rarer stuff

105 Days Of BroTPs, day 16: Adrien and Chloé

Childhood friends

  • I’m just thinking about how when Adrien was homeschooled, Chloé was the only kid his age he knew and his only friend, and now I’m crying because imagine how lonely it would feel to not know anyone and so how close must he have been with Chloé out of necessity
  • And the thing is that Chloé really does care about Adrien!! She wanted him to be able to come to school and live like a normal kid, she’s always being really protective over him, he’s one of the few people she’s always nice to, she was so happy to see he’s safe in the Christmas episode… she cares about him a lot
  • And Adrien cares about Chloé a lot! You can tell it hurts him that he’s realized she’s not a very nice person and now they’re drifting apart ack…
  • Okay but imagine after a Chloé redemption arc, if these two could regain their old friendship?? It would be so sweet and precious, I think it would make them happier
  • Adrien’s a sweetheart so he’d be one of the first people to help Chloé become a kinder person, right? He’d encourage her and be there for her and help her out.
  • Also (ZAGSPOILERS) a bee and cat friendship square?? Good stuff

anonymous asked:

What would class 1-A react when they finally see Hero Merch of themselves??? And What kind of Deku merchandise willOchako secretly buy ??

I think they would all really love it! To varying dagrees at least. I mean, they all grew up with some kind of hero merch, so them having merch of their own would feel like they really “hit the big time.”

Izuku would be over the moon. Considering how much All Might stuff he’s bought over the years, the first time he walks into a shop and sees Deku Merch would be amazing. He’d probably call his mom with a picture of a Deku plush with the caption: Mom look at this!! (she’d do the same if she found it first, and becomes the biggest collector of Deku merch in no time at all)

Ochako probably made sure she would get the lion’s share of the royalties from her Uravity stuff. She’d send most of it to her parents along with whatever new thing that gets released. Her parents have a whole shelf of Uravity merch. She herself is really happy with it too! (she also makes sure there are plenty of extra cheap stuff for kids whose parents can’t afford some of the higher end things)

I’m guessing the Iida family has kind of a “line” of toys based on each member of the family, with the same toy company making the toys for a few generations now. Like, when Iida becomes a full fledged hero his parents take him to the office of the company CEO so he could have a bigger say in how his merch is made. He cries a little when a special edition figure of his gets released that includes him posing with the previous Ingenium, his brother.

Bakugou is really smug about his merch…on the inside, like hell is he going to go out and actually say that he’s happy about it. He’s a bit pissed that they’ve made a few plushies of him though. (sqeeze them and a high pitched “die!” or other related Bakugou-isim comes out) He’s a bit cooler with it when a few kids walk up to him with those plushies asking for an autograph.

Kirishima is fucking pumped the first time he sees Red Riot merch. He actually poses for a lot of the figures and posters. Whenever a fan shows up for an autograph while wearing his costume he makes a point of posing with them for a picture too.

Tsuyu just smiles the first time she sees Froppy merch. She buys a few figures for her little brother and a plushie for her little sister, but other wise she’s actually rather chill about it. (then she hears about the body pillows some are making in her image and comes down on them like the wrath of God. The less said about what happens when she hears about the body pillows people are making of her friends, the better)

Aoyama inspects every single piece of Can’t Stop Twinkling Merchendice that comes out, every single one, even some of the racier stuff. Bootleg stuff of his is really easy to spot because it doesn’t shine as brightly as possible. He releases a Japanese-French-Japanese dictionary under his name, barely anyone buys it.

Mina is giddy as all hell whenever she sees Pinky stuff. Her most popular items are fake horns and black contacts. Her personal favorite is a squirt gun that colors the water like her acid, she uses it all the time in pranks and such.

Ojiro probably releases a bunch of Tailman brand “Karate lesson” discs and such. As well as Gi and gloves and such. More or less all of his stuff that isn’t figures or plushies (an infamously popular plushie that was just his tail haunts him to this day) are sports equipment. He’s probably the least hyped about it, he’s happy, but mostly he considers it to be purely buissness.

Kaminari has a bunch of stereotypical cool stuff, like skateboards and roller blades and shit. Also he has a bunch of Chargebolt brand shit. Chargebolt shampo, Chargebolt hair dye (to put some charge in your static!™), Chargbolt soda, you name it he’s allowed his name to be put on it.

