or however you americans spell it

“So Goth, I Was BORN Black”

How Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Spearheaded the Goth Music Movement

In the recording studios of OKeh, a man, simply named Jay, walked in with a team of musicians, with the intention to record a heart-wrenching love ballad, filled with mourning. What resulted however, would shake up the music industry forever. Just after Halloween, the chill of one drunken, November evening in 1956 brought us one of the most iconic, perplexing, and somewhat horrifying pieces of music ever recorded. This was how “I Put A Spell On You” was born.

Prior to the inception of the 50s classic, Hollywood was already being re-infected by the Horror bug. The invention of Vampira, the popularity of American actor Vincent Price, and the rise of B-movie Horror flicks cemented a public love for the macabre, as established in the 30s, with Universal Studios’ Dracula, and Frankenstein. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were monster legends on the silver screen. Vampira, the queen of the television screen. But no one was making waves in the music scene to inject this beloved aesthetic into sound. How Jay Hawkins’ “Spell” was born was a complete accident, but those around him knew they had something special on their hands, from the moment they heard Hawkins’ vocal delivery.

The rare, original recording of “I Put a Spell on You” (now available on YouTube), was a simple, sad blues tune, that may or may not have entered the public’s consciousness had it been released as is. This version was recorded for Grand Records, in late 1955. Nearly a year passes, and Jay chooses to re-record it for OKeh Records, this time with producer Arnold Maxin on board. The story goes, Maxin brought in food and drink (plenty of drink) for Jay and his musicians, turning the session into an evening of inebriated music making.

“[The producer] brought in ribs and chicken and got everybody drunk, and we came out with this weird version … I don’t even remember making the record. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death.” -Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Thus, the “Spell” was complete, and in November of 1956, OKeh Records released “I Put a Spell on You”, under his new artist name, “Screamin’” Jay Hawkins. No records prior bear the moniker “Screamin’” in front of his name (see: Discogs).

Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey, approached Hawkins about playing up his image, to draw the most out of this newfound success, including the wild idea of rising up out of a coffin for one of his performances. The rest, as they say, was history. Combining the aesthetic of Vincent Price (and coincidently his mustache), and an aura of Haitian voodooism, his act was born. He became the subject of mass media attention in the 50s, side by side with the best of the Horror scene. He was one of them; taking the derogatory “spook”, and turning it on its head—reclaimed, and turned into profit.

What Screamin’ Jay Hawkins created is what we now associate today with Shock Rock. The main features being his vocal delivery, his wardrobe, and props used on the stage to give macabre effects. With the 1960s came the first wave of Shock Rockers, directly influenced by the path Hawkins had carved out for them. Screaming Lord Sutch, of out London, used British Horror imagery, such as the legend of Jack the Ripper, to form his artist identity. Arthur Brown, who has covered Hawkins’ hit, wore corpse paint, and wore a flaming helmet upon his head in live performances. The Spiders, Alice Cooper’s original band name (1964-1967), performed with a huge, black spider’s web as their first ever stage prop. In the 70s, The Cramps, notable Gothabilly band, also claimed influence by Hawkins. And with these acts introduce a long line of Goth Rock history, that may not sound alike at times, but all descend from the same tree.

Jar Spell to protect American Minorities

Intent: To protect minorities in America from Trump and his supporters


  • a jar
  • purple, white, and black papers
  • something to write with
  • purple, red, white, blue, and black string


  • beads - bonus if they’re made of a crystal you associate with protection, peace, unity, etc.
  • white candle for freedom and safety
  • pink candle for love

As many of the following as possible:

  • lavender - peace, protection
  • cinnamon - peace, promoting change
  • angelica - protection, banishing negativity
  • eggshell - protection
  • aloe vera - protection, community
  • cloves - banishing, love, protection
  • any other herbs that you associate with protection

(long post, directions under the cut)

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anonymous asked:

What do you think of Hulk the pit bull and the media portrayal of him and his breeders? Just curious

Oh boy. Alright, I think I may end up being attacked for this post, because I’ve seen that “Hulk” has quite a few huge following of supporters and I have seen that they that do not particularly like it when anyone criticizes the the dog’s breeders, but I will try my best here, I will try to tread lightly so please bare with me, thank you.

The fact is, “Hulk” is not a Pit Bull. And it would be best if we all stopped referring to him as such.

For anyone not familiar with “Hulk”, he is the record holding “World Largest Pit Bull” bred & owned by Dark Dynasty K9s. This is “Hulk”:

Let’s start with his breeders, Dark Dynasty K9s , who have probably never even seen a real APBT/Pit Bull, and wouldn’t know one if one bit them on the face.

