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EXCLUSIVE || One Direction Star Harry Styles’ Recipes for Success

Styles’ first single “Sign of the Times” to premiere on BBC Radio 1′s Breakfast Show on April 7th

This One Direction star has a sit-down with we of the AAS and spills the deets on the surprising inspiration behind his new solo career!

Harry Styles (23) of the wildly popular One Direction has at long last abandoned his reclusive ways and returned to the folds of society from his top-secret celebrity abode to release a single this coming Friday the 7th of April.

But even a mere 48 hours before the release of his debut single, fans are still confused about what the song might even be about. One anonymous fan commented,

“The cover art for the single honestly scares me a bit. It’s so red! Is it supposed to look like the world is on fire? I mean that’s what mine FEELS like whenever Harry does anything but like, is that what he’s going for? And the title is so apocalyptic. Is he trying to tell us his single is going to bring about the apocalypse? Because like, I believe him, but I also don’t want to die before I’ve heard the rest of his album, you feel?”

Another fan was adamant, and said, “Oh it’s just Harry trying to let us know about his home planet. None of us know exactly where it is or what it looks like, but all that red is supposed to bring up Mars and Martians. He’s been away from his alien family for a long time now, you know? I’m sure he’s feeling homesick.”

Styles recently reaching out and attempting to make contact with his alien relatives in space

We reached out to the star to get his side of things, and Styles explained:

“The title is actually a reference to an experience I had one morning. I had just come back from my morning run, back in the LA home, right? I remember the weather was just lovely. The afternoon heat hadn’t set in yet because it was still pretty early in the morning, but the sky was this beautiful shade of blue that reminded me of Lou’s eyes…And uh, usually I have a smoothie after my run, see, but when I got home and opened the drawer in the fridge to find the kale…because like, everything in the fridge is really carefully organized…there was nothing there! I swear I’d gone to the store and picked up some more, but I couldn’t find anything, and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Like, how could I have a smoothie without kale blended into it, you know? And then I was like, uh, struck by inspiration and right there in our open-concept kitchen I jotted down the beginnings of the single.”

Styles on set recently filming his introspective music video  

Styles intends to go in a different direction for the single’s music video, however.

Some rather curious pics came out recently, showcasing the young star flying high in the sky with the help of cables and a harness hooked up to a helicopter. Styles explained,

“I eat a lot of free-range grain-fed organic chicken, because it’s good for building muscle, and with this album generally I really wanted to focus on exploring my relationship with the food I consume, and like, figuring out where my sources of nutrition come from you know? So I decided to focus on that in the music video, instead.

I really wanted to like, understand the bird’s perspective, you know? I needed that connection. But to do that I had to become the bird, so they hooked me up to a helicopter and I really get them, now. I feel a lot closer to the birds. They’re like a part of me, and I’ve become one of them. It’s a really beautiful feeling.”

Styles maintaining his natural diet with an order of salad with salad on the side

“To be honest,” the singer confessed, “I try to eat as little meat as possible. I prefer to get my protein from plants or powder blended into my smoothies. I feel bad about eating the poor animals. They didn’t like, ask to be eaten, you know? Especially now that I understand my main source of animal protein so intimately.

That day with the helicopters on set changed me. I’m a changed man. I just hope the fans will be able to experience that same kind of change when they watch the music video. I’m so excited about it. It’s definitely one of my greatest accomplishments so far as an artist.”

The namesake of Styles’ album, “Bullet”

The star continued, “You know, the name of the album is actually inspired by the name of my smoothie blender. It’s a Magic Bullet. It was originally a gift, because I don’t have a lot of time in the morning and it’s convenient, but it’s more than just a smoothie maker now. It’s changed my life and my art. I just wanted to convey that in my album.

In fact, the second single we have planned is one about juice cleansing with smoothies from my Magic Bullet. Smoothies from Booster Juice just aren’t the same, you know? The company just doesn’t understand the artistry. It isn’t just a food. It’s an experience. A way of life. Art in its truest form.

There’s a lot of raw emotion in this album, I think. Just like the raw vegetables I try to sneak onto Lou’s plate. It’s a work in progress. Getting Lou to eat raw vegetables, I mean. Not the album. The album is done, I promise!” 

