the making of the meaning of life

Does that exaggerated, easy as possible to read flamboyantly gestural
over-acting-to-the-point-of-caricature style of (most) western feature character animation bother anyone else? It’s always made me feel so uncomfortable.

It’s like it makes me extremely uncomfortable/embarrassed(??) to be constantly bombarded with every emotion visually set to 100%.

(I don’t want to knock on the animators, I know it takes incredible skill, and it’s usually expected/encouraged to do character animation this way.)

dissonance [2]

summary: Pixies in the forest. || hades!bucky x persephone!reader || mythology au

warnings: none

note: A lovely thank you to the fucker that’s helping write this @mangowoods. You are the real MVP and I fucking love you to  death. I hope y’all enjoy this!! Feedback is always welcome! On another note, I hit 3K followers today and holy shit thank you so much for following my shitty ass blog. This is another short one. Sorry.

PART ONE

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anonymous asked:

"You don’t constantly live in fear of losing someone who’s just like a brother. That’s not how anyone feels about their actual brother" - Don't get me wrong, I ship the heck out of S/K, but: I'd argue you absolutely do if you're an orphan who lost the only family they had at a young age and never really had anyone after that. And then you finally find someone who's like family, however you interpret that, and you have these huge abandonment issues. Of course you're gonna be scared of losing them

Hi! I got a few asks about this, so I’ll just cover them now. Okay so, while I agree that Keith would definitely have abandonment issues after his childhood either way, his relationship with Shiro still transcends what he has with the rest of Team Voltron–all of whom we know are also his found family. So it’s not just a matter of found family, but also this deeply personal, innermost connection he has with Shiro that he never quite manages with anyone else again. He holds a platonic love for all the paladins and thinks of them as his new family. But he’s not so terrified of losing them that he’d literally give up anything just to be with them. He only feels that way about Shiro. “He latches onto Shiro at times because Shiro’s sort of the only thing that can really calm him down and keep him in check.” 

This idea of latching onto someone evokes a kind of desperateness and dependency you really don’t see in platonic relationships usually. Also, a relationship where one character is really the grounding force for another, the one thing that can soothe this volatile, emotional and alien side of them and bring out their humanity–that’s often a dynamic that’s meant to be interpreted in a romantic context. This is further supported by the fact that Zarkon, another galra who struggles with his overwhelming emotions, has Haggar to kind of act as his Shiro and be a balm for him, help steady him and guide him. Again, this kind of relationship is already established as blatantly romantic. So I don’t think it’s accidental that sheith mimics it. 

There’s a singularity to Keith’s view on Shiro that feels distinctly romantic rather than brotherly. If someone’s just a friend or like a brother, then they’re not your entire world. You wouldn’t be “all alone” without them. And staying with what holo-Shiro said for a minute, his role there is pretty interesting. I’ve mentioned it before, but this idea of a knight having to sacrifice their love for the sake of their duty is a common theme, and we see that replicated here. And this idea of someone being sent to tempt the hero and try to lure them away from their duty, it’s pretty much always a romantic trope. Love interests are typically the kind of characters who would try to convince someone into believing they’re meant to be together and there’s no way the other person would be able to go on without them. It’s just not something that has a brotherly or platonic connotation.

There’s also the fact that holo-Shiro says “We’re your family.” As a reflection of Keith’s mind, he voices the fact that Keith sees all the paladins as found family. But he still views his relationship with Shiro as something much deeper. This makes Keith’s possessive mourning over Shiro all the more strange. When Pidge loses Matt and her dad, she doesn’t lash out at her mom about how she doesn’t care or isn’t doing enough. But Keith is another story.

If all of Team Voltron is his found family, then why act as if he’s the only one who cares about Shiro and no one else does? Why is pretty much everyone relatively understanding about Pidge’s situation–and why is she able to put her own feelings aside and carry on with the mission while Keith is portrayed as reckless and despondent with grief over constantly chasing after Shiro? Why does everyone have to pull him aside and tell him to move on when it seems like it’s been months but Pidge understands the mission has to come first in a matter of days? Pidge doesn’t seem to have any sort of dependency on her brother the way Keith and Shiro rely so heavily on one another. Obviously she loves Matt, but that love is shown to be very different from what we see between Shiro and Keith. 

The fact that we have all these parallels established between sheith and zaggar also says a lot. Because saying that sheith isn’t meant to be read as romantic while still having it be so similar to zaggar is just…very strange. It’s pointing at one dynamic and saying “This is what a romantic relationship in our narrative looks like,” but then establishing essentially the same dynamic again and dismissing it. Especially when, right from the start, Keith is shown saving Shiro, and it’s something that Kuron actually makes a point of mentioning. So, given that the other black paladin who was terrified of losing the person they loved and willing to do anything just to be with them–given that that’s a distinctly romantic relationship, I think it’s important to take that context into consideration. 

