online pdf

we all write essays that need sources like 5 seconds before it’s due so here is my #1 tip that i haven’t been called out for yet in my 3 years of college 

writing a paper on alexander the great but couldn’t be bothered to look at more than the wikipedia page? WELL 

GO to the wikipedia page and find a fact that you’d like to incorporate…

coooool honor and glory so Manly™ ANYWAYS 

see that little circled 169? click it and it’ll take you HERE: 

so with this one you’ll get not one, but two sources. that GIVE YOU PAGE NUMBERS. mla in-text citations? done. just paraphrase the fact, and add “…”(Green 5). 

but we need the full thing, don’t we? go here by clicking on the hyperlink -

and that’s all the info you need! now google to find the exact book and more up-to-date accurate info you need for your works cited and, maybe, find a pdf online or a copy in your library. 

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. for this example it doesn’t work, because the page this specific fact is on is not available in the way i’m gonna show you, but oh well. 

you could’ve clicked on “Roisman and Worthington 2010, p. 190,” which’ll take you here: 

scroll down aaaaaand 

see those blue links? those are available chapters of the book! for free! right at your fingertips! no need to get up and run to your library, or stress out that you can’t find the book online. google books has TONS of resources.

at the bottom of a wikipedia article, the sources are categorized into primary and secondary sources as well, in case you need to fill a specific source type requirement. 

you can do this with anything. i’ve done it with audrey hepburn (my school library had no books/articles of use), world war ii, the hebrews in the old testament…literally, anything. as a disclaimer, this probs isn’t 100% foolproof, but none of my professors have caught on. and in a pinch, it works better than scanning an entire book or article for a fact you need.  

40 tips for incoming college freshmen
  1. “I’ll sign up for morning class because I tookclasses in the morning in high school.” NO DON’T DO THAT YOU’RE GOING TO WANTTO KILL YOURSELF
  2. If you can,try to spread your schedule so it’s 9-5. It’ll get you used to functioning atthose hours.
  3. Go to seminars. Pick up on some random shit. Impress people with random shit. But don’t be cocky.
  4. There’s literally no popularity so you really don’t have to fucking deal with cliques or anything just find your group and branch out and go from there.
  5. If you’re drinking:
    1. POUR YOUR OWN DRINK I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH
    2. Have a cup of water (or a bit of Gatorade) between every drink. You’ll never get a hangover.
    3. Don’t be fucking loud. Everyone hates the loud drunk and you’ll get the cops called on you and that’s bad shit.
    4. Don’t mix your liquor with other liquor and oh my God don’t mix it with anything else like drugs that’s just asking for a crisis.
    5. If your buddy is in a really bad place call 911. Don’t be that douchebag who thinks that someone can sleep it off.
  6. DO EXTRA CREDIT FOR THE LOVE OF FUCKING GOD NOT EVERY PROFESSOR OFFERS EXTRA CREDIT DO THE FUCKING EXTRA CREDIT.
  7. College is for expanding your mind. Talk to friends about their majors. Attend their events or art shows. Talk to someone you met about their religion. Take an English class on Lord of the Rings. Learn things you wouldn’t normally learn in high school.
  8. Love might come. It might not. Don’t worry about it and it won’t be a problem. You’re young.
  9. Don’t be the douchebag who plays acoustic guitar in the lounge.
  10. Have fun because you’re spending a fuckton of money to be there but do your homework.
  11. There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.
  12. Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.
  13. SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER. 
  14. Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part. 
  15. SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space. 
  16. Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.
  17. IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.
  18. Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.
  19. Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.
  20. SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much.
  21. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY
  22. Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the “same” class. 
  23. Look for a facebook group for your “graduating class” set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts). 
  24. Look for a facebook group for your “graduating class” set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts). 
  25. If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1. 
  26. During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit. 
  27. For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
  28. Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways. 
  29. If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.
  30. Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.
  31. If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.
  32. UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.
  33. IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.
  34. Keep change on hand. Always.
  35. The Best Way To Make Friends:
    1. Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.
    2. Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.
    3. Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.
    4. Have a pack of cards.
  36. If you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)
  37. For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.
  38. Make friends with transfer kids. Chances are, they won’t be able to live in the dorms and it’ll be ten times harder for them to meet people since they have to drive to and from campus. It’s also fun hearing about their experiences before the college you both go to. 
  39. Make friends with an older student. I’m talking about students who have families and full-time jobs. You can learn a lot from them, and they honestly have the best stories. They’re often the smartest and the most dedicated, so they make great study buddies. 
  40. Your teachers are people! Joke around with them, talk to them a bit during break. Make sure they at least recognize you as “that dude with the god-awful puns during break”. In my experience, professors are even more willing to bend over backwards to help the students they know. (But also, in general? They want you to learn! If there’s a way they can easily help, there’s a really good possibility they’ll do it!

