in fact from what the article says

about the Chechnya - lgbt violence. ^this. this is actually true, but none of the articles covers that I don’t know why.
i hate what’s going on there, I can’t stand the president of Chechnya. I was ready to vomit and cry when i read the article. but i really can’t stand when Tumblr assumes Chechnya=the whole russia. In fact, it’s a republic with their own rules and system and president. and I would never go there in my sane mind, even though officially it’s Russia. and 99% people I know think the same. and if you read the article, not only police was violent but gays’ families also. their own families were killing them because of the religion and pride. say what you want, it’s true. and I’m not anti-Islam, we do have another Muslim republic in Russia, Tatarstan, and it’s one of the most progressive places. it’s totally totally different from Chechnya. but again, the problem isn’t the whole Russia (though it is homophobic but not that extreme) and please shut the fuck up with ‘what the hell is wrong with fucking Russia’ comments I’ve been seeing. the problem is people. the problem is fucking religious homophobia and conservative traditions and EXTREMELY toxic cult of masculinity developed in Chechnya by its president Ramzan Kadyrov. now I’m going to sign petitions, have a good day Tumblr

PR relationship vs RL relationship pt2

Since I seemed to have piqued a few people’s attention about how a PR relationship works vs RL, let me try and explain how you can spot them.
For the purpose of my musings I will not mention any names, but those who have come to me privately ( I thank you I have enjoyed the throwing ideas around 😙) but of course you will know who I am talking about. Like @cb4tb and others who have been in fandoms before, where the object of fascination have been the leads and how those who hold the power ie money, sponsorship, investment, promotion and of course merchandising the product (product being the leads and movie or TV show tie in) play a very important part aka TPTB

Now naivety is something these ‘suits’ rely heavily on. They expect anyone who follows their product to be docile housewives (yes we women are the key marketing factor) as a male lead attracts our attention and therefore holds our interest in following the online trail of clickbait and become more involved in creating ‘fandoms/blogs etc’ which creates marketing, promotion, media interest etc. But unfortunately we are also very keen minded and not stupid, unless they are looking at the young adult market, where teens do get snapped into the category of ‘they will believe anything we tell them’
They have bots that follow certain feeds online. Bots that click onto a higher surge of chatter (mainly about the male lead) and gathers information about what is being said. Now, Agents and Publicists rely heavily on online traffic, especially when their ‘client’ has a pretty decent fan following. They want to ensure a good section of the media gets positive news about their client, especially one who has a social media relationship with the outside world.

Studios want good feedback, they want the show or movie they have invested in seen in a good light, a positive light, a money making light. When chatter centres around their leads 'off screen’ relationship vs their characters 'on screen’ relationship…investors get twitchy. Studios start panicking, agents and managers get called and their clients get hauled in for a…pep talk/dressing down. It’s not as far fetched as some people think, actors are commodity and when the investment looks unsteady or losing interest, that commodity gets looked at to see what can be done to change its fall of interest. Male leads, unless married or in a stable (non worrying relationship prior to the project) are to be seen as 'attainable’ as in a free agent. Healthy, single, good looking, picture perfect ideal man’s man of the world. They have to look like every female fantasy dream. Of course, if you are playing the most unattainable male in a movie or show (dream Ken) it creates more of an interest. Bad boy characters are more appealing, but romantic hunks with a slight dangerous side hold just as much interest.

Agents and Publicists have the most exhausting jobs of holding a particular image of their clients to sell to directors or studios, looking for a certain actor with a certain appeal. And most importantly, an actor with very little baggage. Online presence, good clean boyish image and of course appealing to both sexes as that creates a wider audience approval rate. Females still to this day struggle to find the equal balance in an all male world; attractive yes, very sexually appealing of course, but unfortunately they can sometimes come with or create baggage 'female falls for male lead’ never the other way around.

Which is why an off screen romance is always seen as the females fault. Which is also why studios put an absolute nada on it ever happening, to the best of their abilities. Creating PR romances are as old as Hollywood. Create an image, a believable relationship 'away’ from the promotion of the movie or TV show or simply…create an image that appeals to the right audience of fans. Old Hollywood hid so many real life relationships through PR promotions, you’d be surprised how many PR romances were used to cover up the truth or indeed in some circumstances scandals. Today is no different than yesterday (past tense) with the exception and headache that Social Media hides nothing. Too many are quick to turn on their computer and search. Too many can post up sightings or indeed snap photos and put them online, that can sometimes cause a studio more indigestion than a bad hamburger from the kraft cart.

The truth…PR relationships are easily spotted, because they are pushed too much onto the unsuspecting or naive fan, who unwittingly believe without question. Print articles will write up a story, without even interviewing the actor or check facts. I always say; don’t 'assume’ or 'speculate’. Don’t believe in 'sources close’ to or an 'eyewitness suggests’
These are word salad, gossip journalists will use when they don’t have a credible source as in went to the actors or his/her agency publicist for clarification. They write up their own narrative and, what is often the case, they read online blogs (hello🤗) and gleam information to add to their story. I chuckled when reading over the weekend a slip of the tongue - a Freudian a certain person made, over reading about themselves on Tumblr. Agency Publicists are those who do the data collection, they are the very people who tell the client what is being said about them the (online chatter) if the actor doesn’t go digging themselves that is.

It is easier to sell a 'PR’ relationship than to hide a 'RL’ one. Shackle your leads continuously and make them promote the opposite - they will, as others have done so before, break free enough to 'show’ the truth. You can only pretend in real life for so long - actors are humans too and the stress of having to live two lives can take its toll…even on the most seasoned of actors.

The Honest Guide on Preparing for College

I thought it’d be cool and useful to give you guys an “Honest Guide on Preparing for College.” It has all the things you may already know, and then also some things you perhaps don’t. And a bunch of tips that are helpful for preparing for college, but also during college. I’ve been working on this post for months, adding few new tips every now and then so hopefully you guys like it and find it useful! :) I may add more tips from time to time, I’m not sure.

