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100 questions to invade my personal life
  • 1. What's your middle name, and do you like it?
  • 2. are you artistic?
  • 3. Have you had your first kiss?
  • 4. What is your life goal?
  • 5. Do you have any expieriences with a famous person?
  • 6. Do you play any sports?
  • 7. What's your worst fear?
  • 8. Who's your biggest inspiration?
  • 9. Do you have any cool talents?
  • 10. are you a morning person?
  • 11. How do you feel about pet names?
  • 12. Do you like to read?
  • 13. Name a list of shows that have changed your life.
  • 14. Do you care about your follower count?
  • 15. What's the best dream you've had?
  • 16. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender?
  • 17. Do you have any pets?
  • 18. Are you religious?
  • 19. Are you a people person?
  • 20. Are you considered popular?
  • 21. What is one of your bad habits?
  • 22. What's something that makes you feel vulnerable
  • 23. What would you name your children?
  • 24. Who's your celebrity crush?
  • 25. What's your best subject?
  • 26. Dogs or cats?
  • 27. most used social media besides tumblr?
  • 28. best friends name
  • 29. who does your main family consist of
  • 30. Chocolate or sugar
  • 31. have you ever been on a date?
  • 32. Do you like rollercosters?
  • 33. Can you swim?
  • 34. What would you do in the event of an apocolypse?
  • 35. Have you struggled with any kind of mental disorder
  • 36. Are your parents together?
  • 37. What's your favourite colour?
  • 38. What country are you from/do you live in?
  • 39. Favourite singer?
  • 40. Do you see yourself being famous some day?
  • 41. Do you like dresses?
  • 42. Favourite song right now?
  • 43. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
  • 44. How old were you when you first got your period?
  • 45. Have you ever shot a gun?
  • 46. Have you ever done yoga?
  • 47. Are you a horror girl?
  • 48. Are you good at giving advice?
  • 49. Tell us a story about your childhood.
  • 50. How are you doing today?
  • 51. Were you a cute kid?
  • 52. Can you dance?
  • 53. Is there anything you do that you can't remember ever not doing?
  • 54. Have you ever dyed your hair?
  • 55. What colour are your eyes?
  • 56. What's your favourite animal?
  • 57. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself?
  • 58. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
  • 59. Do you have good friends?
  • 60. Are you close with anyone of the lgbtq+ group?
  • 61. What's your favourite class?
  • 62. List all the tv shows you are watching.
  • 63. Are you organized?
  • 64. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion?
  • 67. Which tv character do you relate to most?
  • 68. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
  • 69. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?
  • 70. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
  • 71. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
  • 72. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
  • 73. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  • 74. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
  • 75. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
  • 76. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
  • 77. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  • 78. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
  • 79.When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
  • 80. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
  • 81. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
  • 82. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity?
  • 83. How would you spend a billion dollars?
  • 84. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
  • 85. What motivates you to succeed?
  • 86. What dream that you’ve had has resonated with you the most?
  • 87. Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?
  • 88. Do you believe in life after death
  • 89. What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?
  • 90. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
  • 91. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
  • 92. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy?
  • 93. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?
  • 94. What do you think happens after we die?
  • 95. What would you do if you would be invisible?
  • 96. What's something you can't do no matter how hard you try?
  • 97. Would you want to choose the sex and appearance of your offspring?
  • 98. How did your first crush develop?
  • 99. Is there a feeling you are trying to ignore? What is it?
  • 100. Do you live or do you just exist?
washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Crucified man had prior run-in with authorities
The gentleman arrested Thursday and tried before Pontius Pilate had a troubled background.
By https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Petri/142169029150103

Born (possibly out of wedlock?) in a stable, this jobless thirty-something of Middle Eastern origin had had previous run-ins with local authorities for disturbing the peace, and had become increasingly associated with the members of a fringe religious group. He spent the majority of his time in the company of sex workers and criminals.

He had had prior run-ins with local authorities — most notably, an incident of vandalism in a community center when he wrecked the tables of several licensed money-lenders and bird-sellers. He had used violent language, too, claiming that he could destroy a gathering place and rebuild it.

At the time of his arrest, he had not held a fixed residence for years. Instead, he led an itinerant lifestyle, staying at the homes of friends and advocating the redistribution of wealth.

He had come to the attention of the authorities more than once for his unauthorized distribution of food, disruptive public behavior, and participation in farcical aquatic ceremonies.

