in two different sections

Fantastic Beasts was really good in that it was like watching two different but equally interesting movies that had a weird crossover section at the end. 

There was ‘cute british man child and animal friends take new york’ 

and ‘pain: the gay ghost story’ 

NCT 127 reaction to their gf who always puts her hands under their shirt or up their sleeves to feel their skin as a habit

‘’Hello, can you do nct 127+bts reaction to their gf always puts her hands under their shirt or up their sleeves to feel their skin as a habit 😇 thank you in advance’’ - @sinerwhoisasin

A/N: Thank you so much for your request! I hope you like it! The BTS version is coming soon! ^^

Disclaimer: I do NOT own any of the gifs! They belong to their rightful owners!
I also do not own NCT.

Unfortunately. Wish I owned them. Especially Johnny.

Taeyong

Would definitely be surprised every time your hand would creep underneath his shirt and perhaps jump back just a little. He wouldn’t mind it in the end, though, he’d just laugh about it and let you be.

He would prefer it, though, if you up his sleeves instead as it would make him feel more comfortable - so just to make him more comfortable you would up his sleeve more, only put your hand under his shirt if you two were in a teasing mood, or something. Taeyong would also prefer it if the two of you were alone, the guys were big teases, after all.

When the two of you were alone, he was working and you were simply reading a book. The book became boring after a while, so you’d grab your laptop and casually sit next to him and do your own stuff.

After a couple of minutes, you would up his sleeve unintentionally while watching a video and stroke his arm a bit. Taeyong shivered for a bit, and lost all concentration in his work as he glanced over to you.

‘’Ah, really, Y/N? Now? You’re too cute,’’ he laughed.

Originally posted by teeuai

Mark

Would probably tease you a little about it every time your habit would show up. Not just with words, but also actions - starting to sit closer to you, stare at you until you noticed what you were doing, and so on.

He wouldn’t really mind it, but just like Taeyong I think he would feel more comfortable if you two were alone. Especially since his hyungs would also tease him about it, and also just the feeling of being touched underneath his shirt in public, where everyone could see it. Of course if you’d up his sleeve, he’d be cool with that everywhere.

Since you and Mark weren’t good in cooking at all, you decided to do the groceries so you did at least something for dinner, instead of letting the other guys do everything. The two of you stood still at the cooling section where the different kinds of meat, chicken and fish were. You were both looking for the meat the other guys told you to get, but couldn’t find it easily.

While just standing there and looking, your hand would up his sleeve and just rest against his soft and fair skin which caught Mark off guard.

‘’I don’t think I would be good to use for dinner, Y/N. Try again,’’ He’d tease as he slightly chuckled.

Originally posted by asilentkkaebsong

WinWin

WinWin would definitely be so shy about this if you were with the other guys. Not only because they would tease him, but also because he wouldn’t exactly know how to respond to them very well in Korean - he’s learning, though.

If it was just the two of you, he would be so comfortable and casually join you with the skin touching, even if it was just a habit of yours. He loved it, though, he thought it was cute and that you were just the cutest thing ever.

The two of you were just chilling in the living room, watching a movie in silence until your hand moved underneath his shirt and would casually rest on his belly. He’d abruptly look at you as he blinked a couple of times, but quickly wrap his arms around you as he laughed.

‘’Ahhh you’re so cute, Y/N! It tickles, though!’’

Originally posted by cypher127

Yuta

Okay so I guess we’re almost done with the innocent ones, but then there’s Yuta. Every time your habit would show, this guy would tease you so, so much. He couldn’t care less if the guys were around when you’d put your hand under his shirt, or up his sleeve without realizing it at that moment. He would simply tease you back, that’s all.

The two of you were cooking for the others, and you had finished your part so all you could do now was stand next to Yuta and watch him prepare his part. He was cooking the chicken and seasoning it, you just watched.

Without realizing it, you stood closer to him than before and your rather cold hands would slip underneath his shirt and simply rest there. Yuta smirked a little, especially when some of the guys walked in.

He quickly grabbed a glass and filled it with water, handing it over to you as the grin on his face became bigger and bigger.

‘’Seems like you’re rather thirsty, Y/N. Here, drink something.’’ He frowned, causing you to blush out of embarrassment and quickly withdraw your hand.

Originally posted by y-ta

Taeil

Taeil would be rather confused. How did this become your habit in the first place? Did you expect something as you touched his body? He had no idea, but apparently it became a habit and he had to deal with this. He didn’t exactly mind it, but it confused him, that’s all.

The two of you were washing the dishes, and his part was to dry them and put them away. Your task was easy and done quicker than Taeil’s. While waiting for him you’d put both your hands underneath his shirt as you waited.

Taeil shivered a bit and looked at you, confused like usual.

‘’Y/N, I don’t have any ABS!’’ He would respond, thinking that was what you were aiming for.

Originally posted by jihansol

Doyoung

This guy’s a meme, though. And a happy bunny. But he would be so incredibly shook every time your hand was touching his body - was it a hint? Was there something wrong? Or right? Were you trying to tell him something?

At the most random moments, he felt your hand resting on his belly and he would look so confused and shocked. He’d clear his throat as he looked at you, slightly uncomfortable of your random actions which turned out to be one of your weird habits.

‘’Eh, Y/N… Something the matter?’’

