they are so effective at taking my money

Tumblr oftentimes romanticizes self care (along with everything else involving mental health), and with that romanticization can come guilt that your way of self care isn’t “perfect.” What tumblr doesn’t usually talk about is the self care that isn’t so beautiful. Simply showering, paying bills on time, taking time to prepare a meal, managing your money properly, getting up at a decent hour, making an important phone call. These are all ways of taking care of yourself that may not be as beautiful as a candlelit bath, but are just, if not more, effective in getting you back to where you want to be.

The 1930s in America were a period of rampant anti-Semitism, particularly in the Midwest. Father Charles Coughlin, Detroit’s “Radio Priest,” and William Pelley of Minneapolis, openly called for Jews to be driven from positions of responsibility, if not from the country itself. Organized Brown Shirts in New York and Silver Shirts in Minneapolis both outraged and terrorized American Jewry. While the older and more respectable Jewish organizations pondered a response that would not alienate non-Jewish supporters, others–including rabbis [such as Stephen Wise]-asked the gangsters to break up American Nazi rallies.

Historian Robert Rockaway notes that German-American Bund rallies in the New York City area posed a dilemma for mainstream Jewish leaders. They wanted the rallies stopped but had no legal grounds on which to do so. New York state judge Nathan Perlman personally contacted Meyer Lansky and asked him to disrupt the Bund rallies, provided that Lansky’s henchmen stopped short of killing any Bundists. Enthusiastic for the assignment if disappointed by the restraints, Lansky accepted all of Perlman’s terms except for one: he would take no money for the work. Lansky later observed, “I was a Jew and felt for those Jews in Europe who were suffering. They were my brothers.” For months, Lansky’s workmen effectively broke up one Nazi rally after another. As Rockaway notes, “Nazi arms, legs, and ribs were broken, and skulls were cracked, but no one died.”

Lansky recalled breaking up a Brown Shirt rally in the Yorkville section of Manhattan: “The stage was decorated with a swastika and a picture of Hitler. The speakers started ranting. There were only fifteen of us, but we went into action. We … threw some of them out the windows…Most of the Nazis panicked and ran out. We chased them and beat them up… We wanted to show them that Jews would not always sit back and accept insults.”

In Minneapolis, William Dudley Pelley organized a Silver Shirt Legion to “rescue” America from an imaginary Jewish-Communist conspiracy. In Pelley’s own words, just as “Mussolini and his Black Shirts saved Italy and as Hitler and his Brown Shirts saved Germany,” he would save America from Jewish communists. Minneapolis gambling czar David Berman confronted Pelley’s Silver Shirts on behalf of the Minneapolis Jewish community.

Berman learned that Silver Shirts were mounting a rally at a nearby Elks’ Lodge. When the Nazi leader called for all the “Jew bastards” in the city to be expelled, or worse, Berman and his associates burst in to the room and started cracking heads. After ten minutes, they had emptied the hall. His suit covered in blood, Berman took the microphone and announced, “This is a warning. Anybody who says anything against Jews gets the same treatment. Only next time it will be worse.” After Berman broke up two more rallies, there were no more public Silver Shirt meetings in Minneapolis.


Placing bookmarks within the pages of destiny


Give us a birthday roar, Leo! Don’t be afraid of attracting a little attention – this is YOUR month, and you’re already turning heads! Your vibe, aura, energy, whatever you want to call it – it’s off the charts and you’re finding that people are increasingly attracted to your outgoing, vibrant spirit. Put that energy to good use to dive headfirst into those passion projects you’ve been toying with for the past few months! If birthdays are good for anything, they’re for reminding us of how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go. Reflect on what you’ve accomplished, and celebrate it! But don’t stop there. You’ve been granted another year, so isn’t it time to make the most of it? That said, the time has come to give yourself a little bit more care and attention. I know this doesn’t come easily to you; you tend to prefer to give rather than take, and feel more comfortable putting others before yourself. Admirable, to be sure, but there are times you need to listen to your intuition, make yourself a priority. You may find yourself in situations where a choice must be made: your happiness, or someone else’s? Draw your inspiration from your lucky book this month, an incredible tale of family ties, and the complications that arise when love is pitted against loyalty. When are our sacrifices worth it? Are some things more important than family, than love? When your allegiances are tested, what holds true? Ultimately, Leo, the choice is always up to you – and you have another year of wisdom and experience under your belt. Draw from that, and then do your best not to look back.

LUCKY BOOK: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie


It’s August, Virgo! Your birthday looms ever closer in the horizon, and you know what that means: time for some deep cleaning. What have you attracted in the past year that you know (perhaps only very deep down) it’s time to let go of? What has been dragging you down and stopping you from living your best life? Whatever those things are, this is your time to attack them with a bottle of your most high-powered cleaning spray and the coarsest washrag you own. You know better than anyone, Virgo, the freedom and joy in scrubbing at some hard-packed grit, and clearing it away to reveal the gleaming surface underneath. Half-hearted commitments, projects that have long soured, fake friendships – these are all areas you can tackle! It can be very difficult, sometimes almost unbearably so, to let go of the old way of seeing or doing things, especially if you’ve become accustomed to certain negative ideas or people to the point that they feel like home, like normal. But that’s no reason to continue clinging to them once you’ve seen the light. The 14-year-old heroine of your lucky book this month learns this lesson in some of most harrowing ways, but her journey to freedom is one you won’t soon forget. Take heart, Virgo, and remember that you are ultimately the master of your own fate. You hold the power – and the Windex!