Some say that his brutal punishment at the hands of the state was out of proportion to and unrelated to any of these incidents in his record.

But after all, he was no angel.

Both scathing current events commentary and probably the best media writing I’ve seen on Jesus’ death, tbqh.

u ever think about how homestucks the best narrative media youve ever consumed and that other things are good but will honestly never match up to it

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Tumblrrr I have failed you!

I forgot to mention I’m having an Etsy shop update today, April 2nd, going live at 12 pm central time.

Instagram seems to be my main platform these days, so if you’d like to get the scoop sooner perhaps you should pop over there and follow me at @mudanddeanna ?

All that being said I miss my days of Tumblr scrolling so I need to spend a day here with wine and icecream and enjoy all the feelz of what I’d have to say is still the best social media platform.

<3

i want to remind everyone that in literary analysis and film analysis, any analysis is valid as long as it uses all the information given

i want to remind everyone that content creator(s) sometimes don’t fully understand what they created. for example, jk rowling does not seem to realize she made draco malfoy inherently good in the end

i want to remind everyone that media, but especially art, is given value and meaning by the consumers. it can mean different things to different people and in fact that’s what i find most valuable about media. the best art does not give everyone the same emotions and thoughts.

so WE WERE RIGHT. we did not see stuff that wasn’t there just because the stuff we found wasn’t what the creators thought they were putting in.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Forward/Winger

Club

Manchester United

  • Premier League: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • FA Cup: 2003–04
  • Football League Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09
  • FA Community Shield: 2007
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2011–12
  • Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • Supercopa de España: 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016

International

Portugal

  • UEFA European Championship: 2016

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 2008, 2016
  • FIFA Ballon d'Or: 2013, 2014
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2008
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2016
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2014, 2016
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 
  • GSA Best Player of the Year: 2011, 2014, 2016
  • Onze d'Or: 2008
  • Bravo Award: 2004
  • FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2004–05
  • CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad: 2007,2008, 2009,2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • PFA Portuguese player of the year: 2016
  • European Golden Shoe: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer: 2013, 2014, 2016
  • IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer: 2014,] 2015
  • FIFA Puskás Award: 2009
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2016
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2007–08
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016
  • UEFA European Championship Silver Boot: 2016
  • UEFA Euro All Time XI
  • UEFA European Championship Co-top scorer: 2012
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Manchester United Goal of the Season: 2008–09
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2006–07
  • PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Barclays Player of the Year 2006–07,] 2007–08
  • Premier League Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006, January 2008, March 2008
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2007–08
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Public
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Experts
  • La Liga Most Valuable Player: 2012–13
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Forward: 2013–14
  • La Liga Best Goal: 2013–14
  • La Liga Fans 5 Star Player: 2014–15
  • Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League: 2012–13
  • Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • La Liga Player of the Month: November 2013, May 2015
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • La Liga top scorer: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 2010–11
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2014
  • ESPY Awards Best International Athlete: 2014, 2016
  • GSA Best Media Attraction: 2011
  • GSA Greatest Media Attraction: 2011
  • GSA Fans Favorite Player: 2013
  • GSA Goodwill Award: 2016
  • Onze d'Argent: 2007, 2009, 2011–12
  • Onze de Bronze: 2010–11
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2008, 2014

Can I talk about one line I especially appreciate in Undertale?

On it’s own, this line is a huge wham line of feelings on its own. It’s one of the pinnacles of the Pacifist run. It’s a single sentence basically summing up the morals used through said run, and it’s pretty heavy. But it also has a personal meaning to me, and I’d like to talk about the way the lowercase ‘love’ is used. 

Throughout the game of Undertale there is no direct romance involving Frisk. (They’re a child, first of all, and that’s just not the focus of the game in general), yet, this term is used.

‘Love’. In media you never really hear that outside of sexual and/or romantic relationships. You only hear the term ‘love’ when kisses or romantic partners are being described. And as an Aromantic it’s almost alienating to me. You can’t ‘love’ your friends in media. You’re ‘best friends’. Or you ‘Care about each other’. And in familial relationships only young children tend to say they ‘love’ each other. It’s never used like that. It’s as if media treats those two types of love as somehow less real. 

But they’re not. They’re just as, if not more, important as romantic ‘love’. And frankly I love that this one line throws that idea down the drain. 

