its finally appropriate to post these

hello it’s farah here with a small mutual appreciation post 💖💓💘💖🤧 I recently hit a milestone on this blog and I thought it’d be an appropriate time to make this post fksnnd. I just wanna say thank you to everyone on here that follow me. you guys do brighten up my dash and its been a v fun time :D I’ve only had this blog for a couple of months but I’ve loved every moment of it here with my fellow monbebe’s 🤧🤧🤧 also for those who do follow me here and my other blogs, thank you 🙆🏼 😖💘💘 since its the end of the year and finals time I wanna wish everyone had a great 2017 and I wish yall a happy 2018 too. and for those who have finals, good luck, you can do this, and kick some ass 😛💖💓😛

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It seemed appropriate that I post both the banners since we’ve hit the end.

The final chapter of Fated to Love is now available on FFn and AO3!

Thank you for your support, encouragement, and kind words. They mean the world to me! Thank you to Hubbs for editing and creating these beautiful banners and to @keelaree for pre-reading as well as bugging me to write (because I tell her to bug me!). 

Hope you enjoy this last piece of goodness! Happy Reading!

46 - Baby Bargaining

The witch stared at the demon in her living room. “I don’t recall summoning you.”

“ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴅɴ'ᴛ,” said the demon.

“Thought not.” The witch started filling the kettle. “If you’re staying you can change into something easier to look at; all that pulsating’s giving me a headache.”

The demon shifted into a humanoid figure, though it kept the horns. Tradition is hard to break.

The witch settled into her armchair several minutes later, hands curled round a mug of tea. “Well, out with it,” she said. “I know you sort don’t do social visits.”

“ɪ'ᴍ ʜᴇʀᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ.”

“I’ve seen about fifty children today. You’ll have to be more specific.”

“ʏᴏᴜ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ɪ sᴘᴇᴀᴋ ᴏꜰ,” said the demon. “ᴛʜᴇ ᴏɴᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴏʀɴɪɴɢ.”

“Oh. That child.” The witch had known something like this would happen. She had seen right away the child wasn’t entirely human. “That baby is mine. I made a deal with her mother.”

“ᴀs ᴅɪᴅ ɪ. ɪᴛ ɪs ᴍɪɴᴇ ʙʏ ʀɪɢʜᴛs.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t know about that,” said the witch with a smile. “You know as well as I that all contracts are binding, and by the sounds of it we both of claim to the little one.”

The demon shifted angrily, its shape flickering faster than the human eye could keep up with. The witch simply stared it down until it finally returned to its human-ish form.

“ɪ ᴡɪʟʟ ɴᴏᴛ ᴄᴏᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴋᴇs ᴏꜰ ʏᴏᴜ,” it said in a growl.

“You’re going to have to,” said the witch. “The woman promised the child to both of us. No amount of huffing and puffing is going to change that.” She drank her tea. “So I suggest we make a timetable of appropriate visiting hours.”

The demon spent several moments glowering at her, before finally saying, “ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ sʜᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ʟɪᴠᴇ?”

“Here, for now, but he can visit your domain on weekends. And when he’s older we can arrange something else if needed.”


(based on this post by @lucifer-is-a-bag-of-dicks)

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@clerith-month day 2 | highwind promise

Aerith & the Airship:
The Significance of an Overlooked Gem

While Cloud and the gang sneak aboard the Cargo Ship, an optional scene can take place. 

We discover Aerith Gainsborough is blown away and in awe of an unknown airship. Though we later discover the airship is Cid Highwind’s, and is appropriately named after its pilot, circumstances prevent Aerith from ever fulfilling her dream of riding such a breathtaking airship with Cloud Strife.  

Squaresoft’s true genius was exemplified in this moment.

Not only does this moment perfectly match Aerith’s official wallpaper [the same wallpaper used in the Final Fantasy VII gaming manual pictured in this post], it also provided us with heartbreaking foreshadowing.

Aerith, the fun-loving Flower Girl, is an adventurous free spirit ready to climb aboard the airship and fly – wanting to live life to the fullest with Cloud by her side. Yet… Aerith is ultimately the only party member unable to ride the airship.

