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“At the Billboard Awards in 2013 Swift accepted her award, saying “To the fans who come to the shows, who buy the albums, I just want you to know this one thing - you are the longest and best relationship I have ever had.” It appears that this time around, after more than a decade of trying her best to curry favor in the industry and in the process letting the media walk all over her, Taylor Swift is taking a stand and using her fans and their reception of her music as a measure of success rather than critical praise or industry awards. If that’s the case, this last week and a half proves that she is indeed an industry leader, as her fans are eager to prove. You don’t have to like her music. You don’t have to agree with her choices. But Zero Fucks Swift™️ is rising, and she is a force to be reckoned with, with a diverse and dedicated army of Swifties out for blood. Because Swift might not give a fuck what you think of her, but she does care about them, and that genuine love is stronger than any petty feud or industry snub. Taylor Swift will not back down, not in court, not in life, and not in her music. Never again.”

From: The Taylor Swift Article You DIDN’T See on Major Media But Should Have (x)

Stolen Sweaters

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader

Word Count: 1.1k

Warnings: Nothing, this is just seriously fluff galore.

Summary: You accidentally threw on the wrong sweater that morning, one you didn’t exactly have permission to have in your possession.

A/N: So today my best friend gave me my late birthday present, which was a Midtown High sweater, just like the one Peter wears in Homecoming, and it’s my new favorite article of clothing. And it inspired me to write this cheesy, sappy lil fic for you guys. I hope you all enjoy it because it honestly melted my heart to write alsksklsj :,)

Originally posted by peterbparkerr

The rain fell down hard outside, causing the train floor to be a slippery mess when you’d gotten on that morning. Luckily, you were there early enough to manage to find a seat so you didn’t have to stand up and tediously grip the railing. Honestly, you weren’t even sure that you wouldn’t slip and fall on your face if you’d been forced to stand.

It had been thundering all throughout the night, which to most people was calming, but for you, it just meant that you barely got any sleep. Something about thunderstorms always rendered your brain incapable of shutting down and resting. 

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17 More Style Lessons from the Best and Worst Dressed Guys at Cannes

#5) Mads Mikkelsen:  Generally we’d advise against the idea of wearing a wing-collar shirt, tux, and no bow tie, but Mads makes it look effortless. Those of us not of the severe, Nordic variety might want to consider a point-collar shirt to achieve the same “Rat Pack at 3 a.m.” vibe.

“To make matters worse it succumbs to that most loathsome television habit: Making characters do really dumb things in service of the plot. This happens more than once, and it happens in ways that it happened before many times over in Season 7.”

“The Walking Dead hasn’t just lost its sense of being a gritty zombie survival show, it’s also lost whatever good dialogue it once had. There are scenes in the season 8 premiere that I don’t even understand. Moments of dialogue so weirdly written that it’s like the writers don’t even speak the same language or interact in the same human sphere as the rest of us.

“The sad thing is, The Walking Dead has a lot of potential. It has a talented cast, excellent make-up design and some of the coolest looking zombies ever. It has an interesting premise, and has had truly wonderful episodes in the past. I even still care about some of the characters, though that’s less and less true as time passes and the best characters are either killed off or written into a corner. It’s just weird that a show with so much potential could get it this wrong so consistently.

“New showrunners and a team of decent writers are the only thing that can save The Walking Dead from its corpulent self.”

– Erik Kain, ‘The Walking Dead’ (Spoiler-Free) Review: Season 8 Premiere Is A Total Mess, 10/10/17

writersblocksblastingcaps  asked:

In your thread regarding pack behavior and wolves especially, you talked about how our early observations of wolves were badly flawed. I am playing in a game where some of the other players are portraying character who were originally wolves. I'm trying to explain to my group why I'm reacting so poorly to talk of 'alphas', and 'omegas' and 'primal wolves'. Would you happen to know any good starting points if I was look for sources to explain to my friends why I don't like Neitzche-wolves?

Yeah! This is a free-to-access article by David Mech, one of the biggest-name wolf behavior researches out there. This is my favorite article for this kind of conversation, because Mech originally was a supporter of alpha pack theory and basically published disproving himself and explained why. It’s a little dense but reading the introduction and the conclusions at least will help give you a summary to work from and if you poke through the whole article you’ll have the science to back you up. 

