illustratedjai  asked:

Sam, has anyone yet told you about Japadog? It's a Vancouver, BC thing, so I know it's well out of your way, but I think they're the kind of success story you'd like, even if I have no idea how your supertaster tongue would feel about the fusion of Japanese food and hot dogs.

Okay but I tend to really love the flavors in Japanese cooking and this food looks FUCKING AMAZING. I need to taste a lot of these hot dogs and EsPECIALLY the croquette dog, the avocado dog, the kobe beef with SELECT KETCHUP, the fried bun with ice cream, and the butter-and-shoyu fries. 

VANCOUVER! *shakes fist*

Actually it looks like there’s one in LA and I may be in LA next July, so. I WILL HUNT IT DOWN. 


illustratedjai  asked:

Hey! I'm a artist doing commission work, and I would love to do art of fanwalkers! I'm unfortunately too busy to offer trades, but my prices are slightly negotiable and I do offer student/unemployed discounts. My art tumblr is at illustratedjai-art and my commission information is on the sidebar. If you'd like more of a write up or anything, just let me know. :) - Jai

Ah! thank you for coming forwards we appreciate it! We’ll put your name down and your url ready for the page’s completion. I understand that not everyone can do art trades, that option wasn’t compulsory. So thank you none the less! 

- Thalia mod

illustratedjai replied to your postbetter-humans replied to…

Gonna warn you, there’s some questionable linguistics in the show - every now and again it just made me hit my head on a table. But mostly pretty awesome.

I don’t think I’ve seen a representation of fictional linguistics that gets it exactly right yet. But I’ll take representation over accuracy any day. (Or, any day when I have to choose between them, at least!)

I figure, if you show more linguistics in the media, more kids will get inspired to study the field in school, which will lead to more linguists in the wider population, which will lead in time to better accuracy in its portrayal in the media. Everybody wins!

Responses for which show I should start next:

  • Stargate SG-1: ||
  • Breaking Bad: ||
  • Teen Wolf: || 
  • Psych: ||
  • Merlin: ||
  • Stargate Atlantis: |
  • White Collar: | 
  • The Riches: | 
  • Leverage: |
  • 30 Rock: |
  • Eureka: |
  • Bones: |

Like I said, I’m not planning on starting anything immediately. But I appreciate all the input, and I’ll take your recs into consideration when the time comes!

illustratedjai  asked:

I know I've seen you guys talk about the side zip binders, but I've read through the FAQ and am having a hard time finding the mention on tumblr, so if you've already answered this, I'm really sorry! Will the side-zip binders be getting their own entry on the store envy at some point, or does that fall under custom cut? Sorry to bug you if you've already answered this! and thank you so much for all that you do!!!

Hello, friend! When you sent this in, we hadn’t listed it yet! It is listed now! 

And it is totally okay to ask, no problem! We are super glad to finally be ready to make a jillion more of these, so freakin go for it <3

illustratedjai replied to your postdidyoudrinkmygingerale replied to your photo: Have…

WAIT WHAT YOU ONLY GRADUATED IN ‘06??? D: I thought you were at least five or six years older than me, not one! Aw man, now I feel really bad for still being at work on my bachelor’s…

I went straight from high school into college, which I understand is fairly typical, but then straight from college into grad school, which apparently is not. I’m in my third year of the PhD program now, and until this year, there was only one grad student in the department younger than me.

illustratedjai  asked:

Samantha Traynor, Mordin Solus, Garrus Vakarian

I would get drunk with Mordin because I think we could talk for ages about our passions for science and generally how awesome everything is. And also salarians don’t do sex or relationships so I couldn’t do that to him! I think Sam and Garrus are both pretty good candidates for the other two but obviously I would marry Sam because I love her. And I’m pretty sure Garrus would be able to show me a good time. And if turians really existed I’m pretty sure I’d be really curious about what it would be like to have sex with them. (Also Jai!! <3 I hope you are doing well.)

illustratedjai  asked:

I have an odd sort of thought about vocal fry/creaky voice. That particular mannerism has always seemed to me like people trying to lower their voices; honestly, when I hear women using it, it makes me think they're trying to sound LESS feminine (which comes with the assumption of more masculine, and the baggage that goes with that.) I always kind of assumed that was the (probably subconscious) motivation behind it??

