It’s really stressful seeing all this stuff about net neutrality.
As a European, I have limited power of influence, and I also have like an extra helping of anger exhaustion because it’s not my responsibility, it’s not my country, it’s not my government, it’s not my service providers.
Every time I see something about it, my reaction is basically something like “these fuckos are at it again, huh?”
And yet I am acutely aware that it will influence me directly in so many ways, and in many ways that I won’t even be conscious of, and it pisses me off and worries me and I just…
If making your own power limiter based off Maris’ out of cardboard and electrical cords seems too difficult, there’s also a tutorial on how to recreate the look using a t-shirt, markers and paint plus a pair of scissors. Sexy!
During the days after Here There Be Gerblins, Lup absolutely refuses to be let go of by her brother under any circumstances. However, due to her limited power in this situation, this manifests as the Umbrastaff falling over and rolling in Taako’s direction whenever he tries to set it down. Taako, presently in his Simple Idiot Wizard phase, fails to recognize that this is Not Typical Spellcasting Focus Behavior.
During the boys first night at the Bureau, the Umbrastaff won’t stop falling against the ladder to his bunk no matter how he sets it back up again and eventually, when he reaches down to fix it yet again, it turns and hooks around his wrist not letting him go. His reaction is simply, “Oh hey little buddy, wanna sleep with ol’ Taako do you? Hey I can’t blame you, who wouldn’t!” and pulls it up into bed with him and sleeps with the Umbrastaff like it’s a teddy bear.
It takes days before Lup lets Taako put her down and several weeks before she lets him out of sight when he’s not holding her. She almost panics when they ask for the boys weapons upon boarding the Rockport Limited and was never happier that she made her magic-absorbing superwand an inconspicuous umbrella than she was at that moment.
Everyone else just sort of accepts that Taako now has a magic umbrella that he has to hang on the towel rack when he takes a shower so it doesn’t constantly knock against the door of the bathroom for the entire time he’s in there. The best guess anyone has is there’s some charm on it that tied the Umbrastaff to it’s owner and a bit of that charm transferred over to Taako. (Lucretia secretly wonders if Lup had it charmed to find Taako if she perished, or if she charmed it to return to her and with Lup not present, the Umbrastaff thought Taako was close enough. Either way Lucretia is glad some part of Lup found Taako again after all these years, even if it’s not under the most desireable circumstances, unaware of the true extent to which she is correct.)
so something I saw on twitter yesterday really bugged me. there’s people saying that the Power Rangers movie is getting way more credit than is due because of the way they handle Trini’s sexuality
ok LISTEN. It was never going to be the case of Trini yelling, “IM A LESBIAN!” or “IM BISEXUAL!” there’s no way they’d be so upfront about it. I thought the scene where she came out was nice, subtle, emotional, and I thought it was in-character how she’s still sarcastic at such a time. After all Trini is what, 15/16/17 in the movie? She’s discovering herself and doesn’t have to be 100% sure. there’s time for that
cuz get this. it’s the first movie. they’ve said there’s going to be 5-7 of them? People are acting like this is the end and we’ll never see her come to terms with this and that she’ll never label herself (though sticking to no labels is fine too of course)
The Power Rangers movie DOES deserve a round of applause for including an LGBT character, just because they didn’t go about it as directly as you would’ve liked doesn’t make it any less amazing. This is a small stepping stone you guys we’re going to see her character grow more confident throughout the franchise and it’s going to be beautiful
I have been blessed with this opportunity to transcend all limitations, and play the most powerful game of make believe, where we make believe that anything is possible And I’m struggling with seeing these possibilities because my own inner critic, with his full belly and swollen mouth, is eating up all my joy and belief in myself, trying to trick me into thinking that I’m not worthy. […] My inner critic is strong, but I know that I am stronger. I can’t get rid of him. He’ll always be there. A voice in my head telling me to not even dare to dream for something more. […] But that is exactly what makes me so fierce. Because even with his voice, his monstrous size filling up the space underneath my skin, I still choose to try. And I still choose to believe.
