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Fav MBMBaM Episodes

MBMBaM 309: Here Comes Ray Donovan - our boys struggle to ring joy out of 2016: PURGE 24/7!!! with a desperation that borders on hysteria.

MBMBam 259: Birthday Surprise Hole - no questions. no yahoos. the brothers just talk for an hour and you get to hear some funny stories from their youths.

MBMBaM 289: Ben Stiller’s Museum Nights - Travis says something that I will probably never forget as long as i live

MBMBaM 335: Rise of the Star King - some hilarious Santa talk goes down

MBMBaM 315: No Gods, No Kings, Only McCheese - starts off with some great olympics-themed goofs and stays very fun the whole ride

MBMBaM 340: Doritos-Blasted Crow - There’s an incredible munch squad in this one, and the discussion about blowing kisses at work always makes me smile

MBMBaM 300: The Three Hundredth One

MBMBaM 336: Twenty-Something-Teen - kind of like Birthday Surprise Hole, the brothers spend most of the episode coming up with a name for the new year (2017), saying sriracha a million times, and becoming Patrons of the Arts (the Fushigi Arts)

MBMBaM 323: How I Lost the Fateful Basketball Game to Mr. Carter - “Hi, welcome to the MBMBaM Boss Strategy Guide. We’re talking about fighting Shaq.”

MBMBaM 313: Bone Dry Feeners - idk why i find the Mannequin goofs so funny but i really do. also they decide that the Best Boy Grip is just a lucky boy movie productions keep around to ward off ghosts.

I really like Steven universe because of how it treats emotions

Steven is allowed to be sensitive and kind and feel too much.

He’s allowed to cry and be a kid.

I feel like American cartoons try too hard to show life as zany and fun and their protagonists always being upbeat and happy or just in general doesn’t let them show real, softer emotions.

Like boys are energetic and humorous.

They don’t get to cry about missing their moms.

But Steven, you know, he deals with a lot. He loves his friends too deeply, he can’t help but feel guilty about his mother being gone, even though it’s not his fault.

He’s cried a few times and each time has been heartbreaking because he’s such an upbeat optimistic type of person.

I just love it because a lot of Steven universe also addresses being at peace with yourself and confronting your emotions and dealing with them.

Kids can watch the show and hum “here comes a thought” when they’re anxious or upset…

They can grow up knowing they should “take a minute and find themselves.”

A lot of the show is about finding inner strength and moving on from past trauma.

It’s not about repressing feelings and “being a man.”

That’s also something I love.

Mostly female characters AND I dunno, it’s a feminine message, that we can solve our problems with pacifism and compassion.

Steven doesn’t beat peridot into submission, nor does he intentionally ally himself with Lapis Lazuli because he knows she’s powerful and he wants an ally.

He’s just kind to everyone.

And they want to be kind BACK.

And that just happens to get him powerful friends.

And even non powerful friends, friends who just do their bests.

That’s a great theme too, the struggle with self image and confidence.

Pearl’s come so far, Amethyst has come so far, even Garnet and Ruby and Sapphire.

Every relationship is also solved through communication.

Not fighting or obstinacy but through open talks and honest emotions being explored.

It’s just really healthy.

It’s such a great thing to show kids.

I love this show.

It’s not only a great concept and a really rich universe with lots of great female and other characters, but a damn wonderland of complex emotions.

It’s alright to feel sad, hurt, betrayed, angry, even despairing, but take an honest look at yourself, and at the people who love you, and know you will pull through because you’re stronger than you think, and these things do not weaken you, they are simply a part of you.

D23 EXPO DAY 2 -  DISNEY PARKS ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAR WARS LANDS (GALAXY’S EDGE)

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the official name of the Star Wars themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland California.🌟
  • The lands will be totally immersive.🌟
  • In the remote trading port, on the light side of the lands, guests will have a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and whether you land or crash it will determine how people treat you throughout the day! (THAT level of immersion) Also, depending on how you do in the ride, characters from “Star Wars: Rebels” will make appearances, either congratulating you on a job well done or sending a bounty hunter after you🌟
  • There will also be another ride on the dark side of the Star Wars lands, which will be set inside a Star Destroyer hangar bay.🌟
  • Throughout the Star Wars lands, guests can meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Rex from Star Tours.🌟
  • There will also be a cantina restaurant, similar to the one in the movie, where guests can try Blue Milk.🌟
  • There will be also “100% immersive” luxury Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World only!🌟
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open first in Disneyland California, then in Walt Disney World.🌟


DISNEYLAND & CALIRFONIA ADVENTURE

  • Marvel Land confirmed for California Adventure. Spider-Man and Avengers experience coming to Disney’s California Adventure! Disney hasn’t announced much, except that it’ll be a totally immersive experience.😱💥
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Cars Land will get Halloween makeover.
  • Paradise Pier will turn into Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure, with Pixar characters all over the area and permanent changes to the park include building new areas to help bring the worlds of Pixar to life.🎢
  • Fantasmic will return to Disneyland✨
  • Disneyland will get a new fireworks show, and the Pixar Play Parade will return to the park.💥

DISNEYLAND PARIS

A Marvel hotel is coming to Disneyland Paris! “Disney’s Hotel New York” as it’s now called, will be reimagined into a Marvel themed wonderland!
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud.”- Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek

EPCOT

  • The park is apparently set for a MAJOR upgrade & overhaul, but Disney did revealed very little about their overall plan for the park. They shared a concept art photo for what it could look like in the future.🌐
  • A Guardians of the Galaxy ride will replace Universe of Energy, which will close August 13, 2017. Epcot is becoming part of the story, as Peter Quill enjoyed visiting the park when he was a kid on Terra / Earth.☄️
  • The Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris is coming to the France pavilion.🐭🇫🇷
  • China will be getting a new seamless CircleVision film. 🇨🇳
  • A new outer space-themed restaurant is also coming to the area next to Mission: Space.🌌
  • Disney Skyliner will connect Disney resorts to Epcot.🚡

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • It’s official! The famous TRON coaster from Disneyland Shanghai is coming to the Magic Kingdom! The ride will be built in a new area next to Space Mountain, and will NOT replace any existing rides. It will be open before 2021.💙
  • A new entertainment venue will be added on Main Street at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. It is inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theatre in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. There’s no word on what this venue will hold yet.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

  • The Great Movie ride will close on August 13, 2017 to make way for a new attraction “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway”! There will be “a great new theme song” for the attraction. Guests will step into the movie screen and onto Goofy’s train, riding through a Mickey and Minnie cartoon short.” 🐭The Imagineers says it’s not in 3D but rather “2 and a half D”, and this attraction will have more Hidden Mickeys than any other attraction ever!🐭
  • TOY STORY LAND WILL OFFICIALY OPEN SUMMER 2018.🎪 The whole concept of the land is that you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. There will be 2 major attractions: Slinky Dog Dash & Alien Swirling Saucers.🎪
  • Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.🐶
  • Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”👽

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION

The Disney Skyliner will give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World & will transport guests form resorts to Hollywood Studios & Epcot! Disney has also announced Minnie Mouse themed cars that will act as an Uber-like service within Walt Disney World, that will take guests anywhere they want to go within the Walt Disney World Resort.

(As always, you can find all my fic recs in my FIC REC MASTERPOST)

(This week fic rec is an obvious example of “when I’m sad, I read famous/not famous AU. Bear with me)

 -  Here In The Afterglow , by @fondleeds  :  “If you hadn’t noticed, I don’t have many friends,” Louis whispers, the blossom of insecurity in his stomach unfurling and clawing its way into his throat.  Harry is silent for a long time, and then he speaks; a soft, slow uncurl that makes Louis’ stomach shake. “I’ll be your friend.” -1970’s AU. In a tiny town in Idaho, Louis’ life is changed forever by the arrival of a curious stranger.

Larry Historical and High School AU (88k):  amazing fic, very accurate in terms of History, well written with great characterization. LGBTQ themes and coming out, bottom Louis for the smut. And now I want to come back to SF.

- Then We Talk Slow , by @letsjustsee : (…) A famous/non-famous AU in which Louis banters back and forth with his new record company on Twitter, only to find out that Harry is the man behind the tweets.

Larry famous/not famous AU (20k) : okay let’s be real, I’m in love with this fic. I mean, all my fav tropes are here : famous/not famous, Twitter interaction, Tumblr fandom at their best, so much flirting, EVEN STEVE AOKI IS THERE. REad this now. Just do it. (bottom Louis for the smut)

- Reduce Me To A Pleading Cry (Break The Skin and Tantalize) , by @taggiecb : As the CEO of Styles & Styles, Harry Styles cuts a brooding and handsome figure at the helm of a very successful business. His reputation for intensity is well known, but you would be intense, too, if you had to work numbers all day, give countless orders, and conduct endless meetings. When all you really want to do at night–ache to do–is give away the reins, let someone else make the decisions, be ordered around for once, just–let go. Harry has reached his breaking point when one touch from a man whose very stance commands attention leads him back to a place he thought he’d never return. Or Harry is a broody submissive boss, Louis is a natural dom who works in the mail room at Styles & Styles, Niall is a matchmaking oracle, and a slender, dark haired man stands mute at the coffee stand encouraging others to spill their secrets.

Larry BDSM and Boss/employee AU (33k) : Hooolllyyyy god. I’m not even usually in sub/dom fics. But this is something else, REALLY. Sub!Harry and Dom!Louis, awesome smut, and really great explanations about BDSM rules.

- All the Lines We Cast Will Bring Us Home  , by @afirethatcannotdie :  Harry wakes to a series of tweet notifications.  @Louis_Tomlinson: Sooo excited to announce I’m going on tour !! In America in 5 weeks and then coming back to the UK ! Get tix here: bit.ly/LTonTour    @Louis_Tomlinson: Gonna be siiiick !! “Niall!” he yells, running out of his room. “Louis is performing at the O2 in January. Niall, I have to go. Wait. Niall. Oh my god, we’re gonna see Louis Tomlinson’s bum.”  AU. The one where Louis is a famous singer, Harry’s a uni student obsessed with his music, and sometimes things have a way of working out.

Larry famous/.not famous AU (10k), cute and fluffy, with Tumblr / Twitter themes. No smut.

- Carried Away Like Butterflies , by anonymous : “Actually…” Liam said, scratching his chin absently. “I have a friend who is moving to London soon.”
“Without anywhere to live? Who is it? Do I want them living in my home?!”
“You met him at my birthday party. Harry, from Cheshire. Remember? Really tight jeans, curly hair down to here?” Realisation dawned on Louis, staring at Liam who was gesturing round about his nipples. Did he remember Harry? Did he remember Harry? He remembered Harry’s square front teeth biting into his collarbone, and he remembered Harry moaning, loud and obscene with no provocation. He remembered Harry dropping to his knees at the edge of the bed and roughly pulling Louis closer. He remembered, vividly, Harry’s lovely plump lips wrapping around his- “Lou?” “Uh- what?” Louis said, startled. “Oh, yeah. Um, I think I remember him.” -  It was probably a huge mistake for Louis to let his former One Night Stand move into his spare room, especially when said One Night Stand doesn’t seem to remember him.