  1. Suffer from acne? Visit a dermatologist to get it under control ASAP. The earlier you start, the earlier you’ll see results! And trust me, you’ll be going bare-faced a lot in college. At least twice a day- morning & night. And you’ll always want to look and feel your best! It sucks to be self-conscious.
  2. Figure out a rough guideline of your morning/ night routine. Your college routine is usually not going to be the exact same as your home routine. Ie: Make up will probably be done in your room, not in the bathroom. If you use makeup often, consider buying a vanity mirror! Very useful. 
  3. You won’t need binders. I brought 3 (1-inch) in case and I hardly use one. It’s more useful to have individual folders for each class. Or even those notebook with tabs inside to hold papers. The point being, the way you organize your work is different in high school. You’re not going to the same 5 periods everyday in college. You have classes that meet MWF, and TTh, etc.
  4. Don’t forget to bring college essentials! Refer to my two posts here (”College Essential Hacks”) and here (”Things I Forgot/ Nearly Forgot to Bring to College”. 
  5. Invest in make-up. In high school, I never wore make-up but now I often wear mascara and light lipstick! I spent countless trips figuring out what shade was best for me and trying out different products. Would’ve been easier to just do this in the comfort of my own home than in college! I’m still a make-up noob though, haha. I can’t even figure out how to apply eyeliner confidently!
  6. Bring clothes you’ll actually wear. 1/3 of the clothes I’ve brought to college were never worn… They just took up closet space!
  7. Bring formal clothes too. You never know what events you’ll go to (including sorority rush, galas, etc). Don’t forget a good pair (or two) of shoes for the outfit!
  8. Realize that the first month-ish of school is the prime time to make new friends. People are more open to making new friends and are more friendly and receptive. Make the most of this!!! I can not stress this enough! Remember that first impressions can stick, so be especially graceful during this period. I would even go so far as to say that you should try to go out to a party in the first few weeks of school for two reasons…. 1) You can see if you fit with the party scene and if you enjoy it. 2) When you attend events early on, people will assume you’re down to go for the rest of the semester and you’ll get invites. (Which you can turn down, of course.)
  9. Keep in touch with old friends! Seriously. Don’t just make new college friends and forget about your old high school friends. Keep in touch! Message them regularly and keep them in the loop! It might seem like a lot of work to message them all the details about something, especially when they are unfamiliar with the people so you have to describe it a lot (Wait, who’s Jim again? What’s your roommate’s name again? etc), but it’s so rewarding to have an old, familiar friend with you as you both experience college together, but separately.
  10. Know your schedule and be on top of this. Be organized. I recommend a planner and also having a print out of your weekly schedule that has your classes and other time commitments. I actually drew my weekly schedule and hung it by my desk. It not only helps me visualize my week, but also lets my roommates know when to expect me. I also use a calendar app very diligently. Whenever I commit to an event, I immediately put it into my calendars (the app, and also my physical calendar in my room). I also inputted the dates and times of my exams/ important assignments from the get-go so I wouldn’t be surprised about when they were. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND INPUTTING THE DATES OF YOUR EXAMS AND DUE DATES OF PAPERS, ETC INTO YOUR CALENDAR ASAP!!!!!!!!
  11. Keep in touch with family. Similar reasoning with #9. But basically, your parents and siblings have lived with you all of your life. They’ll miss you. Text them, call them, facetime them once in a while. Send them a postcard. Buy them college gear. Do little things like this; they’ll really appreciate it!
  12. Don’t be so uptight and remember to be grateful. I feel like I’ve matured greatly in college. I used to have these crazy-high expectations about friendships and stuff, and now, it’s not that I have absurdly low expectations, but I just don’t take everything for granted. I am grateful for anything and everything my friends do for me. They bought me Chipotle? Aww. They reminded me about the review session? So sweet. Basically, don’t take things for granted.
  13. Don’t be that one annoying friend. You know who you are. College is a time where you can really ‘reinvent’ yourself and you should really try to be a ‘better you’ during college. Here are some traits I find annoying, personally… An annoying friend is one who does any or all of these things:
    1. “Forget” to pay a friend back for spotting you. Seriously, we all hate that person who does this and we all really respect that person who is really diligent about paying back someone. So take note. Everyone is on a tight budget in college.
    2. Rants all the time. If you’re ranting all the time and your friend is just listening, you have yourself a freaking awesome friend. Just remember that friendship means you can rant, and your friend can rant back. It’s a two-way street.
    3. Tries to peer pressure others into doing something they like. Okay, I get that you drink and smoke a lot. But you don’t need to feel the urge to ‘convert’ me to doing the same. No means no.
    4. Always bails or is flaky. Freaking annoying.
    5. Takes things too far. We all have that one friend who takes things too far and doesn’t know when to stop….
    6. Too sensitive… But we also may have an uber-sensitive friend who always holds grudges and is a grumpy cat. 
  14. Don’t skip class. Seriously. It doesn’t matter if the lecture is posted online, or if you’ll just get notes from a friend. Or if you already ‘know’ what’s being taught. Just go. Skipping class = lower grades = lower GPA = unhappy you.
  15. Be willing to try new things. This can vary to an extent from person to person. It can be as crazy as asking someone out or trying new food. College is a time of growth, new experiences, and fun times. HOWEVER, don’t do anything that will harm yourself. None of this “yolo” mantra please.
  16. Bring a lot of undies. Shirts and pants can be reworn more than once (within reason), but undies can’t. So save yourself from doing laundry all the time and bring a lot of undies.
  17. Learn to let things go. I used to be that person who held onto grudges. But since starting college, I’ve really begun to realize that life is so much more fun and enjoyable if you don’t let the little things faze you. Learn to let it go. Don’t let what that rude guy said to you this morning stick with you for the whole day. Who cares if you asked someone out and it failed? You don’t need them anyway! You’re too fabulous for them to handle! 
  18. Learn to be confident in yourself. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You “- Dr Seuss. Over the years, I’ve found that I’ve grown much more confident and independent. I love it.
  19. Learn how to socialize and be a great conversationalist. Smile and actually pay attention to what they’re saying. Remember what they said and bring it up the next time you see them. Hey, how was your lunch at Gypsy’s with John? It makes people feel special and nice. Use their names in the conversation as often as you can (without it sounding totally awkward and weird). People like hearing their names in conversation. [Btw, I read these facts on a Time article somewhere so its legit.]. People don’t remember what you say, but they remember how you made them feel. So make them feel loved and appreciated. Laugh.
  20. Live and learn through your mistakes. No one’s perfect. So what if you bombed your first midterm? It’s the first of many. Pick yourself up and study harder for the next one. Don’t get all beaten up.
  21. Consider bringing your AP study guide books to college. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened my AP Calculus review book from Princeton Review to review and look up things.
  22. Keep track of your meal points. I frequently hear people saying they always have leftover meal points at the end of the year, but maybe it’s because I like to buy a lot of snacks, but I was actually behind on points for half the semester. It’s no big deal–I can easily add more points–, but just don’t be under the illusion that you have unlimited amount of points and can buy whatever you want. Be smart about rationing off your points.
  23. Don’t let one midterm grade affect you. Yeah, you failed that midterm. So what? Just do well on the next ones. There’s nothing you can do about your midterm grade–you can only improve yourself for the future. Have a good cry, rant to friends, watch some Netflix–and then realize the changes you have to make and enforce the changes. 
  24. Pick classes that you’ll enjoy. Don’t pick morning classes (if you can help it) if you’re not a morning person. Don’t take a Drawing/ Painting class if you’re not an artsy person for your Visual Arts requirement–there’s classes like Art History or stuff like that. Be reasonable about the classes you take and how much workload you know you can handle. Not everyone is the same.
  25. Go see your adviser from time to time. Just to make sure you’re on track! Work out a 4-year plan. You don’t want to have any surprises later down the road!
  26. Be careful with labels. Like “best friend” or “favorite person”. Sometimes, these can lead people on unintentionally and you’ll get yourself in awkward and uncomfortable situations where they like you but you don’t like them or something. I learned that it’s just best to call people your “friends” and unless you are really bonded with a person, then call them your best friend. But honestly, if you two are best friends, you kinda just know you are each other’s best friend–it’s a mutual feeling and it doesn’t really need to be said or labeled. I think it’s just best to rid yourself of using labels, honestly. Terms that imply exclusivity can sometimes lead people on. I think you should have a self-check with yourself every month or two and go like, “Okay, where am I at? I really like where I am right now. I could improve on this… etc etc. Let’s see the friends I’m close to… Do I think any of them likes me? I don’t want to unintentionally lead them on.” Just stuff like that.
  27. Understand your finances for college. Including scholarships, how much you’re paying, how much you’re working (if applicable), etc. Just be on top of all your money stuff! 
  28. Don’t go out and eat out a lot. I ate out a lot during freshman year. Too much. I had no regrets during the moment but now looking back, I just imagine all of the money I could’ve saved if I didn’t eat out…. :( You can save so much money by reducing how much you eat out.
  29. Be financially conscious and be mindful of how much you spend. There are plenty of hangouts you and your friends can do that don’t require money or that much money. Examples: movie nights, picnics, checking out the campus botanical garden, going sightseeing in the city, cooking dinner together, etc. Just because it costs money doesn’t mean it will always be fun, memorable or worth it–something to remind yourself of! In addition, shoot for quality over quantity. Buy a $50 pair of Rainbows sandals that will last for years, instead of flimsy, cheaply made sandals that will break after a couple of uses. Splurge on that North Face jacket–you’ll be wearing it a lot and it’s versatile and will last you years. Now that I buy groceries and cook for myself, I’ve definitely come to appreciate the value of the dollar.
  30. Realize how small the world is and how connected everything is. Don’t talk shit about people. Seriously. The person you’re complaining about may have a friend who is taking a class with the person you’re telling to. Or the person you’re telling it to may have a friend who has a friend who knows the person. If it’s one thing that keeps coming up in my time here, it’s that everyone seems to know everybody (or is a friend of a friend). So limit your shit-talking, secret-sharing, gossip talk to only your trusted confidants. Seriously, though. As you go through college, you’ll come to notice that many people will reappear in your classes because of being in the same major, and more. The world is small, y’all. Don’t be reckless.

