It was Véra who paid the price for Vladimir’s exogamy. Old friends still wrote to say that while they were enthralled by Pnin, Lolita, Ada, they could not help mourning the fact that Vladimir had parted with Russian prose. Véra was held responsible for his defection, just as, biographically speaking, she often took the bullet meant for her husband. Nabokov’s early readers, the old family friends, waited in vain for him to return to his real themes, to their passions, to novels of the heart and not the mind. For him to have escaped all the schools who liked to claim him was one thing, but this was the Homeland calling. Quite obviously, the “foreign influence” was to blame. [Zinaida] Shakhovskoy saw Véra where Pale Fire’s Kinbote saw Sibyl Shade, reviewing her husband’s pages and artfully excising everything connected with his luscious Zemblan theme from the manuscript. If it were not for Véra, Vladimir would be jolly and forthcoming and gregarious and spiritual, and most importantly, he would write in Russian. That he was by nature discerning in the company he kept, and jealous with his time, and bored by most of the polemics that consumed émigré society, and a champion grudge-holder—that he enjoyed playing cat-and-mouse games with his reader—meant nothing if there was a Jewish wife in the picture. In a word he had been “Jewified.”
—  Stacy Schiff, Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov (p. 349-50)
Extroverted Introverts: Ten things to know

Also known as an ambivert, an extroverted introvert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion.

1. Their spot on the spectrum changes with their environment.

Your ambivert friend may be loud and gregarious around their family, but quiet and thoughtful at the office. Seeing them in both situations may feel like meeting two entirely different people.

2. Talking to strangers is fine – but don’t expect them to keep it to small talk.

Although an ambivert can hold up their end of a conversation, talking about the weather will not be enough to engage them. Their social energy is limited enough that they won’t want to waste it on meaningless chatter. They will likely push the conversation into deeper territory or bow out entirely.

3. They like to be alone – they don’t like to be lonely.

There is a big difference between the two. Choosing to sit at home with a tub of ice cream and a book feels fantastic. Sitting at home because nobody called them back feels sad and lame.

4. Getting them out of the house can be a challenge.

If you catch your friend on a highly introverted day, you may just be better off leaving them at home. They might manage to be social, but they’ll just be thinking about their books and their couch the whole time.

5. If they’re new, you can find them in the back of the room.

An introverted extrovert will approach new situations with cautious excitement. If they know someone in the group, they will likely cling to them a bit as they become comfortable. If they do not, they might waver on the edge of the crowd, slowly getting used to the water rather than jumping in all at once.

6. They’re selectively social.

They don’t mean to be snobs. They just have limited social energy and prefer interacting one-on-one or in small groups. For this reason, they can only afford to invest their social time and energy in those who they feel truly connected to.

7. Making friends is easy. Keeping them is hard.

They like talking to people, but they value their alone-time, as well. This can make maintaining a friendship tricky. If your ambivert friend makes an effort to consistently invest time and energy in your friendship, be glad. You are truly special to them.

8. Their social desires change with the breeze.

They might be desperate to hang out with you on Friday, but then not answer your call on Saturday. They’re not mad at you. They’re just super comfortable in bed watching films.

9. They can talk to you for hours.

If you manage to catch them in a one-on-one situation, an extroverted introvert will just not shut up. Once their interest is engaged, there’s no stopping them.

10. Listening is great too, though.

Sometimes they want to be a part of the action, but their social energy levels are too low for them to contribute in a meaningful way. Listening allows them to get to know you without burning up their social fuel. They also know its value from their chattier moments when they are desperate for an ear.

Overwatch Characters as Dog Breeds

Genji- Shiba Inu: “The Shiba Inu originated in Japan and was used primarily as a hunting dog to flush out small game and birds. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect.” 

McCree- Coyote: “The coyote is a canine native to North America and one of the most adaptable animals on the planet. It is gregarious, but not as dependent on packs as more social canid species like wolves are. The coyote is a prominent character in Native American folklore (Southwestern United States and Mexico), usually depicted as a trickster. As with other trickster figures, the coyote acts as a picaresque hero which rebels against social convention through deception and humor.”

