It’s been quite some time, but there is finally a new print available from Greetings From Transtopia:

A poster displaying the lyrics to a song which just-so-happens to share a tune with “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family,” expressing the gayness of birds, endorsed by an actual literal gay bird. What could possibly be better or more useful!

Get it here for $7.99 with FREE shipping and a FREE logo poster or card :)

I have this nasty habit of making a page and then procrastinating on posting it 

Alliacea is kind of lacking a good schedule right now, but I hope i can nail down a nice solid pattern of friday updates, so page 9 should be done and posted by then


WOMEN IN HISTORY: Wu Zetian (624—705)

Empress Wu Zetian was the only female emperor in the history of China. She was one of the most effective and controversial monarchs in China’s history. She was the power behind the emperor. Wu took control of the government as empress dowager, placing two of her sons on the throne and removing them almost as quickly. She proclaimed herself and ruled as emperor of China until a year before her death, at the age of 81.


I had three things I wanted to photograph today: 1. my face, preferably without it doing anything too objectionable expressionwise; 2. my outfit, particularly this skirt; and 3. the jewelry I have on today, particularly this cuff by @jamiespinello

I soon found I could not take a single picture that featured all of these, so I tried for one or two at a time.

(Also featured: a matryoshka doll rocking approximately the same color scheme I am)

(Not featured: the ring on my opposite hand, which is silver, set with three corals, and which belonged to my grandma. It’s not featured because that hand is holding the camera.)

@empressofthelight asked me to draw my favorite scene from my favorite fic, so here’s Yuugi and Greninja from my Pokémon AU. There’s more to this scene, but it has a tiny spoiler, so I didn’t put it in. What are hands and what is a pokémon

“Katsuo sempai”- Notice me Sempai’s newest romantic interest, Swim team sempai has quickly become one of my favourite Sempai’s <3 Thank you @skillshotlabs for such an addicting game *u*

This is for @notice-mesenpai‘s competition :)
Entropy - FuneralMute [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Rating: General Audiences
Archive Warning:
No Archive Warnings Apply
Category: M/M
Fandoms: Star Wars
Orson Krennic/Wilhuff Tarkin
Characters: Wilhuff Tarkin, Orson Krennic
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, AU where everyone lives and everything is terrible, Angst, Fluff
Language: English
Series: Part 1 of the A Den of Foxes series      

Summary: Sometimes living is the penance, sometimes it’s the reward. Some stars go out with a bang, others slowly burn out.

Trust the mirror, not the camera

So, I’ve seen this advice given a lot when people say they look terrible because of how pictures of them (usually selfies on a phone camera, which is an important detail) turn out, but I’ve never seen it properly explained. So, here goes a film student’s attempt to explain this.

First, let’s talk about camera lenses and their effects.

A lens is basically a big ol’ glass disc that gathers a ton of light and focuses it into a smaller plane. The bigger the lens (usually measure in millimeters for anything other than NASA space telescopes), the more light it gathers and the more light it forces into the same size plane.

Think of it this way…

When you’re looking in someone’s eyes, your eyes are lining up with the center of their face (more or less) like in the example on the left. This is what a mirror does: it bounces light straight back then exact way it came from, the same exact way we usually see without a mirror. What this means is that the sides of this person’s head are more or less out of view.

However, if your eyes were extremely far apart, like with the example on the right, then you’d be able to see WAY more of the sides of their heads! Their heads would basically look wider simply because you can see more of it! This is what lenses do.

Look at the differences between the lenses here. The wider the lens, the more head it can see, and the more it has to distort that final image to get all the light in it. Lenses literally bend the light and cram all of it into a smaller image. As a result, the bigger the lens, the wider and flatter the object will look in the picture.

(Above example from Dan Vojtech)

Those numbers there at the bottom of the gif are lens sizes. The bigger the lens, the more of the side of your head it can see, the more of the side of your head it crams into the picture. A skilled photographer/cinematographer knows this and knows to adjust the lens as appropriate to avoid this sort of distortion. The automatic adjustment features on a phone camera or home camcorder is no skilled photographer/cinematographer, and thus doesn’t  compensate, leading to distorted images and a shameful feeling about your own face. 

So! The old adage of “It’s not the tools it’s the person using them” in this instance is BULLSHIT and it is absolutely the tools.