most accurate thing on this blog

Go for the thing you actually want to do.  

Many students, teachers and family told me studying 2D animation in school from 2009- 2013 was foolish because there were already no more 2D animation jobs, and that I should study 3D animation. But I hate rigorous, technical work, I honestly hate computers all together. I’m not built for that kind of thinking, and I’m not interested in it. I was and am far more interested in drawing and film making than mastering technology. I’m almost four years out of school now, and have now had far better career opportunities than many of my 3D classmates because I am passionate about what I do.

My senior year of college,  I narrowed the parts of the animation process that I am most interested in to writing and storyboarding. But, I was afraid to pursue those jobs because I knew from interning in studios that they were highly coveted positions. So, I went for cleanup and animation jobs, hoping to work my way up. I even got lucky and landed character design work down the line, though I’m not particularly interested in design. It was only when i started taking storyboarding classes, making storyboards in my spare time, pursuing storyboarding jobs, calling myself a storyboard artist, that those opportunities started to become available to me. And it turns out, I’m far better at storyboarding than I was at those other positions, because it’s the thing I enjoy the most. This is not to say “don’t take that cleanup job that pays the bills.” Take that job, and do online storyboarding classes at night, and read storyboarding blogs on your lunch break, make storyboard samples and comics in your free time on nights and weekends… Then, ask for storyboard tests, and test and test and test. It might take a while, no worries. Go ahead and put ‘storyboard artist’ on your website in the meantime instead of ‘illustrator’ or 'cleanup’ or whatever your more accurate fallback job is.

Don’t work in a studio in your fallback job and wait for someone to give you the opportunity. You might think because you are hard working at your compromise job, the management will reward loyalty with the job you politely asked for, or maybe were even too polite to actually ask for. They won’t give you that job. They probably won’t even help you get that job. So test within that studio if they’ll let you, and apply other places in the meantime while you keep paying the bills with that job.

There’s no excuse to me. Even people who want to direct can direct their own animated shorts in their spare time and build up a commercial directing portfolio from those shorts. You can do the same thing making crappy live action films with borrowed equipment in your spare time. It’s costly and time consuming, but you can throw your musician friend a couple bucks for the score, get a compositor buddy to throw effects on your short in exchange for some animation she needs, and buy a bunch of friends pizza to help you clean up scenes or hold lights or whatever. I’ve done it before.

I used storyboards as an example above, (read blogs during lunch, etc.) but apply that same tenacity towards whatever you want to do: vis dev, character design, comic penciler, stop motion fabricator, 3D modeler, whatever. I want to be a writer now, that’s the next hurdle for me. I’ve written two pilots and I’m taking it seriously, going to writing events, talking to people, refining my work and writing new material, and generally conducting myself as a writer. I have no idea how long, or even if this will take, but I’m pursuing it like it’s real because I enjoy writing, so I think I’d be good at it. Please don’t be one of these people that talks about all the stuff you’re “working on”, when you are really just thinking about working on that stuff. Too many of those in the world, please just go and get things done. “There are those who write, and those who talk about writing.” An adage I like. Apply it to whatever you like “There are those who design characters, and those who talk about designing characters…”

So please, everyone, go for what you want, don’t stop short now. You’ll be a lot better at your job when you’re doing the thing you like.

Tips and Ideas for Writing Post-Apocolypse

Writing post-apocalypse/dystopian future can actually open a large range of possibilities and original ideas but there are some things we should try to keep in mind. The problem with this genre is that is a heavily research-based genre, it requires a lot of information so a lot of things can slip up or be forgotten.

Limits of the Body - This is something that seems to be largely forgotten unless in extreme situations. Yes, humans are tough, but they are also weak. We have that balance of nature within us. People can keep going whilst in a lot of pain, but something like a headache could knock them senseless. I knew someone who got shot in the leg and ran three miles because he thought he had been hit by the brick. The second he realised he had actually been shot and was safe to do so, he collapsed in pain. Quickly establish what your characters can and cannot do.

