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anonymous asked:

Oooh, I know what you mean about getting obsessive with hobbies or just generally loosing track of time. It's five o'clock, I think "I can read a chapter or two before I go buy food for dinner." Next time I look up it's nearly midnight and only the local 24hr convenience store is open. It's not *my* fault reading is so fun! Though in your case I suppose it would be writing? In Orochi's case it's science and that's a bit worrying in case he passes out mid-experiment and things go boom.

Yeah, this is totally what I do with writing. Glad to know I’m not alone. xP

Advice? Bitte?

So this is where I’m at. In 2011 I started college the second I had my GED. At my parent’s insistence I went for what they thought I should go for at a college they attended 20 years before I enrolled, swearing that it was a good college and that nothing had changed… Riiiight… The whole thing was an utter fiasco, the college is embezzling, committing fraud, the usual junk. I have drug them to Congress twice, Congress even says what they are doing is illegal and wrong, but the only investigation office is local and they’re getting a cut off of what the college is doing, so naturally they laugh and it ends there, despite physical evidence. Anyway, they dismantled my program and told me to take things relevant to my interest while I bid my time waiting for them to fix it. That never happened. I did that, I tried to transfer, I tried all sorts of things until I ran out of funding. I even tried to see if I could test out of things or find an apprenticeship. No such luck here.
Now that I’m 25 I have a bit more funding as I’ve become an independent student in the eyes of fasfa, but it’s not enough to cover tuition at the next school over. Their tuition is about three times as high, and even if it was, I have no way to get there.
The solution would be easy, get a job, right? I already had two of them on campus while I was there. Well, that would be great except there’s some issues. I live outside of town off of a dangerous highway with no license and I have no funds. (The no license is a long story but basically I wasn’t allowed to get it because I was under 25 so it would jack my parents interest rate?) And now that I’m 25 I can’t get it for other reasons and it’s still somehow my fault. My parents are both forced/retied disabled and are slowly dying and insist that they can’t give me rides, even just temporarily, despite the fact they’re gone a lot. I have no friends in the area and the only sibling that helps some takes mom back and forth to a place six hours away for doctor’s appointments. She doesn’t even live locally. You don’t carpool here unless you want to end up in an even worse situation, health wise. The transit system doesn’t run out here, and you sure as hell don’t hitchhike. I have zero ways to get to work if I got a job, which I need to, because I have my own bills.
Jobs themselves? Well, I don’t meet the physical requirements for anything related to the mill or enforcement, I don’t have restaurant experience to work for the restaurant monopoly, I’ve seriously ticked off the college so they’re not going to hire me… What’s left? Banks, a gas station that gets robbed and shot at frequently, the casino which is too far out to work for but frankly it would just give my parents an excuse to gamble away more money they don’t have, the paper which I can’t work for because the dean’s wife isn’t going to hire me, and yeah that’s about it.
It’s my intention to go finish my education in Europe. I’ve wound up with a lot of education already in various fields and I plan on putting that to good use once I’m able to. I have a ton of family I have never met in Germany and some in Ireland and Scotland. If I can just get out of the house mess then options open up fast but… I don’t know what to do. This is the short version, there’s been so many monkey wrenches thrown into things I’ve tried that it’s not even funny anymore, and of course, naturally, I get to hear that it’s my fault, so that’s not helping. I’ve been at this for roughly seven years and I’m out of time and ideas. If anyone can think of anything I would be eternally grateful. Thanks for reading my long post. :P <3

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The angara are the only known sentient species local to the Heleus cluster. Oral histories describe how ancient angara were tribal and nomadic before settling in cities. Many of them still live in large, tight-knit families and workplaces have a guild-like organizational structure. Spirituality has a role in angaran daily life, with their calendar making space for the religious holidays of many different faiths.

another thing that I think about a lot is how absolutely terrible han solo is at calculating when he’s going to make planetfall

which is not to say han solo is bad with numbers, han solo is one of those self-taught savants, who can do complicated interest calculations in his head; what han solo cannot do is the finicky interstellar calculus that tells you if you start out at 1800 hours local time, on a planet with a 90 hour sidereal day, and travel at 9 parsecs per hour, skipping between the Terrabe Bypass and the Alui Corridor, you’ll make planetfall on Tatooine around 0700 local time, just when everybody’s headed out to the noonday meal.

that’s the kind of shit he hates.

it also results in an unending string of hilarious misadventures wherein han solo arrives at precisely the wrong time anywhere he goes and ends up 1) preventing the kidnapping of a young duke’s son because everyone else was asleep, 2) dropping through atmo at the exact right moment to stop an Imperial rollout of monitoring droids, because he throught the no fly order wasn’t in effect until the next day, 3) hanging around at high noon, waiting for jabba to come back from his daily nap, only to be waylaid by a man claiming to be a jedi and his wide-eyed kid, 4) amusing leia to no end as he sits at one of the mess hall tables, biting his thumb and trying to work out four-dimensional calculus with a flimsi napkin and an old-fashioned stylus, 5) annoying his son to no end as he was late for everything, yes, dad, everything—uncle luke said you arrived four days after I was born.

better late than never, han says with a grin, every time. and anyway, your mom was on a planet with a very short solar cycle, messed up everything.

for his 40th birthday, leia buys him a top of the line galactic calculator, which only needs the local time, and then galactic coordinates of origin and destination to estimate the local time of arrival.

she finds han at the kitchen table three days later, biting his thumb and working out the time to the outer rim with a flimsi napkin, and a stylus.

back in my day...

steve has helpfully illustrated what storytime looks like on my end.