LUCKY BOOK: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent


It’s August, Libra, and rather than succumb to the Sunday blues (it is the Sunday of the calendar year, after all), you’re continuing the summer fun at full throttle. Your current happy place is within a large crowd lately, and lucky for you, we’re still in the heart of music festival season. But there may be more to it than just posing for the street fashion photographers at Lollapalooza and AfroPunk: you genuinely enjoy the sheer excitement and co-mingling of ideas that bubbles from being among a group of creative individuals. Not only are your friends your lifeline this month, offering you constant emotional support and accompanying you on hilarious adventures you can only share on your private blog, but even the strangers you meet may spark some new avenues of creativity you’ve never explored. Follow this impulse to profit from the collective; keep seeking new activities and areas where you can expand. You’re drawing from the most ancient instinct of living things: the compulsion to not only grow, but to change. Each new experience and memory is helping you develop into the person you’re supposed to become, a person markedly different from who you were ten years ago, twenty minutes ago, six months ago. So is it any wonder that your lucky book this month is a fascinating study of the way we think about evolutionary biology? The most minute quirks of DNA mutation can influence an entire species for generations – pathways that emerge from seemingly nowhere that take life to the completely unexpected places. Every action, every decision you make has an undeniable reverb effect that you may or may not ever discover, so come on, Libra. Let’s see what you’ve got up your sleeve next – and don’t skimp on the silly group photos, either.

LUCKY BOOK: Improbable Destinies by Jonathan B. Losos


“I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” Wise words from the late great Notorious B.I.G., and your mantra for this month, Scorpio! You’re all about that paper in August: you’ve been working hard, building your network, taking professional risks, and now, getting ready to reap the rewards. What form it will take remains to be seen, so don’t count any unhatched chickens. But one thing is clear: your ambition is going to take you far. Perhaps even history books far. Who knows? But while your career continues to soar to meteoric heights, don’t forget about the people who helped you get there: your friends. Female friendships in particular are going to be crucial this month. After all, you can only work but so much, and an unfortunate side effect of putting in major hours at the office is missing out on some quality time with your chosen family. So whenever you can, be sure to make time for some much-needed gossip fests or movie marathons. You need a counterbalance to the stress of the job, and reveling in the love and appreciation of your besties is a surefire way to not lose your mind during this exciting, but admittedly draining time. And who better to draw comfort from, than your fiercest supporters? Of course, if you’re looking for another source of encouragement, maybe the more literary kind, your lucky book this month is a testament to what the human mind can achieve. Not only that, but the myriad effects that innovation that have on society as a whole. From artificial intelligence, to the barcode, to IKEA’s Billy bookcase, there is a backstory to every object you take for granted, and many of them will surprise you. So, Scorpio, now we have to know…what will your backstory be? How will you make your mark on history?

LUCKY BOOK: Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy by Tim Harford


The road goes ever on and on, Sagittarius, and this is your month to experience it firsthand! That stirring you’ve been feeling to get out and explore? Now is when you give in. And let’s be clear: this doesn’t mean you should max out your credit card and fly to the opposite end of the globe, swathing yourself in scratchy fabrics and embarking on a life-threatening quest. It is completely up to you (and your budget) where to go, how to get there, what do to there, and how long to stay. Want to spend a weekend in Nantucket? Wonderful! Want to spend a month in your childhood home? Fantastic! Wherever you go, there you are, so use this time of separation from your usual to become even more in tune with yourself and any spiritual, mental, psychological scores you need to settle. Don’t underestimate the benefits of retreating from the typical trappings of your usual life; even if you don’t venture as far as you’d like to this time, take the time to sit still. Look around. Breathe. Say hello to a stranger. If your journey has taken you abroad, try to learn a few sentences in the local language. And most importantly, find a quiet place and comfy chair to disappear into your lucky book this month: the story of a young boy who has also left his home, but (hopefully) for very different reasons. Chased by dark forces, he is forced to travel across a hot, empty desert plain – completely alone, until he encounters an old goatherd. Their paths thus intertwined, they must learn the rules of this harsh new country together. A thrilling vacation read, cautionary tale, humbling parable – let this searing story be whatever you need it to be, while you bask in the unknown of your own brand new corner of the world.

LUCKY BOOK: Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco


Is it warm in here, or is it just me? Oh, wait – no, it’s just YOU. Cap, there’s really no other way to put it: you’re hot this month, and if no one has begun shooting you some furtive glances, they’re coming. This is your month for smooth seduction, and there’s absolutely no shame in that! Whether it’s an old flame or a new spark, the romantic interludes will be robust and who knows, may lead to something more. Keep your options open, and do yourself a favor? Save the spicy details for your journal. Active as your group text might be, you don’t need to share every encounter with four of your closest friends, not unless you enjoy the nonstop interrogation that is sure to follow! Sometimes keeping some secrets to yourself can make the most benign affair even more exciting, and after all, don’t you deserve some excitement? That said, Cap, don’t completely lose your head in the whirlwind of these new flings – keep one eye on your finances, too! Finding a much lower bank balance than expected is a surefire way to bring an ecstatic high to a crashing low, so be proactive and maybe decline some of the more extravagant date invitations…unless the other party is treating, of course! Your lucky book this month is a mesmerizing account of a young girl’s mission to learn her mother and grandmother’s history – a winding journey through truths and half-truths, memories of love, abandonment, betrayal, and new beginnings – to, in turn, better understand herself. It’s a beautiful, moving testament to the fleeting nature of life, and the lessons we learn in youth that become invaluable to the generations to come. So go ahead, have some fun this month. Hit it while it’s hot.