There are plenty of other close platonic relationships that Shiro and Keith could have been compared to. Hunk and Lance are also really good friends, but their interactions are clearly more casual and fun loving. There’s not this big dramatic weight bearing down on their relationship that you usually see from a will-they-or-won’t-they almost-couple, no tension. But sheith has plenty. Hunk and Lance obviously care about each other a lot, but they never pull one another aside and have a deeply personal, intimate, bleeding heart-to-heart. We see these quiet talks often with sheith though. Another telling sign is all the lingering, tender touches between Shiro and Keith.

Whether it’s the grounding weight of a hand on your shoulder or a warm embrace, these two are rather touchy-feely. Yes, Hunk is very huggable and he and Lance are very casual around each other. But again, their interactions aren’t regarded with the same depth and seriousness as Shiro and Keith’s. While it’s true that plenty of people have very close friends who they’re pretty openly affectionate with, it’s important to remember that this is a story, and most things they take the time to animate are meant to serve the narrative.

So, from a thematic standpoint, having these two characters with a hidden backstory who are always circling each other’s orbit, always exchanging little comforting touches here and there and offering quiet words of comfort, who are constantly scared of losing each other–typically, that’s how you build a romantic relationship. It’s not the way you’d usually establish a platonic one, and it’s not the way any other platonic relationships play out in Voltron either. Another sign that it’s not strictly platonic or brotherly is the fact that, while they’re still so close, there’s a noticeable distance. Like they’re both afraid and holding each other at arm’s length. Again, you don’t see this with Hunk and Lance; they’re perfectly comfortable being completely open with each other.

But Keith is always afraid one wrong move will cost him Shiro, always trying to do his best to make Shiro happy. He tells Shiro that he really changed his life, and it’s implied that maybe he thinks Shiro doesn’t realize just how much he means to him. That’s why, after Shiro does discover the full impact he’s had on Keith–after seeing how Keith’s worst fear is losing him in BOM–he never brings up the fact that something might happen to him again. Similarly, when Keith repeats “Patience yields focus,” Shiro’s whole face softens. His voice is nothing but fond when he asks, “That really stayed with you, didn’t it?” He didn’t know Keith cared that much, and he’s really touched.

And that’s something else–characters repeating each other’s deep, meaningful lines back to one another reads as distinctly romantic to me. Yeah, Hunk picks up on Lance’s favorite movie catchphrase, but it’s another example of how their relationship is more friendly and casual. It’s an effect used for comedic relief. That’s very different from Keith reciting Shiro’s mantra or the way these two greet each other with reversals of, “It’s good to have you back.” “It’s good to be back.” Context and tone are always so important.

I don’t mean to belittle platonic bonds in favor of romance though, or that one is more important than the other. Just that they’re both written very differently. That doesn’t mean they have to start off at completely separate points though. Shiro and Keith both really struggle with developing close, intimate relationships. Neither one really lets their walls down around anyone else, and they both often put on a brave face to shoulder the weight of the world alone. Keith especially struggles with social interaction, and he comes off as very touch averse. Both he and Shiro are also very private, reserved people. 

So, I honestly can’t picture either of them falling in love suddenly. For them, I imagine romantic attraction would have to come from first developing a deep emotional attachment to the person platonically–and from there, the relationship would organically progress to something more romantic. I can’t see Shiro and Keith’s relationship the way it is now in canon as ending platonically though. If anything, I would say queerplatonic, because then the intensity and commitment level of the partnership is the same as a romantic relationship. 

I mean, I might be bias because I have two brothers and what Shiro and Keith have does not read as brotherly at all to me. Not in the least. But I’ve had very close friends that I ended up developing romantic feelings for in the past, and that is what Keith’s feelings on Shiro really make me think of. Particularly when said friend is of the same gender and you’re unsure of your own feelings so you mistake that love for them being like a brother or sister at first. That’s very relatable to me. 

I’m pretty sure it’s also common for a narrative to imply a gay relationship by referring to characters as having a very close, sort of brotherly camaraderie as well. And characters naturally progressing from a close friendship or seeing someone as being like a brother and then having those feelings change to romantic interest over time–it’s fairly common for straight couples in fiction. You even see it with Aang and Katara. Had Shiro been a girl, I feel like there wouldn’t be so much insistence that sheith is meant to be just brotherly or platonic. But again, that’s just how I see it. 

bloomberg.com
People Start Hating Their Jobs at Age 35
The shiny newness of life in the workforce begins to wear off.

