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When you think of abandoned/stray animals, animals being released on the end of dirt roads to fend for themselves, what do you imagine? $5 says you’re picturing a dog or cat. And that’s very likely the answer! However, there is a significant problem with people releasing small pets, exotics, livestock, and fish as well. 

Pictured here is Samuel, a beardie we had surrendered a number of years ago. What made Samuel’s case unique is that he was found trucking down the middle of a rural road. The person who caught him thought he was a native lizard and brought him in to my workplace asking for advice on how to keep him as a pet because they’d never seen such a cool lizard before. Once reptile care was explained to them, they didn’t want him, but at least learned he shouldn’t be set back loose, so we took him in (and he has since been adopted). 

I have similarly taken in released or escaped (thought we ALWAYS check lost/found when we take in a stray anything, and none of these had anyone looking) iguanas, non-native turtles and tortoises, rabbits, pigs, parakeets, chickens, and more. Heck, if I had the means, I’d have come home with an abandoned horse tied to a post on a rural road. 

Releasing dogs and cats is bad enough. They’re domesticated species and often succumb to disease, predation, injury, starvation, etc., though in some cases do establish feral populations that are injurious to wildlife. Releasing exotics tends to have one of two outcomes: a swift death or, given appropriate climate conditions and multiple individuals, the establishment of invasive populations that threaten native wildlife. Florida is obviously the textbook example, but populations of non-native animals released intentionally or accidentally by individuals or industries are present in virtually every state and indeed most countries. 

So what do you do if you can’t keep your fish, or rabbit, or iguana? Well, for one, never release it into the wild. Many people romanticize “the wild” as a wonderful taste of freedom after a life of captivity even if they acknowledge that the animal will likely not survive. In reality, “the wild” tends to be a terrifying experience for captive bred or domesticated animals, and their end often comes after tremendous suffering. Even if your animal is well suited for the environment it’s being released into, doing so is almost definitely illegal and potentially harmful to native wildlife. 

Instead, try to seek either a) a qualified new home or b) a rescue organization. There are rescues for virtually every animal under the sun, and for every person who doesn’t want x species, there’s someone else desperate to own one. You should always vet both new homes and rescues to make sure you are surrendering the animal responsibly; a basic verbal interview or questionnaire should make clear if the home or rescue is qualified. And honestly, if you can’t find anything and need to surrender your pet to animal control? They still have a better shot, and if they do wind up being euthanized, it is certainly a favorable death to starvation, disease, predators, exposure, etc.

Remember: whenever you obtain an animal, you are entering an unspoken contract to be responsible for that animal’s wellbeing, from start to finish, be that finish with you or someone else. You break that contract when you leave an animal’s fate to chance by releasing it. 

I hope bts knows that they have no obligation to create English music. if they do, it should be of their own free voilition, because they wanted to compose those songs. not because native English speakers were pressuring them into thinking they had to. they’re doing so wonderfully in their careers by doing what they’ve always done, and they shouldn’t have to change that.

I often see people trying to be allies to natives, but still pushing or supporting the idea that the only thing we have to care about is the environment. this is a harmful narrative that communicates two things:
1) that colonialism and our oppression is ancient history
2) that native lives are less important than native land

if you want to be an ally to native people, stop perpetrating the same colonial bullshit we’ve been trying to destroy for ages. yeah, our land is important, but you know what? so are we! remember it.

how to add fancy font support to your theme

hey y'all here’s a quick tut on how to get that new fancy cursive font to display on your all’s blogs because otherwise it just looks like normal text!

