i live in the czech republic


Work in progress shots of this year’s Hetavision project. If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Youtube you already know that, this year was the FIRST year EVER that I had to redraw characters. I’m so mad it’s not even funny.

The album covers will be released on April 1st as usual, however this year will include a poll, for fans to vote for their favorite ESC songs of 2017!

lampintheheadlights  asked:

hi so im writing a non verbal autistic character, and im planning to have her special interest be learning different sign languages. im just wondering if this would be realistic, and would love any insight and tips you can give me

Learning sign languages can definitely be a special interest. It’s certainly one of mine. I became fluent in Czech Sign Language in less than a year because I was so motivated and focused. I went to two different teachers, both of them deaf and native signers, and there was no speaking during the lessons at all, so there’s no reason a nonverbal person couldn’t learn just as quickly as long as they were able to control their hands and face.

I have learned bits and pieces of International and American sign languages as well, but they didn’t draw me in the same way. Czech sign language is based on spoken Czech, which has far fewer words than English, and therefore there is a specific sign for almost every word in the language, including names. In ASL, half the words end up being finger-spelled, which I absolutely HATE. It requires a different skill to parse American finger spelling, especially at the high speeds native signers use. Czech finger spelling is rarely needed, usually goes relatively slowly, and the letters use both hands so that they actually look like letters and are easy to parse. Also, letters aside, Czech can be signed entirely one-handed (as long as everyone involved in the conversation is fluent enough to understand without the supporting hand - the chest or a leg can be used in its place), whereas ASL seems to require both hands and more of the body to be used in most cases. ISL is not even a proper language, just a system for people who don’t use the same sign language to communicate essentials, and it’s extremely basic and unable to communicate anything subtle.

I once found myself in a situation where a German deaf woman came to visit and I was out with a group of deaf friends for a drink, and I was unable to communicate with her without someone interpreting because she used ISL, but I just can’t bring myself to learn it. I find it aesthetically unpleasing and annoying.

There are also many dialects of each sign language. Depending on where someone lives or grew up or went to school, they will sign a bit differently. Even in the Czech Republic, a very small country, people sign very differently from region to region. I live in Prague and have trouble understanding a deaf person from Brno, for example. They have different signs for colors, months, and many other words. And there are three schools for “hearing impaired” students in Prague - and at each of them, there are many slang signs that only students of that school know and use. And each generation adds more!

One of my teachers was about 40, and the other about 30, and they taught me very different things. I would use something the younger one taught me with the older one and he would rant about how his language was deteriorating; I would use something the older one taught me with the younger one and he would laugh at how old-fashioned I looked. Sign languages evolve even more quickly than spoken ones, so generational gaps are important to recognize.

So there are a lot of factors for you to consider with your character. Every sign language has its own grammar, style, and quirks, and she may like some and not others. She may simply learn as many as she can, but have preferences. She may even invent her own for fun, and maybe try to teach it to others. I recommend learning at least the basics of a few sign languages before trying to write about them, or at least talk to some deaf people who use different languages, as they are really very, very different.

Another important factor that most non-signing people aren’t aware of is that most sign languages do not just use your hands. Some use more of your body, and most include the face. Facial expressions and mouthed words form a part of the meaning of each sign. For example, in Czech Sign Language, the eyebrows indicate whether something is a statement or a question, and the signs for “don’t know” and “plastic” are the same - the only difference is the accompanying mouth movement. This happens with many, many signs. So if your nonverbal character has trouble moving her lips or forming words, she might struggle with this aspect. It is possible for native signers to understand sign languages without these mouth movements, but it is more difficult and fewer people will understand her.

There are some nonverbal people who can’t sign for various reasons. They might lack the control of their body to do it effectively, or they might be unable to process language at all (I can’t sign when I go nonverbal due to stress or overload). But some people can and do use sign language, so it is realistic for your character.

Finally, thanks for your ask which touches on one of my special interests and brightened my morning! :D

Good luck and happy writing!

