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Bill Gates has a message for every college grad who wants to change the world

Dear Class of 2017:

Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do — earn a college degree.

Between your commencement speaker and every aunt and uncle at your graduation party, I am sure you are getting a lot of advice. At the risk of piling on, I thought I would share a few thoughts.

New college graduates often ask me for career advice. I was lucky to be in my early 20s when the digital revolution was just getting underway, and Paul Allen and I had the chance to help shape it. (Which explains my lack of a college degree: I left school because we were afraid the revolution would happen without us.)

If I were starting out today and looking for the same kind of opportunity to make a big impact in the world, I would consider three fields.

One is artificial intelligence. We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people’s lives more productive and creative.

The second is energy, because making it clean, affordable and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change.

The third is biosciences, which are ripe with opportunities to help people live longer, healthier lives. Read more — Bill Gates

“Kara putting rainbow flags everywhere in the DEO and says it’s like mistltoe, you have to kiss under if you’re queer. She got herself played when she happened to be under one with Lena.” from @mrtevloar


She doesn’t do it for herself.

She really doesn’t. 

She does it for Vasquez and she does it for Yve.

She does it for that med tech in ops and she does it for Pam from HR.

She does it, mostly, for her sister.

Not for herself.

She doesn’t conspire with Vasquez to litter the DEO with rainbow flags like Vasquez had littered it with mistletoe last winter for selfish reasons.

Really, she doesn’t. 

She splatters the halls and the labs and hell, even the command center, with rainbow flags because it’s Pride Month, and Maggie keeps going off about how corporate and geared toward rich white cis men the whole thing is, and she agrees, she does – but she also sees Maggie light up whenever she sees rainbow flags in random places this month, because god, for once it’s good to be seen. Good to be heard.

So she and Vasquez cover the place in the dead of the last night of May, Kara using her powers to fly and hang things from the higher ceilings, Vasquez using their DEO training to climb up to doorways and hallways to hang flags in the lower high spots.

Their Pridely mischief is worth J’onn’s groan and facepalm – he’s smiling, of course, under his hand – when Kara declares to everyone the next morning that “if you’re queer and comfortable and consenting, the rainbow flags will be your mistletoe this month!”, and Alex immediately drags Maggie under the nearest flag and kisses her until they’re both breathless, until the entire morning shift of agents is cheering and wolf whistling, until Maggie’s fingers tighten in Alex’s hair and J’onn has to beg them to please, please, please, finish this elsewhere.

Their Pridely mischief is worth is when Winn melts and stammers and nods his way through Superman walking under a flag with him, telling him that Lois won’t mind a small kiss if Winn consents, giving him a soft, tender, appreciative, brief kiss, making sure he doesn’t fall from weakened knees by bracing strong hands on Winn’s waist; afterwards, Winn can barely speak for days, and they’re all mildly concerned his face will stay permanently red, his gaze permanently dazed and blissful and so, so dreamy.

But one part of their Pridely mischief that Kara wasn’t prepared for?

Is Lena coming to the DEO.

Lena coming to the DEO and smiling brightly at all the flags, and asking a stammering Kara about them as they’re standing directly under one together, and Maggie jumping in and repeating Kara’s rules – “if you’re queer and comfortable and consenting, the rainbow flags are mistletoe for Pride Month! – with a shit-eating grin on her face, and Alex watching with wide eyes and a slack jaw as Lena turns to Kara, and Kara’s entire world outside of Lena melts away.

“Are you queer and comfortable and consenting, Kara? Because I’d very much like to kiss you,” she asks soft and tentative and beautiful.

Kara’s breath hitches as she licks her lips, as she takes Lena’s face into her hands and kisses her soft, kisses her slow, kisses her tender, kisses her passionate.

Lena swoons and Kara steadies her, both of their lips turning up into soft, shy smiles, and the applause that greets their ears is soft, respectful, full of knowledge of the significance of the moment, support and affirmation for the intensity of what is happening.

“You owe me that flash grenade,” Maggie mutters in her girlfriend’s ear.

Before Alex even has the chance to answer, to process, to catch up, J’onn sighs and shakes his head.