LUCKY BOOK: I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman


Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius. You’ve been living large and in charge all summer, and it looks incredibly good on you. It seems like you’ve got it all figured out: job, home, friendships, fitness – you name it, you’ve conquered it. Well, okay, there’s one area that can use some development. You’ve been so focused on getting yourself in order over the past few weeks (or perhaps months!) that you’ve allowed your independence to push away a potential special someone. Maybe someone came to mind just now, maybe not. But this is the month to open up that part of your heart once more: even if you don’t feel ready to enter into anything serious, consider putting some time and effort towards building or re-building something a person who gets you. Sometimes you just need a person to keep you in check, to support your more wacky ideas, to hold your hands before you take major risk. Knowing that someone you care about always has your back can be incredibly freeing – not necessarily limiting or confining, as you may have been led to believe. As long as the lines of communication are open, the cards are on the table, and you’re both open to each others’ needs, there is no reason that a healthy, successful life cannot include someone you can call a partner – with as many or as few stipulations or boundaries as you both desire. Your lucky book this month is a spellbinding and unforgettable collection of short stories that will shed a brand new and sometimes discomfiting light on the nature of our relationships, whether romantic, familial, or otherwise. Sometimes entering a world gone slightly topsy-turvy can help us better appreciate our own – and avoid the mistakes of the characters we come to know and love, even in the space of a few pages.

LUCKY BOOK: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah


Rise and shine, Pisces! This month, you’re feeling and looking fantastic – muscles tightening, blood flowing, skin glowing! No more late nights squinting at your phone; you’re tucking in early to avoid being sluggish the next morning. Midday bag of chips? Not for you – a brisk walk to get a fresh smoothie has become your new habit. Between your improved diet and consistent gym attendance, you’re right on track to achieve the sort of health goals you once found nearly impossible. And it’s a good thing too, considering how things have picked up at work! You need all your wits about you as you go through these hectic days and late nights, so keep up the good work. We do only get one body, after all, and it’s always in your best interests to keep it healthy and happy. And while we know work is pretty intense right now, you know what they saw about all work and no play, right? Even though it may seem wrong to inject some fun into such a go-go-go month, you need to let your hair down once in awhile and give yourself some time to relax and let loose. So that date you’ve been putting off? Just say yes! Enjoy the attention, show off all that exercise you’ve been doing! If you’re looking for some romantic ideas, might we suggest a homemade dinner date for two? You may be committed to new fit lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean all of your meals should be bland and oat-filled all the time. Your lucky book this month is sure to give you some delicious inspiration for some flavorful meals, as well as general tips and tricks for adding a special touch to your cooking, whether the recipe comes out of a book or not. Bon appetit!

LUCKY BOOK: The Art of Flavor by Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel


Beautiful Aries! This month is YOUR TIME. Your confidence is through the roof right now – or if it isn’t it should be! You’re turning heads left and right, friends and acquaintances alike are clamoring for your attention, and the dating prospects aren’t looking too shabby either! Basically, you’re totally owning it this month, and we couldn’t be more happy for you. As summer winds to a close, take full advantage of these final few weeks: enjoy a vacation day or two, bask in the sunshine, sip some frozé with a group of friends at noon. In other words, live!!! Enjoy it; life is fleeting anyway! Of course, a word of caution: no matter how amazing you look and feel, using the world as your red carpet can have its drawbacks. Keep a tight grip on your wallet, and be careful of what you post on social media. Money is not everlasting, but that regrettable photo from 4 AM absolutely is! Leave the tabloid-worthy blunders to the celebrities, and recognize when it’s time to leave the party. Speaking of, your lucky book this month will be right up your alley: a whip-smart, hilarious deep dive into the world of celebrity culture, what feeds our obsession, and what effect internet fame has on our culture at large. Walk like the street is your red carpet – and then enjoy cozying up in bed with this book, comforted by the fact that there isn’t paparazzi just outside your door.

LUCKY BOOK: The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam


Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for being a homebody, Taurus. This month, you’re really into the warmth and comfort (or should we say air conditioning and comfort?) that comes from being safely ensconced at home, surrounded by your books, blankets, and favorite snacks. Maybe you’re finally get around to that deep cleaning you’ve been saying you’d undertake since the beginning of May, or there’s a room that’s just dying for a fresh coat of bright new paint. Or maybe the time has come to say farewell to your current place entirely, and try to find some digs. However you slice it, your priority this month is taking care of your sacred space, and reevaluating what the significance of that space means for you. It is a place of solitude and meditation, where you can escape the endless grind of the outside world? Is it a fortress for you and your closest loved one, where you can all be your unapologetic selves? Is it simply a place of refuge, where you can rest assured that in this tiny corner of the universe, you are safe, independent, and in control? You may find that you have much in common with the protagonist of your lucky book this month, a fiercely opinionated young woman who is on a quest to find a place she can rely on as home. Trapped in that infuriating liminal space between cultures, between countries, and does her best to carve for herself, everywhere she goes, a place that rests entirely under her control, a place where she can feel, even in miniature, that she is in a safe, familiar place. It’s a stunning tale that will put into sharp perspective one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time – pick it up whenever you feel yourself getting a little bit too serious about paint swatches.