Children - Children are more robust than so many people give them credit for, they wouldn’t make it to adulthood otherwise. Children are emotionally stronger than they are physically but many children have a lot more endurance for their size than adults because they have to keep up with adults. Two good examples are The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Hygiene - Namely with periods and stuff. It is hard work keeping the body clean, so personal hygiene will be poor but people tend to stop caring at a point when they realise how hard it is to maintain. A lot of people would revert to old fashioned methods of vagina health as well, so people would use reusable cloth or diva cups. The only book I know of that covers this is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Simple Killers - More people died of the Spanish flu than in the First World War (source). It is surprising how often it is “little things” that kill people off. An emotional death does not have to be all that dramatic, no bloody death or major killer. Something as simple as a small cut that festered will kill someone if not treated correctly. An asthma attack, diabetes, things we see as treatable would make quick work of us without medical aid. Also most deaths are really simple and sudden.

World Limitations - What is this obsession with guns and everything happening in the summer and unlimited cans of food? No, let’s be honest, none of these are realistic. Guns will not last, can goods will be snatched up by the shop loads, most natural disasters will happen in spring or autumn. Remember to do the key thing, make your world real and people are more likely to believe it.

Take a Page - Who are most renowned for their post-apocalyptic stories? British pre-1950s authors. Why? Their worlds are real, the possibilities of what could happen in those worlds are real. Some where and still are scarily accurate, they looked at the current and possible state of things, creating a world too similar to our own. Great examples like 1984 by George Orwell, The Death of Grass by John Christopher, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, Soylent Green and the Mad Max Series.

Q&A Saturday (Sunday, whoops!)

Struggled with keeping on track this week (that’s what happens when you’re gone a while), but here’s the rest of the Q and A! Saved some questions for comics, so sorry! 

(Not pictured: Dario screaming in the distance)

“Okay, I guess I don’t really know all that much. I just go by the tone that he talks to me in.” 

(Even if Dario felt ready, he worries that Garrett never will be)

That’s it. That’s the whole blog.

(They just wanna solve things peacefully but Garnet wants to FIGHT.)

Meet Kathy, the most terrible prankster!

What is Kathy???? What is Jaleena??? Who knows?? Cable is probably more accurately Questioning, or maybe he doesn’t really care to find out? 

Aaa! In the original world, they’re best bros! In Splatoon, not so much. They got separate worlds going on!

(Aaaa, if it’s easier for you, please write in Spanish! Yo lo entiendo Espanol! ; 7 ;  )

And I know Dario has a sweet tooth and an appetite for meat, but he’s very careful about it because he’s a nutritionist, but Garrett’s fave foods are whatever unhealthy food he can get his hands on (I think I mentioned that he loves frito pies? With Doritos, and cheese and everything) 

I think on dates, they probably enjoy getting takeout and then ending it when a smoothie or milkshake! (Which I gotta draw someday)

Yes, basically! A leftover trait from being a big brother to Zuri since he was young! He doesn’t overbear but he makes sure everyone’s okay! Buttttt it also leads him to being very self-sacrificial. 

Human Dario and Garrett, not yet! I’m saving that for a big reveal! Splatoon Dario and Garret yes! I have! It’s a comic that I’m going to start reworking on soon! <3

Waaaa!! Thank you so much! <3 <3 It always brightens my day to get messages like that! ; O ; You’re very sweet, thank you again and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my blog! <3 <3

That’s all the asks I can answer for today! Thank you for all the questions! I hope you enjoyed this, it was was a lot of fun to do! Please don’t hesitate to send me more to answer next time and see you all next Saturday! <3

Thanks for reading! Bye! Love you all and have a lovely weekend!! <3

I say this kindly, but if you wanna land in my inbox and ask me questions that lead me to think you even remotely might be looking for ammunition to use against me, or someone else, or that you are trying to feel out my position on some problematic Tumblr personality, I’m gonna just delete it.  Doesn’t matter what my actual opinion is.

No lie, I have three of these kinds of messages in my inbox and IDK what’s up with that, but I’m not getting out of the car.

