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My story is a bit different than most, in that it has a relatively happy ending. 

In October 2015, when I was 15 years old, I was raped. Orally raped, technically, but given that rape is any form of nonconsensual penetration, I don’t feel that I owe specific details to anyone. So I just say I was raped, because really, it doesn’t make a difference where my body was violated. 

It happened at a church youth group. I had been going for about 2 years, since I was in the 7th or 8th grade (I was a sophomore in HS at the time of the assault). That’s where I met Jackson. I never paid him much attention; he was a run-of-the-mill jock who always caused trouble but never did anything bad

In March 2015, at a youth group outing, we started flirting. I thought I had a “crush” on him. About a month later, he asked for my number. When he spelled his name in my phone, he wrote Jaxson, which I thought was badass and intriguing. I was excited that a popular football player was paying attention to me. 

We didn’t really talk after that until a night in May when he texted me out of the blue. He told me that he had always thought I was pretty, and he’d wanted to tell me before, but he’d bailed out. He asked me if I had ever hooked up with someone. When I told him I hadn’t, he asked me if I’d want to hook up with him, or if I “wasn’t like that”. I said “sure” and we made plans to meet in a park the next day. 

May 4, 2015. I met him in the park. We made out. He wanted to go further; I said no. He would stop (trying to grope and finger me) when I said no, but he would start up again less than a minute later. He was like an octopus - his hands where always somewhere, and the second I would pull one out, another one would go in somewhere else. This being my first sexual interaction ever, I had no idea that this wasn’t okay. Besides, it’s not like he forced me. He was just so into me that he couldn’t control himself, I told myself. He’s just a teenage boy. He really wanted me.  

Later I found out he had hooked up with 4 other girls (my best friend’s friends) that same week. We all made a group chat to gossip about him and kind of cut him off. 

October 25, 2015. I went to youth group that Sunday. I was never very religious, but my mom made me go, and since it wasn’t a very religious group anyways, I didn’t mind. Jaxson was there, and it was only the second time since I’d seen him since May. We went to go get pizza. Everyone piled into the car - I was on the left in the back seat; he was in the middle, and the youth group leader drove us. On the way back to the youth group center, he started touching my leg. Soon he was prying my legs open and trying to finger me - in a car full of people. I was shocked and terrified, but I didn’t say a word, for fear that someone would notice. 

When we arrived back at the youth group, Jaxson told me to meet him in the bathroom. The center used to be a priest’s house, so the bathroom was a house bathroom - co-ed, that is. I complied, thinking we’d maybe kiss, which I was fine with doing. 

When I got to the bathroom, Jaxson told me to go wash my hands. I did. When I came out, he was standing in the doorway with his pants down. He told me to “blow him”. I said no, not right now, not like this, I don’t want to, maybe later, I’m not sure, there’s not enough time, people are going to come. I was scared. Once I realized that he wouldn’t take no for an answer, I started doing what he said. About 5 seconds into it, I tried to stop, and that’s when it happened. He pushed my head down forcefully with his hands, making me choke and gag. I couldn’t breathe. I was trying to pull away, but every time I tried, be pushed my head down harder and said “don’t stop” and “keep going”. I held my breath and willed myself to not pass out. I don’t know why I didn’t bite down - I froze. Finally he finished, and I got up and left, without a word. 

November 22, 2015. My dad drove me to the local police station at 10 pm. I was ready to report; after spending a month consulting friends and online resources, I had decided that what happened to me was, indeed, assault. I had no idea how terribly sexual assault cases are handled in the justice system, and if I had known, I would likely not have reported. I am so, so very glad that I did. I met with a female detective and a two hour long interview. She was so kind and I felt incredibly safe. At one point she asked me what I was wearing, but she prefaced it by telling me that it really didn’t matter, and it was only protocol. 

Two days later I came back to do a pretext phone call (recorded call) with Jackson, where the police got a recorded confession from him saying that yes, I had said no, and yes, he had ignored me, and “fuck, sorry”. 

Months went by. I called the police officer to check back in. She directed me to probation. I started getting generic letters from the courts saying that my case had an official case number now. 

July 2016. I received notice that my case had been taken up by a prosecutor in juvenile court! My DA became my idol. She was young, friendly, she listened to me, and she was dedicated to my case. I attended every hearing between then and November. 

On November 17, the case was set to close. Jackson had been charged with two felonies - oral copulation with a minor, and oral copulation by force or fear. He was going to plea to the first count, which was a lesser charge that could be sealed from his record when he turned 18 (a year from now). I had expressed my displeasure of this outcome to the DA prior, but she reminded me that juvenile court was intended for rehabilitation an not punishment, so a plea was totally acceptable. 

So on November 17, I showed up to court ready for the case to close. Instead, the DA informed me that things had changed, and another girl had reported him for rape. The DA felt that unless he was punished, Jaxson would do this again, and she wanted to take the case to trial to get a sex offense on his permanent record. 

I cried when she told me. This was such a blessing. Not that he had assaulted someone else, but that now there was a chance at justice. 

The case went to trial in mid December, right during finals week. I enjoyed the direct exam quite a bit, actually. Cross exam went pretty badly, but I did well. At one point, I answered a question in a way that shifted the blame right back on to Jackson, and it stunned the defense attorney into silence for a moment. Good

Jackson cried during the trial, which made me happy. During multiple occasions, I made eye contact with him and his mother. 

So anyways, Jackson was found guilty of one felony count of oral copulation by force or fear. California law deems that a 707(b) felony offense, which means that even though it’s in juvenile court, the offense is so serious that it stays on his permanent record. Other examples of 707(b) offenses are arsony and murder. That made me feel validated, that my assault really was that bad. 

During sentencing, I read an 11 page long victim impact statement. I grilled Jackson. I grilled the defense attorney. I grilled his parents. It was so fucking powerful. I had been warned in advance that this judge was incredibly unsympathetic to victims and would likely try to cut me off, but she didn’t, not even once. 

My statement made the DA choke up. It made Jackson put his head between his knees in shame. It compelled the Judge to admonish him for 15 minutes after I was done. The DA later told me that in her entire time working with this judge, never once had she seen her admonish a juvenile during sentencing. Not once. One line that the judge said to Jackson that really stood out to me was “Young man, this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated. Not now, not in the “real world”. If you are still doing this by the time you get to college, you will be back here.“

He only got probation and sex offender counseling, but it is still on his permanent record. That’s not enough for me, but it’s more than I ever expected. 

So here I am, a year later. How am I doing? Depends on the day. Sometimes the flashbacks torment me and eat me alive. Sometimes I am doing just fine. But there hasn’t been a single day, with the exception of one, where I haven’t thought about it.

The thing is, if I had the chance to go back and undo my assault, I would not. As horrible as it was, I feel that it has made me a better, braver, fiercer, stronger person. Because of the assault, I am now an activist. Because of the assault, I now know that I want to become a district attorney, and pursue justice for people like me. 

Sorry for the rant. That’s my story I guess. There’s no real ending because it’s still in progress. 

TXT TLK; chris x oc (?)

my take on the prompt phrase, “that was fun, let’s do it again sometime!” set in a canon-divergent version of the freshman, where a wrong number text turns into something more.

author’s note: i wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone, so here’s a “fic” written entirely in texts. this is pretty self-indulgent tbh, and written with an OC instead of the MC (since being roommates wouldn’t quite work with this concept), but i hope you guys enjoy it nonetheless? thanks @hollyashton and @zigisbisexual for hosting!

     Chris P.      9:57 AM
hey do u remember which hall prof atiyah’s class was moved to?

     Chris P.      - 9:57 AM
im gonna be late

     xxx-xx73:   - 9:58 AM
Assuming you mean her gen ed class in two minutes, we’re in Block G, second floor. The room next to the vending machine outside.

     Chris P.:     - 9:58 AM
thanks zack. why r u typing funny?

     xxx-xx73:   - 9:59 AM
Are you implying typing with proper capitalisation is funny, or just that my typing style is unusual to you?

     xxx-xx73:   - 9:59 AM
Also, not Zack. That might explain it.

     Chris P.:     - 10:00 AM
…not zack?

     xxx-xx73:   - 10:00 AM
Nope. Delilah.

     xxx-xx73:   - 10:02 AM
Atiyah just walked in. You might want to speed up a bit.

     Chris P.:    - 10:02 AM
damn it

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(Y/N): Your name

(H/L): Hair length

(H/C): Hair color

(E/C): Eye Color

(H/S): Hairstyle

(S/T): Skin tone

(N/N): Nickname

(L/N): Last name


(Y/N) and Daveed are rival aspiring recording artist trying to make it big in the hood. But, Daveed is also a drug dealer to make money and pay his rent. (Y/N) is a dancer for music videos on the side.

AU: Inner City/ Hood Au

Warnings: Cursing, Sexual Clipping. Lyrics, Sexual humor, Sexual behavior, mentioning of drugs and alcohol, use of drugs.

Word Count:2,842 (It’s a lot lovelies)


 Beep beep! Beep beep!

  Daveed was sprawled across his bed as his alarm went off.  He groaned and rose up from his current position. He scratched his head and mindlessly turned off his alarm clock.

“Fuck….What time is it….?” He turns his head and sees that it’s already 9:30 pm. As he picked up his phone, the screen lit up with several text alerts.

Rafa- Yo, D! Are we still up for working on that song you were writing @ the studio? Groff is buying us some studio time! [8:00 am]

Ant- Daveed, do you got what I need? I’ll be there when you call. You have till 3:45 pm sharp. My boss will kill me if I don’t have it.😫[8:30 am]

Groff- You on your way? Studio opens in 15min.[9:05am]

Rafa- Also I got us a performance for an opening act at the club for some chick new to the game, but it starts at 4:30 pm! Our first gig up we gotta be there on time!![9:10]

“Shit, I’m late!”

He picks up his backpack, his pen, a little black notebook, his glasses, his phone, one bag filled with Molly, another filled with cocaine, and finally a bag filled with weed. He jumped out of his apartment window and ran five blocks to get to the studio.

As soon he got to the studio he looked across the street. Across the street, there was a rival studio that opened up. The building looked clean and modern. But in an inner city grudge way. He sees a group of girls, four girls to be exact. They all gossiped amongst themselves but one out of the four girls caught his eye. She had (H/L) (H/C) in an (H/S), her skin was a perfect (S/T) that complimented her beautiful (E/C). She was quite voluptuous and had a curvy figure. He found himself checking her out. One of her friends tapped her shoulder and pointed to Daveed.


Philippa smirked and whispered to (Y/N).

“Ya know (N/N), he’s pretty hot….” She turns around noticed that Daveed was checking her out.

“And it seems like you are his type.~” Philippa taps (Y/N). (Y/N) turns around and puts her hands on her hips. (Y/N) looks at Daveed, checking him out for a quick second. Daveed smirks and winks at her suggestively. She blushes and quickly turns away.

“H-He is pretty handsome, but he is part of Lin Star Studios. It won’t work out.” Jasmine rolls her eyes.

“You would probably bang him if he was in our studio.” Renee giggles and walks up the staircase to the door.

“C’mon girls we’re gonna be late.” Jasmine, Renee, and Philippa continue up the stairs. (Y/N) looked back at Daveed. She winks at him and blows a kiss at him. Daveed smirks and catches it. He blows a kiss back.  Jasmine looks back and shouts at (Y/N).

“(N/N), you coming?”

(Y/N) shouts back, “Yea! I’m coming!”

