it's time for more people to know how to do this

anonymous asked:

Hey! Just want to say thank you for all ur translations. It's quite apparent that you enjoy doing them but for me, what I like best about your trans is that you don't just translate the gist of what's being said but really try to convey the tone, etc.? Haha idk if I'm making sense but I know 2 other languages in addition to English. French is one of them, and when I see ppl translate a phrase sometimes I cringe b/c the true meaning is lost when they don't do it properly so yea...merci!! Haha :)

you’re me when i see a scripted translation in my native language ;-; i use english most of the time due to my work environment and also because i feel more natural and not binded by formality with english, so i can’t really translate from korean/chinese to my native language now haha too used to translating to english ;; but i still can point out when people translate to my natv language too literally/technically, it just sounds so awkward and scripted, like they don’t put any feeling in there at all, all they do is to translate it without caring about the context or the tone… even worse is when they make no effort searching for the slangs/phrases used and just put the original text there…

anonymous asked:

That moment when when assassinate Laurel's character in one line to Connor. Like I dont care how much shes grieving someone who has dealt with mental illness and knows issues would never say anything like that. Plus she knew at that point that connor didnt even do it so like WTF writers

i HATED that line, and it made no sense for her character at all. like, fine, i understand she’s grieving, but that doesn’t give her license to say that kind of ish, esp if she had no solid proof connor had actually done anything to wes. and you’re completely right; karla had mentioned laurel’s mom having bipolar in an interview. people with bipolar often deal with suicidal thoughts, and if her mom was in a psych ward frequently its more than likely she tried to kill herself (possibly multiple times). 

she would never say that. they butchered her so bad this ep i feel like she’s not the same character i fell in love with. i don’t even know who she is

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“In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s mental health. At that time, most people were not talking about mental illness. But the numbers spoke volumes about the urgent need for action. Millions of Canadians, including leading personalities engaged in an open discussion about mental illness, offering new ideas and hope for those who struggle, with numbers growing every year.”

Today, January 25th, is #BellLetsTalk day… Use your social media platforms and speak about how mental illness has affected you, or someone you know… There’s also a special Snapchat filter you can use

If you’re a Bell/Bell Alliant customer, for ever text you send or call you make, ¢5 more will be donated to the cause (Canadian Mental Health programs)

I know Tumblr is very American-centric in a lot of its content, so I truly do hope that this gets seen by Canadian users…

@fuckyeahtoronto @allthecanadianpolitics @canadianstereotypes @canadians

This post will be reposted multiple times today as it’s an issue very close to me and also relates back to issues of being black and how mental health issues are “not a thing”, especially if you’re coming from a west Indian background– you’re haunted or Obeah tek yuh… You need to go church (lmao which? The Baptist? The Anglican? The Penticostal? The Presbyterian?)…

It’s so disheartening knowing that you could want to reach out to your family but you can’t bc you know it’ll make you feel frustrated and worse than you currently do… Sometimes your friends, for as much as they care, they may not quite /get/ it…

You’re not alone, we’re all here for you.

#BlackAndMedicated

Okay, so. I’m getting really tired of the idea that “true” Star Wars fans “know” that TFA was a terrible movie, that Jar Jar Abrams singlehandedly ruined the franchise, that Rogue One was everything TFA wasn’t or whatever. I’m honestly sick of it.

I grew up watching Star Wars. I can remember being in diapers and seeing Darth Vader on the TV screen, and I remember my parents taking me and my brother out of school early on opening day to see RotS. I loved Padmé, and Luke, and all the Skywalkers. I was a fan for years, and when Lucasfilm announced that they were sold to Disney and there would be new movies coming out, I was over the moon. More movies! Oh man! I wonder what they’ll do next! I was optimistic even when people on the Internet were screaming about how Disney would turn Star Wars into a musical cartoon. Having seen The Avengers and enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean series, I knew Star Wars was in good hands under the Mouse.

TFA came out, and when I saw it…it was even better than I hoped it would be. I was giddy and ecstatic over it all in a way I hadn’t been in a long time. In fact, I saw it a total of five times in the theater, a very rare thing for someone who sees most movies once in the theater and is okay with never watching them again. To this day, when I pop in my TFA Blu-ray, I enjoy it just as much as that first time at the movies. It’s just…a really great film to me. I love it a lot. And it’s so special, especially since it introduced two of my favorite characters to me. I think JJ Abrams did a great job with Episode VII, and the professional critics who made the movie sit at over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes would agree with that idea.

