quick-review

Notes for a young character designer

Dear E. 

Thanks for your email.

I don’t work at Cartoon Network any more. But I’m going to give you a very quick portfolio review in hopes that you find it helpful! Here are some things I noticed when looking at your stuff - lessons I learned from brilliant people while working on AT for two years: 

 1) AVOID SYMMETRY. Humans are organic, randomly shaped animals. Perfect symmetry rarely exists in nature and if it does, it’s conspicuous - it’s the exception rather than the rule. Find interesting ways to throw your characters off-balance. 

Don’t repeat objects in twos - (buttons or rips or whatever) - it feels prescribed - cluster things in threes or fives if necessary. 

 2) AVOID CONCAVITY - I don’t know what else to call this. But it’s those lines that go “in” rather than “out”. You are using inward sloping lines to describe many of your characters. As an exercise, try using outward, rounded, voluminous lines to draw EVERYTHING. Humans are fleshy lumps connected together by other fleshy lumps. Each mass is either in front of or behind other masses and as a designer, it’s your job to tell the animator where it is. As a designer, you are providing a technical blueprint for the location of masses. 

Only occasionally allow a concavity to connect two convexities. Look at the work of Robert Ryan Cory (spongebob), Tom Herpich (Adventure Time) or Phil Rynda (AT / Gravity Falls) - master character designers - for examples of this. If you need to, trace a couple of their drawings and you will see what I mean. 

 3) AVOID GRAPHIC DETAILS - Some shows use a graphic style; it’s very appealing and looks clever when done right. But in animation, everything needs to move in space - so if you use a graphic element - it needs to correspond with an actual 3D thing that can move. Therefore it is better to start with a voluminous style and then revert to graphic elements where appropriate. Art directors will look for this. Do not jump straight to graphic representation if you do not yet know what you are representing.

Look at the work of Tiffany Ford and Jasmin Lai for amazing examples of volume expressed graphically.

 4) STUDY JAMES MCMULLEN - To truly understand volume, and fully respect your subject, you should read very carefully High Focus Figure Drawing by James McMullen. Slow down and think about drawing “around” your subjects. It’s a truly meditative experience when you get there. Think about the weight and mass that your characters, props and effects are experiencing. Many students from SVA - Tomer Hanuka, Becky Cloonan, Rebecca Sugar, James Jean - studied under McMullen’s philosophy and you can see this common richness in their work. 

Jeffrey Smith, a top student of McMullen’s now teaches life drawing at Art Center. These are two of the best illustration schools in North America - anyone who is interested in drawing living things, should probably read his book. Also look at the work of Andy Ristaino or Danny Hynes - two other character designers’ whose work is seething with volume. 

I hope this is useful and I hope you have a wonderful career. 

Warmest,

Matt

A quick review: Future refused to meet Russell, lied about child support & custody on twitter, publicly called Ciara a bitch, wrote multiple songs trashing her and this

is all it takes to redeem him? Nigga wrote 2 run-on sentences and suddenly he’s not a trash ass human being anymore. She literally had to take him to court to see his son regularly and y’all want her to wish him a happy father’s day and ready to talk shit if she doesn’t? Y’all love to make Ci the villain.Get the entire fuck outta here.

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Why the Rolling Stone's Fansplaining of Harry Styles Misses the Point
Saskia Postema, Contributor

It is safe to say that almost the entire world has recently been exposed to the solo debut of Harry Styles, member of the band One Direction. While he was not the first one to start up a solo project – Zayn Malik left the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career, whereas both Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson released solo material in 2016 – he was, perhaps after Zayn’s dramatic departure, the most hyped and anticipated artist out of the original bandmembers.

It’s been two weeks since Harry released his incredibly successful #1 debut single, Sign of the Times, which leads his self-titled LP that will hit stores on the 12th of May. Subsequently, critics have been quick to write their reviews, labeling the rock anthem as an epic song that establishes Harry as a credible artist. Part of the promotional roll-out of Harry’s debut seems to be centered around the cultivation of that notion: Harry Styles is to be seen as an authentic, honest, yet mysterious, credible musician. Given the fact that Rolling Stone profiles itself as the market-leading music magazine when it comes to crediting such artistry, it was to be expected that a profile and cover issue of Harry Styles would follow suit.