(Y/N) runs up the stairs and waves Daveed goodbye. Daveed checks her out as she walks off. Rafa grabs Daveed’s shoulder and pulls him to look at him. Rafa punches his shoulder.

“D, where the hell have you been!?”

Daveed smiled and punches his shoulder in return.

“Late start. Couldn’t bring myself to get up. Now let’s get to the studio. I have a finished song.“

“But what the other song?”

“That one will have to take a while.”


Daveed walks into the studio and Jonathan looked at him in pure acrimony. His face was as red as a tomato.

“D!!! What the hell is up with you and being on time!”

“I was writing a song but it’s not finished.”

Rafa rolls his eyes heavily.

“You said you have 2 songs!”

“The first one is currently being on hold! I had a burst of…”

He began to think about (Y/N). Her curves, her flawless (S/T), and her (H/L) (H/C). The more he thought about the more lustful his thoughts would become he instantly came up with a song. It may have been a bit explicit but it was his first performance. Go big or go home.


Daveed sits down at his desk and instantaneously write erotic and coarse verses in his notebook. He creates a title that gives the song justice. “Hot Fuck, No Love”.

“Ayo Rafa!!! Can you make me a beat in about a half an hour?”

Rafa’s eyes widen in horror.

“Thirty minutes!?! D, I know you can rush when you get inspiration but this is insane!”

“I’m a busy guy and we need this done quick! This is the opening act for tonight’s show.”

“Alright D, I’ll try! But no promises it’s gonna be in 30 minutes on the dot!”

Daveed smiles as he walks into the recording studio and he puts on his headphones.


 Jasmine, Philippa, and  (Y/N) Walk out the dance studio sweating and practically gasping for air. They were working on the choreography for (Y/N)’s first ever show as a recording artist. Philippa choreographed it, and Jasmine added some finishing touches to make the dance as clean and attractive as possible.

“Damn that choreo took us forever.” Philippa wiper several beads of sweat off her forehead. She takes a quick sip from her water bottle and sighs in relief.

Jasmine sat down in a seat in the break room.

“You’re telling me! Besides, you made the choreo to easy and childish. (Y/N) is now 22, Remember? She’s a grown woman! She should be able to choreo that’s a bit more complex and….Explicit~”

(Y/N) sighs in relief and giggles.

“Thanks for helping me out girls it really means a lot to me! You guys are experienced artist taking time out of your day to help me out!”

Philippa smiles and Jasmine gets up and hugs her.

“But we are also your best friends,” Jasmine stated with a smile.

“And best friends are always there for each other!”

Philippa piggybacked on what Jasmine said with a kind smile that caused her cheeks to become rosy. She checks her watch and sighs.

“Hey, Jasmine! We gotta go! We can’t be late for studio time! The song is due tomorrow!!”

Jasmine quickly gets up and runs to the studio.

“Well, what are we waiting for let’s go!! See ya (Y/N)! Your first ever session starts in 10 minutes! Don’t be late!”

“Trust me I won’t! See ya!”


   (Y/N) boils some water in a kettle on a hot plate to make herself some tea. Renee walks up to her with two mugs and honey for their tea.

“Hey (N/N), how is your performance set coming along? You’ve been working on that for weeks!”

“It’s going well…Well..I guess…I’m just really nervous!! It’s my first ever performance with the first songs I’ve ever written!!! None of them were recorded yet! I mean what if I fuck up the tempo! What if the tracks get lost! And don’t get me started on the choreo!!”

Renee giggles and puts her hand on her shoulder. She looks into her eyes and smiles.

“(Y/N), listen to me. I recommended you for a reason. You are extremely talented and pretty experienced on the mic for a fresh out of the hood artist with no training. And your singing voice is just to die for. The R&B and Hip Hop game alike need more females like you! You will do great! Now drink your tea and get in the recording studio! You gotta record your songs before you perform, honey! Also, you have to go shopping with Jazzy right after! Remember we have a schedule!”

(Y/N) smiles. Renee was always there for her when it came to her music. They were close ever since they were kids. She always knew what to say.

“Thanks, ReRe.”

She pours her piping hot water into her cup and makes her tea.

“I think I’m ready to record my first ever set, Renee!”

“That’s what I’m talking about, (N/N)! Let’s get in the studio!”


“Alright, Alright!!! What’s up party people!?”

      The club was packed and the crowd goes wild as while the MC rallies the crowd up! Young women and men are screaming for Daveed. Some were chanting his name, others were saying things that you probably shouldn’t say in public.  Talent scouts came to the club for Rising Stars night. Once a week aspiring recording artist who were trying to make it big would perform a set that contains 6 songs. They were looking for young men and women between the ages of 17-25 who can sing, and/or rap their hearts out and who age well.

  Luckily, Daveed and (Y/N) fit the criteria.

  Daveed just turned 24 about month ago but he was writing verses since he was 18 years old. He would rap along to gangsta rap songs as a kid. He looks a fairly young and had an amazing body.

   (Y/N) just turned 22 about a month and a half ago. As a birthday present, she got a top of the line laptop with music creating software and a notebook for songwriting. She has been singing since she was 4 years old and dancing since she was 6. She looks like she is still 18 and is extremely curvy.

Rafa took out his computer as he walked over to Daveed with the file for the instrumental open.

“It’s all done and edited for ya D!”

“Thanks, Rafa! How does the crowd look?”

Rafa looks at the crowd from backstage.

“Packed and ready for a show.”

“Good. I’m ready to deliver that show.”

Rafa laughs and punches his shoulder.

“Aight. You’re on man!”


“Now introducing, tonight’s opening act, Daveed Diggs!”

Daveed walks into the stage and waved at the crowd. Jasmine smirked and pointed on stage.

“Ayo, (Y/N)! Your boyfriend is the opening act. It must be a good sign!~ You better bring it tonight!”

(Y/N) blushed as Daveed walked onstage stopping at up center stage. He turned around and sees (Y/N). He winks at her and smirks.

Daveed began to think about  (Y/N ) again while he was on stage. He thought of the lustful inspiration that drove him to create his song. He breathed in and looked up at the crowd. He began to rap his first of the verse of his song.

“Finger on the button.

That Cold War threat.

Finger on the button.

Got that lover in a cold sweat.”

Some members of the audience were in awe at the fact he could rap, other were bumping and grinding up against the person next to them. Talent scouts were taking notes on Daveed. He continued to perform and he turned his head to (Y/N)’s direction. He sees her dancing, swaying her hips in a hypnotic motion. He smirks and walks off, still rapping but is staring (Y/N) dead in eyes. Like a lion looking at his mate.

“Your loving on such and such

And so what is love?

It’s just a frame of mind

And boxed in by sex,”

His hands trace (Y/N)’s curves and hold on her hips as they swayed from behind her. Her hands wrapped his neck as she swayed her hips back and grinds up against him. His lips brushed up against her ear as he continued to rap. His tone changed to seductive and flirtatious.

“It’s toxic

And the single is intoxicating

And all the waiting and masturbating

The dick is chafing

Where’s the lotion?~”

As his performance came to a close, he walked back up onto the stage. As the outro of the song, rolled in he walked off the stage winking at  (Y/N).


Jasmine and Renee are giggling and teasing (Y/N) [Who is currently red in the face] while Philippa does her makeup.

“Soo…(Y/N)….And Daveed… ~”

Renee chuckles at the thought and (Y/N) blushes and sighs.

“It was probably just for show.”

“Or it’s a good luck charm from the sex gods” Jasmine chimes in, giggling.

Philippa rolls her eyes.

“You guys are such children. Let’s just focus on the gig for now. When we get to (Y/N)’s place to chill, we can talk about Daveed, the god of rap and sex. Alright?”

Philippa had a smirk as she finished (Y/N)’s makeup and addressed the girls.


The MC began to speak again as (Y/N) walked towards the stage. Daveed passed (Y/N) whispered in her ear.

“Good luck, beautiful~”


“Introducing, (Y/N) (L/N)!!!”

She walked on stage while she received at cat calls from Daveed, other men and some women in the crowd. Several teens who snuck in the club look at her in awe. She took a deep breath and began to sing.

(The song you are singing is called Gangsta by Kehlani)

“I need a Gangsta

To love me better

Than all the others do.

To always forgive me

Ride or die with me

That’s just what gangsta’s do.”

Everyone in the audience stared at you in awe, especially Daveed. Talent scouts quickly took notes. She danced and swayed to the beat in perfect timing. She noticed Daveed’s eyes grazing over her body. She walked downstage and gets on all fours crawling across the stage towards Daveed. She gets up and bends down to be at Daveed’s eye level. (Y/N) lifted up his chin and begins to sing once again. Her voice is sweet, seductive and alluring while she sings to Daveed.

“My freakness is on the loose

And running all over you~

Please take me to places, that nobody,

Nobody knows.

You got me hooked up on the feeling!

You got me hanging from the ceiling

Got me up so high I’m barely breathing

So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me,

Don’t let me go~”

(Y/N) gets up and walks downstage and finished her first song, leaving Daveed mesmerized. Throughout (Y/N)’s set, Daveed couldn’t help but stare. He felt like he was on Molly, weed and LSD all at once ever since she looked at him and vice versa. When (Y/N) finally ended her performance, she blew a kiss at Daveed and that what got him going. His heart began to race and he felt like he was on Cloud Nine until Rafael grabbed his shoulder.

“Ayo D you did great!! The scouts look impressed.”

“Huh?! O-Oh yea! Thanks man! Wanna head back to my place? I gotta some Hennessey!”

“Sure man!”

Rafa and Daveed walked outside only to see a limo waiting for them.

A medium lengthed hair man and a dark suit walked out of the limo. The man has a kind smile.


“Lin!! What are you doin’ here?”

“I heard today was your first show from one of my people. But I’m also here for my…..Stuff.”

Lin was the most powerful and well known mafia boss in the city and Daveed was his dealer. But nobody was scared of him. He is more kind than menacing. He anonymously donates millions of dollars to orphanages and charity. He loves children and classic oldies. He was a gentle soul but if you get him pissed you better pray. He once had hired someone to kill a man since he doesn’t like blood on his hands. He owns Lin Star studios to give him a cover up.

Daveed smiles and puts his hands in his pockets.

“Yea I got your stuff but how are you gonna pay me back.”

“I’ll pay you back based on the quality and quantity. Besides I wanted to throw you a celebration for you performance. Ya know as a late birthday present from your old pal.”

“Aight, man. It’s a deal.”

Lin hands the weed to Oak and the Molly to Anthony to try. Lin rolled up a hundred dollar bill for the cocaine. The three men tried it all at once. They all nodded in approval.

“Alright…I’ll throw a party at your place, give you a ride home, unlimited studio time, and about $230 bucks.”


“Good. Now you and your friend get in the car. I may have a hella lot of money but no enough time. That unfortunately I cannot buy.”


“Eren, stop, that isn’t true [that you’re a worthless little kid]. Hey, thank you. I’ve been meaning to tell you that. For fighting, for always standing by me. Thank you. For pushing through, for showing me how to live with purpose. I’m greatful. My scarf, for always wrapping it around me. Thank you.”

-          Mikasa Ackerman, Attack on Titan (Ep. 37)

“Mikasa, I will always wrap your scarf, always and forever. That’s a promise.”