Originally posted by pyrogina

There is some interpersonal drama on this site I will not come near for love or money because it is absolutely savage all around.  It doesn’t matter what “side” I’m on, I’m still not putting my foot in that mess just to satisfy someone else’s curiosity about where I stand, because there is no “side” that doesn’t come with the inconvenience of getting attacked by mostly perfectly decent people and the lessening of my faith in humanity that ensues.

Y’all can probably surmise where I stand on most things based on the sorts of things I reblog.  My blog is a pretty accurate instrument with which to gauge my outrage and my sense of humor.  You shouldn’t use it to draw conclusions about what I think of individual Tumblr people.

Reblogging something doesn’t mean I agree with all the politics of every single person who contributed to the thread, even if I agree with the point they made on that post.  Saying “soandso is trash but this thread is good” and proving myself virtuous by denouncing sinners every time I open my mouth is just not a thing I’m prepared to do anymore.  I’m old now, and I get tired.

“Do you think smacking beehives with sticks is good or bad?” is a valid question I would probably be willing to answer, although I really think you should probably be able to guess where I stand (Nazis are bad, abuse is bad, bigotry is bad, cats are the best pets, etc.) and if you disagree with these basic things, in the words of @elodieunderglass​, I do not think you will like my blog very much.

“Soandso is a terrible person who smacks beehives/does not smack beehives, jsyk,” is something I prefer not to have to deal with because wow, do I ever not have the spoons for drama. I will take action if I think I need to, though I probably will not respond, nor should you ask me to.  Leave that up to me.

“Soandso has taken part in problematic bee discourse, and just now I saw that they were in a thread you reblogged.  Would you care to make a comment?” is … not a thing that gives me good feelings, whether I agree with beehive-smacking or not.  “Did you know about Soandso’s beehive-smacking?  It bothers me that you would support/denounce them/their act by reblogging this thing!” makes me kind of annoyed because wow, that hostility isn’t necessary.  “Stop defending/denouncing Soandso/beehive smacking! You’re awful!” makes me angry, because usually I haven’t defended or denounced anyone.  The content is just there among other content, and I’m interacting with some other aspect of it.  (Like, I’ve actually never gotten a message about this over any of the times I’ve actually done such a thing.  It’s all been jumping to conclusions based on proximity. That’s kind of fucked up, when you think about it.)

If you want to know what I think of beehives, ask.  If you want to warn me about bees or sticks in general, warn me.  If you think I need to know that Soandso specifically is Team Free Bees (or Team Smack Those Hives), tell me.  But don’t make me feel singled out, and don’t ask me to single anyone else out, publicly OR privately.  I understand why you are doing what you are doing, but it’s disturbing to be asked, even in a roundabout way, to shun someone publicly when they are not a public figure, or to be expected to pass/fail some weird ideological purity test I didn’t even consent to taking in the first place.

If you take issue with how I run my garbage blog, and suspect I might be on the “wrong” side of the bee/stick equation, and this is really troubling you, please unfollow and block me so you aren’t bothered by having to wonder. I promise I won’t be offended.  There are tons of other really cool blogs to follow.

peachycurtis  asked:

hi could you do a hc for the guys learning to drive? love your blog btw<3

this is going to be a wild ride from start to finish, may be the most accurate thing i write ever


  • darry is just a naturally good driver 
  • goes into driving confident as FUCK 
  • actually feels like he is cool because of it too 
  • when he first starts driving, he is that guy who will dead leave you in a fucking hail storm if you don’t have gas money 
  • somehow gets better 
  • road rage 


  • oh my god this kid
  • for a guy who is working at a car shop you still don’t know how to fucking drive 
  • i would actually be scared to be riding with this kid when he is first learning to drive 
  • he tries so hard when he first learns how to drive but then he just gave up and did his own thing 
  • which is not a good idea 
  • 100% sure he hit a mailbox while trying to eat a hamburger and drive 


