This is what I saw today at the US Holocaust Museum Memorial in D.C. this “All lives matter” sentence as someone’s supposed take away from what can only be described as a humbling experience.
If this doesn’t sum up the ignorance of the “all lives matter” movement… I don’t know what will.
Setting aside the fact people were wearing their “make America great again hats” indoors and through the exhibits (through the entire floor on refugees and how many Jewish lives were lost to people’s racism that could have been prevented), and ignoring the girls taking selfies at the memorial as well as screaming, unattended children, people kissing in front of hundreds of photos of victims, general disrespect, etc… *this* person’s “takeaway” was the one to break me.
All lives matter.
Where do you even begin to interpret that in the given context? I can only begin to assume they made this as their statement to black lives matter and the idea behind that movement.
To the author of this statement, I ask:
The Nazis that you saw photos of burning and shooting children, do their lives matter equal at the holocaust museum?
The profiteers whose vicious actions of stealing wealth and land from displaced peoples were depicted on the wall, do their lives matter equally at the holocaust museum?
The neighbors of Jews who you read about selling their friends, doctors and schoolmates out to secret police groups, do their lives matter equally at the holocaust museum?
Because by saying “all lives matter” at this museum, you are diminishing the lives that the museum was built to remember and mourn.
By saying “all lives matter” at a black lives matter demonstration, you are diminishing their plight and mission for equality.
Jewish lives matter.
That is the acceptable takeaway from this museum. Saying anything else is an insult to our families, ancestors, and the horrifically murdered.
It was hardened by trials of fire and flame and smoke, dry and cracking burnt flesh and bone.
But it survived.
It survived because two beautiful souls, troubled and trying to be moral, but living in a harsh reality in which sacrifices must be made for freedom, for hope, and that includes lives and ethics
they know one another better than anyone else. they know one another so well they cast aside any pretense of social or physical distance.
they have their own language.
they share the same dream.
Other people see it.
One character himself.
Has even commented. On the fact that they have their “own language.”
They’ve been through a lot together.
They love each other. They support one another.
Their dream means something. It carries the entire manga. The ENTIRE manga is based on THIS moment
I looked into your eyes and saw I wasn’t free.
I was born into this world.
Which you didn’t see until
Platonic or not.
There is no denying there is a great love there.
Something truly beautiful that draws on friendship and intimacy so casual, so normal that neither even thinks about it as strange. It’s as unremarkable as breathing, like sharing lungs, a heart. He inhales, the other exhales.
A relationship you’ve seen before, but never like this.
Not like this.
The attack on titan fandom.
In its wisdom and literary comprehension.
Decides this is the canon ship.
This is the ship we should praise.
this is the relationship with the most heart, depth, and reality.
This is our most beautiful, meaningful, and most popular relationship.
Kevin and Neil HATE lacrosse more than life itself
Once, Andrew calls Exy ‘stickball’ and lacrosse ‘stickball on grass’
Kevin isn’t sure what he’s angrier at: the fact that Andrew called it stickball, or the fact that Andrew insinuated that lacrosse was the same as Exy when it obviously isn’t
Kevin criticizes the new Foxes by telling them they would be B-list lacrosse players. One boy bursts into tears.
In one memorable interview, Neil calls Riko the lead attacker of Edgar Allen’s lax team
Wymack is furious. Nicky is ecstatic
A lacrosse player: “I hope making fun of us makes you freaks feel better about your shitty lives and shitty team”
Neil: “I am sorry that you are stuck playing for a less exciting, less popular wannabe version of Exy. I am also sorry that your daddy wasted lots of money on Exy tutors trying to make you less horrible. It obviously failed, because you’re stuck with this pathetic excuse for a sport, and could never hope to be even a quarter the players we were. Clearly you’re projecting your bitterness on your own lack of talent, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to bad-mouth my team. You can kiss my ass and my championship trophy.”
Neil, on twitter, keeps liking and retweeting articles about why Exy is better than lacrosse. His PR team has given up trying to get him to stop
One brave reporter asks Kevin what will happen if his daughter doesn’t like Exy. Unfortunately, Kevin has had several stressful games and a couple of nightmares about the Nest; he’s too tired to control himself, so he says, “As long as she isn’t a lacrosse fan, we’ll figure something out.”
