• A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas: This sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses is pretty long awaited by the booklr community. While I have some mixed feelings about Maas’ novels, I’m interested to see if I’ll like the direction this trilogy is going in.
  • Dream On by Kerstin Gier: Sequel to Dream a Little Dream, a story about a group of UK teens dealing with demons and dream-walking, I’m really excited to read it. While the first book isn’t particularly profound or life-changing, I found it to be ridiculous fun and good-humored and want to pick up Dream On ASAP
  • The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: I’m Rick Riordan trash and will literally buy everything he writes. I loved Percy Jackson, I loved Heroes of Olympus, I love the Kane Chronicles, and I loved the first Magnus Chase book. Hopefully I’ll love the Apollo series, too!
  • If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: This is a book about a TRANS TEEN by a TRANS AUTHOR with a TRANS MODEL on the cover. Is that not a beautiful and holy trifecta?? I wish more books were this epic, especially using a trans model for the cover. She’s so beautiful and she’s representing a lot of teens who are dealing with similar struggles. I have high hopes this book will be spot on!!
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye: This book has so much hype and positive reviews around it already, and I’m really interested in whether this book will meet my own expectations. Its a fantasy novel in a Russian inspired world, so hopefully I love it as much as I do the Grishaverse!
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee: A historical fiction about a young Chinese teen during and after the huge 1906 San Francisco earthquake? SIGN ME UP. I love historical fiction, I love representation, I love Stacey Lee. It sounds like a win-win-win.

And these six are not even remotely close to all the cool looking novels coming out this May. There’s a whole host of YA lit coming out, including huge series enders like The Crown by Kiera Cass and The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

Are you guys dying as much as I am over all these drool-worthy releases?

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This image has been construed as a sweet moment between a mother and her baby, but that betrays the profound reality of their sad situation. In captivity, these animals will only ever get to experience a small fraction of what their lives could have been. In the wild, they would have had miles and miles of ice to roam across and enjoy the thrill of hunting and interacting in family and social groups. Their lives would have had a very distinct meaning and purposeentirely of their own volition. Instead, they are confined to a glorified prison cell that is artificially cooled and packed with ice to keep them “comfortable.” The extreme boredom and frustration with this tiny ice box will likely lead them to exhibit stereotypic behaviors such as pacing or head bobbing. These pointless, repetitive actions are thought to be physical manifestations of extreme mental distress. According to Polar Bears International, “Some 85 percent of North American polar bears [in zoos] do it, devoting nearly a quarter of their “active day” (i.e. the time they spend alert and moving) to this behavior.”

If anything, this image is a harsh reminder that we owe these incredible animals so much more than a life in captivity. We owe them their wild home and a life free from the threat of starvation, boredom, or any other harm inflicted by humans.

The only way to really protect these animals is by saving their habitat – and this is something we can all do every single day by simply choosing to #EatForThePlanet. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent. Additionally, this destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, and uses the majority of our freshwater stores. This system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction. And yet, one in eight people still suffer from food scarcity.

“The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make,” said Nil Zacharias, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet, ”one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our species is that we are knowingly eating ourselves into extinction, and doing very little about it.”

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it isOne Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock. With the wealth of available plant-based options available andOne Green Planet’s Food Monster App, it has never been easier to eat with the planet in mind.
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(Y’all don’t know how long I’ve been plotting this shit, smh. My snail pace astounds me.)

Flashback to a few years prior…

There was a deep, profound thumping in her ears; the sound of rushing blood and her fast beating heart, only broken by the echo of her clan’s dying cries of terror and anguish.

She stood on the island’s beach, legs weak and head swimming. Her body would not move. Her mind would not process any thought, be it complex or simple.

The world was falling down around Tarja, and she couldn’t do anything to stop it.

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How have mass surveillance and policing affected you? 

Authority Figure brings together more than a hundred dancers, musicians, and installation artists to create an immersive, interactive performance piece that draws you into the profound psychological toll that policing, big data, and surveillance can take on us all. 

Groups of twenty will be directed into the space every twenty minutes. Their entry time will be determined by a mandatory “Personality of Endurance Quiz,” which influences what durational and emotional challenges they will face during the performance. 

Learn more and help bring this singular piece to life here. 

markwatnae asked:

I love how the Fett parents aren't really around but all the brothers are super affectionate with each other and just grew up to be really nice guys

I wish I had something profound to say, but really it was just “I didn’t know what else to do with a bunch of characters who were grown in jars in canon, and I hate giving too much screentime to OCs.” XD

I’m glad it worked out in a way people enjoy though!

