Samurai Jack (2017) || Ep. 10 (Series Finale): The Samurai ↳ “Long ago, in a distant land, I, Aku, The Shapeshifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish samurai warrior, wielding a magic sword, stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I throw open a portal in time, and plunged him into the future, where my evil is law! Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is…. Aku.”
I love how they come in on reindeer and not horses.On a Celtic magic trail. I can only imagine Jack wondering who are all these powerful red-headed women coming to help him because he sure don’t remember saving this many.
As you all know by now, we raised a truly mind-boggling $32,002.85 in the auction. But Part II of the awesomeness of this auction – all of your amazing fanworks and fan labor – is just getting started. This post has a couple of quick tips for sharing the fanworks you have made for the auction, and for finding those made by other fans.
1) Creators: If you are posting to tumblr about a fanwork that you have created for the auction, please @-mention us! Starting today (2/8) we are reblogging them to the @fandomtrumpshateofferings blog.
2) Recipients: if your creator doesn’t give a shoutout to FTH when they post, we encourage you to reblog your commission and mention us! You helped bring that work into being, too.
3) Fan labor recipients: If your finished fic (or art or podfic or whatever) has benefited from the skills of another fan whom you bid on in the auction, we would like to include it in our collection! Please let us know (via @-mention) when you post it to tumblr, and please do add it to the AO3 collection as well.
4) Everybody: Pursuant to #1, if you are interested in learning about these fanworks as they are posted, follow the @fandomtrumpshateofferings blog!
and one last thing…
5) Everybody: And if you are interested in getting updates about concrete political actions you can take, check out @fandomtrumpshateaction. We will be posting roughly 5-10 times a week, and will be mixing in informational updates and general encouragements along with specific actions.
Magic the Gathering: Determining Card Conditions and Price Discounts
Hiya, this is a prelude to BGS Grading, and serves as a
general overview of basic card conditions to help refresh or educate players
unfamiliar to the terminology. This way, when we get into the matter of hard
case grading, you’ll have a general understanding of how things work.
For clarity’s sake,
this post is strictly about US card conditions. European condition grading is
fairly different, and that is unfortunately not being covered today.
If you know all about your card conditions, feel free to
move along and good-naturedly wait on the main article, if you could. But, if
you can’t tell apart your Slightly Played from Moderately, this may be a good
Most local stores (and a few online vendors) like to lump both of these
together, but really, it’s just their way of accepting that it’s hard to keep
cards mint in a case when they get picked up and put back all the time by customers.
A Near Mint card is exactly what it says, it’s almost in perfect condition, but
if you look really closely, you might notice a couple tiny scratches on the
surface, the tiniest measures of edgewear, or a wee nick or two, but otherwise,
it looks pack fresh for most. Really, NM/M differences should be measured when
foils are involved, or for hard case grading. For the majority of players, this
should not be a major concern.
Played: At SP, we start to see a lot of notable effects of card wear.
Slightly played cards can have noticeable edgewear, corner wear, several
distinguishable nicks, and discernable scratching. Most importantly, if you ever plan on getting a card
signed, the condition of said card can automatically go straight from NM to SP.
Think twice before getting that dual land signed if you care about the value of
your card. There’s also clouding damage for foils, but that’s something I
haven’t encountered very often. Typically, many newer cards fall in between
NM-SP, and are what players normally look for in a card. But, if you enjoy just
playing with your cards and need something sleeve playable, MP is what you’re
Now, MP cards can have more serious cases of border wear, where the cardboard could
be flaking, but more importantly, you’ll start to notice things like minor
shuffle creases, water damage, binder damage, even dirt that’s dried onto the
card. There could even be a case a slight inking to keep the border looking
fresh, and YES, putting sharpie on your card, even for restoration purpose, is
for all intents damage to the original product. If you own a card that manages
to touch on all of these issues, it’s not MP anymore, but more likely HP.
