China’s nature reserve wins top conservation award from UNESCO
China’s Wudalianchi nature reserve has been honored with the Michel Batisse Award at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima. The award has been given out by UNESCO since 1989 to help research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.
I hate it here. Sure, I’m blessed to be going to such a prestigious academy school, and I should be interacting with the others. I should be making future business connections, helping further the family business a bit but no.
Why in the fuck would I want to do that? Everyone here is so ridiculously in love with themselves and their own last name. They aren’t worth the shallow conversations they’ll give me.
My last name is (y/l/n), my father and mother are at the top of the game right now in fashion. Even with all of that in my hands I can’t bring myself to do it.
I can’t bring myself to treat everyone else badly, or be involved with any of these awful people. Everything to my fellow students is a game, nothing ever has any real consequences.
I look over from my usual seat in the courtyard to the middle to see 7 great looking boys walk in. I hear the screams of their fan girls as they circle around them to listen to their boring stories. They call themselves BTS, everyone is in love with them. The guys want to be them, and the girls want to be with them.
I rolled my eyes, and look down to my hands. Man, what I would do to be surrounded by someone who actually had a brain or had something real to talk about. I can’t imagine how great that would be.
I hear laughter erupt from the group in the center and see everyone circled around them, laughing at something or someone on the floor. I make my way over, squeezing through the people to the middle.
I see a young girl on the floor, with her books scattered everywhere around her.
"You’re pathetic. You think you can just ask Jimin out for some frozen yogurt?“ A girl sneers.
"You actually thought you had a chance,” I hear another girl giggle.
I look up at the seven boys and see them all with stone cold faces. They didn’t care. Jimin is smirking a bit, loving the attention he was receiving.
I huff a bit, stepping forward and holding my hand out for the girl to grab. She peers up at me, frightened to what I may do, and I give her a soft reassuring smile.
She takes my hand and I pull her up off the ground, kneeling down I grabbed all of her books and hand it to her.
I hear the soft gasps coming from everyone around us.
"This is why she’ll never be successful.“
"She’s going to run her parents business to the ground.“
"I can’t believe her.”
I turn around and face the crowd, “will you all just shut up? I have had it with your cruel, and childish behavior. You guys are rude, mean, and I honestly question if any of you possess any bit of compassion.” I look over to the girl and smile at her, “Your name is Laura, right? Go to class. If anyone messes with you again, tell me. I’ll take care of it.”
She nods and turns away as fast as she can, not sparing a second glimpse and scurries away.
“Who do you think you are?” a low voice says. I turn and look to see Taehyung.
“I am (Y/N). And let me tell you 7 something,” I am already in a hole, might as well make it deeper. “Immature. All of you. You all love making yourself seem intelligent when you all know nothing about anything. You make others seem unworthy to be in your presence when in fact you are not better than any of them. It’s pathetic, honestly. Why do you thrive off of others misery so much? You all need to just grow up.”
“Are you done?” Hoseok says, rolling his eyes at me.
“Yes. Now, goodbye. I have to go to class,” I said, turning away from them to get to my class.
“Wait!” I heard Namjoon shout. He leans forward, and wraps his hand around my wrist, turning me around to face them.
“Where is our apology?” he says, smiling.
He can’t be serious. I want to do nothing more but to smack that stupid grin off of his face.
I smile brightly at him, giving him the award winning smile reserved for my parents business partners, “how about you shove it up your ass.” I smile, and turn to the angry crowd. “Move.”
I leave the area and head to class. Well, there goes my reputation. I went to a loner to a bitch in a span of 10 minutes. Well, at least it felt good to get that off my chest.
“Woah, what was that?” Jungkook says in wonderment. No one had ever treated them like that before her.
“I don’t know,” Jimin said, biting his lip, “but I kind of liked it. She is hot.”
“Is she new here? She obviously has no idea who we are,” Hoseok laughs.
“She’s not new. She has been here since the first day of her freshman year. She’s very quiet, and reserved. Her parents are the head of Gatz fashion,” Jin says.
“No way, Gatz fashion? Dude.. Do you know how expensive that is? How did we not know?” Taehyung asked, “did you know Namjoon?”
“If I knew she was the heiress of a lead fashion group I would have already dated her, so no. I didn’t know,” Namjoon placed his hand on his chin.
“She’s pretty hot,” Jungkook added.
Everyone chuckled, nodding in agreement.
“So.. How about we all play a game?” Namjoon wickedly smiles.
“What’s the game?”
“Well, that girl-”
“y/n.” Yoongi says.
“What?” Namjoon asked.
“Her name is y/n,” Yoongi says, looking bored.
“Okay, whatever. Y/N seems very cold-hearted. I’m sure she’s very difficult to get her to fall in love but let’s play a game. First one to get her on their girlfriend wins.”
