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Hit Korean boy band BTS is ready to take over Anaheim

Rap Monster, one of the seven guys in the South Korean boy band BTS, says it was only at the end of 2016 that he and the others realized how huge their band had become around the world.

“Somebody in the company sent me a message: ‘You got No. 26 on Billboard OMG congratulations,’” says Mr. Monster, the 22-year-old rapper born Kim Nam-joon, by phone from Chicago where BTS was set to play on Thursday before hitting Honda Center for a pair of sold-out shows on Saturday and Sunday.

“At first I thought, 'Ha ha, your humor isn’t really very good,’” says Rap Monster, the leader of the group and its primary songwriter. “We didn’t believe it.”

But as more messages started to ping onto their phones he says the BTS boys realized it was no joke: Their sophomore album, “Wings,” entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 26 after its October release, making it the highest chart position for any K-pop act – not to mention one that sings primarily in Korean – and offering a bit of foreshadowing for Billboard naming the record the best K-pop album of the year.

Since then things have only gotten sunnier for Rap Monster, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. In February, “Wings” was re-released in a new edition as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and the combined editions have since sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide. Music videos for “Spring Day” and “Not Today” were released a week apart last month as well and exploded on YouTube where they’ve currently racked up 59.2 million and 60.1 million views respectively.

“When we heard that and really got that, I was saying, 'OK, this is going to be a whole other world,’” Rap Monster says of the significance of the Billboard chart success and all that followed. “And I feel like we should do something more, and dream something more.”

This past week they’ve taken a step toward something more, playing their first headlining and sold-out arena dates in the United States, after previously having mostly played on multi-artist billings at KCON conventions held here.

“So many people just to see BTS was really an honor,” Rap Monster says of the opening pair of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “It feels dreamy these days.”

Not, mind you, that it’s been anything like an overnight success or an easy road for him and the other BTS members.

He grew up a top student in his school who loved American rappers such as Eminem and Nas, performing even as he attended high school and eventually catching the attention of BTS future manager Bang Si-hyuk at BigHit Entertainment in South Korea. And though he says he gave up on music when he was 16, lacking confidence in where he was headed, he says Bang encouraged him to stay strong, believe in himself, and sign on as the first to join BTS, even though at the time he wasn’t sure who or what it would end up incorporating.

“I was not aware of the other members,” Rap Monster says. “But I like the company and I respect them. And he promised to me, 'I will make you do your music and get big someday, so please believe me.’

"So I believed him.”

The other six members soon were selected, each of them bringing different talents on the mic or on stage. Songs were developed by Rap Monster and the other members, with a team of producers working to craft the best music from the raw material, the melodies and beats, that they created.

“Our chemistry is different from other groups,” Rap Monster says. “Everyone has their own points and characteristics. If I’m a bad dancer, a good dancer teaches me. If I’m a good songwriter, I help the others with a good melody.”

We ask the obvious question: Are you a bad dancer?

He laughs and answers: “Yes, I’m a bad dancer.”

Their music is different from a lot of K-pop acts that have made ripples on the American airwaves. They’re not popular because of the novelty aspect of their songs – think “Gangnam Style” by Psy from a few years back. And they’re not quite as bubblegum as a group such as Girls Generation or as eclectic as the synthpop of f(x), the first Korean band to play the South By Southwest festival.

Instead, BTS often aims for that sweet spot where R&B and rap get together, the kind of stuff Justin Bieber might be doing if he sang in Korean and there were six Bieber variations with fashionable hair and eclectic yet unified fashion choices.

“BTS music sounds like it’s from America,” Rap Monster says. “We decide to always watch the trends and watch what’s going on over the world. America’s the No. 1 market in the world so that’s why people in America prefer us.”

As for communicating through the language divide, Rap Monster says that’s partly handled by the group’s wildly enthusiastic social media following: “Fans translate our lyrics and interviews,” he says of a following that has landed them at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 list for a total of 17 weeks since “Wings” dropped in October. “They’re able to say, 'OK, BTS is talking about us and our lives.’”

And it’s partly addressed through lyrical subjects that express the common hopes and dreams and fears and worries of any teenager or young adult in any country.

“Our lyrics are mostly Korean but we always talk about the young people’s lives and their minds,” Rap Monster says. “There’s something similar between every young person in the world, in America or in Korea. We share something together even if we use different languages or live so far.”

American fans are also the savviest music lovers in the world, Rap Monster says, which made heading out on this brief headlining tour a little bit intimidating at first.

“We actually were scared of performing in America as a solo act,” he says. “Their playlists are the best in the world. I was really nervous for them.

"But after we were on stage our fear disappeared. They’re like everybody, they’re like friends. Singing along all of the lyrics even through the raps. They know how to play, the rhythms and the dances.”

An aside here to share our favorite piece of Rap Monster trivia. You might be wondering whether he spoke through a translator. He did not. His excellent English skills were polished in the classroom but also at home through what he refers to as “a Korean mothers syndrome.”

“'Friends’ was really famous for the mothers in Korea for English education,” Rap Monster says of the hit American sitcom from the '90s. “It was kind of like a syndrome. Korean mothers make their kids watch 'Friends’ even when they were eating food or playing.

