i know what you’re thinking… it’s too early for christmas drawings! however! I’m sharing this now in case anyone wants to buy a card or print to give to a mate for christmas! if you order now it should be delivered in time?
-Allura and Coran co-own the store (it’s a family business)
-Shiro is the store manager
-Pidge is over produce
-Hunk works in the deli with all the cakes
-Keith and Lance are cashiers (like I was)
-Lance is the cashier that does really well (can interact with the customers, flirt with them semi-professionally and resolve issues), but he often wanders off.
-”Hiya Pidgeon!” “Lance, what are you doing here, it’s not even your break and FOR FUCKS SAKE STOP EATING THE GRAPES!”
-Hunk, whispering horrified, “Lance, please tell me you didn’t leave Keith by himself.”
-”Sir, your total is going to be $54.69.” *customer hands Keith a $100, who checks to make sure its not a counterfeit*
-”It should be good, I just printed it off this morning!’
-Keith, with death in his eyes, biting the inside of his cheek, “Haha. Haven’t heard that one before.”
-”I’m gonna need two things: a bag of ice, and your number.” Keith, monotone, “Sir, I can promise you one of those things is going to happen. And the total for the ice is going to be $2.56.”
-Keith is also know for stealing all the box cutters and hoarding them all in his apron pockets.
-”Excuse me! I would like a refund for this! Your store is terrible and so is your attitude! Let me speak to your manager!” *Keith pulls a box cutter out of his pocket* “KeITH NO!!”
-Nobody knows how Pidge is able to work there. And everyone is too scared to ask (it’s actually Matt who applied for the job initially; but one time Pidge covered for his shift and the rest is history).
-Shiro is trying his best to keep the store from burning to the ground.
-It’s rumored that he got that white streak in his hair from the stress.
-He is often the closing manager (Coran takes mornings).
-Has been caught pulling cereal off the shelf, and eating it by the handful.
-Hunk’s cakes are legendary, he’s the Picasso of cakes.
-He often sneaks pastries to Keith in order to keep his anger at bay.
-It works sometimes.
-”Lance, stop eating the cupcakes, and GIVE ME BACK THAT ICING!”
-He’s probably the busiest because he’s always booked for birthdays.
-He genuinely likes working here???
-The workers are supposed to pay for every cup of coffee they get.
-Spoiler: they don’t.
-Hunk switches Pidge’s coffee to decaf.
-Lance often brings Keith his coffee because apparently (in Keith’s words), he’s the only one who can fix it right (and totally not because their fingers brush against each other’s).
-There’s a betting pool on when they’ll get together.
-Coran has the most money put in.
-One time, Keith locked Lance into one of the coolers because he wouldn’t shut up about how he was “cooler than him.”
-When a grocery truck comes, it’s an absolute horror.
-Lance was racing Keith to see who could unload it the quickest, and knocked over a whole display case. Keith just ran from the scene.
-There’s footage on the security cameras of Lance riding on one of the trolleys as Keith pushes it, recreating the scene from Titanic.
-Pidge once dared Lance to hide in the back of the truck until the driver rode off.
- *Lance pops up from the back of the truck ”Oh hi there!” “JesUS CHRIST!!”
-The truck nearly crashed.
-Keith helped Pidge in produce once.
-He would try to stuff his pocket with one of the knifes.
-Just kept cutting fruit, even the grapes.
-He kept cutting off the fingers on the latex gloves.
-”…..get out of my fucking department.” Shiro, over the intercom “Language, Pidge.”
-Lance somehow manages to dance to every single song that comes on. Classical? Yep. Elevator music? No problem. Dogs barking Jingle Bells? His hips don’t lie.
-Keith often goes over the intercom and whispers his distaste for the customers, mostly profanities.
-He hasn’t been caught yet.
-Keith fucking flies when he bags groceries.
-When questioned, his only response was “Gotta go fast.”
-May continues this, but who knows! I have a TON of stories about working in retail and all that jazz. I still have nightmares.