Just cleaned up this post ≧◡≦

Four seasons of USUKUS — a thematic event to produce fanfics and fanarts.

What is this event about?

The title says it all, to be honest lol. This is an event that aims to bring together productions created around the theme “four seasons” by authors and artists who like this ship. The event’s final format will be kind of like a big e-book, with a cover, back cover, index and all that, which will be available for download or to read online in PDF format for those who don’t want to/can’t download it. We also intend to help advertise the individual links to the works of the collection provided by participants who wish to post their works here on Tumblr, ao3 or any other places after the collection is available.

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thegeniuses09  asked:

How do you learn Korean?

i make notes!!(too vague yes)

for now i’m mostly making notes on grammar rules and vocabulary lists :) if you want to be able to listen to conversations/understand what’s going on in songs,dramas etc. then it’s good to improve your vocabulary first :D

here are some resources I find helpful:

Talk to Me in Korean —– http://talktomeinkorean.com/

what they have:
youtube, podcasts

they frequently do videos on day-to-day topics such as clothes, laundry, buying things, valentine’s day etc. so they’re really helpful in improving little bits and bobs of your vocabulary!! :)

they also have physical textbooks and online PDF files, voice recordings, video courses and it’s all free omg I was super happy when I found it tbh 10/10 would recommend

How to Study Korean —– https://www.howtostudykorean.com/,

units and curriculums, vocabulary lists

they’re sort of similar to talktomeinkorean in the way that they have a curriculum planned out from easy to difficult, and recordings, except some of their resources (mostly worksheets and vocabulary lists) require payment :0

at the start of each chapter though they have a few vocabulary lists so I do often take those words down

I’d say this is more brief and on the go as compared to talktomeinkorean, and there aren’t too many ‘compartments’? so you don’t have to keep clicking around haha like there’s more content on one page

Korean Frequency List -Top 6000 Words —– https://www.topikguide.com/korean-frequency-list-top-6000-words/

as the title suggests haha 

the above two don’t exactly have compiled vocabulary lists (at least from what i’ve encountered on the website, i may be wrong so do try and find them for yourself maybe) so I think this is a good compilation of vocabulary words you might find useful :)

these are the good stuff I can come up with right now off the tip of my tongue hmm, it’s a short list but it’s resource-rich >:o

hope this helps in some way!!

On Summoning Demons

Strap in mammals, I need to correct some stupidities about summoning major demons. I’ll lay out a proper procedure in a few easy steps. This isn’t for minor infernals, but so-called “princes of Hell”, as it were. I’ll focus on the Goetic demons.

Step One: Acquire a copy of Ars Goetia (you can get a free PDF online)

Step Two: Record names, sigils, and descriptions of any you want to contact.

Step Three: Throw the rest of Ars Goetia in the garbage and tell it that it’s a very rude poorly behaved book.

Step Four: Inscribe a sigil on whatever you have available. If you happen to have an unused gold tablet laying around I’m sure they’d be flattered, so by all means pull out the dremel tool and get to work. If you’re like the rest of us, pen and paper is fine. If you want to get really fancy, use a consecrated pen or special ink.

Step Five: Cast a circle and so on in whatever fashion suits your tradition. It’s not to protect you from the demon, it’s to screen out discordant energy and interference.

Step Six: Respectfully request their presence and begin conversing. Treat them as one part deity and two parts royalty. Please and thank you. Yes sir/ma’am. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. 

The Goetic demons are GODS. Several of them can be traced to their origins. Asteroth is the Egyptian Astarte. The idea that you can force them to do your bidding, or that you can protect yourself from them, is a joke.

The Goetic concept that they are bound to specific sigils and commands is based on a pact made by King Solomon for a fixed period of time, which has expired. It’s useless now, even if it ever was genuine. They help those who they find worthy, and no one else.

