simpler things

Translating is hard work. Even with pretty simple translations there can be unexpected difficulties if one of the languages has some funny special rules that apply to everyday life like honorifics and proper address, or words with multiple meanings so instead of asking what time it is you’ll end up asking for a potato. A professional translator can deal with this, of course. But for someone who just knows two pretty different languages, translating even something simple suddenly takes time and ends up getting pretty confusing for everyone involved.

And that leads us to ALIENS!

I think we’ve all read one scifi story or another where an alien is explaining some kind of concept that their species has - it might be related to their Special Sense or something else, but they always conveniently manage to put it in words that the character (and the reader) understand. This makes sense from a storytelling viewpoint, because we’re telling the story to human readers/listeners/viewers who need to understand what’s going on and why.

But it might be fun if the character is teamed up with an alien who gets so confused and/or worked up about some trivial translation that it gets turned into this big whole mysterious deal.

Human: “So, what’s this word mean, ‘thnguwe’?”

Alien: “Thnguwe has… special meaning for our people. It refers to a person’s ability to… form a meaningful connection with another of our kind, and our… entire society is built according to the… concept of thnguwe.”

Human: “How profound! Your civilization has much to teach us!”

Alien #2: “It means ‘talking’. Thnguwe means talking.”

Alien #1: “Oh, talking! I forgot what that word was in human language!”

Friends and family were discussing an extraordinary woman who, for some mysterious reason, has had only medium luck in love. Someone who knows her very well said this:
“She wants what very few people know how to give. She wants all the simple things. Not many know how to do simple anymore. She wants grilled cheese sandwiches at home dipped in ketchup served on a paper plate, not dinner at an expensive restaurant. She wants to sit on the beach at sunset, not some far away exotic vacation. She wants a handwritten note that says I care about you, not some piece of jewelry that was financed over three years. She wants you to brush her hair, not send her to some spa for a day.
“And she wants things even simpler than that. Simple things that it seems like we have all forgotten. She wants you to ask her before you kiss her for the first time and the second. She wants you to hold her hand while you’re watching re-runs together on the couch. She wants you to look at her when you talk to her. You guys, not just you, but so many guys have it all wrong. You think it is about where you take her and what you buy her for her birthday and for Christmas and you think it is about figuring out how her mind works. You think it is about being the best lover she ever had and you think it is about what she thinks of your career and your friends and your families and you think it is about all kinds of things that would never matter to her.
“As far as she’s concerned, you can go out with the guys as often as you like. She *wants* you to have fun and enjoy yourself. You can have a job that keeps you and calls you away from home. She wants you to be happy with your work and she wants you to succeed. You can be so-so in bed. She wants to learn your body and have you learn hers. You can be greedy and selfish and demanding from time to time. She wants to work things through with you. You can see her once a week or once a month. She just wants to make the most of the time you get together.
“What does she want? All she wants is to be loved, simply. Just like she loves everything in her life. There is no complex formula to the way she lives. Everything for her is simple and easy because everything comes from her heart. She wants to be loved from your heart. And no one in her life has done that yet because people spend way too much time over-thinking things and over-analyzing things and doing stupid things and finding reasons not to just love from the heart. “
And then he got up and left. And no one said another word.
—  Jonathan Carroll

I LOVED Bellamy calling Clarke princess for two reasons.

One: This episode, they were back to a similar place that they were in season 1b, a time when he used to call her princess with affection and respect, a time when they were co-leaders and were treated as such. The banter between them in this episode had an undercurrent of that familiar lightness– him calling her “princess” was a continuation of that theme, a little teasing callback, and almost like a statement of hope too. Like, “hey, remember when things were simpler.“

Two: the aesthetic.

team-indigo  asked:

Hello, I hope I'm not being a bother by asking this but, do you have any advice for starting an askblog/dailyblog for the first time? I don't really have any RP experience so I'm not sure where to start. Don't worry about it if you're busy, but thank you for your time!

No problem! I’m happy to help! ovo

Overall you can get a great idea of how to start a successful daily/askblog just by looking through your favorite blogs themselves, but here are some main pointers!

  1. Make your blog a main blog, not a side blog. If your blog is a side blog you won’t be able to directly follow or send asks, which are both huge parts of askblogging/dailying! It’s not a gamechanger but it does make things WAY simpler. 
  2. Pick a Pokemon species that YOU like and that YOU can see yourself being able to draw… a lot. Don’t worry about a species being overused or overrated. Who cares! Just do what you want to do! 
  3. Tag your posts! Personally I tag my stuff after the species, the general pokemon tag and then all my organization tags (#doodle for art, #ooc for out of character posts etc) to keep things easy to sort through and visible, too!
  4. Start simple. You can always add a story later if you want once you have more experience, but it’s always better to work with something simple and fun first to get into the groove of things. 
  5. Send asks and get to know your fellow blogs! 99% of the people in the community will be happy to interact with you, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Streams are a GREAT place to get to know other mods, so I recommend them!
  6. Have fun! And try not to worry about numbers! Generally all blogs start slowly, so don’t get discouraged by note or follower count. Instead work towards content that you can be proud of, and will help you develop your art skills! 

Hopefully this helps! And let me know when/if you start your blog! OvO I’ll be happy to follow you and interact with you!!

boomboompanda  asked:

Going to see the holiday lights with their S/O. Victor, Yuuri, Phichit


-Takes them to a really elaborate place

-Makes sure everything is as romantic as possible

-Hugs and kisses through the whole night


-He prefers simpler things, so it probably won’t be a huge square or anything

-Packs them a hot drink so they don’t get cold

-Is a bit shy about pda, so you’ll probably get a lot of hugs


-It was s/o’s idea and it took them quite a while until they convinced him to do it

-He finds the lights beautiful and will be the one to ask s/o to go next year

-Holds s/o’s hand (’so they don’t get cold’) all the time


-Is really excited about it

-Takes way too many pictures with s/o

-He takes them there more than once, because it’s too beautiful to be a one time thing

fob aesthetics
  • ttyg: skateboarding to your friend's house, hanging out in the garage and drinking soda but wishing it was beer, eating pizza in the town square, standing on the bridge outside of town and thinking about jumping
  • futc: punching a wall not because youre angry but because youre tired, nostalgia for when things were simpler, remembering your first heartbreak, hanging out alone after school on the bleachers, kissing everyone you shouldn't've
  • ioh: watching the stars but making wishes on the airplanes, sadness eating you from the inside out, staying up late and writing about your universe, not knowing what the fuck is going to happen next and that's kind of terrifying
  • folie: poking sleeping bears with sticks, throwing bricks at authority, feeling yourself sink into the ground to disappear, pretty girls with hair to their waists, realising you don't know your best friends as much as you thought you did.
  • srar: burning all the photographs with your asshole friends in them, leather jackets, smoking cigarettes even though you know you're letting your mom down because of it, badly sewn patches and shiny brass knuckles
  • ab/ap: realising that they can't hurt you anymore, leaving apologies on answering machines even though you know they might never be heard, dancing all night and not caring who sees you, being satisfied for the first time in a long time, summertime sun kissing your skin