recurring problems

  • 2007, Dreaming Out Loud: "I can't sleep, not like I used to"
  • 2009, Waking Up: "No sleep, today, can't even rest when the sun's down"
  • 2013, Native: "Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep"
  • 2016, Oh My My: "I don't set alarms, lately I don't set alarms"
Jewish Holidays Don’t Work Like Yours

I’ve seen a lot of posts that seem to fundamentally misunderstand the mechanics of more important Jewish holidays, so allow me to clarify a few things: If you’re approaching Jewish holidays the same way you would approach Christian, or even Muslim, holidays, then your framework for understanding our observance is entirely wrong.

We have different levels of holidays. Some of them, like Chanukah, are more minor and don’t really require much of us other than the brief practice of some symbolic rituals, which we can do in addition to whatever else occurs in our normal everyday lives. Go to work, light a menorah, eat a latke, spin a dreidel, attend a protest, whatever. We can do that on minor holidays. 

But our major holidays—which for more traditionally observant Jews, includes Shabbat, our Sabbath—don’t work like that. On Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot (first two days), Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Passover (first two days), and Shavuot, we are technically not permitted to work or participate in public life in any way. Now, sure—a lot of us who live in Western countries and aren’t strictly Orthodox have resorted to workarounds for a lot of these. For me, I’ll work during the day on Passover, and have Seder at night, or I’ll go to Shabbat services on Friday, and then go to a portest on Saturday, I won’t really observe Shavuot at all, etc. It’s not ideal, but it’s the price I pay for living in a society that demands my assimilation. But 1) There are a lot of Jews for whom that compromise is morally not an option and 2) For the majority of Jews around the world, even if we’re very assimilated the rest of the time, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur tend to be deal breakers—especially Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. On Yom Kippur, we do not eat or drink for 25 hours. We do not bathe, we do not wear leather. We do not use lotions or perfumes. We do not have intercourse. We do not work. We do not participate in public life. We go to synagogue and we fast and atone. 

It’s not like Christmas where you are encouraged to spend the day feasting amongst family but can still go out if you so choose (provided anything is open), or like Ramadan, where you can work or go to school during the day and then have Ifthar at night. We’re literally prohibited from going anywhere but synagogue or another person’s house for observance, and asking us to change the way we observe even more than we already do just to get by in Western society really smacks of assimilationist hubris. It’s not like we don’t already face repercussions for this (I straight up got fired from a temp job once for saying I would not be able to work on Rosh Hashanah), but it would be nice not to face them from people who supposedly understand the dangers of white Christian hegemony.

So when major protests are scheduled time and time and time again for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, etc. there are only two ways we can take it: Either the rest of you are totally approaching our holidays from a place of ill-informed cultural normativity lacking in any intention to correct that failure of understanding despite our repeated pleas to be included, or worse, it’s being done on purpose because people actively don’t want us there. I don’t believe there was anything malicious in this most recent instance because it seems like the organisers are genuinely trying to find a solution, but it is a recurring problem that needs to be addressed, and understanding how we observe is an important component of that. We want to march. We don’t want to assimilate. There should be room for that here. 

i am so sick of seeing people not only steal gifs, but reblogging them. people have stolen my gifs before, and every time i see them gain hundreds of notes, my heart sinks. reblogging stolen gifs is just as bad at the person stealing the gifs. you are contributing to stolen work and that is not okay. so, to make sure you don’t accidentally pull the douche move of reblogging a repost, let’s go over a few signs to tell if a gifset is stolen:

  • the size doesn’t match up (small and large gifs in the same set, one 250px gif taking up the whole row, etc)
  • the coloring doesn’t match up (color and black/white or a soft pastel and a harsh red being in the same gifset) 
  • the caption of it being like “OMG look at these cute babies!” or “This scene is so good!” etc (something that’s more of a comment than a caption)
  • you’ve never seen the url before
  • you go down the person’s blog and they have multiple gifsets posted, all looking as if they were made by different people
  • you can’t find the user’s edit tag (something like *, or my edit)
  • it doesn’t use edit tags (ouatedit, the100edit, arrowedit, etc)

it’s bad enough that people will steal someone else’s work and provide it to the fandom as their own, but helping them out by spreading it to others is just as bad. if a gifset is going to be stolen, make it have 0 notes, not 500. if several of these tips applies to a gifset you’ve seen, there are a few things you can do:

  • reverse google search (right click one of the gifs, go to “search google for this image”)
  • if the style of the gif looks like it was made by someone you know, go down their edit tag or message them asking if they a) made the gifset or b) know who did (as someone who makes gifs, i also know the style of several other gifmakers, and would be able to help even if it wasn’t mine!)

  • message someone else (a friend, a popular blogger, etc) and ask them if the gif seems stolen

but most importantly, if these are applying to an edit you see and you can’t tell if a gifset is stolen or not, don’t reblog it. i don’t care how good or it is, or how much emotions you get from it. don’t take the chance of reblogging something that’s stolen. there are plenty of gifs in the sea, so to speak. you will find something similar to it.

Don’t Be Jealous (Jimin x Reader)

Originally posted by mvssmedia

Admin: Mimi

Prompt/Ask: Hi um I’ve never mad a request before so I don’t really know how to do this. My request is when jimin gets jealous and becomes super dominant - @thegirlthatdreams3

Fandom: BTS

Genre: Smut

Pairing: Jimin x Reader

Warnings: slight language

Word Count: 1885

Authors Note: You requested just fine! I hope this is to your liking, thank you for the request, I apologise for how long it took! Happy reading!

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BUDDY ROAD TRIP

Okay but like we all want to see the interactions between Maggie and his future brother in law. I cant believe Griffin depraved us of this



As they exit the temple Kravitz takes the time to catch Magnus up on where exactly is there heading and what exactly they’ll need to do. Apparently there’s some sort of barrier out in the middle of nowhere where the diffusion between the planes of existence are particularly weak.

“Necromancers use it all the time” Kravitz explains as they traipse through the temple garden. “It’s how that Miller nerd was able to fish his first soul out of the Astral plane.”

Magnus nods. “You know you might want to get some better security on the place if this is like, you know, a recurring problem you have.”

“Oi, I don’t tell you how to do your job, do I?” the reapers snaps back. “Anyway, I should be able to make a rift there, assuming I have enough power, and I think I have a solution to that too.”

“And I would love to hear it.” he prompts. Maybe he’s imagining it but- the scarlet leaves in these trees look a little less vibrant than they did before. Duller, washed out and faded to more of the dark crimson rather than a striking orange red.

“Anything with direct ties to the Raven Queen’s power should lead itself useful to us opening up a door, and there happens to be one such relic in the temple near there.”Kravitz  elaborates. Magnus follows him out of the grader and the other man points out across the barren land in the opposite direction of the gurgling sea. “Just a bit of a walk in that direction.’

“Cool!” Magnus beams. “And convenient!”

The reapers seems almost off put by his enthusiasm, which is a shame. Magnus thought he was starting to warming up to him. “Riiight, well no use dwelling, let’s get a move on.” and Kravitz takes off down the sloping cliffside at a brisk pace. Magnus jogs after his long stride.

Magnus was kind of hoping that they’d gotten over this awkward silence thing they’ve been doing were Kravitz basically ignored him while he plods along at his side. Kravitz isn’t such a bad dude, Magus would actually like to get to know him a bit better, find out what makes this guy tick. Plus, a little friendly conversation might make the hike go quicker, or at the least make it more enjoyable. But the reaper seems set on this strong and silence type thing that he has going on.

“So, uh, not much of a talker huh?” he presses.

The other man flatters in his stride, glancing warily at him out of the corner of his eye. “I- what’s that supposed to mean?”

Magnus holds up a complicated hand. “Nothing bad, it just doesn’t seem like you’re big on conversation.”

Kravitz hesitants, rolling the words around in his mouth like marbles. “I- right- well- suppose not.” he seems genuinely surprised that Magnus is addressing  him. He slips back into his steady stride.

Magnus wracks his brain for more topics of conversation. Something, anything to get a good dialog going. But the only thing that comes to mind is: “So, you and Taako seem to know each other pretty well.”

“Wha-?” Kravitz stumbles, righting himself with lightening  speed. His back pin straight he keeps his unwavering gaze ahead of him. “Oh, yes well- after the whole thing with you lot dying in Refugee I- asked him what had happened.” he waves a hand dismissively. “You know how it goes, paperwork to fill out all that.”
Magnus cocks his head to the side. “He never mentioned that to us.” Why would Taako not tell him and Merle about getting a visit from death? His brow furrows.

“Oh?” Kravitz spares him a quick glance out of the corner of his eye. “Well- the uh, issue with Refuge didn’t end up being that big of a deal anyway so,”

He nods slowly. “Yeah alright. It just- you two seemed close”  The relief in Taako’s face when he saw Kravitz, the  familiarity way they spoke to each other. “Really close, actually,,,,,” Magnus thinks about they the genuine concern in Kravitz voice when he talked about how worried he was, the way he’s pressed himself right up against the mirror and how he’d felt like he was intruding on something weirdly intimate. “Almost like-”  He remembers the soft smiles they shared and the piece quickly fall into place after that. Magnus might not be the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives but he know what looks like those mean.

