Well, this is a weird twist in the “trans military ban” story - Trump never actually discussed anything with the Department of Defense or issued any kind of formal order. He just impulse-tweeted that trans people were banned. So for the moment, there’s no actual policy change and trans people are still allowed, with trans healthcare still covered by military plans.
I don’t know if this situation will last for long, but it’s a reminder of just how incompetent and unprofessional our would-be dictator is.He declared a major and extremely unpopular military policy change on Twitter, with no planning or consultation with the DoD at all, lied about discussing it with generals, and then he never actually put in the order.
I’m disgusted with events that took place over the last 12 hours or so on Twitter, and I’m even more disgusted that this is a thing that happens repetitiously. So, here is a list of basic etiquette for meeting DnP in public. Honestly all of this is common sense, but apparently some people need to be reminded of it:
(Once you have read this, you have absolutely no excuses for your actions should you ever meet them (not that you had any excuses to begin with) and shall have 100% responsibility for your actions.)
(Also, these rules apply to any stars/celebrities/humans in general that you may encounter and apply in any location or scenario.)
DON’T take videos or photos of them without their consent, full stop. It’s a breach of their privacy, which goes against their fundamental human rights and is therefore illegal in almost all countries around the world, countries like Australia and the UK included…
…and if you do, DO delete it/them, especially if they ask you to. Again, it’s illegal and just morally wrong to take/keep/post non-consensual footage of them.
DON’T follow them or stalk them. It’s common sense and is for the same reasons as I listed above (it’s illegal), so if I get anyone questioning why, I will be really disgusted and disappointed.
DO go to meetups if you want selfies and if you want to meet them. The very reason meetups exist is so that you can meet your favourite stars in a consensual and relaxed environment, so take advantage of that rather than springing a trap on them outside of said consensual environments.
DO remember that DnP are no more or less human than us. I’ve seen people using the argument that they’re celebrities and that they should expect to be followed and whatnot, but they have the right to privacy as much as any of us and can feel frustration as much as any of us, so treat them like you’d treat any normal member of the public.
DO remember to distinguish between running into them coincidentally and deliberately tracking or following them. Running into them coincidentally is something you didn’t expect or intend to happen, therefore not your fault. Following or tracking them is 100% a conscious action so you are expect to take full responsibility for whatever may happen.
DON’T use “Oh but it’s a public area” as an excuse for following them. I’ve seen and argued with so many people who have used that excuse, but it doesn’t make following them any less morally or legally corrupt. Just because it may be deemed a public area doesn’t mean they’re always willing to interact with any people in it in a public manner. They are in public for the sake of sorting out shit for their own personal lives, it’s not an automatic invitation for anyone and everyone to follow them. Besides, Dan specifically said in a liveshow not to follow them in airports, so listen to them when they say that and assume the same request applies for any other public area.
DON’T think that they’re okay with being followed just because they offer to take selfies or whatever or because they don’t call you out on following them. I do wish DnP had more backbone regarding this, but the only reason they may agree to interacting with you is because they’re very selfless men who put their viewers wants (wants, not needs, because meeting them is not a necessity in life) before their own, however that doesn’t mean they’re comfortable doing it. Don’t take advantage of that selflessness.
DON’T remain under the impression that they live to serve us. They are under no obligation to do anything for us, not even on the internet, and it’s only because they’re good and admittedly-over-generous people that they do so in the first place. Just because they’re entertainers online sometimes doesn’t mean they’re idols to be objectified and dehumanised all the time, everywhere. They have their own lives and personal needs, exactly the same as we do.
DON’T be surprised if you receive backlash for doing things like what those people did today, you deserve every nasty tweet, post and DM you receive (unless you receive death threats or anything like that, which is never okay).
DON’T feel you have the right to defend yourself if you receive backlash, because you honestly don’t.
One final thought: you ever think about why celebrities imply or say that they want to live a ‘normal’ life? It’s because of stalkers and followers like the ones today, people who completely dehumanise them and put them on a pedestal where they’re expected to stay and be leered at 24/7. It’s not fair to enforce this on fellow human beings, especially with human beings as gracious and patient with us as DnP are. You don’t deserve to be called a ‘fan’ if you can’t love and value and respect them properly.
