- this helps me so so so much. I start thinking my languages when I complain about my cats when they’re being annoying.
✏️ Keep Yourself Interested
- It’s hard work to learn a language. Find ways to keep yourself entertained. Aesthetic notes, fan fiction or buying your favorite books in your language is helpful.
- this shit is so helpful. look up videos, listen to music, watch stupid challenge videos, it’ll immerse you into the language.
✏️ Pocket Dictionaries
- I have a whole self of german dictionaries (thanks mom), and honestly, it’s so helpful to look through them. Keep them on hand to find words that you don’t know
✏️ Accept Mistakes
- You’re learning an entirely new way to communicate. Honestly, you’ll make a lot of mistakes. When you accept it, it becomes less traumatizing to mess up
✏️ Change your phone and games
- Ok, I didn’t wanna do this, but I did. The moment I switched my phone to french, oh my god, it was so immersive. I didn’t even know how much time i spent reading on my phone until I switched. I did switch back, and I felt less immersed. So honestly, it helps. I’m an active Minecraft player, so I changed my game to French. Holy fuck did that help.
✏️ Take notes ALL THE TIME
- Find a quote you like? write it down. Find a new word? write it down. Song? WRITE THAT SHIT DOWN.
✏️ Tumblr blogs are helpful
- I follow a les mis blog that posts about the french election in french and honestly, seeing memes and slang in french is so helpful, like yes.
Not all of these will work for you, but they help for me, so I hope that you benefit from this.
WARNING: LONG POST ABOUT A CARAT’S LOVE FOR SEVENTEEN. IT’S THEIR ANNIVERSARY AND THE FEELS ARE JUST TOO MUCH
I never thought this would happen.
I never thought I would just ‘Slip into the Shining life’
I never thought I would be a Carat.
I fist discovered Seventeen with Adore U, their debut. But at that point I had only joined the kpop fandom for a few months and only liked older groups. I thought ‘how can someone Stan young groups?’ And so many of them…. I just learnt the names of Exo and Super Junior, how will I learn them too?!’
lots of choice for the player - what vehicle to find, what types of powerups to get, whether to attack other players or play it safe,
unbalanced options - some vehicles are just… blatantly better for certain challenges than others? which adds a feeling of risk assessment / chance, since you don’t always know what the ending challenge will be
lots of “secrets” that can be discovered fairly quickly - walls that you can break through, powerups that are slightly out of the way, etc. - all of which are visually distinct to attract attention. allows players to feel mastery after several games.
good mixture of ~Flow~ and ~Fiero~ - a constant state of blissful productivity (tracking new vehicles, picking up powerups, exploring the city), punctuated by moments of exciting victory or triumph (finding a really good vehicle, knocking out an opponent, building a legendary machine, winning the challenge)
that fucking addicting achievement system- seeing those little blocks break apart on that grid and slowly unlocking little extra shit was SO pavlovian i swear. hearing that little “unlock” sound at the end of the match is the closest many gamers have come to experiencing true euphoria
it’s so fucking cute - kirby is adorable and everything is so bright and colorful and the music is so fun
LOCAL MULTIPLAYER IS MY FAVORITE THING - i wanna play games with my friends on the couch
uh yeah idk it’s honestly a groundbreaking achievement in modern game design tbh
Honestly, this was probably my favorite DAPG vid in a while. Idk why, I just loved the RPG, the interactions, the music and game references, it was just really good
it was incredible, and i think it might be my favorite gaming video ever. i can’t get over how excited they both were about it and i loved how dan was trying to tease phil about his grammar or whatever but couldn’t stop himself from giving phil praise and compliments every minute because DAMN he deserves it??? i know next to nothing about gaming or how one would use whatever tool phil mentioned to make a game like this, sixteen years ago mind you, but fuck it’s clear that regardless of whatever help that technology gave him, he still had to do a shit ton of work to make this and think of the story and the characters and write all the dialogue and i’m just so IMPRESSED with him and his brain. it was so clear that dan was too, the whole entire time. and i love that dan’s support doesn’t just stop with comments like “i like this” or “i’m having a lot of fun” (which are great in themselves) but that he takes it even farther and tells phil that he (phil) could make his own game now and that he should even do all the drawings for it. like this video gave us a chance to watch dan being phil’s biggest creative supporter, and basically tell him that he, dan, has faith in phil’s ability to make or create just about anything and even though we knew that was the case, it was so overwhelmingly sweet to me to see it in action like that. i also love how phil was so excited to see that dan was impressed with the game? he looked pleasantly surprised and so happy every time dan told him he liked it and i wanted to cry. and i can’t get over the music choices and how dan identified and knew every single one after like .3 seconds and how each time a new song came on they’d turn to each other and smile as dan recognized it and i’m sure there’s just a depth of shared conversations and nostalgia there for them bc a lot of the songs are from classic games they both love and others are just ones that it seems like dan would know phil likes (like “smooth” by santana and bohemian rhapsody). it was so sweet to see not only dan being supportive and excited but also to see how much their interests and knowledge overlap, even to the point of them becoming self-aware about it and apologizing to us for the number of inside jokes and references they were making, and to the point of them noting that at 14 years old they would’ve still been friends and probably gotten along the way they do now. it’s wild to me, always, that they found each other and that they align on soooo many things, and it was making me so emotional to see that play out in this video. they are literally so perfectly suited to share a life together i don’t even understand… i will gladly watch several hours of dan fawning over phil’s mind and talent and creativity, of dan being so visibly PROUD of his partner, and of phil basking in the compliments. it’s the most heartwarming thing, and i just love this video SO much
If you haven’t seen 3 Chains O Gold, I’m going to need you to seek it out immediately because it is one of Prince’s most glorious accomplishments. Released in 1994, it expands on the Love Symbol album and attempts to give us Mayte’s back story, I guess? Either way it’s a real treat, so lets get right to my attempt to break down what’s going in this beautiful mess.