one thing I think (older) people really fail to understand is that technology has made things easier, but expectations have increased as a result.

when my dad wrote his doctoral dissertation, he did it by hand. he didn’t even have his own typewriter. editing meant crossing out words and rewriting pages and occasionally literally cutting paragraphs apart and gluing them back in a different order. and any articles or books he needed to cite, any existing research he needed to find? that meant a trip to the library, it meant searching the card catalogue for hours, possibly waiting weeks for a copy to come in if his campus didn’t have some obscure journal.

but you know what? his dissertation was never expected to reach the level of perfection mine will be held to. in fact, committees requiring revisions after dissertations were successfully defended just wasn’t done in the ‘60s. why? because it was too much bloody work to ask a student to rewrite a chapter because someone disagreed with a couple of sentences on page 72. now minor revisions are almost guaranteed for most students. also, examiners in the ‘60s suffered from the same lack of total, instant access to published articles that students dealt with, making them much less likely than they are today to suddenly say, “hey, I did a quick search and I found this paper published on the other side of the world last month that contradicts what you said in chapter 3″.

technology is making it easier to meet the same academic and professional standards, sure - but the standards aren’t the same. everything is supposed to be more polished, more complete, more thorough than it used to be, because now it can be.

mostly, I’m pointing this out because it’s not until recently I started thinking about it myself, and I think it’s kind of fascinating. but like, as a sidenote, maybe also stop talking about how easy students have it these days.

anyway full offence but the fact that the Riverdale tv show has decided not to make Jughead asexual like he canonly is in the comics is so fucking ugly and y’all won’t ever convince me otherwise like let me just  explain it to y’all

  1. as I stated: he is canonly ace in the comics!!! openly ace!! a confirmed ace!!! so they’re basically erasing a characters canon sexuality. And before y’all @ me with the whole “the comic and tv show are 2 different things!!!!” remember I don’t give a flying fuck. If this was another sexuality people wouldn’t be saying that. i don’t give a fuck that the comic and the show aren’t gonna be identical ofc they’re not but honestly changing something like this is so dumb and ugly and there’s no point to it if u deny that then ur also  annoying as Fuck
  2. referring to the point above: changing his sexuality is so fucking pointless like,, boy wtf would making him ace do in relation to the plot?? he can still have a relationship or romance if they Need him too?? hell asexual can still have sex  if they desperately thought lmao jughead needs a sex scene they could have still made him ace and have sex??? all they needed to do was maybe have him mention the word and explain what it means for people to be happy. it would take what… 5 minutes of screen time?? and would change the plot in no way at all?? so What The Fuck was the point in not adding what the hell has erasing his asexuality done other then Piss people off
  3. A BIG TV SHOW THAT WAS ALREADY GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION AND IS LIKELY TO BECOME REALLY POPULAR HAD THE CHANCE TO HAVE A CANON ACE CHARACTER!! A CANON MAIN ACE CHARACTER!! THAT IS HUGE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO HUGE LIKE  I CAN BARELY COUNT THE NUMBER OF ACE CHARACTER I KNOW ON ONE HAND!!! IT WOULD BE SO GOOD FOR THE ACE COMMUNITY  WHY THE FUCK WOULD THEY THROW THAT AWAY IT’S SO UGLY LIKE SO MANY ASEXUAL (like me) WERE PROBABLY SO EXCITED TO SEE SOMEONE LIKE THEM ON TV  BUT INSTEAD THE SHOW WAS LIKE LMAO NOPE  ITS SO FUCKING UGLY TO HAVE PEOPLE HAVE OS MUCH HOPE TO JUST FUCKING SHOVE IT AWAY
  4. they have no Reason for doing it. there’s no explanation as to why they did it. like don’t we at least deserve that.
  5. the actor of the character was prepared to play an ace character. seemed happy to do so.  like… they can’t even use him not wanting to play him that way as an excuse.
  6. also bonus point the way all the articles are saying “lmao jughead ain’t ace he’ll have romance in the show!!” is so ugly bc it shows people still don’t get the difference between asexual and aromantic and the show had such a good platform to show what asexuality actually is and had a chance to show the difference between aro and ace to people But! They! Wasted! It!

anyway in conclusion the cw riverdale is Cancelled to me after this and y’all can call me petty all u want but if this happened to a character of ur sexuality half of y’all would act in the exact same way so don’t even try with me goodbye

EDIT: anyway I’ve been informed that he the character is aro ace so I’d like to also mention how it’s ugly that they’re ignoring both parts of his orientation and would also like to apologize for my unawareness on this fact as it’s resulted in some ignorant and incorrect information in this post. I’d like to apologize to anyone who may have been upset or angry by this post and thought I was ignoring the fact he was also aro, I was simply not aware of this as I haven’t read the comics and was only gather facts from what I know from tumblr and twitter. I’d never intentionally ignore or erase a character’s sexuality or romantic orientation and I’d hate to think people assumed that’s what I was aiming to do in this post. My last point still stands in some ways as the articles keep saying the fact he’s getting romance means he’s no longer ACE when in reality it means he’s no longer aromantic and it still shows how people can’t understand the difference. Yet the article is still relevant as the fact he is going have romance is a valid point and is still ugly towards his character considering he is also aromantic and me completely dismising that point and saying it was wrong without full knowledge was rude and disrespectful. Also my point in relationships could still be valid as I know some aros do still get in relationships but I’ve crossed it so it’s still included in the post bit isn’t something that’s erasing he’s aro. Again sorry for any upset this may have caused, I hope this apology sort of thing makes sense and thank you to the people who helped me become aware of the mistake I had made.

anonymous asked:

Reasons why you ship rivetra?? :)

What a loaded question!

Let’s see…

I should probably start off with the fact that Rivetra is what got me into SnK. I was late to the fandom, having joined just when the Dub was being released. Matt Mercer had voiced a character in a game I had just played and I loved his voice so I wanted to find more of him. I saw he was going to voice Levi and idk, I looked up Levi, read his wiki page, saw the mentions of Petra, clicked Petra, read hers, and immediately shipped them. 

Like I hadn’t watched the series, I knew next to nothing about it or the characters, and the fact that I shipped them from two wiki articles clearly says a lot. 

Anyway, back to the topic at hand…

Their interactions that readers/viewers witness are limited to a handful of (wonderful) scenes, but despite this, despite the limit, even these scenes stick out to me and show that there was more to them than what was on the surface.I mean, I have a knack for reading super deep into things and word of god does state that between the panels of the manga, Levi does think Petra is cute, and while that may be looked at as just attraction, it’s honestly more than enough to prove my point that there’s more than meets the eye. 

A lot of my reasons are also based on the anime, and while a lot of people argue the scenes in the anime versus the manga, you have to keep in mind that Isayama was involved with the anime, and I just read about how with the upcoming second season, he is also not only involved, but allowing for more filler scenes to be included that he wasn’t able to include in the manga. So to try and debunk any arguments based on the anime because those particular scenes weren’t in the manga is kind of redundant tbh. 

But rather than make this a post proving why Rivetra is a thing, and with all the available arguments in favor of them in mind, the short answer is that I really, truly love them. I love their characters and I love them together.

I think despite Levi’s social ineptness, he and Petra really seem to go well together. I mean, whether their relationship has platonic or romantic undertones, you cannot deny the fact that they were closer than a typical Captain/subordinate relationship. 