-          Eren Jaeger

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fireyfobbitmedicine  asked:

Imagine being the people who animated the piano episode


1. Sakura sleeps through the entire school day
2. Meanwhile in Home Ec, Syaoran is angrily baking some Angst Cakes
3. Everyone is impressed by Eriol perfectly frosting a series of cupcakes, as an absurdly powerful magical being you would think that he would have better things to do, but he probably just likes receiving the validation of his fourth-grade peers
4. Touya tries very hard to tell Yukito that he shares a body with a moon god but is truthblocked once again by Nakuru who is playing basketball very impressively outside the window. Again, it would seem like a magical being such as herself would have better uses for such power than recreational sport, but to each godlike entity their own. 
5. Guess what?? Even though all the Cards were captured, now they all need to be made pink!!! Why? Something something magic whatever! What’s important is that Tomoyo gets to film Sakura in more cute outfits!!
6. Eriol starts playing the piano (again: gross misuse of unlimited magic) apparently with the intention that both Sakura and Tomoyo will hear it and come into the music room
8. so after school, the piano hears her practicing her song and just starts blindly following the sound of her voice
9. and it keeps crashing into walls and doorways, so apparently its intention is either deadly or just overly enthusiastic for such an unwieldy instrument
10. Sakura wonders why the piano is moving on its own, and suddenly has a vision of Clow Reed’s face, and she’s like “YEAH THAT FUCKER IS PROBABLY AT IT AGAIN”
11. Syaoran summons his Magic Sword™ to electrocute the piano and it collapses to the ground with a broken leg (bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sad piano’)
13. Maybe they all have telepathy but all three of them start running UP the stairs to the roof which seems like a terrible idea because then you’re just trapped and the piano owns your life forever
14. Tomoyo says “It seems to come our way each time I talk!” and bless their innocent hearts not a single one of them says “then maybe you should SHUT THE HELL UP” 
15. Then, there is a time skip and suddenly it’s night. The piano is resting comfortably in the middle of the hallway, bathed in the beautiful moonlight beaming in through the windows, because custodians don’t exist and no one else stayed after school that day. The three kids are up on the roof, and Tomoyo starts singing. I can not be sure why they waited hours to enact their Master Plan, but I guess Tomoyo wasn’t allowed to talk during that time cause the piano would be on their asses in no time flat. 
16. The piano once again starts hovering down the hall, up the stairs, and Sakura waits until it’s literally banging on the door to create the Song Card, which is just a glorified voice recorder. 
17. Did Eriol have to engineer this elaborate scheme specifically so that Sakura would have to use The Song? Because otherwise, there is literally no use for it. It’s a dumb card. I don’t think it would be too bad if it lost all its powers. 
18. Also I just want to mention that literally any other card could have worked in this situation. Just off the top of my head: Use Firey and watch the wooden splinters burn in a blaze of heat! Use Freeze and shatter it into a thousand useless pieces! Use Fight to throw it through a window! Use Wood to grow a tree through it! I don’t know! There are a lot of options here!
19. Anyway the piano is a total dumbass, tries to follow Tomoyo’s voice which is now in The Song, and falls off the roof
20. … but not before it pulls a Wile E. Coyote move and stops for a few seconds, realizes it’s over a huge cliff, and THEN falls, because what this weird as hell episode needed was a Looney Tunes gag to ground it in reality
21. and there’s no reason for that to stop the piano, because it was already hovering to get around anyway, so shouldn’t it continue to do so instead of succumbing to gravity?
22. Anyway the piano slams into the ground. The three kids stare at it from their lofty precipice of the school’s rooftop. The piano is dead, and I say “dead” rather than “destroyed” because in these few minutes the piano has become it own character. They murdered the piano. 
23. Being broken before didn’t stop it, but I guess now it does. Just saying.
24. cut to come silhouettes who are definitely NOT Eriol, Nakuru, Anti-Kero, and Eriol’s stupid hat, apparently WATCHED THE ENTIRE MULTIPLE HOUR PROCESS from another rooftop
25. What’s even better is that they show the music room in later episodes and there is a brand new piano there. Did someone find the dead piano, splintered beyond repair, dropped unforgivingly at the foot of the school, and say “That’s a shame. Good thing the music budget has enough money for a new one!”
27. And that is why Sakura and the Dangerous Piano is the best episode of Cardcaptor Sakura, the end

Mafia Boss (G-Dragon Scenario) - Part 11

Archived | Posted May 8, 2016

Part 11 is finally here~ ^^ This emotional roller coaster of a series continues and I hope you’re all prepared haha. Hope you’ll like it and enjoy~

WARNING! Those who don’t handle violence and strong language well, be ware. This is not, I repeat not, a series suited for young and sensitive readers.

All characters in this series, aside from the members of BIGBANG, are fictional. Any resemblance to real life people, in name or otherwise, are purely coincidental.

Summary: In the aftermath of your chaotic breakup, you try to wrap your head around it all and figure out what actually happened.

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50 fascinating facts you should know about Scotland, apparently.

1. The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

2. The shortest scheduled flight in the world is one-and-a-half miles long from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute 14 seconds to complete.

3. Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.

4. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae (pictured below), on the island of Orkney, is the oldest building in Britain, dating from 3100 BC.

5. The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world; a whole 15 seconds.
(Edit - longest echo is now at 112 seconds taken in a man-made structure has been set in an underground fuel depot constructed in Scotland before World War Two.)

6. Scotland has more than 600 square miles of freshwater lakes, including the famous Loch Ness.

7. The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is only its second largest city, after Glasgow.

8. Edinburgh was the first city in the world which had its own fire brigade.

9. Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on seven hills and the capital has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world.

10. Scotland had its own monarch until 1603. After Elizabeth I died,James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, ruling both countries.

11. St Andrews Links is considered the “home of golf”; the sport has been played there since the 15th century.

12. Queen Victoria is reputed to have smoked cigarettes during her visits to the Highlands of Scotland to keep away midges.

13.Edinburgh was home to Skye terrier Grey Friar’s Bobby, who captured the hearts of the nation by sitting on the grave of his dead owner for 14 years.

14.Scotland is currently the second largest country in the UK, after England.

15. The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis, at 4,406ft (1343m)

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The Ravens’ attempt to convert Joe Flacco into a pocket passer remained a work in progress as the 2012 season began. Terrell Suggs suffered a tendon injury during an off-season basketball game and was unable to play for at least several weeks. In the opener on September 10, Baltimore routed Cincinnati 44-13. After this easy win, the team headed to Philadelphia. The Eagles had struggled during their Week 1 match in Cleveland and were not expected to win, but a bizarre game ensued thanks to the NFL facing another lockout mess, this one involving the league’s referees, who were replaced by ex-college officials. The replacement officials were widely criticized throughout the league. This game featured multiple quesionable calls that went against the Ravens, perhaps costing them the game 24-23.

Returning home for a primetime rematch of the AFC Championship, another bizarre game ensued. New England picked apart the Baltimore defense (which was considerably weakened without Terrell Suggs and some other players lost over the off-season) for the first half. Trouble began early in the game when a streaker ran out onto the field and had to be tackled by security, and accelerated when, at 2:18 in the 4th quarter, the referees made a holding call on RG Marshal Yanda. Enraged fans repeatedly chanted an obscenity at this penalty. The Ravens finally drove downfield and on the last play of the game, Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal to win the game 31-30, capping off a second intense and controversially-officiated game in a row for the Ravens.

The Ravens would win the AFC North with a 10-6 record, but finished 4th in the AFC playoff seeding, and thus had to play a wild-card game. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 at home (the final home game of Ray Lewis), the Ravens traveled to Denver to play against the top seeded Broncos. In a very back-and-forth contest, the Ravens pulled out a 38-35 victory in overtime. They then won their 2nd AFC championship by coming back from a 13-7 halftime deficit to defeat the New England Patriots once again, 28-13.

The Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

Super Bowl XLVII was an American football game between theAmerican Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the2012 season. The Ravens defeated the 49ers by the score of 34–31, handing the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss in franchise history. The game was played on February 3, 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Superdomein New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the tenth Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans, equaling Miami’s record of ten in an individual city.

For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game featured two brothers playing against each other—Jim and John Harbaugh, head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively—earning it the nickname Harbaugh Bowl or The Harbowl. In addition, Super Bowl XLVII was the first to feature two teams who had undefeated records in previous championship games (Baltimore, 1–0; San Francisco, 5–0). The 49ers, who posted a regular season record of 11–4–1, entered the game seeking their sixth Super Bowl win in team history (and first since 1995), which would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most by a franchise. The Ravens, who posted a 10–6 regular season record, made their second Super Bowl appearance in 12 years, having previously won Super Bowl XXXV. Ray Lewis, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) from that game, as well as the last remaining member of the inaugural Ravens roster from 1996, also played in this game, his last before his retirement from professional football.

Baltimore built a 28–6 lead early in the third quarter before a partial power outage in the Superdome suspended play for 34 minutes (earning the game the nickname Blackout Bowl). After play resumed, San Francisco scored 17 unanswered third-quarter points to cut the Ravens’ lead, 28–23, and continued to chip away in the fourth quarter. With the Ravens leading late in the game, 34–29, the 49ers advanced to the Baltimore 7-yard line just before the two-minute warning but turned the ball over on downs. The Ravens then took an intentional safety in the waning moments of the game to preserve the victory. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, was named Super Bowl MVP. Flacco became the 4th quarterback in a row to receive MVP after Drew Brees at Super Bowl XLIV, Aaron Rodgers at Super Bowl XLV, and Eli Manning at Super Bowl XLVI.

CBS broadcast the game in the U.S., and charged an average of $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the game, the highest rate for any Super Bowl. According to Nielsen, Super Bowl XLVII was viewed by an estimated average of 108.69 million people in the United States, with a record 164.1 million tuning into at least six minutes of the game.] Beyoncé performed in the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, which featured a reunion with her fellow members from Destiny’s Child,Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

New Beginnings {28}

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UKC Pit Fighting Rules [Historical Purpose ONLY]

“The UKC used to hold Sanctioned pit fights and they had rules and titles. Rules Governing Recognized Pit Contests. Whereas.It is the aim of the United Kennel Club Registering Office,it’s members and the APBT Fraternity,to place” Pit Contest" upon a Recognized plane of Excellence and promote more and better contests,the Following rules have been adopted by the Fraternity and UKC Registering Offices. 

1.Pit Contest to be recognized must employ a UKC licensed referee. 

2.The principals may select any licensed UKC referee in good standing. 

3.The Principals may select any fancier for the official timekeeper,but the selection must meet with the approvel of the referee. 

4.A licensed referee shall not preside over any"Pit Contest" where one or both of the combat dogs are non-UKC registered “Cur” bloodlines. 

5.The combat dogs must be UKC registered in their rightful owner’s name and the referee shall make sure of this and be in possession of their registration certificates durning the contest. 

6.The referee shall deliver to the UKC Registering Office a full and complete report of the contest within 5 days after the contest. 

7.Any dog winning 3 moneyed contests held under these rules and presided over by the UKC licensed referee,shall have the degree of Champion conferred upon him by the UKC Registering Office and the Pit Bull Terrier Fraternity. 

8.It shall be the duty of the official timekepper to keep a correct record of the time consumed in the contest by scratches,etc.,and he shall deliver the original time sheet(or a duplicate) to the referee immediately after the contest to be sent to the UKC registering office for record.It shall also be the duty of the official time keeper to call to the referee before the 25 seconds"Get Ready" and the 30 seconds"Let Go", and the referee shall act accordingly. 

9.The full amount of the contest money shall be in the hands of the final stake holder before the referee shall order the dogs weighted.The referee shall order the dogs weighted 1 hour before the contest and they shall be weighted in the presence of the referee and the final stake holder of either dog exceeding the weight specified in the agreement shall forfeit then and there to his opponent all money posted. 

