initial review

IM BACK AT MY SHITPOSTS AGAIN

Satori Reader ~ A new project by the team that brought us Human Japanese (°◡°♡)

Morning fam! Because I am a huge throbbing nerd for the Human Japanese series and use it every other day for routine study, their latest project - Satori Reader - was brought to my immediate attention.

Screenshots have been taken of the website’s free content to give you a peek into what is on offer. I’m giving it a trial run for the moment, but my fingers are itching to subscribe - something I can do at any point with relative ease.

For anyone who is floundering in the grey waters of intermediate study, and especially for those whose study is self perpetuated, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some sort of landmark in that churning mess to orient yourself by. A metaphorical island, with sparkling shoreline, verdant forest, and plentiful resources to help you grow and flourish.

I’m talking content. As many bloggers have mentioned, there is a plethora of material out there to help us learn the framework and mechanics of 日本語. It’s not at all difficult to source grammar lessons, vocabulary lists, kanji writing schematics, charts and even entire textbooks - and for that we are eternally thankful. However, the intermediate learner sitting at their own dining room table with an open laptop, a cup of tea, the latest anime OST on repeat and a Japanese novel in their quivering hands is leafing through the pages and quietly mouthing how in the everliving f**k…

This is where SR gently takes your hand and says, here’s how, you foulmouthed otaku.

This is an excerpt from a level 3 difficulty article about Kona the cat (可愛いね)

Like every other article available on the website, it is voiced over by a native speaker, clearly and naturally - with all the intonation you would expect to hear in conversation *heavy breathing* Not only that, but as the audio plays, the corresponding Japanese text is underlined in blue to show where in the text they are reading from. This means that if you are proficient enough, you can follow along at pace.

Too slow? They got you fam! Individual lines of text are divided into sound bytes, meaning you can take this task one sentence at a time.

Individual kanji, jukugo (several kanji that make up one word) and particles within the text can also be clicked to reveal a Human Japanese style dictionary entry. Words you’d like to revisit can be added to your studylist.

The symbol marking the end of each sentence, when clicked, offers you an english transliteration, which I advise you utilise with a degree of self control. Try to hold off clicking it until you’ve really given the sentence a go - clicking on kanji you don’t recognise and piecing all the information together in order to get an idea of what’s being said. Then, when you finally check the translation, your hard work might be rewarded with a confirmation that you indeed read correctly. Which, by psychology standards, is a healthy and affirming process. We are hardwired for rewards my dudes!

I could go into detail about the many little features that make this web project so well thought out and considerate of our individual study methods and goals, but I’ll leave that to you to explore and find out. For me at least, the true worth of SR lies mainly in the reading content and the empathetic format it’s presented in.

The way it Aladdin style reaches out, offering us a whole new world.

Give the free subscription a whirl! If you like it, consider a paid subscription. This directly funds future content which directly benefits you!

~ Thanks Human Japanese team ~

Update (╯✧▽✧)╯

After giving SR a good go and fully testing its arsenal of functions, I realised my initial review bordered on plain lazy. This update is going to give you warm prickles because it turns out that one of the features included in the Review section of SR is an integrated flash card program with full Anki support *prayer hands emoji*

This means that whatever vocabulary you add to your studylist automatically generates a flashcard that you can either review within the SR website, or via your Anki software. Here’s an example:

Straight away, SR gives you an edge in your revision by implementing context. In fact, as well as offering you the sentence you saved the word from, it offers you a link to the entire article it was taken from (see: REVEAL IN FULL ORIGINAL CONTEXT)

This is incredibly helpful, as dictionary entries for any word or phrase you select often include a specific explanation about how that word is being used within the context of the sentence or how it is being used by the narrator to portray his or her story.  

I hope that this extra glimpse into the Review section of Satori Reader gives you an idea of how incredible a resource this is.

Go ahead and enjoy the unique pleasurable pain that is reading and comprehending 日本語!!

Cut my resources then put pressure on me to complete a project a month ahead of schedule?

Hi, so firstly a bit of background. I work as part of an evil empire (multinational corporate) and am the lead continuous development and change analyst in charge of a medium sized project.

So at the beginning of December I completed my initial review for a major part of what is to be delivered and advised that it would take until end of January with my current operational resource to complete some of the required actions from the back of it. I also highlighted that I should be given additional 2 full time people to get it completed before January.

Did I get people? Nope.

Did they take a person away from me because “they didn’t seem to be doing that much”? Yep.

Bear in mind this was being done by two people not in my reporting chain and above me on the food chain, so I couldn’t scream blue murder about it.