Public speaking is very few people’s favorite thing. It can be so terrifying to get up in front of a whole class and present your project, so here are a few tips on nailing your next speech and feeling a little less nervous while you’re at it.
i. preparing your speech
Start with a topic that you care about, and be sure that:
It’s not too general that you don’t have enough time to cover it (like ‘the history of the US’ for a five minute speech) or too specific that you will run out of material.
Some people talk faster when they are nervous, some people slow down. Find out which you are and plan accordingly.
Make several drafts, and send them to your teacher if you can.
Create your visual aids (PowerPoint, handouts, etc) before your final draft, so you can make changes as necessary.
Don’t put too much text on your slides, other wise your audience (and maybe you) will get distracted by trying to read them.
Stick to using slides for quick facts, statistics, and pictures.
Don’t use the sound effects options they have for changing slides, it will just be a distraction.
For a speech you’re just giving once, you probably won’t have the timing down enough to use automatic changes.
Don’t put too much information on one slide. Just the point you’re on, and maybe the next, will be enough to fill it if your font is as large as it should be.
Make sure you have your slides saved in at least two places (typically a flash drive and your email) so that if you can’t access one you have a back up.
Think about what questions people might have about your topic, and be prepared to answer them. Also brush up on any opposing views if the exist so that you can address those, both in the speech and in questions.
ii. making your flashcards
Write bigger and clearer than you think you need.
I find it a bit difficult to read when I get nervous, especially when I’m just glancing down quickly. Write in print, and stick to just one or two points per card so that you can write largely.
Don’t write whole sentences, just key words.
If you have too much information you’ll be tempted to read it all off. Instead, just write down a word or two that will remind you of your point if you get off track.
Number your flashcards, and consider putting them on a ring.
That way, if you drop your cards on the way up you won’t start out flustered.
Remember to put when to change the slide so you don’t forget and end up behind, or leaving it on the same slide the whole time.
Color code your cards so that you can see what’s happening at a glance.
I typically use blue for stats/things I need to quote directly, grey for slide changes, and pink for points to emphasize.
All speeches should end with you asking for questions, so be sure to add that into your last card.
Always practice out loud, even if you feel silly.
It’s important to hear and feel yourself saying the speech to get comfortable performing it.
Time yourself practicing your rough draft a few times, so you know if you need to make it longer or shorter.
Practice with your visual aids a few times
Practice it all the way through if you can; if you mess up, brush it off and keep going.
Film yourself practicing, so you can see if there’s anything you’re not noticing that you need to adjust.
Practice everyday, even if it’s just for a few minutes some days.
The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
iv. getting ready to speak
On the day of your speech, be sure to eat a good breakfast/lunch so you don’t get light headed.
Dress in an outfit that makes you feel confident and isn’t distracting: no busy patterns, large logos, or short hemlines that you would be tugging at the whole time.
Double check that you have everything you need before you leave – cards, slides, and any handouts you may need.
This TED Talk has some great tips on faking confidence. I highly recommend watching it, but if you don’t have the time one of the take aways is that certain poses can trick your brain into feeling confident. She actually suggests going into a bathroom stall and standing in a “Superman” sorta pose for a minute or so. You’ll feel really silly, but strangely it helps.
While you’re in there, adjust your hair/check your teeth so you’re not worried about that when you get up there.
If you get to choose when you speak, think strategically: will going first and getting it out of the way make you feel better? Or would you rather wait and see a few people speak first?
I really don’t suggest waiting until the very last slot, but I like to go second or third to have the best of both worlds.
When you get to class, lay out everything you need and glance over your notes one more time. Then take a deep breath. You’ve got this.
v. the speech
When you get up to speak, take your time laying out everything you need and setting up your slides.
After you’ve gotten the slides on, test the remote to see how sensitive it is. Just flipping to the first slide and back to the intro will help you feel less flustered if it’s more sensitive than you think and jumps around.
Take a deep breath and get started. If you mess up, no will know but you. Just keep going and act confident.
Glance back for just a second when changing slides to make sure you’re on the right one.
Make eye contact! The biggest mistake I see people make is to look down or above everyone’s head. Make eye contact with everyone more or less equally so it doesn’t look like you’re staring people down (but, if there’s someone that’s extra smiley/encouraging don’t be afraid to come back to them when you get nervous).
