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Project Metru: Lhikan

Leader of the Toa Mangai and legendary Toa of Fire. Wise, courageous, and noble beyond his years, Lhikan  knows the value of what true strength is and has vowed to defend the innocent at the risk of his own life. 

This is my loosely movie-accurate rendering of him. Kind of a middleground between the fingerless Metrubuilds I’ve been using for the other Toa Mangai and the intensely movie-accurate products of Project: Metru.

Ace!Keith week @aceinspacefest

Day 3 - future/dreams

in addition to their wedding rings, they also have matching ace rings!

anonymous asked:

Hey Hanna can you provide me some tips on how to be more productive? thank you !!

Hey :) I can make a list of things that help me being productive, maybe they are helpful for you, too! xx

  • get up early: I mostly get up at 5:30am (in a normal Uni week) and start working after having a shower and breakfast, sometimes I’ve finished my tasks at 11 am and I am always surprised how many time is left for watching movies in the afternoon :D
  • daily schedules: in the weeks before exams, I set up a daily schedule each morning and it could looks like this: (I hope it’s okay that I use the”German” time format)
    • 6:30-9:30: Studying (with 5 minute breaks every 25 minutes)
    • 9:30-10:00: Break (for example for snacking, using your phone, reading, etc)
    • 10:00-12:00 Studying (again with 5 minute breaks every 25 minutes)
    • 12:00-14:00 Break (have lunch, watch a movie)
    • 14:00-15:30 Studying (with 5 minute breaks)
    • 15:30-16:00 Break (going outside, doing yoga)
    • 16:00-17:00 Studying
    • 17:00-19:00 Break (having dinner, washing the dishes)
    • 19:00-20:30 Studying
    • 20:30-22:00 Break –> going to bed after that
  • don’t pressure yourself if you need longer breaks, that’s totally fine!!, I often feel so exhausted in the afternoon that I can’t stick to that schedule, so I just adjust my break-time a little, but having a timetable for orientation is always helpful for me. Just do what feels right for you. It’s also 
  • find out what your “productivity curve” looks like: I’m most productive in the morning, that’s why I try to get most of the things done in the morning, my lowest point is in the afternoon so I try to get less difficult things done during that time (for example reading an article or a chapter in a book you need to read for the exam). It gets better later in the evening so I study for more important subjects then
  • have a nice environment for stuying / working: a clean desk always makes it easier to start studying, right? that’s why I try to clean it at least once a week (or whenever it is necessary), a comfy chair is very helpful, too. I have my desk near my window so there’s always enough light troughout the day. 
  • put your phone away (switch it off and hide it somewhere)
  • drink water or tea while studying: I always make tea in the 5 minute-breaks or have a bottle of water standing next to me so that I drink enough. 
  • reward yourself after studying / working: with snacks, movies, texting a friend, going outside, just realxing on bed etc. you can always say to yourself “Well done!” it makes you feel proud :D you can buy your favourite cookies the day before and eat them after studying to reward yourself for example. But never “punish” yourself if you’re not as productive as you wish to
  • daily to do lists: if you don’t want a daily timetable, a to do list is helpful too. Try to get the least pleasant tasks done at first! otherwise you will not get them done :D

of course there are days when I feel miserable, tired and lazy and only study for 30 minutes but that’s okay, too! I just tell myself that I will have a fresh start the next day and it works quite well most of the time :) Sometimes I also only study in the morning and spend the rest of the day with other things and that’s great, too!  The schedule is an example for the last semester when I had to study a lot and it was a bit too extreme actually (I kept working like this for two or three weeks straight which I would not reccomend) it’s better to have one or two days off between such intense days. xx

An Intro To Cognitive Functions

If You’re Confused About Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type, Read This: An Intro To Cognitive Functions 

Here is an overview of the eight cognitive functions:

Perceptive Functions:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne):

Extroverted intuition generates new possibilities, synthesizes abstract ideas and picks up on connections in the external environment. Extroverted intuition is capable of entertaining multiple contradictory ideas simultaneously as it sees almost every side to every situation. It is predominantly a future-oriented function that examines all the possibilities of what could happen next.

People who lead with extroverted intuition are usually excitable, entrepreneurial and highly creative. They intrinsically enjoy debating ideas, exploring various interests and they view almost everything in life as a challenge. They are constantly thinking about what to do or experience next, but have a difficult time sticking with just one idea or plan long-term.

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

Introverted intuition forms a framework of how the world works based on thorough, abstract analysis of past and current events. It aims to identify the ‘essence’ of ideas, theories, people and situations in order to fit them into a larger schema. Introverted intuition is a forward thinking function that seeks to identify the optimal or most likely outcome of future events.

People who lead with introverted intuition are usually intense, focused and highly perceptive of inconsistencies that arise in their external environment. They enjoy riddles, puzzles and wordplay. They often experience ‘hunches’ or ‘aha’ moments that they may identify as epiphanies. Their intense foresight is a product of their future-oriented introverted intuition subtly pairing with their inferior extroverted sensing.

Extroverted Sensing (Se):

Extroverted sensing is focused on taking in the world as it exists in the present moment. It is highly in tune with the sights, smells, sounds and general physical stimulus that surrounds it. Extroverted sensing lives and thrives in the moment, more so than any other function.

People who lead with extroverted sensing are often naturally athletic, highly impulsive and enjoy ever-changing stimuli. They place a high value on aesthetics and lust after the ‘finer things in life.’ Extroverted sensors usually aren’t interested in over-analyzing a situation – they simply see what they want and they go for it. These types tend to exude a natural sense of confidence, as they are usually quite sure of who they are and what they want.