-Mod Aira

aphhun  asked:

35, 38 & 41 for michele and emil? ♡

bless you, Sami~

35. Who goes overboard on the holidays?

Being so family orientated, Michele does! He loves the traditions involved with holidays and has many fond memories attached to them. Decorating, cooking, baking, gift giving, he lives for that stuff. Emil goes along with it happily but would probably forget anything but Christmas. (but how cool is it that they celebrate May Day in the Czech Republic?!) 

38. Who likes to star gaze?

Emil, that sweet child! He likes to find constellations and imagine what aliens look like. He frequently drags Michele with him and gets needy, because the cosmos make him feel so small that he just needs to be held. Michele entertains him much to Emil’s delight.   

41. Who cries during sad movies?

Omg they both do! Sometimes they’re both blubbering messes. Most of the time Emil caves first and once again needs to be held. Michele will roll his eyes but on the inside he’s happy to oblige since he gets hugged in return. I can totally imagine Emil as being super tactile and basically the Cuddle King™.

Thank you for the ask, gorgeous! ♡

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anonymous asked:

How do you speak so many languages despite your age?! Where did you get the time to learn them? Like damn it's impressive but almost unbelievable (in a good way)!

Thank you! I grew up learning English; went to a French school from the age of four to eight, when I moved abroad I had a French tutor until I was nine; when abroad in the Czech Republic where I lived for four years I took two years to study Czech (ages eight and nine); my father married a Russian woman and I picked up Russian from listening to her family speak all the time from when I was eight to twelve; I took a year of German when I was eleven or ten (I cannot quite remember); and I began to learn Spanish when I was eleven and am still learning it to this day. Next year I am going to start taking Tagalog and next I would like to learn Latin, Greek, Italian and Portuguese. 

i-am-the-grey-god  asked:

What country you where born? I was born in Switzerland. I miss that place... It was so beautiful there... Now I live in Czech republic -_- people here just *sigh...* they are so fricking anoying.

i was born in france and i still live in france

really, french peoples are weird

look at me i’m a good exemple

but there’s a lot of cool people too



Seems like an appropriate time to share this photos. Last year I went to visit my childhood house in Hodkovičky (německy Klein Hodowitz) in Prague, Czechoslovakia (well Czeck Republic) RIP Vatslav Havel. Very emotional.

Do any of you live in this house or recognise this street? (Do I even have Czech followers? If I do, pes, kočka, ahoj, jmenuji se Miranda, slon, voda, all the czech i remember sorry)

anonymous asked:

Aunty Asy can you share with us how you met the love of your life? Is it anything outta a fairytale :P Who asked who out :3

Yes, kind of!

Martina was a big fan of my Tomb Raider fanfic - the original stuff, from 10+ years ago. I found her art online and commented that I really liked her style, and she recognised who I was and what I wrote. 

I started talking to her, and my first thought was: fuck, this girl is rude. She was SO BLUNT and mean in, idk, a really odd way? And she seemed to have absolutely NO idea how rude she was, either. She’d be really surprised when I started crying. I really disliked her, but no one else shipped Amanda Evert/Lara Croft so I didn’t have anyone else to squee with. If it wasn’t for that, I would have blocked her and not given her the time of day. 

I think I really changed my mind about her when I was stuck in a French airport while they were on strike in 2010. 

I was trapped in Paris and terrified my amazing Arctic Adventure up into Svalbard wouldn’t go ahead because I’d miss my connecting flight in Oslo. I’d been planning this adventure for an entire year and it was everything in the world I was looking forward to. I knew I couldn’t extend my annual leave: this was my only chance, this flight. 

My girlfriend at the time could not have fucking cared less about how worried I was when I texted her. She was jealous (probably that I didn’t bring her, but I’d only been with her for 3-4 months, I wasn’t going to be spending $10k on her), and told me to stop complaining because at least I was on holidays. She honestly didn’t care I might be about to miss my big adventure :(

Martina was the only other person online and I was really upset, both over the air strikes and over what my gf had said, so I messaged her despite expecting that she wouldn’t care, either - or worse, that she’d say something really mean. 