“ However, in natural wolf packs, the alpha male or female are merely the breeding animals, the parents of the pack, and dominance contests with other wolves are rare, if they exist at all. During my 13 summers observing the Ellesmere Island pack, I saw none. Thus, calling a wolf an alpha is usually no more appropriate than referring to a human parent or a doe deer as an alpha. Any parent is dominant to its young offspring, so “alpha” adds no information. Why not refer to an alpha female as the female parent, the breeding female, the matriarch, or simply the mother? Such a designation emphasizes not the animal’s dominant status, which is trivial information, but its role as pack progenitor, which is critical information. “  

anonymous asked:

I'm boggling trying and failing to understand how it is that so many people (in this case, the advocates of violent anti-fascism sending you asks) don't have the idea that _political actions should have the consequence you want, not just be on the right side_. It feels like... not getting that trying to affect reality except in the simplest most local one-dimensional way is even a thing. Do you feel like you understand the mindset better?

One of my favorite articles by Bryan Caplan describes the concept of missing moods. 

Modern warfare almost always leads to killing lots of innocents; if governments were held to the same standards as individuals, these killings would be manslaughter, if not murder.  This doesn’t mean that war is never justified.  But the reasonable hawkish mood is sorrow - and constant yearning for a peaceful path.  The kind of emotions that flow out of, “We are in a tragic situation.  After painstaking research on all the available options, we regretfully conclude that we have to kill many thousands of innocent civilians in order to avoid even greater evils.  This is true even after adjusting for the inaccuracy of our past predictions about foreign policy.”  

I have never personally known a hawk who expresses such moods, and know of none in the public eye.  Instead, the standard hawk moods are anger and machismo.  Ted Cruz’s recent quip, “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out” is typical.  Indeed, the hawks I personally know don’t just ignore civilian deaths.  When I raise the issue, they cavalierly appeal to the collective guilt of their enemies.  Sometimes they laugh.  As a result, I put little weight on what hawks say.  This doesn’t mean their view is false, but it is a strong reason to think it’s false.

2. The immigration restrictionist.  Immigration from the Third World to the First World is almost a fool-proof way to work your way out of poverty.  The mechanism: Labor is more productive in the First World than the Third, so migrants generally create the extra riches they consume.  This doesn’t mean that immigration restrictions are never justified.  But the reasonable restrictionist mood is anguish that a tremendous opportunity to enrich mankind and end poverty must go to waste - and pity for the billions punished for the “crime” of choosing the wrong parents.  The kind of emotions that flow out of, “The economic and humanitarian case for immigration is awesome.  Unfortunately, there are even larger offsetting costs.  These costs are hard to spot with the naked eye, but careful study confirms they are tragically real.  Trapping innocents in poverty because of the long-run costs of immigration seems unfair, but after exhaustive study we’ve found no other remedy.  Once you see this big picture, restriction is the lesser evil.  This is true even after adjusting for the inaccuracy of our past predictions about the long-run dangers of immigration.”

I have met a couple of restrictionists who privately express this mood, and read a few who hold it publicly.  But in percentage terms, they’re almost invisible.  Instead, the standard restrictionist moods are anger and xenophobia.  Mainstream restrictionists hunt for horrific immigrant outliers, then use these outliers to justify harsh treatment of immigrants in general.  

The idea is that, if you’re pushing for some policy that involves doing or ignoring great wrongs in the service of necessity, it should hurt. You should be agonizing over it. You should be desperate for alternatives, and you should be grieved you can’t find any. The point is not ‘your opinion is not valid if your feelings are not valid’, but when that feeling is absent, it’s incredibly hard to trust the opinion.

I think that to antifas and the people who gravitate towards them, the entirety of liberalism has a colossal missing mood. There are Nazis and white supremacists holding rallies and chanting in favor of unthinkable, colossal atrocities. Lots of people sympathize with them. Shouldn’t we be terrified? Shouldn’t we be angry? Shouldn’t we be desperate? Whatever you think of the merits of smashing unarmed Trump supporters in the head with metal bike locks and then running away, the proponents of doing so are vocally and demonstrably angry and terrified and desperate, and if the thing you’re looking for is people who are angry and terrified and desperate then you find them. And if all of the people who seem to grasp the magnitude of the threat are saying sickening street violence is the way to fix it -

- and all of the people observing that that doesn’t fix it, that it makes it worse, that our institutions suffice and have sufficed and that there are better avenues of resistance should they fail, seem to be insufficiently desperate and angry and frightened -

- then people believe the antifas, even though antifas constantly give incoherent or conflicting accounts of how their methods are supposed to help and threaten and alienate their allies and spend a lot of their time threatening to kill gay Jews on the internet because we disagree with them about how to fight fascists.