LUCKY BOOK: Refuge by Dina Nayeri


Gemini, what’s good? You haven’t had the best few weeks, but it’s a month, a new day, and life is going to have to come a little harder than that to keep you down. Luckily, this month you’re all about that extra support: partnerships and close friendships are where you’ll thrive, and it won’t feel too crowded, or like a betrayal of your own independence – we promise. The key is to make sure the people you choose to surround yourself with add a special something that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Who makes you feel like your best self? Your most capable self? Your most ambitious self? Who lights that creative fire? Understand that while self-sufficiency is important, and your reliance on your own wisdom and wits is one of your best attributes, it can never hurt to solicit input and guidance from someone who can push you to aim even higher, and vice versa! So put yourself out there, be proactive. You can’t expect everything to come to you. Your lucky book this month is a short, trippy examination of race and class that follows a most unusual character in her quest for authenticity. Like you, she wonders who she really is, who she wants to be, and how – or who – can help her become that person? While you will undoubtedly avoid some of the more absurd situation she finds herself in, there is much to learn from her internal dialogue as she fumbles for ‘realness.’ Find your person (or people!), Gemini, but don’t lose sight of yourself in the process. You’re smarter and more resourceful than you know. Remember that!

LUCKY BOOK: New People by Danzy Senna


Up and at'em, Cancer! You’ve had a leisurely summer, laying back and enjoying the ocean breeze, marathoning your summer shows and sampling mimosas at every brunch spot in town. We don’t begrudge you living the unbothered life to the fullest, but alas, it truly isn’t a party if it happens every night. And unfortunately, it’s time for the party to end – for the time being. But you were sort of ready to kick it back into high gear anyway, weren’t you? You have a bit too much active energy to spend the rest of the summer whiling away the hours fruitlessly. This doesn’t mean you should throw all of your effort into the first opportunity that presents itself: be forward-thinking, but strategic. Know what you want, and then go after it. Get your feet wet at a few mixers and networking events so you can get some inside scoop on what’s for grabs, who to know, where to show up and show out. So go on, have at it! Dust off that resume, iron that button down. It’s time to start getting yourself back into the game. We understand that the transition back to the real world may be jarring, but you’re not a delicate flower; you can take a bit of unease and horror in your downtime literature. Your lucky book this month is a haunting short story collection that will raise the hair on your arms in the very best way. Both love story and cautionary way, it’s the absolute best selection for this month, when you need to be kept on your toes – although we highly recommend not saving this one to read right before bed.

LUCKY BOOK: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

anonymous asked:

hi karl! i love following your adventures on snapchat :) I was wondering if you have any tips for college students on how to travel with a budget. I hope I can do even half the things you do one day!!

Tip number 1;
Travel with friends. When you travel with friends, I find it’s much more cost effective. It’s saves you money for gas and food and you have God company to share the good times with

Tip Number 2;
Don’t pay for accommodation. I like to camp either in my car or in the back country. I take showers in gas stations to save on the cost of hotels just so I can see the things I wanna see

Tip Number 3;
Save and Budget. It helps a lot if you Plan ahead and save up for trips. Forgo somethings in the week just so you can get away on the weekend.

Tip Number 4;
Plan Plan Plan. See number 4 lol

Tip Number 5;
cook your meals, this might be difficult to do if you don’t have a place (I happen to have a jet boil camp cooker) not eating out while you’re traveling saves you so much money.

I’m forgetting a whole Bunch of stuff. As I remember, I’ll edit the post. Also if you guys have any tips for travel as well, comment them and I’ll add them to the post as well.

Cheers Karl

Cat Boy // Nakamoto Yuta


the prompt: I’d like to request a Yuta NCT scenario where he receives a cat statue in the mail but there’s no return address. He goes to sleep and when he wakes up the next morning, he feels strange and his members scream when they see him because he now has a tail and cat ears. The item was cursed, and Mark tells him to visit the reader because she has knowledge of witchcraft and there’s an instant connection. Fluffy humor, if you can.

words: 1529

category: fluff + comedy

author note: au’s are always a good time and also i haven’t written for yuta since January and i missed him. also i made the reader an actual hogwarts graduate witch whoops

- destinee

Originally posted by chocosicheng

wow he’s so handsome talk abt a bias wrecker

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absolxguardian  asked:

Thanks to your essays, I managed to pick up the neverending story reference. Also, do you have any guesses on who's causing all this? My current money is on doc scratch cause of the green motif for the monsters, the strife text have the doc scratch text effect, and the anti servalence stuff being scratch wear

Scratch is by far the likeliest candidate, yes. The Hint messages are almost definitely him, as well:

Credit for the screenshots goes to lollipophustle on the hiveswap discord, btw. Thanks for saving me the trouble of taking these particular ones.

God i have so much footage to go through.

After the van got broken into and ransacked for a second time, it wasn’t something that would get me down. I’ve learned that any experience is an opportunity for growth, for change. I decided to give profits from this week’s print sales ( to a charity.

I’ve never researched charities as much as I have this past week. I feel like I’ve only brushed the surface of this world of giving.

Websites like GiveWell and movements like effective altruism help define the many variables in putting your dollars and energy to best use (I recommend giving Peter Singer’s TED talk a watch). Charity, more broadly, is something I think can happen in more ways than giving money or time. It could simply be our outlook or our kindness towards strangers.

We’ll be donating to Take a Hike Foundation (@takeahikefdn), a local organization. “A full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.” Having spoken with them, their mandate matches up so well with my hopes of giving positive and nurturing experiences to at-risk youth locally. They currently run 4 classes a year and are looking at expanding. I’m looking forward to working with them, and hoping for the possibility of getting involved personally.

There are so many amazing charities you shared with me, @pureedgeinc, @thekitchenincmo, @_danslarue, @friendsofkohrong, @directionsfoodprogram, Sparkes of Hope, and so many more. It’s refreshing to learn how many people are working for fairness, for equality, for justice. Your selflessness and altruism inspire me. Despite overbearingly bad decisions by some of our leaders, there’s always hope in the power of numbers.

Dear BioWare,

Well shit.