I am not going to demonize DDK9 as dog owners, because I suppose from their photos and videos that they must love their dogs, but what DDK9 is doing as breeders is an entirely different story.

What DDK9 is doing is very irresponsible, unethical, greedy, actually, and even detrimental to the image of the real American Pit Bull Terrier and it’s potentially damaging to the millions of non-APBTs bully breeds that are falsely labeled as APBTs. And because of the size of “Hulk”, this could very well put mastiff-type breeds in the same boat as bully breeds. And “Hulk” is giving public the false impression that Pit Bulls are capable of reaching 100, 150, 175+lbs.

A lot of what DDK9 does as breeders raises countless red flags. The most immediate red flag is that they do not even know how to spell the breed of dog they are supposedly breeding. “Pitbulls”, really?

They advertise their dogs as “XL Pitbulls”, which are essentially just oversized American Bullies (or American Bully x mastiff-type mixes?).

DDK9 claims that “Hulk” and their dogs are registered with the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) (as well as the UKC).

However, the ADBA themselves denounced DDK9, stating that “Hulk” is not registered with the ADBA, which you can see from the screen shots below:

And as said by @thembulldawgs - Below is the pedigree of “Hulk”, and not a single APBT in sight. But we see there are plenty of American Bullies listed as being APBTs. Here is his pedigree including images of each dog.

In the pedigree of “Hulk”, you will see a “Razors Edge” dog listed by the name of “Razors Edge Payback is a Bomb” (shown below), highlighted in yellow, which is the ever so highly popular original American Bully line commonly (& falsely) referred to as Pit Bulls.

And, also “Eddington’s Wanna Be A Whopper” (shown below) with a controversial, sketchy history as either an American Bulldog or mixed breed falsely registered as an APBT in the UKC & ADBA, which you can read about here because I really do not want to delve into that.

Below are images meant illustrate the different sizes in this American Bully size chart, including the “Pocket”, “Classic”, ”Extreme”, “Standard”, and lastly the “XL” American Bully.

Because DDK9′s website does not include any of the important details about their breeding program, I decided maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt…

And so I contacted DDK9 through email, asking them if their dogs undergo any health screenings and evaluations, what their standards are in breeding in terms of health and whether they aim to breed away from certain health issues using screening results to better their breeding program.

This is why it took me a while to get to your question, because I wanted to give DDK9 some time to respond to my email, and well it has been about four weeks now and I have not yet received a response. But if they ever do reply, I’ll be sure to post it.

DDK9 advertise their dogs as being “huge”, having “great wide chests” and that their dogs produce “monsters”. DDK9′s sole goal is to produce more of these massive, oversized American Bullies like “Hulk”, and I have just read that by breeding “Hulk” within their own kennel they are working towards breaking his current “record” as the world’s largest (fake) “Pitbull” at 175lbs with his offspring.

His pups may become XXL Pitbulls themselves when they grow up,” says americanbullydaily.com

I found that one of their breeding bitches in particular was bred twice within a year under the age of two. With how enormous these dogs are, it’s incredibly irresponsible and potentially harmful to be breeding them before they have had time to fully mature, not to mention it was at that bitch’s every heat. While this is just one example of premature breeding, surely this is a common practice at DDK9, especially considering their hurried efforts to prodce another record breaking” “Pitbull”. There is no way that DDK9 is breeding responsibly or with the health and welfare of their dogs in mind.

“Hulk” allegedly weighs 175 lbs, and is clearly overweight. Just look at this dog:

I actually wonder if his breeders have intentionally packed as much excess weight onto “Hulk” as possible, in effort to truly make him the “World’s Largest”? The poor dog is probably one wrong step or hop away from blowing a knee, and not to mention all the other health risks involved in canine obesity, especially a dog of such a massive size.

Below is an illustration highlighting the ADBA’s standard for the American Pit Bull Terrier:

The American Pit Bull Terrier’s UKC standard calls for dogs/bitches to weigh between 30 lbs and 60 lbs, and the ADBA calls for 30 lbs to 75 lbs, with 60 to 75 lbs being on the larger side which are few and far between compared to dogs/bitches of smaller sizes. The American Pit Bull Terriers is a small to mid-sized dog, an athletic breed with great physical ability.