“Are you and Taako boning down?!” He bellows, and Kravitz, quite literally, leaps out of his skin as his booming voice echoes over the empty landscape.

“WHAT?!”

SMMAAASH!

Accurate Typing: Tertiary Temptation

Read the full Function Theory Guide (mbti-notes.tumblr.com/theory) for more detail, including notes about common typing issues.

The tertiary function produces much of the variation among individuals of the same type because it is often used very inconsistently due to its lower position in the stack. Tertiary behaviors are likely to contradict generic type descriptions, and how the function manifests largely depends on a person’s level of psychological and emotional development. There is not much official literature about tertiary functions specifically, so I have taken the liberty to piece together expert details with my own extrapolations/research below.

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Potential Health Issues seen through Astrology Charts


When Looking at an individual horoscope there are several places you may see where potential health concerns can occur.  The most major one is the sign ruling the 6th house cusp.   Planets in the 6th house can also bring the health afflictions that can be brought on by the body functions and parts they rule over.  If you use Placidus you may look at at both Placidus and Whole signs’ 6th house cusps (and planets) to determine what afflictions can occur.  Another condition that can cause health issues can be Sun and sign it’s in. This is simply because the Sun rules over the physical vitality.

In the natal birth chart the conditions mentioned above can show lifelong chronic health conditions or potential dispositions as life goes.  If suffering from an ongoing health condition transits to the 6th house ruler may agitate or alleviate them temporarily.  Transits to the sun may also in some cases cause this effect.  A planet transiting the personal 6th house may cause a possible trigger of one of these conditions as well in extreme circumstances.

It is recommended to use this information with contemplation in learning how to prepare to navigate the potential these conditions can come to pass. Prevention is the best medicine.

Now the Conditions:


Aries on 6th House Cusp (Scorpio Ascendant) / Sun in Aries / Mars in 6th House

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Seriously folks. Its not that hard

Do you go into starbucks or subway and sit at a table and stare at the employee behind the counter until they come serve you?

No?

WELL THEN DON’T FUCKING DO IT HERE YOU KNOB

I have. A sign.

A very clearly placed neatly worded “please order here” sign. I even say “hey there, sit where you please and come UP TO THE TILL to order” to literally everyone who doesn’t immediately walk to the till

And people still. Still sit there and say “oh I didn’t realize” you bullshit lazy liars

An Important PSA

IMPORTANT UPDATE: DO NOT, under any circumstances, send hate to the users below. I do not condone hate. I am merely trying to spread awareness and, with luck, get in touch with the users below. Letting them know we do not want our tracks reposted is fine, but please think about how you word it. I do not want people to get death threats or hurtful comments.

You may find the original PSA down below.



Sigh. I really did not want to have to resort to this, but this has been a problem in the fandom overall for far too long. What is this problem? Music theft.

Some of you may know that I have repeatedly asked people NOT to upload my songs to youtube, yet despite this, it is a recurring problem, and I am not alone. My fellow composers LucasPucas, Jimmythebassist, Jamangar, ZacharyChang, among others, repeatedly have their songs taken without consent by Youtubers such as Yeah, TylerNess, Horse Burgers YT, CrazyArtPhoenix, ThatCrazyAU, and more. I will add to this list as needed.

Allow me to make one thing clear: None of us are okay with this. I speak with these composers on a regular basis, both in the IF and Storyshift Discords, and we are all sick of this.

You may think it is harmless. You may even think this is exposure for our work, but here’s the thing: these people are getting traffic and subscribers for content they did not create, and sometimes they don’t even credit.

While potentially well-meaning, in my case, I make it clear that I do not want my stuff reposted, such as on my sound cloud:
“**IMPORTANT**: People have been uploading my songs to their youtube accounts without my permission. Please do not do this. I know a lot of my stuff isn’t up there yet, but I do plan to bring it over in time. If you want to use my songs for any reason, I’d like credit, and asking permission is preferred.“


Never mind all the descriptions where I also reiterate that I do not want reuploads. Because the fact of the matter is, reuploads take traffic away from the original creator, and when people don’t link back or hide the credit under lengthy descriptions, it leads people to believe that the uploader is the composer, when all they did was lazily take someone else’s work and slap it into a video editor.

I will take a moment to note that Umbra Extensions is actually one of the few music channels on Youtube that not only asks permission, but does his best to give credit where due. If more people were like Umbra Extensions, I would not be making this post.

