Biology was almost over. And by almost, Trini meant, half an hour down, one more to go.
Even so, she was as nervous as never. She fiddled with her pen and actually focused on the teacher for once, trying to absorb as much information as possible. That was, of course, so she could keep her eyes off Kimberly Ann Hart.
Kimberly Ann Hart. Her only girlfriend. As in a friend that was a girl. Her best friend. The best Trini could’ve ever asked for.
Trini clearly remembers the day she met her. Actually met her. Standing there, in her profound glory, with her short hair bobbing up and down, and smiled at her as if she was everything.
Trini has no choice but to stare for just a little longer.
Anna was the first girl Trini had ever loved. She was only 14. Trini could only tell her that if her parents found out how she looked at her, she’d be homeless. She had then cried for 2 days straight, and Trini starts playing back to those small moments. That the library would smell like their books, the way Anna would give her a special smile every time they looked at each other. A smile reserved just for her.
It had only been 2 months, and Trini’s heart had been broken into the smallest fragments possible.
Experiment. She hates that word.
If there’s one thing that Trini hates about being gay, it’s when people date her. In order to ‘experiment’ and to ‘try it out’. Because Trini despises being used, as a subject. When she pours her heart into loving this girl, and she ends up saying ‘I’m so sorry, I’m just not into girls…anymore.”
Trini knows that that’s bullshit. So she makes a vow on her seventeenth birthday, declaring to never fall for a straight girl ever.
That vow was broken in less than a week after she moved to Angel Grove.
It was after her small party hosted on the highest spot of Angel Grove with the gang. A beautiful sight. But really, nothing could ever be as beautiful as Kim.
The two of them were on Kim’s bed. Just there. Just existing. Together. Then out of nowhere, Kim started talking and snapped Trini out of her thoughts.
“To be honest, we’re literally floating on a tiny planet in fucking space, or universe, should I say. Why are we surrounded by hatred and misery? Why can’t everyone just calm the fuck down and lay on some grass. The sun is a GIANT BURNING ORB and why does money even exist? Fuck everything!”
Trini snorted and raised an eyebrow. “Since when did you speak my language princess?”
“I mean really! Gosh but like we spent hundreds of years looking up at the stars and wondering “is there anybody out there” and hoping and guessing and imagining all kinds of shit.”
Trini didn’t say anything. She loved it when Kim would ramble out her thoughts to her, out of nowhere. Only to her. Like she was exceptional.
That was when it happened. Kim just suddenly rested her head on Trini’s shoulder and grumbled.
“Why the hell are you so short, Trin?”
Trini felt herself stiffen up. Kimberly obviously felt it and sat up straight away.
“Is something wrong?”
Trini loosened up immediately. “No. No, not at all. Just think we should get going now. It’s kinda late.”
Kim shrugged and stood up making her way to the door.
It was like electricity when Kim had rested her head on Trini’s shoulder.
And it hits her like a truck. She realized that she’s falling. A great void opens up and she feels that she is falling, falling into deep, black space. There is no climbing back, no ray of light, no sound of human voice or a human touch of a hand. Because Kimberly had the type of eyes that could hold the sun, the moon, and the stars. Her eyes held galaxies, universes, time itself. But most of all, in her eyes, if anyone looked hard enough, they could find Trini’s heart.
Trini now lets Kimberly in. She loves the way Kimberly’s eyes spark when they’re talking or when she’s telling her something she wants her to know, the way she mouths the words herself when she’s reading and concentrating, the way she looks at her as if there’s only her, as if she can pass the flesh and bone and bullshit right into Trini that’s there, the one she don’t even see herself.
She pulls Kimberly aside first thing in the morning.
“You alright?” The concern is immediately showing on Kimberly’s face.
Trini lets out a low laugh. “Yeah, I’ve just got something to ask you.”
Kimberly brightens up immediately. “Shoot.”
Trini takes in a deep breath and goes for it. “Uh…so we’re pretty close and uh I was wondering if you wanted to go on a date.”
Kimberly doesn’t reply.
Trini starts to panic because she doesn’t know who to tell anymore when she finds new music and she doesn’t know where she’s gonna express how much she loves it. She doesn’t know who’s gonna agree with her and who she’s gonna listen to it with while she falls asleep. She doesn’t know who’s going to hear about her day and her test grades and how long she napped and what she ate for dinner and what movie she watched and the interesting things she learned in class and how much she hates physics and when she didn’t read the assignment for English. She doesn’t know who she’s gonna tell how she went to get food instead of jogging laps in the gym and how productive she was studying that night. She doesn’t know who’s going to listen to her sing her favorite bands and then sing with her and take walks with her in the summer on the most beautiful days. She doesn’t know who’s going to do that all and care about it if Kimberly finds her disgusting and sickening. She doesn’t know.
Trini’s not one to ramble but she does. “I mean I can completely understand and I respect your decision if you don’t want to be with me in that kinda way because you might even have something going on with Jace I just –”
Trini stood there and her head shot up and looked at Kimberly. Kimberly’s brown hazel eyes shone. She was being sincere.