So at first I just wanted to draw Gen in a waistcoat… and then I wondered ‘who is he looking at like that?’ and then of course it turns out he’s at some fancy BDSM party and he never thought he’d see Sephiroth there but lo and behold, it’s the man in the flesh, and he doesn’t look too pleased at being found out by his colleague. Or maybe Genesis sent him an invite, thinking he’d never come, and thus he’s pleasantly surprised?
What is the difference between watashi, boku and ore?
Unlike “I” in English, there are a lot of way to say it in Japanese.
The problem is that different words emit a different nuance so some word might not be appropriate to be used in
some situation. Therefore it will help a lot to know the proper way to use each
Watashi – is the first pronoun you will be learning in any book and can be safely used in any kind of situations. It’s quite formal, but there is another word that have higher formality such as watakushi . There are also other alternate form such as atashi which have a more feminine nuance and therefore only used by girls, woman or by man who willingly use it to be feminine.
Boku – commonly used by little boys with family members or friends. Have a bit of childish/pure nuance.
Ore – used by men and have a nuance where you put yourself higher than
others. It’s considered rude to be used in normal situation. But it’s
very normal for grown up boys / man to use it among friends. They seen
it to have somewhat “manly/cool” nuance.
Requested (a very long time ago – sorry about that).
This has absolutely nothing to do with sex or gender. Masculinity and femininity are simply energies in astrology; masculinity is more or less extroversion and femininity is more or less introversion. Fire & air signs are masculine and water & earth are feminine, but your sun sign doesn’t determine this alone.
Note: this isn’t supposed to be some kind of formally informational post, so if it’s not completely accurate, it’s because it wasn’t meant to be. I’m just trying to illustrate the difference between the energies.
Masculine Aries: likes to show off, does things to get a rise out of people, wants a lot of attention, wants to be admired & perceived as strong or brave, very independent, confident, perhaps cocky, argumentative, energetic, usually optimistic, impulsive, adventurous, competitive, must get their way or they turn into toddlers, can be overbearing, want to make people laugh but sometimes go about it the wrong way and it ends up at someone else’s expense. Feminine Aries: very high expectations for themselves, can beat themselves up over their failures & shortcomings, extremely independent, passionate, often creative, wants to be perceived as capable, can be narrow-minded because they get so determined, usually really funny, can be bullies because they internalize their energy and it turns to aggression without any other outlet, probably good at sports even if they don’t like them.
Feminine Taurus: can be extremely lazy, prone to self-indulgence, likes to have their own space and to be on their own, may need reassurance from time to time, has trouble motivating, does things at their own pace, stubborn, supportive, very loyal, clingy, envious, likes to share things they like with the people who are close to them (not necessarily possessions, mostly interests). Masculine Taurus: likes to work in groups, relatively cooperative as long as they aren’t being disrespected, even more stubborn than a regular Taurus, can be arrogant, likes to socialize and to be included in things, may have a very tight clique that they prefer not to let too many people into, probably doesn’t have very many real hobbies but can be very creative.
Masculine Gemini: very talkative, likes to share ideas, has many friends but maybe one close one, can’t comprehend emotions, amazingly funny because they’re so witty and quick, can be extremely manipulative, jokes about everything and can be painfully inappropriate because of it, get bored super easily, often pretty optimistic people, change their mind at the drop of a pin. Feminine Gemini: has a trillion hobbies, friendly but picky about who they hang out with, love reading more than life itself, energetic but they suppress their enthusiasm most of the time, concerned about how they come across, rarely know themselves so they’re frequently confused and can’t maintain healthy relationships very well, giggly, likely love memes, funny, can be timid.
