it's different from the other one

Carolina Jasmine 2017 01 – Indian Land, South Carolina, February 27, 2017

We are morally responsible for the way we see things.
All ways are not equal.
One way is not “just as good as another.”
Each way has its own blind spots,
its own contradictions.
No way is The Way all to itself.
We are deepened, enlarged, expanded
through our engagement with
all other ways of seeing.

Carl Jung makes two complimentary observations:
“One is always in the dark about one’s own personality.
One needs others to get to know oneself.”
And,
“It is the individual’s task to differentiate himself/herself
from all the others and stand on his/her own feet.“

We cannot see well alone,
and we are responsible for how we see all things.
We evaluate the different ways of evaluating reality,
and choose for ourselves how we will see things.
Seeing things as they are
is possible only for those
who see how they see things
and hold all things
in their awareness,
knowing completely
what they are saying yes to,
and what they are saying no to,
in each situation as it rises–
glossing over nothing,
dismissing nothing out of hand,
discounting, disregarding, denying nothing
unconsciously, unexamined, unknown.

We cannot hope to see without looking.
We have to look with awareness
at every little thing,
aware of ourselves being aware,
and choose for ourselves
what it means for us,
and what we will do about it,
in response to it–
in each situation as it arises.

Seeing is exhausting,
time-consuming,
values-laden,
and essential.
We are morally responsible for seeing,
and for how we see.
To reject that responsibility
is to not see at all.

anonymous asked:

completely get if you don't answer this, but has harry like.. ever done anything to stop those stans? like getting an eagle tattoo anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks after the final performance with 1d and making out with kendall jenner for the paps and jeff azoff the first day he is assumed free (def not saying he is) but like.. the warped mentality of the solo stans has been fostered for a long ass time and it's only nouiam who say differently

i mean i think harry can get all the tattoos he wants, he’s not getting them for the fans but no, as far as i know harry never did anything to stop this mentality. 

i know its bigger than just his person and there are other things at play here but since…2014? even 2013, he’s been separated from the others. he’s the only one who never actually said the band is coming back and idk why people love to ignore it. on stage and in the video diaries from OTRA he was almost always seen on his own and separated from the others. it left a very bad taste especially after they announced the hiatus. there are plenty of times where ot3 tweeted each other or tweeted about something and harry didnt. since 2014 hes also been following a lot of…nasty fans on twitter which makes them feel validated. also, in some of his outfits he was standing out a lot from the others (e.g. the AMAs) which just made him look disconnected from the others. i get he has a fashion taste that is different but, yeah.

im not saying all these things are 100% on him but to answer your question, no, harry has never “done” anything that would stop these fans and that fucked up mentality

Who approved the Invocations?

OK, first I want to make something clear. I’m glad wizards is taking risks with Magic. I’m excited for the Invocations, I will be happy to pull one, and I’m excited about Amonkhet. I have loved all of the masterpieces up until this point. however….

What Graphic Designer approved the Invocations?

I’ve marked a couple up for discussion here to so that I can draw attention to where I have issues.

So where do I start?

I like the concept, but this looks like its from a different game entirely. The most important parts of a magic card are either harder to read, harder to find, or are drowned out by other confusing design elements. The striping on the edges is a big problem for starters. Is this card Blue? or is it Black? White maybe? Is it multicolored, there is some gold at the bottom. Is it Hybrid colored? Hybrid multicolor are the only cards up until now where you get large portions of a cards colors in its border, but only two color cards are represented that way and there are 3 colors in the border design here.

Its just blue, but the COLORED parts of its mana cost ARE NOT COLORFUL. Normally the mana cost on a card pops right out, however it blends right into the border here. There is not nearly enough contrast between the border and the key game elements across the entire card. At a distance it will be hard to distinguish between black and green mana symbols.

Ok so this is a creature right? So where is its power and toughness? Oh right, its blending right into the background too. And its arranged vertically. Which number is its power? My gut instinct is to assume that the top number is its power, but there is no way to know for sure which number is which unless you already know the card very well.

This font is very different from what we are used to with our current magic cards the font for the name and type-line are both much harder to read than would be practical. A stylized font like this can be effective, but it MUST be used sparingly, and not be crowded or cluttered by other elements. Consecrated Sphinx here is the MOST READABLE of the cards, and a much nastier example is this card as shown below.