But Kimberly didn’t stop there. She smiled and leaned against the lockers. “Trini, I would love to go on a full on gay date with my best friend. I’ve always wanted you to kiss me in the public, put your arm around me so people know I’m with you. I’ve always wanted you to pull me in because I’m just not quite close enough to you. I’ve always wanted you to make me watch that one tv show that’s your guilty pleasure. Tell me your biggest fear and I’ll promise to protect you. I’ve always wanted you to kiss me at red lights because if you don’t then I’ll kiss you. I’ve always wanted you to show me the one song you can never listen to without crying. Trini, don’t hide the tiny details about you. Because I’ll remember every one of them.”
“You’re so cute when you ramble.” Trini clamps her hands over her mouth. “Holy shit. I did not just – ok.”
The bell rings. First period is about to begin.
“Text me.” Kimberly winks, leaving a dazed Trini behind.
Her phone lights up as soon as Kim disappears round the corner.
“I enjoyed the reasoning behind your 10 Ugliest Sets. Was a very enjoyable read. In contrast, what are the ten canister sets that you find most appealing and how would you rank them?”
For some unknown reason, Tumblr is refusing to allow me to add images to this answer, so here I am making a post instead. To answer your question, here is my top ten Bionicle canister sets.
To begin, we have one of the Sons of Makuta. I always loved the design of the rahkshi regardless the fact they are clone sets. With this stated, I chose Kurahk because of the nice contrast between the white and grey elements in the set, as well as, the consistency in design between the spine and staff- the defining features which differentiate each rahkshi from the other.
When I was younger, the marketing campaign for the Piraka did not resonate with me. I ultimately chose to skip these sets and await the release of the Toa Inika later that year. Boy, do I regret that decision. While I certainly don’t think the Piraka sets are all that great even today, I must admit that I adore Thok’s design. From his razor-sharp spines to his cryo gun and shit-eating grin, I can’t help but love this cool little backstabber.
By the time of Stronius’ release, the inika build had been done to death. Regardless, the most impressive aspect of Stronius’ design is its consistency. The club, mask, chest plate, pauldrons, and thigh armor help convey a rock motif which really helps this set stand out. In addition, the black and metru-red color scheme looks fantastic. Unfortunately, some serious gappiness in the torso really holds this set back.
Much like Stronius, an interesting visual motif conveyed through new armor molds helps this set stand above others which share the same tired inika build. The unique marbled plating on Carapar’s limbs, torso, and head give him the carapace look which is his namesake. That is, Carapar looks like a crab, and I like crabs.
I really like bionicle quadrupeds- particularly since they are rare among the main sets. Krika’s mantis-like design is both unorthodox and somewhat menacing. The black, white, and mata-red color scheme is nice- particularly with the marbling in Krika’s blades. The major pitfall of this set is that there is no mata-red in the torso, thus the color balance is off. In addition, the distinctly-organic design of the blades contrasts with the mechanical look of Krika’s body, thus creating the illusion that Krika has four tiny arms holding large blades rather than said blades being a part of his limbs. This issue is only exacerbated by the color imbalance.
5. Toa Iruini
The Toa Hagah, two marvelous sets Lego graced us with in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “Lego system”- whatever that’s supposed to mean. Regardless, these sets are an extension of the metru body type- one of my favorite designs from Bionicle G1. Iruini’s metallic gold and metru-green color scheme is fantastic, and the added breastplate really balances out the gold distribution. The spear is also a nice touch, for the only other toa set to feature a polearm up to this point was Takanuva. If you could guess by my self-moc, I have a particular fondness of polearms. Oh, and did I forget to mention that mask? Glorious.
4. Toa Norik
Ditto, but replace “metallic gold” with “silver” and “metru-green” with “metru-red.” Norik is everything I love about Iruini but with a nicer color scheme, armor, and weapon.
3. Toa Jaller Mahri
Remember how I dislike the repetitive inika build? Well, here’s yet another one. Again unlike most other inika builds, Jaller Mahri, like Stronius and Carapar, is visually interesting regardless. He has fantastic aesthetic consistency due to the motif shared between his mask, breastplate, abdominal plate, hahnah crab, and power sword. The chest tubes and the tubes on his mask are also a nice touch. Finally, that crab is just too cute, and that power sword is perhaps the single-best weapon part to come from Bionicle G1.
I lovethis set. I love bats, and this set fits this motif to a T. The Mask of Hunger looks quite vampiric and bat-like, and the small hooks on the front of Vamprah’s wings is an excellent detail. Another aspect I love about this set is its absence of feet; he’s another quadruped. If I had to complain- nope, I have nothing. His construction may be similar to his comrades on a base level, but he does more than enough to stand out on his own.