Thanks, Squaresoft, you literally just broke my heart into a million pieces just as you did Cloud’s:

“It was the sound of Cloud’s heart cracking. It was the cry of his heart that could never be healed of the grief he had towards Aerith’s death, the blame towards himself, and the hatred he had for Sephiroth…”
~Maiden of the Planet, Square Enix

anonymous asked:

Hey there bud !! First of all just wanted to say that I have a lot of respect for you and I love your art a lot!! Second I was wondering if you had any tips on starting an art blog ? Ily!!

tysm!! and tips hmm.. i think what most people find appealing when they come across an art blog is how active it is (both with posting, reblogging art-related stuff, and interacting with the artist). 


take good pictures of your art if you draw traditionally (natural lighting is the best). consider putting a watermark or signature somewhere in the photo too. even if theft is often inevitable and it can be cropped out, at least you make it more difficult.

perhaps post work in progress photos, such as the sketch, lineart, and then final product along with mentioning what you used

support other people’s art too by reblogging and interacting with people in the art community

 do those little challenges where people send you prompts to draw and things like that

be sure to tag your posts appropriately, its more likely something will notice your art if you use tags

set up your blog with a nice theme too; this isn’t important of course but its cool to customize! 

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oH my god 

when i saw that post calling for more angry aggressive violent maxies 

i was just like this is it. this is my calling 

so please have these (i’m sorry if they’re hella rough i just was so excited to draw them really fast)

i also really wanted to draw that hysteric laughter of his after you beat him in the final battle because wow

god drawing so many angry, snapping maxies gives me LIFE 

also: 

headcanon that maxie has really bad misophonia (like me eheh)

also i was listening to this song while drawing these and i feel its very appropriate 

@finnley-lewis

He collated the scratch papers scattered over his desk before pulling out one of the lower drawers to his side and shoving them in unceremoniously. Then he stretched back and extended his legs underneath the table, his mouth expanding into a silent yawn as he moved his hand to check the time on his wristwatch. It was a little past eleven o’clock, the grad students as well as the other person he shared the small space of the office with had long since gone home or had hit up the nearby bars to celebrate the end of the first week of classes. Not him, though, because as much as he’d like to have picked up and gone home with one of the cute new doctoral candidates, he was way behind on his progress reports, and he couldn’t afford to lose yet another thing he cared for. 

It seemed that the day’s work was done, however, and he allowed himself a few moments of composure before he would start to gather his things. He closed his eyes for some repose, and there was nothing but the sound of the air vent over him and his watch ticking past each second, slowly lulling him towards a state of unconsciousness. But then there was the abrupt sound of his phone vibrating over the stack of books he kept to his side, and he opened his eyes to the soft glow of the device indicating that he’d received a message. He made a move to reach out and grab it, and once it was secure around his fingers, he brought it within sight. 

What greeted him was not something he’d expected, though he should’ve learned, over the years, to get used to small, daunting surprises such as these. The text from Finn barely made any sense, though it wasn’t difficult to come to the conclusion that he was probably out having drinks. He stared at the message for a while, contemplating his response, perhaps a joke from many years ago they liked to keep to themselves. Was it the appropriate time? He didn’t have time to answer his own query as there came another text, and another, and another, flooding his inbox with seemingly senseless words. Humor had been forgotten, immediately replaced by a sense of worry. Quickly, he tapped at Finn’s name in his contacts, his thumb hovering over the ‘call’ option. Again— was it the appropriate time?

It didn’t matter, as he soon heard the ringing, his finger having moved on its own accord. His free hand rubbed at his slacks, wiping the sweat that was forming on the creases of his palm as he waited for his call to be answered. Finally: “Hey, Finn.

Categorizing Posts on Tumblr

Millions of posts are published on Tumblr everyday. Understanding the topical structure of this massive collection of data is a fundamental step to connect users with the content they love, as well as to answer important philosophical questions, such as “cats vs. dogs: who rules on social networks?”