Larry Roomates AU (17k) : ahaha I love the plot so much !! so this is very funnt, with a lot of pining, so good smut (bottom Louis) and nicely done !

- What do you mean he’s coming? , by @mediawhorefics : When Harry accepted to be his sister’s Maid of Honour, despite how non-traditional of a choice he was, he didn’t think writing a speech for the wedding reception would be this hard. Now, not only does he have less than two weeks left to find something moving and inspirational to say, but Gemma just confided in him that her old childhood best friend is going to be in attendance. The one who moved to LA and they haven’t seen in fifteen years because he was too busy becoming an Academy Awards winner. But hey, no pressure. It’s just Louis Fucking Tomlinson. Harry is screwed.

Larry famous not famous and ex friends to lovers AU (15k) : so actor Louis and photographer Harry, a “long time no see” story, perfect for when you’re sad :) (no smut)

- Stars and Boulevards , by @cherrystreet : They’d been friends for years, had known each other throughout middle school and into high school, meeting in a music class on a sticky September morning. They hit it off instantly, falling into one another immediately, never looking back. Their friendship was comfortable, genuine, safe, always there, achingly present and solid. Harry never felt uneasy confiding in Louis, their one year age gap making Louis somehow seem more worldly, more experienced, and even when Harry had to look down at Louis, he still looked up to him. They spent the quickly passing school years making each other’s homes their own, Harry’s mom calling Louis her honorary second son, Louis’ mom giving Harry a similar title, and everyone knew that if you wanted to find Harry, you had to find Louis first. 

Larry Uni and coming back together AU (6k): well written, with a BFF to lovers relationship is reaching the break-up point because … life and long distance. nicely done, with happy end, and barely smutty (bottom Louis)

- Like Candy In My Veins , by @littlelouishiccups :  “Um…” Harry said slowly after a moment. “Okay. That’s… this is… Let me get this straight.” He lifted up a hand and swallowed. “You told your family that you have a boyfriend… and my name was the first one you thought of?”  “Harry Potter was on TV, alright? It wasn’t that much of a stretch.” Louis pinched the bridge of his nose. He couldn’t believe he was explaining himself to Harry fucking Styles. He couldn’t believe he was stooping this low. “Forget it. I’m sorry I even thought about bringing you into this.”   Harry snorted. “What? Did you want me to pretend to be your boyfriend or something?”

Larry a/b/o and fake relationship AU (30k), add some hate to love, some amazing sisters, great smut (bottom Louis) and you’ll get an unconventional Christmas fic :p

A theme I feel is never brought forward enough in the series is choices and the effect they have. Snape choose dark arts over his friendship with Lily, and eventually it cost him her as a friend and it killed her. Lily chose to die for her son, and it gave the wizard world the chosen one. Voldemort chose which wizard he thought best fit the prophecy, and destroyed himself in the process. Choices, and the consequences that follow, is a great theme in this series.

Tumblr Themes & React and Redux: Part 1 - Setup and the Initial State

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how to use those libraries themselves, I will briefly describe how I got the libraries to work with the Tumblr theme engine, and share some handy tips that made developing more efficient and more enjoyable.

If you follow the ever changing landscape of JavaScript, then you’ve at least heard of these two libraries. Prior to building the Post-It-Forward theme, I only knew of them by name but never got the chance to actually use them. Developers couldn’t get enough of how React made it easy to create and reuse components. Many also praise how elegantly React manages and renders views, especially when paired with Redux for state management. All of this sounded great. I wanted to turn this project into a learning experience. I thought, “why not?” and gave it a shot.

An Extremely Brief Introduction to Tumblr Themes

The way themes work on Tumblr is that we have a theme engine that provides special types of operators. These operators insert dynamic data, such as your Tumblr’s title or description, or are blocks that serve as conditionals for rendering a block of HTML, like the “Next Page” link.

My HTML started off a little something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <head>
    <title>{Title}</title>
        <style></style>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div id="post-it-forward-root"></div>
    </body>
</html>

As you can see, {Title} is a variable that will return the title of the Tumblr. The point of entry for this theme is the <div> element with the #post-it-forward-root ID. In your index.js file you’ll reference this DOM element in your ReactDom.render() method. If you want to learn more about the theme engine, head over to our Theme Docs

Creating the Initial State

To get things started, we need to create an initial state. How do we introduce this initial state if we have to rely on the theme engine to give us all our data? How do we get the data from HTML land to JS land? Well, here’s one way of doing it:

<script type="text/javascript">
    (function(root) {
        var ensureString = function(str) {
            return !str ? '' : str;
        };

        var basicVariables = {
            title: ensureString({JSTitle}),
            name: ensureString({JSName}),
                        description: ensureString({JSDescription}),
                        metaDescription: ensureString({JSMetaDescription}),
                        blogUrl: ensureString({JSBlogURL}),
                        rss: ensureString({JSRSS}),
            favicon: ensureString({JSFavicon}),
            customCss: ensureString({JSCustomCSS}),
            isPermalinkPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:PermalinkPage}*/true/*{/block:PermalinkPage}*/),
            isIndexPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:IndexPage}*/true/*{/block:IndexPage}*/),
            /*{block:PostTitle}*/
            postTitle: ensureString({JSPostTitle}),
            /*{/block:PostTitle}*/
            /*{block:PostSummary}*/
            postSummary: ensureString({JSPostSummary}),
            /*{/block:PostSummary}*/
            portraitUrl16: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-16}),
            portraitUrl24: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-24}),
            portraitUrl30: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-30}),
            portraitUrl40: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-40}),
            portraitUrl48: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-48}),
            portraitUrl64: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-64}),
            portraitUrl96: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-96}),
            portraitUrl128: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-128}),
            copyrightYears: ensureString({JSCopyrightYears}),
            isSearchPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:SearchPage}*/true/*{/block:SearchPage}*/),
            searchQuery: ensureString({JSSearchQuery}),
            safeSearchQuery: ensureString({JSURLSafeSearchQuery}),
            searchPlaceHolder: ensureString('{lang:Search Blog}'),
            noSearchResults: !!ensureString(/*{block:NoSearchResults}*/true/*{/block:NoSearchResults}*/),
        };

        root.tumblrData = {
            basicVariables: basicVariables,
            };
    })(this);
</script>

This creates a tumblrData attribute on the browser’s window object.

