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Happy birthday, Billie Joe! ♥

I hope you have an amazing day, not just today, but always. Thanks for the music, the lyrics and the beautiful memories. The world is so lucky to have you. Thanks for still breathing. Happy birthday ♥


Dress and Tie -  Charlene Kaye ft. Darren Criss
and that’s how Inko proposed

@crazytwirlcurls ‘s Toshinko playlist keep slaying me



Capping these because this was Yunho during his finest hour. This was him during his Purple Line era and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, g-ddamn that is one beautiful man. 

Perky smiles, perfect hair and shining eyes aside, this is also one of many hilarious YunJae moments. I’ll just refresh everyone’s memories:

JAEJOONG: And Yunho, mmm, Yunho is.. too much.

JUNSU: What do you mean? (camera zooms in on a speechless Yunho whose smile is frozen upon his face)

JAEJOONG: I think sometimes he doesn’t consider me as a male..

(JAEJOONG blushes, and the audience goes wild.)

YUNHO: (clearly at a loss at what to say but feels that he must say something anyway) Ah…. er….. ah…..

JUNSU: (jumping up to save the day as he always does) Aha, that was a dangerous remark you made!

YUNHO: (still obviously speechless and flustered, and is now repeating everything Junsu says) That was a dangerous remark you made.

JUNSU: (points at the audience gamely) Don’t go imagining things, now!

YUNHO: (mirrors Junsu)  Don’t go imagining things, now..

Just got my acorn press charms in!! So happy they got here just in time for Chibicon on Saturday (all tictail preorders will be shipping out Monday, keep an eye on your emails for tracking numbers :>! )

I had an anon asking before if these charms will be bigger than the Halloween ones I did. Yes, they’re a bit bigger since I moved from vograce (the less saturated charms with lariats) to acorn press (smaller acrylic border and super nice colors)!!

anonymous asked:

Could you please recommend what could be considered the quintessential pulp adventure work? Something you would recommend to just "get" them, like if I somebody put a gun to my head and told me to write a pulp adventure parody tomorrow, what should I watch? Thank you.

That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer because there are a lot of misconceptions that people have about what pulp magazine adventure stories were actually like. The “frame of reference” that modern people have on them are the excellent Indiana Jones movies, which are great but the adventure pulp mags weren’t like that, with archeologist heroes in exotic locales going through gold filled tombs with supernatural objects of historic importance. I’m not going to say that kind of story didn’t exist, because, as you’ll see, the chief trait of pulp adventure stories were their diversity, but it certainly wasn’t common enough to be a trope. In the pulps, Indiana Jones just didn’t exist.

For an example of what I mean by that, contrary to popular belief, there were shockingly few stories, at least before the US joined World War II, where the Nazis were the bad guys. I can almost always tell if a cover is a 1930s pulp pastiche made in modern day because it has Nazis on it (and the obsession with Nazi wonder weapons like robots and flying saucers is almost always a modern obsession). People think pulp heroes fought Nazis all the time, when they really didn’t. This is partly because, before Pearl Harbor, being anti-Nazi was actually staking a controversial political position, which many publishers avoided doing. Though you’ll never read about this in the hagiographies about the “Greatest Generation,” a large portion of Americans were actually pro-Nazi because they were efficient and anticommunist.

Sure, that was one reason, but I think the main reason Nazis never showed up much is that people in the US were just plain terrified. You read enough old pulp, the fact they never mention the Nazis or European conflict starts to look downright pathological, like a blind spot. It reminds me of one of John Dolan’s more interesting observations: nobody ever mentioned Napoleon in Jane Austen’s body of work. Really? Nobody ever brought this up? The reason is that people in the social category Jane Austen wrote about were terrified out of their minds by Napoleon, who was the greatest general since Julius Caesar, and for most of his career, was essentially invincible.

(This is going to be unavoidably US centric since pulp mags were primarily, though not exclusively, a US phenomenon. There are some interesting exceptions, though: the German pulp Der Orchideengarten is especially historically important because it was the first true fantasy/horror magazine and predated Weird Tales by 5 years.)