You’re not a “better” fan for hating TFA. You’re not “edgy” for trashing on JJ Abrams and claiming that anyone who enjoys the movie doesn’t “get” Star Wars. You can hate the movie all you want, of course; everyone has their own reasons for disliking what they dislike, and I’m not about to force you to like something you don’t. However, what I will tell you to do is to let go of this idea that “true” Star Wars fans only like certain Star Wars movies, that certain movies deserve to be disregarded while others should be placed on a pedestal if you want to keep your Official Star Wars Fan Badge™. Guess what? TFA exists! TFA is an official Star Wars movie! People who enjoy TFA…are real Star Wars fans!

Anyway, I love TFA, and I’m so, so excited to see what happens next in Episode VIII. It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan!

Dog Days Are Over

Summary: You were already having a bad day, and then in walks Mr. Perfect and his best friend’s puppy. Oh, and he needs you to hurry because he’s got a blind date tonight, and he’s really nervous.

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Reader

Word Count: 2,993

Author’s Note: Do you know how long this has been in my drafts? Anyways, here’s more fluff. Sorry I’ve been the Ebeneezer Scrooge of fluff, but I can’t help it that I’m a cynical, angsty bitch who likes to make people suffer.

Originally posted by thespoilerwitchblog

There were certain rules to being a veterinary technician.

Number one, waterproof mascara and eyeliner always! When the customer cries, you cry. Number two, carry a lint roller on you at all times; it’s best to get the pocket-sized one, because Mr. Twinkles sheds a lot! Number three, iron your scrubs! And it’s probably best to keep an extra pair in your car, because Mrs. Comier’s Jack Russell likes to pee on people.

Even though you knew these rules by heart, and you followed them every single day of your work-life, today was an exception. It was just one of those days that absolutely nothing- no matter how hard you tried- was going right. You were covered in fluffy cat hairs, Mrs. Comier’s Jack Russell peed on your leg twice, and you had run out of waterproof mascara; so when Mr. Langley brought in his thirteen year old Labrador to put her down, he cried, and so you cried, and in the end you looked like the raccoon that liked to sneak into the office dumpsters at closing.

Today just wasn’t your day.

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.bad habits. a stream of consciousness?

its like when you take the first sip of tea, it painfully sizzles on your tongue
theres nothing you can do besides wait out the pain
you know the tea is still hot, yet you take another sip
this time the pain is more bearable
but now, you have two burnt patches on your tongue
these are going to take a few days to heal
each time you go to eat or drink something, you will be reminded of the two little burns
.an unpleasant sting.

this doesn’t stop you from sipping the tea
it tastes good therefore it must be finished, no matter how hot or cold it gets
determination to succeed such an insignificant task in the hope that the ego feels warm and accomplished
to prove a point?
i dont know

people seem to have a habit of going back to things that hurt them in the hope that the second,
third or forth time round
they will be stronger.
or possibly just more prepared.

the devil never sleeps when he is fuelled with the flames that ignite his fire.

—  Cartia Mallan
what the signs should expect in 2017
  • Aries : meeting a lot of cool people and seeing better memes
  • Taurus: more money and a lot more dogs
  • Gemini : less depression and more healing
  • Cancer : becoming more confident and self-reliant
  • Leo : learning how to truly forgive themselves and let go of the things holding them back
  • Virgo : finding their soulmate whether it be in friendship or romantic love
  • Libra : more followers on tumblr.com and steady improvement in your mental illness(es)
  • Scorpio : a more successful school year
  • Sagittarius : a Better Time™
  • Capricorn : making nicer friends who actually care about you and your wellbeing
  • Aquarius : more sex
  • Pisces : finding themselves and knowing who they are and what they need to do

shit to remember right now:

- angelo’s. “which is fine by the way” “i know it’s fine” GO WATCH IT WATCH THE WHOLE THING
- the battersea scene
- “things you wanted to say”
- literally ALL of tsot
- “i wish you weren’t… whatever it is you are”
- “hypnotizing mesmerizing me”
- “but look how you care about john watson. your damsel in distress”
- the aborted tarmac confession
- THEY LOVE TPLOSH!! THEY TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY LOVE TPLOSH ALL THE TIME
- all of the princess bride parallels.
- “i wanted more. i still do”
- “romantic entanglement…” “would complete you as a human being”
- ITS ABOUT THE TWO OF THEM
- “love conquers all”
- THE BBC’S RESEARCH AND COMMITMENT TOWARDS BETTER REPRESENTING LGB PEOPLE IN THEIR SHOWS
- LISTEN DWEEBS MARK IS GAY AND HIS FAVORITE ADAPTATION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IS GAY
- ITS GAY

