one of the greatest artists ever

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“To me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

Doctor Who , Season 5 Episode 10 ,Vincent

Vincent Willem van Gogh ( 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life in France, where he died. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. His suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty.

Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions and though he worried about his mental stability, he often neglected his physical health. His friendship with Gauguin ended after a confrontation with a razor, when in a rage, he severed part of his own left ear. He spent time in psychiatric hospitals, including a period at Saint-Rémy. After he discharged himself he came under the care of the homeopathic doctor Paul Gachet. His depression continued and on 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died from his injuries two days later.

so you mean to tell me beyoncé gave us one of the greatest albums i’ve ever heard, combined with a literal art film rather than music videos and put her everything into this literal artistic and musical feat so y’all could give adele best record and album of the year for basically rereleasing her last two albums with new and terrible vocals

k.

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Doctor Who––Series 5, Episode 10: “Vincent and the Doctor”

“Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?”
“Well… um… big question. But, to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly, the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved. His command of colour the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

Melodrama is truly the greatest album I’ve ever heard. It breaks your heart then picks you off the floor and let’s you know everything’s going to be okay. It’s a sonically cohesive concept album with new, vibrant, and genius sounds that break your heart and make you want to dance at the same time, just like you’re Lorde herself at the party getting dumped. The lyrics feel like hearing the truth for the first time in your life. It’s full of poetry and easily quotable lyrics all at once. I’ve never heard a breakup so accurately and artistically and beautiful expressed. This is what Album of the Year sounds like and quite possible one of the greatest albums of our generation.

Lilly submitted:

You want Jeremy vid recs?  *pushes glasses up on nose* let me see what I can do for you (note: this is in no way a comprehensive list but got kinda long because I freaking LOVE Jeremy and his dynamic with basically everybody, also this list is immensely long sorry):

  • LP Dead by Daylight series:  Watch as Jeremy progresses to become the best player in the game.  Also just an immensely entertaining game to watch tbh.
  • LP-8 man Gang Beasts and LP Gang Beasts with Kinda Funny:  Ray is to CoD as Jeremy is to Gang Beasts
  • LP Gmod Trouble in Terrorist Town pt 3: the AH guys have little to no patience in identifying the terrorist, resulting in hilarity
  • LP Gmod Murder series:  AH + a game of trust = a game of betrayal
  • LP Gmod obj hunt series:  a combination of Jeremy being both incredibly good at this game and incredibly entertaining
  • LP trivial pursuit pt 8: typical amount of hilarity/cringe at AH’s general (lack of) knowledge, specifically recommended for the victory chant at the end 
  • LP Mario Party 8 series with Jeremy in it, starting at I think King Boo’s Haunted Hideaway: Ryan + lads + nintendo is always a winning combination
  • LP Speedrunners Part 3: the lunch money saga 
  • LP Mean Greens: s/o to Team Markiplier
  • LP Fibbage series w/ Jeremy, starting w/ Fibbage 2: Jeremy’s improvisational humor becomes one of his greatest assets
  • LP Drawful 2, 2 pt 2, & with Funhaus: great showcase of Jeremy’s Artistic Abilities 
  • LP Bidiots: features possibly Geoff’s most stupid moment ever, also Prickasso
  • VR Job Simulator: the first of the
  • VR series and a great Jeremy/Ryan/Gavin combo video
  • VR Gorn: Jeremy essentially evolves into Mad King Ryan Sports Friends: Poleriders Tournament:  less for the videos and more for the incredibly underrated Jeremy/Michael team aka team “Short Temper"
  • GTA V offense defense series: an immensely entertaining game type, and features many of team Little Britain’s greatest hits
  • GTA V Snipers vs Stunters series: essentially turns into a game of Jeremy vs Jack
  • GTA V Slasher & Slasher 2:  another immensely entertaining game type to watch
  • GTA V Yacht Party: a fantastic Geoff-less “fuck around” lp where the others basically screw around with Geoff’s money/things
  • Los Santos in Minecraft: Jeremy’s antics cause him to nearly get kicked from the server
  • GTA V Cloud Down: mainly for the last 10 minutes with Trevor’s magnificent editing Minecraft 198:  Geoff and Gavin put Jeremy On the Spot and give him control of the letsplay with zero direction
  • Minecraft 199: less the whole video and more 5:30 minutes in, Jeremy and Gav converse about Jer’s url puns, and Jeremy creates his best url pun of all time. 
  • Minecraft 216: Gavin costs Jeremy the victory by mistaking him for “Big Johny 64”
  • Minecraft 236: “Did you know there’s mansions in minecraft?”  and the Compass Argument 
  • PS: I have no idea what vids you have or haven’t seen so sorry if this list contains a bunch you have
  • PPS: also every live AH antics video featuring Jeremy
  • PPPS: also every video of On the Spot with Jeremy especially 22, 46, 71, and 80 
Design Analysis: The Alien Films

