At university, I did English language with linguistic for my Bachelor of Arts, which was a three year course. Half split between English language and half split between linguistics, which is the science of language. It was quite scientific and it was very hard. I liked to think while I was doing my A-levels that I was quite good at work and exams and stuff like that. But doing linguistics was kind of like throwing me into the deep end because it was a completely new concept to me and there was so many different parts of it. I was good at some parts of it, I was good at the child language acquisition thing and also things with essays but there was a lot of science based analysing language using the IPA chart and stuff like that and that was hard. And also I think I could have tried harder in my lectures. If I had been going back, I would have listened a bit more because I had a lot of late nights and then didn’t listen the next day, which is not the point. But anyway, I passed it! I got a degree. Yay! And then I went on, because I really loved York and I didn’t feel ready to leave it yet and then I was also really interested in video editing. I was making YouTube videos from my university room and I just wanted to get better at the whole filmmaking thing because it was a big interest of mine. So I did a MA in post-production with visual effects. And there was only eight people allowed on the course so it was quite a selective course. But I went for the interview and got on it! And was invited on it and they had a huge green screen set, loads of amazing editing suites that we were allowed to use whenever we wanted, and it seemed like such a cool thing and I went for it and I did it. And I made some things I was really proud of as well and I got to work with other creative people, which is rare to have people that are sharing your interests in that way. So I had a really good time and I’m glad I did it. And I know I don’t make films on my YouTube channel, they're just like YouTube videos but I like to know that I can edit things in a way that I fully understand the software and I know what I’m doing. You know what I mean? I could just be going ‘I don’t know what this mean?’ but I understand it which is good. So I did that.
I think some people might forget about Phil’s time at university but I always feel so uplifted and happy whenever he talk about it, so I wanted to write this down for me to keep to look back on whenever I’m struggling at university.
I’m a fan of Angie’s work and so it was amazing to edit one of her photos. It was fun, even though I was a bit nervous. I made a lot with the graduation curve. Brighten the shadows and played with contrasts. I also played with the colors. I made the shadows cooler and the highlights warmer, which supported the mood I saw in this photo.
PWS MAD - Stephi
At the time we decided to do this, I had no new photos to submit, so I
had to use one of my rejects. Of course, Stephi can
make a fork look like a work of art and as you can see here, she
salvaged my reject! I love the way she cropped it to give the sky more
emphasis and also the way she brought up exposure and contrasts in the
foreground to show the details of the rocks and waves. The colors are
just… delicious!! Thank you, Stephi and to the rest of the PWS clan for teaching this novice a thing or two… or seven!!
“I was having lunch and James Whale (Frankenstein director) sent either the first assistant or maybe it was his secretary over to me, and asked me to join him for a cup of coffee after lunch, which I did. He asked me if I would make a test for him tomorrow. ‘What for?’ I asked. ‘For a damned awful monster!’ he said.
Of course, I was delighted, because it meant another job, if I was able to land it. Actually that’s all it meant to me. At the same time I felt rather hurt, because at the time I had on very good straight makeup and my best suit - and he wanted to test me for a monster!”
— Boris Karloff, on being offered the role of Frankenstein’s monster
Are weak plots really bad? Bc I can't really think about a real good one
For this, we need to answer the following questions:
What is a plot point? What makes a plot point strong?
In order for something to be a plot point to begin with, it must provide a point within the plot where the story could go in more then one direction. In most situations, it’s the character’s choices (generally those of the main character, though not necessarily) which pick the direction the plot takes from this point.
Looking at a plot point from this angle, we can deduce that the plot has a lot to do with who our character is. This makes sense. Goals are absolutely necessary for almost every story imaginable, because if your character doesn’t want something then you have no plot.
So we have a character who’s striving towards their goal. How do we turn that into a strong plot point? Characters who have goals should also have beliefs, (or in some cases, secondary goals), and these two things must conflict somewhere. Anywhere the character must choose between them, we have a foundation on which to build an interesting, strong plot point. On the other hand, if we don’t have these things, our plot point won’t ever be as strong as it might otherwise have been, no matter how many cool things we throw into it.
So to create a strong plot point we can start with a character who needs to make a choice in order to reach their goal. We make this choice more interesting by throwing road blocks at the character. It might help to ask yourself these sorts of questions:
What can we throw at this character to make them change their choice partway through?
What can we throw at this character which we know will stress them out personally?
What can we throw at this character after they’ve made their choice, which they’ll have to now overcome because of the choice they’ve made?
What sort of consequences will come out of this choice and how do we show them?
