I’m excited to share the product of my absence! For the past year, my thesis partner and good friend Esteban Bravo and I have been developing a computer animated short film, “In a Heartbeat,” for our senior thesis project at Ringling College of Art + Design. We are launching this Kickstarter to help cover the costs of hiring a professional composer and sound designer for our film!
“In a Heartbeat” follows an insecure middle school boy who has yet to come to terms with his sexuality. When he crosses paths with the most popular boy in school, his heart pops out of his chest to go after the boy of his dreams. Please visit the Kickstarter page for more development, information, and production artwork on the project!
We are currently mid-production, about to wrap on animation and begin lighting, rendering, and compositing the film, but we need YOUR help to make this film the best that it can be! Any contribution helps, be it a donation or simply sharing the video and spreading the word!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! This film has been a true labor of love for us both and I am so excited to share the finished film with you this Spring!
The simblr community can be a scary place and with a lot drama and negativity. I have seen people post about not feeling included and having difficulty fitting in and it upsets me as there is a large part of this community that are awesome. But joining here is like switching highschool halfway through the semester. You are the obvious newbie and that’s super difficult. So here are some tips:
What To Do
Start building up your simblr! We want to know who you are, what your style is! Post pictures of your sims :)
Start commenting! Liking posts is cool, but comments are what makes people notice you. Just say something nice, make other simmers recognize your name as someone who leaves sweet messages.
Find simblrs you like and follow them! I find it better to follow less people but give those more attention. Trying to be everyone’s best friend is difficult.
Send those simblrs a message! Most people have open IMs and just saying “hey I love your sims!” is a great way to start a conversation
Be personal! It means a lot more if you tell people you love a certain sim by name, or mention something about them you saw in a post. It shows others you actually really look at their stuff ;)
Join in! There are so many RP groups out there, groupme chats you can join in to meet new people.
Pixel Buddies! This page will find you another simblr who will look after you and pull you into the community!
Collab! People often love to collab. Just ask someone in IM but try to be humble about it and maybe get to know them a bit more before you ask.
Use the search tool! add “/search/*” at the end of any tumblr to search for stuff. Maybe search “collab” if you want to know who they collab with. Or just read their answered asks to find out what that simmer is like.
Don’t be afraid! We actually don’t bite ;) We love meeting new people! And asking for help is always okay!
What NOT To Do
Endlessly reblog other people’s posts. This takes away from your own simblr and makes you look more like you are trying to get friends.
Count your followers. Sure it is awesome to have a lot of them, but they come naturally while you develop your page. Really important are those people you become friends with.
Sit in the corner and do nothing. If we don’t know you are have never heard of your simblr, it’s going to be hard for us to integrate you. So just keep posting and commenting so we know who you are!
Complain publically ;) We might have a lot of drama here, but most of us don’t like it. Posts bringing up issues, saying the community isn’t nice etc makes people back away.
Want. Getting asks like “can I have your sim” etc is a bit too forward when you don’ know someone. Just talk to someone first or maybe start your ask off telling them how much you like their simblr and that you have seen they share sims and you were wondering if maybe they might share with you. How you say it is everything!
Get caught up in Drama. First impressions do count. So try to keep a profile as someone who just sims and is friendly.
Do take simblr too seriously. There is no prize to be won and in the end, real-life is still more important!
It really is like highschool a bit here, so keep that in mind. I started out here with very little friends but just by IMing people, leaving nice comments and helping where I can I have met so many awesome new people. The first instinct is either to hide in the corner and hope someone will find you, are to try and suck up to simblrs you think are well-known. Neither really work. Some things take time and require some effort. This advice is my personal advice, that I have taken from my own experiences and those from newer simblrs I have seen thrive over the last months. I hope this can help some!
Nope. No no. ### is not a number. And it will only take a matter of seconds to change that into the actual number of gifs in the gif hunt, which is infinitely more useful.
“But Neil,” I hear you cry into the void, “It takes a lot more than a few seconds to count hundreds of gifs, and I easily lose count. It’s just not worth all the effort.”
