the-essentials-of-nothing

high fives the followers who get I’m just asshole venting and essentially mean nothing in saying u guys are real sick

praywaits asked:

JACE!!!!!!

JJJAAAAAAACCCCEEE!!!

I’m getting some serious Jace love in my inbox today. Even some “huh, I was kind of anti-Jace until reading his origin” reactions going on. Is it possible that… knowing the history and motivations of a character causes us to care more about them? 

WAIT

I FEEL A LIFE LESSON OF SOME KIND COMING ON

THIS FEELS IMPORTANT SOMEHOW

…NNNNnnnope.

I lost it. Nevermind.

How To Write A Great Essay About Anything

Getting Started

Let’s say you’re a high school student taking English or a college student stuck in a writing-intensive core class. You’re going to have to write a paper. It’s just a fact of life. So instead of fighting it, let’s just make it as easy as possible.

The outline I’m about to give you is simple. Essentially, the format requires just six original sentences and the rest is nothing more than reiteration and support of the ideas in those original sentences. Just like the tactics of Brasidas, you forge the rudimentary shape with the introduction and then all that’s left is defense — everyone (every word) knows their job.

No longer is the professor grading you in terms of the prompt, because you have redefined the dynamic on your terms. You have taken the prompt and made it your own. By emphatically laying out your own rules and track, excellence is achieved simply by following them. You place the reader in the middle of the square, protected by all sides, and methodically move them forward, defending doubts and objections as they arise.

I’ll go into specific examples soon, but here’s a hypothetical outline for a five-page paper:

Introduction

1. Begin with a broad, conclusive hook. This will be the meta-theme of the paper. Example from a paper on The Great Gatsby: “When citizens exhibit a flagrant disregard of morality and law, societies quickly crumble.”

2. Thesis. This needs to specify and codify the hook in relation to the prompt/subject. Ex: “This atmosphere as shown in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby — with blatant corruption and illegal activity — eventually seems to become all but incompatible with a meaningful incarnation of the American Dream.”

3. One sentence laying foundation for first body paragraph. (These are mini-theses for each point you will argue.) Ex: Though Gatsby was a bootlegger, he was driven by hope and love, rather than the greed that motivated his status-obsessed guests.

4. One Sentence for second body paragraph. (Just like the sentence you just did)

5. One sentence for third body paragraph.

6. Restate the hook and thesis into a single transition sentence into the first paragraph. “The 1920s as the epitome of excess and reactionism symbolized a sharp break in the American tradition; one that no one seemed to mind.”

Notes/Advice: Some say the thesis should go at the bottom of the intro instead of the top, which I think is a huge mistake. The point of a paper is to make an assertion and then support it. You can’t support it until you’ve made it.

Body #1

1. Rewrite first body paragraph thesis.

2. Support the mini-thesis with evidence and analysis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in the context of thesis as a whole.

Notes/Advice:

-Begin with your strongest piece of evidence

-Introduce quotes/points like this: Broad->Specific->Analysis/Conclusion

-Always integrate the quote, and try to incorporate analysis into the same sentence. As a general rule never use more than 5-7 of the author’s words. Normally you can use even less: “It was Jay, who despite the corruption around him, looked forward to what was described as an ‘orgiastic future.‘”

Body #2

1. Rewrite second body paragraph thesis.

2. Support mini-thesis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in context of the paragraph above and thesis as whole.

Body #3

1. Rewrite third body paragraph thesis.

2. Support mini-thesis.

3. Restate body paragraph thesis in context of the paragraph above and thesis as whole.

Conclusion

1. Restate hook/meta-theme.

2. Specify this with restatement of thesis once more.

3. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

4. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

5. One sentence for each body paragraph, surmising its assertion.

6. Rewrite hook and thesis into a conclusion sentence.

7. Last sentence must transition to a general statement about human nature. “The American Dream — and any higher aspiration — requires a society that both looks forward and onwards as well as holds itself to corrective standards.”


