Recently, I was part of a conversation between my sisters and a person outside of our friend group. The subject of K-pop came up, and this person who was clearly not a fan looked at me and said “you must be patient zero”. I’ve heard this term used before, mainly in a derogatory way, with the meaning of “the first person to be exposed to K-pop, who then spreads becoming a fan as a disease among their friends and family”. At first, I was a little annoyed, but as I thought about it more and more, I realized that he was unknowingly paying me as well as the industry of K-pop a massive compliment.

The truth that has to be acknowledged to understand why, though, is the sometimes uncomfortable and avoided fact that K-pop is very much an industry, and groups are very much a product. Fans don’t like to discuss this much, but it’s a fact that cannot be denied. K-pop groups are products created by corporations to sell to consumers. Many antis will use this as a reason to not enjoy K-pop, saying for instance “it’s too fake and manufactured, where companies decide members of groups instead of letting them come together naturally”, however the reality is that much of American media is the same. K-pop is very self aware in being an industry, and will even present straight to the fans that they are consumers of a product. Idols will say that the company won’t let them say or do things that would pull fans away, such as dating bans or bans on using dialect. There are TV shows such as Fluttering India, a show where members of K-pop groups were sent to India to research the market for K-pop, essentially filming and packaging the research companies do in America for a new product as entertainment. There are even TV shows made into survival shows such as No Mercy or Pentagon Maker which show the making of the group product, choosing members who work well together and have the talent necessary, almost like a Shark Tank where the judges are the companies and the products are human lives. The K-pop industry is just that, and industry, and the companies will cater to the consumers through fan-service and fan events. Being aware of such a fact is important to understand, and it doesn’t make your enjoyment of the industry a bad thing. It means that you understand that even in American culture, actors and TV celebrities and singers are products who you support and spend money on, and you as a fan have abundant power in such matters.

This is important, though, because you now understand that K-pop is an industry and not a disease. And like any other industry, the strongest tool that is utilized is word of mouth. Humans have a natural crowd mentality, and sites such as Amazon or Yelp utilize this mentality, showing you ratings and reviews in order to convince you to buy products. Youtubers and Instagrammers will buy followers to convince followers to go with the crowd. When you take a survey for any reason, for a store or a restaurant alike, what two questions are always there? “How did you hear about us”, “Would you recommend us to a friend?”. You see, K-pop is an industry, and by saying that it is an industry that is known to be infectious like a disease, spread from person to person, you’re only saying that K-pop has achieved something most product distributers only dream of - a product with value and appeal enough for a successful complete spread of word of mouth through people from all languages, all cultures, all races, all backgrounds, and all walks of life. And by saying that I am patient zero you’re saying that I am a distributer to an entirely untapped friend group, family, an untouched market, and that I as a consumer am increasing the profits of an industry that I genuinely enjoy partaking in, that my support as a fan of a group that speaks a different language in a different part of the world than me is at the very root valuable and valued and sought after from companies and idols alike.

So let that be a reminder to fans who are tired of hearing “they will never know you exist” or “you don’t even speak the same language”. Not only is your enjoyment valid, it’s also necessary and important in making K-pop and your favorite bias group become a worldwide trend until the biggest argument the haters can put forth is that it appeals to too many people. 

Attracted to...

Venus in:

Aries: Boldness, High Energy, Confidence, Intensity, Adrenaline

Gemini: Wit, Intelligence, Play, Giggles, Knowledge

Taurus: Sensuality, Stability, Loyalty, indulgence, sexuality

Cancer: Imagination, Nurture, empathy, humor, sensitivity

Leo: Drama, adoration, affection, extravagance, admiration

Virgo: Wit, Care, practicality, intelligence, Serving

Libra: Harmony, diplomacy, intelligence, romance, fairy tails

Scorpio: mystery, transformation, secrets, intensity, possession

Sagittarius: Expansion, humor, optimism, freedom, travel

Capricorn: Support, formality, productivity, ambition, dry humor

Aquarius: Eccentricity, originality, innovation, quirks, intelligence

Pisces: Art, Spirituality, empathy, escapism, illusions

runningstyle  asked:

On a scale of one to American, how bad do you feel about supporting deforestation and the removal of indigenous peoples to support soy production?