Here it is. Can’t say I’m pleased. Or anyone’s pleased. I feel like you just left us with an unfinished piece.
What about the Quarian DLC? What about the Remnant? The Jardaan? THE ANGARA? RYDER’S MOM??? You had so much to explain. Now it’s just “Whoop, sorry guys, wait for a comic book or novel to explain.”
I waited for this game for FIVE YEARS. I’ve been a fan of the franchise since just after the release of ME2. I’ve been invested in this series nearly all my teen years.

Not to mention I spent over €65 on this UNFINISHED game. Do you know how long it takes for me make that much money? A long ass time. I feel like myself and so many ME fans have just been kicked down. The story was cool. Interesting enough. You had a great franchise to play off of. A staple for RPG lovers. And this is what we get?

I love Mass Effect. Always have, always will. I liked MEA. Felt like I was coming home but in a different way. I like Sara and Scott. The team. Everyone. But now you guys just leave us hanging?
I honestly knew this was going to happen day two of playing MEA. But to actually have it happen now is just really disappointing. So much could have been done. But it was wasted.

BioWare, you better up your quality over your quantity, because it’s lacking right now. I’d rather a few well done places on a map, than 20 sparse, empty areas filled with a million mind numbing side quests.

I feel like the name has been tarnished for me now, and will make me wary of future games like “ANTHEM”. I only hope you don’t mess with my other favourite, “Dragon Age”.

BioWare, guys, look. You’ve enjoyed a very loyal fan following. Andromeda didn’t do too bad money wise. Simply because of pre-order. I know that for a fact. People trusted BioWare for a good game and they got a glitchy game with an interesting story that left way too much out in return.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this though. Even the best can fail sometimes. Even you BioWare. I just hope you can dust yourselves off and impress us with Anthem and DA4.
Seriously though BioWare. Bring your A game back.

I want the old BioWare who didn’t care about this social justice warrior bull. That included everyone by simply just including them. Not for the sake of being “new age open minded” but by just having characters like Dorian and Krem. They weren’t added so the writers could get a pat on the back for being “so inclusive”. They were there because it MADE SENSE to have them there.

I want the BioWare that could let me fall in love with my band of merry misfits and and break my heart in the best way. That weren’t afraid to do something that might have seemed an unpopular choice because it’s YOUR game as much as it is ours.

I want the BioWare that didn’t step on eggshells and break their back to please everyone, because that’s impossible and ruins artistic integrity.

And most importantly, I want BioWare to care. As much as Andromeda was a fun game with Easter eggs and jokes for the long time fans hidden here and there, it’s just felt a little “manufactured nostalgia”. I felt like I was coming back, but at the same time, I felt like they didn’t get the essence of what Mass Effect is. What it means to the fans.

Mass Effect is a get away. A place you can be a hero or a villain. You can escape the world. Be yourself or someone else entirely. You can switch off normal life and just get lost somewhere else. That’s what we love about DA Inq and the ME trilogy. You truly can be anyone and have your own story.

With MEA however it was like we were just popped into an already established character. Back story. Family. Cannon personality. Linear dialogue with little variation. Saying the same thing four different ways. Almost like we were hijacking an already worked out character. Not what we want for an RPG.

Please BioWare. Do better. For the fans who have stayed with you for years. Shelled out hard earned money for DLC, merchandise, followed you to conventions, remained loyal.
If you guys have another slip up like this, your name will end up being remembered only for some terrible meme joke floating around the Internet.

Show us what you got guys. We are counting on you.

Rose. A Mass Effect, KOTOR, Dragon Age and Jade Empire fan for life.

anonymous asked:

Either "Bitch better have my money" or "Zero fucks given. Next please" for the five word prompts.

Pairing: Trimberly

“Bitch better have my money”

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Trini’s sneakers pound against the pavement as she scours the entire school grounds at the end of the day. Her eyes scan the passing areas acutely but fail to yield the results she’s seeking. Fingers fly across her phone’s screen as fast as her feet are carrying her across campus.

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My Apartment Is Threatening To Evict Me

This is a really difficult message to type. I am on the verge of being evicted from my apartment for a balance from this month of June. Additionally, I currently have no way to pay July’s rent either. I have been seriously struggling for quite a while now to the point where I broke down and I was lucky enough that someone I worked with decided to take me on and become my case worker to help me set up long term, effective, and systemic support so that I am never in this place again. However, we have both been exhausting all options available to me to get help with rent money so that I am not evicted and can continue to try and set up these support systems for my future and so far the money hasn’t been available. So I am asking that if you have some extra cash and you feel so inclined to help me remain in school and with a place to live please donate to my paypal There is no pressure to donate regardless of if you have extra cash or not. I know almost everyone I know is struggling financially. Thank you in advance for reading my post and I genuinely hope that y'all have a blessed and prosperous summer. Love to all.

Modern Raymond de Merville x fem!reader (series 2 part 5)

Previously: Series 1: masterlist  Series 2: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

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England, 2017

That night and you slept soundly next to Raymond, never waking and the nightmares not visiting you. It was Raymond’s presence back in your life that forced all the bad things away, and brought back that light which had been missing the last five months you had been without him. 

The next morning and you woke to feel Raymond’s hand brushing down your cheek. He was looking down on you as you woke from your dream; in your dream and you were flying, watching a flock of birds drift through the air in silence beside you. You smiled at your husband and he leaned down, kissing you gently, whilst rubbing your stomach, needing contact with both you and his daughter. 

“They’ve been asking about her at the lab where I work,” you told Raymond. He shifted back, sitting up. His eyes narrowed at the very thought of anyone questioning you in such a manner. 

“What did they say?” he asked. 