10. After weighting the dogs the referee shall toss a coin for the Principals and the Principals winning the toss shall have his choice of haveing his dog washed (first or last)also his choice of the corner in the “Pit" 

11.Each Principal shall furnish a sponge and two towels for washing and drying his opponents dog.Both dogs shall be washed in the center of the Pit with warm water and washing soda.15 minutes shall be allowed each Principal to wash his opponents dog.The time between washing each dog shall not exceed 5 minutes. 

12. After washing and drying each dog shall be placed in the hands of a watchful fancier in the corner of the Pit selected or assigned to him and kept there untill the Principals are given the word "Let Go” by the referee.Each Principal shall “let go” his opponents dog at the start and thereafter shall handle their own dog.

13.There shall be only one container of water in the “Pit” for sponging between a “pick up” and a “scratch” and each Principal shall furnish a sponge 2 towels for sponging and drying his dog.The referee shall examine the sponges and water and have full charge of them at all time.

14.It shall be a fair"scratch in turn" contest.30 seconds shall be allowed between every “pick up” and “scratch” 25 seconds for sponging,drying and fanning,and 5 seconds to get ready.

15.To establish a fair"turn"which will entitle either Principal to “pick up”.Both dogs must be free from holds and the dog which is accused of “turning” must have turned his head and shoulders from his opponent.Either Principal upon noticing this action may appeal to the referee and claim the “Turn” and if the claim be just and fair the referee shall immediately call a “pick up” and notify the other Principal it is his turn to scratch.

16.At 25 seconds the referee shall call"get ready" and at 30 seconds he shall call"let go"and the Ptincipal of the dog to scratch shall take his hands off his dog fair of his “scratch” his dog must go across the “pit” inside his opponents"scratch line" and mouth his opponent.Should the dog fail to go across and mouth his opponent he loses the con test and the refereee shall immediately announce the winner.

17.While ons dog is “scratching” the opponent shall hold his dog’s head and shoulders fair between his legs just inside the “scratch line”.

18.Should a dog while'scratching"become confused and sway to either side of the direct line to his opponent as long as he does not turn his head away from his opponent he is making a fair"scratch"

19.Should any outsider attract the dogs attantion while “scratching” and the dog,stop,or “scratch” the article or object instaed of his opponent,the referee shall immediately order the dog cratched"over.

20.Should either dog become fanged,the referee shall order a “pick up” and allow the principal to unfang his dog, then immediately order them put down two feet apart and give the word"let go".This action does not have any connection with a “turn” or “scratch” and must not be considered so.Principals can un-fang their dogs with their hands without picking them up if the referee so decides.

21.Should a fair"turn and pick up" be made and the dogs accidentally get in a hold again,the referee shall order them parted and proceed in 30 seconds with the “scratch”.

22.Principals shall be allowed to encourage their dogs by voice and actions.Should a Principal touch either dog with his hand,foot or other article while in action the the referee shall immediately call a foul ans announce his opponent the winner.

23.Principals shall take their hands off their dogs fair inside their “Scratch line”.Should a principal push his dog over his “scratch line” the referee shall immediately call a foul and announce his opponent the winner.

24.Should a Principal pick his dog up without being told to by the referee.the referee shall immediately call a foul and announce his opponent the winner.

25.Should a Ptincipal leave his corner before the dogs have resumed action, the referee shall immediately call a foul and announce his opponent the winner.

26.Under no circumstances where a match is made and money posted,shall the money be returned without a contest.The Principal appearing for the shall be declared the winner and receive the “stake” money.

27.Should interference of any kind prevent a fair decisive contest, the Principals and the referee shall name the next time and place for the contest(within 15 days).Should the Principals and the referee fail to agree upon the future meeting place, it shall then be the duty of the referee to name the time and place and the same referee shall preside over this unfinished contest and the principals and the referee shall start this contest with “rule 3”

28.Any persons or persons found guilty of doping,faking,poisoning or attempting to dope,fake,poison or damage any dog or dogs,before,durning or after the contest,shall forfeit all money,fined $100 and be barred from the APBT Fraternity for a period of 3 years ,and a full report of such action shall be printed 2 times each year for a period 3 years in the June and Dec.Issues of the UKC official Journal,Bloodlines.

29.In all recognized contests the decisions of the UKC licensed Referee shall be final and all bets shall go as the “main stakes”.30.The “Pit” shall be 16 ft.square with sides two and one half feet high,with a tight wood floor.A line shall be painted across the center,also a scratch line painted across each Principals corner.To draw this scratch line, measure 7 ft out each way from the corner.“

While today Dog fighting is considered a crime, there is no denying that back in the day Pit Fighting was a legitimate sport. 



Ahead of Saturday’s meeting between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, here are 15 stats on football’s eternal rivalry.. stats, scores, players, records… 

Scores and Matches:

1- This is the Clasico #263

2 - In the last seven Madrid-Barça fixtures in the league, the Catalans have gotten the better of the side from the capital with four wins, one draw and two defeats. If all competitions are considered, Barça again are on top with six wins, three draws and three defeats.

3 - Madrid and Barça have met in Week 12 of La Liga on seven occasions. The blaugranas have won the last three (2004, 2005 and 2009) and did not concede in any of those matches.

4 - Real Madrid have not lost in their last 22 league matches at home (19 wins and three draws).

5 - Rafa Benitez has faced Barça on 12 occasions, as manager of Valladolid, Extremadura, Valencia and Liverpool: seven wins, one draw and four losses.

6 - The most frequent result between Madrid-Barça meetings at the Santiago Bernabeu is 2-1 (18). Other often-seen scorelines are 1-1 (15), 1-2 (13) and 0-1 (13).


7 - In the last nine league Clásicos, both sides have managed to score, making it the second longest such streak after the two teams did so on 13 occasions between 1946 and 1952

8 - Andrés Iniesta has made the most Clásico appearances of any Barça player currently in the squad, with 31 matches against Madrid in all competitions. The Barça player with the most appearances in the fixture isXavi Hernandez who featured 42 times against Madrid with a record of 17 wins, 12 draws and 13 defeats.

Top 10 Players with most clasico appearances: *Bold means players are still active in el Clasico

  1.  Xavi Hernández: 42 apps (FCB)
  2.  Manuel Sanchís: 42 apps (RMCF)
  3. Francisco Gento: 42 apps (RMCF)
  4. Fernando Hierro: 37 apps (RMCF)
  5. Raúl González: 37 apps (RMCF)
  6. Iker Casillas: 36 apps (RMCF)
  7. Carles Puyol: 32 apps (FCB)
  8. Andrés Iniesta: 31 apps (FCB)
  9. Lionel Messi: 30 apps (FCB)
  10. Sergio Ramos: 30 apps (RMCF)

9 - Leo Messi is closing in on another record. This time for the most league Clásico goals. In his 18 matches against Madrid in La Liga, he has scored 14 times, the same number as Alfredo Di Stéfano. Also of significance is the fact that the Argentine has scored eight of those in the capital.


10 - Barça have scored in their last 15 league matches on the road (41 goals with an average of 2.7 per game).

11 - The current top three scorers in La Liga belong to either Barça or Madrid. Neymar Jr. is top of the pack with eleven goals, Luis Suárez follows with nine while Cristiano Ronaldo has eight.


12 - La Masia starters double La Fabrica’s starters, with 56 starting role for La Masia Alums against La Fabrica’s 23.

13 - La Masia players have also scored double the goals (4) of La Fabrica players (2)

14 - Sergio Busquets leads the ranking in minutes played for a Youth player (900 minutes) for FC Barcelona, and for both team, while Casemiro comes in 5th with (581 minute)

the top 10 Youth player starters is the following based on minutes played:

1- Sergio Busquets: 900 minutes (FCB)
2- Sergi Roberto: 744 minutes (FCB)
3- Jordi Alba: 720 minutes (FCB)
4-  Gerard Pique: 621 minutes (FCB)
5- Carlos Casemiro: 581 minutes (RMCF)
6- Andres Iniesta: 480 minutes (FCB)
7- Munir el Haddadi: 462 minutes (FCB)
8- Daniel Carvajal: 408 minutes (RMCF)
9- Lionel Messi: 399 minutes (FCB)
10- Nacho Fernandez: 371 minutes (RMCF)

15 - In total, La Masia players have totaled 5115 minutes as starters while La Fabrica players have totaled 2239 minutes as starters.

  • REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA, Clasico #263, November 21st 2015, at 18:15 PM CET, 12th Round of La Liga, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.

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Exploring an Asteroid Without Leaving Earth

You may remember that back in February, four crew members lived and worked inside our Human Research Exploration Analog (HERA). That crew, made up of 4 women, simulated a 715-day journey to a Near-Earth asteroid. Then in May, a second crew of 4 – this time, 4 men, launched on their simulated journey to that same asteroid.  These 30 day missions help our researchers learn how isolation and close quarters affect individual and group behavior. Studies like this at our Johnson Space Center prepare us for long duration space missions, like a trip to an asteroid or even to Mars.
We now have a third crew, living and working inside the HERA. This is the spacecraft’s 11th crew. The mission began on June 11, and will end on August 10.

The crew members are currently living inside this compact, science-making house. But unlike in a normal house, these inhabitants won’t go outside for 30 days. Their communication with the rest of planet Earth will also be very limited, and they won’t have any access to internet. The only people they will talk with regularly are mission control and each other.

The HERA XI crew is made up of 3 men and 1 woman selected from the Johnson Space Center Test Subject Screening (TSS) pool. The crew member selection process is based on a number of criteria, including the same criteria for astronaut selection. The four would-be astronauts are:

• Tess Caswell

• Kyle Foster

• Daniel Surber

• Emmanuel Urquieta

What will they be doing?

The crew will test hardware prototypes to get “the bugs worked out” before they are used in off-Earth missions. They will conduct experiments involving plants, brine shrimp, and creating a piece of equipment with a 3D printer. After their visit to an asteroid, the crew will simulate the processing of soil and rocks they collected virtually. Researchers outside of the spacecraft will collect data regarding team dynamics, conflict resolution and the effects of extended isolation and confinement.

How real is a HERA mission?

When we set up an analog research investigation, we try to mimic as many of the spaceflight conditions as we can. This simulation means that even when communicating with mission control, there will be a delay on all communications ranging from 1 to 5 minutes each way, depending on how far their simulated spacecraft is from Earth.

Obviously we are not in microgravity, so none of the effects of microgravity on the human or the vehicle can be tested. You can simulate isolation to a great degree – although the crew knows they are note really isolated from humanity, the communications delays and ban from social media help them to suspend reality. We emulate confinement and the stress that goes along with it.

Scientists and researchers use analogs like HERA to gather more data for comparison to data collected aboard the space station and from other analogs so they can draw conclusions needed for a real mission to deep space, and one day for a journey to Mars.            

A few other details:

  • The crew follows a timeline that is similar to one used for the     ISS crew.
  • They work 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday. This     includes time for daily planning, conferences, meals and exercises.  
  • They will be growing and taking care of plants and     brine shrimp, which they will analyze and document.

Past HERA crew members wore a sensor that recorded heart rate, distance, motion and sound intensity. When crew members were working together, the sensor would also record their proximity as well, helping investigators learn about team cohesion.

Researchers also learned about how crew members react to stress by recording and analyzing verbal interactions and by analyzing “markers” in blood and saliva samples.

As with the 2 earlier missions this year, this mission will include 22 individual investigations across key human research elements. From psychological to physiological experiments, the crew members will help prepare us for future missions.