Giger’s original alien design is fairly well recognized as the pinnacle of the art, so sequel decay was inevitable. Once you have something perfect, anything you add to that perfection will alter it and by definition make it imperfect. The further the Alien films diverge from the design above, the worse the designs get, sometimes by fractions, sometimes by great leaps. This is not a comprehensive list of all changes made to the design over the years, but a look at the directions other artists took. Essentially, a brief Fall of the Roman Empire for alien design.

Giger’s only “hands-on” involvement with the series to make the final cut was on the first film. His most impressive creation for that movie is, in my opinion, the Space Jockey, the truest fusion of flesh and machine, literally grown into the ship despite what unbelievably horrible ideas future movies would try to retcon into the series. But the alien itself is the most enduring work. The elongated head, the inner toothed tongue, the mechanical components within the meat of the creature, its ribs, its inexplicable back-pipes, it all manifests as a symphony of disturbing elements that, when combined into a humanoid figure, speak of pain, wounds, death, cruelty and danger. This is widely known.

What fewer people (including future creature designers) realize is that one of the most critical features of the alien is that it is aesthetically displeasing. It is not sleek. It is not cool. It is ugly. It doesn’t fit together right. It is not streamlined not conventional in color or form. Where Giger designed the Space Jockey to be oddly beautiful, he went for something in the alien itself that makes it hard to look at. Some consider this “cheap” or “incomplete.” I’d argue that it was not only intentional but one of the most critical features of the design.

The original alien was never meant to appeal to us. It was made to scare and disgust us. The original film is the only time it did so successfully. Commentaries on the series suggest that the repetition of the design in further movies made it less impressive, that it was done to death. This is not true because the original design only appeared in one film. Though that design too is demystified by now, the films did not need to suffer from any inevitable decrease in horror. That decrease is intentional.

James Cameron didn’t want to make a horror film, he wanted to make an action thriller with some horror elements. His alteration of Giger’s designs helps elucidate this. The design of the aliens from Aliens is close to Giger’s with three critical embellishments: The arms now have bony protrusions at the elbows, the dome has been removed revealing the ridged head, and the design has been normalized and streamlined. The alien is no longer grotesque, it is awesome.

The original alien looks dirty and ragged by comparison. This was not a mistake by any means. Aliens is not about hurting the audience like its predecessor, it’s an action movie and the turn from horror to action was extremely successful.

Cameron then took Giger’s aesthetic, more or less, and designed his own super-alien, the Queen. Little attempt at horror remains, if any. This is an epic beast made to appeal to the eye with smooth curved structures and spines that follow the form naturally and elegantly. It has less of a mechanical influence, and no sign at all of Giger’s ugliness. Its use in the film is similarly unhorrifying, it’s an intense escape followed by one of the greatest fight scenes in movie history. Cameron diverged from Giger and Scott, but what he made was a new expansion of the universe that was all his own, and in typical fashion for the director, it amazed audiences and proved highly influential ever after.

Giger was invited back to design a new iteration of the alien for the third film. He set out to perfect his original design, and did so artistically but not cinematically. His new design introduced an even more horrifying tongue that would enter the victim’s throat, and with shark-tooth-like barbs, come back out bringing their guts with it. It had a visible, moving brain under its dome, and it lost the back tubes in favor of a more animal-like structure. It also had new artsy elements that brought it further into Giger’s developing aesthetic. The filmmakers elected not to use it.

Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis took over. Students of Stan Winston who had implemented Cameron’s concepts, they redesigned the alien into a near-fully organic beast. The only remainder of its mechanical elements are the repeated flutes on the side of the head. The rest is all animal, with inhuman legs and feet. Its cheeks are no longer messes of visible mechanisms, but rumpled skin. And it is sleek. It’s streamlined. It is, in essence, what the alien would look like had it been originally designed by someone other than Giger.

Alien 3 attempted to bring the series back to horror. That might have been a mistake but we can give the creators the benefit of the doubt and instead of criticizing the aspects of the film that have already been criticized ad nauseam, focus only on the design. Basically, it’s meatier and meaner and although it has lost Giger’s surface, it does retain his basic concepts and yields an appropriate movie monster for a very dark film. It would be brilliant had it not followed such vastly superior works.

Gillis and Woodruff returned for the fourth film and further organicized the creature. They took the Alien 3 design and regained the tubes, and made the back of the head a little less round. While the alien from 3 was alternately red or black depending on the lighting, the Resurrection beasts were generally greenish-brown or grey depending on whether they were computer generated.

But look at its cheeks and neck. The region on the sides behind its mouth. The clumpy skin of the third alien is now a total ugly mess, and not ugly in Giger’s way. Just a mess of blotchy crud. Its arm has little trace of the underlying tubes and mechanics, it’s just a bumpy human arm. Alien 3 took the creature into animalistic design, but 4 began to turn it into a mess.

The newborn has no mechanical elements whatsoever, or even any trace of them. It bears only the slightest resemblance to Giger’s design and that’s okay. It had a new purpose- To be gross. Not grotesque, necessarily, but icky. There it succeeded. Its face was also more expressive, at times almost human. Its sunken eyes, its bat-nose, the bloated filigree on the sides of its head, all contribute to something appropriate to the film this creature was designed for.

Notably, the creature was designed with genitals, which were censored from the film for being too much, the director said, “even for a Frenchman.” The Newborn represents the end of the series. The alien has gone everywhere it can go, and retains nothing of what made the original what it was. Evolution is inevitable but I can’t help but wonder what might have happened had the ADI team that handled the latter two films honored Giger’s new designs, or kept his originals, or designed new works of their own along his guidelines instead of simply making the aliens closer and closer to blobby animals.

Prometheus provides another succinct view of what happened- Giger’s original derelict ship was a misshapen bony surrealist sculpture. It had no visible means of flight, it had nothing to even compare to any vehicle ever designed. It made no sense. It hurt the brain to think of as a spaceship. Prometheus featured a similar ship- But made it work. It was streamlined and curved naturally instead of bent and ugly, it was a mechanical ship and not something that might have been grown. That’s what happened to the alien over the years. It was cleaned up, made sense of, and turned into something normal. But the final insult was yet to come.

That’s the finale of Prometheus. Look at it.

Now look at the original:

Now back to deacon:

How did anyone, especially Ridley freaking Scott, think this was acceptable? It’s a god damn cartoon. I mean literally! It’s what Gary Larson spoofed the aliens into!

It has no surface detail, just some bumps like what a child might push into a lump of clay. Its pointy head is a joke. And its inner jaw is based on the goblin shark’s:

The goblin shark is notable in two ways- One, its jaws are horrifying. Good. Reason two- It looks like Jerry Lewis.

It’s goofy! It’s silly! The prominent upper maxilla looks absurd and funny despite its sharp spiny teeth. The goblin shark is certainly bizarre and bizarre is often good, but in this case it turned the iconic alien, the greatest design in the history of creature effects, into an absolute total JOKE.

Never mind the squid. Never mind the plain white tentacled blob that replaced the chestburster. Never mind the idea that the brilliant concept of a pilot grown into its ship was made into a white guy in a suit. Never mind the dull serpents or the atrocious uncreative bumpy makeup on Fifield. Ignore all the problems with Prometheus because this is about the design of the adult form alien. Look what they did to it.