You sat up from your lying position, propped up against your pillows, and brushed a hand through your hair. “They wanted to know how and when I got pregnant…and by who,” you replied. “I just told them I was already pregnant when I originally went to your time. But they seemed to know I was lying.” 

“What does this mean for her?” Raymond asked. “I will not have them touch her, or you.” 

Tears began to fall down your cheeks as you pondered such a question. “I…don’t know,” you told Raymond. “There were talks of taking her when she’s born to do tests because of the effects the machine had on my body and on her. I was pregnant when I came back through so they think the machine could have affected her as well as me. They’re bribing me with money to not speak a word but go in for testing. They’re offering me two million.” 

That fierce fire was burning in Raymond’s eyes. You had missed that fire within him so much. “Do not accept such a bribe. If they had their way then they would take her away from us.” 

“This was why I was thinking of adoption. I wanted to try and run away somewhere, have her, and put her up for adoption, so they can’t track us. But I can’t. I’m her mother and should fight for her every step. She belongs with us.” You could feel her moving inside you as if responding to your words, thanking you for your resolution to keep her. “But while we’re here they won’t stop hounding me. They threatened me that if I don’t keep up with the meetings then they’ll find me and make sure I do what they say.” 

Raymond shifted forwards towards you. “We’ll find a way back to where we belong. I’ll make sure you both get back.” 

As he said those words you kissed him and pressed your forehead to his; you knew what he meant by saying ‘both of you’. He was prepared to sacrifice himself again. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you. This time I fight to honour you. We all go back together or not at all. I need you, Raymond, so much more than you realise.” 

You could see tears swimming in his eyes as you told him you needed him. Those words were so poignant for him to be told. Just to be told that he was needed kept him alive, and kept him fighting. 

In bed that morning you both began planning your return to France in the year 1209AD, where you wished to live in peace and raise your baby daughter. 

“I have another meeting tomorrow morning regarding what happens when she’s born. They think that the changing of timelines may have affected the present and need to check our radiation levels,” you told Raymond. 

“I will be beside you,” he insisted. “If I have to force my way into that building, kill every person inside just to get you through and back to France, then I will do it.” 


After a recent post, i got tons of messages asking how i was able to score such high allowances while barely seeing these men.

Some general advice

Get a head start

I believe that you have to give your sugaring some time. If you are in a position where you need to make some quick cash, you are more likely to accept low offers. In order to get a great allowance, you have to be in a decent starting position. Don’t be desperate, assholes smell that shit from miles away. 

Dress well

Even if you don’t have a lot of money, try to dress well on first dates. Inexpensive companies like Zara provide everything you need: A pair of heels, a dress and a nice jacket. When in doubt, wear black. And don’t show too much skin. If you do own designer items, put them on! 

Have manners

You better know how to walk the walk and talk the talk. You know which forks to use and which vino to order. The internet is your friend.

Don’t show that you are impressed

This is important and a great way to manipulate rich men. Don’t show how impressed you are. He takes you to an amazing restaurant? Talk about “this other place” you had dinner at. Do your research before. He owns a private plane? Sentences like “Oh my god, I love sitting in the jump seat!!” show that you are excited about what he has, but not too surprised or impressed. Act like everything he has is according to your expectations, but not below or above them. There is a fine line between being easily impressed and putting a man down. Try to balance. 

I’m going to illustrate negotiation and manipulation skills using my current SDs as examples, but remember that every man is different and you gotta adjust the mind-games accordingly. 

SD 1: 5000 euro for a 2-day trip every month. Married. True business man. So with this man, it was easy. He was the one that brought up an allowance before even meeting me, asked me how much I wanted. I asked him to make an offer (I prefer that, if I make an offer myself I’m always worried he would have offered more otherwise). It was a quick phone call, he offered 3500 (in case we got along obviously). I told him I’d think about it, calculate what i needed and get back to him. Didn’t text him for about 2 days, then sent him a short message saying “I am going to need at least 5000 to take care of my needs”. Again, in order to have the ability to take risks and be so bold in negotiations, you can’t be in a desperate position. He texted me back and agreed within 10 minutes. 

SD 2: 8000 euro, 2 evenings a month, no intimacy so far. This is far more interesting than SD1 and the way most SDs work. In my experience, highly effective. And we all know, i love to play people. Especially men.

So, this type of man - yes, i can certainly generalise -is complex. He wants someone that likes him for him, not for his money. Something real. At the same time he knows exactly that the money is the reason we want to be with him. He doesn’t want us to show that though. This man is extremely generous, but doesn’t want to feel like he is paying for sex or companionship. He wants to spoil the girl of his dreams. To this man, you better don’t bring up an allowance until after the 2nd date.

So, how do we deal with this? We don’t want to fear him away, nor do we want to be tricked by salts. Salts hope/assume we won’t talk about money because we don’t want to seem like gold diggers. Real Sugar Daddies want us to be more than gold diggers (even if thats all we are). So, how do we know we aren’t wasting our time but have a true gentleman as a POT? 

1. Obviously, screen the shit out of him. What his profile says doesn’t mean anything, but does he give you his real name? Find out as much as possible and if he is able to afford you.

2. Let him choose the restaurant for the first date. If it’s an expensive place, extra point for him. When you are there, don’t you dare order the cheapest dish. You order one of the most expensive things, and when you are done eating, you keep ordering expensive drinks. Watch his body language during all of this. Does he cringe while you order the lobster?  No need to waste your time. Does he decide to order bottles that are 100 bucks? Good. Talk, laugh, smile and listen during all of this. Find out what he is interested in. Theatre, music, sports? Generous men will feel the need to give you a few hundred bucks after a good first date (bonus point). When that happens, you smile and say “I have a hard time accepting this, I had so much fun with you”. Refuse twice. He will give it to you anyways. And think very highly of you. No kiss at the end of it.