At this point, an HP card basically touches over all of the previous issues,
only at an even worse stage. Major wear to the point of corner erosion, actual tearing,
drenched cards, poorly done inking, so much dirt on the card that you can feel
in even when sleeved, at this point, the card may not even see legal play. If
buying an HP card, take extra caution on what you’re about to pick up, as there
may not be any resale value. HP cards are meant to be played with, or collected
if condition does nto bother you.
Damaged: A card
that is so horrifically damaged that it will never see any play in any event,
so clearly you just bought it for novelty value or just didn’t take very good
care of it. I have done both.
You might say, “Gosh Mr. Phyrexian, I don’t care whether or
not my card was in a blender or not, I just want something sleeve playable!”
Important thing to note, nobody’s perfect, and there will be
some cases where an LGS employee may end up misgrading something. Maybe they’ll
price that Chalice of the Void you wanted at NM when really it was SP. Or vice
versa. Being able to catch these small details can save you quite a bit of
cash in the long run, and if you’re a broke university kid like me, those savings
stack up fast.
Even in trading, knowing the condition of a card is
generally the best way to determine whether or not a deal is actually fair for
If you ever want to buy a card from a store, or trade from somebody, here are some general price points when dealing with various conditions:
At NM-M, there is typically no change in price. But, if said
card is of significant value/reserve list, and it looks to be in genuine Mint
condition, expect to pay a heavy premium on it. Lots of people like to get Mint
level cards graded, and this is something that we’ll go over in the BGS
At SP, anticipate a 10% decrease in price.
At MP, the decrease should be 25%.
At HP and beyond, everything should automatically be tracked
with an averaged 50% discount or more. At this point, the discount should be
decided by the person more experienced in grading. These discount rules
typically apply to any card, even if it’s Unlimited Power. No premium on Earth
will help prevent the price hit from bad card conditions.
And remember one last thing, everybody has a different
standard when grading card conditions. The best thing to do when negotiating a
deal should be firstly to decide what pricing median to use, and secondly,
whose card conditions make more sense.
and imagery are available at TCGplayer, StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, and Magic
Card Market. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and as usual, I hope
you can take away something from this!
Someday, maybe this will gain more attention than my
A/N: Hi guys!! I’m sorry this took a while to post but I hope you like it, anon!! I also hoped it was like your dream? Haha I know it won’t be the same but yeah, I hope it’s what you wanted. I kinda had fun writing this😊Anyways, enjoy!!
Request: Oh I had a funny dream and I thought I’d make a request for it :) You are an Agent (like Maria Hill) and also Natasha’s best friend. One time all the Avengers make a small Party and you’re invited too. Later that evening you end up having a karaoke contest and you get paired with Bucky for a Duo. It’s a funny evening and later you fall asleep on their Couch when Buck Plays with your hair and he decides to sleep with you on the Sofa after everyone left :) Idk if you like it :)
“Hey, Y/N, are you just going to continue
staring or are you going to pick out an outfit?” Nat asked as she laid on your
bed, scrolling through her phone as she glanced up at you staring at your
clothes in the closet, a frown on your face.
“Is a dress too much or should I just wear
jeans?” You asked as you turned to look at your best friend.
“Just wear whatever you’re comfortable
with, it’s just the team anyways.” Nat sat up, shrugging.
You sighed. “I don’t even know why you
invited me, I’m not even part of the team. I’m just a normal agent.”
“But you’re my best friend, I would never
leave you out for these kind of things,” Nat said, putting her phone down. “Besides,
everyone loves you, especially a certain someone.”
You rolled your eyes as you put the dress
back, grabbing a shirt to go with your jeans. “Ha ha, you’re hilarious, Nat.”
“Admit it, you want to see him too.” Nat
smirked as you gave her a look and took off the shirt and shorts you were
wearing now to put on the outfit you picked out.
Things your esthetician/stylist wishes they could tell you...
I’ve worked in a few different salons. I have fond memories of working with strong women, harsh chemicals, and tedious tasks. Don’t get me wrong here- the people working on your hands, feet, faces, hair and body parts LOVE THEIR WORK- but there are a few things that you should know, that will make their lives a little bit easier. Now that I’m not working in the industry, I have nothing to lose by writing, and sharing this with you. I hope that my former coworkers, some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known, will benefit from it.