Tomlinson eating a hamburger in the middle of a concert that a fan threw on stage

The star has received a huge outpouring of support for his solo efforts from fans, industry names, and his loved ones alike, but Styles reveals it doesn’t extend to all corners of his life. 

“I’m in the process of trying to transition Lou and I into an all-raw vegan diet, but he isn’t interested, even when I’ve explained to him the benefits. He just says ‘Sure, love,’ and meets up with the boys to go get some MacDonald’s”.

Tomlinson and his recent collaboration partner Aoki playing a game of collab goals

Louis Tomlinson (25), Styles’ long-term partner of seven years is well known for his disdain of new-age healthy eating trends. Even his love and respect for his friend Steve Aoki (39) didn’t stop Tomlinson from expressing his distaste towards Aoki’s answer of “cold pressed green juices” as his favourite snack.

Styles added, “I’m really grateful for Steve. I think he could be a good influence on Louis’ eating habits. I just wish Lou would let him. I’m beginning to think Lou might be a lost cause. Every time I tell him he needs more green in his life, he just says I’m all the green he needs.

It’s really romantic, but I see him eat his Spaghetti-Os on toast while I’m eating my garden salad and I worry about his cholesterol, or that he might develop diabetes.”

Styles on the Breakfast Show on BBC’s Radio 1

So what can fans look forward to in the future from soloist Harry Styles?

“I can’t say much, but fans should keep an eye out for a companion book for the album. It’s just being finalized now. Let’s just say the book involves step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures, all of which I took. And food. Lots of food. I’ve been getting Lou to test out the instructions in the book to see if they’re easy enough to follow. I’m excited. I really wish I could tell you more but…

Okay. It’s a recipe book. It’s a recipe book with recipes I was thinking about when I was writing and recording the album. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and I hope everybody loves the recipes. I’ll be keeping an eye on social media to see how people make out with the dishes! So I hope the fans watch out for that in the near future!”

Needless to say the star’s solo debut will be massive, so stick around with the AAS for the next big story!

(Massive thanks to everybody in the AAS gc because, as usual, I couldn’t do this without y’all and this goes out to all of you lovely wonderful people. Credits to @organicstunts for nabbing me the pictures and to any of you guys whose quotes I put into the article. Enjoy! 😘❤️)

The Incredibles 2: Another Missed Opportunity by Pixar

If you haven’t heard, Pixar is apparently setting the Incredibles 2 right after the end of the first movie. This actually sounds like a mistake, because the Baby Boomers this movie appealed to when it came out… fucking christ, 13 years ago… those people are not the ones paying to go see this movie. Its their kids, who are now pushing 30 and have their own kids, both of whom will not be able to relate to the nuclear family dynamic portrayed in the incredible. Bob will be struggling to relive the “Good ol'days” when he had purpose, and Helen will still be a housewife with three kids who doesn’t work and is somehow able to afford a pretty nice house in the burbs. You know how many people that story is going to connect with? Basically no one going to see the movie. So here is my alternate pitch:

13 years after the end of the Incredibles, our story centers around Violet and Dash. Violet is the lead of our story, she’s now 27, living in a crappy apartment she can barely afford even with 2 roommates; working in the city for an Amazon-style online retailer after the brick and mortar retail store she worked at closed down, and she’s still not getting much use out of her Bio-Science degree. Violet goes super heroing in the evenings with her roommates and any other Supers who’ve come out of hiding (most of them are close to her age) and also on the weekends when she actually has a few spare minutes to herself, and while she loves it she just doesn’t have the time to put into it like her parents did. One night on patrol she comes across an armed robber who is able to spot her while invisible and push her away with a zero-point energy device. She tries to chase him down but is defeated by his gang all of whom sport similar weapons. That night she returns home, remembering her family’s battle with Syndrome more than a decade ago.

Meanwhile Dash is 19 and in college, but home for the summer with Helen, Bob, and Jack Jack who is now a super hormonal, but ultimately well meaning teenage boy, who we don’t see much of for the movie, as he actually has a pretty active social life outside the home. Dash was on the track team in college, but is on academic probation for failure to maintain good grades. Despite this setback Bob still treats him like the favorite kid because Jack is going out and heroing every chance he gets… but its pretty clear he has a lot of anxiety problems and is using hero work to literally run-away from his issues and impress his dad. He has a wide circle of new Supers he works with, but he wouldn’t really call any of them his friends.