"I think it really helped. It has like 10 seasons, I think, and I watched it like more than five times through the 10 seasons. They use the gestures and expressions, like, Americans use, right? I think that naturally teaches me how to speak or how to make a gesture when you try to express some emotions.

"Thank you, 'Friends,’” he says, laughing. “God bless 'Friends’!”

Rap Monster recently collaborated with the American rapper Wale on the song “Change,” which like some of BTS’ other songs – and unlike most K-pop – touches on politics and societal issues. He says he’d loved Wale’s music for a few years when the opportunity to do the song came along last year “like a miracle, like a dream come true.

"The song has already come out and we shot a music video together, but still sometimes I lie in my bed and think, 'Did I really do something with him?’” Rap Monster says.

He knows that boy groups from Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync to the Jonas Brothers and One Direction tend to have a finite lifespan before members get restless to move on solo projects, acting gigs and other opportunities. But he thinks the variety of interests and musical genres that individual BTS members have can be handled on the side or even within the group, and BTS itself can carry on.

So while Rap Monster says he’d love to collaborate with Drake or Miguel one day, Suga feels the same way about Kanye West and Flume. Jungkook seems more inclined toward pop R&B – his dream musical partners would include Bieber or Charlie Puth. V is a little bit old school, having mentioned Norah Jones and the Fugees as on his wish list. Rap Monster ticks off the rest of the band: Jimin digs Chris Brown, J-Hope is into the similarly initialed J. Cole, and Jin is a fan of old-school showman Bruno Mars.

“I always tell them that every time we have hits under the name of BTS we shine the best when we are a team,” Rap Monster says. “I know all the seven members, they love music, and I know their No. 1 wish is for us to perform and make music and sing and dance.

"Maybe someday someone will want to be on a television show or be an actor,” he says. “I just hope they know all of the popularity and fame and money is from the name of our team. That’s not one person, everybody contributes to the team.

"Nobody knows the future. I just hope it can last as long as possible.”

Peter Larson @ OCRegister

anonymous asked:

Hi PBG, I just wanted to send you a quick thanks for being so cheerful and positive in your youtube videos. Back in high school I had a rough time and dealt with depression and it took a lot to make me smile. But your videos were always something to look forward to and never failed to put a smile on my face. Now I'm halfway through uni, loving life and still loving all your new videos. I guess I just wanna say thanks for having given me something to look forward to, it made all the difference!

Really glad to hear that! Thanks so much for watching them. 

When I was going through some tough points in college (didn’t feel I was in the right place, was going through a confusing ideological/world view transition, felt like I was wasting money on tuition, didn’t have enough social interaction because I was cooped up trying to make my whole YT/online video dream thing work) I turned to a lot of online videos/content to cheer me up. AVGN was a really big one for me. Always loved that he put a lot of time into each video and it was re-watchable. I really looked up to him/wanted to make something similar. Something that could make people feel the way I did when I watched his stuff.

So to hear you and others say things like this, trust me, the pleasure is all mine. =)

Birthday Love

Here’s another part in “Our Girl”  

Read “Movie Night”
Read Between The Sheets
Read Protection
Read Trust
Read “Come Home To Me”
Read “What The What”
Read “You’re Mine”

Pairing: Dean x Reader x Sam (polyamorous)
Words:  1551

Requested by @bulletscrossbowpie:  Hey can I make a request for “Our Girl”, can it be Dean’s Birthday and Y/n wants to make it special cause he’s never had a good birthday. You can decide how she makes it special, if you can include Sam in the planning. Make it smutty please? 

Warning: Smut (one of the last one shots with smut that I will do)

A/N: No longer taking requests for this series.


          “You’re not mad?” you looked up at Sam after telling him your plan to make Dean’s birthday special.

           Sam smiled, “Of course I’m not mad,” he said, “I think it’s great that you want to make his birthday special. And …” he put his hands on your hips, “That just means I get a little birthday love too.”

           You smiled up at him, “Absolutely,” you nodded, “Thank you, Sammy.”

           “No, Baby; thank you,” he said, kissing you, “You’ve given us both love that we never thought we would find.”

           “You deserve all the love in the world.”

           “You make me feel like that’s true.”

           You kissed him softly, “I love you, Sam.”

           “I love you too.”

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Do you like The Mars Volta? 

Their early work was a little too ‘punk’ for my taste, but when De-Loused in the Comatorium came out in '03, I think they really came into their own - both thematically and artistically. The whole album has a clear, progressive sound, and a new sheen of abstract lyricism that really gives the songs a big boost. They have been compared to Coheed and Cambria, but I think The Mars Volta has a far more bitter, depressing view of the world. 

In '05, The Mars Volta released this, Frances the Mute, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is 'Cassandra Gemini’, a song so long most people probably don’t even listen to it all the way through - but they should! Because it’s not just about the struggle of a man looking for his long lost mother, and the importance of blood ties, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself! 

Hey Paul!

Energy threading - going beyond visualization

What is energy threading?

It is manipulating directly the matrix beyond the manifestation of energy. Energy circulates in currents, which are well defined and structured and serve different purposes. Seeing beyond how the energy manifests itself, directly into the structure of the currents, allows us to modify the structure itself.