Resurrection ended the alien’s tenure as the greatest monster. But it did not make it into a joke. The deacon is a poorly sculpted, plainly painted, uncreatively applied, horribly conceived, silly, pathetic, absolute low point of creature design in cinema. That’s where the alien ended up.

This is one of the greatest plummets in art. From the pinnacle to the nadir. So what comes next? Alien: Covenant, appears from its trailer, to be even more of a remake of the original than Prometheus. The same plot, slightly different specifics. Of its true story and creatures, only time will tell. But I have the lowest expectations. I expect the worst, for the alien to go from joke to insult. Or further insult, all things considered.

The trend in cinema (among other things) right now is to take whatever was good once and ram it into the ground as hard as possible. I don’t know what more they can do to the alien after the pointy headed atrocity above, but I have a feeling we’ll find out.

But I also have hope. Worst expectations but a glimmer of hope that we’ll see the redemption of this creature. Giger is dead, and the world is poorer for it. I hope Scott has found someone new, an unknown artist as Giger was in the 70s to come to fame as the next great surrealist. I hope we’ll see the birth of a new form of horror cinema. I hope a great many things every time an alien movie comes out.

My mother was pregnant with me when she saw Alien. I drew it over and over as a child. I studied it above all other films and designs as an adult. I grew up with the alien on every level. I don’t know what will come next, and I will go in with an open mind.

But I can’t help but feel that the iconic monster has hit rock bottom, and it’s about to crash through the stones down into hell.

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historical figures postersLouis XIV, “The Sun King”.

Born in 1638, his name ‘Louis-Dieudonné’ means ‘gift from God’ and is foretelling the story of his life. Crowned at the age of four after the death of his father Louis XIII, he reigned for 72 years and 110 days until his death on September 1, 1715,  longer than that of any other known European sovereign.  During his reign Louis transformed the monarchy, ushered in a golden age of art and literature, presided over a dazzling royal court at Versailles, annexed key territories and established his country as the dominant power on the continent until the War of the Spanish Succession. Breaking with centuries-old tradition, he declared in 1661 that he would rule alone, without a chief minister. He became the symbol of absolutism in Europe, and as he saw it, he was the direct representative of God. He chose the sun as his emblem and cultivated the image of an omniscient and infallible “Roi-Soleil” (“Sun King”) around whom the entire realm orbited. His rule was a divine right and he would go on to wield the absolute power of the monarchy; and in 1623, he built the famous Palace of Versailles. With its Hall of Mirrors and lavish apartments, the palace, surrounded by stylised French and English gardens, was built to symbolise the king’s power. Lover of art, litterature, music, theatre and sports, some of the greatest artistic and intellectual figures of the time were members of his retinue. Lover to dozen of women, great war chief and stratege, he was one of the most poweful monarch who ever ruled. When he died in 1715, he was 77, had ruled for 72 years, and was the living embodiement of absolute power. 

NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR” I am enough for several worlds.

The really basic ignorance of most of the Bruce haters:

Since things are slow I thought I’d take a moment to address some of the complaints showing up over the net about our beloved Bruce Wayne, David Mazouz, on the show.

These show up over and over, get refuted, then show up again. “Repeat a lie enough times and it becomes the truth.” It’s a bit like Nazi propaganda. Screw Godwin’s law, I don’t care if I “automatically lose the discussion.”

So let’s get to it.

  • “He’s too young to be Batman!”

Alright, he isn’t Batman. I cannot stress this enough. He isn’t Batman. He has no cape. He has no cowl. He hasn’t even once said the word “bat” throughout the show. He likes owls.

This gut argument is also why I’ve said for years, “make him Robin!” Doing Bruce Wayne as the first Robin, inspired by that obscure fifties comic, and even alluding to that aesthetic a little, would instantly defuse most of these misguided criticisms.

  • “He’s like trained 3 weeks and now he can fight! UNREALISTIC!!”

