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WIP Week | Day 3 - Favorite WIP

Title: Flashpoint
Ship: Barry & Iris (referenced only)
Show: The Flash
Chapter: 4

Preview -

“Take as long as you need” – his mother had said.

“Grab what’s most important to you. We can get the rest later.”

But Barry stood in the center of the living room in his apartment and wondered what exactly constituted as important.

He assumed clothes weren’t included in the necessities, since they didn’t hold sentimental value from what he could tell after sifting through them. They were likely in large supply at home too. He couldn’t have brought them all to school. And he had to have come home during summer and winter vacation, even if he had been in school for six years straight.

I mean – right?

He couldn’t be so paranoid that he might run into Iris that he just never went home.

Barry grabbed his toiletries because he figured those were probably a little less likely to be fresh and ready for him at home – probably. It all depended on how prepared his parents were for the rare opportunity their son would return home for a visit after he’d left for college.

If it was rare, of course. Which is seemed to be, he thoughts. Maybe. He didn’t know.

Miraculously, he found a clean ziplock bag, tossed the toiletries inside, and set it by the door. He continued to peruse the room for anything of value, but at least on a surface level, he came up empty. He opened and closed cupboard and drawers, but everything was plain, ordinary. Nothing stood out. Another trip to the bathroom and then the bedroom didn’t change that. There were a few cool science-y things on a table near the window in his bedroom, but he felt no overwhelming desire to take them with him, so he left them behind as well.

He checked the fridge and freezer on his way and was only mildly surprised to find them both completely empty.

Phone in his pocket, key with his mother, and bag of toiletries in his hand, Barry gave the tiny pigsty of a place one more look-over, turned off the lights, locked the door, and headed back down the many stories at normal speed, resigned to his fate.

It had been his idea, after all, to return home for the weekend. According to his mother, he had completed all his required classes the week before. Which was honestly a relief, since he didn’t know if he could draw on knowledge he’d never used before – or hadn’t in a while – unless it consisted of common sense facts, forensic science, or Flash business.

That was another subject he wanted to know more about. Was he still The Flash? Was he such a slob in Brooklyn, New York, because he was running back and forth between Central City and the Big Apple every time there was a crime? Or was he the Flash for this city? That would be a change.

Something inside him suspected not though. How could the Flash be such a slob when he could literally clean any room in less than two seconds – one, if he was enthusiastic enough.

A thought gnawed at him that he couldn’t get rid of.

Was it possible that in this life he had never gotten hit by lightning, never gotten super speed, never become the Flash? And if that possibility was true, was it inevitable he’d lose his powers entirely?

an ode to thea theatre kids, i believe

(Despite the notes that my ‘ode to theatre kids i guess’ has received, I’m not proud of it. I let the message get lost while I was referencing as many shows as possible. That was not the intention and I truly wish that I never posted it in the first place. I’m not content with it and it’s honestly some of my worst work. I’d like to try again. Thank you.)

There is a secret society, underground, lurking in high school auditoriums. We float in lifeboats under our opera houses, humming familiar tunes that never quite leave us. We are so very different from each other and that’s magic in itself.

There are the leading players, chasing after whatever musicals land in the spotlight. They run blogs devoted to faux- emails and boys in bathrooms, and are often criticized. They are drama queens and kings and monarchs, demanding the spotlight. You deserve it, kids. You’re welcome to the theatre community. This is to you.

There are the eyeliner wrinkles; those who have charming voices and maturity and old age makeup. The Mrs. Potts and the Miss Hannigans, surrounded by beauties and orphan girls. They drool over Tonys and Conrads and other names foreign to the youth, but they are often just as young. This is to you.

There are the screenwriters, fixated on the bright lights and underlying themes. The stories enrapture them; from 19th century Russia to the end of the millennium, they are here for the stories. There are pages and pages of emotions in every note, and these Soundheims can hear every tear. This is to you.

There are the costumers and makeup artists, who might not find peace in the music or the plot, but in Dolly’s feathery scarlet frock. Or Glinda’s fuchsia frills. Or Grizabella’s whiskers. They look upon the stage with a passion for the lights, glittering and reflecting off of their work and their talent. This is to you.

There is the ensemble, left out of the light and friendships between the leads, with no lines, but an undying passion. To the altos and basses, who choke out the notes they wish they could hit and stumble the steps they can’t perform. These are the ones that work the hardest. They often haven’t taken tap classes since the womb, and their voice lessons are found in Choir Class. So they spend their nights watching Youtube videos and crying. This is to you.

There is the stage crew, who create the impossible. Who fly people into windows and to Neverland, rubbing their fingers raw as they scribble directions and spells onto the margins of their scripts. Who do perform magic every night, for a slice of cake at the cast party, a smile from the director, and eyerolls from the talkative cast. This is to you.

Finally, there is the most important part of any show. There is the audience. Without them, there is no point. There is no point to divulging the most human emotions, or spending hours memorizing beats and words, if nobody hears them. We have all been in the audience. 

The leading players are often viewing the great shows, at home on their laptops with the lights low. The wrinkles drawn with Elf eyeliner watch high school students perform because the rights to “Guys and Dolls” and “Anything Goes” are cheap as hell. The screenwriters visit touring casts, desperate to meet casts that perform the words they cannot say. The design team watches the Tonys with bright eyes, exposed to colorful suits and floral dresses that spin with every twirl. The ensemble proudly watches their friends twirl on stages that they were not invited to perform upon. The stage crew muses as to how Mary Poppins pulls the world from her bag and how they’d love to have that power.

