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170220 BTS Aims to Survive In 'Not Today': Watch

Last week may have been about the sentimental side of BTS with the release of “Spring Day,” but Sunday (Feb. 19) brought out the group’s more intense persona with the unveiling of the video for “Not Today.”

One of two dual singles on their You Never Walk Alone reissue of BTS’ record-breaking 2016 Wings album, “Not Today” is a propulsive synth-hip hop banger that calls for “all the underdogs in the world” to not give up and keep fighting. While the single was released last week as one of four news songs featured on You Never Walk Alone, BTS waited a week before dropping the music video for the album’s second single.

The video is a dance-heavy clip propelled by the song’s pounding rhythm, which is emphasized by the precise, stomping choreography. The video shows BTS leading a crowd of black-clad, seemingly ninja-inspired, dancers – who throw off their restricting garments at one point as if in protest– in military-style formations, while the rapidfire dances are interspersed with scenes of the BTS members being chased and shot at.

Within half a day of being released, the music video for “Not Today” was viewed over 5 million times even though the song was released a week earlier on You Never Walk Alone.

The powerful song is one of BTS’ fiercest in years and an update to the group’s early anti-establishment message (“A day may come when we lose/ But it is not today/Today we fight!”) featured in songs like “No More Dream” and “N.O.” Along with the lyrics promoting people bonding together to form a new world, which comes at a time when South Korea’s population is rallying against government corruption, “Not Today” also references the idea of breaking the glass ceiling and all invisible barriers that keep people back from succeeding. Alternatively, the positive, forceful lyrics in “Not Today” (“not today/Not yet a day to die”) could also be the more energetic counterpart to the mellow tone of “Spring Day” and its anti-suicide music video.

And, lyrics aside, the aggressive “Not Today” is exactly the time of pump-up anthem to become a mainstay at BTS’ concerts for years to come.

The “Spring Day” and “Not Today” pairing follows a string of two-part single releases from BTS: Their The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 album in 2015 featured the passionate “I Need You” released alongside with the swaggering “Dope,” while 2016’s The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever paired the bombastic “Fire” with the desperation of “Save Me.”  

BTS’ artistic approach to socially-aware K-pop led the group to breaking all prior Billboard records set by all Korean acts aside from PSY. Last year saw BTS become the highest-ranking and best-selling K-pop group to appear on the Billboard 200 with Wings, which also is notable for being the first Korean album to stay on the World Albums chart for 18 weeks. The group’s popularity has made them fan favorites both locally and internationally, especially in the U.S. BTS headlined both KCON LA and KCON NY last summer, and will hold their first U.S. stadium tour next month, with five nights of concerts held in three cities.

Watch the dramatic music video for “Not Today” here.

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English vocabulary

All words are taken from Magoosh vocabulary builder!

Anomaly - something or someone that is strange or unusual
Constraint - something that constrains; a restriction
Pinnacle - the highest point; a point of greatest achievement or success
Apex - the highest point of something; the moment of great success, expansion, etc.
Paragon - a person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given quality
Audacity - insolent boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional
Exemplar - something fit to be imitated; ideal, model
Intimation - the act of intimating; the thing intimated; an obscure or indirect suggestion or notice

Eradicate - to destroy completely; to reduce to nothing radically
Extrapolate - to infer by extending known information
Crystallize - to give something a definite or precise form
Tarnish - to soil, sully, damage or compromise; to lose its lustre or attraction; to become dull
Delegate - to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate
Retract - to pull back inside; to take back or withdraw something one has said
Abstain - to keep or withhold oneself; to refrain from something
Misconstrue - to interpret erroneously; to understand incorrectly; to misunderstand   

Elaborate - highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated
Irrefutable - undeniable; unable to be disproved or refuted
Embryonic - something, especially a project, that is very new and still evolving; yet to reach its full potential
Impermeable - impossible to permeate; not allowing passage
Unprecedented - never before seen or done, without precedent
Negligible - able to be neglected, ignored or excluded from consideration; too small or unimportant to be of concern
Malleable - flexible, liable to change
Robust - evincing strength and health; strong