No. He hasn’t trained for only three weeks. He’s been training since Alfred agreed to train him how to fight. Apparently he wasn’t all that into it, which leads to the discussion in “Knock, Knock”:

“I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll train every day.” “Yeah, well, you said that before, didn’t you?” “That was before. Now I know the truth. And I know what I have to do.”

So, Bruce has trained every day for two years. We also get one reference to off-screen training (“The Son of Gotham”, fencing practice.) But nooo… he’s only trained three weeks… or days…

  • “He’s too tiny! How can he beat up adults?! It’s silly!!!”

Number one: We are trained to accept much smaller girls beating up grown men on television every week. We’re trained to accept tiny Asian men in the same role. If you can accept that, how can you have a problem with a 5'8" Jewish kid doing the same?

Number two: How do you realistically think you’d fare against a flyweight world champion in a boxing ring? No matter your size? Do you have any idea how hard a properly trained, small guy can really punch?

Number three: Bruce Wayne is a prodigy. That’s the most important point. This is a guy who will be “one of the greatest martial artists that ever lived.” According to Superman, “the most intelligent person I’ve ever met.” That’s in the character description.

Bruce Wayne doesn’t have superpowers, but that doesn’t mean he’s a normal person. Of course he learns fast. Of course he’s naturally gifted. How “realistic” would it be for him not to show signs of greatness at this age?

I’ll ignore the people who claim he can’t act. I don’t understand how anyone can say that with a straight face.

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… to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Happy Birthday Kurt. People ask “WHY IS ROCK N ROLL DEAD?” Because a lot of people don’t write honest songs anymore, that’s why. A lot of artists nowadays are way more focused on selling their shitty records than the actual quality of their music. Rock n Roll is all about being honest and not being afraid of showing the dark side that we all have, not being afraid of showing the insecurities that we all carry deep down inside. And People are not stupid, People are sensitive, People can feel if your music is honest or you are just playing a part. That’s why KURT COBAIN will always be one of the greatest singer that Rock n Roll has ever had. TODAY HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 50 YEARS OLD… It’s just too bad. i’m sure he would still make great music even in 2017

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Ok, I should have done this months ago (sorry dev!!), but better late than never! So, if you’re new to the fandom or just want some great soc/ck blogs to follow, here’s my official list!

@savagekaz (Nina): THE BEST. HEADCANON AND FANFIC AUTHOR. ON HERE. No question about it. The range she stretches across is simply astounding; she can go from Wesper headcanons to Inej’s birthday stories to an AU where Jordie’s alive (!!!) in no time at all. I’ve never seen any other person have such an extensive amount of literary comprehension as Nina does. I also have the sneaking suspicion that Leigh follows her blog, since she constantly reblogs Nina’s posts all the time. In addition, she’s also the sweetest person ever, and I’m honored that she considers me her friend.

@save-the-dream (Jay): Ok, if you want some top-notch, L. Bardugo style, tear-your-heart-to-pieces stories about the Dregs, look no further than Jay’s blog. She writes like a season author who’s on her tenth publication; really, I’m astounded that she hasn’t even published a book yet. (Jay, if you see this, know that I’m buying about ten copies of your first original work as soon as it comes out). And I may talk about how I’m the #1 Kanej Fan and write about them constantly, but wow, I’ve got nothing on Jay. She writes about them so well and so meticulously, in so many different universes and AUs, and they’re all absolutely fantastic. So yeah, if you’re a Kanej fan, definitely follow Jay.

@zoyalina (Cassie): If you want to make edits/gifsets about the Dregs or the Grishaverse, I highly implore you to follow Cassie. Her edits and gifsets just blow me away every single time. She’s so passionate about what she does, and she never fails to make me smile. If sunshine were a person, it’d be her. Seriously, even if you aren’t a big fan of edits, I suggest following Cassie immediately. She’s one of the most Iconic™ bloggers in this fandom (which includes Nina as well) and you’ll be delighted at her works every time.