If you are respectful, and they find you worthy, they may choose to help you. If you are unworthy, some of them might just decide to fuck with you. Which would fall under the category of not my problem, so follow my advice at your own risk. Each demon has their own standards and personality. It’s almost like they’re real people (heavy sarcasm). If you want to work with them, treat them as such. If you give a major demon an order, I have zero sympathy for what they may do to you.

I am not recommending that anyone summon demons. For humans it’s really generally not a good idea. you don’t have claws and scales. But if you’re going to do it anyway, try not to make an ass of yourself. Entrails are a bitch to clean out of carpet.

Carry on, and good luck, humans.


anonymous asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you could recommend articles or books for someone who is not an anthropologist but would love to be one. It could be of any topic, but friendly towards someone who doesn't have an advance knowledge in this study field. Maybe you could recommend your favorite first articles/books that made you fall in love more with anthropology when you were just starting to study it. Thank you! P.s. I LOVE your blog; I have learned so much and it's really entertaining 😊

Thank you!! This is a tough question, and I hope others comment some other sources. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.” In The interpretation of cultures. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1974. “‘From the native’s point of view’: On the nature of anthropological understanding.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 28 (1): 26-45. 

Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. “Introduction.” In Argonauts of the Western Pacific. 

Farmer, Paul. 1996. “On suffering and structural violence: A view from below.” Daedalus 125 (1): 261-283. 

Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2002. “Do Muslim women really need saving? Anthropological reflections on cultural relativism and its Others.” American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783-790. 

Foucault, Michel. 1976. The history of sexuality

Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. Herman. 1998. Manufacturing consent. 

Chomsky, Noam. 2016. Who rules the world? 

Mead, Margaret. 1928. Coming of age in Samoa. 

Bohannan, Laura. 1961. “Shakespeare in the bush.” Natural History. 

Said, Edward. 1978. “Introduction.” In Orientalism. 

The Combahee River Collective. 1977. “A Black feminist statement.” 

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1992. “Price formation and the anticipation of profits.” In Language and symbolic power. 

Duggan, Lisa. 2003. “Introduction” and “Equality, Inc.” In The twilight of equality? 

Harris, Marvin. 1976. “History and significance of the emic/etic distinction.” Annual Review of Anthropology 5: 329-350. 

Benedict, Ruth. 1934. Patterns of culture. 

These are in no particular order. Just the order I remembered them. 

Any article you can look at that’s from a major anthro journal like American Anthropologist or American Ethnologist or things like that is also good. A lot of the ones I want to recommend are actually from queer theory, not anthropology. I tried limiting it to that field specifically. Actually I lied some are queer theory good luck figuring out which. 

Anything by any of these authors is also worthy. 

You may be able to find a lot of these as PDFs online but you didn’t hear it from me. 

Edit: you can also find films or short videos featuring a lot of these people, especially Chomsky

Update: zines are here!

Good news everyone - the zines and extras have arrived!!!!

All the zines and extras have arrived at last! Thank you everyone so much for your patience, we really appreciate it!!! :) 

SHIPPING ORDERS:

The shipping of orders will be done in batches with domestic orders first followed by international orders. All orders should be shipped within 2 weeks from now. We’ll post another update once they’ve all been shipped. A reminder to international customers (i.e. all countries excluding Australia - domestic) that it may take up to 4 weeks from that time for your order to arrive so we humbly ask that you once again be patient with us! 

DIGITAL PDF PURCHASE RELEASE:

To our customers who placed an order for a digital pdf - these will be emailed to you shortly after all orders have been shipped. We’ll be using the email you made your purchase with on tictail so if this isn’t your main email or you would prefer it to be sent to a different email: please send us an email with your order details and new mail info. 

ONLINE ‘PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT’ PDF RELEASE:

As previously stated, we’ll be releasing a pdf copy of the zine, hosted on itch.io. You can enter the price you want to pay for the zine and the profits from the online pdf release will of course also go towards ‘beyondblue’. The pdf will be available for a select time period only; details to come. 

Once again, thank you all for your incredible patience with this project, we can’t wait to hand it all over to you very soon!!! 