(this is the font i’m talking about btw)

okay so go into your theme customize page (it’s the palette icon in the top-right corner on desktop), click “edit html”, and paste this in directly under <style type="text/css">:

@font-face {
     font-family: fairwater;
     src: url('https://assets.tumblr.com/fonts/fairwater/fairwater_script_regular-webfont.woff2?v=b7ab7a58cded3365889a447bfd9e9c45');
}
.npf_quirky {
     font-family: fairwater, serif;
     font-size: 14pt;
}

to quickly explain what that does:

the @font-face bit imports the font from tumblr’s servers to your blog, because the vast majority of computers don’t have it natively installed and so if you didn’t do that it would just show up as a standard serif font like times new roman or some shit (whatever’s default for your browser).

the .npf_quirky bit is what actually changes the font in paragraphs/whatever that have class="npf_quirky" tacked onto them (as in <p class="npf_quirky"></p>). i also set the size to larger than my theme’s usual because it’s kind of a tiny font.

anyways i hope this is helpful and have fun!

thatlethalsoul  asked:

I have a huge group of mercenaries that I'm building up to write about for a Team Fortress inspired writing, but I'm super conserned on how to make my "sneaky and shifty" spy character of the team. What races/ethnicities would you guys reccomend I avoid putting into this role to avoid the worst negative stereotyping?

Avoiding Stereotypes by Avoiding Tokenism

If you only have one of any particular ethnicity on a team, none of them will avoid negative repercussions. 

We’ve spoken about tokenism before, and this is a prime example of why you should avoid it. Having only one member of any ethnicity on a team means all of their traits are representative of their ethnicity, so you’ll be enforcing the worst of the behaviour.

On the flipside, avoiding having the Token PoC be any sort of “meaty” role in fear of avoiding stereotypes denies them their humanity. Part of good representation is letting us be the messy people we are— which includes sometimes doing stuff that fits stereotypes, even if they’re negative. The problem isn’t the “they have negative traits.” The problem is “there’s only one of them of that ethnicity.“ 

By having 2+ of any one ethnicity, you give people the room to be themselves because there’s another member of the team not like that. It breaks down the unconscious associations between the character’s ethnicity and the negative traits, by removing “of course [character]’s behaving like that, they’re [ethnicity]!” with “but [other character] doesn’t do that, and they’re [ethnicity], too.” 

(You will always get people insisting the one who doesn’t behave in the morally reprehensible way is just “one of the good ones”, but this helps cut them down— also why it’s important to have a diverse background cast with similar variety in personality types, jobs, and moral alignments)

Fear and Representation
I’m going to talk about a deeper issue I see here, which is fear of messing up. You don’t want to hurt people by doing it wrong, don’t want to be yelled at for reinforcing negative things.

This fear hurts you more than it helps you.

We get a lot of “how do I avoid stereotypes” questions. We get a lot of “how do I not hurt people” questions. We don’t answer the majority of them because if you write from a place of fear, you will not represent PoC well.

Writing good representation is not handling a bomb that’s about to explode if you press it wrong. Writing good representation is about a curiosity, love, and respect for people not like yourself. You’re curious about their stories and are invested in telling them. You love them as people, as their genuine reality. And you respect them enough to want to do them justice in your writing.

If you approach writing diversity with fear, you will not let us be human. Because by fearing writing us, you end up creating model minorities because you just can’t let them be evil, that’s bad. You other us even further by not letting us have the same internal lives and same shades of experience as white people.

People mess up. People have complex morality. Not letting us mess up or have other moral alignments than goodie two shoes strips us of our personhood.
Put all types of us into your stories. Some things you Don’t Do— like Jewish blood mages and Natives who are so much simpler but so much happier because of it— but if you approach us like people with different backgrounds, you’re at least on the right track. And if you make it that multiple people of the same ethnicity exist, then you don’t have to worry about one character being the be all end all of representation.

The thing about these types of questions— “what stereotypes do I avoid"— is you’re not really asking What Do I Not Do. You’re asking "can you tell me what to do so I don’t get yelled at for it”, as if there are magic lists of 100% Safe Traits for different ethnicities.

Safe Traits are not people. Until you ease down your fear of being Safe, of Not Reinforcing Bad Things With One Character, you will not be able to truly tackle representation in your work. The work you have to do is much deeper than putting in “acceptable representation.” 

You have to redefine “acceptable representation” in your mind. It cannot mean “a character who is safe to write without hurting anybody.” What it can mean, however, is “showing the diversity of humanity by displaying multiple people having worthwhile, nuanced, dynamic, and messy stories to tell that reflect their lived reality.”

~Mod Lesya 

>>  I’m super conserned on how to make my “sneaky and shifty” spy character of the team. What races/ethnicities would you guys reccomend I avoid putting into this role to avoid the worst negative stereotyping?

