i was bored so i made a chart

i am very bored today so i made this spreadsheet charting every character alliance in every episode of always sunny… a few observations:

most solo plotlines: dee, with 28

least solo plotlines: mac, with 13

most duo plotlines: charlie/mac and dennis/mac, tied with 21

least duo plotlines: dennis/frank and frank/mac, tied with 5

most trio plotlines: charlie/dennis/mac, with 10

least trio plotlines: charlie/dee/mac and charlie/dennis/frank, tied with 0

most quad plotlines: the gang minus dee, tied with 5 (i excluded the first season from this count or the gang minus frank would have pulled ahead)

least quad plotlines: the gang minus charlie and the gang minus dennis, tied with 1

Still bitter we never got to have an Avengers movie with the new (I guess ex, now) team.

I want to see Wanda practice throwing Steve into buildings.

I want to see my son meet Redwing for the first time.

I want to see Sam and Rhodey practice airborne maneuvers and take bets on their flights.

I want to see Steve teach Sam all those flippy little moves and Sam teach Steve his own flippy little moves.

I want to see Nat teach Wanda spycraft and kick everyone’s butt at combat practice.

I want to see Rhodey and Wanda interaction, can you imagine?

I want to see Steve be so fucking proud of his new family.

I want movie nights and dinners together and chore charts and boring meetings and sleepovers.

It would have made CACW more poignant if those connections had been given more definition.

Like, can a sister get some flashback webisodes or nah?

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Warning: This is really crappy and I hate it. But there’s salty Meredith that I know you all love so here’s this really late unedited chapter.

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It was another day in the Raeken house. You and Theo had taken a bath together and you stood by your promise to protect him; which was really an excuse to be the big spoon in every situation but there was no sex. You simply just showed how much you adored each other with slightly less carnal methods.

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In defense of your weeb art phase

I really don’t like this trend of shaming young (or beginner) artists just because they started out trying to draw manga.

I started out trying to draw manga.  Not only that, I started out trying to draw manga using Christopher Hart as a guide.

This was my first how to draw book.  I probably still have it somewhere.

It goes without saying that my art style is still suffering aftershocks from having this as my foundation. And I would probably be leagues beyond where I am now if I started out by practicing basic shapes or learning realism or things like that.

But here’s the thing.  That’s not what I wanted to draw.  I didn’t want to fill my sketchbook with pages of cubes and cylinders or value charts.  I wanted to draw my characters and my wild ideas.  This sort of Americanized manga probably wasn’t the best place for me to start out, but this was the first time I tried drawing something beyond stick figures.

People looked at my shit anime drawings and said “hey that’s pretty good”, and that inspired me.  Before then, drawing was just something I did because I was bored and I had ideas.  But people told me I was good, which made me realize that drawing was something I had the ability to do.  So I practiced more.  I studied life.  I studied values.  I studied all those things I didn’t want to draw when I was just starting out.  Not only because I was more confident in myself, but I was more familiar with moving my hand across the paper.

I still have to unlearn things I learned during my manga phase, but that comes with time.  Art is all about becoming better than you were yesterday.  Starting out drawing manga won’t ruin your art style or prevent you from getting into art school.  For some people, that’s just the spark they need.

anonymous asked:

Are there any "good" forms of autistic therapy? like, ways to help autistic kids succeed in life and live a good life without forcing them to pretend to be neurotypical? I'm just genuinely curious, thank you <3

First off, sorry if I’m very late answering this, tumblr for some reason seems to be bad at alerting me about messages. 

I think the big thing about therapy is that, in order to be really helpful, it needs to be working on goals that the person sets for themselves. Otherwise you’re wasting their time. Obviously this is harder with kids, who may not fully understand why a goal is important, but you should try to explain things in a way they can understand and give them a degree of autonomy, especially as they get older. If a child rejects a goal you should also be willing to consider that the goal may not be as important as you thought it was. And obviously choosing goals is going to be really hard for people who don’t have some kind of communication system in place to express their desires, so that should always be one of if not the first thing you focus on.

