sometimes cool things happen

Magic Panel Info

I promised to post the new info I gave out at the panel. Note that it’s all about Unstable. Here it is:

Unstable will have a small Squirrel theme, enough to build a deck around. There is a Squirrel lord but because its effects stack, it isn’t legendary so people can get multiples on the battlefield at the same time.

The set will have full-art basic lands with art done by John Avon. We did something with them that we almost did in Unhinged by chickened out. They look amazing.

The set will have Contraptions. I figured out a flavorful and fun way to do them but it was a bit much for black border. I consider it a home run execution. Steamflogger Boss is on the set. It appears once on the land sheet (It was the only way to get a black-bordered card in the set). Only the basic lands and Steamflogger Boss are Eternal playable. All the creatures in this set that assemble Contraptions are Riggers.

The set has a cohesive creative theme. We brought in artists and did real world building. The world is a mad scientist steam punkish world with five factions:

Order of the Widget (White/Blue) - This is the cyborg faction. They are like Esper but without any self control. They use their inventions to constantly improve themselves. You don’t need a toaster if you replace your hand with a toaster. They take self improvement to an absurd degree.

Agents of S.N.E.A.K. (Blue/Black) - This faction is the spies. They use their inventions for elaborate spy devices. The problem is, they are, for the most part, awful spies, using spy gadgets whenever and wherever they can often when not remotely called for.

Legion of Dastardly Doom (Black/Red) - This faction is the super villains. They use their inventions for death rays, weather control devices and apocalypse machines. They want to rule the world, but are constantly fighting as to who gets to destroy the world first.

Goblin Explosioneers (Red/Green) - This faction is the Goblins, it includes the Steamfloggers. These Goblins love making contraptions and are slightly obsessed with hammers. Their style is slapping thing together to see if cool things can happen. And when things don’t explode, sometimes they do.

Crossbreed Labs (Green/White) - This faction is obsessed with using their inventions to alter biology. They are all made up of hybrids of different animals. Part monkey/part spider/part leopard - sounds good. This faction mixes and matches all sorts of different animals in its quest for self improvement.

The set uses modern design and development techniques. It was designed to be drafted by itself and the release events for the product will be booster drafts. We worked hard to make the set have a lot of playability so you can draft it a bunch of times.

The set will have foil tokens, both for tokens produced by cards in the set and for popular tribes we felt the players would like in foil.

There are tons of other cool things I can’t talk about yet. The set does have a second named mechanic, along with Contraptions. It is something we’ve been trying to solve for years and with the flexibility of silver border, finally found a way to do it.

The set started design in January of 2011 and has its release date slip on several occasions. I am very proud of the work everyone did and think it’s the best Un-set we’ve ever made. I believe fans of Un-sets are going to love it.

So I’m making this post to talk about the good things that BigHit does in this time of lines and screen time feud. BigHit entertainment is one of the best and least restrictive companies I have come to know. Since BTS are their only artists, the amount of freedom and close knit management they get is amazing.

There is no dungeon that the boys can disappear into, and there is constantly new content for the fans. Sure there are some things that happen that we nor the boys like, but then they are dealt with. Yoongi complained about his scalp, and BigHit relented, allowing him to stay dark for the past couple of comebacks.

They also allow the boys to use expensive equipment write and produce their own music to release as non monetized mixtapes or song covers. They even fully funded the MVs given to both Yoongi and Nams for their mixtapes, and that is something they didn’t have to do.

The boys are given the best produced music videos, and are allowed to create cinematic masterpieces with a deepened meaning. They not censored in the types of lyrics that they write, despite how controversial in Korean culture.

Now this may seem trivial to you. All these small things are nothing compared to the injustice that the members face. How dare they give Jungkook all the lines and leave everyone else out in the cold! 2Seok was basically missing this entire comeback!