Okay… so what can it be used for?

Everything, really. To heal someone on a surgery scale. To construct powerful seals that will act at wards. To battle, even, but it demands some practice to get it fast enough to be a valuable asset. To manipulate links between objects or people.  To anchor things no one but you will be able to undo, as only you have the blueprints.  As with a lot of energy work techniques, the sky is the limit. Thought this particular technique allows for more delicate and precise maneuvering than just visualizing and hoping the channels form right.

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Here’s the book meme thingy I was tagged in by the exquisite @batmanisagatewaydrug.

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? I’ve owned my copy of The Eyes of the Dragon since I was in second grade, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. I’ve also owned my Harry Potter books for fuck-all ever, to the point where they’re literally falling apart. Like, to the point where Chamber of Secrets has been held together by packing tape since like, middle school.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? I’m bouncing between The Graveyard Book, The Wizard and the Glass, and The Collected Short Stories of H.G. Wells. I just finished Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs and reread Coraline. Next is… oh gods, I have so much sitting in my Audible library. On the physical book front, it’ll be Wolves of the Calla, since I want to finish The Dark Tower before the movie comes out. On the listening front… probably between Wuthering Heights and Four Past Midnight. But that could easily change on a whim.

3. Which book does everyone like and you hated? I have never and will never understand The Hunger Games hype. They basically put me off YA for like four years. Also, I know this isn’t exactly novel (HAH), but FUCK Ernest Hemmingway. Fuck your old man and his shitty boat and his shitty fish. I love To Kill a Mockingbird, but absolutely detest the way it’s taught in schools. As a social commentary, it’s worthless. As a coming-of-age novel, it’s practically perfect.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? So many. Soooo many. Anything by Isaac Asimov, a whole lot of Dickens (I really like Dickens, but that “paid by the word” thing did the man no favors), uuuuuum. I keep telling myself I’m going to return to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which I started and never finished and SWEAR I’M GOING TO GO BACK TO SOMEDAY BUT OH GOD IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS I’MMMMMM SOOOOOORRY TONI. A whole lot of poetry (here’s looking at you, Dickinson). A bunch I’m forgetting. Oh, and The Vampire Chronicles. Still, now that I’m working overnights and can listen to audiobooks eight hours per night, my rate of reading has practically quadrupled and there’s a good chance that I’ll use that as an excuse to finally get around to all of these.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?” I’m dying by twenty-six, so I gotta shove all those words in now.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end? 

Not since I was a little kid reading Goosebumps and had to know what bullshit twist R.L. Stine’s ghostwriter of the week would come up with this time.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? It’s a popular misconception that writing a book is a solo endeavor, and it’s self-indulgent bullshit. No book is an island, and the people that surround it deserve credit.

8. Which book character would you switch places with? Oh frick. Maybe not switching place with a specific character, but I want to be friends with the Hempstocks from The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Matilda reminds me of when I was a little kid and books were the most magical thing in the world. Like, they still are, but there’s something about it that just recalls the innocence with which I could view literature as a kid. Hard same for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Jurassic Park was the first “adult” novel I ever read, and introduced me to a whole new idea of what books could be. IT reminds me of middle school summertime, devouring books on the beach while I wiggled my toes in the sand. The Eyes of the Dragon made me love fairytales, and years later Stardust reminded me why I love them.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way. Um… I have a bunch of classics (Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, 1984, a few others) that I nicked from a storage room in my high school of books that used to be part of the literary curriculum but hadn’t been touched in about twelve years.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? I gave a really nice gold-leaf fancy-pantsy edition of Huck Finn I got from my Nana and Papa to one of my old friends because I forgot to buy him a birthday present. I also stole like, a dozen Discworld books from him, so it more than evens out.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places? The Eyes of the Dragon has been with me on at least five or six trips as a kid (I used to travel a lot with my dad for business), and has been with me everywhere I’ve lived.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later? The opposite, actually. I read Gatsby for the first time on my own, absolutely loathed it, reread it my Senior year for AP Lit and loved it.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book? I found an old bus ticket from the early Nineties in my copy of A Confederacy of Dunces

15. Used or brand new? Both. Books. Just… books. Both have their own unique smell and feel that I love for different reasons.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses? Don’t know, don’t care. All I know is that he’s my book dad and always will be. He was the writer that made me believe that I could actually be a writer through On Writing. The Eyes of the Dragon is my favorite book and the one that’s influenced me more than any other. A lot of his books kind of blow, but when you’ve put out the sheer amount of words that he has, you’re bound to have a few stinkers. When the man hits the vein of a story, he hits it hard. I can’t imagine my middle school years without The Talisman or Firestarter or my high school years without Misery or IT. Speaking of, I’ve been waiting for the new IT movie since it was stuck in development hell however many years ago, and I’m absolutely going to cry in the theatre if it sucks. I don’t even need it to be good, I just need the relationships between the kids to be done well. They’re my children, dammit, and I love them so much.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? American Psycho is unequivocally better than the book and nothing will ever convince me otherwise. Ditto for Fight Club. I don’t know if I’d say that Stand by Me is technically better than the book, but it’s also tied for my favorite movie of all time. A Clockwork Orange is in a similar boat. And Holes. OH. I can’t believe I almost forgot The Silence of the Lambs. I adore the movie, but the book runs almost entirely on the “male author wants to fuck his lady protagonist” trope, and eeeeeeew.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid? Um… now seems like as good of a time to shit on the majority of Stephen King adaptations as ever. Like, I get that this is by no means a new observation, but fuck. Speaking of, I am so confused by the “dOnT rEmAkE iT tHe OrIgInAl WaS a CLASSIC” crowd. The miniseries is ass and the only redeeming factor is Tim Curry because, well… Tim Curry.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question? See my previous comment about wanting to be friends with the Hempstocks. I want that blackberry jam, dammit.  

