fighting a battle she never asked for.

Features

Here are some of the features you can look forward to:
• Fast-paced, fluid combat
• Customizable skills, weapons and armor
• Explore a large, open-world cyberpunk city
• Deep story and engaging characters
• 4 playable character campaigns: Vivian James, /v/, Gilda Mars, and 1 more to be chosen by the community


Also, we’d like to address some questions we received earlier:

What game engine are you using?

The game is being developed using Multimedia Fusion 2.

Will you put this game on Kickstarter or Steam Greenlight?

The game will be entirely self-funded; we will not be putting it on Kickstarter or any other funding platform. We are planning to put the game on Steam Greenlight once it has reached a presentable state.

Is “Project SOCJUS” the game’s final name?

Project SOCJUS will be the placeholder title until we can come up with something better. Suggestions welcome!

Who’s on the team? How much experience do you have?

There are 4 people on the team. Due to concerns about our personal safety from overzealous SocJus party members, all members of the team will remain anonymous. Each of us has about a year or so of experience in our respective fields, except for our artist, who has 4 years of experience in total. None of us have worked on professional projects before; it’s our first time, so please be gentle~

You don’t sound like you’re capable of finishing this project.

While this is completely understandable, we ask for no more than your patience, and perhaps a little bit of faith, in the project. We will do our best to meet the deadlines set, and make the best game we possibly can.

What platforms will the game be released on?

Our first priority will be to finish a feature-complete, bug-free version for PC. Once this is complete we may look into releasing on other platforms; however, there are currently no plans to do so.

And finally, my personal favorite:
I was told GamerGate was about ethics in game journalism. Was I lied to?

Project lead here. If this game were about GamerGate, it would simply be called GamerGate: The Game. It’s not. The game is not about GamerGate, but about the totalitarian, authoritarian cult known as SocJus.

The spark of this game was inspired by a certain video made by Sargon of Akkad, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv0B-rpqyTo, which subsequently inspired me to read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. While I was reading Nineteen Eighty-Four, it struck me how similar IngSoc and SocJus were; the “memory holing” of evidence, the revision of history, the denial of objective reality, even the prolificacy of little dumpy “beetle-like” men (an actual quote from the book). Basically, it was ripe for parody.
But that’s only half of the story. The other half of the story has to do with Vivian James; simply put, I thought her character design was so good, I wanted to make a game entirely devoted to her. Eventually, as GamerGate went on, more and more character designs popped up – including one our artist did a design for – and before long there was a fun, colorful cast of characters. Perfect for a sidescrolling, beat-‘em-up RPG.


And that’s it for this update! We’ll be posting weekly updates to this devlog every Wednesday, with plans and concepts for the game.

NEXT WEEK: Screenshots from the concept trailer, which we’ll hopefully be able to showcase on Sept 17 at the 8chan Exodus Party.

(Don’t worry /pol/, we’ll make sure you’re in it this time!)


Contact Info

Twitter

Anomalous Games: @anomalous_dev

S.B. (artist): @broadcast_tower

Reddit

Project lead/programmer: /u/Arranator

Nothing But My Way

Inspired by @spiritusignis ‘s headcanon about certain events after Jack and Bitty come out. I hope I did your HCs justice.

 It had been a few months (okay, four months and three weeks, but who was counting?) since Jack and Bittle came out to the NHL, and honestly, Jack couldn’t complain. He got to have his boyfriend on his arm at media events, he wasn’t worried about being outed every time he and Bittle grabbed coffee, and most importantly, nothing catastrophic had happened. He was allowed to have this. He could have his A and his team and his boyfriend and his life, all at once, and nobody was going to take it away from him.

Of course, not everyone was as welcoming as the Falcs. Jack didn’t really mind the checks; everyone wanted to get in a hit at Bad Bob’s son, so he’d been getting smacked around in the rink for a decade. He barely noticed an uptick in physical aggression, and Bitty always had the cutest worried face when Jack got back from a rough game. But the verbal shit was something else.

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