Because this is love

This is love

This is love

This is love

This is love

This is love

And this is love

And Undertale isn’t afraid to admit that.

let’s compare kara’s love interests (canon and non-canon):

cat: owns a huge media company that can spread news to millions of people. while she does support supergirl, she wants to actively show those who don’t have superpowers that they can be heroes too. she knows the importance of the media and does her best to spread messages of hope and empowerment. this is an especially important message after recent events.

james: he never wanted to be a hero to get close to kara, he wants to be a hero because he wants to help people the way his superpowered friends do. while this season the writers seem to have forgotten about the importance of regular people being heroes, james, at least season 1 james, does know. for example, in human for a day, his picture of kara getting the robber to hand over his gun was meant to empower those who were scared after the earthquake.

winn: like james, winn has been friends with a superhero and he wants to help people in that way as well. he doesn’t do it through combat but by helping james, he is a hero. he also most likely wants to prove himself to those who know about his father.

lena: despite her upbringing, lena genuinely wants to change and lose those ideologies she learned. she has constantly been proving herself by saving the people at the gala, saving all the aliens in national city (and maybe the world), and helping kara in any way she can to go against her mother and cadmus. she does not have any ulterior motives besides wanting to do the right thing and help show that not every luthor is bad

mon-el: the only reason, and i mean only reason, why he ever wanted to be a hero was because he wanted to get in kara’s pants.

Studying from a Textbook :: How to Get Started

Through trial and error across my academic career, I’ve developed a system of textbook studying that’s been very successful for me even in graduate school. This post outlines my basic procedure. Of course, different techniques work for different people, so be sure to pick and choose which ideas you add to your own strategies. Thanks in advance for reading!

Reading a textbook is a formidable task; after all, they contain a lot of information per page across a lot of pages. Therefore, it’s useful to divide the book into more manageable pieces. Most textbooks do a pretty good job of this by pre-dividing the material into sections (or even subsections). If there’s no pre-existing division (or if each division is fairly lengthy), I recommend focusing on about 10 pages at a time. However you choose to divide, my basic strategy amounts to this:

Tackle the textbook section-by-section, only moving onto a new section once you’re comfortable with the previous section.

If you’re under a time constraint, then I’d say make yourself as comfortable as you can within that constraint.

This begs the question: how do you become comfortable with a section? Well, you’ll need to read it more than once. Today I’m primarily discussing how to make your first reading as useful as possible, especially for future readings.

First off, I suggest reading through the section in its entirety on your first pass. There will be material you don’t understand, but that’s okay: spend a couple of minutes trying to understand it and then move on. During your first reading, you’re getting the lay of the land; you don’t have to understand everything perfectly (or even at all).

Along the way, I keep track of my understanding via sticky notes, flags, and index cards.

My Index Cards Strategy

I keep three types of index cards as I read, each with its own theme:

  1. Questions: This index card lists questions I think of while reading, usually organized by the page number on which I have the question. Questions include things like “What’s [specific terminology] mean?”,  or “Is this related to [some other topic]?”, or even as generic as “What is [this subsection] talking about?”
  2. Definitions: When a new word is introduced, I write it down on my definitions card. Beside each word I draw a bubble in one of three colors, with each color representing my current understanding of the word and related concepts: green means “fine as is”, orange means “could use attention”, and red means “absolutely needs attention.”
  3. Notations: Some textbooks use abbreviations or symbols that I don’t recognize, so I keep an index card of these notations for quick reference.

You can easily replace this system’s index cards with notebook pages or similar media. Whatever works best for you!

My Sticky Notes and Flags Strategy

Using sticky notes placed within the textbook, I summarize challenging paragraphs and recap important ideas. This process forces me to grapple with the text, ultimately resulting in nice one-sentence summaries. These summaries help concepts stick in my brain and are extremely useful on subsequent reads of the text. I also use sticky notes to write questions that I couldn’t fit on my questions card. For the most difficult passages, I use flags: a quick, wordless way of saying “What in the world is this author talking about???”

Post-Reading Analysis and Subsequent Reading

I love this system because it not only lets me know how I feel about the material, but also generates specific concrete tasks to better my understanding. The vague task that is “learn this subject” becomes the more manageable tasks of “answer these questions”, “learn these words”, and “summarize these topics.”

I try to do the first reading in a single study session (although it’s not imperative to do so). Then, in a separate study session, I look up topics and words that I struggled with. The internet is particularly useful for this! Once I’ve improved my understanding some, I begin reading through the section again, this time with a fine-toothed comb. I use the notes I made the first time as guidelines for where I should spend my time and energy.