What is this card called? Is it Nitibaze, Baseinit? Basendi? nope.

Its Daze.

The card type is similarly obscured by a bunch of additional symbols. It was difficult to tell what the card type was and what the name was without close inspection. How am I supposed to play a card if I can’t read the name or the card type? The contrast between the key text here, the background, and the jumble of other symbols is nowhere near enough for this to be successful graphic design.

I’d really like to have a chat with whoever’s graphic design this is, and why it was approved for print. Was this a situation where a very influential production member wanted the design in and the team was forced to go along with it? Also, how did these issues not immediately jump out to anyone who has eyes and plays this game?

She’s the betta half of the two

He caught her and never let her go again

It’s time for another one of our  #SenpaiStories!!!

Suzuki-senpai is one of the members of the school’s dance club. As an idol, Suzuki-senpai not only has to sing well and make good music, he is also expected to put on an amazing performance and have impeccable dance moves. This is the main reason why he joined the school Dance Club with Jae-senpai as its moderator.

Having debuted earlier and being a few years older, Jae-senpai is someone that Suzuki looks up to. He considers Jae his senior, even though their industries are a little bit different from each other, with Jae-senpai mostly working in the Korean entertainment industry and Suzuki doing most of his work in Japan. He fondly calls Jae “sunbae” and often asks him for advice about being an idol.

Even though his own dance style is different from Jae-senpai’s specialty, Suzuki-senpai tries to learn what he can from him. Jae-senpai is an incredibly talented dancer. He is widely respected for his skill and his ability to create new dance moves and trends. Suzuki uses what he learns from Jae-senpai to put a spin on his own choreography and performance. And at times, there are things that Jae-senpai learns from Suzuki’s style as well.

When Suzuki-senpai is not spending his free time at school in the cafe or in the music room, he usually can be found practicing with Jae in the school dance studio.

Want more #SenpaiStories? Just click the hashtag or search the term on our page to read more! 

Analysis: Romance in One Piece

Note: I’ll be posting condensed versions of this analysis in other sites

A) Relevance of plot and characterization AKA Unbiased Readers Vs. Delusional Shippers

“Who lives on ilusions dies from disappointment” – An old Puerto Rican saying

Most of us know One Piece is a very popular manga. Its high quality and popularity depends on several factors, among them we could name memorable and likeable characters along a deep, compelling, fun and action-packed story. The One Piece many know and love wouldn’t exist without the balance between these factors

When talking to at least 3 different One Piece fans, each of them non-shippers who analyzed the manga they all enjoy, I found interesting and pretty sound perspectives of the One Piece story and its nature. All of them value characters, story, development, consistency and logic; something I can totally relate to

But I also found a pattern; these 3 guys shared one single outlook on the very same subject: shipping. Regardless of their expectations, all of them expressed distate for shippers’ general mindset and “odd” viewpoint:

One of them called shippers out for ignoring characterization and very clear and direct statements made in the manga. His attention was centered on a Luffy pairing and how it contradicts his own character. Oda once explained that he writes Luffy as someone pretty straightfoward when it comes to expressing his thoughts and feelings, and this non-shipper said with brutal honesty that for the discussed ship to happen we would need to disregard and/or discard the very core of Luffy’s character. Meaning Oda would need to stop being consistent and faithful to his own story and characters

The next one explained how shippers tend to turn a characters’ relationship into a sappy teen love fantasy that doesn’t match One Piece at all. His analysis also exposed how integrating this kind of underdeveloped “love” into the story would severely damage One Piece originality, ruin the series and needless to say destroy the likable dynamics between several characters as well as their own development. This fantasy, this so-called “love”, is what the vast majority of shippers support and defend. The same kind of “love” most non-shippers, fans and critics dread

The third non-shipper gave me a more detailed explanation: this is even more rough than the other two as he describes that the common shipper mentality of “he/she likes her/him so they should be together” can “only be likened to that of elementary schoolers”. And how shippers take every little meaningless detail and blow it out of proportion with no regard for context, legitimate bonding or the canon story!