  • tries to do literally everything perfect 
  • when darry and soda are in the car with him he will NOT even think about starting the car unless they are all buckled up 
  • barely presses the gas but slams his breaks because he gets scared 
  • probably leaves the car for 10 minutes when darry yells at him 
  • this boy is so stressed 


  • steve is not a good driver
  • he is better than soda 
  • if you get in a car with steve you’ll probably have 3 panic attacks from all the wild shit he pulls but you will make it out alive 
  • screams if he goes over 70mph 
  • very aggressive driver 


  • i actually think two-bit was nervous when he first learned how to drive
  • two-bit dead was probably one of those kids who were like “um why would i need to drive i don’t go anywhere hahah!11!1!”
  • he ends up going everywhere 
  • pretty good driver 
  • i also feel like he would be an aggressive driver to but he doesn’t pull some extra wild shit 


  • johnny has only drove a handful of times and they were all with dally 
  • johnny is actually fucking shaking though because dally is hardly paying attention to the fact that jOHNNY HAS NEVER DROVE BEFORE CMON MAN 
  • he drives like an old man 
  • is the most patient driver ever to exist 
  • likes driving but rarely gets to do it 


  • fucking awful
  • never learned how to properly drive 
  • “rules to the road are for PUSSYS”
  • dallas would be that annoying prick who doesn’t use turn signals 

“The thing I like most about time is that it’s not real. It’s all in the head. Sure, it’s a useful trick if you wanna meet someone at a specific place in the universe to have tea or coffee. But that’s all it is, a trick. There’s no such thing as the past, it exists only in the memory. There’s no such thing as the future, it exists only in our imagination. If our watches were truly accurate the only thing they would ever say is now.”

 Damien Echols

The important of crowdfunding WADTT.

I try not to spam you guys with information about the Patreon that supports this blog, but in light of the discussions in the last 24 hours about the zoo field I want to talk about why I think it’s so incredibly important that WADTT stay funded by readers. 

What we’ve been talking about on the blog today and yesterday - sanctuary politics, how the zoo field interacts with the animal rights organizations, actual data on contentions animals like white tigers and what it tells - those are topics the animal industry actively avoids talking about to the public. What I do, what I research and write for this blog, not only just doesn’t exist in an official capacity but is for the most part completely disallowed by PR departments. The reason you learn things here and not from zoos, not from sanctuaries, not from the media is because someone up the food chain decided that the public isn’t intelligent enough to make informed choices when presented with accurate, unbiased information. 

I think that’s a really stupid choice coming from an field I love, and I think it’s really insulting to the public, and I think it’s a really great way for zoos to find themselves no longer existing as an industry within my lifetime. So a big part of this blog is pretty much my way of single-handedly attempting to fix that problem. This sort of education is what I want to do for a living, and what I’m trying to currently make my livelihood. 

What that means, though, is that I can’t go get a job in the field to be able to pay rent and continue doing what I do. I haven’t gone back and taken anything more than a volunteer position since I started this blog, because the moment I am a paid face of an institution I am beholden to their PR rules and a good 75% of what I write about could no longer fly. 

And that’s not just the politics - I wouldn’t be able to talk about the basic facts of animal management. I got turned down for a collaboration with an AZA institution a few weeks ago because their PR department was uncomfortable with the fact that I have previously unequivocally stated that ‘the zoo field recognizes enrichment as a necessity and not a luxury because captivity fundamentally inhibits the range of behaviors an animal can express’. This should not be a controversial statement. That’s an acknowledged fact that has been printed in tens of scientific studies dealing with environmental enrichment, including ones conducted at big, well-known zoos. But in this age of animal rights siege and incredible public sensitivity and pseudoscience, this zoo decided it couldn’t even afford the risk of being seen collaborating on a totally unrelated topic with a blog that didn’t completely mimic their acceptable messaging. 

