my opinions on racism will always be limited as I’m from a position of white privilege, so whilst it’s so important to call out racial inequality and oppression when I see it, it’s also important for me to recognise that my voice should not shout over those who have actually experienced racism and have a far better understanding of how it operates then I ever will
So after seeing so many amazing sculpts on my dash lately I was tempted to try and sculpt again too, I had forgotten how soothing it can be, I wanted to try and sculpt Nalia to help me draw her more consistently but a sphere quickly turned into Solas because he seems to be what I default to haha but I’m proud of the result!! here is what I got in two hours, next one will be Nalia!! I swear the hair is going to kill me
Zbrush still has the most alien interface ever created and I think I’m frying my pc with this but poking a 3D clay ball is so much fun I recommend it
i’m really sick of people saying that jojo has good lgbt rep, so i’m gonna talk a little bit on the homophobia in jjba.
-having DIO as a bi/pan man characterizes mlm as egomaniacs and narcissists, as well as abusive and extremely sexual, it also uses the stereotype of bi/pan people using multiple people for throwaway sex. it’s not good lgbt representation when it’s the big baddie of the series, sorry.
-we all get really psyched about the fact that jolyne was supposed to have a gf! i was too until i found out that the gf was a female annasui. having annasui be the lesbian would perpetuate a ton of very harmful stereotypes, such as the predatory lesbian, the pining lesbian who’s seen as an afterthought (I’m in no way sympathizing w/ annasui rn), and also a little bit of the good old “lesbians fall in love so easily (uhaul)”. but the main, big issue is of course how annasui is characterized as a creep who killed an ex, and is deeply, unwantingly, and very obsessively in love with jolyne. bad bad lesbian stereotypes to say the least.
-another greaaat lesbian characterization is in sbr, with fv’s wife, mrs.valentine. she’s another type of stereotype, the “perfect wife” who’s actually secretly a “nasty” lesbian who is so desperate for the female touch that she will go after a 13-14yo girl for sexual pleasure. this frames lesbians as predatory, again, pedophiles (another huge homophobic stereotype that’s seen….a lot in jojo) and just….the bad premise of a woman being married to a man, but a lesbian in secret. i think we’re all tired of that “sinful desires” concept
-of course the good ol’ transphobic scene with “tequila joseph” where he mockingly dresses up as a woman who is obviously ““not passing”“ and talks in the normal man in a dress manor, and is turned away by the guards. man in a dress is seen eeeverywhere and it’s a lazy transphobic joke!! i don’t trust people who find this scene funny. in short it uses a man dressing up as a woman but obviously being a man as a big funny punchline and uhhh…you can see the issue there hopefully
-also the scene in sdc where joseph and avdol are magnetized together is using gay men having sex as a joke. wow. hilarious. also avdol being about 30~ years younger than joseph doesn’t make the joke any better. it goes off of the notion that older gay men will actively seek out fresh new young adults.
there are a lot more little things seen without jojo, so these are just the big ones that really struck me and made me angry with the series. you all know i love jojo!! i think it’s a very creative and fun series that does a pretty good job playing with relationships and presentation, but the bottom line is, jojo has a lot it needs to improve on in terms of lgbt rep. we’ve only ever gotten whispers and vague sentences in interviews of protags being lgbt, and that doesn’t in any way make up for the way lgbt characters are made into predators and villains and trivialized in many parts of jojo. this post is in no way meant to stop you from loving jojo or say that i don’t love jojo, but the way these characters and themes are presented needs to be addressed!! no series is without its fault, we just need to keep pushing for it to be better. thank you for reading this if you did. if you have anything to add or if anything i said seems off or wrong contact me or rb this post with it!
-Today I have been entrusted with the responsibility of being the operator. This seems like an oversight as I have next to no idea of how to be the operator. We will see how this goes.
-I found a pair of Valentine’s Day socks depicting a glorious Norse warrior with the caption, “I’ve taken a great Viking to you.” This is the single greatest seasonal item I have ever seen in my expansive seasonal item-hunting life.
-I inadvertently stumbled upon a solid stock of doomsday-ready supplies on a shelf in the hanger room. Hand-powered radios. Flashlights. Baby lotion. Everything one could ever need for armageddon.
-When given the phone, I was told to expect very few calls. This was a relief. I received many calls. I crossed my fingers I had been forwarding the calls correctly and not simply hanging up on confused callers. I still have no proof either way.
-I watched a toddler sprint off to the end of an aisle, wait for his mother to get close, and then sprint off again. This continued through the entirety of the store until he eventually sat down and let her catch up. Never again will I believe video game chase sequences to be unrealistic.