But we can’t put all the blame on shippers. Many manga authors seem to have no idea how to write a character-driven series or complex character relationships. In fact, mainstream shonen writers have their fair share of guilt into promoting this common shipping mindset by being notoriously bad at writing romance. Which results in underveloped premises that leave your average fan skeptical, and your average critic disappointed at a poor portrayal of emotional bonding and a severe lack of cohesive narrative in the “romantic love” department

This is the reason why many fans, critics and non-shippers hold the shippers’ perspective in a very low regard. Just like the third non-shipper states: “The blushing, longing stares, corny ass lines etc. That kind of poorly portrayed romance is the kind of thing dreaded by the average fan because it reduces the quality of One Piece to the level of such poorly written series”

So an author needs to build a relationship the same way one person would construct a building: stablishing a strong foundation on companionship, respect, trust, signifcant moments, and emotional bonding. All of this must come before reaching the status of “romantic interest". In relation to this subject, there’s a trope called “First Girl Wins”, a portion of its description truly fits this criteria:

“From a [extradiegetic] point of view, the Law of Conservation of Detail suggests introducing the Love Interest early. An early introduction allows you to get the audience interested in her and rooting for her, gives you space for Character Development, and gives her relationship with her (eventual) partner the most time to develop organically. And with all that said, it’s such a common device that in all likelihood, it sometimes gets played for its own sake.” – tvtropes.org, 2017

Notice this isn’t a cliché, this is a literary device to enhance the story. Pairing up two characters without meaningful moments, emotional build-up and development, is the equivalent to lazy writing. Having such elements firmly stablished for two characters and then deciding to go for a different “route”, pretty much wasting a well-developed relationship for the sake of a “weaker” premise, would be the equivalent to bad writing

Is Oda, the man who’s willing to die for One Piece, a lazy writer? Of course not! Is he, a man who planned the ending years ago and is still sticking to said ending, a bad writer? Being number 1 in Japan and having such a loyal fanbase all around the world prove he’s not!

Do shippers want Oda to be a lazy/bad writer? Facts already answered this question as many (although not all) fans value their own fantasies and delusions over the manga canon and/or the author’s take on the characters and their relationships

Many (but not all) shippers now have a war. Not only against rival ships but mainly against One Piece story and consistent development. Yet as the old saying goes, those who live on delusions will have to eventually face reality and disappointment, because Oda is not a lazy/bad writer like some people here would want him to be

B) Romance Dawn AKA The not so secret origins of One Piece

“If we don’t know where we are going, it can be helpful to know where we come from” – Jostein Gaarder

When debating posible outcomes, fans rarely look back at the time when One Piecewas a still a work in progress. Taking a look at Romance Dawn V.1 and Romance Dawn V.2 helps us to see there are constants present in all versions of these Works that made it into what would later become the most popular manga in Japan

But before discussing those constants I would like to clarify the meaning of the word: “Romance”. There are people who doesn’t really grasp the concept of “Romance” both One Piece and Oda work with. Luckily the first two non-shippers I meantioned shed some light on this subject:

Romance:

“A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful
“A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place”
“A narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes

– thefreedictionary.com, 2016

“A prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious
–  Merriam Webster, 2016

Romantic:

“Marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
“Having an inclination for romance: responsive to the appeal of what is idealized, heroic, or adventurous

–  Merriam Webster, 2016

These definitions match pretty well One Piece and Oda outlook on this concept. Even Oda lampshaped this by giving his own translation to the title: 冒険の夜明け (“Bōken no Yoake”, “Dawn of the Adventure”)

So Oda’s “romance” covers a wide variety of themes: Adventure, heroism, mystery, virtue, idealism… we can find comedy and tragedy, happiness and sadness. And among the virtues and the idealism we find companionship and love. As the second non-shipper I mentioned explained One Piece is pretty much like an “Adventure novel”, which is why we’ll find in One Piece many of the tropes commonly used in those books

Among those tropes, we find a couple of constants in all versions of “Romance Dawn”

The golden-hearted protagonist and the “First Girl” who doubles as a female lead. Think about this “what if” scenario: If things would’ve played different back then and One Piece never went beyond “Romance Dawn V.1”. If that story were to be elaborated futher, which two characters would had shared the most moments to become endgame? The answer is pretty simple: The golden-hearted protagonist and the female lead!

