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“Andrew, are you my boyfriend?” Neil asked.

Without actually meaning to, he’d been paying (probably) too much attention to the way the press referred to Dan and Matt sometimes – the way “captain Dan Wilds” was sometimes “Matt Boyd’s girlfriend,” or how sometimes people speculated about “Nicky Hemmick’s boyfriend from Germany.” And when it came to him and Andrew, Neil didn’t care about labels, not really, or about what people thought they were to each other. Truthfully, Neil knew that boyfriend wasn’t a sufficient enough term for their relationship, but it didn’t hurt to tease Andrew once in every while.

“I am your nothing,” Andrew said, as Neil had expected he would. He was on the couch, legs pulled up close to his chest with a book balanced on his thighs.

From his spot on the other end of the sofa, Neil said, “A rare occasion when you’re wrong,” and bit back his smile. Twisting Andrew’s own words against him was one of Neil’s favorite pasttimes. “I am your nothing.”

When Andrew said nothing, Neil nudged him with his toes. Andrew responded with a bored glance before focusing back on his book. Neil crawled the small space between them and let his head lean against Andrew’s shoulder.

I am you nothing, and you are my everything,” Neil said, knowing Andrew was listening. “You are my team, you are my family, you are my home. And you’re also my boyfriend.”

A hand turned Neil’s face towards Andrew’s, and Andrew’s golden eyes were… steady. Searching. “You,” he said, “are everything.”

And Neil knew it was true. It would always be true.

Man Discovers His ‘Invisible Advantage’ at Work After He Switches Email Signatures with a Female Colleague

A Pennsylvania man learned just how much subtle sexism women endure in the workplace when he and a female colleague conducted a surreptitious experiment that led to eye-opening results.

Martin Schneider opened up about the experiment in a series of tweets Thursday that have since gone viral, explaining what he learned when he and then-colleague Nicole Hallberg switched email signatures for a week.

“I was in hell,” Schneider wrote on Twitter. “Everything I asked or suggested was questioned. Clients I could do in my sleep were condescending. One asked if I was single.”

Hallberg, meanwhile, had a decidedly different experience.

“I had one of the easiest weeks of my professional life,” she wrote on Medium for a story she wrote about her experience. “He … didn’t.”

Schneider explained in his tweets that the whole experiment came about after he noticed a client was talking to him rudely, and couldn’t figure out why until he realized that their shared inbox meant he was inadvertently signing emails as “Nicole.”

So one day I’m emailing a client back-and-forth about his resume and he is just being IMPOSSIBLE. Rude, dismissive, ignoring my questions.

— Martin R. Schneider (@SchneidRemarks) March 9, 2017

When he explained to the client in email that he was actually talking to “Martin” instead of “Nicole” he said there was an “immediate improvement.”

“Positive reception, thanking me for suggestions, responds promptly, saying ‘great questions!’ Became a model client,” Schneider tweeted.

“Note,” he also tweeted. “My technique and advice never changed. The only difference was that I had a man’s name now.”

Schneider, who supervised Hallberg, also explained that after their experiment he finally understood why it took her longer to get work done — an issue he says irked their mutual boss.

“I showed the boss and he didn’t buy it. I told him that was fine, but I was never critiquing her speed with clients again,” he wrote.

I wasn’t any better at the job than she was, I just had this invisible advantage.

— Martin R. Schneider (@SchneidRemarks) March 9, 2017

Hallberg, meanwhile, writes in her Medium post that while Schneider might have been shocked by the results of their experiment, she was, well, not.

“I would like the record to show that I have the filthiest mouth in the tri-state area, and one of my pasttimes has always been trying to come up with jokes off-color enough that I can actually embarrass Marty,” she wrote. “I would also like the record to show that I developed a trucker’s mouth and bawdy sense of humor precisely because I’ve always had to act ‘like a man’ to be found funny and be accepted in male spaces.”

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Schneider put it in ever starker terms: “For me, this was shocking. For her, she was USED to it. She just figured it was part of her job.”

“I wasn’t any better at the job than she was,” he also wrote. “I just had this invisible advantage.”

NieR: Automata’s Color Scheme: Why everyone is complimenting the designs.

As a person who is starting to study art, looking at design choices has become a pasttime of mines. I’ve noticed, as a NieR fan, that the character designs are often praise A LOT. I pondered, why is everyone praising this design?

Its the color pallete. Or, rather, the lack of it.

If you look at the color of 2B, the protagonist of Automata, you can see her design is set in shades of white and black. The only ‘real’ color is the skin, a shade of light pink.

The image gives off this vibe of serious emotion. Black and White is often used to give off a sense of surrealism, whether its from the unrealness of drawing a scene in Monochrome or giving characters all black or all white clothing. The point is, it stands out, because you barely see this in real life.

I could also state how Akihiko Yoshida purposely gave 2B, 9S, and A2 sleek designs, or how its the style of clothing 2B wears. But 9S wears the opposite of ‘skimpy’. He sports a sort of trench-coat and shorts. Not exactly 'skimpy’.

The effect of the color of black and white used in Automata gives off the feeling of elegance. Its the reason why a lot of people state “I love the designs in Automata!”