Last Monday (19th) they pulled me into a meeting and basically gave me a bollocking because “you are putting blockers in place which affect our year end figures” (they actually mean their incentives by this and realised it would affect them when trying to work out how much they would get) and I needed to get things done by the end of the month.

Right. Fuck you guys, you want to see what that guy was doing? You think you are my boss? (my boss was fucking livid and she is cold decking each of their enhancement requests as soon as she is back in office.)

By the end of day Tuesday I advised that I would have a full plan for acceleration of the project ready for review and sign off. But they would need to be available to for a meeting on Friday 23 (today, last working day before Christmas when they were both planning to slope off early for a few drinks)

They didn’t really like it, but they could hardly refuse as I was giving them what they wanted.

Do you think it’s all over?

I book the meeting time for 12. Aren’t I nice, going to let them work through lunch and still get to the pub.

If you have heard the phrase “Death by PowerPoint” then you might think you know what is about to happen.

46 slides with example investigations into issues found in minute and boring detail.

A line by line review of a twelve page document.

At 16:30 with only a fifteen minute break, they had had no lunch. They had glazed eyes. They agreed to the process outline.

Do you think it’s over now?

I then offered to go through the addendums, or if they wished they could take them home and review them, but if I could get an answer before 10 pm today, as I wanted to turn my phone off for the Christmas period and I’d need to get the ball rolling first thing Wednesday. (this was the riskiest part of my plan)

They gratefully said they would study the addendums at home as they knew it was getting late.

I got the messages from both of them within a few minutes of 9:50, all approved.

Lets take a vote? Do you think they read them?

I know they didn’t, the addendums promise me 18 full time operation staff over the next week and given the holiday period the department will fail to meet other BAU targets which has a direct impact on their incentive.

I’ve forwarded the sign offs with the documents attached to my boss who is going to “raise a concern” that this level of manpower was agreed without referring to their boss, with their boss, on Wednesday. She is also going to raise a concern about the tone of meetings they have had with me and the behaviour they have displayed.

Now it’s over.

Favourite books of 2016 (4/5):

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I initially didn’t think Empire of Storms would make it on my list of favourite books of the year, but that ending was phenomenal! Also, Manon is my bae forever 💖💖💖I can’t believe Throne of Glass is ending next year, I am definitely not ready for that *silent sobs*

anonymous asked:

68(.)media(.)tumblr(.)com/74a543d709b8c3cb7e0e5ef82b34a9f7/tumblr_om02m9ubvF1s4u80lo1_1280(.)jpg aliexpress review 68(.)media(.)tumblr(.)com/935b52b0b261dd599a725beefb6d6f30/tumblr_om02m9ubvF1s4u80lo2_1280(.)jpg inuinu review 68(.)media(.)tumblr(.)com/f5a31b9adfcb2a531df709389840d8d5/tumblr_om02m9ubvF1s4u80lo3_1280(.)jpg taobao review they use for fake reviews. I linked them as images bc the wholesale links r v long. Idk where i can send u the actual links, just remove parentheses to see links

them being images are fine. here are the images, for people to see easily:

image above is a screenshot of the aliexpress listing inu inu has taken this review from. review is from an anonymous russian user with the initials K.P., and the review reads: “Order came quickly-within 15 days. the bag is good quality-very tight, drawing a bright, without defects. I found only 1 sticking thread-everything else is perfect. size: 38cm width and 38 length. I recommend the seller.”

here is that review, reposted with the same image on inu inu’s website–you can see that they have changed the review significantly from the translated russian, and taken out details that are negative (like the thread comment) as well. revised review is from Abbey M., and reads “Order came quickly–within 15 days. The bag thing is that a good was very tight, drawing was nice, bright and without defects. Everything else is perfect.” 

interesting side note is that it is highly unlikely you would ever get this item from inu inu within 15 days–as they are drop shipping all of their stuff from China. the russian person on the original aliexpress review likely got their product so quickly because of their proximity to china. just thought i might point that out as well, since it is a piece of information that makes the review very actively misleading. on the above aliexpress image, you can also see that there are other copied reviews, all of which are also on the inu inu site, with altered details. 

this image shows the review images stolen from taobao, as well as reveals the fact that the information in the reviews on inu inu’s site are 100% fabricated–names, ratings, information. 

so, like i said before, extremely sinister, very scammy, and just holy shit–all around bad. 

anon, thank you for taking the time to compile this for me, inu inu’s site is pretty weird for me to navigate (and maybe this is just me) so i couldn’t even get the reviews on the fuji backpack to show up to begin with. i’ll add all this info to my original post and revise things a bit and re-release it here as soon as i get a chance, but i wanted to post all this info for folks as soon as possible and go ahead and get your new information out there–people definitely deserve to know these things, and this is another really damning piece of evidence against inu inu–you would think after all the other things that have surfaced about them they would stop this shit and try to just run a business properly, but apparently not. 