Where Oswald Makes the Colour Purple his Own

The first time Oswald wears purple again after coming back from the dead it isn’t his choice. He’s sitting upright in a hospital bed, the bandages wrapped round his abdomen tight and restrictive to the point where he can barely move. He’s been left a pile of clothes on the visitors chair; jumpers, shirts, slacks. All off the rack and nothing at all like the tailored suits and dramatic coats hanging in his wardrobe back at the Van Dahl estate. Cold in the thin hospital gown, he reaches out to grab the nearest jumper, breath coming out in short huffs as his stitches pull and scream out in protest. It’s only once he’s successfully got it on, sweaty and red-faced with exhaustion, that he realises the colour: mauve. It’s nothing like the deep, rich purples he used to wear yet he still hears the soft ‘I’m partial to the purple’ and before he knows it he’s muffling sobs into the slightly too-long sleeves. He’s alone. He’s totally alone.

The second time is when he finally has access to his old clothes. What with his power and influence having fizzled away into almost nothing the second his back hit that icy cold water, he’s had a lot of work to do. Planting seeds, encouraging whispers. Penguin’s back, they say. Awed and nervous and baffled. A steady stream of old but loyal informants and allies have been trickling back to him and he’s thankful that even after everything he still has Gabe, still has Zsasz. And now he has his battle armour, too. Going through the clothes, he takes out a pinstripe suit followed by a purple tie. He lets the silk glide through his fingers in consideration before eventually slipping it round his neck. Its weight is a comfort. As if Ed’s there with him, murmuring encouragements ‘you can do it, Oswald, I believe in you’. He goes down stairs, by-passing his portrait with the obnoxious question mark now blazoned across it and into the lounge to join the gathered crowd all eager to hear what his next plans are. He touches the knot of the tie gently with the tips of his fingers and straightens his back.

The third time he’s standing in front of the newly opened Iceberg Lounge, press from every paper and news station in the city gathered around him. Journalists call out questions to him; how he feels about his success being dubbed the comeback story of the century, does he have anything to say to those who said he couldn’t do it, what’s it like being more influential than ever before. He rearranges the purple pocket square so the small flash of colour will show up clearly in every photo taken that night. Deliberate. Mocking. He smirks into the cameras, chin cocked up in defiance. Look what I’ve done, Eddie. And all without you.

The fourth time he has a gun pressed into the small of The Riddler’s back. He forcefully walks Ed to a nearby chair and orders him to sit down. He drops down into it, long legs awkwardly drawn towards him as Oswald crowds in close. Now facing him, Ed’s eyes flick down and away from Oswald’s face to take in the colour of his waistcoat. Purple. Elegant and dark. They widen slightly in realisation and he opens his mouth to say something when Oswald roughly grabs him by the jaw, effectively interrupting him before he even can even begin. He presses his fingers into Ed’s skin, his nails leaving little crescent moon indents, and rakes his gaze from the tips of Ed’s polished brogues up to the curve of his hat.

“Never did like green,” he sneers with distaste.

I want to be thin and I want it fast, to the point of restricting calories. But I don’t want and fucking hope I will never develop a bad ED. Hearing what you guys go through makes me so sad. I’m so sad you have to deal with that. I’ve only had a few anxiety attacks in my life and nearly wanted to kill myself because I felt so awful, and still deal with mild anxiety every day. I HATE mental disorders. I’d never want one/more. I hate that anyone has to deal with mental pain. I wish you all better, happier days.

so multi    :    seven of nine from voyager, finn of tfa, barristan selmy of asoiaf, fallout oc, greer from reign, neal cassidy of ouat, maybe move deacon and my lavellan over as well ?