@heart-brekker: Now, you must know this before you read on. The Six of Crows fandom has two sectors: the meticulous, where fans make beautiful edits, stories, etc. and the hilarious, where fans post crack headcanons, incorrect quotes, and basically just joke about the Dregs (a common subject is Kaz being Ketterdam’s Official Drama King). @heart-brekker has the most hysterical posts and crack contributions I’ve ever seen here. And oh man, the puns. Such an amazing sense of humor, and they’ve supported me through so much of my work. Definitely give them a follow!

@lnej (Dev): The Official Badass Edit Center. Her edits are always so polished and clean; they look like they could be featured on a magazine! And she reblogs so many great and creative edits as well: works that somehow don’t make it to the top of the #soc page when you search that hashtag on Tumblr. I also envy her control of aesthetics: she’s organized her blog down to every last post!

@rithmeres (Rey): Now, who’s ready to follow the best cosplayer in this fandom? Rey’s cosplay as Kaz is spot on, and I constantly suspect whether she’s Kaz in disguise. But wait! Not only does she dress up and slay the cosplay game, she’s also a master hand at making edits and moodboards. In addition, she also does some amazing fanart. Basically, she’s everything I aspire to be on here, and I’m not worthy of her talented presence.

@mathiashevlr (Libby): A healthy mix of humor, edits, voice challenges, fanart, and an all around amazing friend to scream at when you have an idea or a headcanon just pops into your head. She’s also a great writer as well, so I highly recommend checking out her writings. (Psst, if you’re a big supporter of Kuwei, you might want to look here). She’s one of my closest friends on here, and I don’t think I’d ever be here without her loving support.

@fourmillionkruge (Alex): Make sure you’re not drinking any sort of liquid when you go here, because this blog will make your sides hurt with laughter. A simply hysterical sense of humor and one of the first blogs I ever followed. Alex posts the most hilarious crack posts and the tags underneath them are a treat to read. And if you’re a Wesper fan, you’ll never regret following this blog.

@sucker-for-six-of-crows (Maddy): If you want to see the Dregs characterized as different subjects (characters driving, cats, etc.) in gifsets, I suggest you look at Maddy’s blog. She posts incorrect quotes and crack posts that keep me laughing until two in the morning. And if you’re interested in fanvids, keep your eyes peeled for her great trailer for the SOC series.

@jesperinej (Ashlee): A blog I’ve admired from afar for many months, but only just recently started to talk to. She’s one of my biggest supporters, and an even bigger fan/supporter of Jesper Fahey. Delightful tags to read, and a big fanart promoter. She’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever had the fortune to meet in this fandom.

@hiswraithqueen: One of the most ardent Nikolai Lanstov supporters I’ve ever seen, and a good blog to start off your following list. Now, if you’re like me, who needs to scream at someone online for my headcanons or story ideas, shoot them across messaging to this blog. She and I have shared many days just screaming/co writing a story with our screamed headcanons. Honestly, a piece of advice for writers entering this fandom is to just shoot us a message, either in our ask box or in messaging (as long as you’re considerate and your opinion isn’t hateful, of course). That’s how I’ve built my friendship with her, and I’ve never regretted it once.

@fittes (Kate): One of this fandom’s fantastic fanart producers and promoters. And if you like Hamilton, boy, are you in for a treat. Kate’s the person you go to for the #hamforcrows content. She made a My Shot post concerning the Dregs, and she and I collaborated on who amongst the Dregs + Co. will play the different roles in the play (the post is somewhere on Leigh’s blog, which I’m still reeling over). She runs a multifandom blog, but she’s one of the greatest people you’ll ever meet in this fandom.

@clearlynotclaire (Claire): An amazingly talented artist and fanart producer. I’m simply honored that I can get to call Claire my official illustrator. She draws amazing illustrations for so much of my stories/au lists voluntarily, and it’s always such a delightful surprise to look at her work. Her enthusiasm always makes me smile, and she’s always there for me whenever I need to talk/cry about the Dregs.