On some late-night practices, the lacrosse team swears they see a figure watching from the top of the bleachers, a black trench coat fluttering in the wind and a chess piece tattoo on his left cheekbone.
He watches scornfully for a few minutes before turning away.
“Sometimes, when I feel bad about myself as a striker, I like to watch them practice. Then I realize that I could be much, much worse,” he tells Jean in one video call.
darkempressinfinitemind asked: How did you get into freelance?
The short version? Accidentally!
Longer version? It started with a friend hiring me to ghost
write their memoir (before either of us knew what ghost writing was. Also he
apparently had this awesome life before he knew me and never bothered to
mention it before the idea of writing a book came along. Who knew? Random
happenstance). I became more confident in the idea of writing for others, and then
was referred to the site Peopleperhour.com by a friend of mine, who was trying
to pick up freelancing.
I applied for my first job there, and it was literally months
before I got any bites. My first bite ended up paying me $3 an hour. I was
desperate, so I took it. It gave me a reference, and I got a better job, and a
better job, and a better job, until I had enough references to apply for REALLY
decent jobs. Fast forward, and here I am with my own Wordsmithing business.
But you want advice, don’t you?
Find a Freelancing Website
There’s Elance, PPH, and a wide range of others. Pick one
that works for you (or multiple) and start drumming up your profile there. Get
samples out so people can see your style of work.
Get Reviews at All Costs
Get people you know to write reviews. Take low paying jobs
to get reviews. Take whatever jobs you can and get reviews, because they really
are everything to a beginning freelancer. I started out with a GED (not even a
high school diploma) and still got high paying jobs, because no one needs to
see your credentials – they just need proof that real life people have given
you a test run.
Degrees and all that? They’re to prove you know your stuff;
that someone has tested you and written off on it. Reviews are the internet’s new degrees; be willing to invest some
time and effort into them.
Take Any and As Much Work as You Can
Not only for the reviews, but for practice. There’s a new
song and dance involved with freelancing that you won’t find anywhere else. Big
companies are paying millions on Big Data to figure out what little nuances
make customers happy. You don’t have Big Data, and you’re up against thousands
of freelancers just like you – you have to figure out the key to standing out
Getting as many jobs as you can early on gives you a chance
to test the waters and find your stride before you’re dealing with big clients
that are less forgiving of your fumbles. You’ll learn something new from every
job so you really ARE the top professional you claim to be.
Claim to Be a Professional
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I should give you advice about being
honest and doing the leg work before you get started. But they say to dress for
the job you want, not the job you have. So act
like the professional you want to be, not the one you are.
If you’re 18 and this is your first freelancing job, make
your profile and all your correspondences look like you’re 37 and have been
freelancing for 10 years (don’t lie,
just be indirect. Talk like you’re older. Say you’ve been freelancing for
several years, even if you’ve only been freelancing for a few months. If you’re living at home with your parents and the topic of family comes up, just call them “family;” the client won’t know if you’re a married mother of five or are talking about your dad). People
will look right over you if they THINK you’re not capable, without even giving
you a chance to show what you can do. If you take away that first – sometimes incorrect – assumption, your foot’s
in the door and you can prove yourself.
Then after you have 300 five-star reviews and a client list
as long as your arms, you can reveal yourself as 20 with three years’ experience,
and people will believe you’re a prodigy. Then you’ll get hired for being the
talented young professional who IS their target audience, so you’re perfect to create
a product FOR their target audience.
Be Ready to Put in More Hours
Once you’ve been in the game a while and have established
yourself, you can make your weekends sacred with no work stuff. But before
then, you need to be on call all the time. What’s going to make you stand out
against the rest in the beginning is timeliness.
If it’s a toss-up between you and someone just as qualified,
the client will decide on whoever
replies the fastest and most coherently. Reply to messages as soon as
possible. Talk back and forth on the weekends. Offer as tight a deadline as you
can for every project, and if you can deliver early, deliver early. Once you have your reputation and your reviews, then
you can tone it back to the same level as any other job; you work on your work
days, and you’re gone from the planet on your off days.