I think one of the strangest parts of growing up as an overly inquisitive person is realizing that there are so many answers to questions and solutions to problems that are sealed off by… artificial tender? a token economy… the idea that entities make money from access to knowledge in this day and age baffles me

@jaykulina replied to your post: “I’m finally following less than 1000 blogs again”:

jfc that is Way Too Many my dude, i don’t even think i’ve /looked/ at 1000 blogs on this hell site let alone followed that many ever lol

like I said

I like a lot of things

Toon Dark Magician
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Cannot attack the turn it is Summoned. While you control “Toon World” and your opponent controls no Toon monsters, this card can attack your opponent directly. Once per turn: You can discard 1 “Toon” card or “Manga Ryu-Ran”, then activate 1 of these effects;
● Special Summon 1 Toon monster from your Deck, except “Toon Dark Magician”, ignoring its Summoning conditions.
● Add 1 “Toon” Spell/Trap Card from your Deck to your hand.

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Can Be Found In: The Dark Illusion (TDIL-EN032)

Toons were officialy the first archetype to debut in the game, yet took them ages to become a real threat. Most of their creatures carries lots of restrictions, going from Life Point costs to being unable to attack the turn are summoned. They also rely a lot on “Toon World” to stay effective, to the point that the vast majority will destroy themselves if the Spell leaves the field. To compensate such lethal flaws, Toons gradually balanced things with powerful effects to assist them, gaining tools that on their own can overcome many Decks. Even if they have a slow start, Toons shouldn’t be underestimated nowadays.

All Toons are counterparts of already existing and popular monsters and soon enough “Toon Dark Magician” made his debut. Like the original “Dark Magician”, this monster might not be the strongest of the bunch but compensates with some of the best effects in the build. Like many other Toons, “Toon Dark Magician” can direct attack if “Toon World” is active and the opponent doesn’t own any Toons, but he’s unable to attack the same turn is summoned. The real power of this monster comes when discarding a Toon card or “Manga Ryu-Ran”, as either will allow us to summon any Toon monster from the Deck (Except himself) regardless of their restrictions, or add a Toon Spell or Trap to our hand. This is a highly powerful ability placing “Toon Dark Magician” as one of the best monsters in the archetype, since at cost of a card almost the entire archetype will become available for any purpose and situation.

Although cannot summon his own copies, “Toon Dark Magician” is a interesting case as gains support from not only Toons but also from the original “Dark Magician” and other Spellcaster resources, making it possible to mix both themes arround this monster. A good example of their potential is “Magician’s Navigate” summoning both “Dark Magician” and “Toon Dark Magician” together. “Ebon High Magician” is a tough monster on his own, but if is defeated can bring out the Toon from the Deck as replacement. “Dark Renewal” on the other hand can either summon or revive “Toon Dark Magician” at cost of a monster of ours, yet punishing an opponent’s summon in the process. Obviously we cannot ignore its original archetype, with cards such as “Toon Table of Contents” adding him to our hand, “Toon Mask” summoning in from the Deck in response to the arrival of a tough enemy, and “Red-Eyes Toon Dragon” summoning him from the hand for free. But if you’re having troubles to summon him, various copies of “Toon Mermaid” arriving together will easily assist us for a Tribute Summon.

“Toon Dark Magician” behaves the same as most of his kind. If “Toon World” or “Toon Kingdom” are active on our field, his 2500 ATK will go through the opponent’s defenses to deal some solid damage (Unless they own a Toon). However, due he cannot attack the turn is summoned it can easily prepare the opponent against him during their turn. That’s where his unique effect comes into action, as can summon from our Deck “Red-Eyes Toon Dragon” for not only an additional summon from the Dragon’s effect, but also use them together into a Rank 7 Xyz Summon. This can become one of the best moves arround Toon monsters, as they get quick accesibility to powerful Xyz Monsters like “Number 11: Big Eye” and “Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack”. Another great candidate to be summoned is “Toon Dark Magician Girl”, the only Toon able to attack the turn she’s summoned, becoming a reliable source of damage right from her arrival. The final alternative will be “Toon Ancient Gear Golem”, able to deal piercing damage with its high ATK in case “Toon World” is not active". Remember that “Toon Dark Magician” can ignore any restrictions for his summons, giving us a chance to shortcut summon members like “Toon Summoned Skull” and “Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon”.