In a companion piece, Rolling Stone published a so-called ‘fansplaining’ column on their website – delving into the fanbase that has supported Harry Styles throughout the years, probably aimed at gauging their reaction to his debut. An interesting take, given the fact that the journalistic lens of Rolling Stone seems to focus mostly around discrediting the opinion of young women, particularly those who have been avid fans of the music that One Direction has put out in previous years, and who have supported Harry and his peers throughout that time. Aside from the fact that such an understanding of music is abhorrently misogynist, as it values the middle-aged white male’s opinion as somehow more legitimate than those of women (even when those women were able to recognize the artist’s talent years prior to those men who were blinded by their fragile masculinity), the article also failed to do what it intended: Explain what makes these fans so loyal to their idol.

There seems to be a deep-rooted misunderstanding of the relationship between fans and the artist they support, starting with the idea that all fans are the same. They are not. As such, many internal disagreement can exist within a fandom, while all maintaining the same admiration for the artist. It should be clear that fans are perhaps, aside from the artist themselves, the most critical of the output provided. People might find that contradictory, but I have found this to be true amongst many different groups of fans. It is similar to having a best friend that loves you unconditionally, but that will set you straight and call you out on your mistakes when you stumble. Fans are there to help the artist along, but that doesn’t mean they will not hesitate to analyze, criticize and educate their idol as well as their peers if they feel this is necessary. Such criticism stems from the expectations they have formed about said output products. Most fans will distinguish between music on the one hand, and image on the other hand. This is separate from the expectations and perception fans have from their idol’s personality. However, they will expect both music and image to reflect the personality of the artist – this is where the honesty comes into play.

For those who have been following One Direction’s career and musical development, the style of music chosen by Harry did not come as a surprise. In fact, while many reviewers seem to shy away from making the comparison, it seems that Harry’s music seems to progress most naturally out of the latest albums of One Direction. Songs like Walking in the Wind, If I Could Fly, or the slightly older Ready to Run and Where do Broken Hearts Go all reflect similar soft-rock vibes. It also fits the fans’ perception of what Harry’s personal taste in music is like, as he’s always hinted at big artists from the 70s and 80s as his big musical influences. His continuous rejection of explaining his lyricism is also consistent with the Harry fans have come to know and love over the years – he’s expressed many a times how much he values music as art. And art is interpreted by the person observing the artpiece, he likes that a song might give different people different perspectives, as long as it resonates, it’s enough.

This links back to image. In my view, many fans see Harry as fiercely protective of his private life. And with good reason, given how he had to grow up in the limelight – starting off on the X Factor, a reality show that is as much a storytelling drama series as it is a singing competition. However, this is also where there is a deep dissatisfaction amongst fans. Part of celebrity culture is providing the public with certain glimpses into your private life, and fans are quite ambivalent in their appreciation of this. On the one hand, fans want to see their idols be happy and have the opportunity to talk to them, or get to know them. On the other hand, fans recognize the flagrant violation of privacy in terms of stalkers, paparazzi and ‘inside sources’ speaking to the press.


In Harry’s case, this is where the dichotomy is most apparent. While he himself never speaks out about his private life or relationships, not even his friendships with other celebs such as Ed Sheeran, Alexa Chung or Nick Grimshaw; his private life has quite possibly been most speculated about and most prominent in tabloids out of all the One Direction members. Rolling Stone does an abysmal job at respecting the same mysteriousness they hail Harry for trying to uphold by filling in the blanks and pushing him to talk about relationships he’s chosen not to address in the past. Their leading title for their profile does not focus on the music, or him as a new solo artist, but rather on him ‘opening up about famous flings’. It is a common misconception that fans want to hear him say that he’s single, or want to know the ins and outs of who he beds. Rather, fans want to hear what makes Harry happy. They don’t want to marry him, they want to know if he’s hydrated and well loved by his family and friends – if he’s taken enough holidays and if there’s anything in particular he still wants to achieve or cross of his bucket list; that is if he has one. They want to hear him honour the fundamental friendships that underpin the appreciation and adoration fans carry for all One Direction members. They want to know what inspires him – not who. Does he order a cheeseburger at McDonald’s, or does he enjoy a Big Mac on cheat days? 