Introverted Sensing (Si):

Introverted sensing is a detail-oriented, information storage function. It takes note of facts, events and occurrences exactly as they happen and categorizes them, somewhat like an internal filing system. This is a past-oriented function that dwells predominantly on what has been and it often gives way to nostalgia.

People who lead with introverted sensing are organized and structured, as they believe in being prepared for any potential mishap. They hold tradition in high esteem and believe that the tried and true method is always the best way of getting things done. Introverted sensors believe that the future will repeat the past, more so than any other type.

Judging/Decision-Making Functions:

Introverted Feeling (Fi):

Introverted feeling is the in-depth analysis of emotional processes and morality. It seeks to break down emotions to their core and understand them as wholly as possible. It also develops a strong internal system of right and wrong, which the Fi user employs to make decisions. Introverted feeling searches for the deeper meaning behind absolutely everything. Introverted feelers are highly aware of and in touch with their own emotions, and when they put themselves in the shoes of others, they can often feel their pain or joy on a personal level.

People who lead with introverted feeling are compassionate, analytical and often highly concerned with moral issues. They are usually highly creative or artistic, and may feel as though nobody else truly understands who they are deep down. Because their feelings are introverted, Fi-dominant types aren’t always comfortable expressing how they feel outwardly. They have a rich inner world that they want to guard and yet they often secretly wish that others were capable of tapping into it.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe):

Extroverted feeling is highly concerned with maintaining social norms and keeping the peace. It is a decision-making function that strives to do what is best for the group and picks up naturally on the emotions of others. It is a mirroring function that may cause the user to have trouble deciphering their own feelings without the input of others. Extroverted feeling requires social interaction to stay fulfilled, more so than any other function.

People who lead with extroverted feeling are highly reactive to the feelings of others. They seek out social interaction relentlessly, as they feel the happiest and most alive when they are in the company of loved ones. They seek to maintain harmony and keep the peace at all costs – they cannot fully enjoy themselves unless the people around them are healthy, happy and comfortable.

Extroverted Thinking (Te):

Extroverted thinking seeks to impose order on the external environment as efficiently and logically as possible. It values productivity above all else and is a results-based, action-oriented function. Extroverted thinking naturally implements concrete plans for accomplishing goals and is quick to make decisions.

People who lead with extroverted thinking are frank, decisive and highly productive in every capacity. They are natural leaders in the workplace as they are quick to take charge and impose order. Dominant extroverted thinkers may come across as bossy or opinionated to those who lack the function, but in reality they are simply pointing out what they believe to be the most efficient course of action for everyone involved.

Introverted Thinking (Ti):

Introverted thinking is an information-gathering function that seeks to form a framework for how the world works on a concrete, tangible level. It is adept at understanding systems and naturally notices inconsistencies within them. Introverted thinking seeks a thorough understanding of how things work – it wants to deconstruct things to look at the individual parts and see how things function as a whole.

People who lead with introverted thinking are logical, systematic and objective to a fault. They enjoy finding ‘short-cuts’ that increase efficiency within a given system. Ti-dominants are often heavily introverted, as they take a great deal of time to understand how things work before they feel comfortable sharing or acting on their knowledge.

How do I know what order I use my functions in?

It can be confusing trying to figure this out. We’re often more aware of our second function than our first, as we are somewhat removed from our second function and can see it more objectively.

Think of it like this: You are in a swimming pool and your first (or “dominant”) function is the water. It’s everywhere. It’s what you do without thinking about it. It’s your natural first impulse to every situation – it comes to you so naturally that you may not even notice yourself using it.

Your second function (known as your auxiliary function) is like the ladder, or the waterslide. To an extent, you can choose to use it or not use it. You are very aware of its presence. You can’t make it go away, but you can temporarily ignore it. You have to swim through the water to get there.

Your third and fourth functions (Or your “tertiary” and “inferior” functions) are less accessible to you, as you may not fully develop them until you are nearing middle age. When you’re younger, your third and fourth functions are primarily called upon when you are under stress. If you started drowning in the water, your tertiary and inferior functions would be the life raft that you cling to. Eventually, you can integrate them to become pool toys that you use on a regular basis. Once you’ve done this, you will finally have a well-balanced, relaxing pool experience. We can also refer to this as type actualization.

The breakdown of functions and the order in which they’re used is as follows for each type:

ENFP: Ne – Fi – Te – Si
INFP: Fi – Ne – Si – Te
INFJ: Ni – Fe – Ti – Se
ENFJ: Fe – Ni – Se – Ti
ISTJ: Si – Te – Fi – Ne
ESTJ: Te – Si – Ne – Fi
ISTP: Ti – Se – Ni – Fe
ESTP: Se – Ti – Fe – Ni
INTJ: Ni – Te – Fi – Se
INTP: Ti – Ne – Si – Fe
ENTJ: Te – Ni – Se – Fi
ENTP: Ne – Ti – Fe – Si
ISFJ: Si – Fe – Ti – Ne
ISFP: Fi – Se – Ni – Te
ESFJ: Fe – Si – Ne – Ti
ESFP: Se – Fi – Te – Ni

Any type can, theoretically, access any of the eight cognitive functions, but tapping into a function that is not part of your type’s stacking will be an incredibly exhausting experience.

Why is it important to know about functions?

Understanding cognitive functions is imperative to understanding type. The four-letter dichotomies cannot possibly explain the complexity of our personalities – we are all thinkers, feelers, sensors and intuitives in various situations. The cognitive functions allow us to understand when we use each function and how it impacts our decision-making process.

Cognitive functions also help us to distinguish between types with clarity. No more thinking you’re an ENFP/J! Now you know that ENFPs and ENFJs actually share zero cognitive functions. If you’re an ENFP who employs a great deal of structure into your life, it simply means you’ve developed your extroverted thinking function effectively.

