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Good Cop, Bad Cop

A/N: This is a little fic about Rafael and his family. He has 3 children with you but you’re starting to see a pattern regarding who always plays good cop and who plays the bad cop!
Thank you @minidodds for your help, as always!

Teeth gritted and fists clenched, you did you best to keep your patience as your daughter screamed like a banshee in the aisle of the supermarket. Her twin sister hid behind her father’s leg as you attempted to calm the five year old with a toddler strapped to your chest.

“No, Serena, you can’t have another bar of chocolate, we have enough at home!” Your patience was certainly being put to the test today.

“But I want THIS one!” your daughter screamed back at you.

You looked pleadingly at Rafael, who looked away from you guiltily, without offering any assistance. If he had had his way, Serena would have five candy bars in her fat little fists.

“I said no! You remember what the dentist said, you eat too much chocolate. We’re not buying any more.”

Snatching the bar out of your daughter’s hand, you shoved it back on the shelf, letting her father deal with his wailing daughter.

“I hate you!” Serena’s words echoed in your ears as you pushed the shopping cart down the aisle. Her words shot daggers through your heart.

Thinking back to all the times you and Rafael had laughed at parents with their devil spawns throwing tantrums in public places, you grimaced, never once imaging that you would become one of them.

Out of the corner of your eye, you watched Serena fling herself into her father’s arms. “Papi!” she sobbed into this shirt.

You turned and walked further away, out of earshot, pulling relevant items off the shelves and forcefully shoving them into the cart.

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anonymous asked:

First of you've the most wonderful Kalafina's site. I visit multiple times a day. Thanks for all the wonderful things you updated related to the three wonderful ladies. Now my question is about Keiko - why you do or many other fans think she is gay? Would love your long essay on this or anyone else thought on it. Since I also shared your love of Keiko and WaKei - anything involving them would be most welcome. One cannot get enough of Kalafina so don't stop the spam. Thanks for your hard work

I HAVE NO EXCUSES WHATSOEVER!!! I FEEL SO ASHAMED! PLEASE FORGIVE ME! THIS TOOK A MILLION YEARS! I originally wanted to finish some translations before getting to this ask and then real life crept up on me and kept me pretty busy. For whatever reason, this post got lost in my drafts and I only rediscovered it a couple of days ago. I AM SO VERY SORRY!!!

I have so many unfinished posts in my draft section, it’s crazy, it’s downright embarrassing, I really need to get my shit together. Anyways, let’s finally get to your ask!!!

Here we go =>
Thank you so much!!! This message made me incredibly happy! You have no idea!

VERY TRUE, there can never be enough Kalafina in this world ^_^ I honestly see it as my personal mission to spread the Kalafina love!! If I ever stop spamming you, I’ll either be dead or abducted by aliens.

Also, what an interesting question! While I (and a bunch of other fans) have addressed this topic a couple of times in the past (lookie here! I’ll link to it again later on), I’ve never actually dedicated an entire post to it so thank you so much for asking this! It gives me the opportunity to go all out on the subject and by now all of my followers should know that I have a penchant for writing long ass essays related to Kalafina XD

Before I start, I’d like to mention that our lovely fellow Kalafan @iakrus (who hasn’t been active on tumblr in a VERY long time unfortunately) has already covered this topic quite extensively (to a point where I don’t think my own post will do it justice >_<). She has obviously put a lot of effort into her research and she has found a ton of great sources that provide evidence for her arguments so be sure to check out her thoughts here and here. She has done an incredibly thorough job discussing the matter (addressing each and every important issue) so I might occasionally refer to her in my post (she also discusses the possibility of Yuki Kajiura being gay but that’s not the topic of this ask). All right, now that that is out of the way, let’s get started, shall we? ^_^

Why do I/other fans think Keiko is gay?

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Did you think I, a fan of Miami Vice, wouldn’t do the Bren Ten?

You poor naive sod.

Yes, this is the Dornaus and Dixon Bren Ten, because the 80′s needs to have absurdly large caliber guns what with the Desert Eagle, LAR Grizzly and Wildey magnum. The Bren Ten looks mean, is mean and is one of the biggest flops in the firearms industry. But how does a gun who’s original design is revered as the best thing since sliced bread be one of the biggest failures of the 1980′s gun market? A number of reasons.

So the 1980′s was an interesting time in the gun world, the classic revolvers were seeing their twilight days as the “wonder-nines” took the handgun market by storm. Beretta 92FS’s,SIG-Sauer’s P220 series, S&W 459′s, Glock 17′s and other high capacity 9mm handguns were hitting the US by storm and a weird mix arose in the handgun community.

Some likes the 9mm’s capacity and fast firing while others stood by revolvers and 1911′s for their stopping power and for the more proven designs. And the 80′s saw a rise in guns trying to bridge the gap. While most were simply just various 9mm designs in .45 ACP like the SIG P220, some wanted to improve. Two of those men were Thomas Dornaus and Micheal Dixon. They felt like they had the answer and in late 1979 founded Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises, Inc.

They planned in making a gun in the middle of it. A gun with a 10 round magazine, the most modern handgun techniques behind it and in a round hotter than .45 ACP that could preform similarly to .357 Magnum. A large frame, combat handgun, or the “Ultimate Combat Handgun” as they called it. They took the relatively unknown at the time CZ-75 lockwork for the basic design and contacted a very influential man to help then design these guns.