It’s very likely that during my second (and subsequent) reads I’ll think of new questions or come up with new ways of recapping material; in that case, I record them just as I did during the first reading.

In this way, I keep revisiting material I don’t understand until I feel like I understand it; again, external resources can be very useful for this! I only consider the section completed once I have a solid understanding of the section’s terminology and big ideas. Chances are I’ll still have questions at that point, but that’s okay:

I aim to be comfortable with the material, which is not the same as understanding 100% of what’s written in the textbook.

So, yeah! That’s my method in a nutshell. I hope you find parts of it useful in your own studies!

Thanks for reading! I’m wishing you the best of luck!

This is Gus. I adopted him a year ago after he was found running loose with no tag, microchip or any responses to his picture being shared on the shelters social media. He’s my best hiking buddy, nap partner and all around friend. He loves his car rides and is just about the friendliest dog I’ve ever met. I’m very lucky to have him ❤️

I’ve been on the internet long enough to know that pretty much every fanbase is shit. Even for the best media, there’s always that handful of shitty fans. What that handful consists of depends on what you don’t like and the media in question. Don’t let those people ruin a thing for you. Minecraft is great for chilling out for a while, Homestuck is genuinely interesting because of its scope, Undertale had some interesting commentary on rpgs. You don’t have to interact with something’s fanbase if you don’t want to.

Cool deep ish questions. Send numbers?

1. What’s your middle name, and do you like it?
2. Have you had your first kiss?
3. What is your life goal?
4. Who’s your biggest inspiration?
5. Do you have any cool talents?
6. What’s your worst fear? 
7. Are you a morning person?
8. How do you feel about pet names? 
9. Do you like to read? 
10. What’s the best dream you’ve ever had? 
11. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender? 
12. What’s something that makes you vulnerable? 
13. What would you name your children?
14. Who’s your celebrity crush? 
15. Dogs or Cats? 
16. Most used social media?
17. Best friends’/’s name/s? 
18. Chocolate or Sugar? 
19. Do you like roller-coasters? 
20. What would you do it the event of an apocalypse? 
21. What’s your favorite colour? 
22. Favorite singer?
23. Do you see yourself being famous someday? 
24. Do you like dresses? 
25. Favorite song right now? 
26. Are you a horror girl? 
27. Are you good at giving advice? 
28. Tell us a story about your childhood. 
29. Can you dance? 
28. Is there anything you can do that you can’t remember never doing? 
29. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself? 
30. Do you have good friends? 
31. List all the TV shows you are watching. 
32. Are you organized? 
33. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion? 
34. Which TV character can you relate to the most? 
35. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die? 
36. What would you do differently if no one was judging you? 
37. If you could start over, what would you do differently? 
38. What did you want to be when you were a kid? 
39. When did you not speak up, when you know you really should’ve? 
40. Describe the next five years of your life, in a single sentence. 
41. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity? 
42. How would you spend a billion dollars? 
43. If you could time travel, would you go to the past of the future? 
44. What’s your fondest childhood memory? 
45. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy? 
46. What would you do if you could be invisible? 
47. What’s something you can’t do no matter how hard you try? 
48. How did your first crush develop?
49. Have you ever shot a gun? 
50. What is the hardest lesson you ever learnt in life?

Let’s talk about the amazing women in Louis’ life, then.

I want to give a shout out on this International Women’s Day to the amazing, beautiful and caring women in Louis Tomlinson’s life.

1. His late mother, Johannah Deakin. amazing mother of seven, wife and dedicated nurse. She, alongside to Louis, created and encouraged various charities and activities to advocate these. She ran Louis’ first ever label along with him and constantly interacted with fans and encouraged and celebrated an projects like Project No Control.

2. The oldest of his younger siblings, Charlotte “Lottie” Tomlinson, an accomplished stylist hired by Selena Gomez and Louisa Johnson, She’s also the very proud creator and owner of her own, very successful, cosmetic collection in which she collaborated with Matchbox. She’s also the person who very actively raised the younger twins along with Dan and her boyfriend Tommy.

3. The second oldest of his younger siblings, Felicite “Fizzy” Tomlinson, a beautiful young woman with incredible intelligence and education. She’s a very active person on social media for the best reasons possible. She’s an incredibly intelligent young woman with interest in human rights and feminism and is very vocal about the issues the world faces. A lovely human all around.