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In no particular order, here are my 14 favorite albums of 2014. Enjoy!

Ryan Adams / Ryan Adams

In a year where I was already listening to more Ryan Adams than I ever had (holy what a rewarding back catalogue to discover!) Adams released one of his best albums in recent memory. An incredibly talented, hugely prolific musician (it’s amazing how often those traits are mutually exclusive) his self titled 14th studio album in the last 14 years sounds as fresh and emotional as ever. Sounding fiercely personal and broodingly dark, Adams somehow manages to give these songs a broad, mainstream brushstroke. Either thanks to hit maker Mike Viola’s (Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Matt Nathanson) production, or Adams’ continued cult-like success, these mainstream rock songs sound 100% Ryan Adams. With a tight band that includes Benmont Tench (Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers), wife Mandy Moore on vocals for a few songs, and Johnny Depp shredding some electric solos, this album is one heck of a good time. Adams has the kind of ability that can only come with years and years of touring and writing, to make these simple songs sound cohesive, exciting, and interesting. He’ll have you dancing in the dark in the kitchen, singing along to simple words you didn’t realize you knew. He writes the kind of deceptively deep and dark lyrics that are getting more and more rare these days and recall his early career when singer-songwriters ruled the scene. When Adams cuts everything else out halfway in, for the heart aching acoustic ballad “My Wrecking Ball” you’d swear it was 2000 and you were 14 again, laying on your bed listing to Heartbreaker on your walkman. That’s the beauty of Adams. An artist who can be so progressive, so prolific through such a long period without alienating fans or critics, comes along rarely. With a home studio he’s been using to help promote music of all genres, a crowd pleasing tour with a real fan’s setlist, and a tell-all interview style that found me devouring anything and everything Adams this year, this probably would have been my number one album had I decided to rank them all in a specific order. Regardless, this is the album I had the most fun listening to, and if you’ve somehow avoided it despite all the hype, I TOTALLY recommend it. 

“Lying in the bed at night feeling like I’m somebody else / My thoughts inside my head get lost inside the haunted house / Everyone I used to know left their dreams by the door / I accidentally kick ‘em that’s how I can tell you’re still not sure.”

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness / Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

In many ways, longtime favorite musician Andrew McMahon’s first official solo release was both a pleasant surprise and a mild disappointment. Definitely my most highly anticipated release of the year, McMahon chose the wordy Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness as the title for his latest piano pop project. I have loved McMahon since his days fronting the punkier SoCal band Something Corporate and his second project, Jack’s Mannequin, is one of my favorite bands of all time. Whether due to restlessness, artistic exploration, or career aspirations, 2013/14 found McMahon venturing out on his own. Keeping ¾’s of Jack’s (losing only talented guitarist Bobby “Raw” Anderson) and focusing more on synths, keyboards, and electronic production, McMahon has released one of the most forward thinking pop records of the year. With huge radio ready pop choruses (feel good single “Cecelia & The Satellite” is the first time I’ve heard Andrew on the radio since 2005’s “The Mixed Tape”) and some big name co-writers, it’s good to see McMahon making a splash again in the pop scene. The disappointment came when I realized that by falling for co-writes and radio pop, McMahon had released something that sounds like a lot of the other mainstream stuff right now. McMahon has long sang about the “pop underground” and wanting to “hear some music / NOT the radio music” and this album loses some of the quirks that always made him special. That being said, his piano skills are still definitely impressive, his autobiographical lyrics are what set him apart from everybody else, and there are some GREAT pop songs on this album. From the pounding opener “Canyon Moon,” the gorgeous piano of “Halls,” and the echoing 80’s power pop of closer “Maps For The Getaway,” these songs sound like a more mature, mid-tempo McMahon. Gone is most of the teenage/twenty-something angst and turmoil, and most of these songs are about married life, McMahon’s brand new daughter and finding peace as a musician and human. Time will tell if these songs will hold up to McMahon cult favorites like “Bruised,” and “Dark Blue,” but I encourage you to check out his extremely uplifting 2014 release. 

“Parked outside the house we used to live / Staring down the green roof and the walls / The balcony, the hills, the pain / The years of hope, the months of rain / Now that we’re outside it / I guess we survived it after all.”

Angels & Airwaves / The Dream Walker

Full disclosure, Angels & Airwaves and I go way back. The songs on Tom DeLonge’s post-Blink 182 project have a common thread that immediately takes me back to my early 20’s. Whether I was driving snowy mountain passes home from college for Christmas blasting We Don’t Need To Whisper (AVA’s surprising 2006 debut); or taking 5AM sunrises head-on for jobs, school, and sports with I-Empire (2007’s powerful follow up) owning my headphones, I wore those two albums OUT in college. DeLonge had a way of making these vast, widescreen soundscapes feel personal and life changing. I fell in love with his passionate (although amateurish and affected) vocals, and his grand, Edge style guitar build ups. There was a positive message in the words that this overconfident punk rock kid from San Diego was singing. After achieving a fair amount of success with his first two albums (self produced and recorded in home studios) DeLonge gave away their third album LOVE for free download on their website. Here we are 8 years later and DeLonge is still carrying the torch for the punk rock, underground, DIY crew, and managing to hang just off the edge of the mainstream. Completely self recorded, produced, and released, Dream Walker is a true achievement. I thought I had grown out of DeLonge’s cryptic lyrics and overdone bombast, but something about Dream Walker caught my ear. No, it’s not a new found maturity for DeLonge & co, although with the addition of Ilan Rubin (NIN) on drums and synths, this album sounds raw and upfront, and abandons AVA’s endless intros and guitar heavy 6 minute epics. These songs trigger something in me and simply make me feel a little bit younger, a little bit more punk rock. In much the same way that last year’s favorite album, Typhoon's White Lighter threads melodies through different songs; DeLonge has a way of tying songs together. Using familiar chord structures and similar melodies, Dream Walker channels Patrick Stump (FOB), Bono, Gerard Way (MCR), and Robert Smith (The Cure), all the while sounding like a rejuvenated Angels & Airwaves. From the minor key piano in the opening track, the huge Blink drop in “Paralyzed”, and the radio ready hook from “Bullets In The Wind,” Delonge continually impresses. “Mercenaries” and “Wolfpack” bubble with an electric current of exuberant, boundless energy, and “Tunnels” is a sleek U2 style jam, that explodes with some of the best harmonies you’ll hear all year. Dream Walker makes this list because it disobeys the rules. It’s not perfect, it’s not lyrically brilliant, it’s just fun, sweaty, reckless abandon punk rock with an 80’s attitude and a leather jacket edge. I was waiting for something special this year, and Angels & Airwaves came along and made me feel 22 again. They made me want to sing along and go driving with the windows down, and to me, that’s what great music is supposed to do. 

“It’s on me / It’s only a small heart on one sleeve / Academy killer / Are you ready? / I’m waiting to begin.”

Bleachers / Strange Desire

Making the old feel new seemed to be a theme with my favorite albums this year and Bleachers (Jack Antonoff’s “don’t-call-it-a-side-project”) 80’s pop-rock blast Strange Desire did it better than anybody. When “I Wanna Get Better” hit the radio in February, it immediately became everyone’s favorite choppy, catchy, undeniable loser anthem. It was revealed all at once that Jack Antonoff (guitarist/co-writer for grammy winning group FUN.) not only had hit singles for a side project, but he had a full album and a tour hiding up his sleeve. Fans of Antonoff’s old band (New Jersey’s underdog punkers Steel Train) will find familiarity in a lot of the songs on Strange Desire, and in the absence of any news from FUN., Antonoff seems to have huge pop choruses for days. Alongside co-writing with Sara Bareilles (“Brave”) and Taylor Swift (“Out Of The Woods”) Antonoff wrote most of Strange Desire while on the road playing with FUN. With the weird glam-pop of Bowie and the rugged parkway grit of Born In The USA-era Springsteen, Antonoff makes the 11 tracks on Strange Desire feel like pure Bleachers. Using a lot of random samples, chopped up vocals and weird sounds, Antonoff puts his stamp on Strange Desire as the effortlessly cool, heart-on-sleeve, oddball front man of HIS band. All you have to do is look at the song titles. All “Wild Hearts,” “Rollercoaster,” and “Reckless Love” these songs could soundtrack a lost John Hughes movie. Selling out their summer tour across the US, and already making plans for next year, Bleachers rise to the top felt eerily similar to the path FUN. took a few years ago. Here’s to Bleachers and Jack Antonoff for the hard work and for releasing tunes that can make us all feel like kids again. 

“Woke up this morning early before my family / From this dream where she was trying to show me / How a life can move from the darkness.”

Field Report / Marigolden

Marigolden review here:

After missing the surprisingly moving debut album from Wisconsin’s Field Report on my best of 2012 list, I had Marigolden preordered and spinning from the day it came out in October. If you want a little deeper info on specific songs, check my full review linked above, but be assured, the music here is simply gorgeous. With understated acoustic guitar, drum brushes and keyboards, Field Report fill out a sound that was stark and bare, if not haunting on their debut. Adding enough pedal steel, sleek synthesizers, and electronic effects to draw comparisons to both Radiohead and George Jones; Field Report eschews the easy hooks of the currently saturated “folk” scene, to create something memorable and deeply powerful. Lyrically, this is solely a Christopher Porterfield project, and he writes like an older man with far more experience than a sophomore album would suggest. An ex-alcoholic from Milwaukee, Porterfield takes his songwriting cues from Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. He uses visceral and complicated words that shouldn’t fit in such pretty songs; words like lamprey, trebuchet, and tessellated that jut out at you in sharp angles. Much the way Paul Simon could get away with singing about “lasers in the jungle” and “angels in the architecture” Porterfield spews poetry at you like a man on a mission. Marigolden is a gem of an album. A collection of songs that stick with you and get under your skin. I’m glad bands like this still exist and I think “americana” is alive and well in Field Report’s capable hands. 

“Over the water outside of Mobile allowing the sunset to take her time / I’ve been putting off the knowing in a pink and orange haze while the oil rigs are feeding me lines / And the pines straight and tall, fly past looking out on a hundred mile bar code of prison bars.”

Noah Gundersen / Ledges

When Noah Gundersen rolled through Denver on tour last February, his debut solo album Ledges had been released only two weeks earlier. When he and his sister Abby opened their set with the mostly acappella album opener “Poor Man’s Son” and charged right on into the epic violin riff that drives “Boathouse,” I was hooked. With an emotional maturity that belies his age (he’s only 25), Gundersen comes on strong with a quieter batch of acoustic songs about love, loss, faith, and family. Family has always been a huge theme for Gundersen (the only musicians on the album are siblings) and Ledges is rife with lyrical references to mothers, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and sons. Younger sister Abby is the secret weapon here as she steals the show with her soft harmonies, and absolutely stunning violin work. Title track “Ledges” has to be one of the best songs this year. A roots rock blast that rides Abby’s violin line and Noah’s soul-baring lyrics to a huge chorus with its Springsteen-esque “better man” sentiment. Throughout these songs it is Gundersen’s honest, challenging lyrical approach and the way he speaks of religion and love that set Ledges apart from the flood of folksy singer-songwriters saturating the scene right now. Album closer “Time Moves Quickly” is a simple, sweet fade out. With Abby on funeral-quiet piano and strings, and Noah’s whisper quiet vocals, this one lasts long after the last note fades. 

“It’s the first defeat cuts you to your bones / Knocks you off your feet and you discover that home / Is not a person or place but a feeling you can’t get back.”