Nope again. You don’t have to hand-count the gifs. There’s a simple way to get your gif count in seconds. I’ll demonstrate with my most recently-posted gif hunt:
Now, the gif count is there anyhow, but let’s say for the sake of the argument that I didn’t know how many gifs are in the hunt. What do I do? Well, first, I add “/mobile” to the end of the URL.
Then I right-click somewhere on the page and select “View Page Source”. (For Firefox, press Alt to bring up the menu, then select Tools, then Web Developer, then Page Source.)
Which, of course, opens up the source code page.
Now, I type Control+F (Apple+F on a Mac) to pull up this handy-dandy search-and-find thingamajig:
Type in “img src”.
And if the gif you use as your example gif is also included under the cut, subtract one.
There you have it. Your gif count. Mere seconds passed, no blood was shed, and now people know exactly how many gifs are in the hunt. And you can now go ahead and change that “###” to the number of gifs. Easy as pie.
I started to realize that the reason why many people in the fandom still don’t believe or understand that Jaime-Brienne is a romantic love story is that they are not fully aware of the fact that it’s an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast tale.
George RR Martin said years ago that it’s an adaptation of the classic tale. However, I think only Jaime and Brienne shippers are fully aware of this fact; others either don’t know this fact or even if they have heard or read about it, they think it’s just an analogy based on Brienne being described as conventionally ugly and Jaime being conventionally handsome, and that’s it.
That’s why some people insist on claiming things such as Brienne and Jaime are just friends, or Brienne is gay (or asexual), or Jaime’s true love is Cersei, or Brienne-Tormund is a love story etc.
However, all of these claims/arguments are completely false and this is actually not even open to argument because Brienne and Jaime ARE Beauty and the Beast. It’s not just an analogy, it’s an adaptation. George RR Martin has written Brienne and Jaime because he intended to put the Beauty and the Beast tale in his story (he has been writing for Beauty and the Beast series in the late 80s just before he started writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you can check his imdb page).
So, GRRM has developed the character named Brienne as the counterpart of “Beauty” or Belle. His trick here is that he wanted to make it a bit unconventional and original, so he made “Beauty” the conventionally ugly-freakish looking one (it’s not really about masculine looks; she was just intended to be conventionally ugly in that society, she even has a hole on her face now in the books, her cheek was chewed off). Brienne is Belle, although she is not a conventional, feminine, beautiful girl. It is even hinted in her nickname: Brienne the Beauty. Some people consider her “the Beast”, only because of her looks, but she isn’t.
GRRM developed Jaime as “the Beast”; although he looks like a beauty, he is a beast inside in the beginning of the story, just as Prince Adam in the famous tale. But he is “the Beast” mainly because everybody thinks that he is a monster…they hate him and they never give him the benefit of the doubt because when they look at him they see a monster (it’s funny because people in GOT fandom who dislike Jaime and keep saying that “he is bad, he did terrible things, he doesn’t deserve it etc.” do exactly the same thing…they think he is a beast, they don’t want him to have a romance with “Beauty”, they want her to be with somebody else and they want the Beast to die). The writer is simply retelling Belle and Adam’s story here; the details are different, more realistic and have been adapted to A Song of Ice and Fire. But the outline of the story is exactly the same. Let’s analyse and compare:
1. Jaime is man who is considered as a monster, everybody hates and is afraid of him. He lives in a palace although he is seemingly not a prince. He seems like a jerk; he seems mean, rude, selfish, cruel, arrogant just like the Beast in the tale (he just doesn’t look like the Beast, he is still beautiful outside). Brienne is a romantic and innocent girl (in the show she was aged up and was made more of a badass, but in the books she is exactly like Belle except her looks) whose only wish is to fight and die for her prince, and she thinks that her prince is Renly (Belle in the tale sees a handsome prince in her dreams and she is kind of in love with that dream prince).