Pharah- Pharaoh Hound: “The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient dog breed who has changed little since its development more than 5,000 years ago. They were the dog of kings and may have hunted gazelles with pharaohs, hence their name. As with any hound, they can have moments of aloofness and can be strong-willed, but in the main they are gentle and get along well with others. They love human companionship and will seek out affection and attention from people while still maintaining their independence.”

Ana- Canaan Dog: “ The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years. Canaan dogs have a strong survival instinct. They are quick to react and wary of strangers, and will alert to any disturbances with prompt barking, thus making them excellent watchdogs. Though defensive, they are not aggressive and are very good with children”

Reaper- Presa Canario: “ The Perro de Presa Canario, A.K.A. the Canary Mastiff, is a Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. They are large dogs with thick and muscular bodies. Their aspect denotes power. They are especially gifted for the function of guard and defense; their impetuous temperament, fighting skill, and low, deep bark make them quite formidable. They are gentle and noble with family and distrustful with strangers.”

Tracer- Jack Russell Terrier: “Jack Russells are an energetic breed originating in England, and rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation. Jack Russells tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs. Despite their small size, they have a tremendous amount of energy, a fact which can sometimes lead to trouble involving larger animals.”

Hanzo- Akita Inu: “The Akita is a large and powerful dog breed with a noble and intimidating presence originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. The Akita also tracked and hunted wild boar, black bear, and sometimes deer. A fearless and loyal guardian of his family, the Akita does not back down from challenges and does not frighten easily.”

Junkrat- Dingo: “The dingo is a wild dog found in Australia. They are opportunistic hunters, but will also scavenge from human settlements and even eat fruits and plants. Europeans regarded them as devious and cowardly, since they did not “fight bravely”. They were seen as predators that killed wantonly, rather than out of hunger. They were associated with thieves, vagabonds, and bushrangers.”

Mei- Samoyed: “ Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. To this day, the Samoyed’s reputation as an intelligent, dignified, family dog is well deserved. They often choose to dote on one special person in the household, but are affectionate with everyone in the pack. Happiest when part of family life, this breed needs to be with people. In fact, leaving a Samoyed alone too much is the best way to make them miserable.”

Torbjörn- Schipperke: “Known for a stubborn, mischievous, and headstrong temperament, the Schipperke is sometimes referred to as the “little devil”. Schipperkes are very smart and independent; and sometimes debate listening to owners, instead choosing to do whatever benefits them. They are formidable barkers and can be aggressive with other dogs.”

Widowmaker- Standard Poodle: “The poodle is a medium sized dog that was standardized in France. Although today’s poodles seem to epitomize a life of leisure and luxury, make no mistake: These are real dogs bred to do real jobs. Poodles are renowned for a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence, as well as what his fans call “an air of distinction”: a dignified attitude that’s hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog.”

D.Va- Korean Jindo: “Originating in South Korea, the Jindo exhibit unmatched loyalty. They are incredibly intelligent dogs with a knack for hunting, tricks, and even agility. Renowned for their bravery and intelligence, they show diehard loyalty to their owners, making them great companions, and rather reserved with strangers, making them effective watchdogs as well. In fact, they are such good watchdogs that the Korean army frequently uses them as guard dogs for military bases.”

Reinhardt- Leonberger: “Originally from Germany, this giant breed, with their lion-like looks and deep bark, make intimidating watch dogs. First and foremost a family dog, the Leonberger’s temperament is one of their most important and distinguishing characteristics. Leonbergers are self-assured, well-composed, and self-disciplined when obliging its family or property with protection.”

Roadhog- Bullmastiff: “The Bullmastiff is a a large, quiet, fearless dog with the speed to track down poachers and the strength to hold them. While standoffish toward strangers, they have a soft spot for loved ones. Large and powerfully built, the Bullmastiff was bred to be a silent watchdog and only rarely barks; their formidable appearance is a wonderful deterrent to would-be attackers or intruders. They are determined protectors when needed and a loving family companion the rest of the time.”

