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Honestly I cannot say enough times how much I support much smaller class sizes. It’s not exactly the same as being a teacher obviously, but the effects of it have never been as clear to me as when I was a summer camp counselor.

When we would do any activity with a large group and i was in charge of like 30 kids, you always were going to have some issues with certain kids that were considered ‘problematic’ or prone to misbehaving or whatever. It’s a big group, you can’t be everywhere at once, and some kids are more likely to act out in that environment, for many reasons.

But then we had crafts or orienteering or something were I had a group of like 7 or 10 kids and those same 'problematic’ kids have me no trouble at all. I could talk to them, help them, and it all was fine. They were good kids.

The thing is adults often put children in environments that aren’t good for them and don’t meet their needs, for the adult’s convenience, and then blame kids for the results.

You can’t make classes of 30-40 kids and, when the kids with social anxiety, the ones that need more attention, the ones with sensory or processing issues, etc, all suffer because of it, blame the kids instead of the system.

We build the system for the adults’ convenience and ideals and then try to force kids to fit into it instead of building it around what kids actually need. It’s so fucked up.

Powerful Self-Love Affirmation

Today is the day I set myself free, I let myself go forward,
I let people in, Realizations in, Growth in,  Awareness in.
I educate myself to sense resistance, emotionally unlearn conditioning I’ve been brought up with Unaware, asleep.
I break down the programming, build a system of beliefs for myself from the ground up. I feel the weightlessness of my Being now I have dropped the baggage of labels. Labels of gender/ conforming / settling/ but this is what is expected of me/ I can’t do this/ that/ the other/ because *they* said so.
I understand “they” don’t know what makes me happy, what keeps me up at night looking for direction, on a quest for inspiration.  I will keep seeking for myself - WITHIN- myself. I know the questions and answers and the galaxies are all within that beautiful mind and soul of mind. Source: www.instagram.com/banij

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“The Basics”

The basic structure of the sortinghatchats system is that you aren’t just sorted into one House, but into two tiers of Houses: Primary and Secondary. Your Primary House defines WHY you do things. Your Secondary defines HOW. To build this system, we’ve drawn on the Sorting Hat’s songs, general HP canon, extracanonical data (ex. interviews with JKR)… and then extrapolated.

People are complex– for joy or for utility, due to social pressure or careless recreation, people often use the reasoning or methods of Houses that aren’t their Primary or Secondary. We call this “modelling” or “performing” a house and we will explain it in greater detail later. These additional layers help us capture some complexities in characters that we couldn’t get using Primary and Secondary alone. People can vary hugely in how they embody their Houses; in this system, Aang, the heroic pacifist protagonist from Avatar the Last Airbender, shares most of his Houses with HP’s Lord Voldemort.

The way you decide which Houses are yours is not necessarily by looking at what you do, but at what would make you proudest and most content if you were strong enough to do it. Your sorting is what you want to be and what you believe you should do, whether or not you actually live up to it. That’s how people like Peter Pettigrew can end up in Gryffindor.

PRIMARIES

Your Primary is your why. It’s your motivations, your values, and the way you frame the world around you. It’s how and what you prioritize, and what you weigh most heavily when making your decisions. People often also assume that others share those priorities. A common response to our system is “but you must oversort into Gryffindor/Slytherin/Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff–everyone has that type of morality, deep down!”

Gryffindor Primaries trust their moral intuitions and have a need and a drive to live by them. They feel what’s right in their gut, and that matters and guides them. If they don’t listen to and act on that, it feels immoral.

We call Gryffindor morality “felt” but that doesn’t mean they’re all impetuous, emotional hellions. Gryffindors can still be intelligent, deliberate creatures who weigh their decisions and moralities carefully. Reasoning, intellectualizing and debate can be support for a Gryffindor’s felt morality– but those things can never make a fully satisfying morality in themselves. Some things are just wrong, no matter what pretty words you use to explain them.

Ravenclaw Primaries have a constructed system that they test their decisions against before they feel comfortable calling something right. This system might be constructed by them, or it might have been taught to them as children, or it might have been discovered by them some point later in life. But it gives them a way to frame the world and a confidence in their ability to interact with it morally.