Garrett and Marian - Legacy Banters
  • Marian: Well... not quite how I imagined this family reunion going. I was envisioning more hugs and maybe some wine over dinner. Not attempted assassinations
  • Carver: Really? You think this is so abnormal for our family?
  • Marian: Well you got me there
  • ---
  • Bethany: What could our father have to do with this mess? The Carta have had more than enough time to try and find us
  • Garrett: I imagine that having two Champions of Kirkwall with the last name Hawke may have tipped them off
  • Bethany: But it's been three years since you and sis defeated the Arishok. Why wait that long?
  • Marian: Well I don't know about you, but if I was going to go after the people who killed an Arishok then I'd probably want to make a little time for planning, wouldn't you?
  • Carver: Do these morons strike you as the sensible type?
  • Marian: Two points in one day Carver? Don't tell me the Templars are actually drilling some wit into that skull of yours
  • Carver: *laughs* At least /my/ wit makes a point, dear sister
  • Bethany: Ooh, that had to hurt
  • Garrett: Do you need some healing for that one, Marian?
  • Marian: Oh shove off, all of you
  • ---
  • Garrett: And we're back in the Deep Roads
  • Marian: Oh it's not that bad. I mean... Look at all the... Ugh, no, you're right this is terrible. Let's all promise never to go to the Deep Roads after this. Three times is enough
  • Garrett: Three times? When was the second?
  • Marian: Um... well...
  • Carver and Bethany: *sing song voices* Somebody's in trouble
  • ---
  • Bethany: Varric wrote to me the other day
  • Garrett: Telling another of his stories, I bet. Was it the one about the high dragon, because that didn't really-
  • Bethany: No. He was giving me an update. On you, actually. I was... worried, so I wrote to him and asked
  • Garrett: I'm fine Beth. Really
  • Bethany: No you're not. Not yet. But I know you, and if anyone can get past it, you can
  • Garrett: Thank you
  • ---
  • Carver: You might want to be watch yourself, Garrett
  • Garrett: How come?
  • Carver: Ever since you sided with Orsino the other day, there's been... Rumours. Meredith isn't happy with you, and it's only because she allows it that you're still free
  • Garrett: So is she going to have me dragged to the Circle, or is she getting the Brand ready now?
  • Fenris: Don't say that
  • Carver: I would never let it get that far. But I thought I'd warn you, just in case you were thinking about making her mad
  • Garrett: I appreciate you telling me Carver. Don't worry. I'll be careful
  • ---
  • *after completing Malcolm's Will*
  • Marian: So... the stonework down here is... lovely, isn't it?
  • Carver: Not now, Mary
  • Marian: I was only... Alright
  • ---
  • Marian: Are you okay, Gary?
  • Garrett: I'm fine... Just...
  • Marian: He loved you. And Bethany. He'd be so proud of you
  • Garrett: You sound so sure of that
  • Marian: Of course I am. Because it's true. And don't let that nasty shit in your head tell you otherwise - it's a liar, remember
  • Garrett: *chuckles* Alright
  • Bethany: Be careful sister, people might think you've got a heart after all
  • Marian: *dramatically* Oh no! *clutches chest* I think... I think I'm getting feelings! Quick, someone beat them out of me!
  • Carver: *laughs* You be careful what you wish for sister
  • Isabela: I'd rather ride them out of you
  • Garrett: Ah, and there's the dirty line. I was starting to worry something was wrong Bela
  • Isabela: And you're as sweet as ever, Garrett
  • ---
  • Varric: Twenty silvers, that's my final offer. Take it or leave it Elf
  • Marian: What are you betting on, and why am I getting left out of it?
  • Varric: You want in? We're betting on what it'll take to get Junior and Waffles to hug
  • Garrett: *groans* You're not calling me 'Waffles' again, are you?
  • Varric: I have to. Every time I say 'Hawke' all four of you turn around. I'm being considerate
  • Carver: I bet there's /someone/ here who'd like to see him covered in syrup
  • Garrett: Carver!
  • Fenris: *embarrassed noises*
  • Isabela: Ooh, new friend-fiction idea!
  • Garrett: Don't you even dare!
  • Isabela: Too late, already dared. Can we make camp? I need to make notes