And to people who are not sympathetic to antifa, it seems obvious that they have a gaping missing mood: compassion, or concern, or awareness of collateral damage. And if you know anything about violent resistance, indifference to or denial about collateral damage is the most chilling blind spot imaginable. 

So both sides perceive missing moods, and it damages trust, and even though we both want to prevent the rise of fascism there’s basically no confidence that the other side actually wants to prevent the rise of fascism, and most efforts I’ve had to bridge that divide have sort of run aground on ‘I don’t think your evidence is very good and you don’t think my evidence is very good’, and so it’s really hard to fix.

This is a roundabout answer to your question: the straightforward answer is that I think they understand actions can have downstream effects and counterproductive effects, but don’t trust us about it and don’t trust anyone proposing alternative courses of action and were also drawn to antifa specifically by the desperate, angry dominant mood and it’s not a dominant mood conducive to realizing that doing nothing at all would be better than what you’re currently doing.

Creating a Wardrobe for Your Characters

Originally posted by gurl

Hey everyone, Abby here with another writing post! Today we’re talking about your characters, specifically the clothes they wear. I feel like this topic is something that’s usually a little overlooked when creating characters (so here we are).

There are definitely a lot of things you’ll want (or need) to keep in mind when you’re creating your character’s wardrobe, which is part of the reason this part of your character’s development is so difficult. One of the first things you’ll want to think of when creating their closet is the world’s culture. You’ll want to consider the more general topics first, things like:

  • Taboos
  • Things considered promiscuous (or adversely, prude)
  • Commonly seen
  • Professionality

These things are all going to play a huge role in the way each character dresses, and will also do a lot of development for you. If your character is more on the abstaining side, you won’t need to say that outright if you include things in her outfit that fall into that category. The same goes for more promiscuous characters; maybe they tend to wear clothes that show off certain things that, in the world’s culture, would be considered inviting.

But taboos are a different thing entirely. If you’re character’s wearing something that goes against social customs, there are two things you’ll want to keep in mind: the severity of the taboo and the way the character wears it. Whether or not they wear it proudly will say a lot about them.

Broad topics like the ones listed above aren’t the only thing you can consider, though. Going against taboos, create a general outline of how people commonly dress in your society. Decide whether or not everything looks more of less uniform, and how strange it would be if there was a character who tended to dress up (or down).

Note: The weather will play a huge role here. If your character’s home is in a generally cold place, odds are they’re going to own way more coats and warm clothes than shorts and sandals.

You’ll also get a huge look into your character’s accessories. They way they make their outfits there own is going to say a lot about them. Some things you could look at here include (but are not limited to):

  • Jackets
  • Bags
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses

If your character constantly wears a crap ton of accessories with their outfit, that’s okay. If they don’t that’s also okay. It’s all in their personality and what you think they would choose if they were real.

What about favorite items? I know for a solid two years, I had a three-sizes-too-big sweatshirt that I wore at least 2-3 times a week. (Thank goodness we’re part that phase, huh?) Maybe it’s not that extreme, or maybe it goes beyond that, but every character probably has that one favorite article of clothing. For me now, it’s my black combat boots that go with almost everything.

Note: The item doesn’t have to go with everything. Sometimes your character tries and it doesn’t work, other times they force it to. Again, it’s all in the way you write them.

Now we look to makeup: how common is it? Is it more common for one gender over the other to wear it? How much do people tend to wear, and are the colors usually extreme? There are colors that stress natural beauty, and others that are all about the artificial “natural” look. Where does your world fall? Here you could also look into how strongly makeup products are marketed (if at all) and when people start wearing it (if they do at all).

Finally (for this post, definitely not overall), take a look at your character’s overall look. Is it more neutral, something that would blend easily into a crowd? Maybe they’re all about patterns and flashy colors, forcing themselves to stand out. Some people are all about sweatpants and t-shirts, others are all business. There are so many different ways for you to dress your characters; the best you can do is refuse to let the opportunity to express your character slip by.

