there is a lesson to be learned here


This is one of the four entries I’m writing for @buckysmetallicstump‘s Disney Challenge! My prompt for this entry was #19: “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” -Lilo & Stitch. Quote will be in bold.

Song Inspiration: “BLUE” cover by OXEANZ (originally by Troye Sivan - read the author’s note)

Summary: Sometimes the best lessons are learned from Disney.

Word Count: 2400-ish

Pairing: Castiel x Reader

Warnings: SPN level injuries, language, first time writing Castiel (I feel like that should be a warning)

A/N: I just want to point out that I love love LOVE Troye’s original version. However, I remembered coming across this cover a while back and felt that the tone fit the story better. Plus, it really is a beautiful cover and if you haven’t heard it it’s honestly worth checking out. Here is a link to both versions if you’re interested:

Troye Sivan (Original):

OXEANZ (Female Cover):

From the first moment you found yourself staring into those electric blue eyes you knew you were a goner, and when you learned that he was an angel it had surprisingly been, well… unsurprising. The commanding power within his eyes and the sheer depth of their color was to beautiful for any human to possess. Sure, his body was technically only a vessel, but you were convinced that everything about that vessel had begun to shine brighter from the moment it was touched by the angel. Besides, the vessel was empty now. Castiel was completely and utterly himself, and you were completely and utterly in love with him.

Of course, you would never tell him that. He was an angel. You were a human. Thinking you had any kind of chance with him was a disillusion you didn’t bother to burden yourself with. You had accepted that a long time ago, happy to call the angel your best friend instead.

And he really was. You might have known Sam and Dean the longest, having spent a large chunk of your childhood being babysat by Dean when your parents were off on hunts, but with Cass it felt like there had never been a day you spent not knowing him. You had been able to open up to him about things you thought you’d never share with anyone, and it was easy. He listened, without judgement, and when he could he offered advice. But more often that not he realized that all you really needed was a shoulder to lean on. You had never been more yourself with anyone, and there were moments when you met his gaze that you realized he truly saw you.

Currently, you were curled up next to him in your room at the bunker watching Lilo & Stitch. That was one of the many things you loved about Castiel. He was always happy to watch endless amounts of Disney movies with you. Whenever you were lucky enough to get Sam and Dean to watch one it wasn’t without a series of complaints. But Cass never complained. Not once. He even seemed to enjoy them most of the time, and you for sure as hell enjoyed the time you got to spend with him.

All to soon the end credits began to role and you snuggled further into Cass’ side, letting them play out. “So Cass, what’d ya think?”

“I think this one has been my favorite.”

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mercurialmolecules  asked:

Just successfully booted my old laptop to Ubuntu and I have nobody to share my excitement with. So here I am, beginning my adventures I guess.

Share it on tumblr. With everyone :D

And congrats. Now throw your laptop hard against the wall for using Ubuntu. That should teach you a lesson not to use Ubuntu…ever. 

Try Debian. It’s really just next… installation process. Or mint, or manjaro…or…openSUSE?? idk i am just saying any distro that comes to mind.

But ubuntu was my first distro too, cause i didn’t know better. Hope you learn lots of cool stuff. c:

anonymous asked:

You need a fucking vocabulary lesson to learn what the word "abusive" actually means. Like did you attend the second grade??

Ah, yes. I love it when people insult my intelligence yet they ship karamel of all things. 

Here you go, saggy pumpkin creampie bosoms ♥, the definition of abusive. 

anonymous asked:

Not exactly a headcanon, but imagine Erik teaching Christine a new language

aw omg. they would get so frustrated with each other and lessons would frequently end with one storming off and the other left fuming. but eventually christine learns some phrases here and there and they’re both pleased with that.

send me your headcanons!

Notes for a young character designer

Dear E. 

Thanks for your email.

I don’t work at Cartoon Network any more. But I’m going to give you a very quick portfolio review in hopes that you find it helpful! Here are some things I noticed when looking at your stuff - lessons I learned from brilliant people while working on AT for two years: 

 1) AVOID SYMMETRY. Humans are organic, randomly shaped animals. Perfect symmetry rarely exists in nature and if it does, it’s conspicuous - it’s the exception rather than the rule. Find interesting ways to throw your characters off-balance. 

Don’t repeat objects in twos - (buttons or rips or whatever) - it feels prescribed - cluster things in threes or fives if necessary. 

 2) AVOID CONCAVITY - I don’t know what else to call this. But it’s those lines that go “in” rather than “out”. You are using inward sloping lines to describe many of your characters. As an exercise, try using outward, rounded, voluminous lines to draw EVERYTHING. Humans are fleshy lumps connected together by other fleshy lumps. Each mass is either in front of or behind other masses and as a designer, it’s your job to tell the animator where it is. As a designer, you are providing a technical blueprint for the location of masses. 

Only occasionally allow a concavity to connect two convexities. Look at the work of Robert Ryan Cory (spongebob), Tom Herpich (Adventure Time) or Phil Rynda (AT / Gravity Falls) - master character designers - for examples of this. If you need to, trace a couple of their drawings and you will see what I mean. 