-A decidedly-creepy man asked a female coworker for a spare print ad. After being handed one, he walked off for five minutes to then return to her. He pressed a clipping from a Valentines page against her stomach. The cut-out paper read, “Let’s be friends.” I cannot be sure, but something in me says that this may not be the most effective method.
-From across the store, I heard the voice of a young boy chant, “Let me have my boobies back.” I cannot even begin to imagine the sort of monster who would take them from him.
“Okay, I know I told you I’m an alien and everything but I swear to god if you try to get me to say ‘greetings earthling’ I will punch you. Of course no one says that! What is this an ‘80s film!”
There’s this new kid in my school and they’re pretty weird. Not the cliche kind of weird, as in they actually don’t know how to fully operate as a human being and I think they might be an alien.
“What am I if I fall in love with a being from a different planet? … No, i’m just wondering of course.”
“Uhm, hey, long story short I’m not from around here and there are people (with guns) chasing after me please please please let me hide in your house?”
“I don’t know what would’ve been worse, me finding a bear in my kitchen at 4AM eating all my food or a cute alien eating all my food at 4AM.”
“Are all humans this cute?”
“I got hunted down and dragged out of hiding and now I’m in some scary lab (pretty sure I’m about to be dissected) but just before the operation this scientist came in to check everything was alright, wait what you’re unhooking me from the machine now we’re running away out of the science lab. man, maybe humans aren’t that shitty afterall.”
“We crashlanded on Earth and despite being rivals we’re too scared to think straight and we keep clinging onto each other for dear life, oh god those humans think we’re a couple, quick you zogloid kiss me before they realise anythi— damn, you actually did it.”
“You’re my alien friend and I’ve decided to run you through all the human things you don’t understand, starting with films. I decided to pick Star Trek and I can’t get over the fact how you’re so fixated on the screen and characters, omg you’re adorable.”
(Alternatively) “You’re my alien friend and I’ve decided to run you through all the human things you don’t understand, starting with films. I decided to pick Star Trek and honestly I’m about to lose it because all you’ve been doing throughout the whole film is rant about how it’s so inaccurate and how that would never happen and watching you get so (adorably) angry about it is a lot more entertaining that watching the film.”
“I was meant to only come to Earth to get information about humans so my race could figure out how to dominate the planet but I think I’m falling in love with my test subject, shit.”
“I don’t understand human emotions or motives but who the sparax made you cry I’m GOING TO HUNT THEM DOWN AND KILL THEM — too much?”
“I was always taught that humans were really horrible creatures, but something must be wrong with your DNA because you’re the most adorable, funny human I’ve ever seen… did I say that outloud?”
“Dude, just because I come from a different planet doesn’t mean I can’t understand English. Yes this does mean I did understand that comment you made about my butt.”
Marc Guggenheim was kind enough to meet
with me for a one on one chat.
We walked the floor together with his
nephew and little girl (who are the cutest) for an hour and talked all
things Arrow!!! He told me this is his most aggressive SDCC schedule
ever, so the fact that he slotted in some time just for me really
meant the world. Marc Guggenheim is the actual best. He is the
definition of it.
We launched right into number one on my
No better view from bed when eyes open than bookshelves full of stories, full of words, full of color and light. Finished Operation Bookshelf last night, and I like how it turned out; feels almost Seussical to me.
so hebrew has a pattern called קטלטל where you repeat the last syllable of a word to perform the same function as the english suffix -ish when applied to an adjective (or it’s a diminuitive when applied to a noun). it’s common with colours – blue (כחול) –> blueish (כחלחל).
my only complaint is that when you translate them back into english, it sounds inherently WAY funnier than the hebrew. סגלגל (s’galgal) < purplurple.
but the crowning glory of this form is שחמחם. it comes from the word שחום, which is a combination of the word for black (שחור) and the word for brown (חום) essentially creating the hebrew equivalent of the word ‘blown’, meaning ‘dark brown’. but, and here’s the true genius, hebrew took that a STEP FURTHER. because by putting it into
קטלטל, it creates a word that is essentially blownown and that’s beautiful.
One of my first jobs out of college wasn’t really a true job. I interviewed at a proprietary trading firm and was offered a job as one of their traders. Looking back, it was naive to join such a firm and this was right before the ‘08 crash. They sold themselves as being pro traders and all you had to do was put up some capital which got added to the group’s pooled fund. After that, you went through training and once the boss thought you were ready, you would 'go live’ with your trading account. There were no paychecks, but you did get to keep most of your profits. Later on, I learned that the bosses of such groups made money by either taking a cut from your profits or by taking a fee from your traded volume. This group skimmed from both sides taking 15% from your profits and a fee from your trading volume which came out to about $1.5 every 100 shares traded.