Creating a communication system usually falls under speech therapy, even though it’s not always speech. It might be signing, or using a communication book, or an AAC app. Whatever works best for them. You need to approach this as helping a person communicate, not as making them memorize and repeat back vocabulary, or point to things when you ask them to point to them. Remember: it’s not a test, it’s a voice. They need to be able to say what they want to say. Even if it’s things you may not like to hear, like “no”, “five more minutes”, “that’s boring”, or “i don’t like that person.” 

What’s called “life skills” is a really important thing to teach. Things like hygiene, doing laundry, cooking, shopping, using the bus, applying for a job. Sometimes teaching this has to go beyond breaking down the usual way of doing things into steps. Sometimes it needs to involve finding other ways to do things that get the job done in a way that is easier for that person. It may mean teaching someone to wear earplugs and sunglasses to the store when they go shopping, if that helps reduce distractions and prevent over-stimulation and meltdowns. Sensory strategies can really make people’s lives easier- just make sure it’s tailored to their seeking/defensive sensory needs. A different example: I find it really hard to follow recipes, so I’ve made myself a flow chart that goes like “pick a meat, pick a way to cook the meat, pick spices to add when cooking, pick a carb and a veggie that go well as side dishes, etc”, and it’s a lot easier for me to cook with that than from a book. Work with people to figure out a way that works for them.

Physical therapy can be good for people with motor planning issues. It can also be difficult, painful, boring, or all three and more. I think this is a thing where it’s really important to explain to kids why you want them to do the therapy, how you think it will benefit them, and to give them the opportunity to say whether they want to do it, or at the very least to choose what activities they do in PT.

Social skills, I think, can be good, if it’s done the right way. It needs to be about helping the person do what they want to do, not about making them more palatable to others. Teach them how to find friends who have common interests; don’t teach them to never talk about the things they like for fear of being seen as weird. Teach them to resolve conflicts in ways that aren’t yelling and hitting but also aren’t just going along with whatever the other person wants and setting aside their own desires. You also need to be honest about how the world works, not pretend that ideals are reality (eg, bullies will usually not leave you alone if you ask nicely, or if you ignore them. Encourage teachers to defend the kid being bullied and send a message that bullying is wrong.) For teens, dating advice may be appropriate, but it can’t be sexist pick-up artist type stuff that teaches guy to devalue women; help them build real connections.

As kids get older, it’s very important to talk to them about plans for the future. Don’t discourage them because they don’t have the necessary skills yet; teach them the skills they need! If they’re going to be going to college, they need to be able to file a college app, work with disability services, manage their time, and have good study skills. If they’re going to work, they need to know about job applications, interview etiquette, benefits, income taxes, as well as job-specific skills. If they’re going to live partially or mostly independently, they need to be able to cook, shop, do laundry, clean, and have reliable transportation of some kind. Whatever their goals are, work with them to decide what skills they need in order to reach that goal, and help them learn those skills.

I think the most important thing here is the mindset of the people giving the therapy. It needs to be about helping a person accomplish the goals that they choose, not getting them to do what you think is best. A therapist provides a service. They should answer to their client, the person in therapy- not the other way around.

Anyway, that’s my view. Other people probably have their own thoughts on the topic. Can anyone else offer their perspective on helpful therapies for anon? 

Cleaning This Mess Up: What To Do Now that Donald Trump is President

UPDATE: I looked at the vote counts and there is a clear case of voter suppression happening. So the last few elections the voter turnout for the republican nominee has been roughly 59-60 million, and and the democratic turn out was usually 62+ million. This election about 6 million less people voted than usual, and those missing 6 million seemed to come almost exclusively from the democratic turn out. Trump got the expected 59 million votes, so I’m calling shenanigans. The good news is that the people who voted for Trump are the same 59 million zealots we’ve been dealing with for a while now, instead of a whole bunch more.