It’s become really clear to me that the only way I can continue to write what I write is if I’m funded by - and therefore only accountable to - my readers. WADTT has upwards of 30,000 followers on tumblr, and I can’t track how much of the animal industry reads what I wrote but I know it’s a lot of people. If you value the content you encounter on this blog, please consider donating to the Patreon. I chose that crowdfunding method specifically because I know a lot of my readers are struggling millennials with unstable financial situations just like me, so it’s a setup that lets you contribute as little as a dollar a month, change your pledge amount at any time, and cancel or reinstate your pledge at any time. I want this to be something accessible for you guys. I write this for you, after all. 


Let’s talk about Isak

So here we are at the second of the meta posts I wanted to write, and for which I created this blog in order to have somewhere to put them.  This one is about Isak all on his own.  He’s such a complex, interesting character and I’m constantly fascinated by him.  However, as in all fandoms, there are certain perceptions of him that have become accepted as universal truths to the point that most fic and art uses those ideas as if they are canon.  Since I’m in an analytical mood, I’m going to take a look and see just how accurate they all are.  Again, I could write a book on all the things I agree with about Isak: he’s smart, he’s analytical, he’s an introvert, he loves Even etc etc.  But there’s not much use in rehashing that stuff again, so I’m going to look at things where I either disagree or at least partially do.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Do y'all have any suggestions for feminist, anti-fatphobic blogs/spaces that are specific to men? Even particularly straight/cis? I don't want to detract from the spaces that are generally really good for women or LGBT, but sometimes I feel really isolated from the positive conversations I see here and in other places, and I suppose I hoped you all might know of good places to look. I appreciate this blog, and I am not looking to leave, just kind of wanting to target my needs more specifically.

To be honest, most of the blogs I know that are specifically for men are extremely anti-feminist and don’t address issues in a way that I would consider accurate; for example, they’d argue that men and women are equally oppressed or that men have it worse than women, and not understand how issues of fatphobia relate to oppression. Most are pretty fatphobic, too. 

The only thing I can think of is guys-positivity, which I have seen say a few problematic things (like attacking geekandmisandry for believing in patriarchy), but I hear is run by a woman who wants to help men? I guess? I don’t know.

Honestly, I’m not sure you can find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry. Maybe our followers would know? You could also just follow more fat men like @fumbledeegrumble. 

-Mod Bella 

anonymous asked:

Hey i don't know if someone has already asked or if it's something you'd reply to. But.. your headcannons for bat boys. Would they have blogs you think? Dick's is probably all about puppies or kittens idk.

oh man headcanons are my lifeblood ok ok ok let me try my hand at this:

each keep his tumblr a secret from others unless stated otherwise

  • dick: blog dedicated to uplifting posts to keep himself grounded and positive. reblogs a lot of wholesome memes & helpful public PSAs, ‘signal boosts’. follows back, always answers messages good-naturedly with :) a lot ;) of :)) smileys :-D. uses #YOLO liberally and inaccurately
  • tim: manages one respected photography blog he tells ppl about, 2nd blog is secret and autoplays peppy D-grade anime music. started using comicsans ironically, later continues out of spite. follows 1 person. shitposts a lot; reblogs opinions just to perform savage takedowns. begins sentences with “Actually,” ask page is titled, “YOU WANNA FIGHT”
  • damian: posts personal art, reblogs funny animals, animal care/rescue etc. struggles to pretend to be a regular adult human online and it shows. enters a fandom ~discourse~ once to post a fierce defense of nightwing and the trash-talking OP was never heard from again. mouse cursor is some cutesy animal too pixelated to recognize 
  • jason: porn blog. updates whenever, no text, nothing is tagged, navigation is a nightmare. very popular anyways because he’s got good taste. kink revolves mainly around consensual/artistic bondage and respectful D/s relationship. dick saves almost every post but will deny this


  • bruce: highbrow gothic aesthetic blog of things in black or near-black. imposes strict blogging rules for self–posts punctually on a set time, always manages to accurately source even the most reposted-through-hell-and-back posts. barely readable black helvetica with no visible page buttons. blacklists ‘superman’. the only blog tim’s shitblog follows
  • slade: bit creepy nightwing fanblog. neatly tags body parts, #ASS the only one in caps. every once in a while reblogs dad jokes, to the confusion of his followers
  • alfred: guns and sometimes miniature cakes

heskaroid  asked:

been tryna get into this warframe fan art thingie ever since i stopped drawing warframe related stuff long ago, tho I find most warframes tricky to draw like mesa, in which she is one of my favorites. got some tips for people who want to draw warframes?