@dregs-of-the-barrel (Anna): I’m still not completely convinced that Anna isn’t a professor, because her written works look like they should be gold plated, carefully written down with ink, and hung on the wall in a frame. She analyzes and writes about Kanej with an astounding sense of insight, and I’m constantly in awe whenever she talks about any of the Dregs.

Other blogs to follow: @jespefrahey, @mydarlinginej, @dirty-handed, @kaznej@totallylegit-sixofcrows, @kazmtaz, @the-bastards-of-the-barrel, @brekkfast, @dregsdaily, @dailysixofcrows, @astratastic, @queen-ghafa, and @talkkerchtome!

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1967. Are You Experienced

is the debut album by band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in May 12, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. The album features Jimi Hendrix’s innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music.

By mid-1966, Hendrix was struggling to earn a living playing the R&B circuit as a backing guitarist. After being referred to Chas Chandler, who was leaving the Animals and interested in managing and producing artists, Hendrix was signed to a management and production contract with Chandler and ex-Animals manager Michael Jeffery. Chandler brought Hendrix to London and began recruiting members for a band designed to showcase the guitarist’s talents, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In late October, after having been rejected by Decca Records, the Experience signed with Track, a new label formed by the Who’s managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.

for those who have recently arrived from Mars and never heard of Jimi Hendrix, or who have recently started studying rock history and never heard of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
this “the greatest, most influential debut album ever released,” and it’s hard to counter his praise. Hendrix is one of the few 1960s rock gods who is worshipped as much by the children of those who grew up with his music as by their parents. This was the world’s introduction to his psychedelic guitar, trippy lyrics and throbbing basslines, and his voice was clear from the start. It’s rare to find more than one or two signature songs on a debut – even Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones needed a running start to become the artists we think of today – but Hendrix has five: “Purple Haze,” “Foxey Lady,” “Fire,” “Hey Joe” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Thirty-five years after its initial release, ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? is prized both for its historical significance and its rocking sound.

If you want to get into Hendrix, this is the place to start,

i’ve seen posts here complaining about RH in israel because they “have made a career by getting themselves into politics” (which is just wrong lol) and “politics has been a theme in their music since forever” (also no. even 1997 thom would hate you for saying that)… and i just really want to take their radiohead privileges away because i will argue til i’m blue in the face that their music is by and large not strongly political.

thom has had personal involvements with political movements often very reluctantly because he has always been acutely aware of his own hypocrisy. he has spoken of this on more than one occasion and seems to be mildly uncomfortable with the inclusion of politics in music… ultimately, the two have remained separate (at least in their minds) and that is likely for their own sanity. he’s mellowed out in his old age. give him a break. he’s gonna be dead within 20-30 years, his career with radiohead is almost over, maybe he doesn’t want to give himself anxiety over every social issue and how every action he takes will be analyzed by a bunch of (equally hypocritical) strangers?

using their previous support of tibet is a moot point: if radiohead weren’t banned from playing in china for that very reason, i wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to play there. the comparison isn’t the greatest one due to the different nature of the situations, but here in arizona when the highly racist SB-1070 laws were being passed and many artists boycotted arizona, radiohead came here and played one of the greatest shows i’ve ever seen, full of deep love and connection.  as thom put it, “it was like all the weirdos came together in one place to escape from it all.” do you have the right to rob their jewish fans of that?

the strongest political themes outside of climate change (which i would argue isn’t strictly a political issue) are found on HTTT for sure, and even those are far more generalized. it’s easy to see how they could have been inspired by the iraq war and much of the fear mongering present at that time, but at the end of the day that message is not “the US government is bad! boycott!” but speaks to how the ominous powers-that-be use fear to manipulate and blind people into submission and ignorance (it is too late now, because you have not been paying attention) (your alarm bells… they should be ringing…) (we can have you out anytime. we can do what we like.)

they are capable of recognizing this reality while existing in a system that supports it. cognitive dissonance is not hypocrisy, but hypocrisy is human.