Zarya- Caucasian Shepherd Dog: “Caucasian shepherd dogs are large, strongly-boned, muscular, and even-tempered molossers originating in Russia. They have existed since ancient times, and served shepherds in the Caucasus mountains as guard dogs, defending sheep from predators, mainly wolves, jackals and bears. They are still successfully served in this job.”

Lúcio- Boxer: “ Boxers are large, muscular, square-headed dogs who look imposing but are very bright, energetic, and playful. They are known to be clownish and loving to their family, but also headstrong, dignified, and self-assured, especially in guard work. They often are distrustful of strangers at first, but will not be aggressive unless they perceive a threat to their families.”

Mercy- Berger Blanc Suisse: “The Berger Blanc Suisse is a breed of dog originating in Switzerland. Most are gentle, very intelligent and learn easily. They are loyal to their family and may be wary around strangers, but are not prone to show shy or fearful behavior. They are suited for a variety of services to man from search and rescue to medical alert to therapy. They are also structured and have temperaments to succeed at performance events.”

Symmetra- Kanni: “The Kanni is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breed used mainly for hunting. Though usually shy, it will always defend its home or master, if the need arises. They are a silent breed and are not nuisance barkers. The Kanni dogs are faithful and easy to train but they will always think independently when on a hunt. They are extremely agile and strong while remaining light on their feet.” 

Soldier: 76- Yellow Black Mouth Cur: “ The Black Mouth Cur is a well-muscled rugged herding, hunting, and all around utility dog originating in America. The black mouth cur was bred as a homestead dog that would protect its family and home against intruders. This means that a well-bred black mouth cur is territorial; most off their ‘turf’ work well with other dogs, hunting or herding stock, but on their family property will chase the same dog away.”

So being the Food Network addict that I am, I occasionally find myself watching Trisha Yearwood. And right now, the episode I’m watching features her going and getting a skating lesson from the Hockey Team.

So obviously, my brain goes “ZIMBITS AU”, which is only further resolved after Trisha says the following things:

- As you can imagine, growing up in Georgia, I didn’t skate a lot

- (to her friend who’s doing this misadventure with her) I think, as long as we look cute, it doesn’t really matter how good we are

So Bitty has a Food Network show with a vague “southern cooking in new england” theme, and the producers really like to play up the Georgian Fish out of Water angle with the not-actually-cooking segments of the show. So Bitty’s scheduled to do a private skating lesson with Marty and Tater, because the combo of warm and friendly but understated mentor Marty and loud gregarious and enthusiastic rookie (to the NHL - he has a few years in the Russian pros under his belt) Tater will make great television.

So Bitty is making both of them their own thank-you food. Bitty has fun experimenting with Russian pastries for Tater, and of course finds a way to incorporate maple into his apple pie for Marty.

The producers are expecting a lot of hilarious and endeering wobbling on the ice. And they get a lot of great footage of Bitty reacting to wearing hockey gear for the first time “I look like a big blue marshmallow, y'all”, but nobody remembers until Bitty’s on the ice that he was a Junior Regionals Figure Skating Champion.

He glides effortlessly onto the ice, has some fun learning how to handle a hockey stick (cue some ridiculous and just the right amount of off color for basic cable jokes about stick handling)

And of course, Jack Zimmermann, who works harder than god but kind of sucks at acting like a human being in front of cameras, is at the rink to get in some extra practice, and Tater is like “Zimboni! You come and race the tiny baker man!”

And Marty winks at Bitty, who gets the message and starts wobbling and skating like he’s never seen ice in his LIFE, and Jack looks warily at the cameras, but George has been on him to do more public relations stuff and he may as well make a “race” against this tv person part of his warmup.

And Bitty’s all “now, I ain’t no professional skater, Mr. Zimmermann, so you’d better go easy on me!” And then proceeds to SMOKE Jack the second Marty calls GO.

Marty and Tater are doubled over laughing, and the camera guy is circling Jack to get all angles of his utterly dumbfounded expression.