Originally posted by mvpshawolist

Haechan

Haechan would somehow be like Yuta, but in a fun way. I don’t think Haechan would diss you as much (especially in front of others) like Yuta would. He’d tease you in a way so you wouldn’t mind it, either.

Your habit was to up his sleeve at random times, to feel his skin and then down his sleeve again once you were done. At first it really confused the heck out of this naughty Maknae, but at some point he got used to your funny habit.

Like mentioned before, you’d do it at incredibly random times - when you were out for dinner, maybe, just sitting at home, doing chores; random times. Haechan would laugh mischievously as he felt his sleeve going up his arm again and felt your soft hand against his skin.

‘’I know you love me, Y/N. Words are enough, you know? No need to get so intimate.’’ He’d laugh out loud.

Originally posted by nctinfo

Jaehyun

Would be both confused but also chill about it on the outside, but sort of shook on the inside. Of course he had never experienced this before he met you, but then again - this habit is what made you, you. And that is who he fell in love with. Then again, it had him shocked every time, but he wouldn’t let you know.

The two of you were just chilling in the practice room after NCT’s practice was over, you were planning on going out for dinner soon but you let Jaehyun rest for a little bit. You sat down next to him and after a minute or two he’d feel your hand going up his body.

‘’Ahh, Y/N. You’re doing it again.’’ He would remove your hand from his body as he looked at you, smiling awkwardly. ‘’I’m sweating, it’s gross. Please not now.’’

Originally posted by yonges

Johnny

Again. Johnny. Where to start. He had gotten used to it by now, and would probably go all savage on you at first, you’d probably get a little angry because you really can’t help your weird habit, but he’d make it up to you soon by kissing your cheek and hugging you, or whatsoever. He did see it as a compliment, though. You wouldn’t touch him if you didn’t like any of his features, so that’s that.

English wasn’t your first language, you knew it well but you wanted to know things better, so of course you would ask Johnny(or Mark, but only if Johnny was very busy which wasn’t often as he always made time for you). He’d explain you the things you didn’t understand, help you with some grammar or expand your vocabulary. He stopped in the middle of his sentence as he felt that you upped his sleeve again while looking at the text he had written.

He frowned as he began leaning against you teasingly.

‘’You know, saying the words ‘oh daddy’ would’ve been a better hint, Y/N. This one’s becoming old.’’

‘’This isn’t funny, Johnny! Ugh, I’m sorry.’’

‘’Don’t apologize. It’s too funny, and cute.’’ He’d say as he quickly pressed a kiss onto your forehead and continued explaining what he was explaining to you before.

Originally posted by nakamotens

(I needed an excuse to use this gif and it doesn’t fit but I love this okay, deal with it : ) )

A/N: Hope it’s okay and ugh iT’S SO LONG AGAIN SORRY?

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Thank you guys so much for 2,000 followers on IGBT. I won’t get long and gross and sappy today no not today but here is the celebratory Drunk Confessions by the Maknae Line. 

I had to split this into two different sections of drunk texts and sober texts so stay tuned for the sober texts. But i hope you like these!

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anonymous asked:

Pygmalion/Galatea au. Coldwave coldflashwave or Flashwave

1. Mick Rory is an artist. Some therapist in his youth helped him channel his pyromania into healthier outlets. He’s done fireworks, but has since turned to fire sculptures. Carefully crafted, carefully planned - short-lived, but glorious works of art.

2. He is one of many artists from Central City invited to participate in an art exhibit commemorating the one year anniversary of the STAR Labs particle accelerator accident, which caused a fair amount of structural damage and claimed a fairly high number of lives.

3. The theme of the exhibit is “What if?” Other artists run with more dystopic visions, a post-pocalyptic Central City, or imagine the particle accelerator working. Assuming they don’t pick something more abstract. Mick seeks inspiration in old comic books and decides to imagine a world where the accident created superheroes and supervillains.

4. For his supervillain he draws inspiration from a boy he once knew, a boy he met during his only stint in juvie - a boy that he kept a mostly distant friendship with for a few years, until the day that boy - young man, really - was buried, his neck broken from falling out a window from far too high up during a b&e.

5. For his superhero, he studies the unofficial memorial wall erected at the edge of the accident site, and comes across a photo of a happy young man, a CSI who died from a lightning strike during the horrifically enhanced thunderstorm that the accident caused (among other things).

6. The review of the exhibit praises Mick’s fire sculpture, the life of it, how he’s managed to - impossibly - make his flames seem like ice, like lightning, as hero and villain chase one another in an eternal, endless dance.

7. The same newspaper runs a far smaller notice in a different section about the two slightly singed mysterious individuals who caused a disturbance at the exhibit and who seem to be suffering from some form of amnesia.

8. Neither Captain Cold nor the Flash are entirely certain of where the hell they’ve ended up, or why the cold gun and the speedster powers seem to be - not currently functioning.

9. This does not make them want to work together.

10. They both have the feeling that their current situation has something to do with the large man with the burns.

11. Mick is not entirely sure what he’s supposed to do with the man with the cold eyes, who seems to have already claimed a section of Central’s underworld (Cold was playing those games long before his cold gun, after all) and keeps circling him, or with the pretty young man who seems so very earnest about everything, who follows him around until he more or less takes him in.

