informal cities

A Guide to The Adventure Zone metaplot

So recently, I re-listened to the entirety of TAZ in prep for the ending and took notes; as we head into the finale next week, I wanted to share them! This is a comprehensive look at every plot thread, bit of foreshadowing, and yet-unresolved ideas as we head into endgame. This involves heavy spoilers through the most recent episode (66) and assumes you have already listened or read the content before.

The full is under the cut!

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MBTI types when they go on a group trip

Make sure everything is planned and there is the necessary: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ, INTJ, ENFJ, INTP
Take information about places/cities where they have to go: INFJ, ENFJ, INFP, ISFP, ENFP
Drive and got the map of road and places: ESTJ, ENTJ, INTP, ESTP
Once arrived, they want to explore without following the plans: ENFP, ESFP, ENTP, ISTP
Take photos with friends, and is curious about anything: INFP, ISFP, ENFP, ENFP, ESTP

Everyone wants to have good time with their friends

(Probably ENFP is the soul of the journey)

Sequel to mer!Viktor

Here’s sea witch/octo Yuuri, who secludes himself deep in the ocean and goes by the alias ~*~Eros~*~. Everyone’s heard of him and his magical abilities but few have ever seen him, much less had the chance to make a bargain with him. What those same seafolk don’t realize is that Yuuri is especially good at disguising himself as a merman and visiting various cities for information and goods, and perhaps the slight chance to get a distant look at everyone’s beloved Mer-Prince…

(The markings along his torso are a magical tattoo, and yes he is indeed wearing water-proof make-up ; o )

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I love this blog (its already been incredibly useful) and I've got something I could use a little advice on, if you can. I'm writing an original fiction set in a specific city and year. Do you have any tips for researching that might help me capture the feel of the place/time? I want it to feel like a snapshot and I've done a little research already, but is there anything particular you notice/know of that will really help set the scene without it feeling too contrived? Thank you !

Hey nonny, I’m glad you like the blog <3 Setting is a hard thing to get right in stories, and it can often be overlooked. I struggle with this a lot, as I’ve never been out of my home country, and really the best advice I can give you is this: research (which I also addressed in this ask). 

To make your setting seem realistic, you need to know a lot about the time and place. It’s not too hard to find information about cities, you can find out generally what they look like and all that jazz, but to bring the setting to life, you have to know a lot of little details. I have a few resources for you here that may help you out. 


  • What are the notable landmarks?

Do the citizens have nicknames for places in the city? Do all the buildings look similar, or is it a smorgasbord of styles?

  • Is the city well-maintained, etc?

Are the streets littered with garbage or pristinely swept? Are the roads and sidewalks cracking or do they look brand new? Are the buildings old and in disrepair, or do they look brand new and modern? Is the greenery (if there is any) taken care of, or is it overgrown and unkempt?

  • What are the people there like? 

Is there mainly one race/culture there, or is it diverse? Are the people there generally kind, rude, or does it vary? Will people on the street give directions to someone who’s lost?

  • What’s the climate like?

Is it mild? Is it hot (if so, is it dry or humid)? Is it cold? Is it rainy? Does it snow in the winter?

  • How wealthy is the city?

Does the city have enough money to fund and maintain green spaces or public buildings? What class are most of the people there?


  • If your story is set in the past, you’ll have to do a fair bit of research to portray it correctly. If your story is set in the present, odds are you’ll know a fair bit more about the period (but you should still do some research to solidify your knowledge). If your story is set in the future, you’ll have a lot more freedom with how you portray the time period, but it involves a lot of planning and worldbuilding.
  • Here’s a question we received about life in the 1800s, if that’s your time
  • It’s hard for me to give you specific advice without knowing your time period, but you really just have to make sure you know everything you can about the era. That doesn’t mean you have to overload your characters with information. In fact, you probably won’t end up directly referencing a lot of the things you researched, but the fact that you know them gives you a better understanding of the period and makes the setting richer, even if you never directly mention some things.
  • Here’s an article about general historical fiction (which can also be applied to the present or future)

I hope this helped you out! If you have another question, you know where to find us!

