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Tumblr descriptions

As of today (2017/01/21) I’ve noticed that Tumblr descriptions that have HTML integrated in them no longer show up properly. Tumblr now completely ignores and deletes any custom HTML and only shows plain text. One way to fix this problem:

  1. Go to your Tumblr main page, right-click and view page source. Do this BEFORE you click “Edit Theme”
  2. Search for your description text in the source page by typing the exact words of your description
  3. Copy your description text. It should be in between <div class=“desc”> and </div>. Note that the word “desc” can be anything, it’s just the element name that holds your text
  4. Go into “Edit HTML” of your Edit Theme page, and replace {Description} with your description text you just copied

All the HTML of your description should now be intact. Note that you will have to repeat this process if you change your theme.

Episode 100 Director’s Notes

((I normally don’t post these but I felt that these were so important to read no matter what kind of fan you are. Thank you Joseph and Jeffrey, you have given us so much and continue to give us your all.))

My wife and I got married a few months after we got engaged. We were married in a short ceremony that took place in our apartment, officiated by Carlos-voice/delightful person Dylan Marron, and attended by only our immediate families.

Thinking about episode one hundred, we discussed the idea of Cecil and Carlos getting married. We didn’t want this to be a lengthy multi-episode plotline. A wedding does not always have to be a saga. Sometimes it can just be a day.

When we talked about this episode, we also discussed a way to celebrate the landmark of 100 (!) episodes. That is 100 episodes that Jeffrey and I have written and edited (with the occasional help of our amazing guest writers, something we’re hoping to continue and even expand in 2017), 100 episodes that Cecil has sat down and recorded, 100 episodes that I have edited in Audacity, 100 episodes that have gone out into the world to be downloaded by anyone with an internet connection.

I forget which of us had the idea, but there came the question: could we include every person who had ever done a guest part for us? The answer, it seemed to us, was definitely not. That’s a lot of people, and our episodes aren’t that long. Maybe we could fit in a bunch of them, but not all.

But we decided to try. And they’re all in there. Some of them just for a word. Some for full monologues. All of them are amazing performers who have brought this world to life for us over the last four and a half years.

Working with folks like Wil Wheaton or Retta or James Urbaniak is obviously an amazing experience. But so is working with performers like Kevin R Free and Kate Jones and Erica Livingston. Every person we’ve cast on our show has had two things about them: 1. They are wonderful people who are a delight to work with. 2. They are exceptionally talented.

We are grateful for each and every one of them, and so excited we could bring them all together for this day.

- Joseph Fink
December 15, 2016

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In the old model of broadcast television, 100 episodes is a milestone beyond just the roundness of the number. (And it is pretty round. Just look at it: 100.) One hundred episodes was the marker that indicated the show would be syndicated. Residuals for years! Obviously in podcasting, everything is syndicated all the time, and there are no residuals from networks.

Perhaps the years will age this medium into something resembling the models of television, but in our time making this show, what’s been so rewarding is not having to create it under the machinery of gatekeepers and check-writers. We wrote it, acted it, recorded it, produced it, promoted it, and for a variety of reasons, people liked it.

For 4 ½ years and 100 episodes, and a novel, and 5 different live stage shows, we have written nearly half a million words for the Night Vale universe. (500,000 is even rounder than 100!) And in the lobbies after shows, or on twitter/facebook/tumblr/email, or sometimes even in the streets, people tell us: “This show is important to me.” “Night Vale saved my life.” “Cecil puts me to sleep.” (I swear that last one is said in the tone of a compliment.)

Never did we think our weird little town would be considered important, especially not to so many people. We’ve watched fans come together online for the past nearly half a decade and share stories of coming out, of social anxiety, of fighting illnesses, of insomnia, or of something as simple as boredom. They share their love of Night Vale, not with us, not out of praise, but with each other. In that way Night Vale becomes a real place - a meta-universe of itself where people meet to build stories of how alone they no longer feel.

I grew up before the internet, and I wish I could have had a community to tell 1980s me that sports has non-aggressive fans, that someone else was watching Eerie, Indianabesides me, that it’s totally cool to make a Rogue (X-Men) cosplay, and maybe even wear it in public, and maybe even how to get that white streak in your hair. Sorry, I have no photos of that moment in my life, but just know Rogue had way better abs than I.

I had radio, and I slept to it, and it was my community. It was a single voice telling stories and playing music, and it put me to sleep. Radio was important to me. It didn’t matter the song or the story, just that it comforted me at my most difficult time of day: night.