Sometimes the theme engine returns nothing for a particular variable if it’s not available. For example, if I made a post that does not have a title, the final root.tumblrData object will not have postTitle as a key. Sometimes the key will be available but the theme engine returned an empty value for it. For those cases, I created a helper method called ensureString() that turns those empty values into empty strings. Sometimes you might need a boolean value. In those cases, I’ll enter the conditional variables from the theme engine into the helper method to get the boolean value from it.

Once you’ve set up your initial state make sure that you place this script tag before the script tag that references the rest of your code that should be compiled and minified and uploaded through the asset uploader that the Tumblr text editor provides. This ensures that the tumblrData is accessible through the window object by the time the React app gets initiated.

tumblrData should look something like this:

const tumblrData = {
    basicVariables: {
        blogUrl: "https://mentalhealthquilt.tumblr.com/",
        copyrightYears: "2016–2017",
        customCss: "",
                description: "Mental Health Quilt",
        favicon: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_128.png",
        isIndexPage: true,
        isPermalinkPage: false,
        isSearchPage: false,
        metaDescription: "Mental Health Quilt",
        name: "mentalhealthquilt",
        noSearchResults: false,
        portraitUrl16: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_16.png",
        portraitUrl24: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_24.png",
        portraitUrl30: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_30.png",
        portraitUrl40: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_40.png",
        portraitUrl48: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_48.png",
        portraitUrl64: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_64.png",
        portraitUrl96: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_96.png",
        portraitUrl128: "https://68.media.tumblr.com/avatar_c402eedfb9d5_128.png",
        rss: "https://mentalhealthquilt.tumblr.com/rss",
        safeSearchQuery: "",
        searchPlaceHolder: "Search mentalhealthquilt",
        searchQuery: "",
        title: "Mental Health Quilt",
    },
}

Now we have the data that the theme engine gave us in a format that React and Redux can work with.

If you are new to these libraries, I highly recommend following the simple Todo App Tutorial that is on the Redux website. They do a wonderful job of explaining the process as you build the app.

Helpful Tips

Setting up a local server will make developing way faster than the current setup. If you’re using both the “webpack” and “webpack-dev-server” packages, in your package.json file under scripts you can place something like this in it:

In your package.json file

...
"scripts": {
    "local-server": "NODE_ENV=development webpack-dev-server --config path/to/webpack.config.js --port=3000 --inline --hot"
},
...

To run that script, in the terminal you will type this command:

> npm run local-server

In the Tumblr editor, be sure to replace your script tags referencing these external files like so:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <head>
                <title>{Title}</title>
                <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://localhost:3000/path/to/prod/index.css">
        </head>
        <body>
                <div id="post-it-forward-root"></div>
                <script type="text/javascript">
                        // where the tumblrData gets created
                </script>
                <script src="http://localhost:3000/path/to/prod/index.js"></script>
        </body>
</html>

Once you run that script, it’ll enable live reload so that every time you save a .js_.css_.scss/etc. file, it’ll rebuild the assets and refresh your Tumblr blog for you. This is way faster than having to re-upload your assets every time you make a change, no matter how small. Just remember to return your script and style references to the uploaded assets when you’re done working. Localhost is only for development.

You could also add the Redux logger middleware to your project during development so that you can view how the state changes as you fire off different actions. For more information on how to set this up, the Redux Logger Github is a great resource.

Summary

Building a Tumblr theme using Redux and React is possible! Not only is there a workflow that makes development much faster, but it’s also a great way to flex your web development muscles. You can add more to the user experience of your Tumblr now that you have the world of JavaScript at your fingertips. Go forth and make some awesome themes!

Stay tuned for part 2 that will cover paginating.

- @0xmichelle

Full disclosure: I write this as someone who, up until last year, looked at the spinoffs and brushed them off as ‘silly’ or ‘not worth my time’ and just laughed at them without ever giving them a shot(save for GX). My general reaction to seeing that there was another series was ‘another one? really?’


So, with that cleared up,

Why you should totally give the Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoffs a chance.


So, you’ve seen the original series(which I shall refer to as DM(Duel Monsters) from here on out) and maybe you’re kinda curious about the other series, or you want to know what the buzz is about and if they’re really that good. But, which should you check out, there are 5 of them after all.

All of them, you should give them all a shot.

Le’s go down the list, stating with GX.


Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

This is the one that’s the ‘high school au’ one.

This is your protagonist for 4 seasons(180 episodes)

His name is Judai Yuki. Probably the most normal and realistic looking of the ones on this list. I mean, brown hair and eyes, that’s pretty uncommon for a protagonist in this kind of anime.

He’s the protagonist a lot of people seem to refer to as the ‘annoying hyper one’. I blame the 4Kids dub* for this. Because, watching that, you wouldn’t believe he’s 15. Yeah you heard me. 15. A year younger than Yugi. He is most definitely not the ‘annoying and hyper’ one. 