Kyouka has more music stuff with the Earphone Jack name on it then is probably possible. Like honestly. Obviously the most popular item are ear buds shaped like her Jacks. Some of the other basic stuff, like figures, are kinda embarrassing to her honestly.

Kouda has a punch of pet products with his hero name on it. A lot of pet stores and animal shelters have his image on the front with him surrounded by animals along with the caption, “Animal loved, Anima approved!” Obviously a lot of shady places have this banner up without his premission, which brings out the very rare angry side of him when he finds out.

Sato has a bunch of cooking and baking stuff with the Sugerman logo on it. He’s really happy the first time he gets a letter from a kid who bought one of his easy-bake ovens that said he’s inspired the kid to be a cook.

Shoji is pretty damn happy to see kids running around with a bunch of fake tentacles strapped to them. His figures are actually some of the cooler ones, with really dynamic poses using all of his limbs. Otherwise he’s pretty chill about it.

Sero is kinda miffed that the first piece of merch he has is…a tape dispenser. It takes a long time for him to get any actually shit made of him and when they do finally make some cellophone merch, he ecstatic.

Tokoyami does not like the fact that his most popular item is a plushie of dark shadow. Honestly, there are a bunch of cooler stuff, like figures of him in a fighting pose are posters of him and dark shadow beating down their enemies, and the one thing people buy more then anything else is this 300 yen black bird toy that goes, Ay-o!, when you squeeze it? Some people honestly…

Todoroki only really has figures of him in cool poses. He likes it but he thinks its getting a bit old. The first time he gets a plushie made of him he actually smiles because finally something that isn’t him looking cool! 

As for Tooru…gloves, that is literally it. Just gloves and and boots. It really bums her out. She actually almost stopped Tsuyu from getting rid of her body pillows because at least that’s something. 

Momo loves every single thing made of her, plushies, figures, you name it. She even buys some of the rarer and expensive stuff for herself because she thinks they did a really good job on it. She put out a few Creati brand study guides for every grade from grade school to senior year in high school that sell like hot cakes.

Grape juice brand grape juice. That’s it. Mineta is outraged, his class is not surprised.

Bonus: There’s a super rare Deku plush of him in his very first costume. Nobody really knows how the people that made it knew how it looked it, since he only wore it once when he fought Bakugou before it got nearly destroyed, but those who were there can tell it is completely accurate.

Ochako has actually bought it right under everyone’s nose. She keeps it somewhere safe where nobody can find it. Every now and again if she’s having a bad day she takes it out and hugs it as she sleeps.

mellowyellowcream  asked:

Where do you get your aizawa keychains? I really want one :<

I get most of them by lurking on ebay and swooping in the moment a good deal comes up. An anon told me about fromjapan which is a website that helps you buy merchandise that people in Japan are relisting, but there’s a processing fee… So including shipping and the price of the item, it gets expensive, but it’s a good place to find rarer stuff. Plus the people who run it are really nice so they help you out with translating, too. (My waiter Shouta keychain was more expensive than I would have liked it to be and I was forced to buy it in a bundle with All Might… But I love my trash boi so it’s okay.) 

You can also check amiami. They tend to sell in bundles though so buying individual merchandise isn’t ideal there. (But that’s where I got my plush. :) )

I hope this helps! Good luck with your keychain hunting!

strangeexistence-deactivated201  asked:

(part 2) also I wanted to ask what are the most interesting facts about jeffery dahmer? I dont know much about him so im just curious lol i just know columbine mainly

Since you don’t know much about Dahmer, this’ll be a little compilation of generic information and stuff that I personally found interesting that may not be as well known:

- At age 4, Jeff had to undergo an invasive surgery for a double hernia. He was in a great deal of pain, so much so that he thought they had removed his penis. This surgery marked a change in personality that never seemed to return to his previous liveliness. It is speculated often that this event was a huge turning point for Jeff, as he would later subject his victims to a similar invasion.

- Jeff has one sibling, a younger brother by 6 years, that Jeff named “David” when his parents gave him the choice. David would go on to change his last name once Dahmer’s crimes came to light. He lives in anonymity and is the polar opposite of his brother - interestingly, Jeff was a Gemini, and David, a Sagittarius - also opposites.