12. It’s not that he’s objecting to the attention, mind.

13. Even though Cold and Flash (they can’t remember other names - they’re certain they must have had names, proper names, but they can’t remember - still, they both use fake names when talking to people, including Mick) fight like cats and dogs over Mick.

14. Eventually, one of them lets the whole superhero/villain thing slip in Mick’s presence, and Mick goes very, very still, because that little bit of superhero mythos? He’s pretty sure that he created that. And didn’t actually tell anybody except the sculpture he was building, telling his hero and villain that “You are going to be so fucking gorgeous! If only you were real!”

15. Possibly, Mick was very lonely.

16. Eventually they grudgingly agree to share. Mick very soon grows tired of the careful scheduling his hero and villain (mostly his villain) get up to and drag the pair of them in bed with him at once. They still fight like cats and dogs in bed, but Mick isn’t complaining about being the battlefield.

The Tattoo Artist

Pairing: Y/N/Soulmate!Calum

Rating: PG-All

Request: No

Words: 4.450+

Summary: In which everyone gets a name tattoo of their soulmate on their wrist when they turn eighteen but Y/N doesn’t believe in it and wants hers covered up by the male tattoo artists whose shop is right down the street

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Love at First Video Chapter 1

Misha Collins x Reader

1200 Words

Story Summary: You were a babysitter, but you wanted to be more. Deciding to create a cooking video, you were shocked when it garnered the attention of a well known actor. Soon the attention becomes something neither of you can ignore. 

Author’s Note: This is my new story. I just want to say I have nothing against any of the wives of the cast. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you want to be tagged in future chapters!

“Thank you for this chance Mrs. Moore.” You exclaimed to your boss. Smiling, she waved off your thanks. “It’s the least I could do. The kids love you, and you are great with them. As long as it doesn’t get too out of control, then I don’t mind.” She told you, grabbing her briefcase and heading out the door. “By the way, Amelia has dance practice tonight, but I’m not sure I will be home in time.”

As soon as she shut the door behind her, you started dancing around, excited beyond belief. You had been getting the nerve up to ask her for almost a month now, and it was a lot easier than you had thought it would be.

See, you wanted to be a Youtuber, have people watching videos you made. But that wasn’t it, you wanted something fun, and family friendly, that parents and kids would both enjoy. You had thought long and hard, and decided a cooking show with the kids you babysat would be the perfect thing. You loved to cook, you loved kids, and it would definitely add a humor factor to the whole thing. You were so busy dancing around, that you didn’t hear the tiny little foot steps coming up behind you.

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Most Definitely a Scamander - a Newt/Tina + Rolf fic

Tagging: @pinkdiamonddolphin

a/n: The two sections of this fic take place at different points – close together but not on the same day. Hope that clears up any confusion!

Summary: “I mean, you have freckles and…and my awfully untidy hair… I’m afraid you’re most definitely a Scamander, whether you like it or not.”
(Or: Newt and Tina comforting their grandson Rolf)


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Book the Second, Chapter Twenty-three: Fire Rises

“The mender of roads, and two hundred and fifty particular friends, stood with folded arms at the fountain, looking at the pillar of fire in the sky. ‘It must be forty feet high,’ said they, grimly; and never moved.”

anonymous asked:

Do you know any good ways to learn to speak Cantonese tones? There aren't any teachers even remotely close to me and I am worried that I'm not going to be able to get anywhere close to understandable. Also I am still a bit confused on written Chinese. Are written Mandarin and Cantonese grammatically the same? I know simplified vs traditional, and Cantonese has some unique characters, but I'm not sure if there are other differences (I haven't started learning anything, still gathering resources)

AHHHH THIS IS A NICE ASK, LOTS TO TALK ABOUT 

I mighttt upload a video/audio file of me going over Cantonese tones later on, we’ll see! Here are a couple of Youtube videos going over Cantonese tones: (1) (2) (3) (4). The second and third video are actually in Japanese LOL but there are visuals, so it’s not too difficult to follow. The guy in the fourth video has the correct tones but his pronunciation is a bit off ahaha. For more visuals, you should refer to these images: (1) (2

This whole Written Chinese/Written Cantonese thing is very confusing, but lemme try and break it down:

Let’s start with Standard Written Chinese. This is what you will find in the majority of books, newspapers, and websites. Essays and assignments are always written in Standard Written Chinese, which is based off of Mandarin Chinese. Ignoring slang/dialect-specific words from other Mandarin dialects/other colloquialisms, the grammar you see in writing is essentially the grammar people use to speak to each other in Mandarin. Standard Written Chinese can be split into two scripts: Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese (used in HK, Taiwan, and in some overseas communities). 

What confuses some people is that despite Written Chinese being BASED off of Mandarin, I am able to read Standard Written Chinese in Cantonese, using the Cantonese pronunciations of these words, regardless of whether or not we actually use these words in spoken Cantonese. 

Then we have Written Cantonese which, like you said, has its own unique characters, but also has words from the original Written Chinese vocabulary set, because Mandarin and Cantonese share vocabulary. You can read more about it here. Written Cantonese is based off of how we speak in Cantonese, which can be quite different from Written Standard Chinese.

