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Shining Romance by STARISH (Music Video Project)

More from The Day Job™, since yesterday’s chemistry post received more interest than expected.

This was a bit of a Hail Mary attempt at a new synthesis that I ran on a whim yesterday because I was too tired to think of something cleverer.

The luminescence has red-shifted, which could be a good sign of some structural changes in the crystals. I have some crystals already in the reaction flask, which I am debating running on the diffractometer today…except that means I would have to come in tomorrow and I haven’t taken a day off in 12 days…

Still no challengers?

Not one… I wonder if I was too imposing…

Oh? It’s not like you to give up so easily.

No- I’m not giving up. But I need to change tactics- the notice alone clearly isn’t enough.

Oh, I have an idea!

Remember when we were trying to get people to come to the askblog, we got Maki-chan to go out and cheer for us?

It worked out great! We got a ton of new followers and the askbox is overflowing! I’ll go ask Kotori-chan where she’s keeping the pom-poms-

N- no way! I’m not doing that again, it’s humiliating! This isn’t even my project…

I see… then there’s only one thing for it.


“Please”- um- “please come this way to visit”- ah, no, not visit- “to challenge Gym Leader Umi”- although, is talking in third-person a little strange?- “to a Pokemon Battle!”


… …This really is humiliating…

anonymous asked:

Is there a sure way to tell if my feelings for/about males growing up were socialization/heteronormativity rather than genuine? You've described lesbians as an absolute, only ever in their whole entire lives being interested in women and never ever interested in men, but society is also really great at crafting people into little hegemonic cut-outs. It also doesn't help that because lesbophobia is so prevalent, women generally have fewer opportunities to explore their feelings with other women.

I think that’s a complicated question, and I think that it’s difficult to give an exact explanation of where the line is if it is still something that someone is dealing with–I know that I’m at a point in my life where compulsory heterosexuality and socialization forcing male attraction isn’t something that I personally deal with, so I admit that makes it feel much clearer for me–but I of course know that is not true of everyone, and so I will try my best to make this a little clearer. 

When I was younger, I knew that when there were men on TV, when there were heterosexual relationships on TV, I felt something, and I didn’t know what it was. I was told that the way girls feel about boys is attraction. When boys made girls cry or when girls were angry with boys I was told that was attraction. So I assumed that what I felt was attraction. 

But what I was feeling, though real, was not attraction. What I was feeling was discomfort and fear. This became clear for me a few years ago. Having acquired a fear of heights, I soon after visited the Grand Canyon. I got as close as I could to the edge because I felt like I had to be brave, like I didn’t want to be a wimp, and I felt adreneline, an uneasy stomach, and leaden legs. I was scared, and uncomfortable, and forcing myself to do something that I didn’t want to do. That was EXACTLY how I felt when I would try to fake crushes on boys or when I tried to date boys. Afraid and uncomfortable. But in my mind, it was butterflies in the stomach, and me just being unsure and nervous because I wasn’t confident.

That was, and is, categorically untrue. I was conditioned to view attraction as something that would be painful and that wouldn’t be intuitive. I was taught that when two people hate each other, they are secretly in love. I was taught that people don’t enjoy relationships, I was taught that girls don’t make the first move, I was taught that girls were reticent about sex in any case. 

I was taught that attraction was about allowing someone to hurt me. And I was taught that as a woman it was my duty to have a man to hurt me. 

Genuine attraction and genuine interest have a yearning and a longing that aren’t about validation, about performing my role as a woman, about fear and discomfort. Genuine attraction is about someone who you truly want, in whatever way that is. It isn’t about who you are supposed to be. I knew that I wanted to be with women before I ever touched a woman. I didn’t need her to make me who I was. I wanted her there. Pure, natural want.

Society tells us a lot of lies about ourselves, that’s very true. But like many lies, they are much, much clearer in hindsight. 

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Can we take a minute and talk about how fantastic Harry’s voice sounds on this song?  It’s rich, it’s not strained, his technique is on point for rock.  his falsetto is clear and pure. The beginning in particular is clean and precise.    His belt at the end is open and fully supported.  His breath control is spot on.  And the little details like the way he transitions from chest voice to falsetto in the bridge on “will we ever learn?” is SO SMART.  He’s using such strong dynamics.  He has grown so much and I’m just so incredibly impressed.  And so incredibly proud.  

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more doodles from today’s chapter  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

One of the most beautiful aspects of life is simply to create. Imagine how wonderful it is to be able to bring something new into the world that wasn’t previously there; to be able to make a difference. Isn’t it amazing? What would life be if weren’t able to create? The universe would remain constant.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin