making this easier to see

anonymous asked:

Hey Emy, I don't think this is a popular opinion but I sometimes wish that Brian never said "I love you" to Justin because he has always shown his love through actions, which counts more than words. Maybe it could be their own unique way of saying "fuck you" to conventionality, and of celebrating their love for one another? That being said, I still love that scene and the proposal even though I wish they took a different direction with the execution of the final season.

I get it, I do. I think one of the things that makes the Brian/Justin relationship so special is we could feel how much they loved each other, even without saying them saying the words, which isn’t the case for a lot of fictional relationships. Their love for each other shown through in every look, touch, and action, and that’s something really special to get to witness.

But I still think it was important for Brian to say those words, for a couple of reasons. First of all, because it was important to Justin to hear them, which is entirely valid. But also because it’s really about more than just the words themselves. Everybody knows Brian loves Justin, including Justin. Everybody sees it. But so long as Brian doesn’t say the words, he has an escape. If something should happen – if Justin leaves, or if Brian fucks everything up, or their relationship somehow implodes and leads to the type of pain he always said love induces – he can continue to hide behind the “I never loved him” facade. He can pretend Justin never meant anything to him, that he’s entirely unaffected by their relationship, that he’s still the same man he always was. 

But by explicitly telling Justin he loves him, Brian is taking a huge step in his emotional growth. All his fears he’s had about love, all his anxieties about relationships… they don’t matter anymore. Neither does his need to always be the one in control nor his desire to smother any sign of weakness or vulnerability. Brian is completely, utterly, irrevocably in love with Justin, and he’s not allowing fear to force him to keep that emotion hidden any longer.

That’s why I personally think it’s super important Brian ultimately said the words. Not because romantic couples need to say “I love you,” because as we’ve already established, everybody and their mother (literally) knows Brian loves Justin more than anything. But because it showed that the last of Brian’s walls that prevented him from fully opening up to another person. Brian’s entire journey in QAF was about getting to this point, where he can truly drop the Brian Kinney Persona and just be Brian, a man with a huge heart who learns to trust people in ways he never has before and be emotionally vulnerable with them and not care about the consequences. 

I do totally get what you’re saying, even though I respectfully disagree. However, I have no doubt that even though the words have now been exchanged, Brian and Justin will continue showing each other just how very much they love each other every single day for the rest of their lives. <33

Daily Workflow (2-20-17)

Editing “Ask the Sonic Heroes, Episode 16: Team Dark” 

Estimated Release Date: …Sometime in March! :V Probably the first half of March??? Doing my best here, lol 

9am - 9:25am 

  • Audio editing program keeps crashing, lol 
  • But, in 25 minutes I finally got all of the audio exported in matching file types (WAV, since my editing program can’t do MP3s), and in 44100 bit sampling (because anything else makes the audio sound low pitched or high pitched, sped up or slowed down when imported into Krystal Audio Engine). 
  • Now that all the audio is exported in the proper format and imported into KAE, I can actually start in earnest. 

Here are the full, unedited blocks of audio. It’s about 1 hour and 40 minutes of raw audio, I would say? When it’s edited down, it would be closer to 15 - 20 minutes per episode part, and three parts, so about 45 - 60 minutes total. 

Same thing, but now color coded for each character to make it easier to see what I’m doing. 

9:25am - 11:11am

  • Wow, I was remarkably productive after all the little things that slowed me down this morning. xD In this block of time I actually finished the basic audio editing (voice syncing, basic cuts, pacing adjustments, cutting out dead air, etc.) for Part 1/3! 
  • To be fair though, the Team Dark episode recording went very smoothly compared to almost every other recording session we’ve done, lol. There weren’t nearly as many technical difficulties and post-adjustments to make compared to the Christmas episode where all of the technology was exploding. 
  • That took 1 hour and 46 minutes, I think? It feels like a record but again, this is what the audio editing can be like without the explosion of technical difficulties we usually have. xD (I already know the Team Rose interview is going to take much longer to edit per part, because that one had lots of technical issues, lol) 

Below is what Part 1/3′s audio editing looks like now, instead of a straight block of raw audio: 

Sometimes it can be hard to finish a segment and be like, “Whew! That was productive!” and then look ahead at the mountain of work that still lies before you, and then just keep going. xD Honestly I should adjust my workflow on episodes so I don’t JUST audio edit, or JUST draw for hours and hours on end. It can feel exhausting when it’s the same task for a long period of time. 

Here is a list of things I need to do for an episode of AtSH: 

  • Schedule the interview (accommodating 4 - 5 different schedules among people with full time jobs. Always tough xD) 
  • Recording session! (Frequently takes 2 - 4 hours to complete a recording session with the group, allowing for the amazing amount of technical difficulties we have 99.9% of the time, lol) 
  • Receive hours of audio from all the actors
  • Convert all audio to matching settings so they can be uploaded into my audio editing softward, Krystal Audio Engine (WAV files, with 44100 bit rate)

  • Sync up the raw audio files
  • Basic audio editing for part 1/3
  • Basic audio editing for part 2/3
  • Basic audio editing for part 3/3
  • Overall audio level/volume adjustment editing 
  • Gather music resources and attribution (credit) notes
  • Any required sound effects must be found and applied (usually not many)

  • Draw Expression Sets for all characters in the interview
    • Or, if sets are already drawn, sometimes expanded facial expressions are needed. For this episode, Shadow is mostly good to go, but Omega needs an Expression Set drawn for him, and Rouge needs a few more poses – more sassy, arrogant, teasing, and flirting ones. :) 
  • Background artwork 
  • Username graphics for all 3 parts
  • Gather/download/save additional media (Google images, videos, prop drawings) to illustrate points
  • Special Artwork for all 3 parts (any unique poses needed, Crayon Art drawings, etc.) 

  • Sync the Expression Set visual media to the final audio edits 
  • Composite all elements together 
  • Quality/Blip checks 
  • Exporting
  • Schedule-uploading
  • Social Media to let people know the project is coming out 

Remember that all of this is being done for what is essentially 60 minutes of a show (broken down into segments of 20 minutes to make it more manageable for me as the editor). Anyone familiar with doing editing for YouTube videos knows that 60 minutes is not a walk in the park in terms of how long it takes to edit something of quality! We used to only do 1-part episodes, of 20 minutes each, but I wanted to my best to put out more content, so we expanded to three times as much! Whew! 

I feel like I’m missing something, but that’s the general idea of what I still need to do before the episode will be ready. Finishing the first draft of the audio editing for Part 1/3 is just one of the first steps toward STARTING to edit the episode xD 

This post is probably long enough as it is, lol. 

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fun way to practice your target language and memorize new words: when I learn a new word, I like to go to Google News - I type the word and it shows me articles, where the word was used. I choose one or two articles and read them - it makes memorizing the word easier, because I see how it is used in context. It also makes me practice reading in my target language!

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5: Who/what inspires you?

People who keep trying, work hard, and don’t give up.


I scare myself with how often I think about giving up, because it’d just be easier. But seeing other people make it all work and knowing that other people have to feel this way too… it helps me to hang in there until I don’t feel like giving up anymore.

And then when I feel okay again, I’m inspired to be just like them - always trying, working hard, and not giving up.

Google Docs/AO3 writing tip:

If you, like me, have had trouble when copying from Google Docs into AO3 and hate seeing the line spacing getting fried, try this:

- Highlight everything. CTRL + A is your friend here.

- [Optional] Change the line spacing to single I’m pretty sure you don’t need to do this step, but I’m more comfortable with how things look in single line spacing when I’m writing.

- Go back into the same menu and select ‘Add space after paragraph’. This will give the appearance of a clear line space without there actually being one, and will make it much easier for you to see where each paragraph starts and ends.

- Only hit return once when starting a new paragraph.

- Write your thing <3

Now, when you paste from Docs into AO3′s rich text editor, the line spacing will behave!


Pasting from Docs to AO3′s rich text editor also does this in html, which I find messy and distracting if I’m editing html for any reason:

But when you preview your work and go back, it will have changed to this:

Just toggle to rich text and then back to html and it will look miles better:

I’m not sure why AO3 does any of those things, but this is how I get round it. I hope this is helpful!

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hot dresses AU/spyAU inspired by that incredi-drawing by gabzy + Neji is too floored by how killer Tenten looks to properly touch her (for a while, anyways). based off of convo with gabzilla-z & matchaball and

this AU is gonna be the death of me my god 

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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER // Masters’ + Element

Hey guys!

