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“Why is a welder like a woman in love?”

I’m 7 years old, standing between the two dogwood trees in my backyard. It’s autumn; there’s a crispness in the golden, late afternoon air. I’ve taken the hood of my parka and thrown it over my head, but my arms are not in the sleeves. The coat falls over my narrow, bird-boned shoulders and down my back.

Like a cape, you see.

I’m cold, sure, but the important thing is that I’ve achieved the necessary look.

My next door neighbor/best friend Eric is here too. He’s done the same thing, coat-wise, because we both need capes. Because I’m Batman. He’s Robin.

That’s not technically correct: I’m Adam West. He’s Burt Ward.

He pretends to read from an imaginary computer punch card, with a bit more oomph this time: “Why is a welder like a woman in love?”

“Because,” I say. Intone, really, letting my thin voice undulate through the words as I speak them. “They both … carry a torch.”

We then leap into action. The specifics of said action elude me, today, but I’m reasonably certain it involved a lot of punching the air. Whiffed jabs and haymakers in the gathering suburban dusk, each one punctuated by a shout: “Biff!” “Bam!” “Pow!”

To be clear: neither Eric nor I understood what we were saying. Didn’t know what welders were, and certainly didn’t have any idea what “carry a torch” meant as a figurative expression. We were simply aping a scene we’d just witnessed on television, from a mid-afternoon rerun of a show that had enjoyed a cultural moment a decade before. Batman, it was called.

GUITAR SONGBOOKS

I’ve managed to collect a ton of official guitar songbook PDFs for various albums which are totally accurate and verified. I thought I’d make a masterpost for anyone who would like to use them! These links should send you to Google Drive and you can download them from there.

AC/DC - The Best Of

Alice In Chains - Dirt

Alice In Chains - Facelift

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Audioslave - Audioslave

Blink-182 - Blink-182

Blink-182 - Enema Of The State

Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket

Bon Jovi - Crossroad

Bush - Sixteen Stone

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Piano)

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (Piano)

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Piano)

Coldplay - X & Y (Piano)

The Cranberries - The Best Of

David Bowie - The Best Of (Piano)

Def Leppard - The Best Of

Ed Sheeran - + (Piano)

Ed Sheeran - X

Eric Clapton - The Best Of

Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux

Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree

Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High

Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials (Piano)

Foo Fighters - The Best Of

Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day - Dookie

Green Day - Nimrod

Guns N’ Roses - Appetite For Destruction

Guns N’ Roses - Use Your Illusion I

Guns N’ Roses - Use Your Illusion II

Incubus - Make Yourself

Incubus - Morning View

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Led Zeppelin - IV

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight

Metallica - Load

Metallica - Master Of Puppets

Metallica - Metallica 

Metallica - Ride The Lightning

Metallica - St. Anger

Muse - Absolution (Piano)

Muse - Black Holes And Revelations

Muse - Origin Of Symmetry (Piano)

Muse - The Resistance

Muse - The 2nd Law (Piano)

Muse - Showbiz

Nirvana - In Utero

Nirvana - Incesticide

Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana - Unplugged In New York

Oasis - Be Here Now

Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Oasis - (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Paramore - Paramore (Piano)

Paramore - Riot!

Pearl Jam - Ten

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Queen - The Best Of

R.E.M. - Out Of Time

R.E.M. - The Best Of

Radiohead - Amnesiac (Piano)

Radiohead - The Bends

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - Kid A (Piano)

Radiohead - OK Computer

Radiohead - Pablo Honey 

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I’m With You

Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

The Rolling Stones - The Best Of

Silverchair - Frogstomp

The Strokes - Is This It

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

Soundgarden - Superunknown

Van Halen - The Best Of

The White Stripes - Elephant

3 Doors Down - The Better Life

Soooooo, yeah.

I need to write this because I mean, 6th place.

Yes, I am Italian.
Yes, I am pissed all we had was the 6th place after everything Gabbani did.
No, I don’t care about your opinion if all you have to say is “shut up your song was crap”.

Let me tell you something about Occidentali’s Karma.
If you just think it is funny to see a monkey on the stage but you think our song was trash, let me stop you right there.
It actually HAS a meaning and I know it’s not that easy to get it (some Italian people couldn’t, so). BUT. It is a critic about society made in a funny and catchy way and I see nothing wrong about it.
Francesco Gabbani put a lot of efforts in his song and in this contest and he kept updating us every day while he was in Kiev.
He was so hopeful and so was I.
So were we.

I don’t care about winning the Eurovision, honestly.
What I care about is that Italy is always seen as the Clown. Maybe sometimes we are, but this time we were not and I WON’T except critics about OUR song this time.

With that said, NAMASTÉ ALÉ, ce se rivede l'anno prossimo.

Thick women have Rolls my nigga. Get over it

Tired of you niggas calling these build-a-Barbie females “thick” because she went to Dr. Miami or because she has a fat ass. If she has a fat ass she has a fat ass, that’s not thick B. Thick means WHOLE BODY nigga. She can have thick thighs, a thick ass, all types of shit, but if you’re calling HER thick, it’s her whole body and if you got a problem with her having rolls or stretch markets you a clown B

I blame drake dumb ass for getting y'all ignorant asses saying ya’ll like y'all women BBW and using Nicki Minaj as an example.