 3) AVOID GRAPHIC DETAILS - Some shows use a graphic style; it’s very appealing and looks clever when done right. But in animation, everything needs to move in space - so if you use a graphic element - it needs to correspond with an actual 3D thing that can move. Therefore it is better to start with a voluminous style and then revert to graphic elements where appropriate. Art directors will look for this. Do not jump straight to graphic representation if you do not yet know what you are representing.

Look at the work of Tiffany Ford and Jasmin Lai for amazing examples of volume expressed graphically.

 4) STUDY JAMES MCMULLEN - To truly understand volume, and fully respect your subject, you should read very carefully High Focus Figure Drawing by James McMullen. Slow down and think about drawing “around” your subjects. It’s a truly meditative experience when you get there. Think about the weight and mass that your characters, props and effects are experiencing. Many students from SVA - Tomer Hanuka, Becky Cloonan, Rebecca Sugar, James Jean - studied under McMullen’s philosophy and you can see this common richness in their work. 

Jeffrey Smith, a top student of McMullen’s now teaches life drawing at Art Center. These are two of the best illustration schools in North America - anyone who is interested in drawing living things, should probably read his book. Also look at the work of Andy Ristaino or Danny Hynes - two other character designers’ whose work is seething with volume. 

I hope this is useful and I hope you have a wonderful career. 



Here comes a thought

Possibly one of my favorite Steven Universe song to date. What a brilliant message.


Two weeks before he leaves office, President Obama sits down to talk about the uncertain future of Obamacare

With Republicans set to control both the presidency and Congress in just two weeks, the future of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement — the Affordable Care Act — has been thrown into question, with the law’s repeal looking like a real possibility.

So, at 11 am Eastern today, Vox’s Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff will sit down with President Obama to talk Obamacare. They’ll ask the president about what he thinks the law has achieved so far, where it’s fallen short, what lessons he’s learned, and the challenges Republicans will face as they make their own attempt to reform the health care system.

But Ezra and Sarah won’t be alone. They’ll be interviewing the president in front of an audience drawn from Vox’s Facebook community for Obamacare enrollees. These enrollees have shared their experiences with the health law — both good and bad — to help us better understand what’s at stake here.

The policy stakes of this moment in Washington, as Republicans push to repeal Obamacare, are incredibly high. Consequences of decisions made in the next few weeks and months could shape millions of Americans’ lives.

Naturally, Vox will be covering all of the latest developments on the political and policymaking fronts — check out our explainers on the GOP’s “repeal and delay strategy” and the Senate’s budget reconciliation process. But we’ll also zero in on how these changes could play out in people’s lives, as Sarah did in her recent reporting about Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky.

When Ezra and Sarah sit down with President Obama this morning, they’ll keep both of those focuses in mind — getting his view on what’s happened so far, and what may be coming next.





Yurio knows Victor isn’t returning to the ice. He knows he’s properly retired and plans to stay with Yuri forever and he also knows that VICTOR HASN’T TOLD YURI THIS. Victor hasn’t learned his lesson from episode 7 properly and is still using himself as a weird motivational tool.

The thing is Yurio understands that this not a good plan and he’s giving a warning here albeit via angsty teen speak.

Which is why Victor does the face squish.

This is a “don’t fucking tell my fiance shit about this” exchange.

Just fucking what.


Yuri isn’t the shit in this moment. It’s Victor and it’s Yurio calling him OUT ON HIS BULLSHIT.

Listen to the kitten Victor! 

moral dilemma in a video game
  • npc: you can kill this evil person.........or NOT kill them
  • player: i think i will not kill them
  • npc: well done! you did the Right Thing! here's a gold star! we learned a very important lesson today, and that's killing certain people is bad. all those mooks you shot on the way here were fine though. don't worry about them.

Studying any language is difficult. But here are a few of my top tips:

1. Find a good online dictionary that you can trust. My favourite is Spanishdict.

2. Listen to music in the target language. I listen to loads of Spanish music and I love it. If any one wants me to do a post on Spanish music then let me know. I’d be happy to!

3. Buy your favourite books/ books you want to read in the target language. Read it as if you would a normal book but each time you have to look up a word write it down in the margin of the book. Always reread a chapter.

4. Think in the language. Its often really hard to find someone to practise with you but by just trying to think in the language you are revising. So next time you are washing the dishes start thinking about your future goals but in the language.

5. Work abroad. I’ve done this twice now. I went to work in Spain as an Au Pair (I can also do a post on this if you want.) I learnt loads of colloquial Spanish. I also volunteered as a teaching assistant in the younger years when I was at school.

6. When you buy something new, check the label or the side of the box, bag etc to see if it has instructions or information in your target language. Read that first then only if you have to read it in your mother tongue.

7. Turn a notebook into your own personal dictionary. Every new word you learn right it in here then each week test yourself on a new page.