Opening Credits First of all, I wanted to make this not too terribly long and include only events relevant to the plot, but it’s worth noting that the “Warner Reprise Video” is arguably the MOST DATED LOGO IN HISTORY. If this doesn’t scream 1994 at you, I guess you weren’t alive then. If anyone from the future is like “what were the 90s like?” just show them this 10 second clip.
We open with the credits over several clips of what I’m confident is a show on the Paisley Park soundstage, with Prince in a glorious halter top backless jumpsuit, but that’s not important right now - we cut to Princess Mayte in Egypt doing her thing, which I guess is skinny dipping with four nameless women who call her Mai Tai? Either way, full nudity right out of the gate, interspersed with clips of who we find out is her father being stabbed. She holds him as he dies of one stab wound, which I guess you would if no doctor was called. Oh well, dead forever, so she grabs her title 3 Chains O Gold from a vault and we go from Cairo, Egypt, to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Unclear where Mayte is now staying, but it appears to be a small barren room with only candles and a small tv, which is playing Kirstie Alley reporting on a riot in the same alley where conveniently half of Graffiti Bridge takes place.
My Name is Prince The chain hat is here! As is an extended rap from Tony M, while Prince dances atop several cars in an inexplicably damp alley. He’s so stompy! Mayte has apparently seen this on the news and made her way through the crowd to hand him a bedazzled VHS case containing what is revealed to be the actual tape of her performance on That’s Incredible AS AN 8 YEAR OLD. This is problematic at best, but he’s interrupted by Tony M’s insistence that they have a car party to attend to.
Sexy MF The car party turns out to be the members of the NPG playing cards in the smoke filled garage of Paisley Park, and their involvement is that Prince shows up, demands 3 women leave with himself, Tony M and Kirky J, and then ridicules the rest of his band for a little bit. Kind of an asshole, but also… have you seen him in this?? Looking like a real snack. Forgiven. Moving on. My favorite thing about all Prince stories is that it’s like, Prince wants the girl, Prince gets the girl, and this is no different. Prince and his gold gun microphone want Troy Beyer in her pearl cage dress (can you call that a dress?) as they make out in various hotel hallways. They go to the movies and make out for a bit and engage in some heavy petting, but Troy knows something is up and that there’s someone else (spoiler alert, it’s Mayte), and he responds with a very intent Purple Rain-esque moody stare.
Love 2 the 9s Mayte gets a card slipped under her hotel room door with audition times for the NPG, so I guess Love 2 the 9s is her audition?? But wait, some of the NPG guys are in jail slash Prince’s office at Paisley. This is like… the Hard Times, if the Hard Times had a budget? Anyway it would appear that the audition is a photoshoot, with Prince in the highest of high waisted red pants and an open lace bolero top. Again, he looks DECADENT. I digress. Tony M proceeds to interview Mayte with some inane questions, until she is is finally permitted to make the booty boom. Thank god. Sidebar: her makeup!!!!! So perfectly 90s, complete with a brown lip and thin eyebrows. Perfection.