We are the audience, We are the generation of an outpouring of love and music. We are the theatre kids. And this is to you, my friends. My tight-knit family. May you always be satisfied.

Palpatine did nothing wrong.

He objectively didn’t.

  • As the de facto leader of both sides of the war, is purposely referenced in the opening title crawl of ROTS with “there are heroes on both sides”.
  • Assumes power democratically. Democratically elected as a senator, democratically elected as chancellor, democratically given emergency powers - has a democratic mandate to do literally everything that he did.
  • Turns a dying, corrupt, immoral, and divided Republic into a powerful Galactic Empire with a hierarchy that ceased to be built upon an impotent bureaucracy, as he openly promised that he’d do back in TPM.
  • Justifiably purges the child-brainwashing, cult-like, militant religious fanatics from the inner circle of the galactic government, having showed immense leniency up until they drew first blood in a (failed) coup-turned assassination attempt - against a democratically elected leader no less - in their vain effort to secure their jealous stranglehold on the politics of the Republic, and to secure their unjustified denominational hegemony on ‘the force’ as a whole. As if only they owned it, despite its universality.
  • Seriously, it’s clearly shown that the Jedi are illegally spying on him and that even though Palpatine’s aware of it, he chooses not to act on it.
  • It’s never even given an explanation, let alone a justification, as to why the Jedi are so powerful or what legal basis they have for trying to “arrest”/murder a sitting supreme chancellor over religious differences.
  • Coordinates and then destroys the powerful banking clans and corrupt trade federations that had preyed on entire planets, like his own homeworld of Naboo, with next to no resistance from the Republic that came before him. Like he openly promised he’d do back in TPM.
  • Transforms Coruscant from a war-torn planet with visible crime and drug epidemics (”death sticks”) into the secure heart of the Imperial galaxy.
  • Despite orchestrating a huge galaxy-wide war, he ensures that the only casualties are clones, droids, and warriors of the aforementioned cult.
  • Restores order to the galaxy/Makes The Galaxy Great Again.
  • Promotes an explicitly non-dogmatic view of the force, instead of the psychologically oppressive and aggressively closed-minded view of the Jedi. He acts as a confidante to Anakin while the Jedi only abuse him.
  • Promotes the ideas of love and family (supporting Anakin and Padme’s right to be together, to have children) over the Jedi doctrines of total chastity and emotional repression. Cults do this shit, nice religions don’t.
  • Raises and acts as a father figure to Anakin for many years, who is a deeply troubled young Jedi knight who was purchased into the order from child slavery, only for Anakin to be ambushed, horrifically burned, and forever maimed at the hands of an outlaw Jedi master for the “crime” of being an apostate to the Jedi Order. As if he’s their property.
  • Following on from this, the Jedi only bought Anakin because they saw his potential as a prophetic weapon against their enemies. They didn’t even bother to come back for his mother, who was then raped to death.
  • Eventually assassinated in a plot by fugitive Jedi masters (who actually lied to Anakin’s son about his father in order to make him usable for their mission), and the galaxy is once again plunged right back into the darkness and the unforgiving chaos that he’d spent his life and rule keeping at bay, vindicating literally every single action that Palpatine did.

Also, even his quotes are great in comparison to those of the Jedi:

“Evil” Sith lord dialogue/Palpatine speaking to Anakin about the Jedi: Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must have a larger view of the Force.
Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. They fear you. In time, they will destroy you.
Let me show you the true nature of the Force.


“Good” Jedi master dialogue/The Jedi speaking to Anakin about Palpatine:He’s too dangerous to be kept alive!

Palpatine is objectively the good guy and the literal protagonist in the sense that he’s morally justified and that he’s the character who moves the plot along.
That’s what being a protagonist means. It’s not about lightsaber colour, is it?

Imagine if you heard about some cult that was buying child slaves, teaching children how to use AK-47′s (making them child soldiers), indoctrinating them to give up the natural concepts of love, emotion, passion, and family, and then after all of that you heard the cult had spied on and even tried to murder the President of the United States because they didn’t agree with his religion.
Because that’s basically the plot of ROTS. That’s essentially what happened.

B-b-but Palpatine’s lightsaber was red! He was a Sith! That means he’s evil!

Yeah, only because the Jedi said so, and his lightning was blue too, meaning:

Not an argument.

Some quick musings on the new update

Here is the text, with my first thought comments in bold:

I was going to draw this out longer but the truth is, I’m bored.


There is no Lost Special. There never was, and there never will be.

And you know this objectively?

Once again, in their need to keep this midnight train going, TJLC fans created something out of nothing.

Even if that is that case, why do you care?

Seeing this obsession with “The Lost Special,” even though series 4 was clearly over, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to run a sociological experiment with a vicious fandom in denial.

Steven brought it up, not us.  Also, even if the series is over, that doesn’t mean it’s over.  They’ve repeatedly said they have through series 5 mapped out. It was only in December 2016 they started hinting at “we don’t know, this could be it.” Sure Jan.

