technical books


Last song I listened to: March to the Sea (Twenty One Pilots)

Last book I read: Doom Patrol – Gerard Way and Nick Derrington (technically a comic book but stfu)

Favorite Colour: Red or blue

Top Three Shows: Sherlock, Sense8, Supernatural

Top Three Characters: Dirk Gently, Nomi Marks, Castiel

Top Three Ships: Destiel, Johnlock, Nomanita

RULES: Bold the statements that are true for you


I am 5’7 (170cm) or taller
I wear glasses
I have at least one tattoo
I have at least one piercing
I have blonde hair
I have short hair
I have brown eyes
My abs are at least somewhat defined
I have or have had braces


I love meeting new people
People tell me that I’m funny
Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me
I enjoy physical challenges
I enjoy mental challenges
I’m playfully rude with people I know well
I started saying something ironically now I can’t stop saying it
There’s something I would change about my personality


I can sing well
I can play an instrument
I can do over 30 pushups without stopping
I’m a fast runner
I can draw well
I have a good memory
I’m good at doing math in my head
I can hold my breath underwater for over a minute
I have beaten at least two people in arm wrestling
I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch
I know how to throw a proper punch


I enjoy playing sports
I’m in a sports team at my school or somewhere else
I’m in an orchestra or choir at my school or somewhere else
I have learned a new song in the past week
I work out at least once a week
I’ve gone for runs once a week in the warmer months
I’ve drawn something in the past month
I enjoy writing
Fandoms are my #1 passion
I do or have done martial arts


I’ve had my first kiss
I’ve had alcohol
I’ve scored the winning goal in a sports game
I’ve watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting
I’ve been at an overnight event
I’ve been in a taxi
I’ve been in the hospital or the ER in the past year
I’ve beaten a video game in one day
I’ve visited another country
I’ve been to one of my favorite band’s concerts


I’m in a relationship
I’ve had a crush on a celebrity
I have had a crush on someone I know
I’ve been in at least 3 relationships
I’ve asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them
I get crushes easily
I’ve had a crush on someone for over a year
I’ve been in a relationship for at least a year
I’ve had feelings for a friend


I’ve at least one person I consider a “best friend”
I live close to my school
My parents are still together
I have at least one sibling
I live in the United States
There’s snow right now where I live
I’ve hung out with a friend in the past month
I have a smartphone
I have at least 15 CDs
I share my room with someone


I have breakdanced
I know a person named Jamie
I’ve had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce
I’ve dyed my hair
I’m listening to one song on repeat right now
I’ve punched someone in the past week
I’ve known someone who has gone to jail
I’ve broken a bone
I’ve eaten a waffle today
I know what I want to do with my life
I speak at least two languages
– (not completely fluently but I’m going to bold it anyways bc I’ve been learning a long time and I’m pretty confident)
I’ve made a new friend in the past year
I’ve been given flowers before

I was tagged by the fabulous @isaac-lacey !

I tag @bailheart @toomanyskeletons and @insomniac-dreams14 !

Why do you write in lowercase?

Why do you keep talking about love, about heartache?

I don’t want to hear about your sadness.

Tell me about the peach trees. About the cherry blossoms,

or the way you smiled at baby Groot.

(I know you did.)

Tell me your equivalent of eating yellow paint,

tell me how the cold made your feet curl.

Did you ask the barista for iced coffee?

I want to know if you laughed at Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Tell me about fairy lights, or leather boots,

or the way the bubbles looked against the incoming traffic.

I don’t want to know your misery anymore.


i don’t even know what makes you happy // bluestruckholly

important scenes in this darth maul book:

  • darth maul and sidious dressing up as tourists (which i can only imagine as a hawaiian shirt with shorts) to go and look at the jedi temple
  • darth maul going to a parking garage and just paying for parking like a normal person
  • darth maul using the force to twirl into a snowbank then “corkscrewing” back out
  • darth maul’s drink of choice at bars is pure water and he used the force to keep anyone from questioning this

theghiblinet’s gtkm: [1] character ⇢ howl pendragon (howl’s moving castle)

“I give up. I see no point in living if I can’t be beautiful.”


“He is tired of life. He has madness in his soul.”

Alexander Siddig as Mr. Shaitana, “Cards on the Table” - Agatha Christie’s Poirot [2006]

intrepid-fool  asked:

I'm new to Terry Pratchett and want to get into Discworld. Is there any order to read them in? I picked one of the shelf randomly and I'm really interested in stories with Tiffany Aching.

So, as a disclaimer, before I scare you away: it is part of Discworld fandom tradition to present newcomers with the Reading Flowchart

It is also part of Discworld fandom tradition to help the Fandom Newbie find an order of reading tailored Specifically For You, because, Newcomer, we’re your own personal reading assistant. 

As you probably know, the Discworld books are separated into series based on which sets of characters appear in them - so you have the Witches, the City Guards, Death & Co., Rincewind and Tiffany Aching, along with a bunch of standalones. 

The books can be read in any order - either by publishing order or series order, or just randomly choosing one with your eyes closed and going from there. I personally had no order in which I read them. After two kind of lukewarm experiences (Moving Pictures and Reaper Man) I decided to try again and just picked up the one that was the thickest and went from there. It was Jingo and then I read Thief of Time and Night Watch, then Feet of Clay and then Guards! Guards! and then Men at Arms. NO CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WE GET CONFUSED LIKE MEN

If you like the Tiffany Aching books, you should definitely check out the rest of the Witches series (starting with Wyrd Sisters -> Witches Abroad -> Lords and Ladies -> Carpe Jugulum), because Granny and Nanny both make appearances in the TA books, and they help establish The Meaning of Witching. (The Tiffany Aching books technically take place after the last Witches book, Carpe Jugum, but I’ve always enjoyed Tiff on her own and reading the Witches books alongside that. )

From the witches, most people move onto Death & Co. or Rincewind. 