  • ---
  • Varric: Hey, Rivaini, I'm expecting royalties if that friend-fiction of yours gets published
  • Carver: When you didn't even come up with it?
  • Varric: You wouldn't have brought up syrup if I didn't call him Waffles
  • Garrett: Maker save me...
  • Bethany: And me...
  • Marian: Usually I like dirty things... But this is too far, even for me
  • Isabela: Are you saying you wouldn't like it if /I/ were covered in syrup?
  • Marian: Oh I'm sorry. I didn't realise you were my very hairy twin brother, Bela
  • Isabela: Well when you put it that way...
  • ---
  • Isabela: I always thought we were the loud ones, you know
  • Fenris: What?
  • Marian: I know right. Maybe they're just less shy about it now
  • Garrett: Do I want to know?
  • Isabela: You already know. Or did you deafen yourself?
  • Marian: To think, they don't need us shouting encouragement through the wall anymore. I'm so proud
  • Isabela: Our boys are growing up so fast. Maybe next they'll master foreplay
  • Carver: Oh Maker, I do not want to hear this
  • Bethany: Neither do I
  • Garrett: *loudly* And I would be very happy if we could stop talking about this. Right now
  • Isabela: Yeah, see. That kind of loud
  • Fenris: *deadpan* If you're so fascinated by Garrett being loud, then you must not be doing a very good job at making Marian scream, Isabela
  • Marian: Oooooooo
  • Isabela: Oh, you snarky little shit
  • Bethany: *loudly* If we could stop discussing my older brother's and sister's sex lives, I would appreciate it
  • Carver: *loudly* Oh look, more darkspawn. Let's kill them so we can stop talking about this
  • ---
  • Marian: So our choices are the nice, Tainted madman, or the mage who wants to let a darkspawn magister out of his hole in the ground? Why can we never make nice decisions, like what kind of wine to have with dinner?
  • Fenris: I agree. It is the only decision worth making
  • Marian: When you're not throwing it at the walls, I assume?
  • Fenris: That was six years ago
  • Marian: And you never offered me a glass
  • Fenris: You are recycling jokes now? Has the great Marian Hawke's wit finally lost it's edge?
  • Marian: Ooh, you are just asking for it now
  • ---
  • Varric: You okay Garrett? You've been a bit quiet since-
  • Garrett: I'm fine Varric. There's more important things to be worried about right now
  • Varric: It's not easy to realise that someone you looked up to wasn't quite what you imagined. You ever need to talk, you know where my suite is
  • ---
  • Isabela: So... is no one going to bring up the fact that Varric called Garrett by his name earlier?
  • Varric: What are you talking about Rivaini? Waffles and I were just having a friendly chat
  • Isabela: Don't bullshit me. You called him Garrett. I heard you
  • Varric: That doesn't sound like me, Rivaini
  • Marian: He called you by your name when Velasco carted you off to Castillon
  • Isabela: What?! No fair, I didn't get to hear!
  • ---
  • Bethany: Are you sure about this, brother?
  • Garrett: It has to be done
  • Bethany: I could do it. I am a Hawke after all, and a mage. You don't need to-
  • Garrett: No, Bethany
  • Bethany: But-!
  • Garrett: Bethy, if I let you use blood magic, I'd never be able to live with myself
  • Bethany: And if you do it, will you be able to live with it?
  • Garrett: I'd rather it be me than you
  • ---
  • Varric: If he pulls a dragon out of his ass, I'm leaving!
  • Marian: Oh great, and now he's almost certain to pull a dragon out of his arse! Way to go Varric
  • ---
  • Bethany: Here, you didn't get a chance to close that wound earlier
  • Garrett: Thank you
  • Fenris: I just hope it was worth it
  • Marian: Well we /did/ just kill a darkspawn magister. I can't wait to hear how Varric tells this one
  • Varric: Well I doubt I'll have to exaggerate a damn thing, considering how weird this shit is
  • Fenris: That isn't what I meant...
  • Garrett: I'd have avoided it if I could, but someone had to. And if it meant sparing my little sister from that...
  • Fenris: I understand. But... Please, just be more careful from now on
  • Garrett: I will, I promise
  • Isabela: You two are so sappy... It's actually rather cute
how to look more masculine with long hair