Monkey see monkey do ass niggas B smh

I swear the older I get, the more I value bad examples over good ones. It’s a good thing too, because most people are egotistical, neurotic, self-absorbed peons, insistent on wearing near-sighted glasses in a far-sighted world. And it’s this exact sort of myopic ignorance that has led to my groundbreaking new theory. I call it Mim’s Theorem of Monkey See Monkey Don’t, and what it boils down to is this: it is my belief that there are some people whose sole purpose of existence is to show the rest of how not to act.
This wasn’t just a story about Peggy getting a boyfriend; it was a story about Peggy getting free of trying to emotionally connect with Don Draper, which she’s been trying to do since the pilot. It was a story about Peggy stepping away from a relationship from which she gets nothing to make room for a relationship from which she gets something. Stan started out as a jerk, but Don stayed a jerk. Learning to stop throwing good emotional money after bad is one of the most important elements of adulthood; despite its cinematic-swoon elements, this was more than met the eye: it wasn’t just a story about getting what you’ve always dreamed of. It was just as much a story about when to give up.
boyf riends playlist

(mostly michaels music bc i grew up with stoner/alternative music and jeremy is a soft boy but i tried) (these are in no order)

i do not love you - ron pope 

fools gold - passenger

lightning in a bottle - the summer set 

happy - nevershoutnever 

where did you sleep last night (live) - nirvana (michael insists on only mtv unplugged) 

backseat serenade - all time low (it’s a song about a blowjob. of course it had to be in here) 

anger - sleeping at last 

fallingforyou - the 1975 (michaels pining song)(“michael..” “just, don’t say anything right now. just listen to the song. please. i don’t want to talk.”) 

nicotine - panic at the disco 

suck it and see - arctic monkeys (:D) 

skinny love - birdy cover (jeremy sings this!!!!! so nice!!!!!!) 

bad, bad, bad - lany 

heaven - troye sivan 

kick drum heart - the avett brothers (they jam in the car to this and bang along to the beat) 

the story - brandi carlile 

 hold you in my arms - ray lamontagne 

 i might add more later??? idk. these are just songs off the top of my head

Make Kevin Do Things

I will do whatever you want, on video, but here’s the rub: you must post or send me a video of you doing the same thing first. Tag all vids with my username, and if you send them to me, let me know if they are safe for posting. Have fun, people, and remember: I’m not really very good at anything. Yay!

One Last Celebration

“Where we goin’ Mama?” You asked your mother, Amber, while swinging your feet up and down in the backseat of the car as you watched the road pass by out the window.

“We’re going to see your daddy.” She told you in a tone your three your old brain couldn’t process. She seemed sad but was using a happy tone with you.

“Daddy!” You shouted in an excited voice, your father worked a lot and you didn’t get the chance to see him often. He worked constantly with your uncle and was always driving around fighting the bad guys. There were only a few times a year when you got to see him; your birthday, father’s day, Christmas, and two or three weekends out of the year; so whenever you got to see him it was a big deal.

“I’m so excited to see Daddy, Mama!” You told her as you continued to swing your feet even faster as you grew more eager. “When we gonna get there”

“We’ll be there in about an hour, we’re going to Mr. Bobby’s house. Daddy and Uncle Dean are there.” She said with a smile.

Fifty minutes later your mom pulled up to Singer’s Auto Salvage and you were bounding up and down your car seat. “Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad.” You repeated happily over and over as you waited for your mother to open the backseat door so you could get out.

As she opened the door you looked up to the house and saw your father walking out with a confused look on his face, “Daddy!” You shouted as you ran towards him with your arms open in a ‘pick me up’ motion.

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anonymous asked:

I have a character who did not have much interaction with others during her childhood. Would this have any lasting effects on her?

Being around other people is CRITICAL for a child’s development.

Okay. So I’m going to talk about two levels of isolation here.

The first level is going to be the Romanian Orphanage level of neglect.

The backstory is a bit complicated, but the upshot is that Romania suddenly had a hell of a lot of unwanted children, most of which had to be raised in institutional orphanages. There were not enough caregivers for the amount of children they had to deal with.

So what ended up happening is that babies were left in their cribs, 24/7, and fed and changed on a strict schedule. The babies learned not to cry, because it didn’t make a caregiver come running any faster. They didn’t have toys; all they could do is stare at their hands or the ceiling.

That lack of stimulation was found to have pretty significantly negative effects as the kids grew up. These kids are often physically stunted – they’re not as big as they should be for their age. Their brains are often actually physically smaller. They have lower IQs. They struggle with language. They also have problems with attachment.

Things do start to get better if the character is put into a foster home quickly, but they may still have emotional and psychological problems (there are some links below for further research).


Now. The other level of isolation I’m going to talk about is, for lack of a better term, the horror stories. These are children who were raised in extreme isolation by severely abusive caretakers, if they had caretakers at all.

Most children who are completely isolated or severely deprived of interaction have not learned, or have extreme difficulties with, language.

They also have difficulty with basic motor skills. There’s something in our brain called “mirror neurons.” @scriptbrainscientist will be able to elaborate more, but basically it boils down to “Monkey see, monkey do.” We learn how to do things because we mimic the behaviors of people around us. If there’s no one around the character, they won’t know how to do things. The character won’t know how to put on clothes or tie their shoes. They won’t know how to use a fork or knife. They may not even know how to walk.

Even if the character does have some social interaction, if they are mostly isolated, the level of interaction they get isn’t enough to foster normal development.

Now. That’s not to say that the character won’t ever be able to develop language and learn those skills. This kind of thing is not seen often enough for psychologists to make that kind of a conclusion. But every report we’ve seen so far says that feral or isolated kids never reach the level of functioning of same-age peers.

The best-studied case of a child being raised in isolation is that of a girl who was nicknamed “Genie.” 

I’m putting the rest of this post under the jump because what was done to her is nothing short of horrific.

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