If any of the Barraki deserves the title “Creep from the Deep,” it’s Takadox. To begin, let’s examine his color scheme: metru-blue, black, trans-medium blue, marbled light blue, silver, mata-red, and trans-red. Sounds like it would be a mess, yes? Yet this set balances these colors impeccably. The marbled light-blue draws attention to Takadox’s face, which possesses an unsettling and almost alien quality- reminiscent of many real creatures of the deep. This quality is further exacerbated by Takadox’s red eyes which are far more striking when contrasted to the soft marbled blue of his skull. While this splash of red would typically throw the color balance off, this is prevented by the numerous mata-red spines which cover Takadox’s body- which contrast well with the metru-blue and trans-medium blue elements. Speaking of his body, it uses a custom construction which makes for a refreshing break from the ever-present inika build. While some may not like the spindly construction of Takadox, I feel it further lends to his creep factor. Finally, those serrated claws- menacing. Overall, Takadox is my absolute favorite Bionicle canister set.
We have a big stock of gently used matched pair 6L6 tubes and we’re only charging $10! These are great to keep on hand in case of emergency, or to get you through til the next paycheck. This deal is on until we run out, so hurry!
Appearance: Claire De Lune takes the form of a Crash Test Dummy used for safety testing in cars. The dummy is a light brown covered in yellow and black hazard sticker with joins made of metal tubing.
Range: 10 Mile Radius from Stand User
The stand user is able to summon a vehicle that does not have offensive abilities on its own (such as a tank or fighter plane). The user is able to control this car without being inside of the car, but must be in working condition, within 10 miles, and within eyesight of the stand user. The user can summon multiple cars, but may only control one at a time.
The stand user is able to launch a car at extremely high velocities in any direction the user chooses. The car may still be driven as long as it is in working condition, within 10 miles, and within eyesight of the stand user.
As a last resort, the user may allow the stand itself to appear. The stand is stagnant and unable to move of its own accord. When struck by a vehicle, the stand with violently split apart and rend any object within six feet of it until the stand is recalled by the user. The stronger the impact, the larger area the rending will be active in up to a 10 mile radius when combined with GODSTRENGTH
Notes: Based off of Polygon's Car Boys with Nick Robinson and Griffin McElroy
Announcing the raffle this week!! To benefit @theautumnleavesproject for Pancreatic Cancer, we are giving folks a chance to win this killer Goodsell “1958” custom, one-of-a-kind, hand-wired guitar amplifier that I’m playing through in these last few clips. You can see the amp in the 1st vid clip we posted a week ago, and we will be posting more close-up pics of it when the actual announcement goes live this week. A 1x12 celestion speaker, An all tube, EL34 powered output stage, master volume, tone controls, reverb, and foot-switchable tremolo, all in beautiful purple tolex (to commemorate the color for National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month of November)… this thing sounds so amazing, I literally called Richard Goodsell the day I plugged into this one, and ordered one for myself. Using it right now on all the records I’m producing! Guitar nerd info: playing my custom shop @fendercustomshop @fender Andy Summers limited edition reissue 60’s tele, amp settings mostly around half-way up. Pedals heard in these clips are @jhspedals ЯR signature made for yours truly, @jimdunlopusa MXR Phase 90, Echoplex delay. But mostly just straight in, no pedals, just amp sound. Can’t wait to see who ends up with this beauty! Plus, with your raffle ticket purchase, just know that you’ve already won something by making a difference in a patient’s life by helping provide them with special meals, rides and gas money to treatments, and to help cover the expensive treatments themselves. All of the raffle dollars go to the charity. It’s a win-win! Thank you everyone for your support! Making a difference while we can and when we can.
Can you please do an imagine where Bucky and the reader had and arranged marriage before he went out to the war. He never back so when she heard about the rebirth project she immediately in listed. She then went in cryogenic sleep until they needed her. One day she was awoken to join the avengers, she graciously accepted. One day she had a mission with a mysterious man to find out it was Bucky. He remembered her and wouldn’t hurt her. If that’s ok sorry it was so long . I LOVE YOU IMAGINES ❤️❤️
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.”
Sea stars move across the ocean floor using a water vascular system to power their multitude of tube feet. Water flows through the water vascular system into the bulb at the top of each tube foot, called an ampulla. It fills up with water, and then contracts to force water into the tube foot for extension. To retract the tube foot the ampulla relaxes.
My personal favorite hand-wired tube powered bass amps.
My SVT-VR is awesome, but this is some next level shit.
MATAMP - GT200
VERELLEN - Meatsmoke
DUNWHICH AMPS - The Annunaki
REEVES - Custom 400
While I like them all, if I had to choose one, I’d probably go with the MATAMP. Either that or the Meatsmoke or the Annunaki which would be ideal for the Doom side of my tastes. The Reeves is incredible, but the 400 is too much wattage for my applications, at least for the foreseeable future. The custom 225 is worth a mention being the younger brother of the 400.
That being said the advantage of the SVT-VR is the 2ohm output load, and it will stay clean most of the way up the dial. I could image it powering a Berg 610 for a monstrous clean tone while the Matamp powers a Berg 412 for a ozone depleating dirty tone. Tone boners all over the place.