That’s it. Seriously. It works for a paper of 300 words just as much as it does for one of 300 pages. It’s self-generating, self-reinforcing, and self-fulfilling. Could you ask for anything better?

Just like the tactics of the great generals, by laying out the square in advance with clear, orderly lines, you insulate yourself from the chaos of improvisation. You mark the boundaries now so you don’t have to later, and excellence is achieved simply by filling them in with your sentences. Each paragraph is given a singular purpose and its only duty is fulfillment. Like I said earlier, with this structure you place the reader in the middle of the square, protected by all sides, and methodically move them forward, defending doubts and objections as they arise. And that is a great essay.

Something New

The February wind cut through the Belstaff like a blade, pressing into old scars and gnarling in his joints. It made him feel old, creaking and slow in ways he would rather not consider. Another gust lifted his curls back from his forehead, and Sherlock narrowed his eyes, tugging up the fur collar of his coat as he trudged back towards Baker Street.

Not that he would find much respite behind that black door with its brass numbers. It had been home, once. It still was, in its most fundamental sense: a roof over his head and a barrier against the rest of the world. Yet these days the flat was little more than a structure, wrought down to components by the aching sense of absence within its walls.

In essentials, nothing had changed, but it was not the place it once was. It was not the refuge he had dreamt of so often in his time away. It had beckoned him through the weeks and months, a pulsing beacon that guided him through darker times. Now he saw that haunting refrain for what it was: a siren’s call of empty promises. Without John, the flat was not the sanctuary he had craved.

Sentiment. His lips twisted in disgust. Ridiculous, yet inescapable.

(Possibly the start of something new. We’ll see…)

Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
—  Cesare Pavese
Calling All Artists! The CCBB Needs You!

There’s an astounding number of authors signed up for the Crisscolfer Big Bang!

Originally posted by bemyblaine

But this means we’re gonna need an equally astounding number of artists to sign up, otherwise those wonderful souls who already have will end up working triple time.

There are so many things you can contribute as art that any author would be thrilled to get.

For example:  

  • Drawn art in any style - I mean, this one probably goes without saying, but I’m gonna say it anyway. 
  • Digital art! If you’re one of those people who knows the right witchcraft to make things pretty using a mouse. 
  • Manips! Like this fandom doesn’t live on those anyway. 
  • Banner/cover image! Work those fonts, buddy. 
  • Photosets! That shit takes talent. I can’t even get things to be the right size. 
  • Gifsets! I mean, you could probably just stick six gifs of Chris and Darren kissing in there and it would apply to essentially every fic. 
  • Music Mix! Nothing makes me giddier than just the perfect music to go with my fic, honestly. 
  • Actual music! I mean, if you’re a fucking overachiever. (I hope someone out there is.) 
  • Fanvid. Someone made me one of these for a fic once and I’m pretty sure I got misty eyed. 
  • Diorama. If it’s good enough for Annie from Community… 
  • Paper mache replica of Chris and Darren. Or any of their body parts. You know which ones I mean. Heh. 
  • One of those little interactive dolls you drag and drop the clothes on I used to be obsessed with when I was a teenager. 
  • Graffiti mural. (please note neither the CCBB mod nor myself are  responsible for posting bail if you get caught)
  • ASCII art, if you want to relive in the 90s in all its early internet glory. 

Okay, maybe there are a few of those I didn’t run by Lindsey first. But my point stands: there’s a whole lot of stuff that falls under the ‘umbrella’ of art! If you’re feeling creative, please give it a go! 

ARTISTS CAN SIGN UP HERE!

Originally posted by marycolfercriss

(tell me that doesn’t inspire some art and shit)

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“I’m a professional”

hey that’s great to hear, but when someone says this all it means is that they are in a paid position for their service. it does not mean they’re successful, it does not mean they’re knowledgeable (Millan is a professional, so is Dr Mercola…). pulling the ‘professional’ card and offering nothing further is essentially saying “i get paid for this so listen to me above others”. be wary of anyone that cannot or will not build beyond telling you they have an income.

jeremysclarkson did a blog post recently talking about her year so far, concluding that she would have wanted it to be less boring, and that she’s going to do something exciting in the second half. (If you do cure cancer, please let me be the person to do the interview!) I thought it might be an interesting thing to do, but I haven’t been happy much these past months (little drops of happiness amidst a sea of trying not to think about things really), and that is just not a good thing to look back on.