I’ll be honest, I am super skeptical about that sort of explanation. This is a linguistic behavior that is prevalent throughout a particular group — young American women — and it’s relatively recent, going back probably no more than a couple decades at most. It’s really unlikely that so many young women have independently reasoned the way you suggest here, or that no young women before ~1990 reasoned that way.

The much more plausible account is just that it’s a behavior spreading through peer groups like any other. It’s a vocal pattern popularly coded as young and female, which makes individual young female speakers more likely to incorporate it into their own speech. That’s still a largely subconscious process, but it’s due to feelings of identity and group membership rather than efforts to sound less feminine per se.

illustratedjai replied to your post:

oh man, i forgot about that episode. It took SG1 a little while to hit its stride, I think. :/ (Also, I suspect - tho I do not know - that they may have had a hard time getting a regular slot, which might’ve had something to do with it?)

I mean, it’s hard to really hate on clips shows because you can see why producers make them… If your show didn’t have a very large audience at first, it’s a good way to catch people up (and maybe convince them to go back and watch what they missed, if that’s possible). And even for people who did see the original episodes back when they aired, it’s a good way to remind people of the plot / the stakes right before something climactic. And of course, it’s much cheaper than writing and filming a complete new story.

But those purposes aren’t really relevant for someone watching the TV show later on, episode by episode. And so often the writing surrounding the clips is just SO WEAK. “Hey, remember that time…?” It’s like a Family Guy skit, only the scene it jumps to isn’t a punchline; it’s a ten-minute exact replay of something you saw not all that long ago.

tl;dr: I understand why clip shows get made, but I really don’t like watching them. But I’m too persnickety to ever skip an episode, so I don’t really have a choice.

illustratedjai  asked:

I saw post going around a bit ago about some botblogs just going around reblogging posts tagged #personal or #do not reblog or things like that. Dunno how true it is, as it hasn't happened to me, but maybe that?

I’ve had that happen before, yeah. In this case (and several others), though, it’s just a follower reblogging something that seems really freaking weird to reblog. Like hi, yes, I’m glad you’re following me. Why do you need the details of what tv shows and movies I just watched with my mom to be posted on your blog?

illustratedjai  asked:

I just wanted to offer a counter example of a long distance relationship working out: My fiance and I have been together for the past five years (this weekend is our anniversary), and engaged for the past three. He lives in the UK, and I live in Canada. Not once have we ever thought about ending our relationship, for a lot of the same reasons you and your girlfriend are making it work. It just takes a lot of commitment.

Also noted! I really feel like it comes down to the couple in question, rather than being a one-solution-fits-all kind of deal. I know plenty of people in really strong relationships who don’t think they would be able to date someone at all long-distance, and I’ve also known married couples who only see each other a few times a year. But for me and Gabby, we’re just not comfortable taking that next step while we’re so apart and the future is so hazy. (To be completely honest, I think she would be more okay with an extended long-distance engagement than I would. But we’re both content with the way things are, at least for now.)

Still, glad to hear things are working out for you — and happy anniversary!

illustratedjai replied to your post: athinkinganimal asked you: Ugh I already made my…

man you are a saint, i swear. how do you stay so rational when people are giving you so much guff? D:

I’m not a saint! I’ve just never felt that anger was a productive way for me to respond to people, even when those people are angry at me. (This is not an attempt at tone-policing, which I’m trying to be better about. This is just me sharing the debate strategies that work well for me.)

That being said, taking a few days to think about this issue instead of responding at my usual speed definitely helped me think about it more rationally. I’m sorry that I’ve made people upset by voicing my thoughts on the issue, but I don’t think I was wrong to voice them.