Bitty’s smirking, with his hands on his hips, then says, “do y'all think I could pull off a salchow in all this gear?” And proceeds to pull off a jump in hockey skates and all the gear. Tater, of course insists that Bitty teach him and the footage they get from it is pure gold.

So anyway. After they get off the ice, Bitty cuts up his maple apple pie and Jack decides he might actually be in love.

Can we talk about how in some ways, Jack and Bitty are each other’s father’s mirrors?

Coach is quiet, laser-focused on sports, a bit emotionally unavailable (until Bitty learns to understand him more)

Bob is gregarious, extroverted to a fault, and (from what glimpse we’ve seen) the one who cooks

It’s such a neat little addition to the subplot about these boys’ relationships with their fathers, and it kind of makes me want to hug a pillow and squee

Holiday Aesthetics for the Signs
  • Capricorn: Fuzzy socks next to the fireplace, warm coffee or hot cocoa, records playing.
  • Aquarius: Fabulous stories at dinner, late night documentaries when the family is asleep, and beautiful old holiday films.
  • Pisces: Shopping sprees and Starbucks runs with old friends when you’re back in town. Fine fabrics.
  • Aries: Enjoying the awkward uncle’s diatribes, and casual holiday parties and get-togethers.
  • Taurus: Large and fabulous food spread, people watching, ski vacations, sentimental evenings with a loved one, late night donut runs.
  • Gemini: Holiday parties with cocktails, big fluffy sweaters with funny designs, making the whole table laugh, wearing big fluffy hats and gold-tones.
  • Cancer: Sentimental gifts, scented candles, warm rooms when the outside is freezing, cozy heirloom blankets.
  • Leo: Cinnamon scented everything, boots with leggings, Christmas time in the city, cute themed cocktails, vacations/travel.
  • Virgo: Crafting gifts for friends and family, large and gregarious lunches, brunches, and dinners; slow-jams, brownie-in-a-cup, poinsettias.
  • Libra: Bonfires, wintry fashion, scarves, carriages in the park, old historical buildings, cult classics, inside jokes.
  • Scorpio: Beautiful city skylines at night, car rides where one is half asleep and just a little chilly, dusk in the woods, old and naked trees, crunchy snow.
  • Sagittarius: Big parties with many friends, large and fantastic gifts, antics on Black Friday, snowball fights, big-time pranks, gold jewelry in cute boxes.
Celtic tree zodiac

24 December - 20 January: Birch - The Achiever: Driven, tolerant, tough, leader, quick witted

21 January - 17 February: Rowan - The Thinker: Cool exterior, original, motivated, thoughtful

18 February - 17 March: Ash - The Enchanter: Artistic, easily inspired, imaginative

18 March - 14 April: Alder - The Trailblazer: Passionate, charming, gregarious, focussed

15 April - 12 May: Willow - The Observer: Very creative, intuitive, mystical, patient

13 May - 9 June: Hawthorn - The Illusionist: Creative, passionate, curious, great listener

10 June - 7 July: Oak - The Stabilizer: Champion of the underdog, nurturing, generous

8 July - 4 August: Holly - The Ruler: A natural leader, noble, confident, intelligent

5 August - 1 September: Hazel - The Knower: Academic, organized, detail-oriented

2 September - 29 September: Vine - The Equalizer: Unpredictable, empathetic, refined

30 September - 27 October: Ivy - The Superior: Smart, compassionate, loyal, graceful, spiritual

28 October - 24 November: Reed - The Inquisitor: Easy to talk to, love stories and finding meanings

25 November - 23 December: Elder - The Seeker: Thrill seeker, thoughtful, honest, a bit wild

anonymous asked:

Coming off the Lance post, what unique skills DOES Lance bring to the team? ...if any?

Weapon/technology abilities:


> Alongside Hunk, only member of the team with a ranged weapon.

> Quite possibly, longest-range bayard.

> Bayard that affords itself the most to precision attacks. 