“Not a chance, Detective,” he tells her, but the smile on his face – both of his daughters, so, so, so happy – weaves a different picture.

Dance Tech Week AU’s
  • “You’re my carpool but you picked me up way too early and now we get to play the fun game of ‘is the door open or are we stuck out here for an hour alone?’” AU
  • “One of our pieces is a duet and you’re great but the choreographer/director is making us stay late to be more ‘passionate’ ahhhhhh.” AU
  • “My costume is covered in glitter and now there’s glitter EVERYWHERE including your face because for some reason you wanted glitter on your face but now the directors are mad because it’s unprofessional and half the company thinks we made out WHY.” AU
  • “It’s tech week and I have eighteen quick changes and there are twenty dances and I’m slowly dying but you brought me coffee and are yelling at me to take a nap and are you an angel?” AU
  • “I kicked you in the face and just started hugging you in the middle of dress rehearsal and I’m sorry that I hurt you!” AU
I worked with a French designer once. Nice guy, but during focus he told me to “get hard and come on my face”. I mean, I knew what he meant, but any other combination of words to get me to focus that light wouldn’t have resulted in me doubled over laughing in the catwalks.
—  Fun times with foreign designers. 
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One of the greatest videos @buzzfeed has ever made.

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A friend told me she was doing Leeloo and that it would be funny if I joined them and did Ruby Rhod. Before I knew it we were thinking of ways to do his voluptuous wig and his unique outfit.

This cosplay first started with the leopard suit. Pretty simple except I had to make the head opening (forget what its called) a bit wider. After doing that, I started working on his puffy collar. To make it puffy I added batting to the inside of it. His staff was actually made by the same friend who suggested doing him in the first place, it was a pole covered with leopard print fabric and has a spray painted speaker on top so I can terrorize people with my robot voice and horrible music. As for his hair I cut up a old wig an inch away from root then added layers of batting to cover a wig, then took a bottle and rolled up many layers of batting to make his pompadaur.

Well right of the bat, I didn’t expect to have such a positive reaction from the attendees. The Fifth Element is an old movie and I didn’t think anyone has seen it, but I was very very VERY wrong. I got stopped for a picture before even entering the convention (which was awful because it was so cold) by a man I was sharing an Uber with. When I started seeing the parents who were chaperone or even people who didn’t even come to the Gaylord for Magfest recognize me and tell me how much they love the movie it makes me feel really great. This is going to sounds sappy but seeing people smile and scream Ruby’s lines from the movie made me really happy and it never got old

I got quite a few, but I’ll keep it too the 4 best ones haha. First one, I was walking through the lobby trying to get to the escalator and I heard a guy say something like ‘oh look a Ruby Rhod’ which was normal I heard that a lot, but right then and there this one guy ran up to me, pointed at my face, and just screamed. I, to this day, don’t know if he was screaming words or what was happening, but he didn’t ask for a picture or say anything after that he just left as soon as he came. The people around me who witnessed this were just as confused as I was. It was hilarious, really. For the second one, Somewhere there’s a video of me singing Yeah by Usher on a stage as Ruby because I was an idiot and raised my hand when Professor ShyGuy asked if there was anyone in the crowd who could say 'Yeah’ like Lil Jon. Apparently he’s a fan, who knew? Thirdly, One fan carried me up 2 flights of stairs as Ruby, which was awesome and I felt it important to share because I never get carried haha. At one point I broke the bluetooth speaker that was on top of my rod and to fix it I went to Tech Ops to see if I can solder the wires back to get it to work and Voi-la it did end up working and somewhere out it there someone has a picture of me as Ruby soldering my rod.

– CometCarter

I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty new to this whole fandom thing. It was only a few months after I joined Tumblr that Voltron came out and I joined the fandom. And I’ve met a lot of good friends. I’ve started a review project and I’ve started watching streams and writing more, even though it’s all fics. 

I like to think that everyone’s having fun and are all on the same page and are all having a good time.

But it’s not like that. There are ‘toxic’ topics floating around and there are people getting angry at a lack of development and there are ship wars that are getting out of hand. I mean, the season three trailer was released and everyone was having a fun, good time, but now we’re all blowing up over a Tweet?