There’s the stress of being in a high-ranking position—or the disappointment of not making it far enough up the career ladder. True, salaries are higher, but life starts to get more expensive. “Work-life balance” starts to mean taking care of children, rather than just personal stress management.

I already saw a Life is Strange Pokemon crossover, so why not Digimon? I mean they help their tamers grow as people and if anyone needs to do some growing, its the LiS characters LOL

Heavily reffed from an official digimon picture with Davis. I was gonna do Chloe Digimon style but changed my mind halfway through .

I got a little carried away making this work. Based more off the Tamers universe since thats my favorite.

Reaching a low point in her life after Max leaves, Veemon emerged out of her phone while she was playing around on her digimon app. She gave Veemon the nickname Deckard, and eventually gives him her bullet necklace.

Deckard was there when Chloe met Rachel so he knows how much she meant to her. Altho he has a mischievous personality and loves to prank, he also has a strong sense of justice and will do anything to help Chloe find Rachel.

Chloe has the crest of Courage but has a hard time getting Deckard to evolve because she confuses Courage with aggression, and justice with revenge. Its only until Max is in trouble that lets Deckard evolve into Veedramon.

anonymous asked:

Tittle: until the very end

Fic I Would Write For This: Magic/Curse Au

Viktor is cursed by a sorcerer to have only a year left to live. After being told the curse is unbreakable he sets out to find meaning and purpose in his life with the short time he has left. There he meets Yuuri, a small time wizard who steals his heart and makes the last year of his life the one he has most loved living. Yuuri is determined to find a way to break the curse and give Viktor back the time that was stolen from him. But Viktor knows that even if he fails, every second he spent with Yuuri was time well spent and he’ll love him until the very end.

[Asks for this prompt are now closed]

Leave it to The Forward to publish at article about how frum women should stop wearing shells because they “don’t look good” and are a “lazy” way to do tznius.

Like honestly get over yourself? If you don’t want to wear shells, and want to spend 900 extra hours at the store searching for exclusively already tzniusdik tops, be my guest. I don’t care. But weirdly enough I actually have better things to do with my life?

This lady also accused shells of making all women’s arms look bad, which…ok, sweetie, I’m sorry you’re self-conscious about your arms, but mine look just fine.

“It’s rarely, if ever, used with intention, beyond the intention of making something modest.” I mean…yes, that is actually an intention in and of itself. Sorry it’s not a good enough one for you.

“Wearing a shell makes dressing modestly a mechanical, mindless process, and sucks the joy out of getting dressed.” lol the less I have to think about getting dressed the more I enjoy it (that’s why I was a jeans and tshirt girl in the pre-tznius days), but whatever you say…

She also seems to think that the reason frum women buy short sleeved/sleeveless tops is to show off/as an accessory to their shells? Which is…??? How about we buy those because thanks to shells we can and aren’t limited in the tops we can wear?

Life update: job interview happened. Still no decisions, there are few other people they’re considering besides me. I’m going to go on a test run for a day next tuesday to see if I work with the people already working there, and we’ll see if I’m compatible enough to work with the people there for realsies.

Let’s see if it works out!

anonymous asked:

Why has nobody except you picked up on the distortion/glitchy effects? It is intentional and it means something. I just feel like people shouldn't ignore it when making their predictions or theories.

…. i really don’t know! video people dont just throw effects in there for shits and giggles! it is definitely part of it. Whether it is virtual reality or a video feed or some whole, pretend reality vs actual real life thing, or what people dream, or a glitchy tv, idk, but it has to be there for a reason not just a special effect for fun. i  swear this is all some, everything isn’t as it seems. somehow alllll of this is going to turn upside on it’s head, i feel it coming.  The whole world thinks she deleted all her social media across the board. i myself thought that. Maybe she didnt and thats not reality. The whole world thinks this is video of a snake , maybe it isnt. The whole world thinks she’s doing some snake situation thing in her song, and thinking about the snake emoji’s last summer and feuds and all that, maybe it will be nothing like that. The whole world thinks a LOT of things about taylor swift that might not be reality at all. maybe that is the point. and it will be one big, huge, SIKE!!

anonymous asked:

Are you still drunk? Stay hydrated. Anyway I've stayed up at night thinking about the moments where Phil shows his 30-year-old man side, like dropping his voice low or casually making a comment that could only come from life experiences. I mean sure we all enjoy a ray of sunshine that is AmazingPhil but I find him extra hot in mature moments like those. Thoughts?

i love my 30 year old man he’s definitely matured a lot over the past 11 years on youtube and has mostly dropped that “i’m amazingphil i’m super innocent and a child at heart” persona (even though he’ll always be somewhat of a child at heart). but same man i find it so hot when he shows his mature, full-grown adult side

Stop expecting Art to be cheap and stop underselling your work.