Just a reminder that Rat Queens came out with a new #1 this month, so it’s definitely the right time to get into it if you haven’t yet. It’s a fantasy series about an all-female group of mercenaries. A seriously messed up half-demon, a hipster dwarf, a black atheist cleric introvert, a wlw smidgen with a fondness for candy and drugs, and a transgender orc. It’s amazing and wonderful, and Image comics lets you buy their comics online in pdf and similar forms, so you don’t even have to leave your house or wait for delivery to read it.

anonymous asked:

Hii, do you have any tips on learning french?? Im seriously struggling and since im a beginner im thinking of starting sort of from scratch and im not sure what the best approach is, im convinced french doesn't like me :(

If it helps you, French likes no one.

Well you should choose your resources that will be used daily and you also need a grammar book (online are a lot of pdfs but here, a folder with audios/pdfs)

For online resources duolingo, memrise, forvo and hinative are the base but here you have more suggestions:

https://www.talkinfrench.com/blog/ this is a lovely blog ^^

 http://www.chillola.com/at/french%20starter%20page.html this is for beginner mostly

https://frenchtogether.com/ http://bonpatron.com/ THIS IS LOVE xD so whatever you write in it, it will correct it, don’t forget to say if you’re a girl

 http://www.internetpolyglot.com/ this site is pretty cool ^^ http://french.about.com/ this one has a lot of posts for things like resumes, cv, explanations etc. very good

https://freelanguage.org/learn-french/french-learning-materials/learn-french-e-books i have no idea why i have this saved but it’s probably good of smth since it has a long list of resources for like everything?

https://francais.lingolia.com/en/grammar/tenses this has explanations for a lot of stuff, gramatically at least


https://matadornetwork.com/ this is about culture and the process of learning, just posts made by people who learned french and so on ^^ and other languages too, but if you search french exclusively it will give posts only for it

http://readlang.com/fr/library this is based on videos and text but it also has a flashcards option somewhere


http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/ this has lessons/posts and games if i remember right xd 


As for tips, French has a tricky pronunciation so pay attention to it, also you can sing disney songs in French to improve your pronunciation.
Try to keep a diary where you write a bit daily (in french).
Learn every day, even if it’s for only 5 min.
Try to immerse yourself. Listen to music, read, watch movies.

Tips for how to study now. I’m not sure how others learn but i will tell you what i do as a beginner usually. 

I have a grammar book that has a nice structure. I know that in the past i couldn’t learn with certain books because i didn’t like their structure and how the explanations were, so choose wisely. After that i have a notebook where i take notes. I’m a learner who learns faster if they write but if you study better with hearing and seeing the information, FrenchPod101 is a good choice.
At the same time with the grammar book, when i don’t want to write, i use an app like duolingo and memrise. (if you use duolingo, please use the site since it has grammar explanations, the app doesn’t sadly).
After i learn the first 2000-3000 most common words and the grammar, i just use what i know. I read, watch movies, talk to natives/learners.

Now, if any of my followers have another method, they should share it. ^^

I hope your French journey will be pleasant. Please tell me how’s your progress :) enjoy your studies~

University Gothic
  • You wake up in a lecture hall. When did you get here? How did you get here? You look down at your feet. They’re gone. You have merged with the floor. You are one with uni and uni is you. Everytime a bored student scribbles on their desk, they carve into your skin. You smell blood.
  • Your field of study is divided into 3 main schools of thought. Each school consists of 3 main areas. Each of these areas is divided into 3 main topics. Each topic splits into 3 major theories. Each theory is supported by 3 observations.
    You stare at your 3 hands with 3 fingers. Your 3 eyes blink. Thrice.
  • You awake from your homework as if from a dream. What language is this? Illogical hieroglyphs stare at you and shuffle around on the paper. You have forgotten what you were trying to prove. What lnguaudka i sdha s? The paper giggles and you’re so tired. You smile and answer in a language you do not understand.
  • You will need to buy a book for this course. It is pricey. Maybe you can afford a hand-me-down. A hand descends from the ceiling. It beckons you and offers you a deal: the cursed volume for a bracelet of ramen. You sigh and knit another bracelet, while the hand massages your scalp. The pact is made. Finally, you get to open the first page.
    Your professor wrote this book.

    Your hollow, desperate shriek wakes the ever-sleeping students in the last row. They climb over the tables, slimey hands embracing you from behind, and they whisper “There’s a pdf online. For free.” Coffee is pouring out out of their eyes, staining your shirt.