Similarly, many fans will find the sudden recognition by Rolling Stone and other acclaimed music reviewers to be bittersweet. While they will feel proud of Harry at seeing him succeed and get this approval, they also call it for what it is: a thinly-veiled rejection of One Direction and the Harry Styles prior to his solo debut. It is an honour to be hailed as the next David Bowie or Mick Jagger, but the line between inspiration and imitation is thin, which makes fans wary. What is more – the celebration of Harry’s apparent ‘new honesty and authenticity’ (again a rejection of his previous work) is rather awkward, when the reviews do not seem to provide Harry Styles with the room to be iconic as himself. They make sure to draw comparisons with a multitude of icons from the past, as if every choice he’s made has been infused with the mentality to emulate his predecessors. Fans want Harry to succeed by being true to who he is, and while his music gets recognition, it’s still not perceived as being something that is only fully Harry’s.Finally, it is important to not just address what fans expect from their idol, but also what they take away from them. In Rolling Stone, Harry Styles shared that what hurts him are fundamental issues that are lacking in today’s society – things like ‘equal rights, for everyone – all races, sexes, everything’. He’s a feminist, has been involved in the HeforShe campaign, and has expressed his support for LGBTQ+ as part of One Direction. He was frequently seen waving a rainbow flag in concerts, stated that ‘here at One Direction, we love love. Love is love,’ and has worn rainbow bracelets – most recently even a rainbow pin proudly fastened on his shirt. Moreover, he’s taken great care in answering questions about partners, favouring the word ‘spouse’ and always using gender-neutral pronouns. Harry is proud of the fact that he wears 26inch women’s skinny jeans, and continues to present himself as vulnerable in photoshoots, and to break gender norms by not shying away from the colour pink, silk and sheer, glitter boots, or wearing nailpolish. While some might not see the significance in this, these moves are incredibly powerful and can help people of all ages feel more accepted and comfortable with being who they are – it makes them feel normal and safe in a heteronormative world that is dominated by gender stereotypes. What is more, it reinforces their love and support for the artist, as they agree with their worldview – it’s a connection on a more fundamental level, that is not fueled by romantic love interest, or aesthetically pleasing faces and outfits.


Moreover, it inspires fans to change their views on society, and to extend the same charity and empathy as their idol does. In this respect, One Direction and its individual members have - unfortunately - been grossly underrated. Only recently did Steve Aoki note the incredibly power held by this fanbase in particular, calling the fans ‘an institution, like an army of bees’, recognizing how Louis Tomlinson’s fans were mainly responsible for his debut single’s smash success – creating and coordinating their own promotional campaigns, creating merchandise and posters, and requesting the song on radios. But this dedication does not limit itself to seeing their favourite artist succeed. Inspired by the great amount of charity work that One Direction has done itself, ranging from participating in Comic Relief and being patrons of numerous charities to Louis Tomlinson spending over 3 million pounds to organize a fundraiser in the form of a Princess Ball for ill children, the fans have bolstered this attitude to give to those in need and started charity drives in honour of the multiple members. The popular account 1DFansGive encourages fans to donate money to the charities that Harry and his peers are patrons of or have expressed their support for – with unparalleled, consistent success.


These positive aspects of the unique relationship between Harry Styles/1D and the fanbase are entirely lacking or even erased in media representation, which further fuels the dichotomy and love-hate relationship that fans have with media outlets. They stigmatize his fans as being teenage girls who fantasize about a relationship with him, and therefore are obsessed with his sex life – when this is frankly an insulting and gross overgeneralization. It is off-putting that fans are shamed for behavior they do not demonstrate, all the while the press engages in exactly that same behavior. It is not fans who force the idea of Harry Styles dating Taylor Swift or Kendall Jenner down anyone’s throats – it’s the press. It is not fans that prioritize his romantic relationships over his musical abilities and interests – it’s the press. On the other hand – it’s not the press that makes an artist successful, it’s the fans. And most importantly, it’s not the press that annually raises thousands of dollars inspired by an artist’s activism - it’s the fans. And the press doesn’t even report it; not even when they attempt fansplaining.

My advice? Don’t try something if the verb is derived from a harmful, toxic, divisive, humiliating and belittling behaviour that takes away someone’s voice and agency. Fansplaining is just as appreciated by fans as mansplaining is by women - not at all.

Beauty And The Beast quick review

Beauty And The Beast. I think everyone knows, how the story goes, but this was something. I can describe this movie with just one word: MAGICAL. This movie is pure disney magic. I had really high expectations coming to this movie, because Beauty And The Beast is my favorite Disney tale. And I’m so pleased with this movie. Don’t get me wrongl, there were still a few little mistakes, but if you don’t focus on them too much, you’ll definitely enjoy the movie, I did. I completely loved it.