Why Midoriya Izuku is the Best Shounen Main Character
Alright so I’m pretty guilty right now. I have a lot of
things to sort out and I still unanswered asks and oh boy do I got a lot of
fanfic writing to do before summer ends and I’m opening requests soon but JESUS
Y’ALL. Im a huge fan of this series and I’ll be damned if I miss writing
something for this boy’s birthday. I already missed writing my Inko
appreciation on her birthday but I won’t let her down!
So…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIDORIYA IZUKU AKA BEST SHOUNEN MC
Woah, broad statement to say huh? Well, my friends, I’ve
read a lot of manga, particularly shounens since that’s my more favorite genre,
and I have to say that Midoriya Izuku has been the best main character I’ve
ever read and I only hope he continues to grow into his beautiful character.
I mean even from the beginning of the manga, the way he was
written was so completely relatable and realistic. In the very beginning of the
manga, he was written to be this lonely boy who suffered through bullying and
suicide comments and continuously kept going because of his obsession with
heroes. From the very beginning, Horikoshi gave us this character that wasn’t
perfect (rather was filled with psychological issues) and really at the bottom
of the totem pole. I know a lot of people have compared Izuku with Naruto but
at least Naruto was born with an incredibly gifted ability from the start.
Izuku was literally born with nothing. In a society where there are heroes
running rampant and where Izuku dreams about being a hero, he was literally
born with all odds against him in that regard. Yet, through all the loneliness,
through all the bullying, Izuku still stayed strong through all of that and continued
to dream on his goal, only truly wavering once when All Might told him he
should find a new dream (and even then, he still got himself almost killed but
I’ll get to that in a bit).
And to add on to his realistic demeanor, I know a lot of
people call Izuku a cry baby and make fun of his constant amount of crying but
honestly? Imagine this: you were born a black sheep in society, everyone looks
down on you, you dream of being something great but you weren’t born with the
skills for it, someone you consider to be a friend looks down on you and
literally tells you to go jump off a building and destroys a piece of you that
you hold memorable, then you almost get killed but someone saves you, then you
finally get to meet your idol, the person keeping you alive essentially and
they tell you straight up that you should give up on your dream, then you’re devastated
but you see that friend in a life threatening position so you literally
sacrifice yourself to go save them even though you can’t do anything, and then
instead of praise, you get all the blame and beaten down again while your
friend gets all the praise, but then you end that EMOTIONAL DAY (keep in mind
it happened within a DAY) with your idol telling you that you can be that person
and he will help you achieve your dream. I won’t even go onto the other times
he’s cried but honestly? I know if I was in his position, I wouldn’t have even
stomached half of what happened and I’m sure most of you reading this wouldn’t
be able to have a DAY like that without crying. I’m sure with 99% of you, at
least once tears will shed. Izuku during his time has been through emotionally
exhausting feats and I think it’s absolutely INCREDIBLE that Horikoshi gives us
this raw character with RAW emotions. Through Izuku being this emotional, not
only does it help us relate to him much more but it helps shows that, hey you
can still be strong AND be emotional too. Emotions doesn’t equal weakness and
Horikoshi really shows that tremendously, especially when the audience are a
group of young ones-adults that are taught daily showing emotions is weak and
you have to be strong and not show weakness because apparently crying shows
weakness. With Izuku, all of that is stomped on the ground and it’s truly
And oh boy, my favorite part of Izuku! So most shounen
protagonists I have seen and come across are usually born or given this great
ability suddenly and yes, while they have to train, they normally get the hang
of it pretty quickly and are pretty op with it (I’m looking at you Natsu). Most
of the time nakama power is enough to win the battle even though the power
difference is crazy different. Yet with Izuku, it’s not like that at all. We
are 145 chapters in and Izuku can only still use a small portion of One for All
still and he’s gotten to the point where, because of his continuous idiotic use
of One for All, he has the major consequence that if he uses it too much at
100%, he could lose FUNCTION IN HIS ARMS. OH YEA, PRETTY BIG DEAL AND
CONSEQUENCE FOR THAT.