If you feel yourself starting to get nervous or starting to talk too fast/slow, it’s okay to take a second to take a deep breath and center yourself. Don’t be afraid of a couple seconds of silence if you need them.
If the podium helps you feel less nervous, use it. If moving around helps you loosen up, that works too!
If you get off track, you are likely only one that even noticed that you messed up, so just take a deep breath, take a look at your notes, and get back on track the best you can (”going back to the second point,” or “but before we get to that,”).
If you’ve noticed that something’s wrong that needs to be addressed (like you’re on the wrong slide, or you misspoke and gave an incorrect fact) you can say something simple like “Sorry, I misspoke, it’s actually 1 in 3 Americans, not 1 in 4″ or try to make a joke if the subject lends to it and move onto your next point.
No matter what happens, it’s all good. Try to to panic and say things like “sorry, guys, I’m just so nervous” because that’s basically the only thing that will tip them off that you are.
Above all, just try to relax and remember that you’re doing a good job. No one but you can tell how nervous you are or will know if you mess up.
I am working on making my favourite RL clothes for my sims. And therefore I need lots of sweaters and layered looks. I know that there already exists similar CC but I would have made it anyway and want to share the progress I make. There are 3 Versions of this sweater.
It is slightly oversized but not too much. It should be BGC. Tell me if there is any trouble.
18 swatches for the solid version. 16 swatches for the knitted version. 12 Swatches for the versions with prints that I made for my teenagers.
707 flower theme~! Idk should I make the rest of the guys too or not.. It’s available as prints in my tictail store, it’s also available as prints (and first to sold out!) at Creators Super Fest last week. Thank you for your support guys <3
Any of you still play MM? Please share your thoughts of what are you looking forward from my art posts except sinful stuffs lol dont worry it’s on process :D
AU in which Newt brought Credence along to look for creatures, and real!Graves is in recovery inside the case. Let everyone be happy today :’D This started out as a sketch when the first heatwaves hit and took way too long to finish haha Art blog: questionartbox [Print available!]
In the interests of not spending the next four years fact-checking my own side, I would like very much if we could all exercise good judgment on what we reblog.
I’m pissed off about the trend of twitter screenshots posing as “news” with no source. I’m also pissed off about people posting their own unsourced, inaccurate summaries of something they heard somewhere. This makes us look no better than Trump supporters sharing lies on Facebook, and it often causes unnecessary fear. Here’s a guide on what I want people to do instead.
Easy Mode: If there’s no source, don’t reblog it. This requires no effort on your part, but it’s still helpful. Don’t disseminate information that could be inaccurate.
Regular Mode: Add a source. Google some key words. If it’s legitimate, you should find news stories about it. Reblog and add some source links. While I’m not a huge fan of how the mainstream media has been handling things lately, for this purpose I recommend sticking to established print media, because they have better fact-checking than Internet-only outlets and they’ve been firmer in their opposition than TV news.
If it’s not legitimate, reblog anyway and add sources refuting it. You don’t have to write up a whole explanation if you don’t want. Linking to a source with the note “This shit didn’t happen” will suffice.
Hard Mode: Question the source. If there is a source link, check it. If it’s from some outlet you never heard, of or one that you don’t feel is reputable (like, say, The Daily Mail), go see if they have sources to back themselves up. They may not. Google key words again. See if anyone else is reporting on their claims. If not, wait a bit. It’s possible they have an exclusive scoop. It’s also possible they’re fearmongering based on misunderstood or inadequate information, or they’re just flat making shit up. Don’t discount the possibility of fake “progressive” outlets run by the opposition to discredit us. And remember, The Onion is not the only parody news site out there – not by a long shot.
Again, though, if you do nothing else, stop reblogging unsourced stories. It’s already going to be a long, bad four years. We don’t need to make it worse.