Morning Papers Cut to the zoo! Why?? I DON’T KNOW. Here’s P and Mayte walking through the zoo hand in hand, being real sweet paired with a song that makes the whole thing problematic, but again, choosing to overlook the whole “why is age more than a number” with a shot of Mayte riding on a carousel. YIKES. Cut to Paisley Park where P is dressed in white pants, white heels, a floor length white trench coat, and a SLEEVELESS PLAID FLANNEL SHIRT unbuttoned all the way down to his waist. This is a GOOD. LOOK. Someone has been working out, and he is eager to show it off. Ugh back to the carousel for some kind of trippy sequence involving Mayte whispering into a mirror in a Blossom hat.
The Max Dramatic cut to footage of what I’m pretty sure is one of the 1993 Radio City Music Hall shows from the Love Symbol tour mixed with some backstage footage and whatever was shot at Paisley. Prince’s ability to create euphamisms and use them like literally anyone else in the world would ever even bother never fails to amuse me. He’d like to “shuffle the cards in that stack!” …. okay. Before or after you drive me/us/Mayte to Tennessee? Anyway I guess this is to show she did indeed get the job? Here’s a picture from one of the Radio City shows because one I can’t get a good screen cap, and two it’s important for…. reasons.
Blue Light I’m not sure whose bedroom we are in, but Prince is sitting there I guess waiting for Kirstie Alley to call so he can hang up on her. You can tell this video was shot later than most of the other footage as his typhoon is really out of control here and reached peak mushroom, but it’s fine since it’s mostly face close ups of him and Mayte as they roll around on a bed while she rejects his advances. Girl. Get your shit together. Also he’s wearing light pink silk pajamas. Or it could just be a regular suit he wears on stage, jury still out, either way it looks comfy af and I’d like one.
I Wanna Melt With U Aw man. Mayte falls asleep, while Prince packs a suitcase with all his essentials for a tour (chains, a chain hat, and one shirt) and sneaks out. This is my favorite thing, omg. So Mayte has fallen into a fitful sleep and is currently having a sexual nightmare about her flirtatious encounter with P that involves a lot of naked ladies distorted in funhouse mirrors and Prince wearing maybe boxer shorts?? Umbros??, a black and white vertical striped robe, and ROLLER SKATES. Not only roller skates, but knee pads as well because even when you are haunting someones dreams in a sexual way, safety first. Oh also flashbacks to dad. There is SO MUCH GOING ON HERE, my god. I would pay good money to be haunted by Prince on roller skates and safety pads in my dreams, I tell you what.
Sweet Baby Mayte wakes up from her nightmare to realize P has left her with a note that says only “Sweet baby don’t cry.” Wait I thought she was in the band, but he went on tour without her? From Minneapolis, to Japan, by train? Unclear. Anyway she packs her bags and stands despondent, weeping on some train tracks for the duration of the song until she hops on a plane back to Egypt to be a princess again.
The Continental Prince arrives by train in Tokyo, where he is visibly distraught and his band starts talking shit about him as they have a pre-show gambling sesh? The Ghost of Mayte shows up to haunt him during soundcheck where he is again very Purple Rain levels of pensive and moody, but NOT IN THE SHOW! The Continental is 3 Chain’s O Gold’s Darling Nikki - overtly sexual, many thrusts incorporated into the dancing, lots of face touching with finger flutters, proving he doesn’t require his main love interests attention, he can get it from anyone anywhere, and they’ll thank him for it. Ok so here we have two seemingly concurrent events happening I think? One is Mayte dancing in Egypt, while Prince gets some in his chain hat. This is legit a porn at this point, wait why does he have a sword??? Anyway so again with the making out and the heavy petting, but right as it gets started, Mayte has been overcome with… I don’t know, but she collapses, and Prince is simultaneously unable to perform sexually. I think to show they are spiritually connected??? Do I GET Prince’s visions now?????? I am so proud.
Damn U Back in Egypt, an old man tells Mayte she looks like a girl he used to bang. Okay. Prince has returned to Paisley Park where he is performing a one man show for a dinner party in the sound stage, I think. Again, a real treat. Black jumpsuit with a white collared shirt & white tie, yes this is a good look. Oh Tommy Barbarella must have gone on a cruise to the Bahamas on the way back, he has some hair wraps and braids now. Ugh that baritone. Damn U, damn me, this song is so good. Here’s a screen shot that could double as his Bar Mitvah photo.
Mayte has received a letter!! It’s the lyrics to Damn U. Her reaction is to go to her dress maker to get a fancy coin dress, and then hop on the next flight to LA, where they will be shooting the 7 music video, but not before there is a 5 minute segment with members of the NPG talking shit about Mayte. No, really. First up is Tony M and his date, who is Mayte? Where did she come from, what did she do? The rest of the NPG is in the gym, also talking shit about her??!! WHY IS THIS INCLUDED. I guess to show he loves her in spite of his entire band hating her? Michael Bland wants to know “What is her purpose, what does she do?” Honestly. What is this doing here. And it goes on for SO LONG!!!