My poorly assembled website took not more than twenty minutes to cobble together (as some people rightly pointed out) and very little effort to maintain.

This is a lie.  

“By the pricking of my thumbs (something wicked this way comes)”- I edited an ominous message into the code and title, referencing the Macbeth quote used in The Six Thatchers. It was strange to see how many people didn’t recognise the “pricking” quote and even criticised the website because it allegedly didn’t call back to Sherlock in any way- except that I was directly quoting a series 4 episode.

Except most of us did recognize this?  What about your dancing man code reference to Unto the Breach?

Watching fans defend how shoddy the website is, in their need for thelostspecial to be real was especially funny. It was also funny to see the people who guessed the website was fake and said as much, but didn’t even care because they desperately needed something to hold onto, with Sherlock over.

Whichever, why do you care?  Why would it be funny to you?

Then there’s the people who clocked that wasn’t “real”… and yet never question their own dedication to TJLC and/or the existence of a fourth episode of series 4, concepts entirely created by Tumblr.

The lost special site was only one of hundreds of indications something is fucky.  

 Anyhow. Next, I threw a random bunch of numbers and photos out there to see how people would scramble and react, and you didn’t let me down. Mostly I chose the first photo I found of a character that I liked the look of, in Google; there wasn’t real logic. I re-used some images out of laziness. I used an online generator to make the Dancing Men/Henry V code post.

So the meanings we found in everything, tying it somehow back to Sherlock, or ACD canon, or anything else were all coincidences?  

What do we say about coincidences?

40, 27, kra, the various “hints” you think you found on the website and found countless possible meanings of, they were chosen at random. Even the elephant photo was chosen at random. It wasn’t until after I edited it into the main website photo that I discovered the poor thing was named Mary and had been shot and executed for killing a man (on 9.13.16. Everyone overthought that one too much.)  So I used that info because it was serendipitous. “The universe is rarely so lazy?” Friends, the universe is often lazy.

“They were chosen at random.”  “The universe is rarely so lazy?

Sure Jan.

When I added a black image with five pixels of colour to the website, you did not let me down. People played with the image until they became convinced it was QR code spelling something out. It was just five meaningless pixels of nothing, created in MS Paint.

Yet you did the whole thing in 20 minutes.

The static gif was taken from a YouTube video of TV static from some movie, with an old Moriarty close-up thrown in.

We know, 28 days later.  With Moriarty loaded in.  Again, whole thing in 20 minutes.

The photo of John and Sherlock sitting in the watery 221B, I got it from, and scaled it down a little because the photo was large. That’s it. I didn’t change the proportions in any way, or alter the colours, or add anything to the photo. Anything you saw in it, you imagined. I left the big black header on the website as a hint to keep your eye on those, since the thing I changed on 2/11 was in the similar Twitter header.

”That’s it. I didn’t change the proportions in any way, or alter the colours, or add anything to the photo. Anything you saw in it, you imagined.”

Like Murderous Mary being photoshopped into the back picture? Sure Jan:

I changed the plain black header of the Twitter to a black one with a word embedded in it. The profile photo was changed to a plain black photo with XX hidden in it. No one bothered checking it, though clearly the account was active again, so I changed the profile photo to show the Xs, as a hint to look deeper. Finally people found the “clue” today, not that it matters. The word spelled out there is another blind alley that leads nowhere.

Then accept all our follow requests.  

MMTE: The source code message was a hint toward Murderous Mary the Elephant, which some of you guessed but no one looked for it.

(Don’t bother trying to access it, there’s nothing in there.)


There was no set schedule for changes to thelostspecial. I used intermittent reinforcement to keep people frustrated but coming back for more. That’s why I added and removed things at unexpected times. There is no pattern.


For people wondering, wow, why would anyone take so much time to do this? Well, I didn’t. Creating the plain black squares with a few letters, throwing a message into the source coding,  and uploading the new website photo of John and Sherlock took maybe 5 minutes. Creating a side blog with no posts and keeping it private takes one minute.

Except the photoshopping you DID do as established would have taken more.  Even searching for the first image you found would have taken time.

Overall, it takes less than twenty minutes a week to do this, once it was set up, because really? You do all the work for me. You all did what TJLCers do best- you took a bunch of random data, inflated it into something much more complicated than it really was, and created your own narrative out of it. Even knowing it might be nothing, and was probably just a fan-made site, you’ve still allowed yourselves to get worked up over it and allowed yourselves to hope. You’re reading into nonsense and finding clues where there are none, and naturally most of those “clues” pointed exactly where you wanted them to point to. Confirmation bias at its finest.

Well all I get from this is that we’re smarter than you are.

Learn from this.

Stop falling into conspiracies. Trust yourself when you can see that something isn’t real or likely. Alternately, find something that doesn’t make you feel sad or heartbroken.

Seriously?  “Trust yourself when you can see that something isn’t real or likely.”

Instincts are to be trusted, John.  

Also, my instincts have gotten me into a pretty good place. I’ll keep trusting them, thanks, and they tell me something is fucky.  We’ve seen this episode before.  

Goddamn you’re arrogant.

A few final notes:

“And in conclusion *jerk off motion*

I was somewhat entertained by the several dozen times people attempted to reset the password for the website and access the control panel. If I was petty, I would’ve logged your IPs and reported you to your ISP. (Don’t worry, I didn’t. I don’t care that much.)’