To my surprise, nothing could have been further from the truth. She was really lovely about it. I could tell she was genuinely trying to be supportive and kind (although she can be a little…. abrupt), and I thought that maybe I’d been wrong about her. 

I had been. Martina isn’t rude and nasty, she’s on the ASD spectrum and often has no idea what’s appropriate to say and what’s rude. Despite that, she has a big, beautiful heart and I ended up leaving my then girlfriend and hooking up with her, even though I’d only ever talked to her online. 

It didn’t matter I hadn’t met her in person, I completely fell for her. I’d rush home from work to chat with her. She’d stay up late to say good morning to me before I went to work. If I had good news, I couldn’t wait to tell her, and when I was upset she’d be there for me, promising me I’d feel better soon.  

When I did finally meet her…. oh my god. I ran across the airport and jumped into her big, tall arms. It was like something out of a movie, I was sobbing just to finally be able to touch her. 

Long story short, she left the Czech Republic and moved to Australia to be with me, got permanent residence and married me, and hopefully we’ll live happily ever after! :)

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Countries I’ve lived in: USA

Favorite Fandom: Of course, I have many, but currently? Transformers.

Spoken Language: English, but hope to learn Czech or Russian at some point.

Favorite 2015 Movie: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Last Read: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Shuffle Your Music(3 Song): Castle by Halsey, Counting Stars by One Republic, and I Lived by One Republic

Last Thing You Bought Online: “Zero Hour Part Two” of Star Wars Rebels

Phobias: Members of my family dying, war, and I have claustrophobia

How would would your friends describe you?: Nice when I want to be, sarcastic and kind of murderous

If you had any spare cash, what would you buy with it?: I would use it to buy books, movies, or maybe some new electronics

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Hello, my name is Sylvie. I live in the Czech Republic with my brother Andrej, he is an autistic boy. He loves the world of animals and especially dinosaurs, your game Saurian for him is very important. I am writing to you with a request to publish the fan art that you recently sent the nickname Adik. He is very sad that you still have not released him forever and I can not explain that you’re busy. I am sorry that this report to trouble you, but he is so enthusiastic about your work, I constantly translate your articles to him, and he rejoices in each of your new post. You will understand what I wrote, I’m not too good in English. We wish you all a happy Easter .

#icymi  ~  In addition to showing on BBC One in the UK and FX in the US/Canada, TABΘΘ will be available to subscribers of HBO in Europe! It premieres

• 7 January on BBCOne, HBO España, HBO Nordic
• 8 January on HBO Europe /HBO GO! (15 countries, incl Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, the Netherlands) Check your local listings for exact times.
• 10 January on FXnetworks in the US/Ca

*eta Some of you who don’t live in the US or UK have asked how to watch TABOO. I’ve posted what I know over here on THV IG (and there’s some suggestions in the comments, too). I’ll share new info with you guys as it comes up. Meanwhile, if anyone else knows other, better ways, do tell ;)

OOC corner, again:

I can’t get over Emil’s tag here on tumblr and I’ll tell you why.
Especially young people in my country these days are nothing but ashamed of being Czech and living in the Czech Republic. And you might say that one stupid anime won’t change anything, that our character is very minor, blah blah blah… it’s our character, though! He’s well drawn, well thought through so far, I can see him as a normal czech guy! And seeing all these young czech people being proud of him and saying things like “Yuuri and Victor are great, but I have to stay partriotic! Go Emil!” is the best thing I’ve seen in a while. :) 
This anime just brings so much joy!!!! 

Edit: Regarding the Emil = PEWDIEPIE thing. Guys. I get it, it’s funny, it’s oddly accurate, BUT!!!! Please, don’t take Emil away from us. :’) We don’t want you to remember him as the pewdiepie on ice, we want you to remember him as the CZECH cute as hell cinnamon roll. Not a Swedish gamer.