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? Um, I’ll basically read anything that @batmanisagatewaydrug throws my way. She’s like my only book friend (and my best friend) so I sort of figure out what I want to read on my own. Oh, I have been working on some of Neil’s recommendations from The View from the Cheap Seats, which has been rewarding so far (@Diana Wynn Jones, where were you all my life?).

I tag no one because I don’t have book friends (ahem ahem, HINT HINT IF YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THIS AND LOVE BOOKS FOR THE LOVE OF GODS HIT ME UP), but I will tag back @batmanisagatewaydrug just to prove I actually did it.

miniwaves  asked:

What are these tales games?? I would love to start a new series of games.

The Tales games are JRPGs that are INSANELY fun and pretty relevant to real-world issues. Like most of them have complex characters, an underlying message, amazing music, and an engaging battle system (similar to Final Fantasy where it’s more ‘free-style’ rather than turn-based). I’m not very good at explaining things, but I’ll list a few of my favorite things about the games.

There’s these random little scenes called ‘skits’ and they honestly add a whole new level of involvement to the story / game because you get to better understand the characters’ points of view, plus they’re usually pretty funny. At the end of battles the characters have little bits of dialogue that are pretty cute (especially Tales of Graces OMG), and you also can dress the characters in cute outfits with accessories.

I HIGHLY recommend Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) for first-timers because it’s a great introduction to the series since it has ALL the qualities listed above and the protag is a sassy crimeboy like Akira. LMAO But the character development is incredible and the graphics are nice to look at. The battle mechanics are easy to grasp and there isn’t too much grinding. Here’s a few screenshots from Vesperia:

Anyway, I hope this was somewhat helpful??? LMAO I’m not good at explaining things, and it also depends on the consoles you have; most of the popular Tales games are on PS3. ;A; But I could talk about my love for these games all day, and I hope you give the series a chance!! ^^

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aridante, fluff, unedited.

ari wants more. dante wants more. and they’ve pretty much established a mutual understanding and acceptance of what they have for each other. there is just one more roadblock left…and ari’s determined to sweep it away. note: great to read along with this beautiful song


We’re lying in comfortable silence when Dante shoots up and looks at me with a calm determination. I wait for whatever life-changing discovery he wants to announce. This guy just can’t stomach a good quiet period, can he?

Dante leans down, his fingers playing with my hair. He likes touching it, says it’s soft, feels good. And when’s close enough, I focus on his lips. They’re parted and I want to kiss them, slip my tongue through them. My stomach suddenly gets a bit hot and I try to calm it down while tuning into Dante.

“Do you know about the Aurora Borealis, Ari? It’s a light show, except it’s nature’s light show, born solely from the sun’s wind and our Earth’s atmosphere. And it looks like seeing river streams in the sky!”

Dante’s eyes shine in the dark, with the universe’s stars encased within and I think that I don’t need to keep searching anymore.

“They say you can sometimes hear stuff, like whistling or a low hum, or whispers,” says Dante. “Whispers of the universe’s secrets.”

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anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you have any advice for getting ideas? I've written stories before, but since I haven't had any new ideas (it's been almost four years since I've written anything). I really want to write again, but have no ideas. What do?

Hey, it’s great that you’re getting back into it!

Inspiration is the oldest enemy.

I talked a little about finding motivation before (x) and some of those tips might also be adapted to help out here. 

First, I’d recommend keeping a notebook or some place where you can keep track of any ideas you have, or anything that might spark an idea later.

One of the best ways to find ideas is to read/watch other things. Some really great and original ideas come from inspiration brought on by the work of others. Maybe there was something you really liked that made you want to see more of it. Maybe there was something you didn’t like, but now you feel inspired to do a better job of it. Great! Go for it. Maybe you see background character #27 and something about them makes you feel like they might have their own story to them. Super cool.

And don’t rule art out on your media binge. Sometimes, I like to look at tags or fanart for things that I don’t know anything about, because the random first impressions you get just from looking at a character you don’t really know can create a whole new character of your own in your mind.

You don’t have to limit yourself to just media, either. Observe life around you. Talk to people, or make up stories about people. Write out memories, dreams, daydreams, views that moved you or jokes that made you laugh or an interesting mannerism or outfit or voice that someone had. There are lots of things out in the world that you can use as the start of something. A great Orson Scott Card quote for you: “Everyone walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”

You can also just try… writing. Even if you don’t know you’re going to say, put pen to paper and talk about anything. Whatever is on your mind, or just talking about your day. Whatever. Sometimes we can pull interesting things from our stream of consciousness. 