You cared enough to look.  

I didn’t send the “mole” anons or any other messages on Tumblr. I think other fans decided to join the game. I imagine they’ll continue until they get bored, too.

Read: I can’t say why everything else is fucky too.  Must be more people like me.

The only twitter account connected to is I have no idea who runs the “contact” twitters but I’m positive they’re fan accounts. (If you think BBC-sanctioned accounts would post like that, I have a bridge to sell you.) As for my twitter, I set up the thelostspecial twitter account, followed some BBC-related accounts and left it alone for a week while TJLC fans went wild trying to suss out who I was following. That’s all I did with it.

Then accept my follow request.  Seriously, YOU’RE SO CLEVER I need to follow you to learn your secrets.

I didn’t start thelostspecial Instagram account. Someone else did that, I don’t know who.

Nobody asked.  Actually, I didn’t even know there was an instragram account.  Did anyone else know?

And if you enjoyed hunting, try a legitimate online riddle game, such as for a challenge! All the fun, none of the TJLC and fandom “fucky” business.

Well, since you brought up “fucky business,” why are they screenshots of the Shrewd Living posts in the “Museum?” Did you do that too? Wow.  In charge of a scam website.  Oh, you don’t know about that?  Then why put it in there?  Why, John?


Sherlock Series 4 is over. This is the end.

Thanks for playing TheLostSpecial! Goodbye and God bless.

Seriously, we’ve seen this episode before.


anonymous asked:

is it just me or the guy from "The Strange Disappearance of D.B. Cooper" is very coulson-like??? i need smt to be whipped up and presented abt it, preferably with as much words as possible

Well, it sounds like you’re the one to do it, Anon! :D I don’t know if The Strange Disappearance of DB Cooper is a tv show, documentary, movie, or if you’re just referring to the story of DB Cooper – I’m familiar with the story, but I don’t know which retelling you’re referencing. (I googled but “the strange disappearance of DB cooper” is the title of like half of the stuff made about him.)

But to get you thinking, I suspect the resemblance between the DB Cooper sketch and Coulson is not entirely unintentional. Coulson’s character design evokes the Men In Black (the original cryptid version from alien abduction retellings, the Mothman encounters, &etc, not the media franchise), and more generally implies the Anonymous White Bureau-Auto-crat, a man as nondescript as possible because the work he does is as anonymous as possible. He’s meant to be the secret weapon who looks like the cog in the machine. The flat conservative hairstyle, generic white-male face (sorry Clark Gregg, you have a quite attractive generic white-male face), suit, and sunglasses serve the same purpose in both Coulson’s design and DB Cooper’s appearance: to simultaneously present an air of authority and an air of anonymity. I believe the sunglasses were added in Thor, but even in the first Iron Man film he was painted as a dangerous man who intentionally presents as a harmless bureaucrat.

DB Cooper’s insane stunting combined with his total anonymity – we don’t know where he came from or what happened to him – was an exceptionally powerful icon in the seventies especially, when the story dominated the headlines. It’s not out of the question that the image of DB Cooper contributed materially to our culture’s view of the power of anonymity, which in turn influenced Coulson’s character design. 


wait - you are not alone
if i could keep you from the edge
if i could hold you back again

Tumblr Themes & React and Redux: Part 1 - Setup and the Initial State

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how to use those libraries themselves, I will briefly describe how I got the libraries to work with the Tumblr theme engine, and share some handy tips that made developing more efficient and more enjoyable.

If you follow the ever changing landscape of JavaScript, then you’ve at least heard of these two libraries. Prior to building the Post-It-Forward theme, I only knew of them by name but never got the chance to actually use them. Developers couldn’t get enough of how React made it easy to create and reuse components. Many also praise how elegantly React manages and renders views, especially when paired with Redux for state management. All of this sounded great. I wanted to turn this project into a learning experience. I thought, “why not?” and gave it a shot.

An Extremely Brief Introduction to Tumblr Themes

The way themes work on Tumblr is that we have a theme engine that provides special types of operators. These operators insert dynamic data, such as your Tumblr’s title or description, or are blocks that serve as conditionals for rendering a block of HTML, like the “Next Page” link.

My HTML started off a little something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <div id="post-it-forward-root"></div>

As you can see, {Title} is a variable that will return the title of the Tumblr. The point of entry for this theme is the <div> element with the #post-it-forward-root ID. In your index.js file you’ll reference this DOM element in your ReactDom.render() method. If you want to learn more about the theme engine, head over to our Theme Docs

Creating the Initial State

To get things started, we need to create an initial state. How do we introduce this initial state if we have to rely on the theme engine to give us all our data? How do we get the data from HTML land to JS land? Well, here’s one way of doing it:

