the daily escape

story time: so as a kid my bff and I were absolutely obsessed with her ouija board. honestly like we were already the weird kids who could spout mythology and urban myths on cue and stuff (which isn’t very weird, I know, but for our very small whitebread town it was) and she dug this old 80s glow-in-the-dark ouija board out of her basement one day and for like a month that is all we did 

I know for a fact we annoyed the bajeebus out of her parents with it since we would set up and just ask all these dead people really boring questions because hey, we were like twelve, and didn’t really put much thought into it

highlights include (but are not limited to): getting Merlin pissed off at us, having two different gods tell us blatantly contradicting prophecies, annoying several dead relatives by temporarily bedazzling our planchette, and completely misreading everything the devil told us because it was the ass crack of dawn and we refused to turn a light on because the ouija board glows in the dark!!

moral of the story is that being dead, a god, and/or the devil will not save you from the horror that is two preteen girls

Promising Reciprocity II pt.1

genre: smut

jimin x reader, slight dom!jimin, slight spanking

word count: 8.4k

Deciding to go on a vacation with a few friends and lots of alcohol seemed to be the best idea after taking your exams. Especially the fact that your crush made you an offer that included more than just his friendship.                        But what does the future bring for the feelings you developed for Park Jimin?

Originally posted by okayoongz

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I picked up some notebooks from the mall yesterday and then decided to stop by Spotlight Records afterwards….and picked up quite a bit q.q…So worth it though!! I had to pick up the THU2 Remix on the psp because I’ve been watching the 2BFP play-through 

70 Reasons Why I Had Top Surgery (and dysphoria isn’t one of them!):
  1. To stop slouching
  2. To stand up tall
  3. To feel pride, rather than shame
  4. To stop worrying about my binder
  5. To save $$$
  6. To never buy binder or bra again
  7. To breathe without restriction
  8. To run freely
  9. To walk confidently
  10. To truly swim
  11. To never have to compress my entire torso again
  12. To escape the daily bounce
  13. To never again feel the flop
  14. To be free of boob sweat
  15. To alleviate my back discomfort
  16. To wear single layers
  17. To wear tanks without hanging out
  18. To not have to worry about squashing my chest
  19. To bear hug freely and fully
  20. To chest bump
  21. To prance about shirtless on the sidewalk
  22. To wear swim trunks without a top
  23. To take my shirt off freely
  24. To be more aerodynamic
  25. To minimize my risk of breast cancer
  26. To never again have swollen breasts as a result of hormonal fluctuations
  27. To never again experience spontaneous breast growth
  28. To wear form fitting tops
  29. To wear my backpack comfortably
  30. To not have the strap of my messenger bag emphasize my cleavage
  31. To be free of fungal infections induced by over-layering
  32. To drive around shirtless without getting arrested
  33. To get naked more often
  34. To be my authentic self
  35. To make my dreams a reality
  36. For physical comfort
  37. For self validation
  38. For tree climbing
  39. For paddling mobility
  40. For sleeping on my stomach
  41. To solidify the fact that I will not be breastfeeding
  42. To confirm my identity
  43. To feel comfortable in my skin
  44. To truly embrace myself
  45. To wear button downs unbuttoned
  46. To have my ties lay flat
  47. To not see a bulge when I look in the mirror
  48. To look in the mirror and smile
  49. To unbiasedly love my reflection
  50. To get back to my preferred chest size
  51. To not have to worry about bumping into things
  52. To wear seat belts comfortably
  53. To not be constantly conscious of my chest configuration
  54. To wear a bra only because I want to, not because I “need” to
  55. To comfortably wear a tux
  56. To fit into my clothes better
  57. To wear a wetsuit without chest bulge
  58. To not have excess weight physically weighing me down
  59. To sexually express myself more completely
  60. To obliterate my ability to lactate
  61. To never sag
  62. To remain active
  63. To feel comfortable in locker rooms
  64. To feel comfortable in communal showers
  65. To comfortably workout
  66. To yoga shirtlessly
  67. To continue living my life
  68. To not spend hours dressing myself
  69. To be able to wake up the morning and feel complete
  70. To be me
“Free When You Call From Work” The story of Dial-A-Song by They Might Be Giants