To compare to the above photos of “Hulk”, here are some photos of real purebred APBTs:

( GR CH IV Latin Dream Kennels Beef / This Post of by @thembulldawgs )

( This Post by @apbt )

( Boudreaux’s Badger (ROM, POR) / This Post by @notapitbull )

Below, side-by-side examples of the difference between DDK9’s “XL Pitbull” (aka American Bully) and purebred American Pit Bull Terriers:

The General” is a grandsire to “Hulk”
( Borrowed from @notapibull & @thembulldawgs post here )

Examples of other APBTs, versus American Bullies:

( Borrowed from The Real APBT )

Examples of American Staffordshire Terrier (AST), American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) & American Bully:

And @notapitbull has an entire tag dedicated to examples of purebred American Pit Bull Terriers here

Another huge red flag about Dark Dynasty K9 is that they “train” their “XL Pitbulls” in “protection”, in their own backyard (I cannot seem to find their credentials in this area, or any titles their dogs have earned).

DDK9 allows all of their dogs to freely socialize / interact with one another, even sometimes including clients’ dogs that are boarded at their kennel / farm.

According to americanbullydaily.com, “Additionally, he [Marlon Grennan, breeder] does not believe in separating each dog whether they are in training or not. By removing any fences, physical restrictions and barriers the dogs train and live together as a pack that teaches them how to socialize with other.

Real American Pit Bull Terriers / Pit Bulls more often than not are known for exhibiting at least some degree of dog & animal aggression, and with real APBTs it would be next to impossible for a dozen Pit Bulls to socialize, interact and roam freely without a fight breaking out. These are not Pit Bulls. And I am understating.

The media hype surrounding “Hulk” has only helped in giving his breeders more reason to charge tens of thousands to half a million by exploiting “Hulk” for stud services and his “XL Pitbull” puppies.

When the media surrounds anything canine related, it makes me terribly nervous, especially when it’s about Pit Bulls, because it tends to be more harmful than anything. When a dog bites, it’s the family’s once harmless “pibble” mix, or in the case of “Hulk”, it’s misrepresenting an entire breed and giving the public a false impression of what a Pit Bull really is.

According to www.peoplemagazine.co.za:The gentle giant is a doting father to his puppies and is even allowed to play with the couple’s three-year-old son. “Hulk has shown the world that when this breed is gentle and balanced, they can be the greatest dogs in the world,” said Grennan.”

No, instead what “Hulk” and his breeders have done for the APBT breed is that they have given the public an altered and damaging perception of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed.

A lot of rescue organizations that specializes in bully breeds, have even spoken out against “Hulk” and what his breeders are doing, and have called for the media to stop portraying “Hulk” and his breeders in a positive light.

By continuing to misrepresent dogs like “Hulk” as Pit Bulls, it is seriously damaging to the APBT breed, bully breeds, and to non-APBTs dogs, and just dogs in general, especially when these same non-APBT dogs are involved in dog attacks or are impounded at city pounds / animal shelters. And because of the appearance of “Hulk”, this could be potentially detrimental to Mastiff breeds such as the Cane Corso, Presa Canario, and other similar looking breeds that may find themselves in a dog attack or shelter and are mislabeled as Pit Bulls.

So, end point: “Hulk” is NOT a Pit Bull, so please stop calling him one!

Actually, it would be best if we stopped calling ALL non-pedigree bully breeds/mutts Pit Bulls.

Below are some more articles about “Hulk”

I really tried my best here, but if any others would like to chime in? @notapitbull @thembulldawgs

Good Luck Jar Spell

🍀 a little jar
🍀 gold glitter (represents fortune)
🍀 cinnamon (good luck, fast action)
🍀 allspice (luck)
🍀 four leaf clovers (the more the merrier!)
🍀 ginger (power, success)
🍀 tumeric (luck)
🍀 coffee (stimulant)
🍀 optional: sigils for luck and fortune

As you add the ingredients to the jar, focus on what each ingredient is there for. Visualize each ingredient adding a little luck to the bottle and visualize yourself being fortunate. I like to play music to help raise and direct the energy (a good one for this would be Best Day of My Life by American Authors).

Once it is all in the jar, really focus on directing your energy into the the jar. If you are the praying type, Saint Christopher would be appropriate to call upon. The Bible verse I use is Jeremiah 29:11.

Let it charge in the sun for about an hour (or however long you deem necessary).

I personally would recharge this before each use, to ensure full energy.