It heartens me to know other people love Night Vale and love each other for loving Night Vale. I can’t believe we’ve made 100 episodes. Four and a half years. Time is weird, I guess. With or without our current listenership, I’m pretty sure Joseph and Cecil and I would still be making this show, but it’s way funner with you along. Thank you for making it great. Thank you for sharing your lives, both with us and with each other.

- Jeffrey Cranor
December 15, 2016

Writing tips #1
  • Set up a sanctuary for your writing, don’t let anyone interrupt you. Listen to music, get a ceremonial drink. And write write write 
  • Don’t edit until the end, if you’re writing a novel. Seriously, you’ll just go back through again and again. Within a years time, you’ll realize you need to edit the entire thing. Just keep writing. 
  • This one is a bit odd, but I don’t believe in keeping a notepad. Stephen King says, “Keeping a notepad with you is a good way, to immortalize bad ideas. If the idea is good enough, it will stick”. (Note* the only thing I put in notes on my phone is character names, I’m bad at remembering long names.) 
  • Every first draft is absolute shit. Ideas will be jumbled, mixed up; not consistent. Don’t fret, it doesn’t matter how rough a rough draft is. 
  •  If you can’t figure out the mood you want for a certain scene, get up, take a breath. Call a friend, walk your dog, read a book, play a video game. Do something to clear your head, don’t worry. Harry Potter wasn’t written in one sitting. 


That’s all for today guys, thanks for all the support on this blog. Let me know if you have any ideas about other writing tips, I’ll try to do this as often as possible. I hope everyone has a great holiday season! 

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A word of caution: dementors are vicious creatures. They will not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way. Therefore I must warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. It’s not in the nature of a dementor to be forgiving. But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.

Writers block?

This is going to sound nuts. But, writers block is a bitch and the only way to get past it is to write. I follow a lot of prompt accounts and I suggest you do it too. If you can’t summon anything to say read these plots and just work out your writing muscles!

Remember to take a deep breath and trust your self. You can write shitty work and edit it later but you can’t edit nothing.

When you feel yourself getting back in the zone begin working on your main project. What I do is find a way to take the prompt and use the characters from my novel and put them in that situation. It allows me to work through the block but still work with my main work.

Or

Just write your main work anyway. I mean that sounds odd too but it seems to work a lot for me. Just think about the situation and just write words even if they’re bad.

Put on your favorite song, hum the hell out of it and put your attention on writing only. Get yourself a drink and put yourself in that place. You know the one.

The place that’s untouchable by reality. The one that only you can reach. Lock yourself there until you’ve overcome this episode of self doubt. Which is really all that writers block is. Your skill is still there. I promise. You just have to overcome the fear. Remember why you started writing in the first place.

Best of luck with your writing and I sincerely hope this helps.

A response to “A Dog’s Purpose”

I’ve been wanting to post something about the shepherd in the TMZ/PETA video for a while and I ended up getting so irritated by comments on Facebook I posted something there. I figured I’d just post that one here, with a bit of editing now that I’ve had more time to think.

I’ve honestly been getting fed up with people on both extremes of this issue. There are people on one side saying “animals shouldn’t be used for any sort of entertainment purposes ever” and people on the other side saying “oh no it’s fine that’s the only way you can train a German shepherd without getting bit”. Neither of those things are true, so let’s break down what’s actually happening in this video. In terms of the dog’s body language in the video (as much as I could see with the poor quality of the video): it starts off with the dog leaning away from the water and into the trainer (which could possibly be seeking contact comfort, or just where the dog happened to be leaning), and although the quality isn’t great so it’s hard to tell for sure, there seem to be some tongue flicks as well as the dog being quite still and tense. All of these are stress signals dogs use to communicate that they are uncomfortable with a situation. Next, it’s hard to tell if the trainer started pushing the dog or if it was just the movement of his hand along the dog’s body, but for whichever reason, the dog attempts to leave the area but is held back by the trainer. The trainer then begins to lower the dog into the water while the dog flails and continues to try and flee. Once the dog is back on land, he tries to pull away again and his ears appear to pull back. Again, another stress signal. The dog then stops trying to pull away and the handler pats him, but the dog continues to lean away from him. Now the trainer and the dog struggle again, while the dog continues to try and flee, pulling his ears back again. It’s hard to tell the dog’s tail position throughout most of the video because he’s flailing it for balance a lot, but when he relaxes his tail it appears to fall into a low position, though not tucked, again indicating the dog is fearful/unsure about the situation. When the trainer finally lowers the dog into the water, the dog is still scrambling and trying to get out. He pulls the dog up again and then it cuts to the dog in the river with his head going under.

