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High School English Teachers: This is how you interpret it. This is how it is. Explain why it’s like that. That’s what that means.  Annotate the text. I’m going to be very particular about this.

College English Professors: What is your interpretation? Why? Question that. Question everything. Question what I’m telling you right now. Question your own thoughts. Question my thoughts. I don’t know everything. Nothing is certain. F*ck. Just do the reading. I don’t care if you annotate or not. Just prove you’re using your brain. Say something! Sh*t I’m tired of you being quiet. Participation is 20% of your grade you know.


2018 03/02

Oh you thought I was just playing? Nah, man. Done reading my whole social studies book on the USA, eating a big breakfast to keep me going for the assignment which I finished and it’s good. 

okay but hear me out: sanders sides sky high!au

  • they’re all in the same grade
  • roman is the student who becomes popular within his first week, mostly because of his parents
  • both of them are famous superheroes who are seen as american icons
  • feels like he has a huge weight on his shoulders because everyone expects him to live up to their legacy
  • he tries to distance himself from that by taking up theater, painting, singing, fencing, poetry, horseback riding, joining the spanish club, and any other extracurricular he can to prove that he’s not just a name– he’s his own person
  • despite all of this, roman still never feels like he’s enough
  • often overworks himself, but you’d never know unless you have an eye for looking past brash, flamboyant personalities and layers of stage makeup
  • has the power to “charm”– he can put others in a sort of trance and have them bend to his will (think the imperius curse from harry potter, or “charmspeak” from percy jackson)
    • can do this at his discretion through speaking or singing
  • logan is the only one who matches roman for amount of clubs he’s a part of
  • at first glance, he seems like the quiet, studious, and respectful student who minds his own business, which is half-true
  • he’s not afraid to throw hands give his own opinion, and stuns most people with the amount of knowledge he has stored up to use against others in a debate
  • he and roman instantly dislike each other, due to their differing creative ideas
  • they secretly respect each other, being able to keep each other on their toes, and see the other as a strong-willed individual
  • only one of his parents has powers; they were a sidekick before settling down, and while logan loves both of his parents very much, he is afraid of becoming nothing more than a sidekick, as well, and works hard to prove himself
  • logan has the powers of both telekinesis and elemental transmutation– meaning that he can rearrange the atomic structures of objects, changing chemical composition to turn one substance into another
    • like king midas, but on purpose, and with a full understanding of chemistry
  • he’s not very good at telekinesis yet, which he keeps a closely guarded secret, terrified of being seen as a failure
  • the one thing he can do is make jars of jam move from the kitchen up to his room for him to snack on
  • in heightened emotional states, he’ll cause objects to move without meaning to
  • one time patton snuck up on him and tickled him from behind, and they had to change all of the lightbulbs in the school
  • virgil is the only one logan feels like he can have a calm conversation with, despite virgil’s often cryptic responses
  • virgil is the school outcast, though he’s found very loyal friends in logan, roman, and patton
  • never speaks in class, or to anyone, because he’s too worried about saying the wrong thing, so he finds it simply best to never speak at all
    • when they first had class together, patton tried to befriend him, but virgil never said anything in return
    • patton stopped speaking to him for a few weeks, and virgil only felt worse because he though that he had ruined his chance of having even one friend
    • it turned out to be that patton assumed that virgil was deaf, so he spent all of his free time learning sign language
    • virgil was blown away that patton would put in so much effort to do that just for him, and had to confess that he didn’t know any sign language
    • they’ve been inseparable ever since
  • he’s pretty bitter towards roman at first, seeing him only as a show-offy jerk
  • they become friends once virgil realizes that a lot of roman’s confidence is a front
  • they bond a lot over disney
  • roman never uses his powers on his friends except for once, when he charmed virgil out of a nasty panic attack
  • virgil’s power is darkness/shadow manipulation; he can shroud things or people in darkness, or create shade wherever he likes
    • he often just seems to pop up out of nowhere
    • he likes to do this to logan a lot because he and roman are curious as to what he’ll move/break with his telekinesis each time
  • he’s surprisingly adept with his powers, more so than any of the others
    • he mostly uses it to sneak coffee into class
    • roman and logan are secretly jealous when virgil is praised in class, because they know that he’s barely trying
  • patton is the one who brought all of them together as friends
  • he was the first person at the school to really see roman for who he was, and not who he was trying to be
  • doesn’t want or need to be impressed, just genuinely cares about the others and that they’re happy, and it’s extremely grounding
  • is incredibly smart and quick-witted, but struggles with classes more than the others due to his adhd (he also struggles with depression, but he keeps it a secret)
    • when logan found out that the high school didn’t offer accommodations for students with learning disabilities while tutoring patton, he created no fewer than ten petitions, memorized several laws, and essentially taught himself to be a lawyer before rallying about 90% of the student body together to storm the school board and insist that they add in some new rules
    • “this school is literally hovering thousands of miles above the ground! why can’t you can’t give students extra time during tests?”
  • patton can fly due to being born with a pair of wings
  • they’re huge and honestly gorgeous, but he’s often made fun of for being clumsy because they knock into almost everything
    • between that and his adhd, patton often feels like he can’t do anything right in comparison to the other three, who are all so focused and improve so quickly
  • he’s incredibly graceful in the air, though, and will fly at any given opportunity during school hours
    • has a cool pair of goggles that virgil gave him as a birthday gift to wear when he flies
    • no of course they’re not steampunk don’t be ridiculous
  • roman loves when patton takes him for rides; they’ll often sing duets together in the sky
    • popular hits include “there are giants in the sky”; “i’m like a bird”; “fly me to the moon”; and “rockin’ robin”
  • gives the best group hugs with his wings
  • also has the power of empathy– he can not only read/sense the emotions of others, but he can manipulate them, as well
    • doesn’t like that he has this power, and at one point vowed never to use it to manipulate how others were feeling because he feels like it’s unfairly invalidating
    • roman once asked patton to make him sad enough to cry for a performance, and was subject to an entire Dad Lecture™ about how wrong that would be
    • is an incredible mediator because of this power, though, as he can sense when tensions are high; he knows what to say to each person to get them to calm down and compromises
  • so many puns
    • “i know how you feel.” “how could you possibly understand– oh my god…”
    • “they’re really cute.” “if you need me to talk to them, i’ll be your WINGman!”
    • dresses as an angel for halloween and says “Hey, Lo!” every single time he sees Logan before pointing at the halo on his head
    • virgil loves his puns and fights anyone who calls patton annoying