The largest SETI initiative ever is reviewing 11 promising signals that probably aren’t aliens

Breakthrough Listen is checking in on its initial results. You know, just in case.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been going for nearly 60 years now, and there have been plenty of false alarms in that time and nothing substantial. Now, a giant SETI initiative is looking into its initial round of data to follow up on 11 signals that they think could be aliens … but admit probably aren’t. Good to check, though, just in case.

Two years ago, billionaire Yuri Milner put $100 million into a decade-long search for aliens known as the Breakthrough Listen initiative. It was the widest-scale SETI project announced since Project Phoenix in 1995, which itself was the successor of a cancelled 10 year, $100 million SETI effort by NASA.

Breakthrough Listen is spearheaded by SETI Berkeley and taps into the wider SETI community to listen in worldwide for radio signals that might be artificial. They’ve also opened up the data to the public at large to look for narrowband signals — those in a specific wavelength that are more likely to be from a non-natural source. There are 692 targets in the initial rounds of data.

The news is coming out of a two-day conference in California from the Breakthrough Initiatives organization, which is also sponsoring Breakthrough Starshot, a project based on using laser propulsion to power tiny spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri system (specifically Proxima Centauri) in a matter of decades.

A live broadcast will take place today on Facebook at 6:10 p.m. EST (3:10 p.m. PST) with Andrew Siemion of SETI Berkeley discussing the initial results. You can

watch it here

Image: The Robert C. Byrd Radio Telescope at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia is one of the primary receivers looking for promising SETI signals.
    Credit: Jiuguang Wang

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Initial Reviews for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 20 years ago

Extraordinarily vivid and exceptionally well-imagined.” –  Independent on Sunday 

“Rowling deserves all the plaudits that are being heaped upon her. For once, the word phenomenon is an understatement” –  Scotland on Sunday

“…But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.” - NY Times

“Rowling leaves the door wide open for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for one.” - Publisher’s Weekly

“J.K. Rowling has created a bewitching world that seems ever so real. We think you’ll agree that her fast-paced story is hard to put down.“ - TeenReads

“You don’t have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter.” - USA Today

“A richly textured first novel given lift-off by an inventive wit.” - The Guardian

“For the first time in years, the book lives up to the hype … perfection” –  Daily Express

Won the UK National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, The British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. In the US, New York Public Library Best Book of the Year 1998, and Parenting Book of the Year 1998.

anonymous asked:

If you're still posting when Sims 5 comes out, do you think you'll switch your blog to that game?

oooo that’s a great question! I’m going to be perfectly honest here! I don’t see TS5 coming out anytime soon. I really do think EA are going to try and milk ts4 for everything it’s worth. I think it will realistically be at least 2019/2020 before we see the next Sims installement. aaaand I honestly don’t know what I’ll be doing then or whether I’ll still be posting! 

So I guess my answer is maybe? It just depends how EA tackle TS5; if they make it more like TS3 then I’d say almost definitely! My guess is that TS5 will be vastly different to TS4, EA are going to have to mix it up a lot in order to attract new players to the franchise (especially after all the initial bad reviews of TS4) 🙂 so yeah! It just depends what the game is like! Either way, I wouldn’t switch over immediately 🙂

anonymous asked:

I really love your blog!! I really enjoyed the Openings for Itadaki no Keshiki and Revival, and I'm just bursting to hear about how Winners and Losers' Opening is specifically

So I’m actually going to answer this question out of the set because it asks specifically for a ‘review’ of a part of Winners and Losers and I was making posts for that anyway.  Full answer under the Read More to avoid spoiling anyone who would rather wait until the September DVD release.  Also because it’s long.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

once again i don't understand dan's interactions with that music review guy? and why did that guy send 4 tweets telling dan that he wants to hug him? is that another snide joke that i don't understand or just a joke that supposed to be funny? or does he actually want a hug bc he respects dan (which i somehow doubt but idk)? i'm so confused

hahah i can give a brief overview–today’s interactions were a lot more chill and nothing about them was intrinsically problematic or annoying although i am overall just a bit irritated that dan seems to value this dude’s opinions so much (though i myself am basing my entire perception of him solely on the 2 music reviews i’ve seen from him and the last exchange he had with dan… and for thoughts on why that exchange was so grating read this post). 