The shepherd in this video gave both subtle and incredibly obvious signals that he was not comfortable going into the water. I have seen arguments that the trainer did this to “get the dog used to it”, but this is not the correct method for introducing an animal to a scary situation. What is happening in this video is flooding (no pun intended). Think of flooding as taking a person terrified of spiders and locking them in a room full of spiders so they “get over it”. Not only is this ineffective, it can be very detrimental to the animal. I usually don’t like to anthropomorphize animals, but this is a case where I think it is appropriate to ask you to imagine someone forcing you into a situation where you had no chance of escaping one of your fears and I think you could get a pretty accurate feel for what flooding is like. Add in the danger of fast moving water with a dog that is already not comfortable with the situation and it’s not a good combination.

There is nothing inherently wrong with training animals for movies. Animal training is mentally stimulating, a humane fix for common behavioral problems, and fun for both trainers and animals (if it’s not, you’re doing it wrong). However, the training methods in this video were not appropriate or humane. If the dog was afraid of going in the river they could have tried a gradual desensitization, using a different dog, or CGI. There was no reason to force this dog into a scary and dangerous situation. The second the dog showed signs he was fearful and did not want to go in the water, the trainer should have stopped. There is no reason to use force in a training situation–especially one like this that is potentially dangerous.

The one thing I want to say about the rest of the film is that I don’t think this necessarily means every dog in this movie was abused and every person on the film crew was aware of what happened. I am concerned about what techniques this particular trainer used with other dogs (or the same dog in different scenes), but he isn’t necessarily the only trainer for the movie. What this means to me is that this particular trainer used inappropriate training methods and should face consequences for it (which I’ve heard he will be). I mistrust PETA, and they are notorious for doctoring videos to suit their needs. It is very suspicious to me that the last thing we saw was the trainer pulling the dog out of the water and then a sudden cut to the dog going under. It’s perfect editing to elicit a response from the public. That doesn’t excuse the dangerous and inhumane training techniques shown in this video and like I said above, makes me concerned about what other kind of training techniques this guy used on his dogs. The point I’m trying to make is film crews are quite large, and I hesitate to pass judgement on the entire crew and cast because of this one terrible trainer (and those that watched and did not intervene). I can’t help but be suspicious of PETA, they just have such a long history of editing and taking things out of context to further their animal rights agenda. You’re within reason if you don’t want to see this movie, but please be aware this is NOT the standard for training an animal.

 CALLING ALL YURI LOVERS

Please help me in introducing a new tag for all yuri graphics and edits - #yurigraphic !! This is a new tag for all people that make yuri/girls love edits in their respective fandoms (or original content is welcome too). 

What’s the purpose of the tag?

  • To have a place to see yuri edits from all different animanga fandoms all in one nice tag. How many times have you went into the yuri tag only to see a bunch of porn? Well no more!

What’s the purpose of the blog?

  • To have a convenient and organized place for all of the beautiful yuri edits that are made on this website but are often overlooked due to messy tags. This blog will also be a great way to find new blogs to follow and hopefully make new friends!

What can I do to help?

  • You can reblog this post and help it to spread! The more people that know about the tag the more it will be used.
  • Tell your friends about this new tag and new blog
  • Post in the tag
  • Become a member of the blog! Just shoot us an ask if you would like to join.
  • Once again please signal boost this post!
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There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.

my thoughts on the current zuke thing:

the only “evidence” i can find is screenshots that could have been easily edited that are from a 4chan thread that has been debunked

and from a video that was apparently trying to stir up drama and blame amed/*t shipers and has since been privated

i can’t find a single direct, sourced quote from tumblr, twitter, youtube, reddit, or 4chan. i went on 4chan

as far as i can tell, this is just a bunch of rumors that got blown way out of proportion

if anyone has any sourced quotes, feel free to correct me. no, i don’t mean that one post that has an unsourced compilation of easily-edited screenshots that are vague posts from an unsourced random blog, that originates from 4chan. because so far, that is the only “source” i have been given. i don’t mean that post. i mean actual sourced info