Well I’ll try my best to explain, but mind you there’s a reason why i don’t do tutorials and stuff.

It’s probably essential to have references. It helps with trying to draw something/one that’s unfamiliar to you generally. I use it all the time for warframes since they have some complexity that i have a hard time remembering by heart.

Another is that you don’t need to have every single detail drawn out, I tend to only draw out the most noticeable and solid parts of the warframe that can obviously indicate which frame it is.

unless you’re going for a realistic look, then it’s okay to not try to put down every design. Since i’m a lazy shit, i tend to avoid realism and go for my own sort of style i guess (?).

And going into art styles, it can lead to alterations of warframes that aren’t entirely accurate to the warframe but nonetheless does it look nice and easily can be identified.

(Art by @/Rinkhet Art Blog/ Main blog)
I hope this helps, sorry i’m not good at explaning things (’:

Headcanon No. 6

Blog they’d run:

Jeff: Guro/Gore art blog (posts under an alias, huge following, he posts his and others’ art)

Jane: Witch Blog (posts under and alias, small following and she loves all of them)

Laughing Jack: Fashion Review (posts under and alias, everyone wants his opinion, thousands of followers)

Eyeless Jack: Cannibal recipe blog (everyone who follows it thinks it’s a joke and the recipes aren’t real and that someone is blogging like they’re Jack. Has most followers out of all the pastas)

Ben: Blog centered around video games. Especially Overwatch and LoZ. (doesn’t post personal things, no one knows stuff about him, good amount of followers)

Masky: Vaporwave Aesthetic Blog (posts under an alias, gets followed by all the porn bots, not many followers)

Hoodie: City Landscape Photography Blog. (Same as Ben, none of his followers know anything about him, people like his blog, many followers)

Toby: Creepypasta blog. (posts under an alias. followers think his headcanons are oddly accurate. He has the actual pastas come up with dialogue for asks Thousands of followers.)

(but like imagine if they were real and actually ran blogs. like they’re among you)

(I’m sorry this was a dream I had last night and had to post it)

tacosnpie  asked:

Hello! For NaNoWrimo I'm trying to do a comic and the mc of the comic is a disabled dude in a wheelchair. I'm not entirely sure about the daily life of being in a wheelchair however, and I want my MC's experience to be as accurate as possible to avoid offending anyone. Since you know so many blogs concerning people unlike yourself, do you know any good/accurate sources about the life of disabled people? Thank you in advance, but no worries if you can't answer!

Hello, and excellent question!  

First and foremost, I would (try to) stop worrying about offending people.  Someone will almost always be offended by innocuous things, whereas there are plenty of truly offensive things that go unnoticed and willfully ignored.

Instead worry about depicting them with as much authenticity and respect as possible. 

That said here are links to some of the most helpful articles I’ve found on writing wheelchair-bound characters are as follows:

The Dos and Donts of Writing Disabled Characters

Wheelchairs 101

How NOT to Write Disabled People

Wheelchair Users in Fiction

Writing Realistic Disabled Characters

To any and all followers who use wheelchairs, please weigh in as well – you are the paramount authority on the matter.

Best of luck, and happy writing!  <3

You’re laying next to me and we’re not
saying anything but we wish we could say
everything to light up this gloomy room
with the love that is bundled tightly
inside of us, carefully wrapped in lace.
You’re laying next to me and we’re begging
silently that relationships are as simple as
I love you and you love me; I kiss your face
so you know I can hear you even though you
are silent and you ask me why I am still here
after you dragged me across the carpet and
created brush burns deep enough to take off
layers of skin so I barely recognized myself.
I let the words roll off of my tongue like
running water over a cut: I love you I love you
I love you; you cover your face because
you know words aren’t enough to save us,
but I keep repeating it until my mouth is dry
with the escape of love-filled moisture between
my lips: I love you I love you I love you and I will
repeat it until my love is not enough for you
anymore and our hands grow too rough
to touch each other without chiseling.
You’re laying next to me and all I can think
is that you are the most beautiful thing
I have ever seen and this may not be
enough forever, but it is enough for now:
I love you I love you I love you

anonymous asked:

Could you tell us more about DID, or perhaps provide some links to information? Most information I've tried to find about it is often media portrayed which I've been informed isn't very accurate and I'd like to properly educate myself but I am struggling to find reliable resources!