so today dan replied to a tweet in which anthony was promo’ing his latest review, which is of arca’s album. as you may recall arca (an electronic producer) was the subject of discussion during their last exchange bc dan loves arca’s music and anthony (the reviewer) gave it a negative review. dan’s initial tweet with the gif was basically saying he’s getting ready to watch anthony’s vid and already prepared for the negativity (the gif is of an exploding watermelon since anthony’s followers refer to him as a melon or smth idek). he then added the “jk i respect your opinion.” anthony responded saying he wants to hug dan which i actually didn’t interpret as sarcastic or negative at first but just anthony appreciating dan being so passionate about arca because it is endearing in a sense. dan then responded to a couple of fans asking about his personal opinions on the album–he said he thinks it deserves a 7  or 8 out of 10 (as opposed to anthony’s rating of 5/10) and that he likes the production and lyrical themes. then anthony kept tweeting about wanting to hug dan and ya at this point i’m just as confused bc it’s a bit weird and i can’t tell if he’s being patronizing or if he thinks it’s funny or if he just genuinely wants to hug dan, like,,, unclear. dan was probably just as confused about anthony’s intended tone, but responded to one of the tweets by bringing the convo back to music and re-establishing some distance. the tweet was “idk man mbdtf now arca i wouldn’t be surprised if you gave damn a 5 you monster,” and dan is basically saying he might not want to give anthony a hug bc he’s awful and keeps giving these great albums low ratings (mbdtf is ‘my beautiful dark twisted fantasy’ which is widely regarded as kanye’s best album and one of the best hip hop albums of all time, but anthony gave it a low rating, and ‘damn’ is the name of kendrick lamar’s new album which just came out today, and all of this conversation aside every single person should go listen to it bc it’s fantastic.) 

not sure how much there is to draw from this interaction as i said above, other than noting that dan seems intent on impressing this guy or like, at least having some bants with him, and that makes me uncomfortable given his casual misogyny in the last exchange, but i mean,,, it’s unsurprising overall. i hope this helps you understand what was said tho!!! 

Masterpost of my Civil War Thoughts and Feelings:

This post just compiles all the meta I’ve made about Civil War thus far! 

13 Tips for Fan Fic Writers Who Want To Be Read (for motivational hour)

I’m writing this as somebody who has been writing and fan fiction and posting it on the Internet for something along the lines of sixteen years, as well as actively reading the stuff.

1. If you are writing fan fiction, you are amazing. Thank you. What you are doing is writing stories for free that others are going to get to consume and enjoy. You’re bringing pleasure to people who you don’t know, all over the world. Hopefully you are enjoying yourself as well. Good job.


2. Somebody is reading your stories. You know that story you wrote, with very little notes and reviews? Somebody read it. Somebody even enjoyed it. You might not always get the number of notes that you want, but you aren’t writing into a void.


3. Somebody is -going to- read your stories. I have this one
fanfiction.net account from 2001. In 2001 I was like 16 or something. I was dyslexic. I mean, I totally still am, but it showed more then. So many typos. Every once in a while I’ll still get a review on one of those stories. The reviews are mostly positive. There are people today reading and having a positive response to those little stories I wrote as a child, about the things that mattered deeply to me back then, and it’s really cool. If you write a story, and it doesn’t get the response you want it to right away, don’t write it off as a failure. It might surprise you down the line.


4. But seriously. These stories you write? Unless you take them down, they are there forever. Sometimes I stumble upon stories with fantastic characterization and great plots, but get super nostalgic because they’ve brought up aim instant messenger away messages or something. Your stories are there forever. They are a gift to your fandom. They last.


5. If you choose to write a little bit for a smaller fandom, your stories have a greater staying power. The same goes for small ships. Naturally, you are going to write mostly for whatever catches your attention and inspires you, and if that is the behemoth that is superewholock or whatever, so be it. That said, if you ever feel inspired to write a story for that movie that has about ten fics on the Internet in total, do it. Absolutely do it. Maybe you won’t get a ton of initial reaction, but reviews might be trickling in for years or decades.


6. There are lots of people who are searching for a certain fan fiction with a certain plot. It is the story of their heart. You never know if you are writing the plot that somebody has been dreaming about and searching endlessly for. If you have a plot that you are endlessly searching for, consider writing it yourself.