On a scale from 1 to uninformed carnist with an attitude problem, how bad do you feel about the fact that you’re using this to argue against vegans eating soy when 85% of global soy production goes to feed farmed animals, not humans? Is it an issue for you that your diet requires significantly more soy than mine? How do you feel about the fact that since 1970, 91% of formerly forested land in the amazon is used for livestock production? Or that this ranching represents  the single greatest threat to the survival of indigenous peoples? 

I’ll let you have a think and get back to me. 


Here is a selection of research made back in 2010  where I had the opportunity to work as a Visual development artist for Ankama’s first Feature film “ Dofus Book 1, Julith “. The movie is now released in French Theaters.  It was great working on this project right after graduating from Gobelins, learned a lot from the Directors Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis. Si vous êtes en France, je vous encourage vraiment à aller voir le film et supporter une production 100% Française.

anonymous asked:

where tf can I watch the past stage plays like ????

So far, there have been four (almost five) stage plays.


This was the first run of Engeki Haikyuu!! with the original cast (Karasuno and Aobajousai). It ran in 2015, and I believe that it has been subbed into many different languages other than English.


Documentary of “Haikyuu!!” The View from the Top

This was the second run of Engeki Haikyuu!! It covers the same events as the first run; however, some of the cast had changed for the second run (Daichi, Iwaizumi, Matsukawa, and Yahaba). To watch the rerun, you will need to download the videos and the subs separately.

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Haikyuu!! Karasuno Revival!

This third run includes Nekoma, Datekou, and Ikejiri Hayato. I don’t believe there are subs out yet, but if someone finds any or plans on making them, please let me know!

Haikyuu!! Winners and Losers

This fourth run contains only the Karasuno and Aobajousai teams with the exception of Kuroo and Kenma returning. The DVD for this run came out only last month, so I highly doubt anyone has tried subbing it yet.

Haikyuu!! Summer of Progress

This is the fifth run that’s scheduled to begin in September. The run contains both Nekoma and Fukurodani teams. Please go support the production if you are able to! I will link information about the cast and tour dates (in English) below. Note: There most likely won’t be any English subs if you see the production.


If you have any more questions, feel free to send us an ask!

IT’S CLOSING NIGHT OF HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL. It’s been such an incredible run. Thank you everyone for your overwhelming love and support. ❤️💛💚💙

Discrimination gets you nowhere, except bankruptcy.

This is gonna be a long post. Get comfy.

So within the last year or so I made a bunch of life altering decisions.
One of those was moving to another side of the country after being offered a job at a company in the state I wanted to live in. My boss, we’ll call him Brandon, had known me for a while (I work in an industry where most people know each other and the key players) and had offered me a job knowing my criteria and many other things. I was well qualified for the job he has hired me for.

So I move across country and I begin working. This company has a main office and a supplying warehouse, the supplying warehouse was where I worked. No manufacturing done here, just supporting parts for the main office. Within a month the owner of the company, Viet, shows up at the office looking for my boss. (The main company is about 8 or 9 hours away so this was a long drive and the owner never came down to the warehouse, not since it opened originally 7 years go). My boss isn’t there (he usually isn’t and doesn’t need to be because I can handle it and he lives up the road if I need him). Viet immediately begins yelling at me. He never once speaks to me. He yells at me the whole time he is communicating with me. Berating me on the fact I need to take inventory because fiscal year is about to be up and that I need to maintain the warehouse and had I ever done this before. He gave me the third degree and treated me like an idiot. Meanwhile I had texted Brandon and he showed up and Viet changed his tune completely. At that point he didn’t even speak to me at all. Didn’t even make eye contact. The two of them chatted and then Viet left.

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ADVOCATES Episode 1 is HERE!

The sarcastic GULPTAB* staffers meet their intrepid new interns, define fandoms, and encounter a trans fandom king who doesn’t like their attitude. Meet your new favorite anti-heroes! As promised, every LGBTQ character in ADVOCATES is played by a LGBTQ actor, and there’s not a drop of gaygnst in sight. No angst. Just attitude. 

Remember to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube! Episode 2 comes out next week, and afterward, we are pitching ADVOCATES to networks and production companies. Show your support for LGBTQ creators and show Hollywood that viewers WANT better LGBTQ stories.