Lastly, having a thorough understanding of cognitive functions helps us understand how type can develop without actually changing (theoretically type does not/cannot change throughout a lifetime). An INFP may begin developing their extroverted thinking in their thirties or forties but that does not mean they are now an INTP! It simply means they are becoming a more well-rounded version of their own type.

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did i take advantage of the solar eclipse to write a subtly ichiruki song whoops you can’t prove anything

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jan 8, 2017 (day 3/100)

copied down some problems for math team and wrote down all the homework i knew about for the coming week ;)

Klonoa 20th happy anniversary!

Congratulation! Klonoa 20th anniversary! !
Thank you!

I am yoshizawa!
Thank you for always reading Klonoa Chronicle.
Today is the twentieth year since Klonoa entered the world (in Japan).

I want to say “Thank
you!”! To the fans who have supported Klonoa so far, to the staff who
worked for the production staff who paid plenty of love to create Klonoa, to
the staff who supported sales and marketing to bring it to the world.

Klonoa has brought me many experiences overthe last two decades.In addition, thanks to Klonoa I was able to meet various people.
They are all my precious wealth.

And I thought that there was
nothing in recent years. However, the topic of a certain animation movie came
down. Just now, the project members of Japan and the United States are working
together in intensive production. Everyone, look forward to it!

The trip with Klonoa seems to
continue still.
Where will Klonoa take us from now?
Let’s enjoy your trip with Klonoa together.

December 11, 2017
Yoshizawa Hideo

P. S. By the way, the image is a gift drawn from Arai painter.

Happy 20th anniversary to Klonoa (in Japan!)

Here is a message from Hideo Yoshizawa (creator of Klonoa):

Congratulation! Klonoa 20th anniversary! ! Thank you! I am yoshizawa! Thank you for always reading Klonoa Chronicle. Today is the twentieth year since Klonoa entered the world (in Japan). 

I want to say “Thank you!”! To the fans who have supported Klonoa so far, to the staff who worked for the production staff who paid plenty of love to create Klonoa, to the staff who supported sales and marketing to bring it to the world. 

Klonoa has brought me many experiences overthe last two decades.In addition, thanks to Klonoa I was able to meet various people. They are all my precious wealth. 

And I thought that there was nothing in recent years. However, the topic of a certain animation movie came down. Just now, the project members of Japan and the United States are working together in intensive production. Everyone, look forward to it!

The trip with Klonoa seems to continue still. Where will Klonoa take us from now? Let’s enjoy your trip with Klonoa together. December 11, 2017 Yoshizawa Hideo P. S. By the way, the image is a gift drawn from Arai painter.

The drawing above is from Yoshihiko Arai, character designer for Klonoa.

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ART SCHOOL | Q&A w/ PENELOPE GAZIN (LA) 

Truly creating her own path through art, animation, and performance, artist Penelope Gazin is not only one thing.  With a true artistic spirit, Gazin creates the bizarre and at times unsettling but strangely beautiful creations and mishmashes which she has become known for– from the pensive pink faced blue haired women to the bondage clad alien females with spiked or hairy outgrowths. Nothing is too strange or weird, and it is a type of absurd creativity and spastic mind that makes Penelope Gazin’s work so thought-provoking, mesmerizing, and darkly beautiful. We’re truly excited to chat with Penelope about how she started drawing, her favorite materials and what it was like hosting the House of Vans Exquisite Corpse workshop during the 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA.    

Photographs courtesy of the artist

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Perceptive Functions

Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Ne is about seeing all the possibilities, all the possible endings and directions of a situation. It synthesizes abstract ideas and easily understands connections between everything. People using Ne are able to connect up things, people, cases etc, that you would never imagine they would fit together. What is more, Ne takes one thing and it analyzes into many different things. Extroverted intuition is capable of entertaining multiple contradictory ideas simultaneously as it sees almost every side to every situation. It is predominantly a future-oriented function that examines all the possibilities of what could happen next. Those people are usually excitable (especially by the unknown or the totaly new) and highly creative. Ne people, can change the subject of a conversation so easily that you won’t even notice. They intrinsically enjoy debating ideas, exploring various interests and they view almost everything in life as challenging or fun. They also have vivid imaginations. They are constantly thinking about what to do or experience next, but have a difficult time sticking with just one idea or plan long-term. They get bored easily and they always need something different and new in order to keep up with.

Example: Someone gives to a Ne the word “Life”. Ne will act like: Life. Life is colour. Flowers have many colours so life is flowers. Flowers mean spring. My grandma loves spring. In spring I have my birthday. Spring is my friend’s Zoe (Zoe means Life in Greek) worst season. Birthday? Birthday is the best day in the world for each person. Did you know the world’s population is 6,5.000.000 +…. etc. That’s because Ne loves analyzing things in all possible ways and then connecting those things together.

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

Ni forms a framework of how the world works based on thorough, abstract analysis of past and current events. It aims to identify the “essence” of ideas, theories, people and situations in order to fit them into a larger schema. Introverted intuition is a forward thinking function that seeks to identify the optimal or most likely outcome of future events. People who lead with introverted intuition always try to find the most possible end in situations etc. They are usually intense people, focused and highly perceptive of inconsistencies that arise in their external environment. They enjoy riddles, puzzles and wordplay. When they end up in a conclusion, it’s really hard to make them change their minds because they think that what they guessed it’s the only right thing. They often experience “hunches” or “aha” moments that they may identify as epiphanies. They are excited by the unknown. They usually need time when forming an answer and often, they will return days after your last conversation in order to tell you something they thought or they learned during this period. While Ne is all about seeing all future possibilities (even the wrong ones), Ni is about seeing the one most sure/obvious possibility. Their intense foresight is a product of their future-oriented introverted intuition subtly pairing with their low extroverted sensing.