From what I just wrote, this was my favorite thing that was
Yes, folks, he not only says that once, not twice, but
multiple times throughout the series. I think the most recent time he said it
was during Episode 27 when he was climbing the walls, though I’m sure he’s said
it in the future arcs and I forgot about it. Due to this new given status he
was given, Izuku acknowledges that he is completely far behind from everyone
else, he understands that he is at the bottom of the totem pole and that he has
to work 10x harder than everyone else since he lost about 10-11 years to get
used to his quirk. And throughout the series, Horikoshi doesn’t pull back on
that, in fact he really drives it in that, while Izuku does become the greatest
hero of all time, it doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of time, training
and consequences to get to that point. Even from the beginning, we were given a
small glimpse of his incredible training regime and that alone just shows how
much effort he has to put in and even that wasn’t enough. I won’t lie, it feels
so refreshing that the Main Character isn’t some overpowered person who always
gets away with his ridiculous moves, rather it’s nice that he does have
consequences and that he see him actually develop into that role while he is
being surrounded by others who could take that title from him.
Also, not only is he an intelligent and incredibly hard
worker like holy hell, but can we talk about his personality as well? See, here
is another perk about Izuku, we weren’t given some either suave person or an
annoying character that makes you want to rip out your hair because they’re
either too happy or too sad or too emo cringey mess. Rather, Horikoshi gave him
a realist personality who thinks through, is incredibly modest and respectful,
and holy fuck the most selfless character in the entire show.
I mean, we already know
his intelligence and craftiness as he analyzes heroes and their moves as seen
through the constant muttering he does as he watches them and his writings in
Which might I add right
now that I’m really happy Horikoshi gave him this type of analytic behavior as
it makes his earlier actions have a bit more sense involved in them, like due
to his constant observation he was able to use moves in combat that at least
got him by in the beginning
To also tie in with that,
can I say that it is so refreshing to have a main character be a complete DORK
about girls and such like that?? Like for someone who was lonely and only had
much of the internet to interact with, it makes complete sense that in the
beginning he’s really nervous around females or even touching them or talking
Like look at how he talks
Or even how he reacted
when Tsuyu said to put her down
Or even how he reacted
towards Mei when she had her chest all up in his grill.
Not only does having this
personality trait make him a total dork and cutie but it really shows that we
won’t see anything super perverted on Deku’s side. Like if he’s too nervous to
talk or even touch a girl in a different manner, than it really shows how respectful
he is and how modest he is and how we won’t see any pervy side of Deku anytime
soon, which is refreshing for an MC to be that way since most MCs have to
either touch or acknowledge their love interest’s chest before they can be established
as a good character.
Though, I will say that
even though those are amazing points of our birthday boy, the one personality
trait of his that truly makes him a much more fitting hero than Bakugou or even
Todoroki or even my baby Ochako is how incredibly SELFLESS he is. Ok ok I know
that’s a common personality trait but Izuku really takes it to the max
throughout the manga.