  • You write a to-do list. The paper grows longer and longer as you vomit long lines of responsibility-ink onto it. You cannot stop. Just like real vomiting, it feels gross and violating, but somehow liberating in a primal sense. Somehow, you find yourself on your knees, in the middle of the street three blocks away from your bed where you’d started. The cars drive compassionately around you as you scrunch up the paper and vomit at the sky. You cross out the whole list, draw a single check box underneath and write “Write a to-do list” next to it.

aph-russia-x-china  asked:

I absolutely adore your mafia!AU Your descriptions and your art are so beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ I was wondering if you ever have any plans for an actual novel? (I tried to look for answers on your blog but Tumblr has always been foreign territory for me - aha sorry)

first off, i’m really sorry for taking so long to provide a formal answer to questions about what project and form my au (the world belongs to youan eastern promises mafia au series ♔) will eventually become! this isn’t the first ask i’ve received on that topic, but this is the most recent one, so i’m taking this as a chance to finally address it, lol!

long term, i’m not quite sure if this is going to end up as a visual novel or a comic/doujinshi. i think i shy away from the idea of a webcomic, because i like print material and i know i can’t commit to a daily release schedule. this is not to say i won’t end up compiling it as a PDF for online release! i’d just prefer for it to be in a print medium first (this is the comics free-lancer in me speaking, haha). i know the eventual long game is for this to become an original work with some form of screenplay… i know, i know, that sounds all ambitious for an au about anime countries

short term, i’m going to produce a concept art book of illustrations and character designs for tokyo comiket this winter! i’m hoping to also create several insert zines about some of the cast, too, by then! i’ll be overseeing the print production in china in december, and then hauling my books off to japan for a few weeks

i just created a patreon for this project for my western audience (northern america and europe) in case there’s demand for the book to be available outside of asia! i have a timeline for this book to be completed and published in time for comiket, so, don’t worry, it’s getting made anyways (and of course i’ll still share some excerpts on tumblr), but this in case the rest of y’all wanted to join me on my progress and see some more exclusives! ^^ you’ll be able to access more research and informative content i have stockpiled for my au, nsfw nonsense (lol), and some other goodies!

thanks again for being interested in this pretty bizarre project of mine, haha

anonymous asked:

Hello, Laura! I'm currently in the process of learning Japanese (well, more like prepping to learn haha, I'm still memorising Hiragana and Katakana at the moment) and I was wondering where should I even begin with Kanji? It's feels a like I'm in over my head so I was wondering if you had any tips on where to start, or is this just something you dive head-first into (Yikes!)..?

Hello!

You tackle kanji in the order of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test levels. It’s like learning the alphabet - you don’t start with Z, you start by learning A and move downwards. Likewise, in Japanese there’s an order to learning kanji, where you start with the basic kanjis and then move on to the more advanced ones.

I recommend using the Basic Kanji book series:

You can easily find the PDFs online. They not only explain how kanjis work (how you read them, etc), but also include vocabulary lists and exercises to test your knowledge after every lesson.

I don’t like the more advanced books in this series because they get unnecessarily complicated, but the basic ones are just as good as any other kanji learning book.

Good luck tackling kanji, anon!! Don’t stress out - remember to take it easy. It might feel a bit overwhelming at first, but you’ll slowly get used to the idea of kanji.

Friendly Reminder when doing research

Please be aware of texts and pdfs online you find about Konkokyo, Jinja Shinto, or Shinto as a whole. 
Even from some published books, a lot were written in the last 60-80 years by  Western scholars who were also Christian priests, and tend to write with a Christianized bias, context, and interpretation. While this is absolutely fine and these scholars are entitled to interpret things how they see it, it is difficult when you want to understand Konkokyo, Jinja Shinto, and Shinto practices in Japan as a whole in the correct context

If you’re ever unsure of anything you find, please send me an ask

I found a Christian text that mentions Konkokyo but they translated “Tenchi Kane no Kami” as “Great Father of the Universe”…which is odd, because 

1. No where is Kami-sama’s gender mentioned (Kami-sama is all genders and genderless - not any particular energy or gendered kami, but also all encompassing and a part of everything) 