3. Text him the next morning. Say how much fun you had, and that you would love to see him again. On date 1 you found out what he is into (sports, theatre, whatever). Do your research online and tell him about an event he could be interested in. Suggest it as a spot for your second date. He is going to love the fact you listened and are interested in his hobbies. The seats he gets are another great indicator for his generosity.

4. During date 2, get over any mediocrity you might have in yourself. Brush up on your general knowledge, talk about current events. Impress him, know more than him. Talk about your dreams. And dream big. Wanting your own company and the ability to provide for yourself will make this man more generous than your dreams of designer clothing. If the date goes well, you can let him kiss you. Maybe.

5. After the second date, its time to talk about allowance. Emphasise your dreams again, and see what offer he makes. If it’s too low, move on. Again, sugaring takes time. But this technique has been proven to be rather bulletproof and scored me whatever I wanted.

Rajigaze Dec 2

Reita (reading Christmas mail): “I still believed in Santa Claus when I was in elementary school. Santa would come and leave presents at the entrance of my house, so I would always leave a big stocking and a letter for him. I remember being so excited when I woke up in the morning and the letter was gone, and the stocking was full of presents. Every year I would write, ‘please write back,’ but he never did, and I was a little sad about it. Then, when I was in grade 5 or 6, after Christmas had passed, I found all the letters I had written to Santa on a shelf where my dad kept his work stuff. I realized then that there was no Santa, and that all the gifts I’d gotten up until then were from my dad. At that moment, my dreams were crushed.”

Kai: Aw! 

Reita: “Until when did you two believe in Santa Claus? It’s getting cold so please be careful not to catch a cold!” 

Kai: This is a nice story! Instead of being all, oh my dreams were crushed, be grateful to your dad! 

Reita: Yeah! 

Kai: It’s not like your dad crushed your dreams on purpose! You just found the letters. And also, he kept all the letters!? 

Reita: Yeah, he did.

Kai: What a great dad!!

Reita: So maybe that was the moment your dream of Santa was crushed, but it’s a moment where you made a bond with your dad. 

Kai: Yeah yeah yeah yeah! …Do they not feel that way?

Reita: No I think they do! 

Kai: Oh, so it’s just that Santa isn’t real [that made them sad]?

Reita: Omg stop what ur saying

(both laugh)

(*idk if this was supposed to be a joke like don’t tell ppl he isn’t real idk with these two ffs)

Reita: By the way, until when did you believe in Santa Claus?

Kai: …Hmm I don’t know…I don’t remember exactly when I stopped believing in him, but I remember my mom laughing her ass off at me when I asked about him. 

Reita: Huh?

Kai: Like, “he’s obviously not real!” 

Reita: Ah …

Kai: I don’t remember when it was, but she was like, “omg you STILL believe in him!?” and she was dying laughing. 

Reita: Was this like last year? 

(both laugh very hard)

Kai: I just remember that happening. 

Reita: So you mean you didn’t get presents from Santa? You just got them from your mom? 

Kai: Yeahh I’m pretty sure I didn’t…my mom just like…I mean, this takes all the magic out of it (laughs) but she just handed me money and was like “buy urself something” 

(both laugh)

Reita: Keeping it simple huh

Kai: Yeah. That’s probably where my affinity for money came from.

(CHA-CHING sound effect)

Reita: Ah, I see…from your mom eh

Kai: Yes yes yes

Reita: Ah…well, I feel bad for my mom but, I used to write letters to Santa…and I mean, I had a single mom, so…our presents really weren’t anything special. So I wrote a letter to Santa again. 

Kai: (laughing) Like, ‘that’s not what I wanted’?

Reita: Yeah, I was like, ‘Santa I want this and this. Please’. But I think at that time, I had kind of started to figure it out, that Santa was my mom. But I wrote a letter again, and then that year I got chocolate with a note like, ‘I’m sorry, this is all I could get you.’ …So, I think it was hard for my mom.

Kai: Yeah of course! (laughs) 

Reita: And now I think like, I was so stupid. 

Kai: Yeah, cause she probably wanted to buy so much more for you!

Reita: Yeah yeah yeah…so I feel really bad about it. 

Kai: Yeah…call her right now. Call her and apologize.

Reita: Dude I bought her a house. 

Kai: (laughing) Omg! Omg you went there! …You bought her a house…that is next level damn…

Reita: Yes as a thank you

Kai: When people other than me say shit like this do they get a ‘CHA CHING’ too?

Reita: NO. We do not. There’s probably the sound of applause right now.

(Applause/cheering sound effect)

Reita: Yes. A standing ovation. 

Kai: Yeah ok anyway

Reita: Anyway so Santa isn’t real

Kai: Yeah, please thank your parents! Not that I’m trying to tell u what to do

okay since a lot of ppl on reddit are confused, I guess I need to finally explain:

1.) I said last year that I wouldn’t be watching Volume 4, and I kept to that. I only know what I do because of my tumblr dashboard. My comics pretty much don’t acknowledge anything after the middle of the Vytal Tournament, but sometimes my concept art does (because so many things about how the fall of beacon happened make me particularly angry)

2.) In the middle of summer in 2016, I LITERALLY LOST ALL INTEREST AND DESIRE IN DRAWING. This was an alarming event for me- I’ve always struggled with mental health problems, but could always draw. When I suddenly didn’t want to, or convince myself to draw, I sought help for an official diagnosis. Because you can’t exactly just NOT draw when that’s literally what your career and money comes from. I started going to therapy and getting prescriptions for my illnesses, which have been helping a bit. But it takes a lot of time for those things to be effective. (7 months for me, to be exact.)