- He was never abused, sexually or otherwise, but his father was never home, as he was studying for his doctorate in chemistry and then avoiding his marital problems by working more. His mother was emotionally unstable and on a large variety of medications - taking as many as 26 pills a day, and spent much of his childhood in bed. When they were together, they fought constantly, Jeff decided from a young age that he never wanted to get married.

- Jeff never tortured or killed animals. He would collect roadkill and dissect these instead, he kept their parts preserved in small jars he kept in a shed in their yard.

- Jeff began drinking heavily at age 14, avoiding coming to terms with his homosexuality and the beginnings of his interest in lying with an unmoving partner. His attention seeking antics - faking epilepsy or cerebral palsy, knocking times off of shelves in stores, and bleating like a sheep - Doing-a-Dahmer - were usually preceded and concluded with more alcohol. He gained weight because of this, something that would subtly bother him.

- Dahmer attended college for one semester before drinking himself back out, this following the death of his first victim, Steven Hicks. When alone, he would drink until he was weepy and he would cry over the incident.

- Jeff lost his virginity in a bookstore/sex shop that ‘allowed’ anonymous sex in the back where pay-per-view pornography would usually be available. He was 25 years old.

- Although Jeff was a noted sex offender and often labeled a pedophile, his victims ages ranged from age 14-33 years old. He maintained that it was not the race, age, or sexuality of his victims that enticed him - it was their overall attractiveness, their body type, and a willing to come home with him. Despite the bulk of his 17 victims being minorities, Jeff’s “ideal” guy was young, smooth, hairless, white, and with a Chip and Dale body type.

- Jeff was required to seek psychiatric help as a result of a public indecency charge - this should’ve been a SERIOUS indicator of future offending behaviors - Jeff was determined by both clinicians in his early twenties to have a Schizotypal Personality (NOT to be confused with schizophrenia). He was evasive, prone to delusions about others - always critical of their motives, very mistrusting, defensive, flat, and lacking in emotional depth.

- His sex offender status resulted from his drugging of and sexual assault on Somsack Sinthasomphone, a thirteen year old art student. This is when his father found out Jeff was gay. He would go on, unknowingly, to drug and murder Somsack’s younger brother, Konerak, two years later - the infamous boy that the cops returned to him after his initial escape.

- Prior to murder, Dahmer would typically have bribed the guy to come home with money in exchange for sex, to take photos of them (under the guise of being a casual photographer) or just to have them watch movies with him and keep him company. Some men were completely willing partners, requiring no payment and genuinely wanted to spend the night with Jeff. Once at the apartment, some men would resist his sexual advances once there (or demand more money), some would try to leave after sex, and others simply told him they couldn’t stay as long as he wanted them to. At this point, he would place 5-7 halcion (sleeping pills) in some coffee, at times, also mixed with Bailey’s Irish Cream (a light whiskey). The men would pass out after 30 minutes or so, and Jeff would then, strangle them, embrace, kiss, caress them, and continue his exploration of, and, finally, assault on them.

- In addition to being a necrophile, he also had voyeuristic tendencies, including frotteurism (sexual excitement from rubbing/pressing your groin/body against someone unconsenting, usually in a public place), as well as a sexual attraction to viscera/organs and the noises that come from the heart and gut. Dismemberment and cannibalism would eventually give him sexual excitement, as well - feeling complete ownership of his victims at this time, they could not leave him.

- His defending counsel at his trial, consisted of two young women, eventually grew friendly with Jeff over the course of their time with him. He was initially very polite, but reserved, never forthcoming. By the end of their time together, Jeff would compliment either of them regularly - noting when they “look(ed) nice (that) day” or “that’s a snappy necklace you’re wearing”. He told them later that they were the two closest friends he’d ever had in his life.

I have tons more, of course, but I’m building another post sticking to the rarer stuff, I just wanted to make sure I finished this one up for you as soon as I could.

So You Want To Write... Space Opera

This’ll be a short one, friends and neighbours. Space Opera is practically an aesthetic before it’s anything else.

What Is Space Opera?