in my time on the web ive never seen a single resource for genderwibbly people who want to present more masculine but who don’t want to chop off their billowing locks. so i’d figure i’d make my own. So i proudly present: JULES’ NOT QUITE COMPLETE GUIDE TO LONG HAIRED MASCULINITY


okay so first thing you have got to realize is that (even tho it totally sucks) most people automatically see that short hair equals masculine and long hair equals feminine. i know its trash but that’s how it is. so what you want to do is try to break that frame of mind in half and make people question it by contradicting it.

YOUR FACE

contouring is the name of the game folks! you’ve probably seen a bunch of tutorials on this so ill just touch on it. The main focus is to shade your face with makeup to make it look less rounded and more angular. so after applying some foundation and concealer your gonna want to get some bronzer(or some dark brown eye-shadow is what i use) and shade these areas on your face: 

blend the heck out of that till it looks more natural. next your gonna want to put some concealer on your lips to make them less pink and noticeable. and then THE most IMPORTANT part of this: DARKEN YOUR EYEBROWS im not talking fill them in or sharpen them up. im talking fur logs on your face. your can use an eyebrow pencil or some eyeliner that matches the color of your brows to give them a thicker and less curved shape(i already have kinda bushy, manly shaped brows so i just apply mascara to them to make them look darker and fuller). Then your face be lookin so super fine! 

more refs on this:  1   2   3  (there’s tons of tutorials and refs on this if you do a simple google or youtube search) 

YOUR HAIR

ALRIGHT! now here’s the fun bit. youve pretty much got two chocies: pull your hair up? or leave it down? i know somewhere along the line youre thinking “oh i’ll just push it up in a hat!” but i’m gonna be honest with you. its not like it is in the movies. in fact this almost never works. you don’t look like a dude. you just look like a girl with hair pushed up in a hat. if you can convincingly pull off a hat trick then right on for you!! but 9/10 times your just gonna look kinda dumb.

1) THE MAN BUN (aka the top knot)

honestly the man bun is modern society’s gift to long haired masculine people. its just growing and growing in popularity and so now guys with their hair up is a totally normal thing. its also super easy to do which is always a plus. this is pretty simple so i’ll just put some tutorials for it: [ 1  2  3 ] okay ive found that one of the main thing that sells this hair style as masculine is the placement of the bun on the head. girls usually where their hair up and the bun is in the middle of the back of their head. but a man bun is way up on the top of the back of the head like these:

2) LEAVING YOUR HAIR DOWN

okay so the main thing your hair does when its down is shape your face. and what youre trying to do here is to get your hair to reinforce a masculine shaped face. so check this out:

notice how the hair falls around their face? her hair swoops over her forehead and around the sides of her face making curves while his makes straight lines across his forehead and straight down the sides. now i know youre thinking “that’s just cause her hair is curly and his is straight” but the same thing applies with curly hair. it doesn’t matter what style of hair you have. what matters is how the hair shapes the forehead. you want your forehead to have that upside-down U shape going on 

also notice the direction the hair is going on the top of the head

most of her hair is coming forward towards her face to make those curvy swoops while his is going straight back completely out of his face. as the hair comes down around their shoulders it does what it pleases but for a masculine hair style youre gonna want to have the top going straight back and away from your face. 

okay so that’s all ive got! this is how i try to break the long hair equals femininity assumption. if youve got any other questions or anything i should add just shoot me a message. hope this helps!!  

Headcanon #7

Imagine people asking Remus how he got his scars. Of course, being the precious cinnamon roll of a person he is he would be to nervous/insecure to answer them himself so the Marauders would answer for him everytime. Let’s just say their responses became increasingly more fucking insane over time. 

For instance in first year if you asked Remus how he got his scars Sirius would say “well we do a lot of pranks and so we get hurt sometimes, dangerous stuff ya know?”

But by their seventh year Sirius would hear someone ask Remus this and Sirius just responds with,” FUCK ITS A FUCKING WILD STORY. LIKE YOU ARENT EVEN GONNA BELIEVE THIS. Okay okay so get this we’re walking down the street just chilling, right? Then suddenly out of fucking nowhere the QUEEN SHOWS UP? And I’m like hOLY FUCK MOONY ITS THE QUEEN. Moony just looks at her with resentment in his eyes. Moony looks her in the eyes and says “So we meet again”. And at this point I’m like whAT THE FUCK. So the Queen chuckles and says “So it seems”. Then she’s like “you just never learn your lesson”. Then she just starts beating Moony’s ass. Like she’s whoopin the ever-loving-fuck out of Remus at this point. So Remus starts fighting back like I’m not gonna take this shit from you. He knocks Queen Lizzie back a couple feet and she’s bleeding. She wipes blood from her face and chuckles again and says,”you fool, this isn’t even my final form”. And that’s when shit got crazy. Wait where are you going? You can’t leave yet. I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. Next is the part where John Lennon comes in. Wait!”