Ravenclaws do not lack an intuitive sense of morality or gut feeling about things, but they distrust those instincts and have a need to ignore or to dig down deep and dissect those internal moral impulses. Living within their built moral system is as important to a Ravenclaw as to a Gryffindor; it’s the source of the morality that differs between them–what they trust.

Hufflepuff Primaries value people–all people. They value community, they bond to groups (rather than solely individuals), and they make their decisions off of who is in the most need and who is the most vulnerable and who they can help. They value fairness because every person is a person and feel best when they give everyone that fair chance. Even directly wronged, a Hufflepuff will often give someone a second (or fifth) chance.

This doesn’t mean all Hufflepuffs are inherently tolerant human beings, any more than all Gryffindors are inherently good, moral creatures. Hufflepuffs tend to believe that all people deserve some type of kindness, decency, or consideration from them–but they can define “person” however they want, excluding individuals or even whole groups.

Slytherin Primaries are fiercely loyal to the people they care for most. Slytherin is the place where “you’ll make your real friends”– they prioritize individual loyalties and find their moral core in protecting and caring for the people they are closest to.

Slytherin’s reputation for ambition comes from the visibility of this promotion of the self and their important people– ambition is something you can find in all four Houses; Slytherin’s is just the one that looks most obviously selfish.

Because their morality system of “me and mine first” is fairly narrow in scope, Slytherins often construct a secondary morality system to deal with situations that are not addressed by their loyalty system.

SECONDARIES

Your Secondary is your how. It’s how you approach the world as a person interacting with it, and how you make your way. It’s how you problem-solve. It’s not necessarily what you’re best at, or even what’s the most useful to you, but about what skills and methods you value as being intrinsic to you. Do you improvise, do you plan? Do you work on something a little bit every day? Do you charge into the fray and tell people exactly what’s on your mind? What do you do? How would you describe the way you meet the world?

Note: the term “Secondary” is not meant to imply that how you do things is any less important than why (the Primary House). It’s simply the way our terminology fell out and we’re too lazy to change it. The importance of motivations v. methods is a personal sliding scale– it’s perfectly valid for a person to identify with their Secondary House over their Primary. (When drawing from canonical sources, we assumed each character likely was in a House that matched to either their Primary or their Secondary. For instance, Harry is in Gryffindor for his heroic Gryffindor Primary, but Ginny Weasley is there for her brash and bold Gryffindor Secondary.)

Gryffindor Secondaries charge. They meet the world head-on and challenge it to do its worst. Gryffindor Secondaries are honest, brash, and bold in pursuit of things they care about. Known for their bravery, it is almost a moral matter to stay true to themselves in any situation that they’re in.

Ravenclaw Secondaries plan. They collect information, they strategize. They have tools. They run hypotheticals and try to plan ahead for things that might come up. They build things (of varying degrees of practicality and actual usefulness) that they can use later– whether that’s an emergency supply pack, a vast knowledge of Renaissance artistic techniques and supplies, or a series of lists and contingency plans. They feel less at home in improvisation and more comfortable planning ahead and taking the time to be prepared.

Hufflepuff Secondaries toil. Their strength comes from their consistency and the integrity of their method. They’re our hard workers. They build habits and systems for themselves and accomplish things by keeping at them. They have a steadiness that can make them the lynchpin (though not usually the leader) of a community. While stereotyped as liking people and being kind (and this version is perhaps a common reality), a Hufflepuff secondary can also easily be a caustic, introverted misanthrope who runs on hard work alone.

Slytherin Secondaries improvise. They are the most adaptive secondary, finding their strength in responding quickly to whatever a situation throws at them. They improvise differently than the Gryffindor Secondary, far more likely to try coming at situations from different angles than to try strong-arming them. They might describe themselves as having different “faces” for different people and different situations, dropping them and being just themselves only when they’re relaxing or feel safe.

But the Journey Continues…

These four basic Primary and Secondary houses are summarized starting places that we use as a basis for further discussion. What are some ways this gets complicated?