Example: A Ni is watching a complex movie with friends. One of the characters keeps saying that they feel alone, they don’t know or care about the future, they never smile etc. The Ni user will automatically conclude that this character will die or commit sucide eventually and they will probably be right. That’s because Ni knows to take in information from patterns, symbols, behaviour, unnoticed things etc and then to sum all those things up and find the final result.

Extroverted Sensing (Se):

Se is focused on taking in the world as it exists in the present moment. It is highly in tune with the sights, smells, sounds and general physical stimulus that surrounds it. Extroverted Sensing lives and thrives in the moment, more so than any other function. People who lead with Se are often naturally athletic, highly impulsive, observing and enjoy ever-changing stimuli. They place a high value on aesthetics and lust after the “finer things in life”. Extroverted sensors usually aren’t interested in over-analyzing a situation. They simply see what they want and they go for it. These types tend to exude a natural sense of confidence, as they are usually quite sure of who they are and what they want. If they want to say something, they say it. If they want to hear something in a noisy room, they will tell others to stop talking. They like doing sensory activities (or sports).

Example: When you try to read a book or do your homework or a project and you automatically turn your head and look at a butterfly out of the window, it’s your Se function noticing an external sound, figure etc and it wants you to stop doing what you’re doing and just keep looking at that butterfly. Se users would also want to go outside and touch the butterfly.

Introverted Sensing (Si):

Si is a detail-oriented, information storage function. It takes note of facts, events and occurrences exactly as they happen and categorizes them, somewhat like an internal filing system. This is a past-oriented function that dwells predominantly on what has been and it often gives way to nostalgia. People who lead with Si are organized and structured, as they believe in being prepared for any potential problem. They hold tradition in high esteem and believe that the tried and true method is always the best way of getting things done. Introverted sensors believe that the future will repeat the past, more so than any other type. They hate the unexpected and they always want to feel secure about anything. They hardly ever try new things or different methods of doing something because they see the good - old method as the best one. They also connect things that are happening now, with similar things that happend in the past. They are really good at remembering details such as names, numbers, dates, street names, adresses etc.

Example: A Si person looks at a red dress. The way they react will be like: Wow look at that dress. It reminds me of a longer, red dress my second cousin, Mary, was wearing four years ago in a school party next to that street at 8:30 PM, and she was so beautiful with that dress and I remember a tall, thin boy called Bob telling her… etc.

Decision - Making Functions

Introverted Feeling (Fi):

Fi is about deep analysis of personal emotional processes and morality. It seeks to break down emotions to their core and understand them as wholly as possible. It also develops a strong internal value system of right and wrong, which the Fi user employs to make decisions. Fi searches for the deeper meaning behind everything. Introverted feelers are highly aware of their own emotions, and when they put themselves in the shoes of others, they can often feel their pain or joy on a personal level. That means they cannot feel in the same way what others feel. They are sympathetic (understand the pain/joy), but not empathetic (feel the pain/joy of others). People who lead with Fi are compassionate, analytical and often highly concerned with moral issues. It is very common for them to be self-conscious because they find it hard to understand how others may react to something they do or say. They are usually highly creative or artistic, and may feel as though nobody else truly understands who they are deep down because their feelings are introverted, so they aren’t comfortable expressing how they feel outwardly. They express their passion through art, music, poetry etc. They have a rich inner world that they want to guard. They mainly advocate for staying true to yourself and do what makes you happy.

Example: In a survivor game, there is a Fi user that has to do something they don’t like/want to. Fi users would never do something they’d feel it’s wrong. Let’s suppose that someone tells them to kill an animal (a turtle, a fish etc). The Fi person will probably not do it because this is what their moral/ethic code of right-wrong tell them to do, even if that means they will not eat.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe):

Fe is highly concerned with maintaining social norms and keeping the peace. It is a decision-making function that strives to do what is best for the group and picks up naturally on the emotions of others. It is a mirroring function that may cause the user to have trouble deciphering and understanding their own feelings without the input of others. Extroverted feeling requires social interaction to stay fulfilled, more so than any other function. People who lead with Fe are highly reactive and sensitive to the feelings of others. They seek out social interaction relentlessly, as they feel the happiest and most alive when they are in the company of loved ones. They seek to maintain harmony and keep the peace at all costs – they cannot fully enjoy themselves unless the people around them are healthy, happy and comfortable. Although they do have personal moral standards, they usually try to create harmony and peace, even if that means sacrificing a part of their individuality. Warning! People who use Fe, will not feel healthy and happy, until everyone they care about is happy. If you see someone feeling sad by keeping harmony, it means they are not Fe. Maybe they are Fi. Fe is happy when everyone is happy. Fi wants everyone to be happy, but only if it is happy first.

Example: Five friends plan to go out for food and everyone wants to eat pizza except from a Fe user who wants Italian. The Fe user probably won’t tell what they really want to eat and they will agree with others on pizza, since they don’t want to ruin the atmosphere. This is what makes them happy, so they won’t feel sad for not eating pizza.

Extroverted Thinking (Te):

Te seeks to impose order on the external environment as efficiently and logically as possible. It’s about doing what you know and using your knowledge and information. It values productivity above all else and is a results-based, action-oriented function. Te wants to see results, it doesn’t care about the process or the system behind it. It naturally implements concrete plans for accomplishing goals and is quick to make decisions. People who lead with extroverted thinking are frank, decisive, calm, ambitious and highly productive in every capacity. They are natural leaders, goal-oriented in the workplace as they are quick to take charge and give orders. Extroverted thinkers may come across as bossy, hard, or opinionated to those who lack the function, but in reality they are simply pointing out what they believe to be the most efficient course of action for everyone involved. Te will ask “how the system works and what else can be done?” while Ti will ask “why the system works that way and what else is happening behind it?”. Te will not learn something they think it’s not useful or something that will not help them achieve.