Like when right after he was told to jump by Bakugou, his initial thoughts were based on Kacchan not wanting to get severely punished by the law
Or when he risks his
life to save Bakugou from the sludge monster even though he has no quirk
Or when he risks his life
once again to save Ochako even though he can’t control his quirk
Or when he risks his life
AGAIN to save All Might
Or when he attempts to
help Ochako before her fight with Bakugou
Or when he puts his spot
in the tournament on the line to help Todoroki reconcile his fire side
Or when he helps Iida with
the Stain fight and notifies the entire class to come and help
Or when he even goes well
over his power limit to save Kota and show him that heroes are good people that
can hold on their own
Or when, even though he
could lose function in his GOD DAMN ARMS, he still helps the others get Bakugou
back from the villains
And note guys, I didn’t
even list everything. I just listed the things I could remember but there is so
much more that I could have listed as well. And legit, the things I mentioned,
there was no benefit in him doing that, like during the time he did them, all
there were were cons for him, there was nothing positive in any of those
situations for him. And yet? He still did it. He still put himself and his
wishes behind to help those around him and make sure they were successful or
safe, even if it meant his own life on the line. I’ve never seen other shounen
protagonists push themselves this much in only 145 chapters and I think that’s
Alright so this post is
reaching to be about 2k and while I can say more about this wonderful boy, I
also want to make sure that I not only post this on time but that I don’t find
myself repeating the same thing over and over again. While Izuku is not my
favorite character of all time, I am so happy and blessed that he is the main
character of this amazing manga series. He’s grown so much since the first
chapter and Horikoshi is only setting up the series more to have him grow much
more and I’m excited to see how much more he grows as the series progresses. He
is such a good character that is well balanced and realistic and such and I
know for myself personally that I really relate to him in a lot of ways. Truth
be told, it makes me actually really incredibly sad when people dismiss his
reasoning for being a hero or when people just write him off as a cry baby
because there’s so much more to him than just that. His reasoning to be a hero
is realistic and deep enough, his emotions are realistic, his psychological
issues that he faced with in the beginning shows his strength tremendously.
Izuku is one of the best
main characters and I’m so happy all of us were blessed with him on this
wonderful day! Yay!!! Happy Birthday Deku!!!
Tldr; Izuku’s face appears
when you look up the definition of what a friend and a hero is.
He is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe, with the ability to voluntarily warp reality. The upper limits of his power set have never been specified, but some of his biggest feats have involved the creation and manipulation of entire dimensions, which is pretty much unparalleled by any other character in comics, much less another LGBT one.
BACK WITH ANOTHER ONE-SHOT!!! I told you guys I’d have some canonverse klangst, so here it is! Longer than my usual one-shots, and while I don’t want to give a vague summary… there’s a bomb involved. So. Yeah, that’s a thing.
I saw this comic on my dash and I loved it so much that I was immediately inclined to write for it? Anyway, here it is! I hope you enjoy!
The plan had been going flawlessly.
Key word being had.
Shiro and Lance were both searching
opposite sides of the base for their captured teammate, and Pidge and
Hunk were too occupied giving Shiro directions through the maze-like
corridors that they neglected to warn Lance of the approaching Galra
A cat blocked his path in the hall,
staring at him with large, yellow eyes. It didn’t move to attack, but
it also didn’t run away.
“Um… guys?” Lance tried over the
coms, lowering his gun just a bit. He wasn’t about to shoot a cat,
but he still wanted to be on guard.
He didn’t hear the Galra behind him
until her hand was on his shoulder.
Medicine in the (Post-Apocalyptic) Wasteland: 1 / ?
Hey everyone. I get so many asks about post-apocalyptic scenarios that it’s I’m going to build you a series of posts, dealing specifically with medicine after the collapse of civilization.
Yes, this borders on sci-fi. Yes, a lot of things will be very different in your story, depending on the hows and the whys and the social structure that exists after the apocalypse. Things will also be incredibly different based on when your story is set, because things will likely collapse in a particular order. So your story is going to change a lot depending precisely when you’re writing about, in relation to The Catastrophe (of whatever type).
The difference between this and sci-fi asks is that there is very much an area of medicine devoted to this type of care. It’s called Austere Medicine, AKA Wilderness Medicine. It’s studied. There are resources. There are people who work in villages that may not have had an apocalypse, but have limited funds, access to power, access to diagnostics, access to drugs, and they do it every day of their lives. This is sci-fi with modern parallels. This is interesting.
For the purposes of this article, we’re assuming two major problems: no / extremely limited electricity, and no / extremely limited gasoline.
That first one throws out most of modern medicines. Hospitals. Surgeries. MRIs, CT scans, even the humble X-ray goes by the wayside. Providers have to go back to doing medicine with their hands and with their ears.
Oh, and a lot of people are going to die.
Enter Dani Disaster.
She’s smart, but moreover she’s
resourceful, and she can think outside the box that modern medicine has
tried to put her in. Maybe she was a doctor, or a nurse, or a paramedic.