I’d especially stay away from making this character Jewish since that’s already a stereotype for us, and East Asian since there’s a negative trope about East Asians being “inscrutable” (i.e. “you can’t tell what they’re thinking so they could totes be plotting bad stuff!”)

Standard disclaimer that if you have a cast of many many Jewish characters or many many East Asian characters you can make one of them sneaky because the rest of them will show that it’s not an inherently Jewish (or East Asian) trait, but it sounded like you wanted a variety of ethnicities for this project so probably best just to stay away from making the Spy either of those two groups.

–Shira

To non native would be allies:

Let me tell you that we don’t need apologies. Making a grand, emotional apology on behalf of non-natives all but forces native people to do the emotional labor of comforting you and telling you you’re “one of the good ones” because you apologized. You are an individual and you act on behalf of only yourself; if you have done something harmful toward a native person, apologize to them and attempt to make it right. Be better. But don’t act as if you’re a representative of your race, apologizing to an entire other race. It’s a disingenuous and lazy attempt at allyship. What is needed is for you to learn about the history of oppression of indigenous people and to educate other non natives on it so that we natives don’t have to do the intellectual and emotional labor of explaining for the 100th time why your fave team is racist trash, or why Columbus wasn’t a hero, or why the white women gawking at the regalia and ceremonies of native women participating in the march on D.C. was wrong. Also, get out of here with your “natives are magic” crap. The majority of natives don’t live in the “traditional” way and most don’t even participate in our traditional religious beliefs. Most native peoples were forced to convert to Christianity and many of our traditions and ceremonies were illegal to practice until very recently. Not only is it dehumanizing and insulting to think of indigenous people as ~mystical~~ it’s also deeply hurtful because the aspects of our religions that you love to fetishize were stolen from us. Referring to us as “magic natives” objectifies us and reduces us to a stereotype. The “mystical Indian” archetype exists solely for the consumption of non natives. It also treats natives as a monolith; as if were all one culture of sage-smudging medicine men who pray to the oh so vague “great spirit”. Indigenous North Americans are hundreds of separate vastly different tribal nations and peoples with different beliefs and traditions. We are not a monolith. We are not your magic indians. We are not yours to objectify. Our existence continues despite the colonizers ongoing attempts to destroy us. We keep our cultures alive even as the boho dreamcatcher making, mass produced moccasin wearing set attempts to commodify our heritage. We continue to exist because we continue to resist, not because non-natives saw the error of their ways and decided to give us a free pass.

the never ending discourse

Hey I️ just wanted to point out how cool it is that Justin McElroy decided to put an Alaska Native woman into this new story?? Like me being someone who IS Alaska native I’m so proud?? When do you ever see this culture represented in the media besides Alaska just being stereotyped as “wow that cold place where people ride on polar bears and ice fish” like even here on our own land we’re the minority? And it’s just really awesome to see someone else besides us recognizing it.

On Religion in the Wizarding World

In various discussions of the portrayal of Tina and Queenie’s Jewishness, there have been a few arguments that keep coming up, so I wanted to address them.

One thing that’s come up a few times is the idea that there’s no religion in the wizarding world, based on the fact that it’s never mentioned in the story.  But, let’s break that down:

- Harry is oblivious.  If anyone other than the Weasleys or Hermione was religious, he probably wouldn’t notice.

- Minor characters’ religions aren’t relevant to the story, so even if he did notice, it wouldn’t make into the books.*  We never hear about, say, Hannah Abbott’s favorite food, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have one.

- Religion actually is mentioned in the story; every year, we see Christmas celebrated at Hogwarts.  “But they’re celebrating secular Christmas,” you might say.  And, yes.  But the thing is, this argument often comes up when I point out that, say, the Goldsteins should have been portrayed as celebrating Chanukah – which most American Jews celebrate as a secular holiday despite its religious origins and significance.  Why is a Jewish holiday inherently religious and therefore inappropriate in a secular story, while a Christian holiday is not?**

- The Barebones are very religious.  They’re not wizards, true, but saying religion isn’t in the story is simply incorrect.