Go back far enough, and it’s an insult. Space opera, as a term, emerged around the same time as soap operas were gaining prominence. For the youngsters in the audience, soap operas are what people watched before reality TV where the domestic and interpersonal conflicts of ordinary people were centre-stage. They were comparatively short and sponsored by soap companies, and by the nineties were a pretty legitimate piece of popular art (British institution Coronation Street is an exemplar of the form). Back then though, oh boy, such scorn from the literary elite. It’s kind of funny, really, how opera - with its connotations of class and culture - was co-opted to deride genres critics didn’t care for. Some westerns of the day, seen as degenerate from their roots, were referred to as ‘horse operas’.

You chuckled. Admit it.

So by the standards of the time, space opera was sci-fi with a hearty dash of romance. Not merely in the star-crossed lovers sense, but evoking high-adventure chivalric romance and heroic struggles. Space opera is almost always softer sci-fi, and it leans heavily toward sci-fantasy. You don’t need to know how lightsabers work or how contact with Hutts has changed the galactic economy to appreciate Luke Skywalker destroying Jabba’s sand barge.

Yes, Star Wars is space opera. It’s the monomyth with spaceships instead of horses. It’s Jedi instead of samurai. It’s the Emperor instead of Sauron. Admittedly, you do get the odd hard sci-fi space opera (Alistair Reynolds, for example), but it’s rarer stuff. Unlike hard sci-fi, space opera is not usually about society, technology, faith, or science in quite the same way. It’s usually…

Why Use Space Opera?

  • This is a story about an unassuming youth with a courageous heart whom destiny will choose to defeat The Black Star with the powers of justice and friendship.

  • This is a story about brave fighter pilots defeating the Imperial Fleet to save Andromeda from their unjust rule, with death-defying feats of astrobatics and knife-edge dogfights.

  • This is a story about Princess Alana of the Eternium Empire seeing her betrothed, Prince Yousuf of the Spinward Worlds, kidnapped near their wedding day by the evil Cyberdemon and her epic quest to rescue him using The Sword of the Stars.

  • A plucky young mech pilot must cross uncharted space to bring vital information to the Terran Alliance and end the threat of the Necrodrones.

I’m probably selling the genre short here, but if it sounds like the title crawl for a 1980s sci-fi adventure movie you’ll be fine.

How Do I Use Space Opera?

The primary use of space opera is to play with sci-fi tropes and heavily with sci-fi aesthetics without committing to the weighty themes of hard science fiction. Sure, you can nod at issues of AI, alien contact, FTL economies, and so on, but your emphasis is on the characters. Space opera benefits from huge personalities - heroic people doing heroic things. It’s a genre defined by hope and optimism, generally, and draws a lot of influence from nautical fiction and westerns. It’s about clashing egos and ideologies in a way not far removed from fantasy - indeed, you can try an experiment here.

  1. Convert Star Wars to a fantasy setting and see how much changes.

  2. Convert Lord of the Rings to a sci-fi setting and see how much changes.

Core stuff is largely the same, right?

Another classic example, perhaps the apex of the form,  is Flash Gordon, which I will link here to educate you whippersnappers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfc_CrwiE4Y

Now, this isn’t to say you can’t handle heavy themes in space opera (some would argue The Culture novels are space opera), but it is perhaps not the easiest mesh. In any case, if you’re doing space opera, you generally want to emphasize characters, relationships, and deeds, without stressing too much that the world is highly detailed. You don’t need to explain how the faster-than-light ships work if you throw in a word like hyperspace or jump-drive or whathaveyou. It’s also a common element that the scope is huge - whole worlds or star systems at risk of annihilation, the fate of humankind hanging in the balance, that kind of thing.

Interestingly, I think some of the best current examples of space opera are in anime - like Macross or Haarlocke,

Told you this’d be a short one folks.

What’s Good For Space Opera Roleplaying?

FATE Core, goes with everything.

Big Eyes Small Mouth, for that particular anime flavour.

Traveller, on the harder sci-fi side.

Arguably the Dark Heresy RPG for Warhammer 40k.

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, natch

Stars Without Number

Diaspora

Hellas, Worlds of Sun and Stone is Greek tragedy IN SPAAAACE and it’s fucking great.