1.) PREBOOK YOUR APPOINTMENTS If you have a positive experience and like the person who does your service- book your next appointment with her before you leave the salon/spa. I cannot stress this enough. Many of the shifts in the salon industry are given based on appointments booked- so if this awesome stylist/esthetician that you just had doesn’t have pre-booked appointments- she also might not have work. I know you’re busy- and you don’t know what your schedule is going to look like in the next few weeks/months… but by prebooking (you can always change your appointment later) you could be ensuring that your esthetician has a job. Even the greatest, most experienced salon professionals depend on their repeat clients. Plus- you’ll only be able to blame yourself if you don’t pre-book and suddenly you can’t get your christmas-tree nail art done on Christmas eve because the ONLY girl who does nail art is totally booked. BE THE REPEAT GUEST!
2.) SHOW UP If you make an appointment- show up for it. If you can’t make it- call to cancel. Often times, if you don’t show for a 2 hour hair appointment, it means that your stylist loses 2 hours of pay. If you call to cancel, your stylist will likely be able to find someone else to take your spot, and not lose money. I would hate to think that my actions directly impacted someone’s ability to pay their rent, but when you don’t come to your appointment, and you don’t give heads up, that’s exactly what can happen. Not to mention, if you make a habit of it, you could get blacklisted and not be able to get your favorite person to work on you next time.
3.) DON’T EXPECT MIRACLES These people WILL do their best. You are literally a walking advertisement for these professionals. So, when you ask for something, they will do everything in their power to make it happen. HOWEVER- if you box-dye your hair black, and are expecting to leave the salon as a platinum blonde, you are likely to be disappointed. If you want a beautiful french manicure but you pick at your cuticles and bite your nails, you are likely to be disappointed. If you tweeze your eyebrows between visits, but want to look like Kim Kardashian, you are likely to be educated in the wonders of makeup (and possibly disappointed). Realistic expectations aren’t always easy- but they’ll make everybody’s life better. TRUST these stylists when they advise against something, and know that if an esthetician says that a french manicure might not turn out like you hope- she’s going to try her darndest to make it happen anyway.
4.) WAXING ETIQUETTE Body hair needs to be long enough to lay flat, or it won’t get picked up by the wax. HAVING SAID THAT- if you your hair is long enough to curl around your finger… it’s too darn long. Hair that is too long WILL wax but it will hurt about 13,250,000x more than if the hair was the appropriate length. What’s that length? About as long as your pinky fingernail, or the eraser on a pencil. That’s the sweet spot. Too much longer, and it’s gonna hurt significantly more- too much shorter, and the hair won’t lift. If your esthetican provides you with a wipe or cleansing option- use it. I don’t think I need to explain that one- just be considerate. If you have questions about waxing- ask them. DO NOT TAN! For goodness sake! This might sound like anti-cancer propaganda (but seriously- it’s 2015), but your skin can legitimately lift right off… leaving you AND your esthetican scarred for life. Don’t tweeze between appointments unless advised otherwise. There’s probably lots more- but those are the main ones, I think.
5.) TELL THEM WHAT YOU WANT Some people like things to be done ‘Just Right’. Nothing wrong with that, folks. You like your french lines thick? Like your bangs SUPER-blunted? Want light pressure during your massage? GREAT- give your service provider a heads up. They might be great at chit-chat, and remembering how you like your coffee… but they’re not mind readers. They would MUCH rather (I promise) have you give explicit detail as to what you want, then have you ask them to redo their work after completion. I can verify that there is honestly nothing more frustrating than finishing a job to a point where you are satisfied and having your client say- “Oh… those french lines are really thin- could you make them thicker?” If you notice that something isn’t quite what you like- tell them right away!