As first step in this direction, we recently developed a post-categorization workflow that aims at associating posts with broad-interest categories, where the list of categories is defined by Tumblr’s on-boarding topics.

Methodology

Posts are heterogeneous in form (video, images, audio, text) and consists of semi-structured data (e.g. a textual post has a title and a body, but the actual textual content is un-structured). Luckily enough, our users do a great job at summarizing the content of their posts with tags. As the distribution below shows, more than 50% of the posts are published with at least one tag.

However, tags define micro-interest segments that are too fine-grained for our goal. Hence, we editorially aggregate tags into semantically coherent topics: our on-boarding categories.

We also compute a score that represents the strength of the affiliation (tag, topic), which is based on approximate string matching and semantic relationships.

Given this input, we can compute a score for each pair (post,topic) as:

where

  • w(f,t) is the score (tag,topic), or zero if the pair (f,t) does not belong in the dictionary W.
  • tag-features(p) contains features extracted from the tags associated to the post: raw tag, “normalized” tag, n-grams.
  • q(f,p) is a weight [0,1] that takes into account the source of the feature (f) in the post (p).

The drawback of this approach is that relies heavily on the dictionary W, which is far from being complete.

To address this issue we exploit another source of data: RelatedTags, an index that provides a list of similar tags by exploiting co-occurence patterns. For each pair (tag,topic) in W, we propagate the affiliation with the topic to its top related tags, smoothing the affiliation score w to reflect the fact these entries (tag,topic) could be noisy.

This computation is followed by filtering phase to remove entries (post,topic) with a low confidence score. Finally, the category with the highest score is associated to the post.

Evaluation

This unsupervised approach to post categorization runs daily on posts created the day before. The next step is to assess the alignment between the predicted category and the most appropriate one.

The results of an editorial evaluation show that the our framework is able to identify in most cases a relevant category, but it also highlights some limitations, such as a limited robustness to polysemy.

We are currently looking into improving the overall performances by exploiting NLP techniques for word embedding and by integrating the extraction and analysis of visual features into the processing pipeline.

Some fun with data

What is the distribution of posts published on Tumblr? Which categories drive more engagements? To analyze these and other questions we analyze the categorized posts over a period of 30 days.

Almost 7% of categorized posts belong to Fashion, with Art as runner up.

The category that drives more engagements is Television, which accounts for over 8% of the reblogs on categorized posts.

However, normalizing by the number of posts published, the category with the highest average of engagements per post isGif Art, followed by Astrology.

Last but not least, here are the stats you all have been waiting for!! Cats are winning on Tumblr… for now…

7 Reasons Why Lucrecia Crescent Is an Important Character (Pt. 2)

The appropriately-titled second installment of my “7 Reasons Why Lucrecia Crescent Is an Important Character” series.

These aren’t just seven reasons why Lucrecia Crescent is important to the storyline of Final Fantasy VII. That’s too easy; She’s Sephiroth’s mother, and she put Chaos into Vincent. Bam, two important plot things.

No, I mean to present to you seven reasons why she is important as a fictional character, and why you should appreciate her even if you don’t like the things she did.

One of each reason will feature in its own post each day this week leading up to Lucrecia’s birthday, tagged with Lucrecia Crescent Appreciation Week 2k15. Please, read, enjoy, and share—and join me in filling this tag with positive fanworks centering around a much under-appreciated, important character!




2. She represents various mental and emotional struggles including PTSD,  hormonally-influenced mood swings, depression, and suicide.

If you missed any of those things featuring in Lucrecia’s story, I’m not sure where you were, but you may be among those who like to reduce Lucrecia to an emotional weakling who cries too much. As a sufferer of anxiety and periodic chronic depression who has also been reduced to “an emotional weakling who cries too much,” I take personal offense to that, and I am going to highlight a few issues that we should recognize that she was dealing with before we judge her too harshly for her moods.



PTSD

Among the things that are likely to cause PTSD (according to Wikipedia) are “witnessing of a stressor event involving death, serious injury, or such threat to the self or others in which the individual felt intense fear, horror, and powerlessness.”