Ok I hear you, but at the same time, consider the fact that this is the first (and probably the last) time Hoseok gets few *cough cough none cough cough* individual lines in a song. Spring Day was a more vocal based song, so they decided that he should use his vocal talent to back Jungkook rather than add another rap verse. It makes sense to me, and it gives him the opportunity to show his vocal talent on stage if he and Jungkook harmonize live as well.

And then there is Jin. It seems that he always gets the short end of the stick. The amount of individual screen time he got was unfair yes, completely. He is officially a (debatably the) visual of the group, and if anything that should be the place he pops up the most. But at the same time, Not Today was more a dance video, and he and Nams are well, not the best dancers, so they wouldn’t put them in the middle on all the dance shots.

Also look at the I Need U and Run comebacks, the entire story in the music videos clearly revolved around him and his character, something that the fans were quick to point out and appreciate. For those comebacks, he was in the center.

This is still not a justification, but simply a reason for why they might have chosen to edit the video like they did.

Next moving on to his line distribution. He notoriously along with V get the short end of the stick when it comes to lines. And I think it is simply because of the way the industry works.

You know how sometimes Jimin and Jungkook switch lines because Jimin is better at the high notes in the studio, but Jungkook hits them better live? The same thing goes for most line distributions. What voice works the best for the feeling they want to produce? Who can hold the notes the best on stage? Like I said before, Jin is not the best dancer, and their dances are HARD, so most of his time probably goes towards practicing the choreography rather than nailing his vocal stability on stage.

He objectively doesn’t have the best or most stable voice in the group, as often times on live stages he is out of breath by the time his lines do come up, and that is completely understandable. It’s the reason why so many (even the more experienced) artists lip sync to certain performances.

Dancing while singing is hard, and maybe it’s just not for Jin. Maybe, just maybe, he decided himself that his voice was better suited for slower songs with less choreo so that he can really focus on nailing his vocal performance. I mean in the solo he got to produce himself he chose a more soft ballad song rather than a more hard hitting one like Jimin’s because that just suits his voice better, and he knows it.

That’s why he got a lot more lines in “Butterfly” a slower ballad with less complex dancing and softer vocals, right where Jin thrives, but not really the typical image BTS produces musically.

Once again this isn’t a justification, and more a reason why he might get fewer lines. It is true that the line distributions are unfair and I agree with that, but it’s also a question of the industry standards, and the fact that sometimes it might be the best solution to a shitty problem.

I know I’m probably going to get some flack for this one, but it’s just something that needed to be said. Us fans really need to step back and appreciate not only the boys, but the company that helped make them.

Magic: the Gathering - Unstable Factions

Unstable is the third Magic: The Gathering booster-based set to be used outside of legal Magic tournaments. It will be released on December 8, 2017 as a standalone fun-set. This is the third of the silver bordered Un-sets and is designed to be drafted.  Updated with MaRo’s to post to Blogatog (linked here) with photos from the DDCC Panel by bananahead1234.

Order of the Widget (White/Blue) - This is the cyborg faction. They are like Esper but without any self control. They use their inventions to constantly improve themselves. You don’t need a toaster if you replace your hand with a toaster. They take self improvement to an absurd degree.

Agents of S.N.E.A.K. (Blue/Black) - This faction is the spies. They use their inventions for elaborate spy devices. The problem is, they are, for the most part, awful spies, using spy gadgets whenever and wherever they can often when not remotely called for.

Legion of Dastardly Doom (Black/Red) - This faction is the super villains. They use their inventions for death rays, weather control devices and apocalypse machines. They want to rule the world, but are constantly fighting as to who gets to destroy the world first.

Goblin Explosioneers (Red/Green) - This faction is the Goblins, it includes the Steamfloggers. These Goblins love making contraptions and are slightly obsessed with hammers. Their style is slapping thing together to see if cool things can happen. And when things don’t explode, sometimes they do.