-Mod Gen

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask us!


My interest quickly grew to include local information. Neighboring towns and cities. We were only a few hours from the coast! Not that I was interested in the ocean. Sugar Valley, a small sea side town. Home of the iconic Peppermint Pier and Sugar Pepper memorial. Sweetness, was it beautiful! Buildings of every color lined the streets in bright patterns. Pink! Green! Blue! Light blue! Dark blue! Turquoise! It was a painter’s dream town.

Sugar Valley… that sounded so familiar. Then it dawned on me. That’s where IT happened. The accident that nearly killed me and took my father away from us. 

I’ll admit that put a small downer on it’s appeal, but everything was so pretty, it was hard not to be enamored.


Once the sun sets they turn the generator off and sit around the kitchen table in the dark. Scully lights a candle.

“Your instincts are good,” Skinner says approvingly. “Lay low after dark.”

“Why?” Will asks, cocking his head.

Skinner looks at them, then nods toward Will. “Maybe we should wait until…”

But Scully shakes her head. “This is his life now,” she says quietly. “He has the right to know.”

“They’re rounding people up,” Skinner says. “Saying it’s for public safety. It happens at night. Frankly, I assumed that’s what happened to you.”

“Not yet,” she says.

Skinner shakes his head, emphatic. “Not ever.” He glances over at Will, briefly. “You cannot let them take you.”

Scully echoes, “There are worse things than dying,” and Skinner gives her a hard look.

“I mean it, Dana.” The older man looks distinctly uncomfortable. He sets his glasses down on the table and rubs the bridge of his nose, trying to decide where to start. Finally he says, “So where were you?”

“Driving,” Scully says. “Looking for my nephew. West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky…it’s all the same.” She swallows. “Empty. We stopped in dozens of towns and we can’t have seen more than a few hundred people.”

“The first wave of attacks had an extremely high casualty rate,” Skinner says gruffly. “I don’t have information for other cities — the president was keeping those numbers close to his chest — but in D.C., they estimated a forty percent casualty rate on the first day, and more than half of those were fatalities.”

Mulder shakes his head, disbelieving. “What could kill that many people?”

Skinner shrugs. “They were organized. Bombs, fires, coordinated shootings. And then — I assume you’ve seen victims of the disease. It’s highly contagious. It only took a few hours to blockade the cities, but people had already left. And within the cities…”

She looks at Skinner. “Are you—” she asks, and he nods shortly.

“Clean. I’m immune.” He raises an eyebrow. “As are you, I assume.”

“Scully?” Mulder asks.

She changes the subject. “What about the rest of the world? It can’t be like this everywhere.”

There’s a long pause. Skinner says, slowly, “The president…retaliated.”

He lets that sink in.

Will is the first one to speak. “Does he even know who attacked us?”

“Does it matter?” Skinner snaps. “Someone had to take the blame. It wouldn’t have mattered, anyway. They shut down the airports but people crossed borders on foot. The first cases of the disease appeared in Toronto, Vancouver, and Tijuana six hours after the attacks.”

“And where is the president?” Scully sneers the word.

Skinner waves his hand, dismissive. “Holed up in a bunker somewhere with a dozen men and the nuclear codes. No one is taking control of the situation, if that’s what you’re asking.” She can see his Adam’s apple move as he swallows, hard. “We’re on our own.

Will says, "So this is it. The end of the world.” His voice is flat, affectless.

“Probably,” Skinner agrees, looking the boy in the eyes. “But we’re still here.” He looks to Mulder, and then to Scully. “The question is, what are we going to do now?”


‘Hiawatha’ makes ready, 1943 by Michael Ryerson
Via Flickr:
January 1943. “Chicago Union Station. Streamliner 'Hiawatha’ ready to depart the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul & Pacific platform on the north side of the station.” Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. Shorpy

the signs as cities

Aries: Florence, Italy || Naples, Italy || Verona, Italy || Marseilles, France

Taurus: Dublin, Ireland || Lucerne, Switzerland || Leipzig, Germany || St. Louis, Missouri

Gemini: London, England || San Francisco, California || Versailles, France || Melbourne, Australia

Cancer: Venice, Italy || Amsterdam, Netherlands || New York, United States || Algiers, Algeria  

Leo: Rome, Italy || Prague, Czech Republic || Damascus, Syria || Hollywood, California 

Virgo: Paris, France || Boston, Massachusetts || Heidelberg, Germany || Strasbourg, France 

Libra: Vienna, Austria || Copenhagen, Denmark || Charleston, West Virginia || Lisbon, Portugal 

Scorpio: Liverpool, England || New Orleans, Louisiana || Washington D.C., United States || New Castle, New York

Sagittarius: Budapest, Hungary || Cologne, Germany || Toledo, Spain || Acapulco, Mexico 

Capricorn: Oxford, England || Boston, Massachusetts || Brussels, Belgium || Chicago, Illinois || Montreal, Canada 

Aquarius: Stockholm, Sweden || Moscow, Russia || Buenos Aires, Argentina || Salzburg, Austria   

Pisces: Casablanca, Morocco || Alexandria, Egypt || Lisbon, Portugal || Seville, Spain || Dublin, Ireland 

((rights for the information goes to the only astrology book you’ll ever need))

Being that the Protector, even while channeling the power of the Aspect celestial, cannot be everywhere at once, much of Taric’s day-to-day work is prevention as opposed to outright battling of the multiplying Voidborn horde. He is a soft, friendly face that comes in the hearth of evening to inform villages and cities of the threat they will soon be facing. Even for the warmth he shows in spite of the harrowing warnings that he offers, Taric is turned away as often as he is allowed in.

He lets them. He will let them all the way up until their gates collapse under the weight of otherworldly claws and teeth. 

While Taric is the guardian of life, he knows that there are only so many he can help should he choose to defend those that refuse to defend themselves even if they are more than capable. He must choose his battles wisely, even if the battles are fought with words with those he strives to protect as much as Bravado crushing a Voidborn maw.

radison  asked:

Team Bus (Plus Kara, Bobbi and Hunter) in a post-apocalyptic setting. Headcanons?

Oh this is a fun idea!  Okay, so….

  • To the surprise of literally no one, Ward is the prepared one.  He has bug out bags and storage lockers with weapons and cash and other tradeable assets.  
  • Coulson wants to unite all the survivors.  Strength in numbers and all that.  It doesn’t exactly go as he planned.
  • They find Fitzsimmons in a basement.  Fitz got the CB network going and was in communication with people in other cities, collecting information on what was going on in other places.  Simmons is cataloging everything - maps, numbers, etc.  They probably have the most holisitic idea of what is going on across the country.
  • Freaking Hunter is the whiner and the wisecracker, but surprisingly handy with a shotgun.
  • May just wants to be left alone, but she’s dragged along with Coulson and ends up heading this crew of misfits and teaching them how to protect themselves.
  • Skye somehow got her hands on a van and has been roaming around, both gathering intel to relay back to Fitzsimmons and trying to help the people she comes across.  She mostly just does what she wants and refuses to answer to anyone.
  • Ward, again predictably, hates this.  He doesn’t even really like this free spirited girl, to whom Fitzsimmons introduced him, but it grates at him that she’s out there, in dangerous areas without any backup - either her own skills or another person.  So he starts tagging along with her.
  • Every time she stops to help someone, he criticizes her and they fight about if she should do it or not.  Usually, she wins.  And when Ward gets a better look at the people she’s helping (most often children who have ended up on their own), he calms down a lot.  
  • They become a good team.
  • There are a few times, when his senses are positively twitching and he refuses to let her stop and get out. She gets so mad at him, until that one memorable time where she was alone, saw the situation wasone he’d warned her about, got out anyway and ended up hurt. She listened after that.
  • And once he stopped going out of his mind with worry and anger, he finally admitted to himself (and her) that maybe he actually likes her a lot more than he’d originally thought.
  • Okay stopping myself before I just basically re-cap Season 1
  • Kara is really good with a sword.  It wasn’t a skill she had before, but she does now.  (Harder than you’d think to find bullets nowadays.)
  • Bobbi is in another city (well, former one) trying to organize people and resources.  She’s reporting back to Coulson. 
  • There’s basically a power vacuum since society essentially collapsed.  And when you have power vacuums, you have people with less than the best intentions stepping in to fill the vacuum and seize power.  There are a couple people who have amassed some followers, mostly through fear and intimidation. 
  • Our fair Team BUS & Friends is Not Having That™.  Hence why Coulson is organizing and assessing and preparing.  He’s not exactly going to stage a coup, but mostly, just get rid of the bad guys, and hopefully make things a little better for everyone.