Warning: Slight Spoilers

Let’s start with the cons, and those were mainy the “controversies” surrounding the movie. The LGBT LeFou, the dress and the reviews saying it’s too similar to the original. Let’s start with the LGBT Lefou. Gay LeFou is barely in the movie, he doesn’t even have that “great” scene that they were so promoting, there is actually nothing like that. It was a bit disappointing, because it just showed that they used it mainly for promotion. And his plot wasn’t that interesting. Then there’s the dress. I’m not a fan, but I do have to say, the way they introduce the dress is effin brilliant. Even though it’s a piece of trash compared to the original, the dance scene looked so gorgeous. And the reviews…I mean, it is a remake, what were you expecting? It’s the same story as the original, but it’s so much more mature. And they even answered some of the questions from the original, for example why don’t people remember that their prince is gone. And another small complaint is Gaston. He’s not the charming, self absorbed narcissist many people adore, he’s actually far more evil than the original. He’s like truly a villain. Some people don’t like this change, I’m actually quite a fan of the new portrayal.

Now to the pros, starting with the performances. Emma Watson as Belle delivers a jaw dropping performance, she truly is Belle. Everything about her character is just amazing, I didn’t know it was possible, but they improved Belles character so much. Next Dan Stevens as the Beast. Even though the CGI looked sometimes not real, he delivered a very good performance.  The chemistry between Belle and the Beast was so much more improved from the original, with them having little fun and cute moments. Everyone else did also very good job, but the performance I have to higlight is Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belles Father. He was spectacular. They gave him a backstory and made his character much remarkable. His relationship with Belle is just beautiful. Next on to the songs. OMG, they were incredible. The reworked old classics plus the new songs, it truly felt like a musical, and I would’t be surprised if Disney would be interested in making one. My favorite was for sure the Belle scene. Everything was just perfect. Also the sets were completely enchanting. The castle, the village, even the forest, all looked so magical. And as I previously said, they made the movie much more mature, mainly in the main romance. And boy, they did a great job. The entire movie feels like a more sophisticated version of the original and I highly recommend you checking it out.

Grade: A

Originally posted by partofyourtaleasoldastime


I also apologize for any grammatical mistakes :)

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30 March, 2017 | nerdybun’s printables!

hey guys! I have not been v active (again), so I’m sharing some printables I made for a friend after a few edits to make up for my absence ahhhh.

I do not see a lot of printables for history class, so I thought I should post them first before I post the other common ones (planners, grade tracker, etc.) yass many more printables from me are on their way but I’m not satisfied w my edits yet so you guys are gonna have to wait a lil longer tho.

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As a TV critic who keeps an eye on social issues, I’ve long been critical of ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises. They urge viewers to believe completely contrived events are somehow spontaneous. They also support an unhealthy princess fantasy in which romance is conflated with an upper-middle class wonderland filled with reality TV fame and luxury resort getaways.

So why do I find it so important that The Bachelorette is welcoming its first black woman as a star this season? The answer came as I watched Rachel Lindsay navigate what turned out to be a pretty typical Bachelorette debut episode, which aired Monday night. The show hit all the expected notes: a quick review of how she was rejected by Nick Viall in the last Bachelor season, a hasty reminder of her background as an attorney and a turn into the new life she was hoping for at the end of the Bachelorette “journey.”

But part of the show’s princess fantasy involves building up its bachelorette as an archetype of beauty: a smart, personable, all-American woman who a bevy of Abercrombie & Fitch model lookalikes would fight over.

‘The Bachelorette’ May Have A Black Star, But It’s Still Set In A White World

Photo: Paul Hebert/ABC

DROPS: An Honest Review

(If you don’t have time to read everything, I’ve highlighted the important stuff in bold, just read bolded words for a quick overview of my review.)

So I’m here to talk to you about Drops, a semi-recent language learning app available for free on iOS mobile devices. And no, I’m not being paid or anything, I’ve just been messing around with it for a couple weeks now and I thought it would be useful to share my own personal experience and opinion of the app.