“And what do you get if you win?” Taehyung asks.
“You get to break her heart.”
Hi guys. This is a new series I want to start. Hit me up if you think it should be continued. I had this thought randomly and I really wanted to write it. I hope you guys enjoyed it! -Cindi
Yet the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which tells the real-life story of Alexander Hamilton and his fellow revolutionaries through a shockingly diverse cast, is a critical and commercial smash hit. Tickets are sold out until December 2016. When a lottery opened online for fans to win $10 reserved seats, the website crashed under the load of 50,000 people trying to enter. (The online lottery still hasn’t reopened.)
“Hamilton” is among the five top-grossing Broadway shows this season.
Hollywood studio executives – the people who decide which films are made and which are not – are said to shy away from diverse casting in the name of telling more “universal” stories that appeal to the broadest audience. Too many, for example, black actors, and you have “a black film” that won’t appeal to anyone but black people.
Yes, moviemaking is a risky business. Studios have bills to pay and stakeholders to please – they need to crank out films that appeal to a lot of people just to make ends meet. Executives’ presumption, though obviously flawed, is that whiteness is some kind of human default setting, and despite being a large part of the world off-screen, actors of color impede a film’s attempt to speak to large numbers of ticket-buyers. For some reason, studios consider white actors not limiting whatsoever.
“Hamilton,” though, spits in the face of that logic. The show’s only white lead is England’s King George III. Its titular character is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Latino who wrote the script, flavoring the historical tale with hip-hop musical numbers. Other lead actors – Leslie Odom Jr. plays Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson plays Washington, Daveed Diggs plays Jefferson and Phillipa Soo plays Schuyler – are all black or biracial.
At its heart, “Hamilton” is a white story told effectively and entertainingly by people of color. It’s hugely appealing to Broadway audiences – a group that, according to the Broadway League, is 80 percent white. It seems there’s a lesson there for the entertainment industry at large: Actors of color aren’t a liability.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff this episode, and I’ll probably end up reblogging or musing about it later, but there’s this little scene that’s my favorite…
I’m sure there are people who saw Yuuri in the first episode and thought “Ugh, another story where the main character sucks, but ends up getting the attention of the hot guy/girl and wins everything!
Yuuri’s a wimpy protagonist who will be ‘fixed’ by Victor and BAM! Grand Prix Final winner!
But he’s never come across to me as weak…and we get a moment of that inner-strength here.
It’s an important moment because you get to see how Yuuri reacts to a confrontational rival.
Yuuri’s pretty calm and collected here. With Yurio yelling at him, he doesn’t get intimidated or start apologizing. He recalls that time Yurio found and yelled at him in the bathroom, and draws the conclusion that Yurio thinks he’s weak for crying alone in the toilet stall. It’s nice to hear Yuuri himself say that Yurio is underestimating him, because it means he has confidence in himself and he knows what his abilities are.
Because that’s exactly it - you don’t get to the GPF without hard work and a drive to win. Reserved, quiet, stoic, socially awkward - that’s fine, but not having a desire to win can’t happen if you want to be a top athlete. Those who make it to the GPF are tough competitors - and that includes Yuuri too. Yuuko (Yuu-chan) brings it up, too - Yuuri hates to lose. So of course after such a devastating failure (and knowing the town watched it together and he let everyone down) he would cry. Crying doesn’t mean he’s weak - it means he cares so much about it that it hurts. And that’s what Yurio is mistaken about.
Yuuri listens to Yurio’s angry remark here and just thinks “ah, he’s underestimating me (ah, he thinks that that moment of vulnerability means I’m a weak person).” He responds back with a knowing smile instead of letting it get him worked up.
Yuuri doesn’t need to one-up Yurio with passionate yelling, declarations, and defensive statements because he knows Yurio will see later anyway. And being able to declare he’s strong with such a little motion makes it all the more admirable.
I also want to note that he doesn’t cower or flinch when Yurio appears at Ice Castle Hasetsu. Yurio’s initial show of aggression in the GPF wasn’t the kind of strong experience to leave Yuuri terrified of seeing him again. Yuuri got the message, and he moved on. He’s tougher than what Yurio and many of us give him credit for.
Here’s the thing, last episode we saw him at his worst. He cried, he gained weight from stress-eating, he took time to reevaluate things, and later moved back in with his family… but even then he trained in order to find his love of skating again.
Crying is not weakness and Victor’s not going to “fix him,” like Yurio assumes Yuuri wants Victor for.
Victor might help him draw out another side, but Yuuri’s always had it.
Yuuri just needs a coach to guide and polish his skill. People grow by interacting with others, so getting a push from someone isn’t all that odd, or shameful, or weak, you know? Neither is showing a moment of vulnerability.