Good luck! 🍀🌌

anonymous asked:

I apologize if you don't take requests, however I've been on the search for some onsies/shirts for toddlers that show/express love for their non-traditional parents whether their parents are both female or male in gender. I think they'd be adorable and would love to have some in my game for my little ones to wear. Love more, hate less. <3

Hope these are ok :) 
if anyone wants I will do simlish/american mum spelling lol. - just let me know :3  
|again crappy s4studio preview pics coz my game is on lolz|


|| I will be doing other recolours of this onesie too ||

August Advice - Fast-Talkers, Shrinking Violets and Deadpan Snarkers

When was the last time you stood in a grocery store and just listened to everything around you? Depending on where you are, you probably heard all sorts of different things. Especially if you’re in a city, you’ll likely hear all sorts of different accents. You’ll hear mothers tell off their children, you’ll hear friends laughing with each other, you’ll hear one cashier make some snarky comment. You’ll certainly hear your share of Valley Girl impersonations.

And yet, when you crack open a book, chances are all the characters will speak in the same way. Dialogue and speech patterns are some of the hardest things to duplicate in literature. Part of that is because of the lack of actual sound - you can say that somebody has a Russian accent all you want, but your readers can’t hear it. For the same reason, writers duplicate what they’re used to reading - not what they’re used to hearing. For example, if you’re reading a story by an American that uses a lot of weird little British terms, chances are they’ve been reading mostly British fiction.

The main goal for dialogue isn’t to have all your characters be witty, or have them all be shy, or have them all be anything. Your characters’ speech patterns should be as diverse as your characters themselves. With that in mind, here’s some tips and tricks to help change up your character’s speech patterns.

1. Catchphrases and Verbal Tics

Ever notice that one phrase or that one word your friend won’t stop using? For a long time, I couldn’t stop saying “S'all good.” It wasn’t even “It’s all good.” That doesn’t reflect the reality. It was “S'all good.” A friend of mine used “Fair enough” so often that my mum actually tried to get her to replace it with “That would be lovely, thank you.”

These are great ways to characterize people in books and stories, too. Many of these verbal tics are also connected to locality and accent, so they can give a real sense of place. Ending sentences with “eh” is (stereotypically but also real) Canadian; ending them with “yeah?” can be Canadian or British. Even within Britain, Ron’s “bloody hell” and Hermione’s “Honestly!” invoke complete differently accents.

But be careful! While a few well-placed tics can be good, overdoing them can make your dialogue horrible and clunky. Also, don’t have characters share tics unless they’re meant to share a locale, place of origin or something else important. Otherwise the main purpose of tics - to easily identify a character even when not tagged - is lost.

2. Types of Words and Sentences

Building off of the first tip, Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter not only have different verbal tics - they speak completely differently. Hermione, as a precocious bookworm, uses a lot of bigger words and more complex sentences in the first novel than either Harry or Ron. In contrast, Ron is very blunt and to the point. Hermione will preface something with “I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before! I had this checked out for light reading, and guess what I found…” and Ron will just go, “Hey, check this out.”

Take note - Hermione isn’t using 7-syllable words. She’s just talking more, and using different structures. Some people will use more complex words, especially if you’re writing scientists or academics. And it’s just as revealing to character when somebody doesn’t understand that jargon. Cosima and Sarah in Orphan Black are great examples of this, when Cosima starts talking sciencey and Sarah’s just like ‘wot?’.

The trick with this kind of differentiation is to make sure that it doesn’t just make other characters come across as stupid. Harry and Ron aren’t stupid compared to Hermione - their skills are just in completely different things. So while their diction and vocabulary will be worlds apart from hers (and theirs from each other, especially when taking wizarding vs. muggle jargon into account), it shouldn’t come across as 'caveman meets astronaut’.

3. Accents

My general advice with written accents is not to bother. Sometimes it works out, but more often than not, the result is racist, classist and/or annoying to read. However, sometimes dialect - the specific words and slang, rather than the accent itself - is important to include. And other times, there’s a specific voice you want to evoke.

The easiest way to do this, especially for those who don’t know accents/dialects very well, is simply to describe it.

“This is so disappointing!” she cried in a thick Yorkshire brogue, holding the shoe aloft.

This can be kind of boring though. Apostrophes, like italics, can be used to give the reader an idea of the cadence of somebody’s voice.

“This is so disappointin’!” she cried in a thick Yorkshire brogue, holding the shoe aloft.

What you want to avoid is something like this:

“This es so des-app-oint-n’!” she cried in a thick Yorkshire brogue, holding the shoe aloft.

It’s hard to read and doesn’t add anything particularly special to our understanding of what this woman (for the curious, Minister Mason from Snowpiercer) sounds like. (NB: I know JK Rowling did it for Hagrid. I still find it distasteful.) Dialect, however, means using the words and not necessarily using phonetic spelling. For example, a Yorkshire girl in your story, especially one from a few decades, ago, might use 'nowt’ for nothing, 'nay’ for no and 'thou/thee’ instead of 'you’. In contrast, someone from the American South may talk about having 'barbecue’ (instead of the act of barbecuing something), say 'y'all’ and talk about people 'a-hootin’ and a-hollerin’’. These are really recognizable ways to give your character an accent without spelling it out on the page.