So, Drops is really specifically a vocabulary builder, so don’t show up expecting grammar. You will get verbs, though so far they’ve all been conjugated in first person. It sorts the vocabulary by topics, however the app itself is cumulative, so say for example I go to study essentials, it will primarily focus on the vocab of that lesson, however I may still get the occasional vocab word from any other lesson I’ve studied, and of course, only the specific words I’ve been introduced to from each lesson.

You start out with everything but the first category unlocked, when you first open it it asks if you’re a beginner or intermediate, I have no clue what happens if you click intermediate, honestly. When you’re on the categories screen (above), the clock is always stopped. And when you click a lesson and study for like three minutes but then want to go to another lesson for the last two minutes the clock will always stop on the category screen and you can think about what else you want to study without a deadline creeping up on you.

Drops also requires no typing (but that doesn’t mean no spelling, you get it other ways), and, as I’m currently using Japanese, I think it does a fairly decent job at introducing you to non-latin writing systems; however, it should absolutely be supplemented with other resources for learning the script. It phases you in slowly and uses a lot of romanizations, but after a word has come across your screen a couple of times it’ll start asking you to spell it in the proper alphabet. At first it’ll split the word up into like two big parts and eventually you’ll be down to putting it down by syllables or even letters. The groupings it chooses are sometimes random and a bit confusing to put together, even if you know the word, which I dislike. Also know, romanizations can be turned off at any time in the settings menu. Which I haven’t done yet so I don’t know what it’s gonna look like when I do but know that it’s an option.

The pronunciation audio I think is really good. For Japanese I’m pretty sure it’s a native speaker and not like a robot or some random British guy who knows IPA. The audio repetition is constant, so if you fill in the solution you will hear the word spoken each and every time, no exceptions. There is also no heart loosing features of any kind so wrong answers will not get penalized in any way. But when you get one wrong they will repeat the correct answer for you right after.

I also think it has compelling imagery. Everything is in the form of icons (not pictures), so it’s really clear EXACTLY what it’s supposed to be. Several of them, particularly for verbs, even have small animations. Like the one for “I eat” is a guy sitting at the table and his arm moves back and forth between the plate and his mouth, so, like eating. So very simple overall. And if you ever forget what a particular icon is supposed to be, you can always tap and drag/hold and the English will pop up. Here’s one of my favorite icons.

So overall I think it’s a cute little app. It will advertise constantly trying to get you to buy a subscription, I honestly don’t think it would be worth it unless they literally had the deal of the century and you’re rich. Also timing wise 5 minutes goes by incredibly fast but for me rarely feels like it wasn’t enough. I really like the ability to choose categories and not be locked into it until I finish lest the owl get angry (*cough cough* duolingo), so there’s a lot of freedom of movement in that, and the more categories you unlock the more versatility you get. You’re also not required to so all 5 minutes in one go. So if you only want to go for three, you totally can. My biggest complaint is that their like “5 minutes each day” is set for like a day to mean 10 hours, not 24, so sticking with any kind of streak is basically impossible. So, yeah, don’t like that. The absolute best feature they have though, is that when you finish your 5 minutes you get like a waiting screen with a timer until you can play again and a list of every word you encountered in your last 5 minute session. This page forgoes romanizations, and if you tap on an icon you can hear the word pronounced and see the English. Super useful so you can review after the lesson without wasting precious seconds writing vocab down while the timer is going. The notification is a bit guilt-trippy, just a warning.

BEST USES: Overall I think this app works really well as a fun little vocabulary builder. The fact that it mixes in vocab from other lessons (including lessons after the category you’re on and not just before) is extremely helpful and not something I’ve seen in any other app. Also the vocab list feature is mad supreme so love that, also haven’t seen anyone else do it. As it offers little in the sense of grammar or culture, it obvs cannot (and should not) be used as any kind of stand alone language learning method.

I also particularly think that this app would be super useful to people having trouble studying either because they’re super busy, or because they have depression, anxiety, or any other illness that makes simple things for neurotypicals or otherwise able people suddenly way more difficult to accomplish. It’s so low-key, and it only asks for 5 minutes that you don’t even have to give it all in one go, that it’s a nice way to keep language fresh in your brain and still get some extra vocab in when you just can’t bring yourself to do any kind of proper sit down studying.

Drops is currently available in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Russian, Portuguese or Italian. But as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are actually pretty recent additions, they will hopefully continue expanding into more languages.

Elder Scrolls Legends

Actually having a lot of fun with Elder Scrolls Legends. Granted, Tekken 7 has been dominating most of my time, but ESL has proven to be a nice break when ranked gets frustrating.