There are a bunch of special Cantonese characters that are completely meaningless to non-Cantonese speakers, like 啱, 咁, 冇, 乜, 佢, 攰, 哋, 哂, etc. They can also often look quite complex (ie: 嚟, 嘅, 噉, etc). These special characters have no simplified variants (or not that I know of), but all other words that can be found in simplified Chinese (since Cantonese and Mandarin share vocabulary) can have a simplified variant. 

Written Cantonese that you find in HK will more often than not be written in Traditional Chinese (I, for example, write in Traditional), but written Cantonese from Guangzhou for example will probably be in Simplified + these special Cantonese characters. 

Grammatically, I think it’s easier to understand if we split it into two sections: 

1) the grammatical particles themselves and how Cantonese might use different particles

2) the positioning/syntax of Cantonese/Mandarin sentences

There are a significant number of differences when we address #1, especially in grammatical particles and prepositions. Most grammatical particles are different in Cantonese, but only a select few are placed slightly differently (#2). 

Example 1: 在 (zài) and 緊 (gan2) are both grammatical particles (in Mandarin and Cantonese respectively) that show the present progressive tense. However, the difference is, 在 is placed before the verb in Mandarin, whereas 緊 is placed after the verb in Cantonese. Same function, different placement. (refer to #2)

Example 2: 先 (xiān / sin1) “before sth else, first” is used in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and function the same way, but their placement is also quite different. (refer to #2)

M: 我先走出去后院。[Trad: 我先走出去後院] (wŏ xiān zŏu chū qù hòu yuàn)

C: 我行出去後院先。(ngo5 haang4 ceot1 heoi3 hau6 jyun2 sin1)

“I’m gonna walk out to the backyard first [before I do sth else]”

Example 3: Here are some examples of grammatical particles/prepositions placed and used in the exact same way (words that differ from Mandarin are marked with an asterisk):  咗*, 喺*, 完, 會 (refer to both #1 and #2)

咗 (zo2) / 了 (M) (le) mark a perfected/completed action in the past

喺 (hai2) / 在 (M) (zài) are prepositions meaning at/in

完 (wán / jyun4) comes after a verb, and means “to finish doing sth” 

會 (huì / wui5) comes before a verb, and marks the future tense

So to re-address the two grammatical sections we created: 

1) Cantonese will often have different particles/prepositions/basic verbs than Mandarin.  

2) Cantonese and Mandarin will often have very similar word orders (except for the occasional exception), and can usually be compared one-to-one

TL;DR - Basic vocabulary and the majority of grammatical particles are often drastically different from Mandarin. HOWEVER, many of these differences are one-to-one comparisons. As long as you know how to convert between the two, you will most likely to know how to flip from Cantonese to Mandarin and vice versa. There are always exceptions, but these are often very specific examples, and I’m not going to cover them here~ The only other major hurdle when switching between Cantonese and Mandarin is pronunciation but that’s a whole other story x_x

This topic is hard to cover through a single post, and hard to wrap your head around, but I hope I managed to clear things up a little!

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#bestofgintama quotes
episode 1: “you jerks!! and you claim to have gin tama?!”

Taking the ACT: A low down

So I just wanted to do this because my teacher told me I should write a book because I’ve taken the ACT about nine times now. Coming from me - here’s what you need to know! (for all you West Coasters, that is, I know jack squat about the SAT so you’ll find none of that here)

The Low Down

Time - WAY Before the ACT

*Make sure you take it multiple times!! If you’re a Junior, take them ALLL. You can take it like 12+ times. DO IT.

*things to study - ¾ of the test is about English reading speed and comprehension. If you can read quickly and understand it all, and have a good knowledge of English grammar, you’re going to do very well on the ACT. If not, it’s something to practice, the reading speed and comprehension most importantly. I used an ACT prep program for this called Word Smart and it helped me a lot but there are word reading speed programs online for free you can use as well.

*APply! Do it now. Go sign up for the ACT website and Have yourself registered with plenty of time to spare so you don’t pay late fees and your center doesn’t run out of seating! (It happens! Especially the December one when all of the seniors who haven’t taken it yet take it for the first time for college -see point one-)

*Don’t know which one to apply for? (Writing or Non) If you know what college you’re going to, see what they like, if not, take mostly Non and then do one Writing just in case!

**What’s the difference you ask? (between Writing and Non) one has an essay at the end that gets mushed with your English score, but doesn’t affect your overall score. You have thirty minutes and a prompt and you do your essay and it gets graded and it takes like a week or two longer to get your scores.

TIME - Day Before the ACT

*Get ALL of your stuff ready. Get your pencils and erasers and your calculator charged (make sure its an approved calculator! I recommend one with graphing capabilities). Make sure you have like 4+ pencils, just in case and that they are all sharpened! Have your ticket printed out and set this all aside for easy grabbing in the morning so you’re not stressing

*Go to sleep *early* so you have plenty of rest! You won’t regret it, it’s about a 3 hour long test, you need to be awake for it all!

*Set several alarms, just in case, so you can get up in time for…

Time - the DAY OF the ACT!

*Make sure you have plenty of time to eat a very good breakfast! I recommend nothing greasy that could possibly upset your stomach! It needs to be filling, though. I prefer oatmeal! 

*pack some snacks (this can also be done the night before) for your break! And maybe a drink too! You can’t have these out in the testing room but you can have them in a pocket or purse

*Bring a purse of something with big pockets for storage, even a drawstring, no one cares and it’s helpful for keys and wallet and snacks and calculator

*DON’T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID - if you’re 16+ and drive this should be simple, but if not see if you can get ahold of a passport or visit a local officials office or printing of an ID (permits work too)

*Here in the CST we have to start at 8 for the test, no matter your time just make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare in case you have traffic problems!