Sure thing! There’s a lot to share in general about DID so I don’t really know where to start, but I’m open to answering specific questions if you think of any. :) I do have lots of resources, though! I’m glad you’re on the search for accurate and not sensationalized stuff. 

Good general article on DID
One of my fav blogs about dispelling DID myths!
Common DID terms used
DID tag on The Mighty (lots of personal stories)
Great post on DID basics and what syscourse is!
Deep science stuff about DID (research paper)

I hope these give you a place to start! As always, I’m totally willing to answer other questions about my experiences and knowledge with dissociative identity disorder. :)

History of AmazingPhil and friends

This is a timeline of the career of AmazingPhil and his YouTube colleagues. I spent about 6 hours doing research and checking the validity, so it should be pretty accurate, including the dates. Most of the information on here is first hand (from the Youtuber them self). However, some information is second or third hand, so it may not be completely reliable, especially when it comes to relationships. Anyway, here it is:

???? - Phil starts a blog/service on MySpace where he offers advice on photo editing and talks about his life.

27th March 2006 - Phil wins a black and white disposable camera in a box of cornflakes, and makes his first video on his new Youtube channel AmazingPhil. He mentions his blog, and talks about the things he has been doing recently, such as going on holiday to California. After this he continues making small videos and skits with his university friends.

21st August 2006 - Chris Kendall joins YouTube under the name of Crabstickz

August 2007 - Stephen Byrne starts making comedy videos on YouTube under the name of 3sixty5days.

5th October 2007 - PJ Liguori joins YouTube under the name of KickThePJ

14th June 2008 - Charlie Casey joins youtube as CharlieSkies.

15th September 2008 - the series ‘ApartmentRED’ begins on Youtube and TV with a friend of Phil’s, Stephen, playing himself. Stephen appears in some of Phil’s videos and the two are rumoured to have been dating around that time, although it is quite unlikely that this is true.

16th January 2009 - Phil creates a collaborative Youtube channel with Charlie Casey (aka CharlieSkies) called Pabloislove. They form a close bond and although it was never confirmed by Phil, Charlie claims that they dated.

10th March 2009 - Pabloislove is discontinued and the only means by which Charlie and Phil openly communicate is via Twitter. It was supposedly due to an unexplained argument between the two, so it is probably safe to assume that they broke up at this point.

15th April 2009 - Musician, actor and artist PJ Liguori (aka KickThePJ) appears on the ApartmentRED. Phil meets PJ through Stephen and they become friends. PJ’s friend, Chris Kendall (aka CrabStickz) also befriends Phil.

June 2009 - Stephen Byrne and Charlie Casey start dating. Charlie posts about getting together with Stephen on Twitter. Sources close to both Stephen and Charlie say that the relationship was abusive, with Charlie often hurting Stephen. He ignored him, manipulated, and insulted him, leading to arguments, which lead to violence from Charlie.

June 2009 - Phil notices his devoted fan, Dan Howell. They discover they have a lot in common and become internet friends.

16th October 2009 - Dan creates a new Youtube channel named Danisnotonfire

24th October 2009 - Phil meets up with Dan in Manchester whilst his parents are away and Dan stays for the weekend with Phil.

25th October 2009 - Dan and Phil upload their first video together called 'Phil Is Not on Fire’ .

5th November 2009 - The producers of ApartmentRED take notice of Phil’s growing channel and with the help of Stephen, they let Phil join the cast of the show.