While in most circumstances “Toon Dark Magician” will be busy summoning his allies, we shouldn’t ignore the ability to search for archetype’s Spells and Traps. The only exceptions are their most powerful cards “Comic Hand” and “Mimicat”, but besides that restriction any other Toon is available. That obviously counts both “Toon World” and “Toon Kingdom”, ready to become activated and unleash the full potential of our Toons. “Toon Table of Contents” is one of the greatest searching effects available, so we might spare a monster to add it to our hand for later use or simply thin our Deck. Both “Shadow Toon” and “Toon Rollback” can increase the damage caused by the archetype considerably, with the possibility of becoming finishing cards to defeat the opponent. Lastly we have our defenses to punish opponent actions with, including the mentioned “Toon Mask” summoning our best Toons, and “Toon Briefcase” returning any threats to their Deck.

“Toon Dark Magician” is without a doubt one of the best monsters among Toons. At cost of a single card, this monster can prepare all sorts of setups on his own. Specially working along “Red-Eyes Toon Dragon”, summoning several monsters together which includes Xyz Monsters. Not only that, but being a Dark Magician and Spellcaster monster gives him even more options to work outside his own archetype. And that’s also his main problem, as due being a high Level monster as well having a delay to attack it will rely on other effects to be summoned on the field before is too late. But once we surpass those hiccups, “Toon Dark Magician” will either keep gathering Toons and resources with his effect, or immediately prepare the arrival of some of the best Xyz Monsters available.

Personal Rating: A+

+ Can direct attack if “Toon World” is active and the opponent doesn’t have any Toons
+ Able to summon any Toon from our Deck except himself
+ Can search Toon Spells and Traps
+ Incredible sinergy along “Red-Eyes Toon Dragon”
+ Highly supported by his archetype as well Spellcasters

- Cannot attack the turn is brought to the field
- Relies on other cards to be summoned

anonymous asked:

I need some help with the middle of my story. I know how I want to start and how it's going to end, the middle part is kind of foggy though. Any tips?

This is an extremely common problem that I think most writers have. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, I do have a few tips for you!

  • Outline. It’s a little easier to work with the problem spots when you know what they’re supposed to look like.
  • Work backwards. If you already have your beginning and ending in mind, ask yourself: what needs to happen in between to get the characters from Point A to Point B? This isn’t restricted to plot points and conflicts, either–what emotional or mental changes need to occur in your heroes for them to finish their arcs, and how can you bring that out?
  • See if there is room for a subplot. If not all of your characters are full fleshed out by the end of the story, see if your plot allows any room for some additional development in the middle.
  • Get curious and start asking questions. You might have overlooked something that is unnaturally shortening the second act of your story, or that could unlock the key to more development and plot points.
  • Related to the above, make sure you haven’t accidentally created a plot hole or an unnecessary block. Recently while I was working on the second act of Cloudless Rain I was having trouble because I thought that both of my main POV characters didn’t speak the language of the area they were in, which really removed a lot of impact from what was going on–and then I realized that I had made a mistake and one of them absolutely would know at least a conversational level of this language, and that put the ‘oomph’ back into those scenes.
  • Worst case scenario, go back to the drawing board and make sure that your beginning has a strong enough setup. Sometimes the middle can drag because the beginning doesn’t have enough momentum.

Hope this helped!


