When I was a kid, the one thing I wanted more than anything else was a Cabbage Patch Kid.
But, in the late 80s/early 90s - they didn’t make Cabbage Patch Kids with light brown skin and dark brown hair and eyes.
There was black and white and that’s how the world was divided….but not because I grew up in Southall.
Pretty much every kid I went to school with had brown skin, brown hair and a mom who made them eat rice every night.
So, where were our dolls?
I watched Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix special - Homecoming King - recently and I fucking loved it. LOVED it. It was like hanging out with my coolest cousins - it was hilarious, heartfelt and bilingual.
Here’s a dude that looks like me and sounds like me.
Someone who can reference Drake and knows heartbreak.
Someone who also understands that if you’re reading this, it’s already too late, I’ve bit the fucking laving in the biryani and I think I might be dying, man.
Over the past couple of years - I’ve noticed it more and more.
More Indians represented in media.
More people who look like me and sound like me.
For me, it started with Kal Penn in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
For the first time in my life - I saw an Indian character I could relate to. For once, I saw an Indian person who didn’t have a thick, ridiculous accent. An Indian person who wasn’t mocked with “smelly curry” jokes.
Sidebar: Literally fuck every single person who makes this joke. Firstly, people didn’t die in the spice trade for you to be so goddamn ignorant and secondly, do you even understand how complicated and lush and beautiful a curry is? How much time and energy and love it takes to make? No. You don’t. So, shut the hell up and try not to choke on your shitty mayonnaise sandwich.
I saw an Indian dude who dropped pop culture references and used the word “dude” about as much as I do. I saw someone whose dad looked like an angrier version of Paps. I saw an Indian who wasn’t a doctor or an engineer or a call center employee.
Alright, fine. He was applying to med school in the movie but like the man said:
And then came Mindy Kaling who was basically a goddamn revelation in really cute shoes.
A smart, funny, mouthy Indian woman WRITER who gives ALL the fucks about cute packaging for make-up and SNL sketches?
It was like hearing my voice for the first time. Holy shit - that’s what I sound like?! That’s amazing! My voice is like a cross between Fergie Asha Bhosle and Jesus!
And of course, there’s Aziz Ansari. A man who created a genuinely honest look at the first-generation immigrant experience for millennials with Master of None.
The “Parents” episode of the first season and the “Religion” episode of the second season really hit home for me. The former deals with the stark differences between immigrant parents and their children and the latter deals with coming out to your parents about your lack of religious convictions - both issues I’ve certainly dealt with in the past couple of years.
I am part of #NewBrownAmerica
I can talk about the issues of the GOP condemning systemic poverty as if it were a mortal sin, I can rhyme every single word in Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, I know how Ganesh got his elephant head and that Mom has hidden little Ganesh statues in all of my apartments she’s been in and I’ve been making cups of chai since I was six-years-old, so I’m totally comfortable mocking the shit out of anyone who orders chai tea lattes.
Chai means tea. Latte means milk. You’re ordering a tea tea milk and you need to knock it off.
And I can do whatever the hell I dream of doing because isn’t that the promise of America?
I’ve even become more comfortable with speaking Gujarati. I mean, I’m super rubbish at it and my pronunciation will make every one of my masis wince, but I’m not embarrassed anymore like I used to be.
We were trying to book an AirBnB last night and I asked J to text the link to our buddy.
“How do I do that?” “Here. Batawu.”
As in, here. Let me show you.
I’m becoming more myself and it feels easier.
Maybe because I’m in my mid-30s and you just don’t care as much about that kind of stuff anymore but also because there’s a we now.
I see people like myself on television and it’s such a big fucking deal. And you know what’s even more exciting?
In like, fifty years - it won’t even be a big deal anymore. Some little Indian girl is going to see tons of people on TV like her and she won’t even bat an eye because duh, why wouldn’t Indian people be on TV like everyone else?
Representation matters and seeing this new crop of talented, smart, funny and brilliant brown people who grew up on Bollywood and Barbies, Ganesh and Ghostbusters and the goddamn pressure cooker going off at 8:00 in the morning gives me such hope.