4. Humour

This is a drastically overlooked facet of character development, and has more to do with speech patterns than most people think. What kind of sense of humour does one character have as opposed to another? One person might attempt to tell jokes and fail at it (think Marlin from Finding Nemo), another might insert bad puns into everything, another might just make weird, zany connections, another might be a deadpan snarker who pokes fun at everything. All of these are written in completely opposite ways. Compare:

“H-hey guys, you know what’s black and white and red all over?….Me neither, I forgot. Never mind.”

“Pirates versus ninjas. How very original.”

“Look! Look at the rainbow! Doesn’t it make you think of vomiting unicorns?…Ed, you’re making the face at me again. Why the face? WHY THE FACE?”

“Have a nice trip! See you next fall!…What? Oh, fine, I’ll go help him up. Still funny!”

Even without the necessary context, all four feel like they’re different people. (For those paying attention and spitting out their drink right now, that’s Envy, Russell, Ling and Ed from 1000 Names because they’re the perfect example of this.) Your sense of humour creeps into everything, and that’s important when creating characters who are easily discernable by speech alone.

About this blog

Please keep reading, I promise it’s funny.

 At least I tried to be!

(names withheld to protect the witnesses, some editing done)

(originally submitted to notpulpcovers.com back in 2014, but meant for all the owners of blogs that post stuff I like) 

Greetings and long letter from a fellow collector


This is a very long letter of appreciation for the wonderful job you do in this site. No, I regret to tell you in advance that I am not sending you a cheque as a token of appreciation, so you can delete this message now and read no further. However, if you have trouble sleeping or have two hours to spare with nothing better to do, like watching the paint dry, read on.

Allow me to introduce myself, I am a connoisseur of art and a man of taste. The quality of said art and taste may be debatable, quesitonable even. By the way, I am not an American nor a native English speaker, but come from Spain, if you are American, that’s in Europe, not south of Mexico, Google maps is your friend. So please forgive any spelling and grammar errors and be thankful I don’t grate your ears with my horrible accent.

Over the last few years I started collecting, retouching and posting in forums military and battle paintings to use as wallpapers and screensavers. If for no other reason that I had lot of time in front of the screen and I wanted to stare at something else than the dull Windows background. Oh, and because since I got married I couldn’t have naked girls on the screen anymore like normal guys do. Everybody needs a hobby. Until I find one, collecting and photochopping paintings for desktop will do.

At some point I got a bit jaded of the monotony of images of war, death, destruction and the implements of it,  so for a change I started collecting images of art I like and find cool. So I turned to the hobbies of the age most mentally retarded of my life, that is my teenage and wasted youth years, and added to my art galleries the themes of roleplaying games, fantasy illustrations and computer games from the 1980s box art. Then I dug deeper and started with the genre of movie posters: the more lurid and trashy the better. adventure, sci fiction, horror, action, sexploitation.. etc.

But my craving for bad art eye porn wasn’t satisfied. I wanted more, more!

So one day in the bookshop I came across a book about the “Men’s adventure” magazine covers. A Taschen brick, coffee table size. Since it was too big to conceal, even under my trenchcoat, and was on discount sale, I bought it.

I hit bottom with that one. I loved the pulp art. Being a World War Number Two freak, I specially enjoyed the Nazi and BDSM themes. That probably is Too Much Information… relax, I am kidding. In fact I was repelled by those covers. I like the whole “damsel in distress” theme, but trivialization of Nazi attrocities and the outright sadism of those covers were quite sick. One thing is being kinky, being sick and twisted is another entirely different thing. What was wrong with the American people who bought that? In the same way never liked gore movies.

Anyway, the rest of the pulp covers I loved. Such great art technique! And such gorgeous women they had in the 50s and 60s, curvy and with slim waists! (just like my beloved wife).

But there was a problem, the pics were either too small, or couldn’t get decent wallpapers of the full size covers because the book was a bitch to scan, being so heavy and thick, and I loathe taking a razor to it.

So having hit bottom, I started to dig. I searched the internet for pulp covers of those masters. And found your site.

From somebody that shares the same obsessive compulsive collecting disorder, I have to tell you that I can fully appreciate the work, no, the labour of love involved in finding all these wonderful pieces of art, collecting them, and sharing them.