But when debating, the weight of the argument depends on edvidence so we need to rely on what we can confirm. And we confirm this, what’s the constant in Luffy’s story in all versions of Romance Dawn? a Nami-like character

This becomes even more interesting when we discover that at an interview at “Manga no Chikara” and others, Nami was supposed to be the first one to join Luffy but her debut was postponed by Oda’s editor at that time. Edvidence of this being a last minute decision remains on the first color cover:

Yet as the second non-shipper noted: “her role as secondary protagonist was not altered” for “Nami shares with Luffy the largest character development in the entire series”. And as explained here we already know how the trope goes when someone seeks to write a natural growth for an emotional connection between two characters 

In fact, the relevance of Nami to Luffy’s story is implied in what Oda himself said about Strong World: “I really wanted to make a ‘hero saves the heroine’ story (ヒロインを助けるヒーローを描きたい the japanese sentence). [….]. You might think otherwise, but I had no intention of bringing in someone new to fill that [heroine] role. So when I had to think about whom to use for it amongst the straw hats of course that meant Nami

In Oda’s mind, Luffy is the hero and Nami is the heorine! We can tell that the hero and the heroine are meant to be the driving forces of the series, and therefore putting them together makes the most sense from a storytelling perspective

C) LuffyxNami AKA LuNa/LuNami

“Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men” – Thomas Huxley

Many shippers tend to ignore and disregard the importance of staying faithful to the canon story, and the author’s take on the characters and their relationships

To makes matters worst some of them even deem as illogical any argument solidly based on these factors. While considering stuff like lines, frogs, sweat, fire, nonexistent sexual tension, assumption of sexuality, and even assumptions of pregnancy, as legitimate proofs of a plausible outcome! In fact they even value comparisons to other series with a different tone, themes, and characters over anything that the One Piece author conveys through his work

There’s even people who goes as far as editing the wiki as if that would change the story to match their preferred pairing!

But in order to reach a conclusion that remains true to One Piece and its nature we have to rely on the very same foundation that was already described several times: mutual trust/respect, faith on one another, significant moments, stress in their relationship and emotional development. If the story doesn’t let you build your premises on these elements, the conclusion you’ll reach will obviously be flawed and stray away from what One Piece really is

So here I’m not only defending the premise I strongly support; I’m defending the very same story and build-up that contributes to this bond’s natural growth:

As explained before there’s nothing explicitly romantic about major interactions. But given we’re dealing with a good and dilligent writer, what we’ll get to see is how big to small moments stablish an emotional connection between two characters, and how that becomes the base for a even greater growth

First we have the themes of trust and faith: At first Nami doesn’t trust Luffy very much, out of her clear distate for pirates, until witnessing how far was Luffy willing to go to selflessly help others. Even then Nami treated their relationship as a mere business and later betrayed the crew

Still Luffy always trusted Nami to the point of putting blind faith in her. Even when given reasons not to do so. One remarkable example is when Luffy was informed by someone trustworthy (Johnny) that Nami apparently “killed” to Usopp, and Luffy not only kept holding onto his blind faith in Nami but he also threatened Johnny for saying such things about her


This becomes something remarkable when we take into consideration that Zoro quickly gave up on Nami and later tried to attack her without even a second thought! While Usopp just wanted  the Merry back…

And it would later become even more impressive in the Whiskey Peak Arc when Luffy came to doubt Zoro because of the words of wounded man he didn’t even know, and even doubted Robin during Water 7 until Nami told him and the crew the truth behind Robin’s desertion:

But what else makes this situation with Nami any different from others we see in the manga? Some might point to the saga where rescuing Robin was the primary objective; but in Robin’s case Luffy knew her life was in danger for Robin was planning to die for the crew, and he got the resolve to save her only after learning the truth. Others might point to the current arc, but he saw right through Sanji’s act and got desperate to rescue him only after hearing his life is in danger.

Here, Nami’s life wasn’t in danger as far as Luffy knew. And he constantly try to reach out to her despite her harsh attitude and the fact he knew next to nothing about her past and her current circumstances. It was only when he saw her cry he got enough motivation to beat Arlong, and it was only when he got a small glimpse of what she went through that he lost it!