Feminine Cancer: super sensitive, moody, compassionate, manipulative, usually homebodies, creative, need lots of reassurance, can be brooding, some of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, like to help, like to take charge and guide others (especially younger siblings/peers), can be pushy or bossy if they’re comfortable with you, extremely shy with strangers, have trouble opening up because they need to be proven that you’re a safe place. Masculine Cancer: overbearing & domineering, clingy, goofy, enthusiastic, talk about wanting to have kids or own (more?) pets a lot, loses their shit when someone’s mean to someone they care about, nurturing in a leader kind of way, very creative, like to read, easily annoyed, easily hurt and may have a bad habit of calling people out, can be intolerant, extremely supportive.
Masculine Leo: remarkably energetic, full of enthusiasm, hilarious, bubbly, creative, usually loyal, maintain a positive outlook, can be vain, can be either very generous or very selfish, need validation, need attention, like to be in charge even though they may not know how to lead, want to be independent but also want a lot of friends, always need something to do and somewhere to go or they get annoyed, want to be entertained and to entertain. Feminine Leo: insecure, can be self-depreciating (especially when joking), attention-seeking, generous, friendly, independent, may feel lonely a lot, very passionate, extremely sensitive, easily offended, can be argumentative, infatuated with the idea of being famous, maybe want to be performers but likely have stage fright, may not understand themselves, need to be reassured that they are loved and admired, want to be romanticized.
Feminine Virgo: inquisitive, insecure, don’t understand emotions and prefer to ignore them all, give up easily, mentally organized, refuse to open up, full of fear and worry, usually can’t stand up for themselves, nit-picky, critical, quiet, bookish, knowledgeable, care about being educated, care too much about their appearance, might have a warped idea of what health is because their perception of themselves depends on others’ opinions, linguistically creative, do lots of favors for the people they care about, need to be appreciated. Masculine Virgo: extremely critical, neat, can be intolerant, considerate, can be bullies, can be unfriendly but usually polite, articulate, can think mechanically, have a hard time relating to other people, can be huge hypocrites, want to be understood, love to give and receive compliments, enjoy the sun, probably like to cook, usually consistent, careful, calculating, quick learners, love to learn, like to feel intellectually superior, down-to-earth, sarcastic and dry sense of humor, sassy.
Masculine Libra: charming, flirtatious, playful, apologize a lot, elegant, have a great appreciation for art, can be pretentious, always diffusing arguments whether they’re theirs or not, considerate, diplomatic, sassy, try not to say controversial things, can be extremely superficial, hate discord, don’t have very many strong feelings, don’t understand any emotions other than compassion and lust, infatuated with romance, idealistic, care about justice. Feminine Libra: probably follow politics closely, educated, cultured, dainty, polite, kind, thoughtful, sweet, can be manipulative, can be two-faced, quick to compromise, can be huge pushovers, put others before themselves, can be hypocritical, need close friendships, hopeless romantic, cry a lot, feel lonely a lot, frequently ask for advice and external opinions, creative, have refined tastes, want everything to be beautiful, easily disappointed, hopeful.
Feminine Scorpio: extremely secretive, calculating, manipulative, independent, want to be in control, dislike the spotlight, suspicious, feels betrayed at the smallest things, internalizes their feelings, very compassionate, understanding, know how to handle people, sensitive, have lots of dark thoughts, loners, feel unsafe a lot, easily offended, passionate, ambitious, can have tunnel vision, need intimacy, need emotional feedback. Masculine Scorpio: private, distrustful, vengeful, super funny, domineering, love animals, friendly but need a lot of alone time, can be explosive, have very strong opinions and may start drama wherever they go because of it, voice their mind whenever they want, can be headstrong, love dark comedy (they basically embody it), artistic, intrusive, can be hypocritical.
Masculine Sagittarius: huge show-off, energetic, enthusiastic, joke around a lot, full of wanderlust, experimental, adventurous, reckless, can be insensitive, usually blunt, don’t like to beat around the bush, love to explore, do things on a whim, can be hypocritical, can be bigoted, always want to be right, try to be open-minded, not often the judgmental type, scared of commitment (not only to a person but to ideas or lifestyles as well), desire freedom & knowledge. Feminine Sagittarius:very independent, love to learn by reading or watching rather than doing, either extremely silly or extremely sarcastic (maybe both), make fun of everything, can be bullies, usually very intelligent and educated, cultured, impulsive but ironically not very reckless, may have a lot of fears, may feel trapped & restless a lot, have huge imaginations, high libido.