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Trans Day of Visibility

Each year as Trans Day of Visibility rolls around, I remember I am thankful. I’m thankful for another day, thankful for the trans resources I have access to here in NYC, thankful to be a visible trans person, both in my personal life and one social media.

Social media has been a remarkable resource. I come across other people similar to me. I’ve found trans women, trans men, genderfleuid people, non binary people, other androgynous people, and so many more. I have connected with many of these folx, and established a community of friends and family who I can rely on. Both my pain and happiness is felt by the community. Through them, I have flourished. I have learned to love myself more, and also to love each and every one of us for our differences. It is so important that our narratives are visible so that our stories, our existence, and humanity is normalized.

Why?

Because, as you can see, we are beautiful.

On this day of Trans Visibility, I must also remember, that my ability to speak openly about my experiences is a privilege, a privilege that is not rewarded to many of us. As I watch my trans sisters perish at the hands of others, I wonder, when will THESE narratives be heard? When will trans women be validated enough to live freely without the threat of violence or bodily harm? When will we stop dehumanizing trans women and start empowering them. Trans women are the foundation of LGBT rights movement. They are the mothers, the sisters, and the daughters that continue provide labor to our cis gender comrades. When will we begin speaking up for them in ways that they have spoken up us?  

Visibility isn’t always enough.

I hope today, in the midst of a time when our government is actively attempting to illegalize trans people (especially trans women) in this country, we will strive to build systems that uplift trans women, provide them the resources they deserve, emphasize the importance of their existence. It is not just about visibility, it’s about humanizing of people whose voices are erased every day damn.

I like to think that the majority of alien civilizations out there are at the same technological pace as we are. They’re not super advanced, but they’re advanced enough to want to explore the universe and have the basic means to do so. They haven’t survived long enough to figure out a work around for the parameters that have been set for them by their own planetary neighborhoods.

Of course there are civilizations that have existed for millions of years, but those are the ones who have out grown their exploratory phase, and have since contented themselves with their own planet. But these ancient people are so rare in the universe, and their solar systems tend to be so far out of the way, that most others don’t know about them.
There are whispers about them in the back of religious textbooks, but rarely are they taken as serious fact.

The universe likes to work in cycles, and the people who occupy it obey this cycle, most importantly by surviving for a couple thousand years before subsequently dying out to make way for a new civilization. It’s not something that is common knowledge, but it is something that tickles the deepest parts of our subconscious, the part that’s desperate to survive, the part that’s concerned with concepts like legacy. And those lucky few who are able to conquer universal laws are truly special.

In the grand scheme of things, humans are on par with most of the universe. There are some who were fortunate enough to live on a planet with different metals and ores, things that benefited them more scientifically than ours ever will. They’re the ones who take advantage of their lust for exploration, pushing the limits of their spacecrafts until they manage to break the speed of light. The type of aliens that we suspect have been in our own atmosphere, but cannot confirm. They flitter around Earth just to satisfy their own curiosities, not at the stage yet where they’re comfortable establishing contact.

But most aliens are not lucky, and live on planets made of carbon, gold, and other benign elements. Intelligent enough to utilize the world around them, but given the most inefficient materials to express themselves properly. And it is maybe a universal constant that all intelligent beings want to meet others like them, and it’s an unfortunate fact of life that two civilizations cannot orbit the same star system. So these people build satellites and telescopes, mimicking human science in a way that would give a sense of whiplash. They desperately reach out into the cosmos in vein because they don’t have the necessarily elements: luck, age, and knowledge.

So maybe there are aliens out there. Maybe they don’t care that we’re here, or maybe they know we’re here and just don’t want to talk to us. Or maybe they’re just like us, desperate to communicate, but lacking the means to properly do so.

anonymous asked:

Okay so when your building and your story relies on a religion, how do you go about building the basis for that belief system? How to build a belief system?

Hi there!

Building an interesting religion from the ground up can be difficult. It can really help to look at the whole thing from…exactly that. The ground up.

Consider the religion’s cosmology. How did things start? How important is that story to your world and your characters?