He’s the only protagonist to have a confirmed end-game love interest(as in, he canonically ends up with someone), and they’re not female.

The show allows him to make mistakes and face the consequences of his actions, and they aren’t always pretty.


*I will probably recommend you watch the subs for all these. Because honestly, after DM (and ymmv on what you thought of that dub) I feel like 4K just treated the spinoffs as a joke. They butchered the hell out of them and you lose a lot. Unless you want to watch the dub and laugh at it.


If you’re fresh off DM, or hold that one dear and aren’t sure if you want to let go of the characters you love yet(and you don’t need to let go, you can love all of them), this might be a good place to start, because cameos.

Yup, see GX is set in the same universe/timeline as DM, just about ~7(10 in the dub) years later, so we get a few cameo appearances from past characters.

Pegasus appears in 3 of the 4 seasons, Yugi appears in the first and last episodes, Kaiba gets a few brief shots and Yugi’s Grandfather even gets an appearance dung the second season as a helper to the protags(which gives us a number of nods back to DM and Battle City in particular.

The foreshadowing in this series is, amazing, and the sort of thing you don’t catch till you rewatch it.

It is slow to get started admittedly, unless you like slice of life, then you’ll enjoy the early portions of season 1, because it has a lot of slice of life type episodes/episodes to establish the characters and the world before the plot kicks in.

If you can hang around until season 3 it will be worth your time. I promise. I can’t even compare it to anything in DM because, cripes it’s worse than season 4(the Doma arc) with how dark it gets. Season 3 is basically the embodiment of the ‘Break the Cutie’ trope. With ‘cutie’ being, that one up there.

Also, the character development in this series is phenomenal! Probably the best out of all the series.

So if you like DM and the characters and you’re not quite ready to say goodbye, this is a good place to start.

*I have a bit of a personal bias b/c this one is my favourite.


Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s.

aka the card games on motorcycles one.

Yes, it’s a silly idea. But they pull it off enough well enough that you can look past it.

So, your protagonist for this 152 episode series.

Yusei Fudo. He is the oldest protagonist at 18.

Do not be fooled by that serious face, he is a massive sweetheart and very nice.

If you like action this is one you’ll like. If you enjoyed Kaiba you’ll probably enjoy Jack Atlas (the rival/Kaiba expy for this series). This one also has more of the ‘ancient magic from thousands of years ago’ that DM had. Except from Egypt, it’s from Peru, and involves the Nazca lines.

Unlike GX,which starts out slow and is very slice of lifey, this one just, drops you head first into the story, action right off the bat. You need to watch a few episodes to adjust to the vast difference between this one and the previous two.

You may have heard of the 10th anniversary movie Bonds Beyond Time, a crossover between DM, GX and 5D’s. Yes, that means that this too exists in the same time line as DM. Just, a few decades or so after GX (though it’s not clear how many). There’s no character cameos, but you do get a few nods back to DM, including a mention about Kaiba Corp as well as the brief appearance of an old duelling platform from season 1 DM.

This is also the first one to introduce a new summoning method(that isn’t Fusion or Ritual), called Synchro summoning.

The first season(up to episode 64, the end of the Dark Signers arc) is worth checking out at minimum and you can totally stop right there and not really lose anything.

The second season is, kinda clumsily handled. There was a massive controversy with one of the actresses and she was replaced and a massive chunk of the script rewritten due to said controversy and, it shows. Season 2 has more of the ‘slice of life’ episodes. And it has some fun mini arcs interspersed with the plot(like watching Jack fight the literal devil, and a wild west themed mini arc).

Again, I recommend the subs. The dub is, eh. The second season is just, bad because there are literally chunks of episodes, in the middle of arcs, undubbed. And the last chunk of the series isn’t dubbed, it ends something like halfway through the final arc. So subbed is the only way to see it through till the end.

So 5D’s is worth checking out for sure, or at least the first season and BBT.


Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal

This one seems to be a bit of a blacksheep in the YGO, it seems to be the one to get a lot of flack. :/

Anyways, our protagonist for this one. It is 146 episodes.

Yuma Tsukumo. Sweet cinnamon roll that must be protected at all costs.

Yes, he has weird hair, but so does everyone in this series so you’ll adjust(and some are even odder that his). Also please note he s 13, making him the youngest protag. So keep that in mind when judging his actions.

If you like DM, this is also a good one to check out for sure because of all of the parallels between them.

From the relationship between Yum and Astral and Yugi and Atem(amnesiac spirit tied to an artefact and host that is helping them recover their memories…), to ‘former bully turned best friend of the protagonist’, to something that happens at the very end of the series. It’s like a great bit DM reference, with season 2 being a massive GX reference.

It also has great themes on friendship, forgiveness, family, as well as never giving up and giving it your all. Yuma’s ‘kattobingu’ is silly but wonderful. Yuma is a ball of sunshine and happiness that eclipses everyone else on this list.

It’s plot is also an interesting thing, going from a seemingly clear cut, black and white situation where you go ‘they’re good and they’re bad’ to a very grey and muddied one where it’s really hard to tell who’s right and who’s wrong in the conflict and asking the question ‘is this really right?’

While there are no past character cameos, we DO get an episode with monster cameos from DM and GX(including BWED and Dark Magician, and Neos and Rainbow Dragon). If this is in the same universe or a different one from the previous three is unclear. Knowledge of them is not needed to watch and enjoy this one.

Like 5D’s, which introduces Riding Duels and Synchro Summoning, Zexal introduces us to Xyz Summoning and D-Gazers(the duels are projected into VR space that only those wearing a D-Gazer can see/interact with, and the trouble as a phone/communication device of sorts). It catches you up fairly fast on what both of these are.