Example: Te is given a program about a project that must be done. The schedule is like: First, we need to do x. After, we should tell y to do z so after these and these courses of action, the result should be like this. Te will probably not care about the process. They will overlook it and they will keep in mind just the result of the project. They will work the way they want in order to logically achieve their final goal, without showing importance on the process and the schedule.

Introverted Thinking (Ti):

Ti is an information-gathering function that seeks to form a framework for how and why the world works on a concrete, tangible level. It is adept at understanding systems and naturally notices inconsistencies within them. Ti seeks a thorough understanding of how things work as a whole. It wants to deconstruct things to look at the individual parts and see how things function together. Ti will also ask why, when etc. It cares about the process of things and not so much about the result. They cannot be satisfied with just a small answer or just what the goal is. They want to know everything about the process, about the idea behind it. They are logical, systematic and objective to a fault. Introverted thinkers will learn something for knowledge’s sake. It doesn’t matter if they will never use the information. They just want to know. Even if it’s useless. They ask a lot of questions about everything they think it’s questionable. They enjoy finding “short-cuts” that increase efficiency within a given system. Ti users are often heavily introverted, as they take a great deal of time to understand how things work before they feel comfortable sharing or acting on their knowledge. They prefer not talking about what they have in mind and they hate it when others think out loud.

Example: Ti is given a mathematical exercise which goes like: A=E. Ti will be annoyed by the exercise and the person that created it. That’s because Ti wants to see all the process. It doesn’t care that A equals E. They want to know the whole action. So they correct the exercise and they make it look like: A=B, B=C, C=D, D=E, so A=E.

Hope this helps ☺

School’s in Session - Classes in Starfinder

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One of the best parts of cracking open a new RPG is learning about our options for character selection. What can we BE?! Many of the tabletop systems set in high-fantasy settings include a similar assortment of the four iconic class choices - wizard, fighter, cleric, rogue. With the Core Rules of Starfinder, we follow in the same footsteps, albeit in a science-fantasy setting. As such, the class concepts overlap with their fantasy counterparts, but obviously with reskinning for the interstellar setting. Let’s run through the classes as written in the Core Rulebook, and then highlight the key differences and tasty space-flavor that set them apart from the Pathfinder classes. I’ll go ahead and link each class to a representative Star Wars character who would fit in that mold as well.


Envoy: “Charismatic people person good at a wide range of skills who inspires allies to accomplish great heroic feats.”

Similar to: Bard

Persona: Senator Leia Organa/Emperor Palpatine

Thoughts: Being charisma-based, the Envoy could be considered as the ‘sweet-talker’ class, or the class that handles negotiations and diplomacy. They also make terrific improv comics. As we are in universe with alien races and countless languages, it is important for the Envoy to possess the ability to communicate in a variety of tongues, or at least be exceptionally fluent in a single language. A key difference from the bard is that the Envoy isn’t carrying around a lute as she traipses across the galaxies. One could say that her voice is her instrument, and her words can bolster allies in a support capacity.


Mechanic: “Master of machines and technology whose tinkering produces a drone companion or a powerful brain implant.”

Similar to: Ranger

Persona: Young Anakin Skywalker

Thoughts: The main similarities that the Mechanic has to the ranger class are the typically ranged fighting styles and the ability to have a companion. Now, a Mechanic’s companion will be fed with oil as opposed to carbon-based foods, but the concept is the same. In a way, the implant route is reflective of rangers focusing on a more arcane-based path, since technology is a pseudo-replacement for magic in the Starfinder universe. Magic exists on its own, as we will see with the Mystic, but it goes hand-in-hand with technology to create an almost symbiotic relationship. Mechanics place emphasis on programming and technical know-how to enhance their abilities, equipment, and ships. I’m looking forward to additional implants in the future to create some Inspector Gadgets of my own.


Mystic: “Magic user whose mysterious connection to a powerful force grants abilities that break the laws of the universe.”

Similar to: Wizard/Cleric

Persona: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Thoughts: Space Wizards! The Mystic is the primary magic class in Starfinder, using connections with otherworldly forces as the conduit to their powers. There’s a note in the Core Rulebook that mentions Mystics often being tied to specific deities, so there is a definite similarity to clerics and wizards. Mystics have access to an extensive list of spells, going all the way up to 6th level (lower than Pathfinder caps). Just like magic users in fantasy settings, Mystics should carry some wort of melee weapon or pistol to protect themselves when the magic wells have run dry. Players looking to get their hands on a Jedi-imitation will come flocking to the Mystic to max out their midichlorian-levels. I mean, 'FORCE’ is right in the description!


Operative: “Stealthy combatant with wide-ranging know-how who is adept at taking advantage of unprepared foes.”

Similar to: Rogue

Persona: Boba Fett/Han Solo

Thoughts: As a skill-heavy jack-of-all-trades, the Operative was made to infiltrate and eliminate targets, just like rogues would stick to the shadows and get that sweet, sweet sneak-attack damage. Oftentimes rogues would be plucked from the seedy bars or back alleys of Golarion and were characters who reveled in their individuality and solitary nature. The Operative is described as putting their objective before everything else. Objective, self, everything else. Obviously, there are a bunch of directions that players can go with this in terms of background - assassin, smuggler, informant, thief, bounty hunter, etc. Operatives excel at precision damage, scouting, and stealth, and have some shades of Gunslinger as they progress in level.


Solarian: “Disciplined warrior whose mastery of the stars grants either a weapon or armor made of stellar power.”

Similar to: Paladin(?)