I spent days, weeks going through the archives downloading images I liked. Frankly, a lot of the images are rubbish, but what to one is trash, to somebody else may be a treasure, so please keep posting indiscriminately, we all have our own tastes. You probably don’t share my unhealthy obsession with sharp things or things that spit hot pieces of metal and things that go boom.

I spent days arranging the images you posted, retouching them for better fit or improvement, and making collections for them. I use an old Webshots desktop application, wich was responsible for this  obsession with wallpapers. The sotfware allowed downloads of pretty photographs for wallpaper, and you could add your own images. It’s dated but it works, and allows me to manage my collections much better and has better settings than simply use Windows default screensaver.

So thanks to you, my wallpaper galleries have now about 3 Gigabytes in size, numbering eight thousand images in several dozen cathegories. As I said the pulp covers are a welcome break from the images of tanks, airplanes, warships, soldiers and battles.

It’s not just the pleasure of viewing the images when I am taking  a break, I switch on the screen saver and watch the paintings cycle on the screen for a few seconds, it’s just that the search for suitable images became an end to itself, I get a thrill when after hours of tedious internet search I stumble upon a source of good images. A gallery like this is a godsend. We are not worthy!

Come to think of it, if you are a god, then I would have to send you some offering more suitable than a mere cheque, but I am afraid that sacrificial virgins are in short supply nowadays.

In addition to the images you supply, the links you provide to other insane collectors like ourselves are very valuable. I bookmarked the 80s and 90s stuff site, and the Back in the Dungeon gallery. Even if the pics in itself are not good enough, they give a lead for finding other artists images.

Over the years of posting war paintings at forums I have become frustrated and bitter about the lack of recognition and appreciation from people. Seems only a few freaks have the artistic sensibility (or the shared bad taste) to appreciate them. I got very few rewards in return for my effort to disseminate these paintings. I thought that after so much effort, it would be a waste that those images would die with me, and I want to share them with more people than just a couple close friends.

Well, there really a lot of people interested in this stuff, judging by the thousand of views the paintings threads have. I was bitter that forum admins didn’t thank me for my contribution, but I no longer care about that. What kept me going was the encouragement and appreciation from some people that enjoyed my postings and thanked me. But alas, those faitfhul were few and far in between. Most people just click on the thread, download image and say nothing. No comments, not even a simple “thank you” message or “I liked this one”. Ungrateful bastards.

So eventually I got fed up and burned up with forums. I only got aggravation from them and no respect. And some subjects are exhausted after retrieving and posting every painting of that theme, from museum galleries to book scans to box art. I had only kept going for the past couple years by inertia, and because the forum served as a backup of my images. I have lost a lot of work a few times due to computer crashes, despite precautions and periodic backups. Now that imageshack killed my old accounts, I have given up totally in messageboards. Their loss not mine.

All this self pitying bitching and moaning is just to tell that if you ever feel unappreciated or get frustrated with posting the images in your blog, I know how you feel and want to know how much I value and appreciate your effort in this blog, and how thankful I am that you gathered all these pieces of art and preserved them for fellow enthusiasts and future generations.

With every cool painting you posted that I liked, you gave me a little pleasure and made my life a little happier, and for that, I give you a big heartfelt thank you. I am sure I am not the only one that feels the same.

Your example is also inspiring. I had posted my images in forums because it was easier. It never occurred to me that you could do a blog on illustration. I thought it was too much work, but everybody is doing it, so I can too.

Once more, thanks again for your effort, and I hope this letter made you smile and feel good.

Very best regards.


If you wonder about the name of this blog is because it’s an off topic gallery of  all the paintings that I like and are not war paintings. And “outer”, because is a nod to sci-fi B-movies that had the “from outer space” in the title

My main gallery:


shookening  asked:

Hey, I'm kind of new to the whole witch thing, so I was wondering if you had any tips on how to make cookies make you feel extra warm and safe. Like when you walk into a big family gathering and everyone is laughing and passing food around and smiling. Would you know how or be able to direct me to someone who does? Thanks so much!

Okay, wow, I don’t know how I missed this message!

In any case - the cookie recipe I use for good feelings is the basic Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, however, my cookie spell can be done with any preferred type of cookie.

As I am American, all of my measurements are done in standard, however, they should be easy enough to convert over.

Family Cookies

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (or two sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup tightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Stir clockwise, thinking of happy family memories. 