Pick out a top three-five stories that really resonate within the world. Which ones is it just a given that someone on the street would know? Outline them or write them out. So, if you’re doing this exercise for Christianity, you might say, “Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Big Fish.” Having a few popular stories will add depth, but it doesn’t have to explicitly explain everything about the world, or even the religion.

Think about symbols or objects that hold value to the people. What do they represent? How ubiquitous are they?

Give your world variety when it comes to philosophy, application, and opinion. Not all adherents will agree on everything, and sometimes they will so vastly disagree that their religion will look like two, even if it’s rooted in the same place (Catholicism vs. Protestantism). Having everyone believe the same thing is not only boring, it’s unrealistic. 

The basic rules of this religion should appeal to your characters (and likely your reader’s) sense of rightness and goodness. Even if the modern version of this religion has altered, its roots should be founded in good. That can be twisted through unwritten laws, control, misinterpretation, and all that, but letting us see at least a hint of what was meant to be will give the system more nuance and believably than anything strictly evil or weak.

Consider the god(s), their mortality, how they appeal to the people, how their ruling system works, how involved they are, and how revered they are by the people. 

Sometimes, if you have a religion of your own, it can be difficult to think outside of that box. You alter something you see as normal to make something new, when you’re actually just making it more like something else that already exists. So if you need a little extra inspiration, read up on old religions, modern religions, and think about how you can deviate in a way that feels fresh. 

(I might maybe do a brainstorming series posts on religions and beliefs..? Any interest??)

Happy writing!

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Game animator Daniel Floyd explains the factors that influence faces and dialogue in a massive RPG.

I appreciate his approach to this discussion, as he points out the multiple ways in which these errors could have been reached by digging into the complexity of how a conversation system works as opposed to a hand-animated scene. 

“While it is entirely fair to criticize Andromeda’s flawed system because it’s still got plenty of problems, I hope that you’ve at least gained some appreciation for how stupid complicated these systems are to build.”

The girl falls as her 3dmg runs out of gas.

The girl inanely stares to sky.

She has already lost her everything. Again.

Why bother fighting? 

Why still keep struggling in a world this cruel?

A titan appears right at the corner, walks to the girl.

Girl smiles in pain, remembering how beautiful this cruel world can be. She has given up, she is ready to die.

She tells herself one last lie, just for comfort. I lived a good life.

Titan strecthes his hand to her. It is over.

Suddenly Mikasa draws her blades one last time and jumps out of it’s gasp.

Why, she asks, I thought I have given up. Why am I standing? Why am I struggling?

Then a wild pomegranate appears.

And many viewers asks themselves the very same question: “What does that means?”

And here, I enter to explain.

Pomegranate is the kind of fruit where hundreds of many many fruitlets are being gathered under one big rind. These fruitlets have different kinds of shapes though the taste are similar and they are caged under the same rind. 

One way to interpret pomegranate is associating it with humanity as a whole. We humans are also caged under a cage called sky, which is known as the only limit. Every individual under it’s skies are no matter how different they are, sharing the very same world, if you want to look at it that way, also the same cage.

Sounded familiar?

This is a metaphor for the Walled Society and it’s every kind of people who are caged under their walls and the terror of Titans. Their fate is one, if they burn they will all burn together; no mercy will shown to any of them no matter what their position is. Just like the fruitlets in a pomegranate, they are caged there and they are not free.

Mikasa looks at the fruitlets of pomegranate and remembers another person that was aware of what pomegranate stands for. Another person that was ready to give his life to make humanity free out of it’s cage once again.

Eren.

And as she remembers him, her will to fight comes back. Everything Eren has thought to her comes back, Eren’s presence comes back to her and if she dies, this will disappear with her as well.

She stands up to fight, holds her little blade tight like she did many years ago and screams a battle cry.

And as she screams, her’s and humanity’s rage’s form, Eren in his titan form attacks the other Titan.

Humanity’s freedom symbol is back to the screens. Yay!

Of course Mikasa was not aware who was driving Rogue Titan at that moment but as she looked at it, she understood what does it stands for, to the end.

Chapter 8.