EDIT:  I have spoken with BC Gaming and Azzy Extensions. Oka C has been removed from the list, as it seems most of the offending content has since been removed. TheYazzer has also removed my stolen works. I will leave the original message below just as an example that this is a problem, and with many channels still taking our work, this issue is far from solved. However, we would much rather solve this peacefully, so if you are one of the channels involved, please contact us. We may be unhappy, but I swear we don’t bite.

EDIT 2: I have spoken to Outershift Chara as well, and things seem to be going smoothly. I am grateful for all parties responding politely and with understanding. :D The DVLPR has also contacted me.

EDIT 3: Spoke to Autocats as well! Unfortunately, Herobrine TV refuses to remove his stolen content, claiming we don’t own it. This is not an excuse to send hate. This is merely an update on the situation.

EDIT 4: Herobrine TV has agreed to remove the stolen content. Yay!



Below is an example of a recent theft. It has since been resolved. However, I am keeping it here to outline a very real problem with many of these videos.


And for a while, it seemed like he did… only for him to put it back up behind my back. Others have noticed this, and commented accordingly. Some friends have provided screencaps here and here, in case the uploader decides to “hide the evidence,” as it were. I would link the video itself, but since this chap decided he could make money off of my work, I don’t want to give him more fodder.

I have submitted a copyright claim, and I will continue to do this for any videos that take my content without consent. However, the fact that I even have to go this far represents a huge problem in the Undertale music community. Musicians are not being treated with the respect they deserve.People assume that they can just snatch music, slap it together as a video compilation, and reap the spoils.

This has to stop. I doubt it will, but if spreading this message can make even the slightest difference, then I am sure as hell gonna try. So please, if you enjoy our music, please reblog. It will help us all out tremendously.

Thank you for your time. Your regularly scheduled IF content will return shortly

PS. I am still okay with use of my music in fandubs if credit is given. It is the shameless stealing that I do not allow.

we need to talk

My dear followers, 

I’m not here to whine or beg for attention. I just want to explain a recurring problem and this post here sums it up well.

I’ve noticed now that the number of my notes doesn’t really follow my number of followers… I mean almost 8k but 50 average notes per scenario?? 

I’ve seen many fanfic/scenario writers with the same problem: generally speaking we get very few notes compared to the amount of work we put into our writings. It can take several hours to write, sometimes days or even longer, and in the end we don’t get that much of recognition. 

Obviously the quality of the work plays a role but working hours on a scenario just to get a few likes and 1 or 2 reblogs? Well it’s very disappointing and demotivating. 

It can seriously make a writer lose confidence and inspiration

Don’t be a quiet reader. We’re not asking for a 5 pages long comment but just a few words to let us know you liked it, or even how it could be improved. I know a lot of you read fanfics/scenarios and liked them but don’t say anything or rarely like/reblog the post. 

Please, the least you can do for your author is to like the post. It doesn’t cost you anything and it can mean the world to them

I’m not only talking about myself here, I sincerely believe that the majority of authors are not getting what they deserve. Sometimes I find a very good fanfiction, a real masterpiece, but it has barely 40 notes. How is that even fair?

How can you expect writers to write more if you don’t give feedback or simply show that someone actually read and liked their work?

Once again I am not asking for attention, I’m not expecting you to give me hundreds of notes. But I would like to believe I deserve a little more from you guys… There were moments when I seriously asked myself if I should just stop writing. And if you don’t think I deserve many notes then fine, give me criticism to improve! 

Just like fanartists, and any other type of artists, writers deserve recognition for their work

I hope this post will make you seriously think about it. 

Love you all!

Trust Issues: Jon, Sansa, Daenerys, and betrayal.

A little meta I was inspired to write today after getting super tired of reading ‘Will Sansa betray Jon?’ posts. Warning! I try to stay away from season 7 plot leaks & spoilers but I am aware of some things and treat them as season 7 theories…so if you don’t want to know even a hint of anything SPOILER WARNING! (but not really b.c. I have no idea what will happen.)

Pretty much every fan everywhere has debated  the question “Will Sansa betray Jon?” The answers range from yes to no to she will pretend to betray Jon in order to take down Littlefinger. But maybe just maybe we are all asking the wrong question.

Sansa and Daenerys have both been casts as betrayers at certain points in the story. Daenerys by Viserys who she has visions of in ADWD calling her a betrayer. Sansa by readers who see her early actions in A Game fo Thrones as a betrayal of her family. We seem to forget that there is another betrayer in our midst. Yes, our hero Jon Snow. His time with the wildlings is steeped in betrayal of either his vows or of the wildlings depending on which view you take.