Much like GX though, it starts off semi slice of life-y with plot, and then the next season hits and it goes dark. Really, really dark.

But it’s great.

Also, it has arguably one of the greatest villains in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Vector. Just, just Vector.

Think like Yami Bakura, if he were actually competent and thought his plans through and knew what he was doing. And more of a twisted, manipulative person. He’s a ‘love to hate him’ character because he is so good at what he does and fun to watch, but at the same time, the things he does are just awful.

And this one has some pretty good foreshadowing too-there s a line in the, second episode that suddenly makes sense when you get to season 2 and more is revealed.

So if you love DM this one is definitely worth checking out.

This one isn’t missing any episodes from the dub.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V

This one is a bit longer than Zexal at 148 episodes long

This is Yuya Sakaki. You’ve probably heard people call him ‘tomato child’. Yeah, the hair is why. Also he is 14.

Again, like Zexal everyone has crazy hair, so he isn’t too unusual in terms of colour(I mean his best friend has pink hair).

This one is a bit different.

See, while you could watch any of the previous three in any order without having seen any of the others and they would still make sense, this one makes frequent references to GX, 5D’s and Zexal as well as using their summoning methods(Fusion, Synchro and Xyz). You don’t *need* to watch the previous ones to watch this and understand it, however you will get the tiny references faster if you do(which adds to the fun).

It is definitely a fun one to watch, taking all the liveliness that is duelling and doing something with it. Action Duels. So no more just, standing there shouting at one another. Now it’s running around, riding the monsters and shouting at each other.

So if you liked the action from DM, you’ll enjoy this.

And much like Zexal and 5D’s, this one introduces Pendulum Summoning as its new summoning method, while utilizing all the previous summoning methods.

One thing people like to point out is its deconstruction of many past YGO tropes(esp the ‘we duelled so we’re friends’ trope.) and it does, frequently. Also I think it’s the first one to feature a tournament arc, where the tournament doesn’t get finished. And female characters that DO shit and get shit done. And a lot of them too.

And yes this is the one with the guy and his lookalikes. Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it seems. If you can keep straight and past and present selves in DM, counterparts is a non issue(especially since they are introduced gradually so you get to know them).

The plot is kinda slow to get going, as it bounces between two main characters for the first while, yet still keeps from being boring, but once it hits, it HITS. Like, by episode 7 you know something is up and this is going to be more than just ‘duelling for fun’ and a rivalry between schools, and it goes from there. And then, for lack of a better descriptor, ‘shit gets real’ once you reach the 30′s.

And it’s all down hill from there.


*This one is my other favourite.


Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS

This is the newest one, hot off the presses (and only 6 episodes long at the time of writing)

Meet Yusaku Fujiki, 16 years old.

A bit of a loner, withdrawn and more or less friendless(a first in YGO). He’s also blunt and speaks his mind, even to the point of rudeness, even if unintentionally(he doesn’t know how to socialize all that well). He’s also a hacker.

But he has an alter ego, the vigilante duelist Playmaker. Did I mention he gets a transformation sequence?

Cause he does. The magical boy/magical girl jokes write themselves honestly.

(gifs by kaiba-cave – the gifs did not show up in the gif search unfortunately)

VRAINS introduces us to a new kind of dueling, VR dueling, where one logs onto the Link VRAINS (which stands for Link Virtual Reality Artificial Intelligence Network System) server to duel in the online world under an avatar(that usually looks/sounds different from their real world self). It also introduces Link Summoning to the game.

If you thought the Virtual Reality arcs in DM were something, VRAINS takes it up a level(also if you are at all familiar with the mobile game Duel Links, then the rules of the Speed Duels that are used in VRAINS should be familiar to you). I

All we know about the plot at the moment is that the world of Link VRAINS is under attack from a group of hackers called the Knights of Hanoi who seek to destroy it.

I’ve head comparisons made to .hack and SAO, but as I’venev seen eithe can’t vouch for them.


Also, if you like consistent animation quality, GX is the way to go, with Zexal and Arc V following close(VRAINS is looking pretty good to but only time will tell). No where near as many wonky episodes like DM had(Doma arc and Memory World Arc come to mind). Sure they have their off episodes in terms of animation(what doesn’t?) but not to the degree that DM had.

GX is fairly solid in terms of animation, especially in season 4 where it shoots up, a lot. While Zexal and Arc V are just, stunningly animated, and very bright and colourful (so when the animation dips for an episode or two you can tell).

5D’s has some good and some bad.

And the character designs, the character designs are fucking great ok? For all of them.


Where to watch!

Of course, the most important thing, after picking which one sounds interesting to you, is were to watch it.

I highly, highly recommend the subs over the dub(though you can watch the dub if you want, just take it with a grain of salt at times)

Of course, supporting the official release is best idea. Gx, 5D’s, Arc V and VRAINS all have official subs on Crunchyroll for your viewing pleasure, with VRAINS being simulcast! This means subs come up the same day the new episode comes out(every Wednesday). This is the first time it’s ever been done for Yu-Gi-Oh!

Ideally, this would be the way to go. However, CR does not have subs for Zexal(it does have the dub though so, maybe one day), and VRAINS is region locked in certain places(like Canada) meaning you will have to seek fansubs elsewhere. Gogoanime is my recommendation. Torrenting/downloading is the next best option.

If you want decent Gx fansubs, I recommend these ones.


All in all, they are all good, for various different reasons and definitely worth checking out, especially if you were/are a fan of the original. Or if you watched any of them dubbed and want to check out the uncut/unedited original versions, which are worth it.