7. Maybe you have a plot that you think about as you are going to sleep at night. Maybe you don’t want to write it, because it seems to self-indulgent or trope filled or whatever. Write it. That’s probably the story somebody else wants to read. Self-indulgent fan fics are often the really good ones.


8. Consider participating in Yuletide. If you don’t know what that is, Google search it (mostly because I can’t do html and pretty links on mobile…). It’s a yearly fanfiction exchange where people request stories they desperately want to read in rare fandoms. All of the stories that I’ve gotten the most reviews on were for that event. It’s a big deal, and good fun, because you know that no matter what else, you will be writing somebody’s ideal dream story.
9. Fic exchanges in general. Same goes for prompts. If somebody is leaving you a writing prompt, you have one nearly guaranteed reader, who will probably be super fond of your fic.
10. Don’t be afraid to reach out to writers that you like. If you have a favorite writer in a fandom, consider asking them to read your story and give their opinion. Be polite about it, and make if clear that they are under no obligation. Some will say no, because they are busy or whatever, but I’m willing to bet that a good percentage of people will be willing to look at your work if they are specifically sought out and asked to do so.


11. There is something good about most stories. I’m completely serious about this. You’d never believe how much fan fiction I’ve read. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that I could say nothing positive about.


12. Give the reviews that you’d like to receive. Encourage other writers. When I first started writing, I had so many problems that are super obvious to me now. I still have problems, that will become obvious to me down to the road (if they were obvious to me now, I’d fix them. Obviously.). Back to the whole dyslexic thing. When if first started writing, I was a kid who couldn’t reliably spell the word “friend” correctly. I got positive feedback from fanfiction that I never got at school. As a result, I wrote and wrote and spent over half my life writing, and right now I’m an English teacher. If you finish somebody’s story, try to leave a word or two of encouragement. If there is a part that you like, tell them about it. It’s worth it. If the story seems like it’s written by a twelve year old, all the more reason to leave a nice note. Maybe you are helping somebody learn to believe in themselves as a writer, in a world where being a writer is a huge asset, as communication is becoming increasingly text based.


13. Even if you write a fic that has defied all the laws of Internet, and never found a single reader, if you enjoyed writing it, then that’s fine. It’s still a good story, and it’s still an accomplishment.


(Originally posted on my personal blog, @icouldwritebooks)

BOTA Review+Initial Analysis!

I got super lucky and was able to make it to a theater for the subbed version of BoTA. Here are my thoughts! The review is first, then the initial attempts at meta, and then some extremely minor quibbles.

REVIEW

Wow. This movie made me remember why I love all my favorite characters, and added a couple new faves to my list (Ryan Stoker is cute, don’t judge me).

There were a lot of fabulous moments that got major audience reactions at my screening. The Grell-Ronald bow scene and the Titanic theme was a winning combination, of course. There was sustained applause during the Lizzie-the-swordswoman reveal, and sustained squealing during the Undertaker-the-gorgeous-Shinigami reveal. Soaked!Sebastian only had a few moments to shine, but I could hear the fangirl panting. And Druitt– or at least the other characters’ increasing determination to kill him– got a lot of laughs.

Besides those, my favorite bits were Sebastian’s cinematic record, because I think the movie did a FABULOUS job of illustrating the push-and-pull of the Sebastian-and-Ciel relationship– the pacing and quick cuts between are simply delicious. Favorite moment there was probably the scene where Sebastian thinks Ciel will back out of the contract and goes to eat him, only to realize that, hell no, Ciel Phantomhive doesn’t fold that damn easily. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sebastian react to the Ciel-and-Lizzie interactions, specifically right after Lizzie tries to knock off Grell and also after the credits. Speaking of which, Marvel rules apply– don’t leave during the credits! There’s cool stuff afterwards, like human rights violations.

I also liked Snake and his snakes. The voice actor does different voices for every snake, but somehow I didn’t notice that in BoC? Or maybe that’s new twist. Interestingly, Snake doesn’t have to end his statements with “[insert snake name here] said” when he’s just calling for “Smile” and “Black.”

ANALYSIS
First off, I spy a rose motif. Right at the beginning, when Ciel begins his Aurora Society mission, he speaks of “dethorning roses.” Then, as Undertaker explains how he’s screwing with Cinematic Records, I am 95% positive there are roses and skulls framing the reels. This is possible evidence for Undertaker-is-Cedric-Rose.

Also! The example-Cinematic-Record  that Undertaker uses to explain his necromantic plan depicts a blonde woman who apparently does by falling (jumping?) off a cliff. I speculate very tentatively that this is Claudia Phantomhive.