Who was that man?

Jeff Cooper.

Yes, Jeff cooper collaborated with Dornaus & Dixon to make these pistols. This meant that these guns are pretty modern with features such as a “cockable and lockable” safety, similar to a 1911, large sights, loaded chamber indicator and a selector that edited how magazines came out, either a little bit or fully loose. For a gun made in the 1980′s, it’s still reasonably modern.

That doesn’t mean it’s without faults. An often criticized feature is a cross-bolt safety built into the slide, allowing for one to block the firing pin, rendering the gun useless. Besides being pretty useless, it also leaves the gun working normally and is in the middle of the serrations on the slide, so it’s not impossible to accidentally hit it when racking or manipulating the slide and drawing it and hearing a click.

Now with the design quirks dealt with, we come to it’s round of choice. 10mm Auto.

Big bullet specifically designed by Cooper to give the Bren Ten an edge, this round was made by Norma and was effectively a .30 Remington case cut down to pistol size with the bullet around the size of a .38-40 Winchester. Except this was pushing 1,000-1,500 fps with certain loads. So to say this blew .45 ACP out of the water was an understatement. 

Now we get to what killed the Bren Ten, because just because it’s big and with a big bullet and a big name behind it doesn’t mean good. Dornaus & Dixon had a bad start and it only got worse as the 80′s went on. First was that the guns were around $500 in 1980′s money so around $1,200 in modern money. Second was the well talked about magazine issue.

You see, the 10mm was brand new so D&D thought that as a bonus, they’d include a magazine that could feed both 10mm and .45 ACP. Problem was that they didn’t feed to well so D&D effectively asked to have them sent back to be swapped with new ones. Another was that a lot of guns were shipped without being checked for deficiencies and those were also coming back. So there’s effectively a giant pile of Bren Ten’s sitting at their shop, some to go out, some to get repaired and some not even sold. All of this effectively killed the company and Dornaus and Dixon folded in 1987.

Normally, this would be the end, but there’s more to the Bren Ten’s story. Cause 2 of the guns were used in Miami Vice.

Oh yes, one of the most famous cop dramas ever made, Miami Vice is an artifact of 80′s culture, with the rise of drug cartels, synthesizers and a shit load of celebrity cameos, it did more than promote the combination of Armani Suits and T-shirts and the Daytona Spider/Ferrari Testarossa. It also promoted 2 Bren Ten pistols.

Yes, Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett was to, by Micheal Mann’s request be armed with the most modern pistols he could get. This included a Detonics Pocket 9, Detonics Combatmaster and most famously, 2 Dornaus & Dixon Bren Ten’s. The story goes that Micheal Mann’s production company went to Tom Dornaus himself to get the guns and Dornaus fumbled up 2 blank-fire only models in .45 ACP for the show. This worked as .45 blanks were notoriously bad for jamming but in a gun intended for something bigger, it’d work fine.

The guns, brushed in hard chrome to be more visible on television were used until the 3rd season, where they were replaced by the S&W 645. This was to continue Mann’s request for modern pistols and since by 1987 D&D were out of production, it’d seem ill-fitting to keep it. This has made the Bren Ten very noticeable in pop culture and many owners have their gun “Vice’d” where it’s refinished in a similar chrome finish.

It also won’t be the first time a gun was build from parts in a designers house ,but that’s another story. The Bren Ten also popularized 10mm Auto, where Colt used it in the Colt Delta Elite and later used for a brief stint by the FBI, in the S&W 1076, MP5/10 and later used as a base for .40 S&W and is beginning to see a resurgence.

So that is the Bren Ten’s story, a gun with great names behind it stopped by money and mismanagement. Many attempts have been made to bring Cooper’s cannon back into production. Richard Voit tried it with Peregrine Industries only to be stopped by the Savings and Loan scandal of the early 1990′s. Vltor Weapon Systems said in 2008 that they were to make a remake of the gun as the Vltor Bren Ten, though a number of problems have delayed production.

The Bren Ten is an interesting gun to say the least, the first of the large caliber combat guns with a very rich history behind it. Whether it’s on the beaches of Miami to the streets of Tuscon, the Bren Ten will make a very big impression.

Xbox One Firmware Update Features

February 11 system updates

From Microsoft:

On February 11, the first update will be delivered to customers who sign into their Xbox One.  It features many new improvements – including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time.  While we won’t be going into all of the details of the product updates today, we will be sharing more information soon. 

Some of the features you can expect to see on February 11 include:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

These are just a few of the many updates we will be shipping on February 11. We’ll share more details on these and other upcoming features in the coming weeks. We have several surprises in store that we think you’ll love.

March 4 system updates – countdown to “Titanfall”  

On March 4, in advance of what is expected to be the biggest game launch of the year, we will be delivering another system update to prepare your Xbox One for “Titanfall.”  This update will contain  many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems.  Available on March 11, “Titanfall” is a team-based online multiplayer game that showcases the power of Xbox Live, and we will be shipping a new party and multiplayer system that will help make “Titanfall” the must-have game for this generation. 

This post is the first of many announcements and sneak peeks at features in the system updates. We’ve been carefully listening to your feedback and look forward to delivering many new features that will make Xbox One even better. We’re just getting started and can’t wait to share more information in the coming weeks.