Feminine Capricorn: hardworking, ambitious, rarely ask for help, independent, have a very dry sense of humor, want to be seen as competent and to achieve power, driven, often pretty confident in their own abilities, very concerned with taking care of themselves, can’t express emotions, find intimacy difficult and vulnerability even harder, seldom open up, likely don’t trust anybody, feel wounded a lot but never let themselves be victimized. Masculine Capricorn: conceited, sarcastic, often the “leader” of a project or group (and extremely good at it), incredibly intelligent, share their opinions in articulate ways, usually constructive individuals, can be controlling, may feel frustrated a lot, have impeccable self-control, know what they want and how to get it, probably look wealthier & more successful than they are, strong-willed, definitely somebody’s “rock,” steady, trustworthy, reliable, relentless.
Masculine Aquarius: rebellious, inventive, like to push people’s buttons, social but reserved, flirtatious, very funny, imaginative, good-willed, have good intentions, try to be kind, can be idealistic, highly intelligent, have strong opinions, like to debate, like to come up with ideas, have trouble asking for help, hate feeling vulnerable, need lots of alone time, can be arrogant, can be very egotistical, dislike to admit when they’re wrong. Feminine Aquarius: very creative, tend to isolate themselves, have a dry but hilarious sense of humor, can be very idealistic, can have trouble expressing their emotions, love to laugh, either very adventurous or a homebody, logical thinkers, may feel trapped within themselves, may feel like they’re observers of everyone else’s life (and possibly their own), like to be included, probably like to read or write, either have trouble trusting or trust too easily, may not put much faith in other people.
Feminine Pisces: very shy, can be timid, need reassurance, need to be appreciated, often too compassionate for their own good, sensitive, emotional, spend a lot of time daydreaming or thinking deeply, need space, need to feel safe before they can express themselves, have lots of needs, can be manipulative, tend to victimize themselves, feel responsible for the well-being of other people, creative, imaginative, often artistic, love animals, gentle. Masculine Pisces: have many friends (because people adore them) but they may not feel particularly close to many of them, feel like they’re not a part of this world, often feel like they’re not achieving their full potential, wishful thinkers, can be either extremely pessimistic or optimistic, may be interested in more outgoing forms of art like acting but likely too shy or insecure to pursue them, funny as hell, probably cry a lot, big-hearted, poetic.
here are some very very colloquial German terms for you which are mainly used in spoken German (by younger people)
NEVER use those in any kind of formal text
auf etw. Bock haben: da hätt´ich richtig Bock drauf - “I really wanna do this”
jmd. abziehen: Er hat mir beim Katenspielen so viel Geld abgezogen - sth like to win sth from sb. in this example it implies that you lost a lot of money to sb. in the card game
jmd. herunterziehen: seine schlechte Laune hat mich voll runtergezogen - to drag sb. down/ to get into a bad mood because of sb.
jmd. abfucken: er hat mich komplett abgefuckt - to fuck sb. up
etw. verkacken: ich hab den Mathetest verkackt - to screw sth. up
reinscheißen: jetzt scheiß mal nicht rein ! - to completely overdramatise/exaggerate sth.: “Gosh, stop exaggerating”
rumspacken: mein Handy spackt rum - to not work/function properly (often concering phones, laptops etc.)
rummucken: jetzt hör auf rumzumucken ! - getting onto someone´s nerves because they are expressing their opinion over and over again “Stop annoying me !”
labern: laber mal nicht ! - to tell sb complete bullshit “Oh as if, stop telling me bullshit”
etw. mega finden: das ist mega - to think of sth. as really awesome/amazing
der Spasst/Spassti, die Spassten - lit.someone who has spasms basically means idiot/dumbass/jerk
der 31er (”Einunddreißiger”)/die 31er - a traitor
der Assi/die Assis - comes from the word der Asoziale (someone who is asocial) describes people who walk around in sweatpants all day, behave unfriendly and are from the lower class and also adults which do not work
der (Voll-)Pfosten/die (Voll-)Pfosten - people who are really dump and do not notice obvious things
**please keep in mind that colloquial phrases can really differ depending on the region you live in,those are some from the north of Germany
Picture the ship’s universal translator going offline one day, and the team realizing that Allura and Coran have been speaking Altean the entire time (of course).