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@therealjacksepticeye congrats for 10 million, you have no idea how proud we all are of you, you deserved every single one of them and we all know there’s still a long path in front of us. And we’ll be more than happy to walk though the path with you.
You make us so happy every day, you dedicated your life to us. You make us smile. You make us laugh. And we could never repay such thing.
Now let me say it, it’s my turn. :D
Thank you.
For everything.
I tried drawing just a quick doodle of our amazing Slap-group.
Also, where I live the population is actually exactly 10 million.
Greetings from Czech republic! ^^

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The Hidden History of Women in Film: How Director Karen Day Sheds Light on Forgotten Trailblazer Nell Shipman

By Rana Good

A recent study conducted by USC Annenberg professor Stacy Smith and her team of researchers concluded that only 1.9 percent of the directors of the 100 top-grossing films of 2013 were female. Yes, you read that correctly. 

1.9 percent.

What if I told you that 100 years ago, film production was dominated by women? That women filled the majority of roles in film production from acting to directing to screenwriting. One such a pioneer was Nell Shipman, a cinematic tour de force who left Hollywood to run her own film production company in Northern Idaho in 1921. Not only did she direct and act, she also had her own wildlife zoo and did all her own stunts.

I learned all of this through director Karen Day (pictured below with her crew) the mastermind behind the movie Nell Shipman: Girl From God’s Country, a documentary film about Shipman’s largely uncovered but highly interesting career. We spoke to her about Shipman’s unparalleled path and how women today are underrepresented in film — something this movie aims to change. 

What initially attracted you to do a film on Nell Shipman?

Karen Day: One hundred years ago, Nell Shipman, a well-known silent film star lived in the wilderness of Idaho shooting film with crank cameras. She wanted to make films where heroines were self-reliant, films in which they could take care of themselves.

She was also one of the first animal advocates in Hollywood. She wanted to make sure animals were treated well and she took a zoo of animals into Northern Idaho, [thereby] giving up a seven-year contract with Sam Goldwyn. It was a huge deal, and she just said “Nope, I’m going off on my own.” So she had a real chutzpah, 100 years ago, in the wilderness. 

We got eight of her restored films, they are beautiful and also crazy — she did her own stunts and she performed the very first nude scene in 1918. This woman was definitely a kickass broad.

You had to go deep into archives to find information about her. How did you go about finding all the information, and when did you conclude that you had enough to tell her story? How did you decide on what you would show of her?

The real synchonicity was that I was writing a history book about Idaho. When I was at the Idaho State Historical Society I started asking, “who is this woman?” and they told me I had to go to Boise State University. There was a university professor in the 1980s that discovered Nell Shipman when he was writing a history of film in Idaho. He’s collected her film archives and her life story. Boise State is in the same town as I am, so I went there and there was everything from her birth certificate to her death certificate, to eight of her restored films. His name was Tom Trusky, we got some footage of him in the ‘80s when he had died suddenly of a heart attack. Before Nell could get really get known she sunk back into obvlivion.

This is my 11th documentary, I make mostly films in the third world, mostly focused on women’s and girl’s issues, in Afghanistan, Iraq and 14 countries in Africa. When I first got this I felt it was a bit frivolous because no one is going to live or die. When I found out more, I realized that her life that had been doomed mirrored the lives of women filmmakers from Russia, Czech Republic, South America, they had all disappeared, so it became this two-year sleuthing project.

One of my co-producers is at Columbia University, The Women Film Pioneers Project, it just went online last year. They’ve been amassing this information for 20 years, when I came to interview with them, particularly professor Jane Gains, they put me onto these stories of these women. The really great part is that because we were a small, all-female crew, super micro-budget ($100,000) we got people to start donating these assets that would normally cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They realized how committed we were. I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for these women, but they had just been forgotten.  

Zora Neal Hurston’s family trust allowed me to use her only existing footage of her documentary. Miriam Wong, the first Chinese-American filmmaker in 1914, her family let us use footage from her first film which they had been keeping in a basement of their family home. I’ve become very committed to making sure these women get the recognition they deserve. It’s what led me to Geena [Davis] and what led me to Bentonville Film Festival, the first film festival that serves as a platform to promote the films made by women and minorities. I looked at the gender disparity and realized that history is just perpetuating itself. This film illuminates that path and says that we have to change it.

How did you select your crew?