She cares for him, and that’s very clear, from her talk with Eren about him to consoling him during his frustration at Eren’s lack of transformation to worriedly demanding he step away from a partially transformed Eren and even to the letter she sends her father (regardless of what translation you prefer to listen to.) She respects him, yes, but she does care for him, and as does he. He listens to her, he asks her for reassurance when comforting a dying soldier. And you absolutely cannot deny the visible heartbreak of finding her body, of taking her patch from her, of watching her body fall from the horse cart, of surrendering her patch to another soldier, and of course his meeting with her father. 

And it’s this that I’m able to see between the panels, between the animation sequences, of what their relationship was, of what it could have been. It’s this dynamic that I love, of a stoic warrior and a kindhearted soldier, of a love that could have been, and just how wondrous it would have been. 

For a bit of a less serious but equally important reason just look at them okay, they’re the perfect size for each other and together are just super aesthetically pleasing. 

Tiny grumpy and tiny happy. 

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Plenty of people admit to forgetting most of what they read, no matter how much they enjoyed the text.

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn’t mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that’s novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.

To find out what some of those techniques are, we perused the Quora thread, “How do you remember what you’ve just read?” and scoured the web for advice from other readers.

Below are eight of the most practical techniques — bonus points if you can remember all eight tomorrow.

1. Take notes on the page.
“Never read without a pencil,” says Quora user Deniz Ateş. “Underline sentences you find confusing, interesting, or important. Draw lines along the side of important paragraphs. Draw diagrams to see the structure of key ideas.”

2. Ask yourself questions about the material.
Ingrid Spielman recommends interacting with the text by asking yourself questions as you go along.

If you’re reading a textbook, the question can be as simple as, “What is the main idea of this section?”

If you’re reading fiction, you can ask, “What are the motives of the character?” and “If you could rewrite this reading, what would your version be like?”

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anonymous asked:

i have a question about the snapchat kim k thing. So she knew about the fame line but kind of gave hints that she was uncomfortable with it? and then didn't hear the bitch line? Bc i heard it was that once she heard the bitch line, she realized the offensive tone he meant and made the speech at the grammys. is that correct?

i am answering this with a timeline of events for clarification but have no desire to get into a discussion about it again or who said what. I stand by my previous opinion that the entire situation really hurt taylor, that kim and KW were shady af, that i bet taylor wishes she never took KWs call or said another word about any of it, in any fashion, after the song came out, and that is all i have to say. 

here is the timeline as i know it: 

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Ladrien June Day 5 - Random Wikipedia Article

Adrien sighed and minimized the document. This assignment was really boring. He briefly looked over the Wikipedia article he had opened before hitting the ‘random article” button. It took him to a page about the an extinct kind of fish. Vaguely interesting.

He clicked it again. It took him to the page of a Japanese football player. Another click took him to a page about a short lived British comedy program. Then a neighborhood in Nairobi, then a technical article about some computer thing, then some sociological concept, then some small time Canadian politician. That one had a section marked ‘scandal’, which he read of course, so now he knew that some local representative in Saskatchewan bribed people to cover up the fact he was cheating on his wife. That information was in his brain now.

He leaned back in his chair and sighed. He really needed to finish that assignment. Maybe just one more article.

When the page loaded he blinked in surprise. Seriously? What are the chances?

It was Ladybug’s wikipedia page.

There was a picture of her from a press conference, smiling widely and waving to the crowd. It was a long page, and if he had to guess he would say it was mostly written by Alya. How had he never realized they had wikipedia pages?

“Ladybug (real name unknown) is a ladybug themed superhero who protects the city of Paris, France from regular attacks by the villain Hawkmoth. She works alongside Chat Noir … .”

He opened his own page in another tab to look at later and read through the page. After an introduction of her debut, it described the battles they had fought and different techniques she used. There was a section about her interaction with the press and charities she endorsed, as well as a section detailing everything the public knew about her

Adrien couldn’t help but smile. Seeing all of his Lady’s accomplishments on one page made his heart swell with pride. She was so magnificent.

It also made him happy because, while he didn’t know her true identity, he knew so much more details about her than the general public. The facts that she had shared with him, that she liked video games and that she didn’t like coffee but she still drank it when she needed to wake up quickly and she was terrible at remembering dates in history class, were all precious even if he didn’t know her name.

As he said after they defeated that first akuma, no matter who is under that mask, he was in love with that girl. It was one of many details that the page left out.

zibilivedro  asked:

Hi, could you explain why you think Daenerys is not a feminist? (Im kind of used to everyone admiring her, so when you said "only people who hate feminism think daenerys is a feminist" I was really surprised? I mean, I understand that she has plenty of flaws, but I didn't think it was that bad?)

Thanks for the question! I’m afraid it took me more words than I initially expected to give an answer though, apologies in advance. 

It’s funny you’re asking because I amused myself with this specific article today, and I think it’s very good in explaining exactly what I mean, when I say only people who do not understand feminism, or hate feminism, think Daenerys is a feminist.

This article is a good example of the first, I think. The writer is saying Dany is one of the best feminists to have ever decorated our tv screen… okay? Aside from the fact that this insults soooo many amazing and inspiring women, it’s mostly just plain bullshit. It’s save to sat the person only saw the show, but even in that case (though I agree the tv version of Dany is white-washed brat), there is literally no sense in it.

They give her character traits to prove their point. Let’s have a look;

1. Strength. They point out that when you ‘lay a hand on Daenerys you will undoubtedly lose it’, they make it seem like Dany is strong because she doesn’t let men push her around. They say her strength commands respect.
Yes, yes, yes… heard this before. It makes me wonder, is it her own strength that commands respect?
It’s not. It’s her dragons. Daenerys owes everything she has, including her life, to her three dragons. If Viserys had ended up accidentally hatching dragons, people would be following him, and the dragons had ‘commanded respect’ for him. Add to that the simple and plain fact that Daenerys has male advisors only who all desperately try to clean up the mess she makes. Dany is still alive, not because she was smart, capable and clever but because of the men in her life.

2. Understanding. They say Daenerys finds her place in the Dothraki because she’s so ‘understanding’. …. *cries* That is why she refuses to join the Dosh Khaleen when Drogo dies and gets real pissed at his blood riders when they leave the moment her 'beloved’ husband dies, because she’s so respectful of Dothraki culture. Now, I won’t deny she adopted well to her surroundings in the first book, before Drogo dies, but ever since… there’s little adapting on Dany’s part. In fact, the moment she takes Mereen, she complains about them eating dogs, about their clothes, about their hobbies… she’s extremely un-adapting. This article also happens to claim that ’she ultimately believes that we are all equal’ and that’s even funnier. Daenerys adopted her brother’s ubermensch mentality that most Targaryens were blessed with… she does not consider anyone her equal, promise.

3. Tenacity. Here they say she’s so inspiring because she’s fearless. Remember when Ned said only men who fear can be brave? I would be fearless too, with three goddamn dragons. Smart people are afraid, you know. Daenerys is an idiot.

4. Inspiration. This one is the worst. “While any man can lead an army with fear and violence, she instead commands admiration, trust and loyalty.” *cries again*… yes, I’ll remind you of her dragons, again… she doesn’t inspire anyone but Jorah Mormont who wants to do her.   When Dany arrives in Westeros, do you think anyone will dare refuse her? They can’t. Look at her army! No one follows Daenerys because they believe in her (except Mormont, yes), they either owe her because she freed them and now they have nowhere else to go, or it’s because they want to revenge their enemies and plan to use her and at the end, again, it’s just all because of the dragons.