Why I Write

Claim me. Tell me. Tell me all. Imagine me. Imagine us. Say what it would be like. Word me. Answer my words. Ask anything. Inquire. Dig. Make profound observations. Echo me. Improve me. Inspire me. Desire me. Wrap me in the warmth of your concern. Say I have earned your love. Be above me, but lift me. Uplift me. Connect. Converse. Stir me. Be mine. Make me yours. Adore me with your reading, your writing, your words. Insist. Trust. Flame my heart. See me. Touch my face with your fingertips. Put on make up. Pretty us. Shine into me. Be at me. Call. Respond. Create a bond. A deep bond. Find me. Open yourself to me. Tell me. Tell me all. I write to conjure you. I ache to hear from you. Make me. Breathe me. Believe me. I am yours. Words are yours. I write to dream of you. I write because I feel closer to you when I write. I write to prompt you to speak to me. I write to be asked. I write to begin a conversation. I write to call to you. I write to be yours, to be you. I write. Tell me what I should write. Request. Demand. Insist. Spell it out. Tell me how I can be of service to you. I am available. Avail of me. I write to offer myself. Will you claim me. Tell me. Tell me all. Tell me why. Tell me why I write.

Time is Convoluted in Blah Blah Blah

So trying to build a time line of the Lords of Cinder will make you sick.

So we know that the first is Gwyn, followed by the Chosen Undead.

Then a long time passed, with the failed monarchs of the lands that would become Drangleic and the Bearer of the Curse.

Now, you would think that Aldrich comes after Yhorm, because the Profane Flame that consumed the Profane Capital (profaned flame pyromancy lore) was discovered by Pontiff Sulhyvan, and utilized. Buuuut…Aldrich hijacked the Lord Souls bearers and their home, which you think would place Aldrich as either the Chosen Undead of his world or immediately afterwards. So perhaps he found the profound flame first, it warped him into the powerful being he became, and then it ebbed away, only to overrun the Capital of Yhorm.

Yhorm appears to be somewhat like a DSII giant, albeit with two red eyes; he likely comes immediately or almost so after DSII’s cycle. Part of me wants to say that his seat was the same as Elum Loyce, and the Profaned Flame is the Old Chaos is the Chaos Flame.

The big mystery is Farron’s Undead Legion. It’s association with Artorias make me want to say it’s closer to the early end of the timeline.

So Gwyn>Chosen Undead>Aldrich>the Abyss Watchers?>Yhorm?>Dark Souls II/Bearer of the Curse>Yhorm?>Prince Lothric>Dark Souls 3/Ashen One

@silmarildust: there’s nothing on Ludleth. I have nowhere to place him. No items have lore on him, and he doesn’t give any hints in his dialogue.
Fanfictionn part 2
  • I can't think of any reason to be mad at him.
  • "No," I say. "I'm not mad at you at all."
  • I tell him what he wants to hear, but he doesn't trust it. I feed him the right words, but he suspects they're threaded with hooks. I turn away from him, get my books out, close my locker. He stays in the same spot, anchered by the profound, desperate loneliness he feels deep inside his locked up heart.
  • "Do you still want to get lunch today?" He asks.
  • The easy thing would be to say no. I often do this:sense the other person's life drawing me in, and run in the other direction. But there's something about him -- the cities on his shoes, the flash of bravery, the unnecessary sadness -- that makes me want to know what the word will be when it stops being a sound.
  • I have spent years meeting people without ever knowing them, and on this morning, in this place, with this boy, I feel the faintest pull wanting to know. And in a moment of either weakness or bravery on my own part, I decide to follow it. I decide to find out more.
  • "Absolutely," I say, "Lunch would be great."
  • Again, I read him:What I've said is too enthusiastic. A jock is never enthusiastic.
  • "No big deal," I add.
  • He's relieved. Or, at least, as relieved as he'll allow himself to be, which is a very guarded form of relief.
  • He reaches out and takes my hand. I'm surprised at how soft his skin was.
  • "I'm glad you aren't mad at me," He says. "I just want everything to be okay."
  • I nod. If there's one thing I've learned, it's this:We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.
  • The first bell rings.
  • "I'll see you later," I say.
  • Such a basic promise. But to Cy, it means the world.
Tempo: transformative, difficult look at advanced decision-making theory #5yrsago

As I’ve noted here before, Venkatesh Rao is a thought-provoking, profound thinker, and I always welcome his long, fascinating blog posts. When he sent me a copy of his slim book, Tempo, I was very excited to see it turn up in my mailbox.