So, this post covered a lot of ground with not so much detail. While your character’s wardrobe should absolutely be considered something important, it’s not something you should be focusing all of your energy on. Some point in the future you’ll see some posts pertaining to a couple of the topics mentioned here. Until next time, stay lovely! <333


“In a corner of the private sanctum, a young man of slender build rose politely, and we were shaking the hand of Buster Keaton. Of course, we were holding our breath, waiting to see whether he would smile, and smile he did. For the benefit of those who have heaved the jolly chuckle and bellowed the lusty laugh at the antics of this solemn-faced funmaker, let us assure you that if there are smiles more spontaneous and friendly than Buster’s, we’d like to see them.”

Margaret Werner interviewing Buster Keaton for Movie Weekly, November 10, 1923.


“We were going to gigs to have fun and it was a complete waste of time!” snorts Guy-Man.

But people can have fun at rock gigs.

“Maybe in London, but in Paris they’ve all got glasses, dressed in black, it’s like…” [Guy-Man folds his arms, looks like he’s swallowed a lemon and strokes his chin knowledgeably.]

From VOX, April 1997

my favorite onion article is definitely that one that’s like “area man on mission to add ‘and thems the facts’ to the end of every wikipedia article” that just gets me every time can’t stop saying 'thems the facts’ under my breath and giggling
Twenty-six words we don’t want to lose
After academics picked out 30 words that have been ‘lost’ from the English language, Paul Anthony Jones reveals an A to Z of obscure yet delightful terms that also need saving.
By Fiona Macdonald

He sits next to a bookcase, flicking through titles long out of print. Like a linguistic trawlerman, or a miner panning for phrases, he pulls out obscure terms and brings them to light. There’s ‘hunch-weather’ or ‘weather cold enough to make people walk with hunched shoulders’ – taken from The Vocabulary of East Anglia (1830). Or ‘recumbentibus’, ‘a powerful or knockout blow’, from A Dialogue of Proverbs in the English Tongue (1546).

A nice article full of rare, delightful words, several of which I definitely plan to introduce into my own vocabulary

naranth  asked:

I'm trying to find a particular color pie article you wrote a while back, where the colors all texted you about a party they were going to that night, but I can't find it in your making magic archive (probably because I forgot the name), and the color pie archive I can find ends at '08. Do you recall the name of that article, or if there's another way to find it? Thanks as always!

It’s called “IM Legend”:

It’s one of my favorite articles.

anonymous asked:

do you think you could compile a list of all of d&p's slip ups? or at least as many as you can remember!

(disclaimer i am not trying to prove nor disprove anything with this list, these are just the #facts. there is also no way i’d be able to remember/find sources of all of d&p’s “slip ups” so if you know of any that aren’t listed here, feel free to send them to me via message or submission and i’ll add them to the list)

so without further ado let’s get right into this mess

1. A Slip Up In The Joint Liveshow: once upon a time d&p did a joint liveshow back in march of 2015 where someone in the chat asked “what room in the house do you guys use the most?” to which dan’s response was: “technically my bedroom” followed by some frantic shifty eyes and terrified facial expressions (you can watch it here and it happens around 13:35)

2. Netflix On The Computer:

a seemingly harmless tweet. however i can’t help but notice one critical flaw: dan doesn’t have a tv in his room. phil does.

but didn’t you just say…? (this one is actually understandable, but still slip up worthy)

3. the whole “wE dOn’T sHaRe cLoThEs” thing from 2012, when in reality

4. The Vlogging Scandal (aka the time they were accidentally filmed in the background of someone’s vlog and let’s just say they weren’t exactly saving room for jesus):

5. this

6. Favorite If You’re A Bottom?: in june of 2015, virgin america would unknowingly start a phandom shitstorm that would be remembered for years to come by tweeting this tweet. dan, of course, favorited the tweet which he later explained was because he thought it was funny and wanted to remember it, a perfectly fine excuse

in the video where he was explaining himself, he said that he didn’t realize what he had done until a friend mentioned it to him 5 hours later. however, multiple people saw that dan had unfavorited the tweet less than an hour later. the mandela effect? i think not.