note: i’m not trying to say that i think Nothing Happened. and i’m not gonna defend lauren zuke or rebecca sugar Until My Dying Breath. i just refuse to join in with this cesspool of hatred towards both lauren zuke and rebecca sugar that seems to be based on Absolutely Nothing. i’m not taking a side or believing that any of this even amounts to Anything until i get some proof

until then. until i get some proof. i s2g i am blocking lauren zuke’s name because i am tired of seeing all of this drama and hate

a quiet life, a lonely life, a loving life

This fic is for kazliin​, who is an incomparable goddess and responsible for the amazing Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches, one of the best yuri on ice fanfics. It’s been a wild ride these past few months, and everything you gave us, we want to give back, in as many ways as we can. I hope you like this, and everything else we’ve made you <3 <3 <3 

i wrote this in between Chapter 13 and 14, so a lot of it got spectacularly jossed. but by the time chapter 14 came out i had already written 4k of it OTL. it seems a shame not to put it out, if only to show kaz that her fic has been pushing us to create and produce even before UMFB officially ended. 

EDIT: it’s kazliin’s birthday today, and i only found out! happy birthday kaz and thanks for everything in the rivals verse you are a gift. 


a quiet life, a lonely life, a loving life 

Summary: Morooka has been following Yuuri’s career. He doesn’t plan to stop.

Keep reading

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character and relationship (and wardrobe?) growth

Master Post of Helpful Programs and Apps

I decided to make a master post of all the programs (free, of course) that I have used over the years to get me through AP’s, studying and exams! Most of these are either apps on my iPhone or programs that I have downloaded onto my Mac. However, all of these *should* be available for Android and PC as well, just let me know if something doesn’t work out!

  • Grammarly: This is a service that I use in computer program form, it is both a Chrome extension and a downloadable application. Not only does it edit your online posts (SUPER helpful to avoid making mistakes in important emails or posts!), you can download your paper into the application and it will edit both grammar and spelling in a way that I find more uniquely helpful than regular old spell check. Additionally, if you are reading a PDF or other article for school online you can click on certain words and Grammarly will define them for you!


  • Zotero: Guys, I can not stress enough what a freaking godsend this program is. You download it onto your computer, and you can save articles/PDF’s from databases directly into it as you are researching, which negates the need for thousands of tabs! You can also have it create your bibliography for you, which is insanely convenient, and you can take notes on the article within the program. That being said, the format was very confusing for me at the beginning. I would recommend watching YouTube videos on how to use it and doing the full tutorial online before you start!   


  • Scribd: Scribd is both an App and a website where you can look up books and read them for free online. It does have ads if you don’t want to pay for the full version, and I would recommend the phone app as opposed to the website formatting wise! I used this to find books at the last minute, and I also used it to find the teachers key for one of my textbooks in order to check my work while I studied for an exam. 


  • Quizlet: Let’s be real, we all know what this one is ;) But I have to give it a shout out! Flashcards, quizzing yourself, fun games, TONS of language options…oh Quizlet how I love you! Comes in both website and app form.


  • Pomodoro: A study timer that uses the Pomodoro method of timing out your study session with specific break time lengths and study time lengths to optimize your performance. I use this one for memorizing vocab and to study for repetitive tests like math, but I really do not find it useful for writing papers. That being said, everyone is different and some people swear by it! iPhone and Android app. 


  • Forest: I love this timer app, I use this for reading and writing papers! It has the added bonus of tugging at your morality by bringing life into the equation. As you study and don’t touch your phone, a little tree is growing. When your time is up, the tree is added to your forest. But if you touch your phone before your time is up, the tree dies! I honestly get super invested in it. App for iPhone and Android.


  • Genius Scan: This one is a bit more logistical, you can take pictures of documents on your phone and it scans them and converts them to PDF’s. I used this to share notes with classmates and to have my own notes with me for on the go review. I use this one surprisingly often! App for iPhone, not sure about Android. 


  • Wunderlist: Wunderlist is my all time favorite to-do list app. Generally, when I’m studying, I use a notepad to make my task list because I love the satisfaction of crossing out tasks. However, I use this for everything from chore lists to groceries to lists of books I want to read. You can have categories and multiple titled lists, and it’s super satisfying to check things off! App for iPhone, not sure about Android. 


These are all the apps and programs that I use with extreme regularity, but I love productivity apps and I am always looking for more! If anybody has anything to add or has any recommendations for me pleaaasssseee tell me about them. Good luck studying!