Blue Lion:

> Specialty terrain advantage in water and icy environments (far more common than, say, an environment that is on fire)

> No exploitable weaknesses- good speed, good firepower, good armor.

> Ice cannon

> Sonic cannon, can be used as a weapon and as a scanner.

> Third largest Lion, and more agile than the Yellow Lion. 


Approachable and gregarious. A quick study of people and cultures. Has the most initiative out of the team in terms of engaging with new things, as shown in that he was the first one to bond with a Lion. Out of the team, would probably make a good diplomat alongside Shiro and Allura. Intrinsically motivated to understand people.

As a leg pilot, a supporting pillar of the team. Someone who connects with peers and checks in with them.

More or less the “heart” of the team- compassionate, open, trusting. The friend who will catch coins in his teeth doing a dolphin impression in a public fountain to buy you a video game.

An effective think-on-his-feet strategist (see: when he and Keith split off from the team during the Balmera rescue in s1e7) In particular, his adaptability and propensity for unorthodox maneuvers allows him to react to situations with an element of finesse when full-power assaults don’t work- consider s2e10, rescuing Slav by targeting a joint on the warden’s mechanical arm, and s2e2, where he was able to fight, and neutralize a mind-controlled Hunk when Hunk had him physically overpowered rather badly, without Lance being able to draw his bayard on Hunk, and while being beset by other attackers (Luxia’s guards). Also even when his trust leads him into a bad situation, he was the first to raise the alarm and call for help, even working his way around his restraints to do so. 

Perceptive. Literally nobody could sneak an impostor onto the team past Lance. Don’t believe me? S1e4, AKA the time Lance, within five seconds, was able to tell one literally identical robot from another, when said robot does not have either body language or facial expressions, and he had known it for maybe days, tops, during which it mostly just followed Pidge around- and Lance was still able to tell the bomb drone was not Rover, realize it was going to explode, and tackle Coran out of the way.

On that note- diligent, intelligent, and tenacious (as he would have to be, in order to make it in not only a space exploration program but making the more prestigious class.) Has shown the capacity to catch his second wind and fight through grievous internal injuries ( “yeah, after I emerged from a coma and shot his arm off,” )

In a more or less direct confrontation of wills, Shiro definitely blinked first. (s2e8) Let’s clarify that a bit: Lance, when sufficiently motivated, can stare down the person whose specific paladin virtues are control and force of personality.

“[I have] a propensity for self-loathing and the pleasure that comes with that. …Basically I’d been fairly drunk or high since I was fourteen. [Getting sober] was a tough life change, but I was dying. A lot of my energy was going in just to try and not have a complete meltdown in front of Al Pacino. Fear [and] desperation will, at times, allow you to do incredible things in the name of survival.

I created an environment for myself and a way of living that on the outside seemed incredibly gregarious and vivacious, and I was just…I was suffering from a spiritual malady for years, and I just indulged that, and it was sweet, ‘cause at times, to be in pain — if it’s self-perpetuated — can be sweet. You can feel very alive when you’re in pain. And I also know that, from another perspective, like when somebody in my life who I love has passed away, there is something incredibly internally vivacious about feeling pain or mourning, even if it is as egocentric and self-indulgent as mourning for yourself. So I’m glad I’m out of that cycle in my life.”

Keep that chin up! 

California sea lions are found in many West Coast national marine sanctuaries, including Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where this one was photographed. These sea lions spend several days at a time at sea, diving almost continuously and only resting briefly at the surface. Gregarious creatures, California sea lions often form dense groups while ashore. 