<script type="text/javascript">
    (function(root) {
        var ensureString = function(str) {
            return !str ? '' : str;

        var basicVariables = {
            title: ensureString({JSTitle}),
            name: ensureString({JSName}),
                        description: ensureString({JSDescription}),
                        metaDescription: ensureString({JSMetaDescription}),
                        blogUrl: ensureString({JSBlogURL}),
                        rss: ensureString({JSRSS}),
            favicon: ensureString({JSFavicon}),
            customCss: ensureString({JSCustomCSS}),
            isPermalinkPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:PermalinkPage}*/true/*{/block:PermalinkPage}*/),
            isIndexPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:IndexPage}*/true/*{/block:IndexPage}*/),
            postTitle: ensureString({JSPostTitle}),
            postSummary: ensureString({JSPostSummary}),
            portraitUrl16: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-16}),
            portraitUrl24: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-24}),
            portraitUrl30: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-30}),
            portraitUrl40: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-40}),
            portraitUrl48: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-48}),
            portraitUrl64: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-64}),
            portraitUrl96: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-96}),
            portraitUrl128: ensureString({JSPortraitURL-128}),
            copyrightYears: ensureString({JSCopyrightYears}),
            isSearchPage: !!ensureString(/*{block:SearchPage}*/true/*{/block:SearchPage}*/),
            searchQuery: ensureString({JSSearchQuery}),
            safeSearchQuery: ensureString({JSURLSafeSearchQuery}),
            searchPlaceHolder: ensureString('{lang:Search Blog}'),
            noSearchResults: !!ensureString(/*{block:NoSearchResults}*/true/*{/block:NoSearchResults}*/),

        root.tumblrData = {
            basicVariables: basicVariables,

This creates a tumblrData attribute on the browser’s window object.

Sometimes the theme engine returns nothing for a particular variable if it’s not available. For example, if I made a post that does not have a title, the final root.tumblrData object will not have postTitle as a key. Sometimes the key will be available but the theme engine returned an empty value for it. For those cases, I created a helper method called ensureString() that turns those empty values into empty strings. Sometimes you might need a boolean value. In those cases, I’ll enter the conditional variables from the theme engine into the helper method to get the boolean value from it.

Once you’ve set up your initial state make sure that you place this script tag before the script tag that references the rest of your code that should be compiled and minified and uploaded through the asset uploader that the Tumblr text editor provides. This ensures that the tumblrData is accessible through the window object by the time the React app gets initiated.

tumblrData should look something like this:

const tumblrData = {
    basicVariables: {
        blogUrl: "",
        copyrightYears: "2016–2017",
        customCss: "",
                description: "Mental Health Quilt",
        favicon: "",
        isIndexPage: true,
        isPermalinkPage: false,
        isSearchPage: false,
        metaDescription: "Mental Health Quilt",
        name: "mentalhealthquilt",
        noSearchResults: false,
        portraitUrl16: "",
        portraitUrl24: "",
        portraitUrl30: "",
        portraitUrl40: "",
        portraitUrl48: "",
        portraitUrl64: "",
        portraitUrl96: "",
        portraitUrl128: "",
        rss: "",
        safeSearchQuery: "",
        searchPlaceHolder: "Search mentalhealthquilt",
        searchQuery: "",
        title: "Mental Health Quilt",

Now we have the data that the theme engine gave us in a format that React and Redux can work with.

If you are new to these libraries, I highly recommend following the simple Todo App Tutorial that is on the Redux website. They do a wonderful job of explaining the process as you build the app.

Helpful Tips

Setting up a local server will make developing way faster than the current setup. If you’re using both the “webpack” and “webpack-dev-server” packages, in your package.json file under scripts you can place something like this in it:

In your package.json file

"scripts": {
    "local-server": "NODE_ENV=development webpack-dev-server --config path/to/webpack.config.js --port=3000 --inline --hot"

To run that script, in the terminal you will type this command:

> npm run local-server

In the Tumblr editor, be sure to replace your script tags referencing these external files like so:

<!DOCTYPE html>
                <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://localhost:3000/path/to/prod/index.css">
                <div id="post-it-forward-root"></div>
                <script type="text/javascript">
                        // where the tumblrData gets created
                <script src="http://localhost:3000/path/to/prod/index.js"></script>

Once you run that script, it’ll enable live reload so that every time you save a .js_.css_.scss/etc. file, it’ll rebuild the assets and refresh your Tumblr blog for you. This is way faster than having to re-upload your assets every time you make a change, no matter how small. Just remember to return your script and style references to the uploaded assets when you’re done working. Localhost is only for development.

You could also add the Redux logger middleware to your project during development so that you can view how the state changes as you fire off different actions. For more information on how to set this up, the Redux Logger Github is a great resource.


Building a Tumblr theme using Redux and React is possible! Not only is there a workflow that makes development much faster, but it’s also a great way to flex your web development muscles. You can add more to the user experience of your Tumblr now that you have the world of JavaScript at your fingertips. Go forth and make some awesome themes!

Stay tuned for part 2 that will cover paginating.

- @0xmichelle

RFA+SV - sensitive MC cries because of a book

I’ll be a little flexible with this, because I wanted to tie in actual books with different MCs.  And the sad part isn’t always at the end.

SPOILER ALERT because I’m referencing books!  I’ll mention the title with the person…but yeah.  You’ll know that something tragic happens.  So.


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Guys come on. Lars isn’t going to die. Think about this logically. They wouldn’t take all this time to put him through a four-episode character arc, culminating with the final one being titled Lars’ Head (and by the way if you think the title is referencing Lars literally losing his head then you are fucking stupid Im sorry this is a cartoon aimed at kids wtf is wrong with you), just to kill him off. Give the Crewniverse more credit, guys.