I hear good things about Mindjammer, a FATE derived space opera RPG.

anonymous asked:

You haven't posted in a while, I hope you're ok! I miss my daily Ted fix. I'm checking your blog every day for any new post. Best Ted blog out there, 10/10!

Hey! I’m fine, but dealing with some personal stuff! Thank you, it means a lot ❤ I’m not deserting the blog, I’m just trying to post rarer stuff instead of the books everyone already have!

anonymous asked:

I have a character that's taken martial arts from a very young age (six), and he and another tend to surpass their classmates by spending a lot of free time practicing and sparring with each other. Is it reasonable for them to get better with practice, or would they really need the teacher to be there to improve? The style of martial arts in particular is roughly useful for 'real fighting' but not doing serious damage, focusing on dodging/blocking and knocking the opponent down using an opening.

I should probably take a moment to point out that sparring isn’t play fighting or safe fighting, it’s a form of training. While you can spar without an instructor present, it isn’t actually overlooked until you get to the upper belt ranks and older teen/adult. While most sparring matches go fine, there are always a couple where someone (or everyone) screws up and the students get seriously injured. For example, my brother and a visiting black belt decided to put on the UFC fiberglass gloves (when they still made them) for our in-house tournament. Our instructors let them, and my brother got punched in the face. His eyesocket cracked, the muscles controlling the eye’s movement slipped down between the cracks. My mom was there and she rushed him to the hospital where he had to have surgery. If he hadn’t, he’d have lost the use of his eye.

That’s on the rarer side, but stuff like broken arms and legs happens. Are they all accidents? Yes. You can hurt someone else or injure them without any malicious intent meant. Training accidents happen to everyone, even to those who ostensibly know what they’re doing. Having your instructor or one of the black belts there when sparring means the greater chances that someone will be there if things do go wrong or be able to cut off tragedy at the pass before it has a chance to go over the edge.

Having someone even if it isn’t an instructor present when you spar is about safety. It is also about legality. While you do sign waivers when you join martial arts schools, the main point of a sparring activities is to ensure the proceedings are safe. The less padding, the greater the necessity for eyeballs. If you’re under black belt and a minor, then someone will probably be in the vicinity if these kids are sparring on premises even if there aren’t eyeballs directly on them at all times. And if they’re sparring when they shouldn’t? The first time they’ll get let off with a warning. If it becomes a repeat habit, they’ll get kicked out after they’re discovered.

There is a very distinct difference between “practicing your techniques with a partner” and “sparring”.

Practicing with a partner: you’re performing one technique or a combination of techniques in order to practice technique, precision, and learn distance with another human present to act as your dummy. This is not freestyle, it’s controlled. It goes back and forth. Practicing with a partner is very important for martial arts training because you’re figuring out new concepts you can’t get on your own such as the troublesome nature of finding pressure points, learning to adjust for another person’s weight, the actual length of your arms, etc. It is very controlled and it can be literally anything, from throwing roundhouse kicks back and forth to practicing your throws/grappling techniques. This is where most technical adjustments will happen.

Sparring: Sparring is a practice fight where you take everything you’ve learned and put it to the test against a live opponent in a mostly free-form format. The rules mostly change depending the martial art, on belt rank, or just for general safety (such as no blows to the head/no kicks to the head for minors). Sparring is not a substitute for a “real fight”, it’s just the closest you can get in a safe/controlled environment. People will take chances in sparring that they never would in real life simply because they know that it isn’t real or that they’re safe. If your characters aren’t practicing their techniques then no amount of sparring is going to help them improve. Doing a lot of sparring is like skipping ahead to F when you still need to work through A, B, C, D, and E. The boring stuff.

For example, most martial arts schools have one, yes only one, day of the week dedicated to sparring. It acts as a carrot to get kids interested in doing the boring stuff, much in the same way the prospect of dessert after the meal encourages children to eat their vegetables.

Just because your character is successful in sparring doesn’t mean they can do jack shit in a real fight. The closer their martial art hews in focus on street fighting/self-defense then the less freedom they’ll be allowed when sparring. You may be going “but it’s safe!”. It is never safe. Where two consenting adults can go at it legally, two minors will be in a host of trouble.

You need someone around who has some basic grasp of what they’re doing, free-form practicing rather than outright sparring is usually where innovation happens. If they don’t know enough to understand what it should look like, then the students will end up just baking their flaws into their techniques.