Hiss Golden Messenger / Lateness Of Dancers

A couple of weeks before Hiss Golden Messenger’s sublime summer record Lateness of Dancers came out, I was on vacation, wandering a Seattle record store and stumbled across an advanced copy in the used bin. I knew immediately that I was onto something good. From the very first electric strum of standout opener “Lucia”, Lateness is an album brimming with musical and lyrical talent, and a “roll down the windows, sweet southern summer breeze” feel. In much the same way that top 5 contender The War On Drugs rambles, Hiss Golden Messenger fills these songs with a kind of focused lazy. From the lilting, classic country feel of “Saturday’s Song,” to the swampy, southern rock of “I’m a Raven,” there is no hurry in front man MC Taylor’s delivery. Following an interesting career path from hardcore punk and alt-country in San Francisco in the 90’s, to studying folklore and forming HGM in North Caroling in 2007. I fell in love with HGM’s 2010 release Bad Debt a couple winters ago, and I loved the quiet immediacy and raw songwriting that came from just Taylor and an acoustic guitar. Lateness fleshes out that sound with an impressive cast of musicians that includes longtime partner Scott Hirsch, Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver), and the mega-talented Phil and Brad Cook. With his rugged vocals devoid of twang, Taylor sings of southern ideals and embodies the blooming North Carolina music scene of old souls. Equal parts country, americana, blues, folk, and 70’s rock, Hiss Golden Messenger turns up like a sweet, forgotten find in the dusty 70’s used bin of the old record store. Which is exactly how he wants it to be. 

“The misery of love is a funny thing / The more it hurts, the more you think you can stand a little pain.”

Ben Howard / I Forget Where We Were

After sleeping on Howard’s debut full length Every Kingdom in 2011, I vowed not to miss this year’s brooding soundscape I Forget Where We Were. Howard (27 years old from London) has enough songs floating around to fill far more than his two US releases, and with five EP’s to his name, IFWWW comes off as far more polished than your average sophomore effort. Although lacking the punch of catchier singles “Old Pine,” “The Wolves,” “The Fear,” or “Keep Your Head Up” from his first album, IFWWW does exactly what I want to see from a promising young artist. Howard shies away from easy choruses and uptempo beats and instead digs deeper with guitar tones and all around impressive musicianship on every track. Definitely darker and spacier, Howard gives the songs room to breathe, and uses enough effects and pedals to make The Edge jealous. Already an impressive guitar talent, you can feel Howard pushing himself to not only get better, but make the kind of songs that not many other young musicians are doing right now. From the gorgeous climb in the last minute and a half of the title track, the War On Drugs sprawl of “Time Is Dancing,” and the acoustic mastery of “In Dreams,” there is a lot to grow on you here. Standout first single “End Of The Affair” starts out sounding like “Everything” from his first album, but takes you on a much darker journey. When the percussion and guitar rhythm FINALLY click in at almost five minutes in, the last three minutes make this one song you probably don’t want to miss this year.

"Hold it in now let’s go dancing / I do believe we’re only passing through / Wired again now look who’s laughing / Me again, all fired up on you.”

John Mark McMillan / Borderland

Borderland is a deeply personal, spiritually challenging, powerful beast of a record. John Mark McMillan is a criminally underrated singer-songwriter who has been slaving away for a while on the edges of the easily hateable “Christian Rock/Worship” genre. Writing gritty, weird “christian” songs that are too moving and too biblically true NOT to be used in worship services around the world (see “How He Loves”) but just real, graphic, and visceral enough to make all the Christians a little uncomfortable. To focus only on how we label/perceive his music and religious beliefs would be taking away from the true beauty of Borderland, so let’s just talk about the tunes. With shades of 80’s era Springsteen and U2, and a rumbling voice that recalls a rougher Matt Berninger (The National), McMillan’s powerful vocals run a common thread through every song on Borderland. With a mind-blowing songwriting style that sounds gothic and prehistoric, modern and almost architectural. McMillan sings of freight decks, gaslights, Babylon, Rome, and Napolean, the repo man, jungles, cannonballs, lions and foxes. The songs and sequence are painstakingly crafted from the start. From the understated piano and mournful strings on opener “Holy Ghost,” the synthy, almost M83-esque “Love At The End,” to the rougher Imagine Dragons, radio rock of “Guns / Napolean” McMillan has three singles in the first three songs before he drops his “worship music” bomb. “Future / Past” is an epic, galatic-scoped worship song for megachurches full of thirty somethings. For me, someone who grew up on Christian music, and fell for “Christian” labeled bands like Delirious?, Switchfoot, Relient K, Bleach, The OC Supertones, and The Newsboys, McMillan’s spiritually centered songs ring true. It’s a tough genre to succeed in (McMillan and NEEDTOBREATHE are the only two christian artists who made my list), but McMillan is so passionate and so talented, and that talent shines through in a big way on Borderland.

“Are we all dangerous? Lost boys shoring up / Pockets full of fairy dust / Suffering the wanderlust / They all get crushed without love / By the law of the jungle.”

Manchester Orchestra / Cope & Hope

Cope Review here:

When Atlanta, GA 5-piece rock group Manchester Orchestra released their blisteringly heavy 4th full length Cope in early 2014, my only complaint with the record was its lack of dynamics and the fact that it was missing any emotional ballads/quiet moments at all. Lo and behold, MO has listened to my plea! Less than half a year after battering us with Cope, they have reimagined and re-released the songs as an emotional, stripped down older brother, ironically (or perhaps unironically) titled Hope. Releasing the same 10 songs less than six months apart is a dangerous move for any band, but MO pulls it off. With beautiful piano, understated acoustic guitar, strings, and a little trumpet, this is a beautiful sounding collection of songs. If you didn’t know better you would think that this was how the songs were originally meant to sound. The contrast between the two albums showcases front man Andy Hull’s impressive vocal acrobatics, and he sounds just as passionate screaming over raging electrics as he does crooning over lush strings. Standout Hope track “Girl Harbor” is probably most reminiscent of Hull’s solo work as Right Away Great Captain! and Hull’s vocals in the bridge when he cracks his way through the “Desperate friends!” bit, are the most emotional thing MO has done since “Leave It Alone.” If you want to read more about Cope, my full review is linked above, butit is the contrast between the two records that really sets MO apart. After the challenge of a little lineup change, 2014 proved that these guys have the range, work ethic, and indie cred to be the next Black Keys, Kings of Leon, or Foo Fighters. 

“Desperate friends / Trying to reconcile the bends / There is a name for men like you inside the dark / And I know your faults / I know the way you write them off / I don’t want anything to do with it no more.”

 NEEDTOBREATHE / Rivers In The Wasteland

Rivers In The Wasteland was the last album I added to this list. Beating out some solid releases from Counting Crows, Desert Noises, Run River North, The Black Keys, Owl John, Max Garcia Conover, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Taylor Swift, South Carolina’s NEEDTOBREATHE has done something special with their 5th studio release. Joining John Mark McMillan as the other self proclaimed “Christian” act on this list, NTB lets you know exactly where they stand on their powerful opening salvo “Wasteland” proclaiming “If God is on my side, who can be against me?” Although not a popular sentiment for record sales, you have to respect them for singing out exactly what they believe. With a back story straight out of a movie script, brothers Bo and Bear (Yeah he’s named after legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant) Rinehart, played football and started a country rock band in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina. Their influences shine through heavily on Wasteland with the swampy, southern rock feel of “Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now,” and the rambling country of “The Heart.” Sounding tight, well produced, and like a band at the top of their game, doing exactly what they want, NTB uses Wasteland to make a statement about exactly where they stand in their faith. Upon first listen I said I couldn’t believe how “christian” they sounded. With worshipful tracks “Difference Maker” and “Multiplied” NTB certainly isn’t shy about alienating a secular audience. They do achieve enough genre bending here to keep it interesting. Check out the Beach Boys inspired intros to “Brother” and “State I’m In” and the straight up radio rock (Think Imagine Dragons, Young The Giant, or Kings of Leon) of “Where The Money Is.” Overall, NTB stick to their strengths and reaffirm anyone who doubted their passion. With a cohesive, exciting release (With gorgeous album artwork to boot) and a title taken straight from the Bible (Isaiah 43:19) NTB sounds like a band supremely confident in their abilities and beliefs. . 

“We are all transgressors / We’re all sinners / We’re all astronauts / So if you’re beating death then raise your hand but shut up if you’re not!”

Sturgill Simpson / Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

I think anyone who listens to country radio right now can agree that country music needs saving and Sturgill Simpson might be just the kind of unassuming Kentucky boy with the classic sound to save it. Drawing immediate comparisons to Waylon, Willie, and Merle (I like to think that the country music greats only need their first names) Sturgill laces Metamodern Sounds with equal parts jukebox barnstormers and soul searching ballads. Two things grabbed me immediately about Simpson’s songs. First, the musicianship is excellent. While sticking mostly to classic country chord structures and rhythms, Simpson’s band sounds tight, and he himself has guitar chops that most radio country artists right now could only dream of. Second, the depth of soul searching in Simpson’s lyrics are to me what puts him closer to Willie and Waylon (heretofore to be referred to as W&W), than to anyone I hear coming on Nashville radio. Oft analyzed lead single “Turtles All The Way Down” deals not just with W&W’s favorite topics (drugs and religion) but far broader ideas of death, space, and time. With the kind of down-home-druggie wisdom Nelson has made a career of, he proceeds to tackle society and government (“Voices”), and making a career in music (“Living The Dream” and “Life of Sin”). What makes Simpson more than just another Waylon Jennings knock-off (and believe me he does sound and look like Waylon) is his willingness to use production and to sound simultaneously old and new. The last two songs are a perfect example of Simpson’s diversity and experiementation. “It Ain’t All Light” is a nearly seven minute (that in itself is nearly unheard of in country music) Eric Church-esque, rock experiement. Driven by looping electronics, fuzzy minor key electric guitars, and Simpson wolf-howling about being a “sin eater” and “playing with devil.” Heavy stuff. That track fades right into the prettiest, folkiest ballad on the album about Simpson’s idyllic, small town country life growing up. Singing of his uncle, his great grandparents, even his “papaw” “Pan Bowl” to me is what a real country song is all about. Hallelujah, country music is alive and well!

“There’s a gateway in our minds that leads somewhere out there far beyond this plane / Where reptile aliens made of light cut you open pull out all your pain.”

Strand Of Oaks / HEAL

When Strand Of Oaks frontman Timothy Showalter put the name of his new album in CAPS LOCK, it wasn’t an accident or some kind of gimmick to stand out in a crowded bearded indie scene. No, Philadelphia’s Showalter meant for the word HEAL to be a command and when in the title track he yelps “You GOTTA HEAL!” he sounds like he really means it. There are some albums that sound and feel like they HAD to be made and HEAL buzzes with cathartic energy and pent-up emotion. Written after a near death car crash, a marriage infidelity, alcoholism, and a disappointing 2012 release, Showalter had a lot on the line for this album. Although HEAL was my introduction to Strand Of Oaks (I had to go on a 3 record store, citywide hunt to track down my copy earlier this summer), longtime fans might have been a little surprised by the heaviness of both the guitars and the synthesizers. HEAL hits hard with the guitars right from the start with Showalter’s hometown referencing, J Mascis guest-shredding “Goshen 97” and the synth and drum heavy title track and “Same Emotion.” The album doesn’t begin to hit its emotional peak till the middle section, with the Springsteen anthem “Shut In,” and the brooding, almost Coldplay-like power of “Woke Up To The Light.” After already name checking The Smashing Pumpkins, Sharon Van Etten, and The Tallest Man On Earth’s Kristian Matsson, Showalter lets everything go with his homage to the late great Jason Molina (Songs:Ohia & Magnolia Electric Co.) simply titled “JM.” The song begins simply and quietly enough, with Showalter singing about his childhood in Indiana, before exploding at about a minute and a half in with an unhinged guitar wall of fury. The refrain of “I had your sweet tunes to play” written for Molina, is one the most poignant lines of music appreciation I’ve heard in awhile. Showalter releases more chaos on the unsettlingly autobiographical “Mirage Year” and makes HEAL one of the most diverse, interesting, and emotional rock releases in the last few years. 