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at time, beating well after each addition. Every time you add an egg, whisper a family value that is special to you. Examples are serenity, love, trust. Gradually beat in flour. Be patient here. Don’t get too excited and dump it all in at once. Stir in morsels and nuts while thinking of funny jokes. This will bring laughter to your cookies.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Smile during this process and imagine doing this with your closest family member.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t open the oven before the timer goes off. Be patient, and charge the oven with your intent.

Cool on baking sheets for two minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Serve on your favorite plate or tray. Make sure to share with family, friends, or neighbors, or enjoy them slowly by yourself. Smile lots, you put a lot of joy into your cookies.

For a show constantly pigeonholed as a straight-arrow historical fiction, Boardwalk Empire sure tested the waters of magical realism throughout its run. Whether by offhand allusion or nearly-canon post-shadowing, the world of Boardwalk is almost otherworldly in its presentation.  And sure, there are plenty of works that can namedrop a pooka or a duppy without crossing the border from natural to supernatural but can those other works place those namedrops in the mouths of characters who act as mischievous spirits of destruction and lifeblood-leeching vampires respectively?  Can another show paint the mural of the Erlkönig and have the characters tremble as though reliving its horror?

It helps that the world of gangsterdom already sits on the fringes of reality: darkened rooms and blood pacts, powders, life debts, pounds of flesh.  But Boardwalk moves directly from flirting to outright entendre.  Guilt and reward, crime and punishment – the show seems to exist on some set of divine scales and balances, sometimes ruled by religiosity, sometimes by mythology.  Where Margaret’s Season 2 fretting might seem overworn to some, consider that only episodes later Nucky finds himself saddled with a very appropriate bullet stigmata and dreams himself significant dream after significant dream?  Is it an accident that all the fatal wounds on this show are delivered in the same acre or is it something else?  How about the seesaw of Van Alden challenging the heavens as he drowns Sebso with Meyer Lansky extolling the “God of Abraham” as he lays forth his wrath?  And that isn’t even scraping the barrel of Gillian Darmody, whose deistic trappings aren’t so much hinted at as spelled in bold print.  When young Nucky’s descent is practically Dantean and young Gillian reaches across time to unleash her vengeance, the show is trying to tell you something.

And that something is this – far more than a retooling of history, Boardwalk Empire is a shaping of the American myth.  Rises and falls, bluesmen, banks, even the leitmotif of train tracks (seriously, look it up), all helping Boardwalk fashion something solid and provable into something that seems more ether than earthen.  That’s right – it’s a show that turns the gangster from fact to fantasy.  But it’s not to spell some new monster in the shadows, not to offer us a morality play.  “All a dream to begin with,” says Chalky.  “Ain’t nobody ever been free.”  So if you can’t hold on to the American Dream – if it doesn’t exist – if it never did – then where can you look?  Well, this show is telling you can look to those gangsters of old, things made to seem so unreal, but don’t you wish they were?  Because a dream might never be realized.  A myth, however?  That promises something that might have been and maybe, just maybe, may yet be again.

Um, kinda ‘bout our english

I don’t know if you already noticed, but even if not, to prevent future confusion: we try really hard to keep everything american english.
however, sashimi being the only AE-speaker, and me being the BE-speaker, it still overwhelms her, well us, when we try to keep it american english. 
after we go through much trouble because of discussing whether her or my saying or spelling is correct, we hope that a random british still slipping through won’t disturb you. ><
- Safi

anonymous asked:

Facts on Christopher/USUK love child? ((Btw he is such a cinnamon roll I love it))

(( ahh thank you!! I’m just going to type out stuff so it’ll be easier than drawing it all out.

>> He’s definitely an extrovert, but he’s really awkward around girls!

>> I haven’t actually decided yet if he’s human or like – a micronation or something like that. So, we’ll see! I’ll probably make a poll about that later.

>> Christopher’s idea of fun is making trouble for other people; or more specifically, pranking them. His favorite person to prank? Arthur.

>> Age wise, he’s probably around 10 or 12?

>> As far as his accent is concerned, he actually has a British accent like Arthur! He tends to use American spellings more than British, however.

>> He can also see magic folk like Arthur’s fairy friends, but he likes to pretend he can’t just to annoy his dad. He’s also friends with Tony!

>> He really likes it when Arthur reads him fairy tales or makes up stories for him, but he would never actually admit it.

that’s all i have on him right now, but I’m sure i’ll have more later! ))

When your on the tumblr mobile app and the pictures won’t load so you reblog the grey and pray that whatever you just reblogged was not relative to satanic worship.


                                           Wren Theory

This time it’s Wren. I have a lot of evidence on this one. But will it be enough?