6.) IF YOU ARE VERY SICK/CONTAGIOUS- CONSIDER RESCHEDULING Massage therapists and estheticians especially work in very close, closed-off quarters. If they’re rubbing your face/head/etc and you’re breathing your very thankful, but infected breath all over them… they’re going to get sick. They know it too, as they’re sitting there. You’re breathing through your mouth, or dripping from your nose all over the place- and they’re thinking *I can feel myself getting sick already*. They 100% can’t afford to be sick, I promise. So if you’re a walking illness factory- rebook for when you’re feeling better.
7.) CASH TIPS Tip with cash. Tip with cash. ALWAYS try to tip with cash! This doesn’t just apply to the salon environment- but every environment. Cash tips are easily accessible, and often can be spared the vigorous taxation process that debit/credit tips go through. Also- try to remember to bring a tip, even if you’re using a gift card. **If you’re not tipping, start tipping**
8.) IT’S NOT ALWAYS THEIR FAULT If you are late, for example, and are booked for a manicure.. and you request a french manicure, with extra glitter and a painting of the statue of liberty on your index finger, and your middle name spelled out in Hebrew on your thumb… your nail tech/esthetician will do their best to make it happen. IF, however, they can’t- it’s probably not their fault. There’s a good chance that she’s already running late for her next client, has had to skip/shorten her lunch, or was done her shift 20 minutes ago. Try hard to be patient and understanding. They will always try to make you happy- but some things just can’t be done.
9.) TELL YOUR FRIENDS HOW GREAT YOUR EXPERIENCE WAS There’s nothing more flattering than a client referral. Word of mouth is a salon professional’s best advertising. Spread the word. Post pics on instagram/facebook/tumblr… tell the world that YOUR STYLIST/NAIL TECH/MASSAGE THERAPIST/ESTHETICIAN is the best!
10.) GIVE THE FRONT DESK A BREAK If your esthetician nips your cuticle accidentally or doesn’t quite capture the brow shape you want… or your hair stylist just can’t quite match the Jennifer Anniston picture you brought in (she’s probably crying about it in the staff room), it’s totally okay to let front desk know. It’s SO NOT OKAY to give front desk a third-degree about customer service, standards, business, or anything else. The front desk people who work in spas and salons have to deal with SO MUCH MORE than you will likely ever know- so just be patient and kind to them, and it’ll pay off.
11.) LISTEN TO THEIR ADVICE If they’re giving you product recommendations, lifestyle tips, food recommendations, service recommendations… listen to them! They want what’s best for you, I SWEAR. If your nail tech says 'hand lotion would really help with your hangnails’- she means it. If your stylist says 'you really should try to come in for a cut more often, it would help your hair to grow longer’- she means it. If your esthetician says 'drink more water and your skin won’t be as flaky’- she means it. If your massage therapist says 'practice some deep breathing and stress relief techniques to help your tense shoulders’- she means it. You see what I’m getting at here? They don’t have a hidden motive. They really just want to see you be the best you can be! Listen to their advice, and ASK for recommendations if you need them.
12.) BE KIND Okay, last one. This applies to everybody all the time, of course- but I’m speaking specifically about salon/spa professionals here. Think for a moment about the work they’re doing for you. Clipping your toenails because you just haven’t had time? Washing your hair for you and doing that amazing scalp-rub thing? Rubbing the stress-knots out of your butt-cheeks? Try not to drop lines like: “Ugh.. if I had to touch feet, I’d gag.” or “I don’t know you can put your hands on people’s bare skin like that.” or “I could never wash someone’s stinky head.” - That’s actually really insulting. These people have CHOSEN this career path, so respect it. These people do some incredible things for us. Let’s all be nice to them.
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okay so this has probably been said to you before, but like...WHAT IF. The king pushes Coran into the cyro-pod after he placed Allura away and the last thing Coran see's is the King dying while the computer's static is like "Cyro instigated in 3...2...1..." and Coran is just pounding on the glass screaming empty "NO,NO,NO." before slumping against the glass in a deep slumber. WHAT DO YOU THINK FRIEND? feelings be real.