Don’t just pass them over because ‘oh they’re spinoffs, they can’t be that good’. Actually, they can and are.

caretaker’s got a sweet new theme!

yes, it is in fact just a reskinned version of the nochocolate theme. now the blog should be much easier to navigate – and it looks much cooler, too!  

check out this cute little favicon:

the mobile version of the blog is still a work in progress, but once we make mobile-friendly versions of all the pages, computer users and mobile users should both be able to see everything just fine! 

if any links are broken or you find any strange issues with the theme, please feel free to send us an ask off anon explaining the problem so that we can reply privately. we’ll fix it as soon as we can! (we are currently aware that the logo is cut off for people with smaller resolutions and we will fix it in the near future.)

enjoy!

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There’s a couple of gags I wanted to play on Orlando. One is that Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship theme Howard Shore composed. Such a great theme. And I secretly asked the sound department to cue up that Fellowship theme. Didn’t tell Orlando[…] And I think he really got into it because he just about drove the knife into the head and twisted it and moved, all with the beat of the music.” - Peter Jackson

last night i dreamed that my brother disowned me because he was arguing with me about how he doesnt have white privilege, and then in another part of the dream i was wearing string bikini panties that were like the great gatsby themed, like it looked like the cover of the book where the seat of it was all blue and had the crying face and the front said THE GREAT GATSBY in like fancy gold script, it was fucking ugly and if snorg tees or whatever makes it so tea drinkers can be like ‘oh i love to read and i cant wait to sit on your dick’ before they fuck they have to pay me money for the idea

The Final Clexa Themes

Monday, February 27th: Enemies to Lovers

We’re going to kick off Clexa Week the same way they kicked off on the show: starting as enemies and developing into lovers. For this theme, have Clarke and Lexa as initial enemies (Are Clarke and Lexa leaders of armies, or facing off for the last coffee maker on sale during Black Friday shopping? Are they in rival Houses competing for the Quidditch Cup? Is one a villain and one a superhero? Does Clarke hate Lexa because she kicked her off the tower playground slide when they were kids? Does Lexa hate Clarke because she’s the strict RA that won’t let her have candles in her dorm? You decide!) who end up falling in love.

Tuesday, February 28th: Roommates

Do they meet for the first time in college sharing a dorm? Do they meet for the first time when Raven’s girlfriend Anya has a hot sister named Lexa who needs a place, so she moves into Clarke, Raven, and Anya’s apartment? Is Clarke forced to share a tent with Commander Lexa when they march on Azgeda? It’s all up to you!

Wednesday, March 1st: Stuck Together

You could write about Clexa meeting for the first time when they are stuck in an elevator on the way to an important work meeting, or maybe they’re stuck on a plane together for 12 hours when one of them somehow takes the wrong flight, or maybe someone is shocked (and a little pleased) when the pretty girl sitting next to them on the train falls asleep on their shoulder and goes 2 hours past her stop just because they don’t want to wake her, or maybe Clexa are stuck together in a shelter when the acid fog is set off, or maybe Clexa are stuck in the Vanishing Cabinet at Hogwarts together for 3 weeks when a drunken Raven shoves them in, or something else entirely. Be creative! 

Thursday, March 2nd: Fake Dating

The classic trope none of us could resist. Are Clexa forced to pretend to be involved romantically to force a peace treaty between Skaikru and Trikru? Are modern Clexa pretending to date just to prank their friends? Does Lexa ask Clarke to pretend to be her date to make an ex jealous? Does Clarke ask her best friend Lexa to be her date to her friend’s wedding because she can’t stand to hear her mother try to set her up on blind dates? It’s up to you! Depict Clexa fake dating, and then falling hard for their “fake” girlfriend.

Friday, March 3rd: Alternate Canon/Divergent Canon

What better theme on this bullshit of a day? We’re Clexakru, and if there’s something we’re best at, it’s metaphorically kicking jflop in his gonads (or lack thereof). What better way to spend the anniversary of 307 than rewriting it? (of course, you don’t have to make it a Fix-It fic type of alternate canon. You can write/draw anything, just keep with the theme of alternate canon!)

Saturday, March 4th: Friends to Lovers

A great theme for the day after… Did Clexa meet and hit it off and become friends in college? Have they been friends since childhood? However it goes, create Clexa as friends falling in love.

Sunday, March 5th: Free Day

On the last day of Clexa Week 2017, it’s a free for all. You can choose one of the themes from the poll that didn’t make it, or something entirely of your own, or create something with no real theme in mind. Anything you want! 

Thank you all for voting! I’m so hyped for Clexa Week :D Now is the time we put our noses to the grindstone and work in preparation to post our submissions! Remember you can take part in any way: You can write a one-shot or start a multi-chaptered fic you later finish, you can post however much you want, you can create stuff for every single day or only do stuff for one day, or participate by sharing others’ work and commenting on fics, etc. Let’s spread the word and enjoy Clexa Week for what it is: bringing Lexa back to life, celebrating Clarke and Lexa’s love, and Clexakru being extra as hell as usual, and supporting one another through this week :) 

*Note: I decided not to list Modern AU as a theme because most of us will probably be choosing to write in a universe other than canon anyway. 