2. In the tale, Belle has a big family, she has brothers and sisters (in one version of the original tale, it is revealed that Belle was not really a merchant’s daughter but the offspring of a king…George RR Martin said last year that Brienne is actually the descendant of sir Duncan the Tall and has Targaryen blood). In our story Starks are kind of like her family in the tale, they see the Beast as an enemy. In the tale Belle’s father is captured by the Beast and he is released later when Belle promises to take his father’s place and stays with the Beast in his castle for some time as his captive/friend. In our story it’s more complicated but it still involves the Stark father being captured by the Beast, as well as Stark daughters, and later they agree on a captive exchange, and Beauty and the Beast find themselves in a captor/captive position for some time.
The only difference is that the captor is Brienne at first, because George RR Martin starts telling their story as if Brienne is the Beast and Jaime is Beauty since that’s how it looks like. He reveals that it’s the opposite only when they are captured by Boltons. But he keeps exploring the physical ugliness aspect of the tale via Brienne; although in terms of roles in the story she is the Beauty, she is considered freakishly ugly. So in the beginning it seems like Jaime can never love her romantically…but the same thing is true for Brienne too, she hates Jaime in the beginning because she sees him as a beast like everybody else, too. In the tale it also seems as if neither the Beast nor Beauty can ever love the other romantically, at first (because the Beast seems too ugly on the outside to be loved, but also too ugly on the inside to truly love).
3. In the tale, the Beast saves Belle in the forest and he gets injured in the process; after that she nurses his wounds, they get close and begin to bond. Exactly the same thing happens in GRRM’s story; Jaime saves Brienne from those who want to rape her first and loses his hand (we can say that beauty/beast aspects in our story are not really related to appearence; because after this point Jaime hardly counts as a conventional beauty in terms of appearance, he is a cripple now and he is getting old as well…a man who doesn’t have a hand can only count as unconventionally attractive; so neither Brienne nor Jaime are conventionally beautiful in terms of looks now, although Brienne still looks more like a beast because Biter chewed off her cheek in the books…or maybe we can say that the beast/ugliness in Jaime’s soul is transferred to his appearance as he starts becoming a better man), then he saves her in the bear pit. They start to develop romantic feelings but can’t admit it yet.
4. There is a “rose” motif in Beauty and the Beast. In the original tale, Belle loves roses and asks his father to bring a rose to her; his father sees beautiful roses in the garden of the Beast’s palace, picks one and that’s how he is caught by the Beast. The beast accuses him of taking his most precious possession, but agrees to let him go and give the rose to Beauty only if he will send her in return. In many adaptations it is revealed that the roses have something to do with the spell; it is said that if the beast can’t learn to truly love someone and earn her love in return until the last rose dies or the last petal falls, he will die (or remain as a beast forever).
In ASOIAF, a man who was once betrothed to Brienne went to see her and brought a rose to give her, but when he handed her the rose, he told her that the flower was all she would ever have from him, as he had no real interest in marrying her. Brienne has a dream about this painful memory, but at the end of the dream the man changes as he turns away, and becomes Jaime. The rose represents the Beast’s heart, he lives (or his soul is saved) if he finds true love. Brienne wants Jaime to be the man who would give her his heart, and Jaime gives her his heart not in the form of a rose but a sword…“it’s yours, it will always be yours”. Belle wanted a rose but Brienne wanted a sword, and the sword was Jaime’s most precious possession. But the biggest hint is this: In Jaime’s Weirwood dream in the books, Cersei tells Jaime that “when the flames of his sword die, he will die too”. This is exactly what the witch/ evil fairy told to Prince Adam/the Beast in the tale, the only difference is that roses became swords in our story.
5. Belle has to go back to her family, Brienne has to go and save Stark daughters. The Beast lets Belle go and gives her a magic ring and a magic mirror, Jaime lets Brienne go and gives her a magic sword, an armor and a squire (in the tale the ring and mirror help her to go back and save the Beast later, obviously a sword and armor are more realistic choices for it). Belle leaves the Beast in his castle, Brienne leaves Jaime in his castle two times: first goodbye in King’s Landing, second goodbye in Riverrun.