Now she’s a healer, a Jane-of-all-trades of medicine. She barters for
what will help people in the short term, and shakes her head and sighs
when she realizes she can’t help a lot of the people she used to be able
One thing I want to mention is that Dani will definitely
want to keep someone around, preferably an intimidating, armed someone,
to protect her. Because people will want things from Dani; everything
from begging her to fix their dying-of-something-she-can’t-fix husband, to demanding she be personal medic to the Warlord King (or whatever brute is rising to power in your world).
The First 6 Months
Most people don’t have more than a month’s worth of their medication on hand. Even most pharmacies would run out of the most popular life-saving medications inside of a month or two, assuming they aren’t simply raided by bandits. And in a world without gasoline, the odds of restock are very, very low.
That means no blood pressure medications, no blood thinners, in an ever-increasingly-stressful world. That means no insulin for diabetics, no immunosuppressants for those with autoimmune diseases, no antiepileptics for those with seizure disorders, no antibiotics for septic patients. No pressors to give and no pumps to hang them on. Even IV fluids, literal salt water, will run short.
I will be straight up with you all, keyboard-mashers: a lot of people
will die in the first 6 months of an apocalypse, and I’m not even
talking from the fighting. I’m not even talking about starvation. I’m just talking about chronic illness. Heart attacks. Diabetes. Blood clots. Strokes. I’m talking about the elderly, who can barely make it a block to the store. I’m talking about serious respiratory patients who need steroids and who have serious trouble walking distances. Cancer patients won’t get chemo, or radiation, or maybe even food. Patients with HIV will run out of antivirals, and then run out of T cells, and die from the common cold.
There are going to be a lot of deaths in the first 6 months after the apocalypse, friends, and it will be ugly as hell.
Remember that for most of human history, the lifespan was about 40 years. In a world without organized medicine and the pharmaceutical processes to make medicine,
there’s precious little that can be done to expand the lifespan.
Congratulations: You’re the Surgeon. And the Infectious Disease
doc. And the Midwife. And the Wound Care Specialist. And the
Anesthesiologist. And the…
Look, healthcare is a wide field, and no one person is going to be good at everything. No one person is actually interested in everything, either. There is no one type of healthcare provider who can do everything, although Emergency Medicine docs probably come the closest; and before The Thing That Happened, Dani may have been an ICU nurse, tweaking ventilators, or a paramedic who’d never thrown a stitch before, much less amputated a badly gangrenous leg.
What I’m saying here is, there’s a learning curve for the actual technical things she’ll need to do, in addition to re-learning how to do everything with nothing. And some of it might be way, way outside her wheelhouse, especially at first.
Six Months to Five Years: The Rise of Dani Disaster
If Dani is lucky, and she gets to the raiding of pharmacies early on, she’ll stock up. On anything she can get, of course, but especially on three things: antibiotics, analgesics and sedatives. Why? Because they’re what will save lives and be useful as hell for trading. Here’s why:
Antibiotics: infection will probably be the single group of preventable deaths that are worth looking at, from a supply-vs-life-years-saved perspective. A single course of antibiotics will save someone’s life, but a diabetic will need insulin, every day, for decades. Also remember that with system breakdown comes water supply breakdown, which means a return of diseases like typhoid and cholera and diptheria and polio.
Antibiotics are an art all of their own, but frankly, they’re boring. Broad-spectrum antibiotics will be most useful; including amoxicillin/Augmentin, Cefaclor, Keflex, Levaquin, erythromycin or clarithromycin or azithromycin, Cipro, or doxycycline.
Oral antibiotics are going to have benefits over IV antibiotics, for a number of reasons, mostly portability and ease of administration; IV-only drugs haven’t been listed here. Some meds may come in a form that can be given IM; this may be helpful for conditions that severely upset the GI tract (and thus prevent people from absorbing them, because the pill will either go up or down, depending.)