Remember that Grimoire died right in front of her, and furthermore that: 1) what killed him almost killed her, 2) Lucrecia didn’t know what to do to save him, 3) he died very quickly, before she could do anything, and 4) she believed it was her fault.

All of that is a pretty tasty cocktail for PTSD, and we can see it when Vincent introduces himself and reminds her of all that happened. Granted, we don’t get to see this scene from her perspective, so we can’t say for sure if she was having flashbacks or not, but considering she goes quiet and glass-eyed in the middle of making introductions with someone, I think it’s safe to say she was taken elsewhere in her mind in that moment.



Hormonally-influenced mood swings

You know how everyone likes to criticize Lucrecia for being a little off her rocker, snapping at people for mildly upsetting her, going from angry and shouting to sobbing on the floor in record time, and generally dealing with stress by screaming and crying and flailing? From the time that Vincent questions her about experimenting on her child to the time that Lucrecia leaves Nibelheim, all of her irrational, overemotional behavior can be at least partially attributed to pregnancy and/or post-partum hormones.

If you need more proof to believe that, consider that in all the scenes where we see her pre-pregnancy (in which no one is currently dying and/or discussing Grimoire’s death), she’s pretty even-tempered.

And given that PMS, PMDD, and other such female reproductive system-related ailments are often such “invisible” challenges, I think it’s pretty darn cool (and pretty darn important) that we have a video game character dealing with her reproductive hormones wreaking havoc on her, even if the game she’s in never explicitly mentions it either.

Because the truth of the matter is that some of the women you know are dealing with these things, and they can’t help it any more than anyone can help their struggles with depression.

Which brings us to…



Depression and Suicide

One of the things that breaks my heart about Lucrecia is that we can see the gradual decline of her emotional health as she starts from someone who is so determined to make it and slowly loses hope—slowly loses faith in herself.

Her obstacles are numerous and overwhelming: Not only is she still dealing with the effects that Grimoire’s death has had on her, but she is now also dealing with Vincent’s death, the loss of her son, the effects that both the pregnancy and experimentation have had on her body, Hojo’s betrayal, and to top it all off, the only person she has around to talk to is the person who caused most of that. Isolated from any other friends and family she might have while sequestered away on a top secret project, Hojo—someone who she probably trusted at some point, considering that she married him—does the exact opposite of providing any sort of emotional support whatsoever: he openly opposes and mocks her.

I’d never claim that Lucrecia dealt with her issues in an ideal way, but she deals with them, and that’s important. In fact, one of the most important things about Lucrecia is that she’s not an ideal; she’s a cautionary tale. She’s a very good example of how things can snowball out of control when you don’t get help for your problems, when you don’t tell anyone about them, when you don’t look inward and confront your own unpleasant and difficult feelings—and that makes her very, very important as a fictional character.

Appropriation Art And The Web...

…“But All You Did Was Steal Someone Else’s Work.”


I’ve felt the urge, growing into more of a need, over the last several years to write specifically about my feelings and experiences regarding appropriation art, and more specifically about how appropriation is received by viewers.  More specific still, I’d perhaps focus on how appropriation art is perceived in the age of the Internet and social media, where the reception of art is simultaneously most ubiquitous and most casual; where it’s easy to say, “What’s the point?” and allow that sentiment to resonate as the final word on whatever image or post it captions… as if, since the commenter hasn’t gotten “it,” there must be nothing to get, the ignorance (the blind eye, the cold shoulder) serviced as a sort of “criticism” in its own right.

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Aerith & the Airship: 
The Significance of an Overlooked Gem

While Cloud and the gang sneak aboard the Cargo Ship, an optional scene can take place. We discover Aerith Gainsborough is blown away and in awe of an unknown airship. Though we later discover the airship is Cid Highwind’s, and is appropriately named after its pilot, circumstances prevent Aerith from ever fulfilling her dreams of riding such a breathtaking airship with Cloud Strife.  

Squaresoft’s true genius was exemplified in this moment. 