5. Self Belief. “As she says to her legions of loyal followers: “I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyeria. I am the dragon’s daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming.” How can we not love this woman?“
I don’t understand why people always love to repeat this specific line again and again and again. To remind you all… most people Daenerys says this to, have tragically died by now.
In any case… someone is promising others that she’ll make their enemies scream when she’ll kill them. Yay feminism? How can I possibly not love this woman indeed? *cries some more*

Let’s look at these reasons and conclude that… aside from them being bullshit, feminism also just happens to not be about self-believe, inspiration, tenacity, understanding and strength. Feminism is not about GIRLLLPOWERr!@(#!!.

Feminism is, literally, the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

When has Daenerys ever done anything ever to better the lives of women? When has she ever attempted to fight for equality? When has she ever openly spoken out about the rights of women

Never. Because all Daenerys cares about is her own ass on the Iron Throne. Remember when everyone was saying that Hilary Clinton becoming president wouldn’t do anything for feminism overall? Daenerys on the throne would simply not be a wow-feminism moment either. She is just another conqueror and yes, I do believe that had she been an ugly man, no one would have liked her all that much. Remember Stannis? Stannis believed the throne belonged to him too, Stannis burned people alive as well, Stannis considered himself a savior prince too… Proves my point, I hope. 

Daenerys may understand that men will underestimate her because she’s a woman (hence the ‘Woman? Is that meant to insult me?’ quote) and even uses this to her advantage, but that all becomes so much less impressive when you realize she herself underestimates women too. She mocks Cersei, for example, when she hears Joffrey died and king Tommen is now ruled by his queen-regent mother again. Now, Cersei is not the epitome of great leadership, but we’ve all seen what she’s capable of. And Cersei… doesn’t have/need dragons. Cersei suffers and Cersei fights, Cersei schemes and plots and plays the game. Cersei has some… impressive quotes that actually do indicate that she hates male privilege, unlike… Daenerys. 

Daenerys is on her way (in the show) right now, with a huge Dothraki army. What do the Dothraki do? They rape. Who are the greatest victims of rape? Women.

What kind of feminism icon brings a raping army with her to conquer land that doesn’t want to be conquered?

Just because Daenerys fights for what she wants and happens to have a pussy, doesn’t mean she’s the embodiment of feminism. It’s not cool feminism that Daenerys demands respect, because she simply has not done anything to demand respect. It’s not feminism that Daenerys goes after what she wants, cause what she wants is wrong.

Look at this conversation in the books between Dany and Xaro Xan Doxos, after she conquered Mereen:

Daenerys: Meereen is a free city of free men.

Xaro Xhoan Daxos: A poor city that once was rich. A hungry city that once was fat. A bloody city that once was peaceful.

-Daenerys III A Dance With Dragons

Later Xaro dear also says this:

Xaro Xhoan Daxos: You will not make Meereen rich and fat and peaceful. You will only bring it to destruction, as you did Astapor.

Daenerys III A Dance With Dragons

What I am trying to say is… Xaro Xhoan Daxos is right. Daenerys is not a badass power queen who fights to save the poor, who liberates slaves and goes after what’s ‘hers’. Dany allows the freed slaves to sell themselves back into slavery and keeps part of the money (according to the Human Rights charter and the European Court of Humans Rights, that simply makes her guilty of slavery, yes). She destroys complete civilizations. When prince Quintyn sails past Astapor he says he has never seen such a horrible place. And that’s Dany’s fault. Did she please the women of Mereen and Astapor with her behavior and actions? Do you think she helped their position in society? NO. In fact, when societies suffer, when it’s a time of war, when the men are off fighting, it’s the women who suffer the most. Everyone who has little knowledge of war and war crimes knows this.

She is going to possibly do the same to Westeros… and why? Because she wants to help people? Because she is going to make their lives better? Because she’ll do justice? Because she’s a feminist? Because she’ll liberate them from oppressors and evil?

The smallfolk of Westeros don’t care who sits the Iron Throne. They don’t make secret dragon banners, all they care about is summer and rain. And Daenerys knows this. 

Dany wants Westeros because she took on Viserys’ lifelong dream the moment she allowed her husband to throw molten gold over her brother’s head. She wants Westeros, because in her messed up mind, she was born to rule.
Daenerys doesn’t see power for the heavy duty it is, she finds herself entitled and supreme. Someone like that is not an example to me, and she’s definitely not a feminist.

Stop all the negative comments about the votron and klance fandom, It’s misdirected!

okay then, I just want to started off by saying that I’m disappointed, NOT in the voltron fandom or the klance fandom but in the people out there who have read a journalist article based on the threats to studio mir (which doesn’t describe the full detail of events btw) and have then came into the fandom just to give off negative opinions directed at the ENTIRETY of voltron and klance fans saying stuff like we’re terrible and pathetic as a group rather than just as the individual who actually did the threatening (which I agree that what they did was out of line and petty, in fact words cannot describe how wrong it is). 

Personally, as someone who witnessed the situation of the leaks from start to finish, I would like to say I’ am proud of both the voltron and klance fandom for the way they handled the situation, by that I mean the people who reblogged every other hour about the leaks and how they need to be taken down for legal rights, the communication and passion that followers of the fandom showed in that moments was amazing to the point where thousands upon thousands of reblogs of the leaks were practically non-existent within hours of being released, so for that alone I feel you should be proud that you are a klance shipper or a fan of voltron because you accomplished something amazing.

we as a fandom did NOT threaten anyone or anything, so don’t lump us together with someone so heartless, and to the klance shippers who are doubting themselves and what they’re passionate in don’t let negative comments and OTHER INDIVIUALS’ decisions steer you away from something that makes you happy. Don’t be ashamed about something you love just because someone made a bad choice, their choice don’t involve you or us.

The Switch

shizuo/izaya ( 1,131 words / fluff / humor / in a restaurant in Ikebukuro )  ♡

It was out of the ordinary, really— for him to be wearing something else other than his usual bartender getup or the white t-shirt and a pair of track pants when he’s home, slurping away on cup ramen with milk on the coffee table to help him sleep. This time, he was all set in a black suit, blue bowtie and a dress shirt. His hair was even gelled up and swept to the side. He’d thought that he needed to dress up for the occasion, even losing his favorite sunglasses because Tom said that it wasn’t appropriate since he could look arrogant; Shizuo didn’t want her to think that way of him.

“At least I’m here first, right? That’s what Kasuka said,” he was nervous, finger fiddling with the wine glass in front of him.

Ten minutes had passed.

The girl that he had been chatting with online was still not here, which made him briefly wonder if there was a traffic problem or she’d accidentally run into some problems (for example, a bunch of rowdy boys bothering her). If it was the latter, Shizuo definitely wanted to be there to help her. Either way, he’d wait. Patience wasn’t really something he had much of, but the least he could do was try.

Shizuo reached for another glass of wine that had been refilled.

It tasted okay. He preferred sake, though.

Thirty minutes had passed.

Shizuo counted the times the waiter came to ask him whether he was ready to order, the order book almost shoved into his face with each progressing time. It was getting on his nerves too that he actually ended up raising his voice at the man. He wasn’t sure if the waiter knew who he was, though if he didn’t, he knew now from looking at the wrinkles between his brows when his face contorted in anger, jaw clenching as he held himself back from chucking the table across the room. That expression was probably what he was remembered by to the people in Ikebukuro.

Heiwajima Shizuo going on a date?

It was unheard of, sure, but there was no need for there to be whispers about it among the staffs.

He had ears too.

And he’d stab them with a fork if they continued to talk shit behind his back.

An hour had passed.

It was his limit. Now everyone else’s partners had already arrived, and they were enjoying their dinner, with their fancy food which half of the names were so foreign and complicated that Shizuo couldn’t pronounce them. Some that he could were spaghetti, affogato (Kasuka taught him how to pronounce it when he took Shizuo out for this, saying he’d love it since it had ice cream) and pizza. Meanwhile, no plates were on his table. He was tempted, though, to just order something but this restaurant was expensive and if he was going to buy something for himself, he’d rather just go to Russia Sushi or the hamburger restaurant. This kind of money should only be spent on something big and special, like this date, if it would actually happen.