2. “Father” nor “Great” is  part of Kami-sama’s name

Kami-sama’s name: Tenchi Kane no Kami 天地金乃神…broken down, it’s 

Tenchi (天地)Universe 天 = Heavens (like the sky, or space) 地 = Earth (like the soil, ground), Ten and Chi together mean “Heavens and Earth” or Tenchi, Universe

Kane (金) Gold, Golden

No (乃), the kanji/formal form of  “の” or “of” 

Kami (神) Divinity, Spirit, Force, a spirit or deity that invokes awe 

In English you could translate it as “The shining golden deity of heaven and earth” or “The golden shining deity of the universe” 

not “Great Father of the Universe” - the  only thing that is the same is “of the universe” 

Sometimes in English Kami-sama is called “The Divine Parent” - but it doesn’t specify the gender of the parent - just to invoke the image of a parent in the true sense of the word - unconditionally loving, kind, guiding, caretaking, etc.
I know a lot of times, parents don’t fulfill the role of the word. so I don’t always like that term. but for others it can help them see Kami-sama is the ideal parent that always takes care. 

In any case, this was pretty concerning because it’s completely wrong and out of context too, especially to those first learning about Konkokyo.

I’ve also seen some outlandish things in Shinto and Jinja Shinto texts, so if there’s anything please just send me out a message and I can help interpret/contextualize/correct the information if necessary

Thank you!!

theamishpirate replied to your post “189: Last book you read: 182: In my pockets: 169: Love at first…”

What is The Graveyard Book? Haven’t heard of that one before.

It’s a book about a boy who is raised in a graveyard! It’s geared towards a younger audience but I still really enjoy it. 

I was reminded of it because of Neon’s role in the GGGAU and so I ended up reading it again, and really liked it. I think it’s got a neat lil charm to it and the characters are sweet.  

If we use gender analytically, sources about men are also sources about women.
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I’m reading Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards by Afsaneh Najmabadi, and she makes this point in response to the lack of sources about Qajar women’s history, and as part of considering:

How do we employ gender analytically so as to write history differently, to write history from which women are not absent and gender is not a missing category; one in which issues of gender and women are not afterthoughts and appendixes?

kschymaera  asked:

Hello !!! So in love with your drawings, particularlh historical hetalia or now your au mafia...Can I ask some «news» about France in this AU ?

merci bqp! 😊 im actually working on two aph art books! ones historical/smutty and the other is for my eastern promises mafia au. ill probably post the first one as a pdf online but sell both as printed versions in the future. i try to act like i dont care abt aph france but those of you who have been following me for a while know that i started college as a french hist & lit major and plan to get a louis philippe tattoo (😑🙌🍐)

in the ♔ the world belongs to you universe, france is uk’s former partner. after a botched murder case gone cold, he quits the force citing irreconcilable differences and joins the fourth estate. eventually on the press/journalist road, he and spain (ex-mafioso muscle turned amateur free-lance photographer) settle down and start a PI firm

Welcome to the fandom of Gorillaz! The band ‘Gorillaz’ are a British virtual band created by Blur’s lead singer Damon Albarn and Tank Girl comic illustrator Jamie Hewlett in 1998. The band is made from four fictional characters, 2-D (Lead Singer, Keyboardist), Murdoc Niccals (Bass Guitar), Noodle (Guitar) and Russel Hobbs (Drums and Percussion) . They were created from Albarn’s and Hewlett’s outlook on celebrity culture, this was sparked when the two of them were watching MTV.

“If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell – there’s nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that.” - Jamie Hewlett  

The Gorillaz’s universe, characters and storyline is explored through the band’s website, music, autobiography, interviews and short cartoons made in 2001, these are known as a ‘G-Bite’. This was Jamie’s way of showing fans the Gorillaz world.

Name: Murdoc Faust Niccals.

D.O.B: June 6th,1966. Stroke-Upon-Trent, England.

Height: 5′10′’

Murdoc was dumped on his father’s doorstep and went on to a very physically and emotionally abusive childhood. It has been proposed that his bullying attitude and sour personality were due to his upbringing. Sebastian Jacob Niccals, (or Jacob Sebastian Niccals, depending on who’s asking) was a drunk who verbally abused and exploited his Murdoc and Hannibal, Murdoc’s older brother. The local pub had a talent show that Murdoc was often forced to participate in so he could win his father drinking money. In one performance Murdoc was made to dressed up as Pinocchio and sing “I’ve Got No Strings”. It was after this horrific event that Murdoc decided to pursue a career as a performer and musician, swearing that he would never go on stage under the influence or direction of someone else. With great passion and determination, Murdoc was set to creating the best band in the world. He is known as the womaniser, satanist, drunk, dark-minded genius, self-proclaimed leader and drive of the group.

