NEW GAME: Many of us have URLs that spellcheck think are just a misspelling, send me your URL and I will see what spellcheck thinks it would be and add a definition...then try and make it relate to your blog somehow.

This is Alexandrite, it’s also called “emerald by day, ruby by night”

It changes colour based on whether the light source is from the sun or from a candle.

It does this because Alexandrite strongly absorbs yellow light due to chromium ions in its crystal structure, leaving the other colours behind. Light from the Sun emits all colours, but it peaks in the green, and our eyes are most sensitive to green, so in Sunlight Alexandrite is green.

Incandescent lights are things like candles and filament light bulbs. They also emit all colours of light, but they peak far, far into the red, so there’s not nearly as much green or blue, so under those, Alexandrite is red. 

Gemstones are awesome.

The Signs as Bad Fanfiction Writers
  • Aries: turned off spellcheck and never looked back
  • Taurus: "lol fuck canon"
  • Gemini: would actually be a pretty good writer if they would stop calling characters by their hair color all the damn time
  • Cancer: can't imagine a fanfiction where they write their favorite character shagging anyone but their OC
  • Leo: three words: Throbbing Meat Wand
  • Vigro: can't describe anything without writing at least 30 fucking adjectives for the same thing in front of it
  • Libra: "Ohayo, Snape Sensei," Harry-kun said blushing, "You are looking Sugoi today, desu."
  • Scorpio: Thinks their writing is better & more mature the more times they have the characters curse at & insult each other, no matter how inappropriate (ie. Smurfs)
  • Sagittarius: "Hi my name is Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that's how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears"
  • Capricorn: has written 10 different fanfics about their most hated character dying within the past month
  • Aquarius: writes the most anatomically impossible sex you've ever seen
  • Pisces: "hi this is my first fic sorry i suck at summaries hope you enjoy"

For most people, especially people who have been playing for years, today’s Pokémon games are extremely easy, offering little to no challenge whatsoever. If you’re anything like me, you don’t find this lack of challenge fun. So I put together a list of things you can do (most of which I personally do in my playthroughs) to make your experience with Pokémon a bit more difficult. I’m definitely not saying that you should follow all of these steps strictly or that they’ll be everyone’s thing, but they helped me get much more out of my Pokémon experience so I thought I’d share them. :) [more]

Quoll Writer

I recently discovered a novel planner/writing program that doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of publicity behind it yet. It has a lot of good, useful features, so I wanted to do a quick review of it.

Quoll Writer is a free, open-source program with a minimalist feel. Unfortunately, it is currently only available for Windows, but it looks like they are trying to feel out if people are interested in a Mac/Linux version.

You can create scenes, chapters, character bios, locations, and items. This is the main screen:

At the bottom of the main screen’s navigation pane, there are options to save chapter text, add new items (like plot outline, scenes, characters, etc.), edit chapter information, view wordcounts (I’ll come back to this), toggle the spellcheck, delete items, and other tools. 

Character Bios:

You can link characters to other characters, as well as tag them to specific chapters. As you can see at the bottom of the Character screen, clicking on any specific page (Character 1, Chapter 1, etc) will open up a new tab rather than a new window. I particularly like this because it cuts down on distraction and makes it much easier to switch between different items.

If you click the fourth symbol on the bottom of the main chapter screen, it will bring up wordcount and other information, including words typed in this session, and words per chapter:

If you click the ‘View Detail’ link, it will bring up a handy chart showing your progress:

You may have noticed by now several icons in the upper right-hand corner. The first of these will take you to an Idea Board, where you can add ideas for chapters, scenes, characters, locations, and items. You also have the ability to create your own Idea categories, which I think is a nice touch.

The symbol on the farthest right will bring up a menu where you can open different projects, save snapshots of your projects, and import and export. It also gives you access to the Warm-Up exercices, which is one of my favorite features of Quoll Writer. It gives you a writing prompt, and you can set a time or wordcount goal. You can even add your own writing prompts.

Another fun feature is the Achievement board. As you use Quoll Writer, you can earn achievements. You can even set Quoll Writer to play a small sound to alert you to a new achievement. 