Also! There’s a possible Titanic parallel that I, at least, didn’t notice when reading the manga– in Sebastian’s Cinematic Record, when he escorts  Ciel into the newly rebuilt Phantomhive Manor, he takes his hand and leads him up well-lit grand stairs in a scene that really reminds me of the Jack-meets-Rose-in-possible?heaven Titanic ending.

Random question– what’s up with the zombie horses? How do animal souls work?

A thing that I personally found really cool– we get an image of Sebastian’s pre-contract form, and it looks like an outline of butler!Sebastian, except all in deep gray. When Ciel reached out to him, his hand was literally introducing color (a lot of fiery red, to be specific) into Sebastian’s black-and-white world. This is relevant to a fic I wrote, and is just generally really cool imo.

Another color thing– Sebastian’s eyes are decidedly a human-looking light brown, definitely not the maroon of the early anime. Maybe the artists’ vision evolved, or maybe Sebastian himself did.

MINOR, MINOR QUIBBLES

How is Grell a temp worker yet also Ronald’s boss? Or maybe he just considers Grell “senpai” because of an age difference?

The statement that “death scythes can cut anything” is treated as internally contradictory, but it actually isn’t. It’s entirely possible for death scythes to be able cut anything, including other death scythes (if two death scythes hit each other, they can both get broken). The logic is screwy here.


Overall, I really really enjoyed BoTA. I think it was a good move to make this a single movie, rather than a season– the brevity suits the arc’s short timeline. Seriously, almost all this stuff happens in one night, and I’d be annoyed if they tried to drag the action out over ten or so half-hour episodes.

I didn’t initially write a review of this book because after I was finished I just moved right into my next book. Which isn’t to say I didn’t like it - I loved it! - but I was unsure if I could properly capture this book in a review. But since I finished it, I’ve recommended it to two or three other people. In the process of explaining it to them, as well as just revisiting the book in my head, I figured I had to give at least some sort of review.

Everything Matters opens with the protagonist, Junior, as a fetus. A voice speaks to him explaining where he is (in the womb), that he has an umbilical cord starting to wrap around his neck, and that in 37 years, 8 months, 12 days, at a specific time an asteroid that has broken off the Kuiper Belt will crash into the earth. The voice doesn’t know whether or not Junior will be alive when it happens, but most certainly nobody will be alive afterwards. They want the answer to one question, which Junior is expected to find out - Does anything we do matter?

The rest of the book is split between the perspectives of Junior, his family, and his on-and-off girlfriend as his life moves forward toward the unavoidable end.  He’s occasionally given guidance by the voices, sometimes philosophically, sometimes more straightforward, all while Junior tries to find the answer to their question.

The characters are really well-written, the plot moves along, and I was enraptured by the underlying question Ron Currie Jr. has the voice put forward. It’s an excellent work, the second by Ron Currie Jr. (the first, God Is Dead, was another piece of fine writing) and something I’d highly recommend checking out.

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Alright. Here is my initial review. I ordered the 4-in-1 light brown “Sleek” with the paint plus upgrade from FreeToM Prosthetics on clearance because I was not sure how it would turn out for me. The reason for it being on clearance was that the silicone wasn’t thick enough around the testicle area.
The first photo set is pretty straight forward, the 2 bottom photos show where the tip of the head ends, and it’s pretty stiff which is good for the play feature, but not so much for the packing feature, especially with the hollow rod inside. I personally don’t like the hollow rod at all, it doesn’t work as well as I’d hope when it came to packing with it. I’ve tried multiple times to urinate with it inside the prosthetic, but I guess I just have a strong stream, and the urine gets trapped around the outside of the rod, thus leaking when I bend it back inside my pants. Another thing that bugged me was the weird curl at the top of the cup, it is supposed to be form fitting, but it only seems to fit better on my knee instead of in my underwear. When I get more money, I’m just going to stick with the 2-in-1, but it’s a shame they discontinued the paint plus upgrade. :[

MOVING ON, except for everything I just complained about, it is an absolute DREAM compared to other prosthetics of this quality and how inexpensive it really is. It feels and looks very life-like, and that is one of the things that appealed to me when I first checked out FreeToM’s prosthetics. It’s definitely girthier than any other prosthetic I’ve ever owned (mr. Limpy & ReelMagik basic packer), and it is definitely girlfriend approved. It is true that it looks extremely bigger in person than in photos, so I tried to show in comparison to different things I had lying around in my room.
I am definitely a creature of habit, so my harness is also what I used to pack with my RM basic packer, it turned out to be a good choice. I definitely would advise against packing without a harness (I show why above). I would also suggest that if you’re getting the 4-in-1, wear tight underwear, nothing too stretchy.
So, if anyone has any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re all trying to figure this out together anyway, so why not share our experiences!