Persona: Yoda

Thoughts: Okay, I know that the persona doesn’t really fit very well for this one. Lightsaber and highly-disciplined are the two traits that I’m working off here. Solarian is arguably the most unique class that doesn’t necessarily translate directly to a base Pathfinder class. Harnessing the powers of photosynthesis, a Solarian can conjure armor or a weapon to use in battle. Further individualization is granted by the photon and graviton modes which represent the duality of star power (attraction and emissions). I love the imagery of a Vex rumbling around a corner completely decked out in a dazzling suit of stellar armor. Solarians are similar to Paladins in the sense that there is a certain yin and yang between the Paladin and the Antipaladin that is reflected in two routes of the Solarian. While a graviton-centric Solarian isn’t the embodiment of evil, like an Antipaladin would typically be, you still have these two sides of a coin that can be taken in interesting roleplay directions. Keep in mind that Themes will usually have a greater effect on backstory than class will (not always).  


Soldier: “Expert with a huge range of armor, guns, and melee weapons who specializes in certain types of gear.”

Similar to: Fighter

Persona: General Grievous/Chewbacca

Thoughts: You knew it was coming, the stereotypical 'bash faces’ class. The Soldier fits that bill and does SO much more. Due to the sheer volume of weapons available in the Starfinder universe, each Soldier has more creative wiggle room than the Fighter had in Pathfinder. Combat feats, gear boosts, and (especially) access to arcane magic imply that this system has space for a dual-wielding battle mage AND a heavily-armored mobile fortress. As with all fighter-esque classes, gifting your character quirks and mannerisms will go a long way in defining your character as more than just a 'walking gun’.

Technomancer: “Magic user who is preternaturally attuned to technology and can use it to unlock powerful effects.”

Similar to: Druid/Sorcerer

Persona: Rey

Thoughts: Correlating the Technomancer to a Pathfinder class also wasn’t instinctively intuitive, but Druid is a close fit. While druids were the embodiment of nature and magic, Technomancers more closely resemble the union of technology and magic. I see them as a Mechanic on steroids, and they remind me of a character who has just discovered their magical powers by accident but who doesn’t know how to control them. Their seemingly innate arcane talents also have a hint of Pathfinder’s sorcerer class because the power of a sorcerer came from within and was not a product of intense study. Technomancers splice magical energies as if they were brewing potions, taking a strand from here and a pinch from there to create their own interpretation of the world around them. Daft Punk would make a great Technomancer duo.

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There you have it, the entire list of core Starfinder classes. You’ll have to work with me on the personas because my Star Wars knowledge is relatively average, but I wanted to use another intergalactic intellectual property to get you thinking about the possibilities waiting to be unlocked with each class. Try pairing classes with themes that seem to be polar opposites and I’m sure you’ll come up with some really unique character concepts.


*Bolded class descriptions verbatim from Paizo’s Starfinder Core Rulebook.

April Soundtrack

Oh boy, so much wonderful new music has come out since my last playlist. It’s like a bunch of my favourite artists got together and decided I deserved a present, and I don’t take it for granted.

April has had me transitioning to more upbeat tracks, a bit of rock, indie pop and good sing-along tunes. I’ve been loving starting my mornings with a good lil dance to prep a good mood for the day. I’m going through a phase of both self-care and intense productivity, so relatable lyrics are great but I don’t want anything too slow or wallowing. I think this collection of songs will do nicely.

While you listen, here are some words about a few standout tracks…

 

“Lust for Life” by Lana Del Rey, featuring The Weeknd – I never thought a line as simple and seemingly shallow as “take off all of your clothes” would bring tears to my eyes, but this song is just so sonically beautiful and lyrically soothing that it’s hard to listen without getting emotional. Lana and Abel’s voices are heaven together; I’ve wished since “Prisoner” that they would do an entire album as a duo, but I’ll take what I can get.

Favourite Line – We’re the masters of our own fate // We’re the captains of our own souls

Feels Like – Dancing on the H of the Hollywood sign

“Hard Times” by Paramore – Paramore haven’t released music since 2013, and clearly there was a good reason for the wait; they’ve reinvented their sound once again and I absolutely love it. This song is relevant, quirky and fun, as is the music video. Hayley and the gang have adopted an 80s pop rock flair that suits them perfectly, and I’m excited to see how that’s manifested on their new album (whose release is hopefully not too far away).

Favourite Line – Hit me with lightning // Maybe I’ll come alive

Feels Like – Everyone fuckin’ gets it

“The Boys (Acoustic)” by Lisa Mitchell – I’ve never been a huge fan of Lisa Mitchell’s music, but this song, however, makes my heart hurt. It’s the sharpest painting of an Australian suburban summer I’ve ever encountered, coupled with a spare and soft melody that stings with its simplicity.

Favourite Line – The boys buy a case and we sit in the backyard // Our hair and our skin is all salty and starched // The air is soft and reminds me of ending days

Feels Like – Teen train trips to the beach, cruisers on the sand, avoiding the jellyfish

“Deleted” by Amy Shark – I’m writing this on the heels of Amy’s “Night Thinker” release, so I haven’t had a lot of time to listen or absorb the whole EP, but this track definitely stood out as my favourite off the bat. I’m over the moon to have more Amy Shark in my life.

Favourite Line – I was in a hurry and I never seem to get him alone

Feels Like – Two trains passing in the night, never stopping at the same time

 

“Low Blows” by Meg Mac – I think anyone who has had to learn how to stand up for themselves can relate to this song, and with Meg’s soulful pipes and funky vibes, it’s the perfect empowering tune to remind yourself that you’re actually a fuckin’ badass.

Favourite Line – Don’t wanna be anyone again

Feels Like – I deserve better

 

“Green Light” by Lorde – Apart from her collaboration with Disclosure, this is the only Lorde song I’ve ever really liked. I adore the sad disco drama that this song embodies. I’m not sure if this means I’m going to like this era of Lorde since I wasn’t a fan of “Liability” but hey, we’ll see what happens.