Chapter 88.

askoutcasts  asked:

I'm writing a scene in my fanfic in which a sci-fi geek from Earth and a science geek from a magitech society compare notes on interdimensional transportation, and I thought it would be a nice tribute if the Earth geek mentioned the YW series as an example. Since the Errantry is down for maintenance at the moment, could you give me a quick rundown on how planet- or dimension-hopping wizardry works, just so I can be sure I get it right? Technobabble will do just fine, of course. XD

I’m having kind of a horrific day as regards Earth-based tech, so it’s a pleasure to deal with a different kind for a bit. :)

Worldgating, whether just planet-to-planet or dimension-to-dimension, exploits the same basic phenomenon. It’s all about wormholes of one kind or another, which are the simplest way to work one’s way around the small-beer issues of mere distance or the boundaries between universes. Convincing one piece of space that another one is right next to it is mostly math: solving for incidental local motion after the fact is way less complicated.

“Convince” is a key word here: both the strictly mechanical and the strictly wizardly modes of gating do this, though in different ways (and the wizardly one is more about persuasion. (No harm in remembering that the word “convince” has the old word for brute-force conquest at its root). Mechanical worldgating forces the issue with straightforward temporospatial equivalences in physics, and hence is colossally energy-intensive. Wizardry is a dodgier and less certain instrumentality for gating – space and time may decline to cooperate for a number of reasons – but lower in energy requirements, because, frankly, persuasion is more congenial to everybody involved than brute force. Even “insensate” matter prefers to be asked for consent, and to give it. And you really wouldn’t like subspace when it gets angry.

Many professional worldgating systems operate on mechanical versions of the equivalence protocols, and get around the energy requirements with big energy-harvesting systems like the SunTap technology, which stimulates and then cannibalizes the energy output of a nearby energetic star. (When we saw STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, my immediate reaction to Starkiller Base was to snicker a bit and lean over to Peter and mutter, “Oh look, they bought themselves a second-hand SunTap.”) Others prefer the hybrid approach, and build systems that expolit both science and wizardry. This methodology is what the Crossings uses, having built itself in its earliest days on top of an already-standing worldgate; such are always more amenable when wizardry makes up at least part of the equation. The Crossings also has and uses a SunTap, since its star is high-powered and energetic enough not to mind the minuscule [for a type O giant star] power parasitization, and the two systems work more or less in parallel, with some interleave when high-traffic situations or other more complicated conditions require.

It’s perhaps a touch paradoxical that between-planets / “intraspatial” gatings require more computation and more energy than between-dimensions “extraspatial” / “extracontinual” transport. Separate universes (especially if they bubbled / spawned from common parent superstrata) apparently find one another easier to reblend with, even over vast interfaces, than separate parts of the same space. Possibly this is because time tends to run more or less the same way (regardless of direction) inside a given universe; and there may be something to the old saying that “time is Nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once”: as it did, once upon a time, in this universe anyway. Different universes, when brought briefly enough into sync to allow passage, seem to be less fussed about the issue. Some philosophers here and there have theorized that the One Itself is only one of many, a bubble of singularity in a far vaster continuum of Deity than we’re at all capable of perceiving, let alone understanding; and that the snuggliness of universes is just a symptom of the greater truth that the Many  like to get together for a chat now and then. But no one really knows.

…Philosophizing aside, hope this helps. :)

We live in a world where college admissions can either make or break us. There is no in between. Isn’t it sad? How we are raised solely for this moment? Years of education, all for this moment of disappointment. The moment we get rejected, there are no words that can console the heartache we feel. My question is: how did we come to create such a terrible system? How can we just accept it when students cry their heart and soul after reading a simple, “We regret to inform you,” followed by sentences about how competitive admissions are this year and how each application is carefully read and how there’s always spring quarter. Then they start going back and wondering what it is they possibly did wrong. Was it the topic? Grammar? A misunderstanding? To those who don’t understand, they’ll think it’s because those rejected students weren’t up to par with the “standards”. I’ll only say this: how can you tell a student who has poured their aspirations and struggles and life into a college application that they just weren’t good enough to be accepted into ABC college and that student XYZ is much more superior? It’s complete bullshit to me. How can we accept such generic phrases after writing so passionately that our blood meddled with the words of our personal statements? I hate this system of test scores and GPAs. There’s more to the fucking world than numbers. There’s more beyond a damn essay that probably only gets skimmed over. How can college admissions officers look for qualified students based on such limited information that may even be complete fabrications. Tell me how. How can we accept that students are tearing themselves apart over a rejection letter? Tell me why. Why is it deemed “normal” that I have friends bawling because of an education system that builds them up only to throw them overboard?

popartparade  asked:

Could you please make a version of the "Behaviors of a Real INTJ" but for ENTPs??