Another thing you might want to do is re-read some of your own old work. You never know. Maybe there is something you want to expand, or re-do, or something that starts a brand new idea. 

And finally, you can always try prompts. There are plenty of blogs on this very site that provide awesome daily writing prompts in the form of dialogue, pictures, ideas, and so on. Dig through them, and maybe you’ll find one that tickles your fancy. You can always find these blogs in the prompts tag, and I’m sure plenty of people have some recommendations that they can contribute too.

Here are a few I found just by looking for a couple of minutes:

@writing-prompt-s

@writing-prompts-list

@writeroftheprompts

@lazy-writing-prompts

@daily-prompts

And trust me, there are loads more. Feel free to add your favorites!

Good for you for wanting to write again! I’m sure it won’t be long before something brilliant is knocking on your brain’s door. 

~Penemue

Subject A0: In The Glade [Part 20, Finale + Epilogue]

Aftermath

Originally posted by letsalternatereality

20/20 of Subject A0: In The Glade [ prev ]

“They took everything. They took her whole world. But little did they know that she found a new one in him.” (Newt x Reader)

A/N: Heads up! There are several point of views in this final part. Yes, final part, welp! Sorry this took so terribly long - I got really, crazy busy… but more importantly, I just want to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all the support I have received for this series. It makes me smile to see you liking my writing so thank you so much. I would have never believed my writing would reach so many people. Let me know what your favourite part from the series is! Hehe

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College And Me: Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting

I recently completed my very first semester of college. There were lots of things I expected, and lots of things I didn’t. This is a list of things nobody told me about college that surprised me. I definitely think it’s important to figure things out on your own and cultivate your own experiences but knowing these things may have made my transition easier, or at least may have made me feel like I was a little bit less alone. Here it goes:

  1. It’s okay to be nervous.
  2. College kids are just as dumb as high school kids, except worse because no one’s telling them what to do.
  3. I don’t care what the attendance policy says, just go to class.
  4. You will make friends, I promise. But there will still be days when you feel like you don’t have any.
  5. It’s okay to feel like you don’t belong sometimes.
  6. You don’t have to go Greek. People will still like you. But if you do go Greek, force yourself to make time for your non-Greek friends.
  7. Some people don’t get to pick their school. Sometimes, the school chooses you due to circumstances beyond your control. (Read: Some people may not be there because they want to be but because they have to be.)
  8. There is still drama in college, but every little thing doesn’t seem like the end of the world anymore and that’s nice.
  9. Not everyone goes to parties. You will find your people, and they may not be everyone else’s people.
  10. Pick a spot on campus that’s just yours. Somewhere to just be by yourself and think or study or read or whatever. It’ll be a good place to have when you need it.
  11. There’s no such thing as too much effort.
  12. The food gets old fast.
  13. Everyone is there for a different reason. Try to learn as many of those reasons as possible.

This is what I’ve learned in my very short time as a college student. This may not be a set of guidelines for everyone, but it’s something I felt like needed to be said. So that’s it for what college has been like for me so far.

kagemushakosuke  asked:

A whole new world with RusAme *cackles*

[[takes place some time before planes were a huge thing that everyone used all the time]]


Ivan stood, hunched into himself with his gloved hands buried deep into his pockets and chin tucked into his scarf. “Alfred, what are we doing out here? It’s too cold for whatever it is you’re planning.”

“Naw, it’s fine. I’ve been out here in colder. Really keeps you awake, you know?” Alfred shrugged on an old bomber jacket, zipping it up in the front over the tails of his dark brown wool scarf. He tugged on a pair of black gloves with his teeth as he strode over to the metal door of the small hangar.

He flung it open, metal-on-metal wheels squeaking from the cold. He walked in, running his hand along the cold exterior of the plane’s metal cockpit. “She’s a beauty, ain’t she?”

“We’re talking about the plane?” Ivan asked him, walking in behind Alfred and relaxing at the break in the wind. His shoulders relaxed and he brought his hands out of their pockets to tug the top of his scarf down off of his mouth. “Are you going to run repairs on it or something like that?”

“Well,” Alfred faced him, then looked down sheepishly and rubbed the back of his neck. “I was kind of wanting to ask you if you wanted to go up?”

Ivan watched him carefully, critically. “Go up… in that?”

“Well, yeah. Don’t you trust me?”

“P-pardon?” he stammered out.

Alfred looked at him hopefully and climed onto the wing of the plane, one hand holding onto the lip of the open cockpit and the other stretched out to his companion. Again, “Do you trust me?”

Ivan took an uneasy step forward, eyeing the other’s hand, before taking it and letting Alfred help him up into the metal contraption. “I suppose I do.”

Alfred grinned and climed into the front, starting up the small plane and pulling it out of the small building that it was stored in. He handed Ivan a headset so they could talk to each other without shredding their voices. Alfred adjusted his mic piece a bit, then spoke a short “Ready?” into it. Ivan responded with an affirmtive, and Alfred brought the plane onto the landing strip for takeoff.