Favourite Line – Did it frighten you // How we kissed when we danced on the light-up floor?

Feels Like – Teardrops on the dancefloor

 

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles – Another first for me; I’ve never liked One Direction or Harry Styles, but I decided to give this one a go since everyone was raving about it. This is a good, proper rock ballad with a real and timely message, and I’m optimistic about his solo career if there’s more of this to come.

Favourite Line – You look pretty good down here // But you aint really good

Feels Like – The whole world is stuck in this feeling

Defunct German Car Brands: Trabant

Trabant was an East German car brand deeply rooted in the pre-war car industry of Saxony.

Before world war II, Saxony was one of the centers of the German car industry, featuring brands such as Wanderer, DKW, Horch, and Audi, which together formed the Auto Union. After the war, the production facilities were in ruins, and what was left was seized by the Russians. The carmakers had a difficult start, which was not eased by the fact that they were immediately socialized and directly controlled by the government. Many engineers went to West Germany, where they were either hired by Borgward, where they went on to produce the tiny Lloyd microcars. Others went to Ingolstadt, where DKW had a central warehouse for spare parts, to form a company independent of the East German roots. (That company later became Audi.)

The remaining engineers struggled to set up a production line for the pre-war models DKW F8 and DKW F9. Of the latter model, only prototypes had been built before the war, but it had never been put into in production in favor of war-related vehicles.

Others developed a stylish, expensive luxury sedan in the tradition of Audi and Horch, named Sachsenring P 240 featuring a 2400 cc straight-six engine.

However, both cars proved to be too expensive and unsuitable for mass motorization, which the government believed could only be achieved with a unified cheap small car. They ordered the engineers in Zwickau, Saxony, to develop a microcar using as much as possible existing pre-war technology. Bubble cars like in West Germany were deemed unsuitable from the very start; instead, a proper little car was aimed for.

The first result was ready in 1955, but it was not yet called Trabant, but AWZ P70. It was based on a shortened chassis of the 1939 DKW F8. It had the same water-cooled longitudinally mounted 700 cc two-cylinder two-stroke engine, which produced 22 hp. However, the water cooling was of a thermosiphon type and the placement of the radiator behind the engine instead of its usual place in the front caused the engine to overheat frequently. This triggered the development of an air-cooled variant of the engine used in the later Trabant.

The body was also a novelty: A wooden space frame was covered with a newly developed plastic made from recycled material. This material called Duroplast was a phenol resin reinforced with waste cotton fibers from Russia. The engineers had to come up with such an exotic and novel solution because high-quality sheet metal from Western Europe was embargoed, the Russian steel was unsuitable, and own East German steel production capacities were not yet existing. This emergency solution made the AWZ P70 the first car using recycled plastic. The roof was made from plywood covered in leatherette, as the Duroplast technology was not yet developed far enough to produce parts of that size.

The spartan equipment made the car unattractive. All windows were fixed, the trunk did not have a lid and had to be accessed by removing the backrest of the rear seat. These issues were later corrected.

A station wagon popular for its huge capacity and a coupe with all-steel body, which was internationally acclaimed for its sporty design, were added in 1956 and 1957, respectively.

The car turned out to be too costly in production and to be plagued with too many issues to be the basis for mass-motorization. Production was stopped in 1959. The experiences made with this car went into the development of the Trabant P50, which appeared in 1957.

Duroplast technology was improved, and a new 500 cc 18 hp air-cooled teo-cylinder two-stroke engine was developed to avoid trouble with the water cooling of the predecessor. The wooden space frame was replaced by a steel unibody. By the time the car made it to the market, it was among the most advanced microcars, providing relatively comfortable seating for four adults and a large trunk with a usable size of 415 liters (110 gal). This was enabled by a clever arrangement of a transversially-mounted engine and gearbox unit over the front axle, which required minimal space for the driving unit.

A station wagon was introduced shortly after the sedan.

In 1962, the engine was enlarged to 600 cc, resulting in an increas in power to 23 hp. The bodywork remained unchanged. The car was renamed to Trabant 600.

The last big change for a long time came in 1694, when a new body replaced the dated 1950s design for the model Trabant 601. The outer panels were still made from Duroplast, earning the car the nickname “Rennpappe” (”racing cardboard”).

The station wagon was also redesigned.

In this shape, the car was produced with only minimal changes and improvement for the next 26 years. Over the years, power outpot was increased from 23 to 26 hp. Design and technology, which were apart from the two-stroke engine still contemporary or even advanced by the time the model appeared, became more and more outdated, and although the car was reliable, it acquired a bad reputation and became an icon of the backwardness of the socialist economic model.

The engineers in Zwickau designed several potential replacements, experimented with Wankel engines, built prototypes, but all in vain. The political leaders personally stopped all plans, fearing unnecessary investments as the car was working well and the socialist citizen did not need luxury.

Despite all shortcomings, and weaknesses of the ageing construction, production never met the demand, and potential buers had to wait for up to 20 years to get a new car. It was common that parents signed a contract for a child right after it was born, expecting the car to be delivered well after its 18th birthday. This was mostly due to the cumbersome and slow production process of the Duroplast body panels.

