learn to blend

Trying out new colored pencils

So culture is fluid and changing, so why can’t we see humans adapting to alien culture? We already emmulate others, if not blend it to our traditions, so there should be a mix of alien/human traditions. Humans dress in the style of alien dress because it looks good. Humans adopting alien slang or creative new slang based on alien words. Or learning alien games and try to teach it to other humans. Or learning about alien food, then blend it with human cooking styles (Lomo saltado is Peruvian food cooked Chinese style so it happens) or just really studying alien culture and teaching it to people at home. Not for any academic reason, but because they are super interested. Like when you want to travel to your dream place you study every little bit about, or those culture clubs in schools. Aliens could be flattered, or confused, because Humans who can adapt to any place chose to adapt to their planet.

i think takumi is so pretty when he lets his hair down :D


I was always the different girl. The mixed-race girl, the American who wasn’t American, the girl whose mother had died, the girl with the absent father, the girl who made trouble in class, the girl who couldn’t concentrate on her lessons. After a while one learns that blending in simply doesn’t work. If people are going to single me out, I might as well give them something to stare at.

Fireproof // Part One

(Authors Note: Here goes nothing.)

Summary: Supernatural Half Blood Boarding School AU where students are paired with a human counterpart to help them adapt to the human world outside their supernatural communities.

Highland Park Academy of Adaptation was a school unlike any other. It was a school for young adults from supernatural and human blended backgrounds to learn to blend in with the human world around them. Highland Park had students from many backgrounds such as, werewolves, vampires, fairies, orcs, giants, trolls, shapeshifters and the like. You name it, someone at the academy has probably been through there. These young adults live their lives among their families culture and go to schools within their cultural division. When they graduate their twelfth year of school they go to an Academy of Adaptation where they learn how to be more human like to blend in with the humans around the world. It’s a year long attendance and then they graduate, assuming they have passed their classes and tests. For many, this year is a breeze and they have no problem adapting because they’ve already lived with or among their human halves of their families. Other have a harder time because they have only lived with their supernatural parent or with their supernatural parent’s families.

At Highland every student is paired with a human partner. They are usually around the same age and have been trained in helping specific supernatural cultures learn to blend and adapt. The student and their partner share a dorm room and learn from each other throughout the year. If a partner is successful, their student will graduate and leave the academy being able to fit seamlessly into human society. If they are not, well, they will be reevaluated as a partner and the student will have to attend another year with a new partner.

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Here’s my Aileen Doll Pico Pla Violet doll with one of my most intensive pastel blush work I’ve done in my life. Usually I stick to a limited colour palette and focus on the face but I definitely didn’t want that for this doll.

I used reds, pinks, blues, purple, and white pastel for this and it was a big learning curve to learning how things react when blended together and what happens when you spray MSC onto it. It was also my first try making pastel work look opaque cuz usually when I blush I try to make it as subtle as possible.

But I’m really proud of the final result and how nicely it all ties together on the doll.

I’d like to think I know what makes a good TV show…so I have one question..why is no one talking about People of Earth?

It’s got solid reception by TV critics and the audience, and it’s even been renewed for a second season. The writing is clever, the premise is unique, the characters have quirks and none of them are perfect- they feel very human (even the alien characters, lol). It’s funny, but also suspenseful and kind of creepy, which surprised me considering it was made by the same creators of the Office and Parks & Rec. I can’t wait to see the questions brought up in the finale finally be answered. 

It’s genuinely entertaining and I hate to see a show that has such advantages basically pass under the radar. I can certainly say that I’ve not seen anything like it, and that means a lot. It also does things that a lot of TV shows don’t do and I think that they should. Here are some things it did that I liked.

