“We also have to understand how the foundations of movements work in opposition to media ordained leaders of movements. We can never expect for Tess Holliday to lead us into a new age of body positivity not just because she is white, cisgender, able bodied, and has access to economic stability, but because certain levels of white supremacist capitalism participation limits how much she can really change without risking her career and image. Is Tess willing to give up a paying modeling gig to offer it up to a brown skin Black fat femme? Would Tess be willing to give up working with certain high end brands by openly critiquing their fatphobic classist ways of excluding certain bodies from representation and overcharging for their clothes? Would Tess provide economic support to fat femmes of color who are educating her and the rest of the movement about our marginalization? Ultimately, if Tess is unwilling to risk her status for the sake of all of us who are going underrepresented, violated, erased, and excluded from mainstream body positivity and fat acceptance, then she will remain a willing participant within the current system that violates us. And we can expect that she will remain unaccountable while in that position of power.” - Ashleigh Shackelford, The Body Positivity Movement Looks A Lot Like White Feminism: On Tess Holliday & Accountability

okay but AU where the bubble leaves Mabel not quite herself

and slightly overcharged with imagination-powered powers

AU where Dipper enters the bubble with the gang to get Mabel, and instead finds a floating girl who introduces herself as Mabel but doesn’t recognize him

but who recognizes his symbol and calls him pine tree

AU where Mabel’s hair floats and her sweater changes patterns and fabrics and reknits itself with a thought, where her eyes shine so bright all you can see is white and floating comes to her like a second nature.

AU where the bubble leaves Mabel not quite herself

Shitty/Weird stuff from 2016

- Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be president (duh)
- The Brexit
- Clown sightings
- That zombie incident that happened in 2012 reoccurred except this time it wasn’t in Miami and it involved drugs
- The Zika Virus
- Hurricane Matthew just destroyed Haiti and is coming for Florida’s ass next
- Florida literally just got over Hurricane Hermine/Hermione/Herbert
- So many shootings/terrorist attacks that people have lost count
- That includes the Orlando Shooting (again, Florida)
- They’re overcharging the price of the Epipen
- A gorilla got shot then turned into an internet sensation

Feel free to add to the list


Whole Foods has admitted to overcharging customers after an investigation by New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs found that products routinely had mislabeled weights.

“Our inspectors tell me this is the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers, which DCA and New Yorkers will not tolerate,” said DCA Commissioner Julie Menin in a statement. “As a large chain grocery store, Whole Foods has the money and resources to ensure greater accuracy and to correct what appears to be a widespread problem — the city’s shoppers deserve to be correctly charged.” In a two-minute video, the grocery store’s co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb apologize for the issue. 

“Straight up, we made some mistakes,” said Robb, making sure that you know he is a cool, young dude. 

Whole Foods stores penalized for overcharging customers

NBC San Diego: Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after a judge found that stores were overcharging customers in Southern California.

The case concerns stores in San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. The lawsuit accused the chain of charging more at the time of checkout, compared to  what was advertised in the store, for several items.

Photo via nbcsandiego.com

Dear Freelance Creative...

If you’re reading this, most likely you have found yourself staring down the gun barrel of a commission/project estimate. You are probably nervous and afraid that you are going to overcharge and scare away a client.

I’m going to do my best to explain how I determine estimates, and hopefully you will find this information useful!

Artist’s Guilt

Before I get into estimating, I want to address what a lot of people have dubbed “artist’s guilt”. This feeling is very common among creatives and it is basically the side effect of doing something you love to do as a profession. Not only do you feel awkward/guilty for charging for something that you’ve probably done since you were a toddler, you also have to explain the value of your work to someone that may view your profession as childish or easy.

When you start feeling the twinges of guilt, remember that you are a professional. You have the right to enjoy your work and to be paid (properly) for it. You create and design what in most cases is the identity of a product. If you are a character artist in the game industry, your character designs will be what initially catches someone’s eye and those players will recognize the product based solely on you or your team’s designs. That has very real and tangible value!

If you design logos for companies/products, you are literally creating their brand. That’s insanely valuable and extremely important!

Artists are important, you are important.

Remember, if you don’t properly value your work then you cannot expect a client to value it either.



Whether you are doing commissions on the side or you are a full-time freelancer, estimating your commissions/rates should be treated in the same manner. Expenses like electricity, equipment, health insurance MUST be considered. Your clients won’t be covering any of this stuff, so it is all on you.

Keep in mind that these expenses aren’t luxuries, they are necessary for you to accomplish your task(s). It is your right to have access to all of that and you should never feel bad about considering them when doing your estimates.


To determine your rates, a solid starting point would be to use sites like indeed.com or glassdoor.com to see what people in your area and in your given field are making on average, and then adjust based on your own experience, keeping in mind that these salaries are taken from people that are working at companies that provide health insurance, electricity, equipment etc. Your hourly rates/estimates will be a bit higher for that reason.

If you live in a rural area, estimate based on the nearest and biggest city and then meet somewhere in middle, since the cost to live is most likely a bit lower in rural towns.


Just like most things in life, educating yourself is key. Not only will you be able to confidently make estimates, you will be able to explain your cost with confidence to clients that may not readily understand the value of what you do. Remember we live in a world where most people think that “the starving artist” is reality, and anyone that lives outside of that bubble has less passion for what they do.

No pay/low pay ≠ passion. That way of thinking is just dumb and irresponsible, it also devalues the actual work required to create things.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone out there!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via twitter: @coltavara


To the owner of the electric car illegally parked blocking multiple parking spaces...

I hope your enjoy your reserved parking space in the fire lane. You may find it labeled “Douche Parking,” and I conveniently placed the lines for this spot in chalk around your current location.

Also, I noticed that you had forgotten to unplug your car. As it appeared that you have a 30% charge based on the flashing lights, I unplugged your car so as to prevent overcharging.

In case 30% charge is insufficient to get your car to your destination, I also took the liberty of calling our friendly towing company to remove your car to a safer location tomorrow morning.

You’re welcome!

Here’s a picture of the car in question.

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Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics. Virginia Woolf

   Happy International Women's Day, from our bookshelf to yours. 

I’m serious about staying away from white stylists in predominantly white towns when you are in college and are natural or are going natural.

They ain’t know shit. They ain’t never knew shit. They don’t go out of their way to know shit. And they will overcharge for a shitty job. Save your money.


Spent a good amount of time trying find an affordable hairdresser in Aba, but so many were trying to overcharge so I ended up doing it myself. - Any tips on how to keep braids tidy when completed?