The rune and prophecy mechanic didn’t seem like a big deal at all at first, but it’s actually proven to be a game changer. It’s a really nice come back mechanic and makes games seem a bit less static.

I was honestly expecting a mediocre Hearthstone clone, but instead I got a genuinely well-crafted (albeit fairly similar) card game experience with plenty to offer in a saturated market.

Your Name Review

My name sucks.  If your name matches my name, chances are it sucks too but I’m not here to discuss, “What’s in a name?”, I want to talk about Your Name, a recent anime movie in select theaters. 

First time I heard of the movie there was quite a bit of praise coming from people I follow and several months later, the praise continues after more theaters started playing this feature.

Today, I went to the nearest theater that actually played the movie (and thankfully I didn’t have to travel too far to see it).  Now that I manage to see it, here is my verdict.  Go see this movie!

A lot of the reviews I’ve listen to and read avoided spoilers so I will do the same and say that you should go in with as little information plot-wise.  But then again, I’m not you so I have no idea how you will feel seeing it with major plot details so it’s more of a suggestion rather than any kind of specific direction to enjoy the movie.

Two things I loved about this movie, the art and story.

The art in many scenes is gorgeous to look at.  A lot of the backgrounds are hand made drawings and the level of detail is astounding to look at.  Even the most mundane areas that you might encounter has a visual flair that has me wanting to pause the movie to admire the amazing work that was done.

What surprised me the most was how well the writing was regarding the core plot thread.  It’s a body switching plot between a male and female protagonist without fixing too much on the physical aspects of each gender.  Sure there are moments shown in that regard but is usually reserved for comedic effect.  Without revealing too much, the relationship that develops between the two leads grows into the love that they themselves weren’t entirely ready for and I found it was built up perfectly.

If I had to rank this movie along other anime movies, I think I might rank it slightly above Kiki’s delivery service and really enjoyed that Miyazaki movie.

I would definitely would like read your thoughts on this movie if you are willing to share.  Especially on how you would rank it against many of your favorite anime’s.   

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone

Do you like rhythm games? Cool. Do you like underage girls singing and potentially dancing suggestively in skimpy outfits? If so, you may enjoy Hatsune Mike Project Diva Future Tone, and also please go to jail.

So recently I’ve been playing Hatsune Mika Project Diva Future Tone with a few of my friends, and I have to say, if you can get past the whole thing of sexualized children, it’s actually a fairly fun game. I’m the type who has always enjoyed rhythm games, but has never been particularly good at them. Ever since childhood with games like Guitar Hero and DDR, and into my older years with Stepmania and OSU.

Not too long ago, I spent quite a bit of time playing Melody’s Escape, and enjoyed it uite a bit, but eventually grew away from it. When my friend introduced me to Project Diva, it sort of helped to fill the void.

For those of you who don’t know, Project Diva (at least the console version), is a lot like OSU, but also Stepmania, and it’s played with a controller instead of a mouse. You play to vocaloid music with music videos that range from realistically calm to absolutely mind-breaking. Something like someone singing and dancing in the middle of the field, to a teenage girl jumping and dancing across light-speed psychadelic shapes on the acid trip of the century. Or of course a sixteen year old vampire walking around a gothic castle acting cool as hell. Oh and one where there’s a sixteen year old girl slowly committing suicide in the most dramatic fashion possible.

All of these music videos are fronted by a rhythm game that is simple yet strangely challening. Of course, a console based rhythm game like this could never really rival Stepmania or OSU in terms of difficulty cap, but it definitely proves to be a very brutal challenge for anyone who is not adept at this variety of game.

The game has issues but they’re all quite minor. Little things like sometimes janky animations and bizarre body movements. However, aside from that, the game does very well at everything it tries to do. It’s a simple but enjoyable game, and definitely something I would recommend to any vocaloid fans I may know who don’t already play it.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I find Project Diva to be oddly enthralling. I find myself playing it for hours at a time, despite it being the type of thing I would not normally get too engaged in. Perhaps it’s just the charming, upbeat nature of the game that invokes some sense of euphoria. Or, perhaps it’s because I’ve grown to associate it with the one group of people I actually look forward to seeing regularly. Either way, I feel like I enjoy this game way more than I have any natural right to.