February 2010 - Stephen becomes the main presenter for the TV show TwoTube.

July 2010 - Stephen leaves ApartmentRED.

September 2010 - Stephen joins the presenting team for the TV show The Rumour Room.

7th May 2011 - ApartmentRED is discontinued.

September 2011 - Stephen starts presenting a show called Juice.

17th October 2011 - Dan and Phil create a channel with My Damn Channel called the SuperAmazingProject.

January 2013 - Dan and Phil get a show on Radio 1.

January 2013 - Stephen joins the presenting team of The Voice of Ireland.

16th February 2013 - Dan hits 1 million subscribers.

June 2013 - Charlie punches Stephen in the face, breaking his nose. They break up. Some sources say that this was triggered by Stephen cheating on Charlie, others disagree, saying that it was just part of the abuse that was commonly involved in the relationship.

June 2013 - Charlie starts sending abusive tweets to Dan, even though they have been good friends up to this point.

6th July 2013 - Phil hits 1 million subscribers.

24th October 2013 - Crabstickz leaves YouTube.

24th May 2014 - Crabstickz makes a comeback on YouTube.

21st August 2014 - CharlieSkies uploads a video to his channel, but hasn’t posted since then.

29th August 2014 - Phil hits 2 million subscribers.

11th September 2014 - the Dan and Phil show on Radio 1 is discontinued and replaced with the Internet Takeover.

12th September 2014 - Dan and Phil create a gaming channel: DanandPhilGAMES.

1st October 2014 - Dan and Phil officially leave the Super Amazing Project.

7th February 2015 - Dan hits 4 million subscribers.

This is the timeline up to now, 2015. If there are any mistakes that you spot, please let me know and I will alter them. Thanks.

anonymous asked:

Is it true that Machiavelli's The Prince is a satire? I've never read it, but that's what I keep hearing

It absolutely is not satire. 

People do say that, a lot, but I can only assume those people have never read his letters. The pragmatic theory of politics he lays out in The Prince shows up all through the letters. IRL, Machiavelli—by and large—admired and condemned the same people, voiced the same disappointments, analyzed the same categories, as he does in The Prince

I really don’t get the appeal of the “BUT SATIRE” defence, either. Like … okay, he wrote one of the most influential texts in European history, but it’s unnervingly cold pragmatism so maybe he didn’t mean it. It’s just a joke that nobody got! That would just make it a failure. And a shit satire, because the genre that he was writing in was not—okay, let me back up.

“Mirrors for princes” was a genre of, basically, self-help books for royalty. They would set out the qualities that a good prince (as in “monarch” not “heir”) needed to have, and dedicate them to some royal patron with varying degrees of sincerity. Usually mirrors for princes were hopelessly, absurdly idealistic. Some realistic advice was starting to show up, but not a whole lot. The Prince may not have been the first book in its time to approach politics pragmatically, but it was one of the first, and unquestionably the most influential. 

He’d have to be satirizing something that barely existed via a supposed critique of the genre that very much did exist, based on beliefs that he’s on record as holding. 

Moreover, the idea that The Prince is satire almost always presumes that what’s on the page isn’t worthwhile in itself. To me, it really seems a lack of respect for what Machiavelli achieves in The Prince—a sophisticated analysis, evaluation, and theory of politics in the real world based on his long experience as a diplomat, contemporary evidence, and historical research. It’s a great work and an enormous accomplishment in the history of political science.

It’s not a book on ethics. Machiavelli does not endorse what he says is effective; he’s talking about how the world does work, what practices work, not whether it’s the world it should be or whether those practices are moral. He does raise ethical questions now and then, like whether it really is moral for a ruler to make the choice that sits well with their conscience if that choice  causes greater suffering in the end than the personally wrong choice. But mostly this was a man living in a fractured, unstable world of cutthroat politics who manage to synthesize it all into a strong, coherent theory. 

The satire thing really treats it as if it’s Ayn Rand or something, rather than a 100-odd page reality check. As far as morality goes, his analysis brings up some quandaries he finds interesting, but the only answer he can really provide?