Ne always seeks the best of potential ideas and to expand its understanding and concepts universally, which means the true Ne-dom is forever seeking new ideas, belief systems, and possibilities. They will be naturally open minded, interested in theoretical concepts and discussion, and prone to reversing their own arguments, running parallel arguments, or changing their views completely within a very short amount of time. Others may see them as flighty, inconsistent, or with too-radical of ideas, detached from reality, even idealistic in their own way, since Ne sees a person’s or object’s greater potential and seeks continual development toward that higher state of being – to push others to improve. The idea of stagnation, or an unchanging state, is worse than death to the Ne.

This information filters down through Ti for consistency’s sake, which tries to extrapolate and fit the information into whatever the Ti decides is “rational,” important to self, or makes sense; Ti desires to build a system with which to view reality, and can sometimes be unflinching or unwilling to change its rational perspective or adopt anything outside its worldview. (If the ENTP considers something it considers to be untrue via Ti, its Ne may reject that possibility.)

Ti/Fe works together through desiring group harmony and seeking approval; since Fe is lower, the ENTP often uses it to attempt to gain approval, praise, or for entertainment purposes, but the higher developed tert-Fe can also become a unifier among people, seeking to cause them to bond together to problem-solve or share ideas, counseling them in relationships, etc. Tert-Fe can also manifest in sharing feelings freely as they happen (something as simple as “I really like you!” to something as complex as deeper relationships) or as in being overall charming, or even in manipulating others’ emotions. In an unhealthy Fe, the desire to “get a reaction” out of others can manifest in cruel, cutting behaviors, generated to hurt and feed off others’ feelings. Fe has a general sense of the group’s emotional state, and ENTPs sometimes feel and understand others’ feelings more than their own.

Inferior Si appears in the desire for occasional sameness, but willingness to change certain behaviors or reframe childhood incidents; it may be prone to excessive brooding over the past, a fear the Ne may never develop past the current state of their relationships (will I keep making this mistake?), a lack of attentiveness to the detail their ideas involve (getting in over their head), or being stubborn in resisting change in certain areas of their life (how dare you move that, sell that, give that away, and what do you mean we’re not having this for Christmas dinner?).

- ENFP Mod

Cold Hands (Stiles Stilinski Imagine)

Summary: It’s the middle of Winter at Beacon Hills and what fun could you do? Except that when it’s cold, it somehow always manages to bite back.
Pairing: Stiles X Reader
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Season: Winter
Tips: B/S/E/C = Brother/Sister’s Eye Colour/Color

Originally posted by mypackismyanchorr


~*~*~*~

“Y/N WAKE UP! IT’S SNOWING!” You hear your little brother/sister call out as he/she starts jumping on you. You manage to open your eyes and to see those gorgeous B/S/E/C that shines like the stars at night.

“Okay I’m awake.” You said in a groan as you get up. You see your little brother/sister jump around in his/her little onesie as he/she rushes down stairs.

You hear your phone buzz meaning you either got a text message, or just an notification for a game. But it was indeed a text message, a text message from Stiles your boyfriend.


🖤M Y  B A T M A N🖤
Hey babe😘, it’s snowing❄️


You chuckle as you reply to his text message.

                                                                                     💜Y / N 💜
                                                                                I can see that


🖤M Y  B A T M A N🖤
Wanna do something
fun😉


                                                                                    💜Y / N 💜
                                                                                     I’d love to


🖤M Y  B A T M A N🖤
Great, get ready because I’m already here😏


Your eyes widen as you put your phone down and jump out of your bed and run towards your window. You open your curtains and open your window to see that same old aqua green/blue jeep. He was telling the truth.