8. Watch films and tv shows in the language. Let me know if anyone wants any Spanish recommendation.

9. Don’t just learn the language, learn the culture and the history. Grab a book on the history of the country that speaks your target language and learn. The more you know and that!

10. Never give up. Put the grammar book down for a day or two and sulk about how hard it is and that you will never be fluent, but just never give up. If you do, you waste all the effort you’ve already put in!

                    Reblog if you’re a language learner!

me as a parent
  • Son: Dad, I cant sleep
  • Me: Don't worry son, I'll sing you a lullaby
  • Me: Now listen closely.
  • Me: Here's a little lesson, in trickery. This is going down in history. If you wanna be a villain number one, you have to chase a superhero on the run. Just follow my moves, and sneak around. Be careful not to make a sound. Shhh. NO DONT TOUCH THAT! We are number one. We are number one. We are number one. Now look at this net that I just found. When I say go, get ready to throw. And Go! THROW IT AT HIM NOT ME! Ugh, lets try something else. Now watch and learn, here's the deal. He'll slip and slide on this banana peel. WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? We are number one. We are number one. We are number one. We are number one.
Yale historian, professor, and Holocaust expert Timothy Snyder shared the following powerful thoughts:

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

3. Recall professional ethics. When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don’t fall for it.

6. Be kind to our language. Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom, and read.) What to read? Perhaps “The Power of the Powerless” by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.

7. Stand out. Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Bookmark PropOrNot or other sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.

10. Practice corporeal politics. Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.

11. Make eye contact and small talk. This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.

13. Hinder the one-party state. The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can. Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.

15. Establish a private life. Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.

16. Learn from others in other countries. Keep up your friendships abroad, or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed. If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)

19. Be as courageous as you can. If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

20. Be a patriot. The [new] president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.


To be honest, I was not expecting much from Mystic Messenger. Yet, here I AM absolutely blown away. The plot was amazing, the characters were amazing, and the best part, ^this absolutely tragic character. (seriously, he needs all the hugs.) Mc’s constant support and patience for Seven really tugged at the heartstrings, and the lessons learned within his story are extremely important. SO, here it is, sad af seven fan art by muah, because shit this little guy just needs all the love.

K so i don’t really give two shits was side of the discourse you’re on, can we all just agree that deleting things off a wiki page because you personally have an issue with something is a shitty thing to do.

You’re not standing up for lgbtq+ rights, you’re not ousting cis/hets out of the lgbt community, you’re not doing anything remotely productive, you’re just being a shit person.

Here’s a quick heads up, you know who uses wikipedia to find information. That’s right, a metric fuck tonne of people, not just the cis/hets you’re using as a cover for your misplaced dislike of an entire community. Researchers, teachers, confused kids in the closet, me! We have all turned to wikipedia for information. 

When you delete or vandalise wiki pages you’re not just hurting a few specific ace people, but every asexual person who needs information, every teacher who wants to make an inclusive phse lesson, every researcher who wants to learn more about sexuality, every confused closeted questioning kid who doesn’t know what’s going on. Everyone. Even people who are nothing to do with the lgbtq+ community who just wanna learn more about wonderful human diversity. Why hinder that?? Literally why? 

I’ve seen the ace flag and information relating to it gone off the lgbt symbols page and I’ve seen edits about David Jay. Both of those things are basic piss baby discourse edits, but I’ve also seen edits removing referenced information about studies about asexual people. Like whaaaat? That’s legit researched information that someone just.. deleted because they don’t like asexual people. 

Does no one understand how truly terrifying that concept is?

You can’t just… stop people a group of people having access to information about themselves because you have a personal thing against them? That’s actually scary, what the heck!?

So, in conclusion, please stop deleting information that people actually kinda need. tbh even if it’s useless information, don’t let the discourse stop people accessing it. Please.


a tiny au i thought of where sonic is a mute and amy doesnt want him to feel left out with being the only one knowing asl so she starts learning stuff for him. btw sonic loves it and he’s actually a shy bean in this au bc shy sonic gives me life

i only did research for the “i think your wonderful” part and a song came up with an asl lesson on how to sign it and i hope i did it right 

i couldnt decide if i liked the color version or the sketch version more so here they both are

Year-End Prompts

Here are some prompts geared towards self-reflection. 
(Posted Dec. 30, 2016)

2016 in Review

1. Describe your year in four words.
2. List three high points.
3. What was your greatest accomplishment?
4. List five things you are thankful for.
5. What did you learn?
6. What did you create?
7. Create a 10 song playlist that encapsulates your 2016′s general vibe(s).
8. What parts of you changed or evolved?
9. If you made your year into a novel, what would the chapter titles be?
10. If you made your year into a movie, what would its title be?

2017: Looking Forward

1. What topics do you want to explore?
2. What do you hope to achieve professionally or academically?
3. How can you take better care of yourself?
4. Which unhealthy habits do you hope to change or eliminate?
5. What creative projects do you hope to complete?
6. Where do you hope to be (physically, mentally, spiritually) by this time next year?