Follow Your Heart – But Follow the Money
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I hate web copy. Detest
it. A client can have the coolest website idea ever, but having to don my
promotional hat and describe their services to a target audience is tedious and
unfulfilling as all get out. What I enjoy is blog writing, where I get to
explore a concept and tell it (sometimes) in my own voice. I love product
descriptions even, where I get to sharpen my description skills to be later
used in fiction. But guess what? Web copy writing pays well, because it is difficult and it’s in huge demand.
Here’s a quick insider
look at the market: Today, every style of business in existence needs a
website. That means web designers are the key holders in a world full of locked
doors. They’re making a killing, but every website needs CONTENT. They’re cranking out 15 websites a month but they’re just
blank pages without some writing to make them REAL. That’s where my industry
comes in, the Tonto to their Lone Ranger, to make their home pages, their about
pages, their service pages, etc. so their website is a real website. So long as
online business booms, web designers are Sauron and copy writers are the one
ring to rule them all.
That’s where the money is. So even if I really hate web
copy, I’m good at it. That’s what
pays the rent, grows my business, and keeps my employees’ checks signed –
giving me the financial security I need to then ALSO do things I like. Ghost writing,
book editing, blog writing, working on my own stuff.
If you want to make
it in freelancing, you need money
for bills. But you also need money to prove to your freelancing site that
you’re worth promoting. Be willing
to do jobs you’re not crazy about,
so you can grow to the point of having enough income to afford doing what you really love.
Embrace the Uncertainty
One of the hardest things about freelancing is the
irregularity. One month, you’re swimming in cash. The next, you scrape by. At the
beginning of the month, you only have one project; at the end, you have 10. I’ve
been at this for years, and I still have a mini panic during summer when I’m
sure this is the year that my career finally ends. But it never has.
The upside to this uncertainty is you’re never sure when great things are going to happen. The security of a 9-to-5 lets you know exactly how much you will make, but robs you of the chance for those surprise miracles where a massive client falls in your lap and pays your rent for four months within two weeks.
Take faith that a slow month is giving you a chance to rest up for when that
tsunami of work comes in. Having a new client every week is giving you a chance
to have fun before you have one client for an entire year (which can get boring
at times). Freelancing can be a science, but you still need a little faith. It keeps you on your toes, it gives you unexpected bonuses none of your 9-to-5
friends can count on, and it gives you freedom.
Breaking into freelancing is slow going at first, but so
long as you’re good at what you do, you will break in. There’s seriously never
been a better time in living memory for it.
Hey Cath, i've been having a rough week.. any chance you have any cute fluffy Shieth headcannons or Lance headcannons? <3 If it include their pets i would cry TAT
Oh noes, Kelsey! I’m so sorry!! Have some fluffy Sheith and Lance headcanons!
They love quiet Saturday mornings in bed. Keith wakes up first and just stares fondly at Shiro. He’s back. Keith lost him twice but now he’s back and Shiro is still as beautiful as ever as the first time Keith saw him back at the Garrison when he stomped on his foot because he was calling him out of his rudeness. It was love at first stomp.
Keith loves playing with Shiro’s fingers, his Galra tech hand included—especially his Galra tech hand.
Every time Keith mentions a number of points, he loves demonstrating using Shiro’s fingers and Shiro loves it. (this is THAT kind of gesture)
They get matching pyjamas because they are silly and in love that way.
Bathing together is one of their favourite things to do because Shiro gets to play with Keith’s hair and likes to pretend “Oh Keith look, I have such thick mustache like Coran!” and “Do you think I’d look beautiful with long hair?” as Shiro playfully stands beside Keith and have his hair on his—to which Keith always responds with “I’d die for you even if you were bald”
Keith loves to playfully bite Shiro on his arm. “Why do you keep doing that, Keith?” “I’m a dinosaur.” “More like a grumpy turtle.” “GASP!”