In Season 2, Emily got a massage from -A. In Season 4, Mona claimed that it was Lucas who gave Emily the massage. And that could likely be. However, do you remember when Wren gave Spencer the massage at the very beginning of the show? Well, Wren is a doctor and he could definitely give a massage that feels like a professional one. 

Now let’s talk about motive.  He and Spencer ruined his relationship with Melissa. Even if it seemed like what he wanted at the time, he might’ve regretted it.

Remember Dr. Sullivan? -A wrecked her office and spray painted something about being nosy on her wall. But it wasn’t nosy, it was nosey. In the American dictionary it is spelled nosy, but in the British dictionary it’s nosey. We know a little someone on Pretty Little Liars who’s British.

When Spencer went to England for a college interview a blood sample leaked in her purse. I highly doubt that -A put this in Spencer’s purse in America and it just happened to leak in England. I have four ideas for how this happened. Irrelevantly, Melissa could’ve put this in her purse or told that housekeeper person to do it. Or, Spencer could’ve been -A, put this in her purse, and it just leaked on accident. Relevantly, I think it was probably Wren or the housekeeper guy because Wren told him to.

Wren might not be an actual doctor. At Radley, Mona caught him spelling diagnosis wrong. Doctors spell this word a lot and are used to it. But I do understand if he just spelled it wrong.

Wren worked at Radley a lot and spent some time with Mona and heard about the -A thing and he might have been interested. That may have been why he took the job. Someone would’ve had to let Toby and Red Coat in to see Mona and chances are that might have been him.

So what do you think? Could Wren be -A?

anonymous asked:

[#1] Hello! I hope I don't come off as rude, since that's not my intention at all, I'd just like to ask about something if you don't mind =) I've seen you bring up Britishisms in your reviews a few times now and never really got what the purpose of that is supposed to be? It sounds like you're putting a warning on it, implying it's some sort of mistake, while it only makes sense that Brits(and whoever else isn't used to speaking American English) would use Britishisms at times.

[#2] I can see how that might bother the review personally and all in all it’s not that big of a deal, but I’m just wondering what the point is to include it into the official review considering we’d really get nowhere if the rest of us started complaining every time American spelling finds its way into a fic? Sorry for bothering and keep up the oh wow brilliant work! =)

We understand where you are coming from. It makes sense that a British author would write in British English. However, Supernatural is set in America, has American characters, and is an American canon. We do mention it as a warning since a lot of readers (and not just American readers) get thrown by American characters using British slang and/or idioms. We don’t typically warn if it is only spelling related (color/colour, organize/organise). However, even that is “wrong” if it is written from a character’s pov. That character is (most likely) American and to read them thinking with Britishisms is, well, odd. And yes people do complain about it.

If you’re only active in the Supernatural fandom, of course you are only going to see people complaining about Britishisms. If you head over to a British canon, you’ll see people complaining about Americanisms (see: Doctor Who, BBC Sherlock, and Harry Potter [only have personal experience with HP but assume the other fandoms deal with American authors not britpicking their fic]). Here are some links you might be interested in: Britpick and Ameripick.

A note about our reviews: They are written by a single person for other readers. We are not going up to authors, shoving our reviews in their face, and saying, “Fix this!” That would be dickish, to say the least. We write for other readers. Readers complain about Britishisms, so we warn when it’s more pronounced. We should also note that we don’t do this for every review since the mods come from different walks of life and only one is American (another is Canadian who has the pleasure of dealing with their country’s mishmash of Americanisms and Britishisms, lol; the final mod is ESL with a strong British English bias). The American mod is the one who points it out the most (because they notice it more easily) and, like it’s said above, only warns if it is pronounced (ie: they have to bust out urban dictionary/it’s not only spellings). How to figure out who reviewed what is explained on our about tag.

For example, there’s a certain fic we’ve all read. The review was done by the ESL mod and doesn’t mention Britishisms. However, when the American mod read it, the Britishisms severely detracted from their enjoyment of the fic (to the point that they almost stopped reading it). The Canadian mod noticed but it didn’t bother them too much. And yes, after it was posted, we had people asking for fics written by American authors (and how to avoid non-American authors/Britishisms). It would be one thing if it was an AU set in the UK. But American characters talking about primary schools, British cultural figures, torches, the boot of a car, phoning someone, things going pear shaped, etc etc, can really take you out of a story and detract from your overall enjoyment.

American bias definitely exists. However, that’s not what this is about. This is about authenticity. Supernatural is not only an American canon, but Americana is one of its focuses. So, yeah - the setting of a story matters. Wouldn’t you be upset if a fic set in a London-centric canon mentioned filling the car up with gas and grabbing french fries?