The girl had probably played him, or she’d come strolling in to see the monster of Ikebukuro sitting at the spot where her date should be at, and fled right off before he could see her. She could’ve messaged him saying something came up, anything— so he could go home and tick it off on his list as an another unsuccessful attempt at love.

Vorona told him that he should wait for at least an hour since apparently girls took long to get ready so they could look perfect for their date, and they preferred to make the guys wait (it’d be more embarrassing for the girls to arrive first and wait). Well, she read that in a magazine, but it probably applied. Shizuo wasn’t sure why Vorona’s expression was solemn when she said it, though. Perhaps she already knew that he’d be stood up?

“Sorry that I’m late, Shizu-chan. Shiki-san wanted me to add more information to the work documents he requested.”

Shizuo was ready to get back up on his feet and take his wallet out to pay for all the wine he’d been drinking (which would probably cost a lot, he could already imagine it), but before he could, a familiar man he recognized so well sat right in front of him like he belonged there. And of course, he was also all suited up like Shizuo was, only with a red bowtie. The smile on Izaya’s face was different from the smirk he flashed so often at Shizuo, now appearing all sweet albeit being absolutely fake. (It was a relief that Shizuo failed to notice the way Izaya uttered the ‘chan’ part, which was with a more cutesy, high-pitched tone that was probably intended on his behalf.)

“What are you doing here?” the usual long drawl of Izaya’s name threatened to come out, his hands already shaking. It was almost like he needed to grab something to throw at Izaya’s face to calm his nerves.

“Whoever that was supposed to show up clearly didn’t. She ran out so fast on her heels when she saw you. I decided to save you from the humiliation. Aren’t I so kind?”

“I’m more embarrassed that people think I’m having a shitty flea as my date. Wait— How’d you know that, aah? Were you following me?”

“It’s not that hard to, Shizu-chan. Look,” Izaya took his phone out, and true to his words, there were row after row of articles with his name on the headlines, more specifically ‘Heiwajima Shizuo being stood up’, ‘Shizuo is on a date? Who’s the date?’ and many more, “and please, I’m so much more goodlooking than her. Shizu-chan should be pleased to have me accompany him.”

There was no hesitation displayed when Izaya sipped on his wine, not at all bothered by the fact that he was drinking from Shizuo’s glass.

“Mm. They gave you this? It’s alright, but not that good if you want a successful date.  Don’t worry, I’ll ask for a better one.”

Shizuo didn’t know what to say, head already hurting from the very moment his gaze met those crimson eyes, and yes, it’d be good to have a drink so he wouldn’t argue with that. The reason he was still here and not trashing this place by having a fight with Izaya, or out there chasing Izaya? He wasn’t sure. All he knew was that he really wanted to take that wine glass and break it on Izaya’s head when Izaya rested his cheek in his palm, head tipped to the side with a small smile and said these next words.

“So tell me, how was your day, baby?”

Public Relations

I don’t pretend to be an expert in anything having to do with show business unlike some bloggers who claim expertise in certain areas then post nonsensical analyses of photos, interviews, PR campaigns and social media posts.

I am, however, a keen observer and a believer that the simplest explanation is usually true.  If you have to conjure up conspiracy theories or Rube Goldberg step-by-step explanations then you are probably full of crap.

I was struck by the fact that this selfie that Sam posted Saturday on his SM was picked up by 3 major entertainment/gossip websites: Us Weekly, Daily Mail and Just Jared.  I don’t know when the last time that happened.  Two of the three sites (Us Weekly and Daily Mail) included the information that Sam and Cait are not a couple and that Sam is dating MacKenzie with a picture included.  Just Jared broke the official reveal in February at a pre-Oscar party.  

For one thing, I haven’t seen the Daily Mail post a story about Sam and Cait based on a selfie. They have plenty of Outlander BTS picture stories and they ran the paparazzi pictures of Sam taken in July 2016 in NYC but not anything like was posted yesterday. 

I look at the Daily Mail every day (my guilty pleasure) and I can tell that most, if not all, of the celebrity articles are planted by publicists.  There are some posts that are newsworthy because they involve very big stars but there are also lots of posts about faux celebs who live off the pics they sell to tabloids. Is anyone really interested in Chloe Lattanzi or Ireland Baldwin? I don’t think so. I know these publications need content to stay relevant and they have a lot of space to fill on their websites.  It’s a symbiotic relationship between the tabloids and celebs and their publicists.

I have to think that this was a coordinated PR effort by Sam’s publicist. I say this because the articles included the information about MacKenzie with pictures and the denial that Cait and Sam are a couple in real life.  It was all stated in a matter of fact way and included a picture from Oscar week.

The articles didn’t say anything about Cait’s personal life or mention Tony even though he has been linked with Cait and was named during Oscar week.  That tells me it was Sam’s publicist who planted this story with these publications. 

Originally posted by justinmezzell

It makes me wonder a couple of things. Why did Sam give the green light to his publicist to plant this story? If MacKenzie weren’t the target of harassment online by a handful of shipper trolls, would she even be mentioned?  What does this say about Sam and Mac’s relationship?  How serious is it? 

Sam and Mac have been dating a year now.  I think it’s safe to say they are serious or Sam wouldn’t have given Just Jared the exclusive reveal. Sam knows there is interest in who he is dating.  He and Mac were seen in LA at several events during Oscar week. He might as well be the one to define it and control the pictures that are posted.  Does this mean we will see selfies of Sam and Mac on Sam’s or Mac’s SM?  I seriously doubt it.  Sam’s SM is for his career and to promote himself, his show and his causes.  It’s not to promote his personal life.

When Does Copywriting Happen in the Design Process?

When does copywriting happen in your team’s process? Some people say you should design with real content. They’re not wrong. But real copy in your wireframes will lead to unproductive conversations. So… when should you add your real copy to the process?


There are lots of advocates for designing with real content. “Content-first” design, they call it. Those people preach the idea of using real content in your wireframes and prototypes, rather than “lorem ipsum” text.

That’s a smart suggestion (you thought I was going to disagree, didn’t you?). Although sometimes it is easier said than done.

And “content-first” people know it is easier said than done. That’s why they preach it: it’s easier to ignore the content, but it’s dangerous. Sometimes the best way to do things isn’t the easiest way.

However, if you just say “design with real content” we have over-simplified the whole process, we have made copywriting the most important step, and we are going to delay everything else in production so we can create all of our content first, without knowing what design the content will fit into.

That doesn’t seem right either.

So… when is the best time to include copywriting? 

Well, that depends on what type of copy we’re talking about…

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There are two types of copywriting: brand and UX.

It’s an important difference.

As a UX designer, you want to be as direct, as simple, and as clear as possible. No poetry, no clever phrasing, or expressions that a non-native speaker might not understand. Unlike a poet or an author, every word is expensive for a UX designer. 

Our goal is to get the user to click, or understand what they have to do, so they can get to the next page or complete their task, or whatever.

That doesn’t mean that clever, funny, poetic, beautiful, emotional brand copy doesn’t affect the user’s experience — that’s not the point at all — but UX copy (text that a UX designer should write) is not that copy.

The difference between brand copy and UX copy matters to us because those types of copy need to happen at different times in the design process.

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Design for real life, not ideal life. 

Let’s get back to this idea of “content-first” design. It’s a good idea, and a good habit for you to get into, but it’s not because copywriting is the most important part of your UX process. 

“Content-first” design actually has nothing to do with copywriting!

Brand copy, for example, can actually happen really late in the process, from a UX designer’s perspective. You can make 100% of your wireframes without having any idea what the exact phrasing is going to be, or what the details of the creative concept will be, or which photos will be used.