Do you think, if they survive the second apocalypse and the end of the show, that Clarke and Bellamy could ever have a family? How do you see each of them handling parenthood?
This has been sitting in my inbox forever, mostly because
parenting and to have/to not have kids is a topic that risks alienating people
and it is so difficult to talk about
without someone feeling like you’re shitting on their choices and I have not
had the brainpower recently to navigate it. However, @wellamyblake‘s awesomely
morose headcanon on this subject (I loved it. I cried. I loved it some more and then yearned for fluff) has inspired me to
put digit to keyboard at last.
This may border on fluff. You have been warned, but WE ALL
NEED HAPPINESS RIGHT.
Disclaimers out the way first, because this stuff is
important. Women in all walks of life face
so much pressure to have kids and it annoys me immensely that happy story endings
for ladies almost always involve children somehow, even if a female protagonist
has repeatedly said she doesn’t want to procreate (I’m looking at you Suzanne
Collins). THAT SAID, it also annoys me immensely that parenting is
repeatedly shat on as a lesser (i.e. feminine) choice more generally, as in
bringing up other humans could not possibly compare to the Very Important Man
Jobs that also make the world go round, and I wish that parenting and its
associated joys and terrors were tackled more frequently in the media more
You see the minefield we’re dealing with here. (Sidebar: my feminism is undoubtedly not what
you were after with this ask but I offer no apologies for delving into it. THIS STUFF MATTERS.)
So what follows is just my read of Bellamy and Clarke and my
own personal headcanon – no more valid than anyone else’s – and is inevitably
coloured by my own experience as a parent.
OK, so the question at hand.
Could I see Bellarke family? The short answer is YES PLZ, because my
beautiful space babies have been through so much and I would dearly, dearly
love for them to have a shot at family life after everything they’ve been
through, and to reap the rewards thereof. Not actually in-show, mind you (JASON
NO), but this is what my headcanon looks like.
I’m going to reference MJ throughout because her headcanon
was so beautifully put together and I super agree with lots of it. Bellarke’s
legacy will absolutely be cemented in the lives they’ve saved over and over
again and I don’t think Bellarke kids would be relevant to their legacy per se.
So too, Bellarke’s legacy will exist in the found family they have amongst the
But honestly, I think that having a family would be
something selfish, just for them and just about
them as a couple, and that’s what I like about it so much after all the
sacrifices they’ve made for their people.
Let’s rewind for a second. Why would Bellamy and Clarke even
want kids? Well so much of it for me is
bound up in their respective childhoods. Bellamy’s family life was clearly very
important to him. He loves his sister.
He loved his mother very much too. It is this love from which he derived so
much of his strength in impossible conditions in the Ark, and later on the
ground. In fact, Bellamy is basically made of familial love – the love for his
actual family, his love for his found family, and his love for the various
waifs and strays he picks up on the way (Charlotte and, *cough* Riley). How awesome would it be for him to have a
family on his own terms? A family which
he chose to have (rather than foisted upon him), with the woman he loves? The
thought of it warms my tired, grizzled heart to a veritable furnace.
Need I mention this:
Clarke’s situation is slightly more complex, as biologically
she would bear the initial brunt of parenthood, and let’s face it, Clarke is a
person with Shit To Do. But in my headcanon, Clarke is tired of saving the
world, ready to try something different even if it’s just for a little while,
and take on a challenge of a different nature. And my girl NEVER shies away
from a challenge if it’s something she wants. I get the impression that Clarke’s
childhood was relatively happy, and I think Clarke, like many people, would
like to recreate that childhood happiness for someone else with someone she
And just, drawing from my own experience, having a family
together is about building a life together, and while achieving that through kids is not the right thing for everybody, I think Bellamy and Clarke’s depleted family connections
and unique situation would drive them to create something new in their own
Now, MJ made the absolutely valid point that Bellamy and
Clarke wouldn’t feel worthy of passing on their legacy via the gene pool,
having had hand in circa 1,600 deaths
between them. This is 100% fair, but one thing about being a parent is this:
you want better for your children than you had for yourself. You want your children to be BETTER THAN YOU.