Now am I ruling out a fake out death? No, in fact I expect that. I’m not positive on the authenticity of Steven holding someone and crying in a supposed leaked storyboard, but honestly even the person who posted that image wasn’t taking it all that seriously. That said, if that was a leaked storyboard it’s just gonna be a fake out, fam. I don’t think we should take something with the caption “LOL so which main character died? [sic]” all that damn seriously.

And then there’s the fact that you couldn’t pay me a million fucking dollars to make me believe that Rebecca Sugar would allow the axing of one of the first OCs she ever made. Lars has been in the show since the Pilot, and with his growing significance in the overall story and so many loose plot threads that would be left dangling with his death, plus the fact that I respect the Crewniverse enough to know they wouldn’t pull such a cheap and absolutely unbelievable move as to kill Lars off, there is no feasible way in my mind that he could even have a remote possibility of perishing.

headphones-lollipops  asked:

Did you know that the "Illusion of Life" book is real and is considered by some to be an essential for learning animation?

Oh my god

I don’t know what cracks me up more. The fact that Illusion of Living is referencing a real book that roughly has the same title (A DISNEY book no less), or the fact that I brought up the that Illusion of Living could be an animator’s book during my stream! XD

Cecil’s TAZ Fic Recs

Lookin’ for a good TAZ read? Here ya go. :M Cecil Approved™

(authors, if you’re on here and you want off, please don’t hesitate to let me know!)

Title: Tidally Locked by umbrastaff (@umbrastaffs)
Rating: Not Rated
Ship: F/F (Maureen/Lucretia)
Characters: The Director, Maureen Miller, Lucas Miller, Merle Highchurch, Magnus Burnsides, Taako, Angus McDonald, Killian, Carey Fangbattle, Boyland, No.3113, Johan
Summary: An AU where Lucas has the Temporal Chalice and Lucretia reflects on her life with him and Maureen before the bureau really got started.
Notes/Warnings: In progress.

Title: Some Poppies Grow Golden by umbrastaff (@umbrastaffs)
Rating: Not Rated
Characters: Roswell, Sheriff Isaak, Ren, June, Magnus Burnsides
Summary: Roswell flies back to Refuge for a visit. Seeing Isaak wasn’t in their plans, but things never really do go that smoothly.
Notes/Warnings: implied/referenced abuse, references to mind control.

Title: Salvation June by WolffyLuna (@wolffyluna)
Rating: General
Characters: June, Ren
Summary: Ren and June talk about flowers.
Notes/Warnings: A very sweet series of moments between found family. Fluff.

Title: Where We Go From Here by cassowarykisses (@cassowarykisses)
Rating: Teen+
Characters: Roswell, Sheriff Isaak, Cassidy, Ren
Summary: After the loops end, Roswell has to decide what to do with Isaak. It’s not an easy choice.
Notes/Warnings: Implied/referenced abuse, references to mind control. 

Title: We Two In Vermilion by fraudoc (@magnusthehammer)
Rating: Gen
Ship: M/M (Brad Bradson/Magic Brian)
Characters: Brad Bradson, Magic Brian, Avi, Killian, The Voidfish, The Director
Summary: Brad waits for Brian for one week, then two, then three. Mostly hopeful, always worried. Traitors didn’t deserve funerals, but maybe fiances did.
Notes/Warnings: Major Character Death (canon)

Title: Yeah, It’s Cool, I’ll Be OK by PrincexN (@princex-n)
Rating: Gen
Characters: Johan, The Voidfish, Original Characters, The Director
Summary: He doesn’t tell anyone about what he’s found. For one thing, Johan doesn’t want to have to explain what he’d been doing out there in the lake. For another thing, he’s curious as heck.
Notes/Warnings: There’s suicidal ideation in this. This was also inspired in part by my own fic,The Deft Bowman!

Title: Brother, You Will Return by placentalmammal (@placentalmammal)
Rating: Gen
Characters: Magnus Burnsides, Killian, Carey Fangbattle, Merle Highchurch, Taako, Julia Burnsides
Summary: Magnus Burnsides, after everything.
Notes/Warnings: Hurt/Comfort, post-canon. Lots of dogs in this one. 

Title: Magnus Burnsides’ Day Off by Schgain ( @waterloggedsoliloquy ;3c)
Rating: Gen
Shipping: Magnus/Julia, Background Ships
Characters: Magnus Burnsides, Merle Highchurch,Taako, Julia Burnsides,  Magic Brian, Hudson, Jenkins, Angus McDonald, June, Roswell, Istus
Summary: Magnus runs errands. Things quickly get out of hand. The feelgood modern au fic where everyone is safe and happy is here!
Notes/Warnings: In progress. References to trauma. 


Adrienne Miller

Conditions, convenants and restrictions, 2013

  • Faulty Construction
  • Flood Plain
  • Tire Fire
  • Suburban Encroachment

(mixed media on carved birch panel)

With the series title referencing limitations and rules placed on a group of homes by a builder, developer, or neighborhood association, each piece explores the nature of suburban development.

anonymous asked:

If by 'bright stars' you means the way victor sees yuuri's eyes i will die

I’ll actually break down the titles if you want because it’s not really that much of a spoiler.