How does Nami respond to this? Initially she wanted to get Luffy out of her villaje and her life. While Nami indeed grew fond of Luffy and the others she wasn’t willing to bond with any of them; she held on her distrust of others. But that changed when she finally hitted her lowest point, when she finally lost all hope. Then it comes Nami’s first major development as character: she realized she needed to rely on someone else, she realized Luffy was her only hope Nami decided to rely on him. The following scene marks the first time of many when Nami relied on Luffy to a emotional level. And the first of two times when Luffy entrusted his treasure to her in a touching gesture to provide comfort and hope:

From the very beginning the emotional build-up between Luffy and Nami was a key factor for one of the most meaningful and memorable moments in One Piece. The moment when Luffy becomes Nami’s “emotional anchor”

The effect Luffy had on her character was also quite powerful as we could see during the 2nd pass of the hat: back then at Skypiea arc Nami could still panic at dreadful situations: 

But as soon as Luffy gave her his treasure, the panic stopped and when he was later removed from the battle field, Nami was capable of drawing enough courage from Luffy to face the big bad from that arc:

Not to mention Luffy’s final move against Enel was combined effort of the two as well as an impressive display of mutual trust/faith

We can continue to appreciate their development even futher as the story goes on. As someone already pointed out, Nami during Water 7 displayed an impressive resolve and determination, but as soon as she got the chance to explain Luffy their situation she opened her heart to express how she felt, her anguish and her distress. When Luffy reassures her that he will save Robin, she doesn’t cry anymore until she reunites with Robin

Their bonding is even futher explored in the only One Piece movie fully written by Oda: Strong World. As this is the author’s take on their relationship is still a valid argument to support Luffy/Nami development:

We already considered how impressive Luffy’s blind faith in Nami can be. So after listening to most of Nami’s recorded message, Luffy gets enraged! Why?

Well, after all that time Luffy relied on his navigator without ever doubting her. He was likely expecting all his trust and faith in Nami to be reciprocated

Turns out Nami does return that feeling! And why can we say that? Remember the movie’s ending: Nami finds out everyone in the crew got her hidden “save me” at the end of her message… everyone but Luffy. Then when Luffy is about to play the recorded proof of Nami’s unwavering faith in him, what does she do? She tries to get rid of the “edvidence” out of embarrassment 

It’s easy to see then why Nami seeked out Luffy for hope and comfort during Zou. And how she did something similar to what happened in Water 7: she opened up to Luffy

I said it before, since Luffy is Nami’s “emotional anchor”, it makes sense for her to keep strengthening her bond with Luffy. And given Luffy needs a guide to new adventures and someone “mature” enough to sometimes keep him in line, it makes sense for Luffy to grow closer to Nami

She once summed it up pretty well: “He always talks big, but when it comes down to it, he knows nothing about the sea! He’s severely lacking in the ‘sense of danger’ area! And he always overdoes it…if I left him alone, he’d die. And he’s stupid, so I have to take care of him. That’s why I’m gonna help him!” - Nami, chapter 596

Still, none of this is explicitly romantic in the traditional sense of the word. But just like someone who’s contructing a building, we start dealing with the foundations to then proceed to make a solid structure: a well-written relationship that enhances the story

As someone once reviewed, Luffy and Nami dynamic doesn’t need to chance for them to become endgame for they already have anything they need to finish that “building”. And that’s what’s being a potent pairing means: having everything to your favor for futher development and growth. Luffy and Nami definitively have the major moments and the emotional bonding while remaining consistent to the One Piece canon to be considered a Potent Pairing

Bonus:

It’s interesting we find other interaction that proves how comfortable is Nami around Luffy: 

She doesn’t mind having Luffy around her, what she really minds is Luffy wanting to go to dangerous places But why is this relevant? In Thriller Bark we had a clear showing of how she reacts to pervs trying to accomplish what Luffy did here. She electrocutes them. We can confirm she haven’t changed in this regard because at the end of Fishman Island arc Nami electrocutes a perv for trying to peek at her while she was taking a bath

Another interesting detail about Nami’s attitude toward Luffy is a change we see in WCI. Of course we have the remarkable faith and trust Nami puts on Luffy by even boasting how him being the future Pirate King ensures their victory over Cracker’s ability.