I think that’s as much as I can do without sketching out a whole plot line, and I already have enough of those. Someone harass me about the Rival Chefs AU some time.  Someone else pile on to this!

Pokemon Go

If anyone hasn’t heard, if you have the Google Maps app, you can use it to save maps you use frequently, and PoGo will use them. Everything will run smoother (and you’ll prob use less battery? I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet) because you’re using a local file rather than a tenuous mobile connection.

Just center the map on places you frequent, hit download, and voila! Much better performance. You do have to update the maps once a month, but since these are going to be places you’re at a lot anyway, it doesn’t really matter.

anonymous asked:

What do you recomen to some one who wants to travel to japan ?

  • bring a lot of money with u if u wanna see lots of diff places & eat loads
  • write down what u wanna see & do or u will probably forget most of it
  • get a small travel dictionary if u travel through smaller cities/towns 
  • inform urself about their etiquette ok u don’t wanna be rude right
  • learn some very basic Japanese (ty, pls, where is..? etc.) not necessary but always good to know (~;
  • idk just be open-minded and have fun!!!!

The Most Observant Satellite in History Is About to Blast Off

The WorldView-3 Satellite is launching to space today with the the fastest, highest resolution super-spectral imaging capability on the market, with 31-centimeter panchromatic resolution, 1.24 meter multispectral resolution and 3.7 meter short-wave infrared resolution.

Here’s what that means – the satellite could prevent famine in Syria by identifying ahead of time exactly how many crops are being grown now that 2 million refugees, mostly farmers, have fled the country. This is a satellite that can help firefighters, because it sees through dense smoke. It can tell you when Iran has added a new parking space outside one of its nuclear facilities. It can identify invasive species, tell the difference between limestone and sandstone, estimate the number of chickens on the planet via its chicken coops, inform cities where all their manhole covers and mailboxes are, and tell the difference between a truck and an SUV.

Donate 3 jars/cans of pasta/tomato sauce or 3 boxes of pasta to help Caterina’s Club and get a skip the line wristband!

Visit to donate to the virtual food drive even if you are not in the Ventura, CA area. All money donated will be used to purchase food for Caterina’s Club.

Make sure to visit to learn more about Caterina’s Club and Chef Bruno.

Note: Feed Our Children NOW! Will be at every Warped date this summer giving you guys skip the line access! Keep an eye out for your cities’ information soon.

“Gifu City Walking” ticket, one-day train pass on Meitetsu line.

This cool poster is advertising one of the few ways I see kimono ever advertised in an informal way. Some cities that rely on tourism will suggest “kimono days” and encourage people to come in kimono, or rent them, for walking around the historical part of the town. 

Here they are really pushing a Taisho/1920′s look with the antique kimono with a large, bright pattern (they are “tachibana”, a winter orange) and matching it with a very light geometric obi that echoes the diagonal lines in the background of the kimono design. This bold kimono, with the bright pink in the obi-age, the bright red eri collar, and the sassy men’s hat, is as festive and young as you could imagine!

Let’s go wear kimono in Gifu! :D