Side note: this is where UI designers can really shine. A relatively simple wireframe can become a magical experience in the hands of a talented UI designer, without changing anything fundamental, UX-wise.

As UX designers, our job is to create spaces or containers or opportunities  or structure for content. Not necessarily the content itself. If your design breaks when the content changes, it’s probably a bad design.

Ironically, that is EXACTLY why you should start your design process with content!

Hold the phone… what?!

Yes! You should get a few realistic examples of content and use them in your wireframing and ideation process, because if you don’t, things can get complicated. But it doesn’t matter what that content actually says.

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Make your process inconvenient to make your designs better.

Most designers (and I am especially looking at UI designers now…) like to choose short button labels, and short headlines, and short user names, and perfectly symmetrical paragraphs, and articles that fit perfectly into one screen, and profile photos of beautiful faces looking straight at the camera, and they like to position those perfect headlines on perfect photos that have exact layout and color to be perfectly readable.

I have bad news: that doesn’t happen very often in real life. 

I have worse news: if your users get to create the content, it almost never happens in real life.

Even when your employees get to write and choose the copy and content themselves, it’s only a matter of time before you see your design with a button label like…

“Click here now to win your dream vacation to Mallorca!”

…and a three-line, poorly punctuated headline like…

“You’re not going to believe this list of 10 beautiful cafés—that only people from Philadelphia will appreciate—#4 blew our minds!”

…and a user name like Count Remington Von Oppenheimer-McGillicuddy…

…and an article written like the one you’re reading now, with a lot of short lines, and a few longer paragraphs, and some random italics and user-created section dividers (wait, did I just insult myself?)…

Then the profile photo will be a dog’s whole body, aligned in the top left corner, which ruins your circular profile photo design, and it will be overlaid on top of a low-res vacation photo that Count Oppenheimer-McGillicuddy took in the dark, and the one bright part of the photo will be directly under your white headlines, making them unreadable.

And your design will look like absolute shit, because you made your own design process too convenient.

Yes. Count Oppenheimer-McGillicuddy’s terrible sense of design is your fault!

To be a good UX designer, you need to constantly ask yourself: “What is the worst thing that someone could do with this?”

And that is why you should design with some realistic content. So it looks realistic! A shitty photo should not have a major impact on your design, aside from the fact that you don’t like it. A long article should be business-as-usual. A dog’s ass in a profile photo should be just as nice as a human face. Ish.

If you don’t have any realistic content to work with, you can even write some terrible, but real, content yourself. As long as you can give it to someone and say “is this easy to read?” you’re fine. It doesn’t have to be the final copy, or the final creative photography, and you don’t really have to know much about the final content… you just have to know the requirements of real life.

And remember: as the UX designer you can create some of those boundaries, by telling the developers how many characters are allowed in the headline, or what the maximum width of a text column should be in your responsive design, or whatever.

Make your life inconvenient so the users’ lives will be convenient.

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So… when does copy happen?

UX copywriting: should start early, but the purpose of starting early is to make sure that your wireframes and prototypes are designed for real life. Your main concern should be realistic copy and realistic content… not the final, exact wording.

Brand copy: final brand copy isn’t needed until very late in the process. Basically the end. Design your interfaces so they will gracefully accept any text, and then give your copywriters the freedom to do what they do best. That being said, it is often helpful to get a rough idea about what the UI designers, copywriters, photographers, and art directors have in mind. If your project is more of a one-time site, like an ad campaign, or a start-up one-pager, or a beautiful-yet-epic, fully-animated, parallax-heavy memorial site for your recently deceased hamster, “Sir Nicholas Cage” —the requirements might be more flexible (because the content won’t change).

And A/B test your copy! Nothing is easier to change, update, and test than text. Headlines can make a big difference in conversion, and you can start experimenting with that copy today. Especially if you have already launched your site!

One exception: you might not think that developers need to know about copywriting, but you might be wrong! Developers can be a wild card in the copy process. If there is any text that needs to be generated by the code (or the coders) like error messages or text that includes calculated numbers like “You have {number} new followers!” — the developers need the exact copy as early as possible.

Copy that is used programmatically (i.e. - it’s in the code) is not as easy to change as most other copy, and it’s annoying for developers to go through their code to make tiny little tweaks… so do them a favor: write down all of the text you need, for all of the situations that might happen, and provide the right text the first time, in a format they can use easily. They will appreciate it. :)

Now get out there and communicate!

anonymous asked:

is this true :( curiouscat(.)me/pinky/post/143416752

That person is an anti and a small amount of anti’s have been trying to spread rumors that all the members of NU’EST have been mean to their fans (which is completely untrue). There was one going around twitter saying that Baekho was mean to a fan who had plastic surgery at a fansign. 

The thing about Yuehua has never officially been explained as far as I’m aware, but considering NU’EST is still, to this day, in debt to Pledis, and considering Pledis is terrible about promotion and especially has no idea what they’re doing with Chinese promotions, and considering this would not be the first time Pledis has pulled out of a collaborative project (see collaborative Fantiago project, Hello Venus), I’d say it’s fair to assume that Pledis did, in fact, pull NU’EST from filming for Intouchable last minute and were thus banned from promoting in China due to contractual agreements with Yuehua. For anyone who wants to read an actual article related to the incident, here’s a link

As the anon in that post pointed out, had this been due to any xenophobia, I’m certain the boys would no longer be friends with Jason (who still, to this day, shows support to them and sometimes they even comment on each others’ ig posts). 

I was around when this happened, and the so-called fanaccounts of NU’EST being xenophobic were not a thing at the time. Again, that anti… I’m fairly certain it’s the same one from twitter who has been calling Minhyun an iljin since NU’EST was first announced to appear on Produce 101. They even have a tweet saying it’s their mission to bring NU’EST down, so don’t believe any of what they say. Also notice they didn’t provide any actual proof, only saying to “look it up on twitter, there’s conversations about it there.” Clearly, this person does not have any reliable sources whatsoever. Not to mention, if rumors like this are coming from an international fan who doesn’t speak Korean or Chinese and all they have are some questionable pictures or some he said she said nonsense? 95% of the time, it’s not true. 

anonymous asked:

Hey do you know how come that in japanese folk art/stories there isn't a lot about wolves? Always dragons and foxes. Do you know some myths/legends with wolves?😮

omg I am so freaking happy you asked me about Japanese folklore, it is a big interest of mine!

I noticed this as well when I first got interested in Japanese folklore- so why?

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More Evidence Supporting Komaeda's "Crush" on Hajime

In the trivia section of his Wikipedia article, it says how Komaeda has a penchant for “salty things.” Note that this doesn’t specify what sorts of “things,” so not only can this fact be accounted for food, but it can be used for other objects. Or people.

So if we abide by this fact… Let us think for a second.

Who, out of the entire cast of Dangan Ronpa characters, has salt like no other? Who has saltiness incomparable, that even bulldozes the rudeness and brash remarks omitted from others because they are just *that* salty? Who harnesses enough salt that you don’t even need an open wound for it to burn one’s skin? Who has the overcapacity of salt, overflowing to the brim, that their exterior says so with the sassy placement of their hands on their hips and their luscious, spiky locks ostentatiously screaming salt?

That’s right.

That’s right.

gnomestar-upa  asked:

So you dislike trump right? Well let's look at every other president with questionable moral principles who did great in office overall. JFK, Reagan, Bill Clinton, Truman, Eisenhower, what's stopping trump from being a good president with questionable morals?

youre not wrong! no president has ever been perfect! You gave me a nice list of presidents, but im going to use JFK as our main example. enjoy.

kennedy was not perfect. In fact, this washington post article says he wasnt one of the greatest presidents at all. he enabled the fight against irish immigrants, the cuban missile crisis and bay of pigs invasions were both his fault, among many other things. but lets look at some of the good aspects (all info from http://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/John_F__Kennedy_Civil_Rights.htm)

JFK :

  • 1961: created Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, which made it so federal government agencies could not discriminate against employees based on race, creed, color, or national origin.
  • We should not counsel patience and delay on equal rights. “The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.”
  • Push to register black voters to help Democrats in 1964.
  • Encouraged federal offices to hire black people.
  • 1960: Called Martin Luther King’s wife when MLK was jailed. Robert Kennedy called the judge who sentenced King and asked for his release on bail. He was successful.
  • Impatient for school desegregation in early 1960s.
  • Civil rights in public, not private intermarriage. When asked about racial intermarriage by a minister, Kennedy responded, “I am not talking about private lives, but public accommodation, public education, and public elections.”
  • Executive action for immediate civil rights progress.