(Photo: Mojoscoast/NOAA)

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“A lot of people assume that actors are really gregarious, outgoing, outspoken and confident people all the time. Some of the most interesting actors are quite the opposite – they’re introspective and don’t like talking to people and are incredibly shy and nervous. I’m a bit of a combination of both. I often think I get a little too loud and gregarious, but sometimes people, when they get a little bombastic, are doing it to hide parts of them that aren’t so outgoing.“

–  Joel Edgerton; photographed by Andrew H. Walker as part of his “Two Sides of Celebrity” series

Leo Decans

~ Leo Decan 1 (July 23rd - August 1st)

I am ruled by the Sun. My personality is characterised by an extroverted nature, independence and creativity. I am extremely extroverted and very gregarious. I love to be loved, I love to be noticed, and most of all I love to be praised. My flamboyant and outgoing personality masks some of my inner insecurities that I have. I do possess a very sensitive ego and can be hurt by the actions and words of others, although I never show it. I rely on nothing and no one and like to give off an air of total independence. My self-reliance is mainly based on my belief that I am the best person to get the job done and usually I am right. I have many creative talents and could turn any one of them into a lucrative and highly successful career. I am a whole hearted workaholic and cannot relax until the job is done. And even then I am immediately onto the next project with full guns blazing. Sitting still and doing nothing is not the thing for me. I need to be active and on the go all day long.

~ Leo Decan 2 (August 2nd - August 12th) 

I am ruled by the planet Jupiter. My personality is characterised by a great sense of humour, optimism and inspiration. I like to be the centre of attention so that I can show off my brilliant wit and great sense of humour. I make for the perfect entertainer. The entire world is a stage for me, in which I can perform outstandingly to rapturous applause. I never look on the bleak side of life and find the positive in everybody and everything. My optimism is sometimes unbelievable to others. I love to learn and will explore many and diverse subjects. I crave knowledge, which gives me an opportunity to show off my intelligence. Travelling for me does really broaden my horizons and mind. My love of life and forever looking on the bright side is an inspiration to many. Lots of people admire me and are inspired by me. I tend to be a very lucky person and seem to be in the right place at the right time to take up opportunities offered. I am a very good advert for the law of attraction as my positive, upbeat and optimistic nature draws towards my incredible luck.

~ Leo Decan 3 (August 13th - August 23rd)

I am ruled by the planet Mars. My personality is characterised by ambition, honesty and dynamism. I am fiercely ambitious and driven to attain the goals I set myself. Luckily, I have the dynamic energy to make my ambitions a reality. I am an unstoppable force when I really want something. I am sometimes stubborn and wont give in if I believe myself to be in the right. And as I believe myself to never be wrong, my stubbornness shows through often. I am completely honest, straightforward and expect others to be the same. What you see is what you get with me. I am not afraid to make my thoughts and feelings known and can be brutally honest in my criticisms of others. My honesty can sometimes border on being blunt which others can find hurtful. My dynamism and drive will propel me to the top of any profession I want to put my full enthusiastic and positive energies into. I like to be the leader, the boss, the starring role and find it difficult to be subordinate to others.



First in Friendship (A Parks and Recreation AU)

a collaboration with @dreaminglikeeames

Meet Steve Rogers, the Deputy Director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department. He throws himself into each and every project with an unmatched passion, always ready to serve the people of Pawnee, and he drags the rest of the Parks and Rec staff along with him. In the midst of running a children’s concert series, operating the city’s parks, fending off the shockingly aggressive raccoon population, and dealing with the passionate citizens of Pawnee, Steve has one overarching goal, a project that will be the beginning of a prestigious political career: turning Municipal Lot 48 into a beautiful park. 

As a result of the City Council’s incompetence and mismanagement, the governor dispatches a team of state auditors from Indianapolis, throwing a wrench into Steve’s grand plan. Sam Wilson is gregarious and unfailingly positive, while his partner, Peggy Carter, is prickly and inflexible. Steve tries to protect his city and his department from the budget cut machete, but the City Council’s damage is too severe. The government shuts down, but Steve is bound and determined to fix it. He is known around City Hall as the “Man With a Plan”, after all. (He is alternatively known as “that tall blond pain in the ass”, but he prefers the first one.)

Steve rallies the Parks and Rec team (plus a few other friends), and together, they bring back the Harvest Festival, an old Pawnee tradition. Steve finds himself in the midst of an uphill battle–fighting a brutal flu, bad publicity, lack of resources, the threat of losing their department entirely, a curse, an evil librarian, and a burgeoning crush on a colleague–all in the name of providing a service to the town he loves so much.