A lot of the Automata designs use the monochrome motif. The commander and the Operators use the theme. Adam and Eve use the theme, in their tattoos and their clothing. Devola and Popola also sport black and white in their outfits. Even the Pods, as if you compare 042 and 153, 042 is a light grey (almost white), while 153 is a dark grey (almost black). It gives off this feeling of surreal elegance.

Combined with the realistic color schemes of the world of Automata and the dull enemy color designs, you can INSTANTLY tell who is part of the YoRHa and who is important to the story. To that, I applaud Automata. Not only have they broken the recent trend of having colorful games, but also gotten away with using minimalist design choices.

(btw, the reason this post was made was because of a comparison between Horizon: Zero Dawn and Nier: Automata. A lot of friends of mines stated that although Horizon had such a vivid pallete, Automata looked better.)

To you, my American brothers and sisters in Christ, on this Palm Sunday, I offer my greetings, a warning, and an encouragement.

First, I want to greet you in the name of the Lord and express to you my love, whether you are the outspoken blogger who will share what they think regardless of reaction or whether you are the quiet blogger who hasn’t really talked much about their personal beliefs. It is enough to know you are there, and that we are family.

But now, a warning. To those of us in America – and I know that this does not apply to all Christians in America, I do not speak to those who follow Christ’s example with all their heart but rather those who may be tempted to take their faith lightly, and I confess that I too am sometimes in that number. Do not let yourself be distracted by things that are ultimately of no importance and forget that we are extremely privileged in this country. Do they mock you here? Do they misrepresent you? Very often, yes. It’s nearly the Internet’s fifth favorite pasttime.
But do not mistake spiteful and mean-spirited jibes from those who do not know or wish to know what you believe for persecution, I urge you.

Our sisters and brothers in other countries are often not thinking of anonymous hate on the Internet or sneering newscasts or laws that we do not always agree with. (Though some laws ought of course be opposed for as much as is possible, especially if they are in opposition to the laws God has given us, such as caring for the oppressed or the refugee). I urge you not to grow complacent, not to take for granted the fact that in this country we are able to go and worship in the way that we choose without wondering in the back of our minds if today is the day our church will be bombed by people who hate us.

This morning in Egypt, two churches were bombed on Palm Sunday, targeted by people whose minds and hearts are filled with hatred. (But I refuse to give the attackers the attention they so desperately want. Instead I want to address the mosques donating blood for those injured in the attack: You fill my heart with joy and with thanks and I hope you are blessed for your kindness)

In light of this, my brothers and sisters, I encourage you – rather, I encourage us, for I do not give you advice as though I myself am not in need of it – not to complain when we appear to lose “rights” or privileges we were formerly accustomed to here. Continue to trust that God is in control, and focus not on the comforts and annoyances of this world (though admittedly this is a difficult thing to do!) and follow Christ’s example with all your heart.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

I’ve Fallen for You - Tom Redwood

Synopsis: It’s not meant to be a secret. Written as a birthday gift for the one and only @radycat <3.

Pairing: Fareeha “Pharah” Amari/Angela “Mercy” Ziegler

It’s not meant to be a secret, because it’s not meant to be anything. They find each other as the sun is rising, one morning when they both have time off. Angela looks tired, like a week’s worth of sleep would be too short, but her eyes are wide open, watery and blue in the gray-white light that streams in through the common room window. Fareeha is, and has been, leaning against one of the windows, one leg slung over the extended sill, half-sitting, half-perching, her arms crossed and her eyes on the horizon.

“Why is it always you?” Angela says, and Fareeha has to smile. The dimple in her left cheek shows. Angela stares at it, at Fareeha’s profile, cradled softly by the imminent dawn. She has a strong jaw, high cheekbones, soft-looking wet lips, long eyelashes.

“I could say the same of you.”

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“This is the sort of hobby that requires the space to do it at and the equipment. Since you work, do you find you have enough time to BMX at night?”
“(Right) Well…I’m not doing this because I have the time to. I make the time.”

“장소와 장비가 필요한 취미인데, 일하면서 밤에 BMX 타기에 시간이 부족하진 않으세요?”
“(오른쪽) 글쎄요. 시간이 있어서 하나요? 시간을 만들어서 하는거죠.”

Send me a character name + a room, and I'll tell you my headcanons:

Kitchen:

  • What is the character’s favourite food?
  • Are they good at cooking? How good/bad?
  • Do they leave the dishes out?
  • What kind of food is in their refridgerator?
  • Do they cook, eat out or get take-away/delivered food more?

Living Room:

  • How does the character spend weekends?
  • What kind of movies does the character watch?
  • What do they do with friends?
  • What’s their favourite pasttime?
  • What’s their favourite TV show/Film?

Bathroom:

  • How does the character prepare in the morning?
  • Do they sing in the shower?
  • What kind of hair product/make-up do they use?
  • How clean is this character?
  • Does the character have thousands of shampoo/shower gel bottles by the shower, or do they use only the bare essentials?

Bedroom:

  • How does this character sleep? (Position, sleeping habits, bedtime routines)
  • What are their pyjamas like?
  • What do they dream about usually?
  • How neat/tidy is this character?
  • How affectionate is this character?

Attic:

  • What is the character afraid of?
  • How do they deal with bad memories?
  • What is this character’s role in a horror movie?
  • How do they hide their secrets?
  • Which of the Seven Deadly Sins does the character relate to most?