~feel free to add~

happy candlenights everybody, i hope everyones holiday is good no matter how u celebrate it!
i hope all my neurodiverse and lgbtq+ followers are doing good if ur forced to be w family who arent accepting.
Remember: merle had to stick w a dad who pushed his religion on him and he’s still truckin and fuckin.
taako doesnt talk about his sexuality to the doofuses he hangs out w so dont ever feel forced to talk about yours with people who dont make you feel safe.
and if your like magnus and find yourself with a family you had to create yourself rather than being born into, for whatever reason, know that youre feelings are always valid and whatever way you celebrate will never be wrong because they arent blood related.
i hope you all can take this day to breath, relax, and focus on yourself and your own happiness and know that i love each and every one of you ♡

i know a lot of you need to hear this right now

your fp loves you so much. they care about you, even though they may not be talking to you right this moment. they may be busy with class, or they may be feeding their pet, or maybe they fell asleep talking to you. their relationships with other people do not effect their relationship with you. they love having you around. they love talking to you. i bet they think about you more than a couple times a day.

they know you’re trying. they know you love them more than anyone else in this world. they know you will always be there for them, and they appreciate you.

they love you.

they are so proud of you.

anonymous asked:

hi!! so i was thinking about your fic of bruce going to walmart and getting baffled by how cheap things were and i wanted to know how he feels about dollar stores/if he even knows they exist!

I think that while he’s probably aware of things like the Futian market, and the ability of dollar stores to sell cheap products through wholesale purchasing of inferior goods or travel-sized versions of name brand products, he (like a lot of people) was probably less aware of things like Wal-Mart’s ability to decide on price points that they can then force suppliers to adhere to under the threat of not having their products available in Wal-Mart stores, such that any company that does business with Wal-Mart can be forced to completely alter the way they do business.

I also got some shit at the time from people who thought Bruce Wayne would be more than familiar with the horrors of at-will employment, etc, but the fact is that whenever I’ve seen someone discuss the shit they’ve gone through as a retail employee in an at-will right-to-work state, I’ve also seen anyone middle-class or higher express shock and horror that these kinds of things are legal, totally unaware that these things exist and what they really mean for workers. For someone like Bruce Wayne as I write him, as someone who has never been victimized by these laws but to whom it would also never occur to try and victimize anyone else under such laws, I think it’s a completely reasonable blind spot for him to have.

Why the Signs will be Okay
  • Aries: Time moves, situations change, and people grow more than the human mind can comprehend. There's so much left to experience.
  • Taurus: Everyone needs a hero, somebody who's going to thrive on after everyone else has given up. You are this person. You have always been.
  • Gemini: When the storm begins to strike and everyone around you has grown downtrodden, you can still see the sun, you are still smiling.
  • Cancer: Your tears do not show weakness, they show the courage and the drive of a warrior who has made it far past and long overcome the fear to feel.
  • Leo: Your protective instincts and selfless acts of kindness do not go unnoticed. You give all your love, and it is bound to come right back to you.
  • Virgo: The honesty in your eyes is clear as one's reflection in a river. People love you. They know just how reliable you truly are.
  • Libra: The open mind goes hand in hand with the open heart. Being a pacifist does not make one weak, or ingenuine, it simply means they understand. Something astonishingly rare and beautiful.
  • Scorpio: The question of "why?" is an important question you have every right to ask. You are guaranteed to someday find every answer you may need.
  • Sagittarius: Fortune is on your side. Your mind is on your side. You're right, the onslaught is really not so awful. You are so right. Please never forget that.
  • Capricorn: When the mountain practically reaches the Heavens, you will not stop climbing until the kingdom is right before your very eyes.
  • Aquarius: When the whole world seems to be succumbing to chaos and unfair treatment, you will always remain true to your identity. This is so important. You are the most precious thing you have.
  • Pisces: This world is not a prison. Your dreams are more than just a vacation, they are a part of you. You are going to use them, and you are going to show the world things they have never ever seen.
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ANIMATION AND THE POWERPUFF GIRLS

Okay, it’s time for me to talk. I know, right? My stupid ass just got BACK from a trip and the first thing I do is go and TALK more? What a dweebo.  