Tempo is Rao’s attempt to formalize many years of study into human decision-making. Rao spent two years as a Cornell post-doc doing USAF-funded research on “mixed-initiative command and control models,” part of the research on decision-making that includes such classics as Chet Richards’sCertain to Win. Rao taught a course on decision-making theory at Cornell that included many of his theories, metaphors and advancements on the subject, and he reports that students found the course entertaining, but disjointed – a “grab bag” of ideas. Tempo is meant to turn that grab-bag into an orderly, systematic argument explaining Rao’s overall view of how and why we decide stuff, how we can change the way others behave, and how to look at the history and future of humanity’s individual and collective decisions. Heavy stuff, in other words.

Rao does not entirely succeed in making an orderly argument out of his grab bag. My relationship with Tempo was tumultuous. It’s heavy going, abstract, and makes difficult (for me) to follow leaps from one subject to the next. I would normally read 150 pages of academic text in a day or two, but after two days with Tempo, I was still only 40 or so pages in. Usually, that’s my signal to move on to the next book – life’s too short, and somewhere out there, someone’s written something equally informative but easier to absorb.

But I didn’t stop reading Tempo – instead, I talked about it over dinner that night with some friends I don’t often see. I was captivated by Rao’s explanation of tempo-driven narrative decision-making, the notion that we decide based on the stories we tell ourselves (“I will get a good job”) and that the most important difference between one situation and the next is the rate at which the interactions and decisions proceed. Rao draws on examples as disparate as cooking and warfare, customer service and PowerPoint presentations, teaching and seduction.

A day or two later, I did put Tempo down. I kept it on my shelf, but moved it from the (teetering) “to be read” pile to the shelves of stuff I’ve finished with (for now at least). I was only halfway through, but I kept losing the thread, and I sometimes doubted whether there was a thread. Rao was blowing my mind every five or ten pages, but in between, he was driving me to distraction with jumps that I was either too dumb to follow or that he wasn’t handling gracefully (or both).

But I’ve just picked it up again, and finished it. Why? Because I kept on referring to it in discussions – all sorts of discussions. A critical analysis of a friend’s manuscript for a new book on security; a talk with my agent about the plot of an upcoming novel; a discussion of economics and bubbles; a practical political planning session for an upcoming debate at a party conference. Tempo had stimulated a lot of thinking for me, and I thought it deserved finishing.

So I’ve finished it, and while I very rarely bother to post about books that I can’t wholeheartedly recommend (see “life’s too short,” above), I find myself driven to post a rare mixed review. Tempo may be the most fascinating book whose thesis I couldn’t entirely grasp and whose author I couldn’t wholly follow that I’ve ever read. Theories of how and why people do things are key to everything from economics to law to security to ethics to literary criticism to childrearing to military adventurism to political campaigning. Rao’s insights and examples are fascinating and sometimes transformative. All I can hope is that Tempo will be succeeded by better-developed versions of his argument, that expand and connect his ideas.

Show Girls (Destiel)

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by jennifersmockingjay

 Deanna Winchester as been in acting as long as she can remember. It’s not until, her co-star, Lisa quits And leaves her stranded. Cassidy Novak trys out for the missing part, then a relationship quickly forms between these two girls.

Words: 22, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Disclaimer this was not typed by me I saw it on the IMDB forums but loved it thought it summed up my feelings perfectly. Other then I have become quite a Klamille fan,at least more then I was in the beginning.   

Before people get really upset with me, please read what I write and consider what I am saying. 

Klaus is an extremely deep character with profound thoughts and opinions who has been around for a millennium. He would have seen countless cultures, and has an interest in art, music, and literature. He is a multi layered character, and I feel if he does not meet his match he would be unsatisfied.

Caroline is much more on the surface. What I mean by that is that she is not a multi-dimensional character. Her interests lie with her friends, and event planning. This is not an insult to her character, I personal love Caroline. Most people in the world are like her, and follow more tangible concepts in life.

The only time I thought that Klaus and Caroline had a future was in the scene that sparked everything, “There’s a whole world out there waiting for you. Great cities, and art, and music… genuine beauty. And you can have all of it. you can have a thousand more birthdays. All you have to do is ask.” I thought Caroline would have a sparked interest in life: great cities, art, and music. However, Caroline never explored these concepts. Again, that doesn’t make her a bad person - I just don’t think she is suited for Klaus.

I am not necessarily a Klamille fan either, but I do believe Cami is more suited to Klaus than Caroline is. Cami is much deeper, and multi-layered. She also is a nonjudgmental character in most instances, whereas Caroline is the opposite.

Personally, I don’t believe Klaus or Elijah have been given a strong love interest who matches their multidimensional depth. I thought Gia was better than Hayley, but still not the right person for Elijah.

Of course, these are just my opinions.