So, I’ve decided to follow in her footsteps and make plans for the rest of the year, although my list might just be more manageable for one person ;).
List goes here: have a studio where I can art and write, have someone close by who I can drag to owleries and book stores and concerts and things, have a job that allows me to do something I enjoy at least 50% of the time (still too ambitious?), be happy with myself (definitely too ambitious), be filled with positive thoughts about the future.

Worrying about American eagle has me near an anxiety attack shit

i really don’t wanna make this a long post:

taking a break from driftwood, or at least slowing it way down and focussing on other things
why?
i’ve been doing nothing else for 3 years and therefore have nothing else, essentially i’m trapped

i’m attempting to open a storefront, to sell records and comics and games and cards and such, new and old, as a thing that i actually want to do, and buying some gear and starting a “merch company” type thing, which is essentially an expansion of what i do now, except for money and not for driftwood

maybe driftwood will keep going if someone else wants to do most of the managing, but at this point i can’t handle the stress of my personal life and my work life, which are essentially the same thing, and completely empty and void of any sort of enjoyment

BANDS hit me up if you’d be down to buy your leftovers off me (and you can always hit me up for more merch in the future)
DISTROS/LABELS hit me up for a stock/price list
FANS everything is 25% off with the code “FUCK”, and the discount will get bigger as time goes on (keep in mind what you want may not be around when it lower)


p.s. if you want to talk more in depth about this and what’s going on, feel free assuming we’re friends and you’re not some rando i have no interest in divulging my private life to

i’m a dumb and after i reinstalled photoshop i lost the timeline function so now i can’t smart sharpen anymore. i thought it was something with the fact that i didn’t have the extended version so i tried it again and made sure i downloaded ps cs6 extended this time but after installing i still didnt have the timeline function?? 

edit: i downloaded photoshop cc and everything seems to work again like it was before i’m so relieved.

Know this, and never forget it! I know how easy it can be to get caught up with the number on the scale, it will mess with your head and more often than not leave you feeling disappointed or discouraged… Even though it essentially means nothing! I didn’t find true joy in running and eating well until I let go of worrying about a number and started placing the focuse on how I felt. Tou should t feel pressured to reach a certain standard of what it takes to get there doesn’t make you happy. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Because there’s no point in doing something if it doesn’t make you happy! And that’s about all I have to say about that! #hungryrunner #fitfluential #bodypeace #fitfam

gol-d-drake

Sam quickly ducked down out of sight, holding her breath in shock. “Holy shit that was Gold Dragon Drake.” Sam hissed under her breath. Peeking back over the edge of the cliff, she could see the infamous pirate just standing there. She had no idea what he was doing here, this island was really out of the way. The only reason she was here was she had found an old diary that had a map of what was supposedly a clue to a treasure that led…a  bunch of ‘the friend of my friend of my cousin said,’ essentially. She had nothing better to do.

“Okay, so that’s not the way to gooOOOOO!” The precarious ledge Sam had been leaning on gave way, sending her tumbling down the steep cliff, only to stop at the infamous pirate’s feet. “Ow.” Sam looked up, and grinned nervously. “Um, hello. Sorry to just drop in like that.”

anonymous asked:

What do you find essential to keep in your car?

There is literally nothing in my car except a few stray tennis balls in my trunk and a iphone charger in my console. I’m super anal about keeping my car as clean as possible!

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It seems amazing against control (and nice against deathmists honestly) but its so terrible against aggro and most midrange that you could never consider maining it lmao

why do you think it’s good against control? control can just win with it’s planeswalkers. taking a turn off doing essentially nothing would obviously not suck against control as against aggressive decks but i don’t feel like you’re really accomplishing anything. and if it turns out that it actually would be good against control, guess which deck has all the counterspells