*Wear comfortable clothes! You want to be in the best mindset possible while taking the test and NO ONE will care what you look like because they’re focusing on the test too!

*I do recommend a watch. I never brought one myself but it helps with pacing (my rooms always had clocks) and then during your break you know when to go back without feeling rushed or late MAKE SURE it’s a watch that doesn’t beep, though, because a beeping watch can get you ejected from the test just as much as a phone going off can

*GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Time- At the ACT center, before the test!

*LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR. JUST DO IT. YOU CAN’T GET IT OUT ANYWAYS AND my phone went off with an alarm even though I turned it off and I got kicked out, there are NO exceptions and you just blew a good chunk of money and a lot of your time!!

**If you didn’t drive yourself, the test normally gets over anytime between 11:30-12:30 so leave if with your ride, or at home, and tell them that time. If they’re not there, ask people at the test center and find a phone to use there, or a friend who drove’s phone

*DON’T be dreading it! It won’t help! They design the ACT to test your test taking skills and set it up accordingly for you to be tired and ready to leave by the last test, which is why most say it’s the hardest. Just keep a chipper mind and relax

*If you have test anxiety, doing it multiple times really helps. I was so nervous my first few times but my last times I wasn’t because your routine is the same, the only things that’s slightly different is the questions

Time- DURING the Test!

*the ACT test consists of four different sections. You’re first two sections are English and Math. English is 55 minutes long, Math is 60 minutes. Then you get a 10 minute break. Then back for Reading, which is 45 minutes and Science which I think is about 45 minutes also.

*Pace yourself! Just take a breather. Don’t try to figure out how many questions you need to do a minute (I have. It doesn’t help) Just do it. 

*DON’T spend too much time on one question! You are allowed to mark in your test booklet. Just mark it and come back. You’ll figure out how much time you spend on average per question, and if it takes more time than that, just skip it. 

*You DON’T get faulted for wrong answers! Unlike the SAT, where wrong answers lose you a point from what you already have, on the ACT you just don’t get the point, but you don’t get marked off for it either. SO, if you’re running out of time, just try to figure out a few more and then fill in the rest. IT’S BETTER TO GUESS THAN NOT ANSWER AT ALL because at least you have a chance of getting it right.

*During the break, EAT SOMETHING. stand up and stretch! Go to the bathroom! It will help you wake up and be more alert for the last portion of the test, which you need to be!

*ENGLISH SECTION - focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Has the most questions in it. Tips: Trust your instinct with your answers and don’t over think it. If you have done well in your English classes in the past, you know what you’re talking about. Just go with your gut. 

*MATH SECTION - mostly Geometry and some Trig! If you haven’t taken these classes yet, then don’t worry, that probably means you have some time before the test is super needed (your senior year) just do the best you can. Tips: NEVER stay on one question for too long. If you don’t understand something, SKIP IT IMMEDIATELY, until you find a question you do understand! Then, once you have all of those, take a breath and go back to the beginning and reread. I find, sometimes, that I did understand the question, but in my math section panic, I forgot. If you don’t know it at all, make a logical quess.

*READING SECTION - focuses mostly on reading comprehension. NEVER go to the question and try to find the answer in the article!! It takes more time than you think! TIPS: Just read the whole thing, soak it in, and then answer the questions. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming. Time is of the essence during this test!

*SCIENCE SECTION - focuses mostly on your ability to take a test (endurance) and focus on reading graphs! If you finish Reading early, take a deep breath before this one and just chill. They’re going to throw terms at you that you may not know, but they aren’t important! The questions will focus on their studies, which will all be able to be found in the graphs! TIPS: Read through the info and get a loose understanding. Accept terms but dont try too hard to understand them fully. They just are. Graphs are your friends. Make sure you know how to read them! SKIP QUESTIONS you don’t understand! But with the graphs, it should help!

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Other stuff!!

*ACT Prep! — Don’t get it the first time ! Take it a few times and if you’re not improving, then get it! It really does help!

*START YOUNG. I started sophomore and freshmen year. You can. You can take it so many times. Just do it. Take it like three times sophomore year, maybe once freshmen, five times junior, and as many times as you can senior!

*If you have a score you’re happy with, great! But if you think you can do better DO IT. I believe in you! Reward yourself when scores go up too!

*Ask your teachers for help! Especially if they’ve taught prep courses for the ACT or helped administer it!

*If you get a 30 one time, and then a 27 the next, colleges will only look at the 30, or whatever your best score is! So no worries if it goes down! You don’t lose anything!

*You can ONLY BENEFIT from taking the ACT multiple times where as only taking it once or twice can hinder you! Experience really helps with this one!

Last words of wisdom: You can do it! I hope you get the score you want! Rock on! Your ACT score means money and I hope you get lots of it! :3 Lots of love~ I’m sure you’ll do amazing when you take it!

Vol 7 spoilers

I’m starting oddly enough with the end, as that’s what I got asked most about. I got asked about how they die and if Guren resurrects them. I’ll make another post or two about different sections I got asked about. Obviously there are major spoilers ahead. Also, take my translations with a grain of salt as they are paraphrased and may be out of context. 