Helen and Bob are still happily married, if a bit torn when it comes to their kids. Both Helen and Bob are overly critical of Violet, who Bob thinks is shirking her legacy, while Helen thinks she needs to find a boyfriend, and both occasionally say preachy/snide comments about how she isn’t doing anything with her degree or her powers, with Bob’s picking turning into outright rants about how her generation are lazy and entitled, and asking why she can’t be more like Dash, which gets on Helen’s nerves and the whole family (save Jack-Jack who had the good sense to leave early in the meal) get into a huge fight.

After the fight Violet leaves to walk around their old neighborhood only for Dash to catch up to here and the two have a nice talk about their mutual admiration for each-other and sharing their personal insecurities and their mutual desire to be their own heroes. At the same time we see Bob and Helen talking after the fight, Bob is still a little frustrated with his kids, but Helen pushes him to admit that he’s just projecting his fears onto them because they don’t know how much longer they can afford to keep their house. Linda is working as a secretary because that’s the only job a home-maker of 18 years could find, but its nowhere near enough to make up the difference. Bob isn’t super-heroing all that much anymore either, Super Strength or not, the years have not been kind. He’s visibly slower, stiffer, and his joints obviously hurt a lot from renewed hero work in his 40s. 

That night while the kids are away, a group sporting the same weapons Violet first encountered breaks into the Parr’s home and subdue’s Bob and Helen before Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack can stop them. The movie then follows the kids as they suit up to save their parents from what is revealed to be Syndrome’s old company. While their founder and chief inventor is long dead, the company itself has spent years using his inventions to become one of the most powerful conglomerates on the planet (think SpaceX and Tesla if the company was run by Peter Thiel instead of Elon Musk). The current CEO of the company reveals himself to be Syndrome’s chief investor, original business partner and only real friend. It turns out that our villain has realized that Syndrome’s inventions were all attempts to recreate superpowers for normal people, and he’s now collecting super heros to reverse engineer their powers, citing how the biggest loss his company took was with the destruction of the Omnidroids and all their data.

Violet, Jack-Jack and Dash all race to the company’s headquarters, and while their first encounter is initially a success, Not-Thiel gets the drop on them with a zero-point energy weapon and soon realizes that Jack-Jack is the most valuable super of the bunch, as the rest of the Parr family are left to watch in horror, Jack Jack is taken to be studied and Not-Thiel decides to transfer the boy’s powers over to him in a kind of super-hero transfusion. By the time the Parrs break out, Not-Thiel is basically Fontaine from Bioshock, and Jack-Jack is left drained and near death. The family is only able to defeat Not-Thiel after a wave of new heroes join the fight, having been called earlier by Violet during their escape. Thiel is ultimately brought down, the evil corporation is exposed, and its assets are seized by the MiB/SHIELD organization we saw in the first movie. We close with Jack Jack having lost his powers, but using Syndrome’s old gear, he is able to return to hero-duty as an Iron-Man type tech based hero. Violet returns to work having demonstrated her capabilities as a leader and uses her new found sense of agency to get a promotion. Dash has a heart to heart with his dad and steps away from hero work while in college. And Bob and Linda are able to buy a new home after a sizable settlement from Bob’s old insurance company, having retired from hero work to, with a end-credits tease, join the SHIELD agency to find and train new Supers.

anonymous asked:

Canon: Allura is older than Voltron. She's been flying a castle for half her life. Antis: Can you believe Allura is 12?!?!?!

i chatted with a friend about it for a bit last night, and its almost like trolling at this point. Cannon points to Allura being at least 20 or so, but that all goes to trash when it comes to sources outside the show. Its not just her maturity. Even for someone in their twenties, Allura is VERY mature and very self-aware and prepared to take on a measure of responsibility people in their 40s and 50s wouldnt be able to bear. 

From s1 on i always got the impression Allura was considered an adult because of the way Coran interacted with her, the way she and Shiro are always on the same page (which was brought up specifically whn Pidge called her the decision maker.) The fact that she stepped out her pod fully prepared to fly a freaking weapon of mass destruction, her memories of her father spanned at least two decades, Alfor went from looking late 20s/early 30s to his 50s as Allura aged. 