7 Maybe my favorite Prince music video??? So we see past versions of Prince trapped in a time traveling cryogenic tube… The Continental yellow suit is here, the chain hat, the Morning Papers Sleeveless Grunge Shirt, some insane bolero top with a cowboy hat that unfortunately is not seen in its full glory.. each of them is electrocuted to show that he has no past, he has sown all his oats and he is ready to be faithful to Mayte and maybe now she will reciprocate his sexual advances. Also there are seven pairs of TINY CHILDREN PRINCE AND MAYTES WIELDING SWORDS AND COIN DRESSES IT IS VERY ADORABLE!!!! God he’s so intense. Oh and the “one day all 7 will die” is in reference to the 7 men that killed her father, whom he has casually assassinated by his bodyguards as he and Mayte waltz off into the sunset/another smoke filled room at Paisley Park.
End Credits Mayte calls Kirstie Alley to finally grant her long sought after interview with him, which was clearly written by him. Most of her responses are “oh.” I think this is the letter he wrote as her as his press release for why he changed his name? Again, UNCLEAR. Anyway, we’re left with shots of Prince making some kind of business deal in a smoky conference room, and then he ends up signing a contract written in Japanese with the Love Symbol. Dramatic cut to a cemetery, where we see a shallow grave containing the chain hat and the 3 chains o gold.
THAT’S IT! That’s all! Really! Any questions? I HAVE SEVERAL.
hehe guess who drew Princess Peach :3c I drew the sketch for it some time ago but only got around to coloring it now! My favorite part of this drawing is probably the colors I used on her hair
I also recorded a timelapse for it if anyone’s interested in watching. I got permission from someone to use their music in the video and honestly please watch it for the music because their remixes are so good aaaa I love it!!
More of The Last Guardian arrived today…or in this case The Great Man-Eating Eagle Toriko! After beating the game back in December, I knew I had to get the JP release along with the soundtrack. I picked both of these up from Amazon.co.jp when I noticed the game price had dropped rather significantly. I paid nearly full retail for the OST but for me personally it was more than worth it!
Honestly..if the price drops anymore, I would recommend the first print JP release for the Brutus booklet alone. The Fumito Ueda Material Book is an amazing piece to have. Brutus is my favorite JP magazine - so to have their style and presentation showcase one of my favorite Japanese VG Directors/Designers is a perfect marriage.
This is a really stupid question but do you maybe know a bts video that can cheer someone up? Not like one of those try not to laugh ones but one that makes life a little easier on a bad day?
Ah, not a stupid question at all! I hope I can answer this well. I’ll try my very best. I’ll first mention that everyone perceives things differently, so even though I may think this is what you’re looking for, you/others may not agree~
Honestly, Namjoon’s VLives always get me. I know you’re not looking for super crazy funny ones, which is why I recommend his. In full, his lives aren’t necessarily serious from beginning to end (he’s fun and funny for parts of his), but the way he speaks is very comforting and he really does sound like a friend (sometimes even a mentor). He often gets into tangents about life and youth and talks about his realizations, beliefs or advice. I think and hope one would find some comfort in these videos, as I often do~
Not sure if you wanted music (video) suggestions, but I thought of some anyways:
Young Forever - Honestly, it’s one of my favorite songs. The music video might be a good one to watch on one of those days that you just want to pass. Sometimes these kinds of things make me more sad when I think too hard about it, but I also think it could be weirdly comforting too. They’re running through the maze, seemingly lost, which I find that to be what we do in life a lot. We’re always running and oftentimes we don’t know what we’re running toward. However they make it out of the maze and run free at the end of the video and I find that can be really visually comforting on one of /those/ days~
Butterfly - In itself, I find this to be a beautiful song. No music video, though watching their live performance is really lovely. The lyrics are also really touching and depending on how you perceive it it can be a bit relatable as well. It’s kind of sad sounding? But it’s one of those songs I turn to when I have a heavy heart.
Run - I’m not sure why I chose Run, but I think it might be comforting. The MV is really wonderful, bringing to life some really interesting parts of youth and life itself. It’s also more lively and upbeat than Butterfly and Young Forever, which might be a nice change~
Save Me - I love this song. The MV is a nice one because you don’t really have to think about anything since it’s just dancing. I listen to this song when I have bad days or am just in a certain mood. Hard to explain, but I recommend it.