1. The accents are the translator’s way of expressing different dialects. Allura uses a kind of formal speech unique to the ruling class, whereas Coran tends to speak in a more playful, friendly dialect, commonly used between friends and within the serving class. So the paladins are kinda’ hearing Allura and Coran’s voices for the first time (and vice versa). Everyone’s freaking out like, “THAT’S WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE???”
2. Pidge is the only one who can bridge the language gap (sort of). Since the translator would automatically change a lot of Earth words, the paladins spend some time sharing English, Spanish, and Japanese expressions with Coran and Allura. Allura and Coran teach the paladins some phrases that the translator butchered as well.
3. Keith realizes he’s fallen into speaking Japanese a lot on the ship. He hadn’t noticed before because the translators would conform it to English when he was around the other paladins, and the universal tongue everywhere else. Keith spends the day flipping back and forth between languages, becoming more and more confused and frustrated until he’s reduced to yelling random phrases at his friends.
4. Lance thinks he’s safe from this problem. He starts teasing Keith about it, only to realize that he’s speaking in Spanish.
5. Hunk and Lance rediscover the wonders of gossiping in front of their friends, since they’re the only Spanish-speakers onboard. Shiro and Keith counter by flirting with each other in Japanese (their conversations start as playful teasing, but snowball until they’re revealing all this personal shit to each other. Now they’re both wandering the castle blushing like idiots, completely at a loss as to what to do. Pidge has a hand-shaped mark on her face from face-palming so hard).
A brief lesson on media decoding for the Check Please! Fandom
Semiotics is the study of signs/symbols and their use/interpretation. It’s basically how is meaning is created and expressed. Stuart Hall, notably, had a preferred reading theory.
There’s encoding and decoding in all media. The content creator (an artist, journalist, etc) makes a piece with an intended meaning. They encode a message into their work. It’s the job of the audience to take that piece and decode its meaning.
Now, it’s not often that straight forward. It’s not just like you have an audio jack straight from the brain of the creator into your mind so you can download their exact intended message. You have things like ethnic, racial, regional and religious backgrounds. You have how old you are, the generation you were raised in, and the kind of education (formal or otherwise) that you’ve received. Whether you’re nuerotypical or allisitic sometimes comes into play. What privileges, or lack thereof, and experiences you carry with you heavily impact how you interpret media. And even when a creator comes out and says “this is exactly the lens through which I want you to see this piece,” that can still be ignored or disregarded.
Hall broke down how an audience decodes meaning into three major categories:
Dominant reading- you’ve hit the nail on the head. This is exactly how the creator intended you to consume this media. You figured out the message and have accepted it as such.
Negotiated reading - you’ve taken the message, and there are parts of it that you accept. You’re negotiating your bias with how much you believe that the intended message is indeed the message. Perhaps you see how it could be interpreted differently, but you’ve chosen to accept your interpretation as THE message.
Oppositional reading - you’ve basically rejected the entire message in favor of something more aligned with your beliefs. This is like when global warning deniers refuse to look at facts and figures because they’ve been conditioned to believe that “the science is still inconclusive”. (just one example, more on this later)
Typically, the way people read media messages is more on a spectrum. So I’ll be using qualifying terms such as “more”, “less”, “closer to” and “further from” in order to describe placement on this spectrum.