Alfred took the plane high into the sky, closing his eyes and smiling softly. “I can show you the world,” he hummed into his headset. “Shining, shimmering splendid!” He threw his right hand into the hair, motioning to the bright blue sky all around them. He brought his hand down and looked back, watching the other’s face intently. “Tell me, Ivan, now when did you last let your heart decide?

"I can open your eyes,” he tipped the plane on its side so they could see the frozen water underneath them. It was dark blue, framed by built up white snow on the shores. “Take you wonder by wonder, over sideways and under on a magic airplane ride!” He rolled the plane, smiling when the Russian man almost screamed behind him.

Alfred giggled, leveled the plane, and turned around in his seat, opting to face his companion when he spoke. “A whole new world; a new fantastic point of view! No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we’re only dreaming.”

Ivan gazed around in wonder, never having been in a plane before; especially one with an open cockpit. “A whole new world,” he whispered, “A dazzling place I never knew. But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear that now I’m in a whole new world with you.”

“Now I’m in a whole new world with you,” Alfred echoed in a voice just as quiet, gazing into Ivan’s deep violet eyes and relishing in the way they sparkled and the way his cheeks turned red from the cold wind.

Ivan looked to the ground now, wonder apparent in his features. “Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling. Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky.” His voice faded, and his eyes closed. “A whole new world…”

“Don’t you dare close your eyes!” Alfred told him sweetly, taking his hands in his own.

“A hundred thousand things to see,” Ivan told him, opening his eyes and looking around again.

“Hold your breath it gets better!” Alfred turned in his seat again, taking up the controls and diving down, coming back up, and doing all sorts of other things. Mostly just to show off the fact that he could.

Ivan giggled childishly, the thrill lighting up his features. “I’m like a shooting star; I’ve come so far. I can’t go back to where I used to be…” Ivan leaned forward in his seat, closer to the honey-haired American.

Alfred leaned back a bit, facing the cold white winter sun. “We’re not talking about the flight anymore, are we?”

Ivan chuckled, deep voice resonating. “I don’t think we are, Fedya.”

Alfred sighed. “A whole new world.”

“Every turn a surprise.”

“With new horizons to pursue!”

“Every moment, red-letter.” Ivan paused, thinking over his words. “I’ll chase them anywhere, there’s time to spare.”

“Let me share this whole new world with you.”

“A whole new world-”

“That’s where we’ll be!”

“A thrilling chase-”

“A wondrous place-”

“For you and me…”

~*~*~
well this ended pretty anticlimactically. oh well i hope you like it

Road Trip

Author’s Note: I had so much fun writing this! I’m really glad with how it came out. Hope you enjoy it :) thanks to the Anon who requested this! (p.s quick celebration that I’m finally done with Summer school!)

Summary: Now that school’s out; vacation is in. Since Peter and you both go to the same school together,  Peter takes the chance to ask you to join along with him for an Adventurous road trip.

Originally posted by quent1nn

You sighed heavily to yourself as you were finishing up your last final of the school semester. After waiting for what seemed like forever, the last day of school was finally here and you couldn’t be anything more than ecstatic about it.

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my favourite takeaway from this episode was the acknowledgement of just how disparate and weird game of thrones story-lines are on an in-universe level. the whole “i’m the three-eyed raven” “he took a knife in the heart for his people” parts and the ensuing confusion + jon’s entire new plotline of convincing the southerners that white walkers exist is a really knew kind of conflict and i like it a lot.

our omniscient view of the story lets us easily justify the co-existence of dragons and white walkers and prophecies and political drama in the same world, but these characters really have no idea what’s going on with each other and that’s cool

anonymous asked:

I kinda get both arguments in your PGV - if Cas doesn't bend in his religion just a bit, he'll eventually be separated from Dean by death. It's got to be scary to be an immortal in love with a mortal who is headed for an afterlife you can't follow them to. But it's not exactly being a good partner to demand your love change their views to suit yours, and Cas's eyes have just now been opened to a whole new world he didn't believe possible before Dean.

Cas doesn’t know that Dean’s having issues about that because Dean hasn’t talked to him about it. Sure, he has no illusions about his death and that it’ll mean a permanent good-bye from Dean. But is Dean - a man he’s known for two years or so - worth giving up on heaven? Because he wouldn’t have to just bend his religion a bit - he’d have to renounce his faith entirely. (Well, maybe not technically, but he would see it that way. Giving up on heaven means giving up on God. While Heaven might be happy to snatch up your soul if you’ve been devout once.)

And Dean knows he can’t push Cas but he wished he could.

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Red Lantern Supergirl: More Than A Teenage Tantrum

I’ve really enjoyed seeing Supergirl as a Red Lantern in Red Daughter of Krypton.

Kara’s anger has been her most prominent feature in the New 52 and this was an interesting and exciting way of exploring that emotion.

I know many complained of the Teen of Steel’s anger even before she went Red, but to me it makes perfect sense.

Here we have a child (which is key) who has literally lost her whole world - her mum, dad, family, friends and anything she would call normal- only for it to be replaced instantly, from her point of view, by a violent and incomprehensible alien planet.

So yeah, I think she’s actually taking it pretty damn well.