You want to pass on the wisdom gained from the mistakes you’ve made so that
they don’t make them. And Bellamy and
Clarke, who have made so many mistakes and had the courage to face them all,
would have more than a little invested in passing on their wisdom to a second
generation of Skaikru.
As for how they’d handle it. Well parenthood is and always
has been about sacrifice, but (where it is a choice) it is also a selfish thing
too – about bringing life into the world partly for your own benefit. And who
knows more about sacrifice, or deserves more selfish pleasure than Bellarke? What’s
more it has always struck me that Bellamy and Clarke are both naturally very affectionate
people. They enjoy lavishing love and
affection on people and receiving in return. Again, own family, own terms.
And most importantly, Bellamy and Clarke have each other.
They are a team. Bellamy may struggle with letting his impulses get the better
of him, or expressing himself; Clarke may struggle with relating to those she
loves, but between them they’ll muddle through because they always have and
they always will.
(Before embarking on yet another sacrificial journey though,
both Bellamy and Clarke deserve a long, long rest of several years, just them,
spending lots of time together lounging in long grass, swimming in lakes and
screwing in caves. Just have a look at the fanfic, OK? It’s all there.)
I warned you about the fluff. Now I’m embarrassed and I’m
going to shove my face in a cushion until you all go away and stop looking at
Hi I'm the anon that asked for "how to add a page on Tumblr" and I'm so sorry I didn't make any sense but I meant how do you create a sideblog where you can reblog your gameplay posts!?for example you have a page of your gameplay where you rebloged your legacy posts to! Sorry if that's didn't make any sense either :( I'm really bad at explaining
AH I think I understand! Don’t worry, lovely, I’m very bad at explaining, too, haha. So it’s not actually a sideblog, and I don’t actually reblog my posts anywhere, but I tag them and create a link with those tags. I’m going to explain this as good as I can. So, I’m going to go with my own example here, for the sake of clarity. I tag my legacy posts as ‘ts4 gameplay’ and ‘ambrose legacy’. So all of my gameplay posts are tagged ‘ts4 gameplay’, and all the posts that are about the Ambrose family are tagged ‘ambrose legacy’. So when I make a post, I write those tags in the ‘tags’ section of the post:
And then publish it. Now, Tumblr automatically creates pages that only show posts under a certain tag, so when I posted the first posts tagged ‘ts4 gameplay’, Tumblr automatically created a page that gets constantly updated with posts tagged ‘ts4 gameplay’, and created a link for it too: http://ghardenia.tumblr.com/tagged/ts4-gameplay. The same thing happens to all of your tags, the url/link is always going to be yourblogname.tumblr.com/tagged/yourtags. So Tumblr does this job for you. Now all I had to do was to take this link, and link it from my theme. Your theme usually has an option to show links on a navigation, mine looks like this:
Something like this should be there when you click on your theme customization page. Where it says link 2, you just insert /tagged/yourtag, in my case it should be /tagged/ts4-gameplay. It isn’t, because I made a page to show links to my legacy, as you can see these links are: from the beginning, recent, and family tree. If you were wondering how I made this page, then just dismiss whatever I was talking about up to this point, haha - I’m sorry if it wasn’t what you asked for. Now I’ll explain how to make a page like that.
You just go to your theme customization page, by going to your blog and clicking ‘Edit theme’ in the right upper corner, next to ‘Dashboard’. Then you scroll all the way down on that grey sidebar, and just click on ‘+Add a page’.
This will bring up a screen with page settings.
For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to show you how my Ambrose legacy page looks like:
What I did there is that I wrote up my links and linked them like I just explained a little earlier. So the ‘recent’ link is ‘http://ghardenia.tumblr.com/tagged/ambrose-legacy’, and if you click on it, you’ll only see posts tagged with ‘ambrose legacy’, so only posts about the Ambrose family. And, a useful tid-bit, if you want to show posts in the order they were uploaded, a.k.a. in chronological order, all you have to do is add ‘/chrono’ to the end. So the link ‘from the beginning’ is linked’ http://ghardenia.tumblr.com/tagged/ambrose-legacy/chrono’, but the idea is the same. Then you just save the page, and instead of linking ‘http://yourblogname.tumblr.com/tagged/yourtag’ from the navigation, as explained earlier, you link ‘http://yourblogname.tumblr.com/yourpage’.