Then S3 happened and Allura is old enough to have been flying for half her life, and at least two decades have past since Allura’s birth which was the last time Alfor saw Honerva. 

So again, if im going to enjoy this show im not going to be able to do so if i have to rely on the creators saying something they should be able to SHOW IN CANON. As of now we have more than enough evidence to support Allura being a young Adult in her early 20s. IF anties still want to sling their self-righteous garbage than they better be ready to take all Allura ships off the table since we have no reason to believe the paladins are aging at a rate different from other human beings. If Allura being 16/17 took over two decades to happen, then ALL of the paladin ahips will be problematic ships. 

im over reading dumb shit like Allura sniffing her sleave means shes 16 and not just checking to see if her clothes stink or not. like shut up, do you hear yourself???

anonymous asked:

Sorry to bother you with anon, but I have a question: do you have any advice about making your own chipsets/charsets/facesets using only a mouse? And what program would you recommend? I'm planning to make a two games in RPG2k3 and RPG VX Ace Lite and I'm kinda new to pixel art, and my tablet broke.

yeah: don’t worry about your table breaking because you don’t need to use a tablet in the first place, unless you’re drawing something big.  Tablets work best when they move across the canvas, not when they quickly dot it.   Your mouse is king in pixel art. And a mouse is better in pixel art than a track pad, so you got a leg up on me too.  :p

First, let me set you up with some basic links:

2003

VX Ace

And now, some tips:

  • Drawing out a sketch of how you want your map to look on Graph paper so you know what you need to create for it.  It helps because if you start out just goofing around, you might create too little stuff to put into your chipset.
  • Whenever I get partway through a map, I like to make mock screenshots to figure out if this is how I want my map to look, like so:

It helps me figure out if the tiles I made go together or not, or whether or not my tileset needs a more varied color pallet to match my sprites, or if the grass is too bright, etc. 

  • I like to make things in Black & White first so I can get a better grasp on value.  Colors that have the same value as each other blend into each other, hiding any detail you might of had with them.
  • Zoom out from time to time.  You want to make sure your sprite looks just as good at normal resolution as it does up close.
  • The order for character sprites is walking/facing North, then East,  then South, then West.  So you know, Never Eat Soggy Waffles/Never Ever Smoke Weed or what have you.
  • Uhhh I had a mapping ask I answered earlier this year that had a few tips
  • You get a character to bounce up and down when they walk by moving them one pixel up or down, like so:

nice & neat

  • For smaller character sprites, I made myself a grid with little markers (feet go on the light blue - i gotta move the beekeeper down) so everyone walks on the same plane (and no one’s a pixel off).  

And If your face sets are looking left or right, just have them all face the same way.

Here are some of my favorite tutorials:

Ok, hope this helps. c:

Edit: AHHHHHH I FORGOT TO MENTION PROGRAMS 

Well I use photoshop elements because I’ve had it installed in my computer for the past 7 years and I’m too lazy to find another program that works on mac :v (make sure to take anti-alias off when you use the fill bucket ok kids).

Most artist recommend getting a program that has layering capabilities (very useful when animating) and something that doesn’t have too many features to it.  The most recommended tend to be, Aseprite, GrafX2, GraphicsGale, & GraphicsGale, and you can find more here (along with links to the ones I just mentioned!).

Chocolate

This one shot is dedicated to @ottottatertots I hope you enjoy!

He hated chocolate. Despised it. He hated its texture, the smell, the taste, the horrible varieties it came in and just the even sight of it. And yet, here he was for the third week in a row at the same damn chocolate store because the chocolatier who owned the place managed to somehow steal his heart.

 Oh but she would never know that. Never. He’d rather eat the Mavis forsaken brown lump of candy than admit that. No, he was content with just admiring her from afar and wasting his money buying the useless bar of confection.

 It wasn’t that the adorable blue-haired candy maker made disgusting candy, she was well known and the shop was always busy, people from all over came to enjoy her chocolaty treats, he just didn’t particularly care for the stuff; he was convinced iron would taste better. But here he was in line to pay for the damn thing.

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