Please reblog this to get the word out to all Clexakru!

helloo everyone!!!
after having my studybr for now 3-4ish months, i have seen many many many masterposts with tips for new studyblrs and i decided to make one myself after reaching 3.5k recently c:
i’m hoping to make this short and sweet so if you have any other questions to do with making a studyblr, don’t be afraid to ask me privately!!

urls:

  • one of the first things people see/notice about your studyblr and any tumblr in general is your url.
  • many people like to use their name and add “studies” or “study” or something to do with learning at the end as their url
  • however the above option may not be available for you since you have a pretty common name so finding something unique is important
  • incorporate something you like to your url!! like maybe you like cheese, your url could be ‘cheesystudies’
  • i personally chose to use a word which is to do with studying (academic) and added an extra letter based on how the word is pronounced, so for myself, i added a ‘h’ to make ‘acadehmic’ 
  • remember short and simple (unlike my masterposts lmaO)
  • also i like to think that your url is your identity here, so like people know me as acadehmic (i hope) and people know popular studyblrs from their urls

themes:

  • a great, easy to navigate theme is very appealing for many and is one of the ways for people to find resources etc.
  • i personally love the theme makers:
  • a tags page is v important for those who post things as your followers may use your blog as a resource blog and it would make their lives 100x easier when looking for things
  • i like to include a faq page so then my followers can go there before asking questions in case i have already answered their question there and then i don’t have to answer the same questions over and over again

ok i’ve made the blog… what now?

  • make an introductory post!!
    • tell everyone your name, age, what you are studying, what you are interested in, who inspired you to make the studyblr and why you made it!
    • an introductory post is a way for others to have a small insight to your blog
    • make sure to tag it with #studyspo #studyblr and even tag studyblrs and their tracked tags as you may not have many or any followers yet so you need to get your blog out there and known!
  • post original content (woooooo)
    • please don’t repost, reblog!! (its our hard work)
    • post whatever you are interested in, whatever you are studying in ways that you enjoy
    • take pictures of your notes, your studyspace (area you study in), your revision guides, or even take photos of the library you’re studying in!!
    • make masterposts and printables hehe
    • share your knowledge and tips, for example if you have learnt spanish or chinese for 10 years and am almost fluent and have picked up on some apps or tips and tricks, share them with the community!!
    • you can take part in the #100daysofproductivity!
  • tag studyblrs in your tags!
    • many studyblrs track tags and they will reblog posts if they have been tagged with their specific tracked tag
    • mine is #acadehmic (i check everyday and reblog everything as long as it relates to studying)
    • your favourite studyblrs probably track a tag so go check out their blog and find out what their tracked tag is!
  • interact!
    • message your favourite studyblrs or any studyblrs and develop friendships with people!
    • some people like to host blog awards or blog rates, join in or make your own!
    • join some study networks such as @studyblrindex c:

my masterposts:

try not to focus too much on the aesthetics and aiming for pretty notes, if it helps you to make pretty notes then make them but as long as you are studying, you are a great studyblr!

again, i have rambled on and on in this masterpost but i hope i hoped heh
studygram : acadehmic

anonymous asked:

Top 10 Liszt works?

In other words…A Top 10 Liszt List?

10. Various Hungarian Rhapsodies

The Hungarian Rhapsodies are a lot of fun, though they are more nationalistic showpieces than anything, so they can feel shallow at times. But the music is so lyrical, a great use of folksy melodies [of course they were accidentally assumed to be “gypsy” melodies when really they were popular music by Hungarian composers played by traveling Romani bands], fun toe-tapping rhythms, and have the fluidity of any improvisation. My favorites of the set of 19 are nos. 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17

9. Orpheus

Published as his fourth symphonic poem, Orpheus is a beautiful poetic statement, an impressionist painting of the tragic figure. Also, has such a noble theme, very classy.

8. Piano Concerto no. 2

Modeled after contemporary composer Henri Litolff’s “Concerto-Symphoniques”, the work is a single movement synthesis of piano and orchestra, almost like a symphonic poem without a subject, a set of variations on a simple theme. Great stuff. Was by jam back in high school.

7. Dante Sonata

From his second year of pilgrimage. Also my jam in high school. I came for the high concept “Dante’s Inferno” dark imagery and heavy-metal atmosphere, stayed for the high brow thematic transformation. 

6. Funerailles 

Bleak and grim, but with a touch of hope. The use of harsh harmonies was a shock to my younger self, who was just getting used to the less “pretty” side of classical music. The drama in this work and the background political origins makes me wonder why it wasn’t used in war films. For some reason I can’t help but think of Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front.

5. La Lugubre Gondola

In both existing forms, though “La Lugubre Gondola 2″ is more developed, and the heightened anxiety and harmonic flow remind us that this was essentially a tombeau for Richard Wagner.

4. Vallee d’Obermann

From his first year of pilgrimage. Also has one of the more lovely, underrated melodies in the Romantic piano repertoire. And I still can’t help but be caught up in the Romanticism of it’s subject matter: a forgotten novel about a man living in the countryside alone and finding spiritual fulfillment. Something I would love to have.

3. Fantasy and Fugue on Ad Nos, Ad Salutarem Undam 

A magnificent organ piece, like the Sonata in b minor, the entire work develops out of one theme from a Meyerbeer opera based on the Münster Uprising [which resulted in one of the more gruesome executions in history, if you have four and a half hours, listen to Dan Carlton’s Hardcore History: Prophets of Doom]. The fugue part is so wild, I have it memorized.

2. Ballade no. 2

Few composers wrote ballades that are as great as Chopin’s four that started the genre. But this Liszt ballade does reach that transcendence, a great concentrated movement from darkness to light, redemption through love, a lot of extra-musical ideas caught up in the murky depths that I love.

1. Sonata in b minor

His masterpiece, and I think the greatest 19th century piano sonata after Beethoven. It’s so generously written, the main themes interwoven and reused in meaningful ways, no note is superfluous, and the ending is otherworldly. The first time I listened to the work was at a piano recital by Garrick Ohlsson, and I didn’t want the music to end.

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