You can even short-link these things by just linking either ‘/tagged/yourtag’, or ‘/yourpage’ from the navigation, as sometimes Tumblr is dumb and doesn’t like full links, but I still used them in this explanation, so you’d understand what is happening. Short links are just everything that comes after ‘…tumblr.com’.
GOD, I hope this was what you were asking about, and I hope I explained it OK, but if something isn’t clear, or you were curious about something else, please, write me again!
So I made my first theme! I was actually just planning on making a simple one for my side blog but i ended up spending like 8 hours making this instead! I mean I spend enough time editing the shit out of other themes, figured I’d just make one myself, so here it is :^)
250px & 400px posts
lots of color customization
150px sidebar image
post wrapper option
transparent posts & wrapper
2 extra links (u can honestly add more if u want u just gotta tweak the code a bit!)
Meeting Robin ♥️ (Writing on mobile full of feels and happiness so might be a bit unstructured with pics and text lol)
Sooo I met Robin today at the Heroes & Villain Fan fest!! Aaaaaaaah! It was so amazing and he is a pure cupcake of kittens! As we know since before! Ugh. So me and my friend went right to his booth for the autograph! It took a long very worthy wait until he showed up ♥️♥️ And it felt so unreal to just see him IRL. Ugh he was so nice and cute. I came to the three first in line but then he had to go to photo op. And when he left from his chair we happened to make eye contact aaaah because he saw my shirt, the oswald’s club, and also my sidebar for like 2 years now heh, and he shined and said aaah I love your shirt! And gave me the cutest smile and a wink!! Omg! And i just got so hit by surprise and just heeeeh thank you so much!!! :333. So then we in line got these cupouns thing so we would get first in line when he would be back aftet op, so that was really nice! So then we went back a bit later and got to almost front. And so I took up my photo I wanted sign, one of my favs ever of Robin! And so his manager I think it was sat first to like structure stuffs and she was soo impressed by the pic haha like “woaaah that is an amazing pic where it’s from??” And I said it was one of my favs ever and she just yeaah it’s beautiful! THEN I got up to Robin aaaaah, and to get that eye contact was just so magical and he was smiling and shining like he always is uuuugh ♥️ So we said hii! and nice to meet you! And I told him here this is one of my absolute favorite pics of you!! Because it’s just so stunning and perfect aaaah. And he said it was a really nice picture! And asked my name and I told him so! And he smiled so nice and then we took the selfie and to get to just touch this amazing cupcake for a selfie hug, guess I was just a total blushing mess all throuh it lol. Then I said thank you so much and he said thank you and have a nice day and again how he thought my shirt was amazing :3.
Then it was the panel, which was lovely too and to see all the other casts too ♥️ But yas Robin is my fav as you might know heh. AND I CAN’T BELIEVE ALL THIS AND I FEEL SO HAPPY AND FUZZY INSIDE ♥️♥️He is the sweetest ♥️♥️
And yes that is an emoji on me, I prefer to stay lowkey faceanon :P But maybe some of you recognize me from my outfit anyway if you were there ;)
For a number of years now, Tumblr has been home to some of the best, most popular, and most complicated gif tutorials on the net. If you find difficulty following those tutorials, or are actively looking for a shortened way to gif high quality low maintenance gifs, continue reading this 5 step process by historyrph! GIF EXAMPLES:
(A modern au set in no particular time at all in which mare and cal meet after she stays over to work on a project with Maven. Cute fluff and angst and more fluff follow as they move through their lives together.)