okay that’s enough for now thanks for coming to my ted talk

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ‘97.

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…
You’re not as fat as you Imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy;
Sometimes you’re ahead,
Sometimes You’re behind.
The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults;
If you Succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don’t Congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body, Use it every way you can… Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people Think of it,
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…

Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Brother and sister together we’ll make it through
Someday your spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting, but I’ve been waiting to be there
For you.
And I’ll be there, just tell me now, whenever I can.
Everybody’s free.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings;
They are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will Philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.

Maybe you have a trust fund, Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me I am the sunscreen…

—  Mary Schmich, “ Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young.“ 

OKAY GUYS Iโ€™VE BEEN SEEING LOTS OF ANGRY POSTS ON THIS BUT AFTER SEEING THIS THREAD ON TWITTER I THINK THERES BEEN A REALLY BIG MISUNDERSTANDING IN SOME SENSE ;;; the whole situation really isnโ€™t as bad as everything is saying so like if y'all just would stop jumping to conclusions that would be !!! real nice !!!!

Original thread: https://twitter.com/heartsyena/status/1045095561303486464?s=19

  • Alec, drunk: Are you a cactus?
  • Magnus: What?
  • Alec: because I want to pat you
  • Magnus: ...how often do you have urges to pat cacti?
  • Alec: It's just that I feel like no one touches them because they're put off by the spikes and that must be a sad life. They're just an outer wall of defence and inside the cactus is just like us, I'm willing to push past that defence to get to them, y'know? Anything to make them feel better
  • Magnus, blinking slowly: ...definitely, darling. I think it's time we go home now

S I X  O F  C R O W S   →   alternative book covers (part i · part ii)

editorial magazine · vintage hardcover
decorative · handlettering
typography · penguin paperback

1 min. read

Just recently, my Psych 101 professor gave a short lecture on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was a good and empowering way to start the first semester of my first year in college. I’m definitely picking up a copy of the book and writing a follow-up post in the future with my own insights. In the meantime, here are some of the notes I jotted down:

Be proactive

  • Be responsible
  • Show initiative
  • Choose your actions and attitudes
  • Do not blame others for your wrongdoings
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Do the right thing without being asked
  • Be a part of the solution, not the problem

Begin with the end in mind

  • Plan ahead
  • Set goals
  • Do things that have meaning

Put first things first

  • Spend time on things that are important
  • Set your priorities straight
  • Make a schedule
  • Follow your plan

Think win-win

  • See other people as a teammate rather than a competitor
  • Look for alternatives
  • Balance

Seek first to understand, then to be understood

  • Listen to other people’s ideas
  • See things from another person’s point of view
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Voice out your ideas but remain respectful
  • Look people in the eyes while talking


  • Value other people’s strengths and learn from them
  • Get along well with others
  • Seek out other people’s ideas
  • Be humble

Sharpen the saw

  • Invest time in yourself
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Find meaningful ways to help others
  • Place importance on your physical, spiritual, social and mental development

Try to evaluate yourself based on these habits. See which ones you already developed and which ones you need to work on!

Updated: June 30, 2018