In the UK, it’s been a really bad week for that, ‘cause all of our trashy, cancerous, garbage newspapers have been printing those, like, horrendous articles, just- you know, it’s that kind of like, ‘Should trans people be allowed to use bathrooms? Should schools allow trans people to wear what they want? Should we take it seriously if someone is under 18 and they want to define their own gender?’ And it’s just like… I’m sure they do understand, which just makes it even more evil. But it’s like we’re debating people’s right to exist, which is just- it’s insane. It just sounds so crazy, doesn’t it? I mean, like, questioning these things, it’s not a political debate, it’s like you’re literally saying these are people that are now comfortable with how they want to define their own existences, and you’re questioning whether their existences are valid, which is so crazy! Because these things, like, they don’t affect other people. Something like gun laws, it’s like, y’all don’t need guns, but there’s a whole debate there, and it’s a legitimate debate. But, what- how somebody chooses to live their own life, that doesn’t affect other people. I mean, people say, ‘oh well, it will influence other kids,’ To what? To be aware people can make their own choices? It’s just- You know, logically, it doesn’t make any sense. So there’s things you can disagree on, and then there’s things you can’t even disagree on.
Luna Lovegood fell in love when she was 7 with the red-headed girl who lived in her village.
She asked her mum if she would help Luna write her a letter (“Because she should know I love her Mummy, I want to make her happy.”)
The next time she sees her, she hands her a letter with her carefully printed name and little hearts she placed around the edges. Luna had also insisted that she stick every bit of glitter she could find around their house.
The red-headed girl smiled broadly at Luna and took her hand; they went to play in the woods by where they lived.
The girl kissed Luna on the cheek and said she loved her too. (Luna ran home after that and told both her parents that she was going to marry her.)
When Luna’s mum died, she moved away and didn’t see the red-headed girl again.
Luna liked Hogwarts, she liked the moving stairs and the banquets. She liked Ravenclaw too. (She liked the boys who laughed at her and called her Loony less)
She also really liked the pretty girl in Gryffindor; she reminded her of the red-headed girl back home. She was friendly too, but she disappeared a lot, so Luna made friends with Moaning Myrtle.
When she learned what happened with Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley in the chamber, she hugged Ginny on the last day of term and told her she hoped she felt better.
(Ginny did feel a little better after that.)
Luna took divination in her third year, and through that, made friends with Padma Patil.
Luna and Padma would spend days by the Black Lake, exchanging predictions and talking about magical creatures. Padma told Luna that she was going to the Yule Ball with Ron Weasley and Luna smiled, and wished Padma had a good time.
(Luna soon learned upon returning after the Christmas Holidays, that Padma did not have a good time with Ron, so she made Padma a necklace and gave her a soft kiss on the cheek.)
The next year, Luna picked flowers from the Hogwarts grounds and gave them to Cho Chang with an apology.
Luna let Cho cry, and never called her annoying or weak, and in turn, Cho never called Luna strange.
Instead, she made Cho flower crowns and they read in silence together. Cho let Luna tell her about Thestrals and the red-headed girl she used to know from her village.
(Cho didn’t say much in return, but Luna never made her. She was grateful for that.)
Ginny and Luna grew considerably closer that year, and Luna felt her heart tug every time Ginny smiled at her.
(Luna painted Ginny a picture as a thank you, when Ginny defended her against the boys who called her Loony. Ginny held her hand for the rest of the day.)
She listened when Ginny spoke about boys, she hugged her when said boys broke her heart and Luna would stroke her hair and tell her about her latest theory about Nargles. (It never failed to make Ginny smile.)
When Harry left to hunt Horcruxes, Luna spent all her effort trying to cheer Ginny up. (“You know Ginny, the ones who love us never really leave us.”)
That was when Ginny kissed Luna.
And Luna kissed back.
They spent a lot of that time hiding away from everyone else but themselves.
Stealing kisses when everything hurt a little more than it should have.
Ginny reminded Luna of fire and strength. She was impulsive decisions and loud laughter and Luna traced the freckles on Ginny’s arms and together they made their own constellations.
They held hands when the Carrows sauntered down the corridors, they whispered I love yous under stars, and Luna picked more flowers those months than she ever had before.
After Luna was taken to Malfoy Manor and then rescued, she sent letters to Ginny as often as she could. She promised she would come back.
And, as May dawned, she made her way back to Hogwarts, although a less welcoming Hogwarts than it had been when she was 11.