this is one of my favorite slip ups because it actually prompted an entire superfame article, and in the words of dan howell: there’s nothing wrong with anal sex

7. every single time they’ve “woken up” with perfect hair and fully dressed in ditl videos. bless them they try so hard

8. this sign on the one bedroom of their tour bus:

9. everyone remembers the time dan accidentally favorited a tweet about a japanese wedding venue in his sleep while him and phil were in japan:

and people say youtubers have no talent

10. does this count:

11. i don’t really have anything else so here you go there’s your number 11 have fun

anonymous asked:

My mom read a bunch of MCR lyrics and days they're really depressing and asked why I like the music so much and idk. How do I explain why I like the lyrics even though they're so depressing

Oooh! This happens to be one of my favorite subjects! I urge you to read this amazing article: In Praise of Melancholia

It sums up exactly how I feel about this and why we shouldn’t run away from depressing subjects because human beings are supposed to experience ALL of the emotions in order to live life fully. It is why emos are the best people :)

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the article:

  • “I’m no fan of the American obsession with happiness, on pragmatic grounds. But there are deeper reasons for embracing difficult emotions, rather than try to repress them, flee through diversions, or medicate them away.”
  • “Philosophers have long entertained the idea that melancholy and creativity are inter-connected. Friedrich Nietzshe said that the suffering brought on by melancholy—“this evening twilight devil” as he called it—was vital to the mind and soul, even sacred.”
  • “Without some kind of torment present in the soul, nothing of real or lasting value or beauty can be created. Without that dichotomy of emotional experiences; without knowing the extremes of sadness and joy, we can never fully know or feel all that life is.”
  • “Hence, suffering and the sadness it brings is a universal part of human experience—a visceral part of who we are at our very core. We can run from this truth if we want to, but it will catch up with us in the end. There is no hiding place, and no amount of 21st century consumption or other distractions will douse our burnings.”
  • “If we are to stay sane in the world we must actively seek out this kind of melancholy, for if we don’t we won’t be able to understand ourselves fully. We risk one-dimensionality and superficiality—two of the many curses brought on by 21st century capitalism.”
  • “Depression is melancholy minus the charms. Depression paralyses, inflicts inertia and often steals our ability to function; whereas melancholy can act as a creative spur, building a hard won modicum of self-knowledge to draw on. Depression closes out the world and reduces our experiences to the claustrophobic confines of our own heads; whereas paradoxically, melancholy can open up these claustrophobic walls to acceptance and self-knowledge.”
  • “Appreciating great music is not just an intellectual exercise. It is much more than that. We don’t just hear music, we feel it, and in a melancholy state we do so even more intensely. If you haven’t felt music or any other art form with that intensity then Nietzsche was surely right: without that intensity of feeling, life would be a mistake.”

So there you go. A little bit of melancholy does you good! And melancholy music is even better ;)

anonymous asked:

How do you set macro goals? Like how do you decide on 30/50/20 versus a different split?

You need to do your research! is a great resource, this is one of my favorite articles on their website:

And some other random ones:

Your brain combined with google is all you need.

anonymous asked:

Hi Maria! I have a question for you. I'm a protestant. However, I feel really close to Catholicism. You know, the only thing that is holding me back from joining the Catholic Church is praying to the saints and Mary. Like, I know it's like asking for a friend to pray for you, but still I'm confused cause it's not mentioned in the Bible. Have a great day! May God bless you and be with you always! ♦


I was Protestant, so I know where you are coming from. However, the intercession of the saints is biblical. I have some resources for you that are full of Scripture references.

Mary and the Saints: I wrote this one myself and it is mainly about Mary, but the beginning is about saints in general. 

The Intercession of the Saints: This article from Catholic Answers, one of my favorite apologetics organizations, includes Scripture and quotes from early Christians. 

Praying to the Saints: This Catholic Answers article refutes a lot of Protestant arguments against the intercession of saints, so it’s super helpful.

How to Defend the Intercession of the Saints: This is another Catholic Answers article that might help.

I think the first two (especially the second) are more of what you’re looking for, but read all four of these articles and pray about it. I recommend praying the Rosary. I learned how to pray it soon after deciding to convert, after reading articles like the ones above, and I still pray it today.

Thank you! I hope this helped! May God bless you and guide you!

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

María de Fátima