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OH BOY While I was buying fabric supplies, I came across this awesome 4-way stretch fabric at my local market! It’s almost identical in colour / texture to the 2-way stretch pleather I used for my current suit and feels mega comfy! I ended up buying a few metres of it :) I’m pleased with how my current suit turned out (also the one I filmed for the tutorial) but the fact it only stretches one way can be a bit restricting, so at some point I’m gonna re-pattern and remake it with this material and see how it turns out! If I get chance I’ll add it into the current tutorial I’m working on, otherwise I’ll film it separately and make another video out of it :) I hope it’s okay with you guys! Sorry again for the mass delay ~

I’m all at once not surprised but also disappointed that Ms. Sara Bellum is being kept out of the Powerpuff Girls reboot on account of her not being “appropriate” because while there were definitely moments where the original cartoon lacked awareness of feminism (that… one villain in the episode Equal Fights mostly :\) she was not one of those moments.

Her concept was that her face was never seen. She was beautiful, tall, smart– but she lacked a basic identity that other characters took for granted. The point wasn’t that she was trivial or that it didn’t matter: it restricted the audience’s point of view to make more obvious how we see women like her in real life: from the neck down.

She’s like Jessica Rabbit in that sense. An iconic character designed to take advantage of and then spin around what we think about images of women back onto us. and other characters around her we see more clearly. She’s not ‘bad.’ She’s just drawn that way.

her design communicated clear information about what it’s like to be her working for the blundering Mayor,

it communicated clear information about her relationship with the three girls (especially when she came down to their level but was still obscured from the audience) 

and most of all it flatly addressed the audience about our habits when thinking about women in supporting jobs + roles in real life.

it was cheeky but also caused the audience to wonder about her, why they weren’t allowed to look at her face, and to confront themselves about it. Unless you’re totally lacking in self awareness and critical thought you probably get that forcing you to look at her in a certain perspective was trying to accomplish something with her character that otherwise would have been far too long or drawn-out to communicate effectively.

but apparently the new ppg show is lacking in that critical thought because! cutting her out of the show because she’s “inappropriate” just misses the whole point– not that she was designed only as a sexy body, but that she was designed to tell the audience something about how they look at sexy bodies, what is expected of sexy bodies, and indirectly what we expect from grown women in her position too.

Can you imagine if Conservative gun control logic was applied to everything?

“There’s no point in restricting guns, because criminals will manage to get them anyway!”

Now imagine if that logic was applied to other stuff?

“Oh, we shouldn’t bother making cocaine illegal, because people who want it will still find a way to get it.”

“Oh, we shouldn’t make arson illegal, because arsonists will still burn houses down anyway”

“There’s no point in making it illegal to buy large amounts of explosives, because terrorists will find ways to make pipe-bombs anyway”

I mean, clearly, some of these examples are exaggerated, but the point remains that this kind of thinking is backwards, and involves some rather flawed logic.

age restrictions for concerts are great like fuck yeah safety! but when the restrictions are like “if you are under the permitted age, you can go with a parent” that’s when i get annoyed because so many parents are super shitty and selfish at concerts like they don’t give a fuck that they don’t even like the band and they refuse to stand at the back and let actual fans have a good time. the rudest people in crowds like for 5sos are seriously the parents because they’re so paranoid that their precious “little” kids get hurt that they literally push around and hurt everyone else in the crowd. i’m all for age restrictions to improve safety but age restrictions that allow entry along with a parent are so pointless…

Heroes Die Here (2/?)

Summary: Gavin and Dan grow up closer than brothers, in a bad town full of bad people, clinging to their ambitions of making a change - until fate and circumstance pull them apart.

Both think the other is gone forever, so the last thing they expect is to reunite on opposite sides of the law. And with the Fake AH Crew about to pull the heist of the century, it’s the worst time possible for Gavin’s past to come breathing down his neck.

(GTA AU OT6, platonic danvin)

Part 1  AO3

Gavin thought he might throw up.

It can’t be – it can’t be – it can’t be. It rattled around his head like a mantra as he sprinted down the street. His thoughts were a mess; he vaguely thought he might be heading towards their arranged meeting spot, but he could barely focus on that when he still felt like he’d been hit in the chest with a sledgehammer.

Dan.

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