Please share and spread the word! Thank you for all your support. 

using the word “male” to refer to people born with the anatomical framework to support sperm production does not lead to violence against trans women

believing that male people must follow a strict code of behaviour (and emotion, dress, and labour) or else deserve punishment does lead to violence against trans women

Rant about Warzone: Ultramar

I see a lot of people being salty about the fact that Ultramar is able to hold off the best the Death Guard and Mortarian can throw at it without any outside help. 

I’m sorry but this is freaking ULTRAMAR. This is the 500 Worlds. This is the Empire that held off TWO ENTIRE LEGIONS (plus elements from two more) in the Shadow Crusade and TWO ENTIRE HIVE FLEETS. 

Each world is one of the most productive and prosperous ones in the Imperium. The cities were personally planned out by Guilliman. The architecture, roads, power generation and various other kinds of infrastructure on ever city of every planet was designed to maximize the efficiency, productivity and living standards of the populations. There are entire planets dedicated to just one aspect of the Empire:

-Calth is dedicated to ship building and not only manufactures void craft for the Ultramarines fleet and Ultramar defense auxilia, but also manages to build ships for export all around the Imperium.

-Iax is dedicated solely to providing food supplies for Ultramar and manages to export its surplus to the planets surrounding Ultramar as well. If thats not enough, there are THREE smaller agri-worlds (Quintarn, Tarentus and Masali) that serve as BACKUP food supply stations as well.

-Konor is dedicated to heavy industry and it has a freaking moon that is classified as a Forge World with a TITAN LEGION stationed on it.

-Parmenio is an entire planet that is dedicated to training new recruits and training soldiers for the defense auxilia.

And this is only a few examples. There are many, many more that can be listed as well.

As someone on B&C said:

“Turns out making your planets productive and capable of supporting large standing army lets you repel invaders easier than intentionally kept hellholes with small bunch of savages can”

/end rant

@ultramarineblues relevant to the salt mine lol


Finished up a super cute new little pattern.  I love Dungeons and dragons and table top games but often I find there just isnt enough froo froo-ey stuff So I made this! And expect there to be more :) 



this is #real except dont use spinning face brushes at all even if they have a “soft” brush. Steaming is not /that/ bad if you dont do it every day. Personally i love the feeling of steaming and i may do a green tea steam once a week but the problem PC has with steaming is that it does support sebum production and can lead to breakouts… but i cant resist the glow and plump feeling it gives me. Also ppl will message me about this; witch hazel is on the list bc it can dry the skin out and thus irritate her too.


[Trans] 170214 Wechat post by Ruan Zhiyong (OP was selling flowers near where Yixing was filming Operation Love on Valentine’s day when Yixing bought all his flowers):

I’ll never dare to sell flowers again for Valentine’s day in the future. It was really too hard to sell. After two and a half hours I sold three.

But damn it to hell, I thought of that phrase “you still need to have a dream, just in case it can become real”.

Holding my bucket, the bucket that contains the flowers, I’m walking along the desolate ErSha Island. I’m a little eye catching and a little dumb looking, but I have something beautiful beside me, such beautiful flowers so I’m feeling not too bad.

I’m walking and walking, in front of my eyes appear a wave of people. I continue to walk forward, I was called to a stop by a guy with makeup on. He then gestured another guy beside him and left these words.

“Get all these flowers. Today’s Valentine’s Day. Let’s buy them to give to the production team.”

I found out after that this guy was called Zhang Yixing and he happened to be filming a drama at ErSha island. Around the set in all four directions was all full of fan girls.

I don’t really know the person, but just for the straightforwardness and that he bought flowers for the staff of the production team and the supporting fan girls, I thought yep, this brother isn’t bad.

I don’t have any other intentions. I just want to see how many Zhang Yixing fan girls there are in my (wechat’s) circle of friends.

Life is like (a box of) chocolates, you never know if the next person you’ll meet will buy all the flowers you have on hand in one go.

YALL! The kickstarter for my production company’s latest project, Buster Business is live now!!! Please head over to the link below and check it out for us, share it on all your feeds, and maybe support us if you can! We have worked hard on this already and I’m stoked to be a part of it! Thanks!