You immediately went into your closet/wardrobe to get out your clothes. You pull out an black shirt with long sleeves, and frilly white skirt with F/C patterns of flowers on them, a pair of black stockings, a pair of grey/gray boots that goes up to your shin, F/C cardigan with a white scarf. You brush your knotty H/C hair as you put on an white beanie and a pair of white gloves.

You grab your phone as you put it in your bag. You’re ready to go. You head down stairs to face your family.

“Where are you going, Y/N?” Your mother asked you as you smile.

“Out, I’ll be back later tonight maybe?” You said as you rushed out of the house. As you’re outside you can already feel the cold hitting you with everything that it has.

You see Stiles as you rush towards him. He opens the car door for you as you blush and jumped in, thank you. You said as he closes the door. He rushes to the other side as he jumps in the drivers seat.

“So where are we going first?” You asked him as he smiles warmly.

“I thought of Ice Skating? Allison and Lydia said it’s really fun. So I thought that we might try it?” He suggested as you smile widely.

“Okay then.”

~*~*~

You both arrive at the ice skating place as you see not alors of people are skating. Which is a good thing. Stiles comes back with two pairs of skates a pair for you and a pair for him. He gives you your pair as you pull off your boots. The ice skates are white with F/C lines on them. Stiles’s ones are black with red lines on them.

Once your both done you walk towards the ice skating area. You go first as you’re on the ice, you wait for Stiles to jump on as he holds to the sides as he slowly gets on.

“Do you need help?” You asked him as he looks over at you looking like he needs a hand.

“No, no. I’m good.” He says as he slowly puts his foot on the ice and the other down, as he is still on the sides holding on.

You chuckle as you skate towards him.

“Come on, grab my hand.” You said as you let your hand put waiting for him to grab it. He finally does as you lift him off of the rail as you start to skate with him. “Only look at my eyes, don’t look anywhere else.” You instructed him as he nods, looking deep into your E/C.

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You let go of his hands as he starts to skate without you.

“I’m ice skating!” He says cheerfully, he couldn’t believe what he’s doing. He’s finally skating on ice.

“You’re doing it Stiles!” You said happily as he looks over at you, his smile ever so wide that it could melt the snow and ice away.

But before you and Stiles knew it, he suddenly fell face first onto the ice. You quickly skate towards him.

“Stiles! Are you okay?” You said as he turns over on his back.

“I’m fine, I think I lost concentration.” He said as you chuckle at him.

“How about we do something else?” You said as he looks over at you.

“Great idea, i think I just embarrassed myself.”

~*~*~

You’re both done with ice skating, especially when Stiles could have an concussion from it. You both went to grab some hot chocolate to warm up your system, mainly Stiles’s.

“Wanna build a snowman?” He said as you look over at him chuckling.

“Stiles, how about we sit down and see if your okay?” You suggested as he nods.

You both sat on a park bench as you take your gloves off and his beanie off so you can check for anything. Once you touch his head he immediately moves his head away from you. You frown looking at him.

“What’s wrong?”

“Your hands are freezing!” He said as you didn’t even realise. “I thought you wore gloves?”

“I did.”

He then grabs both of your hands and starts to rub them for warmth, you start to laugh at his reaction. You feel his warm hands over your cold ones as you feel a fuzzy feeling inside, he starts to rub your hands.

“Stiles I get cold hands all the time, I’m used to it.” You said as he looks at you.

“You know what? I’m going to buy you more gloves. Heck, here wear mine while we find a shop.” He said as he takes his gloves off.

“No, I’m fine. I’ll where mine.” You suggested.

“No! How about we go to my place and warm those hands up?”

“And make cookies?”

“And make cookies.”

And with that you go to Stiles house as he warms your hands with a whole bunch of gloves and him holding your hands all day. You made cookies and watched a movie.

This is why winter is amazing.

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Eclipse Phase, Second Edition
The Roleplaying Game of Transhuman Survival: a streamlined Second Edition!

About this project

What is Eclipse Phase?