4. The oldest twins, Phoebe and Daisy Tomlinson. Regardless of their young age, these girls have both managed to gain and sustain quite the social media standing and have even managed to create their own cosmetics collection just like their eldest sister, Lottie. (I’ve not put a picture of them here because i feel they’re too young.)

So, yes, let’s talk about the absolutely amazing women in Louis’ life that contributed to his growth as a person, let’s talk about the women that have been there every step of the way without being rude or offensive in any way. Lte’s talk about the women in his life that have not been racist, ableist, homophobic, fatphobic, islamophobic or just generally rude. If you want to talk about the amazing women in his life then I’m all for it but make sure you talk about the ones who have time and time again shown they deserve that title.

100 Questions!

Thought these might be fun? Ask me some and I’ll try(I can’t promise) to get something up for you later!
these questions aren’t my own

1. What’s your middle name, and do you like it?
2. are you artistic?
3. Have you had your first kiss?
4. What is your life goal?
5. Do you have any expieriences with a famous person?
6. Do you play any sports?
7. What’s your worst fear?
8. Who’s your biggest inspiration?
9. Do you have any cool talents?
10. are you a morning person?
11. How do you feel about pet names?
12. Do you like to read?
13. Name a list of shows that have changed your life.
14. Do you care about your follower count?
15. What’s the best dream you’ve had?
16. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender?
17. Do you have any pets?
18. Are you religious?
19. Are you a people person?
20. Are you considered popular?
21. What is one of your bad habits?
22. What’s something that makes you feel vulnerable
23. What would you name your children?
24. Who’s your celebrity crush?
25. What’s your best subject?
26. Dogs or cats?
27. most used social media besides tumblr?
28. best friends name
29. who does your main family consist of
30. Chocolate or sugar
31. have you ever been on a date?
32. Do you like rollercosters?
33. Can you swim?
34. What would you do in the event of an apocolypse?
35. Have you struggled with any kind of mental disorder
36. Are your parents together?
37. What’s your favourite colour?
38. What country are you from/do you live in?
39. Favourite singer?
40. Do you see yourself being famous some day?
41. Do you like dresses?
42. Favourite song right now?
43. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
44. How old were you when you first got your period?
45. Have you ever shot a gun?
46. Have you ever done yoga?
47. Are you a horror girl?
48. Are you good at giving advice?
49. Tell us a story about your childhood.
50. How are you doing today?
51. Were you a cute kid?
52. Can you dance?
53. Is there anything you do that you can’t remember ever not doing?
54. Have you ever dyed your hair?
55. What colour are your eyes?
56. What’s your favourite animal?
57. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself?
58. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
59. Do you have good friends?
60. Are you close with anyone of the lgbtq+ group?
61. What’s your favourite class?
62. List all the tv shows you are watching.
63. Are you organized?
64. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion?
67. Which tv character do you relate to most?
68. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
69. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?
70. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
71. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
72. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
73. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
74. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
75. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
76. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
77. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
78. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
79.When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
80. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
81. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
82. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity?
83. How would you spend a billion dollars?
84. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
85. What motivates you to succeed?
86. What dream that you’ve had has resonated with you the most?
87. Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?
88. Do you believe in life after death
89. What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?
90. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
91. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
92. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy?
93. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?
94. What do you think happens after we die?
95. What would you do if you would be invisible?
96. What’s something you can’t do no matter how hard you try?
97. Would you want to choose the sex and appearance of your offspring?
98. How did your first crush develop?
99. Is there a feeling you are trying to ignore? What is it?
100. Do you live or do you just exist?