Whenever they go on separate missions, they hug for what feels like an hour for the others as they groan. “Be safe, Keith!” “You too, Shiro. Don’t disappear again or I swear to Zarkon—” “I miss you already.” “WILL YOU GUYS KNOCK IT OFF??!!”
Lance loves taking siesta to the point he drags all the paladins one by one (so they won’t scold him lmao).
First it was Keith. “Dude, you gotta just… close your eyes and take a nap. Ever heard of a nap?”
Second was Hunk “Buddy. Do this with me. Relax and just—*snores*” Lance likes cuddling Hunk during his siesta because he cuddles back.
Third was Pidge, Pidge was the one who clung to him and Lance didn’t get his desired nap lmao.
Shiro was the last. “You are more stubborn than Keith. You deserve this more than any of us, Shiro.” “I’m not sure we’re allowed to take a nap.” “JUST DO IT.”
They all love him for introducing to them siesta that they all take time to nap all together.
One time he sees Pidge being down and he invites her to play video games with him without asking her what’s wrong. They stay up all night after thousands of curses, foot stomping, hands dragging down their faces out of frustration and laughter at Lance’s poor attempt at saving a princess, Pidge says softly “Thank you, Lance.” Lance just leans in and kisses Pidge’s forehead to which Pidge smiles in return.
Out of all the Paladins, it’s Shiro who’s the pet person. What exactly does he love? He loves all but he has a kitty at home. He misses her an awful lot, she’s prolly big now after a year and so of Shiro’s absence.
One time during one of their usual planet saving thing, one alien kid has a pet. Shiro isn’t sure what exactly it is, but it’s adorable and fluffy and it just made him miss his kitty.
The rest of the Paladins noticed Shiro’s change of mood. He’s so enthusiastic and very interested with the kid’s pet that he pets it. When they leave the planet, Shiro’s all gloomy.
The next day, the Voltron crew surprises Shiro with an alien pet and Shiro felt like dying.
“We know it’s not exactly like that kid’s pet but this was the best we could find from the neighbouring planets. Coran said this one’s safe to be a pet and—” Pidge didn’t finish when Shiro hugged all of them. “You guys, you shouldn’t have.” “Well, we gotta or we can’t form Voltron.” “Keith!” “What? I’m just being realistic.” “You have no filter, man!”
Aquarius seems to be everywhere at once. Living the past, present and future all at the same time, as they look back on who they were, change who they are in hopes of a better tomorrow, and live in the moment when at all possible.
Perhaps that is why they’re so elusive.
Would you agree most Langst is self indulgent and inaccurate to canon lance on the show??
wooooaah there anon this is a difficult one. You better prepare for a long ride.
Let’s start with this: in canon, we’ve seen Lance being insecure and second guessing himself, especially in the second season, which has given us what I think is the pillar of langst, the line “Maybe i don’t have a thing. Maybe i’m just a fifth wheel - a seventh wheel, if you count Allura and Coran” which is pretty langsty, if I do say so myself.
I’m guilty of writing langst but I admittedly don’t read a lot, so I’m not sure about others, but when I write it, I generally try to stay in line with the small characterization that’s been given to us so far (and it’s really not a lot to work on, I’ll give you that). But while some of it is definitely self indulgence, I think we have to remember that there’ll be things that canon won’t ever be able to touch. The distinction between fanon and canon is bound to blur sometimes, because we have an infinite amount of time to delve into every little detail of what’s been given to us, whereas the writers of the show are often time limited. What usually happens with these things is that canon will give us a watered down version of facts, not because of negligence (while I really hope we’ll have more informations about some of the less explored paladins in due time) but because you can’t focus excessively on the woes of the characters you’re depicting, mostly because they’re a lot (we’re talking seven and counting, with no mention of the villains) and because the show is fundamentally not about that. There’s a lot of action, especially in a mecha set in a complex environment like Voltron is (being in space and all that), and while of course we’re gonna get glimpses and snippets, there won’t ever be the amount of depth the fanon usually gives to the past and difficulties of all the characters. Unless you’re in for like four thousand seasons of it, that is, which is a commitment no producer is actually prepared to make (eight is a big number, but I’m still thinking it’s not enough, given the past seasons).