Not only does this moment perfectly match Aerith’s official wallpaper [the same wallpaper used in the Final Fantasy VII gaming manual pictured at the top of the post], it also provided us with heartbreaking foreshadowing.

Aerith, the fun-loving Flower Girl, is an adventurous free spirit ready to climb aboard the airship and fly – wanting to live life to the fullest with Cloud by her side. Yet… Aerith is ultimately the only party member unable to ride the airship.

Thanks, Squaresoft, you literally just broke my heart into a million pieces just as you did Cloud’s.

“It was the sound of Cloud’s heart cracking. It was the cry of his heart that could never be healed of the grief he had towards Aerith’s death, the blame towards himself, and the hatred he had for Sephiroth…” ~Maiden of the Planet, Square Enix

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When the frame for Walter Brackett’s Trout (1867) was undergoing extensive treatment in preparation for loan (discussed in a recent post), the painting itself also was getting conservation attention: its old, discolored varnish needed to be removed and replaced with a new one. Paintings conservators carefully weigh the importance of treatments like this so that the “varnish cycle” of removal and replacement doesn’t occur more often than necessary. Records for Trout indicated that it had never received a varnish treatment at the Brooklyn Museum, although structural repairs had been performed; its natural resin varnish was probably over 100 years old. The original goal of the varnish would have been to saturate colors and provide a consistent, low-gloss surface. At this stage of degradation, it was no longer providing even saturation, and the natural resin content had yellowed to the point of obscuring the painting’s true colors and flattening out the imagery.

The aged varnish was carefully removed with solvents. In choosing a replacement varnish, the original aesthetic goals mentioned above remain. Additionally, in order to elongate the varnish cycle, chemical stability and non-yellowing characteristics are crucial. A low-molecular weight, synthetic resin capable of accomplishing all of these goals was selected. Dilute in an appropriate solvent, it was brush-applied overall and then quickly buffed (pictured above) to achieve the correct sheen before it dried. The final effect shows a more appropriate representation of the artwork: bright whites and crisp colors on the fish and a cool, misty background return the sense of depth and freshness to the painting.

Now Trout and its frame are looking their best for display!

Posted by Jessica Ford 

Welcome to the first annual Bethyl BigBang!

What is a BigBang, you ask? It’s only the best fandom challenge ever! So, for example, Person A writes a primary fic about Beth and Daryl doing whatever they want to write about. Then, Person B creates a complementary piece – it can be a visual art, fanmix, video, or even a podfic, whatever you can think of – to accompany the fic. The possibilities are endless!

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It's only 6 am.

I’ve already read a bunch of articles about teenage girls who were banned from taking their final exams because their church appropriate dresses are too distracting to their male classmates.

An article about a 10 year old rape victim who may be stopped from getting an abortion.

And a popular blog post from some guy claiming that it’s a woman’s duty to always have sex when her husband wants it, that she can only negotiate a raincheck and then must cash the check as soon as possible. That it’s her duty to God….GOD to have sex whenever her husband wants because getting married basically means you’ve lost the right to your own body.

And, then some women refuse to be feminist. Refuse to acknowledge that the fight the suffragettes started us on isn’t over!

It’s too early for this anger and upset with other humans I currently have!

It’s almost that time of year again, SWEN! The fourth bi-annual Swan Queen Week will be happening over the winter hiatus (date to be determined) and that means the ask and submission boxes will be open for theme suggestions, soon. 

If you haven’t seen it, there was an overview post made about the kinds of changes you can expect this event, and what other information will be coming soon. Also, please take a look at the FAQ; there were a lot of comments from the feedback of last round that suggested some miscommunication about some of the guidelines!

But the first step, as with all SQW events, is to choose the theme! Information about what that means and how to participate can be found beneath the cut. And, as lack of awareness about theme suggestions and voting was a very prevalent comment in the feedback from the summer SQW+, please spread the word!

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since homestuck is finally being put out of its misery i thought it was appropriate to drag out my old tricksters

homestuck honestly really improved my character design and art in general. sprite editing was really fun back in the day

aaanyways here are all the designs i ever finalized. theyre like 2 years old christ