Featuring: Nick Fury as Director of P&R, Natasha Romanoff as his assistant, Clint Barton as the shoeshine guy, Thor Odinson as the office manager, Tony Stark as Steve’s assistant and department scheduler, Bruce Banner as the office accountant, and James “Bucky” Barnes as Steve’s best friend and nurse extraordinaire.


Serial killer John Wayne Gacy clearly manifested many of the symptoms of Antisocial Personality disorder. Firstly, he exhibited a lack of conscience in his ability to commit multiple homicides. He demonstrated absolutely no empathy for his victims and displayed no remorse for his behaviour. He abducted youths, drugged them, and tortured, raped and murdered them with impunity. A further demonstration of his complete disregard for his victims, his discarded their bodies in a measured and calculated way that enabled him to avoid detection. Gacy was gregarious, intelligent and manipulative. He charmed young men into his vehicle, he offered money for sex, he befriended runaway youths, and offered employment in construction. Gacy’s intelligence was frequently made evident during his murderous career, as he sought out victims who would not be missed or identified - namely prostitutes and runaways. 


A TRAITS MASTERLIST !  (o*・ω・)ノ☆ミ *:・゚✧

( &&. * ⇄ under the cut you will find 55 underused traits i’ve stumbled upon or some that i just changed around and used bigger words ! each trait will have a description and synonyms so you can have a better understanding of the traits ! i’m hoping that these come off as helpful, and if it does, it’d mean a lot if you liked or reblogged this - thank you ! )

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spring Mycenas

In an otherwise dormant forest, I was lucky enough to stumble on a swath where these guys were growing in the hundreds.  Most of them showed some signs of damage, but they are clearly flourishing in the cold.

I struggle with Mycena identification and this was no different.  The closest description I found was Mycena stipata, but these were gregarious rather than clustered and had no obvious affinity for wood (ie. they were growing amongst litter and moss rather than on logs).  They were large for Mycenas ( 2" - 4"), with thick mycelial hairs at the base and a thin-walled, hollow stipe.  The pics were shot on an iphone.


Maximus and Amadeus Prower.

Haaaaaa. Yeah. Ok. Forgive this shit in advance, it’s just some fun @zoomswish and I came up with a long time ago.

So yeaaaah. In a world where science and magic combine to make butt babies a real thing, Sonic and Tails have kids. Forget the how. Who cares? 

Maximus “Max” Prower, their first born, is the fluffiest and most orange hedgehog you’ll ever see. Not typically “girly” in any way, she’s got Sonic’s gregariousness and impatience combined with Tails’ smarts and mechanical prowess. She also “gotta go fast.” But most importantly, she’s fucking ridiculous.

Amadeus “Ace” Prower. Named after a dad Tails never knew. Inherited a case of “the blue” and a very chill, laid back attitude from Sonic. Is a freaky mutant like Tails and likes to program. Unlike Tails, kinda embraces the “magical inheritance” thing. Uncle Miles likes that, lessons ensue. But most importantly, he’s fucking ridiculous.


Ok. There’s also Anarchy “Little Shit” Prower. Some of you might know her from DA. Demon spawn of Scourge and Miles. Genetically identical to Max. Has attachment issues. Also… fucking ridiculous.

Reading your opponent (like a picture book)

Habits in combat, everyone has them. Whether you do Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu or some other awesome martial art, everyone shows what they are doing, before they are doing it.

Unless you have become really well practiced, the past 25+ years

Humans are gregarious primates. This means that they mostly live in big groups and enjoy being social with each other. Being in that social environment all the time means that people interact with each other, all the time. In a speaker based society like most of the West (where the speaker is responsible to express how they feel) this means that we always give away how we feel in this exact moment:

  • Slumped shoulders, head down? Not a happy camper.
  • Children who dance and play around? Happy!
  • Frowned face and a stern face? Oof..

Skipping the lecture, what does that have to do with fighting?