(another modern au which picks up in no particular time at all, and follows Mare and Cal after they find out Mare’s pregnant (I know, I know, another pregnancy au? wtf is wrong with you??? I dont know man, I guess I just love the idea of them having bebies))
Look guys, I dont know how to make it any easier to find these. Tumblr will not let me post a link in my bio, and the best I can give you is this. If anyone knows a way to make my link to my page available on mobil that would be awesome. If you are on the computer though, simply go to my page, (not the side bar one, the one that takes up the whole page, you can get there by clicking my icon on the sidebar), then go to the menu button, click it, then click my fanfics. It’ll take you right to the page where they all are.
Thank you all for sticking around for this absurdly long project of mine. It’s been about 3 years since I started and I’m glad that it’s finally done. I may go back and sort of my favourite ones to make more books but for now, I’d like to let it rest for a while and enjoy its final state.
Also apparently in the time that I was using this tumblr theme, tumblr made it a theme you have to buy so I can’t really change the number on teh sidebar without purchasing it. But just know I’ve reached 4529/4529!
How to Fix Tumblr’s “No Posts with External Links Show Up in Tags” Nonsense!
Hey fellow creators! So, as some folks may have recently become aware, Tumblr posts with external links don’t show up in relevant tags (as detailed in this post). IE, if you post a Steven Universe picture and tag it “Steven Universe” and there’s an external link in the post, it won’t actually show up in the “Steven Universe” tag! This is very frustrating! What if I make a post and want to link to my Twitter in the description? What if I want to link people to my online store when I post a piece of art? What if I want to link to a YouTube video and still have it show up under the relevant tags I put into the post?
Hold on to your butts kids cuz here’s how we cheat the system.
The thing about Tumblr’s Anti-Linking nonsense works is that it only blocks external links. Internal links are fine. So if you wanted to post a link to another Tumblr post, or someone’s Tumblr blog, you’re good. But if you wanted to link to your Twitter page or something, you’re screwed. So, all we gotta do is make your external link into a Tumblr link. Sounds weird. I know. But here’s how it works.
First, go to your Tumblr blog. Hit the “Edit Theme” tab.
In the theme editor sidebar, scroll all the way to the bottom, the “Page” section. (Here’s what mine looks like- I already have a few of these set up)
Hit “Add a Page”, and this window will pop up. By default it’s set to be a Standard Page. Hit the dropdown and select “redirect”.
For this example, let’s say I want to link to my Twitter page. I’ll name the page “Twitter” (this is what the redirect URL will end up being- IE yourblogname.tumblr.com/Twitter), and insert my Twitter URL under the “Redirect To” tab. Leave “Show a link to this page” turned off. (Unless you want the link to show up on your blog, in which case, turn it on. Do what you want, I’m not your mom)
Hit “Save”, and your new page should now show up on your Page list!
And done! So now, let’s say I wanted to use the new link in the text portion of a post. Simply use the Tumblr redirect link instead of the direct URL! As a test, I linked to my Twitter in a test post, using the redirect link instead of the direct link, and there it is in the tag! Success!
I recommend making a Redirect Page for any external links you’ll be using frequently. I like to post links to my webcomic/Twitter in posts fairly often, but doing that made me take a pretty big hit since my posts wouldn’t show up in tags. With this method, I can keep the external links, and have stuff show up when I tag it! Workarounds are fun!
In celebration of 3k followers I have decided to do something for you guys. I have decided to do a tutorial on my phone backgrounds! In this tutorial I will be explaining on how to make something like these:
Lets get started!
Step 1. Open Photoshop and go to: file. click on new and insert the following size: (640 BY 1136 for iphone 5)
Step 2. Click on the shape tool on the sidebar, Click “Custom Shape” then draw this shape or any shape on your canvas. (Usually I do the rectangle with round borders)
Step 3. Copy and paste a picture of your choice on the canvas. Then, right click on the layer with picture and click on “create clipping mask”. Resize the picture to your liking.
Step 4. Then, find a background that matches the colors in the picture. I am using a combination of three backgrounds and playing around with their opacities.
Step 5. Now I am going to add psds, textures and more! (Please do not ask me what psds I use because I mix them)
Step 6. Now for the final touches, I am going to add my credit, topaz and sharpen the picture.
Tada! And you’re done. If you have any questions send them in my ask box!