And if you’re willing to do some work in order to find a realistic way for your character to get out of the situation: What can we throw at this character which will turn this into their worst nightmare; the most awful possible version of this situation?
Knowing what makes a strong plot point, we can finally answer the question: Are weak plot points really bad?
Plot points with weak foundations are really bad, yes. Weak plot points which don’t revolve around a character making tough choices in order to reach their goals will generally fall flat to readers.
But, not every plot point needs to be a crazy, chaotic mind blowing twist either.
Sometimes the choices we find most emotional and stressful are the ones everyone else tells up should be easy. The key to engaging your reader in a plot point is to convince them that this is emotional and stressful for your character and that your character believes there will be consequences to making a bad choice, and to instill in them the need to know what choice your character will make and what outcome that choice will bring.
tl;dr Plot points don’t have to be unique or fancy or even action-packed in order to engage a reader. They simply need to show a situation where a character the reader is already engaged with has to make a decision which will change the course of the plot.
(Minor Edit: I had a dyslexic moment and read ‘plot points’ instead of simply ‘plot’ five times in a row, so that’s what the answer is specifically about. But since a plot is made of a bunch of plot points with sentimental connecty stuff in between, this is still all the same advice as I would otherwise give. Write some good plot points with solid, emotional foundation and your plot will be sturdy enough to carry a reader through, I promise ^^)
It took me a while to post this because I had to edit the text…that’s always what holds me up. Full story under the read more
Here we have the presidents son out walking his dog with his 2 guards in tow Umbra’s after making things awkward with a total stranger who whips around ‘oh em gee your dog got further than any date ive ever had’ and of course Noct is mortified D: Ignis and Gladio are just like 'Dog?!?! what’s wrong with you??’
phil lester died in 2011 and is replaced by a look alike named Greg Brown
proof: as you can see there are many differences in these two photos including the eye shape (which keep in mind eyes never change), the brow shape, nose shape, the mouth shape, and the size of his neck has also changed significantly
why: in 2011 is when dan and phil first started gaining momentum as Youtubers and after phil’s death dan wanted to continue the image and hired a look alike named Greg Brown. of course Greg had to learn to edit and talk and act like AmazingPhil, but Greg was already a fan of Phils and he learned quickly. dan single handedly wrote Tabinof and Greg only had to show up for to film the Making of Tabinof and learn the script to tatinof. Greg lives in his own home with his wife Samantha and now only shows up to film dnpg, his own channel, live shows and show up for youtuber events
the AmazingPhil you know and love is actually Greg Brown,, a stunt double. open ur eyes people
Halloween is fast approaching, so I thought it would be prudent to create a new villager in preparation for the oncoming holiday. Of all the animal species that aren’t included in the game, bats seem to recur most often on people’s most wanted list - and of course, they would be essential if you happened to be making a Halloween themed town. Unfortunately, edited villager models can’t be imported into the game, so I had to make do with I had and forego the bat wings (much to my disappointment). I’ll just have to imagine that Vlad’s wings are tucked away into his vampiric tuxedo.
As it so happened, he was also paying Lon the werewolf a visit. All we need now is Frankenstein and we’ll have a full-on monster mash going.
After I posted my overrated first year advice post, a lot of people were commenting on my advice about buying textbooks. I agreed so much with all of these comments, so I thought I would do a more comprehensive post about how I buy my textbooks and what I recommend for others.
Disclaimer: Obviously, where you buy your textbooks can be influenced by so many factors (location, income, etc.) so don’t feel obliged to listen to all of this advice! It is just my opinion, and as always, different things work for different people.
Buy used from upper year students. This is my number one go to way to save money on textbooks. Meeting with an upper year and buying a book is reliable and just makes sense. Also, they aren’t trying to turn a profit, so it is often the best deal.
Bargain with people who are selling. If you do decide to buy from an upper year, try to bargain with them to get the best possible deal. Often times they are just trying to get rid of the books, so if you offer to bundle them, they will give you a better price.
Buy off of Amazon Prime, or another reputable seller. If you can get a better deal and the guarantee that your books will arrive within 2-3 days, why not?
Buy the looseleaf edition and a binder, rather than the hardcover copy. I have seen books at my bookstore that are $300+ and the looseleaf copy is like $100. It is the exact same material in every way, except that it isn’t bound together, so it is definitely worth the money saved.
If there is an electronic copy available, print it yourself. Make sure you have the rights to print it first, but if you do, then this is a great way to save. My politics prof made all of our readings available online to download, and I got them all printed for $9. Much cheaper than an actual textbook.