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Title: The Truth About Jane
Year:
 2000
Language: USA (English)

Plot: Starting high school is difficult for most kids, but add realizing you might be a lesbian, getting bullied at school and a mother who will do anything to stop you from being who you are. Jane is about to experience her own coming out story.

Basic Review:

  • My initial thoughts of this film are that any teenager who has struggled with coming out to their parents should see this film.
  • The entire story runs parallel to my partner’s family life. We started dating when we were 18 and her parents were exactly like the parents in this film, even down to the gay friends. Mine reacted a little worse but honestly seeing such similar events occur in films like these are what helps us realise we aren’t alone.
  • There are a few perfectly real moments in this film, Jane seeing other parents who accept their child and wondering why her parents can’t just support her, the surreal/magical/terrifying first interaction with a girl, the self-questioning and the search for support.
  • This is a powerful film for all adolescents who need a story like this to relate to. 
  • Please watch and share, this film could really help a young person to hold on for just a while longer.

*Requested by: http://thegayeducator.tumblr.com/ 

7

Part of the reason I maintain an extensive library of video game magazines is to get as complete a history as I can on any given subject. I don’t like loose ends! So when I was recently asked to talk on camera about how the American video game enthusiast media of 1995 felt about Nintendo’s RPG masterpiece, EarthBound, I was happy to be able to pull out what I believe to be every review written. And here they all are, lovingly scanned and restored by me! In order:

Electronic Gaming Monthly (July, 1995)
Nintendo Power (June, 1995)
Game Players (July, 1995)
VideoGames (July, 1995)
GameFan (”Viewpoint” capsule reviews) (August, 1995)
GameFan (full review) (August, 1995)
GamePro (July, 1995)

Next Generation and Electronic Games did not review the game. Game Informer appears to have not, but I don’t have the June or September issues, so I can’t say that with 100% certainty (also, if you have Game Informer issues from 1995-1999, we should talk).  It’s worth noting that Nintendo Power also had a ten-page extended feature that I did not include, as it’s an overview with no criticism as opposed to a review (heck, even the “review” included here barely qualifies)

The biggest takeaway I get, slapping all these magazines on my desk and reading them back-to-back, is just how completely offended the critics were by the game’s art direction. The “infantile graphics” made VIdeoGames’ Geoff Higgins “want to gag,” apparently. EGM’s John Gurka “laughed out loud” when he first saw the game, while GameFan capsule reviewer Skid’s initial impression was “no way! These graphics are just to [sic] fruity.”  Not one reviewer seemed to like the art direction, though some - particularly at GameFan - were able to power through it and enjoy the game underneath.

It’s tempting to look back and roll your eyes at how these critics just didn’t understand, man, just as it’s tempting to look at Nintendo’s “This Game Stinks” marketing campaign as coming from a marketing department that also didn’t understand, man, but I think they both tell us very clearly why this game didn’t catch on: this was a very difficult game to sell in 1995.

Sure, we all basically agree that the game is gorgeous now, but try to put yourself in the mindset of a video game critic in June of 1995, when the game debuted. RPGs were only just catching on in the U.S., ushering in what many felt was the start of “mature” games no longer being exclusively for those rich kids who had computers. Square’s Chrono Trigger was also coming out around the same time, so the sudden switch from the anime-inspired Square house style that most associated with the genre to a look that evoked childlike wonder must have been jarring.

And let’s not forget the rest of the video game industry at the time. Sega’s Saturn and Sony’s PlayStation were already out in Japan (and the former would see a surprise U.S. debut right about when these reviews were written), so for most cutting-edge game enthusiasts, it was starting to look like 2D graphics were a thing of the past. Even Nintendo was starting to leave 2D graphics behind: at that year’s Winter Consumer Electronics Show in January, when EarthBound was quietly shown for the first time, Nintendo’s main focus was on the 3D capabilities of its Super FX chip for the Super Nintendo. Literature from the time shows that its three spotlight games that show all had polygonal 3D graphics: StarFox 2, Comanche, and FX Fighter (literally none of these games actually managed to ship, but that’s another story).

And in the middle of all of this forward-thinking excitement, we’ve got this strange, backward-looking, reflective, beautiful game vying for attention. I can’t imagine a scenario where the game could have been a hit in this environment.