Multiple Uses For Aspirin: FanFiction

He was an army medic once- Hadn’t gone off of that for a while, but that didn’t mean he had forgotten any of his training. The most important thing he had learned from his experience was how to keep calm and carry on- even in the worst situation.

Just replace the puddles of ink with the enemy in his mind, and everything else just became second nature to him. He wasn’t banged up enough that he had to worry about anything else yet- though a quick review wouldn’t hurt the situation either, especially since his traveling companion wasn’t as trained in medical field as he was.

“Splints and tourniquets-?” Bendy echoed, “Which ones which again?”

“Splints are for broken bones, tourniquets are only when you can’t stop the bleeding.” Henry replied, as he searched the floors for anymore searchers. “You could probably use a belt to secure both.”

“Probably?”

“… It’s been a while, but I’m sure I’ll remember when I need to.” There was a pause. “IF I need to.”

“Well, I’d like to know for sure in case I need to patch you up! A torn off leg is an easy fix for a Toon, not a person!” The ink demon frowned, pacing the length of his page.

“You’d probably need both of those things for a torn off leg- depending on how cleanly the leg was torn off.” Henry mused, “and a lot of aspirin.”

“Aspirin?” Pac-man eyes blinked curiously.

Henry couldn’t help but laugh a little, before he reached into his pocket and withdrew a packet of small, white pills. They had been used by Henry as a blood thinner, per a home remedy, and was surprised that he hadn’t lost them yet during the struggles. It was around this time that he couldn’t help but be thankful for still having them.

“It’s medicine- It has a couple of uses, but it’s mainly for slight pain and headaches.” The creator explained, sliding one out of its pack and into his hand for Bendy to see.

“Ooooh…”

Carefully, Henry set his ax aside, and cracked one pill in half twice. He then swallowed the three bigger halves, leaving only a tiny piece behind. It was then offered up to the drawing.

“I’m not sure if this will help you any, but it might.”

With a deep breath, he watched Bendy eye the piece with an uncertain expression. Then the toon slipped off of his page and into a nearby puddle of ink. In a few seconds, the pill piece was swallowed, and Bendy was quickly returned to his page, seemingly shaken by something.

“You’re getting better at staying in control.” Henry noted, as he figured that was what was bothering his friend.

“GAH! Henry, I’ve got bigger things to worry about! Aspirin tastes terrible!” Bendy cried, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. “Got a pill in that pocket that makes horrible tastes go away!?”

“No.”

There was no prior training needed to know when it was okay to laugh at your situation. Army Medic or ink demon, a light hearted situation was the perfect one to laugh in. So that’s what the did.


(As always, this was inspired by @squigglydigglydoo
And @shinyzango , who are my two primary sources for BatIM related content while I patiently wait for chapter 3 to come out (I NEED canon answers to the madness that is this game!)

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Quick Review of the True Crime Books I read in 2016 (Part 2)

(Part 1) (Review of books in 2015)

Invisible Darkness by Stephen Williams: This is one of the most unsettling books I’ve read, and I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Starting with the good, it’s a very complete and detailed account of the relationship between Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka and their crimes. It also offers a good insight into the very controversial legal agreement between Karla and the prosecution, that ended with her serving only ten years despite being an active and willing participant in the rape and murder of three girls. The third act of the book, dealing with this, was one of the better things in the novel, although I wish the actual trial had been covered more in depth. As for the bad… I thought the rape scenes were excessively and unnecesarily detailed, and I felt like the author enjoyed writing those disturbing passages a little too much. His narration is also very uneven, especially in the first part; while I liked his subtle sarcasm while describing the legal proceedings and Karla’s life, he also made some strange time jumps that made it a bit confusing to know when things are happening. There are so many private scenes that he couldn’t have possibly witnessed that he must have made them up, which made me question a little the credibility of the whole book. Finally, his obsession with Karla turns her into a fleshed out, complex character, but the opposite happens with Bernardo, who seems almost a caricature with no real insight. I still feel like I don’t know much about him other than he’s a narcissistic, sociopathic idiot. Bottomline: A good introduction to this case, if you have the stomach for it, but you’ll probably need to complement with other books later (Thank you @adeadlyinnocence for recommending me this book).

