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Two beautiful commissions made for me by @tosquinha! (I can’t get over how amazing they are! Based on two scenes from my fic Bad Apple (a bad boy Yuuri AU).

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Yuuri arrived at the skating rink on his motorcycle, throwing up dust and filling the morning air with deafening noise. He parked, turned off the engine and climbed off. Only when he pulled off his helmet did he realize he had an audience.

Victor stood still, his mouth slightly open.

“You’ll catch flies, if you don’t stop that,” Yuuri said, walking past him.

“C-can you give me a ride –”

Hell no!” Yuuri exclaimed. “I’m not a taxi service.” He caught sight of his reflection in one of the windows and stopped to fix his gelled-back hair.

Victor made as if to protest, but for some reason cut off abruptly. Yuuri caught Victor’s reflection and noticed the blush on his face.

And this is why this whole coach thing is such a bad idea.

Yuuri’s mind worked in odd ways and he’d often done things out of spite. This time it calculated that the worst thing to do was to turn around and smirk and so he did.

(from Chapter 3)

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It was already dark when Victor stepped outside, finally finished with practice for the day. He and Yuuri had decided to practice separately at least until the Russian Nationals were over. Unfortunately, this meant that they went to different parts of the city for practice. He was tired and was doing his best not to think of the long and lonely commute home.

“You going my way, pretty boy?”

Yuuri stood against his motorbike in his usual leather jacket and gloves, arms crossed over his chest and a smirk on his lips.

(from Chapter 23)

Posted with permission from the artist.

There are thousands of parks, refuges and wilderness areas in the U.S. that are kept in something close to their natural state. But one form of pollution isn’t respecting those boundaries: man-made noise.

New research based on recordings from 492 protected natural areas reveals that they’re awash in noise pollution.

Researchers from Colorado State University spent years making the recordings by setting out microphones in natural areas across the country. They caught all sorts of wildlife sounds, such as rutting elk and howling wolves. But they were also after “background” sound — wind, rain, birdsong, flowing streams and rivers, even bubbling mudpots in Yellowstone National Park.

They compared the decibel level of this natural background with the intrusive noisiness from human activity. And they have discovered that in two-thirds of the places they studied, the median decibel level of man-made sound was double the normal background sound. These were sounds that came from within the area, such as road traffic, as well from as outside, such as passing jets or mining and logging equipment.

America’s Protected Natural Areas Are Polluted, By Noise

Map: National Park Service

Headcanons about Spirk having slower, more loving sex as they age are precious but…tuvok said a vulcan’s libido increases with age, so jim and spock are probably two old kinky fuckers who have sex marathons every other week and put every young couple they know to shame

Okay so…why do people on here have the need to hate on others for their ships? Just because someone ships your notp doesn’t mean you bully them and call them awful things just because they don’t ship what you do. The world doesn’t revolve around YOU. Maybe your notp is someone else’s otp, and that otp actually makes them genuinely happy for once. Ships are just ships, its simple. There’s no need for shipping hate because you know what? These ships aren’t hurting people and are not a weapon for hurting others. Why don’t people get that??

Recently I myself have faced some people who has got on my ass for shipping “Style” instead of “Kyman”. Its very irritating and childish. Why do you feel the need to hurt others just because they ship what YOU don’t like. Yes, I ship Style because its MY otp. It doesn’t have to make YOU happy, as long as I am happy my ships don’t concern anyone other than me.

☿ That’s all I have to say.

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Went to Seville yesterday and it was amazing.

Happily Project Day 3: Seville

zinge  asked:

Have you ever played Zoo Tycoon?

According to my mother, Zoo Tycoon was pretty much the only game I played as a kid until I found the Sims - and then they still got about even amounts of time expenditure, which is impressive considering what a time suck building houses in that game can be. (And honestly, once pets and pet breeding was an option in the later versions of the Sims, that was all the game was good for).  

I’m actually amazed how much of the mechanics in ZT hold true in real life. (I’ve definitely caught myself mentioning things like “guests always want to think they could see at least one animal” and then realizing when asked where that rule comes from that I was quoting a guide that was on one of the big DLC sites.) ZT was pretty straightforward about making sure players understood what appropriate containment looked like - no basic chain link fencing for the allosaurus exhibit - and making you stay up on exhibit maintenance. Not to mention that for a game designed for children, it was very honest about incompatible species, predator/prey, and animal/guest interactions. My favorite part is that it emphasized that the preferences and needs of each animal would dictate the type of exhibit you designed for them, even down the grade of the elevation and the type of trees that were planted. You could see which things about an exhibit made the animal happy to live there and which ones didn’t and you had to balance them out or you guests would be really unhappy about the conditions your animal lived in.  Looking back, it’s now obvious that the ‘x animal doesn’t like y in it’s exhibit’ information was a great introduction to basic welfare assessments.

Probably my favorite ZT story, though, was years after I stopped playing. Remember that sound clip they had for the dolphins in the marine expansion? Yeah, that… that’s the sound an angry Black-Footed Ferret makes. A while ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time at a facility that participates in their breeding program, and because they’re kept super isolated from people (so they don’t habituate and can be released as adults) the little buggers were very much  not happy to see us. It made an impression, these cute little fuzzy animals things gaping and chittering aggressively at us like that. Fast forward a couple of months, I’m visiting family, and my niece is playing Zoo Tycoon on the desktop computer outside the guest room door. She was building… of course… a giant marine park. The noises from the dolphins got into my dreams, and I woke up in an absolute panic, freaking out about highly endangered and aggressive ferrets having gotten loose from their conservation programs.

I was unsure whether to call this a follow forever or a fic rec post, since it is somewhat a combination of both? Shit, I don’t know. But I reached the 3,000 follower milestone today and honestly, I cannot thank all of my readers enough. I know I always say that I write for myself, because I do – but every single one of you helps me to push on and pursue my writing dreams with your wonderful comments, likes and reblogs. There is no feeling greater than seeing your personal opinions on my pieces, no matter if it is a detailed review, or if it is incoherent, caps lock screaming.

Thank you for supporting me, whether you have been here from the very beginning of my persona journey, or if you have only just discovered me now. I think, throughout all of my blogs, I have never created a follow forever so I believe now is about time that I show some appreciation back to the writing community of the BTS fandom. They never cease to amaze me, and I am absolutely positive they will floor the rest of you whom may have not happened upon some of these incredible writers just yet.

As a writer, your greatest source of inspiration, support and encouragement can not only come from your readers, but your fellow writers. Thus, this post is dedicated to my favourite writers who have always, without a doubt, left my hands overflowing with infinite inspiration and have left me awestruck, laughing from the pit of my belly, and even in tears at times over their phenomenal works. Feast your eyes!

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Wanna One penalty proof video x Lee Hongki’s “Kiss the Radio” 

[must watch to the end!!]

With Needles Rebuild gaining hype and resale prices trending up, it’s about time I mention some smaller Japanese brands that do similar remake work but can be found for much lower prices, assuming you can even find them at all. There’s a lot of flavors of patchwork, from punk and crust inspired clothes to boro patchwork and unconventional stitching. I’ve collected as many as I could think of here, though I ignored some labels like Kapital and Remi Relief because they’re already pretty well known.

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