Summary: You’ve just begun to settle into life as an Avenger when a mission gone awry divides the team in half, and a familiar face shows up just in time to make you second guess your every choice. Third installment of the Worth Fighting For Series
You sat between Steve and Sam, staring straight ahead as the funeral proceeded. It was a long, arduous affair, but well deserved. Ahead, you could see the arrangement of flowers surrounding a photo of Peggy- taken before the end of the second world war. She was beautiful, young, and you couldn’t help but wonder when her hair had started to turn grey.
After losing Bucky, and then Steve, it felt like the world was coming down around you. Buildings began to decay, countries formed and reformed. People had children or they died; Peggy’s hair turned grey, Howard got married. Dugan and Jones and Morita- the Howling Commandos- most of them were killed or retired to live out the rest of their lives as civilians. They were all gone, now, and Peggy was the last of them. It was just you, Steve and Bucky now.
That is, if Bucky was still alive.
Please tell Rogers: when you gotta go, you gotta go.
This one is a little messy, and is made in mind for the fellow pluviophile who loves a good rainstorm. Get ready to turn into a five-year old, you’re going puddle-jumping.
Indy’s When It Rains It Pours Spell For A Better Perspective
What You will Need:
A good rainstorm
A change of dry clothes
Your best puddle-stomping boots or shoes
How this works: I am dead serious about my puddle-jumping. In fact, I swear it should be an Olympic sport. Here’s how you puddle-jump.
Go outside during a seriously awesome rainstorm, find a puddle that will produce a good amount of splash. Pretend you’re five years old and it is literally the Loch Ness of puddles you have ever seen and you’re going to jump into it because it is the best idea you have ever had in your whole life. Get a running start and JUMP. Jump like your life depends on it!
This is another good-humor spell. If you need a laugh, dance around in that puddle like it’s a brightly lit stage and you’re a majestic water-bender. If you’re having the seriously worst day and everyone is just pissing you off, imagine you’re jumping on their face and do an angry rave-stomping frenzy on that puddle to get out some of the pent-up aggression you might have.
You might be too busy leaping around to think of an incantation for the moment, but if you are the type for some kind of formality, you can approach the puddle and think/say something like:
“I come to you vessel of water,
Teach me how to play,
I leap into your unknown depths,
To forget any woes of the day.”
Obviously once you are done, you can switch out your now awesomely-drenched outfit for a warm, cozy one and take some time to warm up and snuggle with a good book or a movie.
Why I chose my components:
What in the world does jumping around like a fool in a puddle of rainwater have to do with perspective? I’ve noticed that sometimes, we get so caught up in what we should do, what others want us to do, what we want to do, etc, etc. that we forget ourselves sometimes. Life gets so confusing that we don’t know which way is up, which way is down, and which way is the way we’re supposed to go. This is another one of those “Throw Caution To The Wind” kind of casual spells that can be used before or during a hectic moment in your life, be it that you’re getting calls left and right from your metaphysical friends or that you’re getting pulled in several directions at once from people on the physical plane. Whenever you get confused, angry, or just want to lighten up a little bit, go jump in a puddle.
It seems silly, but I’m once again weaving in a little of my personal experience here.
Some of my favorite times as a kid was running outside like the heavens had just ripped open and the world was on fire when in reality it was just a passing storm. My childhood self literally had no fucks to give, it was raining and I was going to go out, get soaked, and have fun in it, by thunder! Even as I got older, I still run outside and jump in puddles like a fool because it makes me feel better and it reminds me that sometimes, you just have to indulge yourself. You have to remind yourself that a storm (metaphorical or otherwise) can be something that keeps you inside, or it can be something that makes you run outside and turn it into something that makes even the metaphysical realms look down at you and say “Well damn, that’s one way to handle a storm.”
Everyone talks about how dancing in the rain is a romantic term for being positive. This really isn’t about being positive so much as, in a somewhat magical way, saying “Fuck it!” and doing something so ridiculous you end up grounding yourself and saying “Alright, that wasn’t so bad”.
Even if you don’t end up feeling better after running around outside, once you switch out of your wet clothes and put on some more comfy ones, you’ll probably feel at least a bit better by doing that alone.