But. BUT

What next? What’s after that? The series sprawls 40-something books, that’s a lot of options, right?

The flowchart I linked to is kind of outdated though, and also doesn’t give you any idea about how jump from one series to another. 

So…I made a new one. 

(Full size

I know this looks overwhelming. Let me explain the legend of this thing. 

The dotted lines are non-essential connections, in that they’re short stories or tie-in books. I know I threw Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic under a bus there, but they are generally considered the weakest books - this was before any solid worldbuilding. 

The deep green arrows are pretty straightforward - sometimes one book links to another, even though they’re not in the same series. For example, Thief of Time has a Plot Event that kickstarts the story of Night Watch, even though they have two completely (almost) separate sets of characters. The Lords and the Ladies deal with elves, which we see more of in Wee Free Men.

The orange lines are Gateway books, meaning that from there you can easily jump from series to another because of connecting themes or characters. 

For example, if you start with Tiffany Aching and the Witches, you’ve been in the countryside of Lancre the whole time - until you get to Maskerade, which takes place in the city of Ankh-Morporkh. That’s a good way to get into the City Watch and Industrial Revolution-themed books, because it’s an introduction to big city life from the point view of one of its characters. So you can continue with the Witches series after Maskerade, or you can hop onto either the City Guards series or to The Truth and the Moist von Lipwig series. 

The red ones are thematically connected books. Small Gods deals with belief and religion on the Disc, and the creation of god, god-like and sacrilegious figures, which is a theme that crops up repeatedly - like in Hogfather, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, Snuff, Going Postal. Pyramids deals with succession crisis, which becomes a recurring theme in Men at Arms, even though they’re set thousands of years apart. The same goes for Moving Pictures, The Truth and Going Postal - the first two are standalone books, but they deal with urban development of Ankh Morporkh, despite having different sets of characters. 

Again, I want to stress that you don’t have to follow this at all. You can easily pick up a random book from the Tiffany Aching series and go in whichever direction you want - this isn’t Star Wars, where you have to slog through 3 badly-directed movies to get the gist of the story. The books are brilliant in their own right - some of the earlier ones are hit-and-miss, but the later ones are generally considered to be quite enjoyable. 

It’s just that all books contain a call-back two to an earlier book - which can be easy to miss if you’re not reading in the right order. A lot also have interconnecting themes and cameos, which can be really delightful to find. 

So that is why we write several-paragraph-long essays.

And if you’re still here, and I haven’t scared you off yet….go forth and read. 

(Disclaimer: I have not read any of the Rincewind books, except for Interesting Times, which didn’t really impress me. I’m open to opinions on those books, however)


first painting study of the new year!! a happy billy moran

i was excited because i was automatically drawn to the colors of the ref, but had absolutely 0 motivation to draw a guitar–but it’s hidden!! the guitar is hidden!! YEA!!!!

ANYWAY, first study of the new year!! wanted to use some spring–winter transition colors because i am so ready and so excited for good weather again

“My bill,” I said, enunciating. 
“You dragged me into this mess. You can pay me, same as any other client. Where do I send the invoice?”

“You’re…you’re trying to bill the Lord God Almighty?”

—  “Jake” and Harry Dresden, Side Jobs - “The Warrior” by Jim Butcher

Good morning, SMblr! This is an assignment for one of my classes; while this isn’t *exactly* a tech brief, it’s right up my alley. I took a bit of an informal approach, but I want to share in case anyone out there would find this useful/have something to add. This is still a draft. 

Of course, there is more than one way to make a calling script; some people like to set up different columns in the margins and others like the dreaded text boxes…. But this is the way that works best for me, in Word, at least. You can do the same thing in Excel too! 

@stagemanagereej this is the assignment you asked about! What do you think?

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What books the signs should read

Aries: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Fascinating and exciting, this book follows a man who just got out of prison only to be entangled in a war between Gods

Taurus: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

One of the most moving books I’ve ever read. About so many things that it’s hard to explain but if you read it you won’t be disappointed.

Gemini: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Although technically a children’s book, this book has so much nuance that adults will appreciate, while keeping the charm and ambition of a children’s book

Cancer: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This beautiful novel explores race and belonging in America, and the love story kept me riveted throughout.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Dystopian, feminist, adventure, philosophy; there’s just not one genre that describes The Handmaid’s Tale.


Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino If this doesn’t trigger wanderlust, nothing will. Absolutely beautiful by every measure. Explores travel, belonging, and what makes a city home.

Libra: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This lively book “pulses with movement” and captures what it means to be human, with diverging life experiences and ideas.


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie This book hinges between thriller and philosophy, mystery and madness. I read it in one night.


Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel Although this is historical fiction, it’s definitely not boring. Focusing on the period under the dictatorship of Cromwell, Wolf Hall is exciting and thought provoking


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick This book is sci-fi, and action packed to the core, but it also questions what makes us human, the meaning of empathy, and what makes emotions authentic

Aquarius: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

This book is from the perspective of a boy with autism who discovers a dead dog and is determined to figure out what happened to it.

Pisces: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book made both me and my mom cry. It’s also from the perspective of death. The Book Thief is a book about the holocaust and the Nazis that is funny, insightful, and beautiful.