So for the first fic the title was mainly referring to how far Yuuri was willing to go to win gold. ‘Until My Feet Bleed’ was in reference to the enormous physical strain he puts himself under in order to compete and was inspired by that moment in episode 4 where he takes off his skates and he’s feet are all bruised and bleeding from skating practice. And ‘My Heart Aches’ was both in reference to the emotional strain he put himself under and also basically his whole relationship with Viktor because there is a lot of heartache going on there.

‘Of Bright Stars and Burning Hearts’ on the other hand (which may change as the title but probably not) is actually referencing a lot of how Yuuri thinks about Viktor. Yuuri compares Viktor to a star/flame/light a lot in umfb&mha. In chapter 10 he talks about being a moth to a flame and in chapter 11 he says Viktor ‘burns too brightly’ for any one person to hold on to. And in chapter 12 when he’s having his love revelation he talks about being ‘ like a planet orbiting a brightly burning star, caught in Viktor’s gravity’. So ‘bright stars’ is a reference both to stars in the sense that they are both famous idols and also a reference to how they see each other. And ‘Burning Hearts’ is because I use burning as a descriptor for a lot of their actions like ‘burning kisses/touches etc and it pretty much sums up their relationship. Burning, as in fire, can be beautiful and mesmerising and fire is often a symbol of life and light but it is also destructive, just like the emotions that they have are no less intense and come very close to destroying them both. But there is a happy ending and a complete resolution at the end of the companion fic, I promise you that!

Alright, so, if you’ve ever wondered what happens after you send your resume off to a potential employer, here’s what I can tell you. But keep in mind, this is just based on my own experiences. Other people probably do things differently.

Here’s the basics. Whatever job you’re applying for, you should know you’re not the only person applying. Probably a lot of people are. That means two things: 1. They’re probably skimming. 2. You have no idea what might make you stand out.

Every time I’ve ever helped hire for a job, there were loads of qualified applicants. Which means the first thing you do is try to find your no’s, the people you can weed out. For me, I ask, do I want to interview this person. The answer choices are yes, no, and maybe. 

On that note, make sure you always, always follow the instructions on the job posting. If you don’t, there’s a decent chance you’ll get tossed in a no pile. If they ask for a resume and a cover letter, send both. If they ask for salary requirements, send them. Don’t give them a reason to rule you out right off the bat. 

Similarly, proofread. If they’re skimming, and one of the three things they notice is a mistake, that doesn’t bode well for you. At an absolute minimum, make sure you haven’t done something particularly silly, like send them a letter with the wrong company name in the title, or the wrong job referenced, or notes to yourself about things you still need to add. You’d be surprised how often this happens.

When it comes to resumes, formatting matters. But not like you think. Don’t get bogged down on how pretty the style is. They aren’t going to. But they’ll probably notice if your columns are all janky. Basically, don’t send them something that looks half-assed, because no one wants a half-assed employee. But beyond that, don’t kill yourself over the style. I’ve seen a lot of resumes. I’ve never seen two that looked the same. There’s no magical right way to do it. And it’s the content that matters the most.

So, content. I think everyone looks at this stuff differently. I’ve worked at places that used rubrics, to try to guide people, and get everyone on the same page. I’ve had bosses who go straight to the work history. If they don’t like what they see, they’re not going to bother with any of the rest of it. Personally, I skim the cover letter first, and then look at the work history, to see how it connects. That’s often an issue. If you talk about something in your cover letter, I should be able to find that experience on your resume. If your cover letter mentions that you have a long history working with kids, but your resume doesn’t include a single thing related to working with kids, I’m going to assume “long history working with kids” = “has a sibling” and move on. 

The best resume I saw (in my opinion) had skills and qualifications up top, and used it well. If you’re going to do that, make sure (again, imo) there’s a straight line connecting it to your job history and your cover letter. If you’re going to list “self-motivated” as an attribute, make sure that’s demonstrated in you work history. Talk about how you, as a freelance artist, have to seek out those commissions, set your own hours, and meet those deadlines, and you’re the only person holding yourself accountable. If you’re going to list “team-player” as a qualification, talk about being on the volleyball team, and recognizing that you succeed and fail as a unit, that the team is bigger than any individual player (I don’t know that it’s the norm to list sports on a resume, but certainly if you don’t have any work history, or it’s pretty slim, you should have at it. I had a boss who loved hiring team-sport athletes, specifically because he thought they understood the value of teamwork.).Highlights in the resume, depth in the cover letter. That’s what I liked, anyway. Also, if there’s no depth, it just sounds like buzzword bingo. It’s good to have initiative, to be a hardworker, and to be a team player. But no one is going to believe you unless you can actually demonstrate it. 

Which reminds me, take some time to think about the things you’ve done in your life that have actually changed you, given you skills, made you a better, or more productive, or more capable person. One of the most formative experiences in my life was an epic failure, but I learned how to handle stress, how to prioritize an eight hour day with twelve hours of work in it. I can apply that to any situation. So whatever it is that has made you you, don’t be afraid to use that. You have no idea what is going to stand out to a potential employer. You may think there’s nothing much to talk about when it comes to being a freelance artist, or volleyball player, or whatever, but I see a wealth of positive attributes. 