After receiving such a positive response from Avatar fans on these ATLA phone wallpapers and receiving requests for possible purchasing, I’m happy to announce that these pieces are now available for purchase on redbubble! 

To those interested, I sincerely apologize for the wait and I hope you enjoy them! :)

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akavetala replied to your post “*whispers to tumblr* Zionism isn’t a racist ideology, anti-Zionism is.”

An ideology based on the fantasy of an ethnic nation is the embodiment of racism

Or, you could keep your incorrect opinions to yourself.  Zionism is based on the idea that Jews, an ethnic group with unique culture and traditions, should be able to live in our ancient homeland and have self-determination, something that is considered to be a good and reasonable thing for historically oppressed ethnic groups that happen to not be Jews…

Zionism doesn’t mean “this race is better than others” or “this race is worse than others” in any way, so…nope, not racist.

Meanwhile, anti-Zionism is the ideology that Jews, uniquely among all the peoples of the world, are horrible and don’t deserve self-determination and perhaps don’t even deserve to be acknowledged as having a homeland.  That sounds pretty racist to me.

Angel Armas' Recent Instagram Post

“angelarmas: We know the only way to do great work is to love what you do, therefore at Stars we don’t make anything mandatory. Freedom is a key ingredient to our success.

At Stars we take pride in our non clean, unrehearsed, and underdressed dances because we never cancel class to clean them, we don’t rehearse on weekends and most of our numbers are choreographed within a few weeks of the competition (you will only get the value of this if you are part of our family).

We refuse to take part in dance politics. We don’t bring anyone to our studio unless they are already visiting Miami. All of our focus is on building individuality and artistic value and as I “lose” local competitions because we all look different (which we always do well anyway), we know that we are building an artist that can stand on their own with enough confidence, technique, artistry and human value to take on anything they want.

We are not teaching dance, we are raising artists, and giving them the freedom to take classes at any studios they want. To get choreography from whoever they want. To attend the competitions they feel is good for their growth.

We understand that you only criticize Stars because you are afraid to lose clients, so you must make us look like clueless teachers and evil humans to make us less appealing. However we all know you are not a hater you are a fan and the only taste of success you have is by taking a bite out of ours.

We are very happy and we love our style. Therefore I would really appreciate it if you focus on your students and leave us alone. We know our worth and our purpose, and our authentic power does not rely on what we get at a competition, what other studios do, or what or who’s popular or trendy at the moment.

Our main objective is to seek growth and and purpose, to inspire our students through dance, and to fall more deeply in love with life. Now go dance! @starsdanceco@victorsmalley”

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Ziam Mirroring

(Note: This masterpost was originally an answer post in response to the ask sent by @rainbowcolours07​ about this topic but I lost the original ask when I tried to save my original response on drafts. Grrr, Xkit. Sorry nonnie I lost it, it was Xkit’s fault. And my apologies again for taking this long in making this post)

First off this was done before so if you’re interested to read that as well click here and also here. If you’ll notice I have posted some of the pics I liked from that mp to this one. I arranged the pics/gifs per year to make it easier to see the progression of this behavior through the years. They have been mirroring each other right from the start up until Zayn left the band. So without further ado, here are Zayn and Liam mirroring each other through the years:

Late 2010/Early 2011 (don’t know the exact date but judging from Liam’s Bieber hair this gif points to that time period)

2012

2013

2014

2015 (Even in that short period of time they were publicly together they still managed to show some mirroring with their movements)

So that’s about Zayn and Liam and their mirroring ways. I hope you were at least entertained while going through this post. Byeee


*Credit goes to the original owners of these pics/gifs: x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 

To be honest….what I think is so thrilling about Killing Stalking; is that everyone who reads it knows that there is the possibility this stuff could happen in the real world. Which makes the story all the more thrilling and terrifying to read.

It makes it easier for all of us (all those who read this story) to see ourselves in Yoonbum. Its easy for us to imagine what we would do in that scenario; how we would feel. Because for all we know; this stuff could be happening right next door to our own homes.

That’s what separates Killing Stalking from other gore-filled, abusive, stockholm syndrome stories. Something about it doesn’t seem like another fictional work….it feels real.