Crossbreed Labs (Green/White) - This faction is obsessed with using their inventions to alter biology. They are all made up of hybrids of different animals. Part monkey/part spider/part leopard - sounds good. This faction mixes and matches all sorts of different animals in its quest for self improvement.

anonymous asked:

Hi. I'm the same anon who requested the prompt of human s/o liking the human forms of the bots more than expected to. I'm so sorry for that. I thought I checked but boy, was I wrong! Anyways, I would like tfp optimus, ratchet, wheeljack, bumblebee, & smokesreen please.

(original request) I got an idea! Human s/o suggested to them to create human forms of themselves to hide from decepticons. They agreed and showed their forms to them. Human s/o is staring at them and thinking they’re hot. They’re normally not focused on looks but they can’t help but admire it. The bots asked if they don’t like it. They told them honestly they like it more than they expected to while looking away cuz they feel vain. Headcanons about their reactions to human s/o’s honest reply?


It’s cool buddy, these things happen sometimes!! This is really cute tho omg

Bumblebee (TFP)

  • I feel like even with a holoform he wouldn’t be able to speak, so all he’d really do at first is just stare back at you, looking a bit worried. Is it not convincing enough?? Oh Primus what did he mess up?? Do you not like it?? Once you realise that’s why he looks worried and tell him you’re staring because nah, there’s nothing wrong with him, if anything you think he looks hot, he gets just as flustered as you. You totally just made his day though, just sayin.

Optimus Prime (TFP)

  • Optimus is straight to the point when he notices you’re staring. He’s all “y/n, is there something inaccurate about this form? You are staring quite a bit.” he looks so concerned, bless him. When you tell him the reason you’re staring is because you think his human look is kinda hot, he looks away for a moment, visibly embarrassed, before regaining his composure and thanking you. You can’t help noticing the small blush forming on his face. These holoforms are more realistic than you expected.

Ratchet (TFP)

  • When you tell Ratchet he looks hot he has a coughing fit because yeah, he put a lot of effort into making sure these avatars would be realistic and he appreciates the compliment but really? You’re gonna say it just like that? He’s acting like the two of you haven’t been dating for at least a month, but to be honest he’s just as embarrassed and flustered as you are.

Smokescreen (TFP)

  • The first thing he does once he’s in his holoform is pull you into a hug. Then when you go from staring at him to looking away he gets a bit worried. Did he go overboard with the affection? When you tell him that nope, you just think he’s really hot, and then proceed to hide your face in your hands out of embarrassment he laughs it off. Because oh, he thought he looked like some kind of freak or somethi- wait you think he’s what? He’s gonna be using his avatar a lot more than he originally planned to now he knows this.

Wheeljack (TFP)

  • Before you even say anything Wheeljack notices you getting flustered as you look at him. He just smirks and does a little stretch, asking what you think, because he knows you think his human disguise is hot. As soon as you actually tell him? He gets real close to you and holds your face in his hands so you can’t look away. Then he asks you to repeat yourself. Louder this time, so he can actually hear you. Wheeljack please. They’re embarrassed enough already don’t do this to them.

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you have an answer to this but can you explain what causes sex dreams? I am ace and last night dreamed about getting intimate with my best friend and it is really weirding me out. I have zero interest in sex and have been best friends with her for 8 years so I love her as a sister so this just makes that dream even worse... I have had like 2 other sex dreams in the past but none with someone I know like this.

I used to be really curious dreams and the symbolism in them and all of that. But after years of casually thinking about it I think dreams are basically a giant what if machine. And sometimes that means cool things happen and sometimes that means awful stuff happens. 

I don’t believe in “If you dream about your friend it means you secretly want them”. But I do believe in you saw your friend recently (or haven’t seen your friend in a long time) and someone mentioned sex, that can result in a sex dream about your friend. 