In the late 1980s, East Germany acquired a license to produce engines for Volkswagen, who expected a cost advantage from the cheap production in East Germany. Part of the agreement was that a certain contingent of the engines produced would be for the local cars, Trabant and Wartburg. However, investments for the new production line exploded, so no money was left to develop a new body for the car. Using many makeshift solutions, the old body was adapted to accomodate the 1100 cc version of the new, much bigger four-cylinder four-stroke engine. The result was an excessively expensive small car with an outdated body that was probably even more unpopular than the original in its final years. In 1989, when the car was introduced, the peaceful revolution in East Germany and the reas of Eastern Europe was in full swing. Production started in 1990 and ended already on April 30, 1991, after only 12 months. With the financial, economic and social revolution in July 1990, western cars became affordable for the East Germans, and the Trabant had no chance for survival. Even price dumping, offering the car for only 6,000 DM (instead of 16,000 DM) did not help sales.

Many Trabant cars were abandoned after the owners had acquired a new western model. They created a major waste problem as the Duroplast was almost impossible to recycle.

Today, Volkswagen is present in Zwickau with a factory, and many suppliers are also producing there. However, they do not require as much workforce as the cumbersome and labor-intense production of the Trabant did, creating an unemployment problem in the region and a massive decrease in population.

Today, the car has achieved a kind of cult status. It has become a symbol of the German reunion, when tens of thousands of little Trabants were flooding into West Germany the days after the wall fell.

Intro - June, 2013 [Translated]

Here is a great RAM-era interview I found on Issuu.com! There’s discussion about the guest musicians, real instruments vs electronic equipment, the lyrics, why new music takes them so long, and the RAM marketing campaign. Fair warning that I do not speak German, and this was done via Google Translate and WordReference.com, so it’s loosely translated at best, but it is nice readable English.

“ONLY THE MUSIC”
Intro Magazine, June 2013

Eight years ago, Daft Punk released their last studio album Human After All. Now, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are back: Random Access Memories, their most elaborate work, is completely without outside samples and is based on a cross-generational guest list. Together with Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and six other guest musicians, they explore a spectrum of sounds ranging from West Coast Pop to disco, to contemporary house and R&B.

The Random Access Memories project was subject to extreme secrecy. Following a strict schedule set by the two Frenchmen, it was revealed to the public little by little via advertising clips on Saturday Night Live and at the Coachella Festival. Sebastian Ingenhoff and Thomas Venker speak exclusively with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo about the album’s different production methods, the slow work pace, the guest musicians, and the long-awaited lyrics.

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anonymous asked:

I've been in a bit of a spell, it's hard to explain but essentially I can't bring myself to read. This has got me feeling worthless, unintelligent, etc.. and I'm curious, have you every gone through something similar? How long did it go on? How did you finally start to read again? It's begging to feel hopeless.

Yes! Yes, I have. More than once, in spells of varying lengths and intensities.

It’s difficult to say why it’s happened for you, when it will go away, and what will fix it without knowing more about your situation. But I’m going to assume that feelings of worthlessness and unintelligence stem from an idea, ingrained in your mind by your self or pummelled into your psyche by others, that your intellectual output (how much you read, what you read, how intently and deeply you read it, how you write and talk about what you read) is inherently connected to your value and happiness. 

While this predicament seems universal, I’d recommend you treat it as you would a very unwelcome house guest, because if you don’t actively work against it, it will wreck your life. Knitting your worth to your productivity causes burnout, anxiety, panic, and–ever so ironically–an inability to do what it is that you previously enjoyed (such as reading). Here’s the kicker: that paralysing inability increases in direct proportion with the amount of pressure you put on yourself when you don’t meet your own expectations.

If none of that sounds right, forgive me–I’m probably writing my own story here, at least partially, or the story of so many intelligent, bright people around me. There is also the possibility that what you’re suggesting is an underlying physical or mental health condition, in which case I’d obviously advise you to seek counselling if feelings of worthlessness persist and intensify. 

Personally, I’m learning, slowly, that a work-life balance (or a reading/not-reading balance, even) is crucial to self-preservation. I cannot read 12 hours a day. The periods of my life where I work from 9 AM to 11 PM with only a few hours break are not, as hindsight might lead me to assume, the brightest and most productive periods of my life. As Kay Redfield Jamison writes in An Unquiet Mind (a book that’s been something of a bible to me since around 13 years of age):

“I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been midly manic. When I am my present “normal” self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow.” 

This mindset is so hard to let go of, both because it’s etched in my brain as a fundamental principle of thriving. The thought pattern goes like this: I am most happy, most elated and interesting and admired, when I’m productive and inspired and rushing from thing to thing, reading voraciously. How could taking it all in be so bad? Why shouldn’t I have more? I, everyone around me, and a hefty chunk of art, film, and literature have glamorised the insomniac genius type, or the depressed literary freak, or even just the intellectual 20-something who picks up & puts down Lacan with ease–the seductive glamour of which derives entirely from practice, and output, not character. Investing faith in this mindset, even if it pays off dividends short-term, means that at any moment, I could be proven to be a fraud. A bad day, week, or month is teetering on the wrong end of a careful balancing act between excelling and faltering. But that’s not how to cultivate the bit of my intellect that can actually absorb things and grow. In reality, that’s how to drive myself into the ground, exhausted and unhappy. 

I ‘remember’ these periods of reading a ton as the best of my life, with a shelf of marked up books to prove it, but in reality I paid dearly for them later with respect to my sanity and physical health. Without balance, it became way too easy to lose all sense of proportion, and I was never ‘good enough’.

I’m probably getting away from the original question now. But maybe try giving yourself a break? Have a day, or a week, where you channel energy into things you can do with friends, or your hands, or your body? For me, after a period of taking care of myself, the urge to pick up a book or chase after the train of a thought has always come back. Always. This time because I, and I alone, want it. I just needed a few minutes to quiet down all the noise.

I got asked about my Veganism Thoughts and thought I’d make a post about it in case this is useful to anyone else. This is the “general philosophical opinions” part, not the “is a vegan diet best for the planet” part, because that one in short is “probably not” and in long is…even longer than this one is. And this one’s already long.

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