  • There are women of all different body types and ages on the show and all of them are acknowledged as being attractive, but the main focus is placed on their personality and their experiences. It’s nice to see so many body types represented well on the screen. 
  • The alien characters are surprisingly fresh and they don’t speak like typical “Aliens”, they speak like us, which feels more believable. I mean, if aliens really were trying to invade for centuries, don’t you think they would have learned how to blend in on Earth at this point? 
  • One of the characters is revealed partway through the show as being gay. I think the show creators wanted it to seem surprising, since he’s a very masculine guy and he seems very rural and more small-town in terms of his values. But that shouldn’t be surprising at all. What I like is that “being gay” isn’t treated like his whole character identity. It’s relevant to the scene where it’s revealed, but “being gay” isn’t solely what his character is based on. He is gay. He is also kind. And supportive. And hard-working. And honest, even though he might say things that make other people feel uncomfortable. He’s a complete character, who is also gay. I’m so sick of seeing a caricature of gay people on TV, where the only information we know about them is their sexuality, or where their sexuality is treated as some sort of “character quirk”. When his son asks him to pick a “story” between being gay or being abducted by aliens, he says “Neither of those things are a choice.” I wish he had gotten more screen time, since he was a really intriguing character, but what can you do. 
  • The show features a Hispanic priest who was in a funk jazz band, an African American journalist who excels at his job and writes ground-breaking journalism, and a curvy African-American post-office lady who can set up freaking booby traps like, damn, that’s impressive. I want to know how to set up booby traps.  
  • One of the aliens (who is referred to with “he/him” pronouns, so I think he’s a guy) is PROBABLY IN LOVE WITH THE OTHER MALE ALIEN AND THEY SHOULD HAVE HUGGED OR SOMETHING WHILE THEY HAD THE CHANCE
  • The show’s atmosphere is very unsettling. Not exactly creepy, not even to the level of Stranger Things, but you constantly have the feeling that something more devilish is at work behind the scenes, and there is an impending doom approaching that the characters are only just beginning to grasp. Something unexpected, surprising. 
  • There is a very attractive Nordic-looking alien whose main purpose is to nurture others and give them whatever emotional/physical support they need and just be accommodating. And they could have given a woman this role but they gave it to a man, like kudos. He’s the antithesis of toxic masculinity. He’s shy and just wants the person he likes to be happy, even if he can’t make her happy. He apologizes for things that aren’t even his fault. He’s quiet and openly emotional. He’s not assertive, he’s not concerned with dominance, and he is motivated by the desire to care for others. He learns how to stand up for himself more near the end of the series but he’s still such a sweetie.
  • I never knew for sure what was going to happen next. I could sense all of the romantic implications, but that’s because my shipping sensors are so fine-tuned. But as far as the rest of the plot goes, it was a wild ride. I like being able to guess and come up with theories, instead of saying “This is going to happen, I already know.” 
  • This is a minor thing, but the colors were really fresh and bright. They seemed to pop off the screen. 
  • There was a lot of emotional moments, but nothing felt overplayed or downplayed. It was just right. The characters felt a lot of emotion, but they would only explode under the right circumstances, where it made sense with their character and the level of stress they were placed under. It felt real. And that’s saying a lot for a show about alien abductions and conspiracies. 

People of Earth fandom, take me to your leader. 


Author: kpopfanfictrash

Pairing: You / Kai (Jongin)

Rating: PG-13

Word Count: 5,137

Summary: You cannot appeal to my better nature, for I have none. I am not human, little one.”

You’ve always known you were different. You’re able to see them, after all, able to see the Others. You’ve also always ignored them. Until the day comes where you’re forced to make a choice - one that throws your world into chaos. And sends you down a path you might never return from.

Originally posted by intokai

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Coffee Shop Themed Asks

Fresh Brewed: sunny days or rainy mornings?

Creamer: what’s book holds a special place in your heart?

Sugar: what’s your best childhood memory

Iced: what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Crafted: is there a skill that you want to get better at or learn?

Blended: is there a language that you want to learn?

Vanilla: how do you take your coffee?

Chai: are you a sassy person?

Green Tea: what helps you unwind?

Black Tea: is there a color that reminds you of home?

My whole life I had felt as though I was invisible.
When I was young it used to hurt, not being seen or cared about, but as I got older I embraced my invisibility… I wore it like a protective cloak because eventually I came to realize that people cannot hurt you if they don’t get close enough… and they’ll never get close enough if they don’t even realize you exist. So I perfected the art of being a wallflower; learned how to blend into the background unseen and unnoticed.
And then one day I saw you.
You looked at me and smiled… and suddenly,
I didn’t want to be invisible anymore.
All my opinions on Hamilton in Chicago

This was my second time seeing Hamilton, the first time in Chicago. While the fact that it was the second time around with a different cast and theater certainly made it feel different than last time, one thing that was weighing heavily on me throughout the show was that… the country feels like it’s heading in a different direction than what I saw it last. My all-time favorite lines in the show are these that Hamilton sings:

I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me
America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me
You let me make a difference
A place where even orphan immigrants
Can leave their fingerprints and rise up

The first time I heard this I thought about the American Dream and how far we’d come in building upon the work these people had started. This time I thought about the weight of responsibility that is on all of us now to do so much better. I still found hope in the show but in different places than I had before.

With that, I’ll talk about the performances under the cut.

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