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"Have fun" should not be a rule

A lot of summer camps, youth groups, and other activities have a “have fun” rule.

The implied message is usually: This is a fun place. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Fix your attitude and have fun doing the fun activities.

Sometimes “have fun” rules are explicit. Sometimes they’re more implicit, and come in forms like: making people sing a song every day about how much they love camp, announcements about “we’re all having so much fun!”, or whatever else.

The problem with this is: nothing is fun for everyone. People have the right to feel how they feel about things. It’s really degrading to tell an unhappy person that they should just feel some other way.

“Have fun” rules are especially problematic for many disabled people.

Because — most programs are not fully accessible, even when they think they are. Most of us expect to encounter activities that are inaccessible in ways that make participation impossible — or that make them no fun.

And often, initially fun activities are ruined when someone treats you in a degrading way or says something awful about disability.

Being left out when everyone else is having fun is bad enough. When there’s a “have fun” rule, it’s even worse. Not only are you hurt by the exclusion, you’re told that you’re violating the rules by being hurt and unhappy.

“Have fun” rules make it really hard to solve these problems, because they make it risky to admit that you’re not having a good time.

“Have fun” rules make problems harder to solve, even when the problem has a straightforward solution. All the more so when the problem is complicated. (Or only has a partial solution.)

“Have fun” rules actually make things a lot less fun.

Thank goodness for Bill and his basic reading comprehension! Guess what the replies and other comments had in store though? 🙃 It’s common knowledge how much this shit pisses me off, but y’all have to see this level of incompetence…

“Roles that literally any adult character in the series could’ve done.”
Yet only her and Shikamaru were capable of officially ranking Jonin among their generation (Rookie 9)? 🤔

Oh, and hardly “anyone” could have excelled at mastering an S-rank jutsu and its relating techniques in record-breaking time – thus, subsequently awakening said jutsu and exercising that skill & strength in the events briefly explained by Bill.

Not to mention that all of the shinobi within her (overall) generation (including Team Guy & the Sand Siblings) were of prestigious descent, with the exception of Lee, Tenten and Sakura. Yet despite having no birth-right privileges or opportunities (unlike all but two others), Sakura was the only ninja – apart from the duel-protagonists – to reach Kage level (in the surpassing of her master).
“…literally any adult character in the series could’ve done” what she did, huh? Then it’s funny how, despite those characters’ born advantages, they weren’t able to exceed or replicate Sakura’s status or triumphs. But hey, I’m sure that those Chunin – who weren’t able to utilise the benefits of their heritage and succeed over a civilian-born kunoichi – could totally take over her role.

(No offence to the other ninja! I’m just proving how ridiculous this guy’s argument is.)

Hinata… A Chunin, with zero ability in the required techniques mentioned… Could have accomplished that which Sakura, a Jonin/Neo-Sannin, has mastered? 🙄

“Chaaa”? Excuse you, “Shannaro” > “N-Naruto-kun”.

Yeah, the “2 things she did” in the whole series:
 Saved. It.
Side note: The fact she says “anime” (not manga) says it all, am I right?

Btw, Bill mentioned two of her numerous feats (i.e. evidence of her “use”) because that is what an example is, honey. 😑 Context…

“Shit jutsu” (apparently) = S-rank techniques that literally save lives, known to and mastered only by (an apparent) two other shinobi in history? Sure, Jan. 😴

When people think that Sakura is useless because they can’t comprehend a manga for 13 year olds and are oblivious to the official databooks by the actual mangaka himself – both of which depicting, stating and confirming her skill, strength & “use”… Ha, the joke. 🤗

What does this even have to- 😒 Ugh. No, please fuck off.

Or… The ones actually calling her “useless” are manga illiterate, anime-only watchers. Ergo, biased AF, Pierrot-brainwashed, delusional fools. Who, btw, are additionally ignorant to Kishi’s canon databooks – the last of which affirming that she surpassed Tsunade, formerly the top kunoichi… 🐸☕️ (Source: Jin no Sho.)

They’d literally both be dead if it wasn’t for her… 😐

Hinata is (still) a Chunin, who literally tripped on a rock, whilst Sakura – a (now) Jonin – manually pumped Naruto’s heart with her hand and performed medical ninjutsu & CPR with the same level of low/practically no chakra as the aforementioned pebble biter. Step off. 😂

This is one week set apart from the rest of the year that will be entirely dedicated to Padmé and Anakin, in the form of — ART! If you’re interested in participating, let’s delve into this, shall we? Calling all shippers, you are invited to show your love for this pairing using any artistic expression of your choice, be that; drawings, edits, videos, gifs, literature etc. Be creative, and take your muse wherever it leads you! This is not a contest of skill, but an event to showcase our appreciation for literally how much we cannot contain our love for this couple (it’s not something to be suppressed, believe us!) What will happen is between the dates of May 4th to May 10th there will be a theme idea posted each day. We hope everyone participates and has a wonderful time celebrating this beautiful, underrated couple.” 