I’ve seen theorizes that suggest hot rooms cause nightmares and theorizes that say no, it’s a cold room that does. I think the first dream thing I ever saw was don’t sleep on your back because it allows a demon to sit on your chest and give you a nightmare. And maybe sleep position can play a factor. For some. But if you dream about something bad it’s likely because people have less conscious control over the dream and proof it’s not a hidden desire.  

I have such an array of emotions looking at this.  Despite how far I’ve come, I still have lingering, subconscious self-hate when I see a photo without my wig.  At the same time, I’m so proud that when that feeling starts to rise, I don’t let it hold me back anymore.  Even when it’s scary, I continue to challenge myself.  The more I do that, the stronger I’ll become.

Life is crazy.  Cool things happen sometimes 

  • I’ve been very fortunate to work with my primary client Linkin Park over all these years. They understand addiction... What’s amazing about these guys is if someone in the family--in the crew--should fall down for a minute, as long as it’s not a repetitive occurrence, they (band members and management) are going to stand by that person. They will see that person gets help, and they will give that person the opportunity to come back on the team because they understand sometimes bad things happen to good people... That’s a real cool environment to work in, especially in our business.
  • I’m not claiming that Linkin Park is the only band that has that mentality, but they are the one that I know of that I have had a direct experience with. That appreciate the humanity of what we are doing and that understand at the end of the day we are not changing the orbit of the planet around the sun. We are providing entertainment escape.
  • - Jim Digby

so wish yourharto was still an active channel.

vimeo

Well True Detective won the Emmy for “Outstanding Main Title Design” ….

I’m going to go faint in a hole and remind myself that this year hasn’t actually been a complete failure.

Sometimes I’m good at my job.

Okay. So this is possibly the most random encounter I’ve had that had turned into something cool and interesting.

I live in Oakland. I had a sudden craving for coffee, walked the half mile to Starbucks at sunset, and on the half mile back I am just walking home. I’m almost there, when this man turns around with a smile. “Oh you’re trying to sneak up on me, huh.”

Normally when strange men start talking to me, I ignore them. Because the last time I actually engaged in conversation with someone, I was trapped on a bus for a hour with a guy who talked about taking me on a date. But I don’t know. I made a decision that this middle aged black man wasn’t going do anything unsavory. He had a lovely smile. He laughed genuinely and he was making jokes about my really quiet sneakers. Here was this guy casually striking up conversation with me. I don’t know why. I don’t really care, because in the pitch black of Oakland on poorly lit streets and he made me feel safe.

He then looks at me and asks. “Did you watch Marvel’s Agent Carter?”

“Yes. I did.”

He looks at me with this simple smile. “And what did you think.”

“I thought it was brilliant. I think it takes an already strong female character from the MCU and it made things like ten times more awesome.”

He nods enthusiastically. “It was very well done. I heard they were trying to find a new actress for it, but only Atwell seemed to work.”

I laugh. “I don’t think I can come up with anyone who would be better. Atwell did so well in Captain America and brought this character to life in a way that I don’t see someone else doing.”

We’re just walking talking about the show and how this show is just absolutely amazing and had a great premiere. We talked about the how the radio show played up this helpless damsel as Carter is kicking ass and taking names and how they literally have the show playing in the background as she is kicking names.

And as I approach my corner I part and he walks off with a smile but pauses for a moment to tell me that there was a women’s martial arts studio a block away and that I should sign up. It was a perfectly lovely evening I think.

He was trying to cross a busy street so I got out, put him in my truck and took him to the river. All he did was complain. The whole time, bitch, bitch, bitch. Looking back on it, I think he might have felt a little scared, but you know how dudes can be, it was coming out in this aggressive, alpha-male kind of way. I don’t have time for that. I finally got tired of it, things between us escalated, he threatened to bite me, I threatened to eat him, we both lost our cool. I try to be a peaceful guy but sometimes these things happen. Anyway, we finally made it to the river and I set him down on the edge. As he swam away, he looked back at me and I swear I could hear him whisper, with his unarticulated lips, “thank you, my friend.” I kind of miss him.