Conviction by Juan Martinez: Last year I read Picture Perfect, which is the better book to learn about Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander and how their story ended with her murdering him. This book was an interesting complement because I enjoy the details of trials and this one in particular was a very intense and eventful one. Juan Martinez, the man who prosecuted Arias, describes in detail his investigation and strategy to get a conviction, and he certainly doesn’t pretend to be humble when detailing his role in putting her behind bars. There’s no new information or revelations that I hadn’t seen everywhere else. He’s also extremely biased and portrays her as the worst of the worst, he even talks of her “dark soul” at some point. I have to say, I personally didn’t mind that because I can’t stand Jodi Arias, but if you’re looking for a more objective look into her, you should stay away from this.

True Crime Addict by James Renner: I already wrote about how bad this book about the disappearance of Maura Murray is here, but to summarize: don’t waste your time with this narcissistic, self infolved piece of sleazy reporting disguised as “journalism”. The author is insufferable and seems to think we care about his life while offering nothing new to the actual case of Maura.

Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford: I can only describe this book as “correct” but is not really very engaging nor memorable, despite covering a very famous and horrible case. The kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh in 1981 and the many years it took to be solved was one that shook the United States and started many changes. I feel like this book doesn’t quite manage to portray those changes, mostly because it decides to look away from Adam’s parents and their struggle and instead it focus on the story of the detective that eventually gave sufficient evidence for police to close the case naming Ottis Toole as the killer. Toole’s story is also described in some chapters but again, it seems to only give a superficial portrayal of him.

Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton: This book was written by one of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial, so it’s important to keep in mind we are seeing only one side of the story, and he certainly doesn’t hold back in showing her as the most manipulative and lying person on Earth. That being said, it’s really hard to see how this woman was found not guilty. Ashton explains all the evidence they had in detail and it’s very compelling, and tells about all the things going on behind the scenes. He also can’t hide his contempt for the defense lawyer (he openly admits he dislikes him) and for the jury too, whom he clearly blames for the ultimate decision of the trial. My only issue with this book is that I didn’t see much introspection or real analysis into why they lost the case.

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller: It’s so hard to find an unbiased analysis of JonBenet Ramsey’s murder, because so many people who’ve written about it have been “part of the investigation”, which makes it a big no no for me because we know that investigation was far from stellar, for many reasons that aren’t just the fault of the police. This book is hardly perfect (see what I did there?) but it’s a decent start to the case, because it details the investigation and the many inside shenanigans, the Ramsey’s version, the complicated dealings with the prosecution’s office and why they refused to charge the Ramsey’s, and also how the press covered the case. It doesn’t really give much perspective on other potential suspects and the title is misleading, since it suggests it will explore more the context of Boulder, the town where the murder happened, but I didn’t see much of that. I’d say this is an okay book to understand why this case went so wrong, but I don’t think it gives one convincing theory about what really happened.

Devil in the Darkness by JT Hunter: Israel Keyes is one of the most chilling and intriguing serial killers in recent times, not to mention there’s still a lot of mystery around him, so it’s a bit surprising he hasn’t been more deeply covered by other authors. This book is a decent attempt at it, and gives a good introduction into what kind of person he was before he started his crimes; not so much after. Because there are a lot of unconfirmed things in his story, including his victims, the book mostly dedicates time to his most infamous murder, the one of Samantha Koenig. The narration jumps back and forth between the time around that crime and Keyes’ past, with a lot of attention put into his relationship with the mother of his daughter, probably because she seemed to be one of the few people involved willing to talk to the author. I found this book a bit hard to follow at times, but I’d still recommend it if you’re interested in true crime.

The Cases that Haunt Us by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker: As you probably know, John Douglas is the guy that pretty much built the department of behavior analysis in the FBI and is one of the pioneers in profiling criminals. He makes sure to tell you that a hundred times in this book, because he can never flatter himself enough, although I get that the talk of his past experiences is important here to validate his opinions. This book covers famous unsolved or solved but controversial cases through America’s history (plus Jack the Ripper because who can resist) and in each one Douglas gives his point of view of the profile of the suspects, and whether or not they fit with the actual murderer. Lizzie Borden, the kidnapping of the Lindberg Baby, the Boston Strangler and the Black Dahlia are among the cases covered. I found his views in the JonBenet’s case particularly interesting because he got to be involved personally in it, and he got a lot of criticisim because he thought the Ramseys were innocent (and I have to say, strictly from a profiling point of view, I agree with his assessment). The book can get exhausting because the writing is very academical and not very fluid, but it’s also a good learning experience if you like investigations.

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