Mod Hell: Do you guys want me to start archiving asks and answers–the long ones–on AO3? There’s not really a consistent tag for them and there’s getting to be a lot. If you guys are good with them in blog form, I’ll just leave them as is, but I’m happy to copy-paste them over if you’d like. 

  • Supreme Court of Canada: "Rules that obtaining consent is part of the consultation spectrum the Crown faces when dealing with First Nations on issues that impact rights, title and territory."
  • Justin Trudeau: (2015): "While governments had the right to grant permits, only local communities — including First Nations — are able to “grant permission.”.
  • Justin Trudeau: (early 2016): Adopts the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People (which states the right of Aboriginal groups to “free, prior and informed consent” on economic projects in their territories.
  • Justin Trudeau: (late 2016): “No [First Nations], they don’t have a veto (on industrial projects in their territories).”
  • Justin Trudeau: \_(ツ)_/¯

anonymous asked:

Question how do you know someone is media trained?

I was mostly joking, but my assumptions are based on a few things:

(1) The knowledge that anyone – actor, singer, athlete, etc. – who speaks with the press with any regularity has had some media training. I’m sure it ranges in degree and intensity, but even good high school football players who only talk to the local press get some basic training on how to answer questions. I knew someone very tangentially who was a swimmer at the London Games, and some media training was part of their team requirements. It is regularly a part of any rookie training camp for major college or professional teams of all sports. Record labels send their artists to media training; film studios send their actors. Basically, if the person is expected to speak to the media at all, they get some training.

(2) That the answers to questions are polite and politic, never calling anyone out or blaming anyone. Avoiding questions they don’t want to answer. No matter how many times Gabby Douglas is asked about her feelings of not making the all-around, she’s going to say she’s just so excited to be sharing the experience with her teammates and how proud she is to represent the USA. She’s not going to tell you her real feelings. No matter how many times Michael Phelps is asked about Le Clos irritating him, he’s going to shift the conversation back to his preparation or excitement to still be competing or something like that.

(3) They sound rehearsed, which they are. They practice the types of questions they’re going to get, figuring out the best answers ahead of time. They may not know the exact question, but they know that the questions will likely come form a few types and they have stock answers ready to go. Compare (if you watched it) the way they giggled with each other when they were watching the medal ceremony to how they answered Bob Costas’ questions. They don’t even sound like the same people. Think of how many times Harry answered the questions about “Perfect” with some variation of how everyone can take different things away from a song. It was even pointed out that he gave almost the exact same word-for-word answer after being teased. And look at Cillian Murphy’s answer about working with Harry – on at least two occasions, he’s used almost the same words to talk about him. Even if he wasn’t trained to answer that specific question, he’s had training on how to answer that type of question and he sounds the same both times because he’s drawing on that training.

Media training isn’t an inherently bad thing. We lament how that training has changed the boys’ presented personalities, especially Louis, but basically it’s just meant to teach somehow how to respond to media questions without getting flustered or saying something that people will be offended by or that they’ll have to explain later. It depends on how it’s used and what kind of behavior the training is trying to change.

Love notes scrawled in the margins of books
Disturbed by the emptiness following the end of a chapter
Aluminum chew canisters traded for sobriety tokens
Sunshine radiates from his chest
Filling gaping holes between her ribs previously deemed fit only for contempt
—  The color is back in his eyes and that’s how I know things are going to be okay
Things I’ve Learned Since Going Vegan
  • You can slice someone’s throat and still love them. 
  • The word “need” can only also mean “could easily live without but do kinda want.”
  • The word “humane” can mean literally anything you want it to.
  • It’s okay to call people out for harmful behaviour unless that behaviour involves bacon.
  • Plants definitely feel pain and lawns scream when you mow them.
  • Crop workers are exploited but slaughterhouse workers definitely aren’t. No exploitation here, no sir. 
  • Meat is the only food that contains protein.
  • “Found the vegan” is still funny and original the millionth time. 
  • Before humans came along, cows were just wandering around with massive udders praying for someone to invent industrialised agriculture. 
  • Steak is cheaper than beans, rice, pasta and canned vegetables. 
  • While 99% of all meat comes from factory farms, no one eats that meat.
  • Everyone only buys local, organic, humane, Dalai Lama approved meat. 
  • Everyone has an uncle who owns a farm straight out of a 1950′s Americana magazine.
  • Everyone has a degree in nutrition and evolutionary biology. 
  • Everyone knows that one guy who went vegan and almost died.
  • Everyone is free to talk about their identity, beliefs and interests without being shamed for them. Unless they’re vegan. Vegans can fuck off.
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