 Here are the themes for each day: 

05/04. Day 1: Happy Skywalker family AU 

 What if Anidala and their children had their happily ever after? 

 05/05. Day 2: Favorite Anidala scene 

 Your favorite scene of Anidala from any of the movies, shows, etc. 

 05/06. Day 3: Modern AU 

 Anidala in a modern setting 

 05/07. Day 4: Favorite Anidala quote 

 Your favorite Anidala quote from any of the movies, shows, etc. 

 05/08. Day 5: Song inspired 

 Creations inspired by a song/lyrics 

 05/09. Day 6: Favorite Anidala kiss 

 Your favorite kiss they shared in any of the movies, shows, etc. 

 05/10. Day 7: Free day 

 A day where you can do anything you’d like. Any Anidala AU or prompt that you can think up! 

Just remember to tag your posts with #anidalaweek2017 as one of the first five tags so that we are sure to see it and reblog it! Have fun everyone and may the Force be with you ⭐️ 

 Thank you to @anidalafeelss for the beautiful banner!

… Ryuu ga waga TEKI GO KURAU!!!

(I play a lot of Overwatch, OK?)
Archer Kirby: confirmed! Massive enemy troops: confirmed! Health bars: confirmed! More battle events: confirmed! Skill Help window: confirmed!

Credits to Shouty for the colors chosen for Archer’s hat as he did the static Standing Archer Kirby. It helped tremendously in making this airborne pose. 

5/5 10k appreciation posts!

Background

I’m a part of my high school’s speech and debate club–the best in Washington State (as in the school w/ most speech/debate points). This is my first year in the club, but I’ve already learned and improved various skills. The events I have/am participating and competing in are: Speech - oratory and impromptu; debate - policy. Without further ado, let’s begin…

Speech

  • Speak with emotion/variety. The last thing you want to do is to bore your audience. You must keep them focused by not having a monotonous voice.
  • Speak clearly/enunciate. This applies for both speech and debate. If your audience can’t understand you, then there’s no purpose of your speech. 
  • Used organized hand motions. Another way to keep your audience’s attention is to use appropriate hand gestures. Don’t exaggerate them, and make sure it correlates with the speech. Make sure your movements are sharp an try to keep your fingers together if possible.
  • Don’t sway or do distracting things. For 2 reason! 1) You want the audience to focus on your speech, not your actions. 2) Moving randomly is a sign of nervousness
  • Use your space. Now this doesn’t mean pacing back and forth. I mean strategic movements. An example could be moving to different spots for each major point. 


  • Try to avoid filler words like “um.” Filler words make you seem unsure/nervous, and it makes your speech sloppy. It doesn’t matter if your speech is impromptu. Just take a short pause instead.
  • Engage/relate the speech to your audience.This keeps your audience from being bored and makes your speech memorable. This also means keeping EYE CONTACT.
  • Memorization/preparation. Of course you want your speech to be finished. I always look for memorization as a plus. It’s quite annoying when someone keeps reading from flashcards or a power point. Furthermore, memorization would help you pay attention to the other tips I’ve mentioned.
  • Don’t repeat yourself. It’s just like an essay. No one wants to hear your same pointed repeated four times with slightly different wording. The speech gets boring and frankly, it shows lack of skill.
  • Use smooth transitions. It’s really awkward when you move choppily from one point to another. Instead, use transition words or relate one point to the next. 

Some of these points can also be used for debate. 