But there is something I would like to discuss from an animation perspective. And that is, essentially, what the Powerpuff Girls reboot lacks visually. And one of the major complaints people have had, aside from the writing, HAS been regarding the numerous animation mistakes that the show has. Like the reboot or not, it has been noted for having several extremely sloppy errors per episode that would have been considered unacceptable even in a beginner’s class. 

But I don’t want to focus on the reboot or the way it chooses to animate things. Rather, I’d like to focus on the original show and how it choose to animate things. I opened up this with a clip from the Powerpuff Girls movie made in 2002. Now I know what you’re thinking, its unfair to compare television animation to movie animation, but we’ll get to the television animation in a bit. Let’s take a look at this clip for a minute first. 

First thing you’ll notice is that compared to modern animation, or even other cartoons of that age outside of Tartavosky and McCracken cartoons, the animation is surprisingly minimal when you really inspect it. There’s a lot of repeating loops, frames where only a single part of the character moves, freeze frames, and even shots where the character limbs aren’t even moving. Now its easy to consider this lazy until you really look at how the animation utilizes it. Picture a slingshot, pulling back as far as it can, until it finally fires in a sudden snap. That is how a lot of the animation in this is. It takes advantage of those freeze frames and minimal animations by using them as the SNAP of the slingshot, having the other more vibrant and extreme actions of the animation act as the pullback–thus, said freeze frames and minimal actions allow the scene to have more weight. They make the scene feel important. 

For example, when Jojo pushes Professor Utonium so he hits the Chemical X, the animation jolts to a stop. Everything focuses on that one frame of Utonium and Jojo, hovering by the broken Chemical X with Utonium staring at it in shock. Add to this the music escalating and the animation quickly shifting back and forth between Utonium stirring and Jojo running before this frame happens. Once all put together, this puts so much emphasis on that one moment that it conveys its message to the viewer: something important and major just happened. Even if you don’t know the show at ALL, you know that some serious shit is about to go down because of what just happened. It is big. There is no denying it. And the animators honestly did not have to do much to achieve it. It is made up of two loops (Jojo running and Utonium stirring), a short motion, and a single frame of animation. But because of the way the animators FRAMED it, this minimal way of approaching the scene made it have a massive amount of weight and buildup. 

Which leads to the second thing you might notice: colors. Something I’ve always noticed and admired about McCracken and Tartavosky’s work is that they both have a great grasp on color and how to use it. Let’s backtrack to the scene with Jojo and Utonium breaking the Chemical X. The entirety of the opening, while very aggressive in its mannerisms, keeps to the standard color scheme of the characters and backgrounds–UNTIL that freeze frame of Jojo and Utonium.

Immediately on that frame, the color scheme shifts to a red palette. And as simple as it seems to use red to indicate danger, the use of this color change puts even MORE emphasis on how very important that scene is supposed to be. You feel more weight in this scene in this red tone than you would in the standard palette, because red is a color that indicates danger. Stop signs are red for a reason–it is a color that can incite rage and fear. If this was being viewed by someone who was not familiar with the property of the Powerpuffs, they would be on the edge of their seat wondering what horrifying creation this man had made. Interestingly enough, this is also the first scene we see Jojo with red eyes–an subtle indicator of what’s to come and that this lab monkey may be more than meets the eye. 

And consider: this was all carefully constructed with motion and colors. A person standing to the side saying “We might want to worry about that guy, he might be a problem later” is not needed. We as viewers can gather that all from the animation and subtle queues given throughout a piece entirely fueled by its intense soundtrack…until it comes to a jarring stop, visuals disappearing and music stopping to emphasize the laughter of little girls. Well, what does THAT mean? The un-introduced viewer will not know. But the intensity presented in the scene will prompt them to continue on instead of leaving the theater or falling asleep. 

“Yes, but this is all the movie. Movies have bigger budgets. What about the show?” 

You have a point. So I’m gonna look at one of the earlier episodes of the show regarding this. Specifically, the classic introduction to one of the classic Powerpuff villains (despite not showing up much), Sedusa…or Ima Goodlady, if you will. Specifically, I’d like to focus on the use of colors–both black and red. One of the first scenes is when Ima, or Sedusa if you will, slams the door on the girls when they’re going to sleep (contrasting an early scene, but that’s more writing related so we won’t discuss that). The viewer is greeted with complete darkness, which one could easily argue is not too difficult to animate. However it ends up looking VERY good, because the dark screen is contrasted with the flashing ring from their phone. The darkness is given a reason to exist, and is utilized. 