Rent textbooks. I have to be honest, I don’t know a ton about renting, but there are usually websites and places on/around campus that let you rent a textbook and then return it at the end. Just make sure that it is considerably cheaper than owning the book.
Share the book with a friend. If you know someone on your floor or someone you hang out with often, share the book! Make a schedule of when each of you will get it, and you only have to pay half of the cost.
Proceed With Caution
Buying an electronic copy. This is a great way to save, as long as you are comfortable doing a lot of reading online. I definitely recommend this if you have a tablet, or are just used to reading online. If you like to take notes in a book, or you get a headache from reading online, it might be worth it to find a hard copy.
Buying online from an unreliable site. This might apply more for my fellow Canadians/non-Americans because fewer sites offer good, quick shipping to us! I remember when I was looking for textbooks, I would think I found an amazing deal on a book, then see that it would take 6 weeks to ship. It isn’t worth it to be 6 weeks behind on readings to save a bit of cash.
Buying from a bookstore off campus. I guess it depends on how willing your school is to screw you over, but at my school, the on-campus prices are the same as at Chapters. If they are the same price anyways, you might as well go for the convenience of the on-campus store.
Checking it out from the library. I think this is a great idea if it is a light reading class, especially because textbooks are often on reserve at the library. However, if you have readings every night or a big project based on the textbook, it can be super inconvenient to have to check the book out every day.
Buying an older edition of a textbook. I see this advice all the time, and I just don’t think it is good at all! It is very annoying that publishers do this, but usually a new edition is completely rearranged, and can often have different content and different homework questions. I made this mistake at the beginning of the year and got a book that had literally nothing in common with the class, so I ended up buying the new edition anyways.
Other Ways to Save
Make sure you actually need the book before purchasing. Look on the syllabus — not just under “required textbooks” but also under the course schedule. If there is only one reading from the textbook, try to borrow it from a friend or use the online version.
If there is a reader, try to find the readings online. Sometimes profs will try to sell you a reader that has a bunch of readings from various sources. Often these are super popular readings like John Rawls or Judith Butler that can be easily accessed online. If you can find copies of them all of JSTOR or your school library, don’t bother with the reader.
Take good care of textbooks that you buy so you can sell them next year. If you write and highlight in the book, it is harder to sell for a good price. If it is pristine condition, you can sell it for a bit less than the cover price rather than super cheap.
It is a lot better to sell books to other students than to sell to the bookstore/online. If a textbook costs $50 new, you can sell it to another student for $40, whereas the bookstore would only pay you like $4.50. They really lowball you, so try to sell directly to other students!
The last image Rick sees in his flashbacks of Michonne in the Season 7 premiere is of this brief, seemingly insignificant exchange. It’s Michonne beaming at him, giddy on brushed teeth and freshly shaven bae. A must-read post I loved by @michonnejennings posited this as the first moment he felt that magical It – at least consciously, in that arrow to the heart kind of a way. Hence its inclusion in the flashbacks.
You see a certain curiosity on Rick’s face. They dance between bold, gleeful flirtation and the safety of their familiar, familial best friendship. This scene, in many ways, feels like a first of sorts and hits upon something Scott Gimple says of their later consummation: “When the world stopped screaming and clawing for them, they realized what they had.” Here, as they settle into the safety of Alexandria, they are allowed to breathe for just a second and what emerges seems to be a first moment of romance. Not sexual tension, not intimacy, not openness. Romance. That kind of bashful, joyful early stage of love that makes you giddy at just the sight of the other person. Michonne is just so happy. So yeah, makes sense that this is the image of her that Rick’s got locked down in his memory.
Greg Nicotero: So, this scene… Danai and I had a little argument about this. It’s a great story because when Michonne comes out of the bathroom, she’s brushed her teeth and she’s all smiley and happy, and she sees Rick. And I was a little concerned that I didn’t want this to play too flirtatious. So, we did a couple of takes. This was the first take that we did and I remember going to her and saying, “Hey, let’s take down the flirtatious aspect just a little.” We got little gauges of it and afterwards, I was a bit frustrated and I think you were a bit frustrated. We had a little conversation after wrap about it and then, of course, I get into the editing room and I watch the takes. I look at the first take and I’m like, “That’s the first take. It’s definitely…” And I went back to location and I went up to Danai, and I said, “Listen, what I love about my job is that I still learn about how to make movies and how to craft these stories, and you had an instinct and your instinct was right. And I’m glad that we got that take. I’m glad we did the other takes too, but you were right.” There I said it. Everybody in the world knows. […] Does everybody want to have sex with Rick Grimes now that he’s shaved his beard off? I guess so.