“Sometimes I move like shadows / Sometimes I move like wind / But most days I start where I begin / Naked in The Great Lakes / Underneath the shine of Mars / I begged my friend to just let me drift off / Shower your loves with kisses / Shower the world with tears / Take advantage of those who got you here / Let me roll / Let me go / I’m bound to lose control.”

The War On Drugs / Lost In The Dream

This gorgeous, shimmering The War On Drugs album snuck into my life pretty much right after it was released in March. A friend of mine from work started playing it consistently in the early morning (we start work at 4AM) and it took me over. Pretty soon everyone was passing around burned copies and trying to pinpoint Lost In The Dream’s elusive soundscape. Simultaneously spacey and heartland, calming and invigorating, chill and yet frenetic, Philadelphia’s Adam Granduciel has something special on his hands with this group of songs. In the same way that Sturgill Simpson is shaking up “country” music, Granduciel has taken classic sounds and made them feel new and fresh. Drawing comparisons to Petty, Henley, Springsteen, and Knopfler, The War On Drugs uses some impressive guitar work and beautiful synths, to create an album that feels both widescreen wandering and fiercely intimate. Highway anthem opener “Under The Pressure” fills its almost nine minutes with focused fuzz, driving drums, and an undeniable energy propelling the album forward. From the more straightforward rock songs like “Red Eyes” and “Burning” to the breathtaking lull of closer “In Reverse,” Lost in The Dream is a cohesive, soothing masterpiece. For three weeks in April I listened to ONLY the last two songs (the title track and “In Reverse”) on my drive to work in the still dark early mornings, and there is a passion in all of these songs. The War On Drugs seemed to finally break through this year finishing top 5 for album of the year from NME and Sterogum and winning album of the year from Amazon, Spin, Paste, Q, and Uncut Magazines, and Lost In The Dream is completely deserving of every accolade. A road trip album if there ever was one, I encourage you to take this one in the car and give it the old open road test. 

 "There’s a cold wind blowing down my old road / Down the backstreets where the pines grow / As the river splits the undertows.“

Louis Tomlinson Facts: 24 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The One Direction Star

Louis Tomlinson is pretty much renowned for being the sassy member of One Direction with cheekbones so high that he can make every individual within a fifteen foot radius swoon on demand.

But there’s a lot more to Louis than amaze bone structure and fab comebacks; for example, did you know just how many seconds worth of solos he had on 1D’s first album, Up All Night? Or what his surname COULD have been?

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Erm, okay, so you probably do.

Because you guys know absolutely everything and there’s really just no competition when it comes to Louis T knowledge.

Still, have a little peruse of our super duper fun facts and you never know, you might learn something new…

1. Simon Cowell and co. were actually a tad unsure about placing Lou in the hugest, biggest, most famous band on the planet back in 2010 X Factor, and he very nearly didn’t make the cut.

Erm, could you imagine One Direction without Louis Tomlinson? Because we most certainly can not.

2. On a similar note, even once the band were up and running the 23-year-old was kind of pushed into the background a little bit and was meanly given the least amount of solos on 1D’s first album, Up All Night.

If you’re wondering about the specifics, throughout the 53 minute and 14 second long record, Lou gets a grand total of 1 minute and 29 seconds worth of solos - less than the other boys by a landslide.

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Still, Lou persevered and fans are in total agreement that his voice makes the band what it is and he has since gone on to write some absolutely awesome tracks for their fourth album.

*Cough* No Control *cough*.

3. We all know that Louis was born and raised in sunny Doncaster, but did you know that other famous peeps to reign from Donny include Jeremy Clarkson and Brian Blessed?

There you have it, a piece of Louis trivia that your dad will appreciate.

4. We are all well-practiced in scrawling our signature as Mrs. Tomlinson whilst we dream about the day that we will marry him, but we could have very easily been fantasising about being Mrs. Poulston or Mrs. Austin instead.

Louis took the surname of his stepfather, Mark Tomlinson, when he was younger but he could have kept his biological dad, Troy Austin, or his mum, Johannah Poulston’s, last names.

Is it just us or does Louis Tomlinson deffo have the best ring to it?

5. Louis’ mum and stepdad Mark broke up in 2011, just as One Direction were really starting to take over the world.

Speaking about the difficult split, Lou once revealed: “It must be so much harder for her because I’m living this fantastic life and being so busy every day whereas she’s still in the old life I was in but without me… It must be really difficult for her not to get upset.”

N'aww, chin up, love :( all’s well that ends well, yeah?

6. Big-hearted Lou has also previously shared that he is at his absolute happiest when he is spoiling his family…

7. ….Which must be pretty cool for his seven brothers and sisters - Lottie, Felicitie, Phoebe, Daisy, Doris, Ernest, and one sis on his father’s side, Georgia.

8. When he was just eleven years old, Louis had a role as an extra on ITV drama Fat Friends, alongside his newborn twin sisters Daisy and Phoebe.

9. He also appeared on Waterloo Road, If I Had You, and even featured as an extra in a film opposite blimmin’ Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne.

10. In fact, Louis loved acting so much that he said that if he wasn’t in One Direction he would be a drama teacher, which obviously would never have happened because he is definitely way, WAY too hot to be a stuffy old teacher.

Nobody would be able to pay any attention at all!

11. In spite of his less-than-enthusiastic response to his “impending fatherhood”, Lou always insisted that he ruddy loves kids and can’t wait to have them. 

In fact, he once said that he wants to name his sons Leo and Lucas.

Going down the Kardashian route with that one we see, still, we’re not complaining if we get a reality show out of it…

12. If you rewind to before One Direction ever came to be, you might recall a certain Zayn Malik throwing a massive strop when he was asked to dance during X Factor’s audition process.

What you might not remember is Louis William Tomlinson doing jazz hands behind him throughout - who would have thought that those two would go on to be bezzie mates, eh?

13. Although they may be partners in crime, Louis isn’t afraid to act tough with the brooding and mysterious one, admitting that he once hit Zayn with a shoe for calling Harry Styles “Beautiful”.

The reason? “Harry’s mine”, explained Lou.

We know, babes, we know.

14. The hunk revealed that back in May 2012 he was woken up by a naked man trying to enter his hotel room in Stockholm at 5am.


Luckily, the man wasn’t a nude murderer or anything scary - he was appaz drunk and looking for the toilet - good excuse, eh?

15. Sticking to the strange territory, Louis said that he once got given a sanitary towel with a fan’s Twitter handle written on it.

We reckon whether or not it was… Erm… Used… Would have been a huge factor in whether she got her follow…

16. We’re sure that you all deffo know this one, but we thought we’d bring it up as it is our fave - ever sassy Louis once forgot his ID on a night out in Toronto, unfazed by the mishap Lou insisted that the waiter look up his date of birth online to prove that he was of age.

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The power, THE. POWER.

17. A lot of fans believe that One Direction’s management team have control over Louis’ Twitter account, and the star has previously made mysterious comments alluding that this might just be true - like the time that he absolutely insisted that he had never unfollowed anybody on the social network, despite his account unfollowing a whole bunch of fans just days previously.

Needless to say, we are on high alert.

18. You’d have to be an amateur not to know that Louis was born on Christmas Eve, but did you know that it is also World Eggnog day?

Double the reason to celebrate, we reckon.

19. Louis was shocked when One Direction’s film, This Is Us, came out and his mum revealed that he’d only been back to Doncaster five, FIVE, times since the band started.

Lou said at the time: “For me, my mom actually says I’ve only been back to Doncaster [my hometown] five times. I didn’t realize that it was as little as that.

"It’s quite shocking to see.”

20. However, absence clearly makes the heart grow fonder with Louis being a patron for local charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and even making a bid to buy local footie team, Doncaster Rovers, when he heard that it was going to close down due to low funds.

21. Steve Brookstein (remember him?) once slagged Louis off for not being a very good singer, definitely not because he’s bitter or anything like that…

22. Let’s get seriously specific, when Louis was born he weighed 7lbs 3oz, was 49cm long,  and had a head circumference of 34.5cm.

He’s still incredibly teeny.

23. Did you know that Louis’ can actually play the piano? And we are seriously disappointed that this has not been embraced to the max during any of the boys’ world tours.

24. He’s actually really ruddy nice. Known to sass somebody out with the flick of his hair and a raise of his eyebrow, Louis has a bit of a rep for being too cool for school - but that’s only if you cross him.

Generally speaking, he’s got a heart of gold and all the time in the world for his legions of dedicated fans, which we are sure YOU all know, but it’s still nice to get out there as much as we possibly can.


The Date

I have no idea if anyone even remembers a fic that I made in October of last year called ‘chance meeting’. It was something I did when I started writing and I actually wince when I read it because I can see all the mistakes I make, but a lot of you seemed to of liked it! So this has been sitting in my drafts for way to long so I decided to quickly finish it because I know a few of you were hoping for a part 2 so this is it! I actually really like this fluffy little parter. I just need a break from my other writing and this was perfect! Hopefully you like it and ill tag the first half as well, which you will need to read to understand this!

p.s I have only tagged the people from the first half and i would tag people that asked to be tagged in the second half but it wont let me access my notes for the fic & mind my spelling it can be shocking at times!

Chance meeting


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Eminem looks back, forward on 15 years of Shady Records

With ‘Shady XV’ due out Monday, Eminem talks about his record label’s hits and misses

He’s used to long hours in the studio, which he considers his office. How often is he there? “Umm, how often is all the time?” Em asks. “Aside from being on the road, it’s pretty much been seven days a week for the past five, six months.”

“Shady XV” began as an outlet for Eminem to release a batch of songs that didn’t have a home. The album is comprised of a disc of greatest hits from the label’s history and a disc of 12 new songs, nine of which feature Eminem. (“I’m on it quite a bit,” Em quips.)

The set includes an early demo version of Em’s Oscar-winning “Lose Yourself” that features alternate lyrics from the original, and the new song “Detroit Vs. Everybody” featuring an all-star roster of Detroit talent: Big Sean, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5'9", Danny Brown and Trick Trick. After its online release last week, the song became a battle cry for the city’s rap community. (At the time of this chat, the song was still being pieced together and was referred to “The Anthem.”)

Eminem is open and engaging. His features are sharp, his blue eyes piercing. Over the course of 45 minutes, it’s easy to see the bond he shares with Rosenberg: Even though Rosenberg spends most of his time on the East Coast, they talk pretty much every day, whether it’s about business or just the Detroit Lions. (Both are excited about this year’s Lions team, by the way, but Em keeps a tight lip. “Every time I say something I feel like I jinx something, so I’m not saying nothing.”)

On the occasion of Shady Records’ 15-year anniversary, however, he’s got plenty to say.