There is also a full-screen, distraction-free mode:

Quoll Writer seems like a great program. So far, I have only found two downsides to this program. The first is that it may be difficult to organize worldbuilding notes. The second is that you cannot import pictures, which is a major drawback for me because I love to include character inspiration pictures. However, I contacted the creators and they said that is a feature they plan on including in one of the future updates.

If you’re interested in learning more about Quoll Writer, you can find a full list of features here, and download it here!


Yuuup, we already went over that other backstory stuff.

proofreading is an essential skill when it comes to your studies, there’s nothing worse than dropping a grade on your essay or report because of simple grammar errors after you’ve worked so hard on it. These are some of my tips for effective proofreading: 

1. Spellchecker 

Firstly use spellchecker to initially pick up on any spelling errors, make sure it is set to the right language, remember the english language differs in spelling between countries, don’t get caught out. DON’T rely on spellchecker to catch all errors in your work, it does not pick up on incorrect word usage.

2. Print out your work 

It is easier to proofread a hardcopy than from your computer screen, it forces you to focus just on the text and also allows you to scribble down any changes needed. 

3. Proofread with fresh eyes 

Set your work aside for at least an hour, preferably a day. This gives you a break from your writing and lets you look at it from a fresh perspective. Do not proofread when you are in a hurry, tired or stressed. Leave plenty of time to proofread when working out your assignment timeline.

4. Check for one problem at a time 

Do not try to find all errors in one read through. Check for presentation issues, and then go through and read for grammar and sentence structure. Read line per line; paragraph per paragraph. Making notes of any changes as you go through. 

5. Read your work aloud 

It can be helpful to read your work aloud. You may ‘hear’ a problem that you might not ‘see’.

6. Create or use a checklist 

Sometimes a checklist may be provided to you (sometimes in the form of a marking schedule). If you make your own, you can add things that you have problems with to remind yourself to check for these issues. For example, if you have a particular problem with sentence structure or spelling, make a note of this on your list.

7. Have it peer reviewed

Have a friend or classmate read through your work. Do not be afraid of asking for help. Take their suggestions/criticisms positively. They are trying to help. You can arrange to exchange work during the course of the year to return the favour. 

8. Read it again

Once you’ve gone back and fixed your errors, print it off and read it again just to make sure nothing was missed. Once again make sure in planning your timeline ensure you leave plenty of time to proofread, I usually leave myself a day before the deadline. 

any questions, feel free to ask! 

Hello! I decided during the school year to compile all the resources I used while writing essays as well as other posts I’ve found on tumblr. I’m just posting this now… This shows how awesome I am at procrastinating. Just in time for the new school year, here are some of my favorite essay writing resources!




How To

There you have it! Hope these help in your future writing endeavors!


jungkook likes to hold hands with jin and hobi

(vid. credits: sweaterpawsjimin)

Unlocking - The Dragons

Source of : TG calendar pics - hairlu and baidu, manga scans - twisted hel scans and mangastream.

Warning: SPOILERS, violence, the usual. And blatant shipping of HideKane. That, too.

EDIT 12/15/2015: Spellchecked, added link to sans-san’s post about the cliffhanger (I thought I already linked it. Sorry about that.), and some more info about the Fool and the Magician.

EDIT 2 of 12/15/2015: I am so sorry. Fixed the part about the High school entrance ceremony. It’s entrance, not graduation. Oops.

OK, I was re-reading chapter 118 - Unlocking for another analysis in progress, and then I suddenly realized that the title of the chapter is Unlocking.

And then this happened in the chapter:

We all know that Eto’s goal is “to expose the liars”. In this chapter, Kaneki’s tell was exposed by Hide.


Guess which other character has a tell in the manga.


There are two locks on the cage, BUT ONE HAS ALREADY BEEN UNLOCKED. Just as there are two owls (Yoshimura and his sucessor Eto, who eventually replaced him, in the original manga, Eto and Takizawa “T-owl” Seidou in :re) and two phoenixes, there are TWO DRAGONS/FOOLS/HANGED MEN!

