See, I was thinking, once all this is over and Will’s back and you’re not a secret anymore, my parents can get you an actual bed for the basement. Or you can take my room if you want, since I’m down there all the time anyways.
stranger things appreciation week - day seven: favorite place
the upside down
“even with the upside down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means…we have the whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season.” - ross duffer
Most of us have suffered through the frustration of needing to quickly get ready for work, only to have to wait for a roommate to finish his shower. Now imagine having to share that shower with not one or two other people, but hundreds.
That’s precisely the situation facing San Francisco’s estimated6,436homeless residents, who currently have just seven places in the city where they can shower.
Motivated by the belief that everyone has the right to be clean, Doniece Sandoval foundedLavaMae, a non-profit with an innovative idea: take old, unused city buses and retrofit them with fully functioning showers for homeless people to use. Last weekend, LavaMae, a play on the Spanish word for “wash me,” launched its first mobile bus.
“Our buses were designed in consultation with homeless people,” Sandoval told ThinkProgress, a process that has taken over a year.
The interior of one of LavaMae’s mobile shower buses
CREDIT: KENA FRANK
For example, many homeless women expressed concern for their safety and privacy while showering. As a result, Sandoval and her team designed two individual shower pods in each bus, one of which is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Each pod includes not only a shower, but also a toilet, sink, and a space to temporarily store one’s things. Each bus will permit around 30 people to shower on a given day. Once all four buses are running, Sandoval estimates they will be able to provide more than 2,000 showers per week. (See more photos of the buses and interiorhere.)
“We’re mobile because we want to reach people where they are,” Sandoval said. In addition, “If we built a brick-and-mortar concept, it would cost a whole lot more.”
The city donated four decommissioned municipal buses to LavaMae and allows the organization to tap into fire hydrants, but retrofitting them with shower pods costs $75,000 per bus.
Funding for the buses comes from a mix of sources. LavaMae raised $58,000 from an Indiegogo campaign, as well as contributions from individuals and small private family foundations. Sandoval and her husband also put a significant amount of their own money into the project.
Honestly the reason why DA2 is my favourite (and why DAI was such a letdown in comparison) despite all its flaws is that at least it was an attempt to break away from Ye Old Standard Fantasy RPG Formula.
I love the three-act structure! I love that each act is self-contained, but still feeds into the central conflict of the game. I love that it allows for your choices to have consequences in-game, and not just in epilogue slides that will get retconned anyway.
(I love that the story takes place over seven years, too.)
I love that Hawke is not a Chosen One (have I mentioned how much I hate that trope lately?). I love that the plot is important to them because it involves their family, their friends, their home. I love that they get involved because they can, and not because they’re the only one who can. And I love that they still can and do fuck it up so badly at times.
I love how important Kirkwall itself is to the plot. I love that you spend so much time there that by the time the third act rolls around you feel like you really know the city.
I love that the Companions’ lives don’t revolve around Hawke. I love that Aveline is captain of the guard and Anders has a clinic and Fenris probably hunts slavers in his spare time and Merrill is likely much more involved in alienage matters than we were shown. I love that they hang out with Hawke because they’re friends and not because of some world-ending threat that needs to be stopped.
(I love that there’s no world-ending threat at all, just fear and oppression at work.)
I love the antagonists. I love that you get to interact with them long before they turn hostile to you, that you get to know them before you fight them, because how many games actually do that?
Sure, the game had issues, but those issues deserved to be worked on and improved, not swept under the rug in favour of a return to the old standard.
(NEWS TRANS) 150511 Rap Monster disappeared the day before BTS comeback...
The day before BTS comeback, leader Rap Monster was abandoned(?).
It is a common belief that if bad things happen during the preparations in the music industry, the new songs will be daebak. In BTS, Rap Monster is considered the one carrying the misfortunes.
The day before their comeback and in between the trasition of their schedule, Rap Monster was left behind. After a scheduled event at a certain place, the seven members split into two cars for their next schedule. Everyone thought Rap Monster would be in the other car. Rap Monster said, “It took about 20 seconds before I came out of the bathroom and at that time, both cars drove away.
The problem was his phone was also left in the car so there was no way to contact Rap Monster. The members said, "When Rap Monster is in the car, he would always hold on to his phone. But it felt bit strange that Rap Monster wasn’t there and just his phone was sitting there. But we didn’t think that he didn’t even get on either car.”
At that moment, Rap Monster became a “strange person” as he was asking around to borrow a phone. Rap Monster said, “These days we’re no use without our phones. I was strolling around the streets in the early morning trying to ask strangers to let me borrow their phones while some just gave me strange looks. People were staring and it just felt like my face turned hot.”
He was able to ask the building security ahjusshi to borrow a phone and contacted his manager. Rap Monster laughed and said, “The security ahjusshi wanted an autograph. After I wrote ‘Rap Monster,’ he requested to write down my name so I wrote my real name 'Kim Namjoon’.
BTS’ comeback title song 'I Need U’ won #1 on cable channel Mnet M Countdown on the 7th. On the 8th, they won their first public broadcast #1 on KBS Music Bank.