6. When Belle goes back to her family, they all try to convince her that the Beast is an evil monster, he would kill all of them, she shouldn’t go back, they have to kill the Beast etc. In movie adaptations there is also a popular guy in her town who is interested in marrying Belle, but Belle keeps rejecting him because she loves the prince in her dreams. In our story Brienne tries to convince people in the north that Jaime is not a monster, Lady Stoneheart wants to kill him but Brienne defends and tries to protect him, and at the same time Hyle Hunt becomes interested in her in the books (Tormund in the show). He seems like a good suitor as in the tale, but Brienne rejects him.
7. Belle sees in the magic mirror that the Beast is about the die. When she sees him dying, she understands that she loves him and goes back to save him using the magic ring. In movie adaptations, usually Belle’s family and other people in her town attack the Beast and he is mortally wounded. Belle comes and admits her feelings when he is about to die. This is the part that didn’t happen in the books and the show yet, but the spoilers confirm that Jaime will be surrounded by his enemies in the south next season and Brienne will go to south in the finale (and in the books Lady Stoneheart is trying to kill Jaime, and Brienne is trying to save him).
8. At the end of the tale when Belle admits that she loves him, the Beast is revived and turns into a handsome prince…it turns out that he was the prince whom Belle saw and loved in her dreams. It is revealed that the Beast was actually the prince of that palace, but he was turned into a beast by a witch and the spell could only be broken if a beautiful girl truly loves him despite his ugliness. In our story, Jaime had also been turned into a beast by a witch…Cersei (in some versions of the original tale, the witch that transformed the prince into a beast was an evil fairy who tried to seduce him because she wanted to be the queen). In the books, Jaime starts replacing Renly in Brienne’s dreams, as her prince; it turns out that her prince was not Renly after all, but Jaime. Brienne loves Jaime despite the ugliness in his soul because she sees beauty in him, she believes that he can change and saves his soul in the end (turns him into a prince again).
So, saying that Brienne and Jaime are just friends and they only respect each other means that you think Belle/the Beauty and Prince Adam/the Beast saw each other only as friends in the tale, even in the end (they do see each other as friends for some time in the tale, but eventually they realize that they are in love which is exactly what happens in ASOIAF/GOT). You think “Beauty and the Beast” is a tale of two friends…Well, then the ending is awfully wrong because it precisely says that the spell was broken only because it was true love…and they get married in the end.
Some people say that Brienne is gay etc. It’s simply wrong because this is an adaptation of a classic love story, and the Beast that Brienne/Beauty loves is a man here. Of course you can say that it’s possible to adapt the tale to a gay couple, which could be interesting and I would like to see that version too…You could prefer Brienne to be a lesbian here and Sansa to be her Beast or Beauty etc, but it’s just not the case in GRRM’s story. GRRM only changed the beautiful/ugly aspect in his adaptation, he didn’t make them a gay couple. Jaime is her Beast, she loves him.
And some people keep saying that Jaime doesn’t deserve Brienne. Again, this is what the tale is about, people. It’s about Beauty loving a Beast. Some other people think that Brienne doesn’t deserve Jaime because she looks ugly. Sure, you can say that you dislike the classic tale too, you can say that the Beast never deserved Belle, because he wasn’t as good or as beautiful as her etc. Well, then this story is simply not for you. This story simply tells that “we don’t get to choose who we love”, there is no such thing as deserving or not deserving someone, love is not a mathematical equation, good and evil are argumentative concepts, people can change, beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc. This is a story about a person seeing beauty in someone when noone else can and love making a difference and saving us. It’s absurd to say that “she/he doesn’t deserve him/her” here; I think it simply shows that you didn’t understand the story at all, you don’t know what you are watching.
Finally, can you see what “shipping Jaime and Cersei” means? It means that you want Prince Adam/the Beast in the classic tale to be with the witch who turned him into a beast. And shipping Brienne and Tormund means that you want Belle/Beauty to be with that secondary character who wants to marry her in the tale, you want her to stop loving the prince and settle for someone she doesn’t love.