by the prevailing logic i’m seeing here, radiohead should never play the US or the UK ever again. (or most countries, really…)

or is it ok for them to do that because US/UK/etc citizens can far more easily detach themselves from the crimes against humanity committed by their government and fellow citizens on a daily basis? is it easier to ignore the innocent civilians murdered by the US military while you’re in a massive arena, happy to see your favorite band in the world? is it fair for you to exclude their jewish fans from that concert experience because it’s easier for you to judge the situation there from the outside? do i even need to bring up the US’ involvement with israel in the first place…? do you recognize how lucky you are to have this privilege of endlessly accessible culture, where an artist playing for you is not inherently a political statement? to be so removed from the global problems that YOUR PEOPLE cause? get a grip, please, the country most deserving of boycotting is The United Crimes Against Humanity States of America but i don’t see you doing that

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Layout drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1961 “Compressed Hare”, graphite on 12 field animation paper. The nine rules for the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons. (Although, “Compressed Hare” starred Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote.)

1.    THE ROAD RUNNER CANNOT HARM THE COYOTE EXCEPT BY GOING “BEEP BEEP!”

2.    NO OUTSIDE FORCE CAN HARM THE COYOTE—ONLY HIS OWN INEPTITUDE OR THE FAILURE OF THE ACME PRODUCTS.

3.    THE COYOTE COULD STOP ANYTIME—IF HE WERE NOT A FANATIC. (REPEAT: “A FANATIC IS ONE WHO REDOUBLES HIS EFFORT WHEN HE HAS FORGOTTEN HIS AIM.”—GEORGE SANTAYANA

4.    NO DIALOGUE EVER, EXCEPT “BEEP BEEP!”

5.    THE ROAD RUNNER MUST STAY ON THE ROAD—OTHERWISE, LOGICALLY, HE WOULD NOT BE CALLED ROAD RUNNER.

6.    ALL ACTION MUST BE CONFINED TO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE TWO CHARACTERS—THE SOUTHWEST AMERICAN DESERT.

7.    ALL MATERIALS, TOOLS, WEAPONS, OR MECHANICAL CONVENIENCES MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE ACME CORPORATION.

8.    WHENEVER POSSIBLE, MAKE GRAVITY THE COYOTE’S GREATEST ENEMY.

9.    THE COYOTE IS ALWAYS MORE HUMILIATED THAN HARMED BY HIS FAILURES.

regrets pt.3 | namjoon

Pairing: Namjoon + Reader

Genre: Angst/Fluff

Word Count: 2.7k

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Reader’s POV

It had been days since you saw Namjoon after the fight. Since then it was always Rose who came to the office for any appointment, and when you’d ask where Namjoon was, she’d always say the same thing.

“He has work.”

You knew how busy Namjoon could be, especially with his career in the music industry. He was a famous producer and writer for some of the greatest artists today, something you knew was his dream ever since the two of you were younger.

“Well, Rose, I would need him to come so I can get his opinion on the bachelor party he wants…” you trailed off one day, although you secretly hoped he wouldn’t. You couldn’t face him after what happened last time anyways.

She gave me a small giggle, waving her hands about,“ Oh it’s no problem. Namjoonie would be okay with whatever I pick, he loves me too much.”

Trying not to scoff, you raised your eyebrows in response and just nodded instead. As Rose continued with the wedding selections, you felt myself start to frown as you started to add up the numbers one by one.

“Um, Rose?” you said softly, unsure of how to break it to her.

“Mmm.” she mumbled mindlessly as she continued to flip through the booklets sprawled in front of her.

Scratching your head with your pencil, you said slightly,“ I think some of your selections are a little pricey..the total amount is starting to go above the set budge-”

“I’m sorry, what now?” she asked, looking up at you.

Sighing, you showed her your official calculations and said,“ The problem is that right now we’re really above the set budget and we still haven’t selected and decided on eveything…” you trailed off, gauging her expression.

Lips pursing into a thin line, she let out a small tsk as she shook her head, “Really now?” she asked flatly, her eyebrows furrowing together.

Nodding, you said cautiously,“ Right now we’re $10,000 over the initial budget Namjoon had planned for…”

A look of annoyance flashed her face as she let out a huff,“ Wait one second will you?” before she pulled out her phone.

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