“I do not fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee

This quote is pretty simple, but it trips people up. Bruce Lee is talking about refinement of the basics, which are the foundation of all martial arts. By focusing on a single technique, you carefully practice until it is perfect. Looking for flaws, adjusting yourself, fixing your mistakes, and continuing to work on it until it is the best it possibly can be. Whereas, the one who grabs at everything or doesn’t focus on their basics has no foundation and far less dangerous. This also directly applies to sparring because most students (not just writers) approach the exercise with the eagerness of “getting to do a real fight”.

If you assume your technique is fine or practice the same movement over and over again without thinking about it (as one might in sparring when their mind is on other things), then you eventually bake those flaws into your muscle memory. Once they end up in your muscles by the series of repetitions, they become much harder to extract.

It’s not that too much practice is bad or even that practice without oversight is bad, but rather practice without any thought, self-awareness, or critical analysis is what will catch you. When you find that balance of what the technique should look/feel like, you then practice it over and over repetitively until you can do it on command.

This is where techniques like the 1 hit KO roundhouse come from. One of the other masters in our organization shared a story about meeting my Master Gary Nakahama at a tournament. He and his friends were up in the stands laughing at this guy on the floor who was just practicing his roundhouse before the match over and over and over again. The match begins, KWJN Gary threw his roundhouse, hit his opponent in the head, and down the other man went. They all stopped laughing after that.

Lastly, it’s worth pointing out that while these two may be very good at fighting each other, if they only practice against one person then they will only be good against that person. One of the advantages of a class is that you get a wider sample size to practice with. People come in all different shapes and sizes with flaws and foibles, their bodies are all slightly different. Part of practicing with multiple individuals is learning to adjust on the fly to those changes.

All this is me saying that there isn’t anything wrong with your set up (other than the “we do real fighting but we don’t hurt people” which is a contradiction and still dumb), just giving you contextual information to think about surrounding these characters.

The other thing I would caution you to think long and hard about is the contradiction I mentioned above and why you want it. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, there is no safety with violence. There’s only “as safe as we can make it”. Your martial art doesn’t make sense to me, except on the idea that it’s existing for narrative’s moral reasons. Your characters are going to have a difficult time sparring if they aren’t learning how to attack. At the very least step back and look at Aikido or some other martial arts that focus on a more non-violent approach.

Because it feels like you said, “roughly close to real violence except they don’t fight at all”. Most martial arts that hew toward “real life violence” don’t fuck around, they end it fast whether that’s a lightspeed throw that puts an opponent on their back or a headbutt to the face.

You might want to find some balance between your desire to have your characters be good at fighting but also whatever inner fear might linger that the reader won’t like them if they hurt people. Because right now it feels like they’ve been backed into a “martial art” that’s going to hamstring them.

That is just one person’s perspective, take what you will from it.

-Michi

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Aseksualitet - Norwegian info on asexuality

There’s painfully little information or FAQs on asexuality in Norwegian, and it’s even rarer to find stuff that isn’t horribly problematic or incomplete. Years ago I translated AAW’s “asexuality 101” and have had it laying around my old blog since then, but it was kinda tied to my name/blog…

So I decided to update it and give it its own tumblr page, so it can have a nice clean link that people can share with friends and family members who may not be as good at English - especially since there are already many new and confusing terms related to asexuality.

(Any fellow Norwegian/Nordic aces want to give me feedback on it, feel free!)

(Mod note: this is a wonderful project you’ve taken on!)

anonymous asked:

Pet store sexism. Is that a thing? Fish are a generally male hobby, especially when it comes to rarer stuff or planted aquariums. I am an avid fish keeper and all of my tanks are heavily planted, I feel like I know my stuff. I was working in the fish department today, saw a guy come in and look around. I asked if he needed any help and he said no. Less than a minute later my male co worker asks the same question and the guy says yes! Wtf?

*Sigh* No it’s definitely a thing. A lot of customers pay much more attention to male coworkers when it comes to the fish and reptiles, and to female coworkers when it comes to the small animals, dogs, and cats. Because apparently only men can care about fish and reptiles and only women can care about fluffy mammals.