Being a Red Lantern has taught Kara that she can harness that rage and do some good.

applicable-in-theory  asked:

Is Reigen an esper (in your honest opinion)?

honest opinion - I’m confused

He’s aware of psychic powers pretty well, always giving clever advices for me and Mob sempai and doing his job perfectly well but…

I don’t feel any kind of esper energy from him! Yet these guys from the bar Reigen was taking me a couple of times told stories how he broke the whole 7th Clow’s branch down and changed their view on powers and on their lifestyle itself??? And then Kageyama-kun confirmed that it’s true???

Kageyama-kun said that Reigen sensei’s powers are not like regular esper’s powers and actually more like spirit-level powers??? Seems to be fair.

Sometimes I think that may be… may be he’s a new level of esper, something that impossible to feel to common psychics, like me… may be he’s from another World, I don’t know…

If  you’re trying to allude that he doesn’t have powers at all, well… I think it’s impossible!

Meet my little niece, Fern! Exactly five days older than my little Rocket, she is already one of the most beautifully unique people in my life. Fern was born with Apert Syndrome, an incredibly rare and randomly occurring chromosomal anomaly. This caused some of her bones to prematurely form resulting in an uncommonly shaped skull and fused fingers and toes, all aesthetic abnormalities. A multitude of surgeries will take place in her life before she is even in her preteens. Just last week she went in for brain surgery! Despite all of this, she is a perfect, happy little spirit, a total champion. Having Fern in my life has caused me to view the world in a whole new light. I regret every single time I’ve judged a person for their appearance because people are so much more than just skin and bones. Life will be a little harder for this one than most of us, but she is so loved and I can’t wait to see her grow and flourish into a fearless little woman. I urge you to check yourself next time you see someone who looks a little different. #ApertSyndrome

Michael Joseph (Smiley) Jackson, the angelic-voiced lead singer of the world famous vocal quintet of Jackson brothers, is a handsome young man whose onstage magnetism and magic are exceeded only by his offstage majesty and meek heartedness.

Born the fifth of six talented sons of Joseph and Katherine Jackson in Gary, Ind., nearly 21 years ago (Aug. 29, 195 , he is a Virgo, whose trait is unselfishness, and is moved by magnetic forces which draw so many admirers into his life that love is his for the taking. And his love-struck fans often do strange things to show their affection for him.

When one beautiful Black teenager recently boarded a packed plane and spotted him seated with his brothers, she stared in disbelief, began breathing heavily and became so excited that she started wetting in her panties and froze in her tracks as urine trickled down her legs.

At the arrival gate where girls had gathered to meet the Jacksons, a blonde teenager squeezed through the crushing crowd, slipped past security guards, pulled Michael toward her and tried to make him kiss her.

Returning recently from a world tour celebrating their 10th anniversary in show business, Michael, the only Jackson son who has reached the age of consent and is still unmarried, waded through a room full of mail, sorting out those proposing marriage. Bashful Michael answered them the same: “Thank you for the beautiful letter. It’s very nice. And we will always love you. Love, Michael Jackson and the Jacksons.”

Mild-mannered Micahel makes it clear that he gets no satisfaction writing the same letter to all of those female fans who want him for a husband. But he responds in brief dignity because he actually fears love-sick fans.

Sitting in the living room of his family’s home located on a parcel of land in Encino, Calif., purchased form the sprawling estate of the late lady-killer actor Clark Gable of Gone With The Wind fame, the young and eligible bachelor talked about marriage, dating and a wide range of topics which deeply concern him.

“I don’t like to break hearts,” he said solemnly and shyly, shifting his 5-foot, 9 ½ -inch body in a sofa chair. “I don’t really know these people and, gosh, it’s a weird thing.” He continued:

“That, I think, is the weird part about show business. You portray an image. And those people are into you so long, buying your records. You’re all over their walls. They wake up seeing you. They wake up thinking about you. You’re totally on their mind. And when they meet you in person, they feel they have been knowing you for a long time. But I don’t know them. You see, that’s the painful part of show business—the breaking of the hearts. Do you know what that does to them? God, some of them go to the point of committing suicide because they get real serious. That’s what I don’t know how to handle.”

For the young female bubblegum crowd whose voices are now turning from no to yes, he is especially fearful. About them he says, “You have to be careful because sometimes love can reverse on you. They feel they can’t get you and they’ll go to the point of plotting and planning terrible things on you or do terrible things to hurt you. That’s why it’s important to be nice, but sincerely nice.”

He recalled the nasty rumor that surfaced last year, falsely claiming that he had undergone a sex change. The rumor is not dead yet and he said his encounter with a love-crazed blonde at the aforementioned airport helps to revive it. “This beautiful girl with blonde hair was trying her hardest to pull me into her to kiss her,” Michael remembers. “She said, ‘You’re so sexy, kiss me.’ When I showed no kind of interest in her, she said, ‘What’s wrong, you fag?’ and walked off.”

He laments that he still has to tell people: “There’s a reason why I was created male. I’m not a girl. And what kills me the most and makes me want to break down in tears is when little kids, seven and eight, come to me asking me that. I say, no, and please tell all your other little friends it’s not true.”