Moments from my Del Mar International World Cup Week. This show held the $25K PCHA Children’s Jumper Championship. A class that I have never made into the Jump Off, this year was no different. Everyday we dropped a rail and made mistakes. I did make it through to the qualifying class and into the Final though, an improvement. This show was an exercise in staying positive and recognizing you win some and you lose some. Really great competitors in this class too.
Fellow tumblerite Sarah Sharou finished 5th both days of competition and went on to win Reserve Champion of the Final. Congrats again Sarah!
Awesome to see amazing international riders like Harrie Smolders, Jos Verlooy, Eduardo Menezes, Darragh Kenney, Eric Navet and Nayel Nassar.
[…] Every performance, the show makes tickets available to lottery winners for ten bucks. The lottery FAQ states that the number and location of tickets is at the discretion of the production and subject to change, but every time I have looked the goods are 21 front row seats. There is a 2-4 hour window the day of the show for entering online, a preset notification time, and if you get lucky, you have exactly 60 minutes to claim your prize and make the miniscule monetary purchase. You can enter to win one or two tickets only, and only you can use them, in person, driver license required. You also have to be flexible and prepared to cancel your carefully chosen dinner reservation if you win.
Once you try it, the process is fast and easy and you don’t get a bunch of junk emails trying to sell you stuff like you do most times you are required to use your email address for something, nor do you have to create an account, the bane of the online world. There’s no cost if you lose. It really is easy to do. The lottery says that on average they receive around 10,000 entries a day, but I’m assuming that most couples enter individually as my wife and I did, doubling your odds. So assuming a mix of single and double ticket requests, there should be roughly 14 winners per show, giving a couple around a one in 350 shot. Compared to almost any other contest that’s not bad at all, and if you visit the Big Apple for a week and enter for matinees and evening shows, you could have a better than one in 50 shot. Without hard data I’m making some educated guesses, but clearly your odds should improve during slow tourism periods and I’d assume for weekday matinees and non-weekend nights. If you live in New York and just keep entering, these guestimated odds suggest that sometime in 2017 you will see Hamilton for a ten spot. The lottery is also offered for the same low price for Hamilton in Chicago. […]
-adventurers stay in the inns at adventurers’ guilds for free
-looks like one of 1.0 event quests was making a giant snowman in Ala Mhigan tradition, facilitated by Gridania/Black Rabbit Traders of all people. the snowman was called Father Frost? and an Ala Mihgan relic, the Heart of Winter which was a gemstone, was involved
-chocobo barding came about as a commission when the Eorzean alliance was remade in 1.0. their inspiration was the sacrifice of Ouranos, the chocobo ridden by an Ishgardian knight and hero of the Autumn War. They had spotted an aerial Ala Mhigan unit, so, GRIFFINS. Ishgard actually pulled out of the alliance - I think 2 years prior to 1.0? but they did send chocobos to the other city states because of growing tensions with Garlemald.
-there’s slight differences between the 1.0 and 2.0 level 50 job quests (I think??). could be worth looking more into.
-the diversity in the game was severely gutted in 2.0. there were more elves in Ul’dah, as Nielle was the son or owner Esthaime’s Lapidaries - Lapi - whatever it is. And in addition to miqo and lalas, there were also elezen and sea wolf Ala Mhigans.
-Raubahn vanished from Ul’dah for two years, directly after earning his seat on the Syndicate, I think to fight on the frontlines for Ala Mhigo. he came back to reform the Immortal Flames and Teledji and Lolorito blocked him from recruiting mostly from the Brass Blades and the Stone Torches; so he relied on Ala Mhigans and adventurers to fill the ranks. The Ala Mhigan unit is the reserve one. Raubahn winning his bout and his seat on the Syndicate also forced the former Coliseum owner to yield ownership to him.
-it costs a ‘sultan’s ransom’ for foreigners to earn Ul’dahn citizenship.
-the Platinum Mirage bets extend beyond the hall. they also make bets on outside ventures, such as the plot sic a large beast on Little Ala Mhigo just to gamble on the outcome. Raubahn had mostly put a stop to this.
-conjurers can set up a hedge barrier to protect the forest.