As this post of hidementor said, The Hanged Man = 12 = 1 (Hide) + 2 (post-Aogiri Kaneki).

In the picture, Hide was hanging on a cliff, literally cliffhanging. However, if you look closely, you can see that there’s a string attached to his left leg, so if his hand slips, he’ll be an outright hanged man, just like Kaneki:

I think we can safely assume that Hide’s the reversed hanged man (resistant of change/death, because the string’s most definitely not strong enough to hold him up for long if it suddenly becomes the only thing between him and certain death by falling). For the time being anyway. It’s only a matter of time before his hand slips. Unless someone gives him a hand, that is…

Also 12/12 is Battery Day.

(Source: X).

The Battery-men. Hide is the pitcher, and Kaneki is the catcher. GUYS, HIDEKANE CONFIRMED!!!!

(OMFG I’m laughing my ass off. Can’t stop. Fuck.)

Another note about the Cliffhanger picture is that the Fool tarot card was usually depicted obliviously walking right off a cliff => The Cliffhanger picture was what happened after the Fool tarot card! => HIDE IS ONE OF THE TWO FOOLS.

And then, there’s this: “In Tarocchini, the Fool and the Magician are called contatori (counters), a limited form of wild cards. They can be used separately or together to fill missing gaps in combinations or extend them but they can’t fill in two consecutive gaps in sequential combinations. They can’t replace the highest trump or kings. Both cards can be used in every sequence but as the Fool can’t be captured while the Magician is vulnerable, the player holding the Magician would want to use it only judiciously. “

*wipes tears*

There are many things wrong with this picture. The most glaringly obvious of which is Kaneki’s eyepatch. Having the eyepatch means that Kaneki has already been turned into a half-ghoul, but he’s wearing a gakuran here, they both look young, and the cherry blossoms are falling (April), meaning that they’re at their HIGH SCHOOL graduation ceremony. And as we all know, Kaneki wasn’t turned into a half-ghoul until first year at college.

Guess what? IT’S APRIL FOOLS. AND THERE ARE EXACTLY TWO FOOLS IN THIS PICTURE. An interesting thing to note is that only one eye each of Hide and Kaneki is visible to us, the readers. Kaneki’s left eye is covered by the eyepatch, and Hide’s right eye is hidden because he purposely turns his head away.

The deliberate anachronism is a big clue to tell us that this day is April Fools, which means that the picture is a lie, a dream, the wishful thinking of two certain someones. The gap between high school and college was the only time Kaneki was truly free from every cage, the transition/break between one cage and another. In other words, it was the only time he was truly and completely happy. By making Kaneki both strong (half-ghoul) and happy on APRIL FOOLS day, Ishida Sui is probably telling us that Haise, the Kaneki that was both strong and happy, was nothing more than a lie, a happy dream, just like this picture.

EDIT: An anon told me that it was entrance, not graduation, which means that either Kaneki’s aunt is actually nice or Kaneki’s mother is still alive and not abusive this time since Kaneki’s happy and all. Fuck. The wound deepens T_T . The part about Kaneki’s being both strong and happy and the new (fake) beginning/transition still applies.

However, it’s only a lie on April 1st. Everything stops being a lie, a dream, a practical joke, on April 2nd. If April 1st is the sharing of dream between Kaneki and Hide, then April 2nd, the birthday of Sasaki Haise, is the real result of that dream.

=> Even if the dream was a lie, the sacrifices and feelings and hopes behind it is real. The dream is real, and there’s no reason to give up on it.

(Well, another interpretation of this is that the one who continues to lie even when April 1st has already passed is the Fool, but personally, I prefer the former interpretation. Less heart-breaking.)

(Also, Ken = study = Books.)

In Japan, May 5th is Children’s day. The fish thingies are carp-streamers, or koinobori. It’s carp because carps become dragons later in life (Think Magikarps). Normally, in a household with a single mother and son like Kaneki’s, the topmost carp would be Red/Pink for the mother and the second carp would be blue for the child (Kaneki). However, this is Kaneki’s “inauguration” ceremony…

(Source: Ishida Sui’s twitter).