Obviously, you are free to ship whatever you want, you can ship Snow White with one of the dwarves if you want, and ship her stepmother with the Prince. But you should be aware that in the tale Snow White and the Prince love each other and they are the endgame, you should know which story you are in. We know that in Beauty and the Beast, the true love of Prince Adam/the Beast is Belle/Beauty and they end up together after the spell is broken. So, for example if you think and claim that Jaime’s true love is Cersei and he will never leave her, you are simply wrong…It’s not a debate, it’s not open to interpretation, it’s a fact because we know this tale. It means that you really didn’t understand this story, you weren’t aware of the fact that this was an adaptation of that tale. This is not “the Witch and the Beast”. Or “Beauty and the Lustful Ginger Man”. Or “Beauty the Lesbian Warrior”.
Brienne and Jaime are Beauty and the Beast…they won’t stay just as friends, Beauty won’t fall in love with a woman or a secondary character who hits on her, Beast won’t stay with the witch, they won’t choose not to love each other just because other people don’t approve them.
Try to understand what you are reading or watching.
Robert Plant - handwritten lyrics to “Kashmir,” 1975.
While [Jimmy] Page was developing an epic sonic experience, singer Robert Plant spent considerable time on the lyrics. He drew his inspiration from a suitably epic desert car journey through Morocco that he and Page undertook in 1973. “The whole inspiration came from the fact that the road went on and on and on. It was a single-track road which neatly cut through the desert. Two miles to the East and West were ridges of sandrock. It basically looked like you were driving down a channel, this dilapidated road, and there was seemingly no end to it. ‘Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams ….“
By the time Plant had heard a more finished version of the song, he recognized that it was in its own way as potentially powerful as any dust storm he and Page might have encountered.
"It was an amazing piece of music to write to, and an incredible challenge for me… Because of the time signature, the whole deal of the song is… not grandiose, but powerful: it required some kind of epithet, or abstract lyrical setting about the whole idea of life being an adventure and being a series of illuminated moments. But everything is not what you see. It was quite a task, 'cause I couldn’t sing it. It was like the song was bigger than me. It’s true: I was petrified, it’s true. It was painful; I was virtually in tears.”
The differences to the present in comparison to the recorded track is evidence that Led Zeppelin were playing "working” versions to coincide with what would be their first album in two years. A journalist covering their concert in Houston on 27 February 1975 (three days after Physical Graffiti’s official release) told Robert Plant how impressed he was with this new song they were playing, particularly the lyrics. Plant responded by gifting him this manuscript.
Since the released logline for this film is so vague, and the photos from the film shoot last month were so crazy, I decided to dig around to see if I could find out some more about this film’s plot. (I mean - amongst other things - why is Oscar so clean-shaven and also looking like a bearded mountain man in the same film?) I found an interesting review of the screenplay, so if you don’t want to know anything further about this film before it is released, stop reading now. (SPOILERS BELOW)
Web has certainly come a long way in last few years. We have technologies and tools that have changed the way we develop web apps. As the technology keeps evolving, we will see more improvements in the coming year. In this article I am going to list some of the best web technologies and tools that are going to make an impact in 2015 and coming days.
DO YOU WANT TO READ AMAZING, FLUFFY, FRICKIN’ REALISTIC BL (SHOUNEN AI) MANGA?? WELL, I HAVE TWO AMAZING WORKS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND.
I feel bad for not supporting the authors by reading free English translations, so I’m trying to compensate with this small promotion ^ ^ ;
ALERT: These two works are BL but they are 0% NSFW and have (at least right now) absolutely no sex in them. This, personally, is my preference as 1) I am ace af and 2) really dislike how sexualized homosexual relationships are in literature. SO if you want yaoi, it ain’t going be in these two works, BUT if you want a genuinely good love story (where the main characters happen to be two guys?) then you’re in the right place!
1) KOIMONOGATARI by TAGURA TOHRU
PLOT: Hasegawa Yuiji accidentally finds out that his classmate Yoshinaga Yamato is gay. Yoshinaga is struggling with his sexuality and with the support and friendship from Hasegawa, Yoshinaga is starting to slowly overcome his insecurities.
GENERAL REVIEW: Koimonogatari is insanely realistic and the first volume doesn’t even touch on any romantic development. It’s all about the growing friendship between Hasegawa and Yoshinaga, and that platonic development is, personally, really touching. The setting is slice-of-life to the point of being incredibly refreshing. If I had to describe this work with one word, it would be “refreshing”. It’s such a breath of fresh air and so relatable (even to those not struggling with homosexuality).