The most shocking thing about pulp adventure stories is the sheer diversity of story types published in them. Popular genres of pulp adventure stories included:

  • The Oriental/Mongol Adventure (Harold Lamb is the best example)
  • Radio Adventure (there was a whole genre of story where radio operators were heroes, since radio was seen as incredibly high tech and cool in the tens and twenties)
  • The Roman-Era Adventure (Tros of Samothrace is the best example, a character who inspired Conan the Barbarian)
  • The Lost Race Adventure (the best example, though not the most famous, would be Thyra, Romance of the Polar Pit, where still living Vikings dwell at the north pole)
  • The Stone Age Adventure
  • The Scientific Detective (Archie Kennedy was the most famous, a detective who used science to catch criminals)
  • Historical Adventure (Zorro is one of the best known, published in the Argosy, the same magazine that gave the world Horatio Alger, Tarzan, and in its later days when it transitioned into being a paranormal tabloid, originated the legend of the Bermuda Triangle)
  • The Stone Age Past Life Regression Story (…too weird to possibly go into with the time we have)
  • The Ruritanian Romance (e.g. a Prisoner of Zenda Clone)
  • The Sword and Planet Romance (John Carter of Mars and its numerous ripoffs)

To directly answer your question…if someone pointed a gun to my head and told me to give him the most archetypal pulp adventure story, I’d say it would be found in the most archetypal pulp mag of all, Adventure, which often had stories of world travel and globetrotting adventure. The letters pages were especially fun, because they included true life facts about what it’s like to be bitten by a cobra, what dengue feels like, how to best survive a polar bear attack (hint: jump to the left, since most polar bears are left-handed), and even firsthand eyewitness accounts of current events like the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

If someone told me to pick the most archetypal story ever published in the most archetypal adventure pulp, it would be Talbot Mundy’s King of the Khyber Rifles, Featuring Captain Athelstan King, a secret agent in British-ruled India, he befriends the beautiful princess Yasmini, hinted as having bizarre mesmeric powers. It has a hint of the supernatural and black magic, great powers espionage and intrigue, fistfighting, going undercover in the seraglio, and bare knuckle fistfights.

Welcome to Night Vale Booklist

A mix of fiction and nonfiction books connected to the themes and characters of Welcome to Night Vale:

  • Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America 
    • by Jesse Walker
    • “Using lively anecdotes drawn from firsthand interviews, Walker chronicles the story of the unsung heroes of American radio who, despite those barriers, carved out spaces for themselves in the spectrum, sometimes legally and sometimes not.”
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
    • by Randall Munroe
    • “Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?”
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • by Lemony Snicket
    • “A Series of Unfortunate Events…follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. The children are placed in the custody of a murderous relative, Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance and, later, orchestrates numerous disasters with the help of his accomplices as the children attempt to flee their clutches.”
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    • by Douglas Adams
    • “The broad narrative follows the misadventures of the last surviving man, Arthur Dent, following the demolition of the planet Earth by a Vogon constructor fleet to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Dent is rescued from Earth’s destruction by Ford Prefect, a human-like alien writer for the eccentric, electronic travel guide The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by hitchhiking onto a passing spacecraft.”
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch 
    • by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    • “So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist …”
  • Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth
    • by Greg Bishop
    • “When he became convinced that the strange lights hovering over the labs and Kirtland Air Force Base signaled the vanguard of an extraterrestrial alien invasion, he began writing TV stations, newspapers, senators – and even President Reagan – to alert them… Air Force investigators paid him a visit, as did Bill Moore, author of the first book on the Roswell incident. Before long Moore…was tapped by a group of intelligence agents and a deal was struck: Moore was to keep tabs on Bennewitz while the Air Force ran a psychological profile and disinformation campaign on the unsuspecting physicist.”

My ars PARADOXICA booklist


four houses, four fanmixes: {listen all together}

the brave: {listen}

pompeii - bastille | little lion man - mumford and sons | the phoenix - fall out boy | everybody loves me - onerepublic | spark - fitz and the tantrums | mr. brightside - the killers | king and lionheart - of monsters and men | kiss with a fist - florence and the machine alone together - fall out boy

the wise: {listen}

drops of jupiter - train | young volcanoes - fall out boy | human - the killers | fast car - tracy chapman | undercover martyn - two door cinema club | first day of my life - bright eyes | thoughts of flight - edmund | killer queen - queen

the loyal: {listen}

stutter - marianas trench | australia - the shins | come on eileen - dexy’s midnight runners | skipping stone - transit | you and i - ingrid michaelson | stranger - chris august | little wonders - rob thomas | come on get higher - matt nathanson | ho hey - the lumineers

the cunning: {listen}

bad blood - bastille | us - regina spektor | the boys are too refined - the hush sound | ain’t no rest for the wicked - cage the elephant | kill your heroes - awolnation | car radio - twenty one pilots | flaws - bastille | all these things i’ve done - the killers 

all cover edits by tumblr user azkbn!

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kiss with a fist has been replaced by alone together due to the lyrics of the former being indicative of an abusive relationship. i apologize for including this song in these mixes.