…which means that chibi Rize is at best a stand-in for Kaneki’s missing “mother figures” - Eto and his biological mother. In other words, just like in the original manga, this Rize is a part of Kaneki’s hallucination.

So who’s the second carp?

Back in the old day, May 5th wasn’t Children’s Day. It was Boys’ day, with Girls’ Day being March 3rd - Hinamatsuri! Hence why Touka is sulking and sitting quite a distance from the other 3 figures in the picture! In :re, as an onlooker still neck-deep in her pretend sleep, she can’t take part in the “festivities” (for the time being)!

In contrast to Touka, Hide was actively taking part in the festivities, sitting really, really close to Rize and Kaneki and eating kashiwa-mochi - a treat usually eaten on May 5th!

(Source: X.)

(Notice the leaves on the treat Hide’s eating.)

Going further back, the Japanese Boys’ day has its beginning as the Chinese Dragon Boat day (link’s in Japanese, but you can run it through google translate. I don’t put in the actual link to Duanwu day in the English wiki because it lacks a serious amount of information). Originally, the day was celebrated in May 5th of the lunar/yin calendar (lunar building, Tsukiyama anyone?), but apparently, the Japanese later on decided to celebrate it according to the Gregorian calendar, which is colloquially called here, in the Sinosphere, as the solar/yang calendar.

Going even further back, the Dragon Boat day itself began as the Insect-Killing day (link’s in Vietnamese, or you can check the Japanese link above), during which people hung herbs of many kinds in front of their door, eat sticky rice cakes (of various kinds, depending on the country), and drink rice wine. While the official name is something along the line of insect-killing day, the day is actually both insect-killing and evil-spirit/disease-killing day. It’s also a very important holiday that marks the midpoint of the year => Change of season (remember Seasons die one after another?), transition, hence why the metamorphosis Kaneki has just recently undergone and his “inauguration ceremony” happened in May 5th.

On a seemingly unrelated note, anyone here know of Bakemonogatari?

In Bakemonogatari, Sengoku Nadeko in Nadeko Snake was depicted with a cap to symbolize the hood of a snake. Here, Ishida Sui was using the exact thing with Hide:

Everyone knows of the story of a carp that turns into a dragon (because magikarp), but I don’t think many know that snakes can turn into dragons as well if they live long enough to reach enlightenment (because I couldn’t find a single English source that refers to that little fact on the internet. Hell, I only know about it because I watched one too many Chinese drama, specifically, one too many Chinese drama about the Legend of the White Snake, when I was a kid). In fact, the dragon in Chinese and Japanese culture was originally a snake totem that adopted the characteristics of the other tribes’ totems as the snake-totem tribe merged with/conquered the other tribes.

In other words, Hide’s the other carp/snake! As in, Hide’s the other dragon!

(Like the Japanese beetle and the Aogiri/Chinese parasol tree, carp is also an invasive species in the US and Europe because like most other invasive species, outside of its home, the carp has no natural enemy. And also because it’s sturdy as hell.)

Good news: Hide’s the co-dragon with Kaneki. And HideKane is practically confirmed. Yay!

Bad news: Fenghuang/Phoenixes hate snakes, period. There’s a reason the fenghuang is usually depicted attacking a snake. And dragon and fenghuang are mortal enemies, even if the later mythologies depict them as a yin/yang couple. The original couple was the feng (male bird) and the huang (female bird), by the way, not dragon and fenghuang.

But then, there’s this panel in the original manga:

Even if Kaneki condemned them as boring in his despair:

  • “The story of a couple who confirmed their mutual love by the way of an illness.” => NishiKimi, or the story of how Nishiki and Kimi hooked up for real.
  • “A veteran officer chasing down a brutal serial killer” => the Rabbit case and the Binge Eater case, which are still unsolved by the CCG.

=> These are all actual part of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is Tokyo Ghoul.

An then, we have: “A battle in an empire, where dragons controlled by magicians soar through the sky, and a rebel army that stirred the heart.”

It’s viva la revolution, baby~. I have hope damn it.