This may not be what you’re looking for, but I tried my best and hope that at least one or some of these will help~ If anyone has any suggestions, please leave them below. Much love. <3 - Kristi
Note to self and readers: “Spanish music” is hereby used to define the production of Spanish-speaking artists (so “music in Spanish” would’ve been more fitting, actually, but I’m too lazy to make a new banner), regardless of their geographic origin; in fact, I feel like most of these will be from Argentina.
Bebe – I was jamming to Malo [x] before I even knew what its powerful lyrics against domestic violence meant. The Valencian singer quickly went on to become one of my favorites, with songs like Siempre Me Quedará [x] and Siete Horas [x] being the soundtrack to many a car trip.
Soda Stereo – this famous rock group founded in Buenos Aires in the Eighties and led by the late and lamented Gustavo Cerati have under their belt hits like Trátame Suavemente [x], De Música Ligera [x] and Cuando Pase el Temblor [x].
Shakira – the Colombian singer-songwriter’s beginnings were in her native language, her first widely successful album being Pies Descalzos (1995), followed three years later by
¿Dónde están los ladrones?. It’s a different kind of pop than the one she does now, with a rockier vibe to it: I count among my personal favorites Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos [x], ¿Dónde están los ladrones? [x] and Escondite Inglés [x].
Patricio Rey y Sus Redonditos de Ricota – also known as Los Redondos, this alternative/progressive rock group from Argentina might puzzle you with somewhat enigmatic lyrics (that often have a political subtext), but just go with the flow of their awesome guitar riffs and you’ll love them anyway. I’d recommend Vencedores Vencidos [x], Nadie Es Perfecto [x] and Nuestro Amo Juega al Esclavo [x].
Sui Generis – yeah, guys, you’ve guessed right: I’m all about classic Argentinean rock (and there’s more to come!). Canción Para Mi Muerte [x], Confesiones De Invierno [x] and
Rasguña las Piedras [x] are pretty emblematic examples of their work.
Fito Páez – with so much Argentinean music, I couldn’t overlook him, right? Listen to Al Lado del Camino [x], Mariposa Technicolor [x] and Dar Es Dar [x].
José Feliciano – honestly speaking, I only know one song, that happens to be among my father’s all-time favorites, albeit in its Italian version, Qué Será [x].
Raffaella Carrà – sorry, but when I found out she was a crowd favorite in Latin America in the Seventies I just had to include her, hahaha. Listen to Hay Que Venir al Sur [x] (and watch the music video, please!) and to Fiesta [x], I promise you’ll have fun.
BONUS – random songs I like:
Caminito [x] – a wistful tango, here sung by the beautiful voice of Carlos Gardel.
Todo Cambia [x] – a ballad written by Chilean Julio Numhauser during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship, and made famous by Mercedes Sosa.
Verde (Que Te Quiero Verde) [x] – I suppose I wanna say this should be a flamenco, but I am not that competent in this field so take it with a grain of salt. What I know for sure is that the lyrics were taken from García Lorca’s poem Romance Sonámbulo.
Caminando Por la Vida [x] – I ignore every other song Melendi has ever made, but I’ve had this one playing on repeat in my mind since I first listened to it.
Flaca [x] – more Argentina, guys! This one is brought to you by Andrés Calamaro.
Sofía [x] – well, this one was rather obvious. I don’t really know whether I genuinely like it or it is eating my brains out with its catchy refrain (just kidding, I do enjoy it); anyway, it’s a summer jam and belonged here.
I don't even like metal music but watching Jack play makes me so darn happy. I love seeing his face light up doing what he loves, and it makes me feel so bubbly inside :3 these drumming videos are some of my favorites of his ever I think
he gets so into it and it’s honestly a beautiful, pure thing to witness. and i agree with you; these covers are definitely some of my fave videos ever :)
Let me start off with saying sorry for the picture quality. It was taken with my webcam, since my phone was taken away.
But, I’m Tyler, or Ty. I’m a ftm transgender guy, so I was born a female, but I identify as a male. I’m 14(15 in weeks) and live in the US. I am an atheist in a world of Southern-Christians, but I honestly don’t care what religion, race, or gender are.
I love things such as animals, YouTube, Netflix, Music (mostly emo or indie pop), My youtuber is JennXPenn. My favorite shows are The Fosters, OITNB, The 100, Switched at Birth, and many more, My favorite movie/book is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
I like to do random things ironically, such as wear shudder shades or plank in random places. I’d classify myself as a recovering emo/hipster. I normally wear beanies, but my mom took mine away as a punishment.
I have a YouTube channel with 1 video from 3 months ago that is beyond cringy lolol.
I’m a basket case, so I need a brain, athlete, princess, criminal.
Message me on Tumblr @ ftmcat or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org