-the mun-tuy cellars are apparently situated over a storehouse of aether. Erik speculated that some battles in Eorzea’s past may have been purposefully situation over such aether-rich spots (he probably mentioned this in the current monk quests but hell if i remember)
-the writer for Ul’dahn’s paper has the hots for Raubahn lmao
Horoscopes by Gil Hizon - Week of November 24-30, 2014
Not only is this NSFW… it’s also chockfull of MSG. #gagonit
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
How do you tell others about the weird phenomena that’s been happening around you and make them believe? Well. The easiest way is to call up a PISCES: they’ll believe ANYTHING especially if you give them a joint. But here’s the thing: why even try to explain it to anybody? The challenge for you this week is to step back and enjoy the weirdness of it all, and not say anything to anyone; no matter how much your big mouth wants to blurt it out (oh it’s BIG, honey). Once you reap the benefits of these wild occurrences, you can start ‘splainin’ it, and at that point, it ain’t gonna matter who believes you.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Everyone better hide the sharp objects this week, because you look like you’ll cut a bitch. Where is this moodiness coming from? I bet it’s from a person who you like to obsess about. We all have one, dearie. I bet this person can see through your bullshit and with one look or one word, can unravel you. This is not a case of “I can’t help it.” Some bitches are just not that easy to wean off our systems. All you can do is look at the current question before you, find a solution, and move on to the next situation.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
There’s been some allegations arising about you this week. As much as you’re good at putting your foot down and keeping your opinions to yourself, persistent birdies are chipping away at you until you open your mouth. You’re not one to succumb to a public outburst and tell these hos to back off, I mean, hello! Deflection is key. Find a more controversial topic/person these birdies can chew on, and they’ll be offa you in no time.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Oh, bitch. Welcome to fucking Thanksgiving, where divas all around you have their own set of agendas and are more than ready to step all over yours. What’s a girl to do, right? Although emotionally, you’re like Playdoh, being able to alter your current shape to fit others’ needs, there’s a limit; there’s always one bitch out there who you can’t please. Your advantage in this situation is that everyone’s on a fast track to get what he/she wants, that if you say no, they won’t have time to argue, and they’ll leave you alone. Peace is regained!
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Here you fucking go again, making life-changing plans without notifying nobody. I’ll tell you right now, when your close friends get a phone call after the deed is done, they will hang up on your ass. GURL! All they’re asking of you is to tell them about what you’re dealing with. That way, they can tell you what they think, if that shit still matters to you. Call them now. Here, use my 5C.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Here’s what happened. One crucial action needed to be done last week, and you didn’t do it. So now you are stuck in an alternate timeline. Oh, you’ll still get what you want eventually, but the way you get there will be different than what you had planned. As long as you’re okay with that (it’ll take time, you stubborn queen), then everything will work out as alternately planned.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
Okay, this “will-they or won’t-they” saga you and this other guy are putting us through has got to stop. You like the thrill of having people be invested in your shit. Oh, please. You get off on it. But in this age of status updates and twatteries, it won’t be long until people get bored and move on. And for you, that’s the worst thing that can happen. So drop whoever you’re doing. It’s time to reveal the T.
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Oh crabsies. This is not the time for an emotional in-depth discussion with your partner/partner-to-be about where this relationship is going. There’s an imbalance of states between the two of you. He’s too emotionally needy and for once in your life, you’re the fucking opposite. You two can proceed as planned, but it wouldn’t yield any fruitful truth: it will just pit you against each other and bring out your nasty defense mechanisms (and if he’s a SCORPIO, much nastier). So do a Janet and “wait awhile,” gurl: until the two of you are more emotionally balanced.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Have you eaten a SAGITTARIUS lately? Because from the way your opinions are being bluntly forced upon us this week, it’s like he’s talking through your mouth. Spit him out before its too late. It’s an intense time for everybody, and it don’t help when you’re adding to it. Step back, goddess and regroup your shit. Politeness and reservation will help you win this round.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
I think you’ve heard this one before, but it bears repeating. Sometimes… well maybe more than sometimes… you try too fucking hard. You have this compulsive need to push and you know it’s wrong and you know it never ends well, so WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING IT!? I know your intensity can sometimes parallel that of a SCORPIO’s, but lady, she can handle that shit. You have great ideas to tell the universe, but you can only handle so much at a time. Be all flowy with the way you impart your genius. If there’s a task you can try too hard on, it’s this one, gurl!
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Oh, please. I don’t believe for one minute that you are ready to put those martinis on hold for a week. I know that lately you have felt the need to stop partying too much and really hunker down to achieve your goals. But you’re relying on someone else’s version of “serious.” You can still get serious about your goals in life, while being the social, charming bitch that you are. So ease up on yourself: You’re a fucking LIBRA!
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
What we’ve been hearing these past couple of weeks is what you want want want out of your relaysh. What we need to hear this week is your understanding of what the other party wants and the possibility that you won’t get everything you desire. It’s called compromise… remember her? So when the discussion starts, do the relationship a favor: pull down your defenses and open your ears, and if this negotiation works, there’ll be plenty of time for your legs to open as well.
(DISCLAIMER for all entries: This is all a shyt show!)