Main points: Mahiru is the one that kills them, she dies by Noya’s curse, her plan was to disrupt the ultimate experiment by having Guren there, he decides to resurrect them, and the book ends there, as the world’s destruction begins.

More detailed summary: 

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Since I am preparing for my FCE exam, I though it could be a good idea to share with you how I have set up my FCE notebook. As organizing is important as studying, here, I am going to tell you how my notebook is organised. This is not only for people preparing for the same exam but people who are learning any language in any level. 

First of all, in my classes I take notes in a different notebook, and then I rewrite my notes classifying them in some parts. These parts change depending on what language you are learning (because I remember my French notebook was completely diffferent from my English notebook), so the following classification is the one I am using.

  1. Grammar.
  2. Vocabulary.
  3. Fixed expressions.
  4. Phrasal verbs.
  5. Common mistakes.
  6. Synonyms.
  7. Writing.
  8. Exercises.
  9. How to do some parts of FCE.
  10. Grammar and usage for FCE.
  11. Vocabulary for FCE.

I think it’s pretty clear what include “grammar” and “vocabulary” sections. As a side note, I organize vocabulary by topics as well. In “fixed expressions” I also include proverbs, and I have made a list with a great amount of phrasal verbs I keep in the “phrasal verbs” section.

One of the most important things to improve is learning from mistakes, and that’s why I include that section in my notebook: the differences between two similar expressions, what I don’t know how to write, what I shouldn’t write,… As “mistakes”, “synonyms” are really important, because I hate repiting again and again the same word.

In “writing” and “exercises” I include all the essays and exercises I have done with corrections. This is very interesting to keep because from these I can get more expressions or words to put in the “mistakes” section.

The (9), (10) and (11) sections are in relation to the FCE exam. “How to do some parts of FCE” comprise several tips for speaking, techniques for picture description, formal letters,…

“Grammar and usage of FCE” and “Vocabulary for FCE” are two books I have been recommended to use because they are pretty useful. I also suggest for anyone preparing for FCE exam to start using these books. If you are not preparing this exam but you are learning English, you can use it too. And if you are learning another language, you can create a section where you keep the exercises you do from books.

anonymous asked:

Hi moosey! I hope your day is going well, and I was wondering if I could get some help if you had the time? Popup pages are becoming popular now, and I want to try my hand at them as well. I know the basics, but now I want to take a step further... do you know any tutorials that could help me? I've been trying to make backgrounds for my popup pages, and render images that hang above or under the box. But I don't know how to pull it off... any tips or tutorials that could help?

hello there anon,
yis… basically, what you want to do to make your graphics/background ‘hang’ is to make two different sections to the popup.  one will be the standard popup code, and you then add in a little bit extra to hold your content which is smaller than the popup…

anywhoo - this is the kind of effect you can achieve…

and this is how to do it…

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Swedroe Spotlight: Does Market Sentiment Help Explain Momentum?

Momentum is the tendency for assets that have performed well (poorly) in the recent past to continue to perform well (poorly) in the future, at least for a short period of time. In 1997, Mark Carhart, in his study “On Persistence in Mutual Fund Performance,” was the first academic to use momentum, together with the three Fama-French factors (market beta, size and value), to explain mutual fund returns. Robert Levy published one of the earliest formal studies on cross-sectional momentum in 1967, but the real academic interest for momentum (a form of technical analysis) was inspired by Narasimhan Jegadeesh and Sheridan Titman, authors of the 1993 study “Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers: Implications for Stock Market Efficiency.”(1)

The academic literature has investigated the existence and performance of two different types of momentum. The first is called cross-sectional momentum. This is the type of momentum that Jegadeesh and Titman, as well as Carhart, studied and is used in the four-factor model (beta, size, value and momentum).(2) Cross-sectional momentum measures relative performance, comparing the return of an asset relative to the returns of other assets within the same asset class. Thus, in a given asset class, a cross-sectional momentum strategy may buy the 30 percent of assets with the best relative performance and short-sell those with the worst relative performance. Even if all the assets had risen in value, a cross-sectional momentum strategy would still short the assets with the lowest returns. Similarly, if all assets have fallen, the cross-sectional momentum strategy will go long assets with the smallest losses and go short assets with the largest losses.

The other type of momentum is called time-series momentum.(3) It is also referred to as “trend-following” because it measures the trend of an asset with respect to its own performance. Unlike cross-sectional momentum, time-series momentum is defined by absolute performance. A time-series momentum strategy may purchase assets that have been rising in value and short-sell assets that have been falling. In contrast to cross-sectional momentum, if all assets rise in value, then none of them would be shorted.

The academic literature, which is summarized in the chapter about momentum in my new book, “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” which I co-authored with Andrew Berkin, the director of research at Bridgeway Capital Management, demonstrates that both types of momentum have delivered premiums that have been persistent over time, pervasive across both asset classes and geography, and robust to various definitions (see here for the Alpha Architect review of our book).

David Smith, Na Wang, Ying Wang and Edward Zychowicz contribute to the literature on momentum with their paper, “Sentiment and the Effectiveness of Technical Analysis: Evidence from the Hedge Fund Industry,” which was published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Their work examines how investor sentiment affects the effectiveness of technical analysis strategies (which include the use of moving averages as well as momentum) used by hedge funds (which are considered sophisticated investors).