CHARACTERS: I cannot tell you how much I love these characters. Yoshinaga Yamato is not that entirely creative of a character, but he’s very relatable. Also, it’s interesting to learn more of his flaws and layers as a character as you keep reading. Hasegawa Yuiji, on the other hand, I feel is a really unique character. On first glance, he’s actually not that interesting. He’s seemingly your typical dark-haired, apathetic, stoic character, but there’s so much more to him. He’s incredibly perceptive and has a really unique and interesting way of encouraging and comforting Yoshinaga.
ART: OKAY THE ART. THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I love how Tagura Tohru draws hands, hair, lays out screentones, and storyboards. Her people are REALLY well-proportioned and she draws emotions AMAZINGLY well. Some of the scenes wouldn’t work with sub-par art because the emotions are depicted with such delicateness. If anything else, read this manga for the art. Honestly, it’s that good. (And can I say that Hasegawa’s expressions are life.) One of my favorite pages:
STORY: The development is EXTREMELY slow and at this point (5 chapters), I can’t really say how well the story is written, but I’ve definitely enjoyed what I’ve read so far. (Also, Tagura Tohru does have some BL stories in her repertoire with sex, so Koimonogatari (as it only has a few chapters right now) might have sex later, but I really, really hope that it doesn’t. Not just for personal preference, I feel that it just wouldn’t fit with the story.)
2) HIDAMARI GA KIKOERU by FUMINO YUKI (EDIT: NOW COMPLETE)
(EDIT 2: NEVER MIND. 2ND SEQUEL IS COMING OUT. SO HYPED.)
PLOT: Constantly hungry and trying to find a job, college student Sagawa Taichi accidentally crash lands (long story) next to a fellow student Sugihara Kouhei. Taichi later learns that Kouhei is hearing impaired.
GENERAL REVIEW: Hidamari ga Kikoeru is also extremely, extremely realistic. One reason I love this manga so much is that even though it heavily focuses on Kouhei’s struggle with his hearing impairment, there is absolutely no romanticizing his disability. It really fleshes out his struggles with it. The story is really, really cute and touching.
CHARACTERS: Sagawa Taichi is a character we’ve all seen before - bottomless stomach, outgoing, reckless, and oblivious. However, the reason I think his “stereotypical”ness is fine in this story is because HIS CHARACTER TOTALLY WORKS. In the context of the story, his character’s presence makes a lot of sense and it’s exactly his kind of personality that Kouhei needs to overcome his insecurities. Taichi, in my opinion, wasn’t made from lazy characterization, but out of necessity for this story to work. On the other hand, Sugihara Kouhei is, I feel, a really unique character. He’s sort of your typical ikemen - multi-talented, popular, attractive - but his hearing impairment has influenced him really strongly. It’s tough and spoiler-y to explain, SO READ IF YOU WANT TO KNOW.
ART: Not exemplary, but it’s completely unproblematic. Everyone is well-proportioned, and even though there’s nothing that particularly stands out in the art, there’s nothing wrong with it either. And the art does get better as the story goes on, which is nice to see.
STORY: //cracks knuckles Let me tell you a thing about Hidamari ga Kikoeru. It means “I Hear the Sunspot”, or something like that, and the symbolism of light vs dark is carried throughout the story. The way the author depicts Kouhei initially in the dark and then finding his light through Taichi is, I feel, really well done. There are so many hints at this symbol that I missed out on my first read. The development for Hidamari is also REALLY slow, but I think it works with how cute the story is. It’s been a pretty fluffy story so far, but it has had little hints that it might turn really sad soon. (With how ridiculously fluffy it’s been so far, I’m about 99.99987% sure that Hidamari won’t have any sex. EDIT: It’s complete, and yup, no sex, and THE ENDING WAS BEAUTIFUL.)
IF YOU’VE GOTTEN THIS FAR: If you’ve read either of these, please message me. I’m desperate to talk about these characters with people.