Look, I genuinely enjoy working with and for people. Illustrating something for another or creating a Tattoo design that is unique to the one wearing it is a great honor and joy for me. It makes me happy to make you happy. I take this very seriously, I am commited.

However. I expect you to be as committed and serious about it as I am.

Why do people expect me to design something that is meant to be uniquely theirs for close to nothing? Frankly, it’s insulting.

You are hiring me for a service that is your luxury, but my life. Do you understand that? It means this feeds my mouth, I don’t enjoy extravagant luxuries from what I earn.

If you expect me to accept a payment that is even below of what the lady at the cash register in your local grocery store earns in one hour, I have to tell you, you are far removed from reality and reason.

If you cannot respect me enough to pay me for something that I put my heart and soul into, you are neither ready, nor deserving of it.

If you cannot honor the fact that I do this with passion, while sacrificing my personal security, then do not ask me to do anything for you.

If you tell me you can’t afford it, that’s okay! I could never blame you for that.


To my fellow artists.

Stop underselling your Artwork. You’re making it harder for all of us by giving others the idea that they can do whatever they want with you, because that is what you do when you sell an original Artwork for 20€, rather than more deserving of 60€, for example. Please honor yourself and your work.


This is not meant to be an attack on anyone personally, it is not meant in ill will. Please share.

Fic Rec: Azoth by zeitgeistic (faire_weather)

Title: Azoth

Author: @lol-zeitgeistic

Rating: Explicit

Word Count: 88722

Author’s summary: Now that Harry is back at Hogwarts with Hermione for eighth year, he realises that something’s missing from his life, and it either has to do with Ron, his boggart, Snape, or Malfoy. Furthermore, what, exactly, does it mean when one’s life is defined by the desire to simultaneously impress and annoy a portrait? Harry has no idea; he’s too busy trying not to be in love with Malfoy to care.

Thoughts: Sooooo much UST. Potion-making sexytime to rival the infamous pottery scene in Ghost. Cockblocking portrait!Dumbledore.

Azoth turns up on many Drarry “favorites” lists and for good reason. This is a well-crafted story that can stand alongside professionally published young adult (YA) literature. It also does what the best fanfiction does: builds on the existing world structure and enriches it at a deeper level.

I use the descriptor “professionally published” with caution, because I realize that for many people, publishing with a major mainstream house is neither the point nor the goal of writing fanfiction. Yet, Azoth has the polish of a produced book, and I would even say it meets (or surpasses) the bar of working as an “eighth” Hogwarts book relative to Rowling’s canonical series. My use of the term “YA” literature should not be taken as a form of literary ghettoization; rather, the most highly regarded YA books tend to deal with the coming-of-age/transformative aspects of adolescence. Azoth falls squarely within this tradition.

The story opens at Christmas, where Harry and Hermione are visiting the Weasleys during the holiday break of their 8th year. Ron has just been accepted into auror training. The three are growing apart as they follow different career paths and shifts in friendship groups.

Harry  is changing, growing up, slipping out of the shadows cast by Dumbledore and Voldemort. He has to decide whom he is, and it’s making him uncomfortable. He doesn’t like it that he’s growing apart from Ron, who was once his most precious thing. Harry also has to confront the reality that he doesn’t want to become an auror, which had been his vague plan  since fifth year. He doesn’t understand why he is becoming friends with Malfoy. An encounter with the Mirror of Erised and a boggart emphasize  this theme of unstable selfhood. Harry is afraid of staying the same, yet he is also afraid of change.

In this version of the  wizarding world, students can pursue apprenticeships for more training post-Hogwarts. In a brash defiance of  expectations, Harry decides that he wants to become a potions master and do a  three-year apprenticeship under portrait!Snape. Since Harry basically knows nothing about potions, he has to ask Draco for tutoring. Draco agrees in return for help in achieving his animagus. As the two work together, Harry finds himself  increasingly drawn to Draco (no surprise there), whose own identity struggles lead him to push Harry away. Cue pining:

“And when Malfoy smiled at him, it was the worst thing in the world. There was no way Harry would ever be able to move past this one time, when, for a moment, he’d been the only thing on Malfoy’s mind, and it’d been a good thought.