This is utilized again twice more in the show: when they sneak back home, and when they finally catch Sedusa. It involves an almost film-noir esque setup with the accuser sitting in complete darkness and turning on a lamp when they catch the accusee, all shaded in a red palette against a solid black (along with a later scene including light blue). You get almost an art deco-ish feel from the layout, but more importantly, the weight of the scene is back. The viewer feel like something big and threatening is going to happen when the girls are caught by Ima, and similarly the viewer feels like something big and revealing is going to happen when Sedusa is caught by the girls. It builds up expectation of the following scene, thus leading the animation to assist the writing in its execution. 

One can tell that the people working in creating the episode genuinely knew not only about animation, but art as a whole. You feel the strength of the choices they made in movement, but you also feel the strength in the choices they made in color theory. Some of it is undeniably minimalist but the final result is that despite having perhaps not a stunning budget to work with at first, they did in fact manage to make something that looks very nice despite that. They had the knowledge to create something that had impact even without a massive amount of money not via cutting corners, but via directing the animation in a more experimental way that allowed more of the budget to go towards specific parts of the animation while still making the prior scenes look good. 

Ultimately what I am trying to say is that budget is not an excuse. Both the movie and one of the earliest episodes for the original look great, even when Mommy Fearest probably didn’t have the same budget as the whole movie. People have made masterpieces on minimal budgets, hell, people make masterpieces on zero budget. It is a result of how much the creator and the team actually care, not how much money went into it. And in thus, budget should most definitely not be an excuse for this: 

if the creators and team members truly believe and want others to believe that they care about the quality of their product. And to make this clear I mean this not just about the Powerpuff Girl reboot but about ALL cartoons regardless of when they were made, who they were made by, and the audience they are targeting. 

Yes, all cartoons have problems. Yes, the original had errors. But you can feel a heart, soul, and effort that went into making the animation for the original that more often than not makes up for those errors. I don’t feel that in the 2016 animation. I more get the feel that it was rushed out, as quickly as they could with no thought whatsoever in an effort to make themselves look good and to put some cash in Cartoon Network’s pocket. And that’s just sad.

i need to know more about goddard futuristics. what exactly do they do? are they government funded or are they a private business? how can they afford to keep putting people into space? is their recruitment process always that weird or is it just for the Hephaestus/Urania crews? how much shit does Rachel’s department put up with? has cutter ever thrown someone out a window? is there office drama? what are the office holiday parties like? if you call a certain department will a tired voice pick up and say ‘hello IT have you tried turning it off and on again’

Ya know it’s super frustrating to me that people always dismiss demi and graysexuality with things like “well everybody waits until they know someone to bang them” (which first of all no, one night stands are a thing and are all well and good for those who like them so???)
and also that “yeah duh nobody wants to have sex all the time” Like yeah?? We know? (sure some people are pretty gross about the way they talk about non-ace people but I would say that most of us are respectful, especially those of us with lgbt identities)
Its really not hard to understand that being ace has to do with sexual attraction not action. People seem to get so stumped by this but I don’t see how. I’m demisexual. I have had many romantic crushes and am aesthetically attracted to even more people than that, but I’ve had sexual attraction towards all of two. This includes those that I got close enough with to consider dating. It just didn’t happen except for these two, despite the fact that I had no issue with the idea of sleeping with the others if we had dated, I just didn’t have the desire. And for graysexuals, correct me if I’m wrong, but it isn’t about not wanting to have sex because your head hurts or youre tired, it’s just that you lose desire and get it back (randomly or under specific circumstances?) Why is that so hard to understand? Probably because so many people don’t care to actually try to understand. Like the wiki page is confusing, and it really should be updated and explained better, but like, don’t just immediately deny our validity because you don’t get it.

High key hoping dragon age 4 will be more like dragon age 2 protagonist wise.

Joining an ancient order to fight a big bad is nice for an RPG in its infancy.

Being the only one that has a specific power to stop a great evil because of chaotic circumstances that occurred in the heat of the moment has been done before in games, literature, movies, etc.

But omg, do you know how rare it is to play a character that, while they have abilities that “normal people” don’t have, their entire motivation for doing what they do stems from selfish needs? And that over time they gain an ensemble of friends and misfits with their own baggage that you want to help out with while taking care of your own shit? On top of doing favors for other people you’ve met in the time you’ve spent in the city you’re living in?

I want something like that again. Hell maybe not in a direct sequel, but maybe as a spinoff???