- The ending of Deathly Hallows is a pretty clear Jesus allegory.  So, while that’s not an example of in-universe religion, it’s still very much present in the story, and honestly seems like it would be lot more offensive to someone who doesn’t want religion in their stories than religious characters would be.

The next thing I want to address is the idea that being wizards would cause people to abandon their religions and cultures, because they’d assimilate into wizarding culture instead.  Now, I can’t speak for other religions, but I don’t think this makes any sense for Jews.  People have been trying for centuries to get us to abandon our religion and culture and it hasn’t worked.  Even the American melting pot hasn’t made as much of a dent as you might expect.  Would Jewish wizards adopt wizarding culture?  Absolutely.  Would they just decide to stop being Jewish?  No.  They’d probably create their own distinct flavor of Jewish culture, much like Jewish groups all over the world have done, but there’s no logical reason to think they’d just abandon it.

And have the other groups we see in the books abandoned their own cultures in favor of wizard culture?  Well, yes and no.  English wizards wear robes, use quills, etc.  But they also still celebrate Christmas, drink tea, speak British English, and have a British-style boarding school.  And this makes sense – cultural fusion is what humans do.  Jewish wizards would be no different.

*Another argument I’ve heard is that the Goldsteins’ religion isn’t important to the story, so it shouldn’t be included.  And that makes sense, except that Fantastic Beasts goes beyond simply not adding it to, essentially, actively omitting it from places it should be.  A quick google search can tell you that the movie takes place during Chanukah, yet when we have a dinner scene in their house, we don’t see them celebrating it.  This would be like having a movie set on December 25th and not seeing any mention of Christmas in a dinner scene in a Christian character’s apartment.  It doesn’t make sense. 

**Earlier, I asked “Why is a Jewish holiday inherently religious and therefore inappropriate in a secular story, while a Christian holiday is not?”  I also want to ask, even if it was religious, why would that be inappropriate in a secular story?  Religion is a part of many people’s lives.  It gets a really bad rap because of the real-life people who are like Mary Lou Barebone.  But many (if not most) religious people aren’t like that at all.  I think people feel that any portrayal or discussion of religion in a public sphere is inappropriate (to the point that Quebec is even considering making it illegal for government employees to wear religious symbols or garments, such as hijabs) but maybe it’s worth investigating if that really ought to be the case.  Obviously going out and proselytizing to people is not okay, but a religious person existing as their full self in public should be fine.  Likewise, characters existing with their religion and culture portrayed should be fine, too.  But beyond that, people seem to be pretty comfortable with public expressions of Christianity (eg. Christmas displays in every storefront, Christmas music playing for weeks in public places).  It’s worth asking why that is okay, but public expressions of Judaism and Islam are not.  If your answer is “because Christmas is secular,” I think it’s worth reflecting on a few things:

- Is Christmas really so secular?  Do non-Christians see it as secular?
- Are publically displayed Nativity scenes okay?  Are they secular?
- Why is Christmas secular, but similarly secularized expressions of other religions (eg Chanukah) aren’t?
- Why are public displays of religion inappropriate in the first place?
- What is your discomfort with religious expression really about?

Thanks for reading. <3  I hope this shed some light on my frustrations with some of the conversations I’ve had about this.

Something else my boyfriend’s brother said last night was actually kind of upsetting. I can’t quote exactly but Ill do my best:

“[Discussing rise of pagan religions and declining Christianity in mainstream media] …all I’m saying is, as a white, straight, christian, conservative male, it feels like the walls are closing in on me”

Its just… So shitty? I don’t know even how to verbalize how I feel about this, but its just so shitty that the ruling class, the predominant culture that has oppressed and assimilated millions of people in the western world, having complete control over everything is trying to play the victim card now that other cultures are finally breaking the glass ceilings that have held them back for so long.

Do you know who’s walls closed in on them? The Native Americans who were forced out of their lands in an effort to accommodate for American Imperialism.

Do you know who’s walls closed in on them? Native Africans when they were ripped from their home country and shoved in cargo holds to promote American Industry.