For months, I spent time learning from the “Pros,” and then I began to realize along with some of the other newbies, that the only person making money was the boss. The turnover for new traders was high. Some people lasted a month, others a year or two. As I got to know people around the office, I began finding out that very few made any money at all. The boss was a micromanager and watched the risk monitor for his group like a hawk. If you hit -$50 in a day, you were locked out and couldn’t trade anymore throughout the day. Also, you were limited to trading stocks up to $40 per share with a max size of 200 shares. It was very difficult to make a living trading like this.
The Benemar swarmed across Terra almost
completely unchecked, their sheer numbers and the suddenness of their
attack meant the Humans were unprepared for such and assault and even
though their orbital defence platforms reaped a bloody toll on their
attackers the Benemar overwhelmed them. Still the Humans fought,
determined to make the Benemar pay in blood for every inch of Terran
soil they took and for every Human they killed the Benemar would
loose a hundred of their warriors.
The Benemar focused their assault on
the heavily populated area with little military presence, the
bombardment form space alone killed millions before they even began
landing their warriors to begin culling the population. But as the
attack went on the Humans were able to mobilize more of their assets
and the Benemar’s advance began to slow. But they were still heavily
outnumbered and out gunned, stalling is all the Human generals could
High Chieftain Veetop sat upon his
throne overlooking the planet below and watched it burn, it was as he
thought, the Humans were weak and they ran from his armies and
screamed as they were slaughtered. He wished he was down there but he
had lost the bought with High Chieftain Beeqol so he was resigned to
command the fleet.
The now slave Goolack was chained to
his throne naked and forced to watch as his own warriors were now
under the command of his rivals, his entire clan had been disgraced
and disbanded but still he kept up the pretence that this will end
badly for the Benemar.
“I wonder what Human slaves are like?
I look forward to beating them into submission” High Chieftain
Veetop said to himself, so far no Humans had been captured but there
was still time, they had a number of outlining worlds and there were
still billions left on their homeworld.
“They will not submit” Goolack
“Silence! You lost your right to ever
speak again” he shouted hitting him.
“I shall show you how Benemar live,
we do not let other races oppose us us, we conquer them!”
General Patton command the Terran
defence force from an underground bunker hidden in the Antarctic,
here he had access to the entire planets forces and his commanders
and the picture was looking bleak at first look. But he had a plan
and soon enough all the pieces would be in place, all that was needed
was his reinforcements. He just hoped they would get there in time.
Outside the solar system the 8th
army arrived and joined the task force that was gathering just
outside of scanning range. Admiral Winston had wanted to attack the
moment he arrived but General Patton had told him to wait, his
captains were also getting impatient as the longer they waited to
more people died.
“Are we really just going to wait
here sir” Captain Clerk asked.
“Those are our orders, general Patton
has superiority as he is the acting supreme commander and has some
sort of plan in place” The Admiral replied and his tone betrayed
that he did not like waiting either.
“But the longer we wait the more
innocent people are dying!” Captain Kiev objected his thick Russian
accent putting heavy meaning on his words.
“Do we at least know the situation on
the ground sir?” Captain Williams asked polity.
“We know is the Benemar have landed
close to 12 million troops but the figure may be more-”
“12 million!! There was only a
fraction of the defence force on the planet” Kieve interrupted.
“Yes Captain and I would prefer if
you did not interrupt me again” Admiral Winston said getting to his
“It’s all right, I understand your
frustration but as I was saying because of the large number of enemy
troops our forces have fallen back to more defensible positions but
we have strongholds on all major continents”
The captains all fell silent, they had
no choice but to wait and have faith in their comrades on Terra to
hold the line.
General Patton held on tight as another
bomb landed on the surface above, somehow the Benemar had found his
bunker and were trying to dig him out, the intent was to cut off the
head and body will die.
“Put me through to the enemy fleet, I
think it’s we had a chat”
“Yes General” answered a com
operator and he gave the thumbs up when the connection was made.
“This is General Abraham Patton of
the Terran defence force”
The main monitor then shifted to show
the bridge of the Benemar flagship, it was a dark and horrid place
but sitting in his throne was the Benemar High Chieftain Veetop
looking very pleased with himself.