The liner notes for Dial-A-Song: 20 years of They Might Be Giants

Before there were modems-and back when the function of the pound key on a touch tone phone was entirely a mystery-we here at They Might Be Giants started a simple but enticing service on a home phone line with a home phone machine that would inform and often eclipse the rest of our band’s output. The idea for Dial-A-Song, which started receiving calls in 1984, was born out of initial phone machine fad of the early 80’s in New York City where the devices first came into common use. Still in service today at 718 387-6962, it receives calls continuously and from around the world. It is played by DJs over the air, and receptionist on speakerphones as a daily escape from their inner-office hell. It flaunts a notion that still boggles the minds of many in the music industry: give something away and folks might come back to buy some more. It has given a very small musical project an immeasurable amount of notoriety, and connected us to an audience that is surprisingly accepting of our most extreme impulses.
           Although we had worked in bands with standard lineups, we were also part of an early generation of home-tapers, a trend that has later been dubbed lo-fi. Armed with a  TEAC four-track tape recorder, a Moog synthesizer and the very earliest of drum machines, we found a kind of creative freedom in home recording that seemed unobtainable in live band. Inspired by the full range of studio-oriented work of San Francisco’s The Residents, and self-deputized by the D.I.Y. spirit of the New Wave- we formed the band around our recordings- making elaborate demos, and playing shows with tape recorded accompaniment as a substitute for a live rhythm section. The idea of placing our homemade recording on a phone machine was an idea we had casually kicked around from the moment the devices started showing up in electronics stores
           We started performing in the summer of 1982, and had moved slowly up the local band ladder at a number of downtown clubs through ‘83. Over the course of a year we built up a small but tangible following, but then in quick succession a couple of random events knocked the band off the performance calendar: Linnell broke his wrist in a bike accident and would be in a cast for three months, and Flansburgh had his new apartment thoroughly burglarized on his first day there, with the thieves literally taking out his life’s possessions in the boxes that had just been brought in. They only left Flansburgh’s four-track TEAC tape recorder behind, presumably because it was too ponderous to carry out the window.
           While Flansburgh found a new, safer, apartment, performing was still out of the question for the immediate future. The idea of Dial-A-Song seemed less far-fetched as it became our only vehicle to generate continued interest in the band. We bought a machine, and started placing ads in the back of the Village Voice, and the calls started coming in immediately. The local press, already tuned in to the very public expression of Keith Haring and the downtown art scene, also started taking notice, and our real career as a band began.
           Dial-A-Song has had some unexpected and long term influences on our song-writing style and gave us some basic insight into our audience. First off, if a caller didn’t like the song, or just simply found it too long, they hung up. We could hear the machines prematurely rewinding whenever a caller didn’t make it to the end. Almost immediately we found ourselves moving away from the layering of tracks that had our four-track set up had offered us, and toward more vocally-oriented songs with simple, graphic accompaniment. We also found long sustained notes, and almost any instrumental solo, would be falsely perceived as the end beep, and reset the machine. Again, the machine was calling the shots, and writing songs with tighter arrangements-and no long notes- became imperative.
           While the set up for has changed a bit over the years-from reliable but crude Record-A-Call phone machines to sophisticated but highly erratic computer-based systems and then back-a lot about Dial-A-Song hasn’t changed at all. It’s still just a regular call to Brooklyn. It still only takes one call at a time.  Waves of calls burn out the machines-sometimes knocking them out for days-and then weeks go by when it’s relatively quiet.
           Almost every track on the Dial-A-Song box set started its life on Dial-A-Song. The biggest challenge to They Might Be Giants as a musical project was clear to us before we even started: this thing needed a lot of songs. We had to write a lot more, because Dial-A-Song is always hungry for new songs, no matter how insignificant or misguided.  It helped us become less precious and a lot more prolific, and it reminded us of the simple charms of melody.