But the real change is when Sanji brutalizes Luffy. Nami already stated she felt guilty for what happened when Sanji got taken. But when Sanji did his “little” number on Luffy her attitude changed, she not only begged him to stop but was also promising they’ll leave if he did (Luffy clearly disagreed on that)

After seeing the way Sanji treated her captain, Nami did something the could seem pretty justified because of what happened: she slapped Sanji and then sarcastically played along Sanji’s “royal” act.

When she goes to Luffy and finds out her captain is not relenting on his effort to get Sanji back, she gives us this little gem:

The Japanese text for Nami’s dialogue reads: “Luffy!! Why?! No matter what his reasons are, after he did all that to you…”

The term she used here for the line in bold conveys the idea of severe mistreatment. She was obviously mad at the way Sanji attacked and badmouthed Luffy and his dream. Ironically Luffy is the one who shows far more emotion to the prospect of getting Sanji back than Nami, she kept displaying far more concern for Luffy as the chapters went on

Nami is now showing, little by little, more of a emotional attachment to Luffy. Which makes a lot sense given what we saw in their story

Okay, I don’t watch The Flash, but I can tell that there is a CLEAR difference between Barry/Iris and Kara/Mon El problems.

First of all, Barry and Iris were engaged and obviously have a really deep love for each other. As explained in the show, Barry may have proposed to save her life, but he still really did want to marry her. Also, HE was the one who had cut off the engagement because he was trying to do the right thing. Not to mention it’s established that Barry is an amazing, sweet guy, so precious and pure. So, Iris saves Barry with a kiss after he says, “I love you.”

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from Kara and Mon El. This boy lied from the very beginning, probably was never going to tell Kara the truth. He’s been nothing but selfish throughout their entire relationship, he has constantly thrown insults at her, doesn’t listen to or respect her, and got involved in this episode’s premise even though she had broken up with him. When Mon El is at Kara’s side, she says, “I forgive you.” And then he kisses her. Ya know, “I forgive you” is NOT the same as “I love you.” Forgiving someone is the first step to working things out or starting over, and that usually means friendship or starting over taking things really slow. “I forgive you” definitely didn’t mean “go ahead and kiss me now.”

I honestly don’t understand how you can even compare these two couples. Maybe I’m missing something because I don’t watch The Flash, but I seriously doubt it…This crossover just doesn’t sit well with me at all.

  • me, 99.9999% of the time: i believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion. i understand that your taste in music and appearance might be different from my own. therefore if you dont stan the same kpop idols as me i wont accuse you of being a criminal or deaf or anything along those lines. i believe we should break down the borders of our fandom and love each other as much as we love our incredible idols. i think we would grow so much if we stopped criticizing each other and other idols.
  • every once in awhile some one says something like this though: cool because i honestly think DBSK/TVXQ was so overrated, theyre better off now that its just the two of them-
  • me: gET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME BEFORE I SMACK YOU WITH MY T ALBUM THEY PAVED THE WAY FOR YOUR FAVS YOU IGNORANT SHIT

Requested by @goldensimisage  and @lucifers-left-testicle

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope you remembered to wear green! Simisage sure did, covered head to toe in green foliage. Just look at that thumbs up. Still, I don’t recommended taking your green outfit from Simisage, because according to the pokédex, Simisage is covered in thorns and his leaves are very bitter.

Both of these attributes are defense mechanisms against being eaten. If its leaves are thorny and taste bad, no one is going to want to eat it. 

There are several different kinds of spiny defenses. Thorns are modified stems, evolved to branch out and be pointy. Other plants, most famously cactuses, grow spines which are modified leaves instead. Prickles, like those found on a rose, come from the outermost layer of the stem, the plants “skin” called the epidermis. Trichomes are small, sometimes microscopic prickles that are particularly effective against insects.

Simisage’s tail, for the most part, looks smooth and does not branch out, so it is probably not covered in thorns despite what the dex says. However, being a pure Grass-type, Simisage has a 2x weakness to bug types. Since trichomes are most effective against bug types, it would make sense that Simisage’s tail would evolve to have these, to better protect it against bug types. Since trichomes are small, this would account for the tail’s smooth-appearance. 