The Theory Behind Sentiment and Momentum Strategies

The study was motivated by prior research that has focused on “investor sentiment,” which is the propensity of individuals to trade on noise and emotions rather than facts. Sentiment causes investors to have beliefs about future cash flows and investment risks that aren’t justified. Two researchers, Malcolm Baker and Jeffrey Wurgler, constructed an investor sentiment index based on six measures: trading volume as measured by NYSE turnover; the dividend premium (the difference between the average market-to-book ratio of dividend-payers and non-payers); the closed-end fund discount; the number and first-day returns of IPOs; and the equity share in new issues. Data is available through Wurgler and New York University.

Baker, Wurgler and Yu Yuan, authors of the May 2012 study, “Global, Local, and Contagious Investor Sentiment,” were the first to investigate the effect of global and local components of investor sentiment on major stock markets, at the level of both the country average and the time series of the cross-section of stock returns.

The authors concluded:

Global sentiment is a statistically and economically significant contrarian predictor of market returns. Both global and local components of sentiment help to predict the time series of the cross-section; namely, they predict the returns on high sentiment-beta portfolios such as those including high volatility stocks or stocks of small, distressed, and growth companies.

Their findings help to explain the poor performance of individual investors who, on average, are noise-chasers. Following the crowd, like sheep to the slaughter, some investors tend to rush into whatever is the latest, new thing, be it the “tronic” era of the ’60s, the nifty-fifty era of the ’70s, the biotech era of the ’80s or the dot.com era of the ’90s, driving prices to levels that predict low future returns.

Research has also found that, during periods of high sentiment, the optimistic views of not-fully-rational investors tend to drive security overpricing. Rational investors can’t eliminate this overpricing due to impediments to short selling—there are limits to arbitrage that prevent rational investors from exploiting the anomaly.

For example:

  • Many institutional investors (such as pension plans, endowments and mutual funds) are prohibited by their charters from taking short positions.
  • Investors are unwilling to accept the risks of shorting because of the potential for unlimited losses. Even traders who believe that a stock’s price is too high know that they can be correct (indeed, the price may eventually fall) but still face the risk that the price will go up before it goes down. Such a price move, requiring additional capital, can force the traders to liquidate at a loss.
  • Shorting can be expensive. Traders have to borrow a stock to go short and many stocks are costly to borrow because the supply available from institutional investors is low (overvalued stocks tend to be overweighted by individual investors and underweighted by institutional investors, who are the lenders of shares). The largest anomalies tend to occur in small stocks, which are costly to trade in large quantity (both long and especially short). The volume of such shares available to borrow is limited (because they tend to be owned by individual investors) and borrowing costs are often high.

While these limits to arbitrage can prevent sophisticated investors from fully correcting mispricings during periods of high sentiment, during periods of low sentiment, the views of not-fully-rational investors may not be reflected as underpricing because sophisticated investors can simply hold long positions. The result is that high-sentiment overpricing is more prevalent than low-sentiment underpricing.

Empirical Tests on Sentiment and Momentum Investing

To test the hypothesis that technical analysis would be more powerful in high-sentiment environments, Smith and his co-authors used a sample of hedge funds that are self-reported users of momentum strategies (about one in five hedge funds). The sentiment index they employ is the aforementioned one created by Baker and Wurgler. Their sample covered the period from 1994 through 2010. The authors found that during high-sentiment periods, users of technical analysis strategies on average significantly outperformed nonusers—by 5.3 percent per annum in terms of average returns (44.5 bps/month), by 1.4 percent per annum relative to a four-factor model (11.3 bps/month), and by 1.3 percent per annum relative to a seven-factor hedge fund model (10.7 bps/month). However, during periods of low sentiment, technical analysis usage was found to be less valuable and even counterproductive. The differences in performance were statistically significant. (see the table below for details).

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The results are hypothetical results and are NOT an indicator of future results and do NOT represent returns that any investor actually attained. Indexes are unmanaged, do not reflect management or trading fees, and one cannot invest directly in an index.

They also found that these strategies reduced risk, including downside risk, particularly during periods of high sentiment. Additionally, they found that during periods of high sentiment technical analysis users exhibited better market-timing ability than nonusers. Their results were robust to a variety of controls, including fund characteristics and sub-period analysis.

There was another interesting finding. Hedge funds that report using fundamental analysis tend to underperform nonusers during periods of high sentiment. Conversely, the authors did find some evidence that fundamental analysis users outperform nonusers during periods of low sentiment. In periods of low sentiment, sophisticated fundamental investors are not confronted with limits to arbitrage that prevent them from fully expressing their views, thus market prices are more rational. The explanation for the superior performance of technical analysis in high-sentiment periods is that the slow diffusion of information creates momentum.

Concluding Thoughts

One quibble with the paper is they did not investigate alternative investment sentiment measures. For example, in the paper, “Investor Sentiment Aligned: A Powerful Predictor of Stock Returns,” the authors highlight that the Baker Wurgler sentiment methodology can be improved along several dimensions (that article is summarized here by Alpha Architect). Adding a set of robustness tests using this alternative would add to the paper and help alleviate concerns that the results are driven by a particular measure for sentiment.