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One of the interesting things about growing up in Miami is that you see a lot of film and television productions. I remember seeing a Harrier jet in the middle of the street near my father’s office because True Lies was being shot there. Scenes from The Crew and episodes of Burn Notice were shot a few blocks from my childhood apartment. The causeway by my high school was shut down because they needed to shoot, of all things, the music video for Sisqo’s “Thong Song”. And these were just the productions that I personally encountered, there were tons more that I won’t bother naming. Yet in all these years of seeing my hometown on big and small screens, there wasn’t a single one of them that told a real Miami story about real Miami people from real Miami communities. Everything was some kind of cheap music video, some capitalist nouveau riche fantasy, some tropical bikini fantasy for white people. You never hear about the immigrants from all over Latin America and the world hustling in warehouses, flipping merchandise, laying marble tiles, praying in strip-mall churches. You never hear about how the City let public housing be cannibalized by fancy contractors so that they could build private residences to push subprime mortgages with. And you sure as hell don’t hear about the black and brown people living in Liberty City, much less about those that are queer. But that is what makes Moonlight a film of rare power, in that it renders, in masterful strokes of black and blue, a story that was once invisible. Personally, the film resonated deeply with me, even though my young life in Miami was different from Chiron and Kevin’s. For the first time in my 30+ years, I saw fragments of familiar experiences (riding sad in a sad metromover, smoking a blunt on South Beach at night, jokes about jitneys, black beans from Cuban diners) in a film of staggering beauty, written and directed by fellow Miamians working with a Miami crew. And holy shit, it was the best film of the year. <3 [Edit: It actually fucking won best picture]

Alright everyone. It’s time for a talk.
Please stop writing or drawing about Phichit invading Viktor and Yuuri’s privacy and posting it online. That’s not okay, and Phichit would never do that.
Don’t write or draw about Phichit giving up his place on the podium just so Viktor and Yuuri can get married. He is dedicated to his sport; unless it were a life or death situation, he would never sacrifice his whole career.
Don’t write or draw Phichit and reduce him to nothing but a media/IG addicted best friend. He is so much more than that. Yes, he loves sharing things online, but that’s not all there is to his character.
Phichit is making history and achieving his dreams, not sitting in the background doing nothing but posting on IG. Stop characterizing him to be what he’s not.
You’ve been given a wonderful character with Phichit Chulanont. Don’t let that go to waste.

Aesthetic & Mechanics

Originally posted by xosavageexo

In this post, I’m defining aesthetic as the what of my practice and mechanics as the why and how

In other words: Aesthetic is what it looks like and Mechanics are why and how it works.

For a very long time, I was a witch and a pagan with a strong set of mechanics, but I was weak on aesthetic. I chose not to have a consistent aesthetic because it felt stifling to me. 

(It can go the other way too, for the record. I could just as easily have had a very strong aesthetic without much sense of mechanics. For example, if I’d been a green witch who knew what herbs to use for which purposes, knew how to combine them into certain formulas, but didn’t know why those herbs are effective or how they work once they’re deployed.)

The thing is, aesthetic and mechanics can and do inform one other.

I do have a very strong aesthetic now, and it evolved directly from the way I thought about myself as a witch and the way I thought about magic and the way it worked. 

For me, these things were representations of the way the universe was created and how I fit into it, so naturally, a space aesthetic started to develop. Water and the ocean followed suit, bringing their influence to my aesthetic based on the way they fit into the mechanics of my practice. Finish that with a layer of the underworld (or otherworld, if you prefer) and now everything is tied together.

They coalesced into an aesthetic I generally refer to as “Queen of the Void” which is, simply put, star maiden meets evil queen.

You can see the Queen of the Void aesthetic at play on my tumblr @glowingnowhere

Originally posted by rebelartssociety

It works the other way around as well. Aesthetic began to create practices and mechanics once they were put into play in my life.

My Queen of the Void aesthetic is actually slightly more complicated than star maiden and evil queen. I turned several aspects of my beliefs and practices into “characters” that allowed me to easily codify their aesthetic.

So when I say “Evil Queen” what I really mean is, this is magic, this is cursing, this fear, this is rage, these are wounds. 

When I say “Star Maiden” what I’m getting at is, this is hope, this is a piece of the whole, this is a seeker, this is a calling, these are wishes granted.

Of course I’m also saying the same thing each time.

“This is power. This is power. This is power.”

I knew that all these pieces I had made fit together, and I understood they were all just different facets of the same whole practice, the same whole worldview, simply broken down into the media that best expressed their individual function.

I didn’t realize how connected they were to each other and to me until I realized that I was playing out the same cycle in my own life that I had put into theirs. 

Originally posted by mrtykom

Each part of my aesthetic filled a slot on a wheel and then I realized, oh. I’m on that wheel. I’m in that cycle

I suppose my aesthetic actually created a kind of personal mythology for me, and that allowed me to see where I was in my life and what role I was playing, and where I needed to go.

Not only did this give me a deeper understanding of my own aesthetic, but relating to it in that way gave me the tools and the steps that I needed in order to begin healing myself.

In other words, my aesthetic directly led to the creation of new mechanics in my practice and my life.

This is power.