@tvixx @pocket-army @kpopmademyday @jongtaekwoon @incorrect-bts-quotes @banqhim @lu-nomnoms @incorrecttoppdoggquotes @daebak-dreams

*Please signal boost this. I feel like my writing is the only way I can help others right now. (Also forgive any typos; I wrote this on only three hours of sleep.)*

     I wrote this because I know that these words are needed. Some of what I say you may hear from everywhere, and some you might only hear from me. I felt that these words needed to be shared, and if this helps even one person then this was time well spent.

       This is bad, but it is not the worst thing that we have gone through. Hopefully we can turn this into the political upheaval needed to bring about real change. Despite whatever differences that we think divide us we need to stand together as not only a country, but a planet. We have gotten to this point through many hard fought battles, and one man, no matter how much backing he has, will not take that away. We must keep moving forward. We must dig in our heels and not give.

To Those Who are Scared:

       Don’t run. Stand firm. You don’t have to protest, or do anything much different from what you’re doing now. What you need to do is educate yourself on your state and local government, and vote for people who will be able to stave off Trump’s insanity. If you are not safe where you are now, any state that voted firmly for Clinton is a good place for now. They may not be permanent strongholds, but they will provide shelter. Try not to leave the country. If everyone who is against this madness leaves, the U.S. is already lost.

To Those Who Need to Leave:

       I understand that you must do what is best for you. Find safety where you can. Get your passports now if you don’t already have them. Wait until you are where you need to be before you worry about visas. Right now there are plenty of countries that you can go to on a U.S. passport without a visa. 

       If you think you may need to leave in the future, downsize your belongings, keep your records (medical, financial, academic, etc.) somewhere safe and accessible, and do your research. Other countries are going through political messes right now too, so “anywhere but here” may not be the best idea. Most importantly, save money. Keep your funds liquid (easily accessible) and buy gold and silver if you can.

To Those At Risk (for suicide, self harm, and depression):
       Don’t do it. This election is not worth your life, or mental or physical health. If you need help, get help. Talk to someone, even if its just a friend on your favorite blog. If you can talk better to a stranger, talk to me. I will always lend an ear and whatever advice I can give. I can’t lie and say that everything will be alright, but I can say that this is not the end.

To the Angry:

       Don’t explode. Don’t give those hateful people more ammunition. Stay calm. If you need to release anger, do it constructively. You need to act with purpose; not react mindlessly. If you don’t trust yourself to respond constructively to a situation, remove yourself from it. Stay safe.

To Other Countries:
       This affects the whole world. There will be people leaving the U.S. and there will probably be a few coming to where you live. You don’t have to do anything more than just treat others with human decency. You can help out by doing your best to make sure that your country stands for what you believe in. Don’t worry about immigrants from the U.S. or other countries; instead make sure that something like this doesn’t happen to your country. If it already has then stay strong; you can get through it as well.

To Students:
       Study hard. If it comes to the point where you may need to leave the U.S., you want to be viewed as an asset to another country. Many countries have grants and other forms of funding for international students. Work hard, and even if you don’t have the best test scores or grades, you will have a place almost anywhere. Even if you don’t need to leave, you can benefit from focusing on your studies. I know that mandatory classes are boring and sometimes hard, so try to connect them to your passions. If you like drawing, make charts and concept webs to help you illustrate the subject matters. If you like writing, lay out a study template for each section of your book that connects everything together. You can always ask for help.

To Those Under 18:
       I’m sorry. I cannot begin to understand how frustrated you feel. You have been dragged into this with no chance to voice your opinion. Don’t loose hope. Understand that, although these choices are being made by others for you, your future is ultimately your own. Do your best to shape it into the future you want.

To Pet Owners:
       Keep your animals healthy. Make sure they have their shots up to date and that you have current copies of their medical files. I know that its expensive, but if you need to relocate this will make the process much easier on you.