Do you know who’s walls are closing in on them? American Muslims and American Jews who have seen dramatic increases in violent hate crimes, LGBT Americans who have to fight for basic cultural rights, Black Americans who are literally being gunned down in the streets while their executioners get off, victims of sexual assault who are being threatened into silence by the new healthcare bill- the walls are closing in in these people.

There is no white genocide, there is no war on Christianity, there is no heterophobia, simply attempts to express other lifestyles and worldviews, and an attempt to be free from hundreds of years of straight, white, and christian being considered the norm.

Motion Blur Effect - Tutorial

@screamlikeacanary asked me how to make this effect.

  • I’m not an expert on this but if I can share the little things that I know and help, I’ll do it.
  • English is not my native language, so I apologize beforehand for any mistake.
  • My ps is in spanish, but I don’t think that would be a problem.
  • For this tutorial I use Photoshop CS6 (you can use other versions) and KMPlayer for the screenshots.
  • Basic knowledge on Photoshop is required.
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anonymous asked:

keith and lance get in a heated fight and lance says something that sets keith off and he moves to hit lance but lance freezes up and looks terrified, startling keith out of his rage and before he can apologize lance is running away.. D;

Oh dear, I already have on like this but it was fluffy at the end but i’m gonna let you guys suffer now :P Love you guys!! :D

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It was just a simple argument at first. Nothing serious, they were all stressed over being in space cooped up for so long. The petty little argument just set everything off for both of them. Keith was red in the face from anger about Lance kept “insulting” him in spanish. It made Lance mad to think that his compliments and sweet comments were Insults (even if he hadn’t said what they were) 

Lance growled at Keith, glaring at him as he spoke. “Why can’t you just say the shit you say in Spanish to my face huh? Too scared to do so? Why must you keep speaking your native language when you’re not even near Earth?” he growled out angrily. 

Lance stared at him with wide eyes, absolutely pissed now. “I tlakin Spanish to make sure i stay in touch with my roots, so that when i go home, my family and I don’t feel so far apart,” he growled out, huffing angrily. 

“At least I have a place to return to,” he said as he turned, looking away from Keith. Keith had lost it at those words, seeing red for the first time in a while. He swung, aiming straight for Lance. 

Out of the corner of Lance’s eye he saw the punch and turned, flinching bodily and eyes looking terrified. The flinching snapped Keith out of it instantly, staring at a terrified Lance. He stood there like a deer in headlights, tears in his eyes. He instantly turned on his heel and ran off before keith could even get out a word of apology. “Lance!” Keith called out, he wasn’t sure if thing were ever going to be the same between them now. 

Changing English verbs to Maltese

I’m pretty sure that this a universal thing that non-native English speakers do, and it’s so common that most of the time we don’t even notice it.

An example of this would be the verb To Google. Obviously, this is a pretty common verb nowadays and other languages modify this so that it can fit in the normal verb structures of said language:

  • Swedish: att googla
  • Polish: googlować
  • Russian: гуглить (guglit’)

How does it work in Maltese?

obviously you need to be familar with Maltese verb structures, but here’s how it generally works:

first you add the corresponding affix to the English verb dependig on which person is doing the action:

  • ni- – I
  • ti- – you
  • ji- – he
  • ti- – she
  • ni- – we
  • ti- – you
  • ji- – they

and then add these suffixes to the English verb:

  • -ja (singular)
  • -jaw (plural)

(also sometimes people change the spelling of the English verb to a more Maltese one)

  • nigoogleja / nigugilja - I google

examples using other verbs:
tifuckja tifakkja - you fuck up
nibreakjaw / nibrejkjaw - we stopped the car (press ‘break’)

  • Past Tense

you just add the affix -i and any of these corresponding suffixes:

  • -jajt - I
  • -jajt - you
  • -ja - he
  • -jat - she
  • -jajna - we
  • -jajtu - you
  • -jaw - they

exampels;
ifuckjajt / ifakkjajt - I fucked up
ibreakjajna / ibrejkjajna - we stopped the car

please note that this is very informal and not correct. it’s only used in speech and when texting with friends etc. even though sometimes there are available Maltese verbs, people use ‘Malteseified’ versions of English ones