Debate

  • Know your audience. Are you speaking to a judge who did debate all throughout high school and college? Or are you trying to convince your class that the Mongols had a bad effect on world history? Knowing your audience will help you direct your speech to make your arguments more appealing. Perhaps you need to explain jargon, such as “voting issue on topicality”, or you need to speak slowly so that your audience can understand you.
  • Set a good pace. Do you need to speak slowly to be more understandable/convincing? Or do you need to speak as fast as possible (aka spreading) to get all your arguments within an 8 minute constructive? NO MATTER WHAT SPEED, ENUNCIATE.
  • Use credible sources. Some debates end up being which author/article is more recent or credible. Make sure you don’t use a blog, but instead find authors that are specialized on a certain topic. For politics (especially fluctuating ones), find recent articles like on news websites. If you have a more psychological or long term argument, find a very thorough and eduated author, ad the date doesn’t matter as much.
  • Try not to drop arguments! Unless dropping an argument won’t do any harm to your side, don’t drop it. Sometimes during your very last speech w/ time constraints, you may drop if you’re losing the argument or if dropping won’t make yoou lose. But you don’t want to concede anything. Every time you drop something, your opponent can use it to their advantage. If the other side does drop, call them out and tell them that they can’t bring it up again.
  • Fake it till you make it. Even if you don’t believe in your side, pretend that you do. Only by believing in your arguments, you can win. Make sure you sound confident and add a little sass if you want to (lol I add too much sometimes). If your opponent asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, BS it. Just don’t concede or hesitate too much. If you want to be mean (like me) when your opponent doesn’t respond well, drill them down on that one question or say “okay they don’t know their case well so NEXT!” Anything to make your opponent seem full of flaws.
  • Find your opponents’ flaws. I already mentioned this previously, but to convince your audience/opponent, you have to seem stronger and more correct. Point out any illogical arguments, uncredible sources, contradictions, etc. You can also WEIGH IMPACTS. Whatever you do, don’t insult them directly (e.g. you’re so dumb and bad at debate). 
  • After the debate, congratulate and be polite to your opponent. Unless you’ve suddenly become mortal enemies with hatred as intense as the fiery pits of hell, please do this. It’s bad sportsmanship if you don’t. I know you might be salty, but forget about what actually happened during the debate for a moment. Stand up, walk over to your opponent,and shake their hand. Tell them “y’all did really well” or “y’all probably won.” Idk but BUILT A NICE FRIENDSHIP <3

“The things we did in that room had nothing to do with love.”

- “A Series of Events”, part 24 ( FF.net / AO3 )

One more chapter done, two more to go.

The story is turning nine on the 30th. Part of me wants to finish it by then, but I’m not exactly the best with deadlines. We’ll see.

In case you are wondering about whether you should watch A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix (because say, you are a fan of the books and you don’t want to get burned the way you did with the movie), I have only watched the first two episodes and can assure that this is quality shit:

  • It starts out with a dedication to Beatrice
  • Lemony Snicket is a character, narrating onscreen, which is good because a) in hindsight, how was that movie franchise planning on doing that when it became important? it’s much better to do it from the beginning and b) it means some of the best literary devices can be easily reproduced
  • There is a good amount of subtle references to future events and certain initials
  • They really doubled down on the whole mixed-up time period thing to hilarious effect, including a self-referential Netflix joke that I had to pause after because I was laughing so hard
  • Same with every single time Count Olaf says “theatre” or “actor” NPH is a great Count Olaf
  • He has a musical number and it is awful in the best way
  • The Beaudelaires are perfectly cast and also the perfect mixture of charmingly tragic and cleverly witty
  • Especially Sunny she is a GIFT
  • There is stuff that isn’t in the books, not in a “deviating from the plot” sense but in an “adding vital information about what was going on elsewhere that I am VERY FREAKING DANG EXCITED ABOUT” sense

In conclusion this is exactly what you would expect given that Daniel Handler played a major role in it, it’s everything I wanted it to be, please watch.

The Ridiculously Detailed Inquisitor Questionnaire that No One Needed

Obviously not all of these questions are needed, but I tried to come up with as many as possible to use as a character reference for writing. Thought I’d share! I tried to keep things from getting redundant as much as possible.

Questions under the read more!

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I prefer ‘unlockable feature’ mechanism like ‘Achievements’, ‘Music Room’ and etc. when I make a game(or modifying other games with permission). I think it makes people investigating game more deeper than usual and challenging, however, I have to admit that it may repel people who are ‘light users’ from the game.

On the other hand, as for me, it’s very good oppotunity for testing my RPG Maker 2003 event skills.

My work for @eorzean-art-exchange V-day art exchange event and you won’t guess who did I get as my partner  (/◕ヮ◕)/

I am really bad with holiday themed ‘inspiration’ but as I always loved the little story you created for how Ilwe got Selene and she is actually his familiar who helped him survive the aether weighted birthplace. 

I really wanted to illustrate the moment when he first creating her. 

So my work goes for @nightmazing the moment when they bond. Hope you enjoy it hun ! :>

(yes I was allowed to upload on my main blog like with the xmas event!)