Guys, we have to be realistic.

Even though there’s all this controversy going around with certain characters getting more screen time and development than others, we can’t just focus solely on that. I mean, look at the following Voltron has. Look how big of a fandom we are! If a show has fans like VLD, then it has to be good. It has to have good points.

And it does.

I mean just look at this:

Look how amazing the season two poster is!

Dreamworks has done some pretty amazing stuff with this show, and we can’t just push that all aside because some of us don’t really get the whole gist of how plot has to work.

Now, Hunk and Lance being used as comic relief for most of the season isn’t really reasonable, but Keith, Pidge, and Shiro being focused on is! First of all, everything’s getting set up for season three.

If Keith really is going to become the leader of Voltron, we have to like him more, we have to sympathize with him, we have to see his problems and the struggles he’s going to have while taking over Shiro’s role.

Likewise, Shiro’s disappearance has to be meaningful. If a person is just watching the show without actually being in the fandom, without being submerged in the screaming and the theories and the #letspacedadrest∞, then they might not feel much at all for Shiro’s disappearance unless he has a lot of screentime and development.

As for Pidge, we’re building up to a reunion of some kind of Matt and perhaps even Mr. Holt. Now, I mean, come on, they are a little too OP with tech and stuff in the second season, but that’s just because the writers played Lance and Hunk down below their level. If everyone was on par like they were supposed to be, then it wouldn’t be too bad.

At this point it’s not really about Pidge being favored or shown as superior, it’s just that the other characters aren’t as equal as they were shown to be in season one.

And, going back to Keith having a lot of focus and time on screen, I just have to say this:

Calm down. Pease.

I want more Lance and Hunk, too, okay, but we all have to realize that Keith is gonna be getting a lot of screentime because his problem and his arc is completely unresolved. Would you rather Dreamworks drop everything and leave you biting your nails for answers that would never come just to start an arc in Lance and/or Hunk that we all know is going to come before the end of the show.

It’s going to happen. We’ve seen the set up for Lance with the whole seventh wheel thing. It’s probably going to be driven deeper into in season three, along with a setup or an arc for Hunk, as well.

Can we just stop complaining for once and just look at all the good things that Voltron has given us?

We have competent, POC characters that are beautifully designed.

We have a beautiful black princess who kicks ass and doesn’t take shit from anyone, who rules like the bomb ass queen she is without ever falling back on the classic ‘hard ass, emotionless black girl’ stigma the media has created.

We have a Pacific Islander that’s not a wishy-washy pansy like everyone makes them out to be and is competent in mechanics, but also breaks masculine stereotypes by cooking and loving food.

We have a Japanese man who is buff as fuck and doesn’t take no for an answer, who isn’t all about ‘chi’ or meditation, who isn’t a ‘weak noodle’ or a ‘fat Asian baby’ like everyone makes them out to be, who is a natural born leader that is caring and dad-like and wears eyeliner.

We have a Cuban boy who not only defies gender standards by taking care of his skin and actually caring about his appearance ‘just like a girl does’, but who also defies the ‘macho, impassive’ stereotype Latino men are made out to be.

Not to mention we have an understanding of all body types, with actual height differences and character designs that can instantly be recognized even through a silhouette.

We have modern day references thrown in like little gems and humor that’s genuine and witty, funny interactions. We have amazing world building and animation, we have minor characters we’re attached to and problems that are bigger than they seem.

We have real life issues represented through the Galra and Altean disputes. We have Allura (BLM) being guarded towards Galra (white supremacists) for what they’ve done to her people, and we have a resistance (liberals) fighting against them, a portion of which is made up of those same Galra. We have people trying to fix what their populace has done, we have those who forgive and those who don’t, we have those (Keith) caught in the crossfire, just trying to make things right.

We have amazing voice acting and a great cast. They have fun together and they have fun with us and their characters. They love the following, love the fans, love how people find joy in the show. We have a storyline that makes sense and characters we’re attached to and we have writers and producers who are competent and know what they’re doing.

Trust Dreamworks.