But then Malfoy stood to leave, breaking the moment and the muffling spell, and leaving Harry stuck half-transformed and wholly undone. His entire life was becoming an Animagus transformation. He just wasn’t sure which he wanted to be—human or animal, present or future, Harry or…someone who liked Malfoy.”

Harry is so, so in love with Draco. Poor boy(s).

The original Harry Potter series attempted to bridge the awkward divide between middle reader and young adult commercial audiences. This more or less worked during the initial release, because readers grew up alongside the books. Now 20+ years later the weaknesses in the series are more apparent (and frustrating), particularly in the clumsy way they depicted (or not) sex (chest monster? really?) and violence.

Fanfiction authors have done an admirable job bringing a much-needed dose of reality (such that it is in a magical AU) to Rowling’s world. In Azoth@lol-zeitgeistic uses the metaphor of alchemy to catalyze (no pun intended) a deeper investigation into the psychology of adolescence than the canonical books give us. Even wizard teenagers struggle to answer the question, Who am I?

Azoth is about growing apart and coming together. About how friendships change as we age. About grief and reconciliation. Such a well-constructed and beautifully written story about transformation and transmutation deserves all of its readers’ love. Remains consistently one of my all-time favorite Drarry fics. (Bonus: Amazing Hermione/Millicent Bulstrode pairing – hell, yeah!)

May I suggest: Pairing with My Little Berserker by Aelys_Althea, another 8th Year story that expands on Rowling’s world and in which Harry and Draco (attempt to) work together on a magical project.

My guess is that these questions come from people who have been following us for a while and trust our judgement/advice. I personally don’t mind it at all because I take it these asks come from queer people who need advice and I’d rather have them ask me than google it and end up with porn or wrong information. However, I’ve been meaning to make a post with advice blog recs including sex ed blogs. I’ll get to it as soon as I can but life is busy.
If you want we can start tagging them more consequently so you can blacklist them.

Maddie

anonymous asked:

Hey Anna, what can I do to feel like being alive has meaning? I'm in a crisis and feel lost and pointless

Hey lovely person! I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a crisis. I feel like most of the time these phases in our lives are so draining because we wish for things to be different, we wanna feel like life has meaning, as you mentioned. We wanna have something that makes us thrilled to wake up in the morning, we wanna have something worth fighting for.

Practicing gratitude is the most effective way for me to find meaning even in dark times. While we’re surrounded by challenging circumstances there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Also, we’re way more able to connect with the power source that’s always in us when we focus on the abundance in our life rather than the lack. Your partner left you? Now you have more time to focus on projects you didn’t find time for, you can finally go on that trip to Bali he didn’t want you to go on, you can fill your free time volunteering for people in need in your area. I think when life lacks meaning for us, we’re lacking a feeling of meaning in ourselves. I can’t tell you what will give your life meaning -  that’s a very individual question, it differs from person to person. I find meaning in helping others, in meditation and yoga, in exploring myself, my patterns, my personality, in exploring the world I live in, in meeting new people, in reading amazing books, in moving my body, in learning new things and educating myself, in small and big adventures, in being still, in spending time in nature, in opening up to my friends and sharing bits and pieces of who I am with them and in return they might do the same…

You’re not pointless. Life isn’t pointless! It’s all about our awareness, our perception. Often a small shift of your focus can present a “new world” to you. If you feel like no one cares about you, chances are high that that includes you as well! Are you giving yourself enough love? Do you drink enough water? Do you spend time in nature? Do you allow yourself to go after your dreams? Is there something that would make you excited to be alive but you think it’s silly and not realistic? Do that. Give it a try <3 You deserve to give your own life meaning, and you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone! One day - and we have 0 clue when that day is going to be - we won’t be granted another sunrise, another breath, another hug by a loved one. We won’t get another chance to swim, dance, sing, hug, volunteer, smile, cry, make love, hike, see all the naturally given beauty that surrounds us! Allow yourself to be touched by the small miracles that surround us everyday, while working towards the bigger goals in your life. I’m sending you a warm hug hug, and I believe 100% in your ability to reconnect with the knowledge of what gives YOUR life meaning <3

I love how atm Doomfist is basically a fuckin cryptid like there are mentioned sightings but zero photos. Even the poster of him is all shadowy and mysterious (assuming the last one is current doomfist)

If they do make him playable I hope all his teasers are like shitty blurry photos with circles and completely insane life accounts from people who’ve seen him.

“Yeah bro I saw Doomfist yesterday the guy leveled my favorite restaurant and stole all the fuckin chips.”