Now, lets look at trump. ( http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_Civil_Rights.htm )

TRUMP ON CIVIL RIGHTS:

  • Sued by the Justice Department in 1973 for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans. He was actually sued twice.

Q: You said you would check respectfully the mosques. How do you respectfully check a mosque?
TRUMP: Well, you do as they used to do in New York, prior to this mayor dismantling. Right now, they’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances, they are closing down mosques.
Q: Are you talking about increasing profiling of Muslims in America?
TRUMP: Well, I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country. And other countries do it. You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it. And they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use our heads.

  • Says the Confederate Flag should be put in a museum. While he said he would take it down, he also said “respect whatever it is you have to respect.”
  • I’m no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction. “I’ve always had a great relationship to the women I work with. The relationship has been amazing in terms of thousands of employees, top-level employees. And, you know, I was one of the first people in the construction industry to put women in charge of major construction projects and my relationship has been great. I have many executives that are women and doing a phenomenal job. And I’m doing very well with the women voters. So I don’t really worry about those false accusations.” Says the man who’s under several assault accusations.

Q: You don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

TRUMP: Only Rosie O'Donnell!

Q: You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?

TRUMP: I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I don’t have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody. And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding. We have a good time. What I say is what I say. But you know, we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around.

  • Has stated he is against gay marriage. However, he has also said he wants to prosecute hate crimes against LGBT people.

Now, trump has also said that workers should not be fired for their sexual orientation, and said he promotes gender equality in the workplace. He also said he wants to raise the minimum wage and expand health care for mental health. all great things! However:

  • Wants to defund Planned Parenthood, which helps MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.
  • Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade
  • Wants to prevent Muslim immigrants from coming to the US, have Muslims register in a database
  • Wants to deport upwards of 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the US
  • Wants to build a wall separating the US from Mexico, and make Mexico pay for it
  • Wants to get rid of the EPA
  • “I’m for vaccines, but in smaller quantities to avoid autism.” (Sep 2015)

On gun control:

  • We need Supreme Court to stand up for the 2nd Amendment. (Oct 2016)
  • Appoint Supreme Court judges who respect 2nd amendment. (Oct 2016)
  • No guns for people on terrorist watch-list. (Sep 2016)
  • Buying lots of ammunition & body armor should be a red flag. (Jun 2016)
  • Mass shootings are due to a huge mental health problem. (Jan 2016)
  • No limits on guns; they save lives. (Jan 2016)

and if allllll of this still doesnt make you a bit skeptical, trump is very unclear about his stances on many things. he contradicts many of his points, and even goes as far to say “i never said that”. so either he means everything he said, and will follow through, or he was just trying to win the presidency and will not do anything he said.

i dislike trump because he threatens to deport my friends. i dislike trump because he opposes my rights to my body. i dislike trump because of his mistreatment of women. i dislike trump because he is endorsed by racists. i dislike trump because of the horrible uprising he has stirred.

so if you want to give trump a chance, thats your position, not mine. but i dislike trump because he is racist, misogynistic, anti-LGBT, xenophobic, and cruel, among many other things.

i am born from immigrants. i am jewish, i am a poc, i am LGBTQ, and i am afraid for my life. i do not want my rights to be stripped away, and i do not want my loved ones to have to endure that either. i do not want trump’s america. 

anonymous asked:

I wish I could send links through asks because there are ENDLESS articles on police shooting black men who did nothing wrong at all but were pulled over for racial profiling. Or shooting black women who called the police to their homes about an incident and were shot dead themselves. Philando Castile. Jerome Keith Allen. Daundre Phillips. Tamir Rice. Jordan Edwards. Look them all up. A handful of countless occurrences, and they're all innocent. Police brutality against POC isn't a myth.

I am not saying wrongful police shootings never happens. What I am saying is that…

  • The media rarely has all the facts. These “endless” articles are often half truths and agenda-based.
  • Police shootings without just cause are EXTREMELY RARE.
  • Police shootings without provocation happen to blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, ect.
  • The factual numbers as were previously sourced from federal databases and analyzed by Harvard associates, conclude that racism does not play a major factor either in unwarranted shootings or shootings with cause. You can look at the numbers for yourself.
Some Thoughts On National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution”

(Note: I’m glad they made it, and in general terms, I really have nothing wrong with the article, but more so who the article was trying to either inform or pander to. Please read this before getting upset. These are solely my opinions and in no way to I intend to generalize the whole community.)

I’m going to admit, I picked up this article knowing I would have issues with it. I was hoping it would surprise me, and in some ways, it did!

But in other ways I was terribly, terribly disappointed.

Why did I walk into this thinking it was going to be bad? Being right off the bad the title was “Gender Revolution”. The reason this irks me so much is because of the fact that a lot of times the transgender community is shown as something new and hip by people who haven’t taken the time to research the history, and ‘revolution’, to me at least, implies that it’s a relatively new thing. I do understand the sense of empowerment it is trying to convey, but revolution just isn’t the right word.(Edit: I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel like this definition really strays the situation from making others that aren’t informed understand that trans people are just regular people)

As I read into the article, a lot of it did do what I assumed it would do. There was very little medical research or history on it, and a lot more interviews that were probably not written by the people themselves, at least not reviewed by them. Another issue was probably their info section, that went into saying that “by age 4, most children have a stable sense of their gender identity”. That sentence could be really damaging, especially because for trans people this usually isn’t the case, and the article never clarifies this, perpetuating that most trans people should know their gender at a very very young age- an age at which most of us are still learning the basics of life and rely on imaginary friends. 

The info section brought up another issue- Who was this article written for? Was this article written to spread awareness or was it to pander to people who already knew this stuff? At first glance, you are bombarded with information that, to us, seems fairly casual, but to someone who’s never really looked into the community, could be really overwhelming! A total of 21 terms explained in depth, and yes, this is great, but baby steps! I didn’t even get all of this when i first started transitioning! 

Of course, there was also good in the article. The article did explain a lot of the fluidity and flexibility in the community, made a very large divide between gender expression and identity, and they did also talk about the legal limits for transgender people. They did address sex worker’s issues and the brutality that trans women must endure. It is addressed that sometimes, yes, people do go through phases, which I think is something that needs to be more understood in the community and not demonized. They talked about how sometimes, identity can change, people sometimes need to ease into things that are as important as this. They brought up the psychological issues that come with not respecting your child’s identity (although, I feel like they ONLY put that, and didn’t really talk about how sometimes kids can figure it out really late too!). They talked about gay trans men and lesbian trans women. And these are all good things that need to be given light, just in a gentler way. 

I know its frustrating to have to do this so carefully, but if it isn’t fed in spoonfulls, a lot of people will outright reject it. Writing these kinds of articles is a sensitive matter because most people are incredibly uninformed. It’s easy for us to understand because we’re living it, but trying to induce that empathy in people who’ve never experienced dysphoria, who have never even seen a trans person in their life aside from Caitlyn Jenner- It’s hard work. But it’s work that has to be done.


Anyway, that’s essentially my opinion on the whole thing. Don’t be afraid to argue any of my points by the way, I’d love to know what you all think about these kinds of things. We are a community, after all.

-Phoenix