She greeted Ginny, handing her a pair of radish earrings, before they went to sit in a quiet corner of the room of requirement.
Luna knew it wouldn’t last. In a few hours, Harry Potter would be storming the halls of Hogwarts and the children she grew up with could be dead.
She knew that Ginny loved her, she was certain. But she also knew that Ginny loved Harry, and she would not make her choose.
So Luna chose for her, kissed her softly one last time, and they both went to join the fight.
A few years later, when winter was upon them, Luna sat in the front row and watched her two friends vow themselves to one another. (She didn’t cry, not until she saw that Ginny was wearing the radish earrings she had given her)
At the reception, Luna took herself outside, only to meet a tall girl dressed in a suit. The woman introduced herself (“Rolf Scamander, my parents were convinced I was going to be a boy. The name stuck.”)
Luna giggled, when she noticed the small gathering of mistletoe collecting above their heads. She pointed it out to Rolf, smiling and blushing.
(“Mistletoe. Do you reckon it’s trying to hint at something?”)
Hi I'm indy I'm a new follower I plan on going in to computer science! Any advice ?
Hi there! Ohhh that’s so awesome, good luck! Computer science is an amazing subject to study! I was terrified at first because I haven’t had much experience in coding before going to uni, but you’re going to be just FINE trust me! ✨
💻 first of all DON’T BE SCARED YOU CAN’T CODE - that’s why you’re going to computer science in the first place, to learn to code. Of course, there’s going to be people who are pro-coders already, but don’t get intimidated by them, find your own pace and just do your thing! They’re probably repeating the year anyway or they transferred.
💻 I know in computer science you’re mostly like ‘why do I need lectures when I need to CODE not listen about coding’, but trust me GO TO LECTURES - I attended (almost) every lecture possible during my first year and it really made a World of a difference especially if you’re a newbie to all of this! You’ll meet the professors and you’ll know what they’re expecting of you and they’ll probably tell you some funny stories as well. Plus you’ll have more familiar faces on the campus :)
💻 DO SOME READING - there’s one lecture that I didn’t go to and that was a mistake I tell you. I didn’t go because the lecturer's voice was boring and I was literally falling asleep. But after I did some reading about the subject before the exam I realized his words were very valuable, but unfortunately if you already knew a bit about the subject, so if you have a subject that bores you - do some reading on your own and then go to the lecture. you’ll get much more information out of it!
💻 CODE AT HOME - after you’ve practiced some skills during the classes, go home and practice them again on your own. Try doing something useful or fun with it. Like make it print out “Yolo” in a circle (I did that, no regrets lmao)
💻 INSTALL ALL THE SOFTWARE DURING YOUR FIRST WEEK - install all the things you’re going to need during the year on your first week, honestly, please do! It’ll save you time later on. As soon as the professor mentions what you should install, note it down, go home, install it.
💻 PRACTICE EVEN REALLY SIMPLE THINGS - if you don’t understand anything just type it on youtube and you’ll find plenty of the video tutorials which ARE AMAZING. They helped me a lot with understanding some stuff I couldn’t get a grip of. And I know you’ll find some stuff that you’re like “I don’t need to practice this, this is trivial” IT’S NOT and you’ll get it wrong if you don’t code it at least once, just do it, it’ll take like 30s.
So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover That I know you can’t afford Bite that tattoo on your shoulder Pull the sheets right off the corner Of the mattress that you stole From your roommate back in Boulder We ain’t ever getting older
(might tweak with it a bit more later… but I have work in the morning and should have been in bed an hour ago RIP)
So things are slowly progressing for me, and I think I can safely announce one of my print projects I’m working on for the Panel One Festival in June!
The Littlest Empress will be a 16-page wordless, greyscale comic about a youngster zhuchengtyrannus’ search for new friends! I’m very happy with how it’s turning out, and I’d love to gauge people’s interest in it online here, so I know if I should print up extras for online sale afterwards?
I won’t be setting up preorders or anything like that for this little comic, but if you are interested, let me know! I’m hoping it’ll cost around 10$ max, but I will update y’all as this comic and others I’m making for print are quoted and finalized!