Well first of all, I live in Idaho. There were only two female filmmakers in Idaho and they were commercial filmmakers. I knew them through working in television for NBC Nightly News and Plum television. It was the first time I brought them onto one of the documentary film crews. It was a big learning curve because one of them shoots for ESPN Extreme Sports shooting things like snowboarding all over the world, but she’s only shot in 720, she’s never been to 1080. She never had to look at the technical aspects so it was a big learning curve.

You mentioned you were on a tight budget, how did you make things work for the film?

Oh it was hysterical! The voiceover was done by our director of photography, she was an actress before she went into videography. For Bentonville we sent in our application, they said we were disqualified and we were like “how is this possible? We’re what this festival is about! They said “your film is,” I’m not lying, “64 seconds short.” So in ten days we found a 1926 biplane, an actress, a film crew and shot a whole other scene. We had to edit in the voiceover, and we didn’t have anymore studio time because we had already used it. So we went to record the voiceover in in a closet!

Another example is when we needed [to show] women’s suffragette because Nell drives from town to town in the Mojave desert to get support. I wanted to get suffragette footage so I went to Getty. They wanted $8000 and I was like “our entire film budget is $100,000.” I had to appeal to them and say it’s an educational documentary with a tiny, indie crew. We had to be transparent and show that we were motivated by the story and this wasn’t for profit. I was working for free! 

What did the more junior directors take away from working with you?

That to be a producer you have to be a little bit crazy. That to be a female producer you have to be really crazy. To be a female director you need to do everything a man does and promote yourself at the same time. I was on the plane here watching the first episode of Black-ish and she was talking about how women can bring in cupcakes and never be recognized, and if the dad brings them in he’s like a God. It’s the same thing with being a female director.

Women talk about being discriminated in Hollywood. I was discriminated against because I’m not in Hollywood — also by women. I went to Katherine Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke, Sophie Coppola and Jane Campion because I wanted a living female director to speak in the movie but I couldn’t get through their agents. I really want to get one of them. When people ask me if the movies is done I say “it needs one more thing!”

What are some of your hopes for women?

I have four kids, my youngest is nine my oldest is 36. My daughter just got her white coat as a doctor. She was raised to believe she could do whatever she wants, but she’s still going to face challenges. 

If we can’t get equality and can’t even get it in the crowd scenes in movies subconsciously women’s capabilities are still being demeaned. This documentary is a great way to do it because people learn, they are fascinated by these women, almost every time people say, “I just didn’t know.” For this film, I hope it’s picked up and shown to audiences across the world. I want people to think about how often they see women in movies, and ask themselves do they have a speaking role? So people start to have a dialogue, especially the younger generation.

anonymous asked:

If U.S.S.R., N.K., China, etc. weren't really communist (because that's what all the anarchists or marxists on here say), then how would you describe them? Would they be capitalist or something else? Everything I ever read always calls them communist, so if that's not right, what are they?

they weren’t communist in the marxist or anarchist sense, no - although that’s what people in general call them, and unfortunately this means that everyone who calls themselves a communist is doomed to explain this constantly… I don’t get particularly indignant about it to be honest, it’s just a fact of life - when I lived in Prague people referred to the state they used to lived under as “the communist system” and it’s fair enough really, it was the system controlled by the communist party. In the Czech Republic the main ancom federation doesn’t even use the word communist, just because of the connotations. 

Anyway…China is a capitalist country, North Korea is too - state ownership of enterprises doesn’t change social relations at the point of production (although both of those countries obviously have private enterprises too) 

Mistaking state ownership for socialism or communism is the single biggest misconception I think people have in this regard (on the left and right btw). Get that out of your head and you’ll have a much clearer idea about what communist politics are all about

Here’s Fred Engels spelling it out in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

The modern state, no matter what its form, is essentially a capitalist machine — the state of the capitalists, the ideal personification of the total national capital. The more it proceeds to the taking over of productive forces, the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit. The workers remain wage-workers — proletarians. The capitalist relation is not done away with. It is, rather, brought to a head. 

hope this helps