Eclipse Phase is the game of transhuman survival.  Technology puts the tools to defeat death, emancipate from need, and reshape bodies and minds in the hands of everyone, but it also provides the means for oppression and mass destruction.  After losing Earth in a war with AIs, transhumanity disperses throughout the solar system and beyond, struggling to survive.  In a typical Eclipse Phase game, characters belong to Firewall, a secret, cross-faction organization that protects transhumanity from extinction threats.  Alternate campaigns involve traversing the mysterious Pandora gates to explore extrasolar worlds or navigating the treacherous terrain of high-tech criminal cartels.

The first edition of Eclipse Phase won numerous awards (2010 Origins Award for Best RPG, 2010 ENnie Gold for Best Writing, and 2010 ENnie Silvers for Best Cover Art and Product of the Year) and was critically acclaimed for the innovation and depth of its setting.  The Eclipse Phase line is recognized for its creativity, world-building, amazing artwork, and high production standards.

About Eclipse Phase, Second Edition

Eclipse Phase, Second Edition (EP2), is a full-color, hardcover tabletop RPG book. It contains the full rules for making and playing Eclipse Phase characters, four sample teams of four characters each, and detailed setting information — a complete roleplaying game in one book!

The goal of this campaign is to cover some of the costs of producing and printing EP2.

What’s New in EP2?

We’re focusing on improving and simplifying the existing Eclipse Phase system, not re-inventing the wheel.  Changes include:

  • Faster Character Creation — A package-buy character creation system lets people build characters quickly without missing essentials.
  • Streamlined Resleeving — An aptitude-linked pool system means that skills don’t need to be recalculated when a character resleeves (switches bodies).
  • Updated Gameplay — We’ve reduced the number of skills and made them easier to acquire.  Gear costs are replaced with a system that works the same whether you are buying gear, acquiring it with rep favors, or nano-fabbing. Combat, hacking, and other systems are also updated.
  • Four Sample Teams — Pre-fabbed teams can be dropped right into a game and serve as examples of balanced parties.
  • Redesigned Book — A spread-based organization keeps material close-at-hand with less page-flipping.

Most first-edition source material is compatible with EP2.

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My 93-year-old grandmother had a successful knee surgery on Monday. Two pins and some keen wiring closed a two-inch gap on her broken right kneecap. 

I had a chance to spend time with her today at Methodist Hospital. Lying in bed with a new bionic leg brace, she clutched a stuffed toy dog, named “Propwash,” that my grandfather had given her during his military service in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe, where he helped build communication systems to land British bombers.

According to my mother, anytime the children were sick, my grandmother would give them Prowash to have in their beds. The grandchildren received similar comfort when we stayed at our grandparent’s home.

The first image in this pair of photos was made this afternoon, Jan. 31. The second image was made the night before her surgery, Jan. 29, as she rested in my grandfather’s lift chair. My uncle, who’s been at her bedside for much of the past week, appears in the background of the first image.

Many thanks to all my tumblr friends who’ve expressed their concern, love and support after I shared images from my grandmother’s initial ER visit last weekend. It’s meant the world to me and to my family. 

~Michael

i’m too tired to write up a meta or headcanon but just, the image of tsukishima and yamaguchi helping each other out with their issues. the image of them understanding each others’ struggle. both of their reluctance to seek others’ help, one because he doesn’t want to be more of a burden, the other because he doesn’t think anyone would care. the image of them finding out that they’re both wrong, that no, yamaguchi, you’re never a burden, and yes, tsukki, someone cares enough to even yell at you. both of them struggling with their own demons, not battling it for each other, but with each other.

just. the support system between them works so well even when it doesn’t seem so for others, and it’s so so so important to me, okay.

jakkus-storyteller  asked:

Does Pillars of Eternity 2 have a new friendship system in place? I'm curious.

From what I understand, the relationship system will build upon what we experienced with our companions in PoE1 ie. interactions that are more robust and organic that develops in the long term as friendship or rivalry…or maybe even love? ;3

But don’t take my word for it. Hear it directly from the game director, as he elaborates upon it in a most…peculiarly delightful manner XD