What disturbs Michael more than the rumor is the kind of mail he receives from some of the bubble gum set. “You wouldn’t believe the mail I get. I mean some of it gets real vulgar,” he revealed. To him, such mail is as shocking as seeing a priest at a movie house watching The Devil And Mrs. Jones or Deep Throat. “Some of the mail gets real funky, not polite at all,” he says. “They tell you the stuff they want to do to you and everything, and how they’re going to do it. I just read and go, ‘Oh my God, these girls.’ There’s not much charm in girls anymore, like the guy used to always pick up the phone and call the girl. She would never call the guy. She would sit there all day until the phone would ring for her. But now the girls bother you to death….You see girls today 11 years old with bags and lipstick and eyeliner and lashes as well. They feel they’re women and they’re not.”

Don’t get the impression that the soft-spoken singer is a saint or square. Looking like the cliché description—tall, dark, and handsome—Michael is very much aware that he can now do at age 20 what he used to sing about when he was 10. One well-known witness is Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal, teenaged daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal.

A reporter for Modern People two years ago quoted Miss O’Neal as once saying she couldn’t wait to have her first affair. If she followed up the widely publicized comment with action involving manly Michael, he is not the kind to kiss and tell. He declined to discuss intimate details of dating Tatum, but was anxious to set the record straight about their romance. First, he readily admits the parallels in their lives: Both have protective parents. Tatum is a daddy’s girl and Michael is a mama’s boy. Both are attractive and wealthy. She rides in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and millionaire Michael drives his own Rolls. Both are very shy. Michael is one of the brightest stars of the future and Tatum is, too.

“I want all those people who read JET to just know that we’re mainly good friends,” Michael assured. Admitting that there have been criticisms about their relations, Michael mused: “People take it to crazy means and crazy extents and I just tell them we’re really, really, really good friends. That’s all I say. They say, ‘Well how good friends are you? Is there any romance going on?’ I say, yes sometimes but not all the time.”

Although dating is part of his lifestyle, he is more interested in developing a new lifestyle around his family’s home which is now undergoing extensive renovations. Emphasizing that he is not ready to move out on his own like his four married brothers (Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon), Michael explains:

“I’ve always wanted to do this for my mother. She loves homes and everything and I do things by feeling and force. I don’t feel that it’s time for me to move away yet. There are so many things I want to do just staying here.

“If I move out now, I would die of loneliness. Most people who move out go to discos every night. They party every night. They invite friends over and I don’t do any of those things. I would really die of loneliness.”

Michael’s renovation plans will include the addiction of a tennis court, a remodeled swimming pool, a gym room, a movie room, a rehearsal studio and a library.

Living at home with his mother, Katherine, father Joseph, brother Randy, and sisters, Janet and LaToya, the young entertainer explores his many talents and grapples with social and religious concerns.

Uppermost among his concerns are religion and racism. A devout Jehovah’s Witness, like his mother, he says: “I believe in the Bible and I try to follow the Bible. I know that I’m not an angel and I’m not a devil either. I try to be as best as I can and I try to do what I think is right. It’s that simple….I don’t just pray at night. I pray at different times during the day. Whenever I see something beautiful, I say, ‘Oh, God, that’s beautiful.’ I say little prayers like that all through the day.”

To cope with the stresses of show business, Michael says he turns to his deity, not drugs. “As corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest highs in the world,” he attests. “The stars, the mountains, children, babies smiling are just magic,” he happily beamed.

The one thing that dims this glow is the pervasive racism that’s rampant in the world today, especially in America, the world traveler observes. Recalling how badly the singing Jacksons have been treated in southern cities, he said that it was difficult to believe.

“The people told us just deal with it (racism) because that’s how the South is,” he said and added: “That’s ignorance and it’s taught because it’s not genetic at all.

““I’m really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation because if you look at the many wonders inside the human bodies—the different colors of organs…and all these colors do different things in the human body—why can’t we do it as people?

“That (racism) is the only thing I hate. I really do. And that’s why I try to write, put it in songs, put it in dance, put it in my art—to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, poets should put it in poetry and writers should put it in novels. That’s what we have to do and I think it’s so important to save the world.”

As widely read as he is traveled, Michael, a private high school graduate who once quit public school because girls were always screaming and pulling on him, said: “I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go anyplace you want to in reading.”

Traveling and reading have greatly influenced his religious and racial views. About his travels, Michael explains: “Wherever you go, man-made things are man-made, but you’ve got to get out and see God’s beauty of the world.”

Reflecting upon America’s racial problems, he said: “I wish I could borrow from other countries, say, like Venezuela or Trinidad, the real love and color-blind people and bring it to America. When you travel, you realize how different America is. God, I hate to say this but our people are brainwashed.”

Of all his travels, he says his most emotional and moving experiences came in travels in Dakar, Senegal. “I’m going to raise my hand (to God) on this one,” he lit up like a light. “I always thought that Blacks, as far as artistry, were the most talented race on earth. But when I went to Africa, I was even more convinced. They do incredible things over there….They got the beats and the rhythm. I really see where drums come from. It makes you think that all Blacks have rhythm….I don’t want the Blacks to ever forget that this is where we come from and where our music comes from. And if we forget, it (Black history) would really get lost. I want us to remember.”