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current stressors

1. court tomorrow (if not adjourned, continuation of trial- no decisions will be made and we’ll continue in February, but still)

2. Clementine’s just started her Early Intervention special ed school (2 hours on M, W and F) and there’s already busing drama.  Special needs busing is a disaster in NYC (kids and adults) but when your kid isn’t verbal- ugh.  Today the bus company wouldn’t release Clementine to Asia- like they ALWAYS have.  New driver, new matron.  They refused to open Clementine’s backpack to review the copy of the schools “Yes, you can release to Asia and her mom” form and stated “We can’t go in kids’ bags”.  WTF, she’s 2.  Open her damn backpack.  Also, I bristled- “How do you know Asia isn’t Clementine’s mother??”  Clementine was fine during the 30 minute ordeal… Sandy was there though and understood just enough to get anxious.

3. Clementine is eligible to start special needs preschool (CPSE) January 2nd and I can’t find one with an opening.  It seems they really only want kids to start in the fall.  Know of one- specifically with an opening?  Please let me know!  Brooklyn or even lower Manhattan could work for us.

4.  I’ve missed the private/independent school Pre-K deadline for Sandy.  She was juuuuust 2 years old but Pre-K for her is next year.  I use to be such a “I went to public school and my children will go to public school.  Private schools drain resources and are an injustice to poor and forgotten children”.  Well, just kidding.  There’s no way in hell I’m sending Sandy to public school in NYC.  I want her to have 13 solid years (okay, we’ll see if she argues to transfer out eventually) in a small, creative, nurturing, globally minded school.  I want her to learn how to think and learn on her own.  I want her to have on-going relationships with mentors and teachers who know her really, really well.  

5.  Finding an elementary, but preferably all grades school, that will fit, and ACCEPT, both Sandy and Clementine.  Clementine’s clinical team and I are thinking she’d do well integrated with a SEIT (personal special ed teacher) and speech therapy.  Private/independent schools don’t want a random special ed public school teacher hanging around in which they have no authority.  Out of all of the schools in NYC, I’m not sure there’s even 1 for the girls to be together. 

6.  I owe Clementine’s speech therapist a call back.  For a week.

7.  I still have to coordinate with Clementine’s occupational therapist for make-up sessions this weekend.

8.  I haven’t seen Clementine’s physical therapist in months- I need to figure out when I can be home during one of his sessions.

9.  I’ve been writing in Clementine’s communication book, the one the school gave me, for a month now without a single response.  I’ve also called- no response.  I assume she goes there.  She did come home with a drawing one day so that’s promising.  I need to call up their chain and get someone to just check in with me that she’s fine.

10.  I’ve had a migraine for 10 days straight.  Triptans keep me upright, but still.

11.  All I ever think about is how much I want to be home, alone, to clean the apartment.  I fantasize about cleaning- and I hate cleaning.

12.  I still haven’t had a second to pull out my own winter clothes yet.

13.  Work.  You know I have a full-time job and 3 (technically 4 if you count that I also work at an early intervention eval center but I’ve been refusing all of the referrals due to time) part-time jobs right? Except last month, and so far this month I’ve totally bailed on

14.  I’ve canceled a doctors appointment 4 times in a row because I literally didn’t have time or had other commitments like court, Clem’s preschool evals, etc.

15.  I bought the girls a way-too-big wooden doll house that came in a box, in a million pieces, and it’s too heavy for me to even push to the basement.  Need to write a sign and offer to pay someone in the building $10 to move it.

16.  Need to write another sign for above doll house to pay someone to put it together.  Otherwise, Santa isn’t gonna make it til the 4th of July.

17.  Thanksgiving.  You’re invited.  I just don’t have time to invite you.  Invite yourself.  RSVP this week.  Thanks.

18.  Case worker wants to visit this week.  He told me to call him back.  His phone says his voicemail is full.  I have to keep trying and record my attempts so that i don’t get blamed.

19.  Above case worker isn’t even our case worker.  The official status continues to be that we don’t have one.

20. Clementine is covered in temporary tattoos and she looks like she’s actually covered in open wounds.  People stare.  I need to scrub them off.

21. I need to read books with the girls more.

22.  I need to cook for the girls more.

23.  I HAVE to remember to pick up milk.  Pouring water into Clementine’s cereal this morning  and then signing “milk, all done” while she kept signing “MILK MOTHERFUCKER”- all time parenting low.

Liam Payne Facts: 24 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About The One Direction Star

Liam Payne turning up to support his bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, at Monday night’s Believe In Magic Cinderella Ball reminded us all just how much of a wonderful friend and person he is.

We mean, he effectively gave up a rare evening off - and thousands and thousands of pounds - to make sure that terminally and seriously ill children were treated to a fantastic night that made them feel like royalty.

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There were far too many feels for us to deal with, tbh.

Anyways, in honour of the Payno, we decided to have a little dig and bring you 24 facts that you probably don’t know about the 21-year-old mega babe… Although we aren’t kidding ourselves and are more than aware you probs actually do know all of these.

But try and humour us anyways, yeah?

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1. Liam has always had a pretty humongous heart, and if he wasn’t in the biggest band on the planet, or Batman, then he actually planned on being a firefighter because he “likes the idea of saving people”.

The star actually ended up proving his worth as a man in uniform too, when his close friend Andy Samuels caught alight during a freak accident at Liam’s home and the singer managed to save him from the flames.

Andy ended up suffering third degree burns and needed skin grafts, but if it wasn’t for Liam’s quick thinking and bravery then things could have been a whole lot worse. 

2. Still, Liam hasn’t always been super cool, calm and collected, in fact, he used to be a bit of a nervous Nelly.

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Speaking in an interview once he admitted: “When I was seven, a girl I really liked tickled me and I wet myself.

“Then she laughed, because she was a lot older, but I cried and it was terrible.”


3. And Liam’s uncontrollable bladder seems to be a recurring theme from his youth, with the star also revealing that he once weed all over his family’s kitchen floor after he sleepwalked downstairs in the night.


4. Payno is the middle child of One Direction - older than Harry Styles and Niall Horan but younger than Zayn Malik (we miss him) and Louis, still, everybody knows that he acts as the daddy of the group.

5. In fact, Liam is such a father figure that he even has those cringey dad jokes down to a T with him once replying to somebody who claimed that she was his biggest fan by asking “How tall are you?”

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D’oh, daaaaaaddddd, you’re embarrassing us.

6. Liam’s sensible attitude is also renowned outside of the group, with Ed Sheeran previously admitting that without Liam, those cheeky 1D scamps would probs be in prison.

7. Liam auditioned for X Factor way back in 2008 when they lowered the entry age to 14, he got as far as Judges Houses before it was decided that he just wasn’t ready.

And thank goodness for that, eh? If he’d gone through then, he wouldn’t have ever become a member of the biggest boyband on the planet - everything really does happen for a reason.

8. When Liam’s 2010 X Factor auditioned first aired on our televisions, bookmakers made Liam the second fave to win the entire show, behind Cher Lloyd.

Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the gambling types, he was put in One Direction before the live shows even started. 

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9. While we’re focusing on the early days, a fun fact is that Liam had just over seven minutes worth of solos on the band’s debut album, ‘Up All Night’.

Which was the second most behind Harry.

10. Let’s go even earlier; after falling ill as a baby, it was discovered that one of Liam’s kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional, with him having to have injections just to cope with the pain.

However, in August 2012 a miracle happened with the star tweeting: “Just been for an ultrasound on my kidney turns out its fixed from when I was a baby!!!

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“:o so now I have two :) #weirdnewsoftheday [SIC]”

11. And that’s not all that poor little Liam had to contend with during his youth, with the crooner and mega babe being incredibly open about how severely he used to be bullied at school.

In fact, Li used to hate going in so much that he used to pretend that he was too poorly, and on his sweet 16 he threw a party but nobody showed up.


As much as it breaks our heart to think about, we reckon Liam definitely got the last laugh.

12. Still, he always had his older sisters, Nicola and Ruth, to play with - with him previously telling The Sun: “They used to try to influence my fashion a bit.

“Which you know… may have involved a heel or two.”


13. Before he quit the band, WELP, Liam had a pretty close relationship with Zayn Malik, with Zayn even admitting that if he had the chance to marry any of his bandmates, he’d choose Liam in a heartbeat.

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There are too many adorable Ziam moments to mention here, and because they leave us emotional we are going to have to stop before we burst into ugly sobs…

14. …Okay, okay, one more - Liam reciprocated Zayn’s love for him by once saying that his fave thing to do was watch the Bradford Bad Boi sleep because “he looks adorable”.

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15. Ahem, moving on… We’re sure you know this but it’s a classic Payno fact - the star has a ‘fear’ of spoons; so much so that he actually eats ice cream with a fork.

16. Last year, a hardcore One Direction fan stole his boxers from his hotel.

Not cool, guys, not cool.

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17. Did you know that back in the early days of 1D, Liam admitted that he wanted to name his first child ‘Taylor’.

We’re not sure how Harry’s ‘thing’ with T-Swizzle has affected these plans, but we know for sure that Louis wouldn’t be too happy with that choice in name nowadays…

18. Fun fact: Liam said he used to be mistaken for Daniel Radcliffe… No, we don’t see it either.

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19. This one time, Liam was dawdling and ended up seeing the boys’ tour bus driving off without him.

Obviously he ran after them all screaming, and the boys thought that he was just a cray cray fan.


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20. That’s not the only time Liam has proved to be a totally smooth operator, with the singer revealing that once he forgot the words to the song he was supposed to be singing, so rather than embarrass himself he just tapped the mic as though it wasn’t working.

Y’hear that guys? SMOOTH.

21. Apart from, he isn’t so smooth in dreamland, with the babe admitting that he has nightmares about being nakey in public places, he dished: “I dream of being back at school a lot and have been naked a few times.”

For the record, we see absolutely nothing wrong with that.

22. His first concert was Gareth Gates. #TheMoreYouKnow

23. He is such a lovely person that once upon a time he went to McDonalds and got given eleven chicken nuggets in his box of ten.

Instead of jumping for joy at his little victory, like us less lovely people would do, he actually went back to the counter to give it back.


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24. And further evidence of his heart being made of solid gold? Liam ‘daddy’ Payne is the member of the band who always makes sure that he is there to support his boys.

On top of hosting his own charity gala for Trekstock earlier this year, Liam made sure that he attended Lou’s Cinderella ball and donated an arm and a leg in the process.

He’s also always there to cheer on the band whenever they take part in solo charity events because, let’s face it, he’s just an all round amazing guy.

Okay, so you definitely knew that one - but did we teach you anything new?


Ah well, we tried.

Girl Meets Screen Time -Pilot

So I am doing a re-watch of the whole series, but I wanted to make it more interesting. Instead of doing what many people have already done, and pick apart symbols, and analysis the show in a meta fashion, I decided to record the screen times of the core four to see who has the most by the end of each episode, then season, then overall. Is Riley going to be the clear winner by the end? Is the show really putting too much of a spotlight on Maya? Should Farkle have been in the opening credits all along?

*Please Note: I am human so the numbers might be off by a few seconds, but I tried my best to be as accurate as possible. If you would like me to add anyone to my statistics along the way, such as Cory or Smackle, or would like to know how much of an episode is filler shots, please let me know.*

Here are my parameters for the experiment:

  • Time is based on when a character is in frame, regardless of whether or not they have dialogue. They have to be recognizable enough that the audience knows who they are.
  • The only exception to the first parameter is if a character has dialogue over the shot and they are not in it.
  • Obviously the theme song appearances DO NOT count towards the total.

The statistics and random observations of the first episode, Girl Meets World, will be below the cut.

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