The thing you have to realize is that in austere medicine, common things happen commonly. No one cares if your patient has a pulmonary embolism, or a cool dysrhythmia, because with complex conditions, one of two things are going to happen: They are going to get better, or they are going to die. Heart attacks, a major focus of modern medicine, are essentially untreatable without the risk of dying.
Instead, the most important things Dani will be treating are things that, in the developed world, should be handled in urgent care clinics: gastroenteritis (the shits) and broken bones and infected wounds and yeast infections. A friend of mine went to Haiti after the quake, and within 24 hours she could diagnose a yeast infection by the way a woman was walking.
Diflucan. She will need LOTS OF DIFLUCAN.
(It’s worth noting that Haiti was very hot and very humid, which is where fungi like to grow; other areas may see other climates, and thus less yeast infections.)
Analgesics: If she’s smart, Dani will take anything she can beg, borrow, or steal. Common, over-the-counter meds like Advil/ibuprofen and Tylenol/acetaminophen/paracetamol, and pill opiates like Vicodin and Percocet and Morphine and Dilaudid. All of these have their place, but mostly this is a “whatever I can get” sort of a thing.
If Dani is really smart, she will go out of her way to find every bottle of ketamine in whatever hospital she raids. We’ve talked about ketamine before, but it’s worth mentioning again, in that it can be used to sedate the crazy, ease pain, or put someone under for short surgical procedures like an appendectomy or amputation. (It’s also a single agent; it controls pain and causes sedation. It doesn’t act as a paralytic, but hopefully she won’t need one).
Lidocaine in a Big Fucking Bottle is optional but beneficial for topical procedures, wound care, suturing, etc.
However, all of these things will eventually run out, no matter how judicious she is about using them. And that’s when we get to….
Five Years Plus: Back to Herbalism It Is
There are a lot of allopaths–those who practice Western medicine–that believe herbalism is complete and utter horseshit. I am not one of those people. A lot of medications have their origins in natural remedies and plants, and herbalism is how we treated, well, everything, for quite some time.
The poppy plant begat opium, which begat laudanum, heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. The foxglove plant (digitalis) begat, Digoxin, whose actual name is digitalis. Curare is one of the original paralytics used for surgery. The list goes on and on.
Now, an allopathic education doesn’t typically lead to an in-depth knowledge of medicinal herbs. But fortunately, there are these lovely things called books, and there are, in fact, some really good ones on this topic.
My personal medical-herbalism reference is James A Duke’s The Green Pharmacy (Amazon link, but available everywhere; not an affiliate link). The author ran the medicinal herb research at the US Dept of Agriculture for a good long while, and the best part about his book is that it is organized by disease (so you don’t have to read about 5,000 plants to find one that treats allergies), and he grades his evidence base for each recommendation. However, there are also field guides to medicinal plants.
Once the allopathic meds run out, Dani Disaster is going to become, basically, a witch doctor, without the witchy aspects. (Or with, depending on her faith and whether or not she practices the craft; no one is judging here.)
She’s going to have a garden of medicinal herbs, and she’s going to learn to prepare poultices and teas and tinctures and creams. Basically, she’s going to bring an allopathic ideology back to herbalism, preferably with some form of evidence base. Willow bark tea is going to be a Big Deal™, because willow bark tea contains an active ingredient very similar to aspirin.
But she’s also going to have to be, in part, a home chemist. If she does enough research she can learn how to make her own ethyl alcohol, aka ethanol, aka boozeahol, but this can be used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. (Hell, in a pinch regular ol’ wine can be used to clean out wounds, apparently.)
She can also learn to make her own bleach, her own IV fluids (0.9% Normal Saline, anyways), her own oral rehydration solution (aka Pedialyte / Gatorade), and perhaps even her own ether, which is a crap anesthetic but better than nothing.
That’s It…. For Now
This is just a small snippet into the world of austere medicine. (Be careful with Google searches on this topic; Doomsday Preppers are very, very scary and their websites can be… uhhh….. ill-informed.) There’s still plenty more to talk about, so stay tuned for more posts! (I’m especially drooling over the idea of writing a post on the ethics of medicine in the austere environment–stay tuned!!)