But beyond that, knowing the job I was hiring for, I would have been all over a freelance artist, or someone who was a writer, because it doesn’t pay a ton, but there’s a lot of down time. So, someone super qualified with lots of experience would probably leave fairly quickly in search of higher pay, but someone who’d really benefit from getting paid to sit at a desk and answer a phone every half hour or so with nothing else do, someone who’d love to fill all that down time with their own projects, now they might stay a long time. That might be a great symbiotic relationship. A guaranteed salary and a chance to work on commissions  or a novel, or whatever while at work is a great deal, for the right person.  

My point is, don’t count yourself out before you’ve even tried, I once got a job because one of the schools listed on my resume was in Ireland, and the person I handed it to thought that was cool. I walked in off the street, handed them my resume, chatted for ten minutes, had an interview the next week, and a job the day after. 

Which leads me to my last piece of advice. When you’re applying for jobs, think shotgun, not sniper rifle. Apply to so many things you don’t even have the option to take it personally if you don’t get called back, because you don’t even remember you applied there. Applying for one job can talk a long time. But every one after that is a steal. Spend some time writing a good resume and a good cover letter that could be tailored just slightly to apply to most jobs. Proofread, read them aloud you yourself, have people you trust read them. Save them. Then, for every job posting you see, save as CoverLetter2017.01.17 (or whatever system you want to use). Tailor the job title, etc. If there are particular professions you want to work in, create specific cover letters and resumes (i.e. if you want to work at a preschool, have one that highlights your experience working at the YMCA, but if you want to work at a dental clinic, have one that highlights office experience; if you’re applying in multiple fields, have multiple tailored resumes.).

I’ve mostly worked general sorts of jobs, that most people can probably do. I suspect if you’re chemical engineer, it’s probably a very different deal. But if you’re just like, damn I really need a job so I can pay my rent, all of that word vomit up there is the best I can offer you by way of advice. 

Oh, and also, get an e-mail address that looks professional. and create two very different impressions. (Note: I made those up. Apologies to anyone who happens to have those e-mail address. No offense was intended.)

If anyone has any questions, feel free to shoot them over. I can’t promise I’ll have a good answer, but I promise to try. 

anonymous asked:

Hi Michi! いつも東京グール関連の投稿を楽しく見させてもらってます。気になったので一つだけ。スイ先生がtumblrに上げていた「ぶたないで父さん」の絵はロックバンド女王蜂の新曲「Q」を参照したものだと思います。先日女王蜂のライブに行ってボーカルのアヴちゃんと語り合った、とスイ先生のtwitterで報告していたので間違いないかと。良い曲なので是非聴いてみて下さい。

回答が遅くなりまして、申し訳ありません。m(_ _)m






To anyone curious, this ask is referring to the illustration Ishida-sensei uploaded on tumblr a few days ago that had the caption ‘Don’t hit me, dad.’

Anon mentioned that said caption is most likely referenced from a song titled 'Q’ by a rockband called 女王蜂 (read as joou bachi, stylized as ziyoou-vachi; means Queen Bee). Ishida-sensei posted on his twitter that he went to their live concert so the likelihood of the illust and the song/band being linked is pretty much 100%.

I’ve looked into the lyrics and whilst the song comes off as something very sad, the one-liner is indeed part of the song. I’ll try to provide translations on it once I get time. c:

trashlandlord  asked:

Hello! I'm writing a mystery about a teenage girl who lives in a small, rich beach town and a bunch of girls her age are going missing. To prevent this from happening to her, she tries to get involved and try to find out who is doing this. How can I make this mystery more exiting and leave the reader on the edge of her seat? How can I make it original? And what are some good title names? Thank you! 💕

Well it already seems like you have a very interesting and engaging premise! A good place to start now is to research the tropes of the genre. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid everything on this list, of course, but it does mean that readers of the genre will expect these things, so to surprise them the most, you will want to avoid as many as possible. Some other things to help would be:

  • Leave hints throughout the story, but don’t be heavy handed. Make sure to leave things out–the reader shouldn’t know everything you know.
  • Give clues that are open ended: meaning they can point in many different directions or towards very different people so the reader is left wondering who the bad guy is or how the missing people disappeared. Don’t make them false clues, however; don’t lie to your reader. 
  • Make sure the bad guy, if there is one, has a good motive and a unique one at that. Researching tropes again will help. Think of yourself like a detective: who do they always suspect first in a murder? The husband? The secret boyfriend? Then make sure your bad guy isn’t either of those. 
  • 25 Things You Need to Know About Writing Mysteries
  • Writing a Mystery Novel (7 Tips)
  • How to Write a Mystery

As for titles, generally you want the title to be referenced in the story, either a quote that someone says once (for example: “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is the title of a novel and a description the narrator says once about the characters near the end) or a description of the story over all (which may or may not include their name: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”). And here are some more resources: 

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anonymous asked:

i don't even know if this was intentional but one of my favorite things about umfb is that in nearly every chapter there is some variation on yuuris feet bleeding/bruising/etc and his heart aching/bursting/etc that goes hand in hand with the title. just thought it was pretty cool

oh no this was completely intentional! I’ve basically used it to death and I keep waiting for someone to call me out on it like ‘dude we get it, you think you’re real clever referencing the title of your fic in your fic can u please stop now jfc’         。゚(TヮT)゚。