[Aggregating EarthBound’s contemporary review scores gives a figure of about 72%. If this was on Metacritic, that number would be in a yellow box.]

13 tips for fan fic writers who want to be read

I’m writing this as somebody who has been writing and fan fiction and posting it on the Internet for something along the lines of sixteen years, as well as actively reading the stuff.

1. If you are writing fan fiction, you are amazing. Thank you. What you are doing is writing stories for free that others are going to get to consume and enjoy. You’re bringing pleasure to people who you don’t know, all over the world. Hopefully you are enjoying yourself as well. Good job.

2. Somebody is reading your stories. You know that story you wrote, with very little notes and reviews? Somebody read it. Somebody even enjoyed it. You might not always get the number of notes that you want, but you aren’t writing into a void.

3. Somebody is -going to- read your stories. I have this one fanfiction.net account from 2001. In 2001 I was like 16 or something. I was dyslexic. I mean, I totally still am, but it showed more then. So many typos. Every once in a while I’ll still get a review on one of those stories. The reviews are mostly positive. There are people today reading and having a positive response to those little stories I wrote as a child, about the things that mattered deeply to me back then, and it’s really cool. If you write a story, and it doesn’t get the response you want it to right away, don’t write it off as a failure. It might surprise you down the line.

4. But seriously. These stories you write? Unless you take them down, they are there forever. Sometimes I stumble upon stories with fantastic characterization and great plots, but get super nostalgic because they’ve brought up aim instant messenger away messages or something. Your stories are there forever. They are a gift to your fandom. They last.

5. If you choose to write a little bit for a smaller fandom, your stories have a greater staying power. The same goes for small ships. Naturally, you are going to write mostly for whatever catches your attention and inspires you, and if that is the behemoth that is superewholock or whatever, so be it. That said, if you ever feel inspired to write a story for that movie that has about ten fics on the Internet in total, do it. Absolutely do it. Maybe you won’t get a ton of initial reaction, but reviews might be trickling in for years or decades.

6. There are lots of people who are searching for a certain fan fiction with a certain plot. It is the story of their heart. You never know if you are writing the plot that somebody has been dreaming about and searching endlessly for. If you have a plot that you are endlessly searching for, consider writing it yourself.

7. Maybe you have a plot that you think about as you are going to sleep at night. Maybe you don’t want to write it, because it seems to self-indulgent or trope filled or whatever. Write it. That’s probably the story somebody else wants to read. Self-indulgent fan fics are often the really good ones.

8. Consider participating in Yuletide. If you don’t know what that is, Google search it (mostly because I can’t do html and pretty links on mobile…). It’s a yearly fanfiction exchange where people request stories they desperately want to read in rare fandoms. All of the stories that I’ve gotten the most reviews on were for that event. It’s a big deal, and good fun, because you know that no matter what else, you will be writing somebody’s ideal dream story.

9. Fic exchanges in general. Same goes for prompts. If somebody is leaving you a writing prompt, you have one nearly guaranteed reader, who will probably be super fond of your fic.

10. Don’t be afraid to reach out to writers that you like. If you have a favorite writer in a fandom, consider asking them to read your story and give their opinion. Be polite about it, and make if clear that they are under no obligation. Some will say no, because they are busy or whatever, but I’m willing to bet that a good percentage of people will be willing to look at your work if they are specifically sought out and asked to do so.


11. There is something good about most stories. I’m completely serious about this. You’d never believe how much fan fiction I’ve read. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that I could say nothing positive about.

12. Give the reviews that you’d like to receive. Encourage other writers. When I first started writing, I had so many problems that are super obvious to me now. I still have problems, that will become obvious to me down to the road (if they were obvious to me now, I’d fix them. Obviously.). Back to the whole dyslexic thing. When if first started writing, I was a kid who couldn’t reliably spell the word “friend” correctly. I got positive feedback from fanfiction that I never got at school. As a result, I wrote and wrote and spent over half my life writing, and right now I’m an English teacher. If you finish somebody’s story, try to leave a word or two of encouragement. If there is a part that you like, tell them about it. It’s worth it. If the story seems like it’s written by a twelve year old, all the more reason to leave a nice note. Maybe you are helping somebody learn to believe in themselves as a writer, in a world where being a writer is a huge asset, as communication is becoming increasingly text based.

13. Even if you write a fic that has defied all the laws of Internet, and never found a single reader, if you enjoyed writing it, then that’s fine. It’s still a good story, and it’s still an accomplishment.

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