Furthermore, plants with trichomes are typically very bitter-tasting. Trichomes can be located on the leaves as well as the stems, so this also matches Simisage’s dex entry which says its leaves taste bitter. The source of bitterness in trichome-wielding plants is an acid, usually found in the trichome itself. While the bitter taste scares off most animals, humans actually use it. One famous trichome-using plant is the hop plant, used to make beer. Does this mean that Simisage could be used to make beer in the Pokémon Universe? Who knows, but I had to link this back to St. Patrick’s Day somehow!

Simisage’s stems and leaves are covered in tiny prickly trichomes, which are modified extensions of the plant’s epidermis. They contain acid which makes the plant taste bitter, acting as a defense against being eaten.

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Been busy with school, but here’s some old doodles I never posted put through a prisma filter because why not. 

To me, these lines from the english dub really highlight the difference between the two as characters. For Marinette, being a super hero is about thinking with your head, being logical, but for Adrien being a super hero is about feeling, about empathy. I think its a great way to balance each other out, but also will very clearly lead to some conflict in the distance future of miraculous

I love cities. I also love the incredibly diverse charm of uninhabited landscapes. One is not superior to the other. I can spend a lot of time in a busy city, the incredible creative energy beating its own heart and charging mine. Send me to the desert, and I’ll recharge in different ways. The calmness of nature is something that my often overloaded personality can benefit from.

The claim that Russia “hacked the election” has essentially been totally discredited

From the latest dump by wikileaks

“UMBRAGE
The CIA’s hand crafted hacking techniques pose a problem for the agency. Each technique it has created forms a “fingerprint” that can be used by forensic investigators to attribute multiple different attacks to the same entity.

This is analogous to finding the same distinctive knife wound on multiple separate murder victims. The unique wounding style creates suspicion that a single murderer is responsible. As soon one murder in the set is solved then the other murders also find likely attribution.

The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

UMBRAGE components cover keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.”

I’ve found the entire soundtrack of BOTW all in one video and in a playlist if preferred (and not just 24 songs like I got on a CD from the special addition) that goes in relative order of the game itself (I know you can go wherever you want in the game, but…I like it in some sort of order…) and it’s really nice and relaxing and great for studying I’ve found :’)

Just thought I might share! (er, spoilers in track names of course)

anonymous asked:

Maya, even if it's done well, don't you think promoting music at the same time as Dunkirk, will leave audiences with the impression that this was a one-off from him and that he's not serious about acting and pursuing other acting roles?

Absolutely not!! You have to understand that the general audience doesn’t indulge in continuous, detailed considerations about the celebritites they happen to see on their magazines, on their screens or hear on the radio! When you try to put yourself in the GA’s shoes, you must consider what their gut reactions to your client’s exposure might be. Are you showing the right angle? Was that interview crafted in the right way? What if you had chosen a different word to send a slightly differnt message? Was it ok to have them attend that event in those clothes? Are you pushing them too much? Are people gonna get tired of them? Nobody is going to stop the engine while Harry’s song passes on the radio and go “Hey, I also saw this guy at the movies yesterday! Wait, does he sing, too? Maybe he doens’t take his acting career that seriosuly!”. Maybe some critics may make a few vile comments about it. But if Harry’s job as an actor ends up being collectively praised and his album  proves to be an high quality product, than he’s going to be fine. 

Harry has like, mostly disappeared for longer than a year. A well balanced void has been created around his persona. I count on them being able to fill it with the right amount of insistence and sharpness, as they have some time at hand before it starts being too much. If well handled, this is going to be good, in my opinion :)

UGH SOMETIMES I POST FANART AND SOME OF U MAY HAVE NOTICED JUNKRATS PROSTHETICS ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE. THERE IS A REASON FOR THIS AND ITS VERY EMBARRASSING. in photoshop, while i work, i constantly flip the image to check for mistakes. i flip it a lot and i am such a dingus that sometimes the final flip is on the wrong side and I legit just don’t see it cause i’ve been looking at it for so long and flipping it so many times. i’ve uploaded like 2 or 3 images so far like this and every time i only notice when someone points it out and im like GOD DAMMIT AUGH and by then it’s basically too late to edit the post cause people have seen and reblogged it so OOPS LOL ITS STAYING THAT WAY. just pretend you’re viewing it from a mirror or some shit idk. 

I do this with commissions too every once in a while, basically any character whose one side is different than the other is subject to my tendency to forget to flip it the correct way at the end.