Name: Stuart “2-D” Pot.

D.O.B: May 23rd, 1978. Hertfordshire, England.

Height: 6′2′’

Stuart was brought up in Crawley by his father David Pot, mechanics and owner of a local fairground, and mother Rachel Pot, a nurse. Though Stuart wasn’t intelligent or bright as other children his age, he was very kind, warm and had a strong passion for film and music. At the tender age of ten, Stuart accidentally fell out a tree, making him temporarily loose all of his body hair. When his hair finally returned, it was a strong electric blue, adding more attention to the young man. At the age of nineteen on August 15th, 1997, whilst working as a Saturday Boy at Uncle Norm’s Organ Emporium, a Vauxhall Astra crashed through the front of the shop, driven by Murdoc, and landed on Stuart. This accident caused Stuart’s right eye to be pushed back into his head. After learning that Murdoc intended to steal instruments from the shop, the court sentenced him to community service and to take care of the vegetated Stuart. Due to Murdoc’s continuous reckless behaviour, Stuart was once again victimised when he was thrown through a car windscreen, causing his left eye to be pushed back. His dark image, singing voice and music ability was enough for Murdoc to want him in his band. Nicknamed after the “2 Dents” in his head, Stuart was reborn 2-D and was to join the band.

Name: Russel Hobbs

D.O.B: June 3rd, 1975. Brooklyn, NY.

Height: 5′9′’

Russel was very well know for his good, soft-spoken and respectable manner as a child. He attended the School For Gifted Youngsters in NY, but was expelled after attacking several students while possessed by a demon. He fell into a coma for the next four years, at the end of which, the demon was finally exorcised from his body by a priest. He returned to school in Brooklyn, where many of the students were gifted in Hip-Hop and Rapp music. In a drive-by shooting, all of Russel’s companions were killed, and their spirits came to reside in his body, the most prominent being Russel’s best friend ‘Del the Ghost Rapper’. For his own safety, Russel flew to Soho, London, and worked in Big Rick Black’s Record Shack. After Murdoc and 2-D established the band and began to write music for the debut album, Murdoc set out to find the next link in the chain, the drummer. After hearing rumours about a one-man rhythm king who was possessed by the dead, Murdoc instantly wanted him in his band, and even want as far to kidnapped Russel from the store. Back at Kong Studio’s, the first home of Gorillaz, the music they played Russel was good enough to keep him there. He is the heart and soul of the band and is known as the Hip-Hop Hardman.

Name: Noodle

D.O.B: Octorber 31st, 1990. Osaka, Japan.

Height: 5′1′’

Noodle spent her childhood in Japan as a subject of a classified Japanese super soldier project under the management of the Japanese scientist, Mr. Kyuzo. Noodle, along with the other children were trained with the sole purpose of fighting as soldiers of the Japanese military and government. After the children were deemed too dangerous and unstable for combat, the project was scrapped. Mr. Kyuzo was then ordered to dispose of all possible traces of the failed experiment, as well as its participants. After killing the other children, Kyuzo was reluctant in killing Noodle. After temporarily clearing her memory of the project, Kyuzo smuggled Noodle to the United Kingdom in a FedEx crate and falsely reported her death. Noodle was the last band member to be recruited and arrived at Kong Studio’s in 2000 inside a large FedEx crate, shortly after Murdoc had put an advertisement for a guitarist in the magazine NME. Though she didn’t speak any English and was only ten at the time, her guitar skill got her the place within the band, replacing the old guitarist, Paula Cracker. She got her name from the only English word she spoke when meeting the trio, “Noodle.”

The three main albums, “Gorillaz”, “Demon Days” and “Plastic Beach” all follow a storyline that is incorporated with Gorillaz. The album, “The Fall”, was released in 2010 shortly after “Plastic Beach”. This album was made whilst on tour. 

If you would like to know more I would recommend getting the Gorillaz “Rise of the Ogre” autobiography. You can buy it or read it for free online on a PDF file. It is such a good read!