This isn’t their first rodeo. They know how to make a good show. We all know that they do. A!TLA, LOK, Trollhunters: they’ve all done amazing and have been such good shows. Voltron is the same way. In A!TLA, it’s not like we got every single person’s redemption and arc in the same season and at the same time. Some people had arcs one right after the other, but the others still got development and arcs and redemptions, even if they weren’t there at first.

It’s the same here. Voltron isn’t doing bad, the writers are doing a shitty job. They’re working slowly and building up and maybe there have been some small mistakes that have been blown out of proportion.

Just try to respect the work that all these people have put into the show. People have worked their asses off to design planets, to give life to characters, to make compelling stories. And tossing their work aside because things are working slowly isn’t the right thing to do.

If we love Josh Keaton and Jeremy Shada and Bex Taylor-Klaus then we should love the writers and animators as well. We should respect them just as much as we respect the VA’s.  

That’s right. That’s the stagehand motto: We’re all assholes. Especially sound. Well, unless there’s a video crew. Then especially video.
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The Heralds of the Future

As seen in the latest Call of Duty:  Black Ops teaser

First image:  Lee Baugh uses two mind-controlled modular prostheses from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.  I’ve posted about him before

Second image:  unknown (help me out here)

Third Image: TED talk by the great Hugh Herr on his fantastic BiOMs inspired by nature, and why his prosthesis are not a replacement, but an improvement over its organic counterpart.  I’ve posted about him before too

Fourth Image:  From this video of a girl getting a Cochlear Implant upgrade for her hearing

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Somewhere along the way, the new basecom has gained somewhat of a reputation. He had become Someone-You-Don’t-Fuck-With. Because if you do, you can be sure there would be people after you. It didn’t matter who. If you were lucky, you got a group of Thirds still learning the limits of their new strength. If you were unlucky, you got a thorough lecture from Zack Fair, followed by a visit from one of the Generals.  

For the fics: up-sideand-down’s Cloud with Glasses

Other characters with glasses:

Sephiroth
Genesis

Angeal

Zack

anonymous asked:

Out of curiosity, at what point would you say an oc's touching into over powered territory, And would the backstory and age of said character come into play concerning it?

Ah! Honestly, I think it really depends on context. An OC could be able to warp reality itself, but if everyone can do it, are they really over-powered? The problem lies less with “what can a character do” and more with “how do they solve the conflicts of the story.” We tend to call a character over-powered when they can instantly solve all of the plot’s problems, and again, it’s really not a problem of being over-powered, so much as… there’s just nothing to the story. The problem isn’t being OP, it’s being boring. 

I would say though that backstory and age certainly do come into play. For example, Tech and Teabiscuits very often can get away with things that younger characters would not, because they have the experience and age to justify those abilities. And, especially in Tech’s case, that age can work as a detriment. Tech has a check to his abilities because he’s old and while spry, still can’t really do everything that someone half his age can do, without ending up at the doctor’s office. While very OP, he has a clause to his abilities, and a means for which he can’t just use his powers to solve everything. 

And going back to context, Tech being OP doesn’t even really matter to his story, because that’s not the point. I made him OP, on purpose, to give myself a challenge: how can I generate interest and make these story plots as creative as possible, without relying on the cheap tactic of “will he or won’t he survive?” I end up pushed to create plots that can’t be solved with raw ability, and instead have to create alternative solutions to keep the stories fresh and interesting. 

But! Take Tech and shove him in a different story. A different protagonist with a different theme, where they probably WILL need some kind of ability to solve the plot conflict. Now Tech is VERY OP, and that would probably create some problems. He’d be able to solve the conflict at the drop of a hat, and that really wouldn’t be very fun, would it? At that point, I could probably call him legitimately over-powered and a detriment to the story then. (Though, were I writing that, I could use that to my advantage to create some deconstruction of that trope, but that’s beside the point.)

So yeah, I’d say it’s probably a case by case basis, as what would result in one character being OP might not be the same case in another scenario. But frankly, if your character can exist and be interesting to read without those powers, then it really shouldn’t matter what abilities they have. If the character is interesting, people will enjoy watching said character, regardless of what they can do–and in fact, OP powers might even add an intriguing element for them to deal with.