Everyone during sparring (or a form of it) is busy with both mind and body simultaneously. The thing is, those two cannot be completely separated. So when the body is going to make a move, the brain already thought of it.

The brain is always first and subconsciously, your body will give off a signal that something’s going to happen.

This can translate itself in many forms:

  • Eyes widening
  • Pulling back the front defending arm
  • Flaring nostrils 
  • Crawling in closer to the opponent
  • Licking the lips or pursing them
  • Frowning or blinking multiple times
  • Even pulling back a little, to go forward again

Originally posted by cat-skill

You could say that everyone has their own little ‘ticks’. They are signs of an attack coming, and they will give you out to the opponent if they are skilled themselves.

Maybe you are thinking now: “uhm I’ve been practicing for a few years, I’ve never noticed that.”


Did you ever look for them? Did you ever train yourself in looking and the art of Metsuke (the art of observing)?
When you have practiced it enough you will be able to use ‘mokushin’ which we can literally translate to ‘your mind’s eye’. You will be able to read the poor sucker that is your opponent and make sure nothing gets by you.
Mind you though, this takes years of practice. There won’t be a magical light bulb moment that say “a-ha! That’s it!” No. But the more you can use it, the more you will be aware of the fact that you can.

So what’s your tick?

Do you know what you do? Probably not. Someone else has to point it out for you.
I had no idea why I was so predictable until somebody showed me. This revealed an ‘oooooh….’ - moment and I was able to work on my obsessive need to to crawl in (for almost exactly every time: 3 steps) the opponents’ space. Apparently my face was a big traitor in the beginning as well…

With help from my Sensei and one of my faithful sparring partners, I was able to work on it (and I still am working on it, every week). Now my face is calm and my predictable state is gone. 

Something I can recommend is to make videos of yourselves. You can study yourself and your opponent and analyze what you are doing.

How to be less predictable

Okay now that I have introduced you to ‘Metsuke’, it’s time to lose your punching bag status. Sure you can read the opponent and react to them, but so can they.

Originally posted by blazepress

If you are predictable you might just be a punching bag.
(saves us the trouble of chasing after you)

Here are some tips to start you off with:

  • Don’t just stand there, be dynamic in your movements.
    The way contenders in kumite competitions do it might be a big overdone for the dojo but at least they are a hard target to hit!
  • Keep your guard UP. Especially if your opponent is taller than you.
  • Keep your guard forward. Keeping your arms close to you means you’re inviting them for a hug, a painful one.
  • Have a stance.
    Don’t stretch your legs but keep them bent. They allow you to move, which refers to my first point.
  • Don’t show your BACK.
    Now I’ve sparred with quite a few people who were active in the tournament scene. I never had easier opponents. Why?

Let’s go back to the first picture:

If the blue dots are potential targets, I’d have a fun time. Their backs are wide open! Their legs are on one line which makes it easy to sweep and the one in aka (red) has a low guard. Mind you, these are competitors in the Team Kumite Competition 2014 World Karate Championships. Their lightning fast reflexes will probably save them. 


If you took the previous points in, well done. There is one more thing that I see bothers pretty much every coloured belt, and sometimes even black belts:

There is no variety in their attacks.

When you practiced for a little while and you found a combo that works for you, you will do it. All. The. Time.

I had one, or two:

(Surikomi) Mawashi geri – tobikomizuki – Gyakuzuki
(round house kick – front punch – back punch)


I mean, there’s nothing wrong with this, but fact is that everyone knows what’s coming after two attacks.
You have so many options to choose from, why stick with this? Because they work? Well for now maybe, but never for long. You have so much to combine:

  • Punches
  • Kicks
  • Movements
  • Attacking and reaction TIMING
  • Sweeps
  • Strikes
  • Locks

Okay the last ones might be only for the higher belts (it’s different from dojo to dojo), but the first three are already available from the first week you start practicing! 

Mix it up, don’t be boring. Even with the most basic things you’ve learned you can make many combinations. This will make you harder to read and less of a target because… 

You make sure you will be a surprise during the whole fight!

Originally posted by firatdere