“Ah General have you reconsidered my
offer for your surrender?” he growled grinning all across his face.
“Actually I was going to ask if you
wanted to surrender” he countered as another bomb hit.
High Chieftain Veetop gave a throaty
laugh that almost sounded like he was going to choke and spat on the
Benemar chained to his throne.
“Me? Surrender? Have you gone mad
with fear Human”
“You really don’t understand us at
all do you?”
“I understand enough that your kind
are weak and cowards, your world burns before me, your people are
being enslaved and if you think I am going to surrender then you are
General Patton smiled “I guess then
that your answer is no?”
“Good” Patton cut the link and was
put through to Admiral Winston.
“Admiral, you may begin your attack
now, we are ready”
Patton smiled at his friends eagerness
to get into the fighting and turned to his operators. “Are all
“Yes General, all platforms are
powered and awaiting your order”
“Good, deploy the orbital guns and
order the counter attack”
All across the planet the Humans
suddenly stopped retreating and turned and fought back with every
ounce of strength they could, all Benemar fronts began to encounter
series resistance and could no longer advance. This sudden change In
the Humans manner caught them of guard and many began falling back.
But that was not all, underground and hidden from both scanners and
prying eyes were huge bases, the ground parted to allow a cannon the
size of a skyscraper to emerge and point up at the Benemar fleet
above the planet.
“European gun ready”
“Mediterranean gun ready”
“Middle eastern gun ready”
“West and eastern Russian guns ready”
“Asian guns ready”
“Pacific guns ready”
“North and south American guns ready”
“African guns ready”
“All guns are deployed and ready to
General Patton gave a toothy smile as
he imagined the Benemar’s faces at the sudden appearance of these
weapons, they had no idea what was coming. He gave a single order.
The guns recoil was massive but was
built to withstand it, but the earth around it was kicked up and sent
anything close by flying as the immense power created it’s own shock
wave. They were fast to reload too and could fire a single shell
every ten seconds.
“High Chief we are detecting in
coming fore from the surface”
“Impossible, no gun has the power to
fire from the surface of a planet”
Just as he finished speaking one of the
shells struck his ship, it was only a glancing hit but it destroyed a
third of their port side guns, but the shell did not stop it
continued on and struck and destroyed a cruiser that was close by the
The entire Benemar fleet came under
fire, with thousands of ships in orbit it was impossible for the
Humans to miss even if they tried, the Benemar captains panicked and
tried to avoid this incoming fire but in the confusion they collided
with each other.
“High Chieftain, we are being torn to
shreds we must withdraw”
“I told you this was going to happen”
Goolack laughed and was quickly shot by the High Chieftain.
“Pull the fleet back out of range!”
“More ships have appeared behind us!”
“Who’s!!!” he demanded to know as
if he did not already know.
“Its the Humans”
The Benemar sensor operator did not
“I asked you how many?!”
The operator slowly turned “2064”
High Chieftain Veetop froze, that was
almost the number of fleets in the entire Benemar fleet, and he only
had half it under his command. “Get me High Chieftain Beeqol!”
“I can’t he’s dead, all of our forces
are being overrun or are in retreat order is breaking down”
Veetop screamed in frustration.
Admiral Winston stood on his bridge
watching the main monitor and the Benemar fleet desperately trying to
get out of range of the orbital guns, he grinned as he saw what
Patton was planning. The catch them between a rock and hard place.
“All ships, target the Benemar forces
and engage on my command”
He quickly got his confirmations from
“2nd army fleet The Barons
“8th army fleet The Desert
“9th army fleet The
Heavens Wrath ready”
In total there were 12 fleets in this
task force under Admiral Winston and like Patton he gave one order.
If the fire from the planet was
considered bad the fore from the fleet was catastrophic, the two
points of fore tore the Benemar ships apart, those that were not
destroyed by the opening barrage tried to make a run for it past the
Human fleet. They too were shredded under multiple broadsides and
their escape pods destroyed, there were to be no survivors.
The battle engagement last only a few
scant hours but int hat time, close to 50 million Benemar were
dead…none had been able to escape and no word got back to heir home
world of what had happened.
“Your timing is excellent as always
Admiral” Patton congratulated.
“As is your planning, well done”
“So I guess your men will need some
“Oh no, we have been attacked and
this is a declaration of war” Admiral Winston grinned,
“To the Benemar homeworld then?”
General Patton said.
“To the Benemar homeworld”
Bento Prime satellites detected
incoming ships and rejoiced at the returning of their fleet, they
prepared to welcome home their conquering hero’s