To Those With Privilege:
       If you aren’t scared right now, then you have privilege. I don’t resent you for this; you cannot help how you were born or what you have achieved. All I ask is that you take the opportunities that you have and instigate change. Don’t do it because you think you owe it to the disenfranchised, or because its the “responsible thing” to do. Do it because it is what you believe in. Whether you are a republican, a democrat, a member of the green party, or something else; you cannot be happy with the election. Otherwise you would not be reading this. Don’t feel guilty, just do what’s right.

To Those Who Did Not Vote:
       You messed up. Its too late to change things. Its not too late to fix it. Don’t be a spectator any more.

To Everyone:

       This is not the end. We can fix this as long as we stand strong and work together. I know that this will be hard. Remember that at worst this will last four years; at best far less. This will change the relationships that the U.S. has with other countries. This will change the global economy. This will change the flow of politics forever. We can make this a good change. We have to.

Educate yourself about your government. Vote for candidates that you believe in. We are not outnumbered; our voices just aren’t as loud, but that can be changed.

The Night Shift (prequel)

short thing i wrote cus i’m fighting writer’s block ;__; prequel to this because i can’t get this medical au out of my head thanks to @cottonomz. part 2 here.

Stupid bastard doctor. Levi thought, glaring at the object of his ire. Stuck up his own ass piece of shit.

His internal tirade was interrupted by said doctor, walking over to where he was keying in information on a computer to hand him a chart.

“You’ll have to prioritize this one first.” He said, his damned shiny name tag glinting right in Levi’s eye.

Dr. Erwin Smith, it said, nearly blinding him almost as much as his clear blue eyes did.

“No shit.” Levi snapped, ignoring that thought. “The patient had a seizure in the lobby.”

Infuriatingly enough, Dr. Smith - or ‘Erwin,’ as most of the staff called him - smiled at Levi’s ire like he always did, like he found him amusing and not to be taken seriously. It was bullshit, and something that his predecessor had not done. Dr. Pixis had recognized that this was Head Nurse Levi’s ER, not his, but unfortunately he had not passed that knowledge onto his replacement before he retired.

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I know people are trying to find the bright side for Infinity being the new single, and by all means, I’m not going to interfere with that. If you have a reason that you’re happy it’s going to be the next single then that’s great, seriously, but I’m also not going to act like I am. To be honest I’m so disappointed.

Infinity, Perfect, what do they have in common? Well for me, it’s that none of the people who I’ve made listen to this album (which is quite a lot) liked them in any way. Don’t get me wrong, they didn’t hate them either, but they all said things along the line of them being boring or blah or not standing out or reminding them of other 1d stuff I’ve made them listen to in the past. Now, granted, the people I made listen to the album are not really big pop fans, especially boyband fans, and I have no doubt that Infinity will do decent if not well in the charts, but I’m so frustrated that people are going to assume this album is exactly like their previous ones based on the singles being released.

Those same people who I made listen to the album all said stuff along the lines of the album wasn’t what they expected from 1D, and they all had songs they liked and thought were catchy. But the general public isn’t getting to hear those songs, and they’re not getting to see that 1D has made some really different and mature bangers on this album. They’ll walk away with the same impression they took into listening Infinity, for the most part.

So I’m pretty disappointed. I’m not trying to be a negative nelly, and I’m going to attempt to keep the posts I reblog about it all to a minimum, because I don’t want to be a mood killer for anyone who is happy about it for whatever reason, but I’m crushed.

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Because I got nothing better to do, here are the names of the countries/regions in their own languages. If there are two or more names, like with Finland, the country is bilingual, trilingual or more (Suomi is the name in Finnish, and Finland is the name in Swedish. Canada is bilingual, but Canada is just Canada in both English and French). Names in parentheses are just romanizations. I’m sorry if I made mistakes… and why this looks so blurry!