3.) Much to everyone’s surprise, and I know it’s hard to believe: I have a life! I have a sister and grandmothers and offline friends that I talk to and spend time with- which is an important thing to do when you’re not drawing regularly for like 7 months due to depression.

4.) Since so many people think that I’m hot headed/angry/crazy/etc. when it comes to my passion for RW*BY, I’ve been trying to get into other series so that y'all won’t have to hear so much of my strong opinions anymore concerning the series.

5.) I’ve been working on 3D art much more while dealing with 2D art block, and trying to do R&D for projects that I’ve had planned for years now.

6.) I never stopped reblogging or sharing RW*BY content on my blog or on my twitter? Do you seriously only think I have fandom interactions from my art?

Hades fortune spell

Most people are not aware that Hades is not only lord of the Underworld, but also a god of fortune because of the metals in the earth. So here is a spell to have him give you financial blessing.


1. Pennies
2. A bag
3. Shovel (or anything to make a hole)

1. Take the pennies and put them in the bag.

2. Chant

“Lord of the Underworld”
“I give this offering for your blessing”
“May my purse flow like your vaults”

3. Dig a hole in the ground and bury the bag of pennies

That is pretty much it, you can use larger value coins for more effect that is up to you.


$20 Fandom Sketch Commissions Open

I got paid but my new bank puts a 5 day hold on deposited funds during the first 30 days the account is open so I don’t actually have access to my money yet, and I need to take Leto (my cat) to the vet.

It’s nothing serious, it’s just that as a Siamese / ex-shelter cat he’s prone to conjunctivitis and he needs an exam and meds tomorrow.

I’m doing five $20 digital sketches to foot the bill.

- single character only
- waist up only
- payments will be invoiced through paypal
- fandom characters only; no OCs (take too long)
- sorry but no Mass Effect Andromeda stuff!
- all other fandoms welcome
- - - would really like to branch out from Dragon Age tho!!
- - - feel free to message me if you want to find out abt my favourite fandoms

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: send me an email at

First come, first served!

In a Dream

In a dream I asked Jesus, “Why do you let these bad things happen to me? Is this a test to see if I truly love you? Do you see how much I am hurting? Do you know how scared I am?
Jesus sat down on a large flat rock motioned for me to sit next to him, so I did. He looked into my eyes and smiled. “My son, I love you so much. I see how much you are hurting and I would like to help you but you are in need of self realization. I did not let bad things happen to you… you did.”
I was confused. “What did I do to deserve this lot?”
He put his arm around me and kissed me on the side of my head. “It’s not that you deserve this. You worked hard to get here. I gave you health and you did drugs. You battered your body until it was broken and you poisoned your mind until all you could think about was the drugs… but you didn’t think about me.”
“I gave you the ability to make money and the opportunity to provide for your family, but you gambled it all away. You bet your hours of labor away until you had nothing to show for your hard work but sore muscles and a lie on your tongue. All you could think about was how you would get the money for your next bet… but you gave nothing back to me.”
“I provided you with the ability to love and you squandered it selfishly. You gave in to the carnal desires of your body and betrayed your marriage. You gave your time to someone else’s wife but not your own. Your abandoned your children to pursue a dark heart and a pretty face… but you didn’t pursue me.”
“I gave you eyes to look and see the beauty of a world that I created for you and a book that revealed the secrets of the universe. You spent your time reading the twisted words of twisted men and watching pornography. You used your eyes to watch carnal acts, but you didn’t read my word and you never looked for me.”
“I gave you a mouth to speak, but you tell lies and curse my name. You use your tongue to hurt your wife and abuse your children. You have lied for so long to so many people that the truth is bitter on your tongue. You can lie to the world but you can’t lie to me…and you never talk with me.”
“So you see my beloved. What you think is me punishing you is simply cause and effect. If you point a gun at your heart and pull the trigger, it would be senseless to think of that gunshot wound as a punishment from me, but in effect that is what you are saying.”
I was sobbing into my hands. He was right and I knew it. “Is there any way to undo what I have done?”
“You can never unlie, uncheat, unsteal , uncovet, or unmurder. In fact you cannot unsin.”
“So I am lost forever?”
“Quite the opposite…you are found. You now have the opportunity to stop killing yourself and seek life. Instead of taking drugs and getting high you can find peace and joy in my word. Instead of spending your money in a casino you can tithe to me and I will richly bless you. Instead of giving your love to a stranger, give love to your wife and children selflessly the way that I love you and you can understand what a blessing love really is. Instead of looking at the darkness of pornography and the twisted carnality of the world, read my word and let me reveal my truth to you. Instead of using your mouth to tell lies, use it to love and edify your family and friends. Use your mouth for truth for it is a powerful tool. Use it to talk to me, often, and I will bless your words.”
“If you want me to be involved then come to me and seek my love. Recognize what you’ve done and seek my salvation.”
I wiped the tears from my cheeks. “My heavenly father, I am a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and an addict to the carnal world. I have turned from you over and over and I deserve what has happened to me. Please forgive me for my sins.”
He pulled me into his embrace and held me tight. “I forgive you my beloved… welcome home. This is a blessed day.”
My heart was joyous and I suddenly felt completely at peace. “Thank you Father.”
“Your welcome!” he beamed.
I asked, “And all my sins are forgiven?”
He looked down at me and smiled, “What sins?”

                                 -Paul A. Petty