Quibbles aside, this is a compelling paper that improves our understanding of financial markets. The authors do a good job explaining the behavioral mechanisms behind how and why momentum strategies work, and is part of the growing body of work in the field of behavioral finance, specifically on how sentiment drives prices and allows anomalies to persist.


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anonymous asked:

i'm trying to figuring out if i have adhd or austim, and I was wondering if you know what symptoms they have in common? does ADHD include being bad at social cues and interaction, or is that more an autism thing? or if you know anyone else I could ask about this, that would be great

So quoting directly from the ADHD differential diagnosis section of the DSM-5:

Individuals with ADHD and those with autism spectrum disorder exhibit inattention, social dysfunction, and difficult-to-manage behavior. 

The social dysfunction and peer rejection seen in individuals with ADHD must be distinguished from the social disengagement, isolation, and indifference to facial and tonal communication cues seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. 

Children with autism spectrum disorder may display tantrums because of an inability to tolerate a change from their expected course of events. In contrast, children with ADHD may misbehave or have a tantrum during a major transition because of impulsivity or poor self-control.

Emphasis is my own, I’ve italicised the key bits, and I’ve added breaks for readability. Basically, the differential diagnosis section summarises the similarities and differences between the two disorders, so that one doesn’t get misdiagnosed as the other, and vice versa.

Being bad at reading social cues isn’t specifically an ADHD thing, although it may be because ADHDers have a tendency to miss things. You might like to check out our socialising, social cues, and maybe our social skills and social interaction tags.

- Prue

How does it work?

Hey there! Here are some guidelines on how this will work!

There will be two different sections on this blog:


  • the betas section
  • the writer section

In the first section consist of a list of all the people that are available to help you with your stories. You’ll be able to see which fandom/s they prefer, which kind of fanfictions they are willing to beta read and how to contact them.


How to be listed as beta reader


If you are willing to be someone’s beta reader, send a message/ask following the format:

  • Fandom/s
  • Ship/s (optional)
  • No (optional)
  • Raiting/s
  • Type of beta reading (optional)
  • How to contact


(For example, if you are in the “colours fandom” and ship Blue/Green and don’t mind Purple/Yellow but you don’t even want to think about Orange/Green, you don’t like M rated ff, you only want to spell check and you want to be contacted through your Tumblr, you should write: Fandom: colours; ships: Blue/Green, Purple/Yellow; No: Orange/Green; Raitings: K to T; type: spell check only; contact: tumblr.)


NB The “No” category can include anything, not only ships but kinks, tropes, AUs as well!


Writers section


Here you’ll find people that are looking for a beta reader for a specific project that will be described using a few tags (for example: fandom, raiting, ships, additional information).

If you are a shy writer, you have the option to send an anonymous ask and contact anyone who might answer it.

Also, you might want to look into this section if you want to be a non-listed beta.


Well, I think that’s it for now, hope we can all have a good time and remember to be polite!

anonymous asked:

GoM + Kagami + Takao + Kasamatsu are the most popular with what type of girls?

Takao:- Takao is your average funny guy. He is popular with girls older than him, who are absolutely taken by his ‘completely adorable jokes’. This being said, the nice, down-to-earth and timid type of girls probably fall in love with him easily.

Kagami:- Kagami too, is popular with older women, but not like Takao is. Women older than him literally go nuts over him, because of his well-built, sexually attractive physique being paired with a relatively naive and easily-seduced type of mentality.

Kasamatsu:- Kasamatsu is not popular with any type of girl, seeing as according to the CHARACTER BIBLE, he ends up being nervous and shaking when he tries to speak with one. A girl who falls for him will most likely be attracted to his charismatic personality as a leader.

Kuroko:- Kuroko will be most popular with very intellectual and assertive girls. The type you will probably find as the leader of the library committee, or as a lead violin player in the school orchestra, or even perhaps, yes, a team manager.(People like this will enjoy being submissive to Dom-Kuroko (-。-; leave me alone k I am fascinated by this headcanon))

Aomine:- Innocent, naive and inexperienced girls will definitely fall for Aomine. Definitely. They will start out hating his intense personality, but will eventually get attracted to him sexually, and then gradually fall love. Hordes of virginal girls from Touou masturbate to Aomine before they sleep. I just know it.

Kise:- Does this need to be explained? Fangirls. Fangirls. But I think the type who’ll end up falling in love with him will probably be a serious, studious classmate who starts out with being annoyed by his antics initially, but eventually finds it endearing.

Murasakibara:- He has two different categories of fangirls. The first one is from the older section; cougars who adore his childish way of speaking, but are torn between being sexually attracted to his physique and sticking him in a diaper and throwing him in a baby walker. The second section are from younger kids; I’m literally talking about five year olds who want to be given piggy-back rides and spend all their time with him. But the girl who will fall in love with him will probably a timid classmate who initially starts out as terrified of his huge physique, but eventually learns to love what an adorable idiot he is.

Midorima:- He is incredibly anti-social, and truth be told his weird obsessions can be a bit off-putting for his classmates or anybody who actually knows him. He will probably be popular with flocks of younger students who only know him as the intellectual, attractive athlete from the basketball team.

Akashi:- Everybody the same age and younger than him is interested in him in one way or the other. He is absolute. (I’m not even kidding here. I have yet to meet somebody who is turned off by his semi-sadistic, assertive personality.)