Why are we not asking the question “Will Jon betray Sansa?” or maybe even more important “Will Jon betray Sansa or Daenarys or both?”

If Sansa’s arc is about how a young woman in a patriarchal society can go from political pawn to political player. Jon’s is all about how one who gets given that power by default because he is a man despite his birth status attempts to make the hard decisions. His is the dynamic between the inner moral compass and the one wielded by public opinion. The women of our story have no such luxury. You are either pawn or player and to get to be a player it’s assumed you must have used unsavory means or had dragons. Daenerys’ arc mirrors Sansa in this way, she too goes from political pawn to player. Much of it rests on both losing her brother and her husband and having dragons.

That’s maybe why we rush to ask the question “Will Sansa betray Jon?”. A woman gaining power must mean she betrayed a man somehow or had dragons. We can see this in our current modern day political situation…ok won’t go there for now…

 Given Jon’s history and the issues going into to season 7, the question of “Will Jon betray XXX?” becomes a much more compelling question. Here are a few theories.

It’s possible Sansa in her plan to take out Littlefinger at first looks like a betrayal of Jon when in actuality it’s Littlefinger she is betraying. Part of her cover might mean Jon believing she is siding with Littlefinger. In his frustration maybe he sides with Daenerys, pledges fealty to her..etc. By the time he realizes Sansa was working to undermine Littlefinger and not him, it will be too late he’s given the North away to Daenerys. The Northern Lords are for sure not going to like this and might be willing to support a Sansa-Arya-Bran alliance. After betraying the Starks once by pledging to Dany, Jon now has to choose the Starks (represented by Sansa) or Daenerys.

It could be we never even have to see Jon believe Sansa will betray him. Littlefinger could be taken out in an entirely different manner while Jon is away. Jon may still betray Sansa and the North by pledging fealty to Dany. The audience may not feel it’s a complete betrayal but Sansa would, the Northern Lords would. It’s not unlike what happened when Jon joined the wildlings. We as the audience understand what Jon was doing, he was going undercover. This didn’t change how he used Ygritte. He betrayed her love and her trust. Which is exactly how she sees it.

Cersei may also still have Sansa in her sights. Please please season 7 give us the scene when Cersei finds out Sansa has re-surfaced and taken back her home along with her half-brother (really cousin…wanna be lover…). I think I may want this scene more than full on JonSa. If D&D give me this I can wait till season 8 for JonSa. What will Jon do if Cersei offers him a deal..perhaps Sansa’s head for Northern Independence or help with the White Walkers? One head to save many many lives. We believe Jon would say no but…there is always a but…

Another option is that Jon betrays not Sansa or his Stark family but Daenerys. Again, he has a history of tossing aside love/attraction when it comes to duty and the bigger picture. Dany is still owed at least one betrayal according to prophecy and it is the betrayal for love. As mentioned above Jon could have to choose Starks or Dany. That being said betraying Dany could be a question for season 8 and the last book.

In a perfect Westeros, Sansa would be Lady of Winterfell successfully manning the North while Jon builds the greatest alliance the realm has ever known to fight the White Walkers. After some minor compromises, everyone gets on board. Maybe he has a flirtation with Dany before discovering his parentage after which everyone understands. Dany sadly sacrifices herself against the walkers becoming a hero. Jon and Sansa rule the realm. Or for the Jonerys shippers, it’s the other way around Sansa sadly sacrifices herself and Jon and Dany rule together. But as we all know this is not a perfect Westeros. Some shit is gonna go down. 

So as fans continue to debate “Will Sansa betray Jon” and JonSa shippers wring their hands over the thought of Sansa even considering a betrayal of Jon, we may all be asking the wrong questions. Maybe what we really should be asking is “Will Jon betray Sansa aka sell out the North? And if so, when he realizes this is a huge problem, “What will Sansa do about it?” and “What will he do about it?”

**For the record, it would be wholly out of character for Jon and Sansa especially book!Jon and book!Sansa to truly betray one and another. However, misplaced trust in the wrong people (a particular recurring problem for Starks), miscommunications (all it could take are a few ravens lost in a blizzard), or poor timing could create a situation where one feels betrayed by the other. And if these two truly love each other as siblings or otherwise, or are falling in love with each other unbeknownst to other the person, the sting of